The world of Disney has shaped our childhood for the longest time.

As a child, I remember twirling around in my long skirts, pretending to be a princess in a ballgown. I admired Mulan’s bravery and wit and cried my eyes out when Mufasa fell into his death in the stampede. I also loved playing with my pots and pans, pretending I was Belle and they were Chip and Mrs. Pots.

I was so excited when I found out that I was having a baby girl. I looked forward to reliving my childhood with Zeeka and watching my favorite Disney movies with her.

But did you know that Disney fans like us can now enjoy their favorite Disney movies anywhere we go?

Globe Telecoms has partnered with The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia to bring us DisneyLife: The World of Disney in One App.

 

Now Disney fans can enjoy over 350 movies from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars all in one place. The app also gets you access to more than 5,000 kids’ TV episodes and over 6,000 music tracks at the palm of your hands.

The DisneyLife app offers fan-favorite stories, characters, and music from iconic Disney movies and television shows over the years. Fans can take a look back and reminisce the heart-warming moments from movies like The Lion King and Up.

Check out DisneyLife app’s launch with Mickey and Minnie Mouse together with Head of Media Distribution and OTT, The Walt Disney Company South Asia Amitra Pandey, EVP & Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company South Asia Mahesh Samat, Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu and Globe Chief Commercial Officer Albert De Larrazabal.

Enjoy the awesome animation from Pixar like The Incredibles. Love Star Wars? Watch your favorite stories any time of the day. And since we’re fans of the Marvel Universe, Zeeka and I especially enjoy Marvel movies in the app like Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Iron Man 3.

Kids of all ages also get access to new episodes of their favorite shows first on DisneyLife. Your favorite series can also be streamed from Disney Kids’ TV’s biggest library. This includes Disney Channel’s Big Hero 6, Tangled, Disney Junior’s Mickey and the Roadster Racers, and Disney XD’s Spiderman and Star Wars Rebels.

If you love Disney’s iconic soundtracks like me, you’d be happy to know that DisneyLife also gives its users access to a super extensive library. Have fun singing along to your beloved hits from Disney’s TV series and movies.

I remember when Coco came out. I wanted to watch the movie with my family because like everyone else, I got curious about the trailer. But what surprised me the most was Zeeka’s reaction to the movie.

I was surprised with how emotional she became while watching. I mean, who won’t be emotional with Miguel’s song? And who wasn’t surprised to know that Coco wasn’t the name of the boy?

It’s the magic of discovery that I love the most about Disney, and the lesson that good will always win if you persevere. That’s what makes Disney movies so appealing to everyone.

With DisneyLife, I could relive the same magic with Zeeka whenever we want. We could wander through the vast ocean with Moana and Maui. We could sing along with Ana and Elsa and their breakout hits from Frozen. And we could definitely dance to the catchy tunes of Coco all in the palm of our hands.

The good news is, Globe customers will get awesome perks with the app.

All existing Globe Postpaid customers and new or re-contracting customers on ThePLAN or ThePLAN PLUS 999 and above get a free 6-month subscription to DisneyLife.

New and existing Globe At Home Postpaid customers subscribed to or upgrading to Plan 1299 and up will also get a free 6-month subscription. You also get an additional 3-month subscription for free when you buy Globe Streamwatch Roku Powered. 

For prepaid users,  watch out for awesome surprises from Disney and Globe soon! You can check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for announcements shortly.

You can now download the DisneyLife app, which is compatible with iOS and Android devices. Just go to the App Store or Google Playstore to get yours.

Get to know more about DisneyLife! Visit www.disneylife.ph or www.globe.com/content/disneylife for promos and other cool stuff you might want to know.

And don’t forget to share with us your experience with DisneyLife below!

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This July, I planned a trip to go to Hong Kong with a colleague, Trish, to represent Taxumo (my tech startup). We got discounted tickets because they were celebrating women in tech. Not a lot of women are in this industry. We’re attending RISE, a tech conference. Everything was all set and we were ready-to-go, until someone and something came up. That someone was my daughter Zeeka, and that something was this new “Carnivale of Stars” at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL).

Part of the Carnivale of Stars are the all-new atmosphere stage show “Moana: A Homecoming Celebration,” the “We Love Mickey!” Projection Show, and a new African-style Karibuni Marketplace.

We didn’t think of turning this trip into a vacation (initially, my husband was supposed to stay in Manila), but honestly, we felt guilty. The reason why we, as parents, decided to spend the last part of the trip in HKDL was that we want Zeeka to know that family time is important, too. We’ve been focusing on building our startup, that we have been spending less time with her.

Since we’re talking about Moana, we thought of how her grandmother was so supportive of her desire to go on an adventure — which then led to personal growth and new experiences. As parents, “adventures” like these are necessary for our children to grow and learn. We’ve noticed that during our travels and family bonding activities, Zeeka picks up new things, learns to be more creative, becomes more open to new ideas and to new ways of thinking and we grow closer together as a family.

So, we are really looking forward to spending time in Hong Kong Disneyland Resort as a family this summer!

Zeeka’s so excited to go to the “Moana: A Homecoming Celebration” which is in a new exotic outdoor venue called Jungle Junction, in Adventureland. Moana will invite guests to join her adventure in a 20-minute live show rich with inspirational music, dance, puppetry and immersive storytelling. When I told her what she should expect, Zeeka bought a mini Moana-like locket in a store which she said she’ll bring on her adventure.  

In Adventureland, you will also find the Karibuni Marketplace, which is next to Theater in the Wild. This area will take you through a lively African ambiance with interactive games such as the Wheel of Fortune, Blongo Balls and Plinko where you could win souvenirs!

In the evening, Minnie Mouse and her pals are inviting guests to a surprise party for Mickey Mouse as part of Disney’s all-new “We Love Mickey!” Projection Show. We all obviously love Mickey! My daughter had a blast and she still remembers the time she met Mickey in Japan. I’m sure she’ll go crazy when I tell her that we’re throwing a party for Mickey! This new celebration transforms the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A. into a canvas for vibrant, colorful visuals that pay tribute to Mickey’s major milestones. I can’t wait to see this!

These will run from June 21 to September 2! We’ll be there sometime July, so I came across this at the perfect time! Zeeka doesn’t start school until August so this is the perfect vacation for her.  

Aside from the things I mentioned, she will definitely enjoy seeing her favorite Disney∙Pixar characters leading HKDL’s first-ever “Pixar Water Play Street Party!”  From June 21 onwards, we can all meet Mr. and Mrs. Incredible from The Incredibles, Woody, Buzz Lightyear and their pals from Toy Story, along with other Disney∙Pixar stars in this water-based celebration. My husband and I love The Incredibles (We already watched Incredibles 2! They remind us so much of ourselves! LOL!) so we will definitely have a picture taken with Mr. and Mrs. Incredible at the “The Incredibles Arrive!”

For the total Disney Experience and just for plain convenience, parents may want to stay at any of the 3 nearby uniquely themed hotels for a “play, shop, dine, and stay” total Disney holiday experience. All the 3 hotels adjusted to the theme! The “Adventures of Oceania” poolside party at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel will entice young guests to join poolside games! A Disney friend is ready to have fun with guests at an afternoon poolside party at the Rain Drop Pool at Disney Explorers Lodge.  

Do you know that you can also have your room customized? How amazing is that? For HK$600 (from June 21 onwards), guests can have their hotel rooms decorated with the theme of The Incredibles. The room decoration package includes themed bed runners, slippers, door stickers, amenities kits, sweet delights plus two water bottles and a set of kid’s utensils!

Guests staying at the resort’s hotels will receive at least one Priority Admission Pass for selected attractions, as well as the season’s exclusive souvenirs, including an amenities box, Disney slippers and door stickers.

Committed to creating memorable stays for guests, HKDL is introducing an all-new Express Online Check-in service in late-April, allowing guests to complete online check-in within 7 days prior to their arrival day to simplify the check-in process on arrival. For those with weird flight schedules, guests can now spend a day at the theme park before checking into the hotel. They can make use of the Luggage Valet Service to have their bags transferred to their hotel for a fee and make the most of their time at the park! Great time-saver!

Guests can start planning their magical journey with the following attractive offers:

For details, please visit: https://www.hongkongdisneyland.com/offers-discounts/ and selected travel agencies. Terms and conditions apply.

Bring home Summer souvenirs!

There are over 100 exclusive, summer-themed memorabilia at the park that will be extended this summer to include new collections of Duffy and friends series with exotic fruit themes. I am excited to get The Incredibles souvenirs which will be available for the first time. I’m ready to get superhero shirts and apparel! To get ready for school or to add spice to your school supplies, grab Tsum Tsum school bags, utensils and more. Specially designed Moana outfits and necklaces which look just like Moana’s in the film will also be available for guests to dress up like their favorite heroine.

It doesn’t end there!

Seasonal entertainment like “Carnivale of Stars” will continue and change all throughout the year. The Disney Halloween Time will start in September. Jack Skellington of The Nightmare Before Christmas will set the mood for this Disney theme.

From November to January 1, 2019, Mickey and friends will share Christmas carols for a heart-warming celebration of “A Disney Christmas,” as Christmas tree lighting and romantic snowfalls create a memorably festive experience for guests.

The transformation of Hong Kong Disneyland’s castle is fully underway. The transformed castle will pay tribute to 13 Disney Princess stories (something all our little ladies will love!!!)  and take the park to new heights with all-new day and nighttime entertainment.

We’re super excited to go on this adventure! This is the first time that we’ll be visiting Hong Kong Disneyland as a family. We’ll share photos with you.

If you think I missed anything (anything that I should do during our visit to HKDL), please do let me know! 🙂 I will add it to my list.

For more information, please visit: https://www.hongkongdisneyland.com/carnivale-of-stars-sum-intl/

 

There are two things that I consider before sending my child to a school. The first one is the method of teaching. It has to be aligned with my objective of teaching my child through play (since she’s still young) and teaching her using actual things  that she will experience in her daily life. The second one is if it takes into consideration the flexibility that a school should have, and adjust to what a child needs. Every child is different, so you can’t really treat all of them the same way.

Oh, I have one more thing that I consider and that’s proximity.

For those who are in Makati, I will highly recommend this school that we visited. It’s a preschool in Makati. It’s called Carsoncrest International School, a franchisee of Clarenter Education, U.S. and is authorized to offer the International Preschool Curriculum (IPC). At the moment, they are offering the following programs:

  • International Toddler (2 years old) Program
  • International Nursery (3 years old) Program
  • International Prekinder (4 years old) Program
  • International Kinder (5 years old) Program – Starts next year (2019) This is that start establishing the K-to-12 department

Check out our visit to Carsoncrest International School, a preschool in Makati!

What is IPC or the International Preschool Curriculum?

The International Preschool Curriculum embodies the best in academic research and practices. It is aligned to meet or exceed the standards of all major education systems making it the most internationally accepted early childhood education curriculum in the world. From Singapore Math to UK Literacy, the IPC has had to meet some of the most stringent standards to be truly international (for more information visit www.ipc.education).

What I like about the International Preschool Curriculum or IPC is that Carsoncrest International School’s students will be exposed to the following:

  • Language Arts
  • Motor Skills
  • Sciences
  • Creative Arts
  • Numeracy
  • Socio-Emotional

If you want to check out this school, there will be available summer classes at Carsoncrest International school in cooperation with Manila Workshops. This will be posted in the events page (announcement will be in a few days): http://manilaworkshops.com/events

To know more about Carsoncrest International School, this preschool in Makati, visit http://carsoncrestinternationalschool.org.


When I was younger, I was diagnosed with Myopia because of the amount of reading I did way back. And like every teenager, And like every teenager, I worried about wearing glasses and teased as ‘four-eyes’. Good thing contact lenses are now available for everyone to use.

Myopia is actually a very common condition for teenagers. Dr. Carmen Abesamis-Dichoso says children exposed to electronic devices are prone to nearsightedness. Children whose parents are nearsighted also tend to inherit the condition.

The good news is, myopia is treatable with the right prescription glasses. These are also the simplest and safest option for myopia correction.

The problem with glasses is its bulk. Most teenagers have an active lifestyle, and wearing glasses can be bothersome. Any change in weather can affect the lenses. And sports activities like swimming and water sports can be difficult to manage.

I recently got invited to the launching of Alcon’s Dailies Aquacomfort Plus. And I got to learn more about how teenagers can enjoy using contact lenses.

Switching from prescription eyeglasses to contact lenses is a rite of passage for most teenagers. The right pair can provide comfort, convenience, and enhanced vision to its users. That’s why choosing the right brand of contacts also matters, especially for teens who use it for the first time.

Celebrities like Dimples Romana and Gretchen Ho can attest to how easy and comfortable these contact lenses are.

Athlete and TV Host Gretchen Ho know how difficult it is to manage an active lifestyle. With her hectic schedule, tapings travel, and sports, wearing glasses can be a hassle. Alcon Dailies have proven to be handy, comfortable, and affordable option while she’s on the go.

Check out her awesome life here:

[https://www.facebook.com/dailiesph/videos/1706320332766597/]

Dimples Romana’s daughter Callie is an outgoing, athletic fourteen-year-old varsity tennis player. But when she got diagnosed with high degree myopia, Callie needed to wear prescription glasses. Wearing them also restricted her movement especially during her tennis games. It also affected her self-confidence and made her more self-conscious.

At first, Dimples thought only adults can use contact lenses. Then she heard about Alcon ‘freedom’ contact lenses and how easy and safe it was for teenagers to use. So she had Callie try them on.

Since then, Callie had the freedom to move without worry. It also increased her self-confidence and helped her realize her full potential as an athlete, student, and young woman.

Alcon provides innovative products that enhance the quality of life by helping people see better. They also offer the widest spectrum of eye care products including surgical and vision care.

Developed by Alcon, Dailies Aquacomfort contact lenses deliver blink-activated moisture for
refreshing comfort throughout the day. It harnesses the power of every blink to boost comfort and dynamically reinfuses the tear film. This tear film is essential for good visual acuity, comfort, and a successful contact lens-wearing experience. Because of its multiple moisturizing agents, Alcon Dailies provide an initial cushioning effect making it comfortable for long use throughout the day.

Dailies Aquacomfort Plus is perfect for Generation Zs who are very tech-dependent. Teenagers and young adults have expressed high interests in wearing contact lenses. Survey says that they easily adapt to using contact lenses more than any other age group.

Teens and young adults also see the benefit of using contact lenses especially in today’s age of Instagram-worthy pics. Contact lenses also present teenagers with better movement for physical activities and sports.

Because of this, parents are now more open to the idea of their teenagers using contact lenses as an option.

I got the chance to personally try Dailies Aqua Comfort and I have to say, they’re easy to use. Here I am with the contact lenses on. Barely there, right?

So if you want your teenagers to make the switch, Dailies Aquacomfort Plus is the best choice.

You can get a box of 15 pairs for only PhP 1,495 at leading optical shops nationwide. And as my loyal subscribers, you also get a gift card that will take 20% off SRP! All you have to do is show the coupon below to participating Ideal Vision branches to get this awesome deal.


So what are you waiting for? Let your teenagers try it today and experience the #FreedomtoConnect!

And don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments section below. =)

Moms everywhere are going crazy over essential oils. I know, because I’m one of them.

I love essential oils because of its calming effect, especially when I get home after a long day. It also helps keep my house smelling good and cleans the air.

But what are essential oils, and what do you need to know before you use them?

Essential oils are natural oils typically obtained by distillation. It’s a concentrated liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants used in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps and other products. It can also be used to add flavoring to food and drink, and even household cleaning products.

Using essential oils have a lot of health benefits, and here are some of them.

1. Relieves stress, anxiety, and depression.

A study found that the scent of oils like lavender and jasmine was just as calming as valium.

Inhaling essential oils are said to positively affect the limbic system, a part of the bn and are shown to affecting biological factors such as heart rate, stress levels, rain that regulates emotions. Aromatherapy was also used in the ancient Egyptian and Greek and are shown to affecting biological factors such as heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, and immune functions.

2. Essential oils are natural remedies for a headache and migraines.

Headaches may result from different factors like hormonal imbalance, sinus pressure, congestion, and even sensory stimuli and intense physical exertion. Oils like eucalyptus and peppermint open up sinuses and help relieve pressure. Its anti-inflammatory properties also alleviate swelling.

3. Improves sleep and insomnia.

Certain oils like lavender, chamomile, and valerian are tried and tested when it comes to aiding sleep.
It is said that these oils calm the nervous system by lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and skin temperature and aids the body’s natural transition to sleep. It also relaxes the mind and calms the senses.

Lavender was so effective that a study confirmed using it improved ICU patients’ sleep quality. It has also been used to help improve symptoms of anxiety and depression in postpartum women.

4. Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties

Some essential oils are super effective in healing wounds and scratches.

I should know because I use them myself. Zeeka gets scratches every now and then, and I found an awesome product from Human Nature called Rescue Balm. Whenever she gets an insect bite, I just dab a small amount of this balm and it heals so quickly.

Tea tree oil is well-known for its powerful antiseptic. Studies have shown that tea tree oil is able to kill many strains of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It is also effective in treating acne and other skin conditions.

There are more benefits of essential oil that I haven’t listed here. But clearly, essential oils are worth the investments. But before you use essential oils for you or your family members, it is vital for you to understand how to safely use these oils in order to maximize its benefits.

Manila Workshops, in partnership with KP Essentials, can help you understand more about essential oils and how it works.

Essential Oils 101 is an offline workshop that will give you a quick background on how to empower yourself and experience the healing powers of essential oils firsthand. Here you will learn which essential oils work best and the basics of making your own blends for specific purposes and ailments. Who knows, attending the workshop can also help you start your own essential oils business?

If you want to know more about essential oils, this is the perfect workshop for you. We’ve also created an awesome deal for early birds good until June 10th, 2018.

Make it an amiga date and bring your friends to the workshop and get a better deal too!

Register today and click here for more information =)

Kinney will also have a live session at the Kumu app on June 9 at 10 am! 🙂 Hope you can join! Sign up at Kumu here: http://www.kumu.ph/

Hope to see you there!