Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to everybody! How did you spend your Christmas Eve and Christmas Day?

Like most married couples with kids, we tried to show up at the holiday dinners of both families. My side of the family usually prioritizes the New Year's Eve celebration while my husband's side prioritizes Christmas Eve and Noche Buena. That being the case, early in our marriage we agreed that we go to my mother-in-law's house for Christmas Eve and my grandmother's house for New Year's Eve. It's a happy compromise for us, and our kids get to spend the holidays with both sides of the family.

For the past few days, we've been very busy with preparing gifts for the various people in our lives. I'm the sort to give out "practical gifts" meaning, I'd like people to actually USE the gift. For example, I gave my mother a face cream that she actually uses. That's why I'm a bit partial to toiletries. Unusual things like neos overshoes are reserved for people who actually put them on their wishlist, because these are not exactly cheap and would just be wasted if I gave them to somebody who does not use them at all.  Anyway, it's a lot of fun matching items to recipients.  What's not fun is paying for them!  Hahaha!

As always, the holidays are a lot of fun...but it's kinda tiring too.  I do wish to impart to my kids that this is the season of Christ's birth, a season of hope, of giving and of family.

Merry Christmas, everybody!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My mom is more techie than me

My mom is more "techie" than me! She's also a recent convert to Apple. Her laptop is a Mac, she's using an iPhone and she now has an iPad, courtesy of my uncle!  She used to like buying digital cams (the point and shoot type only, her choice is Sony) but not lately.

Me?  I'm just a techie wannabe.  I'm still using my 4 year old Acer laptop. My Nokia N90 is already 5 years old, and my other phone is even older (I guess a snatcher wouldn't even notice it). I do not even have an ipod touch.  I'd love to have those other gadgets but the kuripot in me always whispers that I still have something that serves my purposes.  I mean, my laptop still works fine (okay, it's hard drive gave way a few months ago taking away some precious files and data recovery attempts are underway) and gets me through web surfing, data and word processing and those other things that I need to do.  I do not need a more hi tech (and more expensive) gadget for those things I do.  (Well, I'm still trying to convince myself. :) )

Maybe some kind soul would donate a gadget for this Tsinay?  Now that's what I call wishful thinking!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Black Friday Sale still on in the US!

I am very, very tempted with Black Friday deals!  There are so many deep discounts still available.  I'd love to give some of them as gifts (some of them to myself, hehehe).  My only problem is shipping to the Philippines.  While there are shipping companies, I'm sure they are expensive and might just cancel out any discount I get.  The best way would be to ship it to a friend or relative...but I do not know who to send it to and when they will be home.  Balikbayan boxes are also an option, but I don't think a box will arrive in time for Christmas, or if it does, it will probably get held up in customs since there are so many shipments arriving now.  Oh well.  Maybe I can still choose some deals and have them shipped after Christmas.  But that means that I'll only be getting personal purchases and not so much for gifts.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Still breastfeeding

I've been breastfeeding my little girl for 1 year and almost 6 months by now. I'm not using my breast pump anymore because my little girl wants her milk to be straight from mommy. She doesn't like the refrigerated or frozen variety so I stopped with the pumping. Anyway, she already takes in solids and some milk too, so her hunger is not much of an issue. That's good for me, because I don't have to be paranoid about my breastmilk supply. Earlier this year, I was panicking when one of the typhoons caused a long electrical outage which made me wish that we had honda generator. That also happened with my son (breastfed for almost 2 years) when we went through Typhoon Milenyo years ago. Three days of electrical outage = discarded breastmilk.  It's more than enough to make a breastfeeding momma cry.

I've been blessed that I was able to breastfeed both my babies.  It really still is the best food for babies.  While milk formulas are getting better, it really is no comparison to what nature has provided.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Condo still not ready

The teeny tiny condo unit we bought is still not ok for occupancy and I'm getting a little bit frustrated. The workers made a mistake in installing the A/C unit. They're supposed to transfer it but they haven't. The tiles in the kitchenette area are broken and I do not know why since it was ok when we visited earlier. Our bathroom and kitchen fixtures are not installed yet. The door hardware seemed to be improperly placed and could be opened even without a key. My husband adjusted it so that it closed much better, but we want to change the knobs and maybe the door itself when the works in the room are already done. We've already put in a sofa set, but we're still hesitant about putting other stuff since workers still have to go in the unit -- we're afraid of losing things, besides they will only get dirty or dusty.

I am hoping that everything will be ready by January so that we can put the unit up for rent!  Sigh....

Saturday, December 4, 2010


It's the Christmas season and for spouses, there's usually an agreement on where to spend what.

In our case, we usually spend Christmas Eve with my in-laws and New Year's Eve with my folks. Usually it's the evenings that we look forward to. The actual days are usually holidays for recovering from the merrymaking and for lazing around.

Our family no longer lights firecrackers for New Year's. We find it a waste of good money. And since hubby and I are doctors and we have seen the different injuries that might occur with firecrackers, well, we'd rather not risk it anymore. Anyway, there are good fireworks shows around. There's even one that's visible from our bedroom window. We just close the windows, turn on the A/C, lift the blinds and turn off the lights to enjoy a fireworks show, no need for binoculars at all! Free and safe, and without having to inhale all that smoke and soot.  I'm sure we'll get treated to the same thing this year.  It will be a great treat for my little girl, who is already at the age when she could appreciate such things, and my son, who loves such light shows.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Tutoring E

Hubby and I realized that tutoring a 5 year old for his first ever long EXAMS is TIRING! It feels even more tiring than working. I suspect it is probably more slimming than the most effective diet pills! Whew! I couldn't believe the stuff that kindergarten kids are supposed to know nowadays. Sure, I had Chinese when I was in kinder and my son doesn't, but I didn't have Religion or Computer classes (what computer?  I learned about computers in High School!)

We're hoping our efforts will pay off.  So far our little boy is passing his subjects.  Not at the top of his class, but not pasang awa either.   We're hoping he is LEARNING and retaining everything that he has learned.

Only 1 more subject to go, and we take a break from tutoring duties!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Pregnancy woes

Pregnancy wreaks havoc on one's hormones. I know some women who haven't had skin problems when they were in their teens but when they became pregnant...boom! The breakouts would appear! And since they were pregnant, they couldn't use adult acne treatments yet especially those containing tretinoin or other potentially teratogenic products. 

I am so glad that I didn't have acne problems when I was pregnant.  I used to have really bad acne when I was still in medical school and most especially when I was in 4th year (clerkship) due to hormonal imbalance.  I know so because they were finally controlled by birth control pills.  Sigh.  I wish it was controlled before deep seated scars were left on my skin.  I am painfully embarrassed about my much-less-than-perfect skin.  That's why I'm so happy that pregnancy did not give me pimples at all!  Yey!  Stretch marks, nausea, vomiting, constipation --- yes, but no acne!

The saving grace for most pregnancy symptoms and conditions are that they are self-limiting.  Once the hormones settle down, you normalize.  And, of course, the anticipation of having a baby definitely makes all these temporary "setbacks" and discomforts so worth it!