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Monday, September 29, 2014

Teaching Moment: This too shall pass

Hello dear readers, today I decided to start a teaching moment post on my blog. This will comprise of random thoughts or advices I believe in and give to other people, and especially to my students.

So this week my teaching moment thought is THIS TOO SHALL PASS.

I learned about this quote when I was in college. I dont remember what exactly the situation was but it was something I told a friend who was going through some rough times in her relationship.

Up until now I repeat this to myself when I am confronted with difficulties. But what does this mean?

Well, in tagalog its translated into "Lilipas din yan" or "Matatapos din yan".  Fortunately, everything does end, it might not be the ending that we want but it does happen eventually. This, however, is not something negative but more on how we should look at our struggles.

Case in point 1: When you fall as a kid, you may be bruised but you will get up. Maybe you would ge hysterically crying or immediately running to your parents, but as soon as you dont feel the pain anymore, you go back to playing.

Case in point 2: First heartbreak. At that moment you might you feel useless, worthless, and hopeless but after a few unreplied messages, missed calls and hurtful situations, you'll decide to let it pass.

Case in point 3: At work you were reprimanded or you reprimanded someone. After all the intense feeling you'd feel your anger passing.

I could give you a lot more but I wont spoonfeed you on that. Reflect on your daily grind and you will realize that all things pass. Everything changes. We have to learn how to best deal with the situation and evaluate on its permanency in our lives. If we find that it will stay for a longer period of time, then that is the time we make a move. As I read in the book Tuesdays with Morrie, when you feel something whether happiness or sadness or any feeling for that matter, feel it deeply, dwell on it, but after that dwelling, you have to let go of the feeling and hold on to the learning. The learnings will never pass, only the moment.

Remember, this too shall pass, and we grow stronger because of it. :)

Friday, September 26, 2014

EVENTS: #DinnerforCarlisle on September 27 at Buffet 101, Eastwood

Hi there lovely readers! How's the week so far? My weekend just started so I have more time to bond with my baby boy and blog at the side. *wink wink*. See, I love children, I enjoy seeing them walking, running, and playing around. I find joy with talking and playing with them because I learn a lot about them and myself as well. This was even proven more when I had my first baby. I knew I was meant to be a mommy and I now have a bigger purpose for living.

So it really hurts me seeing children who are struggling with any kind of sickness. We had that one time when Baby E was confined to the hospital due to Pneumonia, it was one of the scariest days of my life. I could not imagine being worried for a longer period of time.

Today, I'll tell you a story of Carlisle, it's a story of strength of a child and his family. This is a story written by his mom:
Carlisle Von Patrick was born as a healthy bouncing baby boy on the morning of March 31st, 2012. Being a single mom who carried him for the whole nine months by myself, I was so overwhelmed that he came out as healthy as I prayed for. Crying out loud, rosy cheeks, birthmark. Everything seems to be perfect. I make sure that he'll not be hurt, no insect will bite him. He was present on monthly check-ups, up-to-date with his vaccines.
On his fourth month, my world froze when we rushed him to ER due to viral meningitis. I thought that would be the end of my unexplainable happiness in life, but thank God that my boy survived.
Series of follow-ups and tests were done and since then, we were in and out of the hospital due to his inconsistent nausea, vomiting, and fever. Doctors thought that his meningitis came back, until one decided to do cranial ultrasound on him, and everything weakens me after that.
Carlisle Von Patrick has been diagnosed with Craniopharyngioma (brain tumor) last February 2013 after his MRI procedure and went on brain surgery to remove the tumor last June 2013 at University of Santo Tomas Hospital. His life was saved, but his eyesight wasn't. He's undergoing constant follow up checks to maintain healthy living. Last update that we had is he needs to go for another surgery because the tumor is getting bigger again.
This is not yet a happy ending, a lot of people are praying that he would be able to find his own happy ending after living his life fully. You can be part of his story and his journey by joining the #DinnerForCarlisle on the 27th of September at Buffet 101, Eastwood branch. It is priced at Php1,100 for adults and Php600 for kids 3.5 ft and above. Children below the height limit is free of charge. Part of the sales will be for Carlisle's hospital  funds.
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You can also deposit your donations through these channels under Account Name: Marie Ruth C Berma: ? BPI - Account# 0489653699 ? BDO - Account# 005000045298 ? LBC Pera Padala (details by request) We also have setup a GoFundMe account for him, which is For more details, please like or you can message Mommy Marie at or 09398836164.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Part 1: Gift Ideas for Kids 0 - 1 year old below Php500

Hello there, beautiful creatures! This is my pre-Christmas post because I usually start my  gift listing and shopping when September comes. It makes the shopping a lot more fun for me because I get to have more time to search for gifts for my loved ones. It makes budgeting easier as well because the expenses are spread for four months.

Here's some of gift ideas I think can be useful or functional for babies age 0 - 1 year or even maybe until their preschool. So if you are having a hard time finding that perfect gifts read more now!:)

Clothing Needs 

1. Cloth Diaper (Approximately Php400) - There are a lot of brands that offer cloth diapers now. There are a lot of these in the malls and more in online shops. What's nice about cloth diapers is its very efficient, effective and cost-worthy. You get to save a huge amount of money just by using it and at the same time helping the environment. Who does not love practicality and savings, right?

2. Bibs (Php 90 -150) - There are a lot of cute bibs now and its really useful for babies or until they reach their toddler years. At first it can be used as burping cloth, when they reach 6mos for feeding time, as they age you could use it while babies are teething. Its really practical and it can be a fashion statement and they come in different cute designs.

3. Socks or Footsies  (Php 90 - 150) -This is useful for babies and toddlers because they can't wear slippers or shoes yet. I'd also suggest buying Shoes with rubber at the bottom for walking purposes.

4. Onesies - ( Php50 - Php400) I love onesies. They look so cute in onesies especially with cute designs or funny statements. There are a lot of onesies available in malls but there are also cheap but quality onesies in bazaars or online. I'd suggest Circle C in Visayas Avenue and Hello Baby at Bel-Air Makati

5.Busha pants (Php 100-Php300) I enjoy using this for my baby every time its cold or its raining. I also
bring it with us in out-of-town vacations to prevent mosquito bites. It's very soft and can be used to protect our babies legs and knees when they start crawling.

6. Terno sleepwear. (Php150 - 300) I love terno clothes. I think babies and kids look so cute and put together with terno sleepwear or clothes. So these type of clothes can really be useful and practical gifts.

Thank you and I would love to hear from you!:)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Press Release: FYI Coming to Asia in Fall 2014


PHILIPPINES, September 19, 2014 – On October 6, BIOTM Channel will rebrand to FYI, a
contemporary lifestyle network reflecting how people live their lives today, across Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Pacific Islands, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan. The announcement was made today by Alan Hodges, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, A+E Networks.

BIO was also rebranded to FYI in the US on July 8th

For your inspiration, for your imagination or for your innovation, FYI will be a personalized experience for each viewer. The network embraces the way audiences really live their lives – proudly-hyphenated and not constrained by one passion or interest. Never an instruction manual and always an inspiration engine, FYI offers viewers a more adventurous, personalized and non-prescriptive approach to programming with a range of stories that reflect how people actually live their lives today, not defined by just one passion or interest.

“FYI’s mission is to inspire personal creativity that emphasizes improvised living, while reflecting our authentic slate of programming,” says Michele Schofield, Senior VP, Programming & Marketing at A+E Networks Asia. “And with its rich mix of inspirational content, the new channel’s Asian premiere is sure to bring its viewers a season of quality entertainment.”

FYI will feature over 300 hours of original content each year across four programming genres - taste, space, look, and journey. FYI will include locally-commissioned productions and local FYI’s primetime premiere line-up in Asia includes:

In Tiny House Nation, renovation experts and hosts, John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin, travel across America to show off ingenious small spaces and the inventive people who live in them. They also help families design, construct and prepare to downsize into their own mini-dream homes no larger than 300 square feet!

Rowhouse Showdown featuring renovation expert, Carter Oosterhouse as he leads three teams who battle it out to transform dilapidated homes. The team that increases the appeal of their home the most, wins the grand prize of $50,000.

Destination Flavour: Japan: From the frozen ponds of Hokkaido in the north to the southern multicultural island of Okinawa, we savour the cuisine from local legends and master chefs while watching Adam Liaw immerse himself in a vibrant food culture that embraces innovation and cherishes tradition.
Destination Flavour: Down Under: Host Adam Liaw continues to unearth hidden flavours, this time those nestled in the Australian and New Zealand landscapes.

Travels with the Bondi Vet features Dr. Chris Brown, a charismatic vet who leaves his practice in Sydney to begin his exploration of the world’s most beautiful and bizarre places, cultures and animals!

Born to Style is a fresh lifestyle makeover format centered around a fierce fashion foursome from New York and their larger than life boss Jonathan. Springing from their shop B.O.R.N (Borrowed, Old, Recycled, New) Harlem, our style superheroes land at the door of those desperately in need of some color in their lives. By rifling through
their clothes and asking some blunt questions we get to the root of their fashion malaise, before whisking them away for a shopping trip around New York. In each episode they transform women in need of fashion inspiration into their best possible selves.

About A+E Networks Asia

A+E NetworksTM Asia is owned by the award-winning, global media content company, 
A+E NetworksTM, which is dedicated to offering consumers a diverse communications 
environment ranging from television networks to websites, to home videos/DVDs to gaming 
and educational software. A+E Networks Asia is comprised of Lifetime®, HISTORY®, 
FYITM (formerly bio.®), H2TM and Crime & InvestigationTM. A+E Networks Asia operates 
and distributes its portfolio in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Fiji, Macau, Taiwan, 
Korea, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Myanmar, Laos and 
Thailand. Globally, A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming reach more than 330 
million households in over 160 countries.


For media inquiries, please contact: 
Hazel Yap, +65 3157 6510

Sharon Pang, +65 3157 6511

Martha Sta. Barbara, 0917-8495018

Disclaimer: Press release, content are not mine. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Reasons why you'll bring your Kids to Kids Workshop, Greenhills

How are you wonderful people? Its another day and we have just survived yet another storm or habagat. Typhoon Mario has been challenging but knowing us Filipinos as being resilient we can carry the weight it brought again.

Okay, so on a lighter note, my baby and I with my sister and nephew was given a chance to try Kids Workshop in Greenhills last Sept 14, Sunday.  Kids workshop is an indoor play area and children's activity center at Shoppesville Arcade, Greenhills.

10 Reasons to Bring your Kids to Kids Workshop, Greenhills

1. Variety of Toys
I was with Enzo the whole time during the stay so I got to see the toys available in the play area. I'd say there were a lot and wide variety of toys both for boys and girls. Kids have a lot of options to choose from, from puzzles to lego and megablocks to kiddie rides and computer games. There are about 4 areas in the main floor while 2 areas upstairs. There were also 3 computers available for gaming. 

2. Lots of Books
It was very nice to see a lot of books in the play area as well. The books are all covered with plastics and are somehow still in a good condition. There were also available books in the second floor and a reading table where kids can sit down and read. They also have a wide variety of books for all ages of kids. 

3. Activities for the Body

As any indoor play area, Kids' Workshop offers area for climbing, jumping, running and sliding. They have two indoor slides, a small and big one. They also have stairs, hanging bridge and a ship-like area where kids can play pretend or just practice their skills.

4. Arts and Crafts Cause its more than just play

What's really exciting and impressive about Kids workshop is that they have kids arts and crafts. There were artworks displayed in the front desk that gave me thrills. Its fun knowing there are other available things to do than just endless playtime that could somehow bore some kids. The art and crafts area was in one side of the play area and tables and chairs were provided as well.  Enzo and Miguel was also given an art kit of a snake, though we were not able to do it there we were allowed to take it home. Such a nice treat, right?

5. Safe, secure and clean area.
The area was made safe with foam mats on the floor and the sides of the walls. There are also available rubber slippers for use in the comfort rooms. The staff were also in the area to look over the kids playing in the activity center.

6. Food for Hungry Kids
Anytime the kids would feel hungry, there are available food for sale inside. The snacks are varied from chips to biscuits and cookies. There are also drinks available but they can also eat their own baon if they have. 

7. Accommodating and Respectful Staff

I love the staff there! The minute we walked in we already felt at home and at ease. I never felt intimidated by the staff and people. It was as if we were already regular customers although it was just our first time. The front desk staff (sorry, I forgot to ask your name) was also very courteous not only to us but to the other customers as well. She made sure that all customers felt valued and cared for even if she had to accommodate a lot of clients at a time. She also explained everything to us before we went in. We had a very smooth transaction before and after our play time.

While the staff inside the play area was also remarkable. They were fluent in English and Tagalog which was great because they can communicate to kids who speak in any language. They also made sure that all children were taken cared for and given attention especially when the need arises. I've seen one kid who cried because he was not able to go inside the tunnel and the staff immediately talked to him and calmed him down. There was also another incident wherein there was this kid named Echo who wanted to carry Enzo but the staff were able to talk to him so he would not bother Enzo anymore. It went for many times until one of the staff explained to me that Echo was special. It was a good move for them because they assured me and Enzo that we can still enjoy our stay. 

8. Unlimited play
Their unlimited play costs Php410 and what's great about it is that the kids can go back anytime within the day. That's good news for parents who would like to shop around greenhills, or those who want to have "couple time" and date, or catch up with friends while their kids play. Its a win-win situation for families because parents can do their thing and kids can too

9. Its a Party venue too!
If you are in search of a unique or educational party for your kids, Kids Workshop also provides exclusive party packages for your kids. They have two party packages which can includes play party and play and art party for 30 kids. 

10. Your kids can be members of Kids FunClub
Luckily for us, Enzo was given free membership in the KidsFUNClub. (1) Being a member has a lot of perks like discount coupons for KidsPlay, KidsArt, KidsParties, KidsPlayDates. (2) Members will also have a FREE unlimited KidsPlay coupon which can be used any day during the member's birth month. (3) Celebrate birthdays and get 15% off plus additional 5% off. You can choose from Play Party or Play + Art Party. (4) Priority booking and early bird discounts are also given and, (5) May attend the annual KidsFUNclub Get2Gether at 75% off. Such a wonderful treat right?    

Althought we had a blast during our stay here are some suggestions I'd like to make so that Kids Workshop can better improve their services:
*Sort out toys and remove toys that are broken to avoid accidents. 
*Put additional foams on the activity center like stairs, slides, etc.
*If possible, don't sell chips or junk foods so kids can stay healthy. 
*Consistently clean up toys when kids are in workshop or in arts and crafts.

All in all, the stay was fun  and Enzo and Miguel definitely enjoyed it. Now we have more reason to go back to Greenhills and be assured that Enzo can stay somewhere safe and secured. 

For more information, Kids Workshop  is located at 2/F Shoppesville Arcade Greenhills Shopping Center. 
You can call them at: (02) 723 0932, 0917 599 5324.
You can also visit their official website at
Email them at:
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Thank you again, Kids Workshop and Mommy Bloggers Philippines for this opportunity!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Parents' Cry: Support the Servando Act now!

Since I became a mom to a baby boy, one of the many worries that I have is if I can be able to raise a principled and value-based child. This is because as a college teacher I have encountered the worst mannered kind of students and I would often blame their parents for how they behave. It suddenly changed when I became a parent because now I understand the other side of the fence.
What I only pray for and hope is that my husband and I be able to guide our son every step of the way without making him feel controlled. I would want to be able to talk and communicate with my son with whatever he is doing or feeling. I want us to be the first ones he goes to for any advice or support that he might need or that he feels secure that he can share everything to us.
In the news recently was sad news about Guillo Servando, a college student who died of hazing. I followed the story and I can feel the anger, frustration, and hopelessness of his parents. For more on this case you may visit this link. 
Guillo Servando News: 

This is NOT the first. This has happened before but most of these cases are unresolved. This is a matter that parents should be concerned of.  A matter wherein everyone should have a stand on. As a parent, I would like my son to be able to join organizations and/or groups that interests him but which will not endanger him. I want to be able to sleep soundly at night knowing that my son has chosen the right set of friends or that he is with good company. A group or organization that will value him as a person and will never hurt him just to make him one of them.

What is the Servando Act?

House Bill (HB) 4714 proposes for the total ban of hazing in school organizations, fraternities and sororities. It does not ban, however, any initiation rites but makes organization and schools more accountable to the law. It repeals the Anti-Hazing law that only regulates these practices. The proponent of this law Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, emphasized that the Anti-Hazing Law remains toothless as proven by the incidences of death during initiation. Thus, the law would impose heavier penalties and provisions of damages to families. Included in the provisions as well are the guidelines to conducting initiation rites wherein the school's participation is highlighted. It is provided that school adviser's should be present during the initiation rites. 

For more information on the Servando Act, here are some useful links:

As a parent, I am supporting the Servando Act to be able to limit the powers of organizations, fraternities, and sororities. To find a clean guidelines as to how to conduct initiations rites. I also agree with putting accountability where it should be. Being able to pinpoint people or groups behind any organizations will secure parents like me.

There have been many lives affected by hazing. Let us do our share to stop it as early as now. No to Hazing! Suppor the Servando Act

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Feeling like a Royalty with Royale Beauty's Kojic Papaya Soap

Okay, so I just finished my second bar of Royale Beauty’s Kojic Papaya soap and I have nothing else to say but praises to this product. I was given this soap to try by my friend, Abbey Claudio, and I was delighted to give it a try as I have been hearing good things about it. If we are friends on my other social media account specifically Instagram, you would have probably seen my post about it. Though it was months ago since it was given to me, I had to purchase again so I can really give an honest and credible review about it.
This is because the first time I used it, I alternately used another soap for a week, so I was not able to continuously use it. This time I was able to continuously use it until I finished the soap. So, without much further ado, here’s my raves and rants about Royale Beauty’s Kojic Papaya Soap

KOJIC PAPAYA SOAP: Moisturizes and lightens the skin, has mild peeling effect.
Directions for use: Use Kojic papaya soap all over the body for bathing, lather well, rinse thoroughly and moisturize.

Ingredients: Coconut oil, Palm oil, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Cocodiethanolamide, Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lactate, Kojic Acid, Papaya Extract, Yellow Iron Oxide, Red Iron Oxide, Perfume

I was very impressed by the packaging of the product. It was the first time I encountered a plastic container for a bar of soap because I usually encounter cartons or just plain plastics. It also has a manufacturing and expiration date which makes it even more amazing because I’d be able to know the shelf life of the product. It was also pleasant to see that the bar of soap was wrapped in another plastic. I felt that the product was really carefully packed and it was that fragile.

The scent of the soap is just SUPER. I love the scent instantly when I opened the box and could not stop sniffing it. It smelled like melon, and papaya, something sweet and refreshing. It was not the usual sweet scent that I don’t really like it just smelled like the tropics. I also love that it lingers on my skin after bathing with it. I could also really smell the scent on my skin maybe about 1 and a half hours or 2 hours at most. Even our bathroom smells good after I shower that convinced my sister-in-law to purchase soap too. The scent is one of the reasons why I’m going to repurchase again.

Whitening Effect
I was able to finish the product for two weeks. I used it on my face and skin so that the whitening effect while be
As I’ve written in my previous blog post, Im no longer into whitening my skin but instead to just have a fair and glowing complexion. I was expecting however that the soap would have a very visible effect on my skin. What I noticed was the tan lines created by my watch lighten which meant that the soap was producing whitening results. Another interesting effect that I find really cool is that it lightened my post pregnancy stretchmarks. I have dark stretchmarks on the buttocks which appeared lighter after two weeks of using it. Hooray for me!!! Royale beauty soap just got another point for me to repurchase. J

Moisturizing Effect  
Yes we have another winner on this. The soap is moisturizing and does not leave the skin feeling dry or flaky. I have tried other whitening soaps before and it somehow dries my skin which forces me to apply lotion. That is somehow difficult for me especially with the weather that we have in the Philippines. Kojic Papaya soap of Royale Beauty however does not do that, you’ll feel the softness of the skin on your first use. My hubby even noticed my skin was softer with the soap which made me convince him to use it too. His skin tends to try too but he does not want to apply lotion so this soap’s great for him too!

Peeling Effect
It says on the package that mild peeling may occur but it did not happen to me. I usually don’t peel with any peeling products so I guess that’s why.

I love foamy soaps and this one’s a keeper. It lathers really well on the skin and is very foamy. I feel the more foamy a product is the more it cleanses my skin.

Sadly, like any other Kojic Papaya soap, it melts easily. So the bar of soap I used lasted for only 2 weeks with morning and night time use. Here’s my tip, you can use the plastic container/box of the soap as its keeper because it somehow prevents it from melting immediately. Unlike with paper boxes or soap dishes that we usually use the plastic container dries the soap preventing it to melt easily. I figure maybe it was also the reason why they opted to put it in plastic type of box.

Final Verdict:                                                                                                                          
I love this product and I’d definitely repurchase. The scent and the moisturizing effect has won me over, the whitening effect is just the bonus for me.

1.       Moisturize after use if you can stand lotions or body oils to prevent drying of the skin if you experience peeling.
2.       Use sunblock to help the soap lighten the skin even more.
3.       Store the soap in a dry place to prevent it from melting too fast.

For more information you can find Kojic Papaya soap and other beauty products here:
P.S. Thanks again, Abbey for making me try this product!:)

Have you used Royale Beauty’s Kojic Papaya soap or any other product? How was it? I gladly hear from you.:)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bibibons: 5 Easy Ways to Feed your Baby

Recently, I received a package from Republic Biscuit Corporation (Rebisco) and in it was Bibbibons biscuits.
I have seen it before in the grocery and I am so thrilled to make my baby try this new biscuit. He really loves breads, biscuits, and cookies so I was really looking forward to make him eat it. 

Bibibons is the first local baby biscuit and cereal-in-one especially formulated for babies who are starting to eat solid food. It has the taste and texture which baby will definitely love. What is good about Bibibons is that it can be enjoyed two ways - as a finger food and as an instant meal. This really got me excited because its like purchasing two food in one. 

There are 6 packs of Bibibon's inside the box with 4 biscuits each pack. The box also has Nutritional value written on the sides, trivia and instructions for preparation of the biscuit. 

As mentioned earlier, Bibibon's can be eaten as a finger food or an instant meal. My baby enjoyed whatever way it was given to him. He enjoys that he is able to hold it in his hands and eat it on his own.

I also tried giving it as an instant meal. Here I'll show you how to prepare Bibibon's as an instant meal. 

Step 1: Put Bibibon's in the red bowl, and put milk or hot water. I used milk for my son's meal. 

Step 2: Mix until you reach the consistency you like. Make sure to feed it to your baby immediately to prevent spoilage. 

It's that simple and easy to make two meals for our babies, right? But here's more, I was so into the idea of using Bibibon's to create different meals so I tried three more ways to spice it up. 

Chocolate coated Bibibon's 

Step 1: Melt chocolate chips in a cup using Baine-Marie method. (Using hot water to melt)
Step 2: Deep Bibibon's in the melted chocolate halfway, freeze or eat immediately. 

Peanut Butter Bibibon's Sandwich

Step 1: Spread peanut butter on Bibibon's and put another one to layer. 
Step 2: Enjoy!

Bibibon's Banana Instant Meal

Unfortunately, I was not able to take a photo of it because my niece immediately ate it. hihi That's how yummy Bibibon's are because they just could not resist it.

Step 1: Put hot water or milk.
Step 2: Mix until you reach the consistency you like
Step 3: Put in mashed banana (or any fruit you'd like) and mix.

What's even better is that it's really good for our babies and children. It has Vitamin A, Iron, Calcium that supports body development. Has Pantothenic Acid and Vitamin C that supports a healthy immune system. Vitamin A, C, D & E, Folic Acid, Iron & other essential nutrients for baby's proper health and development. 

Bibibon's is available in all supermarkets and groceries nationwide. Price of Bibibons is at Php36.00 only. So mommies, try one now and discover the delicious taste of Bibibon's biscuit nibblers. 

You can like them on their facebook page here: Bibibons FB Page
For more information about other products of Rebisco, you may visit their official website here: Rebisco Official Site

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Blogapalooza 2014: I'm part of the Blogapalooza Community

I have been blogging since 2007 and it was only recently that I took it seriously. This month my blogging challenge is to write a post everyday, except Sundays, because I wanted it to be a family no internet day. :)

I have heard of Blogapalooza last year from bloggers I was following or reading and it got me really curious.

So what is it about?
Blogapalooza is a community. It’s a link between big and small businesses who have something cool to share and the online community of people who love to share. Blogapalooza is a blogger event on crack! Lots of giveaways for the bloggers and online community and a chance for big and small businesses to present their product / brand / thingamajig to hundreds of influential bloggers and online social media influencers.
I am so excited to be in this event because its my first time and I get to meet other bloggers I know and read about, especially from the Mommy Bloggers Philippines. I was also convinced to try out and register to the event because of Mommy bloggers that was very supportive. I did not expect to get in because I'm only a newbie "serious" blogger.

So I got really thrilled and I'm so excited to attend this event because I'm looking forward to the learning, experience, and friendships I'll be able to create and achieve there. This event also motivated me to practice more and blog more.

To blog or not to blog is no longer the question now because I am definitely blogging!!!!:) 

I am also proud to say that....

If you are a blogger, sign up now and be part of the Blogapalooza 204 happening on September 20, 2014 at SM Aura, Convention Center Halls 1 and 2

Till then,

For bloggers the event is free and you can still register here.
Hope to see you there!:)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Press Release: The Dial Coconut Water: Because ‘natural’ is the way to ‘nourish’

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Have you ever experienced having dry skin because your soap or body wash was just too strong for your skin? Or have you ever felt icky and sticky after putting on lotion just to get your skin moisturized?

Having too much chemicals on your skin may not be the right way to take care of it. Being the most visible organ of the body, you need to take extra care of it. So, whether you have skin that is as tough as leather, or as sensitive as a baby’s, the  proper care on your skin is important since it is always exposed to harmful elements that may damage and spell illness to your skin.

Bath soaps and body washes are essential to clean your skin from all the dirt and grime you get from your daily activities. However, some soaps and body washes can actually strip off essential oils from the skin that could lead to dryness. One way to address this dilemma is to go natural! This is the perfect way to have your skin clean and nourished for that healthy aura people will notice.

Filipinos are not new to cleansing using natural ingredients. Among others, oats and salts are used for exfoliation, honey for skin rejuvenation, milk for moisture, jasmine for its soothing properties, and flower petals for fragrance and indulgence. What could be new to Filipinos, however, is the use of coconut water in caring for the skin.

For many years, coconuts have been used in so many ways, be it for nutrition, in the household, or in other commercial industries. It is only now that coconut water is being used as an ingredient for body care. One of America’s most trusted body care brands, Dial, came up with the innovative idea of infusing coconut water into our daily body care products like soap and body wash.

The Dial Coconut Water line of body care products is the first of its kind in the market, having coconut water as its primary ingredient in cleansing and caring for the skin. With coconut water found in young green coconuts, complemented by bamboo leaf extract, the Dial Coconut Water soap and body wash are rich in anti-oxidants, which get rid of harmful free-radicals that make skin look old and unhealthy, while the electrolytes in it keep the skin ultra-hydrated and rejuvenated. To top it all off, Dial’s crisp, indulging scent leaves you feeling fresh all day long.

Dial understands that the only way to make your skin refreshed and revitalized from all the stress it takes from the modern lifestyle and environment is to go natural for better nourishment. Your skin is the most noticeable part of your body wherever you go, thus your skin health should be in its tiptop shape all the time.

Dial understands that the only way to make your skin refreshed and revitalized from all the stress it takes from the modern lifestyle and environment is to go natural for better nourishment. Your skin is the most noticeable part of your body wherever you go, thus your skin health should be in its tiptop shape all the time.

It only takes one shower   using Dial Coconut Water soap and body wash to have that much needed skin care – for a healthier aura people will notice.

Dial Coconut Water is available at all leading supermarkets and department stores in Metro Manila. To know more about Dial, visit

About Henkel
Henkel operates worldwide with leading brands and technologies in three business areas: Laundry & Home Care, Beauty Care and Adhesive Technologies. Founded in 1876, Henkel holds globally leading market positions both in the consumer and industrial businesses with well-known brands such as Persil, Schwarzkopf and Loctite. Henkel employs about 47,000 people and reported sales of 16.4 billion euros and adjusted operating profit of 2.5 billion euros in fiscal 2013. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Surf Inspired Party: How to Make Your Own Pick-A-Prize Game

One of the activities that we did during my son's birthday was the Pick-A-Prize game. It is inspired by the childhood games called "Pabunot". I often did it in one of the stores after school. The game was to pick a number, where each number has a corresponding prize.

Enzo's Surf's Up, Dudes Pick-a-Prize version:

Materials Needed:

1/4 Illustration board
double sided tape
Cut-outs from wrapping papers
Orange cartolina
Orange and blue colored papers

Step 1:  Measure the illustration using the cutout wrapping papers, Make sure there are enough spaces for the header and the cutouts. Put double sided tape, use the thinnest tape available. 

Step 2:  Plot the cutouts before pasting them to avoid errors.

Step 3: Put symbols at the back of the paper. Count the number of prizes with its corresponding symbols. 
Ours are from 1 to 35. 

Symbols are: 
ENZO = 3 Major prizes (loom band kits)
STAR = 2 prizes (fish erasers)
Smiley = 3 Stamp and stamp pad
Heart = Pencils
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Step 4:  Place the cutouts while plotting out the arrangement of the symbols. 

Step 5: Finish placing all the cutouts and you're almost done!
Step 6: Prepare your print outs of numbers and label. Put an orange header on the board. 
Cut all numbers and paste it on the cut outs.

Step 7: All done and ready for the party!

Here's the in action photo of the Pick-a-rize station at Enzo's party:

I hope you enjoyed the idea and if ever you decide to do it on your parties, please let me know too!:) 

Thanks and hope to see you here again!:)


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