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    Kidzoona at Ayala Malls Cloverleaf

    Kidzoona in Ayala Malls Cloverleaf opened late last year. One very hot Sunday afternoon, we decided to escape the scalding weather and made a trip to this indoor playground.   This branch is bigger than the one visited in Lucky Chinatown Mall. Its price is also a bit cheaper — 200 pesos for 1 hour, which already includes one guardian fee. If there would be an additional guardian, you will have to pay 100 pesos. Socks are offered for 30 pesos a pair.   As mentioned on my previous post on toddler playground tips, we checked if the place was too crowded to let Olivia play in. Thankfully, it was…

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    Novotel Manila Araneta Center-Amazingly Family Friendly

    We haven’t made any out-of-town plans yet ever since Olivia was born. Since we are still in the process planning it, we intend to have at least one staycation per year instead. We stayed at Novotel Manila in Araneta Center Cubao for this year. The reason why I chose this hotel was because I wanted to try other hotels in Quezon City. I booked Novotel Manila from Agoda last November. The rate I got already included a breakfast buffet for two. The Lobby and Checking In Our Grab driver mistakenly dropped us off on a different entrance. So, Olive and I had to walk a bit from there to the…

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    Kids Paradise at Fisher Mall

    Kids Paradise is an indoor playground located at the 4th level of Fisher Mall in Quezon City. It’s beside the School of Ballet Manila and facing the mini carousel. We decided to let Olivia play in here one Sunday afternoon. The place was not yet packed since most people were still taking their lunch. The rate of Kids Paradise is 150 pesos for one hour. It is already inclusive of one guardian. There would be an additional 50 pesos in case the other parent or guardian would like to get in. They sell a pair of socks at 25 pesos in case you forgot to bring a pair. What’s Inside…

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    Mother-Daughter Bonding at Kidzoona Lucky Chinatown Mall

    When my daughter’s yaya took her vacation last Christmas break,  I thought about taking Olivia to Kidzoona during her birthday. Since her birthday is on the 26th, I assumed the place won’t be as crowded since Christmas was over. Unfortunately, it was still crazy packed! The venue had even reached its maximum capacity, so I decided we’ll go again next week. So a few days after the new year, we finally get to go. I was glad there were just a few kids playing, since it was already back to school and work for most people. Time for mother and daughter bonding time! The one in this mall is located at…

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    Meet the Big Bad Wolf!

    I have always wanted to have a library. I usually acquire an average of 5 to 6 books a year. Although e-books are readily available online, nothing really compares to the feel (and smell) of book pages on your hands. One day, I was scanning idly through my IG feed and saw the Big Bad Wolf Books video ad. Curiously, I clicked the link, and became immediately excited when it said that it will arrive in the Philippines for the first time. Big Bad Wolf Books originated from Malaysia. It has a huge following in other countries such as Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. It’s an annual book fair that…

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    Northern Mindanao Experience – CDO water rafting

    It was the last day of our Northern Mindanao trip. And what a great way to end it by doing the most popular activity that Cagayan de Oro is known for – white water rafting. We ate a hearty breakfast at a nearby fast food chain. Our excitement was growing by the minute while we were eating. Then, around 7 am, our ride from Bugsay River Rafting arrived in this long jeep with our boats and gears on top. The team picked up their other customers from different destinations before going to their main office for us to register, pay and sign a waiver. It took us more than 1…

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    Northern Mindanao Experience – White Island and Bukidnon

    We woke up early the following morning. We ate our breakfast and prepared our stuff. Upon check out, our driver was already waiting for us. This was our last day on the island. But before we leave Camiguin, we visited White Island. White Island is actually a sand bar. When on the island, both Mount Hibok Hibok and Mt. Vulcan can provide a great background for pictures. There are no trees or makeshift tents, so it is advisable to go there early in the morning to avoid the scorching sun. We reached the jump off point by 6 AM. While waiting for our boat (our travel agent already assigned us…

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    Northern Mindanao Experience – Camiguin Island

    I was lucky enough to score a less than thousand peso round trip fare ticket for two going to Cagayan de Oro. I decided to tag along my husband as our post wedding travel. Since the only thing we know about in Cagayan de Oro is its famous water rafting activity, we decided to do a side trip in Camiguin Island and Bukidnon province. We found a travel agency which could accommodate our 3D2N itinerary. WonderEscapes Travel and Tour scored the best deal amongst other agencies we had inquired because it came with an affordable package and the itinerary we were looking for. We arrived at Laguindingan Airport at around…

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    i ♥ bohol (day 3) RE POST

    June 6, 2010 Last day. time flies when you are having fun… 🙁 I woke up at 7am.. while my friends were still sleeping, I decided to take a morning stroll along the beach. As usual, it was a fine day. When the rest of us were already awake, we ate our breakfast and took turns taking shower. Kuya Tatsky’s younger brother arrived early. and we were not yet ready.. yikes.. We checked out and paid our remaining bill balance. At around 9:30am, we started our last tour… Our first stop was the Bohol Bee Farm! Oh, the place was a delight! We paid 20 pesos for the entrance fee.…

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    Hello Ilocos! (Part 3)

    Day 3 It was the last day of our Ilocos trip. As much as we want to stay longer in this place, time cannot permit it to be so. There were still so much to explore in Ilocos. Before we head home, we made our last stop in Laoag which was the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. What made it stand out was a uniquely shaped limestone formation on the rocky coast of Burgos. It is as if a ship had been push ashore by the crashing waves.   Unfortunately, we were already forbidden to go near it. It was because the locals were trying to prevent vandalism from visitors. They would…

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