Thursday, July 12, 2018

Ambika Playhouse (by Ashrie)

During our visit to the Philippines, we went to SM Center Pulilan with our cousins, Guia and Cobie. While walking, we found Ambika Playhouse. We were all excited to go in.

We were going to play for 3 long hours! We put on our socks and went in. Tita Antot was our guardian-in-charge inside the play area.

Wow! We were really surprised to see so much stuff! I was fascinated. We quickly hopped on a carousel and enjoyed the ride. It was actually a bit slow, so Cobie and Guia started pushing it! Now everyone wants a ride!


Next, Guia and I slid down the longest slide in the playhouse. Lia and Cobie slid on the shorter one. The slide was long, but again it was kind of slow. We kept stopping. So, Guia and I had to push ourselves. The slides that Lia and Cobie took were a bit long. I think they also had to push themselves halfway through.

After a while, we played a "Police Game". Cobie and I were the police and Guia and Lia were the bad guys. It was fantastic.

All of us love to slide on the bumpy slide. It has a funny texture as you sit on it. It is made of strong metal pipes. There was also a trampoline with elastic strings on the top part. Once, I got stuck and Guia laughed at me. I guess it's very funny to her but not to me, as I do not like to get stuck.

We also played in the wobbly, jelly-like fish pond. We were fascinated by the amazing water creatures it had. So cool!

We all enjoyed the play areas that Ambika Playhouse have. We like the Pretend Play Area which has 2 toy kitchens, 1 small house, 1 puppet theater, a lot of squeaky building blocks, a television, an ironing board with a toy flat iron, a table with 2 benches with an umbrella on top, lots and lots of pretend food and lastly, a puzzle play table.

There was also a slide with a zip line! We tried our best to move the zip line. But we couldn't make it move an inch. So, we ended up just sliding the zip line slide.


It has been one of the best day outs ever and Ambika Playhouse seems like the best place ever! I had a blast playing with my cousins! I would love to go there again.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

My 9th Birthday (by Ashrie)

Last April 28, Saturday,  I celebrated my 9th birthday. That afternoon, Mommy brought me to Square 2 in Novena. Dad and Lia were left at home because Lia was not feeling well. I had no idea that the Titas, Ninang Diane, Ninong Carlo and Danah were actually there too. We met them at Jollibee. It was a surprise birthday party!

They gave me gifts and I was really grateful to them. The Titas even gave me a bouquet of fresh flowers. We all ate delicious food. Afterwards, Danah helped me open my gifts. I got a book from Ninang Diane, Ninong Carlo and Danah and a small, mouse-shaped bag and a shirt from the Titas.

We went to Smiggle next, Danah and I played with the spy pen and wrote on our hands. When we were going to Toys" R" Us, we passed by a shop and saw a photo booth. Danah and I took pictures in it. When we were going out of the shop, a man gave us balloons and we carried them to Toys "R" Us. In the toy store, Ninang Diane bought a Disney Princess lollipop holder for me, a squishy for Danah and a Marble Slide toy for Lia.

Then Mommy and I took the train home. When we got home, there were more surprises! Daddy and Lia surprised me with a birthday cake and more gifts. They decorated the house with pink balloons, a banner with my name on it and some paper lanterns. It was fabulous! I opened the gifts and got a LEGO Friends Play Set and a couple of gift boxes filled with craft materials like stickers, and glittery gems.

 I am really grateful to the ones who spent their money and time to prepare and buy me presents.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Staycation at Rendezvous Hotel Singapore

It's Jane's birthday! The house is decked with balloons, garlands, and pompoms, all in yellow. But cheery as it is, we will not be staying at the casa over the weekend because we were booked at Rendezvous Hotel to celebrate her special day all the way to the weekend.

Rendezvous Hotel is located right smack in one corner of a busy city intersection so their Taxi Drop-Off and main entrance are hidden on the side street. It's quite unusual for a hotel but that is not the only quirk that this unconventional hotel has. The facade is old and rich in history but inside it is dotted with modern art, sculpture, and a burst of youthful color.

THE CLUB LOUNGE. We registered at the main lobby (Ground Floor) and then led to another registration at the Club Lounge (11th Floor) where we received our card keys. 

Refreshments were served here in the afternoon. There were pastries, cookies, and salted chips. There were also coffee and tea facilities but you need to prepare and get your own. At night, club guests were served with a mini dinner buffet. Both Jane and I enjoyed their Shepherd's Pie and their fancy mocktails.

We then proceeded to the 5th floor for our hotel room.  We stayed in the Junior Suite, a first for Me&MyGirls and the room did not disappoint. 

THE JUNIOR SUITE. A divider panel welcomes guests when they opened the door. The room is basically divided into two areas, the Living and Bedroom, and the Toilet and Bath. 

The Living and Bedroom Area has a very neutral palette with accents of metallic colors. The ceilings are high and the room is not cluttered with unnecessary design elements. The room is simple but very spacious which make it feel very luxurious. 

Same is true with the Toilet and Bath which is separated into four distinct zones - the sink, the toilet, the shower, and the bathtub. It is flooded with natural light and has a panoramic view of the cityscape by the bathtub. The sink is quite small, but the laundry drawers are convenient and very accessible features.

THE STRAITS CAFE. We had our breakfast buffet at the cafe. The setting was casual and the view was the nearby street, a bus stop even. Their breakfast offering was a combination of western and local cuisine. Here, you also need to make your own coffee. I can't help but compare, as we have been to other Far East Hospitality Hotels like Quincy, Oasia Novena, and Oasia Downtown that serves you barista-quality coffees delivered right to your table.) Also, the fried noodles were cold and the omelet section was unmanned. Nevertheless, I enjoyed their Squid Balls Soup, and we had a sumptuous time before spending the rest of the day swimming and enjoying the attractions near the hotel.

THE POOL AREA. The gym is located on the third floor as well as the outdoor pool and jacuzzi area. It is open to all guests and can be viewed by the upper rooms on almost three sides. During our stay, it was a bit crowded in the afternoon, but we had the privilege to exclusively use the area around noon the next day. The building around it shades it from the harsh sunlight and provides the perfect microclimate for swimming and relaxing.

While we were in the city and in the Museum District at that, we visited the National Museum of Singapore before heading home. It was Lia's first time to be there and a first for the rest of us after so many years.

All in all, it was a very pleasant stay. The birthday girl was relaxed,  for the weekend at least. Of course, as always, the little girls enjoyed the staycation more than anyone. 

Happy Birthday, Jane! May God bless you even more and grant the desires of your heart. We wish you good health and a more bountiful life ahead. We love you so much!

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