Movie On My Mind

One of the things Jed and I miss doing is going out to watch movies in a movie theater. Since the little man was born, we have not been inside a movie house. This has been heart breaking as we both love watching the movies. Ah, the sacrifices parents have to make.

When can we go back to movie date nights? Why is it that babysitters are not readily available where we live? I long for the day when we live near my family so we can leave Javi with my mom and go ahead with our date nights. We will get there. But I hope not when movie ticket prices are priced at 500 pesos.

I did not even know Iron Man 2 is showing today until I read tweets and FB status' of friends.

On the right sidebar of this blog is my list of movies I failed to see at the movie house while it was still screening but I still plan to see in the future.

So far, I only have seen New Moon and The Blind Side. Movie watching for me now is through the tiny screen on my iPod classic. I rarely get to finish a movie in one sitting. New Moon took four attempts. The Blind Side took only two as the movie was so darn good.

Yahoo! Movies came up with their list of 100 Movies to See Before You Die: The Modern Classic. I got ambitious and wanted to see each movie on the list. Shocks, I have only seen 23 movies out of the 100. I watch crappy movies. Hahaha! Someday when I have all the time in the world, I would also watch every movie on Yahoo's original list, 100 Movies to See Before You Die: The All-Time Greats.

Now it's time to get back to watching Sherlock Holmes.

Shiny Happy People

I have reached this stage in my life where all I want to attract are all things positive. Enough of the rants, gossip and bad news.

Negativity please go away. You are not welcome in my life.

I gave up reading blogs of local celebrities as I found of them very superficial. I am looking for more substance.

Right now, I need inspiration.

I need shiny happy people in my life.

Those I would learn from as I go through my everyday life as a wife and mother. As all of you know, taking care of my family is my priority. It is essential that I read more about marriage, parenting, home management, personal development and Christianity.

Blogs are my new magazines. I look froward to new entries of those people I follow. Some of my favorite blogs are by those people I know - my friends. But most of them are either friends of friends or those that friends regularly read. I hardly know these people. But their lives have become an inspiration.

My favorites are --

1. My friend Samantha's blog where she shares her life and unwavering faith in God

2. Blogs that help me with my faith:
3. I call this next category as my motherhood survival guide. These ladies are full-time mothers like me who take care of their child/children by themselves. They are all beautiful and glamorous.
  • My friend Charlie who will become Canada's very own Martha Stewart
  • I discovered Kelle Hampton's blog when I read her daughter Nella's birth story. It moved me and that prompt me to read her blog regularly.
  • Sam has a friend named Liz and I just admire how she takes on cheerfully her role as a wife and mother in Hawaii. Her faith in God is infectious.
4. Pastor Paolo Punzalan's wife Jenn (another friend of Samantha) keeps this blog which is full of information and where she shares her thoughts on parenting based on the Bible. I learned a lot the first time I checked her blog.

5. I subscribed to Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP. Today's newsletter is all about lunch boxes and the healthy food that goes inside it.

May they write more substantial and inspiring topics. They can count on me to read their blogs.

Happy 78th Birthday Tatay!

If he were alive, he would have been 78 today.

I miss him up to this very day.

This song is for him --

Dance With my Father by Celine Dion



Back when I was a child
Before life removed all the innocence
My father would lift me high
And dance with my mother and me and then

Spin me around 'till I fell asleep
Then up the stair he would carry me
And I knew for sure, I was loved

If I could get another chance
Another walk, another dance with him
I'd play a song that would never ever end
How I'd love, love, love to dance with my father again

When I and my mom will disagree
To get my way I would run from her to him
He'd make me laugh just to comfort me
Yeah, yeah then finally make me do just what my mama says

Later that night when I was asleep
He left a dollar under my sheet
Never dreamed that he would be gone from me

If I could steal one final glance
One final step, one final dance with him
I'd play a song that would never ever end
'Cause I'd love, love, love, love to dance with my father again

Sometimes I'd listen outside her door
And I'd hear how my mama cried for him
I pray for her even more than me
I pray for her even more than me

I know, I'm praying for too much
But could you send back the only man she loved
I know you don't do it usually
But dear lord she's dying to dance with my father again
Every night I fall asleep and this is all I ever dream

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution


Please take a moment to sign the petition here.

Non-residents of the United States are more than welcome to sign the petition. Please click on this link to be directed to the "Not from the USA" petition form.

It is for a worthy cause. Maybe one day we can do something similar for the Filipino children.


Wanted: Tumblr Community Ambassador to the Philippines

I want a job like this.

Sounds real geeky, right?

Problem is I'm a newbie at Tumblr.

Description:

Tumblr is growing rapidly across the world! We're currently in the process of developing a Filipino version of Tumblr and looking for the right consulting candidate to manage the support process for our Filipino users. You’ll be handling the following:

  • Manage and respond to all Filipino support issues.
  • Liaise between Filipino users and Tumblr staff for all issues relating to translation and interface.
  • Provide translational support.
  • Work with Tumblr Support to create and update the Help and FAQ pages.
  • Respond promptly to technical support emails from Tumblr users and Get Satisfaction forum questions.
  • Spot technical support email trends and escalate problems/issues to the development staff as needed.
  • Find and suspend spam and affiliate marketing blogs.
  • Alert Community Ambassador to complaints/concerns about violations of Tumblr's Terms of Service and Content Policy.
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Click here for complete details of the job.

Green Day

Today is Green Day because --

It's Earth Day.


We only have one Earth, let's take care of it.

I will start with minimizing my usage of plastic bags. When I mastered this I will move on to more meaningful tasks.

The 2010 Presidential election is less than three weeks away. I choose this day to shout to the world who I picked as my Presidential candidate.

Sulong Gibo!

For a whole lot of reasons. Intelligence. Character. Integrity. Respectful. RH Bill. Man of Action.

Photo credit: Pete Marvin Panares (http://www.greenteamcebu.xtreemhost.com)

He studied from my alma mater, De La Salle University.

And that was the deciding factor when my choice was down to two candidates. Of course, I picked someone after my own heart.

However, I still do not know if I can vote. I am registered in Bulacan and I am here in Cebu. I failed to register here as I was undergoing postpartum that time. Let's see if by some miracle, I'd end up in Bulacan on election day.

Work From Home

One of my goals this year is to be able to work from home.

I had been blessed that Food Beverage Canada hired my services to arrange their program in both Manila and Cebu. It was exactly the type of work that I do for the Embassy except that I could work on it from home. All I need is a laptop, internet connection, cellphone and TIME. I told them right away how I could not be present at their events as I am a full-time mother. Well, they agreed to my terms.

They hired me to liaise with the hotels, arrange supermarket tours, work on the one-on-one meetings in the two cities. I had the opportunity to work with my former office. I missed the work itself.

My biggest challenge was time management. Keep in mind that I am also taking care of a baby and running a household. There's no other word to describe the scenario other than chaotic. I would be in a middle of a phone conversation then Javi decided he wanted to cry. Or I would be writing e-mails at 2AM and my eyes were literally shutting. off It was exhausting.

But I pulled everything together. I accompanied my group around the supermarkets here in Cebu last Sunday while my dearest husband looked after Javi.

Last stop at Metro Gaisano supermarket

It felt good to hear words such as, "Good job, Irma!" and "Excellent work." Of course the paycheck helped a lot, too.

Someday when Javi goes to school, I want to go back to this kind of work, or maybe something similar.

I did not plan on going to the one-on-one meetings in Cebu. But this lady from Food Beverage Canada told me to pass by and bring my little boy with me. Don't you just love the Canadians for understanding my predicament?

Yesterday, I brought my little boy to the meeting venue and he was immediately the darling of the group.



With Andrea of FBC



With Auntie Missy from Get Sauced, Ltd

Let's see if there would be more projects in the future. But of course, my priority would always be taking care of Javi.

A Spoonful of Comfort

I had been extremely busy these past weeks. The project that I took is in full swing. You can just imagine how chaotic it has been for me trying to work while taking care of a 5-month old. I am dead bit by the time I hit the bed.

In the midst of all these chaos, my source of happiness is my favorite chocolate hazelnut spread, Nutella. I tried another brand and it wasn't nearly as good.

I only need a spoonful of this yummy treat.



I can't wait to go back to my normal day-to-day routine.

Until next week!!

Happy Easter!



"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

"If someone paid off your mortgage, would you still pay the monthly payments? "Tetelestai" = It is finished = PAID IN FULL."
- Pastor Steve Murrell

Screw That Diet While In Manila

I am passionate about two things: people I love and food. My happiest times are when I am surrounded by my favorite people over a sumptuous meal.

Now that I live in Cebu, I always look forward to meeting family and friends in restaurants when I visit Manila. And if given a choice, I would always choose a place I have never been to.

I regularly read blogs of Manila's most famous food bloggers and this gives me an idea of what restaurant to try when I am in town.

On my last trip to Manila, I got to try a couple of new places and paid a visit to my favorite restaurants such as Amici, Sugarhouse, Via Mare and Cibo among others. Three weeks was a long time to be in Manila.

Here a collage of all the good meals I had. I highly recommend all these restaurants. Some are new favorites. My list is ever growing.

I heart Mr. Jones. Mr. Jones is a diner. And they all the comfort food you can imagine, from their thick milkshake to the best tapa that I have yet to try. Everything we ordered were good. I wanted to go back but then we failed to call for reservation and the place is just packed. This is the newest baby of the Raintree Group.


Mr. Jones
Greenblet 5
Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village
Makati City
+63 2 5013682 to 83

One Sunday, my younger sister treated us to lunch at Banapple along Katipunan Avenue. It was at this quaint colorful house turned restaurant. The food while not the healthiest is comforting and very affordable. Their desserts are heavenly.


Banapple Pies and Cheesecakes
225 Katipunan Avenue
Blue Ridge, Quezon City
+63 2 4392675
**There are two branches along Katipunan Avenue.

Another restaurant by the Raintree Group, the new Eastwood City Mall boasts of MOMO Cafe. I am actually not sure how it differs from another Raintree restaurant, Chelsea. All I know is that I enjoyed every minute trying out the appetizer, pasta, pizza, and the most delectable cakes.


MoMo Cafe
G/F, Eastwood City Mall
Quezon City
+63 2 9001006

Finally, a healthy meal after days of eating like there's no tomorrow. On my last full day in Manila, I braved driving alone from Bulacan to UP Village to try Kiss the Cook Cafe with a dear girlfriend. Let me tell you that the drive was all worth it. It's an artsy hole in the wall restaurant. Perfect for date nights. It reminded me of this restaurant I went to in Ubud, Indonesia.


Kiss the Cook Cafe
59 Maginhawa Street
UP Village
Diliman, Quezon City
+63 2 4343700

Lastly, here is a reminder of all the other meals/dishes I enjoyed in Manila.

First row (L to R): California Salad and Pumpkin Soup from Piquant in RCBC Plaza and
Sukiyaki from Kimpura in Trinoma.

Second row (L to R): Golden Spoon frozen yogurt, Japanese dishes from Kimpura and
Red Mango frozen yogurt

Piquant has always been my favorite restaurant in RCBC Plaza. It only serves healthy dishes. Kimpura is the restaurant of my childhood. So many good memories there as my father used to bring us there a lot. Golden Spoon's ice cream like frozen yogurt appeals to people who do not fancy the taste of yogurt as they taste more like ice cream. Red Mango is still my favorite frozen yogurt.

Until my next gastronomic adventure.