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Primo time

By Celine Trinidad  Casually dressed in cream cut out blouse and tight blue jeans, Iya Villania saunters into the main hall of Le Jardin Restaurant at the Bonifacio Global City complex in Taguig City for the baby shower thrown by Japanese stroller brand Aprica in honor of her college friend Sam Godinez-Valenciano, the wife of musician and concert director Paolo Valenciano who’s set to give birth later this month. She made heads turn largely because it’s been merely 11 days since she gave birth, on Aug. 30, to her and her husband Drew Arellano’s first child—a  bouncing baby boy they have named Antonio Primo—yet she already looks like she’s shed all her pregnancy pounds.  Consistent workout is key  “Nanganak naman ako (I gave birth)” the 30-year-old TV host quips when people raved about her slim figure. She adds that she gained about 22 to 25 pounds when she was still …

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Hong Kong: The kid guide

Hong Kong is not exactly renowned to be the most kid friendly country around but don’t fret if you want to go and visit and have to bring the children. I gave birth to two out of my three babies there and I never felt that there was a lack of activities to do or places to go or things to see with them. Hong Kong is famous for being a shopping mecca in Asia but there is so much more on offer. Here is my guide to Hong Kong with your kids. HK Space Museum If you get a “bad air day” in Hong Kong, you might want to consider keeping the kiddos indoors for part of the day, as the pollution can get pretty unhealthy. The HK Museum is a great option to keep your littlies entertained. The planetarium is comprised of the Stanley Ho Space Theater, the Hall of Space Science, …

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A hope for every child

By Aimee Lagman Like any other family, we always thought that the first grandchild is the apple of the eye. They are the gleaming hope of all the possibilities and dreams that we couldn’t accomplish for our children and ourselves. Especially in our case, you can imagine the excitement of the parents, grandparents, and titas, when we found out it was a boy in a household dominated by women. It had a similar effect as that of the announcement of Prince George’s arrival. On Dec. 25, 2009, my sister  Anne and her husband Denton welcomed their eldest son, my nephew Isaac, whose name means “God’s gift of laughter.” True to his name, he brought us overwhelming joy. Every first was a milestone and a cause for celebration. Our lives were perfect in our own standards, until his first year. Then came the news that completely changed our lives but brought us closer together.  Diagnosis A few months after his first birthday, Anne and Denton realized that Isaac was a little …

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Raising readers

It’s Book Fair week at my daughter’s school and she’s all excited. “Mom, I saw books about fairies and princesses. Can you please come to school and get them for me, please,” my five-year old asks while batting her eyelashes. “Of course, sweetheart. Do they have Thea Stilton? You know your brother has a whole collection of Geronimo Stilton books. He’s a mouse who works as a writer and has all kinds of fun adventures. Thea is his sister. You might like them, too,” I tell her. Her eyes light up and she proceeds to ask me multiple questions about the Stilton siblings. Bookworm As a child, I read everything that I could get my hands on. Reading became my passion at quite an early age. At six, I devoured The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I kept saying “constrictor” for two whole days after reading the first chapter. Then there …

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Baby’s day out

My one-year-old daughter will be flying with me next month for a 20-hour flight. Any ideas on how to make this trip less challenging?​ ​— Kristina​, Marikina Suzi says: Hi there, Kristina, Oh boy! It’s going to be a great adventure. Be prepared for a bit of a challenge. However if you plan well, you might feel less frustrated during the flight. I’m assuming the 20-hour flight will have a stopover? Plan for that, too! If your daughter is still breastfeeding, that makes everything so much easier. Every time it’s feeding time, or especially during takeoff and landing, it’s much easier to calm your daughter. The same goes for bottle feeding, except with a bit more effort. Call the airline ahead to ask about their rules on bringing water in bottles to feed your baby …

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Been there, done that

By Loraine Balita-Centeno What does a magazine editor, company owner slash consultant, a city mayor, and an HR director all have in common? They’re all remarkable working moms. Even though these amazing women had to power through under different scenarios to make it big in different fields they all had to struggle with the same challenges to get to where they are today. They, too, had to deal with the gut-wrenching mommy guilt, the insane pressure, and the seemingly insurmountable tasks that working moms (regardless of their status, race, or religion)  all over the world have to accomplish on a daily basis. If you’re a new working mom struggling to balance wanting to be a good mother with achieving your dreams of having a fulfilling career know that these women went through the same things you …

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Proud Mama

For the past few months, I’ve been writing or perhaps venting and lamenting about my eldest child’s behavior at home. I mentioned that I’d been proactively seeking strategies and solutions to deal with the stress and tension brought about by our lack of experience and knowledge. I’ve been seeking a way to change the dynamic at home, because we were ill equipped in our quest to guide Kieran through this particularly demanding phase of development. Both Kieran and David as well as I have been seeing therapists to assist us as we traverse our way through the peaks and gullies of tween growth. I have to say I’m so happy with our progress so far. We are not perfect by any means, but we are at  least 50 percent better. This percentage I am told is outstanding progress. When you are faced with testing times as a parent, …

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Wear your art

More and more women are choosing comfort over craze. The saying “suffer for fashion” no longer holds true, especially when it comes to footwear.  What used to be staples for kids and teeners are now also the shoes of choice of adults. I’m talking about rubber shoes (sneakers, sneaks, kicks if you will). Why even Victoria Beckham has traded her signature heels for Adidas Superstars! Trend and comfort, however, don’t necessarily have to exclude each other.  Find a great pair of white sneakers and you can pair it with almost anything. I use mine with dresses, pantsuits, jeans, and shorts. Slip-on sneaks are also top choices for busy moms who drive, run endless errands, and are basically on the go 24/7. Recently, I met local artists who have chosen canvas sneakers as the main medium for their art. Meet John and Juno Macrohon, the ingenious husband-and-wife team behind Face Off Kicks. …

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Super woman unchained

By Audrey Bradd Oviedo It is 11:47 p.m., and I am the only soul awake in our household. My hardworking husband, tired from a full day of office work and a triathlon training, is finally getting some well-deserved rest. My eldest daughter has once again fallen asleep with a book on her face and my youngest daughter sprawled out on top of her. Even the yayas have finally decided to log off their Facebook accounts and call it a night. This quiet moment, this island of peace in a day full of frenetic activity and non-stop action, this is the only time I can claim as my own. My name is Audrey, and I am a businesswoman, a running enthusiast, a freelance writer, and a wife. The most important thing about me, however, is that I am a mother. LIFE CHANGER Before I was blessed with my first daughter, I was a fresh graduate …

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The Deconstruction of Joel Escober

I’ve been perusing different accessories, purses, and shoes for the past 15 minutes. My heart beats a little faster as I ask to take a closer look at one of the more intricate neckpieces. How absolutely gorgeous, I think to myself. Then I move on to inspect the clothes by the display window. A row of mannequins are all dressed in black. Some feature delicate lace overlay while others have embroidered flower cutouts sewn in them.  All sport black baseball hats which are again adorned with floral appliqués. Quite an unexpected pairing with the distinctly feminine cuts of the clothes. My interviewee’s assistant promptly announces that he would be arriving shortly and that her employer sends his apologies for being caught in traffic. It’s my fifth time to visit Courtyard 1976. …

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