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March 2016

Blogger Perks Homeschooling Parenting

Unboxing the February Buribox

Buribox

What better way to spend the weekend than to read books and make crafts with your noisy toddler?

Thanks to Buribox by Adarna House, this is not just possible but easy. It’s amazingly easy because all you need to do is open a box and — voila! — everything you need is there.

We received our first Buribox last October thanks to Janice Lim of TheRollerCoasterRide.com. Then it was my turn to share the blessings with five other mums. Of course, I had mine, too — the February edition of the Buribox. Yay!

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This time, the Buribox’s theme is emotions and facial expressions and Yuri and I had a blast! Here are the contents before anything else:

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Lifestyle Parenting Yurisms

There’s a Four-Year Old in the House!

Hey guys! How was your long weekend? Mine went smoothly, and last Saturday, I suffered sugar-overload because it was Yuri’s birthday!

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I’m pretty sure I just closed my eyes for a moment and then all of a sudden, I have a four-year old child!

What sorcery is this?

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Well, it’s not as if I didn’t see it coming. Everyday, I’m in awe of his new entertaining antics and — ehem — tactics to get what he want. But my favourite thing about being a mummy to a constantly curious toddler is the company.

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You see, I’m a WAHM in a long-time long-distance relationship. Because of the nature of my job, I communicate with my colleagues “remotely” and my friends have super busy work and family schedules. (I have colleagues here in Davao City; unfortunately, they live in the South while I reside in the North. If you have any idea how big this city is, you would know that going from the North to the South is pretty much like going to another city.)

When Yuri was still a baby, being with him just seemed like a chore. I have no shame in admitting it — the same way as I can shamelessly say now that he looked like an old man when he was a few days old hahaha. (To be fair, my younger sister did look like an alien… I’m pretty sure I looked funny as a newborn too…) Anyway, yes I had my in-love-with-my-baby moments but most of the time, like when he was nursing or napping in my already sore arms, time just seemed to pass so slowly. Sorry baby, it’s true 😛

But ever since he turned 3, he’s become the perfect companion-slash-bodyguard for me. He accompanies me walking around the village or going grocery-shopping. He doesn’t stop talking and I’m sure many of you mums of toddlers can relate to this! We can talk about anything and everything under the sun and somehow, our topics almost always takes the absurd turn. Not a problem at all!

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Places Resort Review

Where to go in North Cotabato? Sitio Maupot!

Sitio Maupot Family Resort

Hey guys! *wave*

Right now, we’re all gathered watching the Presidential Debate which is really, really on fire. We all know it’s not going according to rules and almost no one listens to Luchi Cruz Valdez anymore, it’s all ad hominem and no one stays on topic, but let’s admit that this is the debate we’ve been wanting to hear. Or at least it’s what I want to hear!

Anyway, I decided to write a short blog entry during the commercial break. Actually, this is a long-delayed one. I’ve been telling you about my friend’s wedding in Kidapawan. It was a lovely, lovely wedding and a huge part of its success is the venue.

When JM invited us to her wedding, none of us knew where Sitio Maupot was. It was the first time we’ve ever heard of the place so, of course, we researched. I found the website of Sitio Maupot Family Resort and oooh it did look promising! (It was a pity they weren’t renting out rooms yet as the resort is still new so we chose to stay overnight in Hof Mansion Inn — which was not a bad decision, by the way!)

But the awesome pictures shown in Sitio Maupot Family Resort’s website weren’t a match for the actual view that awaits you. Even I wasn’t expecting it to be that beautiful.

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Hotel Lifestyle Messy Weekends Review Travel

A Weekend Stay in Hof Mansion Inn, Kidapawan

Hof Mansion Inn Review

When I attended my friend JM’s wedding in Kidapawan, my friends and I decided to look for a hotel on our own to avoid adding stress to JM. Their rustic-themed wedding was entirely DIY and she was already too busy. She offered her own home to us but we declined, knowing it would be teeming with relatives and well-wishers. So, the hotel hunting began!

After a series of phone calls and inquiries, we finally decided on a new hotel with good reviews that looked lovely but had reasonable rates: Hof Mansion Inn.  We booked the deluxe room good for 3 persons at P1,800 per night.

Initial Impressions

The hotel is quite far from Kidapawan’s centre; however, everything is accessible with a tricycle so it was just one tricycle ride away from the major establishments. From the plaza to Hof Mansion Inn, we were charged by the tricycle driver P20 per head. Not bad at all!

Upon arriving at the hotel, we were just awed at the place. The grounds were lush and wide and the structure itself was beautiful. It looked like a mansion, indeed, thus the name.

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Lifestyle Personal

Life After Losing a Phone (And Gaining a New One)

Hi everyone! *waves furiously*

I’m back! Did you miss me?

*cricket sounds*

Okaaaay. Anyway, I am back in more ways than one because *drum roll* I finally have a new phone! Let me tell you how life was in the past two weeks.

The Saga of the Lost Phone

I know I’m going to sound way too shallow here, but I was really dejected when I lost my phone a couple of weeks ago. I was not sad just because I lost a phone. Although that phone and I shared a lot of memories together (I used it for everything — from taking photos and writing blog posts to responding to emails and communicating with my long-distance partner), it was not the actual loss of the item that made me feel depressed. Rather, it was the loss of the things that I had taken for granted.

This is one of the last photos I have of me holding my phone hahaha. This was taken by my friend and colleague, Lenz, at Eden Nature Park

This is one of the last photos I have of me holding my phone hahaha. This was taken by my friend and colleague, Lenz, at Eden Nature Park

I would spot lovely sights or visit awesome places but had nothing to use to take snapshots (somehow, the compact camera has lost its appeal for me). Yuri would do something really funny or witty but I have nothing to record it with.

But the worst part of not having a phone is losing constant communication with Job. You see, the internet is not an option as he’s assigned in a location where internet/mobile data signal is really poor. So we depend on good old text messaging.

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Personal

Taking A Mini Hiatus and Breather

I’m a little bit exhausted.

To be honest, I haven’t gotten decent rest since my friend’s out-of-town wedding a couple of weekends ago. And then after a straight work-week, I spent the entire weekend exploring Davao City with my work colleagues (one of our teammates who hails from La Carlota, Negros Occidental flew to Davao last Saturday — it’s her first time in our city).

(And those are just the weekends. I haven’t even started about the in-between preps, both for the wedding and the team outing.)

But that’s a happy kind of busy. There’s another reason why I’m exhausted.

I lost my phone.

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Yes, my beloved barely 4-month old Huawei Honor 4c. I’ve just ordered pretty cases and a new tempered glass screen protector for it. Come on! And my pictures from our team outing last Saturday, all gone! Good thing I was able to transfer my photos prior to Saturday, but still.

I mean, I haven’t lost a phone since 2001. I’m not even kidding. I think I’ve been too careless with my things, so this is a lesson learned.

This is what happened. After fetching Julie, my work colleague from Negros, at the airport, we had lunch at Lachi’s. Then we travelled to Eden Nature Park and went on a tour. Then we had dinner at Taklobo Restaurant at Jack’s Ridge. It’s an al fresco restaurant frequented by tourists. I was using my phone the entire time but whether I was able put it back inside my bag or not is no longer clear to me. I might have left my phone on the table when we left.

When Yuri and I rode a cab to go home, I began to look for my phone inside my bag. When I realised it’s not there, we went back to the restaurant. But no one claimed to have seen it. I’m 100% sure I didn’t drop it because, hello, it would have made a sound. I think it’s either our waiter or a fellow customer who took it, but it’s 10 pm, Yuri is sleepy and tired, and I’m exhausted.

I was really depressed going home because I thought of all the contacts, messages, files, and pictures saved there. But wallowing in misery won’t do me any good. I have zero idea where my phone was or is and I’ve come to terms that I’ll probably never get it back again.

So… to my phone, thanks for the memories. I’m still sad but I try not to be too affected because it’s just a phone. However, a hiatus will be greatly needed for a couple of reasons. First, I need to rest. I’ve spent the last couple of days jumping from one telco to another comparing plans. I’ve finally applied earlier this afternoon but the phone I requested won’t arrive until at least another week.

Second, I need a phone to take pictures and blog.

I learned important lessons from this experience and I pray I’ll never lose a phone or anything valuable again.

Huhubells.

I’ll be back soon!