The 24th of April 2010 was the day our two best friends finally tied the knot after nine long years of being in a relationship. To Maica and Stephen, words are not enough on how to describe how we feel seeing you guys received the Sacrament of Matrimony.

You both are lovely together - Mr. & Mrs. Dioresma. BEST WISHES! and we expect to have babies coming soon. And so here's the video that we, together with Mhon and Justin made just for you. Oh, thanks to Fran for the editing. Enjoy!

final dose:
keep on rocking the bed!


swim school is cool

Needless to say, the arm floaters that we bought our little boy would now be rarely used. Angelo is learning to swim this summer and he is learning pretty quick.

When we looked at options on what our little boy should be busy doing this school break, swimming class was our first option. But apparently, those that we inquired about were too far from our place. We needed a more convenient activity, and so we went with Arnis lessons at Doce Pares, which is within our village. We had to condition our son's mind that he was going to ninja school, so that learning Arnis would be fun for him. But unfortunately, we saw that he had little interest and, no offense to the institution, but they train with serious discipline, which is way too much for our three year old. So after two days in ninja school, we just had to let him stop.

The good thing is, there's Sandtrap, located along Maria Luisa Road, and just a five minute drive from our place. They offer swimming lessons with a maximum of three students per trainer, and the best part is, we got to chose the 5pm to 6pm schedule. Very convenient.

Angelo is on his fourth session so far and he has quickly learned how not to be afraid to hold his breath underwater and do flutter kicks. As long as he is enjoying and learning, we don't mind buying expensive Speedo goggles for him. This might be the start of something big, who knows . He might just be the next Michael Phelps.

Zai Angelo learning how to swim, doing a friendly swim race with his classmate Matty

final dose:
swimming school is cool, so says our boy.



For four years, we went through, we endured, we are still and hopefully going strong!

It has been another wonderful year, and each is surely sweeter than the last. Let's spend more of these together, happy anniversary to us!

Love is the answer, at least for most of the questions in my heart, like
Why are we here? And where do we go? And how come it's so hard?
It's not always easy and sometimes life can be deceiving
I'll tell you one thing, it's always ...
better when we're together

Let's go grab a beer and be nasty!

final dose:
the post is a little late, but the message is what matters


in search of eggs

When I was a kid, there were a lot of things I looked forward to during summer. There's kite-flying, beach outings, summer lessons, and the holy week fun.

Easter Sundays are one of the fondest memories of my childhood. All throughout the solemn holy week, my cousins and I wait anxiously for the weekend, when we get to paint the eggs that we will hunt for and get to design our bunny ears headgear, as well as our Easter baskets. And on the day itself, we get very excited after the Sunday mass. It's a reunion and a party, filled with unadulterated fun.

There is always that kid in you that wishes for the special childhood days once again. So I try as much as I can to also let my son experience what I went through when I was about his age. Even if we don't live in a compound with neighboring relatives, we made it a point to organize our own Easter egg hunt, even with just three kids involved.

the three cousins in their first easter egg hunting

So our Easter Sunday was just that, three kids - Vinzcarl, Raine and our little boy Angelo with thirty five painted eggs to find, it was the first for the three kids and I bet it will be a lasting memory for them.

final dose:
easter in itself is resurrection, resurrection of happiness