Travel: The Tannery

red brick shops, restaurants and cafes with the christchurch hills at the back drop make the tannery an interesting place to visit. the best thing about it is that it’s only a walking distance from our house. :) i went there yesterday with the baby for a walk. it’s nice and sunny outside with a hint of cold winter air.

in a few weeks time, i’m going back to work and will be busy again. before that happens, i’m making the most out of my free time to do all the things i want – walking outdoors, coffee time, eating non-stop and lazying around with my mini boy. ;) when baby is asleep and snuggled inside the carrier, it makes “me time” stress free and enjoyable. haha!

my first stop is the woolston market. this is the nearest café at the entrance so i’ve decided to rest here for a while after a long walk. i ordered a scone with a cup of hot chocolate.

(baby status = SLEEPING; mommy meter = HAPPY) :)

once i finished my food, i started window shopping. yes, just window shop because the items in the artisan shops are very expensive like élite level x99! i was walking with people wearing their fancy ootd’s with designer bag whereas i’m in my cookie monster hoodie and sweat pants (plus a baby).

(baby is fidgeting inside, cue that i need to start walking…)

the mall’s interior looks classy and elegant. far from the kmart and the warehouse shops i frequent to.

after almost an hour or so of walking, i felt hungry. i’m thinking of getting a delicious, decent, heavy lunch. ahhhhhhhh. but before that, it’s nursing time. the mall doesn’t have a parents room unlike the other malls. good thing, i saw a couch near one of the closed restaurants so we did our feeding session there. i’m comfortable nursing in public, provided i always have a cover with me.

(baby status = AWAKE; mommy meter = HUNGRY x2) :-|

after our nursing session, i went to mitchelli’s café renato, a small italian café. browsing through their lunch menu, i immediately saw what i’m looking for – pesto pasta! :)

once i paid my order, i went upstairs and look for a place to sit. i chose the one at the corner, if something goes wrong (clue: baby related). it has a nice top view of the restaurant and beside the window.

the waitress finally served my food and said “enjoy your meal. :)“.

pesto pasta

then the baby now fully awake, alert and impatient starts moving inside the carrier. my most dreaded moment. what a perfect timing for my lunch. *groans*

i then ate a big spoonful of pasta and all of a sudden, baby started to cry and scream in my horror. times like this always make me panic. the couple sitting near me as well as the group of teenagers at the next table turned their heads and looked at me (with the slightest judgment), “what did she do with her baby?“.

it really annoys me when baby starts to scream like that. yes, that kind of scream that gets into the nerves. i hurriedly ate my pasta, half chewing it just for the sake of not getting choked and then swallow. oh by the way, the pasta is really good, i wish i enjoyed it as the waitress said. hindi man lang tumagal sa bibig ko. and you see that focaccia bread? all i can say is “shet, sarap”.

as soon as i ate everything, i grabbed my bag and left the place as fast as i could.

(baby status = MONSTER; mommy meter = STRESSED) :(

it turns out that baby is sleepy again. it’s about time that we go home. before we end the day, i drop by she universe as our last stop. i bought a pack of thin peppermint chocolates since i like their free taste sample. we were also there last sunday and tried the chocolate drinks which are really yummy.

am i happy? yes. but i also realize that “me time” is just a far-fetched dream.

I’m Grateful Today [27.06.15]

every saturday starting today, i’m going to write a grateful blog entry to highlight my entire week. i’m running out of things to share for the reason that i’m just at home most of the time. how i wish that i’m just relaxing like sleeping whenever i like or go out anywhere anytime i want. my “wake up -> put baby to sleep -> do chores (if only baby is asleep) -> feed baby -> wait for hubby -> night time and sleep with baby” life is making me crazy. extreme boredom craziness.

the reason i’m starting this grateful weekly post is that my maternity leave is about to end soon and i have mixed emotions about it. i’ll be able to go out again and not stuck at home, earn money again and i can buy anything i want for myself or for my family. but then it also means less time with my son because he’ll be left at the daycare and strangers will look after him. i feel like crying as i write this post. :(

somehow, writing a weekly entry of the great things that’s happening to me whether big or small, will serve as a therapy and prepare me before i go back to work.

  • weekly wednesday visits to a friend’s house.
  • walking at the park with baby. he was fussy and crying non-stop at home so decided to bring him out for a walk. he seems to enjoy it and easily fell asleep few minutes after.
  • i’m no longer afraid to give him a bathe because he’s not as tiny as he used to (but he’s growing fast and i miss the small him).
  • i received the book i won from an auction. it’s second hand but in excellent condition as brand new and cheaper too. we will read books for now as i don’t want baby to be expose to too much tv and gadgets.
  • went out for a walk at rapaki today with friends (and ate lots of food afterwards).
  • drying clothes in this winter coldness is not a problem anymore. laundromat stations are heaven-sent for those who wish to wash and dry bulks of item. W-O-O-H-O-O!

big or small moments, i will always be grateful. :)

Happy Father’s Day

ok lang kung mas favorite ka ni bebe kesa sa akin…

… at least ako naman ang kamukha. hehehe!

to my friend, husband and cook…happy father’s day. love you…BOAT!

Baking: Rainbow Cupcakes

my hands are itching to bake again. i asked my husband if he’s ok to look after the baby for a couple of hours just so i can do my baking. he’s fine with it. i’m blessed to have a loving and supporting husband who always keeps up with my craziness. ;)

i decided to make a very simple cupcake recipe which is rainbow cupcakes. the food colourings at the shelf are now begging “gamitin mo na kami!“. i think i already made this cupcake before but that was a total disaster because i used regular fresh milk instead of buttermilk which i normally use for baking. it didn’t turn out well and only end up in the rubbish bin.

now, i came up with a better version. i wish i could make the best version but i don’t have enough time to prepare because baby needs to be fed and put to sleep. life now as it turns out,

baby’s sleeping time = mommy’s sleeping time


  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1 tbsp baking powder
  4. 3/4 cup buttermilk
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. 125g unsalted butter
  7. 3 eggs
  8. food colouring (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, violet)

for the buttercream icing

  1. 200g butter
  2. 2 1/2 cups icing sugar
  3. 2 tbsp vanilla
  4. 2 tbsp buttermilk
  5. sprinkles for frosting (optional)


  • preheat oven to 180c.
  • put together the flour, sugar and baking powder. then make a well at the center and put the wet ingredients – buttermilk, vanilla, butter and eggs. mix batter for 4 minutes until well combined.
mix all ingredients until well combined

mix all ingredients until well combined

  • divide the batter into equal parts (number of food colourings you have). in my case, i only got four. haha! add a tsp of food colouring into each mixture.
add a teaspoon of food colouring in each mixture

add a teaspoon of food colouring in each mixture

  • drop at least a teaspoon of each coloured mixture into each cupcake slot until the tray is full.
scoop into the cupcake pan until full

scoop into the cupcake pan until full

  • bake for 20 minutes.
  • remove from the pan and let it cool for frosting.
  • for the icing, beat the butter, vanilla, icing sugar and milk until well combined.
  • apply on top of each cooled cupcake.

i said earlier that i can still create the best version because…

  • …nakalimutan ko gawin yung icing! i’m in a complete hurry to finish because it’s already past baby’s sleeping time and he’s still awake. slight guilty lang na may time pa ako mag bake pero dapat patulugin na si baby.
  • …kulang ang color ng rainbow. hahaha! i only have 4 (red, green, blue, yellow). i remember, di ba tinuro sa art subject ang primary and secondary colors and hindi ko man lang na apply ang knowledge na yun?! red + blue = purple and red + yellow = orange. 
rainbow cupcakes

rainbow cupcakes

finished product

finished product

there’s always a next time. :)

bright and colorful

bright and colourful

n.b: response to The Daily Post challenge -> Roy G. Biv

Fourth Month

where did the time go? :( my baby is now 4 months old. he is growing rapidly and i can’t stop the time. it’s true. savor and enjoy every single moment with them because what once a tiny creature, he is now a screaming wriggly little boy. still cute but starting to get in your nerves – haha. i got sick recently, blame it to the cold weather but here’s my baby all healthy and well. these moments are what i’m thankful for (*mom heaved a huge sigh of relief*).

for his fourth month mini birthday, we went to la porchetta pizzeria for dinner. hubby asked me if i want to go out and of course, bored and crazy all day taking care of the baby i said “yes”.

every time we go out, hubby is in charge of the baby. he’s giving me time to rest for few hours.

good thing, we bought a cake before we went for dinner because the stall was already closed when we’re about to go home. a small celebration awaits us for baby’s milestones and good health. love you baby.

cake for baby? or mom? ;)

cake for baby? or mom? ;)

n.b: can’t take a decent photo because he starts to be makulit. ayan na!


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