Basti’s First Dental Visit

At Basti’s last pediatric checkup, one of our assignments was to go for our first dental check-up. I finally got around to doing it today. I decided to check out Dentphix Clinics in Silver City, only because it was walking distance from my house.

I like the lobby and the facilities.


Basti liked the play area.


Our dentist was Dr. Fina Gupit-Lopez, a very pretty lady with four kids of her own. She checked Basti’s teeth, cleaned them and did a flouride treatment, all while Basti’s favorite Mickey Mouse Clubhouse was playing on a television set in the room. Basti did well. There were a few tears of protest but he mostly stayed still and was cheerful again soon after, with a little toy and a Mickey Mouse toothbrush from the dentist to reward him. I wish I had someone there to take pictures. It was really pretty awesome. Sadly, Basti already has signs of tooth decay on his front teeth. That’s what I get for procrastinating!

Here’s a few things I learned from our visit that I thought I’d share with you:

  • The bacteria that causes tooth decay is contagious! The dentist said that blowing on your child’s food before feeding is a cause for passing on the bacteria. So mommies, don’t do this, and tell your yayas not to do this too!
  • It’s good to go for a dental check-up on your second trimester of pregnancy so you don’t have bacteria to pass on when you give birth.
  • There is no need to rinse after brushing your teeth, even for us adults! Don’t rinse your teeth and let the flouride work its magic. If you rinse or eat something within 30 minutes, the brushing would have been for nothing.
  • Basti nurses during bedtime, so the doctor suggested I give him a quick brush just before settling in. She said to do it lying down in bed, and again, no need to rinse. Basti will learn to spit eventually. Keep the amount of toothpaste to just a dash.
  • Chocolate is a better snack than crackers or potato chips because it melts and gets washed off by water. Crackers, cereal, wafers or chips will get stuck in the teeth and cause cavities!

We’ll be back again in two weeks to catch up with the decay on Basti’s teeth. Good oral habits is something I want to establish with Basti. During my childhood, regular dental visits was something we didn’t do, even though my aunt was a dentist! I’m going for my own visit soon.

Thank you Dr. Fina and Dentphix for such a great experience for Basti!

Dentphix is on the Ground Floor of Silver City in Frontera Verde, Pasig City. Tel. No.: 5840693, 2162928.

I Am Not Dead. Not Yet, Anyway

I haven’t had the time to blog. That’s actually putting it mildly. I haven’t had the time to do anything else other than keep house. This is because, my dear friends, I have done the “unthinkable.” I let go of our household helper. I won’t delve into the details of why I let her go. I’m sure we all have similar stories.

So for the past 3 weeks, it’s just been me keeping the household from splitting apart. When some of my friends heard about it, most of them said something like, “hang in there, and I hope you find a replacement soon.” The thing is, I’m not looking for a replacement. The truth is, I’m having the time of my life.

I’ve been spending most of my days slowly getting my routine in order. That has included putting the house in order as I Want My House To Be, and I’ve been organizing, organizing, ORGANIZING. I think I’ve got my routine down to pat. Well, almost.

It’s so liberating to be in control of my own household. And the biggest bonus of all is the huge savings from not having a household helper. That and the lack of drama I have to deal with everyday. That alone is worth it!

I haven’t had much time to do anything else while I’m putting order back into my home. With the little time I have to myself, I find all I can think about doing is papercraft. Can’t wait to share what I’ve done so far with you guys! I also can’t wait to share what I’ve learned about this whole experience.

I hope to blog more soon! I’ve got new stuff to share and Babywearing Meet 4 is in the early planning stages. Exciting stuff coming up! See you guys soon!

Press Release: “Art for a Vision”

Here’s an interesting art exhibit opening this weekend, for a really good cause. All proceeds from the sale of artwork go to the Ophthalmological Foundation of the Philippines (OFPHIL).

World-class artists join fundraising project for visually-impaired indigents

A visual art exhibit featuring works of local and international artists entitled “Art for a Vision” will be staged at the Crucible Gallery in SM Megamall from February 10 to 21 to help raise funds for the Ophthalmological Foundation of the Philippines (OFPHIL), a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of blindness among the poor in the country.

A selection of paintings and sculptures from Gus Albor, Virgillio “Pandy” Aviado, Cesar Caballero, Valeria Cavestany, Igan D´Bayan, Ramon Diaz, Arturo Luz, Ramon Orlina, Impy Pilapil, Cid Reyes, Juvenal Sanso, Betsy Westendorp and Jaime Zobel will go on sale as full donations for OFPHIL’s many projects, with the Ifugao State University-OFPHIL (IFSU-OPHIL) Eye Center at Alfonso Lista in Ifugao Province as one of its main beneficiaries.

“I am very honoured to be part of this project once again. We organized a very successful event similar to this one in 2010 and we have high hopes that “Art for a Vision” will produce the same results. I myself suffer from age-related macula degeneration so this advocacy is very meaningful to me,” said Betsy Westendorp, Philippine Presidential Medal of Merit Awardee.

The first art sale helped fund the construction of the IFSU-OFPHIL Eye Center . The center is now Philhealth-accredited with consultations and surgeries scheduled every Tuesdays and Saturdays. It is equipped with the Yag Laser for a more efficient treatment of cataract and glaucoma. To date, it has served almost 2,000 patients from Ifugao Province and other neighbouring municipalities.

The IFSU-OFPHIL Eye Center has regular visiting physicians who conduct vision screenings. They also give training seminars to medical officers, nurses, barangay health workers and teachers.

“We are very thankful to everyone who extended their help for this second art sale. With your support, we wish to acquire state-of-the-art equipment such as the Argon Laser, build comfortable waiting areas for patients, construct secure staff quarters for our medical team, and acquire a generator in case of power failure which we usually experience during the rainy season,” said Dr. Felipe Tolentino, founder and president of OFPHIL.

Also in the pipeline is the development of a training center within the IFSU-OFPHIL Eye Center to help accredit specializations for ophthalmic nursing, ophthalmic assistant and ophthalmic technician.

3.4 million Filipinos are visually-impaired and 62% of the cases are due to cataracts, with almost 500,000 blind in both eyes. About 90% of people who suffer from blindness belong to poor communities.

“It is important to note that 75% of cases of blindness can be avoided through prevention and treatment. No person should be needlessly blind and we hope to reach as many people as possible who have no means for proper eye care,” said Tolentino.

Call (632) 6361389 or email for inquiries on OFPHIL and “Art for a Vision”.

Winner!: The Mothering Earthlings Babywearing Confessional

First I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to all those who shared their babywearing confessions. The Earthlings’ Mama and I had a grand time reviewing the comments. I wish there were slings to go out to everyone because you’re all babywearing bad-asses.

But there can only be one.

We had our favorites, so we got the Earthlings’ Papa to break the tie. Check out this pic of Mr. Guerrero.

So out of all the answers, this was the one that we tattooed beings digged the most:

Frances Beldia

The strangest thing I’ve done while wearing my earthling was having a teeny tiny detail added to my dragonicorn (fusion of dragon and unicorn) tattoo. Attika is six months old now and loves to kick, tug my hair and clothes, grab anything within her reach, or do all of those at the same time. On this particular event though, she behaved and observed like a little lady would when she’s watching something of Herculean importance like Phineas and Ferb.

Getting a tattoo hurts. Babywearing while getting inked? – #award

And so here’s your award, Frances!

Congratulations!!!!! Please write me an email using my Contact Form with your name that appears on a valid ID, your shipping address and your contact number.

Thanks again to everyone who shared their babywearing stories! Thank you Mothering Earthlings for the great contest!

From Mind to Matter: Unilab’s Link Up Program

How many times have you stood over the kitchen sink, mulling life, thinking, “Oh so-and-so company should come up with a so-and-so thingamajig to make my life easier.”

This is how many products start off, with a person going from “I wish someone would..” to saying, “I think I’ll do it myself!” The many many mompreneurs who’ve come up with great ideas are proof that some of the best ideas come from the mother’s mind. We are after all, the hands-on agents that run the household. We know every nook and cranny of our family’s lives, their needs, the snags, and those a-ha moments you get may translate to a product that could help others as well!

In terms of health,wellness and personal care, Unilab has been a trusted brand name in households across the country. I admire them as a company; I’ve worked with them in the days of my event management life and I have to say they are one of the most employee-friendly companies around. Their employees stay with them for DECADES, and I believe this same care extends to their customers and the products they offer. I also love that they are a world-class Filipino company, and being that helps them understands our needs just a little bit more.

Unilab is launching its Link Up program, where you can share your ideas about how to make things easier and better, and they in turn, will help turn these ideas into reality.

Say, you have an idea on how to make it easier for your baby to take medicine. Or better packaging and dispensing methods for your eye cream. It could even be a better shape for the vitamin pill you take every morning. Every great project started with a simple idea. So why not share yours with Unilab and make it happen?

Check out the Link Up website at, and register for starters. Make sure to read all the terms and conditions. You can sign up as a collaborator, or as a supplier. If you submit an idea, it will go through a review process. Passing the initial review stage gets you a Unilab gift pack. Your idea then moves up to the next level. If your idea passes the final stage and will be launched as an actual product, you will get a cash reward!

Give it a shot! All big innovations have to come from somewhere, right?


** This post is sponsored by Unilab Philippines **