a parent’s post

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Philip is a very, very cautious little boy. When babies his age try to get to anywhere else, they usually do it without thinking. They crawl, stand, get off places, without measuring height, depth, length of his spaces. But not this boy. Philip even knows how to fall!

When he uses something to stand up, he will first measure its stability using his hands and arms. Whenever I observe him trying to pull himself up, this is what he does and he can stay there for quite some time, perhaps deeply thinking about the odds of his endeavor. But finally when he sees it won’t do or that he cannot be sure, he goes back to his sitting position where he is safe and comfortable.

And yes, when he falls (of course he still does, and usually out of miscalculation), he knows how brace himself for it and controls his body in such a way that will lessen the impact- if not break the fall completely.  Amazing, right?

Perhaps it is a good sign, that my baby has the makings of a very cautious man, who likes to think well and sure before he does anything. Yet no matter how careful, Philip still has his unguarded, carefree moments. At times of intense emotion, he forgets all his prudence protocols. The other time would be when he is in my arms, leaning against me, or when looking at me as he waits for my approval before acting on something. Soon as I give a go sign, he more than happily abandons wariness and proceeds with what he is doing.

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I then realize what a powerful figure we are in our children’s lives. One minor flaw in my character and it can shake my child’s sturdy stance, and how a simple nod could send him stepping into a free fall of his life.

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I pray for us parents today. That whatever we do, we do it with utmost regard for the person leaning to us for support, and those eyes intently watching our lives. Although nothing is unredeemable for the Lord, we surely will be held accountable for what was put under our trust and care.

The week is almost done. Have a great Thursday! :)

Buffet for 2, over here!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Who doesn’t like buffet?!?!?! Ako nga, kahit hindi ako masyado adventurous sa food ay sobrang happy pa din at the thought of buffet! Then put that together pa with one of the most popular destinations here in the Philippines, Tagaytay, and voila! You’ve got the perfect “food trip”!

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And today’s the day if you wanna win an awesome food trip to Tagaytay soon. Because Taal Vista Hotel is giving away gift certificates of their famous buffet, for 2! All you have to do is this:

1) Answer the question in 2-3 sentences: “What traditional Filipino dish do you think Filipinos should eat more?” Then send to celine.arenillo@sminvestments.com with the subject: Culinary Gems Buffet

2) Like Taal Vista Hotel on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taalvistahotel and follow @taalvistahotel on Instagram and take screen caps for proof and attach to your mail.

3) Like this post and share it, too, on your timelines without forgetting to tag me – @ricaperalejobonifacio (instagram) and @taalvistahotel (instagram), while also adding the hashtag #taalvista75 and #culinarygems!

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Then by October 7, winner will be notified through email about his/her treat from Taal Vista with all the details on how to claim and the like. :)

Happy 75th Taal Vista! And for those who haven’t been to Taal Vista, here’s my blog about it: A TRUE HERITAGE

Have a nice day!

 

Bonifacio Summer Trip, May 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I can nerve over reiterate this: I AM SO BLESSED WITH MY IN-LAWS. I know I prayed for the husband God had prepared for me but I actually never thought about praying for great in-laws, as well. So now that I have the Bonifacios as my family, I am just so glad that God threw in this amazing bonus. I love my parents in law, brothers in law, and sister in law Kristie!!!

Every year, we get to be on a short vacation with them. Our parents in law have friends who are kind enough to lend us their beach house about 2-3 hours away from Manila.

This year was extra special because it was also Philip’s first time to try swimming in a pool and dip his feet in sea water. Here are photos from the trip and I hope you like them!

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My mother in law and sister in law made cookies that were sooooooo yummy!!!!!

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Philip was then 4 months old only. And now that I think about it, he really was a super big baby.

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I think Philip started to notice that the adults were having too much fun with him.

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Poor baby. He probably thought the waves were running after him!

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Until the Next Perfect Stop

Monday, September 15, 2014

On our way home from a baby dedication party last night, baby Philip kept crying and crying in the car. It was perhaps because before riding, I felt him unload quite a big one into his diaper. So I figured he couldn’t wait for me to clean him up. Understandable, right? But then it was traffic, the rain was pouring and the nearest stop would be in our church where we’d have to go through a long line of cars because it was a Sunday before finally getting my son to the nearest bathroom.

You can imagine all the works and why his incessant cry was really beginning to stress me out. Though I kept telling him “I can’t change you here, but we will soon; we just need to get to the right place,” he still wouldn’t stop.

Till I had an epiphany.

My son was probably impatient because he didn’t know when I’d be able to help him get out of his sticky situation. And I realized that adults aren’t very far from the way Philip was acting last night whenever we find ourselves in our own sticky situations. Our patience can barely last us as long as the next stop and in our prayers to God, and in the way we go about life, we whine endlessly thinking He hadn’t heard or He isn’t going to help. But just like me as Philip’s mama last night, God always has a game plan and knows exactly when the perfect stop should happen to get you fixed up.

My prayer today is that all of us will learn to whine less and trust God more, that not only He knows best, but knows when He should change our nappies when we’re dirty. I pray we do not mistake our inability to hear for His silence, and our inability to understand for His powerlessness. He always knows and sees and has a plan for when we are in need.

The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.” The angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her.” The angel of the Lord also said to her, “I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude.”

 So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said,“Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.”

Genesis 16:7-10, 13

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Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Matthew 10:29-31

By the way, when we finally got to the bathroom, I saw that Philip’s nappy was actually perfectly clean. Apparently, he was just being bratty and whiny. Again, just like many adults I know (including myself!!!).  Hahaha! Have a great week ahead of you!

Seoul, April 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

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Someone was knocked out boarding our Air Asia red-eye flight.

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We arrive early morning. Both Mama and Bubba were kinda spaced out.

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Our first meal. We didn’t even know what it was, really.

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Rule #1: When in Korea, stay very near a subway station. It’ll be beneficial.

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Getting ready for the cool weather.

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We hit Myeongdong.

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Honey bread after nursing is always a good idea.

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Oh we are so ready for the day!

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changing-of-the-guards

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insadong

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subway

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Becoming a train expert.

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Hanok-Vill

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