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An Open Letter to New Moms

Right now you feel terrified, insecure, wistful, happy, all these emotions come rushing to you. You don’t know where to start, what to do next and if you’re doing the right thing at the right time.

Are you overfeeding your baby or not feeding him enough? Is he all okay? Is he really healthy? A lot of questions on your mind.

You feel like no one understands you and that people think you are overprotective and overacting but that’s okay. They will never know until they are wearing your shoes. You wanna lose that baby weight but you can’t do a crash diet because your baby’s breastfeeding. You envy celebrity moms who got back in their body shape while here you are killing yourself with insecurity while you feed all those fats.

They say it’s never easy, but they never told you it will be this hard. You wanted to cry every time your baby cries at 3am knowing you did everything you could but you weren’t enough.

It will be okay, time will come, you will get over this and you will reach your goals. You will have that perfect body and face that you’ve been dreaming, you will finish school, you will get back to work, you will have a beautiful family and you will provide your child the best you could.

You may feel lost and alone right now, but to your child, you are everything. Notice how he cries when you leave his side, that’s because he wants you and only you. No matter what people say about you and your child, he’s yours and you have all the right.

You face the mirror and say, “One day, this too, shall pass.” It will all be worth it.

Cry if you needed to, I know you wanted to.

It will never be easy but always ask God for strength and courage because no matter how hard it is, He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Look at that little bundle of joy, he is your reward, shelled out from you.

Your child will grow up to be the very best and you will then be so proud of yourself, the tough break and uphill battle is worthwhile.

You’re the best Mom, don’t let anyone make you feel that you’re not.

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Domicile

For months, the place my partner and I were renting in Davao is much of a hassle. It leaks water when it rains, it has no space for laundry and there are lots of roaches and rodents. We tried to look for place but unfortunately, we really cannot find decent place (something that will suit our taste) and is affordable too. There were apartments we’ve found but if not expensive, not furnished. So we decided to move to his province, were his family’s near who can help us (most specially we have a 3-month old baby), and an apartment we can afford that’s fine and dandy. It was a big decision for me as I need to leave my mom, dad and sister for this big step.

It was hard to convince them at first since my partner and I were not married yet so basically, we’re living together which is not really a good thing. After days and days of explanation, they finally agreed. Well, the reason of course is because my partner found a better work opportunity here and for me as well. Hopefully, everything will work well for him.

But as for me, I am still trying to fiddle with the place and the environment and the people. So hopefully, everything will fall into place. Be with me on my journey as I discover this new place, new people, new culture and new everything for me.

By the way, before I forget, we moved to Imus, Cavite, Philippines.

 

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This is what our new apartment looks like. Don’t mind those kids, LOL! They were neighbors I guess.

The apartment is not quite big but my husband and I are fully satisfied as it’s really nice.

Below are some photos while we’re arranging stuff..

The neighborhood is quiet, which is really an advantage for me. Oh how I love silence. ❤

I will update you with my whole Imus or Cavite or Luzon experience as I go through this new journey of my life.

You, what’s one of the life changing transitions you have in your life?

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Cheers 2017!

2016 – a year I don’t have to explain for ages because those who know, know. We have had our ups and downs and things are very much in flux but for better or for worse, they are always there to make me laugh at myself, to give me a nudge when I take things too far or too seriously.

If you had told me a year ago that I will meet the man of my life – (supervisor turned boyfriend) live with him and have a baby, well.. I would’ve spit wine on your face laughing, but it happened. I am so much thankful of what happened to my life and to have the chance to go forward with my beloved – Terrence and Dreu.

So goodbye 2016, you taught us so much about ourselves and it’s been an awesome ride so for that I applaud you. It’s time for some closure now though as 2017 will be the giver that never stops giving and that’s what we’ve all been waiting for.

And because I was always dark and I hate holidays, like I literally turn off my phone during Birthdays, Christmas and New Year’s Eve but am now lit because of so much joy in my life because of my family so Happy New Year everyone. Cheers to 2017!

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Exploring the Paradise

Whenever I feel stressed-out, I usually go to the mall and hunt for anything I could buy. I usually end up spending more than I should be and instead of saving it for future use, I always end up being broke, so so broke. 

This time, I tried something different. I don’t know if it was just me or my pregnant brain or my baby inside really wants me to get some air and enjoy the beach. So I asked my husband if we could go to Samal Island and breathe all the fresh air we could and dip a lil on the pristine beaches. Fortunately, he agreed despite the busy schedule. 

Samal Island has almost hundreds of beach resorts, a lot to choose from, some are fully developed, some are not. However, since I’m pregnant and I need the easiest travel, we decided to go to the best but super duper accesible – The Paradise Island. 

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As it’s name suggests, Paradise, it really is one. 

From home, we rode a jeepney to Sasa. You just have to let the driver know that you’re going to Paradise Island and they’ll drop you to where you can ride a boat for transport to the resort. Since they have their own mode of transpo, you can get rid of the barge and tricycle rides in Samal. 

This is the first thing you will see when you get there. Foods, holy moly foods. 😂

Then you’ll walk by a creek to get to the ‘bangka.’

Creepy creek. 👀 I wonder if there were crocodiles in there. 🐊

Yay! Free umbrellas because it’s raining. ☔️ 🌂


Once you’re in there, you will meet accomodating staff that will help you get to the transpo. 


The fare is 15Php per person on a minimum of 10 persons for 150php per bangca. However, no worries if you travel by one or twos because there are people who will go there as well so you have nothing to worry. Since we were only 6 when we were there and it’ll take much time if we wait for more passengers, the man asked us if we could just divide the 150php instead, and we agreed, so we paid 50php per pair. (That’s already cheap right?)

The travel time is just 5 minutes and you’ll be there before you even realized you’re there. 

The entrance fee is 200Php, kind of expensive for me but worth it. 


You can then proceed to their restaurant area if you don’t have foods with you or go to the self-serve area where you can enjoy your own foods. Good thing is that, there’s no corkage for foods, but for drinks, yes there is. 


Shoreline 🌊


Then here’s the wash room.

Cutest footwash ever. 👣😀

Korean translation, because Koreans love this place.


After we ate our lunch, the heat was somehow unbearable even if there’s air, so we ordered their Special Halo-Halo for 120Php which is really great for 16oz.

Halo-halo! The best!


And we dipped into the water and enjoyed the sea. 🌊 💦 ☀️ 

After that, I went to their souvenir shop where you can buy a lot of stuff from swim wears to tshirts, mugs with Paradise Island printed on it, ballers, barpins, and a lot more. They also sell necessary essentials you may need like sunblock, and I even saw a Q-tip there. 😂


Look, a giant chess. Yes, you can play there for 50php per 30minutes, so better be quick. 😂


They have table tennis as well, billiards and a lot more. This resort is like the Boracay of Samal Island because of the many foreigners you’ll see. Some go there just to take lunch because their food is really scrumptious. 

So why not try visit this paradise and see for yourself the amazing view. 

Acoustic session every lunch.

My husband, with his all time idol, PD30.

Daily and weekly events. Can I be here everyday?

Other attraction and amenities.

Updated rules and pricing.


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How To Cook Adobo

 Earlier today, my partner and I don’t know what to eat for lunch, and because I’m a superwoman, I checked the fridge, see what I can cook with the only ingredients I have in there.

I stared at the pork ribs literally for about 3 minutes, and decided to cook our favorite “Adobo.” I don’t know what’s that called in English, but that’s what we call it here in Ph.

I love cooking this instant dish because all I need is the meat (of course), soy sauce, vinegar, pepper sugar and garlic, which you can really see in your pantry. So I grabbed the ribs, washed it and marinated it, minced the garlic, and cooked it. And, viola, I have my adobo in as fast as 15-20 minutes.

So don’t worry, I’ll share the ingredients and MY way of cooking this special recipe (as there are a lot of different ways in cooking this dish), check down below.

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My All Time Favorite “ADOBO”  🙂

 

Ingredients:

  1. Pork meat or ribs (preferably Pork Loin/Kasim in tagalog  and/or spareribs)
  2. Garlic
  3. Soy Sauce
  4. White Vinegar
  5. 1 tablespoon Sugar
  6. Pepper
  7. Oil

Measurements depends on the serving.

Procedure:

  1. Marinate the pork with soy sauce pepper and garlic.
  2. Heat the pan or wok, and put a little oil in it.
  3. Put in the ribs and fry until medium brown.
  4. As soon as it’s medium brown, put in the marinade.
  5. Add water. Wait until it boils.
  6. Once meat is tender, and marinade evaporated, remove the meat from the pan.
  7. Check if there’s still oil in the pan, then sauté the garlic until medium brown.
  8. Put back the meat and add soy sauce, water, vinegar and sugar.
  9. Wait for it t boil.
  10. Turn of heat and it’s ready to serve.

Enjoy!

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Why am I here?

I write because no one listens.

The tag-line I used in an old unsuccessful personal blog years ago. But my reasons are simple, It’s all I have ever known, and it’s all I feel I am good at, it’s something that I can express everything about myself. I am here to write, I am here to inspire, to let people know that there’s something out there that we have to discover. I wanted to share my thoughts, my ideas and hopefully, motivate people. I am here to share my experience, to have a review, and my first impressions in almost everything.

So to make this blog exciting, I will be writing about my lifestyle, or other people’s lifestyle; recipes (because food is life and I love cooking), graphic designs, info-graphics, reviews – on beauty items and makeups and everything, movie as well, and places and everything I could ever think of.

I decided to make this blog public, rather than keeping a personal journal is because I wanna be heard. Nothing feels more special if you’re heard, and appreciated.

I wanted to get in touch with you. Let’s be friends and let’s enjoy life together. Feel free to reach me if you need someone to talk to, I am here to listen and share my thoughts, that’s szarennegui@gmail.com. You can add me on Facebook as well as follow me on Twitter.

Whoever is reading this, wherever you are I hope you will enjoy. Always remember, you are loved.

I hope you will learn more from me as I share my thoughts to all of you.

 

Love your life, live without limits.

 

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