Thursday, April 13, 2017

Novotel opens Ice N Cream to Sweeten your Summer

Novotel Manila Araneta Center is set to indulge your sweet tooth and beat the heat this Summer with its Ice N Cream recipes! It teams up with Carmen’s Best Ice Cream as it starts scooping this April 16!

Ice N Cream churned up artisanal flavor combinations you wouldn't have dreamed possible. There's a little something for everyone from childhood and adult favorites to a trail blaze of unique flavors! Ice cream fanatics can choose from Classic, Philippine Flavors, Sorbets, Alcoholic and Sugar-Free to beat the summer heat.


Oui Vanilla! (Vanilla) is real vanilla bean infused in smooth custard

Wake Me Up Before You Go-go! (Caffe Latte) combines 2 rich notes of coffee with real coffee bean crunch

Choco Goes Nuts (Choco Peanut) takes Premium Belgian chocolate a step further by adding in roasted peanuts

It Match-A Been Love (Matcha) is deep yet delicate Japanese matcha essence coupled with rich cream.

Philippine Flavors

Purple Dream (Ube and Langka) Smooth yam elevated with slivers of Philippine Jackfruit

Green with Envy (Avocado) The richness of avocado perfectly balanced with Belgian chocolate chips.

Smell Me, Taste Me, Love Me (Durian) Sweet creamy custard with the King of Fruit's subdued essence

Leche de Almond (Leche Flan) Velvety leche flan ceowned with ceunchy Almond Florentine

These traditional varieties are just the beginning. There are also fruity flavors enhanced to make the creamiest ice cream I've ever tasted!


Cocoyeah (Coconut) Creamy coconut milk mixed witu slivers of young coconut meat

Passionista (Passion Fruit) Pleasantly sweet and tart silky passion fruit goodness

Wazzup Soursop (guyabano) Sour citrus notes contrasted with smooth soursop puree

Breezy Berry (Mixed berries with mint) A mèlange of berries married with the cool breeze of mint.

Mango Tango (Mango) Contrast of fresh local mangoes and Cebu's dried mangoes.

For a more grown-up concoction, they added a little alcohol to your standard ice cream base:


Tijuana Surprise (Cucumber Dalandan Tequila) Refreshing cucumber and dalandan spiked with fiery tequila.

Papa Don Preach (Rum Raisin) Plump, juicy raisins enhanced with a kick of warmth from rum

Kirsk Me (Black Forest) High quality couverture chocolate and sponge fused with fruity Kirsch brandy

All the flavors were great. The liquors do not overwhelm the ice cream, but lends a touch of maltiness, as it eenhance the base flavors.

Even health-conscious individuals have some guilt-free flavors to try out:


Yo Berry Yo (Yogurt with berries) Merriment if tar Swiss yogurt and mixed berries

Oh Honey Honey (Calamansi and Honey) Local lime zing blended with Tagaytay honey

Get an ice cream scoop starting from P 100 effective Easter Sunday, Ice N Cream by Novotel extends complimentary one (1) scoop of ice cream for every purchase of one (1) scoop of any variant (diner pays for the higher priced ice cream flavor) from April 16 to 29.

You can take your ice cream choice a step further by adding toppings for better flavor. You may choose from chocolate/strawberry syrup, chocolate sprinkle, gummy bears, corn flakes, jelly candies, chocnut bars, macaroons, dried fruits, raisins, chocolate crinkles, cookies, marshmallows, and wafers among others.

Choose your flavor from these 18 flavors and make your own Le Mont Gourmand!

Ice N Cream by Novotel also has Coconut Cheesecake, Chocolate Praline Cake, Mini Mango Passion Cake, Croissant, Danish breads, and Double Chocolate Chip cookies to complement your ice cream experience.

Call (02) 990 7888 or email to know more about Novotel Manila Araneta Center's Ice N Cream Dream Team promo.

Kid’s Fair 2017 is coming your way this April 21-23

Kids will sure have a grand time as Kid’s Fair 2017 comes up. Dubbed as "Bright! Right from the Start!", this event will be held  on April 21-23, 2017 at SM Megatrade Hall 1.

It is an annual event of learning for the children aims to help each child discover and further hone their minds and skills through fun and entertaining activities. Kid’s Fair 2017 puts tbe spotlight on proper childhood development that fosters joy and harmony both at home and in school. The organizers invited bloggers, teachers and celebrity guests to talk on proper motivation and child guidance.

Kid’s Fair 2017 is a total family affair as it helps the whole family by equip them with proper learning path options for their kids. to build children’s solid foundation.

Fun begins the moment your little kids enter the event as it is filled with games to stimulate creativity, problem-solving skills, and sportsmanship. There will be book reading sessions and craft andsions for kids to enjoy. Numerous various booths offer toys, books, sweet treats, latest fashion, and so much more!

Moms and Dads, Grandparents and Guardians will also enjoy the fair as activities are made to be a family affair.

A Child Check-Up lounge and refutable Child Psychologists will be there to offer medical and health assessment.

Kid’s Fair 2017 is produced and organized by Artiste Space to provide a cheerful event for kids and their families. This event is made possible by SM Megatrade Hall, Wyeth, and When In Manila.

Join in this family affair and bring the whole family along with you!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sun-kissed Summer at Club Balai Isabel

The  summer break is a much-awaited time of the year.   If unwinding is what you need, summer offers that and more. Summer time give us the liberty of time to explore and do more things with family and friends.    And this includes roadtrips.

Have you ever visited a place that you connected to?

Like the majority, my daughter and I love to cool down from the sweltering heat by taking a dip in the swimming pool. We often think of that perfect summer place as the temperatures soar. To me, it is Club Balai Isabel.

 It is my comfort hideaway that I will always go back to. It is  a place  I'm always dreaming of  returning to.

 The resort provides picturesque views of the Taal Lake and the twinkling lights of sky as it transitions into nightfall.

Upon checking in early this month, our group proceeded to the Attic Suite at the 3rd Floor of Laurel Lakeside Suites. The door opens to a kitchen in front of a small dining area. There is a plushy couch that doubles up as a day bed on the right side following the comfort room. Across the dining area is a veranda. The stairway on the upper right leads up  to the bedroom loft.

After settling down and having lunch at the Cafe Terraza, we geared up for the water sports adventure near the Kumintang Infinity Pool. I always look forward to trying out their water activities like kayaking, banana boat and jetski rides. These are just perfect for an intrepid adventure with my co-mombloggers!

Nothing says relaxation like spending our day cruising on the water with the kids in tow!

Going to Kumintang Pool, we passed by the resort Front Desk area and the villas. There is a walkway going towards the boardwalk that bends at the back of the new Kumintang Cafe.

I liked that we practically own the place during our visit. Swimming at Kumintang Pool was worth the travel.

The pool by the Cafe Terraza is always filled with kids and so we opted to stay at the Kumintang Infinity Pool for most of the time.

It is the same area where the recently-opened Kumintang Cafe is located and where we had our dinner. They offer pasta, pizza, burgers and a lot more!

We got to enjoy  cool treats at the Kumintang Cafe of Club Balai Isabel. Kids felt right at home with Hamburger and Fries. Those looking for something close to home like me, were delighted with the Tilapia Ceviche.

 Aglio Olio was a hit for pasta lovers in our group looking for a little bit of fire. They also serve the freshest fruit and milk shakes along with coffee brews prepared by their inhouse baristas.

For further indulgence, the culinary team offered a spread of handcrafted fusion food served with cocktails or lager. Kumintang Cafe really offers guests a change of pace from the Filipino food options the Cafe Terraza! It is a perfect place for dining al fresco.

What I love about Club Balai Isabel:

1. Guests with children need not fret about keeping the kids happy. The resort has picnic areas and playgrounds to keep them entertained.

2. It has amenities to help guests keep their health on the track. Guests can rent out bikes, play billiards, basketball or bust out their rackets at the tennis court.

3. Every room has a veranda structured to bring in nature's breeze to people enjoying their meals—an unwinding comfort experience.

4. Their rooms are equipped with high-definition flat screen TVs that bring comfort and satisfaction to any cinematic lover.

5. There is a church inside the resort.

6. They have spa and massages services which guests can avail room in.

7. Exploring the resort is like a relaxing walk in a park as Club Balai Isabel  sits on a landscape of rich foliage and impressive views. They actually grow their own fruits and vegetables, which they serve to guests at the restaurants.

8. It is a venue for both business and leisure. Their function rooms are equipped with audio-visual facility for corporate meeting, weddings and other special gatherings.

9. The Lake Forest Mansions of Club Balai Isabel give its high-profile guests more privacy to enjoy their stay with well-appointed suites, spacious living room, state-of-the-art kitchen facilities, pivate swimming pool, patios and more.

More improvements are in store as Club Balai Isabel will soon launch its 5000-sqm floating island towards the end of April.

Go to Club Balai Isabel to enjoy hassle-free vacations and experience memorable resort living with modern comforts.

Club Balai Isabel
Banga, Talisay, Batangas
Moile (+63)906-5185494

Phone (02)584-4068

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Uni-Pak Mackerel Giveaway

With the Lenten Season at hand, canned fishes do offer a variety of delicious meatless options that are prepared in different ways, in just a matter of minutes.

Mackerel refers to different species of fish that includes Cero, Atlantic, King and Spanish mackerel. The mackerel is known for their oil meat and its health benefits.

Many of the mackerel’s healthy benefits are derived from its oily meat which contains lots of omega-3 fats. Mackerel fish are rich in monounsaturated fats that help control blood sugar. I love mackerel for its taste and the healthy benefits it gives.

Now, after opening some of the prettiest canned sardines and mackerel, I would say that hindi basta nakasanayan the best na yan. I’ve had lots of premium brands that tasted good, but some had tough scales that I had to pick off. The scaliness of said canned fish would keep me from giving them another try.

The other brands came in with decent-sized fish packed in olive oil that were delicately-textured compared to other brands. It has good flavor, but the oil they were packed in distracts me from the fish texture I am looking for.

Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil is a marvelous discovery for me and hopefully it is to you too. While I prefer the flavor heavily masked by the tomato sauce, I am open to this whole new thing that is both healthy and affordable!

The package design on these Uni-Pak Mackerel is simple and straight-forward. One thing nice about these Uni-Pak Mackerel was the way they held together and didn’t break up when I forked them out of the “easy to open cans".

These mackerel in water-pack version were good! They were were meaty and mild. The mackerel pieces inside the can were big. These were a little larger than some mackerel I’ve seen packed in oil. Uni-Pak Mackerel have their skins and bones, but no tails which I appreciate. They were seasoned with spices and flavor enhancers based on its label.

I usually eat mackerel with my favorite crackers. And while I like them on crackers, I thought they’d be great in place of tuna for tuna sandwich spread!

I used one can of Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil 155g. After draining, I crushed the mackerel pieces, added in mayonnaise and minced onions. I seasoned it with salt and pepper. Next, I lined the pandesal with lettuce and added in the mackerel spread I just made.

Uni-pak Mackerel in Natural oil is amazing! My sandwich turned out delicious!
Visit their website for more information and easy-to-do recipes.

UNI-PAK Mackerel products adhere to strict quality control standards, and are manufactured using only the freshest ingredients and up-to-date processing and packing facilities. Kaya basta Mackerel dapat tatak Unipak!
UNI-PAK Mackerel are imported from Japan and Korea. It is distributed locally by S-Lord Development Corporation, a manufacturer of canned goods that has been involved the business of import, export, retail, and distribution since 1985.

Slord Development Corporation in Philippines also manufactures Unipak Sardines in Tomato Sauce and in Oil · Black Beans · Bangus Spanish Style · Bangus Paksiw Sardines · Bangus Tausi · Tomato Paste · Squid · Vegetable · Sallenas.

Now I have a giveaway for my readers! One loyal follower of Lucky Finds gets a chance to win a gift pack from Uni-Pak Mackerel.

Follow these mechanics:

1. Like Lucky Finds Facebook Page.
2. Like Uni-Pak Mackerel 's Facebook Page.
3. Follow @unipak_mackerel and @millette.sison on Twitter
4. Follow Lucky Finds account on G+.
5. Share this blog giveaway on Facebook using the hashtags #Uni-Pak #PakNaPak #TatakUnipak. Don't forget to tag Uni-Pak Mackerel and Lucky Finds' Facebook Pages in your post.
6. Post your link, email  and username (Facebook and Twitter) in the comment section below.

This giveaway is  open to Philippine residents and will end 12NN on April 17, 2017.  Good luck!

UPDATE: A winner has been drawn. Congratulations to Rose Cris.

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