Thursday, October 25, 2018

Sta Fe Mexican Supermarket and Taqueria | #ChicSassyMomxUSA

Hola! ๐Ÿค—My son and I went on a field trip to Santa Fe Mexican Supermarket. We're hunting for the authentic sour cream and cheese to go perfectly with DIY tacos. It's such a fiesta to the eyes!๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

Mexican Market, Meat and Taco Shop
Pinata Estrella Grande
Spice and Everything Nice
El Mexicano, La Costena Chipotle, Nacho Cheese, and more
Helados La Tapatia Ice Cream
 Carne Al Pastor, Fajitas De Pollo
El Mexicano Casero Crumbling Cheese ...you buy it per pound
Shopping Finds for authentic Mexican Tacos and Wraps...marinate pork, El Mexican Sour Cream, pound of Crumbling Cheese, Cilantro, Santa Fe Soft Taco Flour Tortillas
dela Rosa Mazapan Original Peanut Candy
Yassss! Taco nights are here at last! ๐Ÿ˜‹

DIY Taco Wrap ๐ŸŒฏ๐ŸŒฎ
I made fresh tomato salsa, just because I have too many tomatoes sitting. Instead of tortillas, you can use nacho to make it like a taco salad. The Mexican sour cream sets out as a nice base, it brings the flavors together (though, I can't still taste the difference vs. the classic sour creams ๐Ÿค”). The same goes for the cheese, which can actually comes out almost bland, with just a little salty and cheesy taste to it, but it sets out to be a nice extender to the authentic Mexican Feast. (The cheese comes in a block...to make it crumble, I cut a portion of it, then in a zip lock bag, I mash it.) The cilantro, surprisingly, is not so overpowering, it's not how I remember it from back home. It just blends perfectly and adds more crisps and fresh taste. My friends said that the chicken fajitas are as good, so we'll save it for another time. Though, more often than not, we're used to the fusion taste where tacos, nachos and quesadillas are sweeter and cheesier, no fresh salsa and cilantro. But so far, we're keeping the whole experience as authentic as possible just like how we remember it at Tacos El Chavo, so I haven't added any cheese (I love cheese! I hoard all kinds of cheese!) besides the crumbling cheese. It's such a joy to do taco nights at home... cheesy, messy and greasy, sooooh good! ๐Ÿ˜‹

Santa Fe Newark is located at 7356 Thornton Ave., Neward, CA 94560. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

All I Want For Christmas from Taiwan with Love, Luck and Laughter | #PR

Nihao! ๐Ÿค—Because I love and miss Taiwan and its soooh many beautiful dramas, sharing with you gift ideas and the ongoing promotion from Taiwan Excellence. 

Gift giving in its many, varied forms, is a huge part of the holidays. It’s not about getting gifts or material possessions; it’s a reflection of the season’s underlying values of generosity, thoughtfulness, and love. 

The act of getting the perfect gift for your loved ones has its own rewards. The idea of surprising them on Christmas Eve is even more enjoyable. But “fun” becomes stressful when you find yourself in the middle of an overwhelmingly large crowd inside a mall, clueless about what gift to buy for them. 

While almost everyone chooses to give impressive and dazzling presents for their loved ones, here are some ideas on what to give every member of your family: 
For your little brother or sister: The 8-megapixel Papershoot Wood - TW Cypress Camera Set can be their buddy in capturing family fun at home. It is thin and lightweight, so your younger sibling can bring it anywhere. Moreover, it has three lens modes they can play with: fisheye is best used for dramatic wide shots; wide angle will be great for that formal family picture during Noche Buena, and macro can give you Instagram-worthy shots of gifts, decors, and sumptuous dishes on the table.  
This kid-friendly device uses heavy stone paper made from inorganic mineral powder, making it safer for them to use. Despite its light materials, the product is water-resistant and durable.  
For Ate and Kuya : Make a joyful Christmas for your siblings by giving them the Acer Predator X27. Equipped with HDR ultra monitor, this high-grade playing rig can provide realistic visuals to make them feel planted on the gaming terrains. This product can help ate and kuya further make their battlestations more immersive.  
For Mom: The Tatung 11-Cup Stainless Steel Multi-Functional Cooker is a perfect home partner for your mom to help her prepare warm meals for the family. It has four modes: Braise is ideal for cooking food that only require light frying. If your mom wants to make dumplings or rice cakes for noche buena, she can use put it in Steam. Cooking can handle up to 11 cups of uncooked rice. Lastly, since the weather will be cold, encourage her to make porridge for the family using the Stew mode.
For Dad: And for dad who is always on the go, the latest Asus Zenfone 5 series (5, 5Q, and 5Z) suit him. It can be his companion when working or just unwinding after a tedious day.  These phones have clear cameras that can be used when reporting at work. Equipped with large storage of 64 megabytes, dad can also download games he can play and films he can watch during his breaks. 
Getting these for your loved ones can help you score more luck and love this season. If you buy Taiwan Excellence seal items from participating PC Express stores, you stand to win more awesome devices.

All Taiwant for Christmas Promo
From October 22 to December 3, 2018, customers who purchase Taiwan-based products with a  minimum value of Php 2,000.00 from PC Express branches will be given a chance to join the Dice game where you must correctly guess the outcome of the dices to be rolled. Lucky participants can take home Christmas giveaways from Taiwan Excellence.  You will also be given a chance to win premium-grade devices when you join the All Taiwant for Christmas Promo. 
The raffle draw will be on December 14, 2018, at 4 PM at PC Express, Gilmore Plus, New Manila, Quezon City.   
Christmas won’t be the same without the family around. Unwrap bliss and surprises at home this Yuletide Season with these gifts from Taiwan. These are specially tested and evaluated by Taiwan Excellence with guidance from the Bureau of Foreign Trade to promote Taiwan's revolutionary products.

For more information on Taiwan Excellence accredited products, visit taitra.org.tw/ or like Taiwan Excellence on Facebook.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Kocowa or Viki or Netflix | Life after Dramafever Shutdown #FangirlProblem

Annyeong, cinggu! ๐Ÿค—

The struggle is real. Truly, life without Dramafever is unpleasant and uncomfortable. Dramafever offered a wide range of choices both for classic and current Korean and Chinese dramas (e.g. Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms and Love 020). So even though I have subscription for Viki Pass Plus, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, I needeed Dramafever in my life. This is the first weekend that I found myself browsing all three of them, and just couldn't find the right drama to watch (separation anxiety much ๐Ÿ˜…). So I went on to subscribe to Kocowa.

Me and my Korean Dramas over a glass of Pinot Noir. #MeTime 
I was here for My Secret Terrius (Terius Behind Me). I'll give it a try, and will see. But I'm missing a lot of interface that Dramafever and Viki offer.

NEW page. Shows off all of the episodes that are uploaded. It can go on and on. I don't like it. It is time confusing to scroll down to look for a drama. I like to still just see the latest episode uploaded and just option to select episodes. 
There's no reviews, and it is just hearts. There's no option to drill down or double click for other works of actors and actress unlike Viki and yes, Dramafever. So far, I don't see Chinese Drama. I'm not sure if I'll stick around, so we'll take it one drama at a time.

Viki Pass Plus 
Annyeong, I'm Noona Des, even on IG for strictly fangirling stuff ๐Ÿคซ, follow me, let's fangirl together. Oops, look at my Followed Shows, they're currently mostly Chinese and Taiwanese dramas because I adore Deng Lun and Mark Zhao.

Viki Pass Plus Interface on Popular Korean and Chinese Dramas 
Viki is not perfect. But for the meantime, to feed your drama soul, Viki is it.

Netflix US Korean Movies and Dramas
For Netflix, you can drill down to Korean Movies, Dramas, and Romantic Dramas, but as shown, Korean shows a mix of Korean and Chinese movies and dramas like Meteor Garden 2018. With the recent Mr. Sunshine, episodes with English subtitles came out very timely unlike with Something in the Rain. So this is definitely an improvement, and I'm hoping for the best...more dramas in their library both classic and current, more Chinese (pretty, please!), and better user-interface like updated main artist/leads in the info page, and forward (10-second) button, which I need when I do re-runs.  Though Netflix is my window to the other world, having my Asian Dramas are super sweet icings on the pie.

Lastly, I also have Amazon Prime Video.

Amazon Prime Video Korean Dramas and Movies Library
If there's a Prime notation, it means you can watch it. If it doesn't, it usually shows where you can watch it.

Korean Movies and Dramas available for Prime Video Subscribers
100 Days My Prince is not available via Prime. Before the shutdown of Dramafever, it tells you that you can watch it via Dramafever. Now, it tells you that it's currently unavailable and option to add to Watchlist. Basically, Prime Video holds their own library of movies and dramas of all kinds and genre. Plus, it's also a marketplace for some shows, it shows you where to watch them, if there's a site or app that's available. But so far, most of the exclusive Dramafever shows like Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, it's just unavailable. How sad. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

When fickleness happens, it seems there are so many dramas, but I just want something that was only on Dramafever before. ๐Ÿ™‰#FangirlProblem I'm currently stuck. I don't feel like going back to the illegal streaming sites because the ads just get to me. So please, I'm hoping that something's cooking over there at Warner Brothers to bring back a bigger and better Korean and Chinese Dramas and Movies streaming site and app. Pretty, please. Okay, thank you. Bye! ✌๐Ÿป

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Dramafever Shuts Down ๐Ÿ™‰ | #FangirlProblem

Annyeong, cinggu! Hope all is well. Yesterday, Dramafever casually officially informed the fandom that they've been shut down. Instantly. A day before, I checked on 100 Days My Prince, which is exclusively licensed for streaming by them. It said that the episode will be delayed until further notice. My initial reaction was to check Wikipedia for its ratings. It's there! Episode 12 even noted a rating best. Yesterday, tadaaaa, this notice came about.


Even the Dramafever News Site showed the same notice. Late in the evening, even the Twitter account was deactivated and so was the Instagram account. ๐Ÿ™‰ I said it on my Twitter rant, even an illegal streaming site cares to notify somehow, just as common courtesy. Something's amiss!!! This is a platform that's apparently owned now by Warner Bros. That's all the more worrisome considering there should have been better planning on how to advise their loyal patrons on this mishap coming from an established company...no words! ๐Ÿ™ˆ

With how things went, it seemed it was done on impulse...feels like a drama is unfolding. They said they will refund. I'm on monthly, so that should be okay. Truth be told, that's the least of my complain. It's done so haphazardly, just very unbecoming. Assuming they said it's becoming more costly to get licenses with Netflix and Amazon joining in the craze, but my, even Amazon redirects to Dramafever the dramas that are exclusively licensed to Dramafever. And then there's the recently K-Expo 2018 which was from Dramafever. Come to think of it, I barely saw updates from it, even the IG feed of Dramafever didn't show much, or I don't remember seeing any. I just saw the pre-event posts. Even in IG, there's only about 1K hashtags of it, and not a lot of tweet mentions about it too, plus not a remarkable photo that shows off the crowd. Hmmm, considering it featured Astro, with Cha Eunwoo fresh off the success of My ID is Gangnam Beauty, and Infinite's L (Miss Hammurabi). Double hmmmm. ๐Ÿค”

(And more) Hmmmm, I feel so sad and bothered that even the news site was taken down. All those precious articles of our oppas and dramas beautifully and passionately written by our fellow cinggus. I'm beyond bothered and heartbroken. It feels like there is a drama plot that is unfolding.

So assuming they plan to do another platform that will be a better, bigger, etc., if there's something in the works, an established, professionally managed company should have a semblance of strategies, business plans and transition models in place....maybe transitioning patrons to it, even if they wanted to ask for a higher fee, there should have been a period that will offer an opt out or upgrade. Haay naku! Ottoke!? ๐Ÿ™‰

 #Thowback from my Seoul Trip at Digital Media City . Filming location of Pinocchio, etc. 
I'm a premium subscriber for both Dramafever and Viki. I need like them both. But I do love Dramafever more in a way that they release subtitled episodes faster. What to do about those thousands of dramas both Korean and Chinese, which are my addiction happy pills?! I feel so heartbroken. The problem is there are licensed dramas exclusively to them that Viki, Netflix, or Amazon Prime Video couldn't pick up. Not to mention, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, which is my all-time favorite Chinese Drama, that only they have. My goodness.  ๐Ÿ™„

Dramafever has played a big part of fostering my ardent fangirl heart. Thank you for the offline option, which accompanied me on my flights and commutes. I thank everyone for all the passion and commitment to fuel the drama fandom. I feel sad on reading that people (cinggus) would be losing their jobs over this. I hope all will be well. Aja! Aja! Fighting! ✌๐Ÿป

Monday, October 15, 2018

Shoes off, please! ๐Ÿ™‰ | #Petpeeve #OCD #AsianMom

It's probably Asian or cultural thing, but my biggest pet peeve among many other things is (people) blazing across the house with shoes on. ๐Ÿ™ŠWe've been trained to remove our shoes. We have house slippers, bathroom slippers, and what have you. Tsinelas. Going barefoot is an option too. Except, you'll probably never see the end of it, to be endlessly lectured by elders of how you will have varicose veins etc. with walking on cold floors. Overtime, life happens, we moved out, stayed in dormitories, and just like that we're renting our own place. My rule in our house, strictly no shoes. Philippine or Asian setting, when visiting, we take the lead in removing them, more often than not, we get the cue from the homeowners, if we're entering together, if we see that they removed their shoes (believe me, this is the hint that we give out, I do too) and changed to a pair of house slippers, we must do the same (obviously, we need a clean, nice pair of socks or well pedicured feet to boot every time because you'll just never know). Sometimes, there are exclusions not to take them off, if there's a party or something. I'll take that, I wouldn't want to be the only one walking on bare foot while everyone sashays with their shoes on (hello, all germs on my feet/socks!๐Ÿ™„) Anyhow, it's easier to clean up where every floor is mostly just moppable, and it should be easy since we have helpers to do the after-party clean up back home. (I miss Manila life!๐Ÿคซ) But here in America, thank you, Swiffer!

Weekend. It's nice to see our house slippers all outside our bedroom doors, everybody is home. #SimpleJoy
Confessions be told. There is another urban legend that says we  (Asian moms and aunties #TitasofManila ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป‍♀️) tend to bring home stuff from the hotel like the amenities etc. I did that too, but overtime, I only did it if they are Hermes or Lanvin or L'occitane.  But what I don't fail to take, and even to request extras, are pairs of hotel slippers. I re-use them as guest slippers. So friends would normally take the cue, if I offer them house slippers, then they should know I mean business. ๐Ÿ˜…I take a mental note on which carpeted areas I need to remember to also clean, and believe me when I say, I do after-party clean up seriously. This is the same case in America, remember we moved to a new apartment, it's less stressful now that the house is not carpeted. There is a certain level of stress involved on this issue. Hah. The rule is to really take the cue from the homeowner, be it a family, friend or acquaintance.  I normally would want to do it the subtle approach, but promise, I'm so tempted to hang a sign that straight out says, "Shoes off, pretty please! " Believe me, it's easier to wear bedroom slippers than carpet the whole world (but this only applies when others see eye to eye with you, if not, it gets more toxic if you carpet the whole world and they just insist on wearing shoes๐Ÿ™ˆ, good luck!). It pays to offer first, please. I mean well. Seriously. Sincerely. I hope you do the same. 

While this practice or removing your shoes can be rooted to have more cultural significance in other Asian countries (e.g. Japan, Thailand, South Korea), it is still basically hinged on emphasis to cleanliness. You can call it a pet peeve or OCD, here's how I explain it to my son (and hubby)...so you walk on the streets, on your school bathroom, and wherever with all of the bacterias, dirts, grime, germs, etc. in the world and you then walk around our house (like a boss) with the same shoes, and for sure, just even for a moment, you have to take them off, walk on barefoot, and pretty soon you're ready for sleep, you jump step on your bed, the pillows and blanket will one way or another touch that area where now the germs happily congregate, and then you sleep on that pillow, cuddle, snuggle, cover yourself on that blanket, and so there it goes, everything is on your face. In fact, there's another level to it, because our rooms are carpeted, we normally leave the slippers outside our bedroom. And we don't bring them to the bathroom too. It's another layer of germ and bacteria lessons, I'll just leave it as that. This level of paranaoia house rule is further taken into another level with my sister working for Infection Control of the hospital, she literally sees germs anywhere!๐Ÿ™‰ I know, they are everywhere, this is just us, mitigating the risks with one can of Lysol spray, box of Swiffer, bottle of Clorox wipes, and a pair of tsinelas to swat the germs away. Hah. ๐Ÿ˜…Let's do this! Aja! Aja! Fighting! ✨

P.S. Let's do this together, I'm on Instagram, Twitter and FB @chicsassymom ✨

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Current Everyday Makeup Routine and #FOTD | #ChicSassyMomFinds #BeautyTalk

Hello, gorgeous people! ๐Ÿค— I've been busy conquering Bay Area, vying for Ms. Friendship (#SalesLife ๐Ÿ˜…) so I have very little time to do makeup so I keep my everyday make up routine short but sweet. (That, plus I already have a very complicated skincare routine, so I don't think I'll still survive not getting late my day with an elaborate makeup routine on top of it). Oh well, makeup is art and beauty is spirit. But first, makeup.

Jo Malone English Oak and Redcurrant | Face: Secret Key Tattoo Cover Cushion | Lips: Anastacia Beverly Hills Sugar Plum, Kylie Lip Kit Posie K, Koko Okurr, Suvana Pawpaw & Honey Balm | Eyes: Eyeko | Brows: Brow Mates by The Brow Studio , KPalette | Cheeks: Benefit Cosmetics Cheek Parade 
These are my current must-haves to pull of an easy peasy makeup routine (just like last time), which I sort of perfected overtime with lots of practice. It took me tremendous effort to learn how to wear Kylie lipsticks, I have quite a stash of lipsticks, but now I have to admit that Kylie Matte Lipsticks are my source of pride and joy. ๐Ÿ’‹It's not even hard to remove them, just take my Keto dinner (very oily food ๐Ÿ˜…) and voila, all gone. The eyes and brows do take most of my time. I finally find a good-enough replacement for my ever reliable Kanebo Kate eye liner with Eyeko. Now for the brows, my, my, I have a full brows and that's altogether a source of unique problem because I need to keep them clean or they go wild. #KillerKilay But I need to fill in some gaps here and there, so I use Brow Mates from The Brow Studio and KPalette to lighten them and just to match my hair color. I rarely do mascara given that I'm wearing glasses (and I'm too lazy to remove heavy eye makeup). Benefit Cosmetics Cheek Palette is such a joy to have, every girl working mom's must have. The biggest surprise and addition to my makeup routine is Secret Key.

Secret Key Tattoo Cover Cushion is love, love, love. #Favorite 
I have it for quite awhile from my not so recent purchase at Althea, but it's only recently that I finally gave it a try. Oh my, I love it. And so, bring on the selfies. ๐Ÿคณ๐Ÿผ

Me (wearing Koko Collection Gorg), Myself (Anastacia Beverly Hills Sugar Plum), and I (wearing Kylie Lipkit Posie K) #FOTD ✌๐Ÿป๐Ÿคซ
For whatever reason, the Jo Malone English Oak and Redcurrant is my autumn scent, and it never fails to solicit inquiry on what scent I'm wearing. It's unique, at least to me, and beautifully empowering. With pink lips to boot, I can rule the world! These have been sources of engaging, animated, and joyful conversations. I just need to win the Ms. Friendship award and achieve my sales targets. ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐ŸปLet's do this! Aja! Aja! Fighting! ✨

P.S. Let's do this together, I'm on Instagram, Twitter and FB @chicsassymom ✨

Fighting Flu with One Essential Oil Blend at a Time ✌๐Ÿป| #ChicSassyMomFinds

Hello, beautiful people! ๐Ÿค— I've been busy. (Oh well, busy is good. )

Hubby is down with the man flu all week. ๐Ÿ˜ทNot just flu, take that, man flu. Man flu, apparently defined as an illness that cause the male species to be helpless and sicker than any family member. ✌๐ŸปIn females, like yours truly, it's just a cold. ๐Ÿ˜…

We couldn't afford to be sick, thank goodness for essential oils, and among other things, so far, we're good.

Currently, under the influence of essential oils. #WitchOils #Oilbularyo
Because I needed something potent to diffuse, I reached out to Edens Garden's Guardian Synergy Blend. Except, its pitfall is the usual you know it's really supposedly healthy and good for you, but the scent is just not for everybody. I guess, it's the strong clove scent that lingers. Here's the workaround...Morning Blend: 5 drops of Guardian, 10 drops of Eucalyptus, and 5 drops of Lemon. Night Blend: 5 drops of Guardian, 10 drops of Eucalyptus, and 5 drops of Lavender.

I'm now a fan of the blend. I love the spiced minty lemon in the morning. And thankfully, the lavender, like a clockwork, gets me to sleep, so no Korean/Chinese drama marathons for me.

But sincerely, it's not just that because flu season is upon us,  but truly, it pays to be on the side of caution, taking baby steps to healthier us...good night sleep, over dose of vitamins, healthy food choices, and just falling under the magical spells of essential oils. I swear, I'm charmed. ✨

Monday, October 1, 2018

Lee Joon Gi and Deng Lun for Fendi | #FangirlModeOn #KDramaInspiredShopping

Annyeong! ๐Ÿค—OMO, so I'm such a fangirl that I eat, live, love, breathe, sleep, dress, and shop Chinese and Korean drama-inspired. Shocks, before Deng Lun, I only live for Lee Joon Gi and Korean Dramas, but now, oh my, I need them both in my hopeless, drama addict, romantic life. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿค”#FangirlProblems

In fairness, as fate would have it, my oppa (Lee Joon Gi) and dongsaeng (Deng Lun) recently sported Fendi. Fabulous.

Lee Joon Gi for Elle Men HK sporting Fendi
Deng Lun for Fendi x Fila Collaboration 
Oh my, my fangirl heart is full. The iconic inverted Zucca or "FF" logo is truly so back, and oh my,  two of my favorite artists in the whole wide world are wearing it.

So here's why I'm mighty superficially happy...I have a belt and a vintage Fendi Zucca Mama bag (thanks to my fairy godmother, who happily handed me down her Fendi bag). So my fangirl heart is giddy...love it! Double F, feel na feel ko. ๐Ÿ™ˆ#FeelingClose #FeelingConnected

Reversible Fendi Belt
Vintage Fendi Zucca Mama Forever Shoulder Bag
Side story. Because I take the BART, Bay Area Rapit Transit in San Francisco, I normally don't wear branded stuff that shouts designer (hello, LV and Gucci). I learned my lesson the hard way sometime ago. I know Fendi from a long time ago because of my mom and aunts, but over time, even with the cutie Monster bags and charms, you can actually get away with wearing Fendi without being too loud about wearing the brand even with the classic Double F logo, it will just be drowned in the sea of Louis Vuitton bags out there. Safe. So it's my everyday bag when commuting, this, or a Chloe Paraty or a Balenciaga bag. It's so light, and low maintenance (except for the hardwares). The belt is a delight to wear. I'm content to own one of each, until Lee Joon Gi and Deng Lun came along wearing Fendi...loud and proud, and mighty handsome with it. Aisssh...now I need a matching outfit to boot! ๐Ÿ™‰Reality check. Fendi is just one brand they wear. They'll be wearing others. I'm so tempted right now to get the matching bag  and cap of Deng Lun. I tend to do that, I have a matching shoes with Lee Joon Gi... oh well, #CrazyAsianFangirl in the house. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป‍♀️

Oh well, what to do when I feel that expensive superficial connection fuels my fangirl heart. Life of a KDrama and CDrama drama addict is not for the faint of heart. Believe me, everyday there's an internal discourse  over why, why, why go cray, cray over them, and I should just stop and get a life. Hah! ๐Ÿ˜…But oh well, for me, it's my ultimate anti-aging and coping mechanism to survive real life dramas.  It's truly a blessing when you have a real life oppa that supports your quirkiness and capriciousness like yours truly. Me, myself and I: drama addict + drama-inspired shopping = deadly! Wish me luck! Aja! Aja! Fighting! ✌๐Ÿป

Raising a teenager...Thank God for Dramas | #ChicSassyMomxUSA

Annyeong! ๐Ÿค—Oh my, so last week was pleasantly hectic, and then just like that, Chaseyboy is thirteen!!!๐Ÿ˜…Hello, my teenager! ๐Ÿ™„

#Moments 
You ought to know that I started this blog foremost because of Chaseyboy's birthday parties , which I made it a life's purpose to do so. Hah.

Chaseyboy's birthdays through the years. ๐ŸŽ‚
His last big party was on his 7th birthday, and we're slowly transitioning to small, intimate parties with just family and friends. I always volunteers to host a party every time, though he always ends up saying not to throw him a party anymore and he just wants family time. Oh well, for his 13th birthday, until the very last minute, he cannot believe that I went full party mode with balloons and all. Hello! Except for the after-party clean up, it's almost effortless to do DIY party here with Party City and Nothing Bundt Cake so close by.  So just like that, he's a teenager! ๐Ÿ™„✌๐ŸปI'm not ready.

Rare photo opportunity with him. He's slightly smiling (vs. smirking) here because I compromised about something in exchange. Hah. 
I fondly look back and look forward on all our adventures and misadventures parenting Chaseyboy....never a dull moment. What I'm mighty joyful about Chaseyboy is that he's kind, respectful and not vindictive. Also, we likened him to Shikamaru's character (Shikamaru is a character in Naruto). Though we would naturally want him to be like Naruto, we feel that he's more like Shikamaru where though everything feels like a drag at the onset, because he's too cool and lazy to care, but still he gladly does everything. So he's still our Naruto, believe it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ As his mom, I always feel loved and needed. Please take note that "needed" is the operative word. Hah. I often do daily reminders for myself to be a cool mom, not to nag, and not to nag.  I might still do sound like a broken record player every night and every morning on what needs to be done. But oh well, I feel that I'm still within reason! Though now, oh my, we're at the point that I need to nag to get him to stay still for a nice photo. ๐Ÿ™Š(Here's the disclaimer part on why I have so many selfies instead on my IG @chicsassymom . Am I too old for social media?! I refused to feel so. Hahaha. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป‍♀️) We've made it a point to be so involved in his school activities back home, but here in US of A, life happens, so we just nag monitor his grades, and so far, so good, or else he'll just be grounded! Oh well, I pray for wisdom and grace to be a wiser parent... still rearing, not too authoritarian, not overly indulging, permissive but within reasons and still never really letting go (hello, eagle eyes!). Oh my...this truly sounds a lot of work! ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ˜…

Looking back, I was already commuting (riding jeepney and tricycle) in Grade 2. I spent time with friends after school and after club meetings. There were no cellphones back then. So it's just really asking permission and being sincere to my word that I'll be home at the agreed time. That was grade school and high school days in Pampanga (Philippines). When I went to college, I was on my own in Manila. I had childhood sweethearts when I was in Kindergarten, had suitors and crushes aplenty. It was possible because I was in a co-ed school all through out. The story was different with our son, he's in an all-school boys the whole of his elementary, he had a driver and a yaya (helper) who went with him until he was in Grade 6, where I braved letting go of our driver and he had to take the school bus. And note that, we're so involved in his school that all his teachers even the Principal were just a phone away. All for the love of security and safety. Hmmm...maybe, because he's an only son. So all eyes on him. ๐Ÿค” So then, just like that, Chaseyboy turns teenager...I'm not prepared "not to be needed" anymore. It takes courage and a lot of trust and prayers to allow him to walk from school by himself, or to go out with friends (now I presume with girls), and now to ask to go to a theme park or to a fair with us just dropping him off. Ottoke!? Thank goodness for an app, which I learned from another parent, Life360. It's basically a GPS tracker, works with us because I'm on IOS and he's on an Android. So one day, when he asked permission to play soccer at the nearby school, I just had to make sure he knows how to cross the streets properly. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคซ



This my friends, my cinggu, happened just days after he turned 13. He feels that being a teenager (and now that he's taller than me),  he's old enough not to need mom to do things for himself. Oh well, the new operative work is "compromise"... give and take, privilege vs. responsibility. Moreso, it's sincerely respecting and trusting each other over the discourse of the real life dramas. Thank goodness for my Chinese and Korean dramas, I'm sane surviving! Let's do this! Aja! Aja! Fighting! ✌๐Ÿป
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