There’s something about fiestas that ignite my sense of wanderlust. It must be the chaos, colors, and uncertainty that excite me like New Year! I couldn’t wait to take photos of the fireworks and delight in the noise!
So imagine the joy in me when my hubby told me we were going to Quezon Province for the Pahiyas Festival! He knew just the right adventure I’m up to. The three things I seek when I travel– local food, picturesque place, and relaxation.
Before, I prefer traveling solo so I don’t have to worry about what my companion likes or dislikes. Now, I’m comfortable exploring strange places with my hubby whose feet are itchier than mine! I like being with him, just not on a motorcycle driving off that far! But I don’t have much choice, you see?
A week before Zandrei turned six months, I bought him a set of eating utensils because I was excited to see him eat solid food! Hubby bought him potatoes, carrots, squash, chayote and sweet potatoes. We opted for the fresh food rather than the instant cereals because they’re cheaper and natural.
On the first day, I boiled a little bit of squash and mashed it. Zandrei was thrilled as he opens his mouth for a spoon of squash. He liked it but not as much as he liked the potatoes I cooked on the second day.
When you were a kid, what are the toys you used to play with?
Mine were the mini clay pots and pans, rubber bands, plastic balloons, aroma beads or kisses and paper dolls. I grew up in the province and there, life is simple. Our neighbours were my playmates and the nature was our playground. We turned muds to stoves, cans to cars and sticks to toy guns.
I’ve known that children in Singapore used to be that resourceful and creative too when it comes to producing toys out of available materials in their house or backyard. I’ve seen some of these toys in the Children’s Little Museum located at the Kampong Glam in Singapore and they somehow rekindle my own happy childhood memories.
The man behind the collection is Patrick Neo, a vintage toys collector and the owner of the Children’s Little Museum. I met him when I did a recce for the “Forever Young” episode I was working on for a TV show in Singapore. I was looking for a profile who owns old toys that need some restoration and I thought he could be the one as he has this treasure trove of vintage toys.
This morning I was in the supermarket wondering what to cook for our breakfast. I wanted to bake bread but we don’t have bake wares, just a convection oven that was given to us as a gift for our wedding. I thought I could use the ceramic cups as muffin pans so I decided to give it a try.
I found all-purpose flour but there was no baking powder so it’s going to be useless. And so I opted for the ready-made mixture of flour, baking powder, butter and sugar to create a banana cake. All I had to do was buy banana and eggs to mix. This is my first time to bake, by the way. I used to cook pancakes but it’s through frying, not baking—thus, I’m a little bit excited to see and taste the bread I will be making with my own hands.
These are the ingredients of the banana cake:
They say the moment you would have a baby, you have less time left for your spouse. You would spend most of your time looking after your little one. You won’t even have the chance to comb your hair or look at the mirror. What more to travel together with your husband?
Don’t feel guilty when once in a while, you leave your baby under the care of your parents or siblings so you can take a break and devote some time in strengthening your relationship with the father of your child. You both need that.
And so when we brought Zandrei to the province so we can have the time to fix our new house here in the metro where we just moved in, we also had the chance to do the things we used to do before our little bundle of joy arrived.
Hubby took a break from work and we headed to Laguna to see the Hulugan Falls, which the travel bloggers have been talking about. We rode the motorcycle and travelled as early as 5am. Good decision as we didn’t encounter heavy traffic. We passed by San Pedro, Biṅan, Calamba, Los Baṅos, Pansols and Pagsanjan.
The municipalities in Laguna that are near Metro Manila are already urbanized, with malls and subdivisions. I’m not really a fan of crowded places and concrete jungles so when we’ve reached Los Baṅos, I felt sleepy and asked hubby if we could rest for a while. We stopped by an inn and took a nap for three hours. Short time you know! Wink.
Are you planning for your baby’s baptism and don’t know where to start?
I was in the same shoes too when we’ve set the date of my baby Zandrei’s christening. I was so occupied with my job and looking after Zandrei that I always postponed the preparation for his upcoming baptism until there’s only one month left for me to put everything in order.
I thought one month is barely enough because I was not sure then if the church asks for tons of requirements (as weddings) and I don’t have contacts of any supplier of sorts for parties.
But as for anything we need help for, asking others definitely unload the heavy burden. Plus, reading other moms’ blogs.
Here was the list of my to-dos:
It was exactly 6am when I arrived at the nearest public health center in our place. My husband asked his Mom to look after Zandrei for a moment while I queue. Once I reserved a slot, I’ll go back home to fetch my baby. That way, I can spare him from the boredom and stress of waiting for the health center to open.