My S&R 2014 Christmas Gift Guide

Tick, tock, tick, tock goes the clock.  Christmas is, gasp,  next week already and I’m still not done with my CHRISTmas gift list!   Are you?  I know right?  I think 90% of us moms are scrambling all over town looking for the perfect gift for our inaanaks, neighbors, friends, officemates and so goes the long list.  Usually reserving the last few days of precious holiday shopping time for the immediate family.

Last year was chaotic for me.  I was literally all over town going through malls looking for the perfect gift and didn’t have any clue what I was looking for except a broad description of gender and age.  This year,  I told myself I won’t beat myself up and worked on a theme for each group.  Friends all get a home accessory.  Kids, since most are tweeners, get their favorite sweets – sweets their mommies won’t ordinarily indulge them with.  Girl clients get food and men clients get liquor.    Seems easy enough?  I had a caveat though, it should be extraordinary and unique.  Something they won’t find in every corner of Manila.

S&R Membership Warehouse

With that in mind,  where else will I head to but S&R Membership Shopping Warehouses.  Know for their exclusive, wide variety and oooh so delightfully packaged treats.  I went last Sunday with the fam bam to finally finish off my CHRISTmas gift list. Here are some of my finds:

Everyone doesn’t ever seem to have enough of CHRISTmas decors, so cute decors like these would surely be appreciated.

S&R Christmas Decors

Stuff toys to hang in your CHRISTmas tree.  Since I have children,  my CHRISTmas Tree has always been adorned with CHRISTmas stuff toys.  Price: 149.75

S&R Christmas Decors

Adorable and light CHRISTmas wreath.  My husband doesn’t hang anything on the wall save for precious paintings.  With this light wreath,  I can just use my handy Blue Tack.

S&R Christmas Decors

Whimsy CHRISTmas decors perfect for homes with children like ours:-)

S&R Home Decors

These miniature topiaries are so beautiful that they would surely make any receiver smile in delight.  Price: 749.75

Hello Kitty Interchangeable Watch

This Hello Kitty Watch set is sooo cute!  It has interchangeable straps and rings.  Your nieces would be hugging you till next CHRISTmas.  Price: P1,429.95

Cute Trash Can

Functional but very cute trash bins would make kids happy and moms happier:-)  Price: P299.95

Dusty Rideable Toy Car

Your inaanak would have a blast riding Dusty, complete with rotating propeller and full sounding horn.  Price: P2,299.95

Cute Bins

Tweeners and parents will find this crate styled bin chic and handy.  Price: 399.95

Christmas Basket Ideas

Gift packs are meant to look like this.  Price: P 1,699.95. Check out their Christmas Catalog here.

Whenever I go to S&R I feel like I’m in the US.   Huge warehouse with tons of imported, hard-to-find items you would mostly find, well, in the US.  And the displays,  makes your heart and wallet beat a hundred paces faster.  Like,  vitamins don’t usually excite me but with S&R’s vitamin selection, I’m piling up the cart faster than you can say stop;-)

Jacobsen of Denmark Christmas Cookies

Mouthwatering Jacobsen’s Cookies from Denmark.  They are nicely packaged in Christmas tins and they are a steal at P 99.95.  An excellent gift to bank tellers or your son’s/daughter’s favorite teacher.

Wrigley's in Tin Cans

I find these Heritage Tin Wrigley’s gums irresistible.  Good gift to tweeners.  Price:  P249.95

Christmas Chocolates

You will drool in happiness with S&R’s chocolate and sweets selection, all beautifully packed there is no need for the usual wrapping!

S&R Wine Selection

My husband’s first stop — the wine section.  I think S&R has the widest selection of wine at very, very good prices.   Classy gift for clients and for neighbors too.  Wine or champagne for New Year’s eve.

S&R Wine Promos

Lindenman’s Shiraz Cabernet at P 549.95 for 3, not bad, not bad at all.

I wanted to take a whole lot more of photos but it’s better for you guys to go check it out by yourself.

The selection from food to home is extensive and are unusual, plus you get to enjoy S&R club pricing.    S&R Club Pricing means members get to enjoy a fine selection of hard-to-find products at a low, low price.  Membership is only at P700 a year and you get to enjoy access to sauces, meat cuts, unusual chocolates, Kirkland medicines, bath essentials pati tissue, aliw!    For me that’s the beauty of an S&R membership, variety and access to otherwise not locally available goods at affordable prices.   Check out how to be a member and get updated on new S&R products (they always have new products)  here.  And I haven’t touched on S&R’s food service!

But that’s another blog all together, for now shopping comes first:-)

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P.S. Thanks to S&R for inviting me to S&R and for sponsoring this post.

Best MOMent: What is your best MOMent?

best moments with kidsAsking this question is like opening a bottomless box of joy because I cannot put a pin to what would be my best.  There are just too many!:-)  Holding my baby for the first time is so precious while watching them take their first step is a joy.  Hearing their animated stories is a delight while traveling with them is an adventure.  Playing with them is happiness while bedtime routines spells peace.

As a mom to 3 wonderful kids,  I try my best to make as much wonderful moments with my kids.  For me those moments can run from grand (like exploring a new country) to the ordinary (like brushing teeth) and yet each moment, precious just the same.

Last Sunday,  PAMBATANG SOLMUX 200mg, the trusted cough partner of moms, gave a salute to Moms and our best MOMents.

Solmux Best Moments

Almost 300 moms, dads and their children were treated to an afternoon of happiness and fun at none other than the Mind Musuem.   PAMBATANG SOLMUX 200mg’s Best MOMents Event is the culmination activity of PAMBATANG SOLMUX 200mg’s Facebook promo where mommies uploaded their best moments with their kids and how PAMBATANG SOLMUX 200mg helps them to have these best moments.  Winners of the promo received an invite to the event.

The whole Mind Museum Special Exhibition Hall was filled with happy faces of both moms and their children (and dads too), all eager to have an afternoon filled with learning and bonding MOMents.  It was such a joy to be part of the event and be one with all the moms in affirming our overwhelming love and commitment to our children.

My daughter and I were delighted to see our favorite Lady DJ Delamar host the event with little Cooper close by (We always listen to The Morning Rush on the way to school:-)). And my daughter’s eyes twinkled when a staff from the Mind Museum did a few DIY science experiments.

Solumux Best Moments at Mind Museum

PAMBATANG SOLMUX 200mg also gave away awesome prizes, four of which were Samsung Tab 3 Lite!   Winner!

When it was time to go around the museum,  you can see everyone in a jolly rush to experience the Mind Museum.  You can see kids pulling their parents to look at this.  And you can see parents calling their kids to experience that.  Truly,  experiences such as these are best when shared:-)

We had super fun at the Shadow Box doing all sorts of shadows.  Here we spelled L-O-V-E!:-)

We had super fun at the Shadow Box doing all sorts of shadows. Here we spelled L-O-V-E!:-)

Static Ball at the Mind Museum

It was unfortunate that my 3 year old couldn’t join us that afternoon.  He is nursing a bad cold and cough.  I was trying to hold off the meds but yesterday when I brought him to the pedia,  he was prescribed, tada, PAMBATANG SOLMUX 200mg.

When I visited the SOLMUX FB page, moms attested that to have the “walang patid na best MOMents” they give PAMBATANG SOLMUX 200mg at the onset of cough with phlegm.  I’ll surely keep that in mind.

Despite the absence of our little darling, my daughter and I still had fun.  And it is heart warming to share with her that the event is in celebration of MOMents, best Mom moments!  She smiled when I told her that and gave me a hug.

Mind Museum Taguig

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P.S.  Thanks PAMBATANG SOLMUX 200mg for inviting my daughter and I to an afternoon of MOMents at the Mind Museum.  Thanks also for sponsoring this post.

 

CHRISTmas Merry-Go-Around: Best and Merriest CHRISTmas Displays in Manila 2014

For the past seven years,  it has been my family’s tradition to go all over Manila to catch the best and merriest displays.   We would have a good dinner, hire our driver to come in that weekend and hop-on, hop-off as we marvel at the lights and beauty, and to the dismay of my kids, take lots of photos.   Sharing with you some photos of the most resplendent displays in town …

Manila Peninsula

I think the best decor is always at the Pen.  Their high ceiling allows them a tall luxurious tree.  Have ice cream at the lobby:-)

I think the best decor is always at the Pen. Their high ceiling allows them a tall luxurious tree. Have ice cream at the lobby:-)

These glass reindeers are beautiful.

These glass reindeers are beautiful.

Come and take a bite of this gingerbread house.  It's a real and large gingerbread house.  Kids are amazed as always.

Come and take a bite of this gingerbread house. It’s a real and large gingerbread house. Kids are amazed as always.

Makati Shangri-la

Last year it was angels,  this year a sleigh.

Last year it was angels, this year a sleigh.

Rockwell PowerPlant

Festive and elegant wreaths give warmth to Rockwell.

Festive and elegant wreaths give warmth to Rockwell.

They have this polar bear display yearly but it is still adorable all the time.

They have this polar bear display yearly but it is still adorable all the time.

Liwanag Park at Meralco

I love that the center of the display is this Nativity scene.  In the end,  all these festivities is in celebration of God made Man.

I love that the center of the display is this Nativity scene. In the end, all these festivities is in celebration of God made Man.

Simbang Gabi isang tradition na kay ganda at tunay na Filipino.

Simbang Gabi isang tradition na kay ganda at tunay na Filipino.

Maliwanag at Maligayang Pasko

Maliwanag at Maligayang Pasko

Wishing you all the Merriest of Holidays.  And a most Blessed CHRISTmas!

 

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