Monday, September 1, 2014

9 Thankful Thoughts on August


I felt like August ended with a flash, I never really enjoyed the month’s festivities, the “Cagayan de Oro City Fiesta”. There were a lot of activities lined up for the whole month + shopping “SALE” on all malls and department stores, Crocs even had a four day SALE at Grand Caprice that reached as high as 90% on selected items. But because, I was so busy the whole month because of activities here and there, I end up not enjoying the festivities at all.

Anyway, in spite of my busy days the past month, there a lot of thing that I should be thankful, I can't write them all here so instead, I listed down my 9 thoughts;

1. Friends + Pizza

Ever since we migrated from Iligan City to Cagayan de Oro City two years ago, seeing and getting together with our friends from Iligan City has become very rare. I missed the old times where we see each other every weekend, or almost every day. They are our valued friends, we never had here in the new city. On August 2, hubby and I along with the kids and Yayas went to Iligan City with main purpose was to have my braces adjusted. After that I called the rest of the gang, and we all met at a friend’s house, ordered pizza, and 3 hours of nonstop chats and laughter. As much as we want to stay longer, we simply can’t because we still had to drive home.

2. Project Application Demo 

Our boss from the head office came to Cagayan de Oro City on August 6, 2014 for a meeting at the same time the application demo of the recently concluded project. (The same project-training that I attended in China) As a user of the application, I was tasked to demonstrate the procedure to my boss. I was hesitant at first, but since it was my second time to sit with our big boss (the first one was an impromptu demo two months ago), I was able to finish the task smoothly.The photo above was my snacks after battling with my English communication skill (bongang-bongang effort to explain in English) because our boss is Chinese.

3. Massage

Ann (my colleague, friend and kumare) and I decided to have a relaxing time after work on August 6, 2014. We went to one of the Spa in Divisoria area and had a whole body massage featuring a combination of shiatsu-swedish-thai one hour and 30 minutes massage. It has been ages since my last whole body massage. And like every other massage, I had a wonderful and relaxing feeling afterwards. 

4. Z is 9 months old

Every 10th of the month we celebrated Z’s milestone, and we will continue until she had her 1st birthday which is on November 10. The same with past months we had a cake + more pictures to celebrate her milestones. 

5. Sports

If you have read my previous post, our company had kicked-off the 1st phase of the Sports Tournament for Mindanao Region in Cagayan de Oro City on August 12-14, 2014.  I played two events Badminton and Volleyball Mixed which we won 2nd place (silver medal) on both events. The 2nd phase is scheduled on the 2nd or 3rd week of September tentatively in Davao City. By that time I’ll be playing bowling or dart whichever of the events I’ll qualify.

6. Short Nails

For the first in many years, I had my nails cut very short as shown in the photo because I don’t want to risk them getting damaged from volleyball.
Well, eventually my right pinky finger got injured because of my ambition to spike the ball even though I am not that tall and talented to do so. Boohoo!

7.  Linggo ngWika

On August 15, LinggongWika was celebrated in X’s school. He was asked to bring with him 1 lechon manok for the potluck “PistasaNayon” which is part of the activity. I wanted to go with him but sadly I was asked to report early in the office because of rushed report.  Instead, I let Yaya bring my point and shoot camera and asked her to take pictures.

8. Mommy and Son Bonding

Because I had X attend the “Linggo Ng Wika” activity at SPED school, he skipped his therapy session on Friday and had a make-up session the following Saturday. My weekend these days are free, there are no overtime schedules for now, so I personally accompanied X to the center for his 2 hours ABA therapy. Yaya stayed at home that day, like other days when X’s Dad is around. After that, I took him to Centrio Mall for the train ride, but unfortunately it was under repair, instead I let him play at the open playground. Then one hour later, we went home carrying a McDo Happy Meal for the hungry little boy. 

9. Steak House

It was my first time to eat at the Countryside Steakhouse thanks to my officemate who paid our lunch. The dishes were a little pricey, but delicious, definitely satisfied my taste. I’m thinking of a separate post for this soon.

Those are my highlights for the month of August. I thought I’ll be able to get a few pairs of Crocs footwear yesterday at the "CROCS FIESTA SALE" for hubby, X and Z, because the prices were marked way way down on the last day, but seeing how long the lines at the paying counters, I backed out and went home empty handed. 

But looking back, I definitely made a right decision to leave the area before the heavy rain poured.  If not, I ended up stranded, because of flooded highways.

How about you?  How was your August?

Have a Happy Monday! :-)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Journey to Baby-Led Weaning


I remember hearing the words Baby-Led Weaning from a fellow blogger before, but have not researched nor read about it, because I was at the peak of enjoying the art of making baby foods for my little one.

Until 2 months ago, when my colleague a.k.akumare added me to a closed Facebook group called Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) Philippines. I back read most of the posts in the group, and was amazed how babies at an early age of 6 months can actually munch steamed or boiled vegetables and chew fresh cut fruits on their own.

Baby-Led Weaning is a method of teaching a child to feed themselves from the very start of weaning. By the time the child reached 6 months, she is capable of feeding herself with proper food, the same food that we consume as well minus the heavy flavorings by giving her suitable sized pieces. The very essence of BLW is to refrain us from making purees, no ice cube trays, no food processors, no baby rice… just you and your child, eating the food that you enjoy with you and your family.

At first, I was hesitant to do the same for my little one, but because the idea of having a child that can eat anything like fruits, vegetables and other healthy snacks made me decide, that “I don’t want another picky eater at home, I have to teach my girl BLW”. Hence, the journey started, although a little late at 8 months. 

With the help of the babysitter, we are in the process of teaching Z BLW, by giving her fresh fruits, vegetables, and other food for snacks alongside with her usual 3 times a day meal of baby rice (lugaw) + mashed vegetable combination. Z is actually eating at 5 times a day. 

Here are some of the fruits, vegetables, pancake and biscuits that Z ate for snacks during our 1 month BLW journey.

Z and the Avocado

Z and the Sayote

Z and the Broccoli

Z and the Banana-Egg pancake
So far we have no difficulty on the foods she ate or the way she chews before swallowing because she actually eats anything served in front of her. Our problem is that she is too lazy to hold the food on her own. We need to assist her hand and lead it to her mouth. She’ll hold the food for a while as what the pictures captured, then drop it after some beating

Z was spoon fed even since she started solid. And I think she prefers that way, more convenient in her part. But lately, I told her babysitter to teach her how to hold her spoon and feed on her own. We are still struggling but I know later own, she’ll learn how to feed on her own.

The 5th SportsTournament


Last week, was the 1st phase of the 5th Sports Tournament in the company I worked for, the 2ndtime I participated in the course of 5 years. The 1st one was 2011 and finally this year. Wonder why I was absent for those 3 years were in fact, I am one sporty gal who was always present at sports tournament, simply because I was pregnant at those times.

This year is my comeback. And because we have a shortage of women employees, women are allowed to play more than one event, as expected I played two last week badminton and volleyball mixed.

Sports competition is one of the major activities in our company, it’s an activity that allows us employees to unwind, meet and bond in one place. It was our chance also to meet and greet new employees from different departments that we never had a chance to meet because we are geographically assigned in different parts in Mindanao. 

Everyone has the urged to win. On our part we prepared for the competition by practicing at least twice a week during the past months. And I’m proud to say our volleyball team had emerged from one weakling team to a competitive one that thrashed most of the teams in our bracket, thus sending us to the finals for the first time.  

Though we are not lucky enough to win the title, placing silver this year was already a great achievement.

In badminton, our group bagged two special awards the “Best in Women’s Doubles and Best in Mixed Doubles” tallied during the elimination round. 

Team competition in badminton is also challenging, especially when you have to study and analyze the pairings that will come up with the proper match. Our team may have won the championship , but since we were not lucky enough to match the other team’s pairings we ended up 2nd. Thus, giving our department one more silver in the medal tally.

There are times we became sour losers (the volleyball mixed event) when we lost to a team, where the male player dominantly played most part of the game, sending the rest of his teammates in one corner of the court. But those sourness, will only last for an hour and two, but at the end of the day, we are all friends because we belong in one family, our mother company that we all loved. 

Let me take this opportunity to thank our mother company for giving this break from our day to day work.
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