Monday, January 31, 2011

Smart Parenting Article: Ways to Celebrate V❤lentine's Day at Home

 My first 2011 article for Smart Parenting Philippines is out...please read on and Like ✌ it! :-)

Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day at Home with the Family

I ❤ You all! :-)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

D.I.Y.(Do it Yourself) Party Invites

Happy Monday everyone! Just want to quickly share with you my recent Picnik creations, invitations for a Basketball Theme Party...but looks like I need to update my skills on how to super-impose faces of the celebrators to a character in the invitation.

Basketball Theme Party Invitation

Friday, January 28, 2011

Europe...My K.L.M. (Kid L❤ves Much)!✈

Bonjour! Being the happy traveler that I am...this time, since he missed our first visit to Europe, I want to bring my son with me on this next adventure (pretty please...hopefully, fingers crossed!) :-) I would truly love it if you help our European dream to come true!

The Royal Dutch Airlines, lovingly referred as KLM, is holding a contest for Philippine Residents...being true to the spirit of Efteling, a must-see magical place in the Netherlands, dreams do come true! And we can surely live happily ever after! :-)

In the Netherlands, dreams do come true! Welcome to the Magical World of Efteling!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hotel Vida Clark is it! ✌

Heading off to Clarkfield Pampanga anytime soon...just in time for the upcoming 2011 Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival (February 11 to 13),  or just wanting to dine and unwind any day of the week?  Happily, my family just found the perfect away from home, get away destination, and it's happily located few kilometers away from home. Oh well! It just give us the feeling of taking a family trip, when in fact it's just conveniently within our city. :-) Welcome to Hotel Vida!

Please click on the image to go to the official site of Hotel Vida Clark 
We ❤ Hotel Vida because...

❤ Missing Iloilo ❤

How time really flies...few more days, February 2011 will be around the corner..when everything will be absolutely sooh Red! ❤ There's so much fanfare awaiting February, there's the Chines New Year and the similarly anticipated Valentine's Day.  Before I let the month of January 2011 pass me by, I wanted to do some reminiscing...because for the past three years except this year, every January, we were actually going to Iloilo for our yearly vacation. Although we went there a month earlier (December 2010), I can't help but feel a little bit sad, because we had to miss the Dinagyang Festival, and then of course the yummy but surprisingly cheap food that Iloilo has to offer. And so I say...Namit Gid! ♨ Hiligaynon means Really Delicious! :-)
Iloilo Suman Latik

Friday, January 21, 2011

Save the Earth! ☼☀☾☁☆☂☃

Happy Weekend! I'm not really fond of spamming friends via texts or mails...but I know when one deserves forwarding, and this goes by...

MANDATORY REMINDER from CNN: NASA reports that by the next 10 months, earth gets hotter by 4 degrees from now. Himalayan glaciers are melting at rapid rate. Our climate is changing drastically & it's getting worst. We must help fight Global Warming by doing the ff steps:

1. Plant more trees 
2. Don't waste water 
3. Use cloth bag and don't burn plastic. 

Please copy & paste this to your wall (via FB) or forward it (via SMS) even to just one person. 

Do your share! Save the Earth! Plant a Tree Today! 
Just in case, here are some interesting links about Global Warming and helping to slow it down...

Do your share. SAVE THE EARTH.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Jang Ga Nae Korean Restaurant formerly Minato

Annyeong haseyo! ✌ I'm back for another hallyu lovin' adventure, and it's truly close to my ❤ -- all about my favorite Korean Restaurant!

Welcome to Minato... Mas-issge deuseyo! Bon Appetit!♨

Korean Bean Paste (Doenjang) , Garlic,  Complimentary Jjigae (Korean Stew/Soup) 
Minato Korean and Japanese Restaurant

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

From my Travelogue: My Shanghai Trip ✈

Hello! This was actually a repost from my not so long ago attempt to blog. :-) I just have to share it now being the happy traveler that I am! Bon Voyage!!! ✈
  • Sights
Must see sights are the Oriental TV Tower, The Bund, Xintiandi!  The lights, the class and modernity of it all is simply amazing. They're simply feast for the eyes.
Welcome to Shanghai! :-)

Do you have what it takes to be the EXTRAORDINARY Winner?

Hello! Happily sharing with you another great way to start the year right!

Online Vide Contest of Thunderbird Resorts 2011
Dubbed as “Extraordinary”, Thunderbird Resorts launches its first Online Video Contest which is open to all residents of the Philippines who are 18 years old and order. 

Woot woot! Participants will get the chance to win P100,000, a Vacation Getaway for Four at Thunderbird Resorts Rizal and La Union, Enjoy Philippines Card and other cool prizes.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Hallyu Love #1...blogging my KCulture fascination! I ❤! ✌

Annyeonghaseyo! :-) means hello! in Korea!

I won't even start to pretend to be an expert in Korean Culture, because what I know about is mainly from my Korean Drama obsession! I haven't even been to Seoul for goodness sake!  I know common Korean phrases because of the Kdramas I so watch passionately! So what makes me write about a basic topic about it?! Oh well! It's basically my fascination with the culture that my love-hate relationship with it progressed over the years! And when you're in that position, you just suddenly found yourself "expert" about it! I just know because I  ♥ everything (well, almost!) about the Korean Culture! That by the way is what Hallyu wave supposedly means!

I ❤ Lee Joon Gi
I really want to share my passion about it, so just in case you haven't caught the Korean fever, try to read along, and in time I hope that you can have this beautiful addiction of mine a place in your ♥. (haha...that serious! :-) ✌

  • The Sign ✌...I just have to do it too! :-)

So what's with the ✌ Peace Sign mostly during photo opportunities for most Koreans?
In my readings, I actually didn't find a definite answer about it...but below are the possibilities!

❤Food Trip: John's Kitchen ❤

Sharing with you another great find that would truly delight your senses ♨...Welcome to John's Kitchen!
Stuffed Chicken: Oven Baked Deboned Thigh & Leg Stuffed with Hot English Mustard & Pesto Sauce and Garlicky Broccoli Leaves Php 150 ++
John's Kitchen is a newly-opened fine/casual dining resto in Angeles City. It boasts of it's top caliber chef, now turn restaurateur, who successfully jumpstarted the operations of Grill 99 a few years back (Now Tiger's Grill, which is now known to be the one of the best family dining resto in the City and another equally great find!)
John's Kitchen Angeles City: Reception Counters, Dining Area, The Kitchen where the culinary masterpieces are created!

Sesame Street 1st Birthday Party

Sesame Street Character Cupcakes

Hello! Over the weekend we attended a Sesame Street Theme birthday party. Sesame Street is really a classic!  The characters are really colorful, bright and made us (moms) sing along with the theme song as it plays during the program...
♫♬Sunny Day
Sweepin' the clouds away 

On my way to where the air is sweet 

Can you tell me how to get, 
How to get to Sesame Street ♪♫

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sun Kissed Fun at Boracay Island Philippines

The year 2010 is really a blessed year for our family. It brought much fanfare and travel opportunities for us, here and elsewhere in the world. We started our travel adventure last January for a trip to Boracay, and so it seemed timely that we ended our travel fun, sun, sand & tan at Boracay once again.
Boracay Station 2
Boracay Sandcastles  line the beach at night time created by the locals 
This time via the online booking, we decided Microtel Inn & Suites Boracay to be our home for our 3 Days 2 Nights (December 4-6) adventure. Please read on my Microtel Boracay review on separate post.

Probiotic Drinks--Everyday OK! ✌ (Updated)

Everybody, everyday... OK! :-)

Few days ago my son had a sudden attack of diarrhea, and he actually started to complain of feeling too full even though he didn't really had a lot! :-( That time, since non-working holidays already started, I prayed that it would not worsened to avoid a trip to the ER. I've been told not to give any medicines for diarrhea to my son, at least like the ones that are commercially sold and advertised. This is to make sure that whatever toxins he ingested, if any, would be out of his digestive system. So we actually have to weather these episodes. Hydrating is the key word! Well, my son likes Gatorade than the oral hydrates available, so I gave in to this rare occasion....and as always aqua! :-) 

Bear Brand Probiotic Drink in Strawberry Flavor

Monday, January 3, 2011

♥Korean Stew Budae Jjigae♥

Annyeonghaseyo! ✌ (is the formal way of saying Hello in Korean!) I just had another good's actually DIY (Do It Yourself) Korean Lunch --Japchae and Budae Jjigae!♨ Heaven!

After a visit to Chuk Buk, my favorite Korean Store in Angeles City. I got Kimchi, glass noodle and shitake mushroom. I'm all set! :-)...In the end, my Japchae was okay, so so!... I think I overcooked my noodles! :-(... but my Budae Jjigae was almost as close to Salt's version! :-) 
Hotel Vida Salt' Budae Jjigae

Salt is the restaurant of Hotel Vida. My family loves hanging out in the hotel for swimming, gym and dining. We all have our own favorites in Salt. My son's enjoys eating the Frankfurter Sandwich, of course mine is Budae Jjigae. :-) The Kimchi of Salt is also one of my favorite Kimchi vs. various the Korean restaurants and other commercially sold that I tried. Salt's Kimchi is aged perfectly...salty, sour & hot! :-)...I do love my Korean dish hot & spicy! ✌

Prettify Me by E-derm

Happy New Year! :-) ♫♬I feel pretty!  Oh so pretty!♪♩♬

E-Derm Skin Care Services
Thankfully my January 3, my first Monday of the year turned out better than last night! Let's just say that I got addicted to something yesterday that was really a waste of money and energy, although it provided me a momentary adrenaline rush! I totally got ripped off! :-(...okay, I'm totally moving on!

Going back, I feel like singing and officially starting my year by getting a diamond peel! Lucky me!!! ... the best part, it's for free! :-) Well, thank you Vida Circle Club for  your thoughtful token of appreciation!

I tried getting Diamond Peel for 3 different beauty clinics, one was even from a dermatologist in The Medical City...and the Diamond Peel of E-Derm, which was valued for Php 1000 ($23) by far now tops my list!!! :-)
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