Friday, December 23, 2016

2017 Year of the Fire Rooster


2017 Chinese New Year starts on January 28, 2017. According to the Chinese Horoscope calendar, 2017 is the Female Fire Chicken year. Red is connected to the fire so year 2017 is also called the year of the Red Chicken or Red Fire Chicken.


Years of the Rooster include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.

Lucky Colors: gold, brown, yellow
Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, and 8
Lucky Flowers: gladiola, cockscomb

Type of Rooster
Year of Birth
Characteristics
Wood Rooster
1945, 2005
Energetic, over-confident, tender and unstable
Fire Rooster
1957, 2017
Trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work.
Earth Rooster
1909, 1969
Lovely, generous, trustworthy, and popular in their friends.
Gold Rooster
1921, 1981
Determined, brave, perseverant, and hard working
Water Rooster
1933, 1993
Smart, quick-witted, tender-hearted, and compassionate

So what’s in store for us this 2017? Here are some of the things I read about the coming year...

Horoscope for 2017: The Rabbit

The 2017 Chinese yearly horoscope foretells that the Rabbits might feel a little shaken at times when they are not the ones in control. Think twice before making any kind of personal or professional commitment.


Horoscope for 2017: The Rat

Chinese zodiac 2017 forecasts for the Rat sign predict good family relations and lot of social interaction. Career might take some time to move forward but do not be lazy as this will affect your progress. Sleep well and be relaxed at all times.


Horoscope for 2017: The Ox

The year of the rooster 2017 predictions for the Ox is favorable. All your hard work will pay off. But be sure not to show off or become arrogant. Finances and health too will be stable. So start saving today for the rainy day!


Horoscope for 2017: The Tiger

The Tiger sign which is the 3rd in the Chinese calendar will have an auspicious year. But be ready to get some news that might make your life go upside down. But don’t worry you will have enough support to overcome adversity.


Horoscope for 2017: The Dragon

The highly ambitious Chinese zodiac Dragon will do well in this Rooster year 2017. The Chinese horoscope 2017 forecast shows that if you correct your strategies then there is no limit to your success. Think well before making any major decision.


Horoscope for 2017: The Snake

The Chinese horoscope for 2017 predicts a prosperous and successful year for the Snakes. Projects will turn out to be profitable. Relationships will be happy and joyful. You will save money for your future retirement. And you will enjoy eating Chinese food which is less spicy.


Horoscope for 2017: The Horse

2017 will be the Chinese year for the Horses to work hard. This is not the time to sit back and relax. Nor sit and dream about glory and riches. Do not let your impatience or anger get in the way of your work and relationships.


Horoscope for 2017: The Sheep

People born in the year of the Sheep will be blessed with excellent earnings and wealth. You can also expect success in business and promotions in jobs. Relationships for the goats might be a little dicey. But you have the courage to face most issues with a positive mind.


Horoscope for 2017: The Monkey

2017 year of the red fire rooster will bring new opportunities for the Monkeys. This is the period when you need to get all your ideas, thoughts together and plan for the future. And do not forget to spend time with your family.


Horoscope for 2017: The Rooster

Those born in the year of the rooster will have an excellent lunar new year 2017. Do not get carried away by success and money. Remember to take rest and spend sufficient time with family and friends. The Rooster animal sign will end up being the mediator in most cases.


Horoscope for 2017: The Dog

The Dogs in 2017, need to be careful not to get into unwanted quarrels and misunderstandings. This might be a confusing year but as long as you don’t lose track, you will be able to face all problems. Remember good days are right ahead.


Horoscope for 2017: The Pig

The Chinese New Year 2017 horoscope foretells that the Pigs will have a mixed year. Career and business for the boars might be a bit slow but your previous investments will start paying off. Go easy on relationships and do not be in a hurry to get committed.

Always remember, the stars can be our guide but we must still strive to get the best in life by striving to work hard for our family…

Happy New Year from my family to yours!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Metro Store Goes on Crazy Sale!!!

Hello everyone, last minute blog to remind you guys of the upcoming (well, tomorrow to be exact!) Metro Stores’ Crazy Sale on December 3. You can get up to 50% off on storewide selection of items. Not only that, you get a chance to win a Nissan Car!




You may also browse through their catalog below to help you with your grocery list.

Appliances






Clothes and personal Items






Home Furniture/Decors/Kitchenware



Huge discounts and irresistible deals await you. 

See you there! =)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Halloween Activities 2016

Halloween is probably one of the most exciting events for kids of all ages. This is where they showcase their colorful costumes, help out in designing the house to put up spooky creature designs and participating in trick or treat events around the metro. As for my kids, they will be joining our company Trick or Treat activity which is being held every year.

So, for all ye kids out there, have your outfits ready and be on an adventure as I share with you some of the nearby mall events where you can take part in different Halloween events! 

FESTIVAL MALL (Alabang)


 Event:                      TRICK OR TREAT
Time:                       5:00 PM
Venue:                     Mallwide
What is this:     it’s gonna be an exciting Halloween as participating tenants give away candies and other sweets to our cute trick or treaters this Halloween!




Event:                       HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST
Time:                        1:00 PM
Venue:                      2L Carousel Court

What is this:             Join the spookiest Halloween celebration in the South and get a chance to win exciting prizes. See posters and print ads for details.

STARMALL (Alabang)


Event:               Halloween Heroes Vs. Villains No Tricks, All Treats Party
Date/Time:       October 29  1 PM
Venue:              Event Center
What is this:    Calling all kids aged 10 years old and below to join our: Halloween Heroes Vs. Villains No Tricks, All Treats Party this at the Event Center. Registration starts at 11AM. Enjoy a day of fun-filled activities such as mall wide trick or treat, costume contest, magic show, free Starland rides and a lot more! For inquiries, call the Marketing Department at 842-2513.

FUN RANCH (Alabang)



Event:               Boo-Time Halloween Party
Date/Time:       October 29 and 30 3-6PM
 Venue:             Fun Ranch Alabang
What is this?    For kids of all ages as well as adults, enjoy a fun filled Halloween when you celebrate it with Fun Ranch on October 29 and 30 from 3-6pm. They will also be setting up a stage so that kids can showcase their best costumes! See you at the ranch!

ROBINSONS MALL 


Event:               A Monster-rifying Halloween Celebration
Date/Time:       October 29 and 30 3-6PM
 Venue:             Robinsons Malls (see below list of participating branches)
What is this?    Open to kids aged 4 to 12 years old, registration starts at 10am up to 12nn. First 150 registrants will receive Halloween treats and loot bags. Costume parade and trick or treat activity will start at 1pm so all kids are required to be in the activity area at 12pm. See you there

Participating Branches:
                          Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Place Manila, Robinsons Metro East, Robinsons Place Cainta Robinsons Otis, Robinsons Nova Market, Robinsons Place Imus, Robinsons Place Lipa, Robinsons Starmills Pampanga, Robinsons Place Angeles and Robinsons Luisita

KidZania


Event:             KidZania Manila Treasure Trove
Date/Time:     October 28-31
Venue:             KidZania Treasure-trove in the Main Square
What is this?    Hunt for treats in the treasure trove this Halloween. CitiZens (PaZZport holders) automatically get access to KidZania's treasure trove from October 28-31. Non-CitiZens also get a free treasure treat during their visit if they are in their explorer costumes. *for kid Visitors only
Mechanics
1. Come in a treasure hunter costume and get your free one (1) treasure treat during your visit. Treats may be claimed at the registration table in the Main Square.

2. All CitiZens can join the special Treasure Hunt at the KidZania Treasure-trove in the Main Square. To sign up, just present your PaZZport at the registration table.

3. You will each be given a set amount of time inside the treasure-trove. Hunt for and collect as much treasure as you can before time runs out. Finders keepers!

CITIZENSHIP LEVEL               AMOUNT OF TIME

Naturalized               30 seconds
Distinguished            35 seconds
Honorable                 40 seconds

4. Special treasure items await the luckiest of treasure hunters. Hunt for the specially marked balls and test your luck for a chance to win great treasures!
                   
5. For safety reasons, child visitors below seven (7) years old must be accompanied by an adult companion inside the treasure trove.

6. You will receive a special stamp on your PaZZport after completing the activity.


Z-U this Halloween, Kals!

We hope to see you all there at the malls! Enjoy and 
happy Trick or Treating everyone!!!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Burot Beach, Calatagan, Batangas March 2016

Burot Beach 2016

A friend recently shared with me a site where I can find great beaches which is just some kilometers away from my place. Well, if you would like to get some peace after a stressful week at work, you may want to check out the beaches in Batangas. Roughly 2-3 hours away from the metro. I have been scouting for a place not so expensive to feature here since summer is almost here, well I guess with the scorching heat that we are experiencing right now, I would say that Summer has officially began.

Been going through some sites to check out a place where we will be spending less while having the time of our lives, place not too crowded for a weekend getaway, also taking into consideration that we are on a very tight budget.

We decided between Burot and Tingloy… had to do some reading to make sure that this will be an inexpensive trip otherwise I will not get an approval from the head of the family hahaha!

We decided between Burot and Tingloy… had to do some reading to make sure that this will be an inexpensive trip otherwise I will not get an approval from the head of the family, LOL!

So it will be Burot for our 1st Summer Camping. No directions needed as we have WAZE application to serve as our guide, and guess what? It really took us to our destination without hassle, so for those who will be taking their car, I would suggest for you to use the app.



Via SLEX: Santa Rosa Exit - Tagaytay- Nasugbu Highway
Distance: 122 Kilometers from Alabang (one way)

We didn't really know what to see when we get there to Burot but since I did my assignment and went trhu some reviews, I figured, I needed to bring our own tent (which we have 2). And on our way, we saw people on the side streets selling firewood for 100 Php (which will cost Php200 if you buy it from the locals in the beach).

Sharing with all of you some of the pictures that I took. I want you to see how the beach really looks like so I did not fix the pictures. Just be aware that this is a low cost get away for you not to expect too much from this place.

For those who will be using their private vehicles, it will be a rough ride...






Occassional traffic, hahaha, just kidding!










Upon approaching the beach, the road gets narrower...






Oooops, I almost forgot the manong guard's role upon our entry in the vicinity. He will hand you over a trash bag and some papers for instruction while inside the premises, cost - 10Php.




Ayan BABALA... Asawa ni... BABALU!!! LOL!




The Beach!






 









So yes, Burot Beach was how I pictured it to be, maybe because with all the readings that I did, I didn't expect much, but it is still a good location to visit and spend time with the family. It was a worthwhile experience, and as I looked back and while posting these pictures, I can tell that my kids had a great time.



















Glad it was low tide when we were there cause I didn't have to worry about Enzo getting some place in the water where wouldn't want him to be... =D
































But wait, there's more! Activities that you can do while in Burot? Not much if you will spend a week, but it will be action packed if you decide to stay for the weekend.

Manong Bangkero can take you to the nearby island for 150Php each minimum of five persons.

On the right side of the beach, where most of the rock formations are, you can do fishing.

At night once you are all set to sleep, before sleeping you can do Bonfire (which unfortunately, I didn't capture in my tab because all gadgets are drained down =(...)

Grill! Grill! Grill!

What not to forget is your Sunblock lotion... Also, make sure to bring a whole lot of water to wash your hands, for drinking and for washing your food.

Below is on the right side of the beach... not very much for campers to stay and set up tent in. This is the rocky side.












Thanks to Daddy Jon for taking these pictures on the rocky side of the beach as I was busy preparing our food when they went here. And yes, there were fishes on this side so fishing with your kids will be a great bonding activity.



By the way, if you bring your own tent, you will pay 30 Php for each, but if you don't have a tent, you can rent one from the locals for 300Php

Also, you can rent tables for 300 Php.









  






It will be best if you will arrive at around noon when almost everyone who spent the night at the beach is almost ready to leave so that you can pick a spot where to set up your tent.

Burot at Dawn...



Didn't get to take a picture of his bonfire during the night so I asked him to light a small one for me...









Don't forget to bring your blankets and pillows as it gets really cold at night, atleast it got cold when we were there, I'm not really sure how it will work when April kicks in.

My little nugget inside the tent... I got a really, really tight hug when he woke up... He said "Thank you Mommy" while looking at the beach... #simplejoysofamom




There were some grassy spots in the beach which we avoided because of sea worms (and you may have to expect a lot of those in the grassy parts), but hey, they don't bite. Just try to avoid those parts so as not to spoil the moment. LOL! Starfishes? Yes there are also a lot of them... =)

Some of the not-so-good experience during our stay in this place is the infamous CR where you have to pay 5Php everytime you pee and 10Php for poops LOL! Although Burot Beach is a privately owned property of SM Group of Companies, this place is still (for now) maintained by the locals and is still open to the public. Before heading off to this place, you need to bring all the things that you will need because apart from the small store inside the vicinity (where you can buy beer and some stuff) you wont have access to anything else, even electricity.

Expenses:
Gas - 1k (approximate gas consumption from Alabang on a 2 way route  is 600 Php according to Jon)
Tent - 30 Php for each (we brought 2, paid 60 and used only 1)
Wood bundle - 100 Php (we bought it along the way and not inside Burot)

Now I know why they have this as we approach the location...




Overall, our stay in Burot Beach was worth it... It took us some time to get there because of the traffic going to Tagaytay, but it paid off. And if given the chance to camp out with the kids again, we will go back to this place.

My kids and my husband is my life, we have been blessed with a lot of struggles and obstacles... Even if we live a simple life, I'm glad we have these moments to cherish in this lifetime... Thank God for family, they are my source of strength in trying times... I am also glad that even if we do not have the best in life, atleast we have each other.

Always, always remember that happiness is a state of mind under the influence of the people who gives us UNCONDITIONAL LOVE! If you have to live up to someone else's standards, then that is NOT FAMILY...

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and goodluck in planning your weekend getaway! =)