Sunday, August 31, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline's Calpol Vs. Dengue Fever

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        I hate mosquitoes. I think they should be extinct. They have no redeeming factor at all. Nothing they do contributes any good to mother earth and to humans. Not even the whole Jurassic-Park-dinosaur-DNA-extracted-from-an-ancient-mosquito thing could help if it could really happen in real life. NOTHING!!!!

        They're nothing but stupid pests that bring itchy bites and disease. Dengue. In fact, the child of someone I know currently has dengue. Thankfully looks like they caught it early and the child is being treated. Dengue is more frightening when you're a parent because of the thought that mosquito likes snacking on little children's blood. What we would give to protect our children from this annoying disease!

        Preventing mosquito bites is quite a challenge as well. Let's face it, those anti-mosquito thingy don't always work. I think mosquitoes have developed an immune system to citronella products. (It is soooooo hard! I feel like such a bad parent whenever Rain still manages to get mosquito bites even with repellents.) 

And we can't always be under a  mosquitero all the live long day.

So the question is, what can we do in case we're faced with stupid dengue? Here's what...

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Why I Think Siri is Cool (A Geeky Post)

        Just one of those moments when I feel like sharing anything under the sun. And in this post, I want to document the reasons why I think Siri is cool. Siri makes me feel like Iron Man, and she is my very own Jarvis. (I really wish there's an option to download Jarvis' voice for my Siri. That would be so cool!)

what siri can do

Fun Polly Dots: A Cool Molding Toy!

fun polly dots

        I've seen this before when I first attended a Mommy Mundo Expo Kid 2013. But Rain was still too young to be playing with molding toys. But now that Rain is almost 3 years old, she loves loves loves playing with molding toys like Play Doh. I love Play Doh too. So much that it bothers me when Rain mixes all the colors together hahaha! Well, it's her Play Doh anyway)

        So anyway I'm getting off track again. Now that Rain is of age to play with molding toys, I finally bought her a pack of Fun Poly Dots during this year's Mommy Mundo Clearance sale! 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Play Place in Podium Mall: Kidzville Play and Party Center

kidzville podium

        I'm in a phase right now where I'm constantly looking for nice play places in malls where Rain can play go all out and play. I thought there would be one in each mall or commercial center. But surprisingly, sometimes there's none. I tried googling but very little results came out. Like this one time I needed to attend to something at Greenhills and I wanted to bring my little Rainbow, but to my surprise they only had Mini Fun Ranch which is basically a mini carnival (with small ferris wheels, and I think 2 other rides). But what I needed is a cool playground where Rain can slide and run and tumble but not get hurt.

So anyway because of this I promised to write about all the play places that we usually go to, for future toddler moms use ;-)

Today, I'm writing about Kidzville Play and Party Center in Podium!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Shine Bakery & Cafe Now Catering Events!

table centerpiece

        Shine Bakery & Cafe has been making waves with their comfort food prepared with a twist. My first time to dine there, we were actually just planning on trying their yummy pastries. But what happened? We ended up ordering their Crispy Kare Kare and their Umami Fries. And it was good!

hors d'oeuvre

        But this time, we were at Shine Bakery Cafe for the launch of their new service. Shine Bakery & Cafe now CATERS EVENTS! Yes!!!! That gives us moms another great contender for our party's catering needs! Imagine Shine's delicious food for your parties. Plus, we all know Shine's dainty style when it comes to decorating, right? I'm sure you can't hardly wait!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kidzville Now Open at SM AURA!

kidzville sm aura

        As we parked at SM AURA just a couple of minutes ago, I was greeted by a wonderful sight... KIDZVILLE just opened TODAY!!! And it looked really cool!!! And I'm so excited for Rain to try it ASAP!!!

        I was able to take photos with my phone from the entrance so here's a sneak peak!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Teddy's Bigger Burgers now Open!!! (And giving out FREE burgers!)

hawaii theme

        I'm not usually a big burger fan. I have the mood for it. I might have said this a couple of times with my entries at The Pickiest Eater. But anyhoo... We were invited to a sneak peak before it officially opens to the public, TODAY, August 23. And so far, with what I've tasted, it's one of the best I've tried! And I'm glad it's now here in the Philippines!

Friday, August 22, 2014

SafeHouse Storage: Storage Spaces for Rent

new home

        Rookie mistake: Don't get me wrong. I love our house. I think it's nice! But word of advice...When looking for a house to rent or to buy, don't get carried right away with the interiors and the fact that it's fully furnished (yes we got it fully furnished! Everything you see in the picture! hehehe). 

        Where was I? Oh, yes... as I was saying... don't let those things distract you. Because then, like me, you might end up overlooking some factors that I didn't really think was necessary until now....

Our house doesn't have a STORAGE ROOM!!! *^$(#*^)#&^%#)


        And then of course, once you start to have a baby, no matter how big your house may look like, it will get filled very very quickly. Things will just keep pilling up and pilling up. I wanted to keep the boxes of Rain's toys so that when she's too old to play with some of them, I can sell them for a much lower price. But guess what? No storage to store all those boxes and old toys :-( 

Christmas tree and Christmas ornaments? It's packed in our garage. 

Old magazines? Stacked in one of the rooms. 

Baby chair that Rain hardly uses? In the corner of the dining room collecting dust. 

You get the picture.

storage space for rent

        And so ever since, I've been thinking... that if only I had the money, I would put up a storage-room-for-rent business. Like the ones in that show Storage Wars. If only. Well, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that someone already beat me to it. The good news is, someone already beat me to it! This means there is finally a storage space I can rent here in Manila to put all of the not-so-junk stuff lying around the house! Yay!!! It's been founded in 2010 and yet I'm only hearing about this now. Where have I been? Tsk tsk...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Active Fun at Megamall Fashion Hall

active fun megamall

        Active Fun has become one of Rain's favorite places. She can spot an Active Fun from miles away. Even if she can't read yet hahaha! I guess she recognizes the logo colors and the clown character in it. And more often than not, when we're in Megamall with her, we make it a point that she plays there. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sangobion Encourages Women to Go Love Life!

picture heart shape

        I have to admit that I can be a lazy mom. Not to be defensive and not to sound cliche, but I'm only human. If I could only afford to lay in bed all day, play Cookie Jam and Tsum Tsum on my phone, I would. But in real life, I am a mother of a 2 year old toddler, and a wife. And a sister, and a daughter, and some other things. Needless to say,  it's not all that easy.

        So when I heard about  how Sangobion capsule can help me, I thought to myself that I needed this to give me an everyday boost to actually do my roles in life. I'd like to think of it as an anti-lazy vitamin. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Pinypon: Rain's Security Toy!

        I was at Toy Kingdom one time and I wanted to buy a toy for Rain. Because of Rain's fondness of playing puppeteer and making tiny dialogues with her little Sesame Street plastic figurines, I wanted to get her something similar. And while I was looking around at Toy Kingdom Megamall, I saw a section called PinyPon. I watched the commercial playing on the small TV thing on the display and they just looked SO DARN CUTE!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cowabunga! Teenage Muntant Ninja Turtles Crocs!

        I remember watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I was in elementary I think. Even though it was really more catered to boys, there was just something about it that was addicting to watch. I guess it was the easy-going attitude of these four cool turtles who just want to save the world... and eat pizzas.

        And now, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans will be ecstatic to know that Crocs has just released their TMNT line! Just in time for the TMNT Movie premier! Check it out!

Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse (and Free Play at Toy Kingdom!)


        I was a bit sad to see that the Play-Doh Free Play thing at Toy Kingdom Megamall was just a phase. It was a limited thing. When I went there last weekend, the free play room was now converted into a BoomCo room. A BoomCo apparently was referred to as "the ultimate toy for boys". Of course this translated to a room filled with rowdy boys. And I felt the little Rainbow was still too small and petite to be in the middle of all that. With that, my heart kind of sank. Toy Kingdom, what about the little girls?!? :-(

barbie free play

        But we went inside anyway, and that's when I saw that the space where they held the Ogalala session I attended last July was turned into Barbie's Dream House! It's a FREE PLAY area for little girls! Bravo Toy Kingdom! They answered my question right away!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Johnson & Johnson: See The Real Me. A Teen-powerment Program

school event

        Being a teenager is tough. I'm sure we all know that. Of course it's that stage where we cross the bridge between being a child to being and adult. The changes can be drastic. And it can be pretty hard to deal with. The age of teens is a package deal. With it comes your first crush, maybe first puppy love, pimples, and for us girls, we also have to deal with our monthly period. (Ugh! It's tough being a girl!) Too many changes all at the same time, coupled with stress from school. Not to mention peer pressure and most importantly, low self confidence.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Reasons Why Babypalooza Bazaar is Awesome! (Plus, a Giveaway!!!) WINNER ANNOUNCED!

babypalooza bazaar

        There have been lots of amazing baby and mommy bazaars in Manila. And one of them is Babypalooza Bazaar which is happening this month of August! Admittedly I haven't been to one in a long time since Rain switched from infant to toddler. I probably should. I'm sure I'm missing out on a lot of new toddler stuff. Shame on me! So I hope I'll see you all there! But first, here are the reasons why Babypalooza Bazaar is an event us moms shouldn't miss!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Meet My New Buddy Powerbank, Digibud!

digibud powerbank

        Being an iPhone user, I NEED long-lasting battery. Therefore I need a powerbank. So I got all excited when I saw this post in Facebook about an 11MAH powerbank that's on 70% off.  (First of all you should know that I like gadgets. I get excited about gadgets specifically smartphones or things related to smartphones. I'm not specific about specs and I don't really know all the nitty gritty details. But I'd like to believe I know a bit more than the average girl.)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Oilily Now in Megamall! 20% Off Until End of August!

oilily megamall

        Reading up on Oilily, I found out that it goes back in the year 1963 in Netherlands when children were often dressed up in grey, white, or black clothes only. I guess you could say that they didn't live in 'technicolor' times. Enter Willem and Marieke Olsthoorn, and all of that changed. They started using children's colorful experiences as their inspiration for a brand that makes beautiful children's clothes.

oilily skirt

        I was thrilled to see that one of my Little Rainbow's hand-me-down skirts (which I knew was from Germany) was actually an Oilily brand. I should have known based on the colors, patterns, and the wild combination!

        Anyway, I was also impressed to find out that celebrities were among their regular customers namely John Travolta, Madonna, Bill Cosby, and my idol Michael Jackson!  So anyway, long story short, they eventually also started creating a line for women (wherein I also learned that Oilily’s Famous ambassadors of  women’s clothing are actresses Julia Roberts and Melanie Griffith!), and then eventually they also started doing cosmetics and perfume!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Sundalong Kanin: A Cinemalaya Finalist Movie by Janice O'Hara

        SUNDALONG KANIN. A movie about 4 boys out to prove that they’re ready for battle against the Japanese army. But what started as friendship lead to anger and despair as they needed to face each other as enemies.

        As a mom, I’ve been very sensitive about movies concerning babies or children. And by sensitive, I mean I become a CRY BABY hahaha! I’m curious as to what to expect from this CINEMALAYA FINALIST MOVIE directed by Janice O’Hara. But I’ve been hearing nothing but positive things about it!

        Sundalong Kanin is now showing in all Ayala Malls at 4pm, Greenbelt 3 at 4pm, ATC cinema 4 at 4PM. Come and watch and support the Philippine movie industry!


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Play-Doh Playground at Toy Kingdom, Megamall

playdoh playground

        It wasn't until a few weeks ago when I was walking around Megamall Building A when I noticed a separate room inside Toy Kingdom with 4 kiddie round tables and kids having a great time creating something. I looked closely and saw that they were playing with Play-Doh. A Play-Doh room?! How come I never knew this before? My little Rainbow will love this for sure! So when the time came that I had an event in Megamall, I took Rain and her yaya with me. But this time instead of playing and waiting for me at Active Fun, I thought it would be a great opportunity to try the Play-Doh Playground!