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Beware – pickpocket at St Luke’s Medical Center Quezon City

Sometimes life lets things happen when we least expect it and we are caught unprepared. That’s just what happened to my daughter (and me!) yesterday.

St Luke's Hospital pickpocket woman

The pickpocket woman as she exits MAB through the “outback” door. Click photo to enlarge.

I am almost paranoid when it comes to the safety of my kids. I am pretty sure I annoy them with my incessant reminders to be careful whenever we are out.

“Remember, these bad people do not have other jobs. They wake up in the morning and have nothing else in mind: who to prey on. That’s their job. They mix among us, unnoticed, like normal people. But they are always on the lookout kung sino’ng bibktimahin nila. Kids like you are their targets, because they see you’re preoccupied, unaware, texting, selfie-ing, careless… blah blah blah blah…”

I go on and on and on. Every single time we are out. Imagine how annoying that is. Sometimes I omit the monologue, and throw them my big-eyes look instead when I see a phone peeping out of a pocket. Yesterday was quite a toxic day, with lots to do, and lots of concerns bugging my mind. We were at the hospital after school for P’s clearance with the pediatric cardiologist. (Are you thinking, “So when do we get to the part of the magnanakaw?” Wait lang, some quick background muna… ) Read the rest of this entry…

Sam Concepcion is the new face of Chef’s Noodle

Earlier this April, I went to the press launch and contract signing of Sam Concepcion as the newest endorser of Chef’s Noodle, a Korean fast food brand from Seoul. Chef’s Noodle offers authentic Korean dishes created by the Korean celebrity chef Choi In Sun.

Weeks prior to attending the press launch, my daughter and I had lunch at the Robinsons Magnolia branch (because we are frequently in the area). Only recently have I developed my taste for Korean food, and Chef’s Noodle’s Jjampong (spicy seafood noodles, Php195) and Kimchi Kimbap (nori rice rolls with kimchi, ham, cucumber and egg, great value at Php95) did not disappoint. The daughter enjoys spicy food so, yes, Korean is a hit with her. The servings were big enough for two, thus their tagline “Good to share”. Value for money – check! Read the rest of this entry…

K5 Learning for online Reading and Math tutorials

I got an email recently from K5 Learning, a Canada-based online learning site. K5 Learning has an online reading and math program for kindergarten to grade 5 students. They offered me (well, my son) a 6 week free trial to test and write a review of their program.  I found it a good opportunity for Nate, since it’s summer vacation and the extra learning will definitely go a long way when he goes back to school in June.

If you are a blogger, you may want to check out their  open invitation to write an online learning review of their program.

I will be back after 6 weeks with my review of the program.

Learn Chinese the fun way at Dash Summer Fun

I know we’re all enjoying the relatively cooler weather the past days, thanks to the polar vortex sending cold winds all over the world. Am sure we’re all wishing for the cold days to last a lot longer. But, most especially in the Philippines, summer is inevitable. Sorry to burst your bubble! Hehe.

So, it isn’t too early to plan for your kids’ summer activities, correct?

If you live in the New Manila, San Juan or Pasig areas, and want your kids to learn Chinese the fun way, enroll them at Dash Summer Fun.

Since 2009, Dash has been offering the Summer Fun program to kids ages 2 to 12. And year after year, the kids come back because they probably enjoy it. Maybe it doesn’t feel like school at all. Read the rest of this entry…

Hello, Christmas! Hello, chocolatier Red Ribbon Black Forest Cake!

Hi everyone! So. Where did the days go? I wake up and it’s December!

Are you done with your Christmas shopping? I thought I was early this year, having accomplished 2/3 of my Christmas list by November. And then I stalled. So here I am, two weeks before Christmas, with the rest of the list still unfinished. Bummer.

As for the Christmas menu, my side of the family usually has one big Christmas Eve dinner. I leave most of the planning to my able sisters – thank God for them. Each of us get assignments. This year I’d be lucky if I get assigned the dessert.

Why? Because Red Ribbon has created a better, chocolatier Black Forest Cake. The all-time favorite now has more chocolate shavings, creamier chocolate filling, and chocolatier cake. It’s going to be heaven for chocolate lovers like me. The Red Ribbon Black Forest Cake will make the Noche Buena spread even more delightful. Read the rest of this entry…