My Birthday staycation at the F1 Hotel Manila + Giveaway!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

UPDATE: May 22, 2015:
Congratulations to the winner!  Please see the comment section!
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I had a wonderful staycation during my birthday at F1 Hotel.  It was very memorable because I don't usually celebrate my birthday this way.  All I want on my birthday is a birthday cake and a good meal.  Hahaha!  But this time, my birthday salubong was made extra special because I get to spend it away from my *home*.

The Lobby


We checked in during lunch time and it was a breeze!  The staff was very helpful and friendly.  We were surprised that lunch was offered!  The kids had a lovely time eyesore-ing the candy bar and ice cream!  My yayas enjoyed the buffet - I especially loved their Binagoongan, it was really good that I couldn't help and get more (than seconds!).



The staff is wonderful too as they heeded to our every request - the sofa bed was made and we even had a welcome wine and cheese plate!  Hihi..



After lunch, the kids had to sleep - so my Panget and I decided to walk around the mall nearby.  It was so nice because we walked going to the mall.  HHWWPSSP all the way to the mall, Hahaha!!  Sorry, cheesy - but seriously, it's not often that we get to walk to a mall especially here in Manila where you'd need a car to get around.

Location wise, F1 Hotel is top notch.  I love that you can walk to High Street.  There are supermarkets (Marketplace and S&R), cinemas, a lot of restaurants, pocket gardens, and shopping too!  I think this is an ideal location for tourists - as its very accessible and the area is pretty safe.

A Wedding photoshoot in progress! 


 This is their gym.  Looks nice and clean right?  It smells clean too!!


The kids were really intent on swimming and so even though it was late and a bit chilly, 
they still enjoyed the pool area!  


The dinner buffet was pretty much the same food served during lunch.  I was hoping that they would change the menu - and I was looking forward to it, but they didn't.  I honestly expected a different menu because I had the impression that, that was the protocol.  Well, they changed a few dishes, but the rest were pretty much the same.  Good thing though, that my kids are creatures of habit - and me too!  Panget was a bit disappointed.  But the highlight of dinner was this Mongolian Rice made by the chef.  It was sooooo good that I had three, yes 3 servings of this!  I loved it so much and I was raving about it the whole time.  I let Panget try it and the yayas and they agreed that it was really good.  



After dinner - Panget and I were treated to a massage.  We booked it quite early as Jane, Queen of the South (SugarGoSpice) suggested that we do.  This is what welcomed us at the spa:



Very inviting right?  Yes!  We had a wonderful massage too.  The massage therapists were very good and gentle.  I wish though that they had more massage rooms to accommodate more clients!

I was never a breakfast person as I used to sleep in during the morning.  But when I got married, I can't explain it - I became one.  I would invite friends for breakfast meet ups!  Strange noh?  And I so enjoy having breakfast, buffet breakfast is not an exception - I especially love a wide wide spread of breakfast choices.  And since it was my birthday - I splurged on the food!  I didn't get to take so many pictures as I was too excited to eat!  But take note that the spread was good enough to make me excited!


The Noodle Station..



The Omelette Station



Miso Soup & Congee


My simple Congree - green onions & garlic..



The spread will NEVER be complete without BACON!!!


My first *conservative* breakfast plate!

I almost forgot to mention about the rooms!  We stayed at their Fort Suite - it's a one bedroom suite that has a sofa in the living area that transforms into a sofa bed!  The room was spacious the beds were perfection!  It was like a mini apartment of some sort.  We were 4 adults and 2 kids and we were comfortable with the size.

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I was told that a cake will be given me once I check out.  I didn't open it as we were rushing out.  But when I got home - I opened the box and this wonderful berry cake was so fragrant and red!


It was really really good!

Thank you Pao, Twinkle and Jane for this wonderful birthday staycation at the F1 Hotel!  Thank you for making my birthday extra special!  This is one for the books because I was with my whole family - Panget, Kids and my wonderful Yayas - Belen and Ga!!  It was such a great way to spend my birthday.

Wait, there's more!!!

The good and generous folks of F1 Hotel Manila is giving away a FREE overnight stay to one of my readers!



Joining is fairly easy just follow these instructions.  Leave the following details on the comment section:
-  Name
-  Valid Email Address
-  Why you deserve to win this staycation
-  URL of your FB Share, or Tweet
ONE (1) entry per person!

I will choose the answer I like best.  For this - I would personally want to hand the hotel voucher to the winner.  So let's just make this valid for Metro Manila residents who are willing to meet me at the F1 Hotel.

This giveaway will run until May 20, 2015.

Lysol Wipes: A Healthy Touch

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I believe that cleanliness next to godliness.

I am quite tough on cleanliness.  I think I'm a bit OA when it comes to cleanliness, I'm sorry but I feel that dirt is the root cause of all sickness and disease.  So to keep myself and my family from getting sick - I make it a point to have the house thoroughly cleaned.  Cleanliness is one of the major criteria that I had when I picked a pre-school for Kailee.  The kids have wipes in their bags, I even have diluted Lysol in an atomizer for the yayas to use when we go out.  They also have in their bags alcohol and hand sanitizer.  

When I learned that Lysol was introducing hand wipes, I had to see it for myself.  True enough - this is the product that I have been looking for!  




It's gentle on the skin, it kills bacteria and germs, and it's in the form of wipes!  I mentioned above that I have wipes and tissues and also a diluted Lysol solution in the kids' bag right?  Well, with this product - it saves space since I would need to put one pack in the bag and voila - no more wipes, tissues and diluted Lysol solution!

You can use it for the hands, before and after eating, when you're outdoors, to wipe the toilet seat or any dirty surface, when you travel, whether you're in the office or school!  You can even use it tow wipe your face.  It's so handy that you can bring it everywhere, literally EVERYWHERE!


It comes in two (2) sizes - a 10-pack and a 50-pack.  

It's now available in leading supermarkets.

I'm so happy that Lysol launched this product!  I can now be rest assured that my kids' hands are free of germs and bacteria when we're out.  No more alcohol to dry their very sensitive skins!


Engineering for Kids + Giveaway!

Monday, April 20, 2015



Engineering for kids.

Really?

It got me curious.  I was then told to bring my kids ad they might enjoy this.  I googled it and what I saw was something different.  I was excited to be honest and so I went with an open mind.


What I saw heard and experienced was something out of the ordinary.  It was very interesting.  The materials that they used are those in our household - nothing so out of this world - but the basic stuff.

It's simply making science applicable to daily life, simple enough for the kids to enjoy and at the same time learn from.  I wish we had this during my time.  I am very much fascinated with Chemistry in HS but was discouraged because there was not application involved.  What I learned in school - I only did in school - there was no practical application.  I am so glad for the kids now because they have means to develop their interests early on.  Whats more is that parents support their kids decision now - parents value what their kids like and give them the opportunity to hone those interests and talents.

Here are a couple of videos to pique your interest:






Interesting right?

Very!!

Engineering for Kids make science very interesting and practical.  They don't teach you the theories (well the do of course, but not that intense like reading so many paragraphs etc.) but emphasize on problem based solving via learning and play.  It's very interesting because kids learn through exploration and discovery.  They have practical material found nearly everywhere (especially the house!)

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is what makes up Engineering for Kids.  S.T.E.M. encourages creativity and innovation through play and learning.  Don't you wish you had this?  So, for those who have kids that are science inclined - you have an outlet now!  Engineering for Kids!!


Engineering for kids has ten (10) programs:

Marine Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Electronic Game Design
Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Robotics Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Industrial Engineering

There are two levels for each category.  They classify it by age - one group is called JUNIOR Engineers - they're aged 4-6, the other group is called APPRENTICE/MATER Engineers - they're aged 7-14.

We got a glimpse of what Engineering for Kids had to offer and we had so much fun!  Kailee was nonstop playing with the slime, courtesy of the Chemical Engineering booth.  Connor was so enjoying Marine Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.  See the videos above.  I honestly never thought they'd enjoy it.  But Engineering for Kids definitely made it interesting!

The good news is - I will be giving away two (2) FREE TRIAL coupons!!

Just leave the following details on the comment section:
a)  Name
b)  Email Address (make sure this is a valid one that you open often!!)
c)  Which of the 10 programs do you think your child will enjoy most and why.
d)  Send out a Tweet with a link back to this giveaway or share this on FB (please leave the URL)

I will be picking the winners so it will be my prerogative and decision.

This is open to Metro Manila residents who are able to pick-up the coupon in Quezon City (please don't force me to *ship*)

This giveaway will end on April 30, 2015!

For more information please visit www.engineeringforkids.com
They are also social media:
Facebook - Engineering for Kids PH
Instagram - efkph

Call or text them at +639175518705
Landline is +6329754867

You may also email them at info@smilegroup.org.in