Wednesday, December 6, 2017

3 Reasons to Visit the SM Supermalls Website Now



SM Supermalls just launched their beefed up website and it’s a must-click for smart shoppers, mall event goers and promo-loving digital fans.

Here are top three reasons why the refreshed site will be your most-wanted hub online:

1. Y O U   C A N   B E   T H E   S T A R   O F   T H E   
W E B S I T E   A N D   W I N   P R I Z E S !

Everyone of us had our own happy memorable experience that happened inside an SM mall. With the improved site, we can now share those unforgettable "SM Moments" (a.k.a #SMoments) and have a chance to get featured plus win SM shopping money!

All happy #SMoments are welcome! Whether it's a story of success, friendship, love, family or fun surprises, go ahead and tell it! Click here to share your #SMoments:

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Being a Mom at this Time

I gave birth to Maco when I was 25, some say I was young, some say it was just right -I say, eff off.
If you've read my previous posts, you'd see how I often say how lucky moms now are. Well, we are. But then again, we have social media, and the people who loves to judge. I'm not saying I don't judge, that's hypocrisy, because I do. I'm trying my best not to, but sometimes it just slips out of my sinner mouth -and that's not a good thing. Other people hearing you judge other people -never good. I've had a post before, which I did judge another mother, I deleted it because it didn't do good to the other mom nor to me. The worse thing is that the other mom doesn't even know me nor do I know her personally, I just ranted. But anyway, I'm trying to change that. And I'm sorry.

Being a mom now has its own pros and cons. One of the pros is technology of course, it just makes life easier. From sterilizers to the electronic crib rocker, seminars here and there, facebook groups and forums wherein you could meet fellow moms, social media so you could show your little one to friends and family instantly, almost everything is accessible to everyone. Who wouldn't love those, right?

One of the cons is the people who love to judge when they don't even know the whole story -which I did, regret and swore to never do it again. It is hard being judged. Though sometimes I think it is also our fault to be judged, because maybe that's how we show it to them. But still, it's never good to judge. Especially on social media, you show something and people think otherwise or they think a lot more than you show, like there's a hidden message on it or something. And this just makes my eye roll.

Being a mom now, I felt that everyone is better than you. There are so many rules. I remember joining a group and this one mom posted asking if it is okay to use something(beauty related), and one mom said "no, don't use something with blah focus on your child blah blah blah", and I thought WTF is it bad for the mom to want to look good and feel good? I guess the reason she is asking is that because she doesn't know -well duh. Some moms said some sh*tty things, but I'm happy that there are moms who go in defense of the mom who asked. And I left that group.

There are also this people who keeps comparing kids from the other. NO. DON'T.

Hey, I'm not saying I'm such a perfect mother and that I haven't done any of this, because I did. And I really regret it.  And I'm TOO FAR from being a perfect mother, I swear. So whenever I think something not good, I try hard to keep it to myself. Hehe

It is quite hard being a mom now, or I think even before. It's never easy. Some people think being a mom is just having a baby, keeping the family okay, looking after the kids, but it's so much more than that -SO MUCH MORE

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

In the look for High Quality Wigs?

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are mine


Halloween just passed and even if it is mostly for kids (costume, trick-or-treating,etc.) that even my toddler speaks of it until now, it's also for us, adults. I'm sure a lot of us go all out for the costume, didn't we? *wink

It's pretty easy to get your outfit done, what's hard is to get your hair done. You don't want to cut your hair really short just to be in the character of your choice, right? Or instantly have a long hair -well, this is just impossible. But with the help of wigs, it is! You could also use wigs if needed or if you want to change your look.

You could find quality wigs at Black Hairspray. I browsed their page and I must say, I couldn't even tell the models are wearing wigs. Black Hairspray doesn't just carry wigs though, they also carry a lot of hair products, but one of my favorites are their wigs.

It is so easy to buy from their website since you could already see how it would look like, and the price range is awesome. Let me share with you some of my favorites:

Outre Duby Human Hair Wig – Loose
Yes, I've been wanting to try short and curly hair but I'm afraid hehe!
Zury Sis Naturali Star 100% Human Hair Wig – 3B Jetta

It is so easy to order from Black Hairspray too since you could choose all of the wigs they have via their website, and I must tell you, they have a LOT -they have different styles, different colors, different length, and so on. 

So if you're in the look for wigs, you could definitely try Black Hairspray.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Going on a Road Trip with a Baby or Toddler

DISCLAIMER : This is a sponsored post.



It’s sem break already and on the next 2 weeks, we’re going to have a week-long vacation, so is anybody going on a road trip with the kiddos!?

Going on a road trip is really fun, especially if with the whole family (meaning: with the cousins and grandparents)! The place we’ve travelled farthest through land is a 4-hr drive to Liliw, Laguna. It was still kind of short for some, but if with a baby in tow, it’s quite long already. Heehee!

When our Maco was still a baby and we went to Liliw, here are the things we did / we prepared:

Nursery Bag – this contains the little girl’s necessities; wet wipes, diapers, bib, towel, shirts, pants, milk, and nursing cover. This is the bag you carry all the time because you never know when you’ll need any of these.

Plastic Bag – Bring a little plastic bag just so you could throw the diapers that are needed to be thrown (ie: poop alert!), if you’re currently on the road.

Pillow – I bring a small one so my little girl could sleep on it while I carry her without me getting cramps. And also for the little one to be comfortable. Hehe!

My Macoki 
Car Seat – Honestly, here in the Philippines, it’s not very common. BUT if you do have a car seat, please use this. And if you have the budget to buy one, please do. 

*Check your car seat if it's safe, click here https://www.cars.com/news/car-seat-check/

These are the only things needed since she was still a baby at the time and she was just mostly sleeping.

Another travel we did was when she was already started walking. She was already a year old that time I think. I honestly thought I would prepare/bring lesser stuff, but NO.

Here are the stuff we needed to have in the car with us when travelling:

Nursery Bag – wet wipes, diapers (we prefer diaper pants because it’s easier to put while on the road), face towel, shirts, pants, milk, snacks, water, and nursing cover. And yes, this bag is what you carry around with you.

Plastic Bag - please read my previous reasone ;p

Pillow & Car Seat – always needed (!)

Toy – Yes we needed to bring one or two just so to keep the little girl busy while inside the car.

Snacks – have I mentioned this? But yes, we need a lot of snacks. It’s a 4-hr drive anyway, and we don’t want the little monster girl be hungry. Lol

As of this moment, these are the stuff I could think of, but I’m pretty sure there are still more missing on this list. So if there anything you have in mind, please don’t hesitate to write on the comment section!


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

How to Lower Gadget Use on Toddler

I must admit, I used to give my child my phone to let her watch her favorite cartoons just so I could focus more on my work, or whatever it is I'm doing. We also had a burger shop before that needed most of my time.

And then I noticed how my little girl changed her behavior. She doesn't listen anymore, she would cry because she doesn't get what she wants, etc. And because we've been having problems with the shop, I thought maybe this is also a sign that I should stop with it, and focus on my little girl more. And so that's what I did. (Okay, we didn't make a decision over night, we thought about it for quite a time)

Of course that didn't change my little girl in just a snap. But now, she only had 1-2hours max of gadget use. And I'm hoping, in the coming days/weeks it would lessen until no more gadget use.

H O W   T O   L O W E R   G A D G E T   U S E ?

1. Give your child other stuff to focus on. A coloring book, a pen, a paper, toys, etc... Whatever that is of course harmless and so your child will divert his/her attention to it.

2. STOP whatever you're doing if your child calls you, if your child wants to play with you, play with him/her.

3. And yes, let's go back to number 2, give attention to your child.

And that's it. It's simple. Just give more attention to your child. I may still have lapses, I know, but I'm pretty sure I'm getting there, and I'm such a happy momma because her gadget use has lowered than how she does before.

And oh, another one...

4. Don't give in. If your child cries because she wanted to watch, don't let him/her. Kids are smart, they'll know they can manipulate you when they cry. (Lol but true! Right?! HAHAHA)

Hope these simple tips may help if you're trying to lower gadget use on your child. And if you have additional tip/s, please do put it on the comment section! :)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Alden Richards spreads the love (not the germs) through a new song

Safeguard and the Pambansang Bae team up to remind Filipino to wash their hands


In this year’s Global Handwashing Day celebration, Safeguard has partnered with one of the most prominent personalities in the country today to bring attention to the importance of proper and habitual handwashing. The nation’s leading soap together with the “Pambasang Bae” Alden Richards join forces to educate Filipinos on the importance of handwashing through the power of a song.

Alden himself sang the handwashing song and invites every Filipino to make it a habit to unfailingly wash their hands with Safeguard in these 5 “hugas non-negotiables” -- before “mano”, after using the toilet, before eating, after playing and before bonding. And more importantly, to spread the love and not the germs this holiday season.

TONDO, MANILA - Safeguard led a movement to a healthier Philippines through the Global Handwashing Day (GHD) celebration last October 12 at the Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila. This is in line with the with the brand’s 50 year long tradition of handwashing education to prevent diseases and help save lives.
If you’ve ever wondered the kind of impact personal hygiene really makes on the spread of germs and general health of the public, consider these sobering statistics gathered from the first Philippines Handwashing Index, a breakthrough study recently commissioned by the nation’s leading soap brand, Safeguard.

What to expect on #NationalPamperingDay by Nail-a-holics


Last October 17th was #NationalPamperingDay from Nail-a-holics... yet again. It was a successful event last year and I believe this year also -because when I got there, there were a lot of people already, and it was just 11:00 in the morning! Woah!

Little girl's still sleepy hence the face LOL


I tagged along my little girl with me just so we could have a mother-daughter bonding. When Maco and I got into Nail-a-holics Market! Market!, even if there were a lot of people, the staff were very accommodating, they were all smiles and would assist you until you get a seat.

Last year, they have 2 choices of what you would want; a manicure, or a stress relieving hand massage. This year, they offered 3 choices which are a relaxing foot massage, a calming foot spa, or a soothing manicure. And yes, whichever service you choose is FREE. Yay!

Another great thing about this event other than the services being free is that it supports World Vision, The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and Save Philippine Seas' added Amaro.

Ladies enjoying their foot massage and foot spa!
There are kids who tagged along, too!
Yaaayyyyy
Please excuse my feet LOL
So, what to expect on  #NationalPamperingDay... I know this is kind of late since it happened already, but this is in preparation for next year I guess! Lol! 

Well, since they offer free services, expect a lot of people. Don't get irritated if you have to wait, I promise you they're doing the best they can so they can accommodate all of the customers. You don't want to get a meh kind of service, don't you?

Tell them exactly what service you want beforehand clearly. It's a waste of time when Ate already brought her kit in front of you but you wanted other service than what she had brought. Well, they do ask it beforehand but just to be clear, y'know.

And lastly, expect to relax. This may not last long as you wanted, but hey it's free! And it's really relaxing, so... two thumbs up!

I guess that's it! I had a soothing time when I took part of #NationalPamperingDay, plus my little girl didn't act up so it was win-win for me! Yay!

Thank you, Nail-a-holics!
For rates and services, check their website here http://nailaholics.com/

Thursday, October 19, 2017

#Haenim UV Sterilizer now in the Philippines!


Sterilizers are one of the many must-haves when you're having a baby. Thank goodness, my sister-in-law gifted me one. It was just a regular sterilizer wherein in you plug it in, put on some water somewhere and then turn it on, it was of big help. I remember when I was a kid, what they use are big pans, fill it with water and let it boil -with the bottles inside. It was too much work.

Steam sterilization has been a parenting practice for years, but as much as it is seen to be effective, it has always required much effort, time, and money. Aside from this, the usual drying practices of wiping or air-drying may even invite bacteria back to newly sterilized items; and most conventional steam sterilizers can only fit around six bottles and can only be used for high-grade plastics and metals that are heat resistant.

These are just some parenting concerns that parents can address by getting the best-selling UV Sterilizer in Asia-Pacific and having a #HaenimHome.


Haenim can eliminate 99.9% of harmful bacteria that are exposed to its UV-C light. This light destroys nucleic acids and breaks apart germ DNA so they cannot function or reproduce, and the organism dies. Haenim also has 100% Drying Power, ensuring that there is no moisture where bacteria can grow from and parents do not need to wipe or air-dry items.

Having the biggest capacity in the market and requiring no water or steam means it can disinfect more items. From baby items (like bottles, toys, and books) to personal and household items (like mobile phones, make-up brushes, toothbrushes, and remote controls) —- making this a smart purchase that is perfect for parents who are also just starting to complete their home.

Being the first and only Smart Sterilizer in the Philippines and being a waterless system, parents can place their unit anywhere in the house. Haenim is also available in six different colors with premium finishes: black, silver, metal silver, pink, green, and blue. Whether they are looking for a classic design or a pop of color, there’s a Haenim for every home.

A feature-packed Smart Sterilizer is what modern parents need and having a #HaenimHome is now easy because they can get theirs from any of our retails partners:

My Baby Planet - S&R Commonwealth
My Baby Planet - Puregold Qi Central
BabyMama - Ortigas
BabyMama - Alabang
BabyMama - BGC

To know more about Haenim, visit their website https://haenimuv.ph.

Monday, October 9, 2017

October 17, 2017 is #NationalPamperingDay!


When it comes to pampering on a national scale, Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa holds the only spot. After introducing the celebration of the National Pampering Day last year, Nailaholics is back at it again this 2017 with an amplified nationwide celebration of relaxation that everyone is looking forward to this October 17.

The National Pampering Day got off to a good start last year where Nailaholics offered free manicure service and a stress relieving hand massage from 10 AM to 12 NN on all their branches nationwide. This year, everyone will be treated to a free service of their choice: a soothing manicure, calming foot spa or a relaxing foot massage.

“We Filipinos are very hardworking in any given aspect of our lives and a nation of energetic and industrious people best deserves real pampering once in a while. This year, as Nailaholics celebrates the 2nd National Pampering Day, we go deeper and dedicate this to everyone and remind them to take it slow, take it easy, zone out and relax for a while.” said Arvin Amaro, Marketing Head of Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa.

“With last year’s success of the National Pampering Day, we are back this year with a bigger and much more enjoyable day of pampering. In partnership with the number one salon brand and most beloved nail lacquer brand in the world, O.P.I., National Pampering Day 2017 will accommodate more guests with the extension of pampering time until 1PM.  Also, the best thing about this year’s National Pampering Day is that it will be in support to World Vision, The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and Save Philippine Seas” added Amaro.

So save the date and get ready to park away any thoughts of work because the only responsibility you have is to loosen up. Wind down and head down to any Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa branch on October 17, 2017 (Tuesday) from 10 AM to 1 PM and get yourself a free relaxing manicure, foot spa or foot massage.

Let Nailaholics’ skilled nail technicians take care of you for a little while and walk out of this Hamptons-inspired nail salon feeling refreshed and ready to bring it on again. Grab this once a year treat only at the country’s top destination for relaxation and real pampering.

Visit www.nailaholics.com to check their services and find the branch nearest you. Get updates through their Facebook Page Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa, Twitter @_nailaholics and Instagram @_nailaholics.

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Nailaholics is an urban destination that offers its customers an escape from the daily grind through its exceptional interiors and exceptional pampering service. It currently has more than 50 branches nationwide, including in Gateway Mall, Eastwood Citywalk, Cash and Carry Makati, Harbor Point Mall Subic, SM Cebu, SM Bacolod, and SM Lanang.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

SOME of the Stupid Things Husband and Wife usually Fight About

Let's have a laugh, shall we?

Husband and I have been married for 3 years. We fight, yes of course, and the funny thing is, we fight about the stupidest things you could imagine. Whenever we think the stuff we fought about, most of the time, we thought how stupid it was, how childlike we were, and it was really nothing to be fought about. But even if we fight, nothing can tear us apart! LOL! Even that sh*t I told him to do months ago and he didn't do it yet.



Maybe y'all relate to this, because hey, this really happens! Well, these are just SOME of it. Anyway, I will not include that thing I said above, wherein I've told him to do something and he doesn't do it, because I don't think it's stupid, I honestly think it's a very serious matter. LOL



Okay. I'm very much sure I'm not the only one at this, but if you do not fight about where you should eat, then good for you! But for me and my husband, yes, we do fight about where we should eat when we're out. There are times I wanted pizza and he wanted Japanese. I wanted to save but the husband wanted to splurge because YOLO. Haha! Or there are times he would ask me where to eat, I'd say it's up to him, but I don't like his choices. Lol! And yet, he chose me. WHAT


When in a mall. Well, maybe this is just my husband and I, but we did fight on which store to go first. I bet you'd say, why don't you both go to the different stores at the same time, well honey, there are times I'd like to show him something in that store, like a hint that I want it, you know. IDK.


Ah this. It takes me 30mins to an hour for me to prepare, whenever we go out, but if in a rush, I can make it to 20 mins -shower included! But bathing my daughter and preparing her, excluded! LOL! Yes,it does takes a lot of time for me to prepare, and this is what my husband hates, but HELLO! I bathe our daughter and put on clothes to her, too! So... HAHAHA


We have our own trash bin here in our room, and emptying it takes a while hahaha! And so the war begins whenever I ask him to throw it out, and it takes him forever to do it.


Husband comes home from work. Went in the room. Left his used clothes on the floor. And sometimes, he would use his pants again, but IDK why he couldn't put it on THE CHAIR, or hang it. Ugh.


I honestly can't sleep in total darkness (lol) so we usually have a night light. The question is who would turn it on when we forgot to turn it on before we turned off the lights. Because who would want to stand up when you're already in bed, right? Lol

I'm one of the girls who love make-up. And sometimes even if I just bought a lipstick a week ago, I might need another one this week, I just need it, you know. This is what my husband hates. HAHAHA! I guess he just can't understand, and I bet who would never understand. But right now, we're on a really tight budget, so... I guess we'll understand each other now. Lol!

Hahaha! These are just some of the stupid things we fight about, and these are just for fun! You're welcome to add on the comment section if you think you and your partner fought about something really ridiculous and unacceptable! Hahaha!

Hope y'all have a great day!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Ber Months are here!

It's September!!!

The ber months are finally here and can you just imagine how close we are to December already!? That means Christmas, and yes, my little girl's turning three! Oh my. I'm getting emotional right now as I'm thinking the months/years passed, as what they say, time really fly so fast. Been seeing my memories on facebook and how my darling little girl used to be so cute and quiet. Now, she's still cute of course even though she lost some of her bigger cheeks (now, it's just big lol), and she just can't stop talking. It's annoying sometimes, really! Lol! Well okay it's annoying most of the time! HAHAHA! Kidding!

I'm also seeing a lot of Jose Mari Chan's face on my facebook news feed. LOL! (If you don't know who Jose Mari Chan is, he's a singer here in the Philippines and he sang one of the popular Christmas songs here which is 'Christmas in our Hearts') Christmas really is coming, expect to hear his songs in malls. And of course, Mariah Carey's "All I want for Christmas", too!

Christmas meaning gift giving meaning shopping. Ah yes! Even though the malls are jam packed during this season, I still love going to malls. And then I get annoyed lol! But still, I love going to malls, hearing Christmas songs, and seeing the beautiful Christmas decors. Ah I just love Christmas. It brings a lot of my childhood memories.

Speaking of childhood memories, I remember myself with my friends going house to house to christmas carol, singing Jingle Bells, Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit, and of course, We Wish You a Merry Christmas! Ah I miss my childhood. Can't wait for the little girl to really experience Christmas, too! Now that she's turning 3 before Christmas, I'm sure she'll enjoy it more!

But, what happened to my ~*life*~ in the previous months?

The first quarter of this year, I've been busy with my blogging life, but then we entered the food business industry. LOL! (It's just a really small business, though!) That's why I wasn't able to blog and attend events more often. I really miss attending events! Just today, I was so excited because I'm going to attend an event for a brand I love, but unfortunately, I overlooked the time! I thought it was at 3:00pm, but when I checked the message again, it was at 11:30am. LABO at it's finest talaga!

Anyway, I just miss blogging so much hence this what's up with my life post! Lol! ;)


Thursday, August 17, 2017

#LegoBloggersDay at Ayala Malls the 30th

This is a month late post so I am sooo sorry! :(



It was a friday afternoon that my little girl and I went to Ayala Malls the 30th in Pasig. Honestly, I didn't know about this mall until Lego Bloggers Day event! Heehee

We went there pretty early and so the little girl was able to play with some lego blocks with other kids. Maco loves Legos just like her cousins, Ate Dylan and Kuya Lucas, most especially her Kuya Lucas who have a LOT of legos, I tell you! I wish I brought them with us but Lucas have school that time.



Monday, August 14, 2017

Busy Momma

So I've been busy!

As much as I wanted to do a blog post, I just can't. Most of the time whenever I go inside our bedroom, it is just for us to sleep. I haven't had a time to sit down for a long time, until now. (Actually as I was typing this a few days weeks ago, I remembered I had to do something! Oops!)

Well, what's keeping me busy?

We opened a burger shop near our place, it's just small and we sell pretty cheap burgers but delicious ones! Yes, of course! We also have nachos, quesadilla and such -mainly for merienda. And since we're still new, we can't afford somebody else to man our shop just yet, so I'm the one there and my husband's cousin-he's the one who came up with the burger recipe btw. On our first week, I was really struggling because I don't know how to manage my time.

So that's what's keeping me busy, and of course, taking care of my little girl as well!

I just realized that manning your own shop is quite stressful. It takes so much of your time, with preparing the stuff needed, buying supplies, etc. It also drains your energy that at the end of the day, you just want to have a hot bath and lay on bed and sleep. BUT, I am not complaining okay! I'm happy that at least, I'm doing something and somehow earning as well. It is soooo much different from selling stuff online.

I do miss attending events though. Just a little more time and I'm sure we'll have someone to man the shop na! :)

Fun fact -I've been trying to put this up for weeks already! Lol! Just haven't had enough time to sit down and write. Glad I was able to squeeze in a little time now though. Hehe!


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

My First #MomTribe Meet-Up


If y'all don't know Millennial Moms PH, it is a group of well, Millennial Moms here in the Ph! Lol, sorry I'm not so good in explaining but the group's name is pretty much self explanatory, right? :) Or better yet, you may click on the link to know more about them.

Anyway, last Saturday, June 24th, I went to my first ever #MomTribe meet-up for first time moms. As I am with every events I attend, I was excited! I guess because I have a reason to go out. Haha!

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I went there pretty early and was able to have a chat with some moms before it started. We then proceeded to our first activity which we were grouped per table. We introduced ourselves among each other, it was nice to know about the moms in my table, because almost all of us are well, first time moms, but aside from that we're also stay-at-home moms or work-at-home moms! I think we just can't leave our little ones at home! Hehe!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Why it's #FamFirstAtSM

This summer's heat is so intense (yes, intense! haha) we wanted to be in an air-conditioned place all the time, wanted to have a nice meal without cooking and preparing it, and even without washing the dishes! Haha! And yes, we have malls! Tadaaa!


I remember my childhood with SM. I grew up in Antipolo, and I have relatives in Quezon City. Whenever we visit them, there are times we go to SM North Edsa to bond and eat out. Yes, that mall. And I honestly thought it was the only SM mall in the whole country! Hehe! Ah my childhood.

Now, we have a number of SM Malls in the country and my favorites are SM Aura Premier and SM Makati. SM Aura because it's nearest to our place, and the smell of that mall is just heavenly! We always wonder how they do it! Or what scent it is! Heehee! Care to share, SM Aura? Hehe! SM Makati, well, because I love it's beauty section, I would be lost in it, and even though it's pretty small, I love that I can find everything in it, without walking a ton!

One of the highlights of my summer this year is visiting "Weekends at the Courtyard" at SM Aura, it is also Mother's Day that day so it is extra special. The place's vibe is so different from the whole mall. I love Art, and I love that they are trying to reach the art to people, you know what I mean? It is easier to access and easier to see. Even the kids are enjoying because it's colorful. My kid appreciating art. This is one SM moment I would definitely remember!

What we did on that day was so many. We roamed around the mall, bought my toddler some shirts because it was sale! Yay! This was the first time she chose her shirts. And she carried it proudly! Haha! We went to the Skypark, this is where Maco ran around! I like that they have space like this, just grass and some water fountains. Kids love water fountains and to run around, so I really think this is just perfect for family bonding on Sundays or whenever! That time though, there's an installation of Fantastic Beasts art, and everyone is taking photos and enjoying a few activities, and yes, it's free. Who said nothing is free anymore? Btw, that moment at SM Aura's Weekends at the Courtyard, my toddler and I also had a portrait taken for free! It was Mother's Day that time, so. Heehee ;)

I remember when Maco was still young, when she needs to be breastfed, these malls are our go-to place if we needed to go to mall since they have awesome breastfeeding rooms! I love that it's family friendly too, not just for mom and daughter, since my husband could lounge while waiting for us to finish. Hehe!

I also like that they have high chair at their food court! Two thumbs up for this one! 

What I admire most with SM other than having affordable items, is that they have really friendly staff, no kidding! I haven't encountered anyone who's masungit. From SM Supermarket staff to their staff at SM Department Stores, and even those in the elevator, they're all friendly, and would answer your question with a smile, in fairness. Well, to the SM Malls I've visited at least, I haven't encountered a masungit one.

If you're still asking, why it's #FamFirstAtSM? Because apparently, they've got it all for us! ;p

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Potty Training my 2-Year Old Toddler

Hell to those who did 3-days potty training! That sht doesn't work! Lol! Kidding! ;p

But if it did work for you, congratulations! But as for me, it did not, it took me weeks.

When Maco, my daughter, turned 2years old last December, I thought I could potty train her already because there were instances she'd tell me she'll go 'peepee' or 'wiwi'. Maybe it is also my fault because I would tell her it's okay since she have diapey on. There were also a few times that she peed in the toilet. But then, I noticed that she stopped telling me she had to pee. So when I was ready to really potty train her, it was hard so I thought to just let it be. I kind of stopped to potty train her. Sorry! I think I was being lazy, I didn't want to clean up her pee. Sorry!

Not sure which month of this year, but I think it was February or March, that I started to put my sht together and told myself that if I want to potty train my little girl, I should be patient with it. And it was so timely when I saw a post on potty training, I just forgot which site I read it! Damn it! But that blog post really motivated me to potty train my daughter. I was frustrated because some people were able to potty train their child for 3-5days! How is that possible! Anyway back to the blog post I read, she said there that what she did was that she told her child to tell her if her child had to pee, and she does not put on diaper/pants on her child. And so that's what I did, I didn't put on Maco's diaper and repeatedly tell her if she wanted to pee, she should tell me.

The first time, she was not able to tell me she had to pee, she told me after she peed. And so she peed on her pants, but that was fine. What was not fine was when she didn't pee for a long time, maybe she got afraid or something because she peed on her pants. Btw, I didn't shout on her when she peed on her pants okay! I just told her calmly that she should have told me that she had to pee. Husband told me that maybe our little girl's not ready yet, but I told him I guess she is, because there were times she'd tell me she had to pee. I became patient I guess. Lol!

And now, my little girl doesn't wear diapers already! Well, she does if she's going to sleep or if we're going out. And even if we're out, she'd tell me she had to pee, and I would tell her that it's okay since she's wearing a diaper. I can't let her pee on the mall's toilet because it's filthy. Lol! But true! Or maybe I could just bring disposable toilet seat cover? Would that work? Because there was a time we're out, she's not wearing a diaper and she had to pee, what I did was I carried her so she could pee and not sit on the toilet seat, but she didn't like to pee there. Lol! I just felt sorry for the place's restroom. Good thing it was just near home though, so we went home asap!

And so of course I've learned my lesson from this.
Number 1, that we have to be patient.
Number 2, that we have to be very patient.
Number 3, that we have to be the most patient.

I never knew I could be this patient. Lol!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

SM Aura Premier's 'Art in Aura' and Weekends at the Courtyard

Last May 4th, SM Aura Premier launched 'Art in Aura' at the Courtyard hence Weekends at the Courtyard was born. Weekends at the Courtyard is like an art fair with different artsy booths from local artisans to check out!

The campaign, in collaboration with creative assembly KAPWA Studio, was kicked off by a showcase of murals by notable local artists Anina Rubio, Mercedes Olondriz, Archie Oclos, and multi-hyphenate Dee Jae Pa'este, whose works can already be found all over the metro.

SM Aura aims to take the art out of the gallery and bring it to urban spaces, to make it more accessible to everyone.The movement started 3 years ago with Filipino-American artist, Jefre Manuel, with "Steel Safari", a public art installation of 4 animals  unique to the  Philippines, followed by a Christmas showcase featuring Olivia d'Aboville's "Giant Dandilions" and Leeroy New's "Astreopora". Both large scale installations were set to music at the Skypark lawn. The Aura Tower also features artist Eduardo Castrillo's "Colossal Growth". The Colossal Growth depicts the movement of mass from linear to horizontal. It represents the threshold by which a form, or energy crosses a path and explodes to grandness, redefining itself. It was reacquired from Evangelina Gella Luarca in 1989. The Artist kept it in storage and restored in 2013.

Art in Aura redefines the way one interacts with art, by using images and patterns that are rooted to our heritage. Art in Aura features three outstanding local artists by providing them mural spaces to share their expressive work. One of the featured artists, Anina Rubio, is a freelance visual artist whose art reflects her love for the outdoors. Her work, "Through the Cracks" can be seen at the SM Aura Grand Staircase, featuring common household weeds which she likens to Filipino characteristics like resilience and adaptability.

UP Fine Arts graduate street artist Archie Oclos, pays homage to our country's "National Treasures" through internationally-revered "mambabatok" Apo Whang Od and Lang Dulay, the T'boli Weave Master.
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Manila-based Mercedes Olondirz' "Flaura" to depict her goal to bring back organic elements into the urban landscape. It is also joined by digital artist, Ramenrocky, whose works illuminated the Courtyard walls during the launch.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

My take on '13 Reasons Why'

Have you heard of this series? Have you seen it?


So I've been hearing about this series from friends, and yes, from the online world as well. There are people who likes it and there are those who don't. It's the series '13 Reasons Why', and if you don't know about it yet, it's about this girl who took her own life because of bullies. 

I've been bullied in high school, but not to that extent -like in the series. I had this one classmate who would always eat from my baon (food I take to school), she would always say "patikiiiiim" in a very sweet tone, takes a bite and then half of my sandwich gone. Yes. Lol! She bites quite big. Haha! She also eats my lunch.

And then I had a friend in 6th grade but when we entered 1st yr high school, she started hanging out with the "cool" girls and when we went to the mall one time, she would tell me to do sht for her. I was like their Jenny (Gossip Girl). And from then, I went away from her. We never talked and now, we're friends on facebook.

Anyway, let's go back to the series -13 Reasons Why.

I just saw the whole 1st season. At first it was okay but as the story went on, I don't know anymore. I just don't want to stop right away because I'm curious and I want to know the whole story. Hehe! And I believe a 2nd season is in the works already.

Well, as a mom, I don't think it's good for teenagers because I think it would give them an idea. But a part of me says that it's good to show this to teenagers because it would show them what would happen to the loved ones they've left behind. And to show the bullies what they've done to those they bullied. But that's just a small part of me. Most of me would still say 'no'. Or maybe it's just how you look at it. We have different reactions and all anyway, so.

I just don't get it why Clay didn't show the tapes to his parents the moment he got it. I mean if I were him, I'd show it to my parents, the police, or anyone right away! Hehe!

Bullying don't just happen in school, there are bullies almost everywhere. Why can't these bullies just stop? Whenever I hear something about bullying, I always wonder why they do that? Aren't they happy with their own life that they had to pull others down with them? I guess not.

This reaction is all me btw, I haven't read any reviews online before this.

How about you, have you seen the 1st season of the series? What do you think?

It's not that I need to post a review or something about the show, I just really got affected by it. Lol

Friday, May 12, 2017

The gift of healthy ‘CROWNING GLORY’ fit for the Queen this Mother’s Day

CLICHE it may be, but there’s indeed a woman behind the person we are today. And that’s no less than her—our mother. We used to call her nanay, inay, ‘nay, mama, mommy or simply mom. Needless to say, she deserves more than that given the pivotal role she fulfills in rearing us from childhood to adulthood and possibly for the rest of our lives. 



There may be opposing beliefs whether that greater maternal instinct is biologically predetermined or socially imposed, but everyone would agree that a mother is hardwired to love and care about the whole family, especially the children, all the time. For better or worse, it’s always the welfare of everyone at home on top of her priority. 
No wonder she’s an epitome of a doting human being that touches everybody’s life. So, it’s but right to honor and return all the favors she has done for us. And what a better way to do this than this Mother’s Day.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Strangers touching and pinching my Baby's Face

I don't really know how to explain this but I don't want to come off as being maarte mom, and as a suplada. But maybe I am, I know I am, but I don't want it to be my first impression from people. I try to be nice everyday naman, so.
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There was a time I went to this drugstore here in Makati, let's not name it, but it's color is green *wink*. And there's this saleslady who found Maco really cute! And of course, I feel good somehow. But then while I was browsing through the facial products aisle, she carried  my little girl and tried to walk away from me. WTF. Her workmate then stopped her on doing such! Good thing her workmate who is a man, btw, said that she shouldn't have done that. And I was just there! I know y'all ask, "what did you do?". Well, I was in shock. I stood there with my mouth open -literally, with a confused face wondering why she did that. My husband that time was outside, and just like the superheroes, and the policemen in movies, he got there right after the drama and I hurriedly walked off the store. I know I should've done something like complain to the supervisor or something, but I was shocked and I just want to get away from there. :(

There was also a couple of times, that some salesladies (I don't know what's up with salesladies here in the Philippines!!! Well, NOT all are salesladies, some are crew in fastfood chains) who have touched and pinched my baby's face. At first, I was like, fine okay, they find Maco cute blah blah blah. But times passed that I got a little more arte that I thought the right thing, that they shouldn't do that. So now, whenever people tried to touch Maco, I move Maco away from them and look at them with this face...
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Hey, I'm not saying you couldn't touch my little girl, but please ask the parent/s first. But most likely my answer would be "no". HAHA! Or you could just smile.

Am I the only one on this? Huhu! Well, I just don't like other people, strangers more likely who I know nothing about, putting their hands all over my child, and worst is trying to kiss her! Please, just don't.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Our "Kids Fair 2017: Bright! Right From the Start" Experience

Kids Fair 2017: “Bright! Right From The Start” kicks off last April 21 - 23, 2017 (Friday to Sunday) from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM at Megatrade Hall 1, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

The first ever KIDS FAIR 2017: “Bright! Right From The Start” is an event that sets an environment of learning, discovery, and fun for kids with various activities that could help them improve their creative and thinking skills. From the moment they set foot in the fair, the fun begins – filled with delightful servings of games that stimulate creativity, sportsmanship, and problem-solving skills. 

Last Saturday, April 22, my awesome family and I went to SM Megamall to experience Kids Fair, and guess who's excited? Ehem!


Moms, dads, grandparents, and guardians were definitely in the mix – it’s a family affair. KIDS FAIR actively involves the whole family by helping them learn to provide the proper learning path so kids get the necessary motivation and guidance, a solid foundation that propels them to a better future with careers that give them purpose and a lifestyle of holistic well-being.

Also, celebrities and influencers like “Baeby Baste” of GMA 7; Mommy Vlogger, Ms. Isha Borromeo and other special guests joined this fun-filled event.

I honestly thought Isha of purpleheiress would be there by Saturday hence we opted to go there then (She said it on her vlog pala that she'll be there by Sunday, I watched it late huhu). Unfortunately, she was not around that time, BUT Baste from Eat Bulaga was there! He's so cute! Kids lined up to have a meet & greet with him! So cute!


Baeby Baste!! So cute this boy!!
There were a lot to do on the event! We were given a passport to guide us on where to go. It was like a huge birthday party! Kids running around, trying on activities from one booth to the other. It was chaotic, but the FUN kind! :)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Kids Fair PH 2017 & Giveaway! [CLOSED]

Hey Mommas & Poppas! It's summer already and you don't have plans yet? Here's one way to start the kids' summer activities.


Kids Fair PH:"Bright! Right from the Start", an annual event that aims to help each child discover and further hone their minds and skills through fun and entertaining activities, is happening this April 21st-23rd (Friday-Sunday) from 10AM-7PM at SM Megatrade Hall 1, Mandaluyong City.

WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE EVENT?

 Kids Fair would like to promote childhood development that fosters joy and happiness at home and in school, with the following key points in mind:

Happy, optimistic children are the product of happy, optimistic homes.
Create a movement that creates a happier generation of kids today for a brighter tomorrow.

If you watch Youtube videos like me, you'll be able to meet Youtuber Isha "Purpleheiress" there!

And yes, I'll be giving away tickets to my 5 lucky readers!
2 tickets each 
Just follow these easy steps!
You can get the tickets on the event itself.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Why is My Toddler's Hair Growing too Slow?

When Maco was born, she barely has hair. Though she do have a lot of hair on her body that eventually fades when she's getting bigger.
Maco at 11 months :)
When Maco reached 8 or 9 months, I thought, "wait, where's her hair?".  And so I asked her Pediatrician and he said that it's just normal. That some babies grow their hair a little slower than usual, but they will grow. And from then, I didn't get worried anymore. I don't know why but whenever I ask her Doctor about something, even when I think I know the answer already and when other people has told me already about it, I feel more secured when I've heard the doctor's answer. Well, I guess because they are Doctors and they know what they're doing, they did study for it for years anyway, so. 

Some friends of mine would tell me to use this or that brand of shampoo for my little girl, for her hair to grow faster. Some even told me to cut all of Maco's hair so it would grow faster. Here in the Philippines, that's one of the beliefs, that when you cut all of the baby's hair, it will eventually grow faster. I told my husband about it, I told him that I want to cut all of Maco's hair so it would grow faster, but he said it wasn't true, and so did my Pediatrician. And I got that "I told you so" look from my husband.

I got a little desperate for my little girl's hair to grow faster so I tried to use the shampoo my friend told me about -didn't work. So I went back to her old shampoo. Then I saw this Moringga shampoo, and thought to give it a try! I guess it would be good for her, since it's all natural and no harmful chemicals. And I also want to try it for myself. In fairness, it does smell good, too! And okay, I actually am a fan of the Team Kramer, and I really believe in what they endorses because I think they really use it, and the Kramer Girls' hair are gorgeous, so. Hehe!
Macoki's hair now.
I can finally tie it like this! :) Her bangs are still a little short, though
Apparently, Moringga shampoo didn't disappoint me! I'm near on finishing our first bottle and I noticed my little girl's hair was growing thicker and kind of faster already. I don't know, maybe it's just me. But I did see the difference and so did my husband.

I'm not currently using it, though I really wanted to because it's all-natural and all that, but the bottle costs a little higher than our usual shampoo cost and honestly, I would be using a whole lot of it because of my long hair, and it would only last me half a month, so maybe when I get a haircut already. Hehe!

Not entirely sure if the shampoo did help with my daughter's growing hair or it's just really time for it to grow. I'm just a happy momma that finally, I can tie it up! :)

Mommas, Poppas, Titos and Titas, this is NOT a sponsored post okay. I just really love the product! But if they'll sponsor my little girl's shampoo, why the hell not, that's what we're using anyway! Heehee ;p 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

PETA Theater Center Presents: Bunk Puppets' Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones


The month of May is family bonding at PETA. They made it more special this year as they will be bringing the internationally awarded shadow puppetry performance Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones all the way from Melbourne, Australia on May 3-7, 2017. Delighting audiences in dozens of countries, this play is a hilarious fusion of shadow puppetry and physical theatre. It's a visual feast for the imagination! Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones is a wordless and imaginative puppet comedy show for all ages. Truly a guaranteed delight for both parents and children!



Inspired by Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones' use of found objects, the Theater Center is also hosting a puppetry video competition on Facebook. The winner will win an overnight stay at Summit Magnolia Hotel, 1 free workshop and a family pass for three to Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones show.


 For more information, please check PETA Theater Center's facebook

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

All Things Baby Sale at Baby Company - until April 2, 2017 ONLY

Hey there Mommas, Poppas, Titos and Titas!


If some of you don't know, Baby Company is a baby store obviously, which is found in SM Department Stores and/or they have their own boutiques in select malls. You can find here almost everything you need for your little ones; from diapers, to milk bottles, to strollers and cribs. Plus, they have really nice and accommodating staff -I assure to that because I've never been to a Baby Company branch that have masungit (peevish) staff and they will really help you to find that you need.

Last March 25th, my husband and I were at SM Megamall, almost everything was on sale that day, and so we checked out Baby Company at the Department Store. They have their own boutique in the mall as well, FYI.

I checked out everything first before getting the things I needed. If my little munchkin was still a baby, I sure would be getting a ton of things from there! I actually thought of getting some baby stuff that I know we wouldn't need just because it was on sale and those were the things-I-wish-I-had-when-Maco-was-still-a-baby. Haha! But it wouldn't be really practical, would it? Hehe! I'll share with you what to expect on the sale, and the stuff I got! ;)

Nursing Covers exclusive to Baby Company are on sale for 20% OFF