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!


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



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. 





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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On Change Management

Today I want to tell you about what I do at work.

I have been working in Human Resources for many years, mostly in Learning and Development.  I can go on and on about Training because I simply love training! Learning excites me! Maybe in my latter years, I could go back to Training or teaching or maybe try consulting (endless possibilities!).   I simply love presenting ideas to people, sharing bits and pieces of my experiences and facilitating discussions so we all learn from each other.  (This blog is actually an extension of that.) If you would ask me now if I miss Training, I’ve got two words for you: HECK YEAH!


Life happened.  2014 came and a decision has to be made. I had three options then:

  • Heading the training team of a local savings bank which will soon be acquired by a much bigger bank in the country  (which is the natural next step for me)
  • Heading OD and Training at a well-known foreign car manufacturing company (who could have given me a brand new car with the package)
  • Building (not heading) the Change Management work for an organizational-wide project at a well-known, branded global firm, reporting to an offshore, Australian based lead.

It was a difficult choice back then, but I followed my heart and decided with much prayers.  I chose that which would stretch me – a new territory.


It was a leap of faith for me to try other HR stuff after more than a decade of being in Training.  But I’ve always toyed with the idea of being in Organizational Development –  learning about how organizations thrive and how HR partners with the business to make it profitable, efficient and productive. I guess, almost a year into the job, I could say that with God’s guidance, I made the right choice.

Change management is all about people.  With the many changes happening today, thriving organizations have to be agile. Leadership choices are made, directions are set and at the end of the day, business goals would have to be realized.  But to implement policies, act on directions and realize profit, great organizations are keen on managing the human (often messy) side of the change.  This is where it gets tricky.

For any HR or business initiative to be successful, people would have to be on board. Communications, engagement and stakeholder management should be a priority.  It is of utmost importance that we appeal to both the MIND and the HEART so changes would be accepted and adopted. To do that, is both science and art.


Let’s just say, It is a worthy challenge.  I’m blessed to have all the wonderful years of experience in Training and Development which helps me see things from various “frames of references” which should come naturally for experienced trainers. This helps me make it easier for people to relate to and eventually love the change effort.

I am still learning and will learn a lot more.  Among my influences are John Kotter, Chip and Dan Heath and William J. Rothwell whom I had the privilege of meeting in a workshop I attended at InterContinental Hotel, Makati along with other OD and Change Management practitioners.


OD and Change Management guru William Rothwell with our work group


Professor William Rothwell with the rest of the attendees.

What is amazing is that change principles for organizations are very much applicable in real life as it deals with people’s behavior (which constitutes organizational behavior).

I believe that we are to bloom where we are planted.  This is my box for now and I hope and pray that I do just that.


Family Fun with Science at The Exploreum

When Lukas turned 4, we thought of going on an educational trip to stimulate his young and curious mind. I did my research and decided to go to Exploreum – Where science becomes fun at SM Mall of Asia.

Before we went there, I checked the net and showed pictures of astronauts, space and galleries to Lukas.  He was so excited he wanted to go right away. I have checked out the place before but then, Lukas was still a baby so I took note of the place and promised myself that we would visit once Lukas was old enough to appreciate it.  The place reminded me of a place in downtown San Jose.

What exactly is it?

“The Exploreum is a total immersion experience that will stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences, because we value science as an indispensable tool for understanding our world and enriching people’s lives.

Our all-new interactive exhibits, to be housed in 10 galleries, will cover a wide range of topics related to life on Earth and the fundamental nature of the cosmos. You’ll be exposed to bold science and fun learning experiences in an eye-opening, awe-inspiring environment that will include 3D holograms, realistic wax models, virtual reality simulations, optical illusions, detailed replicas, entertaining games, audiovisual presentations, and more.”

What a superb choice! We went on a Wednesday so there’s not much people and so we enjoyed the whole experience-  exhibits, gallery and the show all the more.  We also loved that it is conveniently located at SM MOA. 🙂

There were 10 interactive galleries where you can learn about interesting stuff.  These are just  some of my favorite pics taken from each of the galleries:


Human Adventure (Kinect style)

I liked the human adventure gallery where I realized that we are truly wonderfully made.  Our bodies are designed so elegantly by our creator.


Little Doctor Lukas so busy with his surgery


My favorite – the Amazing human brain.


Discovery room – filled with simple machines and experiments



“I want to be an astronaut!”


Connect: Me as a “cool” weather girl


The natural world


Zoom – with models of cars, planes and other vehicles



Science on a sphere – how did they make it float?

What I liked about the whole experience was watching a showing at the Dome Theater. At that time, we watched Astronaut which showed how space explorations were done by Astronauts and how they were trained for the journey.  It was narrated by Ewan McGregor which added a little “star magic” into it.  It talked about inner and outer space and how life in outer space is.  It was impressive!  Lukas was so thrilled and decided he wanted to become an astronaut that day!


The Dome Theater

At the end of the day, we were smarter! We learned a lot of things and had super fun! We will definitely go back and watch more showings at the Theater! You too can enjoy the place with your family at P350.00 per head.  This includes a visit to all their galleries + 1 show at the dome theater.

Over-all, I am happy that we have a place like this in Manila. The place is clean and with friendly staff ready to assist you.  The whole area is neat, clean and kid friendly.  They also arrange kiddie parties and corporate events.

The Exploreum is located at G/F Southside Entertainment Mall,  SM Mall of Asia. You may get in touch with them at Tel nos:  +63 (02) 863-2781.


National Artist BenCab Exhibit at The Lopez Museum

It’s nice to have a place to go to where you can relax and simply appreciate beauty and talent.

I recently visited the Lopez Museum and Library and was happy to get a peek into the creative life of a national artist,  Benedicto Cabrera, commonly known as BenCab.  In celebration of his 50 years of art practice, a series of multi-sited exhibitions entitled Frames of Reference will be held in his honor.  The first of the exhibition is at the Lopez Museum and Library in Ortigas.


BenCab’s The Iconic Soldiers (Heroes of the past IV), 1998

What I like about the exhibition was that it was a glimpse into his life while living and exhibiting abroad during the 60’s onwards. It was endearing to see postcards, etchings on handmade paper, portraits, collages, collections and various arts which made me appreciate BenCab, not just an artist but as a “real” person – a dad, a lover and a family man who is truly gifted in the arts.


Collections, art books, sketches

As part of the exhibit, about 15 of his art books are made available to the public.  In partnership with Samsung, we were able to view his most popular work through a big screen. What a nice touch!


Seeing and appreciating art on a big screen by Samsung

There were small scrapbook-like compilations of etchings, collages (clippings, cutouts) drawings and sketches with his handwriting, usually done in handmade paper. All of these are now available to the public.


Lovely etchings on handmade paper



A tribute to BenCab’s work



The art is in the details.


Looking forward to visiting his works up North!


When was the last time you looked at an art work and appreciated its beauty?  🙂

The Lopez Museum and Library is open to all students, art lovers and enthusiasts. The museum is located at the ground floor of the Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avanue, Pasig City. Museum and Library hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Mondays to Saturdays.  Contact numbers are (02) 631-2417; 631-2425

Travel Back in Time: A Trip to the Lopez Museum & Library

Whenever I go to museums I can’t help but be reminded that I am but a part of something big- that I’m just a link in an enormous, spectacular chain of events. This was what I felt the whole time when I visited Lopez museum and Library last week.

I missed my parents and wished they were with me as I was sort of “transported back in time.”  I remember my lolo Pulo and his stories surviving the World War II.  I suddenly wanted to talk to my grandmother, Lola Ising about her stories on Japanese colonization.  She was a young lady then and can vividly recall how her family and friends protected themselves in order to survive.

I appreciated my subjects in History and Kasaysayan decades ago and noted that I have so much to learn about my country’s rich past and heritage.

The Lopez Museum and Library opened its very first exhibition for the 2015 on February 6.  The exhibition “Propaganda” commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.  What made this exhibit special was the fact that they partnered with Samsung Electronics Phils. to combine traditional media with digital content which provides a unique interactive museum experience.

Manuel Rey Isip, The Fighting Filipinos, Ink on paper (poster), 1943

The exhibit pays tribute to these various artists who truly make us proud as their works are lauded here and abroad.  Don M. Salubayba, 2009 CCP Thirteen Artists Awardee and one of the most promising artists of his generation; Santiago Bose, recipient of various prestigious awards and who has had solo exhibitions here and abroad; Negros Occidental-based artist Nunelucio Alvarado, known for works of art that depict faces, plight, and struggles of the Negros-based Sakadas, and marginalized sectors; 2012 Thirteen Artists awardee Joey Cobcobo and Gawad Urian awardee film-maker Alvin Yapan. (Just a side note: Most of them graduated from UP College of Fine Arts.)



Art pieces bring life to walls – Propaganda 2015


Nunelucio Alvarado, Detail of Wala Title, Mixed media installation, 2015


J. Elizalde Navarro, A Flying Machine for Icarus, 1984



Wala Title, Nonelucio Alvarado, 2014, Mixed media on paper

Enriching the exhibit are works by 18th century masters Juan Luna and Félix Resurrección Hidalgo, along with those of national artists Fernando Amorsolo, Jose Joya, Cesar Legaspi, Vicente Manansala, and J. Elizalde Navarro from the permanent collection.

I fell in love with Juan Luna’s works.  This one is my favorite:  Espana Y Filipinas, 1886.


With a favorite masterpiece by Juan Luna


Augmented reality / Ultraviolet image as seen through a Samsung tablet

Featured in the exhibit are World War II posters, election-related archival materials, LVN movies, (which my parents love)  still photographs, a collection of rare maps, Philippine imprints and many others.  It gives visitors the chance to think of how far we have come as a nation.  Indeed, you would see how strongly connected our history and culture are. It makes me hope for a better, progressive tomorrow for all of us Filipinos.

The exhibit runs from Feb 6 to May 30, 2015.  The Lopez Memorial Museum is open to all students, art lovers, Filipiniana scholars and researchers who wish to discover their heritage and maintain pride in being Filipino. Location is at the  ground floor of the Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avanue, Pasig City. Museum and Library hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Mondays to Saturdays.

Propaganda exhibition poster

5 B’s to Better Blogging (My Key Take-aways from Professional Blogging Summit)

I love learning new stuff!

Last Saturday, October 18, #dPop or Digital Pop held a Professional Blogging Summit at A.Venue Mall in Makati. The half-day event was spearheaded by  Janette Toral and Jeoff Solas, who are truly influential in the world of Philippine blogging.

Our venue is actually quite cool. It has a modern and relaxing feel to it.


My thanks to  Liberating JepoyA. Venue MallIsland RoseProFriends, and Salad Box for sponsoring the event. I am grateful for learning events like this.

I got to listen to various speakers who willingly shared with us their stories on how they started out. I appreciated valuable insights towards responsible and influential blogging firsthand from Azrael ColadillaRoss del RosarioJayL AquinoSeph ChamJeoff Solas, and Sai Montes.


 Ms. Janette Toral formally opening the program




Azrael Colladilla, Ross Del Rosario and JayL Aquino on Building a Blogger Network


 Seph Cham on his Journey towards Endorsements and Entrepreneurship


Jeoff Solas on Maintaining Goodwill Relationships


Sai Montes on Social Media E-Commerce

Sharing with you my insights on the summit:



Being a blogger cannot be a solo project. Sure, you do your writing alone and surely there are “lone rangers” out there, but unless you are a celebrity, you can only do so much. If we want growth, then we have to connect with people. Growth and learning is inevitable when we become a part of communities. It helps to have an open mind and heart because you will learn a lot. In Blogosphere, growth is a community project.

Be friendly and don’t be afraid to connect with other bloggers, companies, sponsors and PR people.  So far, I have met wonderful people who are surprisingly wiling to share what they know to help out starters like me. What a blessing to learn from others! For sure I will meet a whole lot more of people in the future. Through them, I expand my world and become better at what I do.  And by the way, being a part of a community gives you a heads-up on exciting events, worthy causes, product launches and many others.

It pays to be a part of a “bigger” world!


As speakers talked about various topics, I realized how powerful blogging is. What I have written stays there, forever (at least until WordPress takes it down).  A review of a resto, an event, a product can influence, if not, alter others’ perception. Believe it or not, reviews count. A LOT.

I am encouraged to stay true to myself and write about products that really tickles my fancy and makes me smile. I know that giving an honest, unbiased review may be difficult especially when companies give you all sorts of freebies. But hey, let’s not forget that we are there not just to help businesses thrive but help them improve their products and services as well.

Should there be a service that needs improvement, I choose to be a friend, helping another friend. Nothing beats that!


What is your brand? How intentional are you about building yours? Without you knowing it, your personality and “voice” shines with every post you make. Are you the sentimental type who writes about hearty things or the serious type who blogs about “heavy” important issues? Are you the happy, light-hearted type who’s like a ray of sunshine to your readers?

Be intentional about the image that you show the world. Let every posts you make show YOU. Find your voice. It may be difficult at first, but as you write and keep doing it, your voice and personality naturally emerge. Take good photos. Have a brand that talks about you in a way that is true to you. Dare to be uniquely you when you blog.


If you are truly serious about blogging, people are bound to follow you. How visible are you? Social media is constantly evolving. Make your followers happy by updating them via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and many others. Strive to be consistent with your posts. Share your experiences for your readers. You may join events, bazaars, trade shows and many others to keep them updated with what is happening with you.


At the end of the day, blogging is about you sharing your experiences to the world.  Some people may agree with your points and some may not. (I assure you this is normal). But it is about being brave to speak your heart and mind to the world. If some disagrees with what you’ve posted, hear them out, respect their opinion and continue to be better.

I am thankful to all the speakers who shared their experiences in the Summit. Now I have seen concrete examples of real people who continues to be influential through their chosen platform which is blogging.

I have learned that you may blog your way to:

–  Win awards and become person of influence
–  Find your calling (PR / Marketing) and be a part of bigger organization
–  Launch your own business
–  Partner with others to help grow both yours and their businesses
–  Achieve celebrity status (Yup..it is possible!)  🙂

Ultimately for me, I have learned that I can do what I love to do, have it complement my lifestyle and basically make a difference by adding fun and excitement to my every day!

Bloom, Blossom and Grow through blogging!


Me and my new blogger friends!


Professional Blogging Summit 2014

Are you serious about blogging and would like to do things right?

Would you like to take your blogging a notch higher?

If you’re like me – you love to blog and would like to learn more about it, then I have something for you. Ms. Janette Toral of E-Commerce Boot Camp will be spearheading an upcoming Professional Blogging Summit this coming Saturday, October 18, from 1 pm to 5 pm. This half-day conference is FREE but by invitation only to the first 100 bloggers who would register (tick tock, tick tock..).

Probloggers Summit

Photo courtesy of E-Commerce Bootcamp

Prepare to hear about tips and useful insights on how blog celebrities started out, managed their social media network, rose above challenges and enhanced their online business relationships with clients and partners. Registration will start as early as 12 noon. For details on the registration, speakers and topics included, you may visit E-Commerce Boot Camp’s official website.

The event will be held at A.Venue Mall in Makati Avenue in Makati.  It is near Best Western Plus Antel Hotel.

Here’s the official line-up of Topics and Speakers:

1:00 to 1:40     Maintaining a Professional Bloggers and Social Media Specialists Network

JayL Santiago AquinoAzrael Coladilla, and Ross Flores Del Rosario

2:00 to 2:40     Getting Clients, Professional Blogger Ethics, and Maintaining Goodwill Relationships

Jeoff Solas and Joselito “Toots” Tolentino

3:45 to 4:30     From Blogger to Blog Celebrity: The Journey

Seph Cham

4:45 to 5:30    From Bloggers to E-Commerce / Social Media Entrepreneurs

Sai Sayson Montes

Smart business owners today are waking up to the power and influence of blogging as an online platform to launch and their businesses. Don’t be left out.

See you there!