Monday, June 10, 2019

Want to start vlogging? Me too! Let's learn how!

If you're a mom who allows her kids to watch YouTube, then you...

a) are amazed that there are so many videos on unboxing toys and playing videogames that fascinate your kids

b) think it's ridiculous that people actually earn real money from these inane videos

c) have played with the idea of starting your own YouTube channel yourself 

Well, my kids and I have tumbled this idea over and over again and there are 2 things that stop me from vlogging: (1) I don't know how to do it and (2) I'm afraid of exposing my kids' young psyches to cruel comments or even the lack of likes. 

Consider Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Exhibit C:

Our attempts to vlog weren't a success at all. So I'm like, "Okay, we tried, we failed, let's do other things." End of story! But 3 years later, Vito is sure he wants to be a YouTuber so as his mom, I figured I shouldn't discourage his ambition even though I don't have high hopes for it.

That's why we're going to Vlogging 101 for Kids!!! 

This workshop from Manila Workshops will be on June 22, Saturday, and we'll learn the answers to these questions:

- Why do we want to vlog? What is the purpose - to entertain, to earn, to have fun?
- What tools do we need?
- How do we create videos that people will watch to the end?
- How do we set up our channel?
- How do we make our vlog and channel stand out?
- How do we get thousands (millions!) of views?
- How many times do we publish the videos?
- How do we make our videos make money???

The speakers at this workshop are Omni and Bryce Larrosa of the popular family vlog #TheClingyFam. Their vlog is only 2 years old but they've gotten hundreds of thousands of views, thousands of subscribers, and collaborations with family brands like Baby Dove, Cheez Whiz, Eden and many more. Here's what happened in the 1st run of their workshop:

I don't know if that's what I want. I don't even know if I want this for my children but let it not be said that I snuffed out their dreams! So if you're like me and want to learn about vlogging, come with me and Vito to Vlogging 101 for Kids!!!


Date: June 22, 2019 
Time: 9AM – 4PM 
Venue: Richprime Global Inc, Quezon City

Regular Rate: Php 3,499.00 (Adult + Kid) 
Group Rate: Php 3,999.00 (Dad + Mom + Kid)

**Workshop Fee is inclusive of handouts, certificates, giveaways and snacks!**

Buy your tickets at:

For more details contact: VENI – | 09272816651

Monday, June 03, 2019

Iñigo and Piero love Ready, Steady, Go!

Summer was super fun for my two younger boys, Iñigo and Piero, because of Ready Steady Go Kids! Every Saturday, we trooped to the 9th Avenue School at BGC, Taguig, for an hour of fun and fitness with other kids.

You know how people call play the real work of kids? Well, this is exactly like that! The kids may seem like they're just throwing and catching balls or jumping up and down or chasing each other. They look like they're just playing but really they're developing eye-hand coordination, learning what their bodies can do and how it moves, building strength and flexibility, learning focus and patience and determination, learning to listen to instructions and pay attention to others—and doing all of that while having fun!

Ready Steady Go is Australia’s largest and most reputable multi-sport and exercise program for preschoolers (aged 2.5-7 years). We have been with RSGK since they launched here in the Philippines 5 years ago. At first, we were skeptical because it was just play. They can play at our playground for free! But at the very first session, when Vito was just 4, we saw that Vito learned motor and social skills fast. We were converted to the Temple of Play!

RSGK offers a high-quality, physio-designed program that teaches children the fundamentals of 10 different sports in a fun, non-competitive, team-based environment. There are 5 sports covered in each term. Each class focuses on a specific gross motor, hand-eye/foot-eye and/or balance activity to complement the sport component. The program has a structure repeated each week so that the kiddos become familiar and comfortable with the routine. It's not drastically different from each class, which is good because kids like familiarity.

So far, my kids learned basketball, golf, and tennis. But not in a competitive way. It was really just taking the basic moves of the sports and then using them to teach kids how to use and develop their muscles and social skills. It's really fascinating to watch the coaches apply sports to instill useful life skills! 

The classes run for 45 minutes. Best to go early so your kids can settle in. We also stay and play with the other kids after the class ends so we spend about an hour to an hour-and-a-half at RSGK. Super fun, mamas!

If your kids have summer vacation now or if they have classes but you want them to improve their motor skills or if you have a preschooler, please enroll them at Ready Steady Go! Super highly recommended! Topaz Mommy-approved! Register here:

You can also follow their Facebook page to find out more: I can't say enough good things about RSGK! Please enroll your kids na!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Three sons is great thank you very much

Yo, I came out very quickly from blogger hibernation because someone slid into my DMs to say, "Kawawa ka naman puros lalaki mga anak mo." Girl, bless your heart, pero hindi ako kawawa. I am already so blessed to be a mother of one amazing, gorgeous, smart, healthy son. Na-times three pa! Sinong panalo? Sino???

Sinong pikon also haha

Pero nakakapikon talaga, ha. I was too suffocated with babyhood to have bothered before but, hey, I'm gonna make patol now. Why? Because this is not the first time this has happened! Piero wasn't even born yet and people have plagued me with this! Whenever people find out I have three boys, they get this look on their face, like, "Oh dear. Poor you."

Don't give me that look. Yes, I have a hard time with motherhood not because of the gender of my kids but because I'm a working mom, I have two (sometimes three) jobs, I have no household help, and no family around to help save my sanity. I may look kawawa kasi pagod na pagod ako at may losyang vibes na BUT I don't feel sad for having sons. Are you kidding me? I'm surrounded by three beautiful boys every day!

Three handsome boys all in a row. I mean, the world is always a better place when amazing brothers band together to rule it. Just look at these examples:

The Stark Brothers: Jon, Bran, Robb
Okay, technically Jon is their cousin but he was raised as their brother so don't fight me. And, yes, we will conveniently forget real brother Rikkon who was murdered by Ramsey. But just look at this photo from the first season of Game of Thrones! Who'd have thought they'd all become kings one day?

The Kennedy Brothers: John, Robert, Teddy
Yes, we'll do real life now. Yes, two weren't very good at staying alive and the last one wasn't very good at staying out of trouble but they did change US history and for three sons in one family to do that is pretty darn awesome.

The Hansons: Taylor, Zac and Isaac
Dreamy, can play music, can sing, knows a lot about art history, good looking, are amazing husbands and fathers. Perfect!

The Hemsworth Brothers: Liam, Chris and Luke
All three are successful actors (Westworld fans will recognize eldest bro Luke). They're easy on the eyes, too.

The Jonas Brothers: Nick, Joe, Kevin
Famous all over the world for being a pop sensation and for marrying strong and independent women.

The Sales VIPs
Best boys in this list! I can't even imagine what amazing things they'll do! I bet they'll be legendary. My mommy heart says so!

Mother of men. That's me!

I think having daughters is probably amazing, too. I say "probably" only because it's not my experience. I bet moms of daughters think they're the luckiest mommies, too. I'm super happy really. I seriously don't spend my days pining away for a little girl (sa hirap ng buhay ngayon, hindi talaga haha). Neither do I go around looking at moms of all girls and saying, "Kawawa ka naman." Loko ka. I think having kids of any number and any gender is a gift! So stop it and just congratulate me for being blessed three times over. Mwah!

"Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them." Psalm 127: 3-5a