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The Tale of Yuri’s First Sick Day

Oh thank God for sick leaves.

I’m blogging now because I found some time to do so because, well, I’m on leave and Yuri’s sleeping. Just a little segue before I continue. I miss this! I miss being able to write about the most mundane things. A few years back, I blogged almost everyday (that was when I had a yaya and a helper) – a luxury I can no longer afford these days. I’m lucky if I’m able to write twice a week. Sometimes, wala talaga. And I miss being able to let the words flow like no one’s reading!

It’s the second (and last) day of my sick leave actually but I’m not the one who’s sick. It’s Yuri. It’s kinda a big deal for me because, not counting his first days on earth (he swallowed his meconium in utero so he had to be confined in the NICU for a week), this is the first time he’s like seriously sick.

His fever began Tuesday afternoon, just a couple of hours after getting home from enrichment school (Eye Level). It was also the first time I was able to drive him to and from school so I thought it was my fault lol.

Yeah, for what it's worth? Achievement unlocked!

Yeah, for what it’s worth? Achievement unlocked!

Anyway, I let the fever run its course (while giving him paracetamol) and kept him hydrated because it’s what I usually do. However, by Wednesday morning, I had to take a leave from work because his fever rose to 38 degrees. But by Wednesday afternoon, his temperature was back to 36 degrees so we even took him with us when we went to the airport to fetch a relative.

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He was still eating Pepero then

But Yuri wasn’t his active self by evening. We had dinner at Bistro Selera, but he didn’t eat anything. He tried to eat a spoonful of rice and crispy pata (yasss) but he cried saying it was too painful to swallow. I took his temperature (yes I bring a digital thermometer with me…) and it was 37.6 degrees. I had to send another message to our office manager, asking for another day of leave because I knew I had to take him to the doctor na. Continue Reading

Health and Fitness Lifestyle Personal

A Literally Heavy Burden (The Start of A Fitness Journey)

I have a heavy burden… and it’s not metaphorical.

Just a segue before I begin. Last week, two of my closest friends separately unloaded their troubles on me. One is one of my oldest and bestest friends while the other is my work colleague. I’m not in the position to disclose their problems – and I don’t think I even have the right to talk about them – but being chosen to be their confidante is a privilege.

Open note to these two friends. To my work co-pilot, you are a smart & strong woman and I’m sure you are ready to face whatever life throws your way. But I’m happy you got the outcome you were hoping for. 🙂

To my dear friend: I’m here and you were never, are not, will not ever be a burden to me. I cannot in good conscience allow you to be miserable and I want you to find your happiness. I want you to find yourself , a bright future, a new hope in life. And hey, love, too! I love you and will always be your biggest fan.

But my friends’ dilemmas are not the “burden” that I’m referring to. No, not at all, I didn’t even feel the weight. There, I just gave you the clue. Weight. 

I have a heavy burden. It’s not metaphorical, and it weighs 63 kilos. Continue Reading

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4 Goals I Must Accomplish Before the Year Ends

It’s weird.

knew it was just yesterday when I wrote about my word for the year and the things I want to accomplish. Well, at least it felt like yesterday. And now it’s already September! I haven’t lost a single pound yet! I haven’t added anything substantial to my personal savings! Unfair!

Can one consider better skin to be an accomplishment? What about being to watch 5 Korean dramas in the span of 2 months? No? Okay, homeschooling nalang. I’m proud to say that I am now the mother of a reading and writing 4-year old. A bit late compared to others, a bit early compared to some, but hey we’re not focused on comparing, are we!

I know I didn’t write down my resolutions at the beginning of the year, and I know it’s nowhere near New Year now (unless we’re talking about New Year – 2017), but I believe there’s still time to accomplish these goals:

1. Lose weight

Weight loss is a long-term struggle for me. Sometimes I diet and work out like a mad man, and on some days, all I want to do is stay in bed and binge on junk food. It takes a toll on my weight (and health) so now I’m determined to commit to a realistic but steady fitness routine. Help?

Fatso. Huhuhuhu

Fatso. Huhuhuhu

2. Save money

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Lifestyle Messy Weekends Personal Shopping

Shopping + Bonding on Kadayawan Weekend

A full week has passed since the actual Kadayawan Festival but I’ve been so incredibly busy that I haven’t gotten around to writing about it until today.

Thank goodness for public holidays!

(I’m having my public holiday today actually because I opted to work yesterday.)

Anyway, my Kadayawan weekend was full to the hilt! I thought you might be interested (lol) so I’ll share with you what I did last weekend.

1. Kadayawan Bazaar

My weekend officially began that Friday. August 19th was a city holiday (as well as the 22nd, a Monday), but we opted to work. We then let off steam that afternoon at the Kadayawan Bazaar because retail therapy, that’s why!

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Went with my sister...

Went with my sister…

And met with my workmates, Sarah and Jona

And met up with my workmates, Sarah and Jona

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My sister and I went home carrying quite a few shopping bags, most of which are food and clothes, but these are my most interesting finds:

Watermelon Cold Wax - I have yet to try this

Watermelon Cold Wax – I have yet to try this

Organic pure honey

Organic pure honey

 

 

 

 

 

And coco sugar from Hijo Plantation (Banana Beach Resort)

And coco sugar from Hijo Plantation (Banana Beach Resort)

Jona got this as a freebie for her purchase at a Korean cosmetics/ skincare shop. She gave it to me bwahaha!

Jona got this as a freebie for her purchase at a Korean cosmetics/ skincare shop. She then gave it to me bwahaha!

2. Sister’s volleyball clinic with the Alyssa Valdez

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A Joyful Mess is One

I didn’t even know my blog already turned 1 year old until I saw Facebook’s “On This Day” last Friday.

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I don’t know why the featured image is not showing; it’s just my header though. Teehee.

I had blogged many years before I started blogging here, in Joyful Mess dot com. I’ve had DavaoMommy.com since 2012 (?) — it’s still up now but I haven’t touched it in a year.

Davao Mommy was doing well, honestly, but I just felt a need to start all over again because of three reasons: Continue Reading

Mixed Mess Personal

26 Questions on my 26th Year

My gift to myself this year is a long weekend. 🙂

I spent my 26th birthday last Tuesday, June 7, and I took two days off from work (Monday and Tuesday). I was planning on spending the entire long weekend just lazing around, eating junk, and binge-watching Descendants of the Sun.

Well, I did achieve most of the three. I watched Descendants of the Sun from dawn of Saturday to Monday midnight — it’s my first time to watch because I never had the time before last week — and boy oh boy was I hooked. I love everything about it: the actors (Song Joong Ki, because of you, it’s as if the name Lee Min Ho doesn’t exist anymore in my world), the storyline, the amazing cinematography, even the OST. It’s such a pity that it only spanned 16 episodes like how dare you take us on a lovely ride and cut it short. 

Anyway, yeah, Joong Ki, it was really nice to meet you.

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It was nice to meet me too, right? Sorry Joong Ki but I’m taken…

Other than that, I wasn’t able to truly laze around because I suddenly had appointments and my colleague, Sarah, unexpectedly gave birth on Sunday. I then met my goddaughter on Monday! But it was still generally an awesome long weekend.

My goddaughter, Xandrah. Isn't she the prettiest?

My goddaughter, Xandrah. Isn’t she the prettiest?

I planned on doing a blog marathon but life happened, so I wasn’t able to publish anything last week. So here’s a belated birthday post. Because I’m not feeling sentimental (it’s only 10 am on a weekend, after all), I decided to do something fun — and outdated, lol! I got the inspiration from a Facebook On This Day entry, from a time when publishing memes and tagging your friends was all the rage.

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Messy Wins OFW-Partner Personal

A Whole New, Err, Chapter

Riyadh OFW

This week flew by like a whirlwind for me.

We spent last Saturday in Madaum, in a well-known resort called Banana Beach (I’ll write about it sometime soon — I haven’t even written about my Maragusan trip more than a month ago boohoo). Sunday was a bit of shopping and ~some~ eating and a lot of KSA crash-coursing with Job.

Only very few people know this, but I’m sharing the news with you. Job is officially an OFW as of today. Well, he technically hasn’t started work yet, but he’s already there so. Anyway. He arrived in Riyadh last night, 10 pm our time/ 5 pm KSA time. I actually barraged Nilyn of Above Precious Rubies with questions last week lol as her husband works in Riyadh, too.  Thanks Nilyn, super!

As of this morning, he was still staying in a hotel, but now he’s on the road. I don’t have any pictures of him there yet because he still hasn’t found a stable internet connection, whether wi-fi or mobile data.

We’re both half-excited and half-anxious but he’s been looking forward to this for months now so it’s more of excitement. He left his decent-paying job here to accept a job offer in Riyadh and makipagsapalaran; we pray that he will flourish there not only as a worker but also as a person. But it was a long and hard journey, especially for him.

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Homeschooling Parenting Personal

Adulting Tuesday!

Hey guys!

Yesterday I took a leave from work to do mummy duties AKA:

  1. Take Yuri to his pedia
  2. Take Yuri to our family dentist
  3. Take Yuri to Eye Level in Bajada, Davao for his diagnostic test
Selfie of an adult (Because a caption that reads "adult selfie" would mean another thing)

Selfie of an adult (Because a caption that reads “adult selfie” would mean another thing)

Well, we spent the entire morning downtown but only number 3 was a success (relatively). Here’s why.

I did not set appointments.

I have an A-type personality so I almost always never leave the house unless a sure appointment has been set. However, when I lost my phone a few months back, I also lost all of my contact numbers, which include my doctors’ contact numbers. The phone numbers I saw from the internet were also outdated. So we decided to wing it. Continue Reading

My Christian Walk Personal

His Mercies Are New Every Morning!

Hey guys, I’m back! *furiously waves*

I’m putting an end to my hiatus (I’m sure you didn’t even notice lelz!) because my number of overdue drafts is growing higher and higher. It’s stressing me out haha.

And regarding that struggle that I am going through? It’s not officially “over” yet. We’re still taking tests and waiting for results — I’m sure you already have a vague idea of what this struggle is about but I’m really not keen on writing a post about it. But I figured, I cannot mope around forever. That only means I am not trusting God to do, well, his thing! We’re not quitting and we haven’t stopped praying. His will be done. My help comes from the Lord, who made Heaven and Earth!

ANYWAY!

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Personal

When Life Hits You Hard

I’m taking another ~indefinite~ blogging hiatus.

Was it just over a month ago when I declared a hiatus because I lost my phone? It seems like an entire lifetime away — times were simpler a month ago haha.

Now I’m going through another test (or challenge, which is what my partner likes to call it), and to be completely honest with you, it’s really weighing me down. Believe me — I am trying my best to surrender this hardship to God, and I’ve cried out to him a number of times — but the weight is still there.

I’d like to think of myself as a strong person, a strong Christian, but at this moment, I am struggling to even write this blog post down.

I cannot tell you the specifics of my situation, but what I can tell you is this: sometimes, life hits you — hard — out of nowhere. And come out of nowhere it did. I didn’t expect this at all. The possibility of it happening didn’t even occur to me. I know this test is teaching me a lesson, but I — we — just want to get out of it, unscathed as much as possible.

I’m trying my very best to distract myself while at work (which is not a difficult thing to do because it’s been a busy couple of days) but it’s a different story when my 8-hour work day is over.

But I’ll spare you the details. And the drama.

And rather than spend hours writing dramatic blog posts or, worse, half-hearted ones because my mind is on this, I chose to take some time off — at least from blogging — and use it for quiet time spent in prayer.

Whatever it is, I’m assuring you that I haven’t lost hope and I’m holding on to my faith.

Via theadornedlife.com

Via theadornedlife.com

PS: Wait for me to come back!

Personal

Brownouts: Here We Go Again!

A couple of years ago, we were struck with daily rotational brownouts — there were days when we didn’t have electricity for 7 full hours. When that finally ended, I heaved a huge sigh of relief. I thought the ordeal was over, for good.

Fast forward to 2016. Hello again, rotational brownouts!

These brownouts actually started last year, but it didn’t last long (or does my memory fail me?), and it wasn’t that bothersome since the weather isn’t as hot as it is now. Also, the longest power interruptions were just around 2 hours? Yep, 2 hours of brownout doesn’t faze me anymore.

Just this week, we’ve gone back to four hours of power interruption. In this heat! In fact, right now, I’m just waiting for the power to go off so we could go to our suking grocery store. Might as well escape the heat while the power is still out.

To be honest, I’m not complaining. I find it hard to complain about little things like power interruptions when our farmers are starving because the land is too dry and hard to till. Continue Reading

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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!

Lifestyle Personal Planning

The Planner Dilemma

I am a little late to the planner game this year.

Scratch that: very late!

The truth is I wasn’t planning on buying a planner this year because my planner from last year is still good as new. This wasn’t the case during the previous years as I’ve been using planners since 2012. But because I barely used my 2015 planner, I thought that buying another planner this year would just be a waste of money.

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This was my planner last year. I loved it but I was too busy to update it.

So what I did was buy a desktop calendar for the planning and a small leather notebook for my journaling. It  almost worked except that the calendar had too little space for all of my agenda and the notebook was a little bit cumbersome to use.

I guess it’s safe to say I’m covered for the year? 😁 #wahm #wahmlife #planner #journal #homeoffice

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Leather (faux) notebook in deep pink in the lower left corner and my floral desktop calendar in the upper right corner

While I still love the pretty calendar and notebook to bits (the desktop calendar shall be a mainstay in my, well, desk while I converted my notebook into a devotional notebook, A Line A Day style), I later on admitted that I wanted a proper planner for 2016.

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Lifestyle Personal

My Word for 2016 and 6 Simple Resolutions

How was your first week of easing back into normalcy? I guess it’s safe to say we have all settled back into our regular routines and tasks?

Or maybe not. Haha!

During my short vacation (I haven’t had a paid vacation in four years! Thank you Lord!), I had time to think about what I really want to see and accomplish this year. I know a lot of other bloggers blog about their word for the year. I’ve wanted to do that, too, but had never found the time to sit and really think about it (because, again, as a freelancer, I used to have no paid leave at all). Now that I had time, I thought about 2016 and what it means to me.

And I realised that, based on the decisions and changes my family, my partner, and I made during the last part of 2015, 2016 should be a year of:

Commitment

2016 is my year of Commitment

1. A commitment to God and becoming a better Christian

2. A commitment to an even stronger relationship with Job despite the big changes looming in the horizon

3. A commitment to my family no matter what happens and a commitment to becoming a better mother to Yuri (preschool, here we come!)

4. A commitment to remain a person of integrity in the workplace, whether in Stay At Home Mum or in the real estate industry

5. A commitment to be more available for my dearest friends, old and new

6. And a commitment to taking care of myself in all aspects

Last year, there were a lot of things, a lot of transitions, and I’m sure there will be more changes coming this year but I am committed to keeping my faith, the most important people to me, and myself despite the changes. I think I have already spent the last couple of years changing, improving, excelling that what I want to do the most now is hold on to the basics of my being, the simple things that make me me.

This year, no matter how my life changes, I’m committed to keeping my core intact.

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With God’s grace, I’m ready to face whatever life will throw my way.

Bring it on, 2016.