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

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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Raviv’s Wardrobe Diary #21.2: King of Hearts (Feb. 1, 2014)

Happy Sunday!!!

How was your Valentine’s?  Did you have a date?  If none, naku, wala kayo kay Raviv!  After playing at Active Fun on the very first day of the love month, nakadiskarte na si Raviv.  And take note, super pretty ng girl!   Take a  look:

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Image from Mars Ilagan

toddler love team

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Di baaaa?!?!  Does it not remind you of when you were in your junior-senior prom, biglang naging sweet ang music, at ang mga lalaki nagkaron ng soft yet determined expressions on their faces?  ‘Yung parang magtatapat naTapos tayong mga girls pa-demure naman na parang delicate flower?  Ahahaha!!!

Well if you’re wondering whether Raviv and Lia (that’s the pretty girl Raviv was with) actually attended a prom or a dance, hindi namanHaha.  This actually happened during the Gingersnaps’ 20th Anniversary and Fashion Show.

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Raviv’s Wardrobe Diary #21.1: At the Johnson’s Baby Powder Play Factory (Feb. 1, 2014)

On Saturday last week, Raviv and I had a full day:  first, Raviv, Randy and I went for a hike early in the morning.  When we got home we just showered and went to Bonifacio Global City to attend two totally disparate events.

Our first stop was at the launch of the Johnson’s Baby Powder Play Factory at Active Fun at Bonifacio Global City.

active fun Johnson'sImage lifted from Johnsons Baby Philippines

And of course I knew Raviv will be playing and playing!  So I had him wear something comfortable and cool.  This was he at the event:

Raviv Wardrobe DiaryYes, pinag-stripes on stripes ko siya!  Same color combo (white and blue) but opposites on two aspects: top was widely-spaced and horizontal; shorts were pinstriped and vertical

And here’s a closer look at his outfit details:

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Raviv’s Wardrobe Diary #20 : Happy New Class! (Jan. 8, 2014)

This third quarter, Raviv has already been transferred to the iExplore Class from the iDiscover class.  I was so excited to hear this, because before the start of the his second quarter at school, the head teacher of his iDiscover class told me she has long recommended Raviv to be transferred to the iExplore class, as Raviv was already ready to be in the bigger and older kids’ class even though he was still several months away from his third birthday.

Unfortunately at that time the iExplore class was jam-packed and there was no slot for my baby bear.

On Raviv’s first day of classes this year (start of his 3rd quarter), I was not able to go with him to school as our busy months have already begun—I left early for an important meeting.  Imagine my disappointment when, upon getting home, I was told that Raviv was already transferred to the iExplore class!!!  He was brought to his old classroom but then his teachers told Yaya Isay that Raviv was to go to iExplore already!

So the following day, I made sure I would accompany Raviv to his second day of classes in his new class.  Here he was a few minutes before Randy and I brought him to school:



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Here is my little boy’s outfit details:

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Conversations with Raviv Part 3

Are you ready for more of Raviv’s wisdom and wit?  Pwes, lezz hear it!

raviv the sageHe’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 baMadaling 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!

nanay dew and raviv at bioresearch zoo 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 nap.  However, lunch break was almost over and yet he was still wide awake.  I rose from the bed, but he held me so I won’t leave.  I lay down beside him again and spoke to him gently.

Me:  Raviv, Nanay has to leave.

Raviv:  No!!!  No!!!  Nanay dito ka lang!

Me:  Raviv, I have to work anak…

Raviv:  ‘Wag kang work Nanay…’wag nang work…

Me:  Baby if Nanay does not work we won’t have money.  If we won’t have money, we cannot buy milk for you, toys for you, food for you…so Nanay has to work.

Raviv:  ‘Pag hindi ka nag-work wala na akong toys?

Me:  Yes baby.  Wala na tayong pambili ng toys mo…

Raviv kept quiet and got his feeding bottle and drank his milk.  Then he turned and saw me still lying down beside him.  He removed the bottle from his mouth, stopped drinking from it, looked at me with much conviction and said…

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Raviv:  O Nanay, alis ka na!  Work ka na.  Para may pambili tayo ng toys ko.

At bumalik sa pagdede.  OK, so dismissed na talaga ako!

  • Raviv the Understanding Son of a Working Mom 2

Just a few hours ago, while Raviv and I were resting…

Raviv:  Nanay hindi ka na work?

Me:  Yes Baby.  Nanay is finished working.

Raviv:  Work ka pa Nanay work ka pa!  Para marami akong toys…

Nyeh.  If he were older I’d have thought he was being sarcastic.  Or was he?

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Wardrobe Diary #52: Party Mom (Dec. 20, 2013)

I attended two parties today:  Raviv’s Christmas party at school and the Christmas party of some small groups/Bible study groups at church.

Randy’s Seal of Disapproval

Before I show you my outfit, unahan ko na kayo:  Randy wrinkled his nose upon seeing my outfit, and declared, “Hindi mukhang pang-Mommy! (What the fudge di ba?!?  Gusto ba n’yang mommy na mommy ang peg ko?)”

I replied, “Basta gusto ko!”

So here I was, and you be the judge:


And here’s a closer look at the details:



Back to the happenings of the day. :)

Raviv’s Christmas Party

First stop is Raviv’s Christmas party at school.  I was really glad because

1) Raviv received more gifts from his classmates/schoolmates!  Remember he celebrated his birthday the previous day?  Well, andaming pahabol na gifts!  In my heart I knew that whatever each gift contained, I was very grateful to these parents who made some effort to make my kid happy.  If you’re reading this, thank you so much!!!  I super appreciate you all!

2)  Finally, Raviv participated in his class presentation; I mean, naki-cooperate naYoohoo!  He participated in the second presentation, in their “staging” of Mary Had a Little Lamb!  You know why?  Because his role was a lamb na gumagapang sa pagsunod kay Mary! Ayun, cooperative kasi may kalikutan na involved!  Heto o at nangunguna pa!

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And here’s a video:

He also participated in another presentation, which was a caroling.

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On this day, printed copies of the kids’ photos were also handed out.

Here is Raviv with his classmates:

And here’s Raviv’s solo pic:

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In fairness, nagkabungayung effort namin na ipa-smile siya nung picture-taking!

Now lezzgow to my Christmas party!

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It was a super fun Christmas party!  If you guys think being a Christian would make you uncool and manang, think again!  In fact my spiritual leader, Rhia Frio and many other mommies complimented my get-up. ;)  I told them that Randy did not like it because it was “hindi pang-Mommy”, and they told me Randy was mistaken!

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Raviv’s Amazing(ly Simple) DIY Spider-Man Themed 3rd Birthday Celebration at School

Hi there friendly neighborhood critters, este, creatures!  I want to share with you how we celebrated Raviv’s birthday at school last Thursday.  All in all I think prep was just two days.  Talaga!  Like I said, last week was super busy:

  • Monday – Raviv’s field trip + Brain Train Christmas Party
  • Tuesdayhabol ng work sa office + review ng Rejoinder ng kaso namin; then in the afternoon ginawa ‘yung invitation ni Raviv.  I was so lucky because our student assistant Jonathan Austria (who happens to be a amateur great layout artist) dropped by, so hinugot ko siya to create my concept of Raviv’s Spider-man-themed invitation.  It’s simple yet many complimented it.  Here it is:

…which I put in a brown paper and sealed with a Spider-man sticker.

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  • Wednesday – went to DOJ to file our Rejoinder sa case namin, and then when I got home at about 4 p.m. that’s when I started preparing for Raviv’s birthday celebration, which was on the following day at 9:40 a.m.!
    Grabe no?!?  Bad trip talaga ‘yung kasong ‘yunNakakaubos ng time.  I want to rant about it more but I want to stay positive.  After all, we are talking about my son’s birthday celebration.  Plus, I’ve already surrendered this case to the Big Guy up who knows everything.
    Anyway, here are some photos of Raviv’s simple Spider-man themed birthday celebration at school:


spiderman party lootbag diy

Why the balloon?  Nako, nagkamali ng balloon na inilagay ‘yung saleslady!  I ordered 30 Spider-man mylar balloons like these:
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and four of these small balloons.  Binaligtad!  I discovered late that she put only four of the Spider-man-shaped mylar balloons and 30 of the round ones.  Hay naku!!!

By the way, these are the contents of the lootbag:

contents of spiderman themed party lootbagContents: Spiderman balloon, jigsaw puzzle, M&M’s milk chocolates, homemade chocolate chip cookies + snickerdoodles, bath gel, fruit pudding gelatin and tiny fruit-flavored juice


Nako, the cakes were rushed!  Since my sched was so hectic I totally forgot the cakes!  As in I told the cakemakers only a few days before!  Buti na lang they were so nice to singit my request!

The mini-cupcakes were from Bites, whose owner is my blogger friend Maggie Agustin.


And this amazing Spider-man cake was from another friend, Iris de Ramos of Rainbow Confections:


What I love about Bites and Rainbow Confections is that aside from the cakes looking pretty, they are yummy too!  These days kasi there are lots of cakemakers who just focus on the aesthetics, kebs na kung lasang papel ang cake.  But not Bites and Rainbow Confections.

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When A Child Was Born…Three Years Ago

Dear Raviv,

Christmas lost its spark when I learned Santa Claus was not real.  My excitement over hanging socks and waiting for Santa’s gifts made Christmas special, so Christmas became just an ordinary holiday for me when I learned the truth behind Santa as a kid.

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My Christmases as a teenager were no better.  Same old every year—my parents would drag me to family reunions (where I had no cousins my age) to eat the walang kamatayang buko salad, spaghetti and chocolate cake that were a staple, and wait miserably until we go home.  If I was lucky I’d receive a present or two.  And that was it.  Honestly, I have always preferred Araw ng mga Patay…at least I could watch Shake, Rattle & Roll reruns during reunions, and upon getting home I raced to our TV set to not miss the Halloween Special of Magandang Gabi Bayan.

Christmas became a tad happier for me when I married your Tatay, as he has always been excited about Christmas.  He was always jovial and always excited about Noche Buena.  He is so childlike—Christmas has always been a big deal for him!  His excitement rubbed a little off me, but most of the time I’d just humor him…I’ll just cook something special for Noche Buena and eat it with him.  I thought Christmas would always be, mediocre at best, for me.  I thought that nothing exciting would ever happen on Christmas.

And then Christmas 2010 happened.  The whole day on December 25 that year, I was in labor.  We were not expecting you for two more weeks, but then you were just so eager to change my perspective about Christmases!  But since you probably wanted your birthday “to have an identity”, you waited a little and popped out of me at 12:10 a.m. on December 26.

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It has been three years since you came into our lives.  How I now view Christmas definitely changed:  it has become extra special!  And even better, every day with you has become Christmas for us!  You gift us with your smiles, your laughter, the funny things that you do and say practically every second.

And no one else could give us that gift!  After the birthday of Jesus Christ is your birthday!  And next to the gift of eternal life that Jesus Christ’s birth gave the world, the gift of eternal pride and happiness that your birth gave us is the best gift ever.

Tonight, as I remembered that the celebrations are far from over because tomorrow is your big day, a surge of nostalgia enveloped me.  I’m amazed at how far you’ve come!  From being an ugly baby,

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Raviv’s Wardrobe Diary #18: Smile! (Nov. 28, 2013)

On this day, Raviv’s toddler class was scheduled to have the students’ pictures taken.  So although there was no dress code and I always make it a point that Raviv always looks good in school, I took extra effort in Raviv’s porma today.  Here’s what he wore to his toddler class’s picture-taking:

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Binatang-binata na ang little man ko ‘no?!?  Aaand, he carried his outfit rather well, doncha think?

I know that the rolled-sleeves polo on top of a cotton shirt is already common.  But this is the first time I let Raviv wear such an ensemble because:

  1. I don’t like this on adults.  I usually see this porma (polo on shirt) either on a woman who tries to look like man (to hide boobies, I guess) , or a vertically-and-horizontally-challenged guy with no fashion sense.
  2. Raviv easily sweats, and he sweats a lotlayered clothing will just make him sweat like a pig!  Thus the shirt I had him wear under the polo was very, very soft and made of thin fabric.

Here’s a closer look at the details of my little man’s outfit-ey:

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