Monday, April 30, 2012

A Day with the Grass

I spent my weekend Saturday with a group of mommies and kids and famous celebrity, TV Host and Sports Enthusiast Ms. Dyan Castillejo with her son Matthew, talking about "grass".

Its not all really about a simple grass, rather "wheat grass".

Do you know that wheat grass contains the highest CHLOROPHYLL content among other greens; it is a great source of fiber; it is loaded with ANTIOXIDANTS; its ROOTS are rich in an enzyme called P4D1 which helps in cellular repair; and ENZYMES in wheat grass support the liver in breaking down harmful substances in the body and blood stream.

photo taken from Easy Pha-max FB page
Ms. Dyan Castillejo shares her life experiences from being an athlete at a very young age.  She was the Philippines' premiere tennis champion, played at Wimbledon and US Open.  After retiring from being a tennis player, she shifted into broadcasting. She is now a popular TV hosts to various sports and lifestyle programs.

Fellow blogger Carlo, welcoming the group

Mr. Edward Ling, President/CEO of Easy Pha-max Philippines, Inc.

Having an active lifestyle, it is important for her to be healthy as well.  According to her "when you take in nutritious food, your output gets better".

Her son Matthew, age 9, complements his mom's sports enthusiasm.  An sports adventurer himself, he grew up being with his mom during out of town trips for her sports program. Only when Dyan's father remarked on her that Matthew needs to go to school and therefore needs to stay home. 

At school, Matthew relates that he is active with the Student Council campaigning for an official position where he won as Assistant Treasurer.  He also joined the school choir.  After school, he is into playing tennis and football.

Mommy Dyan and son Matthew embodies active lifestyle, such they are the endorser of Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass.

Why Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass?
  • Cultivation that's second to none! - it is cultivated using an award-winning Indoor Organic Aeroponic Cultivation (IOAC) system.
  • Quality and Potency Guaranteed - the IOAC allows wheatgrass to grown to its peak nutrient potential
  • Convenience without the drawbacks - comes in convenient and hygienic sachets.
  • It is recognized and certified in many countries - Malaysia, USA, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and Philippines.
Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass Cleanses, Alkalizes and Nourishes your blood and body with just one sachet a day to give you the maximum benefits of this wonder food.

photo taken from Easy Pha-max FB page
 Other benefits:
  • An easy way to eat vegetables
  • Good for the skin
  • Good for intestinal problems and inflammatory conditions
  • Energizes and detoxifies the body

  • Wheatgrass
  • Wheatgrass with Honey
  • Skywheat Bio Soy Milk
  • Insupro Forte
  • Skywheat Biocoffee
  • Skywheat Wheatgrass Plus
  • Whea Gee tablets for kids
  • Wheatgrass Ready to Drink w/Melastoma

My son Ivan joined other kids for his first taste of Wheatgrass juice, I think its not yet for his liking. But when we reached home and tried the canned RTD, he likes it better.

With almost all of us into a fast-paced lifestyle due to demands either from career or from being a full time mom like me, still it is very important that we take care of our health.  Most often, we go out eating at fast foods with our kids, almost all weekends or more than that.  Think again!

I am a health advocate having a previous career as health and nutrition researcher, I would like to start drinking healthy for myself and my family.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Because a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, Give Mom a Caricature from Marriott Manila

If there’s one person that has a penchant for delicious, gourmet meal, that’s mom. For someone who cooks up a meticulous meal for the family, it’s no wonder why she has discerning taste buds. With this, there’s surely no other venue where she can indulge and celebrate her love for good food other than Marriott Café. Bring the whole family for Sunday Brunch, where it offers an upscale but a cozy venue to enjoy a promise of bigger, better, and heavier selections for brunch. And not to mention, everything gourmet!

With 17 stations including Cru Steakhouse and chocolate room for only P2, 500 net per head, Marriott Café got everything what a family would crave for from the healthiest greens, house-made pasta, savory steaks, to well-crafted cocktails.
To pay tribute to the woman that matters most, for every minimum of P12, 000 net worth of receipt is entitled to an instant free caricature for mom! Since we believe that whatever hat she wears, mom is always at her most beautiful. On Mother’s Day, we’re adding a dose of cuteness with an exclusive souvenir caricature of her on Sunday Brunch.
And if the whole gang is in the mood to celebrate the day for dinner, Marriott Café offers Ocean Surf exclusively for this Sunday of mother’s day for only P1850 net per head. We know how most moms enjoy getting their hands dirty on rock lobster, crabs, oysters, clams, and shrimps.  That’s why our spread is stocked up only with the freshest and tastiest selections, whether it’s enjoyed as is or have our chefs make an exciting twist from it.
What’s lovely about this buffet is that, it’s not only about shells and seafood. The spread is pumped up with big slabs of beef and lamb slices from the carving station and other delicious options from the rotisserie.  Swing by at the Chinese Station for authentic dim sums, pork barbeque, marinated chicken, and Beijing style duck. The dessert station decks out as well large array of choices both for sweet toothed and weight watchers.
While for some who plans to go in an intimate, classy venue serving decadent dishes, Cru Steakhouse is the first in mind when making dining decisions. It’s also a venue of choice if you want to be settled in fine dining style of ambience with hands on service and pleasant staffs, who are very much adept on wine pairing too. For mother’s day, sous chef Rej Casanova whips up a surefire hit four course menu: Baby rocket salad with pan fried scallops, mushroom consome, grilled grain fed Australian ribeye with sautéed baby carrots & potato dauphinoise and creamy mushroom sauce or duo of baked mahi mahi and grilled jumbo tiger prawns, capped off with poached cranberries fresh apples vanilla bean ice cream—all these at P4, 000 net per head.
Sitting between your loved one while enjoying a perfectly composed and polished meal is always a great thing; but if it’s added with a weekend break in a snazzy hotel, whose mom wouldn’t love the idea? With this in mind, on offer is the special Mother’s Day room package. Spend a leisurely overnight stay in the deluxe room for only P9, 888++ single/double, inclusive of Marriott Café breakfast buffet for two with P1,000 worth of credits at Quan Spa and Jessie Mendez salon.
Discover Marriott Manila’s exciting take in celebrating Mother’s Day. From the world-renowned service, dining, and accommodation, it’s no wonder why it’s a favorite spot of every fun-loving family.
For inquiries or reservations, call 988-9999.
An inviting beacon set in the world-class casino entertainment complex of Resorts World Manila, Marriott Hotel Manila is the place to work and play. Ideally located in Newport City across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, it is a convenient 15 minute drive from Makati Business District and Bonifacio Global City . Affording a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest accommodations that offers luxurious bedding, in-room safe, mini-bar, high-speed Internet, air conditioning, 40" full high definition LCDs with IPTV, videos on demand and jack pack plug-and-play system. The hotel features excellent dining options such as Marriott Cafe, Cru Steakhouse, Java+ and Lobby Lounge. Leisure facilities include Quan Spa, Health Club, Salon and Newport Mall. With a Grand Ballroom and several meeting rooms, Marriott Hotel Manila is also the ultimate destination for meetings and events, from weddings to gala dinner celebrations.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Pampering Services and Baby Blast

 Baby Blast now on its third year is a yearly event organized by  Outbox Media Production Agency.  It is an exciting event intended for BABIES and the WHOLE FAMILY! Baby Blast Event aims to promote Early Head Start (EHS) Education, and to have a lasting influence of its advocacy on the importance of fun learning.

This year activities include a Play and Learn Area, Imagination Corner, Pre-School Area and the Family Wellness Corner where baby massage is one of the services available.

At the OBM Baby Blast 3, I was indeed one of the privileged moms who was able to avail a  free pampering massage for my little boy Ivan courtesy of Little Lamb's Kiddie Spa & Salon.

Thank you to Ate Rose of Little Lamb's Kiddie Spa & Salon for the pampering service she gave to Ivan.  Also for being so patient because he laughs a lot especially when his tummy's being touched, which meant he tickles. 

I also bought this Eucalyptus Massage Oil, which I am now using for Ivan's daily massage before bedtime.  Accordingly it is made of natural ingredients such as the virgin coconut oil; and eucalyptus which is relaxing and helps to relieve coughs and colds. 

The event also featured several booths.  Mad Science - where Ivan get to participate and observe some simple science experiments.  He is actually a fan of "I Bilib", a weekly sunday show of GMA-7. The play area courtesy of different learning schools is his top favorite because he was able to play along with the other kids.

One of the onstage performances
A production number from the famous Velasco Brothers which thrilled the audience.

Sitting beside Mr. Mr. Anthony Taberna of ABS-CBN, lucky Ivan.  Actually, my little boy don't want his picture taken with him, this one is a wild shot.

Thank you Baby Blast and OBM for making us part of your event.  Surely we'll again look forward joining you next year.  (This is our second time joining Baby Blast).

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Ivan's Pink Shirt

The pink shirt is a gift from my youngest sister who lives in Netherlands.  It was sent as a Christmas present along with the chocolates, chocolates, chocolates and many other things.  He likes to wear this because it is 100% made of cotton therefore so comfortable and perfect enough for our weather.

This photo was taken inside the Jerudong Playground during one of our daily visits when we had our vacation there last December 2011. This is where hubby is working for 8 years now.  My son Ivan, enjoying the shade under a big flower canopy.

Joining Pink Friday!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mommy Power: A Special Day for a Special Lady

Moms Today Magazine presents Mommy Power: A Special Day for a Special Lady.  Come and celebrate with them on April 28, 2012 (Saturday) at the Trinoma Activity Center.  Fun begins at 10:00 am onwards.

Visit and like Moms Today Facebook  page for more details.

Girbaud offers 50% discount exclusive to Le Jean members

While sales have become synonymous to long weekends, Marithe + Francois Girbaud shows that you don’t have to wait for the next long weekend just to get a great deal! Girbaud offers a 50% discount on its best-selling accessories and all basic jeans and knits for men and women, exclusive to the members of its loyalty program, Club Le Jean.

Make your Thursdays to Sundays count by visiting any Girbaud branch from April 19 to 22, and April 26 to 29, and simply present your Le Jean card and rewards booklet to avail of the discount.

Become a Club Le Jean member today and enjoy rewards on every purchase, moneyless shopping using your gift points and stamps, and the chance to swap your old pair of denims for a brand-new pair of M+FG jeans!

For more details, visit any Marithe + Francois Girbaud branch today. Girbaud is available in SM Supermalls, Robinsons Malls, Ali Mall, Duty Free Philippines Fiesta Mall, Festival Supermall, Gateway Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center, NE Pacific Mall, Pavilion Mall, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, NAIA Terminal 3, and now in Robinsons Tacloban, KCC Mall General Santos, and Robinsons Calasiao.

For more information, please contact:

Luvi Joquico
Advertising and PR Specialist
Mobile number: 0922-8294194

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Graduation Treats for Ivan

My son Ivan recently graduated from Nursery school garnering Fourth Honor in their class.

Being a proud mommy I gave him a dinner treat at Max's Restaurant at SM Calamba.   Remember my previous post on GCs that I am keeping for special occasions, well I used one of them here.

 We went there with my younger sister Jivveth and her 2 kids, Ymanne and JM. 


We ordered the Per Table Half Menu (P1,253.70) which includes the following dishes: Max's Fried Chicken,  Soup of the Day,  Pancit Canton,  Chopsuey,  Lumpiang Shanghai,  Plain Rice,  Caramel Bar. This set is good for 5 persons but does not include drinks.  You need to order additional drinks for this set menu. Actually the meal was more than enough for us because the kids don't each much. We just took home some of the food.

My little boy taking advantage of the occasion to get a taste of softdrinks.  Call me a strict mom or what? but he is not allowed softdrinks at home. Only when we dine out (and rarely he!he!he!) he can treat himself.  Only mommy can drink Coke.

The get away winner is the lumpiang shanghai, the kids like it so much.  Honestly I never get to taste them.  Accordingly, it tastes real nice.  See that little boy, both hands holding the lumpiang shanghai

take home for "Nanay" (the kid's lola)
 To our son Ivan, keep up the good work!!! Daddy and Mommy will always be proud of you.  

Saturday, April 14, 2012

PAREF WOODROSE at Camp Trailblazer

Today I headed further south of Laguna, to the town of Sta. Cruz where Camp Allen is located. I was one of those invited to visit students of PAREF WOODROSE (School for Girls) who are attending Camp Trailblazer. 

Trailblazer is a yearly summer leadership camp for girls incoming grade six to second year high school.  Now on its third year, and held at Camp Allen from April 9 to 14, 2012.The camp site is a 4.5 hectare area located  in Sta. Cruz, Laguna surrounded by fruit bearing trees, paved stone, and wooden cabins. It also has its own swimming pool, play areas, bonfire area, clubhouse, a chapel, among several other facilities.

This year, Trailblazer has 120 camp participants, 61 of whom are from PAREF WOODROSE,  There are also 30 junior counselors, 11 of them are from Woodrose (7 out of 11 are alumnae).  The junior counselors served as group leaders for the girls.

Primarily, the camp aims to develop leadership capability among its participants; help them boost their confidence, get motivated, discover themselves, that is, create an awareness level such they will get to know their own self.

The  camp activities evolved around the 3 F's: faith, friends and fun.  Camp schedule is written at the back of each camper's ID.  The ID's I find so cute as well because each one of them is individually drawn by hand and color coded.

Accordingly there is no particular screening whoever is interested to attend Camp Trailblazer.  Participants not only came from the Metro Manila area, there are also girls who came all the way from Visayas and Mindanao.

For the counselors, prior to camp schedule, they need to undergo a counselor's training which is usually held during weekends.  This training programs are also conducted through their satellite organizations or schools especially those from far areas.

Camp schedule begins at 7:00 am, breakfast should be finish by 8:30 am.  All throughout the day, the girls attend various activities depends on a particular interest that they signify when they sign-up. These are: singing, dancing, theater, jewelry-making, photography, movie-making, art, crafts, guitar, creative writing and snack preparation.  There are also different sports activities to participate with.  Every night, different activities are also being held such as costume night and cheer competition, an elegant dinner, awards night. On the last camp day, the kids will present to their families and friends whatever they have accomplished at the camp.  That is they will show off a dance number if they are with the dancing group, photos taken by the photography group, among others.  

Mass is being held daily at 11:20am, just before lunch time.  During meal time, the essence of femininity is practiced, that is, refinement is observed as well as back-straight posture.   I personally observed, all the girls were suddenly gone to their rooms while we are still dealing with our food.  Which means, everything is in proper order.

Before lights out at 10 pm each night, the counselors meet to assess the day's activities.

The girls are housed in very nice wooden cottages. Girls of almost same ages are put in the same room, 13 - 14 girls per room.  For the junior counselors, there are 6 - 7 girls per room. We were given the privilege to take a look at their rooms and each one of them is so amazing.  All the rooms are decorated inside and outside drawing inspiration from Disney-Pixar movies (this year's theme).

 The cottages, since they are made mostly of wood are well-ventilated.  Really perfect for summer evenings.  The girls themselves are responsible for cleaning their own rooms. There are assigned sweepers, cabin monitors, bed monitors. Awards are given for the cleanest cabin and cleanest bathroom. 

Preparing the back drop for the camp presentation

It is indeed such a privilege for young girls to experience a summer camp such as Trailblazer.  This is also one of the several activities that students of PAREF WOODROSE  engage themselves with.  Even during summer vacations when they are free of academic requirements, extra-curricular activities are available as well.  Such is how each and every students of Woodrose are nurtured and taught how to appreciate a balance between academic excellence and character formation.

The School:

PAREF WOODROSE  is an educational institution where academic excellence and personal information are achieved through close collaboration between the school and the home. Students of Woodrose, at a young age are already being taught not only academic excellence but focusing also on character formation.  School curriculum teaches them to become independent thinker,  an effective communicator, a responsible citizen, and a lifelong learner.

It was established by the Parents for Education Foundation (PAREF) way back in 1977,  a group of parents who wanted to be fully involved in providing an integral education for their children.  

Mentoring System: 
Believing that the effectiveness of child education depends largely on the unity of goals between the home and the school, Woodrose actively undertakes a close collaboration among parents, teachers and mentors.  Each student is assigned a mentor who becomes the parents' partner in guiding their daughter toward the pursuit of academic excellence and character. 

Parents are educated as well through the "New Parent Education Program of NPEP.  It helps parents to become better parents, thus effectively fostering their children's academic achievement.  The Program is consists of 5 modules: Case Study Method; Family Visioning; Deliberate Parenting;  Dignity of the Person; and Home-School Collaboration and Marital Relations.

I wish I have a daughter and I am personally excited how to get admission at Woodrose. 

1. Submission of all required documents
  • Accomplished Parents' Information Sheet
  • NSO Certified Parents' Marriage Contract *
  • NSO Certified Student's Birth Certificate *
  • Original and photocopy of Student's Baptismal Certificate
  • Report Card
  • 2 x 2 pictures (2 copies)
  • Recommendation form accomplished by the Guidance and Testing Office of the previous school
  • Recommendation form accomplished by the Class Adviser and Registrar of the previous school
* For foreign documents, Original and Photocopy of the Marriage Contract of the Parents / Original and Photocopy of the Student’s Birth Certificate. Original Documents will be returned to the Parents.

2. Parental Attendance at the Orientation for Parents

3. Interviews and Testing
  • Parents are interviewed by a PAREF representative
  • Student takes an assessment test
  • Student is interviewed by the Level Coordinator
4. It is following this procedure that a Letter of Notice is prepared and mailed to the parents

The application process will commence once all documents have been submitted.

At Woodrose, academic programs are focused on integrated education. such there is a balanced program of intellectual, moral, social, spiritual and physical development. Students are given opportunities for analytical and critical thinking.  Lastly, it is their ultimate objective to help each student achieve their fullest potential, to pursue the truth and be a responsible individual.

For more information on, you may visit Woodrose website . You may also contact the School Registrar, Mrs. Rose Dumlao at 850-6380 to 83 local 111.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Hump Day $50 Giveaway!

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter 2012

We begin the day by attending morning mass at the Calamba Cathedral.  There are many people attending the Easter mass, the church is already full inside and some just managed to listen to the mass outside.  I did not take photos of the people inside the church but outside, this is the scenery.
Kit (baby rabbit) for sale
A pair costs P280.0, was it cheaper compare to the price at pet shops?

There is the usual balloon vendor (I wonder, I didn't saw round balloons today, mostly are the ones printed with "angry bird"); candle vendors; little maya (he!he! I am not sure if its really maya, but its a small brown bird); the traffic enforcer taking some rest within the shade.  The sun is all up high and yeah! its terribly hot yesterday.

Afterwhich, we went to SM Calamba to check-out their Easter Day event.  I signed-up Ivan so he can join their activity but I decided not to later because I was kinda disappointed with their event mechanics.

Anyway, Ivan at least had this photo op with one of their Easter bunnies;

and color his bunny picture.  The crayons were collected back later, so funny! maybe they'll re-use it on another occasion (oh! this is not the cause of my rant).

We just moved to Waltermart to join the activity there.

The Waltermart activity this time was hosted by Jollibee.  As you sign-up for the event, you'll be given this access ticket.

There were lots of kids today, I think they mentioned they are allowing at least 100 kids to join the activity.  The Waltermart events as to my experience are more organized and less hassled as compared to SM Calamba.  We used to attend here the Easter and Trick or Treat Activities.  Being organized I think, depends on the person in-charge.  Waltermart always have simple rules to follow and they strictly follow and implement what was announced. Yesterday my disappointment with the SM Calamba activity was with the person in-charge.  I think he was just so inconsistent and kinda "stupid" (my apologies for the term, but that's how I felt).  I knew it might be a petty matter but my heart goes to my child's frustration.

Anyway, the program began with the day's prayer.  I was kind of amazed because Ivan volunteered to do the opening prayer.  When the Jollibee host/staff asked "who want's to lead the prayer?" he's the only one who raised hand. To my surprised, I forgot to take picture of him while praying.  He say the prayer they usually do in nursery school. 

 Next is the warm-up exercise led by Jollibee mascot.  And then there were different games for the kids. Ivan and Ymanne (my niece) joined "The Boat is Sinking", however they didn't win. At least, they have participated ha!ha! 

After several games, next is the egg painting activity.  Each kid was given a "chalk egg", a paintbrush and sets of water colors in red, blue, yellow and white.  Only now I realized those are "angry bird" colors.  I should have helped Ivan did an "angry bird" design.  Anyway, I am not a career stage mom, I let him do what he wants.

Kids are all busy painting their eggs
 Staff from Jollibee Waltermart selected the winners for the egg painting activity. My kids' eggs were not selected, but for me they are winners.  I am proud of their creations.

A final dance with the Jollibee mascot.  Ivan was all delighted joking with the mascot.  A year ago, he won't go near anyone. But now he likes them already, especially Jollibee.

Thank you Waltermart Calamba and Jollibee. We had great fun!!!

 What about you, how was your Easter Day celebration?