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How to plan your next vacation to Boracay adventure

October 24, 2016

Vacay planning time!

Since it is already the fourth quarter of the year and the government has already announced the holidays for 2017. Which you can check out here. I thought, it's time to plan our next vacation! Not only that we are planning for next year's summer but we are also planning Arya's probably either first plane ride to local or international destination. Whooo!

So, before I got married and have a baby, I visit my mom in Vietnam every year. It's like a tradition that I wouldn't want to break since it is the only time I usually allot to myself for total relaxation. But, if in case I cannot go, I always thought that Boracay or Palawan is the place to be. Rain or shine.

However, being in Boracay is already expensive enough. One of the things you have to make sure is to search for a cheap flight to Boracay or Kalibo so you can minimize your expenses

It's a good thing am super duper obsessed with planning ahead. The last time we went to Boracay, I planned it 6 months before the trip and I had to ensure eh-very-thang is all set and ready to go! I wanted to share how I planned my last Boracay trip and how different it will be not that I have a 1 year old daughter tagging along. Haha!

How to plan you next vacation to Boracay next summer

Book your flight first before hotel.
  • Because searching for flight is already hard enough and will take so much of your time so save the hotel for a later date. Usually, I book flights 3 or more months advanced. Why? So that I have more time to research on the place, save more money, and check hotels.
  • The tip is either you look for budget friendly airlines or wait for seat sales. However, seat sales doesn't really give you much freedom on travel dates because you have to travel on their specified date. We had a super duper horrible experience with Air Asia when we flew to Kalibo because our flight was almost 12 hours delayed. huhu And it was a deal flight that we got.
  • You can either fly to Kalibo or straight to Boracay.
Book your hotel 1 to 2 months before you arrive.

  • Because you can get a lot of super great deals and discount if you book way way before you get there versus booking a week before you actually step on their lobby.
  • In Boracay, there are 3 stations, hotels tend to be pricey in Stations 1 and 2 but you can still get a superb deal if you book advanced. When we went to Boracay, we booked at Punta Rosa Hotel in Station 1. It is beach front and ah-ma-zing! a week of stay cost us P15,000.00 (with breakfast) which could have been around P35,000.00 if we didn't book ahead. 

Research on what activities you want to try in Boracay.
  • Because when you get there, you'll gonna realize that you don't want to try it all out. LOL!
  • There's gonna be a LOT of things to do in Boracay but go for the ones that makes the best memories. *Wink! *Wink! and less expenses, haha!
  • Check out: 25 Activities To Do In Boracay 

Find a trusted tour guide before you even get to Boracay.
  • Because if you're a first -timer, you'll gonna end up spending a fortune on every activity that you might want to try, plus, get scammed by other tour guides. We don't want that.
  • Luckily for you, I can suggest someone! Yay! Ate Ira Masangcay and his husband were our tour guides in Boracay. We got her from a friend's recommendation as well and we didn't regret their service! Even before we arrived in Kalibo, she already planned everything and got us driver and van that will take us to Boracay. As in! From tickets, to boat rides, to every Boracay activity you want to do she'll book it for you - all for a low low price than the usual! I honestly don't know how she does it. But she's awesome!
  • Check out: Ate Ira Masangcay | 

Tag your family members or friends along!
  • Because it will not only lessen your cost big time, but you'll also get loads of fun when there's a bunch of people whom you love with you!
  • My trip in Boracay was actually a planned small office trip but I decided to tag my boyfriend then now husband with us because I knew it's going to be more fun when he's with me. :)
  • When you're booking for a lot of people, the tendency is you'll get more discounts with flights and hotel, or in any other travel agency. So, on you net Boracay adventure, be sure to take someone with you!
I personally would like to go back again, now with Arya. But, I'm pretty sure that when I make a blog post for that trip the list for "How to plan for your next Boracay trip" will be so different! Of course, I have to include diapers, sterilizers, baby bottles, oh my god! The list os going to be endless! LOL! But, I do look forward to it.

A lot of my friends suggested I tried a much more kid friendly places for vacation like Cebu or Bacolod so I started checking out flights and hotels deals as early as now and I’ll let you guys know when we do decided to go to either of our 3 options.

That's that! If you have other tips, please leave them on the comments below! I would love to hear your thoughts. 

Rookie Mommy PH - dreaming of the sand on my feet again. *sigh

Cheers to life. Cheers to everyday.

October 22, 2016

Once in a while, it's good to reminisce and get a little dose of laughter of what I have gone through as a rookie mom, and a wife. Sure, there has been a LOT of diaper changes and  
remnants of poop stains but what's great about them is that they are both icky and memorable scenes of my early motherhood that brought my life so much cheer!

Sharing with you my most memorable cheer moments ever since Arya arrived in my life:

1. When she actually arrived in my life: and I was so excited I wanted to do the "Unang Yakap" routine to my baby when the nurse placed her on my chest. But, then when I was about to touch her, the nurses said NO because my hands might be dirty and we don't want to get the baby infected.

2. When the nurses took our first photo: and I was like super high in epidural. LOL!

3. When I finally was able to take her first smiling fresh-from-the-hospital photo: and I cannot jump up and down because my stitches is painful AF!

4. When we celebrated her Game of Thrones themed baptism and our cake is super duper awesome: and I didn't want to share it to everyone. HAHA!

5. When we're going shopping and she's nailing every single outfit in the baby section including the adult hats: and there I was spending a fortune in the cashier!

6. When we took her to her first play-date with her baby titos which is my baby cousin: Seriously, how cute is this?!

7. When we first celebrated Valentines Day and her father gave her a rose: and I got a bucket of fries. HAHAHA!

8. When she learned how to kiss when people tells her "KISS!" Kahit paulit-ulit pa hindi ako mag sasawang ikiss ka, anak. :)

9. When we both discovered we love fries so much: So we had to take a selfie behind our fav potato store.

10. When we celebrated her first birthday: and she was so cranky she hates everyone and wouldn't want to be put down on her stroller. 

She doesn't want to let go.

Whew! There were a lot of memorable moments and I don't think I can summarize it all in one blog post. I mean, she's only 1. And I'm sure there will be a lot. 

I am happy and touched that she's still young and doesn't want to let go of me. But, we all have to let go sometimes especially those nasty trashes and diapers that I had to deal with everyday. LOL! 

I cannot emphasize enough how important tissue papers and trash bags are for moms. It feels like these products are made for moms. Seriously, just.for.moms!

Cheers is a trusted brand I trust when it comes to dealing with the stinky stuff. You can never go wrong with their flat napkins and trash bags that's for sure. They simply bring out the "cheer" in me whenever the garbage collector pick-ups the trash. They are very affordable, easy to dispose, and fits my every day need as a mom. So, don't forget to grab some the next time you go on a grocery shopping, you'll never know when you'll need that extra cheer!

Cheers to Cheers!

Rookie Mommy Ph - Cheers to life!

What's your best defense against the threats of Dengue and Zika?

October 17, 2016

Press Release:

The Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifier with Mosquito Catcher:
Your Defense Against the Threats of Dengue and Zika

Manila, Philippines—With the World Health Organization naming mosquito as the
number one animal threat to humans, a tropical country like the Philippines, where
mosquitoes are very rampant, must always be vigilant for any oncoming dengue

The government has so far faced these threats with readiness and practice. Recently though, another vector-borne disease is plaguing and threatening everyone’s safety. 

With the recent global onslaught of the Zika virus, a disease carried by the same mosquito breed (Aedes aegypti) that carries dengue and malaria, there has never been a greater time to truly invest and become knowledgeable on its symptoms and cures. But time spent on learning these things only means acknowledging the mosquitoes’ capabilities of infecting and invading your home. With such great threats, stocking the right medicines or listing emergency hotline numbers won’t be enough. A better and an even more effective way to fight these diseases is to already defend and protect yourself before it even comes to you. There are many ways how to do it.

Aside from maintaining the cleanliness of your house and keeping pots and containers
free of water, remember this “4s” guide from the Department of Health:

1. Search and destroy mosquito breeding places

2. Self-protection measures

3. Seek early consultation for any symptoms

4. Say “no” to indiscriminate fogging

In line with this advocacy, and with the aim of keeping Filipino families safe, Sharp brings you the Plasmacluster Air Purifier with Mosquito Catcher. It is equipped with the 5-Step Mosquito Catching Mechanism to help you protect your family right inside your home.

Mechanism Effective, Mechanism Perfected

The Mosquito Catcher entices and attracts mosquitoes with its black exterior and built-in UV lights. It has ideal entrances on its sides and powerful air suction to capture nearing mosquitoes and trap them on the glue sheet inside.

Aside from capturing and trapping mosquitoes, the Mosquito Catcher also releases positive and negative ions through its Plasmacluster Ion Technology. These ions clean the air and eliminate molds, odors, and airborne bacteria to ensure all-around, 24/7 protection for your loved ones. It is also equipped with the TRUE HEPA filter, which captures 99.97% of air particles such as pet dander, dust, and pollen, which may trigger asthma or allergies.

The Mosquito Catcher is effective, safe, and most importantly, chemical-free. Now with the release of its newest, sleeker, and smaller model, it can easily fit into any space available in your home.

The Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifier with Mosquito Catcher—for quality air at home, for protection and defense against dengue and Zika. 

Know more about this product through the official Sharp website and official Facebook page, Sharp Philippines.

Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifier with Mosquito Catcher with model numbers FP-FM40E-
B and FP-GM30E-B are available at leading appliance stores in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao.


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Gates, Bill. "The Deadliest Animal In The World". N.p., 2016. Web. 15 Sept.

A weekend of pure bliss by Residence Inn, Tagaytay

October 13, 2016

Residence Inn, Tagaytay

After a few months of waiting, I finally was able to claim my free overnight stay at Residence Inn Hotel in Tagaytay. It was a prize that I won from Century Mall #ThankAMom Movement campaign and I am so glad that I was able to visit this amazing place.

After a year since I gave birth to Arya, this is my legit first time out of the city getaway. Tagaytay is just three hours away from Manila yet I don't have the time to go for a quick getaway. So, I thank Century Mall and Manila Preneur for treating me and my husband out.

How to commute to Residence Inn, Tagaytay
Ride a bus in Cubao going to either Balayan or Nasugbu, Batangas. Tell the bus driver to drop you off at Residence Inn, Tagaytay. Most drivers know the hotel already. But if not, you can mention that it is about 10 to 15 minutes away from Olivarez, Tagaytay and should be on your left side of the bus. They have a huge sign so you won't miss it for sure. :)

I cannot put to words how beautiful this place is so I'll just post a bunch of photos. Haha! Residence Inn has a zoo inside. It basically is a hotel / park / zoo. You'll see a bunch of animals (I don't want to post animal photos here because I do think that these animals should be on a more spacious location. Not caged.) They also have a mini zip line which the kids will enjoy.

This is my fave place. The View deck - or kainan deck.

Apart from having the amazing view, Residence Inn also offers what I think is the best Bulalo I ever tasted in Tagaytay, Like, seeeriioouslllyyyyy Nakaka miss! Super sarap!

Beef Bulalo P 500 .00- 600.00, good for 4 person or more. BUT me and my husband decided to eat it all. Lol! Sluuuurp!

Our room is very pretty too! The receptionist told us that it is cheaper for Walk-ins and a bit more expensive when you call for reservation in the main office in Manila.

Please excuse the messy room, lol! 
The room is very decent, it has a cable, heater, air conditioner, spacious toilet and bath, extra bed found in the closet. The usual amenities you can find in hotels.

Awesome view right after you step out of your room

It honestly felt like we spent longer because we feel so relaxed and everything is just pure bliss. Food is amazing, the staff are very accommodating, and the view is just stunning. When Arya is a bit older, I promise, we will go back.

Residence Inn Mini Zoo and Hotel Walk-In Room Rates:

Weekday Rate (Sunday - Thursday) = Php 2,490.00
Weekend Rate (Friday - Saturday) = Ph 2,990.00
*Good for two persons
*Extra person (8 years old and above) = P360.00
*Check in time - 12:00 NN
*Check out time - 11:00 AM

Manila Sales Office:
For reservations: 899-98-21 to 24 / 09258918466

Rookie Mommy PH - refreshed!

My Skin Care Haul by BeautyMNL

October 11, 2016

Beauty haul time!

Anyone who follows this blog probably knows how much I love to shop online. Online shopping gave me so much convenience in the times I needed something for myself or for my daughter. If there is a badge or an award for online shoppers, I'll probably get it.

I have been a fan of for the longest time! If you've seen my reviews or posts about me fighting my eczema, you'll notice that the products I used are mostly organic and bought from BeautyMNL. So, recently, I needed to stock up on my skin care products and decided to do another round of shopping through BeautyMNL.

by Be Organic Bath & Body
Original Price: P189.00
Sale Price: P170.00

by Detail
Price: P99.00

by Skin Genie
Price: P150.00

by Loreal Paris
Original Price: P225.00
Sale Price: P175.00

by Dewytree
Original Price: P349.00
Sale Price: 244.00

by Baroness
Original Price: P95.00
Sale Price: P48.00

by Baroness
Original Price: 95.00
Sale Price: P48.00

I have been trying to make my own version of "10 - Step Beauty Korean Routine" trend and I recently discovered that Aloe Vera products works wonders on my skin and eczema. Like, seriously, heaven sent, as in, guys! Pag nagka- time ako, I will make a separate review about my skin care routine. That's why you'll notice that most of the items in my haul are Aloe Vera infused products.

What to love about BeautyMNL?

BeautyMNL delivers fast! as in super fast because they guarantee a next day delivery in Metro Manila and a 3 - 5 days working days delivery for the rest of the Philippines. I always get my items in less than 12 - hours. 

Other than the fast delivery, I also loved that they have a variety of products when it comes to organic beauty products - which is a plus points for me. 

Payment is also easy since they offer payment through Paypal, Direct bank deposits, Credit / Debit Cards, Cash on Delivery, and of course, you can purchase using your own BeautyMNL credits. :)

They have an awesome team who shares beauty and skin care tips, by the way.

If you haven't try BeautyMNL, I highly suggest that you do! You'll not regret it that's for sure. And if you have any concerns in mind you can reach out to their Facebook page, they reply fast too! Really impressive.

There you go! I hope you give BeautyMNL a try and if you did, let me know your thought on the comments below. :)

Oh, before I forgot, If you like taking selfies (hihi we looove selfies!), join BeautyMNL's #selfieMNL contest! Get a chance to win a Printster polaroid of your pretty face and a PHP200 BeautyMNL GC. Click here for the complete details.

Rookie Mommy PH - Can't wait to try these products!

Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Review

September 12, 2016

Review Time!

Hey ladies, especially our mommas!

It's been a while since I reviewed a product for us but don't fret, I just found the perfect toner for us! And it is super duper affordable!

I was on this never ending hunt for toners that will become bffs with my skin because I am seriously having the big pimple breakout plus eczema. Like seriously, fighting eczema is like being on a really bad relationship - it is complicated! Yung tipong akala mo okay na, pero hindi pala, hindi kayo match kaya kailangan mo siyang iwan at humanap ng ibang mag click for you!

So I went to one of my fave organic store - Healthy Options because I was buying Arya her Puffs (which I will be reviewing soon) and I accidentally went to the Face Care section and saw this travel size 100% all natural Witch Hazel extract. Now, now, what exactly is a Witch Hazel?

Witch Hazel
  • A shrub with fragrant yellow flowers that is widely grown as an ornamental. American species flower in autumn, and Asian species in winter.
  • An astringent lotion made from the bark and leaves of this plant.

I tried using Witch Hazel before but in gel form. Back in High School when I was having a bad itchy allergic reaction to something I cannot remember....hmmm...

So anyway, I checked the label and it says a bunch of benefits that is surely plus point to me:

  1. Fragrance free
  2. Non drying
  3. All natural
  4. Tones pores
  5. Removes and balances oil
  6. Soothes and refreshes

I tried a LOT of organic toners and this is by far the best on my list! 

  1. It doesn't sting. Most toners when put on sensitive skin can sting a little but this on. NO! WALA!
  2. Non drying. Okay, I have to give like 100 thumbs up on this. It is super gentle on my skin. It is not drying at all! Which is what I am surprised about because most toners - even the organic ones are drying. Like you'll feel your skin tightens when you smile or something.
  3. Keeps skin hydrated all day. My sensitive skin stopped flaking in a day of usage.
  4. Gives you the glow. Of all the products the claims "gives you that glowing look" this one is by war the only one that proved it. They don't even say it on the label! I mean, I feel ugly now because of my two giant pimple but hey, I am gloooowing!
  5. Affordable. P89.00 pesos lang guys, P89.00 lang! Murang mura!
  1. Smell. You'll probably gonna hate this too but it doesn't stay long. It smells like rotten fish! so be sure to put this first before your face treatment or night cream.
  2. Over use. Okay, I think I might have overused the product. lol The recommended usage is only 2 times daily and I think I apply more 4 times a day so my skin started to react negatively also. But I already fixed it by lessening the amount I put plus putting it only every morning and night followed by my Physiogel Face cream.

Mommy Must - Have

I super duper recommend this to the moms especially because I know how important skin care is to us BUT chasing our babies around gives us so little time to do our skin care routine and I believe this product right here does the job done by taking care of our skin's needs. You should try it! 

Overall Experience:

I'm giving this 100 thumbs up! lol I could praise this product forever! I'll update this review after a long time of using this product.

*This is not a sponsored post. 

Rookie Mommy PH - Gotta love Healthy Options. 

Cycles Sensitive Anti-Mosquito Citronella Patches Review

September 7, 2016

Review Time!

I've been hoarding a lot of these ever since the rain started. Mosquitoes is very prevalent in the Philippines and so does Dengue. Duhn! Duhn! Duhn!

These mosquito patches were recommended to me by my aunt as she use these to her son whenever they go out. Sabi nga nya' "Just stick and go! Okay na". So, here I am, a first time mom who is not a fan of putting strong mosquito repellent lotions decided to purchase a few for Arya.

Direction for use:

Peel-off patch from the pack and stick on the clothes, strollers, bags, and other objects near your baby/child. The natural citronella extract keeps mosquitoes away once opened. Store remaining patches in the resealable pack for future use.


Citronella Oil - 30%
Eucalyptus Oil - 20%
Pomelo Oil - 15%
Lemon Oil - 10%
Peppermint Oil - 10%
Menthol - 10%
Orange Oil - 5%

So basically, it's a very easy-to-use - non-messy - greasy - mosquito repellent product - which what I looove!

I don't actually stick these to Arya's clothes. Instead, I stick this to our doors, windows, air conditioner, and walls. If only possible, I'd cover our house with these patches. lol!
Honestly, it's very convenient for me. Some of you may have problems with the smell if you're not a fan of minty-cool-refreshing-herbal scent but me, na-uh! Love it! - I think it is just me - being a fan of Efficascent Oils and Bengay. haha!

Just like the popular game - Pokemon Go, you can also go and collect them all! Cuties!
I can't remember what the price exactly but it is less than a P100.00 for 12 patches. I usually get mine from Baby Company. I believe these are available in leading baby stores.

Overall Experience:
I'm giving this 5 stars! It's very convenient, affordable, easy-to-use, and handy. It is also very effective. We have a lot of mosquitoes around the house because we have a lot of fish tanks that eats baby mosquitoes (too lazy to Google what they are called scientifically). So the patches gives me that extra peace of mind. Of course, you could always go the extra mile by putting insect repellent on your babies' skin but better make sure it is made from all natural ingredients. Insect repellent tends to be naturally strong that's why I don't want any of those on Arya's skin. Allergic reactions is a no - no!

 Be sure to wash your hands after peeling the patches and sticking them wherever. :)

Rookie Mommy PH - Tepok lamok!

Benefits of Scrubbing and Sugar Waxing

September 4, 2016

Please excuse my feet.

Anyone here tried sugar waxing before?

I am big fan of leg waxing but I never tried sugar waxing before - only reason that's holding me back from trying is I know that it will be much much painful that the regular waxing done at waxing salons.

During an afternoon stroll at Ayala Fairview Terraces, I passed by Whipped and decided to try out their Caramel Scrub and Sugar Wax for half of my leg. I usually do full legs but the hair on my upper leg is still thin and barely noticeable.

Since this is my first time doing this, I decided to interview and ask Ate Jane. She's the one who's going to do the sugar waxing on my legs.

I asked her what are some of the benefits of sugar waxing and I was surprised that compared to the regular waxing I am used to, sugar waxing is by war the best option for my skin!

Benefits of Scrubbing and Sugar Waxing:

  • Scrubbing rids of your skin's impurities and dead skin cells immediately.
  • Evens out your skin tone by removing dark patches.
  • Lightens unwanted body marks.
  • Improves skin texture
  • Gives you a healthier and smooth skin.
  • It's all natural and organic because it is made from Sugar, Water, and Lemon!
  • Reduces chances of ingrown hair. Yuck!
  • Less painful and and discomfort. Well, you have to experience this yourself first.
  • Minimizes risk of hair breakage.
  • Sanitary and non-comedogenic.
The session basically will start from getting your legs sprayed with water - scrubbed - and waxed. 


Sugar Waxing... eerrr are you guys seeing my leg hair?! EEEWWW!!! 

and more waxing....

Overall Experience:

I am giving this 5 stars! I enjoyed every bits of it. Kahit na masakit. I never felt this "clean" and hair-free. :)

You can check out Whipped Waxing salon here.

Rookie Mommy PH - Thick hair? Don't care! Kebs!