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Topaz Mommy x Bobbi Brown Makeup Workshop

13 May

I arrived in Bobbi Brown Megamall (between Bldg A and Bldg B) 11 am sharp. There were mommies too, I assumed, my fellow winners/readers of Topaz Mommy, a blog by Ms. Frances A. Sales. We were all waiting and when Ms. Frances arrived, my jaw dropped. I whispered to my new mommy friend, Aubrey, “Ang ganda ni Ms. Frances!” She walked through the store, wearing a black tube top, black pants, pearl necklace and a bare face– simply gorgeous!

Bobbi Brown Philippines

I love this Bobbi Brown store because it is beautifully arranged, and the products are so pretty!

Bobbi Brown Ph in Megamall

Bobbi Brown Ph in Megamall

We were doing some icebreakers and just chatting before the workshop started. We also took turns swatching which shade will match our skin tones.Ms. Frances gave out Leuchtturm notebooks (Php 1200) to each of us.

Leuchtturm

Bobbi Brown Manager also dropped in to say hi. Ms. Sam Sadhwani was also there! We did not know that there was a mini workshop room inside the Bobbi Brown flagship store! Ms. Tamara was the one who taught us about the basics of makeup application. The model, of course, was Ms. Frances!

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Occupation: MOM 24/7

5 Feb

Looking at my planner, I find that there is no date that I have nothing to do. For each day of every week, there are chores and errands to do – cook, clean, wash, mend, the likes. When you become a mom, you surrender yourself to the fact that you work overtime without pay, everyday including holidays. You will be a mother, manager, nurse, teacher, chef, doctor, friend, playmate, planner, artist.

The tasks never seem to finish and somehow they keep piling up. For example, after homeschooling my daughter, I let her play so she can have a break. I was preparing dinner so I let her do her worksheets that I prepared, too. When everything is set for dinner, I find her surrounded with blocks, dolls, cooking sets and teacup sets. She did her worksheets quickly, but got bored so she played with her toys. Before we get to eat dinner, we tidy up the house a little. The little girl will excuse herself because she will read books or do her puzzles. Hubby and I will get to chitchat a little during dinner. By the time we’re done, the house is a mess again! I tidy up a little by picking the stuff and keeping them together, skipping the vacuum and broom, which will be added to tomorrow’s list of to-dos. I leave it that way so I can have at least 5 hours of sleep.

One day, I saw my little one putting on her bag after filling it with trinkets, carrying her laptop on her right hand and a foldable umbrella on her left, holding her toy cellphone and talking to someone.

I asked her, “What are you doing, sweetie?”

She answered giddily, “I have plenty of things to do. I am dressing up like you, Mom!”

I replied, “Do I dress up like that?”

She told me, “No… But you do everything for us. Thank you, Mom. Thank you for taking care of me and papa and the house.”

“You’re very much welcome, sweetheart.”

I hugged her tight, still unbelieving her thought that she appreciates what I’m doing for them.

No amount of salary can pay as high as my daughter’s love for my 24/7 job. 

100th Post: How Motherhood Changed Me + Giveaway Winner

26 Jul

Little did I know what would await me as a mother that moment my little girl was conceived. I just knew one thing and that is trust — Trust in the Lord that I could do it because He entrusted this privilege and honor to bear the child.

Fast forward to February 2011, we were blessed with a healthy baby girl. And once this little stranger came into our lives, I knew that my life would never be the same — ever. I have never felt a love so strong and so complex at the same time. The more I get to be with her, the more I love her. Yes I am her mother and I ought to teach her and guide her, but actually, it is the other way around. I learn from her, and continuously learning with her. Motherhood improved me holistically. I became stronger — physically, emotionally, spiritually. I learned to be better for myself and for my family. The role of motherhood forced me into being a jill-of-all-trades, a woman who does so many yet summing up to one — a nurturer who fulfills my family’s needs.

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Blessings and Beyond | The Unexpected Answer to my Prayers

13 Jun

Choosing to be a full-time mom to my now 28-month old toddler has been one of the drastic decisions I have made in my entire life. I have big dreams of finishing my Masters then applying to work overseas to fulfill my dream of being a Nurse Anesthetist. I’ve heard of this title while I was a scrub nurse on a major cleft lip and palate operation. I asked about it and I knew that a position like that is not available in the country since we have Anesthesiologist here.

But in the middle, well almost at the end of my masters, a big news came up! I was up for a staff nurse position in Brunei. I was caught in the middle of working abroad and finishing my degree. I was praying very hard because I wanted both. I prayed for the guidance of the Holy Spirit… I prayed that if it’s really for me, then I’d be ready. My parents were pushing me to go already because as they say, opportunity comes only once… I prayed more and more because a part of me didn’t want to leave. Then God answered my prayers in a very surprising way… I was pregnant.

Breaking the news to my family, especially my parents, was hard for me too. [But that’s another story that I won’t be telling…] Being pregnant led me to a different path – a path where my dreams were pushed away for something greater. All of my goals were put to a halt because I have to serve my purpose… to be a wife and a mother.

It is true that opportunities knock only once. These opportunities may come again, but after a long while. We may cry over spilled milk and may have so many “what ifs” at the back of our minds. It is perfectly normal for us to do so. But if we look close enough, they may not be what they seem. My opportunity to work abroad may just be a test of my faith in Him. Maybe something terrible might happen to me if I pursued going and God prevented me from it… Things happen for a reason. These reasons may be incomprehensible for us, but we just have to learn to TRUST that Someone is more powerful than us. Let me put in here one of my favorite lines in one of my favorite movies (A Walk to Remember), “Maybe God has better plans for me than I have for myself.”

 Looking back to these things make me realize that I am truly blessed. With this experience, I realized that God is in control. Yes we choose our destiny but God has His ways of bringing us back to His will. We just have to trust Him and continue praying… We just have to let go…and let God.

 

Smart Parenting MEETandGREET

5 Dec

It is such an honor to be one of the chosen participants in this event. Thank you very much, Smart Parenting!

After registering, we were assigned to be in table #3.

Photobooth and Scholastic area

The event started after lunch so we helped ourselves in the photobooth and the scholastic area to lull time.

YUMMY!

great food served!

freebies

The event was hosted by Ms.Issa Litton.

There were three speakers discussing interesting topics: dressing up according to our body shape and size, raising a reader, and spoiling a child. All three were successfully discussed in brief yet concise manner. I didn’t take pictures this time because I was busy writing down cues from the speakers. Everyone thought the topics are all very relevant.

There was a game too – Name that tune/Name that artist. Our table won this game! Yippee!!!

distracting my little girl so she will behave

I went with my little girl so I had to keep up with her. While listening to the speakers and jotting down notes, I had to play with her so she won’t cause any distractions. It is a plus that she got to see other kids in this event.

 After the talk, every one gave in to bladder break. On my way to the rest room, I bumped into none other than SP EIC, Ms. Mia Fausto-Cruz. I greeted her and told her that I practically grew up with her (being the EIC of the mags I read)…from Candy magazine to Seventeen magazine until now in Smart Parenting magazine. It has always been a dream for me to meet her in person! She was uber nice. She “wowed” on me many times during that little conversation.

Going back to my seat in table #3, I was all smiles. Now the meet & greet will take place. Each table will talk with an SP team member, discussing anything and everything that is related to motherhood and parenting. Ms.Maika Bernardo was assigned to our table. Other mommies in table #3 were introducing themselves already. Before my turn, an SP events team approached me and asked me to transfer in table#2.

SP 2012 issues

Group Shot 🙂

Ms. Mia signing my SP letters 🙂

to die for moment!!!

Dreams do come true. 

I’ve dreamt of meeting her my whole life (as a teenager) and finally I have THAT moment. I love her to bits! I will always remember this.

goodies each one gets to take home

I am very happy I attended this event. I am looking forward to more events from Smart Parenting.

Thank you very much, SP!

 


My First on Motherhood

8 May

i just started my blog! (i copied and edited this one from another a bit complicated site) yippee! it has been a while since i started putting my thoughts in paper… 

i hope i can share here my thoughts on everything under the sun. 🙂

today is april 3, 2012, exactly 5pm. my iya is asleep beside me. we are here at my mom’s place because we don’t have company at home. (today is may8)

i love staring at my daughter, especially when she is asleep. i just look at her and i experience peace. she is such an angel. i am very grateful she came into my life… as my husband always says, iya has a purpose in each of us. iya came and Joseph, my husband, became more focused in his career and his actuarial exams so he can better provide our needs.

iya taught me lots of things. the first thing she taught me was to become independent. i was so dependent with my parents before i got married. i cannot even decide for myself. after getting married, only then i experienced freedom, the only thing lacking for my perfect life. then i learned to adapt to change. i learned to be strong for her as i face the challenges and responsibilities of being a wife and a mother. she also taught me patience and love and being happy with the simplest of things.

though i had to give up some things, like a fulltime career, i don’t mind. i am just happy waking up beside my iya and taking care of her every single day for the past 13months (almost 15months now!). 🙂 i am very happy to be a full time wife and mother. i know a bit of time is wasted but i wouldn’t have it any other way… nothing beats experiencing all her firsts and milestones. motherhood is such a loving, happy place… 

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