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Maru’s vocabulary

8 Aug

My son Maru is still bulol. But from the time he turned three last May, his vocabulary has grown tremendously. Alright, I’m guilty of letting him watch too much Playhouse Disney (which is now known as Disney Junior).  But I’m really amazed at how he uses most of the words/phrases he’s learned from watching TV.  Plus his antics never fail to crack me up.

1. Because he likes watching “Little Einstein,” he can sing a bulol version of “Annie’s rescue song” to the tune of George Bizet’s L’Arsienne Suite No. 2.

2. Everytime he refuses to eat, I tell him that if he eats, he’ll grow as strong as a dinosaur or a bear. “Like a dinosaur?” he’d ask. Then he’d thump his feet like a T-rex and growl loudly.

3. Every afternoon, he’s programmed to visit my cousin’s house which is just a few houses away from where we currently live.  After taking a bath, he always rushes to get his slippers and tells me, “I’m going to mommy house.”

4. “I’m back!” he announces as soon as he’s back.

5. “Where have you been?” he’d ask, in a demanding tone, everytime I come home from work.

6. Just last Saturday, I came home with a box of milk. He looked at the box of Nido and asked, “For me?” “Yes, that’s for you,” I said. “Oh, thanks Nanay. Thanks!”

7. My 10-year old nephew Isla had some friends over and were playing with their Transformers toys. Maru wanted to play with them but they wouldn’t let him touch the toys. He got so sad that he went to our room with his shoulders hunched.  I asked, “O, what happened to you?” He said, in his saddest voice, “Abujujuju friends!” No, don’t ask me what he meant, I still don’t know.

8. “Oh no! I’m stuck!” Maru said one time when Mike locked our door.

9. “It’s a fun! Weeee!” he exclaimed while we were going up the spiral driveway of Robinson’s Place’s parking lot.

10. “Tickle the toytoy!” he said while pointing at his penis, meaning he needs to go to the bathroom. We did not teach him that, ha!

11. When he doesn’t like the food and we ask him to eat, he says, “No way!”

12. “Nanay, please get dede in the kitchen? Please, please, please!” he says everytime he wants to drink milk.

13. “One dede, coming up!” he’d say as soon as I say ‘Yes.’

14. I think he has memorized Steve’s line in “Blue’s Clues” that everytime he’s looking for something, whether it’s a toy or a person, he’ll say, “Nanay, have you seen Woody (or name of person or toy) anywhere? You do? Where?” and adds, “There you are!” as soon as he finds whatever it is he’s looking for.

15. “Nanay, it’s gone!” with matching sad face when he doesn’t find what he’s looking for.

16. “I did it!” everytime he feels that he’s accomplished something.

17. “Oh no, it’s broken! Waaaaa!” when he breaks a toy.

18. “There! That’s better!” when he’s fixed something.

19. “Fix it!” when he wants us to fix something he can’t fix.

20. “Lemme try,” when we’re doing something (like writing on paper or typing on the computer) and he wants to try his hand on it, too.

21. He calls people he doesn’t know, “Anyone.”

22. He calls certain older people “Dad” (like my brother) or “Mom” (like my cousin’s wife).

23. We’ve raised him to call us “Nanay” and “Tatay”  but sometimes he forgets and calls us “Mom” and “Dad.”

I’m a delinquent blogger

27 Apr

Sporadic entries. Geez. We’ll, I’ve been busy.

And I’m thankful because I’ve got plenty to look forward to.


11 Nov

Because Julia Ormond a.k.a. Yaya Lucy is still on vacation and Mike is super duper swamped with work, heto ang buhay ko:

At tagahabol sa makulit na bata.

Maru said, “Pichur! Pichur!”

And turned his back on me when I was about to press the shutter. Malokong bata.




Distressed, de-stress

23 Oct

Gawd, the past few weeks have been godawful! Swamped with too much work (which, I know, ako rin ang may kagagawan) and now I have to finish a major, major project due Monday. Sobrang nai-stress ako, work has literally been breaking my back.

I was initially thinking of getting a massage and buying a memory pillow at SM to help my back.  But look what I ended up buying.

It’s a Parisian Junior size 40. I bought it just because it fits kahit hindi pa tinutupad ng SM ang kahilingan ko.

I also bought Maru a plastic dinosaur toy.  Maru’s fixated on dinosaurs, I don’t know where he saw them aside from Barnie and the Toy Story.  I wanted to buy him Rex, but it’s P3,500!

So I got him this instead.

A plastic triceratops, which he carries with him all around the house.

Okay, I know. Our house is a mess. And creepy. And it’s being claimed by the Laperals, I heard. Hahaha!

Who wore it best?

1 Jul

Baby James wearing a yellow Wayfarer.

Photo from Chuvaness

Or my son Maru, in a blue Divisoria Rayban, hehehe!

I will be ranting in this post so don’t bother reading if you don’t want to read stuff about healthcards, crappy Duo/Superduo services, and being broke

25 Oct

After getting confined in the hospital for almost five days due to dengue, Maru’s home and well now.

maru hospital ward

Gad, it was his third time to get dengue.  Possible? Yes, according to the doc.  Buti na lang lagi namin naaagapan.  Everytime he gets fever for two straight days, I take him to his pedia, Dra. Elen, asap. And because I’m praning, I always couple it with a blood test.  Now I’m thinking of demolishing our old house and rebuilding a new and improved mosquito-proof home.

Anyway, I’m planning to get a health card. As in seriously planning, parang feeling ko there’s no more time to think — ‘Just do it.’  I’m choosing between Fortune Care and Medicard, although most of my friends are recommending the latter.

I realized now that Mike and I have already spent more than a hundred thousand pesos for hospital and medical fees due to Maru’s frequent hospitalization (intestinal flu once, dengue thrice).  If you knew how little we earn or how hard we work our ass off just to earn extra, you’d probably sympathize with us and give us donations that could rival those in DSWD’s warehouse.

But really, if I had a health card, say Philhealth for example, our medical expenses could have been cut in half.  Better siyempre kung may Medicard, Fortunecare, or Maxicare para covered almost all expenses — room, medicines, doctor’s fee, labs, etc. But because nag-procastinate ako sa pagkuha ng card (because hindi naman siya madali, imagine it would take more than 10 percent of my monthly salary to cover me and Maru), baon na tuloy ako ngayon sa utang sa mga pinsan ko.

So now, I will stand firm na kelangan na talaga ng health card — for me, Maru, and Mike. Dahil we’re not getting any younger and with our stressful lifestyle, hindi malayong magkakaroon kami ng sakit at ayoko na ulit mamroblema kung saan kukuha ng pera pampa-ospital, kung makikipagsapalaran ba kami sa public hospital, kung i-skip na lang namin ang pagpapatingin sa doc dahil baka may kung ano pang lumabas na sakit na hindi naman namin kayang maipagamot.  Really, I’m so fed up of having to put our health at the back seat.  Now is the time to get a health card.  And I’m not taking any more excuses — from myself or from Mike — not to get one.



During Maru’s daily checkup prior to getting hospitalized and while he was confined in the hospital, I decided to use my Globe sim to subscribe to the new Super Duo service of Globe in the hopes that I can easily call home or Mike (who’s still faithfully using a Globe number).  I subscribed to their P35/day service just to try it at first.

It worked well on my first and second call.  But the succeeding calls, ayaw na.  Still, I gave Globe the benefit of the doubt and subscribed to Super Duo again when my initial registration of P35/day expired.

But whaddayaknow, the second time I registered, I wasn’t able to use the landline feature at all.  As in ayaw pumasok ng calls na ginawa ko sa lahat ng landline na tinawagan ko.  So I just gave my cousins/Mike my Super Duo number so they could call me.  Ayaw pa rin. Wala. Zilch. Nada.  Hindi raw matawagan, sabi nila.

Kaso, may problema talaga ako sa pagkatuto because when Globe failed me the first and second time, I still gave them another benefit of the doubt.  So for the third time, nag-subscribe ulit ako.  At ganun pa rin, hindi ko pa rin nagamit ang landline except for one time when we asked someone to call us at 2 a.m.?  Isa pa, I even had a hard time calling other Globe numbers.  As in I had to repeat the call process several times bago ako makatawag.

So siyempre, nadala na ako. Kaya hindi na ako nag-subscribe sa Super Duo. SA DUO NA LANG!

Ang kaso, ganun pa rin. Hindi pa rin ako makatawag sa landlines at hindi rin ako matawagan sa Duo number.  Ano ba???  Sobrang hassle!

I actually called Globe after the second time I registered.  Ire-report daw nila ang problem ko. But the service failed to improve and I feel like I wasted more than a hundred pesos on a service that didn’t even work.  So now, I will try to get a refund from Globe dahil super nakakainis.  I know it’s just a hundred pesos. But hey, sobrang hassle kaya ang ginawa nila sa akin while I was trying to make a call from the hospital. At bukod dun, as a customer, feeling ko na-trick nila ako to part with my hard-earned P100++ just to get crappy service.

Globe, will I get THIS as well?

Maru da lakwatsero

26 Jul

Friday night, went to Greenbelt to meet some friends for a late dinner as a send-off/get-together for Boni, who goes back to Japan today.  Since I don’t have a Yaya yet, I brought Maru along with me.


Stuffed ourselves silly at National Sports Grill.  We all fell in love with their potato skins.  Maru loved it, too.  Me, on the other hand, loved this.  Is this good ole’ Alfredo?  I forgot to ask.


But as in any dinner event, Maru got bored eventually.  Tupe, my former editor in Plaridel (one of the official newspapers of La Salle), graciously treated Maru to Timezone.  Thank you, Tupe!


Saturday, Maru and I went with his Ninong Marlon and Tito Bong at Trinoma.  Again, my little boy went Timezoning – Ninong Marlon’s treat.  We rode the mini-ferris wheel and Maru was awfully quiet during the whole ride.  At parang ako ang enjoy na enjoy, haha!


I wonder if he got scared.


He also rode this swaying taxi ride.  He was very excited upon boarding, he couldn’t take his hands off the steering wheel.

maru taxi

But when the taxi started to move, natameme na siya.  Inantok din dahil para siyang pinaghe-hele.


Thank you dear friends for the treat.  Maru and I had a very wonderful time.

I love the rain

18 Jul

Yesterday’s weather was the perfect excuse to pig out,



and watch Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at SM San Lazaro (Yes, we live a hop, skip, and a beat away from the hippest mall in Metro Manila! Anong sey nyo?).  Perfect, too, since all my nephews and nieces are at home.  So I asked my niece Jana to take care of Maru for a while.  She agreed, basta ba kapag pumupu si Maru eh Regine, their househelp, will do the cleaning and that I will bring home a tumbler of cheese popcorn for her.  O diba?

Besides, Maru watched the Transformers last week with Ninang Aya, Ninong AD, Tita Roja and their cousins.  It was his first time to be inside the cinema and hello, he’s just a year old no so I never thought SM Cinemas would let him in.  But they did.  Too bad they didn’t allow my camera inside the theater so I just took this really dark photo of Maru enjoying the Transformers using my cellphone.

maru watch sine

Take note, he was super behaved the entire film.  He fell asleep during the talkies, though, but was just watching and enjoying the violent part.  Kaya when we got home Mike was freaking out.

Going back to Harry Potter, as usual bitin.  I’m a big, big fan of the Harry Potter book series.  Reading them made me temporarily forget about my problems by transporting me to a different world (Hogwarts!).  I watch the movie version just to verify whether my imagination understood the books correctly or whether others – the directors – envisioned the story the same way I did.  The only time the movie versions exceeded my expectations is when they cast Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory in The Goblet of Fire.


Sabi na nga ba, he’d make it big.

Anyway, about the HP6, wala akong masabi kundi oks lang siya.  Not outstanding, not mediocre either.  And despite knowing that this would happen since I’ve read the book, Dumbledore’s death still pierced my heart.  Kaso parang kulang sa tribute.  Mas maganda pa ang tributes kay Michael Jackson.

What I find most irritating about the film, though, is Bonnie Wright’s (Ginny Weasley) acting.

ginny weasley

A little show of emotions won’t hurt, no!  She reminds me of Kim Chiu tuloy.  But hey, Kim Chiu can do better!

I want, I want, I want!

27 Apr

I’ve been dreaming unrealistically lately.  I’ve been wanting so many things all at the same time, some are way beyond my budget right at this minute.  

When Maru turned 11 months last April 20, it suddenly hit me that I only have one month to prepare for his 1st birthday party (and dedication).  I want the best party I can afford for my son so I asked my friend Olive, who’s managing Let’s Party, to help me arrange Maru’s birthday.  She specializes in organizing great children’s parties and helps create really wonderful balloon decorations and backdrops, perfect for the Mickey-themed party I’m eyeing for Maru.  Maru loves watching the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and is always all-smiles whenever he sees Mickey.

The thing is, I want all kids to wear Mickey Mouse ears instead of party hats at the event.  So I scoured the whole of Divisoria — as in the WHOLE of Divisoria — to look for those ears.  After almost four hours of searching, just when I was about to give up, my niece, who tagged along at my Mickey-ear-hunt, finally saw the elusive Mickey ears — right inside Tutuban Centermall.  Hay, buti na lang!  Ngayon, venue na lang ang kulang!
Next, I’ve been wanting a new cellphone.  And it’s not just any cellphone, it’s a Samsung Innov8!
It has an 8-megapixel camera and is wifi ready!  That’s all I needed to hear to love this phone. 
Yugatech posted its features as follows: 

Display: 2.8 inches (16.7 million color QVGA TFT, 320×240 pixels)
WiFi 802.11 b/g
Symbian 9.3 S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2
Camera: 8 MP (autofocus, image stabilization, face, smile & blink detection, geotagging)
Storage: 16GB internal, 16GB via microSD card
FM radio
Bluetooth 2.0 w/ A2DP
A-GPS receiver
Optical Mouse
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)
Size: 106.5mm x 53.9mm x 17.2mm

Ang kaso, it is priced at around P35,000.  My gawd!  Mukhang mangangarap na lang talaga ako.

And lastly, I cannot seem to quench my thirst for a netbook/mini computer.  Even though I’m using a relatively new 12.1″ laptop, I can’t get my mind off getting a netbook sometime in the near future (was thinking kapag naka-raket ng malaki-laki).  Maybe it’s because I’m always out so I feel like I need to have a mini-computer inside my bag.

But I’m also picky ha when choosing a netbook.  If I were to buy one, I’d choose between an HP Mini Note (which HP doesn’t want to call a netbook) and an Acer Aspire One.  It should run on a 6-cell battery, 1 GB RAM, at least 80GB HD, and Windows XP (not Vista, nor Linux).  I didn’t choose the Sony Vaio P since it’s way more expensive, I could buy a really nice laptop for Mike with its price.  The HP Mini 1100 (Vivienne Tam edition, hopefully) is still on top of my list.


HP Mini 1100

HP Mini 1100


Kaso, I’m not sure whether it has a 6-cell batt.  Kung wala, I’d go for the Acer Aspire One D150.  In Red ha!

Acer Aspire One D150

Acer Aspire One D150


MSI Wind 100 Plus, though, is my third choice.  But I’d probably get the light pink one. Kikay eh!

MSI Wind U100 Plus

MSI Wind U100 Plus

Anyhow, that’s too much daydreaming for today.  For now, I’d just focus on Maru’s first birthday party since I still haven’t found a nice venue for it.

Bonding with Maru

22 Apr

Since Good Friday and up until last Thursday, Maru was confined at the Chinese General Hospital for Dengue. It was his second time to get hospitalized for Dengue and the third hospital confinement in his 11 months of existence (my gawd!).

Anyway, during his hospital stay, an IV got lodged in the wrong vein making his left arm huge with swelling. Kawawa nga but to make things lighter, Mike drew a Popeye tattoo on Maru’s arm and we sang Popeye the Sailorman all night long.

Check out my Popeye tattoo!

Thankfully, everything’s fine now (I hope) and he’s super makulit as ever! He got well fast enough for us to join his Ninang Aya and fam at The Peninsula over the weekend. Nagpalamig kami and nagpahinga. We were initially planning to go swimming but decided against it at the last minute since Maru might not be strong enough yet to stay long in the water.

Maru, loving the floor, with Ninang Aya

Maru, loving the floor, with Ninang Aya

And now that we’re back at home, we’re once again feeling the heat. Hay. Buti na lang at nag-uuulan!