Baby Number 2: Expectations and Preparations

Sunday, September 27

Hi Mommsies!

I wanted to talk about how life has been but first let me start with a very exciting news! Yes you're right. A and I are pregnant with our number 2.


Preparing for pregnancy and motherhood is never an easy thing. It's a crazy thing to think that in just a few months I will be a mom of two little brats. lol!
Well my babies are always a treasure to me mommsies.
You know that we all do.

This second pregnancy is very different with my first one, Adrian.
I had to deal with morning sickness in my first trimester and also experienced a little dizziness. It was a very unconfortable moment that there were times I would even eat my dinner and throw it all up and then eat again. With baby number 2, all I had in mind was that if my body could make it with all the pressures at work and at home with my baby boy Adrian who is now by the way three.

I wanted to let you all know that I am also at the same time happy and at the same time in doubt if whether A and I could afford to have another one. I was really surprised when I found out. I told A right away through chat since I was in Ayala that time and all I could think of was that I was just maybe having anemia attacks since I was always feeling drowsy and dizzy, only to find out then that I am pregnant. Yes, two lines on the pregnancy test kit.

A and I could not muffle the words to say and the courage to face yet another milestone of our married life.

Here are some of the things we have experienced with this journey that you might as well take note of:

1. Worrying with our first born child. When we found out, all I had in my mind was Adrian, of course I super love our baby boy and I was worried about his welfare at the same time. I was worried that maybe I would no longer have enough time for him, that I might overlook all his needs. The worry goes on and on, that I tend to neglect myself for our new baby. This is not a good thing mothers, since we need to set enough time for both. It was really hard for me at first since I am a working mom. All I wanted now is for me to slowly accept the reality. The great real deal of having another angel. That to me is just overwhelming which leads me to item number 2.

2. Having a second child can seem to be overwhelming. I have started reading about self help posts related to this and here are some of them.

3. Preparing our First Child for Baby Number 2. Adrian is used to have all our attention in the house most specifically since we are both working, we need to spend more time during the weekends with him. Our budget was the utmost priority during this very moment as well as time. How we manage our time and money now is very essential to all our decisions. That is why for me it was best for us to settle first the priorities before giving birth like out Church Wedding. It was only simple and we even planned it before we knew we were expecting. For me that is the big plus to us since we will now embark on being husband and wife and responsible parents to our children. We learned a lot from the seminar (Pre-cana) which i will also be sharing on my next post. Here are a few which I found helpful.

4. Preparing for another Birth Plan. I gave birth via CS Section with Adrian, so we were fortunate to conceive when Adrian turned three. I was already on the brim of giving up my job since I knew I had to focus with my children and thinking of getting an online home-based job instead. Preparing for another birth is never an easy thing. Every decision you are going to make should benefit yourself, your employer and your family. Decisions are hard during this times for me and A. I knew then that I had to make extra efforts to make this journey all worth and not be a burden to anyone. Here are some helpful posts too:

5. Getting ready for our second baby. The nice things about it is that A and I wouldn't need so many things to buy, what we only need is to prepare the household upon the arrival of the new member to our little family. At least now, we already both know what to do unlike when we had the first one when we had to consult almost anyone especially my mom before we do anything with our little one. It is still very important to declutter the house and provide ample space conducive for the baby. For now, that is our utmost concern and priority as well as planning to buy our own mini refrigerator to store some of our baby foods and milk supplies.

I hope the odds will be on our favor now. We are praying for the best especially a healthy baby and a safe delivery.

New Media Meetup 2 for Press Freedom Week

Friday, September 25

InnoPub Media, SMART Communications, Inc and PLDT and VECO hosted the New Media Meet-up this September 25, 2015 holiday in the Philippines. The event was held at the PLDT Multipurpose Hall in time for Cebu's Celebration for the Press Freedom Week.

There's this path that you just got to follow to be in the light in the generation of new media(photo from @halle_ric instagram account)

photo from @kalamicebu instagram account
The event was graced by Cebu's journalists, writers, bloggers, photographers and masscom students from different universities. There were discussions and sharing on tips on journalism and tips for surviving in the new digital media with the advance development of technology.

This year, the team tackled more on engaging readers through effective visual communication, mobile journalism in the modern world. Learning about writing strong leads for the start of the write-up (Ledes) as well as the Basic Coding literacy on HTML and CSS, using Markdown to simplify the coding process in updating and publishing online works.

a great resource for bloggers and news writers is this site as well as
(photo from @mommywanders instagram)

Speakers were Vic Kintanar, multi-awarded photojournalist, Sun Star editor-in-chief Isolde Amante and Max Limpag, InnoPub Media co-founder. Also present in the event were Istorya.Net founders.

Vic Kintanar speaking about Visual Communication
(photo from @bee_con instagam account)

photo from istoryanet Learning a lot about writing from Isolde Amante 

istoryanet Max & Marlen Limpag, @beorski, and Victor Kintanar 

Smart Communications also shared there products to us and showed us their product lines namely, PLDT Home Ultera, PLDT KaAsenso Cyberya, and SMART Money, and a whole lot more. If you want to know more of this you may visit their office or check them out online.

The group also had a giveaway to the first three early comers, some raffles giving away powerbanks c/o PLDT and a photo contest on instagram using the tips and tricks discussed on Photo Journalism.

Personally, I must say kudos to the event organizers it was a really productive seminar, All I noticed and felt during the whole session was a strong feeling of passion, professionalism and sense of helping one another all through-out. I was seated next to USJR masscom students there and felt there intense will to learn from the experts. Lunch was on the organizers, the attendees were surely glad and it was clearly seen on our faces (although i am more of like looking really serious staring at the Lechon lol!)

photo from @kalamicebu IG account

photo from @kalamicebu instagram

Thanks to the event sponsors, SMART and PLDT as well as InnoPub Media!

Official event hashtags #cebupressfreedomweek #newmediameetup #livemore 

Thankful for Today

Monday, September 14

I know I am not a great person.
I have my own weaknesses, mistakes with which I often think of as a disparity of what my parents told me when I was still younger.
I grew up in a simple family in the Philippines with meager ways of living.

I can't seem to think of it as a life I wished for but for sure I knew it was a life I wanted to improve.
I had a vision.
A vision to help my family.
As the eldest amongst four siblings, I had my fair share of the household chores to baby sitting my younger sister and brother.
The scene from my memory is not at all flattering.
It was very tiresome for me.

Time to be positive and ultimately Lean on to God for all the challenges my way.
I see it as challenging since my life now and my career does not seem to work to well but I know and I trust in God for everything.

I am thankful that despite all the mistakes I have had committed, I can still recover from it and that there is always another chance to bring myself up.

Just so as this blog who has been my daily companion, this blog has become my strength to go on..

I know I don't have much , but I know I have the world to tell of what life can be.
It can be hard, it can be frustrating, but that's just how it is.

We are winners after all.
We all have our own battles to fight and win.

Let us all stay strong and have a lot of faith.
For we know that God's love will never cease.

Share the love my fellow mommies.
My fellow workers.
My fellow bloggers.
My friends from all over the world.

As you read this post, think of the things that you have and what you are grateful for.
Appreciate all of life's complexities and circumstances.

Breathe. Get up and Live!


Sugbu Mercado: Weekend Food Market [Update]

Friday, September 11

Sugbo Mercado Weekend Food and Lifestyle Market finally opens on September 25, 2015! Starting with fifty food and lifestyle product providers, Sugbo Mercado will be the first and the biggest year-round weekly food and lifestyle market in Cebu!
The event has been rescheduled to open September 25, 2015

Located on a wooded, grassy knoll at the corner of Geonzon and Villa Streets (beside Avida Showroom Office) in IT Park, Sugbo Mercado is proud to partner with Cebu Holdings Incorporated. We bring together the best of the best of Cebu as well as budding new entrepreneurs in the local food & lifestyle products industry to showcase their products in a tour de force of local pride.

Joining us for our launching weekend are our co-presentors: the biggest global brand in online classifieds, OLX Philippines; the purveyor of the Philippine Experience, The Islands Group; and Digitel Mobile Philippines' Sun Cellular.
"Kung dili na gamiton, ibaligya na" goes OLX Philippines' tagline as it allows the exploration of the old saying that goes, "one man's discard is another's treasure." Say, "Yesss, yaman!" at onsite pickups or swap meets, get free discount coupons from OLX to use at participating Sugbo Mercado tenants and catch OLX's brand ambassador, Jewel, perform live onstage!

Sugbo Mercado goes local all the way to our entertainment with opening night performances by fresh, independent Cebuano talents. David Wilde X Zeejacob headlines the lineup with Jameson Tenorio and Smurf. Now Brisbane-based, international hoops sensation Celi Toledo drops in to spin. Rising hiphop star JID Durano's music video for his latest single "Issues" goes on a second local public release with a feature performance by the man himself.

Initially operating on Fridays and Saturdays between 4PM to 2AM, Sugbo Mercado would also be an alternative open-air events space catering to corporate or product launches and roadshows on top of regular in-house entertainment activities like food showdowns, bands, shows, and other promotions.

Sugbo Mercado is also sponsored by the easiest way to order online from over 500 restaurants, foodpanda. foodpanda officially launches at Sugbo Mercado later in the month with a lineup of their restaurant-partners present. Catch the foodpanda Panda mascot live as he brings fun, prizes and surprises!

For inquiries, contact 09173088876 or message them at facebook/sugbomercado.

See you all at Sugbo Mercado!

D' Roof Garden Consolacion: A Unique Events Place in Cebu

Wednesday, September 9

Cebu already has a lot of places to hold events for special occasions may it be Birthdays, Anniversaries, Reunion, your child's Baptism, Debut or Barkada Reunions.

If you are looking for a new exciting and tranquil environment in the mountains of Casili, Consolacion or if you live within the Northern part of Cebu, I highly recommend this place for you.

D' Roof Garden offers a place where you can spend quality time with your friends and loved ones too.
It is a unique place to celebrate. It is the next venue and one-of-a kind rooftop venue for your special occasions.

I personally love the Garden feel of the environment and scenic views of the mountains on the roof top which made me and A decide to hold our wedding reception there.

Some photos taken during that wonderful day.

We were truly thankful for the good weather that time. It was a wonderful moment to celebrate our wedding especially that the Bijag family were also so accommodating to all of us.

If you are in the middle of planning your wedding, you can come and visit this place. Make your big day memorable and unique but in an affordable way.

If you are on a wedding budget, they currently have promo package which includes a package of bridal car, one (1) overnight stay at our fully furnished unit & use of roof garden with tables & chairs maximum of 100 guests for only P8,000.00. (catering not included, but they have a separate food package to choose from).

Here are some of the packages they also offer at a reasonable price:

ALL-IN-ONE PACKAGE for wedding at P30,000---venue, food & drinks for 60 pax,  1 bottle of sparkling red wine, overnight stay at the Prince Rard Wee Room of the condo with breakfast good for two, bridal car.

ALL-IN-ONE PACKAGE for debut at P25,000---venue, food & drinks for 60 pax, 1 bottle of sparkling red wine, use of airconditioned dressing room.

ALL-IN-ONE PACKAGE for other occasions-birthday/baptismal/reunion at P18,000---venue, food & drinks for 60 pax, small balloons-2 dozens, loot bags 20pcs.

Optional additional orders/services not included in the package:

    cake, lechon (no corkage,if ordered outside), host, clown, sweet corner, additional balloons,choco fountain, tarpaulin,photo/video package, give-aways, invitations,loot bags, pabitin, piñata, etc

For more information, you may contact: jho @3180840/09178018303

 Site Location/Address:
                            LJjG Condo Homes
                            Roof top/4th flr
                            Bihagville, Sto. Nino 1, Upper Casili
                            Consolacion, Cebu

I missed blogging!!!

Saturday, September 5

Hi mommsies!
Been quite some time already that I haven't posted. I misser you all. Many things have been going on for me and my family and finally I am happy to say that A and I gave finally fulfilled our plans of getting a church wedding.

It is a dream come true for us.

I missed my blogging life so much. My life has been work and home. So many things are going in the office plus my momma duties. I feel so jurassic and stagnant already. I will do my best to post weekly na promise.

I wanna tell you more if so many things guys.
But lets keep it that for now.

By the way, i am thinking of doing a wedding series of some sort here (i just want to document our journey and hope to share some relevant things in planning for a church wedding - wedding bells .. hmmm )

so, i do hope you come visit my blog again.

Looking forward to hearing from you all.

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