Brewing Up

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I can’t get my mind off the celebration we’ve been planning for the kids for their 2nd and 4th birthdays. I had just spent my lunch time making the decorations. This year, we decided to take the kids for swimming and with their adoration for Ariel, it was the perfect combination to have an underwater theme. With the help of my friend, Rhen, I managed to finish colouring and cutting up several sea creatures, including Nemo and Flounder. The trick about underwater themes is that everything has to be glistening and shimmering like the water. Crystal glitters helped bring out the effect on these little fishes and shells.

I’ve been meaning to make these decorations since weekend but with loads of paperwork in the office, I just couldn’t find the time even at home (I was always exhausted recently, tsk tsk…). Fortunately, I realized I’m starting to cross out items from my things-to-do-list. Besides, I’m running out of time. If we want to celebrate in time with the holidays, I should be wrapping things up by now. Hmmm… It seems that I have a lot more to add to my list like making the letterings and getting other deco supplies, which remind me, that I need to brainstorm first which art materials would be more convenient (and cheap) to use without sacrificing much the beauty of the final outcome. Oh, there are no more excuses, I have to do these things now. So I’m sorry, work, you’ll have to wait ‘til next time. Hehe, of course I was just kidding. Work knows he’s always going to be first on the list although it doesn’t mean he’s priority, hehehe.

Now, I’m having an even harder time trying to focus on work. I can’t wait for shopping time! :)
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While Elmo’s Song Lasts

Thursday, October 13, 2011

No, I am not talking about the famous Elmo’s song that goes something like… “This is the song, lala-lala, Elmo’s song…” It’s more of “Ako ay may lobo, lumipad sa langit.” Yup, Elmo speaks Tagalog (haha) and this song captured my little Daisy’s heart.

Just a brief premise, I bought this baby-sized stuffed Elmo for Demi on her second birthday.

Unlike me, who grew up preferring Batibot or maybe watched Sesame Street too but only for a few times knowing Ernie and Bert but not Elmo, Demi loved the show Elmo’s World and fell mesmerized to the star, a charming and sweet little red monster, who loves to sing, dance and count. She was very happy to have him then. However, Demi’s preferences were quite different and more matured compared to kids her age. So while her inclination shifted to crayons, water colors, pens and papers, all her stuffed toys including Elmo were left idle on the shelves.

And now Daisy’s reached the same age. Though maybe not a trend, Daisy loved Elmo dearly too, only by a degree much higher than her older sister’s. It all started when I manipulated Elmo to sing the Lobo Song in an effort to amuse the child during one of her tantrums. It worked alright, so much that from then on, she’d always ask me to make Elmo sing even to my inconvenience. Not only that, her concern for the doll is something worth of envy. One time, I made Elmo act as if possessed or something thinking that Daisy might stop asking me to make the doll sing if I did this. To my astonishment, she cried. I felt bad of course, I thought I scared her, but the real reason for her distress was because she didn’t want Elmo to get hurt or something (hehe). And at night, while waiting for mr. Sleep to come, she’d cuddle and snuggle Elmo real tight. I’m really jealous and so much more is Daddy because Daisy would make him go away to save space beside her for Elmo (haha).

Perhaps the child’s love is understandable, considering that only Elmo puts up with her crabbiness without ever complaining or getting pissed off. Moreover, he is often the victim of her creative and inventive crafts. One particular example was Elmo’s teeth.

I was surprised when Daisy left Elmo looking like this because she had to take a bath. I just couldn’t resist taking a picture. I couldn’t have done it better myself! (hehe)

Presently, Elmo is still at the top of my little bundle of mischief’s list even with the introduction of Milo the sheep. Although his favourite performance is still the Lobo song, he’s now singing the real Elmo’s song too, to my child’s enchantment. One thing’s sadly inevitable though, sooner or later, the songs will no longer be requested and his performances will have little appeal. So while the child’s affection lasts, the doll’s got to put his heart to each and every one of them, before the fancy fades and before he retires back to the shelf, idle and alone once more.
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Baa baa, White Sheep!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

These sheep were invading my workplace yesterday. Aren’t they a lovely set of distraction? How they happened to become my possession is another lovely story to tell.

Yesterday, we had lunch at the Shangrila Hotel in Mandaluyong courtesy of our very generous VP, sir RNM. All 8 of us from Philex, those who handled the books along with our Managers, were there to treat our guest of honour, a very dedicated auditor who, according to Ma’am Luman, responded consistently to correspondences during last year’s audit (it’s a perfectly safe proceeding ‘cause he’s no longer going to audit us this year hehe). Lunch was fabulous. We had tons of delectable appetizers and mouth watering main courses but the best treat, in my opinion, were the stuffed toys that came with the drinks. The waiter told us that if we ordered fruit drinks in combination, we’ll each have a stuffed sheep. I was thinking that the toy might be just small, like the toy animal I got once at a children’s party. Nevertheless, we all ordered mixed fruit drinks, perhaps out of curiosity or just because combined fruits weren’t such big deals in exchange for a free stuff.

For the rest of the 2 hours, we all enjoyed the scrumptious food over occasional chit-chat, although I have to admit, sitting right next to sir VP was a real uneasy position for me. I guess no matter how kind and considerate your boss is, he will always have this air of dominance. Well, anyway, finally our stuffed toys were handed over, together with desserts. I almost forgot the toy because of the food hehe, but when I got mine, I was overly delighted and declared that I’ll have something for my babies! Apparently, I am a very simple person with shallow whims and wishes such that I was even more overjoyed when Ma’am Luman gave her stuffed toy to me! Because I had 2 little girls, she thought I should have 2 little sheep too so they’ll each get a toy. Thank God and bless such a thoughtful and benevolent soul. :) It’s such a wonderful feeling when you receive a gift especially when you didn’t even ask for it.

When we got back to the office, the sheep played a little on my work area before they were given a more proper home later in the evening. When I got home, the kids accepted the surprise in sheer pleasure. Even little Daisy who loves Elmo saved a space for the new member of the family. Because the kids were too young to think of names for their identical pets, I offered names for them myself. Demi’s pet was Meeko while Daisy’s was Milo. Sheep, in general, are meek (Meeko) and mild (Milo) creatures, thus the names hehe. And whenever I look at them from now on, I shall always remember how it feels to be surrounded by blessed people who are equally meek, mild and not to mention, generous and thoughtful too.
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