Mom is my best friend. I grew up na lagi kaming magka-kwentuhan at magka-bonding ‘pag may chance – since childhood when I used to attend the same school she teaches at (she was even my first teacher!) until today as I embark on my own motherhood journey.
Although life isn’t always a breeze, buti na lang wais at madiskarte si Mama, at hindi nauubusan ng pagmamahal. There’s nothing like her comforting love when things get tough. Really, we can’t imagine life without our moms, no?
As we pay homage to the superwomen of our lives, I celebrate the limitless strength and wise qualities my mom, and all other moms out there, wear under their invisible capes – and their superpower of achieving more for less!
24 hours a day? Mom can achieve more without extra time! The most productive people on earth are called mothers, and my mom is a testament. Running the world, este, the household may look, sound, and feel like an exhausting chaos but she manages to keep her mommy life under control. Sa kanya ko natutunan ‘yung checklists, to-do lists, and schedules. Call it mommy magic but my mom can fit 27 hours into a day--without neglecting self-care!
She can make the best food even with limited kitchen resources. For us, mom’s dishes are god-tier. They are made from scratch than faithfully based on someone else’s cookbook. ‘Cause she makes the most of what’s available in the pantry, or her small veggie garden (sulit ang pagiging plantita). So kaya niyang gumawa ng very yummy and filling recipes even with a small budget. Plus, she has that extra talent na mag-experiment at i-transform ang mga leftovers to other healthy meals. Wais, ‘di ba?
Tight budget? Not only can Mom stretch it, but she can make it seem like there was no budget at all! I call mom a budget warrior. Sobrang challenging ang pag-budget pero nagagawa pa rin with research and her constant reminder to save and live within our means. From her sage 80/20 rule to tracking the expenses, delayed gratification, and making sure that best quality product ang binibili (para mas sulit) – she has nuggets of financial wisdom to share. And one of her money-saving hacks: take advantage of best deals like promos, discounts, and freebies!
She’s got the raket skills. One of the golden life skills I learned from mom’s wais manual is how to earn extra through side hustles. Yup, si Mama ay isang ‘binibining maraket.’ Before leaving to work abroad, she was a public school teacher with sideline businesses – nagbebenta rin siya ng mga pre-loved clothes namin, mga luto niyang meryenda, at sari-saring beauty products. A wais mom will welcome every opportunity, however trivial.
She knows what the best choices are. Mom once told me that we define our lives and happiness through the choices we make. From minor decisions to career and spouse – laging maging wais sa pagpili. She wants the best for us, mataas ang standards – which is why she only opts for best quality care and products for the household, without breaking the bank. When it comes to the wais laundry experience, her only choice is the power combo of Surf Powder and Fabric Conditioner.
Keeping our clothes clean and smelling fresh is a mommy love language, ‘di ba? I have sweet memories of mom dressing me up, especially back in the days when I couldn’t dress by myself. I remember the spark in her eyes ‘pag suot ko na ‘yung damit na siya mismo ang nagtahi (she’s the Queen of DIYs) o ‘yung maganda pero swak sa budget na bestida na nabili niya on the way home from the market. On school days, she would make sure my uniform looks neat and smells new even if they’re the same pieces from last school year. Whatever I wear, on ordinary days and special occasions, mom makes sure they are labang wais – malinis, mabango, pero hindi mahal.
With Surf, feel na feel ko ang love ni Mama! Surf matches up moms’ superpowers to dabble in many skills. It has great cleaning and whitening powers and it leaves long-lasting fragrance – all of these at an affordable price. Thus, it’s the perfect choice for wais moms!
Having my own kids, I began adopting mom’s more-for-less principle that helps me maximize work-life balance and discover more facets of motherhood. So, to you, Ma, Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for your radiance that keeps me shining and for the love and wisdom that help me bear the load of my own motherhood tale. I couldn’t do it without you.
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