Summer Outing at Edsa Shangri-La Manila

Last April 23, I, my son and my niece went with hubby to Edsa Shangri-La Manila for their summer company outing. We stayed in a Deluxe Room with two beds, which were just enough for 3 adults and 1 kid.

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What we did was put the two beds close together so we’d feel like sleeping in one huge bed. It worked!

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Our Deluxe Room has free wifi (but weak signal, though), cable TV, in-house movie channels, full-sized executive writing desk, IDD telephone and voice mail, electronic safe, bathrobes and slippers, hair dryer, and iron and ironing board.

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It’s also equipped with coffee/tea-making facilities and a mini-bar.

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The spacious bathroom has a bathtub and shower plus complete toiletries, too.

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That’s our son with his cousin Ate Ayie.

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We stayed in our room to rest for a while, then went to Shangri-La Plaza Mall to have dinner at Corazon.

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After dinner, we went back to the hotel to have a quick dip in their gorgeous pool.

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This is how the pool looks like in the morning. Lovely, isn’t it?

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My son really enjoyed his time in the pool.

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The pool area is a great place for photo ops.

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There’s also a kiddie pool with a slide.

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And a pond beside the kiddie pool with lots of fish!

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See what I mean?

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And just a few steps away from the pond is an empty wooden bench, another perfect spot for souvenir photos.

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Our overnight stay at Edsa Shangri-La Manila also came with complimentary buffet breakfasts for two. My son and his cousin had buffet breakfasts, too. We only ate a little, though, because our young man wanted to stay in the pool for a few more hours before we check out of the hotel. Ergo, our breakfast was hurried.

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Breakfast in a hurry, just two plates, sigh!

This was a decision we deeply regretted, especially after we learned that hubby’s group was allowed to check-out at 4:00 p.m, instead of the usual check-out time of 12:00 noon. Anyway, we really had a great time at Edsa Shangri-La Manila, and we hope to come back again soon.

Edsa Shangri-La Manila
1 Garden Way, Ortigas Center
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Telephone No.: (63 2) 633 8888
Fax No.: (63 2) 631 1067
Website: http://www.shangri-la.com/manila/edsashangrila/

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Presenting the Newest Eden Mommy: Mommy Star!

We had a fun, perky and entertaining morning yesterday at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen, Valle Verde, Pasig City as we all got to meet the newest Eden mommy: Mommy Star! Discovered by Eden Cheese through social media, Mommy Star embodies the brand with her fun and cheerful character, love for cooking, and knack for coming up with cheesy delights.

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Mommy Star is the newest Eden mommy!

Eden’s #ThisIsHowYouNanay event was hosted by the lovely and equally lively Ms. Gelli Victor.

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A star since birth, Mommy Star has always lived up to her name. She is a hands-on single mom to her one and only daughter Mariam whom she entertains by singing her heart out and by dancing like no one’s watching. Mommy Star also became famous online through her kwela videos about the most random life hacks and helpful tips and tricks. Fans and followers alike have grown fond of her funny antics. There is really no dull moment when you are with Mommy Star!

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A star in her own right, Mommy Star has attracted the attention of fellow social media stars who have collaborated with her in an episode for their respective channels. She has also been guesting in several TV shows, plus more and more mommies on social media get hooked on her helpful parenting advices and mommy hacks.

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One of Mommy Star’s most favorite topics that she shares on her FB page and through her vlogs is cooking. She makes sure that meal times are more fun and creative for her daughter. She knows the importance of keeping food exciting so that kids will always look forward to mealtimes and eat plenty.

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Mommy Star whipping up her Cheesy Tilapia dish

“My daughter is not picky eater but napansin ko na (I noticed that) she does not eat as much when I serve her food that she has eaten many times before,” shared Mommy Star.

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“There was a time I was just watching TV and I came across the recipe sharing commercial of Eden. Doon ko natuklasan yung Cheesy Tilapia at talagang na-curious ako nang bongga! Eh di ayun, ginawa ko at sobrang nagustuhan ng anak ko. Nakakatuwa talaga kasi madali lang siyang gawin, pero special talaga.” (I discovered the Cheesy Tilapia recipe while watching TV and I got curious. I tried making it and I was so happy that my daughter loved it. I especially like it because while it’s easy to make, it’s also a special recipe.)

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I’m sure all mommy bloggers present at the event have learned a tip or two from Mommy Star. Now, we can all take ordinary, everyday dishes to the next level by using Eden Cheese.

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“We’re happy we found Mommy and hope that she will be an inspiration for other mothers to be their own kitchen superstar. We’re very excited about this project and look forward to seeing mommies everywhere share their own Eden Cheese recipes,” shared Nikki Paras, Assistant Brand Manager for Eden Cheese Philippines.

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Nikki Paras, Assistant Brand Manager for Eden Cheese Philippines

Eden Cheese can turn any ordinary dish into an extraordinary meal — cheesier and healthier. Whether it’s a classic Filipino staple like pritong tilapia or a party must-have like sweet spaghetti, add Eden Cheese and these everyday dishes can become instant hits again. Eden Cheese is a product of Mondelez Philippines.

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Mommy Star and daughter Mariam

Like Mommy Star, all of us mommies can make meal times extra yummy, extra cheesy and extraordinary for the whole family with Eden Cheese.

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Photo opp with Mommy Star

Visit the following links to know more about Eden Cheese:
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/EdenCheesePH
Website: http://cheeseanything.com/

And get to know Mommy Star by visiting her her FB page and YouTube channel:
Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/stariray2011
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBaqAbWvHdOmH3rKActj2Ng

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Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids & Families and Oil Pastel Workshop at The Crafters Marketplace

My son and I were part of a small group of mommy bloggers and kids who went to The Crafters Marketplace in Shangri-La Plaza Mall yesterday for these back-to-back activities: Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids & Families and Oil Pastel Workshop by Ian de Jesus.

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Ms. Alma Ramirez, one of the founders of The Crafters Marketplace, personally welcomed us to their cozy nook near Rustan’s Supermarket where their art workshops are held. She also showed us their shop where crafters and craft lovers will find the stuff they need and want, among other things.

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Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids & Families

Because it is summer, kids these days, my son included, have a lot of time to use the computers or mobile devices to play, watch YouTube videos or chat with friends. This makes me more paranoid than ever knowing all too well the dangers that lurk online. That’s the main reason why I was eager to attend this event. I wanted my 9-year-old son to get educated more on the dangers of the internet and to know how to keep himself safe online at home, in school or elsewhere.

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Ms. Alma gave an informative talk to both the kids and their moms on Trend Micro’s Click Right advocacy which aims to keep the internet safe for kids and families. Trend Micro Incorporated is a global leader in security software.

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Some of the online safety tips shared during the talk that my son and I remembered where as follows:
• Do not give out personal information like name, age, address, school, etc.
• Do not share your password/s to anyone, except to your parents.
• Do not talk to strangers online.
• Never click suspicious links.
• If you find a particular website disturbing, close it immediately.

Oil Pastel Workshop by Ian de Jesus

After the informative talk on internet safety, the kids were ready for their Oil Pastel Workshop with Teacher Ian de Jesus.

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Teacher Ian showed the kids what oil pastels are and taught them color blending techniques.

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The kids were then asked to come up with their own oil pastel drawing on how to make the internet a safer place for them.

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And here are the kids proudly showing off their finished work!

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That’s my son Justin the middle with his friends Abi and Juan.

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And here’s another photo of him with Teacher Ian this time (and with their photobomber, Ian Veneracion. Lol!).

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Ms. Alma with the moms and kids who trooped to The Crafters Marketplace yesterday

You and your kids might be interested to try The Crafters Marketplace creative workshops which include the calligraphy, water color, felt crafts, polymer clay, scrapbooking, card making, children’s art and Zen doodling.

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Their summer art schedule started last April 4 and will run until May 21, 2016.

The Crafters Marketplace
Rustan’s Grocery
Lower Ground Level
Shangri-La Plaza Mall
Mandaluyong City
For inquiries, call: 0926 623-1284
Email: craftersnscrappers@gmail.com
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/craftersnscrappers/

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Summer Family Fun Day in BGC with Mott’s 100% Apple Juice

Moms, dads and kids alike had several hours of outdoor fun and play on Bonifacio High Street, across Italianni’s, last Saturday, May 7, 2016, in a picnic event called Summer Family Fun Day with Mott’s spearheaded by Fly Ace Corporation and hosted by celebrity mom Christine Jacob-Sandejas.

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The event highlighted the newest addition to the Mott’s family: Mott’s 100% Original Apple Juice in can. It is sealed and filled with the same 100% apple fruit goodness that everyone can enjoy anytime anywhere.

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There were lots of activities lined up for the whole family, like face painting, arts and crafts, treasure hunt, life-sized tic-tac-toe, hoops, ring toss, and ladders and slides.

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Food was overflowing, too. There were corn dog (which my son liked so much!), pork barbecue, fried chicken and apple-licious spaghetti, among others, with cotton candies and sorbetes (dirty ice cream) to boot.

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These Chocolate Cookies, Popcorn Clusters and Chicken Nuggets were all-infused with Mott’s 100% apple goodness. Yum!

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And yes, there was non-stop serving of Mott’s 100% apple juice, too!

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“We, at Fly Ace, are very happy to partner with a globally renowned brand like Mott’s, in bringing world class products closer to Filipino homes. Our exclusive partnership with Mott’s and the introduction of the handy Mott’s Apple Juice in can will let more Filipino families enjoy delicious and healthy 100% apple goodness every day at home and even on-the-go occasions whether at school or at work,“ said Fly Ace Corporation General Manager Ramon Daez.

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Ramon Daez, Fly Ace Corporation’s General Manager

Mott’s Philippines official brand ambassador and mommymundo.com founder Janice Villanueva and her family graced the event. An inspiration to modern moms, Janice has always been on a mission to balance her career and family to serve meals that are healthy and that her kids will love. She is a firm believer of the age-old adage “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away. ” That’s the reason why Mott’s 100% Original Apple Juice is one of her kitchen staples. “After learning that Mott’s 100% Original Apple Juice only has three ingredients which are water, apple juice concentrate and Vitamin C, I knew that it’s the kind of pure apple juice we’ve been looking for. It’s definitely a drink for all seasons and occasions,” she adds.

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Janice Villanueva, mommymundo.com founder and Mott’s Philippines official brand ambassador, with her family

Philippine-US registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, Cheshire Que, RND, RN, RDN, says that Mott’s 100% Original Apple Juice helps increase the nutritional value of the family’s daily menu. From hearty entrees, savory snacks, to belly warming or cooling beverages, Cheshire’s easy to follow recipes are just all about delicious and nutritious ways that one can enhance food and beverages with Mott’s. This is truly being creative and versatile! Now, that’s officially an inevitable excuse to never run out of this beverage in your pantry.

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Cheshire Que, Philippine-US registered Dietitian and Nutritionist

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With Mott’s 100% Original Apple Juice, you can always find fun and flavorful ways to hydrate and fuel your family. A trusted name since 1842, Mott’s supports moms in their journey to raise healthy and independent kids and want to provide everyday nutritious solutions to help her in that journey.

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Jun Cochanco, President of Fly Ace Corporation

Mott’s strongly believes that tomorrow starts with what you do today. Motts is the perfect drink in hand after a day of enjoying and being out in the sun, and no doubt an all year round staple in a can that’s filled with nutrients. What’s even better is that your kids won’t even know they’re consuming real, whole, and purest apple fruit that’s neither bland nor boring.

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The Summer Family Fun Day with Mott’s is made possible by a partnership with Jolly Al Dente, Lotus Biscoff, Great Leap Academy and Crayola. Beat the heat and feel the energy of summer, gather your family for a level up picnic bonding like never before with the newest Mott’s 100% Apple Juice in can.

Mott’s 100% Apple Juice is available in 64oz and 32oz family packaging in leading supermarkets, and groceries nationwide. The Mott’s in 11.5oz can is available in leading convenience stores and supermarkets initially in Metro Manila and will roll out nationwide in the succeeding months. Visit Fly Ace Corporation’s website to know more about their food and beverage products.

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Celebrating Mother’s Day with a Uratex Sparty

It’s every mom’s wish to be pampered on Mother’s Day. Call us lucky because that’s exactly what we, a select group of mommy bloggers, experienced at the Uratex Sparty held at Ronac Lifestyle Center in Magallanes last Friday, May 6, 2015.

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Aside from giving the mommy bloggers a well-deserved break from their hectic schedules, the Uratex Sparty also raised awareness on how to achieve better sleep, a luxury that most, if not all, moms can’t afford.

The Gift of Sleep
We first toured the Uratex Premium Gallery. Here, we tried the XSensor Machine. It’s an image-pressuring device that helps individuals determine the type of mattress that matches their needs.

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We also watched a short informational video while relaxing on a Uratex Premium Mattress.

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Dr. Keith Aguilera, an ENT/Sleep Specialist from the Philippine Society of Sleep Medicine, gave helpful tips for healthy sleep. He discussed what activities and foods to avoid before sleeping (e.g., exercising and caffeinated, sugary and spicy foods) and what one needs to sleep well through the night (e.g., good ventilation and superior mattress).

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We were also able to hug some Uratex pillows (Soft Escape Hydragel Pillow and Senso Memory Celeste Gel Pillow) and try their colorful Olympia chairs.

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Pampering Treats for Moms
Then the Mother’s Day pampering for moms began.

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After putting on our Uratex spa robe, we were ready to avail of the various services being offered at the Uratex Salon.

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That’s Mommy Vix with me in the picture!

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Mommies had manicure/pedicure/foot spa, nail polish and paraffin treatment.

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Make-up services were also offered. The spa treats were made possible with the help of Celebrity Nails.

Yummy Cocktails
And as if the spa treats were not enough, Uratex also prepared delicious cocktails for everyone to enjoy.

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The delectable spread included Asian Salad, Nachos, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Roll, Spinach Barquillos, Penne in Marinara Sauce, Savory Pork Sisig and Salmon Mousse Cornette (not included in the picture).

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For desserts, we had Coffee Panna Cotta, Choco Banoffee and Fresh Fruits Skewer.

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And before we went home, we were given these wonderful Mother’s Day gifts.

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Thank you, Uratex Philippines, for making us mommies feel special. It was the sweetest Mother’s Day ever! Do check out their website for their awesome products.
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