Friday, December 01, 2017

Crazy Sale at The Metro Stores! Look at what I found!

Pasko na, mamas! I'm halfway done with my Christmas shopping and I even bought extra new things for me, Vince, and our little boys all because I couldn't pass up on the fantastic deals at Metro Market! Market! last Wednesday. And now I found out that tomorrow, December 2, is the annual storewide Crazy Sale of The Metro Retail Stores!!! All branches!!!

I shopped three days early! Huhuhu

But that's okay. I'm already happy with the goodies I got because even then, super mura na the prices. I can't imagine what the price tags will be tomorrow! The Crazy Sale will offer  up to 50% off on a wide variety of products! Mura na nga when I went last Wednesday tapos mas malaki pang discounts bukas! I heard that the crazy deals are on appliances, furniture and home improvement, apparel and footwear for men, women and kids, toys and accessories, and even athletics and travel gear!

May 13th month pay na ba kayo, mamas??? Shop na!

Okay, I took a few photos on my shopping trip. I do that when I shop alone kasi pinapakita ko sa husband ko and ask him what he wants me to go back and buy. Here's the goodies I liked:

Serve your holiday guests hot chocolate in these festive mugs! Only P499 for a set of 4!

Christmas villages! I'm sorry I didn't check the price tag kasi may umaaligid na guard. Natakot ako haha These are lovely! They not only light up and play music, they have moving parts, too!

Mamas, if you want a pink tree like mine, here's a 3-foot one that's only P249.75! Baka on sale pa yan bukas!

Kiddie bikes that are sturdy and well designed at just P2,700-P3,500. Hindi pa discounted yan! I think I'll go back tomorrow and buy a bike for Piero!

Toys toys toys! Ang dami-daming toys! These trucks are just P100!

These construction toys are super discounted na last Wednesday. P800 yung malaki, P300 yung maliit (about as big as my hand).

I bought my sons a lot of shirts because super mura pero super ganda! Yung P250 shirts, P199 na lang!!!

I got these. Look at how graphic and bold the shirts are. Designs are embossed, too. The shirts' material is super soft pa. Winner in every way!

Want bigger deals? These piles of shirts are just P99 each! Grabe!

Grabe rin yung shoes for the kiddies. P700 na nga lang yung iba, may 30% discount pa!

Aren't these pretty??? Plastic lang yan but they made me happy. And P200 lang ang set!!!

Traveling? How about getting new suitcases? These are light and easy to transport. I'm lusting after those pink ones.

I didn't go around the men's section much kasi my husband just needs running shorts and shirts. So super happy ako when I saw that these were 20% off. Athletic wear is expensive, you see, because they're made of different material. Hindi pwedeng ordinary t-shirt and shorts lang. So I snapped up three pairs of running shorts, three running shorts, and a pair swimming shorts for Vince!

Mamas, syempre I looked for deals for myself, too. The bags are crazy affordable! Either 50% off or buy-one-take-one!

Yung mga clothes when I went last Wednesday, hindi pa sila on sale but mura na rin I bought myself a soft T-shirt dress and two tops. Look at the dressing room at Metro Market! Market! Soooo large and roomy and pretty!

I also bought Christmas decor. These beautiful balls are just P224!

There's going to be a LOT of crazy discounts at Metro's Crazy Sale! Best of all, it's not just the Department Store that goes on sale, but The Metro Supermarket, too! You'll find the lowest prices for food and other grocery essentials.

Store hours will start at 7 am and will last until 12 midnight! Such looooong hours for shopping! Spend the whole day na there!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

An ode to Iñigo's funny tongue

I was scrolling through my Instagram photos the other day. It's a messy place, full of not IG-worthy photos. I don't have a color motif, a favorite filter, a thoughtfully curated grid. What I do have are photos of my beautiful children. I may have removed the adventures of my kids from my blog, but they are still on my IG and they are love!

Today, I was inspired to share with you something I noticed and made me and the boys laugh. Iñigo's tongue! I'd forgotten that when he was younger, he liked sticking out his tongue when he posed for my camera. Here's a collection of his tongue portraits, dear Loyal Readers, because I know you followed Iñigo from tummy to toddlerhood and love him so.

1 year 8 months old 
1 year 8 months old
1 year 9 months old
2 years 5 months old
2 years 5 months old
2 years 8 months old
2 years 9 months old
2 years 9 months old
2 years 9 months old
2 years 11 months old
2 years 11 months old
The eve of his 3rd birthday
3 years old

3 years 2 months old
3 years 6 months old
3 years 8 months old
4 years 3 months old

My silly boy!

He was never a difficult baby. He was quiet, well behaved, and so happy. My readers and followers always say he's naughty because all you see are the photos of him being silly. In reality, he was the baby who made life easiest for me. He was happiest making us happy. Oh, he had tough times, too, of course. Terrible two's. Everyone has them. But his tantrums never lasted long since all he ever wanted in life was to make us laugh. And that silly little tongue of his sure made us laugh a lot!

We love you, Iñigo! Stay silly and happy and perfect all the days of your wonderful life!

Friday, November 24, 2017

I support World Vision! Plus, news on their recovery aid for returning families in Marawi

Hello, mamas! I'm happy to announce that I have decided to support a worthy cause—the education and literacy of children, especially our underprivileged fellow Filipino kids. I've been thinking about this this year, now that I have two sons in big school. Education is expensive. Tuition, books, school supplies, uniform, baon, projects, the trips back and forth every school day—it's terrible!

There have been a few times these past few months na napapaluhod ako sa takot kasi the tuition is due and wala talaga kaming pera. I'd pray, "Lord, Lord, sabi Niyo hindi Niyo kami pababayaan. Tuition na next week and the checks haven't come. Help us!" I remember nitong August lang, I was praying so hard again and the next day, a blog sponsor called and said the check is ready and the amount was just what I needed to pay my sons' tuition! Coincidence or answered prayer? You know what I believe, mamas!

These instances have made me think na ako na nga who is privileged in so many ways get frightened by the expenses, paano pa yung wala talaga? I remember my poor mother getting into mountains of debt just to send us four kids to school. I think of my own three kids and that I need to work soooo hard for at least 20 more years just to give them a good education. Honestly, it crushes me, those years stretching out before me. Nakakapanghina.

But I trust in a God who is King and He will provide for me and my children. There is a verse in the Bible that says, "I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. [Psalm 37:25]," and it comforts me. My God will not forsake me. My children will never beg. I claim this promise! 

And because God provides for me, I will share His blessings! And because I am acutely aware of how my own education has saved me from poverty and the fact that I work so hard to send my kids to school, I know that what our country needs to prosper is the good education of all our children. So let's help send other kids to school, mamas!

That's why I now support World Vision. Kapag may extra ako, I donate money to buy a Learner's Kit, a cheery orange backpack filled with school supplies! At P600 a kit, yan pa lang ang kaya ko. One day, I hope to be able to sponsor three scholars the same ages as my kids. 

I also talked with World Vision and said one way I can support them is to be an advocate and share with my readers their work. So, mamas, once in a while, I'll tell you about World Vision, okay? 

Today, I have great news: World Vision commits to support early recovery efforts for Marawi as thousands of its displaced families start returning to the city. The city was attacked by armed groups last May, displacing about 400,000 people and affecting more than 80,000 school-aged children. It disrupted the livelihood of more than 69,000 farmers and around 118,000 workforce. Now that Marawi is liberated, our work—yes, it's our turn!—our work begins. 

Mommy Raisa is one of the many displaced women who now face the daunting task of rebuilding their lives from the rubble. The 39-year-old mom of three is also 5-months pregnant. "Some people were afraid of us after the Marawi crisis started so more than the relief items, it matters that people come here, talk to us and listen to us," shares Raisa.

She has been attending World Vision's women and young child space (WaYCS) in the outskirts of Piagapo in Lanao del Sur. "The 10-day WaYCS has also been a good venue for me to mingle with other mothers and get support as I take care of my children, especially the baby inside me," she explains. Her child Hanzela, also joined the child-friendly space and was given a Learner's Kit.

World Vision says, "To date, the organization, through its local partners Ecoweb, Mindanao Tri-partite Youth Core (MTYC), Rawaten, Lanao Youth Council and Tapukan Farmers' Movement for Progress and Concord, Inc. has reached at least 40,000 people through its multi-sectoral interventions. 

"About 20,000 children were served through setting up of 14 child-friendly spaces and provision of learner's kits while 4,000 families or approximately 20,000 people were given hygiene kits that included toothbrushes, toothpaste, underwear for both children and adults, sanitary napkin, nail cutter, malong, bath and laundry soaps and other non-food items like mosquito net, fleece blanket and plastic mat. World Vision, through the departments of education and social welfare, has provided 12 temporary learning spaces and 1,000 5-gallon water."

Rommel Fuerte, World Vision's National Director in the Philippines, promises, "We will continue to stand with the people of Marawi, especially with the children who are at the heart of our response."

To help World Vision, visit their website. God bless you, mamas!