12 is 6 and 6!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

There was an interesting conversation between Kailee, Connor and I.  They saw that I have stretch marks on my tummy area.  Kailee then asked me why I have those stripes on my tummy.  I explained to her that as she was growing inside my tummy, my skin was expanding and stretching - thus the stretching of skin.  She looked at me in wonder - I guess she still didn't understand.  Our conversation then went to them telling me *Mommy, when I was a baby I used to drink milk from your boob*  I then forgot what we talked about next - but then it led to this topic.  I mentioned that I wasn't able to spend the same amount of time with Connor.  They both asked why, and I told them - well, since Kailee was the first baby, all my attention was to her.  And when Connor arrived - I had to split my time and attention between the two of them.

Then suddenly, Kailee's face lit up!  I honestly wondered why but was really curious to find out.  She said:

Mommy!  12 is 6 and 6.  There are 12 months in a year!  12's half is 6!  Why don't you spend 6 months with me and then the other 6 months with Connor!  That way, it's the same time!

I laughed so hard not because it was funny, but because it was such an innocent brilliant idea coming from a 7 year old.  In a perfect world - her idea would have been perfect.  I then asked her, what happens to Connor while I spend 6 months with her.  She then said - Of course, he'll stay with Dada.  Her answer seem so easy to do.  She then said that after 6 months with her, I should focus all my attention to Connor in the next 6 months.

I asked her again, won't I miss Connor when I'm with her and vice versa?  She had another brilliant answer, you can Facetime with Connor (and then her when it's Connor's alone time with me).


I love having these kinds of conversations with my kids.  Makes my heart fuller and makes me laugh and happy.  Nakakatanggal ng pagod when I listen to their innocent brilliant ideas.

So what do you think?  Is the 6 month rule fair?  Hahahhahaha!!

Milbox's Hokkaido Cakes

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Its's been a long loooong time since I last had Hokkaido cakes and I totally forgot how good they were.  I think it's been yearsssss already.  But seeing them back on my feed again, well - I wanted to have a try at it again.

Because of sudden cravings - I ordered, gave my mom a piece and she LOVED it.  I took one bite and I knew - it still tastes the same and it's WONDERFUL.  I love love the light and fluffy cake then topped with this light cream and powdery magic.  Every scoop and bite was heavenly, HEAVENLY!

One box cost P380.00 (6 pieces of cupcakes).

If you like/love milk as much as I do - this is perfect for you.

I swear, I super love it.  If I can only have this everyday!  Hahahaha...

Find them on IG @milkboxph

Domestic Issues 2018 Edition

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

It's been a long time since I last wrote about my domestic issues.  Probably because it has been working out fine for a while.  It was just recently that I had issues again.  You know how transparent I am with my house help issues, so this one - I just want to get it off my chest.  So please bear with me.

I am cutting the post here, so I won't flood my page.  If you're interested to read more, by all means - click the Read More, but if not - no worries.  Hehehe..  It's quite a LONG read so be warned.  Hahaha!!

P.S. forgive my grammar and the drama.  I just need to let this out of my chest.

Erceflora's Probi Bears: Probiotic for Kids!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

I learned of Erceflora when I had a bout of LBM after giving birth.  It sounded so foreign to me because my solution for LBM was just drinking pineapple juice!  Hahaha..  I was told that the results were instant - and so I tried it, and when I did - I was amazed at the effect.  Thus, I have a piece or two in my everyday bag.  You know, for just in case.

I remember being told that kids can also have this for their LBM bouts.  But I was just told last year that the dose is too much for a child.  Thus, I shifted to this kiddie brand.  One thing that I didn't like, was that I needed to dissolve the powder in water and let my kids drink it.  As you all know, it's quite hard to have kids drink something foreign looking to them.  But I stuck it out.  I would bring sachets of that particular product in every travel.

Then I receive and email with information that Erceflora, the brand that I trust has a variant for kids.  I was excited - I was really excited.  So I waited and waited and waited.  I honestly thought it wouldn't arrive anymore - but when it did, I was ecstatic!

Timing was perfect as we were leaving for a family trip.  I was so happy because I didn't need to worry about making the kids drink it.  I had them try it immediately - and they LOVED it!

This is the packaging, we love that it's individually packed so no issue whatsoever when it comes to health and sanitation.

Taste wise, Kailee loves it because it's VANILLA!  It's a chewable tablet that smells like chocolate.

Erceflora Probi Bears will be available in all Mercury outlets by June 2018.

Greenwich's Hawaiian Overload!

Friday, May 25, 2018


Yes, that's how much more toppings Greenwich's Hawaiian Overload pizza is!  Gone are the days when you can count how many pineapples and hams you have in a slice of pizza.  Now, with every bite is the true Hawaiian Pizza experience.

The event was a BFF birthday party for Greenwich endorsers Yassi Pressman and Bela Padilla.  They were two very pretty actresses with the *real* person vibe, no pretensions - just them, being - their wacky selves.

Yassi I know is passionate about dancing, I remember watching her dancing videos on the web.  I was pleasantly surprised though, that Bela can sing AND play the ukelele!  Cool, diba?  She even serenaded us which delighted the fans in the room.

The star of the event was of course the wonderful Hawaiian overload pizza!

Look at those toppings!  Very generous, right?  And generous it is indeed!  And take note, it's not just ham and pineapples - it's MORE!!  I had two slices and was shy to get more!  Hahahaha..  I really really really love pizza and so this was such a wonderful treat for me and for baby #3!  Hahahaha... :)

Order yours now!!

Shift Up! Talk on Building Strengths of Youth & Families

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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Winning and Losing

Friday, May 11, 2018

A few years ago, my Panget bought board games for us to play with the kids.  Kailee and Connor were so excited even if they didn't know how to play these games.  My Panget got Chutes and Ladders (kids version of snakes and ladders), Monopoly, Jenga, Connect and Trouble.

We started with the simplest one, Chutes and Ladders.  We of course, explain to them the rules on how to go forward in the game and how it is also possible to go back a few or multiple steps back when a corresponding piece lands on a chute.  It was quite easy, right?  So we played.  The kids were really excited.  They went back and forth on the board and when finally, Kailee won - she screamed so excitedly of joy and happiness.  Meanwhile, Connor was screaming a very loud *NOooooooo!* and cried, as in seriously crying.  We all stopped and wondered why he was crying.  When had calmed a bit, we asked him why he cried and screamed - apparently, it was because he lost.  We had to explain to him that in games, there are winners and losers, that not all games can be won by everyone.  But he vowed never to play Chutes and Ladders *ever* again because he lost.

Next up was Jenga.  Well, as you might guess - Connor lost again because the pieces fell as he was trying to ease one out.  It came as a shock to him that the pieces fell and so he cried again.  I think he was getting disheartened with the board games because he wasn't winning.  That night, he declared that he doesn't want to play board gaim *ever* again because he always loses.

Now - how do you properly teach your kids the notion of winning and losing.  I know we all want to win, but games are a game of chance (and skill) and skills develop as you grow and learn.  I honestly have no idea on how to teach him that losing is sometimes okay.  Kailee has been a very good sport, is it because she's a girl and is not as competitive as her brother?  I am not sure really, but she took losing the game really well.  She just told me that it's okay for her to lose.

We have been explaining to Connor the concept of winning and losing in games - but I think, maybe he's too young?  I am not sure - or maybe he's not really wanting to understand the situation.


Pantene Micellar Shampoo

Thursday, May 10, 2018

I'm a sucker for shampoos.  Yes.  I loooove buying new shampoos.  Hahaha!  So when I saw this Pantene Micellar Shampoo from my friend - M's sister's feed - I knew I wanted one.  And it was by luck that my friend M was going to Bangkok, so I asked her to buy for me.

First off - it's in Thai, so I couldn't understand the directions.  I tried to Google Translate, but it couldn't.  So I just used it like a normal shampoo.  It was so fragrant and after, I noticed that I felt my head was lighter.  I'm sure you know the feeling.  My hair felt softer too.

When I was smaller, elders used to tell me to wash my hair every other day.  I think I followed their advice until one day that I felt my hair was too oily already.  It wasn't fun being paranoid that my hair was oily and flat.  So I decided to wash my hair everyday.  It was only recently that the thought entered my mind again because of falling hair and having my dreaded *white* hairs.  I honestly can't believe how conscious I have gotten since seeing so many white hairs on my head.  I know I'm aging, but it's one thing that I am so very conscious of - simply because they're baby white hair sticking OUT from my head!  Hahaha.

So I tried the do not wash your hair everyday on a whim.

Can you guess how long I lasted?  Hahaha..

I lasted for three days.  THREE DAYS!  I think I could have gone more than 3 days, but I was too conscious already.  My hair was still soft and not oily on the 3rd day of not washing.  My scalp did not feel itchy at all and my hair and head still felt light.  It was AMAZING really.  I finally found a shampoo that can my scalp and hair *rest* for a few days.

I just used one pump for my medium length hair and followed with a Pantene conditioner as well.  I don't know where it's available elsewhere but for sure in Bangkok there is.  So, if you know of a family member going to Bangkok, ask to buy this for you - price is about PHP350.00 converted.

Globe Bayantel STUPIDITY...

Monday, May 07, 2018

My goodness.  I really dislike it when I need to call the hotline to dispute charges on my bill.  For our Bayantel landline - well, it's now absorbed by Globe - we were charged for a reconnection fee.  And that is for a LANDLINE!  Where the hell did that come from?  I mean, I can understand if it's a reconnection of a Globe handyphone because, well it's part of their so called *service*.  But a landline?  I mean, reconnection fee?  ARE THEY EVEN ALLOWED TO CHARGE THAT??

Okay, so I call the hotline to ask and verify if I really did request for a reconnection.  To be honest, I can't remember - but then since they *record* all of their conversations, might as well ask for the recording right?  If I hear myself asking for a reconnection, I will pay it.  But if I don't hear myself asking for a reconnection, then - they'll need to waive the fee.  So I requested this last April 23, 2018.  I was told that after 48 hours, I would receive feedback.  Note, I will RECEIVE feedback, I asked if I needed to call again and was told that I didn't.

Fast forward to today.  I suddenly remembered it, so I called the hotline and gave the reference number.  This agent I was speaking to was helpful, he said that he saw my complaint but was confused because there was a notation that said the *reconnection fee* was waived, this was made last February.  He wondered why I was even given a reference number about my complaint last April 23, 2018 - when in fact, it should have been resolved right there and then.

STUPIDITY.  My answer to him was simply that.  The agent I spoke to last April 23 was losing some screws that day.  He then makes the effort and tells me that he will make the *necessary adjustment*, but before he can go any further, he needed to verify the account.  He asked me the following questions:

1)  What is my account number?
To which I responded, I don't have it memorized.  I mean in all seriousness who memorizes their account number?!  Strike 1

2)  What is my current plan?
I have been subscribed with Bayantel for years and for a fact, I know there is NO other plan but a residential landline for a residential landline!  I mean, it's not as if it's a mobile phone with different tiered plans!  Strike 2

3)  What is my COMPLETE installation address?
Of course, this I can answer with pride, so I gave it.  But you know what, there was a follow up question.

4)  What is the STREET of the installation address?
Did I hear that question correctly?  I told the person I was speaking to - DIBA KABIBIGAY KO LANG SAYO NG COMPLETE ADDRESS?  Don't tell me hindi mo narinig?  Apparently, he did hear the address - what he meant was WHAT IS THE BARANGAY!  Goodness, pati ba naman iyon nagkamali pa sila ng tanong?

5)  When is the cut off of your bill?
Who remembers this?  I don't - especially for a LANDLINE!  I know by heart my mobile number's cut off - because that meant my free minutes and text messages would be refreshed!  Hahaha.  Strike 3!

6)  When is the activation month and year of the landline?
What kind of a question is this?  It's really really very STUPID.  Would you have an exact recolletion of when your landline service was activated?  Strike 4!

I was so frustrated with the line of questioning, I mean seriously - they're not basic, you need to have all the information on hand with you!  Even if you have the bill, you still won't be able to answer some of the questions?!

Why do these companies make it so hard for us to request for something that they did erroneously??!!

I'm sure the agent is at a loss for an explanation - he was just following the spiel.  His name is Jomark, by the way.  He then tells me that he has already made the adjustment.  BUT I need to wait for two (2) billing cycles before the waived fee will be reflected.


Why the hell do I need to wait for two billing cycles for a refund of a charge that they erroneously put on my account?!  I told him, if that's the case, then I might be disconnected again and again because I failed to pay for the *overdue* that is reflected on my account!?  He fell silent, he said that he can't do anything about it.  So I asked to speak to a supervisor.

And this supervisor tell me the same thing.  BUT with this line *Kung ayaw niyo bayaran....*  I refuse to pay for it?  HELL YEAH I REFUSE TO PAY FOR IT!  Why do I need to pay for a charge that was a mistake to begin with??  I told her to be careful with her words and not to just say them for the sake of saying something.  I hate it when I hear words just being thrown out without even thinking what it means.

So after 1 hour of back and forth, it was resolved.  The solution - my account will have a HOLD for disconnection until the refund is reflected.

Grabe.  1 hour talaga.