What better way to feel the Christmas spirit than by listening to Christmas songs?
Last night, Kai had the privilege of becoming one of the judges for the 3rd day elimination rounds of the 8th Vivere Hotel Choir Competition. Of course, the kids and I just had to tag along. It was the kids’ first time to witness such a competition and we thought it would be nice to expose them to such events.
The competition has two main categories: adult choir church/community category and the adult choir school category. The elimination rounds started since Monday, December 13, 2010, until tomorrow, December 16. Those who won the elimination rounds will come back for the finals on Friday, December 17. For each category, the third placers will get a cash prize of Php 15,000, then Php 25,000 for the second place. The grand prize winners of each category will get to take home a whopping Php 50,000. Not bad, right?
Last night it, five schools competed against each other and the University of Makati emerged as the winner. For the church competition, though, two out of three backed out at the last minute and so the one and only church choir who competed last night, a group from Cavite, was winner by default. Vivere Hotel has been organizing this competition since eight years ago. Everybody is invited to come watch the last elimination rounds tonight and the grand finals tomorrow both at 5pm at the hotel lobby.
Vivere Hotel is located at 5102 Bridgeway Ave. cor. Asean Drive, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang. For room reservations, check out their website by clicking here. When you’re there, don’t forget to check out the Sky Lounge at the 31st floor. We’ve dined there a couple of times already, last night included. The food is good and the view is amazing!
You gotta love being pregnant, right? I mean, what’s more fulfilling than being able to conceive and give birth to a new life? It is pretty amazing and I consider it a blessing to have been able to give birth to two healthy kids so far. Being pregnant with Zoe and Ziya were two of the most amazing times of my life. Since they were born only a year and two months apart, my experiences in carrying them in the womb were pretty much the same. But take note that that was almost 8 years ago, when I was in my early twenties. Finding out I was pregnant again, now that I’m in my early thirties, made me a little nervous because I knew this experience is bound to be different and I was right.
With Zoe and Ziya, it seemed like I had more energy. I was still working full time then doing events and special projects, most of them involving tree planting and farm tours. Needless to say, some of my most memorable preggy moments were spent hiking small hills in order to plant coffee trees. For some preggy moms that would be a challenge but I didn’t really find it that hard to do. Aside from the morning sickness during the second month, which oftentimes actually happened in the afternoons, and the cervicitis I had, my first two pregnancies were a breeze. I craved pizza during the first trimester and salads during the second. I was never on bed rest, never bled, never really had to worry much but I don’t know if that was just because I was young and more ignorant.
Now with my third pregnancy, I easily get tired. It started since the first trimester. However, there wasn’t much morning sickness this time around. There were times when I felt nauseous but only threw up less than five times so far during the entire pregnancy compared to at least once a day, everyday for at least a month during Zoe and Ziya’s time. I was also put on bed rest for two weeks during the fourth month because I bled a couple of times but thankfully it was just a case of a low-lying placenta, which is apparently common during the first trimester. It has corrected itself as time went by and everything is okay now.
Another difference is the number of pregnancy-related tests I had to take. I know that it’s normal. It’s just that my previous OB-Gyne never had me take any of them back then. Now though, with my new OB-Gyne, I’ve had a urinalysis and two blood tests so far. I’ve also had three ultrasounds already and had an anti-tetanus shot. Another urinalysis will be scheduled in a couple of weeks. The results of all the tests are all good, thank God. It just makes the whole pregnancy a little bit more expensive. But if it’s something that will help ensure the safety and health of my baby, then I’m all for it.
However, I must say that the biggest difference is the baby itself. I don’t know if it’s because he has a different daddy or because of my age or the baby’s gender, but I already knew from the start of the second trimester that this baby is a far cry from his Ate Zoe and Ziya. I could tell from the amount and frequency of movements in the womb that this baby was going to be a boy. My little Ziggy is just so active, almost never giving me a break from his super strong kicks and somersaults. I also get a lot more Braxton Hicks contractions compared to before, making it a definite challenge to breathe.
Nevertheless, deep down I am trying to cherish every moment of this pregnancy since it might be my last. Hopefully though, I will also have an easy, worry-free delivery this time around.
Looking for a place to take your kids to see Santa this Christmas?
Last Sunday, Kai had to go to his office Christmas party, which took place at the SMX Convention Center right beside the SM Mall of Asia. He would have to stay there for hours and so I took that chance to take the kids out to spend some mommy-time. Where else nearby could we stay except for the MOA?
As expected, there were so many people at the mall since it was a Sunday. It seems like everybody’s scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping already or to just experience some holiday cheer with their family. As I was looking for a place to hang out, the kids and I chanced upon Santa Ville in the Mall. There was a stage set up that looked like a Santa house wherein you can take your kids’ photos, a giant Christmas tree and also Lego Land displays. But the best part, I think, is the alcove where Santa was available for picture-taking! Naturally, the kids dragged me there to have their picture taken. Fortunately, it was FREE and the line wasn’t that long yet.
|at the Santa Ville|
|The Giant Christmas Tree|
|Ziya and Zoe with Santa Claus|
It was just too bad though that we were not able to see the parade or the fireworks display. Apparently, they only do those on Saturdays. Shall we come back?
I’ve always wanted a baby boy. Don’t get me wrong. I’m very happy with my two girls, Zoe and Ziya. They have always been my pride and joy ever since I found out I was pregnant with them. They continue to amaze me even now especially when people comment on how well-behaved, talented and smart they are. I am no perfect mother but they both make me feel I’ve done something good in my life just by being who they are. I should be contented with that, right? Nevertheless, I have always still longed for a baby boy.
I had a plan. I’d have all the babies I wanted to have by the time I’m 30 years old then I’ll stop after that. I didn’t want to have babies anymore after the age of 30 because I was afraid of the possible difficulties and complications, not to mention the fact that I wanted to retire at the age of 45. But of course, life happens when you’re busy making plans. How was I to know that after my separation with my then-hubby at the age of 29, that I’d meet Kai? And how was I to know that I’d fall in love with him and commit again to a lifelong commitment? Needless to say, meeting Kai changed my life….and my plans of never conceiving again after 30. So, here I am at the age of 31, almost 7 months pregnant with my 3rd child and Kai’s first. And nothing could make me happier.
Ever since I found out I was pregnant with this baby, I was head over heels in love with it already. I knew that the situation wasn’t at all perfect or ideal, but I didn’t care. What matters is that God gave me another opportunity to bring life to this world. What matters is that through me, Kai would have one of his dreams come true, have a child of his own. People kept asking if it was a boy or a girl but since we couldn’t get our 3D/4D ultrasound until my 7th month, we couldn’t give an answer. But most people said they wish for a boy since I already have two girls. Honestly, I didn’t really care about the gender. The most important thing for me was that the baby be happy, normal and safe. But I guess, God also wanted to make one of my dreams come true.
So, after months of waiting, we finally had our ultrasound done last Saturday at OGUSCA at the Festival Mall. Luckily, they had a promo until the end of December, which discounted the original package price to only Php 3,580. The package already consists of a 20 to 30 minute session, a CD of all the 3D photos and 4D videos as well as two photo printouts and the ultrasound report. If you think about it, it’s pretty pricey but it actually costs less than the packages in other ultrasound clinics. Plus, the experience is really worth it. For more info on OGUSCA’s services, visit their clinic at L3, Wellness Lane, Toll Wing, Festival Supermall, Alabang or call 809-8045. You can also visit their website at http://www.ogusca.com.
I was with Kai and the kids when we got our ultrasound and it was super fun to see the baby’s face, arms and legs. Of course, one of the main reasons we got the ultrasound was to find out the gender but unfortunately at first, our baby didn’t want to show it. The baby’s knees were bent with legs crossed making it impossible to see down there. So, the sonologist had me walk around first and since it was lunch time already by then, I ate first. Luckily, after that, the baby changed its position and we were finally able to determine that it was a BOY!!!!
You cannot imagine how I feel right now knowing that my dream come true is right inside of me. No matter how much Kai worries that this baby will be as “makulit”as he was when he was a child, I know that we’ll be happy with him whatever his personality turns out to be. Looking at his ultrasound photos, I can’t help but feel more bonded with my little man. After months of struggling what to name a baby boy (because it was hard to find boy names that start with Z), we finally decided to name him Zeth Parker or Ziggy for short. 😀
|Little Ziggy yawning!|
|Ziggy with a smile|
|Proof that it’s a boy!|
|Ziggy’s strong arms|
If I was impatient waiting for this ultrasound, I am more impatient now to meet my Ziggy and have him snuggle in my arms. Three long months to go! Can’t wait, can’t wait!
Last Friday, Zoe and Ziya participated once again in their school’s annual Christmas program. Every year the school rents out a theater in PICC and this year was still the same. It was held at the exact same room as the last couple of years. I think it’s a really great way to gather all the students to perform Christmas songs and dances for their parents and families. After all, school should not just be all about lessons, right?
One great thing about this year’s program though was the fact that Zoe and Ziya only had one costume. They were just asked to wear red dresses with black shoes. During the previous years, they were required to have a few costume changes depending on the dances they had to do. So, at least we were able to save on that this year. The ticket prices though are still at P600 for each parent and P500 for additional guests. Pretty expensive, if you ask me, but none of the other parents seem to mind.
Here are some of the photos we took during the event.
|Zoe and Ziya before the show|
|My Ziya, front and center|
|Zoe, our not-so-little performer|
|me with my Light and my Life|
|the girls with their Papi|
Wish I can say that we’ll be back next year for sure but since the kids might be transferring to a different school next school year. This might have been their last Christmas program at the PICC. Whatever happens, the memories will always be in our hearts and minds.