Thursday, June 4

BOOK REVIEW: "Ma'am May I Go Out?" by Nio Calonge

I believe that the world is a huge classroom. In my short stint as a pre-school teacher, I made it a point that my pupils have an activity outside the classroom where they can also learn the same lessons written in the textbooks we use. Not everything can be learned inside the confines of the school, especially the practical lessons that an individual needs in life. This is basically the message of "Ma'am May I Go Out?" written by my friend and brother in The FEAST Rizal District, Nio Calonge.

Being an educator himself, it's not at all surprising to see that his book follows a special format which makes it somewhat like a workbook of sorts. The STAR format that's applied in the book has the following components:

  • Scripture - Each chapter starts with a related Bible verse. It was actually amazing how he was able to relate Genesis 1:27 to his stories of Maskman, Bioman, Shaider, and the other Super Sentai heroes that made a mark in my younger days. You gotta read the book to know what I mean. *wink wink*
  • Tale - Here, Nio shares his colorful experiences as a student from pre-school to college. It was through his stories in this book that I've come to know him more. And since we're of the same age range, I was able to have the ultimate throwback and travel down memory lane. Makakar-relate sigurado ang mga batang 80's and 90's.
  • Activity - After telling his story, Nio challenges readers to do something related to the chapter. For example, "List down five people who served as your inspiration while growing up." As I said, the book is very interactive.
  • Reflection - A reflection question is posted at the end of each chapter. At this point, readers are encouraged to think and reflect on their own stories.
If you're looking for a book that's light, entertaining, and, at the same time, enlightening, this is the book for you. Parang nakikipagkwentuahn ka lang kay Nio. The book is not only apt for students but for readers of all ages. The text is not complex at all and the message conveyed in each chapter is simple and easily understood.

"Ma'am May I Go Out?" is published by Shepherd's Voice Publications, Inc., the same publisher of Bo Sanchez's bestselling books such as "How To Turn Your Passion Into Profit." You may log on to or visit a National Bookstore nearest you to get a copy.

Tuesday, May 19

Meet the new Olay Regenerist Miracle Duo

It's my birth month next month and I'm turning a few years shy of 40. I'm actually excited of my 40th birthday, haha! Weird noh? Honestly, there's nothing to be anxious about. I feel that I get younger everyday. Maybe it's this new confidence I gained  because of the awesome beauty finds that I try on my skin. Just last week, I received the new Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Pre-Essence and Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream for me to review.

Tagged as the Olay Regenerist Miracle Duo, these 2 products promise to give 2x key active penetration into epidermis and skin that looks up to 10 years younger.  In one of their studies, Olay discovered that women’s skin looks dull, fatigued, and dehydrated as it ages. Skin Cell Energy, as measured by level enzyme of NADP(H) in cells, is high among young people, but, as women get older, Skin Cell Energy declines.

Looking at the chart, I realized that starting this early with Olay Regenerist Miracle Duo is a must for me! Thank goodness that I 'm able to do this regimen before I even turn 40.  So how does my new beauty regimen go? Still easy peasy.

After washing my face and neck and deep cleansing it with a facial toner, I pat it dry first, then apply a drop of Olay Miracle Boost Youth Pre-essence. 

Packed in a unique auto-dropper package, the Pre-essence's role is to prep the skin to make it more absorbent to the moisturizer. The Golden Amino Peptide [pal-KTTKS] in the Pre-Essence boosts skin cell energy by 35% to strengthen the skin's inherent young power and also helps trigger self-collagen production for younger looking skin.

I find the auto-dropper really cool because there's no more guessing about how much serum to use. Unscrewing the cap automatically takes in the right amount of serum. To cover my whole face and neck, I used 2 pump dosages.

The product is absorbed by my skin quickly because it's texture is sheer and light. Plus points in this hot summer weather, if you ask me. And if I may add, I'm loving the subtle scent that it has. Not too overpowering which is what I really hate about other products.

After a minute or two, I continue with applying the Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream on my face and neck.

Like the Pre-essence, my skin absorbs it quickly. The lightly-scented cream is non-greasy so it's doesn't compromise the make-up I put on during the day.

I now do my Miracle Boost regimen day and night. I'm on my 7th day now and I'm loving the results. My skin is more supple and baby-like. I also noticed that it kind of lifted the skin on my neck which has started to become a problem for me lately. And becau

Want to start your own Olay Regenerist Miracle Duo regimen? You may get the new Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-essence (SRP: Php1399) in Lazada starting May 2015 where it is exclusively available. (CLICK HERE to buy Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-essence from Lazada at only Php 999!)  Meanwhile, Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream (SRP: Php1499) is available in Lazada, leading drugstores, department stores, and supermarkets.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

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Friday, May 15

WATCH: Different Times, Same Love

Ok moms, get the tissue box ready. Sobbing starts in a few....

Times may change, but a mother’s love is timeless. This story shows why our moms will always be #1. Share this video and celebrate your mom today! #1moms #happymothersday

Posted by NIDO FORTIFIED® Philippines on Saturday, May 9, 2015

Did this video make you teary-eyed like me? Aww...  I know, right? Sometimes, we think our old moms are always kontrabida grannies to our kids only to realize that they're not only the best moms but the best grandmoms as well! Please spread the love by sharing this video!

Happy Mothers Day to all of you, my fellow loving moms!

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Monday, April 13

Progress Pre-school GOLD Recognizes Kids with Multiple Intelligence

It's been a while since I attended a Recognition Day rites. Ralph haven't had one since he graduated in grade school. It's different now because students who are consistent Director's Listers for all 4 quarters of the school year are recognized, as well as those who competed in inter-school competitions both here and abroad. This coming year would've been the year except that he missed one certificate. Still, I'm proud of my boy. Hey, he is in Philippine Science High School. So with medals or none, I know he's still one smart head above his shoulders. Besides, as Progress Pre-school GOLD wants more parents to realize, excellent academic performance is just one type of multiple intelligence. Children can not only be brain smart, but body smart and people smart as well.

I guess, by now, you have seen the multiple intelligences ad of Progress Pre-school GOLD on TV.  I really was amazed by the kids on the TV commercial because they're so well-rounded! Sophia Pablo for instance, the pretty girl swimming on the ad, is not only body smart being champion swimmer but is also brain smart in the fields of Math and Science. Add to that is her being people smart which she displays by being a Star Scout Team Leader. Also recognized that day were Cedric Uson, Sean Cai, Luis Danao, and Ciara Russeger.

Kuya Kim Atienza stood as guest speaker in the event. Honestly, he was a revelation to me that day. The man is a multi-achiever and I only knew him as our trivia-loving weatherman on TV. He acts, he dances ballet, he was also a councilor of Manila when he was younger which makes him very well-rounded!

As a means to further promote multiple intelligence, Wyeth is partnering with the Reading Association of the Philippines (RAP), a non-government organization committed to improve all aspects of the national reading programs and teaching procedures through teacher-training and research. Here's a side story. As you know, I am a reading teacher. My professors in my Masters in Education graduate course in UP were all members of RAP and, may I tell you, I am in awe of the techniques they taught us on how to use all the multiple intelligences in teaching reading and comprehension to kids who are having trouble with it. This is why it makes me doubly happy to learn about this partnership because I know that it is possible.

And speaking of happiness, here I am so happy to be reunited with my mommy blogger friends. We were all hyper and giddy because we also wore the blue and gold togas that the kid wore! There's a reason to that, you know. Progress Pre-school GOLD also recognized the parents and guardians who contribute to their chidlren's multiple intelligences!

Progress Pre-school GOLD encourages Filipino moms to move up to a more progressive approach to parenting as experts prove that young minds gain knowledge through play, direct experience and social interaction.  Progressive moms have a partner in Progress Pre-School GOLD as they further support the development of their child’s multiple intelligence. Progress Pre-School GOLD is now with its best-ever GOLD Biofactors System with higher levels of DHA, Choline and Lutein to support a child’s multiple intelligence.

Like Progress Pre-school GOLD, I believe that we will be able to raise more successful children who are well-rounded achievers.

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Monday, February 9

Pantene 3-Minute Miracle

I always have my hair rebonded twice a year. I have fine, wavy hair and rebonding saves me hours of styling. The downside of this, though, is hair damage. And though I try to have a hair treatment monthly, the ends of my precious crowning glory just get to so dry and brittle.

How I wish I had fabulous hair like Bea Alonzo, haha! So, when P&G Beauty sent me a sample bottle of their new hair conditioner, Pantene 3-Minute Miracle, I was more than happy. Pantene 3-Minute Miracle promises frizz-free, shinier hair in just 3 minutes.

Pantene 3-Minute Miracle's improved conditioning agent, the catatonic polymer, is positively-charged that neutralizes the negatively-charged damage portions of hair. It coats hair strands in a protective layer making it tangle-free. I did notice the improvement when I combed my hair with my fingers after showering. I normally buy the Pantene Total Damage Care 10 conditioner which is already alright for my hair but Pantene 3-Minute Miracle's effect is better. I already felt my hair frizz-free even during rinsing it.

Pantene 3-Minute Miracle in Total Damage Care and Hair Fall Control is sold at Php 159 for the 180ml bottle and Php 259 for the 340ml bottle. The best news of all is that Pantene 3-Minute Miracle is now on sale at Only this February, you will be able to buy Pantene 3-Minute Miracle at 50% off. Time to hoard, ladies, and don't forget to share your #PanteneMiracle experience!

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