12 Days of Gratitude – Day 6

After my whole day of house cleaning yesterday, I had forgone sleep and went to the bus terminal way earlier than my scheduled trip. My ticket was for 11AM trip but I was able to chance a ride at 5AM. Slept the whole trip as well. :-)

So I guess you know what’s today’s gratitude is all about. Well, here it goes:

I am grateful for a very safe taxi ride from my apartment all the way to the bus terminal with a driver giving me advise to ensure my safety. :-)

I got to the terminal expecting long queue for chance passengers only to find out that I am the second one in line. I was able to chance a ride at 5AM and I was able get a front seat as well since there were no senior citizens/PWD riding the bus. Given that I had no sleep yet, getting a ride as soon as you get to the terminal on peak seasons is in itself a miracle. And I am grateful for that. And of course, I am so grateful that the trip was safe and sound.And even if I was dead to the world the whole trip, I woke up to find my things still intact and complete. :-)

To all those who will be traveling for the holidays, I wish you safe journeys, too. :-)

Side note: I am just so happy to be with the little Z.. :-D

12 Days of Gratitude – Day 5

I have been cleaning my tiny apartment since I got home last night and continued when I woke up around noon today. I only went out to buy food and to buy a few things as well. And now I am finally done with the clean up. Whoopee!!

My kitchen cabinets have been sorted out; closet sorted removed clothes no longer being used; my laundry hamper is now empty and I am just waiting for the rest of the laundry to dry so I can fold and keep them; shelves have been dusted, cleaned and stuff arranged; floor has been swept and mopped; bathroom cleaned as well. For this whole week, I think I have thrown out almost 3 sacks full of garbage plus things that are no longer being used. The only thing left that I haven’t gone through yet are my storage boxes. Since sorting those out will take another whole day, I am leaving them as is for now.

For such a tiny apartment, I seem to have accumulated a lot of stuff for the past few years. Looking at my space earlier, I think I still need to take out a few more things out. Oh well, I’ll think about that later on.

So for day 5, this is what I am grateful for:

No matter how cluttered my space gets and no matter how painful my body gets after cleaning such a tiny space, I am still thankful that I got my own place to live. I am also thankful that my area is safe and secured and relatively quiet. It is a rented space for now, but eventually, it will be a house that I will own. :)

 

12 Days of Gratitude – Day 4

Today is my last day of work for this year. I start my 2-week vacation next week and will be reporting back to work on the 5th of January. Weeee! :D

Early this afternoon, my team went out for lunch. We didn’t talk about work but just had sort of spontaneous conversations. It was laid-back and it was fun. I really had a great time. I wish we could have extended our time but then duty calls and we had to get back to the office.

Me, my ladies and our admin assistant :)

Me, my ladies and our admin assistant :)

As soon as we got back to the office, I picked up my laptop and went straight to the conference room for another round of meetings. When I got back to my desk, I was surprised to find presents from my ladies. I was touched and at the same time, I was a bit embarrassed as I was not able to get them anything. I was planning to bake them some goodies a few weeks ago but I was not able to find time to do so and I was not able to hit the malls, too, as I had been working long hours. I will definitely get some something once I come back next month. :)

So, for today’s gratitude – I am grateful to have found two great ladies for our team. We were able to find great talents and in time, with some help, I would be able to nurture them to grow as well. Just as I would be growing with them.  I know that with these two ladies, we will be able to achieve the team’s purpose and goals. I am also grateful to have had the opportunity to have lunch with our admin assistant. As she has been doing a lot of things to assist with our needs, it was an honor to have her join us for lunch.

Yeah, yeah, I know, I know. I am making this so “formal”, for the lack of better term, and yet, I really enjoyed it. I will definitely plan more of these dinners in the future.

There’s my 4th day. Looking forward to January to see these ladies again. :)

 

12 Days of Gratitude – Day 3

I can already feel that Christmas is just around the corner but for some reason, I am still not able to get into the spirit of the season. Probably because I still have a lot of things to do before my 2-week vacation starts. Oh well.

A lot of us at work will be on leave starting Monday next week and will be back by January 5, 2015. A few already started with their vacation as early as yesterday. :D But until I get my work completed for the week, instructions given to my team for next week and my apartment is clean, I can breath a sigh of relief and be able to get into the festive mood. :D

So, since this is technically the last week at work for most of us, giving of gifts has started as well. So for day 3 of this activity of mine, I am grateful for the treats that I received from colleagues. I really don’t expect gifts during the holidays, to be honest. I kind of feel awkward even when I receive a gift. I am just not used to it. I am more familiar with the feeling of giving rather than receiving. :D

And those whom I received gifts from, I haven’t expected it. So it was a total surprise for me. It just makes me feel grateful to have very thoughtful work mates, even if we rarely talk to each other face to face (since there is a very long hallway to walk through to get to them. LOL)

for my team

for my team

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ginger beer :D

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brownies!!!!

I have also received gifts from some of my colleagues for the little boy. And with that, again, I am grateful for them. (Photo to follow).

Update on the photo (updated on 19 December 2014):

more gifts :)

more gifts :)

And in return, I wish them more blessings this holiday season and prosperity for the coming year. :)

 

12 Days of Gratitude – Day 2

It was a little gloomy this morning when I woke up. And I have been feeling so tired lately. I know I need to get some really good rest but now is not yet the time. I still have a couple of days more to finish anything work-related that needs to be finished before I start my holiday vacation. A few more errands to do for my home, and I still have some packing to do for my trip home for the holidays. Yep, another case of so-little-time-so-much-to-do.

But hey, guess what? I was able to finish half of my laundry tonight. :D Hopefully the clothes will dry quickly so I can finish the rest. I have run out of space to hang the remaining laundry and I don’t have the energy anymore to finish it today anyway.

Anyway, here is my day 2 of gratitude.

This afternoon at work, I checked my Facebook account and I saw this post in my newsfeed and it took a good three minutes before it registered to me:

:D :D :D

:D :D :D

I won!!! :D

And to think that I have been saving up for a new pair of shoes and was trying to decide if I will buy one this month or if I will postpone it for next year. I guess I don’t have to buy for now.

So there. I am grateful for blog giveaways – regardless if I win or not. Though I have won quite a few this year and I have not been expecting those, either. I am grateful for the opportunities like this because I get to have an insight on products being endorsed and that helps in making decisions when I need to do a purchase. Also, through these blog giveaways, I get to read great blogs out there (and there are quite a few).

I won’t make this long. I am just so grateful even if some might say that it is very small compared to winning the lottery. To me, this is a blessing that came at the right time. :D

Thank you Topaz Horizon :D

 

12 Days of Gratitude – Day 1

So it’s already 2AM this side of the world and yet here I am still, typing this post using my new toy. I just got home about 30 minutes ago from work and once again, I am not able to sleep. #turninginsomniac

My body hurts all over. My upper back hurts, my lower back hurts, my thighs and legs hurt, my feet hurt, even my head is now starting to hurt. And I still have a lot of things to do before I go home. I haven’t started with my laundry yet and my hamper is already overflowing, I haven’t started sorting out the stuff that I need to throw out and things that I can give away.

My apartment is so tiny and it has now accumulated a lot of stuff that can be thrown away already. I have started with the clean up last Sunday night but for some reason, it didn’t feel like I cleaned at all.

I also still have a few things more to buy for Christmas but I haven’t got time to go to the mall just yet. Good luck to me.

Anyway, enough ranting for now since that wouldn’t really get me anywhere anyway. This morning, while I got into a cab going to work, I thought that since December 16 was the start of the traditional “Simbang Gabi” or midnight mass, why not come up with something that I am grateful for everyday until Christmas day. Or better yet, until New Year’s day. Sounds fun? Let’s call it 12 Days of Gratitude.

Okay, so here’s my day 1:

December 16:
I am grateful for the beautiful morning that greeted me when I woke up. Somehow, my first thought was that today is a new day full of hope and not how painful parts of my body are.

I am grateful that I still have the strength to do the things that I have to do to try to accomplish something. I am grateful that for the opportunity to be empowered at work today. No matter how small that was, I feel happy about it.

I am grateful for the fact that no matter how frustrated my family become of me, they are still there to support me and my son.

And last for today but not the least, I am grateful to have met a lot of people this year, may it be in person or online. I am grateful of the fact that I was able to find support groups of sorts that I could definitely learn from as I go along the journey of mommyhood.

Oh and before I forget, I am grateful for a good taxi driver who brought me home from work safe and sound. :D

Whew! That was a lot of things to be grateful for. But it felt good to have listed down the things that I am grateful for as we tend to forget that we are still blessed even when it doesn’t seem so. :-)

What about you, what are you grateful for today?

#RandomThoughts: Year-End Party and New Toys

Yesterday was our company’s year end party held at KPub Bbq Restaurant in BGC. Why KPub? From what I’ve heard, it was one of those few places that can accommodate our number. And this year’s theme? Something colorful. To be honest, I’ve had a hard time trying to find something to wear for the event that I decided to stick with a red top. And since it is a barbecue place, it didn’t feel right to dress up to the nines for the night. Though a lot of people really took the effort to doll up. :D

So here’s what I wore:

OOTD: top: Karimadon, jeans: Bench, shoes: m. nicole by figlia :P

OOTD: top: Karimadon, jeans: Bench, shoes: m. nicole by figlia :P

the "effortless" hair :D

the “effortless” hair :D

Few minutes after I left the house, that hair fell flat. LOL And a few hours into the party, I had a shoe disaster. Good thing that we had a messenger at the event and our bouncer asked him to buy instant glue from the nearby 711. Whew!

Registration of the event started at 5PM and I left the party at around 10:30PM, after all the bands have played and the ones left are the DJs playing party music. I have never been into that kind of music anyway so I don’t think I really missed anything when I left. Had they started the night with the DJs and the bands played later into the night, I would probably have stayed until closing time. LOL!

I haven’t worn high heels for a long time that I still feel my legs and soles of my feet hurting from the abuse of walking in spikes. And by the way, Nicole Asensio of the now defunct General Luna performed for the party and Ira Cruz (formerly from Bamboo, then Hijo but not sure what happened with that band) made a special appearance.. Heehee! I have a photo with them separately but it was my office mate who took the photo and I am still waiting for it to be posted. I’ll update this post with the photo once I get it.

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(Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this following post. I just wanted to write about the products.)

A couple of weeks ago, I bought the little boy a new toy. I got him a push walker. After a long search and deliberation of the qualities of each of the push walkers I’ve seen, I settled for Little Footprints’ version.

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It is a walker that can be turned into an activity table. So far, this was the only push walker I saw that can be turned into an activity table. The others were just plain walkers, toys are detachable, or can be turned into a floor toy. But that is not what I was looking for. Little Z already has a lot of toys that he can play with separately while on the floor. The part where I can convert the walker into an activity table made me decide to buy this walker instead of a different one. I no longer have to buy a separate activity table for the little boy. :D

push walker

push walker

activity table

activity table

One other thing that I liked about this – assembly takes less than 5 minutes. :D No tools needed to assemble. All you need is to connect the parts and hold it in place using those big red screws included in the package.

easy to assemble

easy to assemble

I brought this toy home the other weekend when I went home to the mountain city but I was not able to let the little boy fully test the walker. He loved the sounds of the toy, though. Hee hee! Yep, my little boy really loves music. :D I’ll post further review of this toy during my vacation period.

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Since I cannot remember the last time I bought myself a toy, I finally gave in to my urge to buy a tablet. I was able to streamline my choices to two brands and I ended up getting the Lenovo one.

So, here is the Mommy’s new toy:

Lenovo bundle (Lenovo tab, Samsonite pouch, JBL earphones)

Lenovo bundle (Lenovo tab, Samsonite pouch, JBL earphones)

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A7-30 model plus accessories

 

I have been contemplating getting a tablet before but for some reason, it was not high in my priority list. But when I had my little Z and he has started getting a bit restless on long trips, I knew that I needed to get one so his restlessness can be diverted. Besides, he gets easily bored with some of his toys that we keep in the baby bag during our trips.

The one thing that made me decide to get this tab is the audio quality. It’s got dolby digital sounds. I was trying to look for a tab that can offer both of the things that I am looking for in a tablet – high quality audio and high resolution camera. The other option that I was looking into was Starmobile Engage 7, I believe. It is also a 7-inch tab but rear camera is 8MP while the front camera is 2 or 5MP (I can’t remember). Lenovo’s rear camera is only 2MP while the front camera is published as 1.3MP as the highest but somehow, it seems to be further lower than that. Typical VGA quality.

I have been exploring the tab earlier and so far, I like what I see. Response is fast, loading of apps is pretty quick as well and I think I can live with the 2MP camera. I still have my phone to use for picture taking anyway. :D

I am still thinking if I will get a separate flip cover for the tab. Maybe next month. I’ll need to work for funds for that one first since I already went overboard with my budget due to the bundled offering they have for this model. I don’t think I regret it though. Both the earphones and the carrying case are of high quality so it’s all good.

Most of the apps I have installed in the tab are for Zaine’s entertainment. :D Anybody’s got suggestions of good android apps for toddlers? Free app recommendation is definitely welcome. :D

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And it is already 3:30 AM in this side of the world. I still have work in the morning. I need to try and get some sleep now. And I need to plan my strategy for this week to get everything done before the weekend since I will be going home to the mountain city on Sunday for the holidays. Whoopee! Can’t wait for the long vacation. :D