Unconventional Us

I must say, we have a unique family set-up.  I'm a single mom, a work-from-home mom, homeschooling mom, and a stage mom.  My son is never been under the care of a yaya.  When I was still working outside our home, it was my mom who took care of my son.  I also bring my son to his auditions.  If I cannot personally bring my son to the auditions, I will ask my mom to bring my son at the venue and will pick them up once my other appointment is done.  I always bring my son wherever I go, be it a business matter or just plain grocery shopping.   We still sleep on one bed.  We're almost inseparable.

Some of you may say that I'm an amazing mom, being able to juggle different roles and responsibilities while I keep my sanity intact.  From the bottom of my heart, I thank you if you think of me that way :)  However, I also have my piece--or rather pieces--of hurt from those people who think that our unconventional lifestyle is not healthy and somehow depriving my son of the good things in life.  I know I don't owe everybody an explanation and cannot please them, but still, there are times that I really mind these comments and drown myself in tears.  One thing that helps me jump back onto my feet is my son and my renewed faith with the Lord.  Yes, he's the source of my inspiration and strength to carry on with my life despite of all those bashings and ridicule.  The Lord is always there for me, providing all of the things that my son and I need on the daily basis.  The Lord has been there in our lives, in good and bad times.

These are some of the things that people ask and think about our family set-up:

1.  Kasi inglisero si Kib.  I admit, I was once one of those people who asks the same thing to parents who taught their children to speak in English more than in Filipino.  When it's my turn to be a parent, there was this unconscious thought in me to teach my son to speak in English.  I call it 'parenting to the next level'.  But it doesn't mean that Kib is sosyalero and does not know how to mingle with ordinary kids.  He is a kid who knows how to mingle with others, the only difference is he speaks in English.  

I guess these people who think that way towards Kib never really tried to know Kib on a deeper level.  Maybe they got intimidated with Kib.  And FYI, nakakaintindi din si Kib ng Tagalog at nakakasalita din ng Tagalog, just bear with his funny Filipino accent and grammar.  

2.  Bakit sya homeschooled?  Paano ang social skills nya?  I must say, we are destined and called by God to homeschool.  Homeschooling is a Christian movement and strongly rooted on Proverbs 22:6 ("Train up a child in a way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it").  One of the first blog entries that I made was about my decision to homeschool (please see blog here).  If people have really tried to know Kib, they will be amazed to know that he is very bubbly and personable and likeable even he is a homeschooled child.

3.  Ikaw ha, child labor yang ginagawa mo.  I thank God for giving Kib good looks and for the modeling opportunities, but it doesn't mean that I let my son work for us, it's illegal and I can be jailed for that.  He has a DOLE work permit.  His earnings are in the bank, it's not wasted.  Even if this was said as a joke, I know it's half-meant. I just say to myself that 'sorry na lang kayo, kahit bata pa ang anak ko kumikita na ng pera'.  

4. Ang tanga mo naman, di mo alam?  This refers to my failed marriage.  There were some people who made me feel that it's my fault why I had a failed marriage.  There were instances that some people also made me feel that it's a sin to have a failed marriage.  This hurt me so much.  I am so happy that I just found a community that welcomes single parents so much that they always pray and shower blessings and affirmations to them.  You are not judged about your past, but they are there to support you in raising a God-fearing child. 

5.  Hindi mo maiiwan si Kib?  I embraced parenthood so much that I somehow never mind not to have my me-time anymore.  I never hired a yaya for my son.  Kib and I are inseparable and I am happy spending most of my time with him.  Kib is trained to entertain himself while I'm working outside or talking with someone.  I let him bring something that will keep him entertained and will not bother me when I have a meeting.  I feel hurt when people invite me for an activity and towards the end of the invitation the event is 'for adults only'.  I would appreciate NOT receiving any invitation at all if no kids will be allowed.  It won't be taken against you, promise.  

There you go....I've shared a piece of our life to you.  I am writing this not to seek affection nor to be pitied upon, but to just simply share how difficult it is to live a life like ours.  Don't worry, I am trying to live a positive life, not dwelling so much with all the negativities that I receive from these people.  I have my family and friends who have been supportive to our journey and I know that God will always be there to supply our needs and praying that our life will be a source of inspiration to others who are also struggling with their own unique family set-up.  Amen to that!

Kib's 2015 Summer Adventures

Last year, Kib had a busy summer.  He attended theater acting workshop, singing and dancing workshops, and McDonald's Kiddie Crew workshop (see blog here).  This year, I wasn't really able to plan his summer activities, but I really promised to him that he will have something to get busy about apart from our regular routine of attending events, doing household chores, and homeschooling (yes, we do study all year long!).

From Kib's overall assessment at BrainFit Studio early this year, it was revealed that Kib needs to be involved in sports, particularly ball sports.  I was already thinking of a basketball activity for this kid this year but I wasn't really able to find time to inquire about it.  

Anyway, I remembered that there are swimming lessons held at our village clubhouse every year.  I inquired last year about it, but since Kib had a very jampacked schedule, I've put aside my plan of enrolling Kib.  This year, I really made an effort to go to our village clubhouse to inquire about it, anyway it's just a walking distance from our house, haha.  Good thing there's a tarpaulin about the swimming lessons displayed just outside the clubhouse. 

Kib and I woke up very early the following day to inquire about swimming lessons.  I wanted Kib to observe how a swimming lesson is being conducted.  When Kib saw kids smaller than him learning how to swim, he really got excited.  So without second thoughts, I signed up and paid for the lessons.

That afternoon I went to Taytay to buy him a new set of swimming attire (it's so cheap for only P150 for the whole set, rashguard and swimming trunks). I told Kib to wake up early for his swimming class the following day (his schedule is 8-9 a.m.) so he set his alarm clock at 7 a.m.

Prior to his formal swimming lessons, I've taught Kib to be confident in water.  I brought him flotation devices to help him to be comfortable in water.  I will bring him to the deep part of the pool and we dip underwater for few seconds.  He will sometimes cry but I assured him I will not let him go.  I guess letting him wear arm floaters too really helped him to be fully confident in water.  He will sometimes jump in the deep part of the pool because he knows that he won't sink.  

Apart from building confidence, I've taught Kib super duper basic strokes in swimming.  I had formal swimming lessons way back in highschool but maybe because I felt I'm already too old for that (my classmates were younger than me haha), I never learned that much.  He was so proud to tell his lola that he can already swim without floaters.

To give Kib an idea how a swimming lesson is being conducted, I let him observe one swimming class before I enrolled him.  I paid in full and in the afternoon I bought him a new set of swimwear (it's so cheap in Taytay!).  I told him to wake up early for his swimming lessons (swimming lessons are from 8-9 a.m.) so he set his alarm clock at 7 a.m. 

On Kib's first day of swimming lessons, he was grouped with inexperienced kids.  But since the coach has seen confidence and Kib was also able to immediately grasp the basic techniques, he was 'promoted' to the upper class the following day.  I am so happy with Kib's determination to learn swimming!

Ready to swim!

Doing some stretching exercise before dipping in the pool

Bubbles!  Breathing exercise in the water

Leg exercises to strengthen leg muscles

Water break!

Practicing arm pulling

On his second day, he was the smallest in the upper group, but he was very confident.  The children will swim from the deep part of the pool going to the shallow part of the pool.  I've never seen Kib being afraid to step down on the deep part of the pool.  

Ready to swim, just waiting for the coach's prompt

Since day one, the coach always train children to do threading on the pool.  I am so happy that I've never seen any hint of scaredness when the coach let him thread on the deep part of the pool for few seconds.  The coach was also impressed by Kib's eagerness to learn.

Practicing threading.  On his first few days of threading, Kib was practicing near the gutter or his coach, but on his eighth day, he was already almost a meter apart

Being the playful and talkative kid, sometimes Kib would talk while crossing the pool, haha.  What worried me a bit was his playfulness during swimming class.  Some parents might misunderstood Kib so I always remind Kib not to be too playful because other parents are watching.

For the duration of Kib's swimming lessons (10 consecutive days except Sunday), Kib was able to do basic freestyle strokes.  He still has confusion in doing freestyle without the kickboard, but with constant practice, for sure Kib will perfect the stroke.  The coach can also see Kib's readiness to learn other strokes, so I was planning to enroll him again in June for his regular swimming lessons which will also serve as his P.E.  

Kib doing a freestyle with the aid of kickboard.  Hopefully Kib will do freestyle without kickboard next time

Last Sunday, May 17th, my friend and I decided to go swimming together with our kids.  It was a long overdue get-together.  I was able to test Kib's swimming abilities and I was so happy that he never showed any signs of fear as we swim on the deep part of the pool!

Look!  Kib swimming on his own at the deep part of the pool!

Kib really tries to do his best in everything he does!  I am so proud of this boy!  Who says homeschoolers don't have the determination to succeed?

For those who are living in Metro East area (Taytay, Cainta, Pasig, Angono, etc.) and are interested in attending swimming lessons of Coach Phoebe and Coach Myrlin,you may text or call them at 0935-1152785 / 0935-8301991.  Starting June, swimming lessons will be held at our village clubhouse every Saturday at 7-8 a.m. and 8-9 a.m. for only P2,500 for 10 sessions.

Home Improvement 101

Recently, my son and I did some home improvement project, particularly repainting our gate.

My uncle noticed some rust formation on our gate, so he told me to get someone to do the painting job and gave me money to buy the materials needed.  Since I do not have much budget in hiring people to do the job, I just thought of making this activity to be a bonding activity with my son.  Since my son does not have father figure at home, I am somehow obliged to expose him to some 'manly' activities and as part of his life skills learning.  Sometimes we do wash our car together.

I went to Wilcon to buy the materials we needed for this job.  I bought two paint colors (ivory and emerald green), three paint brushes of different sizes, paint thinner, sandpaper, and rust converter.  

Before we can have the actual painting job, I brushed some parts of our gate with rust converter.  This will remove the existing rust from our gate.  I let it rest for 48 hours just to be sure that there will be no more rust.  Next thing we did was to clean our gate with soap and water.  We scrubbed the gate to remove the grime that were stuck on the curves and corners.  

Me scrubbing the gate

Now that the gate is already clean, we already started the painting!  It was messy indeed, even if we put paper below the gate, there are still paint drops on our garage.  Our hands are full of paint too!  My son always washes his hands because he feels icky about the sight of paint on his hands. He even wiped his hands on his white shirt, awww!

On the following days, we already learned the proper way of protecting ourselves from paint splatter.  We wore dark, long-sleeved shirts and dark pants so that the paint splatter on our clothes will not be noticeable.  We only paint 1-2 hours in the morning and 1-2 hours in the afternoon.  It's scorching heat outside and I still have other mommy duties at home so we really cannot put much time on painting our gate.

We are now almost finish with our gate painting but I have to put the job aside first.  Why?  Because I became busy with other stuff.  Also, the weather became so hot that my and I were too lazy to do things outside our home.  Hopefully we can finish it by the end of May.

It's fun to do some home projects!  How about you, what home projects do you do together with your child/children?

Simply Me

One thing that I learned in parenting is not to set aside your own aesthetics. Even if rarely go out of the house, I make sure that I still look fresh and presentable whenever I have a meeting outside or just simply do some errands.  When I accompany my son to his auditions, I really make an effort to freshen up.  Ayokong mapagkamalan akong yaya ng sarili kong anak, haha. 

This is me

I don't put make-up on a daily basis too since I'm just working from home.  Whenever I go out, I make sure that I put some blush and lipstick (and sometimes lip gloss) so that I will look fresh.  Sometimes I also do also put nail polish when I'm in the mood to prettify my nails.  Currently, I am into balik-alindog project (see my post here) and doing shopping for new clothes whenever there's a budget (waah, I'm a self-confessed shopaholic!).   

Prettified my nails last December as a Christmas treat for myself (see related post here)

Kidding aside, since I am not into make-up, I only buy not-so expensive make-up brands.  Actually, most of the time, it's just a gift for me from the United States, haha.  You guess it right, most of the make-up brands that I use are US brands--the likes of Revlon, Maybelline, and Wet n Wild.  The US brands I mentioned can be bought in leading department stores nationwide. Wet n Wild makeup is available online through: http://www.zalora.com.ph/wet-n-wild/.

I really like natural make-up hues.  My mom gave me a pink lipstick but whenever I use it,  I mix it with brown lip balm.  I feel like a teenager when I just wear pink lipstick, haha.  Sometimes, a colored lip gloss also does the trick.  I like pink blush though because it makes me look like tisay, lol.  My all-time favorite cheek-upper is Bench's Pretty When Pinched.  Sometimes I put BB cream on my face, but most of the time, I just put loose face powder.  

I used to wear heeled shoes, but since I got pregnant, I rarely wear heeled shoes.  I can no longer stand or walk for long hours wearing heeled shoes.  Most of the time I just wear flats.  Currently, my favorites are Crocs ballet flats and Jelly Bunny flats.  Apart from wearing flats, if I'm just doing grocery shopping or errands, I just wear slippers.  I always have slippers in my car just in case my feet are already tired from walking. 

Two of my favorite Crocs footwear, bought it during Crocs sale

The hearts all over the shoes made me fell in love with the design of this Jelly Bunny ballet flats

I am just also a t-shirt girl.  I guess, I have to change my clothing preferences since I'm too lazy to iron clothes, haha.  When I still single, I have tons of button-down blouses that I bought from Kamiseta and Bayo.  Now, I like wearing cotton shirts most of the time, I don't invest so much on smart casual clothes anymore.  Well, I have few on my closet just in case there is a need to attend an event that requires me to look casual.  I like wearing shorts; I'm proud to show-off my well-toned legs, hihi.  I have jeans in my closet too, don't worry, haha.  My current favorite clothing brands are Mango, Uniqlo, H&M, Old Navy, Folded and Hung, and Forever 21.  I still buy at tiangge.  I like shopping at Greenhills.

My usual get-up.  Never mind the dates, it's for my #balik-alindog project, haha

I like wearing accessories.  I like wearing my two favorite rings whenever I go out.  Even if watches are already out of style--so they say because of smartphones--, I still like wearing one whenever I go out.  I sometimes wear bracelets or bangles too.  Earrings are a must for me too, either a set of stud earrings or dangling earrings.  Sometimes I wear necklace too.

Oh, I almost forgot about bags.  When I was still single, I can manage to bring a small bag, but now that I have a child, my bags are always big, enough to carry my wallet, loose powder, coin purse, mobile phone, extra shopping bags, toiletry kit (alcohol, tissue, wet wipes, comb), utility knife (yes, I carry one, for emergency purposes), and pen.  I need extra space for my bag for other whatevers, haha.  My friends will always tease me, "May bato ba sa bag mo?"  Lol.

My current favorite bag given by my brother

Anyway, it's me.  I am just a simple person with a little hint of kakikayan.  Just like what the saying goes, "Nasa nagdadala yan."

Got Pregnancy Cravings? Here's How to Deal with Them

When I was still pregnant with Kib, on the first trimester, I didn't know what to eat.  At a certain moment I like the food but after a few hours I don't like eating it anymore.  I always end up giving my baon to my co-teacher and would just buy at a karinderya near the school where I used to teach.  My mom got a little bit worried that I wasn't able to get much nutrition during my pregnancy; the lola is worried that her first apo will not be healthy inside my womb.

It is very true that pregnancy is a life-changing experience for most women.  The woman's body goes through many changes and apart from that, a woman may also experience discomfort, pain, and strange sensations a a new life grows in her womb.  Their delicate condition may also put them at risk for health issues and accidents.

Dr. Nicky Montoya, president of MediCard Philippines says that aside from having to share the mother's nutrients with the unborn child, a pregnant woman is also vulnerable to many health problems as they undergo physical and physiological changes.  While the health risks are unavoidable, women can make lifestyle changes to keep themselves and their babies healthy.

To ensure a healthy and safe pregnancy, expectant mothers are reminded to:

  • Eat a well-balanced diet.  Pregnant women are advised to eat a lot of grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and lean meat.  These foods are rich in calories and essential nutrients that keep them and their babies well-nourished.  To avoid food-borne diseases, food must be prepared properly.  commercialized food with lots of preservatives, undercooked meat and unpasteurized dairy products myst be avoided.
  • Manage food cravings.  Some pregnant women experience cravings for certain food as a result of the changes in their nutritional needs.  Fulfilling these cravings may help them get the necessary nourishment and ensure the normal development of their baby.  However, some expectant mothers experience a craving for non-food items, like clay and laundry detergent, which can be harmful to pregnancy.  Women who experience these are advised to seek help from medical experts.
  • Drink plenty of water.  Drinking eight (8) to ten (10) glasses of water everyday is essential for expectant mothers to stay hydrated and support the life inside their womb.  Water also helps them prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, urinary tract and bladder infections, contractions, and premature or early labor.
  • Stay active.  Exercise prevents pain, discomfort and depression.  It also prepares their bodies for labor and delivery.  However, there are also advised to stop exercising when they are exhausted or feeling any pain.  It is also safer for them to consult a doctor first before starting a fitness routine.
  • Wear comfortable clothes.  Pregnant women are advised to wear maternity clothes, which are especially made to provide adequate comfort and support as they gain weight and their bellies grow.  When it comes to footwear, it is wise for them to temporarily ditch high heels and platform shoes for a pair of comfy flats or loafers that can ease pregnancy-related foot discomfort and keep them safe from falling and hurting themselves.  Wearing support stockings can also minimize foot and ankle swelling.
  • Stop smoking and drinking caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.  Expectant mothers are strongly advised to quit smoking because of the harmful effects of nicotine to the developing fetus in their womb.  Likewise, exposure to the chemicals in coffee, alcohol and carbonated beverages can slow down their baby's development and could sometimes result in miscarriage and preterm birth.
  • Get regular prenatal care visits.  Doctors recommend expectant mothers to get at least four prenatal care consultations throughout their pregnancy.  During these visits, their health and that of their babies are closely monitored.  They are also provided with essential vitamins and supplements for a healthy pregnancy.
Enjoy pregnancy!  Stay healthy and pretty all throughout!

The MediCard free-standing clinics offer consultations and tests on obstetrics and gynecology.  All medical services are also open to non-members.  For more information, visit http://medicardphils.com.

My #Balik-Alindog Project

I was thin all throughout my life until I got pregnant in late 2005.  Imagine, I was weighing less than 100 pounds then.  My friends were so envious at me because they were all getting heavier while I still maintain my svelte figure.  Even if I eat two cups of rice every meal, I still don't get fat.  I was also active then; I go to the gym, I join badminton club, I climb mountains, I walk a lot.

Me during the graduation day at Graduate School

When I got pregnant, I was always reminded by my mom not to eat too much.  She would always say, "Madaling magpalaki ng bata sa labas, wag palakihin sa loob."  It made sense to me as I don't want to give birth via Cesarean section.  My last weight before giving birth was 123 pounds; I still have six more pounds of weight allowance (max weight increase of pregnant women should be 30 pounds).

Eight months pregnant with Kib

After a year of giving birth, my weight was around 112 pounds.  I still look slim then.  My weight dropped more when my dad got terribly sick in 2007 due to stress and worry.  I looked like a stressed college student due to my weight loss.  

During Kib's first birthday celebration

I wasn't able to monitor my weight since then.  I don't know why, but I think I was so confident with my weight then, hihi.

I think I weighed myself again when I visited my doctor for my annual check-up in 2011.  My doctor expressed her concern about my increasing weight because I weighed as almost as I was nine months pregnant.  She advised me to lose some weight.  I didn't heed on her advice; I was so happy with my disposition then.

When my father passed away, my weight suddenly increased at immense rate.  When friends and relatives notice my weight increase, I would just say, "Masarap kumain eh."  I am embracing my increased weight wholeheartedly.

I only got worried about my weight when I tipped the scale at 134 pounds.  

Chubby me on January 1, 2014, last picture taken before my #balikalindog journey

I was able to be friends with Cheryl Goodman on Facebook.  She is into healthy living.  She shared to me how she used to be on the heavy side all throughout her life that she decided to me more conscious about her weight three years ago.  Our conversations on Facebook about weight loss really inspired me to also go on the path of healthy living.  

I started my journey to healthy living in January 2, 2014.  

I started with 10-minute workouts.  I followed some instructional videos on YouTube, from simple aerobics to zumba to taebo to belly dancing to yoga.  When I was able to get the momentum, I slowly increased my workout time until I reached one hour of cardio exercise.  I didn't have any diet plan; I fear that my son will also imitate the way I eat so I just regulated my food intake; less carbs, more fiber and protein.

Working out sometime in January 2014 as a birthday gift to my friend Cheryl Goodman

My weight loss journey, if compared with other people, is on the slow side; anyway, I am not joining a bikini open or beauty contest, haha.  For a year of doing exercise, I've lost 16 pounds.  For some, they will say that it's not that much, but for me it's already an achievement.  Most people who take the fast and easy route to weight loss also gain their weight at a fast rate too after they have stopped their routine.  My goal is to really maintain a healthy lifestyle, incorporating exercise in my daily routine.  

See my transformation!

I stopped doing exercise for more than a month this year due to my busy schedule at work and at doing domestic chores.  For two weeks now, I am trying to kick back the habit again by having 30-minute exercise after midnight before going to bed (my work ends at 12 midnight).  Hopefully, after a month, I can go back to one hour cardio exercise.

For mommies out there, I challenge you to take the route of healthy living.  We don't want to get sick for our kids.  Start for few minutes until you get the habit.  Ideally, 2-3 hours of exercise weekly is enough.  If you can do more, much better.  Don't starve yourself; eat regular food with moderation.  Your kids will surely admire you for doing some exercise and you will serve as a role model to your kid too.  Goodluck!

Jadan Kib's Beauty Salon: My Son's Treat on Mother's Day

When there's a special occasion in our lives, I really wanted to do something special on that day.  Last year's Mother's Day, we went to Balik-Bukid fair at Sta. Elena Fun Farm.  It was a wonderful experience for us as we breathe fresh air and played with different farm animals.  This year, I can say that I was blessed to attend several mommy-blogger events but then I was still thinking something special to do.  I am already tired of the usual eating at a posh restaurant, shopping, and window shopping; I just wanted this day to be special.

I was asking my son what he will give me on Mother's Day.  He said he doesn't have money but he said that he will choose something for me and I will pay for it, haha.  My son asked me what do I want to buy but since I am not really in the shopping mood yesterday, we just went straight home after church.  I just bought a small hair dryer for myself.

While eating dinner at home (we just had very simple dinner, sandwich and milkshake and other leftovers, haha), my son said, "Mommy, let's play parlor-parlor, you will be my customer, no need to pay, it's Mother's Day promo."  I was so delighted with the idea!

After dinner, I immediate took a bath but he doesn't want me to get out of the bathroom yet as he was 'preparing' his salon.  It took few more minutes before he allowed me to get out of the bathroom.  The 'salon' was still closed when I got out of the bathroom and he asked me to dress up in the other bedroom.  

Jadan Kib's Be(a)uty Salon

Mother's Day Promo 4 Free!

It was indeed a good role-playing as he welcomed me to his salon.  The materials needed for the pampering session were all laid down on the bed accordingly.  I can feel his excitement about our role-playing game that he really acted like the salon owner, explaining me things about his salon in his broken Filipino accent and even apologizing to me for several times because he felt he was so clumsy ("First time ko po, pasensya na").

Welcome to Jadan Kib's Salon!

The materials needed for free services today

He gave me a hair blow-dry, basic mani (using the nail kit I bought at Aqua Mineral), basic facial (using the facial cleanser and toner from Aqua Mineral), and body massage.  After the salon services I received from him, he told me to go out of the room para kunwari aalis na ako ng salon.  

Untangling my hair


Hair ironing

Basic facial

Buffing my nails

Putting lotion on my feet

Full body massage

Indeed, he really knows how to make me happy.  

I feel lucky and blessed to have a son like Kib.  There may be times that we also have our own issues, but towards the end of the day, everything has been forgotten and learned something about it.  My son is indeed my priceless treasure, truly a gift of God.  Our family set-up may be unique, but with the grace of God, we were able to live fully on a daily basis and able to enjoy life at its fullest.

For mommies out there, how did your kid surprise you this Mother's Day?

Timeless: Downy's Description of Mother's Love

Mother's Day is fast approaching.  It's a special day to honor mothers around the world for all the hardships and sacrifices that they have made for their family.  

I feel honored to be invited by Downy to be part of the event in honoring mothers, also in time for the launching of the new scent, Timeless from the Parfum Collection.  

The new Downy Timeless, from the Parfum Collection

The launch of Downy Timeless is very....timely.  Downy understands the power of scents, and helps mothers create even more memories with their children.  This scent is a classic--symbolizes a mother's love and care.  As partner of mothers every day, Downy joins joins in the tribute to the mothers who work tirelessly day in and out for their family and whose love for their families is timeless.

Scent, it is often said, conjures memories more lucid that any other sense.  In fact, babies know a mother's scent before they are able to see their mothers (fact: babies are born with their eyes and vision not yet fully developed).  Scents remind us of the moments we cannot forget--moments that we shared with the woman who has always been and will continue to be by our side, our mother.

Deidre de Padua, Procter and Gamble's Communications Manager said that the launch of Downy Timeless is just in time for Mother's Day.  She said that this scent is meant to evoke the sincerity and simplicity of unwavering, genuine love of mothers.  "We wanted to provide a classic scent that mirror how a mother's love never goes out of style," de Padua adds.

Deidre de Padua, P&G's communication manager

Downy Timeless combines the playful notes of citrus fruits that hark back to memories of youth; the feminine scent of flowers reminiscent of femininity, and is mixed with a trace of musk and sandalwood, to evoke stability and calmness.

To give us a real experience of Downy Timeless, all linens used during the event were conditioned using Downy Timeless.  My son immediately noticed the scent and he never got tired of smelling it all throughout the event, hihi.

"Mommy, the napkin smells like Downy!"

In this event, people celebrated how a mother's love not only endures but also evolves over time.  Mothers were treated with sumptuous lunch, serenaded with songs especially dedicated for mothers, and an audio-visual presentation as a surprise for those who brought along their moms with them (my mom is currently out of the country so I wasn't able to bring her with me, sniff, sniff).

A serenade by Guji Lorenza during the event.  Look at the screen, it's our photo being flashed!

Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi, the host of the event, also shared her experiences about motherhood.  "They say that you will only begin to understand how it is to be a parent, or in this case, a mother, once you have become one yourself.  As a new mom, I had to figure out many things, and my mom was there to help me along the way.  They say that you will only begin to understand how it is to be a mother once you become one yourself.  Truly, how my mom raised me made me the mom I am today," said Crespi.

Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi, the host of the event

This coming Mother's Day, the best gift that we can give to our mothers is to create new memories with her.  This is to celebrate the love that never goes out of style :)

Happy Mother's Day from Downy!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mommies/nanays/mamas/inays/inang/momskies/mamu out there!

Happy Mother's Day from Mommy Donna and Kib