Wednesday, October 1, 2014

My kids in costumes!!!

We like putting the kids in costumes. They're just sooo adorable! But they don't like it so we only have a few photos of them in Totoro and Tigger costumes. But this year, we let the kids decide on their costumes and, oh dear, we can't get them out of those things! They love their costumes!

They even woke us up in costume! Silly boys!

Oh, and when Vito is Batman, he IS Batman.

I'll add more photos this week. The boys as Iron Man next! Hold on to your seats, #SalesVIP fans, because those are too cute!

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Physiogel wants women to be free in their skin

I don't know if you've seen the new Physiogel commercial starring model Patti Grandridge. It's been making the rounds on YouTube videos, you know, the ad that comes before the real video you wanted to watch is played. Here it is:

I like how honest she is. You know me—Little Mrs Honesty! I'm glad that she confessed that perfection is actually harming us women. Especially me, now, as a mom and all these mom bloggers are coming out and the homes and dishes and children they're parading are all perfect. For a while there, I wanted to be that perfect, too. To my amazement, my own blog readers tell me I'm perfect! Which strikes me as crazy because every single day, I feel like I'm failing. It's everything from my hair and skin not looking their best to managing my household and how I treat my kids. And to be seen as "perfect" (whatever that means!) is also stress-inducing because there's pressure to keep up appearances.

Finally, I just told myself (okay, I still keep telling myself!) that it's okay not to be perfect and to not be affected by other people's perception and expectation of perfection. Otherwise, I'll feel trapped by what people expect of me as a mother, a homemaker and a woman. And really, who wants to feel trapped? That's no way to live!

And that's where Physiogel's new campaign, the #FreeInMySkin Movement, comes in.

Here's Patti Grandridge again. In real life, she looks delicate. Very fine-boned and, well, perfect. I could hardly believe that this is the girl in the video talking about feeling insecure because of her dry, itchy and sensitive skin. I guess we really all go through self-doubt.

In my case, I am more insecure now as a wife and mother than I was when I was single and childless. I've never really felt insecure because I didn't care what people thought. So even though I knew my acne-ridden face was bad, my dry skin made my legs scaly, and my clothes were cheap, I showed up where and when I was needed and advanced in career and life. Despite what I looked like or what I lacked, I didn't want anything to hold me back.

Then I got married and I worried. I worry about my looks, how I want to be more beautiful than ever before, because I want my husband to not just love what I make him feel but also to appreciate what he sees. I worry about my rough skin and cracked heels because I want my husband to feel only soft and smooth skin when he touches me.

Then I had kids! So now of course I want my hands to be soft so that when I touch my babies, change their diapers, wash their bums, and hold their hands, their delicate skin won't be scratched by my roughness.

I want soft and smooth skin to touch my babies' soft and smooth skin! And you know what—and this isn't a sponsored opinion—since I started using Physiogel two weeks ago, grabe my skin is sooooo nice na!!! Like, my legs and butt and feet and elbows are so touchable!!! I don't feel insecure anymore. I'm free!!!

How about you? Did you have insecurities caused by not looking your best? Or because you didn't believe you were perfect? How did your perceived physical flaws hold you back? How did you overcome them?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Spending my birthday at Taal Vista Hotel!

For months now, I've been telling Celine Arenillo of Taal Vista that I'm definitely spending my birthday at the historic hotel. We love Taal Vista so much because it's from the olden days, when hotels were for vacations and the grounds were extensive, when hotel staff was courteous and gracious and discreet and ever so helpful. So Taal Vista has a certain glamour to it.

Oh, I'll admit it: We really just love the huge space because the kids can run, run, run!!!
This was July last year and Iñigo exercised his new running legs on the grounds of Taal Vista.
That's Vito climbing up and rolling down the hilly slopes.

Plus, it's beside Sky Ranch.
The highest wheel in the country!
The carousel. Always a magical ride.
The park's best attraction? The breathtaking view.

And the hotel really does have the best views of the famous volcano.

Vince and I have been talking about going back to Tagaytay for a while now but have been intimidated by the fact that we're now outnumbered by our kids! But let's see how traveling with three kids goes! We're super excited for my birthday celebration!

Meanwhile, get to celebrate your very own milestones, too, at Taal Vista Hotel! The iconic hotel is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and they're offering Diamond Deals to everybody!!!

Room rates are discounted to start at just P5,000 a night, and that already includes breakfast for two! They're even throwing in P500 credit for the food and drinks at Café Veranda!

Everyone is also invited to check out the touring exhibit called, "Taal Vista Hotel: History and Heritage." The interactive multimedia exhibit curated by renowned cultural scholar and former National Museum director Corazon Alvina highlights the historical milestones, the superb service, and significant experiences in the 75 years of Taal Vista Hotel. It is currently touring select SM Malls from September 18 to October 29, so check if the SM mall nearest you has the exhibit. Why? Well, because special discounted Diamond Deals will also be offered! You can get P500 off weekend rates, complimentary upgrades on weekday bookings, and up to Php750 Food and Beverage credit at Café Veranda! Sulit! Book na! Kami, booked na and we're celebrating my 38th birthday in beautiful and historic Taal Vista Hotel!
For more information on Taal Vista's Diamond Deals and to reserve, please call (+632) 917-8225, (+6346) 413-1000 or (+63917) 809-1254. Their website [] is also very nice. I think it got spruced up recently. You can also like their Facebook page [ and follow the Twitter and Instagram feeds (@taalvistahotel). 

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