No days off.

What’s your daily schedule like?

As mommies, our list of things to do are endless… we are always the first one to wake up- to prepare breakfast, baons, uniforms, etc and we are usually always the last one to settle down in bed. There’s kids to take care of, feed, bathe, put to bed, cuddle, there’s the pile of laundry, the dogs to feed and groom, a house to clean, meals to cook, groceries to do, a husband to take care of and so on and if you’re also working mom like me, I’m sure that you are most likely exhausted at the end of the day. And by weekend, you feel like screaming and just want to run away… But you don’t because you’re a mother and we don’t give up on our kids, on our families and we go on no matter how we feel. But even mommies need time off, at least for a few hours or a even just a few minutes.

But is that really possible? When we don’t even seem to have time to comb our hair? Let me share with you how I relax and find a few precious mommy time to myself.

There’s really no secret to finding time, it’s all about making time and learning to organize and prioritize what is important.

  • Make a to do list. Be organize. Get your phones out and write down all the things that you need to do for the day. Order what needs to be done first. When you have a list, you can be more focused and you can be sure not to forget anything.
  • Seek God first. This is the top of the list. To seek God first in everything… and I assure you, you’ll be ready for whatever the day may bring. (Matthew 6:33) No matter what’s in your ‘To Do List’ or how many there are, always always spend time with God first, a few minutes to talk to Him or meditate in His Word will go a long way.
  • Teach your kids the importance of respecting time and space. We sometimes underestimate our children, but it may surprise you that they understand what you need and what you want them to do when you talk to them seriously and clearly. Tell them that you need a few minutes to yourself and give them something to do while you have your ‘mommy time’. If you are taking care of an infant, wait while they’re asleep to have your precious time to yourself. If you have toddlers, secure them in a safe playpen or room while you find time to relax.
  • Family Support. If your husband is with you, ask them to take care of the household for a few minutes. If you have a yaya or a relative with you, ask them to spare a few minutes of their time for you

There’s always a way, there’s always time, you just need to make room for it.

When I finally ‘make’ the time, this is what I do, I go to a quiet room in my house, it’s usually the guest bedroom, but sometimes to hide from Noah, ‘my secret place’ can be the closet, the bathroom, the balcony, even the car… I would ask God to take my mind off things that are not important, to take my worries and fears away and allow me to just spend time with Him. This is how I relax, I light up a lamp (my Lampe Berger) to help me feel more relaxed, I read God’s word or just listen to Worship Music and just worship Him through songs or listen to sermons and preachings in podcasts.

I listen to Worship Songs and Just ask GOd to be glorified in all that I do. TO worship Him every minute of every day.

Lampe Berger cleans and purifies the air around my home while providing long lasting and relaxing fragrance. Today I used Summer Rain which is quickly becoming a favorite, because my room just smells so fresh and clean.

To know more about Lampe Berger, please read my previous post about it. Click Here.

And just 20 minutes in my ‘mommy time’, as I covered my lamp… I hear a knock…

Oh My Noah! Well cuddle time is also one way to relax!

Whatever it is you decide to do with your mommy time, make sure you do it because you have to, remember a happy, relax mom makes a happy home. Mommies may not have any days off but we can definitely have some mommy time every day.

How do you make time for yourself? And what do you do to relax? Please share them with me and my readers in the comments section! Thank you!

The day the Lord has made.

Jan 3, 2017
I woke up to messages of greetings on my phone and was super excited! I knew it was going to be a great day! Marco had to go to work but promised a birthday dinner. So it was just me and Noah until dada comes home. I thanked God for another year and set out to prepare for the day. I was excited!- then I saw the mountain of laundry- but said to myself- i will wash them tomorrow for today is my birthday. Went down to prepare breakfast for Noah and then saw the dirty floor (added ‘mop the floor’ to my mental checklist) Got cereals, yoghurt, sliced some fruits for noah, sat him on the table, prayed and told him to start eating and will just feed the dogs. Went out and patchi (my oldest shih tzu) still hasn’t come home (it’s been 2 days) :( saw two big piles of poop (i have two other dogs) out front and the puppies (7 days old) not in their beds. (added all that to my mental to do list). Gave the dogs their food and water and fed noah which as always took about an hour. Cleaned up, washed the dishes, saw some more stuff that needed cleaning and cleaned away. Went out, put the puppies back in their beds, washed the doggy dishes, cleaned out the dog poos, sweeped the fallen leaves, cleaned out the front. Went back in to clean the floors. Gave noah a bath, dressed him up. cleaned the bathroom, took a shower cleaned the room. Noah had a snack and ofcourse decided to wipe his hands on the bed and his shirt and so had to change him again. Past lunchtime and I was exhausted and not feeling very excited anymore. But we head out for lunch anyway because I was going to meet one of my best friend. Just as we were leaving Noah had to ride his ‘car’ and accidentally toppled over the water containers on the side of the house. Of course had to fix that too before we left.
Finally got to the mall for lunch (the friend i was supposed to meet- seems to have forgotten and has not answered any of my messages) Not minding it anymore, I decided I was going to make the most of my birthdate with Noah, so I ordered my favorite meal- and then of course my Noah felt like running all around the restaurant and pulling a small boys hand forcing him to play with him, who naturally didn’t want to be pulled. My birthday lunch turned into a crying moment. Quickly finished our food and i decided to just go home. Driving home, Noah apologized, told me he loved me and promised not to do it again and the uto-uto mom that I am suddenly felt better. The friend I was supposed to meet finally texted way past lunchtime to say he was on his way, but we were already on our way home.
Got home and decided to just rest and sleep. Woke up when Marco’s parents arrived (they brought me a cake) but they had to go back to Cebu so had to prepare for their flight. I decided to go back to sleep with Noah. Woke up with a headache. 7pm and Marco was still at work- i had a feeling the birthday dinner wasn’t happening at all and became very disappointed.
As I was writing this I had to stop. I was getting carried away by all the negative things that had happened. So I thanked God for everything He has done for me and has given me. I don’t want to be ungrateful I told God- sure I had a lot of housework to do- but I have a house! And clothes to wash, dishes to wash because we had something to eat! I have a good handsome 4 year old who may have mood swings at times but overall he’s a sweet boy. My husband may not have been there for my birthday, but he was working. Working for our family. Thankful that he has a job. Thankful that I have a sweet, loving husband
Later on in the evening, my dog Patchi- after 2 days, finally came home, walked straight into the living room as if nothing happened! 
By β€ͺ9pm‬, my bestfriend who didn’t meet us for lunch came over and we had some cake and watched a movie, by 11, Marco came home with flowers and a birthday cake with lit candles!
And that was what happened on the 3rd day of this year.
To some, it may have been an uneventful birthday or not even the best birthday, but to me, to simply be alive makes it the best day ever!
Today is January 4, my birthday is over and we’re 4 days into the new year. I am still alive and breathing. I have so much that God has blessed me with that I don’t even deserve. So today even though it’s no longer my actual birthday, I still celebrate this day, for God has made it and has allowed me to still live and enjoy it. I will definitely be glad and rejoice in it!

Sabi nga ng friend ko, ‘everyday is our birthday’- may everyday of the rest of my life shout out the glory of God alone!

Woooohoooo! Thank you Father God 34 years. Each day brings me so much closer to you!

Ate, (ate so much!) Prayed and Loved in Bali

The whole month of October had been a very busy month. I was working almost everyday. And a week before November, my husband asked what my schedule was the coming week and I said, none. I didn’t quite believe him when he told me to tell my manager to block off the last week because we were going to Bali!

Bali!

I was super excited because my husband said, he’ll be paying for everything! (Kuripot ng asawa ko, kaya big deal ito) Also I have never been to Bali, Indonesia and was looking forward to sleeping and sunbathing by the beach! Yes, I thought Bali was all beaches and sun, so when my husband said 6 nights and 5 whole days- I told him, that’s too long and we’ll be too sun burnt to be recognized after 5 days!

But I was wrong, Bali- is more than just beaches… there was so much to do, so many places to explore, so much food to try and eat eat eat.. and best of all so many opportunities to experience and share God’s love to others!

Day 1 (Oct 26)

We (Marco and I and two of our friends- Gino and Reyson) arrived in Denpasar Airport at around 1am via PAL flight PR537 (left Manila, Oct 25 at 9PM) almost 4 hours flying time.

We exchanged money at the airport (as we’ve read about scams in small money changers around Bali) plus we need money for taxi. We were suddenly millionaires after exchanging just P10,000 (the exchange rate at that time was 1 PHP = 269.35 Indonesian Rupiah.) so that’s equivalent to 2,700,000 IDR!

Because it was late and there was not much taxis around, we agreed to pay the taxi driver 300k IDR fixed rate ‘according to him’. We later found out that we were scammed and we could have insisted on using the meter.

Transportation tips:

  •  Always ask the Taxi driver that you want to use the meter.
  • Uber and Grab taxi is available but not reliable as there are a lot of places that they are not allowed to drop off or pick up passengers
  • You can also book drivers beforehand if you are arriving during the day and plan to tour around. 8-10 hours = 500k IDR
  • Or you can rent scooters (there are many rentals available near most hotels) for 70k-150k IDR)

We stayed at the Tijili Hotel in Seminyak which is only 20 minutes away from the airport (we booked online through Agoda.com) please check my previous post about Tijili Hotel

We woke up at 9am to have breakfast at the hotel and decided to explore the area. It took us just 5 minutes to get to Seminyak Beach.

Seminyak Beach

Marco, me and Gino , Seminyak Beach

Seminyak Beach

enjoying a cool drink by Seminyak Beach

You can choose to walk by the beach or the side walks where you can find lots of interesting things to see and take pictures of.

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Colorful and Festive Seminyak Sidewalk

We then met with Reyson who was making preparations for his wedding in Uluwatu, Bali this January. He hired Ketut for the day and we tagged along with him. We had lunch at Campur Campur

  

We then went to Reyson and his bride’s wedding venue, Tirtha Bridal and were able to take some pretty pictures there too! it was such a lovely place by the cliff.

Tirtha Bridal, Uluwatu Bali

feeling naman namin kami ang ikakasal (mga inggetera)

Uluwatu temple was the next stop. And we all had to wear a sarong. There were available sarongs you can borrow as you enter the area of the temple,(but you can imagine how many people have already used it) So if this is going to be part of your itinerary, please make sure you bring your own.

Our Bali experience will not be complete without tasting the most expensive coffee inthe World. Kopi Luwak or Civet coffee is made from coffee cherries excreted by Civets or Luwak then roasted and grounded and that gives it a unique, rich aroma and smooth flavor. Yes it’s poop coffee. Surprisingly good and strong. Marco was hyper for hours!

Luwak or Asian Palm Civet also called toddy cat

part-digested coffee cherries eaten and defecated by luwaks aka ‘cat poo’

we were shown how they process the most expensive coffee beans in the world.

coffee and tea tasting

After ‘Coffee Poop’ Tasting we went back to Seminyak for another authentic Balinese for Dinner at Warung Made in Seminyak and took a stroll through the shops on our way back to the hotel.

Dinner at Warung Made with Marco, Gino, Ketut (our driver for the day) and Reyson

Day 2 (Oct 27)

We woke up early to have breakfast and decided to just take a metered taxi to Ubud. It took us about 2 hours and paid almost 300k IDR.

On our way to UBUD, once in a while we would pass by little temples and little Rubultos and then we saw a big one and I Sharing about God in the taxi ride when we saw a big rebulto

We checked into Bakung Resort and Villa (also booked through Agoda.com). It was quite far from the main road where the stores and shops were, but it was a very peaceful area as it was near rice fields and local villages. We rented a scooter (which costs 70k IDR for a day) and went to see Tegalalang Rice terraces (20 mins by scooter from Bakung Villa)

  

If you plan to visit this place, make sure you’re prepared to do some hiking (wear sneakers) bring bottled water, a small towel and lather on lots of insect repellant lotions and make sure your cameras are charged and have lots of memory.

Riding around the Bali countryside in a scooter.

We then went back to our hotel, had a quick shower and decided to try an authentic Balinese massage. (The Spas usually close at 9 or 10 PM, so make sure to go early and book beforehand) We then had a light Balinese Dinner.

Ubud Wellness Spa

Night Cap , Ubud, Bali

 

Day 3 (Oct 28)

The next day we woke up early, had breakfast, hired a van for the day that took us to the Tegenungan waterfalls and then back to Tijili Seminyak (600k IDR)

The falls was worth the exhausting down-up-down and up again trek. The water was really cool and refreshing. The view?- marvellous! We were just in awe of God’s wonderful creation.

the view of the falls from the top

  

Went back to Seminyak. Checked in back at Tijili, met with reyson and then Capt. Cha (who we just met at the plane flight to Bali) We had dinner at The Breeze, Samaya and we talked about Papa P., Governor, everything else and best of all God’s amazing love for us all.

Cheers to new friends and great great loving God!

Sunset View at The Breeze, Samaya Resort, Seminyak

Day 4

It was just the two of us as our friends left the night before so we decided to just chill and took pictures around tijili hotel. Lounged at the pool and then hired Nyoman to bring us to Padang Padang aka Julia Roberts Beach and then to Single Fin to watch the sunset, then ended the night with romantic Dinner by the beach.

  

While stuck in traffic, our driver Nyoman shared with us stories from his days working in a cruse ship and we somehow got to talking about religion and he told us that the new Governor of Jakarta- Ahok is a Christian who is very much liked by the people of Indonesia because he is very fair and just and not corrupt (our driver is a Hindu) and

I felt that God is going to do something amazing with Indonesia.

Truly those who follow Christ shines like a bright lamp in a world of darkness and people regardless of religious background can see the difference in our lives. I was able to share about Jesus to Nyoman, even though he seemed a bit upset and the subject was changed. I thanked God for giving us divine opportunities to share His love and I will continue to pray for Governor Ahok, Nyoman and the people of Indonesia.

Sunset Watching, Single Fins, Uluwatu

Romantic Seafood Dinner by the Beach. 


Day 5

We decided to keep our last day relaxed and decided to look for La Plancha Beach Club to have lunch, so we walked by the beach hand in hand, (we were told to look for colourful beanbags and umbrellas that would point us to La Plancha) so we did… kept walking for 30 minutes (I think more) – only to realise we have probably already missed it. Tired, thirsty, hungry and sun burnt- uminit na ang ulo ko at na direct kay Marco lahat. (it’s a good thing I have a very patient husband)

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Marco calling me sung-sung. Gutted na kaya ako!

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So off we went, walked back some more (another 20 minutes) to find out it was actually just 8 minutes away from our hotel!

They don’t bring out the colourful bean bags and umbrellas until late afternoon which was how we missed it.

we got our beach chairs for 100k IDR for 2 hours!

You can rent beach chairs for 50k- 150k a day (depends on the season) for two or you can bring your own towel or blanket if you don’t want to spend for beach chairs.

Spent our last few hours in Bali at La Plancha Beach Club- people and sunset watching. With a choco milk shake for me and Bintang beer for Marco we reflected on how good God has been for allowing us to enjoy such a precious trip.

Terimah Kasi Bali! Ba-BALI-k kami 😍

 I hope you enjoyed reading about our Bali trip. If you have any questions about anything regarding this trip, do let me know!

Where happiness happened

A feast for the eyes and the senses.

The Tijili Hotel experience.

We arrived at Denpasar airport at around 2am. We were understandably exhausted from a late flight and were very eager to rest. I was quite nervous because we chose to book the hotel online simply based on some pictures, a few good reviews and of course the affordable room rates. I wasn’t really sure what to expect.

But as we got down from the taxi, me, my husband and our friends looked at each other excitedly and knew we made the right decision to choose this hotel.

Even before we entered, we were greeted with the hotel’s name in a happy green glow against a gray bricked wall. The doors to the hotel were wide open and we were greeted with a very pretty lobby as we came in.

The colorful, cheerful and inviting lobby of Tijili Seminyak

Oh what a colorful sight it was!

It was definitely a feast for the eyes. I was no longer sleepy as I took in the creative and colorful interior. Everything looked happy and cheerful. We were given welcome drinks and some yummy cakes (which I did not expect given the time) 

My husband Marco with our friends Gino and Reyson

The few staff around at that time and as well as all others we met during our stay were all very friendly and always eager to help and assist.

I felt like a kid grinning at my husband as we walked into our room- I just knew we were going to have a very comfortable stay. Everything was so clean, new and tastefully decorated.

i love the green bathrobes, the whole cozy room- oh i can stay here all day!


We slept well that night in our soft soft bed and pillows and woke up excited to explore Bali. And as we entered the main lounge where the breakfast was served, everything looked even more cheerful in daylight.. it was all just too pretty for words! So allow our pictures to tell you instead.

We love how the lights and the color play out, we felt as if we were in a movie set.

 

  

Even the chairs were very ‘instagramic’. Every corner, every piece was pretty by itself and yet still complimented the whole boutique. 

We took photos everywhere!

There is also always- always a cool, refreshing breeze by the pool deck and the middle of the lounge. There are soft couches everywhere that I always felt tempted to just stay and read, that only the thought of seeing more of Bali stopped me.

The Breakfast selection is just perfect. All you need for a big breakfast to prepare you for a day of surfing and exploring is there.


What I also love about Tijili Hotel is that it is very close to the beach and the shops and restaurants (5 mins walk to the beach and less to the shops and restaurants) and yet it sits on the more quieter road of Seminyak. It was just in the perfect location.

The famous La Plancha beach club is just 8 minutes walk from the hotel

Our Bali trip is one memorable holiday made even more happier and beautiful because of our stay at Tijili Hotel, Seminyak.


-where happiness definitely happened.


Tijili Hotel, Jalan Drupadi 9, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia. Telephone no +623614741888

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Watch out for my next post- “Ate (ate a lot), Prayed and Loved.” A post all about our trip to Bali.