Nanay’s Trip EVENT ALERT : Toy Kingdom’s Amazing Toy Expo 2016 (August 19-21)


This toy expo is perfect for Rio’s post-periodic exams treat! Nanays, you can drop by Toy Kingdom’s Amazing Toy Expo at the SMX Convention Center this coming weekend and celebrate the end of the first grading period with your amazing kids.

We are happy to know that most of our favorite toy brands are participating in this expo. We hope to find Lego items on sale so we can get a box for our little homeschooler.

Here’s the list of the participating brands:


If you are one of those early Christmas shoppers, don’t miss this chance to get the latest toys for your inaanaks. These include toys from Trolls, Suicide Squad, Star Wars, classic Disney Junior; and the first Filipino Plush toys Plush and Play.

Kids will love the new Barbie You Can be Anything collection and My Little Pony. There will also be a Betty Spaghetti Launch and Meet and Greet sessions of Shopkins and Cartoon Network’s Power Puff girls. They will enjoy Marvel’s Avengers Metals Die Cast, the latest Lego Nexo Knights and Transformers. They will also have a thrilling ride at the Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt series, and be able to meet and greet the famous squad of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

 During the event, kids can also Meet and Greet well loved characters from Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol, the Grossery Gang, and more.

 Check out Toy Kingdom’s Toy Expo 2016 at 2nd level of the SMX Convention Center from 10am to 10pm on August 19-21, 2016. Visit www.toykingdom.ph; official event hashtag: #TKToyExpo2016; follow ToyKingdomPH on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

See you there, mga mare!




July 19 : National Children’s Book Day #BumasaAtLumaya


Ipinagdiriwang ang National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) tuwing ikatlong Martes ng buwan ng Hulyo upang gunitain ang pagkakalimbag ng kuwentong “Matsing at Pagong” na isinulat ni Dr. Jose Rizal at ipinasa sa Trubner’s Oriental Record, isang  magasin sa Europa noong 1885.

Paano kaya natin ipagdiriwang ang araw na ito? May ilang taon ko na ring isinusulat ang mga aktibidad na nagaganap tuwing National Children’s Book Day ( Blog post on NCBD 2013 , 2014) at muli, hinihikayat ko kayo mga mare at pare na markahan ang July 19 at July 23 sa inyong mga kalendaryo. Sama-sama nating kilalanin ang panitikang pambata sa Pilipinas at ibahagi ito sa ating mga anak.

Heto ang ilang mga aktibidad at kaganapang may kaugnayan sa NCBD 2016 na natawid ko sa internet. Taralets!

  1. Book Fair at Children’s Literature Talks sa July 23. Gaganapin ito sa Xavier School, San Juan City. Ilulunsad din ang aklat na Bumasa at Lumaya 2 , A Sourcebook on Children’s Literature in the Philippines sa araw na ito. May kopya na ako ng aklat na ito. Malaman at mayaman sa impormasyon at pagsusuri sa kasalukuyang yugto ng panitikang pambata sa Pilipinas.


Mag-email sa ncbdph@gmail.com para magpre-register. Sa registration fee na P800.00, madadaluhan mo ang lahat ng talks na interesado kang pakinggan. Kitakits!

2. Storytelling Workshop for Adults with Kuya Bodjie Pascua sa July 23. Gaganapin ito sa Museo Pambata. Highly recommended ang workshop na ito para sa mga magulang. Maraming technique at ideya sa pagkukuwento ang mapupulot kay Kuya Bodjie. Pagkakataon ding ilabas ang mga matagal nang nakatagong mga kakayahan sa pag-arte at iba pang sining. Sali na! Sulit ‘to, pramis!

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3. Bumili ng mga award-winning na aklat pambata sa NCBD sale ng Adarna House mula July 11 hanggang July 25. Sugod na sa Adarna showroom sa Quezon City!



4. Pandayan Bookshop SALE mula July 16-31 – 15% discount sa lahat ng aklat pambata ng Lampara Books. Narito ang mga branches ng Pandayan Bookshop.


Mga mare, sinong game ipagdiwang ang National Children’s Book Day sa Nayong Pilipino sa Rizal Park sa July 19, Martes ng umaga? Maaari tayong magpalitan / maghiraman ng mga paboritong aklat pambata ( nakasulat sa wikang Filipino) ng ating mga chikiting. Sabay-sabay na rin tayong mamasyal ( pwede ring mag-picnic) sa bagong Nayong Pilipino. Mag-iwan lang ng comment dito sa blog o mensahe sa FB page ng Nanay’s Trip. Taralets!


photo mula dito : https://renz15.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/a-visit-to-nayong-pilipino-within-rizal-park/

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Nanay’s Trip Review: Bubble Man Dishwashing Liquid

When I was invited to write a product review for a dishwashing liquid, the first thing that I had to do was to convince my mother to try a new brand. Everyone in the family was open to try out something new but my mother ( who washes the dishes more often ) was more difficult to convince. She didn’t want to try a new brand because, in her own words —  “Hiyang na ako sa —– (mentions the leading brand)! Bakit pa tayo susubok ng iba?

I told her that teaching my five-year old son how to wash the dishes was part of our homeschooling activities so we need to try using a dishwashing liquid which is safe for his sensitive skin. I have read some reviews about Bubble Man Dishwashing Liquid and I would love to know myself if it’s indeed safer and eco-friendly. It would be our perfect partner in teaching our son an important house chore.

In short, I was able to convince Rio’s Lola to dump her trusted brand and use Bubble Man Dishwashing Liquid. Lola waited for me to come back from my week-long conference before she opened and used Bubble Man ( Lemon ) to wash our dishes.


For the record, we started using this Lemon (yellow) variant last June 21 and the dishwashing liquid lasted until yesterday! It gave our family two weeks of easy to rinse and gentle on hands dishwashing experience. We are all excited to try Bubble Man Antibac (blue) this week to help us choose the best variant or scent for our dishwashing needs.

My husband has this one comment to share about his experience in using Bubble Man : “Mahal, parang Perla ang ginagamit ko kanina habang naghuhugas ng plato.” What do you mean, mahal?   “Hindi matapang itong Bubble Man sa kamay pero nalilinis nang maigi ang mga plato,” he explained.

I remembered we use Perla to wash Rio’s baby clothes. His pediatrician advised us to use this soap because it’s safer and not as harsh or strong as other detergent bars.

I know you are more interested to know about my mother’s views and experience in using Bubble Man Dishwashing Liquid. So, Lola M, take it away!

Hindi masyadong mabula kaya madaling banlawan.

She was excited to tell me how she was able to conserve water because Bubble Man made it easier for her to rinse the dishes. “Konting banlaw lang, wala nang dulas agad.” This was definitely good news for the family especially if it will make our water consumption lower and our bill cheaper too!

Mas mura ba ito? Ito na lang ang gamitin natin!  

I was not able to answer my mother about Bubble Man’s price because I haven’t seen this new brand displayed in shelves during our recent grocery trips. But not until yesterday while I was checking one of the leading drugstore’s grocery shelves, I saw stocks of Bubble Man and true enough, its price is more affordable and lower than the leading brands.

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When I got home, I finally answered my mother’s question. “Nay, ‘di hamak na mas mura ang Bubble Man!” 

Thank you to my dear friend May of Fully Housewifed who included Nanay’s Trip as one of the blogs to post a product review on Bubble Man Dishwashing Liquid.

Thank you to Ms. Jennifer Dizon and Mikewell World of Household Products Company for sending me samples of Bubble Man Dishwashing Liquids for review.


Slime Cup Run, RIO, Run!


“Yes, Nanay. I know  Slime Cup Run and I want to go there. Please.”   After hearing my five-year old son say the magic word , there was no choice for me but to join the fun run.  He learned about the run from the TV ads flashed  in between his favorite shows in Nickelodeon.

I didn’t know what made him so excited to join the run. I was not able to catch the TV ads so I had no idea what convinced my little boy to flex his leg muscles and try running with a crowd for the first time. Bakit kaya excited agad ang batang ito?

I had no chance to probe his reasons because I was busy thinking where to get my little boy a new pair of running shoes. Excited din ang nanay, siyempre!

My husband and I hunted for the perfect running shoes.  Ang mamahal pala ng running shoes! Finally, we chose these Florsheim rubber shoes since we had durable pairs of sandals and shoes from the same brand and they were on sale.


The next problem was how could I make my little sleepyhead to wake up so early and catch the six o’clock gun start. Preparing our running outfit and gears was one way to psyche him up for the early morning event. The most important preparation for the run was sleeping early and skipping all his late Saturday night rituals.

And our pre-run activities paid off. We were in the Mall of Asia concert grounds a few minutes past six o’clock. We got our run kits at the booth and swiftly changed into our Slime Cup Run running sandos.  This is it!

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Rio had some time to enjoy some of his favorite Nickelodeon shows in the big screen which was set up in the venue. We also visited some of the booths around the area. We were glad to have bumped to our friends and the kids warmed up even before the race began.



What happened next made it difficult for my little boy to enjoy the race he was looking forward to all week long. Nadapa ang anak ko! He was playing  with his friends before the race started when he accidentally stepped on a cable. Awwww. My son was not ready to cope with the small wounds on his knees and this unfortunate accident before the actual race.

We were thankful for the quick response of Leadpack’s (race organizer )First Aid team. A man with his medical kit approached us and swiftly offered to help our little boy. We told him to just apply some Betadine on Rio’s wounds. Our hurt little boy was still not ready to go back to his jolly mood. He was sobbing and would not let go of me. We were dealing not only with the pain from his wounds but the embarrassment he felt after the incident. His other friends were so excited to start the race while he was injured even before the race had begun.


“Let’s do this, anak.” I was determined to convince Rio to run the race and move on from his “dapa episode”. I told him we would run and reach the finish line together. I was so happy to be running with my little boy. He forgot all about his wounds when the other children together with their parents started to run. “Malapit na ang finish line, Nanay!”


We were almost at the end of the running crowd but we were just as happy as everyone who finished this short but fun race.  

Rio regained his happy mood and enjoyed the inflatable playground with his friends. Look at our group photos. Enjoy na enjoy ang mga mommies and kids!




Our family enjoyed the slime cup run and we pledged to spend the coming weekends walking or even running around parks. Masarap pala gumising nang maaga at magpapawis nang sama-sama!

Thanks to Nickelodeon and Leadpack for this fun running family adventure! Next year uli!




Baking and Life Lessons at the Maya Kitchen Baking Workshop


Why do I love baking? I am neither an expert nor a fabulous baker who makes the yummiest pastries but I know why baking is close to my heart.

For one, baking brings back a lot of happy memories. In high school, the small room at the end of the corridor where our 14-year old selves baked our first apple pie was our favorite place. Learning how to bake was the perfect complement (or breather!)  to the complex problems we had to solve in our Math classes. But looking back, those baking classes also imparted practical life lessons which I use (or forget to apply) until now.

Baking Lesson : Be precise in measuring the ingredients.
Life Lesson : Be objective. Don’t assume and overreact.

This first lesson makes baking easy yet requires discipline and control. Measuring ingredients and diligently following recipe instructions are not strictly followed in our house.

My father, the “official cook” in our family never measured the seasonings he added to his dishes. He knew how much vinegar was needed for his own version of the classic adobo dish. Tantsa-tantsa lang pero sakto sa panlasa.

During our baking workshop at The Maya Kitchen, the ingredients for the cupcakes were pre-measured and all set on the table. I appreciate the precision that comes with baking. It teaches us how an egg or half a teaspoon of baking soda can affect the outcome of our cake.



Thanks Mommy Joy Gurtiza for the wonderful photos!

Sa buhay, maganda rin ang “sakto lang” na prinsipyo — walang labis, walang kulang. Ang sobrang paghalo ng mga sangkap sa baking ay maaaring ikapalpak ng cake. Ang sobrang pag-iisip naman ng mga bagay-bagay ay maaaring magresulta ng palpak na mga desisyon sa buhay. Magsuri batay sa kongkretong mga datos at kalagayan.

Baking Lesson : Folllow the recipe but innovate and try to be creative.
Life Lesson : Learn from practice. Dare to be different.

Good thing we arrived early at the Maya Kitchen culinary center. We were able to familiarize ourselves with the kitchen and review the recipes of the cupcakes we were going to bake.

I stressed this baking must-do to my 5-year old even before our actual workshop. “Rio, we should follow the instructions in the recipe.” He can read some words and sentences in the recipe but we followed the instructions by watching on the big TV screen mounted on the kitchen’s wall as Chef Ice mixed the ingredients

I remember my cousin’s cooking tip when I told her that I’m a reluctant and frustrated baker. “Basta marunong kang magbasa at sumunod sa recipe, kaya mo ‘yan!”

  • Mix the dry ingredients together. Check.
  • Make a spiral icing on top of your cupcakes. Oops. X!. We chose to make the letters of my son’s name on the cupcakes. Para may tatak Rio ang unang cupcakes na ginawa niya!


Sa buhay, tama lang na sundin ang mga subok ng praktika. Halimbawa, sa pagpapalaki ng mga anak, may mga aral tayong makukuha mula sa ating mga magulang  pero may laya tayong baguhin ito para mas umangkop sa kalagayan ng ating pamilya. Totoong walang iisang recipe sa pagpapalaki ng anak. Pero may mga recipe din na pwede nating tularan at mas paunlarin pa.


Baking Lesson : Bake. Bake. Bake.
Life Lesson : Practice makes perfect.

You may not get the perfect and moist chocolate in your first attempt but don’t be discouraged. Bake lang nang bake. You will eventually know how long you should mix the ingredients and the perfect time to put icing on the cupcakes. Just bake.

Sa buhay, laging may puwang na magkamali. Ang mahalaga, sulong lang.

Who would not fall in love with baking? It doesn’t only teach us how to bake delicious pastries but it also gives us life lessons to guide us in our daily struggles.

That’s why baking with our kids is a perfect opportunity to impart values and life lessons to them in a fun and unique way.

“Anak, parang sa baking, mahalagang sumunod sa mga instructions. Dapat maingat ka sa bawat hakbang para hindi pumalpak ang cake mo.”

“Anak, huwag kang mawawalan ng pag-asa. Subok lang nang subok ha. Di ba yung banana bread natin hindi masyadong maalsa nang una tayong nag-bake? Pero nang sumunod, alam na natin ang gagawin kaya sakto na!”

Ang daming feels at hugot ng baking at life lessons na naisulat ko dito a!  I hope to write a lighter blog post on how we can use our baking bonding moments in our kindergarten Math lessons!


Salamat sa Mommy Bloggers Philippines at The Maya Kitchen para sa masayang baking workshop. Super enjoy kaming mag-ina sa baking lessons, may pasalubong pa kaming cupcakes at iba pang Maya baking products para kay Lola at Tatay.

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Happy mommies and kids with our gifts from The Maya Kitchen! Maraming salamat!


Thanks to GLAD Kitchen for the gifts! We will use them for our next kitchen adventures.

If you still wish to be part of The Maya Kitchen‘s long-standing tradition of hosting summer baking classes for children and young adults.  The Maya Kitchen extends its baking classes until June 2016 for kids and teens.


Rio, the fabulous baker boy!


Check out the schedules and courses offered below:

Kids Baking Adventures (ages 5-12)

9:00 AM – 12:00 NN

P1,000 per class

June 8 Cupcake Baking and Decorating 1

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes and Double Chocolate Cupcakes

June 9 Cookie Baking 1

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Peanut Butter Sandwich

June 22 Cupcake Baking and Decorating 2

Cotton Candy Cupcakes and Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

June 23 Cookie Baking 2

Chocolate-covered Candy Cookies and Sugar Cookies

Young Baker’s Hangout (ages 13+)

9:00 AM – 12:00 NN

P1,500 per class

June 15 Basic Cakes

Chiffon Cake & Dark Chocolate Cake

June 16 Basic Icing

Royal Icing and Buttercream

June 29 Commercial Breads 1

Pan de Sal & Ensaymada

June 30 Commercial Breads 2

Cinnamon Roll & Spanish Bread

Mark those dates on your calendar. For more information on this and on other course offerings, log on to www.themayakitchen.com, e-mail contactus@themayakitchen.com, or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City, or call 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108 / Mobile No. +63929 679 6102. Call and reserve a slot now!


Nanay’s Trip EVENT ALERT : (June 2) GuitarNights: Liederabend, A Night of German Songs


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Ayala Museum and IPAV, Inc. in partnership with Lufthansa, Official Airline, present Liederabend: A Night of German Songs (an Ayala Museum Guitar Nights feature)
Featured artists are Knut Schoch & Carsten Linck of  LIED DUO
June 2, 2016 |  6:30 PM | Ayala Museum Ground Floor Lobby

Why not spend a few hours this Thursday night listening to live guitar songs and chilling out as you look forward to that much-awaited weekend break? Skip the rush hour at the MRT and hang out with your office mates at the Ayala Museum’s Guitar Nights session. This musical experience is entirely different from listening to all the digital music files saved in your smartphones during your daily commute to work. 

Know more about Ayala Museum’s Guitar Nights and its featured show this coming Thursday. See you at the museum! 

In the 19th century, the “golden age” of the guitar, songs with a guitar accompaniment was the most popular form of vocal music-making. Innumerable compositions for this combination – not only in German – appeared at this time, true masterpieces in a virtually inexhaustible repertoire of songs. It was only from the 1830s that this position on the “popularity scale” was increasingly assumed by the piano, and the guitar song was gradually pushed into the background.

To this day, the wistfulness of the guitar, its sensitivity and delicacy, still reveal a very personal and rather intimate view of the songs of love, passion and death. The listener often finds these settings of poems dealing with romantic feelings or the descriptions of nature popular at the time to be more authentic, and especially in the quieter ranges, more subtle.


The concerts given by the LIED duo (Knut Schoch and Carsten Linck), are always received with enthusiasm by their audience on account of their freshness and intensity, demonstrate the value of reviving the treasures of the guitar song genre from this period. Their usual repertoires include both original compositions from the 1800s and original arrangements of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, and Johannes Brahms.

The duo’s captivating concert appearances, enhanced by short introductions to the works and their respective composers composers, give an unforgettable insight into rarely heard but exciting repertoires. In addition, transcriptions such as of the song cycle Die schöne Müllerin by Franz Schubert provide an opportunity to discover new perspectives to old familiar works.


For these song recitals, Carsten Linck plays a 19th century guitar replica by Johann GeorgStaufer which has a very similar sound to a fortepiano of the period. As the guitar is played standing, the player can perform in an informal narrative style, creating a very lively performance for the audience.


Guitar Nights is a new addition to the list of musical experiences offered by Ayala Museum and Independent Philippine Art Ventures, Inc. (IPAV), gathering some of the country’s foremost and international classical guitarists, bringing the familiar and beloved instrument to a whole new light.


P 700 Regular
P 560 Discounted Rate*
P 500 Senior Citizens
P 300 Students

Tickets available for sale at the Ayala Museum ticket counter, open during museum hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 9 AM to 6 PM.

* Discount applies to Ayala Museum Members, Ayala Rewards Circle, and AGC Employees.

Terms and Conditions for purchasing tickets:

1) Pre-event

Tickets are now available for sale at the Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati, open fromTuesdaySunday, 9 AM to 6 PM.
Kindly present a valid ID to avail of applicable discounts.
Cash payment is preferred.
Limited seats available. In the event the maximum seating capacity is already reached, succeeding buyers will be duly informed of standing room only status and can purchase tickets at the minimum price (P 300).
It is best to call 759 82 88 local 31 or 35 to get the latest update on the availability of tickets.

2) During concert date

Counter for unclaimed and/or unsold tickets (if any) will open on June 2, 2016. Gates will open at 5:30 PM.
Ticket holders who were guaranteed seats (purchased before reaching maximum capacity status) during the sale period may sit anywhere. Please note that there are no seat assignments and that seating is first-come, first served.
All tickets sold for the June 2, 2016 concert is valid only during said date.

For inquiries and reservations:
CALL: 759 82 88 local 31
EMAIL: concerts@ayalamuseum.org


Mommy Bloggers Philippines and The Maya Kitchen Mommy and Kid Cupcake Baking Workshop : Baking and Bonding with my Little Baker

“Nanay, let’s watch TASTY videos, please.”

If he doesn’t want to read storybooks before sleeping , he asks me to watch short cooking and baking videos posted on Tasty’s Facebook page.

We both enjoy watching the videos and we even save those recipes we think are easy to bake or cook. We also filter the recipes which need kitchen utensils or equipment we don’t have in our home.

“Oops, Nanay. We can’t bake this. We don’t have an electric mixer.” These videos do not only satisfy my little chef’s culinary curiosity but inspire him to save money so we can buy more kitchen utensils we need to cook those savory dishes.

Our First Classic Banana Cake, Success! 

Our fabulous little baker helped us prepare our first banana cake a few months ago. We followed the recipe from Cooking Light and watched the video on how to bake a classic banana cake shared on Facebook. Rio enjoyed the entire baking process but was extra interested in mixing the ingredients. After our first baking attempt, he wanted to bake cupcakes but I haven’t found an easy recipe for beginners like us.



I am happy to be one of the mommies who will have the chance to participate in The Maya Kitchen’s Baking Workshop this Saturday. It is extra special because we will finally learn how to bake cupcakes! Our friends from The Maya Kitchen will teach us how to bake and decorate strawberries and cream and peanut butter and chocolate chip cupcakes! Yummy!

If you still wish to be part of The Maya Kitchen‘s long-standing tradition of hosting summer baking classes for children and young adults.  The Maya Kitchen extends its baking classes until June 2016 for kids and teens.

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Check out the schedules and courses offered below:

Kids Baking Adventures (ages 5-12)

9:00 AM – 12:00 NN    P1,000 per class

  1. June 8 Cupcake Baking and Decorating 1

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes and Double Chocolate Cupcakes

2. June 9 Cookie Baking 1

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Peanut Butter Sandwich

3. June 22 Cupcake Baking and Decorating 2

Cotton Candy Cupcakes and Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

4. June 23 Cookie Baking 2

Chocolate-covered Candy Cookies and Sugar Cookies

Young Baker’s Hangout (ages 13+)

9:00 AM – 12:00 NN  ; P1,500 per class

  1. June 15 Basic Cakes

Chiffon Cake & Dark Chocolate Cake

2. June 16 Basic Icing

Royal Icing and Buttercream

3. June 29 Commercial Breads 1

Pan de Sal & Ensaymada

4. June 30 Commercial Breads 2

Cinnamon Roll & Spanish Bread

Mark those dates on your calendar. For more information on this and on other course offerings, log on to www.themayakitchen.com, e-mail contactus@themayakitchen.com, or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City, or call 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108 / Mobile No. +63929 679 6102. Call and reserve a slot now!