June 15, 2019

The Way I Walk

Mrs PTA Pageant have been running for 3 years now but my kids' school  have not joined since the beginning. I was tapped to join for 3 consecutive years but I'd respectfully decline because this isn't my thing.

I am not comfortable joining contests like this for three reasons. First, I lack the height. Second, I don't like to wear swimsuit. Third and certainly the most important one, the way I walk. I don't walk gracefully. I walk like a cave man😁 I have always been laughed by the way I walk. A friend even told me once, "maganda ka sana pero ang pangit mong mag lakad".

I'm not ashamed of how I walk. This walk have allowed me to do a lot of things, andbrought me to many places. I an.proud of this walk, it's just that my walk is not a pageant material. 

Then why am I joining this year? Our chosen representative quit for an important event so she can focus her time and strength for the rigorous training she needed.  When I read Ma'am Beth's, our GPTA President, plea for a candidate, I felt I needed to step up to save our beloved school since this is the very first time we're joining Mrs PTA.

Whatever the outcome of my walk, I'm joyfully doing this to give back to the school that is providing the best kind of education to my three children.

It was fun meeting the other mom candidates. Thanks to Coach Chris Aquino for building our confidence. Thanks to Ma'am Beth and Ma'am Egen for the support for the second kalakal canvassing. And here's our practice earlier.

June 13, 2019

Learn to Swim with Bert Lozada Swim School

I learned how to swim when I was in high school but I have always been afraid to explore the deeper part of the pool. I'd often just stay at the corner of a 5ft pool just to make sure I don't drown.

One of my bucket list is to learn how to swim confidently so each year I'd hire someone to teach me or enroll in a swim class. All of those attempts were futile. I am still afraid to even put my head under water.

Today at Ace Water Spa in Pasig, I once again, for the 100th time tried to learn to swim with Bert Lozada Swim School. How was it? I'm amazed that in just an hour my phobia slowly vanished. Thanks to Coach Elleigh, I confidently learned the basics of swimming. Will I go back? Of course, yes! 

Am I recommending Bert Lozada Swim School? A definite yes because of the following reasons:

1. Tried and Tested since 1956 

2. Fun and Safe Swimming - FUN Swimming activities using SAFE swim gear/equipment/paraphernalia 

3. BLSS Awards - 1st Place Best Swim School Picture 2009 by United States Swim School Conference - 2005 Best Swim School by Philippine Marketing Association 

4. Swimming is close to you - BLSS has over 70 venues nationwide 

5. Learning requires no age - With program from all ages 

- Swim as early as 6 months old – 85 years old 

6. Highly Skilled Coaches - Our Master Coaches undergo comprehensive formal training courses and seminars abroad. These acquired techniques are constantly updated, adapted and passed on to the entire BLSS Member-Coaches 

7. International Affiliates - United States Swim School Association, World Swimming Coaches Association, World Aquatic Babies and Children Network, World Aquatic Babies Congress, Aquatic Achievers Swim Schools and Miracle Swimming For Adults.

8. Local Affiliates - Philippine Medical Association  and Triathlon Association of the Philippines 

9. BLSS Offers PE/ Varsity - BLSS can provide and implement to all grade/year levels a curriculum for PE or Varsity Sports Program that integrate effective traditional insights with the latest sports science. 

10. BLSS Produces, trains, and mentors powerful Swim Teams - Who compete in local, regional, national and international swim competitions, sanctioned by Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI) and whose swim standings are recognized by Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), International Olympic Committee (IOC) and FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation) 

11. BLSS Breeds Champions 

Bert Lozada Swim School Programs:

1. BABIES - 

My Baby and Me Program - 6 months to 3 years old.  An aquatic program designed to teach parents and children to be familiar with the water. Parents are taught how to help their child to be confident and happy in the water, and encourage learning through fun activities. This program will prepare your infant/toddler physically, psychologically and socially for more structured swimming lessons later in life.

LEVEL 1: Starfish (Water Explorer) Age 6 - 12 months

A pre-swimming class with the parent in the water.

LEVEL 2: Puffers (Water Familiar) Age 1 - 2.5 years

For children who are eager to participate with parent in the water.

LEVEL 3: GUPPIES (Water Safety) Age 2.6 - 4 years

Teaches children to perform basic water safety.

LEVEL 4: Penguins (Water Confident) Age 2.6 - 4 years

For children who are eager to participate with or without parent in the water.

LEVEL 5: Seals (Water Independent) Age 2.6 - 4 years

For children who are independent from parents and have more confidence in the water.


4 years old and above - Comprehensive program can teach an absolute beginner both survival skills and sound swimming skills in the four main swimming strokes. This program graduates into 6 levels as the swimmer develops his/her skills and begin to enjoy the sport more competitively

LEVEL 1: Snapper 1 Age 4 years old and above

For children who are afraid of the water or little or no swimming experience.

LEVEL 2: Snapper 2 Age 4 to 6 years old

For children ready to work without the parent or caregiver and are developing 10m Survival Swim and 10m Dog Paddle.

LEVEL 3: JAMMER 1 Age 7 years old and above

For children who are developing 15m Survival Swim and 15m Basic Freestyle

LEVEL 4: JAMMER 2 Age 7 years old and above

For children who are developing 15m Backstroke and 15m Butterfly

LEVEL 5: JAMMER 3 Age 7 years old and above For children who are developing 15m Breast Stroke and Advance freestyle mechanics

3. SWIM SQUAD - Age 5 years old and above.  A pre-competitive swim program with supervised coaching, open to individuals who can swim all four strokes (freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke).

4. ADULTS - 16 to 85 years old. Proper breathing techniques and stroke correction for adults with or without any background in swimming.


Teaches comfort in the water, confidence, and being in control: the ability to be yourself in water, whether it's shallow or deep, pool, lake, or ocean. Being able to rely on yourself—not on the bottom or the side of the pool—for your safety. shallow or deep, pool, lake, or ocean. If you’re afraid or not comfortable in the water, this is the perfect program for you!


Teaches fundamental skills like floating, arm & leg action and breathing in a stress-free, encouraging atmosphere. Focuses on survival stroke and freestyle.


Stroke drills and expert coaching allow you to develop perfect technique in breaststroke and backstroke.


Stroke drills and expert coaching allow you to develop perfect technique in advance freestyle and butterfly.


Teaches racing technique and preparation to athletes of all levels. Through specially designed workouts and proper stroke management, students will be able to swim faster with efficient technique. The program’s goal is to help you achieve a lifetime of swimming improvement. POWER TRI

This program is made for triathletes, starting or developing, to help them start, enjoy and finish their race. Program includes proper techniques in running, cycling, swimming, transitions, race strategies and nutrition. 

June 12, 2019

Pier's Dried Fish

Have you heard about Pier's Dried Fish? I bet you haven't. I only knew about Pier's Dried Fish last week when mommy-blogger friend, Mommy Pier of The Soapbox Filipina blog, posted her business in Facebook.

Mommy Pier's husband and his family have been with the dried fish trade since way back. The dried fish they supply  have always been first class quality. But only few people know of this dried fish, since it is sold by bulk.

Mommy Pier hoped for these first class dried fish to reach the homes of mommies like me so she decided to put up Pier's Dried Fish this high quality  dried fish that sells in small packages good for household consumption.

All of the fond memories I had with my late Mama came back because of Mommy Pier's post.  Growing up as a child, I had many happy memories with my Mama specially when it comes to food. Mama loved cooking and she cooked well. One thing that reminds me so well about my mother is that she liked dried fish a lot! Our breakfast before would consist of fried rice, fried eggs, veggies and fried dried fish.

For the Philippine Independence Day, I cooked Champorado with Tuyo on the side for breakfast and  Ginisang Repolyo with dried labahita for lunch.

To order, you may contact Mommy Pier at 0917 - 8822375 or drop her a hook, line and sinker at
PIER’S Dried Fish on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/piersdriedfish//

Prices vary depending on the supply and season. As of now these are the prices:

▪️Tuyo walang kaliskis, P200/kg ( 1 kg minimum)

▪️Labahita P280 ( 1kg minimum)

▪️Besugong Bato ( minimum 1/2 kg). P550/kg

▪️Dulong (minimum 1/2 kg), P650/kg

▪️Boneless dilis ( minimum 1/2 kg), P750/kg

▪️Espada. P800/kg, P200@1/4pk

▪️Pusit. P900/kg, P225 1/4/pk

▪️Danggit, P1,200kg, P300@1/4pk

June 4, 2019

Rambler Garden Hotel Review

I'm already quite familiar with TST, Mongkok, Nathan, mostly the city in Hong Kong.  I was adamant when my friend Malou suggested that John and stay at Rambler Garden Hotel in  Tsing Yi area because I do not know the place and what tourist attractions are near.

Good thing I heeded Malou's suggestion because I really like the location of Rambler Garden Hotel. Rambler is a stylish hotel located a 5-minute drive from Kwai Fong MTR. Featuring rooms with views of Rambler Channel, it offers free Wi-Fi and a large sky garden, it is a 20-minute journey from Hong Kong Disneyland by the MTR and just a 30-minute drive from Hong Kong International Airport via the Airport Express.

Tsing Yi area is a great choice for travellers interested in Disneyland, Po Lin Monastery, Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) and Tai 0 Fishing Village.

I like almost everything about Rambler Garden Hotel - affordable rate, the view, the room is bigger than most hotels in the city, WIFI is fast and efficient. I also like that Malou live nearby. I just didn't like the rudeness of the Male Front Desk/Receptionist. He was not helpful at all. Maybe because of language barrier or he's just plain and simple rude!

Do I recommend Rambler Garden Hotel? Yes, if you plan to explore Lantau Island (Disneyland, Po Lin Monastery, Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) and Tai 0 Fishing Village)

June 2, 2019

Slumber Party

A slumber party is a party, typically for preteen or teenage girls, in which all the guests spend the night at the house where the party is held. I never experienced a slumber party when I was a kid basically because my parents were strict. 

Now at 45, I got to enjoy this kind of party when Jen came to the Philippines for a vacation. We stayed at Sofitel, with Christella, Gigi, Marilyn and Ate Gemma.

We've stayed up til the wee hours reminiscing our high school days - both happy and awkward experiences. The funniest part was when Theela blurted, "O ikaw Marlyn, kasama ka pa din sa silent majority" just because Lyn didn't say anything the whole time😁.