Heard of the latest Xiaomi smartphones?  Lazada Philippines will be holding a flash sale for Redmi 1S this coming Friday (September 12) 12:00 noon.  You can get your hands on this quadcore smartphone laden with awesome features for only P5,599!  The Redmi 1S Flash Sale requires registration though so make sure you REGISTER before Thursday (September 11) 11:59PM.

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The Xiaomi Redmi 1S may come cheap but there’s nothing cheap about its features.  Check out some of its specs:

  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (8228)
  • Quad-core 1.6GHz
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB Flash
  • 4.7” IPS 720p Display
  • 8MP BSI Camera (1.6MP Front)
  • System: Android 4.3 with MIUI v5
  • microSD: up to 64GB

To avail of the Xiaomi Redmi 1S from Lazada Philippines,  just follow the steps below to REGISTER before 11:59 PM of September 11:

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Have no Lazada account yet? Follow these steps to register.

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Only those who register before 11:59pm of September 11 will have the chance to buy the Redmi 1S for only Php 5,599, so register now!  There’s no cashout required during registration and you’re not required to make a purchase.

Your registration does not guarantee you a unit though so better log-in to your Lazada account on September 12 at 12pm to complete your purchase.

Jollibee Makes Grandparents Feel Loved

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Whoever said that Jollibee is just for kids?  Last Saturday, Jollibee proved that this Pinoy family fave is for kids of all ages – from 1 to 100!  Lolos and Lolas in different homes for the elderly across Manila and nearby provinces were given a jolly treat.  I was able to join Jollibee in honoring the grandparents at Kanlungan ni Maria in Antipolo City.  It certainly was a worthwhile Saturday morning.

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Giving the elderly a Jollygood time!

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Awwww….isn’t Jollibee the sweetest?

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Even her bad knees can’t stop Nanay Pina from grooving with Jollibee. 🙂 Ten years ago, she told me she still used to teach others how to dance. If you see her at Kanlungan ni Maria, do buy one of the ponytails she sews. She proudly said that she doesn’t wear eyeglasses when she’s sewing!

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It’s a bit disheartening that some of our elderly have been abandoned or neglected by their own family. It is, however, inspiring that despite all they have gone through, the Lolos and Lolas in these homes have so much hope and joy.

Kanlungan ni Maria provides a home environment to the elderly. Nurturing staff and volunteers provide them with love, care, and attention giving them a chance to live better and dignified lives. The home helps locate families and relatives for the purpose of reconciliation. Those who have no family members or relatives stay in Kanlungan ni Maria where all their daily needs are well-provided for.

The lolas and lolas in Kanlungan ni Maria have so many wonderful stories to share. Some may bring tears to your eyes but most of them have only joyful memories to share. Show them some love by visiting them at #17 Lanzones Road, Nayong Silangan, Antipolo City. Call 650-8102 / 0915-6002631 or email to coordinate your visit with their caring staff.

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For being so sweet to the elderly, this big lovable bee gets a kiss from Mama. 🙂

This Little Mama Went To Market

Ever been to a wet market? I know some moms who can weave their way through one and haggle with their “suki” vendors just as naturally as one breathes. On the other hand, I also know of moms who shun the wet market and would rather spend extra for the comfort a grocery provides. I used to be one of the latter until I had to learn to be more frugal to make ends meet. Three months! That’s how long I’ve been doing weekly runs to the wet market. Who would have ever thought I’d find myself enjoying it?!

What Changed My Heart?

Imagine being able to get a kilo of bananas for only P45 whereas you have to shell out P60+ for the same quantity in the supermarket. That’s P15 saved for just bananas. Wondering where those ground pork or beef comes from? In the wet market, you won’t ever need to. You get to choose the cut of meat and have it ground right in front of your eyes. But what really turned me to wet-market-shopping was when I realized that freshly cut beef doesn’t ooze with the red fluid that store-bought ones usually do. Makes me wonder what kind of fluid or colorant they put in those pre-cut meat in the grocery. 😛

By buying produce and meat from the wet market,

I not only get to SAVE plenty but also get to buy the FRESHEST ones.

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My Tips for the Wet Market Newbies

  1. Find A Suki! I didn’t have a hard time doing this ‘coz my mom showed me around. Her suki became my suki as well. Finding a reliable vendor may take time but when you do, make sure that he/she remembers you too. A little chitchat while buying would help a lot. I’ve also noticed that most vendors are nicer to those who speak their local dialects.
  2. Bring Bags. I myself bring 4 bags. One for veggies and fruits, another for meat, and a third one for fish and seafood. I also have a small sling bag for my coin purse, tissue, and alcohol spray. The bag for seafood is lined with newspaper or used brown paper bags to absorb some of the water that drips from the fish.
  3. Carry Just the Essentials. For me this is just a small coin purse, a small pack of tissue, and an alcohol spray. I never bring my mobile phone or my wallet. The small pack of tissue comes handy when you get splattered with water that live fish sometimes spout or with a bit of murky water from the ground at the seafood area. The alcohol spray I use after checking meat or fish. Yes, I do whip out my alcohol and spray away oblivious to whoever may be raising their eyebrows at my OC-ness. 😛
  4. Be Alert. Always be mindful of the people around you. Once, there was a commotion a few meters away from my mom and me. Apparently, a man was caught trying to steal another man’s cellphone. The wet market is literally littered with these pickpockets so do be alert always.
  5. Dress Down. You’ll be able to haggle better if you look like the regular marketgoing folks. Leave your designer sandals and clothes for grocery shopping. I myself usually go there wearing an old baggy shirt, faded leggings, and slippers. I was thinking of getting a pair of boots but then that would just attract attention to me.

Although every trip to the wet market is an exciting adventure for me, I still can’t get used to the icky smell that somehow manages to stick to clothes. My solution? I go straight to the shower as soon as I get home! Everything gets plopped on the kitchen and gets attended to right after I’m all clean, fresh, AND smelling good. 🙂

Going to the wet market may not be as comfortable as strolling the airconditioned aisles of supermarkets but the great amount I get to save the family makes it all worthwhile. Oh, and it helps a lot that the Marikina Public Market is a good deal cleaner than other markets.

Press Release: Gilas Pilipinas Finds Redemption in Win over Senegal

(Press Release)

Gilas Pilipinas Finds Redemption In Win Over Senegal

The road they have traveled was littered was heartaches and frustration, but in their fifth and final try, members of the Gilas Pilipinas finally secured A sought-after victory in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, this time over Senegal with the score of 81-79.

Gilas Pilipinas warded off a last-minute attempt by the Senegal team to tie the game, thanks to the perfect free throw shooting of team Captain Jimmy Alapag, who was playing his last game for the Philippine team in international competitions. Coach Chot Reyes stood up And encouraged the crowd to give the team a well-deserved ovation during the final buzzer.

Master, the biggest male face care brand in the Philippines giving men that oil free look gave five lucky Filipinos Jeiel Guarino, Clipper Besin, Michael Cleofe, Jerome Hernandez and Andrew Penaranda the chance to witness this historic win. Jose Clipper Besin, a civil engineer from Laguna saw live how the Filipinos erupted in jubilation following the win. With a great performance at the world cup, he believes that this is just the beginning for the Philippine team.

Red Hot Sale Finds for the Li’l Ones

We’re halfway through August now which means you only have two more weeks to find the hottest items on sale at Robinsons Malls!  Last week, I shared with you some chic yet affordable clothing pieces for us moms.   Were you able to grab one of the P500 Marie Claire wedges on sale at ResToeRun?  If not, hie off to the nearest Robinsons Mall to get a pair.  While you’re at it, you may want to get your little one a couple of cutesy stuff as well.

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OshKosh B’gosh, one of our favorite brands for comfy kid’s clothes, offers items at 30% off.  Get more savings by buying two or more items.  Buy two sale items and get both at 50%.  The shirt and jeans pictured above both cost less than 700 pesos.  That’s a great bargain for quality clothing!

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Mothercare only has a few racks on sale but some are really good buys.  Here’s the best ones I found when I visited the store two weeks ago:

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Sleeveless cotton shirts for boys at P250 per pack of 3!

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P600 only! Avent 9-oz bottles get a big slash off their regular price of P1199.75. What better time to buy new ones for baby? 🙂

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Sale Price: 3,219 Get the Moses Basket at almost 1,000 pesos less than its regular price of P4,199.

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Sale Price: P 898. Get this perfect travel companion for fussy li’l ones and never have to deal with boredom again. 🙂

Don’t miss out on great bargains.  Drop by participating Robinsons Malls to score hot finds at the Robinsons Red Hot Sale!


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The Robinsons Red Hot Sale runs from August 1 to 31 in the following participating malls:

  • Robinsons Galleria
  • Robinsons Place Manila
  • Robinsons Magnolia
  • Forum Robinsons
  • Robinsons Metro East
  • Robinsons Place Malolos
  • Robinsons Starmills
  • Robinsons Angeles
  • Robinsons Place Pangasinan
  • Robinsons Place Santiago
  • Robinsons Ilocos
  • Robinsons Cainta
  • Robinsons Place Imus
  • Robinsons Place Dasmarinas
  • Robinsons Place Lipa
  • Robinsons Town Mall Los Banos
  • Robinsons Place Palawan
  • Robinsons Fuente
  • Robinsons Place Bacolod
  • Robinsons Place Dumaguete
  • Robinsons Place Iloilo
  • Robinsons Place Roxas
  • Robinsons Place Gensan
  • Robinsons Place Butuan
  • Robinsons Supermarket Pulilan
  • Robinsons Supermarket Cabanatuan

Don’t wanna miss out on big sales and exciting promos? Follow Robinsons Malls at