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...]

Raviv’s Wardrobe Diary #36: The Ladaga Boys’ National TV Debut (Feb. 19, 2016)

Last Sunday, we all eagerly awaited for Randy’s TV appearance. See, when we entered Drogo in the UP SAVER Pet Show, Randy was interviewed by a TV program. I’m so sorry I really can’t recall the title of the program (I have already tried Googling it, to no avail). That was before Drogo was even declared the winner. Even though it aired on neither ABS-CBN nor GMA, we were still excited to see how the interview would turn out. Randy told Mama (his mom) about it, and very early on Sunday last week, Mama came over. Randy played it cool, pero ang totoo n’yan, he decided not to take pictures of birds that morning when he remembered his TV appearance. Hehe. Randy: O ang aga n’yo, Ma! Mama: Eh syempre ‘di ba sabi mo lalabas ka sa TV? Tingnan natin kung telegenic ka. Randy: E mamaya konti lang naman ang scenes ko dun… Mama: Ha? Akala ko sabi mo in-interview ka? Pinagsabi ko pa naman sa mga kamag-anak natin na abangan ka at panoorin ka.   And Randy turned red. Hahaha! Being … [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...]

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 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...]

Wardrobe Diary #70: It Takes Gutz to Rub Elbows with the Gutierrezes (April 18, 2015)

Hello! I’m still reeling from a hectic day of travelling and teaching. So as much as I have promised myself I’m gonna blog about Gymboree Sta. Rosa’s Grand Launching, I feel it’s too much work (I have 1,600+++ photos to choose from. Waaah!) In place of that, here’s another Wardrobe Diary entry, featuring my outfit-ey when I “rubbed elbows" with la familia Gutierrez! Had I not been extra, super duper to the max haggardous organizing our grand lunching/open house/Zion’s birthday party, I’d have gone shopping to buy an outfit especially for the occasion. But since I had zilch time and energy, I had to make do with what’s already in my closet. The night before the big day, I finally decided to wear this: (Photos taken after the event, when I finally had the time to smile and breathe) jumpsuit: Forever 21 necklace: XOXO watch: Motherhood’s Philip Stein stilettos: Aldo bag: Balenciaga Velo I kept it simple, choosing to wear only two colors. None in this ensemble … [Read more...]

Raviv’s Dinosaur-Themed Gymboree Birthday Party Part 3: Wardrobe Diaries

Continued from Raviv’s Dinosaur-Themed Gymboree Birthday Party Part 2: The Most Fun Party, Ever! and Raviv’s Dinosaur-Themed Gymboree Birthday Party Part 1: The DIY Decor & Aesthetics I had a difficult time looking for Raviv’s outfit. I looked for it online and in children’s clothing boutiques. Nada. I thought it was easy to look for clothes with dinosaur prints because they were everywhere when Raviv was still a baby. But for some reason, dinosaur prints were no longer as popular for toddlers! I didn’t want Raviv to wear a full-on dinosaur hunter costume because he has worn something like that on his jungle safari first birthday party. Good thing I dropped by SM Department Store a few days before Raviv’s birthday, because I was eager to use the P3,000 worth of gift checks that SM Kids Fashion gave me... …because wouldn’t you know it, I found the perfect ensemble there! Look: I got an inner shirt with the body of a dragon (but looks like a dinosaur when the … [Read more...]