I consider Thailand as a second home country because we used to go to Bangkok every year before getting pregnant). We really like the culture and the food! But after giving birth, we obviously couldn't travel as much as before. So when I was invited to Mango Tree's Thai Street Food Festival, I was thrilled.


The event was held at Mango Tree restaurant in Bonifacio High Street Central, BGC.





The Thai Street Food Festival of Mango Tree coincides with Thailand's annual Songkran Festival. The promotion is from April 20 to May 15, 2016 where Mango Tree offers a symphony of visual delight and explosion of unique, gastronomic flavors and spices.


Chef Prapun Sampungpong aka Chef Tum is the new executive chef and he created a line of dishes that definitely represents Thai. They were savory, hot and simply delicious. 


Here are the dishes that we were able to try during the event:

Tom Yum Fries

Yum Ma Muang

Pork Dynamite

Larb Pla Meuk
Spicy Squid Salad

Goong Phad Wonsen
Stir-fried Glass Noodles with Shrimps

Salmon Skin Crisps
Salmon Skin Chicharon

Fried Squid Rings

Tom Yum Chicken Poppers

Other than those, we were also able to try some of the dishes that are part of their main stay menu:

Phad Thai

Thai Halo Halo

Cassava with Coconut Milk

Thai Milk Tea

Even if it's called "street food", they were actually quite filling. My favorites of the bunch are the Tom Yum Fries, Tom Yum Chicken Poppers and the Goong Phad Wonsen. The prices aren't that bad either. At P100-P200, it was quite affordable.


This wasn't my first time at Mango Tree. I remember celebrating our wedding anniversary at Mango Tree Bistro a few years back. And this promotion will take place in all Mango Tree and Mango Tree Bistro branches. Moreover, I know that the promotion is already ongoing, so I highly suggest that you visit Mango Tree soon.

Here's a random vlog that day as well:


Contact:
Mango Tree Restaurant
7th Ave Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City
Monday to Sunday 11am-3pm and 5:30-11:30pm
621-3233 or 091705342273

Mango Tree Bistro
Trinoma: 3F Trinoma Mall, Quezon City
Monday to Sunday 11am-9pm
916-0297 or 0917-8902166
Greenbelt: Ground Floor Greenbelt 3, Makati City
Monday to Sunday 11am-11pm
576-9052 or 0917-5242273

Mango Tree website
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/MangoTreePH
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I went to Slappy Cakes launch of the new addition to their menu and I try to go home on time. If you haven't read about the launch, click here. I also have a conversation with my little one. Watch Robyn's story time. She is so darn cute! :D

Random Vlog: March 22, 2016


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After attending the Busy Days Deserve LUX Nights event a couple month back, I found myself starting to enjoy body washes. LUX products truly give me a breather after a long day. Unwinding for me means having my alone time in the shower. I always enjoy bathing because I like feeling and smelling fragrant and clean.


LUX Soft Touch is one the variants from the LUX range and it claims to bring noticeably soft skin because it has Silk Essence and is infused with French Rose. I'm a big fan of this variant because I personally don't like very strong scented body washes. I like the subtle, mild and "pretty" scents which is what Soft Touch is.


I have been enjoying body washes lately because I find that they're more moisturizing than soaps. Is it just me? I always make sure that I use body washes at least 2 days a week because it really relaxes me.


LUX body washes leave the skin smelling oh-so-good, but I find that LUX Soft Touch Body Wash is a notch higher because I like that mellow clean scent. It's perfect nowadays because it's been extremely warm and all you want to do is jump in and smell good.

As compared to other body washes, I find that even though it leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized, it's not hard to remove either. Have you experienced that? When you keep rinsing off your body wash but you can't seem to get that slimy feeling? LUX doesn't have that, which I appreciate so much. Also, the scent of LUX body wash lingers in my bathroom which is a big plus. 


To those people on the go like myself, I like using soaps. When I'm showering with my daughter, I just need something quick and easy and I reach for LUX Soft Touch Perfumed Soap. It still smells so feminine and floral just like the body wash.


Don't forget to follow these steps when using the body wash:




And now for the exciting part! LUX is holding a giveaway! If you want to experience and try LUX Soft Touch yourself, go ahead and join! LUX is giving away LUX Soft Touch gift packs to 20 winners!


All you have to do is:
  1. Follow them on Instagram @LUXPH 
  2. Post a selfie and answer this question, "Why do you love having fragrant skin? And why do you want to bathe with ‪LUX Soft Touch?"
  3. Don't forget to use the hashtags #LUXSoftTouch and #BatheWithLUX. 

Contest runs from April 28 to May 28, 2016. And winners will be announced via @LUXPH on Instagram. Good luck! :D

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I go to Strip for my waxing. I have been going for the past 2 years or so. I actually got their Brazilian package after trying out their service. I still remember the first time I got a BZ wax, I was in awe. I have been doing cold wax for the longest time so hot wax was alien to me.  Can I just say, it hurts less and it's quicker too. 


Just recently, I was able to try Strip's Brazilian Facial. What is it, you ask? Let me break it down for you.

It is an innovative procedure that provides non-invasive exfoliation while delivering skin type specific pharmaceutical grade topical solution to treat concerns such as dehydration, dull skin, acne and in-grown hair. The treatment is designed to treat problematic skin found it he most intimate but often most neglected body parts.


I went to Strip Serendra and upon entering, I was transported to a very urban vibe. The receptionist greets me with a smile and I was ushered to one of the rooms.


Lo and behold, their signature carrot is on top of the bed. And Jenny is on the wall. Strip's interiors are always so nice. I get a street, retro vibe when I'm there.



The room is clean, complete with everything I need. There's also small closet to store all my things.



 And as I said, they're very clean and they never compromise.


They even include a sanitary wipe before proceeding to the services.


The treatment that I got was Strip Hydro for dry skin. There are times when my hair starts to grow that I get a little dry and itchy. So I felt that this was the best treatment I should try for my concern.

Strip Hydro is a nutrient-rich moisturizing formula developed to quench the thirstiest skin. Specifically designed to be delivered through Brazilian Facial, the hydrating procedure can be used independently or to increase patient satisfaction when combined with lasers and other light based treatments.


They also have:
Strip Cleanse to reveal a clearer, smoother complexion
Strip Cleanse provides relief for the most sensitive, acne prone skin. Formulated specifically for delivery with Brazilian Facial, Strip Cleanse combines Salicylic Acid and Aloe to promote a clear complexion overall and improve the appearance of cystic and pustule acne.

Strip Light to brighten and blend
Strip Light employs cutting-edge peptide technology to improve the appearance of discoloration and achieve a more even tone overall. Treatment with Strip Light offers an accelerated approach to brightening that is effective and without the risks of irritation of other brightening agents.

Strip Vitamin C to infuse your skin with Vitamin C
Sun, stress and pollution can take a toll on skin at any age. If your skin is looking tired and dull, your doctor can work with you to determine if Brazilian Facial with Strip Vitamin C is right for you. The potent antioxidant formula helps to brighten, exfoliate and infuse your skin with an arsenal of targeted antioxidants to protect against free-radical damage.


Since the package was Strip and Polish. They start with a Brazilian Wax first before proceeding to the facial.

The "polish" or Brazilian Facial uses this machine.


The tip is sanitized first and then they use it to exfoliate the area. It's actually not that painful. When I asked about it and they said that it's like Diamond Peel, I expected some sort of micro-wounds and pain. But it just felt like tickling the skin. I, for some reason, felt very relaxed.

 Hydro serum inside

After the facial, they put cream on the area and off I go. As always, I was advised not to wet the area and to exfoliate after 1 week to prevent in-grown hair, which is also caused by dryness. 


Fast forward to 3 days later, after the mild swelling subsided (normal after a Brazilian wax), I was able to feel and see the difference of the facial. My skin was indeed smoother and softer than ever. No itching as well, unlike before. I could compare it to a child's skin. Seriously. When I look at it, I can also see that my skin looks more hydrated and more supple. It's pretty cool!

The treatment is safe for all skin types, but isn't recommended to those people who are undergoing IPL.


Price is a little steep at P3000/session. However, if you have problematic skin, may it be in the intimate area of your body or even other parts such as kneecaps, underarms, elbows, buttock lines, eyes and lips (other prices apply), this is something that you might want to check out.

I saw a difference in just 1 session so imagine more/regular sessions. It's also good to trust an establishment that has the facilities, equipment and research behind it.

Here are the other prices of Strip's services:


Here's Cielo who did my treatment for the day. I highly recommend her. She was so patient in answering all of my questions and explained each and every step to me. If you have other specific questions, you may contact Strip directly.



Contact:
Strip Manila
Email: customercare@hareminc.com
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Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/stripmanila
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Disclaimer: Service is given by the company. All information written are based on my experience and are my 100% honest opinion.

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I have always liked traveling and one of the places that we find we go back to all the time is Baguio. My family loves cool weather and here in the Philippines, Baguio is one of the coolest places. 

Last year my sisters came with us to Baguio and we decided to try a different hotel. We decided to check in at Holiday Park Hotel Baguio.


I booked the De Luxe Double for us. It's P2,200/night.

Good for 2 persons
One Queen Size Bed with hypo-allergenic pillows
Maximum Capacity of 3 persons**
Children below 10 years, if sharing their parent’s room are free of charge
LED Television with Cable
Fully Air-condition
Hot and Cold Shower
Toilets equipped with bidet
Electronic door lock system and Safety Deposit Box
Holiday Park Toiletries
Free WIFI internet connection

Upon entering the hotel, we noticed that it's a good size room. It was very important for me because we bring our own pack and play for Robyn and we need a place where I can put it. 


On the right side is the comfort room (which I forgot to take photos of). It was an ample size. There was a small shower area which can fit 1 person at a time. It had its own shower door so no need to worry that the entire bathroom will get wet. They have heater which is always important in Baguio. Believe me, I have stayed in a hotel where there's no warm water and it was so tough!

On the far end of the room is a sitting area/reading nook. I liked this space because it gave us additional sitting space when my sisters visit our room. (They have a different room.)


The work/vanity area was a little small for me. Perhaps because I have a lot of stuff and add Robyn's things to the mix. A larger space would have been better but that might also mean less space for us to move around. The flat screen LCD TV was beside the table. And to our surprise, they didn't have a ref. I was really surprised because I was used to having a hotel ref (small personal ref size) in hotels. 


The bed was quite comfortable. They also had 2 side tables where we put our phones and gadgets. They also had a low table where we put our luggage on. It was really helpful because we don't remove our clothes from our luggage anymore. There was a closet and a couple of hangers as well.


The room has an air conditioning unit. I highly suggest that you use it because there is only 1 window in the room and it's the main road outside. So imagine all the dust and dirt that may enter the room. The room also comes with free breakfast and 24/7 water and coffee. Breakfast was served in the lobby.


Overall, Holiday Park Hotel was a decent hotel to stay in. If you'll be out of the hotel most of the time and will just be sleeping there, I think this is an okay hotel. Parking was no problem and I also liked that we can get water and coffee anytime we want. The rooms were also equipped with free Wifi. I only wish that they have a ref inside the room. We normally buy pasalubongs and other food; if we didn't bring a cooler, we'd be forced to put the items in the hotel ref. I don't even know if it's okay and they'll allow it. 

That's just my two cents about this place. If you have other hotel recos, do let me know for our next trip to Baguio! :D

Contact:
Holiday Park Hotel
#129 Abanao Extension, Baguio City 2600
Telephone: (074)619-2807 or (074)619-2808
Mobile : 0922-8214390(Sun), 0917-5447490(Globe) |or  0919-9944069(Smart)
Email: inquiry@holidayparkhotel.com.ph or Holidaypark_fo@yahoo.com.ph
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