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September 2015

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Catcalls Are Not Compliments

Catcall

I originally planned to write a regular month-ender, but then, last night, I came across this post on Facebook by a woman who got catcalled while wearing a non-revealing outfit.

The post reminded me of all the times I’ve been catcalled. She is right. Probably every woman has experienced getting catcalled. I’m not even that pretty but I regularly get catcalled because, I don’t know, a man’s ego needed some stroking?

I don’t remember the first time I found myself in that fearful, anxious, and panic-inducing situation. But I do remember learning to “tough it out” early. As long as they were not really intending harm (at least in the perspective of the general public), I learned to just ignore the catcalls for fear of being branded a crybaby.

Why a crybaby? Because when I was in 4th grade, I was (for the lack of a better term) harassed daily by my classmate who had a crush on me. I finally broke down one day and told my brother who was in high school then about it. He spoke to my classmate and warned him to never go near me again. Sure, the chasing and cornering (I remember getting cornered in the backstage of our school where there were no other people) stopped, but then I was branded a crybaby.

And yes, I realise he was just 9-10 years old, but I was also just 9 years old and the fear I felt was real. I could still feel it now. I realise he might have already forgotten all about it, but I haven’t.

So when I was growing up, each time a tricycle driver called me pretty, or a co-passenger in the jeepney rubbed elbows and legs with me, or just got too close for comfort, I learned to take a deep breath and tough it out.

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Review TV

Confessions of an Outed Closet Fangirl

Kalyeserye

Disclaimer: Apologies in advance to those who could not relate/ do not know/are annoyed by everything Aldub. If you are not the intended audience, feel free to skip this post. 😀

(I titled this post Confessions of an Outed Closet Fangirl just because I like the sound of it. I use it on my Twitter before Saturday episodes begin haha. But I don’t think it’s super accurate because I’ve never been in the “closet” about my being a fan and I’ve always embraced my inner jologs.)

Anyway, for everyone into or curious about Kalyeserye, who got over that awfully cute and funny episode last Saturday? I, for one, could not move on. Walang magmu-move on! Hahaha. Since I’m still feeling high over that episode (seriously, I think I watched it 5-6 times and then I had to show the replay to my parents who were out-of-town last Saturday), I decided to just blog about it! Before I begin, here are my fave tweets from Saturday’s Twitter party:

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Personal

Messy Win: New Helper At Last!

I’ve been trying to have my siesta (which means afternoon nap for the non-Spaniard colonised), but there’s someone who have been singing Masaya, you know, the song by Bamboo, for I think 15 minutes now. Just outside my gate. In fairness to himhe has a nice voice and sings well, but please let me have my afternoon nap. 

Anyway, since my nap has been rudely musically interrupted, I decided to just blog my feelings away. This has been a super busy week, as in, and it’s not even Wednesday evening! For starters, there are the usual work responsibilities. Actually, I like being given more responsibilities at work because, somehow, I feel like I’m becoming indispensable. But I will be honest and say it’s not easy! Then again, nothing good ever came easy.

And finally, there’s this little thing called parenting. I’m managing but I still haven’t been the perfect parent lately. I’m pressured to teach him to write or read (or teach him at least anything) but I’m either busy working or just enjoying spending time with him. I’ll guess I’ll just let him be a child and not a student for a little bit longer haha.

But wait, here’s the news of the week:

We finally have a new helper at home.

Last year, with all the drama my old yaya has caused, I vowed never to hire helpers anymore. But then, I realised it’s so hard to be a single yaya-less full-time WAHM. It’s doable — if a home looking like a war zone is acceptable.

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Movie Review

Heneral Luna: If You’re Filipino, You Should Watch This

Heneral Luna review

What probably makes Heneral Luna a great movie is the fact that it does not attempt to make a saint out of the hero.

Malupit siya, abusado, mayabang!

This is what Felipe Buencamino says at the end of the movie, obviously referring to General Antonio Luna. And in the most twisted way, despite the bitter taste of the general’s assassination, you couldn’t really disagree with Buencamino. General Luna can be cruel, vulgar, and controlled by pride. The movie doesn’t fail to show Luna’s humanity. It shows Luna as a ruthless leader, a loyal friend, a charming lover, and an obedient son. But more importantly, it also doesn’t fail to show the core of his humanity: his love for his country.

As much as I would want this to be a formal review, I cannot reduce my thoughts to something so structured. It’s been hours since I saw the film (long overdue since I should have watched it during its first week but I never had the time), and I still can’t stop thinking about it. But it’s not because it has the makings of a classic. It’s not because of the cinematography and the actors’ brilliant acting. No, it’s not even about Luna’s heroism and tragedy.

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Food Restaurant Review

An Afternoon at Cafe Annabelle’s

Cafe Annabelles'

You have been redirected from my review of Cafe Annabelle’s on DavaoMommy.com.

I’ve been noticing Cafe Annabelle’s for a while now. It’s this quaint and dainty cafe right in front of Ayala Abreeza mall’s Robinsons grocery; it’s hard to miss it in its pink and white glory!

I’m not sure when it opened exactly since I rarely grocery-shop at Abreeza, but the first time I saw the cafe, I knew I had to try it sometime! You know naman, anything cute and pretty with food thrown into the mix piques my curiosity. 🙂

Finally, I was able to try Cafe Annabelle’s last Sunday with my super-friends.

First Impressions

I already knew it would be a convenient choice since it was inside a mall and had a small play-area. However, I did think that the cafe itself would be cramped. Upon entering, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the cafe was actually spacious!

I also super love the decor. I couldn’t leave our table to take photos of the details (dalang dala sa chismisan), but I keenly observed the little things they included to build a relaxing (and kikay) atmosphere. You can take a lot of Instagram-worthy photos here!

Seating

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Places Summer Destinations Tips and Tricks Travel

Ilocos-Baguio-Cavite Trip on a Budget: Itinerary

Ilocos - Baguio - Tagaytay - Manila Trip Itinerary

A couple of months ago, I shared this post about our trip to Baguio, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, and Cavite (with little bits of Manila in between) last summer. It’s not an extraordinary trip (though all of us enjoyed it!), but what makes it a fun trip to organise is that it was all done on a budget — of P3,500 per person!

I was really supposed to make a followup to that post for our complete itinerary, but it completely slipped my mind. Good thing my best friend George asked me about it yesterday. She’s trying to pull off a copycat move and embark on exactly the same trip. Tsk tsk. Love you George hahaha. Anyway, instead of writing her a copy of our itinerary, I figured out I’d write it on the blog instead. Here you go!

Day 1: Flight to Manila and Road Trip to Baguio

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11:30 am – Flight from Davao to Manila

1 pm – Arrival at NAIA, met up with Mang Leo our driver. Send me a message if you want the contact number of our service and please ask for Mang Leo. I highly recommend him!

Some of our companions (actually, my cousins) were quite late even though they took an earlier flight (long story) so instead of leaving for Baguio at 1pm, we were only able to leave at 2. 

2 pm – Start of our first roadtrip, which is from Manila to Baguio

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Android Apps Technology Tips and Tricks WAHM Diaries

5 Productivity Apps I’m Loving Right Now

Probably my entire life is in my phone. Hands up everyone who can relate!

As embarrassing as it is, I know I couldn’t function well without a smartphone. I mean, I could live without it, but my performance as a WAHM will surely suffer! This is because I’m super dependent on productivity apps, and I’m not referring to just work productivity. I also refer to personal finance, health, and overall well-being. I know these are unnecessary but I feel more “in control” of my life with these apps.

So what are my current favourite productivity apps? Here they are:

1. MoneyLover

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My Christian Walk

My Year With World Vision

World Vision Philippines

I’ve been with World Vision for a year now.

I didn’t even realise it until World Vision sent me an email last week, celebrating “our” one year of togetherness.

World Vision Philippines

When I started to sponsor kids last year, I didn’t broadcast it. I didn’t share it on Facebook. I didn’t write about it in my blog. Not that there’s anything wrong about doing it; that was just my personal choice.

Even my closest friends didn’t (and still don’t) know about it. And I loved the secrecy – still kinda do – because I wasn’t tempted to accept comments about me being a good person… because I’m not. I’m really not.

So please spare me those comments. It is the hardworking people from World Vision, especially those who immerse themselves in the remote communities of our country, who deserve them.

But the disadvantage of keeping this “affair” a secret is that I wasn’t able to share the loveliness that is World Vision. I wasn’t able to “tell the world” about their good work and how each one of us, ordinary persons, can help even beginning with just one child. Because when you commit to help a child step in school and finish it, you are already helping uplift the life of one family. When you commit to help a handful of kids, you are helping uplift the lives of a community.

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Lifestyle Shopping WAHM Diaries

Funny, Embarrassing Thursday

I have a funny story.

Yesterday, I took a leave from work because my 2-month old laptop suddenly stopped working. It was working so well and then it suddenly won’t turn on. Either I have abused my battery (possible) or it was attacked by a virus (also possible). It’s a good thing it’s still covered by warranty, both service and parts, so there wasn’t any problem money-wise.

Anyway, my mother and Yuri went with me yesterday because we also needed to drop by HLURB. They texted us saying that our certificates were already. We also decided to run some errands and buy food because it was my dad’s birthday, too.

So we were off to my sister’s school first to pay her tuition fee. We were already on the highway when I realized I wasn’t wearing shoes. 

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Lifestyle Parenting Personal

Let’s Talk About Weaning and Why I Did It

I’m currently obsessing over my weight while munching on a chocolate cupcake. Life is not fair hahaha. I know I should be losing weight already (my officemates and I “agreed” on wearing bikinis on our next trip – well, reluctantly agreed), so I shouldn’t be eating carbs and sugar anyway.

During times like this, I wish it was 2012 – mid 2014 all over again.

During those fabulous years, I was still largely breastfeeding then-little Yuri. Of course, he was eating solids before he was 1, but he still nursed several times during the day. In fact, even in 2014, when Yuri was already 2++ years old, he was still nursing several times during the day. So even if I had a big appetite, I was still burning a lot of calories without me having to leave my seat. I barely gained weight even though I ate like a horse.

I was looking through my Instagram feed and found some depressing pictures:

 

A photo posted by Marie Angeli Laxa (@maanlaxa) on

A photo posted by Marie Angeli Laxa (@maanlaxa) on

A photo posted by Marie Angeli Laxa (@maanlaxa) on

Never mind my armpit on the last picture. I just gave birth for crying out loud. Gimme a break 😛

(There’s also another reason why I love 2012; I didn’t have my period until a month before Yuri turned 1! Bwahaha)

But those lovely, fabulous days are over. Ever since I stopped nursing Yuri a month before he turned 3, I started gaining weight. Like crazy. As in, I’m not even this fat 6 months ago. I steadily and quickly gained weight each day. I am now 10 pounds overweight and almost 20 pounds from my desired weight. All because I weaned.

(And because I’m still a sugar addict, but let’s focus on weaning for now.)

Let’s talk about weaning.

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Freebies

25 Free Printable Wall Art from Pinterest

Free Printable Wall Art

I’m very into printable wall art now.

I mean, I haven’t started yet because I don’t want to use my mother’s printer to print my wall art (for the home office), but because my Brother printer finally arrived yesterday, I can finally begin an unlimited printing sesh!

Brother HL-1110 Printer Brother HL-1110 Printer

(Okay, so it’s not unlimited-unlimited. You know. By the way, the printer came with my new Asus laptop.)

Because I’m so excited to print pretty and fabulous wall art, I thought of also sharing with you some of my most favourite designs. Of course, source is Pinterest. Nothing bad ever comes out of Pinterest. Yes, yes. Here they are — download to your heart’s content:

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Product Review Shopping

Hello, Thermos Funtainer

Thermos Funtainer Review

Quite a long time ago, we bid goodbye to plastic.

Yes, that should include plastic people, but it’s not as easy as getting rid of plastic cups. Hee hee.

As I was saying, we stopped using plastic utensils at our house. Well, almost. We still have a lot of Tupperware, and some of them are barely used, so we still use them from time to time. In fact, I wrote a post about saying goodbye to plastic in my old blog. We began by buying glass milk jars and mason jars. I was using a Snapware glass tumbler (still using it!), and since Yuri was still 2-years old then, I decided to get him a stainless steel tumbler.

His first stainless steel tumbler was a Kid Basix Safe Sporter bottle. It was the perfect size for his needs and it was light enough to carry around. (Read my review of Kid Basix Safe Sporter.)

Yuri’s first stainless steel bottle

It’s so durable that we’re still using it now. However, since Yuri was using it every single day (and was taking it with him every single moment – he drinks a lot), it has become a little worse for wear. It’s still usable, but one look at it and you can say it has seen better days. He’s also outgrown its size and has begun asking for more water (even when I just refilled it), so I knew it was time for a replacement.

I was window shopping (online, of course!) for another brand of stainless steel bottle and came down to Camelbak, Thermos, and KleanKanteen. Belonging to the same price range, I was happy to have any of the three. However, as luck would have it, I stumbled upon a sale in Cudsly where they were selling Thermos Funtainers at 40% off!

From around P1,350, it was down to less than P750! What a blessing!

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Parenting

Wanted: Yaya!

I’ve been contemplating on getting a new yaya for Yuri for sometime now (I’m no martyr — it’s tiring to look after a 3-year old while working full-time!), but during these past few days, I’ve gone from plain contemplation to desperation! As in!

Yuri had a fever over the weekend. That’s nothing new – kids have fevers all the time. We’re blessed Yuri doesn’t get sick often. And even though he was running a temperature, he was still playing actively. Not as active as his normal level of active, but nothing to worry about. Then he developed cough and a cold, but still nothing to worry about.

So sorry to mislead you, but this has nothing to do with Yuri getting sick. (But he was so clingy when he was sick, so I was also wishing for a yaya during the time).

But no, I found myself desperate to look for a new yaya when Yuri, who was still not in his best form, got into a mild accident.

At home.

A few steps away from where I was.

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Personal

Hello, September!

Wow, I couldn’t believe it’s already September.

Has it really been 11 months since I became yaya-less? 6 months since I took the leap and joined a class to be trained in real estate service? Almost 5 months since our Baguio-Ilocos-Tagaytay vacation? 4 months since I became fully-employed under SAHM Australia? 3 months since I took the board exam and became a licensed real estate broker?

Yet there are still 4 months until the end of this year — I’m surely looking forward to more blessings and challenges!

September 2

And you know what September means to many Filipinos: the beginning of -ber months! Is it a Christmas jingle that I hear in the background? Oh yes, it is. I can’t wait to shop for Christmas gifts (must save up for that)!

(And I really really need to diet to make room for all the deliciousness I can’t afford to refuse.)

How has your year been? What are you looking forward to?