It’s a boy! Meet Marcus, my first Sylvanian Family member

I hate to admit it, but I might have an addictive personality. Either that, or I am pre-disposed to be a hoarder.

It all started in Grade 2, when I started collecting Sanrio stuff. Mostly stationery, stickers, and anything Hello Kitty. My best friend and I would trade and accumulate, until our collections were quite impressive (for a 2nd grader anyway). Then it was comic books, computer games, anything Roxy, and most recently, scrapbooking stuff!

My Sanrio trading best friend got in touch with me recently, asking me to look for Sylvanian Families stuff, and I was like, “what’s that?”. After a quick Google search, and uhmn, several days of serial SF ogling online, uhmn… I can tell you that THEY ARE THE CUTEST THINGS!!! Uh-oh…

Dragging my hubby to the local toystore, here’s the little fella we took home with us!

The little guy came with a small and simple crib, so I thought I’d make a mattress, a pillow, and a blanket! Off to the craft store I went and bought scraps for 50cents each.

My sewing skills are not the best. They’re what I learned from Home Economics in high school, but it will have to do for now…

Rolled up a length of cotton fabric for the mattress and fitted it for the crib.

I hand stitched the edging and pulled the whole thing inside out. Basically did the same thing for the pillow and blanket! The blanket however I had two layers of green chiffon, lined them against a square piece of cotton, stitched the edging then turned it inside out. Heehee so cute!

Ta-da! Marcus can now sleep comfortably in his little crib…


Balicasag Island Marine Sanctuary

Before our India trip, we visited Bede’s family in Bohol, then got a chance to stop by Panglao Island. Just want to share some of my favorite photos from our trip to the Balicasag Island Marine Sanctuary.

* taken with a Pentax Optio W80 waterproof camera

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From exotic Bangalore to beautiful Boracay in seven days

Bede and I both love to travel. We have visited the different islands of the Philippines, but haven’t had the chance to go out of the country together.

The opportunity to visit Bangalore was unexpected and sudden. Even with a hectic schedule, Bede and I decided to visit India for the first time, and it was worth it!

Is it corny to say that having your loved one with you, makes the experience much much better? 🙂 Excuse the photos if you see a whole lot of giddy Genas! More after the jump…

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Happy Father’s Day!

It’s father’s day today and I want to dedicate this post to my Poopsie dearest. Happy Father’s day PAPA! I love you so much, you know that right? I will always value what you have taught me about everything. Much of who I am is because of how you and Mama raised me so thank you for that. I hope to pass on the gift of being “bata ni rene” to my own children someday, growing up believing in yourself and that you can do anything you put your mind to.

I always get a little weepy when I think about Poopsie, I don’t know why. Although it may seem like we have our misunderstandings I do love him immensely and I’m always thankful of how lucky we are to have him as a father. Papa taught me how to ride a bike (“dire diretso lang”), drive a car (“hinay hinay lang!”), shoot an airgun (“steady lang”), take photos (“d ka mag hulag/ginhawa”), be sociable (“migu-miguha lang ah”), and believe in myself (“bata ka ni Rene!”). We were a little bit spoiled, but not so much. We were disciplined properly, and not hurt physically. We were not super rich, but Papa provided what we needed and what we wanted. Papa is a cool guy and a good person, I am proud to be his daughter.

They say that having bad parents will make you a good parent when you have kids. That worries me because I have awesome parents! Poops,  I will do everything in my power to be the best mother to my kids someday, that will be my gift to you.