Joined Diksyonaryo Atbp Summer Reading Camp

My summer memory is full of pictures of street games, Barbie play dates and choir events. Looking back at my kids’ summer, it has been a mix of learning and fun activities that include last weekend’s Summer Reading Camp hosted by Diksyonaryo Atbp.

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Kids surely did not notice the time ticking by as they hopped from their table back to the art station as they while away the time to decorate pencils for the less privileged kids via the Black Pencil Project. Kids were armed with pencils in all size and color, various paint and washi tapes to decorate pencils with. It was a joy to see kids go to dry up their work of arts knowing that the pencils they have created will go to those who cannot afford one.

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It was also bringing back the passion to read with kids as they watched and interacted with storytellers on reading aloud sessions. Tents were also set up and countless books for kids to use are available as they forget about other park attractions and are encouraged to curl up and read.

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Gardenia Plant Visited

Imagine a slice of your favorite bread wafting out with that distinct hot-off-the-oven-aroma. That was what my son and I had first-hand when we went to visit Gardenia Plant in Laguna. Have you ever wondered how that bread is made? It was a fun-filled day of discovery as we witnessed and tasted what Gardenia is all about.

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As soon as we have landed, we have met Gardee, life size Gardenia mascot. Both moms and kids had a blast learning a LOT about everything bread. For starters, it was encouraging to be taught how to check for freshness of bread. Breads have different shelf lives. Some are good for 3, 5 or 7 days, while others stay at their best anywhere from 10 to 14 days. All my grocery-life, I have mistakenly been checking expiry date when I need to be checking the bread’s baking and delivery day to get more accurate information. Case in point: bread that expires in 5 days may actually be already 5 days old if its “Best Before” date is within 10 days. Aside from this, it is also important to look for other attributes such as softness, freshly baked aroma, great taste and nutritive value.

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It was also a day of sampling what mommies can make out of Gardenia bread. There is this Gardenia bread turned into Mexican tuna canapé with liver spread, baked chocolate muffins with strawberry, summer roll sandwich with seafood, special raisin cannoli, no-bake butterscotch in a jar, chocolate eclairs with cherry on top. It added to my list of baon ideas as my son made sure to ask if he can have them as baon for class next week.

gardenia7 gardenia8 gardenia9Then the plant tour began. Gab hopped from one station to the next while voice-over accurately tells us what we can see around the plant.

Cooling Tower - Gardenia is able to produce more than 6,000 loaves of bread per hour. Each loaf is prepared and produced without the help of human hands.
Cooling Tower – Gardenia is able to produce more than 6,000 loaves of bread per hour. Each loaf is prepared and produced without the help of human hands
Packaging Station is equipped with automatic cutters and metal detectors to help ensure that all wrapped loaves will have the best quality that Gardenia is best known for.
Packaging Station is equipped with automatic cutters and metal detectors to help ensure that all wrapped loaves will have the best quality that Gardenia is best known for.

Kids worked with their own hands as a Gardenia Nutritionist showed them how to create their own Refrigerator cake using Gardenia Chocolate & Mocha loaf. Kids also took the time to write personal thank-you-messages to all the moms.

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Special thanks to Mommy Bloggers Philippines for organizing the Gardenia Plant Tour aptly titled as Super Moms Deserve only World-Class Quality.

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Zoocobia Visited, New Zooperb Rides Tried

Our day started with the group trooping to Clark Pampanga, our destination: Zoocobia. Mommies will surely appreciate a zoo that is no longer just offering animals to view. Zoocobia is more than just a zoo with caged animals, in fact, it is a zoo like no other. Have you ever thought that a 4×4 ride will be part of what a zoo can offer? Well, Zoocobia makes it possible.

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Clarkzilla 4×4 ride allows you to get on a 4×4 4-wheel-engine jeep ride along forest trail. Kids will surely love this new take on an adventure ride. The ride is not as dangerous as you would have it on sandy trail, which makes the ride perfect for conversation with kids. See where the trail starts with picture above.
Camels may have been a common picture from deserts, but guess what? It is a staple for Zoocobia. You see camels led by costumed guides and it is not just for viewing, it is up for a ride. Kids may never get to ride a camel anywhere else, other than in Zoocobia. These gentle giants will surely complete your Dubai Safari feel.
Camels may have been a common picture from deserts, but guess what? It is a staple for Zoocobia. You see camels led by costumed guides and it is not just for viewing, it is up for a ride. Kids may never get to ride a camel anywhere else, other than in Zoocobia. These gentle giants will surely complete your Dubai Safari feel.
What I appreciate about Zoocobia is kids-appropriate attractions such as the Zoocology Museum. Animal bone and skeleton displays can complete any kid’s zoo experience.
What I appreciate about Zoocobia is kids-appropriate attractions such as the Zoocology Museum. Animal bone and skeleton displays can complete any kid’s zoo experience.
The Barn – is where kids can explore where the camel and horses stalls are. It comes complete with hay and visiting it takes you to a real barn experience as kids can choose to feed, pet or interact with animals.
The Barn – is where kids can explore where the camel and horses stalls are. It comes complete with hay and visiting it takes you to a real barn experience as kids can choose to feed, pet or interact with animals.
Giant Slides - instead of landing in the pool, you land in a haystack. This takes giant slides experience to different dose of fun.
Giant Slides – instead of landing in the pool, you land in a haystack. This takes giant slides experience to different dose of fun.

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Birdhouse – have the kids take home memories of a close encounter with different colourful birds nestled on tree branches. Birds all around you, on your shoulder, on your hand, all over your face is possible when you get inside a gigantic bird house. Right outside it, take the option to try the footbath where fishes nibble at your feet.
Birdhouse – have the kids take home memories of a close encounter with different colourful birds nestled on tree branches. Birds all around you, on your shoulder, on your hand, all over your face is possible when you get inside a gigantic bird house. Right outside it, take the option to try the footbath where fishes nibble at your feet.
Gamezone – second level offers a reprieve from the sun and will let the kids enjoy different arcade-type games.
Gamezone – second level offers a reprieve from the sun and will let the kids enjoy different arcade-type games.
Zoovenir shop – end your visit with a pasalubong for your other family members or friends. Zoovenir items are up for sale that you will never run out of ways sharing the fun you had from Zoocobia.
Zoovenir shop – end your visit with a pasalubong for your other family members or friends. Zoovenir items are up for sale that you will never run out of ways sharing the fun you had from Zoocobia.

Zoocobia is one of the amazing theme parks of Zoomanity Group which includes Zoobic Safari in Subic, Residence Inn Tagaytay, Paradizoo in Mendez Cavite, Z-Planet inside Star City and Zoocolate Thrills in Loboc Bohol.

If you want to experience these amazing adventure or have questions, feel free to call them up at 8983695/8999828/08 or visit our website at www.zoomanity.com.ph

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Zoocobia at Clark, Pampanga Tour Operators Day

beautyOn May 26, 2015 at Zoocobia, Clark, Pampanga, Zoomanity Group, the leader in Theme Parks and Zoo Management in the Philippines will welcome 500 Travel & Tour Operators to acknowledge them with their contributions and loyalty in bringing quality destination and education to patrons and clients of Zoomanity Group.

Zoomanity Group handles 5 theme parks; Zoobic Safari at Subic, Zambales, Zoocobia at Clark, Pampanga, Zoocolate Thrills at Loboc, Bohol, Residence Inn & Zoo at Tagaytay and Paradizoo at Mendez, Cavite. The company is managing different hotels and restaurants too in the Philippines and abroad.

mattelCEO Robert Yupangco, COO Del De Jesus and different Operations Managers under Zoomanity Group will welcome the media too who are helping the company in dissemination of information.

According to Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas of TAG Media and Public Relations, “Zoomanity Group likes to give back the blessings to our partners who are the travel & tour operators and the media. Without them, the ever increasing customers and clients who are visiting and patronizing the different theme parks under Zoomanity Group will not be possible. We are thankful and grateful and to acknowledge them, Zoomanity Group are doing events like these annually.”

myfairtytaleZoocobia Theme Farm is a 5 hectares facility at Clark, Pampanga and a tourist destination. To visit the theme parks, please contact Grace at grace@asiadigitalmarketing.ph and for more information, please visit http://www.zoomanity.com.ph

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Yummy Baon Ideas

Say hello to another school year with a new set of Yummy Baon Ideas, thanks for Yummy Magazine’s first ever Big Baon Blowout. We have always been relying on Philippine’s number 1 food magazine to deliver a delightful full-day food affair with Yummy-approved concessionaires at the Trinoma Activity Center earlier today.

Moms of all shapes and sizes, with kids or even entire family in tow, lined up to hop from one booth to the next, sample all the best baon food options. Guest chefs Yummy Magazine’s Erickson John “IDGE” Mendiola, Assistant Managing Editor Katrina Luisa “TRINKA” Gonzales, Assistant Style Editor Ma. Rachelle “RACH” Santos, along with Smart Parenting’s contributing writer Michelle Aventajado with Good Housekeeping Food Editor Roselle Miranda whipped up a few recipes for everyone.

Had a blast of fun filling my plate that towards the end of it, I had a long list of baon options to take home to my kids. Look at my filled plate below, and I haven’t even started with the recipes and baon tutorials yet, prepared in a multi-tasking-mommy-friendly speed right before my eyes.

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Miradips – my People’s Choice Nominee. Yummy cheese pimiento and sun dried tomato cream cheese, kids sandwiches will never have to be all the same Monday to Friday.
Miradips – my People’s Choice Nominee. Yummy cheese pimiento and sun dried tomato cream cheese, kids sandwiches will never have to be all the same Monday to Friday.
The Barista Juice – Part dessert. Wholly creamy frothy. Puree of health. Tried their lemon cold pressed juice, tasty for my palette, not sure though if kids will love the raw, organic taste.
The Barista Juice – Part dessert. Wholly creamy frothy. Puree of health. Tried their lemon cold pressed juice, tasty for my palette, not sure though if kids will love the raw, organic taste.
Casa San Luis – granola bars made healthy. Would make perfect power bars for moms/dads and tasty snack bars for kids. With more than one flavour to choose from, kids will not realize they’re eating the same nuts they refuse to munch.
Casa San Luis – granola bars made healthy. Would make perfect power bars for moms/dads and tasty snack bars for kids. With more than one flavour to choose from, kids will not realize they’re eating the same nuts they refuse to munch.
Cookie Sticks – cookies made into sticks. Head to SM Southmall, Fairview and Megamall to try this modern twist to an all-time classic.
Cookie Sticks – cookies made into sticks. Head to SM Southmall, Fairview and Megamall to try this modern twist to an all-time classic.
Theo Philo – Artisan chocolates in different flavours, believe it or not. Brownies are bestsellers and their peanut butter with no rough peanut pieces, it’s like a spread from melted chocolate.
Theo Philo – Artisan chocolates in different flavours, believe it or not. The peanut butter with no rough peanut pieces, it’s like a spread from melted chocolate. Theo Philo products shown in pictures best used with brownies or cookies.
Severin Crepe Maker – now crepe made possible right from the comfort of my home. Served crepes always makes one think of elaborately made desserts, but the demo from the booth convinced me that it is easy to use and can be quite a hit with the kids. Crepe in less than 5 minutes!
Severin Crepe Maker – now crepe made possible right from the comfort of my home. Served crepes always makes one think of elaborately made desserts, but the demo from the booth convinced me that it is easy to use and can be quite a hit with the kids. Crepe in less than 5 minutes!
Must be Mom’s Homemade Ensaymada – packed in 6 or 12 pcs. or go with their ensaymaditas with a pack of 60 or 80.
Must be Mom’s Homemade Ensaymada – packed in 6 or 12 pcs. or go with their ensaymaditas with a pack of 60 or 80.
Jacob’s Peanut Butter – with Praline, it is interesting to see there’s chilli peanut butter, not hot enough that your tweens can enjoy, has enough chilli tinge from parents’ taste buds.
Jacob’s Peanut Butter – with Praline, it is interesting to see there’s chilli peanut butter, not hot enough that your tweens can enjoy, has enough chilli tinge from parents’ taste buds.
Bayani Brew – all Filipino iced tea, kids may never eat raw camote but they will always drink Bayani Brew’s Camote drink.
Bayani Brew – all Filipino iced tea, kids may never eat raw camote but they will always drink Bayani Brew’s Camote drink.

bottomcollageYummy Big Baon Blowout is brought to you by Yummy Magazine together with Smart Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Total Girl and K-Zone. This event is co-presented by Aquiva, and sponsored by Datu Puti and Lady’s Choice, and major sponsors Goldilocks, Bounty Fresh Chicken and Hunt’s Pork & Beans. Per DTI-FTRB-SPD Permit # 2118, series of 2015.

For more information about Yummy Magazine, visit http://www.yummy.ph/. Follow Yummy on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/yummymagazine, and on Instragram and Twitter @yummyph. Yummy Magazine is available on newsstands and in bookstores, convenience stores, and supermarkets nationwide. A digital edition of Yummy Magazine is also available for download through Apple Newsstand, Buqo and Zinio.mattel


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Sofitel Philippine Plaza : OpenRice.Com Review

rsz_1mbp_pinkSofitel Hotel Manila has been a constant witness to our celebrations. The first time I got to visit was for our workplace’s Telstra’s yearly three-day workshop. Our recognition dinner followed, our Christmas ball, our VIP meet ups at work, even our church anniversary celebration, plus several weddings we attended, Sofitel has never failed to disappoint when it comes to giving me the best hotel food experience. I have always looked forward to Sofitel Tent buffets because of their various canapés. Sofitel Philippine Plaza will not be known for its best Spiral buffet experience for nothing. I remember giving out Spiral buffet dinners and Sofitel overnight accommodations as incentives at work and they are always premium prize that drives ultimate performance at work.

I am not so sure about you but I am a Pinoy at heart and I always go first to the Pinoy dishes tables and help myself with the classic Pinoy dishes. Sofitel has become an expert at adding a modern twist to all types of meat we would usually use for our Pinoy dishes and of course, the dessert selection is such a long list of options. I usually make the decision to try one of each variety, but I never get to do so because there is usually just too many to try!

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Dreaming to be a Blogger? Read On!

If you were like me before I started writing and if you are someone who mulls over becoming a blogger, it is high time to think about the true, relevant questions you should be answering to set yourself up to becoming a blogger. After all, blogging is not as easy as it looks like and not as seamless as other jobs and may not be exempt from demand of time and careful thought. Ultimately, know why you want to write then plan how to achieve that goal with each writing you publish.

rsz_1mbp_pinkSome tough questions to ask:

Have you already got a niche in mind? How do you choose one from a long list of categories and topics you want to write about? While you are at it, think of the reader group you want to cater to. Remember, this will define your topics for a long, long time and if you mistakenly choose a topic you are not sure about, give it a month or two and you can run out of creativity or lose your passion in updating your page.  It is worthwhile to consider that the topic you choose should be something you can relate to, which will give you an extensive range of topics to write about. Case in point, it will be challenging if you choose to write about mommyhood when you are yourself single and addressing the mom groups on your pages. Do not miss the fact that you build up your credibility with an archive of interesting topics that allows your readers to interact, think and have take-aways from your articles.

Are you web-savvy? With this question, you do not need to be an expert but it helps to have an ability to widow your way around links, instructions and available platforms. There is a long list available with WordPress, Blogspot, Blogger. Most of these platforms are also linked with other social media tools, Instagram, Twitter,  Discus and may end up being profitable with affiliate programs or advertising. Most blogging communities almost always prefer to consider a certain number of months, similar niche and frequency of writing before approving memberships. Having a support group will be significantly helpful.

Re-tool your writing skills. It is an advantage if you enjoy writing but if you feel you have not enough experience in writing, look out for writing workshops and training to join. Workshops such as the one offered by Nizza Gueco can answer all your long-standing questions and apprehensions about writing. It also provides you a chance to have a long term job with Do it Write Solutions.

WHAT: Freelance Writing Workshop

WHEN: Saturday, May 23, 2015. 12nn – 6pm

WHERE: QC near Welcome Rotonda (details will be given to the attendees)

HOW MUCH: 1500 per slot. Refer to the poster for group discounts.

Usual rates

Learn about the usual rates for every writing job. Know that bidding too high won’t win you the job, bidding too low won’t either. Never commit that mistake again after this workshop.

Cover letter creation

When applying for the job. Your cover letter is your weapon, you have to penetrate through the client’s shield and make him realize you are the one for the job. Know what and what not to include in your cover letter.

Choosing the job

Learn about the jobs that are fit for you. Differentiate scams from legitimate ones.

Bidding for the job

Learn how to manipulate you bid in order to get the job.

Getting the job

Know what to do when you get the job. From accepting the offers and terms, to actually starting with the job.

Here are some of the inclusions of the workshop:

If you are interested, please don’t hesitate to PM on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nizza.gueco

Or send an email to nizzagueco@yahoo.com

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How We “QikIt” with Perfect Pitch 2                                          

shangstairsThe night started ACA-okay as we all lined up for Perfect Pitch 2 at Shangrila Cineplex for an exclusive first-day screening. Did not realize how we all missed the Bellas of Barden University until the girls started singing and Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) herself started her trademark comedy stunts. Movie experience was made even better watching it at Shangrila Cineplex. More legroom and not so crowded seats are perfect enjoying the tunes and the laughs I had all throughout the movie.

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With Nuffnang (biggest blogger community) hosting the movie event, and with free foodie to match, I just had to QikIt right away.

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Although Perfect Pitch 2 has the similar underdog-becomes- winner plot, unlike other movie college characters who graduate, the Bellas are up for their final year. With Beca (Anna Kendrick) leading the pack to beat the singing Germans in the world championships, sing-along and ear-pleasant medleys make Pitch Perfect 2 a type of movie you can catch at any point and still capture you to sit through to the end.

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Definitely voting to rename Fat Amy to Funny Amy. Laughter is the topmost thing on my mind when I get reminded of Fat Amy. Among my take aways? Not agreeing with John Michael Higgins playing the broadcaster on the film when he said that the Bellas are inspirations to girls all over the country who are too ugly to be cheerleaders. More than anything, the movie reminds us that if you work hard at anything, work as a team, have the courage to show up, then you will inevitably deliver.

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Bounty Fresh joins Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015 on July 26, 2015 at SMX Aura, Taguig, Philippines

momsaffiliateAccording to Ms. Joan Clarice N. Caccam, Assistant Brand Manager of Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc. (BAVI), Bounty Fresh Chicken is a brand under the Bounty Fresh Group of Companies (BFGC), a privately owned company operating in the Philippines. BAVI and its sister company, Bounty Fresh Food Inc. supplies live chicken, dressed chicken, and various processed chicken products nationwide. Bounty Fresh Chicken was awarded “Asia’s Best” in 2009 Asian Livestock Industry Award in Malaysia and is the most-liked chicken brand in the Philippines. It has over a million likes in one of the leading social media platforms, Facebook. This year the brand has launched its new online campaign, #DiskarteNaMayArte. This campaign aims to celebrate the Bounty Fresh Moms out there who always find creative and resourceful ways to make homemaking extra special for their loved ones.

rsz_1mbp_pinkBounty Fresh supports Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015 because it acknowledges the powerful role of digital media in reaching and interacting with its customers and brand lovers. At Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015, different top executives will join together to share the future of Online Marketing in the Philippines and in Asia Pacific region with the following points:

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  • The digital economy of the Philippines
    • Positioning the Philippines as a gateway from East to West and West to East
    • Is the Philippines ready to be a cashless society?
    • Disrupting tradition and embracing innovation
    • Technology and Entrepreneurship driving inclusive growth
    • Micro – multinationals E-commerce connecting SMEs to ASEAN and beyondPartial list of speakers are as follows;

    • Constantin Roberts – Managing Director, Zalora Philippines
    • Earl Valencia- Head Corporate Development/Innovations, Smart Communications
    • Kristian Melquiades- General Manager, Viber Philippines
    • Donald Felbaum- Managing Director, Optel
    • Richard Upton- President, John Robert Powers Asia
    • Donald Lim- Chief Digital Officer, ABS CBN
    • Janette Toral- E Commerce Advocate, Digital Club Filipino
    • Robert Yupangco- President, Yupangco Group of Companies
    • Chinkee Tan- Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker, Radio Host and Wealth & Wellness Coach
    • Rebecca Bustamante Mills- CEO, Chalre Associates & President, Asia CEO Awards
    • Mikel Yaw- CEO, Elabram Systems Group
    • Carlos Celdran- Brand Ambassador, Tour Guide
    • Maria Camille Montejo- CEO, NWSteel Technologies & Tree Top Adventure Inc.
    • Pocholo Gonzales- CEO, Creative Voices Productions
    • Tanya Llana- Marketing & Sales Director, Victoria Court
    • James Jimenez- Director, Commission On Elections
    • Lloyd Luna- CEO, Lloyd Luna Corporation
    • Jonathan Luzuriaga- President, Philippine Software Industry Association
    • Lewis Hong- Web Consultant, Xyxon Singapore
    • Kim Bernardo Lokin- Managing Editor, Business Class Magazine

    For more information, you may visit www.asiadigitalmarketing.ph. For partnership and sponsorship, you may contact TAG Media & PR at 09166299381 or at grace@asiadigitalmarketing.ph

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To all Moms Who Work Nights and Used to Work Nights, This is For You!

hellokityWith more and more industries demanding 24/7 operational hours, and with more and more women being added to the workforce year on year, it makes sense to take the time to honor all the moms who get to work at night. Just as when the world is gearing up for bed to sleep, moms who work at night get to prep for transit and for an 8 or 9-hour work shift. I used to work nights myself for a collective number of 6 years and working now during the day for close to five years, I will have to say that I have enough years of experience to write about the joys and dips of working nights. Most moms who work  nights would bend over backwards just to make sure the kids will never have to notice that mom went to work while I was sleeping.  And so the vicious cycle of staying up to as much as 18 to 20 hours a day is sometimes required. Moms who work nights would get home and join breakfast, function auto pilot as if she also had 8-hour-sleep. Engage in conversation around news, how everyone will spend their days and plan for the weekends (where moms don’t get to sleep until Saturday night coming off work Saturday mornings).

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Back when I used to work nights, my day hours would stretch to noon, just in time to ensure all kids have taken a bath and your ever reliable household help angel has prepped everything for lunch. Then it is finally time to sleep. Yes, just as the afternoon sun has kicked in, in all its hotness glory, it is time to sleep. Imagine following this rigor every summer. Thank God for air-conditioning units. Unless you leave your bedroom door open, one or two hours into sleep, you hear little knocks on the door, your toddler or any of your kids wanting to cuddle. This is where you can make things work by encouraging kids to have afternoon naps with you. I just hope that what they want is cuddle and not play time because if so, you can say goodbye to your planned 6 hours sleep and ease your way off bed for a 4-hour sleep instead.

Of course, the same cycle repeats itself because before you know it, evening news is on which signals you to get going and prep for work. So how did I make it work while working nights?

  1. God is my 24/7 God – bigger than any of the things I encounter – Working at nights did not have to change the way I see my season with God. Whether you wake up at 5pm or at 5am, you can go get your Bible, read up on God’s promises and believe Him for His perfect timeline and perfect control over things that may seem overwhelming for you. Learned how not to focus on anything that can be a source of worry, doubt, discouragement or tension just by believing who God is and what He can do over my season. Doing this overtime and you certainly realize that you wake up with a fresh supply of faith, strength and joy day on day (or night on night J). Because there are a lot of things I don’t get to do myself or be on top of while I work at night,  all the more reasons that I clung on to God and have Him take care of the things I cannot control and take care of. I may not be able to keep an eye on my family at night but God can. I may not be present on everything during the day but God is present. This is the biggest assurance I had that allowed me to trust, depend and rely on God heavily.
  2.  Communication Is Also Open at Night – ways to communicate may be different, thus, most moms would find communicating challenging. You can maintain normalcy by making ‘how are you doing’ phone calls to husband anytime. If your husband is like mine, he would also be up on my 4am break just so he can ask if I already had lunch. Otherwise, you can always wait until you get home in time for breakfast. It can get challenging only if husband would have a totally opposite schedule than you do. There was a season when I would work nights and husband would be on mid-shift, making it impossible for us to share a meal for 5 straight days. Other than using the phone real-time, this was when a Logbook came in handy. Husband and I agreed to write down our thoughts when we get home and before we leave home. This sustained us for half a year. We still sometimes get back to reading the logbook whenever we thank God for sustaining us through different seasons of our marriage and family life. Where other couples would take aligned work hours for granted, this season ultimately changed the way we view our time with each other count. We would never have discovered that we can arrange a child’s birthday party via a logbook update (that’s for another writing J).
  3.  Do not be such a Darna – this is where you agree to have all the help you can get from your family and friends. Make your schedule work around what is important, knowing when to prioritize taking time off some nights to be there for kids’ milestones. It is an advantage that most school events are during the day, although the downside to it is having less hours of sleep before another worknight. Never commit the mistake of wearing the grouchy hat when you are home. Better ask help from family and friends when things get too taxing for you (e.g. after recreation activities for kids with extended family, afternoon playdate with friends, or even catch up afternoons with your kids’ ninongs and ninangs). Imagine it from your kids’ limited perspective. You never want to be the mom who is always asleep or the mom who is grouchy when awake.

momCritical to making this work is being honest with your spouse. Develop a transparent relationship with your spouse, do not be afraid to seek help or discuss your options when needed.

I am taking my hats off to ALL moms who work nights, moms whose heart for family is just as big as those who work during the day. To all the moms who stay home, work from home or step out of the house to work, thanking you for all your labor and love for all the kids who make up today’s world. For the stay at home moms whose work is equal to those who work full time, thanks for being the kind of mom you are and for showing us all that mommyhood is both fun and fulfilling. Happy Mothers’ Day to all!momsaffiliate

God’s promises whether you sleep at night or during the day:

 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24