As the Scouts’ motto implies “Laging Handa” (Always Ready), it won’t hurt if we are always cautious and prepared. Anything may happen any time so it’s just important that we are armed with the necessary know-how, first aid tools and back up plans should an accident or sudden illness arise. As a Mom, I always make sure that my son’s supplies are well stocked: formula milk, diapers, bath supplies, and snack items. His feeding box (where I put all his feeding bottles) is always equipped with a stock of his vitamins and other supplements. I also have other OTC and first aid medications ready like paracetamol, Ventolin syrup, Salinase nasal drops and even a fever cooling gel. These are just the basic stuffs and others may be easily bought from a nearby drugstore. In the US, there’s JazzMedical.com, the leading online retailer of medical supplies, medical equipment, home health care supplies and lifestyle products from which they can readily order their needs by just placing their orders online.
April 28, 2010
April 27, 2010
Four days have passed and yet I still can’t get over the romantic reunion I’ve witnessed last Friday. My dear friend, Kathy, celebrated her 29th birthday and I bet it was one, if not the most, memorable birthday she ever had. Without a hint, her OFW husband surprised her with the biggest gift of all. Himself..fresh from the airport.
To begin with, I feel honored and pleased to have been part of this big surprise initiated by her mischievous husband who was still at KSA when he sought our help. Albeit tough, the brainstorming session with my fellow connivers and with the OFW husband was fun. It involved a very long email thread and endless (and careful) yahoo chat messages. Even when we were still planning, I was already teary-eyed and so excited. I knew that it will be an emotional reunion. Truly, it really was. And I’m just glad that I was able to capture the precious moments via my camphone. The emotions and reactions were truly priceless. Our adlib and acting efforts were effective (as effective as the best acne pill there is). We’re just so glad that the big birthday surprise was a success. And no doubt, Kathy and Amiel were the happiest at that moment.
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April 26, 2010
A former colleague recently uploaded this photo of mine in Facebook and tagged me. I didn’t almost recognize myself because I looked so different here. Apart from the hair, the main difference is that I definitely look plumpish here. See the chubby cheeks and a bit enlarged nose? This is one of my post-pregnancy pics and if I remember correctly, I was in my 110-ish lbs weight in here. If I’m to upload my current pic side by side to this photo, I bet you would ask the weight loss supplements that I gulp or which fitness program worked on me to achieve such tremendous change. The answer..nothing really. I’m one proof that breastfeeding really does eradicate pregnancy fats..in my case, very fast.
This photo is a memorable one for me. It was taken during the last few hours of my last reporting day at Convergys two years ago. The whole finance team sent me off with a surprise mini-gathering in the conference room, a cake and a number of gifts/tokens. This also marks the last day of my being a corporate slave and the first night that I slept with a (work-related) stress-free heart and lovingly embraced the wonderful world of being a SAHM. Looking at the picture now, I surely miss my work station..the relaxing ergonomic chair, the hanging cabinet that housed my stuffs, the messy desk, Asher’s pictures posted on the wall that kept me inspired everyday, the stuffed toys, my desktop etc. How I wish I have exactly the same workstation now here at home so I can work on my online gigs more comfortably.
April 20, 2010
The whole family (my side) had a truly memorable and marvelous summer getaway at Acuatico Beach Resort in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas last April 5-6. It was actually several months in the making as my abroad-based sister planned this as early as December last year in time for their Summer 2010 homecoming vacation here in the Philippines. My other sister and I were tasked to do the rest of the planning and the logistics. We couldn’t be more excited as early as then because it’ll gonna be Acuatico and our balikbayan sister volunteered to foot half of the bill. Woot!
We contacted Acuatico as early as February and was surprised to know that their April weekends were already fully booked. Our parents were set to leave for KSA on the 9th of April and since my sister and her family wouldn’t be here until April 1st, Easter Monday was the perfect day.
To start with, I have high expectations of the resort as I’ve been hearing great raves and reviews about the place. And so just upon entering the gate, my brother, who’s a fellow first timer, and I chorused in saying “wowww!” upon view of the resort’s nicely landscaped garden, parking grounds and the resort’s inviting front view structure.
We checked in and were guided to our rooms immediately by their courteous staff members. We booked two rooms, a Terraza room and an Infiniti room, enough to accommodate our group of 9. The Terraza room, as the name suggests, is a two floored structure having a terrace…”a room with a view deck”. We were welcomed into the room by attractive door mats, clean bathroom (but not so spacious shower area though) on the first floor, nicely designed zen interiors, breathtaking view of the whole resort from the deck, comfortable table and outdoor chairs, a spacious and uniquely roofed bedroom on the second floor. The zen-type airconditioned room is equipped with neatly arranged bed linens, comfy mattresses (both on the queen size bed and day bed) and abounding soft pillows, a 32 inch LCD TV, the usual hotel room knick-knacks and attractive window blinds. Just my ideal comfy and homey hotel room.
My sister and her family stayed in the adjacent Infiniti room. It’s the resort’s standard room, equally well maintained and clean but a bit cramped though.
As for the exteriors and the pool area, well, just let the pictures do the talking. I’m actually lost for words on how to describe the scenic and breathtaking view of the infinity pool, the floating bar, the overall ambiance…it’s totally pure heaven, I must admit.
View from the deck of Terraza A