Monday, October 29, 2012

Farewell To a Dear Friend... ='(

When I was small I used to ask around... "where do dogs go when they die?" some say they have their own "Dog Heaven" and some would say that they do not go anywhere cause they do not have soul unlike us people... but you know what? I for one believes that they do have soul and they do have their own piece of heaven... in their master's hearts...

Today marks a new sadness as we lost Bambi, our Dalmatian... She was one of the best that I have ever had. Kenn loves her too which was why Kenn was speechless when she saw Bambi lying on the side,no longer breathing. He couldn't believe it and I guess up until he fell asleep he was thinking of Bambi. I should have known, she was blankly staring at me before we left... I held her and asked if she was okay, I should have known... I even left her a piece of her favorite meatloaf...

When pets die, they also leave us half dead because they are also a part of the family... as what my manager told me once, if you want your secret safe, talk to your dog. Funny but it's true. Dogs are man's bestfriend because for richer or poorer they'll be with you, every step of the way. They are always waiting for you to be home. They're just so special that you can't just ignore them because they are giving such unconditional love.

And today, I pay tribute to a very good dog, a member of our family... Bambi, you will always be remembered... I hope you are happy now in Dog heaven... cause I believe this place can be found inside our heart.

I will miss you dear friend, our family loves you dearly... You may now rest in peace... ='(

Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Family in Grief...

Our family is in yet another challenge and that is recovering from another loss of a family member... my Uncle Luvie Gamao. 

I would say that my uncle has lived life to the fullest that even Diabetes did not stop him from eating his favorite foods. He was a born comedian and even the most exhausting activity wont be able to drain his energy down which is why his passing away has greatly affected the family.

Now I am taking this opportunity to say "Thank You"... for so many things that he did for me and my family and also for the care and love nurtured over the years. I may not have made it in time to see you before you passed away, please take my love and prayers with you... 

Uncle Luvie Graduated at the Muntinlupa National Highschool Batch 1976. He was a professional Choreographer and Dancer who has later conquered the world of film making and had several opportunities to hold shows here and abroad. As quoted by one of his closest friend:

" he was instrumental in the success of MNHS Miss Untied Naitons contest from batch 1976 and 1979. He taught everyone (including me) to be professional dancers"
-Bhungge Remot

I would also like to thank the special people in his life who remembered to pay their last respect Badette and Allan Paule, Bhungge Remot, Weng Ramsey, Cielo Camino-Yabut, Ana Carmela Cortazar, Tristan John Corpuz, Vanessa Klinefelder, Kuhol and for those who were not mentioned here, and those who sent their messages to the family, my sincerest thank you... He may have left us here in this world, but in God's time, we will all be together again...
To my everdearest Uncle Beb, we love you and we will miss you! Goodbye Uncle...

Luvie Gamao Ombleo
January 29, 1953 - October 21, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Never had the opportunity of meeting this disease before, just a word of caution to all moms, this is an airborne disease according to our doctor and can affects babies as well as adults. Here are a few notes that you may want to keep in mind regarding this disease...

What is HFMD?

Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a fairly common viral illness in children. (HFMD is not the same as foot-and-mouth disease, also called hoof-and-mouth disease, which affects animals.)

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is an illness that causes sores in or on the mouth and on the hands, feet, and sometimes the buttocks and legs. The sores may be painful. The illness usually doesn't last more than a week or so

HFMD most often occurs in preschoolers, although adults and children of any age can get it. Most adults have developed antibodies against it from previous exposure. HFMD most often shows up in the summer and fall.

HFMD can be caused by any of a number of viruses, most commonly the coxsackie virus. Although in very rare cases HFMD can lead to viral meningitis or encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), children usually recover just fine, without treatment, in a week to ten days.

What are the symptoms?

If your baby contracts HFMD, he'll first have a mild fever. You may notice that his appetite isn't what it usually is. He may also have a sore throat and feel lousy in general.

Is it serious? Find out fast

It usually takes 3 to 6 days for a person to get symptoms of hand-foot-and-mouth disease after being exposed to the virus. This is called the incubation period.

A day or two after the fever starts, your baby will develop painful sores in his mouth — on his tongue, gums, or the inside of his cheeks. This will likely make him irritable.

Your child may also develop a rash on the palms of his hands, the soles of his feet, and maybe his buttocks. The rash, which isn't itchy, starts out as small, flat, red dots that may turn into bumps or blisters.

Is HFMD contagious?

Yes, the virus can be transmitted through nose and throat secretions, the fluid in the blisters, or stool. While your baby will be most contagious during the week he first shows symptoms, the virus can be transmitted for weeks afterward.

The virus spreads easily through coughing and sneezing. It can also spread through infected stool, such as when you change a diaper or when a young child gets stool on his or her hands and then touches objects that other children put in their mouths. Often the disease breaks out within a community.

If your baby usually goes to daycare, check with the staff about the attendance policy. They may want you to keep your child home until his symptoms are gone or even longer.

Should I call the doctor?

Yes. Although your baby's doctor won't be able to do much, she can make recommendations for fever and pain relief. And if you're not sure that HFMD is what you're dealing with, the doctor can confirm it by taking a look.

If your baby is under 3 months and his rectal temperature reaches 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, call the doctor immediately. (A baby this young with a fever needs to be watched carefully.)

If your baby is at least 3 months old, talk with his doctor about when she'd like you to call. She may suggest that you call if your baby's temperature reaches 101 degrees F or higher, or, once he's 6 months old, when his fever reaches 103 degrees F.

One thing your doctor will be watching for is dehydration, because the mouth sores may make it difficult for your baby to drink anything. If your baby shows any signs of dehydration — such as a dry, parched mouth or going six hours or more without wetting his diaper — call his doctor immediately.

How is it treated?

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease usually doesn't need treatment. You can use home care to help relieve your child's symptoms.

Offer your child plenty of cool fluids to help with sore throat. Cold foods such as flavored ice pops and ice cream also may help.
Don't give your child acidic or spicy foods and drinks, such as salsa or orange juice. These foods can make mouth sores more painful.
For pain and fever, give your child acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen (such as Advil). Do not give your child aspirin. It has been linked to Reye syndrome, a serious illness.

For any other symptoms not mentioned here, it is always best to consult with your Pediatrician. For more information on this disease please visit Baby Center.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Teething Pain

For several days now, Enzo has been suffering from fever and restlessness all because of four molar teeth that is growing and it has already been several days and it has not yet erupted. He has lost his big appetite for his milk and very rarely plays.

I did some reading about stage and found some helpful tips in Smart Parenting.

To help babies with teething pain, Dr. Salazar suggests using products such as Solcoseryl dental adhesive paste, Xylogel or SansFluo Teething Gel, with, of course,prior approval from your pediatrician.
As parents, we  naturally want to give the best for our children and help them when they feel any discomfort.  Here are a couple tips parents can do.

1. Put on the pressure. Provide chew toys and teethers that can relieve the pain and discomfort of teething. Make sure though to keep these toys and teethers clean.

2. Soothe the discomfort with cold. Parents can give their children a chilled washcloth or teethers that have been cooled in the fridge or freezer. The cold temperature soothes the gums, and the pressure from chewing on these soothes teething discomforts. Mashed frozen fruit are also good alternatives.

3. Give lots of touch and hugs. Never underestimate the power of touch.  Gently rub and massage babies’ gums or jaw line and give lots of hugs and affection.

Teething is a part of growing up and all babies have to go through it. With a time, a few tips and tricks and lots of TLC, the growing pains of teething can be managed and soon be overcome.

* Dr. Junice Salazar is a member of the Philippine Dental Association and the International Association of Orthodontics.      

These are only simple guidelines , it will still be best to consult with your doctor so we are on our way to check with Dra. Samson, our Pediatrician at Muntinlupa Medical Center to see what is best for Enzo. This is a normal stage in his life and I want to help make it easier though I am pretty sure that it will all be okay.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Halloween Activities!

it's Halloween time again and I guess kids are starting to round up their costumes for the big event! Trick or treat events has been buzzing all over the metro and I would like to share with you guys some of the fun activities that you and your kids will love!

Fun Ranch Schedule of Activities for Kids:
Trick or Treat Halloween Party!
October 20, 2012  1:00-5:00 PM

October 26, 2012  4:00-7:00 PM

SM Mall Of Asia

Masquerade Ball at SM Skating Rink!
Come in your best masquerade costumes and win prizes!

For only P500, enjoy Unli-Ice Time plus unlimited photobooth usage, face painting, sweet treats and refreshments from 4:00 until 8:00 pm.For inquiries, please call 862-7712.

SM Ice Skating is located at the Ground Floor, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

Spooktacular Masquerade party
at Active Fun!

October 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm.

Admision Fee is 500 (general) and P450 (Fun Club members)

Cartoon Network
invites all to a Halloween Hoeroes Hunt!

October 27, 2012 at SM Megamall Event Center from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

To join, simply purchase a minimum of P500 (must include Halloween and/or Cartoon Network item)at Toy Kingdom. Redeem tickets at Toy Kingdom SM MEGAMALL branch until 11am on October 27, 2012.

Toys R Us
invites all to a
Monster High Ghoul Party

Robinsons place Manila
October 27, 2012

Robinsons Galeria
October 28
Party starts at 4:00 PM

To register for the ghoul parade, simply purchase any regular-priced Monster High item (single-receipt) from anyof the participating Toys R’ Us stores from October 1 to 28, 2012 to get one (1) Monster High Ghoul Pass . You could win exciting prizes!

More exciting acivities in the next posts!!! See you all!!!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Jhayzelle Anne Margarette!

Kenn has had beautiful childhood memories because he has shared most of his early days with his favorite cousin Ate Jamjam... Jhayzelle was 1 when Kenn was born so there was almost no age gap between them. We have had a lot of good memories with this very, very nice girl who will soon be turning 8 this November and as a glimpse of the past, here are some of the pictures she has left with us since we moved to the new house...

I can still remember the night before  my sister-in-law gave birth, I was in a state of panic calling out to everyone because her bag of water broke. And before she was taken to the hospital, I was able to give her a Rosary that she took with her. And I can still remember when she told me that she pleaded to the nurse not to get the rosary away from her  because I gave it to her. =) sweet...

When Jhayzelle was born, everyone in the family was so happy and she was the family's first baby...

She was a year old when this was taken...

Her name was actually suggested by the whole family... Jhayzelle was suggested by our youngest brother, Anne Margareth was from big bro and sis in law and as for me... well I suggested for them to add it all up, I remembered that we were debating about the name During a dinner.

So we all ended up with Jhayzelle Anne Margarette! short for Jam... =)

Jhayzelle at 2 and Kenn almost 1 year old.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Daddy's Trip to Daranak Falls!

After Daddy's trip to Antiplo, they (him and the rest of the goup SGRG) went straight to Daranak Falls, a place that I haven't seen yet but if you guys want to check it out, here are a few of hte pictures that were taken.

Daranak falls came from the phrase “Dadanak ang dugo” its directly translated “the spilling of blood” It is located at Bgy. Tandang Kutyo in the town of Tanay.

This is favorite location shooting area of most local and international movies and advertising outfits in the country

As per Daddy Jon, it took him about an hour to put this together.. LOLz

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Daddy's Trip to Antipolo!

It is said that Antipolo Church is the "Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines"

Antipolo is in the northern half of Rizal Province
It is found on the slopes of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. Much of the city sits on a plateau averaging 150 meters.

Last September 30, Daddy Jon had the opportunity to join his co-riders (SGRG - Southern Gentlemen Riders Group) to a trip going to Antipolo Church... It was one of his long trips with his motorcycle and he wanted me to share some of their pictures with you guys...

These were the pictures taken during the blessing of the motorcycles...