Monday, January 30, 2017

Good Life’s Flavors of Fortune

Good Life celebrates the Chinese New Year with a two-day event called Flavors of Fortune: Food Trip Down Chinatown.  This event happened last January 27 and 28 at the Robinsons Place Manila Midtown Atrium.

Entrance to the event is free but if you buy Good Life products worth Php90, you will be entitled to an event passport.  The passport will give you access to the different food showcased by each of the participating hotels for the Good Life Chinoy Dish Challenge.  

 Some of the Chinoy dishes prepared by participating hotels. 

And the dish that won... is from BayView Park Hotel.

The event passport will also give you access to different Chinoy activities such as paper cutting, lantern making, Chinese calligraphy, and fortune telling.

Feng Shui Master Hanz Cua also graced the event on its first day.  Other activities include games, raffles, and cooking demos. 

The second day of the event ended with a Lion and Dragon dance.

Good Life is a food brand distributed by Fly Ace Corporation in the Philippines.  It has a wide array of products perfect for Asian cuisine.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Scholastic Warehouse Sale 2016

I love reading books.  I am a bookworm.  I so love books and it was a must for me to visit the Scholastic Warehouse Sale even though the sale is located at Pasig and I reside in Cavite.  

We visited the Scholastic Warehouse Sale last December after the Thanksgiving Party of Mommy Bloggers Philippines.  We didn’t get lost, thanks to Google Maps. 

As such with the title, the sale was located in Scholastic’s warehouse.  The warehouse doesn’t have a very huge parking space and only a limited number of cars are allowed to park.

Upon entrance to the designated sale area, books and books and a lot of books are everywhere.  But what really made me decide to go to this book sale is the Book Buffet: Box All You Can for Php799.  You will be given a buffet box and you can take home all the books that would fit in it for only Php799.  Quite a deal, right? 

Sadly, I didn’t avail of the Book Buffet.  L  The book selection for the book buffet weren’t to my liking and so I just decided to buy the books I like.  

Book buffet boxes and the books that can fit in it. 

Book buffet area in the middle. 
I got the Hunger Games trilogy and the Book of Impossible Objects for Php 812.oo!

Is the Scholastic Warehouse Sale sulit?  Honestly for me, it wasn’t.  L  This is because I incorporated the cost and time of traveling to Pasig form my place. 

But I have three suggestions on how you could make it a sulit visit?

·         If you reside somewhere near the place and you love books, I highly suggest you visit the Scholastic Warehouse Sale.  But if not, the cost and time would be same as buying in a bookstore in the mall.

·         Do check the Scholastic website for the list of books they published.  I am a huge Harry Potter fan and this is one reason I wanted to visit the sale.  I am quite sure that the books Scholastic had published would be something I would like.  But I was wrong.  There are a lot of selections that I don’t know or like.

·         If the book buffet selection is to your liking, do avail it.  You will save a lot.  

Scholastic Warehouse Sale happens during November to December.  I do hope they would have another round this year so more book lovers can visit.  

Friday, January 20, 2017

Three Things I Love About Belo Baby Hand Sanitizers

It was five years ago when I became a mom.  I only have one child and I won’t claim to be a pro in this wonderful profession called motherhood.  But if there’s one thing I learned in the past five years is that I can be a carefree mom while being a meticulous one. 

Kids generally are restless.  My little boy, since he is a boy (am I gender bias?), is a very active one.  You will never see Neo stay in one place, except for the time he is playing his gadgets.  When we go out and have our family day during weekends, be it in a mall or parks or any events, you will always see me harassed because Neo is being a kid – a carefree one.  The same scenario can be seen when we are just within our village.  Neo is everywhere.  One moment he is riding his bike, the next moment he is playing with another kid, and then next he is playing on the ground.  Nakakaloka!

But since I try to be a carefree mom, I just let him be.  If he wants to play in the dirt, so be it – as I believe he will learn a lot of things, socially and physically.  Who am I to hinder that, right?  But since I am a meticulous mom too, I always bring with me baby wipes and alcohol so I can disinfect Neo every time he finishes play.  I use wipes and alcohol to clean Neo’s hands all the time as he always forgets (or he doesn’t mind) that his hands are dirty and bring his hands to his mouth as a mannerism and when eating.  And we all know that there are a lot of sickness and diseases that can be spread through dirty hands and that is something I want to avoid.

These little hands get introduced to Belo Baby Hand Sanitizers.

Wipes and alcohol?  No hand sanitizers?  Unfortunately, I am not a fan of hand sanitizers.  This is because I easily get attacked by sinusitis when I smell too-strong odors, and admit it or not, hand sanitizers usually has strong odors.  I also don’t like the sticky texture of hand sanitizers as it leaves me feeling unclean afterwards.  

This January, Belo Baby introduces their new line: Belo Baby Hand Sanitizers.  The moment I tried it, I knew I got converted from bringing alcohol to bringing hand sanitizers.  Why though?  Let me enumerate why, and maybe, you would love it too.

·         No sticky feeling.  I hate hand sanitizers with sticky feeling (which most hand sanitizers are) because I feel unclean after using it that I need to wipe it off which renders the sanitizer useless.  Belo Baby Hand Sanitizer’s texture is watery.  It gives the feeling of cleanliness in my hands.

The Blueberry scent with a very berry smell. 

·         No harmful chemicals but kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria. -  Belo Baby Hand Sanitizers are hypoallergenic.  It has no harmful chemicals such as triclosan, parabens, benzalkonium chloride, quats, glycols, chlorine, formaldehyde carriers, and petrochemicals.  Too many jargons?  Hahaha, but to sum it up, it’s free of harmful chemicals.  Plus it has glycerin that moisturizes skin.

The Apple scent with a fruity smell. 

·         Ultra mild fragrance.  As stated above, I easily get attacked by sinusitis when exposed to too-strong odor.  Belo Baby Hand Sanitizers has mild fragrances that resembles that of baby colognes, sweet and nice but not too strong.  It comes in three fresh scents: Peach, Green Apple, and Blueberry.  Blueberry gives off a very berry smell good for to-go people.  Green Apple sends off a fruity apple scent that I think is best for little boys.  Peach has the most subtle and relaxing smell and this variant easily became my favorite one.

The Peach scent that gives a relaxing smell.

Because Belo Baby Hand Sanitizer is crafted with care for the most delicate skin, for the most meticulous moms this is a mommy, kid, and baby approved product!  Neo and I simply love it!

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Bye Bye Insects with OFF! Insect Repellent Lotion

Last 2015, Cavite was declared under red alert for Dengue.  As a mom, I have to make sure our family is protected against this deadly disease and have shared with you, my dear readers, some tips on how I tried to dengue-proof our household.  You can read the tips here.

When my pre-schooler was still a toddler, I would lather him with insect-repellent lotion but I eventually stopped this as I often forget to apply it to him (mommy brain in action hehe).  But then I realized that applying insect-repellent lotion is one of the best way to shoo away the insects especially mosquitos.  Because all those suggestions I gave are only effective if you are within the vicinity of a citronella plant or mosquito mat; or you just sprayed the house with insecticide sprays or citronella sprays.  But when our kids are at school or in other places, only the mosquito patches work (and this works effectively in the portion of your clothes you attached it to, say the upper body).  This is where insect-repellent lotion, like OFF! works perfectly well.

You see, when kids like my little Neo plays outside of the home, they are prone to insect bites, especially mosquitoes.  Kids are so pleasant-smelling that insects love to bite them.  Neo loves playing in our village playground where the area is full of grass and some tress, some of which are inhabited by insects.  OFF! Insect Repellent lotion helps moms like me, feel at ease when we allow our children to play outside particularly playing in a grassy environment.  It helps shoo away the insects causing diseases and itchiness that leads to scars.  Shooing insects away is a way of shooing illness away. 

Us, moms can’t be with our little kids 24/7.  It’s nice to know products such as OFF! Insect Repellent Lotion can be our ally in keeping our kids healthy and happy while playing.

Disclaimer: This blog post is an entry to Nuffnang’s OFF Lotion Blog Contest.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Intensifying Feeling of Watching Football Live

I am neither a sporty person nor a sports fan.  The joy of watching sports in television when I was a little bit younger has evaporated when I no longer have the energy to try the sports myself.  The hubby is different.  He loves watching sports in television especially if it’s the member of our National Team that is playing (Gilas, Azkals, and the likes).  

So when the opportunity arose to watch the Philippine Azkals play live at the Suzuki Cup 2016, we grabbed it.  We were so excited since this will be the first time we will watch a football game live.  We shrugged off the worries that we live in Region 4A and the Suzuki Cup was held at Region 3.  We were just so excited.

We joined the convoy sponsored by Suzuki Philippines and arrived at the venue just minutes before the 8PM game of Philippine Azkals vs Singapore.  The Philippine Sports Stadium is huge and the crowd was not able to fill it up, so we were lucky to choose the seats we want to have a better view of the game.

The game was so intense.  The cheers of the Filipino crowd whenever an Azkal member gets hold of the ball was deafening.  The boos whenever a Singaporean player gets the ball was also wild.  Of course, the Filipino crowds were larger than that of the Singaporean crowd, and therefore their own shouts of cheers and boos were muffled.

What amazes me is how much stamina a football player must have to be running back and forth the football field for hours.  It also surprises me that these football players must learn the art of running sideways just to ensure the ball remains on field and on their side.   It’s so amazing how these players build their energies to be able to play well – they must have their own gym or pool or trampoline or whatever equipment it is they can use to practice at their home.  But to end it all, the thing that amazes me most is the sportsmanship showed by both team during the play is astounding – a characteristic I hope my little boy would learn while watching the game.  

PS: The game we watched ended in a draw.  Philippine Azkals failed to qualify in the Semi-Finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2016.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Monte Vista Hotsprings & Conference Resort

The start of the ber-months marks my father's birthday.  During this time we already feel the cold temperature yet my father decided to celebrate his birthday in one of the resorts at Laguna.  Luckily he decided for a hot spring resort, unluckily he decided for a night swimming.  Who am I (or we, his children) to contradict when it was his birthday after all?

My father initially wanted to go to Cuyab Hot Spring Resort, our family's go-to hot spring resort.  We arrived at Pansol, Laguna (the place famous for hot spring resorts) past 8pm, thanks to the horrible weekend traffic.  Cuyab allows night swimming.  The attendant gladly showed us their different types of overnight accommodation.  However, I find the price steep for off-season plus the 12-hour accommodation needs to be followed strictly thus, by 8AM, we need to leave or pay additional.  I told my mom, that we have to look for another hot spring resort to accommodate us.

Fortunately, a day prior to this impromptu trip, Pag-Ibig distributed my loyalty card that I applied through my work.  And it shows some discounted entrance fees and accommodations to some resorts at Laguna.  That is how we found ourselves at Monte Vista Hotspring and Conference Resort.

Monte Vista Resort is one of the biggest resorts I have passed by along Laguna.  It has 16 swimming pools (7 of which are open during off-season), several slides (only kiddie slides are open during off-season), different accommodations, a play area for kids and recreational area for adults, tables for day and night rent, grilling area, and an area for conference.  However, during our visit there was no hot spring swimming pool available, only swimming pools with lukewarm water.

Kiddie pool with slide. 
Gigantic off-limits-during-off-season slides. 

Yey! A play area! (The brown room in the background is a Lactation Room). 

The adults and Neo were busy playing. 

We stayed at one of the air-conditioned family rooms with six beds, a bathroom, television set, a stand fan, a wall fan, dresser, and cabinet.  This room also has towels and some toiletries (soaps and tissues).   The room is big and the air-conditioning unit looks old and I expected us to feel hot, but I was surprised that with 8 of us staying in the room, the room was really cold. We were also given a huge round table outside the room for dining. 

Aside from swimming pools and recreation areas, Monte Vista also offers different packages for celebrations such as Christenings, Birthdays, and Weddings. 

Monte Vista Resorts offers 50% discount on tariff rates and entrance fees for Pag-Ibig Loyalty Cardholders.  Our room was priced at Php2650 for 7 pax and a child, this includes our entrance to the swimming pools as well.

Never mind the cold weather.

I'm ending this blog post with a beautiful view of Mt. Makiling as seen while swimming in one of the swimming pools of Monte Vista.

Mt. Makiling…oh, so beautiful!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

What a blessed year 2016 was!  Let’s all welcome 2017 with a blast and hope that this year will be so much better than 2016!

Happy New Year from the Nunag Family!

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