Happy New Year

Posted Saturday, December 31, 2011 by lucky_witch
Just an hour more and we will finally bid goodbye to 2011.
So from my family to yours
We want to wish you...

A Prosperous New Year

My Christmas Gift

Posted Saturday, December 24, 2011 by lucky_witch
Oh this year has been so good to me.

During my last birthday, I got the sewing machine that I like.

And this Christmas, look what I've got.

Merry Christmas to all of you!

We didn't buy it in cash, actually I am a member of an appliance center here that sells appliances payable in 3-5 months with the price as good as cash.You just have to undergo background check and everything to ensure you wont run after you get the item. =)
Reasonable because if the product has defects, you can easily ask them to fix it, or else do not pay them.

It's Measles

Posted Friday, November 11, 2011 by lucky_witch
What we thought was an ordinary fever happens to be measles. This morning, our baby Snow White started to have rashes all over her face, back and torso. I was actually lost at first and thinking if it's some sort of allergy or because she had a high fever days ago.

We decided to take her to her pedia. As her pedia examined her, he requested us to have her blood checked. He wanted to know whether it is dengue or measles. We went to MMG and have her blood extracted from her finger.
Frog Prince went out.
I understand. I knew he can't take it seeing Snow White being pierce.
I  have to swallow my feelings as there is no other way.
Baby Snow White cried so hard as the nurse pinched her finger to extract more blood.

We're so afraid. We don't know how we will take it if she has to be confined. I guess it won't be easy to any parents thinking what their dear baby has to go through when confined.

 We went home to eat and then went back for result.

We were praying. We were praying so hard. I've never been so afraid, not even during the time I was about to give birth.

As I got the result, I was terrified as I see a lot of low and high in the result. There must be really something wrong.

Gosh! I hope it's not that bad. 

We waited for around 30 minutes before the pediatrician arrived. His assistant took the result from me and gave it to him. I was anxiously waiting for him to call us. But it took a while. It actually seems years to me.

Then finally, he called us.

It was confirmed. Its measles! Thanks God not dengue.
Since the rashes are out , there's no way to cure it. We can't do anything about it but to make sure that it will not lead to any complications. We were given some medicines to help her maintain good body condition and  control fever. Then we went home.

As of now, I'm staying inside the bedroom while watching Baby Snow White. I never felt so helpless. I never experienced this kind of feeling because neither of her two older sisters had a measles before.

I'm Soooo...

Posted Wednesday, November 9, 2011 by lucky_witch
Yes, I'm dead tired. I've been carrying Baby Snow White the whole day. She's sick and wants to be carried all the time. I took her temperature, and it was 39.9 according to my digital thermometer.
She didn't want to her dada, She just want me.
I have no choice but to carry her the whole day.
I really know she was not feeling well. Baby Snow White is not a whiny baby when sick, but not this time.
She cries every now and then.
I hope I can ask her whats wrong.
I hope I can take away the pain. ( I guess every parents wish the same in situations like this)
I almost reached the point that I wanted to take her to the hospital
But decided instead to buy medicine and observe.
Frog Prince and I went to Mercury Drug and bought Tempra and Opalgesic (Did I remember it correctly? But its actually a suppository for fever.)

As of now, she's sleeping
and Im blogging.
She's ok now, no more fever but we will still continue giving her medicine round the clock until tomorrow
I hope she will be much better by tomorrow.

Sorry, no pictures for today. I really need sleep.
Goodnight everybody!

Good Mowning

Posted Saturday, October 29, 2011 by lucky_witch
How is your day?

Me? I have a very great morning.

Waking up with this

and this

Hmmm.... great day, isn't it?
Good Mowning everyone

Baby Snow White Turns 1

Posted Tuesday, October 25, 2011 by lucky_witch
Baby Snow White is now officially a toddler.
We celebrated her birthday at Nadal Castle.
The Frog Prince and I had a hard time deciding for the theme.
He wanted a character with wings so at first he was eyeing baby bee.
We actually had a plan of having the costumes tailored but when I saw the color motif, I became hesitant because it seems to be a motif for a baby boy.

Photo Source

But then we saw Tinker bell, and we're set!

Warning: Photo Heavy
I was the one who personally made the costume of my 3 fairies =)

Baby Snow White in her Tink Costume

The Cake
Niknik- the lechon
Lechon was very tasty and the skin---crispy!
Of course, Pretty Ariel and Sweet Cinderella. Sorry for the blurry photo.

Photo before the party
With the clowns
I hate to say this but their performances were very boring. All guests agreed with me on that and I felt that I just wasted money. I was planning to hire Totoy Bibo clowns but they have already a booking for that day.

 And here are our guests

Godmothers and Godfather of Baby Snow White

Although the clowns failed to entertain us, still we're all happy.

This is the group pics with the rest of the kids

Pretty Ariel Having Fun

Posted Thursday, October 13, 2011 by lucky_witch
I was sewing some bedsheets when I saw Pretty Ariel wearing this

Pretty Ariel is always like that. She always like playing dress up. Sometimes she plays the role of a princess, a nurse, a teacher, or anything that comes into her mind.

And me?
I just allow her to be

a child.

I am a Star Scout

Posted Saturday, September 24, 2011 by lucky_witch
This is the first time Sweet Cinderella joined a Star Scout Camping. Last Sunday, Sweet Cinderella just got out from the hospital, so I was a bit skeptical at first to let her join the camping. I know she needed more rest and I am not sure if she is ready to take all the activities. But after days of explanation and debate between us, she won. I let her joined the camp after giving all the instructions and restrictions to their troop leader. 

This is her just before she left home

I only went to visit her twice, just to make sure she's doing just fine.

"Hello old friend!" 
This is her with her old friend Maye. They used to go to same school until Maye transferred.

A while ago, I took another picture but this time with her new friends

They are going home tomorrow and I can't wait to fetch her. 

Congratulations Pretty Ariel

Posted Friday, September 16, 2011 by lucky_witch
I'm a proud mama!
Pretty Ariel won first place in a competition for the Cluster Cultural Meet English Declamation Category.
I was not expecting anything because this past few days, I wasn't able to help and train her as Sweet Cinderella is still in the hospital.
But still, Pretty Ariel made it.

Congratulation baby! Mommy is proud of you!

30 and Nothing

Posted Wednesday, September 14, 2011 by lucky_witch
Clock strikes 12...
I'm 30
I don't feel like celebrating it.
Not because I'm getting older.
But because I am celebrating here in the hospital.

Sweet Cinderella's pediatrician decided to continue her medication here in the hospital.
We have no choice but to stay here.
I feel bad, because I never really like hospital.

As of this moment I am waiting for my frog prince to arrive. Just as I've said here, I bought a prepaid Smart plug-it  and brought my mom's laptop here in the hospital so I can work.

My temporary working area

 But I dont feel like working because I am not comfortable working seeing dextrose and being disturbed every now and then by a nurse.

As of now, what I do is wait for the frog prince to arrive and hoping he can make my day better.

Shy Ariel

Posted Sunday, August 28, 2011 by lucky_witch
Last August 26, my daughters' school celebrated the yearly Buwan ng Wika Language Month. They divided the programs into 2. During the morning, they played "Laro ng lahi" (Filipino Indigenous Game). Ok, Sweet Cinderella didn't join the game "sack race". I guess she's not in the mood. But Pretty Ariel had fun with their "Going to market". Going to market is a game where the participants are divided into equal members. The idea is similar to relay game. Their goal is be able to go to market ahead of the competing group. One by one group members will wear bandanna and skirt, (even boys wear these) carry a basket and an umbrella, then head to market. A market is a certain area where participants will go then return to the starting line. Once the participant reach the market, she goes back to the starting line where her group mate is waiting. She will pass the bandanna, skirt, umbrella and basket to the next member and repeat the process. The first team who can go to the market will be declared the winner.

Pretty Ariel joined the game. I wasn't able to watch them because first, I have to work during that time. Second, I was preparing since there would be an afternoon program and I have to be there.

Anyway, here is the picture of Pretty Ariel: ( Just click to enlarge)

Pretty Ariel is not sporty. She is very graceful. That is why, I really can't believe she joined the game. Their team won the game that day. :)

Congratulations baby!

Dear Sweet Cinderella...

Posted Thursday, August 11, 2011 by lucky_witch
Dear Sweetheart,

I know how much you want to join that singing contest. I've seen it in your eyes.
Forgive me if I didn't do anything about it.
You just don't know how painful it was for me.
But I want you to learn your lesson, and I pray that someday you'll understand.

My sweet Cinderella...
You know mommy is always here for you. But I want you to see that when you want something, you just can't decide to get it whenever you want to. You have to prepare yourself and try to give the best that you have. There are things in life that you have to be worthy of.

If only you've said it earlier, you know I wont let you down. I will give you everything I have, to give you the best chance to succeed. But just out of of the blue, you said you just want it--on the spot! I dont want you to feel humiliated because of lack of preparation compared to other participants. So I hope baby you understand, why I didn't let you to...

Remember this baby, I love you so much.

Lazy Moments: Wednesday Edition

Posted Wednesday, August 3, 2011 by lucky_witch
I am staring here for like um... 15 minutes and I don't know what to write.
Odd, only last night, my head is full of ideas and everything.
Today is supposed to be a very relaxing day for me, because no rush works to do, no tons of writing assignments, and I had a long peaceful sleep last night.

But I dont know, I am feeling low and my spirit is somewhere in between my pillow and bed. I'm not in the mood to write, to think, and even to take a bath. Argh!

And I don't understand why I dont have money right now. Lol!
Oh, maybe that's the reason.
I don't have money!

Oh, but before I forget, I have to remind myself that I'll be doing Wordless Wednesday later. Have to force myself to, or else, this blog wont be updated for the next 2 months. Lol!

Why Saya Carrier Is The Best

Posted Monday, August 1, 2011 by lucky_witch
This post is looooooong over due. I bought my Saya last January 2011, when Baby Snow White was barely 3 months old.

Ok, don't give me that look. I admit that was 7 months ago. On the brighter side, because of that loooong gap, I'll be able to give you a decent, and more precise user review about Saya since I've been using it for months now.

I am a busy mom of three girls. We have a small store where I spend most of my time during the day while I'm working for some of my online jobs. At night, I simultaneously switch from being a worker to my boss, to a nanny to Baby Snow White, and a tutor to Pretty Ariel and Sweet Cinderella. Not to mention, all the touch and go trips with the Frog Prince to fix some errands and buying stuffs.

But ever since I bought my saya carrier, I can't live without it, esp during day out with the kids. Baby Snow White can sleep inside the Saya carrier for 4 hours straight. I don't know, but maybe she got the feeling of being carried by a hammock, whenever she's in my SaYa.

Here is our happy baby with the SaYa:

Also, I find it easier to carry her that way. No backache and shoulder pain at all. The fabric is soft but firm, enough to make Baby Snow White comfortable without sacrificing security. I don't have problem nursing her, because I can easily make use of saya as nursing cover whenever I need to. And whenever its cold, I use it to keep her warm. And now that she's older, I can carry her in different ways using my SaYa.

Here are some ways you can make use of your SaYa:

Duyan - cradle/hammock carry
Sakay - hip/side carry
Yakap - hug carry
Lakbay - back carry
Tangan - Buddha/Kangaroo Carry
Takip - as a nursing cover
(Grabbed from Mama.Baby.Love Site)
And believe me, I've tried them all. And they worked on different situations. :)

So if you are interested in buying your own SaYa, you can visit here.

Wordless Wednesday: Genuine Happiness

Posted Wednesday, July 27, 2011 by lucky_witch

Why I Won't Go For Zest Airlines Again

Posted Monday, June 6, 2011 by lucky_witch
I am now starting to look for a promo airfare for our vacation next year. I am booking this early, because when it comes to finding the best deal from airlines, the earlier the better. But since our last vacation, I have promised to myself that we will only fly with highly reputable and professional airlines-- Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines. The reason for this, I had a very bad experience with the staff of Zest Airlines.

Last May, we had the chance to avail of their midnight flight on our way back here in Aklan. I was carrying a paminta (pepper) plants which I got from Cavite. I called their customer hotline inquiring about the permit that I need so that I can take it with me. The customer assistant told me that the plants need to be quarantine and everything will be done in the airport. I made it clear that we were travelling at midnight and asked if the quarantine office is still open during that time, and she said yes. I was a happy bee, happy and relieved.

So on the night of our flight, I was very confident that there won't be any problems. But as I reached the Old NAIA, during the first x-ray, they informed me that I can't bring my plants because the quarantine office was closed already. I explained to them that I already called the customer support of Zest, blah, blah blah! They allowed me to bring my plants inside but instructed me to put it inside the bag. So, I did.

During the second and final x-ray, they stopped us and told us that if we don't have the quarantine permit, we have no choice but to leave it there. I approached the Zest staff, where we got our ticket and boarding pass and explained to her what happened. I was shocked because the only thing she said was I can't take it with me if I don't have the quarantine permit.

I agree that we have to abide by the rules. But since their "customer agent" was the one who got me into trouble, I was expecting that they will assist me in dealing with the situation. I can't just leave it there as if it was just a bottled drink! Even their manager during that time just passed by without paying attention to me. She just instructed her staff that I can't take it with me.

So, the good news, one of the airport staff had the heart and helped me. He removed the soil, packed the plants with a tape, and carefully placed it in my hand carry bag. Good thing is that he knows that it was really a paminta plant.

Can you please train your employees how to professionally deal with your customers and at least inform them when the operating hours of the quarantine office so they will know what to answer to their callers!

By the way, here is our pic at the airport after the disappointing encounter with the ZEST staff.

A Piece Of Loneliness

Posted Monday, May 2, 2011 by lucky_witch
Most of you moms will agree that we all sometimes get the feeling of loneliness seeing our kids grow. If only we could bottle all their toothless grin, newborn scent and innocence, then there will be a room full of priceless possessions.

Well, this morning I had this feeling. Looking at my kids, I've felt a sudden squeeze somewhere within. If only I can extend a year of their growth to 5 years, then I may have some more time to watch them like this. I want time to move slower so that I can have ample time to snuggle with them, or at least make up for the times I was not there.

Luckily, being a full time mother and a full time online worker, I was blessed to witness all the memorable firsts of my kids. I was able to document each and everyone of them. But as of now, I don't have enough courage to look at them. They only magnify the fact that my kids are growing too fast and soon everything will be memories. I know there will be a lot more memories to collect. I have plenty of room to accommodate them all. Maybe in a decade or two, I will be able to look at them and cherish all the memories... but not now, not yet.

It Bothers Me

Posted Tuesday, March 22, 2011 by lucky_witch
So I had this feeling for a couple of day now. I'm not sure if I'm just being paranoid of everything that is happening around us. I mean the killer earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and all the war that is being born in different countries, it makes me wonder if we're getting really near the final days.

Being a mother of 3, I'm afraid for my kids. You know, I'm morbid at times. I keep on imagining things happening and seeing ourselves in that situation. I know it's not healthy but it is one way of making me think possible survival strategies that may save me and my family. Actually, I'm done with my survival kit list, and I'm ready to buy them. It gives me a sense security to know that I have all the things necessary to survive just in case calamities happen.

I remember 3 years ago when our place was hit by typhoon Frank. We're not prepared during that time. We have no medicine, ointments, foods and water. It was a nightmare to all of us. I don't want that to happen again. So, now I'm making myself more aware and ready with all the possibilities.

Here is my survival kit content and hopefully it will help you in packing yours:

-1 bottle of alcohol
-Sterilize gauge pad
-medicines for fever, cough, colds, diarrhea, and antibioic.
-Ointment for burns
-Anti-fungal cream
-Drinking water
-Ready to eat canned goods
-chocolate candy bars
-Blanket and Extra Clothes
-Swiss knife
-Can Opener
-Transistor radio
-Matches and Candles

If you have kids like me, your survival kit should also include:

-Medicine suited for the age of the child
-Wet Tissues
-Clothes (5 to 10 pairs)
-Ready to eat baby foods and biscuits
-Drinking water and formula milk
-Some small toys to ease to help your child stay calm

Never Been So Thankful

Posted Tuesday, February 8, 2011 by lucky_witch
I am a mellow dramatic person
I cry with little or no reason at all
I am hopeless romantic

Looking at my kids while they're sleeping
I can't help but ask
What good have I done
to deserve something as wonderful as them

I know I'm not a perfect mom
never been a perfect wife
nor daughter to my mom
But I'll never stop striving to be the best
I could be
Just to be worthy of them

I had my share of naughtiness
and craziness
and everything that comes in between

My life is not grand
I have nothing much to offer
I have loved and been lost
I once dream and failed
forgive and forget

I could have been much better
if only I did the right thing
But believe me
I was never been so thankful
with the life I have now