Young Mommy No More?

When I started my blog, I wanted the name to reflect my current state. Hence, ‘YOUNG MOMMY BA’. And originally, I planned to run this blog for 5 years only. That would mean I would be on my early 30s  by the time I put the site down and will no longer be considered a ‘young’ mom.

But things are turning out differently. I now want my blog to live as long as I could – even if I’m already 50 or more. But of course, calling myself young at that time would be (for some) a joke.

Or will it be?

Thinking about it deeply, being young is not just about the number. It’s how you live your life. I see being YOUNG as carefree, fun, energetic, free-spirited, active and all related adjectives you can think of. As a person, I would love to live a life of a young one – regardless of my age.

So, will I stay a YOUNG MOMMY BA?

Definitely. I’m keeping it and I’ll stay that way – FOREVER.

 

 

Kabayan Hotel Pasay ‘Kapsule’ – Review

Last weekend, I was invited to attend a corporate  gathering and I thought it would be the best time to try out Kabayan Hotel’s Kapsule.

There are 3 reasons why I chose the property.

  1. My event was held few minutes away from the location.
  2. I did not want to spend thousands for an accommodation, most especially that I was on my own.
  3. I was intrigued by these capsules which I’ve seen a number of times on T.V.

So I did.

I lived in Pasay area for months and like most places in the metro, it was a bit chaotic – far from my life here in the province. The location of Kabayan Hotel was no exception to this (347 Epifanio de los Santos Ave, Pasay, 1300 Metro Manila). Plus, the hotels/ motels nearby are known to host couples wanting to ‘release’ – whatever it is to be released (you do get what I mean, right). In other terms, ‘pang – shortaym’ ba. 🙂  With that image in my mind, I already pictured Kabayan Hotel as a bit dark, a bit stinky, a bit dirty – CHEAP. But I was wrong. It was way more than what I expected.

Lobby

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You can access FAST wi-fi practically anywhere in the hotel.

 

 

 

The lobby was clean and everyone was accommodating. There were backpackers, foreign couples and OFWs. Quite frankly, it was a DECENT place to stay. And you know what I liked about it, I spent less than 5 minutes in the concierge. Off I went to the room as I couldn’t contain my excitement.

Kapsule Room 

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You have to take off your shoes. I felt that I was back in Japan 🙂

 

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Looks small? Surprisingly it was comfortable.
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Apart from your own face-mirror, you have your own light, a fan,  and power sockets inside the capsule. 🙂 

If you are not claustrophobic, the size shouldn’t bother you at all. In fact,  I was able to move and goofed around inside the capsule. Do you want proof? Here’s my IG post about it (don’t forget to follow).

 

Since it is a shared room, you have to be cautious. You have to be considerate and please try to avoid making  loud noises. In my case, I think my room mates took this too far because the silence was deafening! By the way, I shared the room with foreigners as I couldn’t understand their language. But my guess is that they were from Malaysia or Singapore. I wanted to talk to them, but they were kind of aloof. 🙂

If you want a bit of privacy, you can just shut your blinds.

Just a piece of advice, try not to imagine a horror movie while inside the capsule. I was so stupid for imagining some sort of killer just outside my capsule ready to stab me right away! Not a good thought!

Linens

You can find your linens inside your locker. They were absolutely clean and fresh! You will be provided with a pillow, a blanket and a towel. However, you need to have your own set of toiletries, which is fine with me. I wasn’t able to bring mine but there’s a grocery mart across the hotel so it was a breeze for me to buy stuff.

Toilet and Bath

There are 2 T&Bs inside the room. That being said, you don’t have to worry about who’s going to use the loo first. I inspected both and find it clean.

Breakfast

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Pinoy Breakfast, of course!

Nothing special about the food. It was your usual ‘tapsilog’ – enough to kick off your day.

Rate

PHP 750 (with breakfast)

Verdict

Will I come back? YES. With that rate and convenience I had, I will definitely book again.

 

I Might Have Found the Perfect App

I value ‘efficiency’. I want things done fast without of course, compromising quality. And that’s precisely what I also look for an app. I want everything I need in it. I don’t see the point of creating multiple accounts if you can have it in just one platform.

Anyway, I  bumped into a promising app which is PeN. Hopefully, it can answer my prayers. 🙂

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What a refreshing logo

Why did I download it? Well, you might find it shallow but the logo was just too cute to resist. Plus, it’s free so I gave it a shot.

Fortunately, few of my friends already have the app on their phones and we immediately started sending messages and calling each other. After all, I didn’t have to think about the remaining balance. FREE SMS and CALLS. That’s definitely a plus.

The downside though is that the line is still unclear. But maybe they could improve it later on.

 After that quick call, I decided to browse PeN’s features. Let me give you a quick glimpse.

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Actual Screenshot from my phone

To my surprise, you can do a lot of things with this app!

Share Photos (Feeds) 

Like most social networking sites, you can share photos with your friends. Share your kids’ milestones too.  Keep everyone updated. 🙂

Locate your Friends (PeN Spot) 

If your friends are using PeN and if their locator is ON, you can locate them and have an instant catch up – session. You deserve a break from all the mom duties after all.

Know Where to Go (Places & To – Do) 

Where to take your kids on the weekend? That’s not a problem with PeN. Just click this feature and you will be guided on things you can do – with considerations of your current location.

Emergency (Pen SOS) 

Now this is my favorite. Let’s face it – it is a jungle out there. You can instantly send an SOS as necessary. This is really important for single moms and young moms like me. HELP is just a click – away.

But of course, since this is a relatively new app, it still has to fix few technical glitches. But if done properly – trust me, I might delete most apps from my phone and just stick to this one.