Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mom's Day Out!

Over a month ago, sometime end of June, I got an invite to join a handful of bloggers on a Day Out for Moms, courtesy of Nido Fortified. I hope you don't mind the late post as I had to leave for an out-of-the-country trip a few days after this happened, and as most of you already know, life (and death) got in the way. Yikes.

I was going through my backlog list and saw the words "Day Out - Priority" calling out to me in red, and knew I had to write this now, or never. So please excuse the late post. Pretty, please?

I was late. I had to escape from the office to make it to lunch. Wasn't really sure I wanted to go, as it was a Friday and the long commute from Quezon City to Burgos Circle in Taguig made me dread the drive. But I made it in one piece, the last mom to arrive - embarrassingly late (like this post!). Was surprised to see Ruth, as she didn't mention she'd be there, but then again, I hardly ever get to attend blogger events (oh the consequences of working full time!) and she probably didn't expect me there either.

Our afternoon of pampering started with friendly chika over lunch at Cafe Juanita. Last time I was at Cafe Juanita was for dinner with friends, when my dear friend B was in town for her wedding. It was a welcome change to have lunch there. The atmosphere was light, friendly chit chat about anything under the sun - kids and nutrition mostly, and the latest blogging chismax (oops).

Chitchat about anything under the sun, over a sumptuous lunch at Cafe Juanita. 
I had sat next to the group from Eon, and talked about their events and the brands they were handling. I also sat across Des (chicsassymom!) and Ruth, and beside Nestle experts - Dra. Juadiong and Ms. Alipao. Together, we had the loveliest lunch! Cafe Juanita never fails to please the appetite.

Unforgettable dishes at Cafe Juanita! 
After lunch, we transferred to nearby Manos Nail Lounge (yes, truly a pamper-mommy-day!), where we were given their signature Classic Mani and the Manos Spa Pedi. The Nail Lounge in itself is a lovely place, and is not your typical nail spa.

A beautiful, relaxing place to get pampered! Thank you, Manos Nail Lounge and Nido!
Manos Nail Lounge treats you like royalty as soon as you enter their doors. Each mom had an attendant to herself. I especially loved the light leg and arm massage, and noted that they asked about our preferences before they attempted anything (have had bad experience at other nail spas that cut away at cuticles without asking).

(Top left, clockwise) Ruth, moi and Des!
I think Ruth and I were too excited to catch up. In case you didn't know, Ruth Floresca was the first one to ever feature NappyCakes on broadsheet. She wrote a lovely piece about me and my little business when I was just starting out.

We were served a not-so-light snack of pasta and pizza, with Manos Iced Tea or Warm Ginger Tea.

Manos Nail Lounge knows how to pamper their clients!
Thanks to this great afternoon of pampering, Ruth and I were able to catch up on over 5 years worth of stories and news. Hehe. And I got to know more about Des and her love for all things Korean. The spa is the perfect venue for Spa-rties and the like! I can't wait to go back with my girls!

Guess which hand's mine! Beautifully-made up nails, courtesy of the lovely girls of Manos Nail Lounge! Super thanks!
Overall, it was an afternoon well-spent. Thank you, Nido Fortified for this welcome and awesome treat for busy moms like me!

I am actually happy that the folks at Nestle planned this and have taken time to reach out to real moms. I must admit that all that controversy surrounding the proposed changes to our milk code had me hesitant to attend this gathering at first. But in the end, I was glad I went and thankful to have touched base with the people (actual moms, too!) behind the Nido brand.

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For more information on Manos Nail Lounge, visit their official website here.

Manos Nail Lounge 
Unit 2-I Crescent Park Residences
30th Street Cor. 2nd Avenue
Bonifacio Global City, 1201 Taguig



  1. I just read this now. Thank you, Kayekaye, for the special mention. <3 miss you!

  2. Haha, Boobear! I didn't think you'd see and know I meant you! I miss you! :)


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