Family Getaway: Finding Treasure at Treasures of Bolinao

I’ve been wanting to bring Zaine to the beach again and see how he fares with the water, the sun and the sand. Not that I don’t know how he does with water though. That kid loves the water. But the last time he was at the beach was a long time ago. He was only 9 months old when I brought him to our company outing in a resort in Batangas. He was weirded out with the sand back then. 

We used to frequent beaches in Pangasinan back when I was a kid but we have never been to Bolinao. Bolinao is known to be the “Boracay of the North” given its white (actually, it’s more like beige) sand and nice beach resorts. And so we decided to go to Bolinao this summer. 

I spent a few sleepless nights searching for resorts in Bolinao that will meet our criteria. Those criteria are: 1) swimmable beach, 2) kid-friendly place, 3) swimming pool, 4) comfortable accommodations.

Simple, right? Or so I thought.

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

the most wonderful time of the year

What’s not to love about this month? It’s all about good vibes and smiles and cheers (and booze and caffeine and chocolates and late night binge watching your favorite movies, hahaha!). You hear Christmas songs being played everywhere and it just makes you feel good. Admit it, Christmas songs makes you smile, too. And probably shake your head as you reminisce your childhood during Christmas, hahaha! Right?

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McDonald’s McCelebrations for Z’s 4th Birthday, Part 1

mcdonalds mccelebrations feature

Z celebrated his 4th birthday by having a McDonald’s McCelebrations party last September 2 at McDonald’s El Pueblo, Ortigas. I never really planned to have a birthday party for the little boy this year.

I finally decided to throw a party for the little boy about 3 weeks before the schedule. Ha! Talk about cramming! Good thing that the second option for a location I had in my list was available on the schedule I wanted.

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A Charming Little Boy

Z has his consultation with the development pediatrician every 6 months. Last month, we visited the good doctor for his first session this year.

Dev-pedia consults are actually nerve-wracking for me. Sometimes, or most of the time, I feel like I am not doing enough once I find out that Z’s progress is very slow. Last month’s consultation was somehow better. His assessment? A charming little boy of stated age. I love that!

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Of Nap Times and Bedtimes

nap times and bedtimes

Nap times and bedtimes are one of the few moments that Z and I spend together that I really love. I only get to put him to bed at night on the weekends and when I have to stay home during the week. So I make it up during nap times before I leave for work.

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Swimming as Z’s Physical Therapy

physical therapy - swimming

Swimming is something that you really can’t unlearn once you learn how to do it. Last year, I wrote about Z’s swimming activities (you can read them here). But his swimming activities was not as consistent as it should have been because I was still dependent on what he does during his physical therapy sessions. However, even when we seldom go swimming, the little boy has been improving a lot. And I say, A LOT!

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Z Is No Longer A Baby

Z is definitely growing up so fast. He just turned 3 last August and I have been watching him closely for quite some time now. I can’t really say that he is still a baby (literally) because I can feel how heavy he already is whenever I carry him (which is most of the time). He only wants to be cuddled when he’s not feeling well else he wants to just run around and play with his toys. He still definitely loves cars, music, books and water.

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Feeding the Little Boy…

Z is already 2 years and 9 months old. How time flies, indeed. While he still doesn’t eat on his own, he has a very good appetite. He could finish a bowl of pasta on his own, he consumes about a cup of rice every meal, he doesn’t know how to eat junk food, and he doesn’t eat sweets. He even doesn’t like pizza! LOL! He still doesn’t like to eat by himself so I or his nanny has to feed him. But he knows how to use his spoon, only he would rather play with it rather than eat with it. […]

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