Friday, January 24, 2014

Packing Woes

My family and I rarely go on trips, and if we do, I do all the packing for me and the kids.  We are going to Subic this Saturday for the Subic Marathon with my cousins.  No, I am not going to run, but will be with my kids in the hotel to relax.

I've started to pack and frankly, I do not hate packing.  I don't have a very good system, but I am the type to overpack, rather than the light packer.  I pack my sons' things separately.  They have their own backpacks. When they were younger, I pack all of our things in one big bag, but now that they're older, it's nice to have them be responsible for their things for a change.

I put all their clothes in a plastic bag before putting them inside their backpacks.  This way, it doesn't look too cluttered.  The plastic bag will then be used after when their clothes are all dirty.

These are the things I packed for an overnight trip:

  • 2 shirts
  • 1 shorts
  • swimming trunks ( for when they want to swim)
  • pajamas
  • 2 undies
  • bathrobe/towel
  • hankies/face towel

I also pack their small bags which carry their car essentials like their mp3 players, headphones, candies, hankies, etc.

Of course, we also need to bring toiletries.  I usually reuse the kit that came from my hospital stays.  The bag that comes with it is made of plastic so it's a little waterproof.  There's:

  • toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • soap (Dove for Anton because he's allergic to anything else)
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • feminine wash
  • comb

I also bring medicines like Biogesic for fever, and Dialix for Anton's allergies.  I also have plastic bags in my own small bag so whenever the kids feel like barfing from the long car drive, I'm ready! One of the most important items now are chargers! I have to remember to bring our gadget chargers.

Food and drinks are also essential with a long drive like this.  I usually bring biscuits, sandwiches, and water or the kids' fave drinks

For tips on packing, you may read these:

How to Pack Light by Travelista
Packing Smart by Rick Steves

Watch this video from Heathrow.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Panchito's Birthday Party at Shakey's

My nephew Panchito celebrated his 7th birthday at Shakey's Quezon Ave yesterday, January 19.  It was a nice venue for a kid's party because there was like a mini arcade.  All guests (kids) got 5 tokens for playing.  The food were overflowing that people came for seconds!  There was a magician and a balloon twister, too! Here's us:

Hope you had a blast, Panchito! Happy birthday!

Friday, January 03, 2014

My Kids' Achievements

My kids are growing up smart. They all have achievements of their own and I am very proud of each and everyone of them.

Anea, who is now in 2nd year college at St. Scholastica's College (B. S. IT), has been in the Dean's List and Honors' Circle since she started. 

Anton, who is in the star section since they transferred to St. Mary's, is also in the Top. His highest rank was first quarter of this school year, where he placed third in all of the 7th years. Second quarter, he was 4th. 

Dale, who we thought would have a hard time when he's in high school already, improved so much he no longer have line of 7's in his report card and has been in the Top of his class. This second quarter, he even placed 3rd in his class. 

During the awarding ceremonies, my sons gave me letters of thanks and flowers. Both were very sweet and thoughtful. 

I never did anything to make all my kids smart or whatever. I guess all I did was tell them horror stories of what they will be in the future if they don't get good grades. I guess it's effective. Hehehe. 

Halloween 2013

This is a super late post! Hahaha! Anyway, party on as usual during Halloween. Although, I was so tired fixing up the place that I don't think I can do it again next time. :(

Mom and I bought some small things for prizes, and the kids helped me with the games. Food was pika-pika and potluck. It was a good night!


My kids and I ate out during Christmas dinner. We decided on namnam because they haven't tried it yet. 

Anea and Tony ordered the Breakfast Rice, Dale got the Peking Fried Chicken (of course), and I ordered the Tokwa't Baboy and Salad. 

When our orders arrived, I was shocked at the Breakfast rice because, it was just, well, rice. Hahahaha! I thought they ordered something with viand on. But they said that the rice already does. Bacon! So that's why they ordered that. 

The food tasted great. The service was good. The children and I were all full after, we didn't have space left for dessert. 

We'll definitely go and eat there again in the future. :)

2013 and 2014

2013 has been a dull year for me. All I did was have my dialysis treatments, go home, laze around, play on my tablet or phone, bond with the kids, and then sleep. All day long.

I wanted to go on trips, but I can't. I can't afford to go on trips. Financially, and physically. 

My usual fights with the husband has taken a toll on me. It's all about the money money money, of course. I get it. Dialysis is expensive, but what does he want me to do? Oh well. 

So that gave me the idea to be more productive. I started thinking about what I can do during my unproductive days. My tools are my tablet and phone. My laptop, is, well, busted for now. I asked Mom for a computer, and she said yes. So, I will have me own pc in my own room this 2014. Now I have a tablet, phone, and pc as tools. 

I also wanted to be more active in writing on the blog again. I have two. This one and, my advocacy blog. 

I plan to put my "adventures" in dialysis and kidney failure here. :)) will start by taking pictures and videos of the procedures during my dialysis sessions. 

I don't think I'm the right person to talk about a dialysis patient's nutrition coz I hardly ever follow the doctors and nutritionists about it. :)) but maybe I can try to include some articles from other sites. 

I could, however, tell everyone about how expensive dialysis treatments can be, and how it affects everything from your family life to your emotional well-being. 

Aside from those, well I plan to try being active in the kitchen. I rarely cook, so I want to change that. I hope I could. 

I also want to read more. I stopped reading for no reason but laziness. I started already by buying Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book and finished it already. 

I also plan to donate or sell books that I have finished reading so it will not accumulate dust on the shelves. 

These are my simple plans for 2014. Simple, but I think can contribute to a better me. Let's all pray that I can accomplish all these. 

Lesson learned for 2013:

Look back. How else will you see how far you've come?

Best of luck and God's blessings,