Walang Pasok means No Rain

Thursday, June 14, 2018

It's been a standing joke.  For as long as I can remember, it has been known that when government agencies declare no classes, the rain suddenly stops.  The weather becomes more bearable.

Case in point:  Today's declaration of NO CLASSES

When it was declared this morning, I felt that it was a bit late.  Well, maybe because no one expected it.  No one expected it but when the message made it's round - well, it was a bit too late.  I received messages on my phone at 5:15am, I usually wake up at 5:30 to get ready.  Since my phone is on silent mode at night and it didn't seem to me that weather was that bad (well, it's been raining for the past few days) I didn't feel the need to check my phone.  I just noticed that my Viber has about 50+ messages.  I immediately woke up and tapped on it.  And true enough, classes were suspended by the Mayor.

Connor had already been up, dressed for school and was at the dining table having breakfast.  Kailee was still asleep but was going to be woken up next.  I then told Yaya that there was no classes.  I heard Connor say *Hala* and I honestly didn't know why.  Yaya said it was because, he was already dressed up and ready for school.  I checked on the kids after a while and was surprised to see Connor in bed - ASLEEP!  Hahahaha..  I on the other hand wanted to go back to sleep, but I couldn't anymore.

My friend A asked why we didn't have classes, I said it was declared by the mayor.  She replied with *It'll be sunny later*.  Well, it didn't get sunny - but the rain stopped and it was cloudy.  My Panget would always say - consult Accuweather.com for forecasts - they're quite accurate he says.  He's baffled why government officials don't check accuweather.com for weather forecasts.

I remember someone asking me to check PAGASA's weather forecast - so I went to the website but was mildly confused.  It wasn't very informative - it was very generic.  I get more detailed forecasts when I check my iPhone's weather app.  There is no hourly forecast - just a generic one.  See below:

This makes me wonder.  Is the one in charge just like me?  Unimaginative?  I don't know - but I'm sure a weather expert would be able to give more details on the weather right?  Or was it the fault of the encoder?  I am really baffled and sad at the same time.

But that's life - well in the Philippines.  The weather forecast of local experts are most of the time, incorrect.  In the past years, I felt that there was an improvement - especially with Project NOAH, but it was scrapped during this administration, right?  So we're back to the PAGASA website that doesn't look very enticing to navigate.  

It's quite sad that the state of weather forecasting has not improved since I was in school.  Declarations from mayors meant that the weather will not be bad and instead be good.  It's a long standing joke that I hoped would be changed through the years - sadly, it didn't.

So to everyone at home - enjoy the VERY long weekend.

DIDIscoveries: Panaderia's Spanish Bread

Friday, June 08, 2018

When I was younger, I would wake up to the smell of bread.  I was introduced early on to the humble pandesal, the pan de coco and the Spanish bread.

I will never forget the first time I tasted Spanish bread.

I was so amazed and surprised and very much in awe that a humble bread with sweet buttery filling can taste so good!  It was there that my love affair with Spanish bread started.  I would ask for it in every bakery that I go to.  Unfortunately, not all bakeries make them - and when they do, it easily runs out (obviously because of the yumminess!).

When we moved houses, there was no bakery nearby.  It was sad, but that was the fact of life.  Since then I would ask my mom to buy me Spanish bread - and most of the time, she would come empty handed - *they've run out!* she would always say.  When I was old enough to drive, well - I didn't realize that it was that elusive  I would stop is most street side bakeries that I would see and ask for it, but all my efforts remain futile - no spanish bread.  Either they've run out or they don't bake it at all.

Once I remember, our trusty driver handing me a bag of spanish bread, he said he remembered I wanted it.  I was so happy and excited, but when I bit into it - it was dry, tough and had very little filling.  I told him thank you and shared a piece of two to him.  When he bit into it, he gave me the same reaction - *hindi siya masarap*.  It was then that my search for the ultimate Spanish bread started, I think my driver too had that same idea.  So he would scour and buy me 2 pieces to try.  Most of our discoveries were not impressive, there was one that was promising - but it wasn't consistent.

I realized that maybe the baking technique and recipes then are different from now.  Now of course, there's technology at their side - new more cost efficient ingredients to be used.  So I just gave up, our driver gave up too.

Then last year, I would pass by this bakery along Scout Tobias in the morning after bringing Kailee to school.  I would see a long line inside this bakery.  I then told my mom about it and she said she's heard that this bakery sells good pandesal.  My SIL, L also told me that she buys their bread there.  So one Saturday, I decided to pass by and check it out.  I bought a loaf of *tasty* bread and asked if they had Spanish bread.  To my surprise they had Spanish bread - I asked for the price and it was a whopping Php16.00!  Yikes!  But I still bought two pieces to try.

In the car, I was so curious - I was also hungry and so I tried it.

And it was LOVE at first bite.

It was the exact Spanish bread taste that I had remembered from childhood.  The sweetness of the filling and softness of the bread.  It was sooooo wonderful.  My usual complaint on the other Spanish bread was that the filling was really few, but with this one - well - you had the right about of filling in EVERY bite, I repeat - IN EVERY BITE!  I told and shared to my mom and she said, it was good too!  The bread was soft and the filling very tasty!  I FINALLY FOUND IT!

THAT filling goes to the end, I mean literally end to end!

It was that good that I came back the next day to buy a LOT.  Hahahahaha!!

I was so glad to have found a childhood favorite again.  I was so excited that I would buy it every time I had the chance and HOARD!  I would keep a stash in the freezer just in case.

I'm just really happy that I found the holy grail of Spanish bread!  So if you are also into Spanish bread - I swear to you, try this one and you'll understand why.

Happy eating!

How a Chin implant can enhance your face

If you have a small, weak or recessed chin, it can cause the lower part of your face look much smaller than the upper facial area. This gives an unbalanced appearance to your face, as though your other features are out of proportion or enlarged in comparison to your chin. When you have a chin implant procedure (mentoplasty) performed by an experienced, highly qualified plastic surgeon who is known for fine caliber cosmetic and corrective facial surgical procedures, your face will acquire an attractive combination of harmony, balance and aesthetic beauty that only leading plastic surgeons can achieve.

Many chin implant procedures are performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures for the face, such as rhinoplasty (nose reshaping surgery), blepharoplasty (corrective surgery for droopy eyelids) or rhytidectomy (facelift). During your chin implant procedure, some bone from your jaw area may be shifted forward or unneeded bone may be extracted to make the implant easier to place. The chin implant will then be inserted, usually through a small, unnoticeable incision under your chin. Often, the attractive, modified lines of your new chin are enhanced further by some skillful bone sculpting of the jaw line by your facial surgeon.

Why a Chin Implant Will Not Cause You to Have a Masculine Appearance

If you are concerned about having a chin implant procedure done, even by a respected, experienced plastic surgeon today, because you think it will give you a masculine appearance, do not worry. The only reason this procedure would give you a masculine look is if your face and other facial features are strongly structured and masculine in appearance. However, if your facial shape, features and overall proportions are delicate and feminine, your chin implant will not give you a look of masculinity for the following reasons:

Chin Implants Complement Other Facial Features - Your expert cosmetic and corrective plastic surgeon will design your chin implant specifically to align with the size, shape and style of your other facial features. Your new chin will be structured to complement and emphasize your overall facial attributes, and its shape, size and contoured refinement will exhibit certain elements that are present in the other features and areas of your face. While revealing its own unique lines, form and character, you new nose will definitely display a 'family resemblance' to the other 'featured members' of your face.

Enhancement of Your Chin Will Balance Your Facial Shape - The overall shape and outline of your face will be much more cohesive and pleasing visually after your chin enhancement procedure. By giving you a more definite and dynamic chin structure, whether volumetric or delicate in appearance, your facial surgeon will create new and appealing balances that strengthen and improve the shape of your face. Its overall shape involves creation of subtle contours and nuances of line and form that you may not notice at first when looking at your reflection in the mirror following your chin implant. Both the full frontal and partially frontal views of your face will reflect a more cohesive and pleasing sense of natural beauty, alignment and allure. In addition, your profile will be sleek and artfully designed.

Features in Harmony Are Not Necessarily Masculine or Feminine - When facial features are balanced in harmonious alliance with one another in terms of form, shape, size and contour, they are not necessarily masculine or feminine in appearance. Seen together as visual components aligned to present a definite, unified image and sensibility, they reflect similar strengths of form and structure along with compelling subtleties and unique nuances that help define and distinguish your face as a pleasing, unified entity of physical form.

Your Chin Implant Will Be Custom Designed to Suit Your Preferences - Your expert cosmetic and corrective facial surgeon wants you to be completely comfortable and satisfied with your new facial structure. Not only will you discuss all aspects of your chin implant procedure prior to the date of your surgery, but your plastic surgeon will most likely show you digital images with overlays that help you view and select the shape, size and style of your new chin well before you undergo the surgical procedure. He or she will also have you view photos of patients who have had chin implants performed by your surgeon so you can see the before and after images as tangible results of this procedure.

You should have no worries or concerns about your scheduled plastic surgery procedure for a chin implant giving you a masculine appearance. Quite to the contrary, it will simply complement and emphasize the natural beauty and appeal of your other facial features while joining with them in harmonious alliance to form a pleasing and unified balance.

Your face will exhibit charm, tasteful lines and stylistic continuity that can only support and enhance your unique personal charm and natural attractiveness. You will look and feel your best with greater amounts of self-confidence and more mental drive to excel in all that you do.

Donald Roland, M.D. is a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in New York, NY. Dr. Roland offers his patients a practical and appealing approach to corrective and cosmetic surgical procedures.

12 is 6 and 6!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

There was an interesting conversation between Kailee, Connor and I.  They saw that I have stretch marks on my tummy area.  Kailee then asked me why I have those stripes on my tummy.  I explained to her that as she was growing inside my tummy, my skin was expanding and stretching - thus the stretching of skin.  She looked at me in wonder - I guess she still didn't understand.  Our conversation then went to them telling me *Mommy, when I was a baby I used to drink milk from your boob*  I then forgot what we talked about next - but then it led to this topic.  I mentioned that I wasn't able to spend the same amount of time with Connor.  They both asked why, and I told them - well, since Kailee was the first baby, all my attention was to her.  And when Connor arrived - I had to split my time and attention between the two of them.

Then suddenly, Kailee's face lit up!  I honestly wondered why but was really curious to find out.  She said:

Mommy!  12 is 6 and 6.  There are 12 months in a year!  12's half is 6!  Why don't you spend 6 months with me and then the other 6 months with Connor!  That way, it's the same time!

I laughed so hard not because it was funny, but because it was such an innocent brilliant idea coming from a 7 year old.  In a perfect world - her idea would have been perfect.  I then asked her, what happens to Connor while I spend 6 months with her.  She then said - Of course, he'll stay with Dada.  Her answer seem so easy to do.  She then said that after 6 months with her, I should focus all my attention to Connor in the next 6 months.

I asked her again, won't I miss Connor when I'm with her and vice versa?  She had another brilliant answer, you can Facetime with Connor (and then her when it's Connor's alone time with me).


I love having these kinds of conversations with my kids.  Makes my heart fuller and makes me laugh and happy.  Nakakatanggal ng pagod when I listen to their innocent brilliant ideas.

So what do you think?  Is the 6 month rule fair?  Hahahhahaha!!

Milbox's Hokkaido Cakes

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Its's been a long loooong time since I last had Hokkaido cakes and I totally forgot how good they were.  I think it's been yearsssss already.  But seeing them back on my feed again, well - I wanted to have a try at it again.

Because of sudden cravings - I ordered, gave my mom a piece and she LOVED it.  I took one bite and I knew - it still tastes the same and it's WONDERFUL.  I love love the light and fluffy cake then topped with this light cream and powdery magic.  Every scoop and bite was heavenly, HEAVENLY!

One box cost P380.00 (6 pieces of cupcakes).

If you like/love milk as much as I do - this is perfect for you.

I swear, I super love it.  If I can only have this everyday!  Hahahaha...

Find them on IG @milkboxph

Domestic Issues 2018 Edition

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

It's been a long time since I last wrote about my domestic issues.  Probably because it has been working out fine for a while.  It was just recently that I had issues again.  You know how transparent I am with my house help issues, so this one - I just want to get it off my chest.  So please bear with me.

I am cutting the post here, so I won't flood my page.  If you're interested to read more, by all means - click the Read More, but if not - no worries.  Hehehe..  It's quite a LONG read so be warned.  Hahaha!!

P.S. forgive my grammar and the drama.  I just need to let this out of my chest.

Erceflora's Probi Bears: Probiotic for Kids!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

I learned of Erceflora when I had a bout of LBM after giving birth.  It sounded so foreign to me because my solution for LBM was just drinking pineapple juice!  Hahaha..  I was told that the results were instant - and so I tried it, and when I did - I was amazed at the effect.  Thus, I have a piece or two in my everyday bag.  You know, for just in case.

I remember being told that kids can also have this for their LBM bouts.  But I was just told last year that the dose is too much for a child.  Thus, I shifted to this kiddie brand.  One thing that I didn't like, was that I needed to dissolve the powder in water and let my kids drink it.  As you all know, it's quite hard to have kids drink something foreign looking to them.  But I stuck it out.  I would bring sachets of that particular product in every travel.

Then I receive and email with information that Erceflora, the brand that I trust has a variant for kids.  I was excited - I was really excited.  So I waited and waited and waited.  I honestly thought it wouldn't arrive anymore - but when it did, I was ecstatic!

Timing was perfect as we were leaving for a family trip.  I was so happy because I didn't need to worry about making the kids drink it.  I had them try it immediately - and they LOVED it!

This is the packaging, we love that it's individually packed so no issue whatsoever when it comes to health and sanitation.

Taste wise, Kailee loves it because it's VANILLA!  It's a chewable tablet that smells like chocolate.

Erceflora Probi Bears will be available in all Mercury outlets by June 2018.

Greenwich's Hawaiian Overload!

Friday, May 25, 2018


Yes, that's how much more toppings Greenwich's Hawaiian Overload pizza is!  Gone are the days when you can count how many pineapples and hams you have in a slice of pizza.  Now, with every bite is the true Hawaiian Pizza experience.

The event was a BFF birthday party for Greenwich endorsers Yassi Pressman and Bela Padilla.  They were two very pretty actresses with the *real* person vibe, no pretensions - just them, being - their wacky selves.

Yassi I know is passionate about dancing, I remember watching her dancing videos on the web.  I was pleasantly surprised though, that Bela can sing AND play the ukelele!  Cool, diba?  She even serenaded us which delighted the fans in the room.

The star of the event was of course the wonderful Hawaiian overload pizza!

Look at those toppings!  Very generous, right?  And generous it is indeed!  And take note, it's not just ham and pineapples - it's MORE!!  I had two slices and was shy to get more!  Hahahaha..  I really really really love pizza and so this was such a wonderful treat for me and for baby #3!  Hahahaha... :)

Order yours now!!

Shift Up! Talk on Building Strengths of Youth & Families

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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Winning and Losing

Friday, May 11, 2018

A few years ago, my Panget bought board games for us to play with the kids.  Kailee and Connor were so excited even if they didn't know how to play these games.  My Panget got Chutes and Ladders (kids version of snakes and ladders), Monopoly, Jenga, Connect and Trouble.

We started with the simplest one, Chutes and Ladders.  We of course, explain to them the rules on how to go forward in the game and how it is also possible to go back a few or multiple steps back when a corresponding piece lands on a chute.  It was quite easy, right?  So we played.  The kids were really excited.  They went back and forth on the board and when finally, Kailee won - she screamed so excitedly of joy and happiness.  Meanwhile, Connor was screaming a very loud *NOooooooo!* and cried, as in seriously crying.  We all stopped and wondered why he was crying.  When had calmed a bit, we asked him why he cried and screamed - apparently, it was because he lost.  We had to explain to him that in games, there are winners and losers, that not all games can be won by everyone.  But he vowed never to play Chutes and Ladders *ever* again because he lost.

Next up was Jenga.  Well, as you might guess - Connor lost again because the pieces fell as he was trying to ease one out.  It came as a shock to him that the pieces fell and so he cried again.  I think he was getting disheartened with the board games because he wasn't winning.  That night, he declared that he doesn't want to play board gaim *ever* again because he always loses.

Now - how do you properly teach your kids the notion of winning and losing.  I know we all want to win, but games are a game of chance (and skill) and skills develop as you grow and learn.  I honestly have no idea on how to teach him that losing is sometimes okay.  Kailee has been a very good sport, is it because she's a girl and is not as competitive as her brother?  I am not sure really, but she took losing the game really well.  She just told me that it's okay for her to lose.

We have been explaining to Connor the concept of winning and losing in games - but I think, maybe he's too young?  I am not sure - or maybe he's not really wanting to understand the situation.


Pantene Micellar Shampoo

Thursday, May 10, 2018

I'm a sucker for shampoos.  Yes.  I loooove buying new shampoos.  Hahaha!  So when I saw this Pantene Micellar Shampoo from my friend - M's sister's feed - I knew I wanted one.  And it was by luck that my friend M was going to Bangkok, so I asked her to buy for me.

First off - it's in Thai, so I couldn't understand the directions.  I tried to Google Translate, but it couldn't.  So I just used it like a normal shampoo.  It was so fragrant and after, I noticed that I felt my head was lighter.  I'm sure you know the feeling.  My hair felt softer too.

When I was smaller, elders used to tell me to wash my hair every other day.  I think I followed their advice until one day that I felt my hair was too oily already.  It wasn't fun being paranoid that my hair was oily and flat.  So I decided to wash my hair everyday.  It was only recently that the thought entered my mind again because of falling hair and having my dreaded *white* hairs.  I honestly can't believe how conscious I have gotten since seeing so many white hairs on my head.  I know I'm aging, but it's one thing that I am so very conscious of - simply because they're baby white hair sticking OUT from my head!  Hahaha.

So I tried the do not wash your hair everyday on a whim.

Can you guess how long I lasted?  Hahaha..

I lasted for three days.  THREE DAYS!  I think I could have gone more than 3 days, but I was too conscious already.  My hair was still soft and not oily on the 3rd day of not washing.  My scalp did not feel itchy at all and my hair and head still felt light.  It was AMAZING really.  I finally found a shampoo that can my scalp and hair *rest* for a few days.

I just used one pump for my medium length hair and followed with a Pantene conditioner as well.  I don't know where it's available elsewhere but for sure in Bangkok there is.  So, if you know of a family member going to Bangkok, ask to buy this for you - price is about PHP350.00 converted.

Globe Bayantel STUPIDITY...

Monday, May 07, 2018

My goodness.  I really dislike it when I need to call the hotline to dispute charges on my bill.  For our Bayantel landline - well, it's now absorbed by Globe - we were charged for a reconnection fee.  And that is for a LANDLINE!  Where the hell did that come from?  I mean, I can understand if it's a reconnection of a Globe handyphone because, well it's part of their so called *service*.  But a landline?  I mean, reconnection fee?  ARE THEY EVEN ALLOWED TO CHARGE THAT??

Okay, so I call the hotline to ask and verify if I really did request for a reconnection.  To be honest, I can't remember - but then since they *record* all of their conversations, might as well ask for the recording right?  If I hear myself asking for a reconnection, I will pay it.  But if I don't hear myself asking for a reconnection, then - they'll need to waive the fee.  So I requested this last April 23, 2018.  I was told that after 48 hours, I would receive feedback.  Note, I will RECEIVE feedback, I asked if I needed to call again and was told that I didn't.

Fast forward to today.  I suddenly remembered it, so I called the hotline and gave the reference number.  This agent I was speaking to was helpful, he said that he saw my complaint but was confused because there was a notation that said the *reconnection fee* was waived, this was made last February.  He wondered why I was even given a reference number about my complaint last April 23, 2018 - when in fact, it should have been resolved right there and then.

STUPIDITY.  My answer to him was simply that.  The agent I spoke to last April 23 was losing some screws that day.  He then makes the effort and tells me that he will make the *necessary adjustment*, but before he can go any further, he needed to verify the account.  He asked me the following questions:

1)  What is my account number?
To which I responded, I don't have it memorized.  I mean in all seriousness who memorizes their account number?!  Strike 1

2)  What is my current plan?
I have been subscribed with Bayantel for years and for a fact, I know there is NO other plan but a residential landline for a residential landline!  I mean, it's not as if it's a mobile phone with different tiered plans!  Strike 2

3)  What is my COMPLETE installation address?
Of course, this I can answer with pride, so I gave it.  But you know what, there was a follow up question.

4)  What is the STREET of the installation address?
Did I hear that question correctly?  I told the person I was speaking to - DIBA KABIBIGAY KO LANG SAYO NG COMPLETE ADDRESS?  Don't tell me hindi mo narinig?  Apparently, he did hear the address - what he meant was WHAT IS THE BARANGAY!  Goodness, pati ba naman iyon nagkamali pa sila ng tanong?

5)  When is the cut off of your bill?
Who remembers this?  I don't - especially for a LANDLINE!  I know by heart my mobile number's cut off - because that meant my free minutes and text messages would be refreshed!  Hahaha.  Strike 3!

6)  When is the activation month and year of the landline?
What kind of a question is this?  It's really really very STUPID.  Would you have an exact recolletion of when your landline service was activated?  Strike 4!

I was so frustrated with the line of questioning, I mean seriously - they're not basic, you need to have all the information on hand with you!  Even if you have the bill, you still won't be able to answer some of the questions?!

Why do these companies make it so hard for us to request for something that they did erroneously??!!

I'm sure the agent is at a loss for an explanation - he was just following the spiel.  His name is Jomark, by the way.  He then tells me that he has already made the adjustment.  BUT I need to wait for two (2) billing cycles before the waived fee will be reflected.


Why the hell do I need to wait for two billing cycles for a refund of a charge that they erroneously put on my account?!  I told him, if that's the case, then I might be disconnected again and again because I failed to pay for the *overdue* that is reflected on my account!?  He fell silent, he said that he can't do anything about it.  So I asked to speak to a supervisor.

And this supervisor tell me the same thing.  BUT with this line *Kung ayaw niyo bayaran....*  I refuse to pay for it?  HELL YEAH I REFUSE TO PAY FOR IT!  Why do I need to pay for a charge that was a mistake to begin with??  I told her to be careful with her words and not to just say them for the sake of saying something.  I hate it when I hear words just being thrown out without even thinking what it means.

So after 1 hour of back and forth, it was resolved.  The solution - my account will have a HOLD for disconnection until the refund is reflected.

Grabe.  1 hour talaga.

Starbucks Grande Wednesday!

Friday, April 27, 2018

ALL Wednesdays of May from 3pm to 6pm, INDULGE yourselves with these grande Starbucks Frapuccino for P100!

Yes, you read that right - P100.00 only!

  BEAT THAT SUMMER HEAT with #StarbucksGrandeWednesday!

On May 2 - Have this delicious Matcha:

On May 9 - have this Almond Frapp

On May 16 - a Strawberry Cupcake!

On May 23 - Butterbeer!!

Last but not the least - May 30, the Candymint!

Enjoy the summer with these Grande Wednesday!

Cleaning my White Ultraboost X

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Rubber shoes never appealed to me for the only reason that it looks really - bulky.  I remember being forced to wear one when I travelled as a kid, but as I grew up - I chose different styled shoes.  I settled with sneakers - it's the most comfortable for me at that time.  I wore it on occasion, it was never the first option of footwear for me.  In HS well, since there was PE - I was forced to own sneakers, but then they were just for PE, nothing more and nothing less.

Then, I finally found a footwear that I can walk in all day - Fitflops, but there was a catch, it was a glorified flipflop.  When I travelled to tropical countries, I never had a problem with it.  Then a few years ago, during a trip to London - well, it was rainy and very cold - I felt that my Fitflops were not enough to get me through the trip.  Luckily that time, there was a closed shoe version of the Fitflop.  I thought, it was really meant to be - because it was a loafer type, one that is not bulky.

Fast forward to a few years, this Fitflop loafer needed to be replaced.  I couldn't find the same one in the country, and settled for another style of loafer, and it was in white.  I honestly wasn't very happy - but then when I saw a picture of myself in those white loafers - I realized that it looked really good. It was there and then that I fell in love with the white against my jeans and my outfit and most anything.  It was only in 2015 that I realized what my mom and twin brother have been telling me on white shoes - it's really nice and goes with most anything.

Since then I tried looking for another pair of white shoes.  Any type of shoe to be honest, as long as it's comfortable for walking.  But I couldn't find any that I liked.  I remember my SIL Liza telling me that Adidas Ultraboosts were the most comfortable thing ever.  Well, you know me and rubber shoes, I won't pick nor even give it the time of day EVER.  My Panget has been telling me to get New Balance, but as I said - all rubber shoes for me looked really bulky.  

There was one shoe though, that I saw last 2016 - I saw a co-mom wear it and asked where she got that white pair - it was the Adidas Superstar Slip-Ons.  It was a quest of having to get one.  I thought to myself, now this is the ONLY pair I would buy and wear.  True enough, I bought it and wore it like a uniform.  I have in white, black, coral and grey.  These superstar slip ons have been my staple footwear during all my travels.

But last year, I noticed that I would get tired easily from walking and that I lower back would feel sore.  I assumed maybe it was because the rubber soles getting worn out from all the usage.  I vowed that if I saw a new pair, I would get a new one as back up.  I saw a few pairs, but it didn't appeal to me as much.  So I just put if off.

During my recent trip, I felt really tired after walking for a few hours.  Maybe because of my current condition, but I felt that my Superstar Slip Ons were failing me.  I knew I had to change it or else I wouldn't survive the trip.  My Panget really loves rubber shoes, so every trip would entail having to go inside Adidas and New Balance stores.  On this particular trip - we entered an Adidas store.  I went on the Adidas Originals to look for a replacement superstart slip ons.  But the colors available didn't appeal to me as much.  Since I was so very desperate, I tried on the new rubber shoes called Deerupt - but I felt the sole was too stiff.  I felt so sad honestly and went to the kids.  It was there that I saw the Ultraboost X in white, beige and black.  I was desperate so I asked to try on the white.  I asked for my size and the sales staff was nice enough to bring three (3) pairs of different sizes.  Maybe she thought it would save her the trouble of going back and forth to get the right size - good thinking diba?

So I tried it on and started walking in the store.  OH MY GOD.  It was the most comfortable thing EVER.  I was so amazed that my lower back pain was gone - INSTANTLY.  I think my body felt such a relief that I forgot how tired I was from all the walking I did that day.  Then I tried on the other pair - and my goodness, I was impressed - beyond impressed.  I was SOLD, Ultraboosts are really the most comfortable thing EVER.  Now I had to determine the right size.  I am really choosy on the size, I make sure that the shoe can fit an additional insole just to make it softer, but with the ultraboosts, I didn't need another layer of insole - it was perfect!  I then got half a size bigger - my Panget would always tell me to wiggle my toes first and they did.  You know what - I didn't want to take them off anymore.  I wanted to wear them right there and then.  But the sales staff did not allow, we had to pay for it first and then wear it - so we did.  I swear, it was like all the aches and pains in my lower back and legs were gone in a snap.  It was so wonderful walking in ultraboost.  I am now a believer.

After the trip, this is what my Ultraboost X looked like:

It has become very dirty and stained.  Don't ask me how, but you know how white shoes are - plus I have my kids stepping on my shoes every so often.  My friend Selene would always comment how kawawa my white shoes looked - but that's how it is really with white shoes, right?  So when I got home - I thought, what should I do to clean it?  There was the throw it in the washer method, or the send it to a professional for cleaning, or bring it to my mom's trusty reliable labandera or the clean it myself with my Panget's cleaning arsenal.

I was really tempted to just give it to the labandera.  I spoke to a few friends and they suggested to have it professionally cleaned.  But I was too stubborn to listen.  So what I decided on was to clean it myself - and then if it's really still not clean enough, to send it to a professional.

Since we have the Reshoeven8r and the Jason Markk, I thought - why not the hell try it myself.  I watched Youtube videos on how to use these two products and had it on repeat for a half day.  I made sure I knew what I was doing.  And so I did.  The right shoe, I used Reshoevn8r while the left, I used the Jason Markk.  I brushed and brushed like there was no tomorrow.  But at the end, I felt that the shoes weren't still clean enough.  I still saw some dark stains.  

Then it dawned on me - why not use Grandma's Secret Spot Remover on it?!?! So, I tried and brushed away.  Putting very little product on the dark spots and brushing away.  I was very happy that the dark stains were clearing up.  After brushing and brushing and finally feeling satisfied - I showered the shoe in water.  I did not soak it, I used the telephone shower and showered the shoe.  Then I just placed it on the floor diagonally that night in the shower.  The next morning, it was still wet, I then decided to put it under the sun to dry for a few hours.

And you know what happened?  THIS happened:


It was like new!  I swear, it was so white that I was amazed that I was able to clean it up properly.  If you notice, it's not 100% back to normal white, but it's good enough.  I mean for all of my efforts in brushing and applying product on it - this was the end result.  I was ecstatic!  I didn't need to bring it to a professional - I can now clean it by myself, in my own home!  Yahoooo!!

So what are the products that I used?  Well, it's a cocktail of products really.  And here they are:

I have to say though - my favorite still has to be Grandma's Secret Spot Remover.  I feel that it was that product that helped clean the shoe even more.  The spot remover is concentrate and very little product is needed to make it sudsy.  The brush though, has to be the star of the show - it was able to successfully take out the stains and dirt easily.

So there.  I was so happy I was able to clean it through that I joked that I can now open a shoe cleaning shop.  Well, the only product that I will take on are white rubber shoes.  Hahaha!!

Eduplay School Manila's new home!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Eduplay School Manila has moved to a new home.
And it's nearby the old location - just a few meters away.

I was so impressed to see the open parking lot in the front.  I was honestly wondering months ago how they will transform this new place.

And boy was I impressed.  The layout is PERFECT!  And as usual, I give my thumbs up in cleanliness, very good use of space and the size.  It's really a joy to see the new place.  I must say, this new place they found is really meant to be for them.

Congratulations to everyone in EduPlay!

I loved that they tore down the wall and opened it up for parking!
I'm really loving the vibe of Eduplay's new home!

The iconic blue wall!
I will miss seeing this everyday...

Below are just a few of the classrooms they have.  Loving the space, the colors of the walls and the set-up.  Feeling nostalgic on the cubbies.

I love how the house was transformed into something very functional.  The classrooms are the perfect size and they layout of the house is super meant to be.  The great minds of Eduplay School Manila truly made this new space conducive for learning and play.  I'm so excited for all the incoming students!  There is no space that was left to waste - every nook and cranny has it's purpose.

I honestly wondered where they would place the iconic slide and play area.  And I was beyond surprised on how it fit the garden perfectly.

The new home is smaller but it's very functional and more homey in my opinion.

CONGRATULATIONS #EduPlaySchoolManila on your new home!  I'm excited to see you guys again in a few years!  Hahahaha...

Eduplay School Manila has been our home for the past three years.  I have come to love the place, the atmosphere and most especially the teachers.  They welcome you with a smile, they are confident and they love your kids as their own.  I consider Eduplay as my family outside of my immediate family.  I would always ALWAYS recommend Eduplay to friends and family.  They have taught and guided my two kids wonderfully.  I have met and become good friends with some of my co-parents there.  I'm so glad to be part of the Eduplay family.  So, come and join - I swear, you'll love it there!

Eduplay School Manila
#200 M.Paterno Street,
San Juan, Metro Manila
Tel. 02-5846356

Globalart Philippines

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Can you believe that my 7 year old Kailee made that?  No prior lesson before taking our current one with #GlobalartPhilippines.  I can't even begin to describe the pride I have in my heart.  I'm in awe, I still can't believe it.  I am currently just staring at it, looking silly because of the huge smile I have one.  I am beyond impressed.  And to think, this is only her third class.  AMAZING, right?

Even before I had Kailee, I have heard of Globalart from friends.  I knew it had one branch, the one in Ortigas, Greenhills - and I knew of some friends who would go all the way to Greenhills just to have their kids join their classes.  Of course, at that time - I wasn't interested as I didn't have kids yet.  But for the past year, Kailee has been showing interest in drawing.  She would use up all of my bond paper at home drawing all sorts of things.  I would buy her crayons and paint and she would just do what she felt like doing.  If you can see our bedroom, one wall is filled with her drawings and artworks (hers and Connor's).  I have asked if she wanted to take classes, but she has said no.  I was very happy though, that before the end of the school year - she told me that she wanted to take classes.  It just so happened that this opportunity came up, talk about perfect timing - right?

I brought Kailee and Connor to Globalart Philippines in Greenhills for their assessment.  At the same time, I met Yenny Saw the master franchiser of Globalart Philippines.  I was glad that she was there, as she was able to tell me the different levels that Globalart offers.  I used to think that they were merely teaching the technique of coloring.  I was wrong, there were other levels like sketching and drawing, comic book drawing, painting (water color and acrylic) and even clay molding!  It's really nice that there are other levels - for other *art* related interests.

Kailee was put in the advance class and she chose painting over drawing/sketching.  I have to say, I was quite surprised with her decision - because she had been doodling most of the time.  Connor was as expecting in the basic beginners class, so he can master the coloring technique.  He was disappointed because he wanted to do painting, I had to explain to him that he needed to have this basic skills first and by the time he's 7, I'm sure he'd be the same level as Kailee is now.

The Greenhills branch is really lovely, it's clean, well lit, the AC is working fine, you'll know when you're there that the place is well maintained.  The staff is cheery (which I really really like), they are helpful and would always greet you with a smile.  I met some students too and they seem to love it there too.  So I knew, right there and then - that Globalart is the right place to enroll my kids for art lessons.  And I'm glad I did - as I have this pride in my heart with their achievements - 3 classes in.  Impressive right?

So, call and inquire on the programs Globalart Philippines has to offer your child.  I'm sure you'll find one that will pique the interest of your child.  They have different locations too around the Metro, you will surely find that is near you.  They also have branches outside of Manila.  

I will go out of my way and say to try and visit the Globalart Cebu branches if you live in Cebu - because my good friend Carissa is the franchisee there and her daughter Bea has won awards in the Globalart competitions outside of the country.

Another branch I will plug is my cousin in law's branch - Globalart Del Monte.  I hear they have one of the BEST teachers in the Metro.  If you live in the area, you may inquire by calling 02-6660033!

Ortigas Branch
Tel. (02) 515-7005; 726-0435

Pizza Hut Horrors: Late pizza + hair STUCK inside the pizza + bad customer service

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Yes, I placed an order and was told that the pizza would arrive in 45 minutes.  To be honest, I assumed that Pizza Hut delivers at 30minutes or less.  Have I not ordered from them a long time for the mechanics to change?  Anyhoo, what am I to do right?  So I agreed - the order will be arriving at 5:16pm, the CSR said.

Usually, Pizza Hut delivers earlier than expected - but at 5:15pm, there was no sign of any delivery person from Pizza Hut.  This made me call the hotline - 911-1111 to report.  So I gave my phone number and informed them that the pizza has not arrived.  According to the one I spoke to, it was still 5:15pm, but she will be making a report (I found it odd that she would tell me the time, as of course - I knew what I was doing).  So then she apologizes for the *inconvenience*, I asked her - that's it?  Just a sorry and to wait?  She then put the call on hold and the came back to me again, but before she spoke - I asked her for the time, it was 5:17pm already.  She then said that since the pizza hasn't arrived yet that the order will be FREE.  She then tells me that the branch, which made the pizza and delivery will give me a call.

I waited.  Waited until 5:30pm - and no call was received.  I called the hotline again to remind them that the pizza has not arrived yet, only to be told *The pizza is already FREE madam*.  I already knew the pizza was free, the point of the call was to inform them that the branch has NOT called me yet (I don't know why too they need to call me to, but I think it was SOP on their part).  The CSR told me to wait.  So I waited, then the pizza arrived.  The helper who received the order came inside and told us *Ma'am, may bayad raw po XX amount*.  Now, that was odd - since I was told twice that the pizza was free.  So I went out to speak with the delivery person.  Lo and behold, when I went out - he was gone!  Okay, so nevermind that, right?  I still did not receive ANY call from the manager.

So at dinner, I was munching on the cheese stuffed crust pizza.  I suddenly noticed a hair, a light brown color strand of hair.  I initially thought it was mine, so I tried to take it out - and it didn't want to take off!  I tried again and then I realized THE HAIR WAS STUCK INSIDE THE PIZZA!  Okay, so I inspected the pizza again and noticed another strand of hair on the other side of the pizza.  Apparently, the strand of hair was really stuck IN BETWEEN THE PIZZA - it was cooked together with the pizza.  Horrors right?

So I called the Pizza Hut hotline - it was 7:42pm.  I gave them my number and they were able to retrieve the order - I informed them that there was hair stuck in between the pizza.  Of course, the apologized for the inconvenience (can it still be called inconvenience?!) and told me that the manager of the branch that catered to my order will give me a call.  I informed them that they won't be able to reach me at the number that registered on their system, I gave them my mobile landline.  They told me to wait.  So I waited.  And waited.  But there was no call.

At 8:31pm, I called the hotline again to inform them that I have not received any call.  I spoke to a CSR named PRINCESS.  I told her that I have not received any call from the branch.  She apologized and told me that my concern was already relayed to the branch.  I then asked her what time I called to complain - she apologized and told me there was no way of knowing when I called - but to be assured that right after my call, they informed the branch immediately.  Since it was nearing an hour and no call was received by me - I asked her for the time I made the call to complain, I told her that she can ask for it.  She repeatedly apologized and told me there was no way of knowing.  I then was getting persistent and impatient because I knew for a fact that they have records of all the calls - all she needed to do was ask properly and READ through it.  I then suggested to her, why not put my call on hold and then find out and then get back to me.  At 8:41pm, she came back to me with a time - I made the complaint at 7:41pm.  Meron naman palang capabilities to find out the time right?  And then she proceeded to tell me at the branch manager has been calling me, I was confused because I never received any call, no missed calls recorded on my phone. *Tatawagan kayo ng branch manager para malaman kung saan po kayo matatawagan*  Did you understand what she said?  I made a sarcastic laugh and told her, tatawagan niya ako para malaman kung saan ako matatawagan?  She then said that they only knew of my registered number.

When I heard that - all hell broke loose.  Why the eff were they calling me at the registered number when I SPECIFICALLY gave them my mobile landline (because no one will answer at the registered number?!)  This Princess CSR defended the logic to say that the registered number was the only number available for them.  I then told her, I gave another number - I even repeated it and made sure the person I was speaking to knew took note of the number.  As I was rambling and getting riled up, Princess then blurted out my mobile landline.   Yun naman pala eh, they have a record of it.  What the hell diba?  Why not use that number to call me?  Then my Panget tells me that my mobile phone is ringing.  Hay nako diba?  I can't believe the quality of customer service representatives!  I really can't!  So I took the call on my mobile phone, it was the male manager from the branch that handled my order.  Take note there was no apology whatsoever - he just said *Ako na po mismo ang gumawa ng pizza, saan ko po ipapadeliver?*  I then asked why they didn't call me at my mobile landline, he said that the hotline did not give him that number, it was only a few minutes ago that he received the number and called right away.  I was already pissed at this point and just gave him my address and ended the call.

Back again to the CSR Princess at the 911-1111 hotline.  She then tells me with a very proud tone *Ma'am natawagan na daw po kayo ng manger, kabababa lang ng call*  OBVIOUSLY!  Goodness, diba?  She them apologizes and tells me that the manager was able to call the branch when I complained at 7:41pm.  So I asked to speak to that manager because I wanted to know why my *correct* number wasn't given to the branch.  She then asked me which manager.  OMG - why is she asking me this?!?!  Of course I told her, the one who called the branch to inform them of my complaint!  She then says *Ma'am hindi naman po kasi manager*  ANO BA ANG PINAGSASABI NIYAAAAAAAAA.  She then says it was just a CSR and not the manager.  Goodness talaga....  So anyway, I asked to speak to a manager to report the incident, and she passed me on to Lovi Deleros.  And you know what I learned?

THEY DONT RECORD CALLS.  I always assumed that they do because it's their proof when a customer complains.  I always make sure to have the pizzas I ordered cut into squares, and there are times that they don't do as instructed - so I call the hotline to report.  Does that mean, that my call was futile becayse they have no way of double checking if I really gave the correct instructions?  We all know that not all CSRs put every request on their computers - human error, diba?

You would think why will I go through all this for a complain.  Well, I'm very particular with customer service.  I believe that CS can make or break businesses.  And here in the country, well - customer service sucks, it doesn't exist.  And I want to change that.  I know it will take a long while for the industry to change - but hey, it can start from me.  I go through the pain of speaking to them and reporting (I send detailed emails such as this post to them) so they can pinpoint what went wrong and do damage control.  I believe that with this, the industry will change - even slowly.  We can't just turn a blind eye and ignore mistakes.  Everything can be improved and I want to see improvements.  My children and their children's children deserve improvements in the customer service industry.

Spring Deer Restaurant: Re-Opening?!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Last year, I was so shocked (literally) when I saw the Jollibee signage around the building that Spring Deer in Timog used to occupy.  It has been a long time since I last passed by that place and so I was so shocked and saddened that Spring Deer has closed down.

I asked so many friends who lived in the area for it's new location but, they were all clueless.  I told myself and family members that it was an end of an era.  My Panget's family frequented .  The food is good and the price, reasonable.  Ambiance is not something you'd come back for - but well, for me as long as the food is good, then ambiance can come in second.

I have already lost hope.

And then I see this:

Is this the real deal?
Are they really opening?
Is this really happening?

If so, I am very excited because the space is new and sooooo nearby!


Can anyone confirm??

This is along Ligaya Street, near Examiner and Quezon Avenue.  This is the street where the Moldex office is located along it.  Nearby famous places are Shangri-La Restaurant, Office Warehouse and World Vision office.