Saturday, May 27, 2017

Potty Training my 2-Year Old Toddler

Hell to those who did 3-days potty training! That sht doesn't work! Lol! Kidding! ;p

But if it did work for you, congratulations! But as for me, it did not, it took me weeks.

When Maco, my daughter, turned 2years old last December, I thought I could potty train her already because there were instances she'd tell me she'll go 'peepee' or 'wiwi'. Maybe it is also my fault because I would tell her it's okay since she have diapey on. There were also a few times that she peed in the toilet. But then, I noticed that she stopped telling me she had to pee. So when I was ready to really potty train her, it was hard so I thought to just let it be. I kind of stopped to potty train her. Sorry! I think I was being lazy, I didn't want to clean up her pee. Sorry!

Not sure which month of this year, but I think it was February or March, that I started to put my sht together and told myself that if I want to potty train my little girl, I should be patient with it. And it was so timely when I saw a post on potty training, I just forgot which site I read it! Damn it! But that blog post really motivated me to potty train my daughter. I was frustrated because some people were able to potty train their child for 3-5days! How is that possible! Anyway back to the blog post I read, she said there that what she did was that she told her child to tell her if her child had to pee, and she does not put on diaper/pants on her child. And so that's what I did, I didn't put on Maco's diaper and repeatedly tell her if she wanted to pee, she should tell me.

The first time, she was not able to tell me she had to pee, she told me after she peed. And so she peed on her pants, but that was fine. What was not fine was when she didn't pee for a long time, maybe she got afraid or something because she peed on her pants. Btw, I didn't shout on her when she peed on her pants okay! I just told her calmly that she should have told me that she had to pee. Husband told me that maybe our little girl's not ready yet, but I told him I guess she is, because there were times she'd tell me she had to pee. I became patient I guess. Lol!

And now, my little girl doesn't wear diapers already! Well, she does if she's going to sleep or if we're going out. And even if we're out, she'd tell me she had to pee, and I would tell her that it's okay since she's wearing a diaper. I can't let her pee on the mall's toilet because it's filthy. Lol! But true! Or maybe I could just bring disposable toilet seat cover? Would that work? Because there was a time we're out, she's not wearing a diaper and she had to pee, what I did was I carried her so she could pee and not sit on the toilet seat, but she didn't like to pee there. Lol! I just felt sorry for the place's restroom. Good thing it was just near home though, so we went home asap!

And so of course I've learned my lesson from this.
Number 1, that we have to be patient.
Number 2, that we have to be very patient.
Number 3, that we have to be the most patient.

I never knew I could be this patient. Lol!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

SM Aura Premier's 'Art in Aura' and Weekends at the Courtyard

Last May 4th, SM Aura Premier launched 'Art in Aura' at the Courtyard hence Weekends at the Courtyard was born. Weekends at the Courtyard is like an art fair with different artsy booths from local artisans to check out!

The campaign, in collaboration with creative assembly KAPWA Studio, was kicked off by a showcase of murals by notable local artists Anina Rubio, Mercedes Olondriz, Archie Oclos, and multi-hyphenate Dee Jae Pa'este, whose works can already be found all over the metro.

SM Aura aims to take the art out of the gallery and bring it to urban spaces, to make it more accessible to everyone.The movement started 3 years ago with Filipino-American artist, Jefre Manuel, with "Steel Safari", a public art installation of 4 animals  unique to the  Philippines, followed by a Christmas showcase featuring Olivia d'Aboville's "Giant Dandilions" and Leeroy New's "Astreopora". Both large scale installations were set to music at the Skypark lawn. The Aura Tower also features artist Eduardo Castrillo's "Colossal Growth". The Colossal Growth depicts the movement of mass from linear to horizontal. It represents the threshold by which a form, or energy crosses a path and explodes to grandness, redefining itself. It was reacquired from Evangelina Gella Luarca in 1989. The Artist kept it in storage and restored in 2013.

Art in Aura redefines the way one interacts with art, by using images and patterns that are rooted to our heritage. Art in Aura features three outstanding local artists by providing them mural spaces to share their expressive work. One of the featured artists, Anina Rubio, is a freelance visual artist whose art reflects her love for the outdoors. Her work, "Through the Cracks" can be seen at the SM Aura Grand Staircase, featuring common household weeds which she likens to Filipino characteristics like resilience and adaptability.

UP Fine Arts graduate street artist Archie Oclos, pays homage to our country's "National Treasures" through internationally-revered "mambabatok" Apo Whang Od and Lang Dulay, the T'boli Weave Master.
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Manila-based Mercedes Olondirz' "Flaura" to depict her goal to bring back organic elements into the urban landscape. It is also joined by digital artist, Ramenrocky, whose works illuminated the Courtyard walls during the launch.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

My take on '13 Reasons Why'

Have you heard of this series? Have you seen it?


So I've been hearing about this series from friends, and yes, from the online world as well. There are people who likes it and there are those who don't. It's the series '13 Reasons Why', and if you don't know about it yet, it's about this girl who took her own life because of bullies. 

I've been bullied in high school, but not to that extent -like in the series. I had this one classmate who would always eat from my baon (food I take to school), she would always say "patikiiiiim" in a very sweet tone, takes a bite and then half of my sandwich gone. Yes. Lol! She bites quite big. Haha! She also eats my lunch.

And then I had a friend in 6th grade but when we entered 1st yr high school, she started hanging out with the "cool" girls and when we went to the mall one time, she would tell me to do sht for her. I was like their Jenny (Gossip Girl). And from then, I went away from her. We never talked and now, we're friends on facebook.

Anyway, let's go back to the series -13 Reasons Why.

I just saw the whole 1st season. At first it was okay but as the story went on, I don't know anymore. I just don't want to stop right away because I'm curious and I want to know the whole story. Hehe! And I believe a 2nd season is in the works already.

Well, as a mom, I don't think it's good for teenagers because I think it would give them an idea. But a part of me says that it's good to show this to teenagers because it would show them what would happen to the loved ones they've left behind. And to show the bullies what they've done to those they bullied. But that's just a small part of me. Most of me would still say 'no'. Or maybe it's just how you look at it. We have different reactions and all anyway, so.

I just don't get it why Clay didn't show the tapes to his parents the moment he got it. I mean if I were him, I'd show it to my parents, the police, or anyone right away! Hehe!

Bullying don't just happen in school, there are bullies almost everywhere. Why can't these bullies just stop? Whenever I hear something about bullying, I always wonder why they do that? Aren't they happy with their own life that they had to pull others down with them? I guess not.

This reaction is all me btw, I haven't read any reviews online before this.

How about you, have you seen the 1st season of the series? What do you think?

It's not that I need to post a review or something about the show, I just really got affected by it. Lol

Friday, May 12, 2017

The gift of healthy ‘CROWNING GLORY’ fit for the Queen this Mother’s Day

CLICHE it may be, but there’s indeed a woman behind the person we are today. And that’s no less than her—our mother. We used to call her nanay, inay, ‘nay, mama, mommy or simply mom. Needless to say, she deserves more than that given the pivotal role she fulfills in rearing us from childhood to adulthood and possibly for the rest of our lives. 



There may be opposing beliefs whether that greater maternal instinct is biologically predetermined or socially imposed, but everyone would agree that a mother is hardwired to love and care about the whole family, especially the children, all the time. For better or worse, it’s always the welfare of everyone at home on top of her priority. 
No wonder she’s an epitome of a doting human being that touches everybody’s life. So, it’s but right to honor and return all the favors she has done for us. And what a better way to do this than this Mother’s Day.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Strangers touching and pinching my Baby's Face

I don't really know how to explain this but I don't want to come off as being maarte mom, and as a suplada. But maybe I am, I know I am, but I don't want it to be my first impression from people. I try to be nice everyday naman, so.
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There was a time I went to this drugstore here in Makati, let's not name it, but it's color is green *wink*. And there's this saleslady who found Maco really cute! And of course, I feel good somehow. But then while I was browsing through the facial products aisle, she carried  my little girl and tried to walk away from me. WTF. Her workmate then stopped her on doing such! Good thing her workmate who is a man, btw, said that she shouldn't have done that. And I was just there! I know y'all ask, "what did you do?". Well, I was in shock. I stood there with my mouth open -literally, with a confused face wondering why she did that. My husband that time was outside, and just like the superheroes, and the policemen in movies, he got there right after the drama and I hurriedly walked off the store. I know I should've done something like complain to the supervisor or something, but I was shocked and I just want to get away from there. :(

There was also a couple of times, that some salesladies (I don't know what's up with salesladies here in the Philippines!!! Well, NOT all are salesladies, some are crew in fastfood chains) who have touched and pinched my baby's face. At first, I was like, fine okay, they find Maco cute blah blah blah. But times passed that I got a little more arte that I thought the right thing, that they shouldn't do that. So now, whenever people tried to touch Maco, I move Maco away from them and look at them with this face...
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Hey, I'm not saying you couldn't touch my little girl, but please ask the parent/s first. But most likely my answer would be "no". HAHA! Or you could just smile.

Am I the only one on this? Huhu! Well, I just don't like other people, strangers more likely who I know nothing about, putting their hands all over my child, and worst is trying to kiss her! Please, just don't.