Thursday Thoughts

This is for you, who feels down and defeated.

This is for you, who is so tired of what life has handed out .

This is for you who thinks that life is unfair and you just couldn’t get a break.

I want you to know that the struggle is part of your story and this is just one chapter. It will be a distant memory soon that will push you to work harder and live life to the fullest.

While you are in the midst of your troubles, do not forget to celebrate the small things and to notice the kindness of other people. It can be a friend who listens, an office mate who made you laugh or the driver in your shuttle who took a short cut so that you won’t be late for work today. All these are signs that the universe is still looking out for you.

Believe in your strength and if you are the praying kind, hold on to Him.

Have a good Thursday my friend :)

maya angelou


darkest night




The Stellar Interstellar

I watched Interstellar last weekend and I was promptly swept off my feet with the majesty of this movie. Space and space travel is undeniably awesome and to have it re imagined by Chris Nolan is just a spectacular treat for the eyes.


The mission of Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), Brand (Anne Hathaway) and their team is to save humanity by looking for another habitable planet that the human race can move out to. The earth is suffering from one devastating blight after another and without saying much, Global Warming has reduced the earth into a dust bowl where only corn survives. In the movie, there is talk of wormholes, tesseracts, gravity, physics and singularities.  I remembered all the handouts I read in STS when I was a Senior in UP.  Space and time travel are undeniably very interesting topics but it has never been explored and presented as beautifully as in this movie. The effects are not overwhelming because there is still a sincerity to the treatment. The movie is a feast for the eyes but you never get tired of looking at it.


One thing that I never expected though was to cry throughout the movie. I was of course expecting a wonderfully crafted and thoughtful movie (it is Chris Nolan after all) but Interstellar also tugged at the heartstrings without being too emotional. However fantastic space and planet explorations are it is Cooper’s own struggle as a father who is making his way back to his kids which grounds this movie. It is in those moments where Cooper shows his side as a father that I felt the urgency of the mission. Cooper must succeed. Cooper must transcend. Cooper must return. But what will he return to? The void of the deep dark space is related so achingly with the void Cooper’s family has to deal with.



There is a scene in the movie when Cooper returned from a planet where he and Brand visited for only three hours. When they got back to their space station 23 years have already passed. Cooper sat in a chair and viewed 23 years worth of video messages from his family. That scene broke my heart. It was just a tight shot of McConaughey’s face all wet with tears. It was heartbreaking. The devastation felt by Cooper was so palpable.

I never am one to do movie reviews but I really just feel the need to share how beautiful Interstellar is because it impacted me most as mom. The movie’s premise may be extreme but just like Cooper, I would do anything to keep David and Noah safe and to ensure their future. As parents we’re pioneers and also navigators — we try to chart a course for their future that would allow them to be safe, secure and happy. We try our best to figure out the road ahead of us but in reality, our kids sometimes just need us to just stay and be with them and to live out our moments together.

There were a couple of very memorable lines on parenthood throughout the movie and I think I sobbed through all of them.  I’m sharing a few of my favorites plus a line from a poem that was constantly recited throughout the movie. It’s one of my favorite poems too (so seeing it come to life in this film is so awesome)


Brand: Couldn’t you’ve told her you were going to save the world?

Cooper: No. When you become a parent, one thing becomes really clear. And that’s that you want to make sure your children feel safe. You cannot go and say them that they are not safe and someone is going to save them.


interstellar brand and cooper in space

Brand: Love isn’t something we invented. It’s observable, powerful, it has to mean something… Love is the one thing we’re capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space.


Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


interstellar black hole


Cooper: Once you’re a parent, you’re the ghost of your children’s future



Young Murph: Dad, why did you and mom name me after something that’s bad?.

Cooper: Well, we didn’t.

Young Murph: Murphy’s law?

Cooper: Murphy’s law doesn’t mean that something bad will happen. It means that whatever can happen, will happen.



Also can I just say how awesome it is to see women scientists in this movie? It is such a great thing for young girls to see Murph and Brand (played so well by Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway) in a field that is dominated by men. And I say this because the recent Kim K gimmick (#breaktheinternet) as funny as the memes are is not doing anyone any favor except for Kim. Young girls need to see roles like these fleshed out in movies that yes we can be queens and models and scientists too!

Five Tips for A Fun Family Road Trip

Team Santos recently went off to Tagaytay for a super fun road trip with our friends. We stayed at Hotel Kimberly but before going there we all met at the big Shell station at the South Luzon Expressway (near Susanna heights) I’m pretty sure this area is a landmark, this is our go-to meeting spot whenever we’re going off to the South for some much needed R&R.

We gassed up at Shell and the kids started snacking already hehe. Going on road trips with two kids require a lot of planning and most importantly smart packing. If you have a toddler, you need to bring so much extra stuff too like diapers, medicines, toiletries, milk, bottles, kulang na lang crib hehe

shell and oreo

We haven’t gone on a lot of trips yet but but Dan and I are learning along the way. You know those instances when you’re in the car and then you just have a lot of “should’ve would’ve could’ves” hay we have a long list of those so we try to stick to the 5 things below when we’re going on vacation. If you have tips please do share them too! I’d love to know how you keep things together when you’re out and about with your family.

So without further ado, here are our 5 tips in keeping family road trips fun and safe!

1) Plan Your Way – Hello Waze! Waze is such a lifesaver for us because our car doesn’t have its own GPS. We’ve always programmed the app to take us to our destination via the fastest route. Waze is pretty much accurate but you still need to follow your instincts though at certain points of the travel. Dan sometimes has loud conversations with the app (as in, “Bakit mo kami dyan padadaanin?! Traffic dyan lagi e!) and I just stare at him. The convo between Dan and Samantha (the female voice of the app) is for another post but yes Waze makes it super easy to plan trips and estimate arrival times for sure. Also, you can track friends too via this app so if you’re on a convoy, ang daling maghanapan especially when one gets lost!

waze hotel kimberly

2) Book your hotel/inn/rooms in advance - Well this is a no brainer but for us, we have to make sure that we have enough room for all our stuff! Also, we need at least 2 queen sized beds or a king sized bed + an extra bed for yaya. Also a must for the boys — a bathtub! Yes ang yagit lang ng mga anak ko but they looove bath tubs haha so I sometimes ask if meron, if not then we always check if there is a pool that the kids can swim in. In Tagaytay we checked in at Hotel Kimberly which was an awesome hotel to stay in  when you’re in the area. I will be reviewing this hotel in another post :D


3) Check your vehicle – We  call our Toyota Revo our “war car” because it’s always what we use to haul inventory for ManilaBaby and it’s the official school bus of David and Noah. I also accidentally bumped our neighbor’s car with the Revo and got into a fight with a lolo who insisted that I pay him 50,000 for a 1980’s Ford Colt. ANO DAW?! Anyway, I never paid and I also never got the bump in the Revo fixed heeehee. I digress but my point is to always check if the tire pressure is correct, if your breaks aren’t squeaking or screeching and if your fuel gauge is working. A quick trip to a trusted talyer is always a must before a major road trip. We also make sure that we gas up at a trusted gas station, for us it’s always the Shell station near our house. We also gassed up at the Shell at SLEX. Although we always use Shell anyways, we love that their gas stations are always well lit and that their attendants are always willing and able to clean our car windows hehe. You know why we also love Shell.. ang daming libre haha Dan was happiest when they were giving out Coke and now Shell has released it’s newest V-Power Lego Collection. Dan always says he’s buying the toys for David…sige na nga :P

shell v-power nitro lego collection

Bringing along the kids means extra safety and security so it’s best that our vehicles are at their best condition — war car man sya o hinde hehe

4) Pack snacks, water and play road games – Make sure you have munchies in a reusable bag that’s within reach. Oreos in snack packs are the best because you don’t have to open a huge bag. David just opens what he can eat and not leave a mess inside the car. Water is also a must for us so we have reusable bottles in the car during trips. As for games, we always play two, Pendong! and Travel Bingo. Pendong is easy, David and I would look for yellow cars and the one who sees a yellow car first gets to bop the other on the head. Our current tally is 2 million billion gazillion cars for David and10 for mommy :P Travel Bingo is when I make a list of things that we have to see while traveling and we need to tick off the things as we see them. You know what David is really amazed by? These big power electric posts. Just like me, he realizes he’s in the province na when he sees a huge electrical pole like the one below hehe

utility pole

5) Sounds – What’s a road trip without a rocking playlist? I just made a playlist for our morning drive from QC to Makati that would work just as well on a road trip. It’s guaranteed to keep you up and about and singing along :) You can also follow the playlist, I update it when I hear a new song that I know will help me look forward to work heehe pampa good vibes!

So there, our 5 tips for a sane and safe roadtrip! If you want  to get professional tips on saving gas and planning safe roadtrips, visit Shell Fuel’s target one million campaign here.

My Life (Now) in Pictures

homer saturday morning

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How To Get the iPhone 6 from Smart

Smart iPhone6 Pre-Order Infographic

So.....dumating na ba ang Christmas bonus?? Hahaha! I pleaded to Santa for an iPhone 6 but if you can't wait for Santa, the folks at Smart shared with me these simple steps to getting your iPhone from them. Just so you'd know that you're getting the best deal from Smart, consider the following: Smart is offering the amazing iPhone 6 for only P1,799/month Smart is offering the bigger iPhone 6 Plus for only P 2,049/month Get two (2) iPhone 6 devices at Infinity Premium Plan … [Continue reading]