WHERE TO DONATE YOUR BOOKS (OR FIND SOME TREASURES YOURSELF) IN METRO MANILA

Are you curating your books and want to share the ones you no longer need with others? Whether you have used or new books, here are some places within Metro Manila where your books might end up as treasure for others, or where you might find treasures yourself. photo from The Bookstop Project’s Facebook page BOOKSTOP MANILA According to their Facebook page, “The Book Stop is a pop-up library that encourages reading and a passion for books and promotes the […]

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TODDLER ACTIVITIES IN NINOY AQUINO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TERMINAL 3 (NAIA 3)

We were at Ninoy Aquino International Airport 3 (International terminal) last week and arrived too early for our flight, so we had the luxury to go around the airport to checkout how to kill time best with our 22-month-old. There are restaurants (both before and after the immigration area) and souvenir shops (for interesting language objects) as well as a bookstore (in case you want to buy a book for the flight – although nothing much for toddlers, really). There […]

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BEACH ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS

My son loves the beach! Whenever he sees photos of a beach, he would tell us, “go to the beach!” At first, I would spend a long time thinking about how I can prepare him for the beach, what materials I can bring to enhance his experience, etc. Do I bring a book? Miniatures? Toys? Lots of stuff for sandcastle building? Should I just bring our whole house? After several trips to the beach, this is what I now believe […]

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MONTESSORI-AT-HOME TIP: HOW TO CHOOSE OUTFITS FOR YOUR CHILD

Many parents know the value of movement in a child’s learning. Children maximize all their senses when they encounter new things, so unlike us adults who rely mostly on our sight, children make use of their ears, hands, feet, nose, and mouth to really understand the world around them. Based on observation though, what is often overlooked is what children wear. Long dresses, stockings, tight jeans, tight button-down tops, tight fabrics, trendy shoes — the list is quite long in […]

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MY FAVORITE BOOKSTORES IN MANILA

When we think of bookstores in Metro Manila, three chains immediately come to mind: Fully Booked, National Bookstore, and Power Books. Actually, maybe Goodwill, too. I do go to those bookstores and enjoy my finds from there every now and then (especially Power Books in Podium, and Fully Booked in BGC), but there are other bookstores I really love visiting! Today, let me share with you my favorites (in no particular order) and why!:) 1. ARTBOOKS.PH Located along Pioneer Street, […]

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DAYTRIP FROM MANILA: BURROW CAFE (GORGEOUS CAFE WITH A STREAM FOR CHILDREN)

For this weekend, we decided to visit the newly-opened Burrow Cafe in Antipolo. It is an extension of the Instagram-famous Antipolo Beehouse which you can rent for shoots. My sister asked us if we wanted to visit, so off we went on a Saturday. Love the name BURROW CAFE, because it really is underground! You have to go through a series of steps (from the parking area) to reach the cafe. Not the best cafe for those having a hard […]

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MTE FIND: PAMPERS BABY-DRY REVIEW

As a mom who uses cloth diapers on most days, I admit I have not done much research on disposable diapers before birth. My original plan was to do cloth diapers all the way, except for traveling, but my son came out as a tiny baby, and remained tiny in his first two months. His weight was okay medically speaking, but what I did not foresee was that our universal-sized cloth diapers were too big for him those months, and […]

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MTE REVIEW: LOOPING TRAVEL STROLLER

Since many of you have been asking me about our travel stroller, I am writing about it. First, a disclaimer: Looping Philippines gave this stroller to us. Prior to this, we were using another travel stroller brand (a lot more expensive and was a gift from my parents-in-law – they bought it in Singapore). Many brands have approached me so we can try out their stroller, but we’ve always declined because we already have one. When Looping approached us though, […]

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HIKING WITH A TODDLER

Whenever people ask me what parenting books I recommend, I send them the link of my list. But, I always tell my friends that if they can, I feel nothing beats reading Maria Montessori herself. You can start with all the books with practical suggestions and applications, but I feel that for me, the only way I can truly grasp her philosophy is by actually reading her work. When she explains something (that’s very simple but not something my common […]

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DAYTRIP FROM MANILA: MOUNT PURRO (A PLAYGROUND HEAVEN IN ANTIPOLO)

I’ve first seen this when a friend of mine (Hi, Lacey!) was promoting it on her Facebook account. I think they were just starting then. It’s always been on the list, but I wasn’t sure just how kid-friendly it was. So anyway, one time, while we were planning the next #RIE session with P’s playmates, Teacher Tanya commented on how she enjoyed viewing our photos of our recent Baguio trip – where P went hiking, and then went on to […]

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