Can’t Wait for Christmas Playdate by Early Learning Centre

Zeeka and I (with yaya, of course) went to the Can’t Wait for Christmas playdate organized by Early Learning Centre. It was held at Gymboree in Greenbelt 5.

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I wanted to go for two reasons: 1) I wanted to see the toys from the Early Learning Centre’s new toybox range and check out what I could buy Zeeka for Christmas. 2) I wanted to see how Zeeka would be at a Gymboree class (how she would react to the teacher and to being in a class).

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The Early Learning Centre’s new Toybox range features a host of collectible animal characters and vehicles for young children aged 12 months and above (although Zeeka is already showing interest in these toys even if she’s just 8 months old). Each toy is made in a high quality new plastic and the characters have clicking legs and arms so they come to life when children are playing. The animals have textured, rubbery ears to stimulate the senses and are designed to help develop fine motor skills. Monty the Monkey and his funky car, Dotty the dolly and Sam the soldier are some of the characters in the range. The toybox collection is perfect for igniting children’s imaginations and encouraging them to act out stories, take charge of an environment and make things happen when they choose.

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Can't Wait for Christmas Playdate

Can’t Wait for Christmas Playdate

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Zeeka playing with her favorite toy: The Ferris Wheel from the Happy Land circus collection

Zeeka playing with her favorite toy: The Ferris Wheel from the Happy Land circus collection

Upon entering the room, I could literally feel Zeeka’s excitement. She was waving her hands up and down. We had some photos taken near the display. I took a mini car from the table (Happyland collection) and that was it! Zeeka started playing with all the toys on top on top of the table. She then sat on the table together with the toys on display (sorry ELC for ruining the neatly placed toys… Hehe). Zeeka was then quick to turn her attention to a little ferris wheel toy on top of the table. It was really cute. It was her favorite. While you manually turn the wheel, it sends out a musical tune. The ferris wheel is part of the Happyland colleciton available at Early Learning Centre.
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Baby Zeeka playing with the wooden alphabet blocks.

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After playing, we had some snacks to reenergize. Zeeka and playmates M and N (daughters of mommy Kris) and Rocio (daughter of mommy Mia) were then led to the play area of Gymboree where they had a short class.

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From beginning to end, Zeeka was just staring at the teacher. I have noticed that she really reacts that way. She absorbs information first then she follows after a while. When the class was through, she smiled and danced! I’m planning to enroll her at the Gymboree branch at Serendra since it is near our place.


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Thank you, Early Learning Centre, for a fun-filled day for Zeeka and me (and yaya ;>). I’m scanning through the catalog that you sent me and I’ll be buying Christmas gifts in your store. Here are some of my favorites.


Zeeka loves singing and dancing so this Key Boom Board (Php 3999) is perfect for her!

Zeeka loves singing and dancing so this Key Boom Board (Php 3999) is perfect for her!

Anything that moves amazes her (Php 2949)

Anything that moves amazes her (Php 2949)

The circus set is cute and caught her attention (Php 1699)

The circus set is cute and caught her attention (Php 1699)

I'm sure Zeeka will love this Fun Singing Trumpet (Php 699)

I’m sure Zeeka will love this Fun Singing Trumpet (Php 699)

Watch out for my Fashion Friday entry this coming Friday featuring cute Christmas outfits from Mothercare! 🙂

Typhoon Yolanda: What You Can Do To Help

I haven’t been posting anything new recently in both my blogs since I have been following the news. It has been just a few days since the strongest typhoon ever to be recorded in the world hit the Philippines. There have been more than 10,000 estimated deaths already and the number has been rising day by day.

People have been looking for ‘kamag-anaks’ and friends whom they know to have been in the area where the typhoon left the greatest devastation (Leyte and other areas in the Visayas). It’s really heart breaking to see people crying over the lost of their loved one/s, homes, properties, etc. There are a lot of people and organizations already asking for donations.

If you want to donate to the victims of typhoon yolanda, this is a great list that Rappler compiled:

I already donated through Philippine Red Cross. I’m thinking of other ways that I could help.

Have you already donated? Have you thought of ways on how you can help?

P.S. Sending out love and prayers to all those affected by this super typhoon.

Lotte Xylitol Wish Upon A Smile (Promo)

I love surprises! When I was little, I used to look forward to Christmas. I loved Christmas since every year, Santa would give me a lot of gifts. I would write a letter and leave it under our Christmas tree and I would get a lot of presents from him come Christmas day. Most of the things I asked for in my letter were given to me and most of my wishes would come true during this season. Well, they still do (even if Santa doesn’t give gifts to ‘mommies and daddies’), so I still love this time of the year. This year, Lotte Xylitol Gum will be granting several wishes in the hope of spreading more smiles this Christmas.

Lotte Xylitol Wish Upon A Smile Promo

Lotte Xylitol Wish Upon A Smile Promo

Lotte Xylitol Gum will be launching the Wish Upon A Smile promo. The promo will start on November 9 and each week, Lotte Xylitol will be making one wish come true until we reach Christmas day.

To participate, just submit a photo of you and your child showing off your best smiles. Then answer the question: What will make your Child smile this Christmas? (Include #XylitolSmile in your answer)
*Complete Mechanics below

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The contest will run from Nov. 9, 2013 to Dec. 27, 2013.

The contest is open to all moms and dads with a child who is 5-10 years old, living in the Philippines.


A. Registration

Like the official Facebook brand page of Lotte Xylitol Gum to submit contest entries through

B. Photo Uploading:
1. Lotte Xylitol Gum will reveal seven (7) different themes for seven (7) weeks; one theme per week. As a participating parent, you can choose from the themes.

a. Week 1: Something your child can play with (Toys)
b. Week 2: Something your child can wear (Apparel)
c. Week 3: Something sporty (Sports/Outdoor Equipment/Class)
d. Week 4: Something your child can read (Reading Materials/Books)
e. Week 5: Something your child can learn from (Educational Trips e.g. Mind Museum Pass)
f. Week 6: Something fun (Games/Recreational Activities e.g. Active Fun Pass)
g. Week 7: Something techy (Gadgets)

2. Post a photo of you and your child on the Lotte Xylitol Facebook fan page, showing off your best smiles.
3. For the photo caption, creatively answer the question: “What would make your child smile this Christmas?” then add the hashtag: #XylitolSmile.

Sample Entry:
This Christmas, my child’s wish is to hava new doll. That will surely make my little Annie smile! #XylitolSmile
– Lotte Xylitol Mommy Mimi

4. Photos must be in jpg format (at least 1 MB in size; preferably cropped into square shape, 500×500 pixels).
5. All submitted entries will be subject to screening and approval. Approved entries can be viewed on the Lotte Xylitol Gum Facebook Gallery.
6. Lotte Xylitol Gum reserves the right to reject images that are obscene, inappropriate, and does not conform to the rules and regulations of the
contest mechanics. Lotte Xylitol Gum’s decision is final.

*NOTE: You must own the rights to all the photos that you’ve submitted.

C. Judging of Winners
1. Last day of submission for all photo entries is at 11:59pm of Dec. 27, 2013.
2. All entries will be reviewed and judged by the Lotte Xylitol Gum panel following the criteria stated below.

Photo – 40%
Caption – 40%
Creativity – 20%
TOTAL – 100%

3. Scores to be provided by the Lotte Xylitol Gum Judging Panel will be final.
4. Top entries will be shortlisted and will be judged further by the Lotte Xylitol Gum panel.
5. Two (2) entries will be declared as the winners of the week. Then the top five (5) will receive consolation prizes per week.

The following prizes will be awarded to the weekly winners:
– Two (2) Winners: Prize will depend on the theme and on the participant’s wish.
– Five (5) Lucky Participants: Lotte Xylitol Gum Gift Packs and Gift Certificates.

1. Winners will be announced on the following dates.
– November 25, Monday at 3pm
– December 2, Monday at 3pm
– December 9, Monday at 3pm
– December 16, Monday at 3pm
– Devember 23, Monday at 3 pm
– December 30, Monday at 3pm

2. Winners will be announced on the Lotte Xylitol Gum Facebook Brand Page.
3. Winners will also be notified via their email addresses.

1. Winners from Metro Manila can claim their prize at the Republika Worldwide office at Warehouse 16, La Fuerza Compound, Pasong Tamo,
Makati City on weekdays from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
2. Prizes of the winners from provincial areas will be delivered to their respective residences or given mailing address.
3. Winners must present the email notification that they won the contest, Two (2) Valid IDs of mother or father, and child’ s birth certificate in claiming their prizes. (Valid IDs consist of Company ID, SSS ID, School ID, Credit card with Picture, Driver’s License, Passport, and Senior Citizen’s ID.)
4. Winners who cannot personally claim their prize can send a representative. The representative must present the following: Winner’s email notification, authorization letter from the winner, two (2) valid IDs of the winner, Child’s birth certificate, and one (1) valid ID of the representative to claim the prize.
5. All prizes not claimed whin sixty (60) days after receipt of email notification will be forfeited.
6. Prizes are not convertible to cash or other goods. Prizes are transferable.

1. Lotte Xylitol Gum reserves the right to use all submitted photos in its website or in materials directly related to Lotte Xylitol Gum’s various campaigns.
2. Employees of Lotte Pilipinas, its affiliates, its advertising or promotion agencies, packaging suppliers, and their spouses and relatives up to the second degree of consanguinity are not qualified to join this promo. All winners will be notified via email, and Facebook announcements.
Make your wishes come true this season! We’d love to see that smile so join now!

Mommy, can I see your smile? Can you smile for me... huh... huh?!

Mommy, can I see your smile? Can you smile for me… huh… huh?!

*Full Disclosure: Mommy Ginger is a Lotte Xylitol Gum Brand Believer! (What can I say! I love and believe in the brand!)

A Wonderful 1st Anniversary: WAHMderful Weekend!

I can’t believe that it has already been one year. Time flies so fast indeed. This year, October 27 was a red letter day for most work-at-home-moms. It was the day we celebrated the first year anniversary of the WAHMderful Workshops and of the community. We celebrated it at SMX Taguig Convention Center.

Have a WAHMderful Life!

Have a WAHMderful Life!

Yes, we, work-at-home-moms, have a ‘sisterhood’. We are part of a community of women who share the same interests and share the same goals and dreams. We are here to help one another. By definition (thank you Google), sisterhood means…

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Yes, we treat each other in this community like sisters. We have a strong bond that connects each one of us. Our goal is to help each other, even our ‘new siblings’. We started as a small group and now we are already at 900+ in our facebook group: Manila Work-at-home-moms. All of us are here because we have a common goal of making our own contribution to the world while raising our children well and keeping our husbands and family happy. We realize that at times, we need help  from others, from business connections and partnerships or just a shoulder to lean on during difficult times. Each ‘sister’ understands the unwritten rule in the community that we need to pull each other up to achieve all our dreams and aspirations and that the success of one person is the success of everyone in the WAHM community.

We also know that the family of each one is important. We value time and we teach those in our community how to maximize it and spend it on things that matter the most.

Wacky Shot of the group at the WAHMderful Weekend!

Wacky Shot of the group at the WAHMderful Weekend!


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Any one and every one who has been to a WAHMderful Life event knows that each one is valued. Each one is welcomed with open arms and we are all ready to listen and help you out. We hope that each one gets to learn and apply these things in their work-at-home careers. We hope that each one feels loved and valued. We hope that by feeling loved and valued, we hope that this inspires you to reach for your goals and we hope that we give you that boost to accomplish things!


The Speakers and the Huddle Up Mentors


PLDT, one of our Sponsors explaining Cyberya 🙂 Thank you very much!


The Icebreaker sponsored by DSM 🙂 Thank you, DSM!


The DSM Team 🙂


FREE Fitflops from Alta for the participants! Thank you Alta! 🙂


Insular Life explaining the Gift of Dreams 🙂 Thank you Insular Life!


Teresa launched her Breastfeeding book during the WAHMderful Weekend 🙂


Our Panelists! Thank you Ladies! 🙂


Registration being manned by Event Director, Patty Cuyugan from Manila Workshops

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We are so excited to share with you the things that we have lined up for all of you WAHMs/WAHDs and even work-at-home-singles (we had a few during the WAHMderful Weekend!) for 2014. We would like to thank all of the sponsors of the WAHMderful Weekend. If it weren’t for these brands, our event wouldn’t have been possible.

Thank you to our Co-presentors, DSM with Quali-A, Quali-D, Quali-C, Quali-Blends brands under them. We would also like to thank Unilab (as always), who have been continuously supporting us all throughout the year.

Thank you to our Major Sponsors: Alta, Calchews, Tocarre Spa and Insular Life.

Thank you to our other sponsors: Xend Business Solutions, Mamachows, Sitting Pretty Crafts Studio, MRLightworkz Photography and Memory Crafters.

We would also like to thank SMX Taguig Convention Center and Josiah’s Catering for their excellent service 🙂

Thank you to everyone who attended the WAHMderful Weekend and we are looking forward to meet more ‘sisters’ (and brothers) in the future!

P.S. Visit the for more tips on how to be a WAHM/WAHD 🙂 Subscribe to the Newsletter, too, to receive updates on our schedule for 2014!