Saturday, February 28, 2015

How did you meet your besties?

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BFFs sharing their unique stories

In the February issue of Total Girl Magazine, my daughter and my niece briefly shared their story. They share what made them "Instant Besties." We're happy that they really value each other as "besties".

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Total Girl Magazine February 2015

On cover are Girl Meets World stars Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter.

Like my daughter, I'm sure that tweens who have this magazine love it. It's filled with besties inspired articles including activities that they can do with their friends. Plus there's a 5 Seconds of Summer and Gimme 5 posters. This issue also comes with #‎TGStarSwappers‬ set.

Total Girl Magazine February 2015
TG Life Guide, Totally True section

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Who's on K-Zone Magazine February issue?

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thanks for the greets Kzone Magazine!

I've checked out the latest issue of K-Zone Philippines. It's great to see my son's photo on its calendar page. Cool! He's the only non-celebrity on that list.

My son is 9 already. He's big for his age, but he'll always be our "bunso."

Thank you K-Zone Philippines for the birthday greetings! It made my son's day complete.

Kzone Magazine February 2015
Kzone Magazine February 2015 cover

So, who else is celebrating their birthday's this month?

There's Harry Styles (February 1st), Taylor Lautner (February 11th), Ed Sheeran (February 17th), Megan Young (27th)...

If you're also celebrating your birthday this month, let me greet you a Happy Birthday!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Welcome to the Philippines Pope Francis

The Pope has arrived!
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Source: photo grabbed online
Everyone got ecstatic upon the arrival of Pope Francis. Seeing millions of people lined the streets to see the pope is overwhelming. His Holiness rode in a white, open-sided Popemobile from the airport to the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila.

His Holiness Pope Francis will bring his message of "Mercy and Compassion." This is God's love through the goodness of Pope Francis.

Feeling blessed to experience your presence. #BlessedByThePope

Papal Visit 2015

Where can we see Pope Francis on his 5-day visit to our country?

Here is the schedule of His Holiness:
(Source: CBCPNews)

January 15, 2015
Arrival from Sri Lanka – Villamor Air Base
Motorcade to his residence

January 16, 2015
Welcome Ceremony – Malacañang Palace, Manila
Courtesy Visit to the President
Meeting with Authorities and the Diplomatic Corps
Motorcade to the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral)
Mass with Bishops, Priests, and Women and Men Religious – Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral)
Motorcade to the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay
Meeting with the Families -  Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay

January 17, 2015
Departure for the Archdiocese of Palo – Villamor Air Base
Arrival at Tacloban Airport
Holy Mass near Tacloban Airport
Lunch with the Poor and Survivors of Calamities at Gonzagahaus (Residence of the Archbishop of Palo) – Palo, Leyte
Blessing of the Pope Francis Center for the Poor – Palo, Leyte
Meeting with the Priests and Women and Men Religious at Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration (Palo Cathedral) – Palo, Leyte
Departure for Manila
Arrival at Manila – Villamor Air Base

January 18, 2015
Brief Meeting with Religious Leaders – Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, España, Manila
Meeting with the Youth – Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, España, Manila
Motorcade to Rizal Park, Manila
Concluding Mass, Rizal Park, Manila

January 19, 2015
Motorcade from his residence
Departure for Rome – Villamor Air Base

Thank you Pope Francis! #PapalVisitPH
#DearPopeFrancis May you continue to touch our lives and strengthen our faith. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Just a quick note

The New Year worth looking forward to. It started good.
Hoping and believing that this year would be way better than the pasts.
Learning. Accepting. Appreciating.
Keeping my focus on what matters most.

Cheers to 2015!
May all of us see the good things that this year would bring!

There's a lot I wanted to share, to do and to work on. Yes, I miss blogging...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

36 Days of Buqo Christmas Freebies

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free books and magazines
Buqo - a digital bookstore, newsstand and reader, has prepared awesome freebies for all of us this Holiday season!

For 36 days -  from November 26 up to the very last day of 2014, they'll be giving away a book or magazine. Imagine, we'll get to receive A New Gift Every Day! 

Yes, that’s 36 days... Because 12 days just isn’t enough!

Buqo wants us to  re-experience that "childhood" feeling of finding  a gift under the Christmas tree. But of course, they're doing it digitally.

They're so generous. I'm sure book and magazine lovers would love these freebies.  This is really worth checking!

So How Does It Work?

Starting today, November 26 at exactly 11:00 am, a new book or magazine will be unveiled on Buqo’s social media accounts as the featured freebie. That freebie will be available for download for 23 hours. Remember, it's FREE! You have until 10:00 am the next day to get it.

Then, the next day when 11:00 am comes around, a new freebie will be up for grabs!

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Look for this banner in the buqo store
How to Get it?

So, if you don’t have the Buqo app yet, get it now. Download it on your Buqo iOS (App Store)  or Android Buqo Android (Google Play) device, or both!

  1. Go to Buqo store and find the "36 Days of Christmas" banner.
    The freebie will be under a special banner in the buqo apps and website.
  2. Click to get your free item.

Just to give you a sneak peak (and hint) of the Daily Surprise:

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Watch for these announcements on Social Media

Today, November 26, the freebie is - "I Saw the Sign" (Summit Books) and then for November 27 it would be "Preview Current Issue Current Issue" (Summit).

#buqopromo #36DaysofBuqoChristmas
#freebooks #freemagazines

And, follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter  to get the freshest and latest news and be the first to know the featured freebie of the day.


Remember: Keep checking everyday (until December 31) to get your freebie under the Buqo “Christmas tree.”

Thanks so much Buqo for all these Christmas gifts!

Enjoy reading and don't forget to share these good news to everyone!

10 Best Holiday Gift Ideas from The Mind Museum

It's the time of the year when everyone needs extra help in finding that special holidays gifts. I'm also thinking and looking for the best gifts especially for kids. Are you also looking for gifts to give your kids and your "inaanaks" this Christmas?

Year after year, people rush to stores for that last minute gift shopping with hope of finding something extraordinary. We all want to give our loved ones, especially the kids, what they wished for or something more remarkable.

Mind Museum, the first world class science museum in the Philippines, doesn't just provide a whole new learning experience for kids, it also has great educational toys for children of all ages. It even has the best and most unique gift suggestions that kids of all ages can enjoy and learn from.

Check out these ultimate gift guide that will add twist to your usual holiday flavor. They also inspire learning and lets you celebrate the season of giving.

1. The Scientific Date

Surprise your loved ones and the young ones with All Day Passes or gift certificates to The Mind Museum!

With over 250 hands-on, minds-on exhibits and live experiment demonstrations that unveil the remarkable science behind living and non-living things, a date or two in The Mind Museum is definitely a unique and exciting way to spend time together this Yuletide season.

It's great to have a date in a science-themed gallery, or stargazing in cozy couches in a custom-made planetarium with the entire family, right?

(The Mind Museum tickets all day passes Php750/php)

2. Name the Stars after Your Loved Ones

Leave your names or your loved ones’ on digital exhibits found in the different galleries in the Museum, through a fixed donation that come with e-certificates.

Imagine the delight of seeing your family’s name imprinted on the virtual stars that make up a constellation, or name a specific kind of dinosaur that inhabits a virtual era in history. What’s more heart-warming is that all proceeds for this program go to supporting the institutions’ project of giving free museum visits to public school kids.

(Virtual exhibits’ price ranges from Php1,000 to Php5,000, depending on your choice of show. For more information, visit

Perfect! I can name a star "Skylah" (my daughter's name) and name the dinosaur "Brent" (my son).

3. The Key to Endless Discovery

This is a year-round, all-day admission to the first world-class science museum in the country.

The Mind Museum’s Unlimited Science Pass also gives free admission to over 300 worldwide science museums, discounts on travelling exhibition tickets, birthday packages, and purchases inside The Mind Museum Store. Also, this unli-pass directly supports free museum passes for underprivileged kids.

(For a group of four or more, avail the Unlimited Science Pass for only Php2,250/pax. Visit for more information)

Wow this unlimited Mind Museum pass is something that my kids would love to have!

4. All for Science, All for Love

Why not sponsor a trip for public school kids this Christmas to celebrate the holidays in a meaningful way?

You can even ask your family or friends to join you in spearheading this project to further enrich the sense of wonder of these young ones. Don’t worry, The Mind Museum’s doors are open to plan and accomplish this advocacy of embracing and sharing the true spirit of the season.

(To inquire about this project, please send your email to

Doing this is truly heart-warming!

5. If these shirts could talk:

Let your friends “wear their wit” with these design shirts that are exclusively available in The Mind Museum Store! These shirts come in different colors and are tastefully designed with vibrant graphics and statements that will truly make science a cool fashion statement of choice this holiday season.

(Prices range from Php379.75 to Php499.75)

Really cool shirts for all kids!

6. Of Puzzles, Papers, and Pencils:

Give the young ones (or even your family and friends) these funky Human Anatomy Notebook and Science Alphabet Notebook! They’re, indeed, a safe space for random thoughts, important lists, or mind babbles. Here’s a tip: pair these notebooks with Puzzle Color Pencils and let its colorful tips become their wand to create their DIY-diary.

Human Anatomy Notebook and Science Alphabet Notebook Php379.75
Puzzle Color Pencils Php649.75
I love fancy notebooks just like these!

7. Own the Universe

While the kids are taking baby steps towards their dreams, show them the momentary short-cut in seizing the universe, literally, through the Star Planetarium! Projecting 3D stars, planets, and constellations. This amazing contraption also includes 3D glasses for a more mesmerizing virtual representation of what’s above and beyond the world we’re living in.

Star Planetarium set Php2,579.75
Wow! I'll wish this for my kids! :)

8. Unearthing the Dinos

Let the kids experience being a paleontologist and travel back to the era of dinosaurs with the special edition Dino Excavation Kit.

Dig for the bones hidden in the gypsum block, assemble them and enjoy your very own miniature dinosaur skeleton replica. Top it off by learning more about the fossils you have just uncovered.

entire Dino Excavation Kit Php 2,699.75
Great activity for curious kids (and parents)! 

9. Tricks and Treats:

Have fun teaching your kids using playing cards that are exclusively sold at The Mind Museum store.

There's What’s GNU?—a 3-letter learning game deck or go for a game of speed and visual tricks with Hyperswipe! Grab these cards now, be the learning and game master at the same time, and let the enlivening game itself, too, serve as an added gift to these kids!

What’s GNU Php 949.75, Hyperswipe set Php 1,349.75
My kids have a game deck like GNU... now, I want to try Hyperswipe with them!

10. Build Your Own, Learn on Your Own

Teach your young ones the basics of gardening, without having to worry about landscaping your backyard, with these innovative plant miniatures!

Let them grow the Sweet Leaf, which grows leaves that be used as a natural substitute for sugar; the Mini-Melons that will actually produce sweet mini cantaloupes in less than 2 months; or get really out-of-this-word with the Curious George Outer Space Adventure Garden that will even allow them to experiment right in their mini pots!

Sweet leaf and Mini-melons Php 829.75
Curious George Outer Space Adventure Garden Php 1,229.75

Don't you just love to get one of these for your kids?

Let's all have a merry and meaningful Christmas season!