Free Admission to The National Planetarium

The Planetarium is just a ride away from where I grew up but unfortunately, I haven’t been there.

No fret though, now is the time!  

In celebration of the National Heritage Month, the National Planetarium is extending its Free Admission Promo until May 31, 2017.

Check out the photo to see the schedule of the shows.  You may also call 5277889 for inquiries.

Oh, I hope I could drop by one of these Saturdays.  Will bring my kids! 

I will keep you posted on what is there to see at the National Planetarium!

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Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

I have always wished to go to Las Casas.  One weekend, my wish came true. We went on a road trip!
Taking the NLEX and SCTEX definitely made the drive shorter, around 3 hours.  Yes, it’s a little expensive with the toll fees but if it’s gonna give you more time, why not?  Relax and enjoy the view!

We stopped over at Burger King in NLEX to have some breakfast.  Then at Balanga to have some lunch.  A trip is not a trip without food!  Read about our lunch at Stregato Gelateria here.

After lunch, we proceeded to our destination.  Off the highway and on the main road to Las Casas, the drive’s smooth and easy.

Don’t forget to load Waze as it is super helpful.

Just as we entered, a magnificent sculpture welcomed us.

What a treat!  There’s Casa New Manila where all guests need to register.  Since Las Casas is huge, you’ll be given a map and they will explain where the facilities are.  

When all that is set, you can drop your things at your hotel and go back to the Parking Area to park your car.  They don’t allow guests to use their cars.  They have their own modes of transportation.  

They have the Tram, it’s wooden by the way.  They also have the Jeepney.  Mind you, these 2 are free!  You can also choose to ride a Calesa, for a minimal fee.  You can even rent a bike and roam around.
 

Just before we get too excited to go down the beach, let me tell you about our hotel first.
The facade is so beautiful.  

Since everything’s old school, there’s no elevator.  We got a family room and it’s on the top floor so we need to exercise to go up and down.  Anyway, we were given a massive room!  If not for the wonderful scenery outside, I would have spent our stay inside our room.

The room has 2 Double Beds.  Got a TV and DVD player.  There’s a personal ref with 4 bottles of water.  A table for sipping coffee.  They also gave us 4 pairs of slippers. 

The bathroom is huge also.  It has a bath tub, a separate shower area.  They have complete toiletries.  The most important part – ang lakas ng tubig! (water supply’s strong) 

The only downside of the huge room is that the aircon is only 1 so it can’t make the whole room super cool.

So, bags are put down, we went to check the tour as we don’t have time to join the next day.

These houses were transferred piece by piece, block by block from its original location to Las Casas.  The developer bought these houses so they can be preserved and taken care of.

Some of these houses can be rented as a whole for as low as Php 20,000.00 or as much as Php150,000.00.  Check out this website for the prices.

This is what Escolta looked like before.  They also made it a hotel and it houses some stores like the Fotografia dela Escolta where you could schedule a photoshoot wearing Baro’t Saya.

The kids were getting bored so we went back to the hotel.  They got ready and changed into their swimsuits.  We are just in time for the carabao race and parade, and for the palosebo (racing up a kawayan stick to get a flag).

The sun is setting down and I can’t help but be amazed.  Sometimes, you just have to stop and gaze at your surroundings to realize that the world we live in is really a wonderful place.

Kids enjoyed playing in the fine sand and basking in the cold and clear water.

If not for the lifeguard who told us that swimming is until 6pm only, the kids would have stayed until they couldn’t see the beach anymore.

That whole beach time made our tummy go growling, so we went to dinner.  It was like being transported into a different place.  With all the lights up, the buildings and the houses looked different.

Even the doors and pathways looked great.

With the kids so tired from all their activities during the day, me and hubby had a little us time.  We strolled and took pictures of the night scene at Las Casas.

These pictures don’t really do justice to the breathtaking view of Las Casas.  You really have to be there to appreciate the beauty more.

That night, the weather’s cooperating.  The wind is windy, no more blazing sun, super nice to walk around.

Morning came and the kids were up and about.  We had breakfast, we strolled.  It was a bright and sunny day.

Kids can’t wait any longer they wanted to go to the pool area.  They made it “Batis-Like.”  With various sizes of rocks surrounding the area and separating the adult and kid area.

Like the beach, the water is so cold.  But they didn’t mind.

I didn’t mind lounging by the pool as well.

While we were at the pool area, we saw some characters of Noli Me Tangere.  You could have your picture taken just like that lady in shorts.

There are so many other activities in Las Casas.  You just have to let them know what you are interested in.

Some Sabong maybe? 


Thinking about all the things we could have done, or we could have not done (for the lazy ones), we should have stayed another night.  I would have lounged at the beach longer.  Stayed for Bonfire at night while drinking a can of beer.  Could have rented a bike and roamed the whole place.  Or just sat and chill by the tree beside the lake.

So realizing all these, I would definitely be back.  Maybe sometime on the 2nd half of the year.  

Relax and unwind.  Yeah, definitely.  Take that tram now and be lost in time.

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Baguio 2017: Newtown Hotel

An impromptu trip to Baguio left us with no other choice but to find the most comfortable and cleanest hotel we could get at the last minute.

That is why I am so thankful for travel websites like Hotels.com, Traveloka and the others.  You can just go online, find a place and book easily.  Booking with these travel apps / websites comes with its own perks as well.

Like in Hotels.com, most of their hotels are included in the earn and redeem promo.  The more you book rooms with them, the easier you could get a free room.  This free room is redeemable anywhere in the world.

So anyway, we finally booked Newtown Plaza Hotel with the recommendation of a friend.  It’s a newly built hotel and it’s affordable, clean and modern.

We arrived midnight so checking in was a breeze.  

Didn’t get much pictures of the room because it’s midnight and we were all tired from the trip.

The room is big and spacious.  There are 2 double beds.  The TV is huge! Ample space for our things.  We asked for an extra bed the 2nd night.  
For Php1,200.00, this is what you get, a bed that could fit 2 more persons.

As for the bathroom…

The bathroom is spacious as well.  And the shower is the best ever!  I could stay longer than the normal under the hot shower.
The balcony and the view is just breathtaking!  So nice to wake up to a view like this!

Real value for money!  If I am going back to Baguio, I am definitely gonna stay in Newtown Hotel again!
They even have a swimming pool and a playground.

By the way, if you love wandering in a garden, and just be lost in time, the Botanical Garden is just a 5 minute walk from the hotel.  There’s also a coffee shop and some souvenir shops within the vicinity of the garden.  

If you are bringing a car with you, better partner it with Waze.  Helps a lot in navigating through the mountains and hills of Baguio!

Happy Trippin’!

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Home: Sticker Fun

Discovered some easy on the pocket decals at Kily!

Still in the process of decorating the kids’ room.  So I started with the spaces that can be done already.

I bought a Cutie Food Decal for only Php 35.00.

Decided to put this sticker on our fridge.  To keep an old fridge cutesy.

For the bathroom, I bought a sticker with a funny design.

For a just a few pesos, you will be able to decorate your space a little with these colorful stickers and at the same time, bond with your kiddos!

There are so many designs to choose from!  Get yours now!

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Shopping: DIY Christmas Presents

Busy. Busy. Super busy!

With the Christmas Rush and all, it is really hard to make time for shopping for individual presents for friends and families.  Add to that Exams Week and increased orders for my Lock-It Lockets business.

But this doesn’t mean you just have to let the spirit of giving personalized gifts just go away. This present may be somewhat “generic” but we still made some effort in preparing it.

An ordinary cookie jar turned into something a little extra ordinary.

Lined up and ready to be filled!

Bought these cookie jars and they are boxed.  We decided to take them out of their boxes so it’ll look nicer when given.

Christmas Tags

Printed these tags and cut them out.

Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate

I don’t bake cookies but we wanted to put something inside so we bought Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate Drink.  Who doesn’t love chocolates anyway?

We put at least 6 sachets in each jar.  Some of them can’t fit more than 6.

Looped the Christmas Tags into a gold string and wrapped the gold string around the jars.

Gift
Santa
Snowman
Christmas Tree

Aren’t they cute?  It will not be the cost that will make these presents memorable but the effort you put into it.

Merry Christmas!

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Family Mode: DIY Snowflakes

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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