Disney On Ice Presents Dare To Dream – Slumber Party

Disney On Ice Presents Dare to Dream

The countdown to Christmas has begun.  That means the countdown to this year’s ice-spectacular show has started as well.   What’s Christmas without Disney On Ice, right?!  This year, Disney On Ice brings us a collection of Disney Princess Stories that includes modern day princesses, Rapunzel and Tiana.  The eternally elegant Cinderella and the first-ever princess Snow White will also have their own stories to share in the show.

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Disney On Ice Presents Dare To Dream won’t be shown in Manila until December 25 but my own little princess is already eagerly waiting to be dazzled by princesses gracefully gliding on ice.

Classic meets contemporary in Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream! Laugh at Disney’s hilarious hair-raising escapade, Tangled, as Rapunzel; her unlikely companion, Flynn; and Maximus, the Captain of the Guard’s determined horse; embark on an uproarious journey that takes adventure to new lengths! Travel to the enchanted forest with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as Snow White escapes from the Evil Queen in her search for her one true love. Watch as fanciful dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming with a glass slipper fit for an unforgettable fantasy come true. And boogie to the tune of bayou in a magical, musical journey that celebrates the story of the Princess and the Frog with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen.

Three months is a long wait – especially for little girls who adore princesses – but Disney On Ice makes waiting a lot less agonizing with Disney On Ice Dare To Dream Slumber Party, a series of Disney-themed kiddie events.  Of course I couldn’t turn down the invitation to join the launch last September 15.  And, of course, I tagged along my own little princess.  She was practically bouncing off the walls when she found out that we were going to meet Cinderelly!

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Dare To Dream – Slumber Party

Upon reaching the Gateway Activity Center, the first thing that caught my daughter’s eyes was the wishing well beside the stage.  She wanted to throw a coin inside and make a wish!  While waiting for the event to start, all the kids were given coloring pages to keep them entertained.  The princess makeover kiddie salon was also open for li’l girls who wanted to be made up like princesses complete with tiaras.  Sure enough, my li’l princess wanted a makeover.  She didn’t want any makeup though – not that she needed any anyway. :-)  A few gems and a tiara were enough to make her feel like a princess.

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The slumber party started with the host asking the kids to draw their dream for the future on a piece of paper and to drop the paper into a wishing well.  My li’l girl wants to be a paediatrician when she grows up but drew Elsa instead.  Perhaps, because it was a Disney event and Elsa is her current fave princess.  After wishing that their dreams would come true, the kids were treated to an interactive storytelling.  This was followed soon after by the highlight of the afternoon – a meet and greet with a Disney’s Cinderella!

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Cinderella was a very special guest in the Slumber Party but I think that the most important guests of all were the beneficiaries of the Make A Wish Foundation!

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Watch out for other Slumber Party events in October and November.   You’ll not only get to meet and greet a Disney princess, you’ll also have loads of fun!

Ticket Prices and Show Schedules

Tickets to Disney On Ice Presents Dare to Dream are now available at Ticketnet. The show will run from December 25 to January 4 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.  Make your little ones’ dreams come true by letting them experience the beauty, sparkle, and spirit of the ice-spectacular Disney Princess event of the year!

Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream

December 25, 2014 to January 4, 2014

Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City

Schedule of Shows

  • December 25 – 1:30pm, 5,00pm
  • December 26 – 1:30pm, 5:00pm
  • December 27 – 1:30pm, 5:00pm
  • December 28 – 1:30pm, 5:00pm
  • December 29 – 6:00pm
  • December 30 – 1:30pm, 5:00pm
  • January 1, 2015 – 1:30pm, 5:00pm
  • January 2 – 6:00pm
  • January 3 – 1:30pm, 5:00pm
  • January 4 – 1:30pm, 5:00pm

Ticket Prices

  • Patron VIP – P1,920(Reserved Seating)
  • Patron Regular – P1,730(Reserved Seating)
  • Box Premium – P1,385(Reserved Seating)
  • Box Regular – P950(Reserved Seating)
  • Upper Box Premium – P600(Reserved Seating)
  • Upper Box Regular – P450(Reserved Seating)
  • General Admission – P150(Free Seating)

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It’s Delightful-E Simple To Share!

As Electrolux makes it simple for us to save through their energy efficient appliances, Electrolux also makes it just as simple for us to share our blessings through their Delightful-E Simple To Share campaign.  Just donate your old clothes to any of their drop-off sites (see list below).  They will launder all of them before segregating those that are still in good condition and those that are not.

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Those that are in good condition will be donated to calamity stricken survivors while those that can no longer be worn will be upcycled into quilts.  Clothes that are no longer in good condition will be sent to Gawad Kalinga’s Trese where they will be transformed into quilts which will then be donated to orphanages and other communities.

This means that every single piece of clothing you donate will be put to good use and will bless other people in need.

Another part of Electrolux’s Simple To Share campaign gives you a chance to win one of four Electrolux twin tub washing machines.

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Share a little bit of yourself by donating a special piece of clothing.  It could be that favorite shirt that you haven’t worn since 10 pounds ago or maybe that pair of slacks that you wore on your first day of work.  If you haven’t worn it for decades, why not make someone extra happy by donating it?   Tell Electrolux over at Instagram about that special piece of clothing – why it’s close to your heart and why you’ve decided to donate it – and you just might win a washing machine and Breeze gift packs.

Mechanics for the Simple To Share Instagram/Twitter Contest

  1. Take a photo of a special piece of clothing that you are willing to donate.
  2. Tell us why it’s special to you and why you wish to donate it.
  3. Use the hashtags #DelightfulE and #SimpleToShare  and tag @ElectroluxPH

The Electrolux Delightful-E Simple Instagram Contest ends on September 30 so SEND your entries now!

 

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Drop-off Sites for Pre-Loved Clothes:

Electrolux Customer Service Hub
Grundfos Building, 5548 Osmena Highway, Brgy. San Isidro, Makati City

Mommy Mundo Head Office
2nd Floor Fun Ranch Frontera Verde, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Unilever Philippines Head Office
1351 United Nations Ave, Paco, Manila

Empire East Land Holdings Inc.
11th Floor World Center Bldg., Sen Gil Puyat, Makati City

St. Mary’s College
37 Mother Ignacia Ave., Paligsahan Quezon City

Kodak Philippines
2901 88 Corporate Center Valero cor. Sedeno Sts., Salcedo Village, Makati City

Morgan Stanley
16th Floor E-Services Building, Bonifacio Global City, The Fort, Taguig

Center for Culinary Arts (CCA)
287 Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Dasmarinas Village (Homeowners Association Office)
1419 Campanilla St. Dasmarinas Village, Makati City

BrandAction Inc.
Unit 4B ALPAP Bldg, 160 LP Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City

It’s Delightful-E Simple To Save!

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P10,353.98!!!! That’s how much I could save if I use an Electrolux Time Manager Washing Machine to wash all our laundry instead of sending them to the shop.  What would I do with 10K?

  • enjoy a weekend in a Tagaytay hotel or a Subic beach resort
  • buy a small food kiosk and start a business
  • pay 2 months worth of monthly tuition installments

I could think of a dozen more things I can do with 10,000 pesos!  Here’s what else I could do with those savings:

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Want to know how much YOU could save on laundry expenses?  Check out the Electrolux Savings Calculator app.   It will show you just how much you spend on your laundry weekly and how much you can save in a year if you use an Electrolux washing machine.

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Click here to try the Electrolux Savings Calculator app.  Remember to hit the SHARE button after you get your results.  Tell your friends on Facebook what you would do with your total laundry savings, use the hashtags #DelightfulE #SimpleToSave, and get a chance to WIN your very own Electrolux washing machine.  Contest ends on September 30 so JOIN NOW!!!

 

Saving Every Cent

The 10K savings I mentioned above is just from laundry expenses.  Imagine how much more I could save by cutting down on other expenses!    The bulk of our monthly expenses goes to food, transportation, and electricity.  Though they all are necessities, we can still cut back on them.

Save on Food

One of the ways we’ve cut down on food expenses is eating out less often.  That also includes dialing 8-7000 or 8-6236 less often. I’ve also been buying meat, produce, and fruits from the wet market instead of the supermarket.  They’re not only much cheaper, they’re also much fresher.

(Click here to read about my wet market adventure)

Save on Electricity

The best way to lower electric bills is to make sure that all your appliances are running in good condition.  Some may think it frugal to keep an appliance for as long as it’s working but if you’ve been using it for more than a decade it won’t be running efficiently anymore and is costing you more on electricity.  When buying new appliances, make sure you choose ones that are energy-efficient.  Look for the Energy Star logo, inverter drives, and eco-saving features.

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(Click here to know more about Electrolux’s energy efficient washing machines)

Another way to lower energy consumption is to unplug appliances that are not in use.  Before going to sleep, unplug televisions, microwave ovens, modem and wifi routers, and all other appliances you won’t be using for the night.  You’d be surprised how much you’d end up saving in a year.

Save on Transportation

If you’re up to the challenge of riding the jeepney and LRTs, public transportation is still the cheapest way to get to your destination.  It’s not that comfortable though and if you’re with little children, it can be quite dangerous (imagine having a little child in a cramped rush-hour MRT – he could get squished and suffocate!).  One option to save on transportation costs is to carpool with co-workers. To lessen gas expenses, my husband sometimes uses his motorbike going to work.  On days when he’s using the car, he uses apps like Waze to determine the route with the least traffic.

 

More Savings, More To Share

My grandfather once told me that it’s not greedy to want a comfortable life, to reap profit from a business, or to save as much as you can.  By making sure that your basket is full, you would have more to share with those in need.  Work hard, save for the future, and share your blessings.

(Click here to read more)

First Quarter High

First Quarter in big school ended last August and, I must say, both kids performed really well in school.  There were minor issues in behavior during the first month of school with the little girl easily getting frustrated when she’s not called to recite in class even when she has been “raising my hands forever!” and the little boy being a tad bit too talkative and playful in class (he’s still both but is not disruptive anymore – yey!).

They’ve also both adjusted to their daily routine.  When they get home from school, they eat their lunch/snack, do their homework, play or watch TV, take a bath, eat dinner at 6, and go to bed at 7pm.  We run a tight ship at home!

Like all other kids, they want more time for playing or watching television but they do know that they have to finish all their homework and worksheets first.  The little boy has gotten so used to the routine that he asks for “work” to answer before his TV time.

Well, their diligence have paid off!  Check out their grades for the First Quarter:

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I know that learning isn’t just about school grades but high grades give us parents a sense of gratification. That feeling that your own hard work (prepping worksheets and tutoring two li’l kids ain’t exactly that easy!) paid off, too.   The two little bulilits couldn’t care less though.  The 9’s and A’s don’t mean anything to them.  What gave them more excitement was the breakfast treat we promised them as a reward for working hard and doing really well in school.

We’re really blessed to have been given two precocious little children!  Lucky also that they’re so easily pleased with a simple treat at iHop.  :-)

My 10-peso Sandwiches

If you see me a few pounds heavier than you last saw me, blame it on the 10-peso sandwiches! :D

I’ve been selling sandwiches in front of our house for almost a month now.  They’re not fancy sandwiches, just plain ol’ ham, cheese, and egg sandwiches.  What made me decide to set up a snack table despite already having my hands full with ghostwriting, blogging, tutoring, and housechores?! I’m also asking myself that question!!! (Giving myself a big face palm as well!)

Seriously, I saw the market for sandwiches.  Since the kids started school and took the school service, I found myself waiting by our door for an hour before noon and another hour in the mid-afternoon.  During those times, workers from a nearby cemetery and mechanics from a car shop would flock the sari-sari store beside our house for snacks.  Most of the time, they would just buy biscuits or a peanut butter sandwich (the only variant that the store sells).  This was when I broached the subject of opening a small sandwich store to my husband.  Ever supportive of my undertakings, he bought me a small plastic cabinet and a panini grill.

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With handwritten signages and a plastic kitchen cabinet as stand, my little sandwich store looks like it was set-up by kids for a weekend sale.  One customer actually asked me if our store was a school project. :-) Add to that, our sandwiches cost only P10.  Since my target market are hard-working laborers who barely earn minimum wage, I decided to keep my profit margin small.  Ideally, food items must be sold with a markup of at least 100%.  Obviously, mine is much lower than that. Nevertheless, I’m happy to be earning even just a little ‘coz I’m able to provide others with affordable snacks.

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Aside from supplementing the family budget, we also learn a lot from selling sandwiches.

My kids learn to count money.  All our sandwiches are sold at only P10. Cupcakes and cake slices are at P5 each.  My little girl already knows how to skip count by 5s and 10s so she’s able to help me count money or give change.  The little boy’s still learning to do that but he can be tasked to get P10, P5, or P1 coins from the coin jar.

My kids learn the value of hard work. They know that the money in the jar doesn’t  just magically appear.  They know that Mama has to go to the market to buy ingredients, cook the ham and egg, prepare the sandwiches, and man the store.

I get a glimpsed of the outside world. :-)  Sometimes when no one’s buying, I stop tapping on my keyboard and eavesdrop on the conversations outside.  So very impolite, I know, but some conversations are quite amusing. And for someone who has been cooped home most of the time for the last six years, I find it quite enjoyable interacting with people from all walks of life.

I learn to be humble.  There’s something very humbling about selling 10-peso sandwiches.  Here I am, in a t-shirt and a pair of shorts, selling sandwiches and whatnots while most of my friends are decked in power suits and holding meetings in their offices.  Then I am reminded that all I ever asked God was to have children I could take care of – which is precisely what He has given me.  Yes, I’m merely selling sandwiches and doing odd jobs online, but I get to take care of my children and spend most of my time with them. It’s a good trade-off for me. :-)

We’re barely earning the equivalent of minimum wage but who knows, if this picks up, we could turn it into a decent snack house. If that happens, we’d be able to provide employment to a couple of workers too. So, if you see our sign, please do stop for a while and buy a couple of sandwiches. They’re worth only P10 each. :-)