Hello again!

It’s been awhile since I last wrote about anything. It’s also the first time that I’m trying out this method of blogging-via-mobile. I’ve always loved the touchy-feel of keyboard-typing, but… I’m trying to embrace technology and not be so old-fashioned.

So… what has happened so far…. Baby Bear is already 6 1/2 and she is simply the brightest kid ever (bias aside) 😊 I now call her #BrightBear
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Baby Gummy Bear is turning 3 soon! Seriously, time please stop! I want my baby to be my baby forever. He is one sweet little boy 😊 He brings joy to everyone who sees him. I now fondly refer to him as #BrightGummy
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With these 2 kids, I still consider myself as a #StartUpMom 😊 Just when you think you know all there is you need to know about your kids and they throw you a curve ball and change things up a bit. I learn so much about being a mom to these two, I learn so much about these 2 wonderful little people and I am learning so much about myself.

#StartUpWife – Yup, still the same. As we go through the different stages and phases of life, we also go through so many challenges, trials, joys and tribulations. Always something new, always learning to love and not let the big things (or the little things) get in the way of US. #MrBright 💙 #MrsBright

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#StartUpBusiness – Thought I’d be advancing as time goes by but then because of the nature of our business wherein we bring in different brands, there’s always something on the horizon. We go through the different product life cycle stage for each of our brands. The challenge is always there – be it with a new brand we just bought in, or an old brand that needs updates or a fresh story. The business will always be a challenge but it is not that far from what I used to do in my corporate life before and is actually a life that I’ve missed anf it is work that I love doing. Cliche as it may sound, it’s never work if it’s doing something you love ❤️  https://www.instagram.com/brightbrands.ph/

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Last but not the least, #StartUpSelf 🌟 I don’t think I could ever be the best version of a wife, mom or mompreneur…
Not unless I have myself thoroughly figured out. Not unless I know how to fully embrace my strengths, know my limitations, handle my weaknesses and know when to say yes to the right opportunity and not just yes to all things that come my way, just because! I’m learning to choose my obligations so that I don’t stretch myself too thinly and can have time to do the things and be with the people that matter.

The Self is something that I’ve been focusing on a lot now since that’s also the most where I’ve been struggling with. As mentioned above, I do believe that the self has to be worked on first above anything else. Like all my projects, I break this down into compartments. In totality, I’ve reflected on my whole self and it boils down to these important tabs – Personal, Health, Relationships, Business and Philanthropy 😊 I got this idea to work on these 5 aspects from Shark Tank Leader and wise guru – https://daymondjohn.com/ I love what he said and I’ve tried to chart my life by these 5 points. I start the month by planning everything based on these and I feel a sense of relief. First off, it’s a good guide – the important things are prioritized and you know that anything that crops up that can’t be categorized is an automatic deviation to the plan. Quite brilliant, if I might say 😊 Hopefully, I can blog some more about this next time. Would love to have a chance to share this since it’s really helped streamline my life, allowed me to live life simply and stay focused. Eye on the prize! 🏅 Blogging again is part of improving my personal self and I really hope I can write more next time. Starting up again… c’est la vie! Wish me luck! ciao!

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Happy Hearts Day with The Rebel Heart Tour in Bangkok, Thailand

Do you guys remember this post last year wherein the hubby surprised me the most awesome anniversary gift that I needed to top — https://startupbabies.com/2015/09/20/happy-7th-anniversary-with-maroonvtour-hong-kong/ Well, this is it! I got him tickets to The Rebel Heart Tour in Bangkok, Thailand! Another one-off the concert bucket list! =) This is one of those to-die-for concerts and one that we really needed to watch now especially since Madonna is already 57 years old! But man, she has got the moves and she has such a young-looking, active body — I hope to have her energy when I reach that age.

rebel heart tour, bangkok

rebel heart tour, bangkok

To be frank, I didn’t know much of her new songs as I am an oldie by heart. I tune in to Friday Magic Madness and I don’t know if it’s just me, being older and “set on my ways”, but I now have the tendency of tuning out new music and hearing them as “noise”. Despite not knowing her Rebel Heart album songs, I was still blown away. This is really pure performance and the production is second-to-none. I have had my production stints during my corporate brand marketing days… but the concert produced was simply one for the books.

I have held out about writing about the concert even though I’ve seen the concert 2 weeks ago. I didn’t want my post to be a spoiler for anyone watching here in Manila. I had such a great time and didn’t want to leak that much and I had to resist the urge to post on my Instagram. I just had 2 teaser posts and that was it.

The most unexpected part for me was the acrobatic circus theatrics. My favorite parts were still the oldie songs “True blue, baby I love you…” and surprise, surprise, who knew “Take A Bow” would take me back to my high school days. She sang this song LIVE for the third time only ever — in Bangkok. The first was during the American Music Awards in 1995 and the second was during the The Rebel Heart Tour in Taipei this month.

It’s my second time to watch a concert abroad and might I say, it’s truly an experience. It’s an adventure in itself, an excuse to travel abroad and take a short “honeymoon” break and a nice way to bond with the hubby. As I mentioned in my earlier concert post – https://startupbabies.com/2015/09/20/happy-7th-anniversary-with-maroonvtour-hong-kong/, watching concerts abroad is worth it. First, the tickets are way cheaper! The prices here in Manila are overpriced. I paid a third for the seats that I got. Venue is clean, the acoustics were perfect, entrance and exit was orderly, people are behaved — no pushing, no shoving, no fear of stampedes!

this was how near we were

this was how near we were

 

We are already excited and planning our next concert. Maybe Coldplay or U2? Who or what band is on your concert bucket list? =) Anybody else has seen concerts abroad? Let’s compare notes! =)

 

Happy 7th Anniversary with MaroonVTour in Hong Kong

It’s the end of our anniversary week and the start of our 7th year. We started our celebration by catching Maroon V in Hong Kong. It started with me, trying to get tickets here in Manila but the concert was sold out as early as June 2015. I thought I didn’t have any chance of catching Adam Levine anymore but my very resourceful knight in shining armor got me concert tickets in HK. WOW!!! Best.Anniversary.Surprise.Gift.Ever!!! I don’t think any anniversary gift could ever top that. I actually still owe him an anniversary gift but none of my ideas come close to what he got for me.

The icing on the cake was that the concert tickets in HK cost less than the ones being sold here in Manila! Unfair, right? 🙂 It was my first time to catch a concert abroad and I am hooked. First, everything was so orderly. Concert tickets were shipped to us via snail mail. We went to the concert venue and lines were orderly, no worries of a stampede or mad-adam-fan-club-crushing-us-to-death scene either. Seats were as promised, crowd was orderly, no pushing and shoving. I am officially concert-spoiled.

Here are some highlights from our Maroon V concert. One off of my concert bucket list.

all-time favorite band

he really does moves like jagger

he really does move like jagger

adam, i almost named gummy bear after you

adam, i almost named my baby gummy bear after you

For more maroon V videos and HK trip pics, check out my instagram 🙂

We are also thinking of catching Madonna in HK or Taipei next year… no need to pay for 57k here in Manila! Not to mention catching a concert abroad is definitely an adventure in itself, a “honeymoon” trip again and an excuse to visit another (new) country.

To my honeychiwa, I don’t normally do cheesy posts but you deserve this one. Thanks for thinking-out-of-the-box! I would never have thought of watching a concert in another country. Only you could think of weird solutions to my problems. That is one of the things that I’ve learned being married to you for 7 years. Thanks for the persistent efforts in trying to make me happy. Thanks for helping me tick things off my bucket list even if you aren’t necessarily “game” to do the things on my list. That might have just been another concert night for you but to me, it meant the world to me that you would watch Maroon V for the second time just to make me happy. The effort you put into this anniversary gift is humbling. You are my Adam… you are my rock star!

To our 2 babies, please look for future partners who will care enough to want to make you happy and may you both put in the same effort for them also. It’s not the value of the gift but the thought behind the gift that makes it memorable. Putting extra time and the element of surprise in gift-giving should never stop just because you are way past the courting stage. I think the married stage needs more of these spurts of excitement, since we tend to get into this familiarity rut. Speaking of… I still owe the hubby an anniversary gift. The perfectionist in me is trying to top what he gave me or at least try to “equal” the value in sweetness. Any ideas??? 🙂

StartUp Book: French Kids Eat Everything

Hello 6 months! Well, Gummy Bear is 7 months already and has a voracious appetite for solid foods. My only problem is he is a bit of a picky eater. So far he doesn’t like bland cooked baby food so we always have to put in a little baby jar food mixed in just so that there is a bit of taste. Any body else with this kind of problem? I didn’t have any issues before with Baby Bear as she willingly gobbled up the cooked baby food.

I have had this book for awhile now on my bookshelf but I was waiting for the 6 month mark to really read this book. Wanted to time it as we start Food Training 101 for Gummy Bear.

french kids eat everything

french kids eat everything

I highly recommend this book. This is a book, not just for picky eaters but everyone who eats in general. Here are the highlights of the book:

french food rules

french food rules

I learned a lot from this book but what I want to harp on is MY biggest takeaway from this book. We have all been hearing about GRIT and how it is the key to raising good kids. Forming GRIT is something that is not easy to do. The book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character laments the fact that these days, kids have a strong sense of entitlement. We live in a very fast-paced world and since everything is within reach or literally at tip of our fingers, we are so used to having and getting everything that we want in just a snap. Our kids also have it lucky because our generation of parenting is quite different from the way our parents used to do it  before. We try to fill in the gaps of our parents who didn’t spend that much time with us since they were so busy working hard in order for us to have the luxurious life we have right now so we can afford more time to spend with our kids and have more money to splurge on them. In the book, How Children Succeed, Paul Tough states that the success of a kid has to do more with qualities that have something to do with developing skills like patience, perseverance, curiosity, self-control, and optimism. Going back to the book French Kids Eat Everything, kids are trained to sit through long dinners with adult conversations. We all know the adage that goes: a family that eats together, stays together. We may eat together but sometimes it’s either we are in a rush, looking at our cellphones, or nagging the kids to hurry up and eat. Dinner time should be a pleasant experience, a long affair (hello 3 course meals), and a time to bond over food and conversation. It also gives us the chance to bond together with the family and teach “life lessons”.

How does one teach life lessons over dinner:

Scenario: We are actually guilty of leaving Baby Bear to eat with the nanny because we feel that she eats more when we are not there. Typical girl, she loves chatting while eating – and when she chats, food is stuck on her mouth for a long time (read: babad) and it takes a longer time to swallow.

Life Lessons:

– Don’t talk when your mouth is full!

– The value of being patient and waiting for the all of the members to finish eating – While the essence of dinner time should be talking and catching up, this hasn’t worked for us since dinner becomes way longer and we are actually the ones without the patience to sit through it. 😦 I am learning to stop saying “hurry up and finish eating” and now, spend more time enjoying dessert and teaching stuff to Baby Bear over dinner.

– No one left behind and no gadgets should be used during the course of dinner –  – The few times that Baby Bear finishes eating before we do, she is itching to go down at once to play,  so this is quite a daunting task for me now. Especially when we are outside and the orders haven’t arrived yet, the default before was to let her play the iPad. We are training not just Baby Bear, but also ourselves to sit through our restaurant dinners without any distractions. We don’t allow iPhones or iPads during meals. We used to allow other distractions such as coloring, reading a book, stickers, toys, etc. but it was just the same as the iPad.We just substituted the distraction with another distraction, which just takes away the fun and interaction that supposedly came with dinner time as being the time to catch up on what is going on in each others’ lives. Consistent with another book that I read, Bringing Up Bebe, making them sit-through these dinners harps on the importance of letting kids sit down and develop patience by learning how to wait. I make Baby Bear sit through our dinners, let her listen to our work or household discussions. She doesn’t need to actively participate but she has to sit through them. In the long run, kids are supposed to learn from these adult conversations. This is where they get a chance to pick up “life lessons”. They can also simply be quiet and bored with the adult conversation. When they are bored they tend to daydream which sparks the creativity wheel in their brains.

– In line with our no gadgets policy, we have a strict no gadgets rule during weekdays. While Baby Bear constantly whines “unfair” because all her cousins can iPad anytime, we want her to have lots of free time to read books, play with her toys, spend time with Gummy Bear, go down to the park and play with her friends. She can also opt for alone time where she chooses what she wants to do by herself. The French believe that it is important that kids can play alone.

I think the French are really on to something when it comes to parenting their kids. Theirs may not be the perfect system but it is a good support to their belief in the importance of raising foodies and good children. To them, raising good kids start with teaching them to have good table manners. Having good table manners is a practice of good habits. Not only that, perfecting the art of eating and the habit of eating together, allows you to spend more time with your family members to bond over stories and life lessons. At the end of the day, it’s all about quality family time… it doesn’t hurt if our tummies are also happily satisfied in the process. Happy tummy, happy life! 🙂

 

 

Kitchen Friends

Lately I have been seeing a lot of cooking posts on the world-wide web. The posts make me very hungry and makes me feel guilty about not spending more time in the kitchen. I look back at this post I made last year and feel doubly guilty for not pushing through with my promise. In fairness, thanks to the lovely airfryer I received last Mother’s Day, I have slowly eased my way back into the kitchen. Short-cut cooking but still cooking nonetheless. Did I mention again just how much I Love Philips Airfyer!??!!!

Here are other meals we’ve cooked up in our Airfyer.

bangus - baby bears' favorite

bangus – baby bears’ favorite

steak - family favorite!

steak – family favorite!

healthy fried chicken

healthy fried chicken

yummy liempo

yummy liempo

If you need more Airfryer recipes, you can follow I Love Philips Airfryer FB page.

For other drool-worthy cooking recipes, follow Christine’s Recipes and Bam’s Kitchen.  I have been following Bam ever since I started this blog. She is a lovely mom with teenagers – boys! Picky eaters who quite adore their mom’s cooking. She makes cooking seem so easy and always makes sure that healthy meals are on their dining table. I love how OC her blog is – with precise measurements and instructions.

I have 2 friends that I regularly ask for cooking or baking tips. For baking, I have my friend Reg Austria on speed dial. She has yet to make her own FB/IG page or website but she makes the best sweet treats. This creative baker is responsible for all our party needs. I have yet to post all of her beautiful creations that she has made for me through the years. The best cake she ever made for me was for Baby Bears’ 1st birthday party. Check out the eye candy treats she made for the 1st Birthday Ni Hao Kai Lan party I had 2 years ago and here’s another post that featured her classy creation – Air Balloon Birthday Cakes and Cupcakes.

For cooking, I have my friend, Zelda Ng. I’m happy that she finally decided to put up her own blog after much persuasion! 🙂  Not only is she a super mom but she is also a super wifey, making sure she prepares healthy dishes for the hubby. Hop on over to her new blog, Zelda Ng’s Kitchen. She takes great food shots too.  Just looking her pictures will surely give you that push you need to put your aprons on and bring out the pots and pans.

If I ever do get around to puttering around the kitchen again, I hope I can do justice to the recipes and teachings of my friends. Thanks for always entertaining my kitchen questions.  Looking forward to cooking or baking soon with you guys! 🙂 I hope to find the same passion for cooking/baking/food that you guys have.

Til We Meet Again, Kitchen!

“When will you cook for me again?!!” Ever since I became a mom, err… ever since I became pregnant, the hubby has been begging me to cook again.  I stopped cooking way, way back. It started with me on bed rest for 4 months, then the baby came along, and now that the baby is 2, it’s now the getting my-life-and-work-back excuse.

So when will I cook again? I’m not quite sure… but for now, the hubby will just have to settle for old food pics I took when I used to cook. Pardon the pre-instagram/pre-iPhone food pics taken before. Maybe if I do decide to get my butt back to the kitchen, the food shots will definitely be better this time. (Hopefully the food will be better, too!) 😉

chicken tikka masala

chicken tikka masala

korean namul

korean namul

chx teriyaki

chx teriyaki

crab cakes

crab cakes

rosemary chicken w/ apple slices

rosemary chicken w/ apple slices

chicken adobo

chicken adobo

eggs ben w/ hollandaise sauce and german sausage

eggs ben w/ hollandaise sauce and german sausage

steak w/ peter luger sauce

steak w/ peter luger sauce

scallops in white wine sauce

scallops in white wine sauce

grilled beef w/ mushrooms

grilled beef w/ mushrooms

lamb chops w/ mint jelly

lamb chops w/ mint jelly

beef salpicao rice

beef salpicao rice

egg omelet surprise

egg omelet surprise

grilled salmon

grilled salmon

shabu shabu soup

shabu shabu soup

shabu shabu

shabu shabu

blueberry cheesecake w/ vaniilla ice cream

blueberry cheesecake w/ vaniilla ice cream

choco-banana pancake

choco-banana pancake

hickory spare ribs (salad?)

hickory spare ribs (salad?)

most requested: blueberry muffins

most requested: blueberry muffins

our version of banana split

our version of banana split

steak AGAIN! :)

steak AGAIN! 🙂

Hmm… I’m suddenly hungry and missing my cooking LOL.

Can’t wait to get back to the kitchen… or maybe for a change, hubby can cook for me! 😉

Hong Kong – Live It, Love It!

Hong Kong seems to be my home away from home. My grandmother and father-side cousins all lived in HK so we visited them every summer for as long as I can remember. We stopped going when our amah (granny) passed away around 6 summers ago. I miss those trips and had been out of touch with my relatives there except through Facebook. So many good memories!!! 🙂

I’m so glad that Papa Bear also loves HK as much as I do. It is our dream to have business in HK so that we have an excuse to go there as often as we can LOL! I was missing HK so much that I decided to make a food post of what we had during our last trip. I will try to rifle for more pics next time of other HK memories as they are in another external hard drive. For now, here are some of my food memories of HK.

Warning: picture-heavy post; looking at the pictures may cause drooling… 🙂

delicious kitchen deep fried pork chop on top of steamed spinach rice

delicious kitchen deep fried pork chop on top of steamed spinach rice – always our first stop!

jw marriott - iberian ham

jw marriott hotel – iberian ham

jw marriott - tuna sandwich in truffle mayo

jw marriott hotel – tuna sandwich in truffle mayo

jw marriott - lobster bisque soup

jw marriott hotel – lobster bisque soup

wagyu sirloin

jw marriott hotel wagyu sirloin – what high cholesterol??

jw marriott - 3 kinds of chocolate

jw marriott hotel – had to make room in my tummy for 3 kinds of chocolate

excelsior hotel- intercontinental breakfast

excelsior hotel intercontinental breakfast – love the grilled tomato

yee tung heen appetizer

yee tung heen appetizer

yee tung heen peking duck

yee tung heen peking duck – again… what high cholesterol?!

yee tung heen scallops with XO sauce

yee tung heen scallops with XO sauce – i could lick the xo sauce bowl clean 😛

yee tung heen steamed mud crab claws with chinese rice wine

yee tung heen steamed mud crab claws with chinese rice wine – drool…

mickey D big breakfast

mickey D big breakfast – salt, pepper, grape jam… life’s simple treats!

excelsior hotel room service - the best hainanese chicken in the world! :)

excelsior hotel room service – the best hainanese chicken by far! 🙂

mickey D strawberry shake and sundae - why can't we have this here in manila??

mickey D strawberry shake and sundae – why can’t we have this here in manila??

cafe royce french toast, coffee & milk tea -- to rest our tired shopped-out feet

sogo cafe royce french toast, coffee & milk tea – perfect ending to our trip. til’ the next one! 🙂

Listful vs. Listless

My husband recently asked and followed me up on new entries on my blog.  Shows you just how very remiss I am with my blogging! 😉 Frankly, I was quite surprised that Papa Bear was diligently checking my blog… aww how sweet, right? 😉 One of the few random things about him that still surpise me. 😀 So, what’s keeping me busy… here are some samples of my gazillion to-do lists. Seriously, do these lists ever end?

StartUp Mom

1.) Buy Gerber Graduates for snack time during school – Baby Bears’ current fave munchies.

2.) Books to read for July (Dr. Seuss theme) – Green Eggs & Ham and Oh, The Places You’ll Go

3.) Print out and laminate words of daily objects and stick it around her room – This is to let her associate that there is a corresponding word for every object. (I’m copying this teaching concept from her school) 😉

4.) Select pictures for the birthday album – The photographer already following me up on this — yikes! 😦

5.) Buy VTech Bath Friends Turtle Toy – Right now, she is into standing up everytime during bath time which is a bit dangerous. We are experimenting with toys that will get her attention and make her want to sit down.

6.)Purchase Milk Bags for My Yummy Mummy – She has been so generous in sharing her breast milk with Baby Bear. I truly appreciate this very generous and noble gesture. The least I can do is to replace her milk bags right? 😉

7.) Set up play dates for Baby Bear – This super shy baby needs to interact more and get out her super shy shell.

8.) Enroll her again in Gymboree or Kindermusik – I’m leaning more towards Gymboree because I want to recoup my annual membership fee LOL. Maybe i’ll shift her to Kindermusik when her membership expires. Only problem is the Kindermusik classes are starting this August already… decisions, decisions! 😛

9.) Continue playing the 30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge – I got stuck with the water play activity. Still thinking of how to execute the challenge without making too much of a mess. The OC in me is prohibiting me from moving forward LOL.

StartUp Wife

1.) Book Tears for Fears Live in Manila – We missed the last show and we are not missing this one again!

2.) Cook or bake for Papa Bear – As they say, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. This doesn’t change even if you’ve been married for how many years already.

3.) Family Health Insurance Plan – This post by Topaz Mommy got me seriously thinking about what the best health plan is for The Bear Family. Health is very important and one of the most expensive costs and I agree with Topaz Mommy that we should start looking for a plan that would help us with our growing family. So far, I’ve kind of narrowed it down to the following: Caritas Health Shield, MEDICard, PhilCare, MaxiCare, and IntelliCare. Incidentally I received The Medical City Family Privilege Card in the mail but I have absolutely know idea what the card is for. Don’t you hate it that not even a letter came with the card? They could’ve explained to me what the card was for, right? Anyway, do let me know if you can recommend a good family health plan or if you have any feedbacks regarding the institutions I have mentioned above.

4.) Complaint letter to Gymboree Shang – This totally deserves another post but basically my Baby Bear got sick for 3 weeks so she missed her classes. We asked for make-up classes and even presented a doctor’s certificate stating that she was really indeed sick. Plus, they are supposedly the only teaching establishment that allows make-up classes… and they do! I used to go to Gymboree Rockwell before they closed and they were very lenient when it came to make-up classes. As long as I just called in advance to let them know, they would allow the make-up class. Besides, shouldn’t they be happy that I am being responsible in not bringing my kid to school so that I don’t spread any viruses to the other kids? It’s my pet peeve when I see parents bringing their kids to school just because they don’t want the kid to be cooped up in the house or just because it’s a waste of tuition. I think this should be an unspoken rule amongst parents. You know how hard it is to nurse a sick child so you should prevent others from sharing the same fate. ‘Nuf Said!

5.) Buy 2 cooling racks for the kitchen oven – Long overdue wish list. Lack of cooling racks is my excuse for the many foibled brownie or upside down cake attempts LOL 😀

StartUp Biz:

1.) Post finished projects pics for aKids’Life Furniture – Excited to have completed projects, praying for good ‘word-of-mouth’ and hoping for new projects and referrals.

2.) Trying to produce current P.O.s and preparing for the Christmas season – Sourcing packaging, packages, and labels and finalizing products — still a tall order!

3.) Company and Brand Web site – At this day and age who still doesn’t have a web site right? 😉

4.) Social Media Campaign – Cooking up someting… in the works… ongoing… wait for it… 😉

5.) Marketing Consultancy – Recently met with a very inspiring social entrepreneur. Haven’t worked out the kinks yet so I don’t want to jinx it. So far we haven’t had the best of luck with getting around to meeting and hashing out the details… hopefully soon! 🙂

StartUp Self

1.) Catch up on my book reading list – Can’t wait to get my hands on some new books via The Book Depository.

2.) Update this blog more often – Sorry I’ve been so remiss with the blog lately. Thank you Papa Bear for encouraging me to write again.

3.) Exercise??? – Hardest thing for me to do as I’ve become a couch potato. Thanks to the advent of fast tv and movie downloads.

4.) Sleep early – Again, another hard feat to do — this time, blame it on Twitter!

5.) Spa dates, Facials and High Tea at the Manila Peninsula Hotel with friends – Sanity breaks! Need I say more? 😉

6.) Take good pictures and finally print them – Nothing tugs at the heart strings more than looking back at those memories that we made and making sure that we always remember and treasure them.

7.) Plan a trip abroad… with mom – It’s been quite awhile since I last went out of the country or out of town with Momma. Must plan some serious R&R with mother. Killing 2 birds with 1 stone!

8.) Beautify… inside and out! – We have started regularly going to mass again and we want to start praying with Baby Bear before going to bed at night. After all, the family that prays together, stays together! For the external beauty project, Papa Bear is bringing me some cool beauty products home from Korea tomorrow. Excited to start my new beauty regimen. Here’s to hoping for a way to reverse skin aging hahaha.

There are so many other different lists that I still have in my notebook. Grocery lists, potential businesses, mp3s to download, videos to watch, sights to see, bucket lists, things to do… I don’t think our lists will ever end. There are some days that you just want to wing it without the list… but now that we have Baby Bear this is a bit hard to do — but I wouldn’t want it any other way. It’s either this chaotic LISTFUL world vs. a LISTLESS world without Baby Bear. No pun intended! 🙂

Busy As A Bee

I haven’t been playing the 30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge for the past 3 days as I’ve had a busy week. Here’s what’s been keeping me busy as a bee:

  • I attended my first Parent’s Orientation for Baby Bears’ school. Her first day starts on Monday. I am one excited Momma Bear. She gets her own lunch bag that is so cool… it is insulated to keep the food warm plus her name is embroidered in front — talk about customized! 😉
  • My mom recently had her executive check-up and she needed to have a Gastroscopy and Endoscopy. I went with her this morning and I’m so glad she passed with flying colors!
  • I had a new client this week for my furniture shop. I blogged about this baby business of mine here. She had me customize an armoire for her 3-year-old daughter. She wanted a wardrobe cabinet that would “grow” with her daughter through the years. It’s really so dainty. Will post pics when the project is finished!
  • For my other business, we are close to sealing a deal with a supplier. I am excited to work with them for our Christmas Gift Items. Yes, you read that right, Christmas! We start this early just to prepare for that oh so, busy season.
  • Baby Bear is finishing up her Gymboree classes. She’s enrolled in Music and Play and Learn 3 🙂
  • Looking around for that illusive perfect Fathers’ Day Gift for Papa Bear… I have an idea what to get him but I haven’t squeezed in time to go to the mall to buy his gift. I don’t usually cram when it comes to getting him a present but I’ve really had quite a full week.

No, I am not abandoning the Hands on Play Challenge. I haven’t had time to read on and set up the new challenges. For now, Baby Bear has been repeating the past challenges —  so it’s okay, practice makes perfect, right? 😉 I will definitely pick up on where I left off on the challenges soon. For those who are taking on the challenge, you can subscribe to http://handsonaswegrow.com/ so that you can still get updated with the daily challenge.

Advance Happy Fathers’ Day to you, your fathers, grandfathers and or/your husbands. May you have a special celebration with your families.

Signing off for the weekend now… Ta-ta! 🙂

Agency Directory

A lot of my friends have been looking for new yayas/all-arounds/cooks. It’s so hard to find good help these days. I’m sharing with my readers my list. For the agencies I have personally contacted, I have indicated side notes like how much their agency fee (AF) are and other details like how many replacements are allowed.

Of the many applicants you will get to interview, I hope you will be able to find the right match for your family. May the Law of Averages work for you. Good luck! Do let me know if you can recommend any other good agencies that are not on the list. 🙂

Agency Directory:

1.)  Bernardino’s agency – Ging – 027114350

2.)  Costales – +639066433823

3.)  Saturn – Girlie/Mary – 027167622 – (AF-3,500)-417 Old Sta. Mesa cor. V.Mapa (beside Med.Santos Clinic)

4.)  PNL – 027132768, 027132764, 027131218 – 3914 G Flr. JNT Bldg. – (AF-4k, 25% of 1st month, SF800)

5.)  Majesty – (Bella/Kris) – 027310512 (Joyce) – (AF-4k)

6.) Filmar – Helen – 09154336153

7.)  ADM – Minnie- 027811144

8.) Delta -Nina -024009187

9.) HRGS – Teresa – 025359102 (AF-4k) – 482 Boni Ave.Madaluyong City Happ (Right@tapaking-3rd corner u-turn)

10.) Sacred Heart – Rod – 027334911; 09186986813 (AF-4k-6mos.3replacements)

11.) Governess – Alona – 024071891; 027245990, 027276014 (AF-3k) – Unit 301 Continent Court Condo. 47 Annapolis St. GH

12.)   Elijaseth  – Rosalie/Rosita – 024816315; 0929-2209899 (3500+500-6 mos.2 replacements.)