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”

1001 Things To Do · The Gift of An Ordinary Day

Black and White

Lately, we love taking photos in black and white. B&W photos look classic, artsy and dramatic. Here are my favorite shots from last weekend.

Franco took this pictures of me and Aki in our favorite hangout spot. We love to cuddle by the door and watch people, dogs and delivery trucks go by.


GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAI bet you just stared at my gray hairs. I can’t stop staring at them too. So do strangers in the elevator and officemates during meetings. I have a long line of people who are just dying to pluck them out. However, based on experience, despite what books say, I am a believer that the more you pluck your gray hairs, the more will come out. I don’t mind the grays actually. It was only a few years back that I realized that not everyone gets a head full of gray hairs in their 30’s. What I hate is that most of my grays stand out. They are just begging to be plucked because they are coarse and kinky. G

Moving on… Even off angle blurry black and white shots look artsy



Aki, my little bolero, just said, “You’re so beautiful, Mum. I love your long hair” before he took this shot Continue reading “Black and White”

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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Family Traditions · Franco's Wife

Photo Tradition with the Hubby

Halu! Happy New Year to all. I am starting this year on a different note. Unlike last year where I was feeling excited and pumped up, now, I am more relaxed.  I hope that is a good thing.

If you have been reading this blog long enough, you already know that I am a sucker for traditions. Traditions for me make wonderful memories. And happy childhood memories are what I want Aki to have. I realized though that I don’t have a lot of traditions with my husband. Except for the year-end holiday card where we write down the highlights and lowlights of the year to make sure we won’t forget (see our past cards here and here), there is no other regular activity that I do with Franco that can be considered as a tradition. So I started a new one. Encouraged by the past and present photos that are everywhere online nowadays, Franco and I will be collecting selfie pictures of the two of us during important and ordinary days.


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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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Memoirs of a Mummy · Photoshoots · Playdates

Fun Fun Fun Playdate and Family Photoshoot @ the Fun Farm {teaser}

Last Monday, the much awaited playdate which we have been planning for weeks, finally happened. We went to the Fun Farm at Sta Elena in Cabuyao along with Faye’s, Erlaine’s and Rachel’s families. I was not able to take a single picture using my cam while we were there because I was busy chasing my very happy toddler. The day did not go undocumented as there were 4 photographers from Studio 2716 who followed us everywhere we went. I can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures!

Maqui's Me Time · Memoirs of a Mummy

UP Oblation Naming Mahal

UP naming mahal

Pamantasang hirang

Ang tinig namin

Sanay inyongg dinggin

Luntian at pula,

Sagisag magpakailanman

Ating pagdiwang

Bulwagan ng dangal

Shame. Shame. Shame on me. I studied in UP for 8 years. I used to sing UP Naming Mahal every Monday during the flag ceremony back in my high school in UPLB. Now, I only remember 8 lines of the UP anthen. Are you an alumnus, too? Let me know if you can do better.

Just want to share the pictures I took of one of the most famous sculptures in the country, the UP Oblation. Oble as we call it, symbolizes “bigay lahat sa bayan”. In English, that means selflessly offering oneself to the nation.

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