Vacation at Boracay

Suuuper duuuuper delayed post.  This has been sitting on my drafts for more than 6 months now. It’s about time I post this. hehehe

As mentioned before, we were able to book cheap flights going to Boracay mid of last year. We weren’t that lucky as the place was experiencing rain showers but lucky enough as we weren’t stranded there. Kow! I don’t even want to think about the what if’s. hehe

Waiting for our flight at Mactan Airport
Waiting for our flight at Mactan Airport
Liam just woke up and was able to ride the service bus going to our designated plane
Liam just woke up and was able to ride the service bus going to our designated aircraft 

We arrived Friday afternoon,  it was already late and weather is not that good so we decided to stay in the room, play and fool around.  Then we had dinner in the nearby restaurant.  I really did not push walking around, as it will be harder if one of us will get sick. For me, it’s always easier to go back than have a bad experience while we’re there.  The following day, we had breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant and had a walk at the beach.

I think the waves scared Liam as he let us carry him all through out our walk.  We tried to let him feel the sand but to no avail.  Instead he shouted: “My feet! My feet!”  He doesn’t like his feet getting dirty and he doesn’t like walking with wet slippers/shoes.  I tried putting him down again, so he can enjoy the sand and the water.  This time he said: “It’s not funny anymore, Mommy!”  hahaha.. What he meant then was that it’s not fun anymore.  Oh my, the waves were really strong then, Dino and I did not dare swim and walk further either.  Feeling ko aanudin kame ng dagat. hehe..

our first morning in Bora
our first morning in Bora

Later that morning, weather was tamer.  Dino talked to a man who offered island hopping services (fish feeding and a little snorkeling) for a very reasonable price.  We did swam and saw the fishes, Liam tried going down too. But due to the strong waves, he got scared and was not in the mood the whole ride back.  We did not finish the agreed tour, since Liam is not enjoying anymore.  He is not having tantrum naman, but we don’t feel like pushing through na rin, since the little boy is not in the mood na.  He enjoyed feeding the fishes though. 🙂

Trike ride going to the port
Trike ride going to the port
Looking for our boat..  Liam not sure if he will like it.. haha
Looking for our boat..
Liam not sure if he will like it.. haha
on the boat with our vests
on the boat with our vests

That night, we went to D’mall to walk around and have our dinner.  I also bought myself a dress, since I brought few clothing lang, not expecting that I will always get wet by the rain.  hehe.  The following day, we initially planned to have breakfast at the Real Coffee & Tea Cafe, where the famous Calamansi muffin is, but due to time and weather constraints, I have to settle with the hotel’s breakfast again. Due to my frustrations with the cafe, I ended up baking Calamansi cupcakes myself. hehe (see the recipe here)

lunch at Andok's
lunch at Andok’s

I really don’t like to end without Liam really enjoying the trip. So before we get ready for our flight back to Cebu, I let Liam enjoy the hotel’s pool first.  I specifically looked for a hotel with a pool (kahit maliit na pool pa yan, basta may pool), to be sure, as I have foreseen that Liam might not like the beach.  So even if it’s a little cold, I asked the caretaker to clean the pool so we can have a dip.

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Swimming in the pool.
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YEY! Swimming time for Liam! 

Though we weren’t able to maximize our trip in Boracay, I would still say it’s a trip worth remembering.  It’s really not about if we were able to swim or go around, it’s all about our time together and the memories we create together as a family.

Til our next trip! 🙂

Sari Saring Kwentong Liam: Simbahan

If there’s one good thing the earthquake has brought to my family, it’s that we were able to go back to church and hear mass every Sunday. Well, the earthquake was just half of it, it was also Liam’s birthday.

You see, Dino and I are not too religious. But we made it a point to go to church every Sunday to hear mass, say our thanks and ask for forgiveness. This stop lang, when we had Liam na.  We tried going back when he was 5mos, but it’s a bit difficult since he can’t understand what it is pa.

So last October, we heard mass as a family. Okey, it was just the 3 of us adults (including ate Donna) who really understood, but I think this is the best way to introduce the idea/concept to Liam. As expected, he was not super behaved.  He asked a lot of questions like what the nuns are doing, who is talking, is it finish na ba, and a lot more.

I first introduced Liam to church, the structure, earlier this year on our way to the mall.
Mommy: Liam, that’s a church, you see there’ a cross and at the window there is a big bell, blah blah blah (i went on describing the sound and what it’s for)
Liam did not say word.  Kala ko wala na intindihan.  After a few meters…
Mommy: Liam, that’s also a church
Liam: where’s the bell?
Ayun, nakikinig naman pala…

The first time we brought him to church, he kept on asking questions at the start, then he started to get bored.
Liam: mommy, are we done na? Go home na tayo?
Mommy: we can’t pa, we have to wait for the priest to finish
Liam: who is the priest?
Mommy: the one in green (habit)
After a few minutes..
Liam: mommy is the green one finish na?
Sa isip ko.. Wala namang green sa Bioman ah!?

One afternoon, ate donna gave liam choco flakes in a bowl..
Liam stood up, got a piece and went to his ate, gave her one on her hand..
Liam: you say amen
Communion ang peg..

Liam really got intruiged with the host that we take, one sunday at mass…
Liam: mommy, i want to eat host
Mommy: you can’t pa. You’re still a little boy. When you’re big na, you will have your first holy communion
I think he understood, since he did not ask me about it again.
One night when I stepped into the house coming from work, he ran to me excitedly and said…
Liam: Mommy! ate said am big boy na!! Can i eat host na!?
Toinks!!! Naintindihan nga nya sinabi ko! Hahaha

There are a lot of things pa that got his interest like the holy water and the offerings.  One way to persuade him to change and go to church is when I tell him I will let him dip his hand in the holy water which we do last (before going out ) so he’ll have something to wait for and look forward too.  Yun lang, he keeps on asking if we’re done na.

He also likes the singing part pala. He usually hums with us. There’s this responsorial psalm that caught his attention and several times he asked me to sing it for him. Kaso I forgot the line na.  So the following week, i made it a point to remember, kow ung nauna pa din ang gusto nya.

Well, hopefully soon, he will understand na din what this is all about.  Since I can’t take photos during mass (mapapagalitan ako ni Bobe), eto na lang share ko sanyo..

Since I can't take picture inside the church, magagalit si Daddy.. Am sharing his airport photo. :)
Photo taken at the airport.  Love the smile and the dimples… 🙂

A Day at Shangri-La Mactan

One of my wish list for 2013 is to be able to travel with Liam and we did just that this year.  We were able to travel a few times 2nd half of this year 2013 (yan nagagawa ng delayed post).  First was the trip to Moal Boal with Ninong Ken and Ninang Bonch. ( you may see my post about it here, here and here).

After that, we were able to have 3 more weekemd escapades. One was our trip to Toledo on Liam’s 3rd birthday (see post here) . But before that we flew to Boracay last August (separate post for this) and as a pre-bora trip we checked in Shangri-La Mactan without Ate Donna.  Yes just us 3.  We left Donna at home to help Ate Lilia clean the house.  I was able to convince Dino to buy vouchers when Shang had their Paradise Sale earlier this year.

This was the first time we had an overnight stay somewhere without Donna.  Actually, I know naman na we can do it.  Liam’s big and can understand na pero syempre, mas comfortable and hassle free if we have Donna with us. 🙂

Anyway, we were not able to take much photos then, since kame nga lang and my head ached the first day, so it was just Liam and Dino in the pool.

This is the view from our room..
This is the view from our room..
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Enjoying the pool
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Liam and Daddy’s bonding time

Bumawi ako the second day.  We went swimming after our breakfast and Liam enjoyed the slide so much we went back and forth. Pero napapaso na puwetan ko so I told him to stop na. 🙂  We let him run around by himself the whole stay that he scraped his knees. Both knees, the left knee twice. He did not cry, instead he said “Again!?’  as if he’s asking himself why he fell down again.  Silly brave boy.

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my turn at the Aquaplay.
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Tickling mommy with the dried leaves he got…
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my not little man getting out of the pool by himself.
see the knee? Yeah, we let him be, kaya ayan.. tsk tsk! bad parents.. hehe
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The sllde that burned my bottoms.. Ouch!

What I love best about this trip is that it made Dino realize that he wants to this with us more often.  Maybe not in Shangri-La again, since it’s really steep since we can’t enjoy all the amenities pa with Liam with us.  Pero definitely, this trip set the pace for us.  For sure, there will more weekend getaways to come on this site. 😉

 

Kumati (Makati) Trip

Ever since the hubs handled Columbia Sportswear brand, he goes to the US for sales meeting twice a year.  One of which always falls on my birthday.  2010 was an exception (not the meeting date, but Dino did not attend since I just gave birth to Liam then.  This year, Dino was able to fix his schedule so he can fly back to Manila night of my special day.  At least for 2 hrs he will be able to celebrate it with me.  Unfortunately, his flight was delayed and he was home few hours after midnight.  Talk about irony.

Day before our trip, knowing that we’ll be out of town for my birthday, our Cebu staffs sent me a cake for my birthday.  To Liam delight.. 🙂 As usual, my little helped blow the candle and he helped himself with a slice. 🙂  Ever since we came here to Cebu, our staffs never failed to make our day more special. I feel loved. 🙂

grabbed from my IG.. Thanks again to my Cebu family. :)
grabbed from my IG.. Thanks again to my Cebu family. 🙂

Morning of our flight, we decided to bake Calamansi cupcakes and Carrot cupcakes as pasalubong.  I was so organized then, preparing one after the other.  That’s why when the oven decided to break down on me, both recipes were half baked. GRRR!!!  Anywya, Liam had fun doing it naman.  Will just bake some more for Christmas. 🙂

Baking for Lola, Lolo, Ninang Tita and Tito AJ
Baking for Lola, Lolo, Ninang Tita and Tito AJ

Liam, Donna and I flew to Manila 31st of October for my MIL’s birthday.  We were picked up by Lolo and Lola and dinner was waiting for us at home.  My SIL, Leah, and his hubby, AJ prepared their famous Yogurt Chicken, Pesto Pasta and their luscious Chocolate Cake for Lola.  To my son’s delight, he loved the Chocolate Ganache!

My little boy now wants his own seat...
My little boy now wants his own seat…
Loving his pork bbq. :)
Loving his pork bbq. 🙂 – photo by Leah de Leon
Happy birthday LOLA!! :)
Happy birthday LOLA!! 🙂 – photo by Leah de Leon
hmmm.. yummy!! :)
hmmm.. yummy!! 🙂 – photo by Leah de Leon
Liam scraping the choco ganache.  He got all the ones at the top, now scraping from the sides)
Liam scraping chocolate Ganache from lola’s birthday cake… – photo by Leah de Leon

Every all saint’s day, I always help my mom out with the offering and all the rituals.  But since I moved to Cebu and had Liam, I wasn’t able to this anymore.  Even now that we are in Manila, I begged off since we don’t like bringing kids to such places.  I’ll wait for Liam to grow a little more older before introducing him to that.

So what do we do on a free day. Leah and I decided to go to Ace Water Spa in Pasig.  It was really nice and fun there.  Liam loved it so much that he is still asking me if we can go back there until now. the water is warm so it’s ok to stay there for hours without worrying that the little one is getting cold na.   There are so many babies there, even saw a new born in the kiddie pool with the yaya of course.  We had a great time but not much pics since they don’t allow picture taking from time you get into the shower area until you are done.  I appreciate this policy though.  🙂

Waiting for our lunch after our relaxing swim
Waiting for our lunch after our relaxing swim – Photo by Leah de Leon
A glimpse in the facility
A glimpse in the facility (taken from the restaurant) – photo by Leah de Leon
Wonderful time at Ace Spa
Souvenir shot para may proof na pumunta kame.. 🙂 – photo by Leah de Leon

On my birthday, we only stayed home to prepare for dinner.  Liam, on the other hand, played and make himself busy.  Since we are only staying for 4 nights, the in laws decided not to take all the toys out.  This made me realize one thing, it’s true when other mommies say that imagination and creativity comes out naturally with kids when they have only few toys.

Lolo brought out the toy gun Liam got last Christmas, after playing with the gun (as a gun), it then became a horse, which later became an iron.  hehe  Liam loves (understatement) playing cars – REAL cars.  He likes the steering wheel, the gear and now he met the pedals.  Anyway, we were not able to bring any of his driving toys, so made use of the drawer handles.  He said it’s his steering wheel and he has an imaginary kambyo (gear).  Oh, by the way, there are 3 drawers on Lolo’s bed, one drawer is Hi Ace, the other is Pajeyow and the last one is Starrex.  Funny little boy. 🙂

Aw Aw and Raf Raf galloping away.  See the drawer with round knob at his back!??! That's his Pajeyow.. hehehe.. :)
Aw Aw and Raf Raf galloping away.  See the drawer with round knob at his back?  That’s his Pajeyow.. 🙂
His turn to ride the "horse"
His turn to ride the “horse”

Before lunchtime, Ninang came down and do the stamp project with Liam, which later became their Tattoo.  At the end of the session, Liam looked like a battered child with all the purple ink on his arms and legs.  Ninang and I were not spared and have a lot of “tattoo’ on our arms as well.

Tattoo time with Ninang Tita
Tired of stamping. Better daw to use it as “tattoo”

That night, my in laws prepared some ‘handa’ for my birthday.  noodles, chicken and pork spring rolls.  My cousin dropped by to see Liam and of course celebrate my birthday with us. 🙂

Thanks cuz for my yummy cake. :)
Thanks cuz for my yummy cake. 🙂
My cousin, Jane and her lovely family celebrating my birthday
My cousin, Jane and her lovely family celebrating my birthday

The following day, we drove to Tagaytay and visited Leah’s friend’s farm to see the horses and the piggies. Liam just got up but he had fun seeing the plants and the animals there.  We then had lunch at The Dining Room, Gourmet Farms.  (see Leah’s post about it here).  We then visited Lola Sexy’s (Ate Caro, Leah’s officemate) house and check out her Christmas decors.

A visit to the farm...
A visit to the farm…
Reason why we now have our own Christmas tree
Reason why we now have our own Christmas tree

After his afternoon nap, we went to see my side of the family.  We went to Pandacan (my second brother, Jerry’s house) where my mom agreed to meet with us.  You see my mom lived in very Farview (Fairview) and she usually stays with my bro.  (hehe disclaimer agad).  He enjoyed our stay there since he have a new playmate – Kongkong (my SIL’s – Jerry’s wife – nephew).  They played from the time we stepped foot there til before we said our goodbyes.  Sayang lang, since am not very good at taking pics, wala nanaman kameng pictures.  Haist!!

Oh forgot to mention, Liam was so happy when he saw the tree being set up at Lola sexy’s home,  Dino then agreed to buy one here in Cebu.  This was already part of my plan, but was pushed back with all the happening here. But again, as my new matra goes, I refuse to live in fear, there are indeed a lot of reasons to love and life to the fullest.

All in all it was another well spent vacation in Manila. Til our next trip. 🙂

Aw Aw’s Bath Time

It’s been crazy here these past 2 months.  We’ve experience calamities left and right.  I really didn’t want to write any of it down in the blog, but thought that it’s still part of our  (Liam’s specifically) history – that we were able to experience these calamities and we were able to survive it.

Between the earthquake and the typhoon, am more stricken with the earthquake.  Since I was here in the office when in struck and the fact that we are still experiencing aftershocks until last week (a strong one at that), this is really nakakatakot.  With Typhoon Yolanda naman, all offices were closed that day, so we were able to stay home with Liam.  Though it is really depressing since Yolanda was really so powerful that thousands of people are now homeless.   We, ourselves were also busy tracking down our staffs in Tacloban.  Glad to announce also that we were able to track all 8 of them.  We are now working on relocating them.  This is a better problem, diba?!

Anyway,  back to my topic, as introduced before (see my post here), Liam has 2 dalmatian stuff toys, Aw Aw (ok, I conceive, his original name is doggy, but for some reason, mas kilala sya sa pagiging Aw Aw) and Raf Raf.  Among the 2, he always favor Aw Aw.  Lately, I thought magka-level na silang 2, since he likes bringing both dogs along and even agreed to bring Raf Raf sa plane instead of Aw Aw who slept in the luggage. Well, mas presentable kasi si Raf Raf (colorwise, hehe). 

After that trip, both dogs are suuuper dirty that I already talked to him to let Ate Lilia wash them both.  I specifically asked Donna to have Aw Aw washed first, since he is super Putim na.  That night, I saw the almost black Aw Aw in our room and I asked Donna what happened.

Donna:  Ayaw po ni Liam palabhan e. Si Raf Raf na lang daw.

When I asked Liam how come he don’t want Aw Aw to be washed, he smelled Aw Aw and said “di pa bantot!” hahaha ang kulit lang ng anak ko.

So with the determination to have Aw Aw washed, I asked Liam to give him a bath that weekend which he willingly obliged.

Liam happily giving Aw Aw bath
Liam happily giving Aw Aw bath
Mommy teaching him how to blow bubbles
Mommy teaching Liam how to blow bubbles
Checking his bubbles
Checking his bubbles
sya din daw dirty na..
sya din daw dirty na..
nainggit kay Aw Aw...
nainggit kay Aw Aw…
A clean Aw Aw and a happy little boy.. :)
A clean Aw Aw and a happy little boy.. 🙂

Hitting 2 birds with one stone ika nga! hehe..Have a nice week ahead everyone! 🙂

Our Little Biker

This is already a late post. This was supposed to be posted 2 weeks ago.  Things got crazy here in the office with so much to finish and whole Cebu got crazier with the earthquake and all the intense aftershocks!!! Oh well, will not dwell on that anymore.  Here goes..

Couple of weeks ago, Dino and Liam started the day “detailing” Liam’s rides.  Liam showed interest with cleaning, way back after seeing his dad clean Pajeyow.  Good that Dino found a way how they can do this together (bonding time na din for the boys).

Bonding Time
Bonding Time
Liam busy "detailing" his bike after his afternoon nap.. :)
Liam busy “detailing” his bike after his afternoon nap.. 🙂

We’ve been planning to buy service bikes for the office for short trips and finally decided to visit our friend’s shop who sells secondhand folding bikes.  We found good items for our office had them reserved and bought Liam a new bike on impulse.  We fell in love with the bike and since we’ve been planning to buy him a bigger one, Ka-ching!! 😉

Just want to share, our African Daisies started blooming again.  We had this plant during our outreach program last 2011.  The school principal gave us a pot and now we have almost 10 pots of these beautiful flowers.  I snipped these 2 and placed them at our counter. (mental note: buy a better vase.)  Aren’t they wonderful?!!?

African Daisies.. :)
African Daisies.. (sorry poor lighting)

The following day, we let Liam swim after having breakfast and went to JCenter Mall for lunch.  We really planned for him to play in one of the playroom in the mall that have a zip line for kids.  But our little boy refuses to go in.  he cried when I tried going in by myself.  Not sure how this started, but he suddenly have phobia going in closed door facilities like Gymboree and the salon.   Hmm.. will try the “Wipe Out” trick next time.  Hope it’ll work.  Anyway, since he doesn’t want to play, we went to the arcade instead and spend time with their machines which is not a lot and a bit boring. 😦

Mommy:  Can I swim with you? Liam:  no, you are big na, small lang here...
Mommy: Can I swim with you?
Liam: no, you are big na, small lang here…

While waiting for our lunch to be served Liam played with the fish bowls containing rolled up Bible passages.  After lunch we decided to go home and let Liam rest.

reading his passage for the day.. Kala mo marunong talaga mag read no?!!? baliktad naman ang hawak.. haha
Reading his passage for the day.. Kala mo marunong talaga mag read no?!!? Baliktad naman ang hawak.. haha

it’s been a while since I really cooked  and baked, I made it a point not to sleep-in that afternoon and make my time fruitful while Liam’s napping and Daddy is busy at the garage.  I baked Calamansi Cupcakes that afternoon and prepared dinner too.  I decided to try Mommy Sha’s  Sizzling Tofu.  I tweaked it a little since Dino don’t like mayo.   Will share my version in a separate post. 🙂 We paired it with Lechon Kawali and a glass of Aloe Vera juice.  yum yum.. 🙂

Our little Picasso busy with his art
Our little Picasso busy with his art after his nap time
Liam acting sleeping when we announced dinner time...
Liam acting to sleep when we announced dinner time…
borrowing daddy's box and pretend to be a robot. Partner in crime - mommy. :)
borrowing daddy’s box and pretend to be a robot. Partner in crime – mommy. 🙂
Liam:  What is this mommy? Mommy:  That's my cute little baby...
Liam: What is this mommy?
Mommy: That’s my cute little baby…
Using his new bike before we cap the night off..
Using his new bike before we cap the night off..

I really don’t know why I called this post / series (not sure if this will be constant thing) when it always contains our weekend (2 days) together. Oh well, it just sounds good, right!??!   Anyway, just an update, comes Monday, Dino and I decided to buy the bikes for ourselves na.  So, presenting our new rides.. 🙂

our new rides. :)
our new rides. 🙂  We often ride around the village before hitting the sack. 🙂

Oh yeah, before I forgot, like my previous One Fine Day post, there’s one thing that is not fine that weekend.  Liam is acting up again during meal time.  Haaay..  This is really making me frustrated.  I might dedicate a separate post for this alone.

Anyway, have a lot of pending posts pa, Boracay trip, Shangri-La trip, Liam’s birthday celeb and a lot more. Stay tuned guys. 🙂

Haircut and Fish & Chips

Last weekend was a relaxed one. Like our usual weekend, we stayed home last Saturday, a little couple’s time while Liam was taking his nap last Saturday and our usual family day on Sunday.

As I mention on my last post, I deleted the Wipeout Video clips from Liam’s tablet.  As expected we had a morning drama fest after he realized that it’s not there anymore…

Liam:  Where is the Wipeout?
Mommy:  It’s just there (kuno)…
Liam:  Wala here. You tanggal it?
Mommy:  Baka nabura, we will download it again…
Liam:  Waaaaaah.. wala na Wipeout! I want Wipeout! Waaaah.. Waaah… Waaah..
After about 5 minutes, he asked for Yakult and wala na! nakalimutan na si Wipeout. Yesterday, he mentioned it again, but he said it in a “matter of fact” way.. “Wala na tayo Wipeout”.  Then proceeded to watch his Pororo Sing Alongs. 🙂

After that, we had breakfast and played around. We let him swim in his inflatable pool and played some more before he take his nap. The real highlight of the day was his forever pending haircut. (remember Leah’s post about Liam’s Stressful Haircut?) He was due for haircut 2 weeks earlier, but schedule with barber does not meet lagi.  Dino and I decided to go to Kuya Edward lang of Salon de Rose, since he is fast, tall and he has a way with kids.  Anyway, yun nga, after his afternoon nap, we asked Donna to go to the salon and check Kuya E’s sched.  Sakto, he don’t have a customer, so off we went to the salon..

This is how we do it... I carry Liam, Donna holds the white fabric tight so Liam can't escape, while barber is cutting his hair... now you know why we need a tall barber?
This is how we do it… I carry Liam, Donna holds the white fabric tight so Liam can’t escape (and so hair won’t get to Liam’s arm), while barber is cutting his hair… now you know why we need a tall barber? and did you notice? We are outside the Salon! Nabubulabog kasi buong salon if we do it inside.. hehe
Did you see Kuya E’s face?? mukhang hirap din sya diba?

This time, it did not take so long, mas mabilis, as Liam did not move, cry nor complain for the first few minutes of his haircut. He started acting out last 2 minutes na ng haircut, I think he can feel the itch na then.   He stopped na din once I set him free and removed his shirt.  He even gave us a broad smile after Kuya E gave him his prize – Skittles (we brought this of course).  I look forward for the day that he will calmly sit on the barber’s chair and have his haircut.

He was his cheerful self na when we get to the car.  At home, he took a bath then requested us to open his bag of skittles.  here’s our conversation..

Mommy:  Liam, can mommy have 1 skittle?
Liam:  I will buy for you later. okey? Cut hair ka muna..
TOINKS!! hahahaha. Funny little boy.

Here's his new look.. Ang gwapo no!?!
Here’s his new look.. Ang gwapo no!?!

Yesterday (Sunday), we had breakfast at McDo where Liam ate pancakes with butter and blueberry syrup and devoured his hashbrown without help and asked for 2nd serving pa. KOW! Anak, kung tinapay lang yan, binigyan na kita walang dalawang isip. hehehe.. Since, it’s not that healthy naman, we did not give in to his request.  We took the same route as last time – walk, padyak, jeep and taxi.

We asked Liam to walk and not to be carried anymore which he obliged.  I carried him lang when we are crossing the street na..

Mommy:  Liam, poh poh (carry) kita, we will cross the street
Liam, kunwari pa di nagets, pero after crossing the street…
Mommy:  Anak, go down na, walk ka na ulit
Liam: No, not yet finish cross street!
NAKUPOW!!! hahahahaha.. ang galing dumiskarte! haha

We let him swim again yesterday and prepared to go to SM for lunch and a little errand.  We dropped by Book Sale too and bought a few activity books.  I really am looking for the Flashkids activity book that Maqui gave Liam. It was effective as Liam is the one who always ask that we do it.  Kaya nga malapit na din maubos ung pages hehehe. (will post some photos of it later).

Unfortunately, those are not available in BS SM.  Will try again in Parkmall. Sana makita ko na sila.  Bought some activity sticker book instead and saw the “When You Give a Mouse a Cookie” book making us have 14 out of 100 na from the list, hehehe.  Oh by the way, when we got to BS, he kept on saying, kwakwoach book, kwakwoach book.. wah, di pa din nya nakalimutan si cockroach book! (note to self, go to parkmall and pray that it’s still there. hehe)

While looking for a bug book:
Me:  Donna, may nakita kayo bug book?
Donna:  Wala ate e..
Liam:  Here! Bug book!!

Tama nga! he was holding this spine-tingling bug book.  He liked it so we bought it, kahit nakakadiri. We read it while in the car going home, before he took his nap and when he woke up.  Diba obvious gusto talaga nya?!?! (mental note: make a special post on the book)

getting his pic taken at TK.  :)
getting his pic taken at TK. 🙂

Lately, we always eat out for Lunch (and dinner) on Sundays, it’s very hard to cook when you have a toddler.  As in, nakakataranta, kasi he will call you and look for you.  Ok lang naman if he wants to help out, kaso ayaw nya kasi hot daw.. hahaha.. So instead of cooking and maharass, we dine out nalang.  sakto din, after our trip to the mall, it’s time for Liam nap time na din.

Last night, I decided to cook dinner instead of eating out.  I sometimes ask ate to cook our meal day before, para iinitin nalang, pero since the recipe is new and it calls for frying, so di pwedeng init init lang.  we had fish and chips for dinner (recipe from allrecipe.com).  Outcome was good though it lacks crispiness and I forgot to buy/prepare Tar sauce.  Yan lang kulang as per bobe.  The recipe don’t go too well with catsup.   Sabi nga ni Liam – “don’t sawsaw this (pertaining to his fish) sa catsup ”  hehe.. marunong talaga anak ko..

I also prepared Leche flan pala for dessert.  For the egg whites, nakupow! Tried doing the meringue kisses again, but failed on both batches. Wonder where I went wrong.. haist, sayang..

Meringue kisses - FAIL!!!  Eto ang hindi fine sa One Fine Day namen.. haha
Meringue kisses – FAIL!!!
Eto ang hindi fine sa One Fine Day namen.. haha

And last, we played hide and see and shooting the marble before we cap the day!

Can somebody help me find my son?? hehe
Can somebody help me find my son?? hehe

Ang sarap ng weekend!! 🙂

Moal Boal Day 2

We started our day 2 early.  Well, as you may have already read before, Liam is an early riser (another trait he got from his dad, definitely not mine.. hehe).  Pati ang ninong at ninang nagising ng maaga. hehe Since our room does not come with free breakfast, the godparents bought bread, spreads and some snacks too.  I brought some instant noodles naman for all.  And for Liam, we ordered pancakes and omelet from the restaurant.

Breakfast is fun with the Bugoys and our Bugoyito.. :)
Breakfast is fun with the Bugoys and our Bugoyito.. 🙂

After our hearty breakfast, we decided to have an early swim.  Liam scrutinized and ransacked the cabana first before we hit the pool.  being the praning mommy that I am, I forced asked him to wear his floating vest which took me a while to convince him and to which, I also agreed him to remove after a while.  Not sure if it’s really like that or maybe because I bought the cheap kind, the hems are rubbing his skins causing his skin to redden.  Mas takot ako magka blisters anak ko, so I allowed him to remove na.

Checking the different shapes, sizes and surface of the shells
Checking the different shapes, sizes and surface of the shells
cuddles with mommy
cuddles with mommy
Liam's thought bubble:  "Matatakasan ko din tong si Ate...
Liam’s thought bubble: “Matatakasan ko din tong si Ate…
"Yahoo!! Free at last!!"
“Yahoo!! Free at last!!”
Huli ulit.. hehe
Huli ulit.. hehe
See, he's really enjoying the pool...
See, he’s really enjoying the pool…
mas enjoy pa sya, after I allowed him to remove his vest..
mas enjoy pa sya, after I allowed him to remove his vest..
am so glad that ninong was there, may isa pang taga buhat at bantay.. thanks ninong!
am so glad that ninong was there, may isa pang taga buhat at bantay.. thanks ninong!

If you’re wondering where his ninang is, nag solo sa beach trying to find a “catch” hehe.  We joined Tin sa beach after 2 hrs in the pool (longest for Liam).  But I felt Liam is cold na, so we decided to troop back to barracks and relax a bit before our lunch.  We had our lunch there again (one thing I don’t like here is having very few choices for our meals).  Liam and Tin enjoyed the trampoline after lunch before we head back to the city.

Chi-cha muna after taking his bath..
Chi-cha muna after taking his bath..
toma toma din pag may time..
toma toma din pag may time.. not participating sa photo opt.. hehe
He first tried the kiddie trampoline...
He first tried the kiddie trampoline…
test
then transfer to the bigger one with his ninang. 🙂 
oh.. we also stayed here for a while.. :) swing swing din pag may time ang nanay.. :)
oh.. we also stayed here for a while.. 🙂 swing swing din pag may time ang nanay.. 🙂
checking out..
checking out..
last photo opt before we finally head back to the city
last photo opt before we finally head back to the city

Again, Liam was sleeping all the way back home.  we all played (and drank a bit – Liam drank pineapple juice of course) before finally calling it a day. 🙂

moalboal family 055
Til our next trip Bugoys!! 🙂

Happy Weekend with Wowo and Wawa

Being the first and only Apo, Liam is often visited by wowo and wawa (his paternal grandparents).  Wowo never failed to fly in to Cebu every month to visit Liam. Jet-setter si wowo no!?

Since these once a month visits are the only time they spend with their precious little boy, we make sure that it’s all worth their time and effort. Last February, Dino was able to take their photos and luckily, weather was on our side and we were able to go to Family Park.  Liam was so happy and eager to show his wowo and wawa the animals and play with them at the park.

Wowo and Liam palying.. sorry can's remember what they are playing anymore..
Wowo and Liam palying.. sorry can’s remember what they are playing anymore..
Playing Mr. Pointer with Wawa.   Daddy:  Liam, where is Wawa's head??
Playing Mr. Pointer with Wawa.
Daddy: Liam, where is Wawa’s head??
Then they read some books..
Then they read some books..
Wowo, wawa, this is how Dumbo hits the bat...
Wowo, wawa, this is how Dumbo hits the bat…
Liam showing wowo and wawa where Stramboli kept Pinocchio...
Liam showing wowo and wawa where Stramboli kept Pinocchio…
Playing some music...
Playing some music…
Liam and Wowo jamming..  1 2 3 4!!!
Liam and Wowo jamming..
1 2 3 4!!!
Wowo: where are you going Liam? Liam:  SM and IT Park!
Wowo: where are you going Liam?
Liam: SM and IT Park!

To make the visit more fun, off we went to Family Park…

Where Liam played...
Where Liam played…
.. and played..
.. and played..
... and played...
… and played…
Wowo and Wawa happily watching Liam...
Wowo and Wawa happily watching Liam…

Thank you Wowo and Wawa for taking time off to come and have fun an

Where Liam played...
Where Liam played…
.. and played..
.. and played..
... and played...
… and played…
Wowo and Wawa happily watching Liam...
Wowo and Wawa happily watching Liam…

Thank you Wowo and Wawa for taking time off to fly in and spend quality fun time with Liam.  Liam enjoys his time with you as much as you do. 🙂

Thank you wowo and wawa
Thank you wowo and wawa… 🙂