Entries by thebusyqueenp

The Zara Factor

“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” said Bo Derek.  What a flippant remark but oh so true!  There’s something about a good buy that unleashes an endorphin rush  in a shopaholic like me.  And because I’m all for spreading happiness, I will point you to the direction of […]

The Power of Puzzles

There was a time when my boy M could not sit still.   At two, sharing a meal was impossible and hearing mass together unthinkable.  He would always be distracted and seemed to have too much energy.  I would look at other kids his age as they sat inside restaurants and I would observe toddlers staying […]

Dylan’s Candy Bar + Claire’s = One Sweet Fashion Fix !

Remember Roald Dahl’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”?  It became so popular that it was made into a movie (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder ) in 1971.  And just a few years back, Johnny Depp took on the role of the eccentric chocolate manufacturer in the remake that unfortunately bombed […]

Disneyland’s California Adventure : Top 10 Attractions

I’ve been to Disneyland five times in the last ten years- twice in Hong Kong, once in Disneyworld Orlando and twice in Anaheim.  This is part and parcel of being a parent and wanting to be in the park tagged as the happiest place on Earth. The birth of my second child  R is responsible […]

On Daddy’s Day

A’s birthday is about to come to an end.  He is looking at all the greetings and watching the videos posted by friends, family and his present and past co-workers.  He is smiling and muttering “Wow” over and over again.  He doesn’t have a Facebook page (or any social media account) so one officemate thought […]

Gateway Good Finds !

While my boys were at the Alaska vs Ginebra game in Araneta Coliseum, I opted to stay in the adjacent GATEWAY MALL.  Since we are based in the South, I rarely go this place.  Hubby A said the game may take two hours, I told him not to worry.  (I really wanted to scout the […]

Raising Readers – How to encourage your kids to read

“Mom, tell me a stowee,” my daughter R says as we lay together in bed. Her brother has just turned off the lights in our room . My two-year old has her pink stuffed toy ELLIE in a tight embrace as she waits for my impromptu tale.  This night I tell her about Goldilocks and […]

Kate Spade Bags – Delicious Arm Candy!

  “Why do women need so many bags?” . This very important question was posed by NATE to ANDY  SACHS (Anne Hathaway) in the movie THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA.  “You have one. You put all your junk in it.  And that’s it.  You’re done,”  Adrian Grenier’s character ( who happens to be a struggling chef) […]

Bruno Mars – The Moonshine Jungle Tour

The one-night only Moonshine Jungle Concert of Bruno Mars is definitely one of the best acts that has landed in Manila’s shores in recent years.  The SM MOA Arena was filled to the rafters as audience flocked to see the half-Pinoy sensation perform his hits.  Opening the show was Season 5 America’s Best Dance Crew […]