Friday, November 21, 2014

preparing a child for success + giveaway

Nothing can prepare you enough for parenthood. No book, no TV show and definitely no expert. When it comes to parenting, I believe that there is no such thing as a (professional) expert. We are our own child's expert and being a parent is a learning experience unique to every child.

I wasn't ready to be a mom when I got pregnant but after giving birth, everything just fell into place. My daughter taught me how to be a parent. She taught me how to love unconditionally and to live life the way it's meant to be lived. She is my daughter and my life coach. Despite being given to me a mere 8 years ago, she has already gifted me with so much. When she was born, I was re-born as well. She is the most precious gift I have ever received, a blessing that I would like to world to see.

I believe my daughter is destined for greatness. To equip her with the skills she needs to tackle her  life ahead, I make a conscious effort to develop her Multiple Intelligence daily.

Multiple Intelligence is all about being Body Smart, Brain Smart, and People Smart. It's not just about getting good grades in school but in life as well.

My child is naturally timid so to help her get over her shyness, I enrolled her in Football class and schedule regular playdates with the kids of my friends. After the first few weeks, I immediately noticed a change in her demeanor. Because she learned a new skill and met new friends with the same interests, she became a lot more confident and self-assured. (Boom! That's a 2 point combo right there! :P)

Being able to witness your child bloom is the most priceless feeling in the world. It makes everything worth it and that is why it is very important that we expose our children to different experiences and keep them curious.

For more insight into parenting and how to develop your child's Multiple Intelligence, watch this quick video of Mika Lagdameo-Martinez: a woman who became a mom early but would not have chosen it any other way.

As a co-parent, I would like to help you develop your child's Multiple Intelligence by hosting this giveaway for you!

Joining is easy, just fill up the Rafflecopter form below:

Prizes to be won are Mercury Drug and Toys R' Us gift certificates plus a special gift pack that will truly enhance your child's Multiple Intelligence. Everything is worth over P2000 and I will be picking a winner weekly so Good Luck and keep joining! :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

giveaway: win tickets to bloggers united 8!

8 is believed to be a lucky number and I believe so! Bloggers United has never been this HUGE!

For our 8th installment, get to shop the closets of celebrities like Kelly Misa, Jacob Benedicto of PBB, Kiana Valenciano, Gabs and Alyssa Gibbs, Divine Lee and many more!

Plus "US", of course, your old favorite bloggers :P

And this time around I really need your help to organize my house, my life and my closet! :P

Hope you guys buy all my stuff cause the state of my house and closet is reaching very dangerous levels already. Last week when I was packing for Singapore, a bottle of lotion fell on my head! (hahaha, #truestory). So, please help me, I cannot find anything anymooooreeee!!! :((

Will be selling lots of brand new with tags + one time used clothing from brands such as ZARA, TOPSHOP, BERSHKA, SUITEBLANCO, FOREVER21, STRADIVARIUS, NIKE, ADIDAS, H&M, ROMWE, JEFFREY CAMPBELL and many more at really low prices. Basically most of the stuff you see in my past #OOTD's will be up for sale! :)
So thank you already in advance! :)

Also, because we're partnering with this year, we've all decided to "level up" and sell more than just clothes! I'll also be selling almost new gadgets, speakers and iPhone/MacBook accessories!

If you can't wait and would like to shop/see some of the items I'll be selling, I've already uploaded a few to my OLX page. You can check them out HERE:

And here's more reason for you to shop!

Take a photo of what you bought (hopefully include something from me :P) during the event and upload to Instagram with the hashtag #BU8xOLX for a chance to win an iPHONE6, a GOPro HERO 3+ and H&M gift cards!!! Don't forget to tag @olxph @bloggersunitedph!

To make things even easier for you, I'm giving away 10 pairs of tickets to #BU8xOLX so you can save your money solely for shopping!

To join, just fill up the Rafflecopter form below:

Will choose 10 winners via so you can share this special event with your BFF's just like us!

Can't wait to see you all again!!!

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December 7, 2014
Whitespace, Manila

res|toe|run - feast for the feet

A Feast For The Feet (and the belly!). That's what the invite promised so how could I say no? :)

I attended Res | Toe | Run's "Feast For The Feet" event at Lartizan, Serendra a couple of days ago to celebrate the launch of its newest brands: Birkenstock (fave!), Faux Pas Paris, People Footwear, Swims and Telic:

Quick backstory on Lartizan: it's actually the posh cousin of French Baker! Lots of quality breads, pastries and cold cuts. Perfect for afternoon tea!

Primer Group appointed the help of some lifestyle personalities to create style inspirations for the new brands and show us how to incorporate it into our daily lives.

Some of the curators were Anthony Suntay for Swims, Patricia Prieto for Faux Pas Paris, Lissa Kahayon for Birkenstock, and David Guison for People's.

Birkenstock: I believe this brand doesn't need much of an introduction from me've seen me in them many many times in numerous style posts. The beloved grunge pair of the 90s is back and is one of the most coveted styles this season. You simply cannot do normcore without a pair of Birks! :)

Something you might not know? Pairs come as cheap as P1000++ ;)

Faux Pas Paris: Waterproof, washable footwear made from PVC material. These are perfect for our bipolar weather. Styles come in a plethora of quirky ballet flats with interchangeable button and ribbon accents, rain boots, ankle boots and boot shoes.

Swims: It's like "Faux Pas" for the guys. These luxurious yet affordable shoes are water-friendly and stylish enough to take you from the boardroom to the bar. The transition is made easy with several variations of the classic Penny Loafer. There's the Tassle Loafer, Lace Loafer and the Sport Loafer all made in rubber of course to help you deal with the elements in style.

People's: Available exclusively in Res Toe Run, People's integrates fashion and comfort with their very own Skylite Performance Foam. It's water repellant, easy to clean, shock absorbing and odor resistant!

People's carries a wide array of (really cute) styles like sneakers, sandals, slip-ons, and loafers for men and women. Designs are up to date making it really easy to integrate their shoes into your daily wardrobe.

Telic: Telic is all about comfort and recovery. A line of flip-flops from the US that conforms to the natural shape of your feet! They are also earth-friendly, durable and machine washable! How cool is that? Another really cool thing about Telic? It has a heat activated footbed with a material that reacts with your body temperature!

There you go, 5 new brands to ask for this Christmas :P

And of course since it was a "Feast For The Feet" event, we all got to take home a pair! Thank you Res | Toe | Run!

For more info and branches: Like Res | Toe | Run on Facebook and follow them on Twitter (@restoerun)


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

gatsby 7th dance competition philippine finals 2014

When people ask me for haircare/styling product recommendations, I almost always suggest products that are manufactured in Asia. Aside from them being cheaper than most of its western counterparts, I also believe they work better since they were specifically developed for Asian hair and Asian hair behaves very differently from Caucasian hair.

Of all I've tried, Gatsby has remained my favorite. Although generally marketed as a product for men, their hair wax works extremely well on (short hairstyles for) women too. My favorite used to be the red one ("Power and Spike" - for active & metro). I would spread a thin layer of product on my fingers/palms, run it through my hair and my blowdry/style would stay intact throughout the entire day.

It's lightweight, non-sticky and has an extremely strong hold so a dance competition with lots of rigorous movements really is the best venue to showcase Gatsby's excellent performance. Dancing causes you to sweat and bob your head around like an epilepsy patient so you really need a good product to maintain "your swag". :P

And swag was what all of the Gatsby 7th Dance Competition finalists had:

Upon entering the roped-off area of Market!Market!'s activity center, the first thing I noticed was the stylish and eye-catching make-up and hairstyles the contestants had.

Wild hair colors were amass + lots and lots of volume, volume, volume on both the men and women.

One of the biggest hair trends I noticed were braids. Braids everywhere with new interpretations and in the most unexpected place. Just a bit on the side, under their ponytails, around their heads. Weird placements but they looked super cool:

And of course, to keep everything in place, more Gatsby hairstyling products! Caught these two giving each other last minute touch-ups before the show with some Gatsby hairspray:

So anyway, back to the competition....

The Gatsby Dance Competition is held yearly and is divided into 2 categories:
  • Open College Division (small crew)
  • College Crew Division (big crew)
The winner of the small crew not only gets bragging rights, cash  and the opportunity to train with any professional dance group of their choice in Asia but also a chance to compete in the grand finals which will be held in Tokyo, Japan this coming March 7, 2015! That includes an all-expenses paid trip as well!  (sigh dream destination!)

Attendees were given the chance to win Gatsby gift  packs and we were also treated to a highly entertaining show featuring performances from up and coming local acts and their impressive line of judges.

But for me, the highlight of the event was being able to support and cheer for my friend and co-blogger, Miko Carreon who was competing that day as part of St. Benilde's RomanĨon Crew:

Without bias, I think they were one of the best performers there. :)

 I find watching people dance highly entertaining and even more so during an intense competition like this. Everyone brought their A-game and I'm pretty confident that the Philippines has a big chance of winning the grand finals next year.

For a complete roster of colleges that participated + final list of winners, please visit: Gatsby Dance Competition Philippines on Facebook


Monday, November 17, 2014

tech21 impact protection case for macbook air review

I was needing an upgrade for about a year before I finally decided to take the plunge and buy myself a new MacBook Air. The reason why it took so long was because I found it quite expensive. When I finally got one, I knew I wanted to protect my investment with the best case I could find.

Thank god for blogging, I was exposed to the new Tech21 Impact Protection case during an event held a couple of days after "my big purchase" (see here).

The moment I saw it, I knew it was the case for me. All of my other gadgets are protected by Tech21 cases that I'm very satisfied with so this was sort of a no-brainer for me. I was so happy they came out with a case in time for my new laptop. The timing was perfect!

Not only was it prettier and more stylish than all the others I've seen, it also had a feature that none of the others had: Impact Protection.

Very important especially when you live in a household with kids, pets and a clumsy husband. :P

It cost slightly more than the other cases but it's worth every penny.

Here are 8 reasons why you should choose the Tech21 Snap Case for your MacBook:

  1. Lightweight. Weighing only 375g, it's lighter than it's competitors and a big factor for me since the reason why I chose a MacBook Air was because it was light and I could take it with me everywhere without breaking my back. Also, a lightweight case is very important as it won't cause your screen to fall backwards when you open it at more than a 90 degree angle. (The hinge of my old MacBook Pro got really loose after using a cheap crystal case for an extended period of time).
  2. It fits my MacBook perfectly. Snug, seamless, doesn't move around or wiggle when I'm using it.
  3. Smooth, gummy shell provides a scratch-free, smudge-free surface and good grip.
  4. Doesn't just protect your laptop against scratches but also bumps. Just like their iPhone and iPad cases, their Macbook cases also use military grade D30 material which absorbs, dissipates and repels force upon impact. (more info here)
  5. No issues with overheating here. The Tech21 snapcase allows your laptop to breathe so it doesn't overheat.
  6. Slim design.
  7. Easy to install. Just snap, click and you're good to go.
  8. But most important of all (for me at least :P), it allows the beauty of your MacBook to shine though and dare I say, it even kinda enhances it ;P 

Also, I really love the perforated look!

It perfectly compliments my minimalist/sport luxe personal style aesthetic. Makes it kinda feel a bit like a designer handbag instead of a laptop when I'm carrying it. 

It would be pretty awesome to have a transparent padded, laptop bag to go along with it....hello, Alexander Wang. hahaha

All ports are accessible:

And it even has rubber feet that grip onto any surface to ensure that your laptop stays snug and doesn't easily slide off the table.

When you're laptop is open, it's so unobtrusive, you almost forget that it's there.

In my opinion, the Tech21 Impact Protection case is the best case you can buy for your MacBook right now.

For more info, visit:

The new Tech21 Impact Protection cases are available in the Philippines at these boutiques:
Beyond The Box, Beeper City, BZB Gadget Hive, Complink, Digital Arena, Digital Hub, Digital Walker, District 32, E-Central, Games and Gadgets, Globotel, Graphic All In, iBook, iCenter, iCon, iGig, Islands and More (NAIA T3), iStore, iStudio, JMB, Albay Gadgets, Microstation, Mobile 1, ROX, Senco Link, Sole Patrol, Switch, Sync, Technoholics, The A-Shop, The Inbox Store, Vertex, Virtual Station, Wellworth Department Store, Wow Mobile.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

ootd: wedding in singapore

I wasn't just in Singapore a few days ago for a holiday. I was actually there to attend my cousin's wedding. They had it at the Fullerton Bay Hotel and I have to say, it was one of the prettiest places I have ever visited in my entire life.

The place looks like an updated yacht club and it is set against the bay with views of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. You can even charter a boat for tour along the bay/river (whatever that body of water is :P). It's a great way to see different sites of the city like the Merlion and mabny other tourist attractions situated along the water's edge.

Anyway, back to the wedding. The theme was summer. I don't really like buying expensive dresses for a one-time only occasion so I decided to just recycle this outfit that I wore for another friend's wedding a few month's ago:

summer wedding outfit
wedding guest outfit
I wasn't as made up this time around because I needed to get ready by myself in the hotel and I also don't like to travel with a lot of cosmetics so I just blow-dried my hair (I prefer the curls though :/) and applied some light make-up.

I thought I wouldn't be able to document this outfit for you guys again just like the first time I wore it but luckily, I met the official wedding photographer outside and she agreed to take a couple of snaps for me. (Yay!)

wedding guest outfit
summer wedding outfit
What I love most about this ensemble is how practical and wearable it is. I can match the top with jeans or a pencil skirt for a casual day out and dinner. The skirt I can even wear to the mall as long as I dress it down with a simple tank top and flat sandals. Nothing goes to waste. Just the way I like it :)

what to wear to a summer themed wedding
tropical print maxi skirt
Will share more photos of the Fullerton Bay Hotel, it's surrounding areas and a food review in my next post so I hope you can check that out too. :)

photos by Elaine Ojeda-Subido (@elainojeda)

zara top | apt 8 maxi skirt | suiteblanco clutch | pandora bracelets


Saturday, November 15, 2014

learning by multiple intelligence + giveaway!

Do you remember my post about Multiple Intelligence last month (see here)?

After doing some research on the topic, it really inspired me to be more active in my daughter's growth and learning experiences. 

I've read several articles recently about how we are raising a "dependent generation" by relying on all things "quick and instant". Learning these days is largely based on technology which might be good for some but not for all. To depend on a singular way of learning for your child also prevents him/her to achieve their full potential.
So what do we need to do?
I am no expert in the field but I would like to share with you some things I noticed through experience.
First and most important of all is to spend time with your kids and show enthusiasm. Yes, sometimes we'd rather stretch our legs, read a book or watch TV (we're only human after all) but try your best to brush all those thoughts aside because their intuition is quite stronger than you think and they can feel these things. If they sense that your heart is not 100% in it, theirs won't be either and the process will take longer. Some of them might even appear to be uninterested and not able to focus. Maybe they would rather play games on their iPad too rather than do these activities with you. And this is why we need to work extra hard to keep them  engaged.

Second, we need to realize that kids have moods and feelings too which is why it is almost as important to observe them and see how they react to things. This will help us determine which learning style is best suited for them.

Forcing them to learn something via solely the traditional way can be heartbreaking for them and for us. Sometimes, no matter how many times we quiz them on a certain topic, it just doesn't register. This can get very frustrating for us as parents but it also puts a dent in our child's self-esteem. The least thing we want is for them to feel inadequate and stupid.

Something I learned is that there are 8 ways of learning things:

  1. words (linguistic intelligence)
  2. numbers or logic (logical-mathematical intelligence)
  3. pictures (spatial intelligence)
  4. music (musical intelligence)
  5. self-reflection (interpersonal intelligence)
  6. a physical experience (bodily-kinesthetic intelligence)
  7. a social experience (interpersonal intelligence), and/or 
  8. an experience in the natural world. (naturalist intelligence)

So how to put this into action?

  1. By observing your child carefully, you will be able determine which learning processes will work best for them.
  2. Write the topic to be learned in the middle of a blank sheet of paper and draw a flowchart with 8 arms that correspond to the 8 different learning styles.
  3. Determine 8 different ways you can teach your child about the lesson.

Practical Examples:

  1. My daughter is more of an interpersonal sort of learner. I needed to teach her the logic behind money, change, buying and selling things. We started with her textbooks. After a few minutes, I realized it wasn't working. It was doing more harm than good. She appeared drained and defeated so I decided to pack up the books and bring out the toys. It was time to play "store". I was the customer and she was the cashier. Within 30 minutes, she got her lesson down to a T.
  2. The ABC Song - Turn your lesson/anything needed to be memorized into a simple song.
There are many many ways but all depend on your beautiful, unique child. What's most important is that we help make them realize how amazing and adept each one of them is in their own way.

Yay! To celebrate, here's a new giveaway!

I will be picking weekly winners of Mercury Drug and Toy Kingdom Gift Certificates + a special Gift pack to help you develop your child's multiple intelligence. This prized pot is worth over P2000!!!

All you need to do to join is:

  1. Complete this sentence and tweet: “I choose #MultipleIntelligence because __________. #MIXsarahtirona” 
  2. Fill up the Rafflecopter form below
Sample Tweet: "I choose #MultipleIntelligence because I want my child to grow up confident #MIXsarahtirona"

Winner with the best answer will be chosen.

****You may also post pictures showing how you  develop your child’s Multiple Intelligence together with your tweet to improve chances of winning. 
just make sure that your child is over 4 years old. Entries with photos of children below 4 years old will be disqualified. In addition, photos must not include pregnant women.

Good Luck! And remember, keep joining!!! I'm choosing 1 winner/week so there's lots of chances to win!
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