HAPPYness Project, Tips and Tricks

October Fever (plus DIY birthday party tips)

There are two events this month that I love to share with you, my dear readers. I want to spread good vibes and happiness despite my heart being broken due to some decisions I had to make. October will end in a few and before I welcome my birth month, here are the highlights of this month in photos.

Team Meg goes to Laiya, Batangas!

Team Meganern

Because of our awesome performance last July and August, my team earned money incentives which made our team building possible. Because Pansol, Laguna is the usual destination of BPO peeps, we all agreed to get a dose of vitamin sea in Batangas. Laiya is an almost 4-hour drive from Manila. The trip was exhausting so we killed those hours exchanging funny stories inside the car.

To make our bonding time more entertaining, we played Arte Mo and charades. You’re all familiar with the latter, I suppose. For Arte Mo, the group was divided into two and acted a particular scenario. Time to let their creative juices flow.

EDSA Revolution
Pecha de Peligro
More cancel calls!

The next day, my adventurous crew tried out banana boat. I.WAS.SCARED.TO.DEATH. I kept shouting and the husband was holding my hand! Haha! I opened my eyes from time to time and got amazed with the clear water and green scenery.

Epic! Haha!
Before the ride
Listen up, y’all!
Leave nothing but footprints
Failed jump shot
Night time by Zon


Nye! Acheche!

Go go go Team Megaling! Challenges will come our way but I am banking on your skills and maturity. Let’s dominate 2017!

She says Hello KitTEN!

10 years ago, I gave birth to a beautiful angel. Look at her now. I know it’s a cliche but time did fly so fast! My little lady turned 10 years old and we threw a simple Hello Kitty themed party for her. It was also a celebration of my birthday in advance but she was the star of the party.

Mama and baby kitty

The problem when you throw a DIY party is, you get so busy you forget that you haven’t taken a family picture yet!

Where is Papa?


The invitation was made for free by an online mom friend.


I bought the banner for 35php and asked one of my agents to do the letter cut outs for me. Thanks, Sarah!


I made these candy jar souvenirs and bought all materials from Divisoria. Each jar costs 13php and candy packs are 50php each. I prepared 15 pieces. I also added Hello Kitty headbands I hauled for 10php each.

For their sweet tooth


Isn’t it cute?



Buttered shrimp, lumpiang shanghai, menudo, cordon bleu and turbong lechon kawali




My pretty visitors
Blow your candle!

My siblings have their own families already and some of them live far from Manila that’s why I was glad that we were complete on my daughter’s birthday. Mom was there, too!

We miss you, Dad!

All thanks to P and Mama for making the little lady’s 10th birthday successful and memorable. We love you, anak! Stay smart and thoughtful. May your dream of becoming a teacher come true.

If you are planning to throw a DIY birthday party, here are some tips for you:

1. Budget- Save money so you do not need to be in debt just to make your loved one happy.

2. List down the things you need- Based on your budget, you can come up with a list of food and other stuff that you need. It is important to write everything down in order for you not to forget a thing and so that you can foresee if you will go over your money.

3. Food- P and I decided what food to prepare. Mama cooked Menudo. In order for us not to cram on the day of the celebration, Mama and I arranged cordon bleu and lumpia the night before so those were fry ready the next day. My husband boiled the meat for his turbong lechon kawali and stored it in the freezer. Preparing some tasks in advance will save you time.

4. Guests- Ours was not a big party but my daughter invited a couple of her classmates. I have quite a lot of friends but I just requested a handful of people close to me to come over. My husband’s co-workers were there, too. For our neighbors, we gave them a plate of spaghetti. If you don’t estimate the number of your guests, you may run short of food.

5. Divisoria to the rescue- If you want an all-in-one stop for party needs, Divisoria is the place to go. Try visiting 168, 999 and Divisoria Mall and you’ll see what I am talking about.

6. Choose a theme- My daughter and I love Hello Kitty, thus our theme. The cake, invitations, and souvenirs were all HK. For the celebrant to have that Kitty vibes, I made her wear a Hello Kitty headband.

7. Experiment- Weeks before my little lady’s birthday, an idea of making a bento box popped up in my mind. I did my own research of sample birthday bento box and came up with this simple one:


If you have lots of time and workforce, try out something new for your DIY party. It’s tiring but absolutely worth it.

I hope I made you smile while reading this post. What are the highlights of your October? Care to share? I’d love to read them! Comment down!


21 thoughts on “October Fever (plus DIY birthday party tips)”

  1. Great party and party planning,just the way you want it. Congrats! October here in Canada is Thanksgiving Day(same day as Columbus Day in USA). Thanksgiving Day here is celebration of the harvest and a big feast is involved—turkey,pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, turkey stuffing as standard fare. In the USA, Thanksgiving Day is on the last Thursday of November and involves the same Thanksgiving feast but in addition, they have a televised Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. The day after, the Americans have a Black Friday sale, the start of the Xmas shopping season.

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    1. Thanks, Josie and Happy Thanksgiving to you! I haven’t tasted a turkey yet. I want to try one. Ah yes, US Thanksgving, the only holiday in the US that does not require our presence haha! We dont go to work on US Thanksgiving Day.

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      1. There used to be a place in Pasay called Cartimar where all PX goods brought in by the US Army are sold. I know now that a lot of imported stuff can be found sold most anywhere in the Philippines. I’m sure that those restos and hotels that serve Western cuisine knows where turkeys are sold in the Philippines. Unless they have a private supplier who imports it there. Now that you have online services, perhaps a search to look for local suppliers of turkey is possible. Turkey meat by itself tastes bland, has less calories than chicken meat therefore, eaten by health fanatics. Sigurado, yung mga nagtatrabaho sa US Embassy, may alam kung saan makakuha ng turkey meat. I would suggest you try inquiring at both SM and Robinson”s Supermarkets customer service since both are up to date with the modern Stateside retail business. You never know. If they don’t carry it, they may tell you where to look for it.

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      2. I wonder if Purefoods and Swift have even turkey breast slices for sale in their cold cuts or deli section. Just a thought. The turkey i ate was roasted turkey, similar to roasted chicken.

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  2. happy bday to your baby girl Meg!advance happy bday din sayo? hahaha nakita ko ung piktyur mosa fb nung baby pa lang ung panganay mo, parang wala namang nagbago sa mukha mo, timeless beauty ang peg! πŸ™‚

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  3. Happy Birthday!! Ang saya, tuwa ako sa mga DIY na ginawa mo gurl ❀ I'm sure maaappreciate lalo yan ni bagets kapag malaki na siya. Marerealize nya yung mga simpleng bagay na ginawa mo at pinaghirapan mo out of pagmamahal πŸ™‚ di naman madrama yung blog mo tapos ang drama ko lagi dito hahahaha

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    1. Salamat Thea! Wah alam mo yan talaga yung guato ko na maalala ng anak ko. Yung kahot na working nanay ako at kulang ang oras ko sa kanila e nakakabawi ako sa mga simpleng bagay. Gusto nya tlaga Jollibee party kaso ang mahal kasi hahha! Hindi practical.Mukha naman masaya sha hehez. Salamat sa kind words mo. Nakakatuwa ❀️❀️❀️

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