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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Depression Can Cause Miscarriage

I remembered a story  before by my friend who traveled alone in a place far away from home. She actually visited a local tourist spot but not to enjoy the view but to spend sometime alone and do some soul searching. She was two months pregnant then and having some issues with the father of the child.  She was devastated at the the time and traveling alone to escape from all her worries and problems was her only option. 

Extreme depression is one of the leading causes of miscarriage, if not birth defects. According to www.pregnancytips.org, studies show that a pregnant woman who is depressed generates noxious chemicals which may affect her child’s behavior after birth. You can take anti-depressants but birth defects might occur once the baby is born. It is better that you reroute your emotions to the positive side. Find ways in which you will be able to divert your attention to a more fun and exciting leisure. Don’t let your negative emotions affect the experience of you being happy while you’re pregnant. Environment can still affect your child even if they’re still in your womb, and your partner helping you overcome your depression is the best way. After all, couples should help each other whenever bad things happen. Make the most out of your situation to lessen your depression. Go out with your friends and enjoy their company. Don’t forget to talk to a psychologist to help you be treated and avoid anti-depressant pills. 

Getting out of depression especially when you are pregnant is really necessary to help you go through well with your pregnancy.  While I personally recognized travel as one of the most effective ways of coping up with depression, especially when you are visiting a destination with beautiful scenery and surroundings, it is also important to consider looking for a travel buddy to ensure your safety.  I also used to travel alone and sometimes, it gives me some kind of thrill, but traveling alone while pregnant is a different story.

Pregnant women should certainly avoid getting depressed to ensure a safety pregnancy and this is where her partner and the people around her take a very important role.  Taking time to understand and what a pregnant woman is going through is vital in order to avoid miscarriage.  Remember, a child is a gift and we should take all the efforts necessary to take care of this gift.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Baguio Country Club Christmas Village

Visiting Christmas Bazaars and Christmas Villages is one of the many interesting activities that I wish to do during Christmas season.  Enjoying Christmas activities like "simbang gabi", christmas caroling, lantern parades, nativity scenes and eating "bibingka" and "puto bumbong" are what I truly missed in the Philippines.  I haven't experienced much of this when I was working abroad, most especially that the country I was in is a predominantly Buddhist country.

As I chanced upon the list of activities lined up at Baguio Country Club Christmas Village, I felt like wanting to watch the nightly Nativity Scene and choir performance.  Listening to Christmas carols brings a special kind of happiness to me.  Watching the choir members singing Christmas carols with the accompaniment of their guitar and tambourine pedal is a thing that I wouldn't want to miss.



Christmas season is truly the best time of the year and I would always want to have it well spent with my family.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Kung Fu Kitchen Dining Experience

We've decided to have our late lunch at Kung Fu Kitchen located at Harbor Point, Ayala Malls upon the recommendation of my son Edmar. It was my first time here but Edmar's second time. He had his dinner at Kung Fu Kitchen upon the invitation of his Korean friends and since he love Chinese foods and was very pleased with Kung Fu Kitchen's best sellers, he didn't hesitate to recommend this place to me and his sister Miks.  

While deciding on our order, we were served with a plate of prawn crackers, somewhat similar to the "chicharap"of Chowking and a pot of hot tea.

I love the ambiance of this restaurant, it's clean, spacious and quiet which is just perfect if you opt to have a satisfying lunch or dinner.  Browsing on their menu, we have finally decided to try their Yang Chow Fried Rice, Honey Glazed Fried Chicken and their Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet.  We were never disappointed though as I found those dishes to be super yummy.  The serving is good for 3 to 4 persons, so those 3 items that we have chosen are just perfect to satisfy our craving.  





 spacious restaurant


 bar counter


 satisfied tummies :)


 sweet and sour fish fillet


honey glazed fried chicken


yang chow fried rice


everything is yummy!!



We also had pineapple and mango shake for Php85 per order which is quite alright.  It comes in a big glass and the size can even be shared by two persons.

I was also quite pleased with the service and there was no service charge added to the bill, although you may opt to give a TIP to the waiter if you want.

Overall, it was a pleasant dining experience and I would not mind coming back the next time we happened to be at Harbor Point.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Burnham Park, Baguio City

Our first and last stop at Baguio City during our summer vacation was at Burnham Park.  We went to Burnham Park shortly after checking in at our hotel.  We went there because we badly needed our dinner after a long and tiring trip and the taxi driver recommended Solibao Restaurant which has a branch right at the center of Burnham Park.

The park is actually situated at the heart of the city centered at a man made lake.  I guess Burnham Park is a favorite destination not only by the tourists but also by the local residents.  There is no entrance fee to the park and you can simply let your day pass off just by roaming around the area, having a picnic or just having a quick afternoon snack along the streets usually flocked by vendors selling various street foods. 

There are so many benches situated around the park where one can jut sit and relax and have a view of  the beautiful scenery while enjoying the sight of kids and adults biking around the park.  You will never get worried about getting hungry as there are so many outdoor kiosks where you can have your meal.

Since we returned at Burnham Park on our last day in Baguio, we`didn't have enough time to experience all of what the park could bring.  I've heard that there was an orchidarium inside the park where various plants, flowers and trees are sold.  We had a chance though to row a boat around the lake and it was fun!





Hubby and son really enjoyed our boating experience and my daughter never stop giggling every time she had her turn to row the boat.  Being city dwellers, we did not really had the chance to enjoy much of these activities.

It was a bit sunny that day and we were really tired and perspiring and using petal pushers deodorant is such a relief. :)

We really had fun taking photographs around the park and that Burnham park experience is one of the best part of our Baguio vacation.

  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Camp John Hay, Baguio City

Camp John Hay was really a part of our original itinerary during our Baguio trip.  Actually, this is my second time to visit Camp John Hay, the first being about 2 decades ago.  I was still a student then and I never really had a chance to roam around the area that time since we came with a group of excursionists from our city. 

Camp John Hay is one of the famous tourist destinations in Baguio being the former rest and recreation facility for American soldiers in Asia.  A lot has been changed since the place was acquired by a private developer and most of the usual landmarks were now replaced with modern structures, mostly restaurants, hotels and private houses.




As always, the beautiful scenery in Camp John Hay with it's pine tree line roads, colorful flowers and open wide spaces never failed to catch my attention, and yes...the butterfly sanctuary is still there.









I did not like the Butterfly Sanctuary that much though.  It is very plain and basic and only few butterflies could be seen :)  Even the small entrance fee of Php40, in my opinion would not let you see and enjoy much of the attraction.

Since it was summer that time, the place was a bit crowded and we haven't had the chance to enjoy much compared to what I expect.  Good thing, we were able to have an afternoon snack at JCO Donuts.  



Camp John Hay is still a must see place in Baguio as this still remains to be a charming, cool and perfect spot for all those wanting to experience nature at it's best.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Solibao Restaurant, Baguio City

We had our first dinner at Baguio City during our last summer vacation at Solibao Restaurant.  We didn't have any idea about the place but it was recommended to us by the cab driver.  He brought us to the one near Burnham Park.  I heard they have another branch at the Session Road but we never had a chance to try that branch.  There are so many good restaurants to try in Baguio and Solibao is one of them.

This restaurant near Burnham Park is really crowded especially during dinner time, thus you can't really expect a special attention from the staff.



We checked on their menu and there is a wide selection of mouth watering Filipino dishes.  We opted to have mixed grilled sea foods.  As expected, you won't have your meal that fast and you need to wait for almost an hour before your foods get served.  We were really hungry at that time as we just arrived from Olongapo.  It was a very tiring trip which made us all feeling sleepy and hungry.  We were actually disappointed to have our foods served really late, so for a start, we ordered two servings of their special "puto bumbong".




Their grilled sea foods is not really worth the price but their other dishes like "kare-kare" and "sinigang na tyan ng bangus" are getting god reviews from the customers.  I think, it would also be nice if they could add up a bit of entertainment like having acoustic singers on stage.  It would be a lot better if they could get one.

Since I haven't tried much of their dishes, I couldn't make any further comments but I will still consider to go back and dine in at Solibao on my next Baguio visit.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dinner At Korean Restaurant Inside Subic Bay Freeport Zone

We had to go out for a dinner last week to celebrate my birthday and after seeing a movie at SM Cinema, we went to SBMA to look for a restaurant where we could have our dinner.  We are actually choosing between two restaurants, one is a Chinese restaurant and the other one is a Korean restaurant.  My son preferred to go to a Chinese restaurant because it's been a normal thing for him already to dine in a Korean restaurant as he had a bunch of Korean friends from school who always bring him to Korean restaurants.  However, me and my daughter haven't tried a real Korean restaurant atmosphere yet so we've insisted to dine at the Korean resto.  Since it was my birthday, my son had no other option but to oblige.

So, we went to this Korean restaurant just across the Ayala harbor Point and since the name of the restaurant is written in Korean language, I couldn't mention here what's the name of that restaurant. 

Anyway, this restaurant offers 3 areas for dine in, one is located outside, a very simple one wherein you could see the by passers, another one is a dining hall, not so huge but looks cozy and inviting and the other one is a private dining room in which everything is set up...Korean style.  So obviously, we have chosen the third one as we are looking forward for a great experience.

Here are our pics inside the private dining room: 


We ordered for 2 sets of meals which I think to be just enough for the three of us.  They actually have photos of the dishes in the menu, so it would be easy for you to choose.



I think we have chosen a plate of beef and a plate of pork with accompanying side dishes, soup and salad.  Rice is to be ordered extra as well as the drinks.  A cup of rice is quite expensive at Php50 per cup but I think it's fine as it is not just an ordinary rice and it's really nice and well cooked.



Table and chairs were typically Korean in style and that's what we would like to have and experience.



I feasted with veggies and "kimchi" as my daughter hardly eats vegetables. (lol)  By the way, a set of meat ranges from 270 to 700 including all the side dishes, soup and salad.   Rice and drinks not included.


The soup resembles that of what I ordered from a Japanese restaurant in Bangkok.  It's a bit spicy and sour, but really tastes good. :)



Overall, the dining experience was pleasant and we all went out of the restaurant feeling bloated. lol

Service is good and I would not hesitate to recommend this place to those who would like to have a taste of authentic Korean dishes.  It's very easy to find....just across the Ayala Harbor Point.

I'm looking forward to dine in there again next time. :)


Monday, September 1, 2014

Cheap Shih-Tzu Puppies In Vietnam


My kids especially my daughter are dog lovers. We had a total of 3 dogs in the house, one is a mixture of Japanese Spitz and shih-tzu blood, the other one is a pure shih-tzu breed and the third one is just an ordinary dog given by a neighbor. I was reluctant before to get a shih-tzu puppy coz I know how tedious it is to groom them and of course, since you have to keep them inside your house, cleaning their mess is another problem.  But my love for my daughter prevailed over these worries of having one in the house, this is where I decided to buy one for her and it was given as a gift during her birthday.

Shih-Tzu puppies in the Philippines are quite expensive, thus you will really have to think twice before buying one.  However, when I was working at the Cambodia-Vietnam boarder and made frequent trip to Vietnam almost every month, I've found out that shih-tzu pups there are really cheap compared to my country.  At one time, I saw shih-tzu pups being sold on the street at less than $50. That's quite cheap!  Some are even available for adoption so you don't have to pay anything.  I think there is a website which you can access for more information  www.puppiessale.org.

If you already have your own puppies at home and you just like to buy some pet accessories for them, I think it would be easier to purchase those online.  There is one site which I think is good and offers various kinds of pet accessories and pet care products.  You can visit entirelypets.com so would have an idea on what products they offer and other important details you want to know about your pet care needs.

Owning a puppy is sometimes a challenge but I never regretted getting one for my daughter.  Our pet dogs bring us so much joy and laughter in the house and we had treated them as members of the family already.  You can try to get one and experience having a faithful and friendly companion in your house.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

$1 Eyeglasses Promo



Are you in need of new glasses but hesitant to get one because of their high prices?  Do you desire the versatility of several pairs of eyeglasses without the usual high investment? GlassesShop.com which offers chic and superior eye-wear at affordable prices is going to have a $1 eyeglasses campaign!  This will run from August 28, 2014 up to September 3, 2014.

During that period, you will be able to buy particular prescription eyeglasses for only $1.  The qualifying available eyeglasses will be various in type which you can choose from the list given in our website.  Due to the very low prices of the glasses, the time of the campaign is limited, so are the quantities of available frames and lenses.


Head over to GlassesShop.com and plan your future eye-wear wardrobe.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sam Pizza Hauz Olongapo City



When hubby was here for his annual vacation, we managed to dine in at Sam's Pizza a number of times.  It's not that we're pizza lovers but we just enjoy the band, the crowd and the ambiance at Sam's.  Their chicken in a wicket tastes heavenly as well as their Manager's Special Pizza.  What I like most in Sam's is that the place caters to all ages, we could see a mixture of crowd whenever we dine there.  Hubby always enjoy his bottles of San Mig Light while watching the hilarious band, it's really a stress reliever after a long day.

The stage at Sam's where the band performs is quite close to the audience giving you an intimate bonding experience. They have a complete set of live band instruments and it's always been a pleasure to listen to the band while they perform their specific genra of music.  I'm wondering if they're using Gibson Pure Instrument Cables but what our family likes most is the Dzyre band performance.  This is a comic band which performs a variety of music.  

Now speaking of their unbeatable pizza flavors, they have now an ongoing promo, a buy one take one promo which runs from July 1 to Sept 30, 2014. An order of All American Pizza or New York Special Pizza entitles you to a free family size Hawaiian Special Pizza.  Hmm...it must be a great treat for all pizza lovers out there.

I would certainly love to go back to Sam's and avail this promo.  Sam's Pizza Haus is conveniently located at Magsaysay Drive Olongapo City.

  

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Tacos Bandidos Dining Experience

I've been to Tacos Bandidos a number of times, most of which are with hubby.  He really adores their tacos and other line of food products.  It is also conveniently located at the third floor beside the Cinemas at Harbor Point Subic, so it's just perfectly nice to have a snack there after watching a movie.

Since hubby enjoyed his first dine in experience at Tacos Bandidos, he told me that we would be going back there with our two lovely kids and we did! 





our two lovely kids enjoying their tacos and quesadillas



We actually ordered a combo from their menu and it costs Php115 per order including a glass of Iced Tea or Blue Lemonade...not bad huh.


Their Quesadillas are also nice especially that it's being served extra hot. :)  I think an order of Quesadilla is around Php85.

The restaurant is just of a small size and the first time we went there, we've seen a number of very young couples, maybe because the lay out of the restaurant is perfect for those who are dating as you could sit on tables where no one could see you easily (lol).

Anyway, here is a sample of their menu in case you would like to try one of these days:


Now I have more options as to what we will have after seeing a movie. (winks)


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bangkok China Town

A friend was asking me where to buy the best golds?  She is so excited as she is going to get married again after few years of being a widow.  Since I was working that time at the Cambodia and Thailand border, I actually recommend her to go and visit China Town in Bangkok where she could find the best golds in the city.  She and her partner were actually looking for gold wedding bands and they wanted a finely crafted one. 



I remembered to have visited China Town in Bangkok a number of times.  I used to go to Bangkok every now and then to spend my days off from work and this is how I discovered the beauty of China Town. There is this market there where you could find great bargains. No wonder why the said market is always busy especially during the morning time as so many merchants were there to buy some products that they wish to resell.  It was one of those busy days that I explored China town and discovered the best shops selling golds.  I actually thought of doing a business out of golds but hubby advised me not to as it's quite dangerous to carry golds during travels especially that I'm not so familiar in the city.

Bangkok China Town was actually recommended to me by one local whom we met in front of MBK mall when we asked him how we could go to Pratunam Market.  Since then, a visit to China Town will always be a part of my itinerary whenever I visit Bangkok and from there, I discovered that there's a lot more to explore in that busy town.    


A Visit to Baguio Cathedral

When we visited Baguio last summer, a visit to Baguio Cathedral is certainly a part of my itinerary.  I don't know but I always want to include a church in the list of places that I would visit in a place or country that we've been.

I was first intrigued by the Baguio Cathedral as the venue for Aga and Charlene's wedding many years ago. I was thinking that this church must be a very special one, otherwise Aga will not choose this for their wedding.  I remembered that he had the pink church repainted just for the occasion.

Our visit to Baguio Cathedral was pleasant but I was surprised to see that the church seemed to be not well maintained.  It appeared to be old and musty but it is huge and I heard it can accommodate up to 850 persons. The beauty of the building is not our main focal point of concern here anyway but we went there to pray and see the church.  Anyway, here are some photos during our visit there:
  
in front of the church

inside the church


There seemed to be a wedding at the time of our visit so we were not able to hear a mass.  Outside the church building, you can find some vendors selling religious items and souvenirs.  It was extremely hot the time that we were there that's why we did not stay long in the church.  We left after we've done praying.

Since Baguio Cathedral is just in the heart of the city, I guess it is still a must to pay a visit to the church. After all, it is one of the most visited landmarks in Baguio.

   

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Buying Souvenir Stuff From My Trips

I have this habit of buying home ornaments whenever I go to visit other places whether be it a local destination or abroad.  I love my home a lot and I would always imagine myself decorating my home or making some DIY stuff.



I've managed to buy some decorative items during my trips abroad and these are now seating in my curio cabinet at home.  I would normally buy small figurines or pewters during my trips as these are believed to be more affordable and would not be a great addition to my luggage.  I would love to buy some personalized ornaments actually but time always prevents me.  Normally, it would take a day or two before you could pick up your personalized ornaments from the souvenir shop and this would definitely affect the trip itinerary that I've prepared, so I would normally settle to buying something that's generic. :)

Anyway, buying souvenirs is a must for me during my trips.  It will not only remind me of the places I've visited but it always connects me to places I've been.  This is certainly a pleasure for me!  


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Baguio Botanical Garden

There's nothing really spectacular about the Baguio Botanical Garden.  Other local tourists may not be interested to have a look at the vast greens and colorful flowers inside the garden but considering that you don't have to spend anything for the entrance not to mention that it's just situated alongside the other attractions, I guess there's no reason for you to miss this place.

Well for me who is a certified nature lover, visiting Baguio Botanical Garden is a must!  Just appreciating the beautiful scenery, nice landscape and exotic flowers is more than enough to keep me occupied.  In fact, I've mentioned to my daughter that I would love to stay in Baguio longer or perhaps live there, as there's plenty to see and appreciate for free.  Baguio Botanical Garden is a great place for family picnics. 



I really love those beautiful gardens.  I am really fascinated with everything that relates to nature.  A perfect place for photo shoots!










There are some picnic grounds inside the area and some small canteens selling some snacks and refreshments.  Apart from the stores selling foods, you can also find some souvenir shops selling great bargains for the house like table cloths, center piece, wooden chairs, picture frames, tissue holders and a lot more!



Baguio Botanical garden is located east of Baguio's downtown area.  It is near to Teacher's Camp and main entrance can be found along Leonard Wood Road.  Also known as Igorot Village, this place is certainly a place to relax and enjoy while capturing the ethnic spirit and cultural heritage of our Ifugao brothers.


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