When I first learned that I was pregnant again, I had mixed emotions. The feeling of being blessed to carry a blessing for 9 months and the ifs that I will encounter along the way. It was hard because I have two demanding toddlers and nanny-less at the same time. Every chore is quite challenging for me already while taking care of them and making sure that everything is in place and that they are fed properly. Then this. Don’t get me wrong though, it is indeed a blessing. But every pregnancy doesn’t come easy.

The first trimester was extreme challenging for me. It was dreadful to say the least. My morning sickness which lasted until before I sleep at night was the worst. I had no energy to cook let alone go to the market. In order for us to survive, I opted for food delivery. It sustained us for the first three months. There are times that I had no appetite at all. I could sleep all day and sleep with an empty stomach. I was nauseated almost the entire day and I dread the smell of food cooking from the neighbor's kitchen. 

There were good days that I had the energy to pay a visit to the grocery store but can only be like two hours tops. I would buy bread, cereals, fruits and milk for the kids.


Our usual conversation would be like:

Eldest: Mama, I already ate sandwich and gave my sister a sandwich too.
Me: Thank you baby for understanding mama.

Yes, I felt so guilty during the times my kids had to fend for themselves while I struggle with my all day sickness. I just didn’t have the energy to move at all. My body was glued to the bed and every move I made feels like energy drained to the maximum level.

Then came the second trimester. I felt so much better. It was nearing my 6th month mark when I can finally tolerate the smell of the food and my taste buds finally gave up on take out food. Finally, I can cook! It was such a delight as I can see that hubby is already longing for real home cooked food. I felt relief, guilt and incompetence all at the same time. But I thank the Lord that I went past it.

Now, I am almost on my 35th week and only a month or so that we will be seeing the addition to our growing family. Glad that I felt so much better despite the feeling of heaviness on my abdomen as well as the nonstop somersaulting inside my tummy that makes it more uncomfortable.

Finally been able to clean the house too and did wall-to-wall cleaning, decluttered, rearranged the furnitures in preparation for the little boy. Yes, I am again expecting a baby boy.

Will still keep you updated with everything in between plus a giveaway that is so long overdue as well as some of my post blog events. 

Our family's DNA has all types of who-knows-what kind of allergies we have. As much as we would like to alter it, we can never change the fact that it is within us. So when I had kids, I was really praying so hard that they won't inherit it. But as inevitable as it seems, they had all sorts of allergies too. I know for a fact being a nurse-mom, that the only way to beat it is to have a strong immune system. Having the knowledge of what I needed to prevent it as well as the trigger factors makes me want my children to have all the nutrition and shield needed in order for them to prevent the occurrence of these allergies. In these industrialized generation, these triggering factors are almost as inevitable as it seems. I know I can never shield my children from it as much as I want to 24/7.

The only way we can fight these infections and other what-nots is to boost their immune system and supplement them with the right kind of food. But sometimes you cannot provide them with the right nutrition no matter how hard we try. All the nutrients they needed cannot be available in one food thus they would need variety in order for them to complete the nutrients they needed to boost their immunity. I am as glad as any mom out there that there is actually a vitamin equipped with zinc to boost their immunity and can fight infections. Vitamin C aids the repair of tissue damage and Zinc helps in proper function of the immune system, to name only a few. Giving our children Ceelin Plus has a great advantage of them not getting sick or shortens the days of them getting sick because of the added layer of protection, which is the Zinc. 

For added information, please visit http://www.unilab.com.ph to know more about their products. 

To say that healthcare in the Philippines has evolved increasingly in recent years is an understatement. Gone are the days when Filipinos play a passive role in terms of their health, consulting only a doctor when they experience pain and other debilitating symptoms. Today, the concept of healthcare in the country has emerged from merely providing treatment to the diseased, to early diagnosis and improvement of overall health status.

As more and more Filipinos realize the crucial role of early diagnosis, a leading diagnostics center in the country has been setting the trends in preventive healthcare. Hi-Precision Diagnostics (HPD), with the largest network of diagnostic centers in the country, provides services for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from imaging, laboratory, microbiology, as well as special tests like paternity test, and even genetic testing for inherited cancer risks.

Known to be a pioneer in the industry, HPD offers recognized, accurate, and affordable services in the country.“We have proven that preventive health services can save lives. Indeed, one of the keys to long-term good health is taking the appropriate preventive measures. Timely preventive screenings can lower healthcare costs and improve quality of life by identifying serious illnesses in earlier stages,” HPD Vice President for Sales and Marketing Melissa Ongsue-Lee said.

HPD has gone a long way since it started 19 years ago, when preventive healthcare sound alien to the public and even to most healthcare professionals. “From the beginning, we make it a point to offer accurate, and extensive line of services, and even tests that are not readily available in the country and offer them at a price that even those with little budget could afford”. Ongsue-Lee said.

Today, HPD plays a unique role in supporting healthcare professionals to do their job by providing medical technologies that help deliver a better quality of healthcare and enable ever-improving degrees of individual care through the wide-range of solutions they offer. “We want to make the most comprehensive diagnostics services with the latest testing technologies accessible to more Filipinos, because we believe everyone deserves high quality healthcare,” Ongsue-Lee said.

What sets HPD apart from other diagnostics centers in the country, according to Ongsue-Lee, is its ability to offer affordability without sacrificing quality in the services it offers. Standing as testament to HPD’s excellence in the field are various international and local accreditations and certifications. The center is ISO 9001:2008 certified and its main office on Del Monte Avenue, Quezon City is accredited to PNS ISO 15189:2010 that ensures systems and processes meet international standards. HPD has also received the internationally recognized External Quality Assurance Services (EQAS) certification from Bio-Rad for its various tests such as hemoglobin, immunoassay, clinical chemistry, and hematology.

HPD has been accredited by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Maritime Industry Authority, the Dangerous Drugs Board, the Department of Education, and the Philippine National Police’s Security and Investigation Agencies and Firearms and Explosives Division to do their drug testing requirements.

For Ongsue-Lee, the trust they gained from the local healthcare industry benefits not only the company but all Filipinos deserving of quality healthcare as well. “By getting the right screenings and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life. Your age, health and family history, lifestyle choices – like what you eat or how active you are – and other important factors impact what and how often you need such health services.”

As HPD continues to improve service delivery to its clients, the company has established facilities that are furnished with state-of-the art equipment and software, and manned by highly trained, licensed professional medical technologists. HPD currently has 23 branches located around Luzon and in the province of Cebu, offer complete laboratory, imaging and dental services which include the following: Bacteriology, Blood Chemistry, Clinical Microscopy, Drug Testing, Hematology, Immunology/Serology, PCR (or Polymerase Chain Reaction tests used to diagnose HIV, viruses and certain fungi), Histopathology, Spirometry, Audiometry, ICG (Impedance Cardiography), Mammogram, 2D-Echo, ECG, medical and dental X-ray, treadmill (Del Monte, Taft, TM Kalaw, Rockwell, Angeles and Cebu branches only), ultrasound, highly specialized tests and paternity test.

For more information about Hi-Precision Diagnostics, visit www.hi-precision.com.ph or contact their hotlines, (02) 741-7777 or (0917) 6348526 and (0922) 8906664.

The University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Fund, Inc. (UPMAF) will hold a concert called “Ang SOAP Opera ng Buhay Ko” (The Concert: Voices of Healing) at the new Marriott Grand Ballroom on August 26, 2015 to riase funds towards the creation of the New UP College of Medicine Academic Center,  a 7-story multi-million peso undertaking.



The dinner concert will feature several of the biggest names in the international and local concert scene, including the 50-piece ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Gerard Salonga, this special night will bring together Lea Salonga, Ryan Cayabyab, Jed Madela, Vice Ganda, Mark Bautista, Cris Villonco, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Bituin Escalante, Pinky Marquez, Franco Laurel, The Tux, Caisa Borromeo, Baihana, Catherine Fisher, among others, as they join the community in a collective voice of healing. A 70-strong chorus composed of The Mass Appeal, Ateneo Chamber Singers and UP Medicine Choir will also fill the grandiose ballroom.

This will be Lea Salonga’s last concert before she flies to New York to star in a show called “Allegiance,”  which previews in Broadway on October 20!

For ticket and sponsorship inquiries please contact, Dr. Melfred L. Hernandez (0917) 815-2029), Overall Chair, Dr. Karin Estepa (0922) 825-3146, Chair, Business Committee, or Ms Kareen Tapia (0923) 8568043 of UPMAF (02) 5264255, upmaf.secretariat@gmail.com.

Merck, together with the Philippine Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (PSREI) today announced a series of awareness-building initiatives to foster greater understanding of infertility among Filipinos. The information campaign was embarked upon to commemorate Fertility Awareness Month in August, which recognizes the growing population of Filipino couples who are finding it difficult to conceive.

“With the observance of Fertility Awareness Month, Merck, together with PSREI aim to help childless Filipino couples to learn more about their condition and to realize that there are solutions to the challenge that they face,” said Dr. Gio Barangan, Medical Director, Merck Philippines. “It is also an opportunity for them to meet couples who were successful in their fertility treatment, so that they can gain confidence in the country’s pool of fertility experts and treatment facilities and thereby remain hopeful in starting a family.”    

Part of the efforts being undertaken to raise awareness on fertility issues are to provide free seminars to patients that will help increase their understanding of the symptoms and causes of infertility. Conducted by local fertility experts from the PSREI, the seminars will also give patients hope by educating on methods to improve fertility as well as options for treatment.

IVF specialist Dr. Anthony Marc Ancheta
Raising awareness on fertility is also being done through online means, via the campaign’s website http://fertilityphilippines.com.ph/. The website will be generating new and useful content throughout Fertility Awareness Month and engage directly with couples, particularly for special events such as free seminars and consultation. 

Philippine Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (PSREI) President Dr. Rudie Frederick Mendiola
Results from a 2011 Merck-commissioned study by Synovate estimates that 1 in 10 Filipinos are infertile, yet a vast majority of them will struggle in silence, due in part to the shame associated with the infertility, but mainly because many couples do not understand the condition.

The awareness efforts are expected to create an impact on couples’ attitude towards infertility, such that they overcome embarrassment and see the urgency of seeking medical assistance. It is imperative that misconceptions are corrected and that any immediate treatment procedures may be done at the soonest -- particularly for older couples. 


If there is one thing I enjoy doing is a trip to grocery store. This, I find therapeutic at least to a mom like who has been nannyless for years already. What I love going there too is finding a new product which is useful to the family and most of all, channeling my inner frugal self. It is the  trait which I got from my mom. Every chance we get and if budget permits, we see to it to buy something  in bulk because it can save us a lot more. 

In this post, I will be sharing with you few things we got from SnR shopping. We love scoring good deals there because  we can save a lot from our monthly budget because our supplies last for months. It is also our guilt pleasure for scoring chocolates and other imported goods which we can’t find in regular grocery stores. 

Here are the things we got:


  • Tide 10kg Laundry Detergent. Trust me on this one, this is a steal! Got this for Php 650.00 only.


  • Starbucks Mocha Coffee
  • Starbucks Double Shot in can
  • A&W Vanilla Root Beer
  • Lotte Peppero (btw, they have ongoing promo for this)
  • Lotte Coffee
  • Traveller Caramel Biscuits
  • Balconi Cubi Wafers
  • Coppenath Choco cookies



  • Swiss Miss Choco Dink
  • Nutella Spead
  • Dulce de Leche 



You can enjoy shopping at SnR Membership shopping with a membership fee of Php 700 for Gold Membership and Php 900 Business Membership.





Since the school year has started, many parents would have really had a hard time of creating a meal plan for the little kids. Admit it, it is very hard since you have a lot of considerations. It has to be healthy and of course, they have to take home an empty lunchbox. But what does it really take for you to accomplish these things? How do you manage the kids without the fit to get them to finish and enjoy their food at school?

Listed here are some of the hacks that you might find useful for your weekly meal plan for the kids.


Hack #1: Little eaters need rules
Granted, it’s a parent’s instinct to set rules and standards for the kids. But there will always be a part of you that’s afraid of being too stiff because you don’t want your children to rebel. You know what? The whole “rules = rebellion” belief is a myth. Studies say moms and dads who set ground rules for their children are also the warmest of parents.

Don’t hesitate to start a “No-Thank-You Bite Rule” for your little picky-eaters as early as now. If they say no from eating the meal, require them to at least take one big bite or two small bites of the food. That way, you will still get to make them have some food in their stomach for the remainder of their classes. Who knows, they might realize they are hungry and like their baon after all.

Here’s the catch: warm parents set rules. Controlling parents rub rules on the faces of their children. This calls for balance. Loosen up! Let go of the all-mighty “Clean-Your-Plate Rule” you grew up with. Stop forcing your kids to eat everything, even the small bits to pieces, just to win the power-struggle over food.

Children know when they are full so allow them to stop eating when they want to. To avoid food wastage, serve them small portions but give them an opportunity to ask for more. Make their mealtime at school a way to strengthen your bond and instill independence in them, not to create gaps.

Hack #2: Welcome kids in the kitchen
Invite your kids to help out in the kitchen. By doing this, you’ll give them an idea what it takes to prepare their food. Letting them help and allowing them to frequently assist you in the kitchen will make them want to try and sample the food they’ve helped prepare.

Hack #3: Be creative!
Presentation is key to making a meal more enjoyable. Children, being very observant, may be more persuaded to eat if what they see looks attractive. This is also one way of masking nourishing ingredients for your little ones.

The best hiding options? Grate, wrap, blend, or mix!

What comes in handy for all the aesthetically pleasing healthy meals is an equally attractive food container. Tupperware Brands introduces its Small Square Rounds to solve that for you. This is downright perfect for starting up a kitchen collection, too!

The Small Square Rounds have virtually airtight seals that keep food fresh and flavorful. With a tab on the seal for easy opening, this food container is also modular and stackable. You may use it in the fridge, bring to outdoor activities, or use for organizing. The Small Square Rounds comes in four great colors: lime aid, grape fizz, pink punch, and orange peel.

Mealtime is not just about healthy eating; it also entails taking in the water your body needs! Pair up your kids’ Tupperware Small Square Rounds with the Kids Eco Bottle. This comes with a sipper seal spout for convenient drinking and a tight-screw-on cap that prevents leaks. Made of safe, non-toxic materials, the Kids Eco Bottle has two fun character shapes: a frog in lime aid color and a purlicious (purple) penguin.

Make it a habit to prepare well-balanced and healthy meals and get your kids involved. Don’t forget to brighten up children’s lunches with Tupperware’s Small Square Rounds and the Kids Eco Bottle so you can make every mealtime at school fun and meaningful for your kids.

Eldest: Who ate all the candies?
Daughter: Me!!!!

This was the conversation of my toddlers last week. I find it cute at some point but when they start to annoy each other, that's when my ticking bomb will start to tick as well. Oh boy, the joy of motherhood. 

So, there is an impending need for me to control the sweets in this household or at least have the ability to hide them from the kids. Honestly, I am the mom that would let my kids experience all the things I did when I was a kid. BUT, I let them on the right time. Admittedly, I did delay letting them indulge in candies as well as chocolates just so, they will learn to control it too.

Flashback when I enjoy few trips to groceries because it is the only time I can pick the food I want. One of which are the gummy candies which comes in different shapes and color. The colors and shapes of it make it more enticing and appealing to me. 

When Vita Cubes send out invites to mommy bloggers, I was quite curious about it. From the brand name itself, it surely has a lot to offer. The event was held in Fun Ranch in Ortigas where the kids had so much fun playing while the event was ongoing.

They had several prizes given out to mommies and their kids and luckily we won 2GCs for Manila Ocean Park. Hoooray for us! Another family bonding soon.

Vita Cubes comes in candy form which is chewy and comes in different flavors and colors. It is also high in vitamins which is needed by growing children based on the daily RENI. 

Now, that I have introduced them sweets, I will not feel guilty anymore giving them these colorful candies. These candies can be packed and included in lunch boxes of your kids for school as well. 

My kids loved it because not only it is chewy but also it comes in different flavors which they can choose from. Although I find it tad sweet for me but knowing that it is high in vitamins and minerals, I wouldn't worry giving them these sweets.



Each vita cube contains:

  • Lysine -aids in Calcium absorption and proper growth and energy production. 
  • Zinc - helps in proper function of the immune and digestive systems, energy metabolism and in increase the rate of healing of wounds
  • Vitamin A - increases the body's immunity to fight infections. Also aids in eyes and bone development.
  • Vitamin B - Helps boost energy circulation in the body, especially the brain, which in turn improves concentration. Helps convert carbohydrates and fats into energy.
  • Vitamin C - aids in the repair red blood cells, bones, and tissues.  Also aids in the iron absorption from our food intake. 
  • VItamin E - boosts the immune system and helps the body fight germs. Keeps blood vessels open wide enough for blood to flow freely. Help the cells of the body work together to perform many important functions



This colored healthy chewy candies is available at leading stores nationwide. You can enjoy a pack of 50g for only Php12.00. A nice addition to your kids’ packed food in school.
My kids and I loves going places to discover as a family. I enjoy observing their look when they discover new things and when they are too curious with their surroundings. This is one of the joys of motherhood that I am very proud of and that I get to witness each of it.

Since my kids are homeschooled, few trips to educational places are always on my list. I always see to it to be able to take them whenever time and budget permits. I have been on the look for places where I can take them and admittedly, some of it is not yet appropriate for their age.

But good thing there was an invite with one of the places I have been wanting to go to which also tickled my curiosity, which is the Museo Pambata (Children;s Museum). Admittedly, when I was in grade school, there were only limited places where we go to especially during our educational tours. This is the very first time that I have been to a museum intended for children, as an adult. Yes.

In the morning, I was able to attend the media event where they showcased different activities in the museum. I knew very well that the kids would enjoy it as much as I did. It was like a playhouse that I ever dreamed of when I was a kid and the only difference is this was reality. In the afternoon, me and my kids had to go back for them to experience what it is to be in a “child’s museum.”

Here are the reasons why paying a visit to the children’s museum is a must:

  • Promotes Pretend Play. There was a section there wherein you can be anyone you would like to be--barber, vendor, pharmacist, baker, fireman and etc. It was a dream for every child to have such pretend play.


  • Promotes Love for Books. I must admit, their library was a love at first sight! They have lots of books to choose from and if only I had the big space in our home, I would transform the kids’ room into that. It was so cozy that I never want to leave the area anymore.
  • Science Explained. Yes, my love for science will always be there. I love how they illustrated everything into almost reality. By the time when I have to make illustrations as to how to explain to the kids what is really happening in our human body and our world, I know the place to visit already.


  • Promotes Philippine Culture. In order for us to appreciate our country, we have to know our Philippine Culture. But you know what? It was my least favorite subject back when I was in school. I never really get to appreciate it not until when I stated traveling the country and understanding each culture. Now I know Philippines is a beautiful country and has a rich culture to boast.


Good news! If you ran out of ideas where to celebrate your kids’ birthday party, you can consider this place too! You may inquire through their phone numbers or the email provided below. A good idea where your kids can have fun and learn as well.

If you want to experience what Museo Pambata has to offer, you can simply pay them a visit. The museum is located at Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive, Manila, Philippines.

Tel Nos: 02-523-1797/98 or 536-0595

Fees: 
  • Children (2yrs and above) and Adults: Php 150.00
  • Manila Residents with Valid ID: Free on Tuesdays and 50% off on other days.
  • Museum workers and teaching staff with valid ID: Free
  • Groups with 30 people can avail a special discount.


Operating hours: 
Tuesday to Saturday: 8am – 5pm; September to February
                              9am – 5pm; March to August
Sundays: 1pm – 5pm

*The museum is closed on Mondays and other holidays

Please note:
  • Food is not allowed inside.
  • Parking spaces for visitors are available.
  • Photograph taking is allowed, however it is prohibited is used for commercial purposes.
  • Wheelchairs can access a ramp and elevator.

If you want to keep updated of their latest activities, please do follow them at their facebook page, twitter and on instagram.

Have you been to the museum? Share your experience below.





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