Uke Box Caffe Music Cafe in Eastwood

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My eldest has been into learning the ukulele lately and I’m glad I can help encourage him. Bastian has been learning quite a lot of songs. I love that he can play Dream a Little Dream of Me. He’s hoping to learn Dust in the Wind also. He’s self taught and just uses videos on YouTube as a guide.

One of the ways to further encourage him was to bring him to the Uke Box Caffe in Eastwood. I told him all about it and he was keen to visit. Since I was visiting a friend in the area I brought him along.

The cafe is located outside of Eastwood main but near enough to walk to and from. It was a Sunday and early at that so when we got there they had just opened.

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The place is very bohemian, relaxing and colorful. They have many seats and areas to lounge in for hours.

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They have seating at a 2nd level but this is open in the afternoons when there are more people. The place screams of comfort and relaxation.

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There are ukuleles you can buy but you can also bring your own.

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Since I’d be leaving him for a few hours he got some food and tried their iced drinks. Iced Mocha (Php155 & Carbonara Php250).

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Bastian liked the ambiance and being in a music inspired cafe. He says though it would be much better with a friend along.

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This summer the Uke Box Caffe has free weekend workshops. If you don’t have a ukulele and aren’t ready to buy one yet don’t worry you can rent one for the session.

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My Son’s First JS Prom

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Prom is a right of passage, at least when it comes to being a teenager in school. I never had the opportunity to attend my own JS prom and since the previous year my eldest has been reminding me about it.

Naturally being a parent, my first concern was cost. Cost of attendance, clothing and anything else he might need. When I was told that their prom would be at Manila Diamond Hotel I knew it would be a bit expensive and I was right. I was hesitant to pay what I thought was an expensive prom fee. However, I knew I wanted him to have a chance at attending so I asked about it in a group on Facebook where mommies can ask for advice or suggestions. It was indeed helpful, as it made me see the worth of the prom and where the expenses would be going to.

With that aside, our next item on the list was what he would wear. Being a teen once myself, I knew clothing would be a big deal. I also knew it would also be costly. Luckily, we had a friend who lent us a black coat. Bastian already had nice black slacks. Now it was up to Bastian to find the color theme he wanted.

We went to the mall and though he already had an idea of color combinations he wanted it would be different to actually see them together.

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Shopping with Bastian, I realized it wouldn’t just be the color combination but the textures and shades. Ideally the best colors to take to the dressing room are black and white polos plus 2 more shades that they like. Then also grab some neck ties and bow ties in colors that would match.

We took awhile in the dressing room pairing each polo to our chosen neck ties and bow ties. Some of the color combos we explored were:

mint green & silver

black & silver

white & maroon

His final choice was a mint green polo and silver bow tie.

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Alas, when we were getting a hankie for his coat pocket, he saw a cotton candy pink bow tie and instantly knew that it was the ONE. The final look: Mint Green polo, pink bow tie and hankie and a black suit.

As I said to him, it’s all about what you’re comfortable with and how you wanted your look to represent you. Teen life is very complex and everything seems to matter at this time. Since he was both popular but also funny I think this was a good mix of dashing and fun.

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He also got these cool mint green socks from Iconic. Shoes are Stonehaven.

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The final look! Aside from being his mom, I think he looks great! Well fitted suit and eye catching color combination.

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It was enough for me to hear that he had an excellent time. The experience of attending prom is I’m sure one of his most memorable moments in school. Now, I have to start preparing for next year’s prom when my daughter attends!

What are your prom look ideas and color combinations? Share pictures if you have any! Tag me at @olskj on Instagram. Would love to see them!

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Why I Let My Son Attend a Sneak Out in Caliraya

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My eldest son recently attended a sneak out in Caliraya Laguna. Was I hesitant at first? Yes, I was. This sneak out conducted by his school would entail him being away for 2 full days and sleeping overnight.

A sneak out is a spiritual recollection usually held during a senior’s year in school. I asked Bastian if he wanted to go and he did. Since he had skipped on his field trip we decided to let him attend.

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Since Bastian has a cellphone, I was expecting to have communication but he sent me a text letting me know that he wouldn’t be able to text or call because they would be having a series of talks and their gadgets would be with the teachers from that period on.

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I think the best thing that came out of that situation for me personally was when Bastian shared about what had happened and told me that he realized how well adjusted he was in his life. Apparently, there was a part in the day when they all started sharing about their parents. He was confused when his classmates started crying and he was okay. He saw then how his classmates were struggling at home connecting with their parents and he saw in his own life how we had a pretty good relationship.

I was really touched about this above all else. I’m glad that in the 15 years that we’ve been bringing him up that he knows that we’re here for him no matter how hard or how angry we sometimes get.

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On the second day they enjoyed the features that Caliraya Resort Club had to offer. This Earth Ball game is part of the teambuilding activites that they had.

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He enjoyed plenty on this Slip N’Slide (Mud Slide) and came home with a once white t shirt and muddied shorts. He had plenty of fun and that’s what matters.

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A little introspection and time away has done Bastian good. It also helped me further teach Bastian about independence and importance of family.

Thank you to Bastian’s teacher for the photos!

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