Family Mode: Minion Domino

Found a new game for my kids in my recent trip to Hong Kong. 

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It’s a Minion Domino!  The box and the instruction sheet are not in English but I thought it wouldn’t matter when they are playing already. 

True to my words, the girls enjoyed playing the dominoes.  The pictures of the Minion characters in the tiles are color coordinated so it’s very easy to play.  They finished in a few minutes and are now on their 2nd round.

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The set comes with 28 domino tiles.  Such a bargain at less than HKD 50.00.

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Family Mode: Easter 2016

A few days to go before Easter, so busy that this post is only now.  Don’t worry though, I am sure you could still find a venue for your kids.  I did just last week!

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If you have a family member who is arriving or just arrived from abroad, Duty Free Philippines Fiestamall is the perfect place for you. 

This event is FREE!  Just register and get a shopping card.  A shopping card entitles you to a coupon that allows 2 of your children to join in their festivities.

Be there early as it starts 9am.

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There’s also an event in Macapagal, the Easter Hoppening at Blue Bay Walk.

This is also FREE!  200 participants would be entitled to tickets to join in the Easter Fun.  All you need is shop for a minimum Php500.00 single or accumulated receipt from participating shops and register.  There will be Easter Event Stations beginning at 4pm. 

That is so easy.  By the way, a maximum of 3 registrants per shopper is allowed.  For more of the mechanics, please read here! ↓

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Another event that is happening on Easter is the one in Fun Ranch.  You can choose which branch you will join.

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This is not FREE though.  Kids need to pay Php 550.00 to register and adults Php 275.00.

For more details, you can call the Alabang or the Ortigas Branch to inquire.

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An Easter Egg Hunt at Bayview Park Hotel is also happening.  A bit expensive because of its Php1,500.00 rate.  It includes 1 child and 1 adult.

Maybe it’s okay as the registration fee includes not only the fun and games but also food and drinks!

And then there’s the one we are going to.  Easter Playland at The Podium.

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This is FREE!  You just need to have a BDO Credit Card and purchase a minimum single receipt of Php 1,500.00.  Present this receipt at the registration booth found at the 2nd Level of Podium and they will exchange it for a coupon that entitles a kid and 2 adults to join in the fun!

They have a lot in store for all the kids.  And the reason I chose this event was because there’s a meet and greet with a Shopkins Character! 

My kids are loca over Shopkins so this is perfect for them!

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Family Mode: Visiting Tsim Sha Tsui

We chose a day to take the kids out.  We decided to bring them to Tsim Sha Tsui where one of the biggest Toys R Us is located.

Took the MTR again and it’s just near.  If you are coming from the Hong Kong Side, Tsim Sha Tsui is just 2 stations away from Central.

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As the weather is nice and cold, we proceeded to walk to Kowloon Park before going to the Harbour City Mall.

Exit at A1 and walk a few steps and you’ll see the wide uphill entrance of       the park.

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It’s a very tranquil place to be in. Being surrounded by the lush trees and the chirping sounds of birds, you’d think you are in a forest and not in the midst of the city.

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The highlight of our visit in Kowloon Park is the Bird Lake. 

Look at these wonderful birdies.

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We would have checked out the other amazing sites in the park but the rain continued to drizzle. Some other time maybe.

On our way to the mall, we checked this Viewdeck near the park.

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Got lost a little bit but it turned out good as we found ourselves in a mall full of Branded Outlets like Esprit, Bossini and Mickey Mouse.

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This mall by the way is where you take ferries or turbo jets going to Macau.

We finally found ourselves in Harbour City.  Kids before going in Toys R Us ate with us at KFC first.  We stayed maybe an hour because there are so many interactive games you could play (aside from the toys they are selling!). 

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Entertainment: 50 Shades The Musical Parody

Omg! Just finished watching 50 Shades The Musical Parody!  It’s really hilarious!  Everyone’s so into it and we are all just laughing our hearts out!

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I got our tickets at 30% off.  From the regular tickets at Php2,500.00 for Loge seats, I got it only at Php1,750.00 each.  So I paid Php3,500.00 for 2 tickets. 

When we got to the Carlos Romulo Auditorium at RCBC Plaza, we were told that we can get Orchestra Seats because the show’s not filled up. 

What a lucky day!

We ALL know about the real 50 Shades of Grey Story, don’t get shy about knowing it.  It’s normal and we should be proud that we read all 3 books in such a short time and we watched the film on its first day and that we can’t wait for the 2nd film! Hahaha!

The 50 Shades Musical Parody takes off from the original story but it’s entirely a different show altogether.  They made it super funny!  The sexual content is there but you will laugh it off! 

I don’t want to divulge any information because it will ruin the surprises they prepared for the show.

It is a must watch.  It’s still showing.

For more details, check out the Official 50 Shades Website here.

This is brought to us by Vivre Fort Entertainment.

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Family Mode: The Peanuts Movie

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Watched The Peanuts Movie before the year ended.  My daughter loved it.  Full of funny scenes, but what made it more meaningful is the story of friendship between Charlie Brown and Snoopy, and the whole Peanuts gang.

Always there for each other, Snoopy, the beagle, is truly Charlie Brown’s bestfriend.

There’s also some kind of puppy love twist to it.  Definitely a must watch.

I still love Snoopy after all these years.

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Food Trip: Farewell to Hotel Intercon

It’s December 31, 2015 and it’s a bittersweet year ender for the Hotel Intercontinental as it says goodbye to us.  It will close down after almost 50 years of operation to give way to a large scale development by the Ayalas.

I remember attending my aunt’s debut there when I was still a young child.  I think it was the 1st time I attended such a grand event.  It marked something in me, I was in awe of its grandeur. 

Years passed, lots of new hotels sprung to life, but still, Hotel Intercon remained to be one of Manila’s Grandest Hotels.

One of our memorable events there was March of 2012.  It’s the birthday of my mother in law and we celebrated it at Cafe Jeepney. 

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Since my firstborn was only 20 months then, she was amused by the interior of Cafe Jeepney.  There were horses everywhere.  There were jeepneys also.  In fact, she even wanted to get inside of that 1 miniature jeepney.

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Such a shame that this historical hotel would be knocked down in just a few days.

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Thank you for the memories Hotel Intercon!

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Family Mode: Christmas Village in Manila Hotel

Today is Christmas Day!  Merry Christmas!

If you don’t want to stress yourself on where to bring the kids today, you might want to bring them to the Christmas Village in Manila Hotel.  Yes, you heard it right, in Manila Hotel.

Their Grand Lobby is made even grander with their giant sized Christmas Tree, the Gingerbread House, the Polar Bears and the Penguins.  You can have your pictures taken and it’s absolutely free!

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Then there’s the Christmas Village at Parsons Street.  Glad that my brother bought us tickets so the kids could enjoy this wonderful village. 

To get passes to the Village, you have to pass
by the Mayor’s office.

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The ticket can be bought for Php1,500.00.  That’s inclusive of a Manila Hotel Teddy Bear and the following:
1) a Can of Cookies
2) Storytelling
3) Movie Time with popcorn
4) Tea Time
5) cotton candy and ice cream

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First stop for the girls is the Bookshop.  There’s a wonderful storyteller, her name is Teacher Jolly, who reads you stories.  You can also have some coloring activity done.  You can also read by yourself and just enjoy the cozy bookshop with the beautiful interior.

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Then we went and get our popcorn and off to see a movie.  The Santa who is manning the Grand View Theater chose the Polar Express for us.  It really is a nice film that tells kids about the story of Santa.  The theater is not your ordinary one.  All the chairs are Lazy Chairs.  You can put your feet up and just enjoy the show.

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After watching the movie, we got hungry.  So we proceeded to the Patisserie to have some tea and snacks.

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The kids enjoyed being served with “tea” and having a plated meal. They loved the chocolates that is free for all on the table.

The rest of the rooms are named according to the village theme. But some are just used for functions and not really for the Christmas Village.

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Thank you Aku for this wonderful and unique experience.

How about you guys, you might want to let your kids experience this too! Go to Manila Hotel now. Proceed to the Mayor’s Office to get your tickets!

Don’t forget to bring a camera as there are so many places to take snapshots of!

Merry Christmas!

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Family Mode: Jackstones

Omg!  Just a few hours ago, I wished for some more old toys and here’s what my daughter got from one of her gifts – a jackstone set!

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I ripped the packaging open as I laid my eyes on it!

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Played a while with it.  I just couldn’t let it pass.

Happy happy!

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