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Cheap and fun places for the family

Free and cheap does no longer rhyme with fun in my vocabulary. After all, I’ve been to so many “free” activities in my past blogging life that I know free will always have a trade off and it’s usually time, convenience, and comfort. Especially with weekdays laden with work and stress from running a home, we don’t like to take chances of a rotten weekend when it’s only two days and comes only after 5 days. Yeah!

I think it’s great to have quality time with the family but I need to be reminded not to overspend. Here I rediscover cheap and fun places that you (mommy) and your family can enjoy:

Market! Market!

Say good bye to hourly playtime fees and (no need to buy kiddie buy silver coins) because this mall features a vast and totally FREE playground for your kids. You can also enjoy marketing for your weekly supply of bread, fruits, and vegetables inside the outdoor market. If it gets too hot in al fresco areas, you can always go inside the mall for a break. This mall has plenty of affordable food choices as well as novelty shops that are fun to look at (i.e. Saizen and Japan Home Center). Another plus is how this area is interconnected with Serendra and Bonifacio Highstreet where your family can enjoy a stroll.

Salcedo Park and Weekend Market

Host a picnic and let your kids enjoy the FREE playground and park. You don’t have to buy all your food from the weekend market, bring sure-fire foods for the kids (one you know they will surely eat) – this will save you time from scouring kiddie friendly meals. Bring jugs of water, plates and utensils so you can share your food hauls from the stalls. They also sell fresh fruits and it’s refreshing to eat mangoes under the shade of trees – bring a small knife to serve :) Also bring your green bag, you can also do your marketing here especially for cooked food you can freeze later on if you are a busy mommy.

Be sure to be early to beat traffic, market runs from 7am to 2pm but the park is always open.

This coming weekend I plan on bringing everyone to Ace Water Spa, an indoor swimming facility but I am not sure if the fees will prove practical (4 hours swimming time, no cameras allowed). It’s summer and I want Ashton to enjoy a dip in the pool – what do you think?

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

Family Weekend: Boni High Street Central

It’s the weekend and I always have a big smile on my face because weekend means 100% time for my mini family. Last week, we spent Saturday afternoon in Global City. We first went to Saint Alp’s Tea House where everyone enjoyed some drinks and snacks.

Here’s my blog post about the food at Saint Alp’s Tea House, Ashton loved everything especially the fried tofu and tapsilog :) I enjoyed sharing and trying the food with him and his dad.

After a satisfying snack we drove to Bonifacio High Street, we like making Ashton walk around the area to chase dogs and play with other kids. We also checked out Mothercare and Toys R’ Us in another building, it was our first time to go there and Ashton enjoyed trying out all the toys although we never bought any of it :D

And off we went to stroll around towards the new High Street Central where a real fun fountain is, again it’s our first time to be in this area as it’s fairly new and only a few shops are open. Ashton enjoyed watching other kids get wet. For dinner, we went to the newly opened Aria restaurant – famous for their pizzas from Boracay.

It was a perfect night, Az and I took turns taking Ashton outside when he gets bored waiting for food. The view was excellent and I love how the area is not too crowded unlike the other parts of high street. I’m sure soon, many more will flock to high street central. Beside Aria was a chocolate shop and if I wasn’t trying to get healthy, I would have taken everyone there for dessert. But, the night was perfect as is.

That’s until we discovered our car keys was missing x.x We all had to take the cab and someone returned to high street to pick up the car we left. I managed to keep my cool and I’m thankful for the weekend memories. Tomorrow, we shall plan a new adventure and enjoy another weekend to its fullest! :)

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

Home and Living: Frugal Weekend

On Friday, someone asked me if I had anything fantastic up for the weekend. I imagined myself somewhere nice, maybe strolling in a park out of town or enjoying an extravagant dinner with my spouse. But my weekend turned out better than that. It was another couple of restful days spent at home and I am not being sarcastic. I am really starting to enjoy this living with less thing and it is getting easier for me to adapt.


On Saturday afternoon I made a revised version of my tuna sandwich. Ashton, Az, and I enjoyed eating it while sitting on our living room floor. We also watched an old movie right after Ashton slept. We spent most of the time in the living room and the local TV programs were not disappointing either. There was a segment about coffee and this was something my husband and I mutually like so we ended up making a cup for ourselves and I took out some cupcakes that were gifted to us. Ashton was not late in joining our midnight snack, I even think he enjoyed it the most and his sippy cup was in between mommy and daddy’s mugs :)


Today, Sunday I just cooked our favorite spaghetti and my entire family (especially my aunt Helen) enjoyed watching National Geographic’s Mega Factory special featuring Coca-cola.

I am continuing my goal to spend less and less but I plan to go on a picnic trip with my family as soon as the sun starts to shine.

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

Home and Living: What’s on your Weekend List?

Here I am trying once more to maximise two days of supposedly lounging but I find myself writing words on cyberspace. Regardless of, I try hard to come up with a list of fun things to do for the weekend. I would love to include running around the village but my Nike running shoes have given up on me a long time ago. Never had it replaced ever since (read: two years!)

My List:

1. Read the parenting magazine I bought from the grocer

2. Take Ashton biking in the afternoon

3. Download my favorite TV show and enjoy it in the evening

4. Dust off the furniture at the other house

5. Order a home massage

6. Work on my money blog

My helping hand is absent today which is a surprise so I don’t know how much I can do this weekend. The father of the child is also missing in action. How is your weekend coming along so far?

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