Tried & Tested: Belo’s new mobile app!
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There seems to be a misconception that boys can be left raise themselves. I personally feel bad whenever I see a young boy that needs a haircut or needs to be taught how to shave, cut nails, clean ears, what to wear, or go to the dentist.
Boys need a lot of help. They need to be taught how to use the toilet as well as respect women, elders, household help.

I am very conscious of my boys’ needs. I remembered a mom I met a couple of years ago through Vicki Belo, whose teenage son had the clearest skin. She told me Belo took care of him, so I made a mental note.
When my son Ben turned 13 last year, his skin became problematic, so I took him to the Belo clinic in Greenhills.
During the first appointment he was very scared, but the staff and Dr. Guada were so nice, he quickly became comfortable with the environment. Now he looks forward to his treatment every three weeks.

Ben at Belo Clinic

Ben’s skin has improved tremendously after three sessions. He’s nowhere near perfect skin, but at least he doesn’t look like a leper anymore—just kidding! No offence to lepers 🙂
But going to Belo every three weeks can be stressful for me because I don’t want to be late. Once we were late and missed an appointment. You can never tell with this traffic…
So today after Ben’s treatment, I forgot to set our next appointment.
Luckily, Belo just recently launched a new app that will allow you to make an appointment through your Apple or Android phone.

Belo app

I just downloaded it an found it easy to use! Just waiting to receive a confirmation.
Aside from making an appointment, you can check out which Belo treatment suits you, and get updated on the latest promos. You can also find the Belo clinic nearest you.
If you’re a member of Belo Privilege Club, you can log in and get access to special features like selecting your doctor and keeping track of points.

Getting Belofied just got easier. To know more about the app, click HERE.

First look inside KidZania Manila at Bonifacio Global City
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“Wow. Look at this place. Imagine if we had this growing up,” Grace said thoughtfully as we went up the second level of Kidzania at the Fort.

Kidzania in Manila

“Yup. When I was a kid, the only toy store in Manila was Unimart’s toy section,” I said.
And there was Fiesta Carnival which I vaguely remember.
So what we did, we mostly role played, like “doctor, doctor”, “teacher, teacher”, and my personal favorite—”poor, poor”—where my sister played the mother and me and my cousin Enet were her kids. We were beggars 🙂 Our food was butong pakwan (salted watermelon seeds) which my sister cracked with her teeth till her lips turned white.

Now our kids are so lucky. I consider it a sign of progress when a society considers the well-being of its children.
At the Fort alone, we have the Mind Museum, Active Fun, Bonifacio High Street, and Kizville at SM Aura. Dreamplay by Dreamworks recently opened at City of Dreams.
And now the latest one is KidZania Manila—with 8,000 square meters of fun and activities.

Kidzania in Manila
Kidzania in Manila
Kidzania in Manila

From the looks of it, it’s going to be packed when it opens to the public on August 7, 2015.
As a mom of three boys, I feel lucky to have been invited to the press preview, since adults won’t be allowed inside the activity areas.
First, you line up for tickets.

Lining up for tickets

Entrance fee is Php 750 per child (ages 4 to 14) and Php 420 each for adults and toddlers.
Upon entry, each child will be given special KidZania currency worth 50 kidzos to get them started.


Gentle warning: Be prepared to be greeted in KidZania dialect. For example, all the staff will say “kai” to you instead of “hi”—with matching Star Trek-like hand gesture. They will also “zenk you” when you buy at the gift shop.
Personally I wanted to kill all of them, but after one hour I kind of got used to it.

Kidzania in Manila
The gift shop where they “zenked” me for purchasing a slap strap.

KidZania is an indoor metropolis that allows kids to take “jobs” and earn kidzos, which they can spend inside or deposit and withdraw from the BPI bank.

Kidzania in Manila

Tip: If you want a higher salary, best to take a course first at CEU


Each job or activity takes about 20 minutes. They can choose from many jobs within a span of five hours—that’s the maximum time any child can stay inside the venue.
They can work at LBC


Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine Daily Inquirer

The gas station

Kidzania in Manila

Learn driving

Driving school

Be a construction worker

Construction work

Play in a band

Kidzania in Manila

Be a Star Magic actor

Kidzania in Manila
Kidzania in Manila
Kidzania in Manila
ABS-CBN Theater

Learn about fire safety

Kidzania in Manila
Kidzania in Manila

Work at a radio station

Kidzania in Manila

Mercury Drug

Kidzania in Manila

or a beauty salon

Kidzania in Manila

They can climb a building

Kidzania in Manila

Read and listen to stories at National Bookstore

Kidzania in Manila

Take care of babies at St. Luke’s


Or be a surgeon

Operating room

The can assemble burgers at McDonald’s


Be a pilot at Cebu Pacific

Kidzania in Manila
Kidzania in Manila

Or a flight attendant

Kidzania in Manila

Or they could be me—the terrified passenger

Kidzania in Manila

On the second level there are activities for smaller children (three years and below) who just want to play

Kidzania in Manila
Kidzania in Manila
Kidzania in Manila
Kidzania in Manila
Kidzania in Manila

It’s perfectly safe to leave them there since there are hundreds of trained staff to take care of kids.
If you’re concerned about your child’s safety, all visitors are required to wear an RFID (radio frequency identification) security bracelet. Each child will be matched with a corresponding adult who will also wear an RFID security bracelet. No child is allowed to leave the facility without being accompanied or fetched by the registered adult. Other security measures include CCTV monitoring cameras and a paging system.
Parents, guardians and nannies are only allowed in certain areas but most establishments have glass windows so you could still see the children and what they are doing.

Are you hungry now? Aside from McDonald’s, there’s a Via Mare inside. Glenda Barretto said she will teach cooking classes.

Kidzania in Manila

There’s a Purefoods stand


and Goldilocks


Can’t wait to take my kids!
KidZania (pronounced kid-zahn-ya) is built to scale with paved streets, a transport system and a functioning economy.
“We have our own economy, our own currency,” said KidZania chief executive Xavier López, who founded the company in 1997. Now there are 20 locations in 17 countries, including Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Portugal, United Arab Emirates and Turkey.

Kidzania in Manila

KidZania is franchised in the Philippines by Play Innovations Inc., a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corp. It will open to the public on August 7, 2015 with operating hours from 9 AM to 4 PM Mondays through Thursdays. There will be two shifts (9 AM to 2 PM and 3 PM to 8 PM) on weekends and holidays.

Online ticketing goes live beginning August 3, 2015.
To know more, go to

Found! Philippe Starck x Delsey at Travel Club*
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When Philippe Starck designed a collection of travel bags for Samsonite about 15 years ago, I couldn’t afford them. Funny how I was just thinking about it, when last week I happened to walk in the Travel Club store in Rockwell. My eyes nearly popped out when I saw a full display of interesting black luggage.
It took me a few seconds to realize it was Philippe Starck, but this time in collaboration with French luggage brand, Delsey.
Philippe Starck x Delsey
Luckily, I can now afford it, especially with Travel Club’s 0%-interest credit card payment.
But which model to buy? All my luggage is Rimowa, so I don’t need new luggage.
I settled on the chic Romack trolley, cause I love wheeled bags. Lucky, it was on sale at 10% off!


But wait. There’s more. The collection includes unisex laptop and iPad cases, travel and work bags.
What makes Philippe Starck x Delsey unique is the marriage of style and function, with Starck’s simple lines interpreted in durable, dirt- and rain-resistant fabric.


It’s all about clean lines








Prices are good!

Best to see the collection in person at Travel Club, Power Plant Mall or Shangri-La Plaza.
To know more, go to

*Originally published on June 25, 2015.

UPDATED: New prizes for #chuvasbabygiveway
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As of now I have more than 700 entries to the giveaway sponsored by Youji&Me, Mustela and Vizcarra Pharmaceutical.
You can still join up to midnight of July 31, 2015.
The good news is, I am now giving away three major prizes instead of two.
Youji&Me is no longer a distributor of Silver Cross strollers, so they took that back and replaced it with a Capella stroller and a Cuddlebug crib.
One winner can choose between these Adonis Capella strollers (blue or red) valued at P13,700.

Capella stroller
Capella stroller

One winner will also win a Cuddlebug Fontana 2-in-1 Convertible Crib valued at Php 10,000 (also available at Baby Company and SM Department stores nationwide).
Winner will be asked to pick up the prize at Youji&Me Greenbelt 5 or Trinoma.
What’s great about the Cuddlebug Fontana is the crib converts to a bed as your child gets bigger.

Cuddlebug crib
Cuddlebug crib

To those joining via Facebook, please use the hashtag #chuvasbabygiveway.
Don’t worry about not being able to tag me because winners will be chosen via electonic raffle. I’ll be checking the photos only when you win.
To know more about the giveaway and how to join, click HERE.

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