MMFF 2010

Friday, December 31, 2010

So, have you seen any of the movie offerings this year? We have made it a tradition to watch a least one film each year but this year, I am not so into it (heck I missed watching HP7, I don’t mind not catching any MMFF this year). I have been hearing mixed reviews about the movies and now I know which ones to forego versus the ones I could tolerate. If I am given the luxury of time, I’d go watch Rosario. I wonder if they used Rocky Patel cigars in this movie? Anyway, I heard that except for the costume design and a sad first 15-30 minutes, Rosario is a good movie. Metanoia is the next one on my list.

Nine Medicines You Should not Give your Toddler

I am glad to have received this article on my inbox. It lists down the nine medicines to give a toddler:

  1. Aspirin
  2. OTC Cough and Cold Medicines
  3. Anti-nausea Meds
  4. Adult medications
  5. Any med prescribed for someone else
  6. Anything expired
  7. Extra Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen
  8. Chewables
  9. Ephedra/Ephedrine (Chinese herb ma huang)

The first on the list, I already know. Numbers 3-6, common sense will already tell you why. Acetaminophen is okay but it has to be prescribed by the Pedia and must not go overboard. Chewables are choking hazards. Herbal Meds have adverse results even in adults, much more on toddlers.

Number two got my attention. I have been worried about K because of her coughs. After reading this, I am relieved that I did not turn into ‘mommy-doctor’ and go against Pedia’s orders. He does not prescribe cough medicines and we just follow the water therapy and good old “pagpag likod” remedy :) K is getting better now :)


This year, the karaoke machine took a back seat. Singing has been a past time for our family and relatives, and our machine was almost always present in gatherings. But that changed this year, as we hosted a small party for my mom's siblings and families at home on Christmas day. We took the new Kinect for a test drive and we all had a blast, with my cousin bringing home the Dance Central King, albeit a prize :)

Our first love has always been singing until our voices are gone (!) so I am sure we’ll all go back to that practice next time around.

Christmas Gift for Me

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas is in less than two days and the husband has not sent feelers about his gift to me. So tonight I just had to ask him teehee. My hunch is true, that there is no gift yet. He said he’s still thinking about it. My fault too because I’ve never been vocal about the things I want to receive. I think I need gc’s for pampering (but I cannot leave K for a long time!), hotel stay, shopping money (but I don’t know what I need!) or even a new coffee mug like the ones found in My heart says it would appreciate an iPad because that’s what I really want. But I guess if I insist on this one, I will have to wait for the 2nd gen to be released, eh?

Shangri-la Treat for Fans


Shangri-la Hotels and Resorts just launched an exclusive offer to their Facebook Fans. In celebration of their 40th Anniversary, fans can dine up to 50% off at any of their restaurants (except Fook Lam Moon Chinese restaurant) around the world from 01 January 2011 to 31 December 2011. It will be a treat for the fan’s birthday and requires pre-registration. For more information, visit their FB page.

And so We’re Back :)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Just a sneak peak to where we were for the past few days:


We were in the Happiest Place on Earth for ~2 days and the rest of the time, we were just lounging in our rooms and a few hours out in the city. It was a memorable vacation, even if I was sick almost the entire time. I was having allergic rhinitis attacks and that slowed me down a bit. But all is well. The pictures will tell how much fun we had.

Going on a Trip

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I will be away this weekend with my family and two brothers. We' have been planning for this one since October and it will be a nice change from the usual Manila Christmas Rush. This is also the first time that the siblings (sans Ate :( ) and I are going on a trip without the parents. So I am looking forward to this weekend which is made special because Ane and K will go with us also :) Ultimate bonding moments, I must say.

He wants to lose weight

Monday, December 13, 2010

Ane sent me an email about slimming coffee this morning. I say he’s never given up on the idea that this fad of a coffee will help him lose weight. I have been apprehensive about this product because unlike best diet pills for women, there are no reviews that convince me enough to try it. He said that this new one that he found has BFAD approval. We are still researching if the number is a valid one, the government site is not too helpful because I can’t find links to check. And if there is a valid approval, I still think Ane should see the doctor and ask about it. I would prefer it actually is he just exercise more and watch his diet rather than resort to these things.


Friday, December 10, 2010

I am not sure if it’s the Holidays creeping in but I find that have no energy to work -- that or I am plain lazy, LOL! I always wake up feeling restless and tired. I know this is not because of the mattress K and I sleep on since it is relatively new. Perhaps it has something to do with my posture when sleeping? I read somewhere that it does not help to sleep with arms under the head yet that’s a habit for me. Maybe I should be more conscious about that, eh?

Live Curious Shirts by National Geographic Channel and Regatta

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

For most of you, this is already old news but I didn’t get the chance to blog about it, so pardon me for that. Anyway the husband is into statement shirts so it did not surprise me when National Geographic Channel collaborated with Regatta in November to launch the Live Curious shirts. Live Curious is actually a global program by NGC to promote curiosity and adventure through exploration, pioneering and questioning. The campaign in the country launched with ads featuring local Nat Geo ambassadors.


These are really nice eh? I guess I was not paying much attention when the husband expressed his want to have one shirt. He said the statement he wanted was out of stock but he left his number with the Regatta peeps in GB so they could call him. One day, he went home with a shirt like this one on the ad featuring WWF-Philippines CEO Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan:


It’s not what he wanted but he could not wait for new stocks to arrive. Nice choice though.

Looking for a Dermatologist

Monday, December 06, 2010

My Aunt who’s here for a short vacation asked us if we know where she can have a good facial. She’s not after the regular facial procedure but something she calls IPL (?). I told her why not try that famous celebrity doctor but she’s adamant. We were strolling in the mall when this topic came up so I was not able to follow-through. I just remember telling her to try the dermatologist in St. Luke’s who practically healed my breakout in year 2000. I am not sure if Dra. Elsie is still in country because I have not gone back for years. She’s really good, this doctor. I would have undergone acne scar removal but she said my scars are shallow that a laser treatment would be impractical. Anyway, auntie is leaving for the US soon, I hope she finds a good dermatologist before then.

Discounted Buffet at Spiral thru CashCashPinoy

Have you heard of groupons? These are discounted deals (for real!) at establishments. I will have to post about this in detail later when I have more time, hehe. Anyway, CashCashPinoy is one of those sites who first offered groupons in the country.

Today, their deal is a 45% discount at Spiral Buffet at the Sofitel in Manila. This means you only pay P1392 for a P2520 value. Such a steal right? And the voucher comes with bottomless iced tea which makes this deal even sweeter (literally and figuratively, LOL!).


This is the second time that this is offered within a few months so I am thinking really hard if I should grab it this time around. Anyway, I still have a few hours to decide. If you are interested, you may take this offer which will expire at 12midnight later (December 7). You may use the voucher for lunch or dinner from December 20, 2010 to May 31, 2011 (but with block out dates).

Jobs for Health Care

Sunday, December 05, 2010

I am not sure if this where I mentioned it (too many blogs!!) but the government through CHED will not allow schools, colleges and universities to offer new nursing programs (as well as other programs like in IT) for the next school year. I think there is more than enough graduates of nursing but no sufficient jobs for health care in the country. It is no secret that some nursing professionals end up in a call center position so they could finally earn a living. So if you are entering tertiary level next year, maybe you should already consider other courses.