SM by the Bay: Fun for the Fam

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Have you guys tried walking the 1.5km stretch of SM by the Bay? My family and I just did, last Saturday.  OMG, ang saya!  Isa syang malaking fiesta!  Perfect for families, balikbayans, barkadas and of course, since Valentine’s is this weekend, with your labidabs. It was the opening of the Annual Pyro-Musical Competition Show and […]

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CHRISTmas Merry-Go-Around: Best and Merriest CHRISTmas Displays in Manila 2014

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For the past seven years,  it has been my family’s tradition to go all over Manila to catch the best and merriest displays.   We would have a good dinner, hire our driver to come in that weekend and hop-on, hop-off as we marvel at the lights and beauty, and to the dismay of my kids, […]

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Doll Joy: A Doll Museum

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Children who love dolls will have a field day when they visit Doll Joy Factory and Museum in Pasig.   Displayed are over 2,100 pieces of assorted dolls, clustered in varying themes that will delight young and adult doll lovers. This is the second time I visited Doll Joy this year.  First was with a couple […]

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The Week that Was: Pig out to the Max!

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Oh men!  I think I gained 5 pounds over the week.  As in pig-out to the max! It is the birthday week of my firstborn and it was one eating fiesta after another!  It started with a lunch in Chili’s last Sunday.  A Miensan lunch and a special dinner at home on Tuesday. An overflowing […]

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Check in Time for Philippine Domestic Flights and Parking at NAIA 3

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Domestic flights are usually a breeze and for dawn flights I normally arrive an hour before my departure time.  I figured the airport is not too busy at that hour anyway.  Last Friday,  I almost missed my flight to Tacloban by a hairline with that assumption. Arriving calmly at 3:40am for my 4:50am flight, I […]

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Banzai: The Great Teppanyaki Theater and Authentic Japanese Buffet in Manila

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Japanese food lovers will have a gastronomic feast at the country’s biggest (500 seating capacity), all-unlimited Great Authentic Japanese Buffet, Banzai! My kids and I had a complete Japanese dining experience at Banzai in SM Mall of Asia.  We were transported to Japan with Banzai’s wide range of authentic Japanese food, all-out Japanese interiors plus […]

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4DX at BHS: Revolutionizing our Cinema Experience

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4DX™ at BGC, the first 4dx technology in the Philippines, is a supreme movie experience that immerses all senses! My kids and I were grinning from ear-to-ear from start to finish as we watched “Amazing Spiderman 2.” It is incredible to be able to move with Spiderman! When he crawled up the wall, the chairs […]

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When is the best time to go to Hongkong with the Kids/Family?

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Since I came out with my travel blog on Hongkong Disneyland and Ocean Park on a Budget (Part 1) and Part 2, I have received some questions on the best time to go to Hongkong.  Given that we come from hot, hot Philippines,  you would want to go to Hongkong at the time it is […]

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Plantation Bay Cebu Review (Part 2): Beach and Other Activities

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Hi!  This is part 2 of my family’s Plantation Bay experience. Here, I share my review of the resorts’ activities, natural beach, accommodations, service and food at Plantation. To view of what to expect from the 2.3 hectare pools and man-made lagoons at Plantation, please click Plantation Bay Review (Part 1): Pools of Plantation. Beach: […]

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Plantation Bay Cebu Review (Part 1): Pools at Plantation

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My kids have been aching to go to Plantation Bay since the time we took a sneak peak 2 years ago.  They got their wish last Holy Week as we flew to Cebu and spent 2 nights and 3 days in Plantation. The kids enjoyed the whole experience.  With 12 hectares of land dotted with […]

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Hongkong Disneyland and Ocean Park on a Budget (Part 1)

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It has been 8 years since the kids visited Hongkong.  They hardly remember what it was like.  With the memory of Hongkong almost blank plus a new toddler sibling in tow,  it was almost like a new experience for everyone. My husband only has Friday to spare so we went on technically a 3 day/2night […]

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Hongkong Disneyland and Ocean Park on a Budget (Part 2)

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It has been 8 years since the kids visited Hongkong.  They hardly remember what it was like.  With the memory of Hongkong almost blank plus a new toddler sibling in tow,  it was almost like a new experience for everyone. My husband only has Friday to spare so we went on technically a 3 day/2night […]

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14 Four Cafe: Taytay’s Charming Surprise

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My family and I are on a hunt for new restaurants that have wide open spaces that kids can explore and be free.  So when I saw the post of Anton Diaz on the 14 Four Cafe, I thought the fam would love it. My husband, crunched his face up when I said the restaurant […]

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Review of the Travel Tour Expo February 2014 at SMX

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The SMX Travel Tour Expo is the biggest and most awaited Travel Fair in the Philippines.  In the past, hundreds flock to the convention center to steal drop down travel deals.  Now, throngs of thousands go to the convention center and the lines are excruciatingly long, you would think it is about time to depart […]

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Himalayas: 6-Day Langtang Valley Trek

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I’m alive. And I’m back! 48 kilometers of combined gentle and steep ascents.  13,000 feet that is high enough to kick off Altitude Sickness.  6 Meatless Days just when you need all the protein. Public Asian style bathrooms that rivals marathon Portalets.  The journey was long and arduous but the views and the company were […]

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