Happy Breakfast Jar!

Monday, September 25, 2017

I received a LOT of feedback when I posted my #QuakerOvernightBreakfastClub.  I was asked by so many friends where I got the jar.  Since sharing is caring, well - a good friend and I have decided to sell the jars!  YEP, you read that right, we have decided to sell the jars with the pre-set lines!

Introducing - Happy Breakfast Jars!

Ever since trying out the overnight oats - I have become obsessed and doing it everyday.  Yes, everyday!!  I love making them the night before and having them fro breakfast the next day.  It's something I really look forward to doing before I turn in and right after I get home from bringing Kailee to school.  Oatmeal has never been the same for me ever again.

And I want to share that joy to you guys as well.  I would like to encourage having oatmeal for breakfast as it has a LOT of benefits to us.  One of them is having that extra fiber in our system.  It's also proven to lower cholesterol in our bodies.  

There are different methods to make oatmeal - and I have just discovered this overnight oats method and honestly - there is no going back for me.  Seriously, I am obsessed with overnight oats!  

What's great about these jars is that come with pre-set lines to help you measure out the ingredients.  You'll just need to follow the lines and voila, you have your own overnight oats!  Easy peasy, right?

We are selling them in two shapes - one is Square - and the other one is round.  Please head on to our Instagram account and Facebook page - Happy Breakfast Jar if you'd like to get a jar or two.

I hope you can let us be part of your healthy journey.  I can't wait to hear from you stories and wonderful recipes that you have made.  Please tag us at @HappyBreakfastJar and use the hashtag #HappyBreakfastJar

Excited to hear from you!

PayMaya & Facebook Messenger

Sunday, September 24, 2017

One of the most convenient payment facilities I learned this year is PayMaya.  I am happy to share that PayMaya and Facebook have launched a partnership beneficial to us all!!

Click the link to watch the video:

PayMaya and Facebook Launch Payment Tools in Messenger

MANILA — September 22, 2017 — PayMaya, a pioneer and leader in mobile money and digital financial services in the country, in partnership with Facebook, is excited to announce a safe and effective new way for people in the Philippines to send money to friends, pay bills, and buy mobile load and data using Messenger.

PayMaya is a leader in transforming the mobile phone into a virtual wallet and is continually looking for ways to expand its services. PayMaya recognizes that Facebook Messenger's community offers a unique opportunity to make PayMaya services available and accessible to even more users.

“This integration with Messenger represents an exciting new way to reach the unserved and underserved people and communities in the country by making payments available via social,” said Paolo Azzola, Chief Operating Officer of PayMaya Philippines. “Our mission is to make cashless payments available for all and this new channel via Messenger will help us enable more people.”

“We’re excited to work with PayMaya to give people in the Philippines new tools to access their money using Messenger,” said Facebook Product Manager Ginger Baker. “Our goal is to amplify the reach and impact of providers like PayMaya by enabling tools that allow them to connect people with the services and friends they care about.”

Consumers in the Philippines regularly connect with friends and family to send money and pay bills. However, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, 86% of Filipino households don't have a deposit account. As one of the most popular messaging apps in the Philippines, Messenger offers a much easier way for people to create a new account for daily financial transactions.

Through PayMaya's partnership with Facebook, Filipinos will have an easier option for sending money and paying bills on Messenger, whether they have a bank or a mobile money mobile account or not.

Using PayMaya in Messenger is simple. A customer just needs to search for @PayMayaOfficial on Messenger on an Android device to start a transaction. The chatbot will guide the user on the available menu options. New PayMaya users can create their account using Messenger while those who already have the PayMaya app installed on their Android phones can link their wallet to Messenger.

Once in Messenger, they can inquire about their PayMaya wallet balance, pay bills and send money to other Messenger users, regardless if they are already on PayMaya or not. People can also buy mobile load on their phone with a substantial discount anytime, anywhere, directly in Messenger.

Aside from accessing PayMaya in Messenger, PayMaya also comes with a physical card that can be linked to the mobile wallet.  This physical card can be ordered through www.paymaya.com/shop free of delivery charges and can be used at any Bancnet ATM nationwide, and anywhere VISA and Mastercard are accepted. PayMaya users can link up to three PayMaya physical cards to their app.

PayMaya holds the largest network of reloading touchpoints with over 15,000 top up stations nationwide, which include SM Business Centers, Robinsons Department Stores, 7-Eleven with Cliqq Kiosks, Petron stations along NLEX and Ministop outlets with Touchpay Kiosks, Shopwise, Wellcome, 2Go outlets, Smart Padala centers, Palawan Pawnshop branches, UnionBank ATMs, Gaisano Malls, and online banking via BDO and UnionBank.

PayMaya is both an app-first and a card-first prepaid payment service. Users can opt to have the card first and connect it to their app later on for a shared wallet experience, and vice versa. PayMaya is telco-agnostic which makes it easy for anyone to create an account regardless of the network provider.

PayMaya is a regulated e-Money Issuer by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.


About PayMaya
PayMaya Philippines, Inc. is the pioneer in mobile money and digital payments with established brands such as PayMaya, the first prepaid online payment app that enables the financially underserved to pay online without a credit card; PayMaya Business, the company’s system solutions provider that allows businesses to receive online and card payments anytime, anywhere; Smart Money, the world’s first e-wallet linked to a mobile phone; and Smart Padala, the leading remittance network in the Philippines with over 15,000 agents across the country. PayMaya Philippines is the digital financial services arm of PLDT and Smart’s digital innovation unit Voyager Innovations.

PayMaya has been leading the digital transformation of cities, schools, organizations, and communities in the country by enabling them with PayMaya cards and other digital financial services to disburse funds and other applicable benefits. Some of the LGUs that have stepped towards the cashless economies are the cities of Malolos, Muntinlupa, Balanga, and Catbalogan. PayMaya has transformed schools with the PayMaya School IDs--the first in the country--that enable students with IDs that work as a prepaid payment card at the same time. PayMaya recently enabled the acceptance of Mastercard contactless cards, RFID, and beep payments at NLEX, CAVITEX and SCTEX tollways.

For more information about PayMaya, visit www.paymaya.com. Engage with us on social media at: facebook.com/PayMayaOfficial,twitter.com/paymayaofficial, and
instagram.com/paymayaofficial.  Get support at @PayMayaCares.

Nestle Boost

Friday, September 22, 2017

I never thought my mom would actually take Nestle Boost, but then about a month ago, she suffered severe pains from her sciatica injury thus limiting her movements.  I was so glad that despite having lost her appetite, Nestle Boost came to the rescue!  It wasn't very hard for us to keep her *healthy* despite her injury.

We let her drink Nestle Boost to supplement to suffice for whatever is lacking in her diet.  She liked the taste, it wasn't too sweet.  She loved how easy it was to make.  For those times that pain was unbearable and eating was becoming a chore, I think somehow Nestle Boost helped maintain her health. Crossing our fingers for her total recovery!

Thank you Nestle Boost!

Live Your Best Possible Life With Boost!

Many associate those in their 50s and above to be slowing down in life. This mindset hinders them from doing the many things they still can achieve--exploring a new country? Learning a new hobby or sport? When it comes to experiencing firsts,” millennials and their adventurous spirit usually comes to mind. But what these parents of millennials may not realize at first is that with the age of wisdom comes new possibilities that will encourage one to never stop exploring.

Boost, a nutritional powdered supplement drink from Nestle Health Science is specially formulated for adults 50 and up to address their nutritional needs as they age in order to get the most out of life - to live up and be their best. We believe we have the responsibility to provide nutritional therapies that change the way we approach health, and ultimately help create a better quality of life for our consumers”, says Paul Bruhn, Regional Head of Nestle Health Science AOA. We recognize the increase in ageing consumers who now live longer, and we aim to empower them to take action to manage the age-related changes they experience and help them stay healthy”, he added.

Research shows that special nutrition may help to manage the normal changes our bodies go through during life. It is important to consider that nutritional needs tend to evolve with time and gradual changes in lifestyle, dietary habits, and metabolism often develop. That is why Nestle Health Science developed the Boost range. It takes into consideration what nutrition may be lacking in the diets of adults 50 and up, and these oral nutritional supplements can positively impact their nutritional intake to help them stay healthy and active.

Boost recently brought together a few of the country’s personalities and their children to show us how baby boomers and millennials are more alike than we think.

I realized that age is never an excuse to stop yourself from trying new things,” shares Ramon Jacinto. I see it in my kids and if I want to be youthful like them, all I need to do is believe that I can still do as much as they can!”

Ramon’s son, RJ Jacinto, agrees saying, I notice that dad has been more daring. Ayaw magpatalo sa millennial!

There is so much to discover and experience. I’m slowly trying to accomplish more and more things in my bucket list!” shares Tessa Prieto-Valdes.

“It’s refreshing hitting new milestones at this age. And I think I can go on doing just that till I hit 70!” shares Quinito Henson

When asked about a surprising ‘first’ she saw her mother accomplish, Coco Quizon, daughter of Zsa Zsa Padilla shares, I remember when my mom and I tried to learn how to drive together a few years ago. We pretty much quit soon after because we were hitting every curb!”

I was usually so scared of driving; there’s so many different things to worry about,” Zsa Zsa adds, ”But then one day, I surprised her by picking her up for dinner.”

I still don’t drive or have a license, so good job for her!” Coco says.

It is recommended to drink Boost 1-2 times a day, as part of a balanced diet. "It has been proven that we should eat 5 small meals a day and not let ourselves go hungry because then, the body will start to store fat to have some energy on reserve. Eating one big meal for lunch or dinner is not wise because we pack all the calories in one go. Hence, Boost is perfect for my in-between meals. I can put it in my shaker and just add water”, says Ruby Gan.
Nobody understands healthy ageing like Nestle Health Science. By incorporating Boost into your lifestyle, you will better understand that your life shouldn’t slow down--and neither should you. By making your own healthy choices in the way that these personalities do, you can take charge of your own life.

Live the best you possibly can and discover more of life’s #possibilitieswithBOOST.

For more information, you may visit Boost’s Facebook Page @NestleBoostPH

Boost is currently available in Mercury Drug Stores and comes in three variants: Optimum 800g Php 1,560 and 400g Php 797, Energis 480g Php 595, and Mobilis 405g Php 595. For the convenience of having your products delivered right at your doorstep, you may contact nestlehomecare@rbc-mdc.com

Quaker Overnight Oats

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

I never liked oatmeal - ever.  It was only after giving birth that I tried it and realized, it was not so bad.  I think it was because a yummy tablea was put together with the oatmeal. I then, would always always put chocolate something on my oatmeal.  What can I say, I'm a creature of habit!

I have been very curious on the overnight oats.  I have been seeing on my feed that friends have been doing it left and right.  Fact is - I always cook my oats, I always buy those *Quick Cook* ones instead of the instant.  It was my sister in law Sasa who told me to get the quick cook ones, instead of the instant - and she's very particular with food and so I believed her.  Hehehe.  

When I received a Quaker Whole Grain Rolled Oats kit, I was so happy to see that it was a *quick cook* varian.  Yey!  Seeing the plastic canisters - well, I had no reason not to try the overnight oats anymore.  Delaying is O-V-E-R!

I was so happy to receive the kit as it had instructions on the glass canister!  It was easy peasy!  Woohooo!!

No need to guess how much oat and liquid to put!  I'm glad there's a line I can follow.  The kids saw me do this and they want to do it themselves next time.

Here's me trying my best!  Haha..

I found Chia Seeds, so I put them in too..

Now, it's ready to be stored overnight in the ref....  Excited for the result!

I was so excited to see and taste the overnight oats.  This is fresh from the ref:

The verdict?  Well, I won't ever go back to cooking my oatmeal again!  I have decided that these overnight oats taste so much better and the texture is perfect for me too!  Glad to have been part of this activity!  I'll try and scout some fresh fruits to go with this.

I never knew it was this easy.

Want to try this at home ?

LOVING the Triger Tribe Activity Sets for kids

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I honestly didn't have any idea on what Tiger Tribe is.  I am quite lazy to research, hihi.  But you know what, my friend Cheryl has this knack for spotting products that has potential.  We're actually very lucky that she decided to distribute Tiger Tribe here in the country.

Last weekend, the kids received their first Tiger Tribe Activity kits.

These are really interesting, organized and very well though of activity kits.  Here's a look inside:

Brilliant right?  On the left part is a booklet which teaches you how to draw - STEP BY STEP!  The kit has a sharpener, eraser and colored pencils.  On the right side, is a pad with very smooth and thick paper that has grids on them - to make learning to draw easier.  If you look closely (zoom in) the fairy page you'll see it also has grids to mark the spot where they'll start drawing.  

This is what the Construction Coloring Kit looks like when you open it up:

The left part is a case for the colored markers and stickers.  On the right side is the activity pad for coloring, following the dots and how to draw too!

My favorite part of this Construction Coloring set is this:

It has a built-in cardboad that you can use under the page you are coloring to avoid - BLEEDING!  I was silently doing the slow clap when I saw this.  They thought of EVERYTHING!  These little details I appreciate very very much.

I was blown away, these two kits.  It is perfect to keep the kids occupied - ANYTIME!  I like that this encourages drawing without the need to attend classes.  I really really like how well thought of this kit it.  Amazing.  They executed it very well.  

You know what the best part is? The price!  It's not as expensive as those Crayola Mess Free kits.  The How to Draw Kit is P645.00, while the Construction Coloring Set is P495.00.  I find the price really appealing, and I'm quite kuripot when it comes to these things.  

Think about this at P645.00, your child will be able to LEARN how to draw by just following the pictures in the booklet!  And not just basic drawing at that.  It makes the kids more observant, Kailee has been trying her hardest to copy the best she could the mermaids and fairies - and if you ask me, she's doing a very very good job.  Look at the video below.

Another thing that I LOVE about Triger Tribe is they're portable too!  It's clean and comes in a box that has a magnetic strap.  Everything is held in place - no mess, no spills and no hassle! Perfect for us mom and our kids!

Another good idea?  CHRISTMAS GIFTS!  They're very practical and mess free.  PERFECT!

BrightBrands, the local distributor of #TigerTribe has a lot more activity kits for your girl and boys.  Head on the their Facebook Page and see.

Here's the complete catalogue of Tiger Tribe from BrightBrand.  Please click the link below:

Who is this friend of Dada who is a GIRL?!?!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

KBefore reading the story below.  Imagine me as a SUPER JEALOUS WIFE, freaking out when I heard what I heard from my daughter.

So the other night, Connor was asking me to read him a book.  It was Kailee's book Aqualicious, I thought it was given by one of her ninangs.  She said that it was given to her by Dada's friend who is a girl.  I asked which friend, Kailee said *The friend of Dada who comes to the house!*

Kailee:  She gave it to me for my birthday, but she missed my birthday so she gave it after my birthday.


It would have been something innocent, but then I thought - my Panget doesn't have a LOT of (girl) friends who frequent the house.  I also can't seem to recall a friend of my Panget who is a girl that gives Kailee gifts, especially on her birthday.  How did this girl know of Kailee's birthday?  I then turned to my Panget and asked him - Who is this friend she is talking about?  My Panget looked at me clueless.  You should see the look on his face.  And then Kailee added this *Diba Dada, she comes here all the time?*  I was very curious - I wanted to know how this conversation will end.  So I pressed further.

Me:  So Kailee, what does she look like?
Kailee:  She has short hair, like my BFF A.
Me:  Short hair? (Faces of my Panget's friends suddenly flashed - and none of them, I mean NONE of them had short hair!)  Dada doesnt' have a friend who's a girl that has short hair.
Kailee:  He does!  Her hair is colored brown!  (Kailee was so SURE of this)
Me:  Who is she?  Do you remember her name?  (I pressed further)
Kailee:  I know her name starts with a C!
Me:  Dada doesn't have a friend who is a girl that starts with a C!  (Letter C??)
Kailee:  He does!  (and she turns to my Panget and says Dada, diba you have??)

My Panget and I both asked - is she Auntie Imma?  Auntie Annie?  Kailee shook her head to both names.

I then looked at my Panget and then told him *Binubuking ka na ng anak mo* I really needed to know.  I swear, I wanted to get to the bottom of this.  I had to still press on my questioning.  I need to strategize.  Who was this friend?  I mean, seriously - WHO IS THIS FRIEND WHO IS A GIRL??

Kailee:  She comes here to visit!
Me:  She comes here to the house?  (WTH?!)
Kailee:  Yes, she does!  (In my head, I'm almost always with Kailee when she's in the house)
Me:  As in inside this house?
Kailee:  Yes!  She even said that she was going with us to (place of vacation) to take care of Taikong, but she got sick!  So she didn't come with us.
Me:  Who is this friend?

Kailee's face then lights up and says *I''ll give you a clue, dada has a picture!* and then Kailee began to rummage through my Panget's side table.

If I were the SUPER JEALOUS wife I asked you to imagine me to be - this would have been a crazy SERIOUS confrontation and discussion.  I would be going ballistic and thinking of the worst case scenario.

But you know what, I'm really not.

The truth of the matter is - I WAS LAUGHING LIKE CRAZY as this whole conversation was happening.  I was laughing out loud, crazily, happily.  I think my kids thought I was a lunatic, they didn't understand why I was laughing so hard and so loudly.  My Panget on the other hand was laughing too.  But not as hard and as loudly as me.  Hahaha..

I was really wondering WHO IS THIS FRIEND OF MY PANGET?  Oh my gosh, believe me - I was sooooo entertained.  I indulged Kailee more while she was looking for the picture.

Me:  What picture are you looking for?
Kailee:  We have a picture of a party and she was there!

In my mind, she was in a party, WITH US?  Who is this girl??

Then what Kailee said next threw me into a CRAZIER laughing fit.

Kailee:  I think Dada hid the picture na.  (Mind you, her term was HID!)

Oh my gosh, my Panget hid the picture!  I looked at my Panget while crazily laughing and said *You hid the evidence!*  I think he was as amused as I was so interested and entertained by this whole thing.

Then finally - something clicked in Kailee's mind

Kailee:  I think I remember her name.
Me:  Whats her name?
Kailee: Cyma!
Me:  Cyma?
Kailee:  Yes!  Cyma!
Me:  Dada doesn't have a friend who is named Cyma
My Panget:  You mean Chiman?  Uncle Chiman?  (Yes, he had to inject his friend's name, hahahaha!)
Kailee: No!  Her name is Cyma!

I then thought hard, while laughing out very very loudly

Me:  I know!  It's See-E-Ma!

Kailee:  Yes!  That's her!  C-E-Ma!

FINALLY, we have a name.

So who is C-E-Ma?

C-E-Ma is the youngest sister of my mother in law.  I told Kailee *C-E-Ma is not Dada's friend, she is Dada's AUNT!*  Kailee looked at me confused.  I had to explain to her so she could understand better.  All along she thought that C-E-Ma is her Dada's friend.  Hahaha!!

I swear, it was such a FUNNY and INTERESTING conversation.

C-E-Ma does fit all of Kailee's descriptions.  She comes to the house, she has short hair and her hair is brown too.  Of course at family parties, she is present.  She fits them all.

You know, if I had trust issues - this story would be different.  It's a good thing that I don't - instead I was entertained like there was no tomorrow.

Have happy Thursday!

Kids talaga....

Review: Tupperware Click Series

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I honestly DO NOT LIKE peeling anything.  I super love french fries, but I really dislike having to peel the skin off.  So what I do is I just wash it and cut it up and fry them.  In short, my fries have potato skins on them.

I'm sure everyone is familiar is with the old kind of peelers.  Those stainless ones that are flimsy and most of the time are not stable enough.  That is what I dislike the most.  Hahaha!!

Look at these new peelers from Tupperware!

I can't believe they are peelers!  They're so pretty!  Why didn't they make peelers this attractive before?  Hahaha!!  Innovation, I guess.  But look at it.  It's smart, functional AND practical!

Honestly, I didn't need to use the others anymore - I stuck to using one.  Yaya Belen loves this peeler too!  So you can just imagine, how much homemade fries I am eating right now.  Shhhhhh!!  Hihi..

Here is a video of me taken by Connor using the peeler.  It's easy to use and very practical!  I am not scare that I will hurt myself or that the peeler will breakdown because of flimsyness.  I apologize for the dark setting.

See?  Nothing, I mean NOTHING goes to waste!  Hahaha...

We also got these very cute and useful containers!  Aren't they lovely?

They are, right?  I grew up with the brand Tupperware.   I can still remember it as if it was yesterday that my mom brought home a set for us to use.  Pitcher, the iconic Tupperware pitcher brings back so many memories of my childhood.  I wish I kept out old Tupperware pitcher as a remembrance.  Hahaha!!

Here's another nifty kitchen tool from Tupperware - the spiralizer!

I remember seeing those spiral potatoes being sold in the streets of Myeongdong, Seoul!  I honestly wondered who they cut those up.  Well, well, well - this is the secret!  Hahaha..  Now we can do those spiral potatoes at home!!

Here is the slot for the finger - BRILLIANT, right?

I really like the feel of these new Tupperwares, they make food prep a bit more fun and colorful.  Even the kids now want to participate and help prepare the food.

Good job, Tupperware!

Prices are the following:
Click Series Peelers - P1,299.00
Unbelieva-Bowls - P399.00 each
Spiralizer - comes FREE

Early Morning Drive

Friday, August 11, 2017

When the driver doesn't show up, well- things get a little more complicated.  I need to be more alert because having kids in the car mean that I NEED to be extra careful.

Another thought was - of all days, it had to be a Friday - when we have two cars on coding.  Wonderful!  I was going to use my car (that was coding too!), but guess what - the gas tank was almost empty.  So I had to use the other coding car, in my head was BAHALA NA SI BATMAN!

So there, I drove to our carpool mate's house and had to ask Kailee to sit in the front primarily because one of the kids who carpools with us has motion sickness, so her yaya needs to be on a alert that she might - throw up!  So two kids at the back with the yaya and Kailee in front of me.

Usually, when there's a driver - I pray my morning Rosary and Divine Mercy prayers on the way.  But this time, I didn't have time anymore - I had to focus on the driving.  I actually timed myself - to see if I did a better job behind the wheel or just as a passenger.

One observation on myself - I am very impatient on the road.  I hate those oh so slowly moving vehicles that don't have a care in the world that they're causing build up.  Argh - but I had to be extra patient since, I was shuttling three kids!

I guess during the morning traffic near school - drivers get a little bit competitive on who goes first and who needs to be given way.  I most of the time feel that traffic enforcers do more harm that good - but when we're talking about the pride of Filipino drivers, well - it's damn if you do and damn if you don't.  I was lucky that this morning's traffic was a bit bearable.  It was only when we reached Gate 9 of XS that things got a bit tricky.

Since I had a little boy to drop off at XS's Gate 9, I had to be creative yet not cause traffic.  Well, lo and behold this car in front of me.  They were taking their sweet time - I think their little boy in the car was still putting on clothes.  My GOODNESS!  I really dislike inconsiderate people.  There are so many cars lining up behind me waiting for me to move and this car REFUSES to move!  I had to call the attention of the security guard to let the car move, but you know what the guard said *Ma'am atras nalang po kayo, aalalalayan ko po kayo* Sheesh!  So as a good citizen, I did what was suggested.  As I drove passed the car infront of me, I was correct, the little was was still dressing up.  The driver was I assume his dad, and he had his eyes CLOSED!  Talk about entitlement.  It was a no parking zone yet he was there - stalling, what kind of an example is that?

I teach my children to be mindful of other people, that they should be aware of their surroundings and the people around them.  I feel a bit irritated that I teach my kids this while other continue to feel entitled.  Maybe I shouldn't teach that to my kids anymore - argh!!  It is so very very hard to be merciful and compassionate to people if they don't even have an ounce of consideration for others.  Nakakainis!  Just because of this - I missed a few crucial seconds.  I say crucial seconds because they really matter in early morning school traffic.

So anyhoo - I got home by 7:10am, not bad I think - I just matched the morning driver's record!  Hahaha..

How's your morning been?

Happy weekend!

Go on with Goon Diapers!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

You see, when it comes to diapers - well, let's be honest, we want the cheapest one that we can find that hopefully will do its job well.  With Kailee, it was unfortunate that the brand that I wanted for her gave her diaper rashes.  This diaper rash was so bad that we had to go to the pedia and the doctor prescribed a steroid cream.  I think it was the Yaya's fault + the diapers.  We had to switch brands and this brand was quite pricey - but since it didn't her give Kailee rashes, well - we had to buy it.  We had no choice.  I would remembering hoarding boxes of this competing brand whenever there was a sale in S&R.  I was quite happy with it that it became the standard choice when Connor arrived.

Well, I was wrong.  What I thought was the best turned out to be not the best for Connor.  We experienced leaks and rashes.  I was honestly surprised because I assumed that since Kailee was so comfy in it, that Connor would be too!  So I searched, and searched only to find that the brand I wanted for Kailee, did it's job well for Connor.  It was cheaper thus more economical for me.

I've honestly been aware of the brand Goon for quite a while now.  I remember seeing it in one of those baby fairs around.  I often wondered though, where was it being sold.  Fast forward to a few months ago when I received an invite from Goon Philippines.  I was very excited honestly, I wanted to see and know what it was really all about.

The event was pretty straightforward, which I really liked.  They didn't go around the bush and instead presented us with the best qualities of the diaper.  I'm sure all of the moms there were impressed because I really was.

This was when a Goon diaper was put to the test.  I liked the fact they used purple colored water to showcase Goon's selling point - it's absorbency.  They presented two leading brands in the market and of course - a Goon diaper!  Everyone was amazed at how much water a Goon diaper can absorb!  When you touch it, it's not even wet at all!  The other brands were leaking already.  And can you guess how much water that is?  5 cups!  Yes, 5 cups of water.  Amazing, right?

They also have a wetness indicator.  Which is so convenient and helpful!

I was so eager to try it that same night.  And we did.  Usually, Connor has 2 to 3 diaper changes during the night.  I said, that this was the ultimate test of Goon diapers.  If Goon can handle Connor's multiple diaper changes at night, then we've found a winner in Goon.

I was telling Connor that he will be using a new kind of diaper, he was quite excited too.  So the next morning, I was so curious on the result.  I asked Yaya Belen first if she changed Connor's nappies - she said no with a huge smile on her face.  Then when Connor woke up, he went to me and told me *No overflow, Mommy!*  That was Night #1.  I tested it again for a week - and guess what?  No leaks!  No overflows!  We just used one (1) diaper a night!  Can you believe it?  One diaper a night!  Talk about economical!

I also was watching out for rashes and irritations - and I saw none.  When we used up our pack of Goon diapers, Connor reminded me to buy more.  During my regular supermarket run, Connor told me *Mommy, Goon diapers please!*  Even Connor is now aware of the brand!

Many friends have told me they are using Goon diapers!  I was so happy to hear that.  How I wish that during Kailee's time, Goon was already here in the country.

Better late than never, right?

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Opinion: Online Car Registration

Monday, July 31, 2017

Car registration every year is a painful process.  It's quite redundant, but you'll need to do it because the law says that you need to do it.  I have personally handled the vehicle registration of our family so I know the process by heart.

Every year, the LTO asks us for a stencil of the cars.  So what I did was to make multiple stencils of all the cars (using the LTO forms) so that when the time came for that particular vehicle to be registered, I would simply pull it out from the file.  Things changed a few years ago, I honestly didn't understand it - but our driver told us that the LTO people are the ones who need to stencil the vehicles right before you register.  This he said entailed a different from AND another fee.  FINE - since we can't skip that process, then go ahead - right?  

For years we have had a *suki* smoke emission testing company that we go to that is nearby.  We go to that particular shop because they work very fast - and because we've developed a relationship with them through the years.  THEN things changed again a few years ago - there was a ruling that you NEED to have your smoke emission checked nearby the LTO office that you will register your vehicle.  This was such a hassle for us because the locations of the LTO office where register is a distance from one another.  Since transferring the LTO office where we register is another painful process, we decided to just maintain that LTO office and switch smoke belching companies.  

Imagine, we would be spending the WHOLE day in the LTO office just waiting for the documents.  We would go very early - to have the emission test done, then stencil (this will depend on the person doing the stencil-ing, if he was only one and there are about 25 vehicles inline - what time can he finish, right?) and then wait a long looooong time for the papers to get moving and to pay for the fee and finally getting the sticker (if there was any).  To me personally, it's such a waste of time - I mean, why not simple shorten the process, right?  But well, that's the bureucracy of the LTO.  The frontline staff is very unhappy with their work, there is not simple production line - that you need to go back and forth from the window that received the documents, from the cashier to the claiming of the stickers (if any).  When I observed this, I thought to myself - how disorganized!  I mean why put the cashier on another end and make people go back and forth to it?  It's really crazy, honestly.  I asked about it - and you know what I was told why the position of the cashier was on the end?  Well, it's because the cord of the machine (for the electric outlet) is SHORT!  I don't have words.  I really don't anymore.  So I just sighed and waited.  And when we were finally called - I was told, *NO sticker po* So we waited for nothing.  This is repeated a number of times a year.  And it is getting very frustrating.  

A few weeks ago, when I learned that there was a resolution made by Sen. JV Ejercito on making the vehicle registration online, I was delighted.  It was such a relief that law makers get to think of these things.  Imagine a mother, who play so many roles - when will she have time to register her vehicle?  She will need to to take a whole day leave from her work - that means she won't get a salary that say since she's absent.  How about the stay at home mom who prepares the food and picks up the kids from school?  Who will cook and pick up the kids?  It's really frustrating, I mean seriously - why can't these things become much easier for all of us?

There are still many questions and revisions that need to be done, but the path is there, the idea is there - we should start, even with just one step for progress to happen.  I am all for this movement, I am all for supporting this move.

I hope that with this, we can all move forward.  

We need this.

Our country needs it.

Let's do this not for us, but for the progress of our country.