Dear Daughter Pt.9

Dear Daughter,

Yesterday, we went to a playschool for a trial class. See, mummy and daddy wants to see if you are ready for playschool. We are thinking of enrolling you to the Summer class first and see if you enjoy it.

Mummy, being a digital practitioner, searched for possible playschools for you to try. My search ended up with two possible playschools for you. One was Junior Explorers Playschool and the other, which we visited today, Cradle. After discussing with your daddy, we chose to try out Cradle first. Location was an important factor plus, as daddy pointed out, it had more positive reviews online vs. Junior Explorers Playschool.

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Mummy was super excited for you to visit playschool, with a bit of nervousness of course. I didn’t know if you would let me leave you with teachers and students. I didn’t know what to do as well if you cried when I left you. Maybe this was why I had a hard time sleeping the night before your big day. I kept thinking of different scenarios over and over. I blame the strat brain that I have, which has a tendency to overthink and plan as much as I can.

The day final came. We woke up a bit late, but I ensured you felt great. I started playing the Spotify playlist we made especially for you with nothing but your favorite Nursery Rhymes. You had extra fun with your bubble time, even if mummy cut it off so we can leave early.

You had no clue that you will go to school that day. I think, you just thought that mummy will take you somewhere. You were still playing with your box when I asked you to wear your shoes. You just smiled at me, with the usual twinkle in your eye when we go out together.

I asked you to wear your bag and briefed you (how agency talk of mummy) that we will go somewhere fun, where you will meet your teacher and new friends. Your lolo was super excited, he walked you to the gate and proudly said that his little girl will go to school.

I am climbed up first your Lolo Odie’s tryke, he was our service to Cradle. You soon followed when you and your lolo were done saying goodbyes.

On the ride to the playschool, you seemed to be nervous, you were clingy, you were looking at me as if asking why I asked you to wear a backpack and why I was looking at you differently. Love, I think you were worried for mummy. You see, I couldn’t fathom that the little bunny I once carried on my chest all night long is going to playschool. I know, it is just a trial. I knew though that if everything went well, I will enroll you and that it will start a new phase in our lives. Oh my bunny, it is a big milestone for us.

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You held my hand tightly, squeezing my fingers. You were smiling at me and pointing things that you saw on the ride to playschool. It was as if you were silently telling mommy, it is okay that you are ready.

When we got there, I lead you inside and knocked on the door. Three heavy knocks on my heart echoed, this was the start of your schooling phase.

Teacher opened the door and asked us to take off our shoes. She asked us to wait for a while, she will call on your teacher for the trial class. You still held my hand while you looked around the room. You were starting to smile, even if you knew nobody but mommy.

Your teacher finally came out, and said hi to both of us. She was very direct to mummy, she told me that I had to leave you inside and I have to wait outside until your trial class is finished. She also told me that you will cry, but that it is normal. You will be with other kids your age and there were two to three teachers present for your class.

She asked me to leave your snacks inside, which I did together with your red Hello Kitty Eco Bottle. While I was signing their trial logbook, she held your hand and led you to your classroom. She introduced herself and the two other teachers. Oh love, it was so hard for mummy to not look back and call you. I knew it would be more difficult for you if I did. I knew that it will increase the chances of you throwing a fit.

With a lump in my throat and my heart, I went outside and left you with them. I wanted to cry, bunny. I wanted to go back in and hug you, my little girl. But I didn’t hear you cry, you didn’t need any distraction from mummy.

I patiently waited for you outside. 2 hours went by fast. I was chatting with daddy and ninang Jaja. I heard your class saying goodbyes so I knew you will be coming out anytime soon. It was such a sight to see that you ligned up to go out. You were in a straight line, hand over your other classmate’s shoulder. A smile was painted on mummy’s face, you were perfect in my eyes. What made mommy extra proud was the very good star stamp on your right back hand. When did you start growing up so fast, love? I want to pause that moment and preserve it in my memory forever.

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Teacher asked me to go inside for your assessment. So I stood up quickly after giving you a kiss on your forehead. I looked at you differently that time, my tiny human is now a tiny school girl.

Teacher told me that you did cry, midclass. You joined the first activity but you got a bit distracted when a teacher left the room. Teacher said that maybe, you thought class was over and you will get to see mummy. But overall, she said you did great.

It seems as if you are ready for school. Mummy however, isn’t ready for your big leap to playschool. I will let you be, because you seem to be ready. I must accept that you are growing up, fast so damn fast for me to catch up with you.

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Oh bunny, I love you so so much. Mummy is an emotional mess but you are awesome. And bunny, I am so so proud of you. I know also that you are proud of your achievement, you show off your star stamp every chance you get. Please please please stay the same. I love you forever, my little bunny.

Zooper Cruise: A Magical Ride at Pasig River

This is a sponsored post.

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Filipinos are using the Pasig River Ferries everyday, 400 of them according to Manila Metropolitan Development Authority (MMDA), but must be one of the means of transportation of thousands more not just by hundreds,
so what hinders them?

The Philippines has many beautiful local tourist attractions, yet many Filipinos as well as foreign tourists have not yet discovered the beauty of Metro Manila. Zoomanity Group, with an aim to promote education and environmental conservation of Pasig River, launches Zooper Cruise, a zooper unique cruise experience under Zoomanity Foundation and for the rehabilitation of the Pasig River.

Just last February 14, 2017 at 4PM in the afternoon, Zoomanity Group serenaded travelers with love songs, sweet souvenirs, delicious and authentic Chinese cuisine and an experience they will never forget via our newest attraction “The Love Boat.” For only Php 1,400.00 per head, the participants had a magical ride.

Started last August 25, 2016, Zooper Cruise will be a specially arranged tour in Pasig River every first Saturday of the month. For as slow as P699 to P1, 999, you will get a chance to rediscover the beauty of historical places in Manila like Intramuros and Fort Santiago, highlighting also the World’s 1st and biggest China Town. The tour is complete with good ambiance and music, snacks and drinks, photo souvenir and a lot more.

Zooper Cruise is the newest project under Zoomanity Foundation which is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility. It caters the company’s 4 pillars which are Education, Entertainment, Environmental Conservation and Exhibit.

Zoomanity Group is one of the leading companies in the theme park industry in the Philippines under the Yupangco Group of Companies. We have more than 30 years of experience in the field and at present, we have eight operating local and international parks namely Zoobic Safari in Subic, Zoocobia Fun Zoo in Clark, Clarkzilla in Clark, Residence Inn in Tagaytay, Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite, Zoocolate Thrills in Bohol, Zootopia in Nagano, Japan and Animal Research and Development Park in Victoria Australia.

Rediscover the splendor of Manila historical landmarks.

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Toddler Tales #2: Bunny Goes Night Night

Bunny turned 2 last December. She’s a more active little girl. She expresses her feelings better too! That includes naptime or night night time. She would declare that she isn’t ready yet to sleep by saying “ayaw” (no). That is true even if her eyes were heavy already. That fact inspired we to create a list of her reasons why she won’t go naptime or night night time.
Reasons Why Bunny Won’t Go To Sleep
1. Milky time not yet done, even if she is not sucking just latching
2. Elmo’s World
3. She wants more ice cream
4. She wants to read a book (Dory)
5. She wants to read another book
6. She wants to read her third book
7. Wheels on the bus ( I need to sing the whole song).
8. She wants to see her shadow friends, specifically incy-wincy.
9. ET Phone homeeee
10. Nighty night first to her animals.
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11. Daddy is hugging mommy.
12. Show and tell first of her 5 little monkeys performance.
13. Happy Feet 2
14. Bo on the Go
15. Still busy playing with her Playdoh
16. Still tinkering with her blocks
17. She’s busy pretending to be a baby
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18. She wants to go “bubbles” again
How about your little one? What are his or her reasons to not sleep?

Saving For Gifts with Groupon Coupons #ad #GrouponCoupons

This is a sponsored post, I have been compensated for this post. All opinions expressed in this post however are mine and was not influenced by anyway.

I have a confession to make, I am a big sucker for great deals. No, seriously I am. I find it therapeutic to shop online and save money while doing so! An amazing discovery of mine is Groupon Coupons! Who would have thought that they have amazing coupons? Right? I was surprised by the amount of coupons they have available for everybody.

Don’t believe me? I just checked their site and they have over 81,000 free coupons available for everybody! Of course I checked which ones I can use, for myself and for some last minute holiday shopping.

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I felt a need to reward myself for an amazing and stressful 2016. A lot of things happened this year, one such event is our wedding. After all that hardwork, I knew that I can finally gift myself something special. A chanced upon Groupon Coupons for Blue Nile, they had 22 available! Since diamonds are a girl’s best friend I think I’ll use one of the coupons before it expires. The coupon I’m eyeing on is the 40% off for Last Minute Gifts.

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Maybe I’ll also get something for E, my husband. I saw that there were 44 coupons for tennis Express. I already browsed their site and saw that they are giving additional 15% off clearance items that they have.

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If like me, you enjoy great deals and big savings, I recommend checking out Groupon Coupons before heading out. They seem to have coupons for every store that you can think of or for any item that you need. Just think of the amount you can save! Right? I personally will just ad the amount I save to our savings fund. How about you?

Quality Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List #Groupon #Ad

This is a sponsored post, I have been compensated for this post. All opinions expressed in this post however are mine and was not influenced by anyway.

This holiday season, everyone is in a gift giving spirit. I, for one, love the thrill of shopping for items for everyone on our list. I must admit, at first it was fun but after going through everyone that we have to give gifts to I run out of ideas. There is an internal struggle on deciding which gift to give to your close friend or relative. This is true even after walking around the department store or stalls inside malls. I find gifts which are already boxed, and really the packaging is nifty, but are not as unique.

I did consider gift cards as well, but when I think about it, it is better when somebody unwraps a present vs. just receiving a gift card (although really, gift cards are awesome too!).

This time around, I tried searching for unique gifts online. Thank you, INTERNET! That’s when I tried looking at Groupon Goods. Boy was I thankful that I checked this site. I was able to get great ideas for holiday gifts for my close friends! One item I had my eye on for my choir friends is the Bluetooth Shower Speaker! I even want one for myself! Just imagine how fun it would be to sing out loud with your favorite tune while you are enjoying a hot shower.

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How about you? Are you done with your Christmas shopping?

Motorino MOA Review

Last week E and I tried the newly opened pizza store in MOA. Motorino is still in its soft opening but I’ve been hearing great feedback about it.

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Location

It is beside Recovery Food and KFC near Hypermarket in MOA. It is very accessible for E-com employees, just a 5 minute walk from Five E-com. For normal customers though placement is odd since it won’t be seen immediately versus if it is placed inside the mall or in between the malls (like other restos).

Menu

Their menu features Pizza, Pasta, and Hotdog Sandwiches. Since it claims to be a New York Style food hub emphasis is really on their Pizza offerings. Think Sbarro but cheaper.

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What I personally like in Motorino is the fact that I can order a complete meal for under P150! Yup that cheap for a slice of pizza, drink, and ice cream. They also have other set meals that feature their pasta and sandwiches.

Taste

Yummy! The first time E and I ate there we tried out the carne trio and four cheese pizza (which were their best sellers). Carne trio was so yummy I finished my big slice immediately. The right combination of meats plus cheese was what I needed that Friday evening to cap off my work week. E’s four cheese pizza was just okay for my taste. When I ate there for lunch with my officemates I tried pepperoni and it is now one of my favorite pepperoni pizzas next to S&R’s.

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I was able to taste as well their Zitti pasta (thanks to Reggie and Cath). Don’t be fooled by the small container the dish was good for sharing if you also have pizza. It was so creamy and way better than Sbarro’s Baked Zitti.

To top it all off I got a cone of chocolate ice cream! Yummy!

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Tips

If you are going there with a friend I suggest you order one pizza meal and ask them to half the slice and order a pasta meal for sharing. You will pay around P320 for that and both of you will have drinks already!

Las Tiendas @ Freedom Park Kawit

Yesterday E was bugging me to go to Las Tiendas at Freedom Park. To be honest I just wanted to rest because I was super exhausted after Bunny’s skin check up. But seeing his paawa face I stood up and dressed up Bunny and changed as well. Mom wanted to tag along so the 4 of us rode a tryke to Freedom Park.

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I wasn’t expecting much so I was delighted to see different choices at the food bazaar. Of course there were favorites such as isaw and fishballs, but there were also great picks such as shawarma, sisig rice, and ribs! Yes ribs! For 150 you get ribs and rice.

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E and I ended up eating sisig rice and isaw, mom got bbq rice, and bunny had goto.

The food was good but it was the small town feel that made the experience of eating at the park great. They hired a band and bunny got to run around the grass area as well. Also we just spent 500 for what we ate!

Bbq rice – 100

Sisig rice for two- 150

Goto – 40

Pasta – 90

Drinks – 100

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What they are lacking? A site map and other food choices. Maybe they can add more stalls or change up some of the stalls every now and then.

Will we go back? We sure will!

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How To Ring Your Phone Using Google

Remember way back when I wrote about Bunny hiding my phone? We searched for more than an hour for it before E had the brilliant idea of ringing my phone using Google! Even if it was on silent mode it rang in full volume!

This hack is extremely useful especially if you can’t remember where you last placed it or like me your little one hid it.

It is super simple!

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You just need to login to your google account and go to android manager (not sure if this will work for ios though). Your mobile numbers will be connected to it and you can automatically see the location if it was turned on when you left it. If not that is still okay you can just select the ring option.

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If in case you have two mobiles connected to your phone you can select first which one to ring

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When you choose ring your phone will ring even if it is in silent mode aiding you to determine where it is.

Hope this helps!

Hello Again

It has been over two months since I last published a post, and I have to say that it is because of two things:

  1. I’ve been so busy with our wedding prep that the downtime I had I spent with my little bunny
  2. My uncle suddenly passed away last August
  3. I transferred to a new company and I’m still trying to learn as much as I can – although really it is because of reason #1

So for the past two months a lot has changed with me and my little family. Work wise I have more time with my family because it is nearer and it is not as stressful as before. I am now working with Tupperware Brands Philippines and I am loving it so far. It is still a bit odd because I am the client now vs. before wherein I am the supplier or agency. Work load is not as intense as with agency since I am very focused on one brand.

Going to work is fun because I get to do what I like to do but at the same time , clock in and out on the dot. No work from home part or messages in the wee hours of the evening or morning. I do have to admit though that at times I miss the stressful life of being part of an agency but going home to my little one earlier sans the intense Makati traffic is just perfect.

Our office is so near our home, I can leave at 8 AM and arrive there before 9 AM – with just one van to ride as well. I don’t have to rush to the line as well when I clock in at 5:30 PM or 6 PM because there is an unlimited supply of van at the Mall of Asia terminal – which is just a 15 minute walk away from the office. Perfect opportunity for me so far – and the thing is I didn’t even look for this position. Ah, divine intervention. 🙂

To be honest I was looking for a new job first quarter of 2016, I went to take exams and interviews but I just didn’t feel right. I was about to give up when this opportunity came, right when I asked God if that is a sign that I should just stay with my last agency. I guess he wanted me to wait a bit longer for the best opportunity that will come my way. It was great because I stayed patient and I landed the job! God really has a knack at planning things out for us, it might be the right time for you but sometimes he wants us to wait a bit longer for the best opportunity to come along.

Oh yes, E and I finally said I dos! It was such a blur, everything seemed to happen in a daydream because I didn’t even realize that the day has ended and we were officially wed! As my uncle said it was bittersweet for our family because just two weeks before my wedding my uncle, the panganay of the siblings from my mom’s side, passed away. It was sad that he did but also we knew somehow that it was the best because he can finally rest. Up until today I sometimes wake and feel that he is still with us and that it was just a nightmare and we are all waiting to wake from it, but it never came. Sad as his passing on was we couldn’t postpone our wedding because everything was already set.

The day came and everything was perfect, well not really but I decided to be the nice bride and just let things be because I don’t want to become a bridezilla. Bunny walked down the aisle, sort of. She wore her gown and her other dress, she was dancing, and our closest friends were there to celebrate with us! It was a nice and intimate wedding with less than 70 present and more than half was our relatives.

I’ll post about it on my next blog, but everything was perfect. How about you? How have you been the last two months? I promise to keep this blog updated again – sopaltomom is back and will be blogging more, soon!

Week 1 MNL Grow Kits

It has been a week almost since my last post. I have a lot of backlog to catch up to and I will get to it one post at a time (promise)!

I am sure a lot of you guys are wondering whatever happened to my MNL Grow Kits. If you’re not quite sure on what I am talking about you can read up on my last post here.

I have 3 kits and I have planted all 3 two Sundays ago (I even experimented on tissue germination for the basil seeds).

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According to the guide of each kit the germination process takes almost a week. This is why the kits needed to be sealed, yep with the plastic bag using a rubber band.

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I wasn’t able to take pictures day by day but I’ll share below the photos of what I have.

The sprouts started coming out for Basil after 4 days, hot pepper after 5 days, and sunflower after 7 days.

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June 25

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June 26

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If you are not patient you might consider throwing the kits and giving up on them. Don’t. Just talk to the plants and encourage them to power through. Why? Because not all of the seeds produce sprouts.
20160626_083444Not kidding you there. For my sunflower kit I planted 2 seeds and only one powered through germination. Now this is not the fault of the grow kits but merely part of plant life. Think of it as the strongest one surviving.

Now that I am done with step 1 aka germination I will move on to step 2. Step 2 is about removing the weaker sprouts which I’ll be able to determine when the 4th leaf comes.

What I observed though, due to tissue germination and planting using the kits, the soil included seems to be made of good stuff. I had taller sprouts and stronger looking ones from the ones I planted in the coco husks versus those I germinated through the tissue.

Will update you again when I am done with Step 2 and move on to Step 3.

Again you can buy your own MNL Grow Kits by visiting their site or their fb page. Happy growing and planting!

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