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Two Minutes, Two Years, and A Thousand Miles: A Smart LiveMore Post

It seems like I looked away for two minutes, and not two years, to watch my Basti go from this:

Taken on Basti’s first day on earth.

To this:

Basti blowing out his Swell Sweets Cookie Monster cake.


Suddenly, we’ve got words, animal sounds, the alphabet, counting from 1-20 and the dialogue of Toy Story coming out of his mouth. Suddenly he’s asking for specific food from the refrigerator and telling me whether he wants rice, soup or a banana. When before he couldn’t stand to be without nursing, even just for an hour, now a full day goes by before he cuddles up and asks.

Just last night I came out of the bathroom after my evening toilette (YES I used that word) to find The Painter lying down beside Basti, staring at him. No, not in some heartwarming-father-and-son-moment way, but just simply STARING. I asked him what was up and he was like, “Nothing. I’m just looking at him. He’s so huge.”

And then the other day, we were talking about schools. I was scheduling school visits for the coming weeks and I noticed that The Painter was getting lost in thought. When I asked what he was thinking about, he was like, “What if I’m away? I’m going to miss these. All these big moments.”


All of this sentiment coincides with Smart’s new #LiveMore commercial, right here:

Oh how I wish it were about me and Orley in our more carefree, younger days, but I just can’t fit into a dress like that anymore.

The point. These days, as long as you have a strong, reliable and fast mobile and internet connection, few things can escape you. You could really be a thousand miles away and never miss a thing. Lately, The Painter and I have been talking about the big plans that Art has for our future, and fortunately/unfortunately, those plans involve a big plane, a different continent, and more than just a thousand miles away. We’re not sure how they will pan out, but one thing’s for sure: an indefinite period of time when our family will be apart. Sigh. Sad, sure, but not impossible to overcome. There’s chat, phone calls, video calls, messaging, Face Time, and all the other ways we can keep each other close through modern communication. With a mobile and internet connection I can count on from Smart, to #LiveMore with each other is possible even when living apart. Life’s biggest moments deserve it.


This post is sponsored by Smart Communications.


It’s My Time, It’s My Life to #LiveMore: A Smart LiveMore Post

Check out the new song for the Smart LiveMore campaign.

The song was composed and mixed by the impressive duo of James Banbury and Pete Davis. On their own, they boast an impressive resume; Banbury has worked with U2, Snow Patrol and Depeche Mode, while Davis did work with Gwen Stefani, The Spice Girls and Bjork. As collaborators, they’ve done work for Marriot Hotels, Tropicana and Cathay Pacific. They team up again to compose this song for the Philippines’ biggest network, Smart.

I first listened to it with my eyes closed (I got distracted by the words onscreen) and let my brain run free. Some of the images and thoughts that came to my head: running really fast; jumping off a cliff; a really strong and steady heartbeat; standing on top of the tallest building ever and seeing the world spread out below my feet; Basti’s laugh; my husband at the studio; scuba diving in washing-machine-currents; lying flat on my back in a field of flowers.

The lyrics are simple, but the message is crystal-clear. I love it for its positivity and joy, and it’s a great affirmation to my personal statement to focus on the more important things in life.

So for my time to #LiveMore, I’m going to strive to:

    • Let go of the little things and shrug off the mountains that are actually molehills. My energy is best spent on better things.
    • Focus on what really matters with the things I believe in and let go of the technicalities. To help women into breastfeeding with compassion and not by lecture; to share babywearing in the spirit of love and enjoyment of your baby; to appreciate motherhood, mothers and achieve balance.
    • To teach my child the value of fun. Not everything has to make sense, and not everything is built on rules.
Smart is very, well, uhm, SMART with this campaign. A good connection is practically a necessity these days. Communication plays such a huge part in our aim to get our lives going, no matter where we are at the moment. A great connection gives us one less thing to worry about and more time to just LIVE. And #LiveMore, at that.
I have to admit, the song gave me LSS*. If you’re like me, and the only way you can appease LSS is by listening to the song again and again, here’s the good news for you: Smart subscribers can download this song for free! Just log on to  http://m.smart.com.ph/livemore and click on “download”. Smart subscribers can also get this as a ringback tune FREE for 30 days by texting LIVEMORE  to 2728. Enjoy!!
*Last Song Syndrome


Islands Apart: A Smart LiveMore Post

I consider myself lucky that my immediate family is here with me, and I can see them anytime. It was a frustration to not have a province when I was growing up though; I so badly wanted to be able to speak a dialect like my friends and classmates! But my dad hailed from Bulacan, and my mom is a true-blue city girl (No province! My grandmother lived in Intramuros), so we are as Tagalog as Tagalog can get.

When I married The Painter I was so giddy that I can now say that Cebu is my family’s province, and I am determined that Basti learn how to speak even just basic Cebuano. I love learning languages, and I’ve also started to learn Cebuano. When we go home to Cebu I even kind of take on the accent. It’s kinda contagious, hehe. Plus, it makes it easier for them to understand what I’m saying.

But for The Painter, I know it’s not easy to be away from home. His entire family is in Cebu, including two lovely children who have learned to call me mommy. Yes, my dear friends, I am Sharon Cuneta a Madrasta.

I am with Basti every second of the day, so I can imagine how hard it is for my husband to be away from his children for months at a time. We only see them twice a year, if we’re lucky. Sometimes, once a year is all we get. We get so surprised at how fast they grow when we see the pictures their mother posts on Facebook. Everytime we go home, I can always catch a wistful look on my husband’s face when he sees how big his kids have grown. As much as he tries to be there for every birthday, moving-up day or any special holiday, sometimes it’s just not possible.

We know how important it is to keep connected. We want a real, loving relationship between the children. And while we can’t hop on over at a moment’s notice, we do have other means – text, call, video call, chat – to keep the connection real and tangible. Children grow up so fast, and every second counts. And here’s the #truestory – in my husband’s baranggay in Cebu, the only ONLY reliable connection is Smart.

The Painter’s Wife is a proud partner of Smart’s call to #LiveMore. Their newest campaign is something I can relate to as a mother. The need for a reliable connection is a real and genuine need for us, and we are glad to have that with Smart. Check out their newest TV ad, and visit smart.com.ph to learn more. #LiveMore with Smart!