Wardrobe Diary #69: Black & White at the End of the Rainbow (March 6, 2015)

Happy Monday everyone!  How was last week for you?  I hope it went great!  As for Familia Ladaga, the magic sentence is:  The trouble with “Hello” is “Goodbye”.  O di ba?  Actually, the first half of this week was kinda uneventful.  Chill-chill lang.  But on the later (pasingit:  I was supposed to write “letter”, but I changed my mind because “latter” is the opposite of “former”, whereas “later” is the opposite of “earlier”…’di ba? #GrammarNaziMode) part of the week, it kinda became madrama.  Later post on that, because   this is a Wardrobe Diary entry!  So lemme show you what I wore on Friday to the program at Raviv’s school:

  • white top: Plains & Prints
  • lace pencil skirt: from a stall at Bobae Market in Bangkok
  • belt: Marks & Spencer
  • yellow wedge sandals: Figliarina
  • bag: LV Multicolore Alma
  • sunglasses: Sunnies by Charlie

I wore this ensemble para hindi masyadong halata how fat I’ve become.  Because I did gain a lot of weight!  But don’t worry, I haven’t had much appetite since Friday.  And I hope my very hearty appetite doesn’t return anytime soon.

Anyway, back to Friday. Pormal-pormalan tayo dahil ang anak ko ay…

Yes, Raviv came as a priest last Friday. See, the children at Raviv’s school were supposed to come wearing a community worker costume.  If you remember, Raviv wowed the crowd last year as a taho vendor.  This year, I wanted something unique again.  Even though I very badly want Raviv to be a surgeon (in real life), I knew that the “doctor” outfit would be very common.  But since I had no time to prepare and shop for his outfit-ey, I figured that a priest outfit will do.  Simple lang eh: black long-sleeves, black pants, DIY cross, DIY vicar’s collar and DIY Bible and voila, we have a priest!

‘Yun lang when Raviv was asked during their program what he was, he didn’t know what he was because we are not Catholics.

Anywho, Randy and I came in full force to Raviv’s program because (sob) that was Raviv’s last day at his very first school.  So even though both Raviv and I had fever that day, we still made a point to come (at dahil sayang din ang mga DIY priest accessories na ginawa ko the night before).  Laklak na lang muna ng paracetamol.  Moreover, we were eager to see Raviv finally perform in front.  Remember I used to share with you guys how sad I was that Raviv was too shy?  But you know, ever since he also started going to Gymboree, that changed.  This isn’t to say that his school did nothing about his social skills…it’s just that Gymboree seemed to work wonders with him.  Promise.  Like last Tuesday, a mom who inquired at Gymboree sounded so amused when she related that she met Raviv downstairs. When Raviv heard her asking about Gymboree, Raviv volunteered: “ I’m the owner of Gymboree.  You may play there but not for too long.  Ten minutes lang.”  Kalokang bata!  Randy and I were really surprised because Raviv used to be painfully shy!

So we weren’t that at all surprised when Raviv finally joined his classmates in performing in front!  He may not have been the best dancer, but my heart swelled with pride when I saw him shaking his body and mouthing the lyrics of the song!

And since it was his last day at his school, he was given his certificate.  The school also said goodbye to him. :(  Sad.

But most heartbreaking of all was that he would be separated from his first ever bestfriend, Marcus.

Raviv and Marcus go a long way back.  They went to Rainbow almost the same time, and now they’re also leaving Rainbow at the same time.  They’ve been friends for so long, naging magkamukha na rin sila!  Like last Wednesday when I fetched Raviv, his classmate Sophia called out to him and said, “Bye Marcus!”  Raviv explained to me that Sophia may have said that because “Same kami ng face ni Marcus e!”  Whenever you ask Raviv who his favorite friend, classmate or playmate is, he’d always say, “Marcus!” without batting an eyelash. So when we told him he was leaving Rainbow, he said he was OK with it—Marcus was leaving, too.  But when we told him that Marcus and he would be going to different schools, he said he didn’t want to be separated from Marcus.  Awwwww!

During luncheon after the program, Randy caught Raviv and Marcus under the buffet table comparing their costumes and naughtily “scaring” the younger kids walking near the buffet table.  And then would laugh heartily.  Randy took photos of the two, and no words are needed to describe how these two are each other’s first ever best friends: [Read more…]

About a (Birthday)Boy

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

We are stuck here at home because of the rain, and the expected lethargy that comes along with it.  But besides that, I had also diligently worked hard (char!  Pero totoo!) since this morning until about a few minutes ago.  What work?  Weeeeeell, Gymboree Sta. Rosa is now open!!!  Waaaah!!!  That’s why on Saturday, we were able to push through with Raviv’s birthday celebration.  I’ll delve into more details about on another post (promise gagawin ko talaga!  I know andami ko nang utang sa inyo!!!), but here are some sneak previews:

10856496_832690620110692_8082719185777985467_oTreats/dessert table of a  Dinosaur-Themed Birthday Party

imageBirthday Party at Gymboree Sta. Rosa

Ay I tell you, it was a super fun party!  During our training I knew Gymboree was fun, but I was still surprised how much fun the kids—and even the adults—had!  I tell you, if your kid is gonna celebrate his birthday soon, celebrate it at Gymboree.

Anyway, I am blogging because I can’t let this day pass without paying homage to my raison d’etre, my Ravivo.  He will turn a year older tomorrow. Winking smile  This year, I’m gonna dish out stuff about Raviv, ala-Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) ang style.  So here goes:


aboutaboyAminin, ang galing ko!!!  Hihihi

FAQ 1: Why is his name Raviv?

Raviv is Hebrew for “dew” or “rain”.  We decided on his name on the day I was to be discharged from Asian Hospital, because a hospital staff said we should name him before leaving so they could do the baby’s paperwork.  Pressure ito!  Good thing I packed the baby names book given to me by my best friend (who’s Raviv’s Ninang) in my birthing luggage.  Randy picked it up, went directly to the letter “R” (because the males in the Ladaga family—his cousins, his cousins’ sons, and his Papa—have names that start with the letter “R”), and when he saw “Raviv” and what it meant, he knew that was gonna be our unico hijo’s name.  By the way, may kabaduyan kami dati ni Randy na kami ang “RainDew” Embarrassed smile.  And that was before nauso ang mga KathNiel or DongYan or JaDine.  Kasabayan n’yan ang Brangelina at TomKat.  So “Raviv” was definitely it.  Randy wanted to add “Wade” because he was so fond of Dwayne Wade assisting his forever love Lebron James in winning NBA championships, but the people he consulted were not so crazy about the “Wade”.  So decided to keep it simple, and Raviv was it.  And now, I’m so glad we picked the name Raviv—it is very meaningful, short and easily-spelled, sounds macho/masculine, and not common but not OA as well.

Only 134 Ravivs in the US!  Told you it’s not very common Winking smile

FAQ 2: Why does Raviv look so oriental?  That is, why does he look like an East Asian?

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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 lost.

Randy:  What is your name?

Raviv:  Raviv Sales Ladaga.

Randy: Very good!  What’s your father’s name?


Randy:  Nye!  What’s the name of your Tatay?

Raviv:  Tatay Randy Ladaga!

Randy:  Good.  Where do you live?

Raviv:  Here!

Nyehehehe!  Naku, bawal ka talagang mawala anak!


Conversation 2:  Patience

Everyone knows my penchant for big eyes.  I’ve always been frustrated about my almond-shaped eyes, because I wanted soulful, doe eyes.  When I was pregnant with Raviv, I kept on wishing my child would have big eyes.  But wouldn’t you know it, God gave me a chinky-eyed son.  One time I was telling a friend about my sadness over Raviv’s chinky eyes.

I to a friend: Pinagdadasal ko nga dati na sana malaki ang mata ng anak ko, kaso ginawang singkit…

Friend:  Maganda naman ang singkit, mukhang Korean.

I: Oo pero gusto ko talaga malaki sana ang mata ni Raviv.

Raviv, butting in: Nanay magiging big din ‘yang eyes ko…small ‘yan kasi small pa ako eh, ‘di ba?


Ano’ng singkit?!?  Sino’ng maysabing singkit ako? – Raviv


Conversations 3 & 4: English Only, Please

Last summer, Raviv was almost 24/7 with his former nanny, Yaya Gigi (Yaya Isay got preggers, ‘di ba?  And Randy and I were too busy).  The thing with Gigi is that she can’t help but speak in Bisaya even when talking to someone who doesn’t understand a Bisaya word.  So of course, Raviv was already imitating her “Hala natagak!” (translation: Nabutas Nahulog), “Ay wa’y agas! (translation: Walang tubig), “Istoryahi!” (translation: Ikwento mo!”) and many more.  When he returned to school in June, we encouraged him to start speaking in English again (not because we just wanted him to sound sosyal but because they have to speak in English at school as he has several foreigner classmates) and told him that if he doesn’t speak English he won’t have friends as his classmates won’t understand him.

One night he approached me.

Raviv: “Nanay can I have some cookies?”

Before I could give him an answer he immediately followed up with…

Raviv: “English ba ‘yun?”

And then he groaned.  It was so cute!


But his obsession with the English language did not stop there.  One time I was telling him about his ancestry.

I: Raviv when people ask you why you’re singkit, tell them it’s because of your Lolo Roger.

Raviv:  Why?

I:  Because you got your eyes from your lolo who’s pure Chinese.  So when people ask you why why you’re singkit, tell them it’s because you’re part Chinese.

Raviv, shouting:  No, no!  Hindi ako Chinese!  English ako!


Conversation 5:  A valid question

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Raviv’s Wardrobe Diary #28: Bear and Green It! (Sept. 23, 2014)

On our second day in Hong Kong, Raviv looked about as fresh as a Judge spearmint chewing gum.  Take a look at my toddler boy’s OOTD:

Before entering Ocean Park


Aboard the Sea Carousel at Ocean Park
By the fountain at the entrance

Actually, I love this look so much that this ensemble had a repeat performance less than a week after.  That was when we attended the Family Day at Raviv’s school on Friday last week.

  • polo: Garfield
  • mint green jeans: Mossimo Kids
  • shoes: Florsheim Kids
  • sunnies:  SM Kids’ Fashion


Repeat performance at the Family Day

Look at Ravivo:



Naiba lang ang shoes-ey!  These Florsheim boots are actually Raviv’s favourite footwear.  As in.  It is the only pair of footwear he asked me to buy for him. Almost every time I think aloud which footwear to make him wear, he would always mention his boots.  He actually wanted to bring these boots to Hong Kong, but I was scared his feet would hurt from all the walking.  Anyway, the reason I made him wear this ensemble again was because I wanted him to be terno with Randy.  Look at my mag-ama here:


Sinong mas pogi?
‘Di ba halos terno? I was wearing brown because the theme of our familia was nature-nature kuno.  Sila yung dahon, ako ang lupa, hehe.  Hindi ko nga lang kayang pagsuotin si Randy ng mint green skinny jeans.  Haha, hindi ko rin ma-imagine!


Watching Raviv being bullied

Anyway may kwento ako sa inyo about that Family Day.  Warning, baka ma-OA-yan kayo sa akin.  After the program during socialisation time, we told Raviv to play with his classmates.  The thing that we noticed about Raviv is that he’s a tad shy around other kids, pero bibo with adults.  I guess it’s because we always have adult guests at home pero walang ibang bagets ever since cousin Yoona went to live in Davao.
So ayun na nga, we told him to play with the other kids and he did.



As he was playing, we noticed that there’s a kid na parang dinidibdiban si Raviv tapos may sinasabi-sabi.  Raviv would move away from him, but this kid would follow him around na nakatingala pa kay Raviv with a grimace at bulung-bulong.  I called Raviv and asked him why that kid was following him.  Ravivo told me that the kid was saying bad things.  I told him not to go near that kid and just play with the nice kids (note:  all the kids in the photo above were the nice kids).  But “dibdiban” boy was really following him.  As in sunud nang sunod kay Raviv!  And then it became obvious from the boy’s expression that he was saying nasty things to Raviv.  So I kept close watch, while the boy’s parent was busy chika-chika with other people.  Then later, I saw him wrestling Raviv.  Raviv was moving away from him with a somber expression on his face.  Naiiyak na ako nang mga panahong ‘yun, and I was keeping myself from making patol to the kid.  And, masama ba that I wished Raviv would fight back?!?  I know it was bad but at that time I was a lioness who wanted to protect her cub.  You know I kept telling Raviv not to fight back whenever may nang-aaway sa kanya, but at that moment I wish I had ESP to mentally instruct Raviv to fight back!  Well, I must have ESP because not long after Raviv started fighting back!  He started throwing punches that would make Manny Pacquiao proud, at hindi na nakalaban si dibdiban boy!  The boy just stood there receiving Raviv’s wrath, until I sprang to my feet to pull them apart.  Dibdiban boy went away, and Raviv hugged me.  He buried his face on me and I could feel he was fighting back tears.  Kung hindi lang ‘yun school event, umiyak na talaga ako.  I really fought back tears because I knew that dibdiban boy hurt Raviv a lot for him (Raviv) to have reacted that way—‘yung parang lumabas ‘yung naipon n’yang galit.  


Reality bites

Anyway, now I feel more for the parents who seem to overreact when their kids are bullied.  Masakit pala talaga.  However, I’m also against being too protective of children especially of their feelings.  The big world out there is full of cruel people who will trample on our feelings, that’s a fact.  Another fact is that we can’t protect our kids from such people 24/7.  Ergo, our kids also have to learn how to handle unpleasant people and unpleasant situations on their own.  I don’t want my son to be spineless.  So I was also proud of myself because even though I was watching live how my kid was being hurt emotionally and physically, I allowed him to handle things, and I meddled only when I saw that he was the one who might hurt the other party.
Moral lesson?  There are stressful times that we just need to “bear and grin (green) it” O di ba na-connect ko ang title?!?  Tapos may panda “bear” pa sa umpisa!


Can you give me tips on how to handle bullying?  What do you tell your kids and how do you keep your emotions in check?

Raviv’s Wardrobe Diary #27: Raviv in Hong Kong (Sept. 22, 2014)

Walang kwenta ang title ko ‘no?  Hindi pangmatalino, LOL!

Anyway, I would have wanted the title to go something like it’s nice to be young and not know all the troubles hounding your parents, because as you may already know, boggang kamalasan ang inabot namin sa Hong Kong (whaaaat you haven’t heard yet?!?  HERE!)  But since it’s too wordy and I can’t think of a way for that to sound witty, I decided to stick to the boring title above.

Anywho, I realized that it’s been such long time since I last featured Raviv’s outfitey!  The last one was in April pa!  I guess it’s because RAviv really has no penchant to mowdel-mowdel, much to his nanny’s dismay.  Although I console myself with the fact that:

  1. Magkaka-baby girl din ako, and when that time comes, maghanda ang SM Kids’ Fashion, Gingersnaps, etc…at ang bank account namin.  Hehehe
  2. In the recesses of my mind, I don’t want Raviv to grow up vain or a metrosexual.  I honestly want him to be nonchalant about his natural good looks and natural flair in dressing up.  I want him to care more about manly (sports) and intellectual (books, debates) things.

But because he is still my baby and I still do not have a baby girl, wala siyang choice but to be my baby mow-del.

Here’s Raviv’s outfit of the day/wardrobe diary last week on our first day in Hong Kong:


  • polo shirt: Guess Kids
  • striped shorts: Levi’s
  • shoes: Florsheim Kids
  • hat: from a store at Festival Mall

I am very proud of my boy because despite that he woke up very early on this day (I just shook him and said, “Anak, wake up na because we’re now going to Hong Kong”, he sprang up and even allowed me to bathe him…at 3:30 a.m. ito ha!) and even if he somehow sensed how stressed we were, he was behaved.  Behaved, as in he was not throwing tantrums (but not behaved as in he does not move…asa pa tayo kay Raviv!)  He just bore and grinned when we were running circles looking for places.  Anyway, part of his being relaxed I guess is the fact that he was in his stroller.  I tell you, a stroller in Hong Kong is a must!  Imagine na lang if Raviv was also walking during the two hours we were looking for that darn “Citybus Service Centre” ‘di ba?!?

Lemme show you more of his pictures at Madame Tussuads.  You would notice that it isn’t that many—that’s because at first, he was scared of the wax figures.  I would have wanted him to stand between and against the Brangelina wax figure para kunwari anak soya hung dalawa, but he was scared.

Later, however, we persuaded him to get “inside this Rembrandt painting”:

Look at that smile!  There was even another Chinese tourist who took photo of him and Randy, and in her rusty English, told me that Raviv was so cute.


Then little by little, we were able to remove his fear of the wax figures.  Pa’ano?  By checking out the wax figures’…

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When I Poisoned Raviv and Myself

(Draft written on Aug. 2, 9 a.m.-ish at the hospital)

Not many days ago, I was thinking whether I have a tendency of being a Münchausen mom.  Ever since I watched a documentary about Münchausen moms on Discovery Channel pre-Raviv, I have always thought about them.  See, Münchausen moms are moms who have Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy–these are moms who deliberately make their children sick because they love the attention they get when people fuss over them and feel sorry for them.

Right now I’m with Raviv at the hospital.  He has gastroentiritis and is a victim of food poisoning.  What and who are the culprits?  It was the tuna in the spaghetti I put and made him eat.

In short, I’m the culprit.  Am I a Münchausen mom?!?

Yesterday (Friday), I did not go to the office because I was avoiding someone.  To make myself productive and to be able to serve merienda to my guests (and for me to feel a modicum of domestication in my blood), I decided to cook.

First thing I cooked was spaghetti.  After cooking the pasta and sauce, I baked them together.  But since my container was small, there were some leftover pasta and sauce that did not fit into the container I put inside the oven.  I decided to call Raviv, who was then playing in our lawn, to eat what I was not able to bake.  Since not much meat was in the sauce, I poured our leftover sautéed tuna (which I found stored in the oven) into my spaghetti.  While waiting for Raviv, I tasted my spaghetti with tuna and ate some of it.  When Raviv came, he ravaged my spaghetti.  Then I moved on to cooking mini-burgers and revel bars.

Almost right after I was done cooking, my blogger friend, Architect Ging Domingo-Santos, arrived. With her were her husband, 3-year old daughter Allie, and foreman.  Ging was actually at our home because we plan to renovate our abode, and we hope she be our architect/interior decorator.  While we adults were discussing our plans for our home over dinner, Raviv and Allie were having the time of their lives sword fighting, “swimming” through Raviv’s toys, “reading” books, and finally, watching “Frozen” while eating mini-hamburgers.

Yaya Gigi said that the two bagets had huge appetites, and almost finished the mini-burgers I gave them.

Afterwards, a sad Raviv sent Allie to her parents to go home.


Not long after our guests left, Randy was shouting and calling my name. Entering our bedroom, I was surprised to see a puddle of vomit on our bed, by Raviv’s feet. Raviv was staring agape at his vomit, not saying anything. I assured him it was alright, and that people really vomit. I had Yaya Gigi bathe him again, while Randy and I changed sheets. Yaya Gigi surmised it was because Raviv was overfed. And then I let Raviv lay on the bed again. 

A few minutes later, I felt Raviv convulsing, and his stomach and chest were twitching! I panicked and was shouting! Then, after much effort, Raviv vomited again. Andami uling isinuka! I felt sorry for my little boy, and brought him to our bathroom to bathe him once more. But I have barely removed his clothes when he started convulsing, and with more difficulty, he vomited again. And then again, and again. He was already vomiting his gastric juices, as it seemed there was not a morsel of food stored in his stomach. I told Randy to bring Raviv to the nearest hospital ER.
Unfortunately for us, the nearest hospital to us was the hospital I loathed when I was pregnant. More misfortune, because it was almost filled and the doctor on duty barely had time to see us. Imagine, when Raviv was to vomit again, it took them about five minutes to hand us the kidney bowl where Raviv could vomit into!
Randy: Hay, bakit ngayon pa nangyari ito? Kung kelan pa Friday at may klase tayo bukas…
I: Onga e. Babe ganito na lang, ‘pag ni-confine si Raviv, ikaw ang uuwi ako na lang magbabantay. Kasi out of town ka bukas tapos maaga pa byahe mo. E ako UPCAT Refresher lang sa LB.
Randy: O sige. Tawagan ko si Irvin para itanong kung pwedeng sa hapon ka pa magturo.
While Randy was making the call, poor Raviv kept on vomiting. Kahabag-habag talaga because you can see he was in so much pain–it was as though his body were seized by an unearthly entity and was making him do things he did not want to!  At eto pa–he did NOT complain and he did NOT shed a single tear.  Yes, wala talaga! Even when the nurse came (finally!!!) and pricked him for the dextrose.  He just tried to pull his hand away when he felt the needle, but when I told him not to, he just relented quietly.

Grabe, sobrang bait ng anak ko! Kaya all the more nakakaawa.  All through his difficult ordeal, all he said was a quiet and croaky, “Water”. I was asking myself what could have caused this: was it because he grabbed dirt and ingested a minutiae of it?  Was it because I sprayed Baygon in his playroom earlier and he inhaled it or touched surface that still had the deadly pesticide residue?  Or was it…good heavens, No! It could not have been the food I cooked.  It just can’t be!
However, as we were waiting for Raviv to be transferred to a private room, I suddenly felt all queasy, and felt like vomiting, too.  I told Randy what I was feeling.

Raviv’s Wardrobe Diary #27: Sun, Sand and Surf Swimwear (June 24, 2014)

[Oh my goolai, bumabagyo na at lahat hindi ko pa rin pala napo-post ito!!!  I made this draft weeks ago, but was only reminded about this tonight.  Anyway, here it is]

Up to the day before our outing, I was still scouring mall with Raviv’s swimwear.  See, his old swimwear was already too tight.

Raviv and his super sexy swimwear at Tagaytay Highlands last year

When I went to SM, Spandex swimwear for toddler boys his age (or size) was nil.  I was told that it has been a week since the swimwear were pulled out, because it was already way past summer.  I also checked out Robinson’s.  Although it carried swimwear that would fit him, I did not like the designs available.  Chaka.  Tapos mahal pa.  So thanks but no thanks.  I was really desperate, because I knew Raviv would be so disappointed if he will not be permitted to swim in Punta Fuego’s swimming pool if he won’t not be wearing the “proper swimming attire”.

Good thing I remembered that I bought him board shorts about a year ago.  At that time, his shorts were still too big for him (but they were on sale!  So I had to buy!) so I just shoved them in his cabinet, on the “still-too-big-for-Raviv” shelf.

I got the shorts, tried it on Raviv and it was just perfect!  I realized it was even better than the usual Spandex swimwear because Raviv can just wear it and when he want to get wet, we just remove his shirt and voila!—instant swimwear!

Now here’s Raviv when Team Brain Train went to Punta Fuego:





  • abaca hat: from Shopwise (less than P100 ‘yan sa Shopwise!  Saw something similar at Rustan’s, P1,000++ grabe!)
  • white shirt: Old Navy
  • board shorts: Carter’s
  • footwear:  from Novo (P60 lang!)

I forgot to tell you, pati pala sa footwear ni Raviv na-stress ako the night before.  See, I thought he would be wearing the green, military-print Gingersnaps slippers given to him by my pedia friend Sugar, or his blue dog-face rubber sandals (also from Novo—cheaper because the pair’s only P40, but it looks classier) buuuuut—both were chewed by our bull mastiffs!  Ayun, Raviv has no beach-appropriate footwear.  So the night before, I asked Yaya Gigi to buy Raviv the same blue dog-face sandal rubber sandals at Novo.  But Yaya Gigi said that design was no longer available, thus she settled on the yellow footwear.  So ayan, mejo sablay ang footwear ng bagets.

Here are more photos of Ravivo at Punta Fuego:

With his pretty Nanay (sino kayayun? Winking smile)

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Summer Post Script Part 1: Changes

My Haggard-ous Versoza-ish summer has finally come to a halt.


Now, I can have this one-sided conversation with you again…momsterteacher.com, I’m sooooo back!  A lot, as in a LOOOOT of things happened during the summer.  But I was too busy troubleshooting them, or taking a break because of them, that I really had no time to write about them.  But since I want to immortalize them, I’m summarizing the significant things that happened to me during the last two months.  Also, the lessons I have learned this summer.

For this first post, I am going to have countdown of the changes that occurred.  While we know that “There is nothing permanent except change.” (Heraclitus), the summer that passed brought significant events that impacted our lives in a major way, or made me rethink several things.  Here they are:

5. I had hyperacidity!  And the pain it brought was no joke.

That’s why the sight of chocolates and too salty foods repulse me now. I used to think that people who squint their faces because of hyperacidity were just being OA.  Now I know better.  My hyperacidity rendered me absent for two days during the review.  Imagine that!  I will (try to..hehe) blog about hyperacidity more in depth-ly.  But to summarize, stress and bad diet are the major culprits.  Aaaand, watermelon saved me (thanks Tita Tess Dia-Melo for the advice!)

4. Raviv gained weight.

A loot of weight.  You want proof?  Here:

This was Raviv in March:

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Here he was in May:

photo (8)Dibaaaa?!?!

Not enough proof?  Well, less than a month ago I bought him clothes at Uniqlo (my new favorite store for Randy and Raviv!!!).  I knew he has become fatter, so I consulted our driver Dodong which size to buy.  His estimate was the same as mine, although I still had some doubts.

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But still, I got the size that Dodong and I thought was enough for Raviv.  But then…

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Try as we may, the two pairs of pants did not fit.  Waaaah!

I dunno why or how he gained that mich weight quickly, but it may be because:

a. He stopped going to school.
b. He very rarely goes out of our bedroom because it’s too freaking hot outside.  Ergo, his activities are just watching TV or playing with the iPad.
c. His Yaya Gigi overfed him.

Whatever the reason is, I’m trying to control Raviv’s weight now.  Randy has forbidden me to do so, because he thinks Raviv is sooo cute right now.  I agree that Raviv may be cuter now that he’s “chubbier”, but according to helpguide.org:

Overweight and obese children are at a greater risk of developing serious health problems such as:

  • type 2 diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • bone and joint problems
  • asthma
  • restless or disordered sleep patterns
  • liver and gall bladder disease
  • depression and low self-esteem


Childhood obesity doesn’t always lead to obesity in adulthood, but it does raise the risks dramatically.  The majority of children who are overweight at any time during the preschool or elementary school are still overweight as they enter their teens.  Most kids do not outgrow the problem.

So I better start acting now, right?  It’s not that I’m depriving Raviv of delicious foods—I’m just trying to add more fruits and veggies and meat, while minimizing junk food and sweets (which is often the cause of my and Randy’s debates: Randy would say, “Kelan mo papakainin ng masasarap?  ‘Pag matanda na at bawal na?  And I would say, “At least tumanda!  Hindi maagang namamatay!”)

3. Raviv is no longer Peter Parker—he is now Ben Tennyson a.k.a. Ben 10.

And as proof of how busy we are last summer, I don’t know how that happened.  Basta na lang one day nung umuwi ako, ayaw na n’ya kay Peter Parker at si Ben 10 na raw siya!  Everyone who knows how obsessed he is with Spider-man was shocked.

Remember these moments?

Waley na ‘yang mgayan!  These are what’s uso with Raviv now:

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I never thought this day would come when I would actually push Raviv to liking Spider-man.  Not too long ago I was so exasperated that Raviv wants to wear nothing but his Spider-man costume.

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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. Winking smile

Conversation 1

Randy bought Raviv this toy:

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Raviv loved it so much that he would play with it night and day.  Two days after its purchase, I noticed that the battery-operated car already had difficulty going up ramps.

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When we saw this at Toy Kingdom, Randy initially did not want to buy as he thought it cost at least P4000.  When he learned it was only P1000, wala nang isip-isip, buy na agad!

Me: Raviv I think your car needs a rest.  Look o, it’s no longer moving.  It’s already tired.

Raviv:  No Nanay, hindiyan tiredna-traffic lang.


Conversation 2

One time I was teaching Raviv the sounds of each alphabet letter…

Me:  “A”—its sound is “ah”…

Raviv:  Ah-ah-ah…apple!

Me: Very good!  Next this letter naman.D!

Raviv:  Duh-duh-duh…dede!

Me:  Nye!  That’s right.  But there are other words that start with letter “D”duh-duh-duhDog!

Raviv:  OK.  Duh-duh-duhdog!  Duh-duh-duhdoor!

Me:  Very good!  Next is the letter P.  Its sound is “puh”.  What starts with the letter P?

Raviv:  Puh-puh-puh…pitoytoy!!!

Me: Whaaaat?!?  Other words anak that start with “puh”!

Raviv:  Puh-puh-puh…puwet!

At may narinig akong malakas na tawang guilty sa labas ng kwarto sa likodSi Yaya Gigi. Mga pinagtututuro talaga sa bata!

Conversation 3

I was nagmamaktol to Randy because the bag I’ve been eyeing and intended to buy was no longer available.  I was supposed to buy it weeks ago when we were condo-hunting, but Randy did not want to drive to Greenbelt.

Me:  Baaaaaabe!!!  Wala na yung gusto kong bag!!!!

Randy:  Ow ganun ba?

Me:  Nabiliiiii naaaaa!

Randy:  ‘Yaan mo na.  Marami pa namang iba.

Me:  Wala na!  ‘Yun na ang gusto ko!  Bihira magka-available na yellow na Twiggy!  Tapos mura pa ‘yun!  Perfect nayun eh!

And then I was pouting and sulking and frowning.  And then biglang sumingit ang Raviv.

Raviv:  Nanay, ‘wag ka na ngang sensitive!

In fairness, napangiti ako kahit sobrang depressed ko.  I got a dose of my own medicine—see, when Raviv cries over something said to him, we always tell him, “Raviv ‘was kang kang sensitive.”  Ayun, ako naman ang nasabihan.

Similar to the bag that got awaywaaaah!!!! Image courtesy of www.fashionphile.com

Conversation 4


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Gingersnaps: Celebrating 20 Years of Style

Advertorial/Press Release

Gingersnaps is one of the brands I love most.  Every time I see a Gingersnaps boutique, it’s impossible for me not to take a double turn.  Why?  Because it passed my litmus test with flying colors when it comes to my three major considerations when buying clothes for my unico hijo:

  1. Affordable – check!  Gingersnaps clothes may not be cheap, but considering nos. 2 and 3, I’d say that the price is reasonableyou won’t feel na-holdap after buying.
  2. Of good quality – check!  When I first touched my son’s soft skin, I cringed at the thought of letting him wear anything rough or something that won’t let his skin breathe.  Moreover, it’s necessary that the clothes be sturdy, considering that kids are carefree and very active.
  3. Fashionable – check! It used to be that one of my regrets not having a baby girl was not having a “doll” to dress up.  But it’s not true that mommies of girls have all the fun!  Baby boys are more challenging to dress up fashionably, yes, but Gingersnaps is up to the challenge!  In fact, Raviv was wearing a Gingersnaps polo on the debut of Raviv’s Wardrobe Diary more than a year ago!

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Thus when Gingersnaps invited Raviv and me to attend its 20th Anniversary and fashion show (via email and via snail mail), I made sure we attended!

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And we are glad we did!


Daphne Osena-Paez hosted the show.

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