Kea welcomed her 18th birth anniversary while we are still quarantined, in Enhanced Community Quarantine to be exact. It is totally different from what we have planned and how she really wanted to celebrate, but okay. What’s important is we are together (at home) celebrating her life. There is beauty in simplicity – that is somehow how we are as family.
As a parent, we know you always want good education for your child. It is not a question if you are sending them to school, but a question as to where your child want to study.
As the cost of quality education and school fees continue to rise, it is but important now more than ever to prepare, ensure and protect a better future ahead for your child.
My Financial Advisor, Gian, is organizing a FREE Seminar via ZOOM for her client’s friends and relatives. This webinar will cover the Who, What, When, Where, How and Whys of starting and setting up Education Planning!
Click HERE to register and secure your webinar spot.
As we all know, being a Mom and Dad is the most rewarding job you will ever have, or probably have now. So, include this free webinar in your many life rewards.
See you all this Sunday, July 12, 2020 and get to know more about the featured speaker, and learn his valuable parenting tips as well.
Last Saturday, October 19, my girls attended the Hulma MNL Basic Air Dry Clay Funko Pop Inspired Workshop at the Papemelroti Artisan’s Workshop in its Main Branch in Roces Avenue.
Founded last February 2019, Hulma MNL was built by friends Marge and Czarina to help artists and aspiring ones discover and develop their skills. As they have mentioned in their Facebook page: “We exist to share the love of arts and crafts.”
Thanks to a Lazada overseas seller, I got the Huion Graphics Tablet on sale. My dear daughter, Kea, had been eyeing and wanting to try digital arts. She installed an app on her mobile phone some time ago and used it for her first Kim Tae-hyung realism digital drawing. She happily posted and shared it on her Instagram account.
Christmas, the Filipino way, would not be complete without special meals that is shared during Noche Buena (Christmas Eve dinner) and Christmas lunch. There are a great line of popular Filipino dishes that has been loved for generations.
It has been the family’s tradition to spend Christmas lunch at an aunt’s place. For this year, I was able to prepare and brought a special and healthy meal, Chopseuy with quail eggs. This Chopseuy was inspired by the recipe I got online. It was perfect in the midst of Lechon Kawali, Buttered Shrimp, Menudo, Rellenong Bangus, Pork & Tofu, Hamonado, Leche Flan and Macaroni Salad. This by far, is the best Chopseuy I have ever cooked. Funny it may seem, but I will sure add this recipe in my comfort foods and list of Christmas food favorites. Yes, even if it is a viand you can prepare and cook any day and in any occasion there is.
Auntie also has this specially prepared shrimp paste that perfectly matched the green mangoes someone gifted her. That shrimp paste made me interested to learn its recipe. My own version does not taste that good.
My kids really liked the buttered shrimp and asked me to prepare that too on Sundays or during special occasions. The Menudo too was delicious! In fact, everything in the table was definitely mouthwatering!
Christmas lunch with the family has always been memorable, not only because of the great food, but also because of the people you have by your side, the stories, laughter and the moments shared. We received a video call from auntie’s family overseas and we took plenty of pictures to cherish. We left the place with warm hearts and smiles in our faces. It was yet another Christmas to remember.
It has been a Filipino tradition to visit our departed loved ones at the cemetery during the “Undas” season (All Saints Day and All Souls Day), with the whole family. As a kid, I grew up “tomb hopping” as we visit relatives and I enjoyed collecting melted candles. The cemeteries in Manila get so crowded that some LGU had to limit and sometimes no longer allow cars inside, people had to walk. I did experience a tiring walk as a kid.
If you are to bring kids with you at the cemetery, what should you prepare and expect as well? How do we keep them safe and at the same time, have a hassle-free and worthwhile visit? I am no expert but here are some things to remember during a cemetery visit with kids. These are what I have learned through news, from reading and from experience too.
Cemetery Visit Checklist
- Prep the older kids before leaving the house about the place to visit and about security. Make sure they have their IDs and that they know their parents’ name, address and phone number, if possible. Cemeteries, as I have mentioned, can really be overcrowded.
- This is one of the many times your baby sling or baby carrier can be of great use. Go hands-free! You can also at least let your hands attend to other things your husband or other kids’ need. A sturdy stroller with harness is advised for toddlers though.
- Pack sufficient food and water for everyone. You do not really need to bring a lot because, there are fast food stalls set up in every cemetery. For your babies, a pre-measured formula is a must. The baby sling is again of good use for breastfeeding moms.
- Prepare wet tissues, soap, diapers, medicine, small towel and extra clothes in an easy to carry bag or backpack. Best to also bring some plastic bags for your disposables.
- A tent or tarpaulin ( if there is a place to set it up) is recommended too. If there’s none, bring a water-proof picnic mat or changing pad, small folding chairs, umbrella and hats instead.
- To keep the kids preoccupied, do not forget to bring books, board games, and soft toys. Make this an away-from-gadget day!
- Never forget the candles, flowers and lighters. A photo of the departed can be brought too. And as you light the candles, gather the whole pack to offer prayers for the soul of our dearest loved ones.
As you visit the cemetery, list down the contact numbers of the security team or the police, there are over 3,000 assigned in each cemetery for Metro Manila. May this year’s visit be meaningful and as hassle-free as possible.
Money Resolutions: A Personal Finance Guide for Working Filipinos
What: FREE Financial Seminar
When: March 11, 2017 (Saturday)
Where: 19F Tower 6789 Ayala Ave. Makati
Grab the opportunity to learn about financial planning from our international guest speaker from Brunei, Mr. Alex Liew. Mr. Liew was recognized as the Top Insurance Advisor of 2015 and awarded Top New Agency Manager of 2016. He is also a 3 year MDRT Qualifier. MDRT is the Million Dollar Round Table, a trade association to help insurance brokers and advisors be established in the insurance and financial industry.
If you already have your own money resolutions, you may want to learn more by attending this event. Opportunities like this rarely happen, so might as well take advantage of it. RSVP on or before March 8. Limited slots only! Send an email to: email@example.com