December 10, 2016

Glam Party for Nanay's 93rd Birthday

How do you throw a birthday party for a Glam Lola?

My maternal grandmother turned 93 this year and we were all excited to give her a fun party that she and those dear to her would enjoy!

My grandmother is a "kikay lola"! 
She always loved dressing up and making herself pretty, unfortunately life wasn't easy then raising a family of 9 children.  
She would always put off her gratification for her family. 

So on her 93rd birthday, we have decided to give her a surprise "glam" themed party. 

My Lola looks forward to her after Sunday mass trip to Jollibee and since she likes it so much... a Jollibee party was in order.

She thought it was  just another Sunday after mass brunch when we walked in.

Here are some of the pictures from birthday celebration:

Jollibee and Hetty came and danced for us. 

Our dear Jollibee host with my cousin Shane of Bloom, Blossom and Grow blog.

It was a blessed day indeed (a bit teary eyed here as you can see)...

My mom making a wish...

Her Glam Tarp

Lootbags and give aways.

We prepared additional items mostly GC's,  cosmetics and kikay items for the adults.

Party set up...

Cakes and cupcakes' inspiration came from the ever reliable internet and recreated by a good friend, Toy Cakes.

Fun games... no KJ in this party :P

The famous bring me...

Our best dressed gets an award!

Good family friends happily graced the event with us...

With my mom's (extreme right) friends, who treat our Lola as their own.

With my family, parents and sister's family.

More apos....

More apos...

And more apos...

Grandchildren posts would have been longer, unfortunately 3/4th of our family now lives abroad.

Her apo sa tuhod, who takes after Lola's "kaki-kayan"!

With her pamangkins...

Blowing her cake.  She was a bit teary eyed though while blowing, I guess she was a bit overwhelmed.

Mr. Dante Ward of #SnapClickStudio provided our photobooth. 

Check out these really wonderful (really funny and crazy, not glam at all photos) from Snap Click Studio >>> #GlamBabe's Birthday

Lola obviously having so much fun!

Happy Birthday Lola Ising! 

November 28, 2016

A StarWars Birthday Party

My youngest loves celebrating his birthday at school. 

A month before his 8th birthday... he won't stop asking for his school party details and kept on reminding me it was time to send out his invitations. He also reminded me a couple of time to  order his cake (the design, he helped choose from the internet). 

He really is excited! 

I think he is more excited this year than his previous school parties Transformer Party and Lego Party.

This year's theme was easy.  He grew a liking of StarWars from our recent Tokyo Disneyland trip lining up for the Starwars' StarTours attraction 5 times ~ so having a Starwars Theme was a quick and fuss-free decision.

My son in Tokyo Disneyland StarTours ride.

I think my years of planning school birthday parties has made me a bit of a pro in throwing school birthdays. 
Planning for this year was really stress free, especially since I already have cake and invites contacts. 

Here are some photos from my son's
StarWars inspired 8th Birthday Party.

The invitation

My son loves BB-8 so he gets to be the cake topper.

I also ordered cup cakes for dessert. 
I initially only ordered a handful for the teachers, but my son insisted that his classmates should also get one each (sosyal). 

The cup cakes has a saber sword toppings.  They were really cute.

These were individually boxed for easy take out. 

Loot bags were hard case medicine boxes.  I like them since they are still usable after.

The loots
(candies, chocolates, a Starwars toys and bag tag)

My big boy was so happy ~ he was dancing to his classmates singing Happy Birthday... check the link here

Visit also my blogpost on School Birthday Party Planning for tips and suggestions on a worry less party planning.

November 11, 2016

Have a Magical Holiday with My Little Pony at SM City Taytay

Last Nov 5-6. SM Malls across the country officially welcomed
the Christmas Season with lots of cheers and joyful revelries
with Christmas themes well loved by the young and young at heart (so that means I am still included!). 

I was lucky to have been invited at SM City Taytay's Christmas extravaganza ~ with this year's theme "A Magical Holiday with My Little Pony". 

Amazing picture perfect set! 

To set the tone of the occasion was a quartet that playing Christmas songs with a twist (imagine Voltes V intro to a Christmas medley - crazy beautiful).

Audience were later entertained to a lively dance number by little girls in adorable equestria outfit ~ so pretty!

Little boys and girls had a spectacular time ~ dancing (and well chasing after) with little ponies.  Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash have taken the spot light from Santa (as evident by the lack of pictures herein ~ such a lame excuse).

SM Management and the Taytay Municipal Government headed by Vice Mayor Carlito Gonzaga facilitated the Christmas tree lighting.

More festivities with confetti drop!

The Organizers out did themselves this time.
I truly can't wait for next year.

Experience a magical Christmas and head to the SM branch nearest you.

For more information, please visit SM City Taytay facebook page at SMTaytay.


November 6, 2016

SM and LTO Ties Up for an Efficient and Convenient Driver's License Renewal

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.         

This partnership gives mallgoers the opportunity to have their licensed processed while shopping, having fun, and doing their other errands in their favorite 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 (3rd from left) 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 (4th from left), SM Mart, Inc. Executive Vice President Ricky Lim  (2nd from left) and Vice President for Business Center Operations Dennis Yaw.

DLRC SM City North EDSA is located at the  Government Service Express at The Annex.

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.

Aside from the Government Express Business, SM also has SM Business Centers and SM Bills Payment Counters that accepts 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.

>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.

>Meanwhile, 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).

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

July 5, 2016

Starbucks Pacific Plaza Singapore

No matter where you are, familiar coffee shops are just pure comfort.

While on our stay at the Royal Plaza on Scott, we chanced upon Starbucks Pacific Plaza.

Breakfast meal comes with freshly brewed coffee (starts at Y6.90 per set) 

We ordered  bagel, fluffy egg with turkey ham and cheese sandwich and breakfast pancakes,  plus signature chocolate drinks  for the boys. 

Check this link for more on Starbucks Morning Selections ~Mornings Made Better Selection

For Starbucks Store near your place in Singapore click below ~ Store Locator.

May 28, 2016

Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (aka Church near Hinulugang Taktak)

Have you heard of the church near Hinulugang Taktak in Antipolo ~ The Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (PIHM)?

I have heard from friends that this church is beautiful and the area serene. So when an opportunity to head to this church came, I can't just let it pass.

According to the PIHM facebook page,
PIHM was donated by a certain Don Carlos Fernandez for use as a seminary or a parish.

The St. John Ma. Vianney Formation house and Domus Christi (Home of Retired Priests) were then built. They held weekly masses at the refectory of the formation house, which was later converted to a mini-chapel every Sunday.

When the community grew and the seminary was transferred to another location in 2000, the Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was born. 

PIHM is fast growing popularity ~ with its unique architecture designed by Architect Dom Galicia and the its sprawling peaceful location.  

Here are some pictures of PIHM:-

Are you heading to Antipolo? 
Include a visit to PIHM in your itinerary.

Schedule of Masses 7:00am – Mondays to Saturdays
9:00am, 10:30am, 4:00pm, and 5:30pm – Sundays

The Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is located at the Daang Bakal Road, Antipolo City
(head towards the road leading to Hinulugang Taktak, stay on the right. PIHM is less than 1 kilometer away from Hinulungang Taktak).
For more information, visit their facebook page at