Showing posts with label Events and Workshops. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Events and Workshops. Show all posts

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Girls Can Do Anything Like Barbie


Barbie is a doll that every girl's dream to own. It's perfectly beautiful and stylish. It can be dressed up in any way that makes it fit to do any role that a little girl assigns to her.

Barbie is more than just an iconic doll. She is the epitome of what every girl wishes to be. Every girl , like Barbie, can do anything and can be good at it because she is confident and willed to be the best person that she can be.

This was the mission of the event , Barbie You Can Be Anything, held in Lucky Chinatown Mall last October.


Barbie

It was more than just a fashion event showcasing the physical beauty of kids who joined. It also promoted virtues such as...

SELF-DIRECTION
By joining and trying the different activities, each girl participant had a chance to realize what she would want to be in the future- a chef, baker, artist, teacher, athlete, singer, dancer, scientist perhaps?

CAMARADERIE
The event was a venue for girls to have a chance to meet other girls. They can bond together through chatting and joining games and activities.

SPORTSMANSHIP
There were different games in store for the girls that could develop sportsmanship. In life there were instances that people could win or lose. The lesson would lie on how they would accept defeat and focus more on the joys that games could bring rather than being sad for losing.

DECISIVENESS
Parents were there to support their daughters. I observed that they let them choose from start to finish. While they were inside doing the activities, kids would stay on the station that they liked best and parents would  let their daughters try all but they didn't hinder them in doing what they really wanted.

CONFIDENCE
No matter what the girls do, their confidence and grace exuded. I knew that deep in their hearts they believed that they could do anything because they were born to be a star.

Barbie
During the event, Rich Prime Global Inc. highlighted the career related activities that girls enjoyed: Barbie Artsy Studio- You Can Be An Artist, Barbie Cafe- You Can Be A Pastry Chef, Barbie Golf Are- You Can Be An Athlete, Barbie Pink Salon- You Can Be A Model/Fashionista




Kudos to Rich Prime Global Inc. for organizing an event like this. It was such a pleasure seeing those girls hit the runway and join the activities in store for them passionately and confidently. It was clear to me that they were getting ready to be a full-grown real Barbie dolls--- girls who would do anything to be the best that they could be.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Nuffnang Philippines- Building Strong Relationships Among Bloggers and Brands


If I remember it right, there were only four instances that I joined Nuffnang Philippine's Blogging Contest. The first time that I joined and won was when Globe sponsored the movie screening of Runner, Runner. For a person without beginner's luck, it was such a  great experience to join for the first time and win thereafter. I was looking forward to watch it and join other bloggers who won. Unfortunately, my kids got hospitalized and I even never had a chance inform the organizer that I would not be able to  make it.

I was still new to blogging then. I didn't know what to do and honestly, I was so nervous because I barely knew any blogger. An introvert in nature, I was so shy to interact with people especially those that I didn't know. That was me a long time ago but little by little, I started gaining friends from the blogosphere. 

I consider myself to be so blessed to meet good friends while gaining opportunities through blogging. This endeavor can make me do business with pleasure.

2017 marks my fifth year in the blogging industry and my fourth year as part of Nuffnang Philippines. I am so proud and happy to be part of this community because it has opened doors for me and other bloggers as well. It has brought 16,470 campaigns to be exact which includes hosting giveaways for reputable brands. It is giving away huge prizes like gadgets, staycation/vacation packages, movie tickets, and a lot more. The contests are solely open for their pool of bloggers that have signed up in their website. If only I can join in all, I would love to, but my hectic schedule never permits me at the moment. 

Not until I was asked by my photography mentor and one of my favorite food bloggers and good friend, Joy Gurtiza. She posted in her Facebook wall if there was somebody who liked to get three tickets for the advanced screening of Despicable Me 3. Without batting an eyelash, I immediately commented "Me!!!!" So she sent me a private message stating that for me to get those tickets, I have to join Nuffnang Philippines's blogging contest sponsored by Colgate. The requirements are clear and easy to do, intended especially for parents, so for me, I was good to go! Imagine, I could have a chance to win a prize in exchange of doing something that I love! Win-win!

Actually it was a diad effort between Paps and I. I asked him to guest post because I wanted to submit a unique article coming from a dad's perspective. I just placed personal touches and did the editing and we were able to submit our entry on time. After a few days, the result was posted and we were so lucky to be recipients of three movie tickets for the advanced screening of Despicable Me 3. Yay! 


Despicable Me 3, Nuffnang Philippines, Colgate Philippines


Kuya and I were the only ones who watched the film. We gave our extra ticket to a friend who needed it because we didn't want her one loved one to be left behind. It was indeed a great feeling to share our blessing and make someone happy.

Here on this photo were the highlights of the event. We really had fun! Thank you Nuffnang Philippines for organizing this event. Kuya and I and the rest of the moms, dads, and kids who came had a wonderful experience--- another treasure to be kept inside our bank of good memories.

Despicable Me 3, Nuffnang Philippines, Colgate Philippines

If you are a blogger, I encourage you to register and be part of Nuffnang Philippines. It is a venue for us to monetize our blogs aside from having an opportunity to join its contests. It is dedicated to building strong relationships among bloggers, its community, and brands. Nuffnang Philippines wants their bloggers to earn a passive income, gain more exposure and opportunities, and of course, have fun! By just getting an ad banner of your choice in your Nuffnang Philippines account and placing it on your website, your visitors' number of clicks on it can make you earn.

I already cashed out my earnings for the last four years for the first time and I'm currently waiting for my cheque. Isn't it exciting? You may visit www.nuffnang.com.ph and explore to learn more about it.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Scholastic Warehouse Sale: Book Haven for Reading Advocates

One of the events that I look forward every quarter is the Scholastic Warehouse Sale in Pasig City. Among that I attended, what made it extra special this time  was I spent it with a good friend, Kat Agdeppa Santiago of Petite Momma's World blog. 

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Like me, she advocates raising readers. Above all means of learning, we patiently teach our kids to read and love doing it. We are so blessed that our kids are growing up as bibliophiles despite the advent of the advancements in technology.

Kat and I started teaching our kids the love of reading while they were still very young. We would find time story reading aloud and expose them to the different kinds of books-  cloth or felt, board (especially the Peek-a-board books), and those who were hardbound or paperback. We experienced frustrations when our kids tore the precious books that we provided them. We didn't mind because it was part of growing up. We just didn't stop exposing them until they learned to read by themselves with a little assistance depending on our kids' capacity. It was such a pleasant sight to see them reading on their own and manipulating their books. It became a habit. I know even if there are eBooks, like us, they would go back to reading books made of paper that they could touch, feel, and smell. There is no greater experience of having books that are tangible. The texture and scent of their crisp pages can be imprinted on the reader's memory. This feeling indeed is part of learning through reading that can't be replaced by any other reading materials uploaded in gadgets.

Kat and I enjoyed our brief stay in Scholastic Warehouse. Aside from being excited of bringing home new books for our kids to read and enjoy, we shared the same feeling of nostalgia by just being surrounded by books. Books gave us bliss at that moment. Even by just standing in the middle of the warehouse, we felt peace. 


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Both of us availed the famous Box-All-You-Can Book Buffet. For only Php799.00, in my case, I was able to place 75 paper back story books for children and most of them are Caldecott Honor medalists or written by famous authors like Eric Carle, Tomie dePaola, and Leo Lionni. I chose mostly books for reading starters because most of the kids that I know are included in that group. I included some for Kuya too. I only paid Php799.00 for all the books in the box with the original total amount of Php7,820.00. I had a huge discount worth Php7021.00! Yay! These figures were all reflected on the receipt.

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My Box-All-You-Can Book Buffet Haul
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These were my top picks.
I've bought those books not just for my kids to enjoy but other kids as well. I always give books as gifts because they never get old in benefits. They can be passed on from one generation to another if well-taken cared off. Learning from books is boundless and endless.

As an educator and mom, I believe that reading is the foundation of all subjects. If kids don't know how to read, how can they understand different concepts? If they are not capable of reading, how can they be motivated to write and draw if they don't understand the purpose of what they are doing? 

I have this eagerness to share my love for reading and teaching kids how to read and their benefits to other teachers and parents especially to those who have students or children with speech delay. There is joy and beauty in reading aloud with kids and pointing the words to them so that they can eventually know how to read words in the story and say them loudly by themselves. When kids are already hooked in reading aloud with their parents, it can be noticeable that they themselves can be motivated to mirror what their parents are doing that's why it is very important to read to them properly. In my five years of teaching and 12 years of being a mom I have noticed that kids learn best when they confidently know how to read aside from giving them other activities to do that can enhance their holistic development.


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They were all discounted up to 70% OFF! Kuya was so happy to see these hardbound Harry Potter Books. I didn't forget to choose one for Paps too. Like me, we both love Paolo Coelho. Thank you, Scholastic Asia for these! This Mama is kilig to the bones until now!

In line with this, because some parents find books very expensive, I always suggest that they should visit Scholastic Warehouse Sale and avail the Box-All-You-Can Book Buffet to start their mini library at home. Not just parents, I also encourage teachers to start collecting books which they can use as tools in teaching their students. 


I started my collection of story books for kids whenever there was a Scholastic Sale in the school where I used to teach. I used those books in teaching my former pre-school students and for my own reading pleasure as well. Who would have thought that those books would benefit my own children? Amazing, isn't it? My collection keeps on growing through Scholastic Asia  through the years without breaking our tight budget to sustain my family's love for reading.

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There is still a chance for you to visit the Scholastic Warehouse Sale until June 18! There are so many books available from different genres. Your visit will be super sulit, promise! You may find all the complete details about the sale and location HERE.

If you can't make it, fret not because according to the friendly and lovely Scholastic staff members, Miss Cathy, Miss Darren, and Sir Ryan, they will have a huge sale again in NOVEMBER 2017. Instead of two months, they will have it for only two weeks. There is still time to save for it! I hope to see you there on November.

Do you have your own Scholastic Warehouse Sale book haul? I am so excited to see it! You may tag me on Facebook and Instagram at @allaroundpinaymama. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Gardenia Pocket Sandwich, A Pocket Full of Fun and Surprises


Yesterday afternoon, Kuya and I were happy to join other mommy bloggers and their kids at Gardenia Pocket Sandwich Pocket Full of Fun in Fun Ranch Ortigas. 

Gardenia, Gardenia Snack Treats, Bread, Gardenia Pocket Sandwich

This fun afternoon was filled with games, food, prizes, magic show, mascot appearance, etc.--- a great way to spend quality time with our kids that made our tummies and memories full. 

Gardenia, Gardenia Snack Treats, Bread, Gardenia Pocket Sandwich



The theme of the program "Pocket Full of Fun. Pocket Full of Surprises" described very well the mission of Gardenia's new product, "Pocket Sandwich" that comprises the wonderful things that a mom could bring to  her kids, family, and herself too.

The main inspirations of Gardenia to come up with Pocket Sandwich are the busy moms. Moms are the masters or multitasking. They are very efficient in juggling different roles like doing chores, taking care of the kids, handling finances, scheduling activities for the family, earning for a living (may it be working at home, business, or in a company/institution), taking care of the family members and their needs, and of course, planning and preparing meals. 

One of the meals that moms prepare for their kids in school or at home are sandwiches. They are so easy to make and kids love them. But most of the time, kids remove the bread's edges because based on experience, they don't like eating them and they just throw them. There are also times when their sandwiches get squished in their lunch boxes or bags making them not appealing to the appetite or worse, make a lot of mess. There are also instances that moms wake up late (I am guilty of that! LOL!) that they just give money to their kids to buy food in school hoping that their kids make the right choices. 

Gardenia Pocket Sandwich is the best snack to give to our kids. It's easy to slip in their lunch boxes, bags, even in their pockets. It is not vacuum sealed, meaning there is air inside that acts as a cushion that makes the bread's appearance intact and fresh. The brown edges of the two breads have been removed and they are sealed together firmly by machine to make its filling intact inside.

Gardenia Pocket Sandwich is a soft, freshly baked bread that is delicious and nutritious. It is high in the following vitamins and minerals:


Iron- for normal formation of red blood cells and hemoglobin

Vitamin B1- helps release energy from proteins, fats, and carbohydrates

Vitamin A- essential for eye function

The kids will surely feel their mom's pocketful of love when they eat it especially that it has two great-tasting variants that kids go gaga for--- chocolate and peanut butter. Definitely it is a yummy, healthy, spill or mess-free snack, convenient for munching everytime, everywhere.

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Because it's made by Gardenia, it is guaranteed safe because it is made in a sanitized and clean environment.

Gardenia understands moms' eagerness to prepare healthy snacks for their kids despite their very busy schedule and Gardenia Pocket Sandwich truly takes some of their load as busy individuals. I guarantee that you and your kids will love it like we do. Super yummy talaga!

For an affordable amount of Php15.00 each, kids and their families can now savor the healthy-yummy goodness of Gardenia Pocket Sandwich, available in leading supermarkets and convenience stores. For more information about this product and other Gardenia breads, you may like Gardenia on Facebook or visit its website, www.gardenia.com.ph.

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I am looking forward to know your feedback about Gardenia Pocket Sandwich! Feel free to leave your comment here. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Good Housekeeping Money Matters

Most moms are the ones in charge with money matters at home. It is a saying na maswerte ang mga lalaking makakapag-asawa ng babaeng masinop sa salapi. I am not saying that I am close to perfect when it comes to handling our expenses but I am confident to say that I am learning. Just last year, Paps and I decided to save through Unit Investment Trust Fund (UITF). His bank automatically deducts an ample amount from his account monthly and that money is being invested by the bank and not just being deposited to earn interest. Through this, we feel that we are able to save more and earn not just less than one percent a year. We also availed health insurance to have peace of mind in case that any family member gets sick, we know that everything is getting covered. Just the same, a few years of working as a teacher, Paps decided to save through the cooperative which he can't withdraw his principal savings unless he resigns as a member and annually he receives a dividend aside from getting an interest. 

We are doing all these for our family's future. Despite living on a pay check, we do our best to set aside a few pesos and hopefully more because in the long run, it will benefit us and we will have something to spend when we are not capable of working anymore. But I think, it's not enough. We are looking for other ways to save and we don't know how.

Yesterday morning, it was my chance to learn about more about money matters and the questions in my mind were finally answered. It made me realize that saving alone and UITF weren't enough for us to sustain our finances in the future.  Life is very uncertain and as parents it is our duty to keep our kids and ourselves secured. 

I was privileged to be part of Good Houdekeeping Money Matters held in Cafe 1771 in Ortigas. Together with Insular Life, the Philippines' leading and largest Filipino life insurance company, the talk aims to help modern moms make informed choices about money through learning more about financial literacy, investment, and insurance. This empowers moms to have more ideas on how to gain financial freedom and security.






The talks were led by two knowledgeable financial speakers. Aya Laraya, an investment advocate for more than 25 years of experience in different financial literacy and host of the TV show Pesos and Sense, spoke from his personal experience of improving financial literacy and finding out the best investment for a family.





Insular Life financial advisor and educator Maria Rosanna Sevilla also spoke about the benefits of savings, investments, ans financial literacy, and how insurance can work for moms. 



Here are the key points that should be kept in mind:

- We should not focus on saving in banks alone because we earn low interest through it but rather choose investing money through mutual fund or Unit Investment Trust Fund (UITF) where we become part of the company as investors and not as consumers alone.



- Insurance protects us financially in cases of death, sickness, and retirement. We can also secure our kid's future through availing an education plan. If we want to have the home of our own, a plan for estate is one of the best options. 


Insular Life can be our best partner to secure our future. For 106 years, its integrity and strength are unquestionable. Undeniably, this multi-awarded Filipino owned and managed company is truly trustworthy. If we know our financial goals, click HERE to know how much we should build up towards a better future.


- Never be afraid to avail insurance policies or invest in mutual fund or Unit Investment Trust Fund (UITF). Sa lahat naman ng pagkakataon pwede tayong matalo o manalo. Hindi porke't naloko tayo noon hindi na ba tayo susubok ulit?

- Start now. Kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa? 



In choosing a financial product...


1. Know what you want.

We can't just call a financial advisor and set a meeting with him/her without us knowing where we want to put our money. 

2. Put it  in writing.

Investing starts with short term no matter how our life status is. Starting it earlier the better. Changing our behavior is a must for us to do it consistently. 


3. Talk about budget.
Don't sell the product, sell the behavior. There are many ways to secure our future and invest to earn more but we need to change or improve our perception and habits to achieve financial stability.

4. Shop around for products.
When we buy, we  should know what we want and what's important to us. What is applicable to someone may or may not be applicable to us or vice versa. Investment depends on our need or situation.

5. Sign only after reading and understanding the product or ask someone who understands.

6. Keep checking.
We should participate because it's our money that is involved here. We should talk about it with our family members. Our  beneficiaries should know about our investments.


Good Housekeeping never fails to bring a wealth of reliable information on motherhood and everything in between. Thanks, Miss Tisha Alvarez and your team, for hosting this event.





Aside from our fruitful learning experience, indulging ourselves with a scrumptious brunch, six attendees were able to win Php100,000 worth of accident insurance policy from Insular Life. Yay! Wonderful!


To learn more about tips and great finds for home and living, Good Housekeeping is available in newsstands, bookstores, and supermarkets nationwide for only Php120. For more vital parenting information and relevant content 24/7, you may follow Good Housekeeping on Facebook via @goodhousekeeping.ph, Instagram via @goodhousekeepingph, and Twitter via @ghphils.



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Little Heroes: First Aid and Rescue for Kids

Last Saturday, May 20, a group of kids ages seven to eleven attended the first run of Little Heroes: First Aid and Rescue for Kids.



This workshop that has its second run on May 27 aims to teach kids basic first aid and rescue which include the following: 

1. CUTS and WOUNDS
– Proper Handwashing w/ Demo and Return Demo
– Cleaning and Dressing w/ Demo and Return Demo

2. BURNS
– Dressing
– Prevention

3. STINGS and BITES
– Dogs and Cats
– Bees
– Jellyfish
– Sea Urchin

4. STRAINS and SPRAINS
– RICE
– Prevention
– Activity: Compression Bandage

5. BROKEN BONES
– Activity: Basic Splinting

6. HEAT EXHAUSTION/HEAT STROKE
– Recognition
– What to do
– Prevention

7. NOSEBLEEDS


8. HEAD INJURY

– What to watch out for
– What to do
– CT Scan and X-ray

9. HOW TO RESPOND TO CARDIAC ARREST
– Recognition
– Opening the Airway
– Calling for help
– Activity: Return Demo
Life is very uncertain. Accidents may happen whenever and wherever we are. It is a must for our kids to know how to do the above-mentioned skills when it is necessary. We encourage our kids to join kiddie crew, art, music, and self-defense training and workshops. Why not include this workshop before the summer ends because I believe that it is a must for our kids to be equipped with these life skills  . You may go to http://manilaworkshops.com/events/littleheroeskids for more details and how to join. 
Here are some snapshots of the first run. Thank you, Miss Veni Anabo of Manila Workshops for these. 
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Friday, April 28, 2017

Taking the Road to a Fulfilled Life

In this life we call a "journey", we have the power to choose what we want to be and the road that we want to travel. In my case, I always choose to take the road less traveled. I always believe that I am on the right track when the situation gets tough. All I have to do is to purge all my resources and energy positively to keep going.

Having a difficult and sad childhood up to the extent of being stripped off with everything in young adulthood while figuring out how to earn for a living as a breadwinner, summarizes the darkest days of my life until I decided to get married and build a family of my own. I believed in those moments that "It shall pass", and it did. I faced reality and held on to the truth. I trained my mind to find something good in every bad situation. Having distasteful moments could teach more than losing more. The most important aspect of it was I learned who my true friends were and faith kept my sanity intact.

My life has been a continuous struggle but it doesn't stop me from being self-directed and optimistic. There was one time that I had a chance to converse with a friend priest and I told him my life story. These were the exact words that he said, "If that situation of yours happened to someone else, he or she might get crazy." Yes, it was easy to just give up and be selfish. I was young and there were opportunities in store for me that could be attained by being alone... But I chose to stay and be with my mom and brother. I didn't run away from my problems. I initially chose to stay away from negative people and that helped a lot. 

I am now married to my best friend, the best husband and dad, the person that God has given me in those times that I've needed someone to understand me. We have two wonderful boys and the youngest has been diagnosed with Mild Autism Spectrum Disorder. We have so many blessings to thank for despite having a challenging family life. We may not be rich in material possessions but I can say that we are happy. Our togetherness is truly a gift.

Trials come and I can face them bravely and conquer them gracefully because I am surrounded with good people. But at the back of my mind, am I truly contented? Am I completely free from my ugly past?

Honestly, there comes a time when I feel that there is lacking despite planning my life purposefully in accordance to what I know that is best for myself and the people I love. I feel this way when everything turns out unwell despite being prepared and righteous. Maybe, subconsciously, I feel that life is very unfair despite doing my very best to make it fair for myself and the people that I hold dear. I have a strong faith in God and it's very wrong to ask Him "Why me again? All is well and good, but why another misfortune? Mabuti naman akong tao at wala akong inaapakan. Bakit ako na naman?" Well, I am not always thinking like this. It seldom happens but it hurts. I feel this way whenever I am bombarded with too much problems all at the same time.  Itutulog ko lang at nagiging okay naman ako kinabukasan. I keep moving forward. I stay optimistic and do the things that I trained my mind and body for including repression and suppression of feelings. But still, I feel that there's an empty space in my life that needs to be filled in. 

Learning about the upcoming e-course, "The Roadmap to a Fulfille Life" by Miss Viviene Bigornia, just came right on time. I seldom read posts on Facebook for a couple of days due to my very busy schedule and it was the first post that popped up! Maybe God was sending me a message. Maybe involving myself in this course could take all my unresolved issues away.

The Roadmap to a Fulfilled Life


These four statements struck me the most when I visited the website that prompted me to take the course:

- Learn the foundation and the very first step in finding God's calling
- Know what is a fulfilled life and how to experience it.
- Unearth your past experiences and discover where God is leading you.
- Get yourself prepared to transition from where you are to where you should be.

I am totally submitting myself to this course. Enrollment starts today, April 28, and ends on May 15. Upon enrollment, I can get an access to the following:

- Free Ebooks
- Free Printables
- Exclusive Access to its Private Community

You may go to http://thefulfilledwomen.com/fulfilled-life/ for more details.  If you feel that you have a situation closer to mine or if you are still finding your purpose, I invite you to learn with me. I believe that this will help us break the chain of resentments and pain to find more meaning in what we do.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Scholastic Warehouse Sale is Happening Again This April

When I posted my article about my Scholastic Box-All-You-Can Book Buffet experience last December, many of you were asking when the next Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale would be. I promised to keep you posted. Last Monday, when I logged in on Facebook, the first status post that popped out was the one from Scholastic Asia announcing that the next book sale would be coming very soon! Before I wrote this post, I already announced it on my Facebook page. 

Isn't it obvious that I'm so excited! I always look forward to this event. The much awaited Scholastic Warehouse Sale is happening this summer starting April 18 to June 18, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. 

Scholastic Asia will be offering a wide selection of picture books, fiction and nonfiction books, popular series, references, inspirational, arts and crafts, teacher’s resources and audio books with discount of up to 70%. The most popular Box-All-You- Can Book Buffet for only Php799.00 will also be part of the two-month sale. 

Scholastic Warehouse Sale Summer 2017


My packing skill was put to a test on my very first Box-All-You- Can Book Buffet experience. I was able to place over a hundred books in two boxes and our discount was so huge. This part of the book sale is what makes me motivated since we need to change our set of reading materials this year.

In joining this, we have to follow these rules. It is a must for us to do so to save ourselves from hassle and trouble. 

Scholastic Warehouse Sale Summer 2017

Scholastic Box-All-You-Can Book Buffet

Aside from the book sale, Summer Reading Fun Workshop, Build -A-Book Activity for kids aged 4 to 10 (with adult companion for kids 3 years old and below) will be conducted again like last summer. There will be two sessions every Saturday, one at 9:30 to 11:30 AM and another one from 1:30 to 3:30 PM to be led by Scholastic Reading Program Consultants. Kuya and I had a wonderful experience and I recommend that you let your kids join through filling up the official form.



In line with this, Scholastic Asia is giving away one slot of this summer workshop to one of my readers' child. If you want your child to attend, kindly write the following on the comment section below:

1. Complete the sentence, "I want my child to attend the Summer Reading Fun Workshop, Build-A-Book Activity because ___________/"

2. NAME and AGE of your child

3. Your Facebook Profile URL or E-mail address

4. NCR City of residence

5. Date of Choice and Time (You may choose from the following dates: April 22 or 29; May 6, 13, 20, or 27; June 3, 10, or 17, 9:30 AM or 1:30 PM session)

Participants should be residing within Metro Manila only. Please join if you are sure that your child can attend because it's non-transferable. I will choose the best answer. Announcement of winning entry will be on April 16, 2017. I will be responsible in sending your child's information to Scholastic Asia and I'll give you the details on how to claim your prize.

Moving on, I always remind shoppers to do these things. Before you go make sure to bring your 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 bringing your kids. 

I also suggest that if you are going to bring your young children, make sure that they have someone to look after them while you are choosing books especially in the book buffet area. I also encourage you to come early in the morning to avoid the intense heat in the afternoon. You don't need to worry about lining up longer because many counters are open for accepting payments. 

By the way, here's the map for your perusal whether you are a commuter or not. 

Scholastic Warehouse Sale Summer 2017 map

If you are a commuter like me, it's so easy and convenient to go there because the place is accessible to different public transportation options. For me, this is what works: 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 hope that you'll join the giveaway and the book sale as well. Happy joining and shopping! I can't wait to know your book fair experience! Please don't hesitate to make chika! You can leave a comment anytime! 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mom and Baby Expo April 2017


I am a huge supporter of baby and mommy events. They are not only events where moms can shop great selections for themselves and their kids at a fraction of a price but also learn from experts who talk about parenting, child care, health, wellness, and a lot more pertaining to family and its wholistic well-being.

Just in, there will be another exciting event for moms, dads, and kids this April to be held in the Metro. Let me share with you the news coming from one of our PR friends. Here it is:

Medical Experts to Share Knowledge at Mom and Baby Expo this April 2017

With just a few weeks away, moms and moms-to-be are all geared up for the first ever Mom and Baby Expo happening this April. Organized by the Perinatal Association of the Philippines (PAP), the exhibit showcases all facets of comprehensive perinatal healthcare such as products, services, technology and new methods, all of which are intended in aiding Filipina mothers and their babies.
One of the highlights of the Mom and Baby Expo 2017 will be a series of talks from perinatal experts pertaining to maternal-fetal and newborn topics.

Some of the topics to be discussed during the event are tips on how to get pregnant; vaccines needed for expecting moms as well as their babies; exercise and proper nutrition for a healthy pregnancy; preconception tests and Breastfeeding Pearls Exercise. Other topics include skin care protection for women who are conceiving; importance of prenatal concerns; and ways to safeguard against diseases like vaginal infection, UTI and STDs.

PAP President Dra. Belen Velasco notes the relevance of taking time to listen to the experts during the talks. She explains: “Our objective is simple yet powerful: to impart advice and traverse new ideas moms and expectant moms can use that will ultimately strengthen their maternal bond with their babies”.

For his part, PAP President Dr. Diosdado Mariano says “The Expo is an opportunity to analyze and seek solutions to existing issues pertaining to maternal-fetal and newborn areas in an engaging and fun way.”

The Mom and Baby Expo 2017 will also showcase pocket workshops, fun and informative activities, selling booths, food stalls and raffle prizes.

The Mom and Baby Expo 2017 will be held on April 21-23 at the SM Megamall Megatrade Halls 2 and 3. The three-day event is made possible by the PAP, in partnership with its trusted affiliates- the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecology Society (POGS), Philippine Pediatrics Society (PPS), Philippine Society of Newborn Medicine (PSNbM), Mother and Child Nurses Association of the Philippines (MCNAP), and the Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines (IMAP).

For more details on the Mom and Baby Expo 2017, visit its official Facebook page www.facebook.com/mombabyexpoph or follow its official Twitter account @MomBabyExpoPH.

I hope to see you there, Mars at Pards! It will be such a fun shopping and learning experience for sure. I am so excited!
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