Change from Within: Youth Empowerment Camp for Kids

There is a buzz among parents about "Ignite the Fire."  It is a Youth Empowerment Program that is geared towards igniting the fire in our kids.

I believe that all of our kids have that fire in them.  They have that innate talent to shine and become the best that they can be.  However,  sometimes they just don't feel the need to shine.  Or they feel it's too much work.  Or they lose focus.  As parents,  we provide constant reminders to them and even provide them with all the external help we can from tutors, enrichment programs to grand rewards.  But we cannot always be there to provide extrinsic motivation for them.  In the end,  the good change they want must be stemming from their desire to be the best that they can be.  No amount of external motivation can outweigh the fuel from within.

Ignite the Fire 2015 by WorldStage Superstar

It is with this thought that I have taken interest to enroll my kids in the "Ignite the Fire" camp this April 21-25, 2015.  It is not because I believe they are bad and need to change.  It is because I believe that there is so much good in them and they can shine.  This is the first time I am enrolling my kids but the camp has been fanning the fire in Asia, particularly in Singapore, for several years and now it has come to the Philippines.

Of course, since we are chucking quite a sum of money for the camp I am very curious to find out more about it.  Tonight,  Cherry Pua, the lead mentor of the program with a long list of credentials in Neuro Linguistic Programming is going to hold a parent talk at Fully Booked tonight for a handful of parents who are considering the program.  I'll find out more and fill you guys in.  Meantime, please feel free to throw in your comments and questions so I can ask for you guys.  Or visit their website at

Let's Fan the Flame in our Kids,

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Grand Baby Fair Year 5: What to Expect

The biggest event for expecting moms and moms with babies is ON!   Grand Baby Fair Year 5 is happening this today till Sunday at the SM Megamall Trade Hall. I had a preview of the sale yesterday and it was huge as always:-)

30-50-70% off items were all over, it would make any mom (particularly first timers) go into a shopping frenzy.  If you're planning to get a stroller, crib, baby toys or accessories this will be the best time to do it because you will get to save so much!

Enjoy ako sa semantics ng theme:-) Baby Company, the organizer of the event, knows that parenting can be a jungle out there hence the theme Grand Safari.  Cute! You will find the Safari theme all over which makes shopping more fun.

Here are some of the stuff I think you guys would like ...

First time is always big time.   Hand-me downs for the next cub:-)

SM grand baby fair

Aprica strollers are 50% off as well as Baby Company brands. Graco play pens and strollers are 20% off.

Cuddle bug cribs on sale at SM Baby Grand Fair

Linens come at 50-70% off.  They are sooo cute and soft to the touch.

baby linens for sale at SM BAby Grand Fair

Feeding bottles.  Avent 3 pack 125ml from P1249 to P750.  Playtex Anti Colic Feeding Bottles are buy-one-take-one P400 for a pair.

SM grand baby fair

SM grand baby fair

Cloth diapers from Baby Leaf, Charlie Banana and Bambino are between 20-30% off.  Huggies and Mammy Poko offer Value Packs.

Cloth diapers

Infant shoes and clothes are 20-30% off.

discounted baby clothes at SM grand baby fair

Developmental toys from Fisher Price and Lamaze are 30-50% off.   Fisher Price building blocks on the right is now P500 from P2,499.

discounted toys at SM grand baby fair

Attipas for SM grand baby fair

Found this novel shop, Attipas.  Their infant shoes are cute with soles made of lightweight and flexible material similar to Crocs while the top portion is like a sock. From P1,200 now P750.  The baby urinal on right can be left on the floor or mounted on the wall.  New kind of baby tub on the left.  It's supposedly more safe than the traditional baby tub.  On the lower right is a faucet extender so our little ones won't have to reach far.  Cute!

SM BAby Grand Fair 2015

Good quality baseball chair from P 1300 now P390.  The egg shaped chair on the right is also now P390 from P1300.

What's inside the SM Baby Grand Fair 2105 swag bag

On top of all those discounts,  shoppers who purchase a minimum of P3,000 worth will get this Swag Bag with all these items.  The zoo bin is so cute and the bag is made of durable canvas feel on the outside and plastic on the inside.  Medicines, vitamins and sachets from Lacatacyd, Nivea, Pro-lacta can be found inside the transparent bag.

SM BAby Grand Fair 2015

Happy shoppers at SM Baby Grand Fair 2015!

If you're expecting or have an infant,  don't miss this fair!:-)  SM Baby Grand Fair will run at at the SM Mega-trade Hall from January 30-February 1, 2015.  Have a SAFARI-ffic shopping time!




Disclosure:  Thanks to Baby Company for inviting me to the pre-event sale and for sponsoring this post.

Give Gadgets a Break and Get Crafty

DMC Handcrafted Event 2015

My kids play gadgets and as much as I would want for them to just play in the great outdoors, socialize, read or maybe play a banjo, they are kids born to this world where tech is the air they breathe.

So I succumb, cringe and allow them some limited gadget time during weekends.  During their off gadget hours,  they spend their first 30 minutes complaining and wondering what in the world should they do?

As a parent,  I exhale, roll out my eyes and then give them a litany of things they can do instead.  As such, I am always on the look out for activities that would interest them.

When DMC, the manufacturer of those fine threads we used in high school HE, invited me to a "Handcrafted" afternoon,  I was delighted.   For me it's like a trip down memory lane when I made those cross-stitches and crocheted a small pouch while chatting away my high school besties. I was also curious to find out how I can add embroidery to the list of activities my daughter can engage in.

My "Handcrafted" DMC afternoon, opened me to the wonderful world of crafting.   7 amazing crafters shared their stories of how they have incorporated crafting into their lives.  Funky, Trey Ajusto of Ganstilyo Guru, hit a cord when she shared that she used to hide from her friends when she crochets.  Crocheting, embroidery and knitting have been associated for the old and the boring and she doesn't want that stereotype placed on her.  But as she grew older and wiser, she has embraced her passion for crocheting and proudly showed it to the world.

Gantsilyo GuruAs a mom,  we can help dispel this misconception about crafting with our kids.  For all you know,  our kids can find a good friend in crafting.

Take for instance Carla Quimsing, who after giving birth, lost her drive for her one true passion, writing.  As a writer myself,  I can imagine how disconcerting that can be.  She found her way back to writing by creating dream catchers.  While crafting dream catchers she discovered herself and her writing back.  Today she not only writes again,  she makes beautiful dream catchers, together with her young daughter and sells them in her online store Damgo.

In our work, we find ourselves. - TheGoMom

In our work, we find ourselves. - TheGoMom

Marielle Nadal-Reyes founder of CraftMNL loves crafting so much she has put up a crafting studio.  At CraftMNL, crafters meet and do workshops together.  CraftMNL also organizes small craft fairs for crafters to sell their handcrafted items.

Some of CraftMNL workshops.

Some of CraftMNL workshops.

Lenora Cabili,  has taken Filipino crafting global through her own fashion line, Filip+Inna.  In Filip+Inna she designs clothes inspired by traditional Filipino patterns from indigenous tribes.  Her brand gained recognitions as featured in Elle magazine and worn by Tory Burch and Amanda Hearts.

Love the detail and ethnicity of this Filip+Inna blouse.

Love the detail and ethnicity of this Filip+Inna blouse.

These 4 crafters, along with 3 equally notable and passionate crafters, have created unique and beautiful things.  They have discovered part of themselves and shared it with others.  It would be great if we and our daughter can discover it too.   In this world of fast paced gadgets, compounded with everyday stress, it would be good to sit down, savor time and get crafty.

This January 30 (Friday already!), DMC is holding a 3-day weekend craft fair, "DMC Handcrafted."   It would be on January 30 to February 1 at the Century City Mall Event Center.

DMC Handcrafted Event 2015

It is a good venue to introduce ourselves and our kids to different crafting options, from embroidery, knitting, dream catchers, string art, knitting, crocheting and cross-stitching among others.  Partner crafters will be at the fair to hold free workshops for those who want to learn a new skill.  It will also showcase and sell handmade pieces to inspire us to try our hand at it.

For complete schedule of free workshops and to get more crafting ideas, visit DMC's facebook fan page.  Slots are limited so please do sign up fast.

DMC, may actually mean Dollfus-Mieg and Company,  but its core is Daring our Minds to Create!

I'll be taking my daughter along on Friday since they don't have classes.  Excited for some mother-daughter bonding time.  Hope to see you there!




Disclosure:  Thanks to DMC for inviting me to a delightful "Handcrafted" afternoon and for sponsoring this post.

5 Tips to Make Toothbrush Time More Fun for Kids and Less Stressful for Moms

My kids are not fans of tooth brushing.  My 3 year old, always asks me "Do I have to now? I just brushed my teeth last night?"  Everyday I answer their question patiently complete with actions of "Eww, do you want that?"  On my running low on patience day,  I just simply grunt and say "because I say so."

But I guess one step for me to cut the chase in toothbrush time is to make it fun and empower them to make choices.  Here are some tips I deploy (every battle needs a plan;-)) to keep those pearly whites clean and strong:

1. GIVE KIDS A CHOICE.  Of course,  it is not a choice whether they should brush teeth or not.  It is a choice, if they want to use the blue toothbrush or the yellow one?  You brush your teeth first and then mommy helps you after? Or Mommy helps you first and then by yourself after?  Orange or grape flavored toothpaste? Happee toothpaste gives them a spread of  7 flavors to choose from which delights them.  Will it be a bubble-gum pop morning or an tutti-frutti twist evening?

As basic as tooth brushing is, it is great that Happee Toothpaste takes the boredom of routine out with choice:-)

My 3 year old likes the tutti-frutti flavor, my 11 year old prefers the grape while my 13 year old likes all the flavors!   The 7 kid-citing flavors are Strawberry Bloom, Orange, Tutti-frutti Twist, Apple Crunch, Juicy Grapes, Bubblegum Pop, and Cookies & Cream Ahoy, all of which are available in leading groceries and drug stores.  BTW, don't throw away those toothpaste cartons.  They come with fun games for the kiddos.

2.   TALK, SING or ENGAGE KIDS IN SOME HUMOR.  2 minutes may be short (the required amount of brushing time) but for kids this is an eternity!  Happee Toothpaste comes in well-loved character design like Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Dora and Boots.  It's a jump off point of conversation to engage with the kids.  "Boots said he can smell your breath from the jungle!." I always try to add some humor to entice the kids to do routine tasks.

For my 3 year old,  it is a good transition toothpaste from his infant toothpaste because it still has that same fruity flavor but his time with the bubbles.  I assist him and remind him, that Cookie Monster toothpaste will produce bubbles and that he has to spit the bubbles out.  And my, does he enjoy spitting;-)

Happee Toothpaste has kid-safe fluoride levels, giving kids just the right protection against tooth decay.

3.   ALLOCATE ENOUGH TIME.  Often the battle begins when we parents are rushing (aren't we always rushing?!?) and don't give enough time for kids to settle down to the routine.  If bedtime has pre-bedtime routine and we can't expect kids to just plop down and sleep, so does brushing teeth.  Give enough time for the convincing, for the brushing and for keeping the toothbrushes and toothpaste back in its place.

4.   SET A ROUTINE.  Kids though they will fight it to death are creatures of routine.  After eating is bath time, and after bath is milk and story time,  after milk time is toothbrush time. Hopefully this routine will turn into a life-long habit.

5.   BE THEIR ROLE MODEL.  Sometimes allow them to see you brushing your teeth, flossing or mouth washing.  Remember monkey say, monkey do;-)

Hope the above tips help:-)  For more fun and exciting dental tips, visit Happee Kiddie Facebook.

With a little bit of creativity and Happee Kiddie Toothpaste, tooth brushing will be more fun and we will be creating good dental habits for our children;-)

Flash those pearly whites and say Happee!:-)




Disclosure:  Thanks to Happee Toothpast for coming up with 7 kid-citing flavors and sponsoring this post.

Learning from Pope Francis: For Parents and Kids

The entire country was in Pope mania these past 5 days and for most the experience was surreal.  Whether you braved it out in Luneta, waited for the Pope mobile or just watched the entire proceedings in TV, it was an extra-ordinary experience. Pope Francis had the whole country on a 5-day retreat.  Everyone seemed transfixed with him.  His wave. His smile. His word. And, even his silence.

My family welcomed him on TV and my 3 year old was our happy "waver," vigorously waving whenever he sees the Pope:-)

My cousin and I planned to see him in UST but the 2am call time for his 10am speech would be too much for the kids.  My family decided to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis en route to Mall of Asia last January 16 instead.  Surprisingly, the wait wasn't long and wasn't as hard as we expected.  We arrived Roxas Boulevard cor EDSA at 2:30pm and we managed to get the front spot along the barricade nearing the mall.  Luckily, the weather was cloudy and cool which made the wait a breeze. When we saw the police on their motorcycles pass by and heard the happy rumble among the crowd, we knew he would pass by any moment.  And when he did, I was overcome by a wave of emotions. And I was teary-eyed.  Correction - I was crying.  Joy. Holiness. Peace.  At "bakit ang bilis ng takbo ng pope mobile?":-)

Encounter with Pope Francis at Mall of Aisa

For the rest of his stay,  we just caught him on TV.  But for the Sunday mass at Luneta, we were blessed when our parish offered to hold a mass of the Pope via live stream with Holy Communion.  The experience was different because I wasn't sitting down with my home clothes watching but instead I was in church, one with the congregation of other Catholics.

Live Stream of Pope Francis Luneta Mass

As we waved goodbye to our dear Pope and the reality of life after a 5 day retreat enters,  I ask "What's next?"  I told my kids we should keep the visit of the Pope alive by learning from his words and actions.  Pope Francis encouraged everyone to "Think. Feel. Act."


As a parent,  the greatest lesson I learned from him as I saw him these past 5 days and as I read more about his person, is "Leadership by Example." He doesn't bore us with rhetoric instead he inspires us with his works.  The faithful follow because we see his actions.  We are drawn by his actions of simplicity, humility and compassion for the poor.  Maybe if we follow him and lead our children by example we might see small miracles in our home too.  I always tell my kids to put down their gadgets, but they always see me on the phone doing FB or Instagram.  Maybe if I also put down my gadget,  my kids will follow suit.  Walk the Talk.

Here are other traits I love about Pope Francis that we can share with the kids.  And since "Actions speak louder than Words" I chose to say it in photos:

Note:  None of the pictures are mine.  Please click on the picture to get the source and link.

1.    Think.  Feel. Act.

2.   Simplicity

From Day 1 of his Papacy, Pope has shown simplicity in his daily activities.

When he chose to wear his black shoes instead of traditional red during his inauguration.

Whenever he chooses an ordinary car instead of a luxury car.

When he chose to ride the shuttle bus with the cardinals.

We can copy  Pope Francis by being simple too.  There is no need to own the latest rubber shoe, latest cellphone or the newest Prada bag. Nor is there a need to accumulate all the Lego Mini-figures in the world or branded clothes.  Be simple.

3.   Humility

Following Jesus' gesture of humility, the pope washed and kissed the feet of 12 young offenders.

Choosing to sit at the back of the church while waiting for the mass (for the gardeners and janitors of the Vatican) to start.

We can be humble by not bragging about the material things we own or the accomplishments we have achieved.  For my kids they can be humble by respecting, listening and following their teachers, elders and of course, mom and dad:-)  It takes a humble spirit to follow.  For myself,  I can learn humility by saying sorry to my kids if I made a mistake.  By fanning down my arrogance by not constantly checking out how many likes I get in FB.  I know, how mundane,  but FB does bring out that evil in me.  Arghhh!

4.   Compassion for the Poor

According to Huffington Post, "Swiss guards confirmed that the pope has ventured out at night, dressed as a regular priest, to meet with homeless men and women."

To celebrate his 77th birthday, the Pope chose to dine with his Vatican aides and helpers and four homeless men.

He didn't have any qualms hugging and kissing a disfigured man.

We can be compassionate by helping a friend in need.  Give a friend time, listen to them, be their playmate or share a snack with them. Kids can further extend compassion to the needy by giving alms using some of their allowance.  For me,  I plan to be more compassionate and understanding of the plight of the people I'm working with.  My workplace is my extended family and my generosity and kindness should begin there.

5.   Balance

Pope Francis' schedule in the Philippines resounds of balance.  For instance on his second day in Manila, he met public officials then returned to his home to rest before proceeding to the meeting of families.  He took time to work, time to rest, time to listen and time to pray.

The kids can learn from Pope Francis by balancing their time between all the activities from studies, play, rest and prayer.

For me, as a parent, I have to practice balance too.  Only in balance will I find peace.

6.   Cheerful Heart

It is this sincere smile that spreads right through his eyes that has endeared many to him.  Smile and the world will smile back at you.  Smiling Pope Francis

Let's take a cue from Pope Francis.

Be simple.  Be humble. Be compassionate. Find balance. Be happy.

Think. Feel. Act.



How to Make the Pope’s Visit More Meaningful for the Kids

Pope Francis will be here in Manila in 2 days and my family and I haven't decided if we are going to brave the crowds to see him.  Of course my husband said we get the best vantage point from the TV but somehow I feel something is remiss with this kind of involvement.  As a kid who camped the grounds of Luneta when Pope John Paul 2 was here last February 1981, I feel the experience is best felt out there.   Yes it was stinky and hot then, but the energy of the youth Pope John Paul so loved fueled my yearning soul.   I saw him (I have actually seen a saint!) on the stands of Luneta that day and it remains to be one of my best childhood memories.

Now, with children of my own, I want them to experience the same oneness, the same faith.  But then again this time,  6 million people is the estimated crowd. And the praning in me has the recent Paris attack looming in my mind.

And so I have resigned myself to watching the entire event from the TV.

My daughter changed my mind though.  In her CLE class,  the topic is but of course about Pope Francis.  Now my kids know what is a bouncer and that Pope Francis used to be one:-)  My daughter also recounted the insightful discussion they had in class (this is not a direct quote, just what I gathered from my daughter's thoughts).

The holiday the government gave the Philippine nation, a predominantly Catholic country,  is for us to take time to welcome Pope Francis.  It is not meant to be taken as a time to go out of the country for a vacation.  You don't leave your house when a very, very important guest is coming.  You stay and welcome him. 

I know all of you won't actually see the Pope, instead you will see lots and lots of  heads but when you go and take time to be there you get to experience something holy.  You see a nation united in faith.  You experience the holiness of One Body of Christ which is the Church.

The Pope represents Jesus' church.  If Jesus visited and all you would be seeing would be heads,  would you go?   Would you?

O di ba,  napa-isip naman ako ng todo-todo.  There are 2 windows where we can try to see the Pope, January 16 and January 18 (see Papal Itinerary).

Here are the options:

1.  Go and book a hotel near Roxas Boulevard.  This option should have been explored months ago.  Hotels are already fully booked.

2.  Go early and camp.  The school of my son is sending a small delegation.  They leave at 4am to attend the 3:30pm mass.  According to MMDA traffic enforcers,  he advises his uniformed men to wear adult diapers.  Ewww!  But practical.

3.  Try to get as close to his motorcade on January 16 en route to Mall of Asia.  Bring a disposable umbrella, take the MRT and walk from Pasay MRT to Mall of Asia.

4.  Try to get as close to the crowds on January 18.  Monitor traffic from the friendly Waze and plot where best to stand.

5.  Our main parish is going to do a live stream of the Pope's January 18 mass.   Communion will also be done.   This is actually a very, very good option for kids.

I also read a very insightful article of Voltaire Tupaz in Rappler controversially titled "Why I'm not excited to see the Pope"

If you didn't have time to read the whole article, the long and short of it is that he is not too interested in "physically seeing" the Pope instead he is more interested to hear and live his message.   We can take a cue from this as well by engaging our kids in a short, informal discussion of who Pope Francis is, the values he stands for,  the way he connected to the people (show the selfies he took - kids can relate to that),  the changes he has made in the church.  I'll try to do some research and share with this with you guys tomorrow - Snippets of Pope Francis Kids can Understand and Relate to.


I'm still plotting out our strategy with 4 and 5 as the 2 probable options.  How about you?  How do you plan to make Pope Francis' visit more meaningful for the kids?




Making New Year’s Resolutions with the Kids

I thought I would make next year a bit different and more purposeful for my kids by drawing up a New Year's resolution list.  New Year's resolutions will provide a review of the past and a hopeful look at the future. Young as they are,  I think, kids have desires not limited to toys or gadgets but also to become a better person.

We shall do it as a family today, on the last day of the year, amidst the crisp cool air and with the New Year's eve a few hours away.

Here is how I prepared my family for this activity:

1.   Drum up the coming activity a few days in advance so kids can already mull over what they plan to put in their list.

2.    Set the stage.  Soft instrumental Christmas music at the background.  Their favorite snack on the table. Clean blank sheet and a pen. Champagne glasses filled with juice for the final toast (after writing the resolutions).  Toast in thanksgiving for past year.  Toast for the upcoming year and all the hope that lies ahead.

3.    Make it a Family Activity.  Everyone should be present to share and to listen.  Parents can start off so kids can take their queue.

3.    Look back and recount last year's blessings and successes.  Eldest showed responsibility finishing up all the projects. Middle child wasn't as hard to wake up in the mornings. Family took a vacation to Disneyland.  It is a moment to be thankful for all the blessings and also a good reminder of the good they have done.

4.    Draw up a general guide for their resolutions and let them fill it in.  Tempting as it is to list down 101 things you wish to improve on, you will lose them along the way.  Ask them to think, share with everyone and write down their own resolutions.  This way they can plan better and they will have full ownership of their goals.  The categories may be broad but underneath each "big" resolution should be bite sized ones that can be easily done.


  • Self-improvement Goals (Punctuality (bite size: sleep at 10pm and wake up at 6am), Responsibility, Self-discipline (ex. gadget time), Be Kinder, Healthy Life Style)
  • School Goals (Reading More (bite size: read 15 minutes every night), No cramming, Participating in Class More...)
  • Relationship Goals (Family (bite size: speak kindly to siblings), Friends, Others)
  • Material Goal (Toys, Gadgets or Shoes they want to get)
  • Spiritual Goal (Daily Prayers (bite size: say short prayer in the morning and at night), Mass Attendance)

5.   Place the list in a public / visible place so the kids can be reminded of their resolutions.

6.   Touch base with the kids weekly on their resolution list.  Once a habit is hopefully formed, this periodic touch bases can be father apart.

Hope this short list helps.

Wishing you and your family abundance, peace, love and kindness this 2015!








Tahanan Books: A Celebration of Filipino Language, Culture and Arts

Tahanan Books My kids and I like reading children's books.  And we like hovering in the book section of National Bookstore or Fully Booked looking for the perfect book that we could add to our growing collection. We would read the whole book together and from there I can gauge their interest.   Most of the time we will go home with a good English Children's book but I make sure to also grow our Filipino Children's book selection.

I was so delighted, you know that warm delight discovering a good book brings, when Tahanan Books sent me a set of Filipino books bursting with Filipino lyrical rhyme and rich illustrations by top Filipino artists.   They sent me several books for review and asked me for my top 3 picks but I ended up falling in love with almost all of them.

Bahay Kubo  (Illustrated by Hermes Alegre)

Bahay Kubo Book by Hermes Alegre

We all know the song but illustrated by none other than multi-awarded artist Hermes Alegre, revisiting the song will be beautiful for both you and your child.  I always wanted a Hermes Alegre hehe but couldn't afford his paintings and I got a taste of his art through this book.   Kids will learn to appreciate the beauty of art, idyllic life in the barrios and our rich vegetation through this visually rich book.

Tagu-Taguan (Written and Illustrated by Jomike Tejido) A Counting Book in Filipino

Tagu-taguan Book by Jomike Tejido

Tagu-taguan Book by Jomike Tejido

The book takes you on a hide and seek, count down from 10 (sampu) to 1 (isa) using common insects.  Kids have a natural curiosity for those creepy crawlies and the book takes off on this interest for the count down.  My insect-loving son enjoyed it thoroughly and asked me to read it to him repeatedly (my barometer for 5 star books success:-)).   The book describes the insects in a fun, simple, lyrical rhyme so you don't only get to take out counting in Filipino but also learn a thing or two about insects.

Alpabetong Filipino (Written by Nicanor Tiongson and Illustrated by Crispin Dayao)

Alpabetong Filipino Book by Nicanor Tiongson

Go through our very own 28 letter, Alpabetong Filipino, using carefully selected objects that ruptures with Filipino culture.  A is not apple but A is for Agila, our national bird and pride... I is not insecto but Inay, ang ilaw ng tahanan.  The object selection will enrich your child's appreciation of our Filipino heritage and ethnicity.

Alpabetong Filipino by Nicanor Tiongson

Bugtong, Bugtong (Collated by Rene Villanueva and Illustrated by Daniel Tayona)

Bugtong bugtong Compiled by Rene Villanueva

One of my early childhood memories is my father throwing a bugtong (riddle) at me and my brothers as we hurry to think of the answer.  As my favorite Filipino author, Rene Villanueva, says in his foreword, discovery of the answer is always followed by smiles and most of the time, a burst of laughter.  I want my kids to experience the rich exchange  a "bugtong" brings.    A great compilation of  Filipino familiar "bugtongs."

Bugtong bugtong Compiled by Rene Villanueva _Tahanan-Bugtong-Bugtong-Inside_SF-68As with all riddles,  it asks the reader to call attention to detail and yet asks us to have an open, simple mind.  I like it that it is grouped together according to object type, example, parts of the body, animals so as to make it easier to guess. Delight in the simple beauty of "bugtong."

Aba! Ano ang Bunga? (Written by Ompong Remigio and Illustrated by Mon Pineda)

Aba! Ano ang Bunga by Ompong Remigio

Since we are into "bugtongs" the book Aba! Ano ang Bunga? is a good addition to our Bugtong book.   The author, Ompong Remigio, is a well-known Creative Director so I got what I expected --   a book plump with wit and modern poetic rhyme.  Young kids will discover that apple is not the only fruit in the world;-) In fact, there are a lot of fruits that are natural to the Philippines.

Bugtong na FilipinoBugtong na Filipino A filipino riddleOverall, the beauty of Tahanan books lies in its award winning writers and art-rich illustrations.  Each book a celebration of Filipino culture and art.

Open your child's world to the beauty of Filipino language, culture and art.  This CHRISTmas season,  won't you consider giving this lasting, heart-warming gift instead?

To know more about Tahanan Books, please call Fran Ong at 8137165 or email You may also check out their Facebook page at TahananBooks

Mabuhay ang Wikang Filipino,




P.S. Thank you to Tahanan Books for giving my kids and I this wonderful set of books.


Light and Fun: Juicy for Kids and on The Go Mom’s

Ok, you might find this a bit weird, but as I age (ouch, nails screeching on blackboard),  I find myself searching through cologne aisles instead of perfume sections.  As an on the go mom, sorry didn't mean to sell myself, I want a fragrance that is light and fresh. Nothing overly fragrant, I want it subtle but fragrant enough to leave a sweet lingering scent.

I look for scents that I can spray, every so often to perk me up or refresh me just when I need it.  Scents positively affect my mood that is why I have scents in my home office, in my bag, in my bathroom and in my car.  Just a quick spray makes me feel refreshed, makes me feel light or wakes me up from my afternoon energy slump.

Juicy Cologne, from Cosmetique Asia, same makers as Silka soap, has just about any variant to match our different moods and different personalities.

Juicy Cologne Variants

A week back,  bloggers along with media people, were invited to a delightful afternoon at Stacy's, Capitol Hills to personally try the different variants of Juicy Cologne and meet Juicy's Brand Ambassador Kathryn Bernardo.

Kathryn Bernardo Juicy Cologne Ambassador

Kathryn, is a breath of fresh air as she entered Stacy's in her pink dress.  Questions were thrown at her and she answered it all with confidence and charm.

Dessert Bar Event Set up

Photo Caption: Stacy's was dressed up in royal cuteness.

My daughter was delighted when she saw the picture of the dessert spread.  We share the same love for desserts and light colognes:-)  Her personal fave from the Juicy Cologne line is Dreamside while my pick is the Orange Twist.  I actually had a hard time picking because I like all the scents, they are light and fruity - perfect combination!  Plus, they are very affordable and won't break the bank so my daughter and I can spray away!

Juicy Cologne has a total of 8 dermatologist-tested and hypo-allergenic scents:

Juicy Cologne Variants

Sprightly Sprinkle - for the light, vivacious and bubbly.

Sweet Delight - for the fun, fresh, lovable and luscious.

Orange Twist - for the creative, outgoing, funky and outrageous.

Angel's Bliss - for the heavenly, darling, dainty and mild.

Dreamsicle - for the wistful, tender, calm and romantic.

Icylicious - for the cool, refreshing, soothing and relaxing.

Two new variants are the perky and playful, Sugar Frosting and the cool and breezy, Up, Up and Away!

Have fun with your daughter and choose the perfect Juicy Cologne for each of you.  Try it and get jucified!

Kathryn Bernardo




P.S.  Head on over to Juicy's Official Facebook fan page, they have an OOTD giveaway:-)

P.P.S.  Thanks to Juicy Cologne for sponsoring this post and inviting me to spend a delightful afternoon with Kathryn and my fellow bloggers.


P.S. from Aéropostale PH: Fun and Comfy Clothing Line for Kids

PS from Aeropostale PH

Moms' hearts will skip a beat when they see Aeropostale PH new children's line, P.S. from Aéropostale.  The fresh selection is trendy and yet exudes a relaxed, cool look with a lot of mix and match we parents appreciate. You know us parents, we want our kids to look good and yet love those mix and matches to stretch the value;-)

The launch of P.S. from Aéropostale, Aéropostale's line for kids aged 4-14, was held last November 22, 2014 at the UP Town Center.  It was a light and festive day, celebrating children and how they cool they have become over the years!

The general air of the fair spelled fun, fun, fun!

PS from Aeropostale PH

My son and I gamely posted at the photo wall.  And my son, helped himself on the graffiti wall (finally, he can write on the wall! LOL), played a few hoops, ate ice cream and Sabrett Hotdogs.  Fellow bloggers, Jackie of GoJackieGo, Rowena of Animetric, Sarah of Fashion Eggplant, Dianne of Nuffnang and I enjoyed the whole afternoon amidst the music and all the canapes and macarons by none other than, Bizu!