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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!

Davao Events Messy Haul Shopping

My Finds from the Christmas Bazaar 2016

Chino's Deli

I admit that I had much more fun browsing the items on sale during last year.

I would say that the products sold by the booths last year were much more interesting than the ones on display this year, but maybe that’s just me and my hobbies speaking. You see, while I love dressing up, I don’t really get excited about hangers and piles of clothes. And shoes. And bags. And makeup. Don’t get me wrong; I love all of those things just as much as the next girl, but come on, I see all of those in malls and online stores everyday.

When I visit bazaars, I expect to discover unique knick-knacks, browse hobby stores and stores that offer products we don’t often see in malls and boutiques, sample locally made food products… So I was quite disappointed with this year’s bazaar’s lack of those things.

I found myself missing the craft, artsy, hobby, party, local organic food stalls from last year. Where were my handcrafted soap, planners and diaries and colouring books, locally made chocolates, and calligraphy stuff? Oh well.

However, I did not come home empty-handed. Okay, I almost never come home empty-handed from whatever, but yeah, you get the point. I did find stuff that sparked my interest and even discovered things that I’ll surely buy again (totally saving those business cards, guys!). Here are my finds from the Christmas Bazaar 2016. Continue Reading

Christmas Events Shopping

Christmas Bazaar 2016 at the Davao Convention Center

My co-workers, Sarah and Jona, and I are regulars at local bazaars.

More often than not, we end up buying more food than we had planned!

This year’s Christmas bazaar is no exemption. Since the bazaar will be there until Sunday (November 30 was the first day), and we went yesterday (where there was a huge downpour!), here’s a quick post about what you can expect from it. This is by no means an extensive description of the entire bazaar. Instead, here are pictures of booths and stalls that caught my eye.

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Lifestyle Planning

My New, Unplanned Planner for 2017!

Kikki-K Tangerine Personal Planner

I used to own a dark pink Webster’s Pages Colour Crush planner.

Webster's Pages Color Crush in Dark Pink

Webster’s Pages Color Crush in Dark Pink

Well, I still own it. However, I cannot use it because I accidentally damaged it when I deposited Job’s salary into his bank account — long story, but I’m gonna tell it anyway haha.  There’s a BDO (Job’s bank) in Riyadh but it’s too far from where he lives and, according to him, it’s much cheaper to send his money here for me to deposit than for him to travel all the way to BDO. Very well, then!

I wrote his bank account number in my planner and also saved it in my phone for back up. When I was in the bank, I referred to the bank account number saved in my phone. If you know me, you would also know that I had to cross-check the number with the number that was written in my planner (and then double check it, thrice).

Because I was trying to do everything quickly before the line gets longer, I also  quickly opened my planner… and broke the snap. Huhu!

I tried to get it repaired at Mr. Quickie; apparently, they don’t repair broken snaps. And I don’t know where else to look, so I strategically bemoaned my loss at Job. I especially emphasised the part where I accidentally broke the snap while running an errand for him. He, of course, volunteered to replace my planner. Yay!

(Disclaimer: I am usually not like this. I just really need to use a planner! My friend, George, can testify to this. During the days when I was planner-less, I kept forgetting the things I needed to do.)

I was planning to replace my Colour Crush with another Colour Crush (I function best with refillable binder planners), but changed my mind due to two reasons.

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First, I was afraid I’d just break the snap again — the snap had always seemed a little bit too fragile. It’s safer to assume that all Colour Crush planners are made the same way rather than assume I just had a lemon.

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Second, I wasn’t planning on buying a new planner at all. In fact, since binder planners are refillable, I was planning to use my Colour Crush until it gives up on me. Well, it did give up on me ahead of schedule. Since I was buying a new one anyway, and since I’m planning to use it for a long time, I figured why not upgrade?

So behold, my new planner, a tangerine Medium Leather Personal Kikki.K planner!

Kikki K Tangerine Personal Planner

I bought it secondhand, so the price is roughly the same as a brand new Webster’s Pages Colour Crush. Job actually wondered why it costs lower than he expected, so I told him I didn’t order a brand new one. He was happy, lol!

More pictures of my new baby: Continue Reading

Homeschooling Lifestyle Parenting School

On the Fence About Homeschooling

I missed the local homeschooling conference in Davao City last weekend.

I had really planned to go, but during the last few months, we’ve been on the fence about homeschooling. I can talk about the benefits of homeschooling and how homeschooling has helped Yuri grow for hours — and really, I still believe them to be true — but the other side of the truth is that we don’t think it’s going to work for us next year.

Despite the schedule that I had established in the beginning of this school year, we haven’t been able to follow it. Because of my busy schedule, juggling work, real estate events, blogging, family, household chores, and my personal life, homeschooling just slid down the list of my priorities.

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Hear me out. I’m a full-time working single mum whose partner lives and works over 5,000 miles across the globe. I don’t have household help. Everyday I do not only take care of Yuri; I also assist the rest of the family, especially my dad who undergoes dialysis twice a week. I planned to homeschool after work, but most of the time, the only thing I want to do after I’m done with work is to rest.

I don’t think I can do it next year. Continue Reading

Davao Events Events Lifestyle

iflix Goes to Davao!

If there’s one thing I love, it’s watching a good movie or a good television series.

I’ve encountered people who don’t watch TV at all, and deep inside my mind, I wonder how they do it. I mean, I’m no bimbo (at least I hope so! Haha!). Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, I went to now one of my favourite restaurants, Rekado, not to eat (well, I did eat) but to attend the launching of iflix in Davao.

Although I’ve never availed of these before, I am a fan of streaming services which allow you to watch (and binge on) your favourite movies and shows legally and without breaking the bank. I’ve been eyeing iflix in particular because of its low rates (only P129 a month – much lower than the price of a movie ticket!) and ease of use. So when I got invited to its Davao City launch — and in my favourite restaurant to boot — for a night of good food and a movie, it was a no brainer. I should go.

The table centrepiece? Lurve!

iflix goes to Davao

The host, Rovic Cuasito

iflix goes to Davao

After dinner, games, and the team’s presentation of what iflix is all about, we were treated to a movie. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the movie they had in store for us. Continue Reading

Online Shopping Review Shopping

4 Reasons Why I Love Shopping With ShopBack

It’s shopping season once again!

Okay, who am I kidding. It’s always shopping season in my household! But in fairness to me (in fairness to me talaga), I’ve been able to cut back on my shopping expenses. I’m not panic buying each time I find myself in the grocery anymore hahaha. I have only shopped online a couple of times for the past two months I think (and those were necessities. Yuri outgrew all of his shoes!), and they never exceeded my set budget. Also, I haven’t ordered anything beauty or skin-related for the longest time. Yay!

Aside from the fact that I need to save money because it’s almost Christmas, I need to allocate money for gasoline for the first time in my life. Gah! Good thing gasoline prices are not as high as they were before. More importantly, Job and I had the money talk (again). Job is one of the stingiest most frugal person I know, and I am inspired by him. He doesn’t buy anything he doesn’t need so he was able to save a big part of his income. Also, he doesn’t have short-term goals. He has long-term goals and he’d rather save now and enjoy later. To be honest? I’m pressured! I barely have any savings because I spent it on buying Ingrid so I really need to replenish my savings.

Anyway, speaking of shopping and saving, did you know that you can do both? I mean, we cannot not shop during Christmas season (hello, fellow ninangs and titas!). So aside from looking for discounts and coupons and going after sales, I also use ShopBack. I’ve already talked about ShopBack in the past, but I’ll give you 3 reasons why I love it.

1. Almost all of the online shops I frequent are ShopBack partners.

Lazada, Zalora, Bench, and Althea are only some of the online shops I frequent, and I was so ecstatic to learn that they’re all ShopBack partners! Althea, in particular, is such a godsend. I’ve gushed over Althea a couple of times here in my blog and it’s one of my most favourite online shopping sites ever. (April loot, September loot) I share my Althea addiction with my workmate, Lenz! As if I needed to find yet another reason to love Althea, I can also earn money just by shopping on it, through ShopBack!

(Psst, if you want to sign up for Althea, please use my referral link to receive a total of P200 discount *wink*)

2. Earnings are not meagre! They’re actually bigger than what I initially expected!

Honestly? When I first learned about ShopBack (I think that was January this year when I was contacted for a collaboration), I thought I would be earning just a couple of pesos each transaction. Nothing sizeable or significant (like earnings on ad clicks lol). But I was surprised to know I could earn a hundred pesos or even more in just one 1000-peso transaction! So imagine how much you can earn in a 5000-peso transaction! I’m not kidding; I have already withdrawn my past earnings, which I earned from just shopping.

3. Withdrawing my earnings is super easy and fast.

And speaking of withdrawing your earnings, it just takes a few clicks to do it! I put in my bank details and withdrew my earnings. I actually expected to receive it in 2 weeks, but to my surprise, I received the money within just a couple of days. Details are hazy now but I think it was around 2-3 days. And the best part? No fees and deductions. I received my earnings in full!

4. They gave me a tablet!

Okay, this last reason is personal. Any ShopBack user will experience reasons 1 to 2 (promise), but I was one of the lucky people who won their recent Win A Wish Blogging Contest. My winning entry is about the things I need as a newbie real estate broker. The prize? Anything I want that is worth P10,000. Not bad, not bad at all! I was torn between a new tablet and my own convection oven. You see, my mum’s tablet got broken and she needed a new one. Since I wanted to make her happy (chos!), I decided to wish for a tablet instead and gave it to her. Here’s the tablet from ShopBack!

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Thank you so much ShopBack! Indeed, the tablet has been of great use in our real estate business.

Do you use ShopBack? If you’re thinking of signing up (and you should!), please do me a little favour and use this link!

Parenting Personal

The Tale of Yuri’s First Sick Day

Oh thank God for sick leaves.

I’m blogging now because I found some time to do so because, well, I’m on leave and Yuri’s sleeping. Just a little segue before I continue. I miss this! I miss being able to write about the most mundane things. A few years back, I blogged almost everyday (that was when I had a yaya and a helper) – a luxury I can no longer afford these days. I’m lucky if I’m able to write twice a week. Sometimes, wala talaga. And I miss being able to let the words flow like no one’s reading!

It’s the second (and last) day of my sick leave actually but I’m not the one who’s sick. It’s Yuri. It’s kinda a big deal for me because, not counting his first days on earth (he swallowed his meconium in utero so he had to be confined in the NICU for a week), this is the first time he’s like seriously sick.

His fever began Tuesday afternoon, just a couple of hours after getting home from enrichment school (Eye Level). It was also the first time I was able to drive him to and from school so I thought it was my fault lol.

Yeah, for what it's worth? Achievement unlocked!

Yeah, for what it’s worth? Achievement unlocked!

Anyway, I let the fever run its course (while giving him paracetamol) and kept him hydrated because it’s what I usually do. However, by Wednesday morning, I had to take a leave from work because his fever rose to 38 degrees. But by Wednesday afternoon, his temperature was back to 36 degrees so we even took him with us when we went to the airport to fetch a relative.

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He was still eating Pepero then

But Yuri wasn’t his active self by evening. We had dinner at Bistro Selera, but he didn’t eat anything. He tried to eat a spoonful of rice and crispy pata (yasss) but he cried saying it was too painful to swallow. I took his temperature (yes I bring a digital thermometer with me…) and it was 37.6 degrees. I had to send another message to our office manager, asking for another day of leave because I knew I had to take him to the doctor na. Continue Reading

Health and Fitness Lifestyle Personal

A Literally Heavy Burden (The Start of A Fitness Journey)

I have a heavy burden… and it’s not metaphorical.

Just a segue before I begin. Last week, two of my closest friends separately unloaded their troubles on me. One is one of my oldest and bestest friends while the other is my work colleague. I’m not in the position to disclose their problems – and I don’t think I even have the right to talk about them – but being chosen to be their confidante is a privilege.

Open note to these two friends. To my work co-pilot, you are a smart & strong woman and I’m sure you are ready to face whatever life throws your way. But I’m happy you got the outcome you were hoping for. 🙂

To my dear friend: I’m here and you were never, are not, will not ever be a burden to me. I cannot in good conscience allow you to be miserable and I want you to find your happiness. I want you to find yourself , a bright future, a new hope in life. And hey, love, too! I love you and will always be your biggest fan.

But my friends’ dilemmas are not the “burden” that I’m referring to. No, not at all, I didn’t even feel the weight. There, I just gave you the clue. Weight. 

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The Messy Life Lately: Good Sign, Ingrid, and Lines to Riyadh

I apologise for not writing! Life has been soooo busy lately. I’ll assume you’re the tiniest bit interested in what’s going on in my life so I’ll let you know. Lol you have no choice. Anyway, let’s start with the not-so-good news…

Papa’s Hospitalisation

Papa got hospitalised again. He slipped and fell in the bathroom when he went in to pee dawn of Tuesday morning. We wanted to take him to the hospital right there and then but he insisted he was fine (save for the big-as-an-egg lump on his head) and doesn’t need to be checked. Because my dad has a looong history of being stubborn, we decided to wait.

We did things normally over the past weekend. The little boy even got a second haircut from Cuts

We did things normally over the past weekend. The little boy even got a second haircut from Fun Cuts Just 4 Tots (same shirt and I didn’t even notice haha).

We figured since he’s going to undertake another round of dialysis in a day anyway, the doctor could maybe see if anything was wrong. He went on to have his dialysis without any problem.

But by Friday, he was asking to be taken to the doctor because he’s been having persistent headaches and was feeling dizzy all the time. My mum took him to the hospital for a checkup, but the doctor recommended him to undergo a CT scan because it is possible that he had a mild stroke (again) when he fell. So he had to be confined.

I won’t anymore go into details (since it’s been a pretty uneventful hospital stay, thank God), but he got discharged yesterday afternoon and the results show that he did have a mild stroke. Thank God he did not suffer any big repercussion aside from the constant dizziness. It’s almost like he didn’t have one, but we all need to be really careful next time.

Me, the Student Driver

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Throwback to this post I wrote more than a month ago. One of the goals I wanted to accomplish before the year ends is to learn how to drive, so I enrolled myself in driving lessons (didn’t really trust myself with anyone short of a professional teacher – I’m afraid their patience would wear thin with me) in Good Sign driving school last month. I basically know how to drive now but I still need to practice more!

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Jobs’ Life Lately

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Messy Haul Shopping

Finds from the S&R Members’ Treat 2016

Today I took Yuri to school, bought an insurance policy for my new vehicle (will blog about it soon!), took Yuri to the playground, and went home just before the heavy rains fell.

Oh yeah, also spent most of the day in S&R because – sale! It was the S&R Member’s Treat sale and I was in dire need of some retail therapy (and so did my perennial shopping companions, Jona and Sarah), so we braved the long queues.

I’m pretty pooped right now (the weather is cold and rainy and I just took a hot shower) so all I want to do is sleep. Still, since there’s still one day of sale remaining tomorrow, I figured I should do a photo dump of what I saw and bought.

Disclaimer: The skies are dark today so it’s difficult to take decent pictures. Sorry  for my crappy ones – I’ll try to replace them with better ones. Operative word is “try.”

Disclaimer 2: This is not in any way an exhaustive list of sale items. I was only able to take pictures of several ones for 2 reasons: first, almost every aisle is so cramped whipping out my phone to take a picture would’ve been considered obstruction of traffic. Second, sometimes I’m just too busy grabbing Buy 1-Take 1 items.

Photo dump time!

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Purple bags ready to fight!

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Towels buy 1 take 1 at P499

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Chocolates Buy 2 Take 1 at P69.95

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Messy Haul: My First BeautyMNL Loot

BeautyMNL Review

I’ve been lurking around BeautyMNL since, I don’t know, last year?

But for some reason, I’ve never made an order there because I gravitate toward Korean products and I get my K-beauty fix from Althea — Korean products are much much cheaper there.

This time, though, I was in dire need of micellar water (regular toner is too strong for my skin) as well as some cheap but good dry shampoo (because sometimes, honestly? I don’t have to time to shower before taking Yuri to school). There’s dry shampoo on Althea but no micellar water so I thought of checking out BeautyMNL.

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Love at first delivery: I am so loving the packaging — it’s ziplock!

I was originally planning on getting the Japanese brand, Biore, but then I discovered the my fave (next to e.l.f.) drugstore brand Maybelline has cheaper micellar water. I wanted to try both but decided to go with Maybelline for now.

Of course, I also bought dry shampoo for days I just can’t shower before going out. Here’s my BeautyMNL loot – with the reviews I left on the website for each of them. Continue Reading