How To Avail National Bookstore's Back To School Promos

After buying Tutapel's notebooks from school, we were given yet another list of supplies to purchase outside. We opted for National Bookstore which seems to be a popular choice for parents, mainly because of its wide array of product lines to choose from. One particular brand that takes my fancy is BEST BUY which I think, has successfully merged two important elements: Good Quality and Affordability.  

It also doesn't hurt to hear my voice while shopping most especially when my two boys say, "That's Mama!"  I can't help but smile with pride since I recorded my voice-overs from my very own home studio! Thanks James a.k.a. Kevin B for this opportunity!

 National Bookstore

In fact, I've just recorded another batch of  Back to School Promos for National Bookstore Radio.  

Promo 1: With every Php 1,000 single receipt purchase that includes any participating product with the N Sticker, you can get the Multi-Purpose Pouch for Free!

Promo 2: With every purchase worth Php 500 that includes any participating product with the N Stickeryou can get the Backpack for just Php 100!

 National Bookstore

Don't forget to follow National Bookstore on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more details.

National Bookstore


Had A Blast At The 2014 McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop!

After joining the Jollibee Kids Club Talent Camp a few weeks ago, Tutapel became part of yet another workshop, this time from its rival franchise McDonald's. I'm referring to none other than the iconic Kiddie Crew Workshop which has been a regular summer activity for kids from 5 to 12 years old for more than two decades.

I wanted Tutapel to enter this particular workshop not only to meet new friends but also to expose him to the value of discipline all coiled up in a fun way.

Tutapel at the 2014 McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop

Allow me to share with you the highlights of the 5-Day McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop:

DAY 1:  On-the-Floor Training:

Ate Sheila teaching Tutapel and the rest of the kiddies about the wonders of crew life 
at the McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop 2014

Snack Time at the end of every workshop session of the 
McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop 2014

DAY 2: Lobby Crew Work 

Cleaning Time with crew mate Hackiel at the   
McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop 2014 

Apron Painting

Tutapel and crew mate Hackiel enjoying their apron painting activity at the  
2014 McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop 

  Tada! Look at our aprons, ma!
McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop 2014 with Ate Sheila and crew mate Hackiel

DAY 3: Burger Making

 McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop 2014 with crew mate Hackiel

Here's a snippet of the fun activity:

DAY 4: Chef's Hat (Toque) Painting

 Ate Sheila teaching Tutapel how to paint on his chef's hat 
at the 2014 McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop


Courtesy of Mommy Mhanz
Welcome to McDonalds!

DAY 5: Recognition Day

During the fifth and last day, all the McDonald's Kiddie Crew Graduates donated to the McDo Bahay Bulilit set up for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Sharing Time at the McDo Kiddie Crew Workshop 2014

And to celebrate the kids' final day together, they grooved to Ronald McDonald's signature dance with much enthusiasm! They followed it up with a more mellow number, that is, the singing of the official Kiddie Crew Anthem-Make It Happen.

Proud Graduates of the McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop 2014

As if all this was not enough, McDonald's Philippines is throwing a Grand Graduation Party to all Kiddie Crew Graduates in Metro Manila! This most anticipated event will happen on May 31, 2014 at the World Trade Center Manila. 

If you haven't registered for the McDo Kiddie Crew yet, you still have a chance to be part of the workshop's final leg happening from May 26 to May 30, 2014. Hurry! Go to your nearest McDo branch now!

McDonald's Kiddie Crew Workshop 2014
Registration Venue: All Participating McDonald's stores
Registration Fee: Php 595 inclusive of shirt, cap, bag, artwork materials, pins/badges at the end of every activity, certificate and meals for 5 days
Last Leg: Week 9- from May 26 to 30, 2014


Mid-Year 2014 Enrollment Commences at The UP College of Music Extension Program!

I consider myself blessed to have met some of the most musically gifted people both here and abroad, as a former announcer/producer of 98.7 DZFE-The Master's Touch- the country's only classical music station. To this day, I can't help but get starstruck whenever I remember all the interviews I've been privileged to conduct.

Aside from that, I was also surrounded by equally-gifted friends during my college days who served as inspiration for my own musical pursuits, though amateurish by nature. Smiling Smiley Face

We all went to the UP College of Music Extension Program (UP CMEP)to study Voice, Reading Solfege and Music Theory for a few semesters before my friends decided to apply either for the Bachelor of Music Degree or Certificate Program. I, on the other hand, didn't pursue it as a course because I've always known my musical abilities were not up to par with the rest of them.

Any which way, we've come to believe that the UP CMEP is a great venue to cultivate your musical talent regardless on whether you want to pursue it as a would-be profession or not.

In essence, the UP College of Music Extension Program is a non-degree program of study that offers a set of music courses with the goal of providing comprehensive  musicianship for youth, adults, musicians and music educators,who are not officially enrolled in the College of Music degree offerings. The program develops musicianship skills through one-on-one learning (or in a classroom type of setting) of music instruments and other related areas of music experience such as the following: 
  • Piano, Jazz, Strings, Voice & Dance (Ballet), Winds & Percussion, Music Composition, Choral Conducting, Choral Arranging, Orchestration, Creative Music Experiences for Children, Songwriting, Reading Solfege and Music Theory.

Here are the different major instruments and areas of concentration being offered by the UP CMEP alongside their semestral fees:

  UP College of Music Extension Program 
Fees Based on School Year 2013-2014

The great thing is, even our kids as young as 4 years old can enroll in the highly popular Creative Music Experiences for Children course alongside other sessions in their musical instruments of choice.

Registration for the 1st semester (2014-2015) will be from June 16 to 20, 2014 ( Monday to Friday), 9-11:30 AM and 1-3:30 PM only at the UP CMEP office at the UP College of Music (Abelardo Hall).

Classes start June 21st for Saturday classes and on the 23rd of June for weekday sessions.

 UP College of Music Extension Program 

UP College of Music Extension Program
Address: Abelardo Hall, UP Diliman
Quezon City 1101, Philippines
Phone Numbers: 981-85-00 loc 2628 or 926-00-24
Please look for Ms. Riza Balucos or Ms. Pamela Baldicanas


Where To Buy Boracay's Famous Calamansi Muffins

Boracay's Calamansi Muffins. Local celebs have tweeted about and even instagrammed them to the point that these baked goodies have landed in just about anyone's must-try list.

During our family's most recent trip to Boracayhowever, we discovered that the "real" challenge was where to find these famous sweet 'n' sour creations. Chin Smiley

In search of Boracay's Famous Calmansi Muffins

We walked from Stations 1 to and back again, asked some locals along the way sometimes with no success, before we finally connected the dots and tracked these muffins down. Tito U and N arrived at the infamous place first, only to find out that there weren't enough of these popular baked goodies left.

Real Coffee & Tea Cafe Boracay's Famous Calamansi Muffins

It turned out that Real Coffee & Tea Cafe, the place who makes these bestsellers, was about to close when our family arrived. Thankfully, Tito U and N  have managed to save one last muffin for me and Bala.

So what did our family think about these famous goodies? 

Before indulging in them, thoughts like, "these muffins better be good"  resonated among all of us. Smiling Smiley Face As far as taste was concerned, the baked creations did receive polarizing views. Some thought that the muffins weren't worth all the effort and they tasted like Cerelac, which was less-than-complimentary. I, on the other hand, thought that it was nice since I like anything citrusy; but it lacked the yum factor that I seriously expected.

Real Coffee & Tea Cafe Boracay's Famous Calamansi Muffins

Any which way, Real Coffee & Tea Cafe deserves a do over  if ever we find ourselves back in Boracay. Who knows we might even come to appreciate the calamansi muffins more if we pair them with a hot cuppa java?

Thinking of getting some of these famous baked goodies for yourself?

Make sure that you place your order at least 24 hours before claiming them because the muffins are really in high-demand. Smiling Smiley Face

Featuring Real Coffee & Tea Cafe Boracay's Famous Calamansi Muffins

Real Coffee & Tea Cafe Boracay
Calamansi Muffins: Php 320 per box of 6 
Address: Station 2, 2nd Floor Seaworld
5608 Boracay, Aklan
Phone: +6336-288-5340; (+63) 0939-203-4436
Open from 7 AM to 7 PM

Remember: Real Coffee and Tea Cafe is beside Sea World in Station 2.

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Memorable Bonding Moments at the Monde Summer Mamon-It-Yourself (MIY) Decorating Event

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As a mom, I'm always on the lookout for fresh ideas in whipping up healthy and fun snacks for my family. I'm meticulous and uncompromising when it comes to quality and I won't settle for anything less. When I got introduced to Monde Special Mamon, I felt that I found a new partner in snack-making. What's great about it is that it is made with real fresh eggs, imported wheat flour and milk. Essentially, it is baked to be delicious!

When my family and I attended the Monde Summer Mamon-It-Yourself (MIY) Decorating Event at Yardstick Coffee last month, we were introduced to an array of wonderful possibilities in turning our favorite Monde Special Mamon into joyful and at the same time incredibly delish works of art!

During the said event, Chef Mitchie Sison shared with us how to turn our already yummy Monde Mamon even more exciting through the art of frosting.

Meet the Super Kind and Jovial Chef Mitchie Sison! 

She was kind enough to share an array of tips in measuring key ingredients like butter and how to achieve a stiff/hard peak for our frosting.

Monde Summer Mamon- It -Yourself (Mamon Toppings) Decorating Event
Although I found the concept quite difficult to perform on my own, I got so psyched up when I saw Chef Mitchie's beautiful mamon creations! When I heard her say that aside from flowers, moms can also use numbers or letters to make learning fun for preschoolers, I became completely sold on the idea!

Chef Mitchie's Creations @ the 
Monde Summer Mamon It Yourself (Mamon Toppings) Decorating Event

Here's Chef  Mitchie in action:

After Chef Mitchie, gorgeous Grace Barbers-Baja, a mom of four and popular blogger behind The Spoiled Mummy came in next. She shared with all of us how to do three types of easy-to-prepare toppings for our favorite Monde Special Mamon.

The Spoiled Mummy's Choice of Mamon Toppings

Three Interesting Creations by The Spoiled Mummy during the 
Monde Summer Mamon It Yourself (Mamon Toppings) Decorating Event
*Peanut Butter Banana
*Mamon Cheezy Ensaymada
*Spoiled Mamon

Her repartee with popular radio personality Delamar, who hosted the event with much wit and class, was indeed a welcome treat.

Popular DJ Delamar During the 
Monde Mamon It Yourself (Mamon Toppings) Decorating Event

What made the event even more memorable was when I got to spend the afternoon with my two boys in a super fun way!

Father & Son Bonding During the 
Monde Mamon It Yourself (Mamon Toppings) Decorating Event

What's great about the activity was that we had the chance to enjoy our yummy Monde Special Mamon in two ways--with the toppings and also without. We figured that the mamon itself was perfect as it was, considering its fresh and high- quality ingredients. The Monde Summer Mamon-It-Yourself Toppings however just brought out the fun already intrinsic in our favorite Monde Special Mamon.

Father & Son Enjoying the Many Possibilities of  A Simple Mamon @ the 
Monde Mamon It Yourself (Mamon Toppings) Decorating Event

Here's my son Tutapel having a blast in putting all the toppings he wanted on his mamon creations during the event.

We felt so honored when Chef Mitchie went to our table and offered to assist Bebe Tutapel in frosting his Monde Special Mamon.

Monde Summer Mamon It Yourself (Mamon Toppings) Decorating Event

Thank you Chef Mitchie for graciously teaching our son about the indispensable art of frosting!

Alas, I figured that if my son can do it, perhaps I was not a lost cause when it comes to learning how to frost sooo late in life. Smiling Smiley Face

Monde Summer Mamon It Yourself (Mamon Toppings) Decorating Event

After my hit and miss frosting experience, my hubby and son complimented my “work” and decided to add another layer of several Monde Summer Mamon-It-Yourself Toppings. Before the buzzer went off, TEAM LUISTRO was able to decorate a total of 7 Monde Special Mamons!

Our Labor of Love @ the 
Monde Summer Mamon It Yourself (Mamon Toppings) Decorating Event 

Before the event wrapped up, the staff surprised all the blogger moms by giving us our very own mamon especially decorated by our respective kids.

Monde Summer Mamon It Yourself (Mamon Toppings) Decorating Event

And that’s not all. Our kids and hubbies were even recorded on screen saying the sweetest things about us! I think all of us moms were teary-eyed right that point!

Courtesy of Monde Nissin on YouTube

Monde Summer Mamon It Yourself (Mamon Toppings) Decorating Event

The event ended on an even higher note when we were allowed to take home our mamon creations. My son and I were so ecstatic about our Monde Summer Mamon-It-Yourself creations that we can’t help but devour each other’s super yummy mamon!

Just can't get enough of Monde Summer Mamon-It-Yourself (MIY) 

Before the activity ended, I was surprised when blogger moms like me received truckloads of gifts from Monde such as the ones I was holding.

Thank you Monde Nissin and Nuffnang Philippines!

I can’t help but make an audible gasp of excitement when I opened the huge box and saw the following goodies!

Oh! I can’t wait to get home and do another Mamon-It-Yourself Activity with my two boys!

Monde Mamon It Yourself (Mamon Toppings) Decorating Event

Still bursting with excitement from the previous day’s event, I invited my niece Stephen to join my bebe Tutapel and I in our version of the Monde Summer Mamon-It-Yourself Activity the following day. Stephen and Tutapel can’t get enough of the already yummy Monde Special Mamon even without the toppings. But their enthusiasm was raised up a notch when they tasted the Monde Mamon overflowing with an array of special toppings!

 Mamon-It-Yourself at Home

Their Monde Summer Mamon-It-Yourself creations were screaming FUN and DELICIOUS from afar! And when we finally sank our teeth into them, we can’t help but smile while devouring each one of them.

Mamon-It-Yourself at Home

Thinking of a super creative activity with your kids this summer? Try Monde Special Mamon's #MamonItYourself.  You'll never regret it.

Mamon-It-Yourself at Home

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