Friday, September 26, 2014

FREE Internet for SmartPrepaid, Talk 'N Text, and Sun Prepaid Users!

Wow FREE Internet! I was browsing Twitter when I read this announcement from @SMARTCares -

Because I remain to be a loyal Smart prepaid subscriber, I got excited.

It means we can browse, post and share updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for free! We can shop online, read news, search for information, check emails, update our blogs, etc. all for Free!

Text FREE to 9999

That's Free Internet up to 30Mb per day until November 30!

Checking out Smart's website:

What is the FREE INTERNET offer?
As a special promo/offer, ALL PREPAID subscribers of Smart will enjoy FREE MOBILE INTERNET access. 
What does FREE INTERNET mean?
FREE INTERNET is a promotion available to all ACTIVE prepaid subscribers to enjoy access to mobile Internet with no extra cost, initially up to 30MB, and subject to the promo terms and fair use policy. 
How can I avail of this special offer?
All ACTIVE Smart subscribers can avail of the free Internet promo anytime within the promo period.
To avail of the service, the subscriber must register daily, by sending FREE to 9999.
Registration is FREE. The subscriber will then receive an SMS confirmation upon successful registration.

Read the complete details here

#SmartFREEInternet #MVPAnnouncement #LiveMore

Thank you for this great news! Good job @SMARTCares!
Got to try it now :)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Zoomanity Group: It's Cool to Visit a Zoo

Do you also love visiting a zoo?

I do. As a child, I enjoyed every zoo visit. It formed part of my treasured memories. I can still remember the zoos I've visited with my family here in the country and even outside the country. Plus, all those educational field trips. Thankful for having experienced it all.

As a mom, I'm glad that my kids got to experience zoo visits too. The first farm-zoo that they got to visit wayback 2009 was Paradizoo! I love how they face lit up (or got scared), how they interact and how curious they became as they saw different animals.

It's good to know that Zoomanity Group gives you ways to experience that coolest zoo adventure with the whole family. They have animal theme parks in the country that brings happiness, educational experiences and amusement with preservation and animal welfare. They provide an environment that lets everyone enjoy as they explore, stay and rediscover the happiness of visiting a zoo. That's really cool!

For your next family adventure, here are 5 Zoomanity Group theme parks worth visiting:

Paradizoo Farm

#throwback Paradizoo 2009
 If you want to enjoy nature while spending leisure time with family and friends, then you must visit Paradizoo Farm in Mendez, Cavite.

They have gardens full of vegetables and floral designs. You can also interact with different animals like llama, camels, miniature horses, ostriches, greyhounds, or labrador retrievers. If you want, you can also ride on a cart drawn by an albino carabao.

It's a place that will give you that "Plant Me Home” experience. You can pick vegetables and flowers from garden plots and bring it home.  You'll really love the beauty of this serene "Paradise."

Hope to visit this place again.

Zoobic Safari

Zoobic Safari is located at the Subic Bay Freeport's Forest Adventure. It is where you can diverse exotic animals roaming in their natural habitat. You'll be glad to see those different habitats in the forest such as streams, grasslands, and terrains.

Source:  Zoomanity Group website

As you visit Zoobic Safari you can look forward to all these -
Zoobic Park for that mini-trekking experience and a chance to feed animals like parakeets, bearcats, camels, etc.
+ Savannah: a sanctuary of the wild animals such as ostriches, potbellies, wild boars, and guinea fowls.
+ Serpentarium: an old ammunition bunker that showcases of various species of reptiles like snakes, lizards and turtles
+ Rodent World: to see that collection of rodents and their Mice Surprise area
+ Animal MuZOOeum for their rare collection of real stuffed animals
+ Close Encounter with their Siberian-Bengal tigers
+ Tiger Safari: where you can experience the thrill of being chased by full-grown tigers aboard their customized Safari Jeep
+ Bird Walk Experience where you can feed parakeets or love birds on the palm of your hand
+ Aetas' Trail where you can watch our Native Aeta Brothers' perform a traditional dance presentation
+ Croco loco where you can have the chance to feed the crocodiles

Residence Inn

Residence-Inn, Tagaytay, Tagaytay-zoo
Source:  Zoomanity Group website
Residence Inn is located at the heart of Tagaytay City. It is famous for its Mini Zoo appreciating love for animals At the center of a round green field is a large stable where you can see the horses.

Residence Inn is the perfect place to unwind especially if you're on a budget. Just seeing the beautiful view of Taal Lake and feeling the cool breeze of Tagaytay are more than enough.

They have a Gazebo restaurant where you can give their famous "Bulalo", "Tawilis" (a fresh water sardine), and "Dynamite" or Chili cheese rolls a try.

Zoocobia Fun Zoo

If you're looking for complete educational and fun experience, then you got to visit Zoocobia Fun Zoo. It is located in the foothills of the extended Clark Freeport Zone.

Source:  Zoomanity Group website
One of its main attractions is the Zooc. It is a gravity car patterned after the luge in Sentosa Resort in Singapore. It runs on a 400 meter track with three hairpin curves. Wow! This is something my kids would love!

You can explore all these areas to complete your ecological experience:
+ Birds of Paradise to have a close encounter with colorful birds.
+ Philippine's Pride to see animals and plants that are endemic in the country.
+ Garden Maze that features various animals’ topiaries.
+ Barn to experience bottle feeding baby farm animals.
+ Menagerie to see their unique collection of stuffed real animals.

Zoocolate Thrills

Zoocolate Thrills is an adventure theme park in Loboc, Bohol. It's where you can take a river cruise to explore Loboc River. They offer animal encounters with ostriches, tigers, and bearcats. You can also enjoy their tram ride, horse/buffalo ride and zip/zing ride. Worth visiting, right?

Zoocolate-Thrills,Zoocolate Thrills,Bohol
Source:  Zoomanity Group website

See, it's really cool to zoo and it's something that I can say all over again!

It's always cool to see animals in their natural settings and even interact with them. Somehow, we can experience a stronger connection to nature, explore our environment and even make new discoveries. We'll get to know the welfare of these animals and see what is being done to protect animals that face extinction.

Be cool and visit a zoo!

Zoomanity Group
Twitter @zoomanitygroup

Friday, September 19, 2014

Emergency hotlines and hashtags

#MarioPH #FloodPH

Tropical Storm Mario hits our country!

Several areas in Metro Manila were flooded,  classes and work in government offices were suspended, and some domestic flights got cancelled. Places like Cainta and Marikina were placed under state of calamity.

It is pays to save these emergency hotline numbers and hashtags.

Source: Department of Health Philippines 
Source: Department of Health Philippines 
Stay alert and be prepared for anything. Make sure that you're ready with your emergency kits.

Keep safe everyone!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Buwan ng Wika 2014 activities, costumes and dances

The last week of August is also a celebration of Linggo ng Wika (National Language Month) in my kid's school. It's a week-long event filled with activities such as "Palarong Pinoy," "Kainang Bayan," "Pagbigkas ng Tula, Pagbasa at Sabayang Bigkas," and a lot more. The week culminated with the "Katutubong Sayaw" presentation featuring cultural and folk dances in the Philippines.

My daughter representing the Grade 5 class para sa "Masining na Pagbasa ng Tula".


My son joining the Grade 3 students for their "Awiting Filipino" number, performing the song "Pusong Bato."


The theme for this year's Buwan ng Wika is - Wikang Pambansa: Susi sa Tagumpay, Pagkakailanlan at Pagkakaisa. It's about unity depicted by the spirit of "bayanihan."

The best day is the presentation of different regional dances from our country wearing their Filipino costumes.

My daughter joining the Grade 5 class in their Subli dance performance.



My son joining the Grade 3 class in performing a dance from Capiz city.


There's my niece in the same dance performance.


My godson joining the Grade 1 class, looking cute in their costumes while performing an Igorot dance.


There's my sister with the Grade 8 class in their Maglalatik dance.


Here are the other dances from different Grade levels.

The Grade 2 students in their Karatong Subli dance.


Grade 4 students presenting a dance from the Ilocos region.


Grade 6 students in their Muslim dance.


Grade 7 students presenting a rice harvest dance.


Grade 8 students in their regional dance (just forgot where the dance is from)


Grade 10 students presenting their Pandanggo sa Ilaw dance.


The celebration ended with students singing the song "Isang Lahi, Isang Dugo, Isang Musika"

Isang-Lahi-Isang Dugo-Isang Musika,OPM,buwan-wika-costume,linggo-wika-activity

The Philippines has rich culture and history. This school event makes the students proud of the Filipino language and appreciate our country's culture.

As what the theme said, "Filipino as the language of national unity."

My 2011 post on Linggo ng Wika Costumes and Activities is one of my most popular blog post since parents are looking for Filipino costumes that their children can wear. Thanks for those who visited. Hope you got something from checking out my post. :)

Anyway, by October, it would be the United Nations Celebration. Let's look forward to another eventful school activity!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Total Girl mom to the rescue

I was asked to share my input for the August 2014 issue of Total Girl magazine. I'm a TG Mom to the Rescue!

August 2014 cover Janella Salvador

The tween's problem about home-school:
I've been home-schooled my whole life.I tell my parents that I still want to be home-schooled to make them happy, but the truth is that I'm actually not. I want to tell my parents that I want to go to a regular school for a change and enroll in the school of my choice, but I'm afraid that they'll get mad at me. How do I deal?
Dear troubled teen, hope my advice helped you :)

My short advise:
I encourage you to be honest and talk with them. Discuss but never argue. Tell them that you're grateful for being home-schooled. Let them know how you feel, what your concerns are or what you want to experience.
Communication usually leads to better discovery. You'll never know unless you voice it out. Still, whatever decision your family makes, keep an open mind. If they say “No”, accept it. Stay positive with hopes that they'll think about it and reconsider soon. Keep the faith! - TG Mom Czaroma
Here's the TG to the Rescue page:

Teens (and mommies with teens), if you are facing a tough situation at home, in school or with your friends, you can tell Total Girl magazine about it. Just send an email at

You can get real advice from TG expert, TG ate, TG pal, TG mom and TG dad. They'll hear your problems and share some advice too.

Isn't that cool?