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Lumina at Resorts World Manila + Christmas Attractions & Shows

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Lumina at Resorts World Manila is the newest Christmas attraction to experience with the family. Lumina is an extraordinary tunnel of colorful LED lights. It’s the first of its kind that my son and I have ever seen and we enjoyed it very much!

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Lumina, is the newest holiday attraction at the Newport Mall made with thousands of LED Christmas lights. It is the brightest and longest lighted indoor corridor in the country.

Anyone can come in and experience Lumina at Newport Mall, take photos, and share selfies on the gram. This is just one of the attractions that Resorts World prepared for the holiday season. Continue reading.

Grand Christmas Tree at Resorts World Manila

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Resorts World Manila lit up their Christmas tree with a huge spectacle and showcased the events, shows, and top performers they prepared for 2017.

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These are the Icarian Duo who will perform at the New Year’s Eve Countdown. Their stunts are breathtaking! Both kids and adults were awestruck during their performance.

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The cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Manila gave a preview of their performance which will run starting February 2018 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater.

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Ashton met Pororo himself during Resorts World Manila’s Grand Christmas Countdown. Follow Resorts World Manila on Facebook for weekend activities they have in store, Santa Claus and Pororo with Friends might be around!

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Here are more details about the Pororo and Friends show.

A Wonderful Christmas With Pororo

Parents, here’s a Christmas experience for the whole family. The beloved kids characters Pororo and Friends are coming to Manila. A Wonderful Christmas with Pororo show is on the following dates and at the Newport Performing Arts Theater:

December 16, 2017 – 3:00PM
December 17, 2017 – 3:00PM

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Now that’s a whole lot of reasons to come and experience Christmas at Resorts World Manila. I suggest coming on weekends this December when you can expect activities at the Newport Mall Activity Area. The entire Resorts World looks so magical this year.

When you get tired of all the walking and malling, my personal tip is to drop by Maxim’s Cafe to relax and recoup your energy. They also have cute Christmas hampers you can treat yourself with or to give to family and friends.

Have a spectacular Christmas everybody! :)

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Sofitel Manila Holiday Promo: Christmas Staycation + New Year Countdown


One of the Christmas booths at Sofitel Manila’s Christmas Walk

The holidays are upon us once again and if you’re looking for a stress-free celebration that you can truly enjoy, look at these offerings crafted and curated by Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. It is a dream come true for all ages, children enjoy the festive atmosphere and activities while adults can relax and get the holiday break they deserve.

Here’s a toy I bought at the Christmas village, each house offers something unique such as Christmas treats, toys, and decor. This Santa Pen is so cute and just P100. Perfect Christmas sock stuffing for kids. The Christmas walk is open to all Sofitel guests. I recommend visiting this attraction then enjoy a meal with the at family Le Bar, Spiral, or the Sunset Bar.

C’est Noël Sofitel Manila Christmas Staycation Package

Superior Room – P7,000 / night
Luxury Room – P8,450
Luxury Club Millésime – P12,250
Sofitel Suite – P15,600


Christmas lobby of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, also known as Christmas walk

Promotional featured inclusions:

– Breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children (11 yrs old and below) at Spiral
– Complimentary in-room daily movies
– Le Spa voucher worth P500
– Vietura Aesthetic Lifestyle voucher worth P1,500

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila’s 30-ft Christmas tree with musical decorations and Spiral staircase designed as a piano

Bonne Année Sofitel Manila New Year Staycation Package

*same promotional inclusions with Christmas package but higher accommodation rates + Children’s program for young VIPs at Spiral’s New Year’s Day Breakfast

Superior Room – P10,300
Luxury Room – P11,750
Luxury Club Millésime – P15,500
Sofitel Suite – P18,850


Virlanie Children’s Choir sings Christmas Carols at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

New Year Special with Spiral Breakfast and Tickets to Saint-Tropez Soirée

Saint-Tropez Soirée is Sofitel Manila’scountdown party that welcomes the New Year in a magnifique mix of indulgent gastronomy, musical performances and exciting raffle prizes. The Saint-Tropez Soirée wil be held at the Grand Plaza Ballroom with the rate set at P5,200 nett per person. The following package already includes 2 tickets for this Soirée. Grab this offer now before it’s gone.

Superior room P14,000
Luxury Room P15,000
Luxury Club Millésime P19,000
Sofitel Suite P23,000

Plus the following inclusions:

– 2 Tickets for New Year’s Eve Dinner at Saint Tropez Soirée
– Breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children (11 yo and below)
–  Children’s program for young VIPs at Spiral’s New Year’s Day Breakfast
– Complimentary in-room daily movies
– La Boutique voucher worth P500
– Vietura Aesthetic Lifestyle voucher worth P1,500


My son will love these Christmas-themed #cutefoods

 

A Merry Little Christmas at Spiral

Sneak peak of Sofitel’s festive offerings—stuffed turkey, suckling pig, leg of ham 

• Christmas Eve Dinner is set at Php5,500 nett per person available from 6pm to 11pm
• Christmas Day Champagne Brunch is set at Php4,900 nett per person available from 12pm to 3pm

According to Sofitel, children on the nice list can expect special treats as Santa makes his jolly rounds on the 24th of December from 7pm and at 12.30pm on Christmas Day.

Book your Christmas holiday staycation plans early

Sofitel offers activities and luxury Christmas and New Year staycation packages and events that will surely make anyone’s holiday merry. It must be one of the most extensive offers in the metro, if not the most. Christmas and New Year are very important, memorable events that everyone wants to be perfect – insert all the holiday horror stories you have here. Why not try a luxury Christmas holiday at the Sofitel?

Christmas selfie with Sofitel Manila’s Giant Christmas Tree. Is this the biggest in Manila?

I have yet to experience a Christmas in Sofitel but I am absolutely considering it because moms deserve to enjoy Christmas and New Year too!  Accorhotel members are also entitled to discounts for the staycation packages.

Contact Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila on Facebook or visit www.sofitelmanila.com

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I was invited  by Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila to their Christmas Launch and Tree Lighting Ceremony where these offers were previewed to all media guests.

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Munting Buhangin 2017: Overnight Family Outing

Munting Buhangin is my favorite beach in Nasugbu Batangas. I don’t have to ride an airplane or travel too far just to enjoy the beach with my family. It is very budget friendly with only P380 entrance fee and reasonable accommodation rates. This year, I saved up to get their Single Aircon Family Suite. The rate is P8,000 from 3PM-12PM .

WATCH: Munting Buhangin 2017 Vlog

It pays to plan your trip and get to the road as early as you can. We left our house at 5AM and promptly arrived at Munting Buhangin before 7AM. We took the Maragondon and Kaybiang Tunnel route. Since our check-in time was still at 3PM, we used the free cabanas (tent with monoblock chairs) first. It was enough to accommodate all of us, we were 7 persons in total plus our baggages.

The beach is still wonderfully the same. It was not yet officially peak season and the beach has reasonable visitors. I felt great about my decision to go to the beach before summer starts. The sand was just as before, fine and very light brown unlike in other nearby beaches. The water and sand are both very inviting to swim and play in.

For our food, there are plenty of barbecue or grill stations that you can use for free. Although to be safe, I brought my own too plus my own charcoal. Charcoal on the beach costs P50 per plastic bag, mahal!

Overnight Stay

We enjoyed the spacious Single Aircon family room, the price is reasonable and all 7 of us slept comfortably with our own beds, pillows, etc.

The linens were clean so I am very happy! The room is not very new and could use updating but for the price I paid, it met my expectations.

We have our own bathroom, grill station, balcony, etc. Pwede na.

After we check out the next day, we were able to stay in this bahay kubo from 12PM onwards for free.

Munting Buhangin remains to be my favorite beach because of affordability, location, and family friendliness. I wish I can come back this summer but I’m sure it would be busier.  If you like to visit Munting Buhangin in Nasugbu Batangas, check out their website http://www.muntingbuhangin.ph and I recommend you go now versus in March, April and on weekdays if possible so you can enjoy the beach more without too many people.

Happy summer Mommy and Baby! :)

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Playa Laiya Resort Experience in Batangas

It pays to enjoy your summer outing early before everyone else. To save money, I schedule beach trips on January, February when the weather is sunny and while resorts and places like Batangas are not yet crowded. My husband was the one who recommended Playa Laiya Beach Club for our first “summer” getaway.

Getting Access to Playa Laiya Beach Club

The beach club is operated by Landco, now known as Anya Hospitality Corporation. It is a private beach club exclusive to property owners and investors. The good news is, with proper coordination from their office in Makati – you can enjoy the beach club with your family too.

Playa Laiya Beach Club
www.playalaiyabeachclub.com
+63 2 553 8888
Email: Rem Ynigo at r.ynigo@anyahospitalitycorp.com

Rates of Playa Laiya Beach Club:

 

  • Peak Season : Adults (700 on weekends, 500 on weekdays)
  • Lean Season : Adults (560 on weekends, 400 on weekdays)
  • Kids 3-10 years of age get 50% off

 

Going to Playa Laiya Beach Club

The resort is 3 hours away from Makati, we left at 7AM and arrived 10AM. It is better to leave earlier and if you are bringing friends or family, make sure they wake up on time. My son and I woke up 3AM but we had to wait for others. We drove by private vehicle and traversed SLEX, Star Toll Way, and the towns of Rosario and San Juan. In short, we followed the directions found on Playa Laiya’s website.

Playa Laiya Resort Club House

You will arrive at a club house where the reception area is, here you will be welcomed and assisted on how to enjoy your day tour. Note that Playa Laiya is a day tour only destination, they do not have overnight facilities or accommodation. The entire club/resort is open until 6PM only.

We were given the choice of where we would like to stay during our day trip, we chose the beautiful cabanas by the beach. My son and I loved it! The beach cabana has a futon which is like a thin mattress that you can sit, lie down on, etc. At the same time, this is where we landed our bags. The cabana is very huge and spacious, one of the best I’ve seen and it is very near the beach.

Beach at Playa Laiya

My son is more excited to play on the sand versus swimming on the beach. The beach and sand is okay, the area is clean with a few vendors, with a very nice view of the surrounding mountains. If you want white sand and clear as sky water, I recommend Terrazas de Punta Fuego in Nasugbu.

For this beach trip, we are satisfied with Playa Laiya’s beach since we will go on an island hopping activity.

There are two stops for the island hoping, one is Pampang Island and the other is a snorkeling site on the water (no island, just jump off the boat).

We enjoyed the adventure going to Pampang Island which looks very interesting to have your picture taking in.

There are lots of small hermit crabs to find and you can also enjoy the beach, although this island is a very rocky one.

Me and my son Ashton enjoyed exploring the island.

Watch our Vlog: Swimming Pool at Playa Laiya Beach Club

There are many pools to choose from at this beach club, all with an infinite view of the beach. You can choose from a toddler’s, kid’s, and adult swimming pools. These are located just in front of the clubhouse area, we were able to use another cabana to rest our things in. Other guests had fun grilling their own food in their own cabanas.

Everything in the beach club is orderly and clean, so we really enjoyed our day trip to the maximum. The resort has a huge bath house, each cubicle so spacious that it has a special area to rest your dry clothes and towels in. This way, they do not get wet or soiled. First time to see this setup and it made me very happy. Usually, it’s the shower time that frustrates and stresses me but not here in Playa, Laiya.

Food at the Playa Laiya Clubhouse

Our day trip included breakfast, lunch, and PM snacks. All of them were served inside the clubhouse at the second floor. It was a very relaxing, simple, but elegant space to relax in. It’ll make you feel like you’re in a resort-hotel. We enjoyed the lunch buffet that was curated very well, it had vegetables, steamed fish, rice, korean beef, seafood kebab, and even dessert.

Relaxing, Comfortable, and Worth The Trip

Overall, Playa Laiya is such a relaxing beach club to spend one of your summer getaways in. Mommies like me will appreciate the attentive security and staff that can watch over your belongings and help while we multitask. It is not a crowded resort, maybe because it may be a little more expensive but comfort & convenience comes with a reasonable price that moms like me would be willing to pay for, especially if it means we also get to relax and enjoy while the kids and other adults are having fun!

Here, you will not have to worry about the cleanliness of facilities, the child-friendliness, and enjoy a private setting for your family to enjoy.

Do you have questions about our Playa Laiya experience? Please post them below :)

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Tips for travelling to Thailand as a family

Thailand is one of the world’s most rewarding destinations for families. With the unparalleled natural beauty, rich culture, friendly people and high-quality amenities, Thailand is one of the best ways to explore the Far East with children. From some beauty spots not to miss, and some tips to help you have the best time possible, we’ve compiled a short guide to family holidays in the country.

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Be prepared for attention

Thai people love children especially foreign children, and be prepared for your child to become a near celebrity while you’re there. You’ll find even the grumpiest looking local light up into beaming smiles when there are little ones around. While this is a great way to break the ice with the locals the attention might be too much for your children at times, especially in the busy urban area. Though by telling any friendly locals that your child is shy they should happily leave them be.

Be wary of food poisoning

The fastest way to a spoiled family trip is with a sick little one. Food poisoning is the single biggest cause of sickness when travelling abroad, but there are easy ways to avoid it. Make sure your children avoid ice as this can often be made from untreated tap water. Also be sure to avoid salads as you have no way of knowing what they were cleaned with. It is also wise to stay away from buffet-style food as well as street food, and be sure to only drink fizzy juice and water that came in a sealed bottle.

Choose Chang Mai over Bangkok

The Thai capital is one of the most beguiling cities in Asia, with its heady mix of bright lights, nightlife and Thai culture. But in truth this unique city can initially even be overpowering for adults, so your children might find its intense hustle and bustle too much. A perfect alternative is to visit the north city of Chaing Mai. With its compact size and laid back pace of life it makes an ideal alternative. It is also full of historical sites such as the famous golden temple Wat Phra That Doi Suthep to engage your children.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Visit Khao Sok Natural Park

There is no shortage of beautiful landscapes in the country, but one of the finest to visit is at the Khao Sok Natural Park. The mix of blue waters, dense greenery and stunning limestone karsts is sure to mesmerize your little ones and provide them with lifelong memories. The park is full of flora and fauna and the wildlife includes bears, tapirs, gibbons, elephants and even tigers!

Images by Stefan Magdalinski & Andrea Schaffer used under Creative Commons license

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Summer in July Giveaway

Can you really enjoy summer during the rainy season? If you ask mothers like me, of course you can! In fact, doble pa ang enjoyment because of all the savings you can make. Seasoned travelers know how prices of hotel accommodations and resorts drop post summer. For families with small kids, an out of season getaway means less crowd and more space to enjoy.

In this post, I am sharing some budget finds which you have the chance to win and enjoy for your own “summer in July” experience.


Me and my son Ashton on a frugal weekend staycation

Affordable Swimwear: Pink Belter

I only buy swimwear once a year and most of them I purchase online. Why? Because they are cheaper and I find swimwear from the department store not just pricey but limited in terms of style. For a mommy like me, I look for a swimwear that’s attractive, classy, but will allow me to run after my son without any malfunction.


My cover-up and swimwear from Pink Belter looks very classy for its price

Pink Belter offers these kinds of swimwear, not just for moms but for many kinds of ladies who like to enjoy swimwear like bikinis, bandeaus, one piece suits, and versatile cover ups that you can use for other occasions. I discovered them on Instagram, placed an order for this P850 two piece Antonette bikini and it arrived a couple of days right on time for our weekend. If you want to see for yourself, you can visit Pink Belter stores at Exhibit Area, Greenhills Shopping Center, Slimmetry 2/F Fashion Village at Tiendesitas and The Good Find, 2/F Cash & Carry Mall in Makati City.

The quality of Pink Belter’s fabric is very good for its affordable price. The thickness is decent so you don’t need to worry of feeling exposed in wet or dry situations. For the bikini I purchased, Antonette bikini – the fabric hugs the body in the right places, you don’t need to worry about the top or bottom slipping off. Note that it comes in free size yet feels like it’s a custom fit.

WIN a Pink Belter Swimsuit

I like this swimsuit brand so much that I would like to share my Pink Belter experience to one lucky reader of Mommy Lace. Here’s how to WIN, just visit Pink Belter on Instagram, follow them and tell me which swimsuit you like and why via comments below. Please put PINK BELTER as the subject of your comment because there’s another giveaway below. Deadline of entries is already this Sunday, July 31.

*Note I cannot guarantee that I can get you the swimsuit of your choice, this would be based on what’s available.

Naturally Healthy Skin with Cocoline Naturals

On the same weekend getaway with my son, I treated myself to a new brand and line of all-natural products. I discovered Cocoline Naturals while shopping for my son’s vitamins at Watson’s. I am a new fan of organic and natural products but most of what I use I have to order online – until I discovered this brand, Cocoline which is easily accessible and available in many department stores and supermarket nationwide.

Since it’s my first time to try it, I got the smaller versions of the following:

Cocoline Instense Moisturising Coconut Milk Licorice Bar Soap 75g
Cocoline Instense Moisturising Coconut Milk Licorice  Body wash 90ml
Cocoline Instense Moisturising Coconut Milk Licorice Body lotion 90ml

I really planned to use the body wash and lotion right after swimming. Chlorine can be very drying and harsh to the skin, using natural & nourishing products thereafter is better than using ordinary soaps. Coconut is naturally moisturizing and has antibacterial, moisturizing, and anti-fungal properties.

Cocoline Naturals Instense Moisturising Coconut Milk Licorice Body Wash

It’s difficult to choose between the bar soap and the body wash, but since I wanted to treat myself to a long peaceful bath – I chose the body wash. Note that you will need a puff or bath sponge to use the body wash otherwise, you will use more than you need. I use two coin sized body wash, squeezed on the puff and then I press it before application.

The body wash has a gentle scent of coconut oil and vanilla (but is actually licorice). Ang sarap gamitin because it will remind you of expensive coconut based spa treatments. The product is very soft and gentle on the skin and creates a good amount of lather. I really enjoyed bathing with Cocoline, it’s affordable too so it’s something I can enjoy not just on weekends but everyday.

Washing off the body wash is easy, the lather or foam slides off the body right away. I use tabo (water dipper) and lukewarm water. The skin feels soft and moisturized even after drying off with a towel. I appreciate that my skin did not feel dry after that long bath, I thought twice if I still have to apply lotion but of course I did, I am excited to try their lotion too.

Cocoline Naturals Instense Moisturising Coconut Milk Licorice Body Lotion

Right after bathing is the best time to use Cocoline’s natural body lotion. This is my NEW favorite body lotion, it is all natural, has coconut oil, and it smells like virgin coconut oil! The lotion is thick but easily spreads onto the skin. It smells very good, you feel like you just got a massage on the beach or walked right out of a spa. Ang bango talaga, I really like the natural scent of real coconut oil.

I only applied it once for the entire day, my skin did not feel dry so I think it was absorbed nicely. But because I like the smell, I have the idea of bringing this small lotion in my bag and apply it on my hands from time to time so I smell like vacation every time :)

Cocoline also has a Triple Whitening line with Papaya + Kojic + Vitamin C.

Cocoline Naturals Giveaway

Obviously, I enjoyed using Cocoline Naturals so much and I wish I can share and pass the lotion to all of you. For this giveaway, I am giving 3 lucky readers of Mommy Lace a chance to win 1 set of Cocoline products each, yehey! Note I am giving the bigger versions, 190ml for the body wash and lotion, 135 grams for the beauty bar.

To get the chance to win 1 of the 3 Cocoline sets, just comment below why you want to try Cocoline Naturals (also based on the above review).


I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I look forward to receiving your entry. Good luck Mommy!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.