Thoughts on Turning Thirty

Oh boy, where do I even start?

I hit the big 3-0 last month and although it was perhaps what I would call a simple celebration, the thoughts running through my mind were not as simple. I couldn’t help by ask myself:

“What have I done in the past 30 years?”

Let’s put a pin on that.

Our family has grown to love staycations. I wanted to go to Tagaytay on my birthday so we could take E to Paradizoo and Sky Ranch. Yes, I know it was supposed to be MY birthday, but because he’s going to start ‘big school’ this June, I wanted to be able to enjoy a nice family vacation together and tie in some things I know he’d enjoy.

Unfortunately, my Agoda booking was cancelled over trivial reasons.

As I was scrambling to find another place to stay at in Tagaytay, I found that almost every other place was booked. It’s not the best thing feeling in the world when things don’t go as planned, but I had no choice but to give up the Tagaytay. My husband suggested that we stay at a hotel in the city instead, one with a pool because E loves swimming, and just make the most of it. At this point I didn’t mind anymore, I just wanted to celebrate my birthday with him and E, so I booked us a 3 day 2 night stay at The Bellevue in Alabang.

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Experiencing our Son’s Development as a Progressive Mom

Just a few months ago, our Little Troublemaker turned three! Oh where did the time go?


When he turned two last year, I became more aware of his development mainly because people would ask me if he’s talking yet, if he knows how to feed himself, or if he can go potty on his own. Talk about pressure! Being a first-time mom (and a clueless one at that), I thought these things would come naturally to children with a bit of guidance from a parent. I’ve never been so wrong in my life! I realized it would take a lot of effort, support and patience to get my son through these stages. Since then, I’ve worked on getting more involved in my son’s development and becoming a progressive mom.

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My BeautyMNL Haul

Anyone who knows me personally would never peg me for a beauty or make-up enthusiast. I always had one of the plainest faces at school and work simply because I was too lazy to learn and I wasn’t as kikay as my other friends. However, I’ve recently been attempting to learn how to do my own make-up because I realised that as a woman of my age and as a person whose stress just shines through her face (lol), I need to at least know the basics to make myself look decent when the occasion calls for it.

I’ve collected a couple of essentials for my kit already like BB Creams, blush and lipstick, but I always find myself browsing for products to add to my newbie arsenal. I also like to shop for anything that can help with my acne and blemishes (sigh, still from my PCOS).

So would you imagine my surprise when I woke up one day and read an email from BeautyMNL asking me to give their site a test run? Insert shocked emoji here!


BeautyMNL is the No. 1 and biggest beauty site in the Philippines where Filipinas can discover something pretty and new everyday.

A major part of BeautyMNL is the Shop. This is where you can browse through a wide array of beauty and make-up products. The Shop also carries a good range of mommy-and-kid friendly products.


I’ve been on BeautyMNL several times before. I see their ads a lot in Facebook and I always enjoy browsing products in their Shop but never got around to purchasing anything yet.. until now!

It’s easy to navigate the website because you can view products through different categories or by brand. When you select an item to view, you get a detailed description of the product along with reviews from other users, which is something I really find helpful.

From browsing products to checking out and finalizing the purchase, the entire process was easy peasy. I used PayPal (as a personal preference because I want to protect my card information) and got prompt confirmation of my orders. I monitored my order through the Order Tracking section of my BeautyMNL account and I received my package within two business days.

Are you wondering what products I got?

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Our Favorite Lullabies

Our nights are never complete without lullabies.


When I was young, my parents always sang me lullabies.. which were usually songs by The Carpenters, I think. Lullabies to me are nostalgic, and having someone sing you a lullaby is, I think, a beautiful way to bond. Whenever I’d hear a nice song on the radio, I’d sometimes think to myself ‘This would make a pretty lullaby” and store it in the back of my head for future reference.

However, if you’re like me and have gone through general anaesthesia thrice in two years, you tend to forget a LOT. So when The Little Troublemaker was born, for some reason I could not think of a song to sing him to sleep. Call me picky or whatever, but I wanted the song to be meaningful and not just some random pop song.The first song that popped into my head was “Skidamarink” because I used to sing it a lot when I was a kid! So I ended up singing him nothing but a slow version of  “Skidamarink” for weeks, and I sang it so much that my husband learned the song, too.

As time passed my list of lullabies grew with songs that The Little Troublemaker enjoys and actually falls asleep to. I’ve tried singing him slow versions of our favorite songs, which are along the lines of rock and alternative, but they never really put him to sleep.

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My Visit to Perps Skin and Body Center (MedSpa)

Last month has been nothing short of crazy. I was recently promoted at my work-from-home job (hooraaay!) and I now handle a team of virtual assistants. With the added responsibilities came bundled added stress, I mean can you imagine being on your computer for eight hours straight? The first few weeks at my new post took a toll on my back, because I did not have a proper office chair to support it entirely.

So when I remembered that I had an invitation to try out the MedSpa services of the University of Perpetual Help DALTA Medical Center, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to de-stress and relax! A big shout out to Mommy Bloggers Philippines for making this possible.

My Visit to Perps Skin and Body Center

Perps Skin and Body Center (MedSpa) offers a variety of services such as facials, body treatments, dermatological treatments, and massages.


I was scheduled to visit Perps Skin and Body Center just this Monday, November 23. It is part of the University of Perpetual Help DALTA Medical Center’s Wellness Complex, which is easy to spot along Alabang-Zapote Road, just across KFC Times. When you enter the Wellness Complex, the MedSpa is at the first door on the right.

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