Birthday Boy

Justin turned 8 years old last July 7. Because his birthday fell on a school day, we didn’t go out to have birthday dinner somewhere special. Instead, we had a simple birthday celebration at home. I just cooked spaghetti, while his Dad bought ice cream and cake. We didn’t really need a lot of food because there’s just the three of us at home.

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We finally got to celebrate with other members of the family (Justin’s lolo and Tita Meme) last Sunday at Banana Leaf at The Podium.

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And before going home, Justin went with his Dad to Toys R’ Us to get his birthday present.

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He got Micro Chargers, electronic Micro racing cars with a stunt rack and a charger. Every day after he arrives home from school, he plays with his Micro Chargers before he studies his lessons. Obviously, it’s his favorite toy at the moment.

And that’s how Justin’s 8th birthday celebration went.

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Review of Suave Kids Naturals Head- to-Toe Wash (Soothing Lavender)

Early this year, I purchased a new head-to-toe wash from Robinsons Supermarket to try at home. What really enticed me to buy Suave Kids Naturals Head-to-Toe Wash (Soothing Lavender) is the price. A 665-ml bottle costs only Php212.50. Another lure of the product is the cute graphics on its plastic bottle; an adorable, smiling, little bee hovers around a bunch of lavender flowers.

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Suave Kids Naturals Head-to-Toe Wash (Soothing Lavender), Php212.50

How to Use:
Hair: Apply a small amount to wet hair. Body: Squeeze a gumball-sized amount onto your hands or a washcloth and rub all over your body.

What I Like about This Product:
• It is hypoallergenic.
• It has no dyes formula.
• It gently cleans hair and skin.
• It has lavender extracts that calm, soothe and relax mind and body.
• It leaves a subtle, fresh (baby powder) fragrance.
• It leaves the skin soft and smooth.
• It is tear-free.
• It has a nice packaging.
• It’s economical.
• At the back of the bottle is a trivia that kids will surely find interesting.

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What You Might Not Like about This Product:
• It has SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulfate).
• It takes longer to rinse, especially if you’ve squeezed a lot onto your washcloth or hands.

Have you tried this product already? Do you like it?

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Dinner at Abe Restaurant in SM Megamall

We had dinner again at Abe Restaurant in SM Megamall last June 8 and ordered two of our favorites (Knockout Knuckles and Sikreto ni Maria) and two new picks (Kulabasa Queng Gata and Bamboo Rice).

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Knockout Knuckles, Php595.00

Knockout Knuckles is crispy pata made slightly spicy with chilies, served with soy-vinegar dip and achara (pickled green papaya).It’s delightfully crispy on the outside but soft and flavorful inside. We will never get tired of ordering this!

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Kulabasa Queng Gata, Php170.00

Kulabasa Queng Gata is pumpkin sautéed with onions, tomatoes, string beans and shrimps. Nothing extraordinary about this dish, except that the pumpkin here looked slightly mashed which made the sauce thicker and creamier.

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Bamboo Rice, Php250.00

Hubby also suggested we try Abe’s Bamboo Rice. This is mountain rice with shrimps, wood ear mushrooms and bamboo shoots steamed in bamboo shell. It was good, but it wasn’t the perfect complement to the Knockout Knuckles as they are both rich in flavor.

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Sikreto ni Maria, Php165.00

Another one of our favorites at Abe is Sikreto ni Maria, a sweet treat with a secret hidden underneath. Scoops of smooth and creamy macapuno ice cream cover slices of sweet and ripe mangoes and suman (sweetened rice cake). Yummy!

And there goes our family food trip at Abe last June. I have already blogged about this restaurant in Delight My Appetite, so that’s the reason why you’re reading this new food post here.

Abe Restaurant
3rd Level, Mega Fashion Hall
SM Megamall
Mandaluyong City

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The Good Barber at Robinsons Galleria

My husband and son started going to The Good Barber at Robinsons Galleria for their haircut last year.

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The Good Barber is a retro-themed barber shop located at the basement level of Robinsons Galleria.

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Father and son were actually regular patrons of another barber shop in the same mall, but when that barber shop underwent renovations last year, my two boys ended up going to The Barber Shop instead.

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Now, father and son keep coming back to The Good Barber for the following reasons:
• Haircut is cheaper here than their former favorite barber shop by Php30.00. It only costs Php120.00
• They acknowledge Robinsons Malls Privilege Card which entitles a customer to a 10% discount on all services.
• They give one free bottled drinking water per customer.
• They give each customer a frequency card which gets stamped after every visit. On your 9th visit, you get a free haircut.
• Soothing music is played while you’re having your haircut or availing of their other services.
• You get a relaxing back massage after your haircut.
• The place is clean.
• The staff is courteous and friendly.

Aside from haircut and massage, the Good Barber also offers the following services: face/head shave, manicure, pedicure and foot spa.

The Good Barber Barber Shop
Park Avenue, Robinsons Galleria
Quezon City
Telephone No.: 624-2741

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Overnight Staycation at Solaire

As a final hurrah before school year 2014-2015 started, we had an overnight staycation at Solaire last June 12. We booked in advance, and we were at Solaire a few minutes earlier than their 3pm check-in time on the appointed date.

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We stayed in a Deluxe City View Room equipped with a king-sized bed, a flat-screen TV, an Executive Desk, wi-fi Internet access, a cordless telephone system, a Bose iPod docking station, an in-room safe and an in-room coffee and tea-making facility.

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Mind you, the wrinkles in the bed sheet in the first picture above weren’t originally there. That’s because our son couldn’t resist the soft and comfortable mattress. Lol!

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This is what greeted us when we opened the TV, a personalized welcome to their guests. That was cool! We also liked their spacious bathroom.

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And these are some of our pictures inside our hotel room. We stayed in our room for a few hours and went out only to have dinner.

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We were delighted to know that Solaire has a food court where prices of food are cheaper than those sold at the hotel’s signature restaurants.

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We had dinner at the food court on our first night at Solaire. We really enjoyed our food! Delicious!

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And before we called it a night, these sweet treats were delivered to our room by one of the hotel staff. They were gone in a jiffy, all thanks to the little boy with a sweet tooth!

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It was eating time again when we woke up the next day to have our complimentary buffet breakfast for two at Fresh, one of Solaire’s luxe restaurants. It was another hearty treat!

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And then it was time to swim in Solaire’s huge pool. Our son was ecstatic that he could actually float in the 4-ft.pool with those inflatable armbands. We were in the water for a few hours, and then it was time to leave. The little boy wanted to stay at Solaire longer, so we promised him that we’ll be coming back soon.

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