April 2019 - The Super Momma
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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