Family gateway – D-1 at the happiest place on earth: All about the stroller!
The question was, to bring or not to bring a stroller? I and my husband want to travel light. After all his main concern was we are traveling with 3 kids and although we brought along a nanny with us, still we are going to hold 3 kids. An independent seven years old who feels like he knows everything and 2 curious little bunnies who tends to check out everything and anything. My husband said we can just rent a stroller at Disney and for me, I want to bring our dependable stroller with us. My point is why rent when we can actually save and use our own. In the end, we compromised with bringing 1 stroller with us. Our dependable Peg Perego Pliko Mini.
If you have been following me since Saffron, you would know that I have this love affair with my stroller. It was love at first sight for us. hahaha! If you have been following me since the twins, chances are you’ve seen the strollers too. If you just followed me recently this post is for you — So why do I love our Peg Perego Pliko Mini?
It’s lightweight. – This compact, light pushchair (5.7 kg) can be folded with one hand (no need to bend!), hello #TitasofManila.
It can stand on its own. – yes this, sold me when it was demonstrated to us before. I hate seeing strollers lying on the floor and since my husband is germ phobic, we love how Pliko Mini ensures perfect hygiene because the fabric never touches the ground.
It does not tilt over – What do I mean? I saw some strollers that when you remove the kid from the chair, and you happen to hang your bag at the back the whole stroller tilts over because it has no counterweight.
Disclaimer – The non-tilt I mentioned here is based on our own experience, the bag weight is not substantially heavier than the stroller itself. Please be mindful not to leave your child and make sure to dismount your child first. Again, the safety of your child c.omes first. Although I rave about the non-tilting, of the stroller please bear in mind that I am speaking based solely on our own experience and not for Peg Perego.
4. It has a 5.0 safety harness – The Pliko has this really nice seatbelt that you can remove without disturbing your sleeping child. – insert photo of the seatbelt.*will also insert here the video.
5. It can transition from newborn to kid – The reclining backrest can be locked into 3 positions and folds back by more than 150°, so it is suitable from birth (and for older children as well). Pliko Mini is a great helper that welcomes your little one when he or she is tired of walking or wants to take a nap. —- on experience, the twins used this stroller at 0 and now 4, to Saffron who’s now officially 7. We bought this stroller to Korea when Saffron was just 2 and now his 7 we are still using the stroller.
5. The Ferrari of all Strollers – Yes! Peg Perego strollers are made in ITALY. Not designed in Italy and assembled in China. NO!!! It’s made in Italy, designed in ITALY. The great all-Italian quality of Peg Perego products can be seen in the details. What details? The wide seat, 3-position reclining backrest, and the 2-position adjustable footrest ensure a comfortable ride.The adjustable ergonomic handles allow people of different heights to walk comfortably while pushing. A large, practical storage basket is the finishing touch. Once folded it can be carried like a trolley case by its centralized rear handle.The height-adjustable, 5-point safety harness, the suspension wheels (lockable or swivel at the front, fixed with a centralized brake at the rear) ensure utmost safety.
and the 3 position reclining seat:
6. The Disney stroller is very expensive to rent and it’s rock solid too… Brie/ Bleu had a hard time napping while on it. I hope they would just change it to something that can be reclined.
7. Savings: how much of you save when you bring your own? The cost of stroller rental at Disney is $120 + $100 refundable deposit. You can use the stroller the whole time your inside Disney. But after your Disney trip, you have to return the stroller. In our case, we have 2 days itinerary for Disney so That means if we will not bring our own stroller…
Breakdown: $120.00 per stroller I need 2 so that $240.00 + $200.00 deposit x 2 since we are going to Disney for 2 days. So that’s = $480.00 for 2 days minus the deposit. In pesos 3,60 for stroller rentals down the drain. yikes! Now, do you believe me when I say that you should bring our own stroller? Its practical and saves you money for food, costumes, mommy funds and souvenirs? =)
Did I just say save on souvenirs funds? —- I’ll let you know more about this on my 3rd post. Thanks for reading. =)
Every Spring time me and Jon would plan a trip for ourselves or for the whole family. The trip would either be local or abroad. This year we felt that it was time to bring the whole bunch abroad. And our destination of choice…The happiest place on Earth, Hong Kong Disneyland. This trip marks a lot of first for us. It was Saffron’s early birthday celebration, to mark his 7th birthday and the first time for the twins to go out of the country and to ride the plane. So, what’s our itinerary like? We were booked for 4 days and 3 nights, for the whole duration of the trip: Let me give you the rundown of the day to day happenings.
Here’s our first day: Ph Airport – Hk Airport – Hotel and City side trip.
The whole family was overly excited about this trip, we even use this as a bribe for the kids to behave. Yeah, I know bribing is not good, but who can resist? hahaha!
One of the things that I do when we travel is making an excel file of things to wear, this way we know how many things to pack for the trip. In my rule, we always have 2 extra sets of clothes as emergency clothes. Having kids means there is a chance that things might spill into their clothes or in some case if they get sick or accidentally vomit. so, as a rule, we have extra emergency clothes ready.
What to put on your file?
Put the date and destination: Like here I place the departure date – April 16 and the time of departure.
Arrival date and time + destination — Hong Kong 12:20 noon – This way you know if you also need to add some snacks on your baby bag.
Also, include the weather forecast – In this case, its 19-23 degrees (that’s a jacket weather) with a chance of rain.
For our PJ’s we also have 2 sets – 1 set for the whole entire stay and another set as extra in-case of emergency.
Also, make a list of your medicine – for Fever, colds, tummy (erceflora) and cough.
ointments – papaw, bruise sticks, arnica gel etc.
Essential oils for the ff: tummy, vertigo, cough, colds, and sleep.
Toiletries: kids gel, sunblock, powder, night time essentials (mom)
After we sort all the things we need for the trip we put all those inside packing cubes with markings (D-1 for day 1) etc. So when we get to our hotel we just pull the packing cube according to day it’s needed. Much less hassle to sort things and easier to be organized too –married to OC husband.
Must have when we travel? – What to wear? What to bring?
Let your kids wear bright colored clothes. If you noticed in the above file I put there twins will wear yellow banana set. Why is it important to let them wear bright colored clothes? so you can easily spot them in a crowd just in case you lost sight of one of your kids (I hope not).
It’s a must to bring a stroller with you. Why? well, strollers can help you control your kids. hahaha! cause you know they are just seated there and strapped in. No matter how behave your kids are they are still curious about all the first in their eyes so for sure if they are not strapped in you’ll be running around like a headless chicken. Here are other reasons why you should bring a stroller with you, with a stroller you’ll be given priority in line and of course instant push cart for things. hahaha!
I also carry with me kids tracker by RevX
A carry on luggage – we put all our jackets inside (we have 5 in total), some snacks (hard to buy food in our airport) and some important things such as –wipes, ointments, and extra shirts. We bring this so to free our hands.
A backpack or knapsack as mom bag. Whenever I travel I always use a knapsack, again to free my hand.
*Umbrella type strollers are not allowed on overhead compartments inside the aircraft, you will have to leave it by the aircraft door. Make sure it has a name and barcode (ask your ground flight attendant to give you one). Once you arrive HK you can pick up your stroller near the baggage carousel assinged for your flight, not in the carousel.
The OOTDS – Airport Fashion:
Our choice of carrier to Hong Kong was Philippine Airlines (PAL) why?
Cause they have their own terminal, easier for us to deal with kids.
They serve rice meals.
Kids behaved well inside the plane despite that we don’t have a TV on board. If your flying with PAL you must DL (download) the myPalPlayer App. This app works only while on board PAL aircraft and Wifi to operate this app is FREE on board too. This is their way to compensate for the lack of TV/monitor on board. If your traveling with kids – it’s all best to request for the kid’s meal. I called PAL 2 days before our departure and requested for the kids’ meal. In fairness to PAL they accommodated our request and served the kids first. The kids got burger steak meal with rice and gravy + apple juice and KitKat bar. The only downside of this is that not all kids like mushy things. I understand that the choice they made since it’s less maintenance. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I’m ordering in a resto and can request for everything but, since you have this option might as well give choices.
my suggestions for kid meals on board PAL:
Chicken tenders or nuggets + rice + gravy (on the side) + orange juice.
Burger steak (done medium well) + rice + gravy (on the side) + juice
Pork or Chicken Adobo (the majority of the kids are familiar with this one and safer too) + Rice + juice
Pls, change your dessert options too. – Why not serve chocolate mouse, brownies or pastillas – over carrot cake and tiramisu
*Again, before you travel better to DL the app just to be sure you are covered while on the plane.
Our trip usually booked thru travel agency so its less hassle for us. When we got to Hong Kong we made arrangements for pick-up from airport to hotel transfer.
Whenever I visit Hong Kong we go for Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel (The white hotel). Rooms are bigger and make us feel that we are in a castle. Will post more about the hotel in my next post.
The City Side Trip – Food trip + Skyscraper:
We planed a quick side trip to the city to treat the kids the MTR ride. From Disney Hotel we took the shuttle service to Disney station. It was a hit for the kids cause the whole train is Disney inspired. From Disney station, we went to the sunny bay station then to Tsim Sha Tsui station.
When we got there, we went straight to Gateway mall to try 1 particular restaurant as per the request of Chef Jon and the resident duck monster aka Chubyeol aka Bleu. No other than The M&C Duck restaurant. M&C duck does not accept reservations, we tried while here in Manila to reserve but they refuse. We tried also on that day, and they again refused. The restaurant opens at 6 pm so we waited in line.
what did we order?
The famous M&C duck is served on a platter, unlike here in Manila. They will serve you the duck on the side while being cut. Here in M&C the serve it to you ready on a platter with the usual pairing that’s the wrap, sauce and some cucumber and leeks.
Under these layers of crunchy, crispy skin is the well seasoned and juicy duck meat.
surprisingly these dish is really good. Fresh, light, and delicious.
We also ordered the crab claw that was recommended to us by our server. These were Saffron favorite, I expected it to be made of crab sticks and then turned into a croquet type, but turned out it really was made of real crab claw. It was sure a delight.
One of my favorite type of fish is Cod, as soon I see that on the menu I would order it because I know cod fish are really good. This dish is fish cod with three (3) sauce. The 3 sauces are mustard, ketchup and I think mayo. I was a bit disappointed with this because I felt the sauces overpowered the fish. Ok, I admit I did not know how to fully eat this dish like do I mix all the 3 sauce then??? but in general, the fish is really good, just not a fan of the sauces. PS: the mustard is it spicy/hot like wasabi — so you might want to go easy on it.
After our M&C dinner we went to walk inside the mall, but knowing me the-not-a-mall-person, I just went for ice cream. What better brand of Ice cream to seal this evening feast? No other than Godiva Ice Cream.
Godiva Shop – 3222, Level 3, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China 852-21755701
That’s it for our first day — so far we survived it. hahaha!
I am a self-confessed meat/beef lover. I love that char and meaty taste of meat; that I crave for steak once a week or even twice and when I do, I always go for the Angus beef. The other day, I saw a post on a local Facebook group asking “mga pare” — what is your favorite corned beef brand? Then I came across 2 brands, Brand X – was highly praised, because its something they have been enjoying since their childhood and then theres Brand – Y which was praised for its beefy taste but they said it has too much “Sabaw”.
I got curious on these 2 brands; so I bought and tried both and did a basic cook-off.
Brand X – for brand X, this is the brand that is known because of the name recall and because we grew up knowing it. Some of the “mag pares” said this is their favorite because it reminds them of their childhood and their moms cooking. Some commented that they like this brand because of the taste.
Brand Y – Highlands Gold Corned Beef – The label, it says “made with Angus Beef and 100% Pure Beef.” I checked their website and read online that Highlands Beef is made from imported Angus Beef. For those of you who are not familiar with Angus Beef, Angus has better marbling than ordinary beef- meaning better taste, texture and moisture, this must be the reason why most comment mentioned that the product is “masabaw”. BUT — if your a real meat lover/eater you’ll know that juice is important. When eating meat it best to let the meat rest before serving. WHY? because we want the meat to absorb the juice back so we can have that juicy meat. I think thats the reason why this one has more juicier.
Both brands has easy to open cans, making it easier to open. Brand X cost about P89.75 and Highlands Gold Corned Beef cost about P87.50. Upon opening the can, I noticed a difference in color. Brand X is a bit pale compared to Highlands Angus Corned beef.
I gave the Highlands Gold Corned Beef a try and cooked it the old fashion way adding garlic and onions only. As you can see from the can, you see more meaty strips than the other brands. To address the juice, I cooked my corned beef for (more or less) 7 mins. I let the liquid cook more. I think they want you to let the meats absorb the liquid back.
I also notice that this particular brand has no “litid” on its mix.
Brand X –
I noticed that Brand X has smaller bits compared to Highlands. As you can see in the video when I poured it in. I also, cooked it using garlic and onions only. Here’s the verdict.
Brand X -So, I gave it a try… personally, I find the mix of this corned beef taste heavy on the “salitre” taste. Im not so sure of the term to use because for one I’m not a food tech. It’s just that it has this chemical taste that is so strong for me.
Brand Y – Highlands Gold Corned Beef – for the brand Y, I do agree with them that this has a lot of juice – liquid but once you cook it a little longer that liquid will go back to the meat itself. As for the taste, I love it. It has that beefy taste that I like and none of that chemical after taste that I did not like with the Brand X.
We often picked brands because we are used to it, but it won’t hurt if you could try a new brand once in awhile and not regret the choice. Over all I give Highland Gold Angus Corned Beef a thumbs-up and a #mamachowsapproved seal. I can assure you, you won’t regret it.
I spent one whole afternoon cooking healthy and delicious food. Healthy because the main ingredient is Tuna and delicious because the recipes are from Chef Rosebud.
So how did that afternoon go? The invitation was from 2pm to 5pm. I arrived at the venue The Cookery Place around 1245. I know I was so early because, I took an Uber and I was excited.hehehe! but seriously I wasn’t sure where the venue was and how long Uber would take for me to go the venue. So, I went up around 1pm and meet with Chef Rosebud. I have known Chef Rosebud for quite a time now, thru Instagram. I think I can comfortably call her my Instagram buddy. hehehe. It was our first time to meet each other personally. Usually, we just exchange conversation thru IG of thru text I almost meet her during the launch but did not catch her on time. Our small chitchat was always about our kids, lactation pastries, her healthy (diet) food meals for delivery and my weight lost and wellness journey. It was a good chat actually I learned something much more personal about Chef Rosebud.
Then 2pm came and I again meet someone familiar to me. This time its a co-mom that I follow thru IG. It was Michelle of Momfriday.com. Its my first time to meet with her too. Gosh, she’s so tall! hehehe. Michelle, has been encouraging me to try pilates. She even invited me to join her in a class. I guess I need more guts before I can go wth her. She’s a pro in pilates. hehehe.
then came another mom that I know— A mom that I often work with. Its no other than mommy Ginger or MommyGinger.com blog. Ginger and I have know each other for years. I have been sponsoring her events related to moms and family. It was so nice to see her again. We usually just talk thru FB or email. hehehe. We were also joined by 2 other moms namely Frances of the Topaz Horizon Blog and Shari of The Misty Mom.
2:30 came and Miss Madz of Gold Seas Tuna, gave a short talk about their product. As per Miss Mads, did you know that Gold Seas Tuna Chunks uses only responsibly-fished tuna and is dolphin safe to help preserve sustain and preserve marine life for future generations. She also emphasized on the kind of tuna their company uses. The tunas they can are all chunks, assuring you that there is no additive and you only get the premium quality, you deserve. There is no other brand available today that uses chunks, other than Gold Seas Tuna.
2:35 Chef Rosebud took the floor and invited us to our own stations so we can start our cooking class. First on our lesson was the Gold Seas Tuna Chunks Shepherd Pie. Here’s the recipe.
TUNA SHEPHERD’S PIE
3 medium potatoes, peeled, chopped, boiled and mashed
30g unsalted butter
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium white onion, chopped
720g jar tomato pasta sauce
2 celery stalks, trimmed, chopped
150g broccoli, cut into florets
1/3 cup frozen corn kernels
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
2 cans tuna in spring water, drained, flaked
1. Put mashed potato in a bowl. Add butter, milk and two-thirds of the cheese.
Season with salt and pepper. Stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Cover to keep
2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion. Cook, stirring, for 2 to 3
minutes or until onion has softened. Add pasta sauce, celery, broccoli and corn. Stir
and combine. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add basil and
tuna. Season with salt and pepper.
Stir to combine.
3. Preheat grill on medium. Divide tuna mixture between four 1 1/2 cup-capacity
ramekins. Top with mashed potato.
Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes or until potato is golden and
cheese has melted. Serve.
For the second dish, Chef Rosebud shared her healthy and hearty recipe of Tuna Quesidilla. Mi favorito, but doesn’t know how to do this because I get intimidated with the quesadilla. Don’t get me wrong but my kitchen orientation is baking, I am so used to using kitchen gadgets. hehehe! Never knew it would just this easy. haha!
1 pack Spaghetti Sauce
1 pack Flour Tortilla, small size
500 grams Mozzarella Cheese
250 grams button mushrooms, sliced
2 cans of Tuna in water
Olive Oil for pan frying
FOR THE SALSA:
Ripe mango, diced
Salt and pepper to taste
To assemble salsa, just mix all ingredients. Its best to cut the ingredients the same size. You also, have to drizzle a little olive oil to make the colors more vibrant.
To watch the raw video, taken during the event on how to cook the Gold Seas Tuna Quesidilla
PROCEDURE 1. Spread some Spaghetti sauce on a tortilla. In a sautée pan, put a little cooking oil and add in the drained tuna chunks. Pls drain your Tuna chunks properly to avoid spatters. Please be careful!
2. Top with grated mozzarella cheese, sliced mushrooms and tuna flakes.
3. Fold in half and pan-fry until golden.
4. Drain on tissue paper to remove excess oil. Serve with tomato salsa on the side.
There you have it, I hope you will try those to recipes so your family can enjoy healthy yummy foods.
As most of you know by now, I am on my wellness journey and that means, That Tuna Quesadilla will be on our monthly menu very soon. To Gold Seas Tuna, thank you for having me.
Our son Saffron is turning 6 on April 10, but since its holy week we have chosen to celebrate it in advance. I asked him what he wanted for his birthday? He said he wanted a play date. We are looking at those plays-place you can see at the malls, but those things are so expensive and limited time only. I recognize we are blessed financially, but still times are trying now, it’s a wise practice to stretch our budget to maximize every peso worth. We also want something intimate, where his friends can speak to each other and most of all, parents can talk to each other too. I told my hubby I’ll just do a DIY party. So is it even possible to celebrate your kids birthday with 15,000? My answer is definitely YES. It was still possible. Let me show you how it’s done.
First Step: Decide on your budget and theme.
Budget: 15,000.00 (+/-)
Theme: Splash / Water gun Party
How did I resolve on his theme party? One time, his classmate Thomas and Rafa went to our house for a play-date. After running, baking and all, the 3 boys were so bored and decided to play with water guns. The 3 boys had so much fun that they want to do it again. This made me decide that since it’s summertime. It’s just fitting to throw in a water gun party. Searched online via pinterest for water gun party ideas and then found the splash party. To save on venue I asked our homeowners association if I can throw a party. Good thing it was okayed. Now, off to source my digital Invitation. For my invitation designs or any other things I need my go to is Lique Dimayuga Designs. Lique, has been doing my design needs (whatever it is that I need, I always ask her) for roughly 2.5 years now.