The Gypsy’s Lair in Puerto Princesa

Thankfully, just a few minutes walk away from The Canvas Boutique Hotel is The Gypsy’s Lair in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

Gypsy's Lair Cafe Palawan

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It is designed very creatively. You can tell that artists must own this place! They even have palm reading on Fridays-Sundays.

palm reading gypsy's lair palawan

While they had an interesting display of desserts, we sampled their local Filipino fare which didn’t disappoint.

gypsys lair desserts

Try the Lamayo (local dried fish of Palawan) with egg and garlic fried rice, it is my ultimate favorite meal! I swear I could eat that everyday ūüôā

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Well, we did have this coconut ice cream which was divine! They also have a unique flavor-wheat bread. Don’t ask us why! Lol!

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Gypsy’s Lair Art Cafe
20 Mercado San Miguel
National Highway, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Air Asia Philippines flies to Puerto Princesa, Palawan from Manila.


A Balm for My Soul: Two Oceans at Maya Maya Beach

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Every year, my family have an annual beach gathering to celebrate Easter week together for creating memories. The past two years have been at Two Oceans Beach House in Maya Maya, Nasubu, Batangas in the Philippines.

We arrived on the auspicious full moon day where we basked under its light come evening.

Maya Maya Nasugbu Batangas

During the day, the kids swam and played while the adults bonded over stories, food and drinks.

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batangas beach house for rent

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Now forgive me, I didn’t get a chance to take decent photos of the rooms (5 total) but here’s a sneak peak of very messy shots the day we left!

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This is the back of the property

two oceans beach house rent

The property has stunning views of the ocean…

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Philippine Beach

which made sunset sessions picture perfect each day.

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the colors of sunset

A few steps away from the property is the village’s access to the beach. It is very rocky (wise to wear water shoes or sandals), but certainly has its charm.

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easter egg hunt

Hope you all had a solemn Holy Week and Easter Sunday!

Interested people who would like to rent this beach house may contact Bob at (0918) 956 5656.

Two Oceans
Maya Maya Beach
Nasugbu, Batangas



Top 6 Indoor Activities For Kids in Manila

As a mother of two children, I a make it a point to be updated with kid-friendly and age-appropriate places to take them. I am always on the hunt for venues where energy can be expelled in a fun manner for everyone (I say everyone because when children are in a better mood, parents are, too! And I notice, vice versa!).

Because it rains half the year in the Philippines, here’s a useful¬†list of indoor places to take the kiddos in Metro Manila for nothing but play, learning and fun!

  1. Kidzania¬†Manila¬†–¬†What’s really fun for children is that they get to imitate the adults in an¬†environment where they are encouraged “to work” for play money which they can choose to save in a bank or exchange for special activities at the end of the day.Kidzania Manila Honda

    Kidzania Manila Wall ClimbingCost: Mondays – Thursdays children 4-14 years old Php900, toddlers 1-5 years old Php500, guardians 15 years old and above 30% off from full price, Fridays – Sundays and holidays children 4-14 Php1,100, toddlers 1-5 years old P600, guardians Php770. Babies below 1 are FREE.

    Kidzania Manila
    Park Triangle, North 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
    Tel No. +632 711-5439

  2. Jump Yard Philippines РIn a sour mood? Take the little ones jumping and you are sure to shift their energy in no time! It even works for grumpy parents!Jump yard manilaCost: Monday to Thursday (except holidays) Php250.00 per hour per jumper and Php350 Friday to Sunday including holidays

    Jump Yard
    Frontrera Verde Complex (beside Fun Ranch), Ortigas Ave., Pasig
    Metro Manila, Philippines
    Cel No. +6915-6182183

  3. Wall Climbing in Power Up Centro Atletico РHelp your kids get over their fear of heights in this courageous, strengthening and self-esteem building activity.wall climbing manila

    power up centro atletico

    Cost: Entrance fee is P170, Rental of shoes and harness is P100. Total of P270 for climb all you want for the day.Power Up Centro Atletico
    25 West Road Corner North Road,
    Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
    Phone: +63(2)4127480

  4. School of Rock Philippines– Wanna raise a music prodigy? Maybe start ’em young listening to classics like The Beatles and learning how to jam at School Of of rock manila

    school of rock philippines

    School of Rock, Greenhills Branch
    Connecticut Arcade, 
    San Juan City, Manila 1502
    Cel No. +63922-8342455
  5. Dreamplay in City of Dreams РLet the movies come to life as your children get to imagine their favorite characters in this one-of-a-kind interactive play and creative center.dreamplay city of dreamsdreamplay manila

    Cost: On weekdays, Php680 for kids ages 4-17 years old, P300 for adults and P50 for toddlers 2-4 years old. A day pass is P1,200. On holidays and weekends, P880 for 4-17 years old, P400 for adults and P100 for toddlers. A day pass of P1,500.
    Upper Ground Floor, The Shops at the Boulevard in City of Dreams
    Asean Avenue cor. Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City,
    Para√Īaque 1701, Manila, Philippines
    Phone +632 800 8080

  6. Ninja Academy – Who doesn’t want to be a ninja? It is probably every kid’s dream! Fulfill this fantasy by taking them to the Ninja Academy Kids Workshop this academy pasig
    *Photo from Ninja Academy Facebook page
    Cost – Php4200 for 9 sessions

    Ninja Academy
    #155 Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Pasig City
    Phone +63(2) 624-2872
    Cel No. +63917-5658945

Do you have other places to recommend for indoor play? Do suggest and we shall check it out ourselves! Email ūüôā


Useful Tips on Visiting Universal Studios with Young Children

A trip to Los Angeles is incomplete without a visit to the Universal Studios in Hollywood. I remember this place vividly as a child and to return decades after brings back a flood of memories! I am happy to recreate new memories in one of the iconic places in SoCal with two kids in tow.

universal studios hollywood

Find the map and directions to Universal via driving or public transportation here.

Do invest in front of line passes. Some of the rides and attractions may take up to an hour of waiting time! These front of line passes lets you cut through the crowds to save you precious time! Another tip to save on time is to study the map found here before going to make an itinerary suitable for you and your family members.

front of the line pass universal studios

The festive feel is all over Universal this month and will most likely run until January, so do go for a visit to as soon as possible!merry christmas universal studio hollywood

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Since my daughter is very young, she couldn’t get to do many of the rides. Thankfully, Universal Studios has the child switch service where you can wait in a special section for infants and switch with your partner if you want to get on the ride without having to line up again. Although, if you have front of the line passes, this won’t be an issue. But the designated areas are a huge help for parents with young children.

The Despicable Me Minion Mayhem was the first ride my son took together with my husband.

despicable me universal studios

My daughter didn’t make the height requirement so we took photos while waiting instead. Note that she¬†hasn’t seen the movie so she was wondering who these gigantic cartoony creatures were. If you are with little ones, consider that they might get spooked, initially so it helps to warm them up to characters¬†before taking photos.

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This is what I am talking about…

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If you do visit Universal Studios Hollywood until January 3, you’ll be greeted by the characters of Grinchmas in Whoville who were such a delight bringing to life the magic of the book, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas! I wrote all about this here.

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Jurassic Park was¬†one ride that I got to do with my son while my husband watched over the baby. Don’t be fooled by the innocent looking¬†river raft. The real adventure lies is the 84-foot plunge at the very end which will make your heart race!

jurassic park universal

The Universal Studio tour was unanimously the favorite of my family! It is a 60-min ride so be prepared to go with snacks and a drink (just in case the kids get hungry or thirsty!). Also, the lines were extra long so if you do not have the front of the line passes, you will be waiting over 60 minutes during holidays. Best be prepared by coming earlier than the crowds.

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If you’re not a fan of rides or are baby-sitting small ones, you can opt to enjoy the live entertainment around the theme park. These musicians¬†were so very talented¬†and funny!

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For the kids and kids at heart, there is a fun playground located just right next to Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. The Super Silly Fun Land ¬†is more age-appropriate for them. You can rest and watch them play from a nearby bench as they climb, jump and slide. Gru’s LAB cafe is also nearby for a bite or a cup of coffee and still within eyes view from the playground!

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playground universal studios

There are tons of unique attractions for photo shooting with your kids, too!

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It was extra cold that day so make sure your kids are all covered and have a blanket, too for when they are asleep in the stroller. Oh, the stroller will save your day so make sure to bring a lightweight, easy-to-use one!

snowman universal studios

My son enjoyed so much that he made me promise to take him back to Universal Studios. I honestly cannot wait to! Harry Potter’s Wizarding World is opening in Hollywood on April 2016. Watch the official tv commercial here. Who’s as excited as I am to return?!

harry potter universal studio

Universal Studios Hollywood

100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608


Momo Beach House in Bohol

Momo Beach House in Panglao Island, Bohol

We just returned from a short and sweet escape to Panglao Island in Bohol, Philippines!¬†My last post was a guide to kids on what you can do in Bohol because I’ve been there 3 times already with my little globetrotters! This post is dedicated to our awesome family-friendly stay on the island. Momo Beach House is a different kind of resort because it has that very homey feel.

momo bohol

Those hammocks or duyan in Tagalog are perfect for a lazy afternoon snooze.

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I sneaked into one of the unoccupied rooms and here is a photo of the Standard Room on the 2nd floor. They honestly have better rooms so do book the Deluxe or Family Rooms when you plan on visiting. We stayed on the first floor which is child-friendly because you can walk right out to the pool or the beach.

momo beach house standard room

I was glad to be back to conduct another #FlowBohol retreat a second time around with little Maya. She was only a few months old the last time and now she’s walking around the resort!


I appreciate it when staff of the hotel are so nice to my kids. This is one of their in-house staff who took time to communicate with my darling daughter. The Filipinos in general though are very hospitable and love children!

momo beach house bohol staff

Yay for this high-chair in the resort! I notice that some hotels and resorts do not have high chairs which is a shame because it makes meal times so much more comfortable for the parents. I was traveling without my husband last weekend for work so this made it possible for me to eat more peacefully versus having Maya on my lap while we eat.  Do order the danggit or bangus for breakfast for a taste of local Filipino dishes.

high chair in momo beach house bohol

Tip: Go to the beachfront and walk to the far right side. You’ll find this amazing swing right by the shore. Playground on paradise!



Another tip: Get access to free kayaking and paddle boards at Momo Beach House.

kayak bohol

Thank you to Lagu for sending me the mommy-friendly beach blanket (now with pockets!) for my birthday! Much appreciated and so useful for all my outdoor trips!


The haze from Indonesian forest fires reached Philippine shores so there were times we couldn’t see the blue skies but this photo was able to capture the beauty of Momo Beach House’s frontage. The little hut where I am standing with baby is actually owned by the resort beside Momo though!

Momo Beach House Beach front

Check out #FlowBohol on Instagram to see more photos from last weekend’s trip!



Barangay Bil-isan, Momo Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines


Awesome Sunday Brunch 2 at Spectrum, Fairmont Makati Hotel

If you happen to be in Manila and are looking for a really cool treat for your kids on a SundayРFairmont Makati Hotel has an Awesome Sunday Brunch at Spectrum! It is guaranteed to delight not just kids, but, parents too! My family is living proof of this!

On display are different Lego vignettes featuring local Philippine heritage which can be a teaching tool for history and culture. Homeschooling families, come on over!

Fairmont Makati Awesome Brunch

I knew I had to eat lightly so I just chose healthy picks from the buffet to compensate for the serious dessert damage later on! I am glad that their salad buffet had loads of vegetables and sauces to choose from. A vegetarian will have no trouble eating at Spectrum! Yay!

Salad Spectrum Fairmont

If you’re on a strict Paleo diet, you can ask the chef to grill you fish or meat and have some vegetables on the side too. Rice is optional, of course!

Spectrum Buffet Fairmont

The highlight of the buffet is obviously the fantastic dessert spread which is stylized with Lego characters and blocks. This proves to be a Lego fanatics dream come true!

spectrum lego brunch

Remember to save room for dessert because there is a loooot to sample. I made sure that I still had the ability to try as much of the sweet offerings (except for the chocolate chicharon!) or else it would haunt me forever after. If I didn’t get to try this and that and this and that, I don’t think I would ever forgive myself! Tip: You must try those delicious Mango Chocolate covered marshmallow pops! You’ll forget your name when you bite into it!

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Aren’t these chocolate Lego details too adorable for words?! Oh, how I wish I took these home!

lego fairmont buffet

I let my kids indulge at this special occasion because I honestly do not allow them too much sugary snacks at home. (Yes, I’m that kind of mom. LOL!)

Raffle Spectrum Fairmont Hotel

My 8 year old son thought that the Awesome Sunday Brunch was the coolest thing on earth. “Mom, that hotel has the best food ever!”, he said. As a parent, you are happy when the kids are happy! I know you’ll agree with me on this one!

Spectrum’s Awesome Sunday Brunch 2 is at Php 2,777 net per person. Children from 6 to 12 years old get 50% off on the buffet price. This will run until end of November.

Awesome Sunday Brunch 2

Reserve a table and surprise your family to an amazing and unforgettable treat! Call Raffles and Fairmont Makati’s Restaurant Reservations at 7951840 or email

Fairmont Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

1 Raffles Drive Makati Avenue, Makati City, Philippines, 1224

T + 63 2 555 9745


L’usine Le Loi Cafe + Shop in Saigon

L'usine Saigon

Do you look for quaint places¬†when traveling? We do! I was told that L’usine was a nice place to eat and has a unique shop featuring interesting finds in Ho Chi Minh City. So, we went to check it out, of course!
L'usine HCMC

There is something about this place that fit with our style. Everything is vintage themed which we love! Check out their store loot!   L'usine Monopoly

If there is one thing I totally regret not getting, it is this Monopoly set! Arg!
L'usine gameboards

Some of the items here remind me of a good friend in Antipolo. Ana Gutch of Body Food has very similar taste. I bet she would go nuts in this store!  L'usine sewing machine

Oh, glass jars. If only I could take all of you home for my dream apothecary, I would!

Many souvenir and gift ideas can be found here, too!  

After window shopping at the first floor, we went for brunch at the second floor.
lusine saigon  For a moment, we stayed outside to scope the seen with a drink.
Lusine Ho Chi Minh

Then we settled back inside for scrambled eggs and salmon while my son had their waffle. In my opinion, the food didn’t rise to it’s popularity. Next time, I’ll be back for the shopping ūüôā


703 Le Loi Street

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Hotel Des Arts Saigon

Since we were able to save by staying in an AirBnb for our first few nights in Ho Chi Minh City, I chose to splurge on our last 2 nights at the 5-star Hotel Des Arts Saigon. I booked a room via Agoda which has really good rates online.

This was my way of celebrating my birthday on the the tail end of the week: in the comfort of a king-sized bed with all the ones that mattered to me the most. We took the opportunity to snooze for as long as we could with snuggles and kisses. Oh, what joy!

shower hotel des arts saigon

Look at that framed vintage map. Ooooh I wanted itttt!

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The bar hotel des arts saigon

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Yes, she is a musical genius playing Beethoven and Mozart at age 1. Just kidding!

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If you want to see a really spectacular view of Ho Chi Minh, head up to the pool on the top floor of the hotel. Can you see the smog? Remember to bring a mask if you plan to be walking the streets of Saigon because pollution is a real concern from all the motorists. Apparently, Ho Chi Minh is the Motorcycle Capital of The World!

hotel des arts poolside bar


The spa wasn’t operational yet but as you can see, my kids enjoyed the space as I would’ve enjoyed a foot massage, if it were open!

spa hotel des arts saigon

My 8 year old son wanted to try exercising but since he had no rubber shoes, I asked him to get out of the machine pronto. I would’ve loved to practice yoga and sweat here but then I didn’t have anyone to watch the kids. Hotels really need to have playgrounds right next to spas and gyms so parents can do some adult activity too!

gym hotel des arts saigon

The Pho in the buffet was phenomenal! Well, anywhere in Vietnam I would say the Pho is fantastic!

vietnamese pho hotel des arts saigon

I binged on fresh fruits like my all-time favorite rambutan! Platefuls of it went down my happy tummy. Kids love it, too!

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We sampled a variety of local Vietnamese desserts as well.

local vietnamese desserts hotel des arts saigon

Oh you must try their chewy chocolate chip cookies! DELICIOUS!

cookies hotel saigon des arts

Their majestic lobby with high ceiling and large windows bring in lots of natural light. My little girl was so attracted to the horses, can you see? She was born in the year of the horse ūüôā

lobby hotel des arts saigon

Do consider booking in this very chic, luxurious hotel next time you plan on visiting Ho Chi Minh (Saigon). I know I will want to go back when I return to Vietnam!

Hotel Des Arts Saigon

76 78 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St
District 3

Tel: (+84)8/39898888



Out On The Streets: What You’ll See in Ho Chi Minh City

The pollution in¬†Ho Chi Minh City didn’t stop us from roaming the streets freely. In fact, we ventured out quite bravely amidst the swarm of motorcycles and toxic emissions (which might have caused our nasal congestion later on!). We were unfazed because we were¬†tourists. I reckon, this is something we wouldn’t do in our country, walk for many many miles with both kids in polluted streets. But, we did. And here are some of the sights you’ll see if you do the same.

Saigon Street Food Vendors: Many local vendors are out on the streets selling fruits, pho, bahn mi, coffee, etc. Be prepared to have small change for these purchases. If your stomach isn’t accustomed to street food and if traveling with children, stick to the fruits instead.

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street food saigon

Be at awe at the architectural presence of the majestic Saigon Notre Dame Basilica.

Notre Dame Saigon

The facade of this sacred architectural piece was so grandiose we sat by the park across like the locals, marveling at the sight.

facade of the saigon notre dame basilica

Enter the grand Saigon Central Post Office and mail a postcard to someone special back home.

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inside central post office saigon

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Memories of French colonial times are still evident in many of their buildings.


A pop up barber shop on the street!

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Is he selling lotto tickets?IMG_1724Watch middle aged ladies practice traditional Vietnamese folk dance.ho chi minh park

And finally, get a chance to purchase those cute coconuts for a much needed refreshing drink after a walk in the hot tropical humid weather!

vietnam coconuts

Have you been to Ho Chi Minh? What other sights did we miss (except the War Remnants Museum which I will write about in a separate blog!)? We’ll definitely add it to our must-see places for our return!


My Little Globetrotters Travel Blog Launch Party PLUS Air Asia and Jeron Travel Blog Giveaways!

My Little Globetrotters Launch Party and Our First Giveaways from Jeron Travel and Air Asia!

Woohoo! We are officially launched as a family travel blog! We are Philippine-based (for now) but consider ourselves citizens of the world!

my little globetrotters vintage globe

Just 1 week after my birthday, I celebrate in Manila at the new, beautiful and bright, two bedroom suite of Aruga By Rockwell with a group of mothers (friends, media influencers and bloggers) who share the same passion of traveling with tots in tow, of course!

mommy bloggers for my little globetrotters: irina doula, chal del rosario, indy, noelle hilario, monica manzano, em sulit, frances sales, rica peralejo, jane kingsu chen, keri zamora, andi manzano, cat arambulo antonio, kaye garcia, janice villanueva, pam begre, leona panutat, amber folkman, devaki titcomb

cupcakes by sonja and cakeshop by sonja for my little globetrotters

Indy Ycasiano of She Dreams In Ink and Cupcakes by Sonja did an amazing job of executing my vision of using vintage travel inspiration for this party! If you need awesome people to work with for a party in Manila, I highly recommend them! Not from the Philippines? I’m sure you can still talk business into flying them to wherever you’re from, too! LOL!

table set for em sulit my little globetrotters launch aruga rockwell by she dreams in ink

We had a fun-filled afternoon of delicious sweet treats, healthy juices, travel-inspired games and prizes!

aruga by rockwell set up of she dreams in ink for my little globetrotters

Some guests got to take home loot¬†from L’Indochine, Brown Belly, Moringana,INDIGObaby, Boba Philippines, Aerosox, Wanderskye and one lucky winner received Desley luggage!

wanderskye indigobaby aerosox brownbelly moringana lindochine prizes aruga by rockwell for my little globetrotters

desley philippines luggage

For the 3D/2N stay at Momo Beach House with airline tickets for 2 to Bohol, I asked what travel means to them and these are some of the most beautiful answers posted…

Rica Peralejo‘s cute and poetic piece

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Em Sulit‘s photo

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and the winning piece is from Indy Ycasiano handpicked by Momo Beach House representatives!

she dreams in ink my little globetrotters aruga rockwell

Everyone got to take home some travel goodies of love from some of my favorite travel essentials Moringana superfood capsules, IndigoBaby Shoo Fly, Body Food Adventurer’s Pack with handmade, homemade all natural skin products, MOMA, Aruga, Lulu DK tattoos, Brown Belly Oil, Lagu Beach Blanket and more yummies from Cupcakes By Sonja! Take a look!My LIttle Globetrotters Lootbag

Follow the hashtag #MyLittleGlobetrotters to see much more photos from the event from all of my guests. There’s so much eye-candy going on!

Thank you to all our generous event sponsors for the first of many more future #MyLittleGlobetrotters playdates and global gatherings! Show some love and support the products that support our never ending travels!

Aerosox, Air Asia Philippines, Aruga By Rockwell, Body Food All Natural, Brown Belly, Boba Philippines, Cupcakes by Sonja¬†and Cakeshop by Sonja, Delsey Philippines, Flow Retreats, Hillside Cafe and Juicebar, IASIS Health and Wholeness Center, INDIGObaby, Jeron Travel, Lagu, L’Indochine, The Juice Barista, MOMA, She Dreams In Ink, Lulu DK, Momo Beach House, Wanderskye

Since I am still celebrating my birthday month and I wanna pass on my blessings, here are our very first BLOG GIVEAWAYS (you may join both!)

If you want to win a FREE roundtrip Air Asia flight Manila-Cebu-Manila


An overnight staycation at Midas Hotel Manila,

Here are the mechanics:

I want to win the Air Asia FREE domestic roundtrip flight: Manila- Cebu-Manila!

  1. Follow @airasiaph and @mylittleglobetrotters on Instagram and Facebook.
  2. Post a photo of you and your tot and explain in the caption “Why Travel Matters To You”¬†,tag @airasiaph and @mylittleglobetrotters and use the hashtags¬†#MyLittleGlobetrottersXAirAsia #MyLittleGlobetrotters #AirAsiaPH
  3. The photo with most likes wins! So please spread the word on both social media sites and get ALL of your contacts to LIKE your photo. We will add the likes for both your IG and FB accounts so it helps to have both.
  4. Winner will be announced on Oct 1, 2015.
  5. Open to non-Philippine residents, too! Yahoo!

I want to win the Midas Hotel Manila overnight staycation for 2!

  1. Follow @jerontravel and @mylittleglobetrotters on Instagram and Facebook.
  2. Post a photo of you and your¬†family and explain,¬†“Why do you deserve this staycation?”¬†. Tag @airasiaph and @mylittleglobetrotters, and use hashtags #MyLittleGlobetrottersXJeronTravel #MyLittleGlobetrotters and #JeronTravel
  3. Most creative photo wins! Simple, right?
  4. Winner will be announced on Oct 1, 2015.
  5. Open to non-Philippine residents, too! Yahoo!

I’ve got lots more goodies to give out so stay tuned on this blog as I will announce the next set of giveaways on Oct 1, 2015!

Lots of love, travel and adventures,

Monica aka Mommy Globetrotter