High School Life Away from Home

The boy has been homeschooled since fifth grade. We are currently finishing fourth quarter of our grade 7 school year. There's an overlap, but everything will be sorted out very soon. Today, he starts grade 8 "away from home" -- in a new school, meeting new friends, taking on new challenges, and entering high school in a totally different environment. I was the one feeling butterflies in my stomach while on our way to school this morning. I am getting teary-eyed and feeling emotional as I write this. Ewan ko ba! Bahala na what I will write about. Ako talaga ang may separation anxiety. I never expected I'd feel this way.

2015                                                                    2017

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Shop, Dine, Travel and Get Instant Rebates

Shopping, dining, traveling... just a few of my favorite activities, which I'm sure many of you would love to be doing too! Ahh... living the good life. Sarap diba? If only we get rewarded by doing the things we love, no? Well, wish granted... HSBC Gold Visa Cash Back Credit Card is here!

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Garlic-Lemon Roast Chicken

Because we all love garlic and we all eat chicken, I always have these in my kitchen. Always. While there are sooooo many ways to cook this staple meat at home, I always end up serving the most simple ones to prepare. Siyempre, nandiyan lagi ang pambansang manok - Magnolia Chicken, whole dressed chicken or in choice cuts for specific dishes I plan to cook.

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Fast Lane to Affordable Shopping

Grocery shopping is one of the activities that I truly enjoy. Some may think this is weird, but sa totoo lang, I consider it my "me time" even if it's just a quick grocery run. I also love to share my grocery finds through #MomGrocer and MomFindsPH on my Instagram.

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Mom-Grocer: Best Value Finds from Shopwise

I am all for value-for-money shopping finds, whether in fashion and accessories, or food and grocery items. I've been featuring my Mom-Finds here and on social media for many years now and there will always be something new to discover and share. For discerning shoppers like me, we are always on the look-out for quality and affordable items, kaya I'm very pleased to announce that SHOPWISE hypermarket now carries more exclusive brands to complete our grocery list and for better shopping experience.

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7 Things to Love About Hotel H2O

Who doesn't love a staycation? It's a mini vacation without going too far away from home and we're so fortunate to have experienced different accommodations from top hotels in and out of the metro. One such memorable weekend for us was spent at Hotel H2O in Luneta, Manila and that was four years ago. While we've stayed in other hotels since then, Hotel H2O remains to be unforgettable especially for the kids, and let me share with you again why. Some weeks ago, we were invited to revisit this unique establishment. Perfect timing, kasi it was the last weekend before school starts for the girl, so one last hurrah to close the summer break.

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Coding for Kids and Teens - Junior and Master Coder Classes

While many from my generation would not understand what this is all about, the digital natives -- our children, can quickly grasp the concepts of coding.  It is the language of the present and the future. If you've been following me on social media, you may have seen some snapshots of my son during his coding classes and from my blog feature on JACK - Junior Academy for Coding Knowledge, published last summer. He already finished three different courses and he's asking for more.

Google Tilt Brush summer program at JACK
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Benefits of Red Light Collagen Therapy by Suaviss

If you Google what the benefits of collagen are, you will learn that aside from improving the health and appearance of our skin, collagen also helps strengthen hair, nails and teeth, reduces joint pains and degeneration, and even boosts metabolism. Collagen is the main structural protein in the human body that holds our cells together. Basically, it promotes skin elasticity which helps reduce signs of aging. I'm in my 40s now and I really felt the changes on my skin over the past few years. Our body's collagen decreases as we grow older, and we can't escape that fact. This is where Beauty Lab Whitening can help.

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8 Reasons to Shop at Shopwise Hypermarket

I take pleasure in grocery-shopping as much as shopping for clothes and shoes. Crazy? Maybe. I find it therapeutic. Navigating the cart through each aisle, browsing and reading labels, discovering new items to try, and scoring good deals. We do weekly one-stop shopping at the supermarket to restock everything.

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Cirque du Soleil brings 'TORUK - The First Flight' to Manila

I am looking forward to watch my first ever Cirque du Soleil show in a few weeks! Cirque du Soleil is known to be the biggest theatrical producer in the world and they will hold the Asian premiere of TORUK –  The First Flight in Manila this June 23rd!

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Mom-Finds: Shop in the Colorful World of Roy & Biv

Last Friday of the month:  Shopping / Gifts / Accessories

There's a lot of eye candy going on here and it's in this cute and colorful Roy & Biv store. It's so visually stimulating that you just want to grab all the accessories and trinkets that you fancy in every color of the rainbow!
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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Heritage Resort in Bataan

Third Friday of the month: Fun Friday / Travel / Recreation

Take a peek into a bygone era -- 18th century Philippines, reconstructed on a 400-hectare property development in Bagac, Bataan. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a "heritage resort by the sea", a living museum with over twenty colonial houses and buildings from different parts of the country that were transported and rebuilt to recreate old towns back in the day.  When I learned about Las Casas a few years ago, I was already intrigued and wanted to bring the family there. We finally got to stay for two nights last weekend and the sights left me in awe.

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