Have you watched the 3d animated movie The Croods? My kids loved it so much especially my little girl. She even mimics some sounds from the movie and giggles with action scenes.

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Anyway, this post isn’t about a movie but rather the lesson behind it. The Croods’ family basically lived from fear justifying their survival from the jungle. Adventure is not what they consider as fun idea but rather a threat to their survival.

Browsing through the blogs i'm following, I saw Kim of Mom on Duty's blogpost about her experience about the negativity around her. All the while I thought I am alone in this negative soil but hey, I have sisters from another family pala! It’s not being happy about it and not even considering this as something to be proud of but at least someone other than me is braver to share a part of her.

The very reason why I don’t want also to share negativity in this blog is I don’t want to spread negative vibes to the people but as what Kim mentioned, this thing has to stop. People should be enlightened that there is more to life rather than sulk into too much paranoia.

I was raised as Catholic by my parents and went into Catholic school all my life. I have nothing against it. But growing up I had a lot of questions that were answered at least few years ago when things were clearer to me. People who have known me my entire life know how much hardship I went through. During grade school years, we were not allowed to join educational tours because my father believed that we will have an accident during the tour even if our extra curricular activities take part 30% of our grades, it doesn’t matter to him. He thinks we don’t need it. We weren’t allowed to socialize apart from our school time. Most of my days are spent inside the corners of our home. All my life I didn’t know the names of our neighbors and have at least a friend from my neighbors. I learned how to commute and WAS ALLOWED to commute during my last year in high school. He expects too much yet doesn’t support me well because he thinks I am not doing the RIGHT thing and I don’t KNOW what I’m doing.

I was pushed against the wall that I survived college years with determination to finish school despite the hullabaloos at home. There wasn’t any harmony at all. At some point I consider the place I live in as hell (sorry for the word). I had a lot of dark moments. My aim was to finish school and immediately get out of the chaos, which I proudly did. I was able to land a job in my own means and survived my life for years with the least help from my mom.

I wasn’t in any way proud of it. I wasn’t the perfect daughter too. During those times, I wanted to have a fair communication and harmonious relationship, all I get was one-sided conversation.

I was able to live life through it. There was still ample light that I see through amidst darkness. The only thing it taught me was to be strong and be content of the life I am in. I learned to be vigilant with my actions and words. I learned to celebrate life apart from the hullabaloos. I learned to be happy.

Let us not compromise the bliss we celebrate from life just because we are afraid of the unknown. Let us not create a ghost that we will be afraid of. It is never wrong to try new things and stumble and fall. All we need to do is to stand up every after fall.

Despite everything, I am still thankful of what I have become. I chose to find adventure in life and enjoy it the best way I can. I know that later on in life I will be able to spare my kids from the torment I had, I will practice open communication and support their future activities all the way.

Silver Lining.

As what I have mentioned from my previous post, we intend to celebrate D’s third birthday in a way he will enjoy his childhood and hone him to be an outgoing person. We want him to celebrate the beauty of life through outdoor activities as well as gain learning from it.



It has also been a tradition that we celebrate his birthday through an overnight stay in a hotel. This year, we went to celebrate his birthday in Momarco Resort. After posting his birthday plans here, a good friend Krisna of The Mudrabelle, suggested it and looking at the website it was one promising place.

We planned on a simple celebration. The celebration should include blowing of candle and opening of gift. At first we thought of giving him robot toy because he is recently engrossed aside from toy cars. But when he saw the pictures of bikes at the back of the Breeze detergent pack, he now asked for a bike. He even told us to buy one for her sister too.

So I ordered cake from my favorite supplier, Mamanee's Made With Love to make a customized ironman cake for D. J bought a bike after attending Y’s Birthday and I made some DIY decorations for his birthday. I wanted him to feel that it was his birthday not just the usual family outing.

The decorations were made plainly from scratch and it was all purely from upcycled materials (thanks pnterest). I made use of brown bag and cut them into shapes and glued them together for me to have a banner. The gift wrapper was also upcycled. It was a good thing though that we used upcycled materials because it was hard for us to hide his gift, as the colorful wrapper will only tickle his inquisitive mind. When it was loaded in the car until it reached the hotel room he never asked what was inside the not-so-presentable gift.


On the day of his birthday, we decorated the veranda area with my DIY banners as well some balloons from The 7th of October Party. Thanks to my cousin who was with us during that day that I was able to use extra hand to set up the area. He was so much delighted to see his robot cake and was so surprised to see his gift. “What tat?” Several times.




After we all enjoyed swimming in the morning and after our check out time, we went to visit their mini zoo, which houses few animals. Not only D was so delighted to see the animals but A as well. Their eyes were full of curiosity and delight to see the animals in their cages creating sound.

It was his simple, exhausting yet fun birthday celebration.  Stay tuned for the second part. J









Today I made my kids happy. I fulfilled a promise I made several days ago. Now I can sleep soundly without having to worry about breaking his heart.

During the past week, it was mentioned to me by the organizers of Baby Expo Philippines which yours truly is a proud media partner that there will be a mommy bloggers meet. Having known the schedule, I tried to coordinate my schedule with J as well as my cousin. But since both of them were busy, I am left with no choice but to decline. But on a second thought, I made a promise to a young boy that I am bound to keep. Since the Press Con’s venue was at the Big Red Barn at Fun Ranch, the invited guests are allowed to bring their kids.

But the idea of bringing the kids to an event means my attention will be divided into three; most especially I have two toddlers. It’s hard, yes. Emotionally and physically exhausting at some point. But right now, I try to practice positive parenting to my kids and avoid strain and promote love within the family.

The day I told him that I would take him to a play land, he couldn’t stop talking about it. He kept asking if I were to take him immediately after my announcement. He was very obedient during those waiting moments. Who am I not to give him a little reward and make him happy the very least I can do for him. So I decided to brave the storm.

He woke up early morning to remind me about it. I couldn’t break his heart anymore. So I prepared and get them ready. When we got there he wasn’t cranky at all. He was well behaved. It was a success, to say the least. They were so happy together with some other kids, happy moments that don’t happen everyday inside the four corners of our home.

Why do I have to fulfill a promise to a kid? Simple. I don’t want him to grow up thinking that promises are made to be broken. Why do I have to say this? I was drawn to believe to a simple promise that until this very day never realized. It made me stopped hoping for good things to happen. At some point in my life I have became a pessimistic person.

Now I know the end result of not keeping a word to your kids. It leaves them a scar that they won’t ever forget and that somehow you will regret. It may be simple yet it leaves them an unhappy thought in their life just like I did.


"Never make promises you can't keep, and only make promises that you can keep." - Anthony Hitt


Before I call the night, or should I say morning already, I would like to share with you the Press Conference I attended earlier. As a media partner of the said event, I am proud to say that the event has been officially launched. Even if it was stressful having to tag along two kids at the PressCon as well as the mommy bloggers meet, it was all worth it.

I like how they made the event family friendly that I get to tag along my kids to the event. My little girl was awed with the balloons and well she immediately muched on the lollipop handed to her at the registration. My little boy was more than happy to see alot of kids also because he knows it's going to be playtime for them. 


The BABY & FAMILY EXPO PHILIPPINES 2013 – “Welcoming Life, Love and Care”, the country’s biggest family expo for all maternity, baby, early childhood and parenting needs was officially launched last October 24, 2013 at Fun Ranch, located at Frontera Verde, Pasig City.

The media launch was hosted by Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2000 winner and celebrity mom, Nina Ricci Alagao-Flores and was attended by personalities like ANC’s “On the Money” host and The Master’s Academy President, Edric Mendoza,Medela Moms’ co-founder, MaricelCua, TV host and Lead Out President, Judah Paolo and the wife of Azkals Coach, Yoshiko Weiss.

Also present during the conference were representatives from The Medical City, Cordlife Philippines, who is set to have a talk on pregnancy preparation, cord blood banking, childbirth and staying sexy while pregnant. Association partners like World Vision, Right Start, Grace to be Born and the Philippine Ambulatory Pediatric Association were also there to support the event.

Across the three-day expo, the whole family can also enjoy and participate in exciting activities like the Family Olympics, Family Fashion Weekend, and much awaited Baby & Family Awards featuring the Golden Family Awards, ParentPreneur Awards and the crowning of the Bibong Baby of the Year.

“Our vision was to come up with a fun and meaningful event where families can bond and learn together.  With our tagline –Welcoming Life, Love and Care , we want to give a message that having a new baby in the family is not just the mom’s responsibility but the entire family’s – no one is left out. We encourage Filipino families to come to the expo because we have invited industry experts. From there, they can get the latest information about maternity, babies, early childhood, parenting and everything they need to know when planning and having a family. Together with our partners and sponsors we want to nurture family development and raise the awareness on responsible child care." says David Abrenilla, MediaCom Solutions, Inc. president and Baby & Family Expo Philippines 2013 organizer.

So I guess I will see you at the expo? Bring the entire members of the family as a way to bond with them especially on the upcoming holiday season. Mark your calendars everyone!

Organized by MediaCom Solutions, Inc., Philippines preferred stakeholders’ advocacy communications and events enterprise and co-presented by Cordlife Philippines, the BABY & FAMILY EXPO PHILIPPINES 2013will be held on December 06-08, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. It covers the stages of family growth from pregnancy to early childhood with educational seminars by Medela Moms, The Medical City, Mercato founder RJ Ledesma, ANC host Edric Mendoza, MTRCB Chairman Atty. Eugenio Villareal, Azkals Coach, Michael Weiss, DigitalFilipino.com founder Janette Toral, Beauty Queen Nina Ricci Alagao-Flores and actress/entrepreneur Regine Tolentino, actress Jade Lopez and many more.

The Baby & Family Expo Media Launch was supported by FM Group Fragrance Philippines, Evian, Attipas, Unimom, Bebebocas, Jeweltone, Urban Ashram Manila, Absolute Distilled Drinking Water, Consumer Care Products (Guard Insect Repellent), Ever Bilena, De La Salle University Medical Center, Perfetti Van Melle, Cuppy Cakes, Fernando’s Bakery, Metro Deal, Sharpie, Mongol, AMSPEC, Island Rose and Cordlife Philippines.


Be a part of this fun-filled family event of the year. Register for FREE here. Join the community at http://www.facebook.com/babyexpoph. For inquiries, call +632.843.2174 or e-mail info@babyexpo.ph.

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