Pamper’s introduces its new Less Lawlaw Diapers

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Pampers Philippines went to Cebu to personally introduce their new Pampers Less Lawlaw Diapers. I was one of the lucky mama who was able to witness the small gathering of mothers (and fathers :)) and babies held at Gymboree, Banilad Cebu City.
Pampers Goes to Cebu_2Seeing these smiling, adorable babies in their tutus, bows, ribbons made me miss my kids in their toddler years and wished they are part in this fun-filled activity. Pampers Philippines gave the babies a chance to explore Gymboree’s amenities and bet they are had so much fun as they also learn the new Pampers Go Galaw Jingle. The babies swayed joyfully to the upbeat music even parents can’t help but dance too.
Pampers Goes to Cebu_3The babies can move freely with no difficulty while wearing the new Pampers that fit snugly plus, this new diaper did not seem to bother the babies nor hinder their movement.
Pampers Goes to Cebu_4According to a 2012 study from US National Institute of Health, the bulk caused by saggy or lawlaw diaper may hamper the baby’s ability to walk properly. Not too many parents realize this, we too were not concern then.  When choosing the diaper, we only consider the diaper’s price then. The old Pampers suit our budget even it manifest its saggy-ness especially after longer use. Thankfully, Pampers found a solution through Pampers Baby Dry with its well-loved magic gel channels to absorb wetness evenly and distribute it throughout the whole diaper allowing babies to move freely.

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According to Adie Villegas, Pampers Communications Manager, “Pampers put baby’s development at the core of our innovations. We want them to be comfortable an to move undisturbed from saggy, lawlaw diaper and with Pampers Baby Dry more and more moms #ChoosePampers for their babies to have the most fun #PampersGoGalaw days.”

Pampers Baby Dry, is available in major supermarket, groceries, and drug stores nationwide, as well as online on Lazada Ph.

2018 Bohol Weekend Trip

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The husband surely knows how to treat the family as everyone is having a blast from the quick weekend trip at Bohol. It was a long overdue getaway and everyone was so glad we made it last month. Additionally, it was an opportunity for the youngest to have a closer view of the tourist spots and shrine he read from his school books like the Chocolate Hills and the Blood Compact shrine.

How to get there:
Ferry Fare Cost = P500/pax for adult and P400/head for kids 11yo and below

Ferries from Cebu to Bohol are available. FastCat Ferries has trips to Tubigon port then, there’s Ocean Jet Ferries that has 9 trips to Tagbilaran port. For Ocean Jet Ferries, the earliest trip from Cebu is 6:00AM while last trip departs at 4:30PM. We took the earliest trip. Be sure to be at the port 30 minutes before your departure time since Cebu’s Passenger Terminal at Pier 3 is too crowded that it may queuing for bag inspection and check-in consumes much time.

Transporation:
Countryside Tour Package (with Vehicle) = P1800

You’ll be greeted with different tour packages from different travel agencies including transportation upon arrival at Tagbilaran port. Tour package’s costs ranges from P2500 to P3000. However, there are some drivers though not affiliated with  the agency that offers the same package tours at a lesser price. These are locals with personal vehicles that consider Bohol tourism as a livelihood. This is a bit risky though not connected by agencies but recognized by LGU. We took the risk and paid cheaper for a countryside tour.

Chocolate Hills, Carmen Bohol
Entrance Fee = P50

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The first spot we visited was the famous chocolate hills. Located at the center of the island are at least a thousand hills of almost symmetrical and conical in shape. These hills are covered in green grass during rainy season but turns brown (grasses dried up) on summer / dry seasons.
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ATV and Buggy Cars
Rentals = P450 for 30mins on ATV (30 mins) and P900 for 30mins on Buggy Cars
Entrance Fee = P50

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Get up close with the hills while driving through rough roads using Graham’s ATV and Buggy cars. We rented 1 ATV and 1 Buggy car for 30 minutes. We let the kids take the wheels provided we, as parents, accompany them. And yes, they love the excitement. My daughter who had tummy pains that day said that she forgot about pain during her ride because of the fun and thrill.
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Tarsier Conservation Area
Entrance Fee = P60 for Adults / P40 for Students

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Next stop is the Tarsier Conservation Area. Tarsiers are the smallest primate. When we get there, almost everyone is sleeping (they are nocturnal and shy animals and does not like noise). The Science handbooks of my kids listed Tarsier as one of the endangered animals, yet ironically caged in a supposedly protected area for display and attract tourists. Don’t get me wrong, I want to check and observe them too, I find their huge eyes and tiny hands, feet clutching the branch a little cute.

My last encounter with them includes holding them. For this recent visit, touching these Tarsiers is already prohibited and you can view them at a distance. At least there’s an improvement in their system regarding proper care for these animals.

Bilar Man Made Forest
Free

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We knew we’re in the forest as soon as the air becomes cooler, however, its comforting silence is rather odd. It is a forest of mahogany trees. Jeane of Viajera Cebuana told me that Bilar Man Made Forest  is a dead forest since the trees are non-endemic, therefore, native birds won’t be able to find comfort there. Well, we can at least enjoy its cool surrounding though :)

Loboc River Cruise with Buffet Lunch
Buffet Lunch + River Cruise = P550/pax

Loboc is famous of floating restaurant cruising along the river. The queue is very long so prepare your patience while waiting. Don’t easily give up coz I’m sure you’ll gonna love it. Who can’t resist good food, the cruise, the music and the scenery.
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Baclayon Church
Entrance Fee = Free for the Church; P50 for the Museum

We went for a short stop but was not able to get inside and take photos because the church was closed. We didn’t get inside to the museum too.

Blood Compact Shrine
Free

We stopped at Blood Compact Shrine monument for a my son’s photo op :) Believed to be the place where the friendship between Filipinos and Spaniards started. As reported that during the treaty, “each of the two leaders made a small cut in his arm, drew a few drops of blood from the incision, mixed it with wine, and drank the goblet containing the blood of the other”. (source: Wikipedia). The statue is Miguel López de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna having a toss.
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BE Grand Hotel
Overnight Stay = P6k for 2 Adults + 2 Kids (Promo Rate)

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Capping the countryside tour with an overnight stay at one of the nice hotels in Panglao, Bohol – Be Grand Hotel. Staffs are helpful. Our room is cozy and spacious. Clean. The pool is huge. No shoreline but was able to enjoy swimming near their docking area. We did kayaking within the area too. Nice stay that it deserves a separate post soon :)
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That concludes our Bohol weekend trip. We went home the following day taking Ocean Jet’s 4:20PM voyage from Tagbilaran Port to Cebu Port.

Thinking of going back here…soon…for now, will prepare like the ant :)

Hair Accessories with Black Hairspray

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

The only time I admire my hair is right after I got out from a salon for a new hair style. Fresh from being washed, cut, brushed, blow-dried and polished, my new hair style is at its best and it made me feel beautiful. But once I washed my hair and its true nature is back, regret is sometimes felt that I want my old hair style back or wished for another hair style. But overtime, I simply accept and just wear it.

That my friend is my hair drama. :)

Sometimes, for a bad hair day moment, dolling up is the best remedy. Hair accessories adds up beauty on your current hair style making your ordinary look, extra-ordinary. Just make your have plenty of time to do the styling 😀

Ties or Pins for Half Up Half Down
Using hair elastics or hair clips, tie or pin the upper half of the hair while letting the rest hang loose. All you need is a just ties, scrunchies, hair claws or clips. Classic at its finest.
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Perfect for pixie cut to long hair styles, ponytail to letting hair loose, plain or with bow…they are so adorable.
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When one wants to let loose the hair yet keeping it hair away from the face, hair clips are your best friends.

Braid Accessories
A unique accessory for your braided hair, surely is fun and funky. At Black Hairspray, an online shop for beauty products, you can find a variety of hair supplies from wigs, make-up and braid accessories. Black Hairspray offers a collection of braid accessories like yarn for braid of gold, silver or multiple colors. They also have tubes, beads, rings and dangles of different shapes to adorn your hair.
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McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop 2018: Why your child needs to experience it

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Good news for working mommies out there. McDonald’s Philippines surely understand us when they revised McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop schedule to accommodate working mommies who wished to enroll their kids in a summer workshop but don’t have time to bring their kids on a weekday session.

McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop is on its 26th year in making kids experience a fun-filled summer. We always plan to enroll our kids and always postponing the deal but not until this year when we were invited during the McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop for Cebu bloggers and media personnel.

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This year, McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop has two enrollment options:
Weekend workshop:

For Php595 inclusive of workshop t-shirt, cap, bag, ID, apron, chef’s hat, and daily meals, kids get to enjoy a 2-day, 3-hour per session activity.
Weekday workshop:
For Php695 inclusive of workshop t-shirt, cap, bag, ID with lace, apron, chef’s hat, scrapbook, and daily meals, kids will enjoy a 5-day, 2-hour per session activity.

When you let your kids join McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop:

You unleash the creativity side of your kids
Kids were tasked to make their own McDonald’s Happy Meal Box but before they assemble the box, they were told to draw anything for the design of their boxes. Look how committed these little troop.
McDo Kiddie Crew 2018 - ArtsMcDo Kiddie Crew 2018 - CraftsYou give them a chance to develope their confidence and socialization skills.
Kids were taught to give their best smile at the front counter when attending to customers and proper food preparation on customer’s order. They learned to prepare the all-time favorite McDonald’s Float and surely love it.
McDo Kiddie Crew 2018 - Customer ServiceMcDo Kiddie Crew 2018 - Preparing McDo FloatYou teach them make their own cheeseburger 
Kids were taught to make the famous McDonald’s Cheeseburger. All ingredients that make up the cheeseburger were introduced from mustard, ketchup, onions and pickles to the bun and patty. Putting it all together in sequential order is emphasized and this play-based learning was the highlight of the workshop as they get to eat what they prepared. Imagine their patience as they were told to eat their burger only after the activity.
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You will let your kids learn good values
This workshop is an avenue to instill the values of friendship, teamwork, sharing and responsibility in an interactive way, as well as patience in taking turns washing their hands and preparing the food. Good thing they are only a few of them, thus each activity where they performed is not crowded.
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You give them opportunity to learn new song and dance steps
Every session is concluded with a sing and dance as they sing the tune of the McDonald’s Kiddie Crew song and wiggle to the beat of the Ronald Dance.

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Now that’s an experience worth the fun, isn’t it?

Workshop Details:

The Kiddie Crew Workshop runs from April 2, 2018 until June 22, 2018 and open for kids aged 6-12. There are 400+ stores running the Kiddie Crew Workshop. Also, workshop session may vary so it is advised to visit the nearest participating McDonald’s store to find out their schedule. Simply visit the McDonalds store to register.

To know more about the McDonalds Kiddie Crew Workshop, visit McDonald Kiddie Crew Workshop Site 

Thanks again McDonalds Philippines for the invitation and kudos to the staff of McDonald’s Philippines for a fun-filled afternoon.

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Titay’s Liloan Rosquillos and Delicacies Reopens

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Last weekend, Titay’s main store at Liloan, Cebu reopens to re-introduce the brand.

It started with Margarita “Titay” Frasco’s homemade cookie sold along with a can of soda. Now, it is popularly called rosquillos. As more selection of pastries added, Corazon “Azon” Frasco play an important role by making their products known not just within the town of Liloan but also in every Cebuano as the products are made available in supermarkets and malls around the province. Today, with the latest generation of the Frasco family, headed by Aljew Fernando Frasco and Margarita Frasco, the store is not just for selling the delicacies as “pasalubong” but they also renovate their store to add a cafe for northbound motorists who wish to rest before a long drive.

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While the store’s interior is being revamp, the Frasco family is being careful not the change the original structure of the store as it serves as a reminder of Titays 111 years of pleasant memories. A history wall is added for guests to know the colorful story behind Liloan’s Titay’s Rosquillos and Delicacies.

Titays Liloan History Wall

From rosquillos, a ring shaped biscuit, their offerings expand to otap, galletas del carmen, galletas de bato, hojaldres which are also available in supermarkets nationwide. While some of their products like meatroll, doughnuts and masi are only in their store. They also offer coffee and cold drinks to pair with their goodies.

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With the latest rebranding, the Frasco family aspire Titay’s of Liloan to become a top pasalubong choice as well as become known not just in the Philippines but also worldwide.

Congratulations Titays Rosquillos and Delicacies of Liloan.

The Benefits of Cosleeping

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Co-sleeping is when babies and young children sleep at proximity with their parents.

It could be that kids and parents share the same bed or multiple beds in a room or some families uses crib that is securely attached next to the parent’s bed so mommies have easy access when nursing the baby. While the co-sleeping debate goes on, it is surprising to know that a lot of parents around the world choose this set-up. Like us, we co-sleep with our kiddos because of the following benefits:

Promotes Closeness
For weekdays, my husband and I are almost 9 hours away from our kids because of work. Thus, we only have a few hours to connect with them — asking how their day was, sharing breakfast or dinner, school reinforcement, story telling, bedtime bonding and sleeping together.
I’d rather hear the noise of my kid’s breathing as they sleep or my husband’s snore than the deafening silence at night. Somehow sleeping together promotes closeness and attachment with each other.

Longer Sleep
Kids are a bit sensitive, when my kids wake-up and noticed that they are alone in the room, they rather look for us than return to sleep. But when they still notice parent’s presence, they sleep longer. Parent’s presence is surely and comfortably soothing.

Sense of Security
I don’t know with you but cuddles and kisses during bedtime is like security blankets, these bonding and closeness develop the feel of being safe, secure and of course loved.

Saves Electricity
At 31ºC and 70% humidity, no one wants to spend in this sweltering weather. Perks of living in a tropical country is having a warm weather all year round as well sweat and perspiring body everyday. No wonder people loves to stay in malls. Some families would invest in air-conditioning system for a cool good sleep at night. Rather than using all air-conditioning, we gather ourselves together in one room :)

With proper bed sharing guidelines, co-sleeping is not that bad after all :)

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A Day in Cebu Safari and Adventure Park

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Last weekend, we were given a chance to take a peek Cebu’s newest destination for nature and animal lovers — Cebu Safari and Adventure Park — at Sitio Toril, Carmen, Cebu.

Carmen is a municipality located next to Danao City and is dubbed as Cebu’s Northern Oasis due to its abundance of fresh water and springs. This water supply supports the town’s vegetation and farmlands as well as its neighboring town. Large sugarcane farms are also evident aside from cornfields and mango farm. This town is making a name as it houses the soon to be an eco-tourism destination in the Philippines, the 170-hectare park for animals named as Cebu Safari and Adventure Park, which is owned by Cebu’s pawnshop magnate, Michel Lhuillier.

With tips from Missus V’s post and an available slot for 5 persons scheduled for last Sunday, our attendance was confirmed. Though the park is not publicly open yet, special previews can be booked at PHP 800.00 per person, inclusive of lunch. Kids below 2 feet are FREE while 2-3 feet gets 50% DISCOUNT (PHP 400.00). Regularly check for announcements in Cebu Safari FB Page or email at sales@cebusafari.ph. Only reserved guests will be allowed to enter as there are limited slots per special preview. Park opens at 8AM and closes at 5PM.

It takes approximately 30km ride from Consolacion to Carmen and 8km ride from the national highway to the park. For our convenience, we rode on our own vehicle. Be aware that the park is located at a higher altitude. For old model vehicles like ours, be sure to check the vehicle’s condition before hitting the road. Ours tend to overheat when trying to climb higher terrains, so we have to take it slow. Thankfully, we made it to the park without engine troubles. If your vehicle can reach Temple of Leah at Busay, Cebu without problems, then you’re good.

We arrived at Cebu Safari and Adventure Park at past 9:00 o’clock in the morning and were told to went straight to the ticketing counter for confirmation. Once confirmed, we were given park’s bracelet tag (ticket) and meal stubs.

Itinerary

Orientation:
The staffs greeted us with warm welcome. We were given an overview of the park which housed 111 different kinds of animal species. They discussed the Dos and Don’ts while in the park, our lunch schedule and options on where to take our lunch. Trams are waiting for us to lead to our first destination. These trams are available to take us anywhere within the park.
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Orchid and Mayana Farm:
First stop was at the garden where the matriarch’s collection of orchids and mayanas are displayed. According to the guide, the orchid farm is a 40 year old heirloom.
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Tiger Turfs:
We saw spotted deer and peacocks on our way to the tiger turfs. With the thick glass that separates the dining area and the tiger, viewer has a face-to-face chance encounter with the animals. Hope the glass is too strong in case the tiger flares up 😉 (or might not happen though since their tigers are way too calm :)
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Orangutown:
When we reached the pavilion, we caught this Orangutan swinging in the tree and those Celebes Macaque, with a funny looking butts waiting for the peanuts thrown at them, were just fun to look at. We feed them with peanuts.
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African Savannah:
Includes a 2-minute adventure tram ride to view the African animals the Zebra, Antelopes and Wildebeest. The guide mentioned that as much as possible, they try to mimic the natural habitat of the animals, so they can freely roam. After the ride, we went to the crocodile’s pond and had a chance to feed it. Feeds is at PHP 50.00.
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Lunch:
Lunch is served between 11:30PM – 1:30PM. We were served with a full-course lunch. We had Ginataang Puso ng Saging and Kinilaw ng Guso for appetizers, Tortang Talong, Pancit Fried Chicken and Humba for the main dishes, and fruits for desserts like sliced watermelon, pineapple and papaya. Busog jud! Sulit!

Eagle and Pony:
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Safari Outpost:
Follows the trail from Meerkat to Aquatic Birds to Cassowaries, Macaw Aviary, Emus.
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Aviary Dome and Rotonda:
Dome that houses birds like the lory and the Victoris crowned pigeon. When we get there, its the bird’s feeding schedule to visitors had a chance to interact with the birds. The birds ate cooked banana and papaya. Feed is at PHP 20.00
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Roundabout
We ended our adventure at the Cebu Safari and Adventure Park’s roundabout featuring statues of the animals.
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Overall it is very recommended for family activity. What I personally like about the trip is the chance for wildlife interaction and of course be educated. Rather than caged, I love that they can roam freely and while I don’t have the opportunity to travel and visit the African Safari, this park is the closest that I can get to be just meters away from giraffes, zebras and tiger. Surely you’ll enjoy it!

CONTACT DETAILS
Cebu Safari & Adventure Park
Toril, Barangay Corte, Carmen, Cebu
Email: sales@cebusafari.ph
Social: Facebook Page
Website: www.cebusafari.ph

A Day in Solea Mactan Cebu Resort

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Last weekend, we went to Solea Mactan Cebu Resort to experience the place for a day. My brother-in-law and his wife were in town for the weekend. For first time visitors, we brought them to Sto. Nino Church and to some tourist spots like Mactan Shrine, Temple of Leah and Taoist Temple. Aside from places, we had them indulged local foods especially the freshly catch fish from the province’s seas. Seeing their faces surely assured me that they were delighted :) especially on tinolang isda. They also tasted the panga from Tinda Locale and even if its restricted from my brother-in-law’s diet, they still devoured it with gusto! hahaha Lami Gyud!

Knowing that Cebu is being surrounded with beaches and seas, we also thought that we would let them experience white sands and beaches and snorkeling and sardines. However, due to time constraints, this suggestion was not considered — but on second thought, since Mactan, is at proximity, why not visit one of Mactan’s beach resorts and let them peek the island’s beauty.

Mactan is a major tourist attraction in the province as it offers its pristine beaches. It also offers island hopping and deep-diving and because there are plenty of resorts in the place, additional water activities are offered just like jet skiing, banana boat, sailing or kayaking. Plus these resorts also put up swimming pools and kid’s water playground for another option of recreation. Sounds fun, isn’t it?

Last minute inquiries to some resorts brought us to Solea Mactan Cebu Resort. The only option with an affordable price compared to other luxury resorts. Here, we were able to enjoy a Day Use package from 8am to 5pm, priced at P1800 per person and P900 (50%) off for 5 – 12 yrs old.

Inclusions for a Day Use package (as of Feb 2017) were:
– Entrance Fee
– Access from all its amenities from 8am-5pm
– Beach Towels and use of Shower Rooms
– Access to the beach and swimming pools
– Access to kiddie aqua playground
– Buffet Lunch at Earth Restaurant

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The resort is remotely located at Barangay Alegria, Cordova, one of the islands in Mactan. Indeed! it is secluded from the hustle and bustle of the city. We hired a taxi from Pacific Mall, Mandaue to the resort which amounted to P220.00 (metered) and an additional 40% of the total fare was given even though the driver didn’t ask for additional fee.

Receptionists were accommodating in giving lots of smiles to the clients. They gave me a detailed information on what we can avail on our Day Use package. No welcome drinks though (maybe not available for day use users, I haven’t got a chance to ask).

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The resort has infinity pool, pool with lounges and kiddie pool with slides. Be aware that the tiles near the infinity pool is slippery that we have to tiptoe walking on it and be extra cautious. Though they have big fans that will help dry the tiles fast but then again, there’s no harm in being too careful and besides, children are not as mindful as parents, are they?

I personally like the pool with lounges. I stayed there enjoying while watching the father and son playing at the slide :) For the kiddie pool, the kids love the slides, surprisingly the youngest is not afraid to use it. The best part was that its not too crowded that they can go back and slide again. We also checked their Aqua Playground and it was also a hit. Their lagoon was not available that day and because the beach is a bit far, we didn’t tried it.

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Lunch buffet is available from 11:30 PM to 2:00 PM. Lots of food choices from salad, cold cuts, bread, pizzas, pastas, local dishes, chinese and korean dishes, sushis and sweet treats. Enough option to satisfy one’s hunger from swimming :) Drinks are ordered separately though (not part of the lunch buffet package).

Overall, day use in Solea Mactan Cebu Resort gives a day of relaxation and enjoyment. Will definitely go back (if budget permits…hehehe) to try their rooms too for a much longer indulgence. Hopefully!

7 Lucky Dishes for the Chinese New Year 2018

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The dragons may be dancing in the streets this Lunar New Year but this 2018 ushers in man’s best friend – the tenth Chinese zodiac sign, the Earth Dog.

The Chinese New Year celebration is full of various traditions that many people follow to ensure good health and prosperity – from new clothes, colors, feng shui charms and of course, food!

To help your family have an auspicious start this Year of the Earth Dog, Electrolux is sharing with you a list of traditional dishes that are not only delicious but also deemed lucky by Chinese tradition. Serve this up during your Chinese New Year feast.

1. Noodles (happiness and longevity)
The Longevity Noodles or changshou mian is a dish that’s always present in Chinese New Year celebrations as well as birthdays. It is said to symbolize a longer and happier life for the one who eats the dish. These are longer than the usual noodles and are always left uncut.

2. Dumplings (wealth)
It is said that the more dumplings or jiaozi you eat on Chinese New Year’s Eve, the more money will come in the incoming year. This belief comes from its shape that resembles the old Chinese currency called ingots. Even the pleats in the dough should be a good number as if it’s too flat it is believed to signify poverty.

3. Spring Rolls (wealth)
Usually filled with vegetables or meat, spring rolls or chun jun comes from the Chinese name of the Spring Festival, chunjie, which is when they are traditionally prepared. They are said to bring you wealth since their cylindrical shape and golden-yellow color are similar to gold bars.

4. Oranges and pomelos (fullness and wealth)
These fruits are particularly lucky because of their circular and “golden” color, symbolizing fullness and wealth. They are often used for decoration as it is also believed to bring good luck and fortune or given as gifts in a fruit basket. It is also said that the more you eat these fruits, the more wealth you will receive.

5. Fish (prosperity)
Fish in Chinese is called yú which sounds like “surplus” in Chinese. It represents prosperity and as you eat fish you hope for abundance for the coming year – niannian youyu. Fish is usually served whole for Chinese New Year celebrations as a symbol for unity in the family. Make sure to leave leftovers for the next day to signify a welcomed excess in prosperity.

6. Sweet Rice Balls (family togetherness)
Traditionally served in a sweet and syrupy soup, sweet rice balls or tang yuan purports unity, harmony and togetherness due to their round shape. They are also associated with reunions.

7. Tikoy (higher income or status)
In China, this glutinous rice cake is called nian gao and sounds like it’s saying “getting higher year after year” or nian nian gao sheng. This is why rice cakes have come to symbolize an increase – it could be a literal increase in height, a business rising up to success, or a person getting promoted.

Preparing for the Chinese New Year’s Eve feast does not have to be a tedious task with Electrolux kitchen appliances. The NutriFresh French Door Inverter Refrigerator EHE5220AA comes with a FreshShield Crisper that has a unique tight seal to keep temperatures stable, minimize water loss and provide higher humidity so that fruits and vegetables stay fresh for up to 7 days.
Electrolux _Fridge-EHE5220AAMeanwhile, the Electrolux Microwave Oven with Grill & Convection EMS3288X is a versatile appliance that allows you to cook a wide variety of dishes, perfect for a Chinese New Year feast. It combines the convenience of a microwave and the performance of an oven, grill and even a steamer, which allows you to prepare a wide variety of dishes.

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If you are looking for a cooking range, check out the Electrolux Induction Cooking Range EKI64500OX. It not only comes with a spacious layout to help you prepare multiple dishes at once, but also has powerful induction zones for speedy cooking and precision heat control that allows you to accurately set your desired flame for perfectly-cooked dishes.

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Of course, to keep your home smoke and odor-free, equip your kitchen with the Electrolux Chimney Hood EFC6550X, which will absorb all the grease and cooking fumes while recirculating indoor air. This allows you to go from kitchen to the celebration without worrying about smelling like food.

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Help Handog Lingap hosts a fun-filled day for 800 learners with just PHP1000

Help give 800 learners with disabilities a fun-filled day of exploring their capabilities with just PHP 1,000!

Handog Lingap

Now on its 10th official year, JCI Manila’s Handog Lingap 2018 is putting together another day of fun and learning for indigent and special kids with bigger, better, and more sustainable things in store to help them thrive.

Approximately 1 out of 7, or roughly 5.1 million Filipino children, are living with disabilities, according to UNICEF’s latest report. With the lack of understanding and resources available to them, these kids suffer from unmet health needs and societal stigma which ends up limiting their development and opportunities.

Every child brings something unique and special into the world. JCI Manila has long been celebrating this, recognizing the role each child plays in our nation’s future through its annual flagship and legacy project, Handog Lingap.

This coming March 12, 2018, over 800 indigent children with special needs and their teachers from public schools in Manila under the Department of Education’s Special Education (SPED) Program, will be treated to a day of fun and learning including several activities to help them explore their potential.

Handog Lingap is raising Php 800,000 to make this event possible. Supporters (individuals or groups) can sponsor a child for Php 1,000 each. This will go directly to the event for the kids, from their meals, to their gifts, transportation, and various activities.

Activities:
Swimming Classes led by Bert Lozada Swimming School will give the children the interactive physical activity integral to their development.
Disaster Preparedness Workshop by Frederick Dalena, which will equip caregivers and kids with knowledge on how to save their lives in different high-stress scenarios.
– Transition Programs Forum will also be held to start the dialogue on how best to transition children from SPED schools to the workplace.

“We are celebrating a decade of bringing joy to these kids this year. So we want to go bigger and deeper, reaching more children and making a lifelong impact in their lives.”, said Handog Lingap 2018 Project Chairman, Francis Talion. “We want to equip them with important life skills, giving them the chance to improve their quality of life, empowering them with compassion and inclusion, and giving them the support they need to succeed.”

Handog Lingap, along with its partners Department of Education (DepEd), Bert Lozada Swim School, Dare to Care, and Golden Heart Manila, would like to invite everyone to help make a positive impact in the lives of indigent children with disabilities.

It takes a village to raise a child. Interested individual and corporate supporters can visit the official crowdfunding page at http://bit.ly/HelpHandogLingap or follow and message @helphandoglingap on both Facebook and Instagram to learn more. Donations in kind are also accepted, any heartfelt support will go a long way in helping make the world a bit more special for these kids who are, most often than not, unseen, unheard, and misunderstood.

Website: http://bit.ly/HelpHandogLingap
Facebook: http://fb.com/helphandoglingap
Instagram: @helphandoglingap
Email: help.handoglingap@gmail.com