Saturday, January 31, 2015

Friday Finds..and Happy Birthday to My Love

Fridays are usually reserved for lounging at home with the bébé, as I try to catch up on my domestic duties. Yesterday was different, though. We started way too early so we can go to the 'parentals'. This is so I wouldn't have to wrack my brains figuring out how I could get to an appointment while maintaining less than 1 hour distance from the little cutie. Why?

       #1: We're still exclusively breastfeeding. And I don't have much stash saved. Yep! She still
             drinks as much, even though she's heavy on solids now.
       #2: Friday traffic situation are usually soooo bad. Much worse on payday weekends. Equally a
             nightmare during rush hour in the Makati / Taguig area #boo
       #3: I truly will miss my little Z :)

So after having the appointment rescheduled from 12nn to 2pm (ehgadddd...so close to rush hour, abot ba tayo?), we hurried to Avida in BGC (more like, Kalayaan area na) to have the client sign the documents. We finished at around 4pm so I was contemplating if I should take a cab and go straight home...Or, wait, what about the Conti's Mango Bravo cake I promised Daddy A? I decided to follow my cravings too and took the jeepney from the Avida office to Serendra. 

I got the cake, an adobo roll and water for myself, and some more dinner rolls. I was about to order the roast beef but I'm so glad I decided against it. The next question was, "where's the best spot to get a nice, friendly taxi to drive me home?" Well what do you know, it did not matter! I lined up after 3 groups who were all waiting for cabs too. One by one, we were being "rejected" by these drivers. I'm not sure why (for them) but the drivers would give me these "reasons": a) Mam, coding pa po ako, b) Sa Makati / Taguig lang po biyahe ko, c) Grabe po ang traffic. 

Mmmmmkay...frustrating and a bit harsh, especially since I had a Mango Bravo cake that I have to refreeze within 2 hours!!! The funny thing is, Taxi B actually stopped again after making his rounds, lowered his window and actually told me, "Mam, di ba po sa Makati/Taguig lang ako?" Ay nako si kuya, trying to be funny pa. And what about the other passengers? Suffice to say that we were all left waiting for that godsend of a taxi. I got tired of standing and decided to sit, people watch and just eat my adobo roll already, I saw the other couple (with the lady who banged the last taxi's door) waiting and still looking frustrated. I called hubby to vent and he insisted that I should just jump in a taxi, regardless if they don't like my destination; and that I should report those who refuse passengers. Firstly, ayoko ng pilitan; second, I didn't have the energy to get the plate numbers and details of those drivers. Ang dami kaya nila!! I also explained the situation to my parents and it was a good thing they were able to come and "rescue" me.

After a few minutes, the couple's sundo came. Realizing my own sundo would take quite a while, I hopped to Fully Booked to check out books. Three years ago, I would've been up there in the management / self-help area. Now I'm more drawn to children's books...aren't they the cutest? The usual offering of Boynton, Dr. Seuss and other board books welcomed me but I was looking for something different. I almost did not find it until I went to the obscure corner near the TV. These books were housed in a glass panel and if you don't look closely, it's very easy to miss them. Presenting...

Chinese Fables by Shiho S. Nunes and Chinese and English Nursery Rhymes (with CD) by Faye-Lynn Wu (both by Tuttle Publishing, available at Fully Booked)

An excerpt: Chinese Fables by Shiho S. Nunes (by Tuttle Publishing, available at Fully Booked)

I realized I haven't gotten Z anything for her birthday. Since she loves (loves!!) books, these are unique finds we could add to her library. Don't you just love the illustrations, too? It's also a nice token for her to learn more about her heritage. For now Z, let mommy read and learn from these first, K? :)

Ahhhh, the effect of books or buying new ones is something else! I could almost forget my frustration from the #choosytaxis and traffic in general. Another thing I looked forward to was Z, being in the car to fetch me...it was so nice to receive hugs from my baby. 

It took us close to an hour to reach home. Waiting for us were Max's goodies - Kare-kare with bagoong, Fried Chicken, Pancit and Crabs from my Aunt G! I normally don't drink softdrinks anymore but it would have been plain wrong not to get one for this feast! Haha, yah I know, excuses :p

Max's Kare-kare, bagoong not in picture

Max's Pancit...long life!
And finally, the birthday boy arrived...



 I know you don't like me being all mushy in public and I'll try my best.

Thank you so much for being you. Everyday I thank God for giving me a family like ours. I count it as a big blessing that I have you and Z (and our future children, and grand children haha) in my life. I used to sleep so worried about the future but now, not anymore...at least, not so much. Because of you and your love, there is much more happiness in my life. 
Even if we are starting to crowd our "big bed", it is truly comforting to me that every night, I get to sleep surrounded by you and Z, and I wake up to our morning kisses. Even if I have to wrestle it from you, at times! Hahaha :) 
Thank you for being so supportive, patient, giving and forgiving. Thank you for always making me feel accepted and loved. In you I see and feel God's mercy, compassion and love. Mama and Papa did a fantastic job, raising you..I'll always be grateful to them for bringing up such a fine man. 
And let's not forget. You're doing a great job yourself with being a daddy to Z. When she goes easy on breastfeeding, you'll see. She adores you! :) I promise, she really loves your way of story-telling! 
Wishing you a very happy birthday, dear A. May God bless you with your heart's desires, may He keep you happy, healthy and full of hope and love. I love you so much! :)
[Will you give me a kiss after reading this? Just so I know you did! :p] 
I already gave you my specially dedicated song during Z's birthday bash but here's another one I was too shy to belt out. If you read the comments section in Youtube, you'll see a joke that you'd think was from me (but really isn't)..here goes:

Q; Ano ang tawag sa Intsik na maputi?
A: Chinito
Q: Eh ano naman ang tawag sa Intsik na maitim?
A: E di, Prinito
Nyeeee!!! :)

Promise ^^ never would I have thought of that :D

Conclusion: Please use sunblock! Para di ka maging prinito :D




Happy Birthday Daddy A, we love you!


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