SM celebrates Kids’ Month in 64 malls nationwide

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With Bae-by Baste as Shopmag’s adorable October cover boy, SM Supermalls unwraps new and exciting happenings in 64 malls nationwide with the launch of SM Kids’ Month. Apart from kiddie treats and big discounts on kids’ toys, clothes, and shoes, this season packs three fun-filled celebrations especially designed for our beloved kids – SM’s first Super Kids Day on October 1, United Nations Day, and the well-loved Halloween. (Photo courtesy of SM Shopmag)

SM Supermalls unboxes new happenings for kids and kids at heart this October with the launch of Kids’ Month in 64 malls nationwide. At a media launch titled SM Super Kids Day held last October 1 held at SM City Fairview, the retail giant announced a season packed with fun-filled celebrations especially designed for kids like United Nations Day and the well-loved Halloween.SUPER KIDS UNITE FOR SM KIDS' MONTH 2017

A fun and exciting field day where kids and the whole family can shop, play enjoy, eat, and win prizes – SM Super Kids Day fittingly showcased what customers can enjoy in the malls this Kids’ Month. It’s also the perfect season to splurge on gifts for kids and avail big discounts on kids’ clothes, shoes, and toys at The SM Store Kids’ Month Sale and at the Baby Company. Also not to be missed is the amazing Toy Kingdom Halloween Sale.

On October 10 to 24, a grand display of world flags sets the mood for a two-week celebration of United Nations Day. SM’s “All Together for One World” features Dances Around the World performances, World Market food fairs, and the kids’ favorite, National Costume Parade Contest. Customers can also check out Art for Peace – an art exhibit by local artists and schools sending messages of peace for all.

Culminating Kids’ Month is SM’s “Spooktacular Halloween” from October 20 to 31. As the Monster Fun Fair begins on October 20 offering great deals on trick-or-treat needs, beloved pets can then join the excitement at the Petrifying Halloween costume party for pets and owners on October 21/22. Approaching Halloween’s Eve, everyone is invited to the much awaited Costume Contest on October 28/29 for adults, and on October 31 for kids. Also on October 31, the young trick-or-treaters can continue the fun at the photo Halloween Studio by Vivo, and by visiting SM Hypermarket, SM Supermarket, and SM Cyberzone for treats and goodies.

Lastly, there’s an online promo where parents share why kids rule at SM, then use hashtag #SMKidsMonth2017 on Facebook for a chance to win exciting prizes for their kids’ and fun adventures!

For more about SM’s Kids’ Month and exclusive news about SM Supermalls, visit http://www.smsupermalls.com or follow SM’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through SM’s Viber Public Chat. Tweet your thoughts, upload and share your photos about your memorable moments at SM, then use its official hashtag #EverythingsHereAtSM.

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Celebrate GrandParents Day at SM

I have 3 sets of Grandparents.

I never met my Lolo Danny (my Papa’s father) but I am very dear to my Lola Fe (my Papa’s mother) whom I only was able to spend time with when I went to US twice, once when I was 5 years old. I remember her baking for my 5th birthday cake, I remember harvesting her fruits from her fruiteria backyard. I remember her sending me a porcelain doll. I remember her sending me greeting cards during Christmas time. The last time I saw her when I was 20 years old, when I again went to US. That was the last time.

I had a few summers, Christmas and New Year’s celebration with my Lolo Ding and Lola Paz in Lipa. They’re my siblings’ grandparents. Despite the fact that I don’t have their blood, they didn’t treat me differently. I was technically their eldest apo (because I am older than their real eldest apo). They loved me the same.

Lolo Ding passed away in 2001 (I think.), my Lola Paz in 2010, 20 days after Lola Fe followed.

My life revolved around my mom’s parents – Papang and Mamang. I can’t not celebrate holidays without them. I grew up having them in my life, they were the constants right from the moment that I was born. Traveling from Cavite to Pasig to celebrate my birthdays. My summer vacation consists of spending it at their home in Cavite, playing with my ates and kuyas (cousins) and eating and drinking Mamang’s paninda. (Hihi) In 2009, they were transferred nearer to our home. I always try to visit them whenever I have free time. When they were stronger, we usually go to SM Megamall, to eat out, to just stroll from A to B and attend mass. 2 weeks ago, my Mamang passed away. I can’t imagine life without her. But at least, she is in a better place now.

It’s Grandparents day on September 10, 2017. Please date your grandparents, bring them to the nearest SM Malls to your place. Do this for me please, I’d date my Papang if he still can, but he can’t. I’ll just count on everyone who will be reading this.grandparentsdaysm2017
Visit this link to know the schedule of activities at the nearest SM Malls in your place.

And Don’t forget to celebrate a special #DateWithLoloAndLolaAtSM this September!

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Blog Hiatus

It has been almost a month since my last blog. I miss blogging. I sort of miss fixing this blog because of the Photobucket problem.

But the past month has been quite a roller coaster of emotions. I spent a couple of days with my bestfriend who will be leaving in a few days. My grandmother died. And all other stuff I neglected to do the past few weeks has been hunting me now, one of it is this.

SM has been inviting me to attend their Grandparents day event. But I really can’t. I might just breakdown if I’ll still go there. My grandmother leaving is and will never be easy for all of us, especially to my mom and siblings.

Anyway, I’ll try my very best to continue editing this blog for pictures to finally come back and to finally post my US 2017 travel series. Can’t wait for it to be share to all!

I’ll be back hopefully, next week. Gagalingan ko!

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Easy meals, baked goodies, and more with Midea

When people think of microwave ovens, it is mostMolten Chocolate Cake often that they think about it as a way to reheat their meals. While it does very well in reheating food, only a few would dare to cook their food in a microwave oven. Most of them are afraid that they may put in the wrong setting and as a result, have burned food instead. A better understanding of the microwave settings would definitely take off the fear that bothers most people in cooking with a microwave oven and gain more confidence in cooking quick and easy meals.

Midea, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of home appliances, understands such challenges for those relying on the wonders of a microwave oven and those who are living a fast-paced lifestyle. Midea is all about surprising their customers with home solutions that are very easy to use and give them the confidence in using these products in their everyday life. With all the quick settings at a push of a button, cooking meals in a microwave oven has been made very easy— from their favorite bacon and eggs breakfast and a hearty mac n’ cheese meal. Not most people know though, that they could also bake with a microwave oven, and Midea has one simple baking recipe that everyone can do.

With the help of Midea’s Microwave Oven, people can now enjoy a chocolatey molten lava cake in just minutes, from preparation to cooking. All they have to do is to prepare the ingredients – Cake Base, 60g All Purpose Flour, 45g White Sugr, 45g Cocoa Powder, 1 pc Egg, 45ml Milk, 30ml Canola Oil, 15ml Melted Butter, 3 pieces of 20g Milk Chocolate balls, pinch of salt, and a 1.5L Vanilla Tub Ice Cream – and follow these instructions: (1) Sift the flour, salt, and cocoa powder, then mix it all together. (2) Separate the yolk from egg whites, then whip the egg whites to peak and cream the yolk with sugar. (3) Combine milk, oil, and butter into the egg whites, then slowly add the flour mix into the bowl, after which, fold the egg yolks within the mix until every ingredient is incorporated.

Ceramic mugs, or alternatively, silicone molds can be used, (4) just make sure that it is lined with butter before filling it in with the mix. (5) Fill half of the mold then put in a chocolate ball in the center, before filling it up again with the mix. (6) Make sure to gently tap the mold to let the mix set properly in the mold. (7) It only takes 1 minute and 10 seconds in the oven at medium heat. (8) Let it cool down for 1-2 minutes before serving it on a plate or straight from the mug— (9) best with a scoop of Selecta Vanilla Ice Cream on top.

They could do all these and many other microwave baking recipes they could find online. All they have to do is follow the recipe and they are on their way to a great time at home indulging their favorite desserts with their family or friends. This quick and easy way of preparing and cooking food will also come in handy when the unsuspected happens like surprise guests coming over for a visit, or, the need to replenish party food on the table, Midea Microwave Ovens are there to keep things going without breaking a sweat.

Creating meals fast is just one of the friendly solutions a Midea Microwave Oven offers, it’s also cost-efficient. For both manual and digital models, the microwave oven will only cost you Php 1.00 on electricity per 3 minutes of cooking. That is already enough for several food items being cooked in a flash. Since cooking in a microwave oven doesn’t need much oil, the food comes with 10% less fat compared to conventional frying in a pan. Meals cooked from the Midea Microwave becomes healthier too because food that is cooked fast retain more nutrients than those cooked through the conventional method.

Cooking in a microwave oven shouldn’t be something to be afraid of. Instead, it should be taken as a solution to the challenge of keeping up with the fast-paced lifestyle of the world. With Midea’s lineup of microwave ovens, everyone can easily learn how to cook in a flash easily with flair and finesse.

For more information on Midea’s products check out their website at http://midea.com.ph and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MideaPhilippines.

About Midea
Midea, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of appliances, covers a complete range of products from electric kettles, washing machines, microwaves to large commercial air-conditioning systems. Thriving in over 150 countries, Midea has now arrived in the Philippines! Midea is also a part of Forbes Fortune 500 companies with a market cap of $31.5 Billion as of May 2017.

In partnership with Concepcion Industrial Corporation (CIC), Midea’s global strength in the appliance industry infused with CIC’s Integrity, Excellence and Total Customer Satisfaction give the world class brand a better understanding of the Filipino’s needs.

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Bar Boys

IMG_3495[1]Never akong nag-kainterest sa Law. Ayoko ng mahirap na magkakabisado, ayoko ng board exams. Ayoko pahirapan sarili ko. Hindi ako makarelate sa laman ng pelikulang ito kasi wala naman akong background sa law (except sa konting business law, na isa sa mga subject ko ng college). Wala ding malapit sakin na nagla-law para maintindihan ko ito.

Pero nakarelate ako sa pelikulang ito. Kasi una sa lahat, naging estudyante din ako tulad nila, hindi man ako isang law student, pero ako ay isang entrepreneurship student. Hindi man ako nag memorize ng laws ng ating bansa, pero gumawa naman ako ng business plan. Hindi man ako nag board exams, pero butas din ng karayom ang dinaanan ko para makapasa at makapagtapos.

Dumating din sa punto na nahihirapan na ako, na gusto ko na mag give up. Na-ayaw ko na. Survival of the fittest, ika nga nila. Pero sarili ko lang ang kalaban ko, kaya fight si ako!

IMG_3494[1]Pangalawa, kaibigan. Sila ang mga taong nakasama ko sa hirap at sa ginhawa. Pero habang nilalaban ko ang buhay kolehiyo, yung pinakamatatalik kong kaibigan, ay nag tuloy ng pag aaral abroad. Naging mag isa ako sa araw araw sa school. Pero hindi yun naging hadlang, hindi porket mag isa ako, wala na akong kaibigan. I have all my best friends – from high school, si Erik ng pelikulang ito, silang mga nag-abroad, at ilan pa – who were cheering on me, hanggang sa ako ay nakapagtapos. Hindi ko man sila araw araw kasama noon, alam kong andyan sila para sa akin. Sila ang aking naging sandalan sa mga panahong hindi ko na kaya.

At huli, kung si Erik merong tatay at nanay na inaalayan ng kanyang pag-aaral at na nagsusumikap para sya makapagtapos, meron din akong Mama na kumayod sa pagtatrabaho para sa aking pag-aaral. Tulad ni Erik, dahil sa kanya kaya hindi ako nag-give up.

Isang pelikula ng pagmamahal sa pamilya, pag susumikap, pagsasakripisyo, pagtitiwala sa sarili at higit sa lahat, sa pagkakaibigan, Bar boys! Panoorin niyo ito sa Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2017, mula sa August 16-22, 2017 sa lahat ng sinehan sa buong bansa. Kasama dito sina Carlo Aquino, Enzo Pineda, Rocco Nacino, Kean Cipriano at marami pang iba. Directed by Kip Oebanda.barboyscarloaquino
Mga litrato namin noon Bar Boys Premiere Night – wala ka man kanina, andito kaming pamilya mo kuya! We love you and we’re proud of you! Bottom pics, with Team Carloholix!IMG_3497[1]

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KDrama: Operation: Proposal

What if one day you will be given a chance to re-write your life, to change what has already happened, to re-create an action to eliminate the mistake you once did.. would you?

I recently finished the Korean Drama, Operation: Proposal. It is about two childhood friends – Baek Ho and Yi Seul. They met when Yi Seul transferred to Hamuel Elementary School wIMG_2478hen they were 8 years old. Since that very moment, they were inseparable, up until middle school and high school, they were still together. Of course, feelings would be formed. But both weren’t honest enough to let each other know. After 20 years of friendship, one day, Yi Seul is getting married to Baek Ho’s baseball coach. Baek Ho regrets how he just let Yi Seul be wed to another man. After the wedding, he found a love letter that Yi Seul weren’t able to give him back in high school, it was a letter of admission, admitting how Yi Seul has loved Baek Ho for the longest time. Baek Ho cried so much, because he has always felt the same way. He regrets not being open with his feelings, he regrets the times he always make Yi Seul sad all those years they were together. The Time Conductor suddenly IMG_2479appeared. He gave Baek Ho a potion to drink to be able to go back in time, to re-do what he did wrong, to tell his feelings to Yi Seul. He may have succeeded at times, but the turn of events after he time traveled is something.

Operation: Proposal is a story of love and friendship – it is sweet, funny, tender, heart-warming, moving and thought-provoking. Obviously, I don’t usually blog about K-Dramas, but here I am, writing in the wee hours of the morning after I finished the whole series. Watch this in Netflix to know what really happened in the end. So, many twists and turns, making me cry towards the last few episodes.

Going back to my question. Would I re-live my life again? It has always kept me thinking, not only because I watched this. It has always been in me, thinking about it when times are tough. Sometimes, I regret that I didn’t do something that I really wanted to do/have/be with before. I’ve got so many what ifs, really. But thinking about it now, I am scared of what I will be facing, of going back and getting to experience them all over again. As well as scared of the thought that what matters to me now may not be in my “new” present.

Should we regret? Maybe. No one can stop us. We can always regret. But we can always treat those regrets as life lessons. Every mistake in our life are meant to happen – to learn from it and to gather strength from it. Do I want to change my past? Yes, I want to. But I won’t. I believe whatever had happened to my life is because it was destined to happen, that if I will be able to travel back to re-create it, I will always end up to where I am now.

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Photobucket Hostage

pbhostageAs you can see, Photobucket has hostaged all my 8,000+ pictures in my account. So almost all pictures posted here in my blog are gone. Photobucket actually just out of the blue, with no notice stopped allowing 3rd party posting of images uploaded in their account.

yep. 13 years of loyalty with Photobucket, using their storage to upload all the pictures posted in more than 1,000 blogs available in my page.

I don’t know what to do now and how to fix it. I don’t want to pay $39.99 a mont/$400 a year but re-editing all my 1k worth of blog posts is too much.

I cry. I die. I’m so heartbroken now.

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Join the Upcoming Hakab na! 2017!

The best flash mob I’ve ever seen on TV is not some popular actor proposing to his longtime girlfriend, or those dancing prisoners, but a huge group of breastfeeding mommas flashing their breasts all at the same time, feeding their little ones in an event called Hakab na!
bfphakabnaYep, I was a breast feeding momma. No, unfortunately I haven’t been to one, but I saw it in the news every year. But yes, I am always, always for breastfeeding your babies for at least the first 6 months of their life. Better if beyond that, actually.

Hakab na! is an event organized by the Breastfeeding Pinays (group that I was also a member years back) in relation to the Breastfeeding Month (which is every August). It has been happening every year since 2013 and since then more and more mothers has joined the event, thus every year the venue gets bigger and bigger. It is also in coordination with the Big Latch On (an international community)’s event where in breastfeeding mothers will simultaneously breastfeed their babies all at the same time at around 10:30 in the morning. There will also be Hakab Na! areas (Like Davao, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Olongapo, etc) all over the Philippines for those who want to join but will not be able to go to Manila.

BUT the main event details are as follows:

Hakab na!’s 5th year will be on August 5, 2017 – Saturday – 8 AM to 4 PM at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Cubao Quezon City.

Hakab na!’s main goals are to normalize breastfeeding, spread awareness, educate Pinay mothers (all mothers, actually!) and protect breastfeeding. I remember breastfeeding my now 4 year old son, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE! Wherever I was, whoever I was with, I didn’t care, for as long as my little boy is full, happy and satisfied with his dear momma’s liquid gold.
cocobfingWe may have weaned already from breastfeeding more than a year ago – when he was exactly 3 years old – but it doesn’t stop me from being a breastfeeding advocate and from helping the community which I was a part of in promoting breastfeeding through my friends and family. View all my breastfeeding related posts here.

There will be lots of informative talks, that is why I also encourage even pregnant mothers to join the said event. You will definitely learn a lot from it. I swear. Wag tayong maniwala lang sa mga sabi sabi, mas maganda yung informed ka, please educate yourself. There will also be a mom and baby bazaar and other fun family activities that even your other family members will enjoy. Yes, not to mention the loot bag – be early it will only be available until supplies last!

Register HERE!!!!!

Registration fees are as follows:

P150 – mom and baby pair (member of a tribe)
P200 – mom and baby pair with no tribe
P250 – mom and baby pair – walk in
P50 – pregnant ladies and all other companions of registered participants 13 years old and above

For more information and inquiries, PLEASE VISIT THE Hakab na! 2017 Main event page.

So, come on mommies all over the Philippines and all over the world, let as all help each other by spreading this advocacy and get together and show everybody how it is done, Hakab na!

PS. A little bird told me that Marian Rivera-Dantes is coming!

(Hakab na! photo came from the official event page of Hakab na! 2017.)

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Kids Happy Time Playground

Didn’t know that there’s a play place at The Venice Grand Canal Mall until today. Anyway, the only time I went here was last year, during one of Hi-5 Philippines’ mall show. The mall wasn’t even open yet, and most establishments inside were still close.

My friend Karla and her family are here again. They were staying in BGC so we ought to meet up here for a change. We were roaming around the mall, looking for a play place or an arcade, and luckily we found Kids Happy Time Playground.

First impression? Refreshing. It’s bright and happy. It wasn’t crowded given that there were quite a number of both adults and kids scattered around the place for a weekday at that. Very clean, lots of activities can be done, so child won’t focus on just one activity. But there’s a lot of unused space where they could have turned it into something else. There’s also a swing set that is not fixed in the floor, that’s why when a child uses it, the body of the swing kept on moving forward.



I am not really sure why we weren’t able to use the locker, or if the locker has additional payment. Because when we were placing our stuff inside one, the staff called us out and just asked us to place our stuff in the floor area beside the cashier.



I find the pricing fair enough, given that it is already for a child and an adult. Some play areas have additional fees for the adult that is accompanying a child. Don’t forget to ask for the card that will give you a free play on your 10th visit.



You can also celebrate your child’s birthday here. But you can only bring snacks and it will be placed near the locker area. Packages are inserted beside the entrance fee photo.


Yep, I’d definitely recommend KHPPlayground to families visiting The Venice Grand Canal Mall. Don’t forget to bring socks (or you can buy from the cashier!) Coming back soon!

Kids Happy Time Playground is located at the 2F The Venice Grand Canal Mall, Mckinley Hills, Taguig | 0956-683-5285 | http://www.kidshappytime.com

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WanderWoMom’s #FamFirstAtSM

Summer is quite different for our little family this year. We are separated with each other for a whole month. In fact, as of this writing, my son and I are still away, in a vacation – out of the country, while my husband was left in Manila.

My whole family (parents, siblings, my son and I) left for America, as a retirement treat of my mom to us. My husband can’t join us for now because he couldn’t get a vacation leave as long as a month’s time from his job.

He is very understanding with me. He knows how much I wanted to have this trip. He knows how much I needed this trip. Even though it would make him sad, he still allowed us to leave him for a month.

It has been 21 days of walking around different cities, famous spots and food trips, hopping from museum to museums to museums and theme parks to theme parks, flying from one state to another. As of these moment, we are also parent-less, as they flew back to Manila, because of my grandmother’s emergency. It’s the first time I am mommy-less abroad too (Yes, even if I am 30 years old – I need my mom!). My wish for two decades has came true – I was finally reunited with my father whom I haven’t seen or the last 26 years of my life.

It has been fun but a tough journey. Even though I might have some help from my mom or siblings, it is only me whom my son wants to attend to him. It can be frustrating when he doesn’t want to eat and he hasn’t eaten anything for hours or when he throws a tantrum because he wants to do something and I don’t allow him or when he is very sleepy already and he doesn’t want to take nap. Let alone when he is already hAngry (given that I’ve given him food but he doesn’t want to take). But at the end of the day, when I see the smile he has on the pictures I took of him, or when he laughs or gives me a hug and a kiss and I realize how much he needs me when he said he only wants me. I may be super tired but when he says, “Mommy, you’re my best friend!” and kisses and hugs me – it melts me. So bad. Tired as I may be, it will all be gone.


Rewind to the few days before we left Manila. Of course, there’s only one place where my little family spent it together – ONLY SM! We live right next door to SM East Ortigas, so in short – there’s no other place to be (well, if not SMEO, it’s SM Megamall-and I practically grew up going to that SM Supermall)! We ate at our favorite restaurants – Pan Cake House, Kuya J’s and Max’s. We shopped for my pasalubongs and clothes for my son to wear at SM Department Store (We are really loyal to SM Kids Fashion, check my son’s Instagram account – @coco.marcus for proof!). And to cap off our bonding before we flew – Coco and his dada played and earned lots of tickets at Tom’s World. Coco is always at his happiest whenever he is there with his dada.




You actually don’t have to spend a great amount of money to have fun with your family. No need to travel far. You just have to go to the right place and savor each and every second you spend it together. For us, it will always be at SM, true enough, it got it all for us – movies, games, personal care, food, grocery, etc. What more are you looking for? I never entered an SM that isn’t family friendly – breastfeeding rooms that I was able to maximize when Coco was still breastfeeding, rest room with little urinals and diaper changing table, not to mention the friendly and accommodating staffs who has helped me whenever Coco and I goes to SM alone.

My Coco and I may have gone from airport to airport but there will always be no place like home. We look forward to going home to my husband/his dada in a few days time. He has already planned activities for us to do, and you don’t have to ask me where we will go, you know the answer by heart. And I whisper: SM! Home is where our heart it, and I can’t wait to see again, the excitement of my son’s face whenever we mention to him that we will be going to SM. #ReunionAtItsFinest Can’t wait to post our Super Summer at SM pictures soon!

For more updates about SM Supermalls’ fun family activities and events, visit http://www.smsupermalls.com and follow its official social media pages on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/smsupermalls), Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/smsupermalls) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/supermoms_official/) get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through Viber (https://chats.viber.com/SMsupermalls) and Snapchat. You may share your Super Summer moments inside the SM Supermalls by posting your photos on social media and adding the hashtag #SuperSummerAtSM2017.

PS. SM Photos were taken at different times. Unfortunately, our last SM pics on my husbands phone were accidentally deleted. =(

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