Thursday, December 27, 2012

Somewhere Else...

Have you ever tried pushing yourself to do what you ought to do instead of doing things you wanna do?
Me braving the late night traffic last night on the go to a construction site to meet a client/architect. #doingthingsatnight

Good we drop off at North Park to get some yummy oodles K-pop style!

I would really love to blog blog blog but responsibilities are a priority especially when you're a working-stay-at-home mom! :3

But hey stay tuned for our up coming US-only giveaway for moms and moms-to-be! :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Documenting Babe's First Week

I don't think it's too early or too late to reminisce my first pregnancy, and now the first few weeks of our little bundle-o-joy. I think whenever my husband and I think about this miraculous journey, our hearts just melt, felt warm and ready to cuddle, :)
Minutes ago after delivery, hubby followed the nurse to the nursing station and took our babe's first ever photo. :)
Here the nurse just wipe him off before dressing and covering him like a taco, you know I get too excited to learn how to swaddle-the-baby, the thing is so amazing, you're like wrapping a burrito! :P Hey, that rhymes!
looking all bulge-up with a lot of hair and no brows and lashes yet, I saw his lashes was tugged just beneath the lid...
One day old Clyde and Lola Ellen ^^
He is so tiny, so small, so delicate, I was so afraid I might hold him too tight I might break him or too loose that he might slip... And was just so thankful my mom was always there to teach me first-hand lectures of Mom 101. :)
Mom and babe :)
It's tiring but it's well worth it! Mind you, time flies so fast, he's turning 7 months this 26! I gotta prioritize my little kiddo so I don't blog that much lately, and soon enough I would be back blogging like there's no tomorrow!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Tips and Tricks to Save Money and Mother Earth!

Hey hey hey! This is my first post for my newest "parent category" as wordpress said it, my GREEN post! It's all about saving Earth and saving our pockets and wallets by recycling, reusing, reducing, money-wise and being smart! Cool huh?
One reason I love Pinterest are educational posts like these and I felt like gotta share 'em!
Now, that's clever...! so useful..:D
Gonna try the shower head magic, soda pop hanger, nailpolished keys, car lights cleaner and more! Seriously, this is fun and FUN and GREEN! :)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Havaianas Pays it Forward with Design a Smile 2 for the Benefit of Operation Smile

Helping others (especially children in need) while having fun (or better yet, winning prizes) is a win-win a win-win challenge I would always love to join, be part with and participate! And after knowing that Operation Smile (a non-profit group) and Havaianas are having their second launch of project called Design A Smile (DAS) that will help out give free surgery on kids with cleft palates, I'm more than willing to join!

 DAS is a series of one-day contests for 5-12 year old kids inviting them to answer the question  "What will you do to make other people smile?" through a drawing. The winning entry will be made into an actual pair of flip flops and proceeds from the sale will fund surgeries. 

When was the last time you made someone else smile? That is the question Havaianas asks you as it launches the Havaianas Design a Smile 2, a flip-flops design contest for the benefit of Operation Smile Philippines.
First launched in 2010, Havaianas Design a Smile gives children the chance to show their artistic talents by designing the next Havaianas Smile pair – a special design which will be produced into an actual Havaianas pair. A percentage of the sales will be donated to Operation Smile Philippines, a non-profit organization which provides life-changing surgeries to children with cleft lips and cleft palates. The initial run generated more than 2,000 entries and raised more than PHP 100,000 from donations alone during this period.
“Havaianas believes that summer is a state of mind and can be lived every day of the year whenever you adopt a happy and carefree attitude,“ shares Anne Gonzalez, Managing Director of Havaianas Philippines. “And nowhere else is that more evident than in children. With Havaianas Design a Smile, we hope to generate funds and awareness to support Operation Smile in our shared mission to spread smiles all over the world.”
This November to January, Havaianas Design a Smile 2 is back as the world celebrates Smile Month, with the theme “Paying it Forward: Kids Helping Kids.” Beginning October 22ndNovember 23rd, artistically inclined kids, tweens, and teens enrolled in kinder, grade school, and high school age 5 to 12 years old can join Havaianas Design a Smile by submitting their designs illustrating their answer to the question “What will you do to make other people smile?” at participating All Flip-Flops branches and partner schools nationwide up to November 30 partner events nationwide. Winners will receive exciting prizes from Havaianas, bobble, Pininho, Hobbes and Landes, McDonald’s, and Sony. The grand prize winner will also have his or her design produced as part of the Havaianas 2014 Collection as the Havaianas Smile pair, with a percentage of the sales from which will help fund the operations of Operation Smile.
“The response from our initial run was overwhelming,” says Ammiel de Leon, Group Director, “this year, we hope to enrich our partnership with Operation Smile even more and involve more people all over the Philippines in Havaianas and Operation Smile’s advocacy to give children their smiles.”

Who Can Join?
The contest is open to all Filipino citizens who are:
· Five to twelve years old
· Permanent residents of the Philippines
· Contestants MUST have consent from their parent or guardian
How to Join?
A. Submission of Entries
1. Contestants must attend any of the Design a Smile events to enter the contest.
2. Contestants must completely fill out the official entry form at the event location. The parent or guardian or present at that time must sign the consent section of the official entry form.
3. Contestants are highly encouraged to donate to Operation Smile. 100% of donations will be given to Operation Smile. The lack or amount of each contestant’s donation will in no way hinder their participation in the contest or influence the judging of their entry.
4. Contestants will be provided with scratch paper, art materials and their official entry form. Only one official entry form will be provided per contestant.
5. Contestants must design the sole of a Havaianas flip-flop using the official entry form answering the question, “What will you do to make other people smile?”
6. Contestants must provide a one sentence explanation of their design in the designated area in the official entry form.
7. Contestants may only use the art materials provided at the event. Contestants may only use five colors in their design.
8. Contestants will have thirty minutes to complete their entry.
9. Contestants may not bring in pre-existing designs. Contestants may not trace or copy other artwork. Contestants may not include trademarked or copyrighted icons in their design, such as known cartoon characters or other brand names.
10. Contestants must submit their official entry form to any official contest organizer after thirty minutes or they will be disqualified.
11. Contestants may only submit one (1) official entry. Should the contestant submit another entry, only their first entry will be considered valid. The contest organizers will use the control number on each official entry form to determine which form was submitted first.
12. Incomprehensible, illegible, incomplete and offensive entries may be rejected and deemed illegible at the sole discretion of the contest organizers.
13. The contest organizers reserve the right to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entrant who tampers with the entry process or who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these mechanics or submit copied or unoriginal designs at any time.
14. By entering this competition, contestants agree to allow the organizers to publish their entry and the design, along with the contestant’s name on Havaianas websites (official website, microsite, or social networking sites), on the official Havaianas Stride Guide newsletter, in Havaianas PR materials, or at Havaianas retailers nationwide.
15. By entering this competition, contestants agree to allow the organizers to utilize their design and any images and any other work generated which is included in the entry. Contestants agree to allow the promoters to distribute, communicate, broadcast, modify, edit, adapt, segment and otherwise use the drawings, diagrams, images and designs submitted in the official entry form. By entering the competition, contestants acknowledge that there is no payment or consideration payable by the organizers to use of the contestant’s drawings, diagrams, images and designs.
16. From February 4 to 6, 2013 at the Terry S.A. head office, Terry S.A. marketing team members will shortlist ten (10) entries based on the following criteria:
a. 50% How well does the design answer the question, “What will you do to make other people smile?”
b. 20% Synergy with Brand
c. 20% Originality/ Creativity
d. 10% Technical Skill
17. The ten (10) shortlisted entries a Smile will be posted online at . Customers can vote for the designs starting February 11 up to March 29, 2013.
18. Shortlisted finalists will be announced by April 2, 2013 at the campaign website. Winner will also be notified via their contact information (mobile, email and registered mail).
19. The ten (10) finalists will be scored according to the following criteria:
· Online votes: 70%
· Score from a second panel of judges (based on the below criteria): 30%
a. 50% How well does the design answer the question, “What will you do to make other people smile?”
b. 20% Synergy with Brand
c. 20% Originality/ Creativity
d. 10% Technical Skill
20. The entry with the highest score wins the contest.
21. Winners will be announced at Terry S.A. office (2293 Chino Roces Ave. Ext., formerly Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati City) on April 2, 2013 to be witnessed by a DTI representative. 
22. The contest judges and all employees of Terry S.A. Inc. and its sub-distributors and retailers, Leo Burnett, GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications Inc., Creative Juice Communications Inc., and other promo partners/third party suppliers, including their relatives up to the third degree of consanguinity or affinity, are automatically disqualified from joining this contest. Persons reporting regularly to Terry S.A. Inc. and its sub-distributors and retailers, Leo Burnett, GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications Inc., Creative Juice Communications Inc. under a contract or service and who, by the nature of the service they render may have a direct and personal knowledge of the promotion shall also be disqualified.
23. The organizer’s decision relating to any aspect of the competition is final and binding on each person who enters with the concurrence of the DTI. No correspondence will be entered into.
24. Any costs associated with entering this competition and/or accessing the website are the contestant’s responsibility.
25. Winners shall have at least sixty (60) days from notification of winner, within which to claim their prizes from the Terry S.A. Head Office at 2293 Don Chino Roces Ave, Makati City.
26. Winners must bring their birth certificate and the two (2) valid IDs from the parent or guardian who signed their official entry form as evidence of his/her identity and entry. Provincial winners can claim their prizes at the nearest Havaianas store/outlet.
27. All unclaimed prizes after the said date shall be forfeited in favor of Terry S.A., Inc. with prior approval from DTI.
28. The organizers shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for personal injury which is suffered or sustained, as a result of taking any of the prizes, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.
29. The 20% tax for prizes exceeding P10, 000.00 shall be shouldered by the winner.
30.  Prizes are not convertible to cash.
31. By entering this competition, contestants agree to allow the organizers to utilize their design and any images and any other work generated which is included in the entry. Contestants agree to allow the promoters to distribute, communicate, broadcast, modify, edit, adapt, segment and otherwise use the drawings, top diagrams, images and designs submitted in the official entry form. By entering the competition, contestants acknowledge that there is no payment or consideration payable by the organizers to use of the contestant’s drawings, diagrams, images and designs.
32. Any costs associated with claiming the prizes are the contestant’s responsibility.
33. The entry with the highest total score will be featured as a limited edition print in a future Havaianas Collection, with a percentage of the sales going to Operation Smile. The design submitted by the winner may be altered or modified by the organizers for the purpose of creating a commercially acceptable design for the limited edition print. The contestant acknowledges that the limited edition print may feature part or all of the entrants design and the entrants design may be substantially modified to create the limited edition print.
For questions and more information, please e-mail or call 840.1788 local 119.
What are the Prizes?
Finalists will receive the following:
a. Gift Pack from Havaianas
b. Bobble Water Bottles
c. Pininho, flip-flop accessories
d. Gifts from Hobbes and Landes
e. Gift Certificates from McDonald’s
The Grand Prize winner will receive the following in addition to the above:
a. Production of design into an actual Smile Pair
b. Plaque of recognition as Grand Prize Winner
c. Special Gift from Sony
And hey! DAS will have a booth during the Mommy Mundo Bazaar on November 24-25 at the Rockwell Tent so if your free, set a date with your kids and family! :)

Find out more about Havaianas Design a Smile2 and Operation Smile Philippines at Havaianas celebrates its 50th year of sharing summer happiness this 2012. Experience the summer vibe that never goes out of style with the world’s favorite rubber flip-flops brand. Take part in the Havaianas story and grab a pair now, available in Metro Manila at All Flip-Flops, Celio, Complex, Duty Free Philippines Fiesta Mall, J&S Surf Shop, KidSports, Manila Polo Club, Moana, Nail Spa, Ocean Front, Plana Forma, ROX, Rustan's, Stoked, Tick Tock Flip Flop NAIA Terminal 3, and Urban Athletics. For provincial outlets, visit

Friday, November 2, 2012

On Reminiscing My Pregnancy

Can you believe it? I actually missed being pregnant! Of course, I hate bloating & stretchmarks and the inevitable shape shifting, clothes unfitting blah, blah, blah! But I missed my me-and-Clyde-inside-time! The secret baby and me conversations. Hubby kissing/talking to the growing moving belly... The perks of pregnancy like cutting the line and special treatments... Below are some of  my nostalgic pregnancy photos! Check it out!
me and my one month preggy tummy on our Bacolod trip!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Mommy Mundo's Moms On The Floor Event Portion 2

We've got the chance to pre-register and attend for the first time the third Mommy Mundo's Moms-On-Floor-Event (MOTF) at The Loft, 38th floor, Manansala Towers, Rockwell last October 13. :)

Since babe is 4months old, we joined portion number two and we brought with us a mat, a small bolster/hotdog pillow, a blanket and a small toy. We even end up bringing babe's mini comforter as well. :P

on our way to the event, he is so camera-conscious!
we took photos while waiting for our turn in the registration booth
ever so thankful to my supportive sister Beth. Look at how huge baby's bag is!
I also signed up my blog as we register, that's why I got this media sign lace and pen on
Good thing we arrive early, we did some more camwhoring before the portion 2 begun plus we place our mat in the front area! Hek hek!

Portion two started with Ms. Rome Kanapi's talk about infant massage, the do's and don't, and the benefits both moms and babe can get from it. I think I need to share the talk on another blog post just to comb down the pointers. :D

Ms. Kanapi entertaining questions regarding baby massage :)
babe on the floor ready for his massage
doing the "milking" massage
other babes ready for their massages :)
look at how BIG looking his foot is for a 4-month old baby!
told ya! it pays off to walk in early! :)
Ms. Janice of Mommy Mundo spilling the secret beans on how she manage her household
babe asked for dede (milk) during Ms. Janice' talk
Next stop, Doctora talking about the importance of vaccines and decoding baby's tears
Gymboree teacher gamely taught us how to sing and dance to our babies!
me and baby playing the stop-dance with other moms and babes
After the dance, we play bubbles! These bubbles are non-toxic and safe for babies :)
"hey, where did my bubble go?"
After the Bring-Me games, Gymboree Play time and raffles, we ate snacks from
then we visit the sponsors' booths! :P
King Sue
Tiny Buds
Pigeon and Slimmers World
Aprica and Philips Avent
Physiogel and Oilatarium
After our booth hopping, we took some more pictures! Who wouldn't? Hehehe
babe and I with Ms. Kanapi
Tita Beth, Yours Truly, Baby Clyde and Mama Ellen
at the lobby
at the ground floor
Babe is so thankful to Mommy Mundo! :D
I learned a lot in this event, and like I said, I'll share them up on another blog post, we ended up taking home these goodies! And I'll be doing my reviews and thoughts about some of them in the near future! I'm too excited for the Physiogel Cleanser, I bought one full size in discounted price plus more freebies! :D
The Loot Bag, Freebies and Raffle Prizes!

Mommy Mundo's Moms On The Floor Event

The third MOTF event happened last October 13, 2012 at The Loft, 38th Floor, The Manansala Towers, Rockwell, Makati City.
Moms on the floor
The event was subdivided into three portions...

Prenatal yin yoga by Dona Esteban
Labor and breathing exercises by Rome Kanapi

Here are the photos taken for Portion 1: Pregnant Moms
young, happy pregnant moms! :D
Prenatal Yin Yoga with Ms. Dona Esteban
pregnant parents doing the yoga exercise together

Infant massage by Rome Kanapi
Mom and Baby exercises by Gymboree

Portion 2 started with
Ms. Rone Kanapi demonstrating the proper way of massaging baby
mommies doing massages on their babies!
yours truly, a new mom bonding on the floor with baby.
MOTF: an affair for the whole family to bond together.
MOTF is not just for moms but for dads and babes too! Quality time together makes babies stronger!
Doctor talking about the importance of vaccines
Portion 2 talks was ended with a bang!
Moms lively participate with the Bring-Me Game!

PORTION 3: (3-5pm) FOR MOMS & KIDS 1-6 years old
YogaKids by Michelle Aventajado
Zumba fun by Slimmers World

Portion 3 started with YogaKids by Michelle Aventajado
mommy and toddler on the floor mimicking the song-and-dance
moms and babies creating a circle
All fours on the floor! Moms and kids gamely exercise!
Thank you so much MommyMundo for this fun filled event! Every moms went home with new knowledge, smiling with a kiddo on one hand/inside the tummy and a loot bag on the other!
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