Family Bonding at Hamilo Coast, Pico de Loro

Just before the merry month of May ended, our family had our last minute summer outing at Hamilo Coast (Pico de Loro Cove) in Nasugbu, Batangas. Relaxing on the stretch of Pico de Loro’s fine sand 🏖 was worth more than 2 hours of land travel for our Metro Manila-based family thirsting for Vitamin SEA….

Birthday staycation at Seda Vertis North Hotel

I just turned 33! 🎂😎 Thanking God for life and love. 🥰 I really wanted a week-long out of town birthday R&R, but for some reason I could not afford to be away for too long and too far on my birthday week. 🙄 The nearest to what could satisfy this tired mommy’s craving for…

Mother’s Day 2019: Letter to My Mom

Dear Mom, My 2 years of being a mom to Tash brought me back to your decades of motherhood. Somewhere in my sleepless nights and other mommy challenges, I remember a young version of you going through the exact same things I’m now going through. I saw you patiently wait for me to pee on…

Lhiezle Creatives Makeup Artistry

Want to know one of my weaknesses? It’s honestly my inability to do my own make-up. 🤦🏻‍♀️ As I don’t want to get stressed whenever I need to attend a social event or a photo shoot, I often opt to seek the help of an expert — the hair and makeup artist aka HMUA. 💄 And…

2019 Easter Events for Kids in Metro Manila

Easter is one of the many occasions many families look forward to every year.  As a Christian nation, celebrating the Easter joy is our way of thanksgiving.  While it is not that easy to explain to kids the resurrection of Christ, it is our role as parents to make them see the real reason of…

Family Pictorial by Andrea Zubiri Photography

Most of our little family’s photos are not “Instragram-ready”. That’s because my husband just usually takes a quick groupie shot of us while his other hand is carrying our 15kg toddler. 😂 Well, because we don’t have a helper, it’s either we settle with the blurry selfie 🤳 or we beg a random stranger to…

Don’t miss PETA’s Charot play

Being a big fan of Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) after watching the popular Rak of Aegis play three years ago, I didn’t think twice when my sis in law invited us to watch Charot. Charot is a Filipino colloquial term that means “just kidding”. A comedy intelligently written, Charot gave me the dose of…

The Venice Grand Canal of Metro Manila ❤️

Weekends are worth waiting for! ❤️ Whether in our bedroom or somewhere outside our comfort zone Quezon City, quality time with these two is a perfect breather.  Out of my 32 years as a QC girl (exagg, I’m definitely older than this mall), it’s my 1st time to visit Venice Grand Canal or Venice Piazza….

Happy Valentine’s Day!

There’s certainly more to LOVE than the fancy gifts and romantic dinners. Have a Happy Heart day everyday!  #valentine2019 #happyheartsday  

Traveling then and now

When I was single, I used to travel a lot with friends. I used to be a fan of seat sales and office group travels. That season of my life is over. 😅 Nowadays, the exciting thought of travel comes with a bunch of other considerations: what’s the budget, can I bring the husband and…

Magic On Ice at Smart Araneta Coliseum

Spend the Christmas season with the family by watching “Magic On Ice”, an ice illusion spectacular that has wowed millions of audiences in the US, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. This year, Filipino families have the chance to watch the show for the first time. It will run from December 25 to January 1, 2019…

Ways to Increase Your Family’s Income

Like other young couples, my husband and I have many dreams for our little family. We dream of buying that dream house and saving for our daughter’s education.  We hope to set up a business of our own, travel more often, build a stable reserve fund, and eventually save for retirement. While dreaming of these…

Why Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay is perfect for families with little children

Many things change when you already have a child. That includes your choice of anniversary celebration! 😊 My husband and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary last September 5.  Instead of watching the sunset together in a romantic cruise or doing one of those exciting backpacker trips as a couple, my husband and I celebrated…

Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale by Repertory Philippines

Watching a theatrical performance with my daughter is one item on my mommy bucket list.  That’s why I’m excited to watch Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale, a play by REP’s Theater for Young Audiences.  It will run from September 15, 2018 to January 27, 2019 at the OnStage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City. Based on the story, music, and lyrics by Janet Yates…

Snail Mucus Mask from Korean Brand ‘Cool Collection’ + Giveaway

Believe it or not, my husband and I used to have regular “facial treatment” sessions when we were still dating. Of course, we had the luxury to do that when we weren’t thinking about buying diapers or saving for tuition fees yet. 🙂 Three years into marriage, my husband and I can no longer afford…

Focus on TODAY – Blocks of Wisdom for Marriage

Hello August! 😊 This month reminds me of the very wholesome bridal shower my beautiful sisters-in-law organized for me three years ago. The guests wrote on a block a word of wisdom they wanted me to bring in the new chapter of my life — married life. Back then, I didn’t really take these colorful…

Father’s Day Celebration Ideas

Though some of them might be allergic to cleaning baby’s poop, Dads will always have a special spot in the hearts of children.  It’s amazing how they can smoothly turn from being a serious working dad to a funny Sesame Street-sounding creature who can tickle (sometimes literally) the little one’s fancy.  It’s heartwarming how, despite…

Sharing the meatier and cheesier McSpaghetti meal with my family

Eating spaghetti brings happy memories to me.  Well, that’s obviously because as a 90s kid, I grew up in a generation whose kiddie birthday parties were never complete without a spaghetti (plus hotdog with mallows on a stick).  So it’s amazing how a simple plate of spaghetti can trigger so much joyful nostalgia. Now that…

My Mom Mentor

I love this throwback photo of me and my Mom. Back then, people couldn’t imagine me as a mother. 😂 I was quite the opposite of my mom. While she was athletic (yes, she can dive and is good at sports), brave, street smart and decisive, I was so frail and useless in the house…

Sending gifts for Moms made easier by Western Union

Western Union offers services that connect children and moms all over the globe. Whether your mom is in the province or based in another country, you can conveniently send a special gift to her in three easy ways…

Family Fun at Dreamplay, City of Dreams Manila

Since it was a holiday, hubby and I took our one-year-old to Dreamplay by Dreamworks Manila. It’s a theme park inside the resort and casino complex, City of Dreams. Dreamplay is a great destination for families looking for fun activities for both kids and adults. 🙂 Operating Hours and Ticket Price Dreamplay is open from…

Marriage and family life aren’t always Instagram-worthy

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7. This was one of the readings I personally chose for our wedding mass…

Family dinner at Blue Rocket Café + Kitchen restaurant in Quezon City

I love discovering cozy restaurants that are not crowded.  While I enjoy eating in popular restos, I hate the idea of  having to wait for several minutes just to get a table.  So for  hubby’s birthday,  I’m glad we learned about Blue Rocket Cafe + Kitchen, a burgeoning restaurant tucked in a quiet residential area near…