Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Japan Travel Part 1: Highlights of #Christmas2015 #NewYear2016 in Japan #MtFuji

Konnichiwa! Happy New Year! ;-D

Hope everyone had a great family time over the course of Christmas break. We had a wonderful time, and I can't wait to fangirl about everything Japanese. My, my, we're officially turning Japanese (only for travel destination, I am still a hopelessly devoted Korean drama fangirl ;-D). Anyhow, we had total of 9 amazing days in Japan...Osaka,Tokyo, Kanazawa and Kyoto, been there, done that. Yay!

We're pleasantly broke, chubbier cheeks and all, but we had the grandest time. Here are few of many highlights of our trip.

A check off our bucket list, see Mt. Fuji.

Lucky. On our way to Tokyo from Osaka aboard the Shinkansen, I was star struck with this wondrous scene. Mt. Fuji along Shin-Fuji Station. With this wonderful sign, I know 2016 is ours for the taking. Thank You, Lord. 
We initially devoted a day trip to Hakone to see Mt. Fuji, really lucky that we had the chance to see it. My husband on his previous trip, spent a visit to Shin Fuji station to catch a glimpse, only to be disappointed. (There is basically nothing much to do in Shin Fuji. Via Shinkansen, it's another 1 hour from Tokyo Station (2 hours from Shin-Osaka Station, without Japan Rail Pass, it comes with a hefty cost of about 10K Yen roundtrip. I will do a separate post about Japan Rail Pass.)

Shibuya Crossing. And yes, we did several walks and runs. I had a video of Chaseyboy, my son, running across all sides of the intersection. Teehee ;-D From Shinjuku JR Station, take the Yamanote Line to Shibuya. 
Creating Memories. #Love
Osaka is love. Glico Running Man along Dotonbori River. 
Amazing Shinkansen Rides. The JR Pass allowed us to take Shinkansen all we like all over Japan. #Daebak
From my track record of my previous Korea Trip, of the four days I stayed there, I had about 6 posts, so will probably have a lot more this time, please stay tuned for more Japan ravings. Cheers! ;-D

Pssst...are you following me on Instagram (@chicsassymom)? Hope you are. Domo Arigato!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Review: Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE500KL) #SeeWhatOthersCantSee

Hello, December! ;-D

I'm back after a long while. I'm so sorry for the delay.  So busy. Oh well, life. I love December, perhaps like for most of us, it's my favorite time of the year. There's Christmas, and  it's my birth month. Yay! Anyhow, November was kind of sweet too. It's one of those most toxic time, just because we had so much to do, but we made it! We survived, most of them with flying colors. Thank goodness. I will try to save a post. Icing on the cake was this Asus ZenFone 2 that I received for my review. Teehee, I love my gadgets. Come to think of it, I'm willing to spend for a really nice one (ahem!) for the betterment of my Korean Drama viewing experience, more than I'm willing to buy a designer bag. I prefer bags as gifts.;-D

Sweeter times with Asus ZenFone 2 Laser in Afernoon Tea Theme. Few of my favorite things #TWGTea #KanazawaGoldLeaf #AsusZenFone2
My techie-ness has limitations. This is a disclaimer. Haha.They are limited to mobile phones, iPads, and computers (Mac and Windows). Cars, and game consoles and what have you, I'm clueless. For those that matter to me, I like them easy to operate, and in tip top condition. But bless me, I actually learn to control myself and not to upgrade on a whim. Save, and see the world. Amass memories. And pray that I can blog about them. ;-D (I truly miss blogging.) So it's all boil down to owning my must have gadgets, a personal mobile phone, a tablet that's not too complicated, runs fast, good battery life, and high memory for my Korean Dramas, and a work phone that's pretty and functional. Sweet, the Asus ZenFone 2 Laser with all it's technical specification, features, award winning design and performance at a super friendly pricing, is a nice addition to my must-have gadget.

A marvel of craftsmanship and engineering that combines the beauty of Zen, unprecedented performance, sharp vision and a seamless and intuitive UI, designed to be your best companion.
The Beauty of Zen.
  •  Beautifully-Crafted with Ultra-Thin Edges
  • The volume and shutter button moved to the back to reduce the thickness of the ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE500KL) to a mere 3.5mm, while at the same time delivering a very comfortable user experience.

I will leave the technical praises for its specification to the experts. But I can name five features that are really worth raving for.

First off, it's really the camera capabilities that had me at Hello.

See What Others Can’t See with its PixelMaster 2.0 Camera Feature
 ZenFone 2 Laser’s 13MP PixelMaster camera with its f/2.0-aperture lens captures stunning, high-resolution photos with zero shutter lag. The brand-new laser-autofocus feature greatly reduces blurring and enhances image stabilization, and the industry-leading Low Light mode employs pixel-merging technology to capture up to 400%-brighter photos at night or in low-light scenes — all without the need for a flash. Backlight (Super HDR) mode lets you see clearly through daytime shadow and Super Resolution mode helps you to capture detailed images at resolutions of up to 52MP!
Unrivaled Low Light Mode
Auto Mode with Zero Shutter Lag + Super Resolution

Selfie Panorama
Glamorous Selfie Shots. Even the Instagram No Filter will give you beautiful selfie. ;-D
Hands down for its remarkable battery efficiency. ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE500KL) is powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410 processor, ample power for your daily tasks and activities. Featuring LTE Category 4 for download speeds up to 150Mbps. Whole day on LTE, every so often Social Media access, emails, calls, and more. I have to remind myself to charge.

Ergonomic Arc Design.
I know this is bad, but yes, I'm guilty of taking and making calls during my drive to and from the office.  To try out the unit, I replaced my official company issue phone to the Asus, oh how I feel thankful for its elegant shape that feels secure and extremely comfortable to hold. I'm ditching that work phone. Plus, super feature I love about the design is the easy selfie time to complement the nice camera feature.

To round up, I love the camera feature, the battery performance, and the ergonomic design. Top 3 reasons alone, I'm sold. But there are more, I like that you can put SD card up to 128G for more Korean Drama time, and more memories that are beautifully taken to boot. I love that it's built to a support the everyday demands of a busy body like yours truly. Featuring a "Quality Forward" in mind is a promise of Asus to the end user that every piece of the ZenFone is long lasting, durable and trust worthy in every aspect. And it's not at all complicated to deliver remarkable performance, easy buttons, easy touch, with an easy on the pocket price point of  P7295 SRP, amazing! All-encompassing, the smartphone is as delightful as its namesake, Zen.

Disclaimer: I received the phone for free, specs and other features are provided for, and are also avaialbe in the website of Asus ZenFone 2 Laser. Opinions expressed here are my own from my experience from using it for almost a month now. ;-D

Thursday, November 12, 2015

McDonald's Burger Shop in KidZania Manila #McDoatKidZania

Super late post. I'm sorry.

Chase is going back to KidZania tomorrow for his field trip. Here's why he and his cousin, Gabe, are crazy in-love with McDonald's and now with KidZania. Hooray!

Chaseyboy and Gabe with Birdie, Hamburglar, Ronald, and Grimace at the Manila McDonald’s Park Triangle located at the ground floor beside KidZania Manila.
Sometime ago, the cousins were treated by McDonald's Philippines and KidZania to a perfect playdate. Awesome, great timing, as it was like a post birthday treat for my nephew, and a pre-birthday gift to my son. *Teehee We were all super excited. I have a thousand and one photos of KidZania. I do hope to make time to do a separate blog post for it.

These boys sure think that I'm the coolest aunt/mom ever. ;-D Thank you #McDoPh x #KidZaniaManila
KidZania Manila is an interactive kid-sized city, that features more than 70 real-life establishments, where it promises memorable experiences designed to educate and to inspire kids to be their best selves with the over 100 role playing activities to choose from.

Our first stop in KidZania was a cheeseburger-making gig at McDonald's. Opening last September, the Mc Donald's Burger Shop is happy to train and share the secret steps in making a perfect cheeseburger the McDo's way.

Spot the two boys. Excited much. Welcome to McDonald's Kidzania! This McDo branch is not like any other in the country. It looks like your usual MCDo counter, but a closer look shows off the kid-sized kitchen where by paying 15KidZos (13 KidZos if with passport), they will have access to training and sample the iconic McDo Cheeseburger they put together.
They're all set.
 McDonald’s Burger Shop will train kids age 4 to 12 years old the ingredients that go into every McDonald’s Cheeseburger and each step of the process in making it. The training that kids will undergo is the same standard procedure that ensures Quality, Service and Cleanliness delivered to every customer and each meal enjoyed in any McDonald’s around the world.  
Chase and Gabe at work.
At every visit, kids will put together all of its tasty ingredients -- 100% pure beef patty, a slice of American cheese, tangy pickles minced onions, ketchup, mustard, and perfectly toasted buns. 
So serious.
Work and Play. Gabe is having so much fun. Looks like he was asking for additional burger patty to the trainer. I'm kidding. ;-D
Success! Mission accomplished!
Love ko 'to! Awww. His precious Mc Donald's Cheeseburger. 
Hooray. Happy Boys. Thanks, McDo Ph! ;-D
Chic and Sassy Tips: There was so much photo opportunities for the boys (so cute, I swear), a handy battery pack is in order. For the big boys, like the two of them, it seems they can get around the place by themselves. Though I insisted following them around for the photo ops, so you have to come in very comfy outfit.

We had the greatest time. It's like the best place ever for the boys.  There was so much to do. And half day is not enough to make the most of the place. I even reckon 3 trips will not be enough. And then, they would want to visit more KidZania all over the world to get more stamps. Oh, great! Cheers! ;-D

KidZania Manila is located at Park Triangle Mall, North 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City Taguig, Philippines
+632 711-KIDZ (5439)
Mon-Thurs: 9:00-16:00  Fri-Sun: 09:00-20:00
For more information about McDonald's Philippines, visit the Official Website
  • McDo Ph FB Page  
  • @McDo_PH on Twitter and Instagram 
  • Hashtag #McDoatKidZania  
For more exciting news about KidZania, visit KidZania Manila Official Website, follow at Facebook.com/KidZaniaManila, or on Twitter @KidZania. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fangirl Mode On: Lee Joon Gi joins Resident Evil:The Final Chapter

Annyeong, Hollywood!

Annyeong, Milla! Lee Joon Gi with Milla Javovich 
Teehee. I'm so excited! My Lee Joon Gi is coming to Hollywood. He's to join the last Resident Evil movie. Though not sure yet about his role. I'm a fan of the movie franchise, watched all of them. Though, I haven't played the game, but I'm invested in Alice, and to the Redfield siblings (Chris and Claire). It was a thrill to see Wentworth Miller in the movie as I'm a big fan Prison Break.

This post from Milla Javovich is a big reveal why our beloved Joon Gi oppa is quiet on Instagram for sometime. Oh, so Joon Gi oppa was in South Africa for the movie. I'm mighty proud of him. He usually does his own stunts, post on English every so often in IG (@actor_jg and Weibo, plus he did a cover of I'm Yours, so a Hollywood debut is well-deserved. Fangirl forever.

I'm nursing a big bruise in the head (ouch!!!), so de-stressing with Korean and Japanese stuff keeps me from moping. I will keep this post sticky as soon as more details of his roles will be available. Cheering on Lee Joon Gi! Fighting! Cheers! ;-D

Sunday, October 18, 2015

From Japan with Love | #ShuUemura #RoyceChocolates #GoldLeafFlakes

Yay! Hubby went on a business trip to Japan. He barely had time to sight see and to shop such that he didn't even make it to a supermarket so he just bought some goodies from Lawson Convenience Store though. That and just last minute shopping in the airport, but still, he got a handful of Japanese goodies. #Achieve ;-D

When in Tokyo...
Mt. Fuji Trip (albeit rainy = failed), Tokyo Banana Roar, Royce, Royce, and more Royce, Calbee Chips, Lawson's Lemon jelly-filled Marshmallows.
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Wifey to JB and Mommy to Chasey :) It's said that one's eyes are windows to one's soul. True! My eyes twinkle when I'm happy, they light up with my smile. I’m no frills! I'm easy to read (except during Poker). I easily get teary eyed on practically both happy and sad things. I'm overly emotional! UP,Toy Story 3, and Glee made me cry with delight.My hubby is my source of strength. He balances that side of my personality. He made me a more self-reliant person.I love being a mom. But be it known that I tend to be OC, paranoid, and definitely see my self as a stage mom.I can't help but throw him parties every year.I love to read. If there is a lifetime membership to Book Lover's Club, I've probably signed in as early as Grade 1. I'm blessed to have a special relationship with God. He is my confidante. I practically talked to him anywhere and anytime about anything. I'm a Kapampangan and supposedly known for having culinary skills.This still needs to be found perfected, but for sure, I can say I'm a gourmand!I love to eat and it shows!Oh well!Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder and Happiness is only a state of mind. From today onwards, I intend to live in a Happy Mode!Cheers!