When I became a National Geographic brand ambassador, no one was more thrilled about it than my daughters. Sophia was just 7 then; Lily was 5. They took the message to heart. That in order to change the world and make it a better place, you must “Live Curious”. And that they are. We are a factory of questions in this household. And I don’t have the answers to everything. Luckily we have books, trips, movies, shows and the park.
During the NatGeo launch, the kids discovered the Mind Museum. They have been watching out for its opening since. I have been watching its construction at the Fort. It looks like a landmark building. Gorgeous architecture. I haven’t been inside yet. Hopefully soon.
Dear Mind Museum, Sophia and Lily (and Stella) are your biggest fans. We can’t wait to see what you have in there. Please have some cool summer programs for kids. And don’t be too expensive so that more children, rich or poor, can afford to see the museum and be captivated by science.
She loves science and exploration so much, Soph’s asked for a science themed 7th birthday party.
A couple of years ago, I hosted the groundbreaking of Bonifacio High Street Central, which included the Mind Museum. Now these plans have come to fruition. It’s wonderful to have another place in Metro Manila where kids and families can go – a place that informs, challenges and entertains.
The kids can’t wait to see this new Mind Museum. I hope the kids enjoy it as much as they enjoyed the Ontario Science Centre which was built over 40 years ago in Toronto. To see some of our photos from that trip, click “More…”
Ever since I blogged about Mustela’s arrival in the Philippines, I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about the brand. Questions like – does it really cure eczema (nothing cures eczema but Stelatopia manages outbreaks very well without corticoids), can adults use it (anything that’s safe for babies should be good for adults too), where to buy (see info below). Mustela has a wide range of products and explaining them all here would be too much information, I think. What you need to know is that it has a regular line for all babies called Bebe, for problem skin care called Dermo-Pediatrics under which the Stelatopia line falls, a maternity line called 9 Months, and a Sun Protection line.
My daughter Lily has occasional eczema outbreaks mixed with strange (but not so dangerous) allergies. Stelatopia is what she uses. Milky Bath Oil offers great relief during flare-ups. When her skin gets major breakouts with rashes, I apply Stelatria. The whole family uses Stelatria, for wounds and rashes, as it reduces the appearance of scars.
For more information on the Stelatopia line and for people with atopic skin, click here.
I am all about sun protection. It is crazy hot now and it’s not even summer yet. I’m glad that Mustela has a range of sun protection products for regular skin, sensitive skin and atopic skin. I am very picky about sun screen for myself because anything I put easily causes irritation and sometimes pimples. I also like staying away from the sun completely because I am terrified of wrinkles. I spent all of my teens and twenties as a beach bum – diving and sunbathing. It has taken a toll on my skin. So now I use a small parasol and please don’t laugh at me if you see me walking down the street with one. I wear huge dark sunglasses so I never have to squint… wrinkles! And the truth is I try to avoid using sunscreen… because it used to cause me pimples. But now, so far I’m doing well with Mustela. The kids use it too.
The label says for Delicate and Fragile skin, but basically this is for normal skin. This is safe for newborns. It uses all natural ingredients. It also stays on even when getting wet and sweaty. Can be used by the whole family. For those with eczema, there’s the Creme Minerale suncare product – with no perfume, colorant or paraben. Use that version if you are prone to allergies and eczema.
I love this product – Agua de Colonia. I love smelling my daughters’ neck and hair. No matter how sweaty they get after running around the park, they feel and smell refreshed after a little spritz of this. When the heat hits the 30-degree mark, I can’t tolerate heavy scents too much. So this is perfect for them and me. Right now there is a promo at Mustela. You get a free 200ml Agua de Colonia worth P750.00 for every P2500 worth of purchase of any regular sized products. Purchase of gift baskets and value packs are excluded from the promo. Offer runs until supplies last.
Now here’s the good news. Because Mustela is a blog sponsor, they are giving away gift packs worth approximately P3670 to three lucky readers. This giveaway is open to anyone with a Philippine address. And I’m telling you, the products rock!
After-Sun Hydrating Spray it’s a hydrating/moisturizing spray that you can use after being out in the sun so your skin won’t be tight or dry. It can relieve feeling of tightness on sunburned skin P950 Physiobebe travel size it’s a no rinse cleanser for face and diaper area of baby; adults use it as make-up remover Cream for Sensitive Areas can be used by regular and atopic skin. For the sensitive parts of the face P630 Mineral Cream sun protection for atopic skin P1320 Dermo Cleansing for hair and body wash of regular skin P610
Total value approx P3670
Join thru Rafflecopter. Just follow all the steps (they’re mandatory). And enter this site everyday to Tweet about the contest to increase your chances of winning. All winners will be selected at random by Rafflecopter’s computer program. Winners will be announced in the evening of Tuesday, March 6th. Open to anyone with a Philippine address.
Ayala Trinoma, 1st Level (beside Cafe Mary Grace)
Robinson’s Manila, 1st Level Midtown Wing (beside Topshop)
Glorietta 4, 3rd Level (in front of Gourdo’s and Play & Display)
Shangri-la Mall, 4th Level (in front of Mothercare)
Megamall A, 2nd Level (in front of Esprit)
Pure Beauty, 2nd Floor Serendra, BGC
All Landmark Department Stores
All Rustan’s Department Stores
Tuesday night, I hosted the launch of Sheaffer pens, exclusively available at National Book Store. I felt the occasion called for the rubies. Sigh. I thought it went well with K&Company‘s new dress -this stunning nude and blush pink lace slip dress. I am all about lace right now (always have been). And K&Company has them in all textures and silhouettes. Unfortunately I do not have a full shot of me. Perhaps next week when the PR group sends me photos from the event.
During the event I did a little walkthrough of the museum pieces on display. Very interesting that they had a line called PFM or Pen For Men in 1959. There were some stunning fountain pens made of gold and silver. It made me wish I was a serious fountain pen user.
This is from Sheaffer’s current collection, now available in National Book Store. At the event, the members of the Fountain Pen Network of the Philippines were all paying attention while I hosted. I love it when the audience is totally with me. And I love it when people are passionate about special things. And fountain pens are really special.
For more information about Sheaffer, check out National Book Store’s Facebook page.
Last December I went on Carlos Celdran’s Imelda tour at the CCP and PICC. It was an unforgettable experience – fun, funny, thought-provoking, emotional, trippy, entertaining. I knew that he had taken this tour and made it into a theatre performance. He did a show in Toronto and invited my dad to see it. So when I found out that he was doing the show at Silverlens Gallery, I made sure I saw it here. It was a great show!
I was very curious to see how Carlos converted the tour into theatre. The tour was experiential. We were in the actual rooms and corridors of the CCP and the PICC. This was the room where Mrs Marcos had receptions after major performances.
The real tour included a jeepney ride from the CCP to the PICC with Carlos’ cassette player blasting VST&Co disco tunes.
Last Friday, my mom, dad and I went to see Carlos’ performance at Silverlens. The room was packed with people. I loved the set design.
The script was the same as the tour’s, as was his performance. Thought-provoking.
The experience was different. There were actors.
And dancing… if you wanted.
Even the hard-to-please journalist boss was extremely impressed. (Seriously, he never stays still for shows. He enjoyed it.)
The folks with “Imelda”
I love Silverlens’ space. I took a short course in photography here.
I asked Carlos for a souvenir poster. After all, I get “name-dropped”.
Like I said about the CCP tour, I wish every Filipino could see it. This show is the next best thing to the actual tour. And I say that only because I’m a fan of architecture; and the CCP and the PICC are my favourite structures here. Livin’ La Vida Imelda is for everyone – no matter what your politics is. You will come out of it with lots of questions… and hopefully, a deeper understanding of this country.