Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Making Yum Memories with Alaska

Bed time is when we really get to spend quality time with Berry, Xavi and Tepper. 

Our routine usually goes like this: they take a bath after dinner, we read books or watch a show on TV before bed, they drink a glass of milk each, brush their teeth and then we say our evening prayers. This is also the time when they get to share with us the things they are grateful for that day. 

It is also usually sumbungan time amongst them - who annoyed who, who tried to grab someone's book or toy, and all the other highlights of the day.

Luckily, there are days when I get pockets of time where I have no meetings or errands scheduled, and I get to supervise their activities myself. Like when we get to do arts and crafts with them. 

A couple of days back, Alaska Milk sent us an art kit with tumblers and some art supplies. I got Berry and the boys to paint a personalized tumbler. 

Watch this video and see how Berry craftily spent one lazy summer afternoon. Not only did she get entertained, she felt so accomplished with her work, she wanted to use her tumbler and drink milk right away, and it was not even bed time yet. 


Days earlier, the boys got to do their own tumblers as well. So fun!

Here's Tepper proudly showing off his finished work!

Xavi is the biggest milk drinker among our kids. He loves milk not just because it's nutritious and will make him grow tall, he actually thinks it's delicious! That's Alaska Powdered Milk, of course ;)

For more about Alaska Powdered Milk, visit their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/alaskamilkphilippines.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Must Buy: Tulip Portable Water Filters

When our friends first told us about their Tulip portable water filter, I was thinking we needed at least one, in case The Big One strikes. After all, the first thing one needs in the event of a disaster is clean water, and then food and other basic supplies.

The Tulip water filter can filter: tap water, deep well water, rainwater, and water from rivers, lakes and ponds. It can even make Pasig River water potable. 

But the selling point for Dada was the price. He did the math.

He figured drinking water via a Tulip costs Php0.34 per liter whereas, we've been spending about Php19.17/liter on distilled drinking water. 

The water filter can filter up to 7,000 liters which is about an entire year's supply for the entire family. When it's time to change the filter, the cost per liter drops down considerably to just about Php0.03. 

"Hindi lang pang disaster, let's use everyday na!" he said excitedly.

Especially because we've had instances when water from the refilling station tasted soapy, and then we started thinking about it seriously, like, "How clean is this really?" and "Is the plastic BPA-free?".  Plus, given that we don't really see the process behind how the containers are washed and how water is filtered when it gets delivered to the house, we realized we really can't be 100% sure of the purification process all the time unless we go to the station and watch them refill our containers ourselves.

So we've been using this filter for about 3 months already, just filling the filter with water from the tap and I'm happy to share we've never had any issues with drinking Tulip filtered tap water. 

The taste is comparable to distilled water, and because it's so affordable, I use it to wash our vegetables and fruits as well.  I actually like splashing my face with water from it too, because I figured, it's filtered anyway!

The portable water filter containers are made from BPA-free plastic and the filter is Dutch-designed

Tulip Technology

Tulip is a Dutch-designed filter technology, made of diatomaceous earth, treated with nano silver to avoid growth of algae and to avoid recontamination of the filtered water. The filter element contains activated carbon to remove color and improve taste. This combination ensures that even turbid and highly contaminated water becomes safe to drink. 

It removes 99.995% of harmful bacteria, 99.995% of protozoa, and 99% turbidity. This also helps prevent water borne diseases like diarrhea, cholera, giardia, cryptosporidiosis, typhus and schistosomiasis.

I was so impressed with how effective and cost-efficient it is, how easy it is to use, not to mention portable and requires no electricity and running water, that when the crisis in Marawi happened, I thought of how useful this would be there. So our group started sending filters there. Especially because I heard that diseases were spreading given the dire conditions on the ground.

Turns out, these water filters made it to Tacloban already, back in 2014, when these were distributed to the families displaced by Typhoon Haiyan.

Back then, it was brought in by the Dutch manufacturer, Basic Water Needs, together with organizations like Connect International, Safe Water International and several Rotary Clubs. 

Today, it is now readily available locally. In fact, if you'd like to order for personal use, for donation, or for future use in the event of a calamity, you may send a message to 0917 821 6481 or email waterfilterph@gmail.com for inquiries.

Given these uncertain times, it just makes sense to really have one at home. Of course, the cost savings is a no brainer too. This is a product that has so many benefits for families, both in the cities and rural areas, it just has to be shared.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

You'll Bring this Doughnut Everywhere

When Vida Co first told me that they were bringing in Doughnut Bags from Hongkong, I was like, "Hey, that's going to be great for school kids."

The colors were fun, it had lots of nifty compartments for pens, phones, laptops, water bottles - it just made a lot of sense to have one.
This is the Montana Mini, it can fit an iPad, water bottle, wallet, mobile phone, a fold-up umbrella, a sweater, a scarf, sunglasses, a book, with room for more!

This is the Toast, you'll never have to dig around for a pen or lose your coin purse inside the black hole that is your bag anymore

Presenting their bestselling Macaroon, it can fit your 15" Macbook, plus phone, earphones, coins, notebooks, books, and so much more

A whole lot of sense. Even if I wasn't a student. Even if I haven't really been using backpacks as much as I used to.

More so when I saw this blush colorway, better known as the Rose in Macaroon. It was love at first sight.

But then, this Mini Montana looked so minimalist, streamlined and clean. I was hooked.

From a nonchalant, "Oh how cute!" I found myself gushing - in a, "Grabe, I need to have one! I can't sleep if I don't have one!" sort of way. And that's rare these days ha, because I've done Konmari na.

I found a happy compromise in this Mini Montana in Rose. Which I excitedly used for our trip to Taiwan and easily fit not just my stuff, but Xavi's rain jacket, Berry's stickers, a folding umbrella and some pens I picked up at Eslite, with space to spare.

The next day, I changed into my usual leather travel bag, which I have been using for our travels for the last couple of years na,

...but I found myself spoiled with the lightweight Doughnut that I eventually transferred my stuff back into the Mini Montana even if the leather bag was more bagay with my outfit. That's how practical Doughnut is!

In fact, it's so practical that my cousin Thea shares that not only did she and her boyfriend Gab use it for their beach trip, they've kept on using their bags even now that they're back in the city. It's really meant not just for play, but for work as well!

Photo credit: @theaderivera on Instagram

For the complete Doughnut lineup, visit www.doughnutphilippines.com. The bags are also available online at Zalora, and at Rustan's Makati, Rustan's Shangri-la Plaza, and at Paez Ayala Malls the 30th.

For more about Doughnut, visit @doughnutphilippines on Instagram and Doughnut Philippines on Facebook.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Gear Up & Explore with Paez and Doughnut: Part 3

No explorer sets off without doing prior research, and so after procuring supplies, the teams were sent off to National Bookstore aka the Adventurer's Research Camp at the mall basement to look for books on Argentina and dessert cookbooks.

The challenge soon turned physical, and teams had to maneuver a soccer ball through cones, then hula hoop and jump rope their way to the finish.

Not without stopping for refreshments at Pure Nectar by Rustan's Supermarket at the basement, before heading back to base camp, of course.

What did the guests get out of completing their challenges, apart from discovering how perfect Paez shoes are for exploring? They each get to bring home the Doughnut backpack of their choice!!

I'll tell you more about Doughnut in another post! ;)

Paez shoes and Doughnut bags Gear Up and Explore event was made in cooperation with Ayala Malls the 30th, National Bookstore and Pure Nectar.

Shop Paez shoes at Level 3, Trinoma, Level 1, Market! Market!, G/F UP Town Center, G/F, Ayala Malls The 30th and Rustan’s Dept. Stores. Shop online at www.paezphilippines.com or visit them at facebook.com/PaezPhilippines. Follow them on Instagram at @paezph and post with the hashtags #explorewithpaez and #paezph.

Shop Doughnut bags at Paez at Ayala Malls the 30th, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangrila, Swim Boracay and Stand n’ Stride in Cabanatuan. Shop online at www.doughnutphilippines.com or visit them at facebook.com/DoughnutPhilippines. Follow them on Instagram at @doughnutphilippines and post with the hashtags #packyourdream, #doughnut and #doughnutph.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Gear Up & Explore with Paez and Doughnut: Part 2

Hosted by athlete/businesswoman/model Amanda Fernandez, who also happens to be my distant cousin, she got the guests to group into teams...

First team at the scene: Alex Castro, Amber Folkman, Anna and Arielle Escalona

Coleen, Tina and Karla unpacking their Doughnut backpack and checking their exploration provisions

and sent them off to their next challenge at the Cinema lobby, at the top most floor of Ayala Malls The 30th.

The challenge? Finishing a tub of popcorn at the Pop Stop: 

After which, teams were sent to a shopping expedition at Rustan's Supermarket at the basement.

The challenge? Buy 3 Doughnut ingredients with only a budget of Php100!

Sounds impossible, but happy to share the teams all fulfilled their task with ease. Look at Dexter, Andie, Karla and Lexy still all smiles after completing their supermarket challenge.

As it turns out, this was only a warm up!

To be continued...
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