Hello, New Life! | Our Cebu Journey

Have faith in your journey. Everything had to happen exactly as it did to get you where you’re going next. – Mandy Hale

The Move

I have been wanting to make a post about our move to Cebu but couldn’t find the time to gather my thoughts and put it online, until today.

Everything is still blurry.

We have lived a decent life in Cavite, not grand and not in poverty either. My kids didn’t have everything but we made sure that their needs were met. Then the offer to relocate to Cebu came and we just have to grab it so *poof* we were in Cebu in 3 months!

Marcelle and I took the plunge. We left Luzon with nothing but our baking and cake decorating supplies, our small oven, a few clothes. Read: 2 large boxes and 5 bags. We technically started with TONS of loans and nothing in our pocket. But we are positive, we had no choice but to be positive about the outcome. After all, we both wanted to make it big, didn’t we?

This, again, is another leap of faith.

entrepremom in mactan

We are forever grateful to our families in Cebu who helped us from the very start: my cousin Shine and her husband Charles, Tito Chito and Tita Elvie and of course, Graziela. They ensured that our move was smooth and stress-free. Of course, the move wouldn’t be possible without the push and help from our families in Luzon.


So what are we doing here?

We will still be making cakes – helping families and individuals create memories through our cakes. I firmly believe that we are destined to do this. This is where we are good at, so why leave it?

November 8, 2014 – we opened our Project Happiness Bakehouse office in Arcada 5, Highway Tipolo, Mandaue City.

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In less than a month, we already have orders! God is soooo good! Here are some of them:

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How we are coping


No one said that it’s going to be easy. I admit that it’s damn hard. But we have to maintain positive vibes in our hearts and mind for this whole thing to work. Without the positive outlook in life, all our efforts will eventually go down the drain.

We bring back the glory to God, for without His grace, we are nothing. We survive each day with His grace and we can conquer all these challenges with His help.

God has been working wonders through family and friends who serve as His instrument to send His graces. Maraming, maraming salamat. We can repay you in time.

Unboxing: Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Junior

“How to Manage Your Money”

say what?

Though I could say that I have an entrepreneurial spirit, I admit that I suck at managing money. No matter how much I earn, I always, ALWAYS end up with less or worse, balance is below zero. It happens all the time. But life is good, it always is. I learned my lesson the hard way and I am slowly recovering. I am now listing all expenditures and relieving myself from ‘retail therapy’. You see, this kind of therapy will not, in a way, treat your problem but instead works like a band-aid — and you know how band-aid works: it only conceals the wound AKA debt.

Rising from the debt pit is hellish. It is a scenario that I don’t want my kids to experience someday. I want to instill financial literacy on them as early as now. Enter Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Junior kit!

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace Junior

As you all know, Dave Ramsey has pulled thousands of Americans from the debt pit before, during and after the recession period. I am a fan of his envelope system and I firmly believe that if it worked for them, why won’t it work on me? In all honesty, I tried it when I was working  full time and studying part-time for my B.S. degree. It worked for 2 years, it did. I just do not know why it won’t work now. Wait, I know, the D word! I lack discipline now because perhaps I have other people to consider like husband and kids? Probably.

But anyhoo, let’s move on to this post’s topic: Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Junior

I got mine from a fellow homeschooler, the whole kit costs P700 here though it is being sold only for $14.39 (P604.39) on Amazon — plus shipping to the Philippines, customs taxes and all, my… P700 was a steal!

The Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Junior is advertised for kids 3 to 12 years old. I should have bought two for my 9 and 3 year old kids BUT I don’t think we can afford 2 kits these days so I only bought one. Let’s see if we can work around on one kit for the two of them otherwise, I’ll improvise, improvise, improvise. That’s the gift given to us moms, right?

Dave Ramsay's Financial Peace Junior
What you will get:
  1. Battle of the Chores audio book
  2. Calculator
  3. Crayons
  4. Quick start guide
  5. Parent guide — a must read!
  6. Give, Save and Spend plastic envelopes
  7. Dry-erase chore chart with pre-printed chore labels
  8. Dry-erase marker
  9. Stickers
  10. Five refrigerator magnets and a magnet frame
  11. Junior’s Activity Book with age appropriate activities and lessons

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace Junior Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace Junior Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace Junior Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace JuniorThis financial lesson is part of our third term lessons so I hope that the kids will learn something from this not just for school but for life. This is something that I wish my parents have taught me when I was younger.

Kids these days are so lucky to have readily available materials for lessons like this. Walang ganito noon! They’re colorful, unlike the Johnson and Johnson alkansiya noon. I personally believe that life skills are far more important than any academic lesson they’ll learn in school hence this financial literacy lesson. We will post our review on our homeschooling blog.

Hope this works!


Press Release: Bonakid Pre-School Ready Set Laban Season 2, The Award-Winning Game Show Becomes Bigger and Stronger

Receiving the prestigious Anak TV Seal Award did not stop Bonakid Pre-School and GMA Network from renewing their partnership and making their action-packed mom and kid game show bigger and stronger this year. The Anak TV Seal Award is awarded to family-oriented and child-sensitive TV programs in the country and receiving this accolade has inspired Bonakid Pre-School to continue this partnership with GMA Network for an even more exciting Bonakid Pre-School Ready Set Laban Season 2!

From its audition process down to its game arena, everything about the show just got bigger and more exciting!

This year, Bonakid Pre-School Ready Set Laban 2 calls out all moms and their “Batang May Laban” to join the game show, not only from Metro Manila, but nationwide! Besides bringing its auditions to Cebu, Davao, and Metro Manila, Bonakid Pre-School and GMA Network also open the floor for online auditions. By just visiting http://www.gmanetwork.com/promos/readysetlaban and submitting the necessary requirements, there is surely no reason for any mom and kid tandem to miss the opportunity of being part of the show.

Bonakid Pre-School Ready Set Laban 2’s Home Partner Promo even goes digital! Viewers at home can easily participate and win cash prizes. All they have to do is to watch the show and submit their entries at http://www.gmanetwork.com/promos/readysetlaban. Every week, one lucky home partner will win Php20,000 cash!

As Bonakid Pre-School and GMA Network make the show’s components bigger, they of course, would not forget making the key element of the show – the Game Arena – twice as big from last year! The challenges and activities in the game arena are inspired by Pinoy games that moms today nostalgically grew up with. “We want to encourage kids to experience these Pinoy games just like their moms did. With these games, we want to demonstrate the strength, energy and resilience of these kids and bring out the “Batang May Laban” in them. This is part of Bonakid Pre-School’s commitment to help moms empower their kids so that they will have the strength and confidence to conquer any challenge,” says Claudine Serrano, Product Manager of Bonakid Pre-School.

Hosted by one of the most sought after TV hosts in the country, Drew Arellano, this show will indeed make Sunday mornings bright and cheerful! To quote Drew, “Bonakid Pre-School Ready Set Laban is actually an achieved goal for me. I have been asking my manager for a program, specifically a game show, wherein I would be interacting with kids because I feel like this would bring out more of my fun and light personality. When I was graced with this project, I couldn’t keep my excitement hosting the show.”

Starting on October 5, join Drew for a second season of Bonakid Pre-School Ready Set Laban every Sunday morning (10:45AM) after iBilib, only on GMA Network.


And We Turned a Year Older!

Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be. – Robert Browning


IRIS @ 34 {September 2}

At 34, I can already say “I have it all!” No, I am still not rich money-wise and we still struggle to make both ends meet BUT when I look into my life, I could humbly say that I am so blessed for having an awesome family. And yes, having a peaceful family is more than enough.

I am grateful for the chance to work from home, for having a business that doesn’t require me to leave home everyday. This way I’d get to be with the kids 24/7, to teach them {yes, the girls are home schooled} and witness their milestones. I know that not everyone is blessed to have this chance, so for that, I am beyond grateful.

YONA @ 9 {September 11}

Yona celebrated her birthday in Star City with the whole family. It was her first time there and she was ecstatic!

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While she didn’t ask for any gifts from us, she requested for a MINECRAFT CAKE.


Yona’s Minecraft cake. She was very specific with the design: Stampylonghead’s actual cake in Minecraft with Stampy’s head as topper. “Those are not blocks, mommy! They’re PIXELS” The cake looks simple but it toooook a lot of time to make! Marcelle’s client has OCD haha


LANA @ 3 {September 4}

I chose to celebrate Lana’s birthday differently this year. Her 2nd birthday was so simple so this year, I decided to prepare a simple birthday party for her and her homeschool friends.


Dibo cake

Lana with her Dibo Cake


with her friend Sandra


with her homeschool family

Life hasn’t been perfect. I’ve had my ups and downs, I gained friends and lost some but that is life. I learned how to go with the flow, to move on. But the best part of everything? I learned how to value everyone who valued me and I started loving ME. <—- this is something that I want my children to learn ;)

Have a great day!


Electrolux Delightful-E: Share a little bit more than pre-loved clothes

IG delightful-E Simple to share Contest

Remember that one special shirt you used to wear almost every day when you were much younger? Or that dress you wore on your first date with your husband? Are you willing to give it away for a good cause? As we quickly approach the season of giving, Electrolux, a global leader in home appliances, challenges you to give a bit more of yourself through the Delightful-E Simple campaign.

Share with us a special piece of clothing that is close to your heart and you might just be one of the four winners of a twin tub washing machine and laundry gift packs from Electrolux. Join the Delightful-E Simple to Share Instagram & Twitter contest by following these three easy steps:

(1) take a photo of a special piece of clothing that you are willing to donate;
(2) tell us why it is special to you and why you wish to donate it; and
(3) use the hashtags #DelightfulE and #SimpleToShare and tag @ElectroluxPH.

The Delightful-E Simple to Share contest will run from August 1 to September 30, 2014.

Of Changes, Achievements and Destinations

I haven’t blogged for quite sometime now. In fact, I still owe a PR company two blog posts from the previous events I attended (sorry Ferdie!). The past few weeks were filled with new, out-of-this-world ideas, uncertainties, heaps of spreadsheets and presentations, cake ordersMAPEh classes and out-of-town trips. In short, I was busy as a bee.



Earlier this month, a cousin of mine from Cebu gave me a wonderful idea of bringing our humble cake shop to Cebu. It was an eye-opener for me. Competition here in Cavite has become very, very stiff and unhealthy that we can no longer breathe. I feel sad seeing broken friendships because of competition. Suddenly, everyone wanted to bake and make a cake!  Back stabbing here and there, all because of cake competition, which, I think, is so absurd! We can all bake and keep the friendship! Armed with the decision to give the idea a try, I booked a flight to Cebu mid this month so at least my cousin and I can talk about it.

I stayed in Cebu for less than 24 hours but it was fun! I commuted all the time (jeep and bus!) and have learned so much during the trip! The whole trip was already an achievement for someone like me who’s not used to travelling alone.


Me, leeching in Starbucks while waiting for my cousin, Shine.

Then came the next question. Are we willing to relocate to Cebu? I realized that it was possible. It’s not going to be easy but it was possible. So the decision to move was finalized and yes, we are moving to Cebu on the 15th of September.


What about our kids? I am still not sure if we could leave them. They’d be okay in Cavite for the meantime but I’d go crazy if they’re not around for so long. I know that they will thrive either in Cebu or Cavite, BUT mommy could function better if they are with me!1044693_10152362457039495_352163447557850038_n


Yona recently received a Silver medal for her achievement in Kumon. Proud mommy here!10543603_10152365835979495_1637069483902154790_nSo there. I am still facing a lot of questions these days. So many questions yet the answers are so few. God knows that I am so used with uncertainties so He blessed me with choices, tons of choices that I an ever imagine.

Reasons Why We Homeschool

Yes, our kids are not in school but that doesn’t mean they are not learning. 

Homeschool philippinesI have blogged about homeschooling so many times already, see here, and we have a dedicated blog for our homeschooling journey as well.

Just as I have blogged about it several times, I’ve been asked “Why did you homeschool them?” so many times over. So really, why? I mean, why are you even questioning our reasons? At first, answering them was okay but it can get annoying over time. There are times that I am tempted to answer “GMG” to give them enough knowledge on why families choose the harder path called homeschooling. It’s so sickening that no matter how much I try to let it not get into my nerves, it still does.

Initially, I wanted to cite examples of successful homeschoolers, how they thrive in college and graduate, get into businesses, succeed in their jobs, etcetera, etcetera, but that’s going to be pointless when these people do not know the very reason why we homeschool. Every time they ask me that, it’s like they’re looking for a canned answer on why homeschooling can be beneficial to everyone.


  • Homeschooling is LEGAL
  • Homeschoolg is not for everyone but it is what we think is best for OUR famliy
  • Homeschooling is a choice




I no longer believe in the whole educational system

Now, can you really blame me? I’ve seen the worst and gave it 4 whole years of understanding but thank you sire, I’ve had enough. My husband and I were paying 5 figures on tuition fees, books, uniforms and whatnot. Add that Genyo on our fees, which I believe is a total rip-off. I mean, come on, why would I pay P4,000 for an online diary with lessons coming from YOUTUBE? Di bumenta sa amin ang Genyo, sorry. Homeschool vs. Traditional school? I can go on and on, I might bore you.

Yona and Lana love being homeschooled

I could speak for Yona because Lana is still too young to understand things. Homeschooling is not easy, my kids have specific individual tasks to finish every single day and my kids know this, so before I pulled her out of traditional school, I asked her first if she would like to learn at home and she said yes. Looking at her now, I don’t see any remorse at all. Should I have seen a hint of hesitation from her, I might have reconsidered school, but fortunately no. She was okay with the idea and she is doing fine now.

We have plans to travel, go backpacking perhaps?

Now this is a nicer way of saying that I hate her missing “lessons”, being graded unfairly because of “absences”. With our current set-up, we can pack up and go whenever and wherever we want without thinking about excuse letters, missed lessons and all.

They learn at their own pace, something impossible in the traditional school setting

“Mom, I am doing better because my questions get answered di gaya sa school.” Really, do we expect the teacher to answer every possible question of the students? In my years in school, I’ve been accustomed to the “Makinig para walang tanong” rule of the teacher. In reality, there would always be questions after a discussion and what happens in school suppresses the curiosity of the kids. Sad reality. At home, it took me a while to encourage her to ask questions if she couldn’t understand something. I always tell her to ask questions instead of pretending that you already understand everything.

We want them to learn on their own

If you think that I sit down with Yona everyday, teach her like how a teacher does, you’re wrong. You will usually see Yona reading on her own, answering her own questions and I am just there, listening and validating what she’s reading and helping her get through difficult lessons. This is how they do it in college, right? And for that, we are training her. College is survival and so is life. Homeschooling is her training ground.

Socialization? They socialize better.

When homeschooling is mentioned, expect the “S” word right after. Silly! We do not keep our kids inside our home every day! We go out often, be with kids and interact socially with people older or younger than them. They are not missing out on anything, IMHO.

“Oh,  Yona is still shy!” Do not ever blame homeschooling for Yona’s shyness. She was shy even before she was sent to school and after 4 years of being “socialized” in traditional brick and mortar school, she still came out shy. She is SHY and homeschooling has nothing to do with that.

By the way, Lana is very sociable and she has not been sent to school yet. Get it?

…And many other reasons

Don’t you just love malling when there are few people, say Tuesday and Thursday mornings? Museum visits when everyone is in school and office? Waking up at 8am or 10am? Having the whole zoo or playground to yourself?

There are just so many reasons. And while I admit that not everyone will agree to these reasons, I expect respect.

I posted this status last night, along with the photo above:

We understand that “homeschooling” maybe the craziest thing for you, but really, we were in our healthiest when we decided to do it for our kids.

We have reasons, valid reasons that you may not understand. But just because you don’t understand homeschooling, it doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

Families homeschool for different reasons, just as you have your own reasons to send your kids to school. It is not for everyone, just as school – which is certainly not for us. So please respect us, like how we have respected your decision to put your kids in school.

#learningrevolution #homeschooling #respect #liveandletlive

Homeschooling is hardwork. It is the choice we made for our famliy so please don’t look down on us like we did something really, really wrong for our kids. Like you, we only want what’s best for them and we see that homeschooling IS the best.



Press Release: Gifted Experiments

What happens when exceptionally talented children give surprise public performances?

For the past two years, the Promil Pre-School i-Shine Talent Camp has been giving talented children around the country the chance to show their talents on the big stage. These children proved to be even more talented when some of them performed outside the so-called big stage. Nathan, Fitri, and Karl awed passersby with their talents as they performed in BGC and Eastwood.

The audience didn’t know they were in for a show until these three kids captured their attention with their performances. Children can only truly reach their potential if their talents are nurtured properly.

Witness more talents develop on Promil Pre-School i-Shine Talent Camp Season 3, as they showcase the journey of exceptionally talented preschoolers with the help of their parents, proper environment, and proper nutrition with Promil Pre-school.

Exceptional talent always shines best when shared! Watch the bigger and brighter Promil i-Shine Talent Camp 3 on ABS-CBN starting June 28!

Blabbing on a Friday

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Yesterday, we celebrated the 116th Philippine Independence Day and much as we have wanted to celebrate it Kabitenyo style, the weather made it impossible. Hello, bedweather! I woke up late, like really, really late and didn’t realize until later that I was soaking with Lana’s pee.

Biking in UP

Biking in UP? Scratch that off my #bucketlist. I really needed a bike. Folding? Mountain? It doesn’t really matter. I just need to burn these fats, in a bike, around UP. Is that too much to ask? Oh, and include biking shoes too. It’s not fashionable to bike in gold doll shoes, honey!

I am back to my cranky self. Because as they say, a wife with no *** life is a cranky wife. Now what has happened to us? :D

Maleficent? NADA, Waley and I super hate the fact the monetary issues kept me from watching it on the big screen. Yona said it was wonderful, enough reason for me salivate. Angelina Jolie, like, hello! I watched her every movie more than 15x each. Tomb Raider? Mr. & Mrs. Smith? Salt? SHE IS LOVE.

I am extremely happy with the new leads I got from where else? oDesk. #balikloob
God has found a way to reunite me with my former boss. Part-time worker right now but who knows? I might work full time soon.

Found some means to read again. I really must read again.
Water for Elephants
Night Whispers
Happy Ever After
The Almost Moon

Deym, I need more books.


I live a boring life but it doesn’t mean I’m unhappy. My every day revolves around my family and that “some time off” most SAHMs and WAHMs are looking for? I dread it. I can’t stand being away from them (yes, including my husband!) for so long.

I had an eventful week. Now looking forward to some time off with friends (families included, haha!). We’re going biking later tonight in Cainta.


2 years later…


Have a great weekend!

Lemon Baby: A New Kind of Tea in SM Bacoor

Isn’t it about time for us Bacoor residents to taste something new? I hate the fact that we only have the usual fast food chains nearby for, like, gazillion years.

SM, on it’s aim to introduce new businesses to the masses has FINALLY opened their doors to businesses not-so-commonly heard – new ones but with lots of potential. It’s a win-win situation indeed.

Last Monday, my kids and I were able to try a new milk tea house, Lemon Baby:

Lemon Baby Milk  Tea

Located on the 2nd floor, just in front of Kamiseta, Lemon Baby is in the perfect go to place whenever one needs a drink to cool her down after a few hours of shopping or if one wants to watch a movie on the next floor.

Lemon Baby Milk Tea Bacoor

My kids and I tried the Cake Milk Tea with Pearl (P100 R, P185 L) and the Chocolate Cake Milk Tea  (P100 R, P185 L), these two are the most expensive ones in their menu but yes, they are so worth it! I am such a huge (literally and figuratively haha) tea lover so both pleased my palate! I know a good tea in just one sip!

Lemon Baby Chocolate Cake Milk Tea | Lemon Baby Cake Milk Tea


Lemon Baby Milk Tea | Lemon Baby Chocolate Cake Milk

Yona enjoying her Chocolate Cake Milk Tea

Lemon Baby Cake Milk Tea with Pearl

Lana looooves her Cake Milk Tea with Pearl

If you live nearby, you might want to try Lemon Baby’s milk teas.

2nd Floor
SM City Bacoor
Bacoor City

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lemonbabyph
For franchising inquiries, call us at 553-9888 or email info@lemonbaby.com.ph


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