Monday, July 31, 2017

Choosing A Car: A Mom’s Perspective

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In the past years, the automotive industry has seen a boom in the Philippines.   This is mostly thanks to the marketing strategies such as discounts and promos that some car brands offer.  But as a mom, I would say that one of the main reasons why families buy their own cars can be attributed to avoiding the perils of public transportation. 

Public transportation has always been quite a tricky issue in our country.  When you travel by public commute daily, you encounter a lot of stress.  Traffic can be one of them, but the highlight of public transport issue is the danger (such as theft, hold ups, etc.) one exposes oneself while traveling through public commute, especially in a third world country. 

As such, most families now buy their own car.  But how do we choose what car to buy?  There are a lot of factors you need to consider when buying a car.  As a mom, I’d like to share some to you.

PRICE.  Not all families can afford to pay a brand new car.  Some can only buy second hand one.  The price will always matter when buying and choosing the right car for your family.

FEATURES. Different car models have different car features.  One car may offer the features that you need, while others might not.  For families, the two most important considerations in features would be comfort and size.  Big families need more seating capacity.  But how do we get to know what car features the brand we like has?  We can get this through browsing online reviews. is a great website that offers various reviews.  These reviews come with videos and comparison to other brands as well.  This is very helpful in checking out the features of the car you are eyeing to buy.

AESTHETICS. How the car looks outside will always be a big consideration in buying the car you wanted.  No matter how big or small the car maybe, the aesthetics will always matter.

SAFETY. As a mom, safety features will always be the top priority in buying your own car.  I have made sure to emphasize safety as it is not just a part of a car feature for us, moms.  Safety will always be of primary importance for us.  So we need to put in a lot of research about the safety features of a car. 

These are just some of the factors moms consider when buying a car.  Hope this helps when buying your own car.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Press Release: Taxumo Launches It’s Worry-Free Online Tax Filling and Payment

According to the recent study by of World Bank entitled “Paying Taxes 2017”, it takes 186 hours to follow tax payments in the Philippines.  Solo proprietors, self-employed professionals, and free-lancers suffer the most as aside from running their businesses, they have to process sixteen (16) forms to Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) every year.

Now there’s a better way to file and pay taxes.  Taxumo, an online, DIY tax assistance platform for registered solo entrepreneurs, self-employed professionals, and freelancers.   Through Taxumo, they only need to put in their income and expenses, and the system immediately computes their tax dues.

Taxumo has a simple and easy-to-understand dashboard.  It helps reminds taxpayers when they need ot pay.  They no longer need to go to the BIR office or the bank to pay their tax dues.  Only a few clicks, and they can process everything without leaving their homes or offices.

Last July 20, Taxumo launched its accessible subscription plans.  The basic plan comes in two tiers: the Monthly and Annual Tier.  The Monthly Tier costs Php1,295/month; while the Annual Tier cost Php375/month billed as a one-time payment of Php4,495.  There’s also the annual Premium plan costing Php795/month, billed as one-time payment of Php9,495.

Check out the below rates for Taxumo’s new subscription plans.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Japan 2017: Tokyo Disneyland

Japan has three major theme parks namely: Universal Studios Japan, Tokyo DisneySea, and Tokyo Disneyland.  We traveled to Japan with our little boy and so we wanted to visit all three major theme parks (okay, that was just an excuse…the hubby and I really wanted to visit these theme parks hahaha :D). 

The last theme park we visited was Tokyo Disneyland.  As we availed a two-day passport, we need to visit Tokyo Disneyland the day after we visited Tokyo DisneySea. 

Tokyo Disneyland is divided into seven (7) areas: World Bazaar, Tomorrow Land, ToonTown, Fantasy Land, Critter Country, WesternLand, and AdventureLand.  Each area, just like in Tokyo DisneySea, has popular attractions that a lot of people queue up to.  Fast Pass is also offered to quite a number of attractions.

We arrived at Tokyo Disneyland the moment it opened at 9AM.  Since we have visited quite a lot of theme parks in our 11-day itinerary already (USJ, Fuji-Q, and DisneySea), we thought our Tokyo Disneyland adventure would just be a normal one.  It wasn’t. 

Our experience at Tokyo Disneyland was by far, for me, the most fun of all the theme parks we visited.  Yes, I was so in love with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan, I was in awe at the thrill-seeking coasters of Fuji-Q Highland, and I was mesmerized by the one and only Tokyo DisneySea.  But our Tokyo Disneyland visit was the most wonderful it all.

Let me tell you why.  

We were able to ride the most number of attractions at Tokyo Disneyland.  We secured two (2) Fast Pass tickets to two attractions: Monsters, Inc. and Haunted Mansion.  We were able to ride several attractions at ToonTown because the little boy liked this area.  We were able to tour four (4) attractions at Fantasy Land – Mickey’s PhilharMagic is one of them.  We also rode some attractions at Adventure Land.  Overall, I can count more than twelve (12) that we were able to visit.  It’s quite a lot for a day of visit at any Disneyland.

We had fun at Mickey’s PhilHarMagic.  It was at HongKong Disneyland when we first watch Mickey’s PhilHarMagic.  Neo was sleeping the whole time the hubby and I were watching.  Now, Neo was able to watch it and he was so amazed at this show. 

We were able to watch two (2) parades – one in the afternoon, and one in the evening.  When we visited HongKong Disneyland, we weren’t able to watch the parade.  So we made sure to be able to watch it while we were at Tokyo Disneyland.  The two parades are basically the same.  They have the same Disney characters.  They only differ in: (1) the song they played – the afternoon parade has a jollier song, (2) the evening parade has a lot of lights – so the parade would shine.

We were not able to have our pictures taken with any Disney characters.  You will have to queue up for this.  The queue can take up to more than 2 hours long.  We decided not to have our photos taken with the characters.  We were able to see them all at the parade anyway.

It was during our day at Tokyo Disneyland that 
we experience the heat for the first time.

We were able to watch the Cinderella Castle Storybook Show.  At exactly 9PM, during our visit, Cinderella’s castle (located at the middle of the park), became a gigantic storybook. It was very colorful with a lot of lights and some fireworks.  It’s a spectacular display and we were so fortunate to be able to watch it.  (PS: As per Disney Resort’s website, they are permanently closing this attraction on November 6, 2017 L).

 Cinderella’s Castle lights up for the Storybook Show. 

Our experience at Tokyo Disneyland really was the best theme park experience so far because we were able to maximize our visit.  We were not so tired but we had so much fun. J

Mama and Neo enjoying every bit of our Tokyo Disneyland experience.

Japan 2017: Tokyo DisneySea

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Japan 2017: Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo DisneySea is one of the three major theme parks in Japan.  The other two are the Universal Studios Japan in Kansai and the Tokyo Disneyland.  When traveling with kids, visiting theme parks will always be included in your itinerary – and so all three theme parks were included in ours.

We availed of the 2-day passport and allotted a day each for Tokyo DisneySea and Tokyo Disneyland.  A 1-day passport costs JPY7400 for adults and JPY4800 for kids.  A 2-day passport costs JPY13200 for adults and JPY8600 for kids.  You have to visit both theme parks on consecutive days if you avail the 2-day passport.

We decided to visit Tokyo DisneySea first. 

Tokyo DisneySea is very different from all Disney theme parks (Disneyland).  It is one of its kind and is solely located in Tokyo, Japan. 

Tokyo DisneySea is divided into seven main areas: The Mediterranean Harbor, Arabic Coast, American Waterfront, Mysterious Island, Mermaid Lagoon, Lost River Delta, and Port Discovery.  Each of these areas has popular attractions that people queue up to.  Fast Passes are offered to some famous attractions but since it’s famous, even fast pass have queues.

Mediterranean Harbor is the first area you will see once you enter.  This area is very European in style.  It has picturesque buildings and gondolas to complete the European experience. 

The Mediterranean Harbor at night. 

Located at the middle of Tokyo DisneySea is the Mysterious Island where Mount Prometheus, the manmade mountain in the center, is located.  It is vast and can be seen anywhere in Tokyo DisneySea.  Inside Mount Prometheus is one of DisneySea’s famous attractions: Journey to the Center of the Earth.  We just passed by this attraction since Neo was not allowed due to height restrictions.

Mermaid Lagoon is where a lot of water-inspired attractions are located.  The most famous attraction inside Mermaid Lagoon is the theater that showcases The Little Mermaid’s under the sea adventures.  We were so unfortunate that this attraction was under maintenance during our visit.  Nonetheless, we enjoyed other attractions such as Jumpin’ Jellyfish and Ariel’s Playground.

Arabian Coast is where the Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage is located.  This attraction tells about the story of Sinbad in the manner of Disneyland’s Its A Small World.  Another famous attraction for the Arabian Coast area is The Magic Lamp Theater – Aladdin’s Genie is the protagonist in the story.

Indiana Jones Adventure and Raging Spirits attractions are the most famous in Lost River Delta area.  We were not able to ride any of this as our little boy falls short of the height requirement.  What we were able to try was the DisneySea Steamer Liner – a luxury voyage that sails up to Mediterranean Harbor.

At Port Discovery, we tried the Aquatopia, were we boarded a watercraft that’s whirling around with unexpected turns.  We also rode the DisneySea Electric Railway to American Waterfront.  The Electric Railway was situated above ground and the trains are open, so it was so cold.

American Waterfront’s most famous attraction is the Toy Story Mania.  We arrived at Tokyo DisneySea before 10AM and the fast pass for this attraction was no longer available (it’s that famous). 

Mr. Potato Head entertaining kids at Toy Story Mania area. 

However, we were able to ride one of the most amazing rides in Tokyo DisneySea here in the American Waterfront: The Tower of Terror.  We lined up for more than two hours for this ride.  Neo was the smallest person during our time to ride this and what’s surprising was that he wasn’t the most scared…it was me.

The Tower of Terror – a very scary ride. 

There’s a Titanic-like ship at American Waterfront.  This is where some restaurants are located.

That big ship is actually a restaurant. 

Here are my takeaways from our Tokyo DisneySea visit:

·         Tokyo DisneySea is very different from Disneyland.  DisneySea caters to young adult audiences for attractions.  Though there are some attractions that can accommodate little kids, most attractions are tailored for young adults.

·         Make sure to get a fast pass in popular attractions.  Waiting in line will take 1-2 hours (or more) depending on the time you visit.

·         Food and drinks, as such with other theme parks, is very expensive.  We didn’t have a full meal as waiting in restaurants takes a lot of time too.  What we did was ate snacks while queuing for attractions.  This saves us time and money J

·         Height restrictions are strictly followed.  If the attraction’s height requirement is 190cm, even if you are at 189cm, you won’t be permitted to ride.

·         There are attractions that allow PWD and pregnant women.  Staffs are courteous enough to ensure their safety and comfort that is why they always board first and alight first as well. 

·         Character appears anywhere.  A schedule is printed in the pamphlet, so make sure to get one.  Most DisneySea characters are the sidekicks or the not so famous ones.  But still, they are sought after.

·         Don’t leave the park early and wait for Fantasmic.  Look for a comfortable place with a good line of view before 7PM so you get to experience a wonderful parade.

At exactly 7PM, the most awaited DisneySea parade took place at the waters of the Mediterranean Harbor: Fantasmic.  This is an entertainment in the form of a parade that shows the story of Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s apprentice.  Fantasmic is very nice as it has a lot of animations, lights, lasers, and fireworks. 

We left Tokyo DisneySea after Fantasmic.  We were so tired but very happy.  We didn’t wait for the park to close as we will have another full day ahead of us at Tokyo Disneyland. J

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Moms’ Fair at The Orchard Golf and Country Club

Mother’s Day has always been a special event for everyone, not just for moms.  I am a mother myself, but do take note that I have a mom too – as such I make sure that Mother’s Day every year should be celebrated for my mom.

The Orchard Golf and Country Club is a familiar place for us as this is where my little brother had his elementary graduation rites – but we haven’t really entered the place other than that as this is a membership club.  Good thing, they opened their doors to non-member guests last May 14 in an event called Mom Matters, a Mom Fair. 

Part of The Orchard Golf and Country Club.

So we decided to take advantage of their Mother’s Day brunch at The Orchard and join the Mom fair.  Brunch buffet cost Php675 per head and admission to Mom’s fair is free.  The events hall was divided into two: the brunch area and the mom’s fair area.  Upon entrance to the events hall, an event passport was given to all moms to complete and try all the sponsors of the Mom Matters fair.  It also acts as a raffle stub once completed.

All moms who entered the events hall were given a gift bag - which includes goodies from the sponsors.  It was a very thoughtful gesture from the event’s organizer.

We roam around the Mom’s fair first before having our brunch.  Several sponsors were there to introduce and re-introduce their products. 

My mom having her make over at Mary Kay area.

After completing our event passport, we had our brunch buffet.  The area was beautifully decorated with flowers and each table was neatly arranged.

Inside the events hall. 

The menu selections were mostly for lunch, actually.  Sumptuous food were offered at the buffet area.  Pasta and rice together with viands such as seafood, pork, chicken, and beef were served.  There are also roast beef and pork belly stations.  Salads and cold cuts were also available.  Filipino desserts were also present.  Drinks were included in the buffet.  

Cotton candy for the little boy. 

After filling our tummies with delicious food from the buffet, we went back to the fair as the program includes speakers from select sponsors.  Raffle prizes were given away and some sponsors treated mommies to pampering and beautification demos.  It was one event that mommies enjoyed.  My mom and my grandma both enjoyed it and I am one happy daughter as it was a Mother’s Day well spent. J

Three generations celebrating Mother’s Day together. J

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Press Release: Clearscar, The Scar Solution In A Tube

Advances in technology have made it possible for scars to be removed with little to no trace.  However, all the best scar treatments available could be prohibitively expensive and would require a visit to a surgical clinic.

Good thing now there’s Clearscar Scar Gel!  Clearscar is a100% silicone that is clinically proven to improve the appearance of scars in as little as 8 weeks (2 months)!  It is effective in lightening, softening, and flattening the appearance of scars just by applying twice (2x) a day in the scar area.  It can be used in all type of scars caused by burns, cuts, surgeries, injuries, etc.  It works best on elevated scars such as Hypertrophic scars and keloids.  Hypertrophic scars are the red and raised scars usually caused by burns, surgeries, injuries, and wounds. 

Here are the common Q&A for Clearscar usage:

Can Clearscar be used in old scars?
Yes.  Clearscar can be used for old and new scars.

Can Clearscar be used for acne or stretchmarks?
Silicone used for Clearscar can help soften and flatten scars.  However, if the scar is depressed already, then the silicone may not work to treat the depressed scar.

Can Clearscar be used on the face?
Yes.  Clearscar is non-comedogenic which means it will not block pores so you can apply it to your face.

Do I use Clearscar immediately after getting a wound?
The wound needs to be completely closed (no raw areas and no scabs) for Clearscar to be applied.  To be safe, wait for 72 hours after getting the wound.

Can Clearscar be used for children?
Clearscar is safe for children’s use.

Can Clearscar be used on sensitive areas?
Clearscar is safe to be used on sensitive skin and sensitive areas of the body.

Can Clearscar be used by pregnant and breastfeeding women?
Clearscar is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women.  It is made of silicone which is not get absorbed into the blood stream.  However, it is always best to consult your doctor prior to using any topical creams during pregnancy and lactation.

Clearscar is more affordable than other scar solutions in the market.  It is available in leading drugstores nationwide.  A 6gm tube costs Php418.95 while the 15gm tube costs Php761.20.

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