Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Nutrition On-The-Go with Selecta Fortified Milk


I've been a swim-mom for 7 years already, since 2009.

Ang cute ng Team Ong shirts, di ba?
(Taken in 2014)


I am continually impressed with the discipline, athleticism, mental toughness and physical resilience it takes to be a competitive swimmer.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tickles Megamall

The ber months are here!

And we know what that means, Christmas is just around the corner!

I want to be prepared this year, and finish my Christmas shopping list early. My goal for this year is to start distributing gifts on the first week of December.

With that in mind, I already started buying stocking fillers.

When I found out that Tickles opened their new flagship store at Megamall Building A, I visited right away. Kase excited to finish my Christmas shopping list and para mag nostalgia tripping. Hahaha!
Tickles made me feel like a kid again... A kid in a circus place!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Happy 12th, My Li'l Man!

Happy 12th birthday to my fave son!




I feel guilty that as my kids grow older, I'm no longer as eager to document their days like I was when they were younger. I remember I would have albums upon albums filled with their photos, but that was when I was still shooting with film. Later on, when digital photography overtook film, I would be busy on photoshop making photo journals.

I haven't done that in years. Yet, there is so much I want to document to make me remember.

 In 2013. Taking a photo with all three kids is an exercise in futility.
Just 3 years later, in 2016, R is almost as tall as his achi, who stands 5'6"


During a 2014 photoshoot



In 2015, for the school's Father and Son Camp 


So today, the day my youngest kid turns 12, I am writing a blog post so I don't forget what makes him special this 2016.



2016 has been one of so much changes for him. After all, he has moved on from the safety of grade school to the freedom that is high school.

He has made lots of new friends. His life is expanding beyond the familiar circle of childhood friends whose parents I am also friends with. It used to be that his playdates are planned with my mommy friends, so his friends are basically just limited to the kids of moms who are my good friends.

But just early this year, he asked to go to the mall with his friends to watch a movie. I don't even know the parents of most of his friends anymore. I wanted to be a cool mom, and it was jsut to watch a movie anyway, so I said he can go.

The day came, and when we were about to leave the house, he goes, "Can you just leave me at the mall entrance? You don't have to go in with me na."

I looked at him in disbelief, "Teka lang! Aren't you just 11? You're too young to be walking in the mall alone. I am going with you until you're with your friends."

But he resisted, "Fine. But can you walk behind me. Like be sure to stay far away... can you stay so far away that you only see my head?"

He got a big NO, of course. "Are you embarrassed to be seen with me? Hmmm?"

He denied it, of course. "No! It's just that I'm a man already. You're treating me like a baby."

He's asking for it. "Excuse me, you're 11! You're not allowed to walk in the mall alone when you're 11. In fact, you should be holding your mom's hand." And I moved in to hold his hand.

And just for good measure, I made sure I asked him to kiss me good-bye, too, before I left him with his friends. Ahahaha! Ang OA eh.



Today he turns 12


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Please allow mama to hug you a little tighter and hold on a little longer.  Your body is undergoing so many changes. You grew almost 5 inches in a year's time. Your slim frame is now all bones and muscles. Pretty soon I will be hugging a boy-man... who might not want to be hugged anymore... when other people are around.

Today, I just want to let you know how much you are loved. There are so many reasons because you are so easy to love... but I want to finish this post by tonight. Hahaha!

I love how perceptive you are of my feelings. You always seem to know when I'm sad even if I don't say a word. You just get me, and I can feel how you try to adjust yourself emotionally to accommodate my feelings, even if you don't have to. You never have to, but it's deeply appreciated.

You have a wonderful sense of humor. It is at turns witty, dry and sarcastic. You're quick to give it, and it never fails to make us laugh.

I love how you STILL say you love me. You just blurt it out, and I can feel the appreciation and gratefulness in your heart, from where those emotions are coming from.

I love how you are turning out to be confident in who you are in Christ. Always remember that confidence that is sourced from God has unlimited possibility.

I love that you try to be a good steward of your time, talent and resources. I pray that God rewards you: May He let you realize your strengths, talents and interest early on in life so you don't have to struggle, may He allow you to easily grow into them, and that you will be able to use them to glorify God.

For all of these and a bazillion reasons more, I love you now and forever!

Happy 12th, My Li'l Man!



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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Protecting My Family with Fern-C

A few weeks ago, I had lunch with some of my mommy friends. It was a catch-up/chika session because we all wanted to be updated about the latest issues concerning our 16-year old daughters.

The talk naturally gravitated to the state of our health, with one friend doing a quick survey on what supplements we all take.

I am not getting any younger, and with my hectic lifestyle, I definitely need supplements to keep me healthy as I juggle multiple roles all at once. I make sure that I prepare nutritious meals for my family every meal times. I try to update the blog with relevant content at least once a week. I'm a #tsupermama so I bring the kids to wherever they have to be. I am a wife that needs to spend one-on-one quality time with my husband. And then, I also need to invest and spend time with myself, of course.

Sadly, the state of our health + supplements and medicines have slowly started taking over our convo topics, more and more often as each year passes.


Monday, August 22, 2016

{Weekend Footnotes} G-League SC Leg 1

I haven't been posting regularly, I know. And I'm sorry.

But, here's one now. This is going to be snippets of what happened within this month, so far.

My weekends always seem like a blur lately. 

We used to meet up with my in-laws for Sunday lunch after worship service. But for the past two months, my father-in-law has been in and out of the hospital, so weekends are usually just spent visiting with him. If you could help us pray for his comfort, it will be greatly appreciated.



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Two weekends ago, my fave son (and only because he is my only one!) competed in yet another meet. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Tips For Taking Better Care of Your Non-Stick Pans + Hard & Light Cookware by Lock & Lock

I definitely knew I hit middle-age when going to department stores, the first area I hit up is the Home & Kitchen section. And, the same thing holds true for online shopping. I spend a lot of time browsing the Home and Kitchen section, too.

Lately, I've been I've been obsessing about pots and pans.

I have all sorts. I have stainless steel. I have cast iron. I have non-stick. I think the more pans, the merrier.


What Kind Of Pan To Use?

I am lucky to have a set of solid stainless steel Salad Master that my MIL gifted me with. I use it to saute vegetables and stir-fry meats.

But for cooking food such as sunny-side eggs, fried rice, fish fillets, pancakes, crepes, nothing beats a non-stick pan. No matter what I do, dumidikit talaga pag di non-stick.

Just the other day, I was in the mood for garlic rice, and experience has told me so many times that the best pan for fried rice is a non-stick pan. It's a good thing that I have the newest non-stick pan from Lock & Lock, the Hard & Light Frying Pan.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fringy.PH

One of the things I enjoy doing in Instagram is discovering and following the accounts of high-quality local brands.

I purchase a lot from these online stores, and if I'm really satisfied with their products and the quality of their service then I also love sharing them with all of you. These local brands deserve to reach a bigger market.

A few months ago, when we were invited to join the Row 101 Suummer Pop Up Bazaar, my daughter discovered Fringy.PH. She had used up her shopping money allocation, so she kept bugging to borrow money to buy these genuine leather fringes.

In the end, I gave in and brought her two pairs.

So quirky! See?

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

#ColorYourMood with Freshlook & Air Optix Colors


I've been a contact lens wearer for many years now.

It's much more convenient than eyeglasses. I don't have to deal with my glasses fogging up due to change in temperature. Eyeglasses are annoying to wear when it rains. And when you get sweaty, the frame constantly slides down your nose.

I am currently using monthly disposable ones by Air Optix.

I love the way it feels when I put it on. It feels weightless, like I don't have any contact lenses on.

I'm so happy that I have finally found a contact lens that can take me from morning to evening. There's finally a contact lens that can give me the comfort I need all day long.

And now that I found out they have colored ones, as well, I can't wait to try them!



#ColorYourMood with Freshlook & Air Optix Colors

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Uma Uma Ramen + Whisky Bar

I have this group of mom-friends who I meet up with regularly to eat, its always just to eat. WE love to eat, and so we bond over good food. Together, we visit restaurants we've never tried before, but there are also times that one of us would just host a dinner party at home.

I honestly don't recall having gone out shopping with this group, nor did we ever watch a movie together.

Because of our common love for eating, our viber group is called The Cupcake Group because we love to have coffee and eat cupcakes. Well, to be accurate, they have coffee and I just drink warm water.

It did not surprise me when I learned that the one who hosted our recent dinner has a nephew who runs this super popular ramen bar in Singapore called, Uma Uma. The nephew, Russell Yu, is a Filipino-Chinese who grew up in the US but is now based in Singapore.

Uma Uma Ramen, {Forum Mall, Orchard Road, Singapore}
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Thursday, June 9, 2016

TPM Baon Diaries: 5 Easy Tips for Packing Lunch Baon That Your Kids Will Love + Lily and Tucker BLOG GIVEAWAY

My Li'l Man started school already this week, and my girls will follow next week.

For the past few weeks, we have been spending a lot of time getting things organized to go back to school. School uniforms bought, school supplies replenished, and we have been shopping for new backpacks and lunch bags.

It's a bittersweet time. Although we are sad that summer will soon end, we’re also excited to start a new school year with new goals and adventures.

For me, back to school always means back to baon prepping.  If you follow me on Instagram, you will see me posts about the baon I prepare for my kids.


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