Join Pensive Thoughts’ Pampers Active Baby Giveaway!

For moms like us, our kids’ comfort is our foremost concern. Babies especially need the gentlest care. They need products formulated specifically for their delicate skin. Pampers knows this all too well. That’s why it came up with Pampers Active Baby diapers that offer the following benefits to our small bundles of joy:

12-Hour Dryness – has extra-locking layer that keeps baby’s skin dry for up to 12 hours
Comfortable Fit - has elastic sides that expand and contract, keeping it snug and comfy for baby
Soft Cottony Comfort – has soft, cotton-like outer cover with great breathability
Baby Lotion – has hypoallergenic lotion with aloe vera extract to help prevent diaper rash.

Now, here’s a bit of good news on this rainy weather! Pensive Thoughts is giving away 4 packs of Pampers Active Baby diapers (size XL, 16 diapers/pack) to one lucky winner.

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1 lucky reader will win 4 packs of Pampers Active Baby diapers (size XL, 16 diapers/pack) worth more than Php1,000!

Giveaway Mechanics:
• This is open to Metro Manila residents only.
• Winner has to meet up with me in Ortigas to claim her prize.
• This giveaway begins today and ends on October 3, 2014, 12:00am, Eastern Time.
• All entries will be verified after the giveaway has ended.
• Winner will be notified via email.

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Good luck!

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We Were Finally Able to Watch “Rak of Aegis”!

That is a fitting title for this blog post because our first attempt to watch the rock/comedy musical “Rak of Aegis” last August was unsuccessful. We already bought three VIP tickets online last month, but the very heavy traffic in the Metro on August 15 prevented us from getting a cab to go to PETA Theater. It’s a good thing that the show was extended until September and that we were able to secure 3 Orchestra tickets from Justin’s drum teacher, Pepe Herrera, who portrays the character of Tolits in the musical. He was also one of the main reasons why we really wanted to watch “Rak of Aegis.”

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The title “Rak of Aegis” is a pun on the Tony-nominated rock musical “Rock of Ages.” This Pinoy rock/comedy musical features the songs of Aegis, a Filipino novelty rock band which became popular in the 90s with their “Halik,” “Luha,” “Mary Jane,” and “Basang-Basa sa Ulan,” among others.

“Rak of Aegis” Synopsis
The musical is set in Barangay Venezia, a low-income neighborhood, often beset with floods. The community’s perennial flooding problems have turned the lives of its residents upside down. People lose their jobs, while others get sick. Aileen (Aicelle Santos), the kind-hearted daughter of Kil (Robert Seña) and Mercy (Neomi Gonzales) hopes to get noticed by Ellen Degeneres by posting a music video of herself to YouTube. She believes that by doing that, she will be able to save her family from poverty. Aileen’s dream finally came true with the help of his suitor Tolits (Pepe Herrera). The realization of her dream has saved the entire community from utter desolation.

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“Rak of Aegis” showcases Pinoy’s resilience at its best. It conveys the message that no matter what happens, Filipinos will overcome the greatest obstacles. “Rak of Aegis” is written by Liza Magtoto and directed by PETA’s artistic director Maribel Legarda.”

What We Like about “Rak of Aegis”

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The set design is noteworthy with flood water, garbage, and boat to show the community’s flooded surroundings. The plot is unique in that it was able to address various social issues. The cast were spectacular, especially Aicelle Santos with her remarkable vocal prowess and Pepe Herrera whose funny antics brought the house down. “Rak of Aegis” is truly entertaining! We (hubby, son and I) enjoyed watching the show.


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There was a meet-and-greet after the 8pm show where the audience could have their pictures taken with the cast of “Rak of Aegis.” We also saw celebrities like Lea Salonga, Sarah Geronimo and Gary Valenciano beelining outside the theater to congratulate the

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“Rak of Aegis” will have a re-run in December, so you still have time to watch it.

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First Swimming Lesson

Because Justin learned how to swim on his own during our stay at One Tagaytay Placelast weekend, he’s been requesting for a one-hour dip in our condo pool for several days last week after arriving home from school. That prompted his Dad and me to enrol him in swimming class in his big school. We missed the first session because I wasn’t aware of when the Batch 2 Swimming Class officially started.

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Last Saturday was Justin’s first time to meet his swimming coach, Coach Chris. He also made friends with five other boys from different grade levels who were also under Coach Chris’s Beginners Class.

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On his first day, Justin learned how to do the Turtle Float, Starfish Float, Superman Float, Doggy Paddle Float and Freestyle Stroke.

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Because they missed the Beginners Class’s first session, Justin and another boy were asked to stay behind for a few more minutes to learn more of what was taught the other boys the previous week. He actually didn’t want to leave the pool yet because he was having so much fun. He now eagerly looks forward to another exciting and fun-filled session with his swimming buddies this Saturday.
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Our Weekend Overnight Getaway at One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites

We badly needed to unwind from a stress-filled week. Hubby’s work schedule of late has been pretty toxic. I myself could hardly breathe juggling multiple tasks (doing my online work, performing household chores, and reviewing my son for his first trimestral exams), and our young man racked his brain last week to get decent scores in the trimestral tests. And so we went to One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites last Friday for a weekend overnight getaway.

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Hubby booked in advance a Deluxe Room (Php6,800) which is good for 2 persons. Kids under 12 years old are free of charge if they’re sharing bed with adults, so we didn’t pay extra for our son.

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Our Deluxe Room has the following amenities:
• Premium 300-thread count, 100% cotton duvet cover
• Individual private balcony
• Private toilet and bath
• Kitchenette with cooking and coffee-/tea-making facilities
• Refrigerator
• IDD/NDD telephone with voicemail system
• Electronic door lock system, safe
• LCD TV with cable channels
• Hair dryer
• Daily newspaper
• Airconditioning

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It was almost 4pm when we arrived at One Tagaytay Place, and our stomachs were already grumbling because we haven’t had lunch yet. Because we were tired, we opted for room service and ordered hubby’s favorite combination of food: One Tagaytay Bulalo and Crispy Fried Tawilis.

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We didn’t have to wait long for our food. Tempting eh? You bet we had a hearty lunch. See my post on this in Delight My Appetite.

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After eating, we rested for a while, and then we headed to the pool area.

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There’s a small pool for kids and a bigger pool for adults. Justin was lucky to have found a playmate in the kiddie pool. After two hours in the water, we finally went back to our room and got ourselves ready for dinner at Azalea Restaurant downstairs.

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We had buffet breakfast the next day, but I wasn’t able to take pictures of the food in our plates. And because Justin hasn’t had enough swimming time, he requested his Dad for one more hour at the pool before we finally leave One Tagaytay Place.

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That’s when Justin actually learned how to swim. Now, he’s bugging me every day to take him to the condo pool because he enjoys swimming now more than ever.

Here’s a list of the things we love about One Tagaytay Place:
• The place is clean and well-maintained.
• The hotel staff are courteous and friendly.
• The food at the Azalea Restaurant is delicious.
• It’s just a few hours away from Ortigas.
• If you’re an Emerald Card holder, you get to avail of such benefits as vouchers for complimentary roomnights in a Deluxe Room with complimentary breakfast for 2, 1-plus-1 or 2-plus-1 promo valid in all room categories, and many more.

And here’s what we observed:
• The Deluxe Room is a little cramped, only 26 sqm, so there’s not much space to walk around (or run around in if you have kids). If you want to feel really comfortable, I suggest you get a bigger room.
• The prices of the food at Azalea Restaurant are quite high, but the servings are generous.
• The kiddie pool is quite small. It’s a good thing that Justin and another boy younger than him were the only ones in the water on our first night at One Tagaytay Place.
• From the time we arrived up to the time we’re about to sleep, we’ve been hearing the loud voices of people singing at the nearby karaoke place. That didn’t prevent us from having a good night’s sleep, however, as both hubby and I are late sleepers and Justin was unmindful of the noise.

Overall, our weekend overnight getaway at One Tagaytay Place was pleasant, but one day simply wasn’t enough. We plan to go back there again soon.

One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites
445 Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Sungay West
Tagaytay City
Telephone Nos.: (+632) 584-4111, (+6346) 483-0111

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CDC Manufacturing: Serving Nutritious Meals with Safe Tableware

I look forward to mealtimes at home with my husband and son. That’s where I get to serve my two boys dishes prepared with love. Of course, I make sure that what I feed them are healthy and delicious. I also make it a point to only use safe tableware.

When it comes to serving healthy meals for your family, using safe and quality tableware is almost as important as the quality of food you put in it. It would be futile to spend time, effort, and money in cooking a nutritious feast if the plates and bowls you serve it with contain dangerous chemicals that can seep into the food and harm your family’s health.

CDC Manufacturing, the makers of Melawares, Perfect Dining, and Urban Kitchen, knows this all too well. The company currently educates mothers on the role of safe tableware in ensuring complete nutrition.

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“When it comes to making healthy food choices for the family, investing in safe tableware is equally important. Because mothers are commonly the most involved in the process of preparing and serving every meal that goes on the table, we hope to arm them with this knowledge,” CDC Manufacturing Marketing Manager Chriselda Chua said.

In making sure that its melamine tableware is made of premium quality and safe for the family, Melawares only uses imported and 100% melamine in all of its products. Other plastic tableware, on the other hand, may use urea , a material of substandard quality. “Why is melamine considered safer than urea? When melamine sets, it does not migrate to or contaminate the food that we eat, while urea mixes with the food and may cause health hazards particularly in the digestive and respiratory systems,” Chua explained.

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Apart from being safer, melamine is also durable and resistant to stains and heat unlike urea, which is vulnerable to stains, less durable and less heat-resistant. “Serving hot food with substandard plastic tableware may cause it to chip or melt and become deformed, ” Chua added.

With more than 30 years’ experience in designing and producing outstanding tableware for the home, office and commercial food service establishments, CDC Manufacturing Corporation has built a solid reputation in safety, quality and durability.

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To further generate awareness on the importance of safe tableware for the family, the company is conducting the “Mommy and Me” mall tour series at different parts of the country. In partnership with ELBA Philippines, San Miguel Purefoods, Monterey, Magnolia, Nestle Maggi and SM Homeworld, the “Mommy and me” event is packed with activities that foster bonding time between moms and kids. The event features a cooking demonstration for easy-to-prepare recipes for both moms and kids.

Moms can also spend time at the face painting station with their kids and have matching face decor. There is also a Vintage Party Station set up for little girls who want to play tea time. Kids can also unleash their creativity in designing their own plates in the Design Your Own Plate Station. The winning design will get produced and the winner will get to have his / her own set of the design. And, since bonding moments will not be complete without keepsakes, guests can visit the fun photo booth station, ready to take the best mommy and me shot!

CDC Manufacturing Corporation’s mall tour series is set to visit SM branches and various locations in Batangas, Laguna, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro and General Santos. To know more about their events and activities, simply like Melawares Cusina Club and Urban Kitchen Philippines on Facebook.

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