Weekend Special #12: A Hearty Brekky

After such a long break from posting our Weekend Specials, please allow me to share a tiny bit on how it fared today.

We have this so-called Sunday tradition wherein we have breakfast after Worship Services with some friends from the Church.

We are not fussy; we just normally go to somewhere close- McDonalds, Hungry Jacks, or any food shop of our fancy. But today, we chose to go to IKEA Restaurant.

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With my family pre-brekky

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My baby love can’t wait to eat!

We have been at this restaurant a couple of times in the past but for the first time today, I heartily enjoyed my share of breakfast. It’s not only the food, but we occupied a really good spot which I find too cosy an ambiance. Of course, I am not discounting the fact that we were in the company of wonderful people; that made it even more special.

So what’s for brekky?
My husband and I both chose English traditional breakfast. He felt upset because he paid for soda only to find out that there was none; however, there was an abundance of citrous fruit drinks in lieu of soda. Being the soda drinker that he is, his meal wasn’t complete 😩. Anyhow, he got over it in the end.

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Can you not see it? ;-)

We picked a small cut of cake for our dessert, and out of impulse, we also grabbed a piece of cinnamon bread; which we didn’t end up eating. We were just way too full!

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English Traditional Breakfast- meatballs, tomato, hash brown, bacon, and scrambled egg

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Our companions choices of food.

I consider it our brunch (breakfast and lunch combined) as we normally have it around 30 minutes past 10, and by the time we’re done, it’s almost 12 noon!

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That obligatory foodgram pose. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ah well, drinks at hand in this instance ;-)

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We are all set for our meals!

For our small eater, we chose a small meal which consisted of bacon, scrambled egg, and hash brown. He didn’t eat much as he was still suffering from a bad onslaught of the cold, cough, and slight fever.

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Our small eater 🍽

He was a bit grumpy but as soon as he was freed from his pram, he felt happier. He just loves to be up and about!

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Spell freedom!

Eating our hearty meals in between tête-à-tête was fun! We haven’t even noticed how time went by so quickly!

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With the whole bunch of us- minus my son :-)

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Happy us!

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The girls!

Overall, it was a time well spent with beautiful people!

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What a Bummer!

That moment when I dragged my family very early in the morning to meet up a friend who originally hail from my hometown- General Santos City. We were supposed to pick her up along with her husband at their hotel, my husband offered to drive them to the airport, and spend some time for breakky before their departure back to the Philippines from their New Zealand holiday.

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We had to wake up our son at 4:15am so we can get there on time! 😩

Sounds like a plan, right?

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My two lovely boys were all set! My husband had to drive an hour one way to get to the City 🙀

But just when we were only 15 minutes away from the hotel they were supposed to be staying at, I informed her that we were actually close; but I was told this:

“Hey, it’s not today. It’s tomorrow!”

And I was like: WTH!!! 😁

It was my bad! I wasn’t precise. I failed to take into account that my friend is spending a lovely holiday with her family. I should have double- checked and counter- checked everything.

It was a shame!

Everything was nicely planned in my head and it all went for naught!

My husband asked:

“How could you miss something as important as this”?

But later on backtracked and retorted:

It’s OK, I am not angry. These things happen. Don’t feel upset.”


I felt so utterly useless and unforgivingly stupid. But thanks to my darling husband who, as always, tried to calm my nerves down and pacified my turmoiled emotion. We had to make a detour and go back home.

It was such a bad start for a weekend we so looked forward to. I take responsibility for wrecking it all. I am hoping what’s left of it won’t be such a waste.

So help me God!

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Slowly On the Mend

I quite don’t know where to start. The past week had been a rather stressful time for us. We frantically rushed our son to the hospital at midnight of Wednesday for vomitting issues; I felt terrified and didn’t exactly know what to do.

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At the hospital

We weren’t sent home until he ceased vomiting while ingesting hydralite. We got home almost noon time the next day. We felt like zombies for not having a shut-eye.

And just when we thought he was completely on the mend, he kept defecating yesterday which raised the alarm to the roofs. Apparently, there’s a tummy bug which tore through our area as confirmed by our GP; unfortunately, my son wasn’t spared.

Thanks to flexible working places like mine; I was able to work from home while attending to my sick son.

If it is any consolation at all, he wasn’t too bad; he’s still the usual cheeky baby boy that does silly things.

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After purchasing his Hydralite today, we had a quick stop at a small playground

We were told by our GP that it will take 2-3 weeks for his old self to go back to normal such as his usual appetite and his happy, jovial mood.

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Mum and son

I am hoping that this week, my son will have his complete recovery by God’s grace.

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How Motherhood Has Changed Me

Motherhood has primarily changed everything in my life and largely, in ways I did not expect. It altered my perspectives and thought processes. I used to be driven and motivated by my own needs and wants; but now I must admit that they mostly revolve around my child’s needs.

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With my son after the Sunday worship service

God knows how I have worked harder to be more patient, thoughtful, kind, caring, and gentle. I did not realise how selfish I was until motherhood showed me how selfless I can be.

I am not always successful at living by those virtues but I’d like to believe that I am better than I used to be. Make no mistake about it; I am far from perfect but I certainly am a work in progress everyday.

Motherhood has also helped me to relate better to anything about children. My instincts have sharpened and my spirit has strengthened. Similarly, being a mother has helped me to better understand and emphatize with my very own mother. However, I regret that I haven’t been a perfect daughter.😩 But that would be another story.

Truly, I cannot imagine what my life would be like had I not had a child. I have always wished and prayed to become a mother and God has been so good to grant one of my heart’s desires. It’s indeed one of the most beautiful blessings that God has graciously bestowed on me.

The intensity of the love that I feel for my child is simply indescribable. I could not fathom its depth and I could not find the perfect adjectives to describe how he has actually made me feel. I feel blessed and challenged as a mother!

Motherhood is the most rewarding, awful, beautiful, heartbreaking, awesome, horrible, joyous thing imaginable that has ever happened to me and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else in this world!

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Feeling Under the Weather

My son was feeling under the weather since the weekend. I decided to stay home today so I can closely look after him. It’s what they call carer’s leave; it is designed to help an employee deal with personal illness, caring responsibilities, family emergencies, and the death or serious illness of close family members, as per Australian Government Fair Work Ombudsman.

Anyhow, my little boy had a bit of a sleep in- he woke up quite late at 30 minutes past 8. He was still the happy baby that I know when he woke up. I let him play outdoors for a bit just so he can have some sunshine.

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He loves to stare at the birds while pointing at them and blurting out: “Ooohh and ahhh”! His incessant blabbering made me think that he will be speaking in no time. That sure will be an exciting milestone!

He also loves running like a carefree child! He loves watching the cars from across the road and have the same reaction when he sees the birds in the sky.

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I can only heave a sigh of relief because despite the bad case of cold and dry cough, he didn’t get any fever and he remains to be such a happy boy.

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He saw this yellow flower on the ground and suddenly exclaimed: “WOW!”
I was amazed when he bent over and touched it!

I ushered him back in the house as soon as I felt the strong gust of cold wind touching our skins. He had a pretty good nap in the afternoon. He needed that after all the playing and running he did earlier.

I am sure he will feel better in no time as he had been in the past. He’s such a fighter from the start! 🙂

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