Throwback Thursday: Sweets ng ating Kabataan! (Sweets of our Childhood)

We were once children too!  Here is a photo collection of the sweet things we used to munch on, back in our days …

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Remember this pink gum with ridges on it?  It was hard to chew but who cares,  we wanted the comic strip inside:-)

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Everyone had their taste of first communion with these fruity Chinese hawthorn discs.

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We would buy these from school or from the sari-sari store and start popping them in our mouths by pushing them at the middle with our fingers.  Naka-stapler pa nga ang dulo, tamang-tama sa bata:-)  (The end is even stapled at the end,  just right for kids).

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Image credit pepper.ph

Bago pa ang Cadbury,  I had my sweet tooth on Serg’s Milk Chocolate.

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Kendi na nakakain ang wrapper!  Magic!  The edible thin wax wrapper made out of sticky rice made eating this creamy and chewy candy irresistible.

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My fave in the world!  I always looked forward to my mom coming home from the palengke (market) with these.  It used to come in vertical plastic bags with usually 10 pieces stacked inside.  Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside.  Yum!

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Who doesn’t love the buttery caramel taste of Peter’s butter ball?  It is a little bit weird to roll such a big ball in our tiny mouths but we loved it.  Kendi Mint was my first taste of mint candy.  Up to now,  when I take my mints I still miss the chocolate surprise in the middle.

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Orange jelly candy covered in sugar for our sweet cravings.  The closest thing to the gummy bears of our childhood.

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Chewy, chocolate candy that stubbornly sticks to our teeth.  As in seriously,  with my dirty, chubby fingers I always had to dislodge stuck tootsie roll in my teeth.  Eeww!

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We loved munching on these tablet-shaped chocolate and malt candies.

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Image credit blog.candy.com

And syempre,  mawawala ba si Chicletin mo babe?:-) (And of course,  we cannot miss Chiclets baby)

Did I miss any childhood sweet fave?  How about you, what food/snack/sweets brings back childhood memories?

Reference:  10 Kiddie Snacks we Can’t Forget by Macy Alcaraz for Spot.ph

Minsang Bata,

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Traveling with Baby/Toddler in Tow

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My husband and I start off our plane travel with kids as soon as they hit 2.  We figured they are big enough to enjoy the sights and big enough for us to enjoy them enjoying it (ang daming enjoy!).  We have requested and have been given front row seats of the plane and have used up the planes barf bag a few times.   Like any parent,  the first time to travel with a baby or a toddler on a plane can be worrisome but take heart and repeat to yourself, the flight is just 2 hours or 13!:-)

Green Cross Alcohol through their parenting FB portal Mommy PROs gives us “Baby on Board” practical tips to help us endure the plane ride that seems to take forever .   Hope you guys traveling with your babies or toddlers can read through it to prepare you for the pressure ahead;-)

As for me,  I’m lucky my kids are quite easy on the plane.  They are not too sensitive with the cabin air pressure.  In the few times that they complain of “ouchie” ears, I just tell them to copy mom and open their mouth really wide or drink milk.  I time the drinking of milk on take off or landing.  When the kids got bigger, I made them chew some gum (gum is part of my checklist).  I also bring some toys for them to play with and their favorite snacks to keep boredom at bay.

When the destination requires a lot of walking (theme parks not beaches),  I bring an umbrella stroller and take it all the way to the boarding gate. Before, we made the mistake of checking it in and the wait in the immigration counter was long and the walk to the gate was kinda far so we had to carry our toddler the whole time.  Another plus of taking the stroller with you all the way to boarding gate is they give the stroller back to you immediately upon deplaning!  After a long plane ride, with baby and parent tired,  it is comforting to plop the baby down on a stroller while going through immigration again and finding the exit.

At first,  I was a bit apprehensive because my toddler is a walker and I might end up with a stroller and walking toddler! but walker that he is,  he still gets tired and appreciated the stroller break.  He was on it at the times he was tired.  And was off it when he has regained his energy and is ready to run, run, run!

For more tips on traveling with a baby, see Green Cross’ Baby on Board.

Oh btw,  don’t forget to pack Green Cross Insect Repellent Lotion. Philippines’ trusted alcohol brand came out with a full line of Green Cross Insect Repellent Lotions  to keep our little ones safe from mosquito bites.

Disclosure:  Thanks to Green Cross Mommy PROs for sponsoring this post.

Travel Happy!

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Stations of the Cross for Children

stations of the crossWhat are you guys doing this Holy Week?

When I was younger,  my parents together with my 2 brothers would do the Visita Iglesia (visiting 7 churches) and do the Stations of the Cross.  It was a good Lenten experience and a good bonding experience for the whole brood.  My brothers and I of course looked forward to the lunch and snacks along the way.  It was sort of a spiritual field trip that I have so much fond memories of.

Sometimes, we would head to the province of either my mom in Pampanga or my dad in Laguna and have a grand reunion “espesyal” with the entire clan in the ancestral house.  We would play, exchange stories, scarily watch the penitents flagellate themselves and look forward to my lola’s (grandma’s) menudo for lunch and sopas for merienda.

Lull times would be spent watching the TV showing the Passion and Death of Christ.

Today with a family of my own,  I don’t do the 7 churches anymore.  My husband, kids and I just visit one church and do one round of the Stations of the Cross.  We read through the Stations of the Cross leaflet, pray silently on the pews for a short while and then leave.

I’m not sure if that is enough observance of the Lenten season but for now it would do.

Last year, while doing the Stations of the Cross with the family, I told myself I’m going to write a Stations of the Cross for children.  I would make it more real to them, more personal.  As I was trying to write it,  I got stuck in the middle because I realized what I was writing is another prayer again of myself/kids in relation to the sufferings of Jesus.  And I told myself,  “Why does it have to be about me/kids again?”

I came across this wonderful Stations of the Cross leaflet published by the Missionary of St. Paul in 1936 and newly designed in 1988 by Jennifer Gregory Miller from her website familyfeastanderia.wordpress.com.

The material paints the image of Jesus’ sufferings in words that are easy to understand for kids.  The personal prayer is short and sweet and is focused on Jesus.  Click this to download Jennifer’s printable version – Stations of the Cross for Children.

Have a Blessed Holy Week!

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