Thursday, November 19, 2015

Our Kumon Journey at Tunasan Center Muntinlupa

Children nowadays were luckily provided technological entertainment. It sure had a lot of advantages, but has its own downside too, agree?. 

In our case, our  7-year old son was totally addicted to "MineCraft", it's a world of creating wonderful and imaginative thing using blocks (atleast my simplest description).

Although we only allow him to play during weekends, he was sooo addicted in that game that he even draw his "block plans" in his notebook during school days. And, was so excited for Saturdays and Sundays to come.

He's having so much fun with the game that he find doing school works as "B-O-R-I-N-G!" and he seems not interested to learn. We tried to control his 'game time', but what we failed to control was his attitude towards his priorities.

That's when I decided to provide him an after school activity, and be in Kumon Method of Learning. Yes,  I ... husband was against it (ako lang may gusto, ipinilit ko lang ang gusto ko).

Our Kumon Journey has started!

I've been hearing positive remarks about this program like a daughter of a friend who got a "Best in Reading Award" at school because she improved a lot with the help of the Reading Program.

I  also heard some negative comment like: "bibigyan lang ng sasagutan", "paulit-ulit lang".

I believe every parent needs to know and identify their child's learning style. And this 'paulit-ulit lang' is the method which I know will help my child memorized and be familiarized with number problems.

So, after the 2-week Free Trial last September, we enrolled my eldest with the goal to achieve advancement in Math.

One time enrollment fee is P500 and we have to pay 1 month tuition deposit and pay 1 month tuition in advance. That's  a total of P4,100 cash out.

Kumon tuition fee structure is as follows: 

  • P1,800 for grade school up to grade six or younger students, inclusive of 12% VAT
  • P1,950 for grade seven / first high school or older students, inclusive of 12% VAT.
  • Enrollment fee is paid per student.Tuition fee is paid per subject per student.
  • Tuition fee is due in advance and must be paid on or before the 25th of the previous month.

A  monthly tuition fee envelope will be given before the due date. We have the option to pay in check or deposit the payment.

The two-week free trial campaign last September was a good start for us to determine whether we can promptly attend a one-hour class, twice a week. I have to free my schedule on our 'Kumon days' and add up extra time monitoring his worksheets.

That's an extra work for us, but we consider this as extra effort for the sake of establishing a good study habit and prepare my son for more difficult task. 

Afterall, teaching good habits should start at an early age, right?

The starting point for each student is determined individually. They let him start on easy level for him to appreciate having a perfect score doing on his own.

What is the reason for easy starting point?

"For students to enjoy their study and improve their concentration ability, work skills and good study habits first.

It is essential to start with content that allows students to easily obtain a perfect score at their current ability level so that students can improve their concentration ability, work skills and build good study habits,

Students will also gain confidence and motivation by getting perfect scores many times.

If students continue to study at their own pace, at a level that is appropriate to their ability, they will catch up with their school grade level and eventually advance far beyond it."

In the beginning, it is OK for students to use their fingers when counting!

Even if your child is using his/her fingers for addition/ subtraction, please do not force them to stop. Students will naturally stop using their fingers for counting after sufficient practice.

During the free trial, I noticed that my son no longer use his fingers when counting. It was a small achievement that makes me sold even more to the Math Program.

He is enrolled for almost 2 months now, he is doing good at first, and proud of his achievement. But as he reached for higher numbers in addition, he started to complain saying it's difficult to  complete the 10-page worksheet and not happy to see me erase every wrong answer.

Everyday, he has worksheet to complete, and everyday, I have to boost his confidence to continue with his work and be more dedicated with our goal to make solving Math problems an "easy-peasy" task.

I am trying to faithfully follow the Parent Training checklist as follows:

  • Have regular study time
  • Check that each page of worksheets is done daily
  • Remind child to concentrate
  • Do drills when needed (using flash cards, etc.)
  • Discuss with the instructor any difficulty of the child.
  • Check contents of Kumon bag.
That all equals to hardwork and dedication... It wasn't all the time easy, sometimes we make an adjustment  on what time he should be doing his homework plus the worksheets.

When we took a vacation, I brought his Kumon bag with us, but ended up not completing all of them.

Frustrations and 'pilitan' comes our way, but I am truly decided to continue atleast for years to come and foresees that we can abundantly  reap something through patience and perseverance.

I constantly remind myself that this is leading us to good results and will teach my son to be more confident and independent learner.

Overall, I highly recommend being in Kumon learning method and be prepare for challenges and lessons to be learned during the program.

If you are interested, call to set  an appointment for orientation and attend a FREE diagnostic test and consultation session with the instructor to know how your child's ability will be developed through Kumon.

Kumon Tunasan Center is located at:

2nd Floor Larychean Building National Road Tunasan Muntinlupa City
Contact Number: (632) 862-2147
Subjects: Math / Reading
Instructor: Alma V. Cruz | Nickname: Alma

or click here to search for a Kumon Center near you.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Lazada Kicks Off the Biggest Online Christmas Sale of the Year!

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Lazada Philippines ( the Philippines’ One Stop Shopping and Selling Destination today announced the launch of the Lazada Online Revolution Sale which is set to be the biggest online Christmas sale of the year. The month-long sale kicks off on November 11 and will run until December 12.
The date November 11 or 11/11 is popularly known in China as “Singles’ Day”, a day to celebrate singlehood. E-commerce retailers in China have turned this holiday into the world’s biggest online shopping event, selling over US$9 billion worth of products last year. In 2013, Lazada introduced the 11/11 Online Revolution Sale in the Philippines to mark the start of the Christmas shopping season and has since then set online sales records each year. 

This year, Lazada Philippines expects to break new records as it anticipates over 2 million visits to its website and mobile app on 11/11. Big brands and merchants will join the sale and are bringing in over 200,000 marked-down deals up to 95% off across 13 product categories including electronics, fashion, kids & toys, and home. Exclusive items on flash sales and P99 peso deals will also be revealed on 11/11.  Brands that have confirmed their participation in the sale include ASUS, Lenovo, Alcatel, Cherry Mobile, Bosch, Belo, Huggies, Mamy Poko, Timex and Giordano watches. 
As an early treat for Lazada fans and shoppers, special items will be available to purchase at only P11 each. Lazada bestsellers such as Sandisk 8GB flash drives, 5600 mAH Powerbank, and 4-layer shoe racks will be available to purchase at P11.00 starting today until  11/11. The P11.00 deals will be announced at 11:11am everyday on one of Lazada’s social media channels (Twitter: lazadaph, Facebook: lazadaph, Instagram: lazadaph).

“We have been working very hard together with our merchants and suppliers to bring these amazing deals to our customers. We believe that online shopping will provide a lot of convenience to shoppers especially during the holiday season. By shopping online, they can avoid heavy traffic, long lines and crowded areas,” said Lazada Philippines CEO, Inanc Balci.
About Lazada
Lazada ( is Philippines’ largest online shopping mall and is pioneering e-commerce by providing a fast, convenient and secure online shopping experience combined with an extensive product offering in categories ranging from mobiles & tablets and consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion and sports equipment. Lazada is continuously striving to offer its customers the best possible shopping experience with multiple payment methods including cash on delivery, extensive warranty commitments and free returns. Lazada mobile applications for Android, iPhone and iPad provide additional convenience to its consumers’ allowing them to shop anywhere, anytime.

For more information, please visit updates on Lazada’s latest innovations, as well as activities, contests and promotions, connect  via Facebook (

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Color Pop Fair: An Adult Coloring Book Event on October 24 at SM Mall of Asia

National Book Store, in partnership with Lifestyle Channel and SM Mall of Asia, will hold its first ever “Color Pop Fair” on October 24, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Main Mall Atrium, SM Mall of Asia. Admission is free for all events and workshops. Registration starts at 10 a.m.

Enjoy a Saturday of free, fun-filled coloring activities especially designed for adults who are artists-at-heart.  Learn basic adult coloring, shade selection, blending techniques, choosing the right coloring materials and other great coloring tips. Participate in the day-long art workshops. 

Choose from Zig Kuretake adult coloring demo by Iris Babao Uy, The Secret Techniques in Making your Coloring Look Professional by Alex M. Roxas, Mapedize your Bookmark – DIY Adult Coloring Bookmark, Creating Gradients with Chameleon Pens by June Digan, Sharpiefied Coloring with Carlo Arezza, Stabilo Adult Coloring Demo by Mark Dean Lim, 

The Art of Doodling and Stuff – A Create and Collaboration Workshop by Nelz Yumul, Coloring Tips from the Googly Gooeys by Tippy Go, Tips on Doodling and Adult Coloring by Kerby Rosanes, Marvy Uchida Basic Coloring Demonstration by Tepai Pascual, and many more.

All coloring sheets and materials will be provided. Plus! Get 20% off on all imported adult coloring books at the event only. Color your world and join the fun at National Book Store’s Color Pop Fair.

The event is made possible in partnership with Artline Stix, Colleen, Dong-A, Faber Castell, Marvy Uchida, Stabilo, Sharpie, and Zig Kuretake.

See posters or follow National Book Store on Facebook for more details. Shop online and buy eBooks at For reservations, call 8888-NBS (627) for calls within Metro Manila, 1-800-10-8888-NBS for calls outside Metro Manila, or text 0998-8888-NBS and 0917-8747-269. 

The National Book Store hotlines are open Mondays to Sundays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert). Tag #NBSColorPopFair to join the discussion.


Event Frequently Asked Questions:

When and where is Color Pop Fair?
The Color Pop Fair will be on October 24, 2015 at the Main Mall Atrium, SM Mall of Asia from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Is there a registration fee?
No. There is no registration fee. Admission is FREE.

When will the registration be?
Registration starts at 10:00 a.m. and will continue throughout the day. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. Venue capacity is limited. Seats are on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

Will there be coloring sheets and coloring materials provided?
Yes. You can choose from several designs of coloring sheets. Coloring pens will also be provided and for sharing. Kindly return the coloring pens so others can use it afterwards.

Can I bring my own adult coloring books and coloring materials?
Yes, as long as the coloring books and materials were purchased from National Book Store, NBS Express and Powerbooks.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

AjiPanda™: Your Best Friend in the Kitchen

AjiPanda™ is a cute panda icon that conveys someone shy, caring, happy and loyal. It personifies how a humble pack or bottle of AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning fills the role of “Your Best Friend in the Kitchen” by offering an ever-reliable way of bringing out the natural goodness of food.

Ajinomoto’s new campaign, which also features teen queen Kathryn Bernardo, presents the benefits of its dependable brand of seasoning to a new generation of cooks and food lovers.

AJI-NO-MOTO® comes from sugar cane, corn or cassava and is manufactured through the natural process of fermentation. This product is safe, convenient and effective in making food taste delicious.

This is because it is simply free glutamate, the most common among amino acids (the building blocks of protein). It provides the taste of umami to food in the same way that sugar adds sweet taste or salt adds salty taste to food.

But what is umami? Umami, is the fifth basic taste alongside sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. It is the savory, rich and full taste we often experience in meat, seafood, cheese, tomatoes and mushrooms.

Consider the delightful composition of chicken, green papaya and malunggay in tinola or the medley of cheese, ham, pepperoni, tomatoes, green and red bell peppers on top of a pizza. The combinations and layers of these glutamate-rich ingredients make dishes very delicious and enjoyable.

Remember that AjiPanda™, your best friend in the kitchen, will help work wonders in your cooking so that you can share many happy meals with your family. 

Visit for healthy and delicious recipes.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Halloween Party Masks

Halloween is my favorite event next to Christmas. It all started when my son enjoys wearing costume on every Trick or Treat party celebration we attended from my previous work and at the malls.

He is so looking forward on what's costume to wear on the next Halloween and really enjoyed being on character. Now it becomes a must for us to attend a trick or treat event for our two kids.

I even planned to host a celebration at home and invite other kids where I can prepare fun and frightful meals and have spooky decorations they will surely love!

I have long been wanted to host such party, but never had a chance to do so due to conflict of schedule. Not again at this time as we are going to spend a 3-day vacation at Pico Sands Hotel from October 30 to November 1.

Anyway, if given a chance to host such event, I will have any of these Halloween Party Masks offered at

These items were on sale so I can afford to have all these three! but this one's my personal favorite that can easily match my halloween dress: 

My son's last costume was "Darth Maul" which I ordered online from ebay. I remember asking him too many times if he was really decided to have that costume because it was a bit scary for kid at his age. The mask looks more of a hell boy and small kids were really scared upon seeing him, his cousin even cried and was really afraid to get near him.

And now as we browse through wide selections of masks and party supplies, I am not surprised as he chose this "Saw Movie" Jigsaw Puppet Mask for $2.57

Wow, pretty scary huh?! I felt under spell looking on its eyes... good choice. We can just match it with black long sleeves, black pants and shoes, and a pair of white gloves (budget wise!). 

Weeee, I feel inspired already planning for a trick or treat party. By the way, November is my birthday month and wouldn't mind if I  just celebrate a Halloween party instead.

Adding these balloons would be perfect for this Halloween celebration:

Hosting such party would definitely be an unforgettable  experience, it's a creative and fun way to celebrate with family and friends. What's next to search was spooky recipe ideas and not just candies as  treats.  

Next Halloween would be perfect for us to try this out. I just had to make a sure way to avoid ridiculous taxes imposed by Customs which we experienced when we bought that Darth Maul Costume. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The All-New Nissan NP300 Navara Review

I usually blogged about the products and services I personally experience, and so here goes our personal review of the 2015 Nissan NP300 Navara 4x2 6MT Calibre we bought last month! It was released last September 9, to be exact.

We availed our brand new truck thru Bank Financing, and were given 2 options, where we chose the one which offers 1 month Free amortization and  we avail the BPI  Auto Loans'  "Bagong Kotse , 1-month Libre" promo, that's equals 2 months free; so our monthly amortization will start on November pa (nice di ba?!).

I let my husband do the research on what and where to buy. I just laid down all my requirements and we ended up on  Nissan's Navara. My five (5)  simple requirements are as follows:

1. Should costs less than a million for low monthly amortization

          NP300 price starts at PhP916,000, for 4x2 6MT Calibre, it's PhP 957,000.

           We managed to have ours at 16,588 monthly amortization with 20% down payment.

2. Can perform tough cargo jobs 

            Its Double Cab features a bed length of 1503 mm, width of 1560 mm, and depth of 474 mm – tons of space for tons of cargo.

             Suitable for family and business use. Now, we are ready to move our items with ease!

3. Fuel efficient

         The 6-speed manual transmission increased fuel efficiency while it optimized shift stroke controls.

4. Offers high comfort 

            It has "zero-gravity" front seats! You won't be needing  neck and lumbar pillows. The seats  were surprisingly designed for a relaxed posture and  can help minimize body stress.

5. Should have attractive exterior and interior design

                As we arrived at the Nissan showroom, we are certain that we want the 'Savanna Orange', but we ended up on 'Alpine White'. Why? it's out of budget (mas mahal pala).
            Husband and I were both impressed with how it  looks, 'maangas  tingnan', the concave surfaces brings out the masculinity and makes it more appealing.
               It has spacious interior, the backseat has plenty of knee and ample head room for 3 adults.

             It has plenty of cup holders, (yes, it's very important for us especially for the kids). It has a  total of 6, four in front and two in rear.

               USB, aux and bluetooth for smartphone connectivity.

                It has simple, but modern dashboard.

That's it! That's basically my own  requirements met by this truck. I don't drive, so husband relayed his driving experience.

He says that it has a smooth acceleration and shifting and an integrated rear-spoiler helps improve aerodynamics on the highway.

He had recovered from slipped disc, and really appreciate the spinal support front seat that helps reduced fatigue during long drives. 

We were very much pleased and was convinced that we made a wise decision, considering its affordability  and good quality. We are now proud owners of a tough and smart truck. =)

Ms. Rhya, the pretty and accommodating Sales Marketer at Nissan WestGate Alabang gave us free accessories (bedliner, side tint, and seat cover) and welcome us with a bottle of red wine on the released day.

Nissan provides legendary reliability and proven quality when it comes to pick-ups. So, all we can say is that this NP300 Navara is worth checking out.

What's next? Carryboy and  more accessories! Any recommendations?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Go Shop Online and Get Paid thru!

Singapore and Malaysia's most popular cashback website is now here in  the Philippines!

If you do shop online, why not shop thru and get rewarded with actual cash of up to 12%  of your money back? It's simple as having SM Advantage card or various member Rewards Card that we use every time we shop.

I first learn about this cashback site thru an FB post from a friend. I signed up using the link provided and browse through its wide selection of stores.

Popular online stores like Zalora, Lazada, Ensogo, agoda and a lot more was listed. If this cashback site has long been existed here in our country, I think I have a good portion of my money back with all those online deals that I purchased way back. Tsk!

Anyway, I recently bought online some pieces of statement necklaces, so I opt to look for a matching basic tops at Zalora thru ShopBack instead of heading to the mall.

After account logged in, a wide selection of stores, online sale, travel and  best deals are available to choose from different categories. Shopback serves as a one stop online shop, as it provides listing of current sales or coupon codes for each merchant page.

You can see all the promotions and discounts of your favorite online store summarized in each merchant page.

This page is where I found the Zalora Basics "Buy 2 Get 20% OFF" promo:

Yes, it makes shopping even more convenient and provides extra "savings" when we shop. There’s no issue if you already have discount codes or credit card rebates. You can use the discount codes and still get cashback on top of that. The cashback comes stacked on top of all other promotions, so you won’t have to choose one over the other. 

I clicked the "Shop Now" button and got redirected to a new tab where I can shop as usual. I logged in to my Zalora account and started to add items to my 'bag' and  choose 2 items to  take advantage of 20% discount promotion.

Take NOTE: "It is important to stay within the redirected tab till purchase for a successful Cashback."

As I was finalizing my order, I received an email from the merchant offering a one time 10% OFF that will expire tom midnight. Wow! they really knew how to push their customers to checkout the items.

Here's the items in my bag:

The first item was on sale already, I checked with the merchant's CSR and was informed that the 20% OFF can no longer be applied because it is eligible only for regular priced items. Well, that's fine with me, since I got the Peplum Top for 30% OFF the original price and another 10% OFF for the TOTAL price.

I checked out the items as usual, the only difference is that I am using the redirected tab via Shopback. My preferred payment option was paypal, as always.


Now, I prefer shopping online thru Shopback, as it conveniently compiled all the best online deals plus the bonus of having a portion back of the money spent. And, would definitely  recommend this to online shopper to save time looking for the best deals and have extra savings while spending.

Cashback is tracked within 4 hours of transaction and redeemable within 50 days, but as I checked after a couple of minutes, the cashback was already reflected in my account information.

And hey, they also have "Refer-A Friend Bonus" where you:

Give your friends P 100.00 & you get rewarded with P 100.00 when they make a purchase!

Check out  my first PhP100  Referral Bonus with them:

What do you think? As for me, this is a brilliant addition to e-commerce industry  where consumers can enjoy unlimited rebates.

As for cashing out the total earnings, I will be posting my review... soon!

UPDATE as of 10/1/2015:

My order was delivered the next day =)


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