I guess it’s weird that I only got to write about growing a year older 2 days after my actual birthday. Fact is, I don’t really feel a year older. It’s just easier to remember how old I am now (I count by 5s, hehe!).

Right now, I’m more anxious about the next few weeks. On my 36th week of pregnancy, actually, as of this writing. And my thoughts are focused on that. Since this is my second pregnancy, the second time I’ll be undergoing CS operation, I might be giving birth 2 weeks earlier than my EDD.

I feel like going crazy just thinking about it now. Haha!

I feel like I’m not prepared, I dunno. Very unlike my first pregnancy wherein everything went smoothly (until the last minute, that is). This time, I’m more nervous. Scared. Too many things going on inside my head. I feel stressed throughout these 8 months and how many days.

I’m ranting now. Anyway…

Despite the rollercoaster of emotions I’m having right now, I’m grateful to have been given another year by the Lord — to be a wife, a mom, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Another year to make greater things happen for my family, in my career.

I am grateful to have another year to spend with my family, friends, and colleagues. And to receive another blessing from above (girl or boy? Still not sure.).

Thanks to everyone who greeted, who remembered, who took just a few minutes — and a few strokes — to leave a message.

Here’s to 35, and more.

The Dream Shirt: Printing your favorite books, one shirt at a time

Wear your favorite book – this is what The Dream Shirt persuades bookworms to do.

But who or what is The Dream Shirt?

The Dream Shirt is an online store that offers made-to-order shirts with prints that feature quotes and designs based on different books. Designs are printed on cotton shirts in vinyl or via heat transfer. Most of their selections are based from Young Adult novels like John Green’s “Looking for Alaska” and “The Fault in Our Stars”, or popular dystopian novels such as the famous “Hunger Games” trilogy and “Divergent”. Although their current fan base consists of young people and YA fanatics, The Dream Shirt plans to target a larger market, tapping in the bookworm crowd in general, by providing designs that are based on the classics, fiction novels, and the like.

The Dream Shirt

Samples of their shirts based on books like Game of Thrones, Hunger Games, and The Maze Runner. A shirt costs around PHP 350, exclusive of shipping fee.

Unlike most of its competitors, The Dream Shirt aims to stick to creating book-based shirts, and expand its designs by having its own artistic team that will put their ideas into reality. The company also aims to be more present offline by participating in bazaars and other book-related activities. A website is also in the works, to provide its customers a better shopping experience.

For now, the online store of The Dream Shirt is on Facebook. And from the idea to create shirts for bookworms, it has truly grown, with more than 2.5K FB Likes just after a year of operation. With more and more fanboys and fangirls finding out about The Dream Shirt, the store is planning to have its relaunch by 2015, and will include creating a line for locally published books, releasing more collections, and collaborating with Fandom Trinkets PH for a giveaway.

Check out The Dream Shirt on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For collaborations and partnerships, contact them at thedreamshirt@gmail.com or at 0906-3811776.

Zee, my drama princess

“Mommy, sama ako sa office…”

“Mommy, uwi ka na…”

“Love mo ako, mommy?”

Lately, these words have been uttered by my daughter on a daily basis. And not just once a day, but x number of times a day.

It was only recently when she’d say these things, about a couple of months ago. I’m not sure, but I guess it has something to do with the new baby on the way.

When I learned that I was pregnant with my second child, hubby and I didn’t keep it a secret from her. In fact, we prepped her for the baby’s arrival. We’d explain that she’ll be a sister soon, even teaching her to talk to my tummy once in a while. We’d bring her to my trips to the OB-Gyne. Even the doctor would show her how the baby looks like in the portable ultrasound. And she’s already accustomed to the idea that she’ll be an ate soon. She made us stop calling her “baby” and instead told us that she is “ate.” She would look at my tummy and say “Hi, baby,” or ask questions like, “Gusto mo mag-ice skating?”

And then one time, a few months ago, during bedtime, my little girl asked me, “Love mo ako, mommy?” I’d reply, “Of course, I love you!” And she’d repeat the question. Again. And again. And again.

That same scenario. Everyday. And then more of those questions and pleas and kaartehan. She became more clingy. She’d text me everyday (through my mom or dad’s mobile) to come home in the middle of the work day. And ask when I’ll be absent from work or whether it’s Saturday or Sunday already.

Maybe she’s beginning to think that because she won’t be the baby of the house anymore, we’ll love her less. But of course, that’s not true.

She’ll forever be my baby, my first-born baby. And even with her kakulitan and bratty moments, I love her to bits. Always.

Of course, there will be times that I have to attend to the new baby’s needs. But I hope she will understand that she’s never less of a priority to me. To hubby and me. Because we’ll love her no matter what.

I know soon she’ll understand. Right now, I’ll just have to make her feel that she’s always loved. Because she is.

Have a bite of the Starbucks Christmas 2014 food items

Yum, yum, yum — that’s what I can say about the 2014 Christmas food items from Starbucks Philippines. The smorgasbord consists of new and returning favorites, and I’m pretty sure you’re bound to discover — or rediscover — yours.

Starbucks Christmas Food 2014

New on the menu: Grilled Pork and Emmenthal Cheese with Chimichurri Sauce on Cheese Bread, Chicken Caesar Wrap, Roasted Turkey and Chicken with Apple Cranberry Walnut on Sourdough Bread

Starbucks Christmas Food 2014

Chicken Fajita Roll (returning) and Pot Roast Pie (new)

Starbucks Christmas Food 2014

Chocolate Torte Cake (new), Chocolate Toffee Nut Loaf (returning)

Starbucks Christmas Food 2014

Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake (new)

Starbucks Christmas Food 2014

Chocolate Crepe Cake (returning)

Starbucks Christmas Food 2014

Peppermint Brownie and Gingerbread Cookie (returning), Chocolate Chip Cookie Stuffed with Oreo (new)

Starbucks Christmas Food 2014

Also available: Starbucks Christmas Blend in whole bean and VIA

Just a reminder, though: some food items are available only in select branches. The Chicken Caesar Wrap and Chocolate Crepe Cake are not available in Baguio, Boracay, Bacolod, Cebu, CDO, Davao, Iloilo, Naga, General Santos, Tarlac, Subic, Dagupan, and Bataan. The Chocolate Torte Cake is only available in provincial branches (Baguio, Boracay, Bacolod, Cebu, CDO, Davao, Iloilo, Naga, General Santos, Tarlac, Subic, Dagupan, and Bataan). All the other food items are available in all Starbucks branches nationwide.

These food items will be available in stores from November 3, 2014 to January 8, 2015. Come Monday, you’ll be able to enjoy Starbucks Philippines’ Christmas food items for 2014.

The new designs of the Starbucks Card for Christmas 2014

One of the much-awaited merchandise of Starbucks Philippines is the Starbucks Card for Christmas 2014. Check out the designs for this year:

The Starbucks Christmas 2014 Card

The Starbucks Christmas 2014 Cards: Holiday Tree and Snowman designs

Starbucks Christmas 2014 Mini-Card

And there’s also a mini-card!

Yes, there are 3 designs all in all: the regular-sized cards that have a Holiday Tree and Snowman artwork, and the cute little mini-card. The Holiday Tree and Snowman designs can be activated with an initial PHP 300 load. The mini-card, on the other hand, requires an initial load of PHP 500.

And for those who are thinking of giving away Starbucks Cards to their loved ones this Christmas, you can take advantage of this limited offer: the Starbucks Card Gift Pack.

Starbucks Card Gift Pack

The Starbucks Card Gift Pack comes with 6 cards: Holiday Tree Card, Snowman Card, Philippine Eagle Card, Cold Cups Card, and 2 Coffee Cups Card

There are 6 cards in the pack that can be loaded initially with PHP 300. But if you get the pack, you only get to shell out PHP 1,500 instead of PHP 1,800. Cool, right? But this gift pack comes in limited quantities and is available from December 1 to 3, 2014 so you better get yours the soonest.

Of course, with the launch of the Starbucks Christmas 2014 Cards come these related activities and promos:

Pre-Selling Event: Select Christmas merchandise will be displayed in stores until November 2, 2014. Customers who purchase any of the Starbucks Christmas merchandise using their card (whether existing/old or an activated Christmas Card) get 15% discount.

Starbucks Christmas Merchandise

Christmas mugs, tumblers, or beanie bears — get them at 15% off when you purchase these with your Starbucks Card

Starbucks Card Activation Promo: From November 3 to 5, 2014, those who activate a new Starbucks Card (any design, including the mini-card) with at least PHP 1,500 will get an additional PHP 300 load. There is no limit to the number of cards that can be activated, but the complimentary PHP 300 will be loaded on the same Starbucks Card you just activated. Customers, however, cannot use a Starbucks Card or Gift Certificate to activate a Starbucks Card.

To know more about the Starbucks Card and its upcoming promotions, just approach a Starbucks barista at a branch near you.

Oh, and by the way, the Starbucks Christmas 2014 Cards are only available for a limited time, so better drop by Starbucks to get yours.