Friday, April 29, 2016

When I became a mom, bathroom time also became a luxury. I had to master the art of quick showers so I can tend to my kids right away. While I do get to have long showers once in awhile, quick showers can also be enjoyable with the company of a good body wash or soap! And for last night's quick shower, I got to try the NEW Lux Soft Touch Body Wash!
When it comes to buying or choosing a body wash or soap, one of first things I like to check is the scent. The Lux Soft Touch has a floral and fruity scent which what I really love! Since I have eczema and almost always use unscented or mild soap, sometimes it gets so boring! So I always have to have a bottle of body wash to switch it up.

I've been using the Lux Magic Spell for a while now and I'm happy to try the new Lux Soft Touch. From my experience, one bottle of Lux Body Wash can last up to three months which is a really long time giving you value for money.

Lux Soft Touch Body Wash SRP: Php55 for100ml and Php120 for 250ml.

To use, just pour a drop of body wash on your wash cloth/bath puff or on your hand and massage all over your body. The Lux Soft Touch is infused with French Rose and SilkEssence, it really smells so good!!! The freshness of the floral and fruity scent is just what I need in this heat! It's really a treat from my boring unscented soap.
 
I love it makes my skin silky smooth after bath!

The Lux Soft Touch's fragrance is expertly crafter by master perfumer, Calice Becker. The bar soap smells as good too but a little stronger than the body wash. I like that I have an option if want to use the body wash or the soap!

I like the super pretty design on the soap! Lux Soft Touch Bar Soap SRP: Php19.50 for 50g and Php39 for 100g.

With Lux Soft Touch, quick showers or long showers will always be enjoyable! It feels like summer with every bath. Promise! And you can win a gift pack of Lux Soft Touch for yourself by joining Lux's Instagram contest!
The mechanics are easy peasy! But first follow @luxph on Instagram, then...
1. Post a selfie.
2. Tell us why you love having fragrant skin.
3. Don't forget to hashtag #BatheWithLux and #LuxSoftTouch.
That's it! Easy right? Good luck!

Giveaway will run from from April 28 to May 28, 2016. Lux will select 20 winners of Lux Soft Touch gift pack.

For more information, check http://www.houseoflux.com.ph/
Facebook: Lux Philippines

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

After giving birth the second time, I developed eczema. I didn't know what it was but I had red itchy patches on arms and legs. I can't help but scratch until it bled. I had lots of scars on my legs and arms and I couldn't wear dresses, skirts or shorts and I wore long sleeves the whole! It was that bad until I consulted a dermatologist and she said it was indeed eczema! She told me to always keep my skin moisturize! I have found products that worked well but I am always on the look out for more brands and products to add to my eczema arsenal. I never knew Vaseline Petroleum Jelly can be a big help for eczema flares so now I'm happy to say that Vaseline is now a part of my arsenal!

If you have eczema, you would know that summer is not our friend. Sweat aggrevates eczema that's why my kids and I take a bath twice a day because we get so sticky! But that can also lead to dry skin so I always have to put lotion too. The hot and humid climate can also turn our skin dry plus we are exposed to different factors like hot showers, pollution, air-conditioned rooms, the natural hydration and moisture is removed from our skin. The new Vaseline Lotion is now infused with the wonder ingredient that is Vaseline Jelly, replenishing the skin's moisture faster.
To showcase and prove the healing power of Vaseline, a live billboard was mounted along C5 last April 8-10 where real leaves were used! Half were covered with Vaseline Petroleum Jelly while the other half had none. After three days, the difference was visible! Check out the live billboard here: bit.ly/vaselineleafbillboard

Vaseline also sent a kit with the leaves so we can actually see and feel the difference. The leaves without Vaseline looks dry and about to wilt while the one with Vaseline is lustrous and moisturized! If Vaseline can keep a leaf shiny and moisturized, imagine what it could do to dry skin!
The leaves were enclosed in a box, that's why they appeared darker but when I touched them. It's really moisturized!
I'm excited to road test my new Vaseline army! If you want to know the condition of your skin, you can take the Dry Skin Test on http://www.vaseline.ph/skin-index-test!
Vaseline Petroleum Jelly is a one-pot wonder that can heal burns, rashes, cuts, bruises, chapped skin and more! I remember using this when I ran out diaper cream when Y was still a baby! It has really become a staple in every Filipino household.
I'm excited try this Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Restore which has micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly that moisturizes deeply. It smells good, absorbs fast and I like that it's non greasy!
For a fairer skin, Vaseline's Healthy White Instant Fair lotion now also with micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly, helps speed up the whitening process with its Optics System and Skin Illuminating Microreflectors.

There's no reason for not having a moisturized skin all year round! Grab a Vaseline at your nearest grocery and for your information, here's the SRP of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Lotion:
100ml - Php69.30
200ml - Php126
400ml - Php225

For more information on Vaseline, visit http://www.vaseline.ph/.
Facebook: Vaseline
Instagram: @vaselineph
Twitter: @vaselineph
When I was a new mom, I'm grateful there's Mommy Mundo and Expo Mom. I discovered new brands, met mompreneurs who now are my friends, joined Pregnant Pause and even became a mompreneur who sells at Expo Mom because I really believed in Mommy Mundo's advocacy. Now on its ninth year, Mommy Mundo brings you Expo Mom 2016 on April 29-30 at the Glorietta Activity Center!

This year's theme is The Motherhood Journey. Being a mom is very challenging, whether you are pregnant, a new mom, a mom with a toddler, a mom raising a child/ren or even a mom to teens, you'll find both enlightenment and encouragement at this year's Expo Mom. This year, Expo Mom: The Motherhood Journey has four badges that represents what stage you are in this exciting journey of motherhood!
I'm a mom of two pre-schoolers! I still can't believe that R will be in big school already this coming school year. I no longer have a baby at home. Haha! I'm excited but at the same time very emotional about this new milestone. He'll be celebrating his first birthday in school and there will be a lot of firsts for him this year! With the two of them now at this stage, I already know the dynamics. Being yaya-less on/off for a year made me a more independent mom, sometimes it's still hard to handle situations when the both of them are being difficult! Haha! It's really a journey, a challenging but exciting one!


Share your #themotherhoodjourney stories and you might just win a prize! Check the prizes and mechanics below! See you at the Expo Mom!!!
Expectant moms can win a Snug-a-hug pillow, Blanqi supportwear, and Mother-K gift box worth P8,950.

Moms with babies get a chance to win a Georgia Sleigh Cot worth P28,000

Moms with toddlers may win an Aprica Stroller Luxuna Light worth P24,999.75

Moms of kids get to win an ETL Learning Book Set worth P49,915

Consolation prizes from our sponsors are also up for grabs!!

Contest Mechanics: 
1. Follow Mommy Mundo on FB, Twitter, and IG

2. (1 pt) Share what stage you are in your motherhood by reporting the (stage) icon  or using it as your profile picture. For all posts, use the appropriate hashtags as follows:
a. Stork: #bellyblessedmama #themotherhoodjourney #expomom2016 #mommymundo
b. Carriage: #momwithababy #themotherhoodjourney #expomom2016 #mommymundo
c. Sock: #momwithatot #themotherhoodjourney #expomom2016 #mommymundo
d. Pinwheel: #lovemykid #themotherhoodjourney #expomom2016 #mommymundo

3. (1 pt) Share your motherhood story by posting a personal photo and telling us about your motherhood journey. Tag @mommymundo and use these hashtags #themotherhoodjourney #expomom2016 #mommymundo

Make sure to tag @mommymundo and @expomom and set your account to public until April 30

4. (1 pt) Share the Expo Mom 2016 official poster and say that you are going to @expomom

5. Posts may be on Facebook, twitter, or instagram

6. Posts that are published until April 30 will be counted

7. Posts will be monitored and counted manually and winner will be drawn based on  accumulated points via Rafflecopter.

**Full terms and conditions for this contest may be found on: http://mommymundo.com/2016/04/the-expo-mom-the-motherhood-journey-giveaway/#.VwzGGLSFOfQ

Expo Mom: The Motherhood Journey is co-presented by Caltrate Plus, Pampers, and Belo Baby and supported by Sun Life, Clearascar, Mott’s 100% Apple Juice, Downy Baby Gentle, Fuji/Instax, Waters Philippines, and Stanley Ong Photography with Celebrity Mom, Working Mom, Diva Universal and Crossover as media sponsors, Glorietta and Ayala Malls as venue sponsor, and Creative Juice Communications as logistics partner. 

Entrance at Expo Mom is free of charge but a donation of any amount will be accepted for the Mommy Mundo MOMSHARE fund. Proceeds of the fund goes to literacy projects for the street children of Childhope Asia and public School kids under the Alpabasa programs.  MomShare also supports needs of underprivileged moms and kids. Mommy Mundo Passport holders get an Expo Mom tote bag.

Expo Mom is the banner event of Mommy Mundo, an organization dedicated to educating,  inspiring, and empowering moms with useful, relevant, and up-to-date information.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Two weekends ago, we had BOS's post-birthday celebration getaway at Narra Hill Tagaytay. I don't know how BOS discovered about Narra Hill but I'm happy that he did because we really enjoyed our stay! It was a nice escape from the city and the heat!
There were signs going down. Buwis buhay picture! This is the first sign you'll see going down at bumaba talaga ako ng koche para picturan yan! Haha!

But first, let me tell you about my first ever Airbnb experience! Narra Hill can only be booked exclusively via Airbnb so I downloaded the app on my phone and inquired abut their Kubo Room. Tita Chian, who owns Narra Hill, was very easy to talk to and answers my every question. I told her we have two kids and asked her what's the best arrangement. She suggested we get the Balcony Room instead since the Kubo Room is above Kubo Suite 2 and we might disturb the occupants if my kids get magulo hihi! She didn't say that but I got what she was trying to say. So I booked the Balcony Room. It has a king bed and I told Tita Chian that we can fit in it but she insisted on the extra bed so I added Php1,000 for the kids and the extra bed. BOS and I didn't mind the extra charge ha. We were very excited since the day I booked our room!
Two months later and two days after BOS's birthday, we left Manila, ate lunch at Sonya's Garden then finally went on our way to Narra Hill. It was easy to find Narra Hill. Coming from the Tagaytay rotunda, it's just a few meters pass the sign of Antonio's. Antonio's is on the right, while Narra Hill is on the left. You can always use Waze if ever you get lost! Just a warning though, the road going down it a bit steep and narrow, extra ingat na lang!
Entrance to Narra Hill Tagaytay!

Our Room - The Balcony Room
The Balcony Room is just by the driveway. It's actually below the parking area. One of their staff was there by the driveway when we arrived so we were able to settle in right away. The Balcony Room is located on the topmost part of the property and also more because it's located farther from the kubos and the pool. I will say this right away, the Balcony Room is not exactly the most kid-friendly room especially when you have 3 years-old (or below) child. Mainly because of the balcony so we just had to remind the kids (10,000 times hehehe) not to go near the railings.
Stairs leading down to the Balcony Room
This was what welcomed us! A gorgeous view of the Taal Volcano just outside our room. The Balcony Room has the best view! I wouldn't mind waking up to this view everyday. This is where we spent most of our time making muni-muni and it's also where we had all our meals during our stay.
Here's another view of the balcony. We're surrounded by lush greenery. It was a really quiet weekend for us.

Our room has a king-sized four poster bed which the kids loved mainly because of the mosquito nets. Haha! We slept comfortably in one bed. There's complimentary coffee, water, and toiletries. But there's no TV, no WIFI, no LTE signal so you have to be your own entertainment hihi! There's a chess set in our room though, we played dama before the kids went swimming!
There's a counter with a sink and a mini refrigerator. Bring your own drinks and snacks if you can as it would be quite a hassle to go out again especially at night.
We have complimentary coffee, water, and a thermos.
The bathroom has an earthy vibe. It's small but good enough. The heater was not working when we stayed though. They said they were still working on their water pump. We didn't mind a little set back because we love the place!
While I was fixing our things and getting their swimsuits, they were on the bed dancing. Haha! Their outfits are all from H&M!
When was the last time you played dama? I don't know how to play chess kaya dama na lang kami ni BOS. He lost by the way. Ha!

At 4PM, we took the kids to the pool. It was also hot in Tagaytay but not as hot in Manila and it was the perfect weather to frolic under the sun and enjoy the pool! Since the Balcony Room was located separately, we had to walk down the driveway, down a flight of spiral stairs then to a walk way to the pool (which also leads to the kubos).
Extra careful when going down the stairs especially with little kid like R.

The Kubos and The Pool
Narra Hill's exclusivity, pool and the view were just a few of the reasons why we booked our stay and they certainly didn't disappoint. They have a kiddie pool and regular pool (maybe about 4.5 feet or less), both are small but we didn't mind because we really wanted to swim!
This is Kubo 2 has two floors. The first level is a suite, while the upper level is just a room (Kubo Room 2) where we originally wanted to stay but Tita Chian (the owner) told us we might disturb the people staying in the suite (if ever my kids get rowdy haha!) because of the bamboo floor. The Kubo 2 Suite is perfect for honeymooners, babymooners, and couples who need down time. 
Left: The place is so instagrammable!
Right: The other side of Kubo 2. BOS took this photo while we were swimming.
This is the area below Kubo 2. I'm not sure but this may or may not be Kubo 2's dining area.
The kids enjoying the pool! They made sure to wake up early also the next day so they can swim again.
This one is the Kubo 1 Suite, also the biggest can fit a family or big group. It has two floors, there's a master bedroom, living area, bar area and another room upstairs.  There were people who were staying in both kubos while we were there but the place didn't really feel crowded, it was still quiet and we had the pool to ourselves all of our stay!
The pool is not heated and there's no lifeguard so always keep an eye na lang. I had to keep reminding the kids not to go or lean over the edge. But seriously, these photos don't do justice on how beautiful this place is!

The Food - Dinner and Breakfast
Breakfast is included when you book a room/kubo, we just added Php400 for the kids's breakfast. For our dinner, Tita Chian sent me a message (thru the Airbnb app, I'm beginning to love Airbnb!!!) two weeks before our scheduled stay with menus we can choose from for our dinner. It's true what she said that once guests are settled in, they don't want to go out anymore! She sent me 6 menus to choose from, most are Asian inspired. It's a 5 course set dinner for only Php600/pax! Super sulit and yummy!!!
After swimming, I gave them a bath and watched Mulan on our tablet. Our dinner was served at around 7:30PM.
R and me while waiting for our food. One of their staff prepared our table complete with table setting!
Our dinner spread!
Chicken Broth
Nasi Goreng. The serving was good enough for 3 persons!
Chicken Satay served with peanut sauce. In my mind, I was expecting tiny sticks like what they serve here in restaurants. It was 4 huge sticks of chicken satay! They certainly don't scrimp. It was tender and juicy even it was the chicken breast.
Gado Gado Veggies
I added an additional order of Chicken Pandan and rice for the kids for Php250.
For dessert, we had homemade Cassava Cake and to cap the night off, we had Basil Tea. The Cassava Cake was sooooo gooood! The burnt cheese on top made it so yummy! 

Everything was good and delicious! It was more than I expected. Everything that was served were from their kitchen. Food is yummier when it's home cooked no? The place and ambience was just perfect and the food made it even more special. When they served the dessert, they also asked us what we wanted for breakfast, it was either bangus or longganisa and we can only choose one kind for BOS and I though. We asked breakfast to be served at around 9AM, I wished we asked for it earlier though because the kids woke up early!
Woke up to a view of mountains! We all had a great nights sleep, well I had! I usually wait for the kids to sleep before I sleep but I guess I was so relaxed that I fell asleep before BOS and R did. Haha!
With this view, I just had to had a cup of coffee and take it all in. I'm happy and grateful with the life we have and for my husband who works very hard and take us to mini getaways like this. Japan naman next ah! Heehee!
I saw Kuya changing the flowers (on these outdoor flower pots) while I was taking photos of the balcony.
And before 9AM, Kuya came to our balcony to set our table for breakfast.
Kids pretending to have coffee. Haha! They were served hot chocolate!
Our breakfast spread! I love love love everything! Our breakfast comes with a big pot of freshly brewed coffee, bread and butter and papaya!
Kids got pancakes and eggs! For the kids's breakfast, I added Php400 for the both of them.
Warm and soft bread served with butter. I love bread so I ate three slices! Haha!
For BOS and I, we both had bangus! It was served with baked eggs with tomatoes and onions, daing na spada and garlic rice! I loved our every meal in Narra Hill! Ayyy I hope we can go back soon!

The kids and I had our morning swim after breakfast, sinulit namin ang pool before checking out! After checking out, the manager came to our room to collect our balance and asked us to write our feedback. She told us to check out the rest of the property before heading out and we did!
Kiddos in their #StyledByZippy outfits!

The Rest of the Property
I initially didn't want to check out the rest of property anymore because we had to drive down and I was afraid na hindi kami makaakyat ulit haha! Ang taas/baba kasi! But I'm glad I did because it was beautiful! And the property was huge!
This is The pavilion for events. There was a wedding the day before, a prenup shoot happening while we were there and there will be another wedding that week and I see why they get so many bookings for wedding! They have events packages on their website.
Ganda ng pavilion! Gusto ko ganito bahay ko! BOS? hehe! The pavilion has a stunning view of Taal and it overlooks the garden and the creek. There's also a waterfall and a lagoon!
View from the garden below.
We had a look around and kids loved the big space. They ran around for awhile pero ang init so I had to stop them. The place would be nice for family portrait session too diba? We were all coincidentally wearing white, perfect sana mag photo shoot kaso wala namang photographer, wala din kaming selfie stick. Haha! So we took turns taking photo with the kids na lang.
They look so cute here!

After going around and taking pictures, we drove back up and returned the notebook where I wrote our feedback to the manager. We got to meet the owner, Tita Chian, who is a very lovely lady and her dogs! We got to chat for a little while. Narra Hill Tagaytay has been accepting bookings thru Airbnb for only year and doing weddings for only 4 months pa lang! Their business is really doing well! They don't have plans on expanding, they want to keep it small to keep its exclusivity.
We loved our stay at Narra Hill that I found our one night stay bitin! Na-relax talaga ako and the food was really good! Next time I will bring wine and cheese haha! BOS really liked the cassava cake that he asked me to message Tita Chian where we can buy cassava cake and that's how I found out all of their food were home cooked. Narra Hill is nice alternative to your usual Tagaytay hotels and restaurants! It will be your kubo away from home. Heehee! And if you are looking for wedding venue, you have to consider Narra Hill!

Here's the map to Narra Hill! Narra Hill is also on Waze!

Narra Hill Tagaytay
Facebook: Narra Hill

Contact Number: +639778404936