October 30, 2013

Trick or Treat


I posted before the Halloween costume that my son tried and most of you guess the Robin Hood costume but my son chose pumpkin costume. I wanted the Robin Hood costume too but what I can do, he’s 5 years old and he is making decision already. He knows what he wants and not. I tried to convince him to choose other costume because the pumpkin costume is size small so bitin na but he really wanted the costume. Fine! Siya naman ang magsusuot.



I prepared this Halloween treats for his classmates. Click here to check my DIY.



After the Trick or Treat, my son sorted the goodies. He is not fond of candies so ending, mas marami kami uubusin. I gave some to his cousin.


All Souls Day



My son’s semestral break started last Monday so I will take advantage of this break to finish my backlogs. All Souls Day is fast approaching, I’m sure some of you went to province to visit your loved ones. I’m not sure if we will visit all our loved ones but we never fail to visit my grandparents-in-law because Manila Memorial is the nearest cemetery since we live in South Luzon. We went there last October 20, less crowd and parking is not hard. We’re always present even I never met my grandparents-in-law. 

October 29, 2013

Things to do in Bohol

Last October 15, 2013, Bohol experienced intensity 7.2 earthquake which shocked most people because of the severe damaged it cause. I felt sad when I saw the aftermath. I had a chance to visit Bohol last 2007 so I’m thankful that I have photos of those tourist spots. I know it will take time to restore everything and it is not easy to live a normal life especially if there’s still after shock.

But I’ve read that one way to help Bohol is to visit this place so they can earn from tourists again, I can’t definitely say that it is safe to visit now if there’s still after shock but I do hope that in time you will consider to visit Bohol. I still wanted to visit Bohol if time and budget permits because I failed to experience island hopping.

Sharing with you the things that we did when we visited Bohol.

1. Countryside Tour – we don’t have itinerary so when we reached the airport, we immediately get flyers and calling card so we could inquire for tour packages. We were able to book a car for P2000.


2. Day Tour in Panglao Island Nature and Resort Spa. – I paid less than P1000 for two persons including meals.


Running for Beginners

It is not a secret here that I’m not into sports and I’m so lazy to exercise and stretch my body. I know that running is included in my goals for years and until now I’m still not doing it. Well, I tried walkathon but I did not pursue it at all. You can call me lazy, as the quote says

“The hardest step for a runner is the first one out of the door”

But honestly, I’m not giving up my goal yet because I know time will come that I will start running. In the meantime, I’m busy reading articles about “benefits of running” to convince myself that I should start immediately because running offers several health benefits such as

1. It build strong bones.
2. It strengthen muscles.
3. It will improve cardiovascular fitness
4. It will help you to maintain a healthy weight.
5. It will burn plenty of calories.

I’m also searching information like “running for beginners” so I would be prepared. Sharing to you some information that I’ve found all over the web.

1. Decide and set goals 

Of course the first thing we need to do is decide. Decide when to start running and set your goals. Are you going to run in the morning or evening? Every day run or weekend run? Are you interested in participating fun run or marathon in the near future?

2. Plan your route 

Safety is very important when you run so make sure you choose the right route.

3. Wear the right gear 

If you think that dark coloured clothes are good then you are wrong. Director Felicia Hubber said we need to “dress like a Christmas tree” for safety issue. It means we need to wear bright colors or put some reflective accents. I was checking TheClymb site, looking for different running apparel and gear.

Aside from clothes, shoes are very important so buy an appropriate pair of running shoes. My husband bought me running shoes last month and hopefully I can use it soon.


4. Create a mantra – running mantra will inspire us in order to achieve a certain goal. Some mantras I’ve found are

“If I run now, I can feel good about it all day. If I skip it now, I’ll feel guilty all day”

“A few moments of discomfort now, a day’s worth of elation later”

You can create your own mantra and because I’m not into running yet my mantra for now is “I can do this”.

Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

For years I slept on an uncomfortable mattress and a fairly unforgiving pillow. Being rather British, I simply put up with it, thinking myself lucky to have a bed at all. As I was also living away from home for the first time, I swept the problem into the general bracket of ‘Things which annoy me but which I cannot afford to change’. Paying for bills and, most importantly, food, seemed rather more important at the time!


However, when I hurt my back at work, I had to sit down and reconsider how I was living my life. Often I would dash about like a mad woman and lift things that were probably far too heavy for me. It was only after a trip to the chiropractor that I realized I needed to do something about the bed in particular, as it turned out my back and neck were slowly moving out of line.

So, out went the old bed frame which, we discovered, had a crack in one of the slats. We bought a much sturdier frame and we invested in an Air Foam mattress, specifically designed to support your spine. To be honest, I started to feel the difference almost straight away. The problem was where I had once been waking up with a sore back, now it was my neck which hurt instead!

My other half hadn’t thought that we would need to change the pillows as well, but I begged to differ. I thought it was about time that we got some lovely soft pillows, so I took matters into my own hands. Knowing absolutely nothing about which pillows are best to sleep on, I headed on to my iPad.

A little internet research proved fruitful, as I realized the benefits of natural down pillows. These pillows are made of feathers or down from geese and ducks. They form a curve of your neck and head so they can provide really tailored support. As they are made of a natural material, natural pillows can be re-cased and rejuvenated so they will last for long. Down pillows also ‘breathe’ easily, which means that you will have a comfortable flow of air around your head and neck at night. Plus they’re really soft and cuddly!

My friend had recommended cushy.co.uk for pillows, so I went online and had a look. All the pillows looked rather enticing, but in the end, we opted for a pair of Surrey Down - Goose Feather & Down Pillows. They arrived in no time at all and I slept better straight away once we had made this last change.


In the future, I think we would always opt for natural filled pillows, as they seem to have so many benefits. It is such a relief to be able to sleep properly, and not to worry about waking up everyday with aches and pains. Being comfy and cozy at night can, it seems, make all the difference to how you feel throughout the day!

Contributed by Isabella Ramos, a freelance writer from New York

October 25, 2013

World Water Day


Every October 24 we celebrate United Nation, this year the theme is World Water Day. Last year my son’s class represented Sweden and yesterday they represented Argentina.


The costume was not difficult because I have black pants and white longsleeves, my son used it for his chef costume. The only thing I need is accessories but his teacher had a hard time looking for hat so we settled for this one.


We’re teasing the kids na mukhang farmer or sorbetero sa hat but when they danced together, the hat looks fine. The kids look good and again we’re proud parents. I really love watching my son enjoying his dance performance.  


After my son’s performance, we left already because I have check-up at 10AM. It was just funny because my son wanted to hold and wave his flag even in Asian Hospital. 



October 24, 2013

DIY Halloween Treats

Tomorrow is my son’s last day in school and before the semestral break; they will be having Trick or Treat. It was a simple celebration inside the classroom so we’re required to bring Halloween treats or goodies for the kids.

Fortunately, my son has only 13 classmates so it is not difficult to DIY everything. I just bought candies and printed Halloween labels. I got my free sticker here



I pasted the printed material in linen paper to make a Halloween tag.


Then I checked my supplies, I used baking cup, ice plastic bag and thread.


I put all the goodies inside the baking cup.



Put it inside the ice plastic bag, place the tag inside the thread and tie it around the plastic. That’s it!



A repost from my old blog Michi's Home Sweet Home

October 21, 2013

Stock Dividend

I started investing in stocks last February, I was excited when the trend is going up but I felt sad when it was going down, down and down. I can see that all my investments are color red. But like Bo Sanchez said, “do not panic” so I took advantage the low price to invest more.

I don’t regularly check my stocks so I was shocked last month when I saw that there was an increase in my balance. I asked my friend about it and she said, they received email from COL about stock dividend. I don’t have any email from BPI Trade so I checked their website and I saw this news update. Hay, I have to read pala, they don’t send email.





So it is really true that you can earn more from stocks than savings account or time deposit. This is the first earning that I’ve experienced, so far I earned from blue chips company that invested. My portfolio is not that big but I’m still happy with my earnings. It is better than nothing. 

A repost from my old blog Michi's Home Sweet Home

Tagaytay Trip and More


Last Tuesday was holiday and holiday = family day. Since it was a holiday, we went early to Asian Hospital Derma Laser for my therapy again, good thing they are open from 9-12nn. Then after that we went to Tagaytay, we wanted to check if there are Halloween costume in Ukay-Ukay #kuripot but unfortunately we did not find any costume.


We had lunch in RSM Binalot sa Dahon, we chose this because we thought it is cheaper than fastfood and para maiba naman. So we ordered Grilled Liempo P130, Tocilog P108 and Turon P70. The meal has no drinks included so we ordered 1.5 liters coke for P90.


They gave us free bulalo soup while waiting for our order. After eating our meal and paying our bill, nagkatinginan na lang kami ni hubby. We both knew that we’re not satisfied with our food and sana nagfastfood na lang kami, mas mura at masarap pa.

The only good thing that happened was we saw poster of Bali Village Hotel Resort and Spa in this restaurant so we asked if they have flyers so off we went to Bali Village to check the place. We’re currently looking for accommodation because we will attend wedding on December.


Surprisingly, the place was good so we reserve a room already.


We also checked Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay if they have promo for December but as of now no promo. But we’re having second thoughts because of the location; it is too far from Caleruega.


Then we went to Nuvali but on our way to there, we saw Good Shepherd so we had a quick stop and bought ube jam P 130 and cuchipan P50.




At Nuvali, we’re looking for Halloween costume and formal clothes for Ethan but we did not buy this because I don’t know the wedding motif yet.


After checking all the stores in Nuvali and Paseo De Sta Rosa, we did not find anything so we decided to go home. On our way home, my mother-in-law texted my husband to pick up his brother in Binan and ihatid sa Cabuyao, Laguna. Wheww! Di pa tapos ang road trip, so we were on the road for 10 hours. Stressful but fun. 

October 19, 2013

How to be a Successful Travel Blogger


I don’t consider myself as a travel blogger and I don’t dream to be one because I seldom travel now. But I love sharing our family travels and food trip in this blog, hoping that it can help other people. Anyway, if you are into travelling and you have a blog, sharing to you this infographic. 

How to be a successful Travel Blogger
Source: DigitalMint.net

Tree House

Do you have dreams? Do you have wants? Or do you have wishes? I know all people have wants, wishes and dreams because even when I was still young I wanted to have a Barbie house, Pandora bracelet, my own room and even tree house.

Photo from Facebook


I saw this picture in my news feed, this is really nice. I can live in this house. I just hope that it is strong enough to stand the typhoon and earthquake here in the Philippines.

October 18, 2013

Cebu Island Hopping Information

When you want to go and visit Cebu and want to enjoy everything about this beautiful island, you should totally go and try the Island hopping. Cebu island hopping is one of the best activities to do in Cebu but finding a reputable travel agency in Cebu that offers this ocean adventure other than just taking a tour in Cebu Philippines, will not be that difficult. However, it would be totally helpful in finding the appropriate agency to have this activity with when you do a little bit of research. Also, it will surely make you feel excited about this adventure when you get to hear more about it. So, below are the couple of sites we’ve found for you to get the best details, photos and a total sneak peak of what you will experience when you go for a Cebu island hopping tour.

Trip Advisor


Trip Advisor should give you tons of information on travel agencies in Cebu that offers the best experience for Cebu island hopping activities. You should be able to see real reviews and opinions on the best businesses to utilize for island hopping. You can either check the reviews or go to the forum part of Trip Advisor. If you decide to go to the forum part, you should make an excel spreadsheet and determine which businesses are mentioned the most. This will help give you an accurate idea on what the best businesses are. You should also check to see if the pricing is in line with what you are quoted when you call or email.

Lonely Planet


You should be able to find tons of information and real user reviews on Lonely Planet. Tons of people comment every day on Lonely Planet, and you should be able to find the exact information you are looking for. They have forums that are designed to give you tons of information and travel tips. You can ask your question in the forum and wait for responses. Or you can simply search for island hopping ideas and/or businesses and see what has already been said.

Third Party Forums and Social Networks


You should be able to find tons of information by searching on third party online forums and social networks. You may have a couple of contacts or friends that have gone to Cebu and actually used different travel agency in Cebu and through them you may get the best referral for this adventure. You will be able to see exactly which companies to use and which ones to avoid because they’re not surely paid to say so to you and you know them, so surely they want you too to have the best experience when you go for this Cebu island hopping tour. This will give you second hand knowledge that you need to know in order to make a well informed decision. Remember, when you are searching for an agency that could provide you for the best experience, you want to be sure that the business is reputable before giving them your money and relying on them to provide you the service that you want to experience. This is not just your any take a tour in Cebu experience, but this will also let you enjoy the tropical heat and enjoy the water world of Cebu!

Halloween Costume

My son will be having Trick or Treat next week so last Tuesday, we were scouting already for halloween costume, he wanted Minion costume and I was searching the net for possible improvise costume but unfortunately we could not find yellow longsleeves shirt and jumper pants.  


After my therapy yesterday we went to Festival mall to look for costume again. Honestly, I don’t want to buy costume in the mall because of the price and I’m sure most parents would buy costumes there so there’s possibility na may kapareho anak mo. It happened to me two years ago, may kapareho si Ethan ng costume.

Even I know that he will only use this costume once, I have no choice because he needs costume. I’m just hoping that he will choose affordable costume.







After fitting almost all the costumes, can you guess which costume he chose?

You can check his previous costume here  and here

October 16, 2013

Damaged Heritage Sites


Yesterday, around 8AM, we’re busy preparing for my therapy so we could reach Asian Hospital at 9AM. On our way to the hospital, we’re listening to the radio and we were shocked about the earthquake news. Intensity 7.2 is considered destructive earthquake and we remembered the Baguio earthquake before. I was in grade 2 that time and living in Navotas, I was on my way to the sari-sari store nung nag earthquake, feeling ko nahihilo lang ko so I decided to go home na lang and I saw my sister rolling in the bed, walang kamalay-malay, may earthquake na. While my husband was in school somewhere in Dagupan so he experienced the intensity and after shock of the earthquake.

We’ve been on the road for almost 10 hours so I’m not really updated with the news. When we got home, I was really shocked when I saw the pictures of damaged heritage site in my news feed. I’ve seen and visited three of these churches, it is so sad to see that it was severely damaged now.

Photo from Facebook

I’m thankful that I have memories of these churches and hoping that it could be restored again. I’m praying for all the kababayans, hope all is well. 




October 14, 2013

Trail Run + Swimming


Last month my husband informed me that he joined the fun run in their office. My initial reaction is shock while saying, after ng birthday ni Ethan yun, stress at pagod pa. He said, ok lang yun.

Ok fine! What can I do, he already joined and we’re required to go with him pa for picture purposes. We will wait at the finish line daw, first time siyempre but it didn’t happen. It is not fun run but trail run in La Mesa EcoPark. Hehehe!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I wasn’t feeling well day before Ethan’s birthday and I was just taking medicine to survive the birthday and trail run. It works naman though natuluyan na rin ko nagkasakit after those events.


I have to support my husband because I know he really wanted to join fun run events. But when I’ve learned that it was not a fun run, I was bit worried so I always tell him, gumulong ka na lang pag di mo kaya. Hehehe! Would you believe that he was the first one who finished the beginners trail run #proudwife. Oh di ba, may napapala pala ang pagtakbo sa sementeryo at village. Hahahaha!


Anyway, I finally met Mel of Mel’s Hidden Passion last October 5, she was there too. Unfortunately, no picture together at nakatago kami ni Ethan sa car. #shytype. While waiting for hubby, we tried to entertain ourselves, nagwalkathon sa parking lot and we’re doing Ethan’s assignment.


After the trail run, off we went to Valenzuela to visit my siblings. Swimming time with Ethan’s cousins too. 


October 11, 2013

Mickey Mouse Birthday Party


When my husband celebrated his birthday last June, my son and I baked a cake. While baking a cake, my son said that he wanted a Mickey Mouse birthday cake and since then he always remind me about his cake #repeat100times till he celebrated his birthday last October 4, Friday.


He even drew this picture to show me his theme so deep inside I know that he really wanted a Mickey Mouse Birthday Party. I was planning and surfing the net last June for possible ideas, I ordered some party materials online and started my preparation last week of August. I witnessed the joy and excitement of my son every time he sees me preparing for his birthday.


We gave the invitation few days before his birthday. Day before his birthday, I was not feeling well so I decided that we will not go to school so I could take a rest. I took medicine to prevent it and thank God because I was able to go with them the following day.





When I entered his room, he immediately hugged me and said “I love you, mommy”. He was indeed happy because finally he will celebrate his birthday. #thelongwaitisover It was just a simple birthday celebration together with his classmates and teachers.

Mickey Mouse Cake from "Say it with a Cake"

Initially, I wanted to bake cupcake but since my son wanted a Mickey Mouse cake, I just order this from a friend.

The party started with gift giving.


Then blowing of candle.


Eating time.


Games


And lastly group picture.


Before I left the room, my son hugged me again and said “Thank you, I love you mommy”. I was really touched, sulit pagod ko sa pagprepare because my son enjoyed his simple birthday celebration.

Click here to check for DIY Mickey Mouse Party.