Review of Grand Sierra Pines Baguio

We had a very pleasant 3-day Baguio trip last December as we got to stay at Grand Sierra Pines Baguio (Sierra Pines), big thanks to the hubs for booking us there! Sierra Pines is a 4-star eco-friendly hotel located on North Outlook Drive in Barangay Gibraltar, Baguio City.

Of the four times we’ve had a family vacation in Baguio, I can honestly say that Sierra Pines is by far the best hotel we’ve stayed at in the City of Pines. Let me tell you the many reasons why we love this hotel and why we’re looking forward to going back there again.

What to See at the Hotel Lobby

The hotel lobby is so warm and inviting. When we arrived at Sierra Pines, Christmas was definitely in the air with real poinsettia plants adorning every nook and cranny.

Why, even Santa struck a pose in the middle of the Koi pond on Sierra Pines’ lobby!

This is the Atrium Lobby Café. Lovely, isn’t it? Open every day from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., the Atrium Lobby Café serves delectable Pinoy comfort food at very affordable prices. They also serve buffet breakfast from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

If you’d rather have Western food, that won’t be a problem either as a few steps away from the Atrium Lobby Café is the The Outlook Steak & Grill with breathtaking view of the vicinity. Our dining experience here is now up at Delight My Appetite.

Now if you’re the outdoorsy type, you’ll love it even more at Sierra Pines because they have a huge garden where you and your loved ones can play backyard games. They have bonfire nights, too, at this garden to delight the vacationing guests.

Our Deluxe Room

This is our Deluxe Room at Sierra Pines with a private balcony, queen-sized bed, couch, small table with chairs, LED TV with cable programming, mini bar, electric kettle, ceiling fan, air con, in-room safe, separate toilet and bath, and free Wi-Fi.

It’s bright and cozy you’d actually want to stay in bed the whole day. But Baguio is so lovely a place to get holed up in our hotel room, so yeah, we’ve been in and out of this relaxing haven to explore more of the country’s summer capital.

This is our favorite spot in our room, perfect for picture-taking!

Father and son doing their most favorite thing (eating) in bed. Remove the crumbs, please!

An Eco-Friendly Hotel

If you noticed or not, Sierra Pines is surrounded by pine trees. Moreover, Sierra Pines has a rain catcher system installed in the hotel that catches rain water. The system is connected to a pipe leading to the garden area where rain water is treated and then brought back to the cistern for the hotel’s daily use.

And did I mention that the hotel staff are so polite and friendly, too? That and the other reasons I mentioned previously are what will bring us back to this very lovely hotel. The sooner we are back, the better for us!

P.S. Grand Sierra Pines Baguio has its own wellness center and art gallery, too, but we weren’t able to see those during our visit.

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel
43 North Outlook Drive
Barangay Gibraltar, Baguio City
Telephone Nos.: +639954890873; +639288466566

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Get the Best Deals from Lazada’s Biggest Baby Fair Happening on January 22 to 24!

Great news to all the moms and dads out there! Lazada’s biggest online 3-day baby fair is here once again! Happening on January 22-24, 2019, you can expect up to 80% off on a well-curated line-up of products at Lazada. Get the best deals from over 100 popular brands including Pampers, Akeeva, Cotton Stuff, Chicco, Enfant, Tiny Buds, Avent, Johnson and Johnson, and Mustela!

Here’s a lowdown of some of the best deals available at the Lazada Baby Fair:
• Purchase 68 pieces of Pampers Baby Dry Diaper Pants for only Php 371, 30% off from the original price of Php 530!
• Buy one take one 500ml JOHNSON’S Milk + Rice Baby Bath for only Php 238? That’s 50% off from the original price of Php 476!
• Save almost 30% upon purchasing Philips Avent Natural 4oz Bottle Twin Pack, priced at only Php 669 from Php 950!
Black Akeeva Aerolite Pocket Stroller is about 55% off! Get it for only Php 5,500 from the original price of Php 12,000!
• Get two packs of Enfagrow A+ Four Powdered Milk Drink 1.8kg for only Php 3,222! What’s more, it comes with a free pack of Enfagrow A+ Four Powdered Milk Drink at 1.8kg, all at 34% off the original price of Php 4,833!
• A set of three Cotton Stuff shirts will be available for only Php 200 instead of Php 299.
• At 26% off, moms can get two boxes of Tiny Buds Natural Laundry Detergent Powder for only Php 424!
• Stay hygienic with this 3-pack Enfant Nipple and Bottle Liquid Cleanser for only Php 420. That’s 24% off the original price of Php 550!
• Save more than 30% with this Chicco 2 in 1 Sterilizer priced at Php 1,959 instead of Php 2799.75!
• Get a 20% discount on this useful Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump priced at Php 10,800 from its original price of Php 13,500!

To make the most of the 3-day Lazada Baby Fair, make sure to “Shake It” and “Slash It” to get even more discounts and promotion vouchers!

For more information, stay tuned to Lazada Philippines’ official social media accounts, on Facebook: and Instagram: @Lazada_PH. Log on to, too, or download the Lazada Mobile app via the App Store or Google Play.

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A Pink Christmas It Was!

Our family celebrated a pink Christmas last December 24 at my brother’s house in Imus, Cavite.

We shared a hearty potluck feast of Amber’s and Fish2Go specialties, plus a roasted Peking duck and some home-cooked favorites.

This annual family get-together was an opportune time for us to catch up on each other’s lives and to have a heart-to-heart talk with our dear Nanay who apparently is not in the pink of health.

Nanay underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2010. Now she is a candidate for kidney dialysis. To lower her creatinine levels and to delay dialysis, she was instructed to follow a protein- and salt-restricted plus fiber-rich diet, something she detests but one she has to follow for her own good. Her being diabetic further complicates things. The whole family is now bracing for the worst but still hoping for the best.

Now that I think about it, I guess it was actually timely that we all wore pink for last year’s family Christmas gathering. Why? Bourn Creative says “pink is the color of universal love of oneself and of others.” Pink reminds Nanay and all of us to love ourselves by taking care of our health. It also reminds us to look after the people we love because that’s what family is all about.

I hope you all had a happy Christmas, and may 2019 be a better year for us all!

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9-Year-Old Pinoy Drummer Named Cartoon Network Ultimate Pinoy Rockstar 2018

Nine-year-old drummer Ethan Skye was named Cartoon Network’s Ultimate Pinoy Rockstar during a very ‘beary’ Christmas event held at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium last December 10.

Ethan was awarded a plaque and certificate after besting a dozen finalists during the competition. He also won a 5-year talent management contract with Viva Artists Agency to jumpstart his career in the entertainment industry.

“I get really motivated to perform on stage just by seeing the audience enjoy what I do,” he shared. A fan of Chad Smith of the legendary rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ethan said he likes to perform because he wants to share his talent and passion with other kids. “I hope to encourage everyone to just be themselves and not to be afraid to go out and play,” he added.

Aside from the Ultimate Pinoy Rockstar competition, the Cartoon Network Very ‘Beary’ Christmas event also hosted onstage games for its delighted Filipino fans. Hundreds of kids and families got to enjoy activities that allowed them to be rock stars for a day, including a guitar battle, a drum arcade and a Rockaraoke. Participants received exciting prizes, including cool Cartoon Network merchandise and toys.

Throughout the event, attendees were treated to performances by the adorable bear brothers Grizz, Panda and Ice Bear, as well as Cartoon Network Rockstar guest judges Teacher Georcelle of G-Force, Andre Paras and Kim Molina.

Cartoon Network Rockstar is the culmination of a month-long talent search that brought together the most talented kids from all over the Philippines. Held annually during the Cartoon Network Christmas event, this gives a chance for kids to showcase their talents, have fun with their peers, and celebrate a very rockin’ Christmas with their loved ones.

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PISAY Main Campus 2018 Paskorus Music Festival

Grade 7-Emerald, my son’s section in Pisay, was the first automatic qualifier in the 2018 Paskorus Music Festival, garnering an average rating of 96% in the elimination round, which was held at the 4th Floor Auditorium of the Science and Humanities Building (SHB) earlier in December.

In the past, Paskorus used to be a competition among the different grade levels. The rules changed this year, however, as it now becomes a Music Festival, where all the qualified sections per grade level will showcase their talents for the entire PISAY community to see.

Four special awards were given to the most-deserving performers. Our section won Best in Costume, and we were also told that we placed second in Best in Technique. We were quite privileged to have our class adviser, Ma’am Herminigilda Salac (Ma’am Helen) join her students on stage while they perform “Magkasama Tayo sa Kwento ng Pasko.” I’m also one proud momma here as my son Justin played the beatbox.

Congratulations, Eme! We are so proud of you!

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