Phoneless

Hi. This post is backdated because I do not want it to be the first thing one sees on my blog. It’s actually April 9 today. I have been unfollowing a lot of people on Facebook. I only have 2 posts on Instagram and I do not have a Twitter account because I am not…

April

April 18- Big day for my son and I today. Ely joined the free trial dance class at Mind Movement. In the afternoon, he attended his first toddler school session! According to the teacher Ely “exceeded our expectations for a first timer.” I was updating my husband the whole time. For 1 and a half…

Angeles City, Pampanga

I got an invitation from my publisher to do an author visit at the Holy Family Academy of Angeles. I decided to bring my family with me because I want them to 1) to taste their Puto Bumbong and other delicacies 2) to visit their museums 3) to see the lovely plaza and Holy Rosary Parish Church….

Jacinto Chronicles III

I wanted to keep recording anecdotes about my son but sometimes, a sketch is enough. That sketch was about a Saturday when I brought my son to my grad school classes. I wanted to record how he ran wild around the park wearing only his jeans! It was 12:30 in the afternoon, his shirt was drenched…

Jacinto Chronicles II

10 Expressions  Jacinto knows how to use the following expressions: What’s that? (Lagi niya itong tinatanong sa amin kapag may kung anong tunog o bagay na hindi siya pamilyar.) All done! (Kapag tapos na siyang bumuo ng building gawa sa kaniyang plastic blocks. O kapag naligpit na niya lahat ng laruan niya.) Wow! Amazing! Perfect! (Narinig…

Jacinto Chronicles 1

Dati, kapag umaakyat o bumababa kami ng hagdan ay nagbibilang kami. Isa, dalawa, tatlo, apat.. Ngayon, marunong na siyang magbilang kahit hindi pa perpekto (madalas niyang makalimutan ang six). May bago na siyang ginagawa sa tuwing umaakyat o bumababa kami ng hagdan. Tatanungin niya ako, “Wajat, Nanay?” (What’s that, Nanay?) at sasabihin ko naman “Rectangle” sa…

Mamang Kulog

May bago kaming imaginary villain sa bahay. Si Mister o Mamang Kulog na nangunguha ng mga batang ayaw uminom ng gamot. Nabuo siya sa pambobola na nauwi sa pananakot para inumin ni Jacinto ang gamot niya. Dahil panay ang kulog, epektibo ang pananakot. Mama/Mister Kulog Sinasabing nangunguha ito ng mga bata. Ang kulog ay hudyat…

Carwash Sundays

I like Carwash Sundays. I have grown to like the act of removing the bags that contained my husband’s clothes. It reminds of me of the fact that we still need our own place and it reminds me of how enduring my husband is. Most of his clothes and things live inside the trunk and endure…

Of Epics and Comics

Today, I brought my son to school so I had to be extra ready for class. This means, by the time my students arrive, Jacinto must be sleeping and all our activities must be ready (materials and chairs must be ready for group discussions and “circle time”). I thought of rereading the epics that my students…

Tahimik

Nakatulog ako habang hinihintay ko si Jacinto matulog. Naalimpungatan ako pagkaraan ng kalahating oras. Kailangan kong bumalik sa mga pending requirements ko para sa graduate school. Kaya umakyat ako sa aking kwarto at bumalik sa naiwang readings. Pero hindi naman ako makatagal nang hindi inaalala si Jacinto. Gigising na naman siyang walang katabi. Alam ko ang…