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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Family Night Out x Heaven is for Real Movie x PLDT HOME DSL

The Kolcas invaded Newport Cinema 4 of Resorts World in Pasay last Saturday. Actually, a number of families including ours were treated to the block screening of the movie Heaven is for Real courtesy of PLDT HOME DSL. Mind you, it's been a long while since the last time I went to Resorts World that I got a bit of confusion when asked by an assistant about my membership card during valet parking registration. Hubby and I used to go there for some entertainment, but we stopped since we moved to a much farther place in the metro. I'm glad we were invited to this event 'cause we had the chance to bring the kids and bond as a family in Newport City. The 45 minute ride with all the traffic was worth it.







Clockwise: the big screen of Newport Cinema 4, our small family, my elder daughter holding the tickets to Heaven is for Real screening, us again, ready to watch the film, and my baby girl and I for some photo op at the PLDT HOME DSL booth.






The movie Heaven is for Real is a family flick which is based on a true story of a young boy named Colton, son of a Christian pastor Todd Burpo. It is movie I recommend to modern families like us for inspiration and some spiritual uplifting. In my observation, most of the people who came to the screening seemed to liked this movie. Personally, I want to watch it again with my family in the comfort of my own home.

By the way, spotted at the cinema were some local celebrity families. Too bad I don't have a photo of the Ledesma family and Diego, the 7 year old star in PLDT HOME DSL's newly launched TV commercial. If you haven't heard of him yet, he is a bright young boy who maintains "Ask Diego", an advice column on Facebook, with the help of his mom and dad. He is so popular with almost 200,000 fans as of this writing. Below is the TVC with the very handsome and witty Diego in it.








Our family can totally relate with the Ledesma family. We are an urban and tight-knit family with PLDT HOME DSL connection, a connection that helps both my husband and I in running the household. For example, I am able to tell my husband who is working in his laptop at the living room to tuck our elder daughter in bed, while I'm breastfeeding our baby daughter to sleep in the other room, with the use of our family-sized connection. My phone is always connected to our internet wifi so I just send him a private message. That way, I don't have to disturb our little one and allow my husband to bond with our firstborn as he help her brush her teeth and get ready for bed.

Aside from using gadgets simultaneously, another example of PLDT HOME DSL's big help is being able to easily communicate with my in-laws in Istanbul with the use of free internet calls, social media, and blog. Plus, our family can watch clips and movies, I can find teaching materials and short stories for my elder daughter, shop for the family, and book tickets and hotels for our out of town trips. Indeed, PLDT HOME DSL's limitless-sharing has been a great help to us.

To sign up for your own strong, reliable family-sized connection of PLDT HOME DSL, visit pldthome.com.








Source of Photo:
www.sonypictures.com

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New Set of DIY Headbands

I created a couple of new headbands for my elder daughter, and usual, they were made with so much love. I first made a white one for her moving up ceremony at school, then another for everyday in a combination of pink and purple colors. I should've blogged about this DIY project long time ago, but I've been lazy playing brick games (yes, you got it right, such a late bloomer here) and scanning Facebook and Instagram until becoming sleepy after I tuck my girls to bed at night. Anyway highway, it's time to blab about the headbands I specially made for my firstborn. Here they are.







I didn't spend much money in making this flower headband. I used ribbons and hard tulle from cakes, gifts and goodie packaging. I just had to spend a few pesos for the plain headband and pearl buttons.





Same with the white headband, this two tone headband was created from old materials that I accumulated in my sewing kit. The sequins, ribbons and fabric all came from long time ago.





Time for my dear daughter to model the hair accessories! Which one do you like best?



My next project is going to be an Elsa dress for her 6th birthday party. I have five months to prepare, currently planning how to pull it off, thinking of an easy way to do it, what materials to use, and where to buy the materials. I can easily order it from a friend or from a favorite online MTO store. However, after once again proving my creativity on the Greek costume she wore to her reading recital at school, this momma wants to try her luck on a DIY Frozen-inspired Elsa dress and save some more. Will see what happens in September. Good luck to me! :))

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tagaytay, Taal Vista, Sky Fun, and Bag of Beans

It's the Lenten season but my family isn't going anywhere. First of all, hubby is working, then second of all, the beach hotels that I wanted to book either in Subic or Batangas are already full for the entire summer. Oh boy, tourists and vacationers are crazy these days. I think they booked their hotels as early as January or last year. Anyhow, I just got a confirmed room reservation of a hotel in Subic for my daughters' birthday getaway this year. We still have 4 months to go before the celebration, so in the meantime, I am sharing an entry about our short Valentine trip to Tagaytay 2 months ago.







A family picture with the beautiful view of Taal vulcano and lake. Suna was squirming. She didn't want to sit down. She only wanted to look around. Naughty little one! :)





We came on a Saturday and stayed for a night at Taal Vista Hotel, the best hotel in Tagaytay. We could have stayed for another night if Askim didn't have school the next day.





Our hotel room was great, clean and spacious. Everything was okay, well, aside from the broken hair dryer, which pretty much explains my bad hair day.





One of the reasons why we went to Tagaytay is Sky Ranch, also known as Sky Fun. Unluckily, the Sky Eye was out of order that day. Too many people queue, too little amusement ride working.






And here's a nice place to visit for a yummy gastronomic experience-- The Bag of Beans. The breakfast plate composed of garlic rice, longganisa, 2 eggs and side salad was filling. Hubby's plate of roasted beef as well as the fish and fries were yummy. The only thing that we didn't like was my elder daughter's chocolate pancake (not in the photo). The serving was too big for a kid and the taste was not good enough. I swear read-to-cook pancakes taste better than it. IMO, to improve that specific item in the menu, they better serve 3 small pancakes with fruits on the side instead of a giant one which is thick and boring. Overall, Bag of Beans is still a must-visit restaurant because of its lovely and relaxing ambiance while al fresco dining in a cool weather environment of Tagaytay.