Our lives now.

 

This social media era has transformed the way we communicate. People no longer physically talk and share stories. Rather, they simply just go on online and chat. When you type , LOL, you just simply type it because  you are required to react to something funny, online. 

People nowadays, myself included, do not see the value of relationships outside social media. You post something online and you get excited on how many likes you’ll get. 

People forget to get in touch with reality.  We forget to spend quality time with our old folks back home. you get pretty much busy with work and other stuff. 

Life is just too short to spend it online.We have only one life, let’s make it worth-living.  We just need some time to enjoy nature and the people who are still in your lives. Hug them and say “thank you” and “I love you” because No one really knows when their last minutes on earth are.

My husband and I never get to see our grandmom during our wedding because we said we can always visit her when we come back to Philippines. Now, we will never get to see here ever again.  

But life must go on, we will always remember how amazing she was. She will always be in our hearts. Goodbye, Lola Bibing.

 

 

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Most amazing woman

After all these years of being there for others and doing for others, you should take a moment to relax on your birthday and think about nothing but yourself.

Ma, I didn’t know doing the laundry and folding clothes are THAT TIME-CONSUMING. But you still do it for us without hesitation. Thank you.

Thank you for waking up every 2 A.M. to accompany me outside our house to hail a cab and look at the face of the driver and note down the cab’s plate number.

Thank you for processing my enrolment even until college and everything that involves paperwork i.e. my marriage license. You always get it done faster than anyone else.

These are just a few of the things. Thank you and I love you. Enjoy your birthday.

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Ten Vignettes For People Attempting a Second Child

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The lovely people at http://www.glowing.com asked if I would write a guest blog for them this week.  

Since they deal with women who are trying to get pregnant they asked if I could write one about how hard it is to try for a second child when you already have a first child.  And I said I would love to as long as I could make the disclaimer that I am writing this as someone who is not currently trying for a second child because, dear God, I have just one child and already most of my plants are dead and I’m only brushing my hair once every three days.

But for those of you ready to jump into the fray, here are:  

Ten Vignettes on Trying for Your Second Child  

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A Day Unplugged (AKA How I Banned Myself From Facebook For A Day and Didn’t Even Die)

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As I mentioned in my post about End-of-Semester Resolutions, one of the things that’s been bothering me lately has been my growing dependence on my technology. I love Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and Bloglovin’, but sometimes enough is enough.

I had to use my computer for homework yesterday, so I downloaded this app called Self Control. It’s free for Mac and it blocks your web access to any sites you put on the “blacklist” for a period of time that you choose. With Self Control (due to a lack thereof) and my phone safely tucked away in a desk drawer, I went about my day.

12:02pm – Set Self-Control app blacklist: Facebook, my blog, and Bloglovin’. Set time for six hours.
12:07pm – Already stuck on problem one of homework.
12:08pm – Try to open Facebook as a reflex. Realize how automatic that was. Scary.
12:12pm – Again stuck on…

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Disney is Ruining My Kid.

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Disney has been ruining my kid…. a job I can do quite well on my own, thank you.

 I know, it sounds drastic.  Don’t worry, I am not going to launch into a ridiculous diatribe about how Frozen has a hidden gay agenda (huge eye roll) or is turning my girls in to glittery, sparkly princesses who need a prince to save them, (we are over that stage, thank god) or that Miley Cyrus grew up and dared to climb out of her Hannah Montana box.

In the interest of being a pretty laid back mom,  who fights against my extremely conservative upbringing, I have tried to adopt a more moderate view of the world and it’s evils.  With my girls, I am trying a more balanced approach, believing that they should not be sheltered constantly from American culture, taught to fear and judge and overreact to everything they see…

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Why You Should Never, Ever, Ever Get A Tattoo (but Having a Baby is Fine)

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I’m not super pro-tattoo or anti-tattoo.  I’ve debated getting one in the past but never that seriously.  But my mother is vehemently anti-tattoo.  Listed below are the reasons my mother has always given me for why I shouldn’t get a tattoo.

And I understand that she’s from a different generation.  And I love my mother very much.  She’s a really wonderful person and I’m not saying none of them is a legitimate reason, but I’m saying that after having a child, I find it really hard to take any of them seriously.

And so in case you were headed out to the tattoo parlor as we speak, here are:

10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER, EVER, EVER GET A TATTOO ACCORDING TO MY MOTHER (but having a baby is fine)

1.  “A Tattoo is Forever”

Yes, a tattoo is forever.  Totally forever!  Except that a tattoo can, if needed, be erased with a laser.

 *Some of you read that and immediately thought, "I am so exhausted, please I need a laser that can temporarily erase a three year-old," but sorry, that is not a thing that exists.  
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Changi Beach Park Fun Shots

My friend Dalia offered to take photos of us at the beach. She loves taking photographs of couples getting married. These are some of the beautiful photos she took.

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She really takes beautiful pictures. She knows  where and when to take them. I mean that day was scorching hot and I was afraid my DIY make-up would ruin the whole photoshoot. But she reassured me that we are going to have fun. And we did.

I am very privileged that she took our engagement photos.