Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Holiday Greetings

Wishing you all timeless treasures of Christmas.
The warmth of home, the love of family, the company of good friends
Have a blessed and meaningful Holidays!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Where are the Keys?

Can you count or remember how many times have you lost your keys or misplace it? Unexpected situations like opening house or car doors happen from time to time. It is an advantage if there is a professional locksmith in nearby areas that can assist you in times of emergencies.

Everyone in our family have their own set of duplicate house keys. But there are still times when we even forget where we place our house keys, car keys or closet keys.

Lost key problems or emergency vehicle open-ups do happen. If you are in the Calgary area and you usually encounter these type of situations, you have to you can contact a professional locksmith Calgary ab in your area. They specialize in emergency door and vehicle door unlocking. Aside from handling businesses and offices, they also provide assistance to residential door problems such as key replacement or lock picking. So if you lost or forget where you put your lock keys especially at night, you can call them immediately. The provide assistance 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

A reliable locksmith who can fix all of your lock requirements will help make your life easier. Make sure that you keep their contact numbers within reach.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Holiday Homes at Kansas City

Only a few days 'till Christmas Day! I love how the Christmas spirit fills the air with love, hope and happiness. Christmas music and parties are all over. Though traffic is everywhere and mall stores and bazaar are filled with shoppers beating the Christmas rush, people are still in a good mood most of the time.

I have already wrapped our presents and gave a few already. There are still a couple of gifts to buy and wrap, which we could do over the weekends. Buying gifts is one thing that I enjoy and will never get tired of doing. As a family tradition, everyone in the family will be celebrating Christmas Eve at my grandparent's home. It's where our family and relatives eat Noche Buena and do our gift-giving. It's where all kids in our family get too excited with the gifts that they'll get to receive. It’s a simple family celebration that we all look forward to.

It's really great to see all those houses and streets filled with Christmas lights and decorations, and of course, families celebrating together.Some would even travel to their provinces to spend the holidays with their families.  Indeed, Christmas is best celebrated at home with your loved ones.

I'm wondering how holiday homes at Kansas City looks like. People living near or around the city and are planning to purchase or rent a home for the holidays should consider several factors before making a decision.

If your family plans to travel this Holiday season you can include Kansas City is in one of your places to visit. There are many Kansas City real estate houses and apartments available in the market. You can find many affordable and convenient holiday houses, vacation rentals and apartments that fit your needs and budget. While at the city, you can enjoy several holiday festivals and events. Of course, you should not forget to visit theme parks, museums, and other attractions in the city. You'll find plenty of cool activities and stuff to do while you’re at Kansas.

Wherever you will be this Christmas, whether you’re at home or away with your family, let the spirit of the season burn in your life. It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post however, all the points and views are my own.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Pain Free with Massage Chairs

Getting a massage is always a relaxing experience. It helps improve blood flow, increase energy and stamina, and even reduces blood pressure. Wouldn't it be great if you can have a massage after a long, tiring and stressful day at work? However, sometimes finding time to get a massage can be difficult. Most people do not have much time to pamper themselves after a days’ work. It would also be expensive to get a massage therapy regularly.

Many individuals usually experience back pain due to sitting, working for hours and doing routine activities, and this is something that I also experience. There are times when my I could feel the pain in my back and my shoulders whenever I spent hours working on the computer. To prevent this, I make sure to take a few minutes break to walk and stretch my muscles. It's good that my computer chair is comfortable enough.

Most are searching for ways to remove back pain and release body stress, like getting a massage session. A good massage can relieve tension and body pain and lessen your stress levels.

Making use of the Massage Chair is a great way to get a massage. I've seen a couple of these chairs at the mall. There are massage chairs that can massage your calf, thighs, knees and neck, and your whole body.

A massage chair is a valuable addition to your home life. Think of the convenience and privacy you'll get if you have this equipment. If you have a massage chair, you can even get a good therapeutic massage while watching your favorite TV show. It's one of the best investments that you can do for your health. With it, you can have as many massage therapy sessions and hours of relaxation as you want. Relatives and friends who could come to visit your home can even take a few minutes to relax in your chair.

Having a massage chair great for people who want to have a massage session even while at home. You can even take a long rest after using it and there's no need to drive back home.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post however, all the points and views are my own.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Hello Kitty Christmas at SM City North Edsa

I will always find Hello Kitty to be the sweetest and most adorable character. Seeing Hello Kitty brings back my sweet childhood and makes me feel young at heart!

I got to visit the Hello Kitty Village at The Block Atrium when I dropped by to claim a prize at Yves Rocher. Little girls, teens and even adults really adore this famous cat. I couldn't resist its cuteness so I joined the crowd and took photos. I wouldn't miss this!

Main Hall with parents Mama Mary and Papa George

Hello Kitty Cafe with Hello Kitty and Mimi (her twin sister)

Activity Hall Grandpa and Grandma Kitty

Cake Shop with Dear Daniel (Hello Kitty's childhood friend)
Inside those house displays are several Hello Kitty merchandise. I bet, everyone would want to take home those items or perhaps stay in this village.

Hello Kitty fans should really visit the Hello Kitty Village at The Block Atrium from November 10 to January 6. Also take a look at the Hello Kitty Luxe Collection at the 3rd floor where Hello Kitty personal collections of famous personalities are displayed.

Next meet and greet sessions are scheduled this December 15, 22, 23 and 24 at 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm.

Happy Hello Kitty Holidays!

Real Estate Home Opportunities

The Holiday Season is the best time to purchase that dream house or gadget. Most people had already received their bonuses and some had bought gifts from their hard-earned money. Shopping malls, bazaars and trade fairs are filled with shoppers on the look for the perfect gift. Aside from that, it seems that there are also lots of real estate agents handing out flyers to prospective clients.

Have you ever thought of buying a property for your family or your children this Christmas? This would be the best gift that they'll get to have not just this year, but throughout their lives. There are many properties in the market that you can choose - from houses, condominium units, lots, apartments, that would fit your need and financial budget.

Though most are preoccupied with buying presents, some are also looking for a property where they can invest their money or a house for their family. Holidays can really be a great time to invest in a property. Buying a property during the holiday season is one of the perfect time to get a great deal. During this season, people are usually in festive mood to offer a better deal or do a negotiation.

Those planning to purchase a home can also considered short sales. It is always great to find a property bring sold at a lesser price. If you're thinking of Las Vegas, several homes, condominiums and townhouses are for sale and for rent around Having a professional assist you in those transactions would make home buying a great experience without all those stresses.

Those interested in buying short sales in the area must seek assistance from Las Vegas short sale specialist. During this time, you'll find sellers that are serious about selling the property at a good price and real estate agents who are motivated to achieve their sales quotas.

We all know that Las Vegas is a city famous for its casinos. Travellers and tourists visit the city to shop, dine, gamble and enjoy the exciting lifestyle around the area. Aside from the award-winning casinos, the city is also great for family vacations, outdoor experiences and other surprising things you can do.

Wouldn't it feel great to have a newly purchased property to welcome the New Year?

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post however, all the points and views are my own.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Capture Attention with Lawn Signs

Signs are everywhere. Without it, people would get lost and confused since it would be hard to look for information or find our way around.

Schools, buildings, establishments and roads make use of different signage. There are warning signs on the road, outdoor billboards that advertises a brand or a company effectively and signage that promote awareness or give directions. It is always important to keep an eye on every safety signs that warns people about dangers. Months from now, political signs would be found everywhere as well. A great sign usually capture attention in an instant since people usually glance on these for a few seconds.

From those different kinds of signs, mall sale announcements capture my attention the most. Who wouldn't love going to sale and bazaar events especially since the Holiday Season is fast approaching?

Lately, I've been becoming more aware of those House for Sale or House for Rent posters. We've been driving around and visiting several houses, apartment units and townhouses at a village near our kid's school. For years, our family had been used to living in our condo unit. But looking at those houses makes us want to move in that village. Even my sister and her family are considering on purchasing their house in that village too.  Who knows, maybe in the future, we'll also get to buy our house in that area too. It would be great since my kid's and my youngest sister won't have a hard time commuting to and from school.

Even if we live in the digital world and you can easily post online advertisements, outdoor real estate signs are really important.  It gives information to prospective buyers and renters about the property. 

If you're looking for properties for sale or for rent, you can find that real estate signage very helpful especially if you don't have a broker. Some have lawn signs, yard signs while others place it in their gates. Some properties also have those big posters and tarpaulins that you can see at the streets. From there, you can get the contact number and the person you need to get in touch with.

Solar Phone Charger Saves Electricity

Having several cell phones and gadgets also means making use of different chargers. Most people I know also have different chargers for their phones, cameras, batteries and others, in their homes.

Charges do consume electricity so we always make it a point to unplug chargers once our gadgets or batteries are fully charged. Leaving a charger on the socket even without a gadget also drives up electricity bills. It’s good that one of my husband’s mobile phone has this reminder message which says “unplug the charger from the wall” after the phone had been fully charged. It's good that one of his cell phone have this reminder since he usually forgot to unplug chargers from the outlet.

Unused appliances plugged into power outlets draw electricity. Even when turned off, it also consumes energy since it is connected to the power outlet. It would be beneficial if we have a solar phone charger for it can also lessen electricity bills.

No matter how many chargers you have, it can still be frustrating whenever you find your mobile phone getting discharged when we need it most. A discharged or low battery cell phone is the worst especially when you’re travelling or during emergency situations. Either you borrow a charger and find an electrical outlet.

Solar chargers are really beneficial when you're going on camping, trekking, and mountain climbing or exploring the outdoors. People who spend hours and days working outside needs a solar charger to keep them connected to their clients, businesses and families.

If you have a solar charger, you can have power on the go especially on remote locations. After letting it bask in the sun, it stores sunlight in its solar panel and power pack. If you have a solar charger, you don't always have to depend on electrical outlets and chargers to charge mobile phones. You can charge your gadgets even without the actual use of electricity. No need to worry about spare batteries or finding an electrical outlet.

Using a solar charger is a convenient way of recharging your mobile phones, iPhones and iPads. It's also beneficial whenever you're at home. Since it utilizes natural energy from the sun, you can be more energy savvy. It helps save electricity, thus saving household bills.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post however, all the points and views are my own.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The New Glorietta Vibe: World's Biggest Fashion Show

Move to the Vibe at Glorietta this coming Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 6 pm and see fashion history unfolds.

Watch as the country attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of people modelling on the runway. Around 2,500 of the Philippines' most beautiful, including the country’s top models, celebrities and personalities will be gracing the catwalk.

Well, guess what... I'm part of the list! And I got this AVA approved mark on my photo.

It was days ago when I got notifications from organizers that I'll be modelling for MEG Clothing.  This is something that I never dream of doing. But it is an honor to be included in the list. After that, I was informed that all MEG models would be joining the Vibe Segment.

Well, who wouldn't want to be part of the biggest fashion event in history?

As the event becomes nearer, I've seen more and more people wanting to be part of this fashion show. So, will you get to see me walking on the runway too?

Anyway, you can also catch this event via livestream at www.newgloriettavibe.ava.ph.

Palm Drive, Glorietta.
November 29, 2012 | 6 pm onwards

Monday, November 26, 2012

Lisa Macuja: Daughter's Dream Come True

It's been a month since my daughter and I watched Giselle at the Aliw Theater. She was mesmerized by the performance of the prima ballerina, Ms. Lisa Macuja-Elizalde.
“She doesn’t run, she floats. She doesn’t balance, she hovers. She doesn’t jump, she flies... And in the end, I hope I won’t be the only one crying at I bid farewell to Giselle,” Lisa Macuja-Elizalde says.
She's wonderful, divine and spectacular. Seeing her do the ballet turns and twists is truly captivating. I was in awe as her body seems to really float, glide and fly in the air. She moves perfectly, passionately and in full emotion. You can really feel the way her eyes sparkle seeing Albrecht and how those same eyes elicit sadness. Everything about her was indeed a sight to behold.

And of course, Mikhail Martynyuk of Kremlin Ballet, all the dancers, danseurs and the Manila Symphony Orchestra are outstanding as well.

Having given the chance to meet and greet Ms. Lisa Macuja after the show makes the day truly memorable. My daughter felt star-strucked.


I know that this signed memorabilia is something that she will forever treasure. It says, "To Skylah, Keep on dancing! Lisa Macuja"


It had been the second year of Lisa Macuja's Swan Song Series, of which Don Quixote, Giselle and Carmen are part of, as she bid adieu to her  signature dance roles. I'm so glad that my daughter and I were able to watch her last performance of Giselle on stage. It’s a once in a lifetime experience.
"Nevertheless, Giselle is a role that I think I can continue to perform again and again and not grow tired of because there are so many ways of interpreting her. I never run out of new discoveries each time I dance her onstage." - from the souvenir program.
My daughter and I had watched a couple of ballet shows, and I can say that Lisa Macuja's Giselle is the best and tops it all. It's memorably incredible. She deserves the multiple standing ovations that everyone at the audience gave her during the curtain call. With the warm reception she received, she gave tears of joy - an emotion that we also had felt.

Yes, a month had passed since seeing Giselle, yet whenever I remember the curtain call while the teary-eyed prima ballerina shakes her head, the cheers and the loving applause seems to resound.

Giselle | October 21, 2012 at Aliw Theater

To Ms. Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, you're an inspiration! For my daughter, in the world of ballet, you reign supreme!

Thank you to Freeway for the tickets... and to Dante Perez, her EA, for the souvenir photo and the meet-and-greet session.

Hopefully, her Swan Song Series Year 3 will push through. We won't miss that for sure.
"A ballerina still dancing in her 28th season is rare. But a ballerina dancing her final Don Quixote, Giselle and Carmen on her 28th season is even more unique. Though one thing is for sure – no matter how ready you think you are, it’s still so hard to say goodbye." -- from the souvenir program.

A Wedding Like No Other

Everyone is still talking about the recent wedding ceremony of local celebrity couples, Zoren Legaspi and Carmina Villaroel. It's where the groom surprised his bride with a grand flash-mob proposal and a solemn wedding.

It was indeed a surprised wedding since the bride initially thought that she was in the venue for a commercial photo shoot for a commercial endorsement. It's fascinating how the groom had pulled off a grand event without the bride oblivious until the last minute that they were about to exchange I do's on that day. This is such an unexpected wedding event, a heart warming ceremony and a love story like no other.

The couple had white gold wedding bands for the ceremony. After 12 years of togetherness, they are now officially husband and wife.  Those who had seen their wedding coverage had surely felt the couple's love, sweetness and happiness.

Truly, a ring brings a huge difference in people's lives. It can make an engagement or an anniversary spectacular. Most women wishes to wear one of the most brilliant rings in the world like moissanite ring.  It makes a great gift for every woman. This type of ring is less expensive yet more durable than a diamond. Like a wedding, it can make you fall and believe in love all over again.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Good Housekeeping Magazine Makeover

Have you seen my makeover page at Good Housekeeping magazine October 2012 issue? If not, here it is:

Good_Housekeeping_magazine_October 2012,mommy_makeover
Dress: Plains & Prints, Belt: Unarosa, Shoes: VNC
Accessories: The Ramp Crossings

I felt good for being chosen for the Mommy Makeover section.

I got excited during hair color, hair cut and hair treatment session at Azta Urban Salon. My long black hair turned into mahogany-colored layered bob. Love it! My family, friends and everyone else loved my new hair. Thanks to Anton, Azta Salon senior hairstylist, for taking care of my hair.

It was raining hard during the photoshoot. Good thing, my husband accompanied me to the studio.

Thank you Ms. Pia, GH, beauty and fashion editor, for choosing the best dress for me. I initially  prefer wearing pants for the shoot, yet, she knew that wearing the dress would be perfect. And she was right!

Here's a TIP she shared:
Look for a dress in a cut that suits your body type. Halters are flattering for almost any body shape, making your shoulders look sexy.
Thanks also to Niña, GH Editorial Assistant, for making my look complete. Yes, I felt fab! Thanks to Elaine, Guerlain makeup artist, for making me look prettier; and to Sonia, for the natural hair style and for taking care of it throughout the photoshoot.

Thanks also to Jun for the great photo!

Again, thank you so much Good Housekeeping Magazine Philippines for this wonderful experience.

nice meeting you all :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Say NO to Bullying

My daughter got interviewed for a very sensitive topic about bullying. She was asked to share stories and express her point on view on whether she would fight back the bully or not.

Her take on the bullying topic:

"...Bullying is bad and it should stop."

It was published on Total Magazine Philippines October 2012 issue.

Total Girl Philippines magazine

Monday, November 12, 2012

Richwell Kids Craze Christmas Warehouse Sale 2012

It's Richwell's Kids Craze Christmas Warehouse Sale once again. This event is something that we always look forward to.

This year, they're having another venue at the Tents in Alphaland Makati. If Quezon City seems too far, you can check out Alphaland Makati instead.

Where: #34 Scout Torillo cor. Scout Limbaga Quezon City

November 23, 24, 25, 30
December 1,2,7,8,9,14,15,16,19,20,21,22,23

1 pm to 6 pm (weekdays and Friday)
9 am to 6 pm ( Saturday and Sunday)

November 30 is exclusive to Citibank cardholders. Cardholders can avail of 0% Paylite available for 3 months for a minimum single-receipt purchase of Php 3,000.

Where: Alphatents 6/F Southgate Tower (beside MRT Magallanes station)
2258 Chino Roces Ave. cor. Edsa, Makati City
Schedules: Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2012
Time: 9 am - 8 pm


Enjoy up to 70% discount on branded items for kids and babies. Some brands include:

GIRLS - Barbie, Monster High, Winx, Disney Princess, Dora, Hello Kitty, etc.
BOYS - Hot Wheels, Airhogs, Halo, Tech Deck, Cars, WWE, Gormiti, Thomas & Friends, Batman, Spiderman, Wreck-It-Ralph, Matchbox, Tom & Jerry, etc.
EDUCATIONAL: Fisher Price, Megabloks, Vtech, Games, Step2
BABY ITEMS: Chicco, Bright Starts
SHOES: Barbie, Ollie, Chicco, Fisher Price, Monster High
CLOTHES: Havin A Baby, Big & Small Company, Chicco

Payment is Cash only.
For inquiries call 743-1658

Friday, November 9, 2012

Las Vegas Real Estate Opportunities

I always think of Las Vegas as a place filled with world-famous award-winning casinos, hotels, gambling, gaming, shopping and fine dining. No doubt that the famous Sin City is also tagged as the Entertainment Capital of the World. It's a place where many people stay all night to go to clubs and hotels to drink and gamble. It's also great destination for everyone who want the kind of life the city offers.

Those who are also checking out places to stay or live in Las Vegas can start with real estate listings for homes for rent or for sale. To find a great deal, homes listen in short sale Las Vegas must also be considered.

For those planning to sell their Las Vegas home, a short sale is a good alternative to foreclosure. From what I've learned, it's a real estate transaction where the homeowner gets permission from the bank to sell their property in a lesser value than they owe on the mortgage. Usually, homeowners who are in financial trouble recourse to this type of transaction. Some people find it beneficial to purchase a short sale since the house is in bargain. During a "short sale," a home is being sold for less than the owners owe for the loan on their house. The buyer gets to buy the property at a reduced price. This is best for people who are not in a hurry to live in their purchased homes since short sales usually take months to close.

One can always find get great deals on Las Vegas real estate. There are several homes, townhouses, condominium units for rent and for sale in the area. Of course, one should consult a real estate professional who can help you find the best deal, answer your questions and assist you with all the transactions.

The city is a great place with an exciting nightlife and is also perfect for family getaways. Aside from the massive casinos scattered throughout the city, you'll always find great things that will surprise you at Las Vegas. One should also not forget to check and find the best deals on hotels, restaurants, casinos, events, golf and other things to do in the city. There are several outdoor experiences, sightseeing and concerts that will keep you interested. You'll find that 24 hours is really not enough.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Schwartz Law Firm, however, all the points and views are my own.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Costumes: Lady Gaga and Devil Jin

Devil Jin and Lady Gaga

Both my kids love preparing and dressing up in their Halloween costume. This year, my daughter came in a Lady Gaga inspired outfit, while my son became the Devil Jin - a character from the game, Tekken.


Every year, a Halloween parade is being held at school. This year, my son's Devil Jin costume won the Most Scariest Costume for Grades 1 to 3 in their school.

Most Scariest Costume

We also enjoy attending Halloween parties and joining the Trick or Treat activities. My daughter's Lady Gaga costume was awarded as the Best in Costume.

Best in Costume

They don't want to wear spooky costumes, so my husband and I let them choose characters that they would enjoy portraying. Most part of my kid's costumes is DIYs which are made up of rubber, aluminum, leather and old materials. We spent hours crafting their costumes. Seeing them enjoy Halloween activities in their costumes made everything worth it.


Here are more costumes.

My sister came as a walking Facebook page!


My niece, nephews and their cousins in their Naruto, Sakura, Casper, Flash, Clown and Michael Jackson costumes. They all look great in their get-ups!


What about your kids? What costumes did they choose this year?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Looking for Kansas City Dream Homes

During the recent United Nations school program, my daughter's grade level represented the United States of America. It's good the United Nations program broadens the student's cultural understanding. In year’s time, these students would graduate, work and build their future. They would also dream of having a house of their own too. Just like in their presentation, some dances about the "Red River Valley" while the others sway to the tune "take me home country road." It makes me curious as to who among those students or their families plan to buy Kansas City homes.

Owning a home is everyone's goal in life. It's the best and biggest real estate investment that someone can make for their families and kids. For some others, renting a place is a viable option especially for those who are moving to a new city. Renting can be a good option for people in transition like those who are getting married or have transferred to a new workplace.

Nowadays, finding a home is not too difficult. There are several houses, apartments, townhouses, condominium units for rent or for sale in the market. There are also real estate agents who can find a home that fits your needs, lifestyle and requirements. You can take time to browse local newspapers, bulletins and online advertisements for real estate property listings. Of course, asking around and seeking referrals from relatives and friends can help you as well.

It is important to ensure that you have the best deal before purchasing or moving to your dream home. There are several properties to choose from as well as things to keep in mind and consider when looking for a place to live. You always have to take into account your financial budget, the properties' accessibility and location safety. The right neighborhood also make a huge difference. So take time to drive around the area on weekdays and weekends, and research about the neighborhood and its surrounding area. Because financial budget takes an important role, you can start checking for places or states where home ownership affordability is at its lowest. Through this, finding the best home can be breeze.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Remax Mid-states, however, all the points and views are my own.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Halloween Parties and Events 2012

Most parents and kids are already preparing for their Halloween costumes. Several parties are about to happen in a few days and kids are getting excited to go trick or treating. Have your kids decided what they would wear this Halloween? What are your plans?

Here are some Halloween Parties and Events you can check out:

Fun Ranch BOO Time Halloween Party
October 20, 2012 at Ortigas Branch (1:00 pm to 5:00 pm)
October 27, 2012 at Alabang Branch (4:00 pm to 7:00 pm)
Fee: Php 500/kids  Php 250/adults
FREE Trick or Treat on October 31, 2012 at Ortigas Branch (3:00 to 5:00 pm)
Visit Fun Ranch's Facebook Page or website for more details.

Active Fun's Spooktacular Masquerade Party
October 26, 2012 (3:00 pm)
Bonifacio High Street Branch
Fee: Php 500 (General)/ Php 450 (for Fun Club members)
Trick or Treat and Costume Contest for kids, snack and unlimited play.
Visit Active Fun Facebook page here.

Manila Ocean Park's Halloween Costume Contest
October 27, 2012 (1:00 - 5:00 pm)
Trick or Treat starts at 3:00 pm
More information, visit Manila Ocean Park's website.

Cartoon Network's Halloween Heroes Haunt
October 27,2012 (10:00 am - 6:00 pm)
SM Megamall Event Center
Spend a minimum of Php 500 (must include halloween and/or Cartoon Network item) at Toy Kingdom.
Redeem tickets at Toy Kingdom SM Megamall from Sept. 29 to  Oct. 27, 2012.
Visit Toy Kingdom website for more details.

Toys R' Us Monster High Ghoul Party
October 27, 2012 at Robinsons Place Manila (Activity Area) http://www.facebook.com/events/418093174906807/
October 28, 2012 at Robinsons Galleria (Activity Area) http://www.facebook.com/events/350750255017667/
Party Starts at 4:00 PM
Come dressed in your favorite ghoul costume. Single receipt purchase of any regular-priced Monster High item from participating Toys "R" Us stores (Oct 1-28) entitles(1) Monster High Ghoul Pass  (1 kid + 1 companion only)
Check event details here.

Shangri-La Plaza's Rockin' Halloween Party
October 28, Sunday 1:30 to 4:30 pm
Shangri-La Plaza Grand Atrium
Php 500/ child (only 250 slots available)
Visit Shangrila Plaza's website for more details.

ACE Water Spa Halloween Party
October 28, Sunday 2:00 PM
Php 599 inclusive of loot bag, magic and puppet show, kiddie spa ticket, food cart, photo souvenir,
food and drinks. 
Call (632) 404-9995 for inquiries and details.
Visit Facebook page here.

Wicked Halloween Carnival at Diamond Hotel
October 28, 2012 (11:00 to 3:00 pm)
Diamond Hotel Philippines, Roxas Blvd. Manila
Php 650 nett per person
For more information call (02) 719-8888 or e-mail fbds@discovery.com.ph
Visit Diamond Hotel's Facebook page here

Edsa Shangri-La Enchanted Halloween Party
October 28, 2012 (11 am - 3 pm)
Isla Grand Ballroom of Edsa Shangri-la Hotel, Ortigas
Fee: Php 1350 nett per person
Inclusive of kiddie lunch buffet and mocktails, magic tricks, face painting, Halloween-themed game-booths, arts and crafts activities and special loot bags.
Call 633-8888 or e-mail events.esl@shangri-la.com.
Click here for complete details. 

Fully Booked Halloween
October 28, 2012
Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street Atrium
Free activities: Trick or Treat ( 10am to 6pm)
Wonderland Halloween Storytelling (3pm)
Geronimo Stilton Halloween Meet-and-Greet (4:30pm)
For more information, visit Fully Booked Facebook Page here.

Discovery Suites Halloween Children's Party
October 31, 2012 (2 pm)
Columbus and Magellan Function Rooms of the Discovery Suites, Ortigas Pasig City
Fee: Php 600 nett per person
Inclusive of snack buffet, Trick or Treat loot bags, hosted games and access to "zombie gallery."
Visit Discovery Suites Facebook event page for more details.

Nickelodeon Fright Fest
October 31, 2012 3:00PM
SMX Convention Center (Halls 1 and 2)
SM Mall of Asia
Get two (2) FREE tickets for a minimum purchase of Php 1,000.00 of any toy (inclusive of halloween item/s) at Toy Kingdom and Toy Kingdom Express stores.

Win tickets to the ultimate festival of fun and fright! Click here.

Monster High, Freaky Just Got Fabulous
October 31, SM Makati
A single receipt purchase of any regular-priced Monster High item from any participating Toy Kingdom outlets from Oct  1- 31, 2012 entitles a customer to one (1) haunt pass (1pass = 1 kid +1 companion only) which entitles to register for the costume parade and win fang-tastic prizes.

The Monster House: A Fun Halloween Spookfest at Acacia
October 31, 2012 (3 pm)
Grand Acacia Ballroom of Acacia Hotel, Filinvest Corporate City
Fee: Php 950 nett per head
Includes Halloween-themed buffet, raffle prizes a haunted house, surprise performances, raffle prizes and trick or treat.
Visit Acacia Hotel Manila's Facebook event page here.

The Haunting at Dusit Thani Hotel
October 31, 2012  (2:00-4:00 p.m)
Grand Ballroom of Dusit Thani Hotel, Ayala Makati City
Fee: Php 850 nett per person
Inclusive of  activities, giveaways, and a merienda buffet.
Click here for more details.

The Haunted Village at Intercontinental Manila
October 31,2012 (10 am)
Grand Ballroom of Intercontinental Manila Hotel
Fee: Php999 nett per person.
Call 793-7000 for more details.
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

JNA Dance and Fitness Center

We didn't get to watch the TV feature of JNA Dance and Fitness Center on Generation RX. The segment was aired last October 6, 2012 on Generation RX Studio 23.

Good thing, were able to watch the video on YouTube. Glad to see my daughter in the video too!

Having healthy bones help prevent Osteoporosis. Watch and learn about the benefits of fitness and dancing to our bones.

Take time to expose your kids to ballet, dance, martial arts and other sports. It would bring great benefits their health and overall well-being.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Belle de Jour Power Planner Fair 2012

The BDJ Fair is less than 2 weeks away! See you at the SM MOA Music Hall on October 14, from 10am to 10pm!

 Aside from their interesting line-up of guest speakers and fun activities, I’m super excited to check out the latest editions of the BDJ Power Planner, Navi: Your Lifestyle Navigator, and their newest babies – the everything is possible planner and newest edition of the BDJ FMN notebooks! The best part is: They will all be available at the fair for 20% off! :D

Belle de Jour Power Planner

The Belle de Jour (BDJ) Power Planner is especially made for the Pinay fashionista achiever. The term Belle de Jour (bel duh zhoor') is French fashion lingo for "It" girl, and we have redefined it to mean the modern day renaissance woman who dares to achieve her goals, lives her dream life, makes a difference in her community, all while doing everything in great style.

All pages reflect the uniqueness of the BDJ Girl. The BDJ Power Planner includes time-management principles to help BDJ Girls manage their life better, articles and affirmatioc ns to inspire them to live life to the fullest and over Php20,000 worth of coupons - to remind them of work-life balance.

NAVI: Your Life Navigator

Who wouldn't want to see the world? Inspired by the traveler who embraces uncertainty, NAVI: Your Life Navigator, reminds us about the importance of going places and belonging in those places. On their fourth year, NAVI 2013 encourages us to ask the important questions and to be patient with getting answers, while still keeping our life goals in check. With its low-key travel-themed design, inspiring travel articles, and plenty of space for notes every week, NAVI 2013 is the must-have planner for men and women who want to keep moving forward in life.


Imagine what you would do every day if you tell yourself that everything is possible? everything is possible is about simplifying life by creating concrete goals and breaking them down into achievable steps. Pick from our inspiring quotes to use as your mantra, and maximize our much-loved time management-based layout to help you be mindful of anything, big or small, as a real possibility. With its minimalist clean design, everything is possible is the planner for anyone itching for a fresh start.


Our BDJ Forget-Me-Not line is the ultimate companion to the BDJ Planner. Purchase one or all of these handy pads separately, for the endless things you need to write down.

Take a moment to write things down and never let a brilliant idea go to waste. CREATE/INSPIRE is your perfect idea pad.
Start with a clear agenda, organize your thoughts and assign tasks easily with DARE/ACHIEVE, your go-to pad for meetings.

Keep your cash in control and be on top of your tasks with SAVE/DO, your dual-purpose pad for tracking cash and to-dos.

Check out the newest releases of the Belle de Jour team at the 2012 BDJ Fair: Limitless! at the SM MOA Music Hall on October 14 with their discounted Fair Prices! Are you Bellas excited? I sure am! :)

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Essential Skincare for Men: After Shave Lotion

Grocery shopping is one of the best things that my family loves doing during the weekend. Aside from filling the grocery cart and basket with food, my kids enjoy choosing their own essentials - from toothpaste, toothbrushes, colognes, shampoo and lotions. Our family bathroom and closet is filled with different kinds of products that we use on a daily basis. It's also great to see that there are already a variety of skincare products specifically made for men in the supermarket. Now, my husband can get to choose his after shave lotion, after shave cream, skin cleanser and moisturizer easily.

With the availability of products and tools today, men's grooming routine is becoming easier and efficient. Their skincare routine might be simple and they don't go on an elaborate ritual or spend much time worrying about their skin. Yet, they need more than their usual cleanse-shave-go routine. Most companies prefer that their employees report to work in a presentable manner than sport those ruggedly-unshaven faces.

Shaving products is one thing that men should not ignore. Men shave on a regular basis to make them look clean and helps maintain their good looks. Since shaving is already part of their routine, they would have mastered the art of shaving by the time they get older. They would have found the best techniques and best set of tools and products that fit their needs perfectly. It is also best to finish off a shaving routine by applying an aftershave lotion to soothe the skin and replace lost moisture.

Men should not simply shave to look good. They should also consider how to keep their skin healthy as well. It is always important to use a good razor to avoid nicks, cuts and razor bump. Aside from that, shaving creams and lotions also work together to give the best shave men can have. These products soothe, regenerate the skin after shaving and help prevent skin infection. Consider an aftershave without any alcohol content or strong plant extracts which can irritate and damage the skin. Better to choose products that can refresh and moisturize the skin effectively.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Gulf Coast Vacation Home

When life becomes too stressful, the need to unwind and relax comes to mind. This makes me yearn to spend time in a place where my family can all relax and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A beach resort vacation is always a great idea. It would be perfect to spend time at the beach not just to take a swim, but to enjoy the quiet oasis, feel the breeze and appreciate the tranquility at night.

Our family enjoys every weekend and vacation getaways on the beach whenever we had the chance. Sometimes we would wish it we could spend more days or take frequent trips to the beach. Since my family are all city dwellers, I know it would be really great to have a vacation home probably in the countryside or near a beach resort.

Some people living around the gulf coast are investing in vacation homes, condos and other real estate properties in the area. They usually watch out when there are low prices in gulf coast real estate. These vacation properties are not only for having a place for their family's enjoyment but it serves as an investment property as well. Some also use their vacation home property for their retirement years.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Having a Baby

Giving birth to my kids had been the most wonderful blessing I had received. In the truest essence, they made my life complete and surround my day with incomparable love and happiness.

Having another baby might be beyond me and my husband's plans already, but I feel great for every addition in my family. Early this year, my sister-in-law gave birth to a healthy baby boy and my husband's nephew also gave birth to a lovely baby girl. Before the year ends, one of my sisters would surely enjoy carrying another baby in her arms. I wonder if she'll give birth to a baby girl or a baby boy.

It's great to know about the baby Chinese calendar to check or prepare for the gender of our babies.  Yet, even if we didn't get to use the calendar, knowing the gender of our babies from the ultrasound and while on the delivery room gave us so much excitement.

I love babies. I enjoy carrying them in my arms, seeing their innocent smiles and witnessing their milestones. When I got pregnant, I remember preparing and buying little things, checking my due date calculator, choosing the best baby name I could give and of course, the big day hospital-rush. It gave me so many wonderful memories and great moments, making every sacrifices and pains second-to-none.

Babies are indeed blessings. Seeing my kids grow in their best selves is a continuation of these blessings. I love being a mom and I'll always be.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Beach House Dream

At a certain point in time, I had envisioned having a house by the beach. Not necessarily live or retire near the oceanfront, but to have a place to get away during the weekend or every summer vacations. Listening to the ocean waves, admiring the sunset and feeling the breeze can be a big stress reliever. Just the thought of having our own property by the beach is heavenly. It might be one of the greatest-luxurious dreams I had, but I always find this idea attractive.

Having a beach side retreat would also make a good investment. It brings huge rental potential especially those near tourist destinations especially nowadays when more and more people enjoy traveling and travel packages are rampant. Taking a vacation in the beach to relax and enjoy the water is on top of their list.

Like buying any kind of property, several things are needed to be considered such as its location, the threat of nature, and a lot more. Still, if I have billions of dollars to spare, I would take the leap and invest in one - like those beach houses in Galveston. It would be best to contact a real estate agent and talk to local realtors with solid local business experience in the real estate market.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Construction Going On

It would be impossible not to take notice of the several residential apartment units being constructed near my kid's school. It looks like the construction would be finished early next year. We're getting curious of how much the rent would be, if flood water reaches that area or if the flooring is made of tile, concrete or vinyl.

One type of flooring that adds beauty to the overall appeal of any home is vinyl flooring. This type is stylish and durable. It even comes in a variety of colors and patterns that suits any room inside the house, from the living room, bedroom or kitchen. The best thing about it is being water resistant. It helps keep water from being absorbed and maintenance is very easy. There's also waterproof vinyl flooring that is perfect for flood-prone areas.

You can check out www.seymourcarpets.com to know more about different flooring that would best suit your homes.

Better Sleep with Tempurpedic

Sometimes, working in the computer for long hours bring eye strain and back pain to my body. It makes me want to get a good massage and lie in bed for long hours. To avoid these discomforts, I usually remind myself to take a few minutes break and stretch my tired muscles from time to time. It's good that I have a good computer chain that can support my back and lessen that much-hated back pain.

Our bed is one of the most important furniture in our house. If it’s time to replace the mattress, I would definitely consider purchasing a Tempurpedic bed and mattress for getting that much needed sleep. Purchasing the best bed and mattress is really worth the expense, time and effort. The benefits that it would bring to our health, our minds and bodies would make us be at our best all the time.

A mattress with the right balance of firmness and support helps achieve a good night sleep. Sleeping on worn-out or wrong mattress cause sleeplessness, back pain, aches and pains. It is important to change mattresses for it collect dust mites and germs over the years. It can also alleviate lower back pain and it is something that we don't want to happen.

A good sleep is essential to our overall well-being. Having the best sleep everyday will make us feel well-rested and refreshed. It is really hard to function well if we lack sleep. I usually don't get the appropriate hours of sleep I need due to work demands. Though, I make up for lost sleep by taking 10 to 15 minutes nap during the day.

The bedroom will remain to be my family's favorite sanctuary. Aside from a comfortable bed, a sleeping routine, a slightly cool and dim room also makes my kids doze off quickly. It's good that we have a quiet place without lots of barking dogs, loud neighbors, or cars honking all the time. We can only hear the soft music and the sound of the window air conditioner. Getting the best sleep helps my kid to wake up in a good mood.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Healthy Back, however, all the points and views are my own.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Better Kitchen Sink

The kitchen is the heart of every home. In my parent's house, it is the most used place every day. The kitchen sink is usually filled with numerous pans and dishes especially when siblings and relatives come over.

A better kitchen counter is what they need and change their current sink into a sink with that has a larger and deeper basin. Fireclay farm sinks are great choices and it is something that they can consider for their kitchen project.

These farmhouse sinks or apron sinks had been widely used in the past years at farmhouses. It's where the sink got its name. Nowadays, it can be seen not just in country style kitchens but also in modern homes. It's gaining popularity for everyone who wants a modern kitchen design and layout. This type of sink looks visually pleasing with all kinds of kitchen interiors and suits any kitchen design requirements. It gives the kitchen a neat and clean feel.

The biggest advantage of considering a farm sink over the standard sinks is that there is no need to cover up the sink with any kind of cabinet or woodwork. It simply sits on the cabinet. This way, it prevents water from spilling and splashing onto the kitchen cabinet. Mold and mildew breakouts are also prevented. Using this sink is very practical as well.

This sink type is already available in stone, stainless steel, copper, concrete, cast iron and even bamboo. There are plain and simple fronts and sinks with decorative flair in the apron. Whatever type you choose, it would surely make your kitchen sink better.

Dance On The Floor

"I'm on the floor, floor. I love to dance."

Weeks ago, I remember the delight watching my kids while their practicing their dance steps for the school program. They had much fun trying out, imitating each other's step and dancing together. We had a wood flooring at home and they enjoyed moving and dancing on that small space that we have just outside the bedroom.

A dance studio at home would surely be a great dream for my kids, especially my daughter. This house project is something that we can add to our bucket list once we have our own house with an extra space for a huge room. She can turn, jump and work on her movements even without the teacher and even when no one is watching. She can dance after studying or when playing with toys start to bore her out.

Now, it would be great to know what kind of wood flooring a dance studio dance floor is made up of. There are hardwood dance floors which are of the free-floating kind which can be easily installed for makeshift dance studios.

I've seen wonderful types of Bloomingdale wood floors. This kind would look perfect in all areas of the house. It's rich and appealing look can give any room a wonderful atmosphere. Hardwood is good flooring investment for will surely last for many years.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Living Room Idea

Most of us spend most of our time in the living room. It's the place where we bond with our family and stay when we invite our relatives or friends over. Like all areas of the house, we make sure that this room is well-maintained and free from clutter. To make this room more inviting, natural and artificial lighting should be given importance as well.

The type of flooring you choose can give this room a sense of beauty and warmth. I prefer laminate flooring because of its durability and style. This type of flooring is always easy to clean and easy to maintain. It also goes well with any type of furniture and style of decorating. It gives the room a good ambiance, warmth and sophistication.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lighten Dark Spots Effectively

Saying goodbye to dark spots!

Having skin discoloration is one of the skin challenges I've encountered. I found out that it was caused by my previous pregnancy, frequent sun exposure and intake of oral contraceptives.

These dark spots are called Melasma. In my case it's Choalasma or the "mask of pregnancy" . Those dark splotches developed during pregnancy. It lightened few months after I gave birth. But the dark spots returned and become visible since I'm taking oral contraceptives and I'm exposed to the sun.

Thankful I've learned about Pynocare, an anti-melasma oral supplement, this year. As instructed, I took two capsules regularly for 8 weeks. I initially didn't know what to expect, but I felt great with the results!

True, it helped lighten those dark spots! I even felt that my skin becomes lighter and smoother.

If you're also suffering from dark spots or skin discolorations, I highly recommend Pynocare. It's really effective. Now, I have boxes of Pynocare capsules to maintain my radiant skin and even skin tone. It's safe and natural.

If you're suffering from melasma, you can see visible results around 8 weeks. Still, the result depends on the type of skin pigmentation.

The combination of good external skincare and effective internal supplements works best. And of course, always use sunscreen.
About Pynocare

Pynocare 40 Actisome is a natural oral depigmentation solution. It effectively repairs and strengthens the skin from the inside out, visibly reducing the size and intensity of skin pigmentation.

It is a revolutionary treatment that helps lighten dark spots from within. Its MSCC Complex formula targets the hyperactive melanocytes, thus controlling the overproduction of melanin.
How can you get melasma?

While sun exposure is the biggest factor, using cosmetics with phototoxic ingredients and imbalanced hormones due to pregnancy, intake of oral contraceptives and anti-seizure drugs, and genetics can also contribute to skin discolorations.
Tip: Take Pynocare capsule after meals.

Caution: It is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Consult with your doctor.

I agree... with Pynocare, dark spots are lightened from within.

Monday, September 10, 2012

The World of Real Estate

I am partial to real estate even if my career is not built around it. Well, I guess my life is... maybe it's because I grew up in the world of real estate. My parents are into real estate, my grandparents have rental properties, and my relatives have real estate investments. I even remember those times when my siblings and I would accompany my parents during their open houses.

Real estate is part of everyone's lives. We all have to live somewhere, yet owning, buying and renting a home can really be challenging. There are hundreds of significant benefits of owning a home, and investment in real estate is another thing. Just like with other kinds of businesses, property investing is no easy task. If I have all the means, I would consider investing.

There would always be real estate agents around the malls, supermarkets and other places handling out flyers, discussing their projects and looking for prospective clients. Even online, there are lots of property advertisements and websites - from house and lots, townhouses, condominium units, to commercial properties and resorts. Electronic mediums and the Internet help simplify the daunting task of finding a home.

Great places are everywhere. People living in Arizona would always find the homes and scenery in Rio Verde to be impressive. Local community experts for rio verde real estate help people in selling, buying, renting or investing and other home-related things.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Skincare and Shaving Razors For Men

Skincare is not just for ladies, it's for men too!

As women, we also have to be sure that the men in our lives - our husbands, fathers, brothers, cousins, and friends - are taking care of their skin too. Most men are pretty low maintenance. The easiest, simplest yet the most important regimen most men follow is shaving. All they need is to use the perfect razors for men, shaving cream and aftershave lotion to avoid skin irritation and razor burns.

Just like the way we value our skin, skincare for men is also of great importance. We can make them realize the importance of having good and healthy skin; and help them choose the right products for them. It's good that nowadays, men are becoming concerned with their skin's health and look.

The market is loaded with variety of skincare products. It seems that almost every week or every day, a new range of products are being created and introduced by different manufacturers worldwide. Men might not need to buy and fill their cabinets with loads of skincare products, but they need to have the right tools and use the right products for their regimen. They need products specifically formulated for them that suit their skin type and condition.

I always find a clean-shaven face to be more attractive than bearded ones.

My husband's skin care routine is as easy as 1-2-3. Most of the time, he's contented with plain soap and water. He even makes use of a bar of soap as a shaving cream alternative. Creams and lotions are just secondary. But it's good that shaving is part of his routine. Following the basic shaving techniques to remove facial hair is needed to maintain a clean and groomed look. Still, there's more to using a bar of soap, shaving cream and aftershave lotion.

Personal skin care is important to any person - men and women alike. Men have to be the best that they can be no matter what their age is. Better if aside from their basic shaving routing, we can make them follow a daily regimen of cleaning, toning, moisturizing and exfoliating.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for The Art of Shaving, however, all the points and views are my own.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Nutrition Month Costume and Activities

As much as possible, I make sure that my kids won't miss any important school activities. After all, it's part of learning. I want them to enjoy their school activities to the fullest.

cabbage and malunggay

For Nutrition Month, my Grade 1 son asked me to prepare a vegetable headdress. Saying, "I want a big cabbage headdress!"

With limited time, my husband made a crown-shaped cardboard base. I drew and cut leaves and pasted it at the back. We bought a cabbage and sitaw (string beans) which we placed on the cardboard base. I just covered it with cling wrap plastic to maintain the fresh look of the cabbage.

I braided sitaw (string beans) to secure the cabbages and complete the look as well.

Glad that my son loved his cabbage headdress!

my son's cabbage headdress and my niece's fruit hat

Also from their Nutrition Month Activities:

My daughter in their class Go, Grow and Glow food parade.

food parade
My sister and her teammates cooked Chicken with Broccoli for the competition.

Chicken with Broccoli cooking teammates

was not able to taste this

[late post for last week of July]