Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Day 181: Dismayed and yet...hopeful...

(photo courtesy of REUTERS)

Today marked an important day in the country's history...President-elect Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III, nicknamed Noynoy/P-Noy was sworn in as the Republic of the Philippines'  15th president. 

During the recently concluded national and local elections, I was quite vocal about my personal choice for the country's top post and P-Noy it definitely was NOT. I didn't think he had the qualities I was looking for as the country's leader nor did he have the necessary qualifications and experience to run a troubled nation such as ours. I still stand by these beliefs but I also have to acknowledge and accept that the greater majority of Filipinos have spoken and made their choice.

As I was watching the live coverage of the Inaugural Ceremonies, I cringed at how a dignified event turned out to be more of a Wowowee episode. Even the President's Inaugural Address left much to be desired. Sure, it was done in Filipino but a close scrutiny of the content would reveal that it was nothing but a well-dressed can of empty promises, nothing concrete nor measurable. 

More focus was given on non-essential things like "wang-wang"...as President, P-Noy should know that there are certain security protocols that cannot be compromised, the highest position in the land need to be protected (for all citizens sake). C'mon! There are more important and pressing problems that need attention...focus!!!

I watched and as I continued to do so I got more and more dismayed and frustrated...with what I've seen and heard, I'm expecting the new Aquino government to fail but I have to remain hopeful and prayerful that it doesn't...for all our sakes.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Day 180: Parent-Teacher Partnership

Start of the school year means another Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) year. Every year since my Jarred started attending school, I make sure that I take an active role as the school's partner in his education and development. After all, it is every parent's desire that their child receive the best Christian education and formation that will enable them to secure a bright future. Parents need to proactively support the school through its teachers by closely monitoring both academic and non-academic activities. We have a responsibility to make sure that our children are receiving the right and timely information. The school needs our feedback and assistance when it comes to our children's performance and vice-versa. It is a two-way street and the PTA becomes the vehicle to have a smooth-sailing school year.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Day 179: Dear Mom

I was up early, raring to start the day by preparing the family's breakfast and my son's lunch pack for school. Being used to multitasking, it wasn't unusual that I had a lot going on in front of me: fried rice being sauteed on the pan, toast for sandwiches heating in the toaster oven, water for coffee boiling in the heater and juice to be made. I was happily juggling all of these tasks when the image of Mom suddenly crossed my mind...and I remembered with poignancy how Mom used to do the same for us when we were younger. Well, maybe not on a day-to-day basis since she was working full time as a pediatrician then but I can distinctly remember that she made the effort to do things for us when she had the time. 

I've been a hands-on Mom for the past 7 years and I realized that many of the tasks I do were the stuff I saw Mommy did for us then. In fact, it was even more difficult for her because she had to juggle a very demanding career of taking care of young children's lives and health while overseeing the welfare of her family. As a pedia, Mom was the best! Many of her patients (most of whom are all grown up now) and parents can attest to the loving care that she gave as a doctor.

Looking back, my siblings and I always had that resentment about Mom's job mainly because it ate most of her time and there were several instances in the past when outings and family activities had to be postponed or canceled due to some medical emergency at the hospital. It is only now that I realize how important Mom's job was...to most of her patients it meant the matter of life and death.

When Mom finally had more time to spend with us, we were older and had developed our own personalities and quirks already. Unconsciously, we turned her away and didn't give her a chance to get to know us. We failed to acknowledge all her sacrifices and difficulties in balancing family life...that was all she wanted. Rejected by her family, Mom tried to seek acceptance elsewhere which led to the bad habits she has now formed. Somehow, we had a hand in that.

I hope it's not too late to let her know how important she is in my life and how grateful I am that she is my mother. I love you Mom...everything about you...the good and the bad, the sacrifices and the headaches...the understanding and misunderstanding. I thank God that He made me resemble you in many different ways...I love that I have your face, hands, fingers and even nails. I share your taste buds, mannerisms and stubborn streak. I will keep in my heart all of the memories I shared with you especially those times when you were here to assist me in childbirth. I pray to God that He will give us the opportunity to spend more time together so that the rest of my family can experience the purity of your heart. I love you, Mom and I miss you so much!


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Day 178: Beautiful Eyes

What a lovely sight
So much innocence
And beauty in those eyes.

Twinkling like stars
Bursting with joy
With each smile.




Saturday, June 26, 2010

Day 177: On the side

What is it with this table top condiment that makes it such an irresistible food sidekick?

A few dashes of Knorr seasoning on hot rice surely perks up this otherwise boring carbohydrate staple. I find that it also works wonders on steaks and grilled dishes.

I guess it's the "umami" effect of monosodium glutamate that does the trick. Well, the presence of this chemical is also the reason why I don't keep stock of this food item at home despite the magic it weaves on food.

For me, it's enough that I get to taste a few dashes here and there whenever I come across it at restaurants or other households.



Friday, June 25, 2010

Day 176: Japorms


All grown up....(sniff, sniff)


Before I know it, he'll be the one putting his arm around my shoulder already...


Time sure flies so fast these days...


Just take your time growing up, son...Mommy will surely have a hard time letting you go.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Day 175: Kuya as teacher


Left on his own to take care of younger sister Cailie, Kuya Jarred passes the time going through his Incredible Hulk activity book with her, explaining the different characters and tasks to do as he flipped the book pages.

Many of Cailie's developmental and learning milestones were reached early because she had Kuya Jarred to look up to all the time. This is the reason why we're very strict with our son when it comes to behavior and discipline, we always tell him that he's the role model of his younger siblings and he has to make sure he's always in his best behavior.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Day 174: Lovely CeeJae

Despite the obvious lack of crowning gloriousness, my bunsoy, CeeJae still manage to exude overall girly sweetness. Her twinkling eyes speak of both innocence and mystique and her intoxicating smile is definitely contagious. 

Cathleen Janelle can carry herself well and shows so much confidence in her every stride. So even if it might take a while for her gorgeous locks to show, I'm sure she can manage to maintain all girlishness with that lovely face and disposition.



Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Day 173: Creamy Goodness

The love for ice cream is something my children inherited from their Dad. No matter the flavor, be it branded or the pinoy sorbetes type, the kids always look forward to have this yummy treat.

I do have a sweet tooth myself but my preference lie with cakes, pastries and chocolates. Of course, I wouldn't refuse a cone of ice cream if offered one (wink!!!).

Talking about ice cream kinda brings me back to my childhood days when my parents would bring my siblings and I to the Magnolia Ice Cream House along Aurora Boulevard in Quezon City (I believe it's now known as the Nestle Creamery). We spent many bonding moments there over bowls of creamy concoctions and glasses of sundaes.

Well, I can't give my kids the exact same cool experience but I can assure them that their childhood will be filled with wonderful family moments together over cones of their favorite "flavor of the road" (streetside sorbetes).

Monday, June 21, 2010

Day 172: School Boy

Barely a week since classes started, my young school boy is slowly getting used to his new class schedule and lesson pace. Jarred has made new friends with his classmates who were transferees from other schools.

He is beginning to like the idea of staying in school for the whole day and even taking his lunch there. Many of the changes this school year will definitely teach him to be more independent and self-reliant. As a parent, I want nothing more than to see all of my children growing up to be well-adjusted, highly-independent and loving Christians. Although, the thought of them not needing me anymore does send tears to my eyes at times. Sometimes, I wish I could just slow down the hands of time and let them remain my babies for a tad longer...sigh! The next best thing now is to just make most of each day that we are given to be with them and be thankful to God for these children who are such awesome blessings from above.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Day 171: Father's Day 2010


The Almighty Father has been so gracious in gifting me with wonderful stewards of His fatherly love on this earth. Today, I pay tribute to the three men who give real meaning to the word "FATHER"

To my loving Daddy...

You were my strength and inspiration growing up since you played the role of mother most of my young life as you and Mom had a reversal of roles in our family. I grew up seeing you manage the little details of home life - attending to our school needs, nutrition and learning. During most days, you went out of your way to deliver freshly-cooked meals to school so that I'd have a wonderful lunch experience. You painstakingly taught me the rudiments of Math whenever I'm ready to give up (it was never my favorite subject but with under your tutelage, I survived it). Yours was the loudest applause whenever I had to be on stage for school performances and quarterly academic awards. It was your shoulder I cried on when I had my first heartbreak. You raised my bar of expectation for possible suitors and eventually for my choice of life partner. He had to at least match you in every possible way or else he's out of the running. Even when I became independent and started a family of my own, you never ceased to love and support me. As a grandfather, you dote on my children and love each one equally. I may never get to see you as often as I want to but keep in your heart the knowledge that you are never far from my heart nor my mind.

To my dear Papa...

The greatest gift you have ever given me is the gift of your son. Through you, God granted me a most wonderful man to love and care for. Your ways may have been totally different from my Dad's but it was your own personal touch. Life's lessons were learned through and because of you. During times of need, you always had an open heart and lent your time and effort. I remember your invaluable presence when we first moved to Butuan and didn't have extra help. You stayed with me and the children while hubby was on regular out-of-town trips in his job. There were times you dozed off while patiently waiting for me to finish my online lessons. Your grandchildren find security and peace in your loving embrace and they are always excited to see you during brief visits. I thank God everyday for doubling my source of fatherly love by bringing you into my life.

To my Ga, my darling Jerome...

If there was an award for the Best Father in the World, you'd most likely bag it for your ways are so unconventional and yet they are always right and logical in raising children to be the best all-around Christians. By going against time-tested practices and making your own parenting rules, you manage to combine lessons learned from old ways and the new way of thinking to meet current global needs. Unorthodox as they may be, I know that our children will be better equipped to face the challenges of the future. I am proud to say that whatever I know about parenthood today I learned from you and I've become a better mother to our children because of you. Your parenting style is one of tough love - a way I know that will make our children strong, independent, confident and decisive. Sure, it's hard to see them go through life's hardships but it's going to be much more difficult if we gave them the easier way of life. That ain't love, it's spoiling. As a loving and caring Dad, you make sure our children are provided with their needs, even just the simple ones that bring smiles to their faces. After all, in life, it's you who they need and not whatever material stuff they just see or want. As they grow, I can see that what they appreciate is our presence in their lives, they're content and truly happy with what they have. In many ways, you've also weaved your parenting magic on me and made me a much better person in so many ways. I can never thank you enough for being an awesome Dada to our three kids. They are truly blessed to have you as their father. 



HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Day 170: Beat the Heat

With the rising cost of fuel, many of the things that we enjoy in life have also risen in cost. So the small luxuries we used to indulge in may now be too expensive for us. One such product is ice cream which is one of the family's favorite all-time heat and stress buster. Branded ones, including those packaged as promo "in-one" items are now proving to be too heavy on the pocket. 

Fortunately, a childhood favorite is still around and going strong. Remember the Celeste Legaspi tune "Mamang Sorbetero"? Well, it's good that in my city, there are still more than a handful of these peddling ice cream vendors roaming the streets offering cool treats to young and old alike. 

Of course, they're not as milky or creamy as the branded ones since their base is made from coconut milk instead but the flavors are amazingly creative and still gives that refreshing feeling of coolness. After all, the most important thing is beating this crazy hot weather, right?

Friday, June 18, 2010

Day 169: My First Online Purchase

These lovely pair of wedge shoes arrived today! They were ordered and paid for 4 days before. It was my very first domestic online purchase.

For sometime now, I'd been curious about all these online sellers sprouting here and there on Facebook and Multiply. I've really toned down in my shopping habits ever since I got married so I seldom make fashion purchases for myself. This was until I came across pictures of these wedge shoes on Facebook. I've been scouting for a pair for months now but I couldn't find a lovely pair with a reasonable price tag. Even though online shopping seemed an unorthodox way to obtain what I wanted, I bit the bullet and tried if it was a process I could really trust. 

Well, the online seller was very accommodating and always answered my inquiries promptly. She also posted pictures of her sold goods ready to be shipped out and identified herself with personal photos too. Hey payment option was convenient too as it was through the payment facility of my mobile phone. How cool was that? And so as soon as I made the payment, she confirmed receipt and told me to expect the shoes in 3-4 days. In fact, a day after I sent payment, I saw a picture of my parcel on her profile. 

Suffice to say, I'm one happy online customer and I can see myself doing more shopping this way from now on. Of course, there are also horror stories of bogus sellers lurking all over the world wide web so utmost care should be observed when doing this kind of transactions. Here are some tips to note:
  1. Make sure the seller identifies herself well on her profile page by exposing her working email address, mobile number and/or landline number.
  2. Look for pictures of the seller so you can match her shop name with a face. If you can't find a photo of the seller on her page, that's a red flag.
  3. Search through her archives for proofs of sale or shipment: photos of courier receipts, packed goods ready for shipment, etc.
  4. Take time to skim through comments from other shoppers or buyers on her page and look for positive feedback. If you find none, that's a red flag too.
  5. Do contact your seller through PM, email and mobile phone to be sure she responds quickly to your queries. Another check I made was through the mobile phone payment facility I opted for. I found my seller's full name tagged to her mobile phone number.
These are just a few reminders to make your online shopping experience both safe and exciting. HAPPY SHOPPING!!!

    Thursday, June 17, 2010

    Day 168: Bureaucracy

    The girls and I accompanied hubby to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) this morning to get a copy of his clearance. A process that should normally take about an hour to two tops turned into nearly a whole day affair. We were there before 8:00 am and a significant crowd already awaited us. Instead of letting each applicant go through the entire process at once (from application, payment, photo capture, finger printing to releasing), the government agency did each step in batches of 10. After application and filling up of forms, 10 people were asked to line up to go up the stairs and pay the cashier then back down to wait. This happened for about 6 or 7 batches. It was already past 10:00 am and hubby's name hasn't been called yet for photo capture! What the?!?! And when new faces were being called, we suspected they skipped the order that the batches were initially called. It was a hot day and the girls were already getting cranky so hubby said we should just go him and leave him there to finish everything. 

    At around half past 11:00, hubby arrived home frustrated because he was told to just go back after lunch as it was already nearing lunch break. At that point, he still hasn't had his photo taken. Four hours of waiting? That ain't cute! He went back around 1:30 in the afternoon and finally came home with his clearance on hand shortly before 4:00. That's a total of more than 6 hours in a day wasted in useless waiting. Had the agency taken a one person, one sweep of the process approach, it would probably make the waiting time way shorter and would not leave the applicants exhausted from going up and down the stairs 3x throughout the entire process. Imagine, each person had to wait after each small process when it could easily just be a one-time waiting when he's done with the entire process.

    Most of the people who were there were probably first time applicants seeking employment and others just sneaking out from school or work to get their clearance. All of them ended up spending most of their day waiting and probably suffered income loss or absence from school. What should only take a small fraction of time during a person's lunch hour took a day. Now, there's something seriously wrong with how NBI-CARAGA is doing its clearance process. I hope its management realizes this problem and be able to do the necessary steps in improving how they do things to better serve the public.

    Wednesday, June 16, 2010

    Day 167: A New School Year

    After nearly 3 months of summer vacation, Jarred is back in school and ready to face the challenges as a Grade I student. He's bound to discover many changes in this new school year. For one, short pants are no longer part of his regular uniform as he's required to wear long pants already. Secondly, his daily school schedule has shifted from half to whole day. He has to wake up early in the morning and prepare for a full day which starts at 7:30 am and ends at 5:00 pm. Another big change is the introduction of a couple of new subjects like Computer and Sibika. When he was in preschool, he only had two teachers, one who taught subjects under the English Department and another who taught the subjects in Chinese. This time around, he's going to have a different teacher coming into the classroom for each of his subjects.

    On this first day, it was noticeable that a few of his former classmates weren't around as they've transferred to other schools but there were about 5 new students in class that Jarred easily befriended.

    I'm sure he's looking forward to another year of learning, challenges and fun at BFCS.

    Tuesday, June 15, 2010

    Day 166: False Start


    The official start of the new school year was supposed to be today, June 15 and Jarred was excitedly preparing for it over the long weekend. With his schoolbag and lunch bag washed, old school polos repaired, and new stuff like notebooks, pens and long pants purchased, he was raring to face primary school.

    When we arrived in school this morning, we were surprised to see the announcement that classes would start the next day instead. Well, we didn't pass by the school road over the weekend that's why we didn't know about the announcement. We learned of the sad news that school administrator's husband died over the weekend and the funeral was today. The school faculty and staff will pay their last respects that's why school opening was postponed for tomorrow. We join the BFCS Family in prayer for the repose of Mr. Tan's soul and condole with his surviving family.

    Looking at the picture above, I wasn't sure if Jarred was glad or disappointed about this extra day of play. What do you think?

    Monday, June 14, 2010

    Day 165: Independence?

    Philippine Independence Day fell on a Saturday this year (June 12) but because of a weird Presidential proclamation, its observance was moved to today. I think it had something to do with tourism so that people would have long weekends for some getaway or something. Of course this is a yahoo moment for kids because  there's no school and for parents because it's an extra day of bonding with the family. However, if we look closely at the real implication, we'll discover that it isn't good for  most laborers as they lose an opportunity to earn on this day. Another thing to look at is the overall impact on the celebration itself. By moving the holiday, the real meaning for its commemoration somehow loses its importance. If I were still a young student or an office worker, I'd probably rejoice about no-work holidays like this but now that I can understand how it adversely affects more important issues, I see there's no reason to jump for joy. The celebration of a nation's true independence can only happen if its people are able to live by the principles that our forefathers and heroes fought hard for. Until then, it is just a facade to hide the ugly truth of a decaying nation and society.

    Sunday, June 13, 2010

    Day 164: Worship

    Growing up, I've been the type of person who was always conscious of the people around me and minded what they thought or had to say. This was especially true about worship and praise. I would usually be to embarrassed to lift my hands in prayer or praise when singing songs in church, afraid that the person next to me would think that I'm a weirdo or something. I realized today that I do all weird gestures and noises whenever I cheer for my favorite collegiate basketball team so why can't I do the same for Him, the Almighty Father, from whom all blessings come from. It was such an important lesson and realization for me and I'm glad for this wake up call.

    Saturday, June 12, 2010

    Day 163: Brothers and Sisters in Christ

    It has been several months since hubby and I attended our very first BCBP Breakfast through the invitation of a former colleague, Bro. Jensen Jimenez. It was indeed through God's plan that we have been brought to this wonderful community.  

    Our journey in knowing God and Jesus Christ and letting them work in our lives has been a rich and fulfilling experience so far. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with Him and our neighbors through continuous prayer, worship, brotherhood and service.

    Friday, June 11, 2010

    Day 162: Sandwich

    Sandwiches are a staple food item in my household. Whether for breakfast or snack, this simple treat warms our belly for some time. 

    A family favorite is tuna spiced up with a slather of butter and cheese spread on toast. Hubby and I enjoy it more with pieces of lettuce and tomatoes.

    Another popular sandwich variety at home is PB & J (Peanut Butter and Jelly) made more special by adding in slices of fresh banana. A filling that we learned to appreciate after watching an older season of Pinoy Big Brother is butter with maple syrup on toast since it looked so yummy on tv every time the housemates had it for their snacks. Now, it's one of the kids' fave sandwich style.

    What's your sandwich story?

    Thursday, June 10, 2010

    Day 161: Good to the last drop

    My adorable CeeJae has been wowing us with her developmental milestones ever since she was born so it wasn't a surprise to me when she  grasped the juice pack on the table and sipped away. 

    What did surprise me was how she managed to sip the whole tetra pack dry since my two older kids would usually leave some liquid at the bottom portion of the container. It seems that CeeJae had tremendous sucking power and really enjoyed her drink up to the last drop.

    Wednesday, June 9, 2010

    Day 160: Fast Food


    What was supposed to be a quick errand at the local mall turned out into a family bonding moment. I planned it all in my head already...quick stop at the courier to send off a document then to the telecom shop to send payment for a purchase - two tasks that could've been done in less than 30 minutes. Well, that's the ideal situation had I been by myself however, my 3 rugrats tagged along so you could pretty much guess that each child added about 30 minutes or so to the tasks at hand. It was almost past lunchtime when I finally finished the things I set out to do and just decided that we grab a quick bite at the mall's fast food area.

    To avoid too much mess, I decided on burgers for the two older kids, a pasta dish for the baby and mami with empanada for me paired with tetra pack juices. I had low expectations for the food since I knew it was a local mall that's not in the same caliber as SM or Robinson's but I must say their food fare were both yummy and affordable. At the end of  an hour's meal, the plates on our tray were wiped clean...burp!!!

    Tuesday, June 8, 2010

    Day 159: A New Look

    Blogger has come up with new designer templates and I jumped on the opportunity to give my Project 365 blog a fresh new look.

    Thanks to this new feature, my space on the web is more vibrant and alive than ever before.

    What do you think?

    Monday, June 7, 2010

    Day 158: A Mediterranean Treat

    Apart from Japanese cuisine, another type of food that hubby and I share a love for is Mediterranean. We won't turn down any opportunity to feast on hummus, gyros/shawarma, kabobs or lassi. 

    One of the more popular Mediterranean food fare that is readily available in the country is Shawarma. We like the combination of the meat, fresh veggies, garlic sauce and spicy sauce with the softness of the tortilla bread. A complete meal in itself, it is surely one of our favorites. 

    Sunday, June 6, 2010

    Day 157: Mommy Piggy is expecting...

    Remember Mommy Piggy? Well, here she is, posing readily for the camera. She is now on the family way...about one and a half months to be exact. By August, she's expected to deliver a whole bunch of piglets. 
    It's a wonder to see her gamely showing off her best angle. And if you look closely, you'll see that she's smiling in all of these shots.

    Saturday, June 5, 2010

    Day 156: Summer Ender


    The week-long DVBS finished with a grand culminating activity featuring the different children's groups performing songs and reciting bible verses. With this final summer school activity in wraps, the kids only have one more week of summer vacation before starting off a new school year on June 15. 

    These videos show my firstborn Jarred performing with his Primary class and my darling daughter Cailie's very first onstage performance together with her Preschool class:



    Friday, June 4, 2010

    Day 155: Deja vu

    When I saw little CeeJae walking along the hallway of BFCS, I couldn't resist snapping a photo. I instantly remembered taking a similar shot of Cailie 2 years ago. 


    In this photo, Caitlin was 1 year and 8 months old while CeeJae is 1 year and 1 month here. It's just cool to see how much Cailie has grown and that she's gone past being Kuya Jarred's sidekick in school. This summer gave her such a wonderful learning experience. I'm sure that in no time, CeeJae would follow in her Atchie's footsteps. 

    Thursday, June 3, 2010

    Day 154: Cailie the Concert Diva


    My daughter Caitlin Alyssa sings her signature song whenever she gets the opportunity. She sings it to put her baby sister CeeJae to sleep or whenever she gets cranky. Recently, Cailie discovered different things at home that could let her stage a concert in our living room. Standing on our antique chest/coffee table, it becomes her stage while a rainmaker from Palawan stands proud as her mic stand. A baby rattle becomes her mic and a toy pan is her make-believe guitar. In this video, she renders her favorite song, "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"...here she is, our family's concert diva!




    Wednesday, June 2, 2010

    Day 153: Yummy Takoyaki

    Hubby and I are lovers of Japanese food. When we were still stationed in General Santos City, there was a couple of good restaurants there that served pretty good Japanese cuisine so we were always "belly-happy". Unfortunately, the case isn't the same where we live now. We only get to turn Japanese whenever we visit Cebu or Manila which isn't that often. 

    The closest to a Japanese fix we can get is imitation Takoyaki from a food kiosk at the local mall. A set of 3 balls cost P20 so it's a relatively cheap snack to munch on. This is Wikipedia's definition of Takoyaki:

    Takoyaki (literally fried or baked octopus) is a popular Japanese dumpling made of batter, diced or whole baby octopus, tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, and green onion, topped with okonomiyaki sauce, ponzu, mayonnaise, green laver (aonori), and katsuobushi (fish shavings), first popularized in Taisho-era Osaka,[1] where a street vendor named Endo Tomekichi is credited with its invention in 1935 [2]. Takoyaki can be found in shops called issen-yoshoku, which roughly translates to "one-penny Western food" [3]. There is a similarly named dish called ikayaki but it is a broiled whole squid and bears no resemblance. Yaki is derived from "yaku" (焼く?) which simply means "to bake or grill" in Japanese, and can be found in the names of other Japanese cuisine items such as teriyaki or sukiyaki.

    I doubt if the ones we get here are really made out of octopus...maybe it's just batter, tons of shredded cabbage, some carrots and a combination of the spicy sauce and mayo. Well, I heard that real Takoyaki in Manila would cost about P100/order so that must be really good balls. In the meantime, I guess we have to satisfy ourselves with these yummy knock-offs of the real thing.

    Tuesday, June 1, 2010

    Day 152: Cailie takes the plunge!


    The summer of 2010 has given little Caitlin Alyssa the opportunity to know her abilities and be able to use them effectively. In the Daily Vacation Bible School (DVBS), she showed great independence since she didn't need to be watched over by a parent or guardian. When they get dropped off at the school gate, her Kuya Jarred brings her to her assigned classroom and she manages on her own. How's that for a 3.5 year old?