Friday, March 11, 2011

mommy moments

This picture was taken last Saturday before my son and his Dad went to Cityland office in Makati. My son is wearing light green shirt and dark shorts and is seen here strumming his green toy guitar, and oh, that’s his green Ben 10 car on his lap, one of the gifts he received last Christmas. Isn’t this a very green day?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Eating out during weekends is one of our family bonding activities. Two Saturdays ago, we found ourselves having lunch at Max’s Restaurant in Robinsons Galleria.

Eagerly awaiting our order

We had a really delicious lunch consisting of Family Fried Chicken, Pinaputok na Tiyan ng Bangus and Sizzling Tofu.

Family Fried Chicken, Half, Php220.00

The original, classic fried chicken that made Max's popular. It is cooked to golden perfection, processed in a very unique way which gives this product the unforgettable “sarap to the bones” quality

You wouldn’t believe that fried chicken this good is totally MSG-free. Yes, it’s true!

Pinaputok na Tiyan ng Bangus, Php229.00

Deboned milkfish belly stuffed with chopped tomatoes, onions and garlic. Grilled inside a banana leaf and topped with fresh tomato salsa.

I love milkfish, and this one’s super yummy! I almost finished the entire plate! LOL!

Sizzling Tofu, Php166.00

Tofu cubes with chopped onions, red and green bell peppers glazed with a special sauce topped with chilis. Good for 2-3 persons

You should really try this one! This dish is slightly spicy, which added to its already flavorful taste.

This is the second time in two weeks that we had lunch at Max’s Restaurant. The first one was at Harrison Plaza after our unplanned trip to Manila Zoo. Max’s Restaurant is the place to go if you’re looking for sumptuous Filipino foods at prices you can afford.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Last February 22, 2011, my son’s school had an educational field trip to Doll Joy Factory in Pasig City. I wasn’t able to join my son because I had a commitment on that day, too, but I made sure his yaya was there to see to his needs and to take pictures of what they saw inside the factory. I had to pay Php150.00 each for my son and his yaya for this field trip.

There were so many different dolls inside: sports dolls, clown dolls, ballerina dolls, Christmas dolls and dolls from around the world. The kids also had the chance to dress up the dolls on their own.

I particularly like the dolls wearing different school uniforms. They’re so cute!

That’s my son holding his newly bought robot (Php180.00) from the factory.

It took them almost two hours to tour the entire factory. My son was too tired when he got home that he didn’t have time to eat lunch anymore. He really enjoyed this educational field trip to Doll Joy Factory and he said he wanted to go back there.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Don’t you just love it when everything in the office is spic and span? It feels so good to be working in a place where everything (telephones, desks, chairs, computers, etc.) is in its right place. It’s also so much safer when cable protectors and cord covers are used in the office. Rubber or plastic cord covers keep employees out of harm’s way. Because no loose wires are lying around, accidents and injuries are prevented. Do you feel safe and secure in your place of work? Does your office use cable cover, too?

Friday, March 4, 2011

mommy moments

Here’s my son in orange polo shirt with his orange Nemo stuffed toy. This picture was taken this morning before he went to school.

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Medicare Part D is a program of the U.S. Government that subsidizes the cost of prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries. Persons eligible for Medicare Part D plan are those who are entitled to benefits under Medicare Part A and/or enrolled in Medicare Part B.

How I wish PhilHealth offers prescription drug coverage, too. This will be helpful to PhilHealth members like me whose parents are on maintenance medications. Both my parents are taking maintenance drugs for high blood pressure. My mother also takes maintenance drugs for diabetes. Their medications are classified as prescription drugs, and because they’re not taking one but a number of different tablets a day, they’re spending a lot for their maintenance medications.

I help them financially with their medication needs, but I wish they could buy other things than just their medication drugs with the money I give them every pay day. That will only be possible if prescription drugs will be covered by PhilHealth.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Yes, you heard that right! Just log on to, click on Slip an Eco Tip tab and share how you can help the fight against climate change. The most helpful answer of the week wins! This promotion is open to Philippine residents only and will run until March 31, 2011.

Brazilian-born model Gisele Bundchen is the designated Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). As Goodwill Ambassador, Gisele Bundchen helps UNEP raise awareness about the major threats to our planet-- such as climate change and environmental degradation--and move people to do something to help protect the environment.

The Ipanema Gisele Bundchen’s latest summer collection, the Hot Sands Collection, supports the Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), a Socio-environmental Institute in Brazil, with its Fight Against Climate Change Central Strategy, a program that proposes that we all think about what we can do right now, in practice, to improve our lives.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

When I posted my Mommy Moments’ entry last Friday, I mentioned in my post that my four-year-old son (soon turning five) is such a sweet and thoughtful boy. Because I work at home and see what he’s doing all day after school, I’m the willing recipient of his hugs, kisses and I Love You’s.

From time to time, he would approach me and tell me: “Mommy, hug me and kiss me.” Of course, I would oblige. Then, he’ll hug and kiss me, too! He also says so many “I love you, Mommy” in a day! These things really make my heart melt!

And when he’s in the mood to write, he’d come up with “I Love You” notes for Mommy. Where he writes his love notes doesn’t really matter; sometimes, he writes on cardboard paper, sometimes in my notebook that I use when I work and sometimes on pad papers.

This was his Valentine’s Day card for mommy. He was in a hurry to do this because he wanted to give it to me right away. He asked his yaya for the spelling of “Happy Valentine’s Day.”

He actually writes nicely when he’s in the mood, like this most recent love note he gave me.

Isn’t he the sweetest? Now that I’ve just received my end-of-the-month salary, I want to buy something special for him. Would personalized gifts for kids do? What do you think?

Monday, February 28, 2011

Ipanema, the world’s most fashionable Brazilian flipflop brand, has launched its latest summer collection--the Gisele Bundchen Hot Sands Collection--at the SM Prestige Lounge in SM Megamall last Tuesday, February 22, 2011.

Event host Ms. Shanen Torres

Mr. Patxi Elizalde, Managing Director of ELRO Corporation

The new collection was launched via a fashion show featuring young models wearing Coco Cabaña’s summer outfits complemented by colorful, summery and stunningly beautiful flipflops from the Ipanema Gisele Bundchen Hot Sands Collection.

“The collection embodies the best of Brazil and its locals: warmth, optimism and great joy in living, a country that keeps its eyes on the future and always reinvents itself. This carefree and joyous lifestyle is the inspiration behind the collection—each piece celebrates the beauty of nature, making it the footwear to complement the sunny season of summer,” said Patxi Elizalde, managing director of ELRO Corporation. ELRO Corporation is the exclusive distributor of Ipanema in the Philippines.

Hot Sands Kirey Fem (White Gold)

Hot Sands Thong Fem (Black Silver)

Hot Sands Fem (Purple Lilac)

Hot Sands Fem (White Clear)

Hot Sands Plat Fem (White Gold)

Gift packages were given to ten lucky raffle winners after the fashion show. Models Bianca Valerio, Kelly Misa and Ornusa Cadness were also spotted at the event.

Ten lucky raffle winners

Patxi Elizalde, Bianca Valerio, Kelly Misa, Ornusa Cadness and Eugene Saw (Vice President of SM Department Stores Ladies, Teens and Bags Group)

Other mommy bloggers were also present, which made attending the event more fun and exciting. I tell you, when mommies are around, unending chit-chat abounds. LOL! We can talk about almost anything—kids, work, beauty tips, latest showbiz gossips and even cheap auto insurance--but that’s beside the point.

Tetcha, Czaroma, Lynn, Teacher Julie and Pehpot

Tina, Michelle, Pehpot and Tetcha

The Ipanema Gisele Bundchen Hot Sands Collection also supports the Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), a Socio-environmental Institute in Brazil that advocates the Fight Against Climate Change Central Strategy, a program that proposes that we all think about what we can do right now to improve our lives.

Know more about these stylish nature-themed sandals by visiting Visit also Ipanema Philippines on Facebook and send an eco-saving tip for a chance to win a free pair of Ipanema GB footwear.

Ipanema Gisele Bundchen Hot Sands Collection is available at SM Department Stores, Bambu and other leading boutiques and stores nationwide.

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