World Traveller and Unionbank

Saw this advertisement and it was just right on time!  Immediately applied for a Unionbank Cebu Pacific GetGo Platinum Card through Unionbank’s website.  It was such a breeze.  Fill out their application form with your pertinent details and upload a copy of your financial document on their website.  Minutes after I pressed the Submit button, someone from Unionbank Cards already called me to verify my application.

I confirmed and about 2 weeks after, my new card was delivered.

It was really right timing since we were about to purchase airline tickets for a family trip.  If not for the airline tickets, I would have not reached the required spending of Php 30,000.00!

Terms & Conditions:

  • Card should have been applied for and subsequently approved on or before February 28, 2017.
  • Applicant is new to bank, meaning you don’t have any existing credit card yet with Unionbank within the last 3 months at the time of application.
  • Minimum spending of Php 30,000.00 within the promo period (May 31, 2017)
  • Registering and signifying your intent to receive the promo luggage at their unionbankph.com/freeluggage
  • Must retain the newly approved card for at least 2 years.

Once you have spent the required amount and registered, you will wait for 15 to 30 days to get a redemption sms.  They have a schedule and redemption sms are per batch.

I finally got my redemption sms and I immediately called the participating Travel Club branch nearest me to schedule my pick up.

Unfortunately, the Travel Club in Gateway told me that there were no deliveries yet and I have to wait for at least a month.  I tried calling the other branches but they said the same to me.  I called up Unionbank to complain.  My point is, we have already waited for the redemption sms for at least 15 days, it means they know how many of us qualified as they have already validated our purchases.  Telling us to wait for some more is not justifiable.

A few days after my complaint, I got a call from Travel Club Gateway that my World Traveller Luggage is already available for pick up.

I claimed the next day before they ran out of stocks again!

So here now is my World Traveler Metallic Grey Small Luggage with Item code WT14T45124-070 size 37x22x56cm with SRP of Php 4,490.00.

It has its own luggage cover!
Hard Shell for Delicate Items

With TSA Lock!

Covered compartment

Sturdy Handles

Redemption is until July 31, 2017.  So hurry and redeem before it’s too late!  Here is a list of the participating Travel Club Branches and its contact numbers:

  1. World Traveler Vista Mall – Tel. No. 941 9123
  2. The Travel Club South Mall – Tel. No. 800 0462
  3. The Travel Club SM Annex – Tel. No. 332 2307
  4. The Travel Club Gateway – Tel. No. 911 1482
  5. The Travel Club Abreeza Davao – Tel. No. 082 321 9377
  6. The Travel Club Robinsons Galleria Cebu – Tel. No. 032 261 5577

Not bad if you really have something to spend on.  Instead of buying a luggage, you get it for free!

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Chowking’s Halo Halo

Summer has just ended.  It is already raining but it’s still so hot!

One of the best ways to refresh? Eat some halo halo!

Chowking’s Halo Halo is one of the many options for a good halo halo.  I got the regular one and hubby got the milky white.

Regular Halo Halo

Purple yam, sweetened jackfruit, bananas, mango, tapioca balls, garbanzos, mung beans, leche flan, nata de coco, rice crispies, gelatin, corn kernels, shaved ice, milk


Milky White Halo Halo

Mixture of sweetened banana and macapuno in freshly shaved ice and creamy white milk, topped with leche flan, custard pudding slices and macapuno ice cream drizzled with caramel topping and generous serving of pinipig

I thought I would be ok with the milky white halo halo but the corn (which was not on the list of ingredients I found in Chowking’s delivery website) just ruined it for me.  I like that there are more sweetened bananas than the regular one but I will always pick the one without the corn.  The corn kernels which was supposed to be on the Regular Halo Halo!

Chowking’s Halo Halo doesn’t taste so sweet.  The milkiness is just right.  The ingredients sometimes gets mixed up, but in totality, it is still good!

Endless Summer I guess!

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Citylight Hotel Baguio

A spur of the moment trip had us booking 2 rooms in Citylight Hotel in Baguio. It’s Independence Day Weekend and it fell on a Monday hence the long weekend.  Almost all the cityfolks clamored to get out of the city.

Good thing we found Citylight Hotel and also at a discounted price!  It was already around 3am of the same day of the trip that we were able to book our rooms.  We were hesitant at first because of the non airconditioning rooms.  But upon checking the weather, it’s a bit cold so we proceeded as we were also left with no choice!  All the travel sites are at least 90% booked in their Baguio Hotels.

Citylight Hotel is a modern hotel in a good location.  The lobby is spacious and there is a coffee shop where you can chill and sip some hot coffee.

We can feel the cool breeze at the lobby.

Upon checking in though, the girl at the receptionist told me that we were only confirmed with one room.  I told her it couldn’t be as 2 rooms were confirmed and already paid for before we left Manila.  I don’t think she knew what she was saying.  I insisted for her to check our other booking.  I kept on telling her to check my booking reference and print out but she wouldn’t budge.  Later on, she was finally able to check the other room and gave us all we need.  Got scared for a second there!

You have to make a Refundable Cash Deposit of Php500.00 for each room.  You will be given an acknowledgment slip.  Make sure to keep it properly as you will be needing that piece of paper for your refund.

Everything went smoothly after that mini misunderstanding with the other room and we proceeded to our rooms.

Since the hotel was fully booked, our rooms were on 2 different floors.

The room is ok, very spacious.  With 2 double beds, it can fit up to 4 adults.  A little bit hot since there is no A/C.  I opened the ceiling fan and room temp improved a little bit.

There’s a TV and some complimentary coffee and water.  Didn’t use the water thermos, my cousin said theirs had molds inside, didn’t bother looking at ours.

The bathroom is big.  Just not enough heatness on the hot shower.  But that’s okay.

Spacious sink for your what nots.

Rainshower = 2 thumbs up!

The downside, I opened the window to get some air in.  Once windows are opened, there are no more grills that for safety and security.  The view is that of the back of a building with normal house scatter.

Good thing it was a rainy and cold night because the room was cold with just a ceiling fan on.  We wouldn’t want to risk our windows opened all through the night.  I think someone could get in by jumping across.  Bad thoughts go away!

Hopefully, they could make some safety grills on the windows.  And also add some aesthetic cover.

As the saying goes, you get what you pay for!

By the way, our rooms were also inclusive of Buffet Breakfast for 2 persons per room.  For additional people, they charge Php220.00 for adults and Php145.00 for kids.

Breakfast buffet consisted of Breads, Pancakes, Plain Rice, Garlic Rice, Scrambled Eggs, Hotdogs, Pork and Beans, Fried Danggit, and Pininyahang Manok (Pineapple Chicken).  There were also Arroz Caldo, and Egg Drop Soup.  Fruits were also available.  Juice and coffee for your drinks.

Satisfying breakfast indeed.  Makes you filled for a whole day adventure.

So there, my little review on our overnight stay at Citylight Hotel.  Hopefully, they make some improvements.

They have a really good location, walking distance to Session Road and Burnham Park.  So if you are not that particular with my rants, go ahead and book this hotel.

Oh! You may want to check Newtown Plaza Hotel first.  This is where we stayed the first time we had an impromptu trip to Baguio.  Too bad, it was fully booked this time!

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Kiddie Bags from Cathay Pacific!

I am not sure if all Cathay Pacific flights give out these cute little kiddie bags.
We didn’t even know they have these!  Grateful for our seatmate on that particular flight because she was the one who asked for them!

It’s Disney and it’s Mickey and Friends!

This yellow and very light backpack contains a mini coloring book, mini color pencils and an activity sheet.

This will keep the kids entertained while inflight!

I love them! Uhm, the kids love them!

♡♡♡

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Jollibee and Friends in Filipino National Costumes

I love Jollibee and Friends.  My kids love them also.

Thanks to our friend, we got this complete set of Jollibee figurines in Filipino National Costumes!

So cute to see the men in Barong Tagalog and the women in Baro’t Saya.

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Celebrity Lounge Family KTV and Restobar

Pink? Purple? Pink? Purple?

Love these 2 girly shades?  Have something to celebrate?  Then Celebrity Lounge is the place to be!

As you go up, you will be loving their wall to wall design by the stairs.

Then as you enter the lobby, you will be in awe again!  This is their waiting area!

I love the interior of this place.  Biased because of the colors!  Haha!

They have about 20 rooms.  Depending on the number of your group, you could choose which room suits you.

Their room rates are not that expensive.  They also have packages you can avail.

The littlest of their rooms, room for 6 pax.  

The next room is good for 8 pax.  Slightly bigger than the previous room.

Rooms getting bigger and bigger.

They can also connect 2 rooms to accommodate more people.

The J.Lo room can accommodate up to 40 pax.  A projector will replace your usual monitor.

The biggest room is the Beyonce Room.  It could accommodate up to 60 persons.  It also has a projector.  There’s a bigger space for dancing and there is a disco light to up the mood for performing!

Their food is tasty and not expensive.

Nachos
Chicken Tenders
Beef Salpicao
Tokwa’t Baboy
Pork Liempo

The place is clean.  Even the Rest Rooms are well kept.  I love the designs of the doors.

The best thing about Celebrity Lounge? Their Staff and their Service! 

I want to thank the Kuyas and the Ates for a job well done.  Thank you for accommodating our requests.  Thank you for keeping those smiles all the time. Thank you for your continued look out through the window by the door to check if we need anything.  Thank you for touring me to check the other rooms.  Very much appreciated.

Till next time!

Contact Celebrity Lounge at 6327522 or like them on their Facebook Page, CelebrityLoungePH.

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Crackle Chips Salted Egg Potato Chips

OMG! I have just tasted one of the best Salted Egg Potato Chips that is locally made!  

Say hello to CrackleChips.ph

See for yourself!

It really does have that perfect crackle!

Looks good, tastes even better!

It doesn’t give you that “suya” or distaste.  You can eat all you want.  And for sure, you won’t be able to stop once you open that tub!

Check them out on Facebook and Instagram!

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When in Japan: Nissin Cup Noodles Museum

The person who is not a fan of Nissin Cup Noodles can leave now.  This is about Nissin Cup Noodles and how it was invented and everything else about it.

The museum is located in Yokohama, an hour drive from Tokyo.  We decided to go early as it goes crazy and it might take us longer to finish the whole museum because of the queue.

Upon arrival, I snapped our tickets and went straight to the floor where one can design their own cup noodles, My Cup Noodles Factory!

1) Queue and get your Cup at the Vendo Machine.

2) You will be directed to your table to design your cup.  There will be colorful markers to use and a sample to inspire you.

I am not an artist so don’t judge!

When you are satisfied with your design, you can go to the next step.

3)  Give her your cup.  She will turn it upside down and on top of already fried noodles!  You turn the handle around.  She will catch it.

4) Make your own flavor!  You can choose 4 toppings from 12 ingredients.  You can also choose the flavor of the soup, they have Seafood, Curry, Chili Tomato, and the Original.

I chose the cutest topping of course!  Cutie Chicken!

The flavor doesn’t really matter because I don’t intend to eat my cup noodles.  Here is what my cup looked like inside.

5.) Time to seal.  

Sealing with foil cover.

Pass through the ‘clingy’ machine to seal the plastic.

Voila!

6) Bubble Bubble Bag

Put your cup inside the plastic, fill it with air, and hook with a string to make a bubble bag.

Here I am with my creation and the cutie little chicken!

It was an amazing and fun experience!

Oopsie, that was only 1 attraction of the museum.  There’s more.  

There was a room with a display of over 3000 packages of Instant Ramens from all over the world.  They call it Instant Noodles History Cube. 

The very first Chicken Ramen, circa 1958.

Our very own Lucky Me Pancit Canton is included!

After being in the cube and seeing all these instant ramen, we went straight to the Momofuku Ando Theater where we watched and learned about the person responsible for instant ramen.  He struggled at first but he still persevered.

There was also a makeshift house to show Momofuku’s environment when he was inventing the instant ramen!

There’s also a part of the museum where it’s interactive.

A very nice Cup Noodle Art.  Hanging in there.

If you have time and you could make a sidetrip to Yokohama, make sure to pass by the Nissin Cup Noodles Museum.

The trip was so worth the price of Yen 500.00 or about Php 250.00.  And for an additonal Yen 300.00 or Php 150.00, you could design your own cup noodle at My Cup Noodles Factory.  Such a good deal!

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