Friday, August 31, 2012

Turning on the TV

I recently caved and just switched on the tv. We're breaking rules on how long to keep the tv on, but I'm telling myself it might not be so bad. I hope.

We flip between Nick Jr. and Disney Junior (which we just added to our cable subscription). I'd say she likes the shows in Nick Jr. more but that channel has shows which I do not want her to watch (like Spongebob and those Doong Doong short cartoons which we both find really disturbing.). I feel Disney Junior is the safer channel to leave her with. Someone usually sits and watch with her but it's happened more than once that I fall asleep while doing so and the next thing I know it's Spongebob or some other Nick Jr. cartoon I don't want her to watch.

Here are the shows she watches according to her preference (more or less):

Dora and Diego (Nick Jr.)
     * She likes it. : She loves being Backpack. When we’re playing she’ll always instruct me to be Map while she’s Backpack.
     * I like it. : I love that it teaches her how to follow steps (“First, we need to go thru xxx, then xxx and that’s how we get to xxx!”). I also like that it gets her to participate. (“Put your hands in front of you and dig, dig dig!” or make the animal sounds)

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (Disney Jr.)
     * She likes it. : Since we don't catch this too often, when we do she gets so excited (like hopping on the sofa ala Tom Cruise excited). Her favorite is Goofy. At first it was just being really amused with Goofy's bouncing hat (while doing the hotdog dance) now she's such a Goofy fan (and would wear her dad's funky ;p too-big sneakers to "be" Goofy.) Sometimes Pete scares here.
     * I like it! : They do a lot of problem solving with Mouskadoer and the Mouskatools. It's all pretty unrealistic, but well, it's a kids' show. :-)
     * Marion really likes watching the Minnie Mouse Bow Toons on YouTube. They just started showing it in between shows now so yey!

Special Agent Oso (Disney Jr.)
     * She likes it. : She calls him "Olso" and has learned to say "It's all part of the plan... mo-less! (more or less)"
     * I like it. : I love doing the 3 special steps. :-)

Bubble Guppies (Nick Jr.)
     * She loves Mr. Grouper and sometimes pretends to be Mr. Grouper.
     * I love standing up to dance with her (they always have a dance segment) and I love the Lunchtime song and joke (it's usually very pun-ny :D)

Hi-5 (Was in Nick Jr but we watch it on Disney Jr now)
     * I like it because it's easy for me to have a conversation with Marion while watching it and we get to get off the sofa and dance around also. I onced told Rocky it was my dream job. I already ham it up that much with Marion, it'd be cool to have all their props also. :D

Ni hao, Kai Lan (Nick Jr.)
     * She watches it but she doesn't get excited over it.
     * I like it because it teaches a bit of Chinese. :D

Team Umizoomi (Nick Jr.)
     * She likes to sing "Pattern power!"
     * I like that it teaches her pattern and sequence.

Doc McStuffins (Disney Jr.)
     * I don't know if she really understands what's going on but it's a nice, safe show. I should talk to her about this show mroe.

Jungle Junction (Disney Jr.)
     * The more obvious things she's learned from this show-- arrows (directions) and the word "junction" (When we're driving around, she'll ask or tell me that we're at a junction.)
     * I love the different accents of the characters. :D

Other shows we sometimes catch on Disney Jr.:
a) Dibo the Gift Dragon- Sometimes she'll pretend to be "Dibo with the letter D on his zipper" and ask me for a wish.
b) Jake & the Neverland Pirates- She's scared of Capt. Hook.
c) Tayo the Little Bus
d) Pororo the Little Penguid- She likes to dance with them.

I wish they'd show Word World during the day. The 8:30pm time slot for that show is just too late for us.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Kids Say (Ask): Why? Why? Why?

I thought maybe some kids don't go through this stage, but it's a developmental milestone and here we are.


While she watched me cut my nails.
* Why are your nails long? 
     Nails are parts of our body that grow. Do your fingernails grow also?
* Why do you have nails? 
     Uuumm... nails protect our fingers. See, they are a bit hard so it makes our fingers a bit stronger. Also so I can scratch you like ants marching. (That was a difficult question. Please  check with google for the correct answer.)

On moles.
With me
* Mommy, why is this mole red? 
     Well, moles can come in different colors. Some are light brown, others are dark brown. Some are black and some are red. This one is red.
With Guama- They were talking about moles when...
* Guama, why do we have moles?
     (I didn't really hear everything but I think my mom said something about our skin. Marion wasn't satisfied so they asked me.)
     Uuuh, have you seen the peel of the banana? It's yellow but then it will get brown spots also. We're the same. (Okay, we need a better answer!)

On boobs
* Why do you have boobs?
     Well, we all have boobs. Daddy has and you have also, right? It's like our belly buttons. We all have it.
* Mommy, why do you have big boobs?
     (Only in her universe could my boobs be considered big. Haha.)
     Because I'm a woman. (Yikes. I still think I'm in my mid 20's so I find it odd to call myself woman. Hahaha!)

While I'm playing Bejeweled on the iPad
Why are you playing that?
     Because I enjoy it.
Why are you playing that again?
     Because I'm practicing.
Why are you practicing?
     Because I want to get better at it. Diba, practice makes perfect. When you practiced playing Temple Run you could play it better.
Why do you like to play it better?
     Um... because it's nice to be able to do something well. (Thought bubble: Her questions are getting harder. Need to end this conversation.) Can you let me practice now? (hahaha.)

After I tried to reclaim some privacy 
Mommy, why did you lock the door?
     I was in the bathroom.
Why did you lock the door???? (She used to be able to barge in on me in the bathroom.)
    I needed to be by myself for a short time.

On me needing to leave to work
Why do you go to the office?
     Because I also need to work.
So you'll have money?
     Yes. And also because other people need my help.
But you always come back?
     Yes, I always come home.

I can see that she's really still working on her logical thinking skills. I sometimes ask her "Why" questions and she'll answer but the cause and effect relationship / logical connections are still a bit off.

And when she asks me questions, I try to answer her as best as I could. The trickiest part is put it simply enough for her to understand. Sometimes I give her a complicated answer and it makes her stop asking more questions. Sometimes I throw the questions back at her. I'm looking forward to the day, when she gets older, when I could just say that we could look up the answers together.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday I'm in Love: Graffiti


If I knew how to knit or crochet, maybe I'd consider doing this myself. :-) I'm imagining these in the Fort or AdMU or UP Diliman.

Just google it (yarn graffiti, yarn bombing).
1. Blogpost by Unearthing the Spud.
2. Yarn Bombing- Like Graffiti with Grandma Sweaters
3. Olympic-themed in a pier
4. Blue Line in Philadelphia
5. In Buenos Aires
6. At Oak Beach in the Baltic

1. Artist Edina Tokodi
2. How to Make Moss Graffiti - Who has an extra blender? ;p
3. McDonald's Ad 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Teaching Kids About Money

Marion knows these words that are connected to money:
     * "buy"- She hears me say I need to buy things like medicine or my juice (ahem, Serenitea).
     * "pay"- She knows that we just can't pick up things from the grocery, we need to fall in line to pay.
     * "money and coins"- She has a pretend supermarket with pretend cash & coins.
     * "work"- When she begs that I stay with her at home, I tell her that some other people need my help also and I earn money from working.
     * "wallet"- Where she can find money. ;p Once, while we were in the mall and she wanted ice cream, I told her that I didn't have my wallet with me so she immediately jumped to her Dad since he had plenty money in his wallet. ;p

However, I can tell that she really doesn't get all (or any) of it yet. We pretend to exchange stuff for money, but it doesn't appeal to her. Or, because she's nuts about "pretend candy" (the kind that won't give her cavities daw), I told her that she can have a candy factory (play doh) where we can make lots of candies to sell. She says no. The candies she's making are all for her. ("I am people, Mommy.")  I tell her if she sells, people will give her money and she can make/have more candies. ("I want to make candy for myself.") Okay, that was too abstract for her so that just went way over her head... and, well, she made herself quite clear to me. :D

So far I'm just relieved that she doesn't go asking me to buy stuff for her in the mall. (She only knows to ask the Yaya to buy her Stick-O from the store at the village park.) We go in bookstores, we read all the books we want and thankfully she doesn't expect to bring it home.

But I'd like to be prepared to teach her financial literacy so I've been on the look out for resources, tips, books on how to go about it.

a.) I saw this coin bank in Papertrail some time ago that had 3 slots-- Save, Spend and Give (if I remember correctly). I really liked it so would probably come up with one (or buy it if it's still available.)

b.) Because I'm always checking out charts online, I've seen chore charts which serve not just to track the chores done by kids but also to determine how much "salary" (allowance) they get. I'd rather not tack on performance of chores around the house simply because those things are non-negotiables. When I was growing up I think my mom tried out paying me for doing some chores. I remember it quite clearly, I wanted this powder puff thing she had so I was kinda haggling for it (I'll do this to get that.). She shushed me up and that was that. No more "working" (helping around the house) and expecting to get paid.

c.) Check out They have milestones for 5 different age groups with suggested activities for each milestone.

d.) Online books for kids (maybe for Age 5- 9).
     - From Oishi Peso Smart: Two books available in English or Filipino- Once I was Rich and My Name is Gus Gastos.
     - From Money Smart World which has free teaching resources for kids to teens. And an online book: The Mother's Day Present- The Gang Learn About Working
     - Learning Finance from Stories (Short stories with suggestions on questions to ask before and after the story as well as activities and family involvement.)

Things we'll have to decide on:
1) When to start giving an allowance
2) How much allowance to give
3) Enforce how much should go into Spend, Save and Give
4) Other stuff: As an incentive to save, do we double (??) their savings at the end of the year?

* The ducky bank was a gift from the R-King's to Marco on his baptism.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Songs for a Funeral

I was at a wake last night. Death and mortality are very much on my mind today. When death comes, sometimes we feel that it is too soon (a teenager, a young parent) or for others we feel that he/she has lived a full life. Other people have some warning (like a lingering illness) while for some it comes like a thief in the night. Everyday I am closer to my own death yet only God truly knows about it. I can only pray about it. I pray for a happy one. I pray that my life and soul would please the Lord. And at the end of this life, I hope that all shall be well.


  1. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
    When sorrows like sea billows roll;
    Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
    It is well, it is well, with my soul.
    • Refrain:
      It is well, with my soul,
      It is well, it is well, with my soul.
  2. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
    Let this blest assurance control,
    That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
    And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
  3. My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
    My sin, not in part but the whole,
    Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
  4. For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
    If Jordan above me shall roll,
    No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
    Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
  5. But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
    The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
    Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
    Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!
  6. And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
    The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
    The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
    Even so, it is well with my soul.


I will come to you in the silence
I will lift you from all your fear
You will hear My voice
I claim you as My choice
Be still, and know I am near

I am hope for all who are hopeless
I am eyes for all who long to see
In the shadows of the night,
I will be your light
Come and rest in Me

Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine

I am strength for all the despairing
Healing for the ones who dwell in shame
All the blind will see, the lame will all run free
And all will know My name

Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine

I am the Word that leads all to freedom
I am the peace the world cannot give
I will call your name, embracing all your pain
Stand up, now, walk, and live

Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine

Kids Say-- Tell Me A Story

Marion's always asking me to tell her a story. And I've noticed that she always asks for it when we're in the car. It's probably part of a routine she expects. Sometimes I ask her to tell me a story and she'll come up with the excuse "but I'm still a child." One time she forgot that she was a child and told me a story--

It went something like this.
There was a big horse. And there were two shells. Because they were in the beach. And then it saw a clam. And it ate it.
I tried to get her to retell the story just to catch it on video and this is what I got (I usually don't ask her questions when she's telling a story but she wasn't in the mood this time and I had to coax it out of her. ;p ):

In another version of the story it's a pink unicorn instead of a big horse.

***** ***** ***** *****

 This week--

Right after drinking her milk, she suddenly stood up and held her tummy then gave me a surprised look.

What's up, Marion?
Mommy, I'm pregnant.
You are!?!
Yes. There's a baby girl inside my tummy and then it will come out.
Mmm... who's the daddy?
(Points to herself.)
But you're the one who is pregnant. That means you're the mommy. Daddy has to be a boy.
No, YOU are the mommy. (Points to me.)
And you are the...?
Are you like Mr. Seahorse? (Referring to Eric Carle's book on different daddy fish that take care of babies.)
Yes, I'm a boy seahorse. I have eggs inside my pouch.

(In another version, she'll say there are two babies inside- one boy and one girl. :D)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Marco: 5 months

August 8, 2012

Weight: 14lbs, 3oz
Length: 25 1/4 in
Head circumference: 42 cm
Immunization Given: PCV13 #2

Your skin is so much better. Actually it's all okay now. Guama took you to Tita Doc (Dr. Tessa F.) while we were in Cebu who recommended Clotrasone. That worked really well for you.

Now our concern is your weight. Your weight gain seems to be slowing down so we'll check again next month to really see that it's not too much. Yaya and I are paying more attention to your milk intake now. Since you get easily distracted from feeding when your sister is around, we've decided to take you to another room to feed. We'll also be offering you milk even if you don't "ask" for it. :-)

This month you--
     1.) (While in Cebu) Drank around 8oz of formula milk. We were in Cebu and I didn't bring frozen breastmilk nor was I able to pump extra while we were there. I went out a couple of times without you to join some King Family reunion parties you were still too young to attend.
     2.) (While in Cebu) Drank a bit of sterilized water. At most around 3oz to date. You caught my germs (and Marion's) and started coughing, too. I sort of panicked and asked if you could take water. Dr. Pia seemed hesitant to let me give you some but she allowed me to give you no more than 2oz a day.

     3.) We also nebulized just with saline and only once.

     4.) Found your foot! You like holding on to it now but haven't really brought it to your mouth yet. Guama always says this is a sign that you're asking for a younger sibling. Already!?! :-)

     5.) Can grab and reach and hold on to things. You can't really propel yourself forward yet so you make do with twisting, turning and rolling around. You've also been biting Sophie the Giraffe.

     6.) You are, as you've always been, such a smiley darling. When you wake up in the middle of the night, you'll open your eyes, smile at me then just go back to sleep. But last night (Aug.9) you suddenly cried really hard. I don't know if you had a nightmare but you drank some milk and went back t.o sleep.

     7.) You love following your sister around (at least, for now, just your eyes). You'll twist and turn your head, stretch your neck just to see what she's up to. :-) (You're the same with the tv, but we don't let you. ;p) Here you rolled over and hugged her leg while she slept.

We love you, Marco!