Aki's Preschool Years · Akisms · Memoirs of a Mummy · Photoshoots


Do your kids love posing for the camera? Don’t you just love how they never run out of genuine smiles? Lucky you! I love my son to bits but I can’t help but wish that he is more photogenic. His candid smile makes my heart leap but his 1-2-3 smiiiiiile makes it clear that modelling is not for him. Haha. And don’t even dare ask him for retakes. Am not surprised. Franco is just like that, maybe even worse. During our last photoshoot, my 33-year old first born almost had a tantrum! Continue reading “Akisms”


Our family pictures make me sad

I have been looking forward to sharing our photos from our family photoshoot last August.  When I finally had the time to choose, resize and edit our photos, the tears just kept flowing as I remember that… Continue reading “Our family pictures make me sad”

Photoshoots · The Gift of An Ordinary Day

Family Photoshoot @ Timezone and Booksale

There is no denying that I love photoshoots. I am always the one behind the camera so it is really nice to be in front for a change. Every year, I look for new and upcoming photographers and hire them to take our pictures. See here for our past family photos. Our pictorials are always outdoor. Studio photos are nice too but the cost of printing is just too much. Plus you don’t get to take home all softcopies of the pictures. Lucky me, I won a free photoshoot from Caslow.

The theme of this year’s shoot is The Gift of An Ordinary Weekend. Locations were Timezone in High Street, Booksale and Dunkin Donuts in Makati Cinema Square. Getting a permit from Timezone was not a problem. I just sent them a message via Facebook and got the approval via email. The permit from Booksale was more troublesome. They normally do not allow photoshoots. The hassle and begging were worth it because our photos were amazing.








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Memoirs of a Mummy · Photoshoots



There are a couple of things that I am really excited about. I might jinx myself for the nth time so I won’t disclose for now.

We had our photoshoot last Saturday.  Eric of CasLow Photography posted this picture the other day. Can’t wait to see the rest of the set. Like their FB page, here

Family Field Trips · Memoirs of a Mummy · Photoshoots

Feeding the Penguins @ Manila Ocean Park

Warning: photo overload ahead.

Happy Monday!!

I can’t get over how fun last Saturday was. I got to do 3 things for the first time

1) Eat edible flowers

2) Get “eaten” by fish

3) Feed penguins

The family field trip to Manila Ocean Park was much way better that I imagined it to be. Our dinner buffet at our favorite hotel, the Manila Hotel, was the best way to end the day. I will blog about our weekend as soon as I am able to go thru the 400 plus pictures I took.

For now, I would like to share our pictures with the penguins. Aki kept saying “I’m Mr. Popper! I’m Mr Popper!”. Franco and I hesitated at first. It was already past 7PM. We’ve been in the park before 8:30 in the morning. We were already dog tired when Aki begged us. This quick activity was also quite expensive. We paid 500 bucks for 3 sardines. After seeing how sad Aki was after we told him “Next time”, I convinced Franco that since we were already there, might as well as get  the most out of the experience.

Boy, was I right. The fee that we paid was nothing compared to Aki’s priceless happiness.

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Family Field Trips · Learning Through Play · Memoirs of a Mummy · Photoshoots · Playdates

Playdate at the Fun Farm at Santa Elena

When we went to the Fun Farm last August, we went with friends. We were with the families of Faye of Chronicles of Maia, Rachel of Mommy Mama Rat and Erlaine of Glamma Momma. I think the reason why our pictures turned out so well is because we genuinely had great time at the Fun Farm. Going there is a such a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of city living. How I wish there is a nearby farm here in Paranaque.

Some of the things that we did

Carabao Caritela ride. As you can see in the pictures, only the mommies enjoyed this part of the trip. Hehe. This is one of the first things we did together. The kids were still warming up to the place and to each other.

Horseback riding

Fishing. I so looked forward to this because Aki has not tried fishing before. All the little fishies were returned to the pond by the way.

Potluck lunch. We had peanut butter sandwishes, fresh fruits, barbeque and Spanish sardines pasta. I finally got to use the colorful plates, utensils, bowls and cups from Ikea. My tita got them on sale, 1 pound or 60 pesos for a pack of six items (bowls, plates and cups).

Boat ride in the mini pond.

Animal feeding. We fed the fish, ducks, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Indoor playground and sandbox.

Rope Crossing.

This is one of my absolute favorite shots of the day. I want to have a girl! Continue reading “Playdate at the Fun Farm at Santa Elena”

Memoirs of a Mummy · Mrs. Monologues · Photoshoots

Family Photo Shoot @ the Fun Farm in Sta. Elena

I am a certified losyang 364 days out of the 365 days in a year. I have shabby, ill-fitting clothes. Everyday is a bad hair day for me. I only have  a couple of pairs of shoes. However, there is one special day when I feel pretty and camera-worthy. Every year, sometime late August or early September,  I look forward to our family photo shoot. The links to our past family portraitss are in the sidebar, in case you want to view them.

This year, we had our shoot at the Fun Farm in Sta. Elena. These  photos were taken by Anna, Dom, Aldo and Roni of Studio 2716. To say that I am pleased with their output is an understatement.

This is my favorite.

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