Beauty Review – Posh Nails at SM San Lazaro

It’s not often that I get to have my nails done by professionals due to my busy schedule. Taking care of my three kids demands all my time. As much as I wish I could do it regularly but my hectic load doesn’t really permit me to do so.   
Thankfully, I had an unplanned grocery shopping last week when daddy A and I agreed to meet in SM San Lazaro.

Since it will take time fetching Kuya Angelo and I have Isabelle with me I decided to had my nail done na lang.When I entered the branch, the receptionist welcomed me with a smile. 

Posh Nails Hand and Foot Spa’s is located at the ground floor of the mall. I love the place’s ambiance! It was so pretty. The interiors were simple yet fabulous. There were white sofas with pink and purple pillows that were very comfortable and inviting, and the staff are very friendly.  

  

I checked out their service menu and went for POSH Spoiling for my feet.After paying the receptionist  ushered me inside where Amy the attendant is patiently prepping everything.

  
My feet were first soaked in warm water before the foot spa. Next, Amy used Citrus Scrub to remove some dead skin. 

While I am having my me- time, Isabelle naman is also enjoying talking to the other clients and staff. She’s so bubbly!

  
 The Citrus mask was slathered and left on my feet and legs for several minutes before my skin got moisturized with the lotion that smells delicious! 

  
 Later, I fully got to appreciate the whole treatment when I felt how soft and smooth the skin on my feet and legs are.

  
The verdict – great staff , reasonable prices and nails look fabulous!

POSH NAILS

Lower Ground Floor SM San Lazaro, Manila 

poshnailssmsanlazaro@yahoo.com

02- 4938228 / 0916-4432288 

0943-5781488

Family Fun Trip at Manila Zoo

Before we arrived here in the Philippines Manila Zoo is already in my list to visit. Aside from the fact that it is near our place we also have kids who are fascinated with the animals.

Inigo is familiar with the animals and it’s sounds so I guess this is perfect timing for him to see the animals up close and personal.

Manila Zoo is located along Adriatico St., corner Quirino St., Manila, the main entrance of the zoo is fronting the Playground for Manila youth. It has a land area of 5.5 hectares.

  

For those who love taking selfie or have a snake around them then you must visitthe Jungle Adventure, just pay php 100 and they will capture  your braveness.

  Compare to the zoo in Dubai animals in Manila Zoo are just few. But the kids still enjoyed their time roaming, running and watching the animals.

   

  

  

  

  

  

 The highlight of our trip is the fun of trying the horse back riding.

   

Are you familiar with Vice Ganda’s launching movie?. Well, luckily Kuya Angelo rode to the famous Petrang Kabayo..

Priced at php 100 per pax, if accompnied by parent then she must pay as well.

   
    
    
   
Manila Zoo Entrance Fee for 2015:

For Non Residents – Php100

Manila residents – Php60 (Just present valid ID like village ID, Driver’s License, TIN ID, School ID, SSS ID)

Timings:

It is open Mondays to Sundays including holidays from 8am to 6pm. For inquiries call (632) 525-8157

Landmark ofManila Zoo:

The Zoo is near Manila Hospital and Harrison Plaza.

Mom and Me :August event – Babypalooza Bazaar at Walter Hogan Center Ateneo,Quezon City

Whether a newbie mom, SAHM or WAHM this post is for all of us. 

On August 15 at the Walter Hogan Center in Ateneo, the Babypalooza Bazaar will once again bring back vendors of pre-loved and brand new products for babies, young kids and mommies.  
  
Though there are several baby fairs in the Metro, Babypalooza is the only event that features both gently used and new products. This is to address the need for items of good quality that don’t put a dent in your budget. A very important consideration, especially for parents.
Besides the unique shopping experience, visitors can also look forward to hanging out in the Babypalooza Family Room. This air-conditioned room will have the following areas: Vivre Fort Play Area, Metascreen Diaper Change Station, breastfeeding lounge and a waiting area.

Other fun activities await visitors!

  • Metascreen lecture: 2:30 – 3:00 PM, Babypalooza Family Room (some lucky attendees will win great prizes!)
  • Meet & greet the Lactacyd Toddler Tubs mascots, Cyd the Hippo and Lucky the Duck.
  • Get freebies from event sponsors like Lactacyd, Vecirin, Metascreen and more!

All these offerings are open to the public FOR FREE! To know more about Babypalooza, visit http://www.facebook.com/babypalooza.com.ph and http://www.babypalooza.com.ph. ;

For directions on how to get to Babypalooza, click here.

Food Review – Bon Appetit at The French Baker, Philippines

It’s been a two decades when French Baker opened its doors with their first branch at SM North Edsa. The company has single-handedly revitalized the breadmaking business, turning it into a booming industry.    
    
 

The French Baker has built its success out of its Founder and President Johnlu G. Koa’s vision for innovation: to take the idea of the neighborhood bakery to the next level, allowing every Filipino to enjoy freshly-baked, high-quality, and affordable breads.

And because The French Baker has a special place in my heart. (Dito kami madalas mag date ni daddy A). We ate our lunch here yesterday to reminisced the past. Hahaha..

  
The order- For starter they gave us complimentary Mushroom soup.  

  

For mains daddy A tried our favorite HICKORY SPARERIBS it’s juicy pork spareribs topped with Hickory BBQ sauce and sided with pan-roasted seasonal vegetables and rice.
  

While I ordered the PORK CHOP AU POIVRE it’s 2pcs herb marinated pork chop, grilled ala carte in brown peppercorn sauce and sided with pan-roasted seasonal vegetables and rice 

  For refreshment we sampled the  BREWED CITRUS ICED TEA with min leaves.

Naturally, temptation got the better of us and we ordered Oreo Cheesecake which is an epic fail. It’s so bland and complete waste of money.

    

The verdict – Delectable French cuisine that can be tailored to meet every filipinos desires.

The French Baker:

ug/f SM City Conception cor. San Marcelino, Manila; tel: 528-1624

Robinson Otis – Robinsons Supermarket Otis P.M. Guazon Street, Paco, Manila; tel: 559-07-31

Robinsons Supermarket – Robinsons Place M. Adriatico St. Malate Manila

Tel no. 536-78-01
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Food Review – Yakimix Sushi Smokeless Grill Restaurant.

Craving for sushi lately? Enjoy a wide array of fresh, yummy and mouth watering sushi at Yakimix.

The month of July is the busiest month in our family so many birthdays to celebrate.

Like my advance birthday celebration last Saturday at Yakimix Sushi Smokeless Grill Restaurant.

  

The menu – Just like other buffet restaurants, Yakimix serves a wide range of food and drinks. You can have a taste of Japanese dishes, Korean dishes and Chinese cuisine. Fan of sushi? They have a wide variety of different sushi here at Yakimix. Enjoy different kinds of korean soups, noodles, and also desserts. 

   
    
   
What i loved about Yakimix is that you can have your favorite food grilled at your own table. Staffs will set up the built-in grill at your table. Choose from different food that you wish to grill – seafood, fish cuts, bacon, different food on sticks, and so much more. It’s so much fun grilling them and eat them hot and fresh.

  
    
    
    
    
 Not a fan of grilling? Then you may also enjoyed the buffet with different kind of dishes from pizza, dimsum to lechon kawali.   

    
Let’s proceed to sweets.Desserts are plenty so you can actually have a try of each food and choose which one you prefer the most.  Their desserts are actually really good – especially their leche flan.

 
 
 Yakimix also served Halo-Halo, Ice Cream, Gummies, Candies,Nestle Popsicles and Fresh fruits.   

   
 The verdict – I highly recommend Yakimix. I actually cannot wait to go back there again. The price is pretty affordable too. For around P600 per head for lunch or diner buffet, I’d say it’s affordable. 

   
 

 

 
  
 

#MyMamonMinion

The mischievous Minions are back! If you thought those sunny little yellow guys from Despicable Me 1 & 2 were funny, wait till you see what kind of trouble they get into Minions movie. 

Because Kuya Angelo is always smitten to any Minion Crafts. He adores those lovable yellow little creatures.

  
So after watching the commercial of Monde Mamon-it-yourself Minion Limited Offer. I knew we have to try it for ourselves too.

Aren’t these Mamon Minions simply the cutest?  
Actually this is the supposed activity of the kids during his birthday celebration but it is always out of stock in leading supermarket. Fortunately, yesterday we went to SM Fairview and saw one in the gondola. I was so excited that I hurriedly grabbed one pack with 6 classic flavor of Mamon and Mamon Minion Maker Kit for only php 74.  

The Mamon Minion Kit includes 3 big candy goggles, 3 candy eyes, 1 pack of yellow frosting and a small edible black fondant for the mouth and to attach the goggles.  

I guess the best time to make it is in the afternoon right after the siesta para saktong meryenda na din..hehe

Here’s the four steps to create your own Mamon Minion:

Step 1: Spread frosting on top of Mamon.

Step 2: Use fondants to create Minion eyes.   Step 3: Assemble your own very own Minion.  Step 4: Enjoy     

And for those who can’t get enough of those silly Minions. Whether you are planning your own Minion party or just looking for a great afternoon bonding this activity is sure to please your Minions. 

 

Ultimate Barkada Greenwich Overload…

When you are abroad and you visit your home country very often there are some restaurants/food chains that your palate wanted to taste.

While the temperature in Dubai rises from 45-50 degree here in the Philippines July and August are the rainy season. That’s our major reason why we seldom leave the house. Until one day I craved for pizza and all I ever wanted was to try Greenwich Pizza. 

Greenwich Pizza is one true Filipino pizza chain – a small entrepreneurship that made an extraordinary leap to the big league. What started out as a small over-the-counter pizza store in the Greenhills Commercial Center in 1971, is now the Philippines biggest pizza chain.

The menu – is filled with a wide variety of mouth-watering selections from pizzas, pastas, chicken, rice dishes to desserts that will make any meal a delightful shared experience.

   
 The order – We choose to sample their Ultimate Barkada Feast. We ordered Pizza Feast B which is good for 4 pax for only php 599. 

The barkada pack includes 4pcs of chicken, 2 order of pasta, 4 cups of rice, one medium size ultimate overload pizza and a pitcher of cold softdrinks. We changed the Coke to Nestea Iced Tea with additional cost of php 80.    

    

 The food attendant suggested to try their Coolers so I ordered for Buco Pandan Pearl Cooler and this is a great choice!  

The verdict – Now I know the reasons why Greenwich is the Favorite ng Barkada.It is prepared for the comfort of the filipino taste.Scrumptious blend of exciting pizza and pasta innovations.  

   
 You may visit their website for promos http://www.greenwich.com.ph or dial 5-55-55 for delivery.

  

Letter to Angelo on his 6th birthday

Dear Angelo,

Happy 6th birthday anak!

I can’t believe that you are 6 years old today. I’m surprised that so much time has already passed since I met you for the first time. You were so tiny back then and I am so afraid to touch you but you gave me a beautiful smile affirming me that you will always be secured with mommy’s arms. Back then I knew that you will give us joy every day. 

  
You are such an amazing boy, so happy, loving, and snuggly. You are absolutely gorgeous and my goodness, I am so unbelievably grateful for you every day. Although like any kids at your age madalas me kulit kang sobra. You are easy to pleased and loved to play with your daddy A. Sometimes you and Inigo fight over a toy or over small things but we tried to explained to you your role as a big brother to your siblings. It warmed my heart every time you’ll say ” i love my family “. It only proves that you are well- loved. We are still working on the traits of  obedience, patience and politeness but I know God is still working on your progress.

  
Your smile lights up our whole world – and all I have to do is close my eyes and I can see it and it immediately makes me feel happy. 

  
I know we always argue every time I’ll asked you to smile for pictures and I’m sorry for that. All I wanted is to have a cute photos with you para pag malaki ka na you’ll remember how mommy loves being around you.  

 You are still in Lego’s toys but this time you’re building the small ones na. At first you find it hard because the pieces are too small but with patience and perseverance you made it! You were so proud of yourself! And I am so glad seeing your achievements.

 We are so blessed to be your parents. I love watching you change and grow everyday. It’s amazing how quickly you’re adapting, learning and how much you are observing the world around you now. I am very proud of you, son.Thank you for understanding the big change of our life!  

You are giving me a whole different perspective on the world and seeing you laugh, play and smile is the highlight of my day. You and your siblings have made being a mom the most treasured journey of my life.

  
Once again Happy Birthday Angelo! I love you to bits!💋

Love,

Mommy 

3 special steps to book a Jollibee party…

After attending my nephew’s party in Jollibee I thought of sharing on how we can booked a party even we are not in the Phillipines. 

This might be helpful for those who are planning to have a Jollibee party.

It’s easy to create your party package at Jollibee, here are the steps to a well-put celebration:

STEP 1: Find A Store and Select The Date of Your Party.

  
You may do this now through Jollibee’s Online Party Reservation.

STEP 2: Plan Your Party

– Choose from the available themes:

  
For additional party favors, here are the costs:

      * 1 Set of theme favors – P7.00 each (includes name tag, party hat, invitation card, party liner)

  

  •   Name Tag – P0.50 each
  • Party Hat – P4.00 each
  •  Invitation Card – P1.50 each
  • Party Tray Liner – P 1.00 each
  • Prizes – P10.00 each
  • Guestbook – P10.00 each
  • Crayons – P6.00 each
  • Balloons – P12.00 each
  • Lootbag – P60.00 each

– Actual contents may vary without prior notice.

   
 Cakes are also available at selected Jollibee branches, supplied by Red Ribbon. They only have 1 size of cake 8′ x 12′ cake, which is kind of small for P900.00. You may bring your own but as their rule, could not be served to your guests during the party.

    

Choose Food Packages:

   
 Food Package A: P4,350.50 (good for 30pax)

      * Jollibee Spaghetti

      * Regular Fries

      * Regular Drink

      * Chocolate Sundae

  Food Package B: P5,850.00 (good for 30 pax)

     *Jollibee Spaghetti

      * Jolly Hotdog Classic

      * Regular Fries

      * Regular Drink

      * Chocolate Sundae

 Food Package C: P5,250.00 (good for 30 pax)

      * Jollibee Spaghetti

      * Regular Yum

      * Regular Fries

      *Regular Drink

      * Chocolate Sundae

  Food Package D: P6600.00 (good for 30 pax)

      * 1 pc Chickenjoy with Rice

      * Jollibee Saghetti

      * Regular Fries

      * Regular Drink

      * Chocolate Sundae

STEP 3: Online Payment

   

Assemble the Minions! Angelo’s 6th Birthday Minion Party 

We celebrated Angelo’s 6th birthday in advance with a Minion Mayhem theme. It was a whirlwind day of fun, food, sweets and splash of water.

   
    
 


After finalizing that the venue I only had about one week to plan and execute, so almost all of the decorations were easy DIY projects and thanks to a trip to Divisoria for the party decors.

  

We did simple yellow tablecloths with the Blue polka dots banner and few Minion balloons. I also used Minions printables which I got it free from Sheshalyn Party. 

   
I layed out all of the food buffet-style for the guests to help themselves. They feasted on:

  • Spareribs Caldereta ( all time favorite )
  • Hotdogs
  • Crispy Fried Chicken
  • Spaghetti
  • Dolor’s Kakanin


 
I’m not going to lie, I’m kind of happy to have this party simply because it was pretty easy to throw together. 

I opted to put a simple candy buffet with the addition of Minion happy meal toy from Mc Donald’s  and the kids loved it.

    
   

 
The birthday cakes were a gift from Tita Belle and Tita Karen. We don’t want to spend too much for the cake so I only requested  Chocolate cake from Goldilocks and Red Ribbon. It’s is our fave.

     
    
   
 
Despite the rain the kids still enjoyed the pool. Sadly, I didn’t get a group photo of the entire set with Inigo and Isabelle. Inigo is still recovering from sickness.   

    
 I got these cute Minion top from 168 Shopping Mall and gave it to the kids as party favors.  

Opening of presents is the most awaited time of the celebrant. Especially getting the toys that he always been wanted. Lego Marvel Superheroes and Lego Fire Station.Thank you Tita Raquiza he’s so surprised and glad! I’m also overwhelmed with the love he’s receiving from our families. Angelo is so lucky to have generous tita, tito and lolo’t lola.

   
    
    
   To our family who celebrated with us thanks a MINION! You simply made it extra ordinary and memorable. We love you all! Thank you Nanay Celda for cookIng and preparing all the dishes. To my Ate Racel for helping me with the venue. Tita Belle and Tito Aaron for helping me with the decorations.