Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Perfect App for Us, Parents : ParentTown App


Parents today are just so lucky because we all have workshops, and talks here and there. We could ask an expert regarding our little one’s food for example. But unfortunately not all parents could attend such event. Maybe they’re too far from where it’s held and the like. I, myself wanted to attend an event before but it was too far from where I live so that didn’t happen. Or maybe if you’re in your third trimester already, of course it would be too hard to travel. Plus, you would be shedding some money for it of course. Travel expense, workshop fee, though there are also workshop events for free.

When I was pregnant with Maco, I was so clueless. If only I could attend all the workshops I knew then, I would! And then I chanced upon a website that have a forum on it so I made an account and there I would ask questions, answer the other parents and all. Unfortunately though I wasn’t able to continue it as much as I hoped for because the website’s hard to configure on phones and on tablets. And I use my phone most of the time! And mostly, I would forget my password. I think the epidural still kicks in!

Now, I found this app called ParentTown on Google Playstore. And I got excited to use it! Oh my, being a mom and have an app built for you! Well, not just for moms of course, but to all parents out there. I personally think this app is a must for us, the parents!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

SUN LIFE’S #liveBrighter Campaign: Millenials For A Financially Prepared Generation


The new generation of workforce, the Millenials, wants to grow with a company that respects their individuality while being part of a noble cause. Such opportunity is possible when one becomes a Financial Advisor. This is a door that Sun Life (of Canada) Philippines, Inc. opens wider with a recruitment drive called #LiveBrighter. It aims to present the profession as a career choice for Millennials who wish to have the time and resources to pursue their passions as they advocate financial foresight and planning.
L-R: Arriane Serafico, Agnes Cuaso, host
“Millennials are known to be slashers as they juggle a lot of things live travelling, blogging, and other passion projects on top of their regular 8-5 jobs. It sounds very aspirational but how can they sustain this in terms of time and resources?” said Sun life Recruitment Manager Fin Bernardo. “With that in mind, we see that the profession of a Financial Advisor is a perfect fit for their lifestyle,” added Bernardo.

After introducing the Financial Advisor in popular culture thru its engagement with Cinema One’s Single/Single, Sun Life dishes out the #LiveBrighter Sessions. This is a series of meet-ups to show how a Financial Advisor lives up to the demands and rewards of the profession. It aims to reach more Millennials and send them the message that their dream job is just here all along.

Guided by the core values of a Sun Life Financial Advisor- caring, professional, inspiring, and winning - #LiveBrighter Sessions will give a taste of the benefits one can enjoy in choosing this particular career path. More than the chance to earn unlimited income, it also provides perks such as all-expense travel and the freedom to work with an unbridled schedule.

With more Filipinos keen on getting insurance and investment products, the possibilities for new Advisors are endless. “We need more Financial Advisors to educate Filipinos on the importance of preparing for unexpected life’s events and offer them solutions that let them have Money For Life,” explained Bernardo.



Choose to #LiveBrighter now. Register to the next #LiveBrighter Forum by visiting bit.ly/LiveBrighter.

About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. is a member of the Sun Life Financial group of companies, a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life Financial and its partners have operations in key markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of March 31, 2016, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of $861 billion. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tips to Prolong Breastmilk Supply

Macoki at 1 month
I honestly didn't expect my breastmilk would still be available up until now. But it did, and I'm thankful for that!

So now at 19 months, I'm still breastfeeding my little girl. Read more about it here. Now let me share with some tips on how to prolong your breastmilk.

F L U I D S
Drink lots of water! Yes, it helps. And if you can, eat more soup than of fried food. I tell you, when my in-laws found out that what I wanted was to breastfeed my little girl, our ulam almost everyday is tinola! Ako na yung nagsasawa eh. Haha! But don't just limit your ulam with just tinola okay! Hahaha! Remember we have sinigang, nilaga, and the like.

M A L U N G G A Y
Speaking of tinola, you must have malunggay with it! I mean yes. Malunggay, malunggay, malunggay! When we actually cook tinola here we rarely use malunggay, but because I'm breastfeeding, we gotta have it! 

L A T C H
Just let your baby latch. On the earlier days of my breastfeeding, I actually thought I don't have much milk, but don't think that way because you do, and just let your baby latch. It helps! It's like demand and supply. The more your baby demands, the more your supply will be.

T H I N K   P O S I T I V E
Just think positive. Think that you have enough or better is that you have abundant of milk! Mind over matter as what they say. Always think that you have abundance supply of the liquid gold because you do!

R E S T
Have enough sleep/rest. Do not exhaust yourself too much because your body is actually working for your little one's milk and I tell you even when you're just laying or sitting while feeding your little one, it still is tiring! After your little one latched, you will be hungggrrryyy! It feels like you ran a track race.

I know those are just simple tips but it worked for me. And just a reminder, eat healthy food! Because that's what your baby eat, too! As much as possible eat a lot of veggies and fruits. Now that was my mistake, I used to eat junk food just so I could fill my tummy but that was a big NO. Prepare your food beforehand so right after you fed your little one, your food's ready already, because for sure you will be hungry!

Happy breastfeeding! ;)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Eggciting Race for a Cause

Did you know that one egg a day is good for your health?

Philippine Egg Board Association enumerates five valid reasons why you should have one egg a day. First, it helps you in weight management. Second, it provides muscle strength and prevents muscle-loss. Third, it makes your brain function better. Fourth, it maintains eyes’ health. Fifth, it contributes to healthy pregnancy for women.

Thus, Philippine Egg Board Association together with The Good Egg by Sarimanok is actively campaigning for one egg a day to every Filipino family.

In line with the celebration of “World Egg Day” on October, Guerilla Race helps these two organizations in bringing an exciting yet worthwhile activity to better promote this noteworthy advocacy. Known as “Eggciting Adventure Day”, this first ever event aims to encourage awareness about “one egg a day”. Highlighting this adventure is the “Eggciting Family Fun Run” which will happen on October 16, 2016 at SM by the Bay, Mall of Asia (MOA) Complex in Pasay City. The charity run aims to heighten awareness about the chronic condition of stunting and malnutrition in the country as part of the proceeds of the event will go to Save The Children Foundation.

According to the report presented by Save the Children Organization and Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), the Philippines ranks 9th in the world for having the highest number of stunted children. Stunting has affected children; thus, the average has increased from 10 percent to 40 percent from 2013-2015 and is expected to rise in 2016.

Apart from supporting the cause to fight stunting and malnutrition, this run for a cause will also benefit soldier’s orphans to continue their education through the AFP Educational Benefit System Office.

Eggciting Adventure Day is open to all families with or without running background and can choose to run for the following race categories: 500-meter dash, 1K, 3K (individual and family), 5K and 10K race.  


R A C E   F E E S   A R E    A S   F O L L O W S :

500-meter dash with egg hunt (child and guardian) - P250.00 
Includes Event Shirt, Lootbag. Gun Start: 7:00 am
1K (3-10 years old- child and guardian) - P250.00 
Includes Event Shirt, Finisher Medal, Racebib, Lootbag. Gun Start: 6:15 am
3K (individual) - P400.00 
Includes Event Shirt, Finisher Medal, Racebib with timing chip, Lootbag. Gun Start: 6:00 am
3K (family of 4) - P1300.00
Group of 4 (must finish at the same time); Includes Event Shirt, Finisher Medal, Racebib with timing chip, Lootbag. Gun Start: 6:00 am
5K - P500.00 
Includes Event Shirt, Finisher Medal, Racebib with timing chip, Lootbag. Gun Start: 5:45 am
10K race - P600.00
Includes Event Shirt, Finisher Medal, Racebib with timing chip, Lootbag. Gun Start: 5:30 am


Other than the fun run, this family adventure event will also have other fun activities like Eggciting Mini Egg Hunt, Eggciting Dance Fitness, Eggciting Health Consultation, and many more.

To register, please visit the race’s official registration partner, Chris Sports with outlets at SM Mall of Asia, Glorietta, SM BF, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA – The Block, and Market, Market. 

For online registration, please visit: http://goorahna.com/#/event/eggcitingrun2016/register

For more information about the race, please contact Ms. Nikka Ramos of Guerilla Race at 0927-8484533 or 0998-9565231. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Nutri10 Plus Review: How was it with Maco?


Last week, Wert Philippines sent us bottles of Nutri10 Plus. I was excited and thought how timely it was because my Maco has been eating quite lesser than the usual. She's more active now and eats non-healthy food (junkfood, candies, juice) and I'm worried she doesn't have much nutrients her body needs. And have I said how active my little girl is today? She's super active, she runs around all the time, jumps here and there. You name it!


At first when I tried to give Maco Nutri10 plus, she didn't like it. I think she thought it was like her medicine when she's sick, I had to tell her it was just like juice. Hehe! After a couple of days she's having it, I think that's the time she was able to taste the Ponkan flavor as I heard Maco say "hmmm-mmm" with a smiling face when she had it. She likes it already!

I give Maco 1/2 a teaspoon as instructed on the box every morning. I usually give it to her right after breakfast and before lunch. There's no specific time to give it to her, I just give it to her right after breakfast just so she has something in her little tummy.


After a week of Maco having Nutri10 plus. I noticed she has more gana to eat now than before though still not quite there yet, maybe the 6 teeth that are currently popping out might be the cause. And even though she doesn't eat as much as she used to, I'm confident enough that my little girl gets the nutrients she needs everyday. And I must say, she's still makulit -which is totally fine with us! As what my father-in-law says all the time, okay na'ng makulit kaysa may sakitOdiba?! Pwede nang pang-tagline. Hehehe!

Plus, with the weather we have right now, every kid needs that extra boost of nutrients that they may not be getting in the daily just so their immune system would be strong enough to not get sick easily. Speaking of nutrients, Nutri10 Plus have CGF (Chlorella Growth Factor), Taurine, Lysine, Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and Zinc. Nutri10 Plus is good for kids 1 up to 12 years of age.

For more info, you may visit their facebook page

Why we're moving up to Pampers Baby Dry Pants


I was so excited I was invited to the Mommy Meet Up event last Aug. 14th. It was an event in partnership between Pampers and Gymboree. Pampers has launched it's new Pampers Baby Dry Pants, as Gymboree was celebrating it's 40 years!
Lol look at the husband who's too excited!
I tagged along Maco and Joshua with me as I thought it would be great to bring my awesome family with me, because I know there would be a play area or something -there was! It was also a Sunday, so it would be great for some bonding moment right after!


Gymboree play area
Maco thinking of how to get 'em bubbles lol
Parachute and Bubbles time with the kiddos!
with Madz of http://mommenmore.blogspot.com/
Nice meeting you, Madz! :)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Our 2nd Wedding Anniversary

Oops sorry for the very hi-res photo quality! Lol
Last July 30th was my husband and I's 2nd wedding anniversary. A week before that, my cousin-in-law asked me about it, I honestly didn't remember as I'm not really a fan of celebrating anniversaries and even monthsary (I actually had a hard time spelling that one since it gets underlined in red! There's no such word, I assume). So yeah, I was a bad wife. Lol kidding!

Husband asked me days before if which one would I want more, in Makati or in Ortigas. I was like, "Makati syempre, mas malapit". And right then and there I thought this guy was up to something! And yes, I was right. Hahaha! And then he asked me, 2 nights or 1?! HAHAHA! Can't you be more obvious, hun?! Haha! And so I asked him if what was he really planning? He still doesn't want to give in!!!

But then he gave in because I told him I have work already in Monday. And I was relieved. Yes, the Mr. is planning on an overnight or 2 nights stay in a hotel. I said I didn't want it because gastos na naman. I told him nicely that we just go to Kidzoona in Uptown Mall and eat out. I know that anniversaries only happens once a year (well, duh) but I don't think it's very practical for us right now. Maybe if we planned it thoroughly, then that would be fine.


It was just a simple celebration. But I really appreciate that the husband planned about it though I interfered. Hehe. And he kept asking me if that was what I really wanted -to play in Kidzoona for our anniversary. Haha! But it was, I really wanted to try Kidzoona. And then we later on ate at Peperoni Pizzeria - I love this restaurant! Will definitely post about them real soon! ;)


It was an awesome night with my little awesome family. And that's just what I wanted. :)
Thanks hun for planning for our anniversary even if I know it isn't really your forte. Haha! For trying to surprise me even if I really know you're up to something! Hahaha! Even if you think it was a fail anniverysary celebration -it wasn't, okay! I had fun dahil pinicture-picture mo kami ni Maco sa daan! Hahaha ;p

Every staircase ng building na yun, want magpa-picture ni Maco! Ohmy
Even if ang panget ko dito, okay lang because Maco!!!!
Our little sunshine
My faves
We're a little cray family
Thank you for the awesome day, hun! It was just what I wanted, no need to worry. Hehe! I love you two very very much. Thank you for being you. Kahit na madalas ay nagkakapikunan tayo, we both know that it's still us in the end. Diba?! Or baka ako lang?! Hahaha! Love you!! 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Mommy Milkshare Event Set to Benefit Fabella Milk Bank


It’s a well-known fact that breastfeeding is best for babies. The World Health Organization states why it is so on their website, and also emphasizes that breastfeeding benefits the mothers who choose to breastfeed their babies.  

The reality is, though, that some mothers might not be able to breastfeed their children immediately after birth for legitimate medical reasons. There are also babies whose mothers may have passed away yet still need to be nourished with breastmilk.  

In cases like these, milk donations or milksharing are usually the solution. It should be noted, though, that donor milk should be screened as much as possible, to ensure that it is safe and clean for the babies who will receive it. 


If you’re a breastfeeding mom, or a mom who believes in the importance of breastfeeding, you will probably also consider milksharing or donating one’s breastmilk to be a noble endeavor. Here in the Philippines, human milk banks are actually always in need of breastmilk donations, so it is good to be aware of efforts to collect human milk – like the upcoming Mommy Milkshare event organized by The Parenting Emporium and Honeysuckle Philippines (which is actually on its second run; the first run was held in September last year.)

Scheduled for August 13, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Parenting Emporium (No. 29, 1st Street, New Manila, QC), breastfeeding mothers are invited to donate their excess breastmilk for the benefit of Fabella Human Milk Bank. Donors can choose to bring frozen breastmilk (must be expressed between June to August 2016) or express milk onsite.  

In gratitude to the generous milk donors, VPharma’s Mega Malunggay, Mommy Treats, and Honeysuckle – brands that support milksharing – will be giving discounts on select items. Mommy Milkshare participants will also receive loot bags as a bonus for their kindness, which is why they are also asked to register for the event via 0917-8110821.  

So, if you are a breastfeeding mom who wants to share her milky blessings, head on over to The Parenting Emporium this Saturday! Your efforts and kindness will help many babies who are supported by Fabella Human Milk Bank.  

Note: If you want to donate breastmilk but can’t come to Mommy Milkshare, you may contact Nurse Katrina of The Parenting Emporium at 725-3723 or 738-6272, and ask how to donate to the TPE Milksharing Hub. 

Watercolors 101 Workshop with The Crafters Marketplace

A few months ago I was invited by Mommy Bloggers Philippines and The Crafters Marketplace for a Dad paint workshop, unfortunately though I wasn't able to attend because we need to be somewhere else at the time.

So when The Crafters Marketplace asked mommy bloggers again for a paint workshop (though not with dads anymore) for July 30, I immediately signed up and hoped to be picked! Ah yessssssss


I tagged along my husband's niece with me as I know she loves arts and crafts just like me! And girl, was she excited (well, as what her mom told me)! We were there quite early I think as there were not much mommy bloggers yet at the venue, and so I got her some fries so she would not be hungry while waiting and working at the workshop.

Ms. Alma, 1/2 of the people behind The Crafters Marketplace, introduced to us Ian de Jesus, the workshop's facilitator. Ian asked us first who have gone to a paint workshop before, I didn't raise my hand as I really haven't been to a paint workshop though we did study it way back in college. I did raise my hand later but I guess he didn't notice it already. Hehe! But it was fine as I've learned new things in his workshop. In college, we weren't taught an in depth background about the paints and paint brushes, we focused on the strokes and stuff like that. Or IDK anymore, it's been too long! Hehe! Also, I am not that good working with brushes.

Ian telling us about the tube paints
Did you know in the earlier times, what they use in the paintings were pigments coming from natural resources? Like from food, stones, etc! Resourcefulness at it's finest!

Ian telling us about the pan paints
My niece listening attentively on the first part of the workshop! Haha
While Ian was telling us stories with the paints. My niece then raised her hand and told us that Leonardo da Vinci didn't finish Mona Lisa on his own! He had help from his assistant/s and this was backed up by Ian. Gahd I didn't know that!

Ian telling us about the different paint brushes, what it's called and it's uses
After some talks, now we're up to paint! Yey! Here are more photos I took during the workshop! ;)

Monday, August 1, 2016

Toddlers in Philippine Cinemas

Since my post before this is about Movies for Kids, now I have a thought of our cinemas here in the Philippines... and toddlers, and even babies.

my little munchkin's first movie
I know I've shared before when Maco was not yet a year old, and we watched a movie at Bonifacio High Street, she was free of charge.  Here's Maco's first cinema experience. If I remember it correctly, the lady on the desk, who my sister-in-law and husband were talking to was I think the one asking for my little munchkin's age or whatever, but the other lady(who's also behind the desk) just said that we can just go in, no need to pay for my little munchkin. And we were all thankful because movie tickets today are damn expensive! Hehe

Just last month, we watched a movie again at Cash & Carry Makati. This was Maco's 2nd time in a cinema and she's a year and 6 months, but I was still expecting that she would be free of charge because obviously she can't sit on the cinema seat on her own yet because she might sink in. And it would not make sense that we'd have to pay for it because she'd basically sit on our lap. But apparently no, we had to pay P 230.00 for her. Yes, she had a reserved seat that she won't be able to sit on, no discounts and sht. I was really surprised and disappointed that we had to pay, I almost said no. But we're with my husband's niece and nephew and I don't want to break their little hearts, and so we just went on.

A week ago though my cousin-in-law went to Uptown Mall to check on the movies and they heard a foreigner saying that it makes no sense that they'll be paying for her baby (who's still in a carrier) a cinema ticket.

And so I came to a thought...

That's true. It doesn't make any sense that we would be paying for a baby or even toddler's cinema ticket. I mean, the little one obviously can't sit on his/her own yet. But, why? Am I just being a cheap-ass mom? Haha! How about you, what do you think?