Month: November 2012

Chloe Isabelle – 5 months

  Look see! Lil’ miss turned 5 months and we didn’t have any cake to celebrate. I promise to make one for her 6th month when she starts solid food.     V is having more fun with her sister now that he is getting a reaction when he does something. Chloe likes her brother so much that she laughs at all the silly things V does. We are collecting points as who make her laugh the most and V is a sure winner.   Dad put up her playpen where she stays in the morning while I do some chores, sometimes I find her asleep with one toy in each hand. Yes she tends to grab everything she can reach and puts it in her mouth, which also means I can no longer wear earrings I almost lost one at the mall. She is demanding more attention from us entering 5 months. Protests when her dad holds the ipad or phone while carrying her. When she wakes up in her cot oh dear she …

Bangus Sisig Recipe

Bangus Sisig

This month’s Kulinarya theme “Sisig” is hosted by Jenn of Storm In My Kitchen and Iska of ISKAndals.com. Sisig is one famous Filipino appetizer which is enjoyed with either an ice cold beer or coke. After a days work my friends and I would share a plate of sizzling sisig and laugh out our daily stress in life. I can’t remember the last time I made sisig, but whenever I do I always use pork ears & liempo. For this month’s challenge I’m making a healthier version using fish – bangus (milkfish). I  prepared 2 kinds of sisig (pork ears & fish) for dinner but the boys preferred the fish version.   You need to cut your bangus butterfly style, season with salt and pepper and fry it to crisp. Remove bones from fish and shred/mince/chop meat. Once that’s complete let’s get on to making Sisig.   Bangus Sisig 1 large Bangus, fried and minced 1 medium Onion, minced 2 tbsp Soy Sauce 4 cloves Garlic, minced 1/3 cup each of Red & Green Bell Pepper (Capiscum), diced …

Breastfeeding Week 2012

Chloe and I just came home for our first Mama meeting at City Hospital and we also celebrated UAE’s breastfeeding week with all the Mums & Bubs.     It was nice to see Sameera & some Nurses who was a great help to us during our stay at City Hospital. I will be forever grateful for the care and support (especially for breastfeeding) they gave us during and after our stay.     All Mum’s who managed to exclusively breastfeed their babies till 6 months was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation & The Golden Bow.   I didn’t know that there is an official symbol for breastfeeding which is the Golden Bow, read more about it here.   If you’re wondering whether mothers can breastfeed in public places here in UAE, the answer is YES! “Islam promotes and protects the right of a baby to breastmilk” I breastfeed Chloe everywhere (cafe, restaurant, grocery, & mall) with a feeding cover and sometimes just using a burp cloth or shawl. If you do want to feed …

Emergency Pediatric Response Course

  As parents we try to do our best for our children. Provide them the best care and safe environment. One of our ultimate goal is to keep them healthy and safe at all times.   When I had V my sister Bernadette who is a nurse stayed with us and supervised over V’s nanny whenever I’m in the office. One of the things that she did was teach V’s nanny basic things on what to do in an emergency, I myself really didn’t bother learning any well since my sister was with me at all times. We moved to Dubai no more Tita B to help me out with V, it was just me, Vierte and Daddy C.   Being a mum (a parent) you have a lot of what if’s…What if my newborn fall from the bed? What if my baby chokes? What if my kid drowns? What if my child stops breathing?   In case of emergency, are you ready? My answer: No, I’m not ready.   One sad incident happened in one …

Paksiw na Isda

Last week I received the award for drama queen, was feeling really sad, alone, tired, and didn’t want to talk to anyone. My poor husband was left guessing what was wrong, he would find me crying along with our baby. Really missed my siblings, mom, and friends back home. I miss being in the office and earning but my heart breaks at the thought of leaving my kids with a nanny while I go back to work. V saw me crying myself to sleep and my husband suggested that he accompany V till the bus came so I can get more sleep. They both kiss us bye and V whispered “Don’t be sad na Mama. Let’s eat fish later okay.” He greeted me at the bus stop with a kiss “I’m home mama. You’re happy now?”  We talked about school and what kept me busy that morning. V showered me with hugs & kisses. Re-assured me that everything will be ok. We shared our favorite fish dish – Paksiw na Isda. Eating using our hands we …