Thursday, January 28, 2010

Gifts

…are very much welcome, especially if they are as pretty as these:

LV inclusion hoops.  i LVoe!


strappy Bally shoes

Luz de Luna gold wedges
Dior party shoes in my favorite color

These are from my team mate who throws the best parties in town (remember when i won this?) and adores anything designer. She used to be a Fendi girl but has now shifted to LV because of my influence (BI…hahaha!), and because she found out they never go on sale.  Thank heavens I'm back in town when she decided to clear her closet!


Today is my lucky day, and nothing can spoil it! I’m so happy I couldn’t erase this silly grin plastered on my face :D

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I Beg To Differ

I got this from an email yesterday, and I just have to make a comment. This is so not true!! My husband (and all other husbands out there that I know) is a living testament to my claim that the ideal man exists. I guess I’m just one of those quite lucky few.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Commercial

I don't know who made this, but this got me laughing so hard!



Mr. Bean on Pandora :) They could sure use a jester! Hehe!

Speaking of Avatar, after 10 years, I've finally been to the cinemas again :)  Thanks to my bessie B who babysat Dade last weekend, Ryan & I were able to catch the movie in 3D before they ended the screening. We took home the 3D glasses (well, we paid AED 3 each of them) as souvenirs because they're like actual glasses, not the paper ones.

And the verdict? Double thumbs up! It's the best one we've seen in a very long time.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

My First Stab At Baking

...was a success! :)

Hubby said I did well. Look at these perfectly crinkled chocolate crinkles:



And they turned out yummy, too!  Yay me! (sorry for the quality of the pic -- used my BB's not so good cam!)

This batch is made especially for my team mates, and I sure hope they'll like it.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Mine

Hubby randomly asked me the other day if he had given me a Christmas gift last year. I know, so weird, right?  Thing is, he has this habit of letting me choose & buy what I want -- he just needs to know the price tag first.  He could never surprise me with something because he's always afraid I might not like what he picks out for me. Besides, he's left the "surprise deals" to me as I'm the one good at pulling them off.


I seriously do not know what came over him to ask me about the Christmas pressie. I could only guess that he probably realized that among the 3 of us, I was the only one who did not open any gift on Christmas eve. I sorta wasn't expecting a gift anyway 'cos he just bought me a pair of south sea pearl earrings a couple of weeks before Christmas.  He said that didn't count 'cos that was my long overdue "push gift".  I considered that my cue to find a nice gift for myself.

I know I already have enough bags in my closet, but it wouldn't hurt to wish for another bag to add to my collection. Anyway, the bag I wanted is a practical choice -- not a designer so it's much affordable, and can also double as a weekend Mommy bag. I've been searching high & low for this bag, only to find out that it's just under my nose.

Apparently, Longchamp released the Le Pliage Eiffel Tower bags as part of their S/S 2010 Collection in all their stores worldwide. As soon as I learned of this, I phoned Longchamp in Dubai Mall straight away, and was happy to hear that they still have a handful of stocks. So we trooped to the mall yesterday afternoon and bought this at a price you'll never believe:



Since it will be my weekend bag, I snagged the long/large tote. It was the husband who picked out the color, of course :)

Thank you, habibi! I love it! Mwah!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Playmat Hunt

Now that Dade has learned to explore his surroundings and appreciate his toys, I thought it's best to get him a playmat which he can crawl on and play at. I initially wanted the ones sold at Ace Hardware (the big, colored squares), but I'm still thinking twice because I'm not too sure if 4 pieces of those would actually fit in his nursery. I'm also concerned about the paint they use on the playmats. Are they safe and non-toxic? Lead-free? Goodness, we all know how kids can be!

I am leaning towards buying this bpa-free, phthalate-free, PVC-free Skip Hop interlocking foam tiles that i saw in Rustan's while on holiday in Manila. If only they had this color, I would've snagged it straight away:



Too bad they only have it in Pink & Brown (not that they weren't lovely, but only suitable for a girl).

Just Kidding is sellling it here for USD 135 -- double its price in the US, but that saves you the hassle of shipping.

I want to get this for the little squirt, but have no means to buy it in the US. I wonder how much shipping it via USPS costs. hmmm....

EDIT: i just calculated the cost, and yes, my calculator yielded the same amount as that of Just Kidding's. I hope they have the color I want because they only show the brights & pink & brown in their website. Gotta call them tomorrow then.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Dade is now a Christian



Last December 14, our beloved son Dade, in the presence of our close family & friends, was finally baptized and became part of God’s family.

The ceremony took place at the Santuario de San Antonio Parish in Makati, and celebration thereafter was held at the Santuario de San Antonio Social Hall within the church compound. It was a beautiful Monday afternoon – sunny day, light traffic, and everyone was in good spirits.

We were so happy because even if the event fell on a weekday -- the first day of the workweek at that – a lot of our kith and kins still came. All our preparations were worth it!

Sharing with you some pictures of our son’s special day:









For more snaps, please feel free to drop by here.

Sick As A Dog

I hate to say this, but I've been sick since the year started. What a way to start the new decade!

I know that my body has succumbed to the stresses it went through while we were on holiday in Manila. Add the fact that people around us were sick, as well. A day before we flew out of the Philippines, I caught the flu bug so I was literally sick on the plane. Thankfully, I didn't have a fever, or else I would've been bumped off the flight. And good thing my son was cooperative because he slept on the bassinet without the need for much prodding. I barfed at the aircraft's toilet because my cough was just intolerable (sorry -- TMI!), and I nursed a headache since we took off (my drama moment added to my misery -- more on that later).

When we reached Dubai, I knew I'd be so sick I won't be able to report for work come Sunday. My throat was scratchy and my eyes welled up with tears. I had to see a doctor the day I was supposed to go back to work, and was advised to stay at home for another day to get some rest. I was prescribed medicines which were not lactation-friendly despite my request so I refused to take them for fear that I might pass them on to Dade thru nursing. I reported for work on the week's hump day, Tuesday, which is our midweek in this side of the world. I thought I was ok until I experienced the same symptoms early Monday morning. I went on sick leave again this time doubly worried as Dade seemed to have picked up the virus from me :( We had to bring him to Welcare Hospital's ER because his fever wasn't going below 38 degrees.

Thankfully, he's a breastfed baby because his temperature went back to normal in less than 24 hours. He still has colds, and sneezes every now and then, but he seems fine. Thanks to these handy items, we were able to monitor his temp, and help suck out the mucous from his system:



Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer


Nosefrida Nasal Aspirator -- a treasured find from The Soft Landing


My son is now better but the Mommy isn't. I came to work today hoping to catch up on my pending work but was told to go home as I didn't sound good. I was coughing like every 10 minutes and was looking so terribly sick. Feeling embarrassed, I decided to ask permission from my boss to take the rest of the day off.  Realizing that I am not going to get better overnight, I also applied for additional two days off which leaves me the rest of the week, including the adjacent weekend, to rest and get well.

So yes, poor little me is still sick but is very much hoping to get back to my true form real soon. I am solely relying on natural remedies, and getting ample sleep to make me feel better.  Please cough & colds, go away and leave me alone!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

All Apologies

I know by now you must have noticed a pattern whenever I go on a holiday in Manila. I go missing & end up neglecting my blog. SORRY!  I know I owe you a lot of stories & updates but with the little boy now becoming a handful, sitting down in front of the computer to log in & write a cohesive post has become extremely difficult. I haven't even had the chance to sort through the pics from his baptism (ayayay!). I promise, it will be done soon. Before you know it, my posts will also begin to pour in one by one :)

We will be traveling back to Dubai on Thursday so by Saturday (hopefully), normalcy will start to creep in our lives. I pray that all goes well in the flight (no fussy baby, please Lord!), and most importantly, no turbulence to scare my soul.

Little by little, I will be sharing you stories of how our holiday went. for now, I say tata, but I will be back soon. For my guests who left comments - thank you to all of you. Don't worry, I will get back to your messages in a while. Just give me some time, ok?

Thanks everyone! Mwah!

Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 - Bring It On!

I am strong, feisty and tough, not to mention fierce and stubborn, that's why my family calls me the "Tigger".

I know this is my year....the year of the Tiger!  I was born on the year of the Horse but I know in my heart I was supposed to be a Tiger.  And this 2010, I'm gonna prove to myself that I can make it.  So whatever 2010 has in store for me, I know I'll do great. *summoning all the positive vibes not just for the new year, but also for the new decade!*