Product Review: Attipas: Baby Walking Science

Looking for shoes to help my son properly walk was not easy for me. I had no idea what I need to look for. Though I was advised by family and peers that it is still best for my little boy to learn to walk barefoot, I was worried about the cold tile floor in the house. And since I don’t really want my little boy to be learning to walk barefoot or just wearing socks outside the house, I knew that I needed to get him a good footwear. I didn’t hesitate to sign up for a product review of Attipas toddler shoes. Based on the features, I figured it was what I needed to get for my little Z. I was excited for my little Z to try this out immediately when I received it in the mail last month: It is a combination of shoes and socks. The sole is soft and flexible and is made of non-toxic material while the top part is just like any cotton-knit socks. This shoes fits my son’s feet perfectly – not too snug, not too loose. It is just right. :) 4 This is the science behind the shoes:

Here’s what I like about this shoes compared to the other toddler shoes based on the 5 points above: 1) Convenience: The non-slip sole makes it easier to retain the balance while trying to walk as the sole has a firm grip on any surface. I tried letting my son walk in it on a rubber mat, tiled floors, and even on the seat of the bus and not once did I see him lose balance because the sole slips on the surface. I haven’t tried washing it yet, though. 2) Breathability: My little boy’s feet sweats a lot especially when he has shoes on for a few hours or even when he wears socks at night. As a result, his feet starts to smell a little bit awful. I find it really great that this shoes has a sock-like top and the sole has holes to make it easier for the air to circulate, thus preventing sweaty and smelly feet after long usage. 3) Big Toe Box: At first, I find the design funny until I realized that the big toe box give more room for my son’s toes to move freely. (My son has, well, fat feet. LOL!) feet 4) Safety: My son loves to put anything in his mouth. He even loves licking any surface. Given that the materials used for this shoe are non-toxic, it makes me worry less if I find him eating his shoes again. :P 5) Lightweight and Flexibility: Have you tried looking for toddler shoes that is lightweight? Apart from crib shoes, all the rest that I found are quite heavy because of the thick hard soles. And since the soles are hard, it makes it hard for a tot or a toddler to really manage how to walk. What I like about the Attipas shoes is that it is indeed very light in weight so my son doesn’t have to make extra effort when he walks. It will just seem like he is walking barefoot. And the materials used are really flexible so whenever he makes a step, the sole follows the arch of his foot. 6 For more details about Attipas, you can visit the following: http://www.attipas.com/ https://www.facebook.com/AttipasPH Or you can also check out their retails partners:

*Disclosure: All sources are acknowledged and properly identified on the photos and product information included in this post. All opinions are solely my own. 

Epic Tales From My Encounters with Applicants

Let me segue a bit from the usual mommy/baby stuff or anything related to mommyhood and let me talk about something work-related.

Just to give you a background of my career. I have been in the customer service field my whole entire career. I used to work in the marketing group of an IT school for almost a year, handling private companies as my clientele. I’ve been a technical support rep in a call center for almost two years. And for the past almost 8 years, I have been in the customer service department of one of the supply chains of a multinational company. Don’t ask me how I lasted this long in this company because I can’t answer that myself. :P

I am not in recruitment nor do I have a background in that area, per se. However, in the last few years, I have conducted applicant interviews for my previous team as well as my current team. And I can say that I have my fair share of encounters with different kinds of people trying to sell their skills to our company.

I am more adept with dealing with customers and providing resolution to their issues. So when I was first tapped to handle an applicant interview, I had to research tips on how to conduct one. It should be easy, right? You just ask the applicants about their job experiences, validate what was in their resume and all that stuff. But what I looked for were the do’s and don’ts when conducting an interview. Well, I didn’t want to be asking inappropriate questions, to say the least. And when I need to conduct an interview, I usually get the assistance of one of my trusted colleague who is a part of the management team to handle more on the behavioral questions as I deal more with the technical side of things.

I usually conduct interviews in English. It has already been a standard for us as well. And while I am not perfect, when I am being asked in English, I answer using the same language. So I expect the applicant to do the same.

A few months ago, we interviewed one applicant for my team. All our questions were in English but she kept on answering us back in Filipino. I thought I was the only one who was getting irritated, my colleague asked the most obvious question in the middle of the interview process:

Colleague: Are you more comfortable with the Filipino language or are you OK with speaking English?

Applicant: I’m okay with English.

Colleague: Oh okay. We’ve just noticed that you keep answering our questions in Filipino even if we asked in English.

Applicant: …

Colleague: Moving on… (then he asked the next question)

Applicant: (answered back in Filipino again)

Me: *sigh*

There was an applicant that we interviewed who appeared to have been looking for an easy task.

Colleague: How many emails do you receive in a day that you need to respond to?

Applicant: About 10-20 emails.

Colleague: What if I tell you that you will be receiving more than that, about a hundred emails per day, and you need to read and respond to all of them within the 8-hour shift?

Applicant: 100?! I’m going to cry.

Me: … *toinks*

There was also a question that I love asking after all the standard questions were asked. I like asking questions that is not related to the applicant’s personal or professional life since they have already anticipated some of those questions and I expect them to have a ready answer for those. The reason I ask this one question at the end of an interview is to throw them off and see how quick they can come up with a logical answer. I’ve read somewhere that asking out-of-this-world questions during interviews will test how an applicant thinks and handles sudden unexpected situations.

Me: I have one last question before we end. There is no wrong answer here so just give it your best plausible answer.

Applicant: Okay.

Me: Why is there a hole in a donut?

Applicant: Huh? I don’t know. Ask the baker.

Me: … *bashing my head against the wall behind me*

So there was this applicant we interviewed who worked for supply chain companies as well and had a degree in Industrial Engineering. IE graduates are known to strong process management skills. So here’s how one interview went:

Me: I’ve noticed that most of your previous jobs are related to supply chain. And since you are a graduate of IE, what do you think is the advantage of an IE graduate in the supply chain field?

Applicant: Because when I was still studying, we went to Nestle and learned about the production of milk.

Me: *facepalm* *flips table*

Earlier today, we interviewed one applicant again and after the interview we asked him if he had any questions.

Applicant: First question. What other systems do you use here?

Me: You will know that if you get hired.

Applicant: Okay. Second question, what are your expectations of me for this job?

Colleague: You will know that as well if you get hired.

Applicant: Okay. Last question, what is the greatest goal of this team?

Me:  WORLD PEACE!

And even if I wanted to really answer World Peace to that last question (and it was at the tip of my tongue), I had to bite my tongue and act like a professional instead and told him that he will know more about it if he gets hired. He didn’t have questions after that.

After several months of searching, I was able to finalize the interviews earlier and got 2 good applicants for my requirement who will be reporting next week. Finally!

And no, I didn’t hire that last guy or any of these applicants.

 

MBP’s Halloween Party

Last Saturday, we attended the Mommy Bloggers’ Philippines first Halloween Party. Unfortunately, my son doesn’t fit in his Superman romper anymore and I didn’t have time to look for ideas for his costume, much less DIY it. So my son was costume-less during the party.

Anyway, I didn’t expect that the event was going to be that grand. I was thinking probably about half of the actual attendees will be there and there won’t be that much activities happening as well that that many sponsors for the event.

My family don’t believe in Halloween and we don’t celebrate it as well. I used to wonder what it would be like to be in one of these events and I got my chance to participate last weekend. I really didn’t know what to expect but I think MBP’s party was one of a kind (no bias there, promise!). There were so many sponsors at the event and a lot of food, too. :D

Let me just show you some of the photos I took during the event:

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we were able to get a table at the back :)

My sister working on the activity sheets while waiting for the program to start

My sister working on the activity sheets while waiting for the program to start

 

   :)

:)

A dance number by Jolly Cow

A dance number by Jolly Cow

no costumes :D

no costumes :D

Here’s a few of the sponsors of the event:

The Good Life

The Good Life

Maya

Maya

SansFluo

SansFluo

Zap

Zap

Lemon Squares Power Pops!

Lemon Squares Power Pops!

And here are the loots and treats that we got:

Yep, we were able to fill up 2 eco bags :D

Yep, we were able to fill up 2 eco bags :D

Loots for mommies

Loots for mommies

:D

:D

The Good Life loot bag

The Good Life loot bag

Treats :D

Treats :D

and my Little Z was curious what was in the bags :D

and my Little Z was curious what was in the bags :D

Unfortunately, I didn’t win the raffle. I don’t think I have any luck in raffles. There were so much stuff that was given away and I think there were a lot more left. :D

Til the next event! :D

 

The Weekend That Was: My First Blogapalooza Event

It’s been a week since the Blogapalooza event and here I am, just about to blog about the event. :P

I saw Blogapalooza somewhere online and got interested what the event was all about. I browsed their site and got more information about it but for some reason, I cannot fully grasp the idea. I only got excited about it because I heard and read that there will be a lot of freebies to be given away. Hee hee hee!

I actually almost didn’t go to the event due to several factors: 1) I almost had to report for work last Saturday, 2) I hesitated to push through because I didn’t know what to expect and I didn’t have someone to tag along since I don’t know anyone there, 3) I didn’t prepare my calling cards (I heard you need to bring them) and 4) I needed to get home to the mountain city so I can bring my son back to the big metro for the next two weeks.

Well, guess what, I decided to attend and see what Blogapalooza was all about. Good thing that our Saturday work schedule was cancelled.

I arrived at SM Aura a few minutes before 10AM. I was planning to hang out at Starbucks for a while unfortunately, they open during mall hours, too. (Unlike other branches that open earlier than 10AM). Also, the MBP invite was to meet at Starbucks at 10AM, too. I thought I saw Jhanis of The Vanilla Housewife but I wasn’t too sure and I hesitated to approach her (besides the fact that I haven’t had breakfast yet and I am so in need of a shot of caffeine and sugar in my system). She, together with May Palacpac of Fully Housewifed and Nhessie of Rolled Into One Mom dropped by Starbucks where I decided to hang out for a bit before going to the convention center. Well, I kinda forgot to take a photo of the group, though . :D

How was it, you may ask. I was in for a surprise, actually. I was expecting something similar to wedding expos where businesses put out their products and services and will just give you tons of flyers and for others, give you a little sample of their products. (I used to go to a lot of wedding expos but that’s going to be a topic for another day). Little did I know that for almost every booth you visit, apart from being entertained when you ask questions about their products and services, you also get a loot bag from them. And for the others, if you participate in their mini games, you can even win additional prizes. And it doesn’t stop there. Each brand get to have a few minutes on stage to discuss about what they offer and bloggers get another chance to win their raffle. Cool, isn’t it? That’s the use of those calling cards. They use that for the raffle (well, apart from the obvious use, I mean).

As I really didn’t have the luxury of time to stay until the end of the event, I declined the offer of some of the bloggers to join the food tasting scheduled by Niu by Vikings (something that I kinda regret after seeing all the photos of food posted in IG :( ) as I was getting a bit worried about the traffic going home. And also, the clouds were getting dark and I was seeing signs of heavy rain.

Anyway, I really enjoyed going around the booths even if I didn’t participate in a lot of their mini games. I still got to bring home with me quite a lot of loots from the event. Here’s a few of those loots (I already gave the others away to my sis and my mom).

some of the loots

some of the loots

I also got a few pens, supplements, keychain, free food and other what-nots. :) Just as what some of the other bloggers mentioned, it’s OK not to bring food but do bring your own drinks. A lot of food is offered at the event but no drinks. :)

And I also got a photo with Jhanis and May courtesy of The Walking Photobooth. I grabbed the copy of the photo from their fanpage:

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And while roaming around, a lady from Canon offered to take my photo and have it printed out using their Canon Selphy printer:

a photo of the printed photo :P

a photo of the printed photo :P

I was not able to get a lot of photos from the event because of 2 main reasons: 1) I was too busy roaming around checking out the booths and their products, and 2) I am not used to having my photo taken alone in front of a lot of strangers. LOL! I’m serious. I might have had taken lots of photos had I been able to convince a friend to come with me. :D

Here’s a few photos taken of the event:

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Blogapalooza back drop

Do you see Mommy Bloggers Philippines' logo ? :D

Do you see Mommy Bloggers Philippines’ logo ? :D

I am not really familiar with Flawless’ products but since their game was darts (or rather, popping a “zit” in a form of a pink balloon), I lined up to pop a few balloons. :D It was the closest to playing darts again that I got after a long, long time. And their dart pin got a pink flight. So girly! :D

Loved their darts game :D

Loved their darts game :D

I was offered to have my feet assessed when I visited Dr. Kong’s booth. I found out that I am severely flat footed and should not be wearing flats. Boo hoo! And I cannot wear stilettos, too. Only wedges or shoes with at least half an inch heels. :(

Dr. Kong's foot assesment

Dr. Kong’s foot assessment 

 

Easy Taxi

Easy Taxi

Acer

Acer

What's the name of Max's mascot?

What’s the name of Max’s mascot?

There were a whole lot more booths that I never got to take a photo of. But here’s my take away from the event for the next time:

  1. Be prepared. Bring calling cards, big eco bags (to accommodate all the loot bags to make it easier to carry everything), power banks (your gadgets will surely get drained within the first half of the day). Also make sure that you have your own wifi connection (either bring your own pocket wifi or make sure your data plan is properly working) because you will have to share a lot of things using your social media accounts as part of the activities. the faster you can post, the better. :P
  2. Do not hesitate to join all the mini-games. The more you play, the more loots you get. :)
  3. It is better to go to the event with a companion so it wouldn’t be so awkward if you are asked to have your photo taken to be able to join a contest. And it will be more fun to share the experience with someone as well. :D
  4. Clear out your schedule to be able to stay for the duration of the event. There are still a lot of contests towards the end of the day and you don’t want to miss out on the bigger prizes, too.

I am so looking forward to next year’s Blogapalooza. :D

 

Z Moments…

My little boy has been in the mountain city for the past two and a half months (or so) and I have been commuting back and forth every weekend since I brought him back home. Given that we only have the weekends to bond and spend time together, I usually take a lot of photos of him as well as videos of his antics.

After his birthday, there were still gifts being sent to the little boy and they were all in pretty paper bags. For some reason, little Z was more interested with the paper bag rather than the content. And here are three videos to prove it:

So funny! :D

I actually had a fun time watching him get more interested with the paper bags. He even complained when I had to take the bag out of his hands so he can play with his new toys. LOL! So cute! :D

He has also been learning to pick his food. A couple of months ago, I bought him Gerber Puffs to try if he will like it and if he can already eat it. The puffs were really soft and it melts in your mouth so it makes it easy for my little Z to eat it. He mostly sucks his food before he swallows instead of chewing it though he has started chewing his food every now and then.

Anyway, I used to have to guide his hand to pick his food or sometimes I even put one in his hand and guide his hand to his mouth. So it was really amazing to see him being able to get one and eat it on his own. :)

Every little accomplishment of my son is actually a big one because it only goes to show that it doesn’t matter that he has Down Syndrome. He can do things that normal kids his age can do in his own sweet time. I am just so proud of him. :)

 

 

Control-Freak Mom Goes One Year…

…and I almost forgot it.

Yep, this blog turned a year old yesterday, October 5th. And so far, it has been active from the time I started. That is a feat for me. Whoopee!

Now, what? I have been planning on getting my own domain so this blog can progress from here but as of now, it is not yet on top of my budget list. Though hopefully I will be able to get my own domain up and running by next year. For now, I’ll keep this one going. :D

I have never really thought that I would enjoy “publicly” blogging (so to speak) and sharing bits and pieces with the blogosphere. As I’ve mentioned before, I have been blogging for a long time now but I haven’t really published it to get followers and the likes. I was actually scared of getting bashed by unknown cyberpeople just because I stated an opinion. With this blog though, so far, I got nice and friendly viewers and “likers” and comments are kind and uplifting. (For those comments that didn’t appear in my posts, I think Askimet has something to do with that but I can’t figure out how to view those that were considered spam as of yet. Still trying to find a way on that one.. Sorry for that).

So what have I learned this past year of blogging? Hmmm, let me see. I guess here are a couple of the things I learned:

  • Blogging is my outlet. Well, writing in general has always been my outlet for any excess thoughts and emotions. However, since the creation of this blog, I was able to somehow streamline my hay wired thoughts into something a little more, well, informative, if you may. While this blog contains my thoughts, my experiences and my journey with my son, I think, all in all, I was able to stick to the general direction of where I wanted this blog to go. And with that, I was able to redirect – well, not necessarily negative but let’s just say negative for the sake of having something to describe it – negative energies into something a little bit more productive and more positive. I think. :P
  • Blogging is a serious business. I have heard a lot of people earning money through blogging but I never really gave it much thought. I realized this when I started going through other blogs and came across topics about getting income from blogging. Yes, I am now catching up. LOL! And it’s not just that. I think there are a lot of bloggers out there who can write a lot better than journalists. That’s just my opinion anyway.
  • There are a lot of giveaways and freebies through blogs. I never really blog-hopped before. I read a few blog posts here and there but to really follow a blogger/bloggers and continuously read through their posts, I never really had the “patience” to keep track of what is being posted by whom. But this past year, I have never really thought that you could win a lot of stuff through raffles via blog posts. (Thank you MBP members for those opportunities).

There are still a few more things that I learned this past year of blogging but I’ll just share those two for now.

A few months ago, I was thinking of coming up with my very first giveaway once this blog turns 1 year. Not really something grand but a little something to give back to my followers and those who come visit my blog every now and then. Guess what? I wasn’t able to set some time to think and plan for it. I’ll try to work out on something and hopefully I will be able to pull it off. (Does raffflecopter work in a free domain?)

There are still things I need to learn about this blogging thing but right now, I am glad if I was able to impart a little knowledge, a little comfort, a few laughs and “awww” moments to the cyber community. Thank you for reading and taking time to comment and liking my posts (even when I think my posts were written in a lousy way).

Looking forward to what the next year of blogging will take me. All I know is, this blog will remain a repository of my journey as a control-freak mom to a little boy with special needs (who is indeed growing a lot faster than this blog has been LOL).

With that said, let me share with you a video of my son during one of our weekend play time. Enjoy!

 

Happy anniversary to me! :D

 

 

 

 

Product Review: Bibibon’s Biscuit Nibblers

A couple of weeks ago, I received a box of Rebisco’s Bibibon’s in the mail but I forgot to take a photo of the package and the contents so I got this photo from MBP’s site instead. :)

Anyway, I have seen this in the grocery before and got interested in trying the product as a snack for my little Z. What struck me with this is that it can be eaten as it is, or it can be made into cereal (just add water or milk).

I tried this as a nibbler first for my little boy just to test it out if he can, well, nibble on it even without teeth. So far, he was able to do it and he liked it. We had tried it as a cereal as well (when we went out for lunch but forgot to pack his food). I added milk to it and fed it to the little boy. He finished the whole pack and wanted more. :)

What I like about this product is that it is convenient to have in the bag especially when travelling or going out. It can be eaten as it is or add milk to turn it to cereal and you can even add fresh fruits to feed to the little one. Another thing is that this is very affordable and yet still tastes good. At the same time, this is also very affordable.

According to the description of this, it contains DHA and Taurine among others. Reading more about it, here is what I learned about these two:

DHA: Docosahexaenoic acid, an essential fatty acid, thought to be important to the development of infants, particularly as regards their eyes and brain. DHA is present in breast milk and has been added to some infant formulas. Postnatal DHA may improve vision and some cognitive functions in infants and toddlers. DHA is an omega-3, polyunsaturated, 22-carbon fatty acid. It is present in abundance in certain fish (such as tuna and bluefish) and marine animal oils. (source)

Taurine: is an amino sulfonic acid, but it is often referred to as an amino acid, a chemical that is a required building block of protein. Taurine is found in large amounts in the brain, retina, heart, and blood cells called platelets. The best food sources are meat and fish. (source)

From the definitions alone, Bibibon’s seem to be a healthy snack for a growing tot like my little Z. :)

Bibibon’s is available in supermarkets (usually in the same aisle as infant formulas and baby cereals).