Memoirs of a Mummy

When there’s a toddler in the house (Part IV of 20,000)

Peace and quiet can only mean he’s up to something.

I was having some Me-time by reading my new 5-peso magazines from Booksale. I was almost finished with the article on wabi sabi living when I realized that I was almost finished with the article! There must be something wrong because I never get to read whenever Aki’s awake.

He is been looking out the window for a good 5 minutes. So, I looked outside. No birds. No stray cats either. What could he be looking at?

This is what I saw…

his favorite non-toys just outside the window

The fun Mameh in me slowly went out to further investigate.

The culprit in action!

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15 Simple Joys of a 15 Month Old Toddler

1. Chugging down a Yakult in the morning

 2. Walking backwards

3. Playing with makahiya weeds

4. Pinwheels!

5. Playing peek-a-boo with himself

6. Eating pasta ala Lady and the Tramp

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Baby Sign Language

Last month, Aki started showing keen interest on toothbrushing. Whenever we brushed our teeth, he would come close, ask to be carried and watch us carefully. Then just one day, Aki went near the sink and started rubbing the back of his hand against his lips. Alas! Aki’s first sign! I took that sign as a sign that Aki is ready to learn sign language.
Basketball. In the middle of eating chicharon, he did the sign for basketball to tell us what activity he wants next.


Now at 15 months, he knows the signs for basketball, none/no more, water, milk, book, drivey drivey, dog, toothbrush, wash hands,  shoes, eat etc. My favorites are his signs for scared and for thank you.  Early this month, we just finished our lunch at Aristocrat. Right after stepping out of the restaurant,  he kept tapping his chest (sign for scared). He then pointed his finger at the large Moriones mask that adorned the nearby Christmas tree.
Close Open = Sign for milk. We never taught Aki the usual baby trick Close Open because it might confuse him with the sign for milk.
His first phrase/sentence also involved the sign for scared. First he opened his hand as he twisted his wrists (sign for none/no more).He did the sign for scared and then pointed at the torotot. He was trying to say that he is no longer scared of the torotot which he hated last Media Noche. I find this really amazing.  His verbal vocabulary is limited to three words (mem for Mummy and iiiz and  bhuz for alis (leave) and labas (outside) yet he was able to construct and express a sentence.
Here is Aki doing the none/no more/all gone sign when we arrived at the unusually empty village basketball court.
I have always been interested in baby sign language. I think I first learned about it from watching Oprah many many years back. When I was pregnant, I came across this book which ignited my interest.
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When there’s a toddler in the house … (Part III of 20,000)

rough play including a super hyper version of peek-a-boo slash hide and seek, right after eating is a major no-no.

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Memoirs of a Mummy · Musings of Madam-wannabee · Personal Finance

Gifts for Aki: It’s all about the money!

As I mentioned before, Aki already has a looooooot of toys. His playroom is filled with so many play things that he gets overwhelmed and hyper, jumping from one toy to another.
So for Christmas, we decided not to give him any toys since he’d surely get a lot anyway. What we gave him were instead money and money saving habits. Franco and I are the biggest cheapskates. We try to live, not within our means, but below our means.  Our hope is for Aki to grow up like us who try to save as much as we can and spend only on what really matters.
Gift # 1: Sputnik aka Niki Endaya, Aki’s first piggy bank. Remember Mong-ki? He is the first coin bank but since he is too cute and kinda fuzzy, we decided to display him on the playroom, beside cute little Baby Glorie. Everytime I come home from work, I give Aki a couple of coins for him to feed Niki. After every successful coin drop, we give him a round of applause. It is almost automatic for him to clap after hearing the clanking of the coins inside.
Gift # 2: Crisp New Old Bills. As many of you may have already heard, Bangko Sentral already printed the first batches of our new brightly colored bills. Slowly, they will phase out the bills that we grew up getting from our godparents every Christmas. Since I am a sucker for memorabilia, we kept a hundred, a fifty and a twenty peso bills for Aki’s future reference. For a minute,I contemplated if I should also save a 500 and a thousand peso bills. But then again, 1500 is 1500. Spending that much on a memorabilia would be against what we are trying to teach. Aki’s 170 peso aguinaldo are now safely kept in his keepsake box.
Gift # 3: His first bank account. This gift is kinda late. We got it only last week because Christmas was hectic and we were yaya-less. We chose Metrobank because one, the nearest branch is right outside our village. And two, Metrobank Fun Saver’s Club offers the most perks compared to other kiddie bank accounts.
These are the perks
    – PhP 50,000 Educational Trust Fund should something happen to me.
    – Personal Accident Insurance  amounting to twice the daily average balance of account.
    – a welcome gift which was an insulated lunch bag.
    – a membership card which will allow me to avail discounts from their partners.
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When there’s a toddler in the house … (Part II of 20,000)

….  all round objects and everything else that he should not play with,  must not be kept within his reach.

Here is Aki, running towards his basketball ring, with his Lola’s pomelo fruit in his hands..

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A Lighter and Organized Bag

… what I wanted to have this year.

I read in Reader’s Digest that the easiest way to reduce back pains is looking into one’s bag. And so, on the same day I had a haircut, I shopped for a new bag. My criteria? It should be light and simple. That is exactly what my new bag is. I got it from the new shoe store in Shang. My old bag even without things inside it was already heavy. This new one is sooo light. I love it. I also love that it is looks classic. The strap is adjustable. It can be a shoulder bag from Mondays thru Fridays when I got to work. And weekends, it can be a sling or body bag.

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Step One. I bought a new kikay pouch. There is another smaller pouch inside the bigger pouch, for my feminine stuff. One side is for the make up that I hardly use while the other side are for the other basic items. Since the goal was to keep my bag as light as possible, I looked into my old kikay kit and threw out the make up and other stuff that I don’t ever use.
Step Two. Hubby helped me achieve the goal by giving me a new Kenneth Cole wallet. This my first proper wallet since since time immemorial, I have been keeping my money, cards and receipts in zippered pouches. With the new wallet, there is a pocket for everything. I am forced to put things into proper places before closing the wallet.

Step Three. I am now the proud owner of the lightest and smallest umbrella I could find. For 399 bucks, it is the most expensive umbrella I’ve ever had.

Step Four. I checked my keys and kept only the ones that I always use. There were 4 keys and 3 keys chains from the heavy bunch that I took out because I don’t remember what they are for.

Step Five. I also got rid of the lace of  my office ID  and replaced it with pulley. I have always hated how the comb and keys gets stuck on the lace. I replaced the lace with a pulley.

Happy mid-week!

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Bakerella’s Take on Noche Buena and Media Noche

Am really enjoying this baking thing.

For Noche Buena, I with the help of Manang, made red and green putos, and dark choco chip cookies for Santa


And warm apple crumble served ala mode. Delish!!!!!


For Media Noche, I made red velvet cupcakes which were yummy even without the cream cheese frosting.


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Our Neighbors’ Holiday Decors

The Christmas season ended last Thursday here in the Philippines but I just have to share the lovely artsy holiday decors that my creative neighbor cum sister in law, Mae did last month.

This looks lovely at night when  they lit up the Christmas lights behind the drawing.

Aren’t they nice? And not to mention very kid friendly.

My favorite, Aki’s favorite  and Chloe’s favorite are  the kissing Santa and Mrs Claus drawings on their sliding doors.  Chloe likes to close and open the sliding doors while saying Kiss, No Kiss. Kiss, No Kiss.

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