My Loot from the NBS Sale

One week ago, I dragged my husband along with me to shop for some cook books at National Bookstore, Glorietta. And in fairness to Cj eto lang ata yung sale na super willing sya na samahan ako. LOL! Bakit kaya? #PatayMalisya

I was really thrilled because it was my first time to experienced the National Bookstore cut-price sale and my eyes literally popped out when I saw the discounts. Most books are discounted up to 80% off! And I really had a hard time choosing what to buy for Cyler and for myself because there are tons of good choices. And I can’t decide which books I should buy with my self-imposed P500 budget. But boy oh boy I can’t believe because I was able to buy 2 cook books and 1 book for Cyler for less than Php500 petot, Php497 pesos to be exact ! Imagine?! I can’t believe na ganito pala kabongga mag sale ang NBS. I super love it!

Here are my loots from the sale.

A baking book that I purchased for…. (drum roll please!)…… a hundred bucks only! Yes, I got this book for Php100 petot only! Definitely a good buy! These baking book contains 100 mouth-watering and delectable recipe, every one of which can fit into a healthful eating plan. All recipe in this book are heavy decadence, but light on saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. So this baking book is perfect for all health conscious people out there who can’t resist eating sweets.

Now we can enjoy guilt-free desserts! YAY! 🙂

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Cyler Love For Books

As a parent, one of the best and biggest accomplishment I did for my child is introducing him to books at an early age. Back when I was a small (maliit pa rin pala ako until now btw) kid, I remember I never had the chance to experience reading books together with my parents or my siblings and as a child that’s one of my frustrations. They never buy us books and maybe that’s the reason why I never like books. I remember those times na nag-self pity ako whenever I see mother and child reading books together. I see it kasi as a good form of family bonding even when I was a young kid.

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Booksale: Our Happy Place!

Last Month, we went to our happy place– at the Booksale! Of course! It may sound boring for other people but for us this is definitely our happy place whenever we’re in the mall. That’s the first thing na hinahanap ko talaga once we enter the mall. Sad to say that Booksale are mostly located at SM Malls, wala pa sila sa Ayala Malls. And the nearest Booksale to our place is the one in SM San Lazaro lang. Anyway, last month we purchased another set of books for Cyler! Talk about book hoarding.. you know. Hihi

This time my target is to find and collect books from the Top 100 Classical Children Books of All Time. Medyo nakakahilo and really tiring because you need to have a keen eye and check every book shelves just to get a good books but it’s definitely worth it. I read on Maqui’s post before that most of the Classical books are placed in the lower bookshelves and it’s true! I found most of the classical books in the lower shelves! Thanks for the tip, Maquibels!

Luckily, I was able to purchase 11 books and it only cost Php600++! Not bad for 11 books, right?! And 4 out of 11 books are included on the Top 100 Classical Children Books of All Time! Hooray! Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss, Olivia, Guess How Much I Love You, and How I Became a Pirate are included on the list. Cyler’s top favorites are these books: How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Room, That Yucky Thing, Walter The Baker, and Blankie!

And while I’m sorting all his books I noticed our HUGE collection of Dr. Seuss books! Andami na pala noh?! Oh I guess we really need a bookshelf! Watchuthink? Hmm…

We also have Dr. Seuss pocket books version. The Tooth Book and There’s a Wocket in my Pocket are Cyler’s favorite!

Oh and look at these! I didn’t realize that we’ve collected 11 books already from the Top 100 Classical Children books. YAY! 89 books to go! LOL! Andami ko pa palang kakaining bigas bago ko to makumpleto! Hahaha! Kalurks!

Now these books are all about the Big D… Dinosaurs! Isn’t it cute?! Cyler loves all these Dinoasaurs books and so do I!

We purchased all these books from Booksale! Boy oh boy, Booksale is love. These books has so many good benefits with my toddler. He learned most of his words from the books. And reading books is one of our favorite bonding too. I find it so relaxing to read books with my son although I’m not really a bookworm. I only learned to love books when Cyler came into my life. And I’m very happy because he really loves books more than I do! And he really really do! 🙂

Look It’s About Me: Personalized StoryBooks and Gifts

When I was a small kid I always had this dream of being the protagonist in my own story. I remember when we were young, my siblings and I used to had this “make-believe” play wherein all of us are the main character of the story. And you know what? I always play the mother role especially when we were playing bahay-bahayan. Even when I was a kid I love being a Mom na talaga, that’s why I do believe that motherhood is my calling in life. I was really born to become a Mom and nurture my family, that’s my purpose in life.

Anyhoo, back to the main topic…. so when I found this personalized storybook online I got so giddy and excited about it because I know for sure that my little bookworm will surely like it. My fellow mom bloggers kept on posting in IG about the book and I got so curious and I was really amazed. It never came across my mind that you (or even me!) can be the protagonist or main character in the book. Kasi most of the time when you buy a book the whole story was already there but you’re not part of the character. That’s why this personalized story book sounds really cool, unique, and so amazing for me. Would it be great if your child becomes the star of their own tale?! Of course! Lahat ng tao gusto maging bida kahit sa book lang. 🙂

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Hello girls and boys! How’s your weekend? Mine was great, I spent it with my toddler! Cj was on a company outing last weekend so it’s just me and Cyler who’s left in the house. I super kaduper love weeekends talaga! As in! I share our home alone experience in another post. But for now lemme just share another children’s book review to start off our hot-hot-hot Monday.

Here’s another book from (our bookshelf? LOL! I know, I know such a Delamar-Level-Joke early in the morning) Top 100 Classical Children’s Book Of All Time, and it stands firmly in position 14. This book is a children’s picture book designed, illustrated and written by Eric Carle too. Remember the previous book that I posted before The Very Hungry Caterpillar? He is the author of both book. We so love Eric Carle! Cyler is so into these books nowadays. I also purchased this book at BookSale for Php85 petot only, it really is a good find, right? This book helps toddlers to associate colors and meanings to objects, I guess it really does because it helps my toddler to distinguish more objects and colors.

See he really loves the book! He can now distinguish the following:
• pitcher (teacher)
• bwown(brown) bear
• pepel(purple) cat
• byu hos (blue horse)
• byak (black) sheep
• yellow fish or sometimes he calls it
orange fish. I guess medyo confusing nga naman ang color gold in the eyes of toddler (gold fish)
• chidren(children)
• wed bird (red bird)
• yeyow duck (yellow duck)
• and white dog (finally he pronounce it right!)

And there! Hooray for his new vocabulary! I’m so loving his buyoy(bulol) phase, it sounds so cute!!!!!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the Little Bookworm


Photo grabbed from Google

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a children’s picture book designed, illustrated and written by Eric Carle. This book stands firmly on position 6 in the Top 100 Classical Children’s Book Of All Time.This is my little bookworm’s current favorite book. He loves reading this book every now and then. And whenever he hears me or his Daddy saying some lines from the book he would rush towards us and he automatically sits on our lap. He even memorized every pages by heart, that’s how he love the book.

This book contains a little bit of biology and it’s pretty straightforward– a caterpillar eats whatever comes across until he become a fat caterpillar and soon it’s time to cocoon and become a beautiful and colorful butterfly. That’s how the story goes, see I memorized the book by heart as well! It’s has a very simple story with a little bit of biology.


He loves to read the book all by himself!

And here’s a video of my little bookworm while reading his favorite book. Enjoy listening! Medyo tatabingi lang ng konti ang mga face ninyo at mapapa-chinese nga lang kayo ng konti! :p

So how is it? Did you understand what he’s saying? If not, here’s the translation– he says red, red, red, yeyow (yellow), yeyow, yeyow, byu(blue), byu, byu, byawn (brown), byawn, byawn! Blah-blah-blah! Hehe

And because he loves caterpillar, he instantly fell in-love with this caterpillar toy that he saw at Doc Vienne’s clinic. Good thing, it isn’t a real caterpillar (remember I’m afraid of crawling creatures) because if it’s real…. boy oh boy! I don’t know what to do! *faint*

Cj and I are pondering if we will give him a Caterpillar Themed birthday party for his 2nd birthday. A car themed party is cool, my little boy will surely like it (he surely does!) but a caterpillar themed birthday party is more unique and I guess it rocks! Lalo na kung madaming caterpillars all over the venue! Of course, I’m just kidding! Baka nasa hospital nako bago pa mag-start ang party dahil sa heart-attack! But one thing is for sure, it will be so much fun! 🙂

Btw, do you know any store where we can buy this caterpillar push-and-pull thingy? If yes, please do tell us! Cyler go gaga over this toy!

Weekend Booksale With My Toddler

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Last Saturday we went to SM San Lazaro for our weekly grocery and for Cj’s new hairdo. When we arrived at the mall we headed to the salon first, while Cyler and I are waiting for his Daddy I decided to go visit Booksale. Cyler was sleeping then and I was carrying him in my arms the entire time since we decided not to bring his stroller that time. When we entered the book store he suddenly woke up and was surprised, amazed, and fascinated to the mountains of books that he saw inside the book store. He wanted to go down immediately and I couldn’t afford of carrying him anymore because he’s really heavy (and I’m so small), so I decided to put him down. Thing is, he will run for sure, so I decided to put him down… at the bookshelf instead.

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Well, well let’s just say he pretended to be a salesman and guess what?! He was handing out the books to every people that he saw inside the book store! Kahit ako hindi nakaligtas! My gulay! He was rushing and giggling while he’s doing that thing. I was on guard of course in case he decides to throw all the books or jump on the floor.

Now here’s our booksale loots!

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My Weekend Booksale Loots

Haller, haller! It’s me again! My mind is wooshing now, and I need to share all my thoughts inside my head to prevent it from nerve-damaging (a.k.a Pagka-baliw). So, please please bear with me, guys. 🙂

It’s been a long time since I bought books for Cyler. I’m not a bookworm but my son is indeed a book sucker. You can check my post about Booksale here and here. Yesterday, we went to SM San Lazaro because of their 3-days sale. My gulay! Sale madness always sent chills to my spine! Can you feel a frugalicious momma talking here?! Anyhoo, we went to Booksale before we go shopping. The store was jam-pack already when we arrived, but I was really determined to buy books for Cyler so tiis-ganda ang lola ninyo. Happy to say that I was able to purchase six books, five for Cyler and one for mommy. I purchased three Christmas books for Php175 only, two Dr.Seuss books for Php160, and a cook book for Php90 petot only. Could you imagine how happy I am with my purchases? Super duper uber mega happy to the highest level! 🙂

Christmas by Charlie Brown (Php95), Christmas is Coming by Robin Carey (Php45), The Snow Must Go On by Hallmark (Php35)

It’s my early Christmas gift for my cutie patootie. He fell inlove with the book “Christmas is Coming” because it’s a touch and feel type of book. It really catches my toddler’s imaginative mind. And I think it’s a great way to introduce Christmas to Cyler through this book.

I saw “Goodnight Moon” on the shelves but it wasn’t in useable condition anymore, so I didn’t buy it. I also saw “Fancy Nancy”, pero naman! Di naman pwede yun kay Cyler! Kay Mommy, pwede pa. LOL

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Star Wars ABC

The Alphabet song was a big hit to my little shaolin, Cyler. He sang the Alphabet song on his own though he garbled the lyrics and sang with a passable rhythm but it made me so proud. He also has lots of Alphabet books but his favorite is the Star Wars ABC alphabet book. I find the book really astig because the graphics is really good that makes it more catchy to the eyes of my little bookworm plus the Star Wars characters itself. His Ninong Biboy gave this book to him on his first birthday.

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This is Cyler’s favorite book now, he usually grab this book when he wakes up in the morning and even before bed time.

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It’s the first thing that he grabs in the morning.

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Cyler’s astig look! He just woke up at this photo. (Sabi nga nila biruin na ang lasing, wag lang ang bagong gising. Ayan tuloy, lagoot!)

Here’s some of the pages of the book:

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I bet all Star Wars fan will go loco when they see this book! 🙂

On the other hand, Cyler’s favorite letter now is “Bey”(that’s how he pronounce it) or B. When I say “A”, he immediately say “Bey”. But when I say “C”, he used to say “Bey” again. Toink!

Here’s the other words that he can say aside from “bey”:
• Cha-ngle (triangle)
• Chic-kle (circle)
• Cheeee (three)
• Chooo (two)
• Chick (six)
• Beybey (baby)
• Mama
• Dada
• A-mah (sama or come)

Most of the time he’s talking in mandarin(it sounds like that) because we can’t understand him. Oh well, Cyler is now in his bulol phase and I’m loving it! I enjoy decoding what he’s saying and I find it really cuuuteee!

More alphabet and hopefully words to come! Keep it up, Cyler! 🙂

Fox in Socks

Due to my nephew’s Seussical party Cyler’s book shelf was invaded by Dr. Seuss! We became a fan of Dr. Seuss, I must say. Theodor Seuss Geisel was the brain behind Dr. Seuss’ books.  His books have become staples for generations of children and their parents. My toddler listens attentively when I’m reading these books to him because of it’s rhyming text, whimsical landscapes, and outlandish creatures. Fox on Socks is one of the best known book by Dr. Seuss. I bought this book at Booksale for Php120 pesos only, this book would costs around Php300++ if bought brand new.  I used to read books to Cyler every night when I come home from work, it’s one of our mom-and-son bonding.

This book is one of our Dr.Seuss books collection:

Fox in Socks By: Dr.Suess

Mom and baby in socks!

I really love this shot cause it’s so cute! Isn’t it ?! 🙂

Mommy while reading books to Cyler.

Cyler was so fascinated by the outlandish landscapes.

Cyler: It’s my turn to read Mommy.

Cyler was narrating while pointing the book.

Now here’s some of the pages of the book:

See the rhyming words? It really catches your kids attention.

Some kind of a tongue twister eh?

My tongue was twisting now, alright let’s stop here.. 🙂

And sometimes when Cyler fell asleep, I end up reading these books to myself. Hehe BTW, Dr. Seuss books The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Horton Hears a Who!, and The Loraxhave been adapted into feature films. I really think that these books are one of the good and perfect books for the enthusiastic toddlers like my son and your child! Dr. Seuss books rocks! Thanks to my nephew Lucas for introducing Dr. Seuss to Cyler. 🙂

Introducing Baby Jesus to Baby Cyler

I always say that I want my child to grow in love and with God because I want my child to become God fearing and to build his “faith” in God. Of course every parents wish that too. I believe that if a man believes in God, he can do anything with God who strengthens him. And God will lead him to the right path. I guess, this is the biggest challenge to all the parents and this is the most important thing that we can teach to our child — to become “God fearing” and to have “faith”.

I was introduced to God by my Tita Nanin when I was a little kid. I was very active in our church at Antipolo before and I’m a child of daily vacation bible school or DVBS. It was fun and I really enjoyed it, at the same time I was able to build my faith with God at an early age. And now, I want Cyler to be able to learn and experience the same thing too.

When I found this book at Booksale I immediately bought it coz it’s very kid friendly and at the same time it’s like a baby bible. Lemme share the content of this book to all of you. The title of this book is “Mary and Baby Jesus” by Zonderkidz.

So here it goes..
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That’s it! The book was simple but the content have it all. It’s all about Baby Jesus, our Lord and saviour. I usually read this book to Cyler almost every night because I want him to be able to familiarize with Jesus and to build his faith at this early age. I believe that this the best time to teach him how to grow with God.

So, share your first bible experience with your child, I love to hear it! 🙂

Hugs and Kisses

Today, I went at Booksale and was able to buy 5 books for Php340 only. I was able to buy Hugs and Kisses by Loupy/Tarlet for 65 bucks only,There’s a Wocket in my Pocket by Dr. Seuss for 70 bucks only, The Eye Book by Dr. Seuss for 65 bucks only, Mary & Baby Jesus by Zonderkidz for 60 bucks only, and since today is my birthday (yes, it’s my birthday) I bought a book for myself, I was able to buy Love, Mommy by Judy Siblin-Librach for 80 bucks only. Going to Booksale has become a habit to me (Kahit birthday ko I was able to drop by at the store pa rin, adik lang diba? Hehe) . I guess, it was a great birthday treat for myself. 🙂

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Here’s the books that I purchased today.

Anyhoo, I wanna share every pages of the book Hugs and Kisses to all of you cause I find it heart warming for a mother like me and I guess it’s one of my fave book now.

So, here it is..
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Hugs and Kisses by Christopher Loupy/Eve Tharlet

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Hugs want to know all about kisses. So he asks the farm animals.

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A duck’s kiss is a bit hard, but quite refreshing.

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A pig’s kiss is scratchy, but very tender.

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A horse’s kiss is damp and sticky, but so warm.

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A butterfly’s kiss tickles, but it’s simply wonderful.

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But a mother’s kiss is the best kiss of all! The end..

I guess, nothing beats a mother’s kiss. 🙂

Btw, I love the book that I bought for myself, the title of the book is Love, Mommy by Judy Siblin-Librach. It’s all about writing love letters to your baby. I will make a blog post about this book soon.

Generally, my birthday is complete not only because of the books but because my family is with me on my special day. Thank you Lord for this wonderful day! 🙂

Booksale is Love!

This Frugalicious Kikay Mommy just found a new love or should I say addiction –Booksale! It never came across my mind that I could find interesting and good books from a second hand book store. Plus you can avail the books for the cheaper price evaahh! I’ve read on my CIL Ate Maggie’s blog post about Booksale, I was really amazed about the prices and the books that she bought at Booksale. Thanks to her very informative blog. And so, I visited the nearest one in our area, at SM San Lazaro. I usually buy magazines at Booksale, but I never tried to buy a book. It’s my first time to buy a book there and I really enjoy it. Sa sobrang tuwa and enjoy ko nakabili ako ng 8 books for 800 bucks only! Imagine?! It supposed to be 10 books, but the two books are not in good condition anymore so I didn’t buy it. Anyway, there’s still next time, I guess 8 books are not bad.

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These are the books that I bought from Booksale. I soo love it, really! 🙂

Booksale is a great place to find obscure and cheap used books. Perfect for frugalicious Mommies and book lovers out there! I was able to buy six Dr. Seuss’ books for 120 bucks each, can you imagine that?! Those books would cost around Php300-Php500 if bought brand new. I was able to buy Excuse Me by Karen Katz and Cars by Disney & Pixar for 65 bucks only (Havey na Havey!). My goodness! All books that I bought are hardbound and in a usable condition. Btw, the prices range from Php20 to Php 300+ depending on the title and condition of the book. And here’s the good thing, the books at the Booksale branch in SM San Lazaro are organized per author and genre. I feel so lucky coz I didn’t have a hard time finding the books that I want.

Here are the things I learned on buying preloved books:
• Some of the books are not in good condition anymore, so ensure that the books that you are going to buy is in a usable condition.
• Check the book pages if it’s still complete.
• If you want the book then buy it now,
most of the books have limited copies only.
• Make sure you check all the shelf, because I noticed that the good books are placed in the farthest shelf.

Overall, it was a great shopping experienced for me. I’m pretty sure that all budget-minded person will love this too! I love all the books that I bought for Cyler. Me thinks that I will go there more often, maybe once a month or twice.. or thrice..