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Thursday, March 3, 2011

15 Years Later

Remember in January I told you about an upcoming elementary reunion I was to attend at the end of that month, well guess what, I had a blast and I looked awesome! LOL.Free Icons

E and Me
I was skeptical about going when my best friend from elementary (who I will refer to as E, from now on) asked me to join them. It was supposed to be their high school reunion, but they decided to invite the people who left after graduating elementary. Apparently, I was one of the few people who transferred to another school after graduating from 6th grade. My grandma transferred me to a school that was half a block away from our house, where my sister was studying as well because she wanted us together in one school. So, anyway, I didn't want to go at first because I didn't think I would have fun. I thought I'd feel left out and out of place, after all, these people knew a different me. A nicer me. I have changed a lot in the last 15 years and I didn't know how to act around them. I was so surprised to find that I had a great time!


I graduated from grade school in 1996. My high school life was so dramatic that I didn't have time to stay in contact with my elementary friends. I did see a few of them during college, but it wasn't a regular thing. I remember in 2002, right after I gave birth to Chakai, I tried to look for E, unfortunately, there are like a million people on Friendster with the same name. Facebook wasn't born yet. But it was a good thing she had a sister with a really unique name and so I found her. She wasn't in the country then, so we exchanged e-mails for a while until both our lives became busy and we lost touch again. But, thanks to Facebook, we got to keep in touch whenever we felt the need to. 
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It feels so good to rekindle old friendships and it is so nice to know that despite the years, the friendship is still there. Everything was pretty much the same, the teasing and fooling around didn't change much, we're still pretty much like kids, except now we're all disguised as adults.Free Icons

It's too bad that we didn't have class rings made for our batch. I would have loved to have a claddagh ring. A Claddagh Ring is an Irish ring that can symbolize love and friendship. It is usually a ring with 2 hands clasping a crowned heart. The hands are said to symbolize friendship, the heart symbolizes love and the crown symbolizes loyalty. It is said to have originated from a small Irish fishing village called Claddagh, thus its name. It is often given as an engagement ring and is worn as a wedding ring as well. It's basically the kind of mothers rings that is passed down from generation to generation. It is not a wonder why its design have been used for class rings as well, it is not only stylish, it also symbolizes love and loyalty which makes up a good friendship. I would totally want to have one. Next time instead of a shirt with our names and the year we graduated written on the back, I'm going to suggest we get class rings instead.Free Emoticons

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Lucas is 3! (Unofficially)

I initially wrote this post on February 28, 2011 at 11:59 pm. However, I never got to finish because I was so overwhelmed with mixed emotions. I am happy that Lucas is growing up and at the same time I am sad at how fast time flies.

I can't believe it's been 3 years already. I feel sad and happy at the same time. It seems like it was only yesterday when he started walking and now he's celebrating yet another unofficial birthday.


Flashback: When I was pregnant with him, I knew he was a boy even before the doctor told me his gender. I just knew it, no way I was carrying a girl then, I was so freaking fat and ugly then and oh my gosh, the morning sickness that lasts all freaking day is something that won't easily be forgotten and is what keeps me from getting pregnant again! LOL.Happy Emoticons I did not have the gorgeous pregnancy glow I had when I was pregnant with Chakai. My pregnancy with Lucas was not a smooth one like that of my pregnancy with Chakai. When I was pregnant with Lucas, I honestly felt like a cow, and for the first time in my life, I actually used the phrase, "Does this make me look fat?", when buying clothes or simply dressing up. LOL.Happy Emoticons And yes, I was fat, even for a pregnant lady. According to my doctor, I have already gained the normal 25 pounds an average pregnant lady gains during their entire pregnancy and I gained it only while I was 4 months pregnant!Happy Emoticons

One time after my pre-natal check up, Chakai and I decided to grab something to eat in a nearby Jollibee, and in the middle of eating my burger (with sundae, spaghetti with chicken and fries!) I felt a pop. The button on my maternity pants literally popped off (think about the scene in White Chicks, when he was trying on pants that was way small for him and the button popped off and broke the mirror). LOL.Happy Emoticons I was that fat and I was only 6 months pregnant and pregnancy pants are garterized and the particular one I was wearing was supposed to fit me until I reach full term. Now can you imagine how fat I was? LOL.Happy Emoticons

I was only 6 months pregnant in this picture!
Fast Forward to Now: When you ask Lucas how old he is, he will say, "Zeeyo". LOL.Happy Emoticons But it's true. He was born on a leap year, so no actual birthdays to celebrate until next year. Yay for us because we have 4 years to prepare for a very grandiose first birthday for MY boy (not B's boy, MINE. LOL.). But we haven't really saved for it yet, but I am hoping that this year will be great for us financially, I hope my business picks up soon so I can pay my debts and save enough for an amazing first birthday for Lucas. We have never celebrated his birthday officially, we acknowledge his special day but no elaborate celebration what-so-ever. He's too young to appreciate it anyway, at least next year, I know he'll really enjoy his birthday, and it is going to be a themed party (awesome!), but we haven't decided on a theme yet.


I was feeling so nostalgic today as I was browsing through pictures of both him and Chakai, time sure flies when you're having fun and for me, being a mom has been 90% fun and 10% stressful. Being a mom is hard. I love being a mom, but I will not recommend it to anyone. LOL.Happy Emoticons Seriously, it's not for the weak of mind, soul and body.


Anyway, I don't know where the past 3 years have gone, it feels like it was only a few days back when I came home from the hospital holding my boy in my arms (except I've lost weight and can wear a bikini once again and my nose isn't huuge anymore!Free Userbars). I remember so well how B and my sister mocked me because I said "my boy" to Lucas so much. LOL.Happy Emoticons

B is at work 6 days in a week, 8 hours per day and Chakai is in school 5 days a week, 8 hours a day, so Lucas and I are pretty much alone in the house most of the time. We are practically inseparable and we haven't really been apart for more than 8 hours. I think I will have a major case of separation anxiety once he starts school next year, like what I had with Chakai, but I hope I'll be able to handle it better this time around.

Will post about his birthday dinner soon.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Thing About The Wedding Band Superstition

I have said this time and time again, but I'm going to say this again. I am not a fan of big chunky jewelry and I will only really wear jewelry if it means something to me. The only piece of jewelry that I really wear is my wedding ring.

Wedding bands or rings are more than just expensive jewelry. They are a symbol of commitment and devotion between two people who intend to spend their entire lives together. However, the price of the wedding band doesn't have any bearing to the kind of marriage the couple will have. I never take off my wedding ring unless I really have to and the only time I ever took it off for more than a minute (I switch from left finger to right often) was when I was pregnant with Lucas. My fingers became too fat for them when I was only four months pregnant with him and B had to keep it for me because I was afraid I might lose it. I could have worn it as a necklace, but I thought that was corny because every pregnant woman in my doctor's waiting area have done that and I refused to be one of them. LOL. One of the first things my doctor noticed during my 4th month check up was that I wasn't wearing my ring. During the first few weeks that I wasn't wearing my ring, I felt naked. Weird, but that's how I felt. I totally considered getting a temporary ring from a line of mens wedding bands, because they are bigger in size, and if it were cheap I probably would have. LOL.

So I mentioned that the price of the wedding band has no bearing to the kind of marriage a couple will have, the ring is just a symbol. Have you heard that superstition about marriages being more successful if the wedding bands are a gift from someone who truly care about one or both of the couples? It sounds silly, I know, but when my grandma gave us our wedding bands, my heart made a double flip because it ups the chances of B and me staying together for the rest of our lives as a blissfully married couple. I am a bit superstitious, but I do choose which superstitions to believe.


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Top First Commentators For December 2010 and January 2011

I know this post is long overdue, but you know what I always say, better late than never.Happy Emoticons

Before anything else, I want to thank everyone for making an effort to drop by my blog and reading my thoughts and then leaving a comment or two. I know how busy everyone is but despite that you still have time for me, and I am very grateful for that. Thank you, I promise to return the favor whenever I can, and you know I will.Free Icons

So here goes.

DECEMBER

Jackie 1

Monica almost beat Mariuca!Surprised Emoticons However, Mariuca doesn't want to step down as queen of LATM yet, so for the month of December, she's still the reigning queen.Cool Emoticons Seriously thinking of building a shrine for Marzie now.Free Emoticons LOL.Happy Emoticons Thanks so much for your wonderful comments Marzie! I Free Emoticons you!

JANUARY

Caroline 2
Gagay 2
Mariuca 3
LadyJava 3

For January, I found that there were new commentators, I love that there are new people coming to visit, and I hope you guys keep coming back! So anyway, LadyJava almost beat Mariuca, but like I said, Marzie doesn't want to leave her throne, but she doesn't mind sharing, she's awesome like that, so for January, she shares the throne with LJ. Thank you ladies, I know I haven't updated my blog much, but I'm hoping that'll change soon.Free Icons

To all of you who didn't make the top list, that's okay, there are 11 months left in the year 2011, plenty of time to make my list but if you don't make it still, that's okay, I Free Emoticons you anyway.

I Free Emoticons you all and your comments make blogging worth it. Thank you sooooo much!Love EmoticonsFree Userbars


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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dallas, Texas

I have a list of places that I want to visit. It's a given that I want to visit Europe and tour it's cities, everyone have Europe on their list. Asia is also a given, what with its rich culture and eventful history. Of course before I go visiting other countries, I want to tour the entire Philippines first. Aside from the usual places, I also want to tour all 51 states in the United States.

One of them is Texas. I want to know if the rumors that everything in Texas is big, cause I hear that a lot from Sandy Cheeks from Songebob Squarepants. LOL.

First city in Texas I am going to visit is Dallas. Dallas, Texas is home to the Dallas Cowboys. One of the most popular of football teams in the world. I don't know football and I don't get it but I know the Dallas Cowboys, so that means they're pretty popular. Maybe I should start checking out affordable Dallas Apartments for Rent online. It is easier and definitely much more convenient to look for future accommodations online. It saves you the trouble of having to commute and deal with the heat of the sun. I hear it can be pretty hot in Dallas. I prefer to stay in houses or apartments as opposed to hotels just to get the homey feel of it all.

I hope one day me and the family will be able to visit. I definitely want to see Dallas Museum of Art. I love museums. And while we are there, we'll definitely have to see the Dallas Cowboys play and see for myself what made them so popular and why they are one of only 2 foot ball teams that I know. I know the New York Giants too, but that's as far as I know. LOL. I am so not a sports fan and I don't know how foot ball even works.


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