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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Friday, September 19, 2014

#MarioPH: Things You Need To Remember!

Keep safe and dry people! Don't go out if it's not needed!
  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Y's 4th Birthday In School: The Bento Mommas, Dome DIYs, and More!

Y celebrated her 4th birthday in school this year. It was her first birthday in school! And it was extra special because she shares the same birthday with one of her best friends in school, MK.

Her mom and I was talking one day about birthdays in school:
Me: "Kelan birthday ni MK?"
J: "September"
Me: "September din si Y!"
J: "Talaga? Anong date?"
Me: "6:
J: "6 din ni MK!"
Me: "O, sabay na tayo mag celebrate dito sa school!"

We decided to have Hi-5 as the theme so it can be both for boys and girls. I pitched the Hi-5 bento boxes because I really wanted Kaye of The Bento Mommmas to do Y's birthday! J was ok with it so yay!
Check @thebentomommas in Instagram too!

For the giveaways, I saw this PHP10 clapper in a stall in Puregold which reminds of the souvenir we got from the Hi-5 show last year. I made the Hi-5 logo by hand and took me two weeks to finish with the help of the BOS and here's our final product!
 Clockwise: Made a fan and a pinwheel for cake toppers; Hi-5 logos made out of specialty paper, traced , cut, and paste; and the PHP10 clappers from Puregold and Paper Chic Studio favor bags!

We celebrated their birthday in school a day before their actual birthday. We can only do their "party" during their 30-minute recess! Her classmates sang her Happy Birthday, blew the cake, picture taking with her classmates then ate their bento boxes! 
Red Ribbon Cake with my DIY cake toppers!
Spaghetti (Super yummy! Thanks for the extra, Kaye!), Hi-5 Bread Deco, Nugges and a Jupjup Sugar Cookie!

Happy 4th Birthday!

I also ordered a Hi-5 Headband for Y to wear to school that day, Princess Sophia headband as gift to MK from M + K = a! Plus Frozen clippies for Y!
Handmade by Tita Em!
Clippies for my little girl!! Thank Tita Em for the Sophia clippy!
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The teachers gave away the clappers during dismissal time. I was so happy that everyone was happy with the giveaway!

Can't believe she's 4 na! :( Happy Birthday again my loves!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Quick Family Dinner At Home With 212-1212 twoanyone.com and a Giveaway!

There are weekends that we'd rather stay home and spend quality time with the kids since BOS is away during the weekdays for work. He'd rather stay home and rest and it was one of those weekends that I was also lazy to cook! And when my laziness strikes, we have food delivered. Last weekend, we got to try Quick Delivery or twoanyone.com!
We've never tried Quick Delivery before, well we did long time ago but they don't serve our area yet at the time. I'm super happy that they do now giving us more resto choices! Double yay!
twoanyone.com is open 24/7 with over 400 restaurants throughout 1000 locations within Metro Manila. They provide delivery, takeout, drive-thru, catering, reservation and events management services.
Just some of the restaurants you can order from. For the complete list, you can check it here.

It was kind of hard to choose which restaurant to order from! Since we were still full from lunch,  I decided to just order a light dinner, sandwiches from Quiznos and then order some breads from Breadtalk for Y's baon for school the next week.
 
There's so many ways on how to order via Quick Delivery, you can call their delivery hotline 212-1212, order online at www.twoanyone.com, text ORDER to 0918-2121212 (twoanyone will call the customer back to take their order) or order using your mobile phone via the Click The City Lifestyle app.
Ways to order
Before calling, I researched first what to order from Quiznos and checked the menu online. I asked BOS what he wanted, he said to order their bestseller. For Breadtalk, I already knew what to order. I listed down what I wanted to oto order so it's easier for me. I was really impressed that after two rings, no waiting, I was served right away but as soon as Ola (the CSR, is that what you call them?) knew which area I was from, she immediately told me that delivery might take 1 hour to 1.5 hours due to the high volume of orders. Good thing it was only 5PM then, so I said it was okay. :)

Since it was my first time to order and had no idea what to order from Quiznos, Ola was so nice and accommodating with all my questions. I also asked what if my orders are not available? She said that she will confirm with the branch then call me back after I place my order. It's a bit incovenient but I guess that's the way it is given that Quick Delivery is their third party delivery service. 
I ordered their best sellers as recommended by Ola and reviews from food bloggers.  In my list was Chicken Carbonara, Meatballs in Marinara, Sisg Rice Bowl, Peppercorn Steak, Double Cheese Cheesesteak, Tuna Melt Flat Bread, and Chicken Bacon Ranch Flat Bread. Dami ba? Heehee! Decided to order for my family too! I ordered everything in Italian White Bread and a mix of Small, Regular and Large sizes.
How can you not order when you see the sandwich filling is like this???

For Breadtalk, it's really a no brainer. I ordered Floss, Fire Floss, Rocky Rocky Milk and those Hot Dog Breads for Y. 
Noms!

Ordering was so easy! After giving me my total balance, I put down the phone and checked the time after the call because I wanted to time the delivery. It was 5:15PM. I was impressed! I received a call back after 5 minutes from Ola regarding my unavailable orders. I kind of expected it na din. I was kind of disappointed with because most of my orders are not available. Four sandwiches, one flat bread and sodas were not available :( Also the Floss breads at Breadtalk were not available. I just replaced to what's available. Everything was finalized around 5:40PM.

At around 6:20PM, the guard called our house telling us our delivery has arrived! I expected the food to be delivered together but our Breadtalk orders arrived first then the Quiznos delivery arrived after 10 minutes.
Rocky Rocky Milk and Hotedog Cheese Man
Quiznos!

Despite being disappointed with the unavailability of some of the sandwiches, I was also happy because the sandwiches are so yummy! They don't scrimp on the sandwich fillings at all. Malaman! I love that the bread is soft and one small size sandwich is filling enough! Even BOS who's not really a sandwich person liked Quiznos! (My SD card broke so I don't have photos of the other sandwiches, boohoo!!!)
Double Cheese Cheesesteak. The sandwich goes through a conveyor toaster oven that makes the sandwich toasty!

I ordered enough sandwiches until the next day's dinner haha! I usually don't like a day-old sandwich because the bread tends to go stale but with Quiznos, I didn't have to heat it anymore. The bread was still fresh! Yummeh! And Y was so happy with the hotdog bread I got her for her breakfast and baon the next week!

I'm really happy that Quick Delivery now deliver to our part of Manila! Yay! Will definitely try other restaurants that cater to our area next time!

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