De-stash for Romero

One of my goals this year is to start living a minimalist life. To not just de-clutter but de-own my things. To own as less as possible. And what better way to de-own my scrapbooking stash than to clear them for something meaningful?

I have packed some of my scrapbooking goodies into 25 grab bags and I'm selling each of these   for a worthy cause. Are you in? Keep reading...

Each bag contains a mixture of brand new and preloved items such as patterned papers, embellishments, at least 1 stamp, and a mix/any  of my fave medium (ink, mists, glitter, paint, etc), alphabet stickers and/or thickers. Total value of each bag is around $35-40 or more!


100% of the proceeds will be given to Romero. He is my husband's former colleague back in Cebu and he needs all the support he can get. Please follow his story HERE.

Please note that due to a high shipping cost, this will only be available in Singapore and Philippines, but you can still extend your help to Romero wherever you are through the Give Asia campaign.

If you are from Singapore, you can buy these by coming to my house personally so you are able to choose and pick the ones that you like. First come, first served. Please send me a personal message at my facebook page, Thoughtful Crafts to arrange pick up schedule.

If you are from the Philippines, you may send your payment through my Philippines account, and I will randomly pick a bag for you (since you can't be here to pick up hehe) I will bring the grab bags when I go home to Philippines very soon. Likewise, please send me a personal message at my facebook page, Thoughtful Crafts  to arrange.

This is such a win win for everyone. You will be happy with your loot, I will be happy clearing my stash, we all help Romero! Thank you in advance for your support.

Here are some of the grab bags!

Looking forward to hear from you soon!
Gen :)

What a Wednesday!

Having no helper for 2 months now (after getting used to having one since my two boys were born) took me out of my comfort zone. The change gave me unexpected twists and turns some almost make me cry but most are just priceless moments. Like these ones I will share with you today.

Yesterday morning,  I forgot that every Wednesday, Kuya’s school bus comes an hour earlier. Totally missed it so I had to be the one to bring him to school (thanks to Uber!). I lost 2 hours in my schedule but anyway, problem solved.

Next concern:  to rush back before Miguel gets  home but just couldn’t so I called him to meet me at the mall. He waited for me at the food court. This was what I saw.

My youngest one making his homework while waiting for me. The sight made me teary-eyed and happy. The feeling was priceless.

So the day went on with the usual Wednesday stuff. Until after dinner I remembered it's children's day the next day and I had nothing planned and I couldn't just shrug it off because Miguel's expecting gifts for his classmates. We have been doing it since nursery.

Guess what happened.

Hubby helped me! After putting the boys to sleep, we did our  last minute project. He ran to the nearest store to buy some chocolates while I prepared the paper strawberries. Turned out to be a fun experience for us. We only didn't make 40 little presents, we actually had our date for the week!

What a wonderful day it turned out to be!


LOVING my Easter victories. Feeling at peace despite challenges.

EXCITED FOR next week. Business partners from Thailand and Philippines will come over for our Asia Pacific Convention and Benjo and I will be awarded for our efforts. I can't wait to be ignited and spend time with our team!

LISTENING TO Kuya's laughter while he watches Smurfs 2. He watches movie every morning after breakfast. After that he will exercise. Then prepare for school.

ENJOYING my home office and all the stuff I do at home. I am happy to wake up before sunrise, prepare breakfast and lunch boxes and pray early. I want to maintain this habit. And I also hope to maintain blogging. I know I say that every time I post. Lol.

How was your day?

I woke up really early. 
Went to school with B. 
Danced at the children's day concert. 
Danced again with some mommies at the canteen while giving out snacks to the kids (because there was music).
Played basketball and dart with my boys. 
Ate cheese prata with the boys.
Read scriptures. 
Talked to a friend. 
Had facials. 
And pedicure. 
Tried to keep in touch with  my family. 
Understood when my family was to busy to keep in touch. 
Became a "friend" to my husband. 
Worked hard. 
Got rejected. 
Cycled for an hour to move on from rejection.
Had black coffee. 
Ate fruits. 
Took vitamins. 
Finished my phone's memory by recording memories. 
Did some crafts. 
Gave thanks to God. 
My only regret is sleeping late. Because I'd like very much to finish this post.
Wrote this post.
And smiled a lot.

Hope you too had the best day ever!

Kidzania 2016

Finally, the boys were able to experience Kidzania! We went there with no enough knowledge of what it was all about except that it's a huge "pretend play" theme park for kids. The night before, I saw bad reviews on facebook about the insanely long queue not just at entrance but in all activities and kiddy jobs. Uh oh. 

Kuya has autism and although he can tolerate mild to moderate waiting time, I was not so sure about the "insanely long" kind of waiting time. So because Benjo already bought the tickets online and Miguel "couldn't stop grinning" it was too late to back out.  That explains my hoping-for-the-best-expecting-the-worst-face in the photo. 

Now imagine my face when I saw this! SHORT QUEUE!

The start of an amazing adventure! Look at those priceless smiles :) 

They gave us  these Radio Frequency Identification bracelets. Kids are only allowed to go out if their bracelets match with the bracelets of those who accompany them.  Kuya's was a special (red) bracelet so that all the staff will know he has autism. Apparently all the staff are trained to handle children with special needs. How AWESOME!

Happy trip!!! 

Arrival at Kidzania. It looks like a small city full of very busy small people. I mean big kids. I mean kids who think they are big people! Once we got there, I was overwhelmed with cuteness! 

The first thing Miguel saw was the acting workshop. 

But wanting to become an actor didn't last too long because now he wants to be a scientist.

We are fine with anything they want to be. Full support!

Even when they become delivery boys, as long as they are happy (and as cute as this when they work haaha). This was one of the activities I enjoyed much. It was so "real" until I looked at the "first salary" they gave me and I saw it was Kidzos and not in dollars or pesos lol. 

At one point Miguel 's bracelet won't work  Miguel was called to report to the immigration office due to his questionable identity. Good thing it was settled so he was able to continue making his dreams come true. Such as being a producer/anchor to his own documentary show at Discovery Channel. 

Now he wants to be a crew at KFC. 

But being a health researcher was too hard to resist. Especially if you come out with freebies!

Now here's the best part. The part where I got emotional.... this was when Kuya joined Miguel again to be a firefighter! Migs was always mindful of his brother, reminding him, giving him a nudge or instructions, making the experience so fun not just for him but for his brother too.  Benjo and I were watching,  speechless. At one point there was a woman who approached me, telling me how blessed I am to have both of them. We both got teary-eyed. Maybe also because we're both at our 40's, hormones make us cry always :D

Here we are, at the end of the day, so happy and full of new fun and cute memories. Maybe we just got lucky that even if it was a school holiday, it was not as crowded as described by many. And even if it was crowded there's still something we can get out of it. Like when we were queuing at the courier job, I told the boys its really like that when you are looking for a job. You need to sacrifice and work hard and wait. 

So if you are a parent, contemplating of whether you give Kidzania a try, JUST GO. It's a wonderful experience your child should not miss. 

To the staff of Kidzania especially those at the fire station, THANK YOU! Hats off to you for being so passionate in what you do and for giving our children  an experience they won't forget!

Till our next adventure! :)

Port of Lost Wonder

Enjoyed our family time on the eve of Daddy's birthday at Port of Lost Wonder, Sentosa --- a nice place for family bondings, picnics and water play. 

It was first time for us to not worry about Kuya wandering off because Miguel stepped up and took charge! In the photos you can see that they are always together as they would wait for each other all the time! At one point, when the lifeguard talked to Kuya about something, Miguel was there to the rescue, ready to explain about Kuya's autism. HAPPINESS OVERLOAD. I couldn't help but get teary eyed to see that happening.. we can think of it as the boys birthday "gift" for daddy :)

Port of Lost Wonder is open everyday, with $15 entrance fee per child on peak days and holidays and $10 on normal days. FREE entrance for adults. 
More photos here