Monday, December 29, 2014

How to Track Your Ovulation

When the hubby and I got married some 4 years ago, we were so lucky and got blessed with a little boy right away.  This might be because I am also one of those lucky women who happen to have normal menstrual cycle.  Every woman has a unique cycle on her own.  Some range from 22 days, some longer.  Identifying this cycle can help us whether we are planning to conceive or not.

I am blessed with a little boy – and I want you to be blessed too. 

When a couple is trying to get pregnant, one of the most important things to do is for the woman to be able to pinpoint her ovulation day. In a woman’s single cycle, there’s only a short window of opportunity for her body to be able to get pregnant – this is called ovulation. This is the time during her cycle that her body is most fertile, says research at One of the ways to track ovulation is using a BBT thermometer. A BBT or a basal body temperature thermometer, compared to a regular thermometer is very sensitive and can detect even the slightest change in your temperature. When you purchase a BBT thermometer over the counter, it should come with a graph or chart that you can use as you check your temperature daily. You should take your temperature twice a day, one after wake and one before going to sleep. As you go along, you should be able to determine your body’s regular temperature. What we are looking for is the sudden rise or drop in your temperature. When you see that showing in your chart, you are probably ovulating. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas from the Nunag Family to Yours!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Neo’s 3rd Birthday ala Thomas and Friends

The apple of Neo’s eyes this year is Thomas and Friends so it is but fitting that we give him a Thomas and Friends themed simple house party.  Last year, we gave him a Pocoyo themed party.

Being a fan of DIY (do-it-yourself) and with only 4 days to plan a birthday for our little boy, we printed banners and cut out Thomas and Friends decors to adorn the house.

The house party was a last minute decision we have to make.  Initially, we were planning on a school party and order food from a fast food restaurant – but since Super Typhoon Ruby was expected to land at Cavite by Dec 8-9, classes were suspended ahead of time.  So the hubby and I planned a simple house party to thank the Lord for Neo’s 3rd year in this world.

Here are some details of the house party.

The invites were given to kids only but everyone in the neighborhood was invited. 

Thomas and Friends party banner for the little boy.
Banderitas filled with Thomas and Friends pictures.  Neo knows each one of the characters :P 
The cake we bought from Goldilocks (as evident of the flowers).  We just put Thomas and a railway as d├ęcor.
Our little rabbit with his handa.
With some of his friends – our neighborhood kids.
This a very blurred picture but look at how his Titas adore Neo.  The favorite pamangkin because he’s the only pamangkin J

We are so thankful because it was such a fun party and we were able to invite more people than last year and most of all, our birthday boy was so happy.  J

Belated Happy Birthday, Neo!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hong Kong 2014: Our Overall Experience

Travelling outside of the country needs so much planning and preparation especially if you are travelling with a kid.  I list down some of my takeaways during our recent Hong Kong vacation so I won’t forget this once I prepare for another vacation.

LAID BACK ITINERARY.  As we were travelling by a group of 7, and with a little boy with us, we need to make a doable itinerary.  We made sure that we won’t feel so tired and frustrated because of too much plans in a day.

LOTS OF WATER.  If you can bring lots of water during the trip to the various tourist attractions, please do so.  Water and meals are expensive in Hong Kong.

BOOK A BIGGER ROOM.  We booked a cheap accommodation and ended up having to squeeze ourselves in small rooms.  We just slept and bathe in the guesthouse, but still, it would have been nicer to have some room to breathe properly.

COMFY CLOTHES.  We are fortunate that even though we didn’t bought a stroller with us, Neo cooperated and walked during this trip.  He was able to do it because we made sure he was wearing comfortable clothes.  We also packed his slippers so when he gets tired in his rubber shoes, we can change right away.

EXTRA MONEY.  Whenever I travel, I make sure that I have extra money aside from the travel budget.  You may never know when you would need to buy extra things.  In our case, water was something we bought a lot of times.  I read blogs and forums about Hong Kong travels and that they survived in 30HKD per meal.  That was not the case for us. L  The extra money didn’t go amiss.

MTR APP and OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES.  One of the most useful thing we had.  We may got lost in some areas, but because of these resources, we still made our way back to the guesthouse and back home.  I am not sure if this is the case in our countries, but Hong Kong is such a country that people seem to love Chinese language.  Everybody spoke to us in Chinese.  Whenever I say: “Sorry.  I can’t speak Chinese”.  They would respond: “No English.”  My dad used to say: “Pag may pera ka at marunong ka magtanong, hindi ka mawawala”.  This is so true – unless the person you asked can’t understand you.

BOOK ONLINE.  Booking online saves you the hassle of falling in line and will give some discounted treats.  We fall in line for more than an hour to get our Ngong Ping cable car tickets.   As we don’t want this to happen again to us in The Peak, we booked online – and were given HKD30 discount per person for a package.

BARGAIN / HAGGLE.  If you’re planning to buy things at Mongkok, don’t forget to haggle.  This will save you a lot of money.  Start by dropping 50% off.  If the vendors still don’t want to give it, try backing off and going to the next stall.  You will be surprised that the first vendor will follow you and offer their product at a much lower price.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hong Kong 2014: Day 4 – The Peak and Symphony of Lights

Our last day at Hong Kong was spent touring The Peak and watching the Symphony of Lights.

Since I learned my lesson when we visited Ngong Ping Village, day before our supposedly visit to The Peak, I already bought an online ticket – and I saved HKD20 for a 3-in-1 combo pass (Entrance to Madame Tussauds, entrance to Sky Terrace, and Peak Tram 2-way ticket). 

We rode the Peak Tram and sat at the right side where the view is amazing.

We then toured Madame Tussauds wax museum.  We had so much fun posing alongside wax figures of famous people.  The little boy was skeptical at first, but joined our crazy picture taking too.  It was crazy because when we were already back home, the hubby commented:  Sana hindi mo pinost ung mga pictures natin dun sa Madame Tussauds.  Feeling ko mukha akong tanga kakapose dun.  Hahaha :D

No other woman lang ang peg.

The apprentice.
He’s smitten. 

Afterwards, we went up the highest point of Hongkong – The Sky Terrace.  This place has a very beautiful view.  A lot of people said that it is best to go at The Peak at night but with a little boy with us, I think we enjoyed it more during day time.

The little boy was so busy with the free digital tour provided by Sky Terrace.

We did a little shopping at Mongkok again before going to the Avenue of Stars to watch The Symphony of Lights.  We didn’t stay long because it was really cold.

We woke up the next day so early because we have an early flight to catch.  So long Hong Kong, we will see you again.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Unboxing BDJ Box: December 2014

My first ever BDJ Box arrived last week.  I have heard of BDJ Box for quite some time now – but have only subscribed last October.  Since BDJ boxes were already sold out for that month, I was given a chance to subscribe for December Box and it was a good thing I did.

December BDJ Box is an exclusive of Cover Girl.  I am lucky because all came in full sizes.  Look at what’s inside.

 Php 645 for 30ml
TruBlend Liquid Make Up provides smooth full coverage for a flawless natural look. 

Php 425 for 11ml
TruBlend Pressed Powder has silky smooth formula that adapts perfectly to your skin tone.  It helps achieve a fresh, no make-up natural look.

Php 395 for 3g
Cheekers Blush has an easy and natural peachy flush that gives subtle highlights that goes on to stay natural look for hours.

Php 450 for 5.5g
Eye Enhancers 4 Kit Shadow is an on-the-go eye shadow palette that is designed to emphasize the eyes naturally for a day to night look.

Php 450 for 6.5ml
LashBlast Length Mascara provides flake-free application that gives full lash coverage.

All these stuff has a total amount of Php2300+ and I only paid for Php580 one month subscription J  what a steal!  So, gals, sign up and subscribe for your own BDJ box now J

Friday, December 12, 2014

Hong Kong 2014: Day 3 – Disneyland

Our day three in Hong Kong was spent at Disneyland.  As advised by forums and blogs, a whole day should be dedicated in touring Hong Kong Disneyland – and I would advise the same. 

We bought our tickets online via  A ride-all-you-can ticket cost HKD499; however, we were able to buy our tickets at HKD430.  I recommend you try Asia Travel too to save money.  There were no hassle whatsoever in acquiring the tickets.  All we did was go the Disneyland’s Guest Relations counter, present the online receipt and the passport (valid id) of the person who booked and we got our tickets. J

We arrived early at Disneyland – the moment the gates opened, we were already lined up.  Before starting our journey around Disneyland, we queued up for Mickey and Minnie’s photo op.  Neo was very patient in waiting for his turn – and his patience was rewarded.

We ate our brunch inside Disneyland.  The food is expensive ranging from HKD90 – HKD150.  Good thing we brought with us drinking water.  After our brunch, we decided to split up so we can tour around the place without having to wait for each other (avoid hintayan again) and agreed to just meet beside the carousel at around 5pm.

Here are some of our photos at Hong Kong Disneyland.

There are two things that I regret about this visit.  One, we (the hubby and Neo) weren’t able to watch the parade.  Why?  Because we were so busy touring the place that we forgot the check the time of the parade.  Two, we (all of us) weren’t able to catch the fireworks.  Why?  The Lolos and Lolas are so tired already that even before 7pm we decided to bid adieu to the happiest place at Hong Kong.

But all in all, this visit is worth all my time and money.  Neo had so much fun.  Even after the day end, he kept on mumbling about Mickey Mouse.  And to this day, we kept the plastic, which held the souvenir magnet I bought, because every now and then, the little boy would exclaim, “Mickey Mouse!”.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hong Kong 2014: Day 2 – Ngong Ping Village

We didn’t plan a Disneyland itinerary on our second day since we anticipated that we will be staying late the night before.  Instead we decided to go to Ngong Ping Village.  We initially agreed to be out of the guesthouse by 9am, but since we were a group of 7 – with a lot of delays aka hintayan, we arrived at Tung Chung (where the tickets for the cable car bringing us to Ngong Ping is located) at 12pm.  Lesson #1 – allot spare time for a big group.

We lined up for our cable car tickets to Ngong Ping Village for more than an hour.  It was a good thing that Neo was very cooperative and didn’t throw tantrums.  Lesson #2 – book tickets online to avoid long queues. 

We paid HKD150 each for 2-way standard cabin cable car.  Waiting in queue for more than one hour is worth every second of the cable car ride.  We enjoyed every bit of the amazing view and the experience.

When we arrived at Ngong Ping Village, we decided not to climb the Giant Buddha.  It would be a very long climb and I’m not sure Neo would be happy with that.  We just contented ourselves taking pictures of the village.

After touring Ngong Ping Village, we went to Citygate Outlet shop and bought some pasalubong. 

Please excuse my very haggard looking face. 
Before going home, we dropped by the Night Market at Mongkok – and exhausted all our remaining energy by haggling J  The Night Market has a lot to offer – but the vendors try to sell their products at a high price.  You need to learn how to haggle (start by dropping 50% off) to get the best price.  If they won’t agree to your price, try backing off and going to the next store – the vendors will follow you and offer their products on a much lower price than what you bargained for. J

Monday, December 8, 2014

Happy 3rd Birthday, Neo!

Three years ago, I was blessed with a gift that taught me a lot of things.  This gift taught me how to love someone a thousand times more than myself.  It also taught me how to care, be responsible, and be understanding even when situation seems to be out of control.  This gift taught me how to be selfless.

This gift also gave life a whole new meaning.  That happiness happens continuously not just in a split second.  That being a beautiful person is not just what you have outside and inside but what positive things you can channel to others too.  That you can give more than what you have – and this is not just the material things.  That loving means so much more than just a simple I love you.   

This gift called motherhood is what I received three years ago when my little boy was born.  Thank you, anak, for making Mama a better person because you came into Mama’s life.

Happy birthday, Neo.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Hong Kong 2014: Day 1 – City Tour and Avenue of Stars

Our Hong Kong trip started by waking up at 3AM to catch an 8am flight in terminal 3.  This is Neo and my first time to be out of the country and we were anticipating delays in checking-in and immigration – but we didn’t encountered it.  It was one swift flight to Hong Kong.

We gathered all maps that are available in Hong Kong International Airport and had downloaded the MTR app.  Before going out of the airport, we ate at McDonalds and bought 2 octopus card at HKD150 each for me and the hubby (since the little boy is just 2, he gets to ride for free). 

We didn’t have a hard time going to Day and Night Guesthouse at Chungking Mansion.  We boarded A21 bus (that cost HKD33) and we alighted at Tsim Sha Tsui bus stop.  We were a bit early for the 1pm check in so we just left our luggage and did a 15 minute walk that led us to the Avenue of Stars (it was that close).

Before going back to the guesthouse, we passed by Middle Road Children’s Playground where the little boy had all the fun he can have.  This place is a haven for kids.  The area is carpeted (rubberized) so parents need not worry that their kids will get hurt while playing.  

After checking in at the guesthouse and resting for a couple of minutes, we decided to go to around Mongkok.  We roamed around and try to feel the place before deciding to go back to the airport to fetch Neo’s Lolos and Lolas. 

We had quite a problem going back to the airport.  We wanted to use the bus again but everyone we asked doesn’t seem to know where to lead us – even the police.  So we walked and walked and walked until we concede into using the MTR and Airport Express – it was a swift (and expensive) ride. 

The Lolos and Lolas were at Hong Kong too :)

We ended our day at 2AM the next day.   Just a few hours of sleep to energize ourselves for Day2, after all, we didn’t go to Hong Kong to rest. J

Thursday, December 4, 2014

PR: Elabram Systems Group at LTE World Summit in North America

Press Release

Last November 2014, Elabram Systems Group (ESG) headed by Group Managing Director Mikel Yaw, Group Deputy Managing Director Sunny Yaw, and Business Director Tommy Ng participated as exhibitor to LTE World Summit in North America. 

LTENA (LTE North America) is a part of LTE World Summit Series that gathered convention leaders in telecommunication industries which is participated by 150 exhibitors and more than 1500 attendees.

ESG believes in partnership of four solutions under this company namely Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Talent Acquisition and Deployment (TAD), Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO), and Network Planning and Optimization (NPO).

Elabram Systems Group is a reliable Telecommunication Engineering and Information Technology provider specializing in Specialist Resource Provision, RF Engineering Services and Project Management of Advance Telecommunication in wireless solutiongs.  It was founded in 1999 and has offices in the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Hong Kong 2014: Day and Night Guest House

Before booking our accommodation in Hong Kong, the hubby and I did a lot of research online.  We searched from blogs to forums to review sites to get the best recommendation of where we will stay.   We need to plan carefully because we are a group of 7 and we have a toddler with us.

We initially decided to get our accommodation via apartment rentals.  This would give us the feel of what it really is like living in Hong Kong.  But due to some last minute problems (which I’ll spare you the details), we weren’t able to book an apartment. 

Two weeks before our flight, I browsed through various hotels booking websites to compare rates of different hotel accommodations.  It was that gave us the best rate for a double bed room in a guesthouse. 

Before booking this, we ensured to check positive reviews from Filipinos (as we are of the same race, I figured we might have almost the same standards) that has stayed in the guesthouse that are being offered by agoda.

Luckily, I found one.  So I didn’t hesitate in booking Day and Night Guesthouse.  It is located in Chungking Mansion.  A lot of forums would advise you not to book a guesthouse in Chungking Mansion – and I must agree with them.  Chungking Mansion is an old condo where the lower ground floor (lobby area) has a lot of people crowding around.  They will ambush you and offer you different services – from accommodations to food to sim cards and a lot more.  This area is a no-no area for single women traveller.  I am just glad that we travelled with 3 men so this was not an issue for us.

Day and Night Guesthouse is located at the 10F of the Chungking Mansion.  It is run by Indians though the helpers are Filipinas.  We booked 3 double bedrooms.  The one that we had was so small – which is I guess the standard in Hong Kong.  The toilet and bath has not even reached 4sqm – and I had a bruised-arm souvenir from the door. L

Other than the small space, everything in Day and Night Guesthouse fits our needs.  An area to sleep.  A place to bathe.  Free hot water, coffee, and tea.  Airconditioning and fan.  Hair blower.  Hot and cold water in the toilet.  Exceptional wifi connection.  They don’t offer drinking water but it’s okay as we prefer to buy our own drinking water.  They have personal refrigerator in each room to keep our water cold.

Here are pictures of Day and Night Guesthouse.

I had to block Neo’s face because it’s not his best shot :P

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hong Kong 2014: Budget and Itinerary

Travelling out of the country needs careful planning and budgeting.  This was the case of the Hong Kong vacation we took at the last week of November.  This was an early birthday present for the little boy – who’ll be celebrating his special day on the second week of December.

Since we traveled as a group of 7 (me, the hubby, both set of Lolos and Lolas, and the little boy), our itinerary was a laid back one.  We don’t want to be rushing and squeezing attractions in a day.  We don’t want to plan trips and end up getting disappointed because we weren’t able to follow it. 

We flew to Hong Kong in two groups.  Me, the hubby, and Neo had a morning flight from Manila.  The Lolos and Lolas had an evening flight from Clark.  Since we were almost a day early, we checked-in at the guesthouse and visited Avenue of Stars.  Later in the afternoon we toured Mongkok and then went to the airport to fetch the Lolos and Lolas.

Our second day was spent touring Ngong Ping Village and Tung Chung area.  

Our third day was dedicated to Disneyland.  

And our last day was spent at The Peak and watching the Symphony of Lights.

Here’s the breakdown of our travel budget per person.

Airfare to-and-from Hong Kong

Php 4000 (booked on sale)

Travel Tax and Terminal Fee
Php 1620 + Php550
(Php 810 + Php550 for kids)

Php 7000 (5days / 4nights)

Hong Kong Disneyland

HKD 430 (discounted ticket)
Ngong Ping Cable Car 2-way

HKD 150
The Peak, Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum, and Sky Terrace

HKD 290 (discounted ticket)
Using Octopus Card

HKD 300
Meals and Water

HKD 620
Shopping, Souvenirs and Pasalubongs

HKD 850

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