Keeping Your Kids Safe: Safety Zone

September is Baby Safety Month and to celebrate this event, head on over to Spaces at Babyland Shaw on Sept. 13, 2014, Wednesday,  to attend Safety Zone!

They say that being a parent means having an extension of your heart outside of yourself. So true! Aside from all your other roles and responsibilities, you as a parent worry about your child’s diet, skin care, physical health, social and mental development… and the list goes on!

With so many other things to be concerned about, it helps to be knowledgeable on the everyday dangers that your child may be exposed to, and how to protect them. Educating yourself can help you make informed choices for the benefit of your little one.   After all, knowledge is power and ignorance is not an excuse!

“Safety Zone” is a community charity event brought to you by Babyland Baby Stores and Halo SleepSack Philippines.  In celebration of Baby Safety Month this September, “Safety Zone” brings together all the trusted brands that help safeguard your child. This charity event aims to educate guests on what every parent must know to keep your child safe, while raising funds in support of Children’s Hour.

Expect an afternoon filled with “aha” moments as experts talk about the latest recommendations on baby proofing, safe sleeping, feeding safety, bath and skin care safety, healthy living and environmental safety. Enjoy great savings on a private sale of pre-selected brands that are certified safe and eco-friendly. Healthy snacks, games, raffle prizes and loot bags worth over P10,000 will be given away!

safety zone halo philippines sleep sack

The learning fee is only P150 per person, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Children’s Hour. 

You can also score free tickets to this event! Halo Philippines, distributor of the award-winning and doctor-recommended Halo SleepSack wearable blankets, will make a donation on your behalf for any purchase from their official website This donation entitles you to one free event ticket. Just indicate “Safety Zone” under the comments section when you check out. This offer is valid for orders paid from now until Sept 10, 2014.

Register for the event at . If you’re on mobile click on this link instead:   This event is brought to you by Halo Philippines

Friday LSS: Colbie Caillat – Try

Have you heard this song? Have you seen the video? Ang galing :) It’s beautiful and absolutely empowering.

This is the anti-photoshop song and video! It also reminds me of the Dove commercials featuring real women. I love those commercials. It reminds me that our ordinary selves are just fine. Kailangan lang ng mas magandang shampoo (nyek!) hehehe

Happy Friday!

(lyrics to the song are after the cut)

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Il Ponticello is Back!

I started working here in Makati soon after graduation in 1999. I was a research analyst in a local bank’s investment unit. I reported to 6 bosses then and became very good friends with one of them. Too bad that the rest stressed me out haha! Post-office hours, I would sometimes go out for a few drinks at a nearby establishment called “OBEERTIME” (yes such klaaaaz) to unwind before I go home but when I had enough money left over from pay day I head on over to Il Ponticello for a proper night out with my friends. The place was still new then and it instantly became a party place. I remember the cocktail tables, booze and people trying to talk over the loud music. I also remember eating very good pasta there — athough I don’t know how I actually ate it because it was so dark and loud (aaah youth! haha)

Fast forward to today and Il Ponti has rightly earned its place as an institution in Makati. It has also now evolved and grown up along with its clientele who have moved on from nightly gimmicks and parties to quiet dinners and good cocktails. I for one, do not have the energy to go out drinking until the wee hours of the morning on a week night. Me and my friends would just have dinner which always ends at 10pm so that we can all rush home to our kids.

The new Il Ponti has a relaxed, modern feel complete with warm tones and comfy chairs (yes no more cocktail tables). I tried out the New Il Ponti with the SoMoms when we had our despedida for Jenny R. It was a perfect reason to have a night out with good friends,good food and funny chika :)

(note: I forgot to bring my camera and my pics came out all blurry from the low light so the next food pics are a mix of IG posts from me and the gals plus official pics from Il Ponti)

I started the night with the refreshing Ponti Spritz (Php 300/glass) . It’s a drink made from Aperol, an Italian aperitif and soda water. It’s bubbly and fruity with just the right amount of zing. 

il ponticello ponti spritz

The next on my must-order list is the Porchetta.  The pork is succulent, savory, soft and juicy. It’s served with a side of greens, arugula and gravy. It’s also VERY filling so one order is good for sharing!

il ponticello porchetta

If you’re a pasta fiend like me, then you must order the Vongole (Php 360).  It’s such a wonderful classic pasta dish and Il Ponti does it in bianco with linguini, clams, white wine, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes.

il ponticello vongole

photo by conci @blairbitchbunny

Dessert lovers should not miss the Cheesecake Panna Cotta (Php 290). It’s vanilla panna cotta with cheesecake crumble and caramel sauce. The panna cotta is smooth and silky and the cheesecake crumble adds a nice salty contrast and texture. Scoop up just a bit of the caramel sauce in your dessert spoon along with the panna cotta and cheesecake crumble to fully enjoy the dessert.

il ponticello cheescake panna cotta

photo by il ponticello

If you’re up for a nanay night out, consider Il Ponticello. It’s still at the Antel 200 Building. By the time dinner is over, the traffic has subsided and you’ll be in a better stress-free mood I promise :) I went home pleasantly buzzed that night.

Thank you Jenny for inviting us to Il Ponti. Sabi ko sayo, there are no goodbyes in social media hehehe :D

il ponticello somoms

nanay night out approved! (thanks to @ocmominmanila for the photo!)

Il Ponticello
2/F Antel 2000 Building, 121 Valero St. Salcedo Village , Makati City
553 9971; 0949 760 8731
Business Hours: Open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Monday to Friday), 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Monday to Thursday), 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Friday and Saturday)

DepEd Announces School Holidays for 2015

2015 Philippine School Holidays

Yahoo! Ang saya maging bata :P DepEd has just announced the schedule of regular holidays, special non-working holidays and special holidays for all school years for the year 2015. The announcement follows the release of Presidential Proclamtion No. 831. I posted the list of 2015 National Holidays here. There is still no date for Eid'l Fitr and Eidul Adha :) When's the next Travel Expo again?? Heeheee! Happy planning!! … [Continue reading]

Monday Musings: Yes

tina fey quote

I have a few personal philosophies on how I kind of run my life. As much as I would like to say that I research everything before coming to a decision it's usually just a series of leaps of faith for me. Tina Fey said it best: Because a stern  "No" just shuts off opportunities, events, friendships, learning experiences right away.  As an example, I never really planned on -- I just found writing online to be cathartic. The community that I have found myself in because I … [Continue reading]