12 Monkeys

A night out with my co-mommies from my kids’ school! Well, you could say that the Titas are out tonight!

Decided to book a reservation with 12 Monkeys Music Hall and Pub at El Pueblo! Reminiscing about those days when I used to party here in El Pueblo!

Turned out we made the right decision to come here!

Side A Band will be playing. Though no Joey G anymore. I think there’s only 2 old members left.

To save our very precious time, dinner is also at 12 Monkeys. Arrived 8pm and there’s no one yet. We got the whole place to ourselves.

And even though I had a reservation, I was surprised that it is only in a regular high table and chair kind of table. We asked how much would we have to spend to be able to sit on the comfy couch and we were told it’s 6k. We figured it would just be enough since we will be spending for dinner, pica pica and drinks. So we got the comfy couch and we were given the front row couch! 😄

Food price is ok. Leaning on the expensive side at about 350 to 380 per plated meal.

Salad – √

Spam Fries – x

Bagnet – √

Hickory Pork Belly – √ for the taste

(though very rich in fats)

Vigan Porkchop – √

After dinner, just before the show started. We ordered a bottle of wine, Martini Rose. One of the best Martinis I tasted. Again, brings back great memories from high school.

Nachos tasted better without the sauce. Just the chips.

After the bottle of wine, having my staple drink from way back, Frozen Strawberry Margarita! My friends had Classic Margaritas and a Classic Martini!

And of course, what we came here for, live band music from Side A!

Really fun night. Chika during dinner. Music while band is playing. More chika in the car on our way home after Side A’s final set. 😂😄😍

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Namsanmai – Our Korea Airbnb Story

There are a lot of places for rent when you check Airbnb. It’s almost a matter of luck if you will get a good host and if the place you are booking will be just what the host says.

As for our Korea Trip this year, we had the best of both worlds as our host is very accommodating and helpful. He always answers my query. His place is just what he posted and everything worked out fine the whole time we were there.

Our group consisted of 12 people and the house fits us perfectly.

The house is located in Namsan and super close to Namsan Cable Car Station, more or less a 5 minute walk uphill.

On the other hand, to go to Myeongdong Shopping Area, you walk downhill for a few minutes and you will reach 2 of the exits of Myeongdong Station. When you go underground, there is an underground shopping area and when you cross it and go up the exit, you are already at Myeongdong Street. This is where the happening is at! More on Myeongdong in my next blog.

Back to the house, this is what I saw that caught my attention. This is the house’s floor plan.

So you see, there are 3 rooms. Room number 1 has 3 single beds that can sleep 3 people. Room number 2 has a double deck with pull out bed. So another 3 people could sleep. Room number 3 has 2 double queen beds which could sleep 4 people.

The house also has 3 toilet and baths. And heated water which definitely helped as the weather is so cold in the morning.

To give you a glimpse of the house, take a look.

The gate looked like it was taken straight from a Korean film.

Houses and condos in Korea have digital locks. You won’t be needing a key, the owner of the house (in this case our host) just gave us the password and that is what we used for the whole duration of the trip.

The kitchen / laundry area / dining area.

The living room has a comfortable couch. A big flat screen TV and WIFI!

Room number 1

Room number 2

Room number 3

The host also gave us supply of water and some chips. So nice right?

He also booked us our airport transfers to and fro the airport.

I loved our stay in his house and that I am recommending it to all my friends.

Oh, one important thing! The house is a tough walk uphill especially when you have shopped for a lot of things! So ready your legs! I do have a bright idea though, you could take the bus and alight at the bus station in Namsan Cable Car, which is on top. Then just walk downhill to your house.

Some more pictures of the house. ⬇⬇⬇

Pictures from Namsanmai’s Facebook Account

Also, the host was so nice to let us check in directly from the airport. We arrived in his house around 7am. Check in was supposedly 2pm.

The house has all the things you will need – from the toiletries to the towels to the glasses, cups and cooking pans – it is all there!

We were all really happy with our stay! 🙌👌👍👏

Go and check out Namsanmai at Airbnb!

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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! 👌

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Edu Blocks PH

For us parents, it is very important for our children to have the best of everything. We put them in good schools to have the best education. But it is only not inside the classroom that they could learn. At home, we could give them toys that will make them learn while having fun!

Edu.Play, a brand from Korea, brings Edu Blocks to the Philippines and it is fast becoming a hit to daddies, mommies and of course, the children.

Edu Blocks are huge building blocks which can let our kids’ imaginations run wild! With these blocks, they can build or create anything from their vivid imagination! Nothing is impossible with these colorful blocks!

There are 3 sets to choose from!

SET A – BUILD PLAY

It has 48 pieces of huge building blocks in assorted colors that the kids can use to build anything they could imagine!

Like this very colorful big dog!

SET B – GYM PLAY

This set has 29 pieces of blocks that we can form us balancing beams or obstacle courses. Mommies can also make use of these colorful blocks to build a display rack or a shelf to put our kids’ toys!

For intimate kiddie parties at home, Set B can be pretty useful.

SET C – ROLLING PLAY

This set consists of 29 pieces of blocks to build different modes of transportation!

They can roll away with whatever they will build!

If you buy all 3 sets, it will be so much fun as you could mix and match everything together!

What are you waiting for? Check out Edu Blocks PH at their Instagram page @edublocksph to know more about these blocks. You could also see the blocks in person as they go around Baby / Mommy Fairs so more people can benefit from this cool toy!

I also think that schools need to have these kind of blocks to enhance and nurture creativity of kids.

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Staycation at Luxent Hotel

For hubby’s birthday, I decided to give him a relaxing staycation in a nearby hotel. I searched and searched until I found a hotel in Traveloka.

Luxent Hotel is located in the heart of Quezon City, in the midst of restaurants, bars and cafes.

Christmas came early at the hotel.

Reindeers welcome you!

Garden Cafe

Offers Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Buffet at a reasonable price.

The Luxent Hotel Lobby

Lush Bar and Lounge

Share A Shoe Box

I love this #ShareTheLove drive of Luxent. Too bad we weren’t able to prepare when we went there. But I hope I could still bring some boxes before they give them out.

Our Room

2 Queen Beds

Spacious Bathroom

Shower Area

Saturday Night Traffic!

Pool Area

See Through Side of the Pool

After a long day of playing and night swimming, our princesses are finally knocked out.

I strongly recommend staying at Luxent Hotel. Not only because it is very near food establishments, but also because the service of the hotel staff is very commendable. They are friendly, accommodating and very reachable.

The room is very clean and so spacious. I got the room at Php4,000.00 and it is so worth the price. My kids were able to swim twice, during nightime and daytime. They also enjoyed the see through part of the pool.

We are definitely going back!

We are also eyeing Luxent as a venue for future events.

They have ballrooms and function rooms to cater to these intimate celebrations.

Luxent Hotel’s website is https://www.luxenthotel.com

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Another Baguio Adventure!

3rd time to go to Baguio this year and it still was an amazing adventure. Follow on and enjoy!

Day 1.

Our first stop was lunch at Canto Restaurant. Good thing we had a friend who reserved tables for us.

Food was great as always. I loved the pizza! Mashed potato tasted good as well. Ribs that day was kinda dry so I didn’t like it that much.

Canto is now located at a bigger venue. Right after you enter the city of Baguio. Our sumptuous lunch cost us about Php4,500.00.

After lunch, we checked in our hotel, Newtown Plaza Hotel. We booked this through Traveloka. Such an amazing view from our balcony.

We have also tried this hotel before. Check my review here.

After resting for a while, we finally had the chance to go out and enjoy the breeze.

Since we have a lot of kids with us, we decided to go straight to Burnham Park. Oh my! So many people that day! We rented bikes for the kids and they went around and around.

There were 2 smaller kids so us mommies needed to follow them around. Got hit again and again. Ouch! What mommies do for their children!

Bike Rentals – Php 50.00 / 30 minutes

After biking for what seemed like eternity, the kids got hungry!

Manong Taho was just around the corner. Strawberry Taho for everyone please!

We went back to the hotel to freshen up a bit then drove to Camp John Hay. We had reservations at Le Chef, a buffet restaurant inside The Manor.

Wasn’t able to take pictures of the food. Aside from the salads and the very fresh selection of other veggies, the food was just so so in my opinion. There wasn’t that much variety to choose from.

Anyway, it was about Php1000.00 / head, and I honestly think I paid for an entrance fee with a meal because the place was so beautifully decorated. The massive ground became a play area for our kids to run around freely.

Sorry but my photos actually don’t do justice to the sights.

We stayed until about midnight.

Day 2.

Breakfast was courtesy of the hotel.

It was a sunny day so we proceeded to Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad. 30 minute trip from Baguio City proper to the place. Again, so many tourists flocked the area, only to find out that strawberries are not in season and there were no more strawberries to be picked.

We just enjoyed the view. Had our photos taken. Shopped for some shirts. Bought some fruits.

Oh! We ate Strawberry Ice Cream to beat the scorching heat.

We hit the streets and returned to the City proper.

We found ourselves in The Forest House. It’s a cozy log cabin type of house converted into a fully functional restaurant.

Greeted by this very welcoming seating area with a chimney.

The resto was already clad in Christmas decor, making the place more warm.

What stood out again was the Salad. The bagnet was a kid favorite! Need to try the Lasagna Chips as well.

We went along to what the kids wanted – Horseback Riding! We chose to stay inside Camp John Hay. The volume of people was not as much as outside.

The 30 min ride set us back Php 150.00 per horse. Not that expensive, for the kids’ experiences and happiness were priceless.

Supposed to go to a forest hike but decided against it. We have a lot of kids with us and they might not be able to take the 1 hour hiking.

If you are an adventurous group though, you might want to try Paintball Republic. They also have Zipline. Located near Le Monet Hotel.

We mommies could just take pictures!

Our next stop – Choco – late de Batirol!

Of these 3, we ordered about a total of 10 orders or more! The kids were all hungry!

I loved the Turon so much!

A nice place to hang especially at night.

Already a long day but it didn’t stop there!

Kids continued playing at the playground of the hotel.

Freshened up and off we went to Session Road!

*Best advice ever? – Take the cab! Not only do the drivers know the shortest route, it only costs about Php 50.00!

Of course, what’s the best thing to eat in Session Road? Vizco’s Strawberry Shortcake!

Don’t leave Baguio without tasting this!

Their Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad was also 1 for the books! So yummy we ordered 2!

Beef Stroganoff’s good also!

Hyper kids went on to play back at the hotel and had their own pajama party!

Day 3.

Parents snucked out for a trip to the Baguio Public Market!

Happy Parents!

A foggy day for shopping at the Good Shepherd Convent!

Some of my loot not given away yet.

Almost done with our Baguio Trip V3.0! Late lunch at Sizzling Plate Baguio!

Such a good way to end our trip, with delicious and affordable steaks, add to that a great cup of coffee and yummy Sans Rival!

Hungry? Until our next adventure!

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The Bayleaf Intramuros

An impromptu overnight courtesy of my brother led us to The Bayleaf Intramuros!

This is their Standard Room. It’s a quaint room but it has totally everything you will need.

The bed is spacious enough for 2 persons. I like the nice design in the headboard.

On one side of the bed is the working table complete with a lampshade. There’s also an outlet for your charging needs.

In the opposite wall, the TV and the mini bar with fridge are located.

In that same wall, you can find the mirrored cabinet.

Inside the cabinet, there is ample space to hang your clothes and 2 drawers for more storage. You also have a medium sized safe to keep your valuables.

The bathroom is rectangular shaped but it doesn’t make you feel claustrophobic.

And the most important feature of the room, the VIEW!

Morning View

Night View

happy kids = happy mommy!

I love the modern feel of the room. The lighting is just perfect, it gives you this very relaxing mood. I could just stay inside the room and sleep all day!

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Subic = Shopping

Being in Subic reminds me of so many memories especially during my childhood. It is just so sad that it’s not as it’s used to be now. When we were there last weekend, it looked a little like ghost town in some parts, not much people to be seen in the streets. The shopping centers are so old and very not well maintained anymore. It even looked dirty in some. The other shops literally didn’t have customers and even the personnel were just standing waiting for their closing time.

Since there is a newly built Ayala Mall now by the name of Harbor Point, maybe some businesses will follow. So that Subic will be back to how it’s used to be.

Here are our visits to the duty free shops and outlets inside Subic Bay.

1) Royal Duty Free Subic (old one)

2) Royal Duty Free (new one)

Same stuff being sold only the place is newly built – meaning cleaner surroundings.

3) Freeport Exchange

This place looks terrible now. It boasts of being the 1st duty free store, but it doesn’t make an impact at all.

4) Puregold Duty Free

5) Adidas

6) Nike Factory Store

I think there is still hope for Subic because it is still one of the nearest places to go to outside Metro Manila aside from the very crowded Tagaytay. People are still flocking, just not that many. I like that it isn’t that crowded but I hope the malls are kept nicely.

The prices are still competitive and some items are not found anywhere else.

Let us bring hope to Subic Bay, so our kids can experience what we experienced. Before there were Landers and S&Rs, there were Royal Duty Free, Puregold and Freeport Exchange.

Stay tuned for more of our Subic adventure!

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