Monday, August 22, 2016

{Weekend Footnotes} G-League SC Leg 1

I haven't been posting regularly, I know. And I'm sorry.

But, here's one now. This is going to be snippets of what happened within this month, so far.

My weekends always seem like a blur lately. 

We used to meet up with my in-laws for Sunday lunch after worship service. But for the past two months, my father-in-law has been in and out of the hospital, so weekends are usually just spent visiting with him. If you could help us pray for his comfort, it will be greatly appreciated.

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Two weekends ago, my fave son (and only because he is my only one!) competed in yet another meet. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Tips For Taking Better Care of Your Non-Stick Pans + Hard & Light Cookware by Lock & Lock

I definitely knew I hit middle-age when going to department stores, the first area I hit up is the Home & Kitchen section. And, the same thing holds true for online shopping. I spend a lot of time browsing the Home and Kitchen section, too.

Lately, I've been I've been obsessing about pots and pans.

I have all sorts. I have stainless steel. I have cast iron. I have non-stick. I think the more pans, the merrier.

What Kind Of Pan To Use?

I am lucky to have a set of solid stainless steel Salad Master that my MIL gifted me with. I use it to saute vegetables and stir-fry meats.

But for cooking food such as sunny-side eggs, fried rice, fish fillets, pancakes, crepes, nothing beats a non-stick pan. No matter what I do, dumidikit talaga pag di non-stick.

Just the other day, I was in the mood for garlic rice, and experience has told me so many times that the best pan for fried rice is a non-stick pan. It's a good thing that I have the newest non-stick pan from Lock & Lock, the Hard & Light Frying Pan.

Thursday, July 28, 2016


One of the things I enjoy doing in Instagram is discovering and following the accounts of high-quality local brands.

I purchase a lot from these online stores, and if I'm really satisfied with their products and the quality of their service then I also love sharing them with all of you. These local brands deserve to reach a bigger market.

A few months ago, when we were invited to join the Row 101 Suummer Pop Up Bazaar, my daughter discovered Fringy.PH. She had used up her shopping money allocation, so she kept bugging to borrow money to buy these genuine leather fringes.

In the end, I gave in and brought her two pairs.

So quirky! See?

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

#ColorYourMood with Freshlook & Air Optix Colors

I've been a contact lens wearer for many years now.

It's much more convenient than eyeglasses. I don't have to deal with my glasses fogging up due to change in temperature. Eyeglasses are annoying to wear when it rains. And when you get sweaty, the frame constantly slides down your nose.

I am currently using monthly disposable ones by Air Optix.

I love the way it feels when I put it on. It feels weightless, like I don't have any contact lenses on.

I'm so happy that I have finally found a contact lens that can take me from morning to evening. There's finally a contact lens that can give me the comfort I need all day long.

And now that I found out they have colored ones, as well, I can't wait to try them!

#ColorYourMood with Freshlook & Air Optix Colors

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Uma Uma Ramen + Whisky Bar

I have this group of mom-friends who I meet up with regularly to eat, its always just to eat. WE love to eat, and so we bond over good food. Together, we visit restaurants we've never tried before, but there are also times that one of us would just host a dinner party at home.

I honestly don't recall having gone out shopping with this group, nor did we ever watch a movie together.

Because of our common love for eating, our viber group is called The Cupcake Group because we love to have coffee and eat cupcakes. Well, to be accurate, they have coffee and I just drink warm water.

It did not surprise me when I learned that the one who hosted our recent dinner has a nephew who runs this super popular ramen bar in Singapore called, Uma Uma. The nephew, Russell Yu, is a Filipino-Chinese who grew up in the US but is now based in Singapore.

Uma Uma Ramen, {Forum Mall, Orchard Road, Singapore}

Thursday, June 9, 2016

TPM Baon Diaries: 5 Easy Tips for Packing Lunch Baon That Your Kids Will Love + Lily and Tucker BLOG GIVEAWAY

My Li'l Man started school already this week, and my girls will follow next week.

For the past few weeks, we have been spending a lot of time getting things organized to go back to school. School uniforms bought, school supplies replenished, and we have been shopping for new backpacks and lunch bags.

It's a bittersweet time. Although we are sad that summer will soon end, we’re also excited to start a new school year with new goals and adventures.

For me, back to school always means back to baon prepping.  If you follow me on Instagram, you will see me posts about the baon I prepare for my kids.

Packing lunches that will nourish my kids bodies is a big deal for me. I want them to eat healthy and at the same time I want to make sure that they like what they’re eating.

My kids have never wanted to eat lunch in the school cafeteria. They hate waiting in line, and they have always preferred my cooking over what is being served in the cafeteria.

I have been preparing lunch baon since my oldest was in first grade, so that would mean that I have been in the baon-prepping business for over a decade already. If you take out the nasty fact that baon prepping involves waking up so early, it's not really so bad.

It could actually be an easy task if you set up a process for it. I have a few tips on what worked for me, hopefully it will help you out as well.

Phenomenal Tips for A Better And Faster
Baon Preparation:

1. Make sure you've got a well-stocked pantry. 

A well-stocked pantry full of healthy items is one of the sure ways to prepare quick healthy meals. The quality of the baon is going to get better and the time you need to prepare is going to be less.

2. Get things ready ahead of time

I try to prepare ahead of time. It really cuts down on the baon-prepping time in the morning. I ussually have them bring rice, but there are days that my oldest just wants to eat salad.

I pre-wash salad greens and keep them in the ref until needed.  I give tips on how to keep salad greens fresh longer here. I usually put the greens in the containers the night before and simply add dressing the next day. Packing for three is time-consuming, and I need to find ways on how to make the entire baon-prepping process easier and faster in the morning.

One more tip I can share is to buy meat in bulk and marinate them right away before you store in the freezer. The frozen meats can simple be placed int the ref the night before to defrost.

3. Make big batches 

While I am at it cooking, I might as well make enough food to lasts my family several meals. Leftovers are always good, especially if I know that I have to stay out late for a dinner party and will have a difficult time waking up early the next day.

4. Have a designated area in your kitchen where you keep all your lunch making supplies. 

Our baon essentials are placed in one cabinet in the kitchen. There is a place for everything, and no time is wasted searching for a lost lid or misplaced container.  When I'm ready to pack the baon, all of the containers are right where they are expected to be.

5. Invest in the right containers 

My primary consideration when choosing lunch containers is that it is able to keep my kids' food hot until lunch time.  There's nothing more pitiful and unappetizing than eating cold rice and ulam, di ba?

In the 10 years that I've been a baon-prepping mama, I've tried a LOT of different lunch containers and lunch packing strategies. The best for me is Bubee Lunch Jars. I wrote about why it is the best baonan for me here:

I have extra of these containers on hand, and am selling them. You may send me an email at or you can DM me in IG or FBC.

Aside from using Bubee Lunch Jars, I also love the insulated lunch bags that I bought from Lily and Tucker. I love that they are multi-function, and can be used as a backpack or a sling bag. As a bonus, my kids love the trendy prints and are not embarrassed to walk with them around school.

There you go! These tips have made packing baon a breeze in my home. It always makes me fulfilled to know that my kids are happy with the food I give them.


Lily and Tucker is a home-grown brand which offers a unique selection of functional and trendy bags for the kids with modern designs. Its product line includes school trolleys, backpacks, insulated lunch bags and small sling bags.

Lily and Tucker is available in selected SM department stores nationwide. Branches include SM Megamall, Makati, MOA, Fairview, North Edsa, Southmall, Bacoor, Sta. Rosa, Pampanga, Cebu and Iloilo. For online shoppers, they are also available in Lazada, Zalora, Cudsly, Tots N Toddlers among others. You can also directly order from them through their website.

Luckily for all of us, Lily and Tucker is throwing a raffle for 4 of my readers!!!  I am so excited for all of you.  If it's even possible to join my own contest, I would!  Just look at what the lucky winners can win!

All you need to do is to follow the simple mechanics:

1. Follow The Phenomenal Mama on FacebookInstagram and Twitter
2. Follow Lily and Tucker on Facebook and Instagram
3. Just repost any of the promo photos you want to win in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
4. Copy and paste this caption: "@LilyandTuckerPH makes my kids excited to go back to school! Have you seen their newest collection, @friend1 and @freind2?  #TPMxLilyandTuckerPH  @thephenomenalmama"
4. Posting on ALL Facebook, Instagram and Twitter earn you more entries. Your FB post / IG and Twitter account has to be ON PUBLIC MODE for the duration of the contest so I can see your post.
5. You can send in multiple entries, but you can only win once!  So go ahead and post all 4 sets!!!
6. Leave a comment in this blogpost stating your email address, IG user handle and FB username so I can contact you in case you win. PLEASE DO NOT OMIT THIS STEP.

Terms & Conditions:
1. Winners will be picked at random.
2. Giveaway will run from June 9, 2016 to June 30, 2016, midnight.
3. Three (3) winners will be chosen after the contest ends, and will be notified via email.
Winners should reply to email within one week from notification date. If no reply, another winner will be drawn.It is open to MetroManila residents only.
4. The Phenomenal Mama will announce the winners, Lily andTucker will ship the prizes.
5. Winners can only win once, but can send multiple entries 


Joa Catarroja
Gaiyle Irigan-Ojales
Mira Herrera-Sumpayco
Leanne Joy Pacheco

Please check you email inbox and reply asap.

To know more about Lily and Tucker

Monday, June 6, 2016

Unboxing of Globe Disney Mobile

My second daughter is at that age where she's too young to be an adult, but too old to be a kid.

She's at that stage where she's starting to shift her interests on "mature" matters, but there are things that she simply loves which are just too difficult to let go of.

Disney Princesses is one of them. I sometimes catch her playing the movie soundtrack of the Disney princesses movies on Spotify.

Globe Telecom now offers Disney Mobile smartphones through its new myStarter postpaid plans for as low as P750 per month.

Disney fans in the Philippines, including my own daughter, can now indulge their own Disney Princess fantasy as Globe Telecom now offers these trendsetting phones themed around popular Disney characters. These smartphones carry the signature aesthetic of the Disney brand from its lively colors to matching themed accessories. The first Disney Mobile range for the Philippines comes in 3 design themes – Mickey Mouse, Frozen and Disney Princess.

Disney Mobile Specifications

Disney Mobile smartphones are top quality dual SIM android devices that runs on 1.2 Quad Core Processor, 4G WiFi.  It has a 5" HD IPS Touchscreen; 13 megapixel rear camera; 5 megapixel front camera, and FM radio.
Flip the phone over and you’ll see the iconic Disney icon on the back, with the 5-megapixel camera on the upper middle side of the phone. When you take off the back cover, it will reveal the two SIM cards slots. 

The control and power buttons are on the right side of the phone.

The 5" HD IPS Touchscreen is nice and large and it is so easy to navigate. It has the typical Android navigation keys right below it, with the Disney iconic logo design in between.

My daughter, B, immediately got to work choosing her wallpaper

Of course, I made sure that she is able to view her phone as a tool for productivity, not just for entertainment, by letting her set her wake-up alarm.  Waking up to an alarm is not that bad anymore because she can choose her favorite Disney Princess soundtrack to wake up to! This little thing truly makes a difference in this busy mom’s life.

Disney Mobile + Globe MyStarter Plan

Each device is packed with premium Disney apps that is sure to bring the fun and magic of Disney to each kid. These range from Princess Story Theater, Frozen Storybook Deluxe, to Castle of Illusion, among others.

The Disney Mobile device is available exclusively with Globe myStarter postpaid Plan 500 with a P250 monthly cash out that can be charged to the monthly bill. Customers can go to any Globe store or online to get the plans.

Disney Channel Apps

My daughter can now watch all her favorite Disney programs, whenever and wherever she wants. What I like about the Disney Channel Apps is that I can rest secured in the fact that my daughter is in a secure online environment.

The Disney Channels Apps are available for download from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store, and feature both live streaming of the Disney Channels and Video-On-Demand (VOD) service offering more than 100 full episodes for eligible Globe subscribers. All Globe Prepaid and Postpaid subscribers who sign up for their Globe Interactive Account will enjoy an initial 30-day free trial.
All Globe Prepaid and Postpaid subscribers who sign up for their Globe Interactive Account will enjoy an initial 30-day free trial. After the free trial period, users can continue to enjoy full content with Globe stand-alone offers “Disney129” or “Disney299” subscription plans, or when they sign up for or re-contract on GoSURF 999 subscription plan and above

To know more about Globe Disney Mobile


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Where To Buy "My Pals Are Here" in Manila?

One of my most visited blog posts especially during the start of the school year happens to be a very old post about Singapore Math.

In 2010, I posted about discovering a distributor selling the My Pals Are Here accompanying practice books.  I made this discovery as I attended one of those book fairs, and it so happened that the distributor was selling old editions of My Pals Are Here at 50% off. Naturally, I hoarded the practice books at ALL levels.

What I get from my kids' school is just the textbook and the workbook, but it turns out that there are also additional enrichment books that can be purchased separately.

I've lost the contact number of that distributor already.

But, I'm happy to share with all of you tutor-mamas that I recently discovered where you can all easily buy the additional practice books.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Teen Travel Essentials {For When They Travel Without Parents}

My kids have started packing for themselves a few years ago, but while I don't think they can be considered packing experts yet, I believe they can manage pretty well on their own.

For the first time ever, all the grandchildren went traveling with their grandparents and their 2 best aunties. This year is the first time they traveled without us. It was just a short trip to Hong Kong, but it's still a trip - without me! I'm very proud of how my kids handled themselves on that trip.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

#BeloBaby Blog Giveaway

This summer heat just makes everyone in the family want to take a bath frequently. But we all know that frequent washing can strip sensitive skin of essential oils thereby leading to dry and itchy skin. 

It's perfect timing that I discovered Belo Baby about a month ago. We gave it a try, and now I'm back to tell you about how my kids and I are loving it.

Belo Baby is made from 100% natural products, which means that they are free from synthetic chemicals and toxins, they are less likely to cause irritation as they are free from common allergens. They are also gentler and safer than products with artificial ingredients.

Hair & Body Wash (200ml bottle for Php 219.75). 
Face & Body Lotion (150ml tube for Php 224.75). Bar Soap (Php 79.75)

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