Archive | December, 2018

Reflecting on 2018

15 Dec

Tokyo Disneyland // 17 July 2018

A dear friend and fellow mommy, Rachel, once wisely commented, “The days are long, but the years are short.”  Just yesterday, Cedro posed for a photo with Tita Ging and I noticed that he’s almost the same height as her!  (OK. She’s 4’10” but still…). Time really flies.

Sendai, Japan // 24 June 2018


Cedro (8 years old):

  • He continues to be sweet and sensitive.  He cries pretty easily (just like Mama), but is also able to articulate his thoughts and feelings very clearly.  Whenever he sees me upset or stressed out, he knows that a hug or a reminder to “just breathe” will take care of it.
  • It’s pretty common for strangers to come up to me to comment on his politeness.  He is quick to hold open the doors for people while we’re out and about.
  • He is still obsessed with Minecraft and Legos.  He also has become very good at his Nintendo Switch games, but he has also become a pro at Perler bead creations and rubber band loom bracelets.
  • We have a nightly ritual of reading Harry Potter together.  We are almost done with Book 3.
  • Cedro has picked up piano and proven that he is a natural.  He is learning music theory on top of just learning how to play and has already surpassed my music knowledge.



Sendai, Japan // 24 June 2018

Draelen (4 years old):

  • Drae is the Boss of the family.
  • She is quite vocal and chatty. Some signature expressions:
    • “Samamat po” (instead of “Salamat po” or “Thank you, Sir/Ma’am” in Tagalog)
    • “Temepono” (instead of “Telepono”)
    • “Boku” (She refers to herself with the male pronoun in Japanese.  She only hears her brother and Papa speak Japanese at home so…)
    • “So long, SUCKAS!” (Yes, it’s true. Something I think she picked up listening to Cedro and his friends playing video games, but it’s also a line I’ve heard in animated movies.)
  • She loves to dance and will spontaneously break out in her own choreography.
  • Her favorite song right now is “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. She raps and sings along at every moment.  In fact, she loves to sing in general.  Maybe she can be a guest on “Carpool Karaoke” one day.
  • She is obsessed with horses and can actually simulate horse sounds quite convincingly.  The surefire way I can get her to brush her teeth or do anything around the house is pretend that I’m a horse and let her ride my back to the bathroom or other intended destination.  I’m a sucker.  #momlife #whateverittakes

Every day still feels like a fire drill and we are in constant survival mode is we struggle to get the kids out the door and to bed on time.  But when I think about the problems, they’re First World problems.  We are all healthy and happy.  Phew!