July 15, 2018

Monticillo Lorenzo Review

I've been too busy with the opening of classes so I was not able to book a hotel for our Davao trip early.  John and I decided to book Monticillo Lorenzo right after landing Davao International Airport. We chose Monticillo Lorenzo based the rates (almost P1,760) and the photos provided by booking.com.

What we like about Monticillo Lorenzo:

1.The staff, Jenny, was very kind. 
2. The pool is nice. 
3.  Siopao and hot choco's delicious. 
4. Located near 911 and Yellow Fin Resto. 
5. Plenty of trees and plants. 
6. Near public transport.

What we didn't like about Monticillo Lorenzo:
1. There was a cat poop near our room. 
2.  No intercom and telephone so we had to go down several times to aske for things we need.
3.  There's no comforter in the room. When I told the receptionist about it, she said, they provide comforter upon the request of the guest. They should have told us that upon our arrival, not when we are about to leave.
4.  Booking.com's published rate for the room we got was P1,440. It was what they sent me via email. as well. When we got to Monticillo, they're charging us  P1,760. I hope next time booking,com will  be transparent to publish the rate + whatever taxes included so that the guests and hotel owners won't have miscommunication issues at all about rates.

Address: 113 Camia, Juna subdivision, Matina, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur
Phone: (082) 296 2505

July 14, 2018

La Vida Orchard Bed and Breakfast Review

Our trip to Samal Island is impromptu so I booked for an overnight stay at La Vida Orchard Bed and Breakfast in less than 3 hours. I based my booking because I like the photo provided by booking.com. Plus, La Vida had the  cheapest rate at the time of booking.

I made the right choice because the owners, Mrs. Deborah and Mr. Alberto, were very nice. Ma'am Deb even made mango smoothie for us because they have plenty of mangoes while we were there. Their breakfast starts at 630am but Ma'am Deb made sure we had breakfast at 530am before heading to our Samal adventure. 

What I didn't like? One, the water coming from the shower is too weak. It took us longer time to rinse off. No tv and wifi in the room. Wifi and tv is only available in the lobby and adjacent dining area so I was not able to finish my work at night. No soap and toothbrush provided in the room. They only have 2 small sachets of shampoo- with-conditioner.

Overall, our stay in La Vida is fairly nice because of the friendly reception from the owners, especially Ma'am Deb. Nino, the manager and son of the owners, even connected us with the best tour guide and service vehicle, Kuya Joseph. Hire Kuya Joseph if you plan to tour Samal Island.

Address: Barangay Catagman, Samal District, Island Garden City of Samal, 8119 Davao del Norte
Phone: 0917 770 0330

July 13, 2018

Hagimit Falls

More than the beach, I enjoy waterfalls so I made sure that Hagimit Falls is our last stop in Samal Island before heading back to Manila. Hagimit Falls is about 2 km from Penaplata proper. John and I went their via the help of tour guide Kuya Joseph. You may opt to ride from Penaplata proper with car or jeepney, it will only take you five minutes ride to experience its mystique.

There' a P50 entrance fee, plus P5 environmental fee per person. Before reaching the falls facade, there's a  cemented trail going down. Upon getting there you can just sit and be amazed by the magnificence of the falls. The Hagimit Water Falls is quite small, but its’ running water will give you a relief from the tiring travel you had.

There are some cottages for the visitors to rent but John and I decided not to rent since we stayed only for a quick dip and took lots of photos and videos.  

Address: Samal, Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte
Phone: 0999 705 5330

July 11, 2018

Giant Clam Sanctuary in Samal

Taklobo is a local term for Giant Clams. I learned this from Nino of La Vida Orchard Bed and Breakfast as he encouraged as to visit Giant Clam Sanctuary. Taklobos are one of the most endangered clam species and these clams can be seen in Samal and under the protection of Davao del Norte State College.

If you are planning to explore Samal Island, you should not miss the Giant Clam Sanctuary. It's located at the white sand islet across from Barangay Adecor, the fishing village beside Pearl Farm Resort. John and I had a good look at Pearl Farm on the way to Giant Clam Sanctuary in Samal.

They collect a P100.00 per head entrance fee to sustain the project of taking care of the taklobos. Bring mask and snorkel (and life vest if you're not a good swimmer). If you don't have these, a rental fee of Php 100.00 per head for mask and snorkel. I forgot the rate for rash guard. They also have a GoPro rental for 300. Price per boat is Php 500.00 with a maximum capacity of 5 people.

July 10, 2018

Giant Slide at Maxima Aqua Fun

The first time I watched the giant slide at Maxima Aqua Fun was at Kris TV, where Darla bravely tried this slide made of tarpaulin. from then on I knew that this experience will be part of my to do list in Davao.

If you want an activity that offers adventure and fun, visit Maxima Aqua Fun. They have several facilities which any visitor can enjoy, namely, Two Giant Tarpaulin Water Slide, Water Blob, Diving Board, Snorkeling, and Diving

Entrance fee (Day-tour Package) : Adult -200 per Person | Child -150 per Person
Entrance fee (Overnight package) : Adult -250 per Person | Child -300 per Person

Included in the entrance fees are as follows:
-Unlimited use of two Tarpaulin Giant Slides
-Unlimited use of Diving board
-Free use of Life vest
-Free use of Tables and chairs / Open cottages
-Free use of Water Blob
-Canopy Walk (every Saturdays and Sundays)

Address: Barangay Cawag, Peñaplata, Island Garden City of Samal
Phone: (082) 286 1054
Mobile Numbers: +639399307804 | +639175181371
Email: rheamarie86@yahoo.com | junz194788@yahoo.com

July 9, 2018

DIY Trip To South Korea

The Mendiolables South Korea trip is DIY. The adventure started from getting a Korean Visa. It was actually quite dizzying to do DIY Trip specially because I'm not really good at planning. I started reading blogs and other sites since February right after I booked our airline tickets at the travel fair.

Planning this trip meant a lot of reading and lack of sleep. DIY Trip is both exciting and stressful but John and I still prefer this kind of trip because we were not limited to stay in one place at a very short time. Most of my friends who bought a package said, they were mostly brought to shops and other places where they need to buy stuff.

I hope this article will be of help in case  you're doing a DIY Trip To South Korea with your family. 

Our Itinerary:

First and Second Day: Gangnam Area. Booked an AirBnB for May 5 to 7 (P4,700.00)

DAY 1 May 5, Saturday
4am     - Left home for NAIA
430am - NAIA
755am - Flight to Incheon
155pm - Arrived Incheon Airport
230pm - Rode bus going to Gangnam
4pm    - Checked in at Hanatogo AirBnB
6pm    - Visited Line Friends Store and Cafe and walking tour around Garosugil
9pm    - Back to Hanatogo AirBnB

DAY 2 May 6, Sunday

7am    - Woke early to travel to SMTOWN (spent most of the time lining up to enter the place)
12nn   - Walking Tour around Coex Mall
230pm-  Bongeunsa Buddhist Temple (15 minutes walk from Coex Mall)
430pm - Samneung Park  (25 minutes walk from Coex Mall)
7pm    -  Walking tour around K-Star Road
8pm    -  JYP
830pm - Big Hit
930pm -  Back to Hanatogo AirBnB

DAY 3 May 7, Monday
7am    - Check in at Namsam Gil House
830am - Heo Joon Jae's House (Legend of the Blue Sea K-Drama)
930am - N SEOUL Tower, Hello Kitty, Ssentoy Museum, Love Lock
430pm - Back to  Namsam Gil House to rest
7pm     - Kpop/Kdrama Merch hunting at Myeongdong Night Market
9pm    -  Back to  Namsam Gil House

DAY 4 May 8, Tuesday
930am - Deoksugung Palace
11am   - Changing of Guards
12nn    -  Bukchon Hanok Village
3pm     -  Changdeokgung Palace
5pm     -  Namsangol Hanok Village
7pm     -  Myeongdong Night Market
11pm   -  Back to  Namsam Gil House

DAY 5 May 9, Wednesday
7am     -  Check out at Namsam Gil House (left luggages c/o One)
830am  - Bus pick upt at Meoyondong Station Exit 2 for Everland
10am    - Everland
7pm     -  Back to  Namsam Gil House to get luggages
730pm -  Met a wonderful lady who walked with us til we see our way to Hotel Venue G
8pm     - Checked in at Hotel Venue G
9pm     -  Walking Tour at Chenggyecheon Stream
930pm -  Myeongdong Night Market
11pm   - Back at Hotel Venue G

DAY 6 May 10, Thursday
700am - Left Hotel Venue G
730 -  Myeongdong Catholic Cathedral
850am -  Pick up at Myeongdong Station Exit 2 for Garden of the Morning Calm, Petit France, Nami Island and Rail Park Tour
8pm Arrived Dongdaemun Station
8 to 10pm Walked around Dongdaemun Malls
1030pm Back to Hotel Venue G

Day 7 May 11, Friday
8am Check out at Hotel Venue G
930am Arrived Incheon Airport
1255 Flight back to Manila
340pm Arrived NAIA, Manila

May 5 to 7 - AirBnB
May 7 to 9 - Namsam Gil
May 9 to 11  - Hotel Venue G Jongno-gu

Nami Island

Sample Budget (Our budget):                                                                               
Pocket Money                                                                                                           P   200,000.00
Korea Airfare (two-way)  via Air Asia       -                                                                   55,398.00
  (inclusive of 25kls check-in baggage from Manila  to Incheon
    and 25kls check-in baggage from Incheon to Manila
Nami Island, Petit France, Garden of Morning Calm, Rail Bike                                    24,750.00
Everland                                                                                                                          12,485.00
Hotel Venue G                                                                                                                   6,368.00
Namsam Gil House                                                                                                           9,600.00
Hanatogo AirBnB                                                                                                             4,700.00
NSEOUL Tower, Ssentoy, Hello Kitty World                                                                  2,013.00
Cable Car (0ne way for NSEOUL Tower)
Pocket Wifi Rental for 7 days                                                                                           1,050.00
T Money Card  (we were not able to use because we rode taxis for 7 days
  (except the bus from  Incheon to Gangnam and  Jongno-gu to Incheon)                          625.00
  we used it for food in convenience stores.
Bus from Incheon to Gangnam                                                                                         2800.00
Bus from Jongno-gu to Incheon                                                                                        2800.00     
Entrance to Deoksugung Palace (2,000 won for 2 adults/1500won for 3 kids)                  350.00
                                                                                       TOTAL EXPENSES         P322,939.00

July 8, 2018

Gangchon Rail Bike

If asked which among the many tourist spots we visited in Korea I like the most, my answer would be Gangchon Rail Bike. I enjoyed the scenery, the fresh air and the leg exercise from pedalling. More than the Everland Theme Park, Gangchon Rail Bike is the most sulit experience in our 7 day DIY Trip to Korea. Gangchon Rail Bike operates everyday, every hour from 09:00 to 17:00. You can choose from either 2-seater bikes or 4-seater bikes. 

Address: 14 Jangteo-gil, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Province: Gyeonggi Province
Phone: +82 31-582-7788

July 7, 2018

Sizzling Plate Baguio

We did not have plans as to where to eat for dinner when we toured Tita Gaye, Gabe and Meeca in Baguio last April. For lack of time and energy we just went straight at Sizzling Plate Baguio because it's just walking distance from Azalea where we were staying.

The food may be a typical sizzling like the one served in Manila restos but we liked their service, mababait ang mga satff and even the supervisors and managers.

The ambiance is also nice. The serving size is actually big and the price is reasonable. Pwedeng balikan when we visit Baguio again soon.

Address: 86 Session Rd, Baguio, Benguet
Hours: Opens 10AM
Phone: (074) 442 4219

July 6, 2018


Planning a trip to Japan? Here the things needed to accomplish on applying for JAPAN TOURIST VISA WITHOUT ANY GUARANTOR/SPONSOR:

1.  Make sure that your passport is valid for 6 months prior to your intended travel date, with at least two (2) blank pages. Any broken lamination in your passport will NOT be accepted. 

2.  Fill up a duly accomplished Japan Visa Application Form. Print the Japan Visa Application Form in A4 size. You can either fill it out by hand or print.

3. Fill the form completely and properly. Do not forget your signature. Put Not Applicable or “N/A” in all spaces that are not applicable.

4. The sections that ask for airline and hotel name does NOT mean that you are required to book your airline and hotel beforehand because the embassy does NOT require applicants to book it before approval. Just write your intended airline to book with and the hotel that you plan to stay in. If you’re going to stay in different hotels, just pick one to write on the form. 

5. High resolution photo, with size 4.5cm x 4.5 cm with white background is needed to be pasted on the Japan Visa Application Form.

6. The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines does NOT accept direct applications (unless you have a very special or emergency case). Choose an accredited travel agency to process your Japan Visa Application. A Japan Visa is FREE, however, travel agencies have processing fees. I paid P500/person to the agency at the Travel Fair in SMX.

7. Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), formerly NSO, Birth Certificate must be an Original that has been issued within one (1) year. It must be acquired from the NSO main office or from Serbilis Outlet Centers nationwide. (This is NOT required for submission IF you have already been issued a Japan Visa before (old or still valid).

8. Baptismal Certificate  (must have complete address and telephone information of the church) and 
School Record (Form 137) (must have complete address and telephone information of the school) can be submitted in case your birth certificate is not available or if your NSO is of “Late Registration”, 

9. NSO Marriage Certificate is for married individuals. Make sure that it has been issued within one year. This is NOT required for submission IF you have already been issued a Japan Visa before (old or still valid).

10.  Bank Certificate. This must be an original copy from your bank which must be issued within the past 3 months.

11.  Proof of Income such as ITR (Form 2316/ 1700/ 1701/ 1702) original and photocopy in A4 paper.

12.  For employed, Certificate of Employment,  Proof of Income such as ITR (original and photocopy) in A4 paper.

13. For retired or senior citizens, submit your Bank Certificate and explain why you can’t submit an ITR. 

14.  For self-employed,  provide latest ITR (Form 2316/ 1700/ 1701/ 1702) original and photocopy in A4 paper.

15.  For applicants with own business, submit your Business Registration issued by DTI / SEC and the company ITR. If you do NOT have an ITR, write a simple letter explaining why you’re unable to submit it (examples: if you are a new business, a new self-employed person, you are being taxed in another country, etc.)

16.  For OFWs, Provide tax exemption form from BIR, Certificate of Employment (or contract of employment)

17.  For unemployed persons, it is best that you have a guarantor/sponsor who can provide an ITR.

18.  Visa processing normally takes 2-5 business days so just chill while waiting for the outcome of your application.

July 5, 2018

Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo

Having lice is one of the common problems many school kids face, specially during back-to-school season when lice transfer from one student to another.

Ugh, right? As a mom of three, aside from the school stuff my kids need, I make sure I keep it's a bottle of Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo at home to keep those stubborn lice away from my children's head. 

Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo recently addressed this challenge and provided an easy solution for concerned mothers through its Kick-starting the Learning Experience workshop. Through this learning session, moms and daughters were given a fun bonding experience while at the same time picking up tips on how to keep those tresses flawless and expressing their personality and creativity.

There was a lecture on basic hair care, including ways on preventing head lice infestation, to teach the mothers on how to prepare well for the school season, especially in ensuring that their child’s health remains uncompromised by threats such as pediculosis or head lice infestation.

For school girls, fashionable hairstyles are the definite hype which is why there was a hairstyle tutorial that instructed mommies how to style preppy, easy-to-do hairstyles that their kids can pull off at school. 

To ensure that the day was one that both the moms and kids enjoyed, they were also treated to an educational tour at The Mind Museum to feed the kids with new learnings and experiences.

Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo, an affordable, non-toxic formula that is clinically-proven to kill lice and nits, hopes to not only help mothers maintain their children’s head lice-free, but to also provide the children with the opportunity to satisfy their thirst for learning.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/licealiz.

July 4, 2018

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2018

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2018 (APCC Manila 2018)—slated on July 27 to 29 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City—is in full swing to make the convention one heck of a thrill ride for its thousands of fans across the region. Getting the adrenaline pumping is APCC’s latest addition of headliner: No less than Tye Sheridan, the ambitious Gunter Wade Watts from Steven Spielberg’s Hollywood box-office blockbuster, Ready Player One.

Tye Sheridan, best known for playing lead mutant Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse, made his film debut in the critically-acclaimed The Tree of Life, and has also starred in drama films such as Mud, Joe, and The Stanford Prison Experiment. Sheridan will reprise his role as Cyclops on the next X-Men movie, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which is set to be released later this year.

Sheridan will grace the convention together with Finn Jones, the titular character in the popular Marvel series Iron Fist and Loras Tyrell in Game of Thrones. But there’s more in store for everyone as the world of #NetflixAPCC will be back at AsiaPOP this year, bigger and better than ever with more surprises awaiting Netflix fans.

This will be everyone’s Destination Fun, where the public will get to experience their favorite shows come to life, take photos, win swag, and have a lot of fun. The streaming service is also encouraging its fans to Unleash Your Love by dressing up like Eleven or any of the Netflix characters you love and swing by Netflix booth to share the fun with your barkada!

Join the excitement as Netflix will also have a special panel session where it will bring onstage Netflix stars and share never-seen-before footage from upcoming shows. With all this, the main stage and main floor will definitely come alive with one of the convention’s biggest attractions!

Back to spill more creative juices on the AsiaPOP Comicon main floor is digital artist extraordinaire Stanley Lau a.k.a. artgerm, whose works are famous all over the world for a style that perfectly blends the best of Western and Eastern aesthetics. Aside from being an illustrator, he is also a designer, concept artist, and co-founder of the acclaimed Imaginary Friends Studios.

Added to the lineup is cosplayer, model, actress, and live-streamer Vera Chimera, who got her big break as Lilith the Siren in the game Borderlands 2. Vera's recent projects include several Overwatch events, where she cosplays the zippy pistol-toter Tracer, with Blizzard Entertainment, as well as a slew of local and international conventions.

Not to be outdone is the return of Yugana Senshi Uon. A cosplayer since 2013, her creepy-cool portrayals of various pop culture characters has made her a mainstay in events all over Asia and the world, appearing for various brands and judging cosplay competitions. Her work has been featured all over the world through publications such as Smoosh, Cosplay Culture, and Cosplayzine.

Joining the roster is the duo of artists Amanda Visell and Michelle Valigura, whose works have been licensed by the likes of Disneyland, Kidrobot, and other big names. Both got their big break working on stop-motion animation for the Simpsons series and the film Elf, and both co-founded design brand Switcheroo.

More exciting announcements of APCC’s partnerships with Marvel, Disney, Netflix and other studios who are returning this year are expected to roll out soon, which will definitely pump up the convention’s main hall.

APCC Manila 2018 tickets are now available via SM Tickets website, https://smtickets.com/, and at all SM Tickets outlets, with ticket prices PhP650 (one-day pass), PhP950 (two-day pass), and PhP1,150 (three-day pass). All these will give the ticketholder access to stage activities, performances, and the main exhibition floor. The event is free for children aged five years and below for all days, but a valid identification is required for verification purposes before entering the show floor.

For more information and event updates, visit asiapopcomicon.com/manila, or follow their official Facebook Page www.fb.com/apccmanila, Twitter account @AsiaPOPComicon, and Instagram account @asiapopcomicon. Official hashtags of APCC Manila 2018 are #APCCPH2018 #AsiaPOPComicon.

July 3, 2018

Matteo Guidicelli's Matteo X Avel Ripped Jeans

The 28-year-old actor, model and businessman Matteo Guidicelli shared to the media the story behind his Matteo X Avel ripped jeans line at Shopee Celebrity Club Launch event held last July 3 in Makati City.

Matteo partnered with local Pinoy designer Avel Bacudio. Avel Agreed to this collaboration with Matteo. which started in 2017. Matteo specifically focused on jeans for his very first venture into the fashion business becuase he likes jeans a lot!

Matteo's jeans is not only for profit, it comes with an advocacy. 20% of the sales go to Avel's advocacy in Baguio, so get yourself a pair of two of these perfectly cool Matteo X Avel  jeans at Shopee.

July 2, 2018

Tanya and Tyron's Joint Birthday Party

Throwing a joint birthday party for siblings who have birthdays close together is fun and actually economical. I'm used to throwing joint birthday party. It's given because Julia and Rafael are twins.

Last June 30, I hosted Tanya and Tyron's Joint Birthday Party held at Acropolis Clubhouse.  Tanya and Tyron are siblings and they share the same birthday, just 5 years apart. Their mom Trix decided to hold Tanya's 7th birthday and Tyron's 2nd birthday together since it takes so much time preparing for birthdays.

Since 7th birthday is considered very important in the Philippines, Tanya is of course the highlight of the night. The theme is princess and prince to cater for the two kids.

Here are a few tips on how you can throw a successful:

1. Theme -  Think carefully about the theme specially of the kids are of different genders. Remember to choose a party theme that's more generic - a luau swim party, a zoo party are all good options. In the case of Tanya and Tyron, their mom decided to have a Prince and Princess Party since Tanya had a waltz dance. 

2.  Venue - Find a venue that is conducive and will cater best to the theme of the party. If you plan to have a  Prince and Princess Party make sure the dance floor is big enough to cater to the waltz dance presentation.

3. Giveaways and Prizes must be according to the theme.

4. Cake - Get two cakes as much as possible to make each kid feel very special as they blow their own birthday candle.

5. Guests - If the kids are big enough to decide, make each kid happy by allowing them to invite the people that really matters to them.

July 1, 2018

Kidney Failure in Dogs

I witnessed how my mother suffered from kidney failure. I was there during the worst time. Mama was on peritoneal dialysis everyday which I administered. It was difficult for me to see Mama in that situation. Eventually Mama's body gave up and passed away on April 9, 1993. I was just 20 that time. It was the saddest day of my young adult life.

This year another member of my family is suffering from kidney failure. She is Dengue Mendiola, the 6th member of the Mendiolables.

For the past days, we noticed that Dengue was not eating much, then she started vomiting. It caused alarmed so John decided we bring her to the pet hospital. Laboratory tests, such as blood, x-ray and ultrasound were immediately performed.

After 15mins, the test result came . Clear lungs, normal liver, normal heart and everything else except for Dengue's kidneys, it shrank due to old age. The vet said it is normal for very old dogs to have kidney failure.

We were given 2 options. One, Dengue will be confined for 3 days for further tests. The vet even hinted that they can help by "putting her to sleep without pain". Two, we can bring her home and we must administer a daily 400ml dextrose and force feed medicines twice a day. John and I ignored the first option and opted for the latter. We went home with Dengue and will continue to care for her and love her here right at home where she belongs.

The dog’s kidneys is pretty much the same as human kidneys as it balance certain substances in the blood and filter out the body's wastes as urine. They maintain normal concentrations of salt and water in the body. Kidneys also help control blood pressure, aid in calcium metabolism and sustain phosphorous levels. Additionally, they manufacture a hormone that encourages red-blood cell production. When kidneys don't function properly, toxins build up in the blood and a dog will become ill.

Kidney failure in dogs is caused by different reasons. These include, dogs can develop acute kidney problems as a result of ingesting toxins, including antifreeze, certain medications, tainted foods, etc. Other reasons for this type of kidney failure include decreased blood flow or oxygen delivery to the kidneys, infections and urinary obstruction.

While some kidney problems have an immediate cause that can be treated, chronic kidney disease shows up over a period of time and its causes are harder to determine. This condition develops slowly and affects mostly older dogs. It is often caused by underlying illness and congenital and hereditary conditions. But surprisingly, a main cause of chronic kidney failure in dogs is dental disease. Bacteria associated with advanced dental disease enter the blood stream and invades multiple organs, causing irreversible damage to the heart, liver and kidneys.

Some of the signs of kidney problems in dogs are change in water consumption, hange in volume of urine produced, depression and listlessness, loss or decreased appetite, chemical odor of breath, vomiting, weight loss, blood in urine, mouth ulcers, pale gums, stumbling, acting drunk.

If your dog shows any of the above symptoms, please take her to see your veterinarian immediately.

How Can Kidney Problems Be Prevented?
To prevent kidney problems due to poisoning, make sure your dog does not have access to potentially dangerous substances and that she is supervised at all times when outside. Do not give your dog any over-the-counter medications without instruction by your veterinarian, and make sure that your dog has access to fresh water at all times. Proper oral hygiene helps to maintain good overall health.

How Are Kidney Problems Treated?
It is important to identify kidney failure and begin treatment in its earliest stage. Your veterinarian can determine if kidney disease is present and start appropriate treatment. Depending on whether the problem is acute or chronic, treatment may include the following:

(Source: pets.webmd.com)

June 30, 2018

The Color Bar By @StylingByJOF

Now there's even more reason to go to BGC because The Color Bar By @StylingByJOF has just opened its door last June 29, 2018. The Color Bar is a premiere destination Hair Color Salon owned and operated by its Chief Hair Stylist Jof Fantone. 

John and I are happy and honored to be  part of The Color Bar's Opening. The cool and friendly interview with Jof made the night more fun.

The Color Bar By @StylingByJOF flagship branch has a modern, and homey feel with a unique coffee nook, which I like a lot! 

The after party filled The Bowery with friends and families of The Color Bar, media and bloggers.

Address: Unit F106 Forbeswood Heights, Rizal Drive Cor, 
29th St, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila
Hours: Open 10AM ⋅ Closes 10PM
Phone: 0917 527 5387

June 29, 2018

Hello Kitty Sanitary Pads by Softex

When I was a little girl of about 7 or 8 years old, my father would send many Hello Kitty items from abroad where he used to work. That's when I was introduced to this cute brand.

Now every time I receive Hello Kitty stuff I remember my old man who sacrificed working abroad at a young age for the sake of his growing family.

Last month, Jen sent me Hello Kitty Sanitary Pads by Softex that were simply too cute to resist. Although it took me a month before doing this review as I waited for my monthly period to come, I never fail to gaze at it's cute print on its print.

 Let's get on with the main topic, what can I say about Hello Kitty Sanitary Pads by Softex?

1. I like it's cute print on the packaging. Who wouldn't find Hello Kitty adorable?  It also comes in a thicker plastic packaging as compared to other pads in the market.

2. I super like Hello Kitty Pantyliner because of its embossed Hello Kitty ribbon, that acts as line to protect leakage. It is perfect for my use during the 4th and 5th days of menstruation when the flow is  light (ika nga, pahabol na lang).

3.  I like the overnight pad because it covers a wide area that will protect me while I sleep.

4. In terms of absorbency, the absorbency of the overnight pad is better that the other two regular pads (non wing and with wings). I believe because it was meant to take care of heavy flow while user is sleeping.

5.  The speed of transfer of blood to the pad for both regular pads (non wing and with wings) is actually disappointing. The surface did not allow for very quick uptake of blood so the blood stayed on top of the pad for quite some time which made me feel uncomfortable.

6. I also didn't like that the adhesive they use is not much of help because the pad/s I used didn't stay where it should stay.

I'm definitely buying the panty liners but sorry to disappoint for the other types. I hope Softex will take note of the things I didn't like for a better Hello Kitty pads in the near future.

To know more about Softex, follow them on Facebook and Instagram @SoftexHelloKittyPH and on Twitter @softexHK_PH

June 28, 2018

Savoy Hotel Manila

Unboxing is one of the many things I like to do and I'm happy and privileged to be among the media and guests to be invited as Megaworld ‘unboxed’ Savoy Hotel Manila earlier today.

A stone’s throw away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 rises Savoy Hotel Manila—a 12-storey hotel within the 25-hectare Newport City in Pasay City. Situated right across the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, the new ‘airport hotel’ highlights the luxurious comforts that business and leisure travelers look for in a home away from home. Traveling to and from the airport right across the street from Savoy Hotel Manila also becomes a breeze via Runway Manila, an enclosed, air-conditioned 220-meter pedestrian link bridge that connects NAIA Terminal 3 to Newport City.

The P5-billion development has 684 rooms with adequate sizes ranging from 23 to 27 square meters. From the most basic standard rooms (Essentials) to comfortable executive suites (The Runway, The Space, and The Deck), all rooms welcome travelers and staycationers alike who are looking for a much-deserved respite in the middle of the bustling city.

Designed for people who are constantly on-the-go and understand the value of meaningful pauses, Savoy Hotel Manila also offers themed spaces called The Squares where collaboration, leisure, and business interactions are made more fun.

These co-working spaces are located on several guest floors of the hotel and are equipped with high-speed Internet connection and electricity ports, as well as books, express checkout counters, and a snack corner. Guests can access this facility round-the-clock, allowing them to find their own spaces for casual group hangouts, intimate chats and meetings, or even relax while reading a book or listening to music.

“Savoy Hotel Manila provides the spaces that everyone needs. From businessmen who need a venue for meetings, travelers who want to spend the night beside the airport terminal, to families who want to enjoy staycation together, Savoy Hotel Manila is a perfect venue for a different hotel experience beside NAIA Terminal 3 and within the 24/7 leisure and entertainment complex of Newport City. We wanted to offer something unique to guests. Hotels have always been so conventional and stiff and The Squares challenges that norm.  Savoy Hotel Manila’s amenities and facilities are all aimed to highlight different spaces to have share-worthy experiences – the space to share, to coexist, to be yourself, to relax, to express, and more” says Lorenzo Tang, general manager, Savoy Hotel Manila.

Savoy Hotel Manila also has three Food and Beverage (F&B) outlets: the Savoy Café where guests can experience buffet dining featuring Asian and Western cuisines; Zabana Bar for lounging over cocktails and drinks; and The Poolside for after-swim chill and indulgence.

The hotel also has the Connect Lounge, a club lounge exclusively for guests staying in the executive suite rooms. The lounge serves as an extension of Savoy Café where club guests can have breakfast and snacks, complete with facilities for work or for relaxation.

Strategically located in the bustling entertainment center of Newport City, guests staying at Savoy Hotel Manila can dine, shop, and treat themselves to a world of entertainment options to their heart’s content. 

Fun destinations like Resorts World Manila and Newport Mall, among others, are easily just a few blocks away from Savoy Hotel Manila. Guests can even go around Newport City in style onboard the hotel’s Mini Cooper, which is available for rent.

Savoy Hotel Manila is Megaworld’s second hotel under its homegrown Savoy brand. The first Savoy Hotel opened in Boracay Newcoast last year, while another Savoy Hotel is expected to open in Mactan Newtown next year.

Savoy Hotel Manila
101 Andrews Avenue, Newport City Complex, Pasay City.
 Website:  https://www.thesavoyhotelmanila.com/  

Official hashtags:
#SavoyHotelManila #WelcomeToYourSpace #SpaceToExperience

June 27, 2018

Hotel Venue G Review

For my family's DIY Trip to Korea, I booked three accommodations due primarily for its proximity to the tourist spots we're visiting. At Gangnam, for the first 2 nights, we stayed at Hanatogo's place, booked via Air BnB. In Myeongdong, we stayed at Namsan Gil House. And on the 5th and 6th nights in Jong-no, we stayed at Hotel Venue G because it is located very near Chenggyecheon Stream.

Among the three accommodations, it is at Hotel Venue where I got to rest well. The room is big enough for a family of 5. The bathroom is clean and has a bath tub. The hot water is working very well. I did not have to worry about cleaning the place unlike in Namsan Gil House and Hanatogo's place, where guests are required to clean. The area where Hotel Venue G is located is very quiet and clean as well. Lastly, the amount we paid, P3,600+ is fair enough for a family of 5.

What we didn't like though was that the air condition did not work very well. We were given an electric fan and was told to open the window for colder air instead.

Address: South Korea, Seoul, Jongno-gu, Cheonggyecheon-ro, 117

June 26, 2018

Chenggyecheon Stream

Many of my friends have visited South Korea before me but none of them have visited Chenggyecheon Stream. I made sure to include this place in our DIY Trip to Korea because John and I love any forms of water. The South Korean government have done a very good job when they developed the stream in 2003 where people can walk or jog safely.

Cheonggyecheon is an 11 km long modern stream that runs through downtown Seoul. Created as part of an urban renewal project, Cheonggyecheon is a restoration of the stream that was once there before during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The stream was covered with an elevated highway after the Korean War (1950-1953), as part of the country's post-war economic development. Then in 2003, the elevated highway was removed to restore the stream to its present form today. The stream starts from Cheonggye Plaza, a popular cultural arts venue, and passes under a total of 22 bridges before flowing into the Hangang (River), with many attractions along its length. (Source: visitseoul.net).

June 25, 2018


Everland is located in Yongin,  It has outdoor and indoor rides and a zoo inside its compound. Although it is one of the must see visit because and the largest theme park in South Korea, we didn't enjoy the place simply because there were just too many people during our visit Out of all the many rides, John and I only got to try 3 rides (including the cable). Our kids were able to ride Everland's famous T-Express (The first wooden roller coaster in South Korea, T-Express remains a top favourite to both locals and foreign visitors of Everland. With speed topping at 104km/h and a vertical drop height of 77º).

Tip: Purchase the Q-Express Pass to skip the queue on T-Express and other popular rides such as, (1) European Adventure (T-Express, Rotating House), (2) Magic Land (Thunder Falls), (3) American Adventure (Robot VR, Hurricane, Double Rock Spin, Rolling X-Train, Let’s Twist), (4) Global Fair (Kpop hologram, Grand Emporium to shop), (5) Zootopia (Safari World, Amazon Express, Lost Valley)

There are several ways to get from Seoul to Everland, By Subway/Metro, By Public bus, By Shuttle Bus, pre-purchase at Klook. We went with option (4) which is the most fFuss-free way. If you don't want to be disappointed just like us, avoid weekends and peak periods and Korean Holidays, Summer vacation (mid-Jul to mid-Aug), Chuseok Holidays a.k.a “Korean Thanksgiving Day” (15th day of the 8th lunar month), Christmas, and New Year.

Since the lines are way too long, we just settled in watching the Parade at 2:30PM at Carnival Square. We didn't wait for the fireworks at 9:30PM because we chose to join the bus going back to Myeongdong at 6pm to avoid traffic.

June 24, 2018


Rayrose is one of my co-bloggers who I find very pretty. It's probably her cheerful demeanor that makes it easier for her to be liked.  One time at an event we both attended, I complimented the cute tassel earrings she was wearing. Rayrose told me she actually made those and gave me 2 pairs. I love it! It's just unfortunate that my ears are too small that it cannot handle the weight of the earrings.

I'm the kind of person who's not comfortable when things are not being used so thought hard enough as to whom I can share the earrings. No one came into my mind until I saw Angelie's video in Facebook. The earrings will definitely look good on her.

As I was upcycling the celphone box into a gift box, it suddenly occurred to me that Rayrose and Angelie have things in common - they are both good at doing the art of make-up, they almost have the same height and built, they both have nice set of teeth, they both have smiling face and they are both pretty.

Angelie                                              Rayrose

(Photos grabbed without permission. Sana hindi sila magalit sakin.)

Though it might be strange for Angelie and Rayrose to consider, I actually think they are look-a-likes. The odds of them being doppelgängers and simply connected thru the tassel earrings. Amazing, dont you think so?

Doppelgänger (/ˈdɒpəlɡɛŋər, -ɡæŋər/; German: [ˈdɔpl̩ˌɡɛŋɐ] ( listen),
literally "double-goer") is a non-biologically related look-alike or double of a living person.

June 23, 2018

Gift Box Idea

I don't just throw boxes and other materials because recycling, upcycling and doing ares and crafts is my stress and loneliness buster.

Please do watch my S4 celphone box as I transformed it into gift box.

June 22, 2018

Spicy Pork and Beans by Go Gourmet Meal Kit

The twins, Julia and Rafael, both like pork and beans so we've tried Spicy Pork and Beans by Go Gourmet Meal Kit.

You may choose from a variety of Everyday Meal Kits and School baon Meal Kits at Gourmet Meal Kit Delivery. The Everyday Meal Kits are curated recipes from different cuisines that may be high-fiber, low-cholesterol, low-purine, low-salt, and low-calorie dishes. The School baon Meal Kits are everyday kids’ favorites that we have made more nutritious and very easy to prepare. All meal kits come with easy to follow recipe cards and have calorie count and macro nutrients indicated for each recipe.

Each Meal Kit contains fresh produce, sauces, condiments, and recipe cards for the step-by-step instructions. All produce are vacuum-packed and nitrogen-infused guaranteeing freshness and shelf life. Vegetables, sauces, condiments, and other ingredients are carefully packed to likewise ensure freshness. Ingredients are pre-measured and conveniently packed to guarantee zero wastage.

You can choose to pay using Dragonpay, Paypal, Over-the-Counter (OTC) banking or Online Funds Transfer to  bank accounts that will be provided by Go Gourmet. For more details visit www.gogourmet.com.ph. Or you may call at 02-9507348 or 09173224343.

June 21, 2018

Grilled Caesar Salad Salad with Garlic Tahini Dressing Go by Gourmet Meal Kit

If you're thinking of shifting to veggie diet, you should try Grilled Caesar Salad Salad with Garlic Tahini Dressing by Go Gourmet Meal Kit. It is surprisingly delicious!

You may choose from a variety of Everyday Meal Kits and School baon Meal Kits at Gourmet Meal Kit Delivery. The Everyday Meal Kits are curated recipes from different cuisines that may be high-fiber, low-cholesterol, low-purine, low-salt, and low-calorie dishes. The School baon Meal Kits are everyday kids’ favorites that we have made more nutritious and very easy to prepare. All meal kits come with easy to follow recipe cards and have calorie count and macro nutrients indicated for each recipe.

Each Meal Kit contains fresh produce, sauces, condiments, and recipe cards for the step-by-step instructions. All produce are vacuum-packed and nitrogen-infused guaranteeing freshness and shelf life. Vegetables, sauces, condiments, and other ingredients are carefully packed to likewise ensure freshness. Ingredients are pre-measured and conveniently packed to guarantee zero wastage.

You can choose to pay using Dragonpay, Paypal, Over-the-Counter (OTC) banking or Online Funds Transfer to  bank accounts that will be provided by Go Gourmet. For more details visit www.gogourmet.com.ph. Or you may call at 02-9507348 or 09173224343.

June 20, 2018

Spicy Soy Salmon with Fried Noodles

Juan and his twin siblings decided that they'll cook something for their dad together for Father's Day. But what happened was Rafael finished cooking fried bacon, egg, and fish fillet at 4am. Then Julia finished baking Red Velvet Cake at 430am. Juan came to me sad. He didn't have anything for tatay. I told him to cook the Spicy Soy Salmon with Fried Noodles that we ordered at Gourmet Meal Kit Delivery. This Spicy Soy Salmom with Fried Noodles Kit is P325.00 only.

You may choose from a variety of Everyday Meal Kits and School baon Meal Kits at Gourmet Meal Kit Delivery. The Everyday Meal Kits are curated recipes from different cuisines that may be high-fiber, low-cholesterol, low-purine, low-salt, and low-calorie dishes. The School baon Meal Kits are everyday kids’ favorites that we have made more nutritious and very easy to prepare. All meal kits come with easy to follow recipe cards and have calorie count and macro nutrients indicated for each recipe.

Each Meal Kit contains fresh produce, sauces, condiments, and recipe cards for the step-by-step instructions. All produce are vacuum-packed and nitrogen-infused guaranteeing freshness and shelf life. Vegetables, sauces, condiments, and other ingredients are carefully packed to likewise ensure freshness. Ingredients are pre-measured and conveniently packed to guarantee zero wastage.

You can choose to pay using Dragonpay, Paypal, Over-the-Counter (OTC) banking or Online Funds Transfer to  bank accounts that will be provided by Go Gourmet. For more details visit www.gogourmet.com.ph. Or you may call at 02-9507348 or 09173224343

June 19, 2018

HSBC Platinum Visa Credit Card Free Round Trip Tickets for Two to Hong Kong

I have BDO and Metrobank credit cards that I have been using for more than a decade now. I have no intention of adding one more but HSBC Platinum Visa Credit Card Free Round Trip Tickets for Two to Hong Kong Promo caught my attention at the recently concluded ToyCon 2018. Thanks to Nikkel for the thorough explanation!

I'm excited for this because the ;st time John and I went in Hong Kong was in 2001. Disneyland was still on construction at that time.

This promo is promo is running until July 31, 2018 so hurry up and check out their Promo Mechanics:

1. The HSBC Platinum Visa and Premier Mastercard Free Hong Kong Flight Credit Card Acquisition Promotion (the "Promo") shall run from February 16 to July 31, 2018 (the "Promo Period"). Promo Spend Period is from February 16 to September 30, 2018 (“Spend Period”).

2. The Promo is open to individual applicants who applied for a new primary HSBC Platinum Visa or HSBC Premier Mastercard ("HSBC Credit Card") within the Promo Period, are subsequently approved, and meet the following criteria ("Cardholder"): Must not have an existing HSBC Credit Card, Must not have a cancelled HSBC Credit Card within the past 6 months from the time of application.

3. Application must not be for an upgrade or card conversion

4. Under this Promo, the Cardholder shall be entitled to redeem two  Round Trip Economy Cathay Pacific tickets from Manila/Clark to Hong Kong (‘Welcome Gift”) upon meeting the minimum accumulated spend requirement of PHP15,000 using his/her newly approved and activated HSBC Credit Card (“Promo Spend”) during the Spend Period. Tickets from Cebu to Hong Kong will be subject to additional charges care of the Cardholder.

5. Transactions made by the Cardholder’s Supplementary Credit Cardholder/s will be qualified as part of the Primary Cardholder’s accumulated Promo Spend under this Promo. Valid transactions shall be straight purchases, merchant installment purchases, cash advance transactions, bills payment and online purchases transacted and subsequently posted during the Spend Period. Each merchant installment transaction will be considered as one transaction amount. As such, succeeding monthly amortizations from the same installment transaction will not be counted as a separate transaction amount on the Cardholder’s account. Balance Transfer, Cash Installment Plan and business transactions are disqualified from the promotion. 

Other flight conditions:
Minimum stay of 2 days and maximum stay of 7 days
Valid for Cathay Pacific/Dragonair tickets issued from April 13 to December 5, 2018 on the following flights:
MNL-HKG – CX902 / CX934
CRK – HKG – KA376
HKG-MNL – CX935 / CX905
HKG – CRK – KA375 / KA373

Valid for travel outbound: June 1, 2018 to June 5, 2019; surcharge will apply to non-“O” booking class flights

Peak Dates (subject to USD30 surcharge per way will apply for Economy Class travel):
Outbound: April 26-28, 2018 / June 7-9, 2018 / June 14-15, 2018 / August 16-18, 2018 / August 24-25, 2018 / October 31 – November 2, 2018 / November 29-30, 2018 / February 21-23, 2019 / April 5-6, 2019 / May 1, 2019

Inbound: May 1-2, 2018 / June 12, 2018 / June 17, 2018 / August 21, 2018 / August 27, 2018 / November 4-5, 2018 / December 2, 2018 / February 25, 2019 / April 9, 2019 / May 1, 2019

Black Out Dates

Outbound: December 16, 2018 – January 31, 2019 / April 15-18, 2019

Inbound: April 21-28, 2019
Child's or Infant's Fare: not applicable
Refunds: Not permitted
Rebooking: Not permitted
Reroute: Not permitted once issued
Mileage Accruable: Non-mileage for “O” booking class; 25% for “Q” booking class; 110% for “E” booking class; 125% for “I” booking class
Fare combination: Not allowed to combine with other fares
The flights detailed in the offer/promotion is valid only on “O” booking class only. Prior reservation is required.
Cardholders will pay for the fare difference if he/she chose flights on “Q,” “E,” or “I” booking classes.
All taxes, service and surcharges shall be charged to the Cardholder and must be paid using an HSBC Credit Card.
Flights from Cebu shall be charged additional fees.
The limited number of seats for the subject fare allocated to a particular flight may be fully booked although seats are still available in other fare types in the same class of travel.
HSBC will extract from its system and identify Cardholders who have reached the Promo Spend following below table on cut-off dates for extraction and the corresponding coverage of posted transactions: 

Extraction Date Spend Period
April 10, 2018 February 16 to March 31, 2018
May 3, 2018 February 16 to April 15, 2018
July 18, 2018 February 16 to June 30, 2018
September 5, 2018 February 16 to August 15, 2018
October 2, 2018 February 16 to September 30, 2018

The qualified Cardholder may expect an SMS notification containing two Claim Codes (“Codes”), each entitling the Cardholder to one Round Trip Economy ticket to Hong Kong, to be sent to his/her mobile number, as registered in HSBC's records, within 3 banking days after each extraction date. The Codes are eligible for redemption of two Round Trip Economy Cathay Pacific tickets to Hong Kong.

Redemption Period of the Welcome Gift is from April 13 to December 5, 2018. Unused Codes shall be deemed forfeited on December 6, 2018 and will no longer be valid for redemption.
Cardholders may claim the Welcome Gift during the Redemption Period by doing the following:
Visit http://bit.ly/hsbchk42 and enter the Code.

Note: Once ticket/s are issued, the Cardholder will not be able to reuse the unique code to book another flight.

After entering the Code, the Cardholder will be directed to a landing page with the booking options and terms and conditions.

Fill out the booking page with Passenger names, travel date, flight and payment details.
Cardholders must use his/her newly approved HSBC Credit Card to pay for the flight including taxes and applicable surcharges.

Passengers will receive e-tickets through e-mail.

Should passengers need further assistance they may send an e-mail to: MNL-DS@cathaypacific.com
Upon verification that the redemption is valid, HSBC will credit the following amount per redeemed Round Trip Economy ticket to Hong Kong, to the Cardholder’s HSBC Credit Card on the 15th and 30th  of each calendar month. If these fall on a holiday or non-working day, the crediting will happen on the following banking day.
USD110 or its equivalent Peso amount at the time of posting for tickets with outbound travel date on or before 15 December 2018
USD130 or its equivalent Peso amount at the time of  posting for tickets with outbound travel date on or after 01 February 2019
Upon crediting of the above amounts, Cardholder shall receive a notification SMS within three banking days. The equivalent bonus points earned by the original transaction shall likewise be clawed back by HSBC. 
Cardholders without the Codes will not be allowed to redeem. Cardholders may request for resending of previously issued and unclaimed Codes by calling HSBC’s Hotline (02)85-800.
The Welcome Gift is not convertible to cash or discount.
The Cardholder agrees not to cancel his/her Promo Spend nor his/her HSBC Credit Card within 15 months from its approval date. If the Cardholder requests for card cancellation or if the redemption is found to be invalid, the amount of PHP14,000.00 shall be charged to the Cardholder’s HSBC Credit Card account (“Cancellation Fee”). The Cancellation Fee must be duly paid by the Cardholder before the HSBC Credit Card may be cancelled by HSBC.
The Cardholder will be disqualified from the Promo in the event that his/her HSBC Credit Card becomes delinquent, restrained, suspended, cancelled or terminated within the Promo Period.
The promo cannot be availed of in conjunction with other ongoing HSBC Credit Card acquisition promos. All HSBC Credit Card applications shall be subject to HSBC’s final credit card approval and Credit Card Terms and Conditions.
All questions or disputes regarding the Cardholder's eligibility for the Promo, coverage of dates, fulfillment, etc., shall be resolved by HSBC.
All questions or disputes regarding the flights and flight schedules shall be resolved by Cathay Pacific
Terms and Conditions apply. Per DTI-FTEB Permit No. 1829, Series of 2018

June 18, 2018


I haven't posted anything in this blog for the past two weeks because...I just don't know! I lack the energy to do things. I'm mostly lying down thinking whether to blog or not. Truth is, I may be depressed. It could be hormonal, or maybe because of the weather.

Yesterday I had to force myself up to unbox stuff sent by brands. After unboxing I decided to cook one of the gourmet meal sent by GoGourmet. As I waited for the broth to boil, I noticed that the rag I was holding matches with my  shirt. This twinning with the basahan incident made me laugh so hard and lifted my mood. Tinapos ng basahan ang two weeks of drama-moment ko, hahahaha! Sabi siguro ng basahan, di bagay sa name ko ang nagmumukmok.

"Life's too short,
enJOY no matter how shallow..."
- Rafael Mendiola Jr.

June 17, 2018

Father's Day

Other families prefer to celebrate Father's Day dining out in restaurants; we preferred to stay home to avoid traffic. 

I did not prepare any gift for my husband nor asked my children if they have something for their dad.  When I woke at 4am, I saw Juan still awake. I got mad and told him to sleep. Little did I know Julia, Rafael and Juan talked about cooking something for dad. They did not sleep at all because my husband wakes very early. They want to surprise their dad for breakfast.

Rafael fried egg, ham, and bacon. Julia baked a cake. Juan cooked Salmon with Spicy Noodles.

Ano ang contribution ko sa Father's Day na ito? Ako ang nag hugas ng lahat ng pinaglutuan nila. 
Ako din ang naglinis ng kusina at buong bahay.😁😁😁

Happy Tatay's Day to our walking-Google, 
our story-teller, our singer of songs, 
our adventure guide, our anchor and cool dad!

"It is a wise father that knows his own child. "
-William Shakespeare