May 3, 2015

Splash Island

I've been to Splash Island many times in the past, that was when I was still working. I enjoyed each and every visit because I got to spend it with my former colleagues and peers. The last time I went there was in 2003. I haven't gone back since then because I've been busy traveling to other places.

By tomorrow, I'll visit Splash Island, along with my family, to check out the new facilities they offer. I heard they have zipline now.

Here are some photos, from Splash Island websites, that I'm looking forward to enjoying tomorrow!





Check out Splash Island's Cool Promo this May 3 - 15


May 1, 2015

Teaching Kids About Their Bodies and Sexuality

Three years ago my sons asked, "Mom, how do we know we're in love?". Rafael was just 9 and Juan was 6 that time.  I just told them, "You're too young to be in love. Not yet, maybe when you're already working so you have enough time and money to shower your would-be girlfriends with lots of love and gifts". It could have been easier if my sons asked about the sun, the moon, the sea, the planets for I'll just direct them to their dad, who by the way is our walking almanac at home  (wink! wink!).

Seriously speaking, parents have to be mentally and emotionally open to all sorts of questions like love and marriage. Let's not forget about the question of S-E-X! Although my kids have not asked me about sex yet, I've actually talked to my children (including my daughter) about it. I simply told them to wait until they're married. But before they get married, they have to work first. And before they can work, they have to finish school first. I also  fill in the details with discussions of values, respect, and love. I tell my children that sex is sacred. And that they must respect their bodies.  Sons need to hear what their parents think about love and intimacy. They must also be given a chance to talk about their own ideas to develop an open communication.

I also give them examples of famous people who made a vow of chastity like Yeng Constantino and Yan Asuncion. And that it is possible to stay pure until the day they meet the love of their lives.

Experts say that teaching kids about their bodies and sexuality is best starting in childhood so that they will not be confused by the ideas of outside forces (like peers and pornography). That's because kids are more likely to listen, remember and follow their parents advice when they are taught at a young age. 

April 30, 2015

Benefits of Playing Basketball and Advantages of Enrolling at BUSA

Every summer I make sure to enroll my kids in activities that will enhance their skills. Julia, Rafael and Juan have tried piano, guitar and voice lessons but they seem to lack energy each time we go to their music school. 

This summer, they've tried basketball at Belasco Unlimited Skills Academy (BUSA). They were supposed to join just Module 1, but  the three musketeers enjoyed the training, as well as the coaches and their classmates so they begged to join Module 2.

There is no doubt my children grew more enthusiastic each day we went at City Club for their training with Coach Nic. At night, Julia, Rafael and Juan slept early so they won't be late for BUSA.

Why encourage your kid to play basketball? There are plenty of benefits from it. First of course is physical fitness. Basketball is a great cardiovascular workout, it strengthens muscles, it increases flexibility and coordination, it burns fat, and it increases in speed and agility. 

Secondly, basketball is a social sport that brings people together and creates bonds and friendships, as it teaches team work.
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Third, basketball can really be a confidence booster. It is great for a shy child to meet new people and learn to socialize.

If you're thinking of enrolling your kids in basketball, you might want to try Belasco Unlimited Skills Academy (BUSA). Let me enumerate the advantages of enrolling at BUSA.

1. You will be trained by former PBA Stars - Coach Nic Belasco and Coach Ali Peek.




Coach Von and Coach Kyle are also instrumental in helping and teaching the kids enjoy
and learn to play basketball well.




2. The venue is conducive for learning basketball, with facilities and equipment by well-known brands.

3. BUSA help build a child's confidence, love for reading and camaraderie.


4.  Kids will be expose to basketball competitions like Titan.




5.  You'll get to meet popular people and amazing parents who share the same passion of developing their respective kid's full potential.




6. It is run and managed by power couple Nic and Mafae Belasco. Though the two are popular in their respective fields, they are among the nicest and most down-to earth people I've met. Their four kids are amazing. too! Nicco and Mike helps and assist the students whenever they can. While Moses and Nicci serves as an inspiration for little/younger students to play their best.





Schedules:  May 4 - 8, 2015 - 9am to 11am
                            May 18 - 22, 2015 - 9am to 11am  

Fee:   P4,500 per module/5-day training

Venue:  The City Club - Alphaland Building, cor. Malugay St., Ayala Ave., Makati City

Contact #: 0917- 5127251
IG- @teammercenary
@belascounlimitedskillsacademy
email-teambelasco@gmail.com
FB - Belasco Unlimited Skills Academy
http://www.busaprogram.com/


April 29, 2015

Kimukatsu

Kimukatsu is the most famous pork cutlet restaurant in Japan, with multiple locations in Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Sendai, etc.,    specializing in the Mille fieulle style, 25 layers of thinly sliced pork with different fillings.

I tried Kimukatsu at the East Wing of Shangri-La Plaza last week in preparation for my date with my son.  Rafael likes Japanese food so there's no other way for me but pick and choose which one will suit his taste.


I like tofu so I started with this it. Kimukatsu tofu is too soft my my taste though.


The rice comes in a insulated wood container, 
which I really like! I hope to find one to be used at home. 


I ordered for 7 flavor Kimukatsu, with flavors namely, Plain, Garlic, Black Pepper, Cheese, Negi Shio (spring onion and salt), Yuzu Pepper and Ume Shiso (sour plum and shiso leaf). 


I like that the pork is tender and juicy but I honestly find the taste all  the same, except for the pepper which made it spicy.   





The interiors are mostly black  and I find the place too dark. I had no choice but to wear my glasses
(wink!)





Kimukatsu didn't take me by surprise but it's all up to my Japanese-looking and Japanese-food-loving son to find out for himself on our date.



Kimukatsu
Level 5, East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Telephone no: 02 7270333. 

April 28, 2015

EXPO MOM 2015

This mother’s month of May, Mommy Mundo encourages moms to go on a journey of mindfulness and self-discovery through EXPO MOM 2015: #MOMMANIFESTO happening on May 22-25 at the Glorietta 2, Palm Drive, Makati City. Now on its 8th year, Expo Mom is the biggest gathering of progressive, active moms showcasing the latest in family-oriented product innovations and parenting trends in a fun, fulfilling environment.