12 October 2015

Hello, Katie!

Our daughter, Katherine, came into the world on Saturday, September 19th at 905 AM (Philippine time) via a scheduled C-section here in Cebu City. 

The birth was pretty low-key: I did not experience any labor pains like those we see in the movies. And to be honest, I liked it that way. The day before her birth, at our weekly appointment, the doctor told us we needed to make a decision: wait another week till her due date and see if she turns head down (highly unlikely at that point, given her size), or we can get her out anytime we wanted.

We chose to schedule the C-section the very next day. There was no point in waiting. I knew (perhaps that's a mother's instinct), as early as the previous ultrasound scan, this little girl had settled into her position, and will not be moving an inch. 

So, C-secion it was. At that time, I put on a brave face for JP. But let me tell you, that procedure was the scariest, most uncomfortable, unnerving experience of my life so far. But it was totally worth it, when the doctors laid the screaming little creature on my chest, and I saw the person who had been living inside me for the past couple of months. I think I laughed and cried at the same time. It is surreal. Life-changing. 


Her daddy and I are in love -- with Katie, with each other, and this family we're starting. Our world now revolves around this 8.6 lbs. bundle of cheeks.

There are a lot of emotions right now: happy, melancholy, worry, even a bit of sadness. In a couple of days, I'll probably sort it out in my head and write about it. But for now, we are savoring this time with Katie and her sweet newborn smell. 

Thanks for the well-wishes, friends and family! 

04 June 2015

Hong Kong Revisited with Family

FINALLY, after five years, my long overdue visit back to Hong Kong materialized! I have mentioned previously that I have fond memories of this city. This year's trip is especially memorable since I got to go with (almost) the entire family.

Since our family is spread out in different countries, getting everyone together entailed a lot of planning. Mom and Ate took care of the funding, my younger sister handled booking flights and the hotel, while I was in charge of the itinerary.

I finally managed to sort through the hundreds of pictures we took of our trip. Let me share a couple of them with you..

26 May 2015

Quick Breakfast Recipe: Strawberry Pancake Muffins

These days, I don't have that much energy to stay too long in the kitchen. I just get tired very easily, and so whenever I'm there, I prepare food that I can store and eat anytime hunger strikes (and believe me, it strikes ALL the time!). 

This strawberry pancake muffin recipe is so easy to make, and you can keep it in an air-tight container, and then re-heat in your oven. So you can have it any time of day. Personally, I have it as a mid-morning snack at the office, and I bring a couple more for my afternoon snack too. 

Strawberry Pancake Muffins

How to make it? Easy as 1-2-3

30 March 2015

Collage Monday: Dress Up Your Oatmeal!

I'm an oatmeal-for-breakfast girl. On weekdays, I'd rather spend a few more minutes in bed rather than be in the kitchen fixing breakfast for myself. It's a pretty busy life we lead here in Singapore, so anything that's quick to prepare and eat for breakfast is a necessity. 

Most people would go to the nearest hawker center to buy the usual breakfast--kopi, kaya toast and soft-boiled egg. Or maybe some breakfast noodles with a few pieces of luncheon meat. I've tried them all, but I definitely can't do it everyday. There are times the food can be too oily, and well, just plain unhealthy. 

Oatmeal, on the other hand, is probably one of the healthiest things you can eat. But sometimes, it can taste bland and boring. Here's a couple of ways I've spruced up my oatmeal. It doesn't require sugar (which I'm cutting back on), but you can add half a teaspoon or so. 

1. Add strawberries 2. Some banana and cinnamon sugar 3. blueberries and honey 4. apple and cinnamon

25 March 2015

Us Plus One

I was saying earlier that 2014 was pretty much a "blah" year for me. I thought this year would be the same, but it is turning out to be pretty exciting, with lots of things to look forward to. 

The biggest news is something we've been keeping to ourselves for a couple of weeks now. We definitely wanted to wait until we had a couple of scans and tests completed, and thankfully, everything is OK so far. 

Here's your first look at our little gift from heaven that's growing inside me right now. This was taken during our 1st trimester scan, which was also my birthday. Prior to this, our scans were pretty blurry (JP couldn't even tell which one's the head or the legs!), but this one was much better. 

At the scan, both of us were pretty much captivated by what we were seeing on the screen. He/she was moving--a lot! So much that the doctor had to wait for a few minutes to scan again, waiting for him/her to turn around and show his profile. 

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