How I Saved Money and Time Booking Ace Hotel and Suites Through the Traveloka App

Life has a funny way of making sure that all the great things that happen are all squeezed together!  At least that’s what often happens to us.  Take August, for instance, when we had two full weeks jampacked with activities and preparations for the first Homeschoolers Science Exhibit and the kids’ very first portfolio review.  This February was not much different!  A week before their third quarter portfolio review was the 21st Hot Air Balloon Festival.  That was one full day of fun with friends and one full day of sleeping all day (for the kids) and cleaning up and laundry (for me).  This was followed with days of putting together their “book” (kids’ task!) and encoding their grades (my task).  Aside from that, the kids also had activities with other homeschoolers – Engineering for Kids, Challenge Island, Learn Group, etc. So, yes, it was a crazy two weeks again for me!  (Ain’t all weeks crazy for that matter?!)

Well, I needed a break! We all did! So for their end-of-quarter reward, we decided to stay at Ace Hotel and Suites for one night because “we’ve not been back to Ace Water Spa for ages!” Uhm…our last trip there was June last year, so “ages” is about right. In the kids’ calendar, I’ve been living for centuries!

I’ve heard great reviews of the Traveloka App from a friend and decided to give it a try booking our staycation.  I’m definitely glad I did!  I saved not only time but also money doing so.

It’s FAST and EASY TO USE!!!

I opened the Traveloka app at 7:05pm and by 7:22 pm, I had already received the e-voucher.  I also simultaneously received a text message and an email confirming our booking.  That’s about 17 minutes but that also includes several minutes away from my phone because …”Mama, I need help please…”, “Mama, I need to poop…”, “Mama, please check this…” and a few other “emergencies”.  I think I actually spent only 5-10 minutes on the Traveloka AppThat’s 10 minutes max!

It’s very easy to navigate through the app.  In choosing the hotel, I just needed to choose the city or country (yes, it can be used to book international hotels!!!) and the dates we wished to stay.  It took about a second or two to show a list of available hotels which I could sort according to price, popularity, or rating. I was also able to filter the list according to my accommodation preferences, budget, and required facilities.  There’s also a map that shows where all the hotels are located so it’s easier to choose the one that’s most convenient for us.

I, of course, choose Ace Hotel and Suites as the kids requested.  After choosing the hotel, I filled in the needed information, confirmed the details, then paid online.  Traveloka uses Dragonpay which accepts VISA and Mastercard from most major banks.  You can also choose to pay over-the-counter at 7-11, M. Lhuillier, or BDO.

I surprisingly received my e-voucher and email confirmation just a couple of minutes after.  I also received a text message with my hotel voucher summary.  Now I didn’t have to anxiously wait whether the transaction went through properly or not.

It Offers EXCLUSIVE DEALS and PROMOS!

Aside from saving me so much time, booking through the Traveloka App also saved me money!   Our overnight stay at Ace Hotel and Suites costs only 4,774.19.  That already included taxes and surcharges.  There were no transaction fees and no hidden charges. There were no additional charges to be paid upon check-in.  Of course, we had to comply with the standard room deposit for incidental charges but that was promptly returned upon check out.

The published rates for the room we booked ranges from 6,000 to 7,000 so we saved more than 1,000 pesos using the Traveloka App!

Aside from the already money-saving exclusive deals, Traveloka also offers promotions that offers varied discounts both on flights and hotel accommodations.

It Could Be Your Best Travel Buddy!

While relaxing on Saturday morning (I didn’t have to cook breakfast and wash the dishes, Hurrah!!!!), I browsed through the Traveloka App again and found out that we could book flights there as well. Imagine that – just one app to search for and to book both flights and accommodations!

For flights, you just need to choose your place of origin, destination, travel dates, and passenger numbers.  The app then gives you a list of all airlines that have available flights. You can sort the list according to price, departure and arrival times, or duration.  It’s really very easy to scroll down the list.  It’s really very handy when you’re on a budget and are looking for the cheapest flight.

For hotels, you just need to specify the area or city with your preferred dates.  You can also filter the choices according to the facilities you require and your budget.  It’s also very easy to scroll through the list.  Moreover, you don’t have to go to another website to complete your booking.  Everything is done through the app.

Would I use the Traveloka App for our next vacation or staycation?

Definitely, yes!  You should try it too!

From Privileged to VIP with My New Robinsons Card

Before all the hustle and bustle of summer activities, a quaint little red box was delivered to our house.  Inside was a glimmering gold card – my new Robinsons VIP Card.  It couldn’t have come at a better time because my Robinsons Privilege Card had just expired.

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I know frugal moms like me would agree that membership and privilege cards provide us tons of savings.  I have a cardholder full of such cards but it’s often cumbersome to have to always carry so many cards.  This is among the many reasons why I love my Robinsons VIP Card.  With just one card, I get to enjoy tons of perks and discounts from over 600 tenants of Robinsons Malls, Robinsons Movieworld, Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Supermarket, Robinsons Handyman and True Value.

New and Improved Robinsons Card

What’s better than having privileges? Being a VIP! We all know that VIPs get all the nice stuff and are treated like royalty.  This special treatment is what Robinsons Malls had in mind when they rebranded the Privilege Card to the VIP Card.

Aside from the host of privileges given to loyal patrons, the new rebranded card now promises to make them feel like the true VIPs they are in Robinsons Malls.  All the features and benefits have been upgraded and improved to provide us with utmost shopping satisfaction. [Read more…]

Jasmine’s Top 5 Fave Disney Princesses

“A bow. And arrows!”  This was what my daughter replied when I asked her what she wanted for Christmas.  Was I surprised? Nah! She had been asking for a “REAL” bow since she first saw the movie BRAVE.

Ask her who her fave Disney Princesses are and Merida will always be the first one she’ll say.  My little girl definitely isn’t the prim and proper little miss princess type who loves dressing up and playing with dolls.  You can say that she’s quite the opposite of that. This is perhaps why she relates well with Merida’s character.  Her other princess choices are also not your typical “damsel-in-distress” “pretty-as-a-bow” princesses.  Here’s her top 5 list and the values that she has learned from each princess.

5.  Tiana

So, I’m trying to think of any other child I know who has Princess Tiana on her fave princess list and …. I can’t think of any!  Jade says she likes Tiana because she looks like her.  Although I told her that she looks more like Mulan,  she still thinks her skin color is closer to Tiana’s color. Also, she can relate with her because Tiana comes from a poor family and had to work hard to make her dream come true.  Tiana is 5th on her list because she likes her story a lot. 🙂

Jasmine’s Learnings: Work hard for your dreams to come true.

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4. Mulan

“I want to fight the Huns! And I want a lucky Cricket even if it doesn’t really bring good luck.”  My daughter may be afraid of cockroaches and other small flying insects but she’d courageously fight bad guys much bigger than her! Like Mulan, she wants to be a soldier so she could protect her family and her country. 🙂

Jasmine’s Learnings: Do not leave your family. Do not be afraid of big bad people.

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3. Anna

What’s not to like about this bubbly princess?! She may have been naive and gullible to the false pretenses of a dashing prince but  other than that, you have got to love this princess’ bravery. Imagine everything she had to go through just to reach her sister and to save Arendelle.

Jasmine’s Learnings: To be kind. To love your sister or brother always. 

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2. Elsa

She’s Queen Elsa now but she was a princess before that so she still gets to be on the “princess” list. ;D She comes second on Jade’s list because ……  she can make an awesome ice castle and create snow!

Jasmine’s Learnings: Never run away. Face your fears.

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1. Merida

Need I say more about this? Jade loves Merida because she’s good at aiming targets and because she’s not afraid to go into the forest.  I find Merida too strong-willed though. But my li’l Jade is definitely as brave and as spunky as the Princess of DunBroch. I just hope she won’t ever wish for me to be somebody – or something – else, ever!

Jasmine’s Learnings: Don’t talk rudely to your mother.

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As you may have noticed, my little girl’s fave Disney princesses are all brave and they all love adventure.  This is why we are not missing this year’s Disney On Ice!  Merida may not be there but Ariel, Rapunzel, Belle promises to delight us with their adventurous and comical stories. Moreover, we’ll be seeing Elsa and Anna on ice for the first time.  The Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival will definitely be a great Christmas gift for our kids (and for the kids at heart!).

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Watch your Favorite Disney Stars LIVE in Disney On Ice

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The touring show that enchanted audiences from across the globe is back with yet again another exciting run of Disney On Ice at the Big Dome.

Starting December 25 until January 3, Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival will feature magical moments from across the kingdom with a superstar lineup of Disney royalty.

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See your favorite Disney characters from The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, and for the first time ever – the Academy Award® winning and number one animated film of all time Frozen.

“This year’s Disney On Ice is truly magical with Disney properties that are packed with heart and personality. We have princesses that are exuberant and strong-willed, but we’ve also expanded the roles of spirited supporting characters, so that they’re more prominent in the show,” says Producer Nicole Feld.

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Expect a spectacular production filled with adventurous and comical segments shared by well-loved Disney princesses Ariel, Rapunzel, Belle, and never-before-seen characters Anna and Elsa!

“We are taking a fresh new spin on how we’re presenting the Disney stories. We are weaving together the four worlds of royal sisters Anna and Elsa, Ariel, Belle and Rapunzel as they each embark on their own epic journey,” says Producer Juliette Feld.

Sing and dance to popular Disney tunes with interactive and playful segments for kids to be led by Disney superstars Mickey and Minnie.

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Also join Anna as she fearlessly sets off on an epic journey, together with Kristoff and reindeer Sven, to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in perpetual winter.

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Dazzling costume designs, spectacular set elements, and jaw-dropping stunts are also what make this year’s show even more exhilarating.

In Beauty and the Beast’s “Be Our Guest,” the theatrical elements of the glitzy napkins and silverware costumes will astound audiences. “The costumes are designed to emphasize the overwhelming amount of table décor that appears in the movie. The napkins unfold to increase their size and the forks tower over the heads of the performers. This is a big moment for Belle; the costumes need to reflect that,” says Costume Designer Cynthia Nordstrom.

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Moreover, lighting plays a crucial role in giving the overall production a truly magical feel.

“The colors really pull you into the different worlds of the princesses, but it’s how the lights are arranged that command your attention when the characters are performing their acts. For example, when the Daughters of Triton are introduced, the lighting individually highlights each of them. Your eyes follow the spotlights,” says Lighting Designer Sam Doty.

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Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival features an astounding display of creativity and talent, with spellbinding Disney stories we have all come to enjoy and love! Buy your tickets early and visit TicketNet website or call 911-5555 for more details.

Join the Beach Fun at Gravitas’ All White Party

One of the best things about living in a tropical country is that we get to enjoy the beach all-year-round. Even those who live in city just need to drive a few hours to have a dose of sea air. Oh yes, I can just imagine watching the stars under a clear blue sky with the cool ocean breeze lulling me to sleep then waking up to the wonderful scent of the morning sea air and seeing the magical rays of the sun shimmering in the water.  Can you imagine it, too?  Well, you can do more than just imagine – make it a reality!

Join us this weekend, December 5, at the ALL WHITE PARTY presented by Gravitas Events Management and Matabungkay Beach Hotel.

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Gather your friends for a quick getaway this weekend! I’m sure you’re all yearning for a break from the tedious routine of work at the city.  So, what better way to cap off your week than beach, booze, and bash!

The ALL WHITE PARTY promises to be a great bash with DJ Jennifer Lee and DJ Khai playing the coolest and funkiest mixes that’ll turn the beach into one hot party place.

Ticket prices are at

  • P 850/ person ( includes set meal/ 2 drinks/ entrance fee)
  • P 4,400/group of 4 (includes set meal/ 2 drinks/ entrance fee and accommodation for 4 persons)
  • P 300 – For Batangas residents only with 1 drink

Come in groups of 4 so you can avail of the package with room accommodations.  4,400 pesos is such a steal! Aside from the beach party in the evening, you’d still get to enjoy the beach in the morning.  The package may not include breakfast yet, but food at the hotel is very affordable with breakfast plates costing less than 300 pesos.

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Breakfast plate with fresh fruit and coffee costs 200+. That plateful of bacon (with 3 strips already eaten by my li’l hungry caterpillars) costs less than 100!

Get your tickets now from Gravitas Events Management, call or text 0919-9450528. You can also get tickets at Matabungkay Beach Hotel Front office desk in Lian, Batangas, call them at 0917-8341269.

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Come in your sexiest and hunkiest ALL WHITE attire and get a chance to WIN an overnight stay for two with breakfast at Matabungkay Beach Hotel.

See you on the 5th!!!!