Archives for November 2011

Mattress Toppers for Mama

It’s been a week since my mom-in-law was discharged from the hospital. She had her 3rd stroke that lead to brain ischemia. The doctor talked to us and said my MIL can’t walk and talk anymore. Poor Mama! She is motionless and responds only to stimuli like pain. She is sleeping most of the time and when she is awake, she only follows surrounding objects and voices with her eyes. We do not know until when she’ll be in that condition. All we know is we wanted her to be as comfortable as possible and now that she is bed-ridden, one of the best things we can give her are soft memory resistant mattress toppers that will support and conform to her body.

Most people ignore the importance of mattress toppers. They do not know that though it is similar to the conventional quilt, there’s a big difference when it comes to comfort. It makes the bed softer, luxuriant, give it a more relaxing feel and most of all it protects the mattress beneath which is exactly what MIL needs because she is already in adult diapers. Mattress toppers may cost us a little more but it is an amount that will be well spent because it is for someone we love so much.

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Verbal Ability Test, Percentile and Stanine

I was cleaning the house this morning when I saw our daughter’s Verbal Ability Test Results…it’s above average with percentile rank of 87 and stanine of 7. I felt guilty because it is something to be proud of and not just keep in the drawer. I should have framed it and hung on our wall just like hubby’s plaques of recognition.

If you are wondering what verbal ability test is, it’s the test that measures the verbal-educational factor through a variety of tasks that call for the application of several processes to verbal, quantitative and pictorial content. While percentile is the comparison of the student’s score with the scores of others and reported as the percentage of all students who scored equal to or below the particular student’s test score. For example, a percentile rank of 89 means the student’s score is equal to or above the score of 89% of the total group of students in the norming population. The student belongs to upper 11% of all those who took the test.

The stanine on the otherhand indicates a given student’s level of general abstract reasoning ability when he/she is compared with the others of the same chronological age. A student earning a stanine of 7, 8 or 9 performed above the typical student of the same age, while a student earning a stanine 1, 2 or 3 performed below the typical student of his/her age. RJ got 7 which falls on above average.

RJ is smart and always make us proud.

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PMC 2nd Grand EB

Hey, Mommies need a break too, right? Not just a day in the salon but some time off with friends as well. Well, I took mine yesterday. Woohoo! I attended an event spearheaded and organized by Mommy Pehpot and Mommy Ruby…the PMC 2nd Grand EB at Aling Tonya’s Seafood Restaurant in Pasay City.

Nothing stopped the Mommies from attending the fun-filled meet-up yesterday…not even the rain. Though I must admit the weather made it harder for me as I have 2 big eco bags of tokens for my friends in PMC. I got wet and all but who cares? It is nothing compared to the fun and happiness that the meet up brought me. I was able to finally meet the Moms whom I only see in pictures and chat with in Facebook.

Yours truly was one of the committees assigned in registration and giving away of loot bags from our generous sponsors…

That’s me in green.

All Moms went home full-handed with tokens from fellow Mommy bloggers and loot bags from our sponsors…

Gifts from Mommies

 from Unilab, Ibuprofen Dolan, Ascorbic Acid Ceelin

from Smart Steps

from Umami (Ajinomoto), Scotch Brite, Procter & Gamble, Geiser Maclang

Other sponsors are World of Wellness and Goldquest Biomedical Technologies that gave Php5000 which we used to cover other expenses.

Before the program starts, late lunch was served. Moms, including me, forgot about our diet plans for a while and feasted with the sumptuous meal. Well, you can’t blame us…seafood are just irresistible!

Then Mommy Ruby Ricafrente, gave a short talk about PMC…how it was born and it’s mission and vision.

According to her, Pinay Mommies Community is a community of Filipina Mommy bloggers that she created four years ago. Its aim is to help the members grow as bloggers and to prove that Moms not just take care of the kids, cook, fold the laundry, etc. Moms, who are mostly college graduates, can also be good writers who can share their parenting experiences, insights, humor and even frustrations. That Mommy bloggers are not just after the loot bags and freebies but also for a good cause. Now, the community is aiming to help a charity institution. I am really honored to be part of this community. It is making a real difference in the blogging world.

Of course the event won’t be complete without the raffle and prizes…

…the lucky winners of Smart Steps with the event organizer, Pehpot Pineda

…happy winners of Unilab products with Ms. Rochelle of Unilab

…winners of Ainon

…winners of Avon

…winners of Richwell

…winners of Drypers

…winners of Grendha…I won, finally! Woohoo!!!
The prize will be delivered to my doorsteps. I’m excitedly looking forward to it.

The generous PMC Mommies with business also contributed to the prizes and I won a broom from Ane Fallarme. Thanks, Ane! 🙂

The meet up was made even more fun and colorful with KrazyPix photobooth.

 KrazyPix with Josie and Peachy

 KrazyPix with Che

And who will forget to take the group picture? It’s the event finale…as always.

 The pretty Moms of PMC…

Mommies went home with smiles pinned on their faces. The smiles just show how happy we were. Thanks to our generous sponsors for making the PMC meet up possible…

*Photos courtesy of Mauie Flores. Thanks, Mauie! 🙂

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I Want To Be Like You

“Mommy, I want to be a teacher when I grow up.” This is what RJ told me when I fetched her from her very first day in school. She was just 3 years old then. “I want to be a chef”…this is what she says every time she watches cooking shows. “I want to be a dentist”…just after we had her teeth cleaned by Dra. Salvador (our family dentist). But this is my favorite line of all “Mom, I want to be like you when I grow up”…this is what she says every time I hug and kiss her.

RJ changes her mind everyday but I am not worried. It is just perfectly normal for kids like her to change their minds million times as to what they want to be before they actually grow up.

I understand that as parents, you want to push your children in the direction that you think is good for them but don’t forget that it’s their choice to make. So when you hear what they want to be when they grow up, just pay attention and listen with respect. Don’t laugh or get furious and insist what you want them to be. It would just entail that you have already chosen the path for them. It can affect your children’s interest in other things and can possibly loss their enthusiasm to pursue their dreams. If your child said he/she wants to be a dental hygienist, support him/her instead or better yet, help him/her check out how to become a dental hygienist.

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Bald Mountains of Isabela

It was my first time to the second largest province in thePhilippines…Isabela. I can say Isabela is one of the provinces that were filled with greens when God poured paint on Earth.

green rice field

We passed by rice fields and the long enthralling zigzag road…hills and mountains on one side and ravine on the other side of the zigzag road.

zigzag road
green rice field

I am thankful that “Buboy” is a good driver.  I am grateful as well of the fascinating sceneries. It is what made our trip fun (except for the bald mountains).

bald mountain
bald mountains of Isabela

Sceneries like these are disheartening and these are all because of illegal logging that ripped through mountain ranges. I won’t be surprised if there’ll be recurring floods and deadly landslides again in Northern Luzon. Perhaps more should enroll in online masters degreeprograms in geology, to reduce the risks.

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