Browsing Category: "Baby Activities"

Future Equestrian

I have observed Bella’s fascination with animals especially with horses when she was about a year old. She saw a real horse during that age at Malagos, Garden Resort and I first blogged about her love for horses last May 2013. I thought she has already forgotten it but when she saw a real horse again in our recent Bukidnon trip, she can’t help but come near it. Her Tita Din told me that she even fed the horse with grasses. I find it a little scary actually but Tita said that Bella was having a great time.

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At Home with Jollibee

Being an institution in its industry, Jollibee is already a household name and it has become a part of childhood stories including Bella. If there is one brand that this girl will never forget, I am sure it would be Jollibee. We would often joke around teasing her about being one of the stockholders of Jollibee because aside from being the official pasalubong, it has also been part of Tatay’s  expense every pay day.

I went for some errands yesterday and since Ate Din is busy with her BBQ business, I decided to tag along Bella thinking that I will immediately be back home after paying the bills. My original itinerary was to go to the bank then settle some bills. I could easily do it in a grocery store near our place but since Bella is with me, I opted to go to SM City for a quick mom and daughter bonding time. Bella was so excited thinking that he could play at Zoofari but due to time constraints, I just let her do the Carousel ride. Good thing that she was so happy about it. Oh, simple joys!

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One of the Boys

I wonder why my little girl loves to play with her Uncles. I oftentimes think that she would prefer playing with kids her age but surprisingly, she can be considered one of the boys as she would insist on joining the activities of her uncles who are way older that her.

Two of my cousins from Manila stayed with us for a few days while waiting for our Grandmother’s birthday celebration in our province in South Cotabato last week. Their appearance on our Lola’s birthday is part of the surprise so they could not be there in advance. While they are here, we did several bonding activities like swimming in the nearby beach, visiting the park and had dinner during our wedding anniversary.

As of this writing, they are already back in Manila but the short time spent with them are not just fun but super memorable. I am sure Bella would miss his Uncles since she really had a great time with them too.

Originally published in November 7, 2013.

Helping Your Child Love Nature

One way to encourage your child’s interest in nature is by going on outdoor trips.  These can range from hikes on walking trails to vacations that include camping and fishing in the woods.  Have your child help select supplies and equipment for your dog who will accompany you on your trips.  Give your child the job of caring for the dog.  Be one of the families who takes their dog along when they go on extended journeys; some bring them on skiing trips and outdoor vacations – even on exciting activities like whitewater rafting and canoeing.  Involve the kids in selecting items for your pet when preparing for your trip.  Let them find the Groupon promo codes and pick the items to order.

Bella with the waves

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Gardening with Daddy

As a child, I never really had the chance to get acquainted with any chores at home because most of our vacant time is spent in our small food business. That is why I regret not knowing how to grow a plant or having a garden at home. Even until now I find hard to even grow a simple plant.


I think Bella is growing to be my total opposite. As early as one year old, she has shown fondness in all the chores she sees at home. I think this is due to the influence of my parents who serve as Bella’s role models.


Aside from sweeping the floor or assisting Mommy in the laundry, Bella also loves to do gardening with Daddy. She usually assists Daddy in his small vegetable garden at home. Although she would be sweating all over, Bella seems to be very happy and proud whenever she could contribute in any chores at home.

I am just so proud of my little girl. She’s growing to be very smart and responsible. Thanks be to God!

Originally published in Sep 20, 2013 @ 21:09.
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