At A Glance: Little Girl Under Construction

In the pregnancy process I have come to realize how much of the burden is on the female partner. She’s got a construction zone going on in her belly. ~Al Roker

On the 29th of November, 2012, I finally decided that it was high time I face reality. It was high time to meet the human being who has been growing inside my belly for the past five months or so. The partner and I decided to have an ultrasound since my OB also suggested I do so in order to check if her estimate on my due date was right.

By the way, I had my 2D ultrasound at the Women’s Centre at the Cebu Doctor’s Hospital. It costs 925PHP (~21USD), for everyone’s information.

The ultrasound technician there was actually a little strict. She asked me when my last menstrual period was. Unfortunately, I could not remember it anymore – I always had my visitor come every month and I never worried about delays until now. Eventually, I gave her a date as soon as she started raising her voice on me.

The moment of truth was about to come and I was totally scared. Initially, only women were allowed to enter the rooms where the ultrasound is being done. However, with a kind request, my partner was allowed in and he stayed right beside the ultrasound machine.

Lying down on the table was ultra scary, too, especially when you do not know what to expect. Until after I saw ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’, I actually had no clue how an ultrasound procedure was being done. Although I had already seen the movie before going to the clinic, I was still scared because I wasn’t sure how exactly I would feel. I remember even asking the technician if it would hurt.

The gel being applied on the tummy was very cold and slimy – she applied it generously just below my navel. At last, the scope was placed against my tummy and…

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READ: Oh, Baby! Plus A Shared Giveaway

Hi guys, I’d like to feature a book review from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. There is no need to purchase these books but we would be very happy if you do! You also have the chance to enter yourself in the giveaway so read on this review to the very end.

There may be more book blasts with shared giveaways in the future so stay tuned!

Diary of a Real Payne Oh Baby by Annie Tipton

Title: Oh Baby! (Diary of a Real Payne, Book 3) | Author: Annie Tipton | Publication Date: September 1, 2014 | Publisher: Barbour Books | Pages: 195 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12 Continue reading →

READ: Finding Fuzzy Plus A Shared Giveaway!

Hi guys, I’d like to feature a book review from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. There is no need to purchase these books but we would be very happy if you do! You also have the chance to enter yourself in the giveaway so read on this review to the very end.

There may be more book blasts with shared giveaways in the future so stay tuned!

Finding Fuzzy by Cat Michaels

Title: Finding Fuzzy: A “You-Decide Tale” of a Lost Friend (Sweet T Tales) | Author: Cat Michaels | Illustrator: Irene A. Jahns | Publication Date: March 26, 2014 | Publisher: 2101 Ink | Pages: 44 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 10 | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother) Continue reading →

Organize Your Blog With My Joy-Filled Life’s Blog Planner 2014

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Have you been managing a blog? It may not seem much to some but running a site, even though you are just starting out, can be a lot of work and I have learned that in the past year that I have been on this blog.

Although I started this out in August of last year (actually my first post was in February but I refer to my domain purchase as my official launch date), but it was only about two months ago that I decided to do this seriously and boy, was it exhausting.

As a *slightly* organized person (because I make lists, often similar ones and I have them at just about everywhere), I always feel that using a planner is great. How else would you be able to keep track of all the wonderful ideas that go through your head?

Of course, digital planners and list makers are great but for those like me who work full time at an office and are not allowed by the network to access certain sites, there are just certain advantages that having physical copies (of lists and schedules) can do.

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A Taste of Japanese Culture at the Bon Odori Festival 2014

Almost a month ago, the Philippines and Japan Exchange Committee organized an event here in Cebu to celebrate the Ghost month. The Bon Odori Festival is a 3-day Buddhist custom whose starting date varies depending on the location. The Shichi Gatsu Bon (Bon in July) is held every 15th of July in eastern Japan. The Hachi Gatsu Bon (Bon in August) is held every 15th of August while Kyu Bon or Old Bon is held every 15th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar. The Bon is a time for people to honor the spirits of their ancestors so it is somewhat equivalent to the Catholics’ All Souls’ Day.

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This was the first ever Bon Odori Festival to be held in Cebu and it was quite successful, with a huge turnout of visitors. The event was held at the Aboitiz Soccer Field, which had become quite crowded despite its huge size.

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