How We Spent Our 6th Wedding Anniversary

Naku, kahit Rated PG, hindi!

Because our theme turned to be “Happy Raviv Day!”

But, I really had fun.  Promise.  Ewan lang kay Randy.  Hihi.

Days before our anniversary, I told Randy it was OK with me not to celebrate it.  After all, we have just returned from a fun post-summer outing with our loves, our Brain Train family.  But Randy is big on anniversaries and Valentine’s Days and other occasions (except for birthdays.  Baligtad kami).  He told me we have to do something.  He wanted to have a romantic getaway, but since we are barely recovering from the hectic summer, I had no time to book flights, hotels, etc.  In the end, I suggested that we just bring Raviv with us and watch “How To Train Your Dragon”.  Raviv has been addicted to it since a week before our anniversary.  In fact, he insists that he be called “Hiccup”.  As in nagagalitpag hindi Hiccup ang tawag sa kanya.  Kumusta naman ‘di ba?  And he had been watching “How To Train Your Dragon” (first part) for several nights.  And since our only vacant time was on June 28, plus the screening of “How To Train Your Dragon” was already pulled out of other cinemas, we needed to habol.  Kawawa naman si Raviv if not.  Thus, adios romantic getaway!

2014-06-28 14.15.45Raviv, este, “Hiccup” with the How To Train your Dragon 2 poster

The only cinema nearby where “How To Train Your Dragon 2” was at Festival Mall.  We arrived at Festival almost an hour before the screening.  We hurried to buy tickets and just ordered take-out—we no longer had time to have a proper lunch (like I said, ang mga ganap sa araw ni iyon ay anti-romantic).

We just ate at the cinema.  Randy got his favorite grilled cheeseburger at Kenny Roger’s; Raviv ate calzone from Sbarro; and I had hotdog burger from Jollibee.  Parang baligtad kami ni Raviv ‘noHaha!


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I immensely enjoyed watching “How To Train Your Dragon 2”.  Friends have already told me it was really good, and that it was a far cry from its already-entertaining prequel.  So I had high expectations.  But even then, it exceeded my expectations!  No scene was ever boring or dragging.  I thoroughly enjoyed every minute!  If I were to do a review of “How To Train Your Dragon 2”, I’d give it five stars and two thumbs up!  That part when Hiccup cha**eng** (so as to not spoil it to a reader who hasn’t watched) the Al**a gave me goosebumps!  I went out of the cinema feeling giddy!  I may have actually enjoyed it more than Raviv, although I could not help but fantasize how much more fun it would have been had we watched it on 4DX.

After the movie, we shopped on the third floor to buy Raviv toys from Toy Town.  I know that everyone says Raviv has already so many toys.  I think so too.  But don’t say that to Randy—he honestly believes Raviv deserves them all!  Sabi nga sa akin, “’Di ba andami mo na ring damit at bags?  O ba’t bili ka pa nang bili?”  O dabah?  So shaddap na lang tayo.

IMG_0012_2I no longer had the chance to take pictures of the action figures inside.  Car pa lang, bukas na!


Randy rationalized that he bought the Marvel Universe gift set because it was on super sale.  In fairness, the sale price was really cheap compared with the original price:


Ay I have kwento about Raviv’s generosity and love for his cousin: while Randy was lined up at the cashier counter, I was looking at these because I got curious: [Read more...]

Wardrobe Diary #59.1: Post-Summer Swimsuit!!! (June 24, 2014)

Guuuuuuuuys!!!  I have good news!  And bad news.

Good news:  Randy allowed me to put some Club Punta Fuego pictures wearing my white swimsuit here!!!

Bad news:  Ito lang ang in-approve niya:

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Happy 6th Wedding Anniversary, Randy!!!

Dear Babe,

Again, thank you so so much for your wonderful pre-wedding anniversary present”S” (with an “S” talaga!)  I was really blown away.

Today is a very special day.  Because on this day six years ago, we promised each other—in front of more than a hundred people and God—that we will love each other until our last breath.

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I vividly remember when our relationship was struggling—when everyone was against us.  I was really down and you texted me a promise—you promised that time will come that your problem will be settled, and that everyone will envy “us”.

Our early days

Today, I am reminded of your promise again.  I can’t even remember your wedding vow to me, but I remember that promise you made to me.  Because you stayed true to your words.  I don’t know about the “everyone”, but if I were an outsider, I’d definitely envy—or at least want to be—us.  Because after all these years, after everything we have gone through, after almost spending every waking (and of course sleeping!) second with each other (we work and live at the same place!), we still can’t get enough of one another.  Aaaand, pareho tayong hindi pa losyangHindi man tayo fit na fit (pareho tayong may tiyan; ako malaki pa nga ang hita) at may sumusulpot nang fine lines tayo, (dahil hindi naman tayo suki ng derma) but definitely, puno pa tayo ng asim. Winking smile


These superficial reasons may be the reason why I often see comments like this:

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The New “Apples” of My Eye

Hey everyone!  I know you’re expecting me to blog about our Punta Fuego adventure, and of course, I in my swimsuit.  However, I first want to blog about Randy’s presentS for me.  But since  I know you’re so eager to see me in my swimsuit, sige na nga, isingit na natin!  Ito ako o:

Hehehe!  I’ve really lost weight no? (Image lifted from

Sorry naman!  You all know how much I admire Ellen Adarna’s body and beauty.  But for my real swimsuit snapshot, we still need to seek Randy’s permission.  Alam n’yo naman si Manong Randy, feeling n’ya even in a conservative maillot, pantasya pa rin ng bayan ang asawa niyang nanganak na.

Now speaking of Randy…tomorrow is our sixth wedding anniversary!  How time flies (and I wish it just crawls)!  And, and, and, and!!!  You know what he got me for our anniversary?  This, or rather, THESE:

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Wardrobe Diary #58: The Nanay on Father’s Day (June 15, 2014)

Father’s Day this year was “celebrated” in a way that couldn’t have been better for Randy than how we spent it: the entire Familia Ladaga with some friends went to a Philippine Canine Club, Inc. (PCCI) dog show, where Khaleesi and Khal Drogo joined.  This was quite a big deal for us because it was the first time after a long time that Randy’s dogs were gonna join a dog show again.  It used to be that Randy and I were a common sight during dog shows.

Vanguard during a dog show, with handler Mario Palicpic

But after Randy’s dobermann Vanguard got his Philippine Champion title; after we sold my winning pug, Whirlwind; and after our weekends became so hectic, we no longer joined dog shows.

But now that Randy renewed his interest in bull mastiffs and took the plunge to import two bull mastiffs from reputable bull mastiff breeders abroad, it was expected of us to be back. Smile

From past experiences, I knew that dog shows not done inside malls mean lagkit and pawis galore.  I remember the times when I would even ask our dog handler to talk to the shi-tzu and poodle handlers to give me some of their dogs’ powders (Johnson’s Baby din naman).  Moreover, Raviv was coming with us (and would ask to be carried).  Thus, I chose to wear something an ensemble that’s cool and frill-free, never mind that it may be dowdy.

Here’s the Nanay on Father’s Day at the PCCI Activity Center in Marikina City:





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Happy Father’s Day, Tatay Randy!

One of my worst fears is Randy’s early demise from this world.  We have been together for more than a decade, and since then we have almost never parted.  I just know I’d be a basket case if I were to lose him.  But you know what my greater fear is?  It’s that Raviv would lose him.  Just thinking about it makes me want to bawl.

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Raviv loves his Tatay so, so, so much.  And with a good reason.  Everyone who sees Randy with Raviv is always in awe.  The strict, workaholic businessman would “squander” his precious time learning the names of the aliens in Ben 10, just so his son would know what to shout when Raviv slaps his Ben 10 watch.  My Tita, upon seeing Randy with Raviv, even quipped (in her Tiaong-in accentWinking smile ): “Ay grabe si Randy ano?  A-a.  Bilib na bilib ako sa tiyaga sa pag-aalaga at pag-e-explain kay Raviv.  Kainaman ang galing sa bata!”

Last summer, I remember phoning Randy (who was to sleep in our place in Sta. Rosa while Raviv and I were in Los Banos).  Before saying goodbye, Raviv wanted to talk to Randy.  Of course, Raviv said nonsense things.  And then they said goodbye.  Less than 30 seconds after hanging up, Raviv said he wanted to talk to his Tatay again.  So we called him again.  Then came the nonsense  conversation.  Randy gently told Raviv he has to hang up because he was busy.  They said their goodbyes.  And then Raviv insisted on calling Randy again.  Same nonsense talk, then goodbye.  Then Raviv called again, they talked about the same nonsense things, and then goodbye.  This cycle was repeated for at least six times.  At one point, I was telling Raviv to stop because his Tatay was busy and might get mad at him for disturbing his Tatay.  But Randy interrupted what I was saying and told Raviv, “No Raviv, I’ll never get angry at you for wanting to talk to me.”  Randy was in loudspeaker then, and Yaya Gigi was listening.  Gigi was blown away by what she heard and said, “Ah grabe talaga ang pag-love ni Sir kay Raviv Ma’am, no?”  Summer is always a very busy time for us, especially for Randy who not only teaches but manages everything in between.

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The Legal (House)Wife

So, what can you say about the ending of The Legal Wife?  I think ABS CBN played it safe—a good number of audience wanted the proverbial happy ending, but a good number also wanted Monica to prove she’s better off without the philandering Adrian.  Solution?  They did not get back togetherbut there’s a big chance they would.  Actually, I only started watching it two weeks ago.

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Anyway highway, I know I promised to blog more often after summer.  But I still was not able to.  Because even though my office work significantly diminished, my housewife duties ballooned.  As you may know, Yaya Isay gave birth and Alona left for Mindanao.  I still have Yaya Gigi and Gina, but their work leaves much to be desired.  Yaya Gigi is too absent-minded and very forgetful.  Kakasabi ko lang, nakalimutan na agadWaaah!  She’s also not that big on cleanliness and neatness, unlike Yaya Isay.  But in fairness to her, she’s very good with Raviv.  Raviv enjoys her company a lot, and I also know she loves Raviv’s company.  Gina, on the hand, is kinda slow and medyo lacks common sense, unlike Alona who can multi-task.  So I’m left with no choice but to help, as in help talaga.  Not just supervise.

Sooo, for the past three days, I was officially the Legal Housewife. (FYI, ours is not a regular household that’s why two housemaids plus two boys are not enough.  Our helpers help us not just in maintaining our house, but also in the office).

First, I waxed our floor.  Ilang buwan nang hindi nakatikim ng floorwax ang sahig namin!  After waxing, I also scrubbed it.  O ‘di ba?  I liked doing it because it’s a good exercise.  I also felt good that our floor became shiny and pretty.  Sa sobrang sipag kong mag-scrub, when Raviv walked on it, nadulas.

Second, I vacuumed the carpet in our office.  With the flurry of people that went in and out of our office last summer, our carpet really underwent torture!  And our office stank—smelled like feet and molds and dried sweat!

Third, I murdered the surot (can’t say bedbugs because…) of our dining chairs.  Murder, in the first degree! Passed the litmus test: it was pre-meditated (nag-Google ako how to kill them) and I had motiveWanna see my motivation?  Here’s how my legs looked like for several weeks:

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The photo above are not my legs, but my legs looked like that!  Ganyan kasama!  Worse, the dark patches take forever to disappear!  After two or three weeks, this is how my left leg look like now:

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See the brown spots?  Thanks but no thanks to the surot (aka bed bugs) that infested our dining chairs.  For about a month, I still could not wear skirts that fall above my ankles

2014-06-14 14.46.07Our dining chairs. I poured boiling water onto them, and let them dry under the scorching heat of the sun.  Die, SUROT, DIEEEE!!!

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Wardrobe Diary #52: Beautiful (Dec. 26, 2013)

Remember when I was so touched with Randy’s Facebook post? :) When, for a change, he posted a decent photo of mine (not for long, though)?


But more importantly, nakakakilig ang caption…he simply said, “BEAUTIFUL”.  O ‘di ba?  Ayiiiiiiiiiiiiii!  Sabi nga ng friends ko, naisip daw nila nang makita nila ang post ni Randy na, “Hay naku.  Na-in love nanaman si Randy sa asawa niya!”

At sino ba namang hindi mai-inlove sa napakagandang…(shucks what am I?!?  Ayoko ng misis!  At lalong nakakakilabot ang “ginang ng tahanan!”)…babaeng katulad ko? ;)

Well, here are more photos of me that day, and a closer look to what I had to wear for my husband to gush that I’m BEAUTIFUL.


Here’s a closer look:

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Randy’s Grrr-istmas “Gift” and “Naudlot” New Year’s Resolution

That’s not a typo—that’s really Grrr-istmas!  Because he did it again!  Take a look:

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‘Di ba?!?  And what’s worse, he deceived me.  See, one early morning after more than a month of abandoning my Balik Alindog Project, I moved my tushy and mowed our lawn.  Randy, Raviv and Khaleesi were with me.  Then I saw Randy with his camera.  Alarm bells—the really loud and irritating ones—rang in my head!  Nakow nakow baka picture-an nanaman ako!!!   For one, bagong gising uli ako.  Baka may panis na laway pa sa mukha ko.  And more importantly, I was wearing the same faded and “hole-y” pambahay t-shirt I wore the first time Randy did this to me.  Gravity!!!  So I glared at him.  He immediately asked me, “Akala mo ikaw pini-picture-an ko?  Hindi!  Si Khaleesi!” and he gave me this look that screamed, “Feeling ka ha!”  And so against my better judgment I left him in peace. I should have known better!  Because just a few days before Christmas, instead of giving me an LV or Balenciaga bag or Tiffany’s jewelry, this was what I got!  Imagine my consternation and utter shock when I just saw the my photo was “trending” on Facebook!!!  At kumusta naman ang caption?!?

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So I fought back…alam n’yo naman tayo, feminist (hehe).

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And the people who’ve seen my pain and suffering supported me.  Look o:

Screenshot 2014-01-08 22.09.23 I love you Lauren Lopez!  I could just imagine your dad.  Ahahahaha!

Diva?!?  And aside from simply “Like”-ing my threats at retaliation, they even suggested more plots to hatch the perfect vendetta against my husband.

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Randy Is In Love With a Young Bitch!

Randy’s concubine

Randy is in love.  As in crazily in love.  He normally sleeps early and almost nothing can rouse him from his sleep.  But the past weeks, isang tunog lang ng Ipad n’ya kahit madaling araw, bangon agad to check his Facebook.  And for several days he couldn’t concentrate on his work.  So talagang na-in love siya.

To a young bitch!

Aaand, sa sobrang pagkahumaling niya sa young bitch na ‘yun, ibinahay na niya.  Yes, this young bitch is living under the same roof as we do.  Now, I’d like you to see the bitch that Randy is so crazy about, at i-judge natin.

The bitch in the flesh

Guys, meet Randy’s bitch, Khaleesi:

khaleesi Our three-month old female bull mastiff, Khaleesi


What a bitch, right?!?  And as if it wasn’t enough that this young bitch made Randy fall in love with her…



She made Raviv fall in love with her too!!!

So essentially, this bitch captured the hearts of the two important men in my life!



And take a look at how maharot this bitch is:

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