Well, here are some of our pics last weekend.
My thoughts on parenthood, and what it's like to be a mom in the Philippines.
Yes guys, I am back..but still disorganized.. I need to transfer my pics yet, need to laundry our sand invaded clothes, and still need to hang the wet swim wears (oh no I did NOT wear bathing suit.. though I wish I could LOL). And if you are wondering where we have been, we went to San Juan, La Union. We were with my sorority sister, and her hubby who is a frat bro to my hubby.. our sorority is a counterpart of their frat and we both have three kids, sweet eh? I will post some pics soon!
We stayed in Normi2’s Resort or Normi’s Resort as they are listed on their site. The Resort was located in Baranggay Taboc, San Juan, La Union. If you are like us who were confused whether to call it Normimi’s or Nornormimi’s or Normii’s (depending on where you are goin to apply the second power), the answer is simple.. they now prefer Normi’s.. just that. The history of their name is not as complicated as to the second power equation.. It is as simple as there were two owners whose name starts with NOR and another two whose name starts with MI, get it?
San Juan, La Union is the town after San Fernando City. The travel time to Manila to San Juan is about 6 to 7 hours. If by private vehicle, all you need is to exit on NLEX then to SCTEX, then Mc Arthur Highway. When you passed by San Fernando City, a good ten minutes will bring you to the gates of Normi’s Resort. You can also reach San Fernando by RORO or by plane (they have an airport and seaport) from San Fernando, there are local jeepneys that can drop you off to Normi’s.
Normi’s Resort is a very relaxed tourist destination on the north. The resort sits just in front of South China Sea shore. The resort houses two swimming pool, one semi Olympic (which runs up to 10ft deep) and a kiddie pool. The resort has a restaurant that offers Mediterranean cuisine. It also has a unique tropical bar that over looks South China Sea. They offer a lot of accommodations that can cater to each guest’s needs.
Here are the list of their rates:
Standard (capacity:3) 1400PhP (about $30)
De Luxe (capacity:2) 1575 PhP
Family (capacity:5) 1800 PhP
(capacity:8) 2200 PhP
Economy(capacity:3) 950 PhP
Cottage (capacity:2) 1100 PhP
Apartelle(capacity:6) 2800 PhP (with cooking facility)
Aside from swimming or sand burying, you can also do surfing, they offer surfing lessons for 400 PhP per hour (surfing board included).
Conference rooms, function area (poolside, open area)
Billiard room/ Videoke
The resort staffs were really friendly (and this is our second time here) and if we are heading back North, we are definitely be staying (again and again) here. The resort is not perfect though, and we do have some minor complaints, but those were already been properly addressed, so there is no need to mention it here.
And since you are already on the area, you can also try visiting these places:
Potteries, a few meters away from the resort
Luna Beach AKA Pebble Beach
Bangar (a 20 minute drive from the resort) the town that is famous for their weaved blankets
Bacnotan Steel (after Luna Beach)/Holcim Cement
Sibling rivalry is very normal. My kids fight more than ten times a day. And yet they also cuddle more than ten times a day. One minute, they are best of friends, the other minute they are enemies. Sometimes a simple play pretend will turn our house into a World War zone. The reasons why they fight are very simple. They fight because of toys, on who is to become who. They fight because someone teases the other. They fight on to who is gonna use the computer first. I am beginning to think that even fight on who can annoy me first. That is really annoying and frustrating to watch. My head seems to blow when I hear them fight or argue over simple things.
It is hard to avoid this situation. Kids are kids, and they can always find a reason to fight. Now, what I do when their fighting escalates? At first, I ignore them, but when it seems that the other one is already harming the other, I step in. I talk to them (OK sometimes scream) to let go of each other and separate. When they see me like I am as raging as a bull, they stopped and started saying sorry to each other. When every body’s calm, we make up to it by thinking of a compromise that will work for both of them.
Yes you can never avoid siblings fighting over little things, but you can minimize the fight. My kids fight but I believe that it was just petty fights. They get along really well amidst all that. When they are both not in fighting mood, it so nice to hear them converse and watch them play. They never get jealous with each other. They never get jealous with their youngest baby too, even though Mommy is giving Chico more attention. They seem to understand that they are individual with each special needs.
How do we do it?
Oh well, we employ FAVORITISM.
Yes we have a favorite. Silly? Oh no not. I tell you this is very effective way to ensure the kids that they are being loved equally.. HOW? well we have our favorite first born (or kuya on our language) and we have our favorite second baby (Dico in the Philippines) and we have our favorite youngest baby (or bunso on our language). You try it and tell me how it will affect the kids.
Or you have some advise regarding siblings rivalry? Share it with me 🙂