Tuesday, April 28, 2020

When Bills Payment Becomes a Chance to Help


Bayad Center, Meralco

Faced with even more uncertainty and restrictions brought about by the enhanced community quarantine, many strive to keep extra care of not just physical health but also their finances, especially since emergencies could be just waiting around the corner. CIS Bayad Center reminds everyone that it’s also important to take smarter routes to better managing your bills and other finances while still contributing to those affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Spend only for essential goods

As a wise consumer, it is best if you make sure that essential goods are always first in your to-buy list. Prioritize buying your needs more than your wants, but in consideration of others, never hoard or try to take much than what you need.

Allocate for health budget

Keeping yourself and your family healthy is a must.  It’s best to allocate for immune-boosting supplements, on top of your maintenance medicines if you have any and potential medical expenses. This budget preparation will get you covered in case of emergency, especially at this time of escalating threats to global health.

Prioritize paying bills on time

Although many utility and loan companies extended their due dates for bills payment in consideration of the challenges posed by the crisis, it is still better if you pay on time. This will give you less headache about mismanaging your budget, and avoid your unpaid bills to pile up later down the road.

Have some regard for the less fortunate

Donate to the collective relief efforts and help those who are not able to weather the crisis as well as you can.  Every little effort goes a long way, and Bayad Center is giving the paying public the chance to help fellow Filipinos and communities affected by the pandemic via the “BAYADnihan, Tulong-tulong para sa Bayan” campaign.

As simple as settling your monthly financial obligations at any Bayad Center branch or through its mobile app, your payment becomes more meaningful because a portion of it will be donated to One Meralco Foundation. This “BAYADnihan” campaign covers transactions done from March 1 to April 30, 2020.

Bayad Center employees are also taking part in this endeavor and voluntarily pledging a part of their salaries to raise more funds, which will be used in giving out food for the homeless and underprivileged families who suffer most due to the health crisis and the imposed quarantine.

The biggest and most trusted multi-channel payment platform in the Philippines, Bayad Center remains committed to making payments convenient and accessible, and more meaningful, while encouraging Bayanihan as one of its responses to the ongoing crisis.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Paradizoo Educational Field Trip 2019


After the Tagaytay Picnic Grove quick trip, we went to Paradizoo.

Paradizoo Theme Park

Paradizoo Theme Farm is a 10 hectare rolling terrain land which boast of different areas like farm animals, vegetable and flower garden and a lot more. 

Paradizoo Theme Park

Paradizoo is a combination of zoo and themepark making it the only themefarm concept in Metro Tagaytay. It offers a variety of educational, outdoor and group outing programs for nature, flowers and animal lovers.


It's a great escape to our city life.

Paradizoo Theme Park

You will see lots of greens around. 

Paradizoo Theme Park

Trees, plants, flowers and vegetables are everywhere.

Paradizoo Theme Park


My son actually loves it.


It is so rare that we see nature abundance like these. Different colorful flowers everywehere.

By the way, they are selling vegetables and fruits at a very low price. Like lettuce for just 50 pesos per kilo.

Paradizoo Theme Park

Also, if you love taking photos, everywhere here is so Instagrammable. Haha!


While the little boy was busy,  we took some couple photos.


 Another photo of us. And if only it was not starting to rain we will took more photos pa.


This one was taken by our little boy.



Look at that smile. So contagious!


Paradizoo has many farm animals too. There are pigs, monkeys, goats and a lot more. Yun lang kasi it was raining and we needed to move quick to find a shelter for us and the kids.

After the rain stop, we proceed to see the other animals. Feeding the rabbits is I think the most enjoyed activity of the kids here. You need to buy carrots for 20 pesos then you can feed the rabbits inside their home.

Paradizoo Theme Park

And oh there's a camel there too and you can also feed them.

Paradizoo Theme Park

Sharing this short video of clip of what you can see at Paradizoo. Please don't forget to subscribe at my Youtube Channel.


So that's our quick trip at Paradizoo.  Next destination is Reptiland.

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Paradizoo Theme Park
Location address: Km. 63 Panungyan Mendez Cavite
Contact: (046) 413-1244 ; (02) 847-0413
Operation hours: Open daily from Monday-Sunday; 8:00 am - 5pm
Rates:  P199/ adult
            P149 / child 3ft-4ft
            Free of Charge 3 ft below




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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Small Things Every Parent Should Do for Their Child


It's every great parent's and guardian's charge to love, protect, care for, and support their children. They must make it a priority to nurture a child's mental and physical health as they grow into adolescence and adulthood. Creating safe and fun environments for children to make memories is an essential part of parenting and guardianship.

For some parents, it may feel like a child is growing up fast, which can motivate them to preserve treasured memories of their little one's infancy, childhood, adolescence, and teenage years by taking many photos and videos. Many people save and print their family photos, so they can put their memories on display and share them with others.


Advancements in technology, photography, and videography have made photo saving and sharing easier. Parents can upload photos and videos to storage sites such as Google Photos, Pinterest, Flickr, and Photobucket and online photo storage services, including OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud, and more.

A practical storage option is a smart home device that allows people to store photos from any mobile device or smartphone. A photo manager like ibi is an excellent solution for online photo storage and sharing. This device is like a personal cloud for one's photos and videos. With a capacity of 1 TB, ibi is beneficial for parents who have many pictures and videos of their children on multiple phones, computers, hard drives, and social media accounts.


Maintaining involvement in a child's education and extracurricular activities is something every parent should do. Reading to children, helping them with homework, and supporting after-school events they participate in are some actions that can have an immensely positive influence on kids.

Parents should begin inquiring about their child's or children's physical, mental, and emotional health when they become adolescents and teenagers if they hadn't started doing so already. During adolescence and through young adulthood, people are more likely to experience increased stress, anxiety, depression, and mental health conditions. Questioning a child or teen about any academic and social hardship or life changes they experience can help parents understand their children better and gauge if they're having issues. Asking someone how they're doing is something essential to do that could be comforting. Such questioning could mean a lot to a child, especially from their caretakers.

For professional care of a child's health and well-being, parents should find a family pediatrician. A pediatrician, defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as a doctor who focuses on children's development, health, and welfare, provides preventive care, makes diagnoses, and treats acute and chronic diseases. A pediatrician's education and training give them an understanding of the way biological, environmental, and social factors can influence a child's development.


Every parent should practice healthy habits at home that can benefit their families, such as following a balanced diet. Children require different amounts of specific nutrients from adults, depending on their age and developmental stage. Cooking nutritious meals for children can strengthen their bones and bodies and promote growth and development.

Every parent should give their children vitamins to take for their bodies to function correctly. Each vitamin and mineral has a unique effect on a child's growth.

The children's multivitamins produced by Hiya Health are reliable and clean, lacking the junk, sugar, and chemicals that other vitamins on the market have. Hiya Health's multivitamins, created through collaborations between scientists, nutrition experts, and pediatricians, consist of 15 essential vitamins and organic fruits and vegetables, promoting lifelong total health. Giving a child vitamins that lack preservatives and synthetic junk they shouldn't consume is a small action that can result in significant, positive long-term health outcomes.

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Why do People Choose Palawan?


There are 7,107 islands in the Philippines alone, depending on whether the seas around it are in experiencing the high tide or low tide. Palawan is but one of those many, many islands. And yet, it is the one hundreds if not thousands of people flock to every day to visit. Why do most people choose it, anyway?


It will be easy to say that tourists from all over the world choose to go to Palawan simply because of its pristine beaches. However, it is a lot more than just that. Allow us to break it down for you. Here is why everyone—both foreigners and local tourists alike—chooses to go to Palawan over and over again.

1. People

Palawan is the Palawan we know now because of its people. They are the greatest mix of locals and migrants around. It was as though the people here were called by nature, and they have since gone above and beyond its call.

Palawe├▒os used to be made up of only local Palawans and Tagbanwa peoples. Once upon a time, the languages spoken here were just Cuyonon and Tagbanua. Now, it is a melting pot of persons and cultures.

It feels almost unreal how everyone here seems to understand each other. Palawe├▒os as a people are so welcoming, it’s infectious. With everyone here always ready to lend a helping hand, anyone who comes across them is somehow moved to do the same.

We saw it for ourselves in our latest Lumambong Beach Conversation clean-up just earlier this year when locals and business came together to clean large swaths of beach in the Barangay Binga even though the beach is barely ever seen by anyone. When in Palawan, there are no strangers. Only family and friends who have come together on this island.

2. Nature

Let’s get this out of the way. When any regular person living in this modern world thinks about the island of Palawan, they think of its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. They think about its endlessly colorful flora and fauna, both above sea level and below it.

Binga Beach Resort

It wasn’t voted as the world’s best island again and again for nothing. Palawan has the receipts to back the title that was given to it. From the otherwordly coral reefs of the Tubbataha in the island province’s south to the majestic limestone cliffs of the town of El Nido in its north, Palawan is a natural paradise. It is as simple as that. The Philippines calls it its last frontier because of this very fact.

Palawan remains untouched for the most part. There are no large factories on its miles and miles of land, no skyscrapers. Only mountain ranges and beaches that will gladly take you in should you need a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is a place where everyone from the birds and the bees roams free. It is a tropical version of heaven right here on earth.

3. Location

Another reason why Palawan is considered as the Philippines’ last frontier is because of its location. Palawan is the westernmost province of this archipelagic country. There are no large masses of land to its left for a few thousand miles.

Binga Beach Resort

Thousands of years ago, the floors under the now-West Philippine Sea and the Sulu Sea converged and decided that this was the perfect place to create an island. The waves are never rough here. There are no fault lines that will suddenly cause earthquakes. There is nothing here but peace.

Palawan is a blessed island, to say the least. Its weather is always fair, and the sun is always sure to shine. With a calm sea wrapped around it, no one here will ever go hungry. You can feel it in the way the wind blows, in the warmth of its people. It exudes a magnetic pull to anyone who has ever been here or has even heard of it. And so, if you haven’t, you are missing out on a lot.

4. History

As a country, the Philippines itself has been around since the 16th century. Palawan has been considered as one of its many provinces as far back as the year 1818. However, we all know that this island’s history dates much, much farther back than that.

Some of the earliest known Filipinos to walk this earth have left marks on the caves of Tabon in Southern Palawan. Their descendants, the Tagbanwa people, live on the island up to this day.

In between, Palawan has seen Spaniards, Americans, Japanese, and even Vietnamese foreigners settle on its fields and even on the foothills of its mountains. Christianity has been on this island for over 400 years. People have come and gone. Thanks to its beauty, so many choose to stay.

This rich history has allowed Palawan to thrive into the almost utopian paradise it is now. Every year, the Baragatan festival celebrates how the north, the south, and the islands in between and around them came together to form this beautiful province.

5. Accessibility

There was a time when it was impossible to go from the north of this island to the south. When this island was nothing but rugged terrain, that was the case. Now, though, Palawan is but one province, and moving from one point to another has never been easier.

Flights arrive daily at the Puerto Princesa International Airport. Foreigners from neighboring countries can skip dropping by Manila first, and go straight to business. The town of El Nido is now a host to its own airport as well. And so is the town of San Vicente and the islands of Coron up north and Cuyo to the east.

Buses now plow through the province’s National Highway. Vans are at an excess of supply for anyone who would like to travel Palawan with a little more convenience. The roads are long and smooth, and the drives are always scenic.

It wasn’t always like this, for sure. That is why no matter how beautiful Palawan is, not a lot was aware of it until recently. Tourism here only really boomed a few years back. With how things look in Palawan, there is no way to go from here but up.

Conclusion

With Palawan so popular, you might find yourself reluctant to spend too long among the crowds at El Nido or Port Barton. We recommend a stay at Binga Beach Resort just north of San Vicente located halfway between those two tourist hot spots. Located on the gorgeous Lumambong beach in the Barangay Binga, it features huge glamping cabins with big porches and cogan grass rooves, all right on the beachfront.


Binga Beach Resort

People undoubtedly choose Palawan because it is a place that is truly unlike anywhere else in the world. Like, have you seen it? It is the very definition of majestic, beautiful, and utterly breathtaking. In the years to come, it will remain this way. If we have anything to say about it, that is. We are absolutely going to make sure of it.
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Monday, April 13, 2020

New Year's Day 2020



Four months after, here's our New Year' day celebration. 

Read also: Media Noche 2020

No kidding yes, I am posting how we spent our New Year's day. This to remind everyone that amidst the health crisis we are going through right now, there are so many things to be grateful for. Like our family.

Let me start our story with this cute not so little boy who opened all his coin banks on New Year's day.


It has been our tradition to open his coin banks on the first day of the year. Daddy A helped him. He don't save that much as we don't give him money regularly. But at least he knows how to save and that's more important.



Also, every year, it's our tradition to take our first family picture of the year. Look who've got his first picture for the year.


He took advantage while we are still dressing up. Such a happy boy!

We did our best to get the best shots.


More photos of us.


But this is my favorite.


And it is also our tradition to hear a mass on the first day of the year.


We thank God for the year that was and for the new year that is about to start.

National Shrine of the Divine Mercy

By the way, that is the world’s tallest statue of the Divine Mercy.


The 100-feet tall monument stands atop a four-storey multipurpose building at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy’s compound.


This photo is also my favorite. We tried to get the statue as background but it was still bright where he stood.


That's my quick story of how we started 2020. We may not doing good now because of the health pandemic we are battling, but let us remember that God is here. God is good, all the time.

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Lunch in a BuBee Lunch Jar Series 2019: Week 12


Sharing another week of Lunch in a BuBee Lunch Jar Series 2019.

Here's the the Week 5 of Lunch in a BuBee Lunch Jar Series 2019.  Budget friendly lunch baon for 3 for less than 100 pesos.

READ: What's in my Yumbox Series 2019: Week 11

August 26, 2019 - Holiday

August 27, 2019

Lunch in a BuBee Lunch Jar, bento baon, school baon, lunch baon, lunch in a budget, lunch baon ideas

Lunch: Gyoza and rice
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1/2 cabbage, finely chopped - 10 pesos
1 small carrots, finely chopped - 5 pesos
1 small onion - 3 pesos
15 dumpling wrappers - 15 pesos
100 grams ground pork - 20 pesos
salt, pepper, oil, soy sauce and viniegar, brown sugar - available sa kitchen
= 53 pesos
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Full recipe: Gyoza

August 28, 2019

Lunch in a BuBee Lunch Jar, bento baon, school baon, lunch baon, lunch in a budget, lunch baon ideas

Lunch: Pork steak and buttered beans, and rice
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3 pieces pork sliced (Steak) - 90 pesos
8 pieces Baguio beans - 5 pesos
salt, pepper, rosemary, fried garlic, butter - available sa kitchen
= 95 pesos
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August 29, 2019

Lunch in a BuBee Lunch Jar, bento baon, school baon, lunch baon, lunch in a budget, lunch baon ideas

Lunch: Chicken barbeque and turmeric vegie rice
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Chicken BBQ
1/4 kilo chicken breast, cut into strips - 40 pesos
1 pack pineapple tidbits - 13 pesos
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp chili powder, optional
dash of pepper - lahat yan available na sa kitchen sa kitchen
= 53 pesos

Turmeric vegie rice
4 cups rice
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 cup green peas
1 small carrots, finely chopped
1 small onion, minced
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Lunch in a BuBee Lunch Jar, bento baon, school baon, lunch baon, lunch in a budget, lunch baon ideas

August 30, 2019

Lunch in a BuBee Lunch Jar, bento baon, school baon, lunch baon, lunch in a budget, lunch baon ideas

Lunch: Pork adobo with potatoes and rice
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1/4 kilo pork liempo, cut into bite-size - 60 pesos
1 cup potato cut into bite size - 10 pesos
1 medium size onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground pepper
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vinegar
2 pcs laurel leaves
2 tbsp brown sugar - available na sa kitchen
= 70 pesos
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That's for Lunch in a BuBee Lunch Jar Series 2019: Week 12. Please stay tune for the Week 13 of Lunch in a BuBee Lunch Jar Series 2019.

P.S.: I have created a Facebook Group page for MoMaye's Baon Diary. You can join and share your bento baon creations too. I would definitely love to see yours too.

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Tagaytay Picnic Grove Trip 2019


Hello! Have you read the Lucky Me! Noodle Factory Field Trip 2019? That is the first destination of my son's school annual educational field trip.

For the second destination, we went to Tagaytay. But before we reached Tagaytay Picnic Grove, we had a stop over in a store selling pasalubong and souvenirs. The tour guide told us we can already buy pasalubong and souvenirs there because according to them there will no stores that we can pass by after.

So we bought some pasalubong there. Medyo mas mahal sya so hindi kami masyado namili. Which is good because in Tagaytay Picnic Grove there are so many shops selling cheaper souvenirs and pasalubong. Look!

Tagaytay, Tagaytay Picnic Grove, educational field trip, Family, Travel,

The bracelets with free name plate are much cheaper here. If I remember it right it's only 3 pieces for 50 pesos versus 25 pesos each doon sa stop over store. Same with the key chains too.

Tagaytay, Tagaytay Picnic Grove, educational field trip, Family, Travel,

It's been more than 20 years since the last time we went to Tagaytay Picnic Grove. This is how it looks before Taal volcano erupt. 

Tagaytay, Tagaytay Picnic Grove, educational field trip, Family, Travel,

It was a cloudy day. Medyo umaambon pa and konti lang ang tourists. If I remember right naka-alert level 1 na ang Taal volcano noon. By the way, those cottages are not free to use ha. May bayad po sya.

Tagaytay, Tagaytay Picnic Grove, educational field trip, Family, Travel,

Look at our little boy. I don't know what he was shouting there.

Tagaytay, Tagaytay Picnic Grove, educational field trip, Family, Travel,

And he posed for a photo.


Of course, this trip will not be complete without our family photos.



Daddy A asked for a solo photo.


Nakigaya na din ako kaya lang it started to rain kaya ganyan na lang nakuha, haha.


It was just a short and quick trip here in Tagaytay Picnic Grove. The long walk was so tiring but worth it because we made this boy really happy.


Here's a quick video I uploaded in Youtube. Please don't forget to subscribe. Thank you!


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