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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. 😛

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. 😛

July Currently…

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Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

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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Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

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:

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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”. 🙂

…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? 🙂

Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.
In FAMILY

To Family, To Friends, to Life – here’s to being 40

They say life begins at 40, if that’s the case, consider me reborn. Today I turn 40. Here’s to being 40 with Family, and friends.

To Family

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Last year, we achieved a milestone in our family, we celebrated my mother’s 60th birthday. We are a global family, so last year’s celebration is a big thing for us. After more than 20 years, we all managed to be in one country, one place at the same time. My family wanted to celebrate my 40th in the same way but the schedule doesn’t work for everyone in the family and the cost is just not practical.

To Friends

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The last 2 years gave more friends and acquaintances here in UAE than the first 14 years I have been here. I did not expect that social media can bring real social connection. I know more people because of this blog. I’ve met a lot of like-minded people who are very good story tellers, whether it be travel, food, lifestyle, fashion, and beauty. The one thing that is common is the passion and the love to tell stories.

Looking back at the things I’ve done

I’ve had a colorful life. We lived in 3 cities before I moved to UAE. Most of my childhood was in part of the Philippines that is considered as notorious. Lets just say that I support President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s war against illegal drugs.

Immediately after high-school, we moved to the south of Manila. When I look back to what I wanted to achieve when I was in high-school, I can say to myself, “well done“. I did achieve what I wanted when I was younger. To have a loving family, a stable job, a car, a house.

In fact, I am happy that I was even able to achieve more. I was able to travel to different countries. I was able to stay in high-end hotels and eat fantastic dishes.

Looking forward

Just because I have achieved what I set for myself doesn’t mean it’s enough. At 40 my goal is different. Now my goal is for my family … for my kids. I have to make sure that they too achieve their own goals, to protect them from uncertainties of life. Here’s to family, to more friends, to living longer and healthier and to 40 years more.

40th Birthday

The “A” in A, B & Me. An opinionated Tech enthusiast who likes movies and TV, cooking (and eating!) good food, and traveling. I write about the Tech stuff.
In FAMILY

Currently – April 2017

Currently APRIL 2017

 

“Mommy, it could be a girl AND a boy because your tummy is big. Soooooo big.” – Blake, 5

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Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.
In FAMILY

The sad truth in a global family

ek333The era of aviation made global travel easier, faster and more affordable. It used to be that families stay within 20 miles from where they are born. With the rise of aviation paved the way in the rise of global family.

What is a global family

A family whose members are geographically distant from each other. Lives in a different time zones and rarely sees each other in person. Read more

The “A” in A, B & Me. An opinionated Tech enthusiast who likes movies and TV, cooking (and eating!) good food, and traveling. I write about the Tech stuff.

App Review: Appy Kids Play School App

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Ohaiiiii!!
Appy Kids Play School series was launched in Virgin Megastores in October 2016. We were lucky to be part of this launch as we had the chance to see the app in action! 

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Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

What’s in Your Lunch Box? – Bento Ideas

School started in September. Since then, I have made B’s lunchbox. I’m sharing some of the bento boxes we’ve made. More photos on our Facebook Page.

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Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.
In FAMILY

Blake’s 5th Birthday

Ohaii beautiful people who still reads our blog! We’ve been really busy lately which explains the lack of updates. A very lame excuse for a blogger, yes – I know. 

I’ve missed this space so hopefully we can get ourselves a little more organized so we can post more on this blog. (We are active on social media though, so follow us on Twitter and Instagram!)

I can’t believe we are at the last few days of October!! It’s been more than a month since Blake’s birthday and I haven’t shared anything on here. 

Jollibee Party

Blake had 4 celebrations this year. Since A’s side of the family is having a reunion and a family dinner/birthday party for September celebrants, I decided to have a kiddie party in the Philippines with my side of the family. I wanted Blake to experience a Jollibee birthday celebration! [Jollibee is big back home so it’s something not to be missed!] 

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Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

Eid Break – What did we do?

Ohaiii guys!

Has it really been almost 3 weeks since my last post? Time really flies fast, huh? This month has really kept us on our toes.

First week was the start of the new school year. That means I’m back to making some bento boxes for B! So glad that our schedules are working well, otherwise I’d be one cranky mama! (I can’t cope with very little sleep, don’t test me. ;P )

Second week was the Eid break. Long holiday + a couple of days off meant we got to go home! Yep, we went to the Philippines for a short (tiring!) break.

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Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.