Not Duped!

 My daughter will not be a victim of this modern notion that if you’re thin then you are beautiful. Everyday in our lives we are bombarded with lots of advertisements from plastic surgeries, to diet pills, smart liposuction, breast augmentation, nose job, neck lift, tummy tuck… the list goes on and the more that women and kids are exposed to this kind of deceiving advertisements on beauty products consumerism. 

I don’t want my daughter to be duped to this kind of misconception. I want her to live her life as happy as she’d be, as simple as she’d be and as healthy as she could be. I don’t want her to be under the power of a knife just to polish some of her body parts just to achieve that perfect look. Talk about the fatal effects of this hype on keeping our body toned and beautiful in a quick yet pricey manner and the scary results on bulimia and anorexia nervosa and some other eating disorder diseases. 

Do you think you’re doing your body something good. Of course, yeah, you’ll be a goddess of beauty but inside your body they are degenerating; complications arises in worst case scenarios. Take for example the models who’ve passed away like the Brazilian Model Ana Carolina Reston last Nov. 15, 2006 and the most recent Israeli model Hila Ilmalich who died just this Nov. 14, 2007. They are both victims of anorexia nervosa.”Anorexia nervosa is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes an eating disorder characterized by low body weight and body image distortion with an obsessive fear of gaining weight. Individuals with anorexia often control body weight by voluntary starvation, purging, vomiting, excessive exercise, or other weight control measures, such as diet pills or diuretic drugs. It primarily affects adolescent females, however approximately 10% of people with the diagnosis are male. Anorexia nervosa is a complex condition, involving psychological, neurobiological, and sociological components.”  

~ Definition taken from Wikipedia~

 The pressure is very tight as you see sexy women in the TV, print ads, magazines, newspapers but is it worth your life? I guess no! I’m happy with my cup A which progressed to cup B while breast feeding Sean and I know it’ll will again go back to its normal size, talk of depreciation but I’m so uberly happy that I gave him my milk rather than synthetically made formula milk. Even though I still have a bulging tummy due to giving births to my two adorable kids but I’ll manage with it through exercise which I’m going to do (again!). And I’m happy with my color and my nose so DR. Vicky Belo and Dr. Calayan will not have a share of my savings. 

I have a story of an acquintance who had undergo a nose job. And she did not tell her friends including myself about it. Funny thing happened while we were in the airport as we accompany our friends in the departure area at first i saw her hubby with a kid. I happily approached tito Y and asked where’s tita X. As he led me to the area where his family are sitting I can’t find Tita X. And a middle aged lady approach me whom I did not know but she’s with the daughter of my acquaintance. To make the story short, it was a big surprise to me that the lady who approached me was actually tita X. See if you’re going to undergo some nose job, do tell your friends or else you’ll not be noticed at all. Okay she looked better than her usual self but my only observation was her nose seemed to be bigger than the old one, only that it’s more pointed. And totally it made her look differently that I hardly noticed her. And imagine this I’ll go home for a vacation and when I come back my husband, my kids and my friends won’t recognize me anymore:) Never! 

Love your body, nourish it and be healthy. Acceptance is the only solution then you’ll be happy with yourself. Take care of your body and boost your self-esteem. Everyone is beautiful that’s why we are all uniquely made. Sometimes we just focus on our outer shell, our appearance but do we ask ourselves how we look in the inside? Are you beautiful in the inside?


Bday Party& Photo Shoot

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Last Friday we were in Dad Yam and Mom May’s place for Ninong Yam’s bday party and after a sumptuous meal we had a photo shoot. Thanks Tita Jinky for the pictures. I can use it as a Christmas card only that Ate Andrea seems like sleeping in our family picture. I guess we need to take another photo near our Christmas tree.

Dad Yam happy birthday! We Love you!

Parents Evening at DMBS

Yesterday was our first experience of Parents Evening in our daughter’s school. This is the time that the parents will meet with the teacher and have the one-on-one talk about the overall assessment of our child’s performance and progress in class. Our schedule was 4:45 and there’s only 15 minutes allotted for each parents. At first I thought that I would be the only one who’ll go there for my hubby has been sick for quite a few days now. But good that he’s better and together with my family we went to the school.

When we entered the gate Andrea was so excited that she was running to her classroom but I told her to stop and wait for our turn since it’s just 4:20 pm. And one man, he’s also a father of I guess one of Andréa’s classmate made his way to approach us. He told us that he is the father of Hamza and his son is always talking about Princess. And eventually we introduced ourselves and it’s good to know that my kid is friendly.

Teacher N saw us and told us to get inside the classroom since nobody is there so we started to get to know how our daughter is doing in the school. The teacher showed to us all of Andrea’s work from the start of the school to the latest activity work and we are overjoyed with all the reports of her teacher. She’s doing great in the school. But we are more elated when the teacher told us about her great behavior in the class. We told the teacher that above all we are more concerned about her attitude than the academics because if the child has a rotten behavior then still her being an intellectual is nothing.

And our supposedly 15 minutes meeting ended up to 45 minutes. Teacher N told us that she’s so thankful to us for raising our daughter the right way and it  help them a lot especially in their class they are having different kids from different countries thus they have to deal with different cultures. She thanked us that her task of teaching my daughter became easier. And we are more proud of her for that.

In our way out of the classroom another parent greeted us and introduced as Jad’s dad and mom. And they told us that Princess is also one of Jad’s great friends. It’s really heart warming to know that your child is learning especially on human relationships which is for us very important. Again congratulations to our daughter you made us more proud of you. We love you very much