Sunday, March 30, 2014

My Rainbow's First Passport!: Steps in Applying for Passport (DFA Megamall)


DFA megamall

        When I found out that the whole family might be going on a fun family trip to Korea soon, aside from excitement, I felt panic because Rain doesn't have a passport yet. And based on my last experience when Richie and I renewed ours, we had to go all the way to the DFA near Mall of Asia, (which is not at all a short drive for us) and we had to get in a long line. (In fairness, even if the lines were long, they were very organized and you would be waiting in line while sitting down on chairs)

        Anyway, thankfully this time it was a lot easier for me because of the DFA Offices that opened in malls near us. There was one in Robinsons Galleria, and another one in Megamall Building C. It was my first time to renew in one of these new offices and it was a breeze!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Night At Crimson Hotel Alabang

crimson hotel

        Crimson Hotel Filinvest City is an almost new hotel in the heart of Alabang. A few weeks ago we were fortunate to spend a night there with some blogger friends to check it out and it was pretty great!  It's just walking distance to Festival Supermall and very near South Luzon Expressway so it's fairly easy to locate. (Not that you would need to walk or commute when going to the malls because Crimson offers free shuttle service anytime!)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Strolling at ThunderBird Poro Point, La Union

  
        Our grandmother lives in San Fernando, La Union. And so while we were there with my aunt for a vacation, we thought, why not check out ThunderBird resort in Poro Point? Been hearing good things about it. So we decided to check it out. We didn't check in of course given that my grandmother's house in La Union was just a few minutes away from ThunderBird Resort and Casino. So we just took a stroll. And it was quite nice! It's like La Union's Santorini Greece!

thunderbird entrance

The long entrance from the guardhouse

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Greenwich's New Superior Flavors!


pizza bag

        I know some people thing Hawaiian Pizza flavor is... well... corny. But truthfully like it. I like the mixture of savory ham and the sweetness of pineapples. It's so simple yet it works. And so imagine my delight when I learned that Greenwich has taken Hawaiian Pizza into a different level!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Beautiful District in Boracay

boracay

         My first time in Boracay was a few years ago before our little Rainbow came into this world. I know it has become more chaotic since a lot of establishments started popping up along the beautiful white sand beach of Boracay but I honestly still think it's the most beautiful beach I have ever been to. It's just a matter of picking the right location that suits your personality.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Recording of Little Mermaid's Part Of Your World

     

Video source: YouTube, user awodaly

        Was browsing through YouTube (damn you YouTube you're a distraction haha!) Watching Idina Menzel's Let It Go, then lead to Wicked, then lead to Lea Salonga, then lead to Disney Princesses, and then I saw this amazing clip. The actual recording of Little Mermaid's Part of Your World, which I absolutely love. I always sung this in the shower when I was pregnant with Rain :-)

        Anyway in this video you'll see the singing voice of Ariel, Jodi Benson as she records the unforgettable song that Ariel sung as she expresses her fascination, curiosity, and love for the life above the sea. Pretty cool seeing the behind-the-scenes (sort of) of this classic Disney song. Disney lovers will surely enjoy this as much as I did :-)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Rapunzel and Eugene Spotted in Frozen!


        My cousin Rifka was right! If you watch Frozen plenty times, you'll see that Rapunzel and Eugene of Tangled did make a special cameo appearance in Frozen hahaha! I was watching it with Rain for the nth time when I noticed that haircut! They're one of the royal guests during the Coronation Day (For the First Time in Forever)! It's around 16:20 :-)

rapunzle in frozen
Only one Disney Princess has that haircut! Can you see her? :-)

rapunzle and eugene in frozen
And there's Eugene beside Rapunzel!


The child in me finds this really cool! :-)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Potty!!!

Potty training terrifies me. I didn't know how to start especially since Rain doesn't show me any signs that she's about to go number 2. She just does it like it's nothing and just continues playing. 

Other advices I got from other moms was to remove the diaper from time to time so the toddler will know the icky feeling of being wet/drenched in poopy, and therefore will want to use the potty instead. Or something to that effect. But honestly I'm the one who feels icky with the thought of poop in the couch or anywhere in the living room. Haha! I'm sure there are other tricks. But honestly I've just been preferring the convenience of a diaper for now. But if I keep this up, she will never learn. Bad mom!

So the least I could do was sometimes I would leave the bathroom door open and show her when I go peepee. But I would make grunting sounds as if I'm doing the deed. Ever since then, she associates grunting sounds with the potty. I would try letting her sit on the potty from time to time and she would imitate me and make grunting sounds as well even if she's not making poopoo. 

But last night, I finally saw a sign that Rain was about to go poopy! She was playing at the living room here at my grandma's house in La Union (wearing her shades and some beaded necklace) then she suddenly stopped and sort of crouched down while holding her tummy and then made grunting sounds.  

I wasn't really sure if she was about to do the deed or not but I didn't want to miss the chance. So I immediately grabber her and took her to the bathroom, took out her diaper and made her sit into the potty. True enough,  there was a small tiny poop already in her diaper. I let her sit in the potty longer and I made grunting sounds myself so she could continue. She copied my grunting sounds again and finally, she made poopy in the potty! And still wearing her shades and necklace hahaha! So happy!!! Yay for Rain!!! And yay for mommy bringing her to the bathroom in time hehe. Just need to keep it up until she really gets it :-) 



Thank you sister for taking our pic hahaha!



Thursday, March 6, 2014

Most Effective Mosquito Repellent Ever!

        No, it's not some lotion or a sticker or a bracelet. Not even a mosquito coil or a big spray. It's the most effective tool to keep your child away from those pesky mosquitoes! And we've been using them in the province since my sister and I were kids!

The MOSQUITERO! HAHAHAHAHA!

mosquitero

        It's true though! Such a simple old school, old fashioned tool but really does the trick. In this case, going back to basics is best!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Pink Me Up Beauty Nail and Dry Spa

HALO spa party

        A few days ago I attended an event for HALO SleepSack and the venue was at this lovely nail and dry spa bar along Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong.  Frankly, not only was I excited to learn more about safe sleeping but I was also equally excited to get some hand spa treatment (I hadn't had one in a very long time. A perfect way to spend my "me" time!).