Monday, September 29, 2008

Kids Ahoy Arts & Crafts Festival & Bazaar (FREE ENTRANCE to Trick or Treaters)

Kids Ahoy! brings you another exciting way to enjoy the Holidays while we sell, shop, network and our kids play, create, discover & learn!

Handmade arts and crafts items, and home made food; made by parents, kids, crafters, artisans, etc. There will also be musical performances and craft demonstrations, and other activities to make it fun for the whole family!

October 25 & 26, 2008
(Sat & Sunday, 9am-6pm)
Kids Ahoy Creative Play Shop
#56 Lantana corner New York Sts. Cubao, Quezon City
(beside Immaculate Conception Church & School)

Limited Table Spaces Available!
FREE ENTRANCE to Trick or Treaters!
Children’s Book Donations are welcome!

0920-5178127 / 4737896 / KIDSAHOY@YAHOO.COM

Products by Mom & Dad-trepreneurs especially welcome! Let's encourage our kids to get involved!!!


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Watch Out for these Spooktacular Halloween Mall Events

I brought Sam to her pedia just this afternoon for her shot schedule at Healthway clinic, 5th level of The Block in SM north. Her schedule was supposed to be last May pa kaya its'a kinda late na. Good thing that after this Hepa A shot...yearly na ang balik namin because she was able na to complete her vaccination shots already...not to mention the cost of each shot! goodness!..hindi sya mura!! Oh well, no amount is equivalent for our kids health kaya ok lang.

So after the visit, I just brought Sam to Toy Kingdom to satisfy her eyes and to forgot the pain from the shot. I just bought her something that she likes and a cute halloween costume. BTW, the store is jampacked with varieties of cute and very nice halloween costumes for your kiddos so better shop early. The availability of some items are very limited daw kaya mabilis magkaubusan. Even the Bumblebee & Company is already selling retail costumes inside the store. And daming magaganda...promise! I was able to checked out also these exciting halloween mall events to share with you. All these events will be sched on the 31st of October so it's up to you of which event you'll be bringing your kids. Kung pwedeng nga sanang lahat eh ...why not?...haha! :)

Spooktacular Halloween by Cartoon Network

Event Date: Fri, 31st Oct
Time: 1pm - 7pm
Where: SM Megamall

Get your spook on and join the craziest event in town! Starting October 13th log on for contest details at

* * *

The Buzzy Bumblebee Halloween Party

Come and join the fun!
October 31, 2008
at 1pm to 6pm

Have a Buzzzzy Halloween!

* * *

The Barbie & the Diamond Castle

You are cordially invited to
Barbie Fantasy Ball

Concourse, SM Makati
October 31, 2008
11am to 5pm

* * *

Nickelodeon's Mischief Madness
Double the Mischief , Double the Madness

At the Music Hall, SM Maill of Asia
October 31, 2008
Friday 3:00 - 9:00pm

Scare up a storm in your Halloween costume and score prizes from stage games! Dare to Brave the Phantom Portals hidden within MISCHIEF MANSION. Who knows what you'll find inside? Catch the scare-rific fireworks display in the evening!

It's a NICK-sperience like no other!

How to score tickets:
From Ocotber 1-31, get one (1) FREE ticket for a minimum purchase of P1,000.00 of any toy (inclusive of halloween Items) at participating Toy Kingdom or Toy Kingdom Express stores. One ticket is good for 2 persons. :p
Find out more at Nicksplat.Com

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Have a Super Birthday Bash with Cartoon Network

Send in your birthday via SMS or enter below for your chance to win a Cartoon Netwrok birthday party during your birthday month. Just click the image to join...


Sam's New Laptop

Vtech Write It Right Laptop

Product Description

- Colourful 2-in-1 laptop featuring the new letter recognition technology
- Teaches handwriting skills and shows how to write numbers
- Press the chunky buttons on the keyboard to access 34 curriculum based activities
- Introduces children to reading, writing, maths, logic and much more
- Ergonomic stylus with glowing writing pad makes learning to write easy and enjoyable
- You can also answer question by pressing the tick and the cross on the glowing pad
- Full alphanumeric keyboard introduces pre-schoolers to first computer skills
- LCD screen brings child's writing and drawing to life for added fun
- Colourful inlay shows lists of activities for easier selection.
- Requires 3 x AA batteries

Since Sam did very well in school for the first grading period, I told her dad about my plans of giving her a small token or reward from being one of the top noodles in her class. Ever since she started to get familiar with computer, she always seat on my lap and watched me while working on something. She's really amazed with the keyboard and sometimes I let her play with it. But until now, she still haveing a hard time to control the mouse. She started to get fascinated na with laptops whenever we're at the mall, requesting to drop by at the toy kingdom or toys r' us just to see these items. She always check and plays with diffrent educational laptops on display and telling me she like to have one of it. As we all know, the costs of these laptops is a bit expensive. I just told her that we don't have money yet and we'll return back na lang next time we visit the store again. Her 1st grading report card made me decide to get her one na. I'm choosing between the Leapfrog items and vtech, and I really had this sudden confusion of what to buy for her. I'm always into Leapfrog because of its excellent background when it comes to learning system... the cons about it is the design...they have a very limited choices when it comes to laptop designs. On the other hand, Vtech also have the same developmental benefits that aims to achieve each child's maximum learning experience. And the good thing about their products is the wide variety of laptop designs... that Sam really like ever since. So that's it... vtech won! She's now enjoying her very first laptop. :p

busy exploring her new toy

Interactive 2-in-1 laptop featuring Letter Recognition Technology to help children write letters and numbers. LCD screen displays children’s writing to reinforce learning. Two friendly characters guide the play and teach reading, writing, maths and logic through 34 curriculum-based activities. Features ergonomic stylus with glowing writing pad and a qwerty keyboard to introduce first computer skills.

one happy girl who still don't want to sleep!...arrgh! :p

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Philippines Won the Grand Prize in HSM Dance Competition

The Philippines bagged grand prize in Disney Channel’s “High School Musical: My School Rocks 2008 Inter-School Dance Competition” besting other Asian countries!

Seen in photo upon arrival from the airport is Holy Spirit School's team Janssen Knights (from L-R): Czarina Jose, Krizia Duka, Jessica Meñez, Lyza Torsiende, and Julia Mella. (Photo by Mr. Obs Cariño)

The all-girl team, high school students from Holy Sprit School who call their group Janssen Knights, arrived from their victory in Hong Kong Disneyland. The talented group is composed of Jessica Meñez, Czarina Jose, Krizia Duka, Lyza Torsiende, and Julia Mella. They made it to the final four as kids across Southeast Asia and Hong Kong watched the videos and cast their votes to decide who from the 20 semi-finalists from across the region will join the dance competition that draws inspiration from the sensational hit Disney Channel franchise.

Nearly 29,000 votes from 11 markets were cast in a span of a week with teams from Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore also making the final four. They had 6 weeks to prepare, choreograph and rehearse a dance number to a medley of songs from both “High School Musical” and “High School Musical 2”.

The winning team, who has definitely brought the Philippines recognition in the arts, was awarded a money-can’t-buy, once-in-a-lifetime experience to perform live with professional Casts in one of the latest park attractions at Hong Kong Disneyland, High School Musical: LIVE! In addition, they will have their performance and momentous win produced into a show that will air on Disney Channel across the region on September 21!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Pampers World Tour Event

giant chairs and tables

Sam & i were at Trinoma last Sunday, just need to buy something in the mall. I didn't know that there's this Pampers on going event at the activity center. And i thought that it's only for parents with babies. They are accepting all kids for registration to join the said event. So i decided to register and join the fun inside with sam. She really enjoyed the colorful rooms with these giant furnitures. We were able to get some freebies as well from the different sponsors. Rj & Giselle hosted the mini show. Conduct some raffle and discussed some parenting tips for all the parents. Sam enjoyed these giant furnitures and really climbed high just to seat on the top...with my help of course. She also enjoyed watching the elephant mascot dancing on the stage. Sadly, I wasn't able to have her a decent pic beside it...what's the name of this mascot anyway?...i have no idea!..ahaha

giant crib

What is a Pamper's World anyway?

Pampers World is a global event that aims to help parents experience the stages of development through their baby’s eyes. Pampers World has toured other countries (notably the United Kingdom, Greece, Sweden, and Indonesia among others) and is now in the Philippines.

giant couch

You can experience the world of a baby through a baby’s eyes via a tour through the 3 stages of development: New Baby, Active Baby, and Easy Ups. Each stage will feature rooms where consumers can move about and explore the world like a baby. On top of that, there will be a couple of shows throughout the day where you can learn and be entertained about the 3 stages of development via guest celebrities and pediatricians. Finally, you can also purchase Pampers Stages at discounted prices. Through innovative programs, events and partnerships with other organizations, the PPI aims to make use of these renowned professionals to provide parents with the latest in child-care information and research to help them become the best parents they can be. Here's the rest of the sched of of Pampers World Tour Event.

giant high chair and walker

Pampers World will happen in these areas:
July 26-27 2008 Glorietta Activity Center
August 9-10 2008 SM Mall of Asia Music Hall
September 13-14 2008 Trinoma
October 4-5 2008 Ayala Cebu Center

special dance number from pampers mascot

Sunday, September 21, 2008

the little girl next door...

...another set of my practice shots...

model: sampwet (my pet name fo her..hehe)
white tops: piccadilly (gift from tita eyrish and tita tin)
floral pink skirt: periwinkle
stylist: moi
location: our improvised home studio

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Trinoma Paints the Town Blue & Green this Finals

It's Game Day Finals at TriNoma on September 21! Watch the Ateneo vs. La Salle basketball match at the Cinema Lobby.

To celebrate the event, you can have your photos taken at the photo booth. And you can have your face painted with your school colors!


Also, continue to avail of discounts and freebies from participating establishments at the 3rd and 4th Levels with your BlueGreen Pass.

Don't have one? Simply print out the coupon attached to this article and present it to the TriNoma Concierge, and you can start using your BlueGreen Pass.

Want to know what freebies and discounts you can get from the pass?

Visit for more details.

Here's more! Get a chance to win one of 10 Ateneo and La Salle Caps and Shirts from Adidas! Be the first to know by logging on to our blog, we'll post the details there on September 19.

Rapunzel Musical

I actually won 5 FREE Tickets also for this musical show! But since the venue is still in the south part of the metro... we weren't able to watch it! If the venue was much more nearer... I may be able to bring Sam. She really love fairy tale stories, what more to see and watch it liveon the stage. Hays...sayang! :( Here's the exact email I received:


You win 5 tickets for the special show of Rapunzel on Friday, Sept 19, 7:00 pm at the Insular Life Theater in Alabang.
You can claim your tickets an hour before the show.

Please look for Barbie Lara 0917.8366190 or Karen Borbon 0920.7335616.

For more information about the show, log on to

“Rapunzel” is a hilarious and heartwarming musical based on the classic fairytale by the Brothers Grimm. Written by David Crane and Martha Kauffman, creators of the Emmy Award-winning television series “Friends,” with new music by Michael Skloff, this version gives a fresh spin to a well-loved story.

Magic and mayhem ensue when Prince Brian tries to rescue Rapunzel from her tower and from her mother, who just happens to be a witch. Will he succeed? Will they find true love? Will the witch turn Brian into brussel sprouts? Rest assured this tongue in cheek hairy tale is not going to be business as usual!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Sam's !st Grading Awarding Ceremony

top 4 in her nursery class for the 1st grading period

Sam had their First Grading Awarding Ceremony held at their school last Sept. 19, Friday @ 7:30am. I just put her into bed prior the big day, earlier than her usual sleeping time. Woke up @ 6am and prepared all the things needed. They don't have the classes na that day but the students from all level were asked to attend the said program. The nursery were the first in line to receive the certificate of awards. Though she's not the top 1, I am very proud to say that she's the 4th placer in their class. The feeling is really overwhelming seeing your kid going up in the stage and accepting her very first school award... hays, para ka na rin nanalo ng lotto. :)

the 5 outstanding pupils for the 1st grading period

I admit that I'm a bit strict with regards to Sam's studying routine. But I'm not particular with the fact I let her watch the tv first before doing her homework if she wants to. For me kasi, I'll just follow her frame of mind. I can't force her to study if she don't feel studying. Sayang lang yung effort on both sides and for sure she'll learn nothing because she don't want to focus. But this happens very seldom. Most of the time, she's doing her assignment right after her class. Pagkading sa house, she's looking agad for her homeworks. I always let her do her homework by herself... I'm just at her side to teach her, give an example and guide her. And I'm really glad that my effort produced her of being included in the top 5 of her class. I'm really proud of my little girl!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sam made me proud again! :)

a note from her Reminder Notebook

I've been waiting fo the release of Sam's report card ever since after she took her first grading examinations. I already talked to her teacher and she told me it's already done and the release will be this Friday. As a first time mom, I'm really concerend how she did in her academics. With regards to her exams, she did very well naman with less mistakes in all her subjects. The two got almost perfect with just one mistake. I'm kinda confident naman that she'll get an acceptable overall grade but still need to wait for the report card.

Until today after I picked her up from her class, it's already a routine for me to check her things. From her pencils to the number of her crayons, yes!... i'll make sure to check those because sometimes, she's loosing a piece or two. And each of her crayons and the rest of her school stuff has name on it!...haha It's very expensive if you'll buy another set to think one piece lang ang nawawala diba? Anyways, I also check if she has assignments. And upon checking her Reminder notebook, I was really surprised to read what's inside. Sam made it to the Top 5 Outstanding Pupils!...Yey!!! I still don't know about her place but then, I'm really really proud of her. I'm not expecting that she got the top 1 nor the top 2 since two of her classmates were supposed to be in kinder 1... based on their academic capabilities and age bracket which are both 5 y/o already. It was a concern for us, the parents of 3-4 y/o students before because the parents of these two students refused to jump their kids to kinder 1... Imagine that? If i'll be the parents of these kids, I'll be more proud because my kid will be accelerated... Hays!

Anyways, I'm again very thankful that Sam did very well and made it to be somewhat level with them. They'll be having an awarding ceremony this friday at 7:30am...goodluck sa pag gising ko kay Sam...hehe! :p From another proud mommy here...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

five nails...

I noticed that Sam's finger nails grows rapidly in just a matter of few days. So one morning, i decided to trim them before she gets to school because she might scratch herself or someone from her class na during their playtime.

Moi: "Sam, let's cut na your finger nails because it's long na...can you get the nailcutter inside your pink drawer please?" ...she knows where we keep her things and her other stuff, teaching her how to be organize at an early age.

Sam: "ok mommy" ...with naughty!

Moi: "Thank You sweetie!" and she said "You're welcome!" ..practicing the proper and polite way as what they are being taught in school..

Sam: "mommy, why cut the nails?"

Moi: "because it's long na"

Sam: "why it's long na?"

Moi: "because it's growing honey?"

Sam: "why it's growing?"

Moi: "because you're a growing baby" ...need to change na the topic or else this endless questions of her will not stop!...haha! "look at your finger many are they?"

Sam: ..she counts "1, 2, 3, 4, 5! five finger nails!"

Moi: "Very good honey!" ...then I asked her to count the nails on her other hand...and she also correctly count them. Then i told her "the nails on your hands are called Finger nails and the nails in your feet are called Toe nails!" She's listening but saw this bewilder expression in her face... she started to look at her foot and seriously count 'em...

Sam: ..."1, 2, 3, 4, 5! It's five nails mommy, not two nails!..look...1, 2, 3, 4, 5!....Five nails!"

Moi: ..then I said "...uh!"...bursting myself into laugh!...haha! My goodness, she's right nga naman, it's 5 and not 2...she got baffled with the word "Toe" to "Two" ...kaya yan, she made me correct tuloy!...haha :p

Monday, September 15, 2008

sweet little fairy of mine

We just had a little photoshoot at home this afternoon...with my one and only favorite model, my Sammy girl...hehe :p these are just practice shots inspired by studio like set-up. backdraft was made of connected white cartolina... improvised lights c/o my two table lamps and our uncurtained bright living room! fairy costume c/o toys r' us and make-up c/o mommy!... what do you think guys?... pwede na ba kong magtayo ng studio?...hehe :p

Friday, September 12, 2008

Sam won on Moms Today

half page of the "Me Hero" winners

My entry on Moms Today mag (parenting mag here in the philippines) won a spot on Sept-Oct contest theme entitled "My Hero!" I sent a photo of Sam wearing a Wonder Woman costume and luckily it was included as one of the winners. I'm getting used to join to this different magazine photo contests for kids. Sometimes we win, sometimes we loose. Oh well, it's all about really like that. It's not fair if your entry will always win. Better give chance to other parents whose also participating in the contests. No one could really measure the excitement of each parent seeing their kid's photo in a glossy magazine that circulates all over the country, sometimes abroad pa. Kaya, I'll keep on joining while my girl is still little, you may never know what other great ops may come in by means of these exposures. :)

the winning entry

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sam's very first school class picture

the unofficial class picture

Yesterday, Sam had her very first class picture shoot with the official photog of the school. I didn't bring any cam because I thought that they will have it inside the classroom...which parents are not allowed to go inside anymore. We don't have any idea that the shoot will going to be on school's gymnasium on the 2nd floor of the building...arrgh! Please bear with the poor quality of the pic because it's only from my low-tech and super low reso cel phone! They posed together with their two nursey teachers ...teacher Zeny and teacher Lor, and their school principal that I already forgot the name...hehe :p

getting ready

I just gave her a simple hair style

look at the camera children...

done!...lining up to go back to their classroom

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

coolater photo effect

Create stunning water effects on your very own photos. Upload your own pic to to have this cool effect...
Add this effect to your own photos

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Fun Ranch after shoot

I noticed that most of the KT photoshoot albums in my multiply account was automatically uploaded with a Fun Ranch album as well..hehe Well, here's our album (sorry, viewable by my multiply contacts only) version modeled by who little still hyperacitve Sammie girl. Who can ever resist to take a peek for a while to this very nice and kid friendly complex for the whole family. The place now have some more additional rides to enjoy. This was our 3rd time already, but as compared from our last 2 visits... Sam & I just roamed around and took some shots. The place during that time gave me an impression of it like a ghost town because there was no one else inside the park but us and the employees...hehe! Though the park is already open, this was past 12 noon only so expect that there's no guests yet to occupy the place. Sam still wanted to make hirit to play inside the Active Fun. Since I'm already hungry and exhausted, i told her that we can back there some other time. She smiled and said "ok time na lang ok?" Im really happy and proud of her because she didn't insist her request. I guess she realizes that it will be boring since there's no other kids inside, and she understand that mommy's tired already :) After our small photshoot, we headed to SM north to get a full meal then went back straight home after. Hays, what a day! :)