Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Mommy Moments: Date with Doctors

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Edit: This post is for Friday, May 1st 2009.

One night when Cj was in Pinas, my mother rushed him to the hospital because he just wouldn't stop crying. When the doctor started examining him, he became quiet like he never cried in the first place. They could not find anything wrong with him. False alarm. They went home.

The rest of Cj's visits to the doctors, are purely routine checks, except for an ear infection when he was about five months old. We had him treated at Samitivej Hospital. I hated the way the nurse pricked Cj's finger for a blood sample. She wasn't gentle. Cj has a fairly high tolerance for pain, but his cry told me the prick was agonizing. The lancet left a messy mark virtually wider than his fingertip. As if it wasn't enough, the nurse wrung Cj's finger roughly against the vial, his cry sent my entrails lurching. Although I put on a brave front, I was freaking and ready to strangle Little Miss Nurse-from-hell.

Samitivej is state-of-the-art. Why else did we take Cj there? But maybe there is always one Nurse Ratched in every hospital. So that's a lesson for me and maybe for other inexperienced moms: Do not pick a hospital just because its lobby could be mistaken for a five-star hotel. Duh! Next time I'll be wiser.

Alright, on with gorgeous doctors who do their job quite well. They are some of God's most awesome creations; society's essential members.

This is Cj's first vaccination. Right after the doc pulled off his steth, Cj fountained a pee on doc's poor shirt and tie.

Dr. S, my OB-Gyne, and the doctor who delivered Cj.

And this doctor is on stand-by. He's proven himself major at the World Congress for Pediatric Dermatology, let's leave him alone with his techno-gadget and trust him with Cj in his arm like that :-). Ex-mom-in-law watches him avidly on Thai TV (starstruck mom). You may wonder how the heck did he end up in a maternity ward. Well, he is Cj's uncle and a specialist at the hospital where Cj was born. That pair of hands on the right is Cj's dad's. These two brothers are in my room busy contacting family hours after Cj came out. And I was busy welcoming myself to mommyhood!

Wordless Wednesday: Monkey Business

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Sunday Stealing: The Mud Meme

Today we ripped this meme off a blogger named Miranda from the blog The Times of Miranda. She thanks to Mud for prodding some fodder her way, in the way of a meme. But, it was probably stolen at that blog as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Cheers to us all thieves!

Join the fun.

1. What are your current obsessions? travelling and quaint cottages

2. Which item from your wardrobe do you wear most often? my old maid work uniform

3. What's for dinner? eating out by and by at a restaurant called Banana Leaf

4. Last thing you bought? food

5. What are you listening to? Dobby speaking to Harry (son is watching HP2 a few inches away)

6. If you were a god/goddess who would you be? Isis

7. Favorite holiday spots? beach and mountain resorts

8. Reading right now? RD, December 2006

9. 4 words to describe yourself. bored, resolute, robot, hopeful

10. Guilty pleasure? unplanned shopping; it happens once in a blue moon though

11. Who or what makes you laugh until you’re weak? memories of college silliness

12. Planning to travel to next? Beijing or Tokyo

13. Best thing you ate or drank lately? pomegranate martini

14. When did you last get tipsy? weeks ago at Hard Rock; the first time in 9 years

15. Care to share some wisdom? Listen to Max Ehrmann :-)

16. Nicest thing anyone’s ever said to you? "Thank you, Mommy!"

Weekend Snapshot: The AIDS Temple (Lopburi I)

It is sometimes referred to as the AIDS Museum, I tend to call it AIDS Temple. Descriptively it is a buddhist hospice for AIDS patients, the largest one in Thailand. Three of us, a friend, my son and I paid Wat (temple) Phrabat Nampu in Lopburi a visit last weekend. As it is where people with AIDS go to to die, most of what we saw are not exactly the ones I'm in a hurry to show off. But if you are curious, you may want to click on a post I did days ago. Anyway, on with shots that I don't think will give anyone a coronary:

100 steps to the wat

After the climb this is where you arrive at

"View from the top" - those are bare cornfields visitors pass by on their way to the temple

Side view of the Life Museum which ironically displays mummies

A usual sight around Thai temples

Bone sculptures

The temple bell

Life is beautiful. Most of us would prefer that of course. AIDS is also real.

Friday, 24 April 2009

Mommy Moments: Hi Dad ;)

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It's Dad's turn huh...*chuckle*.... I actually opened some drawers to see if I can find CDs that contain photos of Cj with his dad. Nothing left. Those huge albums of Cj's first year - containing lots of shots with his dad starring in them are in Pinas. I'll make do with the ones I have right now.

This was taken during my graduation. Boring, I know. But I invited him because no. 1 - he financed the study, international gradschool does not come in cheap, show some gratitude, girl :-); no. 2 - he is my son's father in spite of everything. We may not be living under the same roof but as far as Cj is concerned, this Ex is a good dad. When we were together, he used to come home from work at 9PM the earliest, but when Cj arrived there was a miracle on our street - by 6PM his car is already parked in the garage!

Cj's dad is a hard player in the corporate world. Always in deep concentration on his job, I'll be damned if I rang him unless it's about his son. When I dare call him, all I have to do to avoid armageddon is drop his son's name and I "get away with murder." Ex is terribly devoted to his work, a tough, unforgiving, rock n' rolling executive nobody can crack. If there is any consolation in that reality, it should be that he also tries his best to play his role as a dad. (TH in our lingo, ops)

He gave up his Sunday round of golf to attend Cj's birthday. (He had to or I would have killed him :)) He does show up in all of Cj's major activities, and I get teased over and over by family and friends during times like these - you know the usual silly hope of loved ones for two pathetic people to possibly get back, knock on wood, lol! Under the circumstances, the game will have to be played this way. I do my part as a parent, and he does his. While I am pleased with the fact that Cj's education fund from nursery to university is already secured by his dad, I appreciate the time he spends with Cj more than anything.

Way to go, dad!

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Filipino Store in Bangkok

Look at my loot! I can't believe my luck. Two days ago, a friend and I went to the Filipino Store in Silom. I should have blogged about this right away but I was busy eating!

For someone who misses the food of home very much, this is palatal rapture.

And guess what was my appetizer for lunch today -- the blessed bagoong! (absent in the photos; fridge-tucked away) With tomatoes aplenty, my alimentary canal was probably the most indulged in the Sukhumvit 101 area today.

The sopas is for my kiddo. And I'm getting myself a big, pink fish and some veggies for the sinigang sa sampalok.

Last night I noshed on pancit canton chilli mansi.

A familiar yum that went with routine clicking on the keyboard made a very delightful evening!

That was one time I wished I had Filipino neighbors in the apartment.

The sunflower crackers and about two packets of noodles are free. But the best part really is the price. These goodies are affordable. I just love their business common sense.

They posted their address on friendster, or you can google "filipino store in Bangkok" for more info.

This sari-sari store has been existing since 2007, but because I flew home twice that year, I didn't look for it. Now that I'm not planning to be in Pinas for several months more, I am gratified to have the store within reach.

Monday, 20 April 2009

Saturday 9: Almost Famous

Update 29.04.09: I was high on nothing when I posted this entry. I guess I should put a few things right.

It's Monday, I know, and my first time to play so I hope it's ok :-)

1. Have you ever been told that you look like some [one] famous? Nope.
Edit: not 'look' but behave like Anne Shirley of Green Gables.

2. Name a celebrity that shares your birthday. Cameron Diaz (Warren Buffet and Mary W. Shelly)

3. Tell us about your first kiss. "Wet," that's Harry Potter's answer and mine too

4. When you meet someone attractive, what do you notice first? The face

5. What was your biggest mistake ever? Panicking at a wrong decision I made

6. Give us one random, but candid fact about you. I love to eat and travel

7. What about your current or most recent lover excites you? ?
Edit: his wicked smile

8. What really annoys you? Lagging behind on things that matter to me

9. How many other Saturday 9’ers answers do you usually read? About three today as I have just discovered this meme hours ago.

Play Saturday 9 here.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Weekend Snapshot: Trouble in Paradise

Political protests at the Victory Monument were called off during Songkran (Thai New Year). However, while people were chucking water on each other, armed soldiers were still walking about, grim-faced and vigilant. There is trouble in paradise. But my friends and I decided that the Red Shirts could protest all they want; we have our own lives to entertain. Off we trooped to Dream World.

"Make love, not war"

Hanging nests and a friendly log to cross in 2-inch heels.

I wonder if those soldiers would stop looking dismal if these flowers were placed alongside their machine guns....

Tomatoes and chillis at the Australian Farm.

Our kids loved it here because the entire garden is air-conditioned.

Enjoying the holidays is no denial of the issue raging on in government. We simply chose to have a date with beauty and be happy about it rather than sit nervous and worried in front of the TV.

Have a great week, everyone!

Sunday Stealing: The 40 Meme

1. My uncle once : took me and my cousins to a rare breakfast near the fish section in the town market. Actually it wasn't his original plan, but because five of us (his nieces) jumped on his truck right when he was driving slowly out the gate, he got rid of our noisy girly, chatter by making us eat sweet sticky rice and rich hot chololate.

2. Never in my life : have I seen a ghost.

3. When I was seventeen : I was attending a boarding school in a beautiful, rural location.

4. High School was : not bad

5. I will never forget : that I am supposed to be going somewhere idyllic as soon as possible.

6. I once met : and played with a friendly dog in the Yorkshire Moors.

7. There’s this girl I know who : is already approaching her 40s and has never had a boyfriend ever

8. Once, at a bar : I wanted to get the hell out and eat some tasty salad in a french restaurant!

9. By noon, I’m usually : doing a lot of work already

10. Last night : I and my kiddo arrived back in Bangkok from visiting temple and palace ruins in Lopburi.

11. If only I had : the power to eliminate all the bad in this world....

12. Next time I go to church : I will try to listen to the sermon.

13. Susan Boyle : sounds like a woman's name to me, or should I google her?

14. What worries me most : is shoved out my life til I find a solution to not worry about it anymore.

15. When I turn my head left, I see : my golf umbrella, Harry Potter books and boxes of shoes.

16. When I turn my head right, I see : my wall.

17. You know I’m lying when : I use adjectives that don't match the nouns and verbs, lol.

18. What I miss most about the eighties : are the cozy afternoons at home.

19. If I was a character in Shakespeare, I’d be : (or I want to be) a combination of Katharina and Bianca.

20. By this time next year : I wish I'd be back to where I traipsed in 2006.

21. A better name for me would be : Bored.

22. I have a hard time understanding : Math.

23. If I ever go back to school, I’ll : take up Psychology.

24. You know I like you if : I like to spend time with you.

25. If I ever won an award, the first person I’d thank would be : whoever helped me win the award.

26. When I compare 80’s rock to 90’s rock : I find out I don't mind listening to either if I want to.

27. Take my advice, never : do rock climbing if it's bungee jumping you fancy.

28. My ideal breakfast is : toast with butter, fried mushrooms and baked beans, coffee with cream, chicken sausage and pineapple juice.

29. A song I love, but do not own is : always played on my computer.

30. If you visit my hometown, I suggest : you come during the town fiesta.

31. My favorite Beatle is : Paul

32. Why won’t people : stop fussing about unimportant details?

33. If you spend the night at my house : you'll find out that lights are turned off when it's sleeping time.

34. I’d stop my wedding for : nothing; granting it's my wedding to the man of my dreams.

35. The world could do without : racism.

36. I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than : not go where I want to go.

37. My favorite blonde is : JK Rowling.

38: Paper clips are more useful than : rulers.

39. If I do anything well, it’s : spoiling my son and my pooch.

40. And by the way : I got to go eat my lunch now.

Play Sunday Stealing here.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Mommy Moments: Sentimental Mommy :)

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So we're going sentimental this week :-). Here are a few of my sentimental moments. This was when I moved in to an apartment after my split. Stuff littered the room. That's how that marriage remnant landed on top of the chair. Cj was going to sing with other kids in church when I snapped this shot.

At first I didn't notice the sign he made on his right hand. It's the I love You sign. I'm sure it's just coincidence he flashed that sign when the camera clicked because I didn't teach him anything about signs yet, but I felt warm inside when I discovered it. With the direction he's pointing it at, it's like he's teasing either the portrait or it's just sentimental me.

Cj does not draw anything workable. He just makes lines and circles on paper most of the time. So my delight reaches the 7th heaven when one day he shows me his very first drawing of me and himself.

I don't freaking care that I look like E.T or that I have no hair, nor body at all. At least there are feet, albeit two left feet. I did guide his hand to write the caption. If I may be boldly sentimental - I'd say to me it's a masterpiece.

And this is during his 3rd birthday. There's something about kids not yet able to blow their birthday candle and the mom gets to blow it instead. It's fun, it's heart-warming; it practically erases wrinkles.

P.S. His dad showed up in the middle of the party to foot the bill. Whatever that meant, I enjoyed heading the emotions department immensely.

Happy Mommy Moments, Mommies!

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Purse Tag

It's a lazy Thursday here. So this tag from Jona came just on the right day. So ... what is this this time?... another amusing tag. Purse. It does sound familiar to a girl *tongue clicking*. Ok, before I blab on, rules first:

1. Post a picture of whatever bag you are carrying as of late. No, you can't go into your closet and pull out your favorite purse! We want to know what you carried today or the last time you left the house.

2. List how much it cost. And this is not to judge. This is for entertainment purposes only. So spill it. And if there is a story to go along with how you obtained it, we'd love to hear it.

3. Tag some chicks. And link back to this post so people know why the heck you're showing everyone your bag.

So there it is -- my faithful, old purse resting beside my red coat. I cropped off my face. I know it's the purse you want to see, but that's 3/4 of my frame and my hands cold-gripping the railing of the entrance stairs to Beamish. As the size suggests, my coin purse can't even fit in there. It holds only a few tiny, girly things but my passport and bank cards have a cozy place in its exterior pocket.

I bought it in 2006 (long time ago huh) when I traveled to the UK, but I'm still using it today. Observant neighbors would probably think I have no other purse because I use it a great deal, now and then, and almost everywhere. The last time I slung it on my shoulder was when I bought drinks at a nearby supermarket. It matches with many of my shoes so it's been used to battered status. Price? The originator of this tag must be cheeky :) Alright it costs 3,000 baht; approximately 4,000 pesos based on conversion. I never really got to remembering its brand. In other words, it's no Prada nor Gucci nor Miranda Priestly-knows-what-else. All I know is it's leather and has never given me any grief yet since I purchased it.

Now where are the other chicks? Genebei and Arlene you two are next :) Come out, come out girls!

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Sunday Stealing: The Green Meme

It's now Tuesday but better late than never.

1. What is your current obsession? the English countryside!
2. What’s a good coffee place? in front of my pc
3. Who was the last person that you hugged? my son
4. Do you nap a lot? when not sticking my nose on the computer
5. Tonight, what’s for dinner? shrimp balls, fried tuna with kentucky beans and grape juice
6. What was the last thing that you bought? dinner
7. What is your favorite weather? 28 degrees C, clear blue skies
8. Tell us something about one blogger who you think will play this week? she's very busy
9. If you were given a free house that was full furnished, where in the world would you like it to be? definitely in the English countryside!
10. Name three things that you could not live without. my son, internet, my dog
11. What would you like in your hands right now? an assault helicopter
12. What’s one of your guilty pleasures? eating alone at expensive restaurants
13. What would you change or eliminate about yourself? Being not assertive enough sometimes
14. As a child, what type of career did you want? a nun. the habit intrigued me
15. What are you missing right now? the company of cousins my age
16. What are you currently reading? anything on the net
17. What do you fear the most? becoming a bottled pear in Bangkok
18. What’s the best movie that you’ve seen recently? Sense and Sensibility
19. What’s your favorite book from the past year? Harry Potter 7
20. Is there a comfort food from your childhood that you still enjoy? none
Play along here.

The Blogger Awards

This is a special award I received from The Mommy Journey. Thank you, Chris!

I am passing this award to Dancing in Midlife Tune.

Monday, 13 April 2009

Unconscious Muttering

I say ... and you think ...?
  1. Animal :: instinct

  2. Temporary :: dweller

  3. Moan :: oh, stop moaning, Malfoy, ump!

  4. Rapid :: grand --s Michigan

  5. That’s for me to say :: silly!

  6. City :: of the living dead

  7. Bumper :: to bumper traffic

  8. Eclipse :: of the heart

  9. Problematic :: apparatus

  10. If? :: Rudyard Kipling

Join the fun at

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Weekend Snapshot: Lipstick and goodbye

Catching a flight during Holy Week in the Philippines is difficult. I am keeping track of my mother's travel to Auntie M's wake in Cebu via SMS and overseas calls. God she was a very cool aunt; loyal to my philandering uncle til the very end. She had a flair for smart fashion. I wonder how did she look like before she made her final exit. She was once facetious, "I want to be buried wearing my electric red lipstick."

Whether she's getting what she wanted or not, I do not yet know. The latest update that popped into my pc instead says Mama (who arrived at 4 AM today) and Auntie M's daughters are in a hair saloon. I am convinced they are having fun despite the occasion that brought them together. Girls will be girls, funeral or not. And I'm stuck jealous in Bangkok. So what else is there to do but snap the weekend away.

This is my urn and the clay base of my reading lamp. Auntie M is not headed for the crematorium though, but going down a vault. And my urn is where I sometimes store candies.

I dug into drive C and found another relative shot. I went with colleagues to the Grand Palace to pay our respects to HRH Princess Galyani. Her lying in state put an interim lull to the 2008 political protests. Isn't it sweet what princesses do even in death?

And this is the chinese cemetery in Thailand's ancient capital, Ayutthya. I took this shot from a running tour bus.

Apparently not a mausoleum; it's only the Bangkok skyline portraying my thoughts and mood this weekend - a spaghetti mix of dark and sparks. I imagine streaks of Auntie M's lipstick reflected in the electricity that powers the lights. They beckon life to move on.

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Mommy Moments: Kids in costume

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Cj was a few weeks old when thoughtful Coco, my gradschool classmate got him a traditional Chinese baby costume, straight from Chairman Mao's capital. I waited til Cj was a bit fatter. Alas, during his very first christmas he fit right in! What use is his chinese descent if he didn't :) His late paternal grandfather, a pure chinese immigrant would have been proud to see him in this costume - a toothless, bald worm; giggling wiggling red.

Last year Cj attended a church-sponsored Saturday class for kids. Here they're about to dramatize Saul's persecution spree in Damascus. They acted as Saul's henchmen, so to speak. Obviously one of Saul's men prefers his bottle over a sword (did Saul's guys use swords? well, they couldn't have fired AK 47s anyway). I didn't insist on confiscating Cj's 'best friend' lest he wails and spoils this role-play.

One not very busy day when everyone, even Yaya Gwen was in a pleasant mood, we went freaky. This is admittedly taking advantage of a child's innocence ops (as in walang magawa) ... but can I just be a crazy mom for once? My desire to have a baby girl is soooooo not obvious, is it?

When Cj is old enough to rummage through mommy's cybercloset, discover this and question me, only then will I deal with this and maybe show him his normal Pooh or Spidey costumes. For now I think my blouse is his classic costume so far :)