Family

Talks about Mommy Ginger’s moments with her husband, child and the other members of the family.

This July, I planned a trip to go to Hong Kong with a colleague, Trish, to represent Taxumo (my tech startup). We got discounted tickets because they were celebrating women in tech. Not a lot of women are in this industry. We’re attending RISE, a tech conference. Everything was all set and we were ready-to-go, until someone and something came up. That someone was my daughter Zeeka, and that something was this new “Carnivale of Stars” at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL).

Part of the Carnivale of Stars are the all-new atmosphere stage show “Moana: A Homecoming Celebration,” the “We Love Mickey!” Projection Show, and a new African-style Karibuni Marketplace.

We didn’t think of turning this trip into a vacation (initially, my husband was supposed to stay in Manila), but honestly, we felt guilty. The reason why we, as parents, decided to spend the last part of the trip in HKDL was that we want Zeeka to know that family time is important, too. We’ve been focusing on building our startup, that we have been spending less time with her.

Since we’re talking about Moana, we thought of how her grandmother was so supportive of her desire to go on an adventure — which then led to personal growth and new experiences. As parents, “adventures” like these are necessary for our children to grow and learn. We’ve noticed that during our travels and family bonding activities, Zeeka picks up new things, learns to be more creative, becomes more open to new ideas and to new ways of thinking and we grow closer together as a family.

So, we are really looking forward to spending time in Hong Kong Disneyland Resort as a family this summer!

Zeeka’s so excited to go to the “Moana: A Homecoming Celebration” which is in a new exotic outdoor venue called Jungle Junction, in Adventureland. Moana will invite guests to join her adventure in a 20-minute live show rich with inspirational music, dance, puppetry and immersive storytelling. When I told her what she should expect, Zeeka bought a mini Moana-like locket in a store which she said she’ll bring on her adventure.  

In Adventureland, you will also find the Karibuni Marketplace, which is next to Theater in the Wild. This area will take you through a lively African ambiance with interactive games such as the Wheel of Fortune, Blongo Balls and Plinko where you could win souvenirs!

In the evening, Minnie Mouse and her pals are inviting guests to a surprise party for Mickey Mouse as part of Disney’s all-new “We Love Mickey!” Projection Show. We all obviously love Mickey! My daughter had a blast and she still remembers the time she met Mickey in Japan. I’m sure she’ll go crazy when I tell her that we’re throwing a party for Mickey! This new celebration transforms the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A. into a canvas for vibrant, colorful visuals that pay tribute to Mickey’s major milestones. I can’t wait to see this!

These will run from June 21 to September 2! We’ll be there sometime July, so I came across this at the perfect time! Zeeka doesn’t start school until August so this is the perfect vacation for her.  

Aside from the things I mentioned, she will definitely enjoy seeing her favorite Disney∙Pixar characters leading HKDL’s first-ever “Pixar Water Play Street Party!”  From June 21 onwards, we can all meet Mr. and Mrs. Incredible from The Incredibles, Woody, Buzz Lightyear and their pals from Toy Story, along with other Disney∙Pixar stars in this water-based celebration. My husband and I love The Incredibles (We already watched Incredibles 2! They remind us so much of ourselves! LOL!) so we will definitely have a picture taken with Mr. and Mrs. Incredible at the “The Incredibles Arrive!”

For the total Disney Experience and just for plain convenience, parents may want to stay at any of the 3 nearby uniquely themed hotels for a “play, shop, dine, and stay” total Disney holiday experience. All the 3 hotels adjusted to the theme! The “Adventures of Oceania” poolside party at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel will entice young guests to join poolside games! A Disney friend is ready to have fun with guests at an afternoon poolside party at the Rain Drop Pool at Disney Explorers Lodge.  

Do you know that you can also have your room customized? How amazing is that? For HK$600 (from June 21 onwards), guests can have their hotel rooms decorated with the theme of The Incredibles. The room decoration package includes themed bed runners, slippers, door stickers, amenities kits, sweet delights plus two water bottles and a set of kid’s utensils!

Guests staying at the resort’s hotels will receive at least one Priority Admission Pass for selected attractions, as well as the season’s exclusive souvenirs, including an amenities box, Disney slippers and door stickers.

Committed to creating memorable stays for guests, HKDL is introducing an all-new Express Online Check-in service in late-April, allowing guests to complete online check-in within 7 days prior to their arrival day to simplify the check-in process on arrival. For those with weird flight schedules, guests can now spend a day at the theme park before checking into the hotel. They can make use of the Luggage Valet Service to have their bags transferred to their hotel for a fee and make the most of their time at the park! Great time-saver!

Guests can start planning their magical journey with the following attractive offers:

For details, please visit: https://www.hongkongdisneyland.com/offers-discounts/ and selected travel agencies. Terms and conditions apply.

Bring home Summer souvenirs!

There are over 100 exclusive, summer-themed memorabilia at the park that will be extended this summer to include new collections of Duffy and friends series with exotic fruit themes. I am excited to get The Incredibles souvenirs which will be available for the first time. I’m ready to get superhero shirts and apparel! To get ready for school or to add spice to your school supplies, grab Tsum Tsum school bags, utensils and more. Specially designed Moana outfits and necklaces which look just like Moana’s in the film will also be available for guests to dress up like their favorite heroine.

It doesn’t end there!

Seasonal entertainment like “Carnivale of Stars” will continue and change all throughout the year. The Disney Halloween Time will start in September. Jack Skellington of The Nightmare Before Christmas will set the mood for this Disney theme.

From November to January 1, 2019, Mickey and friends will share Christmas carols for a heart-warming celebration of “A Disney Christmas,” as Christmas tree lighting and romantic snowfalls create a memorably festive experience for guests.

The transformation of Hong Kong Disneyland’s castle is fully underway. The transformed castle will pay tribute to 13 Disney Princess stories (something all our little ladies will love!!!)  and take the park to new heights with all-new day and nighttime entertainment.

We’re super excited to go on this adventure! This is the first time that we’ll be visiting Hong Kong Disneyland as a family. We’ll share photos with you.

If you think I missed anything (anything that I should do during our visit to HKDL), please do let me know! 🙂 I will add it to my list.

For more information, please visit: https://www.hongkongdisneyland.com/carnivale-of-stars-sum-intl/

 

I’d like to live a cashless life. Seriously, I mentioned to my husband last month that I will only use GCASH or PayPal for any transactions or my UnionBank EON (this is not a sponsored post, btw). But seriously! I hate bringing cash, and I think we will be able to live our lives without cash. I want to challenge myself and I think I will be able to survive a week without cash. I will start tomorrow and I hope you can follow my journey starting tomorrow! I will document it via my Facebook (http://fb.com/mommyginger) and Instagram stories (http://instagram.com/gingerarboleda)

Today though, I’ll be sharing with you this new feature of GCASH (again, this isn’t a sponsored post). Just found cool that they have this!

As you may know, GCASH is a produce under a company called Mynt. Aside from GCASH, Fuse lending (a micro-lending company) is under Mynt. So these two basically combined forces to launch GCredit. GCredit is a credit limit available on the GCASH app which may be used for your payments and purchases. Example, after scanning  the QR codes of your favorite merchant, the app will ask you if you will pay via your GCASH money or GCredit.

You will need to activate your GCredit first and this “activation” is available when you use your GCASH app frequently for purchasing, loading and paying bills.

Now, how do you compute for interest. It’s very straight forward: [amount borrowed x 5% interest rate x (# of days borrowed / 30 days)].

You’re credit limit can be increased based on frequency and amount of transactions that you make. Credit limit starts at Php 1000 and can increase to Php 30,000.

Check out this feature and let me know your thoughts on this! 🙂

For more information, you can visit this: https://fuselending.com/gcredit/faq/

 

When Zeeka was young, she would scream and literally punch and hit anyone who would try to pin her down on a dentist’s chair. When the dentist would check her teeth, I would have to sit on the chair myself, put her on my lap, hug her, and lie down while the dentist cleans her teeth up. For hand washing though, I never had a problem with that. I never had any concerns or stressful moments, and it was all because of Safeguard.

What caused the difference? I realized that it was so easy for me to get Zeeka to ALWAYS wash her hands because her first experience with hand washing was FUN. Sharing with you this video that I posted two years ago… YES! I can’t believe that this was two years ago!

Her first memories of washing her hands by herself was this. We always sang this catchy tune together from Safeguard. Every time she washes her hands, it’s either the ABC song or the “hugas hugas ating kamay” song. With kids, I realized, too, that it’s not only about the song, but it was because you were there with them.

Kids are smart. They pick up on things fast and they emulate you (parents), because they love you and they want to try out things that you do. In our household, every one washes their hands with Safeguard because of the 24 protection and superior skin germ protection (removes 99% of germs including HANGINfection). If you mention these benefits, most likely, kids will not care. So what we can do is make it fun for them. Here is a video (which used to be a private one), which I’d like to share. It’s video where Zeeka and I role play and pretend that we’re fighting off Kuya Germ (daddy!). LOL!

If you want your kids to take on a habit, I highly suggest that you make it fun for them. Now Zeeka knows more about germs than most of the kids out there. Other ways that you can teach kids about proper hand washing is to play with bubbles, create a game between siblings, or you can follow our role playing stint!

Our daughter washes her hands even without being told. She has formed the habit, and she hasn’t gotten sick for the longest time!

So taking on from what we learned, we finally found a dentist whom Zeeka loved so much, because she got to wear cute little tiger shades while sitting on the dentist’s chair. She also got to meet Mr. Bee  and Mr. Straw (dentist’s tools). She made Zeeka’s visit to the dentist fun. I hope she takes on the habit of going to the dentist regularly and loves it, as much as she loves handwashing. 🙂

Reset. I think I need to do this this weekend. I’ve been feeling a bit lost lately. My husband told me, over Bingsu, last night that I just need to rest. He just thinks I’m super tired. So today, I’m at a coffee shop this morning, writing this blog. Writing calms me down, and helps me regain focus again. My husband gave me my ME time this morning to relax and do things that I enjoy. Actually, he gave me the whole day to relax.

So this is my plan, I’ll spend the next two hours writing and reading. Then I’ll go home for lunch and binge watch shows on Netflix. In this post, I’d like to share with you shows that I loved or love (since I’m still watching them) on Netflix. By the way, for those of you who don’t know, you can get Netflix with Globe through the following:​

– BROADBAND: Get a free 6-month subscription to Netflix with Plan 1299 and up.
– POSTPAID: Subscribe to Netflix using your Postpaid plan and register to GoWATCH 399 to get more data for watching popular series and films.
– ​PREPAID: Subscribe to Netflix by availing of GoWATCH for as low as 99 with 2GB of data to watch Netflix​.

These are great deals from Globe! Just wanted to let you know since I didn’t want you to miss out on these deals. So going back to the shows that I highly recommend.

Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events

SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS

Starring Emmy- and Tony-winning performer Neil Patrick Harris and backed by an outstanding ensemble cast, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events​ is executive produced by acclaimed filmmaker and Emmy®​ Award winner Barry Sonnenfeld (the Men in Black films, Pushing Daisies, The Addams Family​), who directs four of the episodes.

I love this series because of the superb script, witty lines and fantastic actors! This is a must watch for the whole family.

 

 

 

Santa Clarita Diet

Santa Clarita Diet Season 2

SANTA CLARITA DIET

In the single­camera series, Joel (Timothy Olyphant, J​ustified​) and Sheila (Drew Barrymore, Blended​) are husband and wife realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita, until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending both their lives down a road of death and destruction…but in a good way.

Apart from being a Drew Barrymore fan, what I love about this series is that it’s very REAL (well, except for the flesh-eating-wife part). The relationship between Joel and Sheila represents what couples go through. This series is very relatable and charming!

SOMETHING IN THE RAIN

I’m a sucker for romantic comedies and korean drama. So the first time I saw Something in the Rain (English title) or Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food (literal title), I was drawn to it. This romcom reminds us that love knows no age. Love is a decision; you have the right to choose a person and love him/her. Super kilig lang when watching this series!

ALI WONG: BABY COBRA

She’s my favorite stand up comedian! She usually talks about being a mom, pregnancy, feminism, her sexual adventures (so this is for grown-ups only) and other topics. Watch her first show on Netflix called Baby Cobra then watch Hard Knock Wife next. You will surely fall off your seat laughing!

Every month, I will share with you new shows that I have discovered! Follow me on Instagram @gingerarboleda and follow my Instagram stories! I’ll share a guide on a weekly basis!

Do you have other shows on Netflix that you want to recommend? Please share with me on the comments section below! 🙂

 

 

 

Moms everywhere are going crazy over essential oils. I know, because I’m one of them.

I love essential oils because of its calming effect, especially when I get home after a long day. It also helps keep my house smelling good and cleans the air.

But what are essential oils, and what do you need to know before you use them?

Essential oils are natural oils typically obtained by distillation. It’s a concentrated liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants used in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps and other products. It can also be used to add flavoring to food and drink, and even household cleaning products.

Using essential oils have a lot of health benefits, and here are some of them.

1. Relieves stress, anxiety, and depression.

A study found that the scent of oils like lavender and jasmine was just as calming as valium.

Inhaling essential oils are said to positively affect the limbic system, a part of the bn and are shown to affecting biological factors such as heart rate, stress levels, rain that regulates emotions. Aromatherapy was also used in the ancient Egyptian and Greek and are shown to affecting biological factors such as heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, and immune functions.

2. Essential oils are natural remedies for a headache and migraines.

Headaches may result from different factors like hormonal imbalance, sinus pressure, congestion, and even sensory stimuli and intense physical exertion. Oils like eucalyptus and peppermint open up sinuses and help relieve pressure. Its anti-inflammatory properties also alleviate swelling.

3. Improves sleep and insomnia.

Certain oils like lavender, chamomile, and valerian are tried and tested when it comes to aiding sleep.
It is said that these oils calm the nervous system by lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and skin temperature and aids the body’s natural transition to sleep. It also relaxes the mind and calms the senses.

Lavender was so effective that a study confirmed using it improved ICU patients’ sleep quality. It has also been used to help improve symptoms of anxiety and depression in postpartum women.

4. Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties

Some essential oils are super effective in healing wounds and scratches.

I should know because I use them myself. Zeeka gets scratches every now and then, and I found an awesome product from Human Nature called Rescue Balm. Whenever she gets an insect bite, I just dab a small amount of this balm and it heals so quickly.

Tea tree oil is well-known for its powerful antiseptic. Studies have shown that tea tree oil is able to kill many strains of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It is also effective in treating acne and other skin conditions.

There are more benefits of essential oil that I haven’t listed here. But clearly, essential oils are worth the investments. But before you use essential oils for you or your family members, it is vital for you to understand how to safely use these oils in order to maximize its benefits.

Manila Workshops, in partnership with KP Essentials, can help you understand more about essential oils and how it works.

Essential Oils 101 is an offline workshop that will give you a quick background on how to empower yourself and experience the healing powers of essential oils firsthand. Here you will learn which essential oils work best and the basics of making your own blends for specific purposes and ailments. Who knows, attending the workshop can also help you start your own essential oils business?

If you want to know more about essential oils, this is the perfect workshop for you. We’ve also created an awesome deal for early birds good until June 10th, 2018.

Make it an amiga date and bring your friends to the workshop and get a better deal too!

Register today and click here for more information =)

Kinney will also have a live session at the Kumu app on June 9 at 10 am! 🙂 Hope you can join! Sign up at Kumu here: http://www.kumu.ph/

Hope to see you there!