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Baby countdown midnight rambling

I have started my countdown to welcoming baby number 3 a few weeks ago. By counting down, what I really mean is making a mental list, writing down all some of the stuff in my head, forgetting where i placed the said list and getting nothing done. There’s a lot of prepping I know I need to do and I am no where close to being the perfect girl scout.

Baby number 3 is going to be a challenge with two toddlers under the age of 4 and Marcus (my second born) is currently trying to reestablish his position as baby of the family. He wants to sleep with only mommy and wakes up in the middle of the night looking for mommy. I am at that stage in my pregnancy when I cannot sleep when I need to and I seem to pass out when I shouldn’t. I feel sorry for Aria and Marcus. Sometimes I pass out when they really really need me like when somebody needs to get a certain toy which is out of their reach. I would wake up cranky and finally give in turning the TV on so I could get at least 30 minutes of sleep- which I have to be honest sometimes turn into an hour of snoozing.

Aria is now out of school and enjoying her first summer vacation. She doesnt understand the concept of a summer break yet and constantly ask about going to see her teacher. I let her try to find ways to entertain herself and that usually includes making a mess of whatever she could get her hands on. My house has never been clean for more than an hour since time immemorial. And lately i cannot be bothered cleaning up because of this big watermelon attached to my front. I am the size of a truck now. Searching for/Picking up things under the bed or even on the floor has now been assigned to Aria and Marcus. It takes five years to get that done since they have only started understanding the concept of prepositions. I have not given up training them yet and before this baby number 3 comes out, I will make sure that these two will be masters of doing things for me involving fetching things ‘under’ and  ‘out of’ anything.

I guess I am still not prepared to be a mother of 3 kids. I was never prepared even during the first time when Aria was born. But I am getting by and I can only hope I do not ruin my kids with all my failures as a mom. So baby number 3, Bring it On!

sleeping Aria in our first apartment
Aria sleeping when we brought her home for the first time in our first apartment.
Baby Marcus sleeping baby
Sleeping baby boy Marcus
Aria and marcus
More than a year ago, my babies were still babies…
Ate Aria and Kuya Marcus
My babies now… Aria and Marcus are now ate and kuya.

Macro photography with my iphone

Currently enjoying some much awaited family time here in the Philippines. My brothers and I all live in different countries now and it is very rare that we get to be together, but with my dad’s health regressing we all knew we had to spend as much time with him as we could. So here we are with our families minus the chubby hubby who needed to stay behind in Doha because of work, spending time with our dad.

This post really isnt about my family. I just had some photos in my iphone that i wanted to share. The other day we stayed in Sinagtala farm resort in Orani, Bataan. It was a beautiful place overlooking Mt ararat. We rented a villa with four bedrooms. 

I love being surrounded with nature. It is very relaxing and soothing to be around so much greenery. But i am currently suffering from a lot of insect bites.

Decided to use my clip-on lens that i bought more than a year ago that i seldom get to use. Got some nice photos though.


bee in flower
taking this photo scared the bazinga out of me


Endless Photo Opportunities at Madame Tussaud’s, Amsterdam

When I was a freshman in College, Madame Tussaud’s was exhibiting at the Shangrila, Manila. I wanted to go see the exhibit but my allowance was not even enough for the entrance. I knew I had to go see the one in Amsterdam once we had our trip planned just so I can tell myself that I’ve finally seen it. It’s something I can at last cross off my bucket list.

There isn’t much to say about the museum except that it is a great place for lots of photo opportunities. Its awesome that the figures are not hand’s off. As a matter of fact, you can get as close as you can.

Chubby hubby had the best time posing with most of the ‘celebrities’. He didn’t give me much of a chance to get my picture taken. That’s okay though. I am just used to being behind the camera all of the time. But we we both had a blast seeing famous people without feeling starstruck.

Our Engagement photos part 2 (Zaabeel)

Our next venue is Zaabeel park where we had our wedding. There are a lot of pretty areas in the park perfect for a pictorial and I don’t think there are any restrictions about photography.

left: this is where we had our wedding ceremony. Right: the glass structure over on the other side of the lake is where we had our reception.

right pic: a better view of the glass structure which use to be zen restaurant.



Our Engagement photos part 1 (JBR and Dubai Marina)

One of the first things we did once we got engaged was to get our engagement photos taken. DH wasn’t a big fan of dressing up and getting his picture taken and he has told me numerous times that he was only agreeing to the session because I wanted it. A friend of ours volunteered to take our photos and he didn’t charge us much. The downside of getting our photographer dirt cheap was that there really was not much of a commitment. We didn’t get our photos immediately after the wedding and I did not get any printed. The worst thing was he only sent me soft copies via hard drive and that hard drive crashed along with all the digital memories of my wedding.

So my advice to anybody getting married on a budget is do not hold back on a photographer. A professional works on schedule. And if you lose your photos, they always have a backup.

However, I did enjoy the prenuptial shots. We had our photos taken at four different venues. The first one was at Jumeirah Beach Residences. You have to be careful about professional photography at this area though. Apparently, it is prohibited to take pictures there. I actually fought with a guard when he told us to stop (the bridezilla in me came out). It was a pity because I liked the ambience of JBR very much, but we did get a few shots on the beach and in some areas.

Here are a few shots that I manage to salvage from my facebook profile. The resolution is not that great though.

Nearby is Dubai Marina, where there are a lot of interesting architecture elements that offers different textures.

We also ended up snacking at a McDonalds near the Jumeirah beach.