Saturday, December 18, 2010

Top of the Class with Nutroplex

One of my proudest moments was when my son first said these lines-

"I can do it myself mommy."

It melts me like butter that at this age he wants to be thoroughly independent from me. It's a marvel watching him do things his own way - making his own bed, tying his own shoes and doing his homework. My hubby assures me, it's a nudge at the right direction.

Lately, my son has moved on from simply asking "Why the sky is blue?" to more hard hitting stumpers like "Why can't we see God?" and "Why do boys kiss girls?"

Being a parent, my son simply relies on my answers as truth and at his age, he will believe anything mom says. Answering such questions maybe tricky, but it only reflects how far my son has come along in his development from being a very quiet, yet active 4 year-old to a very talkative and expressive 6 year-old.  

When he started preschool, he really had difficulty grasping pencils and writing his name. He would get frustrated that his name was too long to write haha.

So we would spend hours doing arts & crafts like paper cutting, molding clay and painting; because using scissors and tools would help my son strengthen his grip. When he got used to holding a pencil, he soon enjoyed writing the alphabet, his name and various everyday words. It marked a definite improvement in his language, writing and comprehension skills.

But beyond the classroom, our afternoons are spent pretty much together- this is what makes my day special.

I make sure we get our daily dose of sunshine. Right after school, my son goes swimming doing laps and diving in the deep-end with his dad. Later in the day, we have our afternoon walks  at the nearby park where the rest of the neighborhood kids are hanging out at the playground. What's amazing is my son's overabundance of energy and truthfully, I can't keep up with all his running around, but it does help me shed some pounds.

Nighty-night time means we read stories before bed time.

I used to be the storyteller, now my son prefers I listen while he reads the storybook out loud. And if he isn't satisfied with the story, he makes up his own alternate ending with his own pictures which he thinks is more enjoyable! 

When it comes to food, I think I am one of the lucky parents. Lucky in the sense that my son has a good appetite for veggies. He likes gabi and kangkong in Sinigang, carrots and potatoes in Afritada. Since a child's nourishment is largely dependent on the quality of food he eats, I make sure he has a little bit of everything on his plate - meat, dairy, veggies and protein sources - to balance his diet. 

For vitamins and minerals, my son's main nutritional supplement is Nutroplex. I like the fact that it has lysine and iron to keep him healthy. Iron is very important for growing young minds- a lack of iron or illnesses like anemia may reduce blood and oxygen flow to the brain. And like any mom, vitamin deficiencies are a No-no! So call me anxious, but I'm very adamant in warding off such things.

On a positive note, I'm very excited for 2011, I'm quite eager to start another year full of hugs, kisses and developmental milestones with my boy. Enzo will be graduating from preschool this April hopefully- top of his class!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Narra Tree: an All-Natural Immune Booster

Our grandparents often have a penchant for hardwood furniture such as those made from the Narra tree because of its sturdy and termite-resistant properties. Like the bamboo and the coconut, our national tree is very versatile, it also has medicinal and cleansing properties that dates back to the 16th and 18th centuries.

With all the free radicals and pollutants unleashed in our environment today is it still possible at all to live as healthy as humanly possible? This was one of the key points raised at the Naturteq Talk at the Museum Cafe in Greenbelt Ayala.

Miss Trina, Marketing Manager of Naturteq eagerly shares tips on the healing powers of the majestic Rosewood.

If you're into the holistic lifestyle, Naturteq Direct, Inc. offers a Narra Bark and Wood Food Supplement in capsule and tea form called Natursentials Rosewood. Narra is known to be a very effective antioxidant, particularly a blood purifier.

The components of narra - isoflavones and polyphenolics – are also known as phytochemicals. Research shows that the consumption of isoflavones fight diseases on several fronts, thereby lowering the risk of getting the diseases. Polyphenolics (or Polyphenols), on the other hand, may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer because of anti-oxidant properties that narra possesses.

Mommy blogger Mrs. Martinez and Events Executive Mrs. Nancy Harel

Dr. Sonny A. Viloria, General Practitioner and Natural Therapist, and strong supporter of the narra tree.

Dr. Viloria is one of the pioneers and strong supporter of the practice of “Natural Medicine” in the Philippines. He has been an advocate for narra since he came back from Australia in 1992, after earning his diploma in Therapies and Traditional Chinese Medicine from Australia.

Mr. George D. Mercado, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company, Inc. (PPLIC) talks about the company's commitment for a holistic lifestyle through Naturteq Direct. Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company is the leader in innovation and growth in the life insurance industry in the country.

Narra acts more as an immune booster which enhances what your body naturally has. It targets whatever is unbalanced in the body, as in cases of hypertension, hyper/hypoglycemia, acne, cancer, etc. This intelligent food supplement equalizes and optimizes your natural immune system to fight these illnesses. It is your way of healing yourself naturally.

Naturteq Direct Inc.
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F. Ortigas Jr Rd., Ortigas Center,
Pasig City, Philippines 1605

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Johnson's & Johnson's: 100 Years of Scientific Research

My mom pampered me and my siblings with Johnson's & Johnson's baby products when we were young. I think it's a generational thing, a tradition by mothers. When I had my first born, I had Johnson's baby products for bath and nappy routines. The only thing that has changed is that I used the Johnson's baby lavender (The Bedtime Bath Series). I can't get enough of that lavender scent which I find relaxing.

Mommy Cha holding her J&J pillow and basket

Mommies were invited for a babyshower-like event at the Hotel Intercontinental in Makati by Johnson's &  Johnson's Philippines.  A good time to catch up with fellow mommy bloggers and the first one I saw was Miss Anne of Nuffnang and Mommy Pehpot. Luckily, Mommy Vance was also there :)

Sa unang sandali, Sa bawat sandali, Ikaw lang. (At the first moment, and every moment after, there's only you)

A Dad shares his baby's moments: J&J's Senior Brand Manager Juan Carlos Garcia 

Event host and ANC News Anchor Ria Tanjuatco-Trillo and Mommy Marielle Santos-Po 

Pretty Preggy Moms:  Ria Tanjuatco-Trillo and Lexi Schultze talk about their babies

J&J's Miss Minay Martinez on baby showers

All the single ladies have a baby bath showdown

The winner shows great mommy potential!

J&J Moms: Mommy Jingke and Mommy Cha

A sampler of everything on the buffet (yum!) = 10 lbs of mommy fat

Mommy Lourdes and her very cute baby!

Mommy Janese is quick to draw her mobile cam

Lovely icing treats for moms

A J&J gift: Oooh! Now I have to get some honey

A J&J gift: The soft toy is perfect for dodgeball with a hyperactive 6 year-old

Johnson's Baby, one of the most trusted names in baby care, will throw a fab shower party to 3 expecting mommies through Johnson's World of First

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Week with the Flu

I'm thinking citrus thoughts, lotsa Vitamin C and getting better. If there's one thing I really hate is having a really dry throat and a cough that lingers way after the fever. And to Mommy Janese, sorry dear, raincheck muna til this passes. Hope to get back to blogging about mommy events real soon :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Social Network Premiere Night by Nuffnang and PLDT MyDSL

All the Nuffies in the house!

So visionaries turned billionaires make the worst kind of friends - traitors! Ah so goes the betrayal with nothing but money and a lawsuit to salve the wounds. The Facebook movie/The Social Network was gripping, enjoyable and worth the popcorn :) 

Patty ayaw mag-pose :P

Though today's weather was unforgiving, we made it time for the screening and I really do have fun going to Nuffnang premieres.  This was the second movie premiere I attended, the first one was Salt and this time around I went home with a loot bag. Nuffnang events are about the only time I get to see other bloggers (Hi Jane!) - its a great way to catch up!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Nuffnang and PLDT myDSL Special Screening

Joining a social network is all about making friends and keeping in touch with people you know. That is people you knew in high school, gradeschool and even preschool. So does having over a thousand friends in a social network mean you have as much friends in real life?

Who cares really as long as you enjoy your online life :) But its good to have a trusty, solid connection to the internet with a reliable service provider like PLDT.

“The Social Network is to Facebook, as PLDT myDSL modem+wifi is to having an online life.”

Here are the things I love about PLDT MyDSL:
  • Plug and Play just like the regular myDSL modem.
  • Enjoy up to 25 meters of MyDSL wifi connection.
  • High Speed plan subscribers can connect simultaneously via WIFI
  • It has a 4-port hub for more connections and can be used for future services.
  • Allows remote trouble shooting.
Plug and Play just like the regular myDSL modem.

Only Php2200 for bundled plans 990 / 1299
Php1000 for high speed plans 999 / 995 / 3000

Nuffnang and PLDT MyDSL wil have a special screening of David Fincher's The Social Network, a take on the life of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on October 19, 2010, 6:25PM. A special treat to Manila Nuffnangers!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

One Big Smile for MommyCow

At my son's school, the teachers are putting up student pictures for their birthday board. He's quite excited about it, Cow likes to anticipate birthday parties.

Cow was quite fussy and won't go still for me during the photoshoot at home. He just lost his tooth recently and he's a bit shy about smiling.

We had Daddycow choose the photo he liked best. The next day Cow gave it to his teacher at St. Vincent's. They called him "Pogi!" Haha which means handsome in Filipino.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My Little Boy's Height: Not so Little Anymore

Today, we did some measuring by marking my son's height against a wall. Something my dad used to do when we were kids. 

Though his pedia did give us a growth model or growth chart, I could use (its one of those giraffes with a stretched neck with the inches on it) I still prefer Lolocow's method. Something about scratching or marking the wall seems so permanent. A touching rite of passage as it can get for a six year-old.

So today on August 18, 2010:

Cow stands 46 1/2 inches which is 3.8 feet


Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Wonderful Weekend

My son CowCow and my niece Sasha under grandpa's bougainvilla tree. They love playing hide and seek in LoloCow's yard.

Sasha and her kalachuchi flower headband. She was going for the Diwata (fairy) look.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Nuffnang and HEAVEN Ice Cream invite you to a special screening of ‘SALT’

Divine ice cream pleasure is HEAVEN Ice Cream.

Give in to the richest, smoothest, and creamiest by NESTLÉ Ice Cream. Revel in the exquisite goodness of its four sophisticated flavors---Belgian Chocolate Bliss, Strawberry Dream, Vanilla Almond Secret and Butter Pecan Obsession.

HEAVEN Ice Cream is made with only the finest ingredients and contains no artificial food colors. Available in 800mL (Php 175) & 450mL (Php 115) tubs across supermarkets, groceries, and convenience stores nationwide.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

What CowCow Wants

My son comes home from preschool today and blurts out:

"Mommy, I want a Facebook page! I have 3 friends!"

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Newborn Additions: A Sweet Surprise

We woke up to the sound of my son screaming "Popcorn has babies! Popcorn has babies!"

and the next thing Cow said was, "They don't have hair mommy! They look like worms!" Hahaha! what a sight to behold, very pink and delicate little squirming hamsties.

Funny thing was, we missed the whole birth part. It was my son who actually saw the Mommy hamster give birth. He described it as Popcorn making poopy!

One very tired Momma, Popcorn snoozes off for the day with her babies underneath her. She's our big breeder.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Dark Nights under Typhoon Basyang

Internationally known as Typhoon Conson, Basyang may not have brought down dreadful rains like Typhoon Ondoy, but it still pummeled the country with its strong winds. Knocking out powerlines, crippling the capital Manila with blackouts which shut down all commuter trains - LRT, MRT and PNR trains.

The long commute. A lot of workers were left stranded. My Dad had to endure a 3-hour ride from Monumento to Makati via bus, only to find out most offices had no electricity (these private companies however still required employees to come to work despite the bad weather) .

Blackouts in Makati. We had to endure having no electricity for 2 nights which meant no functioning rice cooker and electric stove. With meat spoiling in the fridge, I was near crazy and adamant to find a friend's house to cook everything. My cows were starving and even the fastfood stores were closed. Some fastfood outlets suffered the brunt of the storm terribly.

Even the tempered glass at KFC was unable to withstand the strong winds of Basyang.

Luckily, no one was hurt when the shards came falling down.

I went to Salcedo street really early to meet up with my Dad who was bringing us emergency food from Pampanga. There were a lot of debris and tree branches were strewn about in Legaspi village. In other places in the city, you had to look out for flying tin roofs during the storm.

Mom & Dad Saves the Day. My mom is amazing though, she could have just made us some soupy treat or sent us canned food instead she still managed to cook Stuffed Chicken Gallantina and Lechon Paksiw then packed it in banana leaves just in time for my Dad to bring it to Makati. Haay, the Kapampangan spirit talaga when it comes to food, kailangan laging espesyal :) 

The long wait. It was too dark inside our unit, so me and my son spent our time singing nursery rhymes at the corridor. Our building's generator could only sustain light at its hallways and power up its elevators.

By morning, Makati was back to normal again and I'm now back online blogging about the whole thing. Hope everyone was safe inside their homes!