Friday, June 8, 2018

Summer schedule

Talked to the boss this afternoon to give him a heads up on my summer schedule and it's a go. He is such a great boss for a working mom like me.

I'll be working from home during the transition days:
- the week after school ends and before summer camp starts
- the weeks after summer camp ends and before school starts

During the summer camp days, I'd be reporting to the office in the morning and would go home at noon. I'd then step away from work for a bit to pick up Swe-cha from summer camp. 

I could've worked from home the entire time but desk space is at a premium and I heard from a source that the company is keeping track of how often employees come in and if they run out of space, they'd assign desks depending on your attendance.  I don't want to get moved to a hoteling-desk.

Anyway.... so far as summer plans go, I'm glad to report that everything is looking good. The only fly in the ointment is the 14 minute walk to and from my parking building to my office building. I am so not looking forward to be walking outside at NOON under the hot summer sun.

If you happen to be along the streets of Newark and see the 1 person walking under an umbrella,... come over and say "Hi". That person would most probably be me :-)

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Backyard tree

I come home one May (5/3) afternoon and was amazed by this sight.

We've been living in this house for 5 years and I don't remember this tree looking like this - I probably spend so little time outdoors and so little time looking at my surroundings that I have been missing out on this beautiful sight all this time.

I wonder what kind of tree this is ? The foliage turns green eventually.

My photos don't do it justice.

It really is beautiful.

Monday, June 4, 2018


Today, I feel saddened by the loss of a talented person.

He works for a vendor and I've been working closely with him these past couple of years to customize the application.

He passed away from a heart attack last night and was fine before that (or so we think).

He's only in his 40s and has young kids which even makes this more tragic.

Sunday, June 3, 2018


Q: What’s your favorite holiday ?
Swe-cha: my favorite holiday is Good Friday
Swe-cha: because class is canceled. On Good Friday, there is no school.


Q: What’s your favorite season?
Swe-cha: my favorite season is winter
Swe-cha:  because it’s a snow day. Classes is cancelled for snow day. On snow day, there is no school.


Last night, he rummaged in the drawers and finds his old elastic bandage from when he sprained his ankle. He asked me to put it on his foot.

Suspicious, I asked him where it hurts and he just keeps saying "there" without really pointing to a specific spot.

So I put it on him and when done, he covers his face with his hands .....

Swe-cha: Huhuhu! My foot is hurt, school is cancelled. I stay at home with Mommy.

I wonder if it's fake ?

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Cleaning the Air Intake Vent Cover

My husband isn't the most masipag person in the world when it comes to housework (neither am I) but I have to say that when he sets out to do something, he does it really really well. Wala akong masabi.

So this recent winter, we've noticed that the air intake vent for our central AC looks very dirty. We've been in this house for years and no one remembers how this used to look like before - was it brown ? silver ? was it clean when we moved in ? I remember hiring a company to come and clean out the vents but I don't remember them scrubbing the actual vent cover.

For sure, we knew that it wasn't clean.

Okay... I admit, I'm 100% it is dirty.

You know, the kind of dirt that builds up on the blades of the ceiling fan ? That type of dirty.

At some point, the husband gets on a ladder and starts wiping and scrubbing with a few sheets of Lysol wipes.

... and the layers of grime started coming off.

It wasn't easy though. The grime seemed "baked-on" and with that thought in mind, I decided to soak the grime with Easy-Off (my favorite go-to kitchen cleaner and degreaser).

I don't have pictures of that step where we both got on ladders and then wrapped the grate in plastic wrap, section by section, and then spraying with Easy-Off.

After letting it soak. Hubby then started scrubbing.

A couple of hours of elbow grease later, tadaaaaa!

For the record, silver pala siya.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Life these days is full of bargaining. There must be something in an 8-year old's mind that makes him want to oppose me at ever turn. For example:

Me: It's time to take a bath

Swe-cha: No.

Me: You have to take a bath

Swe-cha: I need a few more minutes

Me: you have 1 minute

Swe-cha: I take 10 minutes

Me: no, you have 1 minute

Swe-cha: I take 8 minutes

Me: you can have 2 minutes

Swe-cha: I take 2 minutes.

Me: okay, 2 minutes

Swe-cha: I take 10 minutes.

Me: We agreed on 2 minutes. That's it.

Swe-cha: okay.

I'm not complaining. I'm actually happy that Swe-cha wants to and is able to banter like this. Kaya lang, there are times when I can't help but roll my eyes.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Air Plants

I got some air plants last week and they arrived yesterday. As instructed, I soaked them for about an hour or so and then shook them gently to get rid of the excess water.

When the leaves were dry, I placed them in their containers - I just reused containers I had around the house. If you look closely, you'll recognize baby food containers, a candle holder and even an eye gel container.

I did purchase the white ornamental rocks from the local dollar store.

Ideally, these would thrive well with bright, indirect light - preferably, a south-facing window. This kitchen window faces east so I hope tihs works out well.