We moved

I just want to thank everyone who visited and followed this blog for the past 3 years… now that we moved to our new home… I’d like to invite you to visit us there, follow and witness our trying hard moments towards a minimalist lifestyle. 🙂

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I will migrate and update most of my posts here and put it on our new family blog so we’ll not miss our favorite stories and we’ll try to write new posts to document our precious Memories and Everyday Life.

Thank you once again and Merry Christmas! 🙂

Mel

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What’s New at Museo Pambata

New Museum Hours starting August 18

Maglaro at magsaya sa Museo Pambata! Please take note of our new admission hours starting August 18, 2015 (Tuesday).

Be Disaster-ready with MP Grab Bags
Prepare yourself when calamity strikes with a grab bag. This bag contains essential items for emergency situations. You can store this bag in an easy-to-grab place in your house or in your car.

Grab Bags are available at the Museo Pambata Pasalubong Shop. For bulk orders and inquiries, please e-mail us at info@museopambata.org

Php 50 off admission fee coupon
Before you visit, print out the coupon below and get a Php 50 discount on our entrance fee. One coupon is valid for 5 people.

Museum hours from Tuesday to Saturday is 9AM to 5PM and 1 to 5PM during Sundays.

Admission fee is 150 pesos for children and adults with special discounts for group tours. Manila residents with valid IDs are free on Tuesdays and can enjoy 50% off on other days.

Coupon is valid only until August 31, 2015.

The ultimate buffet experience from Citi Credit Cards and Vikings

Enjoy an exclusive 25% off when dining at Vikings and paying with your Citi Credit Card from now until September 30

Manila – True to its reputation as the leading provider of dining privileges, Citi credit cards celebrate its 25th anniversary of leadership by partnering with Vikings, the country’s largest non-hotel buffet restaurant, to reward its loyal customers with the ultimate buffet experience.

From now until September 30, 2015, Citi is giving a 25% discount on daily buffet at select Vikings restaurants when you dine in groups of 5 adults or more and pay using your Citi credit card.

“In line with our 25th anniversary, we’re putting the spotlight on the Filipino’s innate love for enjoying hearty meals with family and loved ones. We can’t think of a better way to reward our cardholders than by treating them to an irresistible offer at one of the country’s most-loved buffet dining destinations,” shares David Stoughton, Credit Payment Products Director for Citi.

Vikings has become synonymous with lavish eat-all-you-can buffet dining experience. Featuring a stylish ambiance with multinational themes, Vikings restaurants feature a wide array of mouth-watering selection of international cuisines from across the globe, especially prepared by a team of world-class chefs. Participating Vikings branches include SM Jazz Mall Makati, SM Marikina, SM City BF Paranaque, and SM Davao.

“It is a privilege to tie up with the country’s leading foreign bank Citi, which shares the same thrust in providing rewarding dining offers to its customers, in the same luxurious manner as we do.This partnership brings a lot of opportunities for us to reach to a wider market and offer our wide variety of delectable dishes from around the globe. Apart from offering great food, we take pride in providing top-of-the-line service and fine ambience, ensuring that every guest is having a delightful experience in our restaurant,” says Vikings Marketing Director Charles Lee.

While dining at Vikings is already an amazing dining experience, Citi has also launched a host of dining, travel and accommodation deals in some of the country’s top hotels and restaurants to ensure that the celebratory mood for its 25th anniversary continues year-round. Here are more irresistible offers:

  • Indulge in a 25% off on regular weekday lunch buffet at Four Seasons Hot Pot City, SM Mall of Asia.
  • Get 65% off for a 3-day, 2-night stay at Bellevue Resort Bohol for stays until December 19, 2015.
  • Grab 50% off for a 3-day, 2-night stay at Discovery Shores Boracay, 60% off for an overnight on Sundays to Thursdays at Discovery Country Suites, 55% discount for an overnight stay during weekends at Discovery Primea, 50% discount for an overnight stay at Discovery Suites, and 50% off for an overnight stay at Club Paradise Palawan, all valid for stays until December 30, 2015.
  • Get P2,500 off on your first booking at Airbnb through the Airbnb app or airbnb.com/citiph using your Citi card.
  • You can also enjoy exclusive discounts at Agoda, as much as 10% on select weekends, through http://agoda.com/Citibankph.
  • For that sweet tooth, get 6 free Original Glazed doughnuts at Krispy Kreme when you buy 6 Original Glazed doughnuts using your Citi Rewards points.

With Citi, experience the best of dining, travel and accommodation no other financial partner can offer.

For more information on Citi’s 25th anniversary deals, visit https://www.citibank.com.ph/25years or call the 24-hour CitiPhone Hotline at 995 9999.

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A Timely Press Release – Smart and Easy Travel Tips You Have to Know

Since we’re kicking off the year 2015 by a family getaway and load ourselves with Vitamin Sea (term taken from Chyng Reyes), this is the best reminder for us… and for all of you this season. Happy Holidays! 😉

The most seasoned travelers can attest–it’s really the little things that make the biggest difference when you’re exploring new territory. A few upgrades here and there and the necessary nuisance of going through airport security or going for a long-haul journey becomes a breeze; you might even get a couple of perks along the way.

From coach to business class

If you want to get upgraded from your cramped coach seats up to roomier business class, then you have to dress the part. Sure a t-shirt and flip-flops might be comfortable for your flight, but the airline will be less likely to put you with their top paying clientele if you don’t look the part.

From deluxe rooms to suites

The only time tardiness might actually be worth something. Checking in later in the afternoon or even evening gives hotel front desks a better idea of their occupancy; which means asking for an upgrade at this point might be more feasible. Remember to be polite (you are boldly asking for an upgrade, after all) and do so when there are no other guests around.

From casual to cosmopolitan

It’s hard to be fashionable when you’re essentially trying to fit a week’s worth of outfits into a single suitcase while making sure they’re comfortable, but it is possible. For instance, bring flat shoes that run a half size bigger (feet swell while on air and you’ll need the respite from all that walking), bring clothes that you can layer depending on the weather, try to keep your color palette strictly basic—blacks, whites, navys and nudes are easy to mix and match.

From falling into tourist traps to taking the road less travelled

Smart travellers know that most popular tourist destinations are expensive and sometimes, not even all that interesting; so try going for the road less travelled. If you absolutely have to or want to go to a popular tourist destination, go on a weekday and at a weird hour to minimize lines.

From holding up security lines to breezing through

Here’s a quick tip on how to make sure you don’t bumble through the security checks—place your shoes (and coat) on the first bin, your laptop and liquids in the second bin, and your purse or carry on in the third. As you wait for your things on the other side, your shoes and coat come out first giving you time to grab your bag and place your laptop back inside. Also, it pays to not wear belts and thigh high lace up boots to the airport.

From being unprepared to staying healthy

Travellers who have to share cabin space with 100 other humans who could possibly have cough and colds have to arrive at their destination healthy. It’s no fun exploring a new city when you’re running a flu, nursing a cold and dealing with a cough.

Before you go on a Vitamin C binge though, you have to know that it’s not advisable to double-up on your vitamin C dose. Our bodies our only capable of absorbing up to 400g, so anything more than that, will do nothing to boost protection for your immune system.

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Instead, pop one capsule of Conzace to stave off germs and viruses from fellow passengers. Conzace multivitamins is proven to activate more immunity cells than plain Vitamin C.  And when your immunity is in top shape, you can better manage illnesses – allowing your body to prevent catching common viruses or recover faster if you do fall ill.

It’s available per piece and only for P12.40 per capsule, but when you’re trying to keep yourself healthy for a cross-Atlantic journey, you might as well keep a generous stock. Conzace is also easily available from all major drugstores and supermarkets over the counter.

Finally, here’s an added plus, the zinc and vitamins A, C and E, which all contain anti-oxidants, also help in maintaining great skin.

White sand, new bag and cancelled flight

We’re supposed to visit the wonderful island of Boracay last week… an all-expense-paid trip by our generous boss. 🙂 We’re very excited and my bag is so ready to go.

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My perfect bag for this island getaway was a gift from a friend. These bags are made by retrenched sewers in their community (how noble is that?). I don’t know how much it is (well, it is a gift), but I can ask her in case someone out there is interested to buy. Let’s support a nice product for a great cause. 😉

But since typhoon Ruby went island hopping here in the Philippines last week, our flight was cancelled due to bad weather condition (force majeure). Well, it’s better to be safe, so I really thank Cebu Pacific for being pro-active in cancelling flights (though it seems that weather is fine here in Manila).

Of course, we re-booked our hotel accommodation and our flights… well that’s a whole different story, a tiring and stressful story to tell… so let’s just skip that one and go straight to the things that I’m looking forward to our coming vacation… an awesome way to start the year 2015. 🙂

Puka Beach

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We really love this beach (yes, including my boys)… less crowd, less noise, just pure lovely beach… I can’t wait to be back here.

Tilapia and Chips

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I told you already that I am no-food-blogger-material (here), so please pardon my photo here… but I think this would clearly show how much we enjoyed the food at Tilapia and Chips. Their deep-fried-butterfly-cut tilapia is the best…yummmy. 🙂

Tangled all the way

Since, I’ve deprived myself from haircut for quite a long time (I’m preparing for a BIG hair make-over), I would love to have an elaborate braided hair at the island and be Mrs. Dreadie. Right honey? 😉

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My first encounter – Washoku De Azabu

I envy the temperament of food bloggers… they have the patience to wait and take pictures of the sumptuous food before finally digging in… well, I don’t have that. As soon as the food is in front of me, I just say grace and I devour. Haha!

But last month, my husband invited me to try this newly opened restaurant near his workplace. He said that the restaurant serves great Japanese food and it is the first here in Manila and they have a Japanese chef and most importantly, it’s his treat (it was his birthday weekend). So, I immediately said yes. 🙂

A few minutes drive from our place, Washoku De Azabu is at the 2nd Floor of BMW Showroom in Greenhills (along Ortigas Ave, cor Roosevelt). They have basement pay parking and is open even on weekends. The place is quiet, cozy and minimally designed (very Japanese) – i like it. Since they just opened last October (first week if I remember it right – blame it on the vegetable tempura), the wait staff are still learning the menu, but I appreciate their honesty and help in giving the details of the ingredients behind the menu.

OK, let me show you what we had, and I’m telling you, I had the hardest time. My husband had to call my attention several times to take a picture first before sampling the food. 😉

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Spicy Tuna Roll, a nice way to start the meal.

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Ramen (I forgot the exact name), but this is the QUEEN for me – better than the king! 😉

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Vegetable Tempura with a missing lady finger. Munch! Munch! And may I say that this is the BEST vegetable tempura I had so far. Though serving is quite small for me. Haha! 🙂

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Flat Fish, my son said this is so yummy. Let’s take it from him, he finished this dish with a bowl of steamed rice and soy sauce with lemon. 🙂

Not included in the picture are three cups of Japanese rice, an order of asparagus with bacon (I have my own version here), an order of bacon with quail eggs plus their complimentary tea, all of that for one thousand seven hundred pesos (1,700). Not bad for a great and authentic Japanese meal for the family.

See you again Washoku de Azabu. 🙂

Our Kid’s Workshop Experience

I’m going to be totally honest here… I have no idea what Kids Workshop has to offer. I don’t even know where they are exactly located, and so we need to ask three times to get to the place. I’m a trying hard minimalist remember?! Hence malls and shopping centers are not my kind of place, so please excuse me.

Since my son woke up at the wrong side of the bed that afternoon and is being his unusual self… we decided to brave the traffic and the crowd of Greenhills try Kid’s Workshop and hope that he would like it there… good thing we did because it’s an instant mood lifter.

In the middle of all the shops in Shopsville Greenhills, is a place called Kid’s Workshop where kids can have fun and do a lot of activities while adults are doing their shopping needs. Well, since we got there a bit late already, we decided to stay and check the place while our son is enjoying himself to a place meant for him to explore and enjoy.

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Arts and Crafts

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Cars

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And more cars

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Though I don’t frequent malls, I appreciate places like Kid’s Workshop wherein you can leave your child or children in their own bubble of enjoyment and safety while you are either running your errands or doing some well deserved shopping spree. A place wherein they can have fun, learn, play and be happy.
Thank you for Having us Kid’s Workshop.