Thursday, August 11, 2016

Where the Geeks are!!!

I have initially thought, that it was a store that sells buko juice. Obviously from it’s name , I associated it to the fruit itself and surmising that the owner substitute “O” to “U”, so it would appear humorous and appealing. Then, just by adding books, voracious readers will get attracted while drinking buko juice!

Humor fails! Oh well.. you got it right? I really don’t know how that idea came up! Toinks!

So I googled its etymology and it showed that BUKU means "A lot of" or "many" in Vietnam, and "book" in Malay. Later I know that it’s also coffee shop. I’ve always been here in District mall because my partner is working in Sweet Solutions Cafe , a coffee shop/bakeshop along side Buku Buku. So every weekend , I’m always with my son and we always hang out on this place. This mall became his playground and this became my "tambayan", as well.

I like the ambience in District Mall because it's not crowded unlike other malls in town. Restrooms are also clean . hehehe, which is very important.

Going back to Buku Buku, this cafe captured my eyes because of its interior. Its very appealing for bookworms and artsy individuals. It manifests really who their target customers are.

Not only that. They supports local indie band and acts. Open mic sessions held monthly and I've attended some of these.

OH FLAMINGO!

So if you are a poetry incline individual then, you are very much welcome to perform or just be an audience and listen. No need to go outside Cavite just to witness indie bands, poetry reading and open mic sessions.

Buku Buku is also a perfect place to hang out with friends. Aside from coffee and dining area inside, they have another place for booze-ing and you may also indulge on cocktail drinks.

You should give it a try! Gora na !

Monday, August 8, 2016

WISH LIST

It still few months before holiday season but SHOPBACK already have a blogging contest where you will just input your Wish List items from their merchants. Very rare that I join blogging contest like this, however , this time, will try my luck to win these stuffs not only for me but also for my son. : )

Here are the prizes:

10 Best Wishlist Winners will get ONE of their items from their wishlist for FREE
The prize (item)’s price will be capped at PHP10,000.
2 Most Popular Winners will be chosen from the remaining entrants for the Most Popular category and will win PHP3,000 cash prize each.
The more like/shares you have across your social media, the higher chance you have to win.
5 Consolation Prize Winners will be chosen from the remaining entrants and will win PHP1,000 cash prize each.

I have already explained how shopback works HERE and you will definitely shop and will drool for the deals offered. : )

You might also want to join this contest and learn the mechanics HERE and create your own wishlist.

As I have mentioned on my previous post , SHOPBACK gives you cashback for your online purchases, on top of the many discounts available when buying from an online retailer. It starts to become popular nowadays as it featured also on The Manila Times, Philstar, Inquirer.net, GMA Network, Tech In Asia, Channel NewsAsia & more.

I've browsed CashCashPinoy and look for a travel package. Shopback offers 2% cashback once you buy stuff from them . They offered great deals of travel package and I chose 2 as included on my wishlist.

Tagaytay Prime residences (weekends)

Since rainy days are coming , this is my priority . A staycation for the family: My partner , my son and the nanny :)

Kiddie area on this hotel caught my attention. It will be a fun 2D/1N weekdend stay, if ever!

Caliraya mid year get away / Quad Room (4 pax min.)

I chose this since it's closer to our town and it is also a chance to have a bonding moment with my family.

My 3rd wish I picked from Itruemart where Shopback offers 4% cashback. I bought some accessories and micro sd from this site before. They offer great deals as well. I bought my micro sd for a lower price and I'm still using it. If only I knew this SHopback earlier, 4% cashback will already creditted on my account.

WD My Passport Ultra External HD / 2tb

I am very sentimental when it comes on saving pictures. A memento that I can look back.

For LAZADA, they offer 4% cashback as as well. It is one of those popular online stores and I've tried to buy some of my stuff here. I bought 2 stuffs on this online store. an electronic massager and romoss powerbank and now, I've checked and browse some stuffs for kids and noticed this :

Electronic Motor for Kids

I have already bought my son an electronic motor like this but its already worn out and now he's asking for another.

I will not shell out a money from my pocket to buy this . I will wait first to win, the genie might hear me! LOL

So there... I summon the Shopback Genie to fulfill any of these. Hopefully I will win!!! : )

PROMOTIONS and VOUCHERS WITH SHOPBACK PHILIPPINES

As a Mom , it became my habit to shop with a value card to earn more points on some establishments. I really do prefer value shopping especially on buying groceries. Although it will only earn me a single peso for a 200 pesos worth of groceries or medicines , I truly appreciate and made me feel that something was gained back. Because sooner once I already accumulated enough points , I will be able to use it also in the future. Earning points for me is like .. asking and haggling for a certain discount. If it's a marketing strategy, I am enjoying it! Actually I have already consumed some of those points as well.

Moreover, since online shopping is very prominent nowadays , I have discovered that I can earned after online shopping! This platform is partnered with those popular online shop that I have usually visited and this is what I am eyeing for! I've actually bought some items from these popular online shops like Lazada but I've earned nothing! I am blogging this to share the significance of this online store and what they can offer to us online shoppers. Since most of the time, I am sitting in front of a computer and this is the only time that I am browsing some stuffs to buy for myself.

I am talking about SHOPBACK online and this time, you will earn money and not points. It would be a money saved on your part and they offer great deals and discounts. You may cash out this to your bank, paypal or GCASH account. SHOPBACK is the #1 Online Cashback / Rebates Site in the Philippines. They've been partnered to 300 merchants like LAZADA , ZALORA , AGODA, HOTELS.COM, iTRUEMART, FOODPANDA, ALIEXPRESS and more. Also, business runs in countries like , Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and Taiwan.

I know mommies and some online-buyer-aficionados will definitely like this. Once you registered in SHOPBACK, you will get P100 upon signing up. This will be credited on your shopback account. When you made a purchase, another 100 pesos will be added.

Actually I gave this a shot, just to see how it works. After a few days, I've received a notification on my email that I've already earned some 4% cashback. This was actually added to my Shopback Account .

CASHBACK is the money that consumers received once they shopped online, and it comes in a form of CASH not points. Good thing, they offer Cashbacks from popular online stores : CashCashPinoy with 2% cashback , Lazada has 4% cashback and and iTrueMart has 4% cashback.

Another thing , you might get confuse. Discounts in merchants like LAZADA is totally different from what you may get from shopback. You may get discounts on top of the cashback earned from SHOPBACK. Great deals, right?! Discounts pa more! : )

To understand more about SHOPBACK :

You may also watch this SHOPBACK VIDEO provided for online customers .

Like these SHOPBACK accounts on social media so you'll get updated on the deals they offer :

FACEBOOK

INSTAGRAM

GOOGLE PLUS

TWITTER

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Whitney Houston Show 2016

The astounding tribute show taking the world by storm! A fun and heart-felt concert dedicated to the incomparable Whitney Houston. The Greatest Love Of All: The Whitney Houston Show celebrates the magnificent catalogue of hits that Houston made famous during her 30 year career. The 2 ½ hour concert and stage show includes hits such as 'How Will I Know', 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody', 'Where Do Broken Hearts Go', 'Didn't We Almost Have It All', 'I'm Every Woman', 'One Moment In Time', 'I Have Nothing' and of course, 'I Will Always Love You' and many more.
Starring the breathtaking voice of Belinda Davids live in concert featuring the full production show from the US. Direct from sell out shows across Europe, plus a full band, dancers and theatrical effects, this show is not just a brilliant tribute but a spectacular concert experience in its own right and should not be missed! In the wake of Whitney Houston's tragic passing in 2012, her timeless music and awe-inspiring voice have received renewed appreciation from her legion of long-time fans and garnered a new generation of admirers who appreciate Whitney's unique voice, undeniable talent and pervasive charm as a welcome contrast to the artists prevalent in today's contemporary music.

In preparation for such an anticipated show, and in respect for Houston's legacy, Showtime Management dedicated over 12 months to perfecting this production and finding the right star. After conducting over 15,000 auditions in 12 countries, accomplished South African vocalist BELINDA DAVIDS was selected to pay reverence to Houston with her carefully crafted renditions.

Don’t miss this critically acclaimed once in a lifetime live show of a tribute to a woman who has long been an icon of pop music and vocal ability, The Greatest Love Of All – The Whitney Houston Show Tour 2016 on Friday, August 26th, 8PM at the IEC Pavillon, Cebu City and on Saturday, August 27th at the PICC Plenary Hall, Pasay City, Manila.

Presented by DMC Philippines, in cooperation with Gotesco Group Of Companies, and Gruppo Group Of Companies. This event is also brought to you by Hotel Jen, the official residence and Novu hair. Special thanks to our media partners: NET 25, Eagle Broadcasting, RMN, 558 DZXL, 774 DWWW, Radyo Agila, 90.7 Love Radio, 95.5 Pinas FM, 96.3 Easy Rock, 97.9 Home Radio, 101.1 YES FM, 107.5 Wish FM, Business Mirror, Peoples Tonight, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, Manila Concert Scene, Philippine Concerts, and When In Manila. Tickets are now available at SM Tickets (www.smtickets.com) and Ticket World (www.ticketworld.com.ph) outlets.

Friday, July 15, 2016

REBRANDED : www.pangalan.com

I’ve started blogging since 2009 and I’ve only created my own space on some free platforms available online . Eventually, I’ve treated it as my online diary and only for personal use. I haven’t realized then, that getting your own domain name and web host is significant on blogging especially if you want to earn money from your web site.

It’s only now that I consider getting one for myself so it will help me reach an online identity. I need this, because I ‘ve also started writing for others.

I’ve thought getting a domain name will empty my pocket monthly,however, it looks like that it didn't!

I’ve consider Pangalan.com on getting my domain name because they offer prices na hindi masyado mahal . hehe

Pangalan.com has been in the industry as a reputable domain registrar in the Philippines for more than 3 years now. They’re the counterpart of Onamae.com, the #1 domain registrar in Japan and currently, they offer online solutions from domain registration, web hosting and web design at competitive prices. To serve customers better, new website is finally up and more mobie-friendly! Kindly check and browse on their newly revamp site : http://www.pangalan.com
They also offer these payment method :
Pangalan.com is better because it was made for Filipino entrepreneurs to help them succeed on their business. It also offers affordable prices for domain name and web hosting. If you are a newbie, they have a tech support that surely will guide you on the initial process up to the end.

And as part of their launching, they’ll joining on the much anticipated #FranchiseAsiaPhl2016 International Franchise Expo this July 22-24, 2016 in SMX Convention Center in SM MOA. In here, customers can get special discounts plus freebies.

So if you are planning to have a website for your business and wanted to spread it personally online, consider getting one with this brand. : )

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Indulge on a healthier Ice Cream

Google says, that Gelato is an Italian word for "ice cream", however, difference between the usual ice cream that we know and the original Gelato shows on the texture and the process. I have tried eating a gelato before in Greenbelt and I would say that it's thicker, creamier, flavorful and much more delicious than a regular ice cream that I am buy in malls/stores. It's also healthier because it has less fat.
Coolato Gelato opened its doors to the public for only a few months but it is slowly becoming a favorite of the people of the South. Strategically located beside the cinema of SM BF Paranaque, one cannot help but notice Coolato and its colorful interiors with the welcoming couches.It offers 13 flavors and 14 toppings which can yield 182 different combinations. Regular flavors like sea salt caramel ripple, cookie crunch crumble, and chocolate dream is for the kids at heart who love their more traditional flavors. Coolato Gelato also offeres Strawberry Made in Heaven, Mango Madness, Oreos and Cream, Coffee Explosion, Cookie Monster, Macchiato Madness, Black Forest Forever, Banoffee Pie, Almond Divinity, and Matcha Green Tea. You can make these flavors stand out more with marshmallow, caramel popcorn, crushed biscoff, choco pretzels, choco flakes, choco covered raisins, choco chips, oreos, fresh mango, fresh banana, banana chips, cashews, almonds, and pistachios. Whew.
Coolato is a handcrafted artisanal gelato. They literally make the ice cream in front of you and you can even take a video to show off. Don’t forget to tag them on Instagram @coolatoartisanalgelato and use #coolatogelato. Like them on Facebook to get more updates. (https://www.facebook.com/Coolato-178996762482943/)
If you're heading to Paranaque, don't forget to look for this, try a lick and indulge! Looking forward to try this soon,too!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Motherhood

Motherhood , in my own perspective is something that I didn't dream of . As a matter of fact , I have treated this previously , as a penance . I was one of those who resisted even a thought of it. I was one of those laid back single woman who ask herself "Why me?!" . Didn't I know that this will happened. I wasn't dreaming of becoming a mother. However, some circumstances brought me to this.
TANGKAAN, PADRE BURGOS ,SOUTHERN LEYTE

I was happy, satisfied and satiable living on my own. Although, I know that I am okay, there's something that is lacking. It's empty. Dull. It's like , staring in a house realizing that it's not a home.

Apparently, experiencing this gave me an added motivation and unexplained purpose that made me live my life more. And mine by experience, was a learned skill that I have embraced after. Some woman take it as a privilege but mine is a reward. An added bonus in my life. I have treated it as a surprise gift and I am thankful that I've received, fully embracing being one! Di kaya ako mahilig sa bata. Pero ngayon , any stories about a child made me cry. Malungkot man un o masaya. hehe . That's how I became sensitive and vulnerable on hearing child stories. It has a significant impact within.

STRAWBERRY FARM , BAGUIO

You might hear that , "Motherhood is tough". This cliche is true and mommies will not deny . However, there is a pause . A short pause that separates the initial answer to conclusion. Her response doesn't ends on "tough" but "worth it" . You may hear stories and cries and woes but , it manifests determination and strength. After a day or two... you may see them happy and smiling again.

Because being a mom , for me , is a combination of distress and euphoria. It's immensely tough, you have to endure the pain and anxiety but we women are capable. Kinakaya naten , hindi dahil napipilitan pero kaya talaga e or maybe rearing a child is with us by nature. Built-in to every woman out there. Iba yung fulfillment!
Sweet Solutions Cafe , The District Mall, Cavite

There is one thing I renounce on experiencing this journey and I really am having a hard time practicing and disciplining myself. It's financial management and that is another story that will allot another space on my blog! :)

Friday, June 24, 2016

BUBI TRAMPOLINES

I'm a working mom so I only have weekends to go out and do things with my son. The usual bonding activity that we do is to look for a playground. Sometimes , we just go to the nearest plaza and mostly, mall areas. One of those play place the we like is Bubi BLocks located in SM Bacoor, Cavite.
I love bringing my child there because this is not a typical place where your child just play. This will also enhance his creativity on playing with these toy blocks. Another thing is it will also help on enhancing his cognitive side. It's really fun that even I enjoyed playing it too! :)
Bubi Family includes, Bubi sand castle, Bubi blocks and fortunately , another one was added on BUBI Family I am happy to welcome BUBI TRAMPOLINE!

And Yes! Bubi Trampolines Bring Happiness with Every Bounce.

Bubi Trampolines was established in the Philippines in 2011 and I for one will look it over at the malls. This is not only for fun but it also has medical benefits for kids. It helps in developing their motor skills, teach persistence and improves their self- esteem and behavior. It also reduces restlessness and alleviate stress, stimulates internal organs and strengthens the immune system. It can also help weight loss and maintenance as well. Mommies will definitely love Bubi Trampolines for their child! Let every child bounce with happiness! An ounce of bounce brings a million joy to your kids!

I hope sooner will have this in Cavite area and try it for my son! Luckily, you may rent this BUBI TRAMPOLINES for your kids. Mommies may include this on birthday parties, too!!For sales and rental inquiries, please contact (02)941.5708. Like and follow them on Facebook (Bubi Trampoline) and Instagram (bubitrampoline) and I already did.:)

As of now Bubi Trampolines are situated at the following malls

SM Malls

Baguio Taytay Cebu - Seaside Valenzuela Tarlac Fairview Novaliches San Lazaro Rosario Baliwag Clark Bicutan Marilao Angono Cebu - Consolacion Palawan Muntinlupa San Pablo Sta.Rosa Cebu - Mabolo Davao Molino Calamba Cebu - Seaside

Robinsons Malls:

Metro East Cainta Antipolo Cainta Palawan

Other Malls:

Starmall SJDM Starmall Taguig AliMall Farmer's Plaza

Monday, June 20, 2016

DreamLand Arts and Cafe

I was just browsing Facebook and stumbled on Dreamland page. I started clicking and checking every pics. I was so impressed that there is a place that offers this concept and told myself that I have to visit it the soonest possible. Isa akong probinsyana at hindi ako nakakaluwas ng kamaynilaan kaya ito ay kakaiba sa akin dito sa parteng South. hehe : )
Dreamland Arts and Cafe is located in Tagaytay City. They're open 24-hours and it's really easy to locate the place. If you are a commuter, it's only walking distance from Olivarez circle. You have to turn left, on Tagaytay-Calamba road, then you'll be there in around 5 mins.
This is not one of those usual restaurants that you will find in Tagaytay. What caught my interest was the concept. It's really laid back, relax and I love the free flowing vibes and artsy designs. It did not gave me a "dreamy or nostalgic" feeling 'tho, but it gave me a hippie, and ethnic vibe! You know , the bohemian vintage hippie looks that I've been longing for. Hehe.

Every corner have its picture-perfect setting as well. Walk around and have your version of a bohemian-looking visitor.:)

They're also selling accessories and hand made crafts. I have bought this bracelet for 350 pesos and 2 set of earrings for 100 pesos each. That dream catcher headband will cost you 500 pesos , i guess .

The stairs is also very artsy. They also have a place upstairs where you can sit , slack and chat with your friends while enjoying brewed coffee or tea.
FOOD. Should I say pricey? I think it's not. Tama lang. I'm not a food blogger, it's subjective i know, but I'm satisfied on the breakfast meal food that we've ordered.

While waiting for our food. Picture muna!

Ang sarap ng kanin! Bet ko! There are restos that offered same price pero di naman masarap. I've also tried their coffee too after our meal. Masarap naman! Kids will definitely enjoy their yogurt ice-drop. My son did! :)

Enjoying his frozen yogurt popsicles( he calls it "ice dwap")

I really am drooling for this..sulit ung FOR MORE potato wedges nila.. Yum Yum! :)

You may also borrowed colored pens there and doodle. I've posted mine there! Hopefully I could still find my art when I get back.

Cool collage! I only have to print and choose a frame for this and hang it on our wall

They're also offer "bed and breakfast", but I haven't tried it. You may contact: +639778263271 and Like Dreamland Arts & Crafts Cafe on Facebook.

This cafe is open 24hours , so if you want to spend the rest of the night in Tagaytay , you may want to book a hotel and stay overnight.

Beside this cafe is VERAZZA hotel ,you may want to book here , or you may want to choose from other hotels. Just check this banner below, they offer great deals :

Friday, June 17, 2016

Mt. Buntis

Actually it was late 2015, I've imposed to myself that I should implement a travel time-out due to some priorities. I have to admit that travelling is equals to spending money and this year , actually since last year, I was on the verge of paying the house I bought and had multiple loans. Ugh! Priorities!

So since I have to sacrificed and had to choose priorities, and the fact that I cannot totally sacrifice my urge to go out of town or exploring nature, regardless of distance, I decided to explore places near Cavite. Check Malibiclibic Falls in Baylen, Cavite

With that, yes , I will still spend money but at least on a minimal basis. I really can't take away my routine of visiting nature at least once a year. It's already became part of my system. Bisyo!

So I started my thrifty exploration and it was in Maragondon.

I am not a professional hiker. My last hike was decade ago. So I decided to climb this mountain since it is for beginners and only for a day hike. How can I resist? Sabe sa blog, madali lang daw.. ang baba eh! Sus , tara!!(yabang mode)

While waiting for our guide. Masaya pa ko nyan! Excited pa! hehe

You will pass this Tulay-bitin before jumpstart to Mt.buntis

..and this rice field. Sa kabukiran!

River streams. Lakad lang.. :)

I have already forgot the distance we took for that long walk. I just felt that we started to climb the steepest part. Difficult part of the mountain. Pawisan!

Lakad pa.. madali pala ha! saket na bewang ko..(talking to myself murmuring)

Almost...

There you go! At the summit! Pagod! Hilo! Literal na umiikot ang mundo ko!

JellyAce helped me regain my energy! Salamat ke Natalie for giving me these.

Nung medyo ok na ko...picture-picture na...

To sum it up. Masaya sa taas! It's just that, I've anticipated that it will be an "easy" climb! Not as easy as I've initially expected. hehehe. Sumakit den ang muscles ko ha! hehe

You can view our Mt.Buntis summit video HERE. : )