Teach your Kids Discipline and other Values with McDonalds Kiddie Crew

Last year, my daughter joined and worked as McDonalds Kiddie Crew! She had a grand time and she learned a lot! check out this video that we had for last year’s run!

She also got some swag that she still uses until now:

It’s that time of the year once again when you can send your kids to McDonalds. Last year, Zeeka got to take orders in the counter. She also got to say “hi” to customers at the drive thru counter. I think she also got to clean up tables and learned a McDonalds song!

Can you believe that it’s McDonalds’ 26th year for this program. So kids, ages 6-12 (or a little bit younger!), you can have your mommies and daddies bring you to McDonalds and experience all the fun things that Zeeka experienced!

The Kiddie Crew Workshop started on April 2, with various workshop schedules you can choose from. The weekday workshop runs for 5 days and each day lasts for 2 hours. This year, McDonalds added the new two-day weekend
workshops with 3 hours per session. Now, you’re sure to find a slot that will best fit you and your kid’s
summer activities!

So what are you waiting for? Enroll your kids in the McDonald’s store nearest you and give them an
unforgettable summer experience!To know more about the McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop, visit
https://mcdonalds.com.ph/

Staycation at Nobu Hotel and Family Bonding at DreamPlay!

Planning a Staycation this long weekend?

It is definitely the City of Dreams! I would say that this Staycation at Nobu Hotel was the best one that we have ever had as a family. We love staycations. My little one always loves staying in a new place for a short time. She loves discovering things. She love experiencing new things and going through new adventures. Now, i’ll tell you why this particular staycation was the best for all of us!

Nobu Hotel

Hospitality at its finest!

When we got to Nobu Hotel, we were greeted by smiles by all of the staff. The lady that checked us in to our rooms was very pleasant. She even talked to Zeeka, and wished that she would enjoy DreamPlay. She also gave me very specific instructions without me having to ask where the exit to DreamPlay was, or where the gym was or where breakfast was the next day. I loved that it was so cool that she even left her post to direct us to the elevator!

I learned from her that Nuwa and Nobu are from the same group of hotels.

Attention to Detail

When we got to our room, I loved the Japanese inspired look!

View from our room!

I love how it’s so simple yet so classy. I am always impressed by this kind of aesthetic. Also, I love how Nobu Hotel put effort into thinking about the details. Case in point, there were two robes and two pairs of slippers. One was black and the black robe and slippers were bigger. The other one was white and both the robe and the slippers were smaller.

Another detail was that I had my name on the phone. Little stuff like this make the experience more customized!

Relax and Enjoy with the Family!

There are a lot of things to do in the hotel and a lot of things to do in the whole expanse of City of Dreams. In the hotel, the entire family will enjoy swimming. Check out how beautiful the swimming pool and the garden is!

Do you know that they had coolers for each table? These little touches make all of the difference. And WIFI was available for anyone to use within the premises of the hotel. No passwords! I loved it!

Look at my little love! She had so much fun swimming with daddy!

DreamPlay

Since we couldn’t visit the casino since we had Zeeka tagging along, we went to DreamPlay instead.

DreamPlay is a DreamWorks movie-inspired wonderland for kids to enjoy. It’s located inside City of Dreams Manila. It reminded me of a smaller version of Sanrio Puroland in Japan.

Inside DreamPlay, there are 12 attractions that your kids can enjoy and choose from. Although, shorter kids will not be able to join some of the activities. My daughter was 5 years old so she kept on going back and forth to the activities that she can do. She absolutely adored the place and didn’t want to leave.

So what were the things that a 4-5 year old could do?

First, we threw and shot balls at each other. haha! This was inside the Afro Circus. Parents, if you have little kids and you want them to use up all of the energy, have them play here for at least 30 minutes. The surroundings and the things inside are very safe — lots of padding. The balls are made out of foam so it doesn’t hurt when you shoot them. They have machines (like the red and blue one in this picture) that shoots the balls into the air when you press the green button. It was so cool that my husband and I actually played, too!

Afro Circus at Dreamplay!

My favorite was this cooking class — Cooking with Gingy! There are time slots for this class so best to check at the reception when you enter. We all had aprons, chefs’ hats, rolling pins, etc. This wasn’t an ordinary baking class because we baked while watching Shrek, Donkey and Gingy talk to each other. I won’t tell you how that happened. 🙂 Anyway, each one of us baked a Gingerbread man cookie. We, then, we decorated it and ate it!

But don’t worry about getting hungry. Beside the area of where the cooking class was held, there was an area called Chez Gingy where you could actually order food for lunch. They served pizza, ice cream, chicken fingers, etc. I wasn’t a fan of the food though. What I enjoyed was the ice cream with the bottomless toppings that you could take. The food was okay, but not that impressive.

Chez Gingy!

After lunch, we watched a 4D animated movie at the DreamPlay Theater. It was a fun film. Zeeka hid under her dad’s arm, because there were times when the seat would squirt water. She hated that! hahaha! Overall, we enjoyed watching at the DreamPlay theater.

After that, we went for Kung Fu training with Kung Fu Panda. Then we created our own dragons and had them race towards the finish line. We also built a boat and raced, too!

There are other things that your young kids can do, like go up Shrek’s treehouse,  pretend to fly a plane, etc. We really had a fun time at City of Dreams, both in DreamPlay and at Nobu. My next target is to have dinner at Nobu. Breakfast was amazing, so I really want to go back to try dinner. The ambiance at the restaurant was simple yet very elegant. I love how they fixed their buffet, too.

To end my review, I’m sharing a video of what happened during our staycation!

Enjoy!

Love lots,

Ginger

Get Huge Discounts at the S&R Members’ Treat 2018!

Hello, March, and hello, summer!

Yes, the sunny season is HERE, and for me, that means outings with my daughter, reunions with family, swim parties, updating our home, and other various activities that take advantage of the hot and dry weather before the rains come again.

There’s so much to look forward to in the summer, and to jumpstart the season, S&R has a special treat for its members – literally!

The S&R Members’ Treat runs from March 14 – March 18, 2018 and will be held in all S&R warehouses nationwide. That’s five whole days of enormous savings to get you ready for fun in the sun, from Buy 1 Take 1 deals to discounts as low as 50%!

Check out the S&R Members’ Treat deals that got me excited for the summer!

● Our bodies are more active in the heat, and it’s good to have snacks on the go to keep energy up. Load up on Balconi and Rondoletti wafer snacks for the munchies and some refreshing Tropicana juices in different flavors to wash it down (Buy 1 Take 1)!

● Conveniently, you can get Kitchen Classic food storage containers (Buy 1 Take 1) at S&R too to pack your baon in.

● Summer break means get-togethers with the family! Make more seating room for visitors in your home with Cosco folding chairs (Buy 1 Take 1)!

● Serve up your favorite grilled ulam with the Oster Bioceramic Indoor Grill (Buy 1 Take 1)! Perfect for families living in condos where traditional ihaw set-ups might not be convenient.

● On hot days – and there will be plenty! – offer palamig, juice, or water served in attractive Anchor beverage sets (50% off).

● In the evenings after the kids are off to bed, serve chilled wine and liquor to wind down while binge-watching on Netflix or just relaxing on the couch (Buy 1 Take 1 – but some are even available for Buy 3 Take 3!)

● Looking to do a bit of summer home styling? Spruce up your bedrooms with these eye-popping 4-piece and 6-piece bedsheet sets (Buy 1 Take 1).

● Upgrade your pillows too! Snag Wharton Vac pillows for a restful night’s sleep after the day’s adventures (Buy 1 Take 1).

● Do away with mismatched hangers for a more organized closet, and replace them with simple, uniform, non-slip basic hanger sets. Available in sets of ten (Buy 1 Take 1).

● I’m sure your little ones are just as enthusiastic for the summer, so fuel their excitement with bright new totes and bags for their summer outings (Buy 1 Take 1).

● And of course, to get the whole family ready for the most-anticipated movie event of the season, Avengers: Infinity War shirts for both children and adults (Buy 1 Take 1)!

With so many wonderful deals, you definitely don’t want to miss out on any of them! Here are my tips to make the most of the S&R Members’ Treat:

1. Come early. Get first dibs on everything from great picks to the most ideal parking spaces.

2. Plan ahead. Make a list of things you expect to buy and set a budget to ensure you grab everything you need without overspending. All the same, be prepared to take home a load of unexpected goodies!

3. Go around in an orderly manner. Grab a cart and wend your way through the store aisle per aisle so you can shop efficiently and you don’t miss out on anything.

4. Enjoy S&R food. Since you’re already there, make the most of your S&R trip by grabbing lunch or merienda in-store! S&R pizza is always a good idea.

5. Don’t forget your S&R card! What a nightmare it would be to get your excitement up for a fun shopping experience only to realize you’d forgotten your S&R card at home! Double and triple-check that you’ve put it in your wallet before you leave the house on Members’ Treat day.

The S&R Members’ Treat is EXCLUSIVE to S&R members.

The S&R Members’ Treat is happening in all S&R warehouse clubs nationwide, from 9:00AM to 9:00PM: BGC (Taguig City), Aseana (Pasay City), Shaw (Mandaluyong City), Congressional (Quezon City), Commonwealth (Quezon City), Dau (Pampanga), Alabang (Muntinlupa City), Imus (Cavite), Nuvali (Laguna), Cebu, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao.

I hope you’re as excited for the summer – and the S&R Members’ Treat – as I am! If you are, go ahead and tell me what you’re most looking forward to in the comments below.

See you at S&R!

Bounce Philippines – For Fit and Healthy Kids and Adults!

It’s so nice to be a kid in this day and age! There are a lot of cool things that you can do. One of the new cool things that you can do is to visit a trampoline park. The most impressive trampoline park that I have seen is a new on called Bounce! It is located at Las Piñas beside SM South Mall. Why is it impressive? This trampoline park is a huge expanse of 1,225 square meters of pure fun. The person who brought this here is British Founder, Mr. Mark Hogsden.

Inside Bounce, there are 18 activities that you can do! Don’t worry! You don’t need to be really fit to try it out. Upon entering, you can buy the socks that you will need. I love the neon colored socks that they have! There are

If you have a toddler, they have a kiddie playground where they can climb and slide into child-friendly structures.

If you’re competitive, you can have a battle beam match with your bff and see who can stay on the beam longer.

My daughter enjoyed playing in the Dodgeball area. She had fun throwing balls at me! hahaha! She also loved the basketball area, but it was still too high for her. There was also an are where she could try wall climbing, while not having to worry about falling (since you’d practically fall into a pit of foam! haha!).

Check out our video of what we did inside Bounce Philippines!

Bounce Philippines is also a great venue for team building! There is a relay that you can do that will make you feel like a ninja!

On Friday and Saturday evenings, you can celebrate and try out the Bounce boards, boxing bags, and LED bubble balls during glow-in-the-dark DJ nights!

When you’re tired, you can rest and have some snacks and a few drinks at Bounce’s fully air-conditioned party lounge and café.

If you are interested to try out Bounce, here are the rates!

My daughter had  so much fun that she wants us to book Bounce for her next birthday celebration. I highly recommend this place for family gatherings, corporate events, team building activities, etc. Bounce will soon release an annual membership package and a loyalty card that’ll provide amazing experiences at discounted rates and affordable prices all year round.

Bounce is open Mondays to Thursdays from 11 am to 9 pm, Fridays from 11 am to 10 pm, Saturdays from 9 am to 10 pm, and Sundays and holidays from 9 am to 9 pm. You can find them at the Ground Level of South Tower (right beside SM Southmall) on Zapote Road, Las Piñas.

For inquiries or reservations, call Bounce Philippines at 0949-3578357, 0927-9442860, or 0995-1490285 or email them at hello@bounce.com.ph. You can also visit their website at http://bounce.com.ph and follow Bounce on Facebook and Instagram @bouncephilippines for instant updates and special promos.

City Chef: Yummy Food you can Eat Anytime, Anywhere!

We (EJ, me and Zeeka) got try out City Chef during our stay here in the hospital. I don’t know if it was a sign to finally encourage us to eat healthier, but that was really good food delivered to us. Let me tell you about what City Chef is in a while, but first, let me tell you about our nutrition scenario at home.

For those who really know me well, I don’t cook. I didn’t know how to boil an egg by myself before the age of 27. I only knew how to work with a rice cooker in the beginning of January THIS YEAR, since I lost my nanny. I hate to admit that, but it’s true. I knew how to cook pasta even before I learned how to cook rice. So the past few weeks was a crash course on cooking different dishes; Most of the dished though were actually stuff that I just heated. For example, my daughter’s baon and our baon for at least a week was rice and hotdog. Then, I knew they were getting sick and tired of it so I incorporated tuna into our meals. I chose tuna because it’s easy to heat and because I love Gold Seas Tuna. I also then added hard boiled eggs for breakfast, because I learned that we should eat 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up. And then, the latest one that I tried to cook was smoked bangus, which turned out to be shredded smoked bangus because when I was removing it from the pan, it broke down into bits and pieces.

As for veggies, I don’t really know how to cook vegetables, so let’s just leave it at that. There were no vegetables for my family for the past month.

I really don’t have the luxury of time to cook, so it is indeed a challenge to prepare meals that your family won’t get sick and tired of and to prepare meals that are actually both delicious and nutritious. So, going back to the sign, I learned about City Chef and ordered food from them to be delivered to the hospital where I am at today. I think it’s that whole ambiance of health that led me to choose cooked meals over fast food.

So City Chef met with my husband at the lobby of the hospital. City Chef is a new food delivery service that eliminates the hassle of cooking delicious and nutritious meals for your family. You need not go out also and spend for an expensive dinner, because you can enjoy it at home while watching shows on Netflix.  The service caters to people who value time, providing freshly cooked dishes to elevate their dining experience at the comfort of their homes. Each entrée is prepared by professional chefs. Meals from the uniquely prepared menu will then be delivered straight to your home from 5 PM to 7 PM, just in time for dinner.

I had City Chef for two days. Enjoy every dish with a group for only Php 450 (good for 2 -3 pax) or get a solo portion for only Php 250. I ordered the Php 450 portion.

This was what we got for Day 1 of City Chef 🙂

 

This was what we got for Day 2 of City Chef

I was so happy with our order! The meals were I feel COMPLETE. We had rice, protein and vegetables. The Php 450 portion was perfect for the three of us. We actually had some left for lunch the next day. Look at how huge the servings were.

My daughter who was sick and didn’t have much appetite had some of the delivered food and found it yummy! Feeding her during those nights wasn’t a problem.

I will definitely order City Chef moving forward. This will be one off from my list of things to worry about. Do you know that City Chef is also collaborating with up and coming chefs in the industry, starting with Chef Noelle Mauricio of Le Petit Soufflé and Ping Pong Diplomacy for the month of February? I love these two restaurants so I’m really looking forward to ordering this coming February.

To place your orders, all you have to do is log on to www.citychef.ph and click on the calendar to order daily or weekly! I order via their website and it’s so easy to order! You can use the code citychef200 to get Php 200 off from your full week family sized orders and is valid until February 28, 2018.

You may also opt to order directly at 0917 805 0280, at least two days before your preferred delivery date.

Being an believer of spending your time wisely, I definitely give City Chef PH a huge thumbs up!

To get updates on City Chef’s weekly menu, LIKE City Chef PH on Facebook and FOLLOW@CityChefPH on Instagram.

Enjoy! Let’s eat!

Don’t know what to Serve? Discover Purefoods Heat & Eat!

As a mom and entrepreneur, time management and convenience are my top priority. Still, I always make sure that I choose delicious and healthy meals for my family.

But thinking of a meal plan every day can be a challenge. No matter how creative you are, there will come a time when you’ll run out of food ideas. This is especially true when you have a four-year-old toddler who can be a bit picky at times.

So whenever we go to the grocery, I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting food that is tasty, healthy, and easy to cook. And today was a lucky day! I found a new line of ready-to-eat meats that will surely satisfy even the pickiest eater in the family.

For decades, Purefoods has provided families with delicious favorites like Tender Juicy Hotdogs and Purefoods Corned Beef. Today, Purefoods brings us another awesome line of delicious, and easy to prepare food that’s just in time for the holiday season: Purefoods Heat & Eat.

Purefoods Heat and Eat

It comes with two variants that every Filipino family will love: Crispy Pata and Lechon Kawali. What used to take days to prepare is now available to you in minutes. And what I love most is that I get extra time to spend catching up with my loved ones instead.

For only P325, you get scrumptious Crispy Pata cooked to perfection. You can also get Lechon Kawali without the fear of being splattered all over with hot oil for only P230. Each pack of Lechon Kawali is good for 3-4 people, while the Crispy Pata can feed about 5-6 persons per bag.

All you need to do is pop it in the oven or a Turbo broiler or heat it in a non-stick pan for about ten to twenty minutes and voila! You’ve got a restaurant grade Crispy Pata and Lechon Kawali! Just make sure you stock up on lechon sauce when you get this because it’s gonna be a sure hit.

If you get tired of fried Lechon kawali, you can switch it up and make Lechon paksiw instead.

Here’s a recipe my friend shared with me for the Easiest Lechon Paksiw Ever:

Ingredients:
½ kilo Lechon Kawali
1 cup of water
1 quartered onions
1 pc bay leaf
Peppercorns
Lechon Sauce
2-3 tablespoons vinegar
1 tsp sugar
Salt to taste

You start with sauteing garlic, onions, Lechon Kawali, and bay leaf together in a pan. Once the meat browns, add water and lechon sauce. Stir a bit and cover for five to ten minutes or until the meat is tender.

After that, put about 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar and leave it to boil for five minutes. Leave the pan uncovered and do not stir. Once you the smell of the vinegar mellows down, add a bit of sugar, salt and peppercorns to taste.

Having Crispy Pata for dinner? Don’t throw away the bones just yet. Add it to a pot of boiling water along with some carrots, onions, potatoes, and cabbage and you’ve got yourself Pork Bone Soup. Just add some salt and pepper to taste.

Purefoods Heat & Eat will be an awesome addition to your grocery list and your holiday menu. It’s easy to prepare, easy to cook, and most of all, it’s an affordable option for all occasions. Whether you’re feeding a family of four, or hosting a party for six, Purefoods Heat & Eat are a definite must-have in your fridge.

With Purefoods Heat & Eat, siguradong sarap lutong anytime, all the time!

Check out the Native Section in major supermarkets in GMA (Robinsons, Landmark, Puregold, Hi Top, and South Supermarket) or visit your favorite Monterey Meatshop in Luzon to get yours today!

Check out fb page: https://www.facebook.com/purefoodsheatandeat/ and their IG page: https://www.instagram.com/purefoodsheatandeat/

5 Tips for Stress-Free Meals During the Christmas Season (with a Sanicare Giveaway!)

The biggest holiday of the year is just a few weeks away, and this is a particularly hectic time for mommies like me. Apart from working on my businesses and blog, there are friends to meet, reunions to have, and shopping to do. On top of that, there’s the usual family activities, like play time and study time and, of course, meal time. And while it’s easy to eat out, nothing quite beats a yummy meal at home for family bonding, even though it can be tough to make time to prepare and serve food when there are so many other things to do.

If, like me, you still want to make the effort, though, here are a few tips to make your life a little easier:

  1. Batch cook and pre-portion.

Freezer meals are often a busy mommy’s best friend. There are so many recipes you can find online for dishes you can make ahead and serve days, even weeks, later. As an extra step, make sure you portion these out before freezing so that, on busy days, you can just heat and be ready to eat in minutes.

  1. Share the load.

Having someone to help you around the house is a godsend, but don’t just rely on yaya all the time. You can also get your partner and your kids to help with the meal preparation. In fact, having your child help prepare the food she eats is one tried-and-true way to reduce the chances of her becoming a picky eater. When she has a hand in making the food that goes on the table, she is more likely to want to try her creations. Plus, it’s a great life skill to teach early on.

  1. Clean as you go.

Keep the kitchen clean as you cook, and don’t let dishes and cookware pile up after meals. While it can be tempting to procrastinate, a dirty kitchen isn’t just an eyesore, it’s a breeding ground for bugs and bacteria. To liven up the cleaning process, I’ve been using Sanicare’s special edition Christmas print towels, which also have the benefit of prettying up my kitchen counter.

  1. It’s not a sin to order in.

Of course, there will be days when you run out of freezer meals and are just too tired or busy to take time out to cook, and that’s fine. That’s exactly why there are so many food delivery options to choose from. Plus, these days, you’re not limited to fast food for delivery. You can get meals from your favorite restaurants just by making a call or using an app on your mobile or on a webpage.

  1. Dress to impress.

By this, I don’t mean that you can’t come to the dinner table wearing your comfiest pambahay outfits. I mean that you can level up your meal appeal by making the effort to prettify your table. Even when you’re serving takeout, use real plates, glasses, and cutlery. Pick pretty placemats and add decorative table elements. One thing that’s on my dinner table is my Sanicare Liwanag Christmas Box, which holds tissues for easy access and features a pretty design by artist and MovEd founder Alex Eduque.

In case you haven’t seen them yet, they’re super pretty and showcase designs by an up-and-coming local artist.

One design is inspired by parols, or star-shaped Christmas lanterns. This is uniquely Filipino and, according to the artist, is a symbolic representation of a sense of promise and unification.

The other design is inspired by the stars. Alex Eduque herself says that this is “a constant reminder that we share the same sky and, despite the stark differences and circumstances in all corners of the world, that each one of us has a star shining brightly within.”

Isn’t that a great thing to remind ourselves of, especially at Christmas?

Anyway, if you haven’t picked up a Liwanag Christmas Box yet, here’s one reason to do so the next time you’re at the supermarket: Sanicare is having a promo! The grand prize winner will get four all-day passes to the Dream Play and Lunch buffet at The Café at the Hyatt City of Dreams Manila. Ten consolation prize winners will also receive P2000 in Sodexo gift certificates.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Take a creative photo featuring the Sanicare Facial Tissue Liwanag Series Box.
  2. Post it on your Facebook timeline. Start your caption with the phrase, “My Christmas is extra bright this year because _____!” and make sure to use the hashtags #SanicareLiwanagSeries #Sanicare and #SCPA
  3. Tag three other friends in your post, then publish.
  4. Go to the Sanicare PH Facebook promo post then click on the link provided to submit your entry.

The promo runs from November 22, 2017, to January 1, 2018. Winners will be announced on the Sanicare PH Facebook page on January 15, 2018.

Good luck and happy posting!

Hanns Insect Trap

A cool thing about having your own office is that fact that you can experiment on your own choice of equipments and tools. In the office, we have noticed that there are a lot of little flies that bother us. These aren’t mosquitoes though. These are the little flies that are either moth flies, fruit flies or drain flies. Drain Flies, obviously, breed in drains, sewers and septic tanks. Fruit flies are those that are usually seen flying around fruit and vegetables.

I really wanted to eliminate these things and the way to eliminate these flies is to destroy the place where they breed. You can do this by using drainage liquids. But for those that are already flying around, I highly suggest that you try out one of these Hanns Insect Traps.

What we use in the office is the Hanns Insect Trap Mini Wall Pro. Basically, what you do is you use the sticky paper and insert it into the insect trap. For our 47  square meter office, we usually change the paper after every 3 weeks to 1 month. We turn on the insect light trap when we get to the office and it’s on for 8 hours.

This Hanns Insect Trap Mini Wall Pro is at Php 4500. To replace the sticky paper, just lift the cover and insert the paper.

For our home, I’m thinking of buying this Hanns Insect Trap Advance Indoor. What I like about these two insect traps is that it is safe to use, especially when you have kids. It doesn’t emit any dangerous smell or doesn’t use any electricity zapping thing.

You can use it inside baby’s room and still feel safe and secure. The Hanns Insect Trap Advance Indoor is water and dust proof. It actually is very affordable at Php 1899. To save you the hassle, you can actually order this from LAZADA HERE.

This year, I really want our home and office to be squeaky clean and free of clutter and germs! I really think that these contraptions from Hanns are good investments.

Have you tried these? What do you think? Did it help you? 🙂 I’d like to know your thoughts!