Staycation at Conrad Manila

Our third staycation for this year might be the best one, yet! My mom has been telling me to book a room at Conrad Manila ever since it opened last year and I knew the perfect time to stay there was during the Pyrolympics. So, on the last night when France and Philippines will be displaying their fireworks show, we had the best seats available!


Everything about this hotel is picturesque! Upon entering the lobby on the 3rd floor, you will be greeted by the view of the Manila Bay in their floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Y and I were both stunned and must have had our jaws dropped at the scene.

Check-in time is at 3PM so you'll definitely be welcomed with this view.
Check-in time is at 3PM so you’ll definitely be welcomed with this view.

Since we were there for the Pyrolympics, we were advised to get a Suite. It was comfortable for our group composed of 5 adults and 2 kids. Both Z and Y were all “Wow’s” about our room, even asking if it was our new house.

The extra bed in the living room fit right in.
We stayed in a one-bedroom suite. The bed was really soft!
The kids couldn’t stop roaming around and inspecting every nook! That sofa can also be a sleeping area.
I wish I bought their robes! It was perfect for my lamigin skin!
You want space?! A massive bathroom awaits.
There’s a LED screen in the mirror if you want to have the TV as a background noise while in the bath.
You know you’re Pinoy if you get these as souvenirs, hehehe.


Before the show, we stuffed ourselves silly at the Executive Lounge located at the 7th floor where they have cocktail hour nightly. Unlimited alcohol, yeah! The food was really good so we expected the buffet breakfast to be at par.

And the breakfast buffet at Brasserie on 3 did not disappoint! For just P950 per person, you’ll be treated to two tables of pastries, a salmon bar, a selection of Filipino and Western breakfast staples, an assortment of Japanese sushi and Chinese dumplings and a juice bar! Yup, we were full until the afternoon!

After breakfast, you can lounge by the pool which is on the same floor. It was a little bit cold so we didn’t stay that long. A small part of the pool is just 2 feet so it’s perfect for little kids! They have lounge chairs and day beds around the pool so we were tempted to get a Corona to complete the experience!

Z and Y's Wawa.
Z and Y’s Wawa.


True to the hotel’s tagline, we left inspired and rejuvenated for another week! Staycations in an amazing place like Conrad Manila is the perfect breather for a yaya-less mom like me. Shout-out to JB Aquino for all the perks and suggestions. Thinking of booking again soon!

Oh by the way, here are some pictures of the fireworks taken using my Huawei P9.

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No Yaya, No Problem!

This has been the hashtag of my life since December 2016: #noyayanoproblem. Surprisingly, a lot of my friends do not employ a nanny/helper as of late. I’m not really sure why, but there’s a shortage of amiable and reliable helpers around. Add to that the list of horror stories involving nannies like stealing, kidnapping and being violent to kids! Now that vacation time is here, I know most helpers will go home to their families, and some might not come back so here’s some lessons and tips that has helped me survive this situation.

Where are you super yaya?! Photo from:
Where are you super yaya?! Photo from:

First things first, how did my husband and I came to the decision not to hire a helper anymore? Well, there wasn’t really a choice as it was Christmas season then and getting a helper was impossible. Then we had relatives visiting from the US who gave our spirits a boost with their stories of raising kids there without a helper. It was also a good practice for us since we plan to go abroad soon. Travelling with a helper will entail additional expenses so go na, no more yaya!

I think the transition was easier for me because we are living with my in-laws (which deserve another post altogether) and there are other helpers who cook and clean and do the laundry. So in any case, I wasn’t without a helper. I just had no designated person to look after the kids entirely so I can go on and do my own stuff. The kids adjusted differently. They had to go where I was going and they need to pack away their toys, clothes and food. At one point, Z said “let’s get a yaya so she can pack away.” That for me was another reason not to get a yaya anymore. The kids will become too dependent and not learn to do their chores. Now, we have a system and I labeled their boxes so they know where their toys are going. Actually, our room is more organized and cleaner now than when we had a helper. Even Y helps in packing away toys and clothes and now she knows where to get her undies and socks! So that was a lesson for me: involve the kids and they will be willing helpers!

He is OC!
He is OC!

Thank heavens for grandparents, I can have an hour or two to myself. Put yourself on the prioritize list every day! Be it a workout, coffee by yourself or a 30-minute shower. It will do your mind and soul good. I really see the importance of me-time because it works. Just a few minutes for you to catch your breath. Even if you have a yaya, chances are you might spend time doing other things, not things for YOU.

But there will be days that will challenge you. Too many clothes to sort; kids dumped all of their toys on the floor; both kids having tantrums; husband having a tantrum. You know, it’s one of those days. My rule for that:

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For example, this blog post has been saved on drafts since the month started. My kids are always asking me to join them in their playtime so I just do chores and blogging when they are sleeping or if I really need to finish something, it’s TV or gadget time. Just remember that there’s always a time for everything. It really pays to have a schedule and routine so that you can plan out your day. I enlist the help of my husband such as asking him to be the one to read the bedtime books to the kids so I can freshen up or finish work I left hanging. Oh diba, hitting two birds with one stone!


Having no helper means I get to be more intentional with the kids. I can inject learning while we’re playing and now Y knows her colors, shapes, letters and counting! They’ve also realized that I’m the only one who can give in to their needs and would always be grateful like saying “Thank you for cleaning my pwet, Mama!” I deem a day to be successful when just before sleeping I’ll ask them if they had a great day and almost always, they say yes. I may be help-less but I’m not helpless.

Got more tips to yaya-less families?! Share them in the comments!

March 2017 Events

March is brimming with lots of cool events for the whole family!


At Expo Kid, parents and kids will have a sneak peek of the different summer activities available in the metro! We went last year and discovered an indoor soccer class, availed of discounted tickets in Kidzania and Mind Museum and learned about the newest establishments for kids to widen their interests. There’s no need to call or email or go from one place to the other just to get details, you’ll get the summer schedules, rates, locations and maybe a discount in just one place! Count on Mommy Mundo to make our lives easier!

Expo Kid 2017 | March 4 and 5, 2017 | 11 am to 9 pm | Bonifacio High Street Activity Center

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If I had a yaya and a newborn, I’d definitely attend The Parenting Emporium‘s Infant Care seminar. Extra hands for taking care of a new baby are very much appreciated but parents would be more at ease if their yayas or helpers are knowledgeable about first aid, proper hygiene (for both baby and nanny!) feeding and all the other issues concerning the baby. This will be very helpful to first-time moms as well!

Yaya Seminar on Infant Care | March 4, 2017 | 1 pm to 4 pm | #29 1st Street, New Manila, Q.C. | Fees apply


Kick-off your summer shopping shindig at the first Momzilla fair for the year! Momzilla has the chicest brands for moms, babies, rooms and yummy grub! They have on-going raffle promos so be sure to follow their Facebook and IG pages.

Momzilla Fair | March 11 and 12, 2017 | 10 am to 8 pm | 4th floor, Century City Mall


A healthy lifestyle might be one of the best gifts we can give to our children! And by being good examples, we can show them that being fit and healthy is fun. The Mommy Milkshake Run by Mommy Mundo is the right venue just for that! Don’t worry if you’ve never run before, most families just take the time to be together, away from gadgets and work. There will also be a family fair with booths catering to health wellness that you can go to after the run to take a breather. For information on the fees, singlet sizes and route, just visit their website.

Mommy Milkshake Run | March 12, 2017 | 530 am | Bonifacio Global City | Fees apply

QURIOCITY-Paint Your Kicks 2017

Quriocity offers unusual activities which are fun and educational at the same time! We had fun the last time we were there and we hope to go back again. Paint your Kicks is a great avenue for sneakerheads to have a one of a kind footwear! If you want to attend, reserve a slot by sending an email to fun[at]quriocity[dot]org.

Paint your Kicks | March 18, 2017 | 930 am to 1230 pm | 2nd floor Crossroad Center, 77 Mother Ignacia Ave., Q.C. | Fees apply


Summer is one big adventure and you’ll find most of the essential travel needs at Summersault by Pop Up Kids! Can’t wait to see the brands here as I know most of them are local mompreneur run ones – shops I don’t get guilty shopping from!

Summersault | March 18 and 19, 2017 | 10 am to 6 pm | The Rockwell Club


I’ve been dreaming of an online store since it’s something a stay-at-home-mom like me can run. But how?! Manila Workshops has the answer! I love how Manila Workshops’ topics are relevant and interesting. I just wish they’ll have another run for this because I can’t go huhu.

Starting your Online Retail Business | March 11, 2017 | 930 am to 4 pm | 100 Palanca St., Legazpi Village, Makati City | Fees apply

INVITE_MMPH_MomTribe Meet-Up for March 11

Having mommy friends keep me sane! You really need to have a support system because motherhood is crazy as it is! Millennial Moms PH share the same thought and came up with #MomTribe, a gathering of moms where they are treated to yummy food and informative talks. This is open to everyone but leave them a message on their Facebook Page so they’ll know you’re attending.

#MomTribe Meet Up | March 11, 2017 | 2 pm to 4 pm | Makansutra, SM Megamall

5th National Breakfast Day

McDonald’s is giving away free breakfast sandwiches in celebration of National Breakfast Day! Choose from Egg McMuffin, Sausage McMuffin or the new Burgerdesal, a tasty burger patty in between two soft pandesals! This will happen at over 400 branches nationwide valid for dine-in, take-out or drive-thru.

National Breakfast Day | March 13, 2017 | 6 am to 7 am | McDonald’s branches nationwide


The Study by Enderun will offer summer programs for kids that will be beneficial for their development while having fun. If you’d like to know more about their IQ Builder Program, attend their Parents’ Orientation!

Parents’ Orientation | March 18, 2017 | 10 am to 11 am | The Study by Enderun at Podium Mall


Know of other events happening this month?! Share it with me so I can update the list 🙂