posted by Jennie on Feb 23

Bikini Bottom fans in Asia are in for a super-heroic adventure as Nickelodeon gears up for the highly anticipated The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water with SpongeBob SquarePants-themed activities taking place across multiple platforms. The network will air a “Champ-packed” marathon of episodes from Nickelodeon shows featuring heroes-related storylines on Friday, March 13 at 4:00 PM before premiering a brand new episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. Together with Paramount Pictures, it has launched the all-new SpongeBob game SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run which was inspired by the upcoming movie.


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posted by Jennie on Feb 3

“May the God of hope fill you will all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

I was shooting to finish Ray Johnston’s book, The Hope Quotient, before 2014 ended, but because the holidays have its way of diving into previously set schedules, that didn’t exactly flourish. I finished this on the first day of 2015. A good way to start the new year, I’d say. :-)

Move over, Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Quotient (EQ), Bayside Church Pastor Ray Johnston puts his foot down as he makes a compelling case on Hope Quotient (HQ), being the one thing that makes the difference. Ray Johnston gave the whole book in one sentence – “thriving people thrive for one reason – they commit to things that produce inner strength and hope.”

Hope goes beyond a feeling of elation. It is a by-product of the 7 Key Factors that Johnston enumerated:

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posted by Jennie on Jan 7

We’ve been to Hongkong Disneyland a couple of times but aside from Buzz Lightyear, we weren’t able to get our photo taken with other Disney characters. Lines were just crazy long, we’d rather line up for the rides than a photo op. So when Magnolia Chocolait gave us not just tickets to Disney on Ice but a Meet and Greet time with the cast as well, we were thrilled! I practically grew up with Disney, so meeting with a character or two was a welcome holiday treat even for this not so young mommy. Thank you, Magnolia Chocolait for sponsoring tickets for our family and 4 of our blog readers! :-)

10891902_10153467247783332_6173593560159324064_nMet with our blog giveaway winners before the Disney on Ice, Dare to Dream show started. Congratulations, Iris, Marvina, Elizabeth and Baby Allison! I have sweet ladies for blog winners. :-)

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posted by Jennie on Jan 6

It was the week from when we flew home from Singapore for our 13th wedding anniversary celebration and exactly a week until Christmas when our family had a sweet staycation time at the Widus Hotel and Casino in Clark, Pampanga.

I had to ask my boys if they were up for it. I’d understand if they’ve had their fill of  getaways for the moment after all the fun adventures and lots of gallivanting we just did in Singapore. But their itchy feet just won’t say no to getaways! Since we haven’t done a staycation in Subic for a while, I was thrilled to be staying at this hotel we’ve never been to before. Adventurers on the loose! :)

Widus Hotel (6)

Considering the holiday traffic, we arrived Widus Hotel in under two hours! Adventures are more fun with a husband who knows his way around the metro. There were so many backed up main roads that we were able to steer clear of. And our welcome was nothing less than this very inviting pool gorgeously helped by the overcast skies. It was around 3pm and swimming under the scorching sun wasn’t exactly my idea of fun.

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We just took a few minutes to settle in our cozy Family Junior Suite before we headed for the pool! :-)

Widus Hotel’s Family Junior Suite has everything I need for a comfortable stay for our family. It’s the exact room I would have picked myself if I’d book for a family staycation, which I mostly do via Agoda.

A king-sized bed for the hubby and me, a single bed for the little man, a couch in the living area which can easily serve as a daybed, 32″ flat screen cable TV, coffee and tea station, a kitchenette complete with a fridge and microwave oven, which happens to be needful when you have a growing kid like ours with an enormous appetite. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Jennie on Jan 1

If there’s anything common amongst all households, it is the need for security. Crime has become way too rampant and offenders seem to be multiplying by the day. We cannot live in panic and fear. While we daily pray for our family’s security and protection, there are some practical things we can do towards home security. One of which is installing home security surveillance.

Fukuda IP Camera

 Fukuda iP Camera

When Fukuda iP Camera sent this unit last month, I wasn’t expecting that it was any different from all the iP Cameras that we have tested and actually used in the past. This is by far the most user-friendly iP Camera we have tried to date. The FukudaCam App that we got downloaded via both the App Store on our Apple gadgets and the Android Play Store was not problematic. We’ve noticed that some iP Camera brands that we have tried have either unstable applications or they’re still on their “beta” mode. It was noteworthy enough for us that this was something that we didn’t have issues with.

Fukuda IP camera unboxing

Unboxing the Fukuda iP Camera Model: FCM829-1FMS

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posted by Jennie on Dec 30

Our favorite chocolate milk drink, Magnolia Chocolait, is giving our family free tickets to the much-awaited Disney on Ice presents “Dare to Dream.” The good news is we’re bringing along two (2) Marriage and Beyond readers who will be given two (2) free tickets each! Not only that, we will all get to MEET and GREET the cast after the show!

About Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream
Combining the contemporary stories of two modern-day princesses, Rapunzel and Tiana, with the classic elegance of Cinderella and Snow White, Dare to Dream whisks audiences away on exciting journeys where dreams really do come true. From the lighting and scenery to the music, choreography and costumes, each element of Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream magically combines to create a memorable show for the entire family.

Now for the easy peasy mechanics on a chance to win Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream tickets (includes MEET and GREET with the cast of Disney on Ice):

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posted by Jennie on Dec 25

Christmas is the time of the year when everyone gets busy trying to manage all the excitement of shopping for gifts and going to parties.

True to most people’s experience, it is delightful to receive presents from loved ones. Amidst all the frenzy, there will be many who will seek to share their blessings to other people.

Above is a photo of our family’s SM Bear of Joy.

On its fourth consecutive year, SM Supermalls offers an opportunity for shoppers to give back and make another child happy, through the SM Bears of Joy charity program.

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