A Kitty Wonderland: Part Two

As promised, here are some more photos of the Hello Kitty Christmas Village at SM City North EDSA. The display and scheduled activities will run until January 6, 2013.

This was my favorite “house” of all. Why? Because I “live” here! Teehee!

Still don’t see me yet? Here I am, all in pink! Oh, yeah, I don’t have delusions about being Hello Kitty because I am… ehrm… her mama!

I love the balloon centerpiece on the cocktail tables set up on the left side of the venue, behind two of the houses. I’m glad I was able to take a picture of even one as this was the last one there. I ignorantly did not claim this because as soon I stepped away from it, someone else claimed it for herself. No doubt, that was a Hello Kitty fan.

Remember I had one of these for my birthday before? BreadTalk has new designs for the cakes and you can preorder these yummy beauties just a few days in advance for any special occasion. Nom nom nom nom nom.

Those are Anthony and Margaret George, Hello Kitty’s loving grandparents.

The best part about the whole event was seeing so many people who love Hello Kitty as much as I do. Many were dressed up in their best Hello Kitty fashions. I requested this mother and daughter team in matching Hello Kitty dresses to pose for a picture. (Thank you, mommy and daughter!)

Look, she even has a friend in a Hello Kitty dress too!

Here is the vivacious Ms. Prieto posing for a picture. (She said yes after she had me take her picture for her Instagram account, hehehe.) I took this for my friend Cynch. I only wish I had not forgotten the paper banner I made that said “Hello, Cynch!” *toinks*

And here is Gift Gate Philippines’ very own Operations Manager, the lovely Ms. Cleo Balingit De Ocampo. She was running about the venue until I had her freeze for a shot. ūüôā That is grace under pressure!

An additional blessing: I met a very nice Hello Kitty collector at the event. Her name is Denise Lao. She came up to me and said very nice things that flustered me a bit. *blushes* I’m glad I made a new Hello Kitty friend. I borrowed the picture below from Denise’s Facebook album of the event. Sorry if I looked sweaty and red all over.

As I told you in the previous post, Hello Kitty fashion makes it big at Forever21 so catch them before they run out! Unfortunately, sizes run in the regular range and not in the plus size range, eliminating me at once as a target audience. Oh, wait, I do fit under the umbrella! The neck pillow too! And the scarf!

No need to walk to the Annex to get your Sanrio fix, as they’ve set up a selling area in the venue. I want the bed table!!!

And even SM has Hello Kitty clothes and toys for sale, including toys imported by my favorite toy distributor, Ban Kee Trading.

Upstairs, on the 3rd floor, the exhibit started quietly and without much fanfare…

and then I suddenly noticed a bunch of photographers taking pictures of the ones beside me. So engrossed was I in looking and taking my own pictures that I didn’t realize I had run into Mr. Hans Sy again! Unlike snobby VIPs, he didn’t make a big fuss that I was blocking his view (though I could feel the bodyguards’ stares boring through me). I quietly slipped away, pretending I hadn’t noticed.

These are DJ Nicole Hyala’s Loungefly bags.

And her popcorn machine. And her cotton candy machine. And her bling cases for her gadgets.

And her microwave oven!

Part of Ms. Dianne Abella’s collection. The Anteprima wire bag is worth PhP25,000- and that is only the small one!

She also has very nice plushes.

Want to see more Hello Kitty collections? There are more to see! (P.S. Ms. Denise also has some of her collection on display so look for it, please!)

It took all of my willpower NOT to publish here or in Facebook all 286 pictures I took of the event using two cameras. I figured, a sneak peek is all one needs because the experience is definitely better than a bunch of photos. So if you want to see more of the Hello Kitty Christmas Village and the Hello Kitty Exhibit, head on now to SM City North EDSA!

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My thanks to:

SM City North EDSA and the SM Marketing Group

Ms. Zelina Baluyan and Ms. Mares Palma of Yehey! Digital Team

Sanrio and Gift Gate Philippines, with special mention of Ms. Cleo De Ocampo


A Kitty Wonderland: Part One

The invitation said four in the afternoon and I had meant to get there by three at the latest to get a feel of the Atrium’s layout. But when you’re a mom and wife and everything else all rolled in one (yes, I am even a handy carpenter on occasion), sometimes, getting your undies on right side out is all you have time for. Cross my Kitty heart.

In fairness, though, I wasn’t really late. I was there 15 minutes before the scheduled time but already, there were so many people that it felt like the MRT on rush hour, sans the funky smells of course. I was a bit overwhelmed by all the security and all the people milling around and wandering aimlessly. There were just so many. Fortunately, my phone rang just in time and I was graciously led me to where I was supposed to be seated for the duration of the program, on the second row of the right side of the stage.

The launch of SM City North EDSA’s tribute to Hello Kitty came in the form of a runway fashion show spiced up with a LOT of Hello Kitty talk. Ms. Tessa Prieto and Mr. Raymond Gutierrez hostedthe almost two-hour show. It was wonderful to see Ms. Prieto and Mr. Gutierrez banter lightly on stage. But of course, the star of the show (aside from the REAL star) was Ms. Prieto who was right in her element- fun, wacky, and feisty, but elegant to the core.

True to Ms. Prieto’s spirit, she came out in an over-the-top, multicolored (I counted six colors, at least!) Hello Kitty-inspired fairy/butterfly gown! It had pink pearly, sequined wings AND Hello Kitty plushes trailing down the hem and train. Shades of Lady Gaga’s plush gown, except waaaay more wearable. ūüôā Oops, don’t forget her aqua blue and pink feathery fascinator! Only Tessa Prieto can ever pull an out outfit like that. *bows to the master*

There were girls dressed in Hello Kitty finery and styled with ribbon bows made of hair on their head. They pranced and galloped and sashayed on stage like seasoned models (okay, okay, there were one or two little girls who were clueless when it came to directions but, hey, they were cute!).

There were young ladies who showed off adult fashions- from playtime to night time dates- complete with charming accessories like bags and blings, even a neck pillow and a scarf.

All of these fashionable finds are currently available at SM Department Store branches for kids’ fashion and Forever21 for ladies’ wear.

Then, there was a brief Q and A portion with Hello Kitty fans and collectors, including well-known designer Francis Libiran, actress Maxene Magalona, and FM DJ Nicole Hyala.

A-list designer Mr. Francis Libiran designer (middle) designed Hello-Kitty inspired outfits for America’s Next Top Model 18th cycle (April 25, 2012 episode). Seen here beside him to the right is Ms. Pia Arroyo-Magalona.

GMA-7 actress Maxene Magalona is in Hello Kitty from top to toe!

And DJ Nicole Hyala shows off a Loungefly patent embossed tote bag, a HK watch, a HK-covered white iPhone 4s and HK shirt dress with matching shoes!

While I loved being right near stage, my vantage point for photos was hopelessly limited. Moving around was not an option as there were so many people you’d be stepping on people’s toes when you do. Right in front of me was the row of seats occupied by Mr. Hans Sy, Executive Vice President of ShoeMart Inc.and President of Shopping Center Management Corporation, and his guests and officers. Mr. Sy donated gifts to the 2012 International Children’s Peace Prize Awardee Kesz Valdez and his supported advocacy.

Sorry, you can’t even see Kesz here but you can see Mr. Sy and his giveaway presents!

Right after that, it was time for the REAL star of the show to come out! There was much funfare as heralds started screaming Hello Kitty’s name. Confetti shot out from giant confetti guns and filled the air with fluttering paper! A white vintage car drove (the better word would be “crawl” as it inched its way ever so slowly, surrounded by a throng of people into the center Atrium). Inside, a fluffy giant feline waved happily to the crowd that greeted her with such a uproar of delight.


Hello Kitty being assisted up the stage

She is surrounded by Kitty-addled crowds- men, women, and children!

The vintage car that carried the star of the show!

After that, it was complete bedlam as people rushed to get their photos with Hello Kitty! So enamored were they of her that they screamed her name and jumped on stage, even with hosts Ms. Prieto and Mr. Gutierrez still on it! It was Kitty crazzzzzy! ūüôā

I managed to get one photo taken with Ms. Kitty through the kindness of Ms. Cleo De Ocampo of Gift Gate Philippines. Long after the time given for Hello Kitty to welcome guests (can you imagine how hard it must have been for the person inside the mascot costume?), people were still pulling her for photo ops.

It was a Hello Kitty-rific day!

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(Part two to follow with more photos from the event, the displays and the exhibit! Watch out for it!)

The Gift Gate Big Sale 2012

Up till last night, I wasn’t really sure I’d be able to make it to today’s much-awaited event.¬† When my friends Gracie and Cynch sent me text messages last night to¬†arrange our date, I couldn’t even give a firm answer. This, after we had planned more than a month ago, to meet up there.¬†Bad, I know. ūüė¶

Then again, things that were happening just seemed to be out of my control. Our family car had been in the shop for more than a week and the service vehicle that was generously lent to us was being pulled out. Also, Alex had Saturday class, which meant he had to be in school earlier than usual if I wanted to make it early halfway across the city. I crossed my fingers and conditioned myself mentally to accept the possibility that I was missing one of the biggest sales of the season.

And then, at the last moment, everything just worked out¬†perfectly. We¬†got another¬†service¬†unit on loan! (Thank you, Toyota!) And Alex, good old Alex, said he didn’t mind¬†going to school¬†early. Woohoo!¬†ūüôā

And so, at half past seven this morning, we found ourselves at Bonifacio Global City two and a half hours early for The Gift Gate Big Sale! Talk about excited!

There’s never been a sale like this before, at least not in the history of¬†Gift Gate and Sanrio in the Philippines.¬†Sanrio products have always carried high price tags and this has been its weakness in the frustrating fight against pirated Hello Kitty and other pseudo-Sanrio¬†products. And with times being hard, even those who love Hello Kitty (like me!) have had to¬†go on Kitty rehab for the sake of¬†their financial¬†(and¬†mental) health.

To be fair, Gift Gate Philippines has done¬†much to make the products affordable to many. They’ve introduced tie-ups with local manufacturers. They’ve brought in imported¬†items from lower price ranges to entice more shoppers. They’ve also held a series of special events¬†where¬†items can be purchased at a discount. Today’s sale, however, was the biggest one yet, and it promised a wide variety of products all in one roof.¬†Prices would be significantly slashed on many items and even regular and new¬†products get a 30% discount. It was an event that no sane Kittyholic would dare miss!

Here are pictures from today’s event. If some pictures¬†are blurry, please forgive my camera techniques. I was shooting (pics) and grabbing, shooting and scampering, shooting and shopping, heehee.

At¬†9 in the morning (we took¬†breakfast at a nearby cafe first), there were people already in line. As soon as I stepped in line, some kind Gift Gate people said hello and welcomed me personally.¬† One thing I could always commend about Gift Gate is that its people always, always make sure you feel like you are special (even if you are really not, heehee). It’s great customer service, I tell you.

A sneak peek before the venue was opened to the public. I called it “the calm before the storm, este, the crowds.”

And then the shopping began! There were people everywhere! The airconditioning, which was operating well in the beginning, was¬†overwhelmed by the sheer volume of people. And even when people were sweating buckets, no one seemed to mind. They were all busy… shopping!

Is this a Crocs sale? Am I in a Create-your-own Havianas event?  Ooops, my mistake! This is the area where Hello Kitty flipflops went for as low as PhP50 a pair! Goodness!

Pillows galore! I wish I had grabbed more!

Because we came early, we were able to take advantage of the sale. I had hoped to sweet talk A♥ into buying me more HK luggage but alas, mine are still almost brand new. Maybe next year then.  After letting me go crazy, he took my purchases and lined up for me. He was in a hurry to leave because Alex was going to be fetched at noon. Also, we were almost out of money, heehee.

Here is Kittymama with friends Cynch and Gracie. Are those tears of joy running down Kittymama’s cheeks? (Actually, it was sweat, haha!)

My favorite family- Gracie with her husband and kids and Cynch!

And of course, what is shopping without the haul? I got a lovely tarpaulin ecoback, an umbrella, a pillow (why, oh why, didn’t I get more?), an eyeglass case (thanks, Cynch, for sharing this with me), file folders, an earphone winder, and a necklace. My bestest buy was the¬†HK golf bag rain cover! Woohoo!

P.S.¬†I didn’t take pictures of the rest of my loot because they were meant to be gifts for special people. I didn’t want to ruin the surprise. ūüôā

Did I tell you I didn’t forget my lovely nannies? I just wished they had bigger sizes. I couldn’t fit into them. ūüė¶ Still, I was happy I was able to bring home something for my girls here at home.

These¬†are¬†A‚ô•’s favorite buys of the day- lightbulbs at 3 for PhP100! And because we really do patronize the brand, getting these at a bargain (he got a dozen) was his gift to himself. ūüôā

This is Kittymama pretending it was raining inside the bedroom and singing Rihanna’s “Umbrella.” ‚ô™‚ôę

(Ella ella, eh eh eh)
Under my umbrella
(Ella ella, eh eh eh)
Under my umbrella
(Ella ella, eh eh eh)
Under my umbrella
(Ella ella, eh eh eh, eh eh eh)

And then this is¬†Kittymama, flat out tired from a whole morning’s adventure, and dreaming of¬†Gift Gate’s Big Sale 2012.

Thank you, Gift Gate Philippines, for a wonderful day! I hope you make this a yearly event! ūüôā

Kittymama Still

Lest my Kitty friends think I have turned into a complete critter head (oh, well, I probably am already), allow me to prove to you that I have not forgotten my roots. Kittymama will always love Hello Kitty. She has her 2011-2012 Sanrio Fans Club Card to proudly prove that.

Still, there’s something to be said about changing tastes. No longer an insatiable Kittyholic, I’ve learned to become more discerning in my Kitty choices. Of course, when something as delicious as this comes along, it’s always hard to say no.

The Hello Kitty Diamond Eau de Toilette

(sample size is free with the SFC card)

I’m very picky when it comes to scents, especially since my body chemistry reacts differently to many fragrances. What smells heavenly to another is disturbingly migraine-inducing to me. On a regular day, I use Philosophy’s simple, light fragrances- Baby Grace and Amazing Grace. On special occasions, I use either Clinique Happy or Estee Lauder’s Pleasures Exotic. But after a trial of Hello Kitty Diamond, I actually liked it enough to go back and buy a bottle.

The spray comes in two sizes, a small, purse-friendly 5 ml bottle (PhP600+) and a larger 50 ml bottle (PhP2398). You get more savings with the bigger bottle but then again, you don’t own bragging rights to whipping a Hello Kitty cologne out of your bag with the big bottle (too bulky). The top notes are freesia, bergamot, grapefruit and small daisies. Middle notes are jasmine, lily of the valley, rose and violet, layered over the tones of musk, amber, sandalwood and vanilla base. It’s a refreshing scent, light and not cloying, sweet but not overwhelming.

If you bump into me anytime soon and I smell good, thank Hello Kitty for me, will you?

Hard Habit to Break

I was at Sanrio Surprises at MegaMall last weekend, drooling at a very nice, if expensive, teeny weeny purse. There were so many nice things on display that my head was set on “SPIN” the entire time. (I was going to put in a picture of Linda Blair’s head turning 360¬ļ on her shoulders but I figured I’d be the one having nightmares later on.) My budget was shot after buying Christmas presents from the Toy Kingdom sale but I did bring home¬†a couple of great stuff- a Hello Kitty Christmas diorama (on sale! how lucky!) ¬†and a Hello Kitty diecut wristpad. I wish I could have spent¬†more. I wish I could have brought home that purse I was ogling at. But, alas, with¬†the holidays coming up,¬†the List comes first before my own wants.¬†

I used to be a complusive Kittyholic. I emphasize the words¬†used to be, because I hope I am not that way anymore. For years and years, I I hoarded almost everything I could lay my hands on, splurging on things that caught my fancy even without much thought.¬†I even spent my the better part of my birthdays inside Gift Gate! Below is a picture taken just this year on my birthday; my birthday “date” for the last five or six years has been my friend¬†Ms. Jo Pantaleon of¬† Gift Gate/Sanrio Surprises.

Controlling my Kitty impulses hasn’t all been that¬†easy. With age comes wisdom, or so I’ve always hoped.¬†As I grow older, I¬†have become more discriminating with the Hello Kitties I collect.¬†These days, I no longer feel the nagging pressure of having to own everything stamped¬†Hello Kitty; I can look at one and appreciate it without buying. That’s how much¬†my¬†sense of shopping¬†has matured¬†in the past year.

It’s always a compromise- my desire for Hello kitty and¬†the “functionality” and “usability” of these things in my life.¬†The things I like looking at are often not things that¬†function well with my life so even as I desire them, I¬† must always¬†go through¬†a mental checklist¬†to weigh the costs of ownership.

  1. Can I use it?
  2. Wll I use it often?
  3. Do I have a place for it? 
  4. Can I afford it?

If I answer YES to all, then the purchase is almost always guaranteed. Even just one NO changes the balance of the entire thing.

If¬†¬†there are¬†things I’ve given myself permission to own, however, it would be Hello Kitty clothing and shoes. Who doesn’t need shoes and clothing? And since I need them more as my¬†body shape¬†vacillates,¬†this particular form of Kittymania is perfectly reasonable and absolutely excusable.¬†

My husband got these for me recently at Torrid, haven for the plus-size Kittyholic. Our local Sanrio stores carry only regular sizes so¬†I am hardpressed to find anything in my size. Fortunately, there’s Torrid to fill in the need.¬†ūüôā¬†I do have to thank my¬†sister’s husband’s¬†brother for carrying these home for me on his recent trip to¬†the US to visit their mother.¬†Thank you,¬†John and¬†Alexis!¬†This Kitty momma¬†‚ô• you to bits!

I love all these¬†shirts¬†but I love this one most especially- ooohhhhh! Hello Kitty….Zombie!

I wish I had this on last Halloween, haha. It would have made a great conversation piece. Then again, my HK “Jamaican Me Crazy” shirt was a hit so it worked out for the best. ūüôā

I knew these were coming so I had been waiting for them. But A never lets me off without a surprise so guess how the shirts came home?

In this cutest bag ever!

Whatever restraint I mustered has worn off with this absolutely divine gift! I am gushing with cuteness! Ahhh, HK Shirts, shoes, bags and purses- I’m a sucker for them. Guess this habit is much harder to break than I thought.

D-6 and Counting

Late yesterday afternoon, I received three email messages confirming the pick-up places for the giveaways. Woohoo! This was all coming along so well, I thought to myself as I half-ran, half-skipped all the way to the bathroom to get ready.  I wanted to do at least one pick-up last night and depending on the state of traffic, maybe add another one. When Alphonse saw me getting ready, he started flashing his dizzyingly gorgeous smiles at me, which was a very convincing plea to bring him along.

I was excited but¬†control freak that I really am, I had this script planned in my head already. I would bring along Alphonse, and with his dad taking our picture, he and I would pose with some store personnel in the act of receiving the donated gift items. More bloggable moments, I figured.¬† Our first stop would be the Sanrio Store at SM North EDSA Annex, where Ms. Isabel Lopez, marketing manager of Gift Gate- Sanrio Philippines (Great Gifts sales & Licensing International Corp.) had sent the giveways for pick-up. If traffic cooperated, maybe we’d have time to drop by Toytown Eastwood Mall where Mr. Joseph de Leon of Ban Kee Trading, exclusive distributor of Sylvanian Families in the country, had dropped off the SF giveaways.

I’m not a very vain person but when¬†I know I’d be posing for pictures, I try to look better than I normally do. (The script in my head demanded for that, too.) Rummaging through my Kitty-inspired clothing, I fancied upon this super comfy gray Kitty shirt from Torrid, matched it with some black leggings, and finished the outfit off with my Hello Kitty Crocs McCall. Sorry for the creases in the shirt, folks. By the time I thought to take the pictures, Alphonse had been sitting on my lap for a while. ūüôā

Kittymama in leggings- who knew?

In love with my Kitty Crocs

Traffic, as usual, was bad last night, so poof!¬†I¬†moved the second destination to another date. We would have gone back home were it not for Alphonse, who was so excited to be out again that he was literally squealing in glee. But nothing in the script, it¬†seemed, was¬†going to go as planned. The ride to SM North EDSA¬†which normally takes just fifteen minutes¬†stretched to an hour last night.¬†Alphonse was in such a great mood, though,¬† that we didn’t worry too much¬†about him getting bored. I prepped him with the plan again¬†and elicited a pinky promise from him to behave very well.

I think he meant to keep his promise, really, he did. From the fourth level where we were parked down to the upper ground floor where the Sanrio Store is located, Alphonse held our hands and walked calmly, all the while flashing his silly grins. When we reached the store, I made him pose for a picture before we went in to get the giveaways. He smiled shyly, stood still for all of three seconds, and bolted away! I managed to click the shutter once before he ran straight to the Pizza Hut kiosk across the floor! I almost dropped the camera as we started running after him but he was determined and fast. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. Poof! Another planned moment gone in a few seconds.

The good news is that even without the camera documenting our every move, I did receive the Sanrio giveaways. I am very grateful to Ms. Isabel Lopez and the Gift Gate family for their gifts, which we will raffle off to three lucky readers of this blog. Inside each of the bags is a charming yet functional Hello Kitty star¬†card case/coin purse¬†in canvas, a 35th Anniversary plastic file folder to organize your documents,¬†a Hello Kitty magnet sheet (I’m a sucker for magnets, heehee),¬†a mini-memo pad which is perfect for stashing in your bag, and a¬†unique sticker sheet featuring all the official designs of Hello Kitty from 1974 to 2008. This is a great gift¬†any Hello Kitty¬†fan would love to¬†have and it’s FREE!!! What could be better than that?¬†¬†

I’m getting ready to publish the mechanics of the contest so please be sure to watch out for it. The contest will start on November 3 and end on November 14. I will pick the winners via this¬†cool raffle drum on loan to me by the very kind folks at BusinessWorld. ūüôā

Thanks for staying tune, friends! I will take more pictures of the giveaways as I receive them and post them up too. I hope these whet your appetite for The OC 3rd Blog Birthday Giveway. See you soon!

Birthdays and Giveaways

Alphonse will turn 16 in a little less than two weeks. Birthdays are fun but it’s always been difficult¬†finding presents for him. Unlike your typical teenager, Alphonse wants little and needs so little to make him happy¬†that often, we end up with such unimaginative presents of … you guessed right… underwear, shoes,¬†and¬†clothes.¬†We can’t ask him what he wants when his default answer is “yes” to everything (when he says “No” you know he means it, whereas “Yes” can mean either) and¬†Alex,¬†his¬†wily older brother,¬†usually finds a way to twist this to his advantage.

Mama: Alphonse, do you want a new shirt?
Alphonse: (nods) Yes
Mama: Do you want new Crocs?
Alphonse: (nods) Yes
Alex: Wait, Mama, it’s my turn. Alphonse, do you want a new PS3?
Alphonse: (nods) Yes
Alex: See, Mama, you really have to¬†get the PS3¬†for Alphonse. He really, really, really wants it! Please? Let’s buy the PS3 today!
(Nice try, son!)

Finding gifts Alphonse will genuinely love is always a challenge. These days, he’s still¬†drawn to colorful preschool toys ; he actually¬†sneaks off with his little three-year-old cousin’s toys every now and then. He still loves Disney DVDs despite our attempts to introduce him to other movies. And he is still absolutely, passionately¬†crazy over bubbles.¬†Running out of¬†bubble solutions or bubble bottles¬†will likely provoke a prolonged crying spell.¬†We realize however that we can’t exactly keep encouraging him¬†with¬†these. While they remain part of his life, we have to keep looking¬†at things¬†and activities most neurotypical teenagers¬†enjoy at that particular age. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done. Nothing seems to pop out as remotely interesting to him as the things he is already used to.

Alphonse's PECS card

So we racked our brains¬†and discussed countless ideas, without¬†ever coming to a united position on our special gift for Alphonse’s 16th birthday. But you know how the answers to¬†prayers come when one least expects it?¬†Just a few weeks ago, we had a lightbulb moment.¬† When Alphonse popped open one of the large covered pails of water we had and dove right in- head, shoulders, body, feet and all- we knew at once what we were getting him this year.

Just a brief backgrounder: Alphonse loves water but not the kind you swim in. He loves humongous basins and shallow pools  and garden hoses and sprinklers of all kinds but would not venture into any body of water higher than his knees. This past summer, on a family trip, we went to a hot springs resort and were suprised when, for the first time ever, he decided to step into the pool and submerge himself neck deep. Not only that, he half-walked, half-paddled the entire length of the small pool.  That he decided to stay submerged for almost a whole day told us that he finally found the courage to enjoy being in the water. Unfortunately, when night came, he wanted to go home and sleep in his own bed, though we had already paid for accommodations for the night. We tried to coax him to sleep but he cried loudly and refused to be appeased. We made the long drive back and once home, he promptly fell asleep. With that experience in mind, we promised him only day trips for now.

And that is what he is getting¬†for his birthday-¬†a day visit for a swimming party at the same resort.¬†We’ve already made reservations. I only have to firm up the plans for food and extra amenities,¬†get the swimsuits and swimming gear ready,¬†get extra decorations, and we are ready to go!


While we’re on the topic of birthdays,¬†next month, Okasaneko Chronicles on WordPress turns three years old.¬† To celebrate my blog’s third birthday and to thank all those who have supported my blog with their visits and comments, I will be hosting my first ever giveaway. Wheee! Who can resist giveaways?

For now, I have decided on giving away three different sets of gifts which reflect each of the different passions I write about in my blog- autism advocacy, Sanrio and Hello Kitty, and Sylvanian families. Yesterday, I received an e-mail confirmation from Ms. Isabel Lopez, Marketing Manager of Sanrio Gift Gate Philippines, of their very kind sponsorship of the Sanrio gift pack. I was amazed that within an hour of sending my e-mail request, Ms. Lopez replied with a positive confirmation. I will wait for further instructions from her, but already, I am beside myself with joy.

Autism Society Philippines, through the kindness of¬†ASP Secretary Tiffany Tan,¬†will also¬†donate two items for the autism advocacy gift package. I won’t reveal yet what’s inside this gift pack but let me tell you¬†that¬†some of the gifts will come from Alphonse and myself.

I am still waiting for Ban Kee’s Mr. Joseph de Leon’s reply to my request. I am hopeful that with these two generous sponsors already¬†committed to the giveaway, they will follow suit. I will keep you guys updated on this.

The¬†“I Am Three” Blog¬†Giveaway will¬†be launched very soon so please come back to this blog to get more details. As soon as the gift packs are all ready, I will post pictures and instructions on how to join. With two birthdays coming in November, it’s going to be a party!

P.S. Ban Kee said YES!!! It’s three for three!