Our Experience at the Gardenia Plant Tour

We had a full day at the Gardenia Headquarters! We weren’t supposed to go because the  schedules available were all a conflict to us. Fortunately, I was exchanging messages with my BFF (also a blogger) at 6 in the morning and realized we could fit in that day! Sooooo glad we were able to go because my daughter absolutely enjoyed our time there.
Well, you know that she did enjoy her time when the following day, she greets you with “Gardenia Morning!” My husband and I had a good laugh. She’s been asking if we could go back to the Gardenia Plant again. And all we could say was, “I wanna go back too!!!” I feel like it wasn’t just for kids but for moms too. Seeing your child enjoys the activities make you enjoy as well!
We got to the venue a bit early so we had some time to take photos to ourselves haha. We were greeted by the Gardenia staff and ushered us inside together with the other participants. Thank you Mommy Bloggers PH!!
I could tell you our activities one by one but that would ruin the surprise. All I could tell was that they had MANY activities and all were absolutely enjoyable. I took my husband and my son with me and they too had such a great time.
I’ve been thinking long and hard what my favorite part was but all the activities were really fun, so I really can’t isolate one! For my daughter though, it would be the baking part! Kneading the dough was super fun. I could definitely see the excitement in her eyes!
If you want to take part in the Gardenia Plant Tour, just go to their website. This would be best for kids 5 to 10yo. My daughter is only 3 (turning 4 soon) but she enjoyed most of the activities still.
Has any of you gone to the plant? 
How was your experience? 

McDonald’s Happy Studio App

Yup! McDonald’s has a new App, Mommies! It isn’t just an engaging app, it is also educational. After learning McDonald’s is going to have a new App, I quickly downloaded it on my phone.

Happy Studio is an interactive learning and play app that makes the Happy Meal experience even more enjoyable. The best part? You can even scan a Happy Meal toy to unlock more fun and games within the app!

Educational Game Play
McDonald’s App grows children’s imaginations and encourages innovative thinking. In the Happy Studio app, kids can choose to step into the shoes of an inventor, an artist, or a musician. Each activity is focused on developing certain skills while putting the child into playful mini-scenarios.

As an inventor, kids can build various objects with their favorite characters while learning creative and logic skills as they go. As an artist, children are able to improve their creative skills and exercise their imagination. As a musician, kids are able to explore musical patterns to help improve their rhythm and timing.

My 3 year old loves to doodle, so she enjoyed being an “artist” through this App. She is yet to try being an inventor and musician but I am sure she’d love this too!

Now we don’t have to let her watch videos on the internet. Instead, we can use the McDonald’s App and learn thru play!

Happy Studio is now available for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Share your love for the app via the official Facebook fan page, www.facebook.com/mcdo.ph, or by tagging @McDo_PH to your sweet and funny Happy Studio moments on Twitter or Instagram.

Crimson Hotel Alabang

Home sweet home is the song of our hearts early February when Hubby finally set foot in the Philippine soil. It had been a whole year of being overseas for him and us going back and forth to Singapore to visit him. My daughter has become a pro at flying and going thru immigration. We were practically on board every single month for the entire 2016!
Well, what better way to celebrate his homecoming than by having a relaxing staycation at a 5 star hotel. This has been our favorite luxury. We have a very simple house. My clothes can fit a small box. We don’t have branded clothes. I only have less than 5 pairs of shoes. Staying at a hotel is really our only luxury.
We initially wanted to catch Ms Universe live at MOA but we weren’t willing to pay the price (literally) nor were we willing to buy a general admission ticket where I would only see Ms Philippines and Pia Wurtzbach from afar. We ended up choosing to watch Ms U from the comforts of Crimson Hotel.

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Here’s what I think about it: 
Price. As always, we booked our stay from Booking.com. This is where we have booked all of our hotel stays. We usually get the cheapest price from them. With this particular stay, we only paid Php3,700 inclusive of the taxes.
Room. It isn’t my favorite. I still love Vivere and my husband Bellevue. But I have no complaints here. It is nice and cozy.
Service. As expected, the staff are courteous and greets us every time we pass by them.
Security. Not all hotels have the kind of security they have. If you stay in the 25th floor, that’s the only floor you can access with your keycard. And if you don’t have the keycard with you, there is no way you can get to any floor!
Overall, we enjoyed our stay. Our daughter of course did not mind tge cold weather at 6 in the morning. She jumped into the pool without reservation.
Verdict: Highly recommended. I am sure we will stay here again.
What is your favorite hotel in Alabang? Have you stayed at Crimson Hotel? What do you think about it?