Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lemon Kiss

My daughter likes to play dress up. She loves to put on dresses that are colorful and/or floral. Sometimes, it takes a whole day of twirling and giggling. I'm not complaining. I'm more amused than irritated. 

She'd grown so fast. I sometimes miss the baby she used to be. At age 2 and a half, she already has the concept of what is "beautiful" and what is not [especially on clothes. hehe!]. 

But as a mother, beautiful is not enough, especially on dresses being used by my baby. It has to be comfortable and light. 

That is why I didn't pass on the chance for my little daughter to try Lemon Kiss dress. 


Lemon Kiss dresses are stylish and embody the playful and fun lifestyle of young girls. It's mostly made of cotton and items include dresses, blouses, pants, skirts, shorts, pedals, overalls, jackets, etc. Lemon Kiss is available on most of SM department stores nationwide.

Out of the different designs and prints, this cutie little dress [photo above] caught my eye. Simple and elegant, perfect for my little girl. 


This came in second [photo above] :) 


Look at these dresses. Lemon Kiss apparel's definitely a clothing haven for your little fashionista :) 

*Photo Credit: Lemon Kiss

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If you want to view the latest and complete collection, visit them online at:


or at any participating SM Department Store(s) nationwide. 


Donna =) 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tree Top Adventure Press Conference



Baguio. It is known for its beautiful sceneries and cold weather. Nowadays, it also reminds us of all those hugot lines from the famous movie of Angelica and JM. But is that all Baguio can offer? 

Do you want to know the extreme side of the City of Pines? 

PRESS RELEASE: 
TREE TOP ADVENTURE BAGUIO:
Experience the Extreme Press Conference and Tour

As the City of Pines welcomes the summer season, Tree Top Adventure will hold a press conference and media tour on March 14, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Tree Top Adventure Baguio Camp John Hay, Baguio City. The press conference aims to inform the public that if they want to experience the extreme, they might want to try out the activities at Tree Top Adventure.

Tree Top Adventure offers four unique outdoor activities divided into slow and fast paced activities. One slow paced activity is the Canopy and Funicular which is similar to the concept of a cable car, but, you’ll be seated on cable chairs in which you’ll be transferring from one station to another until you complete all eight stations. If you prefer to just walk around the area and fill your eyes with spectacular view, you could avail the Trekking and Skywalk. For the fast paced activities, Tree Top offers the Tree Drop, Silver Surfer and Superman. 

Tree Drop is the most extreme activity that Tree Top offers in which you’ll be suspended 60 feet above the ground, mission impossible style, and you’ll be falling as fast as two to three seconds. Superman, as the name implies, is a horizontal motorized zipline in which you’ll be flying back and forth, Superman style. Silver Surfer is a diagonal zipline in which you’ll be standing on a specialized platform and you’ll be gliding up and down for three cycles.                               
                                                      
Tree Top Adventure’s another branch, located at JEST Area Upper Mau Cubi Point, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, will also hold another press conference and ribbon cutting event on March 21, 2015 after the success of its first press conference held last February 21, 2015.

Whether you want to feel the breeze, slow down, be inspired with the view or experience heart pounding, adrenaline rush quenching activities, Tree Top Adventure has it all. 

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For more information, you could contact 09166299381. 
You could also visit their website www.treetopadventureph.com
To be more updated, you could like their
Facebook page www.facebook.com/treetopadventurecamp and follow them on 
Instagram @tree_top_adventure and 
Twitter @TreeTopPH.


Monday, February 23, 2015

FAMILY STAYCATION: Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham

Today, I had this opportunity to sort all of the pictures in my laptop because my hubby's on rest day. I came across pictures of our family when we stayed in Microtel Inn in MOA after my daughter's first birthday. Let me share with you what happened during our stay. 



Checking in was a breeze. No fuss. After asking for an ID and signing few papers, receptionist then handed me the key card and we were escorted to our room. Since Hubby and I needed to go back to the party, we just dropped off our bags, locked the room and left.



[After the party] Here's my daughter, still crying. She got overwhelmed with people who attended her party and ended crying the whole time, even until we reached our room. 

Ours is a queen double room that has TV with cable and dresser. As an added bonus: each bed has chiropractor-approved mattress. Cool! 



Pretty decent bathroom with toiletries and hot & cold shower. I'd say we had the rest we needed after a tiring but fun day. 


Our stay came with free breakfast for 2 at Millie's, the hotel's restaurant. 


Here's what I ate that morning :) 


And here's my daughter taking a peek of her breakfast :)


After our heavy breakfast, we then went to the rooftop of the hotel, where the pool was located. We woke up late and took our time eating, that we end up not swimming because it's late, the sun is up and it's so hot. 


My daughter, still confused where to look and she's easily get distracted.

All in all, we had a great time staying in this hotel. Highly recommended to those who are planning/attending events (birthdays/eat outs/concerts,etc) in MOA because hotel is just a stone's throw away. 


Visit them: 

Microtel by Wyndham - Mall of Asia
Coral Way Ave. Cor Seaside Blvd
SM MOA Complex, Pasay City 1308
Philippines

Phone Number: +63-02-403-3333
Mobile Number: +63-917-590-5914
Email: mallofasia@microtel.ph
Website: www.microtel-manila.com

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Embracing Change: New Life Ahead.


Change. Some say it's inevitable. Me, a very emotional me, gets too attached to people (or things) too much too soon. Now when the time comes that I have to let go of someone or something, it takes a lot of effort before I can say I've moved on...

Sometimes, when you're in the transition stage (from being hurt to moving on), you get lost and you need a couple of people (and posts) to remind you of why there is a need to let go and why you need to move forward. Take for instance, this previous post of mine here,  about the reason why I'd like to attend the Professional Blogging Summit last year. This is when I asked myself: Why do I blog? The answer I posted was I blog because of my passion to write about food, travel and to share my experiences as a mommy/wife to others. Furthermore, I want to take my blog to the next level. Then it all comes to this, why in the world did I stopped posting blogs here 3 months after that? Answer?

Change. Our family lost someone, lost something and moved somewhere. 

Within those 3 months that I am "out", I had a couple of friends, family and online support groups that came to the rescue. Thank you is never enough. And then this post from Mommy Ginger about blogging and branding appeared in my news feed. There's this thing that she discussed about identifying what legacy I want to leave behind that hits me spot on. I know that for every blogger, there's a reason for blogging. For me, I know that already but what's lacking is my drive to achieve it. After reading her blog, I became inspired again, hence the reason why I created this post :) Thank you again!

In the coming days, I will be posting blogs about Cooking for 3, wherein I will be introducing recipes I created and/or modified to fit my family's taste, recent trips (local & international), food discoveries and probably attend an event or two (as long as I am still invited. hehe). I get so high just by thinking of all of these.

This is why Honey's Haven is created... To inspire, reach out and connect with other mommies/parents, foodies and travel enthusiasts like myself :)

Hop on and enjoy the ride!


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Viber Welcomes The Year of the Goat with a New Sticker Pack




02.19.2015. Happy Chinese New Year To All! One of the perfect ways to greet people you love is through the use of VIBER and they have great news for all of us!

PRESS RELEASE:

"Users Can Now Share Fun Chinese New Year Stickers with Family and Friends

 to Celebrate the Spring Festival "

 

Viber, the leading OTT communications app offering free messaging and HD-quality calls, is joining in the festivities of the Lunar New Year. A specially designed sticker pack is now available to download, featuring a brand new sticker character as we enter the Year of the Goat. Considered the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar because of its rich cultural heritage and history, the Lunar New Year is centuries old and celebrated by over a billion of people worldwide.

 

The ‘Happy Year’ pack - Happy Goat Year - features 16 vibrant stickers which celebrate everything about Chinese New Year and the festive season. Each sticker reflects key celebrations and traditions observed by Chinese communities during the Spring Festival. This pack is for Chinese communities around the world as well as anyone (or Nationality - eg Thais - to be inserted per market)who wants to wish their (Chinese - to be inserted per market) friends a marvelous new year. From special greetings and hong bao giving (and receiving!) to sharing messages of prosperity, there is something for everyone – the perfect wayto spread the Lunar New Year vibes.

 

Viber provides a new way to enjoy the celebrations with loved ones far and near. The Chinese New Year pack offers greetings in multiple languages including Mandarin, Cantonese and English. The red and gold pack has plenty of stickers embodying some of the key customs. Send greetings with red lanterns, fireworks and dragon dances to ward off evil at the start of the Lunar New Year. Wish prosperity and abundance by sharing gold, red envelopes and money trees with your loved ones. Finally, as the family gathers for New Year’s Eve dinner, why not send stickers to tell absent friends that you miss them – choose from the famous new year cake, oranges for prosperity, or dumplings representing the full moon and symbolizing the family unit and perfection.

 

The Chinese New Year sticker pack is now available to download from the Viber sticker market for free.

 

For more updates on Viber, visit:

www.facebook.com/viberph,

www.twitter.com/viberph, and

www.instagram.com/viberph.

 

About Viber:

Viber is a pioneering mobile messaging, voice and video service. Viber lets everyone in the world connect. Freely. Users can send free text messages, fun stickers, photos, videos and doodles, share locations anywhere in the world, make free HD-quality calls and communicate with Push-To-Talk. With Viber Out, users can make low-cost calls to any phone number around the world. Viber is available for iPhone®, Android™ phones and tablets, Windows Phone, BlackBerry®, Blackberry® 10, Windows®, Windows 8®, Mac, Linux, Symbian, Nokia S40 and Bada devices over 3G/4G or WiFi connections. With over 516 million unique users in 193 countries, Viber is constantly innovating by introducing new platforms and adding fun new features. Viber is a Rakuten Group company.

 

www.viber.com

 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Kool Kids Ice Cream & Co

11.08.2014 Last Saturday, mommy bloggers from MBP, including Ms Lani, visited the 5-month old ice cream store in Megamall, named Kool Kids.
Kool Kids Ice Cream & Co is owned & operated by Mr. Miguel Arranaz. According to him, what sets his store apart from others is that he uses liquid nitrogen to make ice cream. 
Liquid Nitrogen helps freeze the ice cream faster, compared to the conventional way  (placing it inside the freezer, wherein there's a possibility that it'll develop ice crystals due to slow process of freezing). 

It was my first time to see an actual ice cream mixture being turned into mouthwatering ice cream in seconds using liquid nitrogen. I was amazed. 
At that time, there are 3 favorite flavors available (because they change flavors) namely: 
Nuts for Nutella - nutella infused 
Mad Vanilla madagascar vanilla 
Karamel Kool - salted caramel 

I, personally, loved the mad vanilla flavor. It's not too sweet for me, unlike the other flavors. 
Kool Kids also offers frodough, ice cream inside warm and fresh dough. 
They also have dark crookies, milk choco + cookies + nuts. 
Aside from food, there's also small magnetic wall with letters, where kids can play. 

If you are in SM Megamall, visit them at: 
5th Flr SM Mega Fashion Hall 
Mandaluyong City 

Or follow them at: 
Fb/twitter/IG: @koolkidsph
#wearekoolkids

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fun at Kwelavan

One of the perks of being a stay-at-home mom is I get to choose what food lands on our table. And when I'm in the mood for chicken, I only have one brand in mind - chooks to go. Here's why: 
1. Chooks-to-go chicken is oven-roasted & has sweet-peppery taste. What's great about it is that, it does not rely on the sauce to make it tasty. 
Pardon the lack of chicken skin as hubby ate it even before I had a chance to take a photo of our dinner :) 

2. My baby, who is the pickiest eater in the family, enjoys meal time whenever I serve it. 

3. Since there are hundreds of stalls & stores within the metro, it's no wonder that the nearest branch is just a stone's throw away from our house. 

4. Even if my family's too tired to go out of the house, it can be delivered right at our doorstep. How? Through foodpanda. Where did I learned this? Here's where: 

In the recently held Blogapalooza, Chooks-to-Go booth has this kwelavan. This is where I got the discount coupon from food panda.
Chooks-to-go Kwelavan 
This is a big red booth that can accommodate one or two players. On one end of the booth, that's where the player(s) will stand while the other end, the place where the monitor's located (refer to the upper pic). 

The screen will then flash the things that needed to be done. 

Let me share with you the step-by-step on how it's played :)
1. To monitor the player's every move, I was advised to imitate the pose. After that, it's playtime! :) 

2. I was given 3 tasks (need to be completed) to win a prize. 

3. First challenge: need to smash the big egg to let the chick out. 

4. Second challenge: need to run as fast as I can. But there are chookstacle, so I must avoid it by either jumping over it or make yuko

5. Final Challenge: need to slash off the chicken but avoid the catsup bottles. (It's like fruit ninja). 

After the game, the lady handed me a big red umbrella, the discount coupon I mentioned at the mid part of this blog post, from food panda, a thank you card and printed copy of my kabaliwan while playing. 

The next time I see this kwelavan, whether in private or social events like blogapalooza, I will definitely try it again :) 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

"Life to the Fullest" The Blue Leaf Filipinas Anniversary Party

10.15.2014 The Blue Leaf Filipinas held an anniversary party last week that focused on celebrating living to the fullest and filling life with love & laughter. 

The Blue Leaf Filipinas
It is the second events place to proudly carry The Blue Leaf brand, (following that of The Blue Leaf Events Pavilion in McKinley) that offers a unique and modern Filipino architectural design. 

They have halls & function rooms that can accommodate as few as 50 pax or as many as 1000 pax. 


They partnered with some of the best caterers in town, namely: 
 
Hizon's Catering 
Josiah's Catering 
Juan Carlo the caterer inc 
K by Cunanan 
The Red Chef & Events Specialist
Tijoe the Caterer

During the Event
When attending events, you meet other bloggers, exchange information (mostly social media accounts) and simply have the time of your life. 
Me with Ms Janice of Mommy Mundo 
Me with Ms Fleur of Mommy Fleur 
Me with the other Mommy Bloggers (photo credit: Mommy Lally - thank u! :)
Me at the event (Thank you again Mommy Lally for staying with me). 

If you are looking for an events place in the south, choose The Blue Leaf Filipinas. Make new memories & live life to the fullest. 

Address: Belle Avenue, Aseana City, Paranaque City 1722 
Landlines: +632 8757550 +632 8664044-45 +632 8664039 
Website: www.theblueleaf.com.ph
 

Dpop's 1st Professional Blogging Summit

10.18.2014 Professional Blogging Summit, held at the A. Venue Mall Makati City, was the first blogging summit organized by Dpop.

Dpop or Digital Pop is the brainchild of Jeoff Solas and Janette Toral, 2 of the big names in the blogging industry.

Before the start of the Summit 
Arrived at A.Venue mall at around quarter to one. With me is a good friend of mine, Dianne of Memet Diaries. It took a lot of courage for me to be there since my family's going through a difficult situation right now. To take my mind off of it, even for few hours, I decided to come (and I've been waiting for this event for days now). 
The Venue 
It's artsy interior and relaxing color made the venue less intimadating, which is perfect for casual talk. 

The Speakers 
Azrael Coladilla of Azrael's Merryland. 
Ross Flores del Rosario of Wazzup Pilipinas. 
JayL Aquino a social media strategist for local celebrities. 
Seph Cham a model & brand endorser. 
Jeoff Solas a digital marketer & blogger by heart. 
Sai Sayson-Montes entrepreneur & make up artist. 

What I learned from the Summit...

About Blogging:  
1. Should blog about your passion.
2. Copy-pasting is unethical. Need I say more? 
3. Make your blog simple & fun (if applicable). 
4. Filter information being shared through social media (for security). 

Blogging Etiquette: 
1. Be nice to everyone. (to your readers and/or bloggers you meet during events)
2. Share your knowledge and support other bloggers. 
3. Respect others & act responsibly. 
4. If, by any chance, committed a mistake, own it, learn from it and move on.

Blogging + Business: 
1. Hard sell nowadays, is not effective when marketing a brand. It should be 20% business related & 80% relatable. 
2. Need to take care of customers because if you don't, your competitors will. 

And the best part of attending events... 

You meet the bloggers/PR/organizers in person. 
Me with Ms Janette Toral 



Group picture. Photo credit: dpop 

Congratulations to Dpop for a successful event. 

Thank you also to the ff sponsors: Profriends - http://m.profriends.com/
Best Western Plus Antel Hotel - http://www.antelhotel.com/

It was indeed an awesome event. 'Til next time. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Professional Blogging Summit

Why do I blog? 

I often ask this question to myself. Is it because I want to make it as a profession, passion for writing perhaps or do I simply want an online diary? 

When I started this blog - Honey's Haven, back in the last quarter of 2010, I was merely documenting my life events online. As I continued writing, it became a part of my weekly routine - post a blog or two. Before I hit my first year online, I had to stop due to a pregnancy issue. I was just starting to attend events and gaining friends from the blogging community. With a heavy heart, Honey's Haven was offline for more than 2 years. 

Come mid 2014, I visited my blog for I've missed it so much. Then it struck me. I can go back to blogging and this time, it's for good. 

Why do I blog? 
I blog because of my passion to write about food, travel and to share my experiences as a mommy/wife to others. Furthermore, I want to take my blog to the next level. The best way to achieve this is to learn from the experts. This is why I decided to participate in the upcoming Professional Blogging Summit


In partnership with #dpop, this half day, by-invitation event will be held at A Venue Mall Makati Ave, Makati City this Saturday, 18th of October, 2014 at 1pm.

It aims to gather professional bloggers, share experiences, exchange insights on blogging and make it sustainable as a profession. 

AGENDA (PM):

12:00nn - 1:00pm Registration 

1:00 - 1:40pm Maintaining a Professional Bloggers & Social Media Specialists Network 
Speakers: JayL Santiago Aquino, Azrael Coladilla and Ross Flores del Rosario

2:00pm - 2:40pm Getting Clients, Professional Blogger Ethics and Maintaining Goodwill Relationships
Speakers: Jeoff Solas & Joselito "Toots" Tolentino

3:00pm - 3:30pm Sponsor Talk 

3:45pm - 4:30pm From Blogger to Blog Celebrity: The Journey
Speaker: Seph Cham (and more to be added) 

4:45pm - 5:30pm From Bloggers to E-Commerce/Social Media Entrepreneurs 
Speakers: Sai Sayson Montes and Janette Toral

This FREE event can accommodate 100 bloggers. To join, kindly sign up here - http://ecommercebootcamp.digitalfilipino.com/october-18-professional-blogging-summit/

If accepted, you will receive a private message and additional information will be provided. 

Hope to see you there! 

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