What to Look For When Buying a Family Car

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For quite some time now, my husband and I have been talking about getting our own car. It’s not for frivolous reasons, but because it will be easier to go around with a toddler with our own car vs. commuting.

We spend a ton of time commuting, not just from home to work but for her pedia visits, derma pedia visits, day outs, and special occasions.

Buying one though comes at a big cost. Yes, it is easy to get a car loan but it can cost you the same amount you’ll need to purchase a small house. It is safe to say that thorough research is needed to make sure you are getting your money’s worth.

I am no car expert, but from my discussions with E and previous writing gig about cars, here are some pointers to note before splurging for your first family car.

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1. Decide how much you are willing to spend. If buying a new car is a bit too steep for you and your husband, you can consider buying second hand. Just ensure that the car is worth it and still in good condition and you buy from an authorized shop.

2. Prioritize safety over aesthetic. Check reviews online about the car you will purchase. Check the safety features available, does it have one or two airbags, does it have child lock features, etc. Remember, you want a car that will help keep you and your little unit safe even during emergencies.

3. Look for cars that provide ample space. This is now the features over aesthetic portion. Don’t fall in love with a car just because of its looks – since you are buying a car for your family ensure that there will be space enough for everyone. Check also the compartments and if you can easily fit strollers, luggages, baby bags in it. I personally like the Honda Odyssey just look at that space!

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4. If you have an infant or toddler, check car seat safety reviews. We all know that toddlers or infants can be a handful during road travels, normal seats won’t be enough as well to keep them down and comfortable. This is why we have car seats available! Different cars have different makes for car seats, which is why it is important to check existing reviews to make it easier for you to decide. You can head on over to cars.com site to check out detailed reviews!

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Above is just a simple guide to help you decide (hey that rhymes). Do you have anything else to add to my list? Sound off on the comments section to let me know!

My Breastfeeding Keepsake

Thirty-one months and counting, that is how long I have been breastfeeding my lovely Bunny girl. We have gone through a lot of ups and downs. We celebrated big milestones, especially after reaching the six-month mark (exclusively breastfed no solid food) and the one year mark. We powered through our downs, from low milk supply to spilt breastmilk.

I knew somehow that our journey will soon end. Bunny is now 2years old and our sessions have been reduced to nightly feedings. She would just latch when I get home from work or to go to sleep. I knew that I had to have a keepsake that would help us treasure our journey forever.

The Perfect Memento

It was hard for me to track down and locate a local maker of breast milk jewelry. Unlike overseas wherein I’ve seen many different online sellers who offer it, we have only two (to my knowledge) here in the Philippines.

The first one that I became familiar with was the Our Lady of La Leche Movement Ph. I have seen their page through a Facebook Group for Breastfeeding moms.

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Then through thorough research and Facebook skills, I came across the Facebook Page of Pumped with Love.

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I fell in love with her simple jewelry designs. I started messaging her last January asking for the prices of the jewelry. It wasn’t until June that I finally decided to push through with my order.

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See, I haven’t pumped milk since August or September 2016. Given that I had limited supply already, I waited for the chance when I spent a night away from my daughter (work related). This opportunity only came last June.

I chatted away with Mommy Romina, of Pumped with Love. She diligently replied to all of my inquiries and messages. This made the transaction extra smooth! When it was time for me to ship my breast milk I just reread her instructions.

So I packed my expressed milk with love and care in a breastmilk storage bag. I packed it in three storage bags – to ensure that it won’t spill. I even put it in a KFC gravy container to be extra safe! I went to the nearest LBC branch and shipped it away to Mommy Romina.

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She shared that she will only ask for the down payment for the jewellery once she receives my sample. So I waited for her to confirm her receipt and once she did, I sent half of the payment via bank transfer.

My Own Breastmilk Keepsake

Mommy Romina advised me that the turnaround time for the breast milk jewelry was 3 to 4 weeks. This was great because I didn’t need to message her every now and then just to check if she was done. For reference, she received my first payment last June 16 and she finished working on it last July 7.

Like clockwork, she finished after three weeks of working on my jewelry. She was even kind enough to wait for my payment to be settled a few days after she has sent me the final product (super busy last week due to work and stressed with a personal matter). So when I finally paid her last Thursday, she had it shipped before she left for the province Friday morning.

Since I was out of the office during the weekend, I only received the package this morning. My hands trembled as I cut through the plastic wrapping of LBC. I saw a tiny blue box enveloped in bubble wrap. I smiled because she wrapped my jewelry with such care. I opened the blue jewelry box and I finally held my keepsake.

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Here was a physical remembrance of all of the hard work I have put through in breastfeeding my little girl.

I messaged Mommy Romina immediately. No words can describe how happy I was. I ended up just saying “thank you” and “I like it.” So I decided to write this post instead to express my gratitude to her.

I highly recommend her to breastfeeding moms. You have a lot of designs to choose from and it’s not that expensive too!

 

Breastfeeding Pieces of Advice

If you have been following my blog, you would know that I am a breastfeeding advocate. I am still breastfeeding my 2 year old toddler, and it seems like she won’t be stopping anytime soon.

I have grown accustomed to hearing different reactions, from praises to judgmental statements. Worry not, this post is not a rant about those sentiments, rather a post to help other moms continue breastfeeding their little ones.

Five Key Pieces of Advice for Breastfeeding Moms

First, let me start by saying that it is not as easy as it seems. Breastfeeding takes a lot of effort, determination, and discipline. You NEED TO WORK HARD FOR IT.

This is the most important thing that I would have to share. I am a full time working mom and there had been times when I wanted to give up but I didn’t. This was because I knew in my heart that it was the best for my child (note here that I say it is the best for my child – but to each her own mommas). If you will go back to work, slowly build your stash and make a strict pumping schedule at work. Pumping between 2 -3 hour intervals worked best for me.

Second: HYDRATE!HYDRATE!HYDRATE!

You need to replenish after pumping and/or breastfeeding your baby. Always have a water bottle near you. When my daughter was younger I would consume 2.5L of water or up. I was always thirsty, and would often wake up feeling like I haven’t drunk water for a day!

Third: Latch as much as possible.

The best way to sustain liquid gold is when your baby directly latches to you. This also helps eliminate nipple confusion – which can sometimes cause a halt to you and your baby’s breastfeeding journey. Directly latching also helps signal your body on what your baby needs for that moment.

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Fourth: Drink Moringa supplements or take Lactation Cookies/Brownies

Help your body make liquid gold by supplementing yourself with moringa capsules. This has been proven to help boost the amount of liquid gold you can provide for your little one. Aside from this try eating lactation goodies. I would order a box of lactation baked goodies (good for a week) whenever I noticed that my output was low. After 2 days of eating lactation cookies I would see an increase of 2-3 oz per pump! Also, don’t worry if your output is low during your period – this is normal which is why you need to supplement with iron and calcium supplements.

Oatmeal , lactation cookies and brownie from @mommytreats for more bm for bunny. #workingmom

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Fifth and final piece of advice: Think of happy thoughts and have your core support group.

My husband is my number one supporter when it comes to breastfeeding our daughter. I almost gave up two weeks after I gave birth to her. She wasn’t directly latching and she would cry non-stop! E would offer hugs whenever I felt like crying. Even though I was frustrated he would cheer for me. This encouraged me to push through and not give up.

2 Years and Counting

Now, our breastfeeding moments are not as difficult as before. I have stopped pumping at work but I do ensure that she latches when I get home. I have a steady supply good for night time feedings.

The journey to our 2year mark was filled with laughter and tears (sometimes scars from biting too)! So, for my final word of encouragement to breastfeeding moms – you can do it!

If you have any other advice that you would want to share for breastfeeding moms, do share it in the comments section below.

Til next time!

 

Legend of the Blue Sea Review

Please bear with me as I attempt to write my first ever K-Drama review. As I previously mentioned in my post last week, I’ve just started watching K-Drama’s again this year. Long story short, I have missed out on many different K-Dramas and I have a lot of catching up to do.

I recently finished to K-Dramas this past month, Guardian and Legend of the Blue Sea. For now, what I will share with you is my honest to goodness (cross my heart) review of Legend of the Blue Sea.

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Brief Background

Legend of the Blue Sea is a straightforward story of a mermaid falling in love with a human (Little Mermaid feels).

It opens with a Joseon Era storyline, dating back in 1598, wherein a mermaid falls in love with a country official. Their love pursues a complicated fate, they try to go against all odds to fight for their love but they meet a tragic ending.

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In present day Korea, we see a reincarnation, of some sorts, of the country official. He is now Heo Joon Jae, a conman, and the mermaid is now Shim Cheong. Their meet cute was during Heo Joon Jae’s Spain escapade – and what happens after is a repeat of their previous lives. Knowing what has happened in the past, Joon Jae does everything that he can to avoid the tragic ending they once met.

My Honest To Goodness Review

Okay, so if I can sum up my emotions as I was watching Legend of the Blue Sea in a sentence it would be: I can’t get enough of their cute and romantic moments.

Let’s start with the cast. Personally, that is the upside for this show, Lee Min Ho (Joon Jae) and Jun Ji Hyun (Shim Cheong) looked good together and that registered well onscreen. Their cute-romantic moments highlighted the chemistry they had.

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I also liked it the Min Ho was able to showcase his acting skills that were asked from him (him being a conman and all in this drama).

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The supporting cast picked were also great, especially Ji Hyun’s friends.

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Second, for the overall story of this drama I honestly felt that it lacked something. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but perhaps it was the obvious ending or maybe the expected twist in the reveal of the actual villains.

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Somehow I felt that stretching it to 20 episodes was a bit too much since there are some scenes that can be removed, without losing the essence of the drama.

This doesn’t mean though that I didn’t like the series. To be honest, I enjoyed the cute romantic moments between the leads. I would probably re-watch it just for the sake of experiencing butterfly flutters in my heart.

K-Drama Rating

So what’s my verdict? I give this a rating of 4 out of 5 K-Drama stars. I will still recommend this show to K-Drama newbies. It is a good watch especially if you are in search of romantic excitement to brighten up your day.

Do you have any K-Drama series for me? Just comment your recommendations below so I can check it out!

Parenting Pressure: Am I A Bad Mom?

I faced a wailing toddler last night because she didn’t want to get her bum washed after she pooped. I tried everything that I can to woo her.

I asked her nicely, bribed her with the promise of milky time after I wash her bum, pretended to wash her Teddy Bear’s bum, put up my angry face, but nothing worked. I just looked at her point blank as if asking why, why won’t she come with me? The answer is very simple, she was too tired and all she wanted was to sleep. I can’t let that happen, so as much as I would want her to rest, I scooped her up and asked Ha (my brother’s partner) for help.

What followed was a tantrum storm, so I just allowed her to cry. I know that she had to deal with her emotions on her own. I explained to her in a sing-song manner that I had to wash her bum even if she was sleepy because it was the right thing to do. This produced a follow-up tantrum scream to which I answered a big warm hug. It was all that I can do to calm her down.

After this boo-ha-ha of an event I felt guilty, should I just have wiped her damn bottom instead of washing it? Should I have just bribed her with her favourite, Kinder Egg or perhaps an episode of Pocoyo? Thinking about offering her screen time, however, made me feel bad – because some might see it as a bad parenting decision. I felt the parenting pressure build up in my throat last night that I just decided to nurse my daughter to sleep.

Living Up to Today’s Parenting Standards

What I experienced last night was another episode of my “Am I a Bad Mom” guilt trip. Believe me, it wasn’t the first time that I went through the whole should I do this or that, I should have anticipated this and that phase. I know that I am not alone in this battle as well.

Case in point, I saw a post on a private Facebook Group about screen time for kids. Most moms commented that they didn’t allow their kids to watch TV or even hold gadgets. I felt a bit guilty (okay, A LOT) because I allow Bunny to watch TV and even play gadgets (must be supervised and under 30 minutes). It made me question my whole belief on whether kids should be exposed to technology. It was all thanks to E that I was slapped back to reality that it is okay. I just muttered under my breath, it is okay – to each her own.

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Aside from technology control, moms are now also pressured to feed their kids organic food or healthier food options. I originally wanted to feed Bunny all organic snacks and get her used to eating fruits and veggies.

Holy moly, it is HARD. I tried everything that I can to get that toddler to eat fruits and veggies but she has a mind of her own. Fine, some would say that I’m the adult but really have you ever tried making a picky eater consume food? I cried to E about it and we both resolved to just ensure that she consumes food every day.

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Another parenting issue I dealt with is choosing to breastfeed Bunny. Day in and day out I would hear people say that it’s great that I was able to breastfeed her. This complement could end there or have a follow up of, but wouldn’t you think it is best to switch her to formula, or aren’t you afraid that your boobs will look bad, or she’s too big to still be latching. This is a sensitive part for me, mostly I just smile and ignore but deep inside I am stopping myself from screaming. I honestly worked hard to continue breastfeeding my daughter for 2 years while working full time. Hearing discouraging and judgmental statements aren’t helpful, it’s just plain disrespectful.

My Own Parenting Style

To help relieve myself from the pressure I experience as a first time mom, I will now approach each situation in my own style.

I will accept criticism and pieces of advice with caution. I will only apply what I think is good for my daughter since I would always know what is best for her.

To other moms out there, I know that sometimes you question decisions that you have made for your child. There are times that you may have doubted your “mom instinct” but please don’t. There’s too much pressure coming from different areas of your life to be the best mom. The only thing that your child need though is you and your love. So the next time you question yourself if you are a bad mom, just take a breather, remind yourself that you are an amazing woman and mom-on!

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9: Work!

Over the weekend, I witnessed amazing lip-sync battles from the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9. This was the first time the show had back-to-back-to-back lip-sync battles from the top 4. Well, because it is also the first time in the show’s history that it had a top 4 instead of a top 3.

One of the Best Seasons

I have been watching RuPaul’s Drag Race since its third season. The primary reason I tuned in was because of Manila Luzon #PinoyPride. After that season, I was hooked.

I loved the transformation the queens go through in each episode. Changes weren’t just through the way they dressed up, but you can see queens become better with their craft. They have to work their bums off to show Mother RuPaul and the other judges, especially Michelle, what they can bring to the table.

I tuned in to as many episodes as I can get my hands on, but my favorite so far was season 6 (with Bianca del Rio, Adore Delano, and Courtney Act) and the current one.

Personally speaking, this is one of the best seasons of the queens. So I’ve rounded the reasons why I think it is one for the books!

Best Moments from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9

I’ll just enumerate my favorite moments here!

Sasha and Peppermint’s lip sync battle!

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Sasha’s lip-sync battle – all that pazzaz! The passion in her face while she was performing was very evident!

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Peppermint’s “Stronger” performance – I thought Trinity had it in the bag but girl you came through!

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The reunion read over the “Miss Congeniality” award was epic!

Valentina’s lip-sync boo-ha-ha. Girl, I believed that you can go all the way, I seriously did.

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Lady Gaga’s appearance in the first episode!

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Trinity’s 9021HO and Sister Mary Koont performances!

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Crew makeovers that gave us Winter Green!

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How about you? What are your favorite moments from the recently concluded season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race?

 

Korean Drama Fever: The Highs and Lows of Watching Korean Novelas

I’m on my third Korean Novela this year. This is a big achievement for me because the last time I’ve watched Korean Novelas was 2013 or 2014. The long hiatus was due to my work schedule and series preference. From 2013 to early 2017 I watched American series such as; Big Bang Theory, FRIENDS, Scandal, How To Get Away From Murder, Jane The Virgin, Rupaul’s Drag Race, Devious Maids, Grey’s Anatomy, Suits, Drop Dead Diva, The Good Wife, and so on.

Somehow, I got tired of watching shows that progressed slowly. I missed the “kilig” or romantic excitement that I had whenever I watched Korean Novelas. I missed the lightness that RomCom (romantic-comedy) K-Novelas had.

This year, I was lured back to K-Novelas because of Gong Yoo.

He owned my heart ever since I saw him in Coffee Prince, where he played the role of Han Kyul. Perhaps it was his dreamy eyes that made me go crazy – this was before I met E, my husband, and the love of my life – back in college. Because of that show, I started watching more K-Novelas, I started studying Hangul, and I cut my hair short (inspired by the lead actress’ haircut in the show).

Because of Gong Yoo, I decided to watch Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (Goblin). To me and my husband’s surprise, I finished the entire show in 4 days! I’ll try to write a review about it, but because of that show the spark of my Korean Novela loving soul came back.

Emotional Rollercoaster Ride

K-Novelas are different from telenovelas and western series. It usually has less than 20 episodes shown for three to four months. Each episode is at least an hour long, packed with ups and downs, and ends with a major cliffhanger.

In an episode, you will usually experience a lot of “kilig moments.”

You will try to keep it inside because people will think you are crazy. Just imagine yourself commuting in a bus or service van smiling like a high school girl.

At times, you will feel a need to scream because the two leads are just so damn cute! Or because you are frustrated with the guy lead for being too mean.

But there will also be moments when you will find yourself crying. Tears will fall down your eyes and you don’t even know why it happened.

Antagonists make you feel the need to scream.

Cliffhangers make you crave for the next episode which ultimately leads you to binge watch as much episodes as you can in a day.

 

When you finally finish the series, you are left with a hole in your heart. You start questioning yourself, why did you watch it all at once?

To fill that hole, you end up asking for recommendations from your friends or you start watching series that star the leads of the last one you watched. Then you start a new cycle again, promising yourself that you will watch the new series slower.

You might succeed at first, perhaps for the first five or ten episodes. But then cliffhanger after cliffhanger you are left with no choice but to binge watch again!

Oh My K-Novelas

I just shared a glimpse of the ups and downs that you might experience when you start watching K-Novelas. Remember, once you start it will be difficult to stop. So if you are ready to start your journey to the land of never ending “kilig” or romantic excitement, venture on and watch any of the K-Novelas below:

Enjoy!

Set Meals Galore: Botejyu MOA Review

In my last post, I mentioned that we had dinner before Britney’s Concert here in Manila (still trying to recover from this once in a lifetime experience). We dined in at Botejyu. The Botejyu branch in Mall of Asia is located at the Galleo Wing. It is near IMAX for easier reference.

I didn’t really have any special reason as to why I chose Botejyu for dinner. It was between Basil and Botejyu, the latter won because E said so. Really, he did in a not so direct way.

See, the day before Britney’s concert I was looking at possible restaurants where I can treat my brother. I checked Booky.Ph and saw that they had a special deal for Basil.

While strolling around the Galleo Wing of MOA, sipping on Mango Slushie Tea, I chanced upon Botejyu. I told E that it was between the two. He looked at reviews for both restaurants, then shared that Botejyu had better reviews, and the food looked better.

Good for Your Tummy and Your Pocket

So here’s my short Botejyu MOA review!

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While we were waiting for my brother and for his partner to arrive, I snapped photos of their rice bowl and set meals. Most are priced just below P400 (USD 9). The price can be a bit too much for a daily meal but for a special date or occasion, the price is just right. You can check out their menu here.19401197_10213129403732413_265764815_o

 

 

We ordered a total of five dishes. I chose the Beef & Tamagotoji Egg Rice Bowl (P365 or USD 8).

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The serving size was good enough for sharing, to be honest. I wasn’t able to finish off everything in my bowl! The dish was delectable. Something I imagine myself craving for over and over again. I have to credit it all to their special sauce!

E ordered the Pork Cutlet Curry Rice Bowl (P395 or USD 8.5).

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As all married couples do, we shared our dishes with each other. In this case, though, I only had a bit of his because I loved mine so much! From what I can remember, E was very much fulfilled with this dish. As he shared, the curry flavor blended well with the pork cutlet and sticky rice.

Aside from our two rice bowls, we also ordered their Premium Moonlight Yakisoba (P375 or USD 8).

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It was just okay for me, maybe because we didn’t mix it as soon as it was served. It was a little on the dry side. Taste wise though it was still good.

My brother ordered their Garlic Rice with Bacon & Egg Set and Kushikatsu Platter (P370 or USD 8), while his partner ordered their Beef Sukiyaki Rice Set (P395 or USD 8.5). I can’t really give you any feedback for their dishes but they did say that it was okay.

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What I love about Botejyu MOA is their special promo. I wasn’t able to take a photo of the mini-standee but you get a free Ice Cream (match/vanilla/sesame flavor) when you post about your Botejyu experience.

I had poor signal that night but I was able to charm my brother’s partner to post on his Facebook. True enough, we were given a free serving of ice cream!

Final YUM Verdict

For my final YUM verdict for Botejyu MOA, I give it a yum factor of 4 out of 5 stars. I love their rice bowls and I honestly think that their set meals are worth it. I will definitely come back for more! The ambiance was good and the staff were so nice too.

Do make sure that you post about your experience when you dine in so you can get a free ice cream too!

Britney Spears Live in Manila

Britney’s concert here in Manila was 19 years in the making, it was a dream come true!

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I’m a big fan of Britney. My room was filled with posters you would think that it’s my wallpaper! Through her, I was introduced to the world of pop.

I followed Britney’s career since 1999. I fell in love with her songs, rejoiced whenever I watched her music videos, sang along to her live performances, cried when she stumbled, and cheered for her to get back to her feet again. So basically I’m a big fan.

The Road to Watching Britney Live

When it was officially announced that she will have her first ever concert here in the Philippines I knew that I would do everything to watch her perform live. Thankfully a good friend of ours knew the promoter. He helped us secure good tickets minus the hassle of lining up or waiting for the online selling to begin. My mind was basically like this.

I can only afford to shell out P6,000 for her tickets (USD 111) which was good for Upper Box tickets. Thank heavens for my brother! He was kind enough to upgrade my tickets to Lower Box B (P10,500 or USD 233). I was shouting out loud, in my mind, when he said that he will sponsor the upgrade for my tickets.

I had a sudden flashback of my high school days, when my free time would be spent memorizing her music video choreography, watching her concert DVD over and over again, or reading magazines to get the latest news about her.

April came and we finally received our tickets. I almost cried when I held it in my hands. In my mind, it was my passport to an event I had been waiting for 19 years.

See you soon , @britneyspears ! ❤❤❤❤❤

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Experience of a Lifetime

The day finally came, there were butterflies in my stomach. I will finally see Britney, in the flesh, performing live in front of me.

My brother, his partner, and I walked from Botejyu to the Mall of Asia Arena after dinner. Each step we made brought us a step closer to my queen. I knew that in just a few hours her show will start.

Shortly after arriving at the concert venue we made our way to our seats. After locating our seats I left my brother and his partner.

Amazing seats! Ang lapitd See you soon @britneyspears ❤❤❤

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I wanted to take a closer look at her official concert merchandise. I knew that I would regret not buying anything. At first, I only bought an armband. In my mind, at least I have something tangible to save aside from the ticket.

My husband thought otherwise, he urged me to buy a shirt because this is just a once in a lifetime concert. I happily lined up again to get a shirt! The long wait to get the shirt was worth it! I have something special from her first ever concert here in Manila!

Merch! ❤❤❤ #britneyspears #britneyinmanila

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Our Queen

After waiting for more than an hour, the show started. You could hear people screaming, going wild when they caught a glimpse of Britney taking her position on the stage. When the beat dropped the crowd went mad.

Love you @britneyspears ! Manila loves youuuu. #britneyinmanila #britneyspears

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My eyes were glued to her the entire time that she was performing. She had a certain aura that would make you just focus your eyes on her. Each move was on-point, she was amazing!

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I won’t go into detail of each song she performed because you will just read the word amazing over and over again. One thing is for certain, she is an incredible performer. The crowd would go crazy every time she comes out of the stage. You would hear each person singing along to her hits, even the newer ones from her latest album.

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When you look at her, you would see the same old Britney from the 90’s. She is the same charismatic girl who owned our hearts.

Britney Hangover

Everyone was on a high after the concert ended. People lined up like crazy at the merchandise booths. We were all singing along to the songs played by the brand booths. People coming down from the escalators were singing, those who were waiting for their turn in the merchandise booth were singing, and those who were exiting the concert grounds were singing too!

@britneyspears concert hangover. Hanggang sa paglabas at pagbili ng merch. #britneyinmanila #britneyspears

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Everyone left with a smile on their face knowing that we are part of her first concert in Manila. This is something I would remember forever.

How about you?Have you attended the concert of your favorite artist? How was your experience? Share it with me below!

 

 

Dealing with My Picky Eater

Ah, terrible twos. I personally wanted to rename it terrific twos but with Bunny’s tantrums and eating habits, I can’t. Every day is a struggle. It’s not because she’s eating air but because she’s very particular about what she wants to consume! Red flags started to rise last year. She would choose oatmeal over rice, puffs over veggies, and biscuits over fruits.

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We tried every trick we can think of. Some would work well but most don’t. I even found myself crying in a corner thinking where I went wrong.

Why Are Toddlers Picky Eaters?

Partly Bunny’s eating habits are my fault. I was a picky eater too when I was young. I recall that my food choices were limited to hot dogs, lugaw (rice porridge), bread (I preferred eating the crust vs. the actual pizza), and rice. I’ve read some articles which pointed out that genes have something to do with it.

Aside from hereditary issues of my little fickle eater, I shielded her from poultry and seafood. Bunny has mastocytosis and would have allergic reactions to poultry and seafood. I hated the itchy red bump she had on her arm. So with her dermatologist’s help, we were able to control it from spreading.

As per her derma, the only way to help lessen the itch was if I slowly introduce poultry and seafood to her diet through my breastmilk first then to her diet. I hovered too much and decided to introduce poultry and seafood a bit too late.

Lastly, toddlers are naturally picky eaters. They know now that they can say no or throw a tantrum fit when you force food to them. Knowing this helped me tone down a bit on the where did I go wrong rant to E.

How I Dealt with My Picky Eater

  1. Don’t force feed your toddler. Your toddler will be traumatised whenever you force feed her! Believe me, Bunny would look terrified and would avoid our dining table whenever she can. She dreaded meals for 2 days because I force fed her. There was even a time when she tried to force feed me too!
  2. Identify her favourite food. For Bunny its oatmeal, pizza, and biscuits. Now we have a steady supply of her go-to snacks. In our minds, it’s better than an empty stomach.
  3. Don’t deprive your toddler food. No, please don’t. If your toddler drinks milk (whether it is formula or breast milk) she is getting nutrients that she needs. Add supplements to the mix and your toddler would be fine. Just please don’t deprive them just because they don’t like what you offered.
  4. Eat with them. This is my current tactic. I would make sure that I eat breakfast and dinner with her. Seeing mommy eating the food served in front of her made her more comfortable. This is my best move so far. Now she’s eating rice again! Just be prepared to share your plate with your toddler.19243541_10213076301844899_544503411_o
  5. Supplement with Milk and Vitamins. This is how we tackle Bunny’s low food intake in her bad days. We ensure that she takes her vitamins daily and that she latches at night when I come home.
  6. Be patient. Toddlers would like one food today and hate it the next day. Bunny loved noodles before! Now she hates it and wouldn’t even touch it! Just make sure you have enough reserve of her go to food.19263907_10213076295084730_658694920_o

Hope my tips above helped. Do drop your personal tips in the comments section below!