Kaila anecdotes

K: What’s that mommy? (Pointing at the tomatoes in the fish}
M: Tomatoes, do you like them?
K: How does it taste?
M: It tastes… asim.
K: Asim? Like kili-kili?

Hahaha, what an analogy.

At home in SG

Currently writing in Singapore while hubby is sleeping beside me. (Yes, only the two of us traveled because his left foot is still in a cast due to his Achilles tendon operation last month. Waah, one month nang walang sweldo, hehe.) It was our first time to ride the plane together–Melvin and I. (Oh, I forgot to take pictures!) I had to accompany Melvin to fix some papers here and take IELTS exam for the processing of his visa. I still don’t know when are we returning to the Philippines (thank God for the dependAnt’s [yes, that’s what they call it here, although I think it should be an E and not an A, right?] pass, I had to purchase one way ticket for myself, which btw cost twice the regular SQ ticket because we had to leave immediately so that Melvin won’t miss his exam. (We could not fly with Cebu Pac because he had to go down the plane with stairs if we choose the said airlines. Meanwhile, PAL costs more than SQ. And I love flying with SQ, that’s why I am so biased, hahaha.) Another exam is due on the 30th of June and we are praying that he could walk without crutches by that time. (He needs to be back for work sooooon!)

I am in Singapore again, but this time, I think I’ll be staying in the house most of the time, just like yesterday. (I went to Yew Tee Point yesterday though to withdraw some cash, then headed back home. First time to ride the bus by myself. I usually ride the MRT or get a taxi everytime we are here.) Oh no, I was looking forward pa naman to shopping, hahaha. Anyway, so here I am, reporting live from Choa Chu Kang Crescent, Singapore. 

No pictures. I can’t believe that I only took one pic (except of course Melvin’s disorganized things), which was uploaded in my FB and Instagram accounts. O well, getting used to SG I think. 🙂

Nappy Training Day (Night) 1: Epic Fail

Before Kaila turned three, she did not wear any diaper during the day, except when sleeping. I am proud to say that she easily passed that stage when she had no diaper on and she would wet the floor because she did not tell me that she was about to pee. It was easy training her to go to the toilet whenever she feels the need to pass. There was no need for her own toilet bowl, or for bribes or praises. It just happened, you know. However, she still wears diaper when sleeping because she cannot control her bladder while sleeping. And since I am a very busy student, I decided to train her this vacation, when we both don’t go to school.

I’ve been putting off this task for weeks because I am having a hard time waking up in the middle of the night. (I’m currently on my third month of pregnancy.) It was only last night when I finally decided to do this. Before sleeping, I told her I’d wake her up in the middle of the night because she had to pee in the toilet so that our bed won’t get wet. I scheduled the alarm at 12:30 am and 4:30 am. She slept around 9:30 pm. I guess I was so psyched about this exercise that I was able to sleep around 10:30 pm, woke up every 10 minutes or so to check her underwear, then finally got up an hour earlier than my alarm. I decided then to wake up Kaila because I was afraid she might soak our bed with urine. I lifted her from the bed, her eyes still closed, and told her we should go downstairs. She merely nodded and then went back to sleep. To my horror, she urinated the moment she went back to bed. So, I woke her up to her change clothes and at the same time, so I could change the sheets. We slept again afterwards and I waited for 4:30 am. By 2:40 am, I felt our bed getting wet again. Uh-oh. Not again! I did not wake her up. I just put some towels on her side of the bed so she could go back to sleep. Well, apparently, she was already awake and told me she could not go back to sleep, ask for milk, and then decided to go downstairs later to watch TV while drinking her milk.

O well, at least I already know when she pees, right. Two hours interval. I may have to get plastic bedsheets too. Kawawa naman and bed namin. (Poor bed!) Wish me luck in this endeavor. I have another task ahead: train her to drink her milk on the glass.

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Photo from http://www.pottytrainingconcepts.com

I also found some tips online on how to stay dry at night.

First, mothers should determine whether their kids are ready. Children usually masters daytime toiling way way ahead than keeping their beds dry during the night. 

Talk to your child. Prepare her before going to sleep. Make the child urinate before going to sleep. Moms with kids who drink milk before going to sleep may have a hard time training their kids. 

Lastly, do not punish your child for wetting the bed.

 

Nikon it is

After many months of thinking what kind/brand of camera to buy, I’ve decided to get this one:

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(Photo from http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/04/nikon-d5100-first-images/)

Now, I’m just thinking what lens to buy, since my brother has a few lens already for his D90. 

Why Nikon? Well, I took the advice of a friend, who said that I must feel each camera first, try using each one and see which one fits my taste. I’ve tried the D90 and fell in love with it immediately. Unfortunately, it’s being phased out already, although there are still a lot of units available here. Plus it’s too heavy for me. I’ve tried Canon but there were no sparks when I used the camera. Hahaha. I just love the camera strap, that’s all. I’ve also tried using Sony NEX series, courtesy of my sister’s. Well, I think it’s too small for my hands, and a bit too sensitive. I have my old Sony T2, but Kaila said it’s her camera already, haha. (My kid loves taking photographs.) 

My research also brought me to this website http://oneslidephotography.com, where I learned a lot about DSLRs and all. I got to read this article, which provided some tips on how to choose the best digital camera. I considered my budget (I don’t need a super expensive camera), plus the other practicalities of my brother owning a D90. Well, my brother also prodded me to buy a Nikon DSLR. His words, “gagamitin pita para magkaron ako ng iba-ibang lens.” Isn’t he smart? Hehe.

So, D5100 it is. Just deciding what lens to buy. Any suggestions?

It’s just me thinking

It’s been a while I know. Always busy with a lot of things I ever forgot filling up my daily planner with random thoughts and to-do’s. I’ve been reading a lot–law books, non-law books, blog entries, tweets, and Facebook status updates. And I’ve been writing less. And this made me realize that I need to practice my writing skills (if the skills really exist) more. So, I plan (PLAN!!!) to write more often here and update you (IS SOMEBODY READING THIS?) with anything that is happening in my life. ANYTHING, which means it can be as boring as how I spent my Monday, or what I ate during lunch, and all those stuff. I would have wanted to write about my travel adventures in Australia or in South Korea, but that would mean using my not-so-creative-imagination in order to do that. Haha. Oftentimes, I think my life is boring, but I still thank God for this life. I don’t travel a lot, I spend most of my days in the house, and I do the same things everyday. But it also means I get to spend my days with the important persons in my life, sleep without limit, and watch TV without any worries.

I’ve been thinking of revamping this blog (AGAIN!!!) but until I decided to do that, well this is my blog and this is where I write. 🙂

Hello February

January was a loooong month.
We celebrated new year in singapore then returned to the Philippines a day after. Went back to school, three Mondays of no classes only to have a make-up class on a holiday. Celebrated dad’s 60th. Melvin went home for six days for it and for our fourth year wedding anniversary. It’s also our ninth year as a couple. And while he was here, it was midterms week. Also got to see college friends after almost three years. And met another long time friend from high school after almost 10 years. Midterms over. Got high grades in admin and PIL. Sana ganon din for the remaining seven subjects.

Happy love month everyone. Let’s spread love!

Xoxo,
Mhel

Nota bene: i might be pregnant already. Hihi. Let’s see after three weeks. We’re praying for a baby boy this time. 🙂

Tidbits

(Writing so as not to forget these things. Don’t have time to make lengthy blog post, hehe.)

A couple of friends asked me, “how’s law school.” Without thinking, I answered, “I’m enjoying it.” Yes, I enjoy law school. I can’t wait to be a lawyer soon.
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Kaila discovered that Sprite is delicious. Uh-oh. I used to give her Coke, just to give her an opportunity to taste it. You know, as a parent, you do not want to deny your kids the opportunity to enjoy small pleasures. The first time she tasted it, she did not like it. And so last Sunday, she asked if she could drink Sprite and I said yes. Surprisingly, she enjoyed the taste. Which means no Sprite will be allowed in the house from now on, haha.
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Kaila’s fond of pink stuff. She also likes Hello Kitty stuff (we were at Digital Walker, MOA last Sunday because I was looking for iGuy for her iPad. iGuy’s out of stock, unfortunately. When she saw the Hello Kitty iPad cover, she wouldn’t let it go. So instead of spending only a little over Php1,000 for iGuy, I spent Php2000++ for the Hello Kitty cover.)

She also likes playing dress up (meaning she’s dressing up Barbie in her iPad). She enjoys doll houses (she’s had three already). She does not like the actual Barbie doll. She loves drums. She enjoys bubbles. (Tapos na at a balloon phase nya, there was a time when after we went to church, she would always request for balloons.) She loves watching Cartoon Network na over Disney Channel. She hates writing, she says she’s tired when I teach her to write.
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Midterms next week. Pressure!!!

Dent

What I thought was an ordinary school day turned out to be a stressful one for me.

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Tsaran! While I was withdrawing cash inside the bank, the guard called me to see this! Imagine my stress when I saw our precious Georgia bumped by this adventure.

And so after my lesson about flat tires last month, there goes my crash course about car insurance and police reports. Thank God my brother in law arrived to the rescue. And thank you universe kasi babae ang nakabangga kay georgia. It would have been a different story if lalaki yon. At buti na lang sa parking ng bank hindi sa parking ng mall.

So Georgia has a minor dent, buti konti lang talaga at di sobrang obvious. Ang hassle lang talaga. Lord, kelangan bang pag bibigyan mo ko ng lessons, may example pa? Seriously, I am thankful that it was just a simple mishap. Sana wala ng ganitong mga pangyayari. Please guide me always Papa God. 🙂

2011

help melvin to achieve seven-figure savings.

go out of the countrySingapore May and Dec 2011

trim down to 47 kilos. 25-inch waistline.

out of town with familySingapore again, with Kaila, Mommy and Joemar (plus Dad and Melvin)

read at least 12 non-law books.

watch at least 20 movies at the cinema.

cut down on sweets.

swimming lessons.

go to sunday mass regularly.

one week vacation with melvin.

be at the top of my class.

at least three blog posts a month.

fill up my bdj planner.

be physically active.

learn to cook different meals.