posted by Jennie on Nov 1

As a family that do not exactly follow the norm, we’re homeschooling and we also believe in progressive over traditional education, among other things.  Howard Gardner’s theory on Multiple Intelligence is something our family also believes in.

Is it enough that your kid is getting good grades in school to be considered intelligent?

Howard Gardner believed that it is more complex than that. The human person can be intelligent in many other ways, ways that are independent from each other and has each of their own strengths and constraints.

This is called Multiple Intelligence.

What is the real edge of Multiple Intelligence?

Multiple Intelligence is being intelligent/smart in more ways than one. Multiple intelligence exposes kids to new concepts and skills in multiple ways and allows them to demonstrate their understanding in multiple ways as well.

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posted by Jennie on Oct 31

The doll went from crying to giggling as soon as I got her changed to Huggies Dry Pants. Cute! :-)

Thank you Huggies for sending this cute Huggies Dry Doll. It just reminded me how long ago it was since I last changed nappies. :-)

Moms get a chance to show the world how cute and kulit their baby can be with their Huggies Dry Pants. Join Huggies Dry Pants Step Up Dance Showdown and get a chance to win 1 year’s supply of Huggies Dry Pants.

To Join, all you need to do is:

1. Download the Step, Step, Up jingle

2. Take a video of your baby dancing to the beat (with Huggies Dry Pants packs in the shot)

3. Upload your baby’s video

Click here to join:

posted by Jennie on Oct 30

The first time my hubby and I ever heard of Cord Blood Banking was during one of our Lamaze birth sessions with Chiqui Hahn, back in 2005. The idea back then was fairly new locally, although it was already around for sometime in other countries. Almost a decade since, Cord Blood Banking has proven to be very beneficial to families all over the world. Here’s more on Cord Blood by Cordlife.

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posted by Jennie on Oct 22

Emboldened by its mission to improve the lives of Filipinos towards helping build a brighter future, Unilever Philippines kicked off the celebration of Global Handwashing Day last October 14, 2014 by making a commitment to teach proper handwashing to 1.5 million children in Metro Manila this 2014.

Globally, an estimated 3.5 million children die every year due to diarrhea and respiratory diseases. Millions more suffer from hepatitis A, influenza and measles. These illnesses and deaths can be prevented through the simple act of proper handwashing which eliminates disease-spreading germs.

“Guided by the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan which aims to improve the health and well-being of one billion people globally, Unilever Philippines strengthens its commitment to reduce the incidences of deaths and illnesses caused by diarrhea and respiratory ailments among children via our handwashing program,” said Mr. Chito Macapagal, Unilever’s VP for Corporate Affairs.

At the Mandaluyong Elementary School, Unilever and its partners—UNICEF, the Department of Education, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, Philippine Public Health Administration, Fit for School, Knowledge Channel and Manila Water—pledged to educate 1.5 million children on proper handwashing. This is in addition to the 4 million Filipinos reached since the program started in 2010.

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posted by Jennie on Oct 20

The resilience of the Filipino spirit, I believe, is something that has ushered our country to move forward despite the many odds. From one calamity after another, we have kept our spirits high by helping each other through the age-old concept of Bayanihan.

Last week, I was able to visit the Gawad Kalinga’s Trese Community in Payatas for the first time.  I’ve always been curious about Gawad Kalinga and here was an opportunity to actually learn more about this very inspiring community.  Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Jennie on Oct 15

Right from the time that we got pregnant with our son, my husband and I have always had this resolve of training him aright, in all departments – physical, emotional, spiritual, mental. As we armed ourselves with resources  and agreed on principles, it made us more confident to welcome our son when he arrived.

When I blogged about some Parenting Insights We Can Use, I mentioned the resources that were instrumental and essentially influenced how we are bringing up our son and basically why our sanity are still pretty much intact to this day. We knew right on that we weren’t going to hire a nanny for our son, so while other people call it selfish for wanting our baby to sleep through the night early on, we actually studied and experimented on Ezzo’s principles. We love our son so much that any hint of us damaging him in any way, that principle will find itself thrown out the window. One of the things that people against Babywise principles have is the risk of undernourishment.

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posted by Jennie on Oct 13

It was five years ago when the hubby and I first experienced Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park with 36 other BlogVenturers. We relive it to this day with such fondness still. Definitely one of the few unforgettable out of town blog events we attended back in the day. I cannot help but be thrilled with the prospect of visiting again together with my boys. The visit became a reality last week. As homeschoolers, we were shooting to have our “field trip” that day and the destination cannot be more interesting than this.

on the way to island cove

 The 3 Js on their way to Island Cove. :)


A quick shot I took from the van upon entry, uploaded on Instagram. Nice to see you again, Island Cove!

During the Detour: Island Cove Adventure in 2009, I had so much fun as we ran around the island in teams. We saw glimpses of the facilities and areas as we did the most exciting “amazing race” I have ever gotten myself involved in. It was so much fun that 5 years after, we still share the same heart with fellow bloggers who joined that trip.  This time around with no rush to do any racing, my family was able to breathe in and actually enjoy the facilities. It was such a rewarding, educational and fun time with my family.

Island Cove Electric Jeep

Electric Jeepney

Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park is a family friendly place. I cannot help but be reminded of Plantation Bay, aside from the electric jeepneys, essentially because of the endless possibilities families get to enjoy for quality bonding time. Although both vary in their offerings, there are a lot of facilities that families and friends can enjoy together. The plus, for us, who are living in the metro, is that Island Cove is a mere 15 minutes away from Mall of Asia. It’s so close! I was actually surprised when we drove through the entrance of Island Cove last week. I don’t really remember getting there as fast 5 years ago.  Island Cove is a perfect getaway from the metro madness that won’t have us drive so far to enjoy a lovely escape from our regular grind as a family.

  • 113 Hotel Rooms
  • a new 8-lane Bowling Alley
  • 3-hectare Fishing grounds
  • 4 giant slides at the Oceania swimming complex
  • a jacuzzi and 2 pools exclusive for hotel guests
  • Fit Club
  • Interactive Game Room
  • Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Adventure Zone: Paintball Arena, Airsoft field, Biking and a challenge course
  • 2 Restaurants serving Filipino and Western cuisine
  • a Family KTV  
  • a disco

While I knew that Island Cove has lots of existing facilities back from our 2009 visit, it wasn’t until last week that we actually got to experience the facilities and drink in the fun of it all! The best part of it is that I thrilled over the whole thing with my boys! It was priceless and definitely something that we are looking forward to do to all over again.

fishing village

I’ll let you in on a secret. A couple of weeks before our trip to Island Cove, my family and I were in Eden Nature Park in Davao. While we enjoyed our day trip there, especially the cheap Mangosteen and Marang, the one thing that our little guy was looking forward to, which was fishing, we failed to do. The Fishing Village in Eden Nature Park closes at 4PM and we finished our nature park tour past 4! We went home that day with a teary-eyed boy, who insisted on going back the day after. We could’ve considered to go back only if we weren’t flying back to Manila that day. So we came home with a heartbroken boy. We prayed that night, in between his sobs, to be able to find a place near the metro where we can go fishing when we fly home. The answer was practically instant as we woke up the next day with an invitation to visit Island Cove. The recreational activity, “fishing”, never sounded so beautiful until then. Sure, we could’ve went on the long road of looking for a place to fish when we get home. But the timing of the invite cannot be more perfect, I knew that it was the affirming hand of God orchestrating and allowing my little mommy heart to provide my son’s heart’s delight!

island cove fishing boy

Island Cove Fishing Village

fishing village boy

 My little man on his fishing business mode. :-)

fishing village first catch

 First Catch – Tilapia!

The delight in those eyes when he caught his first fish was priceless, he was practically jumping when he caught a slightly bigger tilapia! That boy was over the moon! He was so proud that he caught two, while his Papa, none. He’s always in this competitive mode. If it’s not roughhousing or who topples the other first, it’s fishing. :D

Great food! 

 The Fishing Village is facing Manila Bay and has 21 huts on bamboo stilts with spectacular views of the Manila and Makati skylines. This Filipino-themed restaurant offers guests a unique experience in dining. Guests can go fishing and may have their catch cooked or can order Filipino favorites from the menu including dishes that are unique to Cavite. Top recommendations are the Pinoy Boodle Feast and the Lechon sa Buho. Island Cove has four food and beverage outlets managed by Executive Chef Jomar Medrano.

fishing village lunch with gov. gilbert remulla

Hearty lunch amidst great company at the Fishing Village

Island Cove Managing Director Mr. Gilbert Remulla gave us an update on the ongoings of Island Cove’s year-long renovation of their hotel rooms, cabanas and dormitories. They are done with the first phase and their completion target is set by mid-2015.

Sangley Point’s boasts of delectable western-style cuisine. Their must try food items that were winners for us are the baked baby back ribs, the burgers that my son loved to the last morsel, margherita and four-cheese pizzas and their guava iced tea. Read the rest of this entry »