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A Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle, Makati

Ayala Center's Festival of Lights is an annual spectacle of lights moving and dancing to the tune of selected well-known and celebrated Christmas songs. This years, Festival opened last November 9 and will be entertaining visitors until  January 4, 2016.  The Festival of Lights runs every 30 minutes nightly, starting 6pm to 10pm.  Entrance is Free.  This year's show was directed by award winning directors Voltaire de Jesus and Luther Gumia, musical scoring is by acclaimed musicians and composers Jazz Nicholas and Mikey Amistoso of Watusi Manila (a multi-awarded creative production company).

The park sparkles with hundreds of colorful laser lights, and LED string lights.  It was a sight to behold.  Kids and kids at heart were all amazed at the glorious light display. Watch the video below to see for yourself. MamaSpeaks recommends a visit to the Festival of Lights ~ Check it out and be ready to be awed.

A Grand Welcome to Casa Santa: Review

Jardin de Miramaris a well known party and event venue in Antipolo City. It is a 3 hectare garden complex that also houses "Casa Santa Museum".
Casa Santa is home to more than 3700 collections of Christmas and Santa Clause items.
I have never seen so many Santa Clauses in my entire life.  I was so engrossed in the tour I must have taken a couple dozens of photos.

Casa Santa

A life size Santa seats on the sofa (begging for photos, I guess)
I so love this cutie Santa, just 2 inches in size.

Working Santa, preparing his list of "naughty and good". I hope I made the good list :P

So many cute figurines, I can't decide on a favorite.  
The Christmas theme carries on Casa Santa's dining area.

Legoland Hotel Malayia for the 2nd Time Around

I cannot stress enough, how much my boys love LEGOLAND Malaysia.  We were there just last December and were recently back for more Legoland adventures.   My boys will never grow tired of Lego bricks ~ you can turn into almost anything.  Your imagination is the limit.  Compared to our previous stay at LLM Hotel, I could honestly say that service has greatly improved. Check in was swift and fast (though check-in time remains to be at 4pm ~ real late if you ask me, but it was okay since we only deposited our bags, claimed our reserved tickets before heading off to the park).
We stayed at the Pirates Themed Room this time.  I liked our previous room better, the "Adventure Themed Room", but  my boys liked the Pirates Room better.  The room  This room has the same configuration as the Adverture Themed Room.  Rooms at LLM Hotel are huge, with a separate sleeping area  for the kiddos.

There are 2 televisions, 1 in the adult room and another at the kid's sleeping area, with a good s…

Casa Astillero Beach Resort: Camp Grounds and Beach Wedding Venue in Calatagan, Batangas

Casa Astillero Beach Resort in Calatagan Batangas, known for it's campsite, suitable for team buildings, is now offering affordable, intimate, and unique beach weddings.

The resort, a 2,500sqm pearly white sand site is located at Barangay Santa Ana Calatagan in Batangas. It is a semi-private beach resort inside Caisip compound where the famous Villa Sachico and an ancestral house of Zobel de Ayalas are located.

Casa Astillero is a perfect getaway to unwind and relax, with its tranquil view of the beach, affordable cottages and kabanas and perfect campsite, where  one can build a bonfire by the beach at night, grill your favorite dish and relax till sunrise. 

Casa Astillero Beach Resort is embarking on another service, which definitely mirrors the beautiful and pristine beaches in Calatagan – weddings.

Last June 2, 2015, Casa Astillero Beach Resort has introduced its enchanting beach wedding services to family and friends, during an intimate gathering.

Of the recent company’s success …

PRESS RELEASE: Subic Grand Hoyah Hotel

There are plenty of hotels inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, and one hotel that stands out because of it's professional and friendly staff, chic & fun KTV, affordable Spa and to speak-of restaurant ~ with custom made Shabu Shabu embedded gas range is Subic Grand Hoya Hotel.

This  four storey boutique hotel is conveniently located in central business district of Subic Bay Freeport Zone, near all the best places to go to, such as: duty free shopping, motorized Ziplines family extreme fun at Tree Top Adventure and one the country's best theme park, Zoobic Safari with white lions and the only tiger Safari in the Philippines.

The Subic Grand Hoyah Hotel offers world class facility . Guests are treated to a unique atmosphere, complimented with the gracious hospitality and personalized service of our warm staff.  It is good choice for family, business partners and  leisure travelers.


Subic Grand Hoyah Hotel offers 40 spacious rooms (Deluxe Twin Rooms Superior King R…

Our Singapore DuckTour Experience

Kids and walking really doesn't fit well together. 

I figured it would take a lot of walking if we insisted in touring the Singapore Marina area on foot, and so decided a tour onboard an open tour bus and the river cruise. However, due to limited time, I thought it is brilliant to do a Wacky Duck Tourinstead.

The Original (with live commentary) Singapore Duck Tour takes you on a Singapore Heritage Tour by Land and Sea on onboard a DUCK, which is actually a remodeled WWII amphibious Vietnamese war craft

I booked a combo tour, through Asiatravel, which included: a ride on the Singapore Flyer; a DUCKtour and tickets to the Gardens by the Bay twin conservatories. 

The entire package costs SGD70 for adults and SGD55 for children. 

The tour boards by the Singapore Flyer tourist center and lasts for about 60 minutes.

Hubby and I got to see most of Singapore's famous attractions without the trouble of dragging and forcing the kids around the city.

The land adventure included sights of Esp…

Festive Hotel - Resorts World Singapore

Hotels inside Sentosa are really expensive, if not for a credit card promotion, which included a 2 nights stay in Festive Hotel's Family Deluxe Room, inclusive of multiple attractions tickets for 2 adults in: SEA Aquarium, Universal Studio and Adventure Cove - staying in a Sentosa Hotel would not have been included in our Singapore adventure.
I booked via Agoda using my MasterCard and used earned reward points from my previous Agoda hotel bookings.  The entire package is less than P20,000 total.
Breakfast was not included in our package though, but no worries since there are numerous restaurants in the adjoining Forum Mall and nearby Malaysian Foodstreet.

Festive Hotel is connected to the USS Theme Park through the Festive Walk and Forum.  It is still about 5-10 minutes walk to and from USS, but a lot convenient than staying outside the Resort's World complex.  

The room was huge with a king size bed, loft bed and sofa bed, that can comfortably sleep 5 pax.  The hotel provided en…

Legoland Hotel ~ Lego fanatics Dream Hotel!

To complete the LEGOLAND Theme Park experience, we have decided to stay over night at the Legoland Hotel.

Legoland Park is located in Malaysia's Southernmost city Johor Bahru, which is an hour away by land travel from Singapore. 


We went here via a private taxi "SGMYtaxi", I booked on-line.  SGMY is efficient and travel is convenient and hassle free.

Note: You need not pay anything right away. Payment is made in cash after reaching your destination.

The owner Mr. KY is very easy to talk to and very generous, if I may add.  Our ride was upgraded from a Toyota Innova to a Toyota Alphard.


The Legoland Hotel is located right next the Legoland Park and WaterPark. With a two days combo park and waterpark tickets, hotel guests can leave and enter both parks anytime for two consecutive days, so you are assured you get the most out your vacation.

The moment we entered the hotel confines, I immediately felt the
excitement from my boys eyes.  My youngest rushed to …

Royal Plaza on Scotts ~ Our Singapore Vacation Starts Here

We wanted a hotel along Orchard Road, but find most of the hotels quite expensive.  We were truly delighted to have chanced upon the Royal Plaza on Scotts (RPoS), which was our Singapore home for 5 days.

Check-in was spot on easy. 

I emailed the hotel a night before our scheduled check-in to inform them of our estimated arrival in Singapore, which was early in the morning (Note, that I did not specify for an early check-in, but was hoping they would take a queue).  We were delighted to be ushered to our room right away and it was only 11am.

Location simply perfect.

RPoS is an affordable first class accommodation in one of Singapore's prime location. It located at Scotts Road which is a few steps away the famous Orchard Road.  Truly ideal for some mega shopping.


RPoS is about 300 meters away from an MRT station.  There is also a bus stop just outside the hotel and a taxi station, with the hotel's good old bellhops ready to hail a taxi for you anytime.

Our mode of transpo…