Monday, May 23, 2016

:earning How To Save at The Smart Saver Kiddie Camp

My whole family recently attended the Smart Saver Kiddie Camp organized by Game Changer for Security Bank at their main branch in Makati. It is a three-hour program which integrates financial education with fun and interactive workshops designed for 7 years olds and above. While the older kids (like my son) were able to sit down and focus on the lecture, the younger ones were busy creating plushies at the La Pomme crafts station.

I've always wanted to open an account in a bank very close to my home for the kids so that they can experience walking to the bank (perhaps taking their piggy banks with them?) and learn the powerful tool of restriction or saving.  Lo and behold, there is a Security Bank right next to our street, a mere 5 minute walk from our home! 

I took the opportunity to take both kiddos to the neighborhood branch today to open their Jr. One accounts. This is Security Bank's saving product for kids 18 years and below. What I find really super is that their interest rate is higher than that of a regular savings account with an opening AND maintaining balance of only Php100. Awesome, right?

I loved the fact that there were no lines (must be my lucky day!) and we were attended to right away by a branch officer. I just showed our valid government IDs (in my case, I used our passports) and the officer did all the filling up of forms and within minutes, my little ones were given their first savings passbooks! I cannot wait to encourage my kids to save the money given to them by relatives, even small change like coins do add up!  

"It's not how much you earn, but how much you save!"

Parents interested in the Smart Saver Kiddie Camp or want to open a Jr. One account for their kids may visit any Security Bank branch or log on to You can also call the Security Bank Hoteline (02) 8879188.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

A Mother and Yogi's Balancing Act (with Vegan-Friendly Regetta Canoe!)

These days, my life's been extra challenging as I balance my duties as a wife, mom, entrepreneur, and yoga teacher. If you have been following my blog posts, you would know that we lost our household helpers a few months back so my husband and I have been tag-teaming chores and caring for our kids in between earning money to survive. I legitimately know how it feels to be independently responsible for yourself. It's like I have been living inside a bubble for a time and now that it has bursted, reality strikes. I am currently questioning all these I being prepared for something bigger here?

I received an email invite to attend Regetta Canoe's Philippine launch in Susi, a gluten-free and vegan resturant in Bonifacio High Street. I took the opportunity to get a quick break from my kids and domestic errands. I am still currently nursing my 26 month old daughter so any time apart from her truly helps the weaning process (which I plan to complete this year!)

A media event wouldn't normally push me to philosophical questioning but because the theme of the afternoon was all about finding balance, (the shoe supposedly does help with this and posture!), I looked inward.

As a yoga practitioner, I know that balancing poses embody the struggles that we experience in life so we may be able to outwardly manifest our strength to pursue all that is necessary with grace and endurance.

Here is my really cute pair of Regetta Canoe which we took on to the streets of BGC and a little patch of grass where we were asked to do some poses that required us to balance for prizes. Lucky yoginis in my group had the advantage of flexible limbs! Watch our super fun Boomerang photo on Instagram @dharmadreams with #RegettaCanoePH to see our winning post for the day!

What are the important features of the Regetta Canoe shoe?

- corrects posture of the body
- reduces impact on feet
- arch support for increased blood circulation (yay for traveling!)
- lessen feet fatigue
- crafted with special heel and toe guard to protect from bumps for klutzy people like me!
- last but not the least, is its vegan philosophy: animal-free and cruelty-free in design and production!

A photo-ception of our beloved Regetta Canoe pairs.

Regetta Canoe is exclusively distributed in the Philippines by the Primer Group and is available at selected Res Toe Run stores nationwide. Visit or follow @RegettaCanoePH on Facebook and Instagram for more details.


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