Christmas Hacks

It’s one day before December and we are busy getting gifts for our loved ones. But it doesn’t mean that we can’t let our creative juices come in. We could also try to lessen the waste by reusing stuff found in our houses.

These are some of the Christmas hacks we did for this year’s gift giving season.

1) loombands gift tags

I am sure a lot of us has a stash of loombands somewhere in the house. Remember the year it was so IN?

My daughter’s gifts to her classmates are colorful pens and instead of wrapping it with gift wrappers and waste a lot of paper in the process, we thought of just putting mini gift tags on it.

We printed the gift tags on our stash of board papers at home, got the loombands out and voila, we got our own diy loombands gift tags.

2) old travel magazine gift wrapper

Another thing I decided to do is to use old travel magazine’s pages as gift wrappers. The item is a travel luggage tag and what more fitting than using paper with beautiful pictures on it.

3) reusing paper bags

From shopping and gifts from previous years, we have accumulated all sizes of paper bags. So I reused them for this year’s gifts.

Just put on some holiday tags and they are good to go.

I will be updating this post once I think of more Christmas hacks that could benefit not only me but the environment as well.

Thank you for your time! 😘

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EaTogether Food Hall by Vikings

If you have a big family, it’s really hard to decide on what cuisine to eat on a Sunday Family Day. Nothing to fret anymore as Vikings has already introduced EaTogether Food Hall. It’s a one stop fusion food hall with high tech self service ordering and paying counters.

This is not your usual food court, this place is actually a cool hang out place. The interior is very nice. They even have live music during weekend.

They offer different cuisines all in one food hall! And since Vikings is behind this great concept, you can be sure that food is of quality.

HAWKER LANE

Singaporean dishes await you here at Hawker Lane. Their fried rice and crispy noodles are good. The salt and pepper squid is tender and not chewy, the breading is not salty at all.

Salt and Pepper Squid and Fried Rice
Crispy Seafood Noodles
Sweet and Sour Pork with Peaches
Shrimp Pancake
Beef Brisket
Oyster Cake

JUST STEAK A MINUTE

This is where you will get your grilled stuff. The salmon is not proportioned to the rice. The rice is just too much. The salmon’s good though, it’s perfectly grilled and not toasted!

Food Display at Just Steak A Minute
Grilled Salmon
Grilled Pork Belly
Menu

SALAD & DESSERTS

If you want something healthy, you go directly to this stall. They have Salad in Bowls or in Wraps. They also serve bibingka and puto bumbong.

Puto Bumbong

Salad Bowl
Salad Wrap

JEEPNEY AVENUE

Filipino cuisine

L’ITALIANO

Pasta and Pizza carbo loading.

TONG YANG EXPRESS

Seeing those meat balls made me want to get a bowl and create my own shabu shabu meal. I controlled myself since I wanted to try Hawker Lane. Next time maybe.

SECRET CHICKEN

This stall is already closed when we arrived. Their cheesy chicken looks yummy. That’s something to try on our next visit.

MIEN BAO

If you’re craving for noodles and dimsum, this is where you should order.

DRINKS

They also have a separate stall for your drinking needs.

Another good thing about this place is their self service order and payment stations. Very high tech. Just press your choices into the machine and pay via your Vikings load, credit card, debit card or even via PayMaya.

Press press then tap tap! Easy right?

I love the concept of this food hall. Unlike other food halls, their prices are lower and the food they serve tastes good.

This is actually the 2nd EaTogether food hall. The other one is in SM Megamall. This branch is located at the 2nd floor of Uni Mart supermarket building at Capitol Commons.

Follow them on their Facebook page, Eatogether Food Hall, Capitol Commons for more updates.

See you there!

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Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone 21 Day Challenge – Part 2

Cheers to our 2nd week!!!

Day 8 – November 14, 2019 – Goal is 2 miles. Do 2 Miles from the 4 Mile Power Walk Workout

Day 9 – November 15, 2019 – Goal is 1 Mile. Do Fast Walk from the Tone Every Zone Workout

Day 10 – November 16, 2019 – Goal os 3 Miles. Do a 3 Mile Walk from the 5K with a Twist Workout – a 5K is 3.1 Miles.

Day 11 – November 17, 2019 – Goal is 1 Mile. Do Walk Off Fat Fast Workout.

Day 12 – November 18, 2019 – Goal is 4 Miles!!! Do 4 Miracle Miles!

Day 13 – November 19, 2019 – Goal is 1 Mile. Do 1 Mile Walk Party.

Day 14 – November 20, 2019 – Goal is 3 Miles! Do 3 Miles from the Walking Off the Pounds Workout.

1 more week to go and we have accomplished the 21 day challenge. Give yourself a pat in the back for doing so well.

Check out Part 1 of the Challenge.

Check out Part 3 of the Challenge.

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Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone 21 Day Challenge – Part 3

We are almost at the end of our challenge! Congratulations for working out straight for 2 weeks!

Day 15 – November 21, 2019 – Goal is 2 Miles. Do the Throwback Thursday 2 Mile Power Walk with Friends

Day 16 – November 22, 2019 – Goal is 1 Mile. Do 1 Mile from the Walk 15 Series.

Day 17 – November 23, 2019 – Goal today is 5 Miles!!! Do 5 Miles and Grab a Fitness Band.

Day 18 – November 24, 2019 – Goal is 1 Mile. Do 1 Mile Walk Concert from Miracle Mile.

Day 19 – November 25, 2019 – Goal is 3 Miles. Do the Walk to the Hits Radio Remixes

Day 20 – November 26, 2019 – Goal is 2 Miles. Do the 2 Mile Walk from the Walk Off Fat Fast Workout.

Day 21 – November 27, 2019 – Goal is 1 Mile. Walk with Family.

Congratulations for finishing the 21 day challenge. I am sure you’re pretty proud of yourself too! Because I am proud of myself!

Check out Part 1 of the Challenge.

Check out Part 2 of the Challenge.

Keep on Walking!

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Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone 21 Day Challenge – Part 1

I decided to do the 21 day challenge of Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone. I have been doing her workouts for the past weeks and I am enjoying every minute of it.

For most working moms like me, finding the time to go to the gym and exercise / work out, is really hard. Time’s not even enough at home. But I am fortunate to have discovered Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone. Check her videos out. Even a 5 minute walking exercise will make you feel light.

So here it is, I attached all the corresponding videos per day, if not the actual work out. Just play and walk. You don’t even have to search anymore.

We could do it mommies! 😉

Day 1 – November 7, 2019 – Goal is 2 miles. Do the Fast Walking in 30 Minutes.

Day 2 – November 8, 2019 – Goal is 1 mile. Do the 1 Mile Walk from the Miracle Miles Series.

Day 3 – November 9, 2019 – Goal is 2 miles. Do the Belly Blasting Walk – 2 miles with belly slimming moves.

Day 4 – November 10, 2019 – Goal is 1 mile. Do Easy BEAT – 20 min 1 mile walk.

Day 5 – November 11, 2019 – Goal is 3 miles! Do 3 Big Miles – Advanced Cut 45 minutes.

Day 6 – November 12, 2019 – Goal is 2 miles. Do 2 Mile Walk from the Walk 15 series.

Day 7 – November 13, 2019 – Goal is 1 mile. Do 1 Mile from the 5 Mega Miles Workout.

Happy Walking!

Check out Part 2 of the Challenge.

Check out Part 3 of the Challenge.

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The First Starbucks Store Ever!

Had the opportunity to visit the first Starbucks store ever! This is located in Pike Place in Seattle, USA!

Take a look at the marker!

I’m not that much of a Starbucks collector but I figured I was already there in Pike Place and there might not be another chance so off I go to line up!  We had to fall in line for an hour or so just to get in!

This branch is small compared to the Starbucks branches opening up all over the world.

 

Once you are inside, it’s like any other regular Starbucks store, the barista will simply take your order of drink and your choice of exclusive merchandise.  AND they have a LOT of merchandise!!!

 

 

The merchandise ranges from as low as $9.95 (Php 520.00) to as high as $99.95 (Php 5,200.00).

 

 

 

 

There were also some memorabilia inside the packed store!

 

 

It’s actually hard to get some good shots inside the store as the place is packed.  Once you are done with your purchase and have stepped out the door, there’s no going back.  Unless, you want to fall in line again!

 

 

Too much stocks of merchandise actually makes the store look cramped and unorganized.  You could see boxes everywhere!  But come to think of it, this is why the people actually go there!  Aside from getting a drink, it’s buying the souvenir merchandise that is more important!

Oh!  This ceramic Pike Place tumbler is what I got!

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ShopBack – The Smarter Way

Have you heard about this new app? It’s what I have been using for the past few months – for travel needs, for food orders and even for online shopping!

Before going to sites like Foodpanda, Klook, Shopee, Lazada or Booking.com, click the ShopBack app first. This way, all your purchases will have corresponding rebates. Rebates that can get as high as 30%!

WOW right!

Read on ↓↓↓ to start getting rebates

1) Download the ShopBack app. Click this link and open the world of rebates. It’s available in Google Playstore and Apple Appstore.

2) Sign up and get ready to earn rebates!

3) Go to the app or site of your interest. The percentage of rebate varies. ShopBack has a lot of affiliates and tie ups. From hotels, to airlines, to beauty brands, to online shopping platforms, to food delivery platforms – you name it, they got it!

4) Once you are in your chosen website, browse normally and purchase as you would. You could also use voucher codes. I usually get mine from Globe Prepaid. For every Php400.00 purchase, I get Php200.00 off! But that’s another story!

5) ShopBack will notify you that your purchase / transaction has been tracked.

6) A month or 2 after your purchase, your rebate will be credited to your ShopBack account. You can see below that some of my purchases have already been confirmed.

7) Once you reach Php200.00 on your ShopBack account, you can redeem and credit it to your bank account, free of charge! I have already withdrawn Php700.00 to date! I still have a few purchases either pending or tracked and once they are confirmed, I could withdraw again!

You could register an E-wallet from Paypal or your bank account from BDO, Metrobank or BPI for your withdrawal. It takes about a few days to get credited on your account.

It’s that easy! Just remember to click that ShopBack logo first before booking anything.

Oh and just a few reminders from ShopBack.

The amount eligible for rebates is net of the service charge, delivery charge, taxes and fees. It is also net of the voucher codes used.

I hope ShopBack could be rewarding to you as it has been to me! It is so easy to use. All your activities / transactions are recorded for your monitoring convenience.

Enjoy shopping!

Enjoy ShopBack – The Smarter Way!

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Taiwan 2019 Itinerary Day 3

Taiwan 2019 Itinerary Day 1

Taiwan 2019 Itinerary Day 2

Almost the end of our Taiwan 2019 trip. But hey, there’s more. We managed to book a late flight (8:30pm) through Eva Air. So we still have the whole morning and afternoon to explore Taipei.

To manage our time, we fixed our luggages and checked out of the hotel. But the luggages are left with them so we could roam around frelly.

Still using our unli train rides pass, we went to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall to see its beauty.

Our red colored shirts for the day matched the memorial hall’s blue and white shade.

We explored the museum for a while.

Then on to our next stop, the Taipei 101 building and Din Tai Fung, home of the best xiao long baos!

Quick lunch at Din Tai Fung. We were just lucky that when we arrived, there’s not much people yet. We got a table in 5 minutes. So be sure to arrive before 11 am. After we ate, the waiting time is already an hour!

Pitstop at the Taipei 101 to freshen up. Then back to the race to go to Longshan Temple.

Still have a few moments to explore some more the Ximending area.

Get our Tiger Sugar fix.

Get our chicken fix.

By this time it’s already our call time to go to the airport. Stuck our last minute hauls into our luggages and waited for our ride to the airport.

Goodbye Taipei! Until our next adventure!

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