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They said….

Boys eat twice as much as girls.

Can their appetite get any bigger than this?

And… he likes to drink his milk with another bottle of water in hand.

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  • Derick started eating rice porridge at 4 months old.
  • He can finish 2 bananas in one sitting. And it’s not a seคorita banana fingerling we are talking about here.
  • He can finish a cup and a half of yogurt.
  • He eats Durian, ice cream, cake……. (well who doesn’t) ^_^
  • He eats basically anything offered to him.

All these with only four teeth, how much more when he already has a complete set of teeth?  I can’t imagine. LOL!

My obstetrician told me that it is quite normal for boys to be a few ounces bigger than girls at birth.  Why?  The reason behind is something unknown even to the medical community.  Although there are theories, but nothing conclusive and definitive yet.  One of the reasons given is the secretion of testosterone by the babies’s testicles causing mothers to eat more.

Derick was 3.4 when he came out. While Summer was only 2.9.  Summer had her real solid food when she was already 1+ old.  Derick on the other hand was given porridge by her Thai nanny at the age of 4 months saying that he would drink his way into a carton of milk… literally. He can drink up to 7 bottles of milk during the day(not to mention he drinks this together with another bottle of water in hand) while in comparison to his older sisters’ 4 at the maximum when she was his age.(we are talking about milk consumption during the day time in their nanny’s care.

Now, Derick consumes 2 to 3 bottles of milk a day with breakfast and lunch of heavy porridge and rice with soup respectively.

Share your own experiences with your children, nephews, nieces or what have you…

Leave your comments or creative responses below! ^_^


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Was there a time when your kid was like this?

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Yesterday, I was so busy doing my Saturday chores in the kitchen. I was so immersed in it that I totally forgot about my 2 little ones playing in the receiving area of the house.  When I came I saw Summer deeply engaged in writing and drawing…. “ON THE WALL!!!!!”. I was outraged. My mind was racing as to what to be angry about first, the act of vandalism or the fact that we would have to spend an unknown amount of  money just to have the walls repainted. I was about to open my mouth and getting ready for an all out rant but then when I saw how she was so into it I suddenly had the odd feeling and thought against it.  She was in deep concentration, much like a painter engrossed in their painting and entranced by the moment.

I did not want to interrupt her at that time with the fear that she might lose her “gusto” to draw.  I was holding my self, teeth gritting and just thought that I would just find another time to tell her about drawing on her sketch pad and not on the wall.

I remembered asking Summer once to “draw a face” one of our study times, she refused saying she doesn’t know how to draw one.  I did not force the issue.  So, when I saw these, I was surprised, amazed, happy, but worried by the fact that she finally drew… “ON THE WALL!!!”.

So, I took some pictures instead.

After which she told me who those drawings are. They are us.  I’m also glad that she drew faces with ears. My Psychology teacher in college told us, if you draw a face with ears, it means that you are a good listener.  Something that I am not, although I’m trying to be. LOL!

Then softly but with a stern face I reminded her that it would be nicer to draw on the paper or on her drawing pad than on the wall.  I did not put so much issue on the vandalism part because it might only make her do it more.


When you have something like this at home, how do you handle it?


Feel free to leave your comments or creative responses below! Cheers!


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As I’ve mentioned in my previous post Expat babies Travel 101 and Don’t Mess With Immigration Officers, that for Thailand-born babies to travel out of the country they need to have a passport.  Summer and Derick are no exceptions.  Summer already has gotten her Philippine passport last 2010.  Derick, on the other hand does not have yet.  Due to time and financial constraint, we were unable to procure him a passport early on. Consequently, he was unable to come with us to the Philippines last November.  My husband had to stay as well to look after him. All my boys were left to fend on their own.

So what happened?

Derick had to stay with his Thai nanny during the day while Papa goes to work.  During weekends, Papa needs to work extra to eke out the finances, Derick stayed with very helpful and generous Filipino couple Mai Mai and Martin.  Thanks a bunch to you guys.  So, this was the set up for 25 longs days.

When I finally came home, I was so sad because Derick did not recognize me right away.  It took 10 seconds of trying to make him remember me because he just looked at me for a second and looked away the next. I have to call his name again in the usual intonation and pitch I use, and did the gesture I usually do everytime I pick him up from his nanny. Oh gosh, that moment broke my heart.  I had a lump in my throat.

He eventually recognized me. I saw happiness and relief in his face. This probably explains why for the next few days, he just wanted to be held by me.  He cried everytime I’m out of sight.


Here’s a video of Derick with Martin in one of those weekends.



Were you ever been away from your child? How did you feel about it?


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My Travel List

Thailand is one of the most tourist- friendly countries in Asia. And I don’t only mean the people. The country in itself is very tourist-friendly. Thailand can be traveled with almost all modes of transportation. This country can be traveled by plane, bus or by train. You can choose which mode suits your time and budget constraint. For expat families like us we prefer to go via private transport. Road tripping is the best way to go for us! It is not always the cheapest way to go but most of us here think of the convenience it brings. Well, some might not find sitting in a car for 12 hours convenient. LOL! But, for the expats here, especially our family, prefer the privacy of our own vehicle, the comfort of being the boss and in control of ones time.

Here is a list of places my family and I are planning to travel to. They are not arranged in any particular order. Of the 10 places listed below, two of which we have already gone to.  And we are still planning of going back because it seems as if you just can get enough of these places!

1.  Koh Samui

2.  Koh Lanta

3.  Krabi               √

4.  Koh Chang

5.  Khao Sok

6.  Koh Phi Phi

7.  Koh Lipeh      √

8.  Koh Samet

9.  Koh Pangan

10.  Koh Tao


What places do you have in mind?

Leave your comments and creative responses below ^_^



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Kaoseng’s Famous Sunrise

Kaoseng’s famous sunrise, well at least to Filipino photographers in Hatyai Songkla, that is.

Kaoseng is a place in Songkla, which is a hill by the beach and where the sunrise is magnificent.  A lot of Filipino photographer’s would wake up very early in the morning, and take the 45-minute drive to Kaoseng to witness and capture the sunrise.  Their pictures have won various awards in  Pixoto is a worldwide online photography community and competition. It is a melting pot of people who are into photography both professionals and novices,  and people who just love to look at good pictures.  It is also the site to look to if one is planning to purchase pictures for personal or business purposes.

Here are 4 samples of my husband’s photos of Kaoseng Sunrise.

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Airport Security


Safety is as important as health.  It is a right, not a privilege according to Avira antivirus software.  It is the foundation with which we build security and functionality.  Otherwise, security is ruined, and functionality diminished.  I remember the movie, “The Okinawa’s Dream”.  The village in that movie has no electricity – that means no street lights, no street cameras.  But the people were safe.  Nowadays, one’s safety is threatened even during daytime.

In the past years there had been a regular occurrence of terrorism, which has enormously spread fear in every homes, every establishments, and every countries in the world. Thus the “safety first” signage in gates, bags and body inspections in malls and establishments; and finally, the strict and yet eccentric airport security check were implemented.

Speaking of airport security, I just had a very annoying experience with this in Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark Pampanga, Philippines.  I brought with me a traveler’s grooming kit.  It is as dainty as an iphone 4s.  Inside are the following;  nail cutter, nipper, nail file, tweezer, eyebrow trimmer, and pimple extractor (whatever you call it).  Upon arrival as they are made of metal, they got detected by the x-ray machine.  The male officer cordially asked for the inspection of my bag.  When he found out that it was only a grooming kit, he returned it to me.  At the domestic departure before we get to the boarding area, is yet another inspection.  The female officer saw the grooming kit.  She asked me to show it to her.  She opened it and said “ oohhh”.  She then took the nipper, nail file, and eyebrow trimmer.  She went on to explain that those three are sharp objects and they’re not allowed on board.

I was in a state of disbelief.  It already passed international inspection during my trip to the Philippines but now she’s not allowing it. Was she thinking that I might stab the people on board using the nipper??!! OMG! So ridiculous.  Well, don’t get me wrong.  I am for safety.  But what irked me was the inconsistencies with the airport officials implementing security policies.





In their suggestion box, I wrote;

I suggest that any confiscated item(s) should be named and packed individually.  And be made known to the owners that they have the option of claiming back their items in their way in or out of the country.

Where do confiscated items go to? Are they given out for donations? Or are they used for personal purposes?

I left my email address.  But up until now, I have not received any reply from them.  Could it be that it’s customary not to reply? Could it be that they are not checking their suggestion box regularly? If these are the cases, why ask for the email or why ask for suggestions?


Do you have any similar experiences? Feel free to leave your creative responses or your comments in the comment section below.


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It has been a tradition to make New Year’s Resolutions. But every year I fail to do these resolutions.  After I make the list, I totally forget about them.

For 2013, I have psyched myself up, talked to myself, and convinced myself that it’s now or never. After surviving the-end-of-the-world prophecy, I am summoning all my guts and with a 101% conviction,  intend to do the following this year.

1.  To be patient, to be patient, and to be patient.  As the saying goes patience is a virtue.  Year in and year out, I’ve always wanted to inculcate this virtue into my system.  But year in and year out I fail.  I totally acknowledge its importance.  That is why, I want to do, try everything just to make this a part of me.  Recognizing that I am short of patience, and the wanting to practice this is a good start.   I intend to practice it one day at a time.  Reward myself if I succed in a day.  Start over, if I fail.  Try and try until you succeed, as the saying goes.

2.  To shape up.  My second pregnancy to my lovable Derick has caused me an added 10kg.  With my hectic schedule, going to the gym or pool is totally impossible.  But these extra pounds are not doing any good to my esteem, health, and especially to my sex life.  If there’s a will, there’s a way.  There are other effective ways to shed off these extra pounds without going to the gym, and that’s exactly what I’m doing now!!

3.  To be an OPTIMIST.  By December 2013, I can very well tell myself that…… I am patient.  I am in great shape physically!

These are the major changes I want to happen to myself in 2013.

Whereas below are the lists of things that I will do in 2013.

1.  Work hard on my blog..

2.  Invest, invest, invest..

3.  Be more loving to my husband and kids.


QUESTION: Do you think my goals are achievable?



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