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Hormones, Adulting, and Hospital Hopping

Okay, I belatedly realise the title may be the slightest bit misleading. Just to avoid making unnecessary assumptions, no, I’m not pregnant. Although I did get so fat… Haha!

Dress worn as skirt from my secret store Denim shorts | Forever 21 White floral flats from Chinatown Black sling bag | Fossil

Dress worn as skirt from my secret store
Denim shorts | Forever 21
White floral flats from Chinatown
Black sling bag | Fossil

But I’ve been extremely hormonal these past few days. I’m blaming it on work-related stress (until last Tuesday, I had been busy conducting interviews with applicants), family matters (my dad was rushed to the hospital Thursday night, underwent dialysis Friday and underwent another round of dialysis today), and personal stressors (discipline problem with Yuri and a minor tampo with Job). And would you believe I caught a stomach flu last Friday? I debated sending myself to the emergency with my dad already admitted in the hospital. Good thing I got well quickly, thank you Lord.

Ah, life is good.

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Health and Fitness Personal

The Night That Was A Blur

I can’t sleep.

I’m actually doing several things at once.

  • Talking to a prospect regarding certain subdivision projects in the city (#PartTimeBrokerThings).
  • Chatting with my workmates and commiserating over problems (which almost always arise on Thursdays).
  • Reading my latest Kindle purchase (I need to limit my purchases).
  • Watching an episode of On the Wings of Love (for the first time – didn’t get to focus on it, too bad).
  • Making sure every single door at home is locked (#OCDproblems).
  • Accepting Duterte’s decision (whatever it is).
  • Looking for that piece of chocolate I swear they didn’t discover yet (it was bought just this afternoon).
  • Regretting drinking that cup of coffee earlier (I don’t even drink coffee).
  • Blogging (obviously).

And waiting for Mama’s call regarding Papa’s condition in the hospital.

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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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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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Fab & Frugal Finds for August

Lovely Monday, everyone!

I’ve taken the entire weekend off. Aside from trips to the playground and walks around the village, I never stepped outside the house. I needed some rest. But the bad news is that, because I was also almost always online, I was constantly checking out online shops. Noooo!

Well, for one, I really need a new phone (my Zenfone is still working really well, but its crack is growing – it’s almost like the West Valley fault now – and I don’t want to fully destroy it). I’m looking for a midrange unit with a good camera; what do you suggest?

Also, after last week’s weekend getaway at Villa Amparo Resort in Samal, I realised I needed a backpack. You see, I always used travel totes and duffel bags. They have always worked for me — until I needed to bring a pre-schooler along alone. So, backpack it is.

Don’t worry — I haven’t bought anything yet. I’m trying to save up. Emphasis on trying.

But let me show you some fun and frugal finds I bought in August. Let’s start with kawaii office supplies!

Nine West wallet
Nine West wallet – P1,200

Coin purse/ earphone case – P40 each

Card holder – P25 each

I actually bought the wallet a month ago, but I belatedly realised it (I took the picture already) so I just included it. The coin purses and card holders, I bought from an online store. Send me a PM to know where. More items from that store after the jump.

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Lifestyle Summer Destinations WAHM Diaries

A Weekend Getaway at Villa Amparo Garden Beach Resort

Villa Amparo Garden Beach Resort | Joyful Mess

Hi everyone! *waves*

I think I have finally recovered from the weekend that was. From the way I was describing my aching limbs and muscle pain, you would have thought I was involved in extreme sports or something. Well, I was not. Anybody who knows me knows this for sure – I don’t have any interest in extreme sports (or any kind of sport for the matter haha).

I digress.

So I had a great weekend.

My colleagues (the Philippine team for stayathomemum.com.au) and I had our first outing slash bonding activity, and I was so thrilled. However, I was initially torn between bringing Yuri along or leaving him behind because, you know, even though I want him to enjoy the beach with me, I was also craving for some me-time. Eventually, I decided to just bring him along because my teammates want to (they did promise to look after him while I take a bath haha).

We decided to book a room at Villa Amparo Garden Beach Resort at Samal. Because I called the resort at the last minute, the room/s we wanted were already fully-booked. I asked for the most expensive one, the penthouse, because that was our only remaining option. Unfortunately, the lady I was talking to said it was already tentatively booked.

But my ears picked up on the word “tentatively.” I said, tongue-in-cheek, if we pay now, can we have the room? She said she would have to confirm with the original group who reserved.

To make the long story short, after assuring her that we’re 200% sure, I was able to get the room. Yeah!!!

It was so fun. First, you should know that I’m a girl who loves to pack (I can volunteer to pack your clothes for ya) and had a fun time deciding which of Yuri’s things should come. Of course, while his things come first, I also made sure to pack all the essentials like sunblock, lotion, and perfume (because you’ll never know!). You can find the perfect scent from a selection of perfumes from Zalora.

Then there’s the resort. The resort was lovely (it could use some improvements but overall I was pleased) and I was in the company of girls who, paraphrasing the words of Pam, just could not stop talking. Oh well! By the way, here are pictures of our accommodations: Continue Reading

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Reclaiming My Life

A little more than a month ago, I started this new blog on a whim (well, not really – I explained my reasons here). I also explained why the name “A Joyful Mess” charmed me, but really, the name was also reflective of my present situation.

Life is messy.

I’ve accepted and embraced living a messy life because I realised that the more I acknowledged the mess, the more I’m allowing God to be in control of the clean-up. I’m nothing but a weak human being who messes up, imperfect. And I love it. I love calling to my God whenever I feel that life is becoming too much for me to handle. I love knowing that God is always there, always there to supply the strength to my weakness, unlimited grace to my flawed human nature.

However…

There are some — many — aspects of my life that I couldn’t afford to mess up any further. I need to acknowledge the truth that for these aspects of my life, it’s not normal living that took course. It’s laziness and lack of planning, pure and simple.

I need to work on these aspects of my life. I need to reclaim and return some sense of organisation to my life!

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Lifestyle Parenting

Mumnesia

I’m suffering from a sickness.

It’s called mumnesia.

Funnily, it’s been more than 3 years since I’ve had my anaesthesia (for my CS operation), but mumnesia is only affecting me now. I keep on forgetting everything! Well, I’m thankful it doesn’t affect my job — but I’m sure that’s hugely because of Todoist (thank you, Todoist). All my tasks and deadlines need to be written into my Todoist list or I’ll forget everything. Seriously.

My other “big” tasks (for the household, for the blog) all get written into my list, so I don’t really forget them. But the everyday stuff? The everyday stuff — the mundane things that don’t necessarily get written into my list — are what gets me into trouble.

Mumnesia

I took this when I was studying, but maybe I need to take it again,

The Lost Password

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Lifestyle Yurisms

Yurisms: I Dropped the Alligator

Yuri is a handful.

There, I said it.

I was so happy when we got out of the so-called Terrible Two’s stage unscathed. He was always a well-behaved child who was normally active and only seldom threw tantrums.

I was wrong. The real challenge is when your child turns three. 

Don’t get me wrong; Yuri still has a mostly happy disposition and could very well behave when needed. However, at this age, he’s also beginning to have a stronger personality and know the fine art of manipulating adults. He still isn’t into throwing tantrums – I guess that goes with the fact that I either ignore him or laugh at him when he attempts to – but can pretend-cry to see if he can get what he wants.

But despite these, I love many things about this age. One of these things is the funny things kids say. Yuri has his own share of funny anecdotes! Here are the funny stuff he recently did:

Alligator Drop

One day, I heard a soft crash – clearly, something fell (or was dropped) in the bedroom nearby. As expected, Yuri came running to me and said,

Nahulog ko alligator mo.

Me: Anong alligator?

Yuri: Yung alligator na gamit mo.

I was confused and kept asking him what that alligator was until he showed me what he meant:

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Lifestyle WAHM Diaries

A WAHM’s Simple Home Office

home office

It’s Monday again! It’s time to rise and grind!

Because I’m working for an Australian company, my work day begins much earlier than most people’s work days – or at least much earlier than the hours I used to work. I usually begin working at 6 am to 7 am, and since my boy’s still asleep by that time (we co-sleep), the first part of my work day is usually done in bed. Which means I’m usually reading emails and replying to messages lying down and with droopy eyes.

But a couple of hours later, I “magically” transform from a slob into a professional-looking WAHM. Aside from the fact that I will have already eaten breakfast by then, working in my own home office does the job. I admit it also boosts my productivity!

This home office is not just mine; half of it (most probably more) belongs to my mother, while I have my own space in it. You see, we both need a home office because most of the work we do are done at home. We are both real estate practitioners, and she is the purok leader while I’m working as an assistant editor for Stay At Home Mum Australia.

We used to do our work inside the house, but my dad got fed up with papers and laptops blocking passageways at home that they finally had an office constructed last summer. It’s nothing big really. It’s just an annex that is a little smaller than your regular single bedroom, but we love it!

Here are some pictures of the inside:

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Parenting

Hands-On Parenting While Earning Summit

HOPE Summit

There are a lot of things I love about living in Davao, but I admit living far from Metro Manila also has its consequences. One of them is not being able to attend workshops that I would have really loved to attend! An example is the upcoming HOPE or Hands-On Parenting while Earning Summit. I mean, it calls out to me – as a hands-on parent and full-time WAHM, I really wish I could attend this workshop.

Since I could not attend it, I hope you guys can! Here’s the information about the summit:

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Health and Fitness Lifestyle

Let’s Talk About Health Care

Health care in the Philippines

I didn’t report to work last Wednesday because I needed to see the doctor for my eyes. You see, I’ve had eye allergies for almost a month now and regular allergy meds are not doing the job.

HMO Philippines

This little boy came along

Well, if you know me, you would know that I rarely see doctors. I know it’s inadvisable, but I often resort to self-medication and/or natural remedies. However, as I age, I realise they’re no longer working. I also noticed that I’ve had more trips to the hospital this year than in the last 10 years of my life.

(Not including maternity checkups, of course. Those were not for a sickness.)

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Lifestyle Summer Summer Destinations

Baguio-Ilocos-Tagaytay Trip on a Budget

(Click on gallery above to view pictures.)

AKA How we toured (almost) half of Luzon for only around P3,500 per person

Last March, I took a week off from work (on second thought, I did not really work during February and March) and went to far places. Nope, we did not go outside the country, but we did have a grand time touring a far island: Luzon.  Well, half of it. Almost.

In a week, we were able to go to Baguio, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte, and Cavite (Kawit and Tagaytay) — and little bits of Manila in between. Guess how much we spent for the trip? Roughly just about P3,500 per head. Add airfare and some pocket money, and the trip still won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

If you’re planning to embark on a similar trip, read on!

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