Thursday, March 27, 2014

Assemble & Launch: A Water Rocket Workshop & Competition

It's already summer time! By now, I'm sure most of the mommies are already busy looking and searching for summer activities to enroll their little ones. Choosing what particular summer course would depend on the interest of the child and are usually topics not taught in school. Aside from that, it's also the best time to bring your kids for an educational trip such as a science museum to reinforce what they have learned in school.

Speaking of science museum, have you visited Philippine Science Centrum lately? Please click here to read more about this interesting place.

If you haven't, now is your chance because this coming May 16-17, 2014, they will be conducting an exciting summer activity dubbed as Assemble & Launch: A water rocket workshop and competition. It's a two-day event aimed to promote interest on Space Science and Physics as well as provide an alternative educational activity for children ages 10 to 16 years old.

Participants in teams of two (2) will be given a workshop on how to make a PET bottle rocket (1.5 L), assemble their own rockets and compete with other teams on accuracy of their work. Prizes await the winners.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Get Hooked on DIY: A Home Decorating Workshop

Every mother loves to keep their house neat, organized and clutter-free. 

Here are some of the reasons why being organized is important based on my personal experience:
  • It saves time and energy because you can easily locate the things you need to use.
  • It saves money because you are able to fully utilize/consume the things you have on hand without buying for the second time.
  • It clears the mind and in turn makes you more productive at work.
  • It makes your home a childproof and hazard-free one.
  • It makes a happy family because everything is in harmony.
  • It beautifies your surrounding which makes it a visitor-friendly and relaxing place for everyone.
And if you agree on any of the above reasons, then I'm sure you will be excited for this good news! 

Good Housekeeping Magazine, in cooperation with 3M Philippines,
invites you to 
Get Hooked on D.I.Y.

A series of home decorating and organization workshops that will help you decorate and organize your home space using a simple and effective wall-hanging tool.  

As a home and décor expert, Good Housekeeping will show mommies, daddies, and even college dormers and singles how to tidy up and beautify their homes, condominiums, or dormitory rooms using Command™ Damage-Free Hanging Solutions from 3M. These hooks are very easy to install, and equally easy to remove without leaving a trace. So when you need some wall-hanging done at home, just look for 3M's Command™. No need to make holes with a nail or a drill because not only are they expensive, it even ruins the paint job, plus you need someone else to do it for you.

So what are you waiting for? Let's go and have fun learning about the various ways on how you can use Command™ Hooks and products in your surrounding.
Event Details:
Date: April 13, 2014 (Sunday)
Time: Workshop booth opens 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
        Program proper starts at 3:00 pm
Venue: SM Megamall Activity Center, Lower Ground Floor, Mega A Building

Watch out for the other legs of GET HOOKED ON DIY! 

For more details, kindly visit these pages:
Good Housekeeping Facebook at
Command™ Website:

Mommy Sally

Friday, March 21, 2014

WAHMderful Life: Work-at-Home Mom (WAHM) Workshops

Mommies nowadays are very hands-on and love multitasking. You can just see how much they love and so eager to prioritize their children over their high paying full-time job. Luckily, there's an option to become a work-at-home mom (WAHM) and help her husband provide for the family. Aside from happily looking after their children, they even get to fulfill their passion and make money out of it.

Want to become a WAHM but don't know how? Fret no more because Manila Workshops, in their WAHMderful Life series of workshops, has come up two workshops this April to show us how to do it and how to start up our own home-based business.

Real Ways to be a WAHM

Topics include:
  • How to Run your Online Store
  • How to Manage Several Projects at a Time
Sub-topics include:
  • Learn how to choose the Number 1 Product to Sell Online
  • Zap the fear out of E-Commerce Management
  • Know the Best Payment Method for Online Selling
  • Learn the most effective Marketing and Advertising Strategies for your Shop
  • do everything from home, on your laptop

Workshop Details:
Date: April 5, 2014 (Sat)
Time: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm (registration  starts at 9:30 am)
Venue: 12th Floor, Multi-Purpose Hall, Insular Life Building, Ayala Ave. corner Paseo De Roxas, Makati City

Learning Fee:
Regular Rate: P1,200 (after March 31)
Early Bird Rate: P1,000 (on or before March 31)
Bring a Buddy Rate: P2,000 for 2 participants

To register, please go to this link:

Speakers are:

1. Joy Gurtiza
  • has been in the work-at-home world for over 10 years 
  • also a blogger, a food photographer, a book author, and an online marketing consultant for a technology provider for florist retailers based in California 
  • a WordPress superstar! She has set up tons of WordPress and membership sites for her Canadian employer. 
  • is also helping her Canadian employer to run his business by taking care of his other employees and freelancers from around the world. 
  • also an entrepreneur, she set up a small inbound and outbound call center for clients from New Mexico and Florida in 2005 to 2009. 
  • While running a call center at night, she operated an English school during the day. 
  • a master of trial error! From managing a small call center operation to getting people enrolled in her English school; acquiring a franchise in food business to operating a photobooth for local events in Manila. Though not all was profitable she thinks it was all worth the shot! 
  • can be found blogging about her food recipes and awesome food photography at, and rants about daily life at
2. Ginger P. Arboleda
  • graduated with a Masteral of Arts in Communications Major in Integrated Marketing Communications. 
  • gained project management experience from being an account executive for two of the top Advertising Agencies in the country. 
  • also worked as a Managing Director for her family’s food franchise. 
  • Her longest work experience was with one of the top universal banks in the Philippines as a product manager. 
  • Now, she is a mompreneur involved in handling 4 different businesses: Manila Workshops (events management company), Kooky Loopy (baby clothing business), Steps Project (advocacy) and Memory Crafters (craft box subscription business). 
  • also a professional blogger for Manila Reviews and Mommy Ginger and also does Business Coaching on the side. 
  • a wife to hot husband, EJ Arboleda and a mom to a cute 1 year old daughter, Zeeka
3. EJ Arboleda
  • is currently the Chief Technology Officer for Wunderman Manila, an advertising company specializing in creating innovative technological marketing solutions for customers. 
  • has been in the IT industry for 13 years, with extensive experience in both Service Management and Project Management. 
  • Before Wunderman, EJ was a Service Delivery Manager in Hewlett-Packard Asia Pac Ltd, primarily working on SAP. 
  • rushes home everyday to see his beautiful wife, Ginger, and their lovely baby, Zeeka

Mastermind Class#2: 
Home-Based Business Ideas

Topics include:
  • ideas for home-based business
  • guidance on how to find that idea that you can work with 

Workshop Details:
Date: April 12, 2014 (Sat)
Time: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm 
Venue: Mothercare, Active Fun, Bonifacio High Street, BGC

Learning Fee:
Individual Rate: P600 per person
Group Rate: P1,500 for 3 people

Speaker: Martine de Luna of

Both workshops seem so exciting! Can't wait to attend and learn from the experts in WAHMderhood! Thank you Manila Workshops for making these practical knowledge so accessible to us modern and proactive moms.
Mommy Sally

Art Lab 2014: Summer Art & Science Workshop

I must admit that science is my least favorite subject when I was still in school. My parents weren't able to spark my interest and curiosity. Although every summer break, they would enroll me to summer classes such as Abacus class, Chinese calligraphy class to name a few, just to keep me busy and productive. Sad to say, those topics were not of my line of interest but only because the choices of summer classes that time were still so limited. And that was more than 10 years ago!

Times have changed in this 21st century age where lots of interesting and fun workshops have been made available everywhere. It's just a matter of choosing which topic your child is interested to learn. As a first time mom, I can't wait to enroll my child to summer workshops to expose her to different aspects of life and hone her to become a well-rounded person. 

This summer 2014, Hobbes and Landes, in partnership with TASK (The Art School for Kids), is holding a workshop entitled Art Lab where art materials and techniques will be used to perform science experiments and make it into an art work. It's basically science and arts rolled into one workshop. Let me explain to you more about the details of this workshop through Q&A.

1. What is the age range of students that can enroll?
  • The Art Lab workshop is for students aged 4 to 12 years old.
2. What is the workshop schedule for 2014?
  • The workshop is held every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (MWF) for two hours from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.
  • There are two rounds of classes with ten sessions each. 
  • One in April (7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30) and 
  • One in May (7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28).

3. How much is the Art Lab workshop fee?
  • Workshop fee is P5,700 inclusive of all materials for all ten (10) sessions.
  • For walk-in participants, it's P750 per session.

4. Where will the workshop be held?
  • Workshop will only be held at Hobbes and Landes in Bonifacio High Street.

5. Where and until when can we register?
  • You may register at the following branches of Hobbes and Landes: Bonifacio High Street, Greenbelt 5, Rockwell Power Plant and Greenhills Promenade.
  • Accepting of enrollees is only until March 31, 2014
  • Late enrollees will be accommodated as long as there are still slots available.

6. What kind of materials will be used?
  • Basic art materials will be used such as art papers, crayons, paint, glitters, clay. Household materials will also be used. In case it involves materials that is unfamiliar to the children, the teachers will guide them and ensure proper safety in handling the materials.

7. Who will conduct the workshop?
  •  There are three (3) teachers per class and they are all graduates of Art courses from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

8. How many students are there per class?
  • A maximum of 12 students will be accommodated per class to ensure the right number of students.

9. What are some of the activities that we can expect from the workshop?
  • Food Dye Color Wheel
  • Chromatography for Kids
  • Master Sculptor
  • Create a Tornado
  • Make your own Fossil
  • Melting Hearts Art
  • How to make a Glow in the Dark Slime
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Magnetic Silly Putty
  • Mason Jar Terrarium

For more information, feel free to connect with them here.

Hobbes and Landes
Landline: 856-0935 (Bonifacio High Street)

How cool is that! Too bad, I still need to wait a few more years before my toddler is eligible to enroll in this workshop. I really hope that my child would appreciate science as much my hubby is so passionate about it. I'm pretty sure that anyone enrolled in this workshop would eventually realize that there's so much fun with science.

If you haven't been to Hobbes and Landes, let me give you a quick tour through this link.
Mommy Sally

Thursday, March 13, 2014

All About Breastfeeding Workshop + Giveaway

As soon as you become pregnant, breastfeeding will be one of the regular discussions that you will be bringing up with your family, doctors and even on casual conversations with your mommy friends. Why? Because during our parents' time, breastfeeding was not the norm and until now I can still hear some naysayers about the challenges and unsuccessful stories on one's breastfeeding journey which might dishearten a first-time mom's capacity to breastfeed her child.

In order to ensure a smooth and doubt-free path to breastfeeding, I highly encourage one to attend workshops that could explain how breastfeeding works. This skill is not something innate to all women but rather takes a lot of determination, commitment and time to master the art of breastfeeding.

Here's an upcoming workshop on March 22 by Manila Workshops entitled All About Breastfeeding, part of the First Time Parents series of workshops. I hope you could take some time out and enrich yourself with knowledge about breastfeeding. I swear, you'll be amazed at how beautiful, natural and magical breastfeeding is. It's one of the best gifts that God has bestowed to us women that's why we must make good use of it. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Toddler Care, Basic First Aid, Dental Care Workshop + Giveaway

Looking back, I missed those days when baby was still a newborn, always cuddled in my arms breastfeeding round the clock. Without noticing it, a year had already passed by and my baby has now transitioned from infancy to toddlerhood stage. Being a proactive mom, it is my duty to keep abreast of my child's growth and check on her milestones. Since then, I have attended quite a number of workshops already and still constantly on the look-out for more knowledge. Thankfully Manila Workshops has designed a series of workshops called First Time Parents where essential topics on parenting are being discussed.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

ZaLor Massage Services + Giveaway

I was very fortunate to have interviewed one of the partners behind a humble but promising massage service specializing in maternity, ZaLor Massage Services. I came to know them last year when I tried their lactation massage by Nanay Lorena. I actually didn't thought of having the need to get a lactation massage because I was already so blessed to have enough milk supply for my baby. But because of the complimentary massage service that I've won from the giveaway of TSN + Zalor + Babypalooza that I was able to try it.

Here's my first massage by Nanay Lorena, photo taken last March 3, 2013. Baby was still 3 months old that time.

Believe it or not, it was actually my first time to try a lactation massage. Anyway, my experience was that during the time that Nanay Lorena was massaging my breast already, my milk was continuously flowing and becoming messy that I felt kind of embarrassed. But it was a sign of an abundant milk supply and I was also relieved to know that I didn't have any plugged ducts during the massage. Aside from the relaxing massage experience, it was never a dull moment chatting with Nanay Lorena as she openly shares her interesting life stories and wisdom in this field of service. Optimism, humility and selflessness are the traits that I admire most from her.

Baby Massage

Let me share with you more about Zalor Massage Service through the interview I had with Nanay Lorena (NL). I took the liberty to translate her answer from Tagalog to English.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Winners for the PSC Giveaway

Thank you once again to everyone for joining my giveaway

Thank you to Philippine Science Centrum for entrusting The Binondo Mommy with ten (10) complimentary tickets to five (5) lucky readers who joined the giveaway. And thanks also for including my blog post on your website. It was such an honour to be mentioned.

I would also like to thank and Girl Kuripot for helping me promote this giveaway.

For those who didn't win, I hope you will still bring your family and friends to visit the museum because I'm sure everyone will have fun. Your entrance fee of Php120 will be so worth it, I promise.

Let me list down all the names of people who joined my giveaway based on those who actually left a blog post comment:

1. Maria Louisa Mercado
2. May De Jesus-Palacpac
3. Charyl Genterola
4. Michelle Jeanne Roldan
5. Jenny Bave Anol
6. Melody Co
7. Donna Donor
8. Theresa Cruz-Escaros
9. Alaine Alejandrino
10. Arminda Puno De Leon
11. Bernadette Santiago Palcon
12. Lanie Lluch
13. Alkina Carla Mendoza
14. Karlenma Mendoza
15. Clyde Gabriel
16. Michael John Marcos
17. Cliff Tan
18. Michelle Jaguimit Namilit
19. Nelson Guevara
20. Kristel Loren Balita
21. Vicenta Rada
22. Allan Reyes
23. Mary Anne Ramirez
24. Maricris Abarabar
25. Jennifer Bringas
26. Laurence Tengkiat
27. Aisa Vagilidad
28. Yen Morales
29. Joshua Paul Perrry
30. Jovelyn Gonzales
31. Rozelle Reyes
32. Ian Pineda
33. Jennifer Aguirre
34. Arra Odeza
35. Aldrin Montierro
36. Maria Jessica Apalin
37. Nathaniel Colico
38. Nelina Gatong
39. Edel Leonsua
40. Kurt Russel Roldan
41. Kristine Domingo
42. Eurethel Lynne Agapin
43. Jill Ann Lorenzo
44. Clarinda Santiago
45. Ma. Clarice Lao
46. Maria Corazon Letada
47. Valerie Darl Corral-Piquero
48. Anne Lei Talaro
49. Vangie Molina
50. Sherry Ann Gole Cruz
51. Ma. Eddielli Bungay
52. Christine Tabin
53. Emilie Udasco

And now, presenting to you the winners of Philippine Science Centrum giveaway...

Kindly message me through The Binondo Mommy's Facebook Page your complete name, complete address, email address and mobile number so I can send you the two (2) Philippine Science Centrum tickets. Pls. remember that the tickets are only valid until May 31, 2014 so make sure to use them before that day. Congratulations and enjoy your trip to the museum!
Mommy Sally