Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Doc McStuffins Hugs and Snugs Contest

Lately, I've been on the mommy mindset a lot: thinking of where I'd get the money for Brianna's upcoming birthday party (in school), trying to budget what money I have now to last at least til the end of the year, scheduling different activities for Brianna, the boyfriend, and I to enjoy... It gets tiring a lot of times and I do quite a lot of nonsensical things whenever I take a breather from being a mom. One of those "nonsensical things" was join this contest in Disney Junior Asia called the Doc McStuffins Hugs and Snugs Contest and guess what?


WE WERE ONE OF THE WINNERS!!!

They sent us a bunch of Doc McStuffins toys as prize and they all came last Monday:


What we got were the following:

  1. Doctor Dress-Up Set (which Brianna opened right away)
  2. Musical Light-Up Mic
  3. I Feel Better First Aid Kit
  4. Big Book of Boo Boos
  5. Doc & Friends (Stuffy)
  6. Doc & Friends (Chilly)


That is one happy little girl!

I had her open one of the prizes right away, as promised. She picked the Doctor's Dress-Up Set and this is how she looks like in it:


A quick review of the Doctor's Dress-Up Set:
  1. The white doctor's lab coat and striped inner shirt were too big for her right now, which is perfect for next Halloween (MUHAHAHAHA saved, like, 800 pesos for next year's costume).
  2. The signature Doc McStuffins pink headband is not of standard size. I guess it would fit a kid with a cone for a head or something. It was that tight.
  3. The doctor's name badge came with interchangeable inserts: There's one with Doc McStuffins' name on it and the other one's blank for the kids' name.
  4. The pink plastic stethoscope, though, doesn't make any sounds or even just light up. It's so cute, though.

I kept everything else so I can wrap them for Christmas. I explained to her how she'd have more gifts to open for Christmas if she didn't open everything in one go and she was immediately on board.

We already have some of the prizes (Musical Light-Up Mic, Doc & Friends - Stuffy, and Doc & Friends - Chilly) and Brianna, being the thoughtful girl that she is, told me we could give them to her cousins/titas (my baby cousins) as gifts this Christmas.

Personally, I can't wait to open the I Feel Better First Aid Kit. I've seen that one in Toy Kingdom the first time they had Doc McStuffins toys in stock and I immediately fell in love with it...okay, I totes love anything that comes close to being an organizer of sorts.

I love joining contests and I love winning them but most of all, I love winning them for my daughter. It makes me feel like I'm making her feel proud of me. Yes, right now they're just petty online contests but next time, I'll win in life and she will be so damn proud I'm her momma just like I'll be proud that she's my daughter.

Monday, November 10, 2014

I think it, Thought Catalog puts it in words I couldn't have strung together myself.

"Be friends. If you can’t talk about everything and work through difficulties as friends, you stand no chance of making it as a couple."
Quote lifted from here.

Couple I've known for the longest time, here you go.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Birks


(Apparently, these are called "mandals" now.)

I've always wanted a pair of these babies. First fell in love with them back in high school, when all the cool kids wore them with our school PE uniforms during the school fair. Unfortunately, "mukhang pang-construction worker paa mo!", as per my college friend, Kayette, and I prolly won't be able to pull these off so I'm not buying myself a pair. If someone gives me a pair, though, I most definitely will wear them no matter what vegetable my toes look like.

I love these things. Fo realz.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Suicide.

I used to think that suicidal people are so pathetic, they deserve what they'll do to themselves. Lately, though, it's like I'm beginning to see the appeal of it all...and it's scaring the crap out of me.

Just a few minutes ago, I was drafting my to-be suicide note while thinking of all the possible ways I could take my own life (without pain and without any kind of visible marks in any part of my body). I had to pull myself together. I can't let it win. I know that compared to a whole lot of people, my problems don't seem that bad but I've come to the conclusion that I am not strong enough...I am not strong AT ALL. I haven't been trained to fight this battle...I haven't been trained to fight any kind of battle and in my head, I have a pretty crappy life:
  • I am pretty sure I am screwing up my daughter.
  • My relationships - all of them - are so fucked up, they might as well end up killing themselves, too.
  • I am broke bankrupt.
  • I am unemployed.
  • I am not where I want to be at this point in my life. High school Ale is so disappointed.

I know I should focus on all the good things going on for me (I still live in an actual house, get to eat 3 times a day, have internet access 24/7, etc.) and I guess I do some days but most of the time, I get stressed out about how everything's not how I want it to be. It's so much harder to manage the stress now, too, because 1.) I don't want to bother anyone with my problems and the fact that I just want to dwell in them, 2.) I can't afford a night-out (or even a damn night-in) with my friends or even by myself, and 3.) I'm quitting smoking.

It's all so frustrating. And confusing. And scary.

I need (professional) help, don't I?

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Universe gives you what you ask for, nevertheless.

Do you remember asking for something specific (you think) from the Universe before and here it is, granting your wish...catch is you don't really want it anymore.

This happened to me just a while ago. I've just woken up from my nap and there it was, the answer to my prayers...two years ago. If we were in 2012, I would've jumped at the chance but we're not anymore. Now, it's just funny that the roles have been reversed and I'm finally the one who's all "Meh." Feels damn good, to be quite honest.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

These two, my gahd.


Monica: I’m still not done not wanting to talk to you. 
Chandler: Just tell me what I need to do to make things right. 
Monica: What? 
Chandler: Well, that’s what we do. You know, I, I mess up and then you tell me how to fix it and then I do and then, you know, you think I’m all cute again. 
Monica: Really? I’m really tired of being your relationship tutor. You’re gonna have to figure this one out for yourself… You know what? If you’re too afraid to be in a real relationship, then don’t be in one.

YES I'M WATCHING THE SERIES AGAIN OKAY! DON'T JUDGE ME. I'M NOT FEELING 100% OKAY LATELY SO I NEED THIS.

Anyway, I've been really relating to these two since the first time I watched the series but I realized just now that I'm more of a Chandler than a Monica especially in my current relationship. Which is quite absurd considering I'm the one who hasn't been single for more than 6 months since I first started dating.

"Safe space" doesn't exist anymore!

Not even Twitter! It's so hard that I can't rant or rave about anything on Twitter anymore. I mean, I can't even post how proud I am of my weight loss without sounding like I am trying to fish compliments from those who can read my tweet.

Anyway, I really am proud of how I look now. I've been working really hard and I've sacrificed a lot of free chips, free cakes, and free steaks for me to reach my goal and I'm finally here! I tried on a few clothes I've been holding on to since I got pregnant in 2010 and they look better on me now than they did before! Now I just have to firm up (eh?) the pregnancy flabs and I'm good to go.

I'd post photos if I weren't too self-conscious of how Haggardo Versoza my face looks like. Also, my room is too messy to show the world.

I need new clothes! Universe, if you're reading this, I terribly need to get that opportunity...of course, not only because I need new clothes but also because... I just need it and you probably know what it's about 'cause I keep on talking to you and God about it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

OS X Yosemite

So I updated my Mac OS to OS X Yosemite:


Please don't judge my choice of software/applications.

Now I truly want to dispose my Samsung tab, get an iPad (Mini), and finally get myself an iPhone (6 plus please Lord!) again.

Consumerism will be my downfall. Damn you, Apple, and your sexy gadgets!

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Power?

I forgot how powerful wish lists and vision boards are. I just posted my wish list for this Christmas last Monday, right? Well, my mom decided she wanted to get me something and actually got me this:


Tomorrow, I'm going back to wish listing and vision board-ing my ass off.

Friday, October 17, 2014

#72. I've always wanted to learn how to play the guitar.

I am a frustrated musician, yes. I believe I wrote a song back in 2006 about the guy I was dating back then, when I was so sick and tired of always being number 2 to his "job". Which, when you think about it, is quite alright 'cause I didn't really like him all that much but it always is frustrating when you are not a priority when you make sure he doesn't feel he is not yours.

Anyway, that dream still hasn't died since I first had it way back 2001. I still haven't learned a thing about guitars but I kinda think it's okay 'cause a friend of mine - who's celebrating her birthday! - taught herself how to play the guitar and she's getting so good at it even with work and grad school and all.

So I stumbled upon a musician's friend website just this morning and the dream has once again started this fire in my heart. (Okay, I may be lying because I remember having a conversation with my boyfriend about it a few weeks ago but, yeah. Seeing sexy guitars can excite the hell out of someone like me.)

Now getting the urge to play More Than Words on my brother's guitar. That's the only song I actually remember how to play but I knew how to play Angel of Mine, too. I know that's not something you should brag about but those are the only two songs I know how to play, okay? It's worth documenting in case I bump my head and forget all about it.