Family Talk: Top Baby Items You Should Purchase (And NOT Buy)

Shopee and Lazada have been a godsend to many new mothers. Compared to the last time I gave birth where I was forced to buy more expensive baby items from prestigious online sellers and the mall, going completely online is giving mothers cheaper yet as convenient buying options. What’s more, several credit cards have provided […]

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Life/Parenting Lessons: Why I Enrolled My Daughter in Kumon Philippines

The Battle for My Daughter to Take Up Kumon Lessons Up Head —  A few days ago, my naughty husband sent the following photo to my mother, who is a doting grandmother to my 5-year old daughter, Aeva: On the photo, Aeva fell fast asleep on top of her Kumon worksheets. Apparently, she was doing […]

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Highly Recommended: My Little Art Place (Zoom Version) for Art Classes to Kids as Young as 4 Years Old

It’s Aeva’s first My Little Art Place lesson last August 11. I have enrolled her for some art classes just to see how far her interest would go.  Their Zoom-based art classes had the following details: Rate: 8 Sessions, 2x a week for Php 6,800.00 payable by bank deposit or transfer 1.5 to 2.0 hours […]

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HR Talk: 8 Questions from the DTI and DOLE Supplemental Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19 Answered so You Don’t Have to Read the 22-Page Document Dropped Last August 15

The DOLE and DTI released the following Joint Memorandum Circular No. 20-04, Series of 2020 (DTI-DOLE Joint Memorandum Circular No. 20-04-A-3) last August 15 afternoon and created a big ruckus in the Philippine business and HR community for being non strategic, not friendly to businesses, and impracticality. Reading through 22 pages of it, I realized […]

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Mommy Hacks: 8 Reasons Why Home Schooling and Online Learning is Not for Us

Trumpets Playshop texted me today about the possibility of enrolling into an online workshop. The workshop fee would be lowered and there will be no additional fees for recital, costumes and script. The price will be around 2/3 of the regular price. Classes will be available live via an online app. I texted them that […]

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How to Teach Kids to be Street Smart…

HOW TO TEACH KIDS TO BE STREET SMART, EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE, DECISION MAKING, SOCIALIZATION, ETC. No, it’s not too late to teach children to be the above, regardless of age. However, my belief is that the above mentioned qualities stem more from time and attention of the parents, than the school itself. I will send my […]

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Highly Recommended: Kidzania —- Where Kid’s Ambitious Dreams Come True!

We are back in Kidzania Manila, a fun place for kids 4 years old and above, who are given the chance to try out different “adult” careers and get paid for it. Kidzania Manila is found in a non-descript building close to UP Town Mall. You would not really know what it was unless you […]

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The Many Faces of my Daughter

My daughter loves to be on costume. She uses and reuses them, and pretends to be in character. It’s nice that she has a good imagination and since costumes aren’t too expensive in the Philippines, we support her fun hobby. Can you guess which characters she is? She’s been asking for this since watching Aladdin […]

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“Mommy, it’s too hard”

My 3-year old daughter told me that her Chinese lesson was too hard. She could not remember the words for “sun” and “moon” despite me repeating it over and over. “Mommy, it’s too hard,” she said as her eyes started to tear up. My mommy guilt rose — am I pushing her too hard? She’s […]

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The Story of the Vending Machine

During our layover in Istanbul, my daughter wanted to buy at fast fashion store JC Waikiki. The vending machine was cheap at EUR 5.95 but after buying her a nice red jacket and a Frozen Bluebooth headset, I was NOT in the mood to be generous. “I want! I want!!!” She said. “I want a […]

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Highly Recommended: Kimnetix’s Art Sessions every Saturday Afternoon @ Conrad Manila

Are you looking for a relaxing creative activity every Saturday afternoon for a small fee of ₱350? My daughter and I attended the Kimnetix Network-organized art session in Conrad Manila yesterday. For a minimal charge of ₱350 per person, we were given a free art lesson by talented local Filipino artist. The reasonable ₱350 price […]

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