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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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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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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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A Birthday Tribute To You, Ate V a.k.a. Star Chuu!

Dearest Ate V,

Today is another blessed day for you. As you recount God’s numerous blessings, let me also recount the ways you have touched my life in one way or another.

Remember the first time I have had my first encounter with you at the COMELEC office? I was then working for a Non-Government Organisation and our short exchange of pleasantries was rather friendly. I had no inkling then that you’d soon be my “partner in crime”; be that in the execution of my daily duties as a public servant or otherwise. We may have frictions every now and then but they were minor; and I see to it that I look up to you not only as the alterego of the Boss but also as my “Big Ate”; you have my respect being my senior.

But let’s not talk about age. Let’s talk about how good you were to me.

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I saw how some were treating you like crap and you felt less respected. You cried a river for some petty and not so petty issues. I have been a witness on how dirty “politics” can play in such an environment. It’s sad. Our daily struggle was real as we fell prey to all sorts of gossipmongering and fault- finding environment and we felt that if at all, we were acknowledged for our effort and dedication, there was never any mention.

These were all a thing of the past but I vividly remembered these paved the way for us to get strongly bonded and connected. As you whinged about your ordeals, I showed you compassion and empathy; and you offered me similar support when I was on the same path as a neophyte in public service. I am not known to kiss anyone’s ass but I will always thank you for encouraging me, for keeping me strong, for always giving me that gentle nudge and push when the goings get tough. You spoke so highly of me and I always had your back. I felt your support all the way through; I felt encouraged, motivated; I felt bravery in times of cowardice. You have always lifted my spirits up.

We ultimately got even more connected when we shared the same interests. I was able to encourage you to blog and that’s when our friendship reached a notch higher! Seeing each other everyday at work was never enough; we had to continuously support each other virtually through our blogs. Isn’t that so amazing?

We led an active lifestyle by going to our badminton sessions almost every night; we scheduled out-of-the-country trips together. I was grateful when you acted like my Mum, “Ate”, and friend all rolled into one when you protected my petite and fragile stature by volunteering to lift my heavy and overloaded baggages; yes! How can I forget it?

You were ever so willing to take on those little tasks that I can’t find the time to perform; you were always ready to assist in every way; in the most unselfish and dedicated fashion.

How can I not laugh at your hilarious antics especially when you were trying to speak using the English vernacular? I don’t need to expound more as you know what I mean. Haha!

I miss the way you shared with me your nightmares and dreams from the night before and out of curiousity and for fun, we both look up its meanings by Googling and we ended up delving deeper into the issues in our lives.

You touched the very core of my being when you took the time to see me one last time at the Gensan Airport to offer your prayers; just a couple of minutes before my boarding time and READ: you almost missed me as I was already queueing up going inside the departure lounge.

You have my full admiration as you have been a wonderful single Mummy to your kids especially to your unica hija Vyne, a great daughter to your loving “Mamang”, a dear sister to your siblings, and a caring and beautiful friend to anyone you know.

You may be unaware of it but you have made such a big impact in my life. I thank the Lord for the blessing of meeting and knowing you; paving for friendship and sisterhood to blossom in more ways I can ever imagine.

May God continue to bless you in the same way that you have blessed my life.

Happiest birthday! I miss and love you!

Love,
Lainybelle

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Weekend Special #11: Jamie is Love

I haven’t had the chance to publish as much update as I want to but as I previously mentioned, I will do my best to update at least once a week across my blogs- it could be a Wednesday or over the weekend; depending on my availability.

This weekend is rather special; it is Jamie’s second Anniversary Thanksgiving in the Church. I spent my time last week shopping for a nice and presentable outfit for him for this ocassion. After so much fuss and dramas (I will write a separate post on this), my husband and I were quite happy with our choice.

As uploading photos will take too much of my time and will also take up too much space on my webhost, I opted to compile some photos from today in one short trailer video.

Have fun watching! 😘

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