Feb 27, 2010

My Not-So-Spa Experience

Hubby and I were given two gift certificates to a luxurious spa experience, and we decided to take the opportunity to indulge ourselves. After all, going to a spa is not an everyday thing for us. In fact, this would be the first for me.

The receptionist greeted us warmly, then proceeded with the question, “shower or sauna?” I panicked, realizing with a start that I wasn’t prepared for either one, but of course, I couldn’t let the receptionist know that. I said, “shower”, flashing her my most confident smile, but really, my insides were quivering so much. And they said going to the spa is supposed to keep you relaxed???

Anyways, the girl then gave me a key and escorted me to the shower room, and my head felt like it was about to explode. I took a deep breath and that sort of revived some of my brain cells. I figured the key was for one of the lockers. When I opened my locker, there were a pair of havaiianas, a bar soap, a couple of towels, a bathrobe, a comb, cotton buds, and what appeared like a pair of undies. So what’s next? I was all alone inside the bathroom, and frankly I didn’t know if it was a good thing or not. There was nobody to ask about the most mundane things, like where I should hang my street clothes, what I was supposed to do next, and what’s with the u-wear thingy? Am I really supposed to wear that? On the other hand it was kind of a relief that there was no one to see me making a fool of myself.

As I dilly-dallied, half-wishing that a long-lost fairy godmother with enough social grace would come to my rescue, a realization hit me – I was having my period which meant that I wouldn’t be qualified to avail myself of a full body massage. Twas a little weird that this never crossed my mind, but I was thankful nonetheless that my brain opened up at the last minute. I must have a fairy godmother after all.

I settled instead for a foot massage which took about an hour. I must have scanned 4 magazines and read a couple of articles thoroughly before I finally relaxed to the gentle pressure on my feet and the soothing music surrounding the darkened room.

As it turned out, I didn’t exactly get what I was looking forward to, but I wasn’t the least bit resentful even though Hubby ranted and raved about how great the experience was all evening. The fact that I didn’t make a fool of myself in public was all that mattered to me.

Feb 25, 2010

Starting Early

I can say for certain that it's never too early to expose your child to learning tools. Not many may agree with me, but ...

AJ was barely four months old when I bought her flash cards of the English Alphabet. Around that time I bought her her first book - a dinosaur book that's made of fabric. I bought her more books after that and encouraged her to look at the pictures.

When she was 9 months old, she could already say apple (although it sound more like apoh, still...) At one year and 2 months, she has over a hundred words in her vocabulary. At one year and 7 months, she can identify the letters of the alphabet and the colors red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, brown, white, even black. And she can tell yellow from gold and the other way around.

She can count numbers from 1 to 14, and pick up the lyrics to a song quite easily - even songs in Latin, no kidding! AJ can sing the first few lines of Despedida a la Virgen and she sings this often. I can say that this may be her favorite song - she wants me to sing it to her to lull her to sleep.

My point is, I'm not a genius and neither is her Dad, so if AJ turns out to be smart, it couldn't be because of genetics, could it?

I think it does help a lot to introduce your kid to learning tools, like books, early on.

And it helps, too, to always talk to your child. Always. 

Feb 23, 2010

Undomestic Mom

Reading Sophie Kinsella's Undomestic Goddess left me ticklish. It was so hilarious it completely de-stressed me. I was practically laughing out loud, line by line, page by page. You should get a copy of it and watch the blues just melt away.

I can somehow relate to the book, perhaps because I'm kind of "undomestic" myself. No, I wasn't born with a silver spoon and definitely wasn't raised like a brat, but we had help around the house most of the time, so I never got around to doing household chores. Besides, I always reasoned, I couldn't get my hands wet after playing the piano (notwithstanding the fact that early on, I would hit just a couple of notes. Certainly, washing the dishes would not cause my fingers to swell or give me carpal tunnel syndrome. Still...)

The thing is, it's not that I couldn't do anything. I know how to use the microwave and the toaster and I know how to turn on the gas range, too. So,really, you can't say that I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING, and it's not like I'm a bad mom, either. Not the best one, for sure, but not bad. At least, I don't think so, because I have a lot of love for my daughter and I show it to her in all the ways I could.

Feb 20, 2010

Of GPS Gadgets

I'm presently working on a writing project - reviews on GPS gadgets, and I couldn't help but be amazed at how advanced technology has become. Practically gone are the days of traditional paper maps. Now with a GPS device, you can literally travel the world with ease and in style.

GPS gadgets are preloaded with maps and thousands of points of interest, vibrant and lifelike on the color touchscreen. These gadgets also use advanced voice technology, offering you voice-prompted turn by turn directions to your destination. Some even help you choose the quickest routes, avoid traffic jams, and so on, thus helping you save both on time and money.

Many GPS devices come with emergency locators, so in case you find yourself in unfamiliar ground, getting right back on track is no trouble at all.

Wow, these gadgets really take the fear out of traveling, don't you think?

Feb 18, 2010

Me and My Asus Netbook

I finally got my own netbook - an Asus EEEPC 1201T in black. I was actually hellbent on getting an HP mini, but after going over some PC reviews, I decided on an Asus instead. And it looks like I just made a smart decision.

Asus EEEPC 1201T comes with a 12.1" screen, an almost full-sized QWERTY keyboard (which is good for me because I do use the keyboard very often), a 1.60 GHz AMD processor, 2GB RAM, 320 GB HDD2, a built-in webcam, speakers, along with other great futures. The netbook is Wi-Fi ready which means that i can surf the web anytime so long as I stay close to a Wi-Fi hotspot (and there are lots of them now). It also comes with a 6 cell battery, which accordingly allows me to use it for 6-7 hours without electrical power.

And the best thing? it's only P 22,000 (without the OS, a Windows 7 starter kit which i have to buy separately)and i can pay it up in 12 months time at zero percent interest through VISA.

Feb 17, 2010

Ash Wednesday

It's Ash Wednesday, and for Catholics it means a day of fasting, abstinence, and remembering. Remembering what? That "man comes from dust and to dust he shall return."

Ash Wednesday also means the beginning of the lenten season, the season which characterizes the sufferings and sacrifices of Jesus. This season calls for sacrifice, and though it's not really a requirement to offer a sacrifice during this 40-day period, I nonetheless would like to temporarily give up something that I love --- meat ... including chicken meat!

We normally abstain from eating meat on Fridays of lent, but this year, I want to do it for the entire season. Sounds drastic? I suppose because that means I won't be having KFCs until Easter Sunday.

Oh, well...

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Feb 16, 2010

A Little Fall Of Rain

We had a bit of rain the night before Valentine's Day and it's something that we are so thankful for. The El Nino phenomenon had taken its toll and the continuing dry spell didn't mean any good to the farmers, to the economy, and to everybody, at all. Though it was only more than a drizzle, it nonetheless gave the parched land a refreshing drink.

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Feb 14, 2010

Happy Valentine!

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As of this writing, I don't know yet how I'll be celebrating Valentine's Day. My husband's so busy with work and it doesn't make sense to go out by myself. It's not that we're used to go out often during Valentine's day. In fact, we normally don't do that because all the restaurants are crowded. Besides, we can always spend time together even if it's not Valentine's day if we really want to, and if we have some extra money to spare.

But then, there are a few essentials I need to buy, anyway, so I guess, I'll be going out, after all.

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Feb 13, 2010

Lost and Found

It's Saturday and it feels exactly like it! Had another fun and memorable day with my daughter, my copy cat. She wants to do thing everything I do, I can't help but be touched. Like, when I drink coffee, she too wants to take a sip, but of course, I couldn't let her do that (at least not when anyone else is watching - joke =). This afternoon, she sees me exercising on the abswing thingy I bought years ago but remembered to re-use again just now, and she wants to try it, too.

AJ never fails to amaze me, and guess what? she even found my long lost e-card and SM advantage card. Actually, I already had my SM advantage card replaced a few months ago, and good thing, I never did get around to go to the bank to have my e-card replaced, too. Anyways, AJ found these in the same wallet where I usually keep my credit cards!

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Feb 12, 2010

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Well, as it is, I still haven’t gotten around to creating a new blog. I had to write 15 articles yesterday, and play with my very energetic daughter in between.

AJ is so much fun to be with. Spending time with her is always stress-relieving. She’s like a big bag of wind and it’s kind of entertaining to watch her and listen to her gab about anything and everything under the sun.

There are times when she seeks her own freedom. Like, yesterday, she was trying to pull herself up to a high chair and didn’t want me to help her at all. She told me, “shoo mama”, like I was some kind of a fly or something. Lol!

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Feb 10, 2010

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The week is, indeed,almost over. Tomorrow is Evilio Javier Day, a holiday in Panay, so that practically leaves just one day more before it's weekend again.

I haven't gotten around to creating another blog, one that will feature happy thoughts everyday. Hopefully, I'll have time to do that come Thursday.