My Britney List

It’s just less than a month away from Britney’s First Ever Concert here in the Philippines! I’m super excited! Seriously, I am. I have been a fan of hers since I was in grade school. I know her songs by heart and I even memorized the choreography of I’m A Slave 4 U and Anticipating (from her Las Vegas concert DVD).

That’s why I was persistent in buying a ticket to her show here in Manila! I kept on bugging my brother that he go with me to the concert (I know deep inside he lurves Britney too). I never stopped messaging him, until finally, he bulged. He said yes and even sponsored part of my ticket so that we can watch her closer. Cue in tiny violin sound, tears, and aaahhhhs.

See you soon , @britneyspears ! ❤❤❤❤❤

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To pay tribute to my Queen, I came up with this list. This list is a rundown of my favorite Britney songs, from 1998 until today. It is sooo hard to choose the songs but I had to, as a special challenge to myself.

  1. Overprotected Dark Child Remix
  2. If I’m Dancing
  3. (You Drive Me) Crazy
  4. Anticipating
  5. Work B**ch
  6. Circus
  7. Me Against The Music
  8. Stronger
  9. I’m a Slave 4 U
  10. Toxic

My ultimate favorite is Overprotected, at the time it was released I totally resonated with her song. The choreography is spot on as well as her look.

This track deserves a special mention too! From the Deluxe Version of her Glory Album, Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortes) has a great beat and that distinct Britney sound too. Here’s a choreography video from Brian Friedman and Yanis Marshall.

How to Apply for PAG-IBIG’s Multi-Purpose Loan

SSS (Social Security System) and PAG-IBIG both offer loan programs for their members here in the Philippines. Most are aware on how to apply for an SSS Salary Loan. I guess it’s because it is relatively easier and more convenient versus applying for the PAG-IBIG Multi-Purpose Loan (MPL). I myself have applied for an SSS Salary Loan twice. Their online portal made it easier to apply for a loan. Aside from that, you will receive a higher amount vs. what you will receive if you apply for the MPL.

This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t maximise the loan offering that PAG-IBIG is offering. Just think of it this way, you are paying them a monthly fee so might as well find purpose in what they can offer you.

What Is PAG-IBIG’s Multi-Purpose Loan

The Multi-Purpose Loan, simply put, is a loan that you can use for pretty much anything. Under their definition, it can be filed by a member to aid for house repair, educational assistance, health and wellness purposes, home enhancement, or other purposes.

Under this definition, you can use it to buy concert tickets or even pay your child’s tuition fee.

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Steps In Applying for PAG-IBIG’s Multi-Purpose Loan

Here is a step by step guide on how you can get the MPL Loan. I hope the steps I have laid out for you below are easy to follow.

  1. Check first if you are eligible to get a loan from PAG-IBIG. You need to at least have 24 monthly contributions to be eligible for the Multi-Purpose Loan. You can do this by contacting them via phone (02-724-4244), email (contactus@pagibigfund.gov.ph), or Facebook PM (https://www.facebook.com/PagIBIGFundHDMF ). You also should have 5 contributions made within the last 6 months.
  2. If you are eligible for the loan, download and fill up the application form and the prepaid card form. For your application form, make sure that two witnesses will sign on it.
  3. Prepare a photocopy of 2 valid IDs with signature, you can also add three specimen signatures on the photocopy page for their reference.
  4. Provide a copy of your latest pay slip (this should be equivalent to one month pay).
  5. Submit this to your HR if you are employed. You can also submit to the Pag-Ibig branch you are registered under.
  6. Wait for their update and release of the loan. Please note that they don’t release cheques or cash. They give you the loan through cash cards (which is either a Citibank Prepaid Card or Landbank Prepaid Card).

How Much Can I Receive from the Multi-Purpose Loan

This is the tricky portion of the MPL Loan. Unlike SSS which has a standard of P15,000/P30,000 loanable amount, MPL’s amount varies depending on how many month’s contributions you have paid.

This is why it is important to know as well how many contributions you have made. The percentage increases depending on the number of contributions you have made. For your easier reference here’s a table guide:

Number of Contributions Loanable Amount Sample Computation
24 – 59 Months Up to 60% of the Total Accumulated Value of your contributions 24 Mos Contribution x 60%:

(P100x24) x 60% = P1,440

60 – 119 Months Up to 70% 60 Mos Contribution x 70%:

(P100x60)x70% = P4,200

120 Months and above Up to 80% 120 Mos Contribution x 80%:

(P100x120)x80% = P9,600

 

How do I pay PAG-IBIG and How Much is the Interest?

Similar to SSS Salary Loan, the PAG-IBIG Multi-Purpose Loan has an interest rate of P10.75 per annum. This interest rate is paid equally throughout that repayment period.

The repayment period of the loan is also 2 years, again similar to SSS Salary Loan. So the amount you have to pay monthly is not the big. It is also easy to pay your MPL. If you are employed it will be through salary deduction but if you are self-employed you can either; arrange an auto-debit payment scheme or pay over the counter.

I do hope this post helps you out if you are planning to avail of PAG-IBIG’s Multi-Purpose Loan. Do feel free to ask me if you have any questions or contact PAG-IBIG directly.

Trying on Different Looks with #Divatress #beauty #ad

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I’m known by my close friends as a person who likes to try different hairstyles. There are days when I just stare at my phone, looking at Pinterest searching for a new style to sport. That was before when I was still younger with my adventurous spirit intact.

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Things change when you become a mom and you start working in a corporate environment. I have noticed that I became less adventurous with hair styles now that I have Bunny. I just don’t want to look weird in front of my kid, she might cry at the sight of mommy with perms! Aside from that, I am more cautious with what I do to my hair. I don’t color as much as I want to nor do I go to the salon to try out different treatments. My hair is still trying to recover from all of that hair loss I experienced post-partum (baby hair up front and mid part of my hair).

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Still, I want to try out different styles every now and then. It’s great that I found out about Divatress! Divatress specializes in offering hair care products and wigs to different consumers. They have a lot of products to offer, they even have lace front wigs! This is good because lace front wigs give that natural look less the pain in your pocket. It is a popular choice, perhaps because it will give you that natural hairline look when you wear it. This type of wig is the best for me because I have naturally fuller hair. It will look like my hair has finally recovered from the post-partum hair loss I experienced.

I tried browsing through their site and there are a lot of lace front wigs options available. The price isn’t that heavy as well. This is great because I honestly want to try out different looks – straight, colored, and curly hair styles. Another thing I noticed is that they offer different styles in different hair colors. This is a plus, especially if you are particular in color. For example, I would prefer trying out dark and light browns over red and blonde wigs (again I can’t sport a super drastic look at the office).

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So go ahead and browse through their site! Take time to check the different styles they have to offer for you. Here are just some of the styles that I want to try from Divatress!bobbi-boss-swiss-lace-front-wig-mlf-147-chiffon-d0b
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My Little Pre-schooler: Bunny at Cradle’s Summer Workshop

My little bunny finished her first ever summer workshop! Hurray! I am very proud of her achievement because this is her first step towards pre-school. I was hesitant at first when we enrolled her in Cradle’s Summer Workshop. To be honest, I felt that she was too young to attend playschool. In my eyes, she will always be that tiny baby I held close to my heart.

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I was assured by her teacher during her trial class that she’s ready to handle short classes. She will be exposed to other kids of the same age and at the same time work on fun activities.

Cradle’s Summer Workshop

Over the course of four weeks, Bunny had to attend 15 sessions of Cradle Playschool’s Summer Workshop. Teacher Fen provided a snapshot of what they will be doing per session on their first day of playschool.

It covered simple topics fit for toddlers. Each class had a structure of playing, singing, and participating in the day’s activity. I guess this helped pace the flow of the workshops. It wasn’t a straightforward class but a holistic one starting with socialisation.

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Their class ends with a goodbye song and star stamping. Bunny proudly shows her stars whenever I get home. Believe me, it is the first thing she does when I get home from work.

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The 15 sessions went by so fast! Their last day was yesterday! Compared to the first day of the workshop fewer kids were crying.

After the workshop kids were exiting the room smiling. Each toddler who completed the session was given a certificate too!

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Bunny Before and After Playschool

I have been keeping close watch of Bunny’s attitude before and after playschool. Overall she’s more articulate.

She seems more confident. She’s colouring within the drawing and focuses on one page at a time. She has learned to count until twendy (twenty) but still prefers to skip payb (five) and sic (six). Every morning she would greet everyone “Good Morning! How you doin?”.

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Moving Up with Cradle

I can definitely say that Cradle Playschool helped her a lot in that short period of time.

After their last class, I approached Teacher Fen and asked how she did during their summer workshop. She gave positive feedback towards Bunny. She said that Bunny was a good girl, a good student who didn’t give her a headache. Bunny seemed to be excited to try out activities, in fact, she was one of the first to always try it out.

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After discussing with E, we decided to continue sending her to playschool. We won’t be enrolling her full term. We will give her monthly breaks so she can rest. Teacher Fen said that this was okay. Apparently, they allowed toddlers to enrol on a monthly basis.

I am excited to see her progress more when she goes back to Cradle. I know that she is excited too! I can see the joy in her eyes whenever she goes to Cradle, to see her classmates and her teacher.

You can contact Cradle through their Facebook page if you want to try out their trial class. 🙂

Booky Ph Review: Discounts for Foodies

Hey! How have you been? I’ve been quite busy, juggling work, mom life, and K-dramas. Now I have free time in my hands because I finished watching Goblin: The Lonely Guardian over the weekend, so I can catch up on my backlogs (hurray)!
First up is my App review for Booky Ph. To be honest, I have seen this app featured in other blogs but I keep on forgetting to download it. So when an officemate shared her experience about it, thanks, Ms.Maj, I immediately downloaded it.

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What’s In It For You?
So what do you get after downloading this app? Basically, you get discounts and perks in selected establishments and restaurants. This ranges from the likes of La Lola, 8cuts, and Auntie Anne’s to fine dining restos, such as Golden Cowrie, Buddha Bar, and Cocina Peruvia.

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You can either receive up to P500 off in your chosen establishment (with a minimum of P1000 spend) or avail of Buy 1 Get 1, in specific establishments and products.
Not bad, eh?
The Actual Booky Experience
I wanted to try it out for myself, so with my officemates, we marched to La Lola during our lunch break. La Lola is near our office since I just work in Five E-com, hence it was the most convenient choice for us.
When we arrived at La Lola, I started fumbling with my phone. I opened the Booky App and preceded to the Buy 1 Get 1 option, please make sure that you are logged in to your account already before using availing any offer. I scrolled down and chose La Lola’s Buy 1 Get 1 offer, 6 pcs Churros Clasicos.18698863_120300003915315148_1626194351_o
After choosing the Buy 1 Get 1 offer, the digital coupon will appear. You will have 10 minutes to redeem the coupon, so best is to access it when you are ready to order.

 

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I just presented the coupon to the cashier, and my transaction was swiftly processed. Note that when you avail of this coupon, the dip is also included in the Buy 1 Get 1 offer. Our total bill was just P170 (P110 for the Churros and P60 for the dip). We split it in 4, so each one of us just paid P42.5 for 3 pcs of churros each and for the dip!

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I haven’t tried booking a table yet through the app, but based on their FAQs you can book up to 30 minutes before seating time but no further than 2 weeks before the actual date.
The Good and The Bad
My overall experience with Booky was great and here are my observations:

  • There is a bit of a hassle when you try to register by connecting your account to your Facebook Profile. It was faster when I opted to confirm registration via mobile.
  • I was surprised that the registration came with P1000 credits. After browsing through their FAQ the P1000 credits is for your trial of the app. If you want to continue enjoying the perks you need to pay P199 per month (no amount limit).
  • For those who will subscribe to Booky Prime, you can only pay via credit card – I guess they have to add other options such as debit cards (not everyone naman kasi has credit card here in Ph)
  • For the Buy 1 Get 1 offers, it can only be used once. This is such a downer for me, I hope they can consider unlimited or limited to 2 – 3 in a month.
  • There are limited choices available, I hope they can add more resto and/or establishment offers in their app.

So there you have it! My short and succinct review for Booky! Will I use it anytime soon? Maybe, but I think I’ll try the restaurant discount next time.

A Mother’s Day Celebration at Dusit Thani Manila

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Thinking of how to spoil your mom this Mother’s Day? Dusit Thani Manila offers an ultimate treat for the woman who deserves no less than the best.

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Give back the well-deserved love and appreciation to your mom by delighting her to a grand fair experience in A Mother’s Day Celebration on May 14, 2017 at Mayuree 1. Treat her to the biggest mother event of the year filled with freebies, raffle prizes, informative parenting talks, and exciting mom activities she’ll never want to miss! All mothers deserve the best, that’s why we partnered with prestige brands to lavish them such as Aveeno Baby, Mighty Baby, Mega-Malunggay, David’s Salon, Belo Essentials, The SM Store, SM Accessories, Babyliss, Lacoste, Hugo Boss, Escada, Gucci, and many more. Moms will never go home empty handed as we will be giving away loot bags from our generous sponsors. Canapes and drinks to be served during the program.

received_10213495029318624What better way to spoil the most important woman in your life on her special day than a sumptuous Sunday Crossover Brunch. Enjoy the finest gastronomic varieties at The Pantry and savor authentic Japanese cuisines from UMU for PHP2,500 net inclusive of non-alcoholic beverages and PHP2,950 net inclusive of select alcoholic beverages. Moms dining in on May 14, 2017 get a 1 complimentary ticket to our special Mother’s Day Celebration. Or have the option to take your mother out for exquisite dining treat at Benjarong and make her feel the royal treatment with special Thai set menu for 4 persons for PHP4,800 net.
It’s time to give mom her much needed break by booking a relaxing staycation in one of the well-appointed rooms at Dusit Thani Manila. Room rate starts at PHP6,000 net in a Deluxe room inclusive of complimentary breakfast for 2, complimentary massage, late check-out and David’s Salon gift certificate valid from May 13-21,2017. Suite guests are entitled to a 60-minute Devarana Signature Asian Blend Massage per stay. Moms checked-in on May 14, 2017 get a 1 complimentary ticket to our special Mother’s Day Celebration.
Don’t just celebrate moms, pamper them with the best treats she will never forget at Dusit Thani Manila.

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How We Booked Cheap Flights with GetGo Ph #FlyForFree

For weeks, E and I have been waiting for the GetGo Ph seat sale. We had to book our flight back to Manila from Hong Kong. See, we already have our tickets to Macau thanks to the Cebu Pacific Seat Sale last February. What we lacked is our return flight home. I told him that we had to book our tickets by April, latest May.

In my “kuripot” (cheapskate) mind, I wasn’t willing to spend more than P7,000 (USD 140) for our flight back. Some of you are probably thinking that I’m too cheap, how can I possibly book three tickets below P7,000. With determination, stalking skills, and a supportive husband we were able to book our flight back for only P4,426.21 (USD 89)!

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So how did we do it? As I mentioned, it took stalking skills and E to book this flight.

After booking our flight to Macau, I discussed with E that we had more than enough rewards points from our credit card to book two return tickets.

With his approval, I processed the transfer of points from my credit card to my GetGo Ph account. The points transfer was easy but it took 3 working days for GetGo Ph to reflect it on my account.

I guess this was a blessing in disguise. The current seat sale that they had charged 2,000 points per ticket. I didn’t give up, though, I started checking their page every other day hoping that they will announce a seat sale. I keep telling myself that I still had three months to book our return tickets.

Judging their past seat sales I knew that they have bi-monthly seat sales (Read: stalker digital practitioner who spent time analysing their sales and corresponding points).

Come March they started posting teasers about their anniversary sale. I knew that this sale was our opportunity to book our return flights. Thanks to the data I had, I deduced that the possible duration of the seats on sale will be around September to December 2017.

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I started checking their page daily! I noticed that they post updates around 11 AM and would send out email blasts at least every other week. This obsessive stalking of their page and email checking bore fruit when I received their advance announcement for the much-waited seat sale.

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With my hands trembling, I took a screenshot of my desktop (an actual screenshot – me taking a photo of my desktop)and sent the image to E. My heart started to beat faster as if I ran for a minute in place. It was now or never.

I then asked my brother if I can borrow his Mac Book Pro so I can easily book my flight. This, of course, came with a payment, he will also book a flight if he sees fit (a.k.a. if it fit his schedule). I was fine with that, we had 8,050 points. In my computation, we would only need 4,000 to 5,000 points.

Booking Our Flight

Around 9 PM last March 13, my brother handed me his laptop. Bunny wasn’t asleep yet so she even said “tap tap” when she saw it. I immediately logged in on my GetGo Ph account and clicked remember me. My plan in mind is to sleep for a bit with Bunny and wait for E to wake me up when he comes home. It was written in the stars that we will get our ticket because E’s shift would end around 10:30 PM and that night he was home 15 minutes before midnight.

E woke me up from my not-so-deep slumber with a kiss, just like Sleeping Beauty daw. I immediately sat up and opened the laptop. I refreshed the GetGo Ph site and the promo was still not up.

Midnight came and with renewed confidence, I refreshed the site and clicked on redeem flights. I entered our details, picked the dates, and waited for the page to load. E sat beside me waiting for the page to load. It felt like we were waiting for more than five minutes before the page loaded.

We had two choices, book the morning flight (8:35 AM departure) or the midnight flight (00:05 AM departure). I tried to weigh the pros and cons, I even considered making a list before making the decision. It was then that I realised, there was no traffic to beat, the train was our way to the airport, and that we weren’t in Manila. I also factored in work, with the morning flight we still have ample time to rest before we have to go back.

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With E’s approval, I booked the morning flight. I expected the site to load slower, I anticipated that users were logging in and booking their flights, but to my surprise, I was able to go to the next page in less than 15 seconds. I added baggage allowance for myself only which cost us additional 3,510 points. In total, we used up 3,570 points and just added P4,426.21 for tax and other fees.

The Experience

To be honest, there was a sense of thrill when we booked our flights through GetGo Ph. The fact that I asked E to wake me up is enough to prove that I was determined to get tickets. This is something that I would advise to those who will try to book. Set an alarm for 12 MN and don’t wait for their Facebook post. Watch out for their email blasts because most often than not they announce in advance.

This goes for all seat sales. You will miss out on good flight schedules if you wait until the last minute to book or if you just wait for their post to reach you.

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Other Seat Sales

If you are still looking for seat sales, you can check Philippine Airline’s site. Last I checked they have no announcements yet on their Facebook page. You can book domestic flights for as low as P1,000 one way. Their sale is both for their domestic and international flights.

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H20 Hotel Review

I’m still in the process of catching up with my blog backlogs, so here I am sharing my overnight stay experience at H20 last December.

Maximising a MetroDeal Voucher

As early as September last year I bought this voucher from MetroDeal.

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As a consumer, you have the option to choose from the different rooms available in H20 Hotel and the type of activity you want to try at Manila Ocean Park. My long talk with E, my husband, ended with us booking the Aqua Room plus 2 tickets to Manila Ocean Park’s Ultimate Adventure. This meant that from the offer posted at the site, at P2,999 my final dues was P4,999.

To compute for the savings I decided to break down the booking if we were to book on our own:

P7,320 for the overnight stay at the Classic Aqua Room

P 760 per person for the Manila Ocean Park Activity

P 300 per person for entrance to Yexel’s Museum

P 400 per person for Liquid Buffet

Total would be at P 10,240 and our savings at P5,241 or 50% of the total bill. This is a good price already for me, so I know we made the right purchase.

Birth Month Staycation

You may be wondering why we booked an overnight stay at H20 in December. No, it’s not our Holiday celebration or our pre-holiday celebration. The reason why we went there was to celebrate my daughter and I’s birth month! Both of us are December babies and I wanted to start a little family tradition. It’s really important for me to start our own family tradition since technically speaking we are a legit family since last August.

H20 Aqua Room

In the eyes of my toddler, the Aqua Room was the bomb! She fell in love with our room because she saw Dory! Yes, blue tang fishes were present in our gigantic aquarium! According to their website, there are up to 35 different species of fishes present in the aquarium. This alone made our stay worthwhile.

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You can just sit back and relax while you watch the fishes swim by. If you have a toddler who loves Dory and Nemo, a background chatter of “swim, swim, swim” and “Dowy” would be heard as well.

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As for the other amenities of their classic Aqua Room, our queen sized bed was super comfy. It made leaving the bed to roam around Ocean Park a struggle. It was as if the bed was hugging as back when we lied down.

The t&b was roomy although there are no bidets and no bathtubs present. Free toiletries were also provided inside the bathroom.

Our room also had a personal fridge. My problem though is that at times it seemed like it wasn’t cooling our drinks efficiently.

Zenyu Eco Spa

What I loved the most about our stay at H20 was Zenyu Eco Spa! I swear my one exclamation point is not enough to show how much I enjoyed my 90 minutes massage.

Thanks to E, I was able to sneak out after bunny finally fell into a deep slumber after dinner. Truth be told though she fell asleep while we were eating! I think she got super tired from our full day experience of Ocean Park.

From the H20 Website

From the H20 Website

Zenyu Eco Spa is conveniently located just across the check-in counter of the hotel. I noticed that only a few people were waiting outside. I was guessing that most didn’t even bother to try it out. To this I say, you missed out on an amazing massage!

My 90-minute massage at their spa was the best I’ve ever had so far. Better than my experience at The Spa, really. The masseuse listened intently to my body and pampered it well. I even fell asleep for 30 minutes or less.

My money was well spent! I guess they really deliver on what their name’s translation in Japanese which is “complete healing.” Needless to say, I slept like a log until morning when I came back from the spa.

Outdoor Jet Pool

The morning after, E decided that they will take a dip at the Outdoor Jet Pool. Location of this pool wasn’t really convenient. We had to get out of the hotel and walk past the entrance of Ocean Park to access it.

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I wasn’t also impressed with the structure of the place. The freaked out mum inside of me was screaming. Kids can slip if they run too fast and the pools weren’t really that fantastic.

Overall Rating

I give H20 a 4 out of 5 rating with room for improvement – to be frank with their outdoor jet pool. The rest of their facilities were great and I would definitely come back with my family when we can.

 

How to Raise Brave Girls

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day and the theme for this year is #BeBoldForChange. Perhaps that is the reason why I see a lot of encouraging posts on Facebook and Instagram. Thanks to those encouragement posts I discovered this TED talk by Caroline Paul.

Her talk was short but was packed with such an inspiring message. As my blog post title suggests, her talk is about raising brave girls.

I wouldn’t divulge the details of her talk, but merely share key takeaways from it. I wouldn’t want you to miss how she shared her experiences as a firefighter and a paraglider pilot.

Bravery wasn’t a trait expected from women. To be blunt we were expected rather we are expected to be damsels in distress, we are seen as fragile beings. But this really shouldn’t be the case. In her talk, she shared how this mentality was often ingrained in our systems unknowingly from the time we were toddlers. Words such as be careful, watch out, stop, and no are often exclaimed when little girls try to do something risky. Boys do hear those too, but girls hear it more. To this, I was hit with a sudden tinge of guilt. See I often exclaim the words be careful to bunny whenever she tries to climb a chair or basically do something I deem is risky. How often? To the point wherein she know exclaims the words be careful when she is playing.

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Taking a step back, I realize that there really was no need for me to say be careful or no to her. She was just being a toddler, as my husband would say. She is discovering the world around and her, perhaps telling her to be careful is too much.

Further in her talk Caroline also shared four things that can help raise brave girls.

The first is risky play which she deems is really important for kids. Now, this is the first time I’ve heard of it so I consulted Google. Turns out it is a type of play that kids should be exposed to. It is defined as

A thrilling and exciting activity that involves a risk of physical injury, and play that provides opportunities for challenge, testing limits, exploring boundaries and learning about injury risk.

(Sandseter 2007; Little & Wyver, 2008)

The reason why it is important is because it helps children learn how to assess situations, know how risky it is, and how they can deal with it.

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Second, Caroline shared that we should cease cautioning girls. Doing so will make her feel that it is okay to not push herself and push boundaries.

Third, we ourselves should practice bravery. For me personally, as a mom, I should become an example for bunny. I don’t need to jump off a plane to give an example of bravery. What I can do instead is take risks and speak up for my beliefs. I think this would be easy for me because I do have a knack for taking risks, I just assess situations as much as I can. I also like trying extreme activities. Maybe one of these days I can teach her the different types of rappelling, I was an instructor once.

Water Rafting @ CDO

Water Rafting @ CDO

Lastly, we should guide our little girls to access their bravery when they need it. There will be times when a task would be too much for them or a play too risky for them. We should help them with that task or help guide them in their play. We have to remember that one day, we will not be there when they face a tall situation. Guiding them now can help them face their challenges in the future braver.

Caroline’s message was loud and clear: you have the power to raise a brave girl. Encouragement is key, as well as being an example for her. Let her experience life with bumps and bruises because ultimately it helps her become a brave individual ready to face challenges along the way.

 

Mount Sea Resort Review

Back in December, I urged my choir batchmates to indulge in a staycation at Mount Sea Resort.

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We rarely see each other now that we weren’t that active anymore. Most often than not, we get to see each other eirher once a month or even once every other month. I guess this is part of adulting. Schedules do not meet and surprise get togethers are better than planned ones. That is why we planned our Christmas staycation, hopefully this will become a tradition.

Merry Christmas from our crazy part of the world.

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Scheduled on the third weekend of December, we had pure fun at Mount Sea.

The location was good, it was just a short bus ride away from everyone. Getting there was easy. If coming from Manila, it is easily accessible via CavitEx.

When we got there, we had a minor hiccup with our reservation. There was a minor miscommunication. See, I reserved three rooms and I was given the Caviteno Privelegio rate. However, upon our check in we were charged with their normal flat rate. Price difference was almost at P4,000 if I recall correctly. Great thing is that they were able to sort it out immediately. I just mentioned the name of the person whom I contacted for the reservation.

When we went inside our rooms, my initial reaction is that it looked good. I haven’t stayed there before, but I do know that they were undergoing renovation.

Photo from Chinee

Photo from Chinee

Rooms were big, bathrooms clean and with free toiletries, complimentary snacks were provided, and the door warning system was good. AC was good and easy to adjust too.

Since we were there not just to stay in our rooms, but really to enjoy each other’s company, we went around the resort. What thrilled me the most was their entertaimment area, which they call Vertical Avenue.

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This area had a mini gym, pool table, darts, sala with entertainment console, and a videoke room! Of course we all sing, aside from being filipinos we are choir members, singing is second to talking.

We did explore Vertical Avenue but the pool looked so inviting. We decided to go for a swim first in their private pool in the afternoon and have mature dinner, because adulting, in the resort restaurant.

Their private pool area had two pools, one is good for kids and the other one for adults. What we all liked about their private pool was the seats submerged in the adult pool (the area where it was situated was elevated). We spent the afternoon and morning after, swimming and taking lots of photos.

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Photo from Chinee

Photo from Chinee

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For dinner, their in-house restaurant was good but nothing stellar. I think what I liked the best was their chicharong bulaklak. Service was fast and they had high chairs for kids (yay for bunny).

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We went to Vertical Avenue after dinner to drink and be merry. You can request for your drinks to be served there after dinner. Just a reminder, usage of the videoke room is limited to 45 minutes per room. Since we were staying in 3 rooms we had 2 plus videoke hours. Of course we maximized those 2 plus hours, we had the whole vertical avenue to ourselves! The staff even allowed us to go a bit over our time because nobody else was lined up to use it.

Photo from Chinee

Photo from Chinee

The rooms, before I forget, comes with free breakfast for two. Since more than two people were assigned per room, we paid a bit of extra. Breakfast was plated and you can choose from the usual continental or local plates.

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Near the dining area for breakfast was a mini garden. My little girl, being a nature lover, went around with her daddy. She had so much fun talking with the macaw bird and feeding the koi fish.

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Overall, our stay at Mount Sea Resort was great. My only feedback though is that they should have spa services offered and better reservation tracking. We would definitely visit and stay there again.