Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Cute Decors

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Saw these cute decorative displayed in one establishment. They even have lights and I just could not stop staring at them. I was thinking of buying these kinds of decors at home but ended up taking pictures instead. Nah, I'll just buy for the next Christmas season coz I'm done decorating at home. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

When The Teacher Gave My Child The Wrong Grade

I had a not so good weekend lately and I hope these series of unfortunate events ended already. I guess I'm going to discuss first what transpired last Friday (and I might talk about what had happened on succeeding days in another blog entry).

I attended my daughter's 2nd Quarter PTC (Parent-Teacher Conference) last Friday afternoon. "Brace yourself" was what I told myself because my consistent-honor-student daughter made a huge mess on her grades last quarter. I guess she was enjoying too much of her freedom in high school that she forgot her major responsibility - STUDY! The 1st quarter result didn't sit well with me so her privileges were removed from her -- Facebook deactivated, from iPhone to analogue Cherry mobile, no hanging out with friends on weekend and wake up early in the morning (and I'm talking 4:30 am!) so she could review her lessons. Yeah, I'm such a pain in the ass momma when I got totally mad!

Then came the 2nd PTC and I had the chance to review my daughter's record last quarter to one of the teachers. She was on leave the previous PTC and haven't got the chance to talk to her, only the substitute teacher. And came the great SHOCK! There was a big mistake in my daughter's grade. Turns out she got higher (though not that high) grade and was still IN at the honor roll. What the----!

The teacher apologized for the huge blunder and told me they would correct the mistake. The grade relayed to the substitute was not my daughter's final grade after all. And I was shock and disappointed and sad for my daughter at the same time coz they didn't know all the stress, the pains, the hassles we went thru. Awarding of honors for 1st Quarter was already done and that won't happen again. And what will they do now? All they told me was they will correct her grade and give her the certificate of honor coz she deserved it...Well, thank you for that...

However, thinking over and over about it made me realize that it was not enough. I punished my kid anytime for her wrongdoing but I am also ready to defend her should someone make a huge mess on her. This time, my daughter deserves my sympathy. My inner tigress was unleashed again that I could not wait for today to come.

So this morning, I went to my child's school not to see her teacher but the school head. I saw and talked to the school's Vice-Principal and pour everything out. I didn't totally blame the teacher for the wrong grade because she was on leave. In fact, I should be thankful to her for correcting it. I could not also blame the adviser coz he was just there writing the grade given to him, I could not also blame the substitute coz she doesn't really know what the real grade was (uh-uh...hmmm). But who was there to blame, ME? Funny. Of course it was still their fault in whatever perspective you're going to see it...sigh.

I also complained about another teacher who was so unfair in grading his students. Cause when I asked him about how my child got that grade the mere fact I saw her tried to improve her grades this quarter, he could not give me a logical answer.

I don't usually go to my daughter's school these days because I'm trying to avoid to be called "Sip-sip". I am not that type of parent who goes there to influence the teachers so that they will give my child favorable grades. However, with all these hullabaloos, I guess I'm going to be visible to let the teachers know I'm watching them. Not to scare them but just keeping my eyes on them.

Tiger-mom is now wide awake and I even told the school head that I will come back to check and to hear the progress of my report. I hope and pray they will not disappoint. They promised to correct my daughter's grade and will even announce that she's part of the honor roll last quarter to boost her ego again. They promised that they would talk to the teachers responsible and informed all of them not to commit the same mistakes. They promised that they would check on their teacher's way of grading system. And they told me to come back anytime should I have another concern.

With all that had happened, I pray that something good will come out from this. I don't want to hurt anyone but they should know and understand that it was us who was hurt the most :-(

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Review First Before Buying

Before buying new stuff, particularly musical instruments, better research first online about the brand and if it has durable quality. This applies not only to professionals but to hobbyist as well, or even to the neophytes. But if you are still not sure what or where to find, perhaps I'll recommend Casio privia reviews to you to help you look for better option.

Good luck on your choice and purchases. I hope you found the right instrument that really suits your taste!

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Other Side of Her

Here's a picture of my eldest daughter as Cinderella during their Student's Night at their school. She was hoping for a different costume instead I let her wear this princess dress, hehe. It looks great on her anyway so why should I let her wear something trashy that would make her look old and creepy? 

And yeah, I'm the fair godmomzilla who did all the styling and I'm proud of it! HA! HA!

P.S.: To my daughter - I know you're going to read this (coz you're fond of stalking my blog :-p ) so here's for you my Princess!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Shop at Your Local Music Store

When you can't seem to decide which instrument you are going to purchase to use for your concert or even at home, then I guess the best way for you to do it is visit your local music store. Although you can find lots of sale items online, you can also check at the store if you want to be sure of its features or specifications. After all, you are the one who is going to use it. And it would be such a waste if you regret buying something that doesn't suit your taste.

And I always believe that you can still find affordable and great instruments at the local store near you. So, start shopping now!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Halloween 2016

Happy Halloween everyone! Hope you all had fun trick or treating ;-)

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Essential Cleaning Supplies for Your Instruments

Most of the times, we just buy musical instruments and not properly take good care of them, not thinking that this would easily damage the item. Cleaning these things should be given importance especially if you have woodwind instruments. I suggest that you need to know on how to clean a trumpet if you have this instrument because it will benefit not only your unit but you, as well. There is a site you can find online that will teach you the essential ways of cleaning and I bet you will learn a lot from there. So, you might as well check it out now!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

S&R Members' Treat Sale Happening on September 30 to October 2!

I can't wait to go to S&R on September 30 and buy their tasty and ever-juicy Ranch House Angus Strip Steak. My husband and I often do the grocery at S&R and we love to buy products from their meat section. What's exciting is that there will be S&R Members' Treat that would take place on September 30-October 2! There will be lots of buy 1 take 1 and 50% discount on other items, too!

I am definitely heading to S&R CDO for this! How about you? Don't miss out the fun and enjoy the big, big sale!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Enjoy and Experience the Best of CDO Food Tour

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CDO Bloggers with Best of CDO Food Tour Team

The month of August is quite exciting for the people of Cagayan de Oro City as they prepare the celebration of their feast day every August 28 in honor of their patron saint, St. Augustine.
So expect that beauty pageants are held within this month, major sales events are offered by big stores during the weekends, there will be concerts, parades and firework displays that would take place days before the fiesta and so on and so forth.

And in line with Higalaay Festival 2016, BQFC team launched the Best of CDO Food Tour for the very first time where they invited the CDOBloggers. I joined the tour and it was indeed fun and a huge success as well. I guess I will just let the pictures below do the talking:

1st Food Stop: Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant
Branch: Centrio Mall

1. Rack-a-Bye-Baby (My personal favorite)
- Finger-licking goodness of premium cut smoky barbecued pork ribs,

2. CDO Sinuglaw - The award winning “sinugbang baboy” and “isdang kilawin” recipe with a twist by adding “dilis” toppings
- It is also an Urban Life nominee as one of the best Filipino dishes

Bigby’s was first introduced in CDO in December 8, 1998 and now has 7 branches across the archipelago. The menu, the interior design and service style were created to position the concept midway between fine dining and fast-casual dining.

2nd Food Stop: Missy Bon Bon
Branch: Rosario Arcade, Limketkai Center (Flagship Store)
Pastel and my share of Gelato

  1. Gelato - Creamier, smoother and silkier than any ordinary ice cream.
  2. Pastel - A sweet filled bun that won the hearts of every Kagay-anons, now with 3 flavors Durian, Yema and Chocolate bun.
- Awarded as the Urban Life - Mindanao Gold Star Daily Award 2016’s Best Delicacy of the Year

Missy Bon Bon Bread shop opened its kiosk in CDO in December 2009 launching its first line of breads and gelato. In April 2010, it opened its flagship store in Limketkai Center. Missy Bon Bon is a hip, cozy, and relaxed world-class bread shop serving healthy, natural, and freshly-made bread onsite with unique fusion interpretations of local bread products, gourmet comfort food and custom gelato mixes.

Third Food Stop: Boy Zugba Kusina Bisaya
Branch: Corrales Ave. - Ramon Chavez St., Cagayan de Oro

  1. Bandihadong Karne - All your favorite meat in one bandihando Liempo, pork BBQ and the Cheezzy Chorizo
  2. Cheezzy Chorizo - Organic-fed meat stuffed with cheese 
  3. Pancit sa Pulis 
  4.  Dessert: “What’s your plan, Leche Flan?”
Boy Zugba Kusina Bisaya opened in Corrales Ave. - Ramon Chavez St., CDO in February 8, 2015. It serves the best Kagay-anon home-cooked meals that a city has to offer, but up scaled a bit to create a new dining experience. Boy Zugba boasts an array of grilled food items, as well as meals that we normally see in karenderias or eat at home.

Last Food Stop: The Nest
Address: Corrales Ave. - Ramon Chavez St., Cagayan de Oro Brands: Maison de Bonbon and Giuseppe Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast
Highlights/Must-try: Maison de Bonbon Cafe and Restaurant

  1. Burger Américaine - U.S beef burger patty on a sesame bun with crisped bacon slices, sautéed Shiitake mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, melted gruyere cheese & fresh green lettuce. Served with seasoned salt French fries.
Giuseppe Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast

2.  Calzone - Folded pizza with spinach, ham, sausage, mushrooms, bell pepper, and black olives.
3. Salsiccia Siciliana - Pizza with tomato, mozzarella, mushrooms and Sicilian sausages.
4. Quattro Formaggi - Pizza with four Italian cheese

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CDO Bloggers at The Nest with the Best of CDO Food Tour

The Nest welcomed its first batch of patrons in June 2016, bringing the best of renowned European culinary masterpieces that won the hearts of every Kagay-anon. The Nest, carrying two brands, Maison de Bonbon and Giuseppe, delivers the finest of both French and Italian Sicilian cuisines.
The Nest embodies the best aspects of globalization by bringing the sumptuous food of Europe to the dining tables of the inherently sunny people of Cagayan de Oro, be it the families looking to bond through opulently-served entrees, or the individuals that yearn to unravel from work by being fed food bursting with zest and flavor.
It is a sanctuary in the midst of the noisy, fast-paced, and bustling streets of Cagayan de Oro.

Thank you so much Best of CDO Food Tour Team for the wonderful accommodations you extend to us, the CDO Bloggers. Shout out to the team and the owners of Bigby's, Missy Bonbon, Boy Zugba and The Nest!

*** All pictures were taken (and removed) from my other blog: chroniclesofcookie.com

Sunday, August 14, 2016

My Dad's Turntable

During the early 80's, turntables still exist in every household. Boom boxes came yet some still have this old-fashioned gadget and we were one of those people :-) My dad had a turntable and it was even kept after he died in 2001. Actually, even up this time, that gadget is still at my mom's place but will not play anymore.

Right now, turntables still exist but are already upgraded just like the numark ttx direct-drive turntable. You can check sites for this and see the features they added. I now wonder if my late dad's old Beatles collection would still play on this turntable.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Our High School Reunion

Sharing a picture of me on our 25th Silver Jubilee Homecoming last July 1, 2016. We had a Coachella-themed party and looking for something to wear on that day was somehow exhausting. So I ended up wearing this boho-inspired dress. Thankfully, I was able to keep the earrings I bought from years ago because it saved my night :-)

So, how do I look?
Quite uncomfortable with my rarely dolled-up face, lol

Friday, August 12, 2016

She's Finally Interested!

The other day my daughter talked to me that she wanted to learn on how to play the guitar. She is more of a piano person but I am hoping that she will develop interest in playing the guitar. Her dad is a good guitar player and so are her uncles. I also played the guitar but not that good. And I really hope that my kids will learn on how to play this instrument. So, it was really a big sigh of relief for me when my daughter started the conversation about guitar. I even suggested to her that she could look from YouTube to learn about plucking and a lot more. 

But of course she needs a new guitar because what we have is an old one. I might check online because they have a lot to offer. And of course, with the use of coupon code, I hope to get a good deal. I can't wait for my daughter to start in her guitar lesson ;-)

Monday, August 1, 2016

S&R Membership Shopping is Finally in Cagayan de Oro!

The much talked about S&R Membership Shopping finally opened here in Cagayan de Oro last July 28, 2016. It is located at Zone 5, Barangay Kauswagan, Butuan-CDO-Iligan Road, Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental. S&R is described as a treasure hunt of shopping values but you can only enjoy these if you are a member of their establishment.

There are 2 types of membership cards:
  • Gold Membership - available to individuals 18 years old and above Membership fee is P700, valid for 12 months from the date of enrollment of primary cardholder. Gold member may add one extension card at P400 fee.
  • Business Membership - available to business owners and managers; allows the purchase of products for business, personal and resale use. It costs P900 with one (1) free add-on card, valid for 12 months from the date of enrollment of primary cardholder. You can add 3 additional cardholders to existing business membership account.
Once you are a member of S&R, you can enjoy a lot of benefits and perks not only in Cagayan de Oro but to all S&R branches. You also get to enjoy exclusive deals and discounts including imported items. Also, when you sign up for membership, they will give you the value coupon booklet with more than 65,000 in shopping values.

Prior to their opening, S&R invited members from the media and I was fortunate to be a part of it. We were given a tour of the site by the VP for Operations, Mr. Greg Keyer. After which, we had a brief press conference.

I bet some of you already visited S&R but to some of you who did not go there yet, let me show you a picture video I made. I hope this will help you decide which items to buy when you are going to shop at S&R.
My friend from Ozamiz City went shopping at S&R last weekend and told her to send me pics of some stuff she bought. She sent me this pic instead, just 2 carts full of goodies! She said she will shop for more and hope we'll see each other at S&R when she comes back :-)

And oh, by the way, did it ever occur to your mind what S&R stands for? I was thinking it was all about Shop and Retail but I know it was not correct. So I googled it and found the answer. It actually stands for the name of the founder: Sol and Robert Price, founders of the Price Club, which has since merged with Costco. Costco is actually a part owner of S&R. So there, now we know ;-) 

Have Fun Shopping guys!
Yours truly at S&R

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Corpus Christi 91 Photoshoot

Last July 1, 2016, Corpus Christi High School Batch 91 had their 25th Silver Jubilee Homecoming. They had a Coachella-themed party which I will be posting soon. On July 2, 2016, there was a photoshoot for the alumni in their Alma Mater together with their former Principal, Dr. Alfonso del Fierro. Shown below is a picture of batch 91 but they were not complete as some could not really make it. Some lived outside the country and some already had previous appointment scheduled on this day and it was impossible to cancel it.

The photoshoot was fun even though it rained so hard. Despite the absence of others, there were still pictures of them being held by some classmates. After the photoshoot, the alumni went to Apple Tree for lunch and to spend more time together.
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Corpus Christi Batch '91

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Corpus Christi Batch '91 (Teaser)

Our reunion will finally take place next week - July 1, 2016 and I am looking forward to see my classmates once again! We will be celebrating our Silver Jubilee Homecoming and everyone seem pretty much excited about it. We were the first graduates of our school and we were so proud of it!
It's just hard to believe that 25 years had passed already.

Anyway, I made this short video dedicated to our batch. Hope to post a longer version soon. And in case you haven't read my previous post or in case you might wonder why there were only few students you see in this video, it's because there were ONLY 24 of us graduates.

The school has grown bigger now, many students are enrolled there and I'm happy for it. I will always be proud of being a Corpus Christi product ;-)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Corpus Christi Batch '91 Celebrate its 25th Year!

I am one of the pioneering batch of Corpus Christi School Class of 1991. This year, we decided to hold our 25th year Silver Jubilee reunion on July 1-3, 2016.

We are currently busy with what to do on our get-together. We created a committee who will take charge of a specific task. So far, I've been assigned to make a video for our class, make invitation for our former teachers and make some reservations at the venues we plan to hold our get-together. Tarpaulin and tokens for everybody were also assigned to me. And I'm not even a superwoman!

But I had fun doing these because I know I can. As long as I know what I am doing and familiar with the tasks assigned to me, I have no problem doing it ;-)

Just to give you bit of an info, since we were the pioneering class, there were only 24 graduates in our batch. Yes, senior batch of 1991 had only 24 graduates! And that's something we (the 1st grads) are really proud of!

What's exciting about our reunion is that our classmates who are now residing outside the city will come home just for this event. And we are so excited to see each other once again...

Congrats to our 25th Year! Here's a picture of batch '91 with our Class Adviser Mrs. Santos and HS Principal Dr. Alfonso del Fierro.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Best Focusrite Clarett

If you want to enhance the audio of your music, then try getting Focusrite Clarett. This has been used by many musicians because of some additional features. They also liked the new range of audio interface that combines a new preamp design with the latest in thunderbolt technology. I guess you, musicians, are very familiar with that. 

You can browse thru the internet to get more details on Clarett. There is also a video that you can watch on how to properly use the item.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Feeling Neglected...

A lot of people thought that what I'm experiencing right now is a Big joke. When I say I experienced vertigo or hyperventilation or stomachache, maybe they thought I'm just making some drama. I don't like to feel this but I know my body very well. Whenever I go to a place, I often panicked, then it would result to hyperventilation but I kept on fighting it because I think these are just psychological. But the thing I hated to experience is when I lose my balance. When I tried to fetch my daughter from retreat yesterday, I suddenly felt awful. During their mass I thought I would collapse anytime so I hang on to a chair for my dear life. I befriended one of the moms who attended the mass and told her I was experiencing vertigo. She understood me because her husband suffered the same illness, only his was worst. I needed to talk to someone also in case I might fall anytime, at least someone knew. Gladly, I survive the mass and was able to pick up my daughter and drove home.

But even at home I still experienced that. I'm often scared I might collapse and nobody knows. What scares me is most of the time, it's only me and my 5 year old daughter who are at home. I'm worried for my youngest child that's why I kept praying to God to spare me, to make me well because I need to take care of my kids coz they are still young. Aside from this, my pharyngitis did not subside yet. It's been a month since I had this although it's not that worst anymore. My doctor told me I had chronic pharyngitis secondary to rhinitis and now he prescribed nasal spray to cure my nasal drip. I have to maintain this for 3 months.

Aside from these illnesses I've mentioned, I also worry for what's inside my stomach. I have friends and relatives who suffered from liver cancer lately and it scares out the wits of me. Coz when I experienced abdominal pain, it's as if I can feel my liver. But I know that it's only gassy stomach but I just can't help but get worried.

I just can't help but be scared a little because about 2 years ago, it was detected that I have small cysts in my liver and in my kidneys. However, the doctor told me not to worry much about my liver but he was concern on my kidneys. I went to see a kidney doctor and told me that there's nothing he could do about it because it was hereditary. My diet had nothing to do with it. However, the size of the cysts were too small so he suggest for a yearly monitoring. This year, I didn't have it check yet. And I must admit it scares me what the results would be this time.

At home, I'm begging everyone not to give me stress but it's like they're underestimating me. I'm always wrong and everyone seem to want to argue with me. Even with little things, even if I'm just saying a joke, they always take my words against me and it pissed me off. I cannot have a good talk or discussion with them because they see me as someone who is always angry, hard to please. They're the ones starting the discussion and when I answer, they got pissed off because I don't agree with them. I wish they would refrain from talking to me if they can't take criticisms! Then my daughter always wanted to do her own way. It's so hard to tell her to do something without an argument. And then I read in her text message how much she hated me. Ok fine! Yeah, I admit I'm a Monster mom, a momzilla or whatever she wants to call me but she doesn't get it at all that I'm just trying to instill discipline to her, like stop using your phone or gadgets coz it's night time and stop making nonsense story to whoever you're chatting with because you're learning how to say bad words. She doesn't get it that I'm just too concern for her because she looks so unhealthy already, nails quite dirty and with dandruff hair because she's more concern of her gadgets than her own health or what she looks like. Heck, she's not even aware how pale she looks. Can't she get it that I'm still concern that she will get sick again and be hospitalized because her immune system is already weak? She's only 12 but she often looks old because she's so haggard from sleeping late at night or not stopping from using her phone. Her exams may be over but that doesn't mean she should sleep very late. Worst, she talks back and shouts at me when I started to tell her to stop what she's doing.
And worst of all, I blew my top and we both started yelling each other. I guess my pharyngitis will never get cured and more illnesses will come my way.

I could only pray that they will one day realize I have no bad intention to them, I only wish for their good health. I pray that one of these days they will realize that I only wanted a good conversation and not misunderstand me. But should this time come?

I'm tired. Even writing in here is tiring. I don't like to check my grammar anymore or delete redundant words because I don't want to re-read what I wrote in here. It's just giving me a heartache.

My only worry is my youngest child. She's so innocent, so blind with the things around her. She doesn't know if I'm ill. And that's what's holding me sometimes. I kept asking the Lord to stretch my time, to make me well because I still have my kids to take care of especially my youngest. I hope He will never get tired of listening to me. Right now, I badly need help and prayers but who would bother to listen to me, anyway? Some of my close friends even forgot me and I've no one to talk to. My family is my priority however, they don't even listen to me. They only see my negative side hence we don't understand each other only after we argued. I still hope they broaden their minds because I'm so tired.

I am tired. So, i guess I'll stop typing now coz I'm feeling down again.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Month of Sadness...

The month of February is full of sadness. First day of the month, my husband was already sick and almost down with his platelet but thankfully, he recuperated and just rested at home. But right after he got well, it was my eldest daughter, Chloe, and I who got sick with high fever coupled with cough and colds. 3 days of being sick, we had our CBC checked. I had viral infection with pharyngitis but my daughter was diagnosed with Dengue so she need to be hospitalized. I posted about this in my previous blog and the experience was really scary. But thank God she got well and so do I.

Just when my daughter was discharged, a close relative (also our neighbor) was hospitalized. He had stage 4 liver cancer. We were all shocked because we always see him, often cleaning the car or just simply walking. We had not yet recovered of the shock when another sad news hit our family the following week. My brother-in-law Chad, my husband's older brother  (also our neighbor) suffered seizure, hit his head on their cabinet and was found with a pool of blood on his head. He was rushed to the hospital but the following day, he was comatose. Although he responded to my husband when he attempted to talk to him, and my brother in law even cried and tried to move, he was still unconscious. My husband never thought that that would be their last 'conversation'.

The following day, Chad's BP dropped, his pulse cannot be detected and the doctor already told the family that his prognosis was bad. Wednesday afternoon on February 17, 2016, Chad passed away at the age of 45 years old.
Going back to our close relative, he was still hospitalized. His was a sad story but I don't want to pry anymore of his personal matter in respect to his family. But he learned later about Chad's demise. When he was discharged from the hospital, he even visited Chad

But almost 2 days later after he was discharged, he was admitted again to the hospital. He was already restless and need to be sedated. But on the night of February 28, 2016, he passed away. He was 44 years old. He was so full of life and he was friendly. I just can't believe 2 people who I mostly see in the morning are not there anymore. Both of them died on the same month. They were first cousins and both are the first sons in the family.

I pray that there will be no more deaths or harm will come to our family especially on my husband's side. I pray that we will be spared from sadness that will come our way in the coming months. I pray to the Lord to spare our family. And I pray that we will all heal from these sad moments in our lives especially to the direct families. Lord, I ask for forgiveness, I ask for healing and peace within us, within our family. Lord, please hear our prayers. Keep us away from harm and protect us. Thank You, Lord. Amen

Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine Wish

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and I have not really thought of buying myself any present. However, I saw these very cute stackable expressions from joyjewelers.com and I am so dying to  own one ring for myself and also for my two daughters. They are just so irresistible and I wish to get that Garnet stackable expression ring for me because it's my birthstone, but, I am also okay with the other designs. As for my daughters, I guess any design will do because they are that appreciative. I guess I will just have to inform my husband that these are the kinds of presents that we want to receive, hehe. But since Valentine's day is just 2 days away, delayed gifts are still welcomed by us. Anyway, for us, everyday is Valentine's Day.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

My Daughter Had Dengue and I had Pharyngitis

The past weeks been crazy in our household. My youngest child got sick last week of January because she contracted Bacterial Infection. I was relieved that she got well after 5 days and after 2 trips at the hospital to get her cbc. Anyways, more than a week later, it was my husband who got sick with high fever, cough and cold. When he had his cbc checked, his platelet count was almost near the borderline. I got so tensed and prayed so hard that he would be well. He went back and forth to the hospital, too, for checkups and for his blood drawn. Thankfully, he recovered.

However, it was my eldest daughter and my turn to get sick. Yes, we got sick at the same time. But I was more worried for my daughter coz she had school play to look forward to, she had exam that she needed to take, etc. After 3 days of getting sick, my daughter and I had our cbc checked. I had a viral infection and my pharyngitis worsened. But the sad part was, my eldest daughter's platelet was low and she needs to be admitted at the hospital right away. Against her will, there was nothing she could do but I was also there at the hospital staying with her because we were both sick.

My daughter's platelet dropped as days passed and it was a nightmare. Yes, she had Dengue and it's one of the dreaded illnesses in our country these days. My daughter was a positive thinker but when her platelet got lower, she finally broke down. It hurts to see your loved one in this situation and there's nothing you can do but to cry, too, and pray that the doctors will do everything and that the Lord will heal my daughter.

But God was truly merciful as He had slowly restored my child's health. A little increase in her platelet was good news already and we were so thankful for it. Finally, my daughter was discharged and we will just have a followup checkup nextweek. We had her cbc checked, too, and it was finally normal.

I thank the Lord for answering our prayers. And He even cured me. When we got home I was not still feeling very well but I know Jesus will restore back my health. All I have to do is trust in Him.

I have too many things to say, so many to thank but I guess it will never be enough. So, I'll just say my thanks in here to everyone who prayed and for the Lord for His healing power. Thank You, Lord God!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Benches and Stools for Musicians

Playing an instrument is cool but it is not cool if you are uncomfortable with your seat. To play a piano better, one must also have have good and comfortable piano stool or bench to sit on. Some stools are cushioned and some are not, but whichever way, as long it will not disturb one's performance, I guess that would be fine.

There are many top seller stools and benches sold online right now and you can browse on it if you are looking for a good one with a good price. Check it out while they are still available!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Family Pic 2016

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 This is a picture of my family welcoming the New Year. Every year we always have our family picture taken be it formal or informal. This was taken at my mom's house and my husband and I decided to wear our couple shirt :-)

Time flies so fast. We are all grateful to 2015 and we are looking forward for a prosperous 2016. Wishing everyone a great year ahead, too! Cheers!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Perfect for Aspiring Guitarists

My late dad came from a family of musicians. My 2 older brothers are also musically-inclined and both of them know how to play the guitar and piano. As for me, I know how to play the guitar because I love to sing. I learned to play the guitar thru self-study and thru observation. But I cannot say I am good at it but I least I know.   

I am now married to a husband who is also good in playing the guitar. We have two kids and our eldest love to play the piano but I really wish she will learn to play guitar, too. In fact, we bought her kiddie guitar years ago but she just put it aside. Now, she's already 12 and lately, she asked if we could teach her with the guitar basics. But I guess we need to buy her a new instrument to replace her old one. I browsed online for an instrument that will fit her personality and I found rogue starter acoustic guitar. I know this will be perfect for her because it is good for aspiring guitarist but I hope this is available in stores near us. However, I guess it's cheaper to purchase online so either way, we'll find a way to buy this instrument for her.