The Second Coming

My wife carries pregnancy beautifully – I just want to put it out there. Well, to be fair, her second was not as smooth (I mean that figuratively and aesthetically haha!) as her first, but she wasn’t that awful-looking.

To document that, and also because pregnancy is both an exciting and an expensive (putting a stress on the second adjective because it is in fact, not a joke – budget-wise) journey, we, one afternoon, decided to do a very crude photography shoot.

Take Heed and Tread On

Dear Marie,

How are you? I hope you’ve adjusted well on your new home.

I’ve always wanted you to experience living alone. You see, that has taught me a lot of lessons about managing resources, proper budgeting, getting along with others and looking after myself. I think at this age, you already need that training. So no, I don’t have any bitterness when you left. If for anything, I know you’ll make me proud. And I encourage you to go out there and make something for yourself.

You’re the closest thing I got for a sibling. I’m proud that whatever achievements you’ve had so far in your life, I was a part and continue to be a part of it. I am happy you do everything in your power to support your mom and your sister. And I admire that after everything your brother has done, all the wrong choices he’s made, you were there for him and you support him. I think we have done quite a good job rearing you. And I’m happy that you’re slowly getting out of that tamad reputation. Keep it up! 🙂

Don’t ever think your dad had ill-feelings about you. Heck, he would raise the heavens for you! I’m sure he’s smiling up there, proud of what you’ve become.

So take heed and be prepared. This is just the start of you making a future for your family. The road’s never going to be easy, it never was, never will really. And if you were able to recover from all of them, I have no doubt you’ll continue treading on and succeed. Thank you for loving my family too. For always thinking about Ccino and Saab. It means a lot to me. I just ask that you don’t go unfamiliar. Don’t go and forget things. Always, look back and remember. That, will truly make you a bigger person.

Always here for you,
Manong Bien

Weekly Writing Challenge: Tanka

She likes George, Peppa

Doc McStuffins, Sofia –

Saabie imagines

Arendelle’s fjords, icy slopes

Snowflakes in hand, she hopes.


Like Britain, she’s hot

fashion’s her world, art’s her love

Adores books, fiction!

Smiles at the sight of good food

“my love look! Bey’s in the hood!”


Eyes so pure, so cute

Adorn in furry pantsuit

Hey! he wags his tail

looks at me, sorrows sail

Huge heart, bigger than a whale.


He’s awkward, he’s stiff

I am nerdy, Poindexter

Crooner, hearts I stir!

I jabber, speak and utter

Words, in my brain they hover.



via Google Images
via Google Images

Currently at this state. Will prolly be back on Thursday and catch up on all the prompts that I may miss. Love one another, friends.

Sundays in Fully Booked

One of the best things that we get to do as a family is bookstore hopping. As much as we can, we try to visit as many bookstores in the metro as possible. We don’t exactly buy books every time. Wife and I would normally scan most of the young adult releases (we’re more of the Levithan, Green, Roth, Han, Patterson type than Sheldon, Roberts, Steele type), read a few pages and then if we like it, we would either buy the book, or if budget doesn’t permit, try to look online for free ebook versions of it.

Books are just wondrous things, aren’t they? You get to learn alot of stuff – vocab-wise, at the same time, you tend to stretch your imagination to the unknown, to things you haven’t tried, to places you’ve never been to. That’s why as early as now, we make sure Saab is into books as well. We buy her on-bargain books from Booksale and we read stories to her before bedtime. Right now, she’s so into them that she even gets to choose the book and the time when we will read to her! Talk about being a bookworm at three! 🙂

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While looking for David Levithan’s Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, daughter’s busy rummaging through all things Disney.
a perfect opportunity for a photo op too haha, not that it's the reason why i'm here haha :)
a perfect opportunity for a photo op too haha, not that it’s the reason why i’m here haha 🙂