June 16, 2019

Fun Way of Exercising at Home

Although I'm enrolled in Fitness First, I don't go there everyday mainly because I am a mother and wife with so many things to do at home because we do not have a helper. To make sure I still get my cardio workout, I incorporate exercise with cleaning. Sharing my fun way of exercising at home  for all the busy moms out there.



June 15, 2019

The Way I Walk

Mrs PTA Pageant have been running for 3 years now but my kids' school  have not joined since the beginning. I was tapped to join for 3 consecutive years but I'd respectfully decline because this isn't my thing.

I am not comfortable joining contests like this for three reasons. First, I lack the height. Second, I don't like to wear swimsuit. Third and certainly the most important one, the way I walk. I don't walk gracefully. I walk like a cave man๐Ÿ˜ I have always been laughed by the way I walk. A friend even told me once, "maganda ka sana pero ang pangit mong mag lakad".

I'm not ashamed of how I walk. This walk have allowed me to do a lot of things, andbrought me to many places. I an.proud of this walk, it's just that my walk is not a pageant material. 

Then why am I joining this year? Our chosen representative quit for an important event so she can focus her time and strength for the rigorous training she needed.  When I read Ma'am Beth's, our GPTA President, plea for a candidate, I felt I needed to step up to save our beloved school since this is the very first time we're joining Mrs PTA.

Whatever the outcome of my walk, I'm joyfully doing this to give back to the school that is providing the best kind of education to my three children.

It was fun meeting the other mom candidates. Thanks to Coach Chris Aquino for building our confidence. Thanks to Ma'am Beth and Ma'am Egen for the support for the second kalakal canvassing. And here's our practice earlier.



June 14, 2019

Core Exercise

Big tummy has always been my problem because I like eating salty food and hate drinking water. Bad combination right! I know. So lately I've been trying to cut on chips that's oozing with salt, been drinking lots of water and doing core exercises.

Thanks Coach Derik for pushing me hard. Hopefully I'd have better ab by next moth for my 46th birthday.

Disclaimer, you can do this at home, just be careful when handling the weights/dumbbell. If you do not have a dumbbell at home, you may opt to use  2 liters plastic bottle filled with water.



June 13, 2019

Learn to Swim with Bert Lozada Swim School

I learned how to swim when I was in high school but I have always been afraid to explore the deeper part of the pool. I'd often just stay at the corner of a 5ft pool just to make sure I don't drown.

One of my bucket list is to learn how to swim confidently so each year I'd hire someone to teach me or enroll in a swim class. All of those attempts were futile. I am still afraid to even put my head under water.

Today at Ace Water Spa in Pasig, I once again, for the 100th time tried to learn to swim with Bert Lozada Swim School. How was it? I'm amazed that in just an hour my phobia slowly vanished. Thanks to Coach Elleigh, I confidently learned the basics of swimming. Will I go back? Of course, yes! 



Am I recommending Bert Lozada Swim School? A definite yes because of the following reasons:

1. Tried and Tested since 1956 

2. Fun and Safe Swimming - FUN Swimming activities using SAFE swim gear/equipment/paraphernalia 

3. BLSS Awards - 1st Place Best Swim School Picture 2009 by United States Swim School Conference - 2005 Best Swim School by Philippine Marketing Association 

4. Swimming is close to you - BLSS has over 70 venues nationwide 

5. Learning requires no age - With program from all ages 

- Swim as early as 6 months old – 85 years old 

6. Highly Skilled Coaches - Our Master Coaches undergo comprehensive formal training courses and seminars abroad. These acquired techniques are constantly updated, adapted and passed on to the entire BLSS Member-Coaches 

7. International Affiliates - United States Swim School Association, World Swimming Coaches Association, World Aquatic Babies and Children Network, World Aquatic Babies Congress, Aquatic Achievers Swim Schools and Miracle Swimming For Adults.

8. Local Affiliates - Philippine Medical Association  and Triathlon Association of the Philippines 

9. BLSS Offers PE/ Varsity - BLSS can provide and implement to all grade/year levels a curriculum for PE or Varsity Sports Program that integrate effective traditional insights with the latest sports science. 

10. BLSS Produces, trains, and mentors powerful Swim Teams - Who compete in local, regional, national and international swim competitions, sanctioned by Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI) and whose swim standings are recognized by Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), International Olympic Committee (IOC) and FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation) 

11. BLSS Breeds Champions 

Bert Lozada Swim School Programs:

1. BABIES - 

My Baby and Me Program - 6 months to 3 years old.  An aquatic program designed to teach parents and children to be familiar with the water. Parents are taught how to help their child to be confident and happy in the water, and encourage learning through fun activities. This program will prepare your infant/toddler physically, psychologically and socially for more structured swimming lessons later in life.

LEVEL 1: Starfish (Water Explorer) Age 6 - 12 months

A pre-swimming class with the parent in the water.

LEVEL 2: Puffers (Water Familiar) Age 1 - 2.5 years

For children who are eager to participate with parent in the water.

LEVEL 3: GUPPIES (Water Safety) Age 2.6 - 4 years

Teaches children to perform basic water safety.

LEVEL 4: Penguins (Water Confident) Age 2.6 - 4 years

For children who are eager to participate with or without parent in the water.

LEVEL 5: Seals (Water Independent) Age 2.6 - 4 years

For children who are independent from parents and have more confidence in the water.

2. KIDS

4 years old and above - Comprehensive program can teach an absolute beginner both survival skills and sound swimming skills in the four main swimming strokes. This program graduates into 6 levels as the swimmer develops his/her skills and begin to enjoy the sport more competitively

LEVEL 1: Snapper 1 Age 4 years old and above

For children who are afraid of the water or little or no swimming experience.

LEVEL 2: Snapper 2 Age 4 to 6 years old

For children ready to work without the parent or caregiver and are developing 10m Survival Swim and 10m Dog Paddle.

LEVEL 3: JAMMER 1 Age 7 years old and above

For children who are developing 15m Survival Swim and 15m Basic Freestyle

LEVEL 4: JAMMER 2 Age 7 years old and above

For children who are developing 15m Backstroke and 15m Butterfly

LEVEL 5: JAMMER 3 Age 7 years old and above For children who are developing 15m Breast Stroke and Advance freestyle mechanics

3. SWIM SQUAD - Age 5 years old and above.  A pre-competitive swim program with supervised coaching, open to individuals who can swim all four strokes (freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke).

4. ADULTS - 16 to 85 years old. Proper breathing techniques and stroke correction for adults with or without any background in swimming.

INTRO TO SWIM

Teaches comfort in the water, confidence, and being in control: the ability to be yourself in water, whether it's shallow or deep, pool, lake, or ocean. Being able to rely on yourself—not on the bottom or the side of the pool—for your safety. shallow or deep, pool, lake, or ocean. If you’re afraid or not comfortable in the water, this is the perfect program for you!

BASIC

Teaches fundamental skills like floating, arm & leg action and breathing in a stress-free, encouraging atmosphere. Focuses on survival stroke and freestyle.

ADVANCE 1

Stroke drills and expert coaching allow you to develop perfect technique in breaststroke and backstroke.

ADVANCE 2

Stroke drills and expert coaching allow you to develop perfect technique in advance freestyle and butterfly.

POWER SWIM

Teaches racing technique and preparation to athletes of all levels. Through specially designed workouts and proper stroke management, students will be able to swim faster with efficient technique. The program’s goal is to help you achieve a lifetime of swimming improvement. POWER TRI

This program is made for triathletes, starting or developing, to help them start, enjoy and finish their race. Program includes proper techniques in running, cycling, swimming, transitions, race strategies and nutrition. 

June 12, 2019

Pier's Dried Fish

Have you heard about Pier's Dried Fish? I bet you haven't. I only knew about Pier's Dried Fish last week when mommy-blogger friend, Mommy Pier of The Soapbox Filipina blog, posted her business in Facebook.

Mommy Pier's husband and his family have been with the dried fish trade since way back. The dried fish they supply  have always been first class quality. But only few people know of this dried fish, since it is sold by bulk.

Mommy Pier hoped for these first class dried fish to reach the homes of mommies like me so she decided to put up Pier's Dried Fish this high quality  dried fish that sells in small packages good for household consumption.

All of the fond memories I had with my late Mama came back because of Mommy Pier's post.  Growing up as a child, I had many happy memories with my Mama specially when it comes to food. Mama loved cooking and she cooked well. One thing that reminds me so well about my mother is that she liked dried fish a lot! Our breakfast before would consist of fried rice, fried eggs, veggies and fried dried fish.

For the Philippine Independence Day, I cooked Champorado with Tuyo on the side for breakfast and  Ginisang Repolyo with dried labahita for lunch.


To order, you may contact Mommy Pier at 0917 - 8822375 or drop her a hook, line and sinker at
PIER’S Dried Fish on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/piersdriedfish//

Prices vary depending on the supply and season. As of now these are the prices:

▪️Tuyo walang kaliskis, P200/kg ( 1 kg minimum)

▪️Labahita P280 ( 1kg minimum)

▪️Besugong Bato ( minimum 1/2 kg). P550/kg

▪️Dulong (minimum 1/2 kg), P650/kg

▪️Boneless dilis ( minimum 1/2 kg), P750/kg

▪️Espada. P800/kg, P200@1/4pk

▪️Pusit. P900/kg, P225 1/4/pk

▪️Danggit, P1,200kg, P300@1/4pk

June 4, 2019

Rambler Garden Hotel Review

I'm already quite familiar with TST, Mongkok, Nathan, mostly the city in Hong Kong.  I was adamant when my friend Malou suggested that John and stay at Rambler Garden Hotel in  Tsing Yi area because I do not know the place and what tourist attractions are near.

Good thing I heeded Malou's suggestion because I really like the location of Rambler Garden Hotel. Rambler is a stylish hotel located a 5-minute drive from Kwai Fong MTR. Featuring rooms with views of Rambler Channel, it offers free Wi-Fi and a large sky garden, it is a 20-minute journey from Hong Kong Disneyland by the MTR and just a 30-minute drive from Hong Kong International Airport via the Airport Express.

Tsing Yi area is a great choice for travellers interested in Disneyland, Po Lin Monastery, Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) and Tai 0 Fishing Village.

I like almost everything about Rambler Garden Hotel - affordable rate, the view, the room is bigger than most hotels in the city, WIFI is fast and efficient. I also like that Malou live nearby. I just didn't like the rudeness of the Male Front Desk/Receptionist. He was not helpful at all. Maybe because of language barrier or he's just plain and simple rude!

Do I recommend Rambler Garden Hotel? Yes, if you plan to explore Lantau Island (Disneyland, Po Lin Monastery, Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) and Tai 0 Fishing Village)

June 2, 2019

Slumber Party

A slumber party is a party, typically for preteen or teenage girls, in which all the guests spend the night at the house where the party is held. I never experienced a slumber party when I was a kid basically because my parents were strict. 

Now at 45, I got to enjoy this kind of party when Jen came to the Philippines for a vacation. We stayed at Sofitel, with Christella, Gigi, Marilyn and Ate Gemma.

We've stayed up til the wee hours reminiscing our high school days - both happy and awkward experiences. The funniest part was when Theela blurted, "O ikaw Marlyn, kasama ka pa din sa silent majority" just because Lyn didn't say anything the whole time๐Ÿ˜.




Onea Bed and Breakfast

Onea Bed and Breakfast is a 2-star budget hotel located in the compound of Cafe Lupe in Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City.

What I like:

1. Fitness centre - Elorde Boxing Gym.
2. Two restaurants that offers Japanese food (Kampai Sushi Bar) and Mexican and Filipino food (Cafe Lupe)
3. Free WiFi
4. Flat-screen TV with cable channels
5. Staff are extremely helpful
6. Small, cute swimming pool that super chill and relaxing.
7. Nice view from the restaurant
8. Location - It is 9 km from Pinto Art Museum and 8 km from Casa Santa Museum.
9. Affordable rates


Warning: If you're not into night-life and loud music, avoid booking during Fridays and Saturdays because they usually have events on those days that lasts up to 2am.

Boxing Session with Coach Arnel Antipuesto at Cafe Lupe

I get heavier, bigger, fatter every time we travel because all I do is eat, blog, eat, vlog, eat, sleep a little, eat, repeat.  This time for my Health and Fitness 2019 Goals, I'm including a visit to the hotel's gym to do at least an hour of workout.

Starting it with a Boxing Session with Coach Arnel Antipuesto at Cafe Lupe. This is my first time to join a boxing gym although I like this sport ever since I was 6 years old. I remember doing a match with my neighbor Neneng who is older than me. I played boxing with her probably until 10 years old when my baby breast were starting to grow.

In just three days under Coach Arnel, I learned the basic punches, leg moves and core exercise to help flatten my tummy. Thanks Coach Arnel and Hannah for assisting me!

If you're staying at OneA Hotel or dining at Cafe Lupe and Kampai, visit Coach Arnel at Elorde Boxing Gym, locted below the Cafe Lupe Restaurant.




Top Benefits of Boxing:

Enhanced Cardiovascular Health
Improved Total-Body Strength
Better Hand-Eye Coordination
Decreased Stress.
Improved Body Composition

Northern Blossom Flower Farm

For our 2019 Baguio Trip, we've decided to go further in Atok, Benguet to see Northern Blossom Flower Farm. The Northern Blossom flower farm in Atok is one of the newest destinations near Baguio. With its collection of different flower varieties,  like the  “snapdragons”, this no-frills flower-and-vegetable garden boasts a panoramic view of Mt. Timbak and Mt. Pulag. This is a two hours drive from Baguio City. We've stayed for a half day.

Thanks to my tukayo Joy of Fine Image Salon for recommending this place.



Entrance fee: PhP 250 per person
(with free coffee and bread)

*Note: Price may change without prior notice.

DIY Macau 3 Day 2 Night Itinerary

John and I have been to Hong Kong several times but never made a short trip to nearby Macau. For our recent trip we've decided DIY Macau,3 Day 2 Night Itinerary, since it is so close to Hong Kong.

If you're considering to visit Macau soon you might want to read our DIY Macau trip. You’ll also find our travel expenses just to give you tip on how much to spend.

Macau was just a translation by the Portuguese. When the Portuguese landed on the shore near A-ma Temple over 400 years ago, they asked the locals what the name of the land was. To which they replied “A-ma-gao,”. It means Bay of A-ma, named after the goddess revered at the nearby temple.

Today, Macau is formally known as Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.  It is an autonomous territory, so even though it is officially part of China, it has its own currency and immigration policy, separate from that of mainland China or Hong Kong. In fact, even visitors from the mainland and HK will have to pass through immigration and customs check upon entering Macau.  Cantonese and Portuguese are the official languages. Currency: Macanese pataca (MOP). MOP 100 is around USD 1.3, EUR 10, PHP 645, SGD 16.2 (as of April 2018). Hong Kong dollar (HKD) is often accepted at 1:1 rate. Most establishments prefer cash payment, but they also accept credit card transactions. Electricity Info: 220V, 50Hz. Types D, M, G, and F are used. Macau is a very walkable city, and most interesting sites are within walking distance of each other. 

Macau is composed of four districts:

1. Macau peninsula, where the historical core of Macau is located. Most of the tourist spots are here. It’s also the most populated district.
2. Taipa Island. Although the airport is here, it is mostly a residential island.
3. Coloane Island. The least developed of the four areas. For tourists, places of interest here include hiking trails, old temples, and a couple of beaches.
4. Cotai Strip. The reclaimed land between Taipa and Coloane, occupied mostly by hotels and gaming buildings.

The best time to visit Macau is October to December for fine weather, comfortable temperatures, and no threats of typhoons. January and February are generally dry, too! But it can get chillier. April is when the level of rainfall starts to rise, peaking in June and slowly subsiding in September. If you are on a budget, avoid November, because that’s when the Macau Grand Prix happens, and that means rates of hotels goes higher.

Filipinos can temporarily stay in Macau without a visa for 30 days. For other countries, Hong Kong (1 year), Indonesia (30 days), Malaysia (30 days), Thailand (30 days), Singapore (30 days), United Kingdom (6 months), United States (30 days), European Union states (90 days).

I originally planned to ride a ferry going to Macau but I watched somewhere the  beautiful sea bridge
so we went the bus way. Here’s how:

Take the MTR to Sunny Bay Station.
Board B5 Bus to HZMB in Lantau Island. Fare: HK$ 5.8.
Go through Immigration and Customs inspection.


Ride shuttle bus to Macau. The ticket office is within the restricted area, after the Immigration. Fare: HK$ 65 (regular times), HK$70 (midnight to 5-59am).

Places We Visited
The Historic Center of Macau, the most popular attractions. This includes the Ruins of St. Paul’s, the Senado Square, and A-ma Temple. The Venetian: Gondola Ride, The Parisian Macao: Eiffel Tower,
Studio City: Golden Reel Ferris Wheel, Macau Museum.








Where We Stayed in Macau
Macau is best known for its 5-star hotels but it also has cheaper forms of accommodations. These options are concentrated in the Macau peninsula, around the city center. We stayed at Ole London, a budget hotel.


By Free Hotel Shuttles. You can board any of the free shuttles provided by hotels to get to the city center. You don’t need to have a reservation at that hotel to be let in. Even if you have no plan on staying there, you can get on. Just pick the hotel closest to your destination. For example, here are the bus schedules for the Venetian, Wynn Hotel, and City of Dreams.

By Free Airport Shuttle. The airport has its own free shuttle service. At the Arrival Hall, find the north exit and travel on foot to the parking lot, where you’ll find the buses. There’s a bus every 15-20 minutes. Available from 11am-9pm.


Can´t Get Enough of Your Love Babe - Barry White Guesting at The Simpsons

I won a bottle of an expensive liquor, courtesy of Mr. Prem Singh, at the recently concluded Kampai Sushi Bar Grand Opening just by naming the singer of the song Can´t Get Enough of Your Love Babe.

The story goes like this...Prem came over to my table seeing that I was enjoying this music, he said, "if you can guess the singer of this song you'll get a bottle of this".

The competitive spirit in me awakened. Ti tell you honestly, I'm bad at memorizing song titles and singers so I just told Prem, "the singer had thick beard and mustache". Then I quickly recalled memories of binge watching The Simpsons, then I remembered where Barry White was a guest named as Larry White.

Nagbunga din ang walang sawa kong panonood ng Simpsons!๐Ÿ˜€



June 1, 2019

Kampai Sushi Bar

Joyfully supported my Babe Mich Lucas for Kampai Sushi Bar Grand Opening at its new location, inside Cafe Lupe Compound, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City.

The celebration started with the Blessing and Ribbon Cutting headed by Father Nante Tolentino. The 
First Sake Pairing Dinner followed at 7pm and great Entertainment by Jon Tupaz at 9pm.

It was a successful night as Mich  family, friends, suppliers and colleagues trooped the place to show  support. 

Special mention goes to Mich's kids, Alex and Alliyah for helping their mom assist the guests. Also not to forget Alex and Aliyah's friends (Joseph, Lou and Jaimie) who also helped throughout the night.