A Mother’s Day Tribute to my MOMS

Even though she doesn’t say it, I know my mom is proud of me for getting married first before having a baby. Ours wasn’t a smooth-sailing relationship back in the day. I was the rebellious, love sick,¬†angsty teenager, to which you’ve said the lines “… papunta ka palang, pabalik na ako.” But all of this changed when I became a mom myself. It is so true when they say that you’d be more appreciative of your parents when you’re already one. I now know why you (and Papa) did this, said that and would do whatever.

Let me take this opportunity to say THANK YOU MAMA…

  • for sending me to good schools, ever since I was 2 years old. And for understanding that I could never be a doctor.
  • for letting me grow up, make mistakes, pick myself up and be better. I am who I am now because of those moments.
  • for holding my hand while I was giving birth. And giving me Coke when my blood sugar went down.
  • for loving and spoiling Z, just how grandmas are supposed to be.
Happy Mother's Day, Mama! We Love you! <3


My relationship with my other MOM is described in this quote:

I am really sure that I married a good man because he was raised by a great mother. I’m blessed to have a supportive, loving, understanding and generous MIL. It is because of her that I learned to “reward” myself with nice things and at the same time the value of saving up for a rainy day. She teaches me to set aside time for myself in order to take care of my family better. And the most important lesson I got from her: family is family, no matter what.

Happy Mother's Day, Mamita! We love you! <3

With these two wonderful ladies guiding me in my own mommy journey, Z is in for a great ride!

Me Time: Nail Tropics

With a clingy and demanding toddler, alone time is very precious. I’m really grateful to my parents who take time to bring Z to play gyms, while I have my well-deserved ME TIME.

Since January, my ME TIME is spent in a little space inside Rustan’s Shangri La Mall: Nail Tropics. There, I learned about the wonders of Gel Polish. They’ve been taking care of my nails ever since.

They use the brand Jessica for their Gel Polish services. It’s basically the same service as a regular manicure and pedicure, except that when they apply the polish, you’d have to put your fingers in an oven-like contraption to let it dry.

This device "bakes" in your gel polish!

“Baking” your polish helps it to stay on beautifully for as long as 3-4 weeks. I’ve not experienced any chipping, even when I did the laundry. It is very recommended for moms, since once you put it on, you can forget about it. Until your nails grow and half of it doesn’t have color anymore.

Day 1
Day 16
Day 28


I don’t know if it’s a negative, but you can’t just remove Gel Polish. You’d have to go back to the salon where it was put and they’ll have a process to take it out.

One of the steps in removing the Gel Polish.

It is quite pricey at Php 1,200. But the quality of the polish and how long it stays seamless, make the price worth it. And you just go once a month, so that’s an added plus if you’re really busy.

How have you been spending your ME TIME? Give me ideas please!