Mommy Mundo Expo 2014 in Cebu

September 28, 2014


Hello Mommsies! 

Last August Mommy Mundo arrived at the shores of Cebu and had all the Manila based exhibitors showcase their Mommy and Baby products.
Now on its seventh year, Expo Mom is the biggest event of its kind, gathering progressive, active moms in an environment that’s both recreational and educational. Showcasing beloved mommy brands alongside mom invented goodies, Expo Mom has become the catalyst for the mompreneur movement in Manila. It has also become a venue for like-minded moms to establish lasting connections, attracting over 60,000 mommy participants through the years. At Expo Mom 2014, more celebrations are afoot. With over 60 booths at the Palm Drive of Glorietta in Ayala Center, Expo Mom 2014 will feature all-day talks, demos, and raffle draws.This year’s theme, “You The Mom!” aims to affirm and appreciate all the awesome things that moms do every single day, whether they’re taking care of their babies at home, doing volunteer work for a cause they believe in, or helping out a friend in need. Mothers are the most complex of creatures; their powers in time management and multitasking alongside their ability to do anything and everything for their loved ones make them the most effective game changers of all! “You The Mom!” puts the spotlight on all the unbelievably good things that moms do every day with a string of exciting engagement activities.


I loved that I was able to join in and took some of the pictures in the event held in Ayala Center Cebu last Aug 29-30, 2014.

I found some really cute items there too.

Here are some of them.


joomajam - some really awesome OPM songs for the babies and kiddos =) really cute and very innovative

baby wailers - really awesome headturner outfits =) 
Baby Wailers (Coz were all born wailin) owned by Irene & Eric Hernandez. You can contact them at babywailers@gmail.com for order or 09175743838. Visit their FB page www.facebook.com/BabyWailers for the latest ones for your babies.


Neat Nanny - fashionable colorful uniforms for your babies' Nanny =)

these are Baby Oil Mists =)


Cordlife membership for cord blood =) if you have the time you can donate to them as well . Very helpful cause 

Yes that is a lactation brownie =)

Cute outifts =)

Bug and Kelly - Kids Shirt Infant Onesies (make a statement) email:bugandkelly@yahoo.com
FB: facebook.com/bugandkelly

more Storage and products for the babies

Kids toys (wooden ) really cute too! 
For more info about the expo you can also visit this page: http://expomom.com/events/expomom-2014-youthemom/

Maple Opens in Cebu

September 21, 2014


Hi Momsies!

How are you all doin? I hope you are doing great as you are reading this post today.
I haven't posted for quite some time, so apologies for the blog hiatus.
Anyways, last Aug 30, 2014 (my 28th birthday) was also the grand opening of Maple in Cebu.
I was really excited when I got the invitation from them. ^_^
I was invited for their brunch opening contrary to most bloggers who were mostly invited over for dinner.

Here's a short history about Maple

Maple introduced its first store in 2012 in one of the city’s most discerning communities catering to the upper AB market, a quaint yet intimate place in San Antonio Plaza, Mckinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati City. 


Comfort by rewarding oneself is at the core of Maple menu. With a wide array of choices that build on flavors found in the coastal towns of America, Maple brings the best of elevated American comfort food on the tables of their three branches in selected posh areas in Metro Manila which has now found its way serving in the Queen City of the South located at The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu. 


It quickly gained a solid base of loyal customers enjoying the unique menu of southwestern American cuisine complemented with high-value signature pancakes and waffles. At the center of their spread is the distinct flavor of maple syrup – the golden liquid that goes best with their most definitive comfort dish: Pancakes. But pancakes and waffles are not the only dishes where the flavor of maple syrup finds its place. Much of the restaurant’s list of popular American comfort food are also doused with the distinct taste of the golden liquid: From the comforting buns served at the start of every meal, right down to sweet endings such as Maple’s Bourbon Bread Pudding.


Maple features all-day breakfast favorites such as the Huevos Rancheros and a surprising entrée of gourmet Prime Rib Tapa, which a lot of diners agree on its unique take on the ubiquitous Filipino staple. Other choice flavors found in the coastal towns of America also add variety to the menu such as Spaetzle Jambalaya, Fish Tacos and Drippin’ Baby Back Ribs. Prepared by highly skilled chefs, Maple dishes are cooked only from the moment one orders – assuring diners of fresh, hot dishes that will elate the heart. To cap off an exemplary night, specially blended cocktail drinks and dishes can be enjoyed as they experience home away from home.


The place invokes a real magical vibe because of the feel of the place. Older patrons are sure to enjoy the soothing and relaxing ambience, and appreciate good music as they dine. The younger ones on the other hand, will find their own nook in a quaint play area with toys and books to entertain them as they wait for their meal.


Service staff pays extra attention to ensure that all guests; young and old, are transported to a new world of comfort they deserve – that magical experience which Maple aims to deliver.
The design and set up of the launching was really great. It was a Rustic theme inspired which really matched the restaurant's overall ambience



what we had for brunch =)




For more info about the restaurant and the food you can visit them at the Ground Floor level Ayala Cebu Terraces beside Lemon Grass. 


you can also visit their facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/MapleRestaurantPH

Adrian' turn two: Jollibee Birthday Celebration

September 7, 2014







It was an awesome Sunday, August 03, 2014.
Adi is exactly 2 come 7 in the evening.

Those photos were taken at Jollibee Parkmall here in Cebu.
It was his first birthday party at Jollibee. =)
He loves jollibee and the spaghetti, I love that he is such an energetic and hyper little boy.
Being his mom is a bit challenging, yeah.

But for once, I knew I had to do it.
I knew that for such a little time away from work cuddling him is the most precious thing to do.

after all, it is not always everyday that we splurge on events like this.
One thing I missed is that I haven't even lit a candle up for the church. One thing I will surely need to do today.

To celebrate my son's birthday is such an exhilarating and exciting one.
I'd love to see the smile on everyone's faces and that sure is what mothers like me wanted.

To celebrate our children's life.
To celebrate our being a mom a parent.

I know i will never get old seeing him like this.
never at one point regret the money spent but forever treasure the memories.


here at the roadside watching for the Ironman Triathlon at 7 in the morning =)
If you'd like to check out the birthday packages Jollibee has to offer pls visit this link :

[Repost Thursday] Fourteen Tips for Running a Good Meeting.

September 3, 2014




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Nothing can drain the happiness from you faster than a long, unproductive meeting. You’re bored; you’re not getting anything done; emails are piling up while you sit, trapped.
On the other hand, a productive meeting is exhilarating. A long time ago, when I was working in Washington, D.C., I remember a friend who worked at the Department of Justice saying, “Jamie Gorelick runs a meeting so well, it brings tears to my eyes.”

Meetings come in all shapes and sizes, so not all of these strategies will be useful, but here are some things I try to remember when I’m in or running a meeting:
1. Very obvious: Start on time, and end on time. Once people see that meetings are starting late, the bad habit builds, because people see there’s no point in showing up promptly. Here’s one solution for late starts: a friend worked at a law firm that started fining partners $100 if they were late to a meeting, which turned out to be very effective. If the meeting has to run long, say, “We’re not through with the seven points, so can everyone stay fifteen extra minutes to wrap up?” That way, people know that the end is in sight.
2. At the same time, remember that it’s helpful to spend a little time in chit-chat. For a long time, I didn’t believe this to be true, and I tried to be hyper-efficient, but now I realize that it’s important – and productive – for people to have a chance to relate on a personal level. People need to build friendships, they need a chance to show their personalities, they need to establish rapport. Meetings are very important for this process.
3. If some people hesitate to jump in, find a way to draw them out. Ability to grab the floor doesn’t necessarily correlate with capacity to contribute.
4. One of the most insightful things my father ever told me was, “If you’re willing to take the blame, people will give you the responsibility.” Meetings often involve blame-giving and blame-taking, and although it’s not pleasant to accept blame, it’s a necessary aspect of getting responsibility (if deserved, of course). Proving my father’s point, one of my best meeting experiences ever was a time when I took the blame – rightly – for something done by a team of people working with me. Doing this ended up dramatically increasing my organizational credibility on all sides.
5. Share the credit. Along with blame, a meeting is also a great place to give people credit for their ideas and accomplishments. Be quick to point out great work or to call for a round of applause for a colleague. For some reason, people often act as though credit is a zero-sum goody, and if they share credit, they’ll get less themselves. From what I’ve seen, sharing credit not only doesn’t diminish the number of gold stars you get, but adds to them – because people so admire the ability to give credit. (Gold star junkie that I am, I pay close attention in this area.)
6. Making people feel stupid isn’t productive, and it isn’t kind. A friend has a good suggestion: “Be cheerfully, impersonally decisive.”
7. Have an agenda and stick to it. If possible, circulate the agenda in advance, along with anything else that needs to be read to prepare for the meeting. Make sure people know if they should bring anything. Along the same lines…
8. Never go to a meeting if you don’t know why you’re supposed to be there! This seems obvious, but it’s a situation that arises surprisingly frequently.
9. Standing meetings should be kept as short as possible and very structured. Have rules for canceling the meeting when appropriate – if such-and-such doesn’t happen; if only a certain number of people can attend, etc.
10. Don’t say things that will undermine or antagonize other people. Turns out they do in fact notice this, and they don’t appreciate it. If you wonder if you’re an offender, check yourself against this list.
11. Be very specific about what the “action items” are (to use the business-school term). Who is agreeing to do what, by when? Make sure someone is keeping track of what is supposed to happen as a consequence of the meeting, and at the meeting’s end, review these items so it’s crystal clear to everyone. Follow up by email.
12. If a meeting is long, schedule breaks when people can check their email and phones. Otherwise, they get very distracted by feeling they’ve been out of touch for too long (for some people, this takes about ten minutes), and they start sneakily emailing under the table. As if no one will notice. Which they do.
13. Meetings should stay tightly focused. If people want a chance to discuss side issues, theoretical problems, or philosophical questions that aren’t relevant to the purpose of the meeting, they should set up a separate meeting.
14. Here’s a radical solution: no chairs. In Bob Sutton’s terrific book, The No A**** Rule, (printed that way not out of prudery but to avoid spamblockers), he points to a study that showed that people in meetings where everyone stood took 34% less time to make an assigned decision, with decisions that were just as good as those made by groups who were sitting down.
What am I missing? What are some other strategies for improving meetings?
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