I have to admit I am an overbuyer. Regardless if I need it or not, I shop and look for things. The internet is a dark place, you can get sucked in the minute you get distracted. However, I found some great finds lately and I am proud to say that they are local brands. These are the ones that thrive via online shops and bazaars. I am a fan and inspired by some of their stories. I got to ask them questions due to my inquiries. They are accommodating to queries which I think is very crucial especially for online transactions.

I’m pretty sure you are now curious with the list so here’s a rundown:

Shiq Bag (@shiqbags)

This brand is inspired by the femininity, combining classic and modern styles. Their bags are of style and function. There I was looking for a bag that can fit my laptop and I came across the Amber tote.  It’s waterproof and can fit my laptop. Well, not actually. It is 13″ so the size of the bag is quite exact. Plus points to Shiq for customized bags. Just add P50 for every letter. It’s the best bag I use when I need errands to do since it seemed small but it can fit a lot.

Designs by Shima (@designsbyshima)

I actually forgot how I found this brand. What got me hooked is the actual bag which can fit a laptop. This time, it’s for real! My order took some time since it still needs to be produced but it was all worth it. I got to buy a wallet to match with it too! It’s amazing as it is perfect for travel because my passport perfectly fits. This bag can be worn 4 different ways: crossbody, shoulder bag, hand bag and backpack. Definitely handy!

Obsession Without Limits (@obsessionswithoutlimits)

My fondness for crystal necklace stemmed from a Christmas gift from my former boss a few Christmases ago. I kept searching on how to create my own but instead stumbled on this. I love their Prescripstone line since the crystals have meanings perfect each personality need. Every piece is unique as the stones are shaped differently. Another plus is that it is tarnish free. Of course, you need to properly take care of it.

Amber MNL (@ambermnl)

Needless to say, I did a whole blog post about it. See link: Head over Heels. I love how comfortable it is! They have a unique design for flats. Their chunky mid heels is pure love too! This brand is now a staple in my shoe closet.

Hey Jow (@heyjowph)

I love this brand and their different collaborations. The designs are unique and classy. It is fit for someone who wants to upgrade their accessory line. Their products are nicely packaged in a box. I got giddy when I received mine. Hey Jow is a piece that I love wearing if I want to amp up my outfit. A little pricey but the quality is superb perfect for special occasions.


Hello 2018!

To be quite honest, I spent the first day of the year sleeping. It’s so good sleeping in. I wish I can savor the holidays more. I am quite unsure why but maybe as you get older you feel more tired or maybe just being plain lazy.

Anyway, last 2017 was really a year of transition for me. During the last part of the year, so much has been happening in my life and the people who surround me. Some people just come and go, I was able to finally fit in and learn more about myself. Bigger milestones for me came in this December in the form of a promotion and being free from financial debt.

I couldn’t be more happy with the blessings I was able to gain for this year. But to be quite honest, my 2018 will be more focused on the things that I need to improve on which is being motivated and creating the good habits. Health is wealth as they say and my metabolism has slowed down, my arms, thighs and puson are growing in a rate that I really don’t like. This is the biggest aspect I will be working on this coming year.

No new year’s resolution this year but since I know what I want and what I can tolerate, I will be using this to continually improve for 2018. I have so much to learn and experience. I excited of what the next year is bringing it.

What’s your new year like?

Better Than Before: The Start

Better Than Before: The Start

I am not sure if you still count 28 as part of the quarter life crisis. Maybe, it’s more about adulting. As you get old, you have different priorities and having a family really does shake up things. My priorities are different from my single friends or even those who are married without children.

To be quite honest, I am in this confused state and a possible time for transition (I keep seeing 11.11 recently not because of the Singles’ Day). I have never been more confused on what I wanted to do. How do you handle maturity, destroy bad habits, create good ones and the likes.

The bookworm in me always checks out bookstores and I came across this book, “Better Than Before”. This books talks about habits what influences the person, etc. Why am I reading it? The main reason is that I am feel like I am a starter. Example, my goal is to start my skincare routine. I’ll start it today, maybe one or two days then, I will be lazy doing it. Same goes when I tried to exercise or doing a to-do list and blogging. Unless I am accountable for it or I don’t have a deadline, I’m not motivated enough.

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

So here I am writing about it because I feel like I want to be accountable. It may seem like I am writing a book report but I want to document my journey and realizations. So far, so good I’ve been answering some of the questions/tendencies. I’ll definitely share it to you on my next post.

Wish me luck!



I joined this class by Arriane Serafico. To be quite honest, I wasn’t serious at it first. I didn’t do the first few days because I was on a playdate and got swamped at work. I woke up to reality that there were groupings! I want my own support group and to actually see what other people are doing and what their attack is. Good thing, we were still able to group. Yay for extension.

This course/challenge is just amazing and intense. The fact that you need to do an editorial calendar is just pushing me out of the comfort zone. I was in a rush to find photos and to do my content (Thanks Canva!).

My team is #teamrush and which stemmed from the fact that we were in a rush to find groupmates. We started from around 6 people and I think we are now 7 or 8? The engery in the group is just wildly positive! We are juggling different tasks everyday but we find time to interact. I am actually stalking the other posts and hopefully, I can be friends with them too! #supportgroup

Key takeaways? I am doing just fine. I know the basics already and I am building direction. I started it this year. Styling my feed with a pattern. It now all boils down to creating content and being consistent with what I want to do. I’ll be committed this time around since I want to claim my authenticity as blogger (Wow! Big words!)

Here’s a photo of my feed before and after the challenge! I know my followers isn’t that much but quality over quantity, right?

Before (taken 6/14)
Now (taken 6/20)

Obviously, it’s a work in progress. I’ll be posting my last one for the challenge in a few minutes. It’s gonna be a long one (for the caption).

Shoutout to Arriane, who is generous with her knowledge and created this workshop and to Team Rush for all those positive comments and the push to be accountable. Too legit to quit!

Oh My Fish!

Oh My Fish!

Remember when you are looking for something fun to do with your kid? For our Burrito’s birthday, we went to Manila Ocean Park.

Pro Tip: We got a ticket through MetroDeal. We picked the Deep Sea Rush with the following activities: Oceanarium, Sharks & Rays Dry Encounter, Jellies Exhibit, Sea Lion Show, and Symphony Evening Show.

We could have gotten more but we just took into consideration of the two year old’s nap time and energy. We started the day late because we have a small breakfast party. You can check my post about that here.

Here’s just a quick rundown of what we did.

Oceanarium. It was a good thing that we didn’t bring the stroller. The place has stairs! It was also divided into different segments like fish you can see in the jungle, reef, etc. It was a pretty sight. We expected to see more fish at the tunnel though. My husband said there were more a few years earlier. Lucas liked to see different fish. He didn’t know where to look.

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Fish, fish!
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This fish made him say, “Oh my gosh!”
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Colorful fish!
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Curious kid.
So happy with everything!

Jellies Exhibit. I expected more but it was just a small room with around a few kinds of jellyfish. Overall, it was a good place to take your profile photos! Ha. Lucas was just a bit steady during this exhibit. There was this area where there are souvenirs, that’s the only time he was interested because there’s a truck.

Sea Lion Show. This show is done outside. We watched it around 3:00 PM. No umbrellas are allowed since it might distract the Sea Lions. Lucas enjoyed this! He was laughing at some parts and clapping with the rest of the crowd.

See how happy he is?

Shark and Rays Dry Encounter. There were a lot of people who wanted to touch sharks and rays. Lucas got a bit scared but it was a good sight to see. Maybe the experience is better if the place is not really that crowded. We weren’t able to take photos because of the crowd.

Symphony Evening Show. We missed this show because we had dinner. We hope to catch this on our next trip.

Another tip: Make sure you know the height of your kid. We didn’t know he’s over two feet so we had to get a ticket there instead.

Overall, it was a good place to bring your kid! Our Burrito is in the stage of exploring and learning. We are happy that he is enjoying and beginning to understand the different experience. It was just too bad when we went there when a company had their team building. But we will definitely be back for more since we missed out other attractions.

Any suggestions where to go next?



Last weekend, we celebrated Lucas’ second birthday. It was not as fancy as his first but I still proceeded with having a themed birthday. This year, we went nautical. We thought it would be fitting as he likes fish and we were planning to bring him to Manila Ocean Park.

As a mom, I did my usual planning but this time around, I was too caught up with raising a toddler. I resolved on getting this party in a box! Yes, a party in a box. It is basically your instant decorations for any special occasion. All you have to do is set it up. I checked this supplier, The White Box.

I sent them an email two weeks before the celebration and talked to them about how I envision the party. The main idea is only to have a breakfast party since we’ll be out for the weekend. We are doing it for the rest of the household and since he is the first app, we would want to involve the grandmothers too. The set up was really small. The package that we got was good for ten (10) pax. What is good about The White Box is that they can customize the package for you so you can add or remove the things that you need for the party.

Since I was planning to have a background decoration and some for the table, they gave us a package for the following: garland, tassels, fans, buntings, balloons, table runner and a cake topper. We finalized the transaction on the week of his birthday and I got the decorations before my need date! So fast and efficient. They are accomodating too!

I know you will be saying why do I need to find a supplier, these are the things that can easily be bought elsewhere. Well, for someone who has a lot on her plate, you would rather have something instant than go through the hassle of everything. To be quite honest, it was sulit because we get to reuse them for the next birthdays a few days after like my sister-in-law and I.

We did the ingress the night before. It was no joke setting up even if it came in a box. We had to think of how to put them together!

It was all worth the pagod and puyat.

After a hard night’s work, we were able to hide the chismis on the wall. What a wonderful set-up!
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It’s all in the details.
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Look at that lovely cake topper! Cake not included in the package.
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Here’s our birthday boy and his breakfast party! We served him his favorites: tuyo, pasta and spam!

A few friends expressed their delight with the set-up. So if you want an easy, hassle-free way of doing a party, I suggest you check out The White Box.

Facebook: facebook.com/thewhiteboxph
Instagram: instagram.com/thewhiteboxph

I’ll be writing about his trip to Manila Ocean Park, up next!

This is not a sponsored post.


Last weekend, I went to a Rustan’s event. This is the yearly Summer Fashion show and guess who was there?

No other than Bianca Santiago-Reinoso. Seeing her walk with Juano, I just went wild. It was legit fangirling. My officemates were like, “Sino siya?” I go, she’s part of the Baby Barangay and also part of Baby and Breakfast.  Okay, okay. I know some of you can’t relate to this.

Think of it as: you, seeing your favorite celebrity, author, band, up close. Yes, that’s it. You muster up all courage to say hi. It is a bigger challenge to actually want a photo.

She is part of my mommy peg. I can’t say it enough. I also like her style, very laid back and comfy. She’s good in styling too. I am blabbing right now, forgive me. I can’t help it. Maybe some of you can relate, most of you won’t.

Here’s a photo of us. I want to be closer to her but yeaaah, sobrang fangirl ko kulang na lang ihug ko siya. OA pero totoo.

So that’s 1 out of 5 sa Baby Baranggay. YASSS!