2019 - The Super Momma
If there is one thing that I look up to my way of parenting is none other than my mom. I felt like she was successful the way she brought us up because I am where I am now all because of her. There is no other way to cherish mothers and make them special at least on their special day that is--Mother's Day. 

On Mother's Day, let us make our moms special by treating her like a queen. And let us celebrate mother's day, none other than SM Supermalls. "SM knows how hard it is to be a mom, which is why we've come up with fun and memorable activities that celebrate our beloved supermoms who have been there for us since the very beginning," said Jonjon San Agustin, SM Supermalls SVP for marketing. 

SM Supermalls SVP for Marketing, Jonjon San Agustin




During the Digital Media Conference, celebrities shared how they cherish their moms on how they were raised and at the same time reminisce their motherhood journey with their children. 










SM Supermalls prepared alot of exciting activities for us mommies which we can enjoy together with the entire members of the family: 

1. Sumptuous Meals. Dine with mom and get special deals with Mom's Treat this May 3 to 12, 2019. 

2. Countless shopping options. Surprise your moms with goodies made for and by moms at Mom's Corner this May 3 to 12, 2019. 

3. Beauty and Wellness. Whether it's a luxurious spa date or simple makeover, give them what she deserves this May 10 to 12 with Mom's Day Out wellness treats. 

4. Tributes to mom. This mother's day, take her and the whole family out to celebrate the Holy Mass and get a Special Blessing for Mom. Show your overflowing love for mommies online. Post a photo of your mom on the #VoteForMom promo post on SM Supermalls Facebook Page or send an e-card via the QR Code posted on www.supermalls.com/voteformom for a chance to win P5,000 worth of SM Gifts Certificates!

5. Exciting activities. On May 10 to 12, take flower filled photos at That's My Mom Photo Spots and ass these colorful snapshots to your scrapbook or photo album! Celebrate Mom's Day like no other at the Youtube FanFest Moms Edition from May 17 to 18 happening at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall for exciting and informative talks and workshops, and fun performances and activities with their favorite creator moms. 

6. Fun Errands. Treat mom to moments of peace by checking off a few errands and chores from her to-do list. Make her life a little easier by doing the groceries at SM Hypermarket, or paying the bills at The SM Store Customer Service, or even doing laundry!


Don't miss the chance to #VoteForMom this Mother's Day at SM Supermalls! For more information, visit www.smsupermalls.com

To all the fellow mommies there, Happy Mother's Day to all of you! 
No matter how much you might love your job, there's no question that a well planned vacation is always a good idea. Our minds and emotions need a break from the hectic pace of work and the non-stop demands that can come with it. Yet just getting away isn't always the best way to take a vacation. While we do need a break from the intense demands we experience at work, that well-earned time off can be used in a variety of ways that can enrich us. This is why many people today are choosing to take active vacations that have a fun yet educational aspect to them.


Learning a Delicious New Skill

Many people tour Europe with the intention of learning a lot about the cultures and art of cities like Rome and Paris, and there's a fine tradition of people taking in art tours while in those cities. Some vacationers like to take things even further, though, by learning the finer aspects of French or Italian cuisine while visiting those countries. This is why a Culinary vacation Tuscany or in the French countryside is an idea that's catching on.

A culinary vacation is one that allows a traveler to get an in-depth feel for a region's cuisine, while learning to cook using ingredients that are locally grown. Sauces cooked using natural, local ingredients have a freshness and flavor that's unlike anything you might buy in a store, which is why culinary vacations are so stimulating (and also delicious). Savoring a freshly made gourmet dish in the region in which the recipe was first created is an experience like no other, and a culinary vacation can also include a wealth of other cultural aspects, like learning the region's language and studying the area's art history.




Why not let that Hawaiian vacation wait a while? Consider a truly compelling vacation idea, and get immersed in the food of the area you want to visit. Without a doubt, it's a delicious choice!
                
Three years ago, I remembered my son telling me he wanted to be a Chef when I asked him what he wanted to be when he grows up. I did not influence him of anything and out of the blue, he just told me, he wants to be a master of the kitchen. He is a picky eater, he doesn't like vegetables and fruits and limits himself to more protein food that I serve him during mealtime. I may probably be a pushover mom for wanting him to eat vegetables and fruits, but I am doing this because I know it is for his own good. 


One way of encouraging children to eat and try something new to their palates is to let them prepare their own meals. The reason why I want to involve my eldest in the kitchen. He knows how I exert effort in preparing their meals that is why, he tries his best to eat whatever I serve him, only that he would limit what he eats to all protein. It is quite frustrating, but, I know soon I will be able to let him. 



Last Saturday, my son had the chance to experience cooking with the Chefs at Makati Diamond Residences as organized by San Miguel Purefoods Culinary Center. In its 24th year, its aim to instill a love and appreciation for food and cooking while introducing various San Miguel Purefoods Products that can help in preparation ease and enhance skills of young budding cooking enthusiasts. 

"If kids are much more involved in food preparation, then they truly get encouraged to eat more, which promotes good nutrition, plus they learn cooking early, a very important life skill" says Llena Tan-Arcenas, the Community Services Manager of San Miguel Pure Foods. 


The kids were taught how to prepare 5 kid friendly recipes that they surely enjoyed during their kitchen camp

Nachos Afritada

(Purefoods Chicken Afritada and Magnolia Cheddar Cheese)



Pulled Pork Tacos

(Purefoods Pulled Pork BBQ Pinoy Style and Magnolia Cheese Squeeze)



Quick Meaty Spaghetti 

(Dari Creme, Monterey Ground Pork, Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs Jumbo and Magnolia Cheezee)



Flower Pot Cakes

(Magnolia Devil's Food Cake, La Pacita Graham Crackers, Magnolia Cream Cheese and Magnolia All Purpose Cream)

Chicken Tinola 

(Used Magnolia 3-way Chicken Ginger Based)


Meet the fun and talented chefs of San Miguel Purefoods Culinary Center under the supervision of Pamela "Chef Pam" Obieta together with the MDR chefs.



Graduation Photo


Kids and the Chefs


My son had fun together with the other kids. I hope San Miguel Purefoods Corp., continues to do this every year and instill the values to more kids and learn the most important life skill which is cooking. 

What about you, what is your favorite Purefoods product?






Ever since I became a fur parent, I now understand of how our pets can give invaluable joy in our lives. They become part of our family and have a place in our hearts. We treat them like our children, much like how we take care and give love to our children. 



Now that I have pets, I have now to consider them wherever we go. There were limitations as to where we go including our out of town getaways. I always have to consider the hotels/accomodations we book if they are pet friendly or else, I would veer away from them. Now that more families have pets, I guess it is a high time for establishments to be pet friendly. 

The Ascott Limited’s Somerset Olympia Makati celebrated its first Puppy Hour last April 30, 2019. In line with the international celebration of pet month, Somerset Olympia Makati celebrated the value of pet ownership that brought together dog owners, bloggers, and a non-profit organization in raising awareness for a good cause.

The participants had a chance to tour around the facilities of the serviced-residence together with their dogs as Somerset Olympia Makati is the first pet-friendly property of The Ascott Limited in the Philippines.

Ms. Susan Salcedo, The Ascott Limited Philippines’ City Manager said, “Because there are only a few pet-friendly properties in the hospitality industry in our country, Somerset Olympia Makati offers a home for your pets”.

“Moreover, we are not just your mere serviced-residence because our service is perfect for those travelers or families who would not want to leave their pets in the corners of their homes” Salcedo added.

The said event also discussed the current state of the lives of military working dogs (MWD) and contract working dogs (CWD) in the Philippines through the invited guest speakers and founders of Hound Haven Philippines, Maxin Arcebal, CEO and Chelsea Pecson, COO.

The success of Puppy Hour was made possible by its partners namely Fur Magic, Sleeky, St. Roche, Nutram, Bow House, Pet Express, Vitality, and Whole Pet Kitchen.

THE ASCOTT LIMITED

The Ascott Limited is a member of CapitaLand. It is one of the leading international lodging owner- operators with more than 630 properties in over 160 cities spanning more than 30 countries across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Its portfolio of brands includes Ascott, Citadines, Somerset, Quest, The Crest Collection, lyf and the Tauzia portfolio of hotel brands.

As the school year ends, parents will be flaunting their kids' accomplishments on social media, just like my dear friends on Facebook. They will post their report cards, medals, and certificates. There is nothing wrong with it, after all, every parent is entitled to be proud of the achievements of their children. Because who isn't? 


But did you know that behind the proud parents, the achievements and the struggles every morning just to get their children to school, there are certain things that kids need from us? We sometimes neglect these thinking that it is already enough to push them harder to aim that one single goal, and that is to become successful in life. 

Dear parents, let us not forget that we are honing our children to be someone who will contribute to society. We will be proud of what they have become but let us not forget that what they truly need is us--their parents. 

That is why, I highly encourage each one of you to do the following:

Be present. I know most of us works hard in order to provide our children with their needs, but most of the kids just need the mere presence of their parents. Our mere presence makes them feel secure in whatever they do in life.

Provide Support. Do your kids want to play guitar? Learn music lessons? Wants to play ball games? Learn art lessons? Let them. Please do note that there are 8 multiple intelligences of children. You might get frustrated that your child doesn't excel in academics but excel in sports, arts, music and other things. Show them that you fully support them in order for them to excel in their chosen path. Do not give them end game options where they could only choose the life you want for them. Of course, we all want for our children to be successful because after all, it is our job as parents to hone them to have a better future right? So, let us start from here. 

Explore. Children can get so confused as to what they really want in life. They may switch from one aspect to another. This is where our role comes in. Let us encourage them to try different things so they could truly find what they want in life. I was once told there is no money in fashion and making clothes and that comes only to those professionals who are degree holders. I was led to believe that success comes only to those blue collar jobs and those that belong to the lower spectrum isn't needed by society. 

Teach them hard work and determination. Success doesn't come overnight. In order for the kids to know success is for them to set their goals and work hard on it. This is where we should teach them to embrace failure and learn from it whenever they fail in life. That we should teach them to rise up and get going in order for them to achieve success.

Praise the little things. There is nothing as good as someone who appreciates our efforts even the small ones. Does your child had 5 mistakes from the exams? Praise them. Were they able to color the picture properly? Praise them. Did they help you with the chores? Appreciate it. Were they able to tie their shoes for the first time? Congratulate them. Small things to them really matter because it somehow helps them to do the best in whatever they can. It also boosts their confidence because someone important in their life appreciates whatever they do. 

Let us hone our children to become the best version of ourselves. Cherish, teach and encourage them to be their best in whatever they do. 




January was a busy month for all of us. It was filled with happy and sad events. One of which was my daughter's 7th birthday. A few months prior, I thought we already settled for a Unicorn party and when I asked her about it again, she wanted to go to the beach instead. I was literally left with two weeks to prepare everything. I wanted a beach resort which is only at least two hours drive away from Manila, but since we are only left with two weeks, Beach resorts close to Manila are all fully booked.



So the next most promising beach resort I have booked is Matabungkay Hotel and Beach Resort. It was four hours drive away from Manila and booked the room accomodation near the beach. I made our booking using Agoda App because it is way more convenient to compare hotels and their facilities, prices and location. 

Check-in. Check-in took only 5 minutes. They only asked for the downloaded copy of booking from Agoda, and asked to be sent to their email address. Just in case you don't have mobile data, they will give you access to their wifi. Shortly after, we were brought to our room. 




Room Accomodation. The room that I booked was adjacent to the beach. It was quite small but has bunk beds which is a double bed and one queen bed. It has a mini bar, a decent space for bathroom and comfort room. It has also a couch outside the room where you can hang out. They have comfortable sheets and pillows and each bed has two pillows. I am not sure though if they will charge you if you ask for additional pillows. 




This was our room, Sunset Studio











Food. The room I booked comes with free breakfast and the breakfast is in their restaurant and bar near the check-in counter. They also have a small cafe which offers coffee and cakes. Their restaurant offers Filipino Food and comes with a decent price and amount of servings.

These are the food we ordered during the night of my daughter's birthday. 








These are the food for the buffet breakfast









Pool. They have three pools. One is adjacent to the hotel rooms and the biggest one. It is 5 feet deep and the far end is about approximately 6 inches deep where your babies and kids can definitely enjoy. It is also adjacent to a bar where you can order alcoholic beverages or other refreshing drinks. The second pool is adjacent to the restaurant and has provision for tables, chairs and umbrella. The pool is also 5 feet deep. They also have a kiddie pool which is approximately 2 feet deep and has mini slides on the other side. This is where my kids enjoyed a lot, but you have to stay with your children to avoid untoward incidents. 

Pool adjacent to the hotel rooms



Kids Pool area

Pool Adjacent to the Restaurant


Beach. The beach is pretty calm and has cream sand color. The sand is quite fine, but since their area is full of corals, tiny stones are drifted ashore. I like how the beach resort maintains the cleanliness of the beach because you will not see any garbage near the area and they are very strict with the waste disposal. 



Sea Slugs

Spider Starfish

How to get there. 

Overall. I highly recommend this beach resort. They have a very excellent customer service. The staff is very accommodating and friendly. I also like that they really check the vicinity very well. My husband left his eyeglasses in one of the pool benches and realized it was missing the next day. We looked elsewhere and didn't occur to us to ask the front desk and was very happy that they safe keep it. Pets are not allowed, however, they consider it provided you will have to pay an additional fee of P1,500 per day (please clarify this to the hotel as my memory might not serve me right). 




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