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Traditional Chinese medicine for growth: Beijing Tong Ren Tang

Have you considered traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for growth? We paid a visit to Beijing Tong Ren Tang TCM clinic for my eldest daughter, Patch who seems to have stopped growing three years ago when she was 12.

She loves to play volleyball, and would want to become really good at it. That’s one of the main reasons why she wants to be taller.

I am not sure if Chinoy parents still commonly practice giving tien chit to their kids at puberty. Tien chit is an herbal medicine that is supposed to help kids attain their optimal height. Well, Hub and I have been letting Patch take tien chit for 2 years now. Unfortunately, we did not see any improvement in her height. As it turns out, we may have been buying a sub-standard ready-made version of the herbal medicine. Worst-case scenario: tien chit doesn’t work.

But we’re not about to give up just yet. Besides, tien chit worked for several of our friends’ kids, and hub’s friends themselves when they were younger. One of Patch’s classmates is taking tien chit, along with acupuncture therapy, and this boy who used to be little is not so little anymore. He grew at least 5 inches taller in a span of just over a year!

Growth factors

I’m aware that there are a lot of other factors that contribute to growth, genetics being the major player. On this account, we may have a good case since Hub and I are of average height.

Nutrition and sleep are also major contributors to growth. I’m pretty sure Patch doesn’t lack good nutrition. But sleep – oh yes she lacks. Scientific studies have proven that growth occurs during deep sleep. So I have a lot of convincing to do for her to get more sleep -about 8.75 hours for her age.

Sleep requirements for children (slide for Johnson’s Baby)

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)

The short of the story is that I brought Patch to Tong Ren Tang where the classmate who grew by at least 5 inches goes for treatment. Yep, we’re exhausting all means. Continue reading Traditional Chinese medicine for growth: Beijing Tong Ren Tang

Breakfast at Antonio’s | Tagaytay Road Trip

My friend, Cookie, bought some Deal Grocer vouchers for Breakfast at Antonio’s. So it was the perfect excuse to go on a road-slash-food trip. We finally made the Tagaytay road trip happen!

Breakfast at Antonio's tagaytay road trip

Our itinerary included the Mahogany Market and Bag of Beans. But first stop: Antonio’s.

The first time I went to Breakfast at Antonio’s, I was with hub and the kids. We did not eat though, only ogled at the beautiful place. LOL. I forced husband, however, to promise me we’d go back for a romantic dinner date. To date, the promise is yet to be fulfilled.

Anyhoo….

Breakfast at Antonio's tagaytay

Upon entering the doors of Antonio’s, we were greeted with this wonderful anteroom that had one wall full of family pictures of, I presume, Antonio. I think this room sets the mood for the rest of the restaurant – beautiful and elegant, yet warm and welcoming.

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Working Mom Magazine’s Children’s Workshops Expo 2011

Hey, moms! Are your kids starting to get cabin fever? Are they getting restless? Are they in a feeding frenzy? Is the endless flipping of channels on TV driving you crazy?

These are signs of boredom. I know it so well, because my kids exhibit them. 😀 It’s time to find them something to do for the summer.

Working Mom Magazine is holding a big event for kids’ summer activities on April 10th at the NBC Tent at Bonifacio Global City – A Summer Affair Children’s Workshops Expo.

Here are what’s in store for those who will attend:

  • Over 50 summer workshops and enrichment classes will be featured. Get freebies and discounts on fees if you choose to enroll your kids on the spot.
  • Mommies (and daddies, why not?) will get some pampering treatments for free.
  • Beyblade and Speed Stacks fanatics will be delighted with a Beyblade and Speed Stacks competition.
  • Kids will get to meet their favorite Nickelodeon characters.

To get four tickets into the Expo, all you have to do is present a copy of Working Mom April 2011 issue.

See you there – April 10 at the NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City from 10 AM to 7 PM.

Chicken Charlie Korean style fried chicken

I got my first taste of Chicken Charlie a few nights ago when Hub brought home some takeout for dinner.

chicken charlie

The package had a warning at the bottom that said: “The chicken you are about to experience is highly addictive.”

I’ve read mixed reviews about Chicken Charlie. Some raved; others were bleh about it. Continue reading Chicken Charlie Korean style fried chicken

Crosswinds Resort Suites, Tagaytay weekend getaway

Earlier this year, I bought a voucher through CashCash Pinoy for an overnight stay at Crosswinds Resort Suites in Tagaytay. The deal included accommodation in a studio room and breakfast for two. At 50% discount, I thought it was a good deal.
Crosswind Resort Suites chalet steps

Besides, a no-kids getaway has long been overdue – six years, to be exact. So I got little protestations from the husband who willingly gave up one day of work.

Hub and I left Manila before lunch, and took the Eton City exit on South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) instead of the usual Sta. Rosa exit towards Tagaytay. The Eton City exit seems to be a less congested route. If you want to see the booming real estate industry (Eton City, Nuvali, Britanny, et. al.) in that part of the South, it’s the route to take.

We stopped by Paseo de Sta. Rosa, where the Eton City exit actually leads to. We checked out the outlet shops of Adidas, Nike, Speedo, Crocs, and Havaianas. I got myself a new swimsuit at 60% off at Speedo!

Anyhoo…

It wasn’t difficult to find Crosswinds. After entering Tagaytay from Sta. Rosa/Silang, we turned left towards Tagaytay Highlands and People’s Park (where the Tagytay Zipline is). We were at the main gate of Crosswinds in less than 15 minutes. Crosswind Resort Suites welcomeCrosswinds Resort Suites Continue reading Crosswinds Resort Suites, Tagaytay weekend getaway