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Monday, November 24, 2014

Sheraton Hotel in Palo Alto California

When we attended the Doodle4Google  event with our daughter, Google  booked our  hotel accommodation in Sheraton Hotel in Palo Alto California.
 The hotel was  located  near Stanford University but unfortunately, we were not able to visit the famous university.
 The photo above was our daughter during the registration before we  went to our hotel room.
 After we registered at the Google lounge, we  checked in to the hotel.  It was a very exhausting  flight  but we were all excited for the  main event the next day.
 The hotel has a swimming pool which the kids really love.
 Interesting art piece in the hotel lobby which I can't pass not to take picture of lol.
 See the black squirrel  showing us the way?  Unfortunately, the way he showed us led us to the wrong one lol.
 The room  has two beds, good enough for the four of us.
 Here's EJ excited to see the ice bucket  hahaha.
 I has a nice bathroom.
After we ate some snacks, we came back to our room  for a much needed rest.  More  posts coming up when I get the chance.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bonding with Friends at Lake Arthur Regatta - Moraine State Park, Pennsylvania

We met some  good people when we got invited to a Filipino gathering at Lake Arthur Regatta - Moraine State Park in Pennsylvania last August of this year.  We seldom  attend  this kind of event  but since  we want our kids to be around the Filipino community once in a while, we decided to go.   
 It was nice because we get to eat some great foods which reminded me of home.
 You know when  it's a Filipino party because  camera keeps flashing lol.
 I don't think  there would be a Filipino gathering with no picture.  It is just part of being Asian I guess.  We even take pictures during funerals.
 We also got to see Chelsea again the Pomeranian dog that we used to have and we  gave her up for adoption to another family.
 She was still the same, she still knew us too.
The kids were so happy to see Chelsea  again.  It was a great time for me  and my husband as well.  We got to explore the  other part of the park which was very nice.  Definitely a place that worth visiting.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Music-Related Journey

Below are some photos that  I have when my daughter was still taking  ballet lessons to a dance place here in our  area.  She didn't like it too much so after  several months, she decided that dancing wasn't for her.  Her journey doesn't end  there though.  Her interest in music was shifted into playing an instrument which is really good because she loves it.  Hubby and I supported her decision not to continue with the dance lessons because I couldn't  be a good dance Mom anyway.  I am not into make up and other cosmetics so I wouldn't really know how to dress  up daughter during rehearsals.
I think her motivation was affected by the fact that she didn't like  how they were  being  trained during the lessons.  I think that if you want  your kids to be good at ballet, they should take ballet lessons at this dance studio where  teachers are professional and really knows what is best for your kids.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tips on a Long Road Trip with Kids

Let's face it, traveling with kids is not always pretty especially if you are taking a long 7-8 hours of r driving.    My family love traveling, it's one of the many  pleasures in life that we enjoy as a family.  We love to go on a road trip especially if we can't afford to go on a  major vacation.  Local trips or just plain  JoyRides is fun with these  Burritos of ours.  These photos were taken when we were coming home from our one week getaway in Ocean City this year.  That's a very  long  drive so hubby and I make sure that we are ready to deal with the travel woes.  Below are some of the  tips  that really works for us when we go on  long road trips.
 1.  Bring Music CD and Movies - Listening to music or watching movies can really occupy their time.
 2.  Bring Coloring Books or Crossword Puzzles - My kids love these kinds of stuff so I make sure that I pack  these with our stuff.
 3.  Pack some  Finger Foods - Bringing some snacks  during the trip is a must when you have kids because they tend to get fuzzy when they get hungry.  A well-fed tummies  means happy travelers.  This also eliminates the need for  stopping at food chains.  Cut up fruits and veggies are great to keep them full.
 4.  Keep them Engage - Engaging them in a conversation makes the trip really exciting.  We  sometimes challenge them to look for certain color of cars or type of car.  It makes them aware and alert.
 5.  Ask Trivia Questions - Even on  road trips, we  somehow incorporate learning.  My husband would always asks about certain characters in a movie and stuff like that.
 6. Tell a Story - Hubby is a great story teller so the kids always ask for stories when we go on road trips.  You can share your childhood  memories and  life experiences,  our kids love to listen to that.
 7.  Bring some Board games that they can play.  - We let our kids bring their favorite toy or games when we go on a road trip so that they could play with it when they get bored.
 8.  Are We There Yet? - This is the common question that kids ask when  traveling so  tell them the location, things that you see, and  the time period that you still need on the road before reaching the destination.
 9.  Riddles i this plays a big part as well when we are traveling.  Hubby has a lot of these lol.
10.  Point Out to them the beauty of nature.  Luckily for us,  both of our children love outdoors/nature so they enjoy what they see especially farms with animals.  Industrial buildings is also one of their favorite topic.  If you involve your kids in a conversation, they would surely show enthusiasm and boredom is unlikely to happen.  
11.  Lastly, make sure that they are well-rested the night before the trip so they won't be so tired and fuzzy.  

Quick Getaways for the Holidays

The holiday season really is a wonderful time of year when you can stop for a little while, look around, and take in all of the blessings in your life. They are also a perfect opportunity for reconnecting with family and friends you have not been able to see for a while as a result of a busy life keeping you apart.

But the holidays can also be extremely stressful. Shopping for gifts, making plans with many different people, and finding time to stay sane through it all is definitely tough. And, sometimes, all you really need is to get away for a little while, especially if you are experiencing a lot of tension in your relationships. So what are some quick getaways you can book?

Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua is a city in Guatemala that is known for its beauty, its slow pace, and its relaxed attitude, so it is absolutely perfect for getting away from the winter blues and from the stress created by the holiday season. You can find a variety of places to stay, such as apartments and hotels, but do not expect to see high-rises, so you will feel like you are travelling back to a much simpler time.

London, England

London is a vibrant, diverse city that truly has something for everyone. If you are yearning for some excitement and you want to do something a little different this holiday season, try booking your stay in some serviced apartments in London, as you will not be disappointed by all that there is to do and see. From theatres and museums, to a variety of tourist attractions, museums, and historical sites, you can take some time to take in new experiences rather than following the same old holiday routine that you have done every year so far.


The island of Aruba is one of the most gorgeous islands on the planet, so it is no wonder that so many tourists flock to it throughout the year when they need to get away from it all and recharge their batteries under the warm sunshine and in the crystal clear waters. Book a stay at one of the many beautiful resorts, where you will be pampered with easy access to a soft sandy beach, a large swimming pool, delicious food, and friendly locals and fellow travellers.

Miami, Florida

For those who want to head to the United States, and for those already living in the US who want to get away from it all and head to a tropical destination, Miami is highly recommended. Beautiful beaches, exciting nightlife, and restaurants serving delicious cuisine will make your stay interesting and memorable. You can even take a short cruise while you are there to the nearby islands of the Bahamas.

With so many amazing things to do and see around the holidays, there is no reason why you should spend them at home if you don't want to. Or, create a balance between family time and getaway time by planning a quick getaway to one of these destinations. You won't regret it.


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