DIY Volcano Project

Look what I found…. an unpublished blog post. I am so proud of myself yesterday.I got to approve and reply to blog comments, plus stalk and greet some friends a happy new year. All thanks to Aki’s afternoon nap, his very first since the start of the holidays.

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Here’s a quick guide on how to make your very own volcano. If you are planning to have a dinosaur party, you have to have an erupting volcano. Promise! I am not saying that this is an easy project but once you see the expression in the kids’ faces, you will feel that all the trouble is worth it. Plus, once you have a mini volcano of your own, you can have science experiments anytime.

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You’d need a bottle. The bottle will dictate the height of your volcano. The opening should be big enough for another small container for your baking soda. For the mini container, I used a “puto” mold.

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You would also need something for the base. We used a cardboard box cover.

Other materials to prepare: lots and lots of old newspaper, tape, glue and brush.

Step 1.  Use the strongest tape in the house to attach the bottle to your base.

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Now, twist your newspaper and tape them around your bottle.

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Once you are happy with the shape of your volcano, you can move on to the fun part – paper mache! Continue reading

Weekends with Kuya Aki

Thank you, Maggie for this post.
One item of my backlog list. Hehe
First time to try this reblog feature. wonder how it works 😛

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Maqui has said it several times and I will say it again: it’s great to have mommy friends living nearby. One of the perks would be impromptu playdates.

I told Maqui that if they want to go for a swim at the condo’s pool, all they need to do is to send me text message. It has been two times already when Aki and Maqui would be swimming at our place but we won’t be joining them. One weekend, we finally got to swim with them!

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Kuya Aki is so brave and loves the water so much. When they were done swimming, Aki was already a mulatto. Hehe.

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Next time the ate’s or the dads should join us so Maqui and I can do a lot of chikahan hehe.

We also had a weekend when Dom of Studio invited us for a photoshoot. One of the photos that I want…

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The Gift of an Ordinary Weeknight

I’d like to take a couple of minutes to document how special last Tuesday night was. Last Monday, I was feeling low. It was Franco’s first day in his new role. For the first time in so many years, he’s is now working on the same schedule as most people. If you have been on the night shift for almost 10 years, you’d know that this is a big deal. I was feeling low because I had meeting until 9PM. I so wanted to be home early and listen to my hubby’s tales of his first day. Instead, I got home past 10PM and both boys were already snoring. Good thing, my candidate accepted the offer. Hooray! *cartwheels* Hooray! I love being a recruiter! I must have given this candidate a great impression when we met some 2 years ago. When he saw the job ad last October, he called me and told me he’s interested. We were just chatting yesterday and he said I am now the official family recruiter because I am also trying to hire his wife. I told him to tell his brother to prepare his resume. Hehe.

Anyhoo, again I am deviating from the topic.  Last Tuesday was oh so special because our family was oh so ordinary. That morning, Franco and I had a bet. Whoever gets home late will do something for the early comer. I wish I can tell more details here *grinning*. I lost though, unfortunately. Franco was at the village gate at 5:20PM! I got there several minutes later. We had a quick trip to the grocery to buy ingredients for a dessert that I was going to make.

When we got home, Aki wasn’t there yet. When he arrived, he was so surprised to find both his parents at home. I wish I was able to take a video of the surprised expression in his face as he ran to us.  For dinner, Ate prepared grilled tilapia, sauteed snow peas with super tiny shrimps (what is hibe in English?) and tapa. I did not touch the tapa because I vowed to be a pesatarian/pescatarian/pecatarian until the end of the year. My friend, Ate Rache, opened me to the idea of   not eating meat as a form of sacrifice and thanksgiving. Wish me luck! So far, I am okay. I was expecting to feel a drop in my energy levels but so far, I feel great. The only time that was really challenging was when Ate forgot my diet. When I came home late last Monday, I was so hungry. The only food on the table was spaghetti. Imagine how difficult it was to separate the ground meat from the pasta. I had to eat one pasta strand at a time. Continue reading

The Gift of An Ordinary Weekend

Helloooo! I am back from the dead. I was sick since last Sunday. I was not surprised when I started feeling sick because many of our fellow churchgoers last weekend were coughing and sneezing. Am just thankful that my boys are A-okay.

Here is what happened one boring weekend last month.

Weekend usually starts with our martial arts training somewhere in Merville.

That’s boxing lessons for me. Bully-proof training for Aki. And jujitsu for Franco.

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The family that learns martial arts together, stay together.

I love this pic. I love the calmness, sweetness and playfulness.

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Aki’s lessons are all  games. I love that he is taking his lessons with the son of Franco’s best friend. May these 2 boys be life long friends like their daddies.

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While Franco trains, Aki and I go to the nearby playground. Speaking of friends, we met a new playground friend, Kyle.

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While waiting for Franco’s training to finish, I also had a nice chat with Franco’s trainer’s mom on how to encourage children to pursue their passions.  I learned so much from her that morning. Thank you, Tita Esther.  I hope Aki grows up doing things that he enjoys.

After our martial arts morning, we headed to our favorite mall in the whole wide Makati, MCS or Makati Cinema Square.  We have a new go-to store. We always pay a visit to the toy stores near the gun stores. I know less than one tenth of the toys but it is a joy watching my husband talk to our son about robots and superheroes and their superpowers.

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Lunch was at Grillicious, a simple looking resto by the entrance if you are coming from the parking lot.  Don’t be fooled by the cafeteria-ish ambiance. The beef wanton soup and siomai are really good!

We spent the rest of the afternoon looking for books, magazines and movies.

Because we were trying to convince ourselves that we are ready to go on a diet, we only ate veggies for dinner.

After dinner, we had another round of boxing. Franco helps me with  my combos. I help him with his defense by punching him. He wears protective gear and I punch like a girl (for now!!) so nothing to worry. I am so glad I discovered that boxing is fun. It is more fun if you do it with someone you love. It is a great bonding activity and a great way to sweat.

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Finally, the little boy went to sleep.

It was movie night for Franco and me. Because everyone was talking about Hunger Games II, we watched Hunger Games I. To my great joy, I discovered that Peeta is the same boy in Little Manhattan. Galing! Watching the movie got us hungry, so we ordered McDo delivery! There goes our diet. Haha.

The next day, Sunday, we woke up early to attend the 6AM mass. We made a panata that we will religiously attend the 6AM Sunday mass if God grants Franco’s prayer. Thank you Lord for listening. We have been attending the early mass since October. Continue reading