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My Last Ride.. Hoo-Rah!

October 1, 2008
We will miss you Hanoi!

We will miss you Hanoi!

It’s been more than 5 months since I’ve updated my blog. I’ve been pretty busy with work/family and taking care of our baby Justin is really a handful! Things have been going well and Justin is growing up just fine here in Hanoi but he seems to be getting bored these days. We need to find him new toys soon and better places to go to so he can continue to be entertained and also for his development 🙂

Yep, the title says it all. This will be my last ride in Hanoi. Returning my reliable motorbike next week! Finally going back to the home country after more than a year and it has been an enriching journey here in Vietnam. I’ve learned so much and embraced the people (lahat kami singkit kaya feel at home), adapted the culture and most especially loved the food! Vietnamese cuisine is really something your taste buds will crave.. aah.. bun cha, pho bo, bit tet, cha ca.. yum! The closest we have to Vietnamese food in Manila is Pho24 (which isn’t that good compared to here as the wife has tried it) and Pho Hoa. There’s Hue in Greenbelt though but looks expensive and I’m not sure if it’s still open 😀 Enough about food for now.

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Seasons of Hanoi

May 17, 2008

To celebrate the wife’s birthday in Vietnam, I’ve decided to take her and baby Justin to a great Nha Hang that I recently discovered care of a fellow pinoy expat (Thanks Mark!). This fine dining restaurant is called Seasons of Hanoi located at 95B Quan Thanh Street. It’s a great place with good service and the food is fanstastic. You get what you paid for that’s all I can say 🙂

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So Happy Together..

May 9, 2008

Wow, it’s been a month since i’ve updated this blog. I haven’t had time to do so for the past few weeks as I’ve been very busy with work and the family. I managed to squeeze this in as our little king woke us up and now he’s making all these baby noises and trying to sleep! The Simbols are sleep deprived and a full 8-hour sleep is now outside of our dictionary. It’s 5AM as of this writing and I keep telling Justin he’s in the wrong time zone.. *LOL*


Finally, after close to 4 months (seems like an eternity for me) Anna and Justin are finally here in Hanoi and it was a very tiring and late flight c/o Cebu Pacific.  That’s what you get for a budget airline! 😦 Flight was delayed for an hour and we took off around 11:45pm instead of the scheduled 10:50pm. Anna was carrying Baby Justin throughout the 3 hour flight and I think she’s developed bigger biceps than me now.. hehe.. how do moms do that??? I carry our 18 pounder bundle of joy for just 5 minutes and I’m pooped! Justin pretty much slept through the whole flight and when he woke up..tada! You are now one hour younger! Hehe 🙂

*Ho-Hum* Are we there yet?

It takes a while to get back my parenting skills and I can officially say that my 4 month old Justin now recognizes me again 🙂 ..i’m back to my old paternal duties – Sterilizing bottles, changing diapers (I delegate the poop stuff to the wife *LOL*), preparing milk and playing with our li’l kiddo until he cries from so much laughter.

Feeding Time!

After a grueling and tiring day at work, nothing beats going home and seeing the wife and our baby smile! What’s next for the Simbols… hmmm 🙂


Baby Justin’s 2nd month Birthday! :)

February 15, 2008

Preparations, preparations! The wife will be cooking pasta to celebrate kiddo’s second month birthday. We’re so proud of him and he already weighs 13.2lbs! He’s two months old and continues to use his charm and cuteness to get his way! haha 🙂 The Simbol’s couldn’t be happier right now — well, we probably could be if the three of us were together! Here’s my digiscrap to celebreate baby J’s birthday. This was a work of love and it was difficult to get the creative juices flowing. It’s all for Justin!  

JD’s second month bday

 We love you our adorable li’l chap!!! 🙂 Happy 2nd month birthday from mom and pop!


Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2008

I never thought I’d be so far away from you,
Being there is all I wanted to do..
God’s plan for us will only make us stronger..
If I had one wish, it would be you and me being together.

Wishing my better half a Happy Heart’s Day!
Happy Valentine’s Day Anna Luv! 🙂


The Sickly Simbols

February 1, 2008

Huhu 😦 The Simbols are sick right now and I’m worried about the wife who has a high fever, and baby Justin has a cough. Anna will be taking him to the pedia tomorrow but there seems to be a bug going around Manila. Not good!

Waaah! I can’t take care of my mag-ina who are a thousand miles away from me 😦  What a way to start the month and I hope we all get better soon. I’m almost back to good health after changing my cold medication and the weather here in Hanoi is not letting up! It’s 7 degrees now but it’s expected to be around mid-10s during Tet so it’ll be more comfortable then.

Get well soon wifey so you can take care of our kiddo!


Justin’s 1st month birthday!

January 15, 2008

Yey! 1 month and counting!

Yey! Justin Dominic is officially (well, not yet as of this writing until 2:03PM anyway) 1 month old! I can’t believe it’s been a month! I had a wonderful time taking care of kiddo back in Manila. The wife is thinking of preparing something for his birthday and I’m sure he’ll be a happy chap! 🙂 We can’t wait to celebrate his birthday every month and he grows up quite fast! I’m missing him so much already! Anna’s assignment now is to take a lot of pics of baby Justin and savor every moment of his “babyhood”. Once he grows up, we’ll be chasing him around I’m sure!

I remember singing this song to calm down baby Justin (aside from My Humps, Stolen and Enter Sandman.. *LOL* seriously, I did). This song “My Love” is dedicated to my wife and baby! Just the title ha kasi yun lyrics niya medyo kakaiba.. 🙂  I’ll teach JD to dance like JT someday! I’m really missing both of My Loves..