Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Who are World Vision Philippines?

I've heard of World Vision, yes, but sadly I don't know much about them. Good thing I saw their booth at Blogapalooza last May 21. I'm so glad I did! 

W H O   A R E   W O R L D   V I S I O N

World Vision is a Christian, relief, development, and advocacy organization that is dedicated to working with children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.

Motivated by their Christian faith, World Vision wants to empower every child to build a better future for their families, their communities, and their countries.

W H E R E   D O   W O R L D   V I S I O N   S E R V E

World Vision serves the most vulnerable regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.
World Vision assists over 100,000 children through 40 area development programs in 30 provinces and 30 cities throughout the Philippines.

W O R L D   V I S I O N ' S   C O M M I T M E N T   T O   C H I L D R E N

World Vision works to contribute in deepening the impact on child well-being through its programs being implemented on the ground including education with child protection, disaster risk reduction, health and nutrition and economic development.

World Vision is committed to increase the resilience of children who are most vulnerable to malnutrition, violence, exploitation and disasters. We ensure that children reach their full potential through age-appropriate and context-sensitive spiritual nurture, life skills, quality education and livelihood programs for their families to meet their basic needs.

I really am so glad I stumbled upon their booth at Blogapalooza. I also sponsored a child and it feels so nice to do so. I just love seeing happy children, and even with that small gesture, I know I made a child happy. :)

If you would want to sponsor a child, 
or for more information about World Vision, you may visit their website at http://www.worldvision.org.ph/

My First #Blogapalooza2016 Experience

I was surprised and excited when I saw somewhere (can't remember if it was from facebook or twitter) that Blogapalooza will be having well, Blogapalooza at the first quarter of the year. And so I told Jen about it and told her to sign up already if she hasn't yet. It was usually done at the end quarter of the year, hence I was not able to attend last year because it was my husband's birthday at the time. 

Now that it was at the first quarter, I thought there would be no hindrance since it's summer and no one in the family will be having a birthday on the 21st of May and yes, I could go! I hurriedly told my husband about it and he said "Ikaw bahala" as what he usually says. *insert straight face emoji here

Fast forward to May 21. 
I'm going to Blogapalooza!

It was held at Prosperity Hall, Elements at Centris in Quezon Ave. so it would not be much of a hassle for me because it would just be a 2 ride for me -jeepney or tricycle from our place to the MRT station, and from Guadalupe station to Quezon Ave. It was a breeze -the weather was just not.

What welcomed the bloggers! :D
Registration Booth before entering the event
I also got a bag with chips and candies inside :)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Alone & Sick with a Toddler

Alone and sick with my little one is probably one of the worse things that ever happened to me.

Can't really remember when but I think it was this year that I got terribly sick also. Good thing though it was a weekend so my husband was able to take care of my daughter and me. I also got sick last year but it was also a weekend and my sister-in-law was still here so she was able to take care of my little girl, while the husband was taking care of me, and I think he was doing some chore as well back then. I even told myself I was so lucky because I always get sick on weekends.

But then, this time -it was a Monday, and there's just the two of us. My little girl and I. Even when I wanted to rest, I can't, because we'll be both hungry and I just can't stand a messy house. We're staying at my SIL's place right now btw, and their floor aren't the best. The paint was coming off and the dust is just endless. I could sweep the floor in the morning, afternoon, and even at night, and there's still a LOT of dust to be swept off. I don't even know where it's coming from. And that alone frustrates the hell out of me.

And so I was so stressed. I had runny nose, my sipon is literally pouring down my nose all the time! I ran out of tissue, and so I used the kitchen napkin, and it was not the best, it was too rough for the face. My little girl was also sick, she has cold as well. Everything was a mess. I was a mess because of my dripping nose, my little one as well, and yes, the house was a mess as I can't really clean the house properly.

My only hope was the nap my daughter would took in the afternoon. I thought yes, I'd be able to rest by then. I nursed her and right after several minutes she's still wide awake. And when finally she's  asleep, I thought "yes, I could sleep now". And so I watched some YouTube videos (my pampatulog), and while I was having fun watching some videos and trying to blog, she woke up. My little girl normally takes her nap 2 hours the least, but this time it was only an hour or less. Maybe she couldn't sleep well because of her cold. I tried to bring her to sleep again but that didn't work out. So I thought okay fine this wouldn't be too bad.

I reached my boiling point while I was preparing for our dinner. I got frustrated with all the chores I had to make, my little girl who keeps on whining because of being sick, my dripping nose, I got no tissue, the husband who comes home late, the messy house, plus, I'm going to have my period already. Ah it couldn't have been more perfect.

When the husband came home that night, I couldn't help but put it out on him. He told me to go upstairs.  And so I went, I cried my heart out, and thought of happy things and all the blessings I have. When I was done with my drama. I went back to my little family, said sorry and my two favorites hugged me. It was the best feeling.

I know I shouldn't have done that. I know I was wrong. But, I'm no superwoman -I get tired, I get frustrated, and sometimes I just need some alone time to keep myself sane. I am just so thankful that with all the flaws I have, my husband understands me and is really patient with me.

And with this, I got to remind myself that...

Mama needs to be healthy 24/7 ;)

5 Ways to Bond With Your Kids Before Summer Ends

Summer is about to close as the month of June drums nearer. We have had our little ones at home for almost two months, but have we really made most of our time with them? With the many things that we need to do at home and in the workplace, we often sacrifice time spent with our children. Now is the best opportunity to start creating wonderful memories that they can look back to once the school starts. Whether you want to make up for the days you were too busy or simply cap off the summer on a good note, there’s still activities available for you and your kids to enjoy. Break free from the usual trips to the mall and try these five activities instead.

1. W A T C H   A   T H E A T E R   S H O W
In a world of video streaming and smartphones, it is rare to see children not glued to their gadgets. Introduce them to other forms of entertainment like live theater. Just make sure that you choose a show that is child-friendly. Look for youthful and energetic productions that also teach golden values through the story. A good example of this is PETA’s Mga Kuwento Ni Lola Basyang! The play is like a fairytale book that has come to life as Lola Basyang shares stories of magical spells, kings and their kingdoms. Without a doubt, you’ll enjoy it too!

2. J O I N   A   W O R K S H O P
Make your bonding activity an educational one too! There are plenty of workshops available these days but pick ones that you can do together as parent and child. This way, it’s not only you or your kid that gets to enjoy the activity. Rather, you get a chance to do it together. Afterwards, you can laugh at the little errors that you made, share the learning that you earned and even display your output at home!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Food Review : Luk Yuen, Cash & Carry Makati

My sister-in-law who's working overseas came home a couple of weeks ago and we ate at Luk Yuen. I remember my husband and I with my mother-in-law already ate here years ago but I wasn't able to record it as I didn't know much about food reviews back then. Haha! Anyway, now let me share with you my thoughts about this restaurant.

It looked more pleasant now than it did before, honestly. It looks more clean and easy to the eyes. I remember it has a bit darker interiors back then. Not that dark though, but today's interiors of this restaurant is way better than before. I guess that is why a lot of people are dining here already.

Mommy Money Tips

If you've been reading on some of my posts, one of my problems is budgeting our money. It has been hard for me ever since, and when we had our little girl, it was twice as hard.

We're still learning on how to balance our money and I'm confident enough to say that we're pretty much there. We're able to save from my husband's last paycheck. Yey! FYI, my husband is the only one working this time, and it's kind of hard; though I already started working part-time, but I'm earning so little.

It is so timely that MoneyMax.ph reached out to me regarding these Mommy Money Tips, and these are really helpful! I know these are tips for the kids obviously but these are helpful to us moms as well! All of us could learn a lot from this cute infographic!

Thanks for this cute infographic, MoneyMax.ph!
Let's all save up for our future ;)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mother's Day 2016

"Being a Mother
is learning about the
you didn't know you had,
and dealing with
you didn't know existed"

That is true. When I became a mother, never have I thought I was that strong -to surpass delivering my little girl. To being able to do multiple chores with a minimal amount of time. To wake up when I hear my little one cry (I was a heavy sleeper). And also, when I became a mother, I became paranoid for almost everything. The first night we went home from the hospital after I gave birth, I didn't sleep at all. I was so paranoid that what if my little one would suddenly turn over and couldn't breathe. I know I thought the worst thing possible to happen, but I just couldn't help it! Good thing though, I somehow surpassed being paranoid, though I think I still am, but not as much as I did before! Hehe

It was so nice that we get to celebrate a day for the mothers! Thanks, hallmark! Lol! But really, for everything that they've done for us. Just for giving birth -ugh I think men will never understand how hard it was. I think that there should be mother's day every month! Hello, Hallmark, can you hear me? Hehe!

This year's Mother's day though, we didn't do anything special. We didn't eat out. I didn't receive any gift. Nothing. But it was fine. Though there's a tiny pinch in my heart because it was just one day that we get to celebrate me as a mother, but nothing special happened. But, what can I do? The husband's not that type.

But still, I get to celebrate it on my own. I was thankful for my little awesome family that I have. My little girl who's soooo kulit, but also sweet when it was needed. Haha! And my husband who's not that sweet but is really patient with me. Hehe! I am truly #blessed to have these two people in my life! ;)

Oh yeah, we went out that day. We bought my mother-in-law a cake at Mary Grace. Oh and yes, the husband asked if I'd like to eat there, but I said no because it was jam-packed. I was also thinking of my little one's coming check-up. I didn't want to overspend because we're not yet done with the bills and Maco's check-up that time.

Now that I got to think about it, maybe we could celebrate Mother's Day by the end of the month, when we're done with the bills and all. Hihi! Hun, hope you're reading this! Lol

Monday, May 16, 2016

“Musika sa Isla” : 3rd Annual Marinduque International Classical Music Festival

T H E   S O U N D   O F   M U S I C
" M U S I K A   S A   I S L A "

BOAC, MARINDUQUE—Symphonies are due to wake the sleepy town of Boac, Marinduque as the city holds its third “Musika sa Isla,” the country’s only classical music festival, on May 18, 19, and 21. Premier musicians from Asia are gracing the three-day event.

“Musika sa Isla” gathers a diverse roster of musical talents, ranging from pianists to seasoned singers. This year, Franz Chen of Indonesia and Tomoyo Kobayashi from Japan are playing the piano. Japan’s Kazuki Yamamoto is the festival’s lone violinist, while Ivan Jenzer is representing the Philippines on the cello. Filipino soprano singer Arlene Escultero and baritone singer Joseleo Logdat are joining as well.

The festival will take place in the capital’s storied attractions. On May 18, the International Concert starts at 6 p.m. at the St. Raphael Parish. On May 19, the Grand Gala starts at 6 p.m. at the Boac covered court. Watch out for the additional concert on May 21 at the Moriones Arena and Park.

But the better news is, good music is finally affordable.
Tickets sell for P200 for each event; students even get 50% off for one.

“Musika sa Isla” is set in the quaint but bustling city of Boac in Marinduque province. The heart-shaped island takes pride in its scenic landscape, rustic charm, and other natural wonders. Its near zero-crime crate and impressive agri-based economy are attracting curious wanderers as Marinduque poises itself as a budding tourist destination. Once dubbed as the country’s “forgotten paradise,” it’s time for us to remember the beauty we’ve always had, the beauty we need to recognize. An easy bus trip away, JAC Liner even includes the RORO pass with their advanced reservations now available online.

The third annual classical music festival is supported by AGREA Philippines, a local social enterprise that hopes to revitalize agriculture in the island of Marinduque. 

Mirra Reyes

0917-535-1501, (02) 507-8575

Bringing MUNI to NUVALI on May 21

Hey there Moms, Dads, friends from the South!

W H A T   T O   E X P E C T   F R O M   T H E
O N E - A N D - O N L Y   M U N I   M A R K E T    F O R   2 0 1 6

When we first started the MUNI Market, our goal was to keep growing the community, and continue bringing our message of mindful living to more people around the metro, the country, and the world. And so, this coming May 21, we're conducting a happy experiment with the first ever MUNI Market in Nuvali!

We are bringing our existing community of conscious, purpose-driven merchants and supporters to a new and vibrant location in the south of the metro, while also discovering and welcoming new folks from the south into our community as well.

Now on its 5th run, the only MUNI Market in 2016 will be popping up at Solenad 3 in Nuvali with our merry band of mindful merchants selling healthy, local and eco-friendly products from food, home to fashion items, some educational workshops and demos, and some musician friends setting the vibe for a fun and relaxed atmosphere, true to MUNI Market fashion.

W H A T   T O   E X P E C T

Some of the folks from our tribe of cause-driven entrepreneurs include: Bayani Brew, Down To Earth PH, Food Source PH, Gouache Bags, Gugu, Holy Carabao, Jertie's Kitchen, Katch PH, Kuwero, Lemontastic, Nipa Foods / Nipa Brew, Picole, Pizza Morena, Risque Designs, Silly Monkey Clothing, The Green House Project, The Superfood Grocer, Theo & Philo, Thirsty Turtle, Tinker Knot, Treehugger World, V&M Naturals, and Yadu.

The MUNI Market program for that day includes:
  • Coloring & storytelling activities for kids c/o Katch PH & Treehugger World at 11AM, 2PM and 4PM
  • Healthy food demos c/o Holy Carabao & Jertie's Kitchen at 2:30PM
  • Yoga c/o Life Yoga at 4:30PM
  • Live music performances by Toni B, Gentle Universe, Paola Mauricio, Mellow Submarine starting at 5PM
All throughout the day, we will also be introducing you to our merchants through interviews to share their stories and their products.

A   T E C H N O L O G Y  -  E N H A N C E D   M U N I   M A R K E T   E X P E R I E N C E

We will also be introducing a payment system that will give event goers a unique user experience through an easy one-time payment at designated cash-in points that allows you to navigate from merchant to merchant with a quick and easy swipe of a card. Read more about it here.

Keep up to date for more information, activities, merchants and performers and follow the MUNI Market Facebook event page, and sign up for MUNI Mail.

See you then!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day to Us!

Happy, happy Mother's Day to us, Mothers! 

Let us all enjoy this day with our family.

I want to thank everyone who have greeted me a Happy Mother's Day today, and those who've understood me in my crazy times, and just those who understands me in everything. Haha!
And for my husband who's been patient. Hahaha!
And of course, to my little one, who's been a gift from God to us, and for giving us joy eversince. :)

Cheers, Mommas!

Friday, May 6, 2016

My Toddler Calling Me by my Nickname

Maco, my little one, actually calls me 'Mama'. But one time, I'm not sure where she heard it from,  she started calling me 'Cui' -my nickname. Well, my nickname's really Coi but my little one can't speak clearly yet, so.

At first I thought it was just one time, so I let it pass. But just this morning and last night, she poked me and said "Cui, blah blah blah" (she was telling me something). And so I repeatedly told her that my name is 'Mama', and not 'Cui', that she must call me Mama. But she just kept on silent whenever I say it. After a couple of Mama's from my mouth, she would then say 'Mama'. She did that last night, after a hundred of Mama's from me, she called me Mama, but when she poked me, she said 'Cui' again. I'm worried of course. I don't want my daughter to call me by my nickname.

I remembered when the first time she called me 'Cui' was when someone talked to me, and she repeated it not knowing who 'Cui' was. But then, our househelp laughed and said repeatedly "Cui ang tawag sayo!" (She calls you Cui). I was disappointed of course.

I usually tell our house help that it isn't nice to encourage my daughter on doing something that isn't nice whenever I notice that she's encouraging her. Well, not really encourage, but she would just let my little one be a brat instead of stopping her. To be fair though, I think our house help was afraid that I would be angry if she'd scold my child. So, yeah. I have nothing against our house help, my little one calls her Lola (Grandma) and she's really nice and sweet. It's just that, she's a Lola, and well - Lolas spoils their grandkids.

Just earlier, about an hour ago, she was shouting 'Cui'. But I did not respond. And just right now. She tapped my right leg and said Cui. Idk why but it's making me sad, really. :(

I even told my husband to call me Mama also so that Maco would do the same. Hopefully this works! ;) I don't want to hear her call me by my nickname anymooorreee