Friday, February 28, 2014

Moving Up Ceremony Dresses

It's the last day of the month and tomorrow is already March. Moms with a preschooler.. I guess you all know what does it mean. It's time to search for that perfect moving up ceremony dress or graduation dress. It can be white or off-white with matching shoes and stockings. This year at my daughter's school, they specially noted that parents and relatives of preschoolers attending the ceremony should be in proper attire. Formal wear that is.

Okay, I can easily shop or dig my closet for something to wear, but looking for a fabulous dress for my daughter is something else. I already did some window shopping while buying shoes and stockings today, also searched online suppliers and made-to-order merchants. Ahh.. I know it's such a big deal for me. Otherwise, my elder daughter will pass preschool once so it has to be nice and memorable, more memorable than her moving up ceremony last year.

As for the moving up outfit inspiration, I have collected some photos from the web with girls wearing very lovely white dresses. Since they dresses are either white and off-white, I bet they are perfect for flower girls and first communion too. Take a look.

flowers and tulle dress

organza dress

satin and tulle dress

tulle with crimp detail dress

This coming week will be my elder daughter's fourth quarter exam week. After their exams, they'll be busy practicing their moving up song. Aside from the moving up song, they have another number to practice which is the opening. I hope that the school uses a good mobile audio service this time. I think it's important that they focus on the quality of the sound. Their minus one should be clear enough for the kids to be able to sing along pretty well.

Hmmm.. enough of that. Now tell me, which one of the dresses you think will look best for my preschooler? I personally love the first one. How about you? Do share some thoughts.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

FACE OFF: Lotus The Original Caramelised Biscuit Spread Versus Lotus Original Speculoos with Choco

While others already moved on from cookie butter to croughnuts, I am here at home still holding a teaspoon in my mouth with a couple of jars of Lotus biscuit spreads in front of me. I actually thought I can forget the hype over these products in just a month or so. However, I spotted two variants of Lotus spreads at SM Supermarket and got a strong urge to try them. Both jars sell for only P350 each, same with most online sellers online.

Introducing the Lotus The Original Caramelised Biscuit Spread on the left and Lotus Original Speculoos with Choco on the right. Which one tastes better? Time for the face off!

Spreading some heavenly butter in a heart-shaped sandwich. We're still in February, the month where the St. Valentine's Day falls, so why not di ba? :)

As for the verdict, both Lotus The Original Caramelised Biscuit Spread and Lotus Original Speculoos with Choco are spreadable, creamy and not too sweet. I like them both. If I like something chocolatey, I open the Lotus Original Speculoos with Choco. If I want the original flavor, I turn to Caramelised Biscuit Spread.

I recommend Lotus The Original Caramelised Biscuit Spread and Lotus Original Speculoos with Choco to people who are allergic to nuts. I promise you, they make a perfect alternative for peanut butter or Nutella.

Afiyet olsun! :))

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

DFA's Delayed ePassport

When I first arrived at the NCR East, also known as DFA Megamall, there was this guy talking to a lady at the information desk, asking an advice on what to do with his passport application while obviously trying his best not to be pissed off. I heard him say he paid P1,200 to expedite the process but his passport wasn't ready on the day it was supposed to be released. I felt pity for the guy 'cause he came from the province and was running after his schedule. I thought his case was random and it'll never happen to me. Little did I know that DFA has trouble with passport application and renewal which started last year.

It was January 13, 2014 when I went to DFA Megamall together with my two daughters for our passport application and renewal. I used a family application to ensure that our appointment dates are all the same through DFA's online appointment system at Hubby and I were planning to Turkey before the winter ends, so I rushed the kids to the DFA and I paid P1,200 for each passport to be processed the quickest possible. I was told that they will be released after 7 working days.

The day of release came, I went to SM Megamall to pick them, but to my surprise, I came home with nothing. No passports were given to me. Instead, they took my contact numbers, saying they're sorry, there was trouble with finger print thingy, whatever. I asked when will I most probably get our passports and they said after another week.

I told them I paid for expressed processing and asked for a refund but sorry that they can't give me back my money. I just learned that this problem started last year. These people at DFA knew that chances of me getting my passport could be late but they still collected the express processing fee. What a shame. I hate this government!

I read this post in one of the windows at DFA's passport releasing area.

Important Reminder 
Power failures, technical breakdowns and natural calamities may delay the release of passports. Applicants are advised to book flights taking into consideration such incidents. NO REFUND of fees shall be made on account of these unforeseen delays. 
The public is advised to secure their passports prior to booking their flights. 
Flight bookings should ONLY be made if passports is still valid for at least six (6) months.

So lame, right? I am guessing DFA until now suffers from either power failure, technical breakdown or natural calamity until now. Duh, just so you have a ready excuse to those who will complain? Shall we count how many applicants pay for express processing each day multiply by P,1200? What is it really? Why can't we entirely improve our service?

My daughters and I can book our flights now using our e-passports. Thank you DFA Megamall for the courtesy lane for women with children, the lines were tolerable, your office has AC and the officers are helpful. Most of all, I love it that your office is conveniently located in a mall that is very near my place. However, I cannot deny the fact that DFA's system still sucks. Please, do not take my payment of P1,200 if you cannot process my passport within 7 working days. You.. corrupt!

PS. A friend's husband has a similar experience at the same DFA branch.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Preschool Valentine Party

First off, happy Valentine's Day everyone! Today was another busy day again for me. Prepared the elder daughter for her Valentine party at school, cooked the meals for the family, sent a visiting aunt to the bus station to the province, still more errands in between, and now packing for an out of town Valentine trip. And oh, before the trip, elder daughter has a final acceleration test for grade one happening early in the morning tomorrow. As for her Valentine celebration at school, here you go.

Ready for the party.

My little miss with her class teacher and a couple of classmates.

It was a happy Valentine's day indeed.

She wears the same red dress she wore for her school's Christmas party. This time, I converted it from tube into a halter dress and she uses faux fur bolero as cover up. We made butterfly Valentine cards with lollipops for her classmates and friends as gift. For her teacher, we gave a tiny Valentine bear and an eye shadow palette, wrapped in a hearts mug with plastic cellophane and red ribbon. Most of her classmates gave her something sweet in return, but only one of her close friends gave the most special, a white Valentine teddy bear. So sweet of him. Thank you Gab!

Gotta hit the sack now for me to be able to wake early for our trip. Hope you ladies have the sweetest Valentine. Kisses to you all!!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

A Seminar: Understanding and Management of Children with Special Needs

Dear teachers, specially those who handle SPED, psychologists, social workers and health workers, parents, advocates and everyone interested in the psycho-social rehabilitation of children with special needs, Guided and Unified Interaction for the Development of Children, Inc. invites you to a seminar on Understanding and Management of Children with Special Needs which will be held at Eulogio Rodriguez Integrated School, Brgy. Hagdang Bato, Mandaluyong City from February 16 to March 29, 2014 - 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Sundays only. Registration fee for this seminar is P3600. Topics are listed in a poster below.

For inquiries contact:

Guided and Unified Interaction for the Development of Children, Inc.
Kuya Jherrie 09178437758
Ate Bheng 09272785636

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Bingo: The Lost Dog Stuffed Toy

My elder daughter used to have a favorite dog stuffed toy she called Bingo, a free toy from a certain brand of baby diaper. She has a lot of branded stuffed toys like Hello Kitty, Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse and other random figures from abroad, but I don't know, she seemed to like Bingo the most. She took him to play dates, traveled with him, hugged him to sleep every night, etc. Since she played with Bingo most of the time, he would sometimes look dirty and stink too. After washing Bingo, our daughter would patiently wait for him to dry until she could play with him again. Unfortunately, we lost Bingo last year during our summer visit in Turkey. She left him by accident at a pension house in Kusadasi, a beach town just four hours drive from Izmir. Poor Askim.. she cried a lot missing him.

My elder daughter and I at Bahrain Int'l. Airport with Bingo while waiting for our plane to Istanbul.

On board with Bingo and sleeping time with Bingo at my in-laws' apartment..

At the a nearby mall today, I saw the brand of diaper that gave us Bingo, giving away a stuffed toy in every purchase of 2 jumbo packs of diaper. I checked their stock of toys but too bad they don't have dogs anymore. In an adjacent store I heard a couple asking what are the best bark collars for their pets. In my mind, I thought, good thing Bingo wasn't a real dog or else losing him could've been more painful for our daughter. I just reassured her that someone who doesn't have a toy found Bingo and he is already in good hands.

PS. Our elder daughter now have a new favorite toy named Doggy, a stuffed toy we bought in Istanbul as replacement of Bingo.