Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Toblerone says "Thank You" to our OFWs

There are currently 11 million Filipinos working overseas.  They are the ones called modern-day heroes for the personal sacrifices they are doing just to earn money despite all the hardships being away from their beloved families.  They are also the one helping build our nation, contributing about 17 billion USD in remittances or roughly 12% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Thank you to our heroes.  Thank you to my beloved husband who joined the pool way back in 2004.  I myself worked overseas for about a year.  Even though I was then with hubby, I still experienced the sadness of being away from my parents and my siblings, relatives and friends. I therefore salute every one of them.

But when you're there at the international airport arrival area, what you see are all smiles from our OFWs coming in, amidst some tears of joy, happiness abound.  More so, when they have "pasalubong" for everyone, and what's our favorite? of course chocolates.

As a way of saying "thank you" to our heroes, our top brand chocolate "pasalubong" TOBLERONE partnered with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Duty Free Philippines, Good News Pilipinas and Kraft Asia, stepped up to the challenge by launching the "Thank You Global Pinoy Awards".  it is an initiative that seeks to search the most outstanding global Filipino workers who deserve the gratitude not only of their loved ones, but also the nation as a whole.

The launching was recently held in an event at the Duty Free Philippines, Fiesta Mall, Paranaque City. In line with this, they will also be launching the Special Rewards Passport, It is a collection of freebies/coupons from partner establishments which our dear OFWs can used everytime they go on shopping or on vacation.
 Duty Free Chief Operating Officer Mr. Lorenzo Formoso
Mr. Jaya Singh, Region Director, Middle East and Asia Pacific, 
Kraft Foods World Travel Retail

Nominations are now available online at www.thankyouglobalpinoy.com.  Participants are invited to register, nominate and vote for the ultimate Global Pinoy.  The top 10 stories will be awarded in January 2012.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Busy Monday

Hello everyone! how's your monday morning?
Finally the sun is up and shining now :) goodbye rains.
It is a regular non-working holiday today which means no school for my little boy.
But it's a NO holiday for SAHM  like me.
Since the sun is up and shining brightly, an opportunity to do the laundry.  I still prefer our clothes to be sun-dried, they smell better even without those fabcon.
I am tapping keyboards at the same time sipping my coffee.
Yeah! that's how versatile mommy giay is :P
Barney keeps Ivan preoccupied so he is not disturbing me for now.
I do hope it will take time for him to realize that he wanted to watch Barney online.
I don't know why he sometimes insists that or it's just he wanted to annoy mommy giay so he can share the computer with me.
Later it will be chat time with daddy who works overseas.  Thanks to new technology, homesickness at least is lessened.
I need to do some errands outside later today.
Running up my mind, what we'll gonna have for dinner (lunch is already set).
Ok, cheers everyone!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Free Hair and Make-up Session

I went to the mall yesterday to meet SIL and her daughter.  Going up the 2nd level, a girl handed me a flyer along with an Ascof capsule.  Oh yeah! I remember, its the Ascof Lagundi event at SM Calamba for the "Search for Natural Super Mom". The event was on the 3rd level so while waiting for SIL to come, I decided to just go there and see what's happening.

There are lots of people inside the event area, and there are several booths giving out free services and some freebies.  One of them is the Ystilo Salon providing free hair and make-up session to event participants.  Oh, I like that, its been a long time since I had a full make-up and I think I wanna try it.

Got a message from SIL, that she had come, I replied to her to just come up and attend the event as well.  So then we lined up at Ystilo Salon, along with other ladies for our hair and make-up session which is for free. Who doesn't want freebies?

And this is the result of our cum make-over.

My little boy Ivan said, "mommy danda".  
I love him so much because he appreciates all my effort.

 This is my SIL, Panting with her beautiful daughter Faye.

OK, so I wanna say, "thank you Ystilo Salon and Ascof".

Saturday, August 27, 2011

ToonFest: Activate Your Style at SM Calamba

Be a kiddie model in 4 easy steps.  All kids aged 3 - 14 years old are invited to join the SM City Calamba Toon Fest! Activate your Style on September 3, 2011 (Saturday) at the SM City Calamba Event Center Atrium.
See in-store posters for details, or call (049)5300064 (Marketing Division) 

A Gorgeous Plus Giveaway

This one's for the gorgeous ladies out there.  I am not a plus size but I've joined anyway.  I want the prizes for my moms, she is sexy and still gorgeous even she's already a Senior Citizen Card holder.

What's up for grab?

First Prize:  2pcs brassieres, a slimming top, 2pcs Avon lipstick
Consolation Prizes (there will be two): each one will win a brassiere and a lipstick

Hurry! this giveaway will lasts for only 30 hours
(August 27, 5pm - August 28, 11pm), 2011.
Click here to join.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

What's happening this week?

Looks like it will be another busy week-end for mommy Giay and baby Ivan.

Lucky Citrine's Birthday Giveaway

August is her birthday month and she wanna give out this Sigma E25 Travel Blending Brush to a lucky reader.

Click for here the complete mechanics. Ends August 31, 2011. This is open for everyone.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Agosto: Buwan ng Wika

What was there to celebrate this month of August? I learned from grade school (ha!ha! that's way way back) that every month we are celebrating the August month as "Buwan ng Wika" because this is the birth month of Manuel L. Quezon. 
He is known as "Father of the National Language". Born August 19, 1878 in Baler, Tayabas. He is the first Filipino President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines under the US occupation. He graduated from Law School, became an Assemblyman, a Senator and in 1935 Quezon won the Philippine's first national presidential election under the banner of the Nacionalista Party. Whew! such an achievement, and if you are listening to your Social Studies teacher, I bet you know all of these.  I think this subject is now called Sibika.

Anyway, so my 3y old son who is in nursery school is having his share of the Buwan ng Wika celebration.  He is required to memorize a poem and a tagalog song.  Actually mommy giay is having difficulty because he doesn't want to memorize nor sing.  Ivan told me, he'll just join the coloring contest.  Actually last month, he won 2nd place in their Nutrition month Coloring Contest Activity.  I shared that here.

The short poem.
Ako ay Pilipino, Filipino ang wika ko
Wikang dapat ipagmalaki kahit na kanino
Saan mang dako ng mundo di ikakahiya ito
Bansang malaya, Filipino ang wika

Ikaw, ako, tayong tanan
Wikang ating kinamulatan
Wikang Filipino hatid ay karunungan
Wika'y mahalin, ingatan at pahalagahan.
(this is just part of a longer piece of poem)

The Song:
Ang Bayan ko'y tanging ikaw
Pilipinas kong mahal
Ang puso ko at buhay man
Sa iyo'y ibibigay
Tungkulin ko'y gagampanan
Ang lagi kang paglingkuran
Ang laya mo'y babantayan
Pilipinas kong hirang.

Familiar with this song? 
Will tell you more what will gonna happen next week, when little Ivan takes center stage again.

Makeup Diary's Huge "Just Because" Thank You Giveaway!

A generous set of prizes to be given to three (3) lucky winners!

First Prize: 1)  Urban Decay 15th Anniversary e/s palette ($55); 2)  The Balm "Shady Lady" (vol 2) e/s palette ($39.50); 3)  The Balm Balmbini face palette (blushes, e/s, etc) ($28); 4)  Urban Decay e/s Transforming Potion ($18); 5)  Urban Decay Matte e/s in "Jones" ($17); 6)  Urban Decay Matte e/s in "Chronic" ($17); 7)  Hello Kitty Notebook ($14) ; 8)  matching Hello Kitty Cosmetics Pouch ($28); 9)  Milani LE "Paint" e/s palette ($8); 10)  Rosebud Salve ($6);     11)  Three BB Cream deluxe samples; 12)  Make Up For Ever graphics cosmetics pouch ($35), which includes: a)  Lab Shine Lipgloss, b)  HD Powder, c)  Smoky Lash Mascara, d)  Aqua eyes eyeliner; 13)  Benefit "Little Look Goods" Very Important Beauty Insider exclusive: a)  Dandelion in a full size ($28);  b)  "That Gal" Brightening Face Primer 0.25 oz;  c)  BADgal Lash Mascara in a deluxe sample size; 14)  Benefit "One Prime Day" Sephora exclusive ($10) :  a)  0.25 oz Mini That Gal; b)  0.25 oz Mini Porefessional; c)  0.9 oz Mini Stay Don't Stray; 15)  Benefit "Feeling Cheeky" Sephora exclusive ($15): a)  0.13 oz Posietint (poppy pink); b)  0.13 oz High Beam (shimmering pale pink); c)  0.13 oz Benetint (rose); 16)  $25 MAC Gift Card
Second Prize: $50 MAC Gift Card
Third Prize: $25 MAC Gift Card
Opens internationally. Ends September 1, 2011.  
Click here  for the complete mechanics of this giveaway.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Product Whore 500 Followers Triple Prize Giveaway

Enter now!

1st Prize-- Sephora Prize Pack:  $84 value
Fairy Drops Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara
Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm (BB Cream)
Hello Kitty Charmmy Kohl Eyeliner Kit
2nd Prize -- Sasa Prize Pack: $59 value
My Beauty Diary Sweet Teatime mini set
Jill Stuart Mix Blush Compact in "Sweet Biscuit"
3rd Prize -- Sigma Prize: $16 value
SIGMA f80 flat top synthetic kabuki brush
Opens internationally. Ends August 31, 2011.  
Winners will be chosen via Random.org.
Click here  for complete mechanics.

My Kiss & Make-up Birthday Giveaway

She is giving away fantastic prizes for her birthday giveaway!

First Prize:  
A gorgeous collection of 9 essential matte neutrals and soft shimmer eyeshadows, complete with 3 Get-The-Look cards and an applicator tool.
 with an actual total value of $73

Second Prize:
For International winner, you may choose any MAC items you want worth $50- that'll be purchased from MAC Duty Free Philippines. 
For Local Winner, You may choose MAC or Rustan's Gift Card worth PHP 2,000 with 1year validity.
Third Prize: Sigma Make-up Brushes, choose between Sigma Nice in Pink or Naughty in Black. 
Opens internationally. Ends September 8, 2011. Click here  for complete details of this giveaway 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Rainy Sunday

Yes its a rainy day today.! We woke up late at 9am because we got tired last night waiting for the electricity service to be back. Accordingly, a nearby electric transformer got busted causing blackout within the village vicinity.  Oh! I didn't hear any explosion.  It was real agony as it began at 9:30pm until about 11pm.  I need to fan my little boy Ivan until he gets sleep amidst all the sweating, need to change his shirt several times.  Ok, I stayed up late to do my giveaway post for Pasko sa Agosto and submit it for approval. It's on-going, join me if you want to win a Tupperware Set.

Going back to Sunday stint, mommy giay prepared this for breakfast.

Ivan wants his pancake topped with cheese, and of course his ever favorite Dutchmill youghurt milk.

After breakfast we began reviewing for his exam tomorrow. First day it will be Reading and Language courses, his not-so favorite subjects.  No worry for mommy because second day it will be Mathematics and Science.  Yeheyyy! that's his favorite.

In between reviews he is busy with his new puzzle book.

 Ouch! can you see the holes on his shirt :) its a fav wear can't throw that one out or else . . .

Pasko sa Agosto: Tupperware Simply Healthy Set Giveaway

Yes I am joining the early Christmas bandwagon. I am giving away this Tupperware Simply Healthy Set to one lucky reader.  This set will help you to prepare healthy juices and snacks the fast and easy way.

Set includes: 
1pc. Quick Shake (with spill-proof seal) - to mix beverages and batter mixes.
1pc. Handy Grater - to grate and extract fruits and vegetables.
1pc. Space Saver Oval #1 (with virtually air-tight seal) - to keep shavings and to keep fruits and vegetables fresh when on-the-go

Simple mechanics to join my giveaway.


1. Follow MommyGiay on Google Friend Connect
2. Follow mommygiay on Twitter
3. Add Mommie Giay on Facebook
4. Leave a comment below using your complete name and email address with your Facebook/Twitter Profile and Google Friend Connect Username.

Optional entries:

Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter, don't forget to tag me.


Giveaway starts today and will end on August 31, 2011. 
Open for Philippine residents only.
This is not in any way sponsored by Tupperware Brands, the product I am giving is a personal purchase. 
To join more of this giveaways click here.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Shoes Giveaway by Drowning Equilibriums

Paxieness will be giving away a pair of shoes (of your choice) from Chocolate Schubar, and I am joining!!!

About chocolate schubar manila

From our very first pair in 2004, chocolate schubar has carved its niche in the shoe industry with our whimsical take on women's footwear. We embody high street fashion with a delectable range of chic footwear. The mandatory twist in style is always accompanied by a delightfully comfortable wearability. With affordability to boot, those on a shoestring budget can indulge in well-heeled alternatives. Playfulness and attitude lurk in every corner as our shoes come in a kaleidoscopic range of colours. It is no wonder that countless pairs continue to make it to every trendy wardrobe from Paris to Berlin and Tokyo. From the runway to the walkway, we endeavour to make quirky and fun designer shoes accessible to every girl.
Source:  http://schushopmanila.blogspot.com/


1. Must be a follower of Drowning Equilibriums via googleconnect/bloglovin.
2. Follow Chocolate Schushop on Facebook & Twitter & their Blog.
3. Answer this question: What do you love about Schu?
4. Leave your name& email address.  Indicate what steps you accomplished 
(For ex. done with steps 1-6!)

Additional entries:

4. Send a photo of you wearing any SCHU item! Email to: degiveaways@gmail.com (+3)
5. Make a blog entry about this contest. Don't forget to post the URL in the comment box. (+2)
6. Repost on twitter with the giveaway link & hashtag #iwantSCHUs (+1)
 Contest ends August 23, 2011. Click here for more details.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pasko sa Agosto: Diva Fabulosa Giveaway

This is part of a bigger giveaway caravan among Filipino bloggers to celebrate early Christmas in this month of August.   
Diva Fabulosa is giving away this wonderful set of Black Pearl Necklace & Earrings to one lucky winner via random draw. 

Click here for the detailed contest mechanics.

The Oblepias Family Blog: Baylis & Harding Products Giveaway

The Oblepias Family Blog is one of the participating blogs in the "Pasko sa Agosto" Online Giveaway.  One lucky participant will gonna win this luxurious gift set from Baylis & Harding via random draw, and I am joining. If you also wanted to join, click here for the detailed contest mechanics.
Contests ends August 31, 2011. 
Open for those with Philippine address only.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

ANEW Rejuvenate Cream Giveaway

Would you like to have one of these? I want too, so let's all join  here . There are only few steps to do.
Wanna try my luck too :)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

National Book Store Cut Price Sale

Its cut-price book sale season at National Book Store once again.  This year's event will run from July 29 to August 21, 2011.
I was at Glorietta 5 the other day and I need some "pasalubong" for the kids, and look at what I've got.

A "Super Whopper Dot-to-Dot Activity Book" for baby Ivan, regular price at P109.00, got it for only P26.25 (that's 75% discount); "Hannah Montana the Movie" magazine, regular price P69.00, sale price P17.25, this one is for ate Ymanne (my lovely niece).  Amazing isn't it?

Ivan liked my "pasalubong", he's into doodling nowadays, Crayons are his best friend.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Nutrition Month

I just would like to share my son's participation in their school program in celebration of the Nutrition Month.
They were suppose to have a parade around the village showing off their hand-carried healthy and nutritious food items.  My son was assigned to bring GO foods, carbohydrates that is, so I put a loaf of bread in his basket. 
But the rain poured heavily even before we were able to begin the parade, so instead of doing the parade, all parents and students and school staff headed to the village covered court for the program.

The Nursery pupils performed a dance number.  I was so proud of my son, the very first time he did this and not shy at all.  He is actually the smallest and youngest kid in their class.

 The program highlight is the awarding of certificates to contest winners.  I was so surprised my son won two categories.  He got 3rd place in the "Nutrition Quiz Bee" and 2nd place for "Coloring Contest".  Not bad for 3y old like him, huh!

And yeah! he posed with the Jollibee mascot along with his classmates, sharing his own excitement. 

The teachers actually had a bit difficulty controlling the kids when Jollibee come out and did his dance number on stage.  More so, when he went down for the meet and greet with the kids.  The principal took over ha!ha! and everyone had their share of the photo moments with the mascot.
When we reached home, Ivan told me to take some more pictures to show off for his daddy.
We love you baby Ivan, Daddy and Mommy are so proud of you. Be a good kid always.