Hey ho! Time to update my followers.

New look should mean new post, right? Well, nothing much lately, except that I’m keeping myself busy with a lot of things.

1. Completing my photo book project for the Singapore 2011 Summer Trip with Mom and Kaila

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See the screen shot? (I had to Google how to take a screen shot using Mac, hahaha.) I already finished the 2009 trip but I used the iPhoto and for that, I could not get it printed since it’s not available in the Philippines. And when I am in Singapore, I always forget to do it. So the 2009 album is just stuck in my Mac. I plan to have this printed once I finish it (crosses fingers).

2. Enrolled Kaila

After we got back from SG, I came to know that school starts on June 6. The “pas away” mommy that I am had not enrolled Kaila by then. Nauna ko pa gang ibili ng school shoes bago ko sya i-enroll, haha. (I bought her school shoes first instead of enrolling her.) Yay, she’s enrolled and I now have a Kindergarten student. How time flies! In fact I am already thinking whether to enroll her in an international school when she reaches Grade 1. (A child costs 90,000 pesos!!!)

3. Attended UB’s 1st Annual IHL Moot Court Seminar

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… and learned a LOT from it. I am a part of the moot court team, would you believe that? I never really considered myself a good public speaker and now, I am a mooter. How in the world did that happen? Well, I was forced (hahaha) to join. And from the seminar, I learned why. (Secret, hahaha.) I am simply thankful for being a part of it. 🙂

What I learned? Everything is HARD WORK. There is no such thing as overnight success. Practice makes perfect. Preparation and prayer + a little bit of luck. Sorry for deleting the details, I am too lazy to type all of them, hahaha.

4. Reading Succession

The four-unit subject for this semester. The key subject to regain my scholarship. Ang subject that will either make or break me, haha. First year, first sem, it was Persons and Family Relations. I got a low grade kaya di ako umabot sa cut-off. Second sem, it was Obligations and Contracts. I did get in because I got an 88 here. Second year, first sem, ugh, PROPERTY!!! Second sem, CIVIL PROCEDURE. And the professor is the dean. Well, after I received my CivPro grade, I told him, “Sir, di lang siguro talaga tayo same wave length.” O well, this sem, it’s succession. And I promise, gagalingan ko dito. The subject is also interesting, manahan. As if maraming kayamanan, hahaha.

5. IELTS Review

Not me. Melvin. He’s taking the test for his Australian visa by the end of the month and he assigned me to review him. Not really a task but he’s making it hard for me. Daming gusto, hahaha. I can do this. 🙂

So there, I’m currently busy. Always busy, hahaha.

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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. 🙂

Thank God the surgery went well

Woke up early today for Melvin’s achilles tendon surgery. He was scheduled for a 6 am surgery so we had to wake up early to prep him before the operation. At 5:35 am, we went down to the OR, where we met his anaesthesiologist, who explained that he would be “mildly” asleep during the procedure, that he would not feel anything on his lower body for around 6 hours after the surgery, and that he should not move around after. Melvin and I talked for awhile, I calming him so that he won’t get nervous. It was his first (hopefully the last) operation so I had to comfort him, though he said he was not nervous at all. When his ortho-surgeon came, he tapped Melvin on his right leg and then I went to the waiting area while they brought him to OR 1. I waited for around 10 minutes before I went back to our room to grab some sleep and wait. It’s harder to wait in that area near the OR so I chose to go upstairs. Anyway the operation would take about an hour or so, said the doctor. The doctor also said I better get upstairs to rest, the operation won’t start until an hour, and that they would just call me if I’d be needed.

Upstairs, I immediately turned on the TV so I won’t worry much, said a prayer, took my breakfast, watched Etc and then fall asleep. Woke up in time for AI replay, and waited. 9:45 am, the nurse called me, I was met by the ortho-surgeon, he showed me the pics of Melvin’s torn tendon, which he described as punit na punit . Then I saw Melvin in the recovery room, the doctor even had him waive to me.

So I am back now in our room, just waiting for Melvin tp be brought up here. Thank you God the surgery was successful. Thank you God that Melvin is safe.

Achilles Tendon Rupture

Here at the hospital with Melvin. He is to undergo operation to repair his Achilles tendon, which ruptured yesterday while playing basketball. The tendon is the strongest tendon in the body and is located at the back part of the lower legs to the calf. Injuries of this kind are common to those who are active in sports.

Melvin just went home for a four-day vacation and this happened. I don’t know what to think. I know everything happens for a reason and I’ve been wondering since last night the reason for this. Maybe it’s better this way for this might have happened in SG and it would cost a lot more expensive. Maybe it’s a way of reminding us to take care of our body since we’re not getting any younger. Maybe it just happens. I don’t know. Melvin said he’s saf. He’s about to go offshore next month and God knows we’ve been waiting for this for a long long time. It will give us enough to build our house. It will allow us to fully pay Georgia.

O God. I am not in the right place to question what’s happening. All I know is that everything happens for a reason. And I do believe that there are better plans if ever. And so I lift everything to You. Whatever the doctor aays, whatever happens, I trust you Lord my God. Just take care of Melvin please.

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 there!

I’ve been busy the past month. Sorry for no updates my loyal followers (as if meron, hihihi). Melvin’s birthday (March 2). Mine’s on the 12th. Kaila’s moving up exercises (March 20). And of course, finals week (two weeks actually – March 20 – 30). Post birthday celebration in Taal with friends (March 31). In betweens, o well sleepless nights, backaches, first trimester blues, and so much more.

It’s vacation and I’m hoping I’ll be able to write more here. Time to practice my grammar and writing skills.

Will update soon.

Have a blessed Holy Week everyone!

Extra Special Vday

Valentines Day was extra special. Because I confirmed that I was pregnant.

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And I received this surprise from hubby.

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If you’ve been a constant follower, you know already that I don’t really expect something special during special occasions because Melvin and I are not the thoughtful/swet type of couple. I have been wishing for the longest time for him to surprise me. Well, wishes do come true hihi. First, last Christmas when he gave me Siri. And yesterday, when he sent the flowers while we were having a class.

Hihi. I feel so special. 🙂

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We are so happy about the second baby. God willing, sana healthy baby boy. Kaila is not yet prepared to have a sibling though. She is still in the denial stage. “walang baby sa tummy si mommy,” and “i am kaila, hindi ate kaila” were her reactions. Time to make some adjustments. Time to prepare her for the arrival of the little one.