Month: March 2014

Update: Taglet at 13 Weeks

It’s been almost two months since we discovered that we are pregnant. I’m on my 13th week and before I forget everything that are happening with my body, thanks to oxytocin, I will write them down here in my blog. I thought that I was one of the few lucky mommies who won’t experience morning sickness, but when my ninth week came, everything changed. I started feeling the urge to throw up all the time. And I throw up whenever I eat a little more that the usual (I’ve started eating half of the food that I used to eat pre-pregnancy). There are nights that I have to get up because I need to throw something up. Last week, I went back to drinking my pre-natal milk. I drank my milk before sleeping and a few hours later, I was running to the bathroom, throwing up spoiled milk from my stomach. Man, that’s the grossest thing I’ve ever felt since I got pregnant. Lesson learned, no more milk before going to bed. Pooping also became a …

Women in Social Media: Blogging 101 According to Misis Tagle

It was a week ago when I was about to sleep and then my friend Bob messaged me asking if I could give a talk about Blogging 101 on March 22. I was a bit hesitant, but my husband kept insisting that I go do it. I said yes to Bob and I hardly slept that night. I was a trainer a few years back and I used to teach, but I’ve never really been on stage to talk about something. I’ve got a very minimal stage fright because, ahem, I am a singer. Hahaha! So anyway, I started researching a few days ago about my talk and it seemed easy. I am a natural writer. I’m quite a lazy person when it comes to writing, so if you take a look at my dashboard, I have a lot of drafts. Haha! I have a degree in Journalism. When I was younger, I dreamt of working for daily broadsheets. When I grew older, I wanted to take my masters in Journalism like my bestfriend Apple so …

Recipe: Palitaw

Back when I was a kid, we go to Tarlac every summer and Christmas to spend a few days with our grandparents. Those days were gone. A few years ago, my grandmother and the whole family moved near our house from the military camp in Tarlac. Apparently, the land was sold and will be developed as a golf course. I remember my lola made the best lomi and sampelot (ginataang bilo-bilo). She and my Tita Ester also make a bunch of palitaw for merienda on random days for me and my cousins. We’re about 18 kids running around the house on summers. Imagine how noisy that is, and how hungry we were after playing under the sun. My grandmother passed away five years ago. I still miss her until today. Yesterday, I thought of making palitaw at home for Jeff and my in-laws. We had some leftover glutinous rice flour from the ginataang bilo-bilo last week, so I thought of using that. Okay, so here’s a very simple recipe that you can follow to make palitaw. This will only take …

An Accidental Collection

Before I got that coveted two-line positive result, I went through so many single ones. And yes, I meant home pregnancy tests.  I visited my box this morning and I counted the tests that I’ve thrown inside it since Jeff and I got married. I have 26. Not to mention, I’ve thrown away a lot of them that turned negative. Maybe I’ve used about 40 of them. All single one of them gave me the same answer — a negative pregnancy result. As you may remember, I knew about my pregnancy through a blood pregnancy test in Healthway in Alabang Town Center. I opted for this because my home tests were giving me a second faint line and I had to make sure. Every month for the past twenty one months, I buy pregnancy kits to test if I am pregnant. I just don’t buy one, I buy multiple! I have this thinking that maybe, one will malfunction and I will end up believing that I am not pregnant while I am. But it never happened. Everytime the …

An Open Letter to my 24-Year-Old Self

March 9, 2014 Dear Joy, Hello. I am you. I am writing this letter for the 24-year-old you. Who would’ve thought that it’s just been five years? Maybe now you have finally settled in your house, maybe sleeping after your flight this morning.  I know you just made your last flight out of Singapore. I know it was your last because up until today, I haven’t been back there. Five years ago, you packed your bags and left. There were a lot of things going on. In late 2008, the economy was so bad and even Singapore’s economy was down. You were in between jobs at the start of 2009. Your new employer liked you very much, but the Ministry of Manpower won’t give you a new working permit.  It was around that time too when you started a short lived romance with someone. You thought it was a fairy tale, just like that Cinderella musical you watched in Esplanade together. It wasn’t. It ended on a very sour note. It was one of the …