Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Work At Home Mom

For a long time, I wanted to spend more time with my son. Not just the quality but the quantity. Working for a BPO company, no matter how great he benefits are, just won't me the satisfaction I was looking for eversince I become a mom. I've contemplated long and hard; weighted the Pros and Cons; consulted people. In the end, I decided to resign from the company that provided for me and my family for 11 years. 

So what's the next option for me? A home-based job. I had second thoughts about this at first. I was worried that it won't be enough to help with the bills. Luckily for me, I was able to find a good home-based job a month after I resigned. All I needed was a good internet connection, a backup wifi, a laptop, and the skills I learned from working in a BPO company. It was a struggle at first because I have no one to physically assist me, I have to rely on good old google to find the information I need. After two months, I was breezing through it. Not only did it gave me the time to spend with my son, it also paid well, just like when I was working for a BPO company. My son was just happy that he can now sleep and wake up with me by his side and not with his grandparents. It was a priceless moment indeed.

image by Google

Not all home-based jobs are good, mind you. I heard of several pinoys who were scammed by their clients. Some jobs also have weird requirements like dressing sexily while on cam with her boss. Another job I found online was a chat support for dating sites so one must be witty enough to answer the "customers" when they ask you "personal" questions. Goodness, I'm not that desperate noh! 

For those moms who are also considering this path, don't be afraid. Despite the risks, it is so rewarding, I tell you. It may be a struggle at first just like any new beginnings, but once you get the hang of it, it's really fulfilling. More than everything, the guilt I would feel every time I leave my son to my parents or in laws' care is no longer there.

Second Pregnancy

After six years, I'm 36 weeks pregnant now and waiting patiently for my second baby to come out. We wanted to give our son a sibling for a few years now but for some reason, we just couldn't conceive. We decided to try until May of this year only as I'm scared of any complications that may arise due to my age (late 30s). We're very thankful that He finally blessed us with a new baby. Our firstborn, Quino, was just too excited to become a kuya, he immediately embraced this new responsibility.

Eventhough we're very excited with this pregnancy, I can't help but feel worried and scared. I don't know if I'll be able to love this baby as much as I love my firstborn. I mean am I capable to love two kids at the same time? I'm also scared that I'll prefer one child over the other and I just don't want any sibling rivalry among them. I'm also worried about time management. Since Quino is a special child, he'll need more time and attention from me but at the same time, a newborn will also eat most of my time. Specially since I'm very determined to breastfeed this baby this time around. My husband said I'm putting too much pressure on myself; and I'm thinking about unnecessary things that may not happen; and that it's preventing me from enjoying this pregnancy.  Maybe he's right, but I just can't help it. Being a mother is so much different from being a father. 

We also don't know the gender of our baby. Just like the first, we decided not to know it. I used to want another boy because I think they are just the sweetest to their moms, but now I really really want a baby girl. My gut says it'll be a girl but at the back of my mind, the ultrasound picture looks a lot like a boy. I know I'd feel guilty if I feel a disappointment once I give birth. If we'll have a girl, then that's the end of that problem. But what if it's a boy, can we afford a third child? And can I still cope with pregnancy at my age? Even if we can, there's no guarantee that we'll have a girl. Waaahh! This pregnancy hormones plus a lot of idle time are killing me!

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Friday, July 14, 2017

More Than One Year After....

Hello! I'm still alive! =) Too many thing happened in my life within this period. I started working from home since I stopped blogging (hence my looong absence); my baby boy is now a first grader; and I'm now 31 weeks pregnant with my second baby. 

My biggest challenge is how to manage my time working at home and taking care of my son and husband while managing our household (yes, I don't have a maid). I have so many stories to tell (work-at-home jobs, my son's communication disorder and his monthly therapy, struggling to get pregnant, to finally getting pregnant, etc) and I'm hoping to blog about all these things before I give birth to my second born. 

To Be Continued.... ;)

Thursday, March 10, 2016

My Reward Bag: Balenciaga Mini City

After 11 years of working for my previous company, I got myself a new bag. This is my reward bag for all those years of dealing with irate customers. Well technically, it's not really new because it's preloved by a reputable seller. The previous owner sells designer bags and she said she's selling this bag because she just changes bag whenever she feels like it (lucky her!) I'm glad that I was able to get this bag since I've been drooling about this bag for several months now. It's not on my previous list of bags I posted before but I like this one because I wanted something small and light - a contrast to my Pashli bag. At first, I was hesitant with Balenciaga bags because I've read they have soft leather (lambskin). I don't want to a bag that can easily be damaged by scratches. I wanted goatskin or calf skin since they're more durable and strong. But after reading and watching lots of online reviews, I was convinced that Balenciagas are not that delicate like what I've imagined as long as you're taking good care of your bag. 

So without further ado, here's my new baby! Its official name is Balenciaga Agneau Giant Mini City Gris Tarmac. 

Balenciaga Agneau Giant Mini City Gris Tarmac

I never thought I'm going to say it, but I love the beautifully crafted distressed agneau lambskin! It's very soft and very lightweight too! I don't fill this bag with too much stuff, just the essentials, and it's still very lightweight. With regards to its color, I think gray is a perfect color for me. I can wear it with most of my outfits which consist of jeans and long dresses. 

Like any other designer bag, I think Balenciaga bags do need to be taken care of. This would be a challenge for me because I have the tendency to just toss my bag inside my closet. Also, liquid should be kept away from this bag to prevent the color from fading but what should I do if I have sweaty hands? Isn't sweat a form of liquid too? That's the only dilemma that I have have. Thankfully, it has a strap so I don't have to carry it in my arm at all, I can just carry it around my shoulder. Overall, I do love this bag because it's so easy to carry and very stylish. I know I made the right choice, just look at the other celebrities who have the same bag like me. 

Kylie Jenner and Shakira

Kourtney Kardashian, Adriana Lima, and Lindsey Lohan

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Friendship Goals

New acquaintances would think I'm a snob because I don't smile a lot and I'm quiet at first. Some would also feel "scared" to come up to me because I have a strong face and intimidating look. But once they get to know me better, almost all of them would be surprised that I'm a nice and funny person daw.

I'm not really bothered by it all because I do have many close friends. As a matter of fact, I recently celebrated my 25th anniversary with my closest friends, my gradeschool barkada. Since silver anniversary is a milestone for every relationship, we decided to have an out of town trip to Cebu. We were originally 13 in grade school but 4 transferred to a different school and the remaining 9 became closer than ever. Since 3 of them are now based overseas and 1 couldn't make it, only 5 of us went to  Cebu to have a weekend all by ourselves - free from our husbands and kids.

Before checking at the hotel, we decided to have a half day tour of Mactan city. The obvious choices were Magellan's Cross, Taoist temple, and local delicacy shopping at Taboan Market.

Magellan's Cross

danggit, pusit, and other dried fishes

We wanted to explore more but because we choose to do the pasalubong shopping first, we smell like danggit at noon so we decided to check in at our hotel.

We stayed at Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu from February 26 to 28. The only description I can think of is BEAUTIFUL. It is! My photo op friends were in heaven because every angle are Instagram worthy posts.


Ibiza Bar

beach front

My photos may not give justice but believe me it is one of the most scenic destination I've been to. On our second day, we were planning on going to Larsian barbeque but decided to experience Ibiza Bar at the same hotel. We're on a limited budget so Php1000 entrance is a lot. But since we're already in Mövenpick, what we heck, we just went for it! Anyway, we've been to Larsian in our previous Cebu trip with ur respective families, it wasn't our time to Cebu for most of us.
Ibiza Bar at night

I wasn't able to take a picture of Ibiza bar at night but you may refer to the picture above on how it looks like during daylight. After a bottle of wine and a glass of cocktails, we were ready to call it a night at 10 PM because our flight was at 6:50 the following morning.

More the experience itself, I had so much fun because I was able to bond again with my friends. At this fast paced digital world, it is nice to know that there will always be those people who accepts, understands, and cherish you for who you are. Cheers to our 25th girls! Looking forward to celebrate another friendship milestones with you all!