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    Shopwise is celebrating their 18th anniversary with a festival of amazing deals and promos! Shop now!

    Grocery Shopping Just Got Better At Shopwise’s Shopr18es 18th Anniversary Festival

    Are you a wise shopper? If you are, then you’ll take advantage of the great deals and crazy offers at Shopwise! To celebrate their 18th anniversary, Shopwise launched the Shopr18es 18th Anniversary Festival wherein shoppers can get a chance to grab amazing deals and offers as well as take part in various activities and promos in all Shopwise branches nationwide.

    Being a wise shopper myself, I decided to check out the Shopr18es Festival two weeks ago to see what the festival has in store for us. We went to Shopwise Libis for our grocery run and were surprised to see all the low, low offers on so many items!

    For instance, when we bought 1 kg of pork for the minis’ favorite dish, Sinigang, we got 500 g additional FOR FREE. Malaking bagay ‘yon ha! There are A LOT of price drops and Buy 1, Take 1 deals so imagine my joy while I was shopping! In fact, the husband had to remind me of our budget dahil muntikan na akong lumagpas. Haha!

    Aside from the discounts, shoppers can also get a chance to spin the Wheel of Shopr18ses, participate in an 18-second shopping spree wherein you can have everything in your cart is free, or receive instant GCs. Unfortunately, we weren’t lucky enough to get picked for these so we just took a picture. 😀

    Shopwise is celebrating their 18th anniversary with a festival of amazing deals and promos! Shop now!

    The next weekend, we went back to Shopwise (this time in the Antipolo branch) to check out the deals again. Since it’s almost Christmas, we decided to see if they have deals on gifts… and they do!

    Shopwise holiday deals!

    If you want to avail of these crazy promos and deals, head over to the nearest Shopwise branch and start shopping! The Shopr18ses Festival will be until October 31, 2016.

    For more information and updates, like the Shopwise Facebook page.

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    Expo For Higher Education 2016

    Set Up Your Child For Success By Choosing the Right University

    Choosing where to go after high school is one of the biggest decisions students have to make and as parents, it is our duty to guide our children when it’s time for them to make this decision.

    In my high school, we were given a chance to spend a day in the career path we would like to take. Back then, I was a huge fan of Grey’s Anatomy so I chose to go with the Med-Group. We spent our day in hospitals, learning about the kind of work that those in the medical field do.

    But, aside from my interest in medicine, I also found joy in learning about history, culture, and languages–specifically that of the European countries. In fact, in my elementary and high school years, I joined the French and Spanish language clubs and would independently study languages through the internet.

    Come senior year, when the universities visited our school, I took two applications. One for BS Nursing in U.P. and one for AB European Studies in Ateneo De Manila University. I passed both universities (oha!), but the call to learn about history, culture, languages, and international relations was louder and so I enrolled in Ateneo de Manila University for the course AB European Studies (International Relations Track) and a minor in Hispanic Studies. I couldn’t be any happier because I truly am happy in the career path I chose!

    If you have a student who is about to go to college, here are some points to consider to help them come up with a plan:

    What are your strengths and interests?

    When students evaluate their interests and career prospects, they might find that what they want to pursue might not always line up with what their high school grades reflect. However, tertiary education allows for a fresh start, and it’s better to start with a target that they will enjoy pursuing, rather than pick a course that seems convenient. Passion drives a student to chase their goals, and should be a top priority to consider to avoid regrets later on.

    What school should you choose?

    When considering a school, keep in mind that it is more than just a name on a diploma. Primarily, the academic offerings of the school should line up with the student’s goals. The environment a school provides not only helps build the skill set of a student for a future career, but also helps shape the character of a maturing adult.

    For some that may be uncomfortable with traditional colleges, students may want to consider attending a creative arts institute or a vocational school that specializes in specific skills. With globalization and the rapid development of tech and media, more and more career opportunities have opened up to these alternative paths.

    Established institutions should also have a track record of taking care of their graduates after completing their education. Picking the right course at the right school should strengthen a student’s chances of starting off with a good career track.

    What are your financial capabilities and resources?

    Finances are the one thing most people want to avoid talking about, but is a very serious issue to consider. Tertiary education takes several years to complete, and plans made without calculated financial roadmaps can easily be derailed. This also makes a change of heart in the middle of a course very costly and risky. However, you can expand your limits by considering the many scholarships and financial assistance options now made available to many. These options may even extend to allow a student to study abroad.

    With so many things to take into consideration, it may be hard for both parents and students to make an optimal decision. This is why it is highly recommended that you attend Expo for Higher Education 2016 on October 21 to 23 at the SMX Convention Center Manila where exhibitors from many local and overseas schools will be present to offer students possibilities that they might not have considered before. The three-day event is the perfect opportunity to inquire about tuition fees, scholarships, test schedules and new course offerings. Aside from exhibitor booths, several institutions will also be providing interesting and creative presentations every hour to the expo’s attendees.

    Entrance to the Expo is free of charge, so make sure you aren’t left behind! To learn more about the event, as well as register for free, visit

    Expo For Higher Education 2016

    Let your little girl shine like a princess with Johnson's Shiny Drops Shampoo.

    Letting Her Shine

    I let my little girl shine by supporting her passions and by teaching her how to better take care of herself.

    Look at that photo up there. Oh my goodness. Our Princess, our little bundle of joy–she looks all grown up already! I still can’t believe that five years can go by that fast. I was just watching videos of her when she was much younger and I can’t help but feel a mix of joy, sadness, excitement, and fear.

    We’ve come so far! She’s come so far! From being the mischievous little girl that she was, she has become quite a strong and wise little lady. I can see her slowly spreading her wings; and while she will forever be my baby, I know I have to let her shine.

    And that means allowing her to discover what the world has in store for her. This is why we have always been supportive every time she expresses interest in something. When she said she wanted to create art, we bought her art materials so she can paint to her heart’s content. When she said she wanted to dance, we took her to a ballet class (many thanks to Ballet Manila, they have a new branch in Fisher Mall QC, by the way!).

    Because of her growing list of interests and activities, I knew I had to make sure that her body is also well taken care of. Aside from giving her food to nourish her growing body and active mind, I also use body care that is formulated for her–like Johnson’s Active Kids Shiny Drops Shampoo, which is infused with Argan Oil and silk proteins to keep our Princess’ hair smelling fresh and looking shiny all day, every day!

    Shiny Drops Shampoo is infused with Argan Oil and silk proteins to make kids' hair stronger, shinier, and fresher.

    I love how this shampoo keeps my little girl’s hair smelling fresh despite her being so active! She takes pride, too, that her hair looks shiny and silky with her new bath time essential.

    Let your little girl shine like a princess with Johnson's Shiny Drops Shampoo.

    Disclosure: Many thanks to Johnson’s Baby for sending over a Princess castle (my daughter ADORES it) along with the bottles of Shiny Drops Shampoo for us to try! Many thanks too for the reminder that although my little girl is growing up, she’s #StillMyBaby! Learn more about Shiny Drops Shampoo by liking the Johnson’s Baby Facebook page!

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    Why I Can Never Trust Power Mac Service Center Again

    A couple of months ago, my newly bought MacBook Air suddenly won’t turn on. I saw two ants come out from the charger dock so I thought that might be causing it. So my husband and I brought it to an Apple Store and we were referred to a Power Mac Center in Alabang.

    Upon arrival, we were informed that we will pay PHP2,500 for the check-up IF the cause of the malfunction is water damage. Otherwise, the check-up is free. Since I’m not sure if liquid actually spilled on my Macbook (I have two kids, who knows right?), I just went ahead and had them check it. What else am I supposed to do, right?

    A few days later, I was informed by Power Mac Service Center that I can go back for my laptop. One of the agents told me that the cause of my laptop’s malfunction is water damage. He explained that two parts need to be replaced and that it will cost us roughly 45K. “For a 60K laptop, it would cost 45K to replace just two parts?” my husband asked. The agent advised us to just buy a new one.

    But we didn’t. We just brought the laptop back home, placed it back in the box and left it there. I was heartbroken because I just bought my MacBook Air only to have it kept inside the box because it’s broken.

    Three months later, I decided to re-open my MacBook. I plugged the charger – it lit up. I clicked the on switch, IT TURNED ON. Power Mac Service Center said my laptop is beyond economical repair and yet it turned on, all functions working like nothing happened to it!

    I can never trust Power Mac Service Center again because it feels like they will only milk you for check-ups (that should be covered by insurance) and repairs. They lied when they said that my laptop is beyond repair, when it’s fine. I’m sure they’ll argue that it’ll break down in time because of the supposed water damage, but why didn’t they even try to fix it? What if we threw the laptop away because they said it’s better to just buy a new one?

    If any of your Apple gadgets ever need to be repaired, think twice about going to a Power Mac Service Center. I have yet to find a better repair service for my Apple gadgets here in the Philippines (my sister had her iPhone fixed in a service center in the UK with no problems at all), but for now, I’m never bringing my gadgets back to a Power Mac Service Center here!

    Recommendation: I have yet to try their repair service, but I have heard good things about Beyond the Box in Greenhills V Mall. If you ever need any of your Apple products repaired, try them instead!

    Aveeno Daily Moisturizing

    How Naturally Beautiful Is Your Skin?

    If you’re a reader of Mom On Duty, then you’re already aware that I don’t have househelp or nannies by choice because I want to be as hands on as I can to the minis. While this setup has so many benefits, there are also some downsides to the fact that I do everything myself. Poor skin condition is one of them.

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    More than the largest organ in the body, the skin is also the best storyteller of a woman’s journey: what she’s been through, where she’s been, how well she takes care of herself, and what she keeps close to her heart.

    I’m not very proud of my dry skin. In fact, some people think I’ve let go of myself when I had kids. But the truth is, when I became a mother, I knew I had to put two little humans’ needs before mine. Aside from taking care of the minis myself, I’m also in charge of all housechores–cooking, washing the dishes, doing the laundry. However, I do agree that while it’s okay to put our children first, moms also need to take care of themselves!

    And I’m happy to know that I can say goodbye to dry skin with AVEENO®. More about that below…

    The amount of moisture in my skin was confirmed when I tested it using MiLi Pure. This is a small device that you connect to an app in your phone. You just need to place the metal probes on your skin and voila! It gives you a moisture reading on your phone. As expected, my hands came out dry.

    I decided to rub AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion on my hands to see how the results will change and to my surprise, MiLi Pure detected normal moisture levels on my hands. The effect is that fast! Check out the video below:

    (I’m not used to making videos so… patawarin LOL)

    What can I say about the AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion? It’s simply amazeballs. I mean, did you see how fast the effect was after applying it on my skin? This also comes with a body wash so imagine using the combo to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy and nourished.

    If you have sensitive skin, there is also the AVEENO® Skin Relief Lotion and Body Wash.

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    Get naturally beautiful skin with the help of AVEENO®. I loved the results on my first try–I look forward to using it every day!

    AVEENO® is available in all leading supermarkets and drugstores nationwide. For more information, visit