What’s wrong with my Hair?

Two months after I gave birth to baby Z, I notice that my hair has been shedding more than the usual. And it actually bothers me a lot. The volume of my hair loss doubled more than the usual hair loss. It even made me think I might be suffering from cancer.
I did a research and it helped me not to worry much about it. According to baby center, it is the occurrence of hormonal change that causes hair loss more than the usual. These usually happen 12 weeks after giving birth. In a day, we normally lose about 100 to 125 hairs but after delivery, mothers might be losing about 500 hairs a day. Though it’s normal and therefore inevitable, there are still few ways that might help reduce the volume of hair loss. Personally I find these tips helpful and effective.

1. Avoid frequent shampooing and conditioning. Usually, I shampoo and
condition my hair everyday. On my fourth month after giving birth, I tried
doing both every other day. Say on Monday, I’ll just shampoo my hair,
and on Tuesday I’ll just use conditioner. That way, I noticed less hair fall

2. As much as possible untied your hair. Sometimes it’s hard to avoid this
especially to mothers with long hair. Therefore you might consider cutting
your hair short.

3. If you have the budget, a hair spa will be of good help. Though I haven’t tried it, some mommies claimed that their shedding hair stopped after having a hair spa. And I am actually close on booking a hair spa this coming weekend.

Usually hair losses occur up to six months after delivery. After six months or so, expect your hair to be back in its pre-pregnancy state. But you might notice the texture of your hair is not exactly the same as your pre-pregnancy hair. It might be straighter or wavier, more oily or dry than it was before your pregnancy. According to baby center, this might be due to the hormonal upheaval that you’ve just experience.

If your shedding hair doesn’t seem to be slowing after six months or more, try seeing your dermatologist or your healthcare provider.

Earthquakes: A Sign of End Times

An 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Japan that rattled Japan’s eastern coast unleashing a deadly tsunami that killed thousands of people, 5.7 magnitude quake in metro manila and nearby provinces, 5.4 magnitude earthquake in Mindoro Philippines, 5.8 magnitude quake in Afghanistan and the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Myanmar and Thailand that killed 70 people where just among the series of earthquakes in just a month. Isn’t it scary? What on earth is going on? This series of quakes has been very alarming for me. It reminds me that Christ is indeed coming soon.

In Matthew chapter 24, Jesus gives us the Signs of the End Times. At the Mount of Olives, where His disciples come to Him privately they ask him “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.

It is written that earthquakes are a sign of end times. Furthermore, wars and rumors of wars. The latest happenings in the Middle East manifest another sign of the end times. No one can actually tell when will be the End of the Age except God. The signs were given to us to prepare us for His coming. Repent and turn on to God that He may exalt you in due time. As said in verse 8, these are just the beginning of birth pains. Why? Because according to Revelation chapter 6 there will be a great earthquake. “12 I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, 13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. 14 The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.”

And even more severe earthquake. Revelation Chapter 16 tells us ” 17 The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. 19 The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed.”

It is no doubt that Jesus is coming soon. Friends, this is not to scare or to threaten you. I am sharing this to serve as a warning for us and do our part for us to be prepared for His coming and be saved.

So what shall we do in order to be saved? Acts 16:31 says “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (as your personal Savior) and thou shall be saved.”

To Take or Not to Take

It’s been seven years now since I graduate from College with a degree in Architecture. And Up to now, I haven’t taken yet the licensure examination for Architects. Two years after graduation and after completing the required two years working experience before taking the board exam, I have attended a review classes but I actually did not proceed on taking the exam due to some personal reasons. Despite of being an unregistered architect in the Philippines, I was still able to get a job in the Philippines and have given a chance to work overseas as an architectural detailer and eventually become an assistant architect.

Now, that I choose to become a fulltime mom and will be base in the Philippines very soon, I am thinking of taking the Licensure Exam this coming June 2011. Waaah…After seven years, I think I need to have a thorough review. I almost forgot most lessons from college. But I am not yet decided. Since taking the exam means baby Z will be under the care of a nanny for three months which I don’t like.

I just need more time and wisdom, to help me decide whether to take or not to take the licensure examination. Whatever my decision will be, I am still hopeful that I would be able to practice my profession and became a freelance architect in the Philippines while pursuing a full time mommy career at home. I think I don’t need to become a super woman to be able to do both. I just need determination and commitment to become successful in both field. So help me God.

Traveling with Infant

I always thought that traveling with infant is stressful. But our first travel experience with our little one is the opposite of what I thought. Through out the travel time, he’s been behaving very well, giving us comfort and worry free travel.
As long as you are prepared to travel with your infant, I’m sure you will have a comfortable and worry free travel experience.
Here are some tips when flying with an infant. Take note that most airlines required atleast 2 weeks old baby to get onboard. Other’s allowed 1 week old with doctors permission.

1. As much as you can, choose a day flight over a night flight. For me, it’s more     comfortable to travel when you have enough sleep before and during the flight. Travelling at night is sleepless for me since I can’t have a good sleep during the flight.
2. Make sure that your baby’s travelling bag is ready for travel. Ensure that baby’s basic needs are onboard his travelling bag such as milk, water, bottles, wipes, nappies, pacifier, towels, extra clothes, sweater and other stuff that is necessary to your baby.
3. Don’t travel alone with kids or an infant. Atleast have someone to assist you.
4. Listen to your baby’s need. Give him enough milk to avoid tantrums, and let him sleep after feeding or if needed.
5. Strollers or sling may help you lessen the pressure of carrying the baby.
6. The pressure during take off and landing may cause discomfort to your baby’s ear. In that case, give him something to drink to lessen the discomfort.
7. Bring pillows for your baby’s comfort.

So, hope this will help. Have a safe flight with your baby.

Anawangin Cove

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When I first saw this place over the net, I never thought it was a place in the Philippines. This is Anawangan Cove located in Barangay Pundaquit town of San Antonio in Zambales. This mystical cove, has off-white sand, a stretch of pine trees along the beach front, Crystal clear water and refreshing fresh air. You may wonder how the pine trees ended up at the beach. I myself cannot contain my curiosity how they ended up there. And behind it,  is a small stream that flows down and meet the sea water.

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I was fascinated by the lovely natural beauty of Anawangin, and it was such a treat being there, away from the busy city life, embracing the indigenous living for a while. Anawangan is not as commercialized as Boracay or Puerto Galera. There is no electricity and no cell site. No hotels or Inns around the area, you have to bring a tent if you want to stay for a night. The nearest hotel you can find is at Barangay Pundaquit a 15 minutes boat ride from anawangin. Yes, it’s basically back to basics. There were only two water pumps, four toilet cubicles and I think four dressing cubicles  available. You also need to make sure that you packed with you all the necessary things you need for your stay as their is only one sari sari store available which is catered by the care taker.

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How to Get There
From Manila you can either drive or take a bus to San Antonio Zambales. We took  the Victory Liner Bus bound to Zambales. We get down at barangay San Antonio, then took a short tricycle ride to Barangay Pundatquit and then hire a boat that will take you to Anawangin.

Weekend Blog Follower Caravan 9

It’s time for another Weekend Blog Follower Caravan post. Today’s theme is to post something about ourselves (the participants).

So, while writing this post, I started seeing myself standing in front of WBFC participant, took a deep breath and bowed…Hi! I’m Bev, a mom to baby Z and a wife to big Z. I was born in Manila but spent my childhood to teenage years in Samar and went back to manila for college. I am a working and a first time mom. I’m an OFW for four years now; Two years in Dubai, five months in Mumbai and almost two years here in Kuala Lumpur. I design shelter as a living and at the same time trying to be a blogger and a “self-claimed” photographer. I started blogging last December 2009 to archive my venture to photography. As time went by, I discover that I can actually write and eventually started a personal blog dedicated to my venture to motherhood. That was the birth of my so called blog Momsicle. I started momsicle last august 2010 with a free domain from blogger. I didn’t expect that I will be a serious blogger until I acquired my own domain and currently working on a new blog.

For now, I do hope to meet more blogger friends online and offline. And I hope this week’s WBFC will make it happen.

Little Twinkle

When baby Z’s Pediatrician heard about Twinkle, he thought it was his new found girl friend. Though they didn’t meet each other I’m sure our pedia will find our Twinkle cute.

Twinkle is Baby Z’s first ever buddy. She makes him laugh and mollify him. Whenever he starts crying, Twinkle is there to tell baby Z not to cry. She’s been a good buddy and she’s always there to help mom pacify baby Z. Are you ready to meet her? Here she is…Twinkle is baby Z’s colorful chime toy. She’s been baby Z’s buddy for three months now. We end up calling her Twinkle because mommy use to sing twinkle Twinkle little stars while gently shaking the chime everytime baby Z cries. Till then, we called her Twinkle.

Short Trip to Melaka

An unplanned trip to Kuala Lumpur’s 3rd smallest and historical state Malacca. 148 km south of Kuala Lumpur, and 245 km north of Singapore where traces of Dutch and Portuguese heritage were remarkable which was inscribe in the world heritage list.
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It was a quick visit since it was an unplanned trip. I wish I had more pictures to showcase but with only 3 hours stay at Malacca we did nothing but sight seeing while setting inside the car. I must be very keen in shooting next time I went to an unplanned trip like these, especially if your not there for a photo opt nor as a tourist. Thank you very much Pst.J and Kuya Rex’s family for inviting us.

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There are more to see and discover and I’ll be back Malacca. See you!

A WAHM Wannabe

I have been a regular employee of mostly architectural firm for almost seven years now. Three years in Philippines, two years in Dubai, five months in Mumbai and almost two years here in Kuala Lumpur. And now that we have our little one, I just feel the need of becoming a full time mom. I don’t want to see baby Z grow under the care of a nanny especially on his early years as a baby and a toddler. I just thought of becoming a Work at Home Mom will give me an opportunity to take care of my baby, witness his milestones and watch him grow while earning at home. Hubby and my petite earnings online (hopefully it will increase by next month), have supported my plans of becoming a fulltime mom and eventually pursue a career as a work at home mom. And so I recently submitted my resignation letter and I will be working for this company until the end of April this year. And that means I have to work hard in pursuing my blogging career. If other moms can serve food in their table thru blogging why can’t I?

So here I am, chasing companies that pay bloggers to blog and working on adding more blogs to my active blogs. Being a blogger is not that easy, especially to someone like me who sometimes run out of topic to blog or even words to write. Writing is not really a passion but I’m starting to love it. I started blogging, only because I want to archive my venture to photography. And when I get pregnant, I started a personal blog on becoming a mom and a wife. That was the birth of this blog. The so called Momsicle. I am fortunate that Momsicle is generating income. It may not be as big as my salary of being an Architectural Assistant, I’m contented that my online earnings can help me pay the internet bill and buy me a month diaper of my kiddo. Hopefully by next month it’ll double.

If this plan does not make its way to fulfillment, I have no choice but to jump on my plan B. And that is to be back on my old self; a regular expat employee.