Ola! How are you? I had originally planned to blog away during the Holy Week—you know, share the touching preaching I heard from our pastor on Palm Sunday. Unfortunately, I’ve been down with the flu since Maundy Thursday. I’ve had rhinitis-induced headaches, 39-point-something-degree fever, stuffy nose, ganyan. I’m only beginning to feel better today. I think it took me a while to recover because I didn’t fully rest. Like on Good Friday, I couldn’t stand our pile of laundry! So I did the laundry and then cooked and cleaned (uma-authentic mom. Hehehe). Our other helpers were on a holiday, so I had no choice but to do it myself (with some help naman). Then on Sunday, I dragged myself out of the bed at 11 a.m. because we had to go to Sta. Rosa and prepare for Gymboree Sta. Rosa’s Sizzlin’ Summer Fun Party at Paseo de Sta. Rosa later that afternoon. I was at Plaza Regina manning our booth since 1 p.m., and it was darn hot! Ganun ‘yun eh, when you know you can’t afford to be sick, your body will temporarily heal itself.
Guess who donned the Gymbo the Clown costume? Hehe
But payback time was horrible!! After our Sizzlin’ Summer Fun party when everyone who helped was eating pizza, I felt my body giving up. I started shivering and feeling fatigued, and I knew I’d have fever again that night. And sure enough, I did.
But the kids had so much fun that putting this together was worth the fever!
So since yesterday, I’ve spent almost the whole day in bed trying to recuperate. But now I’m bored, and so here I am. 😉
Speaking of Gymboree, I’ve wanted to share with you the great time I had at Gymboree Manila Polo Club branch sometime in March. I was among those who were invited by Celebrity Moms magazine to have a tête-à-tête with its editor-in-chief, Ms. Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan
Gymboree Manila Polo Club is like home to me, after spending several months training there. Raviv came with me, and with the way he was at the Gymboree Playfloor, akala mo first time n’ya mag-Gymboree. LOL!
So while Raviv was having the time of his life and making new friends on the Gymboree playfloor, I also had the time of my life listening to Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan’s take on being a wife and mother.
It was really easy to listen to Maricel because she was brutally frank yet very soft-spoken. She also injects humor to an otherwise boring topic. She shared so many pratical gems on parenting, and here are a few that were easily ingrained in my mind:
- Iced tea is also bad for kids! In fact, it could be worse than softdrinks because iced tea has more sugar than softdrinks! Surprise!!!!
- Prolonged screentime exposure (watching TV and computer games) actually causes—get this—ADHD and autism! Yes, I was surprised! I thought ADHD and autism were just inborn, ‘yun pala it can develop!
- A mom asked whether it’s forgivable that she lets her one-year-old watch a movie for 1.5 hours when she cooks. Mommy explained no one could watch her baby while she’s cooking thus the screentime. Maricel was not swayed and gave plenty of possible and doable solutions: 1) Have hubby make a playpen nearby with lock for the baby, and every now and then mommy could check baby, letting baby taste the food. In between, mommy could keep on talking to entertain baby while baby is in the playpen; 2) Babywearing! Maricel said that even African women hunt while wearing their babies, so why can’t we wear our babies when we are cooking, ‘di ba? I know that her suggestions are not exactly easy, but they are definitely doable!
- Eating tip for toddlers 1: Involve your todders in decision-making! As early as 2 years old, let your toddler put food on his plate. Tell him that the food he puts there has to be finished by him. You can also let him help with the cooking and food preparation, and he’ll appreciate his food even more
- Eating tip for toddlers 2: If your child doesn’t want to eat, don’t force him. Instead, gently tell him that if he doesn’t want to eat dinner, his next meal would be breakfast the following day.
- Always treat your husband like a king. When he arrives, stop whatever you’re doing and stand up to greet him.
- Don’t play bad cop-good cop. Don’t contradict your spouse in front of the kids.
Plus so much more!
Aside from “A-ha!” moments with Maricel, our intimate gathering also became fun because of the games and raffles. Raviv and I joined the sock-hunting game. WE got the last place but still we brought home comfy Burlington/Puma socks, supplies of Huggies Dry Pants diapers, Kleenex tissues and Kotex napkins!
The event was hosted by the super lovely Bettina Carlos.
Bettina Carlos’ skin was to-die-for!
And just like the rest of us, Bettina was also very impressed with the wisdom of Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan. Since I was seated beside her, I overheard her saying how she would love to have Mommy Maricel as her mentor!
And then just when I thought there was nothing left to do but say goodbye, my friend Glaiza and I befriended two other attendees. They were not your regular bloggers, but they were celebrity moms Say Alonzo and Bianca Lapus!
They were super friendly! Glaiza and I have met many other celebrities through the events we attended, but we both agreed that the nice-ness of Bianca and Say were for the books. I was surprised because 1) Bianca looks suplada ‘di ba? and 2) Say was hyped as maarte in PBB! But when you talk to them, it’s like you’re talking to old friends, promise. They’re that warm and sincere. It’s great because talo pa nila ang ibang “feeling celebrity” when it comes to humility.
And then when I arrived home and posted our photos on Instagram and tagged them, I only expected a “Like”. But no—they were sincere with the friendship that they both followed me as well and commented on the photos I posted of us. Then they also added me on Facebook and we’ve been exchanging private messages. It’s so commendable because I know that being celebrities, they have a lot of followers and commenters and YET they take time to reply to the comments. And even though I am practically a nobody, they take time chatting with me on Facebook pa! Eh haller, we all know that some of our friends put us in the Seen-zone ‘di ba? [Seen-zone:’Yung nakita (“seen”) nila yung PM mo sa Facebook/Messenger pero deadma lang]. These friends of ours may have their reasons for not replying of course, but all the more I commend Say and Bianca for taking time to do so. I’m sure they get more messages and thry’re busier.
And then the following day, I was surprised to see a comment from Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan on the IG post I made:
My suspicion was confirmed that Maricel was really sincere, and she wasn’t just nice for appearances’ sake. Indeed, the celebrity moms on the Celebrity Moms Magazine event I attended were aming the nicest, ever!
I can’t help but remember a sweet line from a reader of my blog:
I was humbled by this message, but it also made me feel good that I take time to acknowledge the love that my readers and followers give me. To all my readers and followers, thank you! I appreciate every one of you, talaga! I promise that even when my humble blog takes off, I’ll reciprocate your love for me.
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