Summer Post Script Part 1: Changes

My Haggard-ous Versoza-ish summer has finally come to a halt. YAHOOOOOO!!!! Now, I can have this one-sided conversation with you again…, 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 … [Read more...]

Glory of Love

Why the title?  Because one of the famous lyrics of that song is I am a man who will fight for your honor… Pero baligtad.  Kasi ‘yung girls ang nagfa-fight for the honor of the guys here in my stories ;)  Starring Yaya Isay and Ate Alona :) Our household has two pairs of lovebirds.  Our helpers being couples is a double-edged sword:  it’s good because 1) They’re not kitiki-text as their “babes” are working with them; and 2) Because they’re happy that they get their dose of romance—wholesome ang ibig kong sabihin—as they go out at night and have dates on their days off.  But it’s also bad because 1) They tend to always side with their jowas; and 2) They’re a package deal—you keep one, you keep both; you get rid of one, you get rid of two. Anyhoo, I just want to share with you how bemused I was how proud our Ate Alona and Yaya Isay are of their Kuya Peter and Kuya Dodong, respectively.  Adonis na adonis ang trato sa kanila nina Yaya Isay and Ate Alona!  And that’s great of … [Read more...]

The Yaya Dialogues Part 2

Due to the number of requests I have gotten to feature our househelp and nannies again, I really paid attention to our helpers' conversations these past days.  And here is the result of my eavesdropping: The evening after watching That's My Boy in Eat Bulaga... Yaya Isay:  Ma'am, isali natin si Kuya (Raviv--cousin Yoona calls him Kuya) sa That's My Boy!  May sumali dun na 3 years old lang ang talent niya sabihin [sic] niya 'yung kung saang bansa 'yung mga flag.  Si Kuya mag-identify naman ng mga animals.  'Di ba ang galing ni Kuya magsabi ng mga pangalan ng animals?  Hindi ko nga alam 'yang mga pinagsasabi n'yang mandrill pati baboon at saka 'yung jackal!  Excited na akoooo!!! Alona, butting in:  Ano ba 'yang That's My Boy saan ba 'yan? Yaya Isay:  Sa Eat Bulaga. Alona:  Ay GMA pala...kaya hindi ko alam.  Naku 'wag nyong pasalihin si Raviv diyan! Yaya Isay: Bakit naman? Alona:  Kasi GMA 'yun, eeew!  Pang-ABS CBN si Raviv no! Yaya Isay:  E wala namang pang-2 … [Read more...]

Madramang Wednesday!

I'll go straight to the point...I'm still too exhausted of long talks! Drama #1: Employee vs. Employer At 5 a.m., I was roused from sleep with the bomb that Randy dropped: "Uy, hindi na raw babalik si Cynthia (our helper).  Kung galit daw tayo o si Lina (our other helper) sa kanya, hindi na raw siya babalik." I was roused because I was riled.  What the?!?  Background story:  On Sunday, Yaya Tet declared she is going to have to leave Yoona...Yaya Tet has a new lovelife...ibabahay na raw siya ng new boyfie niya!  First time daw niyang  yayain ng boyfriend na ibahay in all her 42 years of existence (take note, one week pa lang silang magkakilala!) ergo, she has to grab this opportunity.  Of course, this posed a problem for my brother & my sister-in-law, especially because my sister-in-law is bound for Spain next week to pursue her master's degree.  Our helper, Cynthia, was recommending her friend who lives in Subic.  On Monday, Cynthia had her day off.  Little did we know … [Read more...]

Wardrobe Diary #20: Shirt Dress on Yaya Isay’s Birthday (Aug. 5, 2012)

Yaya Isay celebrated her birthday yesterday, Aug. 5, 2012.  Actually, her birthday falls every 4th of August, but since 1.) Uno celebrated his birthday on Saturday; and 2) We had classes Sunday early morning, it was decided that Yaya Isay was to celebrate her birthday on Sunday evening after our classes, so everyone could stay up late. Anyway, here's what I wore on Sunday as I taught for five hours before Yaya Isay's birthday celebration: … [Read more...]

Why Cousin Yoona Cried

If you guessed it was Yaya Isay's doing, you're partly right! If you're no longer new to my blog, you probably know how protective Yaya Isay is of Raviv.  Waaay more protective than I even am.  As in nothing is ever Raviv's fault.  And because Raviv's only other baby ka-interaction is his cousin Yoona, in the eyes of Yaya Isay, it's always Yoona who's at fault. Like, just about a week ago, Yaya Isay made sumbong (I know, I know, it's just that I can't think of a better term) that "Sinabunutan ni Yoona si Karbee Ma'am..."  I replied with a dispassionate, "Ow talaga?" and went on to do my stuff.  Later after I've had my lunch, Raviv and Yoona were in Raviv's playpen when I reached for Raviv's cheek to kiss him before I proceed to my class.  Raviv wanted me to get him, and cried "Na!  Na!  Nana!"  Unfortunately, I can't get him because I really had to go.  Then, he started pinching Yoona's face (I think he was doing it so I would get him).  I told Yaya Isay what Raviv was doing (she … [Read more...]

The Girls of Raviv

Girl 1: Raviv's First Kiss (I'm talking about Raviv's first, non-parent, open-mouth-with-saliva kiss!) About two Thursdays ago, Randy and I went to Alabang to do some last minute personal shopping before the start of our hectic summer.  We brought Raviv with us, and Yaya Isay also came along.  I did some bag shopping at Alabang Town Center, and then off we went to Festival Mall to do some grocery shopping at Shopwise.  During the short drive from ATC to Festival Mall, Raviv fell asleep.  Patay, eh the plan was he would play in this "cushioned pay playground" (dunno what to call it!) at Shopwise.  But I was confident he would be up and about once he sees kids and toys.  And I was right!  We carried him inside the playground and shook him, and then voila:  Mabuhay! … [Read more...]

Vocabulary Lessons from Yaya Tet

My niece Yoona's Yaya Tet is naughty...very naughty.  In fact, she was my manita last Christmas, and on her paper beside her name was what she wanted to receive (I asked everyone to write their wishlist)--she wrote "sexy see-through blouse, 'yung large".  Just last week, I gave her a red blouse that was almost translucent--the kind that you NEED to have a camisole underneath.  She was very grateful when she got it, and when Alona said that she should buy a camisole for it, Tet narrowed her eyes at Alona and frowned, "Bakit lalagyan pa ng panloob?  Kaya nga gusto ko ng see-through eh!  Black na bra lang para aninag 'yung bra!" … [Read more...]

I’m A Boy!!!

Last Sunday, the Ladagas plus our helpers plus Randy's friend Hernan Anonuevo had an early summer treat:  we went to Majayjay and then did some shoe-shopping in Liliw after (I'll blog about it separately).  Because of our number, we used the "BRAIN TRAIN mobile" a.k.a. our white L300 FB.  At first, Raviv sat with me and his Tatay Randy in front, but then got bored with my constant, "No Raviv!" (naman, pinapakialaman ang manibela at gear!!!), so he transferred to the back with his nannies.  When we were near Majayjay, Yaya Isay was making parinig (fart, I sound pa-conyo!) that we should take notice of Raviv...nagpapa-cute daw si Raviv, and "..sana ma-picture-an si Karbee kasi ang cute..."  Of course, despite my vertigo, I had to take pictures. Raviv, with milk drool, was smiling and making cute faces the whole time.  Because of his mood and because of my envy over mommies who have baby girls (whom they dress in pretyy, pretty clothes!), I had an idea!  (wink!)  Seeing the two … [Read more...]

Yaya Isay the Child Molester

The night after Raviv's haircut, as we were dressing Raviv up, putting petroleum jelly on his bottom... Yaya Isay:  Nagulat talaga ako kanina nung nakita ko si Karbee, nung bagong gupit.  Ang puge! Me: Iniisip nga namin ni Randy kung bagay eh... Yaya Isay:  Bagay kaya Ma'am!  Binatang-binata na...naku, sigurado ako maraming maghahabol dito 'pag binata na.  Sasakit ng ulo ni Nanay mo Raviv!  Dapat gwapo ka ha?  Dapat mas matalbugan mo sa kagwapuhan si ******. Then Yaya Isay moved to put petroleum jelly on Raviv's groin area... … [Read more...]