August 23, 2016
Jakarta Series update: Check out my post about d’prima hotel WTC Mangga Dua, a clean, modern and affordable hotel in Jakarta. To read more, click here. Or click the title of the article you want to read from the Jakarta Trip category. 🙂
Late Post: My phone was acting up yesterday so I wasn’t able to upload Zuri’s photos. Anyway, here is Zuri’s OOTD yesterday. :). For more August OOTDs, click here. To see Zuri’s July OOTDs, click here.
August 22, 2016
Late night update: Check out our photos of Jakarta History Museum here. 🙂
Afternoon update: I just recently published a new article in my Jakarta Series about Fatahillah Square – former seat of power of the Dutch in Indonesia during colonial times. Check it out here. 🙂
Morning update: Hi! We are back from an awesome time with our P&G friends at Kabayan Beach Resort last weekend. A little vitamin sea is always good for the body, mind and soul. 🙂 Watch out for my post about this trip! 🙂
By the way, we grabbed a quick bite at deli2go Shell Station SLEX and their spinach and cheese empanada is a my newest favorite treat. 🙂
August 19, 2016
No school again today because it’s Quezon City Day. Perfect time to declare a chore day for Zuri and me! 🙂
Do you think parents should let their kids participate in doing household chores? Here’s my take.
I believe it is important to let kids do chores. It teaches them the value of responsibility. Although we have a spare room, Zuri still sleeps in the same bedroom as Rupert and me. Because we share the same room, I tell Zuri that keeping the bedroom tidy is as much her responsibility as it is mine. It is her responsibility to pack away all toys and art materials that she uses through out the day.
Doing chores teaches children to appreciate the value of hard work. When it’s time for cleaning, I let Zuri use her toy broom to sweep our bedroom floor. One time, after sweeping our bedroom floor, Zuri told me she was really tired. She said she can’t even imagine how tired I get when I clean the whole house. Doing chores gives children a better appreciation of what their elders do to take care of them.
I also let Zuri help me with the laundry. Zuri helps me sort our dirty clothes before loading them in the washer. I allow her to press the power and start buttons on the washing machine. Zuri tells me this makes her happy because she likes helping me. When children see what they can accomplish and how much they can be of help to Mommy and Daddy, they develop self-confidence. It gives them a sense of pride and fulfillment to be able to help a grown-up do a “grown-up” job.
When it’s time to cook, Zuri likes to help me with my Sinigang. She is in charge of separating the kangkong leaves from the stalk. She also helps me cook rice. She likes to count the cups of water she pours into the rice pot. When food is ready, Zuri enjoys setting the table with me. She is in charge of the spoons and forks. Unlike packing her toys, helping out in the kitchen is not one of Zuri’s responsibilities. I don’t require her to help me with the cooking or table setting. She volunteers to help because she thinks these activities are fun.
As a parent, I know how it feels to want to keep my baby a baby forever. I know how it feels to want to give everything to my child, to want to show her how much I love her every chance I get. One language of love is service, so it is only natural that parents want to serve their children as a sign of their never-ending love. It is very tempting to do everything for our children.
However, we are not only their caretakers, we are also their teachers. It is our job to prepare them for life. They are not going to be babies forever. To be truly prepared for life, there are things that they will have to learn to do for themselves. And their training starts at home.
August 18, 2016
First, Zuri’s dress rehearsal for their Buwan ng Lahi Program is today! Here’s her costume/OOTD. 🙂
I made her wings and headdress using black, violet, blue, green, yellow, orange and pink cartolina and popsicle sticks, fuzzy wire, velcro, hot glue and double-sided tape. She’s also wearing black leotards from Yvonne SM Dept. Store North Edsa, black leather skirt from Mango Kids, black leggings from H&M and neon slippers from Ipanema. 🙂
Zuri’s class danced to the tune of Tatlong Bibe and Rock Baby Rock. 🙂
Second, the books I bought yesterday from the Adarna Book Fair were such a hit, I thought it best to not pass up the chance to buy more! 🙂
I’m so thankful that the Adarna salesperson gave me a free Batang Adarna Product Catalogue. This helped me choose what books to get for Zuri based on the book’s teaching content, age recommendation and awards received.
Like yesterday, Zuri and I got a total of 9 new books today. Yey! 🙂
Ang Mahiyaing Manok is an Palanca award-winning book that teaches courage and self-confidence. Si Putot is a book about self-worth. Ang Kamatis ni Peles is another award-winning book that teaches the value of perseverance. Ang Mahiyaing Manok and Ang Kamatis ni Peles are my top choices because I want Zuri to learn self-confidence and perseverance. Si Putot is actually Zuri’s choice because she’s curious about the dog Putot. 🙂
Naaay!Taaay! is another one of my picks. It’s a book that demonstrates parents’ love in spite of children’s never-ending pleas – a very familiar scenario at home. 🙂
But That Won’t Make Me Sleep and Kung Linggo are Zuri’s picks. But That Won’t Make Me Sleep talks about bedtime routine while Kung Linggo is all about understanding the child’s love for play and adventure.
Science-themed books for young children have a special place in my heart. I feel that there should be more effort in general to bring Science closer to our littlest learners. Diego and Marie is a science adventure book that teaches about the five senses.
Speaking of Science, I also found these interesting Science books at the Adarna Book Fair. I think I was thinking more of my own geekiness than Zuri when I bought these. 🙂 I think Zuri can handle Can We Drink The Ocean? if I make it simple enough but Can We Plug into Lightning? is way too advanced for 5-year-old Zuri at this point. 🙂
August 17, 2016
Adarna Book Fair is visiting Zuri’s school for 2 days just in time for Buwan ng Lahing Pilipino. 🙂 While Zuri was at rehearsals today for their Buwan ng Lahi Program, I was able to shop at the Adarna Book Fair. I bought some really nice books (at 10% off!) that Zuri enjoyed reading as soon as we got home. Check them out! 🙂
Dumaan si Butiki is an award winning book that teaches simple Filipino words/sentences using clear illustrations. I read this book to Zuri, then she translated the Filipino sentences to English, so I was sure she understood the Filipino words. Rupert and I are all for English-speaking children and Zuri is one. But we have always made it a point also to bring up Zuri to be, at the very least, bilingual – proficient in both English and Filipino.
Over and Under is an English book that features simple opposite words with easy-to-understand illustrations. This book is very good for beginning readers. 🙂
My Ate and I/ My Kuya and I is actually a back-to-back book with two titles. This book is a step higher compared to Over and Under in terms of reading difficulty because it uses not just words but complete sentences. For children who can already read simple words, this book that features simple sentences is the next step.
Sanayang Adarna 1, Sanayang Adarna 2 and Weewoo are all activity books with instructions written in Filipino. These books help children master their letters, numbers, shapes and colors, practice their counting, writing and drawing, exercise their observation and analytical skills and enhance their creativity and imagination. I highly recommend these books.
I was so happy to see Si Langgam at si Tipaklong and Si Pagong at si Matsing! I read these storybooks as a child. I remember buying these titles at PHP 10 each when I was in Grade 1. Now, I got Zuri’s copies at PHP 70 each. Adarna offers so many storybook titles, it was so confusing to choose which ones to buy. I picked these two because I already know how the stories go. Haha. 🙂
Si Pagong at si Matsing is written in both English and Filipino, a good aid in teaching bilingual readers. Si Langgam at si Tipaklong is written in Filipino. These stories also teach moral lessons that will stay with their young readers for life. 🙂
Market Day is a very interesting book that talks about what it would be like to go to the market in various Southeast Asian countries. This book will be more timely in October which is United Nations Month but I can’t pass up a good book when I see one. 🙂
I saw Figure This Out 2 at the Adarna Book Fair but I did not buy anymore because Zuri already has these two books above which I bought from Powerbooks last year. Figure This Out and Figure This Out 2 are books that challenge a child’s logical thinking. I also highly recommend these books. 🙂
For more information about Adarna books, visit their website at: http://adarna.com.ph/
August 16, 2016
First: I just published a new page/post about Cafe Batavia Jakarta. Check it out on the right side of this page under Recent Posts. Or hover over the Jakarta Trip category above, then click Cafe Batavia. 🙂
Second: No classes again today in QC so Zuri got to go with me to the grocery store in her PJs. 🙂 We usually go to Savemore for our needs because it’s nearer, but today we went to Puregold. What a treat! I found some of my childhood favorites I haven’t seen for a long time. 🙂
August 15, 2016
Check out our matching oxfords! Rupert and I have the exact same design, custom made by Buddy Tan of Black Wing Shoes Marikina. Let’s support Filipino-made shoes. For more info, check out Black Wing’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Black-Wing-Shoes-645356148875812/
Zuri’s oxfords are from Old Navy SM Megamall. 🙂
And here’s how Zuri wore her pair. 🙂
August 11, 2016
It’s been a rainy week! Classes have resumed in Quezon City and here is Zuri’s back-to-school OOTD. 🙂
August 5, 2016
It’s the end of the school week and I just realized that two of Zuri’s dresses this week (worn Aug. 2 and 3) were the same ones she wore during our Jakarta trip last December 2015, a trip I only got to write about in this blog a week ago… It seems that both Zuri and I are going down our Jakarta memory lane… 🙂 To read more about our Jakarta trip, click the link to my recent posts on the right side of this page. Or click a title from the “Jakarta Trip” category at the top of this page. 🙂
Anyway, it’s blue and green again today… Can’t get enough of this color combo. 🙂
August 3, 2016
It’s Zuri’s choice again today… And she chose this midnight blue dress from Forever21 Kids. She paired it with white tights from H&M and her very versatile pair of black shoes from Sugar Kids. 🙂
August 2, 2016
Zuri was admitted to the hospital over the weekend so to make things as stress-free as possible for her now that she’s back home, I’ve decided to honor her wishes and make this day all about Zuri’s choices.
I let her choose whether to go to school or stay home and rest. She chose to go to school. That’s how much she loves school. 🙂
I let her choose what snacks to bring to school. She said she wanted spaghetti. Spaghetti? Done! 🙂
I let her choose what clothes and shoes to wear without any interference, influence or suggestion from me whatsoever.
When she was done dressing up, I found I totally love her style. I love how she paired her light blue H&M dress with her sparkly green pair of shoes. Light blue and green look pretty nice together. 🙂
On our way out, I let her strike any kind of pose she wanted, again without any kind of coaching from me. Below is what she came up with.
Finally, she asked me whether I was going to put her picture in my blog. I asked her if she wanted me to and she said yes. So here it is. Zuri’s OOTD. Zuri’s choice. 🙂
July 29, 2016
Because it’s a hot day today….
July 28, 2016
Dressing up is loads of fun, yes, but I know that doing an OOTD everyday can be a bit impractical. So, for today, we’ve decided to exercise prudence and come up with an economical OOTD. And what can be more economical than a free outfit? 🙂 Everything that Zuri’s wearing today is a hand-me-down except for her socks (and underwear of course). 🙂
July 27, 2016
It’s a basic kind of day today… Zuri’s OOTD is made up of basic pieces that can be easily mixed and matched with Zuri’s other clothes and accessories. 🙂
July 26, 2016
My little grown-up with a nice surprise at the back (literally) 🙂
July 25, 2016
Yesterday, Daddy Rupert and I took Zuri out on a family date with her 4-year-old cousin, Gwen. After a kids’ choice meal at Jollibee, the kids had a fun time at Kevin’s Toys and Library Trinoma while I did a little shopping at the Mothercare store just across Kevin’s Toys and Library. Below is Zuri’s playtime OOTD. 🙂
July 22, 2016
It’s that kind of day when Zuri and I are so in a hurry to get to school, she just wears the first dress she grabs and matches it with easy-to-wear sandals.
Yesterday, Zuri had a yoga presentation in school for Nutrition Week and though there was no costume requirement for the said presentation, I opted to let her wear her leotards and tights which she used for her ballet recital last summer. Sayang naman kung nakatago lang at hindi na maisuot ulit. 🙂
By the way, for your ballet needs, I found this stall inside SM Dept. Store North Edsa (3rd Level) that sells leotards, tights and even ballet shoes for kids and adults. The brand name is Yvonne. 🙂
July 20, 2016
It’s color blocking day today…
Blue spaghetti-strap top: Forever21
Peach and white long cardigan: Guess Kids
Drawstring shorts: Zara
Light gold slip on shoes: Old Navy
Silver necklace: hand-me-down from me 🙂
July 19, 2016
Nothing says girly more than a pink floral dress, a dainty headband and a pair of sequined shoes. 🙂
July 18, 2016
Summer feels… 🙂
July 15, 2016
I’ve been away from this blog for a little more than a year. Wow! How time flies. I’m currently battling a terrible headache and to distract myself, I finally decided to check this blog again.
I’ve just now read the comments that some of you so generously sent and I’m completely touched (I’m sorry for my very late replies.). Coming up with an informative and accurate article is a tedious process. But your continued support despite my long absence is heartwarming. For this reason, I will try my best to write again. 🙂
And because I haven’t written for a long time (and my head is feeling like splitting into two), I can not, for the life of me, come up with a more substantial post than an update on Zuri’s OOTD’s right now. 🙂
My baby Zuri is now in Kinder and is, therefore, no longer a baby except in my eyes. I’ve made it a habit to snap a photo of my 5 year old everyday before going to school. I send these photos to Daddy Rupert so that he feels “included” even though he is at work and does not have the opportunity to bring Zuri to school himself.
For now, let me share with you Zuri’s school OOTD’s. 🙂 By the way, Zuri goes to a progressive school and the kids don’t wear a school uniform. Ever. How fun is that, right? 🙂
JULY 2016 OOTDs
June 2016 OOTDs
Happy Mother’s Day to all mommies out there! 🙂 Below is Zuri’s zoo outfit for today. 🙂