I am a doting mom to my Ayla Chloe Zephyr, a loving (at times, nagging) wife to my chef, Francis, and a woman who is often lost in an internal fantasy world. Get to know the perks and perils, the ups and downs, of being an introvert mom in the world of coffee, social media and quarter-life crisis.
Last weekend, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have been bombarded by tons and tons of photos from various Halloween parties. I loved seeing all the creative costumes online, especially photos of kids who are all smiles in their cute costumes.
I never really got the chance to go trick or treating when I was young. Come to think of it, I don't think it was even a 'thing' back in the 90's. What I remember from the halloweens of my childhood were the endless scary stories from friends, the moments when I would try not to go to the bathroom after watching "Magandang Gabi, Bayan", and of course, visiting my grandfather in the cemetery where I get to see my cousins.
I never really liked the idea of dressing up, knocking on strangers' doors and being forced to smile and interact with the other kids from across the street in exchange of candies. But now that I am a mom, I actually loved dressing my daughter and bringing her to our company trick or treat yearly, especially since I can see how much she enjoys it.
Although I am not as creative as the other moms I see online, I still see to it that I exert effort in dressing Klong up, because I believe that I only have a few more years before Klong decides that she is old enough for all the candies and costumes :'( Haha.
Enough mama drama, here are Klong's halloween costumes for the past 4 years..
Klong at 7 months as the "Cute baby a.k.a. herself"
This was the first time that I brought her to work for a Halloween celebration. I did not plan on going because it was my rest day, but my office mates kept calling me and forcing me to bring Klong to work, so I just dressed her up with a yellow tutu and a headband that I bought at the talipapa and voila, cute as ever. HAHAHA. #dotingmomalert
Kikay Tinkerbell at 1 year and 7 months
On her second trick or treat, I came a bit more prepared. She came as the fatty Tinkerbell. I'll let you in on a secret: The green tutu dress was her 1st birthday outfit (Pebbles Flintstone). I just removed the black dots on her skirt and bought the little green fairy wings on a nearby store and we're good to go as Tinkerbell. :D #waisnamisis
Klong at 2 years and 7 months - Alice in Wonderland
On her third time to go trick or treating, we just bought a ready-made Alice in Wonderland costume from Pasig Palengke.
Klong as the Purple Witch at Ace Hotel Trick or Treat 2018
Klong as the Vampy Vampire at our company Trick or Treat
This year, Klong attended 2 Halloween parties. The first one was at the Ace Hotel Halloween party, where Francis works. She was dressed as a purple witch because she loves purple and she has been nagging us for a purple costume ever since she was 2. It was a paid event but it was fun because Klong enjoyed the magic show, the carnival-themed games, and lots of goodies from various sponsors. However, when we were on our way home, she asked us why she only had few candies and more chips and real food. Hahah. Kids would trade anything for sweets, don't they?
4 days later, I brought Klong back to our office for her 4th trick or treat there. She came as a vampire. She went home with a candy-filled purple pumpkin, just the way she likes it. :)
I really want to savor moments like this. I make an effort to be with my daughter in almost all of the significant moments in her life because childhood is fleeting and before we know it, they're off making choices of their own.
Hmm.. I wonder what Klong's Halloween costume next year would be?
Michael - or Mikey - has been my friend since 2008. I met him freshman year. I never really noticed him outright, until we were asked to introduce ourselves in class. His introduction went a little like this:
"Hi, I am Michael Llanes. I am 12 years old 4 years ago." It made the class laugh. I honestly couldn't remember what happened next, but what I am sure of is that at that moment, 10 years ago, I found one of the best persons in my life.
Mikel is always the life of the party. The extrovert to my introverted self. Oftentimes, we would mock him because he has too many friends, it made it hard for us to leave the campus without him bumping into one or two students that only he knows. He would exchange stories while the gang would impatiently wait for him to finish socializing. He almost never says "No". He is everybody's friend. Not only is he a very friendly person, he is also very responsible. He was our IPSA president when we were in 4th year. He always makes people smile . He always has time to help people, even if it means sacrificing his time to study. Years after college, our gang is still intact. Most of the time, I am unable to join them because a). I'm an introvert, b). I have work and c). I have momma duties to Klong. Despite being MIA almost all the time, I am still in touch with my friends and I see their travel photos on a regular basis, with Mikel being his bubbly self, always giving the biggest, wackiest poses in each groufies.
That's why just last Wednesday, I received the shock of my life when my college friends told me that Mikel is in the ICU. He went to have a check up because he wasn't feeling well, but while in the hospital, his oxygen level went too low that he was rushed to the ER and eventually to the ICU. His oxygen level was too low that they needed to use Extracorporeal membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) to help him breathe temporarily. We were informed that Mikel has Bacterial Pneumonia.
Because of this, his hospital bill ballooned to 2.3M as of writing, and it continues to increase everyday. It breaks my heart to see my friend like that. I have known him to be always on the go, always energetic, and it is unbearable to see him surrounded with so many machines and tubes.
Despite being in a critical condition, Mikel continues to fight for his life. Others might go into cardiac arrest if their oxygen level dropped to 40, but Mikel is holding on. He is not giving up, and neither would we.
I am desperate to help Mikel in any way that I can. We have already put up a gogetfunding account to reach out to more people. Please help us save our dear friend. If you are reading this blog, I would like to humbly ask you to offer a prayer for Mikel, that he would be able to recover from this soon so that he would continue to bring joy to more people. He is a beautiful person inside and out, and he deserves to enjoy the beauty of life more.
I am also knocking on your generous hearts. If you could share this blog or his gogetfunding campaign so that we could reach more people, please do not hesitate to do so. This would greatly help Mikel and his family in his battle to recovery.