Nestle NANKID My Kid’s First BENZ Car Show

My son was so privileged and happy that he was able to test drive the luxurious two-door Mercedes-Benz roadster at the launch of Nestle’s NANKID My Kid’s First BENZ  last September 15 at The Tent at Enderun at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig.

NANKID My Kid's First Benz Logo

Nestle and Mercedes-Benz, world-class leaders in their respective industries, have collaborated in this giveaway to add to your children’s many exciting firsts. The young ones will surely be thrilled to drive their own child-sized, electric version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster. For more of this sleek car’s specs, watch the video below.

Check out the poster below on how you can win one for your child. Also, read the full mechanics here.

NANKID My Kid's First Benz Poster


About NANKID OPTIPRO FOUR (from the Press Release)

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NANKID® is the only preschool milk with optimized protein, a high quality, lower quantity milk protein that supports age appropriate weight gain and optimal development. NESTLÉ’s exclusive and state of the art manufacturing technology make NANKID® OPTIPRO® FOUR and NANKID® OPTIPRO® HW FOUR the very first in their class.

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NANKID Limited Edition Packs


If Books Were Money, My Son Would Be Rich By Now

Here’s a post that I have drafted on paper a couple of months ago. Finally, I was able to publish it on the blog today!

We started reading to our son when he was still in my womb – from tiny board books given to his Dad as part of their office Kris Kringle to the downloaded nursery rhymes and story books on our iPad. Those tiny board books are still with us today and my son would still read them on his own, that is, pointing to pictures and identifying objects that he knows and mimicking the tone that I use during our read aloud sessions. He would be blabbing on some parts of the story.

His Dad, who commutes to and from work daily, would occasionally drop by BookSale, the bookstore adjacent to the bus terminal and would buy books that he knows our little boy would love. It was a good thing that the shop has a wide selection of books that they sell on bargain. My husband would usually buy three books from that store each month. But one time, he splurged on four books to cultivate our son’s growing love for reading and it was such a blessing that all of them were from our little one’s favorite series namely Curious George and Dr. Seuss.

Book Haul

When we began having weekly mother-and-son dates at the neighborhood mall, a trip to National Bookstore and BookSale is a must for my child. We would linger close to an hour at his favorite Children’s Books section as he would scan the pages of the books that piqued his interest. He loves books that involved animals and keeps going back to read them. Whenever I would notice that he likes a particular book, I would offer to buy it for him so we could enjoy it at home. He would decline most of the time. I’m so blessed to have a son who gets contented with browsing and window shopping :) At times when we would chance upon a book that he really liked or finally found an elusive title, I would purchase it right away and take him to Country Style where we would read our recent find while having doughnuts and coffee (for me).

My Little Reader
My Little Reader

At home on most mornings, he prefers having milk in bed and asks me to read a couple of books to him before we go downstairs for his breakfast. Recently, I adapted a fill-in-the-blanks strategy in where I would either let him finish a sentence or identify an object in the story. This makes our sessions more interactive and very lively. Doing this also encouraged him to read books on his own, even though he can’t read everything written in the pages yet. He would read before bedtime while waiting for Mommy and Daddy to finish the chores downstairs. When we’re all settled in bed, he would request that we read at least three books to him, which includes his activity books and his favorite dinosaur books, before finally going to sleep. He would also read Ate and Kuya’s old books at Granny’s after playing with the stuff inside their toy box. He would gladly peruse on his new book while we are waiting for our turn at the grocery’s check out counter, to pass the time at the doctor’s clinic and extended his patience as he waited for his parents’ passports to be renewed.

I’ve been praying that my son will carry on with the habit of reading books as he grows up and have children and grandchildren of his own and ultimately, pass on the habit to them. There’s so much that we can learn from reading. My husband and I have been discovering a lot from the books that we buy for our son. I never imagined that I could memorize a ton of dinosaur names just because my boy is so fascinated in them!

I have decluttered a few weeks ago and finally let go of my boy’s first batch of books. We have passed them on to his younger cousins hoping that they will also get hooked on reading. We still have plenty in the bookcase upstairs and in the shelf downstairs. We will be getting new ones, anyway. If books were money, my son would be rich by now.


Allied Against Dengue

The rising cases of dengue is very alarming these days. A province down South was even declared as being in a state of calamity as one after another of its residents were taken to the hospital to seek help against that virus. Some have even succumbed to death. We can’t just let dengue wear us down. We all need to be Allied Against Dengue!

My first encounter with dengue was when my husband unknowingly acquired the virus. I was on my first trimester when he was confined to the hospital because of the rashes that appeared in his body after several days of having on-and-off fever. His platelet count was monitored throughout his stay and he was on IV. It was a great blessing that we survived that ordeal. Since then, we have become more cautious in warding off mosquitoes (we don’t know which one would be an Aedes Aegypti) in our home. We would slather our skin with insect repellant lotion and use electric mosquito repeller in our home. We can only do so much to stop dengue on our own. We all need to be united – informed but not paranoid – in order to fight this deadly virus.

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, a leading global pharmaceutical company, has collaborated with the Department of Health (DOH), Mercury Drug Corporation (MDC),, and CNN Philippines in an initiative that will create a great impact in mitigating the dangers of the dengue virus. Recently, GSK representatives, health experts and advocates have come together to inform the press of the present dengue-related statistics, the government’s on-going campaign, case studies and their personal experiences with dengue. I was more than happy to be in that event because I was able to learn more about the spread of the virus and how to properly manage it. Myths about the dengue virus were also debunked. It was a very informative afternoon where the experts answered our queries and gave advice on how best to protect our families and communities against dengue. According to Dr Lyndon Lee Suy (DOH), “Dengue control is a shared responsibility.”

Heather Pelier, General Manager of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare
Heather Pelier, General Manager of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, presented the current status of dengue in the Philippines
Dr Lyndon Lee Suy, DOH
Dr Lyndon Lee Suy, DOH, revealed that the dengue vaccine has been rolled out in Region 4A and in NCR. This vaccine is believed to keep the recipient immuned from all the four types of the dengue virus.


Dr Sally Gatchalian, GSK
Dr Sally R. Gatchalian, GSK, explained why the dengue situation in PH has worsened.


After their individual presentations, the proponents of the Allied Against Dengue campaign, together with Calpol (GSK’s Paracetamol for children) brand ambassador, Jolina Magdangal-Escueta, answered questions from the audience.

Allied Against Dengue Q & A

As gleaned from the discussion, here are more facts about dengue.


  • Pain in the eyes
  • Severe headache
  • Positive result in Tourniquet Test
  • Sleeping most of the time

SYMPTOMS of Dengue:

  • High and continuous fever that lasts from 2 to seven days
  • Bleeding of gums
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Flushing of skin
  • Rashes in arms

* Patient must be observed two days after the fever disappears.

What We Can Do at Home



  • Search and destroy breeding grounds of mosquitoes.
Rowena Wendy Lim Lei and Jolina Magdangal-Escueta
Rowena Wendy Lim Lei (left), a seasoned family and lifestyle blogger, talked to Jolina Magdangal-Escueta (right) about her experience with dengue as well as tips on how to prevent it.


Allied Against Dengue Pledge
Proponent of the campaign led the pledge for being an Ally Against Dengue


Be an ally against dengue! Protect yourself, your family and your community. To know more about dengue prevention, control and management, please read the ToDOH laban sa Dengue: A Primer on Dengue.

Potty Talk

Okay. This might be a little TMI but I can’t help but be proud of my three-year-old’s recent milestone – having poopsie on the big potty!

It just happened last night at my parents’ house. L was walking awkward with his knees together toward the bathroom and he was repeatedly saying, “Poopsie, poopsie, poopsie.” I immediately ushered him to the bath, took off his pants and undies, and positioned him on the bowl. He didn’t hesitate to sit on it but just did what he had to do. I kept marveling at how he was able to do it on the big potty! I was sitting beside him the whole time rubbing his back for he was having a bit of a hard time getting it all out. Being the proud mom that I am, I was telling everyone at the house of how awesome my boy was for sitting on the toilet bowl. (I hope you’re not eating while reading this.)

I’m so happy at how our journey to potty training had turned out. It was a long process with hits and misses in between. We did not forced our son into it even if others told us kids his age were trained already. We went through the training gradually, letting our son took the reins. We even postponed it at some point when we felt that he wasn’t ready. We resumed with the training by asking him to sit on the potty – sometimes he would, other times he refused. I downloaded a potty training chart to document his progress. I let him put stickers or washi tape on the chart whenever he would pee and poop on the potty and tell us when he needed to go. Through time, he got accustomed to doing his business in our bathroom, and lately, in public restrooms. However, he would never pee on a restroom that doesn’t look and smell clean to him. I haven’t taught him about it but my kid was already able to discern whether a public toilet is worth a peak or not. He did that twice already.

Now that my child is potty trained, I have excluded diapers from my grocery list. We saved a lot on wipes, too.

I hope I didn’t grossed you out with this post.

I’m just one proud momma of an awesome little (big)  one!

My Great Finds at S & R Alabang

I got to find out what it’s like to shop at S&R even when I wasn’t a member yet. Back when I was still working at BGC, I tagged along with my officemates, who were cardholders of this membership-shopping club, to have lunch at its Food Service. I ordered a serving of Cheese Pizza for only Php99. It was a very filling meal for me because that serving consists of two slices of mouthwatering mozzarella goodness. The S&R Baked Beef Roll is also a must-try. I bought some for me and my husband and those rolls have somewhat made our traffic-filled ride home (from work) more bearable. That savory beef roll comes in a big serving, too. Since then, it has become my husband’s favorite.

I went past the Food Service and into the shopping area. I want to see if it is worth shelling out Php700 to be a Gold Member, the default membership card for regular shoppers. The other type of membership is the Business Member which is suited for business owners. I surveyed the goods being sold and the brands that they carry. Most of the merchandise available at the store are imported brands but they also have locally produced items. Some are being sold by the bulk, by two’s and in jumbo packs. There are a few items that can be purchased on its own. It was around Christmas time when I shopped at the BGC branch, still as a guest, and went out with an assortment of stuff that the kids really loved. I got a Mickey Mouse bowling set, two adorable girly back packs, a set of coloring books for boys, and another set of coloring and sticker books for girls. It was a positive experience that made me convince my husband to sign up for our own membership card.We can use it on all S&R branches nationwide, anyway.

He wasn’t all that sold on getting our own card. He told me to give it much thought. One time, after work, I joined my teammates again as they were about to do their groceries. I was disappointed that I barely found anything in the store that matches the items on my grocery list. Maybe, it’s not meant for us to have that card. I totally forgot about it.

Fast forward to 2016, my husband and I were so frustrated that we didn’t get that specialized package that we’ve been anticipating for a couple of months. That package included Delimondo, a local brand of corned beef that was only being sold at S&R and selected grocery stores that are far from where we live. It was a good thing that my sister holds a Gold Membership card at S&R Alabang. She told me that she signed up because the elusive lunch box that she wanted was only available at that store. I checked out the requirements from the S&R website and applied for an extension card through my sister’s membership. I got my card right after I applied though it would take a few hours before it gets activated. The staff just gave me a stub that I would have to show to the cashier whenever I would make a purchase. Since then, we have shopped at S&R thrice.

Here are my great finds from those trips. I have managed to take note of the prices of some of the items.


Maya Mickey Mouse Champorado – 2 boxes with 2 packs each (4 packs in total)

S&R_Walnut Brownies

Duncan Hines California Walnut Decadent Brownie Mix 

S&R_Red Velvet Cake

Duncan Hines Red Velvet Deliciously Moist Cake Mix

S&R_Cafe Nova Cafe LatteCafe Nova Cafe Latte

S&R_Cookies Bergen Chocolate Chips Teddy Bear Cookies

Cookies Bergen Chocolate Chips Teddy Bear Cookies (500g) – Php 119.95

Delimondo announced at their FB page on May 25 that their sought-after corned beef is now available at selected SM supermarkets.

Delimondo Garlic and Chili Corned Beef (380g) – Php 162.95

S&R_Kraft Macaroni and Cheese

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese

Lifetime Foldable Table and Keter Kids Blue Chair
Perfect for our homeschool setup. My son can get messy with his clay, watercolor, crayons and stamps on this easy-to-clean table.

Lifetime Rectangular Foldable Table (approx 70cm x 45cm, from US) – On Sale for only Php895 /   Keter Kids Blue  Chair (from Israel)- Php299

  • Tide Original + Bright Whites Powder (4 kgs)
  • Carnation Hash Browns (20 pcs) – Php 199.75
  • S&R Moringa Calamansi Juice Powder with Real Malunggay Leaves (2 kgs) – Php 334.95 – We’ve been drinking this juice whenever we have colds. Even my three-year old likes it. I also made ice pops out of this juice and they were a hit among the kids.
  • Natura Almond Milk (Original) – Php 109.95
  • Whole Wheat Baguette (250 g) – Php 34.95
  • Walter Ube Bread – Php 49.95
  • Japanese Sweet Corn – Php 129.95
  • Bounty Fresh Eggs (one dozen) – Best eggs I’ve tasted! I love that its egg yolks are firm and brightly colored.
  • Century Tuna Flakes in Brine (4 cans) – Php 143.95
  • US Vanilla Marble Creme Ring Cake and US Double Choco Chip Creme Ring Cake (Buy 1 Take 1) – We got both cakes for only Php 299.95 – My favorite is the Choco Chip Cake :)

It’s good to shop at S&R when I want to buy by the bulk. But, it could get costly since we can’t buy everything that we usually need for our weekly supply. That’s why I assured my husband that we would only go there occasionally; when we want something that is exclusively sold at that store.


Inexpensive Healthy Eats by Miziz

Some people think that it would be too expensive to serve and have healthy dishes for every meal. It’s actually more of an excuse when one is reluctant to munch on healthy bites and prefer to have fastfood. Been there, done that. After having aches and pains and too many health-related inconveniences, my husband and I have decided to be more intentional in our food choices – eating healthy as often as we can. You read that right; “as often as we can” and not “all the time”. I want us to have a healthy disposition as we commit to have a healthier diet. I don’t want us to feel repressed when we eat. That would only make us prone to binge or eat more unhealthy food.

It’s a good thing that we have more option when it comes to finding healthy eats. I am glad that even in the office, my husband has access to grab-and-go healthy meals that he can eat in a jiffy on a meeting-filled day. Miziz is his source of healthy, yummy, and not to mention, affordable sandwiches. My husband’s favorite is the Chicken Pesto with Cheese sandwich. One time, he brought one home for me and I was able to figure out why he liked it. It was made from flavorful grilled chicken and tasty pesto. I am not a fan of pesto but I was able to enjoy that sandwich up to the last bite.

Miziz Burger
Photo by Byron Ramos

The Hubs has shared bits and pieces of the story behind Miziz. I have learned that it was the brain-child of the wife of his colleague. I got curious and so on one of the family events in the office, I took the opportunity to sit down and talk to The Miziz. Here’s what I have found out:

  • Christine has a passion for cooking ever since she was single. She is a stay-at-home mom to three boys and wife to a man who has a distinctive palate.
  • She wanted to try her hand in making pan de sal for her family’s consumption. Over time, she kept on baking and tweaking her recipe until she finally got it perfect.
  • When she got confident with her pan de sal making skills, she tried to use that dough to make pizza. Her husband brought some to his office and it became a hit. Orders started to come in.
  • They went full blast with their little home-based biz in September 2015 and operated under the name Miziz. It became a family affair with her husband helping out with the preparations and their two helpers taking care of the packaging.
  • Aside from pizza, Miziz also offers cakes and sandwiches. They have experimented with different flavor combinations like the Pizza Burger Sandwich, BBQ Sandwich (best paired with coleslaw, according to Christine), Chicken Pesto Sandwich (their bestseller), Laing Pizza, All Veggies Pizza, and their Kawawa Pizza (sardines and veggies).
  • The Miziz Laing was from a recipe that was passed on to them by her husband’s Bicolana grandmother. When serving Laing, Christine buys young gabi leaves fresh from the market and cooks them over charcoal for two hours.
  • Miziz plans to participate in bazaars as soon as they have acquired a portable heater.

Miziz is currently accepting orders via their Facebook page. Their physical store will be opened soon. Watch out for their announcement!

A baby caterpillar is called …

I make it a point to read books to my son before bedtime.

One night, he asked that we read his little books. Those were the books that were given to my husband as part of their Kris Kringle in the office. They are condensed versions of well-loved children’s tales. I’ve been reading those to him even before he was born.

We were reading Alice in Wonderland. My son loves animals and everything about them! He knows the mother-and-young pairs and can identify them even without a picture. We got to the pages when Alice encountered the rabbit and the caterpillar.

L: A baby rabbit is called … bunny!

Me: (Smiling proudly) Very good!

L: A baby caterpillar is called …

Me: (Wondering if he already know because we haven’t taught him about it yet.)

L: (Happily announced) Lizard!


We both laughed so hard after that! I told him that caterpillars and lizards are different from each other. I taught him that a caterpillar will become a butterfly and that lizards give birth to eggs.

I was really amused at my little boy and admired his creative thinking :) He actually learns quickly when animals are involved. Also, it was his love for animals that encouraged him to speak more words :)

Be Not Afraid to Travel with Your Toddler

My son was less than two years old when we went on a family vacation in Japan. My husband and I pursued our dream of bringing our offspring to Disneyland to meet his all-time favorite character, Mickey Mouse, in person. To prepare for our first-ever, out-of-the-country, family trip, I scoured the web for every possible tip, advice, and recommendation on how to make our experience pleasantly memorable and comfortable especially for our toddler. Our son is now three years old and my husband and I are planning on another family getaway overseas. It’s a good thing that I came to know about The Toddler Travels: Tips and Thoughts for Your Little One’s First Vacation Abroad when I had the opportunity to attend its formal book launch. Now I have a single reference for our future adventures!

Genevieve Gutierrez-Figueroa, author of The Toddler Authors
Genevieve Gutierrez-Figueroa, author of The Toddler Travels

I was actually late for The Toddler Travels book launch; no thanks to the horrendous Friday traffic! My son and I left two hours before the event and had a ride with my husband from Ayala EDSA to Fully Booked but I was still an hour late. And I was not the only one. Anyway, it’s a good thing that I was able to catch up with the on-going discussion. The author, Genevieve Gutierrez-Figueroa, a fellow yaya- and maid-less mom (by choice) to a little one, dished out helpful tips on how to minimize stress and have fun with your young child while travelling abroad. She even shared a few personal experiences that will certainly dispel the fears and worries of families who are planning to embark on a journey with their young ones for the first time. Here are more travel-inspired stuff that I have learned from the self-published writer of The Toddler Travels:

  • For beginners, start with short-haul flights. You may want to go explore the Philippines first or go to countries that do not require a visa.
  • Singapore has a baby-friendly airport.
  • The author suggested Tokyo as a family destination since it has Disneyland, a zoo and all sorts of kid-friendly places.
  • You can never say that kids are too young to remember. The author shared that she was amazed that her own daughter remembers the places that they’ve been to and the things that they have seen.
  • With the current state of Manila traffic, you have to go four hours earlier to the airport to be relaxed and avoid the hassle. Genevieve added that it takes time to finish security check for baby stuff.
  • Don’t rush when travelling with your kids. They have their own pace.
  • To get the best out of your family vacation, travel for at least three full days.

The Toddler Travels

I can’t wait to get my own copy of The Toddler Travels. It will definitely help me out in preparing for our next family vacay and enjoy our overseas family bonding all the more!

Check out this amazing family travel guidebook at Fully Booked, National Bookstore and Powerbooks. Visit their IG and FB accounts for more details:



Unboxed: MyPhone my28S

Hooray for my first unboxing post! I will strive to do more of these and file them under the Unboxed category. I plan to cover gadgets, toys, and other stuff.

For my first Unboxed post, I present to you the MyPhone my28S Android Smartphone Kit! You may have already heard about this from the commercials. If you haven’t, know more about it here.

We got our own MyPhone my28S a couple of days ago. My husband got one in my favorite color, blue. This dual SIM smartphone is also available in black, yellow, red and white. It comes with SMART prepaid and Talk ‘N Text SIM cards. Check out the photo below to know what’s inside the box.

MyPhone28s Kit

Get a glimpse of the phone features on the side of the box. Not bad for a smartphone that costs Php888, right?

MyPhone28S Features

The phone comes with a slim and light battery pack, which was not loaded on the my28S upon purchase. I had a hard time opening the back cover of the phone. When I was finally able to open it, the SIM cards were already inserted in the card slots.

MyPhone my28S BatteryPack
Right below the SMART SIM card slot is the microSD card slot for added memory

The curvy my28S looks chunky when laid on a surface, but it’s not.

MyPhone28S Form Factor 2

See? Not bulky at all! You could easily fit it into your pocket and will not take too much space on your purse.

MyPhone28S Form Factor

Below are the transitions of what the screen looked like when we turned it on. This smartphone is pre-loaded with Android-based apps including iflix and Spinnr.

MyPhone28S Start Screen

The unit that we got was working fine at the onset but after a few minutes, the screen got a bit scratchy and blurry. We tried switching it off and on again but it looked the same. We brought it to the nearest Smart Wireless Center – my husband was told upon purchase that he can have it replaced at any branch. It’s too bad that no blue my28S was available at the branch so we have to wait until the store restocks. They do not allow replacements of a different color. We have yet to get an advice from the store as to when we can get the new unit. We hope to have it soon.

Overall, the MyPhone my28S is a great smartphone for less than Php1,000. It has a provision for two SIM cards, though the phone is locked to SMART and TNT. It is Android-based which makes it very easy to use. It has a decent form factor and large screen which makes reading and texting very convenient. Also, having a 5MP rear and 2MP front camera will allow you to take clear photos. Go check it out now at a Smart Wireless Center near you!

UPDATE: I was able to get a replacement for the defective unit. The store gave me a black MyPhone my28, the earlier but better version of this smartphone, instead of a blue my28S. I got a bit upset because of their inconsistent policy on replacements. A staff from that branch told my husband previously that they can only release a replacement of the exact unit. We were not given a lead time as to when it will be available. After four days, I decided to walk in the store and follow up. Another staff told me that they can replace our defective  blue my28S with a black my28 on that day. This was already in stock when my husband requested for a new unit four days ago! They could have given it to him on that day but they didn’t. Anyway, I took home the black my28 phone and thankfully, it worked fine. Though, we notice something odd; the phone’s memory or one of the SIM cards had contact numbers from people we don’t know. Weird! My husband just deleted those numbers and reset the phone.


The Day GOD Taught Us About Humility and Other Things

It was the first day of 2016 when GOD taught us about humility and other things.

Remember when I told you that our December last year was filled with happy, not-so-happy, and crazy moments? What I am about to share with you today is a mix of those.

In the last quarter of 2015, we’ve been looking for a new apartment that we can move into. We wanted to move into a smaller unit with cheaper rent so we can save for the downpayment of our future house and lot. We have searched on foot, asked family and friends, and scoured the web for potential apartments. On December 29, I have found the seemingly perfect unit after going through houses in nearby subdivisions with my sister and our kids in tow.  I immediately took a video of it and sent it to my husband who was in the office at that time. He liked what he saw in the video so I phoned the owner of the apartment to schedule a meeting with her the next day. My husband and I talked about the apartment when he got home and we agreed that we would check out the place together and inspect every nook before talking to the owner. The apartment that we were looking into had newly constructed units. We felt lucky to find vacant units on the ground floor. I was happy with the floor tiles – makes it easier to clean and maintain; the big tiles and a working shower and flush in the bathroom; a covered laundry area; and provision for cable and phone lines. We thought that it would be perfect to start the new year living in that new and smaller house. After making a deal with the landlady, we decided to move in the following day, December 31. We hurried home and continued packing our stuff. I have already boxed some of our possessions long before we found our ideal space. My husband booked the trucking service and I have also asked my Dad and my sister to help us out with the moving.

On the last day of 2015, while most of the families were busy preparing for their New Year’s Eve feast, my husband, my side of the family and I were busy hauling our stuff to our new place. We left our little boy at my Mom’s so he can be spared with the dirt and stress that comes with the moving. After getting 90% of our belongings from the old apartment, we started unboxing and cleaning our new abode. At that moment, the flaws began to reveal themselves. After assembling our queen-sized bed, my husband was aghast that the bed took up a lot of space. Even our toddler could barely walk with what’s left on the room space! The worst part is that we couldn’t even close the door for the bed has taken its space, too. My husband was really upset, big time! I could feel his tension as I was cleaning on the kitchen. I didn’t know that I would be next. When I opened the cabinet under the sink, I was surprised to have seen soap bubbles dripping on the upper left side of the cabinet. There’s a leak and it would happen each time we use the sink. I have also noticed that the trap and drain pipe was made from weak materials which contributed to the leak. I proceeded in tidying the bathroom and discovered that the shower faucet was not working. Don’t get me started with the millipedes! There were plenty in the bathroom and can be found on other parts of the house. The owner said that these worms come out from the adjacent vacant lot whenever it’s raining. And, it’s been raining that week! My husband then continued with the unpacking in the living area. His heart sank when he saw how very little moving space was left after setting up the cabinet, the TV and our little sofa. If you could see our house that day, it looked like we were living in a bodega. No kidding!

We were both exhausted, hungry and anxious to be with our little boy so we each took a bath and secured the unit before heading to my parents’ house. During the drive, my husband blurted out that we must find our own house ASAP! He said that he didn’t want to stay for too long in that apartment. I agreed with him because the apartment that I thought was perfect turned out to be the opposite. At my parents’ house, we had a quick dinner (Thank GOD for the sumptuous feast prepared by my Mom and Dad!), played with our son for a while, then we both dozed off in the couch a couple of hours before the NYE countdown. When I heard the giggling about the countdown, I forced myself to stand up, carried my toddler and woke up my husband to watch the fireworks outside (despite the drizzle) and welcome 2016. My toddler’s excitement upon seeing the fireworks, an NYE kiss from my husband, and the presence of my family lightened up my mood and inspired me to look forward for better things in 2016.

We drove back to our new apartment to get some rest and guess what! We have encountered more issues before we settle in for the night.Though we were in a gated compound, there were people other than the tenants who were coming and going. We have to cover the only window that we have completely so passersby won’t see us while in bed. One of the tenants on top floor was using a booming kind of firecracker that startled us a number of times. Things were not really going well in that place! Our frustrations about the unit and the area were mounting. The only person who was in a relaxed mood at that time was our toddler who still went about his usual bedtime routine of playing with his toys and reading his books. We slept through the night but not comfortably. I felt that like me, my husband was also feeling uneasy with the situation that we got into.

January 1, 2016. My husband and I woke up early and poured our hearts out to each other. We were both convinced that we made a mistake in picking that place not to mention that we could barely fit in our belongings. As a matter of fact, prior to the move, we have already given away, sold and returned plenty of stuff. Also, we have yet to pick up a few of our things from the old house and we were already having storage issues in the new unit. At that point, my husband and I decided that we would move out that day. We then prayed to GOD and ask for favor, grace, courage and provision in what we were about to do. We both know that it was not easy and actually crazy to have moved in and then move out in less than 24 hours. But we know that GOD is with us and that we must take a leap of faith if we really trust Him.

We looked into our options: 1) ask the landlady of the house that we really wanted in the first place if she could lower the rent and move in that day; 2) search for another house and move in; or 3) go back to our old apartment. The first two options didn’t work so we were left with #3. It was hard to rid ourselves of the pride and shame of having to return to the house that we badly wanted to leave. What would the owners think of us? How are we going to deal the rumor mongers just across the street? Before we thought about that, we worried about talking to the landlady of the new apartment. How will she take it? Tenants who lived in her unit in less than a day were itching to move out at the start of the year. Will she think that we are doing something bad for her business? I prayed fervently for GOD to guide me and be with me as I talk to the landlady. I was so nervous that time that I felt a pain on my chest. We got to her house and she warmly welcomed us in. I then started telling her about our problems with the house and that it would be impossible for us to settle in given the situation. With GOD’s favor and grace, the owner didn’t say anything bad to us but calmly replied that she would return our money in full. I almost cried when she said that. I ask her to deduct an amount that would compensate for the utilities that we have consumed. She refused and told us that it’s okay. She just told us to return the keys as soon as we finish gathering our things. She even invited us to eat but we politely declined. I was so overwhelmed with her kindness. I know that GOD is at work. Our next stop was my parents’ house. We need to tell them of our decision, have a decent meal, and leave our son for another day. I thank GOD for my family for being so supportive and helpful during those days. On our way, we checked out the other apartments available for rent but none of them matched our needs. We braced ourselves for option #3 and with humility, ask the elderly lady managing our old apartment if we could move back. Another testimony of the grace of our LORD! She told us that we can go back and that she has not made the house available for other tenants even after we have told them that we were leaving. With that news, we quickly drove back to the new apartment to gather our things. My husband has confirmed his reservation with the trucking service which he already gave a heads up earlier that morning. Another favor is that the owner of the trucking biz gave us a discounted rate.

We kept on thanking GOD that day for His grace, favor and provision that He sent through the people around us. While driving, I told my husband that despite the embarrassment that we endured and about to face and no matter how stressful things are, as long as we are united in our resolve and we are together, I will be happy and contented.

After the last piece of our belongings was hauled back in our old apartment, I asked my husband if I can check on our boy at my Mom’s house. My loving husband said that I could stay with our son for he knew that he’s been wanting to nurse and maybe tired, too. He also said that he will take care of putting some of our stuff in order, particularly our bedroom, so we can sleep comfortably that night. I am really blessed to have him as my husband! I excitedly went to my parents’ house, took a bath, nurse my little one, and ordered my husband’s favorite pizza. We had another round of deliciously homecooked meals with my family after eating pizza and enjoyed a bottle of sparkling juice. After all,  we have plenty of reasons to celebrate. We are believing GOD for greater blessings for this new year.

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