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Friday, November 25

Friday Toys: Air Swimmers Flying RC

I'm sure most of Pinoys, especially the parents, have already seen this shark and clown fish already.  Of course the clown fish and shark has been part of the weekly task of the housemates of the Pinoy Big Brother.  The Clown fish was called Fifi (I think this is how they spell it).  During it's first appearance in the Pinoy Big Brother house it was lost and was flown away of the house.  Then when it came back inside the house, a shark was with it as part of the obstacle of the housemates task.

I'm sure this Air Swimmers Flying RC are great toys for the little kids and cute ones of the family.  They will enjoy controlling these as they play with it.  One of its feature is that it can last for one week before it deflates.

I was delighted to see that this RC toys can be bought online at thinkgeek.com for only $39.99.  Not sure much of the shipping cost but perhaps those who really can afford will be able to get one of these.  So Moms and Dads get one of this for your kids.

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Thursday, November 24

Featured Blog: Fashion Is My Passion


There are lots of Fashion bloggers that can be found in the world wide web and perhaps this blog is one of them.  Our featured blog for today is more about Fashion and how she consider it as her passion.

It is very much clear that this blogger loves fashion and it shows on posts and articles.  This blogger is also the author of the "My Online Journeys" so for this particular blog she's exhaling her thoughts and desires about fashion.

If you want to know more about her styles about fashion better head on to her blog at Fashion Is My Passion.


Tuesday, November 22

Calamba Family Getaway


Last month, our family was able to have an out of town and an overnight stay activity somewhere in Laguna. First, it is the nearest province in Metro Manila which is a lot easier to go with; second, my wife’s cousin lives there and lastly, it’s their family reunion on her father’s side.

The Reunion was held this year because one of their cousins from abroad came home and was also one of the sponsors of the gathering. That’s why they have it outside of the metro.







It is our family’s first time to go on an out of town and overnight trip. Unfortunately, I need to get a one day leave of absence from work just to enjoy the getaway. It’s a family getaway!

The entire family (not the whole clan actually) were very much excited and thrilled about the event. I’m sure most of the kids and teens couldn’t wait for that day but of course they couldn’t pull the time faster just to arrive on that day already. Most of them prepared a lot like floaters, swimsuits, snacks, and other things to enjoy during the family getaway.


Swimming did become the major activity. When we arrived at the place, the kids are very eager to jump into the swimming pool. Of course we need to settle first before anything else and kids are not allowed to go alone without the supervision of any adult. So, they were kept on hold until everything was okay.


The place is located in Brgy. Pansol, Calamba, Laguna, it is just downhill of the famous Mt. Makiling. It is called Rockpoint Hotel, a hot spring resort and hotel with lots of good things to enjoy. As we all know Laguna is well known for their hot spring and quite the number of resorts, one of them is the Rockpoint Hotel.


Rockpoint Hotel is not a very big hotel but just a nice comfy and refreshing place where anyone can experience good relaxation. The hotel offers different amenities for their guests like their swimming pool (which I think most of the time of the kids was spent there), their restaurant, their videoke bar, their spa, and a whole lot more which makes it more relaxing to enjoy the vacation. The place was good for just a right number of guests. I think after this blog post they’ll be needing more staff to accommodate a lot of guests (hopefully I could convince readers and others to try it there).


For me, though I was taking care of the kids, I did enjoy and had relaxed a bit and removed some chunks of stress in me. It is just enough to be rejuvenated and energized again for the next working days.

After our stay and experience at the hotel we also visited some known places in Calamba, Laguna but before the small tour we did have our lunch first at Ate Recelie’s (my wife’s cousin) house. Since Ate Recelie was a Yakult Lady the kids enjoyed the refreshment and goodness of Yakult (advertising the product, hehehe).

When lunch was over we started our small tour of the province. First was the statue of Rizal near the municipal hall (I think. Not really sure about this). Then we passed by at the famous “Bahay Ni Rizal”, we didn’t bother to get inside because we got a lot of kids with us and we don’t want to get into trouble. Lastly, we get to Nuvali to let the kids enjoy feeding the fish. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t quite good and did a little shower that caused us to end the day and went home.


A nice family getaway! I just hoped next time much longer days.

Sunday, November 20

Sunday Service: At Last We Are Back

Yes!  We are back in attending church every Sunday.  For quite some time we have been out in the realm of Church during Sundays.  There's no valid reason for not attending Church.

Still We are thankful for the blessings.  It is indeed that God provides not as what we wanted it but in His own way, time and place.

Another thing we are thankful is that our son, Maki has joined the junior worship and was able to mingle with the other kids.  We asked him if his going to join next Sunday, he joyfully answered "yes mommy and daddy!"  Thank God!

We will be sharing again Good News from the Lord and some of the Sunday Service Messages.   Maybe we will also be capturing it in video and sharing it here on this blog.  For now our PC is down though it is down we are still able to update some of our blogs (like this post) and facebook accounts with my sister's laptop.  We're just borrowing it!  I pray to God for a brand new desktop computer that we will be using not only as a source of income but a way to spread God's power.

Our pastor said that when praying for something be specific so I'll be praying A BRAND NEW ASUS DESKTOP PC (Quadcore) Newest model and also I'm praying for a laptop for my wife an ASUS Laptop.

God knows all our needs and all we need is to ask and be specific!  Thank God for everything!

Watch out for next Sunday's Service Message!

Saturday, November 19

Daddy Day Care: Half half half!

My activity today is half half and half.  The first part of the day was spent together with my kids. They woke up early and since Mommy went to office, the first hours of the morning is for all of us.  Tita Felisa didn't arrived early that's why.

When Felisa arrived I get a chance to do one blog post about the launching event of an indie band and since I'm only using my sister's laptop, I need to finish the post immediately.   They'll be using the laptop after lunch.  Whew!  What a rush!  And take note we have a lunch time appointment with the stars (hehehe).

After finishing the post I hurriedly took a bath, put on clothes, say see you later to our kids, and went off to meet with my wife.

We arrived at the venue, meet and greet with the other bloggers, and had lunch.   It was the Press Conference of the movie "Won't Last a Day Without You" of Sarah Geronimo and Gerald Anderson.  The event ended around past 2 pm I think and we went home.

It was tiring so I took a rest and a nap to at least energize my body.  When I woke up my role as a Dad continues, I do the laundry of the kids clothes.  Whew!  Good thing I take a rest.

It was a day for me!  At least I have washed the kids' clothes.


Friday, November 18

Friday Toys: Strumdrumano


I really missed posting toys for kids during Fridays.  I think I have been off from writing blog post about toys for more than a month already.  Though I was able to write some still it is not regular.  I'm sure a lot of Moms and Dads out there are reading some of my posts especially this part because I'm sure they are wondering what's good and what's in for their kids.  So now I'm back and I pray that I will be posting more toy reviews for the kids and kids-at-heart.

For this Friday we will be reviewing about this musical toy called Strumdrumano.  Since my elder kid is already learning to play some instrument I might as well review one like this.  


Strumdrumano is a mix of three musical instruments, a guitar, a drum and a piano.  Strum is for the guitar, the drum is for drum set, and the ano is for the suffix of the piano.  Mix them all you got Strumdrumano.  Though the whole set is in the form of a guitar the other two instruments can be located at the other side of the guitar, as you can see in the picture above.

Simple but it can be a start up learning for kids who wants to be inclined to music.  A single strum, a little stomp and a point of a finger can start a musical.  

This toy is powered by four AA batteries but it is much better and recommended to buy four rechargeable batteries to avoid too much expense on buying batteries.  Of course lets be environment-friendly.

This cool musical instrument cost about $69.95.  You can check it out on this site Strumdrumano.


Dad's URBAN Reason To Win Radii Shoes



This is the MANIFESTO OF URBAN ATHLETICS...

On the street, it's not about what you've got, but what you can do with what you have


Inspired by the raw originality of the street is a store that brings modern urban lifestyle to the forefront: urbanAthletics.


urbanAthletics bravely combines athleticism with urban fashion.


As new fashion forms broke out across the globe, we saw how sportswear evolved into streetwear, and vice versa. This fashion phenomenon led us to bring together elements from skateboarding, parkour, music, street culture and everything in between to allow every urban hipster invest new styles and make a statement on the streets.....




So this is my reason why should Urban Athletics choose me to have a new pair of Radii Shoes and of course that's for being a Dad.

Under certain circumstances I live in an urban area and shoes are necessary.
Reality check, I need a pair of shoes that will not only give comfort as I go around the urban but of course it should have a brand of a life style as I enjoy Pinoy Urban Music.
Basically, Dads does not only do work and babysitting, we also mingle and live around the metro, we do fashion as well.
Athletes are not the only ones who needs comfort for their feet, Dads does need it also and Urban Athletics provide a lot of shoes to choose from.
Naturally, Dads are more effective model of the brand, we can be hip, we can be cool, we can be athletic, casual or rugged.  We are the new breed of models.

Now, are you convince enough to choose me or do I have to spell out ATHLETICS!

Now, everyone still have a chance to join and win a new pair of Radii shoes just drop by at Flipclan.com and read the mechanics.




Tuesday, November 15

Family Cook Book Project

What's the best way for the whole family to enjoy? Well what else... cooking! Yes one of the best activities that family enjoys is cooking. Everyone can participate and learn on the activity. Aside from the enjoyment it brings certain menus of the family can be preserve and pass on to the next generation.


So what does they say about the Family Cookbook Project...
 

 It’s easy, fun and affordable to create and print your own family cookbook. Family cookbooks are an important way to preserve our mealtime traditions for future generations. With the passing of our loved ones comes the loss of treasured food traditions. Once the recipes are preserved online, they can be shared with other family members by email, individual printed recipes or your own professionally printed cookbook. 

 What are the highlights? 

Create a full color family cookbook – it’s easy and fun! Invite family and friends to enter recipes and stories (you don’t have to do all the work!) It’s a family heirloom that will be treasured for generations Great for family reunions, wedding gifts and groups Works great on PCs, Macs and iPads Choose recipe layouts, covers, dividers and more (1000s of combinations) Upload your own photos for recipes, covers & dividers, too Print to your PC, a local printer like Kinko’s or have our professional team print for you Have a Kindle or iPad? You can put your cookbook on that, too! 

So get started and print your own family cook book!
   

SOYAMI... The Healthy Way!


Ever since I was diagnosed with kidney stones and undergone treatment, eating chips and other snacks has been my number one problem.  Before it was my pass time.  I eat different chips and snack foods. It was good and fulfilling eating those alternative snacks.  Of course I know it's not that healthy but hey it taste good.  Then the day come and I was brought to the doctor.   The doctor advised me to keep off from salty foods which means chips are off already.



It was really hard keeping myself from eating any chips and other snack food.  I was off with it for nearly a year.  I tell it was really hard not giving into temptation of the food.  It was a struggle!  If you were watching those movies of addicts getting off with the dopes, it was almost like that but good thing it was just chips.

When I heard about this new snacks I was thrilled to have it.  So to enjoy my cravings for chips and of course enjoying it without the guilt I looked for it in a grocery store.  Good thing that it was already available in some small grocery stores.  So I get one and tried it for myself.


I opened one small pack of SOYAMI original flavor!  Tasted it! Boom it was just right for my taste.  No msg and the taste is not too salty.  Good for my snacking time!  I greatly recommend it to others, especially to those who have been diagnose with kidney or cholesterol problems.  It is indeed a healthy way to snack around.  It's SOYAMI!

Visit their site for some more details
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The Danger of Escalator

While browsing my Facebook account for some updates from friends and other people, one of my friend shared a photo of an incident which parents should not take for granted.    I remember also one incident that happened in one of the malls and fortunately they were able to remove the shoes first before it reach the end of the escalator.  Yes it was an incident in an escalator.  

Most of us think that escalators are very much safe but what we don't know is that one single lace or any part of our clothing pinch in to the openings will eventually eat it up and the next thing we know we're caught in it.  It may be severe or it may be mild.  

Like what happened to this kid's foot which was caught in the side part of the escalator.  Though the kid was with her parents accident occurred.  

The picture of the incident circulating in networking sites.
Maybe this should be a precaution to all us, parents, when going to the malls and riding on the escalators.  Don't let the kids play on the side part or any part of the escalator.  We parents should as much as possible keep our kids safe.  Accidents happen any time and any where so let's all better be safe.  

PARENTS LET'S ALL BE AWARE!

Saturday, November 12

Daddy Day Care: The Magical Kingdom of Christmas




It’s Saturday and it is just right timing for the Daddy Day Care portion of this blog. For today, I was given a chance to be invited in one of the launching event of SM ChriSM Christmas Campaign at SM Fairview. Of course I requested if I could bring along my kids with me so that they can also enjoy the event and since it is themed for Christmas. Fortunately, my whole family was there and since my wife is also a blogger, her blog is MAG of My Life.

My wife and I preferred SM Fairview because the transportation is much easier. Since we have the kids with us, easy and comfortable transportation is really a must. Aside from that my family is much familiar with the place.

Christmas is really in the air! Everyone was in red which matches the decorations and designs in the venue. The reindeer and Pegasus designs in the event area were really great and my son was mesmerized. He keeps on pointing at it and asking what was it.

We were settled and hoped that we will be able to get good shots of their presentations. The SM ChriSMs Christmas Campaign in SM Fairview is entitled “The Magical Kingdom of Christmas”. It’s an almost all Christmas star cast! The Gingerbread Man was there, Frosty The Snowman, The NutCracker, The Royal Family was there and of course Christmas wouldn’t be complete without the Big Man in the Red Suit himself, Santa Claus. It was really a joyful event.









Here’s more of the launching story…

Press Release

In the mountainous land of ice and snow, over the mighty river running south, lies a bright, shining kingdom so intense that it dazzles the eyes - The Magical Kingdom of Christmas. This is the depiction of what was unveiled in Grand Christmas Ball and Launch last Nov. 12 at SM City Fairview.

The Magical Kingdom of Christmas is the official centrepiece of SM City Fairview this year. The set-up is quite different from the usual Christmas centrepiece as it highlights not only the castle but also the trompe l’oeil - a painting which is cleverly designed to trick people into thinking that the objects represented in it are really there.


The launching was attended by Engr. Bien Mateo, VP for Operations and some officials of SM City Fairview. Mr. Mateo said in his message that this year’s theme is a tribute to the youngest customers and he invites everyone to help make every child feel the spirit, understand the true meaning of Christmas- giving.


One of the guest of honors, Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, echoed in her inspirational speech the joy Christmas brings to the whole family, children and community. Also present are the distinguished women in public service - Brgy. Captain Evangeline Dungca - Pasong Putik, Councilor Aly Medalla and Councilor Candy Medina of 2nd District, QC and Gov. Grace Padaca.

Highlight of the launch was the unveiling through a musical play which revolves around the young commoner named Gretel who was invited in the Grand Christmas Ball at the Christmas Kingdom along with the various Christmas characters such as Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, Nutcracker, Frosty the Snowman etc. The theatrical unveiling of the castle was even emphasized with the 100-member choir singing the official Christmas jingle “SM ChriSMs” which was originally sang by Maria Aragon, an internet child star sensation. Being that this year’s inspiration is the children, Santa Claus delightedly gave out gifts to the kids of Autism Society of the Philippines – Greater Lagro Chapter.

With this Christmas Launch, which kicked off simultaneously in all SM Supermalls nationwide, shoppers can expect a series of grand activities throughout the holiday season like the Santa Meet and Greet, Strings of Christmas, the Christmas Musicale, Caroling Cheers, Fireworks Display and the Santa Convention, a unique Christmas event at SM City Fairview, that aims to gather the best give givers in town on Dec. 18.


The Magical Kingdom of Christmas is waiting for you only at SM City Fairview until Jan. 8. For inquiries, you may call SM City Fairview Marketing Department at 9368388 loc 120.

Friday, November 11

SM Supermalls Christmas ChriSMs


SM Supermalls will be launching their Christmas Camapaign, the SM ChriSMs.  The grand launching of the campaign will held in SM Mall of Asia on November 11, 2011 while the rest of the SM Supermalls will simultaneously launch their Christmas ChriSMs campaign on November 12, 2011.  It will be for sure a grand weekend for the whole family.  Check for the schedules of the nearest SM Mall in your place.


To let you feel much of the Christmas spirit here's a teaser for you.



You can also listen to Maria Aragons version of SM Christmas ChriSMs Bop at their website SM Supermalls Christmas.  So enjoy the weekend at SM Supermalls.

Tuesday, November 8

Dads! Shoes for Grabs!


Calling all Dads!  If you're into shoes this is your chance to win a pair of RADII Shoes.  Flipclan.com is running a contest, visit the site and join the contest.

You can click the image to get the full details.

So what you need to do is simple just follow the contest details above.

Remember contest period is October 24 to November 18, 2011 so if you're planning to join the contest you still have enough time to be creative. The deadline of submission will be on November 18, 2011 at exactly 11:59 PM and of course Philippine Time.

By doing so you'll get a chance to win a pair of Any RADII Shoes. "Remember guys youR post my be creative and original."

So start writing now!
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