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surprise your loved ones with the 14 days of valentines

it’s already 1 february! where did my january go???

and yes, the LOVE month is upon us once again! well, we shouldn’t wait for february to show our love, but we do want to make our loved ones feel extra special every valentine’s day! and what better way to do this than create a countdown towards the 14th with this 14 days of valentines from mommy by day crafter by night!

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starting 1 february, she gave her husband an item which corresponds to these cute cards! isn’t that romantic! i bet he was looking forward to the next days haha! and it doesn’t need to be expensive! well, it’s always up to you if you want to spoil your lovey dovey. i have a version of this as below:

1 feb: you are the apple of my eye!
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2 feb: we’re mint to be!
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3 feb: i go bananas over you!
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4 feb: you mean the world to me!
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5 feb: we make the perfect pair/match/pear!
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6 feb: orange you glad you’re mine?
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7 feb: you light up my life!
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8 feb: thanks for making me snicker!
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9 feb: i’m so lucky to have you in my life!
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10 feb: you’re the highlight of my day!
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11 feb: ahoy matey, please be my valentine!
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12 feb: you’re absolutely write for me!
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13 feb: happy valentine, toots!
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14 feb: i’m nuts about you!
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feel free to create your own using this as an inspiration. i am attaching mommy by day crafter by night’s 14 days of valentines files below, but you can also go to her site for more pretty printables!

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love love love! 🙂

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an inspiring afternoon with GK’s tony meloto

Tony Meloto

today’s guest at the eminent speakers’ forum was mr. antonio “tony” meloto, chairman and founder of Gawad Kalinga (GK).  his talk on “Sustainable Prosperity and Peace through Social Entrepreneurship and Rural Development” centered on his experiences and wisdom on GK’s integrated and holistic approach to end poverty by first restoring the dignity of the poor. GK works with over 2,000 communities through an innovative social enterprise approach that harnesses the resources available in GK communities, as well as the vast global GK network.

his talk started with a video clip of GK’s activities and the persons/companies who have supported it – pres. noynoy, pres. cory, SHELL, NESTLE, HYUNDAI, and so on. it was especially heartwarming to see how GK has uplifted the lives of the poorest of the poor, and they have been provided not only houses (which they themselves built with their own hands) but as well as livelihood opportunities with human nature and enchanted farm endeavors. mr. meloto said two things that struck me the most – he advocates that we should treat the underprivileged and less fortunate as family and not merely charity cases, and he believes that poverty is a behavioral problem with economic consequences (and not the other way around). he has gained a believer in me, as i raised my hand when he asked who believes that we can end poverty for millions of poor families by 2024. GK needs all of our help, not only in monetary terms but as volunteers as well.

getting to know mr. meloto (from the info sheet of the forum):

Antonio Meloto was born on January 17, 1950 to a low middle class family in Bacolod City, Philippines.
At a young age, he was exposed to the squalid living conditions of the poor, his home being near a shoreline squatter community where poverty was very pronounced.

Meloto’s natural acumen provided him the opportunity to be an American Field Service scholar, where he took his senior high school year in De Anza High School in Richmond, California. But his big break came when he qualified as a Full Academic Scholar of the Ateneo de Manila University. His college years were dedicated to preparing for a career that would take him and his family out of the poverty of his past. After graduating in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, he was offered a position as the Purchasing Manager of Procter and Gamble. Eventually, he built his own name as an entrepreneur.

The turning point in Meloto’s life came when he joined Couples for Christ (CFC) in 1985. Through his active involvement with the CFC, Meloto began his work with the poor through a youth program in Bagong Silang, Caloocan, Philippines 10 years after. The same program evolved to become Gawad Kalinga (GK), a movement that builds integrated, holistic and sustainable communities in slum areas.
GK is now implemented in 2,000 communities in the Philippines and in other developing countries such as Indonesia, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea. It has become a concrete manifestation of the healing of relationships in the Philippines, bridging the gap between the rich and the poor, the government and the private sector through the uniquely Filipino spirit of ”bayanihan,” the willing sharing of any heavy load for the good of his fellowmen. Driven by a strong commitment to faith, GK is able to bring out the patriotism in every Filipino by making him a hero to his country – a “bayani” (hero) that can contribute to “bagong bahay, bagong buhay, bagong bayan (new home, new life, new country).”
This is Meloto’s passion. A true man for others, he has inspired not just his family but hundreds and thousands of volunteers throughout the country and the world to work towards building model communities where the poor can thrive and attain to their fullest potentials.

Mr. Meloto is a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award (2006), and a 2012 Skoll Awardee for Social Entrepreneurship.

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the night megamall got locked down

 ran from sm megamall to adb carrying kirsten after seeing and hearing people running and screaming that there was an ongoing security situation. apparently there was a jewelry heist. no arrest has been made. keep safe, everyone.

this was my status on facebook last saturday night, when panic ensued inside sm megamall after a group of men allegedly pulled a jewelry heist inside a jewelry shop located in the department store just before 8:00 pm.

we were in the mall around 5:45 pm, just in time for miss k’s 6:00 pm pedia-dentist appointment (our very first!) at dentista inc. inside clinica manila (kwento on this dental visit in another post). after which we (i was with ate a and ate b) went to have dinner at yoshinoya on the upper ground floor of building a. daddy k called and asked if we could wait for him as he would like to join us, but he was still in the manila area so i said we’ll leaving the mall pretty soon. but we had a dinner scheduled with the in-laws the next day and was to bring an ulam, so i decided to head to the super to get the ingredients for baked creamy chicken and potatoes.

we were quickly filling up the cart, with kirsten in my arms munching on a banana when suddenly we saw people  running towards the store’s exit and shouting something like may nagwawala somewhere near the vicinity! we saw the hainanese resto and watsons pull their metal shutters down. we decided to ditch the cart and head towards the exit of building a where both entrance and exit doors were wide open and the guards heeding everyone to get out! OMG! i didn’t even get to glance backward as i just ran past the door and straight to adb.

when we got to the adb entrance, the guards were asking what the commotion was all about. they also asked if any staff was involved. i told them i don’t know but it looked pretty serious. some staff were also coming in from the mall and like us, don’t have a clue what’s going on.

i asked the ates to take miss k and wait for me by the entrance. as i got into the car and started it, i saw our security van driving around with its lights on (like that of an ambulance). and was suddenly surprised to see staff running inside, including the ates with miss k who apparently couldn’t  wait and got into the car.  it turned out that some staff coming from the mall told something to the guards that made them close both the gates at the reception lobby and the car entrance.  SCARY! all this time, i had a mental picture of last week’s paper with the subject KILLING SEASON on the cover.  and i was imagining the scene of that shooting rampage in cavite.

i called daddy k and reported the whole thing to him. he advised that we stay put first in case this was a serious security situation. well, we stayed for maybe 10 minutes and drove off towards the guadix ave. exit (where the guards did not have a clue what was going on on the other side), then adb avenue where we saw a lot off people on foot.

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scene outside megamall, got this from google

at home, we saw in the news that 3 men robbed the jewelry shop inside the department store and used a wrench they bought from the hardware to break the display cases. thereafter, they fired shots and escaped by mixing with the  frenzied crowd. no arrests have been made.

one realization – ang gaan pala ni miss k pag may ganitong eksena! 🙂 kidding aside, i’m glad no one got hurt from this incident. here’s hoping that all malls beef up their security system (gurads should be doing more than just making tusok-tusok our bags!). paging mr. henry sy, it wouldn’t hurt to get those body scanners/x-ray machines to deter these bad elements! they’re very bad for business! 😦

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Mothercare’s Baby and Me Event on How To Increase Your Milk Supply with Ms. Abigail Yabot, 26 January 2013, mothercare active fun, BGC

mothercare is inviting everyone to come and join their Baby and Me Event on How To Increase Your Milk Supply with Ms. Abigail Yabot, who is a la leche league member and lactation expert.

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it will be held tomorrow, 26 January 2013 from 2-5pm) at Mothercare Active Fun (located at G/F active fun building, 9th avenue, 28th st., bonifacio high street, taguig city).

only the first 100 registrants will be accommodated. the final list of attendees will be posted their facebook page. click this link to register: http://www.tfaforms.com/238652

i have attended one of mothercare’s events last year at greenbelt where talks on breastfeeding and cord blood banking were highlighted. this was a very well-organized event and the info they offerred was very helpful to us expectant moms. i’d attend their other events again the future! 🙂

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baby company’s grand baby fair, 1-3 february 2013, sm megamall megatrade halls 2 and 3

it’s that time of the year again for Baby Company’s Grand Baby Fair on 1-3 february 2013 at SM megatrade halls 2 and 3. up to 70% discount to all the baby products from diapers to clothing apparel to baby toys.
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they will have over 100 exhibitors, new products, and learning sessions with celebrity moms!
preview sale on 31 january 2013 for BDO credit card and SMAC holders.
you can also get swag bag with freebies worth php1,000) for minimum single-receipt purchase worth php3,000.
i will surely check it out (as i went gaga shopping there last year teehee!) as they have great bargains, especially if you already know what you need for your baby/babies!
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my first blog giveaway win! :)

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i won i won! 🙂 first of all, i LOVE joining online contests. no effort e, all you usually have to do is like the FB page, follow them on twitter, and post/tweet about it. and since i’m in front of my computer all day, i get to send a lot of entries heehee

and it pays off big time! i’ve won a few times, and it gets sweeter each and every time! who wouldn’t love free stuff?? 🙂

today, i found out that i won topaz mommy’s crosswinds resort suites tagaytay overnight stay giveaway! wow! k and i were just talking about it a day or two ago, nagcomment kasi sya dun sa FB status ko which was an entry to this giveaway. sabi ko daddy, i’m trying to win that overnight stay for us. and i actually did! lucky duck! 🙂

but i usually join the giveaways of the blogs i like reading. that means i open their sites almost everyday. and in this case, i LOVE frances, the mommy behind topaz mommy! she’s very candid, honest and writes very well (she wasn’t an editor-in-chief of a magazine for nothing!). and i love reading about her family – her husband, vince, who is the genius behind the nerdy blog third world nerd,  and her adorable sons vito and iñigo!

i sure hope i get to meet her in person (methinks we live a few blocks away from each other, as we used to go to the same palengke [how do i know? she wrote about it in her blog heehee #stalker]). stay tuned for that! 🙂