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Treat your skin to Pie Calayan products this Shopee 11.11 Sale!

Nothing is bigger than the Christmas Season here in the Philippines. With the current pandemic situation, a lot of us encountered and some are still suffering from different bad skin conditions. Wearings face masks, face shields, and stress can lead to break outs and let’s admit it – some of us are still uncomfortable to visit our Dermatologists for some treatments.

We all want our skin to look radiant this Christmas season especially during our traditional photo shoots. What better way to reward yourself and prepare for the Holiday than buying Derma-approved skincare?

Did you know that you can get up to 80% on Manny and Pie Calayan Clinic on the exclusive launch of their skincare products on Shopee?

Check out these amazing products.

Don’t miss out on these exciting deals from Manny and Pie Calayan Clinic this coming 11.11 Shopee Sale!

Don’t forget to download the Shopee app for free from the App Store or Google Play and enjoy shopping!

Colgate Baby Toothpaste Review

It’s very important to teach our kids proper oral care at an early age. This is why as soon as Chuck had his first tooth, we already introduced him to an age-appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste. We also visit his Pedia dentist for a regular check-up and prophylaxis.

We noticed that here in the Philippines, it’s not that easy to shop for infant to toddler toothpaste because not all groceries and drug stores have them. So we really need to shop in bulk orders online.

It’s great that Colgate offers safe and effective toothpaste for the whole family so we can be sure that there is a toothpaste for every smilestone!

We have been using Colgate 0-2 for a week and Chuck loves it! It has no artificial flavors or any harmful ingredients. We just noticed that it’s fluoride-free which contradicts our Pedia Dentist’s advice that kids below 2 years old also need to use age-appropriate toothpaste with fluoride to protect their teeth.

Here’s the list of Colgate’s new products that are safe to use and effective:

  • Baby Toothpaste: Fluoride-free, 0% artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, and colors
  • Kids Toothpaste: Age-appropriate fluoride, 0% artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, and colors
  • Baby Toothbrush: BPA-Free, 100% Food Grade Silicone, that acts as a teether!

We might be skipping Colgate after finishing the tub and just switch back once Chuck turns 3.

You can shop for Colgate online through their official Shoppe page.

Project Ugnayan beneficiaries reach over 7.6 million people in Greater Metro Manila poor communities

Project Ugnayan, the fund-raising initiative led by top business groups in cooperation with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), reached over 7.6 million people in the vulnerable communities of Greater Metro Manila. “As we close, we wish to reiterate our wholehearted thanks to all our generous donors for making this project possible. By coming together in a Bayanihan spirit so quickly, we were able to create a program of this scale and importance. This unprecedented assembly of so many of the country’s corporations and business families coming to the assistance of the most vulnerable in our society illustrates and speaks of the heart and generosity of the business community. Our special thanks go to the 10 Bishops of the Dioceses in Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna, as well as to Caritas Manila under the leadership of Father Anton Pascual, and the network of Parish Priests, Volunteers, and Barangay Captains who distributed the gift certificates door-to-door in the lowest-income communities of Greater Metro Manila.

We appreciate the swiftness and efficiency of their work under very difficult conditions and over very long hours each day,” said Project Ugnayan Lead, Fernando Zobel de Ayala. “We are grateful for this opportunity to be part of this business community effort to help people in a time of crisis. This is a movement we should nurture as we prepare to let people return to work and to re-start our economy in the post-quarantine period.” said PDRF Co-Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala. “The unity in diversity demonstrated by Project Ugnayan reveals the private sector’s serious commitment to help our country recover from the lost economic momentum because of the pandemic. We are proud to be part of this extraordinary collaboration of industries which will prove most valuable in getting the economy back on track,” PDRF Co-Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan said. According to Father Anton CT Pascual, Executive Director of Caritas Manila, the initiative earned praises from Archdiocese of Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo, San Pablo Bishop Buenaventura Famadico and other Prelates of the Suffragan Dioceses of Manila. The Prelates thanked the businessmen and private organizations who collectively help to make Project Ugnayan possible.

“The true spirit of Easter is about hope and has special significance in these difficult times. We thank all the generous benefactors of Project Ugnayan for this opportunity to fulfill a great mission of compassion for our vulnerable brothers and sisters. Your gifts have warmed their hearts and uplifted their spirits,” Father Pascual said. Caritas Manila’s Project Damayan, the project’s main distributor of emergency cash through P1,000 supermarket gift certificates has so far reached 1,070,854 families or 5,354,270 people. It is on target to deliver gift certificates to 1,366,495 families or 6,832,475 people by Wednesday, April 15 (the original end-date of the Enhanced Community Quarantine). ABS-CBN’s Pantawid ng Pagibig has reached 238,854 families or 1,194,270 people through food packs delivered through Local Government Units. They will reach a total of 631,921 families or 3,151,605 people by the end of their program. ADB and the Government’s Bayan, Bayanihan has delivered food packages to 13,370 families or 66,850 people through the Philippine Army and DSWD. ADB has provided funding to reach 80,000 families or a total of 400,000 people. Jollibee’s FoodAID program delivers ready-to-cook chicken to low-income families from its commissary through a network composed of Don Bosco, Caritas Manila, and the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Pamilya ng Pantawid (SNPP). So far, they have delivered to 199,491 families or 977,455 people. They are targeting to reach 500,000 families or 2,500,000 people by end-April. “In sum, Project Ugnayan and its Partners have reached 1,522,569 families or 7,612,845 people in just over three weeks. This number will rise as all deliveries have already been programmed by the partners,” said Fernando Zobel de Ayala. The donors of Project Ugnayan are (in alphabetical order): Aboitiz Group, ABSCBN/First Gen, Alaska Milk Corporation, Alliance Global Group & Megaworld, AY Foundation & RCBC, Ayala Corporation. Bench/Suyen Corp, Bonifacio West Devt Corp. Carmelray Group, Cathay Land, Inc, Cebuana Lhullier, Century Pacific, Coca Cola Philippines, Concepcion Industrial, Consuelo “Chito” Madrigal Foundation, Inc., Daiichi Properties, DMCI Group of Companies, Dowell Container and Packaging Corporation, Far Eastern University, First Life Financial Company, Focus Global, Inc., Global Food Group, Glorious Commercial Exports, Inc., Gokongwei Group of Companies/Robinsons Retail Holdings, ICTSI, JAKA Group 1, Jollibee, J.P. Morgan, Kawit Prime Holdings, Inc., Leonio Group, Mercury Drug Corporation, Metrobank, Mumuso Group, National Grid Corp of the Philippines, New World Hotel, Nutri-Asia, Oishi/Liwayway Marketing Group, One Meralco Foundation, Penshoppe, People R People, PepsiCo/PepsiCo Foundation, Philippine Racing Club, Inc, PLDT/Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Puregold, Ramon S. Ang & Family, RRK/Lee Jeans, Shang Properties Inc, SM/BDO, Sta. Elena Construction, Sugar Junction Inc., Sunlife of Canada, Super Prime Holdings, Inc, Supreme Steel Pipe Corp, The Alpha Suites Inc., Unilab, and Wilcon Depot.

The SM Store Online Shop: Review

I have tried all the online shopping apps available here in the Philippines. Especially when I was still pregnant with Chuck because of the convenience that it brings me. Let’s admit it, the traffic situation alone here in the Philippines is like a nightmare!

Plus, I like online shopping because I get to see how much money I will spend before I even pay for it.

I was so excited when I found out that the Legendary retailer, The SM Store now offers online shopping! I have waited for this because I get most of my essentials from Watson’s. It’s very tempting to go to a Watson’s shop because you get to see a lot of items that will surely catch you eyes! You know, stuff that you don’t really need but are good for the skin, hair, etc. HAHA!

Not only that, we all know that SM has everything that we need! From baby essentials to cooking. You’re probably thinking about my first ever Shop SM haul.

But before we get to that exciting part, allow me to share my shopping experience. I didn’t use their app because I am running out of phone memory (don’t judge, I am a new mom so… expect countless photos and videos of my son stored on my phone).

Their website is okay – I didn’t experience any lag. Signing up is as easy as 1 2 3. Also, you can earn points on your SM Advantage card when you shop online. You just have to key in your card number (sadly, my SM advantage card is already expired :/ ).

They have 7 categories that you can explore: Women, Men, Kids, Home, Beauty, Sale and New. You know where to go when you want to buy your favorite moisturizer or maybe a new pair of shoes.

You can use your debit/credit card for payment or you may opt for cash. They have three delivery options that you can choose from: Ship to address, Pick-up at The SM Store and Cash-on-delivery.

Choose, whatever works for you!

So, back to my haul. Haha! Of course, I immediately checked the SM Health and Beauty for my skin care and I also got some stuff for Migs from SM Men’s.

I received an e-mail confirmation upon check-out. A day after, I received an SMS from 2Go too. They gave me a 2Go tracking number which unfortunately is not working. It maybe because of the Holidays why 2Go was not able to fulfill the expected day of delivery.

My package came in a small box and non of the items were damaged because each item were carefully packed by SM – but I do hope they find an alternative instead of using bubble wraps.

All in all, the experience was good except for the delivery part which is not SM’s fault. Will I consider shopping again? Absolutely!

Today is the best time to shop because there is an ongoing Big Clearance Sale (Up to 50% off on Selected items)! Check out this link for more information.

Happy Shopping!

Best Christmas Gift

We live in a country where Financial Literacy has yet to be embraced by the majority. A lot of us are still trapped with the idea that putting our savings in a bank account is the way to go.

Did you know that there are a lot of options to “grow” your hard-earned money?

Malayan Insurance is one of The Leading Non-Life Insurance Co. In The Philippines today. Non-life insurance in the Philippines is often taken for granted but the good thing about Malayan is that they offer different products from motorcycle to family insurance.

I am not saying that you should invest all your hard-earned money in one Insurance company but you can always check their website and see what best fit your financial goals.

As parents, it is our obligation to ensure that our investment will replace our current income if anything unfortunate happens to us. If you haven’t availed any life insurance yet, it’s about time to contact a financial advisor. Remember that as we grow old, the risk of not being approved in a Life Insurance plan rises.

Don’t wait until you have “extra money”, invest now and give yourself and your family the Best Christmas gift ever!

Do it Right Campaign

I grew up in a Catholic environment and even studied in a Catholic school where no one talks about sex like it’s Voldemort. Sex education doesn’t seem to be a big thing here in the Philippines, some even consider it as a taboo.  Since I became a mom, I have joined a number of parenting groups on Facebook and as I observe, Filipinos are aware of Responsible parenthood or family planning. Most of them post their concerns on FB closed or secret groups because some are embarrassed to ask relatives about family planning. I do not understand why some Filipinos tend to make fun of people who buy contraceptive pills or condoms. There was a time when a photo went viral because a man holding a bouquet seems to unmindfully drop a condom while getting something from his pocket. The condom dropped near his shoe.  Majority of the comments were nasty. I feel bad for the person because who knows if he’s set to a romantic date with his wife? Maybe, one of the factors why the Philippines is still a third world country is because we fail to educate ourselves about sex. This is why we didn’t turn down the invitation to attend the Launching of Do It Right Campaign last August 16,  2019, in Makati.

11 organizations launched the campaign urging the Filipinos to show their support openly for family planning and reproductive health.  I  would like to quote FPOP Executive Director, Nandy Senoc’s words: “When youth and women are empowered, there will be no teen pregnancies, no early marriages, no unwanted pregnancies or abortions. When women are well informed, the fight against poverty is already halfway won”.

I could not think of anything better to add to these. it’s high time that we become more open about our stand about family planning and bear in mind that safe sex does not only help you prepare for your family’s future, you may also be able to save lives by being vocal.  You might be able to reach a person who’s unaware that he/she can acquire sexually transmitted disease thru unprotected sex.

If you want to know more about this campaign, please visit Do It Right’s official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DoItRightPH we have also discussed this on the vlog.

Feel free to ask any questions or if you think we missed anything, please feel free to share your insights on the comment section.

Premier The Samgyupsal Review

It’s hard to deny the Korean influence here in the Philippines when it comes to music, TV shows, and food! Even before the KPop explosion, there were already a number of restaurants that offer authentic Korean dishes. For the past years, Unlimited Korean BBQ has been popping out everywhere. We have tried a number of restaurants with prices ranging from the cheapest to the most expensive. Last week, we went to Premier The Samgyupsal in San Juan to check out what they have to offer.  Premier The Samgyupsal was very easy to find.  The challenge is for groups who won’t opt for carpool since their parking is very limited.

As soon as we entered the restaurant, we were greeted by their staff. They have a good number of staff members to accommodate customers probably even during the busiest hours/days. Plus, it’s so easy to get their attention if you need anything. They have a built-in push button on their tables that will show your table number to their counter. No sign languages, no screaming for extra lettuce! LOL!

This is the first Korean restaurant that served us more than 15 side dishes! Our favorites are kimchi, fish cake, anchovies, purple radish, and sweet corn. They even served “kilawin” but we aren’t a fan. There were also two kinds of soups that were served to us. Seafood and Kimchi Jjigae. Side dishes and the soups alone were already very filling.  They use Japanese short-grain rice so, if you love to partner Samgyupsal with steamed rice, you will definitely love it. We opted for unli-mix which is Php500/head (Unli MIX Dinner: 580/head (From 4pm to 3am daily) & Lunch: 500/head (From 11am to 4pm daily.).

They didn’t lie when they named their restaurant. They did not compromise the quality of their meat. Fresh, Tender, Juicy meat with Coconut Charcoal Grill. Plus, the owners said they use real aged Samgyupsal with an imported machine.

Ice creams and beverages are not included in the package but they do have a wide selection of drinks from fruit juices to beer. Best part? No time limit for diners. Every group of 10pax is entitled to have one more person to eat for FREE!

What we didn’t like: their restroom. The condition of their restroom does not suite the restaurant’s premium vibe.

Check out our video clip here:  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2377648829175709

The Carmelence Lodge Tagaytay – Review

We’ll never forget the first time we traveled out of town with our baby. We’ve come across The Carmelence Lodge’s Facebook page while searching for a place to stay in Tagaytay. We read good reviews from their previous guests and we thought that maybe we should give it a try since we also wanted to visit relatives in the South. The Carmelence Lodge is located at Villa Carmelence 3, Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Maharlika West, Tagaytay City (just beside Robinson’s Tagaytay).

We arrived at The Carmelence Lodge 15minutes before Check-in. Their staff seems too exhausted when we got there. It was a 30-minute wait before we got our room keys. Our room also came with free breakfast but the front desk staff forgot to ask us about it. They have don’t have a lot of breakfast options but you’re supposed to choose ahead of time so they can have it prepared and served to you according to your preference. We shrugged it off because maybe, she was just having a bad day or she woke up at the wrong side of the bed?  Who knows?

We love our room. It has a little kitchen, a decent toilet, and washroom. Their comforter and pillows are also awesome for a lodge – comparable to the ones used in hotels. The place was quiet and the staff was polite too.  Their food is also reasonably priced but I wish their brewed coffee was served hot. Overall, we had a great stay.

We booked our room via Agoda for only Php2,600/night.  For people who’d like to explore Tagaytay on a budget, we highly recommend this place.  It’s also near Sky Ranch if you’re planning on a side trip to the park. The internet signal strength is superb too. Perfect for people who are able to bring their work anywhere or those who need to be online all the time.

For more details, please visit The Carmelence Lodge’s official Facebook page.

 

 

Green Sun Hotel Review

We booked a hotel room at Green Sun last September 28 – 29 when I attended an event in Makati. As you all know, I am a first-time-mom and since I work from home,  I do not have an idea how it feels to be separated from my son even just for an hour.   Hotels in Makati are quite pricey so we had to look for an affordable but clean and child-friendly hotel. After searching through our favorite hotel booking apps and checking out different hotels’ Facebook reviews, we decided to spend a night at Green Sun.

As soon as we reached the hotel, we were immediately greeted and assisted by their security personnel.  Although no bell cart was available, one of their staff still offered to carry our bags.

We booked their Deluxe room that comes with a Queen size bed, television, mini-fridge, hair dryer and an electric kettle. Just exactly what we needed for a short stay.  Our room was clean – no traces of cigarette smoke. We just find the bathroom a bit small especially the space for the toilet bowl. The Hotel rooms have different artworks that make each one unique.

This hotel is definitely for art lovers! Aside from enjoying your room, you may also opt to spend some time checking out the beautiful art pieces at the lounge.

Our room comes with a breakfast buffet but we couldn’t wait until the next morning to try their food so we didn’t waste any time and hit Soma Bistro for some snacks. Unfortunately, their bibingka is not available.  We got turon, pancit canton and palabok instead. Price is just about right considering that you’re eating in a bistro inside a hotel. Their bistro’s staff were very courteous. I forgot to bring my nursing cover and had to breastfeed my baby. None of them gave me a “duh” look, called our attention or stare.  I felt secure breastfeeding my son in public because I never felt judged.

The following morning, we got to try their breakfast buffet. For a small bistro, I like that they only have few food choices.  I just noticed that they do not serve bacon.

My son’s first staycation didn’t happen in a 5-Star Hotel. But Green Sun gave us one of the best hotel experience we’ve ever had. We are definitely coming back!

Green Sun is located at 2285 Chino Roces Avenue (Pasong Tamo Extension), Makati City.

Baby Care Plus Review + Giveaway (CLOSED)

As a first time mom,  I always keep my options open for baby essentials. I wanted to try different products in hopes of finding the perfect match for my baby’s skin. Before I gave birth, I was gifted with a set of Tupperware baby care plus that I was able to use on my baby when we got home from the hospital.

I was hesitant to use it at first because Tupperware was not known for making baby essentials. One night Chuck had a big poop explosion. Something that the wet-wipes department can’t handle. So we used the baby bath and gave Chuck a quick shower. We immediately noticed that it is really mild and left our baby with no rashes or any signs of irritation.

I personally love the  Baby Care Plus+ Bath because it smells good even after several hours. I am glad that Tupperware released a bigger size that comes with a pump for easy dispensing. It’s easier to use because I don’t have to worry about spills. Saves me money and time too! Baby Care Plus+ Bath has Lamesoft Skin Protector that forms a natural barrier around baby’s skin to protect it while gently cleansing. It’s mild formula won’t irritate your baby’s delicate skin. You’ll definitely enjoy every cuddling moment with your little one because of the mild scent that stays on your baby’s hair and body.

I must admit that Tupperware proved me wrong in doubting this product just because it is fairly new compared to the brand that we also bought for our baby (same brand that my mother used when I was a baby). I am glad I tried Baby Care Plus.

Do you want to win a package from Tupperware too?

It’s easy! Just follow the steps posted on our Instagram account.

*Prize must be claimed by the winner at any Tupperware branch nationwide. https://goo.gl/forms/KhBcTb3mCY4OAFd73

This contest is open until Sunday, October 14, 2018.

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