Kids Happy Time Playground

Report cards are out and the kids did well. They deserve a treat! What more can a kid ask for? Playtime! Afraid of the huge influx of people in the usual malls, hubby decided to find a place where there will likely be lesser kids.

He found Kids Happy Time Playground which is located in Venice Grand Canal Mall!

And the best thing about it? Metrodeal is selling a voucher for it! Upon checking the availability of slots for weekend playtime, we purchased coupons to use.

For Php 249 instead of Php 399 for 3 hours, a kid and an adult companion will be allowed to enter the play area.

The kids had a super fun time doing obstacle courses, sliding, racing and whatever they could think of!

Upon entering, you will be directed to your locker space and this is also where you will leave your shoes. Bring socks so you don’t have to buy from them anymore!

The whole area is Under The Sea Themed, with touches of Pirates of the Carribean.

There is a ball pit!

Some bridges!

For the littler ones.

A racetrack!

A Merry Go Around!

Ball Swings and a trampoline!

Mini Houses.

Building Blocks area.

Some slides and a ball pit!

They also have a Sand Pit but with plastic seeds instead of real sand.

Aside from the play area, a child can have different creative activities too! But with fees!

It’s nice for kids 8 yrs old below. The space is big enough. I like it because it’s not crowded. The place is padded too!

A fun way to let the kids be themselves, run around and be free!

Be sure to check Metrodeal first before heading there and to also call first to ask for Metrodeal Voucher schedule.

Our kids deserve to have fun and it shouldn’t be expensive! ūüĎĆ

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Voucher Review: Nuat Thai Anti-Stress Royal Massage + Foot Reflexology

This massage date with hubby was supposed to be last week, but since we didn’t make an appointment and reserve a slot, Nuat Thai 500 Shaw Branch can’t accommodate us anymore.¬† So, I set an appointment for today.

We got here at 3 pm. We were called in after 5 minutes or so.¬† I like that Nuat Thai wash a client’s feet before starting any massage.¬† It’s situated right after the reception area.¬† I feel very clean.

After washing, we were sitted in the foot reflexology area.  The chair is reclined and you put your feet up in a soft ottomon-like chair. 

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I feel very comfortable as the masseuse does reflexology on my very tired feet.  Oh, it feels so good!

I am getting so sleepy… “Zzzz…. Zzzz… Zzzz…”

The whole reflexology part focuses on your feet up to your lower legs. I don’t know how you call what they did, they press the pressure points really hard so it releases tension.¬† A must try!

After around 20 minutes of reflexology, we were told to transfer to our respective rooms.  This is how it looks.

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Like their Traditional Thai Massage, they do the massage on the floor.¬† So I asked Sophia if the Anti-Stress is just like the Thai Massage. I actually didn’t hear her answer as she whispered it.

Anyway, I have to tell you!!! This is one of the BEST massages I ever had!!! It’s a combination of Swedish (oil is used), Thai (stretching at the end) and the Pressure Point thingy.¬† The massage lasted an hour and a half.¬† It’s that long!¬†
Every now and then, I kept on thinking, we are almost done. And then Sophia will tell me to sit or to lie or change into a different position. 

What I liked about the massage was that it focused on the catch basin of our body stress, which is the shoulders, the back and the legs.¬† In the Philippines, we have this thing called “Lamig” which is caused by stress on the shoulders.¬† She really pressed and knuckled it all away!¬† My back’s a little sore now from all the rubbing and knuckling, but hey, I am still feeling good and I am pretty sure my body thinks so too!

I remember letting out Oohhsss and Aaaahhs as Sophia stretched my whole body and I hear my bones crackling!  That felt so great!

I’m definitely going back for another Anti-Stress Royal Body Massage!¬† Another good thing about this, we got this on a super deal from Ensogo!¬† Half the price at Php375, instead of Php550 for the Body Massage and another Php300 or so for the Foot Reflexology.

Isn’t it the best deal ever? So sulit! So worth it!!

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Voucher Review – Metrodeal – Kid’s Workshop

When: June 14, 2013

Where: 2nd Flr, Shoppesville Arcade, Greenhills Shopping Center

What: Unlimited Play Pass

Price: Php 149.00 Valued at Php 385.00 / savings Php 236.00

Groupon Site: Metrodeal / Deal Here

Daphne enjoyed going to the Kid’s Workshop. ¬†She got so excited she made a mess! ¬†Read about it here!

She didn’t even want to go home! ¬†The Ate there needed to turn off the lights, so that Daphne will see they are closing already!

I like the Kid’s Workshop! ¬†It’s bigger than we expected. ¬†It’s not like the other play areas we’ve been to! ¬†Here, a kid can make her imagination go wild. ¬†They can play make believe games with all the things they can do here, not just go jumping!

There are cars (Little Tikes brand) that they can ride and they even have a gasoline station where you can gas up!  photo 1(2)

There’s a kitchen corner ¬† complete with a refrigerator and a cooking station. ¬†It also has plates and other utensils. ¬†The refrigerator has plastic fruits and vegetables.

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There’s a ironing board also equipped with an iron, hangers and clothes. ¬†A child can iron her own clothes!

They have an area for art activities too! ¬†It’s too bad there were no more teachers when we were there. ¬†Because it was raining, the teachers went home early. ¬†Could have done a lot of painting! ¬†And I also think that they have sing and dance activities too, like Gymboree Style – Parachute, if there were teachers and some more kids around. ¬†There’s only 1 kid that time, and she’s about 1 year and a half. ¬†Not a suitable playmate for Daphne. ¬†Oh, there are also wooden rocking horses they can climb on!

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There’s an area too with the usual pool with balls! ¬†Beside this, there’s a little house and a tunnel with soft material! ¬†In this area, there were bookshelves with books and some puzzles!

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On the 2nd floor, there are computer gaming stations.  Beside the gaming station is the reading area!  A lot of books fill the book shelves!  A little further down the aisle, you will see a mini room with 2 lego tables.  On the shelf near it are 2 big boxes of blocks.

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For the hyper kids who want some physical activity, there are 2 slides and a hanging bridge! ¬†There is also a barrass where you can go monkeying around! ¬†They also have an anchor wheel you can spin if you think you’re a pirate! (just like what Daphne did) ¬†There’s also a mini rock climbing ramp and a rope ladder!

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Overall, I would rate Kid’s Workshop 8 out of 10! ¬†The area is really conducive for children’s physical and mental activity. ¬†However, the 2 points will go to lack of safety foams for the areas with wood material. ¬†Like under the hanging bridge and the rock climbing ramp. ¬†They should put safety foams so that kids can’t bump their heads there. ¬†At the very least, when they do bump their heads, it’s soft and not as hard as a wood!

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Happy baby and a happy mommy!

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Voucher Review – Metrodeal – Mom & Me Event

When: May 25, 2013

Where: Rockwell Tent

What: Mom & Me Event (All Inclusive 1 Day Pass)

Price: Php 350.00 Valued at Php 499.00 / savings Php 149.00

Groupon Site: Metrodeal / Deal Here

I wasn’t here on Mother’s Day because I was out of the country with my colleagues. ¬†I thought it would be nice to go to an event where my daughter and I could bond. ¬†My hubby bought us the tickets to the event. ¬†We chose to go on a Saturday.

I liked the programme for Day 1 compared to Day 2.

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Well, anyway, Daphne was really excited to spend the day with me.  When we get to Rockwell, we proceeded to the Tent and left Denise and Daddy with my in-laws inside the mall.

This is Daphne before the Entrance Arch.  Look how happy she is.

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 When we got inside, the first thing she saw was the Gymboree Play Area, so we proceeded there.  She played happily until her time was up.

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We had our picture taken at the Portrait Booth, I though we would be given a copy, but I was told that we could see it on the website. ¬†Until now, I haven’t seen our picture. ¬†I already forgot what website we should check. ¬† Anyway, I loved the set up on the other side of the booth, so I went back and took some photos of Daphne. ¬†Although she wouldn’t cooperate, I still took them.

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We went around and check out the booths, I really wasn’t into shopping that day. ¬†The main reason I went was to have some bonding activity with Daphne. ¬†So when she saw the Face Painting booth, she immediately told me she want one. ¬†I never let them paint Daphne’s face, I usually have her hands or arms painted. ¬†I don’t know if they even clean the brushes they use diba? ¬†I wouldn’t want to take the chance. ¬†The line is kinda long already, so we just waited and fall in line.

Then I saw the Rebisco booth and they have a new product. ¬†It’s called the Bibibons. ¬†To know more about this product, click here. ¬†They are having a free taste so I got one and gave it to Daphne who is still falling in line patiently. ¬†It tasted good, these are actually cereal crackers pala. ¬†You can eat it as is or you can mix it with some hot water and it will melt easily and turns into a cereal. ¬†Daphne liked it so I bought a pack for her. ¬†Denise can also eat it too when she gets the go-signal from her pedia.

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It’s finally time for Daphne to get her hand painted. ¬†I just told the Ate Painter to paint Mickey Mouse on her hand. ¬†It turned out to be a Black Mickey! ¬†It’s really funny! ¬†Well, as long as she’s happy with it, then any kind of Mickey is fine with me!

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About this time, the main activity area was already starting with the programme. ¬†I pushed Daphne to join the Taekwando Activity but she just stood there and watched the other kids. ¬†When Regine Tolentino and her pretty kid dancers danced, Daphne didn’t want to participate also. ¬†She just stood there and watched them. ¬†Then she told me, “Mommy, let’s go find Daddy and Shobe na, and Ahma and Koko too! Shobe is hungry na!” ¬†Shobe is her younger sister. ¬†Ahma is my mother in law and Koko is my sister in law. ¬†When she said that my baby number 2 is hungry already, I knew that she wanted out of the event already! ¬†She’s already tired and she’s contented with the activities she’s done already.

Overall, I would rate the event as 6 out of 10. ¬†I thought it was a big event since they are charging a person Php 499.00 for the entrance. ¬†But it wasn’t that big of an event, even the booths aren’t as many as the previous events I attended. ¬†For the Php 350.00 we paid, it was just okay. ¬†I just hope that the organizers of such events will make what we pay worth it. ¬†Value for money!

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Voucher Review – Ensogo – Nail Files

When:  April 13, 2013
Where: Nail Files Wilson Greenhills Branch
What:  90-minute ultimate Hand & Foot Package: Foot & Hand Spa + Foot & Hand Scrub + Foot & Hand Reflex + Callus Removal + Mani-Pedi with upgraded polish
Price:  Php 349.00 valued at Php 1,100.00 / savings Php 751.00
Groupon Site: Ensogo / Deal Here
 
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I bought this deal a long time ago, I was still pregnant then.  I needed to pamper my hands and feet, I thought!
 
The baby came and so much has happened, I wasn’t able to find time to use it. ¬†Until the voucher was about to expire, I didn’t have a choice but to fit it in my schedule. ¬†One Saturday night, my loving husband dropped me off at the Greenhills Wilson Branch. ¬†Of course, I made a reservation already. ¬†We all know that deals like these, a reservation is almost as important as the deal itself.
 
The branch was located at 2nd Floor, I got up the stairs, walked a few steps and a small door at the end of the hallway greets you.  When I went in, no one is inside yet.  This is how it looked like.  A cozy and dim place to relax and unwind.
 
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I love their interior, the colors lavender and apple green help you achieve that calm state. ¬†After I gave my voucher, I immediately settled in and took my spot for the night. ¬†So many fluffy pillows to use! Used it to prop my head! Here’s my smiling face.
 
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I waited a few minutes.  Then it was time to start the pampering!  They soaked my feet in the foot spa machine.
 
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While it’s soaking, the Nail Files staff started with the Hand Scrub. ¬†I wasn’t able to take a photo of it. ¬†She scrubbed my hands till the half of my arms. ¬†It was so-so. ¬†Not really as good as it’s supposed to feel like.
After the Hand Scrub is the Hand Reflex, just like the Scrub it wasn’t something explosive. ¬†She just massaged the hands.
 
About this time, there was a family who walked in and everyone chose a Foot Spa Package, except for the little girl about 6 or 7 year old who chose the Kiddie Manicure. ¬†So cute because all four girls were with their dad. ¬†Then, a voucher holder like me came in with her hubby. ¬†The place was jampacked and what’s funny was there were only 3 staff to accommodate and do everyone’s nails! Imagine that! ¬†It was a mess!
 
Fortunately, I was the first one to arrive, so I was the priority.  They do me first in every step of the way.
 
After soaking my feet, it was time for my feet to be scrubbed. ¬†This one’s a little better than the Hand Scrub. ¬†But I felt that the staff is hurrying because there were people waiting. ¬†They covered my feet with a towel after.
 
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Same process with the Hand Scrub, after it was the Foot Reflex.  It was more like a Soft Massage.  
 
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Time for the Mani and Pedi!  They stayed true to their package, it comes with upgraded polish.  You can choose from a variety of colors from different brands like LA Colors, The Face Shop and Orly.  You can also choose from different designs of  nail art.  
 
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I chose a pink hue from the Orly Brand.
 
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I forgot to take a picture of my hands and feet after. But I took a photo now of my feet and the polish is still ok!
 
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As for my hand nail polish, I just removed it yesterday.  But I still love the after effect, no yellow nails even after 2 weeks, no cracked end and my nails still look good even without the polish!
 
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So there, still happy overall! ¬†If you’ll ask me, I’ll definitely go back, but not for the spa package anymore, I’ll just go for their mani pedi combo! Rating’s 8 of 10! See you soon Nail Files!
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Voucher Review – Groupon – Tory Burch Ella Tote Bag (The Bag that never Came)

When:  February 1, 2013

Where: Online Shop

What:  Tory Burch Ella Tote Bag

Price:  Php 5995.00 valued at Php 10,650.00 / savings Php 4,655.00

Groupon Site: Groupon Philippines / Deal Here

 

This is the story of the bag that never came!

Delivery was supposed to start February 15, and would end 10 working days after that.  Scheduled delivery ended, still NO BAG!

During those times, I had to attend to something more important.  I totally forgot about the bag until about a month later.  I was out of the country when I remembered so I asked my husband if the bag was delivered while I was away.  He answered no.  When I returned to the Philippines, I immediately called up the Groupon hotline to follow up the delivery of the bag.

I was able to talk to TJ and he wasn’t sure where my bag is, because according to their records, it has been dispatched to the courier already. ¬†I made a request to trace the whereabouts of the bag. ¬† After all, I have a right to demand about the bag since I already paid it in full the moment I made the purchase more than a month ago!

TJ was very accommodating, though he really should be to a complaining client like me, he promised to give me a call or an email when he gets an answer from their courier. ¬†A few days passed, no advise from him yet, so I resorted to email this time. ¬†Another CST, Denise, replied to my inquiry. ¬†She told me she will check. ¬†After this, I followed up (again) with TJ, and it turned out that the bag was out of stock already. ¬†I got angry because if I didn’t made a complain, they wouldn’t Inform me that the bag I already PAID for almost 2 months already won’t be delivered! If I totally forgot about my purchase, then my money will be theirs for the taking!

TJ knew that I was really in a bad mood!  He immediately offered me a refund, and that he will expedite its return to my mode of payment, which is credit card.  According to him, it usually takes 30 or more days for a refund to take effect, but in my case, I will only have to wait for a few days.

True to his words, it was refunded immediately to my credit card.  When I called up my credit card company a few days after, it was already effected.  I was able to heave a sigh of relief when I got a confirmation from my credit card company that I do have a refund coming in from Groupon.

Then that was when I got an email from Denise that my bag was out of stock already, so I just replied to her that it was already refunded.

At least, it was good to know that Groupon has a good after sales service.  Though, I also needed to push them to make them move, I still got my money back.

And come to think of it, I really don’t feel the bag anymore. ¬†Get what I mean? ¬†*wink*wink*

Ps. I was more excited about the other Bag I bought, the Kate Spade Cobble Hill Little Minka. ¬†See my next post! ūüôā

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Voucher Review – Ensogo – Buffet 101

When:  February 1, 2013

Where: Buffet 101 at SM By the Bay or Robinson’s Magnolia

What:  Lunch Buffet with Drink All You Can

Price:  Php 550.00 valued at Php 699.00 / savings Php 149.00

Groupon Site: Ensogo / Deal Here

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Voucher Review – Metrodeal – Mary Pauline Salon

When:  February 1, 2013

Where:  Mary Pauline Salon in Kalentong, Mandaluyong City

What:  Full Hair Color with Treatment, Trim, Wash and Blowdry

Price:  Php 549.00 valued at Php 3,500.00 / savings Php 2,951.00

Groupon Site: Metrodeal / Deal Here

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I had 3 hours worth of salon pampering! I love my new hair, my new hair color Рmy new look!  This deal is so worth it!

I chose this salon because it’s¬†just a 5 to 10 minute drive from our house.¬† Being a mom to a 1 and a half month old baby, I couldn’t go somewhere far.¬† I took the risk of not knowing if the hairstylist was good enough.¬† All I wanted¬†was to have my hair cut in a new style and have it colored.

I knew that the salon’s newly opened.¬†¬†We always pass by it when we’re on our way home from Greenhills.¬†¬†When I called yesterday to make my appointment, the one who answered my call made it¬†easy.¬† I called up¬†earlier today¬†to change my¬†schedule into a¬†later¬†hour, afraid that I¬†might¬†be scratched off my appointment.¬† Again, the¬†one who answered didn’t make it hard for me.

I was really excited when I left the house.  I have with my Itouch a picture of the hairstyle I want.  I have in my mind the hair color I want.  When I got to the salon, I was greeted with smiles. The owner was on her way out, but she also gave a sweet smile.  

¬†I gave my voucher and showed my ID.¬† After that, I was asked by the senior stylist what color I prefer.¬† He suggested to mix 2 shades, and I loved how it turned out.¬† Not so loud blonde, but not so dull brown.¬† It’s just the right mix.

After choosing my hair color, I showed him the hairstyle I want.¬† He agreed and he asked one of the staff to shampoo my hair.¬† He cut my hair slowly and tediously, I’d think.¬† He made sure that the ends of my hair are cut evenly.¬† I liked his style actually.¬† We proceeded with hair color.¬† Applied the dye in 2 steps.¬† First, only the “body” of my hair was covered.¬† Second, he applied all over the hair till the “roots.”¬† Waited for around an hour for this to finish.¬† After this, my hair was rinsed, shampooed and applied treatment.¬† Came with head massage also.¬† Chit chatted for awhile with the one massaging my hair.¬† I got back to my seat and my hair was blow dried.¬† He made the final trimmings and voila! I love my new look!

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I would definitely recommend this salon.¬† Not only do they have a¬† nice and clean salon, they also have¬†friendly staff who provides good service.¬† It’s worth all the¬†moolah¬†you’ll spend.¬†Stars for them? 5 of 5

PS. Had to pay additional Php 100.o0 for the hair cut, because what’s included in the deal was only a trim.¬† This was agreed upon before we started.¬† Php 549.00 + Php 100.00¬†= Php 649.00, the amount is still a steal.¬†

 

 

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