August 20, 2018

Modena by Fraser Bangkok Hotel

One way to save on your travel trip is to book affordable accommodation. Some people choose a hostel, some people choose Airbnb, and some people choose a budget hotel. We have our own preferences so choose an accommodation that matches your budget and style. If you are looking for a budget-friendly hotel in Bangkok, check Modena by Fraser Bangkok Hotel.


Modena by Fraser Bangkok Hotel is one of the newest hotel and service apartment in Bangkok, as of now they are celebrating their second year anniversary so it is really quite new. You can book a fully-furnished room or studio. This hotel is near Khlong Toei Fresh Market, Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, and Queen Sirikit MRT Station. Terminal 21 is one station away.

My husband attended a conference/team building last week and he stayed at Modena by Fraser, this was his first time on this hotel because most of the time he stayed at Sukhumvit Area. The hotel has a gym but no swimming pool. Like the Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok, they also offer complimentary Tuktuk Shuttle Service which brings you around the commercial areas such as BTS Skytrain Asok Station, nearby office buildings, Ratchadaphisek Road and Soi Pai-Sing-To.


The room interiors are simple, bright and minimalist. It is perfect for business travelers and even leisure travelers. You have a working desk, mini-fridge, and coffee & tea making facilities. According to my husband, beds and pillows are comfy too.




The bathroom has no bathtub.



They have an all-day dining restaurant and lobby bar. The room package has a complimentary buffet breakfast at Bistro@M. The restaurant was crowded so my husband was not able o take some photos but according to him, buffet spread is limited, konti lang ang meat choices.

Read: Where to Stay in Bangkok Thailand
6 Days in Bangkok with Kid

Modena by Fraser Bangkok 
2527 FYI Center, Rama 4 Road,  (at the Klongtoei Junction)
Klongtoei District Bangkok
10110, Thailand

August 17, 2018

4 Days in Iceland with Kid

Iceland is on my travel bucket list but I never thought that this dream will become a reality. When we were planning for our summer vacation in Norway, I was looking forward to a Sweden trip since it is just near Norway but our Sweden trip turns to an Iceland trip. Little did I know that it was also my mother’s dream to visit Iceland so we became travel buddy. Hehehe! “Family that travels together, stays together”

My mom checked her schedule so she can file a vacation leave and then we booked a plane ticket three weeks before our trip. But unexpected things happened, few days after we bought our plane ticket my mom was confined in the hospital for 5 days. The doctor advised her to rest and do not drive yet. And because of that, I thought we could no longer push our trip kasi baka mastress siya sa biyahe.


But God is so good, we were able to go to Iceland. So off we went to Trondheim Airport to catch our flight to Reykjavik, we flew via Icelandair. Travel is more or less two hours and 8 hours time difference in the Philippines. We only booked a 4 Days Trip because we have limited budget and we need to fly back to the Philippines. We all know that traveling to Iceland is not cheap so accommodations, tours, and foods are expensive.
Yes, everything is expensive.
Read: Icelandair Experience

When we booked our flight, we knew that we will be staying in the hotel. We have relatives in Iceland but of course, we don’t want to disturb them anymore since we knew that they have work too. So we are looking for a hotel in Reykjavik that is accessible and my mom asked for my aunt’s recommendations. My aunt (cousin of my mom) asked my mom for our travel date and she said, no need for us to book a hotel because we can stay in their house and nakabakasyon din siya that time (one month off). Yehey!

This was my planned itinerary, we’re supposed to book a package tour to visit these places but since we will be staying in my aunt’s house, I just go with the flow.

Day 1: Reykjavik City Tour or Blue Lagoon Tour
Day 2: Golden Circle Tour
Day 3: South Coast Tour
Day 4: Back to Trondheim Norway

4 Days in Iceland with Kid 

Day 1: Reykjanes Peninsula Tour in Iceland 

We arrived at Keflavik International Airport past 3PM and my aunt fetched us. On our way to my aunt’s house, I was thinking, wala ba puno o halaman sa Iceland. Then I remembered that Iceland is a Land of Fire and Ice so expect to see lava fields, rocks, mountains, glaciers and black sand. It is indeed an interesting country because you will learn about history, culture and geology.


After few hours, we went back to the airport to fetch my uncle and then he toured us around Keflavik and Reykjanes. We were able to visit Strandakirkja Church, Gardskagi Lighthouse and Lava Fields.

Read: Reykjanes Peninsula Tour in Iceland

Day 2 Blue Lagoon 

I told my mom that I don’t want to go to Blue Lagoon anymore because I don’t want to wear a swimsuit so we did not pack any swimwear. But when my aunt fetched us at the airport, she immediately told us that we’re going to Blue Lagoon the following day. We could not cancel it anymore since my aunt already talked to her friend about it. Nakakahiya naman magback-out.


Iceland is known for Blue Lagoon so it is one of the popular tourist spot and because of that you cannot walk-in. You need to book an appointment prior to your trip, they only limit the number of guest per visit so expect that the entrance fee is expensive. Like I said, I don’t want to wear a swimsuit so my mom enjoyed her Blue Lagoon experience while my son and I enjoyed the view from the restaurant.

Read: Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Day 3 The Golden Circle Tour + Bridge Between Two Continents

For our third day, we left as early as 6AM for our DIY Golden Circle Tour. You can book a tour from a travel agency, you can rent a car or if you are lucky like us, your family or friends can drive for you. Most of the places in the Golden Circle Tour has no entrance fee like Thingvellir National Park, Great Geysir, and Gullfoss. So you can enjoy this beautiful places for free. This is my favorite part of our Iceland Trip.


Read: The Great Geysir in Iceland
Breathtaking Gullfoss in Iceland
Thingvellir National Park

Bridge Between Two Continents 


After our tiring day, we packed our bags for our morning flight. But after dinner, my cousin persuaded us to visit Bridge Between Two Continents and malapit lang naman daw. It was past 9PM and off we went to the bridge. It was a nice experience knowing that I can cross Europe and North America in less than a minute.

Read: Bridge Between Two Continents

Day 4 Back to Norway 

My cousin wanted to tour us pa in Iceland since off niya on our last day but we could no longer extend our trip because my son and I have to go back to the Philippines. How I wish we have more time in Iceland but I know that this won’t be the last time. Someday, we will revisit this country with my husband.

August 15, 2018

Althea Korea Beauty Haul

Althea Korea is celebrating their third year birthday and this is my first time to order on their birthday celebration. Like I said, I wanted to join their Fly me to Korea contest and I want to have their birthday box. One thing I like about Althea Korea is their box. Gusto ko ng mga boxes nila because I can reuse them.


At that time, they have FREE Althea Petal Velvet Powder #Pink Lavender (P230) promo if you reach P1800 so I make sure that I will hit the minimum amount. I ordered the following, but unfortunately, the promo code was not working every time I apply the code before check-out and payment. It happened to me last May so I just proceeded with my order kahit wala free. Huhuhu!

Innisfree Camellia Essential Shampoo P288
The Faceshop Highlighter Beam P360
Chica Y Chico Matt Cushion P656
Rire Pore Tightening Fresh Toner P360
My Lash Serum P210
Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel P180
Boomdeahdah Lemon Lime Mask Sheets P20 each

Read: My Shopping Experience at Althea Korea

Innisfree Camellia Essential Shampoo is suitable for all types of hair so even you have sensitive scalps and brittle strands, you can use this. It contains Camellia oil from Jeju island that helps in repairing your damaged hair. The smell is too fragrant, at first natatapangan ako sa amoy pero pag tagal okay naman. But I find this expensive for a shampoo.

The Faceshop Highlighter Beam, I’m not into makeup because I don’t know how to use and apply them to my face, hehehe! But I bought this Highlighter to add a glow to my face. It is in a liquid form so I’m still learning how to apply it properly.


Chica Y Chico Matt Cushion, I only use powder on my face so this is my first time I'm using a matt cushion. So far, I like this product because it really lasts all day. Unlike face powder, you need to reapply to avoid oiliness.

My Lash Serum, at first I thought this is a clear mascara but I was wrong. My lash serum will make your eyelash strong and elastic. So I have to apply it every night to make my eyelashes healthy. Though I haven’t noticed any difference yet.

Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel, this is one of the popular Korean Beauty products and because of that marami din fake products. So make sure that you are buying the original, one tub is only P180 but the problem is, you can only buy one tub. So hindi pwedeng maghoard, okay pa naman siya pang gift din. I haven’t tried this yet, I will just update this post.

I already reviewed the Rire Pore Tightening Fresh Toner and Boomdeahdah Lemon Lime Masks before so just check my old post.

If you haven’t tried Althea Korea, use my link so you can get discount for your first order. Click here (Philippines) and here (International). Minimu of P1500 to get the discount.

When I started ordering from Althea Korea, LBC and Ninja Van yung courier nila so I was surprised that they change it na pala. Courier is now Black Arrow Express.

July 25 Ordered at Althea Korea
July 30 Order was shipped
August 4 Received order via Black Arrow Express

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August 14, 2018

Lunch at Cafe Via Mare

I live in the province for more than a decade so there are things that I’m missing out because it is not available in our area. But if there is one thing that I’m happy about is, Alabang is not that far from where I live and hindi naman nagpapahuli ang Alabang. Festival Mall is expanding so there are so many new stores and new restaurants to visit.

Last weekend, we were in Festival Mall, I meet my friend because I bought an insurance for my husband. Though my husband has an insurance from his company, we decided to get an additional insurance because we can’t predict the future. After that, we had a late lunch.


We normally eat at Landmark Food Court kung maggrocery kami but for a change, we ate a Cafe Via Mare. Though it is located at the Food Court pero at least hindi na kami pipila para mag-order. Hehehe! The price in Via Mare is a little bit pricey but the serving is big so my son and I shared on my order. We ordered Crispy Binagoongan P330, Ensaladang Bagnet P200, Rice P35 per cup and Bibingka with Laguna Cheese and Salted Duck Egg P135.



Ensaladang Bagnet has crispy roasted pork with mustard leaves, tomatoes, and shallots in calamansi and bagoong dressing. Crispy Binagoongan Meal has rice, crispy pork bellies, pinakbet and sauteed bagoong so good for sharing kung hindi naman malakas kumain.


Two years ago was the last time that we ate at Cafe Via Mare and I remember that I was not able to taste their Bibingka because nagcheck-out na kami sa St. Lukes BGC. So last week, I really ordered Bibingka kahit 15 minutes pa ang waiting time. Hehehe!

If you like bibingka, go to Cafe Via Mare because you can eat yummy bibingka all year round, di mo na kelangan maghintay ng Pasko. Food and service are good so for sure may next time ulit. Care to share your favorite at Via Mare.

August 11, 2018

5 Things You Should Consider When Picking Out a Tablecloth

Whether you are planning a dinner party and want to invite guests to come over, or you just want to liven and spruce up your home, adding a tablecloth to your house is a good idea.

While buying a tablecloth for your home might seem like a simple task, there are actually a lot of considerations you need to make to ensure that you are getting the perfect one. Here are the considerations you need to think about when looking for the perfect tablecloth for your home.


1. It should be the right size 

The first thing you need to consider is that it should be the right size for your table. Don't just consider the shape of your table. You might be tempted to find the first rectangular tablecloth you see because your table has that shape or grab the biggest round tablecloth thinking it will fit. You can choose a tablecloth that is just short if the occasion is just a simple get together or for everyday use, but if you want to use it during a more formal occasion, choose a longer drop.

2. It should fit with the design of your dining area 

If your dining area just has a minimal design like white walls or muted colors, it will not be hard to choose a tablecloth because any design or color will blend well with the surroundings. But, for example, your dining area has a more ornate design, whether a classic elegant look and you've added some art pieces, you must be careful to choose a design that would not clash with your overall aesthetic.

3. It should also complement your tableware

It's not just the room design that you need to consider but even your tableware! Again, it's not a problem if you will just be using white colored plates and bowls but if you are following a theme for your meal, or you want to bring out the fancy china, you could go for just a plain white tablecloth and the plates and China will be the colorful ones instead.

4. Consider the material it is made of

Whenever you are going to spend money, you want to make sure that it is worth the investment. Even if it is just something as simple as a tablecloth, you want it to last for years. If you are planning to use it for everyday meals, get a material that will last a long time and can withstand the wear and tear of everyday use.

5. Think of the maintenance 

For busy people, one pet peeve they might have is having to spend a significant amount of time cleaning the stain out of tablecloths. This can't be helped if you are using cotton or linen tablecloths, especially for everyday use. To avoid this, keep the linen for special occasions and go with the amazing pvc tablecloth selection found at this website. You'll have something that will last for a long time and cleanup will be a breeze.

August 10, 2018

My List of Travel Itinerary

Planning an itinerary is not an easy task. It entails a lot of time and energy in reading and researching for information. When I was starting to travel I don’t have the time to make an itinerary because I was working and I don’t want to spend my rest days on planning. I will just book a flight or hotel, look for travel agency where we can ba ook our tour and that’s it.

Things change when I became a stay at home mom. Reading was my past time activity and then I decided to create my own blog to document our trip. Now, I’m a believer of DIY trips because I’ve learned that most of the time DIY trips are cheaper than booking in a travel agency. But of course, there are times that I also book a package or tour for convenience.


But as much as possible I do make my own itinerary, it may be difficult but I do enjoy reading and researching because along the way I’m learning more. Several years ago, making an itinerary is quite a challenge because there are very limited information but now, thanks to blogs, reviews, and forums, it makes our life easier.

Read: Things to Consider When Planning an Itinerary

Travel itinerary is something personal because you have to plan and decide according to your preference, lifestyle and budget. I’m creating this post for reference and I hope this may help you in planning your future trips. It will give you an idea of what to do, where to stay, and where to eat. I will update this post from time to time.

Philippines 

Things to do in Bataan
Things to do in Bolinao Pangasinan
Things to do in Cebu 
Things to do in Nuvali
Things to do in Singapore

24 Hours Trip in Baguio
31 Hours in Bacolod
2 Days in Baguio
2 Days in Camiguin
2 Days in Cebu
3 Days in Bohol
3 Days in Davao
3 Days in Boracay
3 Days in Puerto Princesa Palawan 
4 Days in Vigan, Laoag and Pagudpud with Kids
4 Days Adventure in Coron Palawan 
4 Days in Sagada with Kid in Tow
Day Trip in Lingayen Pangasinan

Asia 

2 Days in Singapore
3 Days in Kota Kinabalu Malaysia
5 Days in Singapore
6 Days in Bangkok Thailand with Kid 
6 Days in Hongkong and Macau
6 Days in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore
7 Days in Tokyo Japan

Europe 

Weekend Getaway in Røros Norway
12 Places to Visit in Ørland Norway
Day Trip in Trondheim Norway 
4 Days in Iceland with Kid

August 02, 2018

Althea Korea Real Fresh Skin Detoxer Review

If you are a Korean Beauty Enthusiast, I’m pretty sure that you are familiar with Korean 10 Steps Skincare Routine. So if you are wondering why Korean have a nice skin, this is their secret. They really make time for their skincare regimen. But we all know that not all people have the patience to do all the 10 steps and I’m one of them.


Good news to everyone, Get It Beauty partnered with Althea Korea to create a new beauty ritual that will help those busy people to take care of their skin in less than a minute. AltheaKoreaXGetItBeauty Yes, you can have a healthy beauty life by using few skincare products. Introducing the Althea Korea Real Fresh Skin Detoxer, your 10-seconds wash-off mask. Yes, you’ve read it right 10 seconds only not 10 minutes. You can choose from Rose or Green Tea variant or better to use both so you can have a morning routine and evening routine.

Real Fresh Skin Detoxer Rose: Refining 



The Rose variant will you in protecting and balancing the pH levels of your skin. It gently smooths the roughness and gives your skin a radiant glow so it is perfect for your morning routine. It contains premium May Rose that can be harvest once a year in Grasse, France. It is five times more effective in purifying your skin compared to a normal rose.

Real Fresh Skin Detoxer Green Tea: Purifying 



The Green Tea variant will help you to boost your skin’s natural regeneration process. It calms down and purifies your sensitive skin so it is perfect for your evening routine. It contains young green tea leaves from Jeju Island. The baby leaves have five times more vitamin C than the lemon so it is excellent in cleansing, soothing, and protecting the sensitive skin from UV damage.

How to Use Althea Korea Real Fresh Skin Detoxer 

1. Squeeze out a generous amount and apply onto dry skin.
2. Leave the product for 10 seconds then add a little bit of water and massage in circular motions with petal bubbles.
3. Rinse.

Verdict: I only need a coin-sized amount and it is enough to cover my face. I’m not fond of flower scent but I’m glad because the scent of the rose variant is very mild. You can really see small pieces of rose and green tea leaves on skin detoxer. The product is easy to use, it really cleans your face without feeling dry after washing.

Tip: Do not forget to record the opening date and use the product before it expires. Store in a cool and dry place, away from heat and direct sunlight.

You can buy this at Althea Korea site for P550. If you haven't tried Althea Korea, use this link to get a discount, minimum of P1500 for your first order.

Read: My Shopping Experience at Althea Korea

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August 01, 2018

How to Buy a Load at BDO Online Banking

In our home, we have “No Gadget Rule on Weekdays”, this only applies to my son. So even my son has a cellphone, he cannot use it or bring it to school except during Field Trip. We have no problems with this rule, but last June I was so paranoid because my son came home late. I was texting and calling the school service but no one is answering. Imagine, more than 2 hours bago nakauwi anak ko, dinner time na.

It happened when he was in Grade 1 but he doesn’t want to bring cellphone but now na naulit ulit, I told him that he needs to bring cellphone so I can text or call him. I just allowed him to bring the call and text phone and not a smartphone to make sure that he will not play in school, “Snake” lang pwede. Hehehe!

Now my dilemma is “Load”, mahirap maghanap ng magloload. Even I know someone who can send load, paano naman yung payment. Ayaw ko ng pasaload because of the charges. I don’t want to buy prepaid load card because we experienced yung nangangain ng load. Finally, last week, I discovered that I can buy load through online banking and I tried it. When my son came home, I asked him if he received his load and he said yes.


I will share with you the details on How to Enroll a Mobile Number for Prepaid Reload and How to Buy a Load at BDO Online Banking. Of course, you need to have an Online Banking Account and you need to enroll first the mobile number where you want to send the load.

Read: How to Enroll in BDO Online Banking

How to Enroll a Mobile Number for Prepaid Reload 

1. Go to BDO website https://online.bdo.com.ph
2. Login to your BDO Online Banking; Enter UserID and Password
3. Click on “Enrollment Services, Prepaid Mobile Number and Enroll”
4. Fill out the form

Mobile Network
Mobile Number
Preferred Nickname
Online Banking
Phone Banking

5. Click submit. Then you can already buy a load or send load to the enrolled number.

How to Buy a Load at BDO Online Banking 

1. Go to BDO website https://online.bdo.com.ph
2. Login to your BDO Online Banking; Enter UserID and Password
3. Click on “Pay Bills and Reload, Prepaid Mobile Reload and Buy a Load”
4. Choose the bank account where you want to debit or charge the load.
5. Choose the mobile number where you want to send the load.
6. There are options where you can choose from, depending on the mobile network.

Globe
P40 Reg40
P60 Reg60
P100 Reg100
P250 Reg250
P500 Reg500
P1000 Reg1000

Smart
P30 Economy
P50 Regular
P60 Regular60
P100 Regular100
P115 Regular115
P200 Regular200
P300 Regular300
P500 Regular500
P1000 Regular1000

7. Select among the three choices, send the load immediately, later date or regular scheduled date.
8. Click submit.
9. You need to enter the OTP (One Time Password). But if you used BDO Mobile Banking App, no more OTP.

That’s it! Buying load is no longer a problem as long as you have internet connection and money in your bank account. :)