Smart Parenting Mom Workshops 1: Raising Toddlers

Toddler years are the golden age of exploration for a child. It is at this stage where parents should be extra mindful in understanding their kid’s language – and it’s you, mom, who needs to guide your kids how to communicate effectively. 

To help parents navigate the toddler years (children ages 2 to 4 years old) – from tantrums, toddler behavior, hygiene, milestones, activities and more – SmartParenting.com.ph, the most credible parenting online resource backed by experts and a community of moms and dads, kicked off its annual signature workshops with the first leg, Smart Parenting Mom Workshops 1: Raising Toddlers on March 18, 2016 at Makati Diamond Residences. 

“Hopefully, parents will leave the workshop more confident about parenting their toddlers,” said Leah Nemil-San Jose, Smart Parenting’s editor in chief. “The work really starts at this age when it comes to raising bright and independent kids.” 
Michelle Tambunting, the co-founder and directress of Young Creative Minds Preschool, discussed how to tame tantrums and doled out advice on parenting effectively in this digital age. 

Love this one. Michelle Tambunting talks about how we should put ourselves in our toddler’s shoes before reacting. Perfect advice for toddler moms like me!

A model mom of two toddlers, Nicole Hernandez de-los Angeles, shared her experience on raising two boys. She spoke for Belo Baby, one of the major sponsors of the SP workshop, and spoke about how she found the perfect baby skin products for her boys, relying on Belo Baby because it has 100% certified natural ingredients.

The beautiful Nicole Hernandez de-los Angeles shares why she trusts and loves Belo Baby.

Dr. Carmina M. Arriola-delos Reyes, pediatrician and infectious disease specialist, gave an informative talk on pain and fever management when it comes to kids. 

Arceli Tan of Insular Life, ended the discussions with one the most important subject parents need to know, money. She talked about Financial 101 for all moms. 

After the talks, all participants were treated with sumptuous buffet, exciting raffle prizes, and gifts – thanks to Smart Parenting and its major sponsors – Insular Life, Belo Baby, and Calpol – and partner concessionaires –Smart Steps and Nature to Nurture. 

I am so glad to be part of this workshop. Being a mom to a 3 year old is really a journey. A beautiful, messy journey. The workshop definitely gave me a different perspective when it comes to taking care of my toddler. 

Hug a fellow mom today and say, “you are doing a good job. You are enough.”
Congratulations, Smart Parenting, for a successful workshop!

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Converse and Winnie Harlow Spotlight Global Fashion

The final installment of the Converse Forever Chuck series dives deep into Chucks, from the Runway to the Streets. Paying homage to two of the biggest fashion hubs in the world, London and Paris, the video dives deep into Chuck Taylor’s iconic influence on global fashion. Hosted by international model Winnie Harlow and directed by award-winning filmmaker Karim Huu Do, the video explores the latest trends in high-low styling that pairs corner thrift shop finds with haute couture. Speaking with ground-breaking leaders within the street style scene, Harlow brings viewers into the forefront of trend-driving fashion movements in London and Paris. The video will also feature cameos from some moguls in the fashion industry who have come to embrace Chuck Taylor as part of their style, including Gucci Gang, Jeremy Egry of Etudes Studio, Sarah Andelman (founder of street style mecca Colette) and Emma Hope Allwood of Dazed.

“Fashion is one of the most influential cultural movements and purest forms of individuality and self-expression,” said Julien Cahn, Chief Marketing Officer at Converse. “The versatility of the Chuck Taylor allows the sneaker to be on point with a high-end couture dress or jeans and has remained an iconic symbol of fashion expression worldwide.”

The Forever Chuck series explores three core cultural movements that made the Chuck Taylor iconic: films, LA hip hop and fashion. Each episode uniquely captures the confident and daring spirit of youth that has symbolized Chuck Taylor loyalists in the past, present and future.


     

Chan Lim Family of Artists & Students Exhibit at The SM The Block Atrium

SM City North EDSA celebrates the Year of The Rooster with an exhibit of plates and scrolls by the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students. This celebration also coincides with the 80th birthday of the family’s patriarch, Jose Chan Lim.

Happy 80th birthday, Chan Lim!

The passion of Chan Lim lies in oil and watercolor. Most of his art are on his canvas, but he has also forayed into other media such as porcelain plates, Asian lanterns and fans to infuse Western techniques into the traditional Eastern art.

“Rice paper” is used for the scroll painting. This is sourced outside the Philippines. Porcelain plates, on the other hand, are glazed and baked. They take in pride in being the only ones who do this process.

The Chan Lim Family of Artists has been engaged in the arts for close to half a century. The Chan Lim siblings Alex, Felix, Rolex and Jolex are all engineers by profession and are currently engaged in leadership positions with multinational companies. 

Mr. Alex Chan Lim interacts with us during the guided tour.
We were also privileged to be accompanied by the patriarch himself during the exhibit tour.

The Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students Exhibit will be available at the SM The Block Atrium until February 12. This exhibit is one year in the making, you should really drop by to see. For art enthusiasts, they also offer art classes conducted in the family studio located in Pasig city. You may e-mail them at chanlim@yahoo.com. Rate starts at 6,000php for 10 sessions.

Have a happy artsy-fartsy weekend, everyone! 

Post Workout Eatout: Pastaholics

After running with a friend last time, we we were thinking of a place to dine and chill. Of course, we wanted a place which offers healthy dishes for (feeling) healthy people like us. My friend suggested Pastaholics, and having heard about the resto for a while, I of course did not argue. 
The funny thing is, we’ve been living in Fairview for a while now and I haven’t tried this resto -which is just a walking distance from where we used to live!

Situated along Dahlia Street, Fairview, Pastaholics is a small restaurant where people go to eat good food and chill. Pasta is one of their specialties (hence the name), but they also serve other salad, steak, pizza, rice meals and burger, too. 

Cute, cozy tables and chairs.

Since my friend and I just came from a run, and it was 7:00 in the evening when we came, we went with the healthy option.

Sorry I didn’t get a better picture of the menu!
My order: Grilled Chicken Breast in Herb Pesto Sauce, with Veggies
My friend’s order: Grilled Chicken Breast Fillet in House Steak Marinade, with Mashed Potato

People also give reviews about their drinks (especially La Bella). Sadly, when we went there, they were out of the good drinks. They only had the Lychee drink. I asked if it was natural, they said it was powdered, so we just got water.

When we got there, there weren’t a lot of people yet. After 15 minutes, the seats and tables were full. There was just one server so she was coming back and forth the kitchen getting and giving the orders. When we needed water refill, we couldn’t locate the server. I even knocked on the kitchen to look for her. The place was small so that’s probably why there was just one server, but I think they could have done better by having the server visible at all times. Or maybe a bell at the counter would work to get attention. 🙂 

All in all, it was a good experience.. And I would recommend the place to you. Food’s tasty and healthy. It’s also a good place to celebrate events, too, since it’s cozy. It feels homey. 

  • Location: 2nd Floor, Dahlia Commercial Complex, Fairview, QC
  • Price: Approximately 200php per person (but if you’re not gonna order a lot 150 is good!)
  • Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm
  • Wifi: No
  • Contact Nos.: 023514908/+63 9162807527

    Miss Universe Candidates Make Personalized Chucks for Charity 

    Everyone’s excited about Miss Universe 2017. Pageant enthusiast or not, we have to admit that we are looking forward to seeing who gets to be the best in long gown, best in swimsuit, best in talent, best in Q&A. The competition not only declares the most beautiful; it also displays confidence, wit, talent and creativity. 

    As part of displaying the candidates’ creativity, 19 candidates lent their time and talents by participating in producing customized Converse sneakers. These customized pairs of shoes are to be auctioned for the Positive Auction Foundation. This is a foundation supported by the Miss Universe organization which is devoted into helping individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families, particularly those who are displaced from their employment due to the HIV phenomenon.
    The candidates who participated are: 

    • Ms. Angola – Luisa Baptista
    • Ms. Belgium – Stephanie Goldof
    • Ms. Belize – Rebecca Rath
    • Ms. Brazil – Raissa Santana
    • Ms. Bulgaria – Violina Ancheva
    • Ms. Cayman Islands – Monyque Brooks
    • Ms. Costa Rica – Carolina Duran
    • Ms. Germany – Johanna Acs
    • Ms. Guatemala – Virginia Argueta
    • Ms. Iceland – Hildur Maria
    • Ms. Mexico – Kristal Silva
    • Ms. Netherlands – Zoey Ivory
    • Ms. Nicaragua – Marina Jacoby
    • Ms. Panama – Keity Drenan
    • Ms. Paraguay – Andrea Melgarejo
    • Ms. Philippines – Maxine Medina
    • Ms. Russia – Yuliana Korolkova
    • Ms. Thailand – Chalita Suansane
    • Ms. Uruguay – Magdalena Cohendent

      Miss Angola

      Miss Belgium
      Miss BelizeMiss BrazilMiss BulgariaMiss Cayman IslandsMiss Costa Rica

      Miss Germany

      Miss Guatemala
      Miss IcelandMiss MexicoMiss NetherlandsMiss NicaraguaMiss Panama
      Miss Paraguay
      Miss PhilippinesMiss RussiaMiss ThailandMiss Uruguay

      A silent bid auction will be held for beauty pageant patrons and Chucks collectors to get the chance to own these personalized chucks. Bidders may submit their bids, names and contact details through the information officer in the mall exhibit of the shoes or through a private message at the Converse Facebook page. Starting bid for all pairs is at 50USD.

      The personalized pairs may be seen at the exhibits in the following dates and venues:

      • February 3-5: Robinsons Antipolo
      • February 10-12: Robinsons Bulacan and Marquee Pampanga
      • February 17-19: Robinsons Isabela and Robinsons Ilocos Norte
      • February 24-26: Robinsons Tacloban and Robinsons Cebu
      • March 3-5: Gaisano Mall of Davao City and Gaisano Mall of Digos
      • March 10-12: Gaisano Mall of Tagum and Gaisano Mall of Toril
      • March 17-19: Gaisano Mall of General Santos

      Which one’s your fave? I already have my top 3 picks and being a fan of pageants, auctions and Chucks I’m also thinking of joining the bid myself. 

      Stay tuned on Converse’s Facebook page for more of #ConversePHx65MissUniverse.