Car seat check

This is a sponsored post but all opinions are mine.

Last September, the House committee on transportation approved a bill requiring private vehicles to install car seats for children. We have an existing law which is the Philippine Seat Belt Law (RA 8750) which requires the use of seat belts in front and back seats of private vehicles, but it does not require the use of car seats for young children on board.  The proposed Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act of 2017 requires owners of private vehicles to secure children in a child restraint system or car seat while in transit on any road, street, or highway.

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I won’t make the money mistake my father made

Since last Sunday was Father’s Day, I just want to share what I learned from my father or from his mistake on how he handled his money. Papa was a seafarer, he was the main man in the engine department. With his position, a lot of our relatives and family friends thought that we have a lot of money. Sure, Papa and Nanay have acquired some properties in the province, jewelries, and have some money in the bank. But are these enough to support them throughout their retirement?

Unfortunately not. The interest in the bank is very small that when you factor in inflation, lugi ka pa. I can’t blame my father though because a lot of their investments were just simply offered to them by relatives and friends. They bought them out of goodwill and pakikisama not thinking of the market value in the future.

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Sponsored Video: Celebrate Togetherness this Christmas with Lady’s Choice

Growing up, I am used to spending Christmas in a simple way. My father is a seafarer and most of the time, we were spending Christmas without him. Most of my family’s relatives are in Aklan and since we are just a small family, our Christmas is just a simple celebration. My mother, brother, and I will usually hear Mass in the morning and then eat in a restaurant. When we go home, we will wait for visitors or relatives to drop by. Nanay will just cook a simple meal so that visitors will have something to eat like spaghetti, ham sandwich, and macaroni salad.

When Jeff and I got married, I got to spend Christmas at my in-laws. They have a big family and there are kids everywhere. It’s a big contrast to what I was accustomed to but I was happy nonetheless. This photo was taken last year and they’re not even complete.

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What to give to a man who has everything?

This is a sponsored post by Groupon but all opinions and views are mine.

My husband, Jeff’s birthday is on Monday. We will be spending his birthday out of town with some friends so I’m looking forward for the weekend. We both don’t like surprises when it comes to giving each other gifts whether it’s a birthday, Christmas, or any special occasion. Sometimes, we just go to the mall, choose whatever we like, and pay for the item.

I feel that Jeff deserves a gift this time because he’s extra hardworking and he’s a good provider to us. A little something for my man to make him extra special is nice, right? But how can I buy a surprise gift when we’re always together and I can’t sneak in to go to the mall???

Well, thanks to online shopping. I can look for Groupon goods for gifts without him knowing. But what can you give to a man who has everything? He is a very simple man and he just wants a few necessary items, he is not into extravagant and luxurious items, and lastly he prefers practical and functional items.

OnTek Water-Resistant Bluetooth Shower Speaker with Mic and Controls – This is cool because Jeff loves adventure and a music-lover too.

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1-, 3-, or 4-Outlet and Dual-USB Wall Charging Station – We love to travel and this will eliminate bringing a lot of adapters.

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Sonic Edge Extended Charge Toothbrush with 4 Heads – An electric toothbrush is something you don’t think you need but can’t leave without once you have it.

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POM Gear Pro2Go B100 Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Earbuds with Inline Mic – Jeff can use this while running.

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Now, that I narrowed it down to 4, can you help me choose what to finally order in Groupon?

Purefoods Blue Line: Life’s simple things bring comfort

Food is ALWAYS a part of our lives. We eat because food is a necessity, but also to satisfy our cravings in whatever situation we are in. When we’re happy and there’s a celebration, we indulge in a feast; when we’re sad, we just eat our worries away; and when we’re bored, we still eat. Food makes everything better, especially if it’s your comfort food. It’s like having a warm hug when you needed one.

Did you notice that most comfort foods are just so simple like a bar of chocolate? One of my comfort foods is corned beef, particularly Purefoods Corned Beef. I like to cook mine by sauteeing garlic and onions before adding Purefoods Corned Beef, I would cook it until some shreds are slightly toasted and crunchy. This is what my little family enjoys either for breakfast or dinner. When we have leftover corned beef from dinner, we would buy pandesal for breakfast and have Purefoods Corned Beef as “palaman”. Purefoods Corned Beef Hash is really good as palaman too! Thank God my family is easy to please with my simple dishes. Life can be so simple and fulfilling 🙂

I’d like to share this quote from Ina Garten:

Food is not about impressing people. It is about making them feel comfortable.

This is how I felt during our painting sesh one afternoon at Sip and Gogh in Kapitolyo.

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This is actually my first time to paint, I was nervous that I won’t be able to even blend the colors. But as the afternoon progressed, I realized that blending colors and dabbing the paintbrush on the canvass is so therapeutic and puts me in a zen mode.

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my work of art in progress…

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Painting plus chikahan with my kumare Peachy is one fun afternoon!

The atmosphere was so comforting and encouraging, everybody was in a cheerful mode. I think having all the Purefoods Blue Line dishes specially prepared that afternoon made our tummies satisfied hence fueled our creative minds.

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Some of the snacks prepared for us that afternoon were Quesadillas made with Purefoods Corned Beef, Purefoods Luncheon Meat Chili Cheese Spring Rolls, and Cheesy Vienna Dumplings. I actually made the quesadillas at home for our breakfast. I love Purefoods Corned Beef because of the meatier bite it gives, and it’s seasoned perfectly.

quesadilla with purefoods corned beef

I also discovered other Purefoods Blue Line variants aside from the Corned Beef (Classic, Chili Garlic, and Hash) through the dishes that were served. These were Luncheon Meat, Chorizo Bilbao, Vienna Sausage and Liver Spread.

purefoods chili cheese spring rolls

I will now use Purefoods Luncheon Meat for my chili spring rolls, tastes better and easier to prepare

Any recipe that calls for ground meat can be replaced with any Purefoods Blue Line products, I swear, your dishes will taste better and will make your prep time shorter too.

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no ground meat for your dumplings? use Purefoods Vienna Sausage

The afternoon got even more exciting because Heart Evangelista graced the event and shared stories about anything and everything we asked her, including her favorite Purefoods Blue Line products. She gamely showed her artistic side by adding her touch in Camille of The Soshal Network’s canvas.

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Everybody is curious…

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And here’s my finished piece, Heart approves!

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Heart E. is pretty, charming, accommodating, and very down-to-earth. I became an instant fan!

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At first, I was unsure of myself if I can pull it through. But with some very basic techniques, I was able to create my own art. Thanks to Purefoods for reminding me that life need not be complicated, that I can make something out of the ordinary and turn it into something special. Sometimes, the simplest things in life are the ones that bring comfort the most.

Whether you’re just waiting for creativity to strike or just craving for that comfort food, you should try these Purefoods Blue Line products:

  • Corned Beef Classic
  • Corned Beef Chili Garlic
  • Corned Beef Hash
  • Luncheon Meat
  • Vienna Sausage
  • Chorizo Bilbao
  • Liver Spread

For more info, visit Purefoods Blue Line on Facebook.

Kuya J Halo-Halo Espesyal: Smooth and suave as Jericho Rosales

With the Philippines being a tropical country, the heat always make me feel like it’s summer season everyday. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that… but thanks to Kuya J Restaurant because its newest offering will help me breeze through the scorching heat all year long. I’m talking about Kuya J Halo-Halo Espesyal.

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Sponsored Video: Safeguard’s Para sa OA kong Nanay

Have you watched the latest video from Safeguard? It was shown in TV and also on social media just in time for Mother’s Day last week. I’ve watched it a lot of times and the video still leaves a tug in my heart. I guess this is why the video has gone viral with a million views on Facebook as of this writing. It’s one of those commercials a lot can relate, not just Filipinos. We all grew up in the loving arms of our mother or our Nanay. Mothers are considered as “ilaw ng tahanan” or “light of the house”, but with all their sacrifices and unparalleled love and support to their children, mothers are considered to be another pillar of strength along with the fathers. She may be OA at times but she means well and only wants the best for us.

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Para sa OA kong Nanay by Safeguard Philippines

Have you watched the video? Let me share to you something about my mother. My Nanay is a softie and a toughie just like Safeguard which provides protection for the Filipino family for the last 50 years. She raised me and my brother all by herself most of the time because my father is an OFW. In our house, she’s both the father and mother. However difficult her responsibility is, she never faltered in giving us equal and undivided love and attention.

They said that you will never understand your mother until you become one yourself. Looking back, I realized it must be very hard for my Nanay before because she took care of us without the help of my Papa. I am also now a mommy but Nanay is still here for me and my daughter. And I could not thank her enough for this.

It’s not too late to send a message to your Nanay. Tell the whole world you love them by sharing on Facebook or Twitter and using the hashtags #Safeguard50 #ThankYouMom.

You can watch the video on Facebook and Youtube. Don’t forget to like and share on FB and give a thumbs up on YouTube.

This post has been sponsored by Safeguard Philippines, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sponsored Video: 8 Things I miss about All-in-one-of-a-kind Singapore

Singapore is close to my heart because this is the second country I’ve been since I started traveling. It’s also Gwen’s first international trip when she was 7 months old. Singapore makes an impact right after you step out of the plane. They really mean it when Singapore Changi Airport is recognized as one of the most awarded airport in the world. On my next visit, I plan to explore the airport so I’ll allow plenty of time before my flight.

Nature & Gardens Terminal 3 Transit - Worlds first Butterfly Garden in an airport

Nature & Gardens Terminal 3 Transit – Worlds first Butterfly Garden in an airport

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Valuable Tips on Renting Hybrid Cars

Environmentally friendly cars are now paving way in the rental arena. When you are travelling to other country or city, you can choose to ride hybrid cars instead of the usual vehicles to help save the environment. It is always a better option to hire green cars for they are more affordable and they reduce carbon emissions.

When travelling to places like the UK, it is best that you consider renting hybrid cars while exploring. Not only these cars are good for the environment, rather you can save more money as well. Since hybrid car rental in Manchester and other British cities are available, you can explore places more conveniently and safer.

hybrid car rental in manchester

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Humorous gifts for mum on Mother’s Day

Just about every year we give our mums the normal Mother’s Day gifts of chocolates and flowers, which of course she loves to receive from you. This year however, why not make a change and give her a gift that will make her laugh as well?

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