Hello! Happy Monday, everyone! Well, it’ll be Tuesday by the time you read this, since I’m writing late into the night today. Can’t sleep! Must be that Trader Joe’s coffee from Grace (Thanks, Grace!). I really shouldn’t have iced coffee one hour before bed time.
As many of you know, we have a very relaxed homeschool setup in our family, and mostly just keep it simple. We paint a lot, draw lot more, and recently started to do some baking (which I’ll post about later this week). I pray for the day we’ll be able to travel and homeschool, just like Brandon does with his three kids: They travel the world because they’re homeschooled, and Brandon runs his business completely online!
Well, that’s the dream. I’m working on it.
Today, Vito and I decided we’d take the opportunity to go on a field trip to Alabang.
My brothers Kiddo and Kayo are some of the most well-connected people I know. More than that, they know the value of meaningful relationships and community, so much so that they’ve made it their life’s work to build award-winning online communities and social media engagements. (Do check them out at HoneyCombCommunities, their company.)
Today, I wanted Vito to see how his uncles worked, and so I brought him along to Fully Booked Alabang so that he could see them in action.
As you can see, they also know how to have fun.
Kiddo and Kayo are online community strategists. Whenever I see them at work, I feel like they’re having so much fun! And, I want Vito to learn that doing the work you love means having fun every day. (I have a lot of fun, too, in my new business! So yay for Mom, too, right Vito?)
We arrived early, so we had a second breakfast: Orange Dream Machine and steel cut oatmeal topped with blueberries, blackberries and brown sugar. Yummy!
When the book store opened, Vito immediately went to get another Curious George book. He got the one, of course, that was filled with the most animals. We settled into Press Cafe, for some snacks and coffee, while we waited for Kiddo and Kayo to prepare their video setup for the day.
He loved the story of how George observed different kinds of animals, and wanted to draw each one. He wanted to copy the animals in the book, and asked for crayons and paper.
He used the table’s potted plant to prop up the center spread of the Curious George book, because he wanted to draw the scene showing the animals of Africa.
He’s had the correct pencil grip for some time now! Vito draws at least three times a day, often right before meals.
Love his face when he’s feeling observant. So intense! You can’t disturb him until he’s finished. On this picture, there’s an ostrich, a lion, a frog, a giraffe (with an apparently swollen neck) and an elephant. (I have no idea where the frog came from, it wasn’t in the book at all.)
The lady in the background was the lady that HoneyComb Communities were interviewing for a special feature. I bet you know who she is, right?
Lori Baltazar of Dessert Comes First! It was amazing to watch her interview, and to hear the story of her blogging success. She’s someone I truly look up to and admire, and I can’t wait to get my hands on her new book, also called Dessert Comes First. Got to leaf through the copy that she brought to the interview, and it’s beautiful! Watch out for it, it’s hitting Fully Booked shelves this week (September 5th). And, if you’re free on Sept. 21, Lori will be at Fully Booked Global City for her official book signing!
It was truly a happy moment meeting you, Lori!
After the video shoot, the boys were craving for ramen. And so, we hit this place:
Yummy! It was so yummy, but I couldn’t finish this bowl of Miso ramen. For a full review on Ramen Yushoken, just read posts like this or this, which are pretty accurate. All I can say is that the broth was silky, the noodles had the perfect bite to them, and the little chunks of pork, slivers of bamboo and fungus … *burp* (Excuse me.)
One good reason to make the 1+ hour trip back to this part of the city! (Patty? Let’s eat there next time!)
How was your first day of the week?