The Asian Games are here, bringing with them a flurry of excitement to fans all over the continent! But while we expect the best athletes to show up, we keep overlooking the most skilled players - our babies.

It’s no secret that babies are unstoppable at play. In fact, they can run the equivalent of a marathon in a week! The only thing hampering their fun: wet, lawlaw diapers.



To showcase our babies’ prowess, Southeast Asia’s biggest e-commerce portal Lazada and the world’s top selling diaper brand Pampers, are joining hands to produce the first-ever virtual #babymarathon.

This one-of-a-kind feat is part of the Pampers x Lazada Super Brand Day, which will take place on August 29. For one day only, Super Brand Day allows consumers to discover the best of what a brand offers, which includes exclusive gifts, limited offers and even offline experiences. 

Be Part of the Record-Breaking #babymarathon

The 42-minute #babymarathon video montage, which will be aired on August 29, will feature hundreds of babies and toddlers in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore, all “running” in a relay race. In the final video, parents may even find their children racing alongside Seve, son of Filipino celebrity and Pampers ambassador Toni Gonzaga.


Ready, get set, go!

All diapering babies aged 5 months and above are welcome to join Lazada and Pampers in creating this one-of-a-kind record! The virtual #babymarathon featuring the little athletes who joined across Southeast Asia will be aired on Lazada on Super Brand Day on 29 August. 

Here are two ways to join:

1. Take a video of your baby walking, playing or running about in their Pampers diaper and post it using this link, with the hastags #babymarathon and #PampersxLazadaPH
2.  You can also join our professional crew at Gymboree Greenbelt 5 on August 27, 2018, to film your little one in action during the #babymarathon celebration. Register in advance at this link.

Not all videos can be featured in the 42-minute video montage. But the most liked videos will win a cash prize of PHP30,000 or 6-month supply of Pampers diapers.

Join a marathon of Pampers Deals on Lazada

To help babies enjoy their weekly marathons free from wetness and the discomfort of lawlaw diapers, Pampers has put together a series of exclusive offers on 29thAugust 2018:

Starting from 12am midnight, there are promotion offers up to 35% off on Pampers Baby Dry Newborn Diapers and PHP100 discount vouchers for minimum PHP3000 purchases, which are limited to a 1000 units only.

Lazada’s Group Chief Business Officer Robin Mah said: “We are proud to be partnering with Pampers, one of the world’s leading diapers brands for Super Brand Day to showcase the unstoppable energy of babies while offering moms exclusive offers and delight. It is also a chance to spotlight their babies through fun experiences. ”

Akhil Meshram, Pampers Philippines Brand Manager said: “Pampers recognizes that one of mom and baby’s biggest frustration are sagging diapers, and how this can affect babies’ ability to move and learn from their surroundings. The #babymarathon is part of our My Baby Can Do That Campaign, where we hope to show how babies can do nakaka-WOW and amazing things when they have the freedom to move, especially in a less lawlaw diaper. Lazada, given its massive footprint across Southeast Asia is the ideal platform to amplify our efforts.”



For more information on Super Brand Day, visit Lazada.com.ph and its social media pages.


For more information on Pampers, visit Pampers.ph and its social media pages.


About Lazada Group 

Launched in 2012, Lazada is the number-one online shopping and selling destination in Southeast Asia –present in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. As the pioneer of the eCommerce ecosystem in Southeast Asia, Lazada has 155,000 sellers and 3,000 brands serving 560 million consumers in the region through its marketplace platform, supported by a wide range of tailored marketing, data, and service solutions. With 300 million SKUs available, Lazada offers the widest range of products in categories from consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion, sports equipment and groceries. Focused on delivering an excellent customer experience, it offers multiple payment methods including cash-on-delivery, comprehensive customer care and hassle-free returns through its own first and last mile delivery arm supported by approximately 100 logistics partners. Lazada Group is majority owned by Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA). 

About Pampers®


For more than 50 years, parents have trusted Pampers to care for their babies. Pampers is a part of The Procter & Gamble Company and is the #1-selling diaper worldwide. Every day, more than 25 million babies in 100 countries around the world wear Pampers. Pampers offers a complete range of diapers and pants designed to provide protection and comfort for every stage of baby’s development. Visit www.pampers.com to learn more about Pampers products, and find ideas and information to help your baby get the most out of love, sleep and play.

As an expectant mom, you want the best for your baby. That is why you do everything you can to ensure your baby’s health. But did you know that you could do a lot of things that can help give your baby a bright tomorrow?

While your child is yet to be born, your pregnancy is a crucial time in his or her life. In fact, the World Health Organization says that the first 1000 days of your baby’s life, starting with the 270 days of pregnancy and first two years of a child’s life, is an optimum period to building a strong foundation for their health, growth, and ability to learn in the future.

Take these three simple steps to help promote proper brain growth and development of your baby while in the womb.

Stay fit and active

Exercising during pregnancy may not only improve your health but also, the brain development of your baby. The University of Montreal conducted a study where 18 expectant moms and their babies found out that after 10 days of exercising, their unborn children have a faster brain development.

This finding also suggests that being physically active during pregnancy can help increase your body’s blood flow, which can stimulate your baby’s overall development.

Talk to your baby

It may seem like a silly thing to do but, talking to your unborn child can help create and establish a bond between you and your baby. In a 2013 study by Eino Partanen, et al., expectant women were given a recording that they will play towards the end of their pregnancy, which included a made-up word. The babies who heard the recording most frequently had the strongest response, suggesting that language learning begins in the womb.


Playing music is also beneficial to your baby since it helps trigger happy chemicals like serotonin, an important neuromodulator of brain development and the structure and function of neuronal circuits. These chemicals also encourage your baby to feel calm and even increase concentration power.

Eat healthily

Every food you eat during pregnancy has a direct effect on your baby. Take this as an opportunity to eat healthy meals that will help with your baby’s growth and development. 

There are certain foods that have been proven to effectively help your baby’s memory and ability to learn. For example, a study led by a researcher from Cornell University found that expectant moms who consumed nearly twice the recommended amount of choline each day during their last trimester gave birth to babies who showed better brain function.

Similarly, consuming foods rich in DHA, Folic Acid, and Iodine, are essential for a healthy brain development.

It is also critical to provide your baby with the nutrients that will support your baby’s brain development. In addition to following a healthy diet, you also need a maternal milk to supplement you and your baby with essential nutrients.

ProMama® is a delicious tasting nutritional milk drink, scientifically formulated with key nutrients designed to support you during preconception, pregnancy, and lactation. It is rich in brain-building nutrients such as DHA, Folic Acid, Choline, and Iodine. Proper growth and development early on can lead to better health outcomes later in life.

Caring for yourself is essential during pregnancy since it supports all parts of your child’s brain growth and development. Creating a strong foundation built on healthy environment and diet can ensure that your baby will have a bright tomorrow.
From the Nestokid Grow Happy Kids event I attended last month, there was a talk from Ms. Rizason G.T. Ng, a cild psychologist form Ateneo Bulatao Center where she discussed ten factors how to grow happy kids. These factors were from her kids and also from real life experiences.

As a child, I have a lot of questions growing up that made me compare my life to my friends. My parents were strict but my dad was unreasonable. He doesn't accept any valid points which is why at some point in my life I have instilled in my mind not to be the parent that he is. And while listening to the talk, I began to realize that, this was really what he lacked as a parent. 



In general, all we need to do is to value life. In order to do that, we must respect each and everyone including our children. No matter how young they are, we must value their choices because in return, we also get respected. That is how she generally sums up having happy children. So how do we really grow happy kids?

1. Validate the child. We should show the children that they are important in our family and that they have roles to portray. In this way, they know that their existence serves a purpose. 

2. Encourage. Do you know the feeling of having one-sided talk? I do. So instead of shoving your thoughts/ideas to our kids, it is better to let them express their thoughts, encourage them to voice out their opinions and feelings. We also need to encourage them about their interests instead of telling them their ideas are worthless because it makes a lot of difference in their confidence as a person. 

3. Interact. In this age of social media, most of the parents are in their mobile phones and gadgets. But what our children really needs is our physical self. As parents we must show interest in their lives  so that they will turn to us instead of other people. We need to give them our time more than anything else.

4. Involvement. Our children needs to feel they belong to a family. The simplest way of doing it is involving them in house chores. As what I always say. "The family that does chores together, stays together." It somehow gives them that sense of accomplishment that they did something for the whole family and took part in the house. 

5. Rituals/Family Practices. We need to develop something that will make them remember what we bond of. It doesn't necessarily mean expensive but something that is a common ground where the family and kids can interact with each other. It may be barbeque nights on a weekend, movie at home at weekend, or just simply walking the dog at the park is enough. 

6. Organize. This is a continuous work in progress in our family. I try to be organized as much as I can at home because it really affects the well being of kids. If you are cluttered, everything else follows. Let us teach the children how to clean up so that when they are on their own, they will know how to organize their life in general. 

7. Express/Language of Love. Please know that every person if different and they also differ in love languages. As parents, we also need to accept the uniqueness of our children as well as their love languages. One child loves quality time while one loves giving gifts. It really varies even though they came from same uterus. 

8. Perspective/Child's Point of View. Let us stop being all about ourself and as a parent. Sometimes we need to fill in their shoes in order to understand them. Let us not expect that a two year can function like a 15 year old kid. And a 5 year old kid cannot make sound judgements like a 16 year old. So we have o fit in their shoes as to their "whys" in order for us to address them properly. 

9. Presence. Our kids doesn't need expensive presents on special occasions. They don't need to be tagged on our photos on Facebook but what they really need is our precious time. We need to be physically present in almost all their special occasions so they will know they are loved.

10. Self-Care. This goes by the saying, "we cannot give others what we don't have." As a parent, we tend to overdo everything but once we get burn outs, we tend to be crazy sometimes. As an effect, we tend to scold the children most of the time because we haven't pressed that reset  button yet. So once in a while, we need to got out at least to breathe fresh air away from the kids. This is just a way of letting out the steam from being at the top of our toes. 


In make-up, I believe you should start with a good base. That is why I try it so hard to do my skin care even if it means taking extra five minutes of my night routine. Having a good base also means investing in good make-up base, like primer, moisturizer and foundation. A decent make-up always starts with those. The reason also why I have so much foundations other than any other products in my make-up stash.

This time, I tried the latest cult favorite which is the Maybeliine 24 hours Superstay Foundation. The way they named their product is quite tricky because who wants to wear make-up with them for 24 hours? Anyway, let us see if it is true to their name.

I got this foundation even before it was officially released here in the Philippines because it was already a hype in the international youtube community. They released 16 shades and if I am not mistaken they only have 6 shades here in the Philippines. I got mine in the shade 220-Natural Beige.

Make-up at 8:00am

Okay on to the product.

Side by side bottle comparison with Maybelline's Fit Me Foundation
Packaging. I like how they make it very simple, just white cap with the name printed on it. The glass bottle is also transparent because you can easily see the shade from it. It may be a downside for others who loves to travel as it comes in a glass bottle. Otherwise, it still is fine with me. It also comes with a pump which is always a plus.


Formula. The product is not too runny and sticky. It is on the normal side once you pump a pea sized product at the back of your hand. The product dries into a Matte finish and perfect for oily skin.

Coverage. When I started dabbing the foundation on my skin, the first thing that came in my mind was that of Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation. However, the only difference is the consistency of the product. Maybelline Superstay is slighty thicker than of Marc Jacobs but has almost the exact same coverage it gives my face. It finishes into medium to full coverage. I do have to compare them though side by side with my Loreal Infallible Pro Matte. Just be careful in building it as it might tend to get cakey at the end of the day.

Blended on my skin, as you can see there is no visible veins on my hand. 

Price. This retails for Php499 in Watsons so it is really a good value for your buck considering that it is a full coverage foundation which lasts for more than 12 hours on my face. So far, it is the best drugstore foundation there is if you are looking for full coverage and most especially if you have oily skin.

Longevity. Matte foundations lasts for 4-6 hours on me without retouching. This foundation lasted for 6 hours or more without retouching. It still looked great even though I had too much activities for the day when I tried it on. It will make your face look dewy but still presentable. After blotting at the six hour mark, it still looks good on my face. It is not blotchy also which is a plus for me especially if you plan to wear this one on special occassions.

My face after 8 hours 
Final Verdict. I will highly recommend this foundation to those who have oily to combination skin like mine. For the price point, you can never have any drugstore foundation this good. It did not however oxidize on my face. If you are quite acidic, you should make a swatch of this foundation first before buying. If you also have dry skin and still wants full coverage, you need to prep your skin with mositurizers and use a good primer.

How about you? Have you tried this one? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

If you want to be updated with their make-up follow them here:

Maybelline Philippines Facebook Page
Maybelline Philippines' Website

You can purchase them at any Watsons' Maybelline counter and online through Lazada.




Did you know that growing up I used to dream of having my own store selling fashionable clothes or grocery goods? What inspired me back then was when we were pretend playing and the the paper dolls we used to play when I was a kid. We usually put the clothing paper pieces together and design it to out liking. If you are an 80’s baby, you probably know this. But since I grew up in a family of professionals, they push us to become a doctor, nurse, pilot, lawyer, architect and engineer someday, they would gear us only towards it. 

I did become a nurse but there are times when you have to set your dreams aside because you need to prioritize things and in my case is my family. It is only now that I felt the need of having my own business because I can get to be with the kids while taking care of them and earn at the same time. That is when Sophistique Collection was born. It was a store mainly for mother and daughter/son outfits and later on sells whatever is “in” the market. It is how my kids know how I earn money—that is to sell something. My eldest even told me to do a garage sale (which I keep failing to do because it takes a lot of time and effort) to earn his money and put it in his savings. He also wants to have a mall someday and petshop. But since I am no business person, I want to boost his interest by attending workshops appropriate to their age. 


Commercenter Alabang recently held a Kidspreneur Workshop for kids aged 5-12 years old it supports the kids to turn their ideas into business venture. There was an expo right after the workshop wherein the kids persuaded people to buy their merchandise. I tell you, the kids were really good! I never imagined myself from them but I admired their attitude. In this modern age, entrepreneurs get younger by the day because of support system like this. I do hope that they would do it again and I will really make sure that my kids will be able to attend the workshop so they could learn and benefit from it. The kids’ business ideas were fitting in these modern times and I admire how creative they were able to came up and set-up their booths too. Please scroll down below to see the photos. 










Here are the list of winners from the Biz KidsExpo:


Most Innovative Biz: KiddiEssentials
Sales Genius: Handicrafts Category: KiddiEssentials


Crowd Favorite: Sweet Stop
Sales Genius: Food Category: Sweet Stop



Most Creative Marketer: Little Ladies VCK







La Vie Institute winners:

Most Persuasive: Little Chef Nuggets

Most Energetic: Crafty Chicks



Best Booth Design: Help Me Grow



Do you have business-minded kids too? How do you support them? Share your thoughts below in the comment section.

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