The Amazing Raviv Turns 5 Part 3: Superhero Get-ups & Guests

continued from The Amazing Raviv Turns 5 Part 2: The Superhero Party Food, Cake, and Lootbag In fairness, I’m keeping my promise!!! After 3 months, here’s the last installment of Raviv’s superhero-themed birthday party at Gymboree, yahoo! The Amazing Raviv's Costume First, let’s take a closer look at Raviv’s outfit: Of course, he had to be Spider-man!!! Handsome face behind the mask revealed! Raviv loves this costume immensely.  It’s a “muscled" The Amazing Spider-man Costume.  He’s oh so proud when he wears it.  I was lucky to have found a seller online who’s based in Sta. Rosa!  Otherwise I had to order this from the US.  Kumusta naman lang pagdaan pa sa costumes at sa port congestion, 'di ba? This costume is actually for kids 7 and above, so it’s big for Raviv; the seller had no other stock so we had to make do with it. I got it in October, and I told Raviv he has to sleep early so he would grow and then the costume would fit him.  Hahaha! On Raviv’s invitation, we … [Read more...]

Wardrobe Diary #37: Ravenous Reader Raviv’s Moving Up Day at Gymboree (March 19, 2016)

March 19 was a day of oxymorons.  It was bittersweet, and “Whew” and “Sigh” kept taking turns in my mind.  Many were happy, but many were also sad.  Parents were also both excited and apprehensive.  Especially the Pre-K parents.  And that includes me. So yes, on that Saturday, Raviv has officially “graduated” from preschool (I surmise kindergarten is no longer “preschool" since it’s already required by our DepEd?)  Thus the contradicting emotions.  As the cliche goes, how time flies. Look at my little big boy during Gymboree Play & Music Sta. Rosa Preschool’s Moving Up Day, aka the First Annual Gymbo Awards: Yep, our peg was the Oscar’s!  So my son was among the cuties who sizzled on the red carpet. Walking on the red carpet and striking a pose for the “paparazzi" Accepting his award from his Teacher Clarice Posing with his award, the Ravenous Reader Award.  The recipient of the award was described by Teacher Clarice as, … [Read more...]

Wardrobe Diary #73: A Blessed Sunday (February 21, 2016)

Many families take their Sun-dates for granted, as it’s already a given. But not I. When our family does the usual Sunday family routine, my heart sings a merry tune. That’s because we usually still work on Sundays. So last Sunday was very special to me, as neither Randy nor I had work. I looked forward to it, especially because we were supposed to go to Tagaytay and cheer Drogo into getting his Hall of Fame title at the dog show there. But when Randy, Dodong and Drogo came home talunan on Saturday night (the dog show was 2 days), Randy decided not to go to Tagaytay anymore. Tinamad na. I kept convincing him for us to still go, but he wouldn’t budge. He just sent Dodong and Yuske with Drogo to Tagaytay. K, fine. We just decided to go to church, have lunch, and then watch a movie with Raviv. Here’s what I wore: gray ruffled vest top: ukay blue camisole: Aeropostale jeggings: Uniqlo orange peep-toe wedge sandals: Charles & Keith hobo bag: Cath … [Read more...]

Wardrobe Diary #72: Second Rate, Trying Hard Copycat (Feb. 9, 2016)

As I’ve mentioned on my previous post, Randy and I have been going to the chiropractor for weeks now. Bakit kamo? Remember when Raviv fell into the Lake at Nuvali and Randy swooped in to the rescue? After that, Randy’s arm and back have been aching like crazy. To the point that one time, he slept on the recliner. He hasn’t been able to bike, run, or even walk our dog. He has seen several doctors/healers: cardiologists (with an “s”; he got scared the pain might be related to his heart), orthopaedic, physical therapist, and even manghihilot (not the type who does bulung-bulong, though). Then his friend, Dr. Raffy Barrozo (who studied Homeopathy, Naturopathy and Ayurveda in India and Sri Lanka, and Oriental Medicine in Japan and Korea) recommended that Randy see a chiropractor. After Randy’s first session, he seemed satisfied. And because he knows that I’ve been suffering from chronic upper back and neck pain of almost a decade, he suggested I go with him on his second session. Randy … [Read more...]

My Favorite Golden Globe 2016 Gowns & Styles

I told you I’ll be back! :) Prom time is near, and how I wish that Wifi were omnipresent when I was in high school as it is now.  Getting gown inspirations would have been easier.  During my senior prom, my peg was Julia Roberts’s gown in My Best Friend’s Wedding.  I just loved that gown, especially the bodice. You know what I did?  I sent for the mananahi to my Tita’s house, because my Tita had a VHS tape (wahahaha!) of that movie.  Rewind-forward kami, until we got to the scene where Julia Roberts was wearing the gown.  Then pause during this scene while the mananahi was sketching the gown: During our prom, one of my classmates actually called out my gown, saying it looks so much like Julia Roberts’s.  I acted nonchalantly, hehe.  Well that means my mananahi got it right.  Haaaayy high school. Anyway, if you or your daughter or niece or sister doesn’t have a gown yet, well, you still have about a month.  If you’re going to a … [Read more...]

Raviv’s Long Weekend Adventure #3: At the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao + Raviv’s Wardrobe Diary #33: The Snake Charmer

Yes, hindi pa tapos ang kwento about our Mindanao trip last December. :) This time, let’s talk about our 2nd day in Davao. Remember how tiring our first day in Davao was? Exactly. So we all slept fitfully, and the following day we all woke up feeling refreshed and energized. I would have wanted to lounge and just chill in our hotel room for a longer time, but we wanted to drop by The Philippine Eagle Center and the Eden Farm before heading home to Kabacan. So we had to move quickly. After we all took baths and packed out stuff, we headed to Cafe Marco of Marco Polo Hotel Davao to have our buffet breakfast. Quick Review of Cafe Marco of the Marco Polo Hotel Davao: First things first, sorry I don’t have lots of photos. Just those two. Aside from that we were in a hurry, nahiya naman ako to take too many photos. Baka sabihin ng mga sosyaling guests excited ako. :D Anyway, food at Cafe Marco was great. Not outstanding compared to the other hotel buffet breakfast we’ve gone to. … [Read more...]

Raviv’s Long Weekend Adventure #2: Up, Up & Away + Raviv’s Wardrobe Diary #32

Hello! Our Mindanao vacation is over, and we’re back! I still don’t have a laptop, though. Yesterday, we attended the 2nd birthday of an amiga’s daughter at Fun Ranch near Tiendesitas, and traffic was horrible! The bad traffic would have been sulit because I spent time contacting MacBook Air online sellers, so we could meetup in Tiendesitas. Unfortunately, none of them even replied to my SMS inquiry. I tried calling them, too, but none was picking up. What the?!? I came ready with cash and all, and nada. Pwes, bahala sila. ‘Yun lang, wala pa rin akong own laptop. Huhuhuhu. Anyway, here’s a lowdown of the events that transpired on Saturday last week. We left Sta. Rosa City at 12:30 a.m. en route to the airport, because our flight was at 4 a.m. Raviv went to sleep wearing his travelling clothes already. He’s been so excited about this trip that when he heard some hullabaloo when Randy and I were getting dressed, he woke up on his own. Raviv and Randy at NAIA Terminal 2. … [Read more...]

Wardrobe Diary #71: Welcome Back, Self-Esteem! (November 8, 2015)

Happy Sunday everyone! I feel great about the past week because I was able to rest. A lot. Classes at Gymboree resumed (after sembreak) only on Wednesday, and I had no classes this weekend. So hooray!!! Because I was relaxed—and because my jeans are all super tight now—I was (finally!) compelled to get physical. But to get there, I have begun sleeping and waking up early. I think I have to thank PLDT’s palpak na internet for that. Since wala nang magawa sa gabi, derechong tulog na. Result? I’d wake up early the following day. From this, to... https://instagram.com/p/9rhS-4OYw9/ ...this!!! (sana magtuluy-tuloy!) I feel happy doing it because I know it’s the right thing. I’m not getting any younger and my metabolism has slowed down, especially postpartum. Moreover, Randy’s really happy to see me up and about. He has long begged me to join him in biking, running and dog walking. But since I’m not a morning or a nature-nature person, he’d always go alone. When we returned to Los … [Read more...]

Raviv’s Halloween Costumes

Trick-or-treating is one of those Western traditions that I had really wanted to be a part of when I was young. Unfortunately, because I was born three decades earlier, at partida sa liblib na part pa ng North Cotabato ako lumaki, hanggang carolling lang ang nagawa ko. Good enough I guess, except that carollings didn’t entail me to wear costumes (which is actually half of the fun of trick-or-treating). Fast forward to today. It seems that trick-or-treat in posh subdivisions has been en vogue since a decade ago. So when Raviv was old enough to go trick-or-treating, go agad ako! I’ve heard that one of the best trick-or-treat haunts (pun slightly intended) were in Ayala Alabang. Since my cousin lives there, off we went. Unfortunately, it wasn’t such a good experience because there were too many “outsiders” who forced their way in the exclusive village just to go trick-or-treating (I even heard from another resident that there was a time when the security didn’t allow these outsiders … [Read more...]

Raviv’s Wardrobe Diary #31: Roar for Dinosaurs! (June 3, 2015)

Ola! I’m currently preparing for a presentation next Saturday, and I’m already tired. Blogging break muna. Anyway, our super duper short & light UPCAT review season ended last week. To mark that finally we are on vacation mode, Randy made last minute plans to go to Clark/Angeles. Raviv had been saying he wanted to go back to Dinosaurs Island and to go swimming. So Randy tasked me to book at Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks & Casino. More about Fontana in a separate blogpost. For the meantime, i-feature muna natin ang Ravivong Bata and his outfit. We arrived at Clark at around 9 a.m. Since it was still too early to check-in our villa at Fontana, we proceeded to Dinosaurs Island. Look at how excited and “nasa mood” Raviv was, despite the long travel: Ain’t he the cutest?!? And allow me point out the obvious: his shirt was just perfect for this trip! Kebs nang long-sleeves at pinawisan siya! Basta dinosaur!  Or should I say, dino-snoar? But it wasn’t … [Read more...]