Family Mode: Family Dice Games 2016

September 18th, 2016

Being Chinese New Year the biggest celebration in Chinese Calendar, this season known as the Mid Autumn Festival is next.  In Chinese Culture and Tradition, we celebrate the end of the “Ghost Month” to ward off bad vibes and unncessary spirits.  Aside from giving out different variants of mooncake, we also celebrate by playing dice games.

This Game is a game of chance that depends on the combination of your thrown dice.  Every combination corresponds to a level and prizes.  

Every year, around September or October, families and friends gather to celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival.  The day usually consists of a lunch or a dinner together, then a dice game afterwards.  

For our family, I usually take charge of what prizes to include in the game.  We just  set a budget per person then go from there. We deduct the budget for food and spend the rest for prizes.  This has already evolved, before, our prizes just consisted of hopias.

How to play?  It’s so easy.  There are a total of 6 dice.  You  throw it on a ceramic bowl and wait for the combination to appear. 

There are 6 levels of prizes: 

The Chong Guan is the highest of them all.  Minimum combination to get is 4 fours then it gets higher and higher. If you get 6 fours then you are a very lucky person as you could wipe all the prizes, but of course, too much of everything is bad.  So some break the bowl and just get the Grand Prize, then they continue the game for everyone to get the other prizes.

2nd Prize. Here you could either throw a combination of 3 each of 2 same numbers or a series of 1 2 3 4 5 6.

3rd Prize. The combination you need is 3 fours.  

4th Prize. You need to throw a combination of 4 same numbers (except four).

5th Prize. 2 of the easy ones to get. 2 fours.

6th Prize. The easiest of them all.  All you need is 1 four.

For a detailed post on how to play the dice game, read here.

So there! Go organize your own dice game now! It’s super easy to play and so fun!  For adults and kids alike!

Travel: Booking Daj Suites

September 13th, 2016

The first thing to do when going on a trip is to find a place to stay.  A comfortable and clean place where you can achieve the relaxation you want.  All the others follow.

Browsing through the hotels, the apartelles, the inns and what have yous made me so dizzy.  Good thing Daj Suites popped up when I was looking in Trip Advisor.  Not only did their competitive price got my attention, being a Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice hooked me!


Upon checking Daj Suites out (in pictures!), the place is something that suits my taste.  Clean, spacious, with wood accents, affordable, and especially this next one – it has so many good reviews!


I almost booked it using a hotel / travel app, but thought twice about doing so.  I then checked their own website and learned that booking directly with them is cheaper by Php500.00.

I decided to book online but chose to pay over the counter in a bank.  I was given 3 days to deposit my reservation of Php 1000.00.  Someone from Daj Suites texted me about the details of my booking and their bank details.

After depositing my reservation, I sent a copy of the deposit slip and they confirmed right away.  I received a text message with all the confirmed details of my booking.

I can’t wait for our mini vacation.  This is my little surpise weekend getaway to my hubby as we celebrate our 7th year together.

Travel: Renewal of Canadian Visa

September 13th, 2016

Previous months back, had an experience with applying online for a Visa.  I almost had a heart attack.  Read on my experience here.

Of course, mistakes of the past are meant to be lessons of the future.

One of our immediate family members needed to renew her Canadian Visa.  So I filled up her forms online, prepared the documents then submitted everything through the service provider which is VFS Global located at Chino Roces Avenue in Makati City.

What are the forms and documents needed for a renewal?  Kindly check out my list:

1) Application Form– IMM5257 (Application for Visitor Visa Made Outside of Canada)  It’s a 6 page application form you can download and fill up electronically

2) Family Relations Form – (IMM5645) – You will list all your immediate family members’ names and birthdates here.  And if they are travelling with you or not.  2 page form

3) Passport Info Page and Last Page.  

4)  Past Travels.  All the passport pages with travel stamps, especially those with Visas, expired or unexpired.

5) Letter of Invitation from someone in Canada.  This is optional.  

6) Bank Certification.  To prove that you have money to burn in their country.

7) Any property under your name.  To prove your ties with the Philippines.

8) Digital Photo

9) VFS Authorization Form

I already paid the Visa Fee online so there’ll be no hassle anymore when I go to VFS.  Once I got there, you just tell the guard that you’re for Canadian Visa then he’ll let you in.  Don’t worry about the long lines outside, they are for the other countries.  I went there as early as possible, before everything went chaotic, especially the traffic along Chino Roces!

Upon entering the next door, someone will ask for the purpose of your visit.  I told her I’m gonna submit some renewal docs, then she’ll check the passport and if you have brought a photo.

She’ll give you a number and buzz the door open. (Yes, it’s very secure inside!)

When you get in, there will only be a few people.  Filled up the delivery form then waited.  I got called within 5 minutes.  Since I made sure that I got everything needed, it was very easy for the assistant to process my docs.  She checked then asked for my payment.  A little over 1 thousand pesos is not bad.  Considering your passport will be couriered to you after visa has been stamped.

I was told that the passport will be delivered in 5 working days.

And we have it now.

No frills. Just Visa.

Family: EQ Dry Buddy Bag

September 7th, 2016

Hey mommies! EQ is at it again! And I was so excited, I already sent my entries before I wrote this post.  

As you see, I am an avid collector of EQ Dry Diaper Packaging and I always wait for times like this!  

Photo from EQ Diapers Facebook Page

This is the latest promo and you get this cute little animal bags for FREE! 

How it works?  How to do it?  Read on.  

With or without a promo, I always keep the diaper packaging of EQ Dry.  Depending on the size of the packaging, we can earn corresponding points.  

As for me, we always buy the jumbo pack as it’s the largest packaging available for the size we buy.  It’s convenient for us.  We automatically earn 3 points for each wrapper.
To redeem a buddy bag, you need to have 58 points. You can mix and match your wrappers if you have different packaging.

Before sending your entry, you must write the basic information needed.

Of course you have to include your top 2 choices of the buddy bag.  So I split all 4 designs into my 2 entries.

After that, you can either hand carry your entry to the JS Unitrade office or send it through mail.

I chose to send mine through a courier.

Now, I wait.  The company will send the Buddy Bags for free! Will post photos as soon as I receive them!

The promo is until December, 2016 so you have a lot of time to collect, prepare and send your entries.  You can send as many as you want.

Full mechanics here!

Family Mode: Neighborhood Game Cafe

August 16th, 2016

Everyone or at least most of us wants a chill out place that is homey.  One that will make you feel like you’re still at home but you’re not.  I found the place in the Banawe Area along Ubay Street.  Tucked in the neighborhood is a new game cafe that will let you eat, play and feel at home all at the same time. 

All photos above are grabbed from Facebook Page of Neighborhood Game Cafe.  Credits to the Owner.

Went there with our 2 daughters so all the games we played are for their age.  Good thing there was a lot of choices.

1) Tumba

This is a match and stack game.  The little blocks are sized just right for little hands to hold and stack.

2) Tumblin’ Monkeys

The idea of the game is to not let the monkeys fall off the tree as you remove the different colored sticks.  The player with the most number of monkeys at the end of the game loses.

3) Sumo King Wrestling

These 2 wrestlers can be controlled just like an RC.  Too bad the kids weren’t able to play with them because the battery always gets drained.

4) Gassy Gus

Each player will be give Food Cards with numbers in it.  Players take turns pumping the corresponding number in Gus’ stomach.  His stomach gets fuller and fuller until he can’t take it anymore.  When he lets the gas out on your turn, then you lose.  

5) Frozen Break the Ice Game

The player hammers the ice surrounding Ana.  Don’t let her fall!

6) Gas Out

Just like Gassy Gus, this lets out a fart when it reaches the number of pumps.

7) Jumpin Monkeys

Have to make the monkeys jump onto the tree!  They have this little jumping board. Practice your aim though!

8) Battleship

The classic battleship game I played with my cousins when I was young.  Teaching my daughters this game is like a trip down memory lane.

9) Fun Farm

For younger kids, match the squishy farm animals with the card drawn from the deck.

10) Games I don’t know the names of.  Kids enjoyed these games as well.

So much more to play and spending 5 hours is definitely not enough. 

Follow this map to go to the Neighborhood!

Food Trip: Oh My Bap Burger

August 12th, 2016

Impromptu movie date with hubby led us to an impromptu food trip at the Theatre Mall.  Many may not know that behind that huge facade of popular restaurants just outside Theater Mall, lies a food court filled with unique food ideas.

One of those is Oh My Bap Burger!  Check out their extensive menu and their very affordable prices.

When we saw this place, we got curious on what they are offering.  Korean Food in a Burger. Hmmm… 

I had Bulgogi Bap Burger (Php94.00) It is basically an order of beef bulgogi with rice.  But it’s not served ordinarily.  It will be served as a burger.

The rice they used is sticky rice, so that it will form as burger buns.  

The bulgogi was stuffed in between the rice burger buns.  I liked the taste of bulgogi, not too sweet and not too salty.  

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take a picture of the other bap burger as it was already devoured. Hubby’s order is Kimchi Bulgogi Burger.  Their kimchi is not spicy according to him.  It looked almost the same, except for the reddish orangey kimchi mixed with the beef bulgogi.

It’s very simple how they do it but that will be our secret for now.  You go and find out for yourself.

Food Trip: Meat Depot

August 8th, 2016

New concept.  New idea.  New place.

Meat Depot is it!  Somewhere along Banawe, you’ll see a black and white signage.  It says Meat Depot / Wholesale Retail / Better Meat Better Price.

It definitely says it all.  So what do we expect? I’ll take you through the experience.

Upon entering the shop, it looks like your regular meat shop. All four walls surrounded by huge freezers.  There’s also the production area where everything is prepared.

Aside from being a meat shop where you purchase and take your meat home, you can immediately devour and satisfy the carnivore in you by simply going to the 2nd floor and have your meat cooked.

You only need to go through 5 easy steps.

1) choose your meat
From the open freezer, there are a variety of meat.  It’s vaccuum sealed so it’s not messy.  It’s already priced according to its type.  Packed in different sizes as well.

2) fill out your order slip

After choosing, you can go to the next step.  Fill up a form (one per meat).  Write your name and type of meat. Choose how you want your meat cooked, they call it the level of doneness.  You can pick the kind of sauce as well and of course, the sides – which are all carbs anyway.

3) choose your drinks and pay

Proceed to the cashier and pay for your orders.  Take note though that on top of the price of the meat, there is a cooking fee of Php100.00 per meat. It’s a fixed price so no need to worry about their weight.

Wide variety of drinks are also available.  Pairing steak with wine is normal so they have 3 kinds for you to try.  They also have sodas and some coffee.  They also serve desserts.

4) get utensils, spices and water at the self service station

While waiting for them to cook your food.  Prepare your utensils, get some spices and a glass of water at the self service station.

5) claim your cooked meat

During Step 2, you should have gotten a number which you’ll use to claim your order.

For 3 persons, we are on beast mode.  Picked 5 kinds of meat: 3 pork, 1 lamb and 1 beef.  Posted according its likeability.

The chicharon bulaklak tastes good but lacks crunchiness.  Love the vinegar dip though.

Shouldn’t have ordered the bacon.  Not crispy because it’s grilled.  You can feel that you’re chewing the fats.

The beef is tender but there were some parts that are very very chewy.  

The Lamb Chops is up in my list.  Tender and meaty.  Sarap to the bones!

The Marinated Pork Chop is my favorite of all!  Tastier.  Meatier.  Just choose a packet that has lesser fats and you’re good to go!

Oh wait! The mashed potato is the bomb!  Freshly made with only pepper and salt.  No preservatives at all and surely not a pre mix! 

I like that they specified how to go through the process.  I also love the industrial, no frill set up.

I will be back.  There’s so many others to try.  Will still purchase that Porkchop though!

Check Meat Depot’s Facebook Page  or drop by their Instagram Page to see what I’m talking about. 

See you there!

Food Trip: Brad and Pit’s Ribshack

August 5th, 2016

New place to hang out.  Still in Kapitolyo.  I love this area.  A hub of old and new places for foodies like me.

Brad and Pit’s is my kind of place.  A little bit rustic, the walls full of chalkboard with sayings and what nots. This is a place for a good chill out time with family and friends alike.  I love the homey feel.  In fact, it really is a home turned into a dining place.  

One of the rooms features Coke Collectibles, an old typewriter and a vintage music player.

Started on appetizers.  True to its name, Mount Nachos is high up there.  Twisted the nachos with their rib sauce instead of the usual salsa.  The nachos were thin and super crunchy.  Even our kids can’t get enough of it.  

Kid friendly menu consists of Fish and Chips. This is also good for Fried Food Lovers.  Will surely get full with the big slice of fish fillet and a handful of fries.

We ordered Fettuccine Alfredo for the kids also.  Serving is not that huge. Maybe you could skip this. 

The mashed potato is good.  Not made of pre mix, plus the rib sauce adds a little bit of spice to it.

Of course, this is a Ribshack so we ordered 2 kinds of their Rib Mountain. You have a choice whether you like a few ribs only or as many as you could devour. 

The first one in the picture is the Dry Rub Rib Mountain, tender ribs encrusted with a special concoction of spices.

The other one is the Original Rib Mountain, tender ribs with original bbq sauce.
Both Rib Mountain comes with sides of corn and coleslaw.

If you want to see more of their menu, check this out.  There’s so much to try in their menu.  Plus the dessert list is something to look forward to.  

Brad and Pit’s Ribshack is located at 35 East Capitol Dr, Kapitolyo Pasig City.  They are on Soft Opening.  They are open Mondays to Sundays, from 12nn to 11pm. 

They also have another branch at Marikina.

Visit their Facebook Page, Brad & Pit’s Ribshack.

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