Admittedly, I had a childhood where I didn’t worry (or at least my parents didn’t make me worry) about a lot of things. For that, I am grateful. Contrary to what people might be thinking, I wasn’t a spoiled brat. If I wanted something, I had to find a way to get it (especially since my mom was against a lot of things I wanted to do… hehe! Peace, mom!).
I really believe that it’s not the amount of money that makes a person innovative or inventive. I believe though that money may give the person more capacity for failure after trying out things, but I don’t not think that money automatically makes you creative and inventive.
In raising and educating your kids, there will always be that struggle of choosing consumerism versus creation. When do “I” as a parent buy stuff for my child and when do I ask them to look for a way to create the solution. When do I give them the answer and when do I let them find the answer on their own?
In raising Zeeka, we follow these two simple things or two steps. One, we give her the foundation of having a good education. Every child will eventually need to learn and absorb the basics in their own time, like read, spell, subtract, add, observe, control movement, etc. Then second, after learning the foundation, we help her utilise these learnings in life. No matter where the child learns the foundation (whether in school from a teacher, at home from the parent. etc.), I believe that the role of the parents is to encourage them to use these learning and skills.
This is a sample of how we do it. Once, she wanted to memorise the song Chillin’ like a Villain (from the Descendants). We wanted to teach her that songs comes from words, and when she knows how to spell and write words, she can create her own songs! What we did is that we wrote the lyrics of the song and she had to read it then sing it! With that, she understood the importance of spelling and writing.
Also, another thing that we do is we expose her to different people and different situations. Today, we will be bringing her to the Manila Mini Maker Faire. From June 22 (Saturday) to June 23 (Sunday), the Manila Mini Maker Faire (MMMF) will be at The Mind Museum.
The Manila Mini Maker Faire will have over 150 makers from all over the country and from neighbouring countries in Asia. For this year, most of the projects that will be highlighted are environmentally sustainable projects. Aside from the projects, their will be workshops on Bokashi mud ball making, robotics, paper engineering, 3D design, eco art organic painting, etc.
A flying carpet. An evil sorcerer. A magic lamp. A diamond in the rough. And a quest to win the heart of a princess. All of these sound exciting.
This is the reason why I think Aladdin is one of the best Disney movies of all time. And I was so excited when I heard the news that Disney is doing a live-version of the film.
I didn’t let the chance pass when Globe invited me, my husband and my daughter Zeeka to watch it. The movie didn’t disappoint.
Stepping Into A Wondrous Experience with Disney and Globe
Zeeka and I got to experience what it was like on Agrabah through “A Wondrous Place” at the premiere of Disney’s Aladdin last May 25th at the SM Aura.
We got to walk in an Agrabah-themed marketplace and enjoyed magical activities together. There was a magic carpet you can ride and take pictures on.. You can also win gold coins in fun games and activities that you can exchange for movie tickets.
Zeeka had fun playing kinetic sand and making her own crystal necklace.
I also had awesome freebies from Globe. I got my own Abu shirt and a purple blanket to keep me warm while watching.
Rediscovering Aladdin’s Magical World
I knew Disney was preparing something special for Aladdin fans. And I was pleasantly surprised with the twists they added to the movie’s live-version.
Check out this side-by-side comparison of the trailers.
First of all, the casting was on point! Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott were perfect for the roles. One would think Mena was the inspiration for the drawing of Disney’s Aladdin. And Naomi had the beauty and elegance fit for royalty.
But it was Will Smith’s Genie that made it extraordinary.
There was some criticism about him playing the Genie at first, but watching the film made absolute sense.
Of course, Robin William’s Genie still tops the bill. But Will gave the Genie a much-needed glow-up and he made it his own.
He was fun and hilarious, and you can tell that he knew how to work the crowd. See for yourself here:
I also love that Jasmine wasn’t portrayed as a weak and helpless princess who cries at the smallest inconvenience. She was strong, opinionated, and she knew what she was capable of.
Jasmine was bound by the words of people around her. Her overprotective father kept her hidden behind the walls of the palace. Jafar emphasized her lack of experience and her being a woman, which meant that she was just an eyepiece.
In the end, she proved that she didn’t need anyone to save her.
Aladdin was also funny, awkward, and charming at the same time. Zeeka had so much fun watching him and the Genie dance inside the cave. And the jam scene was also hilarious.
Mena’s parkour skills upped the ante, and it made Aladdin stand out even more. Mena was able to show Aladdin’s vulnerability, especially when he was conflicted about setting the Genie free or fulfilling his lifelong wish.
The movie was everything I imagined it would be, and I’m really glad I got to see it happen in my lifetime.
3 Life Lessons We Learned from Disney’s Aladdin
Let me share with you three life lessons we learned while watching Aladdin. Here are some of the quotes that stood out to me while watching the film.
You’ve got to be confident about what you have to offer
Throughout the film, you can see how Jasmine and Aladdin had doubts about themselves and what they can do.
Aladdin wasn’t a prince but he definitely had the wits and the heart of one. And although she was a princess, Jasmine was limited because of who she was.
The rules of the land dictated that she needed to marry a prince for the good of the kingdom. On the other hand, Aladdin was always told that he amounted to nothing.
But you know what made these two click? Both of them decided to believe in themselves and what they had to offer. Because of that, they got to take control of their lives and change the lives of others too.
Sometimes we fall into this trap and we think that we are not enough.
We’re not good enough as parents. We’re not expert enough to land that deal we’ve always wanted. We’re not ready to take on that huge project.
We get scared of failure when in fact it’s a part of the process. We think too much of what others would think about us. We talk harshly about ourselves and forget the things we’ve already achieved.
Truth is, we all have the potential to be great. The problem is, we often get in our heads too much.
Mindset is everything. That’s why we need to change our scripts when we talk to ourselves.
We need to be more encouraging, more patient, and kinder to ourselves. We need to be more grateful for what we have.
And yes, we need to be more confident with what we have to offer.
Sometimes you just have to take a risk
There are two kinds of people in the world.
One are those who would stay in the balcony and sleep the whole night. The other would be those who’d hop on a magic carpet ride.
The first ones would probably think of how dangerous the ride would be. No helmets, no seatbelts, and the chances of falling to your death is more than 95%. But the second ones are those who would be like, hey, you don’t see a magic carpet all the time right?
Sure, you can choose to be comfortable and safe. But wouldn’t it be lifechanging to see the world from a different perspective?
Everything in life is uncertain, and sometimes even the best-laid plans fail. But that’s the fun of it all. Your biggest mistakes can also be your best blessing. It’s all a matter of perspective.
Sometimes the best things in life lie just beyond the safety line. And all you need to do is take a leap of faith to get it.
I made you look like a prince on the outside, but I didn’t change anything on the inside. Prince Ali got you to the door, but Aladdin has to open it.
Most of us go out of our way to impress other people. And most of the time we end up becoming more miserable because of this.
Just like Aladdin, we often think we need to be rich or powerful to be accepted. But in the end, it was his true self that made the princess fall for him.
So the biggest lesson here is to be yourself. The right people will love and accept you for who you are. And your truth will always be enough to them.
Disney did a great job of bringing this classic tale up to date. The actors were great, the execution was spectacular, and the magic was kept alive.
Even if I’ve already watched Aladdin a hundred times, Disney was still able to pull a lot of surprises. It was still as magical as ever, and I’m glad I got to share the experience with my little girl.
Did you get to watch it? How was your experience? Share it with us below.
As I was sitting in a panel for 4th year college students, I was also thinking about a lot of things, on top of which was thinking of how we, as parents, can we pretty much teach starting or creating a business to the kids of today.
Aside from just looking at the employment rate, I also look at the underemployment which was at 15.6%. With a population of 108 Million Filipinos (as of today May 2019), this means that 16.8 Million Filipinos are underemlployed and 5.6 Million are unemployed. This is still a pretty huge number.
Ever since we had Zeeka, my husband and I have been thinking of ways to help the country in this aspect. This is why Taxumo exists — to help business owners focus on growing the business and later on generate more jobs for the people in their community (to promote inclusive growth).
As I observed the kids and parents of today, I was quite happy to see that more and more parents are open to letting their children live the life that they want. Graduates now are more open to choosing a path that they would like to have, be it starting their own business, get into the arts, get into the workforce, grow in a corporate environment, etc. We really need to show our kids that they have a choice and they can be successful at they want to do especially if they love what they are doing.
Since my husband and I are both corporate employees who shifted into becoming entrepreneurs, a lot of parents ask us how do we actually teach our kids about entrepreneurship. How do we raise kids who would want to start their own business later on?
You can teach your kids certain skills, values and train them to adapt certain habits, but you cannot force them to start a business (also) if they don’t want to. Anyway, these are skills, values and habits can be used no matter what their choices are.
For Zeeka, these are the things that we do though. Obviously, I cannot say that we’ve been successful (because she’s just 6 years old! haha!), but I’m sharing our own experiences for the purposes of discussion and to get additional tips and advice from parents who are wiser than me 🙂
Encourage kids to explore and see the world and answer their questions.
We don’t stop her from trying out a lot of different things. She has tried gymnastics, sketching, vlogging, fast food kiddie crews, hiphop, theatre classes, joining in workshops, joining an engineering club, taekwondo, creating a prototype for an app, making pastries and selling them, going out for a walk and touching everything she sees, wall climbing, traveling and seeing different places, etc. And whenever she asks about things, we try as much as possible to answer these questions thoroughly. We believe that this is how she will learn and we, parents, are their best teachers.
We teach her to be observant. We show her the actions have effects. We encourage her to find out what these “effects” are. For example, she learned how to wash the dishes. One time, her hands were slippery and she dropped and broke a plate. She now knows what happens if she’s not careful when she washes.
Guide them with what they can watch and play with online
Zeeka, like any other kid, loves to watch videos on Youtube, Netflix and she love playing games on Roblox. What we do is we limit time for gadgets and we also monitor the things that she watches.
Have you heard of Gary Vaynerchuk? He and his team created a cartoon called Lil’ Vee! Check out the first episode.
I love how they used simple concepts and examples that kids could understand. For this particular episode of Lil’ Vee, there were numerous things that were taught that both kids and adults could understand and use — from where ideas come from, to product development, to customer validation, marketing and selling.
I can’t wait for the next episode. Check out the first episode, moms and dads!
Support them in times of Failure but Expect Quality Work
This is the time in their lives when kids need to learn how to fail and pick themselves up after. They will naturally try a lot of things, and they will possibly fail during the first few attempts, but our role as parents is to help and encourage them to do better. We’re not there to remind them of their failure and their mistakes, because they probably know that they already failed. We’re there to help them pick up from where they left off and support their decisions after.
But we should also expect quality work from the things that they want to do. There are moments when we tell Zeeka that she should try harder. We then focus on what she can do to improve, like “practice more, Zeeka” or “try again”. Our kids are more capable than we think they are.
Be more specific with your words.
This is where my husband is good at. She makes Zeeka understand how she feels and gives her the word for it. He also encourages more specific language at home. Some examples of words that Zeeka uses are frustrated, exhausted, irritating, etc. We noticed that she doesn’t whine as often anymore because we understand her better, and she can communicate clearly.
We live in a world where we thrive with other people, and each one has his or her own story. We always remind Zeeka that before reacting to a certain thing or deciding on an action that would affect other people, she has to think whether this will affect the other person in a good way or bad way. Although, we also teach her what her rights are and what are the things and values that she should stand up for.
Value and Money
We are slowly teaching her how money works and how to grow it. Although at this stage, more advanced types of investments may be too hard for them to absorb, we taught her the concept of “interest” already.
We are also slowly teaching her also about “value”. What people may see as invaluable, may be valuable for other people.
Overall, these are some of the things that we feel will make her a successful when she decides to start her own business in the future. I know that we haven’t really cascaded a lot yet, but we’re taking our sweet time and we’re enjoying these moments of passing on learnings and experiences to her. She’s quite an inquisitive little lady! haha!
How about you, moms & dads, what other values and things do you teach your kids? Feel free to share it with us!
When it comes to doing errands, I’m the queen of laziness. I hate waiting in line for 30 minutes to one hour or more just to deposit a check. I also hate the fact that after waiting that long, we need to wait 3 more days for the check to clear if the check is from another bank. These are precious hours and days people where our money could have earned interest!
Speaking of interest, if we place our hard earned cash in a savings account also, our money only earns just .25%. You’re lucky if you can earn 1% interest per annum and usually, they give this rate to clients who have huge deposits or maintain Average Daily Balances that are high.
Anyway, an individual (like me!) would just like to have and to be able to do the following:
Conveniently open a bank account anytime and anywhere – Please do not have us fill out numerous forms. I once had an experience with a bank that required physical presence and we had numerous exchanges of forms because their forms were just too complicated and they were asking for a lot of documentation!
Save my money in accounts where I feel that my money is growing; I really don’t feel it with the current interest rate. I want to save, but please encourage me to do so, too! 🙂
Conveniently transfer funds anytime and anywhere!
If I get a check, can you provide me a service where I can deposit it right away?
So I did some research, as you all know! Some of you even saw my posts already about other finance apps that I’ve already reviewed. I’m living the life, peeps! I’ve discovered another convenient Mobile Application and it’s the ING Philippines Mobile Application.
Who is ING?
ING is a Dutch financial Institution that has been in the industry for 250+ years (yup, that long!). They have been awarded by Global Finance Magazine as Best Bank in the world 2017 and Best Bank in Western Europe for 4 consecutive years.
My friend also said that they were the first ones to introduct “banking without having to go to the bank” way back in 1997. This made them the biggest fully – digital bank, present in more than 40 countries wordwide.
Is ING in the Philippines?
Now this is the exciting part. They actually launched their ING Philippines Mobile Banking Application last November 2018. This year however, they will be going full on in spreading the word about it. I just found out about the ING Philippines app just this year, too, and quickly tried it out.
Opening an ING Philippines Account
What I personally like about ING is that you get to open an account anytime and from anywhere. There are no forms that you need to fill out. When I opened my account, I just had my Passport and a physical copy of my credit card statement by my side.
So, to open an account, here are my tips:
Be in a well lit area, because the app will ask you to take clear pictures of you documents and a clear selfie.
Be sure that you also have 1 government ID plus one proof of billing. Also make sure that the address is the same in all the documents and in the form that you fill out.
Also, have a white, clean paper with your signature written using a black marker.
I had no problem opening an account. It only took me around 5 minutes to have an ING bank account. There were no physical forms that I needed to fill out and send to the bank.
The other thing that I liked about opening an ING account is it’s simplicity. I love that you can only open one Savings account (because that’s what you just need anyway, if you already have an account in one of the bigger banks in the Philippines). I love that it doesn’t have a Minimum Balance Requirement and I love that it earns an interest rate of 2% per annum.
How huge is 2%? Well, other banks have around .25% interest for their savings account. Here is the difference:
Depositing to your ING account is done now via two ways:
The first one is to deposit a check payable to you. And this is my most favorite feature of the ING Philippines Mobile Banking App, by the way. I receive so many checks and I lose time just falling in line and depositing them and then waiting for the clearing period. At least with this, I just take a picture of the front (no erasures) and the back (with ING and ING account number written with your signature and mobile number for endorsement written) of the check and just wait for the check to clear! So convenient.
The other way to deposit funds is to transfer funds via Peso Net to your ING account from UnionBank, Metrobank, PSBank, etc.
For withdrawals, you can transfer it back to your primary bank also using Peso Net. ING also does not charge any fees when customer transfers their money to another bank. ING believes that we should have control over all our funds and use our hard earned money in any way we like.
Other cool features:
You can save and also add your contacts and their bank account details in the ING Philippines App. No need to ask them again and again what their bank account details are. I love this feature because for my business, I need to pay a lot of people and these are usually the suppliers and the people that I have to pay frequently.
Their customer service representative is also easy to contact. They already have a button in the app that replies to you on a timely manner.
So that’s it, dear readers!
What really attracted me to open an account in ING and to use this as my “SAVINGS” account is it’s simplicity. It gives you the features that you want and the features that you need to live an uninterrupted life. No convoluted bank product options and no fees that you need to think about.
If you’re a mom like me who makes so many decisions already, save up the effort in choosing a bank account for your Savings. Try out ING Philippines and the ING Philippines Mobile Application.
One of my insecurities come from how my teeth looks. I’ve never worn braces and my teeth are not as white as I’d like them to be. The probable reason and culprit would be my addiction to coffee. I’ve been drinking coffee since I was in College. This probably makes me the hyper person that I am! hahaha! But kidding aside, I think I need to make this right. It’s time to look or ways to check and correct this.
Although, I’m insecure about this, I’m also the type who would put off something like this until really necessary already (like teeth falling off, etc! haha!). But before I reach my forties, I’d love to look the best that I can. So when I saw The Smile Bar at Uptown, I decided to try it out.
The Smile Bar is not a Dental Clinic. It’s a Teeth Whitening Bar. To explain what a Teeth whitening bar is, it can be compared to a home teeth whitening kit, but this one comes with guidance and the ambiance. The reason why home teeth whitening kits don’t work as much, too, is because no one really explains how you use those things.
The first step was to fill out a form. Then, AJ explained what I was about to go through. There are three choices at The Smile Bar: Single Whitening, Double Whitening or Triple Whitening. They will check the shade of your teeth first before suggesting what to get.
When they checked the shade of my teeth, it was at S34. It was quite high so they suggested that we do a Triple Whitening Session.
Check out the experience that I had at The Smile Bar.
After the session, the shade of my teeth dropped 6 shades. From S34, it’s now at S28. After the session, they placed a Nano Seal to protect my teeth from stains at least for 2 weeks.
I plan to go back again after two months and have another session. I really intend to make my teeth whiter this year.
Before visiting The Smile Bar, I really thought that I couldn’t do anything anymore to make my teeth whiter. But hey! There is still hope! Thank you The Smile Bar.
To get 10% off, you can go to The Smile Bar and give the code SMILEGINGER.