No Goodbyes, Just See You Around…

Today was the farewell party for our boss. Everybody was emotional, a lot of tears were shed. I myself had a hard time stopping myself from crying.

The Friday before last, our boss had a big announcement where our director and general manager attended. He announced that he was leaving the company because of a better opportunity. While I already anticipated that one day, he will have to leave, the announcement came as a shock as I was thinking that this would be his last company before he retires. But then, I guess, fate had other ideas. He was given an opportunity that he couldn’t resist. And while I am happy for him, the thought that he would be leaving the company so soon was really saddening.

He’s been with us for almost six years. I have been with the company for almost 10 years. I have been through 3 management, him being the third one. And in my whole professional life, he is the best boss that I have ever had. Hands down, no questions about it.

Since the first day he reported, his quiet demeanor already commanded respect. It was in his aura. In a multinational company where we don’t really call bosses sir or ma’am, we automatically started calling him sir. We call our director by first name, yet he, one step lower as a manager, we call sir. Funny and absurd as it is, that was how it has been eversince.

When he first announced it to everyone, I was already on the verge of crying. I shook his hand and gave him a hug and said that I would talk to him Monday because I didn’t want to cry. But I shed tears a few minutes after that, when I was already out of view from the public.

Our boss is one of a kind. While he may have that intimidating aura, he is actually someone you can approach regardless of your concerns – may it be work-related or personal. He would not give you the answers but he will help you sort things out. He will give advice when you ask for it or even help you think things through when you have doubts. And he is not bias. He treats everybody fairly and would give credit where credit is due.

One thing that made him stand out to me is because of the similarity that he has with my Dad. He is a few years younger than my Dad but the way I saw my Dad when I was younger was almost the same as I saw our boss. My Dad has the same aura. Someone that commands respect without saying anything, someone who can talk to anyone regardless of status, someone you can approach regardless of the problem or concern you need to raise, someone who is fair, kind, helpful.

Six years is short to work with such a great person. Unfortunately, I was not able to directly report to him. It would have been fun – always on my toes, trying to second-guess what he would ask and all that, pushing myself to be better. In the span of six years, I am still glad that I have worked with someone like him. That is a privilege nobody can take away. And I am grateful to have known such a boss like him. I only wish that the time we have with him was longer.

He has been looked upon as a father of our organization and he has acted as one apart from being a boss. He was able to put balance in the work place and what he will leave behind will be quite difficult to fill in.

Today was a bittersweet moment. While we are happy to have had the opportunity to work with him, it was really hard to let him go. But as a few of my colleagues said, we cannot be selfish as to keep him to ourselves. Other people would benefit from his expertise and it is time for those people to do so.

And while it is not really possible to follow him where he will go for now (and I emphasize, for now), I do hope and pray that I get another chance to work with him in the future.

Hence, no goodbyes, no farewells, just see you around.

To the bestest boss ever, you have been a blessing to the organization and you have been a blessing to a lot of us. It has been an honor to have worked with you for the past six years, I have truly learned a lot. Thank you for your wisdom and knowledge that you have imparted and I hope that you will continue to give the same wisdom and knowledge to the next team that you will have you. I look forward to working with you in the future. God bless in your new journey.

 

 

 

 

Sepanx…

It’s been almost a week and a half since I left the little boy back home in the mountain city for his 2-week vacation. The house has been feeling empty and lonely since then.

A week before we traveled home, I have been telling Z that he will be spending time with his Mama Nana and Uncle Reis and that he will get to enjoy a cooler weather, too. So when the time came that we needed to go, he got too clingy and didn’t want to let Mommy go. He didn’t even want to go with his nanny while we were on the bus going home. The only time he went with her was when we reached Baguio and made a segue to eat before heading home. But as soon as we reached home, he didn’t want to go with my Mom, not even for a short walk. It was just Mommy for him. He didn’t want to be carried by anyone else and he only stayed close to me. I couldn’t even go to the bathroom without him throwing a fit when I step away.

At first, I thought it was just because he was adjusting to his new environment since the house got rearranged, too. Comes the next day, it was still the same. It was Mothers’ Day and the family went swimming. There were only two things he wanted that day: swimming and Mommy. LOL!

I initially decided that I will travel back to the big metro on Monday morning. However, given the fits of Z, I realized that I have to leave late night Sunday once he’s asleep so it won’t be so hard to leave him the next day. It was really hard putting him down after he fell asleep. Had he not been too tired from the day’s events, he would have probably grabbed me and held on when I started to put him down.

I’ve been a long distance mom for about two years. Given that I am a single Mom working in the big metro with no help, I had to leave my son with my family back home in the mountain city. I’ve been going home on the weekends, spend  a couple of days with the little boy before I come back and work during the weekdays. That was the set up that we had until February of this year when I was able to get a full time nanny willing to stay in the big metro with me and my son. For the past three months, I got used to coming home to see my son asleep in my room and waking up to his kicks and slaps and big grins just for me. So when the time came that I have to leave him with my family again, it was not really easy. Even Z didn’t feel so excited to be left home.

While my son may be non-verbal and has development delays, I do believe he has high EQ. He knew and felt that he will be left in an unfamiliar environment and won’t see Mommy so I believe he tried in his own way to make sure that I will be there. My son felt separation anxiety for the very first time. I still get that whenever I have to leave him, too.  I don’t think that feeling really leaves you once you become a Mom. And no matter how grown up your kids may get, if and when they leave on their own, you just want to go back to that time when you can just carry them and cuddle them and not let them go.

I just can’t wait for this week to end so I can go see my son and bring him home with me.

 

Mother’s Day Celebration…

I know, I know. Mothers’ Day was last week and my post is already late. Pardon my being absent from my own blog for the past three weeks as it has been a bit busy time for me. (Nothing new there, actually).

Last weekend, we went home to the mountain city since Z’s nanny needed to go home to her hometown for the election so I needed to leave the little boy back home because they missed him, too.:) As of this writing, my son is still there with my Mom, spending another week before I pick them up this coming weekend.

Given that it was Mothers’ Day, the family had loosely planned a family outing, going to a resort nearby. No, it was not the beach that we went to, rather, we went to Pooten Resort in Nangalisan, Benguet. It’s about 30-45 minutes away from city center (depending on how fast you drive and the traffic from the city). The difference of this resort from its nearby neighboring resorts is that the pool water is coming straight from the hot spring, it’s not your typical chlorinated pool water.

We got there at about half past 10 in the morning, I think, and there were a lot of people already. There were no cottages available as all of them were occupied. There were 4 big pools and all were occupied by kids and adults alike. Even the hot tubs were full of people. Nevertheless, we went there to enjoy and enjoy we did regardless.

 

On the way to the resort with my cousin and her baby, my Aunt and Z's nanny (not in the photo)

On the way to the resort with my cousin and her baby, my Aunt and Z’s nanny (not in the photo)

Z was not his usual jolly self since we arrived home the day before. I think he knew that I will be leaving him in the mountain city for a couple of weeks so he was really clingy the whole time. Even when we arrived at the resort, all he wanted to do was stay in the water and not leave, not even to eat lunch.

"Mommy, I don't wanna eat. Can we go swimming, please?"

“Mommy, I don’t wanna eat. Can we go swimming, please?”

Enjoying the warm spring water

Enjoying the warm spring water

two generations of mommies :)

two generations of mommies:) from L-R: Auntie Fe, Aiya and baby SR, Z and I, my Mom

missing my two other siblings

missing my two other siblings

Tired but only wanted Mommy to carry him and no one else

Tired but only wanted Mommy to carry him and no one else

I would love to go back to this resort when it’s not the peak season. I think it would be lovely and more relaxing if there were no other people occupying every space. My Mom got the rates of the place already so there might be some plans to rent half of the place sometime in the future.:)

We stayed until 5PM before heading back home though we were already planning on going out for coffee after dropping things off at home.:) My Mom opted to stay since she was not feeling well so it was my brother, Z’s nanny, Z and I who went out. My brother recommended a somewhat hole in a wall place along North Drive.

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waiting for our order

waiting for our order

chill mode before heading home

chill mode before heading home

Their coffee was so-so. I had to ask that the refill (yes, their cup of brewed coffee comes with a free refill) be fresh brewed and a bit stronger. I was actually surprised that they complied. Their pasta was good, too. Z finished the whole plate. I like their quesadilla and their salsa was quite nice.

I was not able to take a lot of photos of the place but I would definitely go back there just to hang out. The place is comfortable and relatively quiet so it is a good place for conversations.

There was nothing extravagant about how we spent Mothers’ Day as a family. But then again, what matters was that we spent it as a family. It’s rare nowadays that we get together like this so it was really nice to just relax with them.

When Vanity Strikes: Service Awards Banquet

I’m actually turning 10 years with the company on December 27. However, given that my 10th year is within the calendar year, I have been included in the more than 100 awardees for this year within the company. The awardees were the ones who have rendered 2, 5, 10, 15 and 20 years within the company. But that is not what I wanted to talk about.

For every event that I am invited to that requires me to dress up, I need to allot about 2 months to find the right dress. Yep, you read it right – 2 months, at least. That’s how I’ve done it the previous years. And every single time, I end up getting a dress from Karimadon. So, this year, instead of searching all the shops within all the malls, I went straight to Karimadon to find a dress. I’m not going to pose all the dresses I’ve tried (yep, I tried several😛 ) but the winning dress was this (there does my budget):

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Good thing that I didn’t need to buy new shoes since I still have one decent shoes that I could use which was only used twice since it was bought – it was bought for a wedding and it was reused for a company party.😀

I didn’t have time for a mani-pedi session so it was a DIY for me. It was not perfect but it was presentable.:)

bronze platinum but looks more silvery than expected

bronze platinum but looks more silvery than expected

I got the dress, I got the shoes, next big thing would be hair and make up. I have absolutely no idea how to wear make up for big events. For day-to-day make up, I can wing it, but for a big one, I need professional help.

Oh and did I mention that I am a crammer? Yep, I searched for hair and make up artist when I saw my friend post in one Facebook group looking for one about a week and a half from the day of event. I got several referrals when I posted in FB as well and finally decided to hire Sai Montes Makeup Artistry – referred by Mommy Pehpot.:) Thank you, Mommy!

Unfortunately, Sai was indisposed so she sent her Senior Makeup Artist to do our hair and make up for the event. By the way, my +1 was my bestfriend.:)

Anyway, let me just post a few photos (from the hundreds of photos in my phone) and be the judge. These are low-res version of the actual photos so expect a lower quality. I can’t post the actual photos here because it will eat up a lot of space.😛

Dress: Karimadon Shoes: Charles and Keith Earrings: gift from a friend It took that many hairpins to do my side bun :D

Dress: Karimadon; Shoes: Charles and Keith; Earrings: gift from a friend; It took that many hairpins to do my side bun😀; Not in photo: Necklace: Istorya (won from a blog giveaway😀 )

The before photo.. No decent sleep for two days

The before photo.. No decent sleep for two days

Undecided on what to do with the hair so curls first...

Undecided on what to do with the hair so curls first…

Make up session on-going

Make up session on-going

There goes the curls :)

There goes the curls:)

The side bun was a last minute decision since I didn’t really know what kind of hairstyle I wanted. I was so used to having my hair down for majority of the events I’ve attended and I wanted to have something different for this event. I didn’t know what kind of updo I wanted so I ended up choosing a side bun so it would be quickly done. Since Charm forgot to bring her hairspray, I was a bit worried that the hair style would go limp after an hour. It was a good thing too that there is a drug store relatively near my place so I had to let my nanny and my son take a walk and buy one. Thankfully, the store had one available.

Initial look... Love how my eye color popped :)

Initial look… Love how my eye color popped:)

RB's make up session

RB’s make up session

Expressive eyes :)

Expressive eyes:)

Curls...

Curls…

#mirrorselfie

#mirrorselfie final look

with Charm, our hair and make up artist for the day

with Charm, our hair and make up artist for the day

My son took his nap when we started with the hair and make up session so when he woke up after about two hours, he didn’t recognize me and didn’t want me near him. He actually turned his back on me and didn’t want to face me back.😀

"Mommy? No, you're not Mommy!!" LOL!

“Mommy? No, you’re not Mommy!!” LOL!

Final look...

Final look…

On the way to the event...

On the way to the event…

:)

:)

Side look :P

Side look😛

#selfiewhenpretty

#selfiewhenpretty #realbrowneyes

It was my first time to wear false eyelashes (seriously!) and it feels really weird. I was just happy when I got home and took it off.

The venue was at the Grand Ballroom of Shangri-la The Fort. The place is just grand. The carpets are so soft, the ceilings were thoughtfully designed, the chandelier is really pretty. The wall design is really a conversation piece. From what I heard, the pieces were hand sewn by 70 people and was completed in a year. The food served was superb as well. And no, I didn’t take photos of the food because I kind of crammed them all up in my plate and it didn’t look good for a photo. But really, the food was heavenly. This is what I loved the most:

when in a grown up event, drink wine :)

when in a grown up event, drink wine:)

Here are a few photos of the place. I didn’t take much photos of the venue. It would be best experienced, really.

See that thing behind me? That is such a gorgeous chandelier

See that thing behind me? That is such a gorgeous chandelier

Sitting area outside the ballroom

Sitting area outside the ballroom

the mandatory bathroom selfie :)

the mandatory bathroom selfie:)

those art pieces...

those art pieces…

I’m a typical shirt, jeans and sneakers type of gal. But sometimes, dressing up to the nines really feels good. Who would have thought that I could look pretty when dressed up? LOL!

Here’s my favorite look, though. When I took off all those hair pins and let my hair down literally (such relief but not as much relief as taking off your killer shoes after 9 hours of wearing it). That woke-up-like-this hair kind of look. Love it. I wish I could have hair like this everyday until I want my straight hair back.😛

At the end of the day...

At the end of the day…

That’s the last photo of me that I will be posting. Pardon the vanity. This only happens once in a blue moon. Now I need another event when I could wear that dress (or the other dresses I have in my closet that had been worn only once since it was bought).😛

 

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Ouch! My Back…

My neck… My legs… My arms…

As much as I don’t want to, I had to go on sick leave today because I can hardly get out of bed this morning. And when I was able to, it felt like my arms were going to fall off. My body hurts all over from carrying Z over the weekend. Z can already walk. When he’s inside the house, he doesn’t want to be carried at all. But once we step outside, a few steps out of the building and he will hold up his arms asking to be carried. And if you don’t carry him, he would sit on the ground and will refuse to stand up until you give in and carry him. Last month, what I did was take a few steps ahead of him and then wait for him to get up and walk/run to catch up then he will hold my hand and start walking again. This time around, taking a few steps ahead of him no longer works. He would remain seated on the ground or, worse, he would lie down on the ground and ignore me even if I walk further away. Sometimes he would even cry.

This weekend, since it was just the two of us who went out, I had to carry the bag and him at the same time. I still babywear him so I can get my hands free but carrying a bag with his things plus all 14-kilos of him, it did put a strain on my whole body. Yesterday, while at the mall and he didn’t want to walk again, I almost lost it. My back was hurting real bad and I was tired and all I wanted to do was sit down but Z didn’t want to walk and decided that the mall ground was a good bed. Yes, my friends, my son lied down on the ground not caring about the people passing by. It was really frustrating but I couldn’t do anything but carry him while scolding him.

For two straight days, all I did was carry my son for the majority of the time that we were out. And for two straight days, I was speaking to my son telling him that he has to walk because he already knows how to and at the same time, I was telling myself that there will come a time when he will no longer want to be carried so at least just enjoy the moment. And then another thought comes into mind that says, how do you enjoy the moment when your back is already killing you and your arms are about to fall off and you already feel like you’re going to break in two?

Anyway, I am so in need of a massage. I mean real massage. Not those mediocre ones that think they are giving a massage when in fact, they are just adding pain to my already suffering body. I have tried a few massage spas already and for some reason, I always go back to Wensha (the branch in Pasay). They have masseuses there that have “heavy” hands. You know, those that don’t necessarily need to put their whole weight on your back just to give you the hard massage that you ask for. LOL! I have tried other spas that, at first, have good service but after a while, the quality dwindles down. I haven’t tried home service yet, though. I think that would be a better option, don’t you think?

My body doesn’t hurt as much as it did this morning and my arms still feel like they’re attached to my body so I guess I am still good. But really, I need to schedule a massage session sometime in the near future. Anyone care to sponsor it?😛

 

When The Nanny Is Away…

I just realized that it’s already 1AM this side of the world. And I am still sweating like it’s lunch time. I really can’t bear this kind of heat and can’t wait for summer to end, just so it would cool down a bit.

Anyway, the heat isn’t what my post is all about. For the first time since my son arrived here in the big metro, his nanny took her day off, days off rather.:) She left before noon to visit and stay overnight with a relative nearby. It was okay with me. Given the work she’s been doing – she’s doing great, by the way – she deserves a couple days off. When she started, I actually told her that half of Saturday and whole of Sunday is hers to do as she wishes. But since she doesn’t really go out, Z and I bring her with us during weekends.

So this is the first weekend that it will be just Zaine and I. Since I haven’t really made plans on what we will be doing for the day, I decided to go visit a friend at the Summer Komikon event before going to another event elsewhere.

I wasn’t able to get photos at the Summer Komikon since Z just wanted to be carried and there were a lot of people at the hall. From what I saw, there were a lot of exhibitors as well. It was my first time to attend such event so I really didn’t know what to expect. Hopefully, I will be able to roam around the next time. I was not even able to get a photo of my friend’s booth. Sheesh!

Summer Komikon crowd

Summer Komikon crowd

After a few minutes of small talk inside and several more minutes waiting for a cab, we went to Boni Highstreet for the Mothercare event. During the talk, the baby in front of us seemed to be fascinated by Z and Z didn’t disappoint. He actually made the baby girl laugh and giggle by doing his own antics. LOL! I didn’t know where he got that from. Really. A few minutes after, while I try to listen and watch the demos, I was also following Z who decided that he wanted to roam around the store. A sales crew carried him and he charmed her as well. Too bad I was not able to take photos of Z’s antics during the event. My son is indeed a charmer.:)

After the event, since Z didn’t finish his lunch (he only took a few spoonful of his food), I decided to try IHop. Yes, it was my first time to try IHop. I know. I never really had the opportunity to do so before until the fad of the place died down when it first opened a few years ago until I forgot all about it.

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Mum & Son Date❤

while waiting for the food to arrive

while waiting for the food to arrive

Since they had Spaghetti Bolognese, I ordered it for Zaine. He loves a good pasta dish, that kid. He was able to almost finish  whole serving of it (there was only about two forkful of pasta left).

 

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

I got myself the Strawberry Banana Pancake. I can’t say it was really great. The pancakes were fluffy and soft but the strawberry preserve was too sour for my taste.

Strawberry Banana Pancake

Strawberry Banana Pancake

IHop’s service crew is great, though. From what I have experienced, they have really good service.

After eating, Z still didn’t want to walk so I carried him and we strolled through Highstreet. There were several events going on as well. There was the Thailand event which will be until tomorrow, there was also a photography event (I think, some sort of a seminar/workshop), there was ROX’s Outdoor festival. I think there were a couple more but I never really paid attention to all of them.

We checked out the ROX’s event at the ampitheater so we can also sit down for a few minutes to rest. Z walked a few steps before deciding to sit on the ground and watch the spotlights by the stage.😀

 

Light watching :D

Light watching😀

My date with the little boy was nowhere near extravagant but spending the whole afternoon with him (even if I have to carry him majority of the time) was definitely worth it. I seriously forgot all about my body pains this afternoon. (It’s just now that I can feel my back and neck and arms really hurt, hahaha!).

Since Z was really full, we came home and he took his evening bath before calling my Mom through Skype. (It’s a weekend routine). Z is now fast asleep after a very tiring day. Well, I guess that means I have to go sleep now, too.

Tomorrow, err well, today, is Sunday. We’ll be attending church in the morning. Hmmm, what to do in the afternoon? Go somewhere or come home and play in the pool? That is to be seen. It will just be me and Zaine tomorrow again but his nanny is due to come back tomorrow afternoon so I might as well make sure that tomorrow will be well spent with the little boy.:)

Alright, my readers, good night to y’all! As what Scarlett O’hara said “Tomorrow is another day!”

Cleaning Essentials by Baby & Me

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I just saw this event yesterday while browsing through Instagram. Since I haven’t really planned anything for this weekend, I decided to register and join the session.

while waiting for the event to start

while waiting for the event to start

So, the topic was about Cleaning Essentials. Do you remember that trending news about sippy cups/training cups and the likes that were accumulating molds when they opened the lids? That’s where this talk came about.

Especially for first time Moms, we are all obsessed about making sure that all our baby’s things are clean, sometimes, even cleaner than clean. From baby bottles, toys, clothes, even the surfaces that our babies will hold.

So what do we do? We sterilize. When we say sterilize, we often associate this to baby bottles and other feeding paraphernalia. And that is true. Over the years, process of sterilization has evolved as well. From the traditional way of boiling the feeding gears, we now have the steam sterilizers which is what’s commonly sold in the market now. However, to ensure that baby’s feeding things are really sterilized, they need to be air dryed as well. And we normally wipe out the excess water from the bottles or just let it be until it gets dried. But are we sure then that we were able to really, fully sterilize our babies’ things?

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During the talk, the first product that was presented was the Ecomom sterilizer. It uses “UV-C of the UV rays to sterilize”. I watched the demo of the product and it was fun to watch.:) It sterilizes just like the way a steam sterilizer does but at the same time, it also dries out the excess moisture from the bottles and other feeding gears, taking out the need to wipe it down with cloth or air dry it out in the open. You can check Ecomom’s website here for further details regarding this item. All I can say is, this product is perfect for those that has very sensitive babies or someone with gastro issues.

Did you know that the owner of Cycles is a Filipino? I didn’t know that. From what I learned earlier, the owner’s kids have very sensitive skin and whenever they come home from overseas, they bring home lots of all-natural, organic items to be used by their kids. Given that, they have conceptualized Cycle’s products so that there won’t be any need to source elsewhere.

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Prior to giving birth to Z, a few things that I bought as part of my preparation into motherhood and the arrival of a baby is baby detergent and bottle cleaners (even if I was already decided that I will be breastfeeding my son for the first few months). I got Cycles laundry detergent and Cradle bottle cleaner. I think we’ve used them for quite some time as well. And I can say that these products are good. Even now that Z is already 2.5 years old, I still use Cradle for his bottles and Cycles citronella patches. I also use Cradle toy and surface cleaner. I love this product because it is so easy to use. For more information about Cycles and Cradle, you may visit their website here and here.

While I am way past being paranoid all the time when it comes to my son, listening to the talks given during this event makes a good reminder that while our kids grow and give them more freedom to explore, we still need to ensure that their things are always clean, especially the ones they use for feeding.

Apart from learning good stuff, I got to take home a few stuff, too.:)

loot! thanks MothercarePH :)

loot! thanks MothercarePH:)