Friday, August 31, 2012

Author, educator and parenting speaker, Vivian Kirkfield: Is Your Child Being Bullied?

I am really excited to share this clip of a short interview of Vivian Kirkfield by 9News TV. She has stated great tips on detecting whether your child is being bullied at school:

   Vivian is also the author of this equally amazing book: Show Me How! Build Your Child's Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking
Show Me How! Build Your Child's Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking (Positive Parental
I have personally own (with Vivian's authograph, nothing less!!) and read this book and been trying some of the activities with my little one.  It is surely one way to spend quality time with your children and be involved with them.  Getting involved with your children can also help them be more confident of themselves and open to communication with us, parents.  This may also help them easily talk to us when they experience bullying at shool.
p.s. I am a fan of Vivian :)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

To the most wondeful man on earth and in the universe...

Happy birthday.

... did I say he rocks as a father too.
He's all good. All good.   There's really not much men like him in this world anymore.  Little Spanish Pinay and I are the luckiest girls for having him in our lives.  He got us fallen in love with him.  More everyday.  We love you, papi!

Friday, August 24, 2012

My Storyteller

Sharing a video of the Little Spanish Pinay reading for her dear mami at night.  I seriously died of cuteness overload here.   It's a good thing that I am trying to watch my diet these days (since we are still camped out at my inlaw's house and they seem to see me like some anorexic 16yr-old that they never stop stuffing food in my mouth) because I can really eat her up and swallow her whole!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

She's the one...

... that constantly makes my heart skip a bit
with her bravado and tender nature in superlative form

... that would give me such emotions
as varied and colorful as the fishes and the corals in the sea

... that kills me with too much laughter in a day with her silliness
because she's just too darn funny
and alive and full of energy and too crazy

... that for God's divine reason, has completed our family.

... together with hubby, makes life not perfect but absolutely wonderful.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

She sings, alright.

She has enjoyed songs from day one and as she grows, her love for music grows even more.  She learns different songs quite fast and easily and to top this off, she composes her own songs :) I love to watch her hum or sing different songs while she plays or "read" books on her own.  She also cracks me up when she tries to rephrase the lyics of the songs.   Here's a sample how she rephrases songs:

Song: Arañita Pequeñita (to the tune of The Eensy Weensy Spider)

note: I am writing the english lyrics in direct translation of the spanish song and not how the song is sang in english

Original: La arañita pequeñita, lo alto se subio (The eensy weensy spider, so high it went up)
Her version: La arañita pequeñita, alto subio

Original: Pero vino la lluvia, al suelo se cayó (But the rain came, on to the floor it fell)
Her version:  mmmm vino lluvia, y cayó y lloró! (mmmm out came the rain, and it fell and it cried!)

I died of her silliness and cuteness and then I was resurrected and then died all over again!

Lately, she's really getting into singing that she has started belting it out.  I always wanted to take a video of her but she'd get all shy and annoyed and wouldn't let me.  The other day though, while we were camped out at my inlaw's house,  she miraculously didn't mind mami taking her video... I think she was even enjoying the limelight!

I'll end this post sharing with you some of the my-now-treasured-videos (I shall make tons of backups of these!).  Have fun and be prepared for ear-piercing vocal belting.

and here is the one where she's showing her own style playing the guitar :)
Have a nice week ahead!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Philippines cries for help.

It's been more than a week of rain and the number of death and victims continue to rise.  Watching the news is really heart wrenching but seeing the all the volunteers and rescuers pour out their solidarity, compassion and dedication to help those in need makes my heart swell with pride and gratefulness.

Philippines need any help it can get. Below is a comprehensive list of information where we can bring or send our donations.  This is taken from Daddy and The City.  Thanks, Jinoe!

Angel Brigade

ANGEL BRIGADE accepts CASH donations via ISDANCO FOUNDATION. The fund will be used to prepare/purchase hot meals for evacuation centers / stranded families. Details are:

Account Name – Isdanco Foundation Inc.

Philippine Depository Bank – Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) Bank Account Number – PESO Savings Acct No. 4-001-57757-9

Bank Address – RCBC Head Office, Yuchengco Tower, RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Ave., Makati City, Philippines

Angel Brigade is accept relief goods – old clotehs, rice, water, canned goods and powdered milk. Please deliver to 2F Frank Provost Bldg., 120 Jupiter St., Bel-air., Makati City.
Pilipinas Natin Operation Walang Iwanan Relief Operation

We are in need of volunteers for repacking of relief goods in DAR (Department of Agrarian Reform) Gate 1, Quezon City Circle. For more information, please contact us at 0916.320.0809. Please share. #walangiwanan

Gawad Kalinga

Gawad Kalinga - Gawad Kalinga Command Center for relief ops North NCR @hrd Training Ctr, DAR Compound QC. #09991889683 / 09064192016 / 09228483806.


LBC branches will serve as drop-off centers for Philippine Red Cross.Donations for flood victims are accepted in LBC branches starting August 8. Most needed are blankets, water, milk, easy-to-eat foods like biscuits, rice, baby diapers, mats/banigs, toiletries. Please make sure these are properly labled as donations and we will make sure these are sent immediately to the Red Cross and to their evacuation centers. Please don’t use plastic bags, instead use a blanket, towel or old shirt to tie-up and carry your donations. Thank you.

Christ’s Commission Fellowship

(Alabang) Accepting donations of OFF LOTION, BLANKETS, MEDICINE, CANNED GOODS.

Address: G/F Prime Street Madrigal Business Park.

(Ortigas) Donation of clothes, blankets, canned goods, noodles, rice, drinking water needed.

Address: St. Francis Square. Contact 6353410.

Address: 6th Floor, St. Francis Square Julia Vargas Avenue corner Bank Drive, Ortigas Center Mandaluyong City

GMA Network

GMA Kapuso Telethon 9811950

GMA Network Operation Bayanihan Relief Operations now open. Just call 9811950.

GMA Kapuso Foundation appeals for donations in cash and in kind. #OperationBayanihan

Para sa cash donation, maaari rin po kayong mag-deposito sa numang branch ng Metrobank, UCPB at Cebuana Lhuillier. Wala pong service fee na ibabawas sa inyong donasyon patungo sa GMA Kapuso Foundation.


Peso Savings

Account Name: GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.

Account Number: 3-098-51034-7
Dollar Savings

Account Name:GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.

Account Number:2-098-00244-2



Peso Savings

Account Name: GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.

Account Number:115-184777-2 or 160-111277-7
Dollar Savings

Account Name: GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.

Account Number: 01-115-301177-9 or 01-160-300427-6


Sagip Kapamilya accepts donations in cash or in-kind.

For donations in kind, you can drop them off at:

ABS-CBN Foundation Sagip Kapamilya Warehouse #137 Mother Ignacia Ave., Quezon City


For cash or cheque donations, you may go to:

ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.

Mother Ignacia Avenue corner E. Lopez St. Brgy. South Triangle, QC

Office tel. no: +632-411-4995 or +632-415-2272 loc 3765

or deposit to:

BDO Peso Account:

Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya

Account Number: 39301-14199

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

BDO Dollar Account:

Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya

Account Number: 39300-81622

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

PNB Peso Account:

Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya

Account Number: 419-539-5000-13

Swift Code: PNBMPHMM

BPI Peso Account:

Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya

Account Number: 3051-1127-75

Branch: West Triangle, Quezon City

Swift Code: BOPIPHMM
BPI Dollar Account:

Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya

Account Number: 3054-0270-35

Branch: West Triangle, Quezon City

Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

* For confirmation of donation, please fax (+632-411-4995) or email ( copy of transmittal slip with complete donor’s information.

Akbayanihan Relief Center

Akbayanihan Relief Center now accepting donations. Food, water, clothes, and the like being accepted at the Akbayan headquarters in 36B Madasalin Street, Sikatuna Village. You may contact (02)4336933 / 09175381816 / 09064304315 if you want to volunteer.

Ateneo Law school Makati

Please drop off at 3/F Ateneo Rockwell.

Sanggunian ng mga Paaralang Loyola ng Ateneo de Manila

Now accepting donations:


- Medicines (Paracetamol, Betadines, etc.)

- Blankets

- Clothes (Sorted according to age and gender—Adult Female, Adult Male, Female Teens, Male Teens, Kids sizes Male and Female, as well as toddlers)

For more info, visit

Simbahang Lingkod Ng Bayan

Cash donations are now accepted by SLB.


Direct deposits may be made to:


Bank of the Philippine Islands, Loyola Katipunan Branch

BPI PESO Checking Account Number 3081-1111-61

BPI Dollar Savings Account Number 3084-0420-12


ROUTING NO: 021 – 0000 – 21or channel to:Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan

Loyola House of Studies

Ateneo de Manila University

Loyola Heights 1108, Quezon City DONATE VIA GCASH1. REGISTER (one time only)

Text REG4-digit PIN/Mother’s Maiden Name/First Name/Last Name/Address and send to 2882Example: REG 1928/Sanchez/Michael/Borromeo/187 Naval St. , Novaliches, QC2. DONATETo send your donations:DONATE AMOUNT MPIN SLB or slb and send to 2882

Example: DONATE 100 1928 slb


Relief Operations starting now at LA SALLE GREEN HILLS. Volunteers proceed to the LMO office and look for Marlo Castillo. For LSGH High School students, you would need to bring a letter from your parents stating they are allowing you to volunteer for the Relief Operations. Of course, everyone please exercise your best judgement, if your location or way to LSGH will put you at risk, then please do not take unnecessary risks.

Also please spread the word that donations are being accepted at Gate 2 of La Salle Green Hills along Ortigas Avenue.

As of now, only the following donations are being requested:

Ready to eat food (does not require cooking, and preferably in easy to open cans or pouches)



Cash donations will also be accepted but please proceed to the LMO and look for Marlo Castillo.

Miriam College Institute for Social Action (INSA)

Miriam College Institute for Social Action (INSA)is now accepting cash donations for victims of the flooding caused by habagat.

Donations may be sent to USD BPI Acct. 3084-0375-35 Swift Code BOPIPHMM.

Miriam College CSC: Contact Shirley 09178517408/Clarke 09178797603

Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

We’re opening PARC (PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center in Aurora Blvd, Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights QC) as a temporary evacuation center for Marikina pets. Owners must leave ID and contact info, and if possible, roofed cages.

PAWS does not have enough cages but at least it’s higher ground and the animals will not drown.

The PAWS shelter has actually reached maximum capacity as it has been overrun with animal rescue reports but it is making this announcement as an open evacuation center to reach out to pet owners in Marikina now.

For more info, visit


All donations will be received at d main gate starting today.

You can also donate thru @cegponline bank acct
Accnt name: College Editors Guild of the Philippines
Account No:001003036211

Student Organizations Coordinating Council

The Student Organizations Coordinating Council together with One Meralco Foundation will be collecting CLOTHES, RICE AND CANNED GOODS. Please gather your donations as we will collect them at the Tan Yan Kee Student Center once the flood subsides (please wait for further announcements as to when the collection will happen). Contact us (+639055003546 and @officialSOCC) should you wish to help! Socc Ust SOCC Executive Board 2012-2013

Victory Fort Bonifacio

Starting August 8, Victory Fort Bonifacio will accept donations of food and bottled water at the ground floor of the Every Nation Building, University Parkway corner 32nd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
For particulars, please call 817-1212
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