Wednesday, August 21, 2013

[zei the MOM] A birthday prayer for our Zia

Before this very special day ends, I'd like to share this prayer I made for our daughter Zia on her 2nd birthday. I tried searching the net for a prayer that suits our little girl, but everything seemed like it wasn't the right fit. So if you're reading it, please say a little prayer for our little girl too.

Dear Lord,

Today is another special day for Zia as she turns another year older. We thank you for giving us this day to celebrate her, our most special blessing and the source of our joy. When we look into her eyes and see her toothy smile, we are reminded of how much You have showered our lives with love and happiness. Please always watch over her and touch her with Your loving embrace each and everyday. We pray that she grows to be a good girl with a good heart who finds happiness in the littlest of things -- that she grows in faith and love. Oh Lord, we ask that You always guide her and keep her safe and healthy, away from any danger and harm. We ask that you bless her with a joyful heart that will find a reason to smile everyday. Again Dear Lord, we are grateful for Zia each and everyday and we promise to be our very best for her always and forever.


Zia may not have had a cake or candle to blow because of the circumstances of the past days, but I'm pretty confident, the little girl has a happy heart, not just for her birthday, but for always -- and we're gonna make sure she'll have exactly that all her days.

[zei the MOM] Our Zia is 2 today!

The weather has been gloomy for the past 3 days but nothing could ever rain on our parade today because today we celebrate 2 wonderful and lovely years of our baby girl Zia. Here's a video mommy made for you. :)

Create a birthday video at Animoto

And as the video says, albeit super quick and not readable. We love you forever to wherever and back. Happy 2nd birthday little sweetheart! We're so lucky and blessed to have you. :) Here are some pictures from our early morning surprise for the birthday princess. :)

Here's my DIY buntings just to liven up Zia's playroom. The Zia buntings were from Zia's baptismal reception, so its got quite a sentimental value
The little girl woke up early so we couldn't keep her from her surprises. The big box contains our gift bike to replace her old one which is quite rickety already
Had to dress her up for some decent bday pics. Here she is realizing that she has her own big little car.
The little princess riding her new cozy coupe from Little Tikes

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

[zei on home deco & design] Ikea wishlist

Because work has been suspended for 2 days now and I'm just here at home, I had time to scan other nice-to-haves for our home. Of course, I check the Ikea site first and Mandaue Foam after -- two of my faves. :) 
Since Zia already has quite a collection of books, I was thinking of getting a display shelf to put in our TV/playroom.

The Lerberg shelf in white would look perfect in our TV room -- Just need some knick knacks to pretty it up.
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 I also stumbled upon this lovely lovely table lamp -- the Stranne LED light table lamp. It looks so Christmas-y and I love it. Kinda pricey though, but too pretty for me not to have it at some point in my lifetime. Hope someone gives it to me as a gift. Haha. :)

Anyway, hope you're all safe and dry. Have a happy Tuesday despite the gloomy weather. :)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

[zei on career & passion] The incidental traveler

A lovely ice creamery in Dumaguete. Loving the colorful tile mosaic.
I've been meaning to write, but it seems like June and July have been quite busy months. So here I am again, back to writing in my personal blog. Sorry for the erratic posts. Anyway, the past weekends have been busy because I've been going out of town for work and it actually got me thinking of the many places I've been to because of work. 

You see, I've never been one of those who've put traveling on top of their bucket list. When I travel, I'm happy, but that's that. My savings when I was single just went to shopping and my savings now that I have a family are mostly for the home and a bit of shopping still, none really saved up for traveling. But actually, I thought about it and if there are travel junkies, there are people like me who are incidental travelers. I travel because I have to, but I enjoy it nonetheless. Come to think of it, I've been to a lot of places, mostly within the Philippines. Allow me list the provinces and countries I've been to:

A - Albay
B - Bacolod, Bukidnon, Bicol, Baguio, Bohol, Batangas
C - Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Camarines sur, Cotabato, CHINA
D - Davao, Dumaguete, Dipolog, Dapitan
E -
F -
G - General Santos
I - Iloilo, Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Iligan, INDONESIA
J -
L - Laoag, La Union, Legazpi, Laguna
M -
N - Naga
O -
P - Pampanga
Q -
R -
S - Samar, Subic, SINGAPORE
T - Tuguegarao, Tacloban, Tarlac, THAILAND
U -
V - Vigan
W -
X -
Y -
Z - Zamboanga

I'm not much of an adventure seeker either, but I've gone white water rafting in CDO, caving in Callao caves in Tuguegarao, visited the windmills of Bangui and climbed the bell tower somewhere near by, said hello to the Chocolate hills and Mayon, visited the Maria Cristina falls and the Rizal shrine and tasted the best of each of the places listed above and I am very thankful. So I may not have traveling on my to-do list and I may just be an incidental traveler, but I am grateful for every experience and for the chance to appreciate all the beauty that's actually all around. :) I'm flying to Bangkok tomorrow for work and I'm looking forward to another couple of days of new learning and life experiences. Have a happy Sunday!

Me taking a photo of the lovely interiors of one of Terminal 21's powder rooms in Bangkok

Sunday, May 12, 2013

[Zei the MOM] Mother's Day 2013 roundup

Today is a special day for Filipinos, more than any other race, I think. It's Mother's Day and being the highly matriarchal society we are, today is also known as the day malls are filled to the brim and restaurant waiting lines will test your patience. And because it's a happy occasion and it's also my day, here's just a round up of  my 2013 Mother's Day weekend.

Like I said, I knew the malls would be crazy on the real day, I decided to celebrate Mother's Day with my mom a day earlier. I surprised her with a breakfast at this quaint and lovely restaurant in Marikina called Rustic Mornings. I think my surprise went well cause it made my mom cry very happy and grateful tears. Here are a few photos from our advanced Mother's Day breakfast.

Bouquet of white spider flowers with baby's breath and giant card for motherdear

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Zia appreciating the homey ambiance of Rustic Mornings

With my parents
 My Mother's Day surprise for my mom was a big check. :)

Though for some, Mother's Day may not be a legit occasion, my family thinks otherwise. :) Just check out what I got for Mother's Day. I guess they think I'm doing something right as a mom to our sweetheart Zia judging from what I got. :) I got a tablet and the biggest bouquet of sunflowers I've ever seen. :) Totally love it. :)
Pretty sunflowers from the husband and Samsung Tab from the parents

 And because I feel in my heart of hearts that I deserve to reward myself today too, I shopped. :) Not the usual spree in Forever 21 or hoarding in Payless, but the happier type of shopping in my alternate world, home stores like Dimensione and Mandaue Foam. :)

White Hi-gloss bedside table from Mandaue Foam

Accent pillows also from Mandaue Foam
Shopping and gifts aside though, today is a very special day because of the best gift I've ever received in my life - and that's our daughter Zia. My first Mother's Day with her was in 2011 when she was just in the utero - little did I know then how wonderful (really) and rewarding motherhood is. Now, on my 3rd Mother's Day, I know life will just keep getting happier because of our daughter. And if there's only one role in my life I'd ever want to really succeed in, that would be being Zia's mom. :) Funny how I never liked having a kid when I was younger (thought I'd grow up an old maid) and now that I'm a mom to this darling daughter, I actually can't imagine my life without her. :)

Today, before I sleep, I thank the Lord for making me Zia's mom and of course, I also want to thank my husband whom I love very much, who gave me the greatest blessing in our life - our daughter.

To all moms, you are all wonderful and I feel so lucky to be one of you. Happy happy Mother's Day! 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

[Zei the Charmed One] Do you know Mary of the Broom?

Happy  Saturday everyone! It's a been a while, hopefully I get more time to blog again, even if it's just for the weekend. 

Anyway, have you guys heard of Mary of the broom or Our Lady of the Broom? I first heard of her during one of my retreats with my organization back in college and I that's where I also got the nickname Little Broom from my Ictus friends.

Mary of the broom is of course, Mother Mary, but this image of her isn't about her being the queen of Heaven or her Immaculate conception - it's actually Mother Mary in her most human image possible - it's Mother Mary as the homemaker, the doting mother and the loving wife. Here's a novena to Our Lady of the broom I got from a mommy blog so you get to know her better.

Our Lady of the Broom
By J. G. Shaw

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The large and lovely lessons
You taught with little breath
In the liturgy of the hour
In the house at Nazareth
Are such fantastic simple things
That mortals may presume
To call the Queen of Seraphim
Our Lady of the Broom.
For you who rule the angels
Built up our legacy
By living a life of little things
That we do every day.
You cooked, cleaned, washed and mended,
Scrubbed the kitchen floor,
Teaching a world the woman’s way
To worship and adore.
How beautifully you taught us
Where all perfection lies
By seeing all salvation in
The work before your eyes,
Immensity in little space
The world in the humble room
You swept and kept and cared for,
Our Lady of the Broom.

I think this image of Mother Mary fascinates me because I've always believed in the power of the little (good) things. It could be little good deeds everyday, little pretty details that turn things into beautiful ones. So what Mary of the broom wants to teach us is that there is GREAT value in the little things. Others might not see it, but I'm pretty sure the Lord sees it. 

So there, that's my Saturday post folks! Do a good deed or two today and make someone happy. :)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

[Zei the Mom] Fast and cutesy

I found out recently that Zia is quite fond of playing with her one and only car - a plastic race car we got as a giveaway from a kiddie party we attended. And since I love buying Zia toys, I decided to upgrade her toy car to something more girly. Didn't know that toy care shopping could be fun too, especially since they now have lots of options for girls too when it comes to cars. :) Here's what I got her. :)

And because it seems that Zia is enjoying her new toy cars, I'm now on the lookout for these cute Sugar Rush Race Vehicles from the movie Wreck-it-Ralph. So cute and spunky, just like the little girl. :) All photos are from :) They're not super big but quite bigger than matchboxes so the size if perfect for small hands. Hope to find them in stores soon. :)

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

[Zei the Foodie] French Fries, IMY!

For this year's Lenten season, I made a courageous move to give up my ever happy food, French Fries. Yup, all fries are covered from Potato Corner, McDo Fries, Jolly Fries, Crazy Fries to the yummy country style fries from our office cafe. I've been doing well since Ash Wednesday, but the airing of McDonalds' new TVC isn't really helping. 

Parang nakakaloko lang!?

Ang sarap!! Will definitely include French Fries to our Easter Sunday feast. :) Anyway, to those of you who didn't decide to choose Fries as your Lenten sacrifice, please take a hint from Nonito Donaire and keep your eyes on your Fries!

IMY, French Fries!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

[Zei the charmed one] Living Habit 7

I haven't written much, but after having attended the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People workshop - this is me taking an active role in Sharpening the Saw (Habit 7) which in a nutshell for me is doing things that will help you become self-actualized - which will in turn, of course, mold you into becoming the best version of yourself in the workplace and in your personal life. :) So yes, long introduction and all, I am back to blogging/writing. :)

After the workshop our company also had a kickoff in the beautiful island of Boracay (maybe another post on that) and I'd like to share with you one of the things that stuck to my mind. One of the videos we watched had this written - LIFE is a do-it-yourself project.

The concept is actually simple, but being able to do it - that's the profound thing. Being a self-proclaimed DIY girl, this quote about life was really beautiful for me. I could totally relate to it. I've always been guilty of advising people that if it's meant to be, it will happen, but maybe a better mindset to adopt is this, if you want it, then make it happen. :) Easier said than done, I know, but it's definitely worth a good try. 

Today and hopefully moving forward, I will be more empowered to do the things I want and to make things happen for me in all my roles in life. So looking forward to LIFE!!! For this blessed Sunday, let me leave you with a beautiful video. As they say, you only have 1 life to live, make it beautiful.