The little Z’s on the shore of UAE

Beach is not an ideal place in a country that hits a temperature up to 40+ degree celsius. But we wanted to let my brother in law whose in the town for a short vacation to experience the beach in UAE and see the famous and iconic Burj al Arab. We planned to leave the house at 5:30 in the morning. Unfortunately, we all woke up the same time we planned to leave. So we reached the beach around 8 in the morning. It was a good thing that the sun was not yet blazing so the boys with their uncle and grandma managed to play and swim on the beach of UAE for the first time. It's just sad that we cannot stay any

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No Short Pants, Please…

The kids wanted to visit the park near our area. So last Saturday we decided to finally visit the park with our boys. The park is just 10-15 minutes walk from our place. The boys were in their comfy attire while I was wearing a white shirt and a walking shorts just an inch above the knee. When we reached the park, the boys were excited upon seeing the slides. And as we entered, a man called up my attention and told me that short pants are not allowed inside the park...oh I thought it was no longer that conservative in Sharjah so I was comfortably walking around public place in short pants (but not that short naman.) So it was only my three boys

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Reduce Travel Tax for OFW Dependents

Are you travelling the world from the Philippines? One thing that you need to settle before leaving the country is the travel tax. I know, many Filipinos including me wish that this tax should not be imposed to travelers. But it has been implemented even before I was born. So what is really a travel tax? According to Tieza's website, is a levy imposed by the Philippine government on individuals who are leaving the Philippines, as provided for by Presidential Decree (PD) 1183. A full travel tax for first class passenger is PhP2,700.00 and PhP1,620.00 for economy class. For an average Filipino like me, it's quite pricey. Overseas Filipino Workers, diplomats and airline crew members are exempted from paying travel tax. For complete list of travel tax

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A New Beginning

It has been a hasty days for the last couple of weeks. The house repainting, the packing of things and few bank errands that needs to be squeezed in less than two week before leaving for UAE. Up until our last few hours in Manila, I felt exhausted, blame it to the heavy traffic in Manila, I should have listened to my sister inlaw's suggestion to leave the house 7 hours before our departure. Normally, if there is no traffic it will only take 30 to 45 minutes drive from our place to the airport. When we arrived at the departure lounge, their was already a long cue for boarding. Thank goodness I was traveling with my kids, so we were able to use the

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Thank You Lord!

You are faithful to your promises Lord! I am grateful and thankful for answering our long time prayer. We will continue to trust and honor You our God! Thank You!
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Grabbed Books from Book for Less Sale

So, I was able to visit the Book for Less warehouse sale in Pasig. Books were for sale for 20 pesos each. I manage to get a few books for my boys. If you have not yet visited the warehouse sale, it's on up until the end of August. They are located at 643 Mercedes Avenue, Brgy., San Miguel Pasig City. They're just in front of Laconsolacion College.
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Did you know that you can follow up the status of your SSS UMID?

Have you been waiting for your unified multi-purpose SSS Id to arrive your doorstep? Don't worry, you are not alone. I have been waiting for it for 3 months now. When I applied for it, I was told that it will only take a month or two to get the ID. I badly need it because I am settling an issue with a bank and they're requiring me to government issued ID and I only have one government issued ID which is my passport. I'm glad I was able to get hold of  SSS ID Center contact number and was able to follow up for the status of my SSS ID. If you are eager to find out the status of your ID you can

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Letter of the Week | Z is for Zebra

Z is for Zebra! Having had finished letter B, the boys were expecting letter C next in line. I originally planned covering it chronologically, but after further researched, I found out that it would be more interesting for the children if we introduce first the letter of their names. So, we jumped from C to Z which is the first letter of my boys' name. Since, I purposely initiated this activity for our youngest Zian, we will be ensuing his name for the coming week. Here's how our letter Z week went. This time most of our worksheets were from The Measured Mom. I used the level 1 worksheets for Zian and the level 2 worksheets for Zoe. Thanks a lot for those free printable! Math

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Fearfully and Wonderfully made

I was washing the dishes from our breakfast when my 4 years old son approach me and all of a sudden told me "mommy, God did not created me. Sabi mo God made me, hindi ganun yun." I curiously asked why to find out how he arrived to that idea. His answer was, "kasi pinanganak mo ako. God did not created me." I was blown, how that innocent mind thought of it. Baffled, I quickly answered "God formed you in my womb, that's how He created you." I think he was a bit convinced, but he stared at me, while he repeat what I told him. I taught them the song "God Made Me" and I'm sure they have also heard it from the Sunday

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Greenwich Pizza Corporation signs as Tutuban Center’s newest tenant

Do you love shopping in Tutuban? I know a lot of us do. Here is something that we should look forward the next time we visit Tutuban Center. Anne Yap, Leasing Associate; Sylvia Tecson, Tutuban Center VP for Leasing and Marketing;  NicoSudayan, Operations Director for Greenwich Pizza Corporation; Dong Marucut, Greenwich Pizza Corporation Area Manager; Ron Sugapong, OIC-Tutuban Properties, Inc. and CFO for Prime Orion Philippines, Inc. Local pizza and pasta chain Greenwich Pizza signed as Tutuban Center’s newest tenant last June 30, 2015. When asked about the decision to open shop in the area, Greenwich Pizza Operations Director Nico Sudayan shared, “We see a big potential in Tutuban. It is the top-of-mind of customers so the place has a really good consumer recall.” Sudayan

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Letter of the Week | B is for Bee

While we follow a curriculum for Zoe, I made sure that we would tackle letter of the week for my youngest Zian while homeschooling Zoe. This will help him better understand the letters and it's sound and will also improve his vocabulary. Last week was letter "B" week. The first thing that came to my mind while preparing for letter B was bee although they're a bit scared of bee when they saw them one time in our hallway they like my giant B bee.  Here's how it went. Language Art I let them color the giant letter B. And then, they went on with the fill in the letter exercise which we did for the first time. Math They did the grouping exercise. I asked

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Book Review | Let’s Learn Phonics

I have been looking for a good phonics kit for my toddlers. I have read good reviews about Sing Spell Read & Write. I was contemplating of getting our copy and called the C&E publishing last month to ask if they still have the Sing Spell Read and Write kit only to be told it's already out of stock. Last month while looking for a good bedtime story book at National Bookstore, I saw this "Let's Learn Phonics" book by apple publishing international. I did not hesitate to purchase it. The book cost 169 pesos. It starts with short sounds, to long sounds and letter combination sound. The book has distinctive colors and also highlighted the letter sound to make it more appealing to children

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Letter of the Week

Since commencing homeschooling for our eldest son Zoe, who is now in Kinder 1, I have also thought of how I can intentionally homeschool our youngest son Zian who just turned 3 years old last May. During the first few weeks of our homeschooling, I tried to let Zian sit with his brother while homeschooling, in that way (I thought) he would also learn. But there are lesson that were just too advance for him and I don't want to pressure him. I have been reading about the "letter of the week" idea in a homeschool group where I am currently a member. Thinking that it's a good program for my 3 years old, I immediately gave it a try. I am thankful for the

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Kyuti Kyut Kids Salon for Your Cutie

We normally go to GQ Barbers for our tots haircut. Usually our youngest Zian behaves well during haircuts except yesterday. We went to have their haircut done but Zian won't just let Mr.Barber touch his hair. I tried to comfort him hoping to convince him but I failed. And so I thought of bringing him to the kiddie salon nearby GQ Barbers. I need not say anything to convince him to cut his hair,immediately he told me which barber chair he wants to sit. I brought him to Kyuti Kyut Kids Salon which I think the only kidie salon in SM Marikina. I think they've been around only last year, because I remember  three years ago we were searching for a kiddie salon around the

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Zoe is Learning to Read

One of our goals this school year, is for our Zoe to learn reading before the end of fourth quarter. He learned phonics from his nursery class last year and refreshed him this year to eventually master it. We recently started the Learn to Read program of Starfall.com, it's a free phonics based program online for parents, educators and homeschoolers. Now, Zoe can read short vowels sound and slowly learning long vowels sound. Before we started phonics, we used to read books before bed time. Our reading time together has also helped him learn the ropes to reading. When I read I point words and sometimes I asked them to point to a word that I just read. I also asked them question about what we are

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