April 28, 2019

Ambon Ambon Falls

Our trip to Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate in Talisay Batangas was a whirlwind plan. So before heading there the next day, I Googled what tourist spots is near the convent and it yielded Ambon Ambon Falls. Take note though that there are two other  “Ambon-Ambon Falls”, one in Pangil, Laguna and the other in Bagac, Bataan.

Sister Nympha said this falls is near their convent, about 30 minutes away.  This Ambon Ambon Falls is located in Bgy. Miranda in Laurel, Batangas. The Trail length is about 20-30 minutes to reach the first-smaller falls. Then another15 to 20 minutes to reach the second falls. the hardest climb is bout 25 to 30 minutes to reach the third and biggest falls.

Its name literally means ‘drizzle’ or ‘light rain’; a waterfall christened as such would have to be very tall to evoke such an effect. With an estimated height of 60 meters, in three levels of sharp rocks, I don't think any one can reach the 2nd and third falls like Julia and Juan who decided to stay and wait for us to finish the trail.

Though some of those who went before us find he trek to Ambon-Ambon falls easy, John and I find the climb a bit difficult but it was all worth it!

We advise that you visit Ambon Ambon Falls with any of the residents as they are knowledgeable of the place. We were blessed that Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate  were there to be our tour guided. Or you might want to join tours arranged by mountaineers and trekkers.

Start the trek as early as 5am so you'll avoid the heat of the sun and the many trekkers. Wear trekking shoes, lycra top and leggings. 


April 23, 2019

Benefits of Playing Bowling

I was about ten years old when I first played bowling. I remember I was actually at the bowling lane only because I had to chaperone my eldest sister. My two eldest sisters were not allowed to go on date alone. So there, I was the official "bantay" or bodyguard for them. They had no choice but to let me play as well.

After that I got to play bowling again in 2001 for Medicard's Marketing Dept Bowling Tournament, sponsored by Sir Voltz, where I won second place. 

Do I still have my mojo? Nope. I was just lucky to win before. This time, it was pure fun and laughter playing with our GPTA President Mam Beth,  her husband Sir Rudy and their children; Ma'am Sheila, Ma'am Carz, Luchi and my boyfriend forever, John.

Thanks Ma'am Beth for this treat!


Bowling is a wonderful sport for all ages, and is a low-risk activity for injuries. This sport has many benefits, including strengthening of muscles in arms, shoulders, and wrists, and parts of the lower body. It also improves flexibility and balance as it uses lunging, twisting, and stretching motions that can improve flexibility over time.  What's best is once you play bowling you lose150-300 calories in an hour.

Be sure to stretch and choose a ball weight that you can handle to avoid injuries.

April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday 2019

Just like Christmas and New Year's Eve, Easter Sunday is always happily anticipated by my children. Though Julia, Rafael and Juan are all teens now, they still want me to prepare an Easter Egg Hunt.  This time they do not want toys and other stuff as a treat but money.😁

Easter is one of my favorite holidays because I see joy in my children's eyes. Their laughter is genuine as they run loose looking for those colorful plastic eggs around the house.

We always have our family and loved ones on this special day. Special thanks to my sister-in-law, Ate Gaye, and Meeca and Gabe for celebrating Easter Sunday 2019 with us! 



"The memories we make with our family is everything." 
- Candace Cameron Bure

April 20, 2019

Casa Alegria Tagaytay

Going on a family staycation on a monthly basis is our family bonding but John and I have been busy since June of last year. To make up for the lost months, we went at Casa Alegria in Tagaytay for that much needed catching-up time with our children.

What we like at  Casa Alegria:

1. Infinity pool overlooking Taal Volcano
2. Clean, spacious, and relaxing rooms.
3. Billiards where I get to have fun with Rafael
4. Food, specifically their sinigang, tapa, and sisig.
5. The warm and friendly staff and their great service.

In short, we like everything about Casa Alegria but don't just take my words, call them and book your stay there and it's surely going to be a memorable experience for you and your family.


Address: Ligaya Drive, Sungay North, Tagaytay City, Philippines

Contact Number:  Steve Carranza (Casa Manager) 0917-130-3283

E-mail: casaalegriatagaytay@gmail.com

How To Go There:

Via Private Vehicle: 
Just get into South Luzon Expressway or Skyway then take SLEX (Exit 36) up to Nuvali Road. When you get to the Tagaytay proper, Just turn left before you get to People’s Park. (source: http://rodmagaru.com)

Via Commute: 
Ride a bus that passes by Tagaytay; there is one in Cubao (San Agustin) and another in Pasay ( DLTB).

Inform the driver to drop you off at Olivarez Terminal Tagaytay.
Ride a jeep to Ligaya drive, your landmark is Tagaytay Elementary School.
From there you can ride a tricycle from Manggahan and ask the driver to take you to Casa Alegria
https://www.casaalegriatagaytay.com/

April 19, 2019

Kahit Ayaw Mo Na

Kahit Ayaw Mo Na by This Band has been playing since last year but I only get to appreciate its lyrics last week at Siglo when I heard it from Gelai of Acoustic Impression.

I must say, I like the melody a lot! And the lyrics speaks about crazy, unconditional love. Akong ako ito 😁!

I've been practicing this song for five days, unleashing the frustrated singer in me. 😁
Juacho, my youngest son, recorded it while I was trying to catch my breath.
Bawal pong pagtawanan ha, mamalasin din ang mamimintas! πŸ˜



My critics verdict...

Juacho: Mom, you"ve got a nice voice. You should enrol in music school to learn more breathing techniques.
John: Babe, you've got the tone but not the timing.

______

Kahit Ayaw Mo Na
This Band
Kahit ikaw ay magalit
Sa'yo lang lalapit
Sa'yo lang aawit
Kahit na ikaw ay nagbago na
Iibigin pa rin kita
Kahit ayaw mo na
Tatakbo, tatalon
Isisigaw ang pangalan mo
Iisipin na lang panaginip ang lahat ng ito
O, bakit ba kailangan pang umalis?
Pakiusap lang na wag ka nang lumihis
Tayo'y mag usap, teka lang, ika'y huminto
'Wag mo kong iwan, aayusin natin 'to
Ang daling sabihin na ayaw mo na
Pero pinag-isipan mo ba?
Lapit nang lapit, ako'y lalapit
Layo nang layo, ba't ka lumalayo?
Labo nang labo, ika'y malabo
Malabo, tayo'y malabo
Bumalik, at muli ka ring aalis
Tatakbo ka ng mabilis
Yayakapin nang mahigpit
Ang hirap 'pag 'di mo alam ang iyong pupuntahan
Kung ako ba ay pagbibigyan
O nalilito lang kung saan
Tatakbo, tatalon
Isisigaw ang pangalan mo
Iisipin na…

April 17, 2019

Jay's Adobong Pusit

Jay and I met nine years ago. She used to belong to a PR company that invites bloggers to their clients' events. Although she 's been out of that company for years now, Jay and I continued our communication, thanks to Facebook!

Finally, we got to be together again when she visited me at home to teach me how to cook Adobong Pusit at Binawangang Pusit for Kwentong Kusina. Kwentong Kusina is my vlog series where I either visit my friends and peers in their kitchen for some homecooking or they visit me at my place.

Thanks so much Jay for the time, effort and love!πŸ’—


April 16, 2019

Taal Volcano Trek

Tagaytay is just a two hour drive from my place so this is my family's favorite to go anytime that we have time to do so. We've been there hundreds of times before but never been to Taal Volcano.So on our recent trip last week, I put it in our itinerary. It has to be done otherwise I will explode.😁

Taal Volcano is actually second most popular volcano next to Mt. Mayon of Legaspi but because it it quite near Manila, many Filipinos are taking it for granted, andyan lang naman kasi. 

Off with the #Mendiolables little adventure. We got the help of Casa Alegria to hook us to people they know from Taal  Volcano Tour. Mark of Casa Alegria, drove us to the resort where we had to pay P2,000 for the boat and P500 for Resort fee.

The boat ride lasted  around 25 minutes. Take note that you have to pay P50/group at the docking area after the trek. From there we immediately walked to the Tourism registration area to pay the entrance fees of P100/person.  Then soon after, people started selling us face masks for P20. You can actually help them by buying since it is their source of income. The mask will be of help if you're allergic to dusts. Fortunately for us we didn't need any.

The trek is actually pretty easy with rests at bamboo covered camp within 15 minutes walk. We would have reached the top within 30 minutes or less if I was not stopping for vlog and photo shoots in between the 14 Stations of the Cross. Plus we needed to be careful when horses pass by.

I suggest you start the trek as early as 5am so you'll reach the top before 6am. Enjoy the Vitamin D and head back before 9am as it gets super hot already by 9am. When I say, star the trek by 5am, it does not include the 25 minute boat ride so make a time allowance for that too. Coordinate well with your tour guide or contact person.

We were advised to go to Red Lava which promises an unobstructed view of the crater lake but it was still closed during our visit. Unlike the viewing deck which is free, you have to pay an additional P50 per person to be allowed entry to Red Lava.

We went to the viewing deck I wanted to ask "if nasa langit na ba ako" because there where nuns cutely giggling while taking selfies and groufies. Taal Volcano Trek is made more awesome meeting Sister Frances and the rest of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate!

The trek to the crater of Taal Volcano is fairly easy for us so we didn't need a tour guide. Going all the way down to the crater is no longer allowed. For those who aren't as adventurous, you can hire a tour guide for P100 per head and  a horse for a two way ride for a fee of P500.

Bring enough water and other liquid as those sold in Taal are doubled or tripled from the original price. Buko Juice sells at a P100 at one resting camp, and P50 at other resting camp.



April 15, 2019

Blindfold Choco Drinks Taste Test

Julia and Juan have been begging me to do Blindfold Choco Drinks Taste Test. We were supposed to do this last week when we were in Tagaytay but we enjoyed relaxing so much so that we forgot to do it.

Finally we were able to do this Blindfold Choco Drinks Taste Test at home. We were surprised that Zest-O Choc-O tastes the best. I don't even know that Zest-O have a choco drink. I gre up with their juices only.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. My children have no intention of smearing any brand. They just want to know which tastes best so I, their beautiful mom, won't have a hard time choosing what choco drink to buy for them.



April 14, 2019

Joy Felizardo's Baby Shower

Joy Felizardo and I met in a Mommy-Breastfeeding Event in Quezon City Circle some nine years ago. As a natural friendly person, I kept on talking and asking her questions. Trying my best to win her attention, I felt that she's not interested with my incessant energy so I just stopped talking. She left the event early, saying she has another event to attend to. I was hoping to God she was telling the truth and that it was not because she got irritated by me.

The next day we met again in another event. She kind of loosen up a bit but still talking to me only when asked a question.

Fast forward to 2013, Joy and I have been close although we don't get to see each other much because we have different niche, hers is food blog while I'm into lifestyle blog. Joy proved to be a very kind soul. 

Fast forward  to 2018, she revealed to me that she's undergoing some medical attention, probably due to hormonal imbalance. All the while she was wrong, she was actually pregnant!

Babies are a blessing! I am so happy for her and Bhogz and the rest of their 4 children so when she asked me to be the host for  her Baby Shower, I immediately said YES! On top of that, I'm proud to say, I'll be one of the Ninangs too! Yahoo!



April 13, 2019

View Park Hotel

It's been one year and 2 months since our last visit at our most favorite hotel in Tagaytay. This time instead of staying overnight, we've spent two nights to fully rest and relax at View Park Hotel.

On our last night, my friend Zeny and her family dropped by at View Park Hotel. I toured them around because it's their first time to see the place. They were surprised how big and lovely this hotel is. 

Before they head back home, I brought them at Siglo to watch Acoustic Impressions. Carlo even  jammed with them!


Viewpark Hotel is just an one-hour drive from the metropolis.  It is one of the most affordable yet elegant hotels in the heart of Tagaytay City and accessible to the city's famous tourist spots such as Picnic Grove, Tagaytay Highlands and the peak of the city, the People's Park or the so called Palace in the Sky.

View Park Hotel Address:
3500 Calamba Road, Sungay East, Tagaytay City, 4120 Tagaytay City

Phone SMS (0922) 885 1516; (0917) 544 6396; 
(Viber) (0999) 883 9460 
Telefax (02) 584 4090 or (046) 413 0862
Email inquiry@viewparkhotel.com
Website http://www.viewparkhotel.com

Public Transit From Manila:
- Take SLEX (South Luzon Expressway). From Sta. Rosa Exit, turn right on the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road. As you reach Tagaytay Rotonda, please turn left. View Park Hotel Tagaytay is located just in front of Picnic Grove Park.

April 12, 2019

UNA TAGAYTAY

We've been very busy for months preparing for Grade 10 Ethereal Ball so I made sure to book at UNA TAGAYTAY for 2 nights so John and I and our children as well can have that well deserved break from stress.


What to like at UNA TAGAYTAY 
πŸ”°UNLI Wifi
πŸ”°UNLI Netflix
πŸ”°UNLI Amazon Prime Videos
πŸ”°49" Smart Android TV with Chromecast
πŸ”°FREE Coffee and Tea
πŸ”°FREE Bottled Water
πŸ”°FREE Goodies
πŸ”°FREE Shampoo, Soap and Toothpaste
πŸ”°Bath Towels &amp and Hand Towels provided
πŸ”°Games for and Adults provided

πŸ”°Very Clean place
πŸ”°Gracious Hosts
πŸ”°Near Sky Ranch
πŸ”°Near Starbucks, McDonalds, Hypermart


Like and Follow UNA Tagatay in Facebook for latest updates and direct bookin:! https://www.facebook.com/UNATagaytay/

April 9, 2019

Ethereal Ball

My three children studied in private schools from preparatory school to elementary. My husband and I were used to just paying whatever the school tells us to pay. It is a lot different in public or government-run school because collection of money in whatever amount is unlawful.

I was active in General Parents and Teachers Association (GPTA) since twins Julia and Rafael were in Grade 7 so I'm quite aware of activities, specifically Ball or Parties, that were rejected because of monetary collection issues.

By the time the twins are in Grade 8, many of their friends, classmates and batch mates were telling me they wanted to have a Graduation Ball since Junior and Senior Prom is not practiced in MandSci.

To avoid the same dilemma that the previous batch of students and parents experienced, the Moving Up Committee, headed by our Chairman Rafael Mendiola Jr., made sure we go by the  books. We ran a survey among the Students of Batch 2019 if they wanted a Ball. Then we ran a survey for the venue. Then we ran a survey again what food they want. It was actually a long process and planning.

Although there were some questions, mostly on safety issues, I'd like to give credit to all the parents of Grade 10 - Batch 2019 because everyone were cooperative of this endeavor.

This Ethereal Ball wouldn't have been this awesome without the hardworking Moving Up Committee. Special mention to Mommy Loui Fermiza, Mommy Carmela Austria and Mommy Emily Siquioco. Sila ang matyatyagang mag paroo't parito sa Divisoria, Recto, Quiapo at kung saan-saang lugar para makatipid ng todo. They even pay for their own fare and food at madalas abonado pa sa ibang gastusin.

Hats off to Mr. Gani and Mrs. Brigitte Mauleon for sponsoring the stage backdrop, the ideas of the flower balls and more. Sir Gani took time out from his busy schedule to be the official photographer. You must see in Facebook the photos he shot for all the students.

Papuri kay Mother Eleanor Fermiza na kahit di sya kasama sa committee she was always helping us. Sya din ang nangulit kay Former Mayor Benhur Abalos para mapayagan kami sa Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.

Pasasalamat kay Sir Vic and Ma'am Winnie for hosting this event kahit na short notice at walang preparations.

Sa lahat ng mga Batang MandSci na nag perform, maraming salamat sa inyong time and effort!

Sa lahat ng mga Batang MandSci, kapuri-puri kayo sa pagdating sa tamang oras. We started on the dot kaya mahaba ang time to partey partey!

Last but certainly not the least, gratitude to my husband for being a good leader. John is a very private person. He'd rather stay home than socialize. But, for the students, he made himself available for school year 2018-2019. He has proven himself fair and square as well. Walang palakasan na nangyari. Even our closest friends and parents, and his co-GPTA officers were not allowed to stay in the ballroom kaya naging smooth ang flow ng gabing ito.

In summary, this Ethereal Ball will not be made possible without the cooperation of everybody.



"Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point 
and no further, but cooperation, 
which is the thing we must strive for today, 
begins where competition leaves off."

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

April 2, 2019

Finest Thai Restaurant in Manila

John and I have been to Thai and we've tasted their food. I must say, nothing beats Thai quite like Mango Tree in BGC fairly because Mango Tree is an international restaurant chain from Thailand that serves Authentic Thai with a Fine Dining experience.

This family dinner last week was a belated celebration for Julia and Rafael for winning Mr. and Ms. MandSci 2019.



Address: High Street Central, Bonifacio 1634, 7th Ave, Taguig, Metro Manila
Phone: (02) 621 3233

April 1, 2019

Graduation

Yes it is April 1 today but it's no April Fools Day because my twin kids have finally finished Junior High School from The City of Mandaluyong Science High School.

Although this event is now called Moving-Up Ceremony, I still prefer to call it Graduation. Call it old school, I just find it fitting to be called that way because that four years in JHS is not an easy thing. These children worked hard to be able to reach this far.

Sharing this video for all the Proud Parents of Batang MandSci, especially those working abroad who were not able to make it to the ceremony.



"God wants us to know that life is a series of beginnings, 
not endings.  Just as graduations are not terminations, 
but commencements. Creation is an ongoing process, 
and when we create a perfect world where love and compassion 
are shared by all, suffering will cease." 
- Bernie Siegel