Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hello Kitty Birthday Party Ideas

Who doesn't love Hello Kitty? Kids, teens and even young at heart could be mesmerized by the cuteness, only hello kitty can bring :) 

In my case, I became fond of the famous cat when Miel, my daughter, came into my life. Why? Because she looks like HK :) 
You be the judge! Hehe! This photo was taken during her 1st birthday last 2013 in The Creamery Kids Universe MOA. Sad to say, they decided to close down the physical store and focused on catering offsite events instead. 

At that time, I don't want to have just one theme (which is Hello Kitty) so I've decided to put more colors to the party. Since Creamery had this "hawaiian" thingy, "Hello Kitty goes Hawaiian" became the theme of Miel's 1st birthday party :) 

Creamery handled almost every detail of the party - decorations, food, venue, invites, loot bags, prizes and banner. But the cake and cupcakes were made by Sweet Creations by Mum and photobooth by zecky's (both were not included in the package with Creamery). 

When it comes to my daughter's outfit, I've just bought a 2pc hello kitty bathing suit (in pink&purple), flower headband in SM and purple shoes from Spoiled store. 

After a very stressful but fun event, we then checked in Microtel Wyndam hotel in MOA and spent the night there. 
Look how refreshed my daughter was? :) this photo was taken on the rooftop of the said hotel. 

Another great Hello Kitty theme party I did for my daughter was "Hello Kitty goes Italian". 

Well, it's not an actual party, with many guests - friends & relatives, but rather an intimate one (only us with grandparents on both sides, and our sibs). 

To achieve the "italian" vibe, hubby and I decided to have lunch in Amici Taguig. We ordered pizzas and pastas then cake from caramia. 
Why Amici Taguig? Because it's an italian resto and it's in Venice Piazza (replica of the famous clock tower in Italy). 
Aside from the food and ambiance, venice piazza also has small playground for toddlers and bird feeding in the afternoon. (I even fooled most of my friends in fb. They thought we're actually outside of the country and surprised when I told them that that place is only in Taguig). 
Going back: Since Hello Kitty is still part of theme, Hubby and I bought this hot pink + stripe HK dress (HK dollshoes, gift from a family friend) in SM department store. HK letters from Handicrafts Atbp. 

We had the second level of the restaurant all to ourselves so we placed Miel on one of the vacant tables and did some photo op :) 

Honestly, I can't wait for her to turn 3 (4, 5, 6 and so on) because I have a lot of Hello Kitty themes in mind :) 

How about you? What Hello Kitty theme do you like best? :)

*note: hello kitty photo credit - SanRio Ph (1st pic on this blog post)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Keep Calm and Watch Movies

Have you ever been inlove? 

Filipinos (most, if not all) are born romantic. For us, LOVE does make the world go round.  Me, being a Filipina, is no different. I'm a sucker for happy endings and in love with the idea of being inlove. Read books about damsels in distress and knights in shining armor. In my younger years, (during sem breaks) I was able to finish 15 love novels. Addict much? Hihi! 

When books/novels were being turned into movies, I was a bit intrigued. [trivium: I am not fond of watching movies in cinemas. I'd rather wait for it in vcds and watch  in the comfort of our home]. 

Wanna know the movie that made me fall in love with watching movies? It's A Walk to Remember, the first movie I watched that is based on a novel (by Nicholas Sparks). 
Photo Credit: AWTR Wiki

This is a 2002 teen romantic film starring Shane West as Landon and Mandy Moore as Jamie. I can still remember how long the lines were just to buy tickets and another long line going inside the cinema. Although I watched it standing the whole time, I was able to enjoy it. Back then, I wished there could've been another way of purchasing movie tickets without breaking a sweat. Seems like a miracle 'coz after more than a decade, voila! answered prayer. 

GMovies. The first and only one of it's kind in the country. This is the ultimate pocket app for your movie fix. 
(a) Be updated with current and upcoming movie releases. 
(b) Have the best seats.
(c) Buy your tickets using your smartphones . 

What are you waiting for? Having this is app is easy as 1-2-3. 

(1) Go to App Store (iOS users)
(2) Type GMovies. 
(3) Click Install.

Powered by Globe Telecom, this film-tastic mobile app is FREE for download for both Android and iOS users. To know more and to fully enjoy the GMovies experience, visit and follow it's social pages: 

Facebook:   GMovies
Twitter:        @GMoviesApp
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Youtube:      GMovies
No more long lines and more reasons to fall in love with watching movies. 
How about you, what movie made you fall in love with watching movies? 
Share your thoughts by commenting on this post. Who knows, IF I win this blog contest of film-tastic proportions, one of you will also win a prize. Is a pair of movie tickets each week for one (1) month sounds great? :) 
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An Overnight Stay @ Acacia Hotel Alabang


Few months after our baby was born, I've been itching to go out of the house. It's not that I don't want to stay at home or want to leave my child. There came a point that you need a breather from all those sleepless nights (and the fact that you carry your baby inside your womb for 9 months plus the pain of giving birth...err.. pain AFTER giving birth, since it's CS. hehe!) and sudden-but-wonderful changes, having a kid brings to your married life. I wanted to go out-of-town, sleep in a very soft bed, relax a bit but still able to bring her with us (hubby and me). The answer to this is to check in a hotel. But not just any other hotel, it should be the one that is "baby-friendly". My definition of such is super clean.

I read all tripadvisor's recommended hotels and due to positive feedback, Hubby and I went on booking a room in Acacia Hotel in Alabang. This hotel is said to be 5-star by rating and offers world-class service. We were not disappointed :) 
Upon entering the room, this big bed welcomed us. It's like its inviting us in for a sleep (agad agad). You ask if it's comfy? super! 
It has LCD, drawer, study table and equally comfy chair with side table. I like the simplicity and cleanliness of the room. 
And as for the bathroom, yay! there's the shower on the right corner while... 
...the bathtub's on the left. 
Here's the view from our room :) 
The following morning, we went to one of the hotel's resto and had some breakfast, buffet style :) 

It was indeed a very refreshing stay! 

Acacia Hotel Manila 
5400 East Dr cor Commerce Ave 
Filinvest Corp City Alabang Muntinlupa City1781
02-720-2000 / 02-588-5888

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Mom needs a Break once in awhile :)

Photo credit: Google free clip art

"Being a mom is not an easy task". I never knew what they meant about this until I became one. In my daughter's first year, I'm juggling work, household chores, being a wife and a mom. I tell you, it's as complicated as it sounds. 

It gets more complicated when her yaya needed to go back to the province, Hubby and I have an unanimous decision to tender my resignation (from work) to take care of our daughter. It's the best decision we've come up with because I'm able to tend to her every need and seeing how she grows everyday is priceless. 

We take her everywhere we go, even out-of-towns with friends and families. On one occasion, we went to Tagaytay. When my daughter saw me arranging shirts and milk bottles in her pink duffle bag, she put a big smile on her face, knowing that she will be going somewhere :)

We've been to Tagaytay numerous times but this one, we checked in an exclusive (and remote) area. We literally drove up and down a paved (mountain) road just to get to the Grand Quartier II. 
After we settled down in our room, we then did some siesta and woke up before dinner time. While I'm preparing dinner, my daughter approached me and told me "toto" (which means pupu in her vocabulary). After the toilet session, I checked her things. To my dismay, I forget to bring diapers! She only started her potty training a month before so it is still a must especially in the night time. Hubby stormed out of the room and looked for a place to buy one. Remember, we are in a very secluded place so he needed to drive up and down again before getting to the main road then back. Good thing there's convenience store in the town proper. But this could have been avoided if only I double check everything before going out. 

I'm getting the hang of it, having a kid and all, but I wish to never forget any detail especially when travelling with my daughter to avoid the incident to ever happen again. 

Life's been a bit crazy after she came but I can't imagine my life without her. Although, sometimes I wish I could have few hours for myself, like that of a "me-time". Everyone deserves a break, even moms like me :) What better way to do this is to watch a movie while munching on my favorite kitkat. "Have a break, have a kitkat!" indeed. 
#KITKATBreakMovement
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Back on Blogging!

Honey's Haven

Last quarter of 2010 is when I started this blog. Few months after, I received a couple of invites to events from very kind PR managers. From there, I was able to meet new friends, some even have names of their own in their respective fields now. I am fortunate and glad to have met them during their humble beginnings :) Then after a couple of months more, something wonderful happened. I got pregnant! On my first trimester, I experienced bleeding so I have to rest. A lot happened in the past 2 years I've been absent in blogging - survived pregnancy, delivered a very healthy baby, celebrated her 1st & her 2nd (recently) birthday, became a full-time mom and loving it 'til now :) 




Yay! After more than 2 years, yes baby, I'm Back! 

What to expect? 
* More foodie adventures 
* Travels - in and out of the country 
* Birthday party ideas for Girls 
* DIY projects 


God Bless Everyone :)
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Friday, November 2, 2012

Wedding Anniversary in Intercontinental Manila

Anniversaries.We've been celebrating ours for the past 12 years (7 yrs as a couple and 5 yrs as husband&wife). But the latest one's kind of different. Why? Because we're 2 and a half :)

But since she's still unable to take in solid food, she's not with us when we had our dinner date in Intercon Manila.

Cafe Jeepney is the hotel's official restaurant. I've known this place when we bought vouchers in Deal Grocer a day before :) According to our attendant that night, the concept of the resto used to be people eating inside real jeepneys. I can't imagine housing real jeepneys inside the said place but it would've been quite an experience.

While waiting for our grilled food to be served, I roamed around.

Resto.Although there are no actual jeepneys inside (fully assembled, I mean), they displayed parts of it on their walls instead. And near the grilling station is a miniature :)

Food.When compared to other restaurants that offer buffet, theirs is kind of short with food choices. But it's worth a try.

What I love about that night is the yummy treats. Perfect to end the meal :)

Whether you are celebrating special occassion or just merely trying different restaurants in the metro, try including Cafe Jeepney on your list.

Cafe Jeepney is located at:
Ground Level, InterContinental Manila
1 Ayala Ave.
Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone Number
(+63 2) 793-7000 loc. 6771

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

“Happy 5th Birthday, Nuffnang!”


What is Nuffnang? The first Asia Pacific's online blog advertising community. (according to Wiki) But if you're going to ask me, what really is Nuffnang, I'd simply say... 


>>> The place where you can have FUN while BLOGGING and LEARN while gaining FRIENDS <<< 


Happy Birthday NUFFNANG!! It is clear that God created you for a great purpose... :) 
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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Worth the Wait

It's been awhile since I've last visited this site of mine... I've been busy with a lot of things and I'm sure one post will not be enough to cover all :) 


Honey's Haven was and still is the place where I write pretty much everything about my life... an outlet, a personal online diary specially created for the forgetful Donna (that's me). Then when I gain friends out of blogging and somehow, readers (thank you po) who are interested in our (me & hubby) out-of-town escapades and PG-ing PG-ing (PG means patay gutom..hihi) eat-outs, I've decided to come up with not-so-senseless entries about those topics in order to share our own experience and in the hope of helping other people with their travel. 


When Honey's Haven about to celebrate it's 1st year (last October), I planned on giving a big surprise for my readers (contest alert) but... little did I know that a month prior to that, I will receive a surprise of a lifetime...


10 Days after our trip in Puerto Princesaone of my friends told me that I eat a lot and its freaking her out. She even joked if I was pregnant. When I heard that comment, I immediately recall the last day of my period and it was not unusual for me to be delayed that long because it happened to me twice but ended up not having any, you know? baby... But still, I listened to her and bought a pregnancy kit that afternoon in the nearby drugstore. 


The following day, at around 2am, I woke up and read the instructions in the kit. Then tried to go back to sleep. But sleep was not very cooperative so I did it... tested if I really am pregnant... 


The result? 
Yes! I really am pregnant :)

After seeing those 2 lines, I just cried a river... woke my hubby and told him the great news!! After 4 loooooonnnnggg years, finally, God gave us what we longed for... what we prayed for...  

And the timing's too perfect... really worth the wait... 

I've discovered I'm pregnant right after our 4th year wedding anniversary... 

First real kick started last December, week of my birthday... 

And baby's arrival will be this May, hubby's birthday...  

very first ultrasound 

We're no longer just a couple... we're about to be a family... :) 
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Puerto Princesa Part 6 of 6: 3D2N Complete Itinerary in Puerto Princesa

Let me share you our Puerto Princesa 3D2N Itinerary. This has been one of the best vacations we've had... I'll let you know why in my next post :) 

This will not be possible without the help of Ensogo and SMY Travel & Tours. 


Day 1:
9:00AM     Airport Pick-up 

10:00AM   Check in at A & A Hotel
11:30AM    Lunch (pax account)
01:00PM   City Tour
05:00PM   End of tour 
07:30PM   Proceed to Iwahig for FireFly Watching Tour 
11:00pm    End of tour/ back to City proper

            
Day 2:
7:00AM      Breakfast
7:30AM      Underground River Tour
12:30PM    Lunch at Taraw Restaurant
5:00PM      End of Tour
7:00PM      Dinner at Ka Lui
  
Day 3:
12:00 NN  Check out

SMY TRAVEL AND TOURS
361 Malvar Street, PP City
434-1429 // 0917553-2884 // 0920-924-0763


EXPENSES:


Hotel A&A Plaza Hotel via Ensogo                 699php x 2 Nights = 1398php
Tour Package via SMY with souvenirs          2950php x 2 pax =   5900php
TOTAL                                                              7298php


Miscellaneous
Pasalubong (shirts, pearls, food, etc)             3000php
Dinner at Ka Lui                                                1100php (round off)
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Puerto Princesa Part 5 of 6: Dinner at Ka Lui

After the Underground River Tour, we rested for 2 hours then off we go again :) This time for food hunt... Where to? Where else? Ka Lui of course! :) 
Ka Lui is the place to be when you're in Puerto Princesa. Food haven for food lovers like us :)  
This is a family owned business and became the top food establishment of the city. 
Upon entering the place, you will be asked to remove your shoes/slippers and they will place it inside these cute little boxes at the front. I think this simple rule (rocks!) made me even more curious of how well they run this restaurant :)
I was amazed on how cute and homey the interior looks like :) Too bad we don't have any prior reservation that we ended up having the table at the front... :( 


But that didn't ruined the night.. We're even thankful because even when we didn't have any reservation, they were kind enough to still accommodate us. The only difficult part of the night was the food...their food choices, I can't even choose.. I don't know what to order.. I like them all :) 


On the table: 
Shake for Hubby
 Mango Shake for Me
Ka Lui Special of the Day
Clockwise: Veggies of the Day, Fish Steak,  Chili Crabs, Prawns, rice (not in the picture) starters Set à la family, pwede for two. 395php + Vat
 Side Order: Crispy Fish tail 350php +vat 
This came as a surprise... the outer covering taste like lechon.. promise!
 Complimentary fruit platter 
"bon appétit"


Food: guaranteed fresh... 
Place: romantic ambiance... 
Worth every penny... 

KaLui Restaurant 
369 Rizal Avenue Puerto Princesa City Palawan
( Opens Daily Save Sundays Lunch 11-2pm; Dinner 6:00-10:30pm )
(048) 433 2580
+63 928 753 9621
www.kaluirestaurant.com