Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The 33rd Manila International Book Fair

For my fellow booklovers out there! See you on the 15th! :)

To know more about Manila International Book Fair, visit http://www.manilabookfair.com/.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

My Kids and Chicco

With all the Chicco products my kids have, I love Chicco's No Tears Bath Shampoo (Bagno Shampoo) the most. My kids smell good throughout the day, so no worries for me even if we get unexpected guests to spend time and play with them.

I could also use it as a body wash. :) Thank you, Chicco, for providing my kids quality products. :)

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Human Heart Nature features those Pinay & Proud

Thank you so much to Human Heart Nature for featuring my blog on their Pinay and Proud website. I appreciate it very much.

Thank you, Human Heart Nature, for your continuous support to our fellow Filipinos, especially the Pinays, and our environment.


Visit Human Heart Nature for more proud Pinays.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

GASSO's 12th Year Anniversary

Today marks the 12th year of our sister company, GASSO.

As part of our annual anniversary celebration, we had mass, buffet lunch & games.

My winning Bingo card
And our favorite game is B-I-N-G-O!!! :)) Cash prizes aren't that big but we enjoy playing, mainly for fun and camaraderie. ;-)

Thank you and Happy 12th year Anniversary, GASSO! :)

Friday, July 13, 2012

My First Paella

I love to eat... I love seafoods... But when it comes to paella, I don't eat that much. I only eat the seafoods but not the rice. There's something with the taste that I don't like.

It was my first time to go to Spain and I fell in love with it.
La Sagrada Familia: more than 100 years in the making and it is still ongoing... 
Having a taste of El Choquito's Paella made me change my mindset about paella. I started loving the taste and, even,  thought of buying pimenton & saffron to make my own paella.

But for a first-timer like me, it's easy to cook paella with the paellero mix.

I'm so glad my family & friends enjoyed my first Paella. :)

Do you have an "unforgettable first" to share? Before you do, read Bebengisms' First Time is Always Exciting. Who knows you might win an Authentic Longchamp Bag. :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sky Cable's Kids Play Day 5

Every year, Mhia attends SkyCable's Halloween Party, and I thank my job for this free events.
Sky Fun Club's Spooktacular Party
Sky Fun Club's Spooky Science Halloween Party
Love this show. I'd like to get them for Mhia's 7th birthday. :)

This year, we're looking forward to more fun activities, games, raffle prizes, and shows with SkyCable's Kids Play Day 5 on August 11 at Rockwell Tent, Makati City.

Hope to see you there! :)

If you are a SkyCable subscriber, you can enroll your kids aged 2-11 years old in the SkyCable Fun Club for FREE! Just fill out this form or call 631-0000. Skycable Fun Club members get exclusive invites to events, plus, they get gift packs on their birthday month. ;-)

The Asian Food Channel presents 7107 EATS

This coming July 21, The Asian Food Channel (AFC) presents 7107 EATS where a variety of the best Philippine cuisine from our thousands of islands will be interpreted by top culinary schools and various Eastwood merchants for FREE! 

From bagnet to ensaymada, this will take your appetite to the whole of Philippines and see Pinoy dishes in a whole new light as the country’s top food stylists give your favorite dishes a make-over!

7107 Eats is just one of AFC's three separate events for Eats Fest to savor your appetite.

Here's the rest of the schedule:

July 21 (Saturday) - 7107 Eats at Eastwood Activity Area (Open Park)
September 25 (Tue) - Eats 4 Asia at Glorietta Activity Center
December 1 (Sat) - Holiday Eats And Treats at Eastwood Activity Area (Open Park)

Hope to see you there! :)

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My Pinay Inspirations

This July giveaway is long overdue. I was trying to come up with my story to tie up with my giveaway but time doesn't permit me to do so.

During the weekdays, I am bound to do a lot of deadlines at work. Aside from having a fulltime job in the advertising world, maintaining a blog & selling comfoods products, I got more mommy duties when I'm home. I double check my daughter's assignments who is in Kinder and we review her lessons together. After that, I make sure we have time to play with her 1-year old brother, and pray before I tuck them in bed. In the morning, I get up early to help my daughter prepare for school.
Mhia getting ready for school

my 4-year old daughter, Mhia, can draw
Over the weekends, I always make sure we have time to bond. But last weekend, I was suppose to write my blog. I left my laptop open, so I could just start typing whatever comes to my mind. I knew I won't be able to concentrate knowing my kids were just around, seeking for my attention. Honestly, I'm torn between being a working mom & wanting to be a fulltime mom.
photo taken last weekend while I was trying to do my blog
Siblings' weekend bonding
Anyway, I wasn't able to write anything, except for the word "Delicadeza".

I grew up bearing that word in my heart and in my mind. The word itself means a lot that leads to taking pride in doing the right things. This was instilled to me by my mama when I was young. I always think of not bringing shame onto my family especially to my parents. I don't want to see them hurting because of me. Whenever I do things, I consider how will they feel if I do this or that. She taught us to be contented on what we have, and not to envy anyone or get anyone jealous for something. Be thankful on what you have and never compare yourself to others.

My mama continues to inspire me in so many ways. She taught me to love unconditionally,  to be honest in any way, to respect other peoples lives, and to put God in the center of our lives.

When it comes to my marriage life, she taught me to be more understanding & patient. She always reminds me and my husband not to fight over money. She always tells me that money is just easy to find. Her famous line, "Huwag mo titipirin mga anak mo, dahil never ko kayong tinipid na magkakapatid." She's practical yet she'll spend money just to provide me and my siblings quality education or products for our needs.

When it comes to her grandchildren, her number 1 rule - No Favoritism. She loves buying them their apparels and other stuffs. My parents will travel from Pangasinan to Makati almost every week just to see them. My mama taught me to value my family more than anything else in the world.

The values that my mama taught me and keep on teaching me are countless but I will make sure to impart these values to my children.

Me and Mhia with my Mama and my Lola Idang on her 90th birthday last October 2010
As a child, I was a bit shy and more reserve. I was even bullied during my elem & HS days. That's why I didn't expect myself to be building a career in the advertising world. And this is all because of my Auntie Sally. Thanks to her. She's my mama's younger sister. She taught me how to be independent, street smart and to speak up -- to share what I know.  She's like my second mom.

Doing presentations in front of an audience, during my school days, frightens me. I always say, "nahihiya ako." I can't even remember why. :) But my aunt once told me, "Bakit ka nahihiya? May ginawa ka bang masama?" She was right. I remember her telling me that my audience are also people like me -- that I may know better than them, and that I am there to teach them and keep them informed. She taught me to be brave and to have positive views in life. Whether in the corporate world or simply at home, I really look up to her.

Auntie Sally and Mama with their eldest sister, Auntie Baby, & their mom, Lola Idang
I believe that if you raise your child properly and instill good values, they'll pass this on to their children. And I'm very thankful to my grandmothers, Lola Pen & Lola Idang for giving their best to create a warm, loving environment for their family. (I wish I could find a photo of my Lola Pen.)

These are the women who inspire me -- who made me proud of my roots. They are few of the many proofs that we, Filipinas, are naturally loving, caring, supportive and generous. We are also flexible, that we are able to adapt to new environment. We make  great wives and mothers.

And because of them, now, I have a very good job that appreciate my contributions. I am also being tapped to do the digital media at work. Plus my job gives me the opportunity to meet celebrities and travel for free. And even the people who tried to intimidate me during my elem & HS days are, now, proud of me. A big salute and great thanks to my Pinay inspirations, and lots of loving.

In the celebration of the Uniqueness of the Filipina Women, I'm giving away cosmetics from Human Heart Nature and Pinay and Proud merchandises.

1 winner will get the Human Nature cosmetics, and the winner will get to choose the color. :)

100% Natural Mineral Powder (Shade preferred by the winner)
100% Natural Mineral Eyeshadow (Shade preferred by the winner)
100% Natural Mineral Blush (choice of color by the winner)
100% Natural Hydrating Mineral Lipstick (choice of color by the winner)
Another winner will get the Proud and Pinay merchandises.
1 - Pinay and Proud Zippered Tote
1 - Pinay and Proud Toiletry Pouch
Human Nature aims to continue the celebration of the Filipina woman with everyone through the Pinay & Proud Exhibit which will take place in partner mall establishments started last June 26 to August 5.

The Pinay & Proud Exhibit will still be at the following malls: 
Shangri-La Plaza, July 9 - 15
Greenbelt Mall, July 16 - 22
Alabang Town Center, July 30 - August 5 

To learn more about the Pinay & Proud Campaign, visit www.pinayandproud.com. To learn more about Human Nature products and the advocacy, visit www.humanheartnature.com or call (02) 931-5787.

This giveaway is open to those with Philippine shipping address.

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Monday, July 02, 2012

A Toddler's Fear

When I was younger I told myself that I'll be playing the piano/keyboards only to myself -- whenever I want to. For friendship's sake, I only did perform twice in front of an audience.
December 2002 Christmas Party at Makati Shangri-La
December 2002 at Dish, Powerplant Mall, Rockwell
Now that I'm already a mom, I hear almost same words from my 4-year old daughter -- she doesn't want to sing & act in front of a crowd. She told me, "Mommy, ayaw ko sing & gi-guitar sa iba, da-dance lang ako. Dito lang ako sa bahay, si-sing and gi-guitar."

How I hope she won't have phobia with the audience when she grows up and that she'll inherit her daddy Kristian's "I-love-the-audience" attitude.

I know (& hope) her fears will fade. What I can do for now is help her ease her fears. :)
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