Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Birthday Play At Kidzville, SM Aura

My kids loved Kidzville at The Podium, we spent R's birthday there. Y's been bugging me to go back and before Y's birthday, I found out that Kidzville opened another branch in SM Aura and decided to take the kids there.
It was still on soft opening when we went on Y's birthday.
It was a Saturday so it was pretty packed!
Kidzville Aura has a different theme than the one in Podium. It has that futuristic, cosmic theme going on. 
The kids loved that boat on the bottom right photo where you can play with rubber duckies!

I don't have any idea how yaya and R were able to go way up there! Haha!
 Y was a bit scared with this room upstairs. You can play pretend crazy doctors here hehe!

You can play pretend fireman and put out fire too!

Or play construction workers. Oh how fun!

Although my kids enjoyed their time in Kidzville Aura, I think my kids like the one in Podium more. It's more toddler-friendly, bigger space, there's the big slides plus us adults can move freely. I had a hard time going up the tree going to the small slide. Bigger kids will get to enjoy this Kidzville Aura.

Check Kidzville Aura and bring your kids and enjoy the fun! Here's the rates:
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Woof Woof Says My Oreo Dog Bento!

A&D has joined the Bento bandwagon but still not quite... I've bought and collected more than enough bento tools but I've only done bento only a few times. And so I was so happy that the #SoMoms had a workshop with THE Bento Mommas!
 The awesome mommas behind The Bento Mommas!
I've done simple bentos for Y for her baon and breakfast but I haven't done a full bento until this workshop. I've been wanting to attend a workshop for the longest time but it's always not the right time so I was so happy this workshop fell on a holiday! And it was made special because it's a Oreo Bento Together Workshop!
So happy to be with fellow mommies and kiddies!
Our very own bento kit! I'm so giddy just looking at my new bento tools!
This looks intimidating right? But it was not that hard naman pala!
Kaye did the demo for the bentos that day. Bento is all about making food more fun to prepare for us moms and for our kids more fun to eat!

Even when preparing bento, we moms must remember to add healthy food like veggies, meat, pwede naman ng occasional hotdog or spam, fruits, and some treats like sweets. Just like what our first bento!
Tadaaaah! This is my first full bento!
The bear is made of brown rice and white rice. The eyes, nose, and ribbons are made of nori (punchers and tweezers are essential!). Then there's corn and broccoli for veggies, chicken, apple and Oreos as treats!

Molding the rice was easy, even cutting the nori is not hard. Doing the deco on the apple slice was the hardest! Give me a scissor and paper, no problem! But with a knife and apple, it's hard! But I was able to finish my chckered apple! Tip: Dip your apples in 7-Up or Sprite to prevent it from oxidizing.

Our next bento was an Oreo challenge! But first Kaye showed us how to bento-fy your sandwiches!

As you can see, the sandwich is made of chocolate bread, ears are made of open face original Oreo, eyes and nose are made of the Oreo cream with chocolate chips, whiskers are pretzels!

As for my bento challenge, I got a dog to make as my bento and the challenge was to incorporate Oreos into it! I thought it was easy because it's just a dog! Nooo.... I ad a big question mark on my fez!
Does it look like a dog? I felt like it looks like a cow. Haha! My dog is made of chocolate bread and plain bread. Y said she wanted me to use Strawberry Oreos hence the pink eyes and nose. Plus more Oreos and marshmallows as treats and grapes!

The other SoMoms nailed their bento challenge! Tina and her daughters won the challenge and won themselves a bento book which you can buy from The Bento Mommas!
The phenomenal momma Tina and the Bento Mommas!

Check out the other bentos by the SoMoms!
MFO's A for effort Oreo bears!
 Mish's super cute owl! You can check Momma N' Manila for her step-by-step on how to make an owl bento!
These were  the bento in our table.
Clockwise: Dog Bento by me; Bee bento by Didi; Lady Bug Bento by Candy and Cat Bento by Tina!

With these kinds of bento, I'm sure picky eaters like Y and Kris's M, will surely be enticed to eat their food! Thank you so much to Oreo, Bento Mommas, and BYS for coming up with #BetterMe sessions like this!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Spend a Spook-tastic Halloween at Ocean Park Hong Kong

Hong Kong Ocean Park holds a special place in my heart. It's the first theme park I've been to and my family have spent numerous summers in Ocean Park! The last time I was in Ocean Park was more than 10 years ago and I've been wanting to go back to check out what's new!
One of the world's largest Halloween celebration is happening at Hong Kong Ocean Park from September 14-October 31! 
 Attended the trade launch which gave us a sneak peek on what Ocean Park has in store for all us!
It's an all-day all-night Ocean Park Halloween Fest with all the exciting Halloween festivities including the first-ever reservation-only limited-admission attraction, H14, Asia's first super-sized Doraemon-themed Halloween celebration, the mega Scaremonies show and many other unique attractions!
This H14 looks really scary! H14, presented by Modern Education, is the scariest haunted house in 14 years of Ocean Park's Halloween Fest.
Rigor Mortis LIVE, winner of Best Visual Effects at the Hong Kong Film Awards, let's you explore the eerie dilapidated public estate! 
Other attractions include Chinese Mad-icine Hall presented by Age of Three Kingdoms, Horror-word Studios, and Forest of Doom.
 One of BOS's favorite characters is Doraemon! Doraemon Halloween Party is one of the Lite Spooky Surprises Ocean Park has in store for us!
Other Lite Spooky Surprises include Eerie Nippon Journey, Phantom Studios, and Forest of Legends.
There will also Spooky Shows during the Halloween Fest, you can check more information and other details here.

And with this spook-tacular Halloween fest, Ocean Park Hong Kong has a special promotional offer in partnership with flag carrier, Philippine Airlines.
Photo from here 
From now until December 31, passengers presenting valid boarding passes may enjoy a 12% discount on Ocean Park admission tickets within seven days of arrival in Hong Kong. Additional discounts on the Park’s food and beverage, retail products, and animal encounter programs valued over HKD 400 also await guests who purchase Ocean Park Halloween Fest packages from local travel agents in the Philippines. Furthermore, guests of the Park can also enjoy up to 10 to 15% discount on admission to 21 theme parks worldwide, including the Philippines’ own Enchanted Kingdom.
Even the food they serve during the Halloween Fest is on theme! I would love to see and try the food myself! Just look at the photos below!
Freaky Chinese Folklore Set Menu by Café Ocean (HK$288/person)
Left: Roasted Chicken Salad with Fresh Fruits and Yogurt Served in a Cucumber
Right: Mixed Berries and Yogurt sprinkled with Crumbed Cookies presented in a Chinese Incense Stick Bowl served with Ice Cream
Left: Grilled Medallion Salmon Served with Ratatouille and Tomato Sauce
Right: Beef Lasagne Layers of Fresh Pasta Alternated with Cheese, Beef and Italian Tomato Sauce
 Trick or Treat Set Menu by Tuxedos Restaurant (HK$318+10%/person)
Left: Fresh Strawberry Puree with Monster Family Chocolate Crumb Crust Coated with Vanilla Ice Cream and Served with Freshly Squeezed Strawberry 
Right: Broiled U.S. Angus Beef Tenderloin Served with Brown Toast, Ratatouille and Red Wine Sauce
Left: Pan-seared Cod Fillet Served with Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables and Black Truffle Cream Sauce 
Right: Roasted Chicken Salad with Fresh Fruits and Yogurt Served in a Baby Pumpkin
Halloween Fest Special Mocktail
Halloween Fest Kid’s Set Menu by Tuxedos Restaurant (HK$188+10%/person)

 Doraemon Menu Sets!

Are you excited yet?! Ocean Park unveiled its new development plans during the trade launch. It has so much in store for them park lovers!
Adventures in Australia, which is set to open in March 2015, will showcase koalas and other iconic animals from South Australia

Ocean Hotel is scheduled to open in 2017, as well as the exciting launch of Asia’s first and only year-round, indoor and outdoor, waterfront waterpark. 
Visit Hong Kong Ocean Park this Halloween and enjoy the spook-tastic and spook-tacular attractions, shows and food!
Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s unique home grown theme park with a heritage of delivering family fun and fond memories. Since its opening in January 1977 as a non-profit organisation, Ocean Park has developed itself to be a world-class attraction connecting people with nature, and recognised for its animal husbandry, research and relationship with the community. Close to 120 million people have visited Hong Kong’s premier park since its inception, and Ocean Park has remained committed to offering adults and children experiences that blend entertainment with education and conservation. Part of the proceeds from Ocean Park admission tickets and some retail items will go to Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong to support its wildlife conservation projects. Ocean Park is the 2012 recipient of the highly coveted and prestigious APPLAUSE AWARD, presented by Liseberg Amusement Park. Recognised by the attractions industry worldwide, the award is presented at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Attractions Expo every other year in honour of a theme park for its excellence in management, operations, and creativity. Ocean Park is the first theme park in Asia to win this international award since its inception in 1980.
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