The opening of the first H&M store here in the Philippines rocked the fashion scene. Imagine, people falling in line a day before the shop opens, crazy right? But yeah, I posted on FB that people should not panic, hehe… There are more branches opening soon, I saw branches to be opened in Robinsons Magnolia and SM Makati. I love H&M too, and I look forward shopping in it whenever we’re in HK and last month, in Bangkok. Pero di ko pa rin tatyagain pumila :p.
I was chatting with a friend and I said I have mixed reactions about H&M opening here. Kasi I won’t have something to look forward to when we go abroad. First, Forever 21, Uniqlo, then Cotton On, and now H&M. Slight lang naman :p. I really like H&M among the retail brands mentioned, H&M kasi is classic and trendy at the same time. Uniqlo is my second fave because of good quality and its classic styles. Not much of a fan of Forever 21 and Cotton On.
Anyway, funny story how we got to buy Gwen’s whole outfit. Originally, when we first went out, she’s wearing pink sleeveless shirt, shorts, and her saltwater sandals. We went to our agenda that day, Thai cooking class, after lunch and since we have nothing to do, we checked out Siam Paragon Mall. H&M greeted me at the entrance hehe. Jeff allowed me to indulge while he searched for a sofa inside the store since Gwen fell asleep. H&M in Siam Paragon has 2 floors only (H&M Philippines has 3 floors daw!). Hindi pa ako nakakapili nakita ko gising na si Gwen. Tapos nilalamig daw because of the full blast aircon. She went inside wearing a sando-shorts-sandals and went out looking like this.
long sleeve denim; skinny fit pants; leopard print sneakers all from H&M
There are different studies about kids behaviors, health, and educational style these days. Before, it was only traditional school. But now, we have progressive, Montessori, etc. -teaching styles that we parents can choose from according to the needs of our child. Before, if you got good grades, then you’re intelligent. In school, there are no other gauge but the numerical scores of your quizzes and tests. It doesn’t matter if you sing good in your church choir, or if you dance well in your ballet class. When I was still studying, I got good grades, but part of me wishes to do more. I wanted to have more friends not just in our batch but also in lower and higher levels but I’m too shy. Oh, and I really want to be a cheerleader when I was in high school, but again, I’m too shy and I don’t know how to dance gracefully :p.
Now that I have Gwen, I promise to let her be. I won’t put pressure on her grades too much. I will encourage her to enroll in dance classes, voice lessons, whatever she wants. I will let her friends have a slumber party in our house. I will ask Jeff to teach her how to ride a bike, to fix the tent up in the mountains, and to tie a knot. Haha, I sound like a stage mother here.
image from sheqinshomey.wordpress.com
It’s only the first week of October but Gwen is already excited about her Halloween costume this year. She’s excited but I’m not, haha. You see, for the past 2 years, I’m the one who decides what will be her costume. But this year, I guess it’s the other way around. My strong-willed child decides on what she wears and I can’t let her talk out of it. This year, she’s bent on becoming Elsa at her school’s trick or treat, and then Peppa Pig at our company’s trick or treat. O di ba, may change costume pa? Toys R Us already has plenty of halloween costumes on display, and they do have the Elsa costume but in Large size only, but it’s Php 1500, for a costume! I still want to DIY her halloween costume, but an Elsa costume is so complicated.
For those who are already preparing for your kids’ halloween costumes, I compiled the Top Halloween Costumes for 2014.
Every time Gwen has a high fever, we are really paranoid that it might be dengue. Fortunately, all those high fevers were just viral. Last month, Gwen had on and off fever, but her fever is not high, just 37-38 C, and only occurs during night time. She’s and eating like her normal self. She just have cough and colds. On and off fever lasted for a week. The following week, her temperature went up to 39 C and she had rashes on her trunk and arms, that’s the time we went to the ER to have her blood checked. The blood chem results showed that her platelets were fine and that it’s only viral infection so we were able to go home, the doctor from the ER prescribed antibiotics. Fever was gone after 3 days of taking antibiotics together with Paracetamol, cough, and colds medicine.
Although her fever was gone, we were still worried because her rashes are still visible. Part of me was also scared after reading some stories on Facebook about a Dengue strain that begins initially as pneumonia or cough/colds, you’ll discover it’s dengue when it’s already too late, and that some kid already died. So to be sure, we had her blood checked again after a week, this is because we’re also leaving for Bangkok so para everything’s clear na. Thankfully, results were good and we were given a go signal by the pedia.
Long story I know, but the point is, dengue fever is no joke, especially to children. That’s why in my family, we closely monitor if Gwen has fever. Jeff is the one who keeps an eye on those rashes, and monitors her temperature too!
If you’re traveling to Bangkok with kids, it is a MUST that you visit Kidzania!
We went to Bangkok last September 11 to 16, when I was planning our itinerary, I searched for kid-friendly attractions in Bangkok for Gwen. And alas, I learned that there is a Kidzania in Bangkok, I got so excited because Kidzania Manila is still in the works here in the Philippines. Basically, Kidzania is an edutainment (educational entertainment) facility that lets children role-play. They get to do what adults do in real-life which is to work and spend their own money for leisure and food. There are plenty of professions to choose from for the kids, I think every profession in the real-world can be tried out: pilot, doctor, courier, fireman, veterinarian, factory worker, CSI, salesman, convenience store staff, etc. It’s so exciting, even Jeff who accompanied Gwen inside Kidzania had a great time and wants to go again once Kidzania opens here in Manila.
Kidzania Bangkok Ticket Prices
Toddlers (2 to 3 years old): 350 Baht
Kids (4-14 years old): 850 Baht
Adults: 480 Baht
Senior Citizens: 400 Baht
Babies (0 to 1 year old): Free
Gwen is 3 years old, so we can pay 350 baht but the activities for toddlers are very limited, they can play at Urbano’s House which is just a playhouse, and watch a puppet show. Gwen cannot participate in the role-playing activities. I asked if we can get the 850 baht ticket instead so that she can maximize her time and do most of the activities and the Kidzania staff said it’s fine. But some activities like climbing and firefighting is only for 6 years old and above. Since we went all the way to Bangkok, we paid for the 850 baht ticket plus 480 baht for the adult companion. Kids under 8 years old should have a companion inside. The 850 ticket for the kids comes with a 50 kidZos (Kidzania’s currency) and a security bracelet.
Checking in for Kidzania
Unilab through its Unilab Foundation does it again in empowering Filipinos to make a difference. Last week, I was invited to witness the launch of #healthierPH Volunteer Portal. The Portal breaks the usual notions about volunteerism: that volunteer work always means physical work; requires physical presence; or needs financial investments in order to make great contributions. In this digital world, even just one Facebook share or one retweet can make a difference, it can spread awareness. Remember that viral photo of an alleged kidnapping taken by a concerned citizen along Edsa? The authorities would not have been alerted and prompted to investigate further, but thanks to that photo all over social media, the policemen were able to shed light on that issue.
Sometimes, it only takes one responsible click to make an impact.
#healthierPH Volunteer Portal
We are going to Bangkok this Thursday, we will be back after 10 years and this time, we’ll be with Gwen. I hardly remember any details from my last trip except that we stayed in Baiyoke Suite Hote and went to Chatuchak and floating market. This time, my preparation for our Bangkok trip started right after we got back from Bohol. I extensively researched on accommodations, itineraries, food, and child-friendly tourist attractions.
In the Kitchen will be the category where I will post some of the recipes I cook for my family. I promise you these are super-duper easy recipes because I’m really not an expert in the kitchen plus the fact that I don’t want recipes with so many steps/how-tos. Just 4-6 instructions, anything more than that, I skip the page of my recipe book and look for simpler recipes. So newbies in the kitchen, I hope you’ll try my recipes or suggestions and let’s share kitchen secrets!
Look what this long weekend made me, finally tried baking Chocolate Chip cookies from scratch! It’s a first, before, I use those boxed mixes available for brownies. Now, I finally tested an easy and yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe I can call my own.
Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe
Mommies, make yourselves available on August 28, 2014 because Breeze ActivBleach will take care of your laundry and will treat you to a day-off to its 1Laba Day event.
Have you seen the latest video from Unilab? It’s about their Husay at Malasakit campaign.
‘Di lang maraming nalalaman, maraming natutulungan
Magaling sa ginagawa, mapag-alaga sa kapwa
Makabago man ang proseso, hindi nawawala ang puso
Bawat hakbang may husay, bawat galaw may malasakit
Para lahat ay masaya, masigla, panatag
Ganyan kami nagsimula, ganyan kami magpapatuloy…
Husay at Malasakit, UNILAB ‘yan!