Family Mode: DIY Snowflakes

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A little arts and crafts on this Saturday morning with my 2 kiddos!

I am sure you have a stash of toilet paper rolls in your houses like we do, but before you throw them away, let us think of a way on how to reuse them.  

Hitting 2 birds in 1 stone with this activity:

1) Reuse. Reduce. Recycle.  Teaching the kids that we could make something out of something.  No need to buy new things all the time.  

2) Fun and Crafty Bonding Session with the kids.  Hampered their You Tube Time by at least 3 hours.

Materials needed:

  1. toilet paper rolls
  2. scissors
  3. ruler
  4. pencil
  5. stapler
  6. clear glue
  7. glitter
  8. string
  9. paper plates
  10. newspaper

Procedure:

  • Flatten the toilet paper rolls.  
  • Use a ruler to measure 1/2 inch per strip
  • Cut the strips.  A roll would make about 8 strips.  A snowflake needs about 6 for a small one and about 18 for a big one.
  • Get 6 and staple them together.
  • Put 2 in between each petal to make it bigger.  Use glue to stick them together.
  • Once dry, the snowflakes are ready for some glitter.
  • Spread the glitters on a paper plate.
  • Get another plate and spread glue all over.
  • Dip a snowflake on the glue plate and then dip on the glitter plate.
  • Check all the sides if glitters are evenly spread.
  • Let it dry.
  • Hang on your Christmas tree or your ceiling.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Lifestyle: Wired

Stumbled upon this concept store in U.P. Town Center’s Tiangge last weekend.

I love anything personalized and customized so this really caught my attention!

The MAIKala Wire Concepts offers a wide variety of handmade stuff, from keychains to bookmarks.  Their items are made from wire.  All for a practical 100 to 200 pesos.

Being a collector of key chains, I had a keychain made.  I waited for a few minutes while the artists strut their stuff. 

Pretty little thing huh?

And while I browsed through their FB Page, MAIKala Wire Concepts, I found all these artworks.  I so love them!

All the following pictures were taken from MAIKala FB page.  

Credits to the owner.

Read on to find out how they started.

Know more about MAIKala Wire Concepts by visiting their website!

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Travel: Our “Almost” Daj Suites Stay

Thankful to Waze that it guided us through an hour of travel from Manila to Tagaytay.  

Since it’s lunch time already, we ate first before going to Daj Suites.  Around 1:30pm, we decided to try if we could check in already.

Driving up a narrow path from Aguinaldo Highway, the Daj Suites greets us.

On the other side of the lobby entrance is an entrance going to the Dining Area.

The Lobby

As you could see, the place is a bit dark because unfortunately, there is no electricity.  Their electric line was hit by the ongoing road widening construction by the main road.  

We checked in thinking the electricity will resume in a few hours.  

Went up the 2nd floor and walked through an all white hallway.

The room’s nice and big.  Complete with the basic amenities such as Flat Screen TV, cabinets, Fridge and a King Sized comfy bed with white linens.  

The bathroom has a Shower Cubicle, a Bath Tub and a spacious sink.  It was too dark so no pictures.

After about 2 hours, it started getting dark in the room so we went out to go to the mall.  We went to the new Ayala Serin.  Strolled the mall and discovered this cool store!

Headed to the Diner’s to grab some dinner.  When we went back to the hotel, we were hoping that electricity’s back.  However, it still wasn’t so we decided to just refund and go home.  

The receptionist was kind enough to offer the refund even before we requested for it.  They even offered us a discount for our next actual stay!

Not much to say but we will definitely find time again to visit Daj Suites, with the lights on!
 

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Family: Family Dice Games 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!

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Travel: Booking Daj Suites

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.

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Family Mode: Neighborhood Game Cafe

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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!

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Public Service: Artistically Tristanne

You might be curious as to why I titled this blog post as Public Service.  Well, I personally think that I am doing the public a favor by introducing them this super duper talented and artistic lady who goes by the name of Tristanne. 

I am always in awe when I see her Facebook posts about her doodles, sketches, drawings, creations, or whatever you want to call these works of art.  I can’t help but press the like button.  I have always been a FAN!

Come Father’s Day, she gifted her dear father a pair of hand painted shoes.  She made the white slip ons her canvass.

You can see that the characters she painted had full semblance with the original ones.

Her parents couldn’t be prouder.  

Then she posted another pair of hand painted shoes.

A wacky Odie and Garfield but still looked awesome.

And then she played with her mom’s old branded bag and the result was just as amazing.

There’s always that one person who will be first.  This next bag is the first commissioned bag Tristanne did and she will have that privilege forever.  Especially when Tristanne, in the nearest future, is already well known in the industry as one talented artist.

So there, you have seen her work and for sure, you’re asking these questions in your mind.  How can I contact her?  What design can I ask her to do?  Do I have an old bag or even a new one for her to use?  Bag or Shoes? 

You may contact Tristanne through her Facebook Page, Tristanne Yasay or through her Instagram, @Tristanneeee.

This girl is just starting out but I am pretty sure that she will go a long way.  

So proud of her!  Go contact her now before she gets too busy!

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Family Mode: Visiting Tsim Sha Tsui Part 2

It was a very long day.  But kids weren’t tired yet so we decided to go the Avenue of the Stars which we discovered was already closed.  There was still a viewing area / deck near the Clock Tower though.

Kids enjoyed running around, taking pictures of the Victoria Harbour, and looking at the boats passing by.  Very picturesque sight to behold.

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There was a slight drizzle so it was cold by the harbour.

We capped our Tsim Sha Tsui escapade by boarding a ferry to go home.  Too bad though that plastic curtains were drawn down because of the rain and big splashes from the waves.

Can’t take beautiful pictures of the now lighted buildings by the harbour.

Oh well, there will always be next time.

Until then!

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