Around the World with Hello Kitty



Had a fun time shopping at PynKiss at SM North Edsa with Phoemela Baranda and her daughter Kimmie. Awesome PR man Frank Briones is with us in this photo. He invited me to check out the new collection of Hello Kitty merchandise in this fun store. Phem and I have the same Hello Kitty bag. Oh by the way, sorry for the lazy phone pictures. I promise to be more conscientious in the new year.


These jeans are so cute and soft. Got them for Sophia. They have buttons on the side, which I find so practical because my tween is growing like  a weed. So if the jeans get too short on her, we just fold it and make it cropped pants. Then it gets handed down to Lily and Stella.


Cute hoodie shorts set. Got this in purple for Stella.


Lily got a chic grey dress with Hello Kitty in studs (not in photo). The one above is so cute too. Comes in comfy jersey fabric.


There is a wonderful travel-themed Hello Kitty festival going on right now til December 31st. Several SM Malls have been showcasing different sites in Western destinations. SM North Edsa is showing Sanrio characters in London. SM Southmall has Hello Kitty in Italy. SM Megamall has the Big Apple, while SM Lanang shows Paris and SM Cebu has Germany.


Paris - Cafe
SM Lanang and its Parisian street cafe.


Paris - Eiffel Tower
Paris is not Paris without the Eiffel Tower.


Italy - Bridge
SM Southmall’s Italy and its famous canals.


Italy - Ice Cream Store
More of Italy and a gelato shop.


It’s not too late to catch Hello Kitty’s version of a globetrotting holiday season.  You have til December 31st to see these cute displays. Avid fans can also get the chance to meet and greet Hello Kitty herself this weekend! Get access to the meet and greet Hello Kitty by collecting 24 Hello Kitty pins of different designs which they can purchase alone for P50.00 or they can receive for free with a minimum purchase of P500.00 at Toy Kingdom stores nationwide.

Exhibit sites are open to everyone for free from December 1 – 31, 2013. To know more, follow on Twitter and Instagram at @imHelloKittyPH



Christmas 2013



Well, it’s over. The kids are all busy playing with their new toys. I’m busy cleaning up and preparing for a new year. This Christmas had been difficult for many of us. Weeks leading up to Christmas, all I wanted to do was just sleep it off.  Collectively as a nation, we felt so much loss amidst all the tragedies this year. But no one really knows how to cope with loss unless it happens to you. In my Facebook alone, at least five friends lost a loved one within the past few days. But Christmas went on. I felt the love. And I’d like to think I gave my love back.

I hope you and your families had a wonderful time. Sharing with you some snippets of the past season. I miss it already.


We kicked off the Christmas season in Singapore in early December. This was taken at the beautiful Gardens by the Bay.


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The kids didn’t really ask for major things. Every night our prayers always include the children and families affected by the war, earthquake and storm. On November 6th when the storm warning was serious, Sophia prayed — “Dear Papa Jesus, You don’t have to give me anything. I don’t really need much. But please, I ask that you save the people from the storm.” Two days after, Haiyan/Yolanda happened. Lily also learned about the suffering and damage caused by Yolanda. Her letter to Santa above shows how she cares. Sigh.


Sister love. Thank you Santa. #frozen
Santa came. Since Sophia had already bought Lily that simple book she asked for, Santa figured it out and gave them what he knew they really wanted (but was sold out in every toy store). Frozen dolls! Lily received Elsa and Stella got Anna. Sophia got more furniture for their Sylvanian Family house(s).


Speaking of Frozen, there was a nasty ice storm in Toronto that looked so beautiful in pictures. Because icicles formed on branches, a lot of trees fell breaking some power lines. My sister lost power in her house two days before Christmas. She didn’t have power=heat til Christmas Day.


At Noche Buena with my cousins, it is tradition that kids perform. Sophia did the Cup Song.


Lily performed Olaf’s song from the movie Frozen. She prepared her own props and choreography. Stella fell asleep by then. Poor kiddie wasn’t able to perform her act.


So instead, let me post this photo of me and Stella at Noche Buena minutes before she fell asleep. Oh yes, Stella and Soph are wearing the same exact Gingersnaps dress. It was so beautiful, both girls wanted it. I wanted it in my size too. Haha. Photo by Koko Roura.


We put up our non-designed tree and used the same ornaments. Each one has meaning. The tin toys were from our first Christmas after we got married. The wooden toys are from my mom and dad’s recent trip to Germany. The paper and cellophane flowers were made by our helper. The kids also added a paper garland they made.


The kids were able to share some of their artistic talents with the kids of Yolanda. My very charitable friend Chary Mercado had been organizing relief work for Yolanda-stricken areas. She needed some Christmas cards to go with all the gifts they were sending. The kids and their friends got together with Chary’s daughter and did over 200 cards.


Olaf and Frozen again. My girls are so into this Disney movie.


I spent a lot of time in the kitchen these past weeks. But on the actual day of Christmas, I had turkey and pasta cooked by a restaurant. (Are we the only ones who are zombies on Christmas Day? This tradition of Noche Buena is taken seriously in my dad’s family. So on Christmas Eve we eat at midnight and get home by 3 or 4am.) Re: recipes, I promise to share some of my “experiments” soon.


Sophia’s lovely Christmas poem


Attended a lovely wedding at the Shangrila amidst this beautiful Christmas lobby. And OMG, the photos on my Samsung camera get automatically backed up in some cloud and some of them get saved as GIFs. Haha. I have no idea how it does this. But this GIF makes me smile because of Patrick’s serious non-smile. Haha. It reminds me of the flip book we had made at the wedding as a souvenir.


Looking back, I don’t know how we all did it. Going through the Christmas rush of shopping and making it to lunches and dinners with friends. It is always so lovely to see old friends. These are my friends from childhood.


And my girlfriends Mel, Ingrid and Fiona. We had too much fun talking, eating and drinking that we only took one lousy photo.


One thing I won’t miss is the crazy traffic. But who knows if it was seasonal or if it really is just that bad all the time. I hope not.


Wishing you more days of relaxation, reunions, detoxification and all that. And more importantly I pray for peace in our hearts and that includes the feeling of safety for all of us. Merry Christmas to you my dear readers and friends!




Barbie Live



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We watched the opening performance of Barbie LIVE! last December 11 at SM MOA Arena. I was there with my three daughters and Tessa Valdes was with her littlest one Athena. We loved the show! The costumes were fabulous. Songs and dance were fun. Stella kept asking if they were real or dolls.

If you’re looking to treat your kids to something fantastic and festive, get tickets to Barbie LIVE!. Show ends on December 15.

In collaboration with EMS Entertainment, Barbie will bring fans a new opportunity to sing and dance with the introduction of an all-new musical, Barbie™ LIVE! Barbie LIVE! is an engaging production featuring contemporary music with empowering lyrics, energetic choreography and a modern storyline that will appeal to fans of all ages. Barbie LIVE! debuted last September in Singapore and will travel Asia through 2014. In Manila, the show will be staged at the Mall of Asia Arena from December 11-15, 2013 with 11 performances only.

EMS Entertainment, leading global creator of high-quality interactive exhibitions, family entertainment and live stage productions, received the global touring rights to Barbie Live! from Mattel in 2012 and has worked for almost two years to bring this vision to reality.


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Barbie Live Keyart


Tickets for Barbie™ LIVE! are now available in all SM TICKETS outlets located in all SM Cinema ticket booths. For schedule and ticket information, visit or call 470 2222.

Barbie™ LIVE! is promoted in the Philippines by Vivre Fort Entertainment and Happy Junior Productions.

For more details about the show, visit or call (02) 470 6956.



Cath Christmas



Collage Cath Kidston



I was at the Cath Kidston shop in Singapore last weekend. And I thought I’ve had enough of this brand, but apparently not. They are just too adorable. And they bring me back to my childhood. I remember seeing prints like this in our curtains and table cloths. Happy times.

Here are some lovely pieces I’ve picked out from the Cath Kidston site. I wish I had bought the Stanley salt and pepper shakers. Why did I  hesitate? Ugh.

01 Santa Stanley Mug

02 Garden Rose Cross Body Bag

03 Big Spot Large Zip Bag

04 Wild Ponies Skirt

05 Garden Birds Saddle Bag

06  Stanley Salt and Pepper Shakers

07 Highbury Rose Folded Messenger Bag


Sophia’s Christmas Poem





How is it already the 6th of December? I haven’t started Christmas shopping yet. We haven’t put up our tree. I have to admit, it’s a little difficult this season with my mind still in Typhoon Haiyan.

But Christmas is for kids. And my kids are totally in the spirit of the season. They are taking me hostage this weekend to put up the tree. And we shall.

Sophia shared with me a poem she wrote for her English class. I asked if I could post it. She added her cute illustrations too.

I hope you are all beginning to feel Christmas in your home.