December 30, 2010

2011 resolutions

Short but supremely ambitious.

1. Quit smoking.
2. Zero caffeine.
3. Easy on the alcohol.
4. More time for exercise.
5. End of rock and roll.

December 29, 2010

when you have kids in the house...mayhem

When we moved to our house in the south years ago, Unna was only about 3 and Laila, 2. So I already knew back then that we won't have nice, tidy walls for long. I thought to myself that I better just prepare myself for the eventual defacing of our walls. 

Over the years, they did deface the wall. And more.

The side of this couch...

...used to be a practice canvas for the girls. No wonder they were so quiet during the times when I put them on timeout. (And I thought they served their time well!)

I went home one day to find the kids' bathroom strewn with Spongebob Squarepants stickers. I would have thrown a fit, except that I also love Spongebob.

Somebody hid this hideous Band-Aid here, still in the girls' bathroom, thinking perhaps that no oldie will discover it.

Not too hot about this sticker on their bedroom door but I just let it stay, hoping they will outgrow this soon. (Nah, they're not aware of the bong party.)

My immaculately white cabinet, dirtied with a scrawl by my daughter that says "Bye Mom" (misspelled "By Mom"). She wrote this one morning when she left for school and I was still sleeping. This is my favorite dirt in the house.

The inner panels of their cabinet. Madness.

Thankfully, this utter mayhem in the house stopped for a long time already, now that the kids have aged and matured. They finally developed an ear for listening to the rules and developed fear of violating it as well.

Very, very, soon, we will have the walls repainted and have the stickers removed. But for sure, I will miss the reminder of their rascal days, especially the note on my pristine cabinet wall.

December 28, 2010

resolutions, resolutions

Now it is time to visit the resolutions I made early this year (click here). How did this little girl do? 
Let us see...

1. Buy Christmas gifts early. 
(THUMBS DOWN: Gifts were bought and wrapped last minute, just like the previous years.)

2. Remember people’s birthdays. Drop a note that makes them feel loved and special. 
(FABULOUS!!!: Notes sent to most friends. Must continue with this tradition.)

3. Eat more veggies.
(MAKING PROGRESS: Should do better next year.)

4. Walk around the village 3-5X a week. Run regularly, eventually.

5. Use the clubhouse gym and pool more frequently. (But first, learn how to swim.)

6. Teach the kids how to play the guitar.
(PASSABLE: My 8-year old now knows the chords A and D.)

7. Teach the kids how to play the piano (But first, have the piano fixed.)
(WELLL.....I haven't had the piano fixed (insert bitter laughter).

8. Teach the kids some choreographed numbers, just for fun.
(FABULOUS!!! Taught them some Hawaiian moves and some Michael Jackson numbers. My kids do not call me crazy for nothin'.)

9. Sew some fabulous patchwork blankets.
(UHHMMMM....why did I even include this in the first place?)

10. Pick up a brush and do some watercolor artworks.
(UHHHMMMM.....too ambitious?)

11. Write some more.
(FABULOUS!!!: If this blog is any indication...)

12. Travel some more.
(With a heavy heart, I say EPIC FAILURE: My family went to Bora without me. The trip to Jakarta with my husband got cancelled at the last minute. 

Next year, maybe next year.)

13. Eat while drinking.
(This is sooo funny....uhmmmm....never got to do it. 

PS. Isn't beer a complete meal in itself? :-) 

14. Drink more wine than beer.
(SO-SO: I did drink wine instead of beer on some occasions.)

15. Watch more films.
(I did watch ALL the kiddie films this year. Oh, wait, this resolution excludes kiddie movies?? Ok, FAIL!!!)

16. Funky-fy my old clothes.
(QUITE GOOD: Turned my brother's Beatle shirt to a dress. Turned a baby onesie into a Halloween costume. Nina Garcia would have been proud of me.)

17. Do some housework.
(Ok, I'm not known to be a domestic diva but I did a little cooking this year. Did a spectacular job cleaning my closet. Swept the floor every now and then. All in all, IMPRESSIVE. Pat on the back.)

18. Write and draw a storybook for the kids.
(WHY???? Why did I include this? Why do I want to punish myself?????)

19. Do something sweet for the husband (because i'm not really a sweet person. but i must try.)
(Let us ask the husband.)

20. Go to church regularly. 
(Let us ask God.)

December 26, 2010

unna turns 8

She said she wants a simple birthday celebration. A day at the mall, books for herself and her sister, her favorite pasta, some rides, video games and a chance to pick her present.

As she loves designing clothes, she chose Harumika, a toy that comes with a mannequin and fabrics to style the doll with. But what she enjoyed most are her new books, which did not stay long in the bag as she started to devour it in the bookstore....

...while walking in the mall the toystore, slumped on the floor... the restaurant.

...and in the car on our way home, all through bedtime. 

So it was a simple birthday celebration alright. But my 8-year old is nonetheless one happy kid that day.

December 23, 2010

wishes to Santa

The socks do not go well with the rest of the trimmings for Priscilla (our fab Christmas tree, which I photographed in my previous post sans the socks). But my girls hung it there to write their wishes to Santa. And so it must stay.

Speaking of wishes, the elder daughter asked for a drum kit while the little one asked for Baby All Gone.

If I know Santa, he's having the gifts wrapped already. Oh, I can't wait for Christmas day to see the look of joy and surprise on my children's faces. 

The excited ripping of the wrapper, the howls of delight and their big-eyed wonder, the first moments of tinkering with their new toys...these outweigh the real value of the toys itself. 

Priceless, as Mastercard, err Santa would say.

our christmas tree

If our Christmas tree were a person, she'd probably be named Priscilla. As in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.  

Or maybe Pilita, as in Lola Pilita with the glittering gowns and back-bending moves.

But I think Priscilla is a more appropriate name for her. Because she's tall, slim, and may I add, unapologetically loud.

She's fabulous, dahlings. I'm sure my gay friends would approve of the name. 

December 22, 2010

princesses at a wedding

I told the girls that they will be princesses for a day and that princesses must be prim and proper at all times. At first, they happily obliged. 

Soon enough, they discovered how fun it is to spin around and see their princess gowns balloon as they twirled.

They loved the twirling so much they even took it inside the church.

But the princesses managed to carry out their duties when the wedding march started, albeit with tilted "crowns".

But the princess behavior didn't last very long. In the altar after the wedding ceremony, most of the pictures showed Unna tickling the little one, rather sneakily at first. 

In the end, the tickling and the teasing was very much out in the open. much for princess duties.

December 21, 2010

coy's not us

Amidst the Christmas frenzy, the unusual rush at work (so we can finish everything before the break), the parties and reunions, we also had to squeeze in the traditional Christmas program at our kids' school. 

Unna danced while Laila sang with their respective classes. I was just so glad that they performed as if they truly enjoyed performing, as you can probably glean from these pictures. 

I wish I can say that they have taken their talent and the gusto by which they express themselves from me and me alone. But their Dad is just like them, and yes, just like me, who sing with all the verve he could muster when summoned onstage in office parties and karaoke nights.  

In Filipino, we call it "kapal ng mukha", an expression that foreigners do not easily get when you say "thick-faced". But I find it more descriptive and more appropriate so I'll say it again...I am extremely proud of my kids and I am happy that they have as thick a face as their parents'.

December 16, 2010

wasted years

This is one case that I seriously followed since Hubert Webb and the rest of his friends were accused of the Visconde murders in the 90's. Now that the Supreme Court has already acquitted them, you wonder, what kind of justice system do we have, that innocent people have to suffer 15 years for a crime they did not commit?

And what now? Who will they go after? Or is this one more case that will be added to the loooong list of unresolved mysteries in the Philippines? 

All ye guys in the judiciary, police force, NBI....boooo!!!

December 9, 2010

two heads

My husband gave this sculpture to me as a surprise from his trip in Shanghai two years ago. He said he bought it because it reminded him of us, two people sharing the same soul.

He is not the sweet, romantic type. I am not the sweet, romantic type as well. 

But once in a while, he would spring a surprise like this, and I would totally be swept off my feet.

December 7, 2010

professional blogging

I was introduced to blogging by somebody who got into it as early as 8, 10 years ago. I remember visiting her site regularly as I did enjoy her writing. We have since moved to other agencies and it was only recently when I remembered to visit her site again.

The first thought that came to my mind was how prolific she has become, writing something almost everyday. I noticed that she has become such a professional blogger too, as shown by the way she has titled and labeled all her posts with all possible tags/topics/permutations/variations, which probably ensure a page one appearance on the search engine. There were ads on the left, on the right, on top, and below each post as well.

Please do not get me wrong. I am happy about her success. But I do miss her writing style 8-10 years ago, when she was not yet the professional blogger that she is now.

December 6, 2010

morning rides

If I have an early meeting, I would ride with the girls to school and drop them off first. The girls are of course thrilled when Mommy joins them for the morning ride. 

There was one morning for example, when the kids leaned on my ams during the whole trip and unintentionally creased my sleeves. It made me look suddenly lousy and unprepared for the meeting but I thought to myself, who cares? When kids get really touchy-feely and sweet, who can refuse such a quiet but generous and innocent display of love?

So I rolled my sleeves that day to hide the wrinkles on my black top. I did look lousy. But I felt so good inside.

December 5, 2010

delete! delete!

So there's this big news from our industry that rocked the advertising world and the whole nation as well. I already said my piece and wrote two posts about it. However, this issue has turned into a mudslinging game never seen before in our industry. As I do not want to be party to this mess, I have already deleted both posts. May this issue rest in peace.