Baby’s Firsts #1: First Toy

So after buying and inheriting all the required baby necessities, I went and bought the first “non-essential” item. A toy. (Though they are truly essentials, I mean, what are you going to buy them for their mental development, a netbook? That’s for me)

I just found this too cute, so I bought it:

I like that there are different textures, which are so important for a baby to explore. I want Sebastian to be open to experiences and starting him off on textures is the best way to establish that. The “musical” part of the inchworm isn’t that impressive, but I didn’t buy it for that. I can just imagine Baby Basti carrying this around with him. So cute.

I almost bought this from a Multiply seller. I actually bought a number of my maternity, nursing and baby things from Multiply sellers because they are generally lower-priced than department stores. This one was being sold at a Multiply site for Php1,500.00. I found it at Toy Kingdom for Php799.95. That’s just about a hundred bucks more expensive than Amazon.com. Miss Multiply seller, you’re overpricing!

The Lamaze toys are all cute. I think we’ll get a couple more while Sebastian is growing up. My 7 years as a Gymboree teacher really taught me to be picky with toys. My next stop is the bookstore for baby’s first soft book and first bedtime book. I think his first CD will be the Beatles.

I’m at 39 weeks and not a sign of labor. All my classmates from childbirth class are popping infants out one by one. Now that Orley’s back from his Cebu trip, maybe I can give birth.. tomorrow? Oh please. It’s not easy being pregnant in this heat.

Baby’s Firsts #1: First Toy – The Lamaze Musical Inchworm

So after buying and inheriting all the required baby necessities, I went and bought the first “non-essential” item. A toy. (Though they are truly essentials, I mean, what are you going to buy them for their mental development, a netbook? That’s for me)

I just found the Lamaze musical inchworm too cute, so I bought it:

lamaze musical inchworm

I like that there are different textures, which are so important for a baby to explore. I want Sebastian to be open to experiences and starting him off on textures is the best way to establish that. The “musical” part of the inchworm isn’t that impressive, but I didn’t buy it for that. I can just imagine Baby Basti carrying this around with him. So cute.

I almost bought this from a Multiply seller. I actually bought a number of my maternity, nursing and baby things from Multiply sellers because they are generally lower-priced than department stores. This one was being sold at a Multiply site for Php1,500.00. I found it at Toy Kingdom for Php799.95. That’s just about a hundred bucks more expensive than Amazon.com. Miss Multiply seller, you’re overpricing!

The Lamaze toys are all cute. I think we’ll get a couple more while Sebastian is growing up. My 7 years as a Gymboree teacher really taught me to be picky with toys. My next stop is the bookstore for baby’s first soft book and first bedtime book. I think his first CD will be the Beatles.

I’m at 39 weeks and not a sign of labor. All my classmates from childbirth class are popping infants out one by one. Now that Orley’s back from his Cebu trip, maybe I can give birth.. tomorrow? Oh please. It’s not easy being pregnant in this heat.

Spa Wherever You Are – A Review

spa wherever you are

I love home service spas. When we used to live in Town and Country on Marcos Highway, Orley and I would occasionally call therapists from Renmar Spa, who had some of the best massage therapists we’ve ever encountered in a home service spa. Cheap too.

But after Ondoy happened, and we had to move to Novaliches (where it’s rumored that you need a passport and a visa to enter – not true. But it is that far), it was bye-bye Renmar and hello to place where home service spas didn’t exist.

Upon doing a search, I found Spa Wherever You Are, a home service spa that had Novaliches Proper in their list of service area. So I called for a massage for Orley and a mani-pedi for me because they had a minimum charge for my area (again, yes, it’s that far).

They arrived on time, shuttled by a mini-jeep with their banner happily painted on its side.

Pros:

1. Professional therapists with complete and clean equipment.

2. Reasonable price.

Unfortunately, there are more cons.

1. My nail technician was good enough. She worked cleanly and accurately. No cuts. Except she advertised herself too much to the extent of berating her co-workers. Probably so I would ask for her the next time I call for service. It was such a turn-off.

2. Orley said his massage was just okay. For the same price, he’s had better massages.

3. Even though the girl who took my call asked me specifically if I needed change and I answered that I did, the girls weren’t told. I had to scramble around for barya and ended up giving them small tips because that’s all the money I had.

4. They were picked up late. They stayed in my house for an extra 45 minutes (till almost midnight) until my pregnant self couldn’t take it anymore. I had to show them out and they waited in our front lawn for their pickup jeep. I have no idea what time they really left.

Now that I actually live in the area they often service, I have no desire to avail of their services again.

Rating: 7/10

Revival

And this blog is back.

Only now because basically after all these events:

  • Typhoon Ondoy and losing our iMac
  • Pregnancy
  • Twitter name sale and the purchase of the new iMac
  • Moving in with lola
  • Moving out of lola’s and into our new home
  • Being pregnant

…it is only now that I have time to… exhale. Wooza.

This is what I look like now. Yes that’s actually a baby. No, I did not swallow a watermelon. It’s the roundest tummy ever, I know.

I dressed up because Orley and I went out for the evening. As hermitic as we both are, we do get out sometimes to take a glimpse of the outside world. One of the few things that drags Orley out from his easel is an exhibit opening. That night it was a group show at Galerie Anna, one of the few galleries we deal with:

We look at the art and Orley exchanges news and hangs out with his colleagues.

Sometimes I mingle, sometimes I browse the paintings. But really, most of the time you can find me here:

Yes, I am predictable that way.

We rarely do the exhibit-hopping thing, but Orley’s good friend Jojo also had an exhibit at Art Verite at Serendra:

I didn’t stay too long. I went to Fully Booked instead.

We usually end the evening with a snack. I wanted something cold loaded with ice, so we went for a Chowking Halo-Halo. No pictures, as I can wolf down a halo-halo faster than you can make it.

Orley’s back in painting-mode again. He did something wonderful way back in December, but I’m a little too lazy to brag about it right now. Maybe next time.