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April 2017

My Christian Walk Personal

I Had a Long Night (AKA The Story of How My Money Got Stolen)

I feel deflated.

I don’t want to mope around, feeling sad over money because at the end of the day, it’s just that — money. Money that can be replaced, money that can be earned back.

But still, when I think about how I could’ve used that money, I can’t help but feel miserable. Had I known it will get stolen, sana ginamit ko nalang pang-spoil kay Yuri! 

Here’s what happened. I follow the 52-week challenge that we see all over the internet every January. I put my money in a nondescript coin bank because back then, I couldn’t find a decent ceramic coin bank. I just wrapped craft paper around it and printed out the guideline so each time I put money inside, I also crossed out the corresponding date. I didn’t necessarily follow the sequence either. Whenever I had extra money with me, I skipped the low amounts and went straight to the higher amounts. Because I kept track of what I put inside the coin bank, I know the exact amount of money that I had in it.  Continue Reading

Kindergarten Lifestyle School Shopping

Dreams Do Come True This Back-to-School Season!

Boardwalk: Dreams Do Come True This Back-to-School Season!

I am counting the days until school begins.

I am completely aware that I will regret this in the coming months hahaha but it doesn’t take away the fact that I am a super excited first time school mom. In fact, I’ve already started hunting for back-to-school bargains! Speaking of back-to-school bargains, you absolutely need to check out Boardwalk’s Back to School collection. I remember leafing through catalogues of Boardwalk in my high school days (wow, was it that long ago already?) and ticking the items that I wanted. Of course I did not have any money back then so I only ended up with one or two items that I begged my mother to buy for me lol.

What I did not know, though, is that their Back to School collection is full of nice must-haves! Oooh perfect timing. Thank God I haven’t done much shopping yet — I still have enough room for Boardwalk’s cool stuff! I had so much fun browsing their online shop, as I know any other school mom would, too.

With styles like these, it’s gonna be a win-win situation!

But this is not the best news yet. If you purchase from their Back to School collection online, you get the chance to win a Trip to Hong Kong Disneyland for 4!

Boardwalk’s Shop & Win Back to School Promo

April 2017, Manila, Philippines: For kids, summer is all about making daydreams of breezy fun outdoors real. For moms, summer is the much-needed break from waking up early for the school day ahead. For the prepared, it’s also the best time to jumpstart and get ready for the next school year by getting supplies for the kids before prices skyrocket in the weeks before classes resume. This April, Boardwalk puts all of these things together in its Back to School Shop and Win Promo!

Participants of Boardwalk’s Back to School Shop and Win Promo get a chance to win a trip to Hong Kong for four! The lucky winner can take their family to experience Asia’s World City to see the breathtaking view of the city’s skyscrapers, glittering harbor and green hills at The Peak and have a taste of Hong Kong’s cuisine at the Temple Street Night Market. The blissful and worry-free stay will be spent at the City of Life with three-day/ two-night accommodation for the family.

A paid city tour will also take the winner and their family to see Hong Kong’s most popular tourist spots such as the historical Clock Tower, the popular Golden Bauhinia Square, and the Avenue of Stars where the most celebrated moments in Asia’s movie industry can be relived. Mom can get lost in the seemingly endless alley of clothing, accessory, and souvenir shops at the Ladies’ Market, and admire one of the world’s most spectacular skylines while taking a romantic stroll with dad along the waterfront at the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

The trip will be made unforgettable with all-day access tickets for four to Hong Kong Disneyland! Dreams do come true trekking through the jungle at Adventureland, entering magical worlds and meeting Disney Princesses and characters at Fantasyland, exploring the wild and the mysterious in Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point, experiencing the future at Tomorrowland, and seeing how Disney’s magic is made at the Animation Academy in Main Street.

This treat before school gets back in full swing will surely bring the family closer together, ending the summer with a magical bang. Check out the details and mechanics on how you can make your 2017 summer an unforgettable one at www.boardwalkshop.ph.

A single-receipt online purchase of Back to School items worth P1,000 qualifies as one raffle entry. Promo is valid from April 17 to July 17, 2017.

Mechanics

  1. EveryP1,000 single purchase of Boardwalk regular back to school items at boardwalkshop.ph within the promo period entitles the shopper to join the e-raffle promo to get a chance to win a trip to Hong Kong for four (4) pax. Inclusions are as follows:
    • Round-trip airfare (MNL-HK-MNL) via Cebu Pacific
    • 3 days and 2 nights hotel accommodations with breakfast for group of 4 at Rambler Garden Hotel
    • City Tour for 1 day
    • Disneyland Tickets for 4, access for 1 day
    • Travel Tax
  2. The online site, www.boardwalkshop.ph, shall require the following details:
    • Name (First Name, Last Name)
    • Address
    • Contact no.
    • Email address
  3. Number of e-raffle entries will be based on total amount of the single transaction made.

Example: P 1,000 = 1 e-raffle entry | P 2,000 = 2 e-raffle entries

  1. Customers with transactions that have met the qualifications of the promo will receive an e-mail notification.
  2. The promo is open to all customers who purchased their back to school products from www.boardwalkshop.ph
  3. Promo period is from April 17, 2017 – July 17, 2017, 11:59 PM only.
  4. Boardwalk will draw one (1) winner on July 18, 2017, 4:00 pm at Unit 1701 Boardwalk Business Ventures, Inc., West Tower, Philippine Stock Exchange Center, Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
  5. Winner will receive notification via registered mail, e-mail and telephone call
  6. The name of the winner will be posted on Boardwalk’s official Facebook page @BoardwalkPh on July 21, 2017, 12:00 nn.
  7. Boardwalk shall shoulder the 20% prize tax for prizes exceeding P10,000.00.

Disclaimer:

  1. All Boardwalk employees from the Main Office, Boardwalk branches and outlets, its agencies, including their relatives up to second degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified to join the promo.
  2. Purchase transactions worth P 1,000.00, excluding shipping fee, shall qualify the customer to join the promo. Purchase transactions worth P 999.99 and below are not qualified.
  3. Prize is transferable. It is not convertible to product or cash.
  4. Prize excludes passport processing, meals and pocket money of winner (for 4 pax)
  5. If winner resides within Metro Manila, he/she must be willing to claim the travel voucher at the Boardwalk Main Office located at Unit 1701 West Tower, Philippine Stock Exchange Center, Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
  6. If winner resides in a provincial area, he/she must be willing to claim the travel voucher at the nearest Boardwalk branch.
  7. Winners must claim their prize within 60 days upon receipt of notification.
  8. To claim the prize, winner must present the registered mail/e-mail notification and one (1) valid student or government ID.
  9. If prize is not claimed within 60 days from receipt of notification, the prize will be forfeited in favor of Boardwalk with prior approval from DTI.
Kindergarten Lifestyle School

Incredibly Excited for Kindergarten!

We had our last session at Eye Level a couple of Saturdays ago. It’s an enrichment school (formerly Enopi) so we didn’t really have to have summer vacations — and we certainly didn’t have to stop as both Yuri and I loved Eye Level — but I felt like giving him a break since he’ll be going to regular for the first time in his entire life. Yuri misses his classmates, but I just want him to enjoy this summer vacation. Also, it’s not as if he’s pining away after it hehe. We may go back to Eye Level once he’s fully adjusted to schooling, so who knows?

As for regular school, I still have a full month and give or take 2 weeks before it starts.

Aaaand I can’t stop online window shopping for school supplies. It’s like I’m addicted to it. I even dream of school supplies. Then again, I shouldn’t be so surprised — I find every excuse in the world as a valid reason to shop. Well, at least I’m not spending money! Err, at least not yet…

His hair was already too long in the wrong places, and I wanted to have him get a decent haircut before we make a first appearance at school lol

There was a new barbershop in the neighbourhood that also caters to little kids, and the haircut here costs almost half of what I used to pay for at Fun Cuts Just For Tots at SM Lanang. We love the place and how near it is to our house! And the cut’s not bad at all. Win!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about our three initial school options for kindergarten. Those three were supposed to be initial choices, which meant I should’ve been adding more choices. However, I think I’ve already looked into all possible school choices in our area, and I didn’t find anything worth adding. If you didn’t get to read that previous post of mine, I am really just looking for a good school that is near our house. This is the first time Yuri will be going to a regular school and I don’t want us getting up extra early for a 45-minute travel. Of course, once he gets older, our priorities will shift and the accessibility of the school, while still important, may no longer top the list.

I originally planned to go to all of those three schools to inquire and maybe have Yuri take entrance exams. However, we ended up going to only one school. Here’s why:

  1. Little Leaders Learning Village is the most expensive out of the three. To be honest, even though the price difference is almost negligible, I cannot reconcile with how it’s more expensive than the other two considering it’s the smallest (it literally just occupies a unit in a commercial building). Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m not sure if it has an open area where the kids could run around. This is very important for me because I grew up running in playgrounds. I’m sure it’s a nice school, but it’s not the one for us.
  2. PNJK is officially out of the option because of a neighbour who has a certain reputation. I don’t want to go into details, but let’s just say that I don’t want to risk it. Don’t get me wrong; he’s not a threat to society, well at least, but he seems to just hate his Filipino neighbours (even though he’s Filipino himself). It’s just not worth it.

Sooo, by law of elimination, that means we’re left with one option: Holy Child! It’s not like we’re left without a choice, though. It was already on top of my list mainly because it is super near home, and I do think it’s a good school for kindergarten.

I failed to take a picture of the campus and the classrooms. I’ll take pictures once we’re enrolled.

Just last Wednesday afternoon, we went there to inquire. Since we were already there, I asked the person in charge if Yuri can take an entrance exam. It was already 3:30 in the afternoon, and the in-charge was quite hesitant because Yuri might not be able to finish on time. I asked her how long it takes to finish it, and she said it depends on the student. It is possible to finish early though, she said, so I went ahead and paid for the entrance exam anyway (P200), hoping Yuri can answer despite being unprepared.

I adored the examiner. She was so well-spoken and her voice was well-modulated. I loved her techniques, too!

And he passed! It didn’t take him long, thank goodness, and I was just observing from where I was waiting. I am not going to tell you how exactly the examination went; all I can say is that I liked the method of the examiner and she was really kind and helpful and accommodating. She even praised Yuri a couple of times when he finished the exam, and I was absolutely grateful for the affirmation. And yes, a little bit flattered, too, lol!

However, we weren’t able to enrol yet because they are prioritising their old students last week. I’ll have to wait for Wednesday to inquire whether a slot is available for Yuri. Realistically, I think there would be since we’re not a particularly big community and some kids might get transferred to bigger schools. But I really hope there is because we snooped around the kindergarten area (with permission, of course!) and Yuri really liked what he saw. When we went to SM Lanang later that afternoon, he even told me what he wants to put inside his table: his lunchbox daw, his pencil case, etc etc.

The fact that Yuri suddenly became super excited didn’t help… me. Because he’s excited, the excitement that I had already felt since the beginning of this month intensified further. We still haven’t bought school supplies yet — save for some that were given to Yuri as gifts or were bought in advance because naka-sale hahaha — and now I can’t stop looking at websites, blogs, and even Youtube vlogs (I just re-discovered how fun watching Youtube vlogs is!). I’ve been all over eBay, Amazon, even Shopee and every single kids’ online shop out there. I am a woman obsessed!

The obsessed mum and the exasperated child

I’m afraid I might overbuy and buy stuff that aren’t even needed, but then again, who doesn’t? Still, I want to stay practical and ~rational~ in this kindergarten school supplies shopping thing, so I’m doing all the research!

What were/are your kindergarten must haves? What do I need to buy? What can I do without?

Birthday Lifestyle Yurisms

Yuri Turns 5

It’s been a full month since Yuri’s party! And I have a looot of drafts in my backlog. #mustfindtimetoblog

Anyway…

I can’t believe I already have a 5-year old!

Wasn’t it just yesterday when I had a semi-permanently attached baby to my boobies?!

Yuri’s real birthday was on March 26, but we were scheduled to be out of town on that date so his birthday celebration was held a week earlier. It was a truly intimate party (yes, a McDonald’s party can be intimate because they only require a minimum of 10 people!) where I invited people close to us. Continue Reading

Kindergarten Lifestyle Preschool School

Comparing My Three Initial Choices for Yuri’s First Big School

So we’re officially graduating from our unique preschool setup. Now, it’s time to look for Yuri’s big school for kindergarten!

About a week ago, I finally learned how much the tuition fee for the school I really, really wanted was. It was admittedly a bit higher than what I was hoping for — it’s around 10k higher than our projected budget — but Job gave me the go-signal. The fact that it is a really good school and comes highly recommended by everyone makes it easy to forget the slight difference anyway.

(Okay, it’s Davao Christian High School.)

I’ll be back when Yuri learns to wake up at 5 am. T.T (taken from DCHS’ Facebook page)

But there are two major drawbacks that keep me from finally choosing that school.

  1. Both branches are far from where we live. The distance is fine for an elementary student, but for a kindergartener who will be going to school for the first time in his life, I think it is quite far.
  2. Chinese is required in their curriculum. None of us speaks Chinese or can even remotely understand it. We would have to hire a language tutor, which I think is an unnecessary expense. I’m not even sure whether my son needs to learn Chinese. So, yes, it’s one of the major things that’s making me unsure.

While I’m still hoping we can go to Davao Christian when Yuri grows older, for now, I don’t think I should push it. You see, I actually have just a few non-negotiables for Yuri’s kindergarten school, so we can go choose another.

  • It has to be good. It doesn’t have to be big; it doesn’t have to be progressive. I just want it to be good (good environment, good teachers).
  • It has to be relatively near. Yuri’s not exactly the best when it comes to waking up early so I wouldn’t want to add to our stress.
  • Of course, the tuition fee must fit our budget.
  • There must be a place around or outside campus that is conducive for work.

So yes, I’m busy looking for a school! It’s fun but it’s also a little bit frustrating because almost all of the schools that seem interesting are in the south and I live in the north. Whyiii! 

There are good schools nearby, of course. I’m just jealous because almost all of the cool-sounding progressive schools are in the south *pouts* lol. Anyway, these are my options so far (as my list is still growing):

1. Little Leaders Learning Village

Taken from Little Leaders’ Facebook page

Reputation: I have eyed this little school ever since I started looking for a preschool for Yuri (and before we ultimately decided to semi-homeschool). The school is a progressive Catholic school, and I have heard good reviews about it. Since it’s just beside our cooperative, where we keep some of our savings, I’ve walked by it a number of times already. However, I’ve never been inside. (Also, cute name.)

Location: It’s just less than 10 minutes away and conveniently located near commercial areas in the city. In fact, just in front of it, a new Gaisano Mall is being built.

Fees: I sent their Facebook page an inquiry (I haven’t gotten around to school-hopping yet), and they sent a response rather quickly. For Kinder, the tuition fee is around 36k — not sure if this already includes the 4k miscellaneous fee or not.

Conducive Place for Work: I’m not sure but there are restaurants nearby. But they are not the most conducive places to work (for me), so if we choose this school, I’ll probably just go home to work.

2. Holy Child College of Davao

Taken from Holy Child’s Facebook page (will try to take a full picture when I visit)

Reputation: Holy Child is a pretty well-known school in Davao, and they have a handful of branches around the city. I know a lot of people who graduated there, as well as teachers who taught there. I pass by their campuses all the time, but I’ve only been inside their main campus.

Location: Fortunately, one of their branches is literally 5 minutes away from home. I have yet to explore it, but I will anytime soon.

Fees: I also sent their Facebook page an inquiry, although it took almost a week to finally get a response. I get it, though, since it’s Graduation and Moving Up season. According to the response, tuition fee is 32k and it already includes the miscellaneous fees.

Conducive Place for Work: It’s in the middle of a residential area so there aren’t many establishments surrounding it. However, it’s a relatively easy problem to solve as our house is just so near — I can just work at home instead.

3. Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School

Taken from Panoramio

Reputation: Among the schools in my list, this is the school that I know best because I went there in first grade. Back then (lakas maka-tanda), it was only a tiny school with a tiny playground with a tiny library filled with Japanese books (I can still remember “reading” a Japanese Pinocchio). It’s a good school and I also know a lot of people who graduated there. Japanese is a required subject, but I learned basic Jap in first grade and in college so the prospect is not as scary.

Location: It’s not super near, but it is located on the route that I know best because it’s near Eye Level.

Fees: I haven’t inquired yet, but they published their 2015-2016 schedule of fees online so I’m going to refer to it. According to it, tuition fee + miscellaneous fees for kindergarten is 33k, inclusive of books.

Conducive Place for Work: Its location is actually teeming with places I can work and it’s only a couple of minutes from SM Lanang Premier. Not good for my wallet, though, lol!


My parents have been insisting on my alma mater, but it’s always received an immediate scrap from me. Nothing against my high school alma mater; it’s just that my 2 siblings and I have gone there for a total of 21 years already. And my younger sister is still in middle school! I’m just itching to try another school, really!

Obviously we haven’t made a decision yet. We haven’t done any physical school hopping yet, only digital, and I’m still on the lookout for other options. If there are mommies here who hail from Davao, can you please offer me school suggestions? Thank you!