Saturday, December 30, 2017

Danes Cheese Ball Now Part Of Our Holiday Tradition!

Danes Cheese Ball

        Every family has their own traditions every Christmas. My little family and I spend December 24 dinner with my side of the family, we have someone dress up as santa and give presents to the kids, then by 9pm we head over to my in law's house for more gift exchanging and more surprises from Santa!

        But when it comes to food, we do have our own traditions too! My mother in law always prepares steak and my sister in law always prepares these awesome baked potatoes! But since I don't cook hence have never hosted a Christmas Party before, my little family and I don't really have our own holiday food tradition... until now!

Friday, December 1, 2017

My Omron CompAir Nebulizer Hands-On Experience

Omron CompAir Nebulizer

        If you follow my blog, you most likely have seen my post when I first heard of Omron CompAir Nebulizer here. And now I finally have my own! Yay! I've had it for a while but then, fortunately, no one really got sick that had the need to nebulize, until now. I'm down with a bad cold. I guess it's cough-and-cold season again here in the Philippines.

        Mixed emotion as I was unboxing my Omron CompAir. Excited to use it, but at the same time, I felt nervous because I've never ever used one before. It looked easy to set up during the demo... I wonder if I can set it up by myself this time?

Here it goes!

Monday, November 27, 2017

3 Things I Like About LUKE Total Skin Solution

        If you're like me who's a late bloomer in trying out different skin care products from Korea, then you will be thrilled to find out that another Korean skincare brand has hit the shelves of our favorite superstores. LUKE Total Skin Solution!

LUKE Korea Total Skin Solution

        Opening my LUKE box made me feel like a kid opening a trick-or-treat loot bag. Just look at the variety of face mask, Nose strips, and eye patch! Happy happy joy joy! 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Calm Down! LANEIGE Fresh Calming Line is Here!

LANEIGE Fresh Calming set

        I'm happy to say that I think I finally found the ONE. Well, the FOUR, actually. Meet my daytime warriors! The LANEIGE Fresh Calming Set! And it's already available in LANEIGE stores in the Philippines!

        Aside from the fact that I wanted to buy this set because of the Lee Sung Kyung Fan Girl in me (She's the endorser for this line), I was particularly interested to try this because this line was made for oily to combination skin. Which is exactly my skin type. I've always thought I had oily skin until I realized that only my T-zone was oily. My cheeks are always dry. Forget the fact that the original market for this line is for 20-year-olds. Feeling bata ako bakit ba? And hell, it works perfectly for me! Seriously! 찐자!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dove and Mommy Mundo's #ConfidentGirl Forum is an Eye-Opener!

        Parenting is hard. Obviously. You think parenting will become easier as they grow up because we don't have to assist them in small tasks like breastfeeding, or giving them milk in the wee hours, taking a shower, brushing their teeth, feeding them, etc. But the challenges become different. As I can imagine, it becomes emotionally harder. Because then we have to make sure our child grows up in a positive environment and we want to make sure that they'll be okay on their own when we're not with them.

        A big factor in growing up with confidence is having good self-esteem. Now inside your household, there's no problem. Because we're always there to guide them. But it's a different story when they leave the house as they become exposed to other people's way of thinking. That's why as early as now, it's best to have that "talk" with them and prepare them for the world. This is precisely why I'm glad I was able to join the first #ConfidentGirl Forum with Dove and Mommy Mundo.

Monday, November 6, 2017

For All Fa-SHOE-nistas!

Via Venetto

        A true fashionista is not one who just follows each and every trend. A real fashionista is one who wears a piece with full confidence. One who makes the dress or the accessory or the shoe work for you, and not the other way around. A real fashionista can wear anything from runway looks, or something from her grandmother's baul.  As long as you can work it, it's fashion!

        Filipina fashionistas have a lot of choices when it comes to clothes and accessories. You can find tons of amazing clothing, shoes, and accessories at the many amazing malls we have now, or at tiangge areas, or even at weekend markets. You'll be surprised at the variety of choices you will see.

        Needless to say, completing a fashionista look is a head-to-toe endeavor, with signature shoes as a style staple.That is where Filipino fashion icon Via Venetto truly shines.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

My 10-Step LANEIGE Skin Care

          It’s crazy, but this all started because of the Korean drama series Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. I came to love the character and the actress so much (Lee Sung Kyung), and so when I saw that she was an official endorser of Laneige, I became interested in trying the famous Korean skin care brand. I knew it was a bit steep, but at that time I was earning okay, and I thought that it was pricey for a reason. I heard nothing but good things about Laneige especially coming from Rowena of the famous blog Animetric, who has been a long time Laneige user. She has excellent skin so I thought, it must really be effective!

          So there, I started with the 2 products that I saw on Weightlifting Fairy (see my post here), and then afterwards, each time I pass by a Laneige store, I felt like a kid in a candy store already.

        In this post, I will show you the first Laneige set I collected so I could follow the 10-step Korean skin care regimen.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Little Nebulizer That Could! The Omron CompAir Nebulizer System NE-C801!

        I remember there was a time when my little Rainbow was down with a cough, and for some reason it took a while before it really went away. And so my sister in law told me that it would be wise to invest in a nebulizer because it’s a good way to relieve little kids from annoying colds and coughs (of course with the doctor’s consent). I cannot also just ignore the fact that that both sides of our families have history of asthma. Luckily though Richie and I both had never had asthma, and even more luckily, so does Rain. (Knock on wood so as not to jinx it).

        So of course, that was months ago. And up until now I haven’t bought any nebulizer yet for the house. (Best mom award! Hahaha!) But because I was recently introduced to Omron, I now know which nebulizer to get! It’s small, it’s compact, and it only produces a soft wheezing type of sound that’s almost soothing (to me at least).

Omron Nebulizer NE-C801

        The CompAir Nebulizer System NE - C801 is this tiny nebulizer made by Omron Healthcare. They developed this product to make it easier to manage not just asthma, but also for chronic bronchitis, allergic rhinitis, and other respiratory disorders.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Marian Rivera-Dantes is the Perfect Endorser for Snow Crystal White Tomato

        I've always admired Marian Rivera-Dantes' beauty. She's got that delicate beauty and petite body that makes her the ideal beauty goal of many. And I know we can all agree that her career as an actress did not come about just because of her looks. She is really a talented versatile actress that can easily do drama to action to comedy in a snap.  From acting , to hosting, and now to being a wife and a mother, she has become one of the Philippines' most admired actress.

Marian Rivera-Dantes, Erik Armigos, Vida Nutriscience

        But aside for her remarkable beauty and talent, more importantly, is her undeniable confidence that makes her even more exquisite. And this is precisely why Vida Nutriscience believed that Marian Rivera-Dantes would be the perfect endorser for Snow's new product: Snow Crystal White Tomato. It's the new gold standard in whitening and anti-aging.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Destination: ISDAAN Floating Restaurant!!!

Isdaan Floating Restaurant

        We've been traveling to the north every summer ever since I could remember. My family's province is in Bangued, Abra, then we later transfered to San Fernando La Union. And before all the EXes were built (SCTEX, TPLEX), I remember always passing by this restaurant in Tarlac with huge statues out front and have always wanted to try it. But we always used to ride the public bus so we couldn't really stop over. But as soon as we were already using our own car, we did finally get to go and I remember being in awe at how fun the whole place was. Filled with lagoons and huge amazing statues. it kinda made you feel like you were in a theme park!

        Years later, we came back. This time, in their Nueva Ecija branch. And it was as fun as I remembered. In fact it was even more fun this time because Rain is already with us! Check out my quick video of our fun trip to Isdaan!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Via Venetto: The Perfect Shoe in Every Hue

        Have you ever experienced that time when you suddenly have to go somewhere and discover that you're a bit underdressed? I'm sure you have. Which is precisely why every woman wants to have that one perfect pair of shoes that she can use in all occasions. And it's pretty hard to find that one perfect pair.

        Thankfully I saw this ballet flats, ankle-strapped stilettos from Via Venetto and I honestly want to get!

The black one is perfect because the color goes with everything...

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Beauty and Wellness with MySlim and Miss Philippines Earth 2017!

MySlim and Miss Philippines Earth 2017

        With today's current environmental state, its good to know that a lot of efforts are being done left and right to save our home planet. A lot of businesses left and right are doing what they can to make a difference. And its nice to know that health products like MySlim is also supporting a major event that uses beauty to raise awareness on these serious environmental issues. Miss Philippines Earth 2017!

        Earlier today we were able to meet some of the lovely candidates of Miss Philippines Earth who proved that beauty is not only skin deep. That beauty and fitness and brains can all go together.

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!