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Educational Fieldtrip at Art in Island 3D Museum in Cubao 

It was Kuya Angelo’s fieldtrip yesterday and his day was full of fun filled activities. One thing that I learned here in the Philippines is that school are requiring kids to bring companion with them. 

Luckily last minute Tita Racel decided to bring her girls and her yaya so Angelo can still come since I can’t be with him. 

Their first stop is at La Mesa Ecopark where he experienced Bunjee Jumping.

   
    
    
 After lunch they head over to Art Island. It is located in Brgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City near Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Ali Mall, Cubao Expo, etc.

If you are looking for a new fun thing to do in Manila. Or if you are in the middle of organizing a field trip, excursion, team activity you may want to consider this fun interactive museum in Cubao, a new attraction in the Metro.

  
ART IN ISLAND is the biggest 3D Museum in Asia as far as number of 3D paintings is concerned.The biggest in terms of area is the 3D Museum in Jeju Island in Korea at 4,100 sqm, versus the 3,800 sqm of Art in Island.   

 It’s a museum with visually stunning 3D artworks that you can touch, interact with, and be part of. It was founded by Yun Jae Kyoung and his Korean partners, with 14 3D artists from Korea working on all the paintings.  

Operation Hours and Admission Fee

Art in Island Entrance Fee is FREE for children 3 feet and below while the regular admission fee for Adults is Php500.  

Students, Senior Citizens, PWDs get a discount of Php 100 so they will only pay P400 admission fee, if you belong to this category you must bring a valid ID to avail of the discount. Accepted IDs are school ID for the students, Senior Citizen ID for the Senior Citizens, and PWD ID for the PWDs.  

This 3D Art Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM. That’s 12 hours of fun exploration if you feel like being there on opening and closing bell.


**This establishment is close on Mondays, but open on Holidays. Ticket selling is only up to 8PM.
   

What to bring when you come visit?

  • Bring socks or bedroom slippers. All guests are required to take off the shoes before you can enter the museum. No socks, tour the museum on barefoot. Or you can also buy slipper socks from the museum for Php150. They have a shoe counter where you can deposit your shoes.
  • Cameras!!!!
  • For those who easily gets cold, bring a jacket for Art in Island is fully air-conditioned.

Prohibited Items – you can’t bring these inside the 3D Art museum: food and drinks, tripod, pets.
  
  

 
 

They also have Year-round Promos which you can avail of this 2015 to 2016 and beyond:

*Birthday Promo – Your admission is Free is you visit Art in Island on the day of your birthday, a day before, or a day after. You must bring your birth certificate or any valid ID that indicates your birth date like SSS UMID, passport, PRC ID etc.

*Loyalty Promo – If you’ve been to the museum, don’t throw away your used ticket! Because on your next visit you can avail of a 50% OFF discount by presenting your old ticket and showing the attendant at the ticket booth a picture of you inside the museum.

*Group Promo – This is best for school field trips, excursions, and group tours. If your group has at least 20 persons (regardless of age), your group will get 20% off the ticket price of P500.00.  

To monitor promo, freebie, contest and discount announcements of Art in Island, follow their official Facebook page for the latest updates.

 For reservations and queries call Art in Island Contact Number: (02) 421 1356. Their email is artinisland@gmail.com.

  

Posted in Diary of Newbie Mom Recommends, Family matters, Weekend escapades

Family Day Out at Manila Ocean Park, Philippines

  
Hotel H2O and Manila Ocean Park is just right next to each other. That’s why Kuya Angelo can’t contain his happiness upon knowing that there is underwater aquarium inside the place. He insisted that we must watch the Sea Lion show. We check the ticket price and in the end settled with the Deep Sea Rush promotion for php 580 per person. 

We also paid for Inigo’s ticket in full because his height is above 2feet na din. But if your child is below 2feet free pa sila.

Deep Sea Rush offer includes the following:

  1. Oceanarium
  2. Jellies exhibit
  3. Sharks and Rays Dry Encounter
  4. Sea Lion Show
  5. Back of the Room Tour
  6. Symphony Evening Show

  
Our first stop is at Oceanarium. The Oceanarium is home to 14,000 marine creatures from around 277 species, all indigenous to the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Its sheer size and diversity makes it one of the world’s best public aquariums. 

 
   
   
   
 You are only allowed to enter the attraction once so might as well sulitin mo na! They will cross out kasi the attraction once you enter.   
    
 
The Oceanarium is a stunning walkthrough of the watery depths featuring seven sections and containing 1,900 cubic meters of seawater.    

    
   

At the heart of the Oceanarium is the main attraction – a 25 meter long, 220° curved walkway tunnel with a spectacular underwater view of amazing sea creatures swimming overhead.

          
 
The exit of Oceanarium will lead to the second floor where the Back of the House is located. This is the area where breeding of the sea creatures happens. You may also see the machines being used in the operation.

  
   

   
After Back of the House we went straight to Jellies Exhibit.

   
 

   

  


 We were tired of all the walkings that we did so we decided to go to the Sea Lion show and wait till 3pm to start.

This show is so awesome! Ang saya and ang galing! Super nag enjoy ang mga bata! 

  
 
  
 

Due to tiredness we skipped the Sharks and Rays Encounter while the Evening Symphoney starts at 6:30pm so we decided to go home na din.We’re planning to go back if our budget permits, we like to try the Trail of Antartica.

  

Manila Ocean Park

behind Quirino Grandstand

Luneta Manila Philippines 1000

Trunkline: 

+63 2 567 7777

Facsimile:

+63 2 567 2309

Email:

inquiry@manilaoceanpark.com

 
 

Posted in Diary of Newbie Mom Recommends, Dining Out - Sharjah, Sibling LOVE, Sister bonding, Tried and Tested - Food Galore, Uncategorized

Sharjah Dining – Applebee’s at Sahara Centre

We hang out, we help one another, we tell one another our worst fears and biggest secrets, and then just like real sisters, we listen and don’t judge

   
 

If there’s one thing that I loved about Raquiza is she really knows me well. Some people are asking us if we are also fighting. To be honest yes! And that’s because of me and my big mouth.😆

Most of the time we also have differences and arguments but at the end of the day we choose to believe that like Joseph forgiveness, love and humbleness should reigns in our heart.

Raquiza is the youngest among our four siblings and she’s the sweetest. Kaya lagi niya kong nililibre pag sweldo or she’ll see that I need time out from all the mother duties. Ang chweeett😍

And today is no exemption, we had our shopping bonding and dinner date at Applebee’s Restaurant – Sahara Mall.   

       

The Applebee’s concept focuses on casual dining, with mainstream American dishes such as salads, shrimp, chicken, pasta, and “riblets” (which is considered Applebee’s signature dish)

The orders – We started with their Ultimate Trio Appetizer. We settled upon with Twisted Pretzel and Dip, Fried Calamari and Cheeseburger Sliders.

  
Then we also ordered their new Cowboy Ribeye Portobello. It’s a bone – in steak seasoned with salt and pepper and topped with sauteed Portobello mushrooms. Instead of baked potatoes we replaced it with fries.

  To satisfy our thirst we also tried their Mango Banana Smoothie. It’s a combination of banana and mango purees blended with vanilla mix, apple and orange juices, garnished with fresh apple and pineapple. I highly recommend this!   

The verdict – A great night out with my sister! Nothing beats great drinks and great food in a casual dining setting. The service here was friendly and efficient, and staff were confident to offer advice on the menu.👍 

Applebee’s Sahara Centre
Applebee’s Sahara Centre

Sahara Centre, Sharjah

East Atrium, Restaurant Area 

Phone: +9716-555-0245

Home Delivery : No

City : Sharjah

Timing: Sun – Thu: 10:00 am to 11:30 pm

Fri: 2:00 pm to 12:00 am

Sat: 10:00 am to 11:30 pm  

***Restaurant timings and services may change during the Holy month of Ramadan. Please directly confirm with the restaurant for operations during this month.

Posted in Diary of Newbie Mom Recommends, Dining Out Dubai, Dubai Dining, Dubai Restaurants, Tried and Tested - Food Galore

Dubai Dining – More Life Happens Here at Chili’s – Deira City Centre

I didn’t know that Toy’s R Us shop was already closed in Deira City Centre. Supposedly we’ll buy the present of Kuya Angelo for his 6th birthday. I don’t know why he’s excited for his upcoming birthday.Kaya I tagged along Tita Raquiza para she can buy na. Tita is the spoiler di ba..😛

Raquiza arrived earlier than our meeting time and when I saw her she’s already carrying a big shopping bag from Bath and Bodyworks. I was about to check the shop also when I saw the signage that Victoria’s Secret is on 25-70 % promo. I went inside and saw most of the filipinas in lotion and lingerie sections. Why not thong panties for only aed 15 while lotions are aed 20 only. Steal! 😜

There are lots of cute stuff pero I need to buy lang for my sisters and hipag. Kaya control! 

After a quick shopping we settled to dine-in at Chili’s Restaurant located at the second level of the mall.

 The restaurant Is known for traditional Southwestern flair, serving delectable Mexican food and chilled margaritas in a casual, friendly environment.   

    The orders – For starter we had Triple Dipper which includes Wings over Buffalo, Honey- Chipotle Chicken Crispers and the new Big Mouth Burger Bites. Daddy A wants steak so he opted for 12 oz Flamed Grilled Rib Eye with two side dish such as Fries and Shredded Corn. We also add Grilled Shrimp Alfredo Penne Pasta.    

    

 The verdict – The selection of food is impressive. I loved the pasta but I find the steak too dry. We asked for mushroom sauce but they failed to put it on. The Strawsicle Ice Cream Smoothie is a bomb! 

Money wise I still consider it worth the penny.   

Chili’s Restaurant Deira City Centre

PHONE NUMBER

04 2959559, 04 3440088

LOCATION

Deira City Centre Area › Level 2, Deira City Centre, Deira City Centre Area, Dubai

***Restaurant timings and services may change during the Holy month of Ramadan. Please directly confirm with the restaurant for operations during this month.

Posted in Diary of Newbie Mom Recommends, Family matters, Tried and Tested - Food Galore

Staycation at Radisson Blu Sharjah

Our family had a grand weekend courtesy of Mareng Jen. She booked total of 5 rooms for all the bear family. We were given a spacious room with extra bed and crib for Isabelle.

Radisson Blu Resort is a five star hotel majestically located along the lovely white-sand beaches of the Arabian Gulf, Sharjah.

This elegant resort makes an ideal destination for business and leisure travellers, with 306 sumptuous rooms, suites and poolside cabanas, stunning on-site restaurants and impressive meeting rooms.

                      The hotel also boast their temperature-controlled swimming pools, a private beach and lagoon, a beach club and a fitness centre.    

    The resort is within a 25-minute drive of the Sharjah International Airport and the Dubai International Airport. Guests may also lounge in the Beach Private Area where you may enjoy beach amenities which includes umbrellas and beach towels.

If you feel like you have the guts to do outdoor activities, you may try their on-site recreation like sailing and kayaking. Snorkeling and scuba diving are both nearby.

 

In the morning we were spoilt with a Super Breakfast Buffet at Café at the Falls.The cafe is surrounded with a verdant indoor forest and waterfall.

The buffet has a wide array of choices.There were the breads, waffles, rice, cold cuts, cereals and live station of egg cooking according to your preference.   

  

                  

  

 

The verdict – Friendly and professional staff made this a relaxing and pleasurable stay at a luxurious and elegant hotel.   

Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah-United Arab Emirates

Corniche Street, P.O. Box 3527

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Tel: +971 6 565 7777

Fax: +971 6 565 0090

Email: info.sharjah@radissonblu.com

 

Posted in Diary of Newbie Mom Recommends, Dining Out Dubai, Dubai Dining, Dubai Restaurants, Food review, Tried and Tested - Food Galore

Dubai Dining – Sweet treat at Shakespeare and Co. Restaurant – Dubai Mall

It seemed that a piece of England had found a nook for itself in Dubai Mall. 

  
The ambience- Shakespeare and Co. is designed in a very colorful Victorian style… 

   
 The décors – are inspired by the hallmarks of a bygone era – 18th Century Europe, a period when elegance, luxury, and exquisite attention to detail was de rigeur. From plush upholstery encased with antique frames to intricate chandeliers and vintage centerpieces, classically majestic, awe-inspiring union of colour.

  

The menu
– The menu comprises classic dishes from the world’s favorite cuisines – in essence, reflecting the rich diversity of the patrons who visit the restaurants. They use classic methods and fresh ingredients;quickly prepared, craveable meals that persuade a nostalgic feeling of home.

It’s composed by an array of salads, sandwiches, wraps, eggs Benedict, crêpes, pasta, milkshakes and the juices are fantastic.

   
 

The orders – None of us are hungry so we opted to try their cakes and milkshakes. We feast on a slice of Mille Feuille, a puff pastry cake with layered of vanilla filling, a piece of Mogador Chocolate, it’s a chocolate sponge cake with mousse and praline cream. We also craved for a Raspberry Cheesecake topped with fresh strawberries. 

 

For beverages we enjoyed Chocolate Milkshake and Chocolate Cappuccino and a scoop of Strawberry Ice Cream. We just don’t like sweets😛

   
 

When we told them that the cake is for birthday they got the correct spelling of the name of the celebrant and add candle for blowing.

   
   

The verdict – The service was good… staff are welcoming! The place creates a truly extraordinary environment that oozes comfort and encourages great conversation.

   
  

 

Shakespeare and Co.  is located on the first floor of the mall, opposite Galerie Lafayette and easily accessible from the grand parking levels.  Open from 7AM – 12AM everyday of the week.

TELEPHONE:

+971 4 434 0195

Posted in Diary of Newbie Mom Recommends, Dining Out Dubai, Dubai Dining, Dubai Restaurants, Food review, Tried and Tested - Food Galore

Dubai Dining – Birthday celebration at The Texas Roadhouse – Dubai Mall

We are meat lovers and so for Raquiza’s 30th birthday celebration The Texas Roadhouse wins unanimously.  Texas Roadhouse at Dubai Mall is a great place to go if you want to experience the hand-cut steaks, award winning ribs, fresh baked bread, and made from scratch side items.  

The orders– Looking at the comprehensive menu,we were overwhelmed with mouth-watering choices and was delighted to start with complimentary glazed cinnamon bread with cinnamon-infused butter.

  
And while we are waiting for our order we were also given a bucket of free nuts to munch. 

  
For main course, daddy A indulged himself with 10 oz flavorful and juicy Ribeye Steak with seasoned rice.

 

I ordered Ribeye Steak and Shrimp combo while Raquiza enjoyed her Ribeye Steak with Beef Rib.

  
We also ordered Oven Roasted Chicken for Tita Miriam. It’s a half chicken, trimmed, uniquely seasoned then slow-roasted for the perfect tenderness. They also give her signature barbecue sauce for added flavor. Then Kuya Angelo and Inigo shared the Mini-Cheeseburger with fries.

  
Our main dish was served with a choice made from scratch two side dishes. 

  
The Verdict – What a fun evening it was. A good meal guarantees a good time and great food make for great memories with the birthday celebrant.

  
Texas Roadhouse is set in the heart of Fountain Restaurant Area – Lower Ground Level.

Call 043253951 for more information.

* thank you for the treat sisssy!