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8th of March

Out of all the 365 or 366 days in a year, March 8 was declared International Women’s Day [IWD]. I wonder why. From my research I learned that the first IWD was commemorated in only a few European countries on March 19, 1911. In 1913, they changed the global date to March 8 but I … Continue reading »

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Bea’s RED-Letter Day

Of course, I couldn’t let her birthday go by without a simple celebration to make her feel extra-special. For her 9th birthday, Bea and I agreed on holding another playdate with a bunch of her friends. I’ve realized that, aside from being more practical and less stressful for parents, playdates are a lot more fun … Continue reading »

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Christkindlmarket at SM Mall of Asia

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas again, that’s true. It’s been a full 11 years since I experienced snow for the first time in Europe — specifically at the Vaalserberg, also known as the Dreiländereck (or Three-Country Border)  shared by Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Now I can only dream about going back there. Good thing, … Continue reading »

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“The King and I” in Manila

Last year, I won 2 tickets to “The Sound of Music” via a facebook contest sponsored by Resorts World Manila. This year, I won 2 balcony seats to “The King and I” from Eastwest Bank’s Dream Tickets Giveaway raffle promotion on facebook yet again. I am filled with gratitude. Like I always say, “why buy … Continue reading »

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Dusit Thani Manila

The “suite life” can be quite addicting — a luxury that’s really nice to enjoy once in a while. And I guess once you’ve tried a suite accommodation it’s hard to go back to standard hotel rooms. For our daughter Bea’s 8th birthday weekend, we decided to hole up in a hotel suite again and … Continue reading »

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Weekend at New World Hotel

I think the word staycation was especially coined because of people like my husband who hate going out of town for some relaxation and leisure time. A staycation, according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, is a vacation spent at home or nearby — which means, no long drives or airport hassles involved. With only about … Continue reading »

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Disney on Ice 2011: Let’s Celebrate!

The day after Christmas, I took my daughter Bea to the Araneta Coliseum to watch the Disney on Ice show. I actually bought our patron seat tickets last October, as soon as I learned about the Manila leg of this well-loved ice show on tour. I always look forward to watching it even though my … Continue reading »

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The Mandarin Oriental Club Experience

Dear Mandarin Oriental Manila, You just don’t know what a tremendous blessing you have given me this year. I am one of the winners of your wonderful “MOMents in Our Family Tradition” photo contest which you hosted on facebook a few months ago. As the second place winner, I received a complimentary weekend stay at … Continue reading »

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“The Little Mermaid” at the Meralco Theater

My daughter Bea’s fascination with The Little Mermaid started from the crib — as early as when she was around 6 months old — and up to now, Ariel is still her number one favorite Disney Princess. I wonder if there is a connection between the fact that she has adored Ariel since she was … Continue reading »

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“The Sound of Music” in Manila

Exactly a week after watching Repertory Philippines’ “Peter Pan” at the Meralco Theater, my Bea and I eagerly watched “The Sound of Music” at the majestic Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila [RWM]. Unlike “Peter Pan” which had some dragging parts, to be quite honest, RWM’s production of “The Sound of Music” was … Continue reading »

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