Summer is my favorite season of the year. I know you, some of you will hate summer because of the extreme heat weather here in our country, andyan na yung kakaligo mo palang e tagaktak na agad pawis mo, andyan rin yung papasok ka palang ng office e “Baskil” ka na agad, eto malupit yung hindi ka makatulog dahil sa init na kahit naligo ka bago matulog e mainit parin. But on the other side of the story, I love summer because of yearly outing (beach or pool time! Wohhooo!!!) I remember when I was young, our family will go to the resort for our days escapade. Di na kami makatulog a day before ng alis because we were so excited for our outing. New bathing suit, shades, hat, sun blocks, and floating devices are some of the must-have in our bag. Di pwedeng di kumpleto yan kaya may check-list kami lagi. Now I have my own family, I continue our tradition to bring our kids out during summer. If we have budget, we make sure to bring them at the beach for 3 days or more to enjoy the sand and the environment but most of the time we just booked to Airbnb for staycation and since we are just moved-in to our #TeamVillarealHome recently, I guess no need for staycation for the pool, bababa lang kami and 2 pool na agad ang bubungad sa amin. Hehe.

Seriously speaking, I love seeing my kids happy whenever they are in the pool. Ang saya nila promise! Na halos ayaw na ngang umahon eh. Haha.  Well, bata eh at yan lang naman ang simpleng kaligayahan nila. So when I saw the poster posted at the bulletin board in our building regarding the #CaptureMomentsofSummer, I immediately joined the contest. Here are my entries:

Wherever you go, no matter the weather, always bring your sunshine. ♥
Age doesn't matter to enjoy summer! 65 years! Looks 35, Feels 25, Acts 5! ♥
Let's have some fun in the sun!
Don't be afraid to swim, you will only succeed if you try. You can do it ate! ♥

Here's my husband entries, so beautiful!

Escaping the Sun
A quick play on this wonderful summer ♥
And I get to spend more time with this little one ♥

I hope I can win in this contest. So please guys, once the official photos are posted at DMCI Facebook page, can you please like and share it, may points rin kasi yun eh. So that’s it pancit, if you have photos taken at any DMCI properties, you can join in this contest. Malay mo kayo Manalo db?

To know more about this contest, you may check their facebook page or visit DMCI official website. 
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My daughter is a very shy type girl, feeling ko nagmana talaga sya sa daddy nya. Haha. As parents, we want our children to be more active, more sociable, to be confident and most specially to learn values through play. I heard lots of good feedback about enrolling their kids to this summer workshop offered by Mc Donald’s so we decided to enroll Rhian this summer before she enter the big school.  Since first timer, we have lots of questions to the manager. Syempre we want to know kung what is this program all about and what are the benefits to our daughter. Good thing, Melvin (Workshop facilitator) is very accommodating and he explained to us about this workshop.

What is this Kiddie Crew Workshop?

It is an annual program designed for kids aged 6-12 years old that will allow them to experience all the fun things that make up McDonald’s. Since Rhian looks like 6 years old na (but she’s only 4 years old) kasi ang laking bata nito, Melvin allowed us to enroll her.  :)

What they can offer you in this workshop?

Our children will experience being part of the Mc Donald’s team in making the all-time favorite Cheeseburger. Yes! They will help our kids in creating the Cheeseburger, of course they are assisted by the experts themselves.

Kids will learn values through play. This is one of the reasons why we enrolled Rhian in this program, we want her to learn the values of teamwork, discipline, hard work, sharing and responsibility in a fun and interactive way. Remember, teaching a good behavior need not to be boring.

Rhian and Rhaine are both shy type kids and I know gaining confidence is a tough act but I believe that through this workshop, my children will find it easier when they are having fun. According to Melvin, the kids will be serving customers behind the counter or even in the drive-thru, in this act they are building social skills with others and this is actually a unique experience for our kids. Right?

At the end of the workshop, children will learn to sing and sway to the tune of new songs with new found friends. I want my kids to be active and more sociable. I want my kids to explore their own potentials through this workshop.

What are the schedules of workshop and how much is the registration fee?

There are two workshop schedules to choose from, Weekday workshop (5-day workshop made of 2 hours each Php 695.00) and the Weekend workshop (2-day workshop made of 3 hours each, Php 595).

What are the inclusions for the registration fee?

Once your kid is enrolled in their program, they will get Kiddie Crew Shirt, chef’s hat, Scrap book where they can put their photos for every day activity, Apron, Bag, ID with lace, ID for the guardian, Cap and of course daily meals. Yes! Kiddie meals are included to be given after the workshop.

After talking to Melvin, we immediately filled out the registration form, picked up our prefer workshop date and submit the form together with the payment. We chose the weekday workshop since bakasyon pa naman and I know my child, she will get boring kung 3 hours na sa 1 place (well, except if we were inside the Kidzooona, na kahit ata whole day kami andon okay lang sa kanya).

Rhian started her workshop last April 9, prior to the workshop we attended the parent’s orientation at the store and received the workshop materials. On her first day, full support kami because its holiday. We were able to witness how our child interacts with others and how the staffs approach the children. Nakakatuwa kasi ang cu-cute nilang lahat.  :)

Here are some of the photos taken during the 5-day workshop:

with her forever BFF
First Day :)
Supportive Daddy
Go Ate!!!
May I take you order?

So mga mumshies, if you are looking for a summer of fun to your kids try this Mc Donald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop. What are you waiting for, go the nearest Mc Donald’s branch and register your kids this summer. This workshop runs until June 22, 2018.
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Yehey! Happy 1st Month to our dear #ProjectHappyHome. Ang bilis ng panahon, imagine nakaka one month na pala kami sa south and I’m loving it. At first, it was a BIG adjustment to us but living in this resort-type residential is one of our dreams. Sarap umuwi ng bahay parati.  We are all enjoying the amenities and the environment in this place, ang hangin dito and ang aliwalas. We already invited some of our relatives and friends to visit our home and they are all happy to see our place (although wala pa talaga kaming gamit masyado, Yes! Wala parin kaming sofa hanggang ngayon. Haha). We already booked cabana every weekend to have our picnic after swimming, sulit na sulit talaga ang bayad namin sa association dues. Haha.

Anyway,we are now creating so many happy memories in our new home and whenever I asked my children if they are happy in our place, they shouted “We are so happy Mommy”, then they will make endless kwento na about what happened on that day but mostly they will kwento their swimming experience and new found friends.

We gained new set of friends in this place, most of them are stay at home mom since their husbands are working abroad. Sharing ideas on how we maximized our space in the house, best suppliers for furniture, etc. Basta more on designs and pagpapaganda ng bahay. My husband also meet new friends who shares same passion in sports like Basketball. Every weekend, nag babasketball sila while my kids and I are enjoying the pool.

Can you imagine living in this kind of place? Ang sarap db, nakakawala ng pagod. Yun bang anytime you want to swim, bababa ka lang andyan na yung pool at pag gusto mong mag picnic with your family at magdadala kayo ng food and mag ihaw ihaw after mag swimming, yung gusto mo lang magpahangin sa balcony at mag relax, ang saya db. This is our life now, away from the busy streets like in Makati.

We are still in the process of budgeting and planning on the designs for our #ProjectHappyHome. Alam nyo naman, di naman biro ang mag fully furnished ng bahay but we are doing our best to make our humble place a happy and beautiful home. 
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Finally we’re home! Yes! You read it right, my family have finally moved in to our own house last March 3, 2018. I got a call from DMCI last February 20 that our house is ready for turn-over and we just need to schedule our site visit for proper turn-over and punch list. So my husband and I decided to visit the place exactly on our monthsary date para double celebration.

I called my dad to accompany us during turn-over para mas macheck nya yung mga dapat icheck, you know “Father knows best!” Haha. Tska my father is one of the best electrical engineers in the whole world. Naks! Anyway, our schedule was 9am and because we are so excited to finally meet our own house, inagahan namin ang alis sa Makati. We have no idea that living in South is very challenging, brace ourselves for traffic jams within the area is something new for us knowing that we are living few steps away from office for 33 years. Di ako sanay na mag byahe ng 1 hour! But of course, on the other side of the story, I’m super happy that finally we were living on our own house and away from our comfort zone. First time to mga momshies. #WelcometoSouth

Anyway, we were welcome with the very accommodating staffs which assist us to our unit. At first, kinakabahan kami na naeexcite, this is it pancit! Our unit is located on the 5th level of the building and when you add our unit number the sum is equals to “8”. Ang galing! Ika nga nila, swerte tong unit na to. The moment we enter our unit, mixed emotions burst out. I got teary-eyed when I finally received the acceptance forms and keys of the unit, we are now officially “Homeowners”. Buying a house is something we were proud of, hindi biro ang bumili ng sariling bahay, mahabang pacensya ang kailangan baunin, matagal ang paghihintay bago ka makalipat, madaming documents ang kailangan ipasa at higit sa lahat madaming pera ang dapat ihanda. My husband and I are working so hard to make our dreams come true, every year we make sure to list our goals for the year and I’m proud to say after 5 years we finally make it - Happy family, own car, own house and investments are some of our goals in life. We cannot achieve all of these without the grace and guidance of our Lord, so we will forever grateful to him.

Moving forward, we bought 2 BR facing amenities so sulit na sulit ang binayad namin dahil sa view. My kids are so excited for their own room pero mas na excite sila mag swimming. The day of our moved-in is one of the best days ever as this is another milestone and achievement for us. Sabihin nyo ng nagmamayabang ako, pero our parents and families know kung gano kahirap ang pinagdaanan namin just to have our own house.

We just moved in to our house last March 3 and we were assisted by my very supportive dad who is with us the whole day. Nauna na kami ng dad ko together with the kids sa unit while my husband, my auntie and our helper assist the cargo. So habang naghihintay kami, my kids decided to try the pool! Yes! Unang araw palang namin sa place, nag swimming na agad sila. Hindi rin sila excited db?!

Prior to our moved-in, my husband and I decided to do shopping. Ang sarap mamili ng gamit lalo na kung gamit sa bahay. Not all our things are new, meron rin kaming mga dinala from our previous house, some of our wedding gifts nilabas narin namin kaya mostly yung mga major nalang ang need naming bilhin which is honestly will take some time pa, medyo madami pa kaming bayarin. So for now, we are enjoying the amenities, the place itself and our new home. We are not rushing into buying new stuffs as we need to align our budget versus expenses, and we both know na paunti-unti muna hanggang mabuo namin ang #ProjectHappyHome.

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Moving to south is something new to us - waking up 2 hours earlier than the usual, travel time, traffic, additional expenses for the gas, toll fee and parking are some of our big adjustments not only for us but also for my kids as they are now waking up as early as 6am (morning sun unit). Nevertheless, we are enjoying the facilities like clubhouse, playground and of course the pool na halos araw-araw nag swi-swimming ang mga anak ko. I love how the developer maintain its high standards and security of the homeowners, di na kami masyadong mag wo-worry sa mga kumukuha ng bata or sa mga bad people because we have 24/7 roving guards and cctv’s in the area.

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Night view from our balcony. :)

Ever since we moved-in to our new house we welcome our families, relatives and friends to visit our home. Nakakataba ng puso every time we heard compliments about how delighted they are for us kasi may visions kami in life, na at this age we achieved some of our goals and continuing to reach our dreams in life. Honestly, our parents are very proud for us as they even tell our stories to their friends about how we manage to stay humble while receiving so many blessings from God and how we were able to accomplished our dream home on our own. Nakakataba ng puso sa bawat “Congratulations”,  “Nakakatuwa kayong mag-asawa”, “Nakaka proud kayo”, “Ang galing nyo”, hearing those compliments from other people makes us happy. Super happy!

Our weekend family bonding :)
Our place is quiet, peaceful and very relaxing. You can sit back and relax while watching your loved ones in the pool, or you can have a picnic at cabana (which we always do every weekend) or rent the avr for some small private gatherings like what we did last weekend. I really love our place, worth it lahat ng pagod, pag titipid, prayers and sacrifices to have this dream house on time. Truly, there’s no place like home. 
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Yes! You read it right! Ako ang nagwagi! I'm sorry for not updating my blog as I'm so busy these past few days, as in haggardo versoza ako because we just moved in sa new house namin. (I will make kwento about our #ProjectHappyHome and #TeamVillarealHome pag nakaluwag ulit ako. hihi)

Anyway, I love my job, I love the company where I work, I have lots of friends here and I love my bosses. In my workplace it's like we're a BIG family, nag susuportahan that's why I joined the company's mini event (it was organized by the Budget team headed by Sir Jon. - special mention ka dito sir ha.) So how this competition started? Honestly, I can't remember kung bakit nga ba sya naulit ulit (Yes, even before I joined in this company meron na sila nito) pero ang tanda ko is it was started right after our company sport fest. I was hesitant to join in this event kasi feeling ko sexy na ko at wala na kong ipapayat pa but I'm wrong! Totally WRONG! 

We have registration of Php 1,500 each participant and we are the lucky 9 who accepted the challenge to be "FIT and HEALTHY" again. (I already blog the first part of it, click here) Imagine, if you won in this competition panalong panalo ka na because you already lose weight, may prize ka pa! San ka pa db? 

We started our journey last September 2017 and lasted today, February 28, 2018 so almost 5 months right. If you will ask me why I join this competition, my answer is so simple “Gusto ko ng masuot ulit ang mga dati kong damit!” Yes! I have lots of clothes na hindi na kasya sa akin, because from Medium size, nagging XL na ko sad to say sometimes XXL ang mga damit ko. I experience bullying, nakarinig na ko na sasabihan akong “Barney”, “May salbabida sa tyan” and the most unforgettable is when one of my officemates asked me “Buntis ka ba?” O db, ang sakit mga beshies! That’s why, sabi ko sa sarili ko, I need a change! I need to prove them that I can build a new and better version of myself.  

This is me before joining the contest :)
The first week after our initial weigh in is so difficult and very challenging for me, I need to change my lifestyle towards my journey to physical fitness and wellness. Hindi naman biglaan ika nga slowly but surely and pagpapapayat ko and as a matter of fact, I want to achieve my desired weight. I know it will not be an easy journey but I believe it will be worth it.  So let me share you the rules of the game, this is very simple and very fair. The winner is determined by the most body weight percentage loss. In the case of a tie, the 2 players tied will have extra week to further lose weight to determine the winner. The pot money is Php 13,500 for the winner! Solo nya lahat yan. Win-Win narin para sa registration na Php 1,500, in case you didn’t win at least you lose weight naman db?

Our weekly weigh-in will be every Monday morning. We have 22 weeks journey para ma achieve ang ideal weight namin or in short ang pumayat. I know you will tell me, “Ang tagal ng 22 weeks” Yes! Matagal talaga sya, pero ngayon ko lang rin na realized na matagal pala talaga magpapayat lalo na kung di mo sya masyadong seseryosohin. But like me na I have motivation in life, I go for strict diet and exercise! Challenge accepted!

On our 2nd weigh-in I lost 3.7lbs or 2.6% from my initial weigh-in which makes me on top of the list. I only gain weight once during the entire 22 weeks and I’m proud to say that after 5 months of struggles, successes and all of the exerted efforts I did, I won the competition.

So eto na, I will share to you what I did for 5 months to give you inspiration and hope you can do the same para to sa kinabukasan natin mga beshies. I changed my eating habits including counting calories each meal. I ate rice naman, but half rice only. My breakfast is sweet potato, or yogurt (non-fat), or boiled egg or saging na saba. For my lunch, I ate half cup of white rice for 3 months then regular dish (kahit sinigang na baboy pa yan yun parin ulam ko) for my merienda, I ate wheat bread with palaman, normal kain sa merienda ika nga, I need to eat slight heavy as I have Zumba class every Tuesday and Thursday. O teka, baka sabihin nyo nag enroll ako sa gym or formal Zumba class ha, mali kayo kasi dito lang ako sa office namin nag zu-zumba. I have officemates na kasama and kami kami lang nag zuzumba, we have video na ginagayahan kaya its so easy for us na sundan. (Thanks Grace Go for the video). I ate dinner parin, yun nga lang no rice more on vegetable, fish and fruits. This is my routine for 3 months.

On the 4th month, I change my meals from white rice to brown rice. Yes! Sabi nila malaking factor daw ang brown rice (Thanks to Henry Aldave sa gift nyang brown rice).  On the 5th month, I only ate salad for lunch the rest is the same. Yes! Gulay gulay ang kinakain ko sa lunch, no rice for 28 days! If you will ask me, kung may cheat day parin ako, of course I have. Remember we have #MarriageFirstFriday and every weekend is my cheat day but I make sure na mag ru-run ako the following day or mag eexercise to burn all the calories I take. 

Very challenging talaga sa amin lahat tong contest na to, kasi dumaan ang Holidays (Christmas, New Year and Valentine’s Day), ako nag birthday pa so I need to control my intake. There are times that I want to give up, na wala na kong nababawas na timbang, Yes! Dumating rin ako sa point na nag weight loss plateau na ko for 3 weeks and medyo na depress ako that time.  It’s not easy promise but after 5 months, look at me now. 

Before and After Photo Ops
Left Photo: Napagkakamalan Buntis
Right Photo: Napagkakamalan Dalaga (Naks!)

The new version of me! I lose 30lbs or 14 kilos, halos kabigat na sya ng bunso kong anak.
I’m so happy now, as in! Nakakatouch yung makarinig ka ng compliments from other people na hindi mo naman ka close, yung mga likes and good comments nila because of my new look, yung mga di ko naman talaga kilala then mag memessage sa akin kung pano ako pumayat and anong secret ko at yung mga taong dati tinutukso ako ngayon proud na proud sa akin. Nakakataba ng puso promise!

I got lots of PM at IG and FB telling me that they are so proud of me and inspiration daw nila ako sa goals nila. I heard lots of stories na sinasabi nilang kahit anong gawin nila di sila pumapayat kaya gusto nilang malaman kung anong ginagawa ko, I gave them advise and words of encouragement not to lose hope and set a goals para maging motivation nila yun. I told them that they gotta stay disciplined to get where you want to be. “Discipline” is the key for the successful weight lost. Kasi kung wala kang disiplina lalo na sa pagkain, don’t expect na marereach mo yung weight goal mo. Learn to say "NO" to temptations like what I did for 5 months. I thought na di ko makakaya na di kumain ng junk foods because I love chichiria, can you imagine I can eat one big junk food in 5 minutes! Yes! Adik ako dun, but when I joined the Biggest Loser I accepted the challenge myself to lose weight. At first mahirap talaga but try to think this, there is no short cut to getting the body you want and there is no magic pill all you need to do is to put extra effort and time. 

I don’t know if I can maintain this figure and this weight (I’m currently 113lbs) but this is now the real challenge for me, ang hindi na ulit bumalik sa 140lbs at ma-maintain ko sya. My husband and my family are so proud of me, now they are asking for another baby since payat na ko. Haha. Mas nagmukha daw kasi akong bata ngayon. Hihi. I am so happy to be able to inspire some of my friends and other people about my journey towards healthy lifestyle. 

So to all my readers out there na nawawalan ng pag asang pumayat, don’t lose hope! In 2 weeks, you’ll feel it. In 4 weeks, you’ll see it. In 8 weeks you’ll hear it. So keep it up! If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal. So don’t lose hope, start today lose the weight!

I make them regret the day they called me FAT!
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