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Dashboard Lessons, Part 1: Mag-aral ng Mabuti

Whether I admit it or not, I like driving my kids.

Yes, it can get rowdy at the backseat sometimes. The bickering gets irritating. But driving them also gives me the chance to catch up with their lives, talk to them about various things, listen to their stories of the day.

On this day, the conversation kinda took a deep turn.


Scene: In the car, on the way home from school. Past 5 PM.

We drive by a public elementary school. It was dismissal time. Some kids were already on their way home, aboard tricycles. In front of our car was a slow-moving tricycle over-loaded with kids. The “back-load” (the seat space behind the driver) had 3 small kids around 7 years old seemingly piled on top of each other. In the sidecar – who knows how many are crammed in there.

I could only shake my head.

iMom: tsk, tsk tsk, tsk. Tingnan niyo yang mga bata. Kawawa naman. Pag na-aksidente sila, ano kaya mangyayari sa kanila? Grabe…

My two girls peek in front, but are silent for a while. Then VGood pops a question- Continue reading Dashboard Lessons, Part 1: Mag-aral ng Mabuti


Hi there, blog friends!

I’m just peeking at my blog. The past several days have been really busy. Second-quarter exams for the kids are coming up next week, and the Chinese tests were early this week. The kids, especially VGood, have some catching up to do in Filipino and Sibika subjects. Yep, her quizzes were quite low (with a few in the red).

This morning, Patch and I had to wake up very early (before 5 a.m.) to study for a Sibika test. Last night:

Patch: We have a seatwork inย  Sibika tomorrow.

iMom (shrieks): Huwaat?? Next week’s the exams already. Aren’t quizzes supposedly not allowed this week? Di ba dapat nagrereview na lang kayo?

Patch shrugs her shoulders: Hmm…

iMom: It’s almost 9 PM. Let’s wake up early tomorrow instead to study.

This teacher wants to cram so much lessons in one quarter, or maybe she was just slow. Blech.


Last week, Patch fell down 4 steps in school. I got a frantic call from technohub, who said Patch was injured and her foot was bleeding. I was in the middle of a friend’sย  birthday lunch…

Hub: Nahulog si Patch sa school, nasugat daw ang paa. Tumawag ang clinic. Sunduin mo na daw.

iMom (imagining all sorts of scenarios): Huhh??? May dugo?

Hub: Oo daw. Puntahan mo na, ngayon na.

I called up the school. I spoke to the admin assistant (the nurse was apparently away). Continue reading Untitled

Lost and Found

About three weeks ago, I discovered my 8-year old sunglasses weren’t in my bag. Not in the car either. Thanks but no thanks to my ageing neurons, I forgot that I wore them in morning going to the gym. I thought I might have just left them at home.

So I went on with my day as usual.

Several days passed, rainy and sunless so I had no use for the shades. Then the sun came out one day, I needed my shades. Search, search, search. Yak, yak, yak. That’s when I discovered the shades were missing. Officially.

I felt so bad about losing it. Dang! Those sunglasses are older than my second child VGood! Hubby bought it for me while I was pregnant. We were shopping for baby clothes at the mall. The sunglasses were on 30%-off. He wanted to please me.

It was a time when I was depressed and our relationship was difficult. Continue reading Lost and Found


I know, I know.

My entries have become sporadic and sparse again lately. On top of that, I have been unable to visit your blogs. This is because, aside from parenting tasks (waking up early, driving, tutoring, driving, breaking up fights), I have also been busy with other personal pursuits.

Things like these (personal pursuits, I mean) make me excited.

First of my personal pursuits… I have a new blog – Project:Fit. It’s where I will put my Project:FitMom entries from now on. Why, yes naman, the Project is still ongoing. ๐Ÿ˜›ย  Through Project:Fit, I hope to inspire others to lose weight. Special thanks go to Julie and her husband who helped me set up this new blog. Thank you!

My other exciting personal pursuit… Lately, I have been cooking up something with a group of friends. It’s still in the making, but it will be out soon. Very soon. You’ll be the first to know.ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰ Continue reading Updates

On Gymnastics and Nurturing Dreams

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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