Friday, May 27, 2016

Scholastic Summer Book Warehouse Sale and Summer Reading Fun Workshop 2016

At last, Kuya and I were able to make it at Scholastic Summer Book Warehouse Sale last Saturday! We were so early. We arrived at 8:30 AM and it was already open. It was an advantage on our part because the two of us were able to roam around and check out the different titles without rushing while waiting for the Summer Reading Fun Workshop that Kuya would attend at 9:30 AM.

This book warehouse sale was obviously bigger than the one held on December because they even had a set-up outside. There were also lots of new titles, even award-winning books, to choose from that were cheaper. These made us even more excited! Imagine, we got books for as low as Php20.00 each!

I asked one of the staff members regarding their scheme in choosing books on sale. He told me that they have this term "Schematics".

"Schematics" means that the books to be displayed on a Scholastic Book Warehouse Sale are being chosen and sent randomly. The books available on a particular warehouse sale date may or may not be available on the next.

Let me give you a quick tour on what you are going to expect:


Hindi na ako magpapaliguy-ligoy pa. I would like to share with you my top picks:

The Raven and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe (Php20.00)

The Mission of Addition by Brian P. Cleary (Php20.00)

Why Do Feet Smell? and 20 Answers About the Human Body by Gilda and Melvin Berger (Php20.00)
I Am Generous by David Parker (Php20.00)

Chuggington Poster Book (Php100.00)

Klutz It's All About Me (Php50.00)

Ni-Hao Kailan Playdate with Lulu (Php50.00)

Just a School Project by Mercer Meyer (Php50.00)

Twighlight by Stephenie Meyer (Php200.00)

Hard Bound Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (50% OFF)

Klutz Build a Book (Php300.00) and The Blood Olympus by Rick Riordan (Php350.00)

Limited Edition Hardbound Geronimo Stilton (Original Price- Php545.00, 15% OFF)

 Hard Bound Harry Potter and Paper Back Geronimo Stilton Series (30% OFF)

Klutz A Book About Me, Look Book Fashion Drawing, and Kids Cooking (15% OFF)

Shopkins Story and Activity Books (15% OFF)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling (Php250.00)

Pokemon Victini Edition Sticker Book (Php100.00)

Pokemon How to Draw! (15% OFF)

Lego Chain Reactions (15% OFF)

A Wicked History (Php50% OFF)

These books are not typically found on Scholastic Book Warehouse Sale in schools and they are solely for library use.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (50% OFF)

An Abundance of Katherine and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (25% OFF)

Eric Carle Books (15% OFF)

Leo Lionni and Tomie de Paola Books (15% OFF)

After making our eyes feast and purchasing the books that Kuya liked and what Bunso would need, we went upstairs for the Summer Reading Fun Workshop.

Wow! The place was heavenly! It was a mini library! Alam ninyo naman ako basta maraming books, parang ayaw ko nang lumabas!

There were three very accommodating teachers who welcomed us---Teachers Hermie, Jaymee, and Chiqui. Teacher Hermie was the one who read the story entitled, Love You, Forever, as a prelection to the workshop proper, that kids would create their own books. The book was about the unconditional love of a mother to her son and vice versa. The kids were asked questions to check if they were able to understand the story. The kids did very well. It showed that they comprehended the story well and they were deeply touched by it.

After testing the kids' reading comprehension skills, a sheet of paper where they would write things about their family was given and explained. This served as a backbone/skeleton of what they would do in the book-making proper.

Next, kids were given their own kits, Klutz Build a Book All About My Family.

Sample works were also shown to inspire the kids and give them some ideas on how to go about the book making.

After the session, kids had a surprise! Kinder Joy Mascot visited and they had a photo opportunity as they received their certificates and loot bags with lots of goodies from Kinder Joy and Jack & Jill.

We were given copies of our photos and another surprise was revealed. Kids were given a chance to choose the book that they like as an extra giveaway.

Kuya enjoyed this two-hour ‪‎workshop‬ that  focused on story-telling, reading comprehension exercises, sequencing of events and art activity. This became a venue for us to bond together too.

Here are some additional photos

The workshop is open to kids ages four to 10. It's still open on May 27 and 28, 2016. Morning session is from 9:30-11:30 AM while the afternoon session is from 1:30-3:30 PM. It costs Php300.00/head and all I can say is your kids can get more than what you pay for.

For inquiries and reservation, you may call 9097218 or 09173185261. You may also send an email to See the poster below for more details.

Aside from letting your kids join the workshop, I encourage you not to miss the book warehouse sale too.  It's ongoing until May 31, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM at 70 C. Raymundo Street, Pasig City.

Scholastic Philippines has great news! If you shop from May 27-31, 2016, you can avail the BOOK BUFFET (BOX-ALL-YOU-CAN) PROMO for only Php999.00! See the poster below for details.

Before you go make sure to bring our own drinks, snacks, extra shirts, toiletries, eco bags, and extra cash.  The warehouse has no air conditioning units and would require hand-washing afterwards. The nearby convenience store is a little far. You have to be prepared especially when you are going to bring your kids. I also suggest that you come early in the morning to avoid the intense heat in the afternoon.

Here is the map for your perusal. If you are a commuter like me, it's so easy and convenient to go there. Thanks to Mommy Pehpot for the instructions. From Robinsons Galleria, ride a bus going to Taytay. Tell the conductor to drop you off Jenny's. When you see the footbridge and signage C. Raymundo Street on the right side, alight the bus. You may walk or ride a tricycle. When you see Sorrento Oasis, Scholastic Warehouse is a few steps away. 

I'm so excited to know your Scholastic Summer Book Warehouse Sale and Summer Reading Fun Workshop experience. Feel free to share, Mars at Pards!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Kuya and I Will be Part of Mommy Bloggers Philippines and The Maya Kitchen Mommy and Kid Cupcake Baking Workshop this May

Papa Hector, my hubby, and I made the decision that we wouldn't hire a helper and I would be a stay-at-home mom instead. This set up worked for us and we didn't fail. Our parents raised us to be independent and domesticated so it turned out so conveniently despite being challenging for both of us. What made our situation more challenging especially in giving equal attention to our kids was after Bunso was diagnosed with Mild Autism Spectrum Disorder.

We have to make a sacrifice especially in attending  Kuya's milestones in school. Papa, who happens to work in the school where Kuya studies is an advantage on our part. Since Bunso is not yet capable of going to and staying in crowded places, the three of us have decided that hubby is going to take care of Kuya while I am to Bunso. It makes me feel inadequate as a mom to Kuya but what makes it easier for me to swallow my pride and guilt is his assurance that it's fine with him and he understands our situation. Papa also feels guilty of not spending too much time with Bunso. Due to our very unique arrangement, Papa and I have made it a point to date our kids separately, once or more than once a month if time and budget permit.

Aside from dining out together and chatting to catch up, I don't miss the opportunity of attending blogger events with Kuya that I find enjoyable and beneficial for him. I seldom attend events due to mom duties but when the opportunity comes, I don't miss the chance. I always want our date to be fun and educational as possible or something that he finds exciting and interesting. I want his memories with me to be happy.

When Mommy Bloggers Philippines announced that it would collaborate with The Maya Kitchen to bring an awesome Baking Workshop on the 28th of May, I immediately stated my interest. 

12 "beautiful" (Ehem...) mommies of MBP can bring one kid, ages five to twelve, to learn how to bake and decorate Strawberries & Cream and Peanut Butter & Choco Chip Cupcakes. What a perfect mom-child bonding moment!

Kuya and I love to "make" cakes using Maya Cake Mixes. We steam our cakes. We don't bake them due to the fear of burning them! I'm not kidding!

This is our chance to level up our cake-making skills, hoping that we can start baking them and not just steam them!

Kuya and I are prepared and excited for Saturday's Cupcake Baking Workshop! If you want your kids to be part of The Maya Kitchen's baking classes for children and young adults, it extends its baking classes until June 2016.

You may check out the schedules and courses offered below:

Kids Baking Adventures (ages 5-12)
9:00 AM – 12:00 NN
P1,000 per class

June 8 --- Cupcake Baking and Decorating 1
Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes and Double Chocolate Cupcakes

June 9 --- Cookie Baking 1
Chocolate Chip Cookies and Peanut Butter Sandwich

June 22 --- Cupcake Baking and Decorating 2
Cotton Candy Cupcakes and Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

June 23 --- Cookie Baking 2
Chocolate-covered Candy Cookies and Sugar Cookies

Young Baker’s Hangout (ages 13+)
9:00 AM – 12:00 NN
P1,500 per class

June 15 --- Basic Cakes
Chiffon Cake & Dark Chocolate Cake

June 16 --- Basic Icing
Royal Icing and Buttercream

June 29 --- Commercial Breads 1
Pan de Sal & Ensaymada

June 30 --- Commercial Breads 2
Cinnamon Roll & Spanish Bread

Mark those dates on your calendar! For more information on this and on other course offerings, log on to, e-mail, or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City, or call 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108 / Mobile No. +63929 679 6102. Call and reserve a slot now!
Did you attend any baking workshop at The Maya Kitchen? How was it so far?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Press Release: Herbalife’s Nutrition At Work Survey Reveals Majority of Philippines’ Workforce Lead Largely Sedentary Lifestyles, Putting them at Risk of Obesity

Fifth Herbalife Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour seeks to address health issues associated with sedentary lifestyles, and deepen practical understanding on the benefits of a healthy, active life.

PHILIPPINES, April 25, 2016 – Herbalife, a global nutrition company, has released the findings of the new Nutrition At Work Survey, which revealed that the majority of Philippines’ workforce leads largely sedentary lifestyles, putting them at risk of obesity. The Survey1, which was designed to understand the lifestyle habits and attitudes of Asia Pacific’s modern workforce, was conducted in March with 5,500 full-time workers in 11 Asia-Pacific markets, including 500 workers from the Philippines.

According to the survey findings, almost nine out of 10 (85%) workers in the Philippines spend at least six hours a day sitting at their desk, with 52% of its workforce eating lunch at their work desk two to five times per week. The survey also revealed that majority of Philippines’ workforce (86%) exercise less than three times per week, with five out of 10 getting less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day at their workplace. This suggests a significantly worrying trend locally, on the back of rising obesity rates recorded in recent years.

Nevertheless, the risk of obesity could be averted if workers in the Philippines decide to take control over their own nutritional intake and exercise regimen. Close to eight out of 10 workers (75%) affirmed that they strive to live a healthy, active life, however, the majority of them noted that they find it difficult to stay active during workdays.

“With a majority of Philippines’ workforce leading largely sedentary lifestyles, our mission as a global nutrition company is to help people in the Philippines take practical steps towards leading healthy, active lives. By inculcating positive nutrition and active lifestyle habits to people in the Philippines, we hope that this will, over time, help reduce obesity risks and lead to positive improvements to the well-being of our people,” said Mr. Rosalio Valenzuela, General Manager of Herbalife Philippines.

Aimed at addressing health issues associated with sedentary lifestyles, and deepening practical understanding on the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles, Herbalife launched its fifth Asia Pacific Wellness Tour 2016, held in the months of April and May. The latest edition of the Wellness Tour builds upon the successes of the past four tours that welcomed more than 80,000 participants across the region, and features a host of medical symposiums, talks and workshops led by seven experts from Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB), covering 26 cities across Australia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Gary Small, M.D. has recently visited the country and shared his expert views on digital dementia and brain aging at the “A Smart Way to Healthy Aging: A Talk by Gary Small, M.D.” event. Dr. Small, a specialist in brain health and aging, has authored over 500 scientific works and received numerous awards and honors, including the "Senior Investigator Award" from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.

During the talk Dr. Small addressed health and nutrition related issues associated with sedentary lifestyles and share practical tips on how today’s workforce can live healthier lives by making simple changes to their daily lifestyles. Health and medical professionals, academics, as well as the general public have also engaged in lively dialogues with Dr. Small at the event, and had the chance to network with like-minded professionals through the Herbalife Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour platform.

Rounding up the team of Herbalife NAB experts who have participated in the Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour are:
  •          Dr. David Heber, chairman of the Herbalife Nutrition Institute and Nutrition Advisory Board. A leading expert in the field of nutrition, named as one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” by Thomson Reuters in 2014 and repeatedly included in “The Best Doctors in America”.
  •         Dr. Chin-Kun Wang, an expert in metabolism and nutrition, with a focus on the clinical evaluation of nutritional supplements, nutraceuticals, functional foods and herbs. He was awarded the National Award of Biomedicine in Taiwan in 2008 for his contribution to medical education.
  •          Dr. Julian Alvarez Garcia, a specialist in sports medicine and sports physiology who has advised professional teams, national teams and individual athletes on a range of disciplines including weightlifting, triathlons, mountain biking, football and basketball.
  •         Dr. Darren Burgess, an expert in sports science and nutrition who has authored papers in multiple peer review journals. He is also the current Head of High Performance at Port Adelaide Football (AFL) Club, and the former Head of Fitness and Conditioning at Liverpool Football Club.
  •          Dr. Nataniel Viuniski, an expert in pediatrics and nutrition who has authored “Childhood Obesity – A Practical Guide”. He is also currently an advisor to Brazil's Health and Education Ministry for Childhood Obesity.
  •          Dr. Francis Gregory Samonte, one of the Philippines’ premier experts in pediatric neurology, and the first Filipino appointed to the NAB. He was a recipient of the Chairman’s Achievement Award from the University of Louisville, Kentucky’s Department of Pediatrics.

The NAB experts were also joined by Dr. Luigi Gratton, Herbalife’s vice president of nutrition education and development, who has written numerous articles on nutrition and obesity, and has appeared on television speaking on nutrition, anti-aging medicine, sports nutrition and other medical topics.

“With each new edition of the Wellness Tour, we are seeing an increasing number of people gain practical knowledge to lead better lives. We hope that that this year’s Tour will further empower people to take charge of their nutritional intake and exercise regimen, so that they can enjoy the full benefits of a healthy, active life,” Mr. Valenzuela concluded.

1Herbalife’s Nutrition At Work Survey was conducted in March 2016, with 5,500 respondents aged 18 and above, from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.


About Herbalife

Herbalife is a global nutrition company that has been changing people’s lives with great products since 1980.

Our nutrition, weight-management, energyand fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through dedicated Independent Herbalife Members in more than 90 countries. We are committed to addressing the global obesity epidemic by offering high-quality products, one-on-one coaching with a Herbalife Member and a community that inspires customers to live a healthy, active life.

We support the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and its Casa Herbalife programs to help bring good nutrition to children in need. We also sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the LA Galaxy and champions in many other sports.

The company has over 8,000 employees worldwide, and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HLF) with net sales of US$4.5 billion in 2015.
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