You can never underestimate the power of a single act of care.
I am blessed to have been born into a family where caring for each other is the norm. We have many imperfections, but at the end of the day, these are the people I can ultimately count on. And while belonging to a family is something that is very easy to take for granted, there is one thing that reminds me of how grateful I should be.
You see, my mother never knew her real parents.
She was adopted as a baby. As you can tell, it wasn’t an easy life at all, but fortunately, her adoptive father, whom she still fondly calls “Daddy” to this day, loved her like a biological daughter. They did not have a lot, but “Daddy” made sure she felt loved and cherished. Despite not attaining a high level of education, he sent my mother to school and taught her a lot of things. To this day, decades after Daddy’s death, he is still the kindest, smartest, and most generous person in my mother’s eyes.
Even though I never knew Daddy — my grandfather — I grew up knowing a lot about him through my mother’s stories. I knew how much he impacted my mother’s life. But is it possible that adopting my mother also changed his life?
You can imagine how moved I was when I watched this heartwarming video by Vicks. Inspired by a true story, the video revolves around a man whose life undergoes a complete 180° turn when he takes an abandoned baby under his wing. From a person who doesn’t care about anyone else, he becomes a different person when he learns to love and experiences how it is to be needed.
“A single act of care not only has the capacity to transform lives, but can transcend social norms, definitions and stereotypes.”
How true. Even against all odds, a single act of care can transform lives and love can create miracles.
This was a rough man softened by the smile of an innocent child. From a tough tambay to a devoted father. I was deeply moved by how powerful a touch of care is! I don’t think I can ever find the words to accurately describe the message being conveyed here. You need to watch the short video! Tell me what you think about it in the comments!
PS: Please don’t hold me responsible for your teary eyes.
PPS: I never knew my grandfather — my mother’s Daddy — but after watching this video, I am now confident that it was not just my mother’s life that changed when she got adopted. I may never know for sure, but I am convinced that two lives were transformed the very day my grandfather met my mother.
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Mott’s Apple Juice is my favorite brand of apple juice. I have been buying it ever since Yuri was old enough to drink juice (I think around his 8th month mark?). I used to dilute it with water when he was a baby, and when he grew older, just the juice straight from the bottle. I never had any hesitations with Mott’s because it’s 100% apple juice — no sugar or any sweetener added — plus the fact that it’s chock-full of Vitamin C doesn’t hurt! Now that Yuri’s going to enter school, I’m planning to still give him Mott’s 100% Apple Juice for his breakfast and baon.
Which is why this package as a sweet surprised that arrived at the perfect timing.
We all want what is best for our kids, and Mott’s has a word for us this back-to-school season!
In a few weeks, the kids are going back to school. This is always a most exciting time for families. Waking up the kids on time, getting them to eat breakfast, and hurrying them along before the school bell rings — these morning routines are some of the most rousing that most families will ever encounter.
Parents naturally want their children to start strong in school, so they’d like to give them all they need to have the best preparation possible. Tomorrow starts with what you do today. For your kids to start strong, parents should help them develop the right habits today. They can start by establishing daily routines to get their kids into the swing of things like eating breakfast at eight, watering the garden at nine, and squeezing in some reading at ten. These routines will prepare their children for the everyday schedule they’d eventually encounter in school.
Parents would also like to place their kids’ sleeping routine down pat. A comforting bedtime routine may include a shower, a change of clothes, a reading of the kids’ favorite fairy tale, a prayer, and a good night kiss. These would make going to bed an inviting routine after a day full of adventures.
But the most important preparation for school may yet be a hearty breakfast. A good breakfast will give children the right amount of fuel to start strong in school. They’ll not only have the mental energy to go through complicated lessons, they’ll also have the positive vibes to make new friends. They will also feel less anxious about the whole back to school experience.
What makes for a hearty breakfast? The great news is that there are a lot of breakfast choices for the family’s nourishment and enjoyment. The traditional Filipino breakfast calls for fried bangus or tocino paired with garlic rice and sunny side eggs on the side. Other choices include pancakes and bacon, oatmeal or cereals with fruits, bread and eggs, and arroz caldo with tokwa’t baboy.
All these choices are best paired with the nutritious goodness of Mott’s 100% Apple Juice. The #1 brand of apple juice in the United States (source: IRI, Calendar YE 12.25.16), it is great tasting nutrition that children can enjoy for breakfast as it consists of 100% real fruit goodness with added Vitamin C. Mothers can trust that they are only giving the best to their children as Mott’s 100% Apple Juice doesn’t contain any artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners. By giving Mott’s 100% Apple Juice for breakfast, the little ones get a strong start to live every day to its fullest.
Mott’s 100% Apple Juice not only comes in 32-ounce & 64-ounce PET bottle for sharing with the family, it is also available in a convenient can that the kids can slip in their lunch box. Children can then enjoy 100% apple goodness in school as well.
I’ve been using talc-free powder ever since Yuri was a baby.
In fact, I don’t remember the last time I bought normal talc powder. I refuse to use it mainly because of the health risks that it poses. There is just no way I’m going to gamble. No thanks, I’d rather have peace of mind, thank you!
Over the years (Yuri is five now!), I have used a variety of non-talc powders and particularly favoured rice powder; however, they are not exactly easy to find, especially here in Davao City. Would you believe that just a few weeks ago, I was stressing over this because I’m already almost out of supply and I can’t find rice powder anywhere? I know it’s such a mundane thing to get stressed about, but if you’re also a mother, you would know just how important powder is in our kid’s daily lives. So running out of rice powder is a bit of a tough time.
Well, that was before I discovered that one of my favourite baby brands, Belo Baby, now includes talc-free powder in their awesome line of products!
What a relief! You see, Belo Baby is not a foreign brand in our household. I have used a lot of their products: from soap to lotion to cologne. Even though Yuri is technically not a baby anymore (or so he insists!), I am still fond of using Belo Baby products because they smell nice — the scent does not attack my perpetual allergic rhinitis-ridden nose hehe — and are gentle enough to use on tender skin. Most importantly, they do the job they’re supposed to do!
So when Belo Baby contacted me to try out their new Talc-Free Powder just when I was running out of powder, I felt like it was an answered prayer. Of course I said yes! And now I will tell you why you should try it, too, whether you’re already using talc-free powder or not.
Belo Baby Talc-Free Powder is a gentle powder that’s made with zero talc and provides all-natural protection from diaper rash. It is made from certified natural and finely milled rice and maize that absorb moisture to keep baby’s skin soft, fresh and dry. It is also carefully formulated without talc, gluten, phthalates, parabens, dyes, and most common allergens, which I love because I’m careful to avoid all of these harsh ingredients.
#BeloBaby, after all, is rafted with care for the most delicate skin, for the most meticulous moms. Unsurprisingly, Belo Baby Talc-Free Powder is the only powder Baby Scarlet Snow trusts!
And we all know children don’t really outgrow powder, so aside from diaper rash, you and your entire family can absolutely use Belo Baby to suit any purpose!
The first thing that came to my mind when I received the Belo Baby Talc-Free Powder was its pretty packaging! I absolutely loved how it looked like, but just when I thought there’s no way it could get better, I opened the container and saw the cutest soft puff. Our old brand doesn’t have a puff, and talc-free powder tends to spill over due to its lightness, so being able to use it with a puff is a brilliant idea!
Yuri and I immediately used it, and I am pleased to report that it comes with a pleasant scent that is not overpowering, just refreshing.
Not our most glamorous picture, but that’s how we really look at home haha
And speaking of refreshing, it does the job of freshening up my super active 5-year old easily! I use it on Yuri every afternoon after his daily bikes and playing…
I also used it when we went out of town yesterday to go swimming…
And I use it every time we go out so Yuri — and I — smell fresh and sweet!
I like that I don’t have to use up a lot of powder; a dab here and there is enough. I don’t know why, but I don’t like putting a lot of product on the skin. I find that with really effective products, such as this one, there is no need to slather much.
Then again, you can play with more powder if you want to because it doesn’t contain harmful ingredients! After days of using it, I didn’t notice any adverse effect on Yuri’s skin. I’m totally buying this again and again!
If you’re not using talc-free powder, you should switch because:
There’s a lot of health risks involved when using talc, including cancer.
Talc is easily inhaled and may cause respiratory issues and lung irritation.
Common side effects of talc powder use include vomiting and low blood pressure.
As indicated by the American Cancer Society, it is not clear if products containing talc does increase cancer risk. Studies have had mixed results, although there is some suggestion of a possible increase in ovarian cancer risk. As long as there is mixed information, I’ll err on the side of caution.
If you’re already using talc-free powder, you should switch to Belo Baby because:
It is meticulously made by a leading baby product brand with excellent track record.
It is widely available in all leading supermarkets and department stores nationwide.
It is all-natural with zero harmful chemicals.
It comes with a puff that makes it easier to apply the powder and, at the same time, prevents you from using too much of the product.
It is hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested.
The packaging just looks super cute!
It’s Giveaway Time!
Belo Baby and I are giving Belo Baby Talc-Free Powder gift packs to three lucky readers! Each gift pack is worth at least P659.25, shipping is on us. I think this is perfect because the school year is about to start. Simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form below — easy as pie!
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.
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
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
Customers with transactions that have met the qualifications of the promo will receive an e-mail notification.
The promo is open to all customers who purchased their back to school products from www.boardwalkshop.ph
Promo period is from April 17, 2017 – July 17, 2017, 11:59 PM only.
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.
Winner will receive notification via registered mail, e-mail and telephone call
The name of the winner will be posted on Boardwalk’s official Facebook page @BoardwalkPh on July 21, 2017, 12:00 nn.
Boardwalk shall shoulder the 20% prize tax for prizes exceeding P10,000.00.
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.
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.
Prize is transferable. It is not convertible to product or cash.
Prize excludes passport processing, meals and pocket money of winner (for 4 pax)
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.
If winner resides in a provincial area, he/she must be willing to claim the travel voucher at the nearest Boardwalk branch.
Winners must claim their prize within 60 days upon receipt of notification.
To claim the prize, winner must present the registered mail/e-mail notification and one (1) valid student or government ID.
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.
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!
The host, Rovic Cuasito
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
Actually, we (at least in our household) get flu throughout the year, but the intense weather — hot days alternating with gloomy, rainy days — take toll on our immune system so we catch a cold more often these months. In fact, I am coughing while typing this, while Yuri is sneezing. Boo!
He had to miss school the other day. So I’m posting this picture of Yuri appreciating his “Good Job” stamp from last week instead.
So on the onset of July (which also happens to be the month when dengue cases escalate!), I make sure I have these three flu-fighters at home:
Better safe than sorry, they say, and I believe so. I’d rather take a couple of minutes each day making sure that we all have taken vitamins than regret not doing so!
Wert Philippines has been sending us Nutri-10 Plus vitamins since last year, and these have undoubtedly help made Yuri grow bigger and stronger. I also believe the nutrients in Nutri-10 plus, especially its Vitamin C content, help Yuri get tougher when it comes to fighting flu and cold. It still happens, but they’re almost always manageable.
I know many of you are planning on going to Tatay Digong’s Victory Party tomorrow, but for those of you who don’t want to mix in with the huge crowd under the sun (and maybe damage your skin in the process lol!), here’s another event you shouldn’t miss!
Silka-mazing @ 15: Todo Buhos Ang Galing
Catch True Faith at Silka’s “Silka-mazing @ 15: Todo Buhos Ang Galing” mini-concert event on June 4, 2016, at the Activity Center, Abreeza Mall, Davao City. Come as there will be discounts on Silka products, prizes, games and so much more.
Silka Online Raffle
There is also an ongoing Silka Raffle online. You just need to purchase 200 pesos worth of Silka products, fill out the details and upload photo of products and receipt for a chance to win Toyota Wigo, a trip for two to Bangkok Thailand, A trip for Two to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, Louis Vuitton Bags, Michael Kors watches and a lot more.
A month ago, just a couple of weeks before Christmas, I was invited to an event hosted by one of my trusted brands when it comes to Yuri: Mott’s Apple Juice.
Yuri is a drink-person. He loves drinking (more like gulping) water and fruit juices throughout the day. Sometimes milk, more often water and juice. In fact, right now, he’s just back from the playground and thirstily drinking fresh calamansi juice.
So unless I have fresh fruit on hand (read: citrus), I always make sure that I have some juice in the fridge. Of course, I prefer them to be sugar-free and, as much as possible, free from most unwanted additives.
We do buy several brands of juices but when it comes to apple juice, I always go back to my failproof brand, which is Mott’s. I am such a loyalist that I even wrote about it in my old blog! For starters, it’s sugar-free and is 100% apple juice. No unnecessary flavouring or, ick, food colouring.
Second, it has a high dose of Vitamin C, perfect for building up the immune system of my preschooler. An 8 fl oz serving provides 2 fruit servings per day! My son loves fruit but we don’t always have access to fresh ones so 100% fruit juice does well in a pinch.
Third, even I enjoy it because it tastes just like apple cider. Promise! All I need to do is grab a goblet, pour some chilled Mott’s apple juice into it, and feel like an adult. Drink it like it was real apple cider and they would be none the wiser. Haha!
This DRESS is perfect for occasions, casual or formal, when you want to look elegant yet still feel comfortable. The good news is that it’s also on sale! What a lovely deal for having the best of both style and discount all at the same time! This dress will look lovely for females who want to accentuate their long legs yet still look formal and put together.
I definitely love the details of this dress because it’s made of lace. It is simple but very intricate and eye-catching. The overall dress is made of chiffon making it very breezy, lightweight and comfy. Its sleeves create the illusion of a casual look but if paired with the right accessories, like a denim jacket or a leather one, a pair or slim strappy heels or an embellished sandals; this dress can go from simple to fabulous. It is in the basic colour White which can be paired with a lot of things. It’s also available in the color Green and in sizes S M L XL.
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