Category Archives: Promo

BDJ Box May 2013

UPDATE: Unboxing the May 2013 BDJ Box

BDJ Box May 2013
BDJ Box May 2013

I’m excited to receive my first ever BDJ Box.I have joined the hundreds of women who signed up for a beauty subscription box by Belle de Jour. Yup, the same girls who brought us the uber chic Belle de Jour planner.

I have heard of the BDJ Box last year and was surprised to know it isn’t the first in the country. There’s also Glamour Box and Salad Box.  I will try these two soon.

I actually forgot about the May 2013 BDJ Box but I recently got an e-mail reminder from the bellas. I ordered and paid for the P480 beauty box last March and paying was such a breeze via Chinabank online and Dragonpay. Sadly, the April box was sold out already so I’m lined up for the May loot.

I’ve been seeing ‘Unboxing’ posts so I can’t wait to receive my own box and find out what the Beauty Ministry has prepared for me. I don’t know if I’ll feel the same way as opening a gadget or home appliance but it’s always fun to do unboxing posts. Haha! (I can imagine my husband shaking his head..)

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out BDJ Box HERE.

bdj box beauty ministry

[ Mandaluyong Preschool ] School Hunt is Over

Our search for Noah’s school is over. We’re sending him to Kites & Strings Learning Center in Mayflower St., Mandaluyong City. We’ve been looking at pre-schools in Mandaluyong for years but it’s only recently that we decided where to send our 3-year old for Nursery.  There are a lot of pre-schools in our area but most of the really good ones have tuition that start at 90K. We live in Mandaluyong – San Juan and Manila boundary so we have a lot of choices.

Just a 2-minute walk from our house is Jose Rizal University. Five minutes is Don Bosco Mandaluyong and Don Bosco Sta. Mesa Manila. There’s also my alma mater, St. Mary’s Academy of Sta. Ana Manila, but they don’t offer Nursery classes. I’ve always imagined sending him to my old school at least for pre-school but we decided not to send him to a Catholic institution. I have nothing against it but we’re not Catholics, we’re Born-again Christians, and we don’t want him to be confused this early.

We thought of sending him to his dad’s old pre-school, OB Montessori in Greenhills, that or the Manila branch, but I heard tuition is around 80k. There is no way we would pay that price. Josh also went to the International Christian Academy for a year. It’s a good school but it’s in the South. Never mind. Ateneo, where he studied Prep until College, doesn’t offer Nursery classes. So much for those schools.

Five-minutes from our house are some of the best pre-schools in Mandaluyong and San Juan area. They are the ones that I often read about in Mommy forums. Here are some of the pre-schools in Mandaluyong we shortlisted:

Maranatha Christian Academy is a Christian school but it easily got a thumbs-down from my mom-in-law because our churchmate had a very bad experience with that school. Kiddo Academy is a bit far from us but I liked that it’s located inside a condo and parents are allowed to view the school’s CCTV cameras remotely. Kingsleigh is inside a mall so it’s dangerous for me. As for the rest of those in our list, they are very near our house but tuition are very expensive.

And then I remembered Noah’s playschool. He joined the Toddler Classes at Rainbow Room Learning Center in Tivoli Gardens along Coronado St.– where I grew up. Also an expensive school but because it’s near my old house, we thought it’s okay if we enroll him there, after all I’d be visiting my grandmother more often. Last year, tuition was around P55,000 so we expected it would increase a bit this year. Price range is okay for us. Even better because a branch nearer us would be opening at along Martinez St. (formerly Nueve de Febrero St.) although we were pining for the Hulo branch already. I already expressed our intent to enroll Noah with his Teacher Rom and even thought of letting him join the summer programs.

But God had other plans.

We dropped our top choice because our home church…IS finally opening a school. Our church is where Joshua and I met, nurtured our friendship, grew together in love, developed our relationship, and are still serving and attending.  It used to be just a dream for me and the other church members but God, in His goodness, mercy, and grace, are making more impossible things done.

Everything happened so fast. I have no idea how the pastors and the school staff are doing it right now. All I know is that God has given our church a vision and He is now making greater things happen.

My home church, International Charismatic Service, In Christ our Strength, has been greatly blessed, allowing us to open a  school. We’re starting small but with the resources God has been giving us, it seems to be bigger than we’ve imagined and prayed for.

The church office has been transformed to a Pre-school. The area used to be our Sunday School too but now it’s back to being a place where kids can learn more about God and His people. It is perhaps where Joshua and I first met.

It was only last week that I got to visit the school. But prior to checking it out, I already chocked upon seeing the new Children’s Church upstairs. The church office has been moved to the 2nd floor so the children’s room became smaller. I went inside the messy Sunday School alone. I looked around and tears welled up in my eyes. Tables and chairs everywhere but I could spot the beauty in it.

THIS IS IT. I thought. I grew up learning about God here. Joshua and I both discovered our faith in this same room, in this same church… and now, our son Noah will start to learn about this Great God of ours– in this same blessed place.

Last Sunday, we dedicated Kites & Strings Learning Center to God. That was after we dedicated the new church office. Yes! God is good! All these and more, less than a year after we opened the 180 Activity Center.

Kites & Strings Learning Center
Kites & Strings Learning Center

For a while, we even postponed our search because we thought we would be moving. I never really expected that God would end our search this way. It was an answered prayer.

We have more than a month to prepare and pray for this new school. I know in my heart that it was God who is making great things happen in our church.

I am glad that my family– Joshua, Noah, and I– will be part of this new endeavor. We see this as a journey— a journey towards learning– not only for our child but also for us parents heeding to God’s call to train Noah in the way he should go (Proverbs 22:6) and to bring him up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).

“He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast,   whose spirit was not faithful to God.”
(ESV, Psalm 78:5-8)



Kites and Strings Learning Center

Kites & Strings Learning Center
Ground Floor,  ICS Worship Center
Address : Mayflower St., Greenfield District, Brgy. Highway Hills,
EDSA CENTRAL, Mandaluyong City 1554

Contact Nos : 6321093 ~ 6315265

Courses offered:

NURSERY – 3 to 4 years old
KINDER – 4 to 5 years old



Yes Mommy: How to Talk so your Child will Listen and Understand

The year is about to end and I’ve started listing down the things I’ve accomplished and learned. It will be one long list but I can now tell you that the year 2012 made me realize that parenting and disciplining your child isn’t as easy. Taking care of your kid is very much different from raising him up. I, together with my husband, have finally faced the challenge of disciplining our 3-year old Noah.

I realized I cannot just rely on what I know or learned from our parents because everything is different now. All I know is, I still need to hold on to God and trust Him that I can become the kind of mother He wants me to be. By Grace.

I started My Mommy Notebook and shared with you a few tips and my reflections on Disciplining Children with Love. It’s been a challenging year because my Noah is one hyper active kid. Josh and I both work from home and while others think it’s one amazing setup, it has its advantages and disadvantages.

To learn more about parenting, we read books. Husband and I read a book separately and then we meet over breakfast or lunch to talk about what we just read.  I have my Moms devotional book that I so treasure. There’s the Bible to read and remind me. Oh the nuggets of wisdom you can find in this book are just too many–all helpful!

And next week, I’m going to attend a seminar on intentional parenting: the Yes Mommy: How to Talk so Your Child will Listen and Understand Workshop. Reading will not be enough and it’s interesting to meet other women who are in this same journey.

By Manila Workshops & Optimommy

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2012
Time: 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
Venue: COWO – Ground Floor, Suntree Tower, #27 Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Rates: Regular rate of Php 1,400 / participant
Early bird rate of Php 1,200 / participant (PAID before Dec. 1, 2012 or via until Dec. 10)Group discount of Php 1,000 for 3 or more participants * Lunch and afternoon snack included

More details HERE.

It’s been two months since I started blogging again and it’s been very fun! Life has become more exciting and I’ve been meeting a lot of people. It’s interesting to connect with other people who have the same passion as you. I’m excited to meet the other moms. I can’t say that I’m a certified mommy blogger  because I have so many interests that I write about. I’m more interested in writing gadget and tech news now so I can’t commit full force with mommy blogging. I guess I’ll just say I’m a blogger who is a wife and a mother who is a bit of geek inside. :p

Would you like to attend the Yes Mommy: How to Talk so Your Child will Listen and Understand Workshop with me? It would be more fun if my current mommy friends from highschool, college, and church come. Let’s? 🙂

UPDATE: Good news! You can join the workshop with a 50% discount on the workshop fee. Just type in OptimommyREAH on the discount code section when you register. See yah!


Train up a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6

1st Philippine Instagram Photo Exhibit

I’m an avid Instagrammer and so are you. But did you know about Instagramers Manila? It’s a community of Filipino Instagram’ers from all over the world that tell stories through photos every 9PM on Instagram.

If you’ve seen the hashtags #IGersManila #9pmhabit — that’s it. They’ve been meeting regularly during Instameets but it’s only now that the group is having its own Photo Exhibit sponsored by Globe. It’s a photo exhibit of Instagram snapshots taken during their photo walk sessions at the Bonifacio Global City, Luneta Park, Manila Bay, and Intramuros.

I’m a member of this group albeit not active on Instagram but I’m proud to support their activities. This November 30 until December 1, the first ever Philippine Instagram Photo Exhibit will be held at  Glorietta 4, Ayala Center in Makati City. See you there!

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
30 November 2012

01 December 2012
4:00PM to 6:00PM

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The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Psalm 19:1

Fun Ranch Country Fair

Another event for the mommies and daddies…and babies too!

Fun Ranch Country Fair

When: November 30 to December 1, 2012 | 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Center Stage and Great Big Room at the FUN RANCH
Frontera Verde Ortigas Avenue Corner C5, 1604 Pasig


I highly recommend going to this Fun Ranch Country Fair with your kids. We’ve been to the Fun Ranch a number of times already and Noah would always enjoy his time here. Just last May, we’ve been to the nearby Ark Avilon Zoo.

Here is the official press release by Fun Ranch:

Country Fair is a one-of-a-kind event that offers various activities you and your kids will surely enjoy. We have a mini-petting zoo by Zoomanity Group, an enthralling animal show for pet lovers and a kiddie fashion show featuring ranch outfits. You can also win prizes in our family eating and animal race contests. Or watch our jugglers and magicians perform live on stage.

Visit our Kidpreneur Area at the Big Red Barn. Watch our kids show their entrepreneurial skills by selling their stuff while you discover great finds this holiday season.The first Fun Ranch Country Fair is from November 30, 2012 to December 1, 2012. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 6:00 p.m. Entrance is free of charge. We are also giving away free loot bags to the first one hundred (100) kids (per day) who will present their Ride All You Can or Playdium Play wristbands at our registration counter.This event is co-presented by Pet Me Home by Zoomanity Group sponsored by Pepsi. For more details, call 706-3029 or 706-3031.

We’re going this Saturday. See yah!


My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad.
Proverbs 23:15

Babypaloooza Bazaar

So many bazaars this season. I’ve been raving about and promoting the Mommy Mundo Christmas Bazaar but sadly, I wasn’t able to go. I had a wedding-related appointed and a Comm Team meeting after that at our church. And then we had our Care Group at Ramen Cool in Kapitolyo. I thought I’d be able to go the next day Sunday but I guess I was really exhausted. The day before, I was out the whole day attending the “Investing in the Youth as Partners for Development ” conference. On Sunday, we went to church in the morning, lunch with the in-laws, and a merienda buffet at Dad’s Megamall to celebrate the birthdays of my bestfriend and her sister–two of my best girls in the world. We went home after that hoping to sleep and rest a little. What do you know, the one-hour nap turned into a 4-hour sleep! Wala na, tapos na ang bazaar. I wasn’t able to get my Mom 24/7 Planner:/

But wait, there’s another bazaar especially for the mommies. (Lahat naman ata ng bazaars for the mommies.) This time, it’s in the North– perfect for those who live ugh…in the North! Hehe.

Babypaloooza Bazaar

For those who live and work in Katipunan, La Vista, Diliman….para sa lahat ng mga QC, this one is for you. And of course, for the Ateneo mommies (read: mommies who are graduates of Ateneo, mommies of those who study in Ateneo, and wives of husbands who went to Ateneo), the Babypalooza Bazaar is for you.  You’ve been warned. :

Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds.
Proverbs 27:23

500 Shaw Zentrum Grand Opening this Weekend

I have been to this building a few times already. The first time to buy the grocery at Super 8. It was then I discovered Office Busters at the parking lot where I fell in love with a leather sofa set and got heartbroken because it was sold already. I haven’t gone back to the grocery and the surplus store but I would always check out the latter’s website for great furniture deals. We’ve tried a few restaurants at the 500 Shaw Zentrum already with Army Navy as my and my husband’s favorite. We live only a few blocks so we would pass by it regularly. I’ve always been curious of this “mall”.  Next to SM Hypermart, this one is the nearest to our house. Pwede. Continue reading 500 Shaw Zentrum Grand Opening this Weekend