Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Answering Your Child's Questions

Last Sunday, we went to church.  We stayed in the crying room.  There were several other parents and kids there.  The oldest child was playing with his siblings.  He must be around 5 to 6 years old.  Sadly, he was the noisiest among the kids.  Then at one time when he got really loud; his mother told him to sit down.  He looked at his mom and asked her "why?".  His mom said again with a very firm voice, "sit down".  He questioned his mother "Why?"  for three times.    The mom never answered his question.  Finally, the child told his mom "I want to play" and he continued to play.

Then the mom grabbed him and sat him on her lap.  She whispered something to him and he stopped for maybe 30 secs then he went back playing loudly.

This is very unfortunate.  The child is already in the age of understanding.  It was so easy to answer the question.  She could have easily told him that he is supposed to behave while inside the church.  There were other kids his age who can sit quietly in the church.  I understand that the crying room is for noisy kids but it doesn't mean that the room is a play room and we should just let our kids do whatever they want to do in it.  The other younger kids were more behaved than him.  If the child were 1 or 3, it's easier to understand why he couldn't behave but at 5?  Geesh! I don't know how I should react or feel about it but I feel guilty because I got so annoyed with the situation.  Oh Lord, forgive me.  :(

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Proud Mentor

At around 11pm last night, I waited for some news from Hollywood, CA if my student Cathy made it through to the semifinals of the World Championships for Performing Arts (WCOPA 2011). I was informed that the results will come in the following morning. So I waited some more. I barely slept last night. I was too anxious to know the results. Although I've seen the videos uploaded by her mom, I didn't know how she did compared to the other contestants. Around 10am, I got a call and heard the good news. She made it to the semifinals! I am so ecstatic! Now I am wishing, praying and hoping that she makes it to the finals. 

One thing that makes me really happy is teaching. I think mentoring is my thing. Especially when I see them improving and happy with what they are doing. Whether it's vocal coaching, financial coaching or just any other coaching. I am no master of anything but it gratifies me to share what I know. So when this child asked for some vocal coaching, I didn't have any second thoughts. Thanks to my ever supportive husband who allowed me to do voice lessons at home and by coming home early everytime I have a scheduled class. Another special thanks to my baby for behaving while classes were going on.

At first, it was just plain summer voice lessons then little did we know we'll get invited to sing for the Filipino Community and now, she's competing against the delegations from all over the world carrying the flag of the United States.

I am beaming with pride!

Way to go Cathy Sucgang! I am a proud teacher.

UPDATE:  Cathy didn't make it to the finals but on a brighter note, she has call backs for the week.  I am still very very proud. 
Cathy at WCOPA blog

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Power of the Piggy Bank

I recently uploaded this photo on my Facebook account showing my son putting coins in his piggy bank.  This picture brought back many memories.

My first piggy bank gave me the chance to buy my very first "taho". A street food in the Philippines which is made of silk tofu mixed with brown sugar and vanilla syrup topped with tapioca. I think I was only four at that time. It was the most delicious "taho" I ever had in my entire life. My first piggy bank had taught me to diligently save up for my next "taho".

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Last weekend we had our weekly household meeting with our mates in the community Couples for Christ. We had a small talk about relationships and parenting and since all of the members who were present were Filipino immigrants, we couldn't help but talk about our experiences as parents here in the Unites States.
We've talked about how it would have been different if we were raising our children in the Philippines. How easier it would have been to get help from our families and friends whenever we need it. How people are willing to look after our children without monetary compensation. These were some thoughts we had during the discussion.
I, for one didn't expect that it would be this exhausting being a stay at home mom. There are times that I just want to scream and tempted to ask for help. I hate doing chores all the time much more having a super messy home. What makes it more difficult is that I don't have anybody to talk to on how I feel and most of the time, I feel that people don't understand. But then I always remind myself that this is only temporary and one day, my baby will grow up. Things will be better.
For now, no matter how hard life is, what matters most is that I am happy. I am with a loving husband and a beautiful son.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sweet Potato in Bread Crumbs (A Healthy Baby Snack)

My baby loves this new snack of his. 


Sweet Potato (cut in strips)
Bread Crumbs


1.  Cook Sweet Potato in boiling water until soft.
2.  Drain water and roll in bread crumbs.
3.  Bake until crumbs turn golden brown.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Green Barley Soup Baby Version


Medium Barley
Chicken Broth
Turkey breast / chicken breast (cut into thin and small pieces)
Celery (cut into small pieces)
Green Peas
Broccoli (cut into small pieces)
Chayote (cubed)
carrots (diced)
Minced Garlico
Minced Onion


Cook Barley in water until soft. Add chicken broth, Turkey breast/chicken breast, broccoli, carrots, corn, chayote, green peas and spinach. Bring to boil. Simmer the mixture until the vegetables are soft and tender. For more flavor, add a dash of minced garlic, minced onion and parsley.

Macaroni and Cheese Baby Version

Last week, we went to our baby's doctor and he told us that he is at the lower percentile for weight compared to most babies. But he clarified that he is using the American chart so he also needs to take into consideration his race and genetic makeup. I myself was a skinny baby but I am perfectly fine and healthy so we weren't so worried about it. But then, I also have to think of ways to at least increase his food intake since I don't want him to stay in that category.

Before going to his pediatrician, I was only feeding him ready made over-the-counter foods. And most of the time, he doesn't finish it. Maybe that's why he is so light. So I experimented on some food that I think my baby would like. True enough, he ate it more than the ready to eat foods.

This is my baby version of Mac and Cheese

Macaroni (Acini de Pepe and Orzo Pasta) and Cheese Baby Version


Acini de Pepe and Orzo Pasta
Light Cheddar Cheese
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Minced Garlic
Minced Onion


Mix Acini de Pepe and Orzo Pasta and bring to boil. Wait until it is soft. Add butter and both of the cheeses. Mix until the butter and cheese melt. Add some dash of minced garlic and onion. Lastly, add the Basil for aroma and extra flavoring.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Soup of the day: Mommy's Love Soup (Baby Food inspired by the Italian Wedding Soup from Wegmans)

Yesterday, we went to Wegmans to do some food shopping. But before we did so, we passed by the cafe and ate lunch. I particularly love their cafe since I could find just anything I look for. American, Chinese, Indian, sushi, cakes, breads, etc.;you name it, they've got it.

There were variety of soups that I could choose from for my baby. I got their Italian Wedding soup. My baby loved it so much that he almost finished the whole cup I got him which I feel is huge for a baby. I was so happy that I got inspired to make my own version of it. It is pretty simple.

Soup of the day:  Mommy's Love Soup (inspired by the Italian Wedding Soup from Wegmans)


1/4 cup Acini De Pepe pasta
2 cups chicken broth
5 pcs Meatballs cut into small pieces (either make them or use a ready to eat like the one from IKEA)
A stalk of Celery cut into small pieces
Carrots diced to small pieces


Boil chicken broth and add pasta until tender. Add carrots, celery, meatballs and spinach. Wait until the veggies are soft enough for the baby to chew. Add Basil for additional flavor.

Note: Since I am going to feed this to my baby, I don't use any salt for his food. I use herbs to make the food more fun and tasty for him.

Thanks to Wegmans for the inspiration.
LINK: Italian Wedding Soup


Apple and Brown Rice with Cinnamon (Baby Food)

I am so happy to share my newest breakfast I made for my son. 

Apple and Brown Rice with Cinnamon

Brown Rice
Apple Juice


Grind Brown Rice before  cooking. Cook brown rice until soft.

Boil the apples in apple juice in about 10 -15 mins or until soft.  Mix the cooked brown rice.  Add a dash of cinnamon for additional flavor. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Carrots and Asparagus in Couscous with Meatballs (Baby Food)

I have another super simple recipe I made today for my baby.  This time, it's with couscous. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Carrots and Brocolli in Orzo Pasta (Baby Food)

Before having a baby, I have set some goals for myself to accomplish. One of these is making him home cooked meals. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do it since I couldn't leave him alone. Plus I find it very convenient just to buy some baby food from the grocery.

Today, I tried to do some experiment in which I let my baby play in the kitchen with the pots and pans while I try to make him some home cooked food. I made him my very own recipe of Carrots and Broccoli in Orzo Pasta topped with Cheddar Cheese. My baby loved it so much, he finished three baby full bowls in one meal.

Here's how I made it. (Take note, I'm not good with measurements and I usually go for the taste)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Baby Massage

Last night, Raphael had a difficult time sleeping. He was crying non-stop. This has never happened before. I got very anxious and did everything in my power to calm him down. I wasn't sure if he was in pain or just couldn't sleep. I sang and rocked him to sleep but it didn't work until I thought of using my favorite oil, aciete de manzanilla and began massaging his stomach. He stopped crying then smiled.

I have been massaging my baby ever since he was very little only because I learned it is good for him but last night was different. I was totally convinced that baby massages help fussy babies calm down. When I massaged his head and face, within a minute he was out and sound asleep. I was so relieved. My husband was so impressed and said in Filipino, "galing!" Which means very good or well done in English. I am so proud of myself!

Related Article:
The Benefits of Baby Massage

Monday, February 7, 2011

Mommy Body

Six months after giving birth, I was fortunate enough to get back to my prebaby weight, even less. I remember what I used to look and feel like from loving my preggy belly to getting annoyed with the excess skin and weblike stretch marks after pregnancy. It was like a roller coaster ride. From being so hyped and excited to be a mom to being sad because of the things I cannot do anymore. Putting on my old clothes got very frustrating because of my bulging tummy and getting new clothes is out of the question because I knew sooner or later, I will be changing sizes again. Although I got back from being a size 8 to size 2, I know my body will never be the same again.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

On Financial Planning


It's the New Year and there are so many things to plan for this year. After having a child, the reality regarding money and spending sets in. This means that as our child gets older, the more we will be spending for his needs. And the more spending we anticipate, the more we should be prepared for it.

As parents, we want the best for our children but the best doesn't mean that it has to be the most expensive. This goes for everything from his clothes to education.