Hosting a Shopkins Birthday Party

This is the first time I’ve hosted a Shopkins-themed party. If you’re a parent and you have little girls, you’re probably familiar with these cute collectible grocery toys that talk and have different personalities.


In terms of decorating and activities, I think this isn’t too difficult to DIY. The colors are reminiscent of 90s’ Lisa Frank–bright pink, aquamarine, yellow and sparkles. Just remember to capitalize on the Shopkins characters (like the grocery cart table centerpiece below) or the over-all look can be slightly confused with Strawberry Shortcake or even Barbie.


The cake and some desserts



We prepared about 10 games for both the kids and adult guests. There’s the usual Bring Me Game (which surprisingly still gets even the parents excited), we let the kids color some Shopkins sheets and gave prizes for the best-colored ones. After lunch, we played “Find the Shopkins” wherein I described the Shopkin and the kids went around the room looking for the Shopkins stickers.

I will update this post as soon as I get more photos from the party. Hope this helped you out in case you’re planning a Shopkins party for your little one.

God bless you!


We began our day with scripture exposition by Richard Chin, a Malaysian-born Chinese Australian who is the National Director of the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students. This was followed by a 10-minute reflection with our connect groups, where we discussed application questions on the Character of God, Humanity’s Purpose and the Blessing of Creation.

Today we also had our first Leadership Panel featuring Kristina Alikhanyan (Lausanne Catalyst for Tentmaking and Postdoctoral Fellow at the DKFZ German Cancer Research Center), Ole-Magnus Olafsrud (Senior Coordinator for YLG2016) and Mutua Mahiaini (International President of the Navigators). If you look at their titles, you would be intimidated but I truly appreciated their transparency on the realities and challenges of leadership. Continue reading


Today we entered God’s Story, starting off the morning with a Bible exposition from David Benson. We then went off to meet with our Connect Group wherein our mentors shared their own life maps.

Molly Wall and Jason Mandryk spoke on the State of the World followed by the regional gathering. After dinner, we heard wonderful messages and testimonies from Tracy Trinita, Nick Hall and respected speaker and apologist, Ravi Zacharias.



In response to the Daily Challenge, I am writing about PUNISHMENT. Now all around the world, we all have different associations and experiences with the word. Punishment for me, brings back memories of when I was a disobedient kid and I had to be grounded or whacked with my dad’s leather belt (sinturon, in Tagalog). I understand that for some cultures, spanking and the use of sinturon is a bit extreme, but I’d have to say I’m grateful for the discipline. Values have indeed been instilled in me and I know that my parents were only doing their job of correcting me.

On the spiritual aspect, PUNISHMENT would mean eternal separation from the Lord. God is overflowing with grace and mercy, He gives us so many chances to repent of our sins and come into His presence with repentant, humble hearts. A lot of people think that humbling oneself before the Lord is out-dated, will take away freedom and is overly boring. It is so easy to be enticed by the world and it’s attractions but we have to constantly remind ourselves that these attractions will pass away. In the end, what matters is where you are going to spend the rest of eternity–will it be in the presence of God or will it be in punishment–far away from His presence, His grace and glory?


Speaking Engagement at St. Mary’s School

It is such a delight for me to be able to speak to students, share my experiences and life lessons. What began as a prayer request years ago is coming into fruition. How the Lord continues to open these doors still astounds me. He may not have given me an instant answer, it did take years but I know that His timing is perfect. I believe the Lord has allowed me to learn more and grow my faith–whatever it is that I share to students is a product of the Lord’s constant training and refinement. Below is a video of my speaking engagement at St. Mary’s Meycauyan, Bulacan.


The girls get busy filling out the sheets


Had to take a picture with everyone after speaking


Another group photo


The cute kids and their Charmee bags


Everyone squeeze in!


They were such a lively bunch!


Aika is one of their student achievers who hosted the talk.😀