In FAMILY

Hello Adam!

Well HELLO there!

It’s been awhile since I posted something on here. It’s been quite hectic these past few weeks. If you haven’t heard, I gave birth already. Here’s the scoop — it’s a long one!

My Biggest Problem

My actual due date is a bit of a mystery. All of my scans that came from Dubai shows that EDD is 4 October. But based on my LMP, I will be on full term around 2nd – 3rd week September. I wanted a vaginal birth this time. It’s been about 6 years since my C-section delivery with Blake so it should be ok, or so I thought. My OB told me point-blank that it would be another CSD. I guess age and current health situation were taken into consideration.  Read more

Donate blood – Save a life

Scientists estimates that 7% of human body weight is composed of blood. That percentage seem insignificant, but when we do lose blood it can lead to loss of life. You can save someone’s life – donate blood!

My son was born premature and he needed blood transfusion to replenish all the blood that is being collected from him daily due to various tests. I would like to thank the blood donors whoever they may be. Their blood is one of the reasons why my son is growing healthy today.

Donate Blood
 

Why donate blood?

A healthy human body replenish plasma within 24 hours and about six weeks for red blood cells. It means that we will get it back. Donating blood instead of selling it also have its benefits in some countries. Like in the Philippines, a donor can get blood for free when it is needed as opposed to paying for it.

Who can donate blood?

Blood donors are generally tested first to check for suitability. You may donate blood if you are in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and are 17 years or older (may vary depending on country regulation). Here are some basic factors considered when determining eligibility to donate blood.

  • Age
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Piercing
  • Cold and Flu
  • Diabetes
  • Diet
  • Tattoos
  • Travel History
  • Weight

Health benefits of donating blood

I used to donate blood myself. Other than being able to help those who need it, I found out that donating blood can also be beneficial to donors:

  • Prevents haemochromatosis
  • Reduce risk of Cancer
  • Reduce risk of damage to liver and pancreas
  • Aids weight loss
  • Stimulates new blood cell production

Be a hero, donate blood. You may not know it but the blood you give may just end up saving someone else’s life. Contact your nearest Red Cross or you nearest health care agency to find out how you can donate.

I bought my first New TV at 40

I have just reached 40 a few months back and would you believe that it is my first time to buy a new TV?

Hand me downs

When we were kids, it’s our parents who buys stuff for us. That will continue for as long as you live with your parents and until your parents earn more than you do and sometime even when not. Well, in a way that was not the case for me.

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In EAT

House of Lechon Manok Latest Food Concept in Little Manila

One of our favourite dining venue has a new concept, House of Lechon Manok. Loosely translated, the name means House of Grilled Chicken

The House of Lechon Manok

An original concept, compared to other brands that are available in Little Manila. House of Lechon Manok uses charcoal to grill. Their specialty is chicken, but they also have a version of Liempo,  another famous grilled meat in the Philippines. Traditionally made with pork belly, House of Lechon Manok version is made of beef.

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CURRENTLY JULY 2017 …and other updates

CURRENTLY JULY

Mango tree in our backyard. It’s so tall that we can’t even harvest. πŸ˜›

Hello, hello, hello!! 

I’m writing this post inside my parent’s room in my childhood home with the sound of the pouring rain outside. Ahhhh, memories. 

I know its been a while. As usual, everything is a bit hectic lately. From meetup with friends and relatives to organizing the house, I am exhausted most of the time. I realized that I didn’t write June updates so I decided to do this post.  (Are there any readers left? Thank you for sticking around!!)

From now on, I’ll try to update first week of the month instead coz it makes more sense that way. πŸ˜›

July Currently…

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On Oils and Why Essential Oils?

Oils

Oils are a part of most, if not every, Filipino household. Newborns are given Aciete de Alcamforado (Camphorated Oil) and Aciete de Manzanilla (Chamomile oil) for relief of minor discomforts brought on by colds, colic, etc. 

Growing up, we escalated to Efficascent Oil which is a blend of wintergreen, menthol, camphor, eucalyptus among others. This is used for almost everything — back pains, headaches, cramps, insect bites, sprains, gas, etc. 

The ultimate “Tita” accessory would be White Flower Oil which is again, a blend of several essential oils like menthol, wintergreen, camphor, lavender, eucalyptus, etc. I have a small bottle of this in my bag, in my car, in my office drawer… anywhere you can think of. It’s just something I love to use when I feel nauseous. 

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Currently – May 2017

Currently MAY 2017

May has come and gone! So what was I up to? There’s been a lot of things happening all at the same time so blogging naturally took a back seat, again. But, we’re still active in social media — sort of. Here’s the rundown:

Currently

feeling overwhelmed. May has been a whirlwind in our household. There’s going to be a big change and adjustment for me in the next few months. And I’m not just talking about the little human growing in me. I finally did it. I fired my boss. I’ll be jobless in a few days! It makes me happy and at the same time it scares me big time. Aside from that, we had a health scare in the family (something I’d like to keep to ourselves for now). 

starting to buy newborn stuff. Since I will be leaving soon, I decided that we should buy the stuff we need as early as now. As I grabbed the newborn diaper (size 1), I looked over at Alvin and said, 

“I can’t believe we are back at one”, to which he replied, “Who knew we would be starting over at 40!”

It’s scary, this pregnant at 40 situation. 

…planning our homecoming. Yep, we’ll be staying in the Philippines for a while. It’s school break for B anyway so might as well stay there so she can meet and bond with her cousins. I also plan to deliver little snowflake there so it’s going to be a long “vacation”. πŸ™‚

…thinking of baby names. We still do not know exactly what little snowflake is. B wants a sister so they can be twins, she says. I told my doctor that I don’t want to know, I want it to be a surprise because … hey, I probably won’t be surprised this way again right? (altho, my doctor kinda hinted what the baby is… I wanted to karate chop her head. LOL)

As long as the baby is healthy, I’m ok with it. So, baby names … hmmm.

…enjoying my newest obsession. Essential oils!

It all started when I was staying with my sister in LA a few months ago. I told her I’m having a hard time sleeping because of my clogged nose … something I suffered while I was pregnant with B. I’m guessing it’s hormones, right? So, she turned on her diffuser with some oils. It helped me big time! 

Fast forward to now … 

I decided to move one level up and started using good quality, therapeutic grade essential oils. I figured, if I’m going to inhale this, might as well be good quality, right? So, yeah … I’ll probably be sharing my EO journey here as well. 

YLEO Blake

My apprentice helping with oil blends …

What’s up with you lately? πŸ™‚