BOODLE FIGHT: BABY + TODDLER EDITION

Boodle Fight is a popular activity for adults in the Philippines. Basically, the idea is to put different kinds of put on a banana leaf and eat together using your hands! It’s some sort of a (fun) competition when adults do this, because they have to move fast to get the food they’re eyeing for (most especially if that food is limited). When Pablo was 7 months old, I thought of making one for him and his then 3-year-old cousin […]

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THE BENEFITS OF GOING BAREFOOT

I grew up in a culture where going barefoot is not the norm. “You’ll get sick.”, they would say. “It’s dirty. You might get germs.”, others would add. When Pablo was a few months old, I came across an article that talked about the benefits of going barefoot. Then I remembered what I read from Montessori from the Start when I was pregnant: that uncovered feet for infants enables the baby to take in many tactile experiences and stimulates their […]

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FINANCIAL PLANNING 101: THINGS I WISH I KNEW BACK THEN

“It’s not how much you make, but how much you keep.” This is one of my most favorite quotes, which although apparently famous, the naive me first heard it from my cousin while talking to him about living in Singapore. When he said that, it was light a lightbulb moment for me. THAT IS SO, SO TRUE, I thought. I started looking back at all the money I earned when I was still working for show business. How I wish […]

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MTE FIND: 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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MAKING BANANA + MILK DESSERT WITH A TODDLER

Summer is officially here! It’s been so hot lately that I’m starting to crave for iced desserts. In the Philippines, HALO-HALO is a favorite for many Filipinos. It’s a mix of different textures and tastes put together with milk, ice, and if you’re lucky, ice cream and our beloved leche flan. In our household though, I grew up with this simple banana and milk dessert. And since I was craving for it after lunch earlier, I decided to introduce it […]

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WHY IT’S #NOSCREENTIME FOR OUR FAMILY

When you go online nowadays, you’d see a lot of articles on experts talking about screentime. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), one of the resources many parents go to, recommends no screentime for children younger than 18 months (with the exception of video chatting), and for 18-24 months of age, adults must watch it with the children to help them understand what they’re seeing. According to them, “too much media use can mean that children don’t have enough time […]

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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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#HowParentingChangesYou

Have you seen the newest video of Vicks Philippines? I totally loved it, and I think people, most especially parents need to see it. I love how this video beautifully highlighted the honor we have of becoming somebody’s parent. Compassion really goes a long way in the growth of any human being – and as you will see in the video, it not only changes the life of the child, but the life of the parent, too. It’s because of […]

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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 Pablo’s playmates, Teacher Tanya commented on how she enjoyed viewing our photos of our recent Baguio trip – where Pablo went hiking, and then went on to […]

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PABLO AT NINE MONTHS

As I’m typing this, my son is already 14 months, but I’m determined to update this until up to his 12th month, at least – for our own memories. Here we go! A roundup of what mattered to Pablo between his eighth and ninth month! 1. How Do I Love You? | Peek-A-Who | The Wheels On The Bus – his preferred books 2. Matryoshka Doll (his Papa’s gift to me from Russia) – his favorite to open and explore […]

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