Monday, July 30, 2012

GV Mondays

Something I picked up from church yesterday :) 

Have a great week!

Monday, July 23, 2012

GV Mondays

Welcome to GV (Good Vibes) Mondays! From now on, I'll share something that hopefully will inspire at least one person to start their week right.

I got this line from my current nighttime read and it struck me because I'm in a stage where stuff keeps raining on my figurative parade. It's also typhoon season here in the Philippines and our old house couldn't keep up anymore so now I have to purge and pack our things before they get destroyed by the rain. At first I literally went crazy (thanks to my very active hormones) because of all the problems that this situation has caused; but then I realized that this is only temporary and I have to get a grip. I put my trust completely on Him and I look forward to what is in store for us after all this mess.

While things are not getting better, I find comfort that I am not alone because He is always with me and there is always a rainbow after the rain :)

By the way, I made the thing above using the Martha Stewart Craft Studio app on iPad. You can download it for free here.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

7 Pinoy Children's Books I'll Read to My Future Children (and one that I won't) + Book Sales

It's National Children's Book Day today in the Philippines! Even if I didn't become a teacher, I'd still probably collect children's books. Filipinos do not lack creative storytellers and illustrators and it's amazing how one good storybook can connect people who have shared the same experience of listening to their parents read the story, or reading the story on their own, or reading it to their children.

It's also a plus that most Filipino children's books come in two languages. I hope parents make sure that they read both Filipino and English versions to their children. 

Here are some books that I'll read to my baby soon. The list isn't exhaustive (I don't have any Rene Villanueva books and one of my all-time favorites: The Boy Who Ate Stars in the list), these are just some of the books I pulled out from my collection because I missed reading/looking at them. You're never too old to appreciate children's books (and pick up a lesson or two).

A tale about two friends: one blind and one with eyesight. 

 Very classic. 

 This one's fun! It's a do-it-yourself pop up book!

 A wheelchair can be a lot of things to an imaginative child

Xilef is a boy with dyslexia

 Raquel and her awesome hair (and personality)

I think this is one of the first Pinoy children's books that targets math problem solving. 

And the book that I will not read to my child and is now part of my Inappropriately Funny Storybooks collection (more on that in the future):

It's published by Adarna during the 80's and features drunkards, an a-go-go dancer, and a girlfriend who works in a beerhouse.


Who: Anvil Publishing
When: every weekend of July (July 20-22 and 27-29 are the remaining days) 
Where: 107 West Drive, Brgy Kapitolyo, Pasig City

Who: Scholastic
When: UP TO TOMORROW (July 18)
Where: 27th Floor Penthouse Prestige Tower Ortigas Center Pasig City and No 70 C Raymundo Ave Pasig City

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I'm back!

It's been more than 3 months since I last posted anything! A lot has happened even if I was just at home most of the time trying not to overheat. If I was talking to a friend I haven't chatted with for three months asked me what's new, here are the two things I'd tell him/her (without boring my friend with details):

First, we got a dog!

Her name's Arya, named after Arya Stark of Winterfell :) She's turning one this Sunday (we got her when she was 10 months old), very playful, likes tummy scratches and cuddles. She can also be very feisty, chasing dogs twice her size! I love her! 

Second, we're going to have a (human) baby!

It looks like I just ate a lot for dinner here but I'm 5 1/2 months pregnant! It took us some time to share it to others because we announced before that I was pregnant but I had a miscarriage then. I found out I had antiphospholipid syndrome or APAS which caused the miscarriage. Now, I have to take aspirin and a shot (with a needle and all) of heparin, which is a type of blood thinner every single day to make sure my immune system won't attack the baby. The first trimester was kind of difficult and I was spotting every week but now I'm kind of enjoying every moment of it :) 

Chappy has even started talking to my tummy and sometimes I get confused if he's saying I love you to me or to our baby, haha.

We still don't know whether the baby is a boy or a girl but we love our baby bunny just the same!

So there's my quick update :) What's up with you?