Monday, September 28, 2009

Name Game: Pangalanan si P Contest Update No. 1

As of 7:50 PM, 28th September 2009, 4 persons have joined the contest. I need 6 more to officially launch it. Some have suggested over my Facebook account. I encourage them to email their suggestions at to make it official. The prize and consolation prize are not really bonggang-bongga, but it's fun naman, di ba?

Sali na! You have until 11:59 PM Manila Time on Sunday, October 25, 2009 to send your suggestion.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Name Game: Pangalanan si P Contest

Help us name baby P.

We have the nickname, but we can't think of PretZel's full name. We've been racking our brains for the last 6 months and we haven't decided on a name yet. I've asked my family, friends, and fellow n@wies for suggestions and most came up with Precious. Precious is nice. I like Precious, but it lacks a certain element I can't even explain.

My original plan was to come up with a survey with all the suggested names. The most number of votes win, obviously. But, a teammate of mine had a better idea. May prize daw ba? Hahaha. Why not? Katuwaan lang. Help us name PretZel and the name we'll choose will get a special prize. No, not an LV or any designer stuff. I'm giving birth noh! Hahaha. Just something that will show our appreciation. We're also giving a consolation prize to one of the non-winning participants.

Sali na!

Pangalanan si P
Contest Official Rules

This contest is valid for Metro Manila residents only.

1. Suggest a girl's first name that starts with "PRE" or "PRET" and a second name that starts or ends with "ZEL".
Example: PREcious ZELda or PREcious LeiZEL

2. Eligibility:
This contest is open to family members, friends, colleagues, and even strangers who reside in and are physically located in Metro Manila.

3. How to Enter:
Email me your suggestions at with the following information using this format:

Your Name:
Email Address:
Complete Shipping Address:
Mobile Number:
Name Suggestions: (maximum of 3 names only)

Be assured that your details will not be shared or leaked to unauthorized third parties.

Important: Entries NOT following the format will be disqualified.

All entries must be received by 11:59 PM Manila Time on Sunday, October 25, 2009. The winner will be selected by Yaddy, Yammy, and a third party, related to us or otherwise.

5. Criteria for Judjing:

The 2 names complement each other - 50%
Creativity - 25%
The "ooomph" factor - 25%

The winner will receive a memory or photo collage from Perfect Pixels by Melisse. A PhP200 worth of Starbucks gift certificate will be awarded as consolation prize to one non-winning participant.

7. Identification and Notification of Winner:
The announcement of winner will be at 12 MN Manila Time on Tuesday, November 3, 2009. The winner will receive notification by email and SMS to the mobile number provided.

In the event that more than one person suggested the winning name, we will draw the winner instead.

The consolation prize will be drawn from all the non-winning entries and will be announced the same day. They will also get notified through email and SMS.

If the selected winner has not responded within 48 hours upon notification, we will still use the name they suggested, but their prize will be forfeited. However, as goodwill, we will acknowledge their suggestion on this site. For the consolation prize winner, an alternate winner will be drawn instead.

There should be at least 10 participants for this contest to proceed.

List of Suggested Names: On the same day the winner is chosen, I will post a list of all the suggested names on this site.

Sponsor: The Yamily

By participating, you agree to these Official Rules and to our decision being final.

No worries. No misleading fine print here. :)

Thursday, September 24, 2009


After over a month, I've finally satisfied my craving for a Mcdonald's sausage McMuffin and hash brown.

The ultrasound results are out. MiLo's going to be a Kuya to a princess. We are having a baby girl.

I feared today yesterday. As I've said to all our well-wishers, I don't know if it was a miracle or I was just being über-paranoid yesterday, but either or, I am thankful that all is well now. The results of the congenital anomaly scan were all normal. P has good cardiac activity and no gross anomalies were detected. Hang in there, P. Lapit na, anak!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


I'm dreading tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow we will know if our littlest one, baby P, is a boy or a girl, but tomorrow we will also know if P is fine and can survive the rest of the pregnancy. Only 99 days to go and I'm praying and hoping that P is OK.

I've noticed a drastic decrease in P's fetal activity since last night. P's a very malikot baby. In a day, I can feel P moving around 40-50 times, but at bedtime last night, I didn't feel P at all. I relaxed and tried to sleep thinking that maybe P has gone to sleep and will resume the kalikutan in the morning. All throughout the day, I was focusing on P's movement. The slightest sign would give me temporary relief, but deep down, I was scared. I cannot afford to lose another baby (read story here). Once is enough and twice is too much even for an endorphin-loaded person like me.

Time dragged at work and as soon as the clock hit 3, I was out. I texted my OB right away, but I have already decided to go to TMC to have P's heartbeat checked. Maski kaninong OB. I was desperate and beginning to get paranoid. The entire trip from my place of work to TMC took about an hour and a half and I only felt P slightly move for 5 times, which is NOT so normal. I tried to remain calm while waiting at the OB's clinic. I browsed my mobile phone for MiLo's pictures to keep myself relaxed. Me being stressed out will do P no good. It took ages before Dr. Torres was able to accommodate me. He checked P's heartbeat and during the entire check-up, I only felt P twice. He assured me that P has a heartbeat, but he advised me to have a BPS tomorrow. I bargained with him if I can have it done on Saturday as I have work. He said NO!

I called my OB when I got home. She advised me to have my congenital anomaly scan tomorrow. I tried to bargain with her again and, naturally, she said NO! She has informed me that if P's state proves to be weak, I can't deliver P yet as P will not survive at 26 weeks. I knew that was coming and forced myself again to remain calm and understand Dr. Toy's instructions. I held back tears until the call was ended.

This can't be happening again. It's been over 2 years since we put Gon to rest and thinking that P might have the same fate crushed my heart. Even if we already have an adorable little boy and we were not prepared for this pregnancy, losing P is NOT an option. We're not giving up. We did not give up on Gon. He went on his own beautiful time. And, I am definitely not giving up on P.

The entire time I was writing this, I felt P moved more than 10 times. I think it's P's way of saying "Yammy, just hang in there. I am fine.". Yes, P. Please stay with Yammy.

This is a sad, first entry for my renovated blog. However, it served its purpose. After I changed the template, I wanted the tone to change, too. I wanted it to become a mother/parent/wifehood blog and document my experiences and anecdotes as Yammy.

Tomorrow we'll know and regardless of the outcome, I'll forever be P's Yammy. Wish us luck.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Piktyur, Piktyur

Snatched this from Vayie's blog. It's raining outside, I have Facebooked, Jowell is at work, the little one is taking a siesta, and I have nothing to do.

OK, here goes:

You know what they say, every picture has its story…

1. a picture of you in your room:

taken at our room in Malabon a few weeks after our wedding

2. a picture of you that shows what you do when you're bored:

playing with the little one

3. a picture of you with a team or a club you're in:

Team Apache and Dakota, PCTv's txtjocks

4. a picture of you in one of your fave outfits:

Thank you to my sponsor, Brukie. Hahaha.

5. youngest pic of you in digital form:

taken circa 1985 or 1986 during my kindergarten grad at OLSHS

6. a picture that shows the real you:

(Taken at the Philippine Heart Center 3 days before Mama's surgery in 2008.)

7. a picture of you being absolutely ridiculous:

I can see you with my onion rings eyeglasses.

8. a picture of you making a goofy face:

prenup shoot at Nice Print studio

9. a picture of you that you had no idea was being taken:

caught in the act at Taco Bell Trinoma

10. a picture of a time when everything was changing:

on the morning of the most important day of my life

11. a picture of you on your birthday and/or fave holiday:

6 months pregnant and our first Christmas as husband and wife

my 28th birthday at Burgoo Gateway

12. a picture of you that you edited to make yourself more attractive:

Body by Eboy

13. a picture that makes you smile:

when MiLo was born

14. a picture of a night that you regret:

traveled all the way from QC to Manila and we had nothing to eat at the party

15. a picture of you very drunk:

with iced tea
Oh, I'm so huge here. LOL

16. a picture of you with a new haircut:

I really never change my 'do drastically. A snip here and there is all I get.

17. a picture of a time in your life that's over but you wish it wasn't:

being with my GMA e-TV family
I've always wanted to write. I had the opportunity, but didn't take advantage of it.

18. a picture of a time in your life that's over and you couldn't be more thankful that it is:

a few days after Mama's surgery

19. a picture of you that you were anything but happy:

and simply because I was hungry

20. a picture of you when you were different from the person that you are now:

single and pa-Starbucks-Starbucks lang with friends after work

21. a picture of you with someone that you love:

with my boys on MiLo's baptism day

22. a picture of how you'd like the world to see you:

forever young and perpetually in-love

23. a picture of how you'd like to spend everyday:

with good food as if it's Christmas everyday

24. a picture that makes your heart hurt:

25. a picture of one of your best days/nights of your life:

the day I became Mrs. Jowell F. dela Cruz
UP Bahay ng Alumni

The product of a rainy, Saturday afternoon. Bow.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Celebrating Three Years of Friendship

Friends 'Til The End
by Becky Williams

Friends 'til the end,
That's what we always said,
Even when all hopes were dead.

Friends 'til the end,
We will always be,
Nothing can ever come between you and me.

Friends 'til the end,
Even when nothing will bend,
Our friendship we will always mend.

Friends 'til the end,
There's nothing we can't overcome,
I know you'll be there when I need someone.

Friends 'til the end,
We will never part,
As long as we have each other in our hearts.

Friends 'til the end,
Lies never told,
Standing together so strong and so bold.

Friends 'til the end,
With nowhere to begin,
I know I'll never be without you as a friend.

Friends 'til the end,
You can cry on my shoulder,
That's what I've always told her.

Friends 'til the end,
Through sun and snow,
While others still come and go.

Friends 'til the end,
When my light fades away,
She brings back the sunlight into my day.

Friends 'til the end,
Nothing else in mind,
Someone who's always there when you're in a bind.

Friends 'til the end,
All throughout time,
I'm proud to say you're a friend of mine.

Friends 'til the end,
Even with a fight,
We'll always be friends again that night.

Friend 'til the end,
Through thick and thin,
A strong friendship will always win.

Friends 'til the end,
Through laughter and tears,
With a friend you can overcome any fears.

Friend 'til the end,
We share all our dreams,
We will make it by any means.

Friends 'til the end,
Our hopes will all come true,
There's no other pair like me and you.

Friends 'til the end,
Through highs and lows,
When we're together anything goes.

Friends 'til the end,
We're in the same boat,
But it will always stay afloat.

Friends 'til the end,
I'll never be alone again,
As long as I have you as a friend.

Friends 'til the end,
No matter what people say,
We will always go our own way.

We may take other paths,
And go separate ways,
But we'll always meet at the bend,
Because we're friends 'til the end.

To my Uno Animo family:

Our team is gone,

But our friendship remains.

Happy 3rd Anniversary to our friendship.


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