Y’s Baptism

Y officially became “Christian” last Sunday, September 9. I placed “Christian” within quotation marks because I don’t really believe one becomes a Christian by being baptized as a baby. Babies don’t have any idea what it means to be a Christian. I believe that babies are born children of God and should be brought up by their parents as one. When they understand what it means to be a real Christian, that’s the time they should be baptized.

But because I’m living with my Catholic parents in their house, I abide to their desire, and their desire is for Y to be baptized as a baby. I figure there’s no harm in doing that, so I blew a portion of my salary for the celebration. No regrets because Y was such a dapper young man!

Here are a few photos from the event:

Y’s outfit for the day (Tuxedo rompers from Doomagic and shoes from Zara Baby)

One of the thank you cards for the guests

The priest pours water on Y’s forehead

Group shot with the ninongs and ninangs

Second group shot

Mama, Papa, and sister, C, at the reception (Grand Menseng Hotel)

Y with the yaya, checking out his gifts

Y fell asleep shortly before we went home. My sister and I had so much fun opening the gifts. Thank you, everyone!


Remind me again why a bully like you is “serving” in Church?

I apologize for the negative post title. Y have just been baptized yesterday and I’m supposed to create a post full of pictures from the happy event, but I just have to blow off steam first. I joked about this situation many times yesterday, but being called “liar” in front of many people by a person whom you do not know really hurt.

We were told that the seminar is at 9:30am and the actual baptism starts at 11am. Knowing the effects of the sun on baby’s skin, we naturally decided to only bring Y to the church right before baptism. My sister and I got there before 9:30, but we were told that the seminar would only start after the mass ends. The mass has just begun, so we waited for more than an hour for the said seminar.

To make the long story short, we were told to enter church at around 10:30 and I texted my mother to go to the church already. By the way, the church’s just 5-10 minutes from our house. I was surprised to see everyone taking seats; it turns out they would be baptizing 26 babies! Anyway, the seminar started with my baby-less entourage taking seats at the last pew.

This old man, around 50-60 years old, asked me where my baby is. I told him that they’re already on the way. He began to raise his voice and asked me why I didn’t bring the baby along with me when we were told that the baptism starts at 10:30. This is how our conversation went.

Me: Ang sabi po sa amin 11 pa magsisimula. (They told us the baptism would start at 11.)

Him: Sinong nagsabi sa inyo na 11? Alam ng lahat dito na 10:30. (Who told you it’d start at 11? Everyone knows it’s 10:30.)

Me: Hindi ko po alam kasi lolo at lola ng baby ang umasikaso. (I don’t know because the baby’s grandparents took care of the church requirements.)

Him: Taga-dito ka? Saang GKK ka? (Do you live here? To whhat GKK do you belong?)

*GKK is a Catholic church organization.

Me: Dito po pero hindi ko po alam anong GKK namin. (Yes, I live here, but I don’t know the name of the GKK.)

Him: Taga-dito ka? Bakit di mo alam? (Why don’t you know?)

ME: Hindi po kasi ako talaga nakatira dito — (I don’t really live here –)

What I meant here is that though my family lived in the place, I mostly stayed in my college dormitory and never really “lived” there. But he didn’t let me finish. He actually pointed his finger at me and said:

Him: Sabi mo taga-dito ka?Sinungaling! (I thought you lived here? Liar!)

Really, sir? You knew me for a total of 2 minutes, and you’re calling me a liar? Take note that this entire conversation happened in front of many people, inside the church, in fact. I was really stressed because my mother is not answering her phone, but he kept on attacking me, making me seem like an incompetent person.

Sir, I maintained my poise and never disrespected you. I assured you that the baby was already on the way. It didn’t even matter because the baptism isn’t starting yet. But you pointed at me with your hypocritical finger and called me “LIAR,” even though I didn’t lie at all.

And you know what? When I told my mother about it, she said we really don’t have a GKK. So there was no error on my part.

Later last night, I told J what happened. He said he wouldn’t have let it happen if he was there. I think that’s the problem. He saw that I was young and unmarried, an easy prey for his bullying tactics, the same bullying that happened inside the church. And yet he wears his spotless church uniform with pride.

Sir, if you are miserable and have a problem, don’t take it out on me. I don’t know you and with what you did, I don’t find a reason why I should. Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 5:5 – Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

For a church servant, one would have expected a godly character from you. Take a look at yourself. Do you embody God? Do you actually think God would do something like that?

I’ll remember you, sir, and I pray nobody would be bullied by you anymore.


How to exchange links with many blogs at once?

I’ve been a blogger since 2007. I was in college that time. Because I went to UP and had many extra-curricular activities, such as being an active member of a sorority and a party list, I never had enough time to maintain my blog. A weird habit of mine, as I mentioned in this post, is that every time I get the chance to blog again, I make a new one. In other words, I have never been able to build up a serious blog in the blogosphere.

This is my newest blog and I plan to maintain it. Now that I work from home, I can squeeze in a few minutes each day to write a post. However, in between full-time work and mothering, I can’t be bothered to go through the tedious process of link building.

Luckily, in one of my aimless surfing moments, I discovered Mommy Diary. Paula Briones, the blogger behind the site, came up with a great way to exchange links with a lot of blogs effortlessly. Her brainchild is called BC Bloggers Secret. All you need to do is write a short post regarding the program and submit your website to Paula. After that, just wait for the links to come. It’s that easy!

Cool, huh? 😀


Products for Baby Y

While fixing my room and Y’s corner of the house, I decided to take photos of the products that I use for Y. These are not baby skin products, such as lotion and whatsoever. These are better. These are cleaning products – my current obsession. Please, please, please don’t find me boring!

Anyway, here are photos of Y’s cleaning products:

The previously featured Cradle Toy and Surface Cleaner

Before, when I was ignorant, I blindly used Lysol to disinfect my bedroom, which also serves as Y’s bedroom. Then, I discovered Cradle Toy and Surface Cleaner. I love this product because its ingredients are all natural and safe for babies who keep on putting everything to their mouths. 🙂 It’s also so easy to use. I just spray this over his crib, our bed, his toys, and his shoes, etc. Then, I wipe them with a clean piece of cloth.

A 500-ml bottle of this sells for a little over P200 in Gaisano Mall.

Smart Steps Bottle Cleanser

I use this to wash Y’s bottles and my Pigeon pump. The instruction says to soak the bottles, nipples, and pump parts in a solution of water and the cleanser for 30 minutes. Then, rinse each object and sterilize them. I also used this before to launder Y’s mittens, which he always sucked. By the way, it smells like bubble gum.

I forgot how much this costs but I think I bought this 400-ml bottle plus a 250-ml refill for only around P170. 🙂

Cycles Mild Laundry Detergent

I actually use Smart Steps baby detergent because it’s cheaper. However, it’s only available in Gaisano Mall’s department store and I was already in the grocery, and you know how things go. I got Cycles baby detergent instead. I don’t know how it smells because Y’s yaya just used it this morning.

This pack has three 100-gram sachets, and costs P82. On the other hand, Smart Steps 450-gram pack just costs around P70.

Smart Steps Baby Detergent and Fabric Softener

I got Smart Steps samples for free at the grocery. I got two because I’m a patron haha. I don’t know how much the fabric softener costs because I never bought one. I don’t think you need to use fabric softener for baby’s clothes. A little amount of detergent and water would do fine.

Nursy Baby Wipes

Before, I ignorantly bought Pigeon cloth-like baby wipes that cost around P250. Then, I realized how many wipes you need to use in a single poop session. Sure, the Pigeon baby wipes were very gentle to the skin, but so are other brands. Now, I just choose the cheaper ones, as long as they don’t irritate Y’s bum.

Nursy wipes pack of 90 costs around P80.

Johnson’s Baby Messy Times

My dad’s always bugging me about Y’s hands because he keeps on touching everything and then sucks his hands. So I picked up a small packet of Johnson’s Messy Times wipes for hands and face. OC Lolo is happy. I think I will buy a bigger pack when Y starts to eat solids. I’m not sure, though, if that’s practical.

Johnson’s Baby Messy Times wipes pack of 20 costs P33.

I hope I was able to somehow help future moms out there. No, this is not a sponsored post. How I wish this is one! 🙂