Conversations with Raviv Part 7

In just about a month, Raviv will graduate from Pre-K. He and his classmates are really sad about leaving Gymboree, and Raviv is even sadder because we have decided not to send him to Xavier School for kindergarten. What sealed the deal was that the kinder class starts at 7:30 a.m Yes, 7:30! Randy said that it was too early, especially if Raviv would be coming from Los Banos pa. Kawawa naman if he has to be up by 5 a.m. every freaking day. This may be possible if I get preggers this year (yes, I’m finally ready!!!) Because if I do and if it’s as difficult as my pregnancy with Raviv, I have to be in Los Banos more often. The plan is just to transfer him to Xavier after kinder.   Conversation 1: The Snob So when it was non-negotiable to Randy that Raviv will go to Xavier for kinder, we started scouting for other schools. We first went to inquire at the school where we originally thought Raviv would go (that was before we started working full-blast in Sta. Rosa, so we thought … [Read more...]

Conversations with Raviv Part 6

This November, Raviv will be taking his first entrance exam to a big school. Gravity, hindi na baby ang baby boy namin!!! One of the things I love about blogging is that old entries make me smile. There are times I can’t believe something really happened, but since I know I’m very honest on my blog, I knew they happened if they’re documented here. I could revisit Raviv’s childhood again and again, and I’ll remember what a funny and adorable baby he has been. Speaking of funny, let me share with you some of the hilarious things I remember Raviv saying over the past…well, ever since I wrote Conversations with Raviv Part 5.   Conversation 1: Calling a Spade a Spade I once brought Raviv to a training. At lunch, we were served a KFC lunch box with two pieces of fried chicken. I gave Raviv the chicken because he loves fried chicken. He ate heartily. Afterwards, I told him to thank the person who provided our food. I: Raviv you have to thank Ms. P**** Raviv: Who is … [Read more...]

Conversations with Raviv Part 5

Earlier this evening as we were walking home from dinner at Karne Frio, Raviv was happily chasing his shadow.  It was so cute!  Randy must have been as amused because he just suddenly declared: “I couldn’t ask for more from a son!”  Kinilig ako.  I really love it when Randy expresses how happy he is with our son. Speaking of Raviv, homaygas, would you believe he’s already turning four this December?  Grabe, parang kelan lang when he was still a helpless baby! But now, he’s already an active and inquisitive little man…who says the funniest things!  Here are some of the things I remember him saying these past months.   Conversation 1: Kelangan bang i-memorize ‘yan?!? When Randy was still a toddler, he got lost in a big park.  But he was able to go home because between sobs, he was able to tell the police officers their telephone number.  So one day at home, Randy was teaching Raviv basic stuff about himself (Raviv) in case (Lord wag po please) Raviv gets … [Read more...]

Missing My Man, Mainly :)

[Draft written on Saturday, Sept. 6 in the evening] Greetings from Cebu!!! It’s my second day in Cebu, and I’ve just finished a Skype conversation with Randy and Raviv.  Man, I miss them so much!   I missed Raviv all the more after I saw him on Skype.  He’s just too cute for words!!!   I think this is the first time I am without any one of them at an unfamiliar place.  Although I admit that I also like these alone times with just myself, it’s palpable that I miss them both terribly. So since yesterday, I have been double tasking:  I was drinking the sights and sounds of Cebu, while also drowning myself in thoughts of Randy and Raviv.But surprisingly, I find that I miss Randy more, actually.  Although I love my son so much, I’ve made no secret of the fact that I also long for us to travel together, alone.  Thus I keep on thinking of my husband while being on “foreign” land.  Yiheee!!!And here comes another surprise:  the thoughts I have of … [Read more...]

Conversations with Raviv Part 4

Hi guys!  Our busy season officially began last week.  Aside from that I have to wake up very early everyday, “perform” in class for six-seven hours everyday and do administrative jobs before, after, and in-between each teaching stint, what’s so difficult for me is the fact that I’m separated from my boys most of the time.  Last week was the longest I’ve been away from them.  Randy and Raviv had been in our Sta. Rosa building from Sunday to Friday, while I had been in our condo here in Manila.  So yesterday (the only day when I had no classes), I spent much time with Ravivo talaga.  And boy I’m glad I did because now, I’m “single” and “childless” again. So para hindi ko ma-miss nang todo si Little Boy Ravivo, I’m reminiscing the funny things he has been saying.  So ladies and gents, here’s Conversations with Raviv Season 4. Conversation 1 Randy bought Raviv this toy: Raviv loved it so much that he would play with it night and day.  Two days after its purchase, I noticed that … [Read more...]

Conversations with Raviv Part 3

Are you ready for more of Raviv’s wisdom and wit?  Pwes, lezz hear it! He’s blunt, he’s frank, and he’s witty! Raviv the Ultimate Ladies’ Man One madaling araw, as I was soundly asleep, Raviv was probably bitten by a mosquito and was awakened.  He woke me up to scratch him. Raviv:  Nanay!  Nanay!  Itchy, Nanay… Me:  [deadma, tuloy tulog mantika] Raviv (begging in a more insistent tone): Nanay Nanay itchy!!!  Nanaaaay!!! Me: [walang awa, tuloy tulog mantika] Raviv, in a softer tone: Pretty Nanay itchy…Pretty Nanaaay… At sino namang hindi magigising n’yan ‘di ba?  Madaling araw may tatawag sa ‘yo nang, “Pretty Nanay!”  Of course, I woke up even though I was groggy.  With a smile pa.  I have a feeling he will be able to make any woman do as he bids in the future.  So girls, beware! A much younger Raviv and his charmed pretty Nanay Dew Raviv the Understanding Son of a Working Mom 1 On my lunch break, I lay beside Raviv so he would have his afternoon … [Read more...]

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: ‘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 … [Read more...]

Fighting for My Dignity: Randy’s Wife Now Refuses to Suffer in Silence

Guys, Randy did it again.  I have been abused many times as a wife.  That’s why I’m taking a stand against Randy.  Sobra na siya.  Hindi ko na kaya.  Here’s a draft of my demand letter to him. ***************************************************************************** 2 December 2013 Mr. Ramon Randy C. Ladaga BRAIN TRAIN Center Los Banos, Laguna Dear Mr. Ladaga: This law Office is writing you in connection with the complaint of your beautiful wife, Ms. Dewmaine Sales-Ladaga, summarized briefly as follows: 1. Some time in July you posted these discriminating photos of complainant on Facebook: Notice that complainant chose the HIDE FROM TIMELINE feature, and commented “I will pretend as though this photo does not exist.”  Clearly, Complainant is embarrassed by these photos, the major reason being that these photos show a fraction of her cleavage, unartistically accentuated by cut grass.  As her husband, you know that Complainant is very conservative and demure--a … [Read more...]

Guys, please tell me why!!!

Yes, please explain to me what’s running in your (assuming you're a guy) heads.  I just really need to decode Randy’s acts and source of happiness.  See, he has recently changed his cover photo on Facebook. From this: to this: So you ask, “What about the ‘new’ Facebook cover photo?”  Well, lemme ask you what my pouting photo/Randy’s latest cover photo has in common with the other photos of me he excitedly and super happily posted on Facebook: Exhibit A: Remember this?  I had a blog entry about this. And here’s another one. … [Read more...]

Conversations with Raviv Part 2

Just when I thought naubusan na si Raviv ng mga kalokohan, or that nothing he says will shock me anymore, here I am again with a collection of the crazy things my little tyke said.  Here are some funny things my kid said in the past weeks. Conversation 1 Setting: Nanggigil si Randy sa ka-cute-an ng anak niya.  Kinagat ang paa ng bagets. Tatay Randy:  I will eat you Raviv, you’re so cute! Raviv: ‘Wag mo ako kainin Tatay—people ako!  Hindi kinakain ang people!  Hindi ako yummy!  ‘Yung carrots ang kainin mo! Oo nga naman Tatay!  Unless you’re a “carnival”, ika nga ni Melanie Marquez.  Mwehehehe! May maitim na balak na ba si Randy kay Raviv?!? Can’t really blame Randy for biting Raviv!!! Conversation 2 Alam n’yo naman ang kabaliwan ni Raviv kay Spiderman ‘di ba?  If not, READ THIS and THIS.  Hindi n’yo pagsisisihan.  :) Setting: Raviv spat out his food after chewing. I got angry. Nanay Dew:  Raviv, bad ka!  Papaluin na kita! Knowing I will keep my word, Raviv went to me … [Read more...]