Thursday, July 31, 2014

Play and Teach with Ogalala System in Play!

        I have a confession to make. I allow Rain to play with her tablet or watch Disney Junior and Sesame Street when she wants. 

        Back track....I am not confident with my teaching skills. And that's okay. I have accepted that and I am in line with that fact. It's no biggie. But of course, being a mom to a 2+ year old, I have to start focusing on making sure that Rain isn't just all-play. I should already start making more effort in teaching her more school stuff since she's going to school next year.

        But in my mind, I thought that teaching a toddler would mean having sort of the same set-up as a normal school. I'm thinking I would need a blackboard, colored chalk, and some flash cards. Just the thought of it makes me sleepy. And I know that Rain's quick toddler attention span will not mix well with a traditional classroom set up.

        So going back to my confession, I allow Rain to play with her iPad and watch children's shows almost all the time and this is only because I see that Rain is learning a lot from it. With age-appropriate educational apps, Rain was able to learn her ABCs, her animals, animal sounds, shapes, and now trying to master her colors. And because I exposed her to a lot of Sesame Street videos and Disney Junior, she has heard tons of versions of the alphabet song, and has picked up a lot of expressions and the right situation to use them in. (All under my constant supervision of course).

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        So what's my point? All these things I would not have been able to quickly and effectively teach Rain if I only  did the boring old flash cards and sing the my own cover of the alphabet song over and over hehe. And it's thanks to Ogalala System in Play that they made me realize that there are fun ways of teaching my little Rainbow while at the same time having fun with her favorite toys! She won't suspect it one tiny bit bwahahaha!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kinder Joy Back-To-School Activities with Fully Booked!

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        I'm sure moms of toddlers and up out there are familiar with Kinder Eggs. I first tried a kinder egg at the airport of Hong Kong last 2008 when Richie and I were on our way back to Manila from our honeymoon (Yiiiheeeee!). The second time I saw it was three years after on YouTube. My little Rainbow was happily browsing videos and she came across those egg surprise reviews. Ever since then, Rain would spot a white and orange Kinder egg from thousands of grocery shelves away haha!

        But anyway I have cool news for you guys! Kinder Joy is inviting you and your kids to a back-to school session with three fun activities that your kids will enjoy for sure!!! Check out the schedule below! And remember, SLOTS ARE LIMITED and last day of registration is JULY 31!!!

Click the Register Button on the poster above to register or you may also click here!

2-3 August, Saturday – Sunday, Atrium, G/F, Fully Booked Bonifacio Global City

BOOK READING -1st Session: 11:15 – 12:00 NN / 2nd Session: 1:45 – 2:30 PM / 4:15 – 5:00 PM

ART ATTACK -1st Session: 12:00 – 12:30 PM / 2nd Session: 2:30 – 3:00 PM / 5:00 – 5:30 PM

QUIZ TIME -1st Session: 12:30 – 1:00 PM / 2nd Session: 3:00 – 3:30 PM / 5:30 – 6:00 PM


Registration closes on July 31, 2014, 6 PM. Open to all kids from 3 – 12 years old.

One time registration only.

Each child registered is only allowed 1 parent or guardian at the event.

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See you all there!!!

Limited slots available, first come first serve basis.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pottery Barn Kids Philippines

Frustrating to be in here!!! 😂 

I want this for Rain! Puuuurple!!!:-)

Love this little dresser for little people! 

Personalized bags! They also have for boys :-)

And this one's for me!!!! (I wish!).....

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Food, Drinks, and Live Music at Jet 7 Bistro!

Jet 7 Bistro

        I seriously doubt I can count the number of restaurants in Quezon City. It's like everywhere you look, a restaurant is there. Which makes it quite a challenge to decide on where to eat when you're in this area. Seriously. The choices are overwhelming! But just the other night I was introduced to this red hip bistro along Timog Avenue. It's Jet 7 Bistro. A place of good drinks, good food, and good music!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Belly Blessed 2014 this July 11 to 13!

        Calling all bellies with life growing inside you! It's that time of the year again for Belly Blessed! Belly Blessed is a 3-day fest where expectant moms, no matter how far along you are, can source essential maternal stuff you will be needing during pregnancy, and of course baby stuff your baby will be needing as soon as you welcome him/her into this world! This will be held at July 11 to 13, 2014 at the 2nd and 3rd Level Atrium of The Podium Mall in Mandaluyong City.

Shameless plug: BUG AND KELLY WILL BE THERE!!! WOOT WOOT!!!! :-) PLEASE DROP BY!!! ;-)

10% Off on Nailissima Spa and Waxing Salon this July!

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        I'm sure you've noticed the number of nail spas that have been popping up all over the metro. And I'm amazed at the number of services they can do just for your hands, feet, and nails. But if you're in Antipolo, you don't need to go far to treat yourself to a relaxing "me time". Because Nailissima Spa and Waxing Salon in Antipolo can give you that much-deserved pampering!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Culinary Gems: A Festival of Filipino Flavors at Taal Vista!

        Last March, I attended Taal Vista's 75th Anniversary Press Banquet where they gave us a run down on all the exciting things that Taal Vista has prepared for their year-long celebration for their Diamond anniversary! Last May was the Inauguration of their new steak house which is now located at the Magnolia Pavilion (which Richie and I are planning to try soon! So excited!) And now, starting July 26, the 75th Anniversary Grand Buffet shall commence! But this is not just any buffet....

        Why? Because Celebrity Chefs will be leading the Cafe Veranda kitchen to create their unique interpretations of Filipino Cuisine! And I can say based on our experience during the Press Banquet that their masterpieces are definitely unique and delicious!

        Experience the artistry and flavor of their dishes at the Culinary Gems: A Festival of Filipino Flavors Buffet on selected weekends from July to October at Café Veranda from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

My Little Tour at Disneyland Hotel, Hong Kong

        Okay I feel kind of funny posting this when we didn't really check in (we only had a Character dining at Enchanted Garden), but it's just so beautiful so I think it's worth posting! And in lieu of the law of attraction, I shall claim that we will check in here sometime in the near future! :-)

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Ladies and gentlemen, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel!!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Non-Toxic Chalk for Kids

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        I have been itching for Rain to use her 2-in-1 easel stand which Rain received from her Ninong Ryan. One side is a black board and the other side is a magnetic white board. I have been wanting her to try using the black board side but I was worried that chalks are toxic. Although after some research I learned that chalks really won't do any harm because it's made from calcium sulphate or calcium carbonate, of course as a first-time mom I was still hesitant. All I knew was to only buy stuff that are branded as "non-toxic". 

So, are there non-toxic chalks? I asked around National Bookstore and to my delight, yes there was!