Thursday, April 24, 2014

3M & Good Housekeeping: Get Hooked on DIY Event

I love being neat and organized but due to limited resources and time, my hubby thinks that I'm a messy mom. Good thing there's a DIY workshop that's free and hosted by prestigious brands where I expect to learn and take home some tips.

Last April 13 (Sunday), I attended a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and home improvement event entitled Get Hooked on DIY at SM Megamall Activity Center. The event was put up by 3M Philippines, in partnership with Good Housekeeping (country's no. 1 family and home magazine) to feature their Command™ Damage-Free Hanging Solutions. 

I especially enjoyed the talk by Ms. Coni Tejada, a home improvement expert and blogger. Here, she shared the different usage of 3M's Command products which we can easily apply in our very own home and workspace.

This is Ms. Coni Tejada, starting out her talk.

She mentioned that 3M products can help solve the problem of a horror-vacui (aversion to empty spaces in artistic designs) and for those who don't want to drill holes in their walls. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Egg Hunting Events 2014

Every year, people are looking forward to their Holy Week vacation because it gives them a time to travel away from home and unwind from their usual everyday routine. Looking from another perspective who chose to save up and just stay at home, Easter Sunday's Easter egg hunting events would be the next exciting activity to look forward to, especially to those kids and kids at heart.

According to Wikipedia, Easter is a Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary. It's the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, prayer and penance. It is associated with an Easter Egg because it symbolizes the empty tomb of Jesus where He rose from the grave just like bird is hatched from an egg, a symbol of fertility and rebirth. While an Easter Bunny is depicted as a rabbit that brings Easter eggs and gifts to children. With this came the Easter egg hunt, a game during which decorated eggs filled with or made from chocolates are hidden in various places for children to find.

When I was a kid I didn't experience joining in Easter egg hunting activities that's why now that I'm finally a mom, I have an excuse to experience and enjoy the event with my little one. Due to my excitement, I have compiled and shortlisted some places where Easter Egg Hunting events will be held which we are considering to join. Of course it depends on the joining fee, the proximity of the venue, the type of activity, and the crowd. Let's take a look at my few selections. Where do you think will The Binondo Mommy go for an  Easter Egg Hunting experience?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

7th Annual Women Entrepreneurs Conference

Last March 15, I took the courage to attend the 7th Annual Women Entrepreneurs Conference at Mandarin Oriental Hotel all by myself without knowing anybody or nothing to expect since it was my first time to hear about this organizing body called Network for Enterprising Women (NEW) which I only came to know from a friend. Based on their poster, the topics seemed interesting. What got me curious was the fact that the conference was especially made for us women. Women + Entrepreneur = Wow! That's what I needed!

There were three topics discussed:
  1. Ins and Outs of Franchising by Ms. Erlinda "Lyndah" Bartolome
  2. Digital Marketing by Ms. Rosario Juan
  3. Making the Leap from Employee to Entrepreneur by Ms. Cristina Gomez

Monday, April 7, 2014

Winners for ZaLor Massage Services Giveaway

After more than three weeks, my ZaLor Massage Services giveaway has finally concluded. Thank you to Nanay Lorena for her generosity in sponsoring five (5) complimentary massage and for supporting The Binondo Mommy. Thank you to and Mommy Bloggers PH for helping me spread about this giveaway to their followers.

There are a total of 29 names who left a comment on my ZaLor giveaway blog post and only 4 joined through Instagram. Out of the twenty nine (29), twelve (12) of them are interested in a relaxing massage, seven (7) need a prenatal, six (6) are looking for a postnatal, two (2) for lactation massage and two (2) for fertility massage. It seems that majority loves to have a relaxing massage! 

Here's a run down of the 29 names who joined:
Rozelle Reyes - relaxing
Mhaybelle Parto – prenatal
Rowena Demingware – prenatal
Laurence Tengkiat – prenatal
Richelle Molon – relaxing
Arminda de Leon – relaxing
Allan Reyes – relaxing
Vicenta Rada – relaxing
Karina Alvaera – lactation
Aisa Vagilidad – postnatal
Maricar Saladino – postnatal
Sophia Gonzales – relaxing
Kelly Biasong – postnatal
Josefa Lamano – relaxing
Mary Anne Ramires – relaxing
Cherry Felizima – prenatal                           
Jeffrey Imutan – relaxing
Monica Almayda – relaxing
Ruth Santiago – relaxing
Lalane Virto – prenatal
Ma. Clarice Lao-Itumay – fertility
Joey Fumera – postnatal
Joy Mesina-Bahia – postnatal
Maddie Manahan – prenatal
Vivian Dy – lactation
Cristina Chuah – fertility
Colachel (Ichelle Lugasanx) – relaxing
Monica Eleazar Manzano – postnatal
Len Tienzo – prenatal

If you have read carefully the mechanics, five winners will be picked from different criteria: two (2) from Rafflecopter, two (2) from chosen answer, one (1) from Instagram.  

And the two lucky winners picked by Rafflecopter are: Mhaybelle Berganio-Parto and Rozelle Reyes!

The two chosen answer awards go to Ma. Clarice Lao-Itumay and Monica Eleazar-Manzano. Plus a surprise! Nanay Lorena agreed to give one more complimentary massage. So our third chosen answer award goes to Vivian Chua-Dy.

Last but not the least, watch this video to know who's the lucky winner from Instagram using manual draw. 

Pardon me for the wrong angle of shoot, it was my first time. I didn't know that I should hold the phone camera in a landscape position. :)

Congratulations to the winners! Kindly message me through TBM's FB Page your complete name, email address, mobile number, type of massage, home service or not so I could forward them to Nanay Lorena. Hope you'll enjoy your most-awaited massage. Hope you could share us your experience and pictures once you have already tried them. Thank you so much to everyone for joining! Just follow ZaLor Massage Services page to keep you updated on their promos and latest happening.

See you around!

Love lots,
Mommy Sally

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I Wish They Taught Money In High School

I came across a fairly new book entitled "I Wish They Taught Money in High School". The title of the book immediately got my attention because that was also my wish and the skill that I really wanted to work on: how to make more money.  

I used to be a happy-go-lucky gal not until I became a wife and a mommy because I now need to set aside a portion of my money for household use and some unplanned sale shopping for our baby. Although it helped that I am breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and baby-led weaning my child that we didn't need to spend much for consumables other than our weekly groceries. 

"Live a frugal life and delay the luxuries", that's what my husband would always remind me. My husband and I are the exact opposite. I am a trend-follower wanna-be while he is a financial know-how but I'm thankful with that because he has mold me to become a more disciplined person. He would pressure me to aim for multiple income streams to grow our money and to think of the long-term. And I'm totally convinced because that's how I should be in order to reach my life-long dream of traveling around the world.

This year, I have started opening my doors to learn more about income-generating activities. I'm so happy that this book came in so timely. And to my surprise, the two authors were very familiar to me because I have met them through a leadership seminar named Purposeful Stewardship Institute (PSI) way back 2008 which made me more interested to read it.

I Wish They Taught Money in High School is a two-in-one book written back to back by each author. One side is about So I Can Start My Own Business Right Away by Sharon W. Que and the other half is about So I'm Not Dependent On My Paycheck by Clarissa Serina-De La Paz. Let me share with you some of the lessons I learned from this book.