Magical Christmas Carnival at SM City Taytay

SM City Taytay literally wowed everyone during the 2018 Christmas Launch with its theme: Christmas Carnival! Truly, Christmas, everyone’s favorite time of the year is here!  You could actually feel the Christmas vibe when you enter the mall!

The event area was decorated well in red, gold and white and the carnival theme brought me back to the joys of carnival rides and exciting shows when I was still little girl.

Everyone was treated to a spectacular event with wonderful numbers hosted by the lovely Ms. Saab Magalona!

A series of wonderful numbers followed inspired by THE GREATEST SHOWMAN movie.  The numbers were enhanced even more with Jugglers, contortionists, heart-stopping acrobatics, songs, dances and other theatrics.

Stunning and heart stopping performances

 

Carnival Fun!

Carnival Jugglers

Christmas Mascots

The event was graced with the presence of Town officials and SM Management and look – Santa flew all the way from the north pole to be with Kids! (And kids at heart too.)

 

YOu may also see a video presentation through this link: https://www.facebook.com/bloomblossomandgrow/videos/268827467156935/

Visit SM City Taytay and don’t miss the chance to enjoy and have photos of this year’s theme: Christmas Carnival.

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Feed your Kids Smart with Healthy Options

My 7 year old son Lukas is picky when it comes to food. Feeding him is difficult.

He doesn’t like sweets and chocolate, cakes and ice cream which every kid loves! He loves strawberry flavored lollipops though and loves gummy bears.

He has taste only for certain dishes that he loves – Sinigang (stewed pork or fish in tamarind based soup), chicken nuggets, fried and roast chicken, congee, wanton noodles.  He prefers certain brands of crackers too! The choices are so limited that it sometimes stresses me out and worries me if he gets the right nutrition he needs.

That’s why I was so delighted to attend a session, organized by Healthy Options, with nutritionist Amanda Barnes.

Amanda Barnes in action – Treats for Kids

 

“Moms, Dads, YOU are in Charge!”

I learned that parents need not give up and has to take charge! On the average, it takes 8 – 10 tries before a kid likes a dish/food.  Creating healthy habits should be every parent’s goal.

Asking “How can I make it better for you?” or  “What spices can we add?” involves them in the process and gives them a “choice.”  (You know how the little ones would always want to make choices too!)

Standing firm by saying “You don’t get to try that until you have a little bit of this” will also help.

Amanda encouraged us to make healthy choices for our little ones.

We can choose food and fruits loaded with Vitamins and minerals. Plant based food are excellent choices. Herbs and  spices are powerhouses of good stuff for everyone.  It also helps when they are involved in the process and making them watch as we prepare their favorite food.

Healthy snacks may include carrot sticks, yogurt, oats, milk and fruit shakes!

UREKA MOMENT:

Lukas loves Fruit shakes, so I now make him his favorite shakes with loads of supplements in it!  (One up for this Mama!)

Supplements are God’s gift to us. (Really!!!).

Probiotics, Spirulina, Flaxseed, honey are awesome, it can be added to any food without kids knowing it. 🙂  Note:  Been trying this ever since 🙂

LITTLE HEALTHY CHOICES – Something to start today

I was encouraged to make little healthy choices – using sesame/avocado/peanut oil than the usual canola oil or Lauric oil (which I often use). Quinoa, healthy spices are also packed with good stuff for our bodies.

We were given samples of stir fried healthy, yummy dishes and snacks. Healthy and yummy at the same time.

After the talk and the group photo, the husband (Yes, he attended too. Thanks luvs!) and I purchased supplements, quinoa, oats and other healthy stuff!

Group Photo with Amanda Barnes

 

CHOOSING HEALTHY

I am thankful that Healthy Options is there to partner with us, parents, in creating a wholesome, healthy environment for our kids and families.

I frequent their Stores waaaay back, even before I had Lukas (I realized now that that was more than 7 years ago!) and it has been my go-to place for healthy, paraben free lotion, shampoo, organic teas and supplements too!

Then a baby and until now, Lukas’ lotion wash, shampoo, and kid’s supplements were all bought from Healthy Options as he (actually we) both have sensitive skin.

Check out my blog – My favorite Shampoo and Baby Wash way back 2015.  I wrote this for other parents whose kids have sensitive skin.

Bottom line: We have always have a choice when it comes to bringing in and preparing food for the family. Let’s Choose healthy. 

 

 

 

Summer Mess Fest Kicks off at SM City Masinag

Summer fun invades the SM Malls of the East as the Summer Mess Fest launches at SM City Masinag.

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The Summer Mess First is a fun, outrageous and messy event for kids of any age.  Who says messy isn’t beautiful?

It is composed of different messy stations below:

Messy Sands of Fun where kids can be creative building their own sand castles in a colorful beach setup.

Messy Splat of Colors where kids will enjoy painting with their hands using non-toxic paint.

Messy Sweet Land with a sky high pie face challenge with giant props for photo opportunity.

A crowd favorite: Messy Slide of Fun!

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Messy Bubble Party – a fun and energetic dance party with a burst of colorful powder and giant bubbles.

Not to forget! Summer treats and surprises are up for grabs at the Messiest Bazaar for kids and parents alike.

Watch out for Summer Messy Fests at:

  • SM City Marikina on May 5 and 6
  • SM City San Mateo on May 12, 2018

It is one of the exciting events of SM Supermalls for Everyday is Playday at SM Campaign.

Sunshine by Trisha Denise: The EP Album Launch

Soulful. Clean. Tasteful. Pure.

This is how I describe the music of Trisha Denise in her Sunshine  – The EP Album launch last Saturday, Feb 3 at D’Cup Coffee Republic in Pioneer, Mandaluyong where friends, family and fans gathered to hear her music in person.

Photo courtesy of Riza Ponteras

SOLD OUT

Did you know that Tickets to the EP launch were sold out days before the event? What a nice way to enter the music industry!


Guests were pleasantly surprised to see Timmy Pavino – Recording Artist, The Voice Grand Finalist and Sam Mangubat – Singer/Songwriter, Tawag Ng Tanghalan Finalist,  who shared their talents and supported Trisha.

Timmy Pavino with Trisha

 

With Jonathan Manalo (left) and Sam Mangubat (right)

Sunshine, the four-track EP includes   “Mahalaga,” “Sunshine,” Belewala” and a bonus track “Both Sides” in collaboration with none other than Jason Dy, The Voice Grand Champion.

With Jason Dy

BACK STORIES

What I appreciated most are “back stories” –  the stories behind the songs.   These songs, which usually last for a couple of minutes, are created out of beautiful and sometimes painful experiences, coupled with a lot of insights and reflections and lovingly crafted with care, in a way where thoughts, words and music meet. It takes God given talent for one to write beautiful pieces out of life experiences.

 

FAMILY MUSIC LOVE

Trisha has been songwriting since she was 11 and she has been in love with music ever since she can remember. She grew up loving music together with parents (who are singers themselves) and music-loving relatives.

With the family

She had her share of challenges growing up when she got bullied  in high school which almost pushed her to end her life. But she overcame this “dark” phase and gives credit to her family, the loving support of her mom and dad and her faith in God who’s the source of all comfort, approval and love.

Check out Spotify and add Trisha’s songs to your playlist for soulful, relaxing music. I did.

(I also know that we have to watch out for more of her and her music!)

Congratulations Trisha and the world needs to hear MORE of  your songs!

 

“Cars” inspired Christmas Showcase at SM City Taytay

SM City Taytay launched the Christmas Season inspired by the 3D animation movie, Cars, last Saturday, November 11. The creative centerpiece was made up of bright green colored tires with bright blue and red as decors within an indoor racetrack.

 

Everyone was excited to see wonderful presentations leading to the centerpiece lighting. The kids were dressed to the occasion as they sported their car racer costumes and rendered cute production numbers.

A friendly and jolly Santa was happy to talk to kids and give them their loot bags. Kids were also treated to a candy bar where they  took home candies and Christmas sweets.

Everything here is yummy!



Thank you SM for letting us celebrate Christmas as early as we can.  We can’t wait to start shopping and give gifts to our family and friends!

Early Christmas Treat at SM Center Angono

Christmas came early at  SM Center Angono as it launched its colorful Christmas display last Saturday, November 11.  Townsfolk young and old gathered together at the lobby as they were entertained by energetic production numbers leading to the centerpiece lighting.

The centerpiece for this year is a happy one featuring Santa and Snowman with bright green and deep red colors adorning two tall christmas trees. For sure, shoppers would take time to pose and get a picture of themselves with the display.

Mayor Gerry Calderon graced the event and even thrilled everyone as he danced his version of “Baby Shark” with the kids. Excitement was truly in the air as this event paves the way for future festivities in the area as Angono town fiesta celebration is only a week away.

The countdown finally began, the centerpiece was lighted, it rained colorful confetti and everyone danced for joy! It was such an awesome sight to see.

 

Thank you SM for the early Christmas treat! A Merry SM Christmas to all!

An Exhibit of 135 Hand-Painted Fans by Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students

In celebration of the Mid Autumn Festival, SMCity East Ortigas and  Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students  formally launched an exhibit of 135 Hand-Painted Fans on August 27, 2017 at the Main Atrium of SMCity East Ortigas.  The exhibit included chosen work from 42 different artists to showcase their rich culture and artistry.

The exhibit will run from August 27 to September 24, 2017.

The Chan Lim Family of Artists is best known for their Asian-themed art with particular focus on Chinese Brush Painting. The family has been actively engaged in the arts for more than half a century to date.  The three generations of Chan Lim family use a multitude of media, styles and techniques to incorporate Western into Eastern Art. The family actively develops and promotes Chinese brush painting in the Philippines and abroad.

 

 

Mr. Chan Lim, the Patriarch originally worked with oil and watercolor, but most of his art are on canvas.  He recently ventured into other types of media such as ceramic and porcelain plates, Asian lanterns and fans to blend Western and Eastern techniques.

Bound by their passion for the arts, the Chan Lims have traveled extensively across to conduct numerous art workshops, seminars, exhibits and on-the-spot painting demonstrations. Members of the family have joined several art exhibits locally and internationally.

Their art subjects included flora, fauna, landscape and even portraits.  These themes can be seen in most of the family’s art, as well as their students. The family is one of the few remaining notable Chinese brush painting artists in the country today and is sought after in this field.


The second generation of Chan Lims – Alex, Felix, Rolex and Jolex are all engineers by profession and are engaged in leadership positions with multinational companies. The third generation of Chan Lims revel in exploring different types of modern techniques,  such as digital media and apps and incorporate these into their art.

The artwork on the fans are beautiful! Each of us were given a kit – a fan, Chinese brush and a set of water colors to use.  What’s even special is that they assigned family members and students to teach us basic strokes and techniques. It was so much fun! I promised myself to practice at home so I can paint my fan beautifully.

Mr. Robin Padilla, a close friend of the family graced the event.  He acknowledged the importance of our Filipino heritage which includes Chinese Culture.  Robin beamed with pride as he informed everyone that Mr. Chan Lim, the Patriarch, is not only a master artist but is also his a martial arts master.

 

Happy to have a picture with Mr. Robin Padilla. He’s so humble and generous to spend time and take a selfie with his fans.

Art Classes are conducted in the family studio located in Pasig City.  Their paintings can be found in private collections across the globe.

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Attention Pet Lovers! First Ever SM Pet Park launched in SM City Taytay

A happy heads up to pet owners and lovers in Rizal Area! We now have a nearby PET PARK at SM City Taytay for our furry friends and fur babies! Yay!

 

In celebration of International Dog’s day, August 26, 2017, SM City Taytay, in partnership with Doodles Paw Couture and Team Doggie’s Choice, launched the first ever Pet Park at SM Supermalls.

 

Pets and owners participated in an opening ceremony where all pets were prayed for and blessed.   Then, they were treated to freebies, product samples  and complimentary grooming.  There were raffles and games and a competition  for SM Pet Ambassador.

The SM PetPark features an agility area for the dogs, mini pet pool, colorful benches, an event area for future pet events and Doggie’s Choice Pet Village.

The SM Pet Park is SM Supermall’s way of giving back and contributing to our community’s development. Through this, SM Supermalls shows how our beloved pets are also welcome for a better mall experience together with the pets.

Thanks to SM City Taytay, this fur baby now has a nearby park!

 

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Meet Shamcey, a true beauty with her tiara and blue long gown!

Pet owners can also register at the SM Pet Club where they can avail of exclusive and exciting perks during event and also a free use of the Pet Park for their pet’s birthday.

Membership is FREE with an accumulated receipt purchase of only PhP 1,000.00 from any store of SM City Taytay. IDs are renewable yearly.  Registration can be done at the Mall Admin Office.  As a member, you get the following COOL PERKS:

  • Free invites to pet events
  • Loot bags (with freebies and product samples) during pet events
  • Special discounts
  • Free use of Pet Park for your pet’s birthday party

The SM Pet Park is located beside the BPO Building of SM City Taytay and opens daily from 6:00 AM-8:00 AM and 6:00 PM to 12 MN.

 

 

 

 

Remember Who You Are

It has been a while since I last wrote something here. You see, a couple of months ago, I made a major decision.

After a lot of thought, sleepless nights and prayers, I decided to resign from a big global organization to join a local conglomerate / group of companies.  Normal with any life – changing decision, there were feelings of loss coupled with this huge excitement and anxiety of “new beginnings”.

Making the move and making a decision is a long process but central to my decision is my big WHY.  I had to search my heart and find out — who I am as a person, what my talents are,  WHAT I TRULY WANT,  the things I want to do and how I want my work days to be. Surprisingly, just when I was contemplating on these things, an opportunity presented itself.

 

I’m reminded of the movie, the LION KING.  Simba, afraid and far from home and his destiny, was reminded one night to remember who he is – a leader, an heir, a hope to his constituents.

Looking back, it was a bit nerve wrecking to leave comfort – my usual zone, my usual way of doing things – and replace it with the unknown. One thing I realized is that we can never be sure of what lies ahead.  We can either live in fear or in faith and I chose the latter. With much prayers and advice from people who love me,  I did it, tendered my resignation and moved on.

Was I scared? Yes!  Was it worth it? Yes!  Now, I’m happier and more true to myself!

To all of you who are contemplating on shifting jobs or careers, this list of things to consider might help.

A. PRACTICALS – Total Rewards Package:

  • Would it be a better move financially? (better to annualize and decide)
  • Benefits –  (HMOs, Leaves, Bonuses, Perks)  Would it support your family better? (Very important especially if you are married with kids )

B. Stability, Branding, Reputation

  • Know more about the company – values, line of Business
  • Reputation in the industry
  • Stability and years in the business (Depending on what you like, you could go for a start-up or a more traditional, stable company).

C. Career

  • Is it a better Career move for you? (Is it a promotion for you?)
  • Is there a career management plan for you? How will you advance, grow and be developed?

D. Personal Alignment (This is my main reason for moving)

  • Is it aligned to what you want to do?
  • Is it aligned to your skills, talents?
  • Is it aligned to what you want to become?
  • Is it a dream role?
  • Will the job make your heart sing?
  • Will there be joy in doing it?

E. People

  • Do you hear positive things about the people in the company?
  • Will you have a mentor / friend to guide you?

Note:  These are just considerations that helped me decide.  You are free to weigh pros and cons. Everyone’s decision tree is different.

 

Remember who you are. Be true to yourself –  Your God-given gifts, your talents, your skills.   Seek advice from people who love you, PRAY, listen and DESIGN YOUR LIFE the way you want it to be.

Create the life you want to have.

How about you? Care to share when you made a bold career move?  What did you consider?

 

Hugs,

Suzanne

Hot! The Almond Milk and Honey Body Range at The Body Shop

Make peace with sensitive skin with The Body Shop’s new Almond Milk & Honey bath and skin care range. Enriched with Community Trade almond oil from the Alicante region of Spain, and Community Trade honey from the UNESCO Sheka rainforest in Ethiopia, this caring new range is as kind to the environment as it is your skin.

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Body Shop’s Almond oil comes from almond nuts grown by expert farmers in the Alicante region of Spain. To collect the precious honey sourced from the Sheka rainforest biosphere reserve, The Body Shop works with the “bee whisperers” of Beza Mar, a group dedicated to improving the livelihood of Ethiopian beekeeping communities and maintaining their traditional, natural way of working with the bees. This helps support the sustainable use of the forest by providing a steady income to local people who might otherwise be forced to agriculture that could lead to deforestation.

Alongside with its campaign “Make love not war with sensitive skin”, The Body Shop also wants people to embrace sensitivity, to show kindness and empathy to all the sensitive issues seen in social media.

 

Made for sensitively dry skin, The Body Shop’s new range starts from bath essentials such as the Almond Milk & Honey Cleansing Bar, Gently Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub, Bath Milk, and Shower Cream.  There are also products for your after-bath skin care routine- the Almond Milk & Honey Body Lotion, Soothing & Restoring Body Butter, and the Calming & Protecting Hand Cream.

The Body Shop now accepts SM Advantage Card for points earning and redemption, SM and Sodexo premium pass in all The Body Shop stores nationwide.

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