Ninang, officially.

I finally met the munchkin!

Near the end of April 2016, Kaye told me that Eve’s Christening was on May 8.

Without hesitation, I stopped everything I was doing and started to look for flights to Singapore. Even pestered by manager to allow me take a leave of absence. There was just no way on Earth I was going to miss this milestone! Lol.

Since my diagnosis, this is my first time to be that far away from home. I am proud to say that I did not let that stop me. As soon as I told my Mom why I had to travel, she permitted me knowing that she can’t say anything to make me not go. Hehe. I assured that I am in good hands.

Kaye and I coordinated to find me a dialysis center and we did! I brought my brother along too; he was more than happy to throw away all this plans just to join me.

I wish Kaye and I had more time together but I was adjusting to the time, the heat, my condition, and she was busy nursing her baby. The trip was was still well worth it, of course. It’s an important event in Kaye’s my *ahem* INAANAK’s *ahem* life. Kaye and I will have plenty more years to catch up. It was awesome seeing her grow her own family.

And Eve, OMG! The cutest little thing I’ve laid my eyes on in a long time.

Bless her, her parents and future siblings (? hehe) with the very best! ❤

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And she has arrived…!!!

What would you do when your bestfriend sends you something like this?

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Like any proper, sane bestfriend would react, I…. WENT HYSTERICAL!!!

Kaye and her husband Gio had been trying to get pregnant for some time and this was how she broke the news to me that God has granted them their prayers. And I cannot be any happier for them.

During Kaye’s wedding, part of my speech as her Maid of Honor was telling her other family and friends how long we’ve known each other. I had a line where I said, “from crayons, to homework, to make up, to crushes, to work and earning money, and now a husband.” Fast forward to May 2015, we’re talking about a baby – A BABY! An actual little human living and developing inside her belly! Wow!

Through the following months, she shared pictures of her growing tummy, ultrasounds, and told me stories of how she’s feeling, vitamins she’s taking, the changes that were happening to her, how the baby was kicking in the middle of the night and not making her sleep, etc.

Right after Christmas she told me that she will be admitted in the hospital the following Monday to be induced. Imagine the nervous wreck I was while in UAE and she’s all the way in Singapore.

Our conversation went understandably on and off that Monday. Then one fine skip of a heartbeat and the next, she sent me this.

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SHE’S FINALLY HERE!!!! And the mother is doing perfectly alright too!

For the record, Kaye gave birth to a healthy 3.11kg baby girl at 4:27pm on 28 December 2015 and named here EVE.

I can’t be any happier for the new parents. Current circumstances could not make me travel to Singapore but we will see each other on Eve’s Christening.

Below are some of the photos Kaye shared to me during the course of her pregnancy. Enjoy!

Congratulations to the new parents. You have great family and friends loving and supporting you both and your growing family every step of the way.

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A screenshot from the Youtube video Gio made to announce the arrival of their little angel.

 

What a difference a year can make…

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It is currently a beautiful day in December 2015 and I realized that my last entry was in November of last year. Where has the year gone???

My 2015 has been a trying year of stops and starts and each time I attempted to type an entry, some new chain of events would occur. As much as  I am proud to share that I was able to tick a few good items off my Bucket List, this year also unfortunately contains one of the biggest heartbreaks of my life, one which I am certain I will never recover from.

I started the year by having my old job back but as a regular which means better pay, better benefits, better support for my family and finally be able to start plans that I can financially commit to (Etisalat), I saw my right hand off as she goes back to the Philippines for good (Rayi), faced some long overdue heart issues, took part on a major concert featuring 6 famous Philippine bands when they performed in one of the world’s largest concert arenas (du Arena), dared to ride on the World’s Fastest Rollercoaster (Ferrari World), swam the waters of Musandam, Oman, took on the death-drop slide of Yas Waterworld, touched a real dolphin, have a photo taken infront of the World’s Tallest Tower (Burj Khalifa), made new good friends (“Pares” & “E-Friends”), made solid office friends, been awarded the Monthly Excellence Award at work twice, joined a badminton group in efforts to finally improve my health, contributed to our office t-shirt competition and won, organized a wedding and an OPMMAD event (somethings which I have not done in a while), and finally let myself experience some hotel staycations with friends.

Not bad for the year I turned 30, yeah?

Along with these “few” events, this year I was also able to tick off my Major Bucket List Item which it to experience to SCUBA.

In August, I understood why God will not agree or answer to some of my prayers.

However, miracles happen everyday and I am blessed to witness one which has unexpectedly changed my life and one which will change the life of someone dear to me (story is “arriving soon”) – all these before the end of the year.

I’ve learned and grew a lot this year. I wonder what the next year holds.

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I’ll miss you forever

Death doesn’t let you say goodbye.

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We lost our dad on August 14, 2015 and I will never get used to it. I have never prayed so hard in my life after the surgeons told us that he wouldn’t make it. We waited for them to give us a silver lining but this is the real world – there was none. Not this time. I prayed to God to bring him back but He didn’t. I later realized that sometimes God cannot agree to a prayer because had He brought him back, we would just watch him go slowly and painfully. It was his time.

I wrote this at the time of Daddy’s death.

Even at the last hour, there was nothing you asked for but our prayers. You still wanted to live. You were so full of life. You were so full of hope.

We didn’t even bid each other goodbye. That was how much we were positive that you were coming back. As much as we prayed and believed that you were going to be brought back to us, God had other plans. I don’t like it but I need to convince myself that this is all part of His plan — not to intentionally give us suffering, but to end yours before it becomes unbearable. You were never tolerant of pain. You hated hospitals and needles and wheelchairs and ventilators! But I know you have gone and fought through so much just to be with us.

I’m sorry for the times you must have felt lonely when circumstances forced us to be apart. There were so many times I wanted to drop everything I was doing just to be with you to take care of you because I know how much you hated being alone.

You will always be my hero, Dad. The one who taught me to be content with the simplest things in life for happiness can never be found in material possessions.

Thank you for raising me up to be just as stubborn as you and Mom and my brothers. You strictly told me to go to work that day and it’s that very same stubborness that made me not go — and I thank the heavens for allowing me to disobey you that last time.

I’ll wait for you in my dreams, Dad. Tell me stories of how awesome it is up there and how crazy you think are the things we do when you’re not looking.

I am blessed for God has chosen you and Mom to be my guardians in this life.

I love you and nothing and no one will ever fill this gap of missing you.

Take care, Dad. Watch over us and keep guiding us. We will see you again.

Until then, I will miss you forever. ♡

He was 56.

The DIY Christmas Series : Decor

From September to December, Kaye and I have decided to dedicate our BFF Series to the festive spirit of Christmas.

In our home country, the Philippines, Christmas is a 4- to 5-month long celebration which starts in September and being it my favorite season, I am an advocate to keep the spirit alive all year long – except for special days when tantrums and whatnots come along 😉

I love watching DIYs and love to claim that I have so many ideas in my mind. However, I must admit that DIYs are Kaye’s forte – her entry for this post and the whole of her blog site is proof enough 😉 I guess I can copy or follow if there are instructions provided but making things from scratch will take a lot of work for me. I always end up in a mess and come out with a really simple one or some times nothing! Hehe. Hey, at least I try. 🙂 I think I’m much better at organizing things and food.

Since I am aware that I’m crappy at DIYs, instead of venturing into creating something from scratch, I have decided to recycle some unused things around the house.

First off, I collected materials that I knew would come handy.

Loads of glitters! You can never have enough for such a jolly season. This picture has scissors, glue, acrylic paint, loose glitters and glitter pens.
Loads of glitters! You can never have enough for such a jolly season. This picture has scissors, glue, acrylic paint, loose glitters and glitter pens.
1 & 2 - Paint brushes and my choice of glitters (gold & silver); 3 - My choices of acrylic paint (blue, white, red)
1 & 2 – Paint brushes and my choice of glitters (gold & silver); 3 – My choices of acrylic paint (blue, white, red)

I prepared my desk by placing some water and old newspaper. Glitter and paint are never the neatest combination! 02 - prep

I wanted something which I can hang on the main door to replace that wicked chime (I dislike chimes – irritating little buggers). It took me forever to think how am I going to do such a thing. I swear I had lots of drawings in my head but landed up with this idea because I didn’t know how I would do the more difficult ones I thought of. Lol.

1. I made and printed some square patterns to create some hanging ornaments and stuck them on blue art paper; 2 - 4. I cut and folded alternatively to show both sides of white and blue; 5 - 6. Finished product, front and side view
1. I made and printed some square patterns to create some hanging ornaments and stuck them on blue art paper; 2 – 4. I cut and folded alternatively to show both sides of white and blue; 5 – 6. Finished product, front and side view
This where I will be hanging the paper ornaments. It's regular wooden frame from Ikea and I removed the pieces in the center.
This where I will be hanging the paper ornaments. It’s regular wooden frame from Ikea and I removed the pieces in the center.
Tada! I hung the ornaments with dark brown thread to make it blend with our door, decorated the sides of the frame with glitters and added a couple more ornaments made of magazine pages.
Tada! I hung the ornaments with dark brown thread to make it blend with our door, decorated the sides of the frame with glitters and added a couple more ornaments made of magazine pages.
The wicked chime! Wahaha!
The wicked chime! Wahaha!

Second and last piece.

I’m a sucker of light emitting objects especially lanterns.

We have couple of these which were bought from Ikea 3 houses ago. It was too heavy to hang so it was kept in storage since. I decided to take them out and finally make us of them :)
We have couple of these which were bought from Ikea 3 houses ago. It was too heavy to hang so it was kept in storage since. I decided to take them out, dust them off and finally make us of them 🙂

Process…

1. I realized I had to coat it in white first because when I tried directly applying the blue paint, the color was not at visible; 2. Blue as the second coat; 3. Glitters! :)
1. I realized I had to coat it in white first because when I tried directly applying the blue paint, the color was not at visible; 2. Blue as the second coat; 3. Glitters! 🙂
I did the same procedure for the other lantern, coating it red this time and adding more glitters to the lock and hinges
I did the same procedure for the other lantern, coating it red this time and adding more glitters to the lock and hinges
Final Product! Tadaaaa!!!
Final Product!
Tadaaaa!!!

14d I added more details by using glitter pens and since the glass was a little dull, I happen to have some glass paint in my possession and starting dabbing it away on each glass surface.

This is how it looks like when lit in the dark. The camera gets a blur shot but it looks wonderful.
This is how it looks like when lit in the dark. The camera gets a blur shot but it looks wonderful.

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A little behind the scene sneak peek…

I had to snack in between since I was absolutely clueless as to what I wanted to do ;p
I had to snack in between since I was absolutely clueless as to what I wanted to do ;p
It is out of habit to post a picture of a face in my blog but I just have to share her reaction. This is my niece and she loves the color blue and glitters and lights. ♥ I think she likes the outcome of my project :)
It is out of habit to post a picture of a face in my blog but I just have to share her reaction.
This is my niece and she loves the color blue and glitters and lights. ♥ I think she likes the outcome of my project 🙂