Happiest Place on Earth

August 7, 2012 § 10 Comments

Our very first family travel to Hong Kong back in 2007 is super memorable to me. I wont even begin to explain or I will lost track on what I wish to write here. Lucky for us because our good friend Ritchie joined us, so we were able to have family pictures.

Masarap din may karelyebo sa rides to amuse Kite.

Ok the point of this post is… ewan ko saan saan na din ako nakarating til I decided I want lang to make my own tips and advices to HK Disneyland. Actually, I initially planned to just blog about the Disney Autograph Book kasi nag ask si Clarice about it then when I replied ang daming interested so kinilig ako. Tamang tama a few days ago Antonette was saying she wish I will go back to blogging (said a delinquent blogger to another).

Ok here goes my HK Disneyland Do Not Miss List:

1. Stay in Disney Hotel

Hollywood Hotel Seaview Room View

Stay at their hotel for at the very least 2 nights. We stayed 1 night on our first trip and it was just hard cramming everything in 1 night. We also stayed for 4 nights and I loved it! We were able to explore and really enjoy Disneyland.

Which hotel to stay. Disney Hollywood Hotel or Disneyland Hotel. Because they are not the same price it is for me hands down Hollywood Hotel because I like the vibe of the hotel and it feels more playful and more friendly and more for kids. (Disclaimer: I haven’t stayed in Disneyland Hotel yet but I’ve been there for breakfast and was able to roam around the area). Price of room is a major swayer Disneyland Hotel’s cheapest room is at HK$2100 while cheapest room in Hollywood Hotel is HK$1550 (HK$1=Php6). Do I wish to try staying  at Disneyland Hotel? Hell yeah of course, just to try it too. Photo above is from Hollywood Hotel SeaView Room. I tried Garden View and the view is nothing, the Park View gives you a faraway view of the Park and I guess you can see fireworks during fireworks time (good if you stay in the room at such time, we never do). The only difference of the rooms in Hollywood Hotel is the view the room size and amenities are absolutely same. All rooms comes with 2 Queen Size bed, beds 4 pax comfortably. I have known of families who occupies one room for 6 pax (2 pax on the floor).

Update: June 7, 2013. Last December 2012 we stayed in Disneyland Hotel in a Clubroom Floor, himatay sa price but it is really nice. If I can spare the money I will forever stay na sa Disneyland Hotel, much more luxurious, spacey, homey but expensive. We are going again to HK this December 2013 and we are still deciding if we go Hollywood or Disneyland Hotel. The price is really the dealbreaker. 

Also during our Dec 2012 trip we got the Park View room and we got to enjoy the fireworks from our room with a channel in the TV playing what was playing right there in the park. So if you are with a toddler might be a good idea to get a Park View room, Laya was 2 .9 then and she wouldnt sleep in the stroller so we had to cut our DisneyPark trip shop so she can sleep in the room. Not that answers my earlier questions about not being in the room at such time!

My suggested itinerary:

for an overnight stay. Check in as early as you can, if room is not available by 9am just leave your luggage and head over to the Park already, stay in the park til it closes. Go back to hotel and join the bedtime storytelling at the Activity Room then take a swim at their heated pool (pool closes at 10pm) and enjoy finding hidden Mickey’s if your energy can take it. Day 2 start the day with having a Character Breakfast at Disneyland Hotel then head off to the park again till you satisfy your Disney appetite.

for a 2 night stay: check in and enjoy the kids activities they prepared for the day. See what interest you, swim in their heated pool. Then head of to Tung Chung for Citygate Outlets and shop and have your dinner there. Day 2 & 3 follow the IT above.

for a 3 night stay: use the extra day to explore Nyong Ping and more shopping time at Citygate Outlet and swimming time at the pool.

for a 4 night stay: use the extra day to explore HK’s main land sightseeing spots then another day for Ocean Park then either squeeze the 3 night stay to 2 nights or use the 2 night stay IT

here is a sample activity sched for the day (circa 2008)

Hotel Activities (2008 Sched)

Hotel Facilities Info

2. Character Dining

Enchanted Garden in Disneyland Hotel – a photo with all characters present is rare, we were able to have this coz we arrived for breakfast late and they gave us a chance to have a group picture since there’s not much time for solo shots anymore. A very rare opportunity. They really hate having guest go home unhappy so to make up they organized this for our group. Happiness to the nth level!

Character Breakfast at Plaza Inn – this is no longer offered. Didnt see it among the choices. Plaza Inn is a Chinese Food Buffet Breakfast that’s why they are dressed in Chinese attire, sadly, food utterly not worth it, choices were limited.

I absolutely love having breakfast and seeing the characters come and visit. They make sure they go to ALL tables and have enough time for each guest to have the picture taken solo, with some, with all, to sign autographs and if it is a slow day even for some playful interactions. Please do save for this make sure you do this. Oh if you can hold off telling your kids the characters are coming the joy is even more seeing the kids exclaim that Mickey, Minnie, Pluto or Goofy or whoever just came in the dining room! Oh what a joy.

The absolutely great thing about booking a Character Breakfast in Plaza Inn is you get to enter the park even before the park is open. See this shot? RARE! Nobody in the park except for us. We got in an hour or 2 before the park was open to the public. We didnt loiter around but you will be passing by the whole Main Street as Plaza Inn is at the end just before Sleeping Beauty’s Rotunda. Awesomeness!

3. Check out Maze at Disneyland Hotel

Maze at Disneyland Hotel

If you go to Disneyland whether you are a hotel guest or not, you can take the shuttle that does the round. From Disney Park/MRT station next stop is Disneyland Hotel then next is Hollywood Hotel then back to the Park/MRT station. You can go to the hotel and enjoy the common area. We were able to explore Disneyland Hotel after our breakfast in Enchanted Garden. There is a door from Enchanted Garden leading you outside to the maze area. It is fun to get lost in the maze, not sure if it is easy but definitely not scary (hmm maybe it wold be for a kid who cant see over the hedges?)

4. Swim at the Piano Pool of Hollywood Hotel

Heated Pool

Hollywood Hotel Piano Pool – shaped like a piano and with piano keys design at the bottom of the pool. Other side is the slide pool

One of the hotels activity. Chalk drawing. Great before or after swim activity.

5. Bedtime Storytelling

No big deal really, but most likely you got nothing to do after the park closes so why not. Dont work your sched around this but if it fits then go for it.

6. Autograph Signing

Autograph Books

Hotel Housekeeping did this. So cute!

Tips re autograph book.

1. You may buy an autograph book from any Disney Stores (15 pages) or bring any of your notebook.

2. If buying an autograph book remember to take photos in landscape format. We were aware that we need a photo but it slipped our mind that the photo would be nicer in a landscape format. Try not to copy our mistake.

3. Using a notebook tend to be frustrating kasi most like there will be a lot of pages. Autograph book are just 15 pages and having 15 characters sign is the right amount for a 2 day Park trip.

4. There’s a girlie autograph design and also a boyish design so dont be misled by my photos our kid is girlie so she chose a pink one.

5. The Cast Members and characters are very very tolerant of kids with autograph book, so if you are with 3 kids do not feel embarrassed having 3 books signed, having 3 solo pictures and even sibling photos and family photos. They can take the photos for you using your camera (dslr, point and shoot, cellphone cam, any cam at all) and they are quite quick. They are very very courteous but they also wont tolerate over staying they will gently lead you to leave if you are taking longer than needed.

Hope I didnt miss anything. As for Park Tips? Hmm just go for the ride first before you hit the lines for the autographs. Refer to Park Maps (available upon entrance) to see where the character photo ops are. Don’t forget to eat those Mickey Mouse Head Ice Cream, I love the bitter taste of the sugar in their caramel popcorn, I love the Duck Rice at Comet Cafe across Orbitron but check sched this is not always open. Of course DO NOT miss the parade & the fireworks. Do not ever ever skip PhilHarmagic, next dont miss Buzz AstroBlaster. Golden Mickey is a missable show for me. Lion King is also a missable show for me.

Hope this helped!

Can’t wait to go back to Disneyland!

Update June 2013: Please visit my December 2012 Disneyland Trip. Got more advices there as some debunked my earlier comments here. HK Trip Day 1 | HK Trip Day 2HK Trip Day 3HK Trip Day 4 | HK Trip Day 5

Ultimate Taste Test 6.0

September 5, 2011 § 17 Comments

Been interested to join the Ultimate Taste Test by Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet but never did in the past, either didnt find time or was tamad or whatever. But this time, timing was right so off we went. Oh I had fun 🙂 And true na it has to be planned and you have to have a lot of time. We went at 1pm and stopped for a break at 2:30-4pm then went back again for another hour. Actually I read somewhere na a couple shared theirs and it would work kasi super dami di mo kayang ubusin eh, bad lang sa sharing is if the food is good you just can get half hahaha.

Here are my take on what I was able to taste. Mga di ko tinaste are those na di ko type na food, and full na ako so I chose na which I want to go to na lang.

Farm n’ Deli Barang’s Tinapa – really good! their longganisa are good too, I like yugn sweet Cebu longganisa. So good my friend bought a jar of tinapa whatever home. I would buy.

Marla’s Original Muncheez Muncheez – this is ok, as in I would buy it, medyo kulang sa sweetness for me but good if for my baby. My friend bought one for her daughter. I would buy this.

Daims Food Inc Debrecziner, Wasabi, BBQ, Vienna – hmm I found the sausages a bit dry, maybe because they were sliced and exposed na?

De Original Jamaican Patties Beef Original, Beef Pinaubo – didnt try it na kasi super suki na kami dito, I loved it when I was a kid until now even my picky eating daughter loves it.

Cafe Mediterranean/ Wild Ginger Moutable with roasted eggplant rolls, Vegetable samosas/ Spinach & Dhal Chapati – I didnt notice them, so I wasnt able to try them out.

Purple Mustard Sebadas con miela rosmarino (fried ravioli with rosemary honey) – hmm di ko like, I didnt like the taste of rosemary honey. Di siya kasundo ng palette ko.

5 Loaves & 2 Fish Baked Crunchy Veggie chips with homemade dips and spreads – I didnt try it. Parang I got tired na of dips and spreads eh. They are always yummy sa food fairs and bazaars but when its at home na di na as yummy. Siguro pang small doses lang sila. Or maybe pang party siguro.

The Fruit Garden Jam flavors: Fruit Cocktail, Lychee Berry Rose, Winter Season – this is not something I would buy but I admit their packaging is always so adorable. I tasted lang kasi alam ko di ako bibili eh so how else can I know how they’d taste. I tried all three I liked Lychee Berry Rose.

El Kapitan Spiced Chai, Vanilla Chai – didnt try this.

Concept Specialist Inc Coffee with different flavors – didnt try this.

Party Fuel Mojito Mocktail – didnt try this.

Istituto Culinario Limonada – found the taste a bit bland but I appreciate na they gave a bottle each. I would buy this.

Bugle Boy Distributors Corp Arizona iced tea – didnt try this.

Chef C’s Paella de Andaluz Paella de Andaluz – I like the taste but I found the rice too soft/soggy. But I see myself ordering from them yummy yung taste eh.

Big Daddy Jay’s All American BBQ Smoked Pork Ribs and Bama Chicken – Oh this one is really good. Yes I do see myself ordering from them.

Hyphys Calamansi Tuyo, Spaghetti, Falafel/ Hummus Tapenade Rolls – tried the Calamansi Tuyo, it is good but I dont imagine I can eat more than the taste portion, sobrang malasa and sobrang malakas yung lasa.

Luigi’s Muhlach Chicken cordon bleu with a choice of aligue mayo, cream cheese or wasabi sauce, Phillychanga – oh gosh this one is so good, I got to the booth when I was quite full na yet I didnt just bite on the sampler I ate them all to think mga 3-4 bites yung sampler niya. Ang yummy talaga! Will definitely order from him. Will look for his price list muna but I already see myself going to Mercato to eat his food again. He is THAT good. This is one of my TOP 5. Probably my #1 pa. And this is not because I am a fan of both his mom and dad! haha

HKR Food Express Asado, Roast Chicken – I read about this na from Heart2Heart’s blog and nasa list na ito ng pupuntahan namin one day. So when I bumped into my lamon friend Jenki and she told me to make sure I try, so am really looking forward na. Yes masarap nga talaga! Will definitely order from them. This is one of my Top 5.

Heart, Meat and Soul Foods Hearty meaty spaghetti – didnt notice this so I didnt get to try them.

Sushi Mo California maki roll, Tuna&mayo maki roll – ok naman no big deal. I love the wasabi cream though. I can eat this again but I wont be buying to serve this unless super affordable.

Dek A Authentic Thai Popia, Thai milk tea – I wanted to go back after our tea break because of this one. Hmm ok lang siya, it didnt impress me but ok naman di naman pangit yung lasa since am really on the look out for a good Thai resto am going to eat in their resto pa din and give it another try.

Pinakbest Bagnet – this booth consistently had a long line, ewan if good for the katabi kasi habang waiting people would get from their katabing booth or bad for their katabi kasi nahaharangan. Well I got the very last piece of Ilocos Empanada. Hmm ok lang, not super good na I wanna go back to Ilocos but good naman. Yung Bagnet din good but di super good na you will want to eat more knowing it is so bad for the health. But A+ to them for giving such big serving, as in di ka nila kinukuripot sa serving size. And I so love their big plate, it saved me from holding so many smaller samplers.

Eat my GF Original GF with toppings – hmm not my type eh. Ok naman but ayaw ko ng oily na eh. Kasi full na ako at that time. Maybe if I ate here first mas ok ang reception ko sa food nila.

The Flying Chef Ham and Cheese Empanada; Chocolate & Bacon Empanada – the Chocolate Bacon Empanada is a good food to serve sa party kasi interesting siya, but not one I would buy kasi di siya that good for me. Interesting lang siya and ok iserve sa party. One of those must try food lang.

Muesli Granola Kitchen & Bakeshop Monkey Bar, Chocolate barmuncher with almonds and cashew nuts – I super love the Chocolate Barmuncher, yung Monkey bar was ok lang. Yung plain was ok naman not that yummy but I will buy that plain one too to offset the guilt sa chocolate one. Am now so regretting not buying. Will also go back to Mercato for this one. This is one of my Top 5.

Almost Gourmet Parmesan chicken sticks – was so looking forward to taste this kasi I had high hope for this kasi nga I recommend them for suppliers meal. Oh well I find the food ok lang, kinda dry for me and oily. But I still recommend them for suppliers meal para maiba naman ang kinakain ng suppliers, enough Jollibee, McDo, Max & KFC na.

Joy’s Fuzion Kitchen (JFK) Fried chicken wings – may na try akong Chicken Wings yung katabi ni Pinagbest, am not sure if this is the one. The chicken is good naman but not exceptionally good.

Edible Options Fish Fillet, Chicken Galantina, Sunflower brittle – didnt notice this so di ko na try.

Casa San Luis Pastries Adobo quiche – I skipped this, either I was busog or they have a queue.

Spring by Ha Yuan KuaPao: Pulled pork, Braised short rib, Lychee and Sesame crusted Teriyaki tofu – oh gosh I LOVE this one. Sana they gave samplers of all kaso no eh, choose one lang. I chose the one with Lychee. So yummy the wansuy was super duper helpful in making it so yummy also the crunchy thingy. I wonder if they join Mercato. I would love to go to Mercato for this! Or I will go back to Ha Yuan to eat this. Saan na ba ang mga Ha Yuan? I grew up eating Ha Yuan kasi sa Masangkay, then after I got married we’d go Ha Yuan sa West Ave naman. Saan na mga Ha Yuan? It is so yummy I will google and look for them. Part ito ng Top 5 ko.

Chori Chori Burger Joint Boracay original Choriburger – I didnt like it. I think the bun was not yummy, yung sa Bora I remember mala pandesal bun eh… or am I mixing it up with Bun on the Run? Oh basta I didnt like it.

Cre-Ate Concepts PIZZA-teriyaki mayo, PIZZA- 4 cheese – I didnt like it. I like my pizza super hot, with bubblying cheese, but it is not possible in the event to have such. I got the crust part pa so di talaga masarap.

Gourmet Keso Chevre(goat cheese), Chevre w/ cashews & truffled salt; Chevre w/ garlic & herbs, Kesong Puti Hiyayako – I tried the one with truffle and I didnt like it. Na over power nung truffle yung lasa and yun lang na taste ko truffle!

Mang Pedro Taho – I skipped this kasi dami kong hawak di ko kaya mag hawak ng cup. Di ko na din binalikan di naman ako atat. Hopefully I wont be reading super duper good reviews of this one or mangihinayang ako. Tsaka pala too many flavors di ko alam what to pick so I didnt pick na.

Tina’s Pie Outlet Main Dish: Callos. Tart: Shiitake With Swiss Gruyere, Prawns In Aligue, Chicken With chorizo – been hearing about Tina’s Pie but when I went to Mercato I either forget or they werent there, kasi if they were there for sure bibili ako after reading Leslie’s (of Shoot First Eat Later) review. Hay sana they gave samplers for all flavors din. I tasted yung Shitake, they recommended the Chicken with Chorizo, my friend tasted yung Prawns with Aligue all said yummy so super wanted to taste them all kaso isa lang pwede. I will also go to Mercato for this one. So yummy! This is part of my Top 5 also… hahha I think lalampas ng 5 yung Top 5 ko but you get what I mean when I say Top 5 sila. Parang disservice to them if I call them Top 6 or Top 10 eh.

Chef’s Table Buko pie martini – I love this! But am not sure if I can eat a bigger serving of this yung sampler size niya na 2-3 bites was good for me kasi sweet sya, dunno why it’s called martini I didnt taste any liquor.

Hansie’s Desserts Chocolate Chunk Cookies – di ko din ito na try

Cupcake Boutique by Klar Joseph Cupcakes (Red Velvet) – di ko na try.

Merry Moo Artisan Ice Cream: Brown Bread – I tried Brown Bread and Pistachio with Mango, wow wow both are yummy. I would go back and buy a scoop. I wanna know if it is still good pag a scoop na but yung sampler size super good siya.

Empire French macarons – I am not a fan of macarons, what I like are macaroons yung with desicated coconut, yung sa Goldilock like na like ko! But this one is good. Another macaron I like is the one in Burgos Circle NOT from Bar Dolci but from another shop, Leslie also found that shop’s macaron yummy, di ko lang alam if ito din yun. If di ito yun then this one is even better. So good na I got my friend’s share and ate them too. I will buy from them again when I have my very occasional macaron cravings. I tried the chili choco and I forgot what else.

Sweet Life by Ange Cam Chips – I like the camote chips but that’s just camote chips so parang how good can it get or how bad would it be ba. The cakes naman are good. Not super I wanna crave for those cake kind but good naman na if I am to have a party I might order para ibang cake naman ma serve.

Mochiko Cookie Dough & Cream Mochi – my daughter is the one who loves this. Ako not really a fan, but I did try the cookie dough so I’d know if I will buy for my daughter, yes it is good and I think my daughter will like this. So will buy this.

My Pink Wasabi Kashi Maki – am so going to be bad. I bought from them sa Mercato, di ko type 😦 feeling ko nagpapaka iba lang. My friend gifted this to me last Christmas di ko pa din type. Sa UTT I was thinking baka ibigay nila yung yummiest nila. I tried one and didnt like it pa din. I wanted to taste more but di daw pwede 1 lang, made the expreince with them go from bad to worse. Oh well they didnt lose a customer naman kasi di din ako target market nila but sana if sasali sila sa ganito ready na sila ng pang taste for everything they are offering. Yeah it is costly but worth it din naman if they have a good product and it spreads.

Symphony of Flavors Lecheflan cheesecake – not my taste. I find it too sweet.

Pink Candies Kucina Food for the Gods – huwat! Food For the Gods pala! Sayang I didnt get to taste.

Elle’s Torta Torta cebuana – didnt notice this one too or didnt find it appetizing? Not sure which kasi di nagreregister sa mind ko now yung food nila eh.

YOH-GEE Frozen Kefir – didnt get to taste this. when I wanted to si Marian the host kept interviewing so I skipped it na lang.

Carmen’s Best Ice cream: Salted Caramel & Coffee – di ko ito na notice 😦

Riz Rice Homemade suman – I love suman so I looked for them, wala sila 😦

Sugarhouse Yema balls/ Sylvannas – di naman taste bad but I was looking for exciting food sa UTT.

Baked by Anita Bacon n maple mini cupcake- so so lang di ako bibili but if served sa party I would eat it.

Theo&Philo Chocolate Chocolate bars – I like this but not enough to buy it. Siguro ito yung one of those I might buy if the mood strike me. I love that he is so generous in allowing us to taste more than once and taste all flavors pa. Hmm remembering the nice experience and his nice booth, yeah I will probably buy. Yung memory ng taste ng choco niya getting better sa mind ko.

Kiddie Affairs Cupcakes – didnt taste this.

Yumy.Aco Banana loaf with walnuts and choco chips – didnt taste this.

The Ice Cream Bar Lemon Crumble Yogurt – didnt taste this.

To recap:

I can’t wait to buy and will buy the next chance I get

Luigi’s Muhlach’s food

Muesli Granola Kitchen & Bakeshop

Marla’s Original Muncheez

Spring by Ha Yuan Kua Pao

Tina’s Pie Outlet

Empire French macarons

Merry Moo Artisan Ice Cream: Brown Bread

I will buy this one day

Farm n’ Deli

Chef C’s Paella de Andaluz

Big Daddy Jay’s All American BBQ

Sweet Life by Ange Cam Chips

Mochiko Cookie Dough & Cream Mochi

Theo&Philo Chocolate Chocolate bars

I don’t think I will buy these

Cre-Ate Concepts PIZZA

My Pink Wasabi Kashi Maki

Symphony of Flavors Lecheflan cheesecake

Hmm Will I join UTT 7? Yeah if mas mura yeah, if same price, I might. But bahala na depends when and where.

Congratulations to Anton & Rache Diaz for this event! Galing. Hope to see the stuff I like in Mercato. Great job Gary & Janice of Creative Juice.

Personalized Gifts

August 12, 2011 § 14 Comments

I so love receiving personalized gift.

(lucky me for having friends who always send such).

Sharing them here, mag ‘ber’ months na at malapit na ang Christmas.

Here are gifts that I gave away: (click on image to go to the website of maker)

The Write Impression gave us this memo pad as gift and the year after we gave it to friends naman. (by The Write Impression | photo by Alpha)

Personalized fans with Logo

I loved having my own name in my fan. Luckily, Didda Abet‘s hometown is Lumban, the land of Barong.  He got a lot of relatives there who can help us source and order these fans. So last Christmas 2008, this is what we gave away, then again last year to the some other friends. Now our nephew in Lumban is our go-to guy if there’s order for this. He found the source and can handle orders na if may bulk orders.

Personalized Picture Frame

Gave this away to kids of our friends last 2008. Was actually hoping the makers still make them coz some of my friends got new kids na but they dont anymore daw 😦 boohoo

Memo pad with their handwriting

I had Kite ask her classmates write their name in a paper and then sent it to Noky to scan and place sa top ng memo pad. Perfect for first graders huh? Kite’s gift to her Grade 1 Classmates. (by Wink – Written in Ink)

Gift Cards

Gift Cards – gifts to Kite’s prep classmates 🙂 (by The Write Impression)

Polymer Figures USB

We had this Kite USB made in Bangkok and we were so amazed.

When we saw Clay Creation here we showed her these and she added this as their line na since. For a year almost all our family & friends got this for gifts from us.

These are made na by Clay Creations. (by Clay Creations)

VCOP Officers Year 2008

This is Abet’s gift to his set of officers during his term as President of Vespa Club of the Philippines. Super aliw ako kasi pati yung color ng Vespa nila pinagaya namin. (by Clay Creation)

Maong Apron with Embroidery

My friend Yvonne (her gifts are always personalized) gave me one as gift and 2 years after ito na gift ko din sa friends ko. Love it 🙂

Floor Tote

I met Lynlyn in a bazaar in Rockwell and ordered these floor totes from her last Christmas 2009.   (ordered from lynlyndy@yahoo.com)

Bag Tags

Kite’s gift to friends & classmate’s when she was in Kinder 🙂 (by Tagz Inc.)


Ordered from a wedding supplier but she sold her business na. Gift ni Kite to her classmate sa Grade 2 farewell party.

This one is a marvelous idea kasi cost niya nasa P25 lang per pad. Erron Ocampo did all the illustrations in our 2011 W@W Desktop Calendar, aside from the illustrations on the cities he also made illustrations of Malacanan Palace, DOT Building and the Building where we stay for our message place. We found his illustration of our building too nice to just use once so I had this brilliant idea na gawing note pad and ipa print but syempre bida si Abet Rana his idea is brilliant-er izerox na lang para mas mura at mas madaling gawin. Ayun we printed it sa isang bond paper, per bond paper 4 na memo pad ng kasya, we place each name of the recipient (lahat ng kapit bahay namin na alam namin ang name ginawan namin, meron pang lobby guard, sa akin lang I have Benz Rana, Mr & Mrs Rana, Bennette Rana). Tapos pina-photocopy sa Copylandia 50 sheets per pad then pina cut ko and pina pad na lang sa Kenstar Graphics, printing press where all our printed materials are done. Ito super galing talaga. I love I love! Thanks Erron!

Picture Bag

We used to order A LOT of picture bags sa ibang supplier and they used tarp printing lang, when my sister in law Ellen who’s based in Aus said gusto niya pagawa ng picture bag ulit hinanap ko number ni tarp bag maker kaso di ko na mahanap kasi ilang years ago na yun. Then I remembered seeing this sa wall ni Charisse of Print Diva ayun this bag is a lot nicer kasi the picture is printed sa tela and maganda yung printing niya. Medyo matagal lang ang order so allot 3-4 weeks for order. Happy with this discovery!

Now here are the gifts we received naman na I love:

Notebook na may name na sa labas may name pa sa bawat page from The Write Impression

from Clarice made by Tisha

bag organizer na malaking malaki from Yvonne ulit

toiletry kit na his & hers from Willin/Beabi

kikay bag for Kite & Laya from Yvonne

Will keep adding if I see more. Sige if may maganda kayong gift bigyan niyo ako hahaha!

Fresh Milk

June 28, 2011 § 12 Comments

I have always loved drinking bottled milk and chocolate milk. I remember the taste of Chocolait when it was still called ChocoVim. (It tasted like cocoa of Happy Lemon)

When the kid’s pedia knew we were going to Australia she said naku ang sarap ng gatas doon. Hay true nga, I can drink a liter a day if I don’t stop myself. The milk supply of Jea & Josh was easily gone because of me (Sorry Sudarios!). When we came back I wanted Kite to drink fresh milk; our pedia also told us na me and Didda should drink a glass of non fat milk everyday. Also I want to let Laya taste fresh milk na din. So off I go in my search of milk that will be delivered to us regularly. I found 2 brands that has delivery in our area and tried them both.

First I tried was Milkman’s whole milk (P180/2 liter; service and response is quick which I appreciate so much) I like their milk. Next I tried Holly’s Milk – chocolate milk (P110/liter), whole milk (P100/liter) and non fat milk (P100/liter).  I like Holly’s whole milk a bit better mas creamy eh, even their non fat tasted like fresh milk so happy ako, but Kite & I found their choco milk too sweet! Since I like their milk better I immediately re ordered for the next delivery. But I noticed the fresh milk has a tinge of sour taste a day or two after opening the bottle. So I reduce my next order to try it again.  Sadly it is the same case.  According to the distributor of Holly’s Milk we should put the milk in the coldest part not too near the ref door. So that’s what I did on their 2nd delivery but still there’s a tinge of sour taste the day after we opened a bottle which scares eh. I think maybe our ref is too small and too puno? This reminds me of why I stopped buying Hacienda Macalauan, it always spoils on me, even the small bottle, sometimes even when I consumed it the day I bought it 😦 of all the yogurt I tried theirs is the yummiest too.

I went back to Milkman and this time tried their choco milk too. Am happy that their choco milk is not as sweet and their whole milk doesn’t spoil so fast too. Problem now is their milk comes in 2 liter container which Kite can’t finish, which mean I cant order non fat for us or we’d have too much milk. Am now working out our consumption so I can place my weekly order. Another problem is I gained so much weigh since we started having fresh milk at home, but the good thing is Kite now drinks milk everyday.

For San Juan area delivery:

Holly’s Milk http://www.hollysmilk.com/

Romy & Marissa Montoya

571.2498 ; 0915.1948417

delivers every Thursday & Saturday (I dont like the schedule parang the gap from Sat to Thurs is too long)

Milkman https://www.facebook.com/Milkman888


delivers every Wednesday and Sunday (I like their schedule)

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Hard Core ka na pala…

June 14, 2011 § 4 Comments

another note in my FB page

While reading Judays advertorial on Lactum I commented to hubby how sad I was, sagot niya pang toddler yung milk, I said same thing kasi it makes the ‘masa’ believe formula is good, sagot niya ‘ay di ko alam hard core ka na pala’ nyeks explain tuloy ako, no di ako hard core it’s just that sobra sobra sobra sobrang sayang yung tulong na maibibigay niya sa bansa if only she promotes breastfeeding. Di naman niya need yung money, hay if I have it in my power to elevate breastfeeding sa poor I’d do it in a heartbeat. Sa mga may pera kaya na nila mag isip para sa sarili nila.

And just for the record, am not a snooty breastfeeder, I have no issues with mommies who feed their babies formula, most of my friends fed their kids formula, issue ko yung mga hirap sa buhay at wala nang pangkain eh di pa mag breastfeed. For them status ang formula kasi endorsed ng idol nila. I wonder if Juday knows what she threw away 😦

Until now nasa-sad pa din ako when I remember Juday and Lactum! Am not affected kay Gladys or sa iba, kay Juday ako affected kasi hawak niya yung masa eh. Tapos ang impression ko super hands on mom siya and I know she breastfeed/breastfed her son so I know she knows eh… She knows diba? She still chose to take this road… I like her pa naman 😦 super like her talaga.

Mga preggy friends, please know na I am just a text or a message away if you intend to breastfeed. If you wanna give up no problem with me I know it is hard (I myself wanted to give up a LOT of time) but if you need a push or want a buddy’s help I will be there!

I do not think breastfeeding moms are better than formula giving moms ha. But I know baby stand to gain a lot by getting breastmilk.

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