Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Guest

Last weekend, we got a call from the province telling us that our auntie has gotten us a new helper. We were all excited and interviewed the applicant over the phone immediately. She has reached 2nd year of Computer Science Degree, but would be very willing to be our helper. Because of her educational attainment, i had to ascertain that she really wants to be a helper. She answered in affirmative when asked if she would be able to do all the household chores. She had once been a helper in Quezon City, so i guess she had some work experience. She assured me that she would not leave us after one year and her mother would not ask her to come home. Hence, we bought her ticket since she wanted to start immediately. We even gave her pocket money for the trip and some to leave to her mother when she requested for it.

Hence, she came to Manila on Tuesday morning. Roney picked her up and was able to make good conversation on the way home.

When they reached the house, I showed her her room and told her to rest or eat breakfast. After putting her things in her room, she went to me in the kitchen. I was cleaning the dishes so i told her to eat while i finish my task, but she said she wasn't hungry and just sat on a chair.
I was going to converse with her while still doing my task when i noticed that she was crying; her eyes were full of tears! I asked for the reason for this outbursts, but didn't get any response. I sat down with her and inquired if she were homesick or lonely or anything that might give me a clue on why she was crying. Her answer was dubious. She said that she was malungkot. This belied her interaction with Roney who swears that the girl was excited during the short trip from the terminal to our home. The sudden mood change made me worry.

We had to go to work, so we left the girl with my in-laws who speak the same dialect. We were thinking that they might assuage her fears and loneliness. After all, it was her first day. We told her that she should rest and start doing the chores the day after. Whatever it is, at least we have a helper now. Hallelujah!

We were excited to come home after work. Roney and I were discussing on how we would not wash the clothes and press them anymore, how we would not sweep the floors before going to work and before going to bed, how we would be able to concentrate on taking care of Jadon on weekends, we do not have to cook food and wash the dishes when we come home, blah, blah, blah. By the way, the earliest that we could be home is 8:45pm. But sometimes, we leave our work at 11:30pm to 12mn, depending on how late my boss calls it a day.

Anyway, when we reached our house at 9pm (which is early in our standard), Roney was confident to honk the car so that our gate would be opened. (When we did not have a helper, I would get out of the car and open the gate so we would not bother my in-laws.) Imagine our surprise when it was FIL who opened the gate. Our new helper was in her room. We did not even see a glimpse of her shadow! We went to our room where MIL would take Jadon to sleep.

We found out that the helper decided to go home the day after or tomorrow, which is today! MIL was so frustrated because as sweet and nice and good MIL was, she didn't know why the girl was crying! She literally did not do anything in the house but cry all day. The girl even told MIL that she wanted to jump over the terrace! WTF??!!!!!! MIL thought that it would be better for her to leave than stay. FIL would buy her ticket and drop her off at the terminal. But, they lectured her about the severity of the situation, on how we trusted her to make good our arrangement and how it was not easy to shell out money expended for her. What ticked me off more was that she did not even inform us that she was leaving!

So what we had in our home was an all-expenses-paid guest.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

About A Boy

This kid drives me mad. When he wants me to do something for him, he would say 'help! help!' So I have no choice but to aid him. Sometimes, he would say 'piiissss' with a smile when he wants me to give him what he wants. Again, i have to accede to give meaning to the magic word.

But when i use the words help and please, he doesn't mind me at all! I still have to "force" him to help me. haaay. but i just love this boy, and i would never trade him for the world.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

10 Things About Me

Appreciate Pat for Tagging me :)

RULES:1. Each blogger starts with ten random facts/habits about themselves.2. Bloggers that are tagged need to write on their own blog about their ten things and post these rules.3. At the end of your blog, you need to choose 10 people to get tagged and list their breads.4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Here goes ...

1. I'm a girl, despite any opinion or appearances otherwise.

2. I keep important things in safe places that even I have difficulty in finding them.

3. I'm a sucker for tv series.

4. My fave subjects in high school were algebra and geometry

5. I love music, but my vocal chords have their own tune and tempo. And the only thing that
prevents people from booting me out of videoke is my talent for lipsynching.

6. I love to dance, but my bones do not. And my dignity prevents me from performing outside the circle of relatives and bffs.

7. I love sports. I watch F1, NBA, EUFA Cup, World Cup, even Boxing, Wimbledon, French Open, etc. But, i don't have enough strength and endurance to be in the game.

8. I realized that i can be creative when i became a kids church teacher.

9. When i feel dumb, i secretly draw confidence from the fact that i am an alumna of reputable schools, which might possibly mean that i am just having a bad day. (hey i feel dumb, so what can i do?)

10. But being an alumna of such schools entails great responsibilities to surpass, or at least meet, expectations.

Snag this if you want :)

Let me know if you are done so I can know you a little bit more.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Challenge

It's been more than a week since we have no helper at all. A month ago, we had two. One left to get married two weeks ago, and the other left just last week.

It has not been easy for us to take care of our toddler and do the household chores while working for at least 10 hours a day and commuting for at least another 3. And i am forever grateful for my in-laws who take care of our baby while we are in the office, clean whatever we might have forgotten, wash the things that our baby had used and most importantly, open the gate when we come home. I don't know how messed up things would have been if it weren't for them. I am also so glad that i have married Roney because he really helps out a lot in our household chores which i would not speak in detail to preserve his machismo.

I admit that there are times that i like the way we are now- how responsible we are in taking care of the house and being parents, etc. For whatever it's worth, i think i am beginning to mature through this small chapter of our lives. Not just physically (with sagging eyebags and multiple wrinkles from lack of sleep), but emotionally as well.

And i also challenge and dare myself to see through it unscathed.


Thursday, May 15, 2008

A Milestone

We went to the Galleria Mall to celebrate Mother's Day last Sunday. I know, it has been our tradition to go to the malls on weekends, but of course we had a reason that time.

Anyway, we were at the Handyman to buy some bulb or something when Jadon whom i was carrying suddenly shouted,

"Wah! Wah!"

"What anak?"

"Wah! Wah!" Jadon shouted while pointing to the middle of the aisle

"Okay, anak. We're going after a few seconds,"

"Wah! Wah!" Jadon, still pointing and making me go to the middle of the aisle

"Okay, anak. We're leaving!"

Then, just as i was going to get out of the aisle, he quietly and matter-of-factly said, "Tu."

I looked up to the thing that he was finger-pointing and saw a marker over our head stating that we were in aisle 21.

"Yes anak. That's one and two."

Just when i thought it was over, he said, "Fow!"

I turned and saw that beyond our aisle is Row No. 24.

Hmmm... Jadon was able to distinguish numbers, instead of letters at the age of 21 months! Baka mas magaling 'to sa math mana sa Tatay!



Got Tagged by Pat. Nice break from work :)

Participants: 1. Tere-Blessing in Life 2. Yen- Me and Mine 3. Thea is bloggerhappy 4. Thea is berryscrappy 5. Tricia-Tricia’s World 6. Shopaholic Pat 7. Dyes tells My Stories 8. YOUR BLOG add here

Would-be participants are: Judy, Trinity, Karen, Mari, Rhoda and Jake

1. What do you want for your birthday? Oooh, so many i cant think of one right now! hehehe

2. Who will be your next kiss? i was going to say Roney, but since we won't be going home together, my next kiss would be Jadon.

3. When was the last time you went to the mall? Just this lunch. went to the gym which is located inside the mall.

4. Are you wearing socks right now? No. I don't usually have socks when i am wearing high heels.

5. How did you spend your summer? working in the office on weekdays and taking care of Jadon on weekends

6. Have you been to the cinema in the last 5 days? Nope. but i did watch Iron Man. what a terrrrrific movie!

7. What was the last thing you had to drink? coke zero

8. What are you wearing right now? blouse and pants

9. What was your last purchase? blouses

10. What was the last food you ate? spaghetti pesto with grilled chicken from tosh

11. Who would be the person you would call if you were up in the middle of the night and couldn’t sleep? I would say either Mileth or Angela (but that was before i got married)

12. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week? Yep, just now. 2 blouses from Milk and Company

13. Do you have a pet? Yep. a Flowerhorn named Boom-boom

14. What made you laugh in the last 5 days? many things

15. If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be? at home.

16. What is the last thing you purchased online? surprise cake for Roney's birthday

17. One thing you hate about yourself? my eyebags!

18. Do you miss anyone? i constantly miss Jadon

19. What are your plans for the day? go home early

20. Last person you msg’d? Roney. told him that Lakers won! Yipee!

21. Ever went to a camp? yep

22. Are you a good student in school? depends on what aspect of school life we are referring to

23. What do you know about the (your) future? I know that God holds my future.

24. Are you wearing any perfume or cologne? Cool Water

25. Where is/are your best friend/s right now? That would be my hubby and he's in the office right now.


Friday, May 09, 2008

i would like to thank Issa for these lovely roses:

Red rose has number of thorns in it, when it pinches your fingers it hurts. Everyday in my life is just like red roses. Sometimes life is not always a bed of roses, but life is great with GOD.

Would give these roses to Mariel, Judy, Chai, Karen, Meeya and Suzi (advance hbd)


Thursday, May 08, 2008


Last Sunday, when the family decided to call it a night, i went to our den and grabbed the opportunity to have the tv all for myself.

Ever so excited, i surfed the channels until i remained on Studio 23 for i miss it and have never seen any of its programs from the time we had lifestyle, etc and 2nd avenue. And i will be forever grateful because i got to see the pilot episode of Samantha Who? and i know that i would be hooked again, just like in Gilmore Girls, Seventh Heaven, Beverly Hills 90210, Boston, Will & Grace, Spin City etc.

Oooh, i can't wait til Sunday!


Monday, May 05, 2008


i have been quite busy with my new-found hobby :) i didn't realize what it was until i chatted with a friend and she casually mentioned that it's my hobby! hahaha!

anyway, i might sound a little scatter-brain today because i am merely stealing time to make an entry here. Oh my gosh, i am a thief! i don't know why i am happy this monday morning, but i am. and it scares me because when growing up, a great devastation would come upon me after some bouts of laughter. (ok, i may be exaggerating a little bit) so, despite my happiness, i am still bracing myself for - what? - a thorough pananabon? oh, i will still live, i think.

i am probably happy because of jadon's pictures which were taken by his tatay.

Oh, and i am proud to say that he knows how to count: wan, thu, twee, fow, fah, ik, edbn, eet, nah, tehng. and he starts to say two-syllable words like opfi (office), hatkik (hot cake), elyo (yellow), owenj (orange).

i was surprised yesterday that jadon was not camera-shy at all when tito Dan was trying to get a picture of him and caden. Jadon would face the digicam, squat and smile, and would go to tito Dan to see the picture :) Cant wait to get the soft copy :)