Monday, September 15, 2014

Travelling with Amber

I did blog about travelling with a toddler two months ago but that one was not so detailed, hence, the need to post a new one.

Amber got her first taste of outside world (i mean, outside home longer than an hour) at 2 months old. We went for a walk to a newly opened mall in Beomgye. Later we would regret because she had difficulty sleeping due to gas pains which resulted to T and I took turn in lulling her to sleep. After 521 lullabies and some dancing, we all finally managed to sleep at 3am!

This was when she was around 2 months old. We stopped using the carrier a few months after she turned two years.

At that time, we used the baby carrier to make her feel the warmth from her Papa's chest (it was Spring, cold and windy; that explained the gas pains).

Four months after, we took Amber to Seoul as we deemed her ready for long train rides. This time, we used the reliable Inglesina. At present, in spite of the obvious signs of wear and tear, it still proves to be reliable.
Amber at 7 months while feeding her with apple sauce at Incheon airport.

Amber at 1 year and 6 months old. As you can see, this stroller is not bulky but has space underneath for the baby bag containing her essentials.

About the baby bag. Ours is nothing compared to those huge ones with a lot of compartments. The first baby bag I owned was a gift (a goody bag given by the hospital where she was born). It was not bulky and had zero compartments. When we moved to Japan, I bought a new bag with few compartments from Gap. It has plaid design with a fabric suitable for autumn/winter season (as seen on the photo above, bag underneath the stroller). In Summer this year, I decided to replace it with a Dean & Deluca small canvas tote.

What's on her baby bag: The Stitch case containing her diaper, wet tissue, Pigeon insect spray (especially this Summer season), a toy car (i know, but she loves anything with wheels), and something that keeps her from wandering around too much. Often, I put cookies and a juice drink in that bag for her snacks, a bib and face towel.

Everything fits perfectly.

For food, we stopped bringing her own baby food since she started having more teeth. Prior to entering a restaurant, we make sure to check the menu (often placed at the entrance) or at the food directories in malls or establishments. Once we find a place which serves food palatable enough for Amber, we sure do go back there as often as possible. 

A baby chair was necessary but lately of no use since she tends to move around a lot. Before our food arrives, we normally let her watch cartoons to keep her occupied.

At Royal Host, this is what we would usually order for her. Of all these, she only consumes the potato fries, corn soup and rice. Picky eater, i tell you. She used to love eating tomatoes. 

At Sylvanian Forest (another favorite for her to dine with). It's a child-friendly establishment with a buffet of healthy foods and corn! (Amber loves anything corn). They mainly sell toys and this restaurant was just riding on the theme of their main product. Amber practically know the place. She recently discovered her love for cotton candy due to my influence, lol.

The challenge lately is her stubbornness. They call it the terrible twos. The period in which kids are insufferable, LOL! She actually wants to do things her own way, won't listen even when called, and when reprimanded, cries then you end up apologizing profusely. Parenthood is and will never be easy but each day you strive to be a better one. 

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Summer 2014

1.) The wall project has been updated. After a year and a couple of frames later, this is now how it looks like (see inset photo). Still I'm planning on filling this wall with more photos. The problem is finding those perfect, wall-worthy photos. Though I have lot, choosing the right ones is not easy.
2.) The white silk blouse. I have two and been wearing every week. If not those, any silk or cotton blouse will do. I own a black with white polka dot blouse that i bought from American Eagle Outfitters. Design wise, i love it because it hangs loosely without the risk of looking frumpy. The downside is that it is made of 100% polyester, so it easily absorbs heat and keeps me all too warm.
My default summer office uniform: silk blouse - Uniqlo, black pants - Gap and footwear - Minnetonka. 

3.) I love Saltwater sandals! It all started from reading too many blogs gushing on how comfortable and pretty these sandals are. I came accross a blog that these are available at Moma in Cebu. So when I went to Cebu for two weeks, the first day was spent there. I purchased a red pair, then yellow and black. The reviews were right. I could not wait to buy more colors!
Of course, my little has her own golden pair.
4.) Book reading finally came back from hiatus. This summer alone, with my perennial busy schedule, I managed to find time for my books. My mini break in Cebu revived the hobby and now, I try to juggle books and movies every night (depending on my mood). As for movies, I rent DVDs from Tsutaya. Lately fond of watching movies released in the 80's and 90's.

Summer 2014 was not bad. Or maybe as i grow older, my idea of Summer is getting blah. Nonetheless, I'm cool with it. I do hope to insert 'travel' (other than Cebu as destination) someday. 

Monday, August 04, 2014

Cebu in 12 days

I began my first day with 1984 by George Orwell. Having not much to do except for a few errands, I was able to finish it in a week. I read it while taking a break from whatever or having coffee at some random cafes. Time passed by quickly, more so with a story so intriguing that had me thinking that this is probably what it's like in North Korea (of course, with the exception of the telescreens that monitors every person's actions). The ending was unexpected for I was hoping a success on Winston's fight. 

Cinema One and History Channel have (always) been good companions at night time. I watched the former most of the time because it is my favorite medium for Tagalog movies -- not that I am an avid fan, I just want to know how our movies have evolved. Sad to say Philippine cinema has still a lot of improvements to do. However, one movie stood out during my Cinema One marathon, 'Naglalayag' (Sailing) starring the Nora Aunor. It had me all focused considering I had an early flight to catch the next day. I gave up at almost 2am not knowing how Nora's fate after the death of her lover. My only comment was the drama set in front of the casket where her dead lover lay. Nora's character gave an all out wail while attempting to hug the casket but i'm giving the writer some slack because Nora's character was pregnant and knowing pregnant women's emotions, they are 4x higher than normal. The pace was just right, dialogues between character are well written, and the actors played their parts well. When i searched the net for its ending, i was not surprised that it received accolades from local and foreign award-giving bodies. 

Not forgetting History channel, i enjoyed The World Wars documentary. My knowledge about the wars was so little it could pass for nothing; and if not for that documentary, whatever little knowledge i had would probably remain the same.
Panlasang Pinoy (Filipino Palate) no.1 on my list was Jollibee burger steak. Only 97 php, almost same price level with two meal plus one cup rice in a Karenderiya.
As i was saying, it took me a week to finish 1984 which left me nothing to read. Another dystopian story is in my Kindle but I decided to take a break from bleak settings, so i bought a classic at National bookstore. Selection of classics are many but i chose Madame Bovary because it was set in France and the synopsis gave me an impression that this had been copied or, to put it mildly, taken as an inspiration by our homegrown telenovelas mixed with unnecessary sub-plots of kidnapping, adoption and amnesia.
I visited my Alma Mater. Having no purpose in mind, i informed the guard that i would like to renew my alumni card. Lady guard responded that Alumni office has transferred to Talamban campus, so she having felt my disappointment asked me if there was a second purpose. I confessed to her that i would like to see around the changes in the campus. Without further questions, she let me in and reminded me to be back before 5pm. I was done with my tour in less than an hour. Indeed, there were a lot of changes but every nook brought me back to good old days. 
Chippy and other junk binge fest. 
The Suite Room. So-so food for so steep price. Other than that, for a tiny space, they should have used furniture sets with a size appropriate for a limited space. 
Spent time with sis. 
Filipino style breakfast eaten at dinner time. 
Never did it occur to me that I was capable of devouring a huge serving. In my defense, I was really hungry. 
At day 13, I arrived safely in Japan. I so missed Amber for she and T stayed in Japan while mama took 2 weeks off. Thanks a millionth time to technology for making long distance communication faster and easier. Those days were the longest I've spent away from Amber. I don't think I'll do it again. It goes without saying that home is where the heart is.