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An Epic Sunday

The McCormick Grill of the Nation was held last Sunday at the Bonifacio Global City. This was the first food event that I have been to, and I can honestly say that Babe and I enjoyed it. The even started at 4 PM but we arrived a little past 5 PM. The yaya went on day off, so we brought Geoff along with us. We had a bit of a problem with the baby as he did not take his nap that afternoon. So after a few minutes on transit, the baby finally fell asleep and we had to make him sleep in his stroller after we arrived at the venue.

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We registered and paid P100 each. We were then handed a ticket with different stubs for the food carts that were present during the event. There were at least 12 carts, then there was a bigger stub which you have to give the cart who you think is best. I was robbed of this opportunity which I will get to in a bit.

First let me talk about the venue. It was supposed to be held on the corner of 9th avenue and O Lane, however, we found that it was in the middle of the plaza itself, which was easily accessible by the people who wanted to watch the concert. This was fine. I was glad they did as we did not want to spend so much time looking for it because we have a baby with us. What I did not like was that there were very few seats! With a number of loot bags they prepared, I did not think that it matched the number of seats available. Maybe the people enjoyed too much and prolonged their stay, bottom line, we ended up sitting on the bench which was located just outside the booth. Good thing it had a nice view of what I am going to feature next.

I liked the lady who was performing. I did not get her name, but she was really lively, and the song choices was very upbeat. I was kinda dancing (more like rocking) while waiting in line on some of the carts. Geoff finally woke up and with the blasting sound from the speakers nearby, I think he was still trying to warm up with the happenings around him. I even feed him bits of what we were eating (Yes, because he is kinda inggitero din, like that! harhar!). Babe pointed someone standing by the sides. Now, this is the second highlight of the day. OMG! On my direct peripheral was Basti Artadi of Wolfgang. I just had to take the opportunity and have our picture taken!

Sorry, just had my cam phone and a nice lady took this shot for us.

Sorry, just had my cam phone and a nice lady took this shot for us.

Third reason, there was free food! Who couldn’t resist free food, right?

Anyway, I had a not so nice experience with one of the carts. Since Babe was minding the baby and the things, I was the one to go around and get food. Picture me with one plate in hand, and another with the stub. I was then at Iway’s cart. I asked the gentleman to rip the stub for me and get their designated stub. When he gave it back, it does not have the best food stub anymore. Biniro ko pa nga na hindi ko pa tapos tikman lahat, and he was only supposed to get their stub, pati ung pang vote, kinuha nya. Well, hindi nya binalik ung stub and ngumiti lang. Bad trip ako kay kuya. He took away my right to vote for the cart that I thought was best.

After eating, we decided to take a stroll since it was Geoff’s first time in BGC, plus, there was no space for us there anyway. The baby was so busy looking around and the one regret that we had that day was that we did not have any camera. We were not able to capture priceless moments and expressions. He was mostly fond of the fountain that looked like infinity pool, the one that looked like a shower, and the floor foutain in front of the Market Market! mall. He ate ice cream, walked and crawled on the grass, watched the dogs (there were a LOT of dogs, particularly Siberian Huskies), and generally drowned the sights. Too bad the night has to end and we have to go home.

Geoff slept straight that night. When morning came, he was still very cheerful baby who kept on hugging his Mickey Mouse toy while grinning from ear to ear. Just goes to show that he really enjoyed the day before, thus, a promise to the little one that we will do it more often. 🙂

P.S. BTW, I won a grill kit from McCormick courtesy of Nuffnang. I am just waiting for my prize to be delivered since I am from outside Metro Manila. Nonetheless, even if I did not get to win anything from the actual event, I still thank them for the opportunity as it paved way for the baby’s enjoyment and ours too!

A Very Informative Saturday

Last Saturday, I went to the Expo Mom event in Rockwell tent. I wanted to check the items they were selling, even if I am no longer pregnant. It was my first time to go to that area, and it was not that hard to find. Thanks to a website that I forgot to take note of, I was able to get there safely. Here is the route that I followed (should someone stumble upon my humble site):

BTW, I am from Cainta, so the directions will best be followed upon arriving in Edsa.

  • From Cainta, ride a jeepney to Crossing Ilalim. Make sure that it is NOT United or JRC. Otherwise, you will have a long way to walk. (Fare: P18 from Don Mariano)
  • Once in Edsa, ride a bus that will pass Guadalupe. If you are not a picky passenger, I suggest riding an ordinary bus as it is faster. Make sure that you hold on real tight as they go REAL fast. (Fare: P10)
  • Alight in Guadalupe. Usually, buses will stop in front of the Loyola Memorial Chapel. Walk away from the overpass, and turn right on first opportunity (ito ung mismong likuan right beside Loyola) walk straight and there will be a some sort of an informal jeepney terminal. Ask a barker for the jeep that will pass by Rockwell (business area lang. There are no direct jeepney routes going to the Plant or the Tent).
  • The driver will tell you once you are in Rockwell. Cross the street and ask a security guard for the building you need to go. The place reminds me of a mini Makati (or maybe because it is still part of Makati? I dunno, first time eh!).

The event started at 10 AM. I got there past 11 AM. I registered and got my swag bag. There were a lot of booths inside from various businesses. I went around and shopped (Yes, I shopped. Kumupit ako ng 1K kay Babe, and I am still feeling guilty). I bought crib shoes for a friend’s baby from Bugs and Kelly, baby snacks and a shirt from a store I forgot the name din (sorry!), a Firefly toothbrush, bakers twine from Paper Chic Studio, and refreshing beverages from Coco Quench. I loved the Basil Leaves and Honey combination.

At around 2 PM, I got ready to leave. I was supposed to go to BGC for the McCormick event but I knew it was supposed to start at 4 PM pa. Plus based on my phone conversation with Babe, ndi pa ata cia ready that time. I decided to stay. This was ok with me because the heat outside was really scorching. I stayed and was lucky that the program was about to resume. Better listen and amuse myself kesa mainis kasi hindi na ako makabili.. haha! Here is the program details for that day:

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I was able to listen to the Wilkins portion which was explained by Dra. Khamil Carrion. She showed how a kid’s food pyramid should be, the water intake, and how the food portions work when dealing with kids. She also discussed common mistakes when feeding as well as the expectations that are usually incorrect. I specifically find the “dream food pyramid” hilarious.

I was also able to listen to Dra. Aurora Trajan when she discussed about Cord Blood Banking, it’s advantages, and options through Cord Life. Too bad I am not pregnant, nor plan to be in the next 3-5 years.

There was then a short game and raffle (which I did not win), then the “talk show” style wherein the SoMoms Tin, Jenny, and Neva discussed the event topic, which was Momtuition. Simply put, being a Mom, regardless if it is your first time, or the nth child, it never is a waste to ignore that inner voice. Listen to it, act on it, if it comes out wrong, you have nothing to lose. At least, you are “kampante” that you listened to it. No guilty feelings after.

Then there was this talk by Coach Pia Acevedo. She talked about never losing that communication and connection with your child so that when momtuition kicks in, there is no difficult part in communicating something that you cannot directly point your finger at. She mentioned how you can share and show your feelings with your child, with all the aspects there is.

All in all, I find the discussions really informative. Too bad I was too hungry, and I have to meet with Babe sa BGC. I left the even at around 4 PM. Again, it was commute again from Rockwell to BGC. Here is what I did.

Walk to the direction where you came off the jeep.

  • Ride a jeep enroute to Ilalim. Ask the driver to drop you off to where you can ride a Jeep going to Market Market! Note: there are some drivers who are not that vocal kapag sinabi mo na ibaba ka somewhere. It was a lucky shot that I heard another barker on an intersection of the jeeps going to Market Market. (Fare: P8)
  • Ride another jeep. This time, the sign board will say “Gate 3” pero most of them will pass by Market Market. There will be a conductor asking for the fare, just remind him. The jeep will stop by in front of Market Market! itself. (Fare: P10)

I met with Babe in BGC for the McCormick event. By that time, I realized that I was not able to bring any hankie or towel, nor powder or comb. Haggard! It was really hot that day, so I can only imagine how I look like. Prior to Babe’s arrival, I called my brother to ask for the actual location. He texted me after 15 minutes, this was while Babe and I were taking a stroll of Serendra.

I personally like this area of the Metro. The ambiance is relaxing, kid and pet friendly, there are a lot of stores and restaurants, and it is ideal for exercising. Though at this point, I can only afford the stores in Market Market!, I can still see myself doing a bit of window shopping here in the future.

So here’s the funny part. So Babe and I searched for the venue and was quite surprised that we cannot find it. I called up my brother again to confirm the venue and time. All along, I thought it was the 7th of April. My brother then said, “April 6 pa lang.” Ay, bagsak ang mundo ko, pati ni Babe (hehe!). Sabi ko then, buti na lang, pwede pa din tayo manood ng movie. Kaso, when we got to the cinema, petsa! blockbuster ang pila. Dunno if it was because of Marian Rivera’s presence kaya naisipan ng tao manood after, or what. Pero dahil dun, we decided not to see Miggy and Laida anymore. Excited pa naman sana ako (LOL!).

We went around the mall for a few minutes. Got home ideas from the section for furniture and discovered the gift section. Meron na akong makukuhanan na mura and right materials for my crafts project, pati gift ideas. Happy na din.

We decided to go home after. Mejo haggard na ako sa maghapon kong liwaliw, plus I miss my baby already. Too bad, wala akong matinong camera, no pictures from the event and of our date. Next post: Geoff’s day out and his curiosity with water fountains.