Archives for August 2014

Breastfeeding: A Journey Worth Taking is now available in Kindle Edition

August is Breastfeeding Awareness month. After sharing the event on Hakab Na!, which I heard was successful, I’d like to share this news to those who are planning on breastfeeding. During the time I was breastfeeding, this book really helped me a lot by giving me the inspiration and the motivation that I needed to continue on breastfeeding. The book is entitled Breastfeeding: A Journey Worth Taking.

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This book is actually written by my good friend and author, Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag. The good news that I’d like to share is that she released the Kindle version of her book! Way to go, Teresa!

A lot of moms from various fields have read this book. Dr. Jamie Isip-Cumpas, who is a consultant for the Medical City’s Lactation Unit says, “Teresa inspires readers with her own breastfeeding journey: her perseverance, strong faith and unwavering love for her children made her overcome the challenges she encountered. She imparts helpful and practical tips from breastfeeding positions to nursing wear and even collaborated with other mothers to share their own breastfeeding stories. All breastfeeding mothers can certainly relate to this book. I’ve already kept a copy in my clinic for all my patients to read.” She has breastfed all her three children.

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Teresa is the first Filipino to author and publish a book on breastfeeding on Amazon. And guess what?! It became an Amazon Best Seller in 2 categories (Motherhood and Child Care) during the 3-day free book promotion last Aug 1-3.

Teresa breastfed both of her sons for at least two years each, discusses breastfeeding basics in her book as well as her own breastfeeding story that was replete with challenges. She also features stories of triumph over breastfeeding challenges by moms from different walks of life — stay-at-home moms, work-at-home moms and moms working outside the home.

This book project by the author was sponsored in part by the following breastfeeding-related businesses: MomBabyFabric, Indigobaby, Mamaway Philippines, Elin, First Vita Plus Natural Health Drink, Latch a Babe Nursing Wear, Mama.Baby.Love, Mama Chows, Medela Moms Inc., Mommyfide PH, Mommy Matters, Moringana by Organics Asia, Sweet Pea Nursingwear and Zalor Massage Services.


BREASTFEEDING: A Journey Worth Taking can be downloaded for free by Amazon Prime members and can be purchased for $9.99 by regular customers. The paperback edition can be purchased through its Facebook Page or by sending an email to Like BREASTFEEDING: A Journey Worth Taking on Facebook via

For more information about the book, please email

Teach your Children Art!

Just wanted to share our recent trip to Early Learning Center. I thought that this store only contained toys, but I was surprised that I found these products.

My first scribbler from ELC

Mimi Artist to teach your 18 month old about art!

My first brushes and stampers from ELC

Easy grip stampers from ELC

My first crayons from ELC

Aren’t these the cutest? I’m not the most artistic person in the world. I don’t think I have any skill “at all” in drawing, so that’s actually one of my frustrations. I hope Zeeka can be better at art than I am, so I want to start introducing arts and crafts at an early age. I know that she may be a little too young for the Kokokru Workshop that I shared yesterday, so I was really pleased to see these products from the Early Learning Center!

Since we were there, Zeeka took the time out to check the toys on display…

How do I turn on this thing?

How do I turn on this thing?

Hmmm, what should I play?

Hmmm, what should I play?



Bye for now!

Bye for now!

Do you think that teaching your child art early on is important? What are your thoughts on this? Have you seen these products from the Early Learning Center?

Corrugated Paper Crafts will be the Next Crafting Craze! (Kokoru-time!)

Everyone’s into arts and crafts! It must be because of the loom band craze that people are now into using their hands to create works of art. In Indonesia, a new paper crafts craze has gotten people’s attention. We think that it will be the next crafting craze for both kids and adults in the Philippines. It actually invloves creating masterpieces using corrugated paper. Check these out:

These are the things that you can make using Kokoru, the brand of these corrugated paper. Well, I was inspired by these images so I decided to make my own version of a local celebrity here in the Philippines. Guys, presenting… Anne-bisyosa!

Kokoru Creation of Mommy Ginger

Hope you like this one, Anne Curtis!

Anyway, Manila Workshops, together with IFEX (International Fine Exchange Paper) and Kokoru, are happy to introduce Corrugate Paper Crafting through their workshop, entitled Koko-Cute: A Kokoru Workshop. The are inviting you, both young and young at heart, to learn, have fun and create wonderful memories!

This workshop will be on August 23 at the vOffice, 10th Floor, The Fort Legend Tower at BGC from 2-5 pom. The map to the place is shown below:
vOffice The Fort Legend Tower Map

It will be a fun class. If you want to create something like this (check out the video below), then sign up now!

Fee is Php 500 per participant (Early bird rate for those who register and pay before August 15). Group rate of Php 500 per participant also applies after the deadline (for 2 or more attendees in a group).

See you there! Here are other creations!

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Kokoru Creations

Kokoru Philippines

Kokoru Philippines

*P.S. These are creations of the speaker of the Koko-cute Workshop. Joness Cubacub is trained in the Food and Beverages Services and Barista under Hotel and Resaurant Services of TESDA. Jone loves the art of making reusable things out of old things. She loves to collect things and upcycles them to be able to use them again. Some of her projects are turning old jeans into bags, tin cans into pen holder and restyling an old study table into a work table. She delved into jewelry making which she sold her friends and relatives. Because of this, she has always been appointed the Christmas decorator in her own household. She also loves painting and drawing. This is the reason hy she believe that any form of art is for everyone. She says “you don’t have to be good at it – you just need to enjoy and love what you’re doing.”

Basic Yaya Training Workshop

Any of you having yaya problems? I think this has been a very popular topic. If you meet a mom and don’t know what topic to use for small talk, the “yaya problems” topic never fails. Most of us have yaya horor stories. I’m glad that I was lucky to have employed this yaya that I have now. Although moody (sometimes she’s ‘masungit’), I see the genuine care and love that she has for my daughter. That’s what matters most! If you are lucky enough to have gotten a yaya like this, invest in trainings.

Lucky for you because Manila Workshops will have the last run of the Basic Yaya Training Sessions 2 and 4 this year at Babyland Shaw.

SESSION 2: Understanding and Caring for a Newborn, Infant and Toddler (August 23, 2014)

Basic Yaya Training Session 2

SESSION 4: Understanding Common diseases on Children, What to do in Emergency Situations, Preventing Accidents and First Aid (August 30, 2014)

Basic Yaya Training Session 4

EARLY BIRD RATE (Register and Pay before August 15, 2014): Php 1000 per participant per session

Regular Rate: Php 1200 per participant (After August 15, 2014)
Group Rate: Php 1000 per participant for 2 or more participants in the group)
*Includes light snacks and materials to take home

To sign up, please fill out the form below:

Sign up using this form:

The instructor will be Ms. Cristina Mendoza, RN.

About the Speaker:
– BS Nursing (’10), Southville International School and College
– Passed the Nursing Licensure Exam on July 2010
– Worked as a School Nurse and Preschool Teacher in The Bridge School from 2010-2012
– On call Preschool Teacher in The Bridge School (present)
– Full time Yaya Seminar Facilitator of VentureLab Business Resource Center, Inc.

Hope you can share this with those who need help in training their yayas. This will be the last workshop for basic yaya training this year so you might want to send them already!

Freelancers in the Philippines

In one of my businesses, we are looking for freelance account executives who will be paid a minimal fixed income but the opportunities are endless when it comes to commissions. It’s actually a pretty good job opportunity, but guess what? We are having a hard time looking for freelancers in the Philippines (where are you, people?). I don’t know why this is so. Looking at the unemployment rate of the Philippines, which is at 7.6% of the population (that’s approximately around a whopping 7.6MM Filipinos), I don’t really understand why we still can’t find people to fill in this position.

Recently, I have launched a new workshop series under Manila Workshops and this is in partnership with Marv De Leon of Freelance Blend. Marv and I have a noble cause to help lower the unemployment rate in the Philippines, starting with Metro Manila. And how will we do this? We will do this by educating people on how to go about being freelancers. We will help build and strengthen a community of freelancers in the Philippines under the brand FREELANCE BLEND.

Freelance Blend

We know that this is a long shot but it’s Marv’s dream to grow this community and I will help him. Manila Workshops believes in turning your entrepreneurial dreams into reality and sometimes the stepping stone is really to do freelance work, so you get to discover yourself, what you are capable of and what you can potentially earn from.

I’m proud to say, too, that I will be one of the panelists for the first ever workshop under the Freelance Blend Workshop Series. The workshop is entitled Freelancing for Beginners.

Freelancing for Beginners Workshop

Freelancing for Beginners Workshop

The slots are almost filled up already so if you want to register, please visit this link: CLICK HERE

Do you have questions about how to be a freelancer or on being one? Kindly leave a comment below and I will try my best to answer these questions.

Make your own DIY Party

I love parties. I actually love preparing parties, too. I think a lot of moms are like me. We take party planning seriously and we want everything to be perfect. Karir na kung karir!

I always ask people whom I mentor to look within and to see what they are good at. In business, it is important to know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, before you decide to take on a particular business. For those who know that event planning is something they are good at, the next step is really to learn everything that you can about holding an event or a party.

For those mommies or mompreneurs who want to know how to make your own parties or who want to make this into a business, my team at has a great workshop in store for you. Oh, btw, this workshop is open to single or married ladies and gents who wish to be party planners either as a business or for personal use.

Make Your Own Kiddie Party

Make Your Own Kiddie Party

And we have great teachers for this workshop. The speaker are Ferdi and Czarina, who are the founders and partners of The Event Architects (T.E.A.), a styling company that creates unique, elaborate, and personal events for private affairs and commercial companies. T.E.A. has planned and styled the events of corporate clients such as Lancôme, Clear, Cosmopolitan, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, and Louis Vuitton as well as personal functions such as Sarah Meier’s wedding, a baby shower hosted by Amanda Jacob, and Tim Yap’s birthday.

Make Your Own Kiddie Party! – The Rerun will be on Saturday, August 23, 2014, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Insular Life Multi-Purpose Hall, 12th Floor Insular Life Makati Building, Ayala Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas Street, Makati City. Workshop fee is P250. This workshop is the fifth installment for 2014 of the Parenting Pals Workshop Series and is supported by The Event Architects and Insular Life.

For those who want to make this a career or even if you just want to learn so as not to spend for an events coordinator anymore, sign up now!

Little Miss Zeeka Goes to The Little Gym

I really feel guilty for not having sent Zeeka to classes like Kindermusik or Gymboree or the Little Gym when she was younger. I have had a lot of friends who enrolled their little ones back when they were 4-6 months old. What we would do at home is to teach her things through our ‘playtime’. I am proud to say that she knows a lot of things now (even if I didn’t get to send her) and she’s only 1 year and 4 months. But of course, a part of me still wants to send her.

For the average mom, sending our kids to these classes may be a bit heavy on the budget. Imagine spending around Php 15K just to have them attend 13 sessions of playtime at these ‘schools’. Obviously, before spending that much, I wanted to check out these different institutions. I know that educating a child through play is very important that is why I really wanted to look for other avenues where I could teach Zeeka skills. I noticed that staying in the house was getting a little bit too boring already for her.

I started with checking out The Little Gym. They had a branch at the Bonifacio Technology Center that was close to our home. They offer a one-time introductory class worth Php 650 that they deduct from the fee when you enroll with them. So Zeeka and I tried the class. I took a tour of their facility and it was really well maintained. After every class, a lady would come out to mop the floors. All yaya’s and parents were required to wear socks in the play area. No other people are allowed inside the play area except the students and parents of the particular ‘on-going’ class.

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Zeeka waiting for her class 🙂

The lady who I talked to at the reception area told me that The Little Gym offers various classes depending on your child’s age. The Little Gym is a US-franchised fitness and development center that offers classes to enhance and develop strength, flexibility, balance, rhythm, motor skills, and muscle tone, as well as good listening, cognitive, and socialization skills.

Okay, since Zeeka is now 1 year and 4 months old, we attended the Birds Class. The Birds Class is part of the Parent/Child Curriculum for those with children who are 4 months – 3 years old. This curriculum is divided into 4 classes: The Bugs Class for Infants from 4-10 months, the Birds Class for Infant/Toddler from 10-19 months, the Beasts Class for Toddlers 19 months to 2.5 years old and the Super Beasts Class for Toddlers 2.5 to 3 years old.

The Little Gym Review 1

The Little Gym Review 2

The teacher who taught the Birds class is teacher Rissa and she is really very good! She had perfect grammar and tone (and I’m very particular with that for teachers, especially). She was also very engaging and nice. She reminds me of theater actors and actresses who really know how to grab your attention and are very animated when they speak. She was like that!

The class ran from 11:15 am to 12:00 nn. The Little Gym class that we attended that day focused on teaching the children how to count. I noticed that a lot of the activities were very physical. We ran a lot around the mat area. We also had the “skill of the day” where the teacher would teach the kids a gymnastics skill. We would have the children count swings on the uneven bars. The children would tumble and roll on the mat.

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Our pictures were all blurred since we were always moving!

Zeeka loved the class. When we were on our way home, she was signing “more play” over and over again (she know baby sign language for those who just read this post; I taught her starting when she was 8 months old). I told her that we would go back for another class (and yes, we actually did the next week where I had to pay the regular rate of Php 1000 +. I forgot how much exactly.

What I liked about the class is that it’s very physical so they teach the kids early on that physical fitness is important. I value health and fitness so this is really something that impressed me. I also saw that it was a good fit for Zeeka since she loves dancing. I have observed that she loves to dance whenever there is music, and I think gymnastics would be a good way to enhance this talent.

For the class, the students were a good mix of different nationalities. I love this, too, since I’d like Zeeka to be comfortable in interacting with different people from different races and religion. I think that being aware on what’s happening in different parts of the world and knowing about different cultures is important.

Aside from the Parent and Child Curriculum, The Little Gym offers Pre-School / Kindergarten Curriculum, too for children 3-6 years old. The curriculum is again divided into three classes: The Funny Bugs for 3-4 year olds, Giggle Worms for 4-5 year olds and Good Friends for 5-6 year olds. I inquired about this too and the tuition fee is at around Php 100+K per school year.

For those who really love gymnastics and want to continue doing these, the Little Gym offers the Grade School Curriculum as a supplementary for those who are already in big schools. They have the classes for those who are 6-12 years old which ranges from Beginner to intermediate to advanced classes.

There are now three The Little Gym locations in the Philippines: Makati, Pasig-Mandaluyong, and Alabang. So If you want to check out their classes, you can visit them at:

The Little Gym of Makati
Level 1, Bonifacio Technology Center
31st Street & 2nd Avenue,
Fort Bonifacio. Taguig
phone: +632 815 1735 or +632 815 1779

The Little Gym of Pasig-Mandaluyong
2/F The Exchange Regency
No. 2 Exchange Road corner Meralco Ave.
Ortigas Center, Pasig
phone: +632 310 9870 or +632 310 9878

The Little Gym of Alabang
Mezzanine, Autozentrum BMW Center
Commerce Avenue & Madrigal Avenue
Alabang, Muntinlupa
phone: +632 850 4060 or +632 850 4061

Let us know how your intro class went! Please leave a comment below!


Lotte Xylitol Smile Champions!

I taught Zeeka something last week. I taught her how to laugh! Haha! I taught her how to ‘fake laugh’. Check out the video below.

She’s really growing up so fast. Last week, we had our first visit to the pediatric dentist. Zeeka had to have her teeth cleaned. Our pedia advised us to go to the dentist now that Zeeka is 1 year old. Upon arriving (BTW, we went to the iSmile Clinic at Bonifacio Global City), the dentist talked to me and explained everything at the lobby area before going into the clinic for the procedure. When we entered, as expected, she cried since everything was new to her. I had to sit on the chair and have her sit on my lap. I had to hold her hands, as she was struggling to get out. The dentist cleaned her teeth and also applied fluoride to prevent cavities. Then she wasn’t allowed to eat for an hour after the procedure and no brushing of her teeth that evening.

Actually, during the conversation with the dentist, I was reminded of the things that I recently learned from the Lotte Xylitol event for the Mommy Bloggers. That was a fun event. It was just like a “bonding” event with the other mommy bloggers. I loved that it was just a ‘chill’ event  and I got to learn more about the other mommy bloggers. It wasn’t the typical press conference held by brands, but it was really an intimate gathering. It’s rare that a brand really takes time out to get to know the bloggers that they invite. It’s usually a one way conversation and they don’t really ask for ‘media’ or us, bloggers, to introduce ourselves.

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Bloggers introducing themselves

Bloggers introducing themselves

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After the get to know you portion part of the event, Dra. Fina, a pediatric dentist was invited to talk about caring for our child’s teeth. She told us that 9 out of 10 children in the Philippines suffer from tooth decay. The key points that I learned from the talk were:

Dra. Fina talking about how to care for your child's teeth

Dra. Fina talking about how to care for your child’s teeth

– Never to let Zeeka sleep without brushing her teeth. This should be the last activity that a child should do at night. This is hard from me since the last thing that she does is drink milk (I better change this asap!)

– Brush for at least two minutes for the fluoride to take effect. If you can just spit it out and not gargle, the better.

– Teach your child how to use the toothbrush by having her (or him) sit on your lap while brushing their teeth.

She also taught us what Xylitol is. For those who don’t know, Xylitol is a 100% natural sweetener first derived from birch trees in the 20th century. It actually is a sugar substitute but it also helps reduce the growth of cavity-causing Streptococcus mutans bacteria that leads to cavities. It is used in gum, like the Lotte Xylitol Dental Health Gum, to help prevent tooth decay.

The Lotte Xylitol Dental Health Gum is a sugar-free gum with over 50% xylitol as a sugar substitute. It reduces cavity-causing bacteria that feed on sugar and create acids that dissolve tooth enamel resulting in tooth decay. It promotes saliva flow to maintain healthy pH levels in the mouth to prevent demineralization of tooth enamel. It also helps remove stubborn tartar on teeth surfaces through the chewing action of the gum. It promotes remineralization or rebuilding of the teeth enamel through the presence of calcium phosphates and by promoting saliva production.

Have you ever tried Lotte Xylitol Dental Health Gum? Do you have that healthy smile that Lotte Xylitol is looking for? Join this promo of Lotte.

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The contest is open to all parents with children aged 5-12 years old at the time of promo registration who reside within Metro Manila – Caloocan, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Navotas, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig, Valenzuela, Las Pinas, Makati, Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa, Paranaque, Pasig, Pasay, Pateros.

Participants must have an active Facebook user account and should like the Lotte Xylitol Facebook brand page to join the promo.

Participants who have done product endorsements with any competitive brands are not qualified to join the promo.


Each winning pair will have their own ‘shining moment’ and be featured in our Facebook fan page. The parent and child will have their own photoshoot, complete with styling, hair, and makeup.

From September to November, there will be a featured pair and they will be part of the brand page’s content.

1st pair of winners: September cover photo
: 8 Facebook posts for that month using their photo from the photo shoot

2nd pair of winners: October cover photo
: 8 Facebook posts for that month using their photo from the photo shoot

3rd pair of winners: November cover photo
: 8 Facebook posts for that month using their photo from the photo shoot

All winners will also receive 10,000 pesos in cash and Lotte Xylitol Gum gift pack worth 1,000. Announcement of three (3) winners will be done on August 28, 2014.

Hope you get to join this promo! For more details, click HERE.