Little Madam - Fashionista On A Budget

As a little girl, I love playing dress up (or at least the idea of it). I grew up watching  Lizzie McGuire, That's So Raven, and Parent Trap, and I always tell myself that I want to dress like them. I also like watching slumber party shows etc, but since I have no sister, and my cousins live far from where I grew up, I barely made it happen. I am also the only daughter, so most of the time, the toys and games at home are for boys.

When Klongski came, I promised myself that I will buy the cutest, trendiest clothes for her. I am not a fan of cartoon characters on Klong's clothes, and buying "pang dalaga" clothes are really expensive, because babies grow so fast they easily outgrow your last month's purchase.

But being the cheapskate that I am, I looked for affordable baby/toddler clothes for Klong's daily OOTDs. Most of Klong's outfits are from SM department store, tiangges, and our favorite - Taytay Market.

On paydays (or days when we feel like spending a little more on her outfits), we either have custom-made outfits for her from trusted IG shops, or we go to Old Navy and Uniqlo.
I am not too picky when it comes to the brand, so long as my daughter is comfortable in it, plus she looks cute. hahaha. :D

Here are some of my most favorite little madam outfits.

Top: Uniqlo ; Pants- SM kids; Shoes- H&M

Top - Taytay Market; Palazzo Pants - custom - made from an online shop
Jacket - hand me down from a cousin; Shorts - Old Navy; Inner top - Taytay Market

Very seldom do I dress her up with Cartoon Characters but this one is denim and I super liked it
Dress, bag and shades - SM Kids; Shoes - H&M 
Top (zebra onesie) & Bottom (zebra leggings + skirt) - gifts from ninangs; Headband -custom-made; Sandals - Taytay market

Cap - Robinsons Dept. Store; Shorts and top - Taytay market

Headband - custom-made; Top - Uniqlo; Pants - Mothercare

Top - Old Navy; Shorts - Taytay Market

Dress - SM Kids (from a ninang)
Top - Taytay market; Pants - SM Kids; Shoes - H&M

Top - Taytay; Shorts - Greenhills bazaar; Shoes - SM kids

Inner shirt - Old Navy; Shorts - hand-me-down from a cousin; Sleeveless hoodie - Pasig market

shaky photo because she cannot wait to ride the carousel

There are still a lot of photos I wish I could add, but this is getting too lengthy. I am really happy that my daughter loves dressing up as much as I do. Klong is growing up so fast and I know it won't be long before she would refuse to wear the clothes that I pick for her. So for the meantime, I would just enjoy these dressing up moments with my little fashionista on a budget. 



My 27th birthday

Last March 7, I turned 27. 

If I will be the one in charge, I would rather sleep the whole day. However, my husband still wanted a simple celebration, so off we go to the mall.

Here's how we celebrated my 27th birthday:

We decided to go to SM Megamall, because ever since SM East Ortigas opened last December 2, we never went back to Megamall again.

We had lunch at Bad Bird in Fashion Hall, Megamall. We ordered Dirty rice chicken plate. I chose one safe, and one spicy chicken, since Klong wants chicken too. Frans ordered one spicy and one chemical chicken. Honestly, the chemical chicken wasn't too spicy, much to my husband's chagrin. However, the dirty rice tastes awesome. Apart from the ordinary fried rice, it has bacon, chicken liver, tamago and kimchi. The serving is big, I couldn't finish it alone.

I was surprised that Klong loved the kimchi. HAHA.

We also ordered chicken nuggets with umami gravy for Klong, but she barely touched it, as she liked the spicy chicken more. (yep, she likes spicy foods). In my opinion, the nuggets tasted a bit bland.

If there's one thing that I really liked about Bad Bird, it would be the service. The crew were really nice. When we arrived, we were in the waiting queue, but the manager approached us and took my husband's mobile number. She told us that they will call us once our table is ready. Perhaps they noticed that Klong is a bit restless already.

After about 10minutes, they called to tell us that our table's ready. Note that their network is Globe and my husband is a Smart subscriber.

Also, they serve fast, and always with a smile.

Would I come back? Yes. The dirty rice meal costs P390 each, which is a bit pricey, but the service is A-okay! The chicken is savory and crunchy (a bit disappointed with 'chemical' chicken, though), and they have a cozy interiors. I am really happy that my husband took me to this restaurant. :)

After lunch, we went to Club Synergy so that Klong can ride the carousel and the coin-operated rides. Then we went straight to the hospital for Klong's check up.

When we arrived home, we did a couple of errands and chores because it is my rest day (the only time that we can do the laundy). We were still full so we skipped dinner . We had a few drinks with my tatay. (San Mig lights for Tatay, Red Horse for me and Frans), because what's a birthday without a beer?

At around 10pm, I thought we were ready to call it a night. However, Frans told me that we still haven't eaten dinner, and that he's craving for tapa. I thought we were going to the tapsilogan across the street, but he hailed a cab. We went to The Yard Underground. 

I have always wanted to go here since it's soft opening a few months back, but we couldn't find the time since we are always in a hurry to go home after work. We arrived at around 11pm on a Tuesday night, but it is still pretty packed. I wonder how jam-packed this place is on a weekend.

I was still a bit full because of beer and tokwa, so I let the hubby decide. Since he is craving for tapsilog, we went to The Good Tapa. I ordered tapsilog with extra chili.

I enjoyed the food. We got the juice from Birdmen, which is big enough for the two of us. I was so full and sleepy, so I asked hubby if we can go home right after eating.

Next time, I promise to try The Cheesery, The Potato Club and Ta Ke Ho Me. 

It was a tiring, but happy day as I got to spend the whole day with my family. I specifically asked Francis not to bother for my birthday, because in 5 days, it will be our daughter's 2nd birthday. I was thinking of just having one celebration for the both of us. But Frans still went out of his way to make me happy on my special day. I am one lucky woman, aren't I.

Oh, before I forget

Here's the hubby's gift for me. It was supposed to be given on my birthday, but he was hesitant of the size, so he gave it to me 2 days in advance. Woopie!


As I Turn A Year Older

I just turned 27. Whoop-dee-doo!
27 years is a bit short, I know, for me to be talking about life realizations and all, but hey, I am about to hit the thirties, so bear with me. (I kid).

No really, in the last 26 years, I faced a series of ups, downs, victories and defeats. I fell in love, I fell out of love, I got married, I gave birth, I achieved some of my goals, I got disappointed at times. Point is, life offers a lot of choices to make and lessons to be learned.

Here are some of the nuggets of wisdom, thoughts and whatnot that I gained over the years:

1. My dreams got bigger, but my ultimate wish is to be able to get 12 hours of undisturbed sleep.
Or maybe it's just me. HAHA. When I was young(er), I would ask for books or food for my birthday. However, last night, Francis asked me what I want for my birthday. Without batting an eyelash, I told him that it would be wonderful to sleep for at least 12 hours straight, while he takes care of Klong and do the chores for me. HAHA. (A girl can dream, right?).

2. Drinks after work? Are you nuts?
Back in 2011-2012, my parents would rarely see me because after work, I usually go and grab drinks with my former workmates, or go to my best friend's house and drink until the wee hours, because YOLO. (uhm?) Now, I have been in the same company for almost 2 years, and I NEVER joined them for drinks after work. Not even once. (Not because I don't like my office mates, mind you), but it's just that I don't have the energy for after work sessions anymore. Commuting in Ortigas is hard as it is, and all I want at the end of the day is to hug my daughter, watch Kdrama and call it a night at 10pm. HAHA. Yes, adulting did this to me :)

3. Deeper meaning of "Friendship"
Unconsciously, our real life friends list become shorter as we grow older. Before, the people you usually hang out with at school are your friends. Now, friendship has a whole new definition for me. It doesn't matter if I get to talk to my friends daily or once every three months. It doesn't matter if one lives in a different country or just across the street. What defines friendship for me now are the moments that we have shared together. That despite the differences of opinions, of life choices, I know that  they will be there for me no matter what.

4. It's okay to distance yourself from other people
I am not sure if it's because I am a self-confessed introvert, or life made me do this, but I tend to build a wall around me most of the time. I have been hurt and deceived a couple of times already, and it is not a sin to protect yourself from people who have ulterior motives, and people who have no plans of staying in your life for good. I also think that it is healthy to have alone time every now and then, to freely think, to breathe, to recharge.

5. COFFEE is life
I can't imagine what life would be without coffee. I cannot fathom the idea of battling through traffic and daily stress without a boost of caffeine. 'Nuf said.

6. Family comes first. 
During my teenage years, I would daydream about the day when I will finally be free to do things on my own. After college, after the first few paychecks, I realized that no matter where you are in life, your parents will always be your safe haven (at least for me, that is). When I gave birth to Klongski, I realized just how much a parent loves her child, and I learned to appreciate my parents more.

7. Not everyone will like you, and it's totally fine. 
I learned that in life, there will be people who won't like you for all the mundane reasons. I also learned that even if that's the case, it doesn't need to bother me at all, as long as I know that I didn't do anything wrong to that person. At 26, I am pretty confident with the people who are in my life that mere haters/people who try to burst my bubble just don't annoy me that much anymore.

8. Choose your battles wisely
We live in the social networking era and sadly, some are braver in posting rants and throwing shade at each other online than addressing the conflict face to face. I had my fair share of online war, albeit through private messaging and cryptic posts, but I realized that it isn't wise to comment back or react to every single issue thrown at you , or every post which you feel is directed to you. It will be a waste of time and a waste of battery. As I grow older, I started to master the art of 'deadma', and putting so much energy into something negative will never result to anything positive. So I opt to choose my battles more.

9. Don't be too hard on yourself
During my final weeks in college, I thought I had everything figured out. I will get a high paying job, I will wear this and that, I will have a hefty savings account by 30, etc. etc. 5 years later, I still haven't achieved most of the items on my list. Honestly, I am not bothered. At least not anymore. I have read this again and again, that it's okay if at mid-20s, we still haven't figured it all out. Yes, it may be disappointing at times, but hey, life is all about choices and chances, and as long as I know that I am doing my best to achieve my goals, I know that I'll be fine.

10. Learn to appreciate the value of things and moments
As I mature, I started appreciating the value of life, of things, of moments. I thought that if I started earning, I would be able to buy everything that I want, not just the needs. However, since I have experienced working hard for money, I learned to value things more. I learned that (like in number 1) sometimes, the best things in life are the things that money cannot buy, like sleep, and my daughter's kisses and hugs.

Being a married 27-year-old woman, may restrict me from getting everything that I want in an instant, like that spur-of-the-moment trip out of the country, the latest Iphone model  or the drink-till-you-drop gimik nights with colleagues, but I am sincerely grateful for the life that I live now. I have a wonderful little family that I can call my own, I have loving parents, who are willing to drop anything for their 'paboritong apo', I have friends, both at work and from school, who love me even if I am moody and anti-social most of the times. I still have a long, long way to go before I fulfill all of my dreams, but I know that I will get there, someday. I can't wait to see what my 27th year has in store for me. Lez do this! :)


Klongversations: The Hungry Little Madam

My daughter is turning two in a few days, and lately, she has been saying words that I can't remember teaching her.

Me: Klong, let's go!
Klong: Wait, ha? (with matching hand gestures)

Uhm, who taught you that anak? wah!

Here's another one:

Me: Klong, what do you want to eat?
Klong: Icken (chicken), rice
Me: Okay.
Klong: Papay (tinapay), fries, please?
Me: Wow ang dami.
Klong: Ice cream!

ay buffet anak?

I'm so happy that I can now talk to my daughter. I've waited for this for so long. However, I need to remind myself (and the rest of the family), to be very careful in our choice of words because the little madam will quickly pick up the words that we use at home. hahaha. How time flies! :)



Where Did The Time Go?

When I first felt your heartbeat, your first kick, I was breathless. I would sit still in the middle of the night, just waiting for you to kick again.

When I was 8 months pregnant, I became antsy. I would count the days till my Ultrasound appointment, and when you refused to show your gender right away, I went to several hospitals and clinics by myself just to end the guessing game.

When you were still inside my tummy, the days felt slower than usual. I couldn't wait to see you. I couldn't wait to kiss you. I couldn't wait to hear your tiny wails and giggles. I rearranged your drawer about a dozen times because I couldn't wait to see you wearing all those cute little onesies we have bought for you. I couldn't wait to be a mom.

 March 12, 2015 - You finally came out.

After hours and hours of labor, I finally heard you cry. I almost gave up during labor because the pain was so intense, I cried without tears, I wanted to scream but I had no voice. But when I finally laid eyes on you, it's like all the pain disappeared instantly. The moment I saw you, I knew that my life will never be the same again, and I am beyond grateful.

2 months after you were born, I decided to go back to work. It would break my heart to leave you every morning when you were still sleeping, only to come home and see you already fast asleep. I was overwhelmed with mommy guilt because while other new moms were busy posting photos of their newborn every minute, I was at the office, waiting for 6 pm so that I can go home and kiss you goodnight.

Little by little, I have managed to overcome the guilt. I find solace in knowing that even if I am not beside you all the time, I am working hard to help your tatay in giving you a good life.

 I may still be a little emotional when your lola would tell me how you have managed to stand on your own, how you uttered your first words, how you managed to put a smile on the faces of the people you meet. I would always ask for updates on your new favorite songs and shows, your new favorite snacks so I would be able to buy it on my way home. I have missed a lot of firsts, but seeing you grow into an intelligent little girl, I knew that I made the right choice. 

Sometimes I would look at you and wonder, where did the time go? You've grown so fast, you can now call me "Nanay Ea". You now pick what you want to wear. Gone are the days when I can turn you into a living doll and I would put bows and tutus just because. 

You now know what you want to watch, what you want to read, what you want to eat. You now say "fries" whenever I ask you of the pasalubong that you want me to give you. You can now say "I love you too" (or more like YOU TO), you now throw tantrums, much to my chagrin.

At times, I would be so frustrated at how bratty and stubborn you tend to be (guess that gene is from me, yes?), but I love you and that fact will never change until my last breath.

My dear Ayla Chloe Zephyr, time really is both a friend and an enemy. I have been so impatient when you were still in my tummy, but now, I wish I could slow it down a bit, just so I can spend more time with you. You amaze me in every way possible, and I constantly thank God for bringing you into our lives.

Now that you are turning 2, my wish for you is nothing but happiness and good health. May God grant you good health so that you may see and experience the beauty of life more. May you always be happy in this world full of prejudice. 

I will be with you in every triumph, every heartbreak, every mistakes, every chapter of your long and wonderful life. I will always support you. I will do my best to be your confidante, because you are indeed my little BFF. 

Thank you for giving a new meaning to happiness. I love you so much. 

Happy 2nd birthday, my little madam. 

Having you is indeed the best thing that's ever happened in my life, and I love you more than life itself. Happy Birthday! 


Your proud nanay  <3 


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