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Road Trip

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Weekend Hangover

When I was pregnant, I prepared myself for the thought of having another mouth to feed, another mind to mold and another person to love. I did not think about the additional social life to manage. It’s Monday and I’m hungover from the weekend.

I am very thankful for all our invitations to celebrate birthdays and baptisms, they just all seem to happen at the same time. Saturdays are for kiddie birthday parties, and lately Sundays are not just family days, they’re baptism days. And if the husband and I celebrate a Friday night by going out and forgetting that we’re parents, the weekend hangover meter is doubled.

Sometimes I think my role is to deliver her to the party. She completes the kid quota and provides the entertainment for the adults. I jest. She has a lot of fun and that is why I caffeinate myself out of sleepiness and brave the Saturday highway traffic. Thankfully I get fed for my efforts. And in the process of fueling up, I meet fellow doting parents and learn a new trick or two.

..like hamsters are a cool party prize and that I should take pictures of my daughter appreciating them. Missed that kodak moment..

…like kids love balls but under no circumstances should they hold a billiard ball in the presence of a baby. Dodged that bullet.

billard ball

She managed to grab the ball and show it to her new kinakapatid. His parents mentally killed me.

…like karaoke is truly loved by all ages

toddler microphone hogging

They sang the alphabet and couldn't get passed A.

…like art is everywhere even a hotel lobby.

art love

She made sure we stopped and said goodbye to her new favorite painting.

What new tricks did you learn last weekend?

Manila Art 2010

One of my most vivid childhood memories was visiting The Met with my Dad every weekend. We walked to the museum, around the museum and back home. That’s a million kilometers for a kid but I don’t remember ever complaining. I loved it.  What did I know about art back then? What do I know about it now? It’s hard to articulate. I think it’s an evolving private conversation between art and me. I’m just glad my Dad pushed me to socialize with art– period.

This weekend was the perfect time for my 21 month old daughter to start picking up on some conversations. She was a natural. So much  so we went back to the Manila Contemporary exhibit for a second chat.

Visit the Manila Art Exhibit at SMX. It’s open until Sunday, August 1st.

Here are my daughter’s favorites and believe me she was vocal about it:

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