b.box formally Launches in the Philippines

One of the things that I’ve been trying to figure out is how to encourage Zeeka to eat properly, and not to forget to take care of herself even while at home. The frequent reminders from me, her dad and ate are still there (but these reminders sound like frequent “nagging” already; they’re not effective anymore). When you have a kid, you know that they are easily distracted by minute things. When Zeeka and the other kids were still going physically to school, school bells and hanging out with their classmates while doing things together were fun. Now, at home, during lunch or breaks, Zeeka gets easily distracted, so she ends up not finishing her food. She also forgets to drink while listening during her online class. But recently, I just had an “AHA” moment when I attended the b.box launch in the Philippines.

For those who don’t know what b.box is, b.box is Australia’s No. 1 brand of baby and kids products.  Since b.box launched in 2009, it has redefined the industry, bringing to market products parents and kids love and industry leaders applaud.  They have won more than 60 product and consumer awards, but what gives b.box the biggest buzz is seeing a parent and child using and loving their b.box product.

How b.box started?

Just to share, b.box was started by Dannielle Michaels in 2007 who was struggling to change her three-week-old infant’s nappy in a crammed airplane bathroom. Dannielle started a business from this pain with her best friend, Monique. Their first product was the nappy wallet, an all-in-one box that has built in wipes, a changing pad and storage for two diapers and a change of clothes. 

Fast forward to today, they’ve built a multi-million dollar business with a successful track record in 45 countries, and growing!  The b.box sippy cup   is consistently the No. 1 selling sippy cup in Australia year on year. 

Aside from these two products, they also have the b.box drink bottle, the b.box bowl and straw cup, and this other product, which I actually have at home, is the b.box Whole Foods Bento Box.

During the b.box launch in the Philippines…

We met the founders of b.box during the online launch in the Philippines. Zeeka and I enjoyed the games and the science activity led by Kids Interactive Club. We used the materials that were inside the b.box Whole Foods Bento Box.

Changing times…

With the changing times and kids staying at home most of the time, these b.box products are great gifts and great purchases. How I use the b.box Whole Foods Bento Box now is really to make lunchtime and snack time fun for her. She feel excited whenever she opens her b.box for lunch! The b.box drink bottle is also great for keeping them hydrated all throughout the day. It keeps them also from spilling liquids on their school books, notebooks and other materials.

I love the design of all b.box products. I think this is what makes them standout since they really know how kids use the prducts.

Do check out b.box products in the links below!

b.box products are distributed by TickledBabies.com and their official stores on Shopee and Lazada . They are also available at Mothercare, Rustans, and baby specialty stores nationwide.  

Follow @bbox.ph on Instagram.

Prutas Pilipinas: Filipino Folk Song about Local Fruits

Prutas Pilipinas… a good way to teach your kids about local fruits, our language and to love what we have in the Philippines!

We had a meeting with Zeeka’s Filipino teacher; the school has this occasional meeting of parents and teachers. Zeeka’s doing well in her class but the suggestion was really to have her practice more in the house.

A good way to practice with your kids is through singing. The remember things better when taught in a fun way. I remember that the first song that she sang in Filipino was “Bahay Kubo”. Recently, came across a new Filipino Folk song about our local fruits called “Prutas Pilipinas”. The music was created by National Artist Ryan Cayabyab, lyrics by Noel Ferrer and performed by The Company (I love The Company!!!). The song was created in collaboration with local juice brand, Locally, and aims to educate and celebrate one of the best things we as Filipinos can be proud of – our fruits.

Click on this link to listen:
https://open.spotify.com/track/3QZDoYk4PjqIPZXU4egnQl?si=khjY54-XQhKMlPFHXyrA7Q


Locally’s mission is to honor our Filipino farmers and their crops. This is very admirable as we need to support the agriculture industry in the Philippines. Also, our kids need to be aware of the different fruits that we have in our own country.

“Nature, music, and science come together in our song “Prutas Pilipinas”. What better way to celebrate life than to sing a song about our fruits that give us life!” says Ryan Cayabyab.


A way to spread more knowledge about something we all eat every day, “Prutas Pilipinas” not only names popular fruits, like mangoes, melons, and grapes but also more unique ones like chico, mangosteen, and dragonfruit. The song also mentions how nutritious and good these local fruits are, Locally’s way of championing what is proudly our own.

“I thought that it would be a good opportunity to start from basic fruits and expand it to a collective push for a healthy nation – para sa masigla, magaling at masayang Pilipinas. The genius of our National Artist Mr. Cayabyab, as shown in the excellent music, and the exceptional vocal quality and harmony of The Company made the song truly fun, dynamic, and meaningful,” shares Noel Ferrer.

“Prutas Pilipinas is that rare moment in OPM where we get to tick all of the right boxes. This contemporary folk song is entertaining, educational and edifying. Transcending merely sensory enjoyment, this song becomes a pro-active participant in nation-building,” says The Company founding member, Moy Ortiz.

The song has three versions – the first is the main song which has already been released and is quickly growing in popularity on Spotify. Set to be released soon, the second version integrates a little bit of “bugtungan” at the song’s beginning, while the third version is short and easy to memorize, made to be shared in schools nationwide through DepEd.

 I love that Locally is helping out in this initiative. I used to pass by the stall near Mind Museum to buy Locally juices for Zeeka. You can buy Locally juices from all leading convenience stores and supermarkets. For more
information, you may visit @Locally_PH on Instagram and Facebook. 

With this initiative, I hope our children will appreciate our language and the resources that we have in the Philippines more!

Messenger Kids

Messenger kids

Good news for parents! Messenger Kids is now in the Philippines. Facebook recently announced it and I got to join the media briefing conducted by Facebook.

What is Messenger Kids?

Messenger Kids is an app designed for kids ages 6 to 12. They can talk to their friends, play games and learn! Check out Zeeka’s explanation for your kids.

What I like about Messenger Kids is that the parents have control over the people that their kids can talk to. They can also monitor the conversations. when you download the app from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store today. This is a separate app from what we are using. You can download it from the device or gadget that your kids will use. It will need your authentication so it should be you who will download.

As you can see in the video above, Zeeka really loves it. It’s important for kids to also have study-life balance. Since they are away from their friends, this allows them to still connect with them.

For years, Facebook has been working with Youth Advisors, a team of experts in online safety, child development, and media, to help shape
the Messenger Kids app. Facebook also continues to consult child safety advocates and educators to ensure that the Messenger Kids app balances parental control with features that help kids learn how to connect responsibly online.


“Through our work with the Stairway Foundation, the Child Rights Network, and other safety partners in the Philippines, we learned that many Filipino parents are looking for ways to help their children stay in touch with friends and family during this challenging time, in a fun and parent-supervised environment. We hope that Messenger Kids will help them to continue to find ways to have fun, create, and engage with friends and family,” said Amber Hawkes, APAC Head of Safety, Facebook. 

“In a pandemic, children are not able to explore and socialize with friends the way they used to. Experiencing change and restrictions in both learning and play is especially challenging for children. We are glad to see that Messenger Kids has been designed with built-in parental controls and safety in mind, and also fun features that are age-appropriate and encouraging children to stay connected even as they are staying physically apart. We shall continue working with Facebook to help make the platform safe for children,” said Ace Diloy of the Stairway Foundation.

What I like about Messenger Kids

What i’ve noticed that with the other games, there are a lot of ads that are clickable. I just worry that Zeeka might be unintentionally sharing information onlne. Although my daughter is “tech-savvy-er” than other kids her age, I still worry since kids are still kids. I love that in messenger, there are no ads and no in-app purchases. Messenger Kids is also designed to be compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA).
 
What I’d like to see more of

I’d love to see more role playing games that help teach them how to be creative. Although the game where you take care of the pet is a role playing game, Facebook might want to consider introducing a world of it’s own (like Minecraft and Animal Crossing) within the app.

Have you tried Messenger Kids for your children? Did they like it? Did you like it? Comment on the comment section below.

To learn more about Messenger Kids, here are some resources:

Singlife and GCash launched NO-FUSS Protection

Just last week, a colleague of mine mentioned that his mom had dengue. It must be so stressful to find out that you’re sick (of something else in a time like this) while COVID still looms around. This year, it was reported that we had 50,000+ cases with 173 deaths. Read that from this article: Dengue in the Philippines: ‘It is still very much around’ in the time of COVID-19

To lessen the worry and the stress plus the hassle that all of these bring, I wanted to share with you what I learned from attending the launch of the Singlife and GCash partnership.

Who is Singlife?

Singlife Philippines is not like any other insurance company. They pride themselves in making insurance totally digital. They use technology to make getting an insurance policy more convenient and affordable. They are on a mission to help every Filipino fix their finances.

Who is GCASH?

GCash is a mobile wallet in the Philippines with more than 25M users, over 73,000 partner merchants, and thousands of cash in / cash out partner institutions. Its mission is to provide Finance for All through #GcashEveryday. Recently, GCash has made their move towards offering users a suite of financial services such as savings, on-demand credit, and investments. You can read more about these services in my blog:

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How GCredit Works

Singlife and GCASH Partnership: CASH FOR DENGUE COSTS

Singlife and GCash will launch their first product: Cash for Dengue Costs, a comprehensive yet affordable protection product that provides a multi-level benefit against medical costs due to mild to severe cases of Dengue. This is the first time that I’ve heard of an insurance product like this, and it actually makes sense (looking at the statistics that I shared above).

Rien Hermans, President & CEO of Singlife Philippines, mentioned that No-Fuss Protection for him is basically easy and delivers on your goal. He says they believe that direct contact with customers is important and this is the foundation of developing their product.

This product is very flexible with customizable coverage levels, payment terms, and the option to cover an individual or the whole family.

As an introductory offer, Singlife will extend the cover by adding a free COVID-19 rider – providing customers the same cash benefit for COVID-19 protection as the product’s Dengue cover.

Cash for Dengue Costs will be made available to a limited group of GCash users this September. It will then be made available to all verified GCash users via the GCash Insurance Marketplace later this year as its showcase offering, along with other Singlife protection products.

How do you apply for Singlife protection products?

The application process for Singlife protection products takes less than 5 minutes. Customers can pay, view, manage, and file claims on their Singlife policies directly in the GCash app. This is made possible by fully digital processes that ensure a seamless, paperless experience allowing policies to be issued in real-time.

I’m so excited to have access to this and I’ll let you know right away and share my review once I have tried it.

I love what Martha Sazon, President & CEO of Mynt, which operates GCash said, “Insurance is giving people the chance to bounce back from life’s uncertainties.” So just tap for no-fuss, affordable protection! 🙂

Feel free to let me know as soon as you have tried this product! Your feedback will be beneficial to all my readers!

Summer Online Activity for Kids – Learn Filipino

For those looking for an “online” activity for their children where they don’t need to leave the house, I want to share with you this online Filipino class by The Learning Library.

This summer, they launched their course called Wika’y Galing! Online.  It’s the very first online program for children learning to speak Filipino as a second language. 

When Zeeka was 2, she was really good at speaking Filipino. For some reason though (and I heard a lot of kids are in a similar situation), they forget how to speak Filipino and would rather speak in English. I guess it’s because a lot of the content that we see online are in English. I also think that we haven’t really exposed her enough also to Filipino content.

This summer, I decided to enroll her to this online class of The Learning Library. She had her assessment already. She knew how to read and say Filipino words like our body parts, but when it came to words like Maaliwalas or Maaraw, etc., she had to practice more.

This course was created by The Learning Library in cooperation with Adarna. Once your child is enrolled, s/he will have access to over 100 Adarna books. Also, the course will have a teacher that your child will interact with. You will need to choose a schedule so that you’ll have a teacher who can guide your child.

For more information, you can visit www.wikaygaling.com 🙂

Happy learning!