Welcome my blog’s new header!

Something new to start the week… I got a new blog header!

I asked my hubby, who’s a graphic artist, to make me and my daughter a sort-of logo, similar to his. He made his logo, the one on the rightmost of the header, years ago (even before we got married). He never got to making me one. Until last week. After some prodding, haha! :)

Though I would have preferred my logo to have a pink background and my daughter’s in purple, I think these logos are pretty. Kinda captured our features (especially his: long hair and earring to boot).

Although I’d be changing this header in the coming months — instead of 3, there’d be 4 circles then. :)

Hope you like my new blog header as much as I do. :D

Starbucks Philippines presents new beverages and food items for September

Yep, there are new items in Starbucks Philippines‘ menu for this season, and you’re sure to love them. Their upcoming beverages, food items, coffee beans, and merchandise — which will all be available come September 16, 2014 — are sure to rekindle your love for everything Starbucks.

New Starbucks Food and Beverages

Left column, from top: Vegetable Frittata on Dark Ciabatta Bread; Slow Roasted Ham, Egg White, and Emmenthal Cheese on Italian Roll; the new Starbucks Autumn Card.
Center, from top: Dark Caramel Latte; French Vanilla Latte.
Right, from top: Starbucks India Estates Blend; Longganisa and Egg Bun; Chocolate Hazelnut Dome Cake

First up, the new handcrafted drinks: the French Vanilla Latte combines Starbucks’ signature espresso with steamed milk and creamy French Vanilla sauce that has mild custard notes. Whipped cream, vanilla bean specks, and dark chocolate curls top this delicious beverage. The Dark Caramel Latte, meanwhile, is an indulgent mix of espresso, steamed milk, and dark caramel sauce. This is topped with whipped cream and caramel flan drizzle. Both drinks can be enjoyed either hot or iced.

New breakfast sandwiches will also be served: Spam Black Pepper, Egg, and Cheddar on New York Bagel; Bacon, Egg, and Cheddar on English Muffin; Slow Roasted Ham, Egg White, and Emmenthal Cheese on Italian Roll; and Vegetable Frittata on Dark Ciabatta Bread.

Also on the spotlight this season are Starbucks’ featured food items: Chocolate Hazelnut Dome Cake; Perfect Oatmeal; Longganisa and Egg Bun; and Sausage, Potato, and Egg Wrap.

For true coffee lovers, you’ll enjoy their new beans: the Anniversary Blend, India Estates Blend, and the Autumn Blend. Connoisseurs searching for rare and exotic blends can indulge in the Malawi Peaberry Sable Farms and Peru Chonti, 2 new Starbucks Reserve featured coffees exclusively available in Starbucks Reserve stores located in Tomas Morato, Taguig, and Makati City.

And, of course, there’s a new Starbucks Card design that celebrates the autumn season. The launch of the card comes with a new promo, in which you can earn one (1) beverage star when you load PHP 300 to your Starbucks Card from September 16 to 22.

Whew! Ain’t that a smorgasbord of offerings from Starbucks. Excited about its new food, beverages, and merchandise? Drop by any Starbucks branch on September 16 and embark on a blissful coffee experience. :)

Mommy diary: Of math, my daughter, and me

Upon coming home from work last night, I immediately checked my daughter’s homework notebook to check if she needed something done for tomorrow.

Reading her handwriting (which still needs some improvement), I learned that her class was going to have a quiz in Math today, about expanded notation.

(My kid’s in Kinder 2 and they’re studying about expanded notation? WHUT. Even my sister was surprised that they were having a quiz about it, much so that Kinder students have quizzes now.)

So I took her book out and we studied the examples written there. The weird thing is that I got stuck on how to explain how to do expanded notation. Between me and my daughter, it was I who got frustrated about it.

See, Math wasn’t my strongest suit when I was still a student. I mean, I didn’t flunk it, but my grade fluttered around 85 at best. Heck, even in college, Algebra and Business Math were the subjects that I got an average (if not below average) grade.

Good thing my sister, who’s a tutor and a guidance counselor in a Chinese school, was at home. Since she’s the genius of the house (and I’m not kidding, she’s always excelled in academics when we were still studying), I asked for her help in explaining expanded notation to my daughter.

Since everything was done in scratch paper, I didn’t get to take a pic of what she did, but I’ll explain it here:

For example, the equation was: 53 = ____ + 3. We had to know what the number in the blank was.

My sister did this Singaporean Math style, wherein she drew 5 rows of 10 squares and another row with 3. She made my daughter count and label all the boxes.

“53,” she said.

Then my sister pointed at the number 3 and said, “Let’s color 3 squares,” which they did, and she said, “So how many squares don’t have any color?”

My daughter said, “50!”

“Correct, so the number on the blank is…?

“50!”

“Correct, 53 = 50 + 3.”

Heck, I didn’t know that’s how it’s done. My sister then told me that their method of teaching was using manipulatives and visuals so that kids can understand the concepts even at a young age.

Well, I think I, too, learned a lot from last night’s tutorial, especially with regards to teaching methods that I can use with my daughter when we review Math lessons. Last night made me realize that moms have to have some educational skills and tricks up their sleeves, too.

And I need to learn that, pronto. Good luck to me.

Is your child a Crayola kid?

When I was a kid, I surely am. :)

Like most parents my age, I grew up with Crayola crayons. Whether it’s 8, 16, or 64 colors (if you had that 64-color crayon box with the sharpener at the back, you were popular in school), I’d have a blast using them on my so-called artworks, be it for school or just for the home. And as I colored away, I learned new hues and shades like olive green, burnt sienna, salmon, and periwinkle (which is actually a cute name).

Today, we parents are introducing our own kids to the joys of using Crayola. Don’t we all just love it when our kids draw and color away and proudly show their artworks to us?

Now we can showcase our kids’ masterpieces to everyone with this contest from Crayola!

I'm a Crayola Kid Online Arts & Crafts Contest

I’m a Crayola Kid Online Arts & Crafts Contest

Encourage your child to join the I’m a Crayola Kid Online Arts & Crafts Contest, which runs until September 30, 2014. All that needs to be done is:

1. Get the Crayola Drawing Sheet from participating Toy Kingdom branches or download it from Toy Kingdom’s Facebook Page.

2. Create your unique artwork using any Crayola product.

3. Fill out details on the sheet, then scan or take a photo of your artwork and post it on Toy Kingdom’s Facebook Page. Don’t forget the tags: #ImACrayolaKid @ToyKingdomPH

You can also visit Toy Kingdom SM Megamall and post your artwork on the Crayola Imagination Wall and take a photo that you can upload on TK’s Facebook Page.

The contest has three (3) categories: Toddler (1 to 2 years and 11 months), Preschool (3 to 5 years old), and Grade School (6 to 12 years old). Entries will be judged based on a set criteria.

Winners will be announced on October 15, and they will each receive a Crayola product and selected gifts from Ogalala worth PHP 1,200.

Parents, it’s time to unleash your child’s creativity. Let him or her join the I’m a Crayola Kid Online Arts & Crafts Contest!

FERN-C boosts campaign for health with BPO Millions Tour

FERN-C, the first non-acidic sodium ascorbate vitamin in the Philippines, recently held its BPO Millions Tour across numerous business process outsourcing (BPO) companies in Metro Manila. This event aimed at promoting a healthy and positive lifestyle even while having hectic work schedules.

FERN-C BPO Millions Tour

Activities at the FERN-C BPO Millions Tour included games and photo sessions. Photo courtesy of FERN-C Facebook Page.

Employees in the BPO industry are exposed to stress and other hazardous conditions, thus making them more prone to sickness. FERN-C, a potent antioxidant, is the perfect first line of defense against infectious diseases triggered by the demands in and outside of work, boosting their immunity and keeping them in the pink of health.

In line with the BPO Millions Tour, FERN-C also held a search for their newest ambassadors from among employees of the participating BPO companies. The winners were announced last August 12, 2014.

FERN-C BPO Millions Tour

FERN-C Male Ambassador Mohammad Daudie from Aegis Makati. Photo from FERN-C Facebook Page.

FERN-C BPO Millions Tour

FERN-C Female Ambassador Deborah Jelyna Abian from Sitel Pioneer 2. Photo from FERN-C Facebook Page.

Like these ambassadors, everyone can achieve a work + life balance with FERN-C. FERN-C, the non-acidic Vitamin C, is now available in Watsons, South Star Drug, Generika Drugstore, Rose Pharmacy, Manson Drug, 7-11, and other drugstores, convenience stores, and groceries nationwide.

For more information, check out its website at www.fern-c.com or its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/fernconline.