Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Like A Boss!: Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss!

Hello Aldente!

.... is what you can most likely want to say as soon as you take a bite of Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss’s amazing noodle dishes. Moshi = Hello, Koshi=aldente! Their noodles are made fresh everyday to stay true to their Koshi name. And it’s apparent once you get resistance in every bite of the noodle. Resistance in a perfect aldente way! 

Friday, July 26, 2013

A Real Head-Scratcher

                Almost two. I know I keep saying this but time flies by so fast! In 3 months, my little Rainbow will be celebrating her 2nd birthday. She's already in that phase where she wants to just run around in circles or play outside with the neighbor's kids. She no longer smells like milk. She smels like sweat. Where oh where did my little helpless infant go?!?

                Okay so a few weeks ago I noticed Rain started scratching her head from time to time. Uh-oh.... Could it be lice?!? I had lice when I was in elementary so I knew it all too well. So from time to time I would search hear head for any microscopic creepy crawler. None. But I could already see that she had some small scabs in her scalp from all the scratching:(

Thursday, July 25, 2013

My Little Trip to SM Aura (Updated)

            I have been to SM Aura a few weeks ago but I wasn't really able to go around.  So the second time I went, I made sure to look around a bit more.  To finally see the famous mall that Sarah Jessica Parker flew all the way down here for.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Trip Wish List!

          If you follow my little Rainbow of a blog, you would know that Rain loves and adores Sesame Street. She also loves Mickey Mouse Club House but at this point she's really leaning more on Sesame Street. She can recognize Elmo in any shape or form. One time we were at a mall, she started saying "Emow! Emow!" I looked around and true enough there was a little kid running around with an Elmo backpack hehe.

          Anyway just this afternoon she runs to me, holds my finger and drags me to whatever she wanted to show me. She dragged me over to the iPad and showed me what she was watching. It was a commercial for Sesame Place!:

            Although she doesn't really talk yet, it's like she was telling me "Mommy! I want to go here!" I can definitely see Rain's delight when we do take her there. Oh how I wish we could! Hopefully when she's old enough that she remembers the trip, and yet young enough that she still loves Sesame Street hehehe :-)

            Will definitely add this to our Trips Wishlist! :-) Sesame Place and of course Disney World!!!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

How To Erase Crayon off Walls with Scotch Brite!

This is NOT a sponsored post!

   Don't blink! There's no editing here or cuts of whatsoever! I was surprised as well! I got this sample Scotch Brite Easy Erasing Pad from a loot bag from Mom Expo. (Or was it Kid Expo?) Anyway one of the Mommy Mundo Expos. I had to lower one eye brow when I read that this sponge erases crayon and pen marks and other very tough stains WITHOUT SOAP! For real? We shall find out!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Mommy's Day Out: Coffee with Highschool Friends

Neneng shot. My high school BBFs!
Blurred photo because it was taken using a low pixel phone cam hehe.

                   I'm sure we all had our groups of girlfriends back in high school. That group of friends who you practically grew up with, shared the same interests in music, sports, hobbies, shared your hopes and dreams for college, and of course were there to listen to your puppy love stories. These girls were mine. And I'm glad to say that we still try to meet once in a while. It's been harder for me since I became a mom and all, and so when I finally got the chance, we all met up one fine Saturday afternoon at The Podium Mall to have some late lunch, coffee, and catch up over coffee. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Rain's Nursery: Room Painting!

            I think I should have posted this yesterday as a #throwbackthursday. Oh well....

            A few days ago I dug up some photos from our PC and I thought it would be fun to share here for documentation purposes. So that when Rain sees it she will know the hard work all of her Ninangs and Titas put for her! :-)

           Ever since, lavander has been my favorite color. I guess it's obvious based on the color theme of my blog haha!)

The Day the Mommies Went Pole-Dancing! (Polecats Manila)

           Let me share with you a secret. Once upon a time when I wasn't a mom yet, I would buy exercise videos that I can do at home alone without anyone judging me hehe. And one of my favorite videos was Carmen Electra's Strip Tease.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Counting My Blessings

          It's one of those days when I feel overwhelmed with the challenges in life. Well, like anything else, this too shall pass. So I am posting this to remind me that whenever I get overwhelmed with the challenges in life, I just need to remember to count my blessings... The things that really matter...

Loving the New Gmail Tabs!

            Better than labels, now I can view and organize the type of emails I receive with just one click of a tab. I can organize by Primary (my important / favorite emails), Social (Social network alerts), Promotions (newsletters, etc.) and Updates (bills, etc.). Can't get any more organized than this! :-) I think Gmail really is the coolest email service provider thingy!

Belly Blessed Fest 2013: A Festival for Expectant Moms!

            Ever since I gave birth, I have been following Mommy Mundo Events knowing that they showcase the newest mommy and baby essentials from entrepreneurs left and right. I first found out about Mommy Mundo because my sister-in-law and her husband who owns Bug & Kelly would often join their bazaars. So ever since then, I was hooked. Attending a Mommy Mundo bazaar is like a kid at a candy shop, except the candies are not for you. It's for that little one who calls you Mommy :-) Which is 10 times more exciting and fulfilling than buying for yourself, am I right? :-)

With Glaiza of Moomy Musings! :-)

            The year started with Kid Expo, and then Mom Expo, and then just over the weekend, Belly Blessed together with Mommy Mundo, held the Belly Blessed Fest 2013: A festival for expectant moms!  Without blinking an eye I immediately shared this event to pregnant friends on all my social media networks. It knew it was something they'd want to attend.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

One More Cup of Extra Stress Please


             I knew that getting married would mean that I would be gaining a few more titles in my life. From the normal administration staff (my previous office work), to becoming a household manager (next to the household CEO, my husband). And now that I have my little Rainbow, I was added the job responsibility of being a teacher, a nurse, a playmate, and eventually when Rain gets a little bit older, guidance counselor. But I never thought I would also have to be a guidance counselor to my household help! Sigh... I did not sign up for this!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

An Outback Giveaway! (CONTEST OVER)

Hello everyone! I would just like to quickly reminisce the fun time we had at Outback Steakhouse Libis with our little Rainbow!

Friday, July 12, 2013



                 As a parent of a growing toddler, I am able to experience a whole new world of ups and downs in parenting. Rain is so cute and adorable when she's well-behaved and / or sleeping. Hehe. But it's a whole different ball game when she's wide awake, impatient, and is persistent in playing with something that is not a toy. All of a sudden, in those moments, they're not as adorable anymore haha! (Don't make me feel guilty about saying this! I know you know what I'm talking about hahaha)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I Had The Best Caesar Salad at Mario's!


 It was my first time to eat at Marios hence it was also the first time I've ever seen a Caesar Salad served table side! I was fascinated at how tedious the dressing was to make! And everything was done manually. No electronic kitchen apparatus whatsoever. I wasn't able to time how long the preparation took, but I tell you it was so worth it! It is by far the BEST caesar salad I have ever had! Ever!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

CHAMPS vitamins GIVEAWAY!!! (Winners Announced!!!)

A couple of great news! 

chewable vitamins

Great News #1:  You might have read it already from my previous post here but there's a fun way in making your children take their vitamins without having to chase them around the house and force-feeding them their yucky tasting vitamins!

Great News # 2: There's a chewable vitamins for your kids with fun shapes and flavors that your kids will surely love!

Great news # 3:  This generic vitamins is very affordable but equally effective! That means us moms won't have to spend a fortune on children's vitamins! 

Great news # 4: The gracious people from CCM Pharmaceuticals offered to give six (6) sets of CHAMPS chewable vitamins to Rina's Rainbow readers!

YAAAAAY!!!! :-) 

chewable vitamins
One winner will win one package consist of everything you see here!

So hurry and join now! Rafflecopter will pick 6 lucky winners! Just an important reminder though that the winner must be able to pick up the package in Makati. Otherwise a new winner will be picked. Thank you!

A healthy child is a happy child which equals to a happy household!


And the winners are...

1. Cecille Azucena
2. Mae-anne Presbitero
3. Iris Castillo
4. Rica Rodriguez
5. Claire Santiago
6. Emilie Udasco

CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE!!! Please email me tonight at rinasrainbow@gmail.com as to when you would like to claim your prize in Makati.

Thanks to everyone who joined!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Precious Tea Time with La Maison Du The at Wine Depot

             Have you ever hosted a make-believe tea party with your imaginary friends when you were like 3 or 4 years old? I actually have never done that. Not to my recollection anyway. I think for Filipinos it’s usually just bahay-bahayan. I guess because tea parties are never really that common here in the Philippines. When I think “tea”, I think fancy porcelains and the queen in her royal garden.

            Now that I’m older, I sometimes find myself looking for something to kind of cleanse all the fat and oil and other junk that I’ve consumed during my meal. And for some reason, I feel that tea is the drink that can do just that. I have to admit. I’m more of a coffee person than a tea person. But at some point my body does sometimes year for tea.

How to Make Homemade Play-Doh

homemade play-doh

             Lately I have been fascinated in watching Play-Doh set reviews on YouTube. It's been years since I last played with a Play Doh and I never even tried playing with those dough pressers and shape molds. Just   the actual dough. So it's fun to watch different things you can do with the different varieties of Play-Doh sets.

             Rain's godmother actually gave Rain a Play-Doh set and i have been itching to open it and play with it but of course I'd rather wait a year or two more until Rain can really play with it the way it's meant to be played. So imagine my delight when I saw a video in YouTube on how to make homemade Play-Doh without cooking! And with the simplest ingredients you can find on your kitchen cabinet! Thank you YouTube user BeforeandAfterTV! :-)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Edible Sensory Paint for Kids!

                          So happy I stumbled upon this Learn Play Imagine  blog! So Rain can practice "art" without having to worry if she'll eat the paint or crayon or whatever. Plus, it's sooo easy to make! For a moment I actually felt like a rockstar baker while making it hahaha! (Humor me)

                        This is like a gooey paint that makes your toddler explore some gooey texture.  It's an edible sensory paint for kids!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Belly Blessed Fest 2013! A Festival for Expectant Moms!

Calling all expectant moms and moms, the Belly Blessed Fest 2013 is here!

Celebrate the many joys of pregnancy with Belly Blessed Fest 2013! A three-day event dedicated to expectant moms, Belly Blessed Fest will be held from July 12 to 14, 2013 at the 2nd and 3rd Level Atrium of The Podium Mall in Pasig City.

There’ll be exciting interactive stations to delight expectant moms and dads-to-be like the Pregnancy Portrait Booth sponsored by Little One’s Portraits, Clay Medallion Making Station, and a wishing wall where moms can write special messages to the miracle growing inside their wombs. Alongside the activity stations will be booths showcasing the latest mom and baby products and services in the market today at the 3rd level. Moms-to-be can also browse and shop for essentials at the mompreneur booths.
There will also be products for toddlers and children, Crumbs and Grubs Lactation goodies and snacks for expectant and nursing moms. As part of the Mommy Mundo events' tradition, there will be raffle draws throughout the day.

On July 13, Saturday, there will be an all-day program of informative talks and refreshing entertainment. Music and entertainment Gentle Universe and  a belly dancing session with the Goddesses of Belly Dance by Jill Ngo will get moms-to-be gently grooving while various and informative talks like that of Rome Kanapi, Childbirth Education teacher to reveal some Labor and relaxation techniques while importance of Safe Sleep will be discussed by Halo Philippines. Protect your baby for life! Listen to Dra. Aurora Tajan of CordLife Philippines, and Teacher Jeannie Castillo of Kindermusik Mama, will help get them more ready for the big Delivery day. A Keepsake Journal Making by Namaste and Craft MNL might just encourage many of them to make one-of-a-kind keepsakes of their pregnancy.

The event is open to everybody, but expectant moms are encouraged to pre-register to get Belly Blessed Fest goodies; interested attendees may simply text their name and the number of weeks that she are pregnant to 0917-8162524 limited slots available!

Belly Blessed Fest is presented by Mommy Mundo, the Manila’s go-to resource portal for active, modern moms; PACE, Mommy Matters, Nurture Nook, and venue partner, The Podium Mall. It is supported by Cordlife Cord Blood Banking, GlaxoSmithKline, Cycles Mild Detergent, Cradle, Philips Avent, Crystal Clear, Cluebebe, Little One’s Portraits and Crumbs and Grubs Lactation Goodies. Media partners are Urban Mom, Mommy Pages, Working Mom, Lifestyle Network, Crossover 105.1, and When in Manila. Logistics partner is Creative Juice Communications (www.creativejuiceph.com).

To check out photos of last year's Belly Blessed Fest, click here

Watch the Belly Blessed 2012 video here

Key Contact:

Angela De Luna

Jeanne Marfal


For all of you who got it correctly,

Great job!!!! :-)

But there can only be TWO WINNERS

(from this blog, that is. Heheheh)

Winners will be revealed SOON so stay tuned!!!



Wednesday, July 3, 2013

(WINNERS REVEALED!!!) A Quickie TGIFRIDAY's Guessing Game! (July 3 to 4 ONLY!)

>>>>  Quick giveaway! <<<<
 And by "quick" I mean it only runs TODAY UNTIL TOMORROW!!!!!

Hi Mommies and other readers!

Care to win a P1,500 gift certificate from TGIFRIDAYS? Sure you do! It's very easy! 

All you need to do is:
1.) Guess the dish in the picture below
2.) Follow Mr. Rafflecopter

That's it!!! 

Two (2) lucky readers will win a P1,500 gift certificate each and treat their families for a scrumptious American meal at TGIFRIDAYS!

and the best of luck!

Name that dish!

            I will be using Rafflecopter as always to pick the winner. The correct answer, the winner, and instructions on how to claim the GC will be emailed to the winners on July 5. Good luck! :-)


And the winners are....


Please check your emails NOW!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Day-out with my Mother In Law!

               Due to the hectic schedule of The Pickiest Eater, I have been busy going places and writing. I'm not complaining. It's an awesome "job"! It's exciting that I get to travel and meet a lot of friends. (And of course eat haha)

              Finally, this week, I was relieved that I Rain and I got the chance to visit my Mother in law.  I've been feeling bad that it's been weeks since we last visited. So some QT with her was perfect!

             Did I tell you I had the sweetest Mother In Law ever? When Rain and I got there, she handed me a present for my birthday! Rain had fun ripping off the wrapper (just thinking about it now I should have taken her picture while opening. D'oh!)

            Anyway my mom gave me two beautiful tops (the style I like too!), a very comfortable and thick leggings and three scrunchies that she made herself!!! Awwww! All these things I need because of all the events I've been attending for Richie, usually you'll see me wearing the same stuff over and over again hahaha! I'm pretty sure you've noticed!

#OOTD hehehe. Off to dinner at 7 Corners wearing my new outfit!

Great Play Ideas for Toddlers and Kids!


          Found this great blog on how to make safe paint for kids. She also blogs about other play ideas, and other safe stuff a mom can make that a child or a toddler can play with using safe ingredients! I think I'll be checking her blog out from time to time. And I can't wait to make edible paint for Rain!:-) #JoyfulLearning!!! :-)