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On Rainy Afternoons and Simple Fun

The past several days, Metro Manila has had really sizzling hot weather! It’s been hot, humid, sticky days. And, almost without fail, it rains in the afternoon. Sometimes it’s just a drizzle. On other days, it’s a downpour.

On hot days like these, I wish I had a pool I could dip into anytime, or at least a bath tub (with some sleek Grohe fixtures) where I could relax while cooling down… Anyhoo, back to reality (the heat is making me delirious)…

The other day, there was a heavy downpour. VGood asked if they could play in the rain. Please, please, please, pretty pleeeaase, she begged.

I said okay – she did not have to beg me much. Oh they were so happy! In my heart, I was happy watching them have fun too, kahit mababaw lang.

Sometimes, I just let them be. They’re just kids anyway. (And, oh no, it’s absolutely not true that letting kids play in the rain will make them sick. 😉 )

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A Letter to the Computer Addict

The other day I received a letter from my two girls. “Dear Computer Addict”, it began.

The letter, written in 3 pages torn out of a small notebook and folded into a roughly done envelop, read:

letter to a computer addict from kids

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On Gymnastics and Nurturing Dreams

Am I late? 😀

This (last?) week’s WQ from Julie’s GreenBucks is:

If you were an Olympian, what sport would you be participating in?

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Back when I was a little girl, around age 10, I saw on TV this movie on the life story of Nadia Comaneci, the famous Romanian gymnast. It was such an awe-inspiring movie. Among her many achievements, Nadia is the first to ever get a perfect 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event. Her beginnings were humble, growing up in a small Romanian town. But with hard work, determination, and supportive parents, Nadia became one of the brightest stars of gymnastics. I’m pretty sure she inspired a lot of other girls to go into the sport. Continue reading On Gymnastics and Nurturing Dreams

Lovesick… Again

Remember VGood’s Lovesick episode last year?

Well, it’s happening again. But this time with a classmate.

And, this time, she is handling her, uhh, situation more calmly and coolly.

V and classmate (let’s call him E) are seatmates. But they have been going to the same Chinese tutorial center since last year. So there’s quite some kind of bond between them na.

I noticed it already –  how fond V is of E. Among all her classmates, E is the only boy among the list of favored friends I found scribbled on a paper. During tutorial sessions, she’d often want to be seated beside him. In a written drill for Filipino subject, one of the two characters in her komik istrip is E (the other character is herself, hehe).

Other than these, though, she has been cool about it. Hindi masyadong pa-obvious, ikanga.

Or so I thought… Until I spoke to E’s mommy Raq.

Raq: Do you know what the Math teacher told me during our PTC (parent-teacher conference)?

Me: No, I wasn’t able to talk to her. What?

Raq: One day V approached her, and whispered that she has a crush on E. She even asked Ms. C to keep it just between the two of them.

Me: huh?? :-0

And then, this happened last Tuesday-

Scene: at the tutorial center. V and E are seated together, answering drill sheets. Mommy Cathy comes in with her daughter Y.

V (nodding towards Y): O, E, ayan na si Y. Your dream come true! *hmp*

Jaws dropped to the floor.


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Nate is Two!

Nate turned two years old earlier this month!

He is such a big boy. And by big, I mean BIG. Even our pediatrician noticed how differently big he is from his sisters. His hands, arms, legs, head are so much bigger. And so is his appetite!

As of our last doctor’s visit, Nate weighed 15.3 kilos. That’s still within normal weight range for boys (though quite in the upper limit, hehe). But I don’t suppose it’s time to worry about his weight, is it?

His favorites of the moment:

Toys: ball or anything that resembles one (a grape or longgan will do); a plushy turtle named “Toto”; gun a.k.a. “beya” (goodness! he got a couple of these from my SIL. Glad they’re both broken now, I’m not buying a new one!). Continue reading Nate is Two!