DAYTRIP FROM MANILA: MULBERRY PICKING IN PAMPANGA

We recently discovered this place, thanks to a friend (hi Che!). Just about 1.5 hours away from Manila (we came from San Juan) lies this little farm where you can actually do Mulberry and Fig picking (depending on season, of course!) Wilson’s Instant Tree Bank is located in San Fernando, Pampanga. To get there, all we needed to do was search WILSON’S INSTANT TREE BANK on Waze (you can also search via Google Maps). When you get there, you’ll be […]

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WHEN I DIE FILE

A few months ago, I read about THIS INCREDIBLE ARTICLE about a mother’s love for her children. It’s not the most popular one out there, but it is nevertheless a great way of showing how much you love and care for the persons you’ll be leaving behind. I especially loved this part of the article, because to put it simply, it’s just so true! “Ruth’s card file box didn’t make it any easier for the Byock children to say goodbye […]

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BOOKS ON GRIEF

When we hear the term insurance, we tend to think of only one thing: that policy you get so that when you die, your loved ones will have enough money to help them get back on their feet while mourning their loss. I surely thought that way. Until I became a mom. And I realized that many of the things we do as parents are somewhat kinds of insurance. Your prepared environment is your insurance to fall back on when […]

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OUR LAUNDRY MAKEOVER (AND WHY WE LOVE OUR WASHER AND DRYER)

Late last year, we finally bid goodbye to our washing machine of 10 years (it was my husband’s even way before I got married to him) for a couple of reasons: * It’s already an old model, and had been fixed a couple of times. * We have been using a washing machine more because my son has grown, explores a lot more, hence, changes clothes a lot more often. * I wanted these two features for a washing machine: […]

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COLORING BOOKS FOR FILIPINO CHILDREN

From what I’ve read, philosophies like Montessori and Waldorf don’t subscribe to the idea of coloring books, and their reasoning behind make total sense: it takes away the creativity of the child. True. I mean, it does encourage you to color within the lines, and follow a certain look rather than making something from scratch that you can totally own. I think it’s different when coloring is used to cultivate attention to detail, learn anatomy, etc, though (that’s for another […]

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MTE Find: Inverter Fridge

It took us about a year of searching for inverter appliances because we’ve had our refrigerator and washer for 10 years already, and thought it was time to change, most especially when a friend told me she saved atleast PHP 2,500 per month just by switching to an inverter fridge, so our hunt began. Inverters are great energy-savers, and work even better when used for long hours, so an inverter refrigerator is probably one of the best investments you can […]

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DAYTRIP FROM MANILA: HAPPYNEST FARM BNB

Are you looking for a farm just very near Manila where you can relax, eat good food, interact with animals, and not worry about the smell? Let me tell you now: IT EXISTS! In this blogpost, let me share with you the many reasons we fell in love with HappyNest Farm BNB, a family-friendly farm where you can go for the day, or sleep for a night (or more!) I’ll be sharing the details of how you can book this […]

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TODDLER MATCHING WORK

At some point in your infant or toddler’s life, you might notice his/her strong urge to match everything. I remember the first time I noticed it – my son was insisting on bringing his starfish toy to the car. I couldn’t understand why, but hey, I choose my battles – so I just let him. I’m glad I did because when we got to the car, he got his book and apparently, there’s a page with a starfish, and he […]

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TODDLER-APPROVED VEHICLE BOOKS

Vehicles – definitely my toddler’s favorite. Construction vehicles, planes, and emergency vehicles to be more specific, but give him any vehicle-themed book and he’ll surely want to read it. We have a lot of books on vehicles, but this list is his curated one – the ones he loves to read over and over again. I’ll be sharing with my affiliate links from Amazon and Book Depository (free worldwide shipping, woohoo) where applicable. And if you discovered these books from […]

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ZERO COST EASTER EGG HUNT IDEA

Easter had passed for this year, but I thought of sharing what I did for my son without spending anything, nor being forced to put candies or new toys in his eggs. Are you thinking about how you can stop giving new toys (because you probably have too many toys at home right now?), or how to avoid putting sweet treats in your eggs? Sometimes, we tend to feel pressured when we see these gorgeous Easter basket on social media. […]

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