Saturday, February 21, 2009


in an article for fitpregnancy, jenna mccarthy writes:

I used to cry at Hallmark commercials. Now I cry at just about anything...*cut*...not the wistful, silent kind of weeping you see in the movies, either, but heaving, sniffling, body-convulsing sobs."

weeping uncontrollably is one of the symptoms a pregnant girl gets, thanks to mother nature.

the first time i got this was on the 6th week of pregnancy. while looking for a tweezer, i came across my father's razor, realizing how much i missed him, i started to cry.

this was horribly alarming as i could not get myself to stop. i had already drank a pitcher of water and tried to get my shit together, but still... the pathetic sobbing wouldn't stop.

after almost an hour of this, i decided to wake my husband. panicked, he asked me what the matter was. i could not answer him, as the weeping thing had taken a life of its own.

finally exhausted, the thing stopped and i fell asleep with an anxious, semi-scared husband comforting me.

the following week, i asked my friend karen about it, she assured me that this was a normal hormonal thing.

averaging once a month since then, when feeling fragile and helpless over one situation or another, i'd prepare 2 liters of drinking water and a box of tissues. i'd let the tears roll down, let the sobs wrack my shoulders, and let what jerome calls my "crying hormones" take over.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


while researching about babies and childcare in general, i came across this video.

i find myself going back to watch it over and over. can't seem to get enough of the cuteness factor.

hooray for big brothers! :)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

valentine's day

belated happy valentine's day, everyone.!

Monday, February 9, 2009

haunted by sims

i'm rediscovering sims2. there's castaway and there's pet sims on the psp.

like evry avarage, overaged kid pretending to be all grown up, i can play sims for hours. taking short, quick bathroom and water breaks, and also to pump back circulation into my numb hands.

last night, i dreamed i was a sim. my baby had already been born, and she's also a sim. except...she looked pretty...pretty funny, that is.

it was as if the ghost of my laitera past had come to haunt me.

in the dream, i had to dig REALLY deep inside me to find maternal love for the baby (who kept getting moved around by other sims whenever i'm about to change her nappies).

so every non-cute little kid i was ever mean to, and even my friend who once told her son not to bother auntie olive so much because she's not kid-friendly, was probably in it.

i wake up before my alarm goes off, and start to giggle. not because it's funny, but that's my usual reaction when i get nervous.

below is one of my favorite sims intro on youtube. enjoy.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


kungpao finally decided to strike a pose lying sideways facing the probe.

on our 5th month, we had kungpao checked for genetic anomalies.

kungpao is normal and healthy. a little fiesty, swatting off the probe and making little boxing moves that set the 2 doctors laughing. "ma'am ang kulit-kulit ng baby mo...nag-bo-boxing pa!"

i thought: hmmmm...he's gonna be a handful.

when the doctor finally got a shot of the baby's genitalia...he's 70% sure it's a girl.

jerome had a giant smile that would not budge, his face was in danger of cracking.

another girl for my side of the family. but the first girl grandchild for the garcia side.

i'm starting to address kungpao as "she" but i still lean towards the 30% uncertainty and favor neutral palettes when looking at baby stuff.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

the locked out onion

one of the side effects of pregnancy is absentmindedness. on top of my usual share of it, it can have some semi-serious consequences.

but on the plus side, it can also be a good way to get in touch with people you miss.

a couple of weeks ago, i decided to go to our neighborhood korean grocer to get an onion for a soup dinner.

upon closing the door, i was horrified to realize that i had grabbed my wallet + cellphone instead of wallet + keys.


it was only 7-ish.

left with no choice but to wait for my husband to get home from work, i wandered about clutching my onion, went into the deli shop and the clothing outlet nearby. even the 24hr convenience store was not spared by me and my onion.

pregnant lady with an onion coming through...

an hour later, i got tired and decided to sit on the lobby's most comfortable chair with my onion. i started to text people.

my husband could not leave work just yet.

faith called me from australia. she was watching the tennis open.

my sister was on her way to antipolo. dioky was here.

karen called and giggled with me. we set a date for dinner.

pinky texted from singapore. she was on her way home from work.

ipe from calamba told me not to get too attached to my onion.

by 9, my husband finally got home and ordered a pizza.

so yeah, i get it! learned my lesson...stock up on onions!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

25 random things…

this is presently the more popular post circulated in facebook. someone tagged me, and i tagged 10 others. however, i won’t tag anyone here…

just continuing my shorter list of 10 on facebook.

the primary blurb says:

once you've been tagged, you are actually SUPPOSED to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. at the end choose 25 people to be tagged. you have to tag the person who tagged you. if i tagged you, it is because i want to know more about you…yadah-yadahyadah...

1. i am a passenger for life, i don't drive.

2. my first big ambition was to become miss universe after watching the pageant on tv in 1974. i was 3.

3. my favorite breakfast is swensen's chocolate peanutbuttercup-flavored ice cream. But my favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla.

4. dr. seuss books gross me out. always have, always will.

5. my earliest memory involves trying to climb onto my parents' bed while my brother and sister were jumping on it.

6. we live in a hotel, and own literally 3 pieces of furniture.

7. i HATE knuckle-cracking.

8. after i got married, bridal marches (when fathers give away their daughters) make me teary-eyed.

9. i type like a texan speaks. slow.

10. i chose to cut down this list to 10 things and 10 people initially on facebook, but.changed my mind, decided to continue here.

11. since the age of 6, i’ve always had a minimum of one close gay friend. a trueblue faghag.

12. i did not eat red meat for 8 years until i moved to singapore.

13. since one flight to bkk from sg, i became a nervous flyer. there was really bad turbulence with matching lights going out in the cabin, and a palpable drop in altitude as registered in the screens.

14. i rely heavily on spellcheck for my spelling.

15. i am normally optimistic.

16. my husband says i smile while asleep, my sister says i smirk.

17. i collect postcards. love them, they’re like time/place capsules.

18. the best day of my life was when i understood happiness.

19. i love my birthstone:diamonds.

20. an eye doctor once diagnosed me as “displaying symptoms consistent with type A personalities”. who? me?

21. i’m still learning to cook only 2 servings at a time.

22. i used to read tarot cards as a hobby. still have my decks somewhere…

23. i’ve been to thailand’s royal stables…where i discovered just how SEVERELY allergic to horses i am.

24. i have a padi license, but I haven’t used it since my check-out dive.

25. my head is clearest at 2 AM.
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