Great Deals from Groupon Coupons

September 17, 2016 - Leave a Response

This is a sponsored post. All opinions in this blog post are mine.

Are you one of those people who loves having a good deal? Are you familiar with coupons? If you’re a thrifty mom like me, I’m pretty sure you’re familiar with coupons. Nowadays, I always try to look for a bargain before buying anything. I don’t want to waste a single buck because I know how hard it is to earn it. That’s why before buying online, I always turn to Groupon coupons first because they never fail to give me a great deal.

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Among my favorite coupons from Groupon are Babies R Us, Hotels.com, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Staples. I do recommend canvassing for coupons from stores where you often purchase so that you get the most out of your shopping expenses.  For example, since I’m a mom of a little girl, I usually purchase stuff from Babies R Us so I make sure I check out Groupon first and foremost to see if they have any good deal for me, and the experience has always been awesome.

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Another example is planning on vacations. When you’re planning on having a vacation sometime soon, it’s highly recommended you check out Groupon coupons for any coupons they may have for you especially from Hotels.com There are times when I’m surprised to see that they offer FREE nights!

So the next time you shop, remember to check Groupons Coupons first and foremost because it’s the smart way to shop.

For more information about Groupon, you may visit their social media pages in Facebook or Twitter.

Just a Picture of the Philippine Post Office

March 7, 2011 - One Response
Phil. Post Office

Philippine Post Office

While my husband and I were walking along  Jones Bridge, Manila, I just can’t resist taking a picture of the majestic-looking Philippine Postal Office. It’s really a beautiful building, though, I have no idea what it looks like inside.

Well, that’s all. I just feel like sharing. 🙂

2011 Pyromusical Olympics experience

February 28, 2011 - Leave a Response

I will not post a video or pictures of the fireworks for now because I’ll wait for my sister to give me her pictures of them. What I intend to do is share my experience during our stay while waiting/watching the Pyromusical competition last February 26, 2011.

Italiannis facade

Italiannis

I made reservations in Italianni’s at the 2nd floor hoping to get a better view of the fireworks. Italianni’s reservation fee costs P350 per head. Instead of getting a good view, this is what we get:

 

view from italiannis

view from our table in Italiannis

I know, right? What a lovely post that is. Fortunately, since there was no reservations on the table behind us, our waiter allowed us to move to that table instead. We still see the post, but we can see the fireworks better.

View at Italiannis' veranda

View at Italiannis' veranda

So if you want to reserve table in Italiannis, make sure to reserve the ones that are positioned along the veranda near the railing and NOT the tables near the glass wall of the restaurant.

Bridge

Bridge

Italiannis is also offering tables along the blue bridge/walkway, though, I’m not so sure if you’ll get a good view of the fireworks.

I would recommend reserving tables in Tanabe restaurant, UCC Cafe, and Patio Guernica for an excellent view. Their reservation is Php1,000 per head, but consumable. UCC and Patio Guernica offers set menu while Tanabe offers ala carte during the pyro olympics.

View from Tanabe

View from Tanabe. Php1,000 reservation fee (consumable)

This is the view from Tanabe Japanese restaurant. When I got here, all the tables have already been reserved with names written on them. This is definitely an excellent view.

my son

my son

This is a pic of my son enjoying his rented cart. Cart costs P160 (up to sawa). We were able to return it after the pyro olympics. The cart rental is located near SM Hypermarket and you’re required to leave a valid ID.  I definitely recommend this so that your children won’t tire easily while strolling inside MOA.

Below are just random pics I took:

Entrance to the pyromusical olympics

Entrance to the pyromusical olympics

San Mig by the bay

San Mig by the bay

Random drinks

Drinks we ordered at Italiannis

Below is the schedule for the remaining weeks of PyroMusical Olympics:

March 5, 2011 :

7PM – Japan (last year’s 3rd placer)

8PM –  Canada

March 12, 2011:

7PM – Australia (last year’s 2nd placer)

8PM – Philippines

Click here for the map.

Bawal Ang Plastik Sa Lungsod ng Muntinlupa

January 28, 2011 - 2 Responses
Bawal ang Plastik

Bawal ang Plastik

Whenever we’re in Alabang Town Center or Festival Mall in Alabang, we see this sign everywhere and they’re serious about implementing this no-plastic policy. When I bought a few groceries in Shopwise (Festival Mall), the cashier asked me to either put my groceries inside a box or just add P10 to buy a big economical bag. I chose the latter. The irony is my brother whom I’m with at the mall has our Shopwise bags with him and I wasn’t able to get it from him when we got separated.

Anyways, all the stores are implementing this – toy stores, fast food chains, etc. I was amazed to see Jollibee take outs put in paper bags and they no longer use styrofoams.

I applaud the mayor for taking a big step for the sake of the environment. Hopefully, this will inspire other cities as well. Having no plastic could be a little troublesome like I had to carry lots of paper bags with me at home, but a simple solution to this is simply to bring your own big bag to put all those paper bags.

So always remember, whenever you go to Muntinlupa, BRING YOUR OWN BAG.

A Trip to Binondo Church and Savory Restaurant

January 18, 2011 - 5 Responses

Last January 16, 2011, we went to Binondo Church for a baptismal ceremony of one of my nieces from my husband’s side of the family. Here are some pictures I took with my struggling Sony Ericson K770i phone. I do apologize for the quality of the pictures.

Head Over Heels with Magnolia’s Limited Edition Apple Strudel Ice Cream

January 3, 2011 - 3 Responses

Since Media Noche 2010 was fast approaching, I was frantically searching the internet on what desserts should we get. Thankfully, I stumbled upon NomNomClub.com. Not only did I got a great idea of what dessert to buy from the said website, but it also informed me of Magnolia Ice Cream’s newest limited edition flavors for the Yuletide season.

There are three limited edition flavors to choose from: Vanilla Praline, Apple Strudel, and Caramel Cheesecake.  I bought the Apple Strudel flavor because my family just love apples. I also planned on buying Vanilla Praline, but apparently it’s sold out from the supermarket I went to in Alabang.

Magnolia Limited Edition Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel Ice Cream

As I’ve tasted the Apple Strudel ice cream, I can already taste the rich apple flavor combined with their delicious, classic vanilla taste in each bite. In each scoop, I found lots of apple cinnamon bits with crushed chocolate pretzels with green and red apple ripple. My mom, my sister, and I just can’t get enough of it. It’s definitely a must-try dessert for the whole family to enjoy and truly a perfect frozen treat for our Media Noche.

Spot the Apple Strudel ice cream!

Our Meja Noche

Magnolia’s limited edition ice creams are only here to stay until February 2011; so we should enjoy them while they’re still here. And while they’re still here, I’ll make sure to get either their Vanilla Praline or their Caramel Cheesecake… or both! I’m even thinking of stocking up all 3 flavors in the ref before they vanish because I already fell in-love with their Apple Strudel.

I really wish they’d extend it until the summer because their Apple strudel alone would make a great dessert for the hot season because of its refreshing apple flavor, or even their Vanilla Praline would make a delish ice cream topping for halo-halo or mais con hielo 😀

Apple Strudel again :D

Hoping to enjoy an apple strudel serving like this during the summer 😛

Their Limited Edition Christmas Flavors costs only Php220.00 for their 1.5 liter. You can also choose to buy their smaller tubs depending on your budget. In addition, all Magnolia ice cream tubs are economical because they’re dishwasher safe, food safe, and microwavable safe. The limited edition ones have colorful designs on the side; so they would make perfect containers for toys, accessories, candies, etc.

Useful tubs

After days of ice cream indulgence, I used the tub as a container for my son's toys.

I salute Magnolia for their innovation and excellence for their line of ice creams and making them budget-friendly, too,  so that every Filipino can experience the goodness of their flavors. So while Magnolia is here, let’s all enjoy their ice creams while they’re here.

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Share your  Magnolia Ice Cream Limited Edition Flavor experience by joining the Magnolia Ice Cream blog contest. Click here for more info: http://NomNomclub.com/affairs/2010/magnolia-ice-cream-blog-writing-contest.

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Magnolia gift certificates

Magnolia GCs

I’d like to thank Magnolia and NomNom Club for the gift certificates they gave me from winning 1st place in Magnolia’s “Enjoy While It’s Here” blog contest. They gave me 3k worth of Magnolia Gold Label gift certificates. Each certificate is equivalent to 1 1.5L Gold Label ice cream. I used 3 gc’s and was able to use them in Robinsons Supermarket. My family and I was able to taste Magnolia’s Double Dutch, Rocky Road, Cookies & Cream. I definitely recommend the 3 flavors because they’re not too sweet as I expected them to be and they all tasted so rich and flavorful. I still got some gc’s left so I’ll try other flavors next time.

Once again, thank you Magnolia and NomNom Club! 😀


Blown Away by Hotel H20’s 2010 Opening Blow Out Rate Promotion

December 17, 2010 - 2 Responses

I’ve been anticipating Hotel H20’s opening since it’s the first and only aquarium-themed hotel in the Philippines located at the heart of Manila Ocean Park.

The Discovery

One fateful day, I read from Mig’s site (Everything in a Budget) that Hotel H20 is offering an opening blow out rate promotion of Php2,010++ for an overnight stay (regular rate is Php6,000++) from Dec. 1 to Dec. 29. Realizing it’s a sweet bargain, I immediately called up the hotel, booked a room,  done! Reservations was a breeze. Though when I called, the hotel said Dec. 15 was the only available date left, but we didn’t mind.  It’s also a book and buy promo; so they requested for my credit card info over the phone to avail the Php2,010++ rate.

Just Ranting

Dec. 15 came and we arrived at Ocean Park at 3PM due to the Wednesday traffic in Baclaran (Wednesday mass). It’s our own fault tho because we left at 1PM coming from Paranaque.

Parking

Going to the hotel is the same as going inside Ocean Park. You’ll have to park your cars in Kalaw side (the side where Harbor View restaurant is) and pay P25.00. Parking fee will be refunded after you have checked out the next day. Just make sure to ask the receptionist about the parking clearance once you check out.

From the parking lot, we have to walk all the way to Ocean Park’s entrance. We didn’t mind the walk, but if I bet other travelers who are exhausted from  their trip would find this an inconvenience.

Entrance

Just a few steps from Ocean Park’s entrance you will find Hotel H20‘s entrance on your left before you reach the “dome”. We were told by the friendly manong guard to go up to the 3rd floor where the front desk was.

The Hotel: Front Desk

As we entered the hotel, we only saw the hotel staff, but no customers. It’s a plus for us because no customers means no lines and we were well-taken care of. The staff were all smiles, asked if they could take our luggage – everyone’s eye was on us. It was the first time I experienced that kind of treatment in a hotel. It was quite nice.

As we were walking through the hallway, we noticed that their hotel rooms were all on one floor only; so it’s a pretty small hotel.

The Room

As we entered our room, we were immediately wowed by the beautiful sight of the aquarium! My son was thrilled to see it. I was glad I reserved the Aqua Room. We were also informed that they offer complementary mini bar and WIFI (they’re free! Yey!)   You just need to call the receptionist for the WIFI’s username and password to have internet access.  Their WIFI connection was also pretty fast.

Likes and Dislikes

At first, we were disappointed due to the absence of a bathtub, but it was compensated with a “rain shower”, uh, shower so we got over it quickly.

Their queen-sized bed was so soft, almost comparable to then Hyatt Regency’s soft linens and bed. Their bed frame had a foam placed inside and was covered in a leather-like material so the edges were not sharp or dangerous for kids to play on.

Since the hotel is new, everything is new – the carpets, the bed, their Samsung flat screen TV, the toilet, the sink, even the thermos! 😀 Unlike in other hotels when you go barefoot on their carpets, you’ll see your feet colored black due to dust accumulated by the carpets. We didn’t experience this in Hotel H20. So I wasn’t worried whenever my son would sit down and play with his toy trucks on the carpet.  I just hope they could maintain this kind of cleanliness.

The Cons

I was about to give all pros to the room, but my husband reminded me of the few cons we experienced:

1. No chain lock at the door. If there were just adults staying in the room, then this wouldn’t be a problem. But since we have a 3-year-old with us, he could easily reach the door knob and open the door to get outside without our supervision simply because there’s no chain lock above the door.

2. Peep hole at the door was too high. My height is 5.1″ and it was difficult for me to peek at the peep hole because it was too high for me.

3. Whenever we take a shower and since there is no shower curtain, only a glass door, water was leaking out of the shower room and the water would even reach the carpet in the bedroom even if we close the glass door. We were surprised that the complimentary slippers we placed on the floor near the carpet were soaking wet because water had reached them from the shower room.

Conclusion

I, therefore, conclude that staying overnight in Hotel H20 was  a very refreshing experience! No other hotels can offer this kind of leisure and no other hotels have big aquariums in their rooms! Staying overnight was a real treat and my family really enjoyed their stay.

Oh! Did I mention that the room rate already includes buffet breakfast for 2? Yup! We ate a full buffet breakfast in MakanMakan good for 2 (kids eat for free). Their buffet spread was not as grand as other hotels, but it definitely filled our tummies.

Below are the pictures we took from our weekday getaway:

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H20 Hotel
Luneta, Manila, Philippines (Behind the Quirino Grandstand)
Telephone No.: +632 238-6100
Fax No.: +632 238-6188
E-mail Address: reservation@hotelh2o.com
Skype address: hotelh2o

Tropical Hut in BF Homes

June 13, 2010 - Leave a Response

It was one hot election day and I just finished voting. Since the keyword there is “hot”, we decided to cool down and went to a nearby fast food chain, Tropical Hut.I really like eating here. It has a certain ambiance to it and you got a lot to choose from in their menu. Plus, they’re open 24/7 and they deliver.

Tropical hutPromosnicoNico looking at the promos.

Nico eatingFirst bite!

Halo-haloHalo-Halo with one scoop of ice cream (Php 59)
Delicious and refreshing.

Mais Con HieloMais Con Hielo w/ 1 scoop ice cream (Php 46)
If halo-halo is too heavy for you, why not try mais con hielo? This is what I usually order when I don’t feel like eating halo-halo.

black gulamanBlack Gulaman (Php 30)
Sweet and refreshing drink. This is my sister’s favorite summer drink.

 

Our billOur total bill.

Tropical Hut Restaurant
President’s Avenue cor. Aguirre Avenue
BF Homes, Paranaque

Nuts to Go at Shopwise

June 13, 2010 - Leave a Response

Nuts to Go
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Just finished doing our groceries in Shopwise, Sucat. Before going home, my sister decided to stop over and buy some dilis & pusit. She said their dilis were too sweet and it needs more spice. Same goes with their pusit. Plus, she mentioned that their pusit were no longer fresh.

Savory Chicken in Alabang Town Center

June 11, 2010 - Leave a Response

Savory Chicken has been famous since Vilma Santos’ movie, Relasyon, showed in the big screens and I think that was some time around the early 80’s. I say this because the name of the restaurant, Savory Chicken, was mentioned in that movie by Vilma Santos herself. I guess that’s what happens if you watch too many Tagalog movies in Cinema One channel.

Since I live in the south, I was delighted to know that Savory has a branch in Alabang Town Center and Festivall Mall, Alabang. The difference between the two is that in ATC, they’re located in a food court so their store is pretty small, while in Festival Mall, it’s actually a restaurant inside the mall.

savory Chicken

We ordered 2 solo meals which costs around Php 155 each inclusive of 1 quarter chicken, 1 side dish, 1 cup of yang chow fried rice and one dessert. Drinks not included in the price.

Their fried chicken is very delicious. You have to try it yourself to see the difference among other fried chickens in the market.

FYI: They do deliveries in nearby areas.