say hi to our new blog!

The new blog's name? Davao Homeschooling Family :) I created it last November, and more than 5 posts later, it still doesn't have a header photo. Haha! It's because I'm still torn between using a stylized blog name (done in calligraphy preferably) or our family's photo. This blog is what actually jumpstarted my blogging mojo and led me to assess my old blogs, of whether they are worth reviving or not :) Obviously, this wedding blog made the cut so yay for that!

MADAYAW from Davao Homeschooling Family! :)

And yes, as you can surmise from the blog name, I write about homeschooling my kids there. But the blog is actually so much more! I'll be writing about my experiences in cooking, as a wife, our Davao life, and on and on :) The DHF blog (family life) is actually a continuation of my personal blog (single life) and this wedding blog (married life). Interested to delve deeper on how DHF came about? Read the blog's first post! Yes, that's the screenshot of it above.

I guess that's about it! If you followed this wedding blog of ours to plan your Davao wedding and now you're expecting a baby, read about Attachment Parenting, babywearing, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and co-sleeping. It might lead to the best decisions you'll ever make in raising your baby and saving a lot of money! ;-) And if you have a big baby, toddler or kid already, follow Davao Homeschooling Family. You might fall in love with homeschooling and realize it's the best education path for you and your kids!


2015 lucky wedding dates for Hindus

One of the most popular posts here in our wedding blog is the one that listed lucky wedding dates according to the Chinese calendar. That post was 4 years old but still continues to receive traffic. Which only shows that brides and grooms really care to begin the first day of their married life on an auspicious date :) Here in Davao, we noticed an increased spike of Indian nationals (mostly Hindus) attending our schools and settling down in the city. And so, for our 2015 lucky wedding dates series, we will first share the auspicious Hindu wedding dates

January - 16, 18, 24, 25, 30
February - 6, 7, 8, 14, 15 20, 21, 22, 27
March - 8, 13, 21
April - no lucky wedding date
May - 1, 8, 9, 15, 30, 31
June - 5, 6, 12, 21
July - 8
August - no lucky wedding date
September - no lucky wedding date
October - no lucky wedding date
November - 22, 27
December - 4, 5, 6, 13

These are the Hindu lucky wedding dates on 2015 that falls on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We don't know if there are lucky dates for Mon-Thurs, or if Hindus even marry on those days. Best to consult with your Hindu leader :) Also, as you noticed, there no lucky dates on August - October. According to EnkiCharity.com, "To honor the gods’ yogic sleep—Chaturmas, marriage is banned from July 27th to November 22nd."  So there you have it, better to schedule your wedding on the early months of 2015 if you're a Hindu! :)


hello Davao brides, grooms and wedding planners

I have some good news for you: this Davao wedding blog will be (constantly) updated starting now, and throughout 2015! :) I can't promise a lot of posts but I will update at least once a month. The reason for this blog's revival? Google still sends a lot of traffic to it! Daily, it receives nearly a 100 views! It doesn't sound a lot (others have millions/day!) but the last time I wrote a post related to Davao weddings was 4 years ago! And since 2012, I only wrote one post a year~ during our wedding anniversaries, haha! So all the views I get now are just like "residual income" :)

source: http://www.marisavitali.it
The Google traffic also meant that there are still a lot of people who are looking for information in planning Davao weddings. Most of them are probably brides who love to DIY like me! So I might as well help them right? Hence the decision to update this blog with more wedding posts :) So what's coming in the next few weeks? Christmas weddings, marriage tips, #DongYan wedding (I looove Marian Rivera!!) / #JourneyToDDay, lucky wedding dates for 2015 and a whole lot more so keep posted!


and another year has passed! :p

Yes, it's October once again dear readers! Do this barely updated wedding blog still has readers? Haha! Anyway, as per tradition, here's a "quick" round-up of our wedding anniversary celebration this year :)

The girls woke us up at 530am (gahhh) and we had no choice but to wake up also and prepare breakfast~ using *just* a microwave. The result? A surprisingly good fritatta! ���� Then it was time for an early morning swim around 630. Thank god the water was not cold! Hihi! 

(MIDDLE PICS) 9am: mass in SM Lanang Premier atrium then off to the Exotic Animals Encounter in the musical fountain grounds! Will make another Instagram post on this as we have lots of pics of the exotic animals. Yes, that's a humongous tarantula above! And there were a LOT of them!! ����

11am: early lunch in Cellar de Boca where we had our Salutti fave, beef salpicao. Still sooo garlicky good and tender! CdB is owned by the same team behind Salutti in Rizal St :) Another must-try #WhenInDavao so don't miss it! �� The one pictured above isn't the salpicao but the cheery-looking Arroz ala Cubana, hihi! Sorry! Then we were off to SM Science and Discovery Center's planetarium show "Universe". Needless to say, there were a lot of "wows" from the girls �������� The center has been renamed Exploreum. Aside from SM Lanang, there's one in SM Mall of Asia too.

(BOTTOM PICS) 1pm: back to Crown Regency Residences for the kids' naptime (and ours too! haha). This is where we stayed for 3d/2n for our anniversary staycation ���� Around 4pm, my baby nephew dropped by and the kids went swimming again :) For dinner, my in-laws treated us to Buffet Palace (where they also celebrated a colleague's birthday; that's their pic above) in Victoria Plaza. And to my surprise, my dear friend back in med school was there! Hi Dax!! It was great seeing you again!! �� Yes that's our selfie above, hihi!

Trivia: BP is the first buffet restaurant in Davao City. There's a lot more buffets here now but the resto still has loyal patrons. Also, VP is Davao's first mall! It opened when I was still in grade6, imagine that!

To cap off our busiest day ever, my BFF and her fam dropped by our hotel room. My girls and her kid, of course, played and played while us moms were busy trading chikas. Hihi! �� And to answer your unasked question, no, hubby and I didn't have any romantic date to celebrate our anniversary at all. LOL! But that's just fine. There's a season for everything and right now, it's the season to enjoy our young daughters.. ��


hello October!!

October has always been a big month for our family ~ it's the time when we celebrate our wedding anniversary, our couple anniversary, and hubby's birthday ^__^ For the past four years, we celebrate October by traveling. On our first year (2009), we went to Hong Kong and Macau. I was 4 months pregnant with our first child then. On our second year (2010), we went to Taipei; this time with a 6 month old baby in tow. It still remains as our best family vacation! Good food, good people, cheap prices. Gotta love Taiwan! :)

On our third year (2011), I was 4 months pregnant with our second child while taking care of a hyperactive 18-month old. This time we didn't travel outside of the country (have to save money for my second delivery) and opted to just have a staycation in Ortigas ~ a new place for us to hang out in Manila as we often stay in Makati. Little did we know that our Ortigas vacay is a preparation for our new life come October 2012. God really has a funny way of giving you a glimpse of His plans for your life ;-)

And so on our fourth year (2012), we now have two kids! One 6-month old baby and one 30-month old toddler. Also, hubby quit his job in Davao, and accepted a job in Manila. And that was how we came to have a looooong "vacation" in Ortigas ~ we actually moved to a condo near hubby's office and lived on our own for 6 months. No parents, in-laws, yayas to help us. My bro and his family was in nearby Taguig though so we still had family bonding :) By far, this "family vacation" had been the one with most lessons ~ mostly how to survive Manila (lol) and keeping your marriage intact even though you're very haggard from watching the kids and doing housework. The hard work was all worth it though! Our family of 4 is now tough as nails :p

One week from now, Labsie and I will celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary (2013). No travel plans this time, not even to Manila, as our finances are a bit tight. Who knew that tuition fee for toddlers are as much as 40k a year?!! Migosh! And we have 2 kids! And so, most of our hard-earned money this year went to kids' education fund. None went to our travel fund, boohoo! So what are our romantic anniversary plans given we're "stranded" in Davao? We'll probably eat out (fine dining perhaps?), catch a movie (in the luxurious GMall cinema), have some time off from the kids, be (just) a couple once again.. I just hope hubby has extra money for all of these! Haha!


13 years of US ^__^

Unlucky 13? Nahh, more like whirlwind 13! ;-) I know I have not been updating this blog for quite some time now and it's all because of our hectic family life. After 4 years of marriage, we now have two kids-- and one is in her terrible twos stage. If you're a parent, you know what this entails, hehe! Also, we have just relocated temporarily to our country's capital. No family to help us with the kids, and no helpers or nannies as well. Between the 2 kids, the big move, and settling in, I really have no time to blog.

But just for today, I'll forgo a few minutes of sleep and blog! Why? Because today is our 156th couple monthsary a.k.a. 13th anniversary of our bf-gf relationship-- hurray for us! ^__^ And since my parents are not around to babysit our kids, we just brought them along to our dinner date earlier this evening (second pic: the collage). Yeah, not really very romantic, hehe! But it's all good coz we had an awesome fourth wedding anniversary a week ago sans the kids (first pic). See how beautiful we look? That's because we didn't have kids to watch over / feed / entertain while we reconnected as husband and wife :)

To my Labsie, my husband and father of my babies, I love you! Here's to more monthsaries and happy years together!