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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Baby Shower for Khaleid

"Surrounded by friends who are more like family, I can see that you are already well-loved.." 

That's lifted from one of the messages of our friends to our second son Khaleid on the occasion of the baby shower they threw for us last Saturday. The message struck a chord - I was deeply touched by their gesture, and also very overwhelmed with the thought that my friends love my family like theirs.


Truth be told, I knew my friends were planning a baby shower for our second baby. It had been a sort of tradition amongst us, despite what I read somewhere that there should only be one baby shower in a mom's life. (Check out my post about the baby shower they threw when I was pregnant with Zohan - here and here - and when Boinks was pregnant with Kloud - here.) But despite the knowledge that they were brewing something for the Cristobals for the second time, I was still in awe because they never seem to run out of amazing party ideas.

The baby shower was held last Saturday at Sophie's Mom. (Our first time at Sophie's Mom here.) We were joined by our friends from lawschool and my good friends from my last lawfirm. 


Our first activity was to eat - haha! We were served with pasta and quiche (I had to google that!). 


My friends said the food was good but I wasn't really hungry at that time. Plus, I was excited for the rest of the activities, so I wasn't really paying attention to my food.

Then the girls played a game of drawing the most pretty buntis. The one drawing was blindfolded while the other team member did the coaching. Vanec and Kat emerged as winners. (Both got engaged recently, so congratulations!)


And my favorite - the gift giving part! You know what touched me the most? They knew it could be difficult to introduce a new baby to Kuya Zohan, so they also bought a little something for our panganay. Zohan was happy, of course! I guess he wasn't expecting it because the night before, I thoroughly explained to him that the gifts we would be receiving at the party would be for his baby brother. (Oo, assuming talaga ako na may gifts!) So the entire time, he happily played with his own gifts!
See? He couldn't be bothered!

Anyway, here are the photos of the gifts for baby Khaleid. 



Photo taken from my iphone. Not part of the official photos.
Thank you guys!!!! I loved them all and I'm sure Khaleid will love them, too. I will make sure all these items will be put to good use.

After the gift-giving, we were served with coffee and cupcakes. I particularly loved the red velvet cupcake; it goes very well with dark coffee. You should try it! 

Photo taken from my iphone. Not part of the official photos.

Then we had the final game - which was to write the most number of items in a given category. (For instance, name the items that could be found in mommy's hospital bag, or name the vaccines for babies.) Since most of my friends are still single, each group had a "mommy" to act as the leader. 

They also wrote a little note for Khaleid about what's in and what's happening around us at the moment he's about to be born. (i.e, Vhong Navarro was beaten up, Kat Rances got engaged, the weather was unusually cold, etc.) It would be an interesting read when he grows old.

They also prepared a little give-away which was themed "old candies". Remember Haw-haw? Ahh, the memories. (Zohan and I had been munching on them for several days after the party.)

Photo taken from my iphone. Not part of the official photos.
We then wrapped things up with a little speech from me and my husband. And of course, a good photo, as souvenir. 

My son - in full character!!

I am really grateful for having these crazy bunch as my friends. We've been friends for almost ten years now and I know my family can count on them for anything. They were there when Kristan and I became an item (much to their surprise!). They were there when we broke up; reconciled; gotten married; and had our first born. They're here now as we welcome a new addition to the family. Thank you for everything, dear friends. Sabi nga ni Kristan, "Sana wag kayong magsawa, kasi wala pa kaming anak na babae." #pataytayojan

*Sophie's Mom is located at Corner Santol and Aranga Streets in San Antonio Village, Makati City. It's a good place to host small and intimate affairs. You may contact the owner through their Facebook Page here.

*Our official photographer is Charades and Parades. They are very competent and affordable! Visit their Facebook Page here for details.




Thursday, January 9, 2014

I turned thirty!

So many things to document, so little time! Blame it on the Holiday season, the never-ending list of things to accomplish at the office, the preparation (the lack thereof is more apt!) for my delivery, and my half-month stint as a stay-at-home mom (with no help!), that I never had the time to sit down and blog. 

Now, that was very unfortunate because I turned thirty last December 22!!!! 

I wanted to have something to look back to many years from now that would remind me how our little family celebrated it, so I tried to squeeze this post in.

It was a very simple celebration - but it was the happiest! My husband booked an overnight stay for us at Taal Vista many months ago because he knew I just wanted to be with him and Zohan on my special day. 

We left Manila on the 21st, at around lunch time. After the smooth drive to the South, we made a quick stop at Gerry's in Tagaytay for a late lunch. 


Then off we went to Taal Vista! It was our first time there and I couldn't be more thrilled. I remembered passing by Taal Vista whenever I would go home to the province, and I would always glance at it dreamily, with the thought bubble, "One day.." Well, that day happened when I turned thirty - with no less than two of the most important persons in my life!

Upon arriving in our hotel room, we rested for a while and I basked in the happiness of it all. (Pardon the frivolity, I'm appreciative like that!)



I know! I looked like a whale here, in all my pregnant glory. But my husband - you could not trust him to take flattering photos. 

Look who was getting all comfortable!
Then I dragged my husband outside to take some photos, for posterity's sake.




We decided to celebrate on that day (the 21st), so we went to Bag of Beans for an early dinner. We've never been to that restaurant before. The place was surprisingly spacious and cozy on the inside. My food was great; I had their breakfast sampler which I shared with Zohan.The litte bugoy loved the pancakes. 


And as you could depict from the face of my poor husband, he wasn't satisfied with his food. Haha.


After dinner, we brought Zohan to Sky Ranch. I was ecstatic when I saw Thomas the Train, one of Zohan's favorite cartoons. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to made him try it. He was also fascinated with the horses, but he said he would just observe them because he was afraid to take a ride. 

We then went back to our room and relaxed the entire night. I had a loooong, warm, and uninterrupted bath while Zohan was busy watching TV, so there was no one banging my door every few minutes. (Try having  just one kid and you'd put uninterrupted bath on the top of the list entitled luxury.)

We woke up late the following day. I had a very stressful and busy week at work the days before my birthday; so that was a much deserved oversleep.

Then we had buffet breakfast (in our pantulog clothes, no less!). We took some photos again while Zohan played at the vast surrounding. 


STOLEN SHOT!!!
AGAIN - not a very flattering photo of the buntis celebrant on the day of her 30th Birthday! But what the heck -- I was VERY HAPPY!!!!!
So, how did turning thirty make me feel? Genuinely happy. I had always considered thirty to be a great year - like life has begun for you but there's still so much marvelous things that have yet to unfold? That's exactly how I felt.

I had met the love of my life, married him, and now we're about to have two kids. I always knew I'd be married by thirty; I wanted to start my family life early because I wanted happiness to begin early.

My dream of becoming a lawyer came true before I turned thirty. And now, I'm trying to establish a career as an in-house lawyer in one of the biggest banking institutions in the country. That may come off a little surprising because I always sucked at math - but I do litigation anyway, and appearing in courts was what I always wanted. 

I had been teaching law students for more than four years now, which was never my dream but it was a very welcome achievement.

At thirty, I am heavily mortgaged but happily so. There is a silver lining at the end of the tunnel that we live in a place we can one day call our own. 

But of course, there are still things that I wasn't able to accomplish - like buy and drive my own car before turning thirty. (I always get pregnant whenever I plan to enroll in a driving school, what can I do?!) I also wasn't able make my mom stay in the Philippines for good, give her a new house or renovate the old one. And there were sad things that happened, too - like I lost my lolo, my lola got Alzheimer's and became bedridden. But who has the perfect life anyway? I am grateful to take the good with the bad and look at the glass half-full than half-empty.

Thirty is a good year. I feel so glad to be thirty - I'm more mature, more confident, and definitely happier than the younger version of myself. Maybe with more flabs, but flabs is good. It signifies that life has been awesome but there's still a lot to work out on. 

Happy Birthday to me! Thank you Mahal for a wonderful celebration. Thank you Zohan for making me smile. Thank you Lord for a wonderful life.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Maternity Fashion featuring Dutch Vergara

Brace yourselves for my cousin-in-law Dutch Vergara! (You must remember her from my feature of their romantic vintage wedding here.) 

She's always been the fashionable one - she's got the height, the body, and the taste. So it didn't come as a surprise that her maternity outfits look like they came straight from glossy magazines; I always knew she'd rock her first pregnancy! 

So have a feast with her buntis OOTDs and learn from her tips, too. Here's my darling Dutchie and her take on maternity fashion:



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Dress for comfort and be stylish as well. I love wearing dresses because I find myself having to deal with constantly wanting to pee every 30 minutes. I wish I had a bigger bladder:) I get rid of wearing heels because of the pregnancy-induced clumsiness so I always wear flat shoes that have excellent support.


Maxi dresses are a must-have and it will be useful after the pregnancy.Spice up the dress with a skinny belt just around the empire waist so you can rock your baby bump. Just add a denim jacket over it and you will be ready to go! You can be ready for the day in a blink of an eye.



You can even wear these even when you aren’t pregnant. Your figure isgonna change rapidly, new curves and new size but don’t worry about repeating your clothes. I try not to buy so many maternity outfits, because I would rather spend on buying onesies for my little baby bear.


You can never go wrong with black and white. Its simple and classic.The elastic waistband trouser is my favorite. It gives room to my expanding belly.


Don’t hide yourself over baggy clothing or your husband’s wardrobe, celebrate your pregnancy and try to look as fabulous as always. You don’t need to spend a fortune but in case you have to, buy clothes that will grow with your body. Invest in :
  • at least one perfect pair of maternity jeans (or two)
  • a good bra for your growing breasts and comfortable underwear
  • tank tops, camisoles
  • Maxi dresses
  • Slip-on shoes
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Hey, I've run out of mommas to feature! So please, hahaha! If any of you dear readers happened to be pregnant and interested in featuring your maternity fashion here, or you want somebody featured, let's inspire each other and make pregnancy more fun by emailing me here.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Maternity Fashion featuring Loy de Leon


This post is long overdue. Loy is still pregnant (and fashionably so!) in the photos below, but now, she's already enjoying her little bundle of joy. Pardon the delay - I just find the maternity fashion feature articles so fun that I'm trying to space them out.

Loy de Leon is also a lawyer, and she was recommended by Anna because she finds her fashionably pregnant, too! And boy, I must agree! My favorite in her wardrobe is the red dress paired with a denim jacket. She inspires me; seeing the way she matches and mixes, I must admit, I'm not really trying hard enough to look better when pregnant. Must improve! 

So, thanks Loy for the inspiration, and for being gracious enough to accommodate this feature a day before your due date! And of course, congratulations on your baby.

Here's Loy and her take on maternity fashion: 
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Invest in a few items that will grow with you. Mostly clothes in jersey and stretchy lightweight material. The dresses/tops below are not from maternity lines. Choose material that adjusts as body grows and changes. Stick to basic colors and stripes. Accessorize with scarves and necklaces. Wore heels until 18 weeks. After that, sandals and flats all the way!







On the third trimester, I rarely wore pants! Buttons, zippers, waistbands are torturous. It's all about comfort. Maxi dresses also hid my swollen legs during the last few weeks. Haha.






Simple, practical and no-fuss tips, plus a lot of inspiring photos. That's Loy for you! =)

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If any of you dear readers happened to be pregnant and interested in featuring your maternity fashion here, or you want somebody featured, let's inspire each other and make pregnancy more fun by emailing me here.

Watch out for the next Maternity Fashion feature! 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Where to Eat in San Fernando, Pampanga

I had a hearing last Friday in San Fernando, Pampanga; and since I still didn't know how to drive (2014 resolution!), I had to request my husband to drive for me. He'd be leaving for the States the following Sunday, so it really seemed like the perfect time to consider that day our little date.  

A few years back, my former officemates and I went out on a food trip to Pampanga. It was my first time there and we really had a grand time, but unfortunately, I wasn't able to blog about it. (Just in case you want to venture on a food trip, try VFW Canteen, Everybody's Cafe, Bretto's and Nathaniel's, of course!)

Remembering my favorites from that food trip, I planned on bringing my husband to VFW Canteen in Angeles. But when he learned that we'd travel far only for the eggs benedict, he gave me "the stare" haha. And besides, the hearing took long and we were both famished, so we decided to take our late lunch at a good place nearby.

We voted on A La Creme, a restaurant famous for their steaks and cakes. 



It was conveniently located along McArthur Highway, just a few blocks away from the court. 

Here's what we had:


CHICKEN QUESADILLA
PRICE: P265
The chicken quesadilla was my favorite. It was gooey and cheesy, and plenty enough to be a meal on its own (although it was actually just an appetizer).

SALMON ALIO OGLIO
PRICE: P235
The pasta was my order. It didn't say in the menu description, but this was a bit spicy. Just add a little bit of olive oil and perfect na!

STEAK A LA CREME
PRICE: P385
The steak was for the husband. He said the meat was good, and I agreed. (But then, we don't have steaks very often, so we're not your most reliable source of food review. Haha.)

Of course, we had to try their desserts. We were told these two cakes were their bestsellers.

UBE MACAPUNO WITH WALNUTS
PRICE: P98

I was not a fan of ube macapuno cake, but I thought this was okay for the price.

SINFUL CHOCOLATE CAKE
PRICE: P122
The sinful chocolate cake was really sinful because it was too sweet! (Poco Deli at Mary Grace chocolate cake pa rin!)

Our verdict: The main course were all good, specially the chicken quesadilla. The desserts were just okay. 

And just because it was a rarity that we were out for a long time, just the two of us, that made me one happy pregnant woman. 


31 weeks in this photo.


'Til next food trip!

There are several branches of A la Creme all over Pampanga. But we visited the one located in CTH Building, McArthur Highway, Dolores, San Fernando, Pampanga.








Monday, December 2, 2013

My kind of Monday

You know how Mondays were always associated with a heavy heart to go to work? Well, yesterday was Monday but it was a fun Monday for me. That's because I didn't go to work!

My husband left for the States last Sunday to attend an international convention. He'll be staying there for long (but he'll be back in time for my 30th birthday) so it was a really sad Monday for me. It was a good thing I didn't have a scheduled hearing so I didn't have to wake up earlier than usual. I was taking my time, goofing around with Zohan before I hit the shower, when he blurted,

"Nanay, di popis, ha? Nanay baba lang? (playground)
Pis. Poh mi?" (Please, for me.)

How could you say no to that? And that was the first time he requested that I skip work. So I instantly decided - it's going to be a fun Monday for both of us!

We went to the nearby McDonald's for breakfast. Zohan insisted that I carry him (I still do that despite me being all heavy with a 7-month old baby inside) and I obliged. 

Meet my little bugoy:






Those make-faces were all his ideas! 

After breakfast, we hit the playground and played until almost lunch time. Then, I met with some friends for lunch, and decided to report to work in the afternoon. My Monday was perfect - I got to spend time with my son, I was able to catch up with some friends, and was still able to work in the afternoon. It made me think that if only I have a business, perhaps this arrangement would be possible on a daily basis. 

How was your Monday? 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Maternity Fashion: How to Dress your Baby Bump in Style (Featuring Aimee Diego)

I couldn't believe myself when I typed down the title. I thought a fashion post was the last thing that could be found written in my blog because while I could be many things, being sartorially elegant was definitely not one of them. No matter how hard I tried to dress up, I would always find myself unconsciously going back to my simple, classic, if not boring, dressing style.

The dilemma worsened when I got pregnant, because dressing up a baby bump (fashionably) could be as elusive as a preggo's good night sleep. Even if I tried to find inspiration from the internet, there was no way I could pull off the suggested wardrobe pieces unless I magically turned into a pregnant Miranda Kerr.

So what's a girl to do? Well, I tapped some real talent - real women who I looked up to because they made maternity fashion looked so easy! And they sported looks that were actually comfortable and practical, yet aesthetically pleasing to the eyes - something that the rest of us pregnant mommas could draw inspiration from.

My plan was to do a one-time post featuring three of my very accommodating friends whom I coaxed to be featured in this silly post. But when Aimee sent me her photos, my eyes had a feast that I thought it wouldn't be fair if this would happen just this one time. So kindly indulge me as I would be doing a series of posts featuring my fashionable  pregnant friends. 

For the launch of this segment, and with much gratitude, here's Aimee Diego of www.iamimeediego.com and her take on maternity fashion:

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When it comes to dressing up for my second pregnancy, I only have two rules in mind...one, to make sure I dress for comfort and two, to wear only what I have in the closet and not result to maternity wear. Not that I have beef against maternity wear per se. It's just that coming from my first pregnancy, I realized that those things are not just overpriced, but also have no use whatsoever the moment the baby pops out of your vajayjay. Or in my case, abdomen. Some of the cuts can also look unflattering and matronly. 

I'm sharing three photos of my myself and 8th month belly. No glam fashion shots here but just sensible everyday outfits, utilizing pieces that I already have in my closet.  





This is my standard work outfit. We're all about casual dressing in the office so we don't need to come to work in corporate attire. Ladies, just because you're preggers doesn't mean you should shy away from prints. If you're not comfortable with prints, instead of large ones perhaps you can go with the small prints which I think work best with the preggy belly. In this outfit, I wore a black dress with beige prints from Elle and threw on a black cardigan, a bazaar find. On my neck, I wore an Elena Bautista bespoke initial necklace which I won in a giveaway from The Soshal Network and to spruce it up a bit more, I added a two-strand necklace that I found in Forever 21. I like the key pendants as I feel that they are quite symbolic. One represents my 4-year-old daughter and the other one represents the little boy who is about to make his debut next month! My kids are my treasures and they hold the keys to my heart. Naks naman!!! Anyway, I paired the whole outfit with black flat swirly sandals from Forever 21. I'm grateful that my feet have not swollen into epic proportions. But yikes pardon the dry skin on my legs! What can I say, dry skin is one of the banes of pregnancy. haha.


This is my standard shopping/grocery day outfit. Here I wore a black ribbed tank top from Uniqlo (I like showing off my bump this way hihi), faded low waist jeans from Babo, Yosi Samra flats and to accessorize, I wore a beaded necklace that I bought in Palawan a few years back. When shopping, eco bags are a must! I have tons! This one is a collab by Chalk X Team Manila. I also have my trusty Longchamp bag that is spacious and versatile enough that it can be used as a working bag, travel bag, shopping bag, diaper bag and throw-everything bag. 



For a little lunch out with girl friends, this would be my standard outfit. I threw on a flirty floral top from Elle and paired it with my Simply Vera by Vera Wang dark wash jeggings. I know some people hate jeggings but that stretchable fabric is a savior for my growing thighs! On my feet (pardon the veins), I wore a pair of beige Marikina-made shoes that I found in Market! Market! I love how comfy and cheap these shoes are. As for the accessories, I kept it at a minimum and just threw on my small vintage Casio gold watch.

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That was fun, wasn't it? And if any of you dear readers happened to be pregnant and interested in featuring your maternity fashion here, or you want somebody featured, let's inspire each other and make pregnancy more fun by emailing me here.

Watch out for the next series of Maternity Fashion! 


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