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Thursday, December 4, 2014

8 Reasons Why You Should Go To The Artis-Artisan Fair This Sunday

Lifted from Dharmadreams Blog :)

Previously on this blog was the Handmade Soap Exhibit and Tea Party feature which many of you missed and so here is another chance to attend a very special event, an Artisan Fair in Antipolo. I've listed 8 reasons why you should GO!

#1 Revel in nature's charm. 
Taking the trek to Antipolo is worth it because you will get to breathe fresh air and have green views not common to the city of Manila anymore. The fair venue itself is the home of artisan builder, Vitty Gutierrez. According to his bio in his website, he likes to create homes that enhance the humanity and souls of those who see, visit and live in them. 

The BeeHouse in Antipolo by Vitty Gutierrez
"A home is not just a box that shelters us from the harsh environment, but a structure that creates excitement, allows us to experience and protects our physical and emotional being."

#2 Shop with a cause.
Emma Gutierrez handpainted these 2015 calendars available for sale this weekend. Her project will fund the building of a classroom for the affected Yolanda children. Read more about it on her blog here.

#3 Eat "Homebaked Treats by Chari"
You'll have to agree with me on this. There is nothing more yummy than homemade baked goods. Grab a cake or some other pastries and share with your family!

#4 Learn from the creators themselves.
Live demos all throughout the day with the handmade sellers themselves. Make sure to register with Marie!

Floral artwork by watercolor artist Arlene Sy

#5 Support Local Talent
Let's support homegrown artists by purchasing gifts that promote Filipino ingenuity like INDIGOBABY
and many many more!! :P Be amongst kindred crafty souls! 

Honeycomb Comics by husband and wife team, Lorra and Elbert

#6 These bags by ALF Scandinavian Novelties.
Frequent travelers will appreciate these bags. Definitely on my Christmas wishlist for myself and for my kids!

#7 Home Items by Luona

#8 Free outdoor Yoga by ME!

Please remember to register with Marie at 0917-6229795 and bring your own yoga mats!

Please see the map for directions. See you this Sunday! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Indigobaby Turns 7!!

November is really the month of miracles!

It was November 8, 2007 when Indigobaby was officially launched at a bazaar in Rockwell. 

Seven years later-- we are here! Growing up and going strong! 

We partnered with LBC this month to offer FREE SHIPPING to all Philippine yummymummies as a THANK YOU from us!!

7 years
700 pesos order
7 days free shipping

Thank you LBC for partnering with us!

Blowing candles on our first year birthday! Look how tiny they all are!

The Mighty Five!! With Dailyn:*

My loves
Turned three!
Fantastic Four at Westgrove, Ayala Grove!
2014 with my little man, photo by Trisha Patriarca
2014 with my little MEN, photo by Trisha Patriarca
And we will be at the Manila Waldorf School Advent Fair on the 29th!! #mwsadventfairph

Monday, November 3, 2014

November 2014: Indigobaby

Back in the groove and grateful to be able to do all these wonderful events this month!:*

Made adorable Shoo Fly Home Spray giveaways for Aisa and Migui and their little darling, Kainoa

Then next weekend, Nyko and Cedric's Le Petit Prince is happening so here's their wishlist and label for giveaways too

Of course, the much awaited annual Mommymundo Bazaar!!

And a playdate

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Manila Soccer Academy for kids!!

Welcome to Manila Soccer Academy’s Training Camp.  

We invite you to commit to our specialized training program headed by Coach Lelet Dimzon and Coach Richard Leyble.

Coach Lelet Dimzon is an A-licensed coach and is the current coach of the U14 Girls National Team.  Under her guidance, for the very first time, the Philippines reached the finals of the Asian Football Confederation Cup.  They won second place, winning against teams from Myanmar and Vietnam.  After the tournament, her team player was awarded the MVP award.  Coach Lelet is not new to MSA.  She has coached for us for 6 years since MSA started.  We are happy to have her back as head coach.

Coach Richard Leyble is a C-licensed coach and a former Philippine National player.  He has been head coach to our U15, U17, U19 AgilaMSA Youth teams and is coach of our Agila 2nd division team.  He has brought our Agila MSA U15 team to victory, as champions of the UFL Youth League two seasons in a row, and has brought our U17 & U19 teams to the finals as well.  He has the highest record of podium finishes in the UFL Youth League.

Together, Coach Lelet and Coach Richard have come up with a training program that will develop our player’s technical and team skills, so that we will have solid teams across all age groups.  We invite you to be part of this team and invite you the experience football at its best.

DAYS                                        AGE                 TIME                              VENUE
Monday & Wednesday        3-13yrs             4:00-5:30 pm               Manila Polo Club Softball Field

Saturday & Sunday                U9-U17yrs        9:00-11:00 am             Circuit Makati

Training Cards*                       (P30.00)
Good for 14 sessions              P6330.00
Good for 10 sessions              P5030.00        
*The training cards are valid for 3 months.

1.     Please be at the field/pitch at least 10 minutes before classes start.  Submit training card and sign in attendance sheet.
2.     The field/pitch is for players only. Parents & guardians, please stay in the sidelines.
3.     Students 10yrs & below are required to have adult supervision during training sessions.
4.     Request for a change of your child’s age group will be accommodated if the coach feels that it will benefit your child.
5.     UNIFORM – students are required to wear complete MSA uniform during training. P1250 per set.
6.     RAINY DAYS – Classes may be cancelled or postponed due to weather or field conditions.
Players will be informed before hand or call or text us at 09178337931.

Everyone is required to fill up MSA INFORMATION SHEET and purchase a TRAINING CARD. Your training card is valid up to 3 months from purchase.  Payment must be made before player is allowed to participate in training sessions.

1. Direct Deposit
Acct. No,: C/A 0291-0418-92
For payment to be recognized, hand in or email your deposit slip on the first training day.
2. Make check or cash  payment during training sessions from 3:30 to 5:00pm on Mon & Wed and 9:00 to 10:30 am on Sat & Sun.

Facebook: ManilaSoccerAcademy
Twitter: @AgilaMSA

See you in training!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Manila Waldorf School's Music Workshop with Stephan Kuehne


This was the first thing Stephan Kuehne said to us as he walked around the room with a hand drum to see how each participant would react to it. 

I wanted to grab the drum and show him what I knew, but I had to sit back and learn more lessons that morning. 

"Lean back. Relax. And you will get the drum. Do this and your life will change-- I promise."

Celebrating two decades this July, Manila Waldorf School (MWS) invited Stephan to give a unique, enjoyable and powerful Team Building Workshop in the Timberland campus last July 31, 2014. 

We were an intimate group of parents, teachers and mentors who all ended up showing off our singing and flute blowing talents by the end of the workshop.

Stephan is 'terribly in this tradition' coming from two generations of Waldorf parents.  
He is a musician, Waldorf teacher and experienced music therapist in the Berlin Havelhoehe Anthroposophic Hospital where he does does one-on-one sessions with children and adults.

"Silence is the best form of music. Silence is inner peace, space inside your heart, mind and soul. I try to listen to the space between us. It is very interesting to me."

His simple words were profound and meant a lot to me-- 33-year old yummymummy of two boys- Benicio, 7 year old first grader in MWS, and Guido Pascal 1 year old; sambista drummer and dancer for Samba School Imperatriz Filipinense (SSIF).

"The drum is telling me secrets about yourself."

This was very exciting for me. I started drumming with Toni Bernardo and SSFI about a decade ago without prior music training except for the love of it. Toni, our drum director, would always tell me to relax and get out of my thoughts, be in the moment and just feel the music. It's funny but beautiful how you can tell so much about a person by the way they play instruments.  

The morning was spent playing games with the many instruments Stephan collected from his numerous travels. In one game, he rolled the drum across the room several times to be caught by someone on the other end. We listened intently as the wooden frame danced on the floor. A few times, it dropped, creating a whirling sound because a sudden thump. Initially, the Filipino in us- warm, so open and giving- will say Sorry instantly, without even thinking. 


"Don't say sorry. Why would you? Enjoy these mistakes and accidents. If we are too perfect, the children get scared and can't breathe."

"Accidents make us wake up. They make us listen to the signs instead of becoming deaf to life."
This lesson echoed my joyous days with Anna Escay-Cortes and Kara Cortes at My Masterpiece Movement-- Mistakes are our best friends. 

Just yesterday, as Benny was drawing, he said, 
"Mom, you know, if you make a mistake, you can just draw over and around it to make something new." 

This made my heart sing. 

Stephan also emphasized the idea of shared responsibility- how 'we are all included and needed' in the grand scheme of things, and how our actions create ripples around us and in the world. 

"The music experience then becomes an experience of learning how to listen and how to communicate which can be translated into daily relationships of working together. Creating harmony together through the instruments or through voice can also be a mirror of a harmonious and successful life in the organization."

He touched on how the weather is very important. It is no wonder the Brits say, 'How is the weather?' instead of 'How are you?' because the weather can dictate our feelings and disposition. We are lucky to live in this sunny country of smiles and laughter. 

Like us, weather also affects real leather and wooden instruments. 
This is one of the reasons why Waldorf schools highly encourage wooden toys and furniture, because the children learn from sensation and touch. A plastic thing will not teach the same. 

"We need to make decisions. We as parents and teachers. Not compromise. The children are the future and we make them happy by making decisions- good or bad."

This is valuable information. Too often have I caught myself asking my son to decide on what to eat, what to wear and what to do. There should be clear lines where the parent ends and the child begins. Children thrive on rhythm and routine and as parents and teachers, we are here to guide them through their days. 

Stephan briefly mentioned mental illness and how handing patients instruments can ground them and bring life back into their souls. 

"Depression happens when we are too burnt out."

As a yummymummy, I can relate to getting burnt out. Many times I need to put balance into my life, screwing guilt and taking some 'me' time to recharge and rejuvenate. I have been learning to respect my own space and boundaries. Stephan mentioned that when we do this, the children will feel this and respect it too. They are such brilliant beings, our children, our indigobabies.  

We then got to learn how to blow some horns and I was quite excited for this. Wind instruments are excellent because they bring us back to the "I", back to ourselves so we can feel our legs, breathe properly, wake up and feel alive. It is better than coffee and give us rosy cheeks!:P

We sang the Irish Blessing accompanied by Stephan on the piano and blended it into a round song. He then made us walk around while singing to listen to the different voices around us. It gave me chills and quieted my mind. 

It was healing.

Exactly what this frantic yummymummy needed on this drizzly morning. 

For the last game, we sat on the floor in a circle- the most social form. We rolled wooden balls across the floor to each other and it came to a point where it was a bit overwhelming, but fun. 

There was a wooden egg in the middle and when this was rolled strongly enough to hit someone, the participant had to stand up and sing. 

We shared songs, English and Filipino, laughed and cheered for our friends. 
The session ended with smiles on our faces and songs in our hearts. 

One-on-one sessions with parent and student were held after to make an anthroposophic diagnosis, suggests developmental interventions at home and in the school, including the musical instrument or music activity best suited to achieve the set goals.

July 2014 marks two decades of Manila Waldorf School's existence-- a giant leap from kindergarten classes in a garage to now having a beautiful campus offering K to 12 program in Timberland Heights, San Mateo Rizal. It is quite a drive up, but it sure is worth it!

For inquiries, please contact 

TEL: (632) 5707038 / (632) 5708138 / FAX: (632) 5708138/ MOBILE: 5467476