The Best Android Apps for Me

One of the thrills of using android phones is the ability to download mobile apps and games. I have been using android phones for a while and though I am not so fond of games, I have to say that I do find many of the android apps very useful. The fact that most of the apps are free is also a plus factor. I am particularly happy with the following android apps:

E-Book Reader
Thanks to this app, I was able to read a lot of classics,bestseelers and even newly released books for free.

LED Flashlight
This app shines brighter than most flashlights really. I used it as a night light because it helps me put my daughter to sleep and let me save on electricity.

SMS Backup
Just heard about this app a few days ago and I am yet to install it. It will keep a copy of one's deleted messages.

Holy Bible
I really want to read the whole bible and this app is helping me fulfill that goal.

Cool Disney Shows, etc. for Your Kiddos

TV shows can have such a huge influence on kids so I try to try limit the TV viewing time of my children. It can be pretty difficult actually as Sophie has lots of fave TV shows.  It is a good thing that we have cable because she is able to watch good TV shows that are appropriate for her  age . There just aren’t many good children’s shows in the local channels. These are just some of the good TV programs for children that I found. They are entertaining as well as teach good values and basic educational concepts.

Disney Shows

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Teaches problem-solving skills.

Hi-5. This is such a cool show and my daughter actually adores all the members who are all immensely talented in singing and dancing. Highly amusing, fun, educational and inspires my daughter to be creative.

Nickelodeon Shows

Dora the Explorer. Teaches problem-solving skills and makes my daughter really interested in the Spanish language.

Max and Ruby. These two bunnies are really adorable.  

Baby TV Shows

Charlie and the Numbers.
Introduces numbers to children.

Hippa Hippa Hey

Max’s Restaurant Baptismal Package

After giving birth, the next event that everyone expects (well for Catholics) is the christening day. Parents want this day to be special and memorable although organizing an event may not come so easy for couples with an infant to take care of and both have a full time job. It is fortunate that many restaurants nowadays offer baptismal packages.

For the baptismal of my second child, my husband and I rushed the preparation because we want our daughter to be baptized before my mother's flight to America. We decided to hold the baptismal reception at Max’s Restaurant as we find their baptismal packages reasonable and we love the food at Max’s. The packages come with the following
  • 2 hours use of venue
  • Free use of bassinet
  • Theme Cake **
  • Decorated Party Area
  • Party Balloons
  • Balloon Centerpieces
  • Tarpaulin Banner Rental
  • Invitations
  • Guest Book with Pen **
  • Gift for the Baby (a stuffed toy and a blanket)
  • Souvenirs
They even have a new promo (was not available during the christening of my first child) called “Ninong ko si Max’s where they said that by availing the package, Max instantly becomes a ninong of my daughter (it actually made me laugh). We were given a card which entitles my daughter to the following:

  • Christmas gift (to be given every year up to age 7) – we claimed this last Decemeber and it is one whole chicken!
  • Birthday gift (to be given every year up to age 7
  • 15% discount on the child’s 1st and 7th birthday celebration at any Max’s resto
  • Free Max’s corner bakery product for every store visit with a minimum purchase of P200.
For those who are currently researching about christening packages, check out the menu of Max’s baptismal packages below:
Max’s Christening Package Menu

Menu 1:
Veggie Lumpia Bites,
Soup of the Day,
Pancit Canton,
Cream Dory Fish Fillet in Black Bean Sauce,
Max’s Regular Fried Chicken
Caramel Bar

30 pax
50 pax
100 pax
Additional Half Table:P1,955
Additional Full Table: P3,679

Menu 2
Nachos with Bangus Spread
Soup of the day
Pancit Canton
Halabos na Hipon
Beef Caldereta
Bagnet with Poqui Poqui
Open Fresh Lumpia
Max’s Regular Fried Chicken
Buko Pandan

30 pax
50 pax
100 pax
Additional Half Table:P2,449
Additional Full Table: P4,899

Menu 3
Chicharon Bulaklak
Soup of the Day
Pancit Canton
Shrimp with Mango Salsa
Crispy Pata
Lengua with Mushroom Sauce
Lumpia Mini Ubod
Max’s Regular Fried Chicken
Leche Flan

30 pax
50 pax
100 pax
Additional Half Table:P3,439
Additional Full Table: P6,879

A Must for This Cold Weather

The weather these days is noticeably much colder than what our country experienced in the previous years. Many people, including me are finding it so hard to get up from bed every morning because snuggling under the covers and slipping into dreamland seems to be the perfect activity. The chills seem to seep through my bones so I can’t barely imagine how much colder it is in countries that experienced autumn and snow such as South Korea, Japan and North America.

I recently saw the pictures of my mother who is currently in Maryland, Baltimore and just looking at the pictures where she was playing in the thick white snow with my nephew makes me shiver. Of course she was covered with winter clothes from head to toe but it still looks very cold to me that I almost want to drag my mother back inside their house. According to my mom, it is very cold there but they are comfortable when they are indoors because of the heating system, thanks to their furnace. Furnace is a must for those living in cold countries but to enjoy the full benefits of furnace, one must make sure that it is clean and free of damage. For those who are based in Canada and wants to ensure that their furnace is working perfectly, try  furnace repair hamilton or heating Burlington

2014:Year of the Horse

Happy New Year to everyone! My 2013 has been a very busy year both at home and at work. But it is still a happy and blessed year especially since it is the year my family received another wonderful gift - my 2nd daughter Bea. It is also the year I decided to quit my job and so at the start of year 2014 - I am officially a full time mom.I am looking for homebased part time jobs though or an online business perhaps so I can still help my husband in raising money.

Anyway since New Year is all about new beginnings, it is also the time of year when many people are curious about what lies ahead. So news and TVshows nowadays kept on featuring predictions and info about feng shui and the Chinese zodiac signs. 

Year 2014 is the year of the wooden horse and even if Chinese new year is still on January 31, 2014, many people are already wondering if they would be lucky this year. 

I don't really take predictions seriously (especially if it's bad) but I respect ancient knowledge so I see no harm in listening and taking notes on the warnings and predictions based on the Chinese zodiacs. Well I was born in 1978 and that make me an Earth horse so I am hoping it would be a very awesome year. Of course,nothing beats prayer and good deeds to attract good luck!

Here are 2014 Chinese Horoscopes for 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs In the Year of Horse.

Of Chandeliers and Lights

When you think of art for your home you probably think of pictures for the wall, figurines to display on accent tables and floor sculptures that can draw one's attention to an otherwise unnoticeable space. The lighting options you choose for the various areas and purposes for each room of your home can actually be considered functional art. Some of the most outstanding examples of artistic lighting can be found at places such as Crescent Harbor Modern, where the contemporary light fixtures are magnificently stunning. 

Simplistic elegance is a characteristic of modern, contemporary and transitional decors. Simplistic does not translate into unnoticeable. Some of the contemporary floor lamps and wall sconces that are simple in design make quite an impact on the atmosphere of the room. The shape of the lamp base can have a sculptural design that would rival any piece of free standing art. If you want to inject a burst of energy into a modern decor, you can do so with a funky table lamp that is sure to be a conversation piece.

Chandeliers and pendant lights are available in such a variety of artistically interesting designs that you can use them to make a style statement in every room of your home. The foyer and hallway of your home may be an area where you tend to forget how influential the lighting design can be. In some instances, the only opportunity you have to make a decorative statement in the hallway is with the lighting.

Halloween/Trick or Treat Events for Kids this 2013

I want to take my daughter and hopefully her cousins too to a trick or treat event for Halloween this year. So I searched the net for events we can go to and here are some of the events I gathered so far.

Cartoon Network's Irregular Halloween AdventureDate: October 31, Thursday
Venue: SM Megamall Event Center, Mandaluyong City

Get 1 ticket to Cartoon Network's Irregular Halloween Adventure with a minimum P500 purchase (single-receipt) of any Cartoon Network merchandise from participating Toy Kingdom and Toy Kingdom Express branches from October 1-31. Each ticket entitles 1 child and 1 adult to the event.
For more details, visit Cartoon Network Asia Facebook page.

Araneta Center's Trick or Treasure
October 27, 2013

It’s time to bring out your favorite Disney costumes and head over to the Araneta Center for a special Trick or Treasure Halloween this October 27! It’s going to be one big Halloween party for kids at the Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, and Farmers Plaza Activity Areas!

Go trick-or-treating with cosplayers, be amazed at the bubble show, get your faces painted, learn how to make spooky artwork, and more!

For a minimum single-receipt purchase of P300 at any Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, and Farmers Plaza establishment, you can already participate in all the activities!

Loads of exciting activities, fun games, and surprises are in store for kids as the Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, and Farmers Plaza will be transformed into a treasure trove of games and prizes. You can also dress up your kids in their favorite Disney characters to get the chance to win in the costume contest!

The Araneta Center’s Trick or Treasure Halloween will be from 10:00AM to 6:00PM. For more updates and announcement on events at the Araneta Center, visit and
Spooktacular Halloween at Starmall Las Pinas
October 27, Sunday, 1:00 PM onwards
Food Court, Starmall Las Pinas
Kids 3-12 years old can join the mall-wide trick or treat and costume contest. See also what the future holds for you at the Psychic Fest from 1 to 6 PM. For details, call 874-8805 or view their website or Facebook page.
The Crazy Halloween Carnival at Robinsons Place Manila
October 27, Sunday
Robinsons Place Manila
For a minimum P500 single receipt transaction made at any Robinson's Manila retail outlets from October 11 to 27, kids aged 4 to 12 can register and join The Crazy Halloween Carnival from 10 AM to 4 PM. Activities include a carnival game booth, spooky magic show, photo booths, games and prizes. For details, visit their website orFacebook page.

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