1001 Things To Do · Books

Update: Top 100 Children’s Books of All Time Collection

Whaaaat?!!! I only added 3 books to my top 100 children’s books of all time collection (top 110 actually since the list has 10 runner-up books) in the last 6 months?!! In my defence, I really should not be buying anymore books for now. Aki is now reading on his own and loves reading books that are familiar. And when he likes a book, he reads it over and over and over and over.  Plus, I am now collecting New York Bestsellers and Caldecott Award winning books.

For my easy reference, these are the 24 books that I still need to hunt for.


ABC3D: 89
Blueberries for Sal: Robert McCloskey 27
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!: Mo Willems 18
Fancy Nancy: Jane O’Connor 26
Flotsam: T David Wiesner 28
Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book: Rufus Butler Seder 65
Go, Dog, Go!: P.D. Eastman 22
Harold and the Purple Crayon: Crockett Johnson 15
Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids: 94
Hop on Pop: Dr. Seuss 75
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat: 93
Library Lion 105
Not a Box: Laura Vaccaro Seeger 35
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: Dr. Seuss 32
Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow: Christopher Santoro 70
Pat the Bunny: Dorothy Kunhardt 9
Peek-A Who?: Nina Laden 12
Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day: Richard Scarry 44
Russell the Sheep 98
Sector 7: David Wiesner 107
The Dot: 83
The Rainbow Goblins 103
Tuesday: David Wiesner 50
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears 99

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1001 Things To Do · Arts and Crafts · Christmas · Modern Filipiniana Wedding

DIY 2014 Christmas Ornaments

Finally, a artsy-fartsy crafty post! Miss DD, this is for you.

I made a Christmas bucket list. I am proud to say that we were able to do everything on that list except one. The kids in our village don’t go carolling. I tried forming a carolling group but none of Aki’s friends was interested in joining. Double hmmmp! I already had a plan. I will talk to the parents’ of the kids to ask their permission. Franco and I will serve as chaperones and musical coaches. Hay hay. Maybe this year.


Here’s my list

Make a snow globe
Wear polkadot shorts for New Years Eve
Have an advent calendar
Wrap gifts creatively
Christmas movie marathon
Write birthday greeting for Baby Jesus
Send Christmas cards via snail mail
Watch Santa’s video message
Listen to Christmas songs
Drink hot choco in our Christmas mugs
visit an orphanage
Carolling around the village
Make holiday ornaments 

The last item on my list was also the last that I was able to cross out. Every year, we have new ornaments. For 2014, I wanted to DIY not one, not 2 but 4!  Continue reading “DIY 2014 Christmas Ornaments”

1001 Things To Do · Maqui's Me Time

Latest Additions to my Ref Magnet Collection

Can I just say that I have the nicest and most thoughtful friends and family?! Thanks to them, even if I have not been going anywhere, my magnet collection has grown. I blogged about my collection here, here and here.

Don’t you just love the intricate details of magnets? I wonder how they are made and what are they made of? Are those carved? Probably not. Are they hand or machine painted?

I love magnets because they remind me of the places that I have been too. They also remind me that I was remembered during the trips of my friends and family.  I have  lost some magnets. Sigh. Thanks to very curious and playful little hands. I particularly miss my Thailand river market and Davao durian magnets. Hopefully, I will get the chance to go back or someone who loves me will visit those places again and get me new magnets.

Moving on…

Thanks Tita Ming for my Taipei magnet!


From my dear father-in-law, a magnet from Rome.


From Stockholm with love. Thanks Sieggy! Malaysia magnet naman next time ha. 😛


Maggie got me this one from India. Thanks, Maggie! Your next assignment: Bacoor magnet. Harhar!

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1001 Things To Do · Books

Update: Top 100 Children’s Book of All-time Collection

Good morning! The neighbor’s rooster chorale has been practicing since 3AM!

Thank you to everyone who appreciated our 2013 family photos by Caslow Photography. I agree that the Booksale set is oh so lovely.

Speaking of Booksale, here is an update on our collection of top 100 children’s books. Except for the ones we got as gifts, we purchased almost all of the books from Booksale.

Please give me a round of applause because we now have 74! We did not go to Booksale last year as often as we used to but we still managed to add 20 books to the collection. Happy me!

ABC3D:  89
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Day: Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz  7      
Amazing Grace:  86
Animalia: Graeme Base   19
Are You My Mother?:  P.D. Eastman       31     
Bark George     100
Blueberries for Sal:  Robert McCloskey  27
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?        14     
Caps for Sale:  48
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom:        24
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type: Doreen Cronin  40     
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: Judy and Ron Barrett         5      
Corduroy:       29     
Counting Kisses 110    
Curious George:         37     
Dear Zoo;       78
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!: Mo Willems         18
Eleventh Hour: Graeme Base      52
Everyone Poops:  Taro Gomi and Amanda Mayer Stinchecum  21     
Fancy Nancy:  Jane O’Connor     26
Flotsam: T David Wiesner        28
Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book: Rufus Butler Seder         65
George and Martha       97     
Go, Dog, Go!: P.D. Eastman      22
Good Night Gorilla      25     
Goodnight Moon  3      
Green Eggs and Ham:  Dr. Seuss  4
Guess How Much I Love You       8      
Harold and the Purple Crayon: Crockett Johnson  15
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Maqui's Me Time · Memoirs of a Mummy

My Childhood Collections

During our last visit to my beloved Bayog, I was able to unearth the things that were most precious to me some 20 years ago. I am talking about my childhood collections

1. Collection of Trivia Clippings
Oh yes, I was a certified geek back then. I read our encyclopedia for fun. When I was in Grade 4, I had a science teacher named Teacher Alda. She inspired us to read the trivia section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. As un-geeky as it sounds, I have never been a fan of newspapers. Since my mom reads them in her clinic, she would cut the trivia section and give them to me. I wonder if PDI still runs its trivia section.

I liked labeling my stuff. I think my handwriting when I was in primary school is better than my handwriting now.

2. Archie Comics Collection
Not only were they covered in plastic, they were also numbered. I remember counting more than 90 of them at some point.

One of my sister’s and my favorite childhood memories (wait wait wait.  I just spent the last 10 minutes searching the web for rules on multiple possesives. My sister and I’s? My and my sister’s? I give up. If you know the rule on this, let me know) is receiving Archie Comics packages from Papa and Mama, our paternal grandparents, who were based in US.

Look, I have always been loyal customer of Booksale for 3 decades now.

From geeky and pop culture, let’s move on to the freaky…

Any guesses on what is inside this old film container?

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Memoirs of a Mummy · Photoshoots

Filipino Traditional Toys Collection

Here is a super delayed post. I think I need to post this first before I blog about Aki’s toompoh obsession.

Presenting… Aki’s Pinoy Toys Collection.

Unlike Benten and Power Ranger toys, these old school toys aren’t easy to find.

I got this from Dapitan Arcade

My mother-in-law bought this clay cooking set from one of the stalls in the sidera during the Tanay town fiesta last year

Manang made this sipa for Aki the night before she went home. This was her last gift to her alaga. We miss her everyday

I asked my officemate Annie to buy this wooden snake  for Aki when she went to Baguio

I bought this hay piggie  in Lucban during the Pahiyas festival back in ’04.

My in-laws bought this classic paper mache rocking horse  from the Antipolo market.  We also have a rattan horsie which we got from one of the roadside stores in Pansol, Calamba.

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Books · Decluttering & Organizing · Memoirs of a Mummy

Top 100 Children’s Books of All Time

I was so excited when I saw the link to the rundown of top 100 children’s books of all time posted over at Ohdeedoh. The excitement however soon fizzled when I learned that we only have 10 out of the top 100 in our family library. Since we have a LOT of books, I was expecting to have at least 25 in the list. I also learned that  many of our favorites are not even on the list. Hmmp! The saddest realization was that I have seen at least 20 books on the list in Booksale but did not bother checking them out.

I have been taming my addiction to Booksale by avoiding my favorite store. But now that I have the list,  I have 90 reasons to hoard more books.  Now it feels like I am on a treasure hunt all the time. My goal now is to buy at least one book from the list every week.

The OC mummy in me alphabetized the list for easier reference. I did not forget to include the ranking to help me decide in case I get torn between two or more books. Aside from keeping the list in my wallet, I turned the OCness a notch higher by trying to familiarize if not memorize each book title  so it would be faster to go thru each rack in BookSale.

Last Friday, with the help of my top 100 list, I was able to buy two new books – Time for Bed and If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.

In case you want to embark on your own children’s book treasure hunt, I have pasted the alphabetically arranged list after the cut. Here is the link to the original list  Continue reading “Top 100 Children’s Books of All Time”

Christmas · Family Traditions · Memoirs of a Mummy · Mrs. Monologues

Christmas Book Collection

It started with the realization that we can’t have a belen this year. We have a monster, almost always in danger, ultimate grabber, no so little toddler.  Having a belen will probably double the times we say No in the house. Next year, hopefully.

So instead of getting a belen, I decided on getting a Christmas book so I can introduce to Aki, Baby Jesus in a manger and the rest of the cast of the nativity story. When I went to Booksale, as usual, the hoarder in me took over. I added Frosty the Snowman, Night Before Christmas, Rudolf and  The Grinch to my basket. I decided to pass on the Twelve Days of Christmas book, because I simply can’t relate! Hehe

Then, I noticed that there is much more to Christmas books than classic holiday stories. There are a lot of other Xmas stories that do not involve reindeers or snowmen. So I decided to grab a couple more holiday books. Since I shop for books in Booksale, getting a few more books didn’t really hurt my wallet. I think the most expensive I got was only 80 bucks.

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Mrs. Monologues

Lost and Found .. after a year!

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I am not so much of a collector. I am more of a hoarder. Hehe. I used to collect coins, my milk teeth, and tissue. Then, in 2006, I decided to collect magnets since next to key chains, they are the most common pasalubong that I  receive.  So for every Philippine province, country, and US state that I visit, I try to purchase a magnet to add to my collection.

Just imagine my stress this time last year when I realized that my prized magnet collection, which I had been looking forward to displaying in our very first refrigerator, was nowhere to be found.  You see, for the whole 11 months that we were renting a studio type apartment, my magnets were safely kept  in a paper bag inside Franco’s van. After giving birth, we temporarily transferred to Franco’s parent’s house.  Our stuff which  were mostly inside large plastic bags were everywhere. I rummaged through  each bag, looked under each bed , and  checked inside every cabinet at least twice. I also asked my mom to look for the magnets in our house in Los Banos.  I checked the van so many times that my husband was already irritated because I would not give up.

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Memoirs of a Mummy · Mrs. Monologues · Musings of Madam-wannabee

A November to Remember

Can you believe December is a few days a way?

Thankgiving is not celebrated here in the Philippines but until a few weeks ago, me and my office seatmate Rosie decided to make thanksgiving a weekly habit. Rosie and I bond over fun questions. Questions as silly and shallow as “if you were an office supply, what would you be?” to deep and reflective ones like “If you can ask God just one questions, what would it be?” . Lately, we decided to regularly ask each either what are the things from the previous week that we are grateful for.

Here are the things that I am thankful for and excited about this month:

– The much awaited trip to Dapital Arcade. I’ve been wanting to go there ever since I heard about the place in 2002. On my birthday last last Friday, I took a leave and went to Divi with my BFF Bingky. One of these days, I will blog about my DA loot, one of which are Marth Stewart plates worth 50 bucks per piece.
– I started my herb and veggie garden! I now have 2 kinds of basil, mint, dill, coriander, lots of oregano, chilli, ginger and spring onion.
– Childproofing, check! Finally! I bought stuff to make our home safer for the little tornado even before we moved in last April. I’ve been wanting to put the stuff but kept on forgetting. Thank God for long weekends!
– Manang Lydia. She’s the perfect all around kasambahay and yaya. She used to work as a janitor which explains why our house is spic and span. We stopped getting the services of gardeners because she maintains our garden. Because of her we get to eat homemade palitao and bananaque! And now, I know how to remove the stains because of stickers.
– I used our oven for the first time and am proud to announce that my first baking escapade was a success!
– My themed plate collection. Now am excited to hold more themed parties in the house.
– Speaking of parties, the queen bee themed farewell party I organized for our ex-senior manager, was also a success.
– My wallet was snatched a few days before my birthday. I hope those snatchers were pissed when they only found a hundred peso bill. After a week, I got a call from a good soul who found my wallet!
– We won in the lotto! Yehey! We got 3 of the  6 winning numbers and won 150 pesos!
– I am in love…. with Sharon at Home magazines! I want to try all the recipes and projects. If you know where can I find back issues, let me know, ok?
– This time of the year, less people are resigning. Which means, as an HR recruiter, less work for me. Yey! I also have a new role in the company and am really excited.
– Our hardworking, dependable daddy, got promoted! Good job, bebe!
– Our blue and red Christmas decors and the Christmas traditions that I want to start.
– Aki’s Jollibee stuff toyS. I was only planning on buying the Jollibee toy but since the other characters are just as cute, I got all 5 for Aki. They were supposed to be our Christmas gift but we could not wait until December 25 to see Aki’s excited reaction so we gave our gift early.
– Aki’s baby tricks. When we say, UNO DOS TRES then at QUATRO, he’d put his hands on his head with matching bedimpled smile. What is interesting is that nobody thought him this. He learned this after watching his favorite Vaseline commercial.
– Aki’s baby signs. If he wants something, he’d get your hand and put it on where he wants you to do something. It is great that he can now communicate if he wants to wear a particular pair of shoes  or open the ref, which by the way, he can now open by himself.

Life is good!