Archive for November, 2013

Thinking about Nate’s birthday party the other day, I can’t help but smile. Young and old alike, (more on the older set, I guess) we  joined hands in thanksgiving. We smiled, we shouted, we clapped  and acted like kids in front of  everyone. The joys of celebrating a first birthday 🙂

It’s another chapter in our baby’s life. He won’t probably remember it now but in a few more years, he would cherish the memories and may smile at the thought of seeing both kids and adults having fun on his first birthday. It was held at Shakey’s Malate just across Manila  baywalk. The rain didn’t stop us from having  fun, meeting old friends and relatives whom we haven’t seen for quite a while. They have an official photographer but I took some shots of the occasion. I admire Nissa for planning it, making sure that everything would be okay just like what she did with her wedding two years ago. She is a bit OC when it comes to family occasions  like this, attending to every detail of the event.


Nate’s tarp. Love how they arranged all those superhero characters.


Prize giveaways and loot bags for the kids.



Look, they are all wearing costumes 🙂


Go, go  Batkid, let the party begins.


And Spider boy (Nate’s cousin) is more excited than the birthday celebrator.


The guy in orange shirt was their program host. He was good, motivating the kids to participate and he could really sing…hahaha!


Waiting in anticipation for the games to begin.


Ready, set, go!


The proverbial question is “what do you want to be when you grow up?”


And the kids really came in their lovely superhero costumes.


Look at that lovely baby girl in her eye-catching Darna get-up. She could give Vilma Santos a run for her money….hahaha!


Nate’s birthday cake which was delivered a little late for the start of the party.


Marisse, Nissa’s college classmate, best friend and Nate’s Ninang.


Their cupcake giveaways were designed like superheroes too.


Let me walk Daddy. Dad and son and they even have identical shirts.


That’s Shakey’s mascot dancing to the beat of……..?


Time to make a wish and blow the candle Nate.


Look at that serious expression on his face. He was fascinated by the firecracker lit up on top of the cake.


Nate, where are you? He really can’t decide which gift to open first.


You love that blue bag baby? Let’s see what’s inside.



Ah, brand new pair of shoes. It looks  as if he could read the label on the shoes. I guess they’re still too big for you.


And the loot bag, Superman cape, drinking bottle and  puzzle inside the bag plus my prize (the blue plastic carry all) which I’m planning to use for my stick on paper collection.

These high-res pics are all from my camera. The official photos are not yet delivered.  It was a lovely 1st birthday celebration, nothing but the best for our little Nate. I love you baby 🙂

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HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY darling baby Nate. Yeay, and you are counting 🙂 How time flies, now you can walk on your own even if they’re just baby steps. It’s  time to see the world from a higher place and discover many, many things dear to your heart.

I can’t believe it, was it only a year ago when your Dad and I patiently waited for you to see the world and hear your first cry? Was it only a year ago when your mom excitedly showed us your pictures while she was in the delivery room  even if she was groggy from anesthesia? And I promised myself I would write about your growing up years. You’re one year old now and we’ll have more days, months and years to discover the world through your eyes. And may you grow to be  strong, smart, healthy  and loving and  may you continue to possess that innocence so endearing to see in a lovable child that you are. And I wish you all the precious things that a loving Nonna could wish for.

I love you baby, you are God’s greatest gift to us. We are indeed blessed having you in our lives. Again, happy birthday!

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I was transferring some photos to my external hard drive when I saw this, a shot taken on Nissa’s phone when they went  shopping  a few weeks ago during Halloween. I smiled seeing Nate touching the head-gear of one of the mall’s employees. Curious little guy, I thought.  Some kids would probably cry or shy away from this one but not Nate, I guess he is still too young to know what being afraid  means.

Nate halloween

Last Saturday when they were here for a visit, he wore a brand new white cap  on his head and I asked, “May I see it baby?”  He smiled at me and pulled it from his head. If he could properly speak, I guess he’ll say, “Do you like it Nonna?”


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Our little one is turning one in four days  and we are looking forward to this momentous event, another stage in his young life. Does that make him a toddler now?

We are all excited  to celebrate his first birthday this coming Saturday. Nissa planned and prepared for it for the last two months or so.  I love the simple but cute invite  for his birthday. His actual birthday is on  Friday but since most of their invited guests have work, they scheduled it for Saturday, Nov. 23.



They came over last Saturday to distribute their invitations to some of our neighbors. I am truly amazed how he has learned a lot in the three weeks that I haven’t seen him. Though his language are mostly garbled words  and sounds and one or two  that he can pronounce correctly, he responds to everything that you tell him. And did I tell you that he loves the Surf ad on TV?  Short of dancing on his feet and singing too (more of shouting I guess), he was  all eyes every time this ad was shown. We watched some footage on the actual landfall of super typhoon Yolanda last Saturday but I noticed that he was only interested in the  ad. And he can walk a few steps on his own now. It’s the thrill  of discovering something new that our baby could do that makes me  happy and proud of him. And I wish I could see him more often.


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