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

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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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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