Ayala Malls Launches “PLAY” Time Summer Activities!

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What can we do to keep our kids pre-occupied this summer? Well, we search for summer activities that are both worthwhile and in my case inexpensive. Ayala Malls have great activities throughout the summer and this time around with the launch of “PLAY” we can expect a summer of musical live shows, rugby, a game fest and more.

Kianna and I attended the launch at Glorietta where we got a peek of what to expect. I don’t have as much time as I’d like to spend with my kids so events like these are ways to spend time with them. This time around Kianna and I had a day together. The funny thing is we had actually had an argument the day before. As a person one of my challenges is my pride, as a mother though I try and put that aside. I was happy that at the end of the day Kianna and I were more than okay.

To get to the main event floor we had to go through a fun inflatable maze. This is so popular right now and it was fun to do even if it was on land. The place was decorated like a child’s dream. With colorful installations and fun table top decorations.

Sam Oh hosted the event and we learned a little more about what to expect with “PLAY” time.

Shopkins Shoppies

First up is Shopkins Shoppies Live. They will be having 30-minute live interactive musical shows at the following malls:

Market! Market!- April 28-30 (1pm, 3pm, 5pm) | TriNoma- May 5-7 (2pm, 4pm, 6pm) | Alabang Town Center- May 12-14 (11:30am, 3pm, 6pm) | Solenad- May 19-21 (11am, 3pm, 6pm) | Harbor Point- May 26-28 (11am, 3pm, 6pm)

Ultimate Summer Squad

Barkadas have a chance to perfect the ultimate #SquadGoals with several fun challenges in a game-show inspired playground. There will be giant inflatables, Minute to Win it games, wild card activities and exciting obstacles. Winning gives you a chance at an ultimate summer getaway.

  • First place- 3D/2N stay in Casa Kalaw, El Nido Palawan with airfare for four
  • Second place- 3D/2N stay at Balay Cogon, Sicogon with airfare
  • Third place- overnight stay at Seda Hotel Nuvali and a full day pass at Republic Wake Park Nuvali

Market! Market!- May 6-7 | Circuit Makati- May 13-14 | Vertis North- May 20-21 | Solenad- May 27-28 | MarQuee- June 3

Register at www.ayalamallsultimatesummersquad.com.

BillboardPH Music Trip

Music fanatics can get to go on a musical journey with Playsound: The BillboardPH Music Trip where you can explore digital exhibits, interactive music charts and games, special live shows, videos, and more.

TriNoma- May 13-14 | Glorietta- May 20-21 | Alabang Town Center- May 27-28

Rugby Clinics

Rugby is the latest sport to be re-included into the Summer Olympics and is one of the sports activities by Ayala Malls. The national rugby team, Philippine Volcanoes was also in attendance at the launch. Kids will have a chance to build their confidence, stamina and camaraderie at the following clinics:

Glorietta, Solenad, Legazpi- May 7 | The 30th- May 14 | Alabang Town Center- May 21 | Market! Market! and Abreeza- May 28 | TriNoma and MarQuee- June 4 | Ayala Center Cebu (June 11) | UP Town Center and Harbor Point- June 18 | Circuit Makati- June 25

Pinoy Game Fest

Of course, gamers are also included in the summer “PLAY” activities. Hosted by Globe, the Pinoy Game Fest will bring together 15,000 gamers for free time battling in the virtual world.

TriNoma- Apr 28-30

Catch these installations at all Ayala Malls and take some ultimate summer selfies and groufies that are Instagram worthy!

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Nouvelle Salon Sparty Packages for Bridal Showers and Intimate Parties

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My favorite salon also offers Sparty packages! Their salon is quaint, cute and relaxing. Everything you would need for a bridal shower or a birthday celebration. They’ve got salon sparty packages that would fit pax of 4 and six groups. A salon sparty is the best way to catch up with girlfriends yet taking time to pamper yourself.

The best thing about this salon is they allow you to bring in food and decor so you can make it an even more intimate event. Some suggestions for a salon sparty bridal shower or birthday:

  • Request mood music whether it’s upbeat or soothing and relaxing
  • Favors can be from the salon. Nouvelle Salon has a nice gift box of lotion and soaps.
  • Have a theme. Nouvelle Salon has a perfect French theme and Eiffel Towers, berets and wine would make perfect decor ideas.

Interiors of Nouvelle Salon for your next salon sparty:


See more about Nouvelle Salon Brazilian Blowout and Protein Treatment

For booking & info:
☎️ Lagro Branch 7090315 📱 09205537427
☎️ Visayas Ave. branch 3732040 📱 09472780036


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Your Next Summer Getaway Club Balai Isabel in Talisay Batangas

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With the hustle and bustle of the year, summer is a much awaited season for all. It’s during this season that the kids are home and the perfect summer getaway can be planned. The heat of the summer and the humidity of the city drives us to seek a cooler climate and beautiful surroundings. Club Balai Isabel can give you that and more with a gorgeous view of Taal Lake, fresh and sprightly greeneries and all the amenities you could possibly need.

With your choice of swimming pools, a variety of lodgings, exciting sports activities and a fusion of flavors in their newly opened restaurant Kumintang Cafe, Club Balai Isabel offers a memorable stay and will keep you coming back for more.

Spacious and Cozy Accommodations

Beyond being a resort, Club Balai Isabel is a community complete with the comforts of city living yet with lush greenery that will have you feeling relaxed the instant you enter their gates.

The resort has a hotel, condotel, villas and cottages. I stayed at Balai Laurel which is near Terraza Restaurant and pool.

Room capacities differ depending on the room but they can accommodate from 1 to 10 people. You’ll find that team buildings and company outings are done here. On the day I was leaving bus loads of people were coming in.

The room was air-conditioned and had a good circulation. It even got really cold at night and I was so snug in my bed. I thought I wouldn’t sleep well but I did.

The condotel has ample toiletries and the kitchen was stocked with bottled water and coffee supplies.

Crystal Clear Swimming Pools

The infinity pool by the clubhouse is conveniently located by Terraza Restaurant and gives you a fantastic view of the Taal lake and volcano. This part of the resort has such an amazing view.

You know those moments that give you a feeling of wonder? I felt that as I looked on from this spot. I’m not a well traveled person but I bet I’d have this feeling anywhere I would get to travel to.

The Kumintang Infinity Pool is their largest pool at 1,800 sq.m. Of their 3 swimming pools I spent my time here. It’s relatively safe just make sure to mind which side of the pool you’re in especially when you’re with kids. There are lifeguards stationed by the pools.

The Talisay Garden Pool is smaller and more secluded.

Luscious Surroundings

To help preserve and conserve the environment, Club Balai Isabel takes part in a solid waste management campaign preserving the natural beauty of the land. The beautiful surroundings in Club Balai Isabel have made it a popular wedding venue. Having function halls and pavilions provides a dream wedding to couples to be whether they have a small or big ceremony. The Spousal of Joseph and Mary Chapel was rebuilt and hopes to be a chapel for brides and grooms.

Aside from water sports, guests can play basketball, tennis, volleyball, badminton, volleyball, and billiards and darts. There’s a bike rental for those who want to tour the grounds.

Kids can play on the mini playground near the Kumintang Infinity Pool.

Yvonne and I walked all around Club Balai Isabel and took the opportunity to take plenty of pictures. There were many Instagram worthy spots and I took full advantage. The resort is filled with fruit bearing trees, well placed bushes, and an abundance of flowers.

There are a few spots where you can take pictures with the lake and Taal volcano as your background. There’s one where you can sit in an egg shaped chair and one with a frame located by the Pantalan near the Clubhouse.

Thrilling Water Sports Activities

The pier or “Pantalan” by MobiDeep is where the banana boats and jet skis are housed. Water sports activities here include banana boating, jet skiing, kayaking, sailing, wake boarding, paddle boarding, and fly fishing.

With my OPPO F1s I took a video of us on the banana boat and the lake as we zoomed by. Can you believe it was the first time I ever went out of town by my lonesome? It was also the first time I rode a banana boat and a jet ski. It was definitely a memorable stay in a beautiful place.

Flavorful Dishes at Kumintang Cafe

The soon to open Kumintang Cafe located by the Kumintang Infinity Pool offers a fusion of local flavors. I had the privilege of trying out their dishes specially prepared for us bloggers.

Chef Rick has adapted a menu of local favorites using their own grown vegetables, naturally produced animals and locally sourced fish.

This restaurant has table settings good for 2 up to bigger groups. The lighting in the evening can be romantic with the soft yellows and the stained glass decor.

Pumpkin Soup

The Pumpkin Soup was creamy and smooth with the right amount of flavor.

Vietnamese Chicken Salad 

They used native free range chickens for their dishes such as this salad.

Stir Fry Vegetables

I enjoyed the stir fry vegetables which had Japanese tofu and crisp veggies.

Tilapia Seviche 

The tilapia comes from their own aquarium and this dish is sweet and doesn’t taste like kilawin as it seems on first impression.

Maliputong Steak 

It was my first time to try maliputong fish. It had a butter taste but believe it or not there’s no butter.

Black Pig Steak 

The tenderloin has an adobo like sauce. It was easy to cut and the cherry tomatoes were a nice touch.

Aglio Olio

My personal favorite was the Aglio Olio though that being said pasta is my preferred dish.

Bulalo Burger

It’s the first that I’ve heard of a Bulalo Burger. This is a kid’s choice dish and as you can see is quite filling. It has a special sauce and pat of cheese with a side of fries.


I think I will always love milkshakes and that they’ll be my first choice when ordering drinks. They come in large glasses topped with whipped cream.

Barako Choco and Cheesecake 

Local barako beans are used for their cappuccino style cups of coffee. The cheesecake with blueberry toppings was delicious and tastefully sweet. It’s a smooth slice of cake which I enjoyed very much.

My summer getaway at Club Balai Isabel was a memorable one. My next visit will be with my kids who will enjoy the spacious rooms, exciting water sports and crystal clear swimming pools. I’m looking forward to bringing them back very soon.

I’m thankful to add Club Balai Isabel to my list of traveled places. I’ve created memories and had some much needed insight and inspiration which I really needed. A stay at Club Balai Isabel is an experience that shouldn’t be missed. Make sure to visit with family, friends or co-workers for a fun and monumental experience.

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