October 17 is Nailaholics' National Pampering Day

Atin-atin lang 'to ha, solid Monet pa rin ako! And who is Monet? She is our community's ever reliable manikurista! I am afraid to go to any nail salon unless I can't contact Monet to do my regular pedicure. 

But everything changed when I tried Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa's services with my friends a few years ago. I was impressed with their courteous and well-trained staff that whenever I can't contact Monet and had extra budget for some pampering time, I go to the nearest Nailaholics branch.  

Even my 78-year old mom was impressed by the good service of the Nailaholics staff at their branch in Ayala Malls South Park when we had our pampering time last month. "Ang gaan ng kamay nang gumawa sa akin, 'Ja!" 



Going to a nail salon is more expensive but to be honest, I feel more relaxed, safe and comfortable whenever I go to Nailaholics. That’s why I was so glad when I found out that it has a branch in Ayala Malls South Park. I can now spend my much needed, once in a blue moon, pampering time in that cool and cozy place.

The good news is WE can all have our precious pampering time on October 17 as Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa marks its 2nd National Pampering Day! WE can get a FREE manicure, foot massage or spa in any Nailaholics branch from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.!


“This year, as Nailaholics celebrates the 2nd National Pampering Day, we go deeper and dedicate this to everyone and remind them to take it slow and easy, zone out and relax for a while.” said Arvin Amaro, Marketing Head of Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa.  

This celebration also becomes even more meaningful because our favorite nail salon has pledged to support cause-oriented organizations such as World Vision, The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and Save Philippine Seas.

Mark your calendars and search for the nearest Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa branch nearest you and let’s celebrate the 2nd National Pampering Day on October 17!



Nanay's Trip Event Alert : ENLIST Job Carnival




Are you looking for a job? This might be the job fair you have been waiting for. Make sure to print your updated resume and put on your best outfit. But don't forget to bring your sweetest smile and lots of positive vibes on September 28! Happy job hunting and good luck! 

Here are the event details from the job fair organizers

We are inviting you to join ENLIST: Job Carnival which will be held on September 28, 2017 at Makati Sports Club from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This job fair is brought to you by Elabram Systems, Xremo and TAG Media and Public Relations. This is not your ordinary job fair because job seekers will be treated with outstanding performances from Artist League Manila. There will also be career talks with discussions on marketing, branding and E-commerce. 


We are expecting thousands of job seekers to join this much-awaited job carnival. There will also be coaching sessions to help young professionals and fresh graduates to find the right job for them. 

We have reserved the whole function halls of the exclusive Makati Sports Club. 

TRAVELOOZA, a travel and tour event that aims to promote the Philippines as the premier travel destination in the world will be held simultaneously with the job fair. ENLIST: Job Carnival.

What can you expect from ENLIST : Job Carnival : 

1. Company Booths
2. Career Coaching
3. Talks and discussions by experts from different fields 
4. Entertainment
5. Freebies

To register, please contact grace@tagmedia.asia/ 09166299381 on or before September 15, 2017. 
This is a FREE event. Just bring your CV/Resume. Goodluck!!!



10 Kuwentong Kita Kita (10KKK)

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1    Isang beses ko pa lang napanood si Empoy sa pelikula. Wait lang, hindi ako sigurado. Baka napanood ko na rin siya na sidekick o yung laging binabatuk-batukan ng bida pero hindi ko matandaan. Basta dito sa Kita Kita unang beses na tumatak si Empoy sa akin bilang artista. Si Alessandra de Rossi? Hindi ko na mabilang. Kakapanood ko lang sa kanya sa Sakaling Hindi Makarating at panalo siya lagi. 

2     Dalawang pulang tuldok lang ang nakita ko sa screen ng I Finally Found Someone nang magbayad ako ng tiket sa takilyera. Totoong taob ang AshLloyd sa Alempoy! 


3      Tatlong beses kaming hindi natuloy manood ng Kita Kita. Bagyo, sakit at maraming trabaho ang naging sagabal before we finally found a way na tumakas at manood ng sine! 

4       May apat akong paboritong bagay na madalas isuot ni Lea - makukulay na backpack, mga sneakers, pulang scarf at jumpers. Simple, casual-an pero astig pumorma itong si Lea.

5       Lima ang natatandaan kong putaheng inialok ni Tonyo kay Lea : adobong baboy, pancit, kalderetang baka, turon at sinigang na baboy FOR THE WIN!


6      Nakaanim na tanong yata ako kung sinong babaeng singer ang kumanta ng Two Less Lonely People na ginamit sa pelikula. Ayaw kong i-Google kaya wala pa rin akong ideya kung sino. In fairness, ayos naman ang version. Hindi naman tulad ng version ni Kyla sa Till I Met You na hindi mo na makilala ang kanta sa sobrang arteng ginawa. Kulot pa more!

 7    Pitong beses ko pinigilang umiyak para hindi ko kailanganing hanapin sa masikip kong bag ang scarf kong dilaw. Pero failure pa rin ako. Kaiyak lang talaga si Empoy e. "Bakit nang nakakakita ka pa hindi mo ko nakita tapos nang nabulag ka at tsaka mo ko nakita?"  Oi! Baka naman magbulag-lagan kayo ha. Hindi simpleng nakakakita kasi. Dapat mulat na mulat ang mga mata, puso't isipan. Yown, ang kitang kita! 

 8     Walong beses ko yata inulit-ulit sa isip ko (syempre sa isip lang, tahimik, para walang nakakarinig) ang pag-pronounce sa Sapporo. Mabilis ba, maragsa o malumanay? Anong boto mo? Pero mag-move on na tayo sa tamang pronunciation. Ganda lang ng lugar na ito 'no? Parang may mga eksena ngang akala mo nasa Europa sina Lea at Tonyo. Bakit kaya sa ibang bansa ang piniling setting ng kuwento? Ay teka, ayokong itanong uli sa isip ko 'yan ng walong beses.

 9      Daig pa ng Kita Kita Team ang tumama nang siyam na beses sa Lucky 9! Certified box office hit. Ika nga, KITANG-KITA ANG KITA! Pa-Turks ka naman Papa P o kaya pa-kiss na lang nang nine minutes este nine times na nga lang.

10   Sampung beses ko kayo kukulitin -- Nood na! (ulitin ng 10x) ng Kita Kita. Sabi nga, iba ang nagagawa ng word of mouth ngayon para pumatok sa takilya ang isang pelikula. Laos na ang maya't maya at nakakaumay na mga trailer sa TV. Mga tulad na lang ng Nanay ko at iba pang senior citizen ang nakakanood nito. Ang uso na nga 10 puso X 10 likes X 10 shares X 10 views X 10 comments equals ZILLION movie watchers.


          Seryoso na. Panoorin ninyo ang Kita Kita ha. Marami kayong makikita bigla sa buhay ninyo na mga bagay, tao, pangyayari (Pinoy Henyo?) na madalas hindi ninyo napapansin o nakikita ang halaga. Try kaya nating maglista ng 10 Kita Kita moments natin sa totoong buhay? Aabot kaya ng 10 o baka lagpas pa? Pero saka na itong paandar na ito. Bilisan ninyo na at manood na kayo nang walang mamiss. Huwag kayong kukurap ha. Madalas mabilis ang mga pangyayari. 

          Kitakits at  enjoy!

          Kung napanood n'yo na, share naman kayo ng kuwentong Kita Kita sa comments section. Salamat! 

National Children's Book Day 2017 : Pinoy Kids Read Pinoy Books



It's National Children's Book Day today, July 18! Every third Tuesday of July, we commemorate the publishing of Jose Rizal's fable "The Monkey and the Turtle" in 1885. 

Nanay's Trip has marked this special day for the past years. Our homeschooling family aims to spread the love for Philippine children's literature in our own simple ways. 

2013 : July 16 is National Children's Book Day : Basa mga Kapatid! 
2014 : National Children's Book Day: Magbuklat at Magmulat 
2016 : July 19: National Children's Book Day : Bumasa at Lumaya

This year, we are starting our family's project, Pinoy Kids Read Pinoy Books. We will document all the storybooks written in Filipino that our son will read independently or with us. We hope that through this project, we can inspire our son to love the Filipino language not as an academic subject but as part of his identity as a Filipino. 

For this quarter (June-August), we plan to read 50 Filipino storybooks.  At present (mid-July), we have read only nine (9) titles. Malayo pa ang lalakbayin, pero kakayanin! 

Here are the first five entries in our #PinoyKidsReadPinoyBooks, SET A (Books#1 -5) 
Enjoy reading! 



PINOY KIDS READ PINOY BOOKS (PKRPB) #1 : SALAMAT PO. Isinulat ni Russell Molina

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Pasintabi sa isang grupo ng mga mambabasang Pinoy, ang Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books (PRPB), na may adbokasiyang palaganapin at tangkilikin ang panitikang Pilipino. Naisip ko lang na mainam din itong gawin sa mga batang Pinoy.

Kaya't bilang panimula, magbabasa kami ni Rio ng mga kuwentong pambatang nakasulat sa wikang Filipino. Kaya ba ang 50 aklat ngayong first quarter namin sa Grade One? Kakayanin! Narito ang unang aklat na aming binasa, kuwento ni Russell Molina, "Salamat po!" Sinong gustong sumali? Tara, puwede tayong maghiraman ng mga aklat.


PINOY KIDS READ PINOY BOOKS #2 : Ang Hilig ni Manda (Sumama sa Banda), Kuwento ni Lamberto E. Antonio, kasama sa 35 Kuwentong Klasiko na inilabas ng Adarna House noong 2015.

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Habang binabasa namin ito, hinanap namin sa Youtube ang mga instrumentong binanggit sa kuwento. Klarinete, saylopon, trombon, at iba pa. Bigla ring ipinalabas ni Rio ang kanyang plawta! Salamat sa kuwentong ito at may pagsisimulan na ang aming mga aralin sa Musika sa darating na mga araw. 


PINOY KIDS READ PINOY BOOKS #3: Filemon Mamon. Isinulat ni Christine Bellen. 

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Bakit ang matataba laging kontrabida at ang mga payat laging bida? Higit pa sa itinatakdang mga pamantayan ng lipunan (na hindi laging tama), tinatalakay rin ng kuwento ang kahalagahan ng kalusugan. Sabi nga ni Rio, "Nanay, huwag ka nang kumain ng junk foods para hindi ka na tumaba!" Sige, anak. Ititigil ko na ang mga junk food na yan. Iba rin ang tagos ng mga kuwentong pambata. May pressure na isapraktika ang mga aral sa totoong buhay. 

PINOY KIDS READ PINOY BOOKS #4: Noong Unang Panahon. Muling isinalaysay ni Rafaelita S. Valera. 


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Mababasa ang tatlong alamat kung paano nilikha ang daigdig at saan nanggaling ang tao. Natapos naming basahin ang mga alamat mula sa mga Samal at Ifugao. Nakilala namin ang makapangyarihang sina Tuhan at Kabunian. Naging tuntungan din ang kuwento para sa aming art activity. Tulad ng aming mga likha, makulay ang mga alamat ng pinagmulan ng tao at daigdig. 

PINOY KIDS READ PINOY BOOKS #5: May Lakad Kami ni Tatay. Isinulat ni Eugene Evasco. 

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Binasa ito ni Rio at pinakuwento ko sa kanya pagdating namin sa bahay. Enjoy siya sa bahagi ng kuwentong may mga nag-eehersisyo sa parke. Habang binabasa namin ito uli kagabi, niyaya niya ang tatay niya. "Tay, lakad tayo bukas. Bili tayo ng pancake." Ayan, natuloy naman ang lakad ng dalawa. Yun nga lang, iwan si Nanay. 


Nanays, please follow @homeschoolingrio on Instagram for updates in our project. We will also open our Facebook group, Pinoy Kids Read Pinoy Books to start conversations and sharing of book titles to promote Philippine children's literature among families. 

NanaysMOVIETrip : Despicable Me 3 and Its 80's playlist for Mommy


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We totally enjoyed watching Despicable Me 3! Take note, WE. Hindi lang si Rio ang umuwing masaya, pati sina Nanay at Tatay. Thank you, ColgatePH and NuffnangPH for this wonderful treat. 

Heto ang patunay na may Minion Hangover sa bahay namin hanggang ngayong Father's Day morning. 

1.  Madonna songs are my happy Sunday playlist. Background music ko ang Like a Prayer, La Isla Bonita at Get Into the Groove habang nagtitiklop ng malilinis na damit. 

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I had to look for a music video to satisfy my 80's music cravings. Muntik na akong tumayo at sumayaw nang tumugtog ang Get into the Groove sa loob ng sinehan. Despicable Me's new villain who can't move on from the 80's was just hilarious. Grabe, pinagtatawanan na lang ngayon ang malapad at mataas na shoulder pads, ang pagkahumaling sa pink bubble gum (Bazooka,is that you?) at siyempre ang music nina Madonna, Michael Jackson, A-Ha at iba pa. 




Try ninyo panoorin ang video, baka mapasayaw kayo at bumalik ang 80's dance steps na pinakatagu-tago ninyo. Dali na! 


2.  Solid Minions! 

Before Rio slept last night, he watched the movie's trailer in Youtube several times. He can't get over Agnes' reaction when she heard that the man from the bar saw a real unicorn. Nasilip ko ang anak kong inaattempt gayahin ang facial expression ni Agnes. Feel na feel! 





And he asked to wear a yellow sando for his pantulog and wanted to be surrounded by all the fluffy yellow Minions pillows on the bed. Iba ka rin, Rio. Hanggang sa pagtulog, minions! 


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Again, thank you Colgate PH and NuffnangPH for this movie experience and gifts. We can't wait for the next Despicable Me movie. Exciting t'yak yun. Ano kaya ang featured playlist sa susunod? 80's music pa rin, please! 


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Tatay's Trips : Books and Vinyls for Dads on Father's Day

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We have no plans for Father's Day. Hindi bet ni Tatay. But these two things that I shared in this post are definitely his current favorites.

Nanays, if your husbands or fathers are also bookworms and/or music lovers like our Tatay, I hope this post helps you choose your Father's Day presents for them.

1. Books 

Tatay has just finished reading "Luzon at War" Contradictions in Philippine Society ,

1898 -1902 written by Milagros Camayon Guerrero. He is currently reading Philippine History books and looking forward to purchasing more titles on the same topic this year. After devouring the pages of "Luzon at War" in a few days, he is now reading the articles on Reform and Revolution in one of the books included in Reader's Digest Kasaysayan: The Story of the Filipino People.



I am very thankful that Tatay constantly read his books during the past few weeks. It's good to see our books being read and not just in our shelves collecting dust. He has also set a good example to our son by showing that it's better to spend time reading books than watching videos or playing games on gadgets.

I think it was also Tatay's reading habits at home that encouraged Rio to read all his favorite Curious George books (again!). Lately, gadgets and toys have eaten Rio's free time and he rarely picks up a storybook on his own unless I tell him that we will read together.  It's true that when kids see their parents holding and actually reading a book, they will most likely follow and read their books too.

If you are thinking of giving books for your husbands this Father's Day, check out this list of books and prices from Ateneo University Press that will be on sale this coming June 28. You can check their Facebook page for more details about their 45th Anniversary Sale.



2. Vinyls 

Our six-year old son appreciates Beatles' music and sings almost all the songs in the Magical Mystery Tour album. He can also sing along to some of  Rico J. songs! Tatay has a simple turntable set up with a few good vinyl titles that we enjoy listening together during our free time.


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Mahilig sa classic as in lumang tugtugan si Tatay. We seldom hear new songs in our home unless I try to play a Bruno Mars album in Spotify. Pero, once in a blue moon ko ito gawin. Besides vinyls, Tatay and Rio also love listening to OPM classics in cassette tapes! Imagine a six-year old boy singing Coritha's Lolo Jose, Hagibis' Katawan and Maria Cafra's Kumusta, Mga Kaibigan. Ibang klase ang trip ng mag-ama ko!

If you want to try start your vinyl collection or want to build an affordable but quality turntable set up, you can contact Rene Rivo of Music Haven. Sa kanya nagpatulong mag-setup si Tatay. Mabait at alam ang pasikut-sikot sa sounds, turntable, amplifiers, atbp. Their music shop is located at Marcelo Village in Paranaque City.

Photo grabbed from Music Haven's Facebook page pinned post
Magandang Father's Day gift ito! Buong pamilya makikinabang!

You can also check out these upcoming vinyl sales to start or add to your collection.



Plaka Express Online Record Store will have a two-day Father's Day sale!

You can also check out Northwest Estate and Collectibles' (NEC) upcoming sale events in their Facebook page. They have a wide selection of vinyls and other collectibles. May classic Tonka trucks for kids! Don't forget to avail of their birthday promo sale. Birthday celebrators get 50% off! NEC shop is located in Kamuning, Quezon City.

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Mga nanays, send our warm Happy Father's Day greetings to your husbands and dads! 

NanaysFIELDTrip : When in Manila, Explore Luneta!

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We love playdates in the park with our homeschooling friends. Most of the families prefer parks in Makati so we alternate our playdates in Legazpi Active Park, Washington Sycip Park and Ayala Triangle Gardens. Sometimes we prepare outdoor activities for the kids like bubble play, read-aloud sessions but most of the time we just let them enjoy, run around and own their free play time. 



Our family can't help to deviate from our usual Makati route. We find Manila more interesting to explore. It can also be a perfect setting for our son to know more about the city and meet different kinds of people. For example, we met Mang Nato here in Luneta. He is an old man who had spent almost all of his life selling hats and other stuff in Rizal Park. He told us how this national park allowed him to send his children to school by selling hats. See, you can meet real-life heroes in this park. Hindi lang si  Jose Rizal! 



If you think you have seen everything in Luneta, hindi ito totoo. Hindi mauubos ang mga kuwento dito - mula sa mayamang kasaysayan ng ating bansa hanggang sa masalimuot na buhay ng mga ordinaryong taong namamasyal dito.



It's Jose Rizal's birthday on Monday, June 19. Parang kailan lang, birthday din ni Rizal nang unang nakatuntong si Rio sa Luneta. Perfect time to spend this weekend in Luneta and share some notes about our national hero to your kids. You can read a storybook about Rizal on the same spot where Rizal was executed by Spanish soldiers.This place can be your second to the last spot before taking your family picture at Rizal's monument.



Here are some of our photos when we visited the actual site where Rizal was executed.
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Makikita ito sa bandang kaliwa kapag nakaharap ka sa monumento ni Rizal.




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Si Jose Rizal bilang isang manggagamot.


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Si Jose Rizal bilang propagandista.


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"Nay, baka matumba si Rizal!"


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Pwede ring mag-photo shoot dito o maglaro ang mga bata.




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Bayani ka, Dr. Jose Rizal! Tuloy ang laban para sa tunay na kalayaan! Pak!

Marating mo man ang sangkatutak na park sa buong mundo, iba pa rin ang Rizal Park. Isipin mo na lang kung may magtanong sa iyo. "Nakapunta ka na ba sa Luneta?" Ang lungkot lang kung hindi mo pa ito nararating lalo na't  taga-Maynila ka. 

Nanays, ano pa ang hinihintay ninyo? Mag-Luneta na kasama ang pamilya! 


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If you are curious about homeschooling or need learning resources, my dear friend Que has a lot to share about their homeschooling journey. 

If you want to level up your travel plans (graduate na sa Luneta at Manila), visit my dear friend Celerhina Aubrey's blog to know how to book cheap flights by using a travel app in your smartphone. 

Collect and read books about our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Here are the books about Rizal when I searched Adarna House's blogsite. We have a copy of the book "Dalawang Bayani ng Bansa" and we use it to introduce Rizal and Bonifacio to our little boy. Happy reading!