#PabloTheExplorer: BABY SHOWER #1

I’ve shared Baby Shower #2 first, and now that the photos (and video) are here, I can finally share our Baby Shower #1. Whee! I finally got the photos of our Baby Shower #1, organized by my good friend Mishy, coordinated by another good friend Lia, and styled by another good friend Sheryl! This group is a funny bunch! Some of them are friends from college, some from volunteer work (we’ve gone from up North to Sulu and Basilan!), and […]

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#PabloHatchingSoon: BABY SHOWER NUMBER 2

We had our second (and last) baby shower today! I’d love to share our first one but I’m still waiting for the photos. 🙂 Anyway, this baby shower was prepared by my sister, with the help of our family and friends! Since my husband and I are birders/birdwatchers, my sister thought of the perfect hashtag: #PabloHatchingSoon! And to go with the theme, she partnered with Flora and Fern Styling Company and Mateo’s Restaurant for a forest + birding baby shower theme. […]

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MTE FIND: KNOTSANDPANS.COM

Earlier today, I was invited to a very small and intimate gathering hosted by my friend Patty Laurel and her friends from KnotsAndPans.Com, an online bridal/wedding registry site based in Manila (finally)! When my husband and I got married in 2013, I was looking for a local registry like this – an online website where I can pick items, have an option to receive cash, and basically make it easy for our guests to see what we really want and/or need […]

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MY TRASH, MY TREASURE

I have been busy re-cleaning the house before my son arrives. Today, I decided to clean a drawer full of broken accessories. I kept them thinking I could be a jewelry maker someday, but let’s face it, that’s just not my thing and I’ll probably never be one. I know of Marie Kondo and appreciate the wisdom she tries to impart, but on days like this, I am just really happy to be a basurera [a Filipino term that means “garbage” […]

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT GOES TO YOUR BABY’S SKIN?

Becoming a mother can suddenly turn you into a more careful being. I never really bothered to check the ingredients of what I put in my skin before, but now that I’m about to have a little one, it seems I have become more mindful of many things, including the products I want to use for my son. I recently learned about the Environmental Working Group (EWG.ORG), a non-profit, non-partisan organisation which aims to protect both human health and the […]

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THERE ARE THINGS MY HUSBAND WOULD RATHER PAY FOR – HERE’S ONE OF THEM!

-SERIES OF FUNNY CONVERSATIONS WITH ZE HUSBAND- If your husband’s strength is humor, I tell ya, he’s a keeper! *** June 2016 Today, I asked my husband if he can hold my legs in a 30-45 degree angle while i’m lying down and shake them to release the tension. He did it for a few seconds. Then I told him, “That’s what my Pilates teacher does.” Jokingly, I said, “That’s what I’m paying her for.” To which he smiled and replied, […]

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HOW TO USE PREGNANCY AS A WISE EXCUSE

-SERIES OF FUNNY CONVERSATIONS WITH ZE HUSBAND- If your husband’s strength is humor, I tell ya, he’s a keeper! *** A tip for you pregnant mamas…just don’t tell your husband / partner this came from me! Haha! ME: Babe, you can’t be mad at me. You can’t fight me. Cause if you want a happy baby, I cannot be stressed. Then…I went on… ME: Oh and you also can’t do that while I’m breastfeeding. Cause stress can lower my milk […]

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BEST ARGUMENT FOR KEEPING “UNWORTHY” CLOTHES

-SERIES OF FUNNY CONVERSATIONS WITH ZE HUSBAND- If your husband’s strength is humor, I tell ya, he’s a keeper! *** August 2016 So, I asked my husband to PLEAAAAASE do some spring cleaning because believe it or not, he has more clothes than I do (PS: He has a LOOOOT of shirts but ends up using the same shirts because he only gets the ones on top – the newly laundered ones, haha!) I was asking him to do that […]

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MAMA THE EXPLORER BLOGS

My sister asked me again recently, “Don’t you really want to blog?” “I find Instagram a lot easier.”, I said. “I can upload anywhere, anytime, and I can do away with short or long posts. And I don’t have to transfer photos and all that.” “Okay…I’m just worried, cause you’ll be a mom now. And someday, Instagram might be gone (for good). With a blog, you get to keep a diary of your motherhood.” My sister had definitely got me […]

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