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50 Rules for Dads of Daughters

15 Jan

I read this in our company’s intranet newsletter. I just love these rules, most specially the first and last one.

50 Rules for Dads of Daughters
By Michael Mitchell

1. Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows  up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Good or bad,  that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good.

2. Always be there. Quality time doesn’t happen without quantity time. Hang out together for no other reason than just to be in each other’s presence. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest her. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. Don’t just sit idly by while she add years to her… add life to her years.

3. Save the day. She’ll grow up looking for a hero. It might as well be you. She’ll need you to come through for her over and over again throughout her life. Rise to the occasion. Red cape and blue tights optional.

4. Savor every moment you have together. Today she’s crawling around the house in diapers, tomorrow you’re handing her the keys to the car, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle. Some day soon, hanging out with her old man won’t be the bees knees anymore. Life happens pretty fast. You better cherish it while you can.

5. Pray for her. Regularly. Passionately. Continually.

6. Buy her a glove and teach her to throw a baseball. Make her proud to throw like a girl… a girl with a wicked slider.

7. She will fight with her mother. Choose sides wisely.

8. Go ahead. Buy her those pearls.

9. Of course you look silly playing peek-a-boo. You should play anyway.

10. Enjoy the wonder of bath time.

11. There will come a day when she asks for a puppy. Don’t over think it. At least one time in her life, just say, “Yes.”

12. It’s never too early to start teaching her about money. She will still probably suck you dry as a teenager… and on her wedding day.

13. Make pancakes in the shape of her age for breakfast on her birthday. In a pinch, donuts with pink sprinkles and a candle will suffice.

14. Buy her a pair of Chucks as soon as she starts walking. She won’t always want to wear matching shoes with her old man.

15. Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl or even when she’s a baby. Don’t wait ‘til her wedding day.

16. Take her fishing. She will probably squirm more than the worm on your hook. That’s OK.

17. Learn to say no. She may pitch a fit today, but someday you’ll both be glad you stuck to your guns.

 18. Tell her she’s beautiful. Say it over and over again. Someday an animated movie or “beauty” magazine will try to convince her otherwise.

19. Teach her to change a flat. A tire without air need not be a major panic inducing event in her life. She’ll still call you crying the first time it happens.

20. Take her camping. Immerse her in the great outdoors. Watch her eyes fill with wonder the first time she sees the beauty of wide open spaces. Leave the iPod at home.

21. Let her hold the wheel. She will always remember when daddy let her drive.

22. She’s as smart as any boy. Make sure she knows that.

23. When she learns to give kisses, she will want to plant them all over your face. Encourage this practice.

24. Knowing how to eat sunflower seeds correctly will not help her get into a good college. Teach her anyway.

25. Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic. Do it now while you have a strong back and she’s still tiny.

26. It is in her nature to make music. It’s up to you to introduce her to the joy of socks on a wooden floor.

27. If there’s a splash park near your home, take her there often. She will be drawn to the water like a duck to a puddle.

28. She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Don’t be late.

29. If her mom enrolls her in swim lessons, make sure you get in the pool too. Don’t be intimidated if there are no other dads there. It’s their loss.

30. Never miss her birthday. In ten years she won’t remember the present you gave her. She will remember if you weren’t there.

31. Teach her to roller skate. Watch her confidence soar.

32. Let her roll around in the grass. It’s good for her soul. It’s not bad for yours either.

33. Take her swimsuit shopping. Don’t be afraid to veto some of her choices, but resist the urge to buy her full-body beach pajamas.

34. Somewhere between the time she turns three and her sixth birthday, the odds are good that she will ask you to marry her. Let her down gently.

35. She’ll probably want to crawl in bed with you after a nightmare . This is a good thing.

36. Few things in life are more comforting to a crying little girl than her father’s hand. Never forget this.

37. Introduce her to the swings at your local park. She’ll squeal for you to push her higher and faster. Her definition of “higher and faster” is probably not the same as yours. Keep that in mind.

38. When she’s a bit older, your definition of higher and faster will be a lot closer to hers. When that day comes, go ahead… give it all you’ve got.

39. Holding her upside down by the legs while she giggles and screams uncontrollably is great for your biceps. WARNING: She has no concept of muscle fatigue.

40. She might ask you to buy her a pony on her birthday. Unless you live on a farm, do not buy her a pony on her birthday. It’s OK to rent one though.

41. Take it easy on the presents for her birthday and Christmas. Instead, give her the gift of experiences you can share together.

42. Let her know she can always come home. No matter what.

43. Remember, just like a butterfly, she too will spread her wings and fly some day. Enjoy her caterpillar years.

44. Write her a handwritten letter every year on her birthday. Give them to her when she goes off to college, becomes a mother herself, or when you think she needs them most.

45. Learn to trust her. Gradually give her more freedom as she gets older. She will rise to the expectations you set for her.

46. When in doubt, trust your heart. She already does.

47. When your teenage daughter is upset, learning when to engage and when to back off will add years to YOUR life. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

48. Ice cream covers over a multitude of sins. Know her favorite flavor.

49. This day is coming soon. There’s nothing you can do to be ready for it. The sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be.

50. Today she’s walking down the driveway to get on the school bus. Tomorrow she’s going off to college. Don’t blink.

Very nice article, isn’t it? 🙂

Hello 2012!

31 Dec

Goodbye 2011! You’ve been a good year to me. Thank you, Lord, for all your blessings and guidance . Welcoming 2012 with hope and prayer that it will be as equally good (if not better) not just for me and my family, but for everyone else as well. Happy New Year to all! Cheers!

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Hey, this is also my 100th post! Wow, this is a milestone for me. I’m not that good a writer, but this blogging is really fun ‘coz I get to share some of my thoughts with you. Thank you for reading this blog. I hope you’ll still be there with me this coming years.

 

HBD, Labs!

14 Dec

Happy birthday, Labs! ILYSM! 🙂

Discovering Discovery Suites

25 Nov

* October 30 to 31, 2011

Our family took advantage of the long weekend last October. We stayed overnight at Discovery Suites in Ortigas, Manila. I didn’t get to enjoy our stay that much because I had a very serious migraine. I just hoped that the kids had a good time. Those two really love staying in hotels.

Here are some pics:

  • Inside our room

  • Bathroom

                         

  • View from the room

  • Indoor swimming pool

           

  • Buffet Breakfast (Day 2)

           

Our comments? Well:

– Going to the basement parking of Discovery Suites was kinda scary. The parkway has very little space that we were afraid we might hit the walls or corners. I think the parking spaces were also small.
– The room we had is big, and we liked that the beds are queen-sized. But it smelled old.
– The kids complained that the TV is also old, not the flat-screen ones that they are used to in hotels. Kids! 😛
– The selection of breakfast food was not that much, but we still enjoyed it.
– The indoor pool was small. We didn’t get to swim in it. Too bad for the kids. But their playtime in the bathtub made it up.

GWEN’s 7th Birthday (Outing at Water Camp)

23 Oct
Another overdue post...

* September 18, 2011

The Husband and I initially planned for a big and grand party to celebrate our dear daughter’s 7th birthday. I psyched myself of being a party planner once again. I already planned the theme and the design of the invitations that I was supposed to make personally. Seeing that there would be lots of things to do and to plan, the Husband half-seriously asked the little girl if she’d rather receive a gift from us which would be something she really wished for and/or liked very much, and not have a big party at all. Amazingly, dear daughter agreed. When we asked if it’s really okay with her, she said that it is and she’d already be happy with just the gift. Awwww! isn’t she sweet? I felt that my baby is so mature.

Since there wouldn’t be a party anymore, the Husband and I decided to have an outing on her birthday, with cakes and banners and loot bags for her cousins, just so she could feel that we celebrated her birthday.

So we invited my side of the family, and we went swimming at Water Camp Resort in Kawit, Cavite. The travel to the resort was only 15 minutes because we went via the new Cavitex highway. There were lots of food prepared by my mother. We rented 2 rooms and a cottage in the resort so we were comfortable. I bought a cake and prepared a birthday banner and loot bags. I let the kids sang the Happy Birthday song first, then Gwen blew her candle. I really could tell that she liked it a lot. Afterwards, the kids ate and then went off swimming.

The resort had a lot of changes from the last time we were there. Another big swimming pool was added and of course, our new favorite – the Wave Pool! Oh we had a lot of fun there. The kids really loved it and they kept on coming back.

Before we went home, Gwen handed her lootbags to her cousins, and let each of them get a Squinkie ball from her Squinkie Gumball machine. They had a fun getting their prizes from a little ball.

At home, Gwen opened her remaining gifts from us. 🙂

Happy 7th Birthday, Gwen! 🙂

Cebu Trip

22 Oct
After almost 2 months, am finally posting our Cebu Trip. This is really an overdue post.

* Day 1 – 27AUG2011

We spent the long weekend of August in Mactan, Cebu. It was a good thing that we booked the trip in Cebu Pacific 3 months ago because airfare at that time was not that expensive. We got our tickets at almost 20K (there are 5 of us: 3 adults and 2 kids), including seat selection and prepaid baggages. When August 30 was declared a holiday, airfare prices skyrocketed. Had we not booked earlier, we’ll be paying for our tickets at twice the amount. 🙂

It was raining hard when we departed for Cebu because of typhoon Mina. I was a bit worried that our flight might be cancelled because of the bad weather. But since the typhoon is affecting the northern part of Luzon mostly, we were still able to go to Cebu. The only problem we had was the 1 hour delay in our flight.

Before take-off in Manila

Near landing in Cebu with very nice weather

At Shang Mactan's Airport Lounge

Shangrila's Airport Shuttle Service

Finally arrived at the hotel

Hotel room pics:

We really enjoyed our stay at Shangri-la Boracay so we opted to stay in Shangri-la Mactan in Cebu. We hoped that Shang Mactan  would offer the same excellent service that we had when we were in Shang Bora. After all, our ultimate goal for this trip was to rest and relax. We even limited the places to go to just so we won’t be stressed and not get all tired.

Most of our first day was spent at SM Cebu. We ate our lunch at the foodcourt there and then shopped for souvenirs – Cebu shirts, danggit, and otap. We also bought take-out dinner from Chow King so we didn’t have to order room service.

* Day 2 – 28AUG2011

Our second day was packed. First agenda of the day was a buffet breakfast at the Acqua restaurant.

After a little rest, we headed to the beach for a swim. We didn’t spend a long time at the beach because Gwen suddenly had rashes on her face. Luckily we already took some pictures by the beach so we decided to just swim in the pool.

The pool was great. We spent a long time in the Main Wing Swimming pool because the Ocean Wing pool is deep for the kids. They couldn’t wear the vests as it wasn’t allowed, really didn’t know why. This got me irritated because in Shang Bora, the vests were not a problem. Anyway, we still enjoyed swimming, specially Gian and Gwen because there’s a squirt gun in the Main Wing pool which they hogged and played.

After the swim, we got back to our room and showered because we registered for the 10AM shuttle to SM Cebu, again! Well, we took a little tour of Lapu-lapu City.

– Early lunch at Shakey’s
– Mass at Basilica de Sto. Nino
– Queued to get a glimpse of the Sto. Nino
– Lit a candle beside the Church
– Spent a short time at Magellan’s Cross
– Back to SM Cebu to buy more otap and danggit and food for dinner
– A little tour at Lapu-lapu Shrine

We were very tired after our “gala” that I just wanna crash in the bed. But the kids still wanted to go to the Adventure Zone for some more play so we let them play for an hour. BTW, there’s a fee in their Adventure Zone unlike in Shang Bora, and make sure that your kids wear a long-sleeved shirt. If they have none, you have to buy their shirt there for P400, I think!

When we were about to hit the sack that night, the Husband and the little boy got hungry so he ordered room service – cheeseburger and fries.

* Day 3 – 29AUG2011

Happy 11th Birthday, Gian! 🙂

We had our buffet breakfast again at Acqua Restaurant. I got a little birthday cupcake with a candle for Gian.

After eating and a little rest, we spent an hour swimming in the pool, and little time on the beach for some more pictures.

Then the kids’ stay at the hotel won’t be complete unless they play in the bathtub.

We again ordered for room service for lunch. We had Sinigang na Hipon and Beef Tapa, which were enough for all of us.

After that, the kids went to the E-Zone for just a short time until it was time for us to check-out.

And that’s our little getaway to Cebu. We had fun, really!

Our stay at Shangri-la Mactan was very good, although I think Shangri-la Boracay was still the best for me when it comes to service.

 

Club Balai Isabel

26 Jul

The Husband’s executive team in their company had a planning session last July 8 at Club Balai Isabel in Talisay, Batangas.  Their company allowed the team’s families to join so it turned out to be a planning cum outing. Yey!

It rained almost the whole day when we were there so we didn’t get the chance to fully explore the place. There was a time when the rain stopped, so Gwen and I had a chance to come out from the room and take pictures around.

Here are some pics that I took:

The place is just ok for me. Our room smelled funny, and it was not that clean-looking.  The blankets of the beds were a little rough and has some stain marks.  The cabinets also smelled old so I didn’t bother using them. What I liked at the resort was that there’s a butterfly cage and spa in the resort, though I wasn’t able to try their spa services.

Overall, I’ll pass on Club Balai Isabel and try to stay on some other places.