May 10 2014

The Mind Museum

This was the reason why we went to Enchanted Kingdom late. 🙂 Before going there, we visited The Mind Museum, an 8,000 sq.m world – class science museum located in Taguig.

We bought a Php900 weekday special promo from dealgrocer. One pass is good for a group of three without the 3-hour limit! While we’re waiting for my hubby to park, my daughter and I noticed a robot, I guess his name is “Kal”, is displayed near the ticket booth. Nicole doesn’t want to have her picture taken with the robot so I just took a pic of the robot instead! Before you enter the galleries, there’s another robot named “Aedi” who will welcome you. They have 5 galleries: Atom, Earth, Life, Universe and Technology. I would be a little bit biased because the universe always fascinates me so that makes it my favorite. What makes this place unique is the T-rex exhibit because as far as I know, this is the only place in the Philippines where you can find this kind of exhibit. There was also shadow play where you can pose anything that you want in a dark room and leave your shadows on the walls.

After exploring the place for 3 hrs. we spent another one playing in their Science in the park outdoor playground and eating at Jollibee which is just opposite the ticket booth.

If you want to have a tour before summer ends,  their weekday special promo is still up until May 31, 2014.

For more information, you may visit their website at

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May 09 2014

Family day @ Enchanted Kingdom

Every year, my hubby’s office is having a family fun day. Four years ago, it was held in Enchanted Kingdom and Nicole was just 2 yrs. old then. Since she can’t ride anything yet, we just stayed at the kid’s play area. This year, they had it again at EK and with Nicole at 6 yrs. old, she is now big enough to ride the Roller Skater and Flying Fiesta! It’s just sad that we did not get the chance to try out other rides because we arrived there at 5pm and spent an hour in line for the Wheel of Fate (Ferris Wheel). Anyway, this was her first roller coaster ride and definitely not the last! From the look of her face, we can tell that she already had a blast! 🙂


May 07 2014

New SSS Contribution Table effective January 2014

After a year long hibernation, I finally checked this site and decided to post what’s been lying around my drafts for ages!

I know this would be a late post but since majority of the hits that I receive from this site is about SSS, I might as well post this as an update! 🙂

Deadline of payment:

For OFW members, contributions for January to December of a given year maybe paid anytime within the same year.


Jul 10 2012

Puerto Galera Getaway

Last summer, a good friend of ours, Rach, came back to the Philippines for a vacation and invited her fellow LYNX’es to join her. It was so timely that I feel I needed a vacay before I get too busy with my biz. so we went ahead together with other friends, Des and Hya. We had an overnight stay in Puerto Galera last April 28, 2012. That was the shortest one that I had since we’re used to have a minimum 3D/2N stay. This was NOT Nicole’s first boat ride experience but her first time to get her hair done like the pic below. She really enjoyed playing with the sand because she’s been looking for it when we went swimming in the pool! 🙂

Nicole enjoying the sand

I soooo love this pic with my friends because we all look so pretty! 🙂 If you will notice, the background was so crowded because this was taken around 4pm and no more scorching heat of the sun. 🙂 Makes me realize why this is not my favorite go-to place.

My hubby and I decided to get our hair done too! Well, I guess it’s better to experience it now before we hit our 40’s or 50’s right?! LOL

Apr 07 2012

Taal Basilica and Our Lady of Caysasay, Taal Batangas

Basilica of St. Martin de Tours or better known as Taal Basilica is considered as Asia’s biggest Catholic Church.


The facade will tell you that it’s really an old church. According to

In 1570, Martin de Goiti and Juan de Salcedo, two Spanish generals explored the coast of Batangas on their way to Manila and came upon a Malay settlement at the mouth of Taal River. In 1572, the town of Taal was founded and its convent and stone church were constructed later.

First built by Father Diego Espina in 1575 in what is now known as San Nicolas, which was historically a part of Balangon. It was destroyed when the volcano erupted in 1754. It was rebuilt at the present site in 1755, but was destroyed by an earthquake in 1849. Reputed to be the largest Catholic church in the Far East, construction of the present church was started in 1856, according to the plans of Lucina Oliver, an architect. It was inaugurated in 1885.

The Augustinian Missionaries started construction in 1756, and it took a century for the church to achieve its present form.

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Apr 07 2012

Church of San Jose, San Jose Batangas

For our 3rd stop, we went to see San Jose Church in San Jose, Batangas. This church was built by the Augustinian friar Fr. Manuel Blanco in 1812.


The facade is already restored but…


when you go inside, it is very noticeable that this is an old church because of the artwork and intricate carvings made in the whole church and the pulpit.


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Apr 05 2012

Missionary Catechists of the Sacred Heart (MCSH)

Not far away from Mt. Carmel, we went to Missionary Catechists of the Sacred Heart, Lipa. This was founded by Bishop Alfredo Florentin Verzosa and Madre Laura Latorre Mendoza in 1920. More of this story can be found on their website.

We had a short talk about their history, took our lunch in their pantry and a short tour of their collection.

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Apr 04 2012

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Lipa City

Every lenten season, my mom-in-law joins the pilgrimage done by the Philippine Heart center staff and this would be my first time to join them. Our first stop is Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Lipa, City. I thought that this is Mary Mediatrix of All Grace but as I was browsing the web, I found out that this is different! Mt. Carmel is the original church where the apparition of Our Lady of Mediatrix occurred while the later is a new and bigger parish.

The white walls and light blue ceiling with brown outline gives out a clean, modernized look.

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Mar 05 2012

Road Trip Baguio – Day 3

Our family woke up at 5am on our last day in Baguio. We’re supposed to take our breakfast at Choco-late Batirol, Camp John Hay but it was closed.

We ended up at ….Everything Nice The Cake Shop and Cafe also in Camp John Hay.

They have Manila prices but great food. I forgot the name of the first picture but it’s bread topped with beef and cream-like sauce. Nicole had ham and cheese omelet and I had Baguio longganisa which has the same taste a Vigan’s. As their store says, everything was nice! 🙂 We didn’t have the chance to try out their cakes because we’re already full. Probably next time. 🙂


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Feb 29 2012

Road Trip Baguio – Day 2 (Part 2)

Continuing our Baguio trip, we headed straight to The Mansion which is the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines. Unfortunately, we can’t take a photo of the place, not even the gate because PNOY was there! So we went to Wright Park which is just across The Mansion. While our other friends are busy checking out the stalls, Nicole had a great time playing with her new friends!


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