Wednesday, April 5, 2017

What I miss in Canada

Oh I can't believe it -- it's already April 5! In eleven days, Nathan and I are going back to Canada na. I am starting to feel sad. I hate leaving my mother again. But what can I do, my life is in Canada now.

Anyway, a part of me is a bit excited to return. Marami din naman kasi akong namimiss doon:

FAST INTERNET. Kailangan pa bang iexplain ito? Ugh, grabe ang pag-deteriorate ng speed ng wifi namin dito sa bahay. Test of patience talaga. Nakakamiss yung bumubulusok sa bilis na pagdownload ng youtube at pag-upload ng videos sa Canada.

MOBILE PHONE. Almost five months na ako dito pero wala talaga akong regular cellphone na ginagamit. I stay mostly at home kaya puro FB messenger at whatsapp lang ang pang-communicate ko sa mga tao. Mahirap mag-maintain ng phone kasi nga di ko naman ginagamit, nakakain lang ang load.

CHINESE FOOD. Sa Chowking lang ako nakakakain ng Chinese food dito. Wala naman kasing Chinese restaurant sa area namin. Meron sa SM pero mahal naman.

COOL WEATHER. Again, kelangan pa rin bang iexplain ito. Summer na at grabe na ang paghulas ko. Hindi na talaga kami dapat nagpaabot ng summer dito. Regret ko talaga yan. Sabagay, kahit naman noong December at January eh init na init ako.

COOKING. I don't cook here in Pinas because my mother is here. Pero nakakamiss din palang maging productive sa kusina.

GROCERY SHOPPING.  I miss buying stuff for the kitchen and for the house. Doon ko nafi-feel na wife at mother ako eh. Ako kasi ang in-charge. Dito kasi anak ako. My mother takes care of all my (and my son's) needs.

SHOPPING. I haven't shopped in a long time at nagkaka-withdrawal symptoms na yata ako haha! Branded clothes, shoes, and bags are very expensive here kaya hindi talaga ako namimili. Nami-miss ko yung mga outlet shops at mga 'sale' sa Canada. Kahit nga Dollarama super miss ko na.

HAVING 'ME' TIME. I thought na kagaya noong isang uwi namin, maiiwan ko si Nathan paminsan-minsan so I can take a breather. Hindi pala. Ayaw magpaiwan as in. Sa Canada, naiiwan ko siya sa daddy niya. Lagi kong kakabit ang anak ko sa lahat ng lakaran. Admittedly, tiring magsama ng bata all the time.

HAVING A DRIVER. I miss having a driver! Nakaka-stress magdrive dito sa Pinas. Tapos kelangan ko pang isakay si Tantan pati stroller, baby bag, etc. Ang sarap nang sasakay ka lang tapos bahala na ang asawa mo sa lahat haha.

HAVING A HANDS-ON DAD FOR NATHAN. Though Mamoosh and Charry (our new kasambahay) helps me with Nathan, iba pa rin ang daddy ni TanTan siyempre. At least may pwedeng magpatulog sa kanya, magpaligo, makipagharutan bago matulog. To be honest, I am tired of being a "single" mom.

HAVING A HUSBAND. Halos limang buwan na akong walang asawa haha (minus the 11 days that he was here in December). Nakakamiss na ring may kalambingan. Ang tagal ko na siyang napabayaan, kelangan ko namang bumawi.
 
Eleven days and I'll be back in reality. MY reality. Soon, mga bagay bagay naman sa Pinas ang mami-miss ko. Roller coaster talaga ang buhay ko.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Fourteen Years

This date is no longer relevant to my husband. But I still want to reminisce the day when we officially became "we/us."

Fourteen years have passed. I've been with him for 38% of my life. A lot have changed (primary na ang weight haha) but I am blessed we're still together. Napagtiyagaan at napagtiisan talaga niya ako.


Fourteen years and we now have an uber cute son who makes us happy everyday. And on times that we don't feel like loving each other (we're humans too!), this boy reminds us that we are to be together no matter what.

I love you, Dear. I always will. Cheers to fourteen years and counting!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Miniso Gift for Tita Dap

I was supposed to give Tita Dap (hubby's cousin) a bar of expensive Royce Chocolates for her birthday. I couldn't think of anything to give her eh. It's hard when you are in the Philippines, branded stuff are so expensive. Hindi ka talaga makakabili kasi maiisip mo na "mura" lang yun sa Canada kapag naka-sale (haha!). Plus she pretty has everything na. She always goes to the US and that's where she shops.

But then the night before me met, I suddenly had this idea of just buying kung anik-anik for her from Miniso. I was so sure that she hasn't been to any branch of Miniso yet. Kasi wala pa usually na branches ang Miniso sa mga high end malls. Yung branch nila sa Makati eh kakabukas lang yata.

So anyway, eto ang nabili ng Php500 ko. Ooops, I know small amount lang, pero ang habol ko lang naman talaga na ibigay ay "token." Again, she already has 'everything' na lol.


Head Pillow with strap at the back -- Php149
Hand Towel -- Php149
Back Massager -- Php99
Butterfly Headband -- Php99

Ayan, me sukli pang 4 pesos ang limang daan ko. I honestly believe that what I bought is better (and cheaper) than Royce!

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Sakto, while we were having lunch last yesterday, the birthday girl asked me about the "store" (Miniso) that I posted in IG a couple of weeks ago. Cluless talaga siya kung ano at saan yun. That's when I asked her to open our gift. Ayun, aliw na aliw siya sa contents haha.


Miniso is a great place to score nice and cute items at affordable prices. Kaso dahil they are gaining popularity so fast, hindi na rin ito ok na pang-regalo eventually kasi nga malalaman na ng pagbibigyan mo kung saan ka bumili at kung magkano lol.


Unexpected Gift from Ate Hilda

Nathan and I went out with Tita Dap (hubby's cousin) for her pre-birthday treat. To my surprise, she handed me a gift for me from Ate Hilda, her friend who became my friend na rin for the past 14 years.

I honestly love receiving gifts. I grew up not receiving gifts kasi haha. Very few people give me gifts now. Kahit asawa ko hindi na nage-effort, binibigyan na lang ako ng pera pambili ng gusto ko.

Pero syempre masarap makatanggap ng mga bagay na galing sa ibang tao. Kahit gaano pa yan kaliit, naa-appreciate ko talaga. Nakakataba ng puso.


Super thank you, Ate Hilda. Sayang hindi na tayo nagkita sa uwi naming ito. Di bale, sa susunod na lang.


This capiz shell will surely find its place in the new Casa Blanco. Hopefully soon.


Monday, March 20, 2017

#CessieEats 4

1. Late lunch at Kap's Tapsi. Mamoosh, Nathan, and I had late lunch at Tapsi two weeks ago. Mamoosh was disappointed with the sizzling bangus. Fried daing na bangus lang kasi na nilagay sa sizzling plate lol. The kare-kare tasted good pero sobrang konti lang laman, puro sabaw lang. Hay, wala naman kasing ibang makainan dito sa area namin maliban sa fast food restos.

Mamoosh lost her senior citizen ID card after eating there. Twenty pesos lang ang na-save namin pero sobrang nahassle pa kami sa pagpapa-replace.



2. Kap's Tapsi's Palabok. I ordered palabok there for the first time. Mukhang di masarap pero ok naman pala. Sana magka-pancit malabon din sila (yung may matabang noodles).


3. SM Food Court Dinner. While waiting for the printing of her ID pictures (para nga sa replacement ng senior citzen ID card), we had our dinner at the food court. Syempre di mawawala ang Master Siomai.


4.  Goldilocks Butter Macaroons. Ngayon lang uli ako nakakain nito. I remembered my good friend Mylene (from Edmonton) tuloy. Favorite niya ang macaroons.


5. Monde Baked Puto. I kept on seeing this sa commercial kaya I eventually gave in. A pack of ten pieces costs Php91. Hmm. malagkit ang texture niya. Pero mas lasa siyang suman kesa puto lol. Sayang, I wanted this to be delicious pa naman talaga para makapag-uwi ako sa Canada.


6.  Cheese-Flavored Dirty Ice Cream. This is the dirty ice cream flavor that I eat. Ang sarap-sarap naman kasi. Gusto kong bumili ng isang tub nito at uubusin ko talaga. Around Php1k lang siguro yun. Someday.


7. Tapsilog. I will miss this pagbalik ko sa Canada. Yung pagkatulog ni Nathan eh magmo-motor ako at pupunta sa tapsilogan.


8. Jollibee chickenjoy. I am thankful kasi may 24-hour Jollibee na malapit sa amin. Pwede ng mag-chickenjoy anytime. I've gained more weight in the past four months that I am here in Pinas. Isa si Jollibee sa salarin.



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Pricey kiddie haircut

One "disadvantage" of raising a boy is the countless trips to the barber shop. Magastos! Since toddler pa lang ang anak ko at "maiyakin," we have to bring him pa to kiddie salons para "sanay sa magulong bata" ang maggupit sa kanya. Kaso nga, sobrang mahal naman.

This was actually his 4th haircut. The first was when he was one year old. The third and fourth were on June and October of last year (2016).


Two (or three?) other kids were having their haircut when we arrived at Cuts 4 Tots in Trinoma Mall. Nathan instantly panicked and wouldn't want to enter the shop. I had to forcibly sit him down in one of the 'cars.'


Thank goodness he calmed down matapos malagyan ng cape ni Manong Barbero. He was still sobbing though and just wanted to hold my hand. Manong Barbero was very good in calming him, magaling siyang mambola syempre.

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Ahh, I spent Php400 for a 15-minute drill. Haircut is Php360 plus Php40 tip to Manong Barbero. Haha, masama pa rin ang loob ko. Mabilis pa namang humaba ang buhok ng anak ko.


In consolation, at least merong two "free" cars si TanTan courtesy of Manong Barbero.


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If you will ask, we spent around $23-24 (including tip) for Nathan's haircut in Edmonton and Surrey. May coupon pa yung sa Surrey ha. Sobrang namamahalan ako kaya I am tempted to learn how to use a shaver para ako na lang ang kakatkat. Maraming gumagawa ng ganun sa abroad kasi nga ang mahal ng salon services doon. Siguro when Nathan is a bit older, talagang pag-aaralan ko na.

I noticed that many boys in North America have long hair. Could it be because of haircut costs? Probably. Kaso mas gusto namin for Nathan ang short hair kaya di kami makakatipid on this aspect.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

#CessieEats 3

Tapsi's pancit canton + bonete from Francisco bakery. Perfect merienda na sana kaso me bad news akong dinatnan pag-uwi ko. Di ko tuloy na-enjoy.

  
Mc Donald's Fish and Fries. I love fish and chips and I am glad that Mc Donald's came up with this, albeit for a limited time only (hanggang Mahal na Araw lang yata). Bitin nga lang kasi one piece lang (I am used to eating 2 pieces haha). Masarap naman in fairness, medyo mahal nga lang. Php149 with drinks. Personally, I'd rather order 2-pc chiken mcdo kesa dito kasi mas mabubusog ako.


Royce Chocolate.  Raxie gave me this bar last Christmas. Hindi pa ako nakakatikim ng Royce ever pero parang hindi naman ako interesado haha. Naalala ko lang kainin ito a couple of days ago, halos maeexpire na. My verdict -- so so lang. Hindi ako impressed. Nanghinayang ako sa Php350 pesos niya, si Joannie lang ang umubos haha.


Nips. Ito ang type na type kong lapangin lately. Ahh, chocolate of my childhood! I remember, lagi akong bumibili ng tatlong small packs nito sa tindahan ng kapitbahay naming si Aling Fely noong bata pa ako. I've grown pero mga simpleng chocolates lang talaga ang gusto ng panlasa ko.


Jollibee hotdod breakfast meal. This is my favorite breakfast in the world. Seriously. Sarap na sarap talaga ako kahit na nabibitin kasi maliit lang ang serving. When I was in college, ito lagi ang breakfast ko sa Jollibee Philcoa. How I wish I could wake up early para makakain lagi nito. We are going back to Canada in a month, dapat samantalahin ko na.

 

Sapsap. Do no underestimate this kind of ulam. Super expensive yan ha! Thank you, Mamoosh! Ang sarap po talaga!


Tokyo Tokyo's Pork Tonkatsu. Sa wakas nakakain din uli ako nito. Puro kasi KFC ang gustong kainan ni Nathan kaya na-deprive ako. Buti na lang me katulong na uli ako sa kanya kaya nakatakas ako para kumain nito (habang nasa Kidzoona sila). Ito yung gustung-gusto kong kainin sa Edmonton when I was pregnant eh. Kaso wala naman kaming natagpuang tonkatsu noon. Php160 na ito, without drinks. Kakain ako uli ng isa pang beses bago umalis.