Raising A Bookworm Part 2

My goal of Raising A Bookworm is moving along as Baby Bear can now graduate from watching the Leap Frog Letter Factory DVD already. She knows the sounds of all the letters except for ‘G’ and ‘J’. She interchanges them, so we are focusing on these 2. She also memorizes the movie already and it’s quite evident whenever she does the actions just milliseconds before it occurs in the movie. I am still amazed at how sharp her memory is. Hopefully she doesn’t inherit my poor memory. Anyhoo, all this signals to me is that it’s time to graduate Baby Bear and move on to the next lesson.

The next step is to encourage them to read words by blending the sounds. Again, Leap Frog to the rescue! The next movie in the series introduces words in a story form and more importantly, via song! The best way to get our kids’ attention! 🙂 The Leap Frog Talking Words Factory focuses on how words are built. The Professor uses the help of the Word Builder Machine in forming words. Baby Bear learned about the concept of rhyming words here. (CAT, HAT, BAT) 🙂

It also introduces the concept of Vowels and how they are the glue that forms words. Below is the clip on Vowels: The Sticky Letters

Again, I supplement the movie with toys or books in order to help her see how it also applies to other aspects. I try to prepare her toys that are featured. (i.e. toy CAT, her white HAT, and BAT decor I used during Halloween) 🙂

I also support the lesson with books. As I stated in my Raising A Bookworm post, always try to find the best book that will be able to teach the most efficiently. Clean drawings and singular thoughts per page as much as possible like the ones below.

cat - hat
cat – hat
Hat on Cat
Hat on Cat

Of course, the best way to learn is still via real life application. Sometimes after our teaching sessions, we get her hat and go down to the lobby and count the stray cats hahaha. 😀

Seriously though, I can’t wait for the day that Baby Bear can actually read. I bet it would be so exciting. When that day comes, I might just cry tears of joy! 🙂

Do join me in this journey of mine with Baby Bear. Bookworms Unite! 🙂

Meet and Greet Santa

I want Baby Bear to meet Santa Claus. I wonder how she’ll react? 🙂 She knows Santa via this video.


How about you? Want your kids to meet Santa, too? Or in my case, just have a pic taken with him since Baby Bear can’t tell Santa what she wants for Christmas yet… 🙂

See y’all at Rustan’s! 🙂

Rustans' Santa
Rustan’s Santa

Me In A Hundred Nutshells – Part 3

The Last of the Mohicans… 😛

61.) I am directionally challenged. Lost cause!

62.) I am sooper lactose-intolerant. Just a spoonful of milk will send me to the toilets. (Sorry, TMI!)

63.) I am currently renovating our place and don’t know squat about electrical wiring, pipings, drainage, tiling and stuff…

64.) … neither do I know much about fabrics, fabrics. My face goes blank when my interior designer discusses it with me.

65.) I am always the last person to finish eating. I eat a lot, I eat slow, and I love talking while eating.

66.) I am afraid of the doctor. I am a wuss with needles. I have low tolerance for pain.

67.) I had the chicken pox when I was young. It was the best 2 weeks of my life. The whole family had it all at the same time so we were all cooped up in 1 room doing things together… united by a common dislike of the splotchy, itchy skin feel we were all going through.

68.) I’m a plain jane — I love plain vanilla ice cream, I wear my hair down only, I don’t experiment much with fashion, I love plain colors and I always play safe. Good thing I have close friends who make sure they bring color into my life.

69.) Some of my crazy adventures involve tobogganing down the Great Wall of China and bungee jumping over some mountain near China. But the craziest of all was getting caught sneaking out of our retreat house in high school… we were caught by dogs set loose by the guards and by flash lights streaming on our criminal faces.

great wall of china
great wall of china

70.) I believe that everything, even every little thing, though may come across as insignificant or innocuous… actually happens for a reason. It’s all part of one great big master plan.

71.) I hope that when I die, I leave a legacy behind.

The End. Less than a hundred to protect my secret identity… and more importantly, stopping myself from boring all of you! 🙂 Hope this somehow gave you a glimpse as to who Startupbabies is. Thanks again for all your support. Enjoy the rest of your Sundays and hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

Me In A Hundred Nutshells Part 2

Hi there, you guys, still there? LOL 😀

And the countdown continues to number…

37.) The coldest place I’ve been to is Harbin… and it’s freakin’ cold! I just kept crying as we attempted to go skiing down the mountain slope because I thought all my toes and fingers were coming off. I’ve sworn off places with temperatures below 10 degrees ever since then.

38.) Contrary to #37 though, I do want to experience a “white Christmas” and do all the things they do in the movies such as hang out by the fireplace sipping egg nogs and singing Christmas carols while waiting for the first few drops of snow.

39.) I could spend a whole day reading a novel. (Not anymore, now with a baby!) ;P

40.) I want to swim again with the butandings in Donsol!

41.) I got my eyes lasered early this year and my vision now stands at 20-15! It truly is the greatest gift to wake up in the morning and see the world with such clarity and color.

42.) I plan to spend my birthday next year with orphans. (Bad, I can’t believe I haven’t done this, must do this soon!)

43.) I have a snow globe collection. The most recent addition to my collection is that of the Empire State Building with Frank Sinatra singing “New York, New York!”.

44.) I’ve always wanted to visit Machu Pichu ever since I first read about it in Rin Tin Tin‘s Adventures.

45.) When I was young, I wanted to be a model because I wanted to get free clothes.

46.) I like my clothes “Downie-d”!!! Ironically, I was the brand manager for DEL before.

47.) I have my iPod on speakers almost the whole day even while I’m taking a bath and while I’m sleeping. (Again, not anymore!) 😛

48.) Unlike my mom, I’m not good at shopping. I’m so lazy to go through the clothes on the rack. That’s why they invented good windows displays, it’s for lazy people like me. 😛

49.) I work best under time pressure. Cramming is a craft I learned from high school. (Not proud of it!)

50.) I’m organized and I like having lists. It’s quite OC, but hey, these lists keep me going everyday.

51.) Not many people know it, but I was an active officer during my college days. I have won a very much-coveted leadership award for outstanding officer during that time. I believe it has shaped me to be who I am today with my constant, fervent drive for success.

52.) I have had 4 loves in my life and have no regrets with any one of them. (okay, maybe with the second one :P)

53.) My first dog’s name was POLKA, but he was a black-and-white striped dog… the only circles were his eyes.

54.) My favorite number has always been 4, but they say it’s bad luck in Chinese because it means death. So for Feng Shui‘s sake, my favorite number is now 8. 🙂

55.) My favorite day of the week is Thursday. It’s not the beginning or the end of the week and neither is it the middle of the week, it’s somewhere in between.

56.) If I were to get stuck on an elevator with someone, it would have to be with some star. Not because I’m star-struck but it would be nice to know how normal their life really is.

57.) One bad habit of mine is nail-biting when I am nervous.

58.) I know I sound backward, but I would like to buy a polaroid sometime in the near future.

59.) I once joined a bazaar in college and made 20k in profits for 2 days work… not bad!

60.) I can do productive work while listening to my sounds, but for some reason, I can’t digest the pocket-book I’m reading if I have my tunes in the background… go figure!


last installment soon! 🙂

Me in a Hundred Nutshells Part 1

Again, this post was from my first blog 4 years ago, over at my personal multiply account, which is being deleted, as I write 🙂

The title is ME IN A HUNDRED NUTSHELLS but obviously, I can’t write the full list here since I wish to remain anonymous… so it’ll be close to a hundred, I think. Will also blog this in 3 parts so that it won’t be so full of me in 1 sitting. 😛 I might risk alienating you all after this, hahaha 🙂 Hope this gives you a bit of a glimpse as to who I was, who I am now and who I want to be.

1.) I was born on the 3rd of ___, 5:50 P.M. Incidentally, my fiancee was also born on the same day but at 12:02 A.M.

2.) I am currently 102 lbs. I’m underweight for my height but I need to go on a diet because of high cholesterol (blame it on heredity).

3.) I love the color blue in general… but love wearing pink, red, and white.

4.) I wear earrings everyday because the holes in my ear close if I don’t.

5.) Yes, yes my eyes are sooper small but it doesn’t mean I view life in “laser vision” mode…

6.) …neither do I see people or things in half when my eyes smile!!!

7.) I can be gregarious and the life of the party WHEN I WANT TO BE.

8.) I always go for the underdog, unless the underdog has the majority following, then I go for the minority. Just to keep things balanced in my own little way. Teeheehee! 😀

9.) My favorite movies of all time are: Cinema Paradiso, Meet Joe Black, Stranger than Fiction, Roman Holiday and Thank You For Smoking.

10.) I loooooove Chilli’s Mash Potato, Gambas, Wagyu, Shawarma and Siomai in XO Sauce. — I still do! 🙂

11.) I hate liars and cheaters, plastic and social climbing people

12.) I most especially hate people who backstab. I say, fight your battles face-to-face.

13.) I used to be very attracted to “bad boy” types.

14.) My dream car is an AUDI – simple but classy.

15.) I spent my grade school and high school days in an all-girls private school.

17.) I used to watch WWF with my brothers when I was in the 6th grade and looooved Brutus the Barber Beefcake!

18.) Always Coca-Cola. Addicted to it. Don’t like drinking Coke Light or Pepsi… it’s just not the real thing!

19.) I read a lot of books but always go back to my comics: Snoopy, Calvin and Hobbes and the good ol’ Riverdale gang (Archie).

20.) I get good ideas while taking a shower or while I’m swimming.

21.) Good Times: Royal Carribean Cruise ’93, Beijing ’02, El Nido ’04, and New York ’08. A recent trip that I just have to add to this list – El Nido 2012 (Baby Bear’s first trip) — I blogged about the preps for that trip here. 🙂

22.) Can’t live without my ipod! I love a little bit of every type of music. There’s very little music that I cannot appreciate.

23.) I still can’t believe that there are some people who don’t know who the Beatles are. They are what all good songs are made of.

25.) I love taking pictures more than “being in” the pictures.

26.) If I didn’t have to worry about money, I would travel, take pictures, and write a novel, in that order.

27.) I love puppies and polar bears.

28.) Just this year, I have learned to love broccoli and can’t wait to make broccoli soup.

29.) I love to sing, have a knack for immediately memorizing lyrics of songs that I like, and once thought I could sing in a band for a living — just wish that I had the voice to go with the singing! 😀

30.) When I was young, we’d go to HK for a family vacation at least once a year… and my most memorable year was my dad bringing me to Whimsy Land and winning a stuffed doll for me. I still have it to this day. (Update 1: It got washed away during Ondoy 😦 Update 2: The Bear Family tries to go to Hong Kong at least once a year, too!) 🙂

31.) I love the leg part of the chicken, so does the hubby. But he always gives it to me instead. I know it sounds cliche, but it’s true! 🙂

32.) I’m allergic to lipstick. My lips crack when I apply them. Haven’t found the perfect hypoallergenic lipstick yet. So, for now, it’s lipgloss with color for me.

33.) I was part of the table tennis varsity team and we won first place.

34.) I was also a member of the swimming varsity team but for 2 days only… my mom made me quit because I kept falling asleep in class the day after swim practice.

35.) When i was young, my mom thought I would become an artist… turns out I don’t have the gift.

35.)  I wish i could see the 7 Wonders of the World.

36.) I feel that one of life’s greatest achievement would be to “be someone’s mentor”.

To be continued… if you still want me to… 😛

Gone But Not Forgotten

I apologize in advance for the sad post 😦 I was cleaning out my personal multiply account and preparing to delete it since I received an email memo from multiply that personal accounts will be deleted by the end of the month, I think. Was going through old pictures, blog posts, videos… made me so sentimental. Too bad my photo journal has to be closed down already, was looking forward to sharing that with my kids someday. I guess we still really have to rely on good old fashioned photo albums to keep and share our memories.

I wanted to share this blog post I wrote 4 years ago about a very dear friend of mine who passed away. I remember her every so often. She would’ve been godmother to my Baby Bear and she would’ve been a good godmother at that. I miss you, dear friend. I know you are happy where you are now and I am just thankful that we had a chance to be friends!


I recently celebrated my birthday… as all celebrations are, I celebrated it with a bang! Since my fiancée and I have the same birthday, it’s actually a week-long celebration for us. Good times… filled with all the love and happiness as we celebrate it with our love ones.

Not to be too morbid, but the celebration always end with a sudden sadness… because 3 years ago, a good friend of mine passed away the day after my birthday. It’s been 3 years since my good friends‘ death, yet the grief is still truly being felt. Realizing that we can’t change what happened, our evolutionary process demands that we begin to perceive ourselves, life and death in ways more aligned with the truth of our immortal nature. I respect the depth and strength which floods our being… but as all theories about life and death go, the only way to live life and conquer death is to make memories that we can leave behind. This blog post is a tribute to my very good friend… in memory of the love and happiness that you have shared with us that will always be cherished and remembered.

How I knew her… we were never classmates in our alma mater and we went to different colleges. We had a lot of common friends but we never saw each other during gimmicks. I remember the first time we became friends. It was our discovery that we were “neighbors”. I say “neighbors”, not because we lived in the same street, neither did we live in the same village, but she was just over there at banawe, which was sooo near my place. We shared the love of good food. We were always pigging out at Yellow Cab and Ice Monster. We shared the love of good movies and tv series’. Sleepovers at her place were quite common especially during the Gilmore Girls hype. One of my most poignant memory of her was during our first sleepover. I was surprised to see all my favorite snacks on a tray during our sleepover. Apparently, she had called my then boyfriend, who told her that I didn’t have one favorite snack because it was dependent on my mood. She was so sweet to have gotten me all my snacks just in case I would be in whatever mood that time. It was literally 20 snacks in a tray with 6 packs of regular coca-cola (not light). That was how sweet she was… and how much of a junkie I am 🙂

She had lived an amazing life even though it was rather short. She was a great daughter and a sister – she would always try to fetch her shobe from school and help her with her homework. She would organize family dinners and help her dad with the running of their business. She was the quintessential definition of a good daughter and achie.

She was a great friend – the kind that stands by you when you need somebody to be there. She’s the ultimate “surprise-birthday-party-mooncake-dice-game-organizer”. She had a great sense of humor. She was the kind of person who would make everyone laugh so hard that they’d end up crying. This is her trademark. She always wanted to make everyone happy. Good times! 🙂

With her, what you see, is what you get. She lived life without pretense and gave of her pure heart completely. She had more “best friends” than I can count, because she made each one of us feel like her best friend. Although what we’ve lost is tremendous, what she gave us was immeasurable. To those who knew her, no explanation is necessary… to those who didn’t, no explanation is possible.

Gone but not forgotten: In loving memory.

A loved one can die, but live on in the hearts and minds of family and friends who had the privilege of knowing them during their lifetime. To feel life is to remember good friends, long gone to another realm. Knowing when our time comes, we will all meet again. For now, you are all in our hearts, always missed and so much loved. — Anonymous

Know Your Child Workshop

In line with my goals of becoming a better mom, I attended a half-day Know Your Child Workshop last month. The goal of the workshop is to help parents deal with issues that they have with their kids by understanding the root cause. The objective is to open up the eyes of the parents to the vantage point of the kids to give them an insight about who they are and why they act as such.

It started out with the parents listing all their problems and complaints. The list of issues ranged from the kid watching too much TV, being shy around strangers, being hyper all the time, too dependent on parents or nannies, too much TV and the like.

We first parked that list on the white board and tackled the nature of a kid to better understand their psyche. By nature, they are:

1.) Naturally comfortable – They were born with a clean slate with no concept of right and wrong, what is proper etiquette and without a manual of what to do and not to do.

2.) Always HAPPY 🙂 – The seminarian cited a study that indicates a child smiles about 100x/day, teens at 19x. They are happy unconditionally and sad conditionally.

3.) Always “live in the present” moment

Keeping in mind the issues listed above and items #1-3:

Problem: They are shouting outside when they are excited, running around. You view this as the kids being hyper. In reality, they are just overwhelmed with life and are just expressing their amazement. You tell them NO, don’t do this, don’t do that. They feel restricted. In a social setting, you tell them to stop running around and just sit down.


– They become restrained when outside thus becoming “too shy”.

– They become dependent on you to tell them what to do or not to do because they are not sure anymore what is the right thing to do.

– They cannot enjoy just sitting down so they turn to electronics or TV. Then you get mad when they become too attached to the TV/iPad 😦

4.) Intelligent logically

5.) Daring little people – Unfortunately, we transfer our fears to them subconsciously.

Keeping in mind the issues listed above and items #4-5

Problem: Fear of Dogs, Swimming, Darkness, etc.

Outcome: Kids are intelligent logically. They are very observant and can sense a lot of things especially with the parents or caregivers. They are very attuned to what is happening around them.

Example 1: You are holding your child’s hand and you come across a dog. You inadvertently squeeze her hand extra tight. This very subconscious action signals to the child that the dog may not necessarily be a safe animal. The next time, the child will also tense up when he/she sees a dog.

Example 2: If the parent doesn’t know how to swim and he/she is holding the baby in a pool or beach. They will also pass on their fear to the child.

6.) Independent thinkers

Problem: They see a giant trampoline or a bouncy house and quickly scamper for it. You stop them, tell them they can’t because it’s too crowded, too many big kids, the place isn’t clean, etc. Admit it, the last reason has crossed your mind. 😉

Outcome(s): They are naturally curious, don’t care about the dirt and hey, it’s a trampoline, I want to jump and jump even if I have to be stuck in a crowded place with a bunch of sweaty kids. Not allowing them to makes them feel repressed. They are hampered by your NO. They become more stubborn due to loss of freedom or go into a shell (shyness).

Solution: (PEACE)

1.) Positive – Always take on a positive attitude when it comes to your kids and their experiences. Try to see the world in the eyes of a child and am sure all your NOs may turn into a lot of YESses!

2.) Exercise – More oxygen into the brain creates more happy moods. Happy thoughts, happy thoughts – ‘Nuf said! 🙂

3.) Ask questions – Constantly challenge and stimulate the minds of your kids. They are naturally intelligent and quite the thinkers. Don’t let their minds be stuck in a rut with just mindless TV. Engage with their minds. They’ll have all the time in the world to become couch potatoes later on when they’re older.

4.) Creative – As parents, we should always find creative ways to stimulate their minds and handle our personal issues with our kids. To each his own. No 2 kids are alike. What works for one may not necessarily work with the other. i.e. If getting a kid to drink her medicine entails a puppet show, then so be it.

5.) Ear – Always take the time to listen to the stories of your children. Ask them what they did in school and what they did after. How their day was… highs and lows. Asking about them also lets them fall into the routine or habit of telling you about their lives. Believe me, this will come in mighty handy next time when you have a secretive, moping, sulking teen in the house. Take an interest in their lives constantly so that you get to know them more. Let them help you understand why they do what they do and why they are who they are.

That’s it, pansit. I hope you can use some of these tips on your own kids. Have a PEACEful weekend y’all! 🙂