May 5, 2018

Inay, Q and N Day Out: Gardenia Plant Tour with Mommy Bloggers Philippines

Kidulting is a way to relive the best childhood memories, to temporarily escape adult activities, and to remember the good, old days of being carefree.  Adults are now trying to recapture their childhood experiences through playing console games or visiting their favorite kid theme park or having a spontaneous night of pajama party. But did you know that kidulting can be used as a parenting tool? It could be an effective parenting method where adults and kids bond together in activities they can both playfully participate. Where the young can create fun and learning-filled experience while the adult can reminisce their child self and relate with their kids as playmate and not as a demanding parent.

We were all happy to see the LED screen welcoming the MBP

MBP Represent!

We're going on a Fieldtrip!

Last May 4, together with fellow Mommy Bloggers Philippines members, we started our Friday early heading to the Gardenia Bread Plant in Laguna International Industrial Park (LIIP), Binan Laguna. What I thought to be just a Plant Tour became a whole day affair doing workshops around the Gardenia Plant. I brought with me Kuya Quillan, being his last hurrah for childhood because soon he will enter the adolescence stage. I thought he will benefit best from the opportunity and knowing that schools these days omitted the out of town field trips in the curriculum probably to escape the crazy traffic and because of the recent  accidents that involved the rented buses.

Game winner: Twiggies Hunt

Gardenia prepared a lot of fun activities that harness the different skills of all the kid participants touching all the ages. Since the MBP kids' ages varies, everybody had their share of showcasing their skills and talents in the Arts, Leadership, Entertainment and in the mock Workplace. We did some coloring and painting activities. The small kids did some reading and role playing. When the Gardenia mascots appeared the kids joined them in a dance number. During the Gardenia Plant tour, the children were briefed and trained to be plant Tour Guides and Merchandisers. They even played games!

We went home very happy despite of being tired from travelling. We took home lots of Gardenia goodies from the generous Gardenia management and staff. Aside from that, Quillan was happy to learn a lot of things and the whole process of making bread. The sight of the entire bread plant is just mesmerizing and overwhelming especially the twin cooling towers all the more the number of breads they produce everyday. Quillan appreciated more the value of the food we love to eat seeing and doing the whole process of making and actual selling them to market. 

why so serious Inay???

Turning Gardenia products to special goodies.
Toasties to Polvoron
Twiggies to Cake pops
Gardenia White bread to Ham and cheese rolls

Q was HERE: Gardenia Plant Tour

The Gardenia Plant located in LIIP (Laguna International Industrial Park) Mamplasan, BiƱan, Laguna houses 2 state of the art bread plants that produces 850,000 loaves and buns in a day to date.

In 2009, Gardenia inaugurated what they call now 6K1, their first plant capable of making 6,000 loaves of white bread per HOUR. In 2016, they invested another sophisticated and world class plant also with the same capacity, 6,000 loaves in one hour, they call it 6K2.

A total of 12,000 loaves of white bread are produced in one hour which they say runs 24 hours a day. They only shut the machineries on Saturdays which makes the operation 6x a week. You do the Math. ;) Inside the plant, you will be amazed to see the fully automated mixing throughs, guaranteed no human intervention. Doughs are running on conveyors parted, weighed and individually placed in baking pans going towards the oven. Then the freshly baked breads go to that twin cylinder shaped cooling towers before they get to be mechanically sliced. 

The only time they are being touched by human hands is during QC to make sure they pass the perfect quality before they get packed and sealed. The breads are being tumbled down to see if they are baked perfectly. They also pass through a metal detector to make sure they are clean. Another time they are being held by human is at the end of the conveyor where they are being stacked on to the crates.

We were not allowed to take photos of the actual machines and process but I hope you got the picture of how Gardenia white breads are made. 

Did I mention they produce 6,000 breads in one hour in just one plant alone? They got 2 plants by the way.

With Kuya Reggie

With Ms Leslie and Ms Jennie

With Ms Joy and Ms May

Thank you so much Gardenia Philippines! To all the kind and pretty Facilitators who assisted us with the tour! Thank you Mommy Bloggers Philippines for this opportunity of KIDULTING.

April 23, 2017

PR: Celebrating Your New Bundle of Joy at Smart Parenting Baby Shower

Tables 1, 2 & 3 and the CDE Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Galleria was filled with gorgeous belly blessed women with 12 tables

Who doesn't like games??? celebrates of motherhood and all of its adventures by kicking off this year's Smart Parenting Baby Shower at the Crowne Plaza Manila last April 22, 2017.

"An expectant mom, especially a new mom, is excited, but she is also anxious about her childbirth -- she has tons of questions. With Smart Parenting's Baby Shower, we hope we can give her answers and ease her worries. We want her to feel that the workshop is her comfort zone!"
Leah Nemil - San Jose, Smart Parenting, Editor-in-Chief

The day was filled with much passion for parenthood as mommies nearing childbirth experienced an afternoon of informational talks and fun activities from experts.

The first talk was given by Kate delos Reyes and Mish Maravilla from LATCH Philippines, a non-profit organization that offers quality lactation education and peer counseling services to mothers. Kate and Mish shared the A-to-Zs and benefits of breastfeeding, plus discussed latching positions and breast supply. 

Ms Kate delos Reyes

If that cannot convince you to breastfeed, what else will???

Mish Maravilla on Breastfeeding 101

Breast is Best!

Model, blogger, columnist, and Belo Baby's mombassador, Kelly Misa-Hernandez shared her experience as a first-time mother and how she overcame the struggle of finding the perfect baby skin products for her son's sensitive skin.

one beautiful 1st time mom, Kelly Misa-Hernandez

Edward Cuenca, an instructor from American Safety and Health Institute and level-9 instructor-trainer for basic and advanced emergency courses, gave light on the importance of first aid for infants. He demonstrated CPR and Heimlich Maneuver for infants.

All ears on Mr Cuenca

Can a pregnant person can perform CRP?

And finally, Betty San Luis, Certified Doula, the main childhood mentor of Birthing is a Blessing, a child birth mentoring and doula support service, demonstrated prenatal relaxation and proper breathing techniques. A certified doula is a trained labor and birth support person who provides continous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother and partner during pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum.

Certified Doula, Betty San Luis

this birthing technique is not for the faint hearted

After all the activities, expectant mommies are treated with a sumptuous buffet with an exciting line of prizes from the event's Major Sponsor Belo Baby,  and generous concessionaires: Snug - A - Hug, Mommy Treats, Baby Leaf, Wink, The Nest, Miracle Blanket, Wallaby Mommy, Mega Malunggay, Blanqui, Baby K' Tan, Giant Carrier, Smart Steps, Baby Mama, Seve's Mom and Babyganics.

SP's co-presentor of the Smart Parenting Baby Shower Event BELO BABY

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March 12, 2017

Everything is Awesome at Hobbes and Landes Lego Building City

It was an awesome date with my first born. Q is a Lego and building block fanatic. That is why any invitations or events that deals with Lego is something special and we cant let it pass. Mommy Bloggers Ph's invitation came in perfect timing. Q's exam is coming and this activity is a way to destress him from reviewing and preparing for finals. As expected, he was excited when he learned about it.

Build City is located in Hobbes and Landes,
3rd Flr of the Greenbelt 5, Makati City

I made it sure this is our quality time with each other so we left Z with their aunts so we could maximize this moment. We commuted using the MRT and walked through the malls interconnected to reach Greenbelt 5. We got there in time, in fact very early for the event but in time for the start of registration at 11AM.

Q was HERE!

Warming up his fingers for the building competition

Happy Builder

more kids are coming in

 A Hobbes and Landes staff got his name and age at the registration and made us come back before 3 for the competition. We then had lunch after signing up. After eating, we immediately went back to the store and Q played at the Lego building table. MBP kids were also there. Clyt, mommy Neri's niece and Rafael, mommy Anna's son. As the time for the competition comes to near, more kids are coming and playing at the table. Some are walking clients of the store and some came also to sign up.

The Lego Trio Speed Building Comepetition started at exactly 3 PM, Reeno Catioc, from Lego Philippines, welcomed everyone and immediately proceeded on calling  and assigning the participants to their corresponding teams of 3.

meet Mr. Reeno Catioc, the game master, emcee and time keeper

the image to be built

At first, Q was called to be part of Team B for the 7-10 y/o category but withdrawn immediately. There were 3 groups of 3, A,B, and C formed for the said category.  Clyt was part of Team A, Rafael and Nico, son of mommy Mona, should have been Q's teammates in Team B until he was pulled out and replaced by another girl. Q then became Team A in the 11-14 y/o category. He happened to be the oldest in the former category so he was sort of accelerated. 

Teams A and B assembled around the table. Sir Reeno gave them the mechanics and the image of the Lego blocks to be built. It was a house, with red, blue yellow and black color combination. The game master divided it into 3 and assigned one to each participants. Each will build the corresponding part of the house, 1st floor, second floor and the attic/roof, within 1 minute. However, they didn't finish the house, as I have understood from the mechanics. They were judged according to what they accomplished over the given time.

Team A for 11-14 y/o category
Game Faces on!

Q was teamed up to very competitive youngsters, definitely building block fanatics. They happened to be siblings. They support each other by cheering and boosting. They did the same with Q being their teammate. To cut the long story short, their team won. Q, although got very tensed did his best. His strategies worked for him. Over all he really enjoyed the experience, given that this is his first time to compete in a building block event and won. He took home a very favorable loot. They shared 3 thousand worth of Lego toys. All the participants also got Lego Posters being part of the event.

Winners for the 7-10 y/o Category

Winners for the 11-14 y/o Category

ngiting tagumpay!

We went home very happy. He was excited to share his winnings with his brother that the next morning, they built and assembled it together.
one happy bro with his Kuya's pasalubong