January 30, 2014

School Dilemma

My son is currently in senior casa, Kinder 1 or Pre-kinder in other schools. He will be in Preparatory level (Kinder) next school year. But this month, I’ve been contemplating whether to stay in the present school and finish his Preparatory level or transfer to big school so he will be more independent and mature.

As early as January 8, my friends and I have been visiting different schools in our area. We’ve been checking the requirements, checking the tuition and talking to Guidance Counselor. Some of my son’s classmates are qualified for K to 12 Basic Education program. My friends' kids are already six years old by June 2014 and since my son’s birthday is still in October, he’s not qualified yet.

So I prepared all the requirements needed for the admission test and when we went back to the school, I was shocked because the school staff was telling me that my son can take grade 1 admission test because of the memo from DepEd. Kids who are turning six years old till October are qualified for Grade 1. I have to ask her again because I was there last January 8 and I heard different information. At that moment, I really don’t know what to do, will I apply for Grade 1 or Kinder exam. But I don’t want to pay for two exams so I applied for Grade 1 admission test. 

My son took admission test in two different schools. Last Friday, he passed the first exam (slightly above average) and I can enroll him to Grade 1. He took another exam last Wednesday and I was really nervous because it is not written exam. My son will take the test on the computer. Waah! My son doesn’t even know how to use the mouse; even they teach him how to use the computer before the exam, I don’t think he will be comfortable in taking the test. 


My son finished the exam and the result was below the average so they told me to retake the exam after one month. The staff told me that maybe my son wasn’t prepared yet because he was only five years old, kasabayan niya mommy, 6 and 7 yrs old and the exam that he took was the final exam of our Kinder (Preparatory in our school) and my son was still in Pre-Kinder level. Actually, they can print the test result but for sure if I will enroll in their school, my son need to take a remedial class. So they suggest to take the exam again baka di pa napag-aralan ng anak ko yung iba na nasa exam. 

Now, I’m decided to transfer my son to big school but I don’t know if I will enroll him to Kinder or Grade 1. Of course, I can save money if he will jump to Grade 1 but I don’t know if my son is emotionally ready. Kaya ba niya ang 7 hours every day in school. Kaya ba niya ang additional subjects? I don’t know if he can eat on his own because honestly, he cannot eat rice meal on his own. Paano siya mag-lunch. Hay, my head is already aching and I have three months to decide. 

Read: It's Official, My Son Will go to Big School

Chic-Boy


Chic-Boy (Chicken – Baboy) is not a new restaurant but it took me a long time to try their food because I’ve been reading and hearing a lot of negative reviews regarding the service and food. Last year was my first time to try their food with my  mommy friends in school and I ordered the inihaw na liempo. I can’t remember the exact price but it is over P100 without drinks but you have unlimited rice.



I don’t see any problems with their food and service so I visited the restaurant again with my family. My husband and son ordered the chicken inasal and I ordered inihaw na liempo again. Next time I will try the Cebu Lechon Liempo.


Frozen


I’ve been hearing and reading a lot of good reviews about “Frozen” and I even suggested to my husband to watch this movie but he’s not interested maybe because the main character are girls. So we failed to watch the movie last year.

It was only last Saturday that we were able to watch the movie and now I agree with the good reviews. Honestly I’m not into music; the only time I listen to radio is when I’m in the car. I don’t know how to play instruments. I don’t know what road-runner effects for. And I’m not updated with new songs, famous music artist, hit songs and others.

But even we’re not into music, we really enjoyed this movie. My son and I keep on singing “Let it Go, First Time in Forever and Do you Wanna Build a Snowman”. Since Saturday, we’ve been watching this movie every single day. hehehe!

January 28, 2014

Lasagna

Lasagna is my favorite pasta but unfortunately I could not make perfect lasagna at home. I still prefer the taste of Greenwich lasagna.



Last year I tried to make lasagna for the second time using this instant lasagna. It has no pre-cooking required so it made my life easier; I just have to make two sauces.


I followed the recipe at the back of the box. I don’t have the copy anymore since I’m not satisfied with the taste. In fairness, the taste is ok and it is edible. Lol!


Eyeglasses Dilemma



Going to eye doctor is always on my list every year but until now I haven’t paid a visit. I know I have to change my eyeglasses but choosing the right eyeglasses is always my dilemma. I don’t know if half rim frames are the perfect pair for me. I do believe I have oval shape face so I check online for possible recommendations.  

January 27, 2014

Tous les Jours



Since last year, I always see Tous les Jours whenever I’m in Festival Mall. It is a French-Asian Bakery that I can’t even pronounce the name and because of that I feel that they are selling expensive cakes and breads. But last Saturday, there were few customers so we check the store.


It was our first visit so we had a hard time in choosing and to make our life easier, we chose the available best seller such as sweet black rice bread with black sesame cream cheese, milk bread and roll (pack). I can’t remember the exact price but it is less than P50 each.


We love the bread so for sure we will go back again. I have to search Tous les Jours in google and listen to the audio, Tous les Jours is too-le-joo-r meaning “everyday”. It means they serve only freshly baked bread every day and that is why they have on-site production system in their store.


Care to share your favorite.

How to Withdraw Funds in BPI Trade Account?

If you have an account in BPI Trade, withdrawing funds is easy; all you need to do is fill out withdrawal request form online under the Main Tab and Account Info Tab. Just leave P500 for the maintaining balance.


Note: Please also note that there is 10:00 AM (Manila time) processing cut-off time for withdrawals. If withdrawal request is made before 10:00 AM, the withdrawn amount will be credited to your Beneficiary Account between 3:00- 5:30pm on the same day.

Requests submitted after the 10:00 AM cutoff will be credited to your Beneficiary Account on the NEXT banking day.

Please note that BPI Trade will handle only the transfer of funds from your BPI Direct bank account to your nominated BPI Beneficiary Account. For outward remittance requests or currency conversion of the withdrawn amount, please coordinate with the bank branch of your BPI Beneficiary Account.

Online Shopping



Shopping online is very popular now a day because it saves time, money and effort. A lot of stores are now creating their own website to reach more customers just like reid supplies, it is an online store that sells tools, accessories, maintenance supplies, shop supplies and many more. It has an online catalog where you can view the products. 

January 22, 2014

Red Ribbon Dedication Cake


They say that birthday is not complete without a cake so that is why we always have a cake even in simple birthday celebration. In addition, it is also a nice gift to give if you have no time to shop for one.

Last year I’ve tried the Red Ribbon Dedication Cake, I bought the chocolate dedication cake last November 10 for my grandmother and Mocha dedication cake for my mother-in-law last November 30.



Looking at the design, I prefer the chocolate one but we prefer the mocha when it comes to taste. I tried to use my happy plus card to avail the P100 coupon discount but too bad their terminal is always offline. #sayang

My Kikay Kit

People who know me for so long know that I don’t wear make-up because I don’t know how to apply make-up and I’m not comfortable with it. I still remember last 2012 I posted “What’s in Mom’s Bag” and readers were asking where my make-up kit is.

Honestly, I don’t have make-up kit and not even lipstick so when I have to attend wedding last month, I told my husband that I need to buy lipstick para naman may kulay ang mukha ko di ba. I bought Maybelline lipstick and mascara.


For years, I’m satisfied with lip and cheek tint, face powder and lip gloss. I’m a full time mom so I feel that I don’t need to wear make-up every time I go to school to accompany my son.

But I’m aware that make-up has expiration so now, I’m using the mascara and lipstick every time I go out. Sayang naman if one time use lang. hehehe!

Sharing the Make-up Expiration Guidelines from seventeen.com

Mascara – 2-3 months
Liquid Foundation Concealer – 6-12 months
Lipstick – 2 years
Lip Gloss – 1 year
Nail Polish – 1-2 years
Powder, Eye Shadow and Blush – 2 years
Fragrances – 8- 10 years
Lotion – 2 years

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

January 20, 2014

MMRV Vaccine


When my son reached 3 years old we’re having a hard time going to doctor for his vaccination. For him pedia=injection so it was really difficult to convince him to go to the hospital. When he got sick, we went to different pedia because nagwawala na siya palabas pa lang kami elevator so sa iba na lang.

But we went back last January 10 to his original pedia for the MMRV vaccine; it took me days to convince him. He was fine hanggang sa pagpasok namin sa room but when he saw the doctor preparing the injection, natakot na.


I’m thankful na natapos na rin ang booster shot ng MMR and Varicella so at least I’m at peace na hindi na siya vulnerable sa measles outbreak. I don’t want him to get sick especially now that my mom is going home and we have family outing. #bawalmagkasakit So prevention is better than cure.

I’m really scared because we almost missed the field trip because my son had hand, foot and mouth disease, days before the field trip. He missed his exam because he got sick too so now, I don’t want to take risk anymore.


As a treat, we bought ice cream. =)

Good luck sa flu vaccine naming sa summer. 


FYI: Childhood Immunization Schedule


January 17, 2014

Abe


Two weeks ago we went to Alabang Town Center to finish some errands. We rarely visit this mall so whenever we visit we take our chance to try new restaurant which is not available in our place.


Abe is not new to my husband because they always have dinner meetings in this restaurant. Looking at the exterior and interior of the restaurant, you may think that the price is very expensive but it isn’t. The food is reasonably price; we ordered Pork Lengua Asado P295, Tidtad (Dinuguan) P225 and Unlimited Jasmine Steam Rice P65 per person.


We’re very satisfied with the food and service.

After eating our lunch, we went back to this place because my son wanted to play Lego. Thank God because there’s available slot for him, wala kasi siya space nung dumaan kami.


Note: Don’t forget to clean or sanitize your child’s hands after playing because I saw one kid who’s biting the lego pieces to separate them.


I hope I can bring him to Legoland Malaysia

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Abe
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How to Open an Account in COL Financial

I tried stock market just last year and I persuaded my husband to open an account too in BPI Trade because he only needs P500 to maintain the account and no minimum investment. But few months after, they had COL Financial (formerly Citisec Online) seminar in his office so last December he went to COL Financial office to open an account. Unlike in BPI Trade where you can apply only online, in COL you can personally apply or through online too.




To Open a COL Account

1. Choose the type of account

*COL Starter – entry level account, refreshed-based data and inimum investment is P5,000
*COL Plus – for active traders, streaming data and minimum investment is P25,000
*COL Premium – top of the line servers, personalized relationship manager and minimum investment is P1,000,000.

2. Forms and Requirements

*Fill out the Application Forms – Customer Account Information Form, Specimen Signature Card and Online Trading Securities Agreement.



*Additional Requirements for Filipino Citizens – photocopy of 1 valid Philippine Government issued ID and Billing Statement.

*A Philippine local bank account is advantageous to handle withdrawals from your COL account.

3. Submission

*Submit the complete requirements to 2403-B, East Tower, Philippine Stock Exchange Center, Exchange Road, Pasig 1605 Philippines
*A sales officer will contact you via email or phone to inform you of your account status and COL account number.

In my husband’s experience, he submitted the form, paid the minimum investment and he received the status and COL account number before he left the office.

4. Funding your COL Account

*Overseas Remittance
*Online Bills Payment –BPI, BDO and Metrobank.
*Over the Counter Bills Payment – BPI, BDO and Metrobank
*COL Business Center

Once funded, your COL username and password will be emailed to you within 24-48 hours. Use the details to log into your account so you can start investing.

This is another option if you want to try stock market. 

COL Financial
026515888
www.colfinancial.com

Read: How to Apply ITF (In Trust Fund) Account in COL Financial
How to Open an Account in BPI Trade

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

January 16, 2014

LZM Restaurant


Whenever we go to Tagaytay, we always pass LZM restaurant and the parking is always full. It only shows that the food must be really good. But it was only last January 1 that we’ve tried it.

After our trip in Sonyas Garden, we dropped here to have our lunch. Good thing we secured a parking slot. The place looks like a canteen having simple dining table, chairs and interiors.



The staff gave us the menu and we ordered bulalo P400, rice P100 and drinks P90.
LZM did not fail my expectation because we enjoyed the bulalo, it has big serving, the meat is tender and there’s bone marrow. A better bulalo experience compared to Mahogany Market.



The only thing that I dislike is the slow service; asking and paying bills took almost forever. So my husband went to the staff just to inform her that she forgot to include our drinks in the bill, paid the bill and we left. Sana puyat lang sila kaya mabagal kumilos. 


January 15, 2014

Remote Camera

Every time we travel, one of our dilemmas is family picture. It is hard to have family picture because no one will take our picture. So when we went to Hongkong and Macau, we bought tripod but unfortunately, it did not last. It was broken before our trip ends. Lol.

I was searching for tripod and remote camera online, checking for style and price if we can afford. Then I found out that remote camera or trail camera is mostly used by photographers if the space is limited, if they are not allowed to take photo because of limited access like sports and wildlife photography. Well, if you’re interested you can find a review for a trail camera online. 

Anyway, I’m looking for affordable tripod for our next trip, any suggestions?

Duncan Hines: Red Velvet Cupcake


I remember that last November I baked Devil’s Food Cupcake from Duncan Hines and last Sunday I tried their red velvet mix. While mixing the batter my son keep on saying “Wow, ganda ng color”.

After baking, we tasted it and my husband said “Bakit pula ito?” I said, hello! Red velvet nga e.


Anyway, the cupcake is moist, fluffy and taste ok. I wanted to make cream cheese frosting but as usual, tinamad na ko. Hehehe!

Read: California Walnut Brownies
       Devil's Food Cupcake

January 14, 2014

Celeteque: Sun Care Soothing Lip Balm

Since I was young, one of my dilemmas is having chapped lips so I’m not fan of lipstick because I feel that it doesn’t look good on my chapped lips. I only use lip gloss or lip balm. Would you believe that I bought my first lipstick just last month?

Anyway, I tried different lip balms before and I even used petroleum jelly on my chapped lips. I received these sample products from Unilab and tried it for few days.

According to packaging, Celeteque Sun Care Soothing Lip Balm

1. Contains UVA/UVB filters which prevent UV radiation from damaging and rapidly aging the lip area.
2. Its moisturizing oils keep the lips healthy with their softening and smoothening benefits.
3. The Mulberry Extract helps brighten and lighten discoloured lips previously darkened by smoking. 

Directions: Use the index finger to generously coat the upper and lower lips with lip balm. Apply as often as needed to effectively sooth dry, chapped lips and wind burns. Also use as a daily lip moisturizer to protect the lips from daily sun exposure.

Like

1. I can say that it really moisturize my lips even on day 1.
2. I like the cooling effect after applying the lip balm.
3. It has SPF that will protect my lips from sun exposure.
4. It is not greasy. 

Dislike

1. I don’t like the packaging. I prefer the stick type of lip balm so I don’t have to use my finger when applying it.

I dont’smoke but I do hope that it will really brighten or lighten my discoloured lips.

Tips from WikiHow to avoid chapped lips.

1. Don’t lick them.
2. Always wear lip balm that contains SPF.
3. Apply lip balm throughout the day especially before going to sleep.
4. Use lip balm before applying lipstick or lipgloss.

January 13, 2014

Staycation: Bali Village Hotel


If you still remember my post last October, we went to Tagaytay to look for an accommodation, we checked different hotels and we ended up reserving a room in Bali Village Hotel because the wedding reception was also there. Good thing that there’s still room available because most of the room were occupied already.

Since we only need a decent room where we could stay after the wedding, we reserve the Standard Room B, the Bali Room is much cheaper but the location is near the swimming pool. To confirm the reservation you need to pay 50% downpayment.




This house is divided in three different rooms and our room was located at the right side. Upon check-in we paid the balance + P500 for key deposit.



There’s only two complimentary breakfast so we ordered additional meal for P150.



Like
1.The place looks relaxing.
2.Service is ok.
3.There’s swimming pool.



Dislike
1.Most of the stuff in our room are broken like the main door, bathroom door knob, sink is leaking, and phone is not working.
2.There’s free wifi but no connection inside the room.
3.The ceiling is low so we can hear the footsteps and noise of the guest upstairs.
4.Bed and pillows aren't comfortable so better bring your own pillow. 

Bali Village Hotel
E. Aguinaldo Highway Kaybagal South Tagaytay City
www.tagaytaybalivillagehotel.com

Mandaue Foam Holiday Sale


I saw this Mandaue Foam Holiday Sale photo in my news feed last week so I asked my mom if she is interested to buy mattress since there’s no extra bed in my grandmother’s house where she would stay.

She said yes so I informed my husband that I will go with him sa pagpapalit niya ng gulong in Alabang so I can buy mattress and pillows. We were in Mandaue Foam last October, my mother-in-law bought buy 1 take 1 mattress P1500 and pillows P350. But it is no longer available so we bought the next size (double) for P2000.

My son wanted to buy B1T1 pillows too, P300 for the smallest size and standard size is P350.

They fold it so it will fit inside the car.

I informed my friend about it and they bought mattress too so if you are interested, go to Mandaue Foam and take advantage the sale till January 6, 2014 only. 

Cafe France Buy 1 Take 1 Bread


We went to Asian Hospital last Friday for my son’s MMR/Varicella Booster shot and we saw a kiosk of Café France. They have buy 1 take 1 promo on all breads every Friday of January.


We were able to buy this for P198.


A repost from my old blog My Other Nook

January 09, 2014

Find a Hotel That Is Right for Everyone

People have different traveling styles and things that they are willing to spend money on. Some want all of the comforts of home and are willing to pay for a five star hotel. Some see a hotel as just a place to sleep. As long as it is clean and cheap, those people are ready to go. They would rather spend their money on food, activities, an extra day, or souvenirs. So when you are looking at hotels in Catalina Island, it is important to know what the person you are traveling with values.



The Total Experience

For some people going to a new place means experiencing the culture, food, and everything else that it has to offer. Some go for the tourist stuff; others go for the authentic local stuff. There is no reason why you can’t do both if you have enough time. However, when you have a traveling companion, it is important that you both know what the trip is for. Clear communication will help things go smoothly as well as a willingness to compromise and a sense of humor directed outward will.

The Romantic Getaway

You might be going away so that you can experience each other away from the noises and distractions of everyday life. It is important to reconnect to the people you are without kids, bills, and job stress. That way when the inevitable happens and the kids move out, you won’t be surprised by the new person that shows up in the same skin as your significant other used to wear if it is a little older.

The Place to Stay 

Once you know the purpose of your trip, you will know what each of you wants to spend on the categories involved in that trip. Then you can make a good decision about which hotels in Catalina Island best fit your goals and desires for the trip. After all, if you are going to be spending a lot of time in the room, you want it to be comfortable, and no matter how much time you are going to be there, you will want it to be clean.

January 08, 2014

Clash of Clans


If you’ve been a regular reader of this blog, you know for sure that I’m candy crush addict but from time to time I try other games too especially if I’m stuck with my level for so long. Now, I’m stuck with level 461 for three weeks already so I’m now playing other games like Clash of Clans.

My husband has been bugging me to download this game but I feel that this game is not for me and it is a man’s games. But he still downloaded this game on my phone last Dec. 23 and he patiently teaches me how to play.

This is my clan last December 26, 2013


And now, this is my clan. There is big improvement but I’m still learning, the first few days I keep on checking the game because I need to upgrade my defenses and resources but now naiinip ko because it took them days to upgrade.


The downside of this game is you can’t play it offline.

January 07, 2014

Big Savings Outlet at Southwoods


If you always pass SLEX you will see this ad “Big Savings Outlet at Southwoods”. It just started last December 15, 2013 so when we went there last month, there are only two stores that are open.

One sells overrun stuff; you can buy something for as low as P100.

One store sells high end brand so expect that the price is not affordable. They have promo like buy 2 for P895, I was able to buy bag and scarf for P895. Most of the brand is available in S&R.

The Outlet is near Splash Island Resort.

January 06, 2014

Highlights of 2013

This is supposed to be my year end post but I was busy as a bee last year and I have no time to blog. Anyway, even it is a little bit late I will still share the highlights of 2013.


2013 is not a travel year for me because my husband declared a travel ban. Well, no travel via plane so we could save. I was sad at first but later on I just realized that it is not the destination or it is not the journey that matters but it is the people who are with you. So even there’s no travel via plane and even I did not set my foot in any airport, I was still happy because we’ve been into different places and we experienced new things.

January

I just notice that every January we always have reunion, I checked my post last 2011 and 2012 and we attended reunions and last January 2013, we had college reunions.

First time to experience Family Day in my son’s school.


February

We celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary in Piña Colina Resort. 


March

My mom was here and we celebrated her 51st birthday in Max’s. 


We attended my son first Moving Up


and after that we went to Sky Ranch.



We had family outing in La Luz Resort


…and experienced Bed and Breakfast in Casa San Pablo


We spent Holy Week in different location. We went to Walkway: Station of the Cross in BHS. The following day, we went to Caleruega and Taal Basilica



April

I enrolled my son in swimming class


We went to Fun Farm at Sta Elena with my sister’s family. 


May

We revisited Enchanted Kingdom




June

We had simple celebration of my husband’s birthday in Tootsie’s Tagaytay and celebrated Father’s Day in Nuvali



July

We attended birthday and victory party of my friend’s husband in Yakimix


August

We had Staycation in Acacia Hotel to celebrate my birthday.



September

Because of the one week suspension of class due to typhoon, Linggo ng Wika was moved to September.


October

My son celebrated his 5th Mickey Mouse birthday in school.


Visited Residence Inn Zoo during semestral break.


November



We joined the field trip of my son in Gardenia, Manila Ocean Park and Repertory Philippines “Alice in Wonderland”. 



December


We had Staycation in Bali Village Hotel.

I thank God for all the blessings and I’m praying that 2014 would be good to our health.