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Kid’s Corner: Dominic with his Tooth Fairy

Dominic is a very energetic kid. He loves talking to people and asking their opinions in everything that pops out of his curious mind. So, when it is time for us to take him to the dentist, as expected many questions were raised by our little big boy. I know he is worried, nervous perhaps, but he still managed to listen into every word that we say why he should visit a dentist. Now that he is already 5 years of age, his permanent teeth are beginning to show up but his milk teeth are still in place. So we decided to bring him to the dentist to remove his milk teeth which are now causing deformation on the new ones.

Here is how Dominic looks like waiting for his turn. He posed a bit but I can still that he is afraid of what will happen to him in the next minutes. He has to be brave to face his Tooth Fairy.

Dra. Carbonell introduced herself to my young man. She inflated 2 gloves to become balloons, just to make my son feel more relaxed. After a brief entertainment made by his dentist, he decided to have the procedure take place. In less than a minute, his tooth was removed. What a relief to see that my son didn’t cry for pain. He just asked a glass of water for him to gargle and spit the blood. Thank God! I have a brave son. See how contented he was after the procedure. I took a photo of him and his Tooth Fairy to serve as a remembrance of my son’s bravery.

And as promised, he had his ice cream after the visit. I can see in Dominic’s smile, that after a stressful moment, it is very rewarding to have a spoonful of ice cream on his mouth.

It is our obligation as parents to have our child’s teeth checked to avoid tooth decay. Take good care of your child’s teeth because he will thank you in the future to see his strong teeth.

What’s New: Jack ‘n Jill Chippy Twisters

What’s New? I guess all of us have already tasted Jack ‘n Jill Chippy. Said corn chips has been in the in the food industry for years. But check this out, they Jack ‘n Jill Chippy has a new twist, a new taste, introducing Jack ‘n Jill Chippy Twisters!!! It is a flavored-corn chips with the taste of lemon and cheese. If you are wondering how does it taste, well, its delicious and you can savor the citric taste of lemon in every bite. And don’t forget that it also taste cheesy. With regards to its texture, it is easy to bite. Once opened, the chips remained on its twisted shape. It is easy to grab a handful of this because of the shape.

Chippy Twisters

I know for a fact that it is not advisable to eat junk foods, but just to satisfy my cravings, I treat myself with moderate amount of these foods. I just drink a lot of water after eating such. If you want to try this newest offer from Jack ‘n Jill, go to your nearest supermarket and look for Chippy Twisters. Enjoy eating!!!

Kids’ Corner: 5-star Reward in School

A single star shines brightly, how about 5 Stars? Five (5) stars stamped on the hands of my son mean a lot to him and to us, parents. We can see the transformation of our son’s smile whenever he receives a star or stars. His smile varies with the number of stars that he receives. The more he gets, the happier he gets of course. It is very rewarding also for us, that our son is giving his best in school. As a token for being good in school, a simple gift excites him.

Dom’s 5 stars

This manner of acknowledging the strength and capabilities of student really help in motivating them to do good in school. For us adults, counting 1 to 100 and reciting alphabets from A to Z may sound easy, but it is very hard for preschoolers who are just learning the basic things in life. So when their teacher stamped stars, great or good job sign on their hand, they feel that they have achieved something after a long day in school.

Like what Milo’s famous commercial tagline says, ‘Great things start from small beginnings’, these small achievements from our little ones can become great triumphs in the future. Molding and rewarding them as early as today, will have great impact on their personality and perception of life.

Don’t ignore everything that your children do. Nurture the gift and talent that they have. Parents should be their number one supporters, mentors and fans. Be proud of your kids! Let them shine like their stars. 😉

Christmas Shopping Rush

What an ease to feel the breeze touching my skin in a cold Wednesday morning. Our place may not be as foggy as Baguio or snowy like in some part of the world, but the relief of feeling cold reminds me that December is fast approaching. In a matter of two months, in September 1 to be exact, Christmas songs will be played over the radio leaving a relaxing mood all throughout my day. We’re halfway through the year and that means it’s almost the Christmas season! If only, I can already play yuletide songs as early as July I would love to do so to bring good vibes in each and every day of my life.

What else do I love during Christmas season? Of course… SHOPPING!!! Discounts and freebies are shouting with big banners of SALE to really catch my attention during the months of November and December. I really have to save money to buy everything that I want and save energy to compete with the rush of people struggling to get the items on sale.  If shops can announce their grand sale as early as July, I am going to be one happy shopper.

I can now imagine myself carrying loads of paper bags with discounted clothes in it. The nearest SM Store usually have 3-day-sales during yuletide season. But of course I have to bear with the crowd. If I am not in the mood to stroll in the mall, I choose online shopping. I have tried shopping at Zalora and just like my usual way of buying things, I look into what’s on sale, what’s new. 

Christmas is really the most wonderful time of the year. And there are a lot of parties and gathering to attend to which means, I have to prepare for these merriments and find the suitable attire in each occasion. What more can I say? Enjoy and shop wisely everyone! 😉

Kids’ Corner: Dominic Now Drinks Nestle Nido 5+

Nido’s mother’s day advertisement caught our hearts. Seeing how a grandmother loves her granddaughter dearly. That despite of naughty actions made by the kid, she still found goodness in all her actions. My 5-year-old son, Dominic, was a little hooked-up on this TV commercial, and said that he also wants to drink Nido for him to become the best kid that we want him to be. So with a bit of hesitation because Dom will be drinking Nido for the first time, we bought Nido 5+ for him. And luckily he liked it. Oh! Actually he loved it. He drinks milk twice in a day, one if before going to bed and the second one during breakfasts.

Adding to our recent interests over Nestle Nido is their newest celebrity endorser, Kristine Hermosa. We seldom see Kristine on TV, and seeing her on Nido Fortified commercial, make us happy because she has remained beautiful and classy. By any chance that she decided to return on films and TV shows, we, as her fans will really be jumping for joy. Thank you Nido for making Kristine and her son as your newest ambassadors.

From then on, we usually buy 1.2 kg of Nestle Nido 5+ to complete our son’s nutritional needs. We want the best for our son, so we are giving him the right milk for him. Give your child Nestle Nido and see his smile every time he drinks it.

Disclosure: This post is not affiliated with the above-mentioned product. Thank you. 😉 

Photo 101: Beautiful Germany

During my constant chat over Facebook messenger with my sister in Netherlands, she sent me these lovely photos which she said are the beautiful places in Germany which she managed to photographed.





Germany is indeed very beautiful. I just hope someday I will have the chance to visit the place. Thank you my dear sister for these photos. 😉

Latest Buzz: LizQuen Fever!!!

I am watching LizQuen (Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil love team) on Aquino and Abunda tonight. After Forevermore, they starred in their latest movie Just The Way You Are under Star Cinema which opened yesterday, june 17, 2015. And according to A&A, the film earned 12 million on the first day. Wow! What an achievement for LizQuen. 

I watched almost every episodes of Forevermore in their 7-months run on television. And truly, I saw the blossoming affection between the two which until now most of us are waiting if this will end up into something. Now in their very first romantic movie, they are sure to catch every viewers’ hearts.

LizQuen photo credit from source

LizQuen photo credit from source

LizQuen is one of the successful teen love teams of the Philippines nowadays, the other two are the KathNiel (Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla love team) and JaDine (James Reid and Nadine Lustre love team), all of them are Kapamilya Stars.

Since Liza Soberano is only 17 years old, let’s all wait when she turned 18 if Enrique Gil will still pursue her. And we’ll see if they are really meant for each other and if there is Forever for them. Congratulations LizQuen!

ATENEO de NAGA at 75

Year 1998 – I can still remember my first days in Ateneo. I am nervous but proud because to study in one of the top schools in Naga City and in the Philippines as well is a big responsibility but a huge success. I am part of the Coeds of Ateneo from years 1998 to 2002 and I can certainly say that my stay with them is really memorable.

In Ateneo, I met many friends particularly my Peppingz barkada. We had so many memories in and out of the campus. And until now, we are keeping in touch from time to time. We still keep in our hearts the values of being Ateneans, to be men and women for others. Our friendship will last for a lifetime like our Alma Mater.

In Ateneo, I learned that you can enjoy life and school at the same time. Many enjoyable events happened during our stay in Ateneo, thus we survived every mind-breaking curricular activities as students. And at the end of every school year, we felt relieved and wanted to be in school for next year.

And in Ateneo, I met my husband. This school will always be a part of our never ending love story. We are proud Ateneans. And hopefully, our brood will be one proud Atenean as well.

Soar high Ateneo de Naga University! Happy 75 years!

Ateneo de Naga University celebrates 75 years

Kids’ Corner: Dominic’s Kindergarten Year (Kinder I) at Minds That Matter

Just this morning I attended the orientation meeting for parents conducted by the school directress of Minds that Matter, Teacher Amy. It’s my son, Dominic’s 3rd year in preparatory in Minds that Matter. 1 more year he will be in his elementary years.

Last year I posted Dominic’s Nursery Life at Minds that Matter, now, I will relate to you what happened to Dom in his Kindergarten year (Kinder I). School year 2014-2015 has been a tough year for our son. He was introduced into new and challenging experience like speaking in front of the crowd, delivering his memorized poem. At the early age of 4, he was tasked to deliver a very long poem entitled ‘The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly’. At first glance, I was a bit nervous on how will our son manage to memorize a very long poem for a beginner. Perhaps, I understated my son’s capabilities, although he didn’t emerged as the winner, at least he finished the poem which is an achievement for a newbie in poetry recital.

Dominic’s Poetry Recital

Last year Minds celebrated their 10th anniversary. And as part of the celebration and Buwan Ng Wika celebration, the kids were dressed up into their favorite children costumes. And they were applauded for their magnificent presentations. I also made a write-up regarding that, Kids’ Corner: Helping Kids Conquer Stage Fright. We dressed up Dom as Rusell from the Disney movie Up. We were very pleased of our co-parents praises that the costume did match Dominic’s personality.

Dominic’s Rusell Costume

In academics, my husband and I were very happy that our son garnered an average of 89 to 90 for last school year, thus making him one of the Outstanding pupil in their class. So last graduation day, we had our chance to experience receiving an award for our son’s hardwork. Well done Dom!

Dominic’s Kinder I graduation

So far, our son is reading simple stories. He can also add numbers and is starting to master subtraction. He is only 5 years old, and I am very grateful to Minds for all the learnings and experiences he got. It will be a big bonus for our son’s educational journey to spend another year with Minds. I am pretty sure that when he enters grade school, he will be very equipped and ready to face a new chapter in his life. Thank you Minds that Matter and More power! Together, let’s make Dominic’s and the kids’ school year 2015-2016 a wonderful and fruitful one.

Next Destination: Que Pasa

Naga City lies at the heart of Bicolandia. It is now recognized as a pilgrim city because of the growing numbers of devotees who came from all over the world just to visit Our ‘Ina’, the Virgin of Penafrancia. Along with it, tourism flourished and restaurants sprouted like mushrooms from different parts of the city. And just recently, near the vicinity of Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, a new restaurant was opened. It is the Que Pasa, a Spanish word which means What’s Up or How’s it going, normally, a casual greeting between friends. As the name of the restaurant suggests, it will be a perfect place for catching up, getting along or just simply hanging out.

How to reach Que Pasa? From the historical Plazas of Quince Martires, Quezon and Rizal, you can reach Que Pasa by walking the streets of General Luna or Elias Angeles towards Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. When you reach the entrance of the Cathedral where the Porta Mariae stand, you can now see the resto.

Que Pasa

Side view of Que Pasa


The old parameter fence and the entrance of the Abella Family’s property were retained to have the Spanish look of the resto even from outside. And for those who wants to reach the place faster, tricycles and jeepneys are available just say the location.

How to Order in Que pasa? At the entrance a very accommodating receptionist will assist you.She will ask your name and write it in a durable paper placemat which will serve as your personalized plate. She will also instruct you on how to make your order.

the beautiful receptionist at Que Pasa with our son Dominic

And with the paper placemat, you proceed to the open bazaar of foods. The foods are prepared just in front of you. You can see how they grill the meat, how they dip it in the sauce and how they arrange the side dishes and rice.

The food counter on the left side and the cashier far behind

Here are the steps in making your meal: First, choose your meat. Choose among chicken, pork, baby back ribs and tuna. Second, choose your sauce. Here are the options, the que pasa, chili xocolate, cervesa negra and bicol. Third, choose your sides. There are laing, bicol express, pinangat, judias blancas, corn on a cab, grilled veggies, paprika mashed potatoes, tinutungan mashed potatoes and mac and cheese. Fourth, choose your rice. Laing rice and pimenton garlic rice are available. But there are also plain rice and beans if you desired to have one.

the instruction on how to order your meal

After all the foods are set on your tray, you proceed to the counter and you can order the drinks that you want before paying. Then you can now find the best area in the resto where you can enjoy your meal.

How does Que Pasa look like? There is a big, open, high-covered hall that serves as the dining area. And a noticeably large name of the resto in neon light hang high above. The chairs and tables are arranged casually.

the hall

the 3 of us

At the entrance, Spanish designed wall and chandelier will amaze resto goers. You can have photo ops on the wall. By the way Que Pasa is open from 10 in the morning to 11 in the evening as seen on the blackboard in the photo below.


When it comes to the restrooms, the painted artwork of a man for men’s room and a woman for the ladies’ room indicates the gender to where you are going to enter. 

ladies’ room

mens’ rooms

Even the hallway towards the restrooms is beautifully designed. There is a large painting which shows the trade between Spain and the Philippines during the Spanish era. Colorful plates hang also on the wall which are very attractive to look at.

hallway towards the restrooms

I was also impressed to see a faucet with large barrels as sink and also the large circular mirror with electric light bulbs. 

washing area

Here are some of the decorations that we’ve seen at Que Pasa. Actually, the moment that my son saw the designs and decorations of the resto, he blurted out the film the Book of Life. We were very pleased that he associated and remembered it with the film. And I agree with him, some of the artworks were a bit similar to the film. Why can’t he forget it, he loves the film so much. I don’t have a photo of the cashier counter, the images on the mural of Maria and Manolo were recognized by my son. 

cabinet of jars and dolls

wall frame

on one of the walls

Que Pasa is really a wonderful place to go to. We went there at lunchtime. The summer heat affects a bit in the coziness of the place, although during our visit there, we can also feel the breeze of air from outside which somehow lessen the warm temperature. I think it is better if you come here by 6 o’clock in the evening, by that time, it will be a bit cooler. 

my family

We tried it. We saw it. We loved it. Visit Que Pasa!

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