Monday, December 28, 2009

MSS’s Christmas program

Last December 13, was MSS’s Christmas program entitled “Pamaskong Handog ng MSS.” The program was held at the Philam Life Theater in UN.

They have been practicing for weeks and Bela’s teachers even gave us a CD of the songs that they will be singing so they can practice it at home. Bela loves to perform, she loves to sing and dance, but the problem is, all the songs that they are performing are in Tagalog. We tried to make her practice at home by listening to the CD but Bela is really not interested.

They had a general rehearsal last Saturday but the theater gates were closed as they want it to be a surprise for the parents and boy we were really surprise.

Bela performed four times during the program. The first one was during the opening number where all students sing and dance to different Christmas songs.
Bela’s second performance was when her class sang “Diba’t ang Pasko.” I was really surprised because she knows the lines even if it is in Tagalog. There was a microphone in front of her but it was too high but she was really doing all the extra effort (she tiptoed a lot) so she can reach the mic and sing the song. We were all laughing while watching her.

Then they did a dance number to the tune of “Season of Smiles” and Bela knows all the dance steps by heart.

Her last performance was indeed a surprise for us as she was one of the chosen student to perform for the Grand Finale. They sang “Handog” by Florante. I was really surprised because she knows the lyrics of the songs though she was saying the words in slang. LOL. We were all laughing while watching her because her teacher (whom she sang the song with), had a hard time in trying to make Bela stop because Bela still continued singing even if it is not her part of the song already. Her teacher has to sit down to get the mic away from Bela. LOL.


When the program was finish and when we fetched her from the stage, this is what she said: “Mom, I am a superstar.”

Hay, Bela is one performer talaga. We are really proud of her!!

You can view more pictures here.

Ate Bela

Bela loves the fact that she will be an Ate soon. Every night she will kiss my tummy and will hug it and will tell her baby “it” that she loves her so much. She would tell stories to her baby “it” and she will sometimes ask her dad to read a story for her and her baby “it.”

And now that she will be an ate soon, we are telling her that she should be more independent because she is no longer a baby and she is now a big girl. I guess what my friends are saying is true, that they will really learn to be more independent and responsible with the coming of the new baby.

As early as now, Bela is showing signs that she is starting to become more independent. She goes to her potty by herself every time she needs to do number 1 and number 2 and she will even remove her shorts and panty by herself. She even knows how to open the faucets by herself to wash her hands. She also started to eat by herself and I really can’t help but smile every time I see her do things on her own.

I know she should have been doing these things by herself a long time ago but I guess since she is an only child and the first grand child, we kind of spoiled her a bit. That is why her developmental pedia really recommended that Bela should become an ate soon as it will really help with her emotional growth and maturity. Her pedia also warned us that she will show signs of regression when the second baby arrives but I know Bela is a smart girl and in time she will learn to adapt and I know there is no doubt that she will be the sweetest ate ever to her baby “it.”

Bela and her Drum Set

On Bela’s last birthday, she received this wonderful gift from my brother, a drum set.

Bela is really into music. Maybe she got this love for music because she is a fan of the Little Einsteins show. Every time we are at the mall and she sees any musical instrument, she will be very eager to try it out. Her favorite is the guitar, violin and drums. That is why when my brother asked her what she wants to receive on her birthday, she did not even bat an eyelash and she quickly say “I want a drum set.” And my brother can’t say no to his favorite and one and only niece because he even went to Megamall on the eve of Bela’s birthday to buy the drum set so she can give it to Bela on her exact birthday.

My mom and my dad was looking for copper sinks store when they saw the Yamaha school of music in D. Tuazon, Quezon City. My mom got really excited and they inquired for the classes that they are offering since she knows that Bela will be interested to attend one of their class. As soon as they entered the school, Bela asked the receptionist on where she can find the instruments. My mom asks Bela is she likes to attend a drum lesson class and Bela excitedly said Yes.

We plan to enroll Bela this coming January. She will attend a trial class first so they can see if Bela can handle a formal lesson but the receptionist said that they have students in their drum lessons same as Bela’s age.

The Yamaha School of Music is located at 185 D. Tuazon St corner Malaya St, Quezon City. They are offering the following individual courses:
1. Drums
2. Guitar
3. Piano / Keyboard
4. Voice
5. Wind

Price for 12 lessons: P6,800 plus P300 registration fee
Price for 24 lessons: P13,600 plus P300 registration fee

6. Clavinova
Price for 12 lessons: P7,800 plus P300 registration fee
Price for 24 lessons: P15,600 plus P300 registration fee

7. Bass / Electric Guitar
Price for 12 lessons: P8,500 plus P300 registration fee
Price for 24 lessons: P17,000 plus P300 registration fee

8. Violin
Price for 12 lessons: P8,900 plus P300 registration fee
Price for 24 lessons: P17,700 plus P300 registration fee

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Excited for Christmas

After two days of being in blogging hiatus, I decided to go online today to blog and read about term life insurance quotes vs rates as we have to renew our insurance next year but Bela won’t stop bugging me. LOL. She is really excited for Christmas.

Everyday, she will ask me to turn on the Christmas lights of our Christmas tree and as soon as the lights are on, she will ask me:

Bela: “Can I open the gifts now?”
Me: “Not yet baby. We will open the gifts on Christmas.”
Bela: “But it is Christmas already. See the lights are already on.”
Me: “No Bela. Christmas is on December 25 so it is nine more sleeps to go before Christmas.”
Bela: “Ok. I will sleep now. Nine times then can I open the gifts?”
Me (laughing): “No Bela. You have to sleep nine times at night before you can open your gifts.”

Finally after so much explaining she finally agreed and everyday we will do a countdown on how many more sleeps left before it is Christmas. And she was really patient because we had visitors at our house and she receives gifts from them but she agreed when I say that she has to put it under the tree so we can all open it at the same time on Christmas.

Two more days left baby and I am sure you will be so happy and delighted with all the gifts that you will be receiving.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Successful WAHMs (Work-at-Home-Moms)

As I searched multiply sites for stuffs that I can order for Bela, I just noticed that most multiply sellers are stay at home moms. Some of them share a certain passion with a friend, a former officemate, or a mom like them and they started to put up their own business by starting an online store. I so admired them for their creativity and for being able to work while being able to stay at home with their kids.

I wonder what their secret is for their success. Maybe one reason is that they really have a passion for what they are doing. Like they always say, you must really enjoy what you’re doing in order to find the drive to strive harder. Another reason might be they hired professional CPA like Las Vegas CPA to help them with all the details of their finances. Having an efficient accounting system, reporting and auditing which can all be done by professionals from Kondler CPA can play a big part in the success of a business. Another reason is that maybe, they have excellent customer service. Being a client myself, I always go back to businessmen who have good customer service.

These are just some of the reasons that I can think of. I just wish that one day, when I finally decide to retire and just stay at home with my kids, I will be able to put up my own business too like the successful business of some of the WAHMs that I know.

Bela @ 4: MSS

Just like last year, I initially planned a simple party for Bela at school. But when I inquired at the office, I was informed by the secretary that they do allow parties in school and I can even hire a magician if I want since they can give me at least 2 hours of the class schedule for the party. And since this will be Bela’s last birthday at MSS since she is moving to big school next year, I decided to hire a magician instead of just having a Jollibee party.

Howell just covered a birthday party and the magician is Pocholo and he highly recommends him. Even the mother of the celebrant, Sheryll, and my co-MBAP Jacqui who attended the party recommends Pocholo also. I inquired with Jacque but unfortunately Pocholo is no longer available on the 16th of November. So I contacted Angelette of Jelly Bellies and she recommends Wacky.

A few weeks before the party, I read from Bela’s journal that their Family day has been moved to November 14. It was supposed to be held last October but was cancelled because of Typhoon Ondoy. Since they have an activity on a Saturday, they will not have a class on the 16th which is supposed to be Bela’s party at school. Good thing I was able to read her journal and learned of the cancellation so I was able to inform Jelly Bellies and I am lucky since Wacky is still available on the 17th.

I ordered food from Jollibee a week before the party and I also hired a mascot. I also got the kiddie couches, cake and cookie lollies from Jelly Bellies. I ordered Mylar balloons online and decided that we will just inflate the balloons ourselves but when my orders arrived, instead of 30 balloons (15 balloons for her Jollibee party and 15 balloons for school), I only received 4 because it is already out of stock. Thanks to Apple of Yanple because she still accepted my order of personalized balloons and balloon burst even if it is just a week notice. I love the personalized balloons and it is a perfect choice since there is no available Little Einsteins Mylar also. Howell did a layout with a picture of Bela and the Little Einstein kids.
We arrived early in school on the day of the party and we were able to arrange the auditorium in preparation for the party. Howell put up the tarp while I arranged the prizes and the cake.

The kids got really excited when they saw the balloons and the caked decorating the auditorium. Bela was so happy and excited too as she knows that it is her party. Wacky started the show and he was a sure hit to the kids. He hosted the games, did balloon twisting, a puppet show and magic show. He even did a balloon sculptor for all the kids so they all went home with a balloon. I also bought a lot of prizes so each kid brought home bags and bags of loots so they were all very happy.

The Jollibee food arrived late but at least Wacky was able to entertain the kids while waiting for the food and Bela and her dad performed for Bela’s classmates and teachers too. After eating time, Jollibee performed a dance number then it is time for the blowing of the candle and the opening of the gifts.

Bela was so ecstatic after the party and the time that I spent preparing for this party was all worth it after seeing the smile on my little girl's face. After the party we went to Café Monaco (our favorite restaurant in Banawe for lunch).

You can view more pictures here:
Party Details

Conversations with Bela

Yesterday, Bela was telling me that she wants to go on a vacation. I told her that we will go to Tagaytay but she said:

Bela: “No mom. Vacation is when you have to ride an airplane. I want to go to Hong Kong Disneyland and stay in a hotel.’
Me: “Ok baby. We will go there someday.” LOL


Today when Bela woke up:

Bela: “Good morning mom.”
Me: “Good morning Bela.”
Bela: “Why there are only two of us here. Where is dad?”
Me: “Dad has to go to the office to work so he can earn money so we can go to Hong Kong Disneyland.”
Bela: “Dad is earning too much money. He only needs to earn a few money.”
Me: “But we need money so we can pay for our hotel and buy our tickets for the airplane.”
Bela: “But the plane will crash if we bring too much money.”
Me: I just sop arguing with her because I know I will not win. LOL.

For Bela, Beach is Love

Bela is such a beach lover. Every time we go to the beach, she is not like the other kids who will get scared of the waves but instead is comfortable in playing and swimming in the ocean.

That is why hubby and I are thinking of having a romantic vacation riviera maya for our next vacation getaway. With Karisma Hotels and Resorts, who says that a vacation with your kids will not be romantic? Their Azul Beach hotel is a family friendly resort. They only have 98 rooms in the hotel which means that the resort is not crowded which is really perfect for a romantic family getaway. They also provide strollers, cribs and even baby milk heater so we don’t have to bring these things which are really heavy and bulky and are really the part that I hate every time we travel. They also offer different activities that both kids and adults will enjoy.

I am sure Bela will have a great time at Azul Beach Hotel.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Career Week @ MSS

She knows how to argue her case, she knows how to reason out, and she is into “whys” now and is very inquisitive and observant. Do you think I should start looking for LSAT prep as early as now as it looks like Bela can be a good lawyer someday? LOL.

But as I always say to Howell, we will support her with whatever career path she chooses to take. When you ask her now on what she likes to be when she grows up, she will tell you that she wants to be a doctor. That is why during their Career Week at their school, she decided that she will come as a doctor.

Last November 23-27 was Career Week at Bela’s school where they invite different professionals from different field to visit the school and give a little talk to the kids on what they do. On Monday they were visited by a doctor and dentist. Tuesday was their time to watch a chef prepare sumptuous meals for them and there were some kids who were also asked to help the chef as she cooks something for the kids. Wednesday was the visit from a banker and accountant. On Thursday, the kids visited a nearby fire station where they were given a demo on how to kill fire by the fireman. Then they were treated for a ride at the fire truck as the kids were all on top of the fire truck and the truck brought them back to school. Bela had so much fun and she has a lot of stories to tell us as soon as she reached home.

Friday was their culminating activity where the kids where asked to come as their favorite community helper. Bela dressed up as a doctor. My aunt just asked our neighbor to make Bela’s uniform and Howell just printed a doctor’s name tag. Good thing she also received a doctor’s set during her last birthday so she brought all of her doctor tools too.

Howell and my mom were also invited to visit the school that Friday to share to the kids some knowledge on what they do as a Barangay Chairman and IT Specialist. If you ask Bela, what do Barangay Chairman do, her answer would be:

“Barangay Chairman works together with the other community helpers in taking care of the community.”

And for IT Specialist, “Daddy cures sick computer. If computers are sick daddy will use the yellow tool to cure them.”

Here are some pictures during the Career week:

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Bela@ 4: Hospicio de San Jose

After Bela’s Jollibee party last November 14, we also had our traditional party at Hospicio de San Jose. It has been our yearly tradition already and this is our Thanksgiving party for all the blessings that we have been receiving and for Bela’s good health.

Thank goodness for under eye cream, because I have been sleeping late days before Bela’s party because I have been cramming for the preparations for Bela’s party at Hospicio and her party at school. But since Ms. Amie, Hospicio’s coordinator, knows me already I was still able to get a slot for our November 15 party.

After I reserved the date at Hospicio, I contacted Jollibee Mendiola where I always order the food for the party. Jollibee no longer accepts outside party but since I am a regular customer, I was able to make them say yes to accept my outside party booking.

The party is at 3 PM. We arrived there a little after 3 PM and Jollibee staff are there already preparing the venue and the food. While the Jollibee staff is busy preparing the food, Bela entertained the kids first and she and her dad did a song number for the kids entitled “I won’t last a day without you.”

The party host from Mendiola was really good and the kids, including Bela, had fun with the party games. After the games, food was served and Jollibee had a dance number also to the delight of the kids. Then we had the candle blowing and the party ended with the kids from Hospicio singing their thank you song for us.

It was really a very memorable day for all of us. You can view more pictures here.

Bela @ 4: Jollibee Party

We had a blast last November 14 as we celebrated Bela’s fourth birthday party with family and friends at Jollibee in Blue Wave Macapagal.

We attended Djuan’s second birthday party and they hired all the Jollitown mascots to be present in the party and we really had fun specially Bela. So I decided that for Bela’s fourth birthday, we will have the same thing.

Hubby and I will be leaving for a three-week vacation by August so I said that I will start booking for a party venue when we return from our vacation but I was really surprised when I called Jollibee branches that have big party venue because the date that I want is already booked. It was only July that time and Bela’s birthday is still four months away so I did not really expect Jollibee to be booked that early. So a week before we left we dropped by at Jollibee Blue Wave (it is the nearest Jollibee branch that have a party area that can accommodate my number of guests) and booked a party for November 14 from 3-6 PM.

When I returned from our vacation, I contacted Angelette of Jelly Bellies for my other party requirements. I booked the cake, the balloon artist and the kiddie couch souvenir from Jelly Bellies. I love Angelette and her team because they are so organized and they are so easy to talk to and very helpful. I also booked a face painter from Arts and Faces. Ms. Liby is also very easy to talk to and the artist that she send for the party was really good. It is also not just an ordinary face painting as they also include glitters. I highly recommend them and I will definitely book them for my next parties. Their prices is so affordable too. I bought some Little Einstein items from the Toy Hunt and I also bought loots from Divisoria for the game prizes.


What I like about Jollibee party is that it is a sure hit to the kids because the kids (and even the parents. LOL) went crazy when all the five mascots arrived. What I don’t like about Jollibee party is that the party games are so generic. I requested for them to add more party games since I already booked for a 1 hr extension and I told them that I have lots of prizes to give away but still they only have the same routinary games that I ended up bringing a lot of party prizes home. Another thing that I don’t like about Jollibee is that they have a lot of restrictions. They don’t have a very reliable party host but they will not allow us to bring our own host or magician.

Oh well, Howell said that it is okay because everybody had fun so I should not mind the other details. LOL.

Oh, I also booked a balloon burst from PIA ZANTUA (0939-202-6514). I just got their number from and they promised that they will just deliver it at the venue on the party date. The party is already starting and still no balloon burst. I called Pia and she told me that the delivery boy is on its way. The party finished and still no balloon burst. When I checked my cell phone, this is her message “Pinuntaha daw po kayo madam wala daw po don. Anyway, tnx po.” We left the party venue around 6:30 PM and it is really impossible that the delivery boy will not see us because we occupied the two big rooms at the second floor. Anyway, at least I did not pay any down payment. So if you plan on ordering balloon decorations from them think twice and make sure that they can really deliver.

You can view more pictures of the party by clicking the link below:

Birthday Girl and Family
Pictures by Jojo

Thanks to all our friends who took time from their busy schedule to be with us to celebrate our little princess’s fourth birthday. We really appreciate it!! Thank you also to Kathy and Jojo for taking nice pictures and to Tessa and Joseph for being our official photographer and videographer during the event.

Our Gift For Her

She is a fan of Youtube now. She is always browsing videos of Little Einsteins or her new favorite video, the Miniscule series, with her dad. That is why sometimes I have to wait for her to go to sleep before I can start with my online work.

The daddy wants to give her one of those netbooks for Christmas but I told him it is too much for Bela (now you see how daddy’s girl Bela is. LOL). So instead we just settle for this:A Clickstart from Leap Frog. You can connect it to a TV and it has a wireless keyboard and a mouse so she can pretend that she is working on a PC or a laptop. We bought two cartridges also so she will have tons of fun playing with her new educational toy.

Hubby said that he already saw the boxes (hopefully it already includes all my orders from Amazon) arriving last Friday so hopefully hubby will be able to bring it home on Monday so I can start wrapping it and put it under our tree.

Christmas is less than twenty days away and Bela for sure can’t wait for Christmas to come…

Monday, November 23, 2009

Conversations with Bela

Bela knows that she will be an ate soon and I showed her pictures of my first ultrasound.

Me: “Bela, here is a picture of your baby brother.”
Bela: “Mom, it is still a sea creature. It is not a He or a She. It is still an IT.”

The picture shows the fetus in my tummy which looks like a sea horse so Bela said that it is still a sea creature. I remember I told her before that since the baby inside me is still too small, we still can’t say if it is a boy or a girl. So when I told her that it is a picture of her baby brother, she disagreed right away and corrected me by referring to the baby inside me as an “it”. LOL.

Bela: “Mom, why is the baby stuck inside your tummy?”
Me: “When you were a baby, you we’re also inside my tummy for nine months.”
Bela: “I don’t want to be stuck there for nine months. Take the baby out of your tummy.”
Me: “The baby inside me is still so small. So it still can’t eat on its own so it has to be inside me so every time I eat, it gets to eat too. When the baby is already big, that is the time it can go outside my tummy. Got it?”
Bela: “Ok.”

(Remember I still refer to the baby as it, because she will correct me again and remind me that we still don’t know if she will be having a baby brother or baby sister.)

I met up with my friends from high school a few weeks ago and I brought Bela with me and they were all amazed at how Bela can speak in straight English. They even said that Bela is slang and I jokingly told them that at least she will sure get a call center outsourcing job with her diction. LOL.

But we are trying to teach her how to speak in Tagalog now specially she will be attending big school already next year and they will have Tagalog subjects like Filipino and Sibika at Kultura. My mom said that I should not worry because Bela will be able to adapt for sure since Tagalog is spoken by everybody around her so for sure, she will learn. But hubby and I are trying as early as now and even her Occupational Therapist is trying to teach her little words in Tagalog.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Bela's First Real Haircut

A few weeks ago, Bela had her first real hair cut. Her lola was the one who cut Bela’s hair when she was two years old and she hasn’t been to a real kiddie salon. So it as been two years already since her last hair cut so you can just imagine, how long her hair is.

Her lola doesn’t like Bela to have a hair cut since she thinks that it will be more difficult to manage if it were shorter. But since Bela is getting rashes all over her face and body, her lola finally agreed for Bela to have a haircut.

Howell was actually working that weekend, and so my sister, yaya, Bela and I just took a cab going to Robinson’s place. We first went to Guess to exchange the leggings that I bought for her which was kind of short and the other leggings which don’t go well with the blouse that I bought. After shopping for Bela’s clothes, we went to SM Manila since there is no kiddie salon in Robinson’s Place.


Bela actually was excited for her first hair cut because I told her that she will get to sit in a car chair and watch while she is having her haircut. She was actually behave and the only time the hair dresser had difficulty was when she was already blow drying Bela’s hair because Bela won’t stop laughing because she said that it was ticklish.

I love Bela’s hair cut now. She looks a lot younger…

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Ate Bela

And so I thought I will need the best appetite suppressant because I am now 116 lbs but I guess I have to hold off my diet for at least nine months because Bela will become an Ate soon. Yes, I am so happy to announce that I am now pregnant with our second child.

Of course Howell and Bela are the most excited to receive the good news. I guess they are both hoping for a baby boy as they always refer to the baby in my tummy as “baby brother.”

When I arrived home from my checkup, Bela said “Did the doctor check the baby in your tummy?” and she kissed my tummy after that. I am sure Bela will be the sweetest ate to her sibling. I can’t wait for the time where I can see the two of them playing together. That would really be a site to behold.

Her Own Laptop

Bela has a computer class at MSS. She told me that they are playing games in the computer like coloring, alphabets, sorting, etc. That is why every time she sees us in front of the computer, she will always try to convince us to go to the Disney channel site so she can play her favorite games and watch her favorite Disney characters also.

This is good as she is showing signs of interest in the field that I and my husband is into and at least she is playing with educational games so she is learning the same time she is having fun. But sometimes, I have to work with my laptop also as I need to finish a lot of tasks so I sometimes get delayed if I need to share my laptop with her.

Now that her birthday is coming up, hubby and I are thinking if I should upgrade my laptop and give my old laptop to her. We used to ask our friends in the US to buy our gadgets at circuit city but now that it is close already, our friends suggested that we check out And we were surprised to find out that their rates are really cheaper and they sometimes even offer free shipping.

I have to check our budget, and who knows we might afford a new laptop so Bela can have my old laptop all to herself.

Halloween @ MSS

Last October 22 was Bela’s Halloween Party at MSS. They did a costume parade while dancing to the tune of “Nobody, nobody but you.” I was so sad because I was not able to watch her perform since I can’t take another leave that week since I just took an emergency leave a week before that when I took Bela to the doctor when she got sick.

Good thing hubby was able to take a leave and so she was able to capture it in photos while my mom was able to take a video also. It was so entertaining watching Bela perform as she has no stage fright. She was dancing energetically and her teacher have to ask her to go down since it looks like she has no plans of going down the stage. LOL.

Here are some pictures:


Her gown by the way was made by Prim. This will be her ballerina dress that she will wear on her birthday. I just added wings so she will look like a fairy ballerina. LOL. You can view more pictures here.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Bela @ SG Zoo - a snapshot

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Don’t I look fat in this picture and looks like I will need the best weight loss pills? But anyway, I still opted to post it in my Flickr account as this is one of the pictures where you can see that Bela did had fun while we were in Singapore.

Last year when we watched the Elephants at Work and at play show, Bela was already so tired that she was already throwing tantrums and did not really enjoyed the show. But this time, even though she did not take a nap, she watched the show with so much excitement and enthusiasm. It was a thirty minutes show and she did not even get bored for even one bit.

After the show, there was an elephant feeding program where for SGD $ 5, you will be given a basket of fruits to be fed to the elephants. I thought Bela will be so tired for this but she was still all game when I asked her if she wants to feed the elephants.

I still have to make one official post of our SG and KL trip but for the meantime, you can check out pictures for our two days in Singapore here.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Bela @ SG

We are now here in Kuala Lumpur and my conference will start tomorrow. I know I still have to look for life insurance quotes as we have to renew ours, but I can’t wait to post some pictures of our two days in Singapore.

We decided to go to Singapore as we know that Bela will have a great time there as she just loves animals. We only have few leaves left so we only have two days to spend in Singapore. Since this trip is really for Bela, our IT was just to visit the places where she will really have fun.

Since this is our second time in Singapore, Bela was familiar with the places that she can visit so she was the one making decision on where to go first. We first visited the Jurong Bird Park since we were not able to check it out last time and I am sure Bela’s favorites were:

Her close encounter with the parrots at the Children’s Parrot Show

Her photo op experience with the owl.

Her play time with the free flying birds at the Lory Loft.

Then the next day, we went to Singapore zoo. The highlights of our trip there are:

Her elephant ride.

The very wet kiss that she got from Carlos, the sea lion.

And she was able to feed the elephants.

Bela did not the sleep the whole day during those trips but she was so energetic. She was really in heaven and she kept on kissing us because she really had fun.

Bela @ 4

Two days before we leave for Singapore, Howell was finally able to finish Bela’s invitation for her birthday party. And the day before we left, hubby was able to send it to the photo center to have it printed. I wanted to have it printed before we leave since we will be back a week before her party already so we might not have time to distribute the invites. Also, since it is a long weekend and All Soul’s day, most of our relatives might be coming to my lola’s house so my mom can give out the invites.

So this is the invites that Howell was able to finish in just two days:

I was surprised that he was even able to make four different layouts. He used our pictures during our Europe trip for the background since Little Einsteins also went to Europe for an adventure. The pictures of Bela were taken during her Halloween Party at her school taken by her dad.

Hopefully, we will still have time when we arrive to give out the invites before her party.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

School Hunt: STC and St. Scho

I can’t believe that time really fly so fast. Next year, Bela will already be an incoming Kinder student so this means that it is time for another school hunting once again for me. I can’t believe that big schools start their admissions early. I started calling them last month and I really panicked since most of the schools have already set their deadline for accepting enrollees at the end of that month. And even though our insurance will be expiring soon and I have to look for term life insurance rates, I put my search on hold to start preparing the requirements needed for Bela’s application to the different schools that we are considering.

I initially wanted to consider schools in the Makati area but after listening to my friend’s advice, I realized that it will be difficult for Bela to wake up early to travel to Makati everyday. So I narrowed my search to big schools in Quezon City and Manila area.

Out of all the schools that I considered, I got good reviews for St. Theresa’s College in Quezon City and St. Scholastica’s College. Bela already had her interview at STC last October 12. I was really praying the whole time she was inside the Guidance Counselor’s room as I know Bela can be really stubborn at times. LOL. She will not answer you if you ask her a question if she doesn’t want to and since she has a fever that day, I am really scared that she might throw tantrums.

But I was really surprised since the interview only lasted for 15 minutes or so. The Guidance Counselor said that Bela already knows a lot of things and she is really fluent in English. When I asked Bela what she did inside, she said that her new teacher asked her to work on alphabets, numbers, shapes and color. We already paid our reservation fee so Bela is secured of her slot at STC.

We also got an application form at St. Scholastica’s. We have completed all of their requirements but we haven’t submitted it yet. Actually, I really like STC already. It is near our place (just 15 minutes drive), I love the environment as it is inside the villages in QC so it is really quite and safe unlike St. Scho and I received consistent positive feedbacks about STC. So I am still thinking if we will still pursue our application with St. Scho or not. But we’ll see. At least her slot at STC is already secured so I am sure that Bela has a big school to attend to next year. LOL.

Bela's Travel Plans

Ever since we got our 10-year multiple entry US visas, I have always dream of taking Bela to one of those orlando vacations. But I would rather do that when I have my training in Canada so my airfare is covered and then we will just do a side trip to the US. Hubby’s friend lives in Florida and they have been inviting us already to come and visit them in Florida. Hubby’s friend said that Bela will really go crazy when she sees how big Disneyworld is. Imagine, you need a week to explore all the areas in the theme park. I am sure Bela will really be happy to be in the happiest place on earth – Disneyland, as she spends more than a day with her favorite Disney characters.

Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy is one of her favorites right now. Howell bought different Mickey Mouse figure collection when we went to Hong Kong Disneyland and she also have the whole Mickey Mouse figures that we got from Disney Store in Paris and Bela just loves playing with them. She would even take it with her everywhere she goes. I guess, this was influenced by the Mickey mouse movie series that Howell bought also for her. Is it obvious how daddy’s girl she is? LOL.

Etc, Etc

Bela is already on her semestral break. She will be off from school from October 23 up to November 3. So while she is on a break from school, it will be the perfect opportunity to bring our car for maintenance.

You see, it is already due for change oil but since my dad’s van is still in the car shop, they have been using our car to take Bela to school everyday. And during weekends, we can’t send it to the shop too as we also need our car because Bela also has to go to school on Saturdays and Sundays is for our errands.

This reminds me that we also need to look for car and rv insurance as ours is already due for renewal. Hopefully, all the things that we need to do for our car will be taken cared of before Bela goes back to school on November 4. And since hubby and I will be going on a trip next week up to the first week of November, we will have to rely on our dad (as always) to finish all of this for us. LOL.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Loots for Bela's 4th Bday Party

I have been doing some shopping lately to prepare for Bela’s party. You see, I have to do it in batches as I can’t afford to buy one big bulk in one shopping.

Here are the loots that I bought for the games prizes both for Bela’s party at school and our party for our close friends and relatives at Jollibee in Blue Wave Macapagal.

1. The wooden pencils I bougth when we went to Dapitan Arcade but I saw these items also in Divisoria and they are even cheaper there (like P7 cheaper than the price that I got in Dapitan arcade).
2. The Disney giant pens, erasers, stickers and small body bag are all from Divisoria mall. My friend asked me to accompany her to buy toys too for the party of her daughter and so I was able to do some shopping of my own. The items are really cheap and the price range is only from P7- P15.
3. Cars and strawberry shortcake LCD watch from my online shopping.
4. Little Einsteins items like party hats, yoyos, blowers, coloring books with crayons, kaleidoscopes, and stickers all from online shopping also.
5. Little Einsteins CDs bought on sale at SM.
6. Play Doh from Toys R’ Us.

And since I can’t find any Little Einsteins balloons, I just bougth this Mickey Mouse rocket balloon from the site that my kumareng Peachy referred to me. I was able to talk to a balloon seller in Divisoria and they will arrange the balloons at the venue with Balloon Burst for only P1200.