March 21, 2019

Sarah Geronimo as Phoenix Super LPG Ambassadress

Just got home from The Tent in Acacia Estates in Taguig where Sarah Geronimo  was presented as Phoenix Super LPG Ambassadress.

Before Sarah arrived, Chef JM Sunglao taught guests and media simple, five-minute, easy-to-prepare meals using cooking Phoenix Super LPG.

Aside from singing and acting, Sarah Geronimo found new joy in cooking. Although it took her a while, Sarah said it is important to learn how to cook to be able to nourish the people you love.

When asked who her role model is, Sarah immediately said mother, “Kasi po si mama ko ay Kapampangan. Hindi po sa biased ako pero the best po talaga magluto ang nanay ko sa kahit anong restaurant na natikman ko na Filipino dish. Ang tatay ko po ay masarap din po magluto. Punong puno ng pagmamahal 'yung inihahain sa lamesa namin”.

When asked what dishes she likes, Sarah said,  "kare-kare and sweet chili prawns po ng nanay ko at ang pininyahang adobong manok po ng tatay ko". She also added that Matteo Guidicelli  is also her inspiration since his family also owns a restaurant.



To order Phoenix Super LPG, you may call #SUPER (#78737) for nationwide delivery.
Visit phoenix.ph/LPG

March 19, 2019

Lazada's 7th Birthday Party

Lazada's 7th Birthday Party is an event that gathered the media in all forms (print, television, radio and bloggers) to give a preview of what to expect with their upcoming biggest Birthday sale, entitled It's Our Birthday, It's Your Party!



Lazada is celebrating its 7th  birthday on March 27 and it’s  one  birthday party you  don’t  want   to miss! Customers have plenty of reasons to shop on Lazada as they will be offering jaw dropping discounts up to90% off. 

Shop and come join the party! Don’t miss out on the amazing deals from our brand partners up for grabs. Some must-haves in the lineupare:

 Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Un-Nude Liquid Lipstick at Php 193.
 Abbott Ensure Gold Vanilla 1200g (Bundle of 6) at Php 9,702.
 Kamiliant Waikiki 3P Set - Raspberry Red at Php 8,299.
 Honor Play Smartphone at Php 13,290.
 Pampers Baby Dry New Born Taped Diapers 40 pcs x 4 pack (160pcs) at Php 594.

Aside from the millions of items on sale, major partners are also joining the shopping party. Below aresome exciting offers for you: Shop with your BDO Visa card and get up to Php 5,000 off on LazMall gadgets. Pay with GCash and PayMaya for instant discounts on quick purchases.

 Be the first in the country to purchase real estate online! Revolution Precrafted and Robinsons Landwill be giving their reservation fees at 50% off on March 27 only.

Get a chance to win travel packages care of Sunlife.

 Win yourself a discount voucher when you play Lazada’s very own Facebook game called OverEasy: Laz Edition.
 Get a free Shakey’s pizza when you shop on March 27.
 Don’t forget to download the Lazada 7th Birthday Sticker pack on Viber.Partygoers’ kind of shoppertainment Lazada is also blending shopping and entertainment, ushering in  a new  era of ‘shoppertainment’.  

TheLazada app will introduce new experiences for customers! Get additional discounts and attractive voucherswhen you play LazGame, pop as many balloons as you can with Popping Balloons, blast all the cakes andfun gifts with Birthday Blast, and slash your way to the top with Fruit Slash! Earn cupcake points with everygame and exchange these for your favorite brand vouchers.Tune in as well on March 26 and witness the in-app livestreaming of the “Super Party” concert as Grammyand Brit Awards winner and British popstar Dua Lipa shares the stage with  some of  Southeast Asia’sbrightest stars, including the Philippines' “Multi-Media Princess” Nadine Lustre, “Absolute Performer” SamConcepcion and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach.

With all these celebration and perks, it’s really going to feel like it’s your birthday instead! Watch out for all the products that will go on sale during Lazada’s 7th Birthday happening on March 27 by visiting official Facebook   and   Instagram   pages,   or   by   simply  logging  on   to  www.lazada.com.ph    or   downloading   theLazada Mobile app via App Store or Google Play for free. 

About Lazada Group:

Launched in 2012, Lazada is the number-one online shopping and selling destination in Southeast Asia – present in Indonesia, Malaysia, the  Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and  Vietnam. With  300 million SKUs available, Lazada offers the widest range of products in categories from beauty, fashion, and consumer electronics to household goods,toys,   sports  equipment   and  groceries.  

The   expanded  grocery   business  also  adds  more   than   160,000  products,ranging   from  high-quality  fresh  fruits  and   vegetables,   frozen   and   chilled  meats   and   seafood,  premium  specialty products, baby food and toys, and daily necessities such as toiletries, home, and pet care. Lazada Group is majority owned Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA)

To know more about this Birthday Sale,
Visit: https://www.lazada.com.ph/lazada-anniversary

March 17, 2019

Fine Image Salon with Gay

I met Gay like ten years ago in an art class. She is a bubbly girl that we instantly hit. We added in Facebook but never got the chance to meet again in person.

Until one day Gay messaged in Facebook asking about my red hair. To cut the long story short, we found a way to meet again. Thanks to my red hair by Fine Image Salon!


Fine Image Salon and Barbers
M. Roxas St..  Manila
Tel 7389127

Main Branch: 
#100 Avenida Rizal St. Bahayang Pag asa Molino Bacoor Cavite, 4102 Bacoor, Cavite

Oregano

It was my late Lola Ebeng who introduced me to this wonder plant when I was just a three year old little girl, forty-two years ago to be exact. Lola made sure my siblings and I take a spoonful of freshly squeezed Oregano whenever we have cough and colds. I hated that experience but it was actually very effective. Since Lola and Mama have long been gone and the passing of time created a fast-paced life, it led us to rely mostly on pharmacy-bought medicines.

Thanks to that Lysol Event who gifted Mommy Bloggers with Oregano in a small pot which has now flourished beautifully in my garden.

It does not only serve its purpose of curing my cough and colds but it actually is great at repelling insects. Aside from that, when I have visitors I don't buy flowers anymore to make my home beautiful, I use Oregano as an accent.


According to The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, Oregano is a species of Origanum, belonging to the mint family (Lamiaceae). Its name comes from the Greek words oros (mountain) and ganos (joy). Oregano typically grows 50 cm tall and has purple leaves around 2 to 3 centimeters in length. The chemicals that give the herb its unique and pleasant smell are thymol, pinene, limonene, carvacrol, ocimene, and caryophyllene. It is also used for the following illnesses and conditions Muscle pain, Acne, Dandruff,  Bronchitis, Toothache,  Bloating, Headaches, Heart Conditions, Allergies, Intestinal parasites, Earache, Fatigue and  Menstrual cramps. However, it's important to note that further high quality study results are necessary to confirm these claims

March 15, 2019

Hello Kitty Cafe

I've been planning to dine at Hello Kitty Cafe since the first day of their opening in the Philippines two years ago.  I wanted to try this cute restaurant with my daughter Julia but she's very busy with her school.

Finally, without any plans I got to try Hello Kitty Cafe in Uptown Mall in BGC with my sister-in-law, Tita Gaye, after our Miss Esthe facial treatment.


I was hoping to see a lot of Hello Kitty items displayed but they only have a few. In terms of the food, I like the Mushroom Soup served in bowl made of bread. The chicken that Tita Gaye ordered is too hard. Felt like it was left in the ref for days. The couscous was also disappointing that we only ate the veggies on top of it. The mango shake was super disappointing. It definitely lack enough mangoes to be called mango shake. The servers are also not attentive to think there were not too many customers that time. I like that the place is super clean. The price? Well, you're paying for the name of this iconic cat so deal with it.πŸ˜€ 

Miss Esthe Facial Salon and Skin Care

Miss Esthe is a product from Tokyo, Japan. They have been in the business studying seriously the skin of tens of thousands of women for 30 years. The company make sure to study skin, develop raw materials and products, improve techniques, and work toward quality assurance and safety.

Having high Japan standard prompted  the owners of Miss Esthe Facial Salon and Skin Care to put this salon in the Philippines. Actually, this is the first Miss Esthe Facial Salon and Skin Care in the world.

I have been invited to numerous facial salon but I have to say Miss Esthe Facial Salon and Skin Care exceeded my expectation.

I normally don't go for black and white heads removal because I find pricking very painful. In Miss Esthe, I felt comfortable because they use a more modern gadget and technique in removing those stubborn dirt on my face.

I want to tell you more about the things I enjoyed but it's better if you try Miss Esthe's services. This might be the skin salon you've been praying for a long time.



Uptown Mall
 Unit B50a, 36th St, Taguig, Metro Manila
Phone: 0935 336 4720

March 14, 2019

From The Lens Of Eve

Five  women   photographers   are   featured   in   the   show   –  Annabelle  Chavez,  Lauren  Malcampo,  MaryanneMendoza,  Mrae  Orden  and  Jen Perez  – with  the spectrum  of their works  drawing inspiration from natural landscapes, and the varying style of each photographer as wide-ranging as the locations of the photographs. The exhibition explores the nexus between photographer and photograph – the uniqueness of the narratives andemotion   behind  each   frame.  

 “Women  bring   a   different   perspective   to   photography.   Women   see   and   feel differently, and the images they create altogether enrich the entire field,” Mrae Orden explains.  

On   the  significance  of   having   an   all   women   landscape   photography   exhibition,   the featured photographers describe the realities of the genre. Lauren Malcampo points out, “In photography, women have always been a minority.” Jen Perez agrees, “While women have slowly made remarkable inroads in photography, it is still a male-dominated industry, particularly in the genre of landscape photography. Not because few are good, but because women are less visible.” Shangri-La Plaza hopes to change that by providing a platform to highlight the talent of women photographers and help cultivate a wider appreciation of their work. “We want to laud Shangri-La Plaza for being a platform in bringing together female talent in photography,” says Maryanne Mendoza. Annabelle Chavez adds, “I hope that other women artists who will see our exhibit get encouraged in pursuing their own passions.” 


A must-see for mall guests, From the Lens of Eve photography exhibition is at the East Atrium from March 14-19,and  at  the   Level   1,   Main   Wing  from  March   20-31.  #FeelTheShangVibe at #FromTheLensOfEve  exhibit thisWomen’s Month at Shangri-La Plaza.  

For   inquiries,   call   370-2597/98   or   visit www.facebook.com/shangrilaplazao)cial.   Follow   the   Shang   onInstagram:@shangrilaplazao)cial.

March 13, 2019

3 Kinds of Friends

According to Greek philosopher and scientist, Aristotle, there are 3 Kinds of Friends you will meet in your lifetime, namely Friends of Utility, Friends of Pleasure and Friends of the Good.

Friends of Utility are those people who are on friendly terms mainly due to the benefits each brings to the table. They are commonly known as colleagues, peers, schoolmates, officemates and business partners.

Friends of Pleasure are those people who likes each other because of the enjoyment of hanging out due to common hobbies and interests.

Friends of the Good are the most important friends because they are usually long lasting. Friends of the good are hard to find and develop. These friends will always tell you what you need to hear and not what you want to hear. This a friendship based upon respect, appreciation for each other’s qualities and brutal honesty. 

I am indeed blessed for having Gigi Hasabulla as one of few Friends of the Good


“Wishing to be friends is quick work, 
but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit”
- Aristotle

March 12, 2019

Shallow by Juan Mendiola

The story has been told countless times, Regine Velasquez, as a child, was encouraged to sing in neck-deep water in the sea to strengthen her lungs and improve her breathing technique.

As much as I'd like to do the same with Juancho, malayo ang dagat sa amin. Kaya ang tangi nyang paraan ay sa bath tub sya kumakanta. Yes, paraan nya, and not forced by me.

I hope Juan does not get mad that I posted this video.



March 11, 2019

Motto Motto All Day Japanese

My twin kids won Mr. and Ms. MandSci 2019 last February 15. We've celebrated it with people close us in different ways. Julia and Rafael brought pasta (which I cooked), cake and juice in their respective class. I treated Percia and Emma in a restaurant. And we've fed most family and friends at home.

It's been a month now and yet we've forgotten to treat the real winners - Julia and Rafael. So last Sunday off we went at Motto Motto in Serendra for our family celebration.

Motto Motto is the newest Raintree Group's Japanese restaurant, partnered with Piglet's Nobuhide Andoh. Their other collaborations are Chotto Matte and Izakaya Sensu. Some of Chotto Matte's rolls are actually part of Motto Motto's menu.

We went on a Sunday so Motto Motto's guests are mostly family like us, #Mendiolables. The place is full of laughter from parents and children.

The ambiance of the place speaks Kawaii, meaning cute in the context of Japanese popular culture. I made sure to take a lot of family photos to be used as profile picture in Facebook😍

The menu have everything that will satisfy both young kids and old parents πŸ˜€, from salad, to rice bowls, to  California roll, tempura, sashimi, yakisoba, cakes and more.

Juancho ordered the fun kid-friendly meals aboard the Shinkansen.  It has spaghetti, fried chicken,salad and dessert. Kids even gets a toy when they order this meal.

Julia enjoyed Niku Maki Hanjuku Tamago (Soft Boiled Eggs wrapped in Pork Belly Slices and baked with Teriyaki Sauce) Chicken Karaage, Burger Patty, Potato Salad, Rice and Dessert.

Rafael ordered  Aburi Butadon (Aburi Pork Belly with Sweet Soy Sauce) and Chicken Karaage.
John had Seafood Yakisoba and Oyako Don, (Sweet Soy Chicken with Onion and egg)..

As always, I started with a salad, Kani and Tobiko Salad. It has chopped mixed greens, crab meat, cucumber, tobiko, Yuzu Skin, and Homemade Thousand Island Dressing.

If you can't decide what to eat, then ordered Teishoku set.  This set meal are usually common for lunch, but Motto Motto makes them available all day. Teishoku set are usually common for lunch, but Motto Motto makes them available all day, hence the title Motto Motto All Day Japanese.

For dessert we had Cookie Dough Cheesecake, Impossible Cake and Tablea Cake. John and I capped the night with Cafe Mocha and Flat White Coffee.



Motto Motto
Ground Floor, Serendra Piazza, Bonifacio Global City.
Opening Hours: 8.00 am to 11.00 pm

March 8, 2019

Fine Image Salon Celebrates 16th Year Anniversary

Maintaining a salon business is not easy. I know that for sure because I have two friends who were not successful keeping theirs. Marielle closed after just a year in operation while Mylene after two years.

Unlike Mylene and Marielle, Joy is blessed that her salon is still going strong.  Along with her family, friends and faithful staff, Fine Image Salon Celebrates 16th Year Anniversary last February!

Congrats Tukayo!



Main Branch: 
#100 Avenida Rizal St. Bahayang Pag asa Molino Bacoor Cavite, 4102 Bacoor, Cavite

Fine Image Salon and Barbers
M. Roxas St..  Manila
Tel 7389127

March 6, 2019

The Luxe Lounge in Ayala Mall Marikina

I am blessed that I have a business that does not require me to leave home. Although I am spared with the hassle of traffic, I still get stressed with so many other reasons. Whether I like it or not, urban living is such in a hurry that I'm experiencing fatigue and stress from time to time.

How do I battle stress then? I make sure to get at least once a week body massage. But let's face it, body massage can be quite expensive. Earlier today at The Luxe Lounge in Ayala Mall Marikina, I experienced a luxurious massage for thirty minutes that does require to take the clothes off. If you are the kind of person who prefers to be massaged without undressing, being being touched by a stranger, The Luxe Lounge is perfect for you. You only have to follow three rules, namely, put on the in-house foot socks for hygiene purposes, lower the voice and relax.

The Luxe Lounge is owned by Ms. Marivic Fajardo and her friend Elmie Cadungog. It started a few years ago when Ms. Marivic developed allergies and chronic stress. She found it difficult to focus on her job and was very close to a nervous breakdown. She prayed hard enough and God answered her prayers. It was her personal battle with stress that made her decide to put up The Luxe Lounge.

Born out of the need to relax, renew and refresh, The Luxe Lounge business is doing well. as it is embraced by people from all walks of life ― men, women, young professionals, students and a wide age bracket from kids to retirees.

What to like at The Luxe Lounge?

1. Affordable. For a minimum fee of P20, customers can enjoy six minutes of bliss in the massage chair and have their arms, necks, feet, and back massaged. P40 for 12 minutes; 30 minutes is priced at P100 and for one hour, P200. You may stay up to two hours for only P400.

2. Top-of-the-line massage chair that speaks COMFORT.

3. Relaxing, airy, clean and nice smelling place. They also provided chairs and round tables that allows customers to sit for a while before or after getting a massage.

4. Relaxing music that lulls a client to sleep.

5. Free use of comfortable blanket.

6.  Customers who avail of a minimum of 30 minutes of massage will get a cup of Japanese tea for free, though they have to shell out P10 for the foot socks as they are not allowed to wear shoes while seated on the massage chair.

7. Unlike other massage chairs that are exposed for everyone to see since they are usually placed in crowded and noisy places, The Luxe Lounge in located in a quiet and private area of the mall with staff to help out the customers.



The Luxe Lounge is at the ground floor of the Ayala Mall, Liwasang Kalayaan, Brgy. Marikina Heights, Marikina City. For more about it, please check out its Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/TheLuxeLoungePH/

March 2, 2019

The Awesomeness of Singapore Math

Saturdays are mostly spent at home waking up late and relaxing with the family. This week is different because I got an invite from Miko of Galileo Enrichment Learning Program to attend the event The Awesomeness of Singapore Math at Power Mac Center.

The event, entitled “Awesome Singapore Math Add-Ventures.” The event discussed the hows and whys of Singapore Math by demonstrating how to unlock sample Math problems. The discussion was handled by Dr. Queena Lee-Chua, one of the leading minds in Math and an advocate of Singapore Math. She was joined by Scott L. Chua, who shared his experiences of transitioning into a Singapore Math program and how it helped shape his Math skills. 


Why is Singapore Math popular among schools around the world? 

The roots of this homegrown approach to Math started from a country with a population that struggled with Mathematics. Like most developing countries, they depended on textbooks and curriculum from foreign publishers. Recognizing the important role of Math education in shaping the citizens’ global proficiency, the Ministers of Education decided to take charge of the country's learning roadmap and developed an approach never before used in the world. 

Enter Singapore Math, a teaching method that places emphasis on mathematical fluency through problem-solving without the need for rote learning and memorization. Fewer topics are introduced per level but discussed in greater detail, allowing deeper understanding and creating a strong foundation for higher math learning. 

This change in direction proved effective as the country reaped its benefits. Since 1995, Singapore has consistently ranked first (or in the top three) in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and in the Program for International Student  

Assessment (PISA). The tables suddenly turned and Singapore Math became the resource and standard of effective approaches to learning Math. Now, over 25 countries including USA, Canada, France, Saudi Arabia, and Israel (including the Philippines) have incorporated Singapore Math into their textbooks.  

As one of the pioneers in advancement in learning, Galileo Enrichment Learning Program was the first to introduce Singapore Math as an after-school program and the first to hold Singapore Math Festivals in the Philippines. The Galileo Singapore Math Program aims to enhance the Math skills of students aged 6-12 through the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) Approach. This learning strategy allows the student to represent math concepts first through actual and concrete objects, then reinforced with a visual method called bar modeling, before finally progressing to mental solving techniques. 

To strengthen its Singapore Math Program, Galileo has partnered with Add-Venture Learning, a publishing and training company headquartered in Singapore. Add-Venture Learning specializes in making Singapore Math an enjoyable experience for students through their game packages, apps, magazines, and training. Behind their products are prominent figures in the world of Singapore Math and are recognized for their contribution in shaping and training Singapore teachers of the Ministry of Education. 

The two educational think tanks have shared teaching and learning philosophies which complement their approach to making learning fun and meaningful through play. Both Galileo and Add-Venture believe that a child learns best by enjoying what is taught. Both companies employ game-play elements and a variety of activities to bring amusement, wonder, and knowledge in every engagement of any child. 
  
For more details on the Singapore Math Program and the Add-Venture Learning materials, contact the Head Office at 845-1234 or select centers: Galileo Legaspi, Makati City (810-8506); Galileo Better Living, ParaΓ±aque (846-5398, 0998-793-9363); Galileo Malabon (362-3154); Galileo Parada, Valenzuela (291-1136, 0948-365-2970); Galileo Sta. Rosa, Laguna (502-7023, 0988 554 8101); and Galileo Bacolod (433-4713, 0917-801-0338).  

March 1, 2019

Decomposing Fruits and Vegetables Scraps

I used to believe that I don't have a green-thumb because every time I try my hand at planting nothing really comes alive. Decomposing fruits and vegetables scraps have made me love gardening and urban farming because it helped me develop nutrient rich soil that now yields papaya, sili, ginger and string beans. I even grew melon but due to lack of soil it didn't get to be that big.

Composting is a method of decomposing organic solid wastes. It can therefore be used to recycle organic material. The process involves decomposition of organic material into a humus-like material, known as compost, which is a good fertilizer for plants.

Other benefits of decomposing food scraps includes, keeping these materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, suppresses plant diseases and pests, provides organic matter and nutrients which will improve plant growth and lead to better yields.


February 28, 2019

Savoy Manila

Staying at Savoy Hotel is now one of the bonding activities my husband and I enjoy. We like their gym and steam room a lot where I met Ma'am Nikoy Regodon form Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)

Breakfast at Savoy Cafe is always a flavorful treat.  The last time we stayed was made even happier when I met Aika Castillones. Overheard Savoy Cafe staff looking for a table for one. Since my hubby finished breakfast ahead, I offered his seat to Aika Castillones from Davao. She's attending Liga ng mga barangay with her dad, Hon. Rustan Castillones, President, Liga Ng Mga Barangay. Davao Oriental Chapter. In 30 minutes, we've talked about a lot of things - being both July born, being both daughters of barangay captains, politics, Davao, travel, love and family life. Share a seat, gain a friend!



Savoy Manila
Address: 101 Andrews Ave, Pasay, 1300 Metro Manila
Phone: (02) 317 2869

February 27, 2019

SM Little Stars 2019

SM Supermalls unboxes today a bigger and more exciting SM Little Stars with over 9.5 million pesos worth of prizes, including 2 brand new Chevrolet Sail, trips for 2 to China, National University scholarships, exclusive contract with Regal Artist Management, and 100,000 worth of cash and SM GCs!

Audition starts on April 6 in select SM Malls nationwide. Visit wwww.smlittlestars.com.ph for more details.

#OccasionsofJoy #JampackedLifestyle  #lifestylevloggers #smlittlestars 
#smsupermall #Smmegamall #events #elevatorgirl

February 22, 2019

White Top

Every  time I attend a medical event while wearing a white top napapagkamalan akong doctor. Like yesterday when I wore a white top  for PIDSP and DOH measles vaccination event.  Ang hirap maging doktor ha kaya it's an honor na kahit sa damit ako'y biglang isang manggagamot. 😘


#OccasionsofJoy #whitetop #eyeseefashion #PlainsandPrints #keepcalmandcarryakatre #wiw #distressedjeans #whatiwore #momsfashion #fineimagesalon  #coloredhair #bluebag #blueshoes

February 21, 2019

PIDSP Save The Future

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines (PIDSP), held a Media launch of “Save The Future” campaign at the Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila in Ortigas Center, Pasig.

 “Save The Future” is a concerted effort in response to the phenomenon of vaccine hesitancy among our fellow Filipino citizens as evidenced in particular by the current measles outbreak in various parts of the country. 

The Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Dr. Francisco T. Duque III attended this important event.


February 20, 2019

Occasions of Joy's 9th Year Blog Anniversary at White Cross Children's Home

My life has been one gigantic hectic schedule since November 2018 Though busy I'm not complaining. I'm actually very happy doing things for people around me. It makes me feel alive and happy.

Finally today, I have the time to finish articles for this blog. First on the list is to share with you Occasions of Joy's 9th Year Blog Anniversary at White Cross Children's Home yesterday.  

I want to thank my friends,  Lyn Borje, Pareng Ricky, Laarni Velazquez, Jennifer Dizon, Bubbleman, Joy Zaragosa, Richard and Thess San Andres,  Loralyn Urbano, Leo Napa and Mikey De Quiros who helped me with this yearly endeavor to share joy among our young brothers and sisters.  Special mention goes to my husband for tirelessly helping since the first year.



"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." 
- Aesop

February 15, 2019

Mr. and Ms. MandSci 2019

The first time I watched Mr. and Ms. MandSci was three years ago, when my twin kids were in Grade 7. It was a happy event because the winners, Jyca and Yuri, were both classmates of Julia from Section Phoenix. 

The next morning I told Julia and Rafael that they can join Mr. and Ms. MandSci when they're in Grade 10 because they have a big chance of bagging the crowns if they join at the same time because the forces stronger. I have that in me, when I dream or visualize something, it happens. 

Last year, I was very disappointed when Rafael joined Mr. and Ms. MandSci 2018. I told them both already may times to join together. Since I cannot do anything to make Rafael back out from the contest, I convinced Julia to join instead.  But Julia, hard-headed like her mother, refused profusely.

Rafael made it to the Top 8 at Mr. and Ms. MandSci 2018. Of course I was not happy. I kept telling him he should have waited for his twin sis. While I kept nagging Julia that he should have joined along with his twin bro.

Fast forward a year after, with the prodding of 10-Curie class and Parents, Julia finally was ready to join Mr. and Ms. MandSci 2019.  After her orientation, Julia asked, "Mom, do you know that Bober (brother) is joining?". I blindly replied with a question, "Joining what?". She said, "Mr. and Ms. MandSci 2019".

I was fuming so when Rafael came home, I asked (in high pitch, of course!), "Who told you to join? Did you ask my permission or your dads?" El said with a mix of sadness and pride, "Mom, I want to redeem myself. This time I'm going to win. Just trust me please."

And it all came back to me - that thought three years ago when I saw them being crowned Mr. and Ms. MandSci 2019. Maybe it was a mother's intuition or it was already written in the stars when the twins answered confidently...

"My hashtag will have to be serendipitous. 
I use that word because serendipity means moments that happen coincidentally. 
I like this, because I think moments aren't by chance, they're God's plan. 
And I think that when things happen, it happens for a reason."

- Rafael Mendiola III 

"I am passionately curious about tomorrow because every day, at night, when the day ends,
I think about what I've done and what I've accomplished.
 And everyday when the sun rises is a new chance to begin again...
to smile, to laugh, to love and to spend time with the people I care for.
Tomorrow will always be a mystery but one thing is certain,
tomorrow is a chance to be a better person."

-Julia Mendiola


I am one joyful and proud Mommy! Maririnig nyo naman sa mga tili, sigaw at halakhak sa video.





February 13, 2019

Leika Erin Lacson

How time flies is an understatement when I saw how tall and have become a fine young lady Leika Erin Lacson already is at her Grandmom Lynda's 70th Birthday Party at The Legend Villas last February 6.

Leika was my twin kids schoolmate in Angel's School. She is a year younger I think. We were also neighbors in Malaya Street so we kind of seen Leika when she was 3 years old until we left Malaya in 2014.

Hearing Leika ssung amazed me from start to end! She has a very sweet, beautiful voice! Magaan at masarap pakinggan ang boses! She even played the guitar for her Mama Lynda! Grabe, I admire people who sings and plays the guitar!

Leika, ang galing mo! Fan mo na ako!πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰



February 10, 2019

Fun Run, Zumba and Family Day at MandSci

It was a day full of joy and fun as three events happened at City of Mandaluyong Science High School, namely, Odyssey Fun Run, Zumba and Family Day.

This events were successful thru the hard work of The Teachers, Supreme Student Government and The GPTA 2018-2019.




February 9, 2019

Red

Red is the color which historically been associated with sacrifice, danger and courage. It is a very emotionally intense color that enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate and raises blood pressure. It represents energy, strength, power, determination, passion, desire, sexuality, anger, love and joy.

Ang dami kong pasakalye, when all I wanted to say is, thank you Tita Chat Pascual for my red bag all the way from the Land of the Rising Sun!

Thanks Fine Image Salon for my magenta hair that turns black, brown or red, depending on where the light is coming from. 


February 7, 2019

Mommy Mundo World

I have been begging off with blogging events invites since December of last year. I have too much on my plate both from home errands and duties as  Parents Council in my kids school

Janice Crisostomo is very close to my heart so when RJ emailed me for Mommy Mundo World Launch, I didn't hesitate to say yes. 

Mommy Mundo World is is the ultimate mom resource destination, happening on February 16-17 at The Fifth at Rockwell, located at R5 of Power Plant Mall.


Mommy Mundo World gathers under one roof not only top picks, the best mom & baby essentials, #mompreneur products but also the most extensive resources that every parent needs. Think Expo Mom booths for shopping but with parenting support groups and advocates: resources for pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, early education, mompreneurship ~ all of which support our advocacies in Mommy Mundo, our partners in #mompowerment!



February 6, 2019

Mama Lynda's 70th Birthday

Despite super short notice from Mommy Joan asking me to host her mom's birthday, I immediately said yes though I have 2 blogging events lined up for February 6 because I will not ever forgive my self if I miss Mama Lynda's 70th Birthday Party at the Legend Villas. 

I consider Mama Lynda as relative. She was the first I met among their family when one day, 12 years ago, she was calling from across the street, "kayo po ba ang mommy ni Julia?". After I nodding she continued, "ako po ang Lola ni JapJap. Crush nya po si Julia." It actually ade me smile. The whole thing - my daughter having an admirer at the age of 4 and a grandma who's so excited for her apo.

Long story short, Mama Lynda, whom I fondly call Mommy, is a special lady for me. 



January 31, 2019

13th Spring Film Festival

I felt like choking because there's too many things to do for the months of January and February. I needed to get away for just one day to breath and regroup my senses.  Thanks to The Red Carpet Cinema at Edsa Shangri-La Plaza because I was able to watch three consecutive movies for FREE at the 13th Spring Film Festival. 

Spring Film Festival is one of the most celebrated festivals in the Filipino-Chinese community. It will run from January 30, 2019, to February 5, 2019, featuring seven full-length films, with more films about love, family, culture, and community promoting Chinese culture and language to the Philippine community.

Among the 7 featured movies, namely The Third Way of Love, Lost in Space, Detective Chinatown, I Belonged to You, A Tale of Three Cities, and Lost in Hong Kong, I watched The Third Way of Love, I Belonged to You and A Tale of Three Cities.

I liked The Third Way of Love. It has a running time of  113 minutes.  It is about a Chinese romance film about two lovers, Lin Qi Zheng—from a rich family and Zhou Yu—a smart and beautiful lawyer. I like this movie for its kilig factor and a bit of funny notes. I just didn't like the ending. Watch it, I won't spoil πŸ˜€

The second movie is I Belonged to You, with the same running time of  113 minutes. I Belonged to You is a story that revolves around two radio disc jockeys and the world they inhabit. They find that their audience reflects their own love and heartbreak, and forces them to deal with issues larger than just their own lives. The story is based on the bestselling series of short stories by renowned Chinese writer Zhang Jiajia and is directed by Zhang Yibai. This movie did not catch my attention so I was mostly taking a nap πŸ˜€.

The last movie is definitely my favorite! A Tale of Three Cities, Runtime: 131minutes, is a timeless love story of the legendary Jackie Chan’s parents, A Tale of Three Cities follows through Charles and Lee-Lee Chan’s complicated love story from their meeting during the Second Sino-Japanese War and being separated during the Chinese Civil War to finally reuniting in HongKong leaving behind their respected children from previous marriages. After reuniting in Hong Kong, they gave birth to Jackie Chan and it took them 38 years to finally reunite with their other children.

You still have 4 days to watch all 7 movies for FREE! Ano pang hinihitay nyo.





January 28, 2019

Paalam Pepe

Pumanaw na ang batikang rock artist na si Pepe Smith ngayon.  Pagpupugay sa musikerong tunay na nagmahal sa Awiting Pinoy. Ang kanyang tunay na pangalan ay Joseph William Feliciano Smith. Kilala bilang Joey Smith o Pepe Smith. Ang kanyang mga magulang ay Aleman-Amerikano (ama), Filipina-Cebuana (ina).

Si Pepe ay kabilang sa kilalang grupong Juan Dela Cruz, kasama ang mga manunugtog at mang-aawit na sila Wally Gonzales at Mike Hanopol. Ang Juan dela Cruz Banda ang nagpasimula ng "rock music revolution" sa Pilipinas.

Ang mga larawan sa baba ay kuha sa SM Baguio, taong 2010



January 27, 2019

Pagpag

Emma. Percia and I became close 3 years ago when we were elected Officers for the CMSHS GPTA. We haven't been seeing much lately because Em is super busy with work and Percia is actively doing her live selling.

Last night, we got to catch up when Percia and I paid our respect to Em's Kuya, who passed away. We sepnt up to 2am as we spent pagpag in Dunkin Donuts Barangka,

Pagpag after attending the wake of Emma's brother. This superstition means going elsewhere after attending the wake before heading home to shake off the spirit of the deceased lest it follows you home. Superstitions surrounding wakes are among the most widely practiced by Filipinos still today. Another is that the family of the deceased should not drop off visitors at the door upon saying goodbye as it symbolizes dropping them off at their own deaths.


January 26, 2019

Ways to Cope with Goodbyes

I'm writing this article for all my friends and readers who are extremely sad right now for losing important people in their lives for whatever reasons...


Let's face it, farewells are an inevitable part of life. We say goodbye for many reasons, such as, changing careers and leaving years of friendships behind, kids are growing up, leaving home and soon marrying, forever goodbye with the death of a loved one, or ending a relationship (to a partner, a friend, a lover or a spouse).

According to psychologists, we start learning how to deal with being left early in life when we were young kids that is why it is very important for parents to prepare children, talk to them before leaving them for work. If a parent is able to both acknowledge a child’s feelings and also provide ways to soothe them, both before they leave and after they return, the child will learn more separation coping skills. John and I managed to do this well with our three kids.

My Mama has prepared me well when saying goodbye. I remember kasi noong maliit ako, I was the youngest kid for 7 years bago dumating ang 2 pang younger siblings ko. Pero Mama would always bring my Kuya when she goes somewhere. I'd ask her, "Ma, iwan na naman ako? Bakit laging si Kuya ang kasama?". Mama would then reply, "Ikaw kasi matapang ka. Di ka iyakin. Tsaka di ka magkukulit kahit wala ako sa tabi mo". Although I was hurting because I really wanted to be with her, I'd stay home and wait for her to return with pasalubong (in short, suhol πŸ˜€). 

Mama's words "Ikaw matapang ka" made me tough and it helped me throughout this 45 years. 

In order to cope with goodbyes, from simple to the complicated, we need ways to make ourselves feel better kasi walang ibang mag- aayos ng pakiramdam mo kundi sarili mo din. How to make yourself ok? Ano ba ang hobby mo? Listening to music? Then go ahead, listen or better yet sing as loud as you can (just make sure pag dating ng 10pm tapos ka ng kumanta para di magreklamo ang iyong kapitbahay) πŸ˜€.

Are you a nature-lover kind of person? Then mamundok ka! Join mountaineering groups, explore the mountains, commune with nature and find that inner peace.

Going to the gym is also a good way to cope with goodbyes. Magigiing sexy or buff ka na, nawala pa ang lungkot mo dahil exercising releases happy hormones.

Odd or weird as it may be for others, but cleaning the bathroom makes me happy. So kapag sad ako extra clean ang aming banyo πŸ˜€. Mas marami din akong natatapos na mga projects. I work faster. I work best when I'm sad. 

Whether you are saying goodbye because of death, or the end of a relationship, give yourself time to adjust. Give yourself time to cry. Ok lang umiyak. Pero wag kang magtatagal sa pag-iyak kasi mamamaga ang iyong mga mata, ang eyebags, nakakapangit!πŸ˜€.

Losing someone is painful and takes time to ease. Nothing will be right in the beginning but you'll see the more you do open yourself up to the different emotions, the more you will be able to process the more painful ones.

Feeling sad about leaving one situation, or anxious about ending a relationship, does not necessarily mean that you have made the wrong decision. Most of us have these feelings about even the best possible moves in our lives. Nothing will be right in the beginning but eventually things will be alright.

Whatever kind of goodbye you are facing right now I know how incredibly hard it is, I've been there, felt the pain, cried bucket of tears — but hey don’t stay that way for life's too short to stay unhappy too long.


January 25, 2019

Kenzo Tumpalan

I take being ninang seriously. I like to see my inaanak not just during Christmas. When I visit my Godchildren in their homes it's always for two reasons, making my inaanak feel special and having a catch up with their mom or dads (who are of course my friends)

I met Ainie, the mom of Kenzo, in Aquinas School some 10 years ago. Ang tagal na! Keitan, Ainie's eldest son and my son Rafael were classmates since Grade 1.

Yesterday I enjoyed playing the drums with Kenzo Tumpalan, my future rock star drummer inaanak.

Supporting a child's hobby at an early have many benefits, such as, having a happy, confident and relax son or daughter.  Kids develop “self-smarts” or intrapersonal skills thus building self-esteem, form their personal identity.

Such is the classic example of my cutie and talented inaanak, Kenzo Tumpalan.



January 24, 2019

Sex Education

My husband kept telling me about this Netflix series but I felt like I've had enough of series. I got tired watching Modern Family. Don't get me wrong, I like The Modern Family, it's just way too long for my short attention span😁. 

John assured me though that Sex Education is different, consisting of only 8 episodes, with running time of 45 minutes in each, you can finish it in a day."  He even added, with a wink on his right eye, "it is a must see, you'll like it, babe". I don't know if he was teasing me because of the word sex. 😁 

It was only the other day that I finally had the time to watch  Sex Education because I was too busy since December 18, 2018, running from one place to another. 

My verdict? This is a MUST SEE SERIES whether for young adults (18+) or old moms like me .  Just make sure there's no children at home while you're watching so you don't have to turn on and off the television.😁

I'm giving this series a five out of five stars as it tackles not only about sex but the underlying reasons of how and why people behave in such manner, pinpointing the good and the bad parts of life and  imparting lessons along the way.

With all the elements of comedy, drama and current social issues happening on social media,  more adults are watching the show. I'm actually recommending this series for parents to see and not for the younger crowd.

Some Filipino parents might find this series too much, but honestly there's more to see and learn here than sex per se. Parents may actually be able to relate to some situations and eventually work out some issues happening with their respective kids.

Some of the viewers didn't like the ending but I say, it is what it. It just goes to say that life really is unpredictable and you just have to be strong and flexible enough to accept the things you cannot change and be brave enough to take risks. 

With that said, I'd like to leave this quote, mentioned by the main character, Otis Milburn, "You can't choose who you're attracted to. You can't engineer a relationship. You have to do what's right."  


Synopsis:

Socially awkward high school student Otis may not have much experience in the lovemaking department, but he gets good guidance on the topic in his personal sex ed course -- living with mom Jean, who is a sex therapist. Being surrounded by manuals, videos and tediously open conversations about sex, Otis has become a reluctant expert on the subject. When his classmates learn about his home life, Otis decides to use his insider knowledge to improve his status at school, so he teams with whip-smart bad girl Maeve to set up an underground sex therapy clinic to deal with their classmates' problems. But through his analysis of teenage sexuality, Otis realizes that he may need some therapy of his own.

January 22, 2019

Fine Image Salon Day with Mommy Donna

Mommy Donna of Homeschooler Kib Blog liked the color of my hair when I went to Hong Kong last year. She wanted a change for this 2019 so I asked if she wants to try Fine Image  Salon, located at M. Roxas St, in Makati.

So last Tuesday, Donna and I met at Mcdo, had a joyride and beautified ourselves with the help  of Akira Joy and Yuna.

Fine Image  Salon  is owned by my tukayo Joy. It was nice that she was there too during our visit.

Am I happy? YES, as always. Is Donna happy, I believe so.


Fine Image Salon and Barbers
M. Roxas St..  Manila
Tel 7389127

January 21, 2019

Mr. and Ms. MandSci 2019

Mondays for me is general cleaning the house, catching up on sleep and watching a movie with my husband. I was not able to do any of the three because I was at City of Mandaluyong Science High School to support my twin kids, Julia and Rafael for Mr. and Ms. MandSci 2019 Introduction of Candidates. They were both chosen by their respective class, Julia for Curie and Rafael for Sievert.

Am I nervous for them? No. I am excited for them. I want them to enjoy every moment of it because that's just how life should be lived, enjoying every moment.



"Live life for the moment 
because everything else is uncertain!"
- Louis Tomlinson

January 17, 2019

When Midlife Crisis Turns Into Depression

This article has been seating in my draft for quite so long. A year to be exact.  The recent suicide of Razorback drummer Brian Velasco has prompted me to post this article to remind you to reach out to your friend, your sibling, your office mate, your neighbor, your partner or just random person seating beside you in Grab Share. Your simple gesture of kindness may help save a life.

Oftentimes we think that joyful, strong and independent people do not need our attention. Wrong. Sometimes the happiest people are the loneliest. Sometimes the strongest people are the weakest. Sometimes the most independent person is the one who needs more attention and love.

And this is how I've been feeling last year...

I'm feeling a lot restless lately. I wanted to do so many things and accomplish things in such a short time. In reality though time is very limited.

I want to go back doing yoga, learn to sew and maybe level up my knowledge on urban farming. Parang gusto ko na din mag stop sa vlogging and blogging. Deactivate Facebook and go back to that life when social media isn't a thing.  

Ang daming tumatakbo sa isip. Di ko na sila mahabol kaya madalas may mga nakakalimutang mga bagay tulad ng saan inilagay ang telepono, and wallet, eyeglasses at iba pa.

Sometimes tears just roll down my cheeks without any reason. Ano itong nararamdaman ko? Ganito ba talaga ang feeling ng midlife crisis? Ano nga ba ang mid-life crisis?

According to Wikipedia, "A midlife crisis is a transition of identity and self-confidence that can occur in middle-aged individuals, typically 45–64 years old."

What's worst is when midlife crisis turns into depression because depression may result to having thoughts of committing suicide.

I am one lucky person because I have friends who keeps me entertained. Nora, who's based in California is my constant ka-chat sa madling-araw. Since my body clock coincides with US time, magka abot kami ng oras ni NutsπŸ˜€

Eulette, the widow of my late classmate Noi Tomas, is also a big help to me. She's my kakulitan naman mula umaga hanggang gabi. Actually di nya alam na may nararamdaman akong midlife crisis.  My purpose of chatting with her is actually to console her for losing her husband at such a young age. Pero sa true lang, she's the one helping me, di man nya alam. Ngayon malalaman nya na.πŸ˜€

Then my youngest son Juan is the best antidote to this negative emotions. Of course hindi nya pa alam ang midlife crisis at hindi nya alam na naramdaman ko ito last year. His constant care and love for has helped me forget about depression.

Kaya kung sa akala nyong dahil masaya ang inyong kapatid, kaibigan, kamag-anak, kapitbahay hindi nyo na kakamustahin o kakausapin, MALI! May mga tao lang kasin magaling magadala ng mga negatibong nararamdaman.

Having midlife crisis does not mean you have troubled life. Midlife crisis and depression can happen to anyone kaya reach out ka din pag may time. Hindi yung pag may kailangan ka lang sa tao. πŸ˜€

Have you or a friend experienced a midlife crisis? If yes you might want to read this article I found at www.moneycrashers.com. Maybe you can pick some strategies to help resolve midlife crisis and avoid the trap of devastating depression.

Signs and Symptoms of a Midlife Crisis are Drastic Changes in Habits, Mood Swings, Impulsive Decision-Making, Irritable, Angry without justification or warning, inability to sleep or oversleeping, obsession with appearances, including different styles of clothing, makeup, and exercise routines, disconnecting from old friends and peplacing them with younger friends. Havigg feeling of general hopelessness and being “stuck in a rut. Thoughts of Death or Dying can lead to a dangerous obsession with death, and lead to depression. Sudden career change. Leaving a Spouse or Having an Affair. Increased Consumption of Alcohol or Drugs, Listless and Bored. Assigning Blame to others.

Tips and Strategies for Dealing with a Midlife Crisis:

1. Acknowledge the Crisis. Acknowledging the changes happening can help you find a way to move past the crisis.

2. Think Before Making Any Radical Changes.Before quitting a job, buying an expensive car, or leaving a spouse, talk to family members and friends. Sometimes, having an outside opinion can provide a useful perspective.

3. Get Professional Help. This can include different kinds of therapy, medicine, and holistic treatments.

4. Midlife Crises Are Not Inherently a Bad Thing. Use new thoughts and ideas in a positive way. With careful consideration and preparation, attitudes can improve with change, lessening the effects of the crisis.

5. Move Outside Your Comfort Zone. Trying a new activity, increasing a base of knowledge, and traveling can also help you move out of your comfort zones.

6. Volunteer More. Volunteering to help others can offer a new perspective to the problems caused by a midlife crisis. Working with the homeless or victims of domestic violence, for example, can help provide you with context during a midlife crisis.

7. Talk About the Crisis with Loved Ones

8. Create New Goals

9. Exercise and Eat Healthy Foods. Incorporating exercise, yoga, or meditation into a daily routine can help people suffering through a midlife crisis to gain perspective. Eat organic superfoods and take supplements for a much-needed energy boost.

January 12, 2019

Life is Beautiful in Every Sense

Life is beautiful and magical and all things wonderful—if you let it be. Sometimes we get distracted by missteps and misfortunes, and we take it to heart. We let it take the magic away. Not me. I appreciate every moment, even the most mundane and painful ones because I know I am alive knowing I still feel all these. With every opportunity to be happy and sad, I give thanks because life is beautiful in every sense, and I am beautiful in every single way...akala nyo seryoso no! 😁

Taken at The Peak, Hong Kong

“From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.” –Dr. Seuss

January 11, 2019

Cousins

It's been 12 years since I last saw my cousin. We never had the chance to see each other again when she moved to London.

I have all these incredible memories with Ate Ruth when I used to chaperone her para lang payagan sya maglakwatsa o makipag date.😁

I was absent nung kinasal sya with Bob this January 8 in Manila because I was in Batanes. Akalain mong sa KFC lang pala kami muling pagtatagpuin ng panahon.


“ Cousins are people that are ready made friends, you have laughs with them and remember good times from a young age, you have fights with them but you always know you love each other, they are a better thing than brothers and sisters and friends cause there all pieced together as one."

- Courtney Cox
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January 10, 2019

Lamon Center by Artists Alley

It was not in our plan to eat at Lamon Center by Artists Alley in Batanes. John and I actually didn't know anything about this cute coffee shop. We were supposed to eat at Kubo by Pension Ivatan but the guy in front was so rude we lost our appetite. So we walked around  the town proper looking for a place to have dinner when Jerish Alcoy called us.

We met Jerish a day earlier at Basco Lighthouse. He is an artist and a part-time tour guide from Batanes. I thought we wouldn't see him again but there he was at Lamon having dinner with his girlfriend, Jhem.

The four of us were having a good time when a lady recognized me. She is Julie from Bulacan. She's also staying in KenAdrians and recognized me (probably my jolly-loud voice😁. So the four became five, then six when the owner, Jo Jose joined in the fun!

The next day, as we were on our last day of tour, I invited husband and wife Engr. Bong and Mam Carol to try Lamon Center. Then along the road we met husband and wife Atty. Daye and Gil from Bulacan, and invited them too.

The quiet Batanes was beaming with laughter that night as we exchanged stories and jokes about life, love, work, Manila, family. One thing we all agreed upon, ANG GANDA NG BATANES!



What can I say about Lamon Center? Although they have limited menu, I definitely enjoyed their organic coffee! They also serve tsokolate, tea and other drinks. I also liked their rice meal (more like Singaporean food) and their kamote fries. Jo uses ingredients that is fresh from Batanes. She mostly buys from people growing plants in pots. I also super like that the fries is serve in a kamansi leaf.

Since Jo is an artist, Lamon Center has many of those art stuff hanged  on the walls.  Last but not  the least, I enjoyed talking to bubbly Joana! It felt like I was talking to myslef,  andami nya ding energy😁

If you wish to enjoy sipping coffee while enjoying the beautiful twon plaze, give Lamon a call at 0995 535 2588.