It’s week 23 of my pregnancy, but I don’t feel that heavy yet. People say that my tummy’s not that big yet. But, yeah, I’m 5 months pregnant. Time flies so fast! I’m really excited though about knowing the gender of Baby PA on Monday. We just have to wait 3 more days. I will be having my Congenital Anomaly Scan today.We will also know the gender of our baby! Yey! I hope everything goes well. :)

Deep Gratitude
Ej and I have been sharing with you stories on our adventures for more than 4 years now (actually since the time I met him). We have shared mostly our Food-escapades with you. We feel that we have already shared a lot with you, our readers, and we are really happy that you have continued to visit our blog. Even if we don’t know you all, personally, we want you to know that we are thankful and we’d like to meet most of you (if not all of you) in the future. With this new addition to our family (little baby PA), we hope that you still continue journeying with us as we check out restaurants, places, events, products and other “good” things about Manila and the Philippines.

On Manila Workshops
Last October, Ej and I have decided that the best thing for both of us is to have me resign from my job and stay at home and work as a professional blogger and pursue my passion. Also, one of the things that I am passionate about is helping people find their own passion and help them achieve that. I love giving advice on branding and marketing, which are the two topics that I am really into. I also love planning events and meeting new people. With all of these strengths, I built Manila Workshops last 2011.

What is Manila Workshops?
Manila Workshops is not just events coordination and planning for pocket workshops and events. It is more of helping both the speakers and the audience turn their personal or professional dreams into a reality. I discuss with the speaker what they plan for themselves in the future and streamline marketing efforts to fit their needs. For participants of our workshops and events, I usually like to keep it into a small number of people, so that the workshop is more intimate and personal. Of course in the future, I want to create bigger events, but I will still have my pocket events since I love the feeling of “community and bonding” that these events / workshops bring.

Upcoming Workshops
Before my baby is born in March 2013, I have helped two lovely ladies come up with two interesting workshops for Mommies and Daddies.

Yes Mommy! Workshop: How to Talk so your Children will Listen & Understand
This is the first in a series of parenting workshops from Optimommy, Jayme Gatbonton. This one day affair is a sharing session where tips and tools to help us talk with our children persuasively and lovingly will be discussed. I am actually quite excited for this workshop as Ej and I want to prepare with not only the physical stuff that the baby needs, but we want to know how to be good parents when the time comes. We want to know how to handle tantrums, how to respond to questions of our child, how to discipline him/her, etc. We know since this is our first time to handle these kinds of scenarios.

Topics to be discussed are:
– Self Talk for Mommies: Why positive communication begins with you
– How to understand your child’s personality
– How to adjust your communication style based on your child’s personality
– The Three Elements of Positive Communication: Crucial factors to encourage your children to listen and understand
– How to say “no” by saying “yes”

Yes Mommy Workshop

This workshop is brought to you by, and Unilab. Minor Sponsor is St. Patrick Baby, Nutri-del Infant Cereal and Xend Business Solutions. Merienda sponsor is King Sue.

To register, please fill out the form below:

It’s a WAHMderful Life: Real Ways to be a WAHM!
One of the most important things for me is to be there, with my child, during his/her early years. That was what made me decide to leave the corporate world, even if I was enjoying my job. Nothing will make me regret my decision of leaving that life to become a work-at-home-mom (or soon-to-be-mom that is!). Right now, I’m excited to spend all that time with my child, bonding over breastfeeding (which I hope I can do until he/she is two years old). I know that a lot of moms, even dads, would have the same goals as I have. That was the reason why Martine de Luna of and I thought of having the It’s a WAHMdeful Life series of workshops.

Our upcoming workshop is entitled “It’s a WAHMderful Life: Real Ways to be a Work-at-Home Mom.” This an innovative workshop includes sessions and interactive streams on work-at-home management, as well as how-to’s for building up a home-based business, either as a freelancer, a telecommuter, or a mom-entrepreneur. We will have two breakout sessions in the afternoon: one for becoming a virtual assistant and the other on becoming a freelance writer. This workshop will be held on January 26, 2013 (Saturday) from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. The venue will be at Studio SnR, 3/F Millenium Plaza Building, Meralco Avenue, Ortigas CBD, Pasig City.


This workshops is brought to you by, and Unilab. Major Sponsor is Globe GCash. Minor Sponsor is St. Patrick Baby, Nutri-del Infant Cereal, and Xend Business Solutions.

To register, please fill out the form below:

Well, that’s it. I hope to see you soon in our workshops. I’d love to meet you all!

We hope that you enjoyed Manila Review’s Mommy Week, which ended last week :) Mom-entrepreneurs, feel free to email me at if you have interesting products that you would like us to feature.

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