Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Social Media's First Family, Team Kramer teamed up with Zen Zest Asia and Sniff & Cuddle Baby Cologne, with the Scent of Baby Love.
 “When Team Kramer approached Zen Zest for a fragrance partnership, I thought it was a great opportunity to take the Zen Zest fragrance brand to more Filipinos because, after all, Team Kramer is “Social Media’s First Family,” says Michelle Asence-Fontelera, Founder and President of Zen Zest Asia, Inc.

A few days before Y and I left for Hong Kong, a package was delivered to our house and it was a box filled with Sniff & Cuddle colognes and treats!
Sniff & Cuddle colognes plus some marshmallows (which made Y and R so happy heehee! and a blankie!

My kids love playing outdoors, they go to the playground as much as they can but when they come home, they would be amoy-araw or amoy-pawis! Then I started using Sniff & Cuddle in Star scent on Y and R last week, they smell so good even after playing outdoors! Now I always use it on them after showers, before play time or going out to the mall. And I love how handy the size is, I can just put it in my bag or their bag for instant refresh while we're out!
“We thought of teaming up with Zen Zest to do create a baby cologne with us. I want my kids and other kids their age to grow up with a memorable, distinctive baby cologne, like our generation did growing up,” Chesca said.

Sniff & Cuddle is made with fragrance oils from France. It doesn't only makes your kids smell good and irresistible, it also soothes and soften skin because it is made with Aloe & Oat Protein Moisturizers. Sniff & Cuddle comes in three scents which are named after the three Kramer cutie pies!

“STAR” for #KendraSuperstar has a fresh and floral scent.
“DOLL” for #ScarlettDoll has a sweet and fruity scent.

“INCREDIBLE” for #GavIncredible has a clean and powdery scent.

And last but not the least, check out Team Kramer's BTS of their Zen Zest shoot! They're super adorable, there's no doubt they're Social Media's First Family!
Make Sniff & Cuddle as a part of your daily arsenal for your kids! Sniff & Cuddle is available for only Php60 at Zen Zest outlets in malls, Boardwalk direct-selling dealers,, and soon, supermarkets and personal care stores nationwide. 

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Monday, November 23, 2015

The weekend before Y and I left for Hong Kong, our little family had a staycation at the newest, chicest and hippest boutique hotel in Quezon City, B Hotel QC. 
B Hotel QC is the second three-star boutique hotel owned and managed by The Bellevue Hotels & Resorts. B Hotel QC is situated at 14 Scout Rallos St., Diliman, Quezon City.

We had a busy morning until lunch time in school so we arrived late in the afternoon already. B Hotel QC was still in its soft opening so expect we had a little inconvenience during our stay. They're also in the middle of hotel's drop off's construction, we were asked to parked in their parking lot in the basement and a bellman was waiting for us. You can still enter through their front door but you need to climb a flight of stairs.  
Checking-in was easy breezy, they require a Php1,000 security deposit, which they will refund you when you check-out. The front desk person (I really have to start remembering names!) was really nice and accommodating when I requested to give us a king bed instead of two twin beds.
We stayed in a Superior Room on the 9th Floor.

It's not your usual(ly- designed) boutique hotel but I like B Hotel QC's chic industrial-designed rooms! Check out our room! 

Our room has the view of Quezon City!
Here's the view of the other side of the room. 
Left: The faucet was inside the room and not inside the bathroom.
Right: The bathroom is "open" but you can roll down the blinds. The door to the bathroom is also the door to the shower.

After settling down our room, we went out for bit to buy some things and went back to the hotel just in time for dinner at the Lobby Cafe. Because it was still in its soft opening, their menu has limited choices only.
We had the Lobby Cafe all to ourselves! It can be a little cold, so bring your sweater/jacket especially for the kids.

We had to wait for a few minutes before the server was able to give us the menu and they me a photocopy of the menu. Apparently, some of guests took the menu to their rooms, hence, the photocopy. I hope they have printed more copies of their menu and put a copy in the room so guests wouldn't have to bring the menu from the cafe to their room. :) So while waiting for our food to arrive, I took the chance to check out their Mezzanine Bar.
A nice place for friends to hang out, have drinks and chit chat! This could be the venue for your barkada's Christmas Party!

Finally our food arrived and here's what we had for dinner:
Pumpkin Soup for BOS
Mushroom Soup for the kids to share.
There's wasn't anything in the menu my kids liked so we just ordered the pansit for them to share.
Crispy Bagnet with Pakbet. There was 3 pieces of lechon kawali on top of the pinakbet. 
This was the saving grace. BOS and I each ordered Prime Rib from their grill. This was good! I wish their A/C wasn't too cold because the food got cold fast too.

After dinner, we went out for a quick night cap at Cafe Breton because I wanted to have dessert. Heehee! Good thing there are tons of restaurant and dessert places nearby. Tomas Morato and Timog are just a few minutes drive away which was one of the few things I like about staying at B Hotel QC. We were tired by the time we arrived back at the hotel so we slept in early so the kids can have a swim at the pool the next day!
Rise and shine, kiddos! Chill lang before we went down for breakfast!

Breakfast was also at the Lobby Cafe. After dinner the night before, I was happy to see a buffet spread for breakfast! Yay!
Free flowing coffee, hot chocolate, tea and fruit juice (not in the picture).
Bread and cereal station. Wish they have other cereal choices and a toaster for the breads.
Fruits and Salad Station
Lugaw Station
Fried Rice and Plain Rice
Fish with Black Beans
Sauteed Vegetables
And my favorite from the breakfast buffet: Pineapple Fried Chicken. I went back thrice for this and more rice! Hehe
Fueling up for a busy Sunday ahead!

After having our breakfast, we took the kids to the pool to have a quick swim! B Hotel QC has a small pool (4 feet deep) and a pool deck where you can hangout. There's a bar by the pool but it wasn't open yet when we stayed. There are no lifeguards stationed so make sure to watch your kids.
Towels are provided by the entrance.
It was the perfect day to swim! We just watched the kids swim by the shade.
Going up and down the pool may be a little bit harder for smaller kids because of the ladder. But kids found it fun to go and up down the ladder. Haha!
There's also a Jing Monis Salon opening soon on the same floor as the pool.

Overall, we had a great time at B Hotel QC! The food in Lobby Cafe needs improvement and I hope they can find a way for the food to not get cold because of their cold A/C. Heehee! More kid-friendly food please so parents wouldn't have to worry what to feed their kids. It's definitely a nice boutique hotel for family staycations, barkada sleepovers and business functions! Thank you again B Hotel QC!
14 Scout Rallos St., Diliman, Quezon City
Facebook: B Hotel QC
Twitter: @BHotelQC
Instagram: @bhotelqc

Friday, November 20, 2015

A few weeks back, BOS, the kids and I had lunch at Casa Roces, an ancestral house turned into a Filipino-Spanish Restaurant tucked inside Malacańan Complex. BOS being a fan of paella, it's one of the reasons why he wanted to eat at Casa Roces.

Casa Roces was the last old house standing in the area and it was where National Artist for Literature Alejandro lived. It has been uninhabited for fifteen years before the Roces cousins approached the Cravings Group to create the menu.
Loved the old world feel of the house, every nook of Casa Roces is interesting and very picturesque. I love old houses and the charm that comes with it.
If it wasn't so hot outside, it would be nice to dine al fresco at their patio.
We ordered our food right away and the waiting game begins! Waiting time was around 15 minutes.

And as always, we ordered too much. Haha! But it was okay because the food was superb plus we got to take home leftovers and I didn't have to cook dinner! Heehee!
Sopa Molo Castiliana (Php115), rich garlic soup with deep-fried pork dumplings, poached egg and parsley. Something to keep our tummies warm.
Truffle Mushroom Purée (Php230), thick and creamy soup made from a trio of fresh mushrooms drizzled with truffle oil.
BOS had the New York Striploin Steak (Php765), striploin grilled to perfection topped with melted blue cheese on a bed of braised local greens and sweet potato puree. This was just okay, good thing the paella made up for it.
I had the Lengua in Mushroom-Sauce (Php450), tender slices of braised ox tongue in tomato base with mushrooms and olives which was so good! Yum! I was so used to having lengua with rice (haha!), this was a different take from it (for me. At mas soshal kasi with mashed potato heehee!) and I loved it.

Kids had the Fettuccine with Blue Cheese and Roasted Mushrooms (Php205), blue cheese and sliced mushrooms on top of creamy fettuccine. I didn't want to order this at first because there's blue cheese but this was good and the kids surprisingly loved it too!
This was the star of our lunch, what BOS came to Casa Roces for: The 
Paella Valenciana (Php565) .Classic Valenciana-style paella with chicken, pork, clams, mussels with chorizo and hard boiled egg toppings. Pasado kay BOS, happy ako! :)

Casa Roces also offers coffee and desserts but we didn't get to try them anymore because we were so full. But we will definitely go back, try their desserts and their Callos, Paelle Negra... and a lot more!
Their cakes looks good! BOS, let's go back this weekend!

If you are looking for a new restaurant to try this weekend and wouldn't mind a drive to Manila, try Casa Roces! Definitely a change from your usual weekend trips to the mall. Fill your hungry tummies with authentic Spanish buffet for only Php699++ per person!
Casa Roces
#1153 JP Laurel St. Cor Aguado St., 1005 San Miguel, Manila, Philippines
Facebook: Casa Roces
Twitter: @casa_roces
Instagram: #casaroces
For reservation:
488-1929, 0917-5509743