My Summer Beauty Finds

My beauty routine is boring. But when I find a good product that suits me, I stick with it for years. This summer, I had a chance to try awesome new products that are now part of my basic skin care and beauty must-haves: A face mask, a face powder, and a lip tint.

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Mom-Grocer Shops at SYSU Food Hub

I've always expressed how I enjoy grocery shopping. I consider it my me-time, and during those weekly rounds, I've discovered lots of good products that became our kitchen staples. Many of my favorite Mom-Grocer finds are from SYSU International, and it's not surprising. SYSU is a leading distributor of global brands that we have patronized for many years, such as San Remo, McCormick, Lee Kum Kee, Tabasco, and homegrown brand Clara Olé. And here's a new discovery that's worth sharing with all of you -- The Food Hub by SYSU, their retail store in Quezon City.

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Holiday Fun in Taiwan - Window on China Theme Park

XIAO REN GUO Theme Park a.k.a. Window on China Theme Park was in our must-visit list while I was planning the itinerary for our holiday trip to Taiwan last December. J insisted on it. I've never heard of this until J told me about it. Childhood dream daw niya na makapunta dun, kasi he was fascinated by this miniature theme park ever since he learned about it when he was a little boy. I was reluctant at first because with all the Taiwan tour recommendations I've read, not one source have mentioned about this theme park. True enough, this Window on China (WOC) still exists and is thriving. WOC is the oldest theme park of Taiwan, located in Taoyuan City, which opened its doors in 1984.

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Auntie Arnie's Ready-to-Heat Heirloom Recipes

I'm slowly getting my blogging mojo back (fingers crossed) and lately, I've been drawing inspiration from new experiences and discoveries that I cannot wait to share with you. I used to follow a weekly theme for my features, like Foodie Friday for the first Friday of every month, Family Friday for the second Friday, and so on. Today is the first Friday of April, hence this food post. I was introduced to these great-tasting meals during the event I attended yesterday. Yup, this is hot off the press! =) So, say hello to Auntie Arnie's!

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7 Travel Planning Tips with Tweens and Teens

It's summer time and I'm sure many of you are planning your vacations, if not planned out already. I have friends who made arrangements as early as last year pa! We don't travel often but when we do, I take a considerable amount of time and effort to plan each trip, whether it's to a local or an international destination. Iba kasi when traveling with kids -- major considerations would be the budget, interests, and comfort. But there's always a compromise when it comes to our itinerary.

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Easy Spinach and Cheese Puff Pastry

It's been ages since my last Mom-Cook blog feature and I apologize for being too lazy to write lately. Blogging has taken a back seat for me, but I will try to continue to share content that are hopefully interesting and entertaining for you. I just realized na mag- 10 years old na ang My Mom-Friday this May!!! Nakatagal din pala ako, all thanks to you who still visit and read my blog. THANK YOU! 

Anyhow, today's catch-up post is all about this delicious turnover I made for the first time. It was a hit-- the girl loved it, so I thought it's worthy of a space here. 

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2019 Philippine Childhood Immunization Schedule

I have just received this email about the latest immunization schedule and thought it would be best to share this information as is. In my almost 10 years of blogging, I've shied away from posting random press releases sent my way. But this time, I am making an exception so parents like me can be guided when it comes to vaccination and disease prevention. My kids have both followed their immunization scheds as recommended by their pedia, and we will continue to go for their follow-up vaccines in the coming years. Hope the information below will be helpful for your family.

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The 2019 Childhood Immunization Schedule for the Philippines, which indicates the recommended vaccines for children and adolescents, has been released with a recommended indication for measles vaccine for infants as young as 6 months of age.

The annual schedule is developed by the Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS) and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines (PIDSP) together with the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination (PFV).

Similar to last year, the schedule contains 13 vaccinations that Filipino children need, including:
  • Anti-tuberculosis Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG)
  • Hepatitis B vaccine (HBV) given to children right after birth
Both the HBV and BCG, to be given from age 0 to 18 years, are included in the National Immunization Program (NIP), which identifies vaccines that are available for free at health centers.

The Childhood Immunization Schedule also covers vaccines that can protect children from infections and diseases such as:
  • diphtheria
  • tetanus
  • pertussis
  • hepatitis B
  • haemophilus influenzae type B
  • polio
  • pneumococcal infections
  • rotavirus infections 
  • influenza
  • measles
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • mumps
  • rubella
  • chickenpox
  • hepatitis A
  • human papillomavirus (HPV)
Given the measles outbreak nationwide, however, pediatricians now recommend that the first measles vaccine be administered at six months old. Measles vaccines are usually given to infants at nine months old, but they can be given as early as six months of age in cases of outbreaks.

The PPS and PIDSP also reminded parents that vaccination is a safe and scientifically proven way of fighting deadly and infectious diseases. During PIDSP’s 26th annual convention held last February 21, the doctors launched the “Save The Future” movement to restore the public’s confidence and trust in vaccination, alongside the release of the national childhood immunization schedule.

“Vaccinating our children is one of the most basic medical interventions to ensure that our children develop as healthy adults. Some fears and myths persist that vaccines could harm infants, but decades of studies have shown that vaccines prevent unnecessary child deaths instead of causing them,” said PIDSP president Dr. Anna Lisa T. Ong-Lim.

PPS President Dr. Salvacion Gatchalian also emphasized the need for collaboration between parents and doctors.

“While the Childhood Immunization Schedule contains our ideal vaccination routine, we acknowledge that some patients will require schedules that are different from our recommendations,” said Dr. Gatchalian. “That is why it is important for parents to consult their pediatricians so they can make the best possible decisions for the health and well-being of their children.”

(Press Release)

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For questions about immunization, please consult your doctor.

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Holiday Fun in Taiwan - Part 2

We spent a relaxing holiday in Taiwan last December and I'm sharing with you the simple day tours I planned for the family. Last month, I featured part 1 here where we covered the northern coast with a private car and tour guide. For day 3 of our trip, we skipped the guide and booked a car with driver via Ownrides.com. Our day started at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial.

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Marketplace Now on Honestbee

I am a huge fan of honestbee. HUGE! Their roster of partner merchants, the sheer convenience and efficiency of their ordering and payment process put honestbee in my top choice of online service for food and grocery deliveries.

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Holiday Fun in Taiwan - Part 1

It's the most wonderful time of the year! I truly believe it is and what I always look forward to during the yuletide season is getting together with friends, relatives, and planning a family getaway, whether it's a simple staycation or a few days out of the country. Last year, we went to Tokyo. This year, we went on a 5-day vacation to Taipei, Taiwan.

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Pasko na, Bonus Time na!

Every December, when I was still working, I always look forward to my Christmas bonus. Siyempre after 12 months of toiling, year-end bonuses are the icing on the cake talaga. While I am no longer working, I still earn from projects that come my way, and of course, ang bonus ni husband ang inaabangan namin, heehee! Having something extra to look forward to this month, I already try to plan on how we can spend wisely, and how we can surprise our family and friends as we share our blessings.

I think we can all agree na mas magastos talaga pag holiday season, so we should always find ways for our hard-earned money to go a long way. After covering all the basic needs, how do we spend our extra from year-end bonuses? Here are the usual suspects, in no particular order:
  • Travel
  • Jewelry
  • Gadgets
  • Pampering services
  • Fine dining
  • Surprise gifts for the family
  • Home improvements
  • Specialty foods and beverages
After watching this fun and entertaining video by our Star for All Seasons, Vilma Santos, and his lucky boy Luis, I am reminded that as a homemaker, I need to be frugal and always discerning when it comes to spending. Para laging may extra pa to save and to surprise our loved ones as we create memories with them! 

You should watch and share this video to know what I mean. =) Nakakatuwa itong PUREGOLD "concert" with #ViLucky!

While there are times when we like to splurge on certain things, most often, I want value-for-money with my purchases, even with my groceries. This is always the case when we shop at PUREGOLD, always panalo! Sulit na sulit kasi when I buy our dry goods there, especially when in bulk. I know a lot of people who make PUREGOLD their shopping destination because of the amazing deals they can find. It's a one-stop-shop tooKaya this Christmas, let's all make the most of what we have and share with our families. Pasko na! PUREGOLD na! =)

Be sure to like and follow Puregold to get updates:
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Mothering a Teen

My Saturday started and ended with this guy. Kahit medyo napagod ako sa biyahe ko going north to south to east then north again, I was so happy kasi he experienced many firsts today.

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