Saturday, May 31, 2008

Done with Step 1 - Hysterosonogram

Last Thursday I was scheduled to undergo hysterosonogram under my reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Eileen Co-Sy. I must admit that as early as Wednesday I was feeling so nervous. I really hate medical procedures or tests but somehow I know I have to do this to know where to start in dealing with infertility.

I woke up at 5 am since we were supposed to hear mass at 6 AM but hubby did not sleep early because of insomnia so I decided not to wake him up. I tried to get some more sleep and woke up at 7 am. Both hubby and I filed a leave from our work. We left the house at 9 AM and bought some medicines/pain relievers needed for the test. Then we went ahead to Our Lady of Carmelite Monastery in Angeles before going to the infertility clinic. Though our RE mentioned that she is somewhat positive that there is a lump somewhere in my uterus, still we are hoping that we would get a positive result from this test. We prayed really hard for this.

DURING THE PROCEDURE:

We reached the clinic at 10:30 AM and the assistant had me take 2 Celebrex 100 mg. Then she gave me a shot of Buscopan. I was expecting that we would wait for an hour but since there were no more patients, they already made me lie on the examination table. So there is no turning back, they would do the procedure right there and then. I felt a tinge of pain when they put the catheter inside my uterus. Then after they have prepared the catheter, they gave me 2 Feldene Flash that I need to put under my tongue. Then the the ultrasound came and they inject more saline in the catheter. During the procedure I was really so relaxed, the assistant of doctora even mentioned that. If there was pain, it was tolerable. I am used to dysmenorrhea and the pain is just like that (and thanks to the pain relievers) . My doctor and her assistant keep on telling me to look at the monitor and see what's there but I could not understand what I am seeing. So I just asked them if there is really polyps. And what they said really made me so happy.

Dra. Co-Sy indicated something on the monitor and she said that the water actually flowed on my right tube fast and then on the left tube. Then she said that she would inject more saline so that the tubes will be totally cleanse of any blockages. I waited and patiently relish the little pain that indicates that I have done step 1 and have proven that my tubes are patent. She printed the results and the procedure was finished. For those who would be undergoing hysterosonogram, don't forget to bring a sanitary napkin. You would need that after the procedure since the injected saline would spill out.

We then proceeded to detailed discussing of the results. She said that though she has been suspecting polyps before, but she is so happy to see that the test proved that there is no problem with my reproductive system. And since my tubes are working then even if I have endometriosis, laparoscopy would no longer be needed (YEY!).

So you might ask, what would be the next step? The next step would be IUI or Intra Uterine Insemination. Six years of doing the deed naturally is quite long to prove that this method is not successful for us that is why this time, we are opting for artificial insemination. Next check up would be on June 3 for follicle monitoring and that would also be the time to know if we can go for IUI for this cycle.

Since we got a positive result for the test, we went back to Our Lady of Carmelite Monastery to give thanks. You see I have prepared myself for laparoscopy since my doctor is quite positive about my condition before. But the test proved differently and we can really feel God making His way on this. HE is REALLY the best!

AFTER THE PROCEDURE:

The moment we reached home, I crawled on the bed and rested. And after an hour, I think the effects of those pain relievers are little by little subsiding and I could feel muscle cramps on my abdomen. Oh boy, the pain this time is no longer tolerable - more than dysmenorrhea pain. I was advised to take Biogesic paracetamol if I would feel pain, so I did. I slept and I was hoping that the moment I wake up the pain is no longer there. But was I mistaken! I took Advil that night to relieve the pain. It's like all the muscles on my abdomen were stretched. I could not even distinguish if the pain is on my abdomen or stomach.

The next day, there was still pain. I called in sick since hubby asked me to take a rest and take a leave from work instead. Good thing I talked to our company nurse and she asked me to take Ponstan SF. That afternoon, the pain went down and I went to work. I have so much work to do at the office and I am already anticipating more leaves from work by next week.

So there, done with step 1.... and now ready for step 2! :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

10 Things that Make me Happy

This is a tag from Mich. Sorry sis as in so delayed na to.

I have to post 10 things (and person daw) that make me happy.

So here are the things that make me happy:

1. God - He makes me happy because with HIM I know I'll find hope.

2. Hubby - He is the expert - he knows when is the right time to lift my spirit. Everyday with him is bliss.

3. My Parents - It's such a joy that I still have them in my life. They catch me literally and figuratively when I am about to fall.

4. Our jobs - Can't wait for paydays, these are the days that I really am so happy that we both (hubby and I) have jobs.

5. Our house - This really make me smile with pure happiness. Though it may not be big and would need a little more improvements, still I am so happy that we have worked hard for this dream. Nothing beats having and doing what you want when you are living on your own two (make that four including hubby's) feet.

6. Friends - Oh they really make me happy - from bonding time, bloopers, videoke time, name it -- they make life really funny.

7. The Internet - If I have nothing to do then I just have to turn on the computer, log in to my blog, friendster account or other forums or just surf the net and that would make my day--not to mention that there is also money in the Internet (grin).

8. Good food - When I am down, delicious foods - desserts especially will make me sooo happy.

9. Shopping - Of course this makes me happy but I think I would be happier if time will come that I would no longer look at the tags when buying (kelan kaya yon, lols).

10. Movies and TV shows - I love watching whether movies or tv shows, Tagalog or English. They really are great source of entertainment. Lobo, particularly makes me happy nowadays, hihihi!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Journey Begins

Yes, after a long time of getting in and out of fertility work ups, now I can say that we are very much ready to face everything just to have a baby. And as I promised myself, I would want to document everything that we are undergoing with our work ups until we get pregnant. And what is the best way to do this? Of course, blog it! Anyway, this is not just for me since I know somewhere out there (song ba ito?) there is a single soul who can relate and is on the same boat like me. I just hope I can also impart significant information to those trying to conceive friends who have the same case like ours.

We went to the OB yesterday since I got my period last Friday just after posting this. We already got the result for my pap smear – everything is okay. Then Dra. Co-Sy scheduled my hysterosonogram on May 29 at 12 noon. She wants us to be there one hour before the actual procedure so that they can inject me with some pain relievers. I am expecting that the test could be somewhat painful but what the heck, I’ll know anyway if there really are polyps in my uterus and tubes. Really, I am excited and nervous – it’s a mixed feelings. By the way, I need to take antibiotics (Doxin) on May 27 to 31 just to make sure that I won’t get infection before and after hysterosonogram.

Also, I started taking fertility pills again. This time I am taking in Femara (letrazol) 2.5 mg tablets. I am taking them - all 8 of them in one single dosage on day 3 of my cycle. I took these tablets awhile ago. As I have researched, Femara is actually being used for breast cancer but it has been proven that Femara can aid in infertility. They say that it is much better than clomid or clomiphene citrate. Anyway, my body did not respond well with clomid the first time I took them that is the reason I took Arimedex after my second cycle of clomid. Femara is quite expensive though – Php 400 for 1 small tablet. Let’s see if Femara will do the trick so that we would no longer go to the next step after this month. But if it’s God’s will that we’ll go to the next step (which is laparoscopy), then we leave it all to HIM.

His Birthday Gift Wish

I remembered I have answered a tag here asking me what birthday gift I would want. Then it came to me and I asked hubby the same question and specifically mentioned that he should not copy my answer. While holding my breath (I am thinking if I could afford the gift), I am intently listening to him. Then he said “Hon, I want a watch.” Oh, just a watch – that was on my mind. Then he blurted, “Choose any style from those cartier watches”. Then he started giving me those naughty smiles. I know then that he was kidding me. Of course I know how expensive these watches are. Though I know it was a joke still I googled Cartier watches and tried to check how much one costs.

Did I find the shock of my life? Yes. I went the forum on their site and checked the information that I needed - the price, the durability, the styles that mostly customers choose and testimonials. If we are not saving up for my fertility work ups as well as for the renovation of our house, I would say that I would save my earnings for my part time job to buy him one. Anyway, I still have 6 months to save to give him that birthday gift. But of course, we need to prioritize things. So even if these watches are durable and of great styles, a Cartier watch sounds impossible for this year but I would try to save up and give him his dream watch hopefully by next year. Oh, wish me luck. I would no longer buy clothes and shoes in the next coming months until next year then. Waaah, is this the cost of loving too much? Heheh, kidding!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Girlie Tag

I am flooding this blog with tags, lols. This is a tag from Jean. Thanks sissy! :)

My Foundation: In2It two-way foundation
My Mascara: Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara by Maybelline
My Blush: Clinique Mocha Pink
My Day Cream: VMV Monolourin Gel
My Lipstick: Revlon Colorstay - but I love using lip gloss (from nivea and body shop)
My Essential Beauty Product: Aspirin Mask (DIY)
My Favorite Make-up Product: None really
My Perfume: Elizabeth Arden Green Tea
My Nails: Whatever the salon has but I have also my own cheapo nail polish from Elianto and Caronia. Right now for my finger nails, I am just using nail buffers - no more nail polish for the meantime.
My Feet: Foot spa set (from watson) given by my MIL and Victoria Secret body butter to moisturize (sometimes petroleum jelly)
My Hands: Body Shop lotion and Mistine White Spa
Women I admire for their beauty: local - La Gretta, Dawn Zulueta, isip pa ko...
Women with the best sense of style: local - Lucy Torres, isip pa din ako ng iba...

Getting To Know Me

Got this tag from Avee. Thanks sis!

What time do you usually wake up?
~ Monday to Thursday - 6:15 am, Friday - 4:30 am, weekends - it depends (around 7 am to 10 am)

What’s the first thing you do?
~ During weekdays, I take a bath but during weekends I turn on the TV and watch.

Breakfast?
~Weekdays whatever the cafeteria is serving and during weekends usually this is fried rice and a viand.

Do you go to work/school?
~ Yes (work)

Do you like it?
~ Yes because of my co-workers/friends (un na lang reason ko, lol).

If you stay at home, what do you do all day?
~ Surf the Internet
~ Sleep and laze around (watch tv, eat)
~ Cook

What time do you get home from work/school?
~ Around 6:30 pm

What do you do?
~blogging and watching tv

Dinner: When and what?
~ It depends but mostly around 7 pm to 9 pm. Sometimes it's rice with a viand and sometimes I do not eat rice at night. A fruit or bread would do.

What do you do to unwind?
~ Watch movies, go out with hubby, shop (but now window shop muna)

What’s your favorite part of the day?
~ Night when I have to sleep na

Who’s your favorite person to interact with?
~ hubby, my mother, sisters and friends

When’s bedtime?
~ around 9:30 pm to 12 midnight

Who’s bedtime with?
~ hubby (syemps)

The Collector

I was chatting with a close friend, Mylene in the US when she told me that she has a new hobby. You see both of us were collectors of stationary, stamps, postcards, etc. when we were still young. And right now she told me that her new interest is collecting rare coins. Wow, I was really amazed! I think I have asked her millions of questions about this stuff. As you see I am quite interested.

The collector in me insists that I try it but the investor in me is having second thoughts since I know nothing with how to deal and bargain online (transactions usually happen online as Mylene lectured me earlier). She gave me a recommendation though for a start. She asked me to sign up for a free trial subscription with Monaco Rare Coin with their “The Rare Coin Insider”. She said that she relies mostly with the help of this company. I googled this rare coin dealer and was happy to know that they indeed have good reputation.

Wow, was I tempted to jump into this new hobby now! But before that I think I would need to talk with the hubby first. Would I really be hooked with this? Uh, lets wait and see.

Friday, May 23, 2008

I am Excited

For the first time, I am excited to have my monthly period. Yes, you read that right. I know I am about to have it anytime now since I could feel some pain in my abdomen already. You might ask why all of a sudden I want to have my period when I was dying to get pregnant.

First, I finally accepted the fact that we need to continue with our workups . We really need those so that we can finally say that we are capable of having cute kiddos of our own. And this first day of my period for the month marks the start of a "big" event coming up.

Second, I need to have my monthly period so that we can schedule my hysterosonogram. This will help determine if indeed I have those chocolate cysts caused by endometriosis. And it is one way to determine if my tubes are patent or not. This procedure would be done on my 5th or 7th day.

I am really excited because I am dying to know what would be the result. I have very well prepared myself that if the result is good then at least we would know what is the next best thing to do. If the result would not be that good then I am ready to undergo laparoscopy. My OB mentioned that laparoscopy is the only procedure needed should we find out that I have those small polyps/fibroids.

I have been praying that whatever would be the best next step in our journey in dealing with infertility, may God prepare us physically and emotionally. Of course, financially also matters but we know that that places second.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Some Wants Tag

I am bored so I am answering this tag.. Thanks Jesse Pega for this :)

1. What do you want for your birthday?
~ Hubby knows this - no material stuffs. I want a baby but laparascopy first!

2. Who will be your next kiss?
~ Hubby

3. When was the last time you went to the mall?
~ Sunday - did the grocery, bought a drier, had a manicure and pedicure

4. Are you wearing socks right now?
~ No, just wearing my very reliable havs

5. How did you spend your summer?
~ Went swimming with the family and officemates.

6. Have you been to the cinema in the last 5 days?
~ No.

7. What was the last thing you had to drink?
~ Water

8. What are you wearing right now?
~ skinny jeans, blue sweater(need this since I am not feeling well) over a sleeveless top and flip flops

9. What was your last purchase?
~ Drier

10. What was the last food you ate?
~ Polvoron for dessert

11. Who would be the person you would call if you were up in the middle of the night and couldn’t sleep?
~ hubby and my mom

12. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week?
~ No - I still have 1 month before I could buy any clothing items (that's a promise I made)

13. Do you have a pet?
~ None

14. What made you laugh in the last 5 days?
~ An officemate story about his diarrhea experience, the application for boys night out

15. If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?
~ At home sleeping or watching TV (am not really feeling well)

16. What is the last thing you purchased online?
~ 100 premium searches at Copyscape

17. One thing you hate about yourself?
~ moody, forgetful

18. Do you miss anyone?
~ Yes, some friends who are outside the country and my sister who is in Batangas

19. What are your plans for the day?
~ Work during the day and submit some assignments tonight

20. Last person you msg’d?
~ Hubby

21. Ever went to a camp?
~ Nope

22. Are you a good student in school?
~ Sorta

23. What do you know about the (your) future?
~ It would be the happiest - of course it's with hubby and our " little angel/s"

24. Are you wearing any perfume or cologne?
~ Yes, Elizabeth Arden Green Tea.

25. Where is/are your best friend/s right now?
~ 2 in US, 1 in Australia, some in Manila, many here in Pampanga

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Application For Night Out with The Boys

This made me laugh so hard... lols! Just click on the picture for better viewing of the content.

I let hubby read it and he was smiling...... that naughty smile. lols!

Slogan

I've been seeing this from a lot of blogs. So I took the plunge and tried it. Here's the outcome:


Your Slogan Should Be
Arlene. As Delicate as a Caress.

Ey, I think I this is sooo cool! Ganda ng outcome ng sa kin ah! :)

You can try it here.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Describe Yourself Today

Got this tag from Alpha.

Rules:
1. List 6 things that describe yourself today.
2. Add your blog to the list. Feel free to add all your other blogs.
3. Tag other online friends you know.

Today, I am:

~Happy (no more rains, lols)
~Excited
~Hungry (haven't taken breakfast)
~Thankful (for the support we're getting)
~Recharged

Links: Creative In Me | Little Peanut |Me and Mine | Pea in a Pod | Sugar Magnolias | IamDzoi | My Happy Place | To the Moon and Back |Raising Sandy | All Things Me | Because Life Is Fun | My Simple but Adorned Life | YOUR BLOG HERE


I am tagging Jean, Aidisan and Milet.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

It’s Official – It’s Already Rainy Season!

For how many days now, it’s been raining during the afternoon. And just yesterday it rained non-stop. Actually I am really wishing for a rainy weather on this weekend – for Saturday at least. It is really so hard to wake up early in the morning during week days when the weather is very conducive for curling (like a prawn) on the bed over a thick blanket. So I was looking forward to a rainy Saturday so that I could have a loooong sleep. And I did. The moment I woke up this afternoon I asked our house help to cook champorado or chocolate rice porridge. I am now recharged. Oh, I love life!

However, I am hoping that Sunday would not be a rainy one – it’s okay that it would rain but no heavy rains please. We need to accomplish so many errands tomorrow. These include running to the grocery for some stuffs at home, pay writers, go to the barbershop for hubby’s haircut and meet with an agent for the mortgage rates for another realtor. Yes, did I mention that we are planning to scout for a house and lot as an investment? We are not really in a hurry but we want to know the current mortgage rates so that we would be able to have a sound decision with this move. No final decisions just yet but we are already looking on the possibility of getting another lot. So better no more rains tomorrow.

By the way, I also remembered that tomorrow is my cousin’s Church wedding. Though we would not be able to attend the wedding, I just really hope that it would not rain on their special day. Oh, though officially it’s really a rainy season, no raining of cats and dogs tomorrow please.

My Promise

Just now, I heard that Robinsons malls are on sale for 3-days. Oh these are the most awaited sales that mostly all of us are waiting for. If I am not just saving for “something” for these 2 months, probably I would be one of those people who are now inside the mall. Yes, I promised to myself that just for 2 months (May and June) I would try my best to control my spending. I checked on our expenses and observed that most of those spending were for my clothes and shoes. And when I checked my closet, some of those stuffs are not even worn yet. So there, I told myself and hubby that no more shoe or cloth purchase just yet. I tell you, I am really making a great improvement with my self discipline. I have been tempted to do shopping when SM malls had their sales and I managed not to buy any clothe or shoe, not to mention some officemates offering great items and online stores that give great promo. And now it’s Robinsons turn and again I am holding on to my promise.

But of course, the promise I made does not apply to house needs. I am planning to buy a drier. It has been raining for how many days now and our drier is no longer working. I heard there are so many driers that are on great discount if consumers will use their credit cards. I want one of those driers. It’s high time that I use again my credit card. As much as possible I do not want to use our credit cards. I just use them for buying appliances or gadgets. That, for me is the best way to use credit cards to make sure that you would not be left with piling interest and financial charges.

By the way, wish me luck. I just hope I would be able to hold on to that promise for another more month.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Empty Womb, Aching Heart...

I am not happy but I am just "okay" last Sunday. Yes, that was the Sunday we greeted all the mothers a Happy Mother's Day. Honestly, I have a sort-of a heavy heart not being able to receive happy mother's day text messages, friendster comments or e-cards. But got to face reality - no greetings since I am not a mom YET.

So just to feel a little good, I checked the Internet and true enough I found an inspiration. When you are in a tough situation and when you feel that no one feels the same thing you do, all you have to do now is check online. I found this excerpts from the book Empty Womb, Aching Heart by Marlo Schalesky. It is the perfect article to lift a trying-to-conceive soul. It REALLY uplifted mine. For those wifeys that are on the same boat, try to read the excerpts (the inspiring short story) here.

"Yes, I love You now, when my heart hurts so much I think it will break, when the reminder of what I may never have is all around me, now when I can't ignore the fact that You haven't answered my dearest prayer. Now, Lord, I want you to know that I really do love you, despite it all."

Kid's Q

Got this tag from Mich and Big Eyed Gal. Thanks, gurls!

Copy here:
1.Answer the Kid’s Question by Gregory Stock, PH.D. Remember: Don’t respond as you think others want you to. Respond the way you actually feel!
2. Add your name (linked to your blog)
3. Tag everybody else!

Kid’s Question #1
If you were the ruler of the world and you could have anything you wanted as well as have people do anything you wanted, do you think you would get greedy and mean or would you be a good and fair ruler?

I think I would be a little of greedy, a little of mean but more of being good and fair. There are times that I would need to be mean for people who are mean and I might be greedy at times where the situation calls for a greedy ruler. But overall, I think I would strive to become a good and fair leader since I despise unjust treatments and privileges.And in my opinion if you have worked with a bad leader, you would definitely make sure that you won't end up like these leaders should you be in that position.

Jhong, Alpha, Women Xplore, Em, Something Purple, Our Journey to Life, My Planet Purple, Princess Bela, Aggie, Random Thoughts,, My Colorful World, Big Eyed Gal, My Simple but Adorned Life, add your link here.

I am tagging Mari, Anyfreebies and Vina.

Money Management 101?

I could not help it but there are times that I tend to complain with so many expenses to be paid. What’s with the electric bill, water bill, home mortgage, broadband fee, cable fee, groceries and other unexpected expenses that you need to budget every month? Woohoo! This is the stressing part sometimes of being a wife. Yes, I complain sometimes but sure it does not end there. I sure have my own game plan. And every time I look back with all these, I could not help but pat my own shoulder for doing a great job with our budgeting. I am just full of myself, eh? :)

I just said those things since I think I really need to praise those wifeys (I am including myself here) who have managed to deal with their budgeting so well. It started when a childhood friend approached me yesterday and wants to ask for help in scouting a financial company that offers payday cash loans. She and her husband have stable jobs but probably because of so much unexpected expenses, they need a little reinforcement for their budgeting. We actually found one – it’s First Class Cash Advance. Out of curiosity, I checked how she applied online – you see, you’ll never know when you’ll be needing one so it’s better that you get to know these things this early. I didn’t know that you can apply that easy. And just earlier the cash was already deposited in her account.

For now, I can say that I do not need these payday cash loans, but I am still open for them should the strong need arises. They really help. They just helped a good friend in need!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Oh My Gosh!!!

Yep, overacting as it may sound, that was my reaction a little bit earlier. We were just passing along the Mabalacat exit here in Clark when suddenly we were surprised with the traffic. Quite usual during mornings but then we were shocked to see the cause of the traffic. One car (seems like a brand new one) and a ten-wheeler truck (that is oh so big!) collided in a horrible accident. People gathered through the horrifying scene – I could see a man lying with blood and parts of the car next to him. And all I managed to do was close my eyes.

Then out of nowhere my husband said “I just hope those people have car insurance and life insurance as well.” Just then that I realized that we are lucky enough since we have a car insurance as well as individual life insurance, too. Such situations are already depressing but could become much depressing and stressful if you do not have money to spend with the repairs of the damages of the car or money to leave to your loved ones such unfortunate things happen. People sometimes complain that these insurance are just added expenses. True, in a way but then there are so many cheap car insurance or even life insurances that you check on. So as early as now scout and check the insurance that would suit your budget as well as your needs. For me, that horrible accident is enough as an eye opener to understand the benefits of these insurances.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

For all the mothers out there...



Hopefully by next year, I'll be able to appreciate this event better as I become part of this group (cross finger).

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Let's Talk About .... Food!

If there is one thing in this world that I would not grow tired of talking about-- that would be FOOD! Last Sunday, which was also my birthday, we went to Pangasinan to hear mass at the Shrine of the Lady of Manaoag. And as you know when you go to a place, the first thing that you would think of is the attraction/s in these provinces and next is the specialty (food).

In the Philippines, we just have so many food specialties per province. In Pangasinan, there is tupig, bangus Dagupan, pigar pigar and puto Calasiao. My husband was really looking forward to eat pigar pigar. It is beef thinly sliced seasoned with salt and deep fried. He wanted the authentic one being served in the local palengke but we didn’t pass by the palengke anymore since pigar pigar is served at early morning. So instead, we went to Calasiao for my puto. I really love this bite-size puto from Calasiao. They are just so moist and delicious! We bought puto and kutsinta for P60 per kilo.

Calasiao Puto amd Kutsinta

The original plan was actually to have lunch at Isdaan in Gerona, Tarlac. But since we went ahead to Calasiao, we drive straight to Camiling and then Tarlac City. We would no longer pass by Gerona – no Isdaan adventure for me. Instead, we had late lunch at Coconut Grill in Tarlac. They actually serve the authentic “killer” food like – chicharon bulaklak, crispy pata, kare-kare, lechon and grilled sea foods, pork, chicken, etc. One thing that caught my attention was their pansit buco. It was my first time to hear such dish so we ordered it. It is actually shredded coconut sautéed in oyster sauce with vegetable. It was served in the coconut shell and it was yummy! We took home what is left but hubby requested to take it home with the same presentation (with the coconut shell daw).

Pansit Buco

From Pangasinan to Tarlac, now I am going down to Bulacan. Hubby’s itinerary for the week includes spending 2 days in Bulacan. So yesterday, he reported to their office in Malolos and I requested for a pasalubong. Guess what would that be? It’s Eurobake Original Inipit! I just love this bread with custard filling. Hubby brought home inipit with ube flavor. This is quite different with the original one but I certainly love it, too.


Eurobake Inipit

And today, he still needs to report to their Bulacan office and he promised me that he would bring home Bulacan ensaymada. I can’t wait! Oh, I just looooove talking about food! :)

Big Change

A close family friend is celebrating her birthday this June. And she said that this time she wants to celebrate it by doing some good things. I could remember she said: “I would donate my boat to charity.” At first I asked, “Whuaat?” Probably I am less informed with these boat donations – I didn’t even know that there is such a thing. It was just then that she explained to me her intentions. She has heard of this organization which helps you donate anything – say for instance car, boat, plane or house so that you would be able to help orphans, single moms or prisoners. You can choose which charity you want to help.

She came from a well-off family and she said that since she is turning 30 this May, she would just donate boats rather than spend big money for a one-time party. It’s so rare that I see her so serious. She said that sometimes, money is not everything. With that, I just have to agree. So this time around I would be helping her donate to Boat Angel. This is quite a different thing for us since for the last few years at this time, we are already busy planning for a big party that she would be throwing to her family and other friends. I think I really need to support her this time. She’s a changed woman and I am happy for that.

Card Game for Bonding?

My aunties and uncles love playing poker. Actually, they are planning to spend this weekend again at my mom’s place so that they can bond through this card game. I know they have a rather unusual way of bonding. But you should see them play while they try to outdo each other with their own Texas Holdem Poker Strategies. They look so funny - like little kids playing. And right now I think one of them even have a new discovery. My Auntie Remy has found a Free Poker Calculator. She said that my uncles and aunties need to watch out for her No Limit Winning Strategy. Ergh! Sometimes even adults behave so funny. Could be regression? I hope not, but this is just their way of getting together and having great fun on a weekend.

To-do Meme

I have been tagged by Jesse with this meme.

Actually, it is a holiday here in Pampanga (Jose Abad Santos Day) so no work for me. Hubby on the other hand needs to go to work since it is not holiday in Bulacan - he's holding central west Luzon territory, that's why. So since I am alone (for half day) at home with the helper and Lola, here's my not so busy to-do list for today.

BUSY PEOPLE: 1.) my chopsuey 2.) mind bubbles 3.) vanity kit 4.) somethingpurple 5.) a detour 5.) women xplore 6.) princes bela 7.) our journey to life 8.) my planet purple 9.) 100% Kelly 10. the simple life of a baghag 11.) my simple but adorned life


  1. I need to finish some opps and at the same time come up with some fillers.
  2. Cook bistig tagalog for lunch. My husband requested me earlier to cook this for him. He said he missed my cooking.
  3. I plan to clean our room (with the help of Bonna). Change our bed sheets and curtains and clean our office table.
  4. Arrange our shoes (with the help of Bonna, again). I have been planning for so long to clean up our shoe cabinet. There are some shoes that are no longer being used and need to be disposed. Also, I will clean some shoes/sandals and label all the shoe boxes.
  5. Bond with hubby.
Numbers 1 to 4 to be accomplished in the morning since bonding time would be in the afternoon. Hubby will go home early to join me for lunch.

How about you vina, jody, and eds? How's your schedule for a day?

Saturday, May 3, 2008

28

The countdown begins......3 hours and 45 minutes (before I turn what? 28 years old? errgh !)

In all honesty I do not want that time to come (pathetic!). Now, I think I have to put in all my thoughts and emotions that I have been nursing for weeks and weeks now in this post. I think I am also in the same situation like all trying to conceive wifeys feel at one point on our struggle to having a baby. I have been feeling that I would turn a year older and until now I am still childless. Yes, I am still frustrated for every month (that's a total of 84 months of unsuccessful tries) that we failed to have a baby. For almost two weeks now, I have been pouring my hearts out and crying so hard. Thanks for my husband for supporting me all the way - he never grows tired of comforting me and assuring me that no matter what we would be able to get what we wanted. As I said to a fellow TTC wife, I am venting out but deep down inside I really know that patience and prayers are still the answers to all these.

My husband actually planned to take me to a special dinner for my birthday. He also planned that he will take me to shopping since he knows that would make me happy (and I still don't know what other things he planned). Probably, if I am not feeling a little bit emotional, that would really make me so happy, but not today or tomorrow. I asked him this morning (before going to the OB) to instead of doing those, why don't we just go to Manaoag on my birthday. I really want a simple celebration for my birthday and I want it to be spent with hubby. I want us to pray together for my one and only birthday wish (OMG am crying again).

Countdown update - 3 more hours to go…

Thursday, May 1, 2008

I Hate Iron Man

I hate Iron Man because .......

  • it ended that way.
  • I need to wait for another year (estimated) for the sequel. And by the time the sequel is out, most likely I forgot about the first one.
I hate bitin (itutuloy-type) movies. I just hope "When Love Begins" will not have a sequel or else....

Anyway...

Maligayang Mayo Uno sa mga Manggagawang Pilipino! ~makabayan mode~