Thursday, October 22, 2015

Change is happening

For SO long all I wanted was for little miss to have a sibling. I come from a huge family and would have wanted to have a big family too-but I started having kids quite late in my adult life....

After losing our little boy last year I yearned to try for another baby when I was ready and this year it happened. I am now at 37 weeks and ready to pop anytime now! A girl again this time. As much as I miss our little angel- I am still trying to accept the surreal reality that I may actually be bringing home our baby this time. Soon. There are still some raw emotions I think which I will have to deal with when this baby comes out and as much as I am trying to just take things one thing at a time and not overthink it is difficult.

I am wondering what kind of change I would have to go through when we have another addition to the family. Surely lots of changes will happen. And ideally here are some changes I hope to achieve for the best:

*Routine- Having a daughter already start school I have had a bit of a routine going for the family for a while now. This will change and hopefully I would get to incorporate a good new routine eventually while keeping what we already have been doing. Tweaking here and there I guess especially in the beginning.

*Freedom- I've had some freedom for a while now after going on a break from the 'corporate' world in 2014. I know I will encounter a 'shock' of some sort when my recently acquired freedom will cease to exist for another 5 years. Someone will depend on me 24/7 again- clinging to me and depending on me for everything small and big. I will have to activate that extra 'sense' and mother's instinct overdrive again. It's a different extra 'sense' when there is a newborn involved, and a different one with a school age child I think. I need to be 'extra sensitive' again as a mum. If that makes sense.

*Physically- I expect to be more tired (yet again). I will have 3 people to look after, after all! And a house to keep, meals to prepare, etc! I will need to get that extra vitamin boost I think!

*Emotionally- As with all births there is an emotional and hormonal change happening immediately and sometimes not so immediate after delivery. I would have to be open to the change that would follow the physical change happening with the family. New dynamics within our family would take place and learned.

*Time Management- I hope to be able to manage my time better with a new little one. I know the mistakes I have committed when our first was born and hopefully I would have learned how to go about with better this time around! I have to think strategically and think up ways to save me precious time!

*Effort- This would be a big change. If in the past I could wing it here and there, I guess having another little person would mean I would have to be wiser in my efforts and choosing priorities.

*Priorities- Linked with everything above I would have to adjust my mindset and choose my priorities wisely. Obviously it would be good to have some sort of income coming in while I am on leave caring for the new little one, but I should have that same focus when we had our first born where I could anticipate how she was feeling even before she felt it. And I have to be ahead of the game once again.

Oh the life as a parent- as a mum! Always full of challenges, changes and planning involved!

Monday, March 02, 2015

Brazil’s Best Beach Destinations for 2015

When most people think about Brazil, Rio de Janeiro probably pops into mind first. With its alluring beaches, famous carnivals and other activities, Rio de Janeiro is a tourist favorite. However, there are several other destinations in Brazil that have just as much to offer, including nature, great food, water activities or walks on the beach.

Corumbau, Bahia, is the ideal destination for those who want to take advantage of the beautiful Brazilian beaches, but prefer a quieter and less-crowded atmosphere. This is a small fishing village that is known for its stunning sand and its clear blue water. The underwater coral formations are also popular, making this a perfect snorkeling spot. Swim with the fish and get up close and personal with the exquisite coral formations. Nature lovers will be in awe over the variety of birds that call this area home and will take full advantage of the walking trails. Since it is small, it is limited to only a few beachside hotels, but travelers will not be disappointed with what they find once they reach this beach destination.

Praia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, is another hidden gem. This destination is even more remote because visitors must take a boat or walk across the island to get to the beautiful beaches. This area is part of a protected nature reserve, perfect for those looking for a little nature and some adventure. Enjoy breathtaking views of the sand that seems to flow right into the crystal clear water and of rock formations that give a spectacular view of the beach and land below.

For those looking for a little more excitement, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, is where to find it. The locals here are very active, so guests can join in a friendly game of beach football or simply sit back and watch the action. Food and drink vendors line the road during the day, ready to serve up great local cuisine. At night, guests can head to the strip located just across the road to enjoy the lively restaurants, cafes and bars. With all the choices, there is definitely something available to please even the pickiest guest.

Taipus de Fora, Bahia, is located along the coast on the Marau peninsula. This area, which faces the Atlantic Ocean, is a great family location and a big lure for surfers. The kids can head over to the lagoons and the calmer areas to enjoy a little swimming or snorkeling. This area is known for its large coconut trees, which definitely give the beach a tropical vibe. Those looking for a little relaxation can head over to the lounging area to sit under an umbrella. This is the perfect destination for those who want water activities and beach relaxation.

Jericoacoara, Ceara, is ideal for those who want the best of both worlds. This area features a remote beach for those looking for a little peace but it’s also close to the bustling destination city, Fortaleza. Guests can relax all day on the appealing quiet beach, and then head into the city to see what the nightlife has to offer. Rock formations found at the end of the beach provide a picture perfect setting. Areas of the beach closer to town offer food and drink options, including some well-known cocktails. Be sure to try kite surfing, a popular sport in this region.

Although Brazil is known for its tropical weather and great beaches, it has so much more to offer. Take a break from your beach adventures to enjoy world-renown cuisine, famous nightlife hotspots and cultural excursions.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

the Balikbayan Route

Today I came across this Facebook Page, the Balikbayan Route and once again I missed Manila noise! There are days I think I would like to live back home again. However hubby reminds me that if we move back we wouldn't have access to what the Aus government can offer. Quality of air isn't good (especially downtown), the lifestyle is different (Manila malls vs Sydney parks). And this is in addition to the other many things to consider..................

Ok, but I tell hubby we will live in the province (if Tagaytay and Cavite is considered one!) to avoid the chaos in Manila but at the same time still be within three (!!) hours drive. Why can't life be simple and have all my loved ones in one country. Let alone one city. Big sigh. Growing up and the facts of life.

At the end of the day, we strive to give the best to our children (current and future) and hope and pray that we are happy with most of our decisions so that the journey of life will be enjoyable. C'est la vie.

Monday, February 16, 2015

It's about time! Work smarter!

Now that I relatively have time in my hands, I need to learn to work smarter and not harder! I would love love to be able to be productive, earn more and at the same time not have to sacrifice family time with overtime senseless and purpose-less work!

I suppose these three lines should be my mantra.

1. Learn to say "no". I have to learn to choose my battles, learn to choose to use my time wisely and get rid of time wasters. Time is too precious to waste doing unimportant things.

2. Just eat the frog. I think I read somewhere about "just doing it" especially hard when we are avoiding to do something important because it is hard, or uncomfortable, or just stressful. But the more we avoid doing it, the more stressful it becomes. Just like stale food left in the fridge. Take it out the minute it is not edible. Otherwise it gets more rotten ~ more smelly and just gets even more icky to remove from the fridge.

3.  More importantly, prioritise. Some things simply are not worth my time. Some tasks are senseless, leads nowhere, leaves me feeling unaccomplished even after completing it!

Ok, so I hope to achieve to work smarter and not harder, by following these mantras.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bursting with Ideas

A long time ago my mom told me I was hyperactive, just like my dad who never sits still. I thought to myself that couldn't be. I am very calm, collected and reserved. But I guess, over the years I kind of understood what my mom meant. Like my dad, I am full of ideas, bursting with new thoughts, plans, activities, business ideas, ventures, and the list goes on... forever!

I cannot imagine the life of a person running out of ideas. Sure, I hit a dead end every once in a while. By choice I stop from thinking further, but really I sometimes think I am overflowing with new things to do, accomplish and create.

Sigh. And it is very tiring. Tiring not because the ideas are running out, but tiring because I feel I don't have time to do all of these. I am a thinker. And so as much as I would like to put it all into action, there are only 24 hours in a day. One step at a time, I would like to achieve as much of my ideas into something. Sometimes I wish I didn't have to sleep to avoid running out of time to DO! But of course I need sleep in order to function the next day! As a mum this is important of course for my family to thrive!

I have endless lists. Sometimes creating a list makes me feel good because I am made to believe that I would do this one day. Go through the list and just DO IT. If only I had the time!

So, yes I guess I am a hyperactive thinker. Give me a paper and pen and I can jot a whole note-full of thoughts, doodles, scribbles and ideas. My mum was right after all (aren't they almost always!)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Get Away to Nassau, the Bahamas

If a beach getaway is your idea of a perfect vacation, you really can’t do better than Nassau Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Whether you’re looking for an exciting night out on the town, an intimate getaway, or a vacation spent lazing shoreside, this is the place to come.

Located on New Providence Island, Nassau is the most significant city in the Bahamas. It’s the largest city, the capital city, and the country’s commercial center. It’s also home to 70 percent of Bahamian people.

Nassau is beautiful, and not just because of its beaches. The city’s picturesque streets are lined with swaying palm trees and Colonial buildings with colorful facades. There are charming shops, and restaurants, pleasant parks and plenty of places to get lost and enjoy the scenery.

With a population of over 250,000 Nassau is a large, busy city, but it still maintains a laid-back vibe that makes it such an inviting place to get away from it all.


Much of the city’s relaxing atmosphere has to do with its white sand beaches, impossibly blue water and continuous ocean breezes. But just as much of it has to do with its inhabitants. Bahamians are laid-back, friendly people who love good food and good music and know how to celebrate life. Holidays and street festivals are common occurrences in the Bahamas, and celebrations of everyday events—such as a wedding—can last for days.

Nassau has a rich, complex heritage, which is evident throughout the city. From its architecture, to its art and music scene, to its cuisine, the influences of Spanish, English, American and West African cultures can be seen, heard, felt and tasted everywhere—it can be almost impossible to take everything in on one visit.


Nassau’s long and complex history makes it incredibly alluring for history buffs. The Bahamas were Columbus’s first stop in the New World. He claimed the islands for Spain, but, finding no gold, he left for shinier pastures. The islands eventually fell into British hands, and remained a British colony until the 1800s. Although they declared independence, the Bahamas have remained a British Commonwealth, and are still closely associated with England and the monarchy.

Fun facts about Nassau’s history are practically endless. This was a hideout for pirates, bandits, and others who were looking to exit the world stage. It was playground of major political players, a place of shipwrecks and pirate raids, and a place to escape from war.

The famed pirate Blackbeard once declared himself magistrate of Nassau during the days of government-sanctioned piracy. King Edward VIII of England settled in the city when he abdicated his throne to be with his true love, and rumrunners smuggled alcohol to Southern states during Prohibition.

The first Africans who came to Nassau were freed slaves. After the Revolutionary War, British Loyalists from Southern states were given land in Nassau as reparation, and they brought their slaves. Slavery was abolished by England in 1834, and by that time, three-quarters of the Bahamian population were of West African descent.

Nassau’s layered history makes it much more than a simple Caribbean getaway, and there are many historical gems to be found here for those who are willing to look.


It’s warm in the Bahamas! There are no true seasons in Nassau. Some times of year are simply a bit cooler than others. During summer months the temperature climbs into the low 90s, and humidity is high. During winter and fall months, the temperature hovers in the mid-80s, and the air is cooler and drier.

Getting Around

Nassau only a short, 190-mile plane ride, ferry ride, or cruise trip away from Miami. The city’s physical proximity to the US is part of what has connected their history for centuries.

Getting around Nassau is easy—you can rent a car, travel by cab, or see the city on a motor scooter. You can also take one of many available guided tours.


Visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodations. Whether you want to stay in a 5-star luxury resort, a private bungalow for two, or something in between, you’ll find the perfect place here.

Things to Do

Heritage Museum: This museum features an abundant collection of historical odd and ends and offers a thought-provoking look into the history of the Bahamas from the 1500s to the end of WWII. It’s a favorite stop among history buffs, and well worth the trip.

Blue Lagoon Island: Often called “the real Bahamas,” Blue Lagoon Island is a beautiful privately owned beach that’s perfect for family outings.

The Cloisters Nassau

The Cloisters Nassau is something of a hidden gem in Nassau, and offers visitors a chance to experience Old World European architecture in a serene subtropical setting. Built in the 1400s, these monastery ruins were brought from France, to the US, to Nassau. The architecture is a must-see, and the view of Nassau is incredible. This is an ideal place for a stroll, a picnic, or some quiet reflection.

Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center

Ardastra’s natural setting makes visitors feel as though they are trekking through the jungle, rather than visiting a zoo. The gardens are lush and beautiful, and there are plenty of opportunities to see tropical wildlife up close in its natural habitat.

The big 4-0

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