Mercury Drug stores will be having a series of flu vaccination during Saturdays starting July 26, 2014 until August 16, 2014. It is flu season and if there’s one vaccine that I think is worth to have, it’s for the flu. Gwen’s doctor advised that school children, elderly, frequent travelers, and people with medical conditions. Gwen and the senior citizens, Nanay and Papa, already got their flu shots last summer from their doctors. The pedia charged Php 1,500 for the flu vaccine that’s why Jeff and I are waiting for this schedule from Mercury Drug because it’s cheaper.
At Mercury Drug, flu vaccine is only Php 450, comes with free consultation and administration.
Here are the list of participating Mercury Drug stores with scheduled flu vaccination:
July 26, 2014 , 1 to 7 pm
I heard about Green Barley for quite some time but didn’t try it because I thought it’s just another hype that promises to cure all illnesses. But a co-parent from Gwen’s school convinced me to try and see the benefits of Green Barley juice to Gwen.
Green Barley juice from Health Wealth Inc.
Since one of Gwen’s teacher advised us to expose Gwen to an environment with more kids to socialize, we let her play inside play centers. Before, we don’t let her play in one of those play areas because small and older kids play in one area and some rowdy kid might hurt Gwen. Another thing is that kids can easily get viruses in these areas. Yup, overprotective parents here, but we’re trying to loosen up.
One nice playhouse we discovered is Dave’s Fun House at the 3rd Level of SM North Edsa, Main Building.
Dave’s Fun House in SM North Edsa
3 weeks of going to school and Gwen still has separation anxiety. Remember my post about her getting excited during the first week?
Read: First day of Junior Kinder
On the first 3 days of going to school, we had no problem. She’s really excited and goes to school willingly. On the 4th day, yaya Rose said that her classmate is crying nonstop and then Gwen suddenly joined the crying fest. Now, that little girl is no longer crying but that incident might have activated the separation anxiety switch on Gwen. On the second week until now, we’re always thinking of new tricks, bribes, and rewards just to get her to school. She doesn’t want me to go out the room, and she only wants ME, she doesn’t like Yaya Rose but ME inside the room.
I’m seated at the back, by the door
If you have a toddler at home and loves watching cartoons on TV and YouTube, then you’ll most likely know this adorable pig named Peppa Pig. Gwen and I watch it on YouTube everyday and was thankful that Nick Jr. is now airing it from Monday to Friday, 9:30 am. I also see on YouTube some toy reviews of Peppa Pig toys but the staff from Toy Kingdom and Toys R Us are clueless about Peppa Pig.
But hooray (in Peppa Pig fashion)! There are Peppa Pig toys at Toys R Us as of June 1 (I asked the staff hehe). We visited Toys R Us in Trinoma earlier and we’re lucky to see a complete stock, the staff said they just reordered because the Peppa Pig Playhouse was sold out a few days after it was released. I really like the Playhouse but Gwen wants the Camper Van, my wanderlust kid’s personality really suits it so camper van it is.
Peppa Pig’s Car, Php 899.75
Peppa Pig’s Campervan, Php 899.75
I know you’ve seen a lot of first day high posts yesterday from your Facebook feeds. Nakaka-excite naman talaga! I took a leave from work yesterday, just to see Gwen on her first day. I also have to show and give Yaya Rose instructions on how to go about on the coming days if dalawa na lang sila ni Gwen. It’s a different school from where Gwen was enrolled last year but didn’t push through.
Read: Toddler school no more
Looks like Gwen will enjoy her school this year. Her primary request is that it’s a big school kasi big girl na raw sya. And she likes to ride the tricycle. Well, her request granted, the tricycle part. For the school, it’s still a small school for kinder students that uses Montessori-style of instruction.
Here’s my Junior Kinder in uniform.
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Last month, I was at National Bookstore in Trinoma to look for coloring materials for Gwen. Bali-bali na kasi crayons nya, kakabili lang bali agad o kaya tanggal na yung label. I was looking for other alternatives like colored pens, etc. A girl wearing a Maped shirt approached me and talked me into buying Maped items. For every Php 250 worth of items single receipt daw, I will get a freebie and 1 raffle coupon. The raffle prize is a Jansport backpack filled with Maped items. I’m not really excited about the raffle because I’m not that lucky, as in!
Anyway, I bought the Maped Colorpeps Smart Plastic Crayons Maxi and Colored Pencils. We love using the Smart Plastic Crayons because it does not break easily. Imagine, 1 month nang gamit ni Gwen, wala pang nabali! And the colors are really vibrant, yummy to look at. The names are really cool too, like Blush, Aubergine, etc.
Cool color names
Quick trivia: Did you know that the Philippines has 11 recognized languages and over 175 dialects spoken throughout our 7,107 islands?
Aside from these, there is also Filipino slang. Filipino slang is ever changing, from Taglish to gay lingo. Only Pinoys can understand them, kaya nga Filipino eh :). And since WeChat is very popular among Pinoys, WeChat releases Juan Chatter. It has 16 animated stickers that reflect the wit, candor, and inventiveness that Filipinos apply to such slangs.
Cool new Juan Chatter stickers from WeChat Philippines
My family prefers natural and organic products, we choose this whenever there’s an option like in vegetables, juices, vitamins and even personal care products. We always check out Healthy Options because that’s a one-stop shop for those looking for healthier alternatives on food and also beauty products. But there’s one Filipino brand that I truly support since they started. I remember my first purchase was their shampoo and conditioner.
Human Heart Nature has grown from personal care products, they now have make-ups too and can be bought online and also at Beauty Bar and other specialty stores in malls like Sesou Nature Source in Trinoma (where I always buy my stash).
My favorite products as of late is Human Heart Nature Kids Natural Shampoo and Body Wash and All Natural Spray Sanitizer.
Human Heart Nature Kids Natural Shampoo and Body Wash, 500 ml Php 300 at Sesou Nature Source
So finally, I jumped into the looming craze. The Rainbow Loom has been around in the US since last year but it’s only now that the craze hit the Philippines. They even had a Rainbow Loom Expo in SM Megamall last week. At first, I was adamant not to join the craze, I thought, “Why pay 899 pesos for just rubber bands” Even though I really think it’s cute and I love accessories!
I’m really tempted to buy one whenever we’re in Toy Kingdom or Toys R Us, but I just brushed off the idea because although it’s said to improve fine motor skills, Gwen is too young for this toy (kaya para sa akin talaga to!)
But when I saw my that friend Nicquee is selling a cheaper version of the Rainbow Loom, I decided to give it a try, after all, it’s only Php 120. If I don’t like it, then it’ll save me a few hundred bucks from not buying the original. If I like it, I can just stick to the cheaper version and buy more loom band refills or buy the original.
DIY Loom Bands, cheaper version of Rainbow Loom for only 120 pesos