Friday, June 23, 2017

Where Does our Used Water Go?

You wake-up in the morning, you do number 1, maybe even number 2. You flush, take a shower, brush your teeth, and thank God that your household has access to clean water.

But what we don’t normally think about is where all that used water goes.

We use up all this clean water in our everyday lives to clean ourselves and our households, but we don’t stop to think how much wastewater we create in a day.

A few days ago when I became aware of this thought, I honestly felt a sense of panic. It’s like realizing that you misunderstood the essay question when you’ve already passed your paper to your professor.

So where does all this wastewater go? Are we just constantly dumping all the dirty water back to Mother Earth? Eeewww… Are we already swimming in our own filth?

Maynilad Water Treatment Center

Thankfully Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) helped ease my slight panic by taking us for a tour of their Wastewater Management Plant in Paco, Manila. Aha! There is hope for the motherland!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Presenting SNOW Crystal White Tomato! It’s Your Natural Sunscreen!

Snow Crystal White Tomato

        Just when you thought they’ve already created all the effective skin care product one can think of, out comes another amazing product that’s sure to catch the attention of  ladies like me who want to achieve fair and smooth skin. Yes, looks like Vida NutriScience has done it again!

        From the success of Snow caps L-Glutahione capsule, to Snow Whitening Soap, and Snow Whitening Lotion, here comes SNOW CRYSTAL WHITE TOMATO! An amazing product that serves as your natural sunscreen!!!

        Based on the name itself, I bet you’re already as curious as I am. White Tomato?!? It’s certainly the first time I heard the word “tomato” in a skin care product.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

My Love Affair with Laneige, Sparked By Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo!

Laneige Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

        For those that I'm friends with on Facebook, I apologize for flooding your notifications with all my Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo related posts. But I'm recently head-over-heels with this Korean drama. I have to admit I didn't like it when I first watched the first few episodes because I thought it was so shallow. I was even questioning (my fellow mommy blogger, and my K-Drama guru) if it was really a nice drama to watch. But after I finished the last episode, I strangely felt like I wanted to watch it again. Like I missed the characters already. And that's the beauty of WLFKBJ. It's a light - feel- good K Drama, with characters that grow on you. (Thank you Glaiza for convincing me! Hahaha!)

        It's been weeks since I first watched it. And up until now, I watch it. Every. Single. Night. I fell in love with the chemistry of the lead couple, and I especially started to really like the character Kim Bok Joo played by model/actress/singer Lee Sung Kyung. I think she's such a talented and fun person! And because of her make up scenes in the drama using Laneige, I got more curious about the brand. More so ever since I found out she was a Laneige endorser as well, along with long time endorser of Laneige Song Hye Kyo, my girl crush since the Korean drama Full House, and the lead actress of Descendants of the Sun. They both have really beautiful skin and I was thinking maybe it only works with Korean skin. I was wrong. Laneige is perfect for Asian skin in general!

        When I hear the brand name Laneige, one fellow blogger comes to mind immediately. I knew that there was one person I could talk to regarding this brand. And that's Rowena of the well-known ! (Thank you for the tips Rowena, mu Laneige guru! You're always on point!) She has been a firm believer of Laneige eversince. And it shows! You've seen her skin, right? She's a living testament! And so I started asking her if she has tried the Laneige Waterbank Moisturizer, the one Sung Kyung was seen using in WLFKBJ.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Progressive Education For Today’s World

        Because of a certain school-related experience, I had learned the hard way that not all schools are fit for each children. And something that my cousin in law told me when I was feeling down really stuck to me. That "sometimes it's about finding the right school for your child." It's not the name, the size, facilities, the tuition, or how famous the school is. It's finding the right school with teachers that you know really cares for your child. And has the most fun and interesting approach in learning.  Like in Rain's case, she easily gets bored with the traditional approach. As soon as she sees a text book, she immediately feels listless. Rain is a very energetic girl who loves to draw, dance, sing, and of course, play. As all kids do. Personally I feel she needs to be in a non-traditional school. That's why I looked into the progressive education approach. And I immediately felt that this is more her speed.

        So I would like to share with you an informative article about non-traditional education, and hopefully this will help moms out there who are also keen in finding the right school for your child:

Progressive Education For Today’s World

        Whether in a literary or purely biological sense, human beings are born to discover. As infants, we are curious beings who want to touch, smell, hear, and taste everything around us. As we grow older, this inborn hunger for knowledge is channeled by educational institutions that fill our minds with a storage-full of information, including complex equations, formulas, important historical dates, and scientific facts.  Unfortunately, this data is often merely stored and not fully understood. Indeed, numerous studies have shown that years of learning through rote memorization and repetitive instruction is one of the main reasons why people lose their spark of curiosity. By focusing too much on what we learn, and not why and how we learn it, even our creative thinking can become inhibited.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter-iffic Adventure Under the Sea at F1 Hotel Manila!

        Staying at F1 Hotel Manila is always a pleasure because of their warm welcome and good customer service! For this Holy Week, we got the chance to have a relaxing staycation yet again at the heart of BGC. And this time they welcomed us by adding some fun elements for Rain as we walked into our room!

F1 Hotel Manila
Our bed! With Anna, Elsa, and a Storm Trooper waiting for Rain on the bed ;)

        As I just mentioned, F1 Hotel Manila is smack in the heart of BGC. It's just a few steps away from S&R, and Mercury Drug store, Central Square and BGC high Street. I know I've said it before and I'll say it again that F1 Hotel Manila is one of the hotels in the Metro with the best and convenient location!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Experiencing More with Friso Four!

        It’s been a roller coaster of experiences and emotions since I gave birth. I think I may have experienced some post-partum during the first few weeks, at the same time I made sure that I tried doing what I could for myself. I didn’t want to ask for help. When I finally put infant Rain to sleep, I would be the one to clean her bottles, fix other stuff, and by the time I was all set to sleep, she would be awake. Rain is my first and currently my only child. And even when I just gave birth to her, my mind was (and still is) dreadfully racing towards the day when she would go out to the real world on her own. Call me possessive. But I just basically want to physically be there with her every step of the way as long as I still can, and as long as she will allow me to.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Chef Donita Rose shares her Jolly Heart Mate recipes at the Sinulog Festival 2017

More than just a beautiful talented actress, Donita Rose actually has a passion for cooking. And together with Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil, they share their love for whipping up delicious and healthy recipes that every age will enjoy! And while you all may know that (to quote Monica from FRIENDS) I have "the cooking skills of a hot day" like Rachel Green, I will just share this informative article from Jolly Heart Mate! And then a delicious recipe by Donita Rose herself! 


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dreamworks Trolls Craze!

I'm not even going to pretend that only Rain loves Dreamworks Trolls. I really like it as well. Okay, fine. I love it.  Aside from the super cute variety of Trolls hair, I really love the songs, I love how the animation was made, and honestly, one of the biggest factors is Justin Timberlake, and now Anna Kendrick.  I so love Justin Timberlake ever since N'SYNC. I think he's one of the most talented human being on earth.

So anyway, me being a kid a heart, naturally wanted to buy Trolls toys. Specifically the small ones because then it would be easy for Rain to stuff it in a bag and bring around.

So here's our first Dreamworks Trolls Toy Unboxing video. Amateur video, that is. I just use my phone and an editing app so I'm not exactly expecting an Oscar nomination for this hahaha!

A photo posted by Rainbow (@rainbowstoys) on

Hope you can watch our other videos too! :-) And follow my other instagram @rainbowstoys for fun toy photos!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Via Venetto: World Class Quality, Made with Love!

        New Year usually means new stuff. Out with the old, in with the new. In my case, my wardrobe  upgrade has been long overdue for many years. I guess ever since I gave birth, my interest in dressing up has been thrown out the window. All I wanted to buy was stuff for my little Rainbow. Aaaah motherhood!

        But when I did buy new clothes and shoes, I always resulted to the "less is more" mantra. Something simple but classy. Simple but pretty. Pretty but comfortable. With timeless beauty that makes heads turn. Especially when it comes to shoes.  I want something I can comfortable wear to the mall but also look presentable for meetings or other social gatherings.

            For more than 43 years, Via Venetto has been making shoes exactly like these.. A mainstay in the Philippine footwear industry, Via Venetto prides itself on its thorough and meticulous process, something that most footwear brands have traded in for easy convenience at cheaper price points. They have invested years of research in the shoe and leather trade fairs in Italy, Germany and France, to innovate and create ideas to build a collective vision to satisfy the needs of today's women in all ages.At Via Venetto, shoes are made fatto a mano, which means that each pair is painstakingly made by hand by artisans using only the finest leathers and component materials. So you can make sure each pair you get is of utmost quality.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Free World Traveller Luggage for Cebu Pacific GetGo Credit Cardholders!

        World Traveler Luggage

        For many years I have used just one personal luggage for trips and staycations. It's made of fabric, and sky blue in color. And I have not washed it ever since. So you can just imagine how dingy it looks now. Not only that, one of the wheels feel like it's out of alignment or something. So I've been thinking of getting a new one!

World Traveler Luggage

        Imagine my surprise when I found out that I was going to get a free luggage! And a very cool one too! All because of my new Cebu Pacific GetGo Credit card!