Hey! How’s everyone doing? How’s the pandemic treating you? I’m writing this down at 3:41 on a Saturday morning (although in my work hours, it’s 2:41 PM central time on a Friday) after 3 quick months of grueling schedule in my home/work life! Man, those 3 months just really flew me by! I’ve been working, and studying, and taking care of our household, helping Mahal with the biz, and of course, being a mother to an almost 5-year-old boy who still has a very irregular body clock just like his mom! LOL! I’ll probably be babbling a bit at first about how tired I’ve been, how I’ve just gone through a week of depression towards the end of this 3-month-work-study-life marathon; how I thought I was acing this pandemic because for the most part, I’ve been grateful for the boatload of work and opportunities coming in; that I really don’t have the right to be sad because I am still VERY blessed. We are still alive, healthy, productive, and living good lives considering the world situation we are in. And after those 3 months of being on blogging hiatus, I feel like I’ve just come up for air… I’m starting to feel alive again; I’m starting to make new plans for the future… Anyway, let me breathe a little here and give you an overview as to what’s been happening to me the past 3 months that I haven’t had the time to blog here. So here are my updates…Continue reading
I’ve been seeing posts about Through Night and Day starring Alessandra de Rossi and Paolo Contis on Facebook. I rarely watch Tagalog movies these days but when I saw their faces on Netflix, I got curious long before all these Facebook posts about it cropped up. So I watched it, by myself, around 1am last week or so as I was relaxing in between shifts at work. I knew it would be a tearjerker and I was craving for a good cry.
I’ve forgotten all about it until Lorelei, a Facebook friend, asked me if I’ve already watched it coz she’s waiting for me to post about it. I said yes but I chose not to say anything about it coz it got me depressed. Now, all the emotions are flooding back… so now I need to blog about it…
You see, with all this pandemic going on, my life now revolves around my family and my work (oh, and food! lol!) No more time to travel even if I want to, no more time to spend chatting with the small group of friends I have left coz I’ve been accepting online work left & right, no more time to just really sit down with Mahal and talk about us because he’s so busy too with mushrooms, and the last few times we did get to talk about us, it ended up with a breakup… which lasted for a minute or two… but it broke my heart into a million tiny pieces, and even as I write this, I’m still actually healing from those few moments that he wanted to leave me because of uncomfortable issues that keep cropping up between us. We managed to overcome that big tiny hiccup (ang ironic noh? big pero tiny..) but yeah, I needed a good cry….
This was circa 2009! My online moniker then was Sexy Nomad and I got invited by TV 5 to cook on air at their late-night TV show “How Bout Your Place Tonight?” So many fun memories here! I remember taping this after the segment with Ryan Agoncillo while his wife Juday was just watching the taping of his hubby with me.
Good thing I was able to keep a copy by recording the TV show when it aired. Today, I just suddenly thought of putting it up here and on my Youtube Channel for posterity’s sake. After all, as the saying goes, you can never reach your life’s destination if you don’t know how to look back at where you came from. And this is one way of taking a look back at who I was before. Maybe, I’ll slowly upload to my Youtube channel those old videos I have of my TV stints before.
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I took this video the day after I was almost done editing the Real Talk video I did last time. And all I can say is, I salute all single parents out there, especially those who raise their kids with no help whatsoever from helpers and relatives. It is quite rare that I get to be alone with Tuz since Mahal and I are together for the most part of our relationship. But on those days that he is not with us, I can really feel the stress that comes from being a single mom even if we only have one kid!
Tuz is 4 years old now and is so hyperactive (as you will see on the video later) and this is just 1/10 of how he truly is when there’s no camera around taking a peek at our home life.
It started out as a happy video with Tuz being his normal makulit self, then I got irritated, then angry, Tuz cried a bit, then we were friends again with him showing his genius side (naks!)… Then it starts all over again… 24/7! Lol!
Without further ado, here’s what happened…
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Mahal and I just saw the very entertaining and funny vlog of two of our customers where MUSIGA (Mushroom Sili Garlic paste), one of our Tuscany Highlands products, was featured on their Mukbang Youtube video. The beautiful, talented, and funny vloggers are Jeanmay and Julianne. They’re the two lovely daughters of Cherry Mae Roa, my former high school batchmate from Lourdes College High School here in Cagayan de Oro City, who recently bought 2 variants of our MUSIGA — mild spicy and sweet & spicy!
In their mukbang video, the two pretty ladies ate different kinds of food. They had Kimchi Rice, Kimbap, Kimchi, Cheese & Scrambled Eggs, Pancit Canton, Soju, and our MUSIGA. Out of all the food they had, we’re super glad they liked our Musiga too! According to them, it added the much-needed flavor to what they were eating. We’re so happy! Muuaaahhhh!!! (^_^)
I was really delighted when Cherry told me last week that her daughters are going to feature our MUSIGA product on their Youtube Channel! And now it’s here! Thank you so much my dears!!! Watch their vlog, like, and subscribe —> Jeanmay and Julianne
I just recently learned about this trick and I’m just excited to share it with you especially to moms like me who only have one phone and that phone is constantly being used by the child for watching Youtube educational videos and interactive games (don’t bash me! Lol!)
It was just so freeing when I first learned about this, and how coincidental it is that it’s Independence Day today. Coz before, I used to step out of my office, go to my son, “beg” him to let me use “his” phone just so I can update my Instagram account! (I really need to buy a new phone or have the busted one repaired — waahhhh!). Anyway, it’s just so freeing to learn about this. I can hop from one tab to the next and in an instant, I’ve already updated my Instagram on my laptop without having to get my phone. I know there are apps you can use like Planoly for example or Hootsuite but I just find this so much easier for uploading on a whim, right here, right now, when you’re already in front of your computer.
BUT BEFORE THAT:
To dear parents, are you enrolling your kids in school this year? Or are you homeschooling them? Homeschooling in the Philippines is not yet a common thing but because of this pandemic, it seems to be the only right choice to do to protect the health of our children. If company employees are adapting a work-from-home situation, then why not homeschool as well?
And so, I’m just so excited to share this video intended for parents living in the Philippines who are worried about their kids either missing a year of schooling due to the pandemic or efforting to homeschool their kids who used to be enrolled in either public or private schools, more so those who have lost their budget for private school tuition fees. There’s a hack that you can do that won’t cost you a lot of money, it can actually even be free! Continue reading
THIS IS AS REAL AS I CAN GET! This was an unplanned rant and rave video. I was testing a camera app I downloaded to my 7-year old Samsung Note 3 which I also had repaired and this was the unexpected result of that test. Pardon all my fats, pls! Lol!
I also realized how verbose I can be! I never knew myself to be this talkative! I can go on months without talking to someone (yep, introvert here) but once I start talking with no one trying to stop me, I can go on, and on, and on.. hahaha! THIS IS ME IN THE MIDST OF THIS PANDEMIC! How about you??? How are you???
Anyway, here are the links of the topics mentioned in my monologue.
I’ve mentioned in my previous blog post that “the month of May has been nothing but awesome”. Well, aside from getting featured on two big-time online publications (Wiki.EzVid.com and Connected Women), this is also the month that our Oyster Mushroom Cultivation Online Training Program has begun to soar! This is aside from the fact that we have been selling fresh mushroom harvests, fruiting bags, spawns, starter kits, Musiga and other mushroom products.
But first things first. Let’s talk about Tuscany Highlands’ Oyster Mushroom Cultivation Online Training Program. I’ll start with a bit of an overview and how we have progressed from doing hands-on during pre-Covid times to going online after the pandemic was announced. Then at the end of this blog post, I’ll give you the details of our Oyster Mushroom Online Training Program. So if any of you reading this would want to be oyster mushroom growers in the near future, you may do so even if you’re just at the comforts of your own home.
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The month of May has been nothing but awesome for me and I’ll tell you 2 reasons why. I still have so many things to celebrate about this month which I’ll tell you before this month ends, but for now, here are two things that really got my heart racing! (I may be a little vain but hey, this doesn’t happen every day to everyone, so God, thank you for this honor!!!)
Here they are…
I think this is the hardest time in recent history for all kinds of moms out there —> for moms who are forced to be at home with their children 24/7, especially school-aged ones; moms who are forced to be away from their grown-up children because of the quarantines and lockdowns; moms who are pregnant and about to give birth and are scared of finding themselves giving birth in overcrowded hospitals; moms with babies, with sickly children, with big kids, with teenagers… basically all kinds of moms.
The pandemic has placed us all in situations that are new to many of us, and for this reason, I salute all moms out there. There is a saying that goes “I can imagine no heroism greater than motherhood.” by Lance Conrad, The Price of Creation, and I do think it’s true.
Just the other day, Mahal jokingly asked me: “So, where to this Mother’s Day?” I just laughed! Of course, there is no other place to go but to stay home. Whether you celebrate Mother’s Day in the kitchen, in the bedroom, the living room, the bathroom (LOL)… staying home is still the safest place to be in this time of the pandemic. Though some quarantines have been eased in some parts of the country (like in Cagayan de Oro City, some malls have already opened, to the dismay of many residents), it still feels unsafe to do any kind of celebration outside. So we must stay at home. What can we do to celebrate this special day? I have listed a few things I would love to do as I celebrate my special day as a mother. Feel free to add more as you see fit in your situation.