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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My Two words for this year: Courage and Influence

My two words for the year, after much prayers, are COURAGE and INFLUENCE.

COURAGE. I feel in my heart that this year is the year to do things that I want to do.  To not be limited by fears, worries and concerns but to live, ever joyfully and enjoy the blessings God has given me.  Courage to smile freely, explore the world and live my OWN adventure and not someone else’s. Have the guts to follow my dream and follow through on my first step,  To keep moving despite self-doubt and harmful words – words that tear down dreams and fragile ideas and choose deliberately to heed Words that build, connect and strengthen

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INFLUENCE.  We are all created to shine and not be embarrassed by our talents, our vulnerability, our open hearts.   I believe that we are born not to live in the shadows, but to be a bright light reflecting the beauty of God, who made us wonderfully and fearfully with HIs loving hands.  I cannot count how many times I have been bashful and shy – shy of my talents, my thoughts, shy to raise my hand for a second longer. We are here to live our lives and touch others in ways that are subtle and loud.  We have to share beauty and love with our  minds, our hearts and thoughts through words, pictures, actions, writing… freely,  for keeping them would be a disservice to the world we live in.  Shy no more, but brave and living a life with spotlights for all people to see, and hopefully for others to praise God by seeing how we live and touch others as they, in turn, affect people around them, beautifully.

What about you?  What are your words for this year?

SM Pet Park: Mall experience for our furry friends!

For the first time ever, SM Supermalls will build a Pet Park in SM City Taytay  to bring happiness to pet owners and extend a one-of-a kind mall experience to our furry friends!  The ground breaking ceremony was held last Saturday, March 25,  at SM City Taytay’s BPO – open parking area and was graced by SM City Taytay Mall Manager, Ms. Maureen Fernandez (far left),  Doggie’s Choice owners, adorable Diku (Doggie’s choice mascot) and Philippine pet fashion icon Ms. Bernie Alfonso of Doodles Paw Couture (3rd from left. With them are pet owners with their cute puppies.

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No need for pet owners to travel so many miles (not to mention be stuck in traffic)  to visit a pet park in Eastwood, Greenhills or Tiendesitas,  Now, they can enjoy a place where their “fur babies” are welcome and can run and play alongside their friends.

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Two months from now, I imagine seeing happy people,  laughters in the air as happy puppies run and jump and dance around and around under a bright sky.

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Diku – Doggie’s  Choice mascot stars the groundbreaking event.

May this be the first of many pet parks to be built by SM.  They truly got it all for us and these little four-legged ones.

Top Toys this Christmas at Toy Kingdom

‘Tis that time of year when kids are making their Christmas wish list, and there’s no other way to play Santa in a big way with Top Toys from Toy Kingdom, the amazing toy superstore.

There are the gift sets from well- loved brands – Barbie, My Little Pony, Powerpuff Girls, and Shopkins – that will bring a big smile to little girls.

 

 

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DC Superhero Girls Power Action Wonder Woman Doll comes with her Super Hero accessories such as the iconic Lasso of Truth and the Golden Shield.

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Huggable Powerpuff girls “6 Deluxe doll

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My Little Pony Basic Pony. This well-loved pony figure has fancy marks and a whimsical mane. Includes brush and barrettes.

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Shopkins Tall Mall. The coolest shopkins treat that conveniently folds down for easy storage. Features an adorable home and garden store, food court and Petkins Parlor. Includes four exclusive shopkins.

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Barbie Starlight Lead Doll features Barbie in a space outfit alongside pet Pupcorn.

 

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Motorized Nerf N-Strike Mega Mastodon Blaster includes 24-dart revolving drum. Fires darts up to 100 feet (30 meters) and comes with 24 MEGA Whistler Darts.

 

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Hotwheels Bulldoze track set. With stunt action and player-powered launchers. Includes a Hotwheel car.

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Orbeez Crush and Draw. Squishy balls to Grow, Crush and Create. Simply Crush your Orbeez color of choice and then use the automatic crush pen and follow the included stencils to create beautiful pieces of Orbeez art! Add water and watch them grow to more than 100 times their volume.

 

Toys inspired by blockbuster movies – Star Wars Rogue One, Transformers, Power Rangers, and Cars will top any young boy’s list; as will remote control cars and helicopters.

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McQueen Sports Car. The coolest ride that comes with three sound modes that let you choose English or Spanish phrases from the Cars 2 movie. Comes with single push-button operation for easy stop and wide door openings.

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Paw Patrol Air Patroller. The 2-in-1 Air Patroller that transforms from helicopter to plane mode with real lights and sounds. Comes with a Robopup figure.

 

 

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Power Rangers Ptera Charge Megazord. Morph into Megazord Mode and Pterodactyl Mode with 3 ways to play. Can be combined with Zord Builder items.

 

 

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Star Wars Lead Villain Electrical Mask Includes a voice changer feature to transform into the Lead Villain from the new Star Wars movie.

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Star Wars Bladebuilders Lightsaber. Highly customizable set with accessories made just like in the movies with classic lights and sounds.

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Color Alive Easy Animation Studio. Kids can color their own scenery and stories and bring them to life with the free Easy Animator app. The app works with iOS and Android devices; make it move using a poseable mannequin, capturing the movements with the app and turning them into fluid animations.

 

There’s also something for kids who are into techie stuff like virtual reality glasses which transport kids of all ages to another world.

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PS4 VR with Camera. This virtual reality head-mounted display is fully functional with the PlayStation 4 home video game console.

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Xbox One. Newly updated Xbox One with all in entertainment system made not just to play games but also connect other apps such as Skype.

 

Have fun playing Santa as you complete the list of Top Toys available at all Toy Kingdom Express outlets in SM Stores and Toy Kingdom Stores in most SM Supermalls.

Also visit http://www.toykingdom.ph; ToyKingdomPH at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SM – LTO Tie up for Easy Driver’s License Renewal

My Husband’s birthday is fast approaching and soon enough, he’ll ask me for tips on where he can renew his Driver’s license.  My answer now would be – in SM!

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) and SM recently signed a memorandum of agreement to bring Drivers’ license renewal closer, easier and more convenient to the public at SM City North EDSA.

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LTO Chief Asec. Edgar Galvante (3RD from left), SM Supermalls President Annie Garcia(4th from left), and SM Mart, Inc. Executive Vice President Ricky Lim (2nd from left) during the recent signing of the Memorandum of Agreement which allows LTO to occupy a space for their Driver’s License Renewal Center (DLRC) at selected SM Malls. Also present are SM Mart, Inc. Vice President for Business Center Operations Dennis Yaw, LTO Executive Director Atty. Romeo Vera Cruz, and LTO-NCR Regional Director Atty. Clarence Guinto. With this partnership, the public can expect more DLRCs in various SM malls nationwide. This is one way to serve the public better and to bring the government services closer, easier and conveniently to the public.

This partnership will also give mallgoers the opportunity to have their licensed processed while shopping, having fun, and doing their other errands in SM Malls.

The partnership allows LTO to set up and operate Driver’s License Renewal Centers (DLRC) at selected malls such as:
  • SM City North EDSA
  • SM City Pampanga
  • SM City Manila
  • SM City Cebu
  • SM Southmall
  • SM Mall of Asia
  • SM City San Jose Del Monte
  • SM City Davao
  • SM Seaside City Cebu and
  • SM City Cabanatuan
DLRCs are open from Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 9pm (excluding legal holidays, special non-working days and work suspensions declared by the government). 

 

LTO Chief Asec. Edgar Galvante graced the MOA signing together with LTO Executive Director Atty. Romeo Vera Cruz, LTO-NCR Regional Director Atty. Clarence Guinto, SM Supermalls President Annie Garcia, SM Mart, Inc. Executive Vice President Ricky Lim and Vice President for Business Center Operations Dennis Yaw.

 

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The Driver’s License Renewal Center (DLRC) at SM City North EDSA is conveniently located at the Government Service Express at The Annex, LTO’s Drivers License Renewal together with other government service counters such as Philippine Postal Corporation, PhilHealth, SSS, GSIS, and Pag-IBIG.

The Government Service Center at SM City North EDSA is a one-stop venue for various government service counters such as Philippine Postal Corporation, PhilHealth, SSS, GSIS, and Pag-IBIG.

Likewise, SM Business Centers and SM Bills Payment Counters now accept payments for license renewal, and will serve as an alternate receiving and payment counters to augment the LTO central office; accepting cash payments from LTO clients with Order of Payment forms from 10:00am to 7:00pm every day.

Meanwhile, SM Business Centers offer PSA (formerly NSO) applications for birth, marriage, and death certificates; PRC renewals of professional licenses; DTI consumer welfare services and renewal of business name; and Ombudsman Clearance applications.

Moreover, SM Bills Payment counters located in The SM Store, SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket and Savemore, accept payments for contributions and/or loans for the Social Security System, Pag-IBIG, PhilHealth and National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation and Armed Forces & Police Mutual Benefit Association, Inc. (AFPMBAI); and payment of fines for tickets issued by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

I super agree that the LTO Driver’s License Renewal Center (DLRC) is one of the many services SM extends beyond shopping to its customers.

 

Newest Shopping Destination in the East: SM City East Ortigas

There is a new shopping destination in the East – SM City East Ortigas!

The 60th Supermall  in the country formally opened its doors to excited folks last December 2. They opened with a Bang, of course! – with the band, production numbers, parade, colorful displays, various mascots and lovely characters (Snowman, Fairies, 7 Dwarfs, Princes and Princesses, King and Queen, and many others)  to welcome everyone!

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People literally barged in when SM City Ortigas formally opened.

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The works!

I know it will be a big hit as it occupies   a prime spot right at the boundary of Pasig City and Cainta, where it enjoys proximity and accessibility to Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Marikina and nearby Rizal towns.

For those who haven’t been there, think of the mall as the East Ortigas version of “Megamall.”

Something New

SM East Ortigas is set as the eastern community’s lifestyle hub. It features a paved jogging path and loops that goes around the mall filled with trees serving as natural shade in the day.  It will also have state-of-the-art cinemas, comprised of four digital cinemas and four Director’s Club theaters.

The mall is also ready to welcome to its fold a diverse tenant mix anchored by the SM Store, SM Supermarket, Appliance Center, Ace Hardware and Watsons.  People can expect to keep the merchandising mix fresh and exciting as it welcomes new concepts and first-to-market shops and dining options to complement trusted brands.  It appeals to the lifestyle driven young professionals and the family-oriented people of nearby areas.

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What I like about it

I like that the place is wide with 82,000 square meters!  There are lots of tenants – the trusted ones and the new ones which makes me want to come back.  It is well lighted.  The ambiance is fresh, modern and young.  There’s also a big place for events – in fact, that mall can hold multiple events!

 

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And as Christmas is around the corner, I love their awesome and happy display. Over-all, it is one big happy place!
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My Little Pony Grand Christmas Launch @ SM Center Angono

SM Malls truly never fail to cheer and amaze young and old alike with elegant and well designed  Christmas displays and events.  Last Sunday, November 6, Angono townsfolk once again were awed as they experienced a spectacular, oh-so-grand welcoming of the Christmas season in their friendly neighborhood mall – SM Center Angono with its My Little Pony theme for the Holidays!  

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My Little Pony Magical Holiday!

The event started with a fashion show  by adorable kids in their super nice costumes.

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After the fashion show, formal welcome was given to officially start the program.  Everyone was encouraged to support SM Christmas Bears of Joy by grabbing the opportunity to buy a pair of bears for P200, then giving one of the bears to a less fortunate child via SM foundation – a nice way to make a difference this Christmas.

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The event was graced by none other than Mayor Gerry Calderon and his family, who later officially “lighted” the mall’s beautiful centerpiece located at the upper ground floor.  He expressed his thanks to SM, in behalf of Angono folks, for helping build quality lives and adding so much merriment to the holidays!

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The Equestria girls wowed everyone with their superb dance moves in their uber cute costumes.

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The ponies then made an appearance – Rarity, Applejack, Twilight Sparkle encouraging cheers and claps from excited audience.

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Adorable Rarity, Apple Jack and Twilight Sparkle

It was then time to light the centerpiece!!!

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Countdown begins and it rained confetti!

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To top it off,  enter Mr. Santa!

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Enter Mr. Santa!

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Mr. Santa giving presents to happy kids!

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Thank you SM for an opportunity to sit at Santa’s lap 🙂

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My Little Pony loot bags and giveaways!

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My Little Pony cupcake treats!

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Cotton candy corner

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Colorful rainbow candies!

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This one seems happy with his face paint + take aways!

The event wouldn’t be possible without committed people behind it all.  Thank you and congratulations!

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SM Center Angono  team who made this lovely event possible!

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Vaniza Pachoco, Marketing Manager, SM Center Angono and SM City Masinag

Come and visit SM Center Angono and see the spectacular Christmas display for the Holidays!!  Experience a MAGICAL HOLIDAY with My Little Pony at SM Center Angono from November 6, 2016 until January 8, 2017.

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Pink, dainty and lovely display.

Thank you SM for a grand, spectacular way to welcome the Holidays and celebrate the birth of Jesus!


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Magical My Little Pony Christmas Launch @ SM Taytay

Magical with  bright colors and oh so truly spectacular!

Christmas is truly here as SM City Taytay officially launched and cheered everyone with their theme Magical Holiday with My Little Pony last Saturday, November  5.  What a BIG HIT it was to children and adults alike!

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The celebration started with dimmed lights and soft, lovely music by a quartet. Kids were then entertained by a short video showing of My Little Pony and lively christmas songs.

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Lovely music by the quartet

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` Short video showing

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The high-energy  super cute dance number by Equestria girls  all the more excited everyone as they executed cute girly dance moves in their costumes.  Awesome.

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Super cute girls in their costumes

These cute ponies made an appearance and everyone loved it!

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Taytay municipal officials were there to grace the event and make everything official. Present were Vice-Mayor Carlito Gonzaga, Councilor Pia Cabral and Rizal District Board Member Fernando Cabitac.  They also officially lighted the elegant centerpiece beautifully designed at the ground floor of Bldg, A in SM Taytay.  With  countdown, lights went up, lovely music was heard and then came lots of confetti! Super nice!

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Taytay Municipal Officials with the Equestria girls

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Confetti everywhere as everything was lighted!

Everyone cheered as Sta. Claus gave My Little Pony bags to the children.  Kids were treated to special assorted  candies, marshmallows,  cotton candy and My Little Pony goodies!

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Mr. Santa giving away presents to kids

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Lukas enjoyed every minute of the event and had a pic with Santa!

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He sure had a grand time

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Delightful candies!

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My Little Pony Goodies

The set up was vibrant, colorful and beautifully designed. It is super appealing not just to girls but to kids of all ages and even adults! Christmas is truly here.

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Vice Mayor Carlito Gonzaga mentioned a connection between ponies and Christmas when he gave his brief speech.  Jesus indeed entered  the holy city of Jerusalem, carried by a Pony! What a beautiful way to start the Christmas merriment knowing that as we celebrate Christ’s birth, we have so much love and joy to give.

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Give a child a bear today! 🙂

Thank you and congratulations to SM City Taytay team for making this event possible!

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SM Taytay Team – THE TEAM behind the event 🙂

Head over to SM Taytay  and feel the magical rush of the Season!  

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SM Kids Denim Craze

Kids have caught on to the current DENIM CRAZE at SM!  With looks that are not only classic, but also cool, the collection offers a lot of style possibilities in updating young wardrobes.

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Pick your favorite denim OOTD from a wide collection of kids’ denim now available at SMKids Section – The SM Store.

SM Kids shares with us key pieces in wearing denim today:

Fun Jeaneology!  From printed denims and slim boyfriend jeans for girls to relaxed cuffed denim for boys, jeans for kids today have lots of attitude and cool possibilities.

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Rompers rule in denim for kids.

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One will never go wrong with a perfect pair of denim shorts.




The way of the wash!  The collection has stone washed jeans, lightly distressed denim with a vintage look, and acid washes for a splotched faded design.

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Boys’ do a wardrobe change – make it everything denim! #‎SMKidsDenimCraze

Chambray! This surprisingly versatile clothing can be worn in many different ways to suite each kid’s individual style, a fashionable choice for layering or for a stylish double denim look.
Dresses! Denims too have a girly side with pretty little dresses with a boho vibe

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Girly and cheery denim dresses.

 

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Girls’ bring out the denims! #‎SMKidsDenimCraze‬

Jackets!  The classic waist length denim jacket is a key fashion item for girls and boys. The trendiest denim jackets for girls are those in muted shades, while those for boys in muted gray and black.

 

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Add a twist to his outfit by layering a denim jacket!

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Denim-on-Denim – denim shorts with a long-sleeved denim shirt for a stylish look.

Colored denims! Today’s denims are not only singing about the blues, but also a rainbow of fashion possibilities.

 

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You can never have too much denims! Its versatility makes it a must-have all year long! ‪#‎SMKidsDenimCraze‬

 

 

The collection is available at SM KIDS section of The SM Store.