Moving East…wood

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The company offered seat movement to the new building at Eastwood. Since hubby’s office is at Eastwood, I grabbed the opportunity to move. I have to sacrifice lunch chikas with my friends (they don’t wanna move) in order to be closer to hubby and save a few pesos since he doesn’t have to drop me off at Pioneer every morning. We can also spend some date time at the Eastwood mall or cinemas. Yihee!!!

They said there are new bins at EW too. So that means I have to say buh-bye to my 7-year old bin – which moved with me from within different floors in GT and even to Cybergate. It’s nostalgic having to clean up my bin and transfer my stuff in a box in preparation for the move. You’ve been a good friend, bin! πŸ™‚

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Food and Family for a Happy Me!

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My mom has to go somewhere today so I’ve worked from home. And mind you, working from home with a very makulit tot can be very taxing. Good thing I still have these things to make me smile and take my mind off my workload and give me a little bit more patience.

My father-daughter team always makes me smile. Especially if we’re just goofing around the house doing wacky poses.goofy

Free breakfast when I had my APE at Healthway satisfied my tummy – especially after that 12hour fasting!free brekky

Artworks by the little tot always make me smile.artwork

Joining the Dagdag Bawas Program at the office with my friends is a blast. This is our “before” photo. Let’s see how much it will change in 2 months. team pura

First Weeks at the Home Room

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Yui’s playgroup started at the Home Room Family and Child Center two weeks ago. The kids were able to adapt quickly to their new routine and although she’s always roaming around the room during the session, Yui always has stories to tell us every night. She would tell us about what they did at the center during the day. It is fun to hear her tell her stories, even though you will have to decipher the story from most of the babbling. πŸ™‚

I was fortunate to be with her on her first day and it was heartwarming to see the children very attentive during the reading time. They identified the items in the pictures like umbrella and rain. Even teacher was amazed that they are now very talkative. πŸ™‚

reading time

During their first weeks, they made a gift/card for Father’s Day and learned about the rain — they made rain drops which are now hanged as decoration at the center, umbrella made from popsicle sticks and cardboard and lots more.

necktie for Father's Dayrain drops

They even get to spray water around — they cleaned the mirror and even watered the plants. So they learned a lot and helped clean the center at the same time. Good job kids! πŸ™‚

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Aside from the playgroup, the center offers tutorials and other enrichment activities such as ballet, piano and violin lessons.
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Credit to Home Room for some of the photos πŸ™‚

The PaRK at Real, Quezon

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Our summer was indeed very busy, with excursions and outings weekly. Yui was really sunburned but it sure was fun to be in the water. One of the places that we’ve been wasΒ The Pacific Recreation Kamp (The PaRK) at Real, Quezon. It was hubby’s company summer outing and his teammates are frequent visitors of the place, being surfing enthusiasts. The PaRK is popular for surfers since there are nice waves that they can truly enjoy.

Our road trip from Libis, Quezon City to Real, Quezon took about 3 hrs and we passed by the famous Bitukang Manok, which is a very long road with too much sharp curves it will make you dizzy. Good thing hubby drives carefully that we didn’t feel too nauseous along the way. If we were riding a bus, I would have felt reaaaaaly bad! :p

Arriving at The PaRK, you will see this neat graffiti wall with PSA on it, which, I assume stands for Philippine Surfing Academy.

graffiti wall

Even though the place is mainly for surfing, we still made the most of our stay there and enjoyed the other things that they offer. In their vast lawn, there are chairs made from recycled car tires and a play house that kept the little one entertained.

lawnplay house

The guys also had fun playing basketball and lawn bowls. It was the first time that I saw those lawn bowls and I thought at first that it was just a game invented by the owner since they have a huge lawn to play with. Apparently, it really is a sport popular in the UK and other parts of the world.

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The team bought (very cheap) fish, squid and liempo from the nearby market which they grilled there while the others are busy exploring the resort. We had a very filling lunch with all those grilled food goodness, some hotdogs and lots of rice! Yummy! One of the good things about the resort too is the discipline that the guests have. Upon our arrival, the owner welcomed us and informed us of the rules of the resort – which is to throw trash in the proper bins and do not feed the dogs. That’s why the place is really in tip top shape. πŸ™‚

Of course our main goal is the beach and surfing! We had fun playing with pebbles along the Tignoan River and some walked along the low tides of the Pacific Ocean. One of the great things about The PaRK is that it is located along an estuary – where the Tignoan River meets the Pacific Ocean. πŸ™‚

This is the side of the Tignoan River.

Tignoan River

And the Pacific Ocean side. You can just sit around and gaze upon the vastness of the ocean or walk hand in hand with your special someone during the low tide πŸ™‚

Pacific Ocean

Going to the surfing area, you have to cross the estuary. It is chest-deep but the current can make it difficult to cross. We had to ride a banca to cross that small stretch because Yui was scared of the fast-moving current.

crossing the estuary

The group had a short crash course of surfing since most of them are first timers. It was fun to see them enjoying the waves even though most of them wasn’t able to stand on the board :p

surfing

It was a short but sweet stay at The PaRK and hopefully we will be come back someday – with Yui surfing with us. πŸ™‚

The PaRK

The Good MMDA Officer

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On the way to the office today, an MMDA officer stopped our car along Gilmore to help a child cross the street. In our crazy country where corrupt officials roam the streets and our government agencies, it was very refreshing to see this man help the child. Makes me think that there are still good souls in our twisted world. πŸ™‚

Sanity Check

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With all the hullabaloo going on the past few weeks, these things keep my sanity in place and prevent me from exploding into a tiny million pieces…

Reading togetherWe’ve always called my cousin, Cianthel, as our first born child since she was 2 years old. So it was fun to see her and Yui together. Here, they are sharing some quiet time reading books.

Playing blocksplaytimeOur “kids” playing together πŸ™‚

Donna the scholarAt first glance, I thought that this is Dora, only to find out that it is Donna the scholar in this lunch box. LOL!

Bob's bagAnother lunch box at the grocery. Who’s Bob’s bag!?

FashionistaFashionistaGrabbing her grandma’s bag and holding it like a little fashionista

White rabbitSeeing white rabbit all fixed brings a smile on my face πŸ™‚

Dagdag Bawas Program

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Through the years, me and my closest office friends have grown so close to each other. We’ve seen ourselves grow in our careers, our families and even our weight.

Our project group recently launched a “Dagdag Bawas” program that will help people either lose or gain weight. There will be seminars for good diet and exercise, a structured program from certified gym instructors and other activities to help reach the goal.

We decided to join this program, primarily to lose our unwanted “baby fats”. It will also be a good step for my friend who’s getting married early next year so that she’ll be in her curvy shape on her big day. I’m excited to start this program and experience a different bonding session with my friends. We will need a lot of patience and sense of humor for this.