No to ‘Ice Baket Challenge’

today, i got my first nomination for the ice bucket challenge.

i was more annoyed than excited in receiving the nomination. not that i get a lot of nominations though. in fact, i was nominated only once…and vow not to be nominated again. let this be a warning to those who are planning to nominate me – haha. i just wish these people doing the challenges and nominations really know what the cause is all about and not just doing it for the sake of having to post something in facebook ‘because-i’m-a-cool-person’ or nakikiuso lang. and i really really wish that they DONATED money to ALS after they posted their videos in facebook, that would be more appreciated. seriously, do we need to have a gimik or fads for charity’s sake? if someone nominates me to jump over a cliff for X awareness, hello? yes, stupid awareness. :-|

here are the reasons why i’m not doing the ice bucket challenge. baket!? sorry but not sorry for not doing it.

  • it’s still winter in new zealand and i don’t want to dump ice-cold water to myself in this single digit/negative weather!

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  • i don’t like cold objects – stepping on to cold floor; touching cold doorknob and water faucet, lying in cold bed, wearing cold clothes due to the lack of sunlight for drying clothes.
  • i don’t look like a celebrity and i just feel that i’m not like kathniel, robin-mariel, zanjoe-bea, luis-angel and anne curtis who did the ice bucket challenge and still manage to look good even drenched.

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  • i’m not a fan of wasting resources especially water. i remember those days when we don’t have access to a good water system in our subdivision at tandang sora and we buy 6 drums of water a week which costs 25php/drum. do the math, that’s 150/wk and do the math again that’s 600/month. when we moved to a new house and have a decent water connection from maynilad, we only pay 100-200/month and that is unlimited. i also experienced using the water used from the laundry and water from washing the dishes to flush our toilet, because we don’t have a functioning water sewerage system. so water waste is just NO!
  • water shortage awareness. aside from africa, there are other places in the world experiencing shortage of water. how about the slums and poor provinces in the philippines and other third world countries? even rich countries were not spared. forest fires in california and farm drought in new zealand definitely needs water.
  • and most of all…i’m a cold-hearted, killjoy, no-fun person and i just don’t feel posting a video of myself to look “cool” (i’d rather donate).

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for the love of god…AND water, please do not nominate me to do the challenge (because the cold bother me anyway). >:(

i hope this post may not perceive me to be an evil person, ok? i just hate fads, trends and if everyone’s doing it, i’m more likely not to do it. it’s ok to donate though. just make sure you know the cause and what you are really donating for. i’ve been supporting World Vision and Kiva ever since and still happy to support up to this date.

14 Weeks

today marks my 14th week of pregnancy and officially in 2nd trimester. things are starting to get back to normal and my energy is up and running (well except for occasional sleepiness, but i guess it’s just the cold weather). few more days left before spring comes, yey! ayoko na sa malamig! (-_-‘)

anyway, not much updates from me. the next midwife visit won’t be until the next 2 weeks so here goes the waiting game again. if there’s one thing that pregnancy has taught me, that is to wait PATIENTLY. patience is a virtue, i don’t have. but then here i am expecting for something wonderful, so somehow i learned to be more relax and come to terms with my inner peace. i am looking forward to the next prenatal visit as we are about to finally hear our baby’s heartbeat for the first time. i know it’s a bit late compared to some of my friends but that’s how they do things here. they don’t recommend me to have frequent ultrasound scans unless i’m in a high risk pregnancy. also, they’re more of doing the natural approach than the medical way of doing things. as my midwife says, “let the baby grow and we will deal with it”. my other mother friends told me that they have their monthly scans but here i am just waiting for things to happen and see my tummy growing slowly. so, keep calm and relax lang everyday!

while waiting, i set some small milestones to do so i won’t be too haggard by the time third trimester comes.

  1. have booked for a special tour in my preferred maternity center – done. my midwife recommended one nice hospital which i can consider for my delivery. there are also good reviews in the internet for that hospital about its good facilities and nice ambiance (hotel like rooms, omg. i don’t mind producing that many kids then – hahaha joke) so i hope and keeping my fingers crossed that i will have a normally delivery.

2. booked antenatal classes – done. i don’t have a clue with antenatal classes and my husband even suggested for us to attend one. brownie points for the husband for awareness! lol. we are scheduled around november to december which will run on thursday for 6 weeks. very excited for that day because me and husband will be classmates again. i am lousy absorbing valuable information so good thing that my husband is coming with me to do some notes while i relax. hehe.

3. planning maternity leaves – in progress. i am supposed to file my maternity leave 3 months before my planned maternity start date. i am still considering if i’ll be taking 1 week or 2 weeks off before my estimated delivery date. i can’t imagine my water bag breaking inside a meeting room and my colleagues may have to carry me to bring me to hospital. que horror! now that baby is coming, financial resources are very important to us. here in new zealand, mother’s are allowed up to 14 weeks of leave. though it’s company unpaid, i am still entitled to apply for the paid parental leave provided by the government. now, i learned to appreciate the taxes deducted from me, because i’m reaping the benefits from time to time like free healthcare, free maternal delivery, free antenatal classes and many more. how i wish it’s the same in the philippines.

4. buying baby stuff – not yet. we are awaiting for the best time to buy stuff, which is on the 7th month. maybe some good souls will send us prams, car seats, baby clothes and nappies and we don’t have to buy anymore. hahaha! but yeah, i’m waiting for the baby’s gender and a go signal that everything is ok and no problems with the baby before i buy a bunch of stuff.

we are excited and nervous expectant parents at the same time. sometimes when i’m in the middle of my daydreaming, i am thinking if i will be a good parent to my child. surely i know my husband will be a good father, but not sure about myself. i am just telling my husband that if by the time comes and we need to teach our child some math, he will be in charge. for english, hahaha. i don’t know! i’ll probably tell my child, “go to your dad”. HAHA!

well i just wish that even if my child is not as promil-kid smart like i see in the television, i am really praying that s/he will grow up to be a good kind-hearted person with values. i think that’s what matters most to me. i hope and pray that me and husband will turn out to be good role models for our child. ;-)

What is B bump?

almost 14 weeks (hello 2nd trimester!). please choose the best answer. :)

a. bloated bump
b. bibimbump
c. busog bump
d. burger bump
e. bilbil bump
f. baby bump
g. all of the above

'B' bump

‘B’ bump…wut!?

 

First Timers

as of this writing, i’m now on my 11th week and 5 days in my pregnancy. :) how time flies since my last pregnancy post which was on the 6th week. there seems to be quite a few changes happening in my body as well as my lifestyle.

body changes

last time i checked, i weighed 64 kg and i haven’t bothered checking again from then because i’m scared of reality that i might have reached 70 kg now that first trimester is about to end. i read somewhere that gaining 2-4 kg or 8 lbs during the 1st trimester is normal but still…i’m scared! i’m wondering how some women still maintain to be in shape with only their stomach expanding but in my case, everything is growing big – from face, hips, thighs and stomach!

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also, i am now more comfortable wearing loose pants instead of jeans. well, ALL of my jeans no longer fit so buying a bunch of harem pants at kmart saved my life. my last slacks standing couldn’t be zipped up too so wearing them at work with the zipper all the way down is a clear sign that i am getting big.

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and i’m so happy that in my 30 years of existence, it’s still possible to achieve bigger boobs. every time i look at it, feels like magic! haha.

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lifestyle changes

perhaps, i’m one of the few lucky women who doesn’t experience very bad morning sickness. the only time i felt like a total crap was on my 6th week when i had occasional nausea and vomiting. i have to blame the overeating for that because as it turned out, my body could no longer accept big meals unlike before. but now, my energy is back and i’m as healthy as a horse. :-)

sleeping early is now my daily habit. this i think is my most obvious pregnancy symptom. i remember when i still do not know that i am pregnant and i’m starting to miss the evening chats with my father because i go to bed too early and he said that he had a gut feeling that i am pregnant. hehe!

food

from time to time, i have different food cravings and sometimes i feel sad if they are not available. few times, i was able to resolve my cravings by cooking the food on my own (thanks to panlasangpinoy and the internet). i’m behave and do not ask my husband to find a mango for me during 3 am. hehe, nothing like that. my cravings can be a part of how i missed singapore and manila and the range of food available there.

food

food

list of food cravings in random order:

  1. bbq indonesian chicken with curry sauce and egg toppings in plaza singapura – (status: FAILED. cannot find anywhere. i think nothing beats the bbq indonesian chicken in plaza sing!)
  2. chicken rice - (status: SUCCESS. i found a chinese/malaysian eatery somewhere. not as good as the one in singapore but it’s better than nothing.)
  3. pinoy chicken curry – (status: SUCCESS. i was able to find the curry powder i need in an asian store and cooked my food. our ulam for 4 days. hehehe!)
  4. pork chop steak with red onions as toppings - (status: FAILED. my husband burnt the pork chops we bought last time so he had to cook one for me.)
  5. fried fish with sawsawan – (status: SUCCESS. despite not having galunggong and tilapia here in new zealand, i was able to find mackerels and make use of that as a work around. it’s been a while since i last ate fried fish with toyo/suka/bawang/sili sawsawan. aaaaggghhh).

i have no food aversions nor hate any scents. in fact, i like all the food i see. hahaha!

ultrasound scan

on my 9th week, i had my first ultrasound scan. it’s a dating scan to check accurately the baby’s presence, size and estimated due date. my computation and the sonographer’s findings were a close match and my estimated due will be on the 25th of february next year. as first time parents, we were very excited for this experience because we will finally be able to see the baby’s presence. the feeling is surreal. despite not feeling anything from the outside, there is definitely someone growing inside very fast. then we finally saw the baby, its small heart beating rapidly in the black and white screen. at 9 weeks, ‘it’ measures 24mm and perhaps a size of a bean. the happiness i felt seeing the baby with a heart beat gave me a huge sigh of relief, ending my doubts of whether i had a silent miscarriage, no baby, etc. looking at the monitor screen together with my husband is one of my most memorable days. i was teary eyed during the ultrasound session, unlike my wedding day. lol.

on my 12th week next week, we will have a meeting with the midwife and this time, she will check the baby’s heart beat using a doppler device. i only saw the baby’s heart beat last time but did not hear the sound so i guess this will be another experience for us. keeping my fingers crossed that baby is still hanging on since the last ultrasound, rest assured that chances of miscarriage will be very low. i’m finally graduating from first trimester, yyyeeesszzzz!

i still don’t have a temporary baby name for our bub unlike most pregnant mothers i know. i need to come up with something so i won’t call him/her ‘kuwan‘ and ‘ano‘. LOL! wawa naman si bebe noh!

and so here’s our ‘Baby Putona busog sa aming love (and $25 worth of puto). :)

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My Baby Puto =)

 

Wedding Day

sleepy and scrolling my phone in the midst of creating ‘boring‘ test cases, suddenly alert me back to my senses when i saw our wedding photos featured in Bride and Breakfast. it’s a philippine based wedding blog catered to inspire couples especially bride-to-be’s in their wedding planning. i’m subscribed to their blog ever since, wishfully thinking that someday my dream wedding will become a reality.

it’s been 3 months (going on 4) since our wedding day and up to this day, i still can’t forget that special day that i will marry (again) my logic 101 seatmate whom then will become my husband. it was a long journey for us. sweet days then happy days then turned challenging on the latter years. but then eventually we survived. it’s true that, “you have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.” how rewarding!

i was planning to do a blog entry about our wedding – from preparation, actual day and up to the supplier reviews but then laziness get back to me. and i’m not changing my mind about being lazy so here’s the link of our memorable wedding day (note: thank you bride and breakfast team for the lovely feature. very timely for a tbt!). :)

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my logic 101 seat mate turned husband :-) (photo by Manny and April Photography)

 

wedding bits trivia:

- wedding preparation run for 10 months

- i first considered filipiniana as our wedding theme then change to a rustic backyard theme.

- my top wedding mandatories are 1) it should be outdoor and 2) backyard style

- our only wedding non-negotiable is the caterer; rest are budget dependent.

- musician and florist are local sourced thus saving us a couple of bucks.

- weekday and out-of-town wedding definitely save us extra bucks thus enabling us to upgrade on food and styling.

- husband chose the entrance/first dance song ‘Get Lucky’ because slow dance is too mushy for our standards and we thought of doing it soul train style. come wedding day, dance is impromptu because we did not practice. hehe.

- husband draw our caricature which we used for the photobooth layout and guest well wishers note cards.

- i used flats from start to finish of the wedding day (did not use the wedges in the photo at all) because my favorite Sanuk pair retired after 5 years and i have an excuse to replace it with TOMS which I can use for more years. :)

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