Friday, June 9, 2017


Having a LEGO enthusiast son surely you will aim to bring him to LEGOLAND. For a middle class family, its not easy to bring your kids overseas just to enjoy a theme park. It takes a lot preparation and  savings.

Since we arrive early at the hotel, we got the opportunity to sleep and refreshed. But unfortunately I wasn't able to inform the hotel lobby to gave us a call if the shuttle arrive so we took a taxi and paid RM 25.

TIP: Purchase the ticket in advance in Legoland Malaysia website. Check their promotions always as they have different offers. Such as 50% discount on hotels or combo tickets.

Ours I got Combo ticket the Theme Park and Water Park. Its a buy 1 ticket and take 50% discount on the next ticket. Its a big savings for us. Also you have to print your ticket in advance or you could show an electronic ticket once you arrive on the theme park. I have notice there are no queue the whole day when we arrive.

When we arrive we are inform to take the waterpark first because of the weather but we still went to the theme park because knowing the kids once they went to the pool they are unstoppable. We have doubts on going on the theme park afterwards.

 There are loads of Lego figures inside the theme park and you will be amazed because you cant remove it easily. I think they use special glue to bind it.

We started by taking the left side of the theme park where we saw the JUNIOR DRIVING SCHOOL for toddlers and for adults.

Compulsory driving lesson.

The cars are ready and waiting.

Oops! Wrong way.

Bam! You hit the pavements.

Unfortunately the BOATING SCHOOL is close for maintenance.

He find this shark amusing.

In LEGOLAND sometimes they combine Lego to wooden pieces to make it more realistic.

The Shipyard, its basically a place for slides and like a playground.

"That's dad mum, because he is a builder".

Make sure to pass the LOST KINGDOM ADVENTURE and feel like your in ancient Egypt.

One of my son's favorite experience is the NINJAGO RIDE, this is their newest attraction. We are able to watch their ninjago show as well.

Ready to get wet with the DINO ISLAND RIDE. If you are familiar with star city this is very similar. Mind you, you don't have any escape in getting wet on this ride. The drop is very intense that will make your heart pump so hard.

Coolest giraffe ever!

Get the 360 degree view of the whole LEGOLAND with their OBSERVATION TOWER.

The miniland is a very impressive creations. Most of the structures are all over Southeast Asia namely Malaysia, Singapore , Thailand and more.

Here is the compulsory picture of the Malaysia Crew.

Don't forget to drop to the BIG SHOP its filled with all LEGO toys even the current edition. But to be fair the cost is discounted in LEGOLAND rather than purchasing to mall prices.


Unfortunately the rain falls (its summer why is it raining) and we were unable to enjoy the LEGOLAND waterpark since they are no longer allowing visitors to swim due to thunder and lightning. On the brighter side it gave us reason to return to LEGOLAND Malaysia.

Bidding goodbye to my son's happy place, you will surely be miss.

Striking a pose to one of the art wall along Medini Mall. I'm wearing knitted top and ripped shorts which I bought in Divi for less than 500.


1. Wear very light clothes because you will surely perspire.
2. Bring extra clothes if in case you get wet.
3. Drink loads of water.
4. One day is not ideal to enjoy both theme park and waterpark, perhaps two days will do.
5. Looking for a cheap food place, outside LEGOLAND there is a KFC price range starts at RM 110.

That's it for our LEGOLAND daytour. Hopefully next time we will stay longer so we could enjoy both the theme park and water park.

Till next time,

Sunday, May 14, 2017


I wanted to dedicate this post to the woman who inspire me to so many things.

I will use tagalog so if in case my nanay will be able to read this post she will feel my heartful sincerity.

Lets do this, shall we.

Sa aking nanay,

Marahil marami ang nagtatanong bakit Modern Nanay ang pangalan ng aking blog.
Yun ay dahil isa ka sa inspirasyon kung bakit ko nais kong ibahagi ang buhay ng isang ina.

Iba't iba ang bawat katangian ng isang ina. Iba't ibang kwento at karansan,
Pero masasabi ko na hindi man ganun kadali ang tinahak natin daan.
Alam ko na hindi mo ako kailanman binitawan at iniwanan,
Sa aking bawat desisyon ay patuloy mo akong ginabayan.

Alam ko ina na marami akong kamalian
At hindi naging perpekto kailanman.
Marami beses man tayo nagkaroon ng alitan
Ngunit sa huli ako iyong naiintindihan.

Sa araw na ito nais kitang pasalamatan,
Sa iyong labis na pagmamahal.
Sa lahat nga paggabay at pagalaga.
Ng walang hinihintay na kapalit.

Mahal na mahal kita Nanay

Lubos na nagmamahal,

Wednesday, May 3, 2017



My first option is staying at the LEGOLAND Hotel but with our number it will be more expensive if we stay near the theme park. I did look for alternative hotel, I did checked Hotel Jen and Somerset but unfortunately on their website standard rooms are not available. As referred by my husband, I booked the hotel using BOOKING.COM . I got the PREMIER STUDIO ROOM cheaper than their posted price. Normally price would range from P5000 - P6000 pesos.  But I got ours around P3500 and I booked 4 rooms in total.

TIP: There are two SOMERSET HOTEL one is MEDINI and the other one is PUTERI HARBOUR.
Medini is the one close to LEGOLAND and Puteri Harbour is near the Hello Kitty and Thomas and Friends and next to Hotel Jen.

We arrived at the hotel super early around 4 am. That's why I have contingency plan of booking for a hotel room and check-in to it,  then pay for it separately. Fortunately, they allow us to early check-in to one of the room that we book. Such a big savings for us.

When we enter the room I was surprised. Its massive and I regret I booking 4 rooms (kuripot style). This studio comes with a balcony. It features an en-suite bathroom and a fully-equipped kitchen. The living area features a home theater system with cable TV, a DVD player and a personal safe.

  1. Spacious room, every room is 50 square meters
  2. It has a fully equipped kitchen facility
  3. You could request for rooms with balcony for smokers
  4. It has iron facility
  5. Enough sockets all over the room
  6. Pool are has a great view of the bay area
  7. With restaurant, laundry area, kiddie room and gym.
  1. If your main purpose is going to LEGOLAND, I'll tell you in advance that the hotel is quite far. You have to ride taxi or inform the front desk in advance so they could book you for the free shuttle service.
  2. Its not a shopping district with premium brands but filled with loads of food places.
  1. They have cooking facility better bring canned goods if you want to save. There is a nearby grocery named CARING where in you could shop.
  2. Looking for a local food, one block away there is a side street food place.
  3. Looking for a first class dining this is the best place, the bay area is a complete range of food places. Its good to chill out and have a beer.
  4. Its a secluded area taxi is your best mode of transportation, ask the front desk for any assistance.
  5. If you have extra time, visit Hello Kitty and Thomas Friends its just a walking distance but for an extra cost.
Here is a quick video of the hotel room:

Ever experience the same hotel. Share it to the comment section below.



I challenge Gabriel last year. If he did well in class specially in Filipino subject, I will bring him to LEGOLAND MALAYSIA

Gaby loves LEGO, I think because of Mike's influence. His first ever Lego was given by Mike on his first trip as his pasalubong. Gaby has no clue by then but he find it interesting and ending up wanting more. So after that trip he came back with a bag with all his old Lego, well I guessed older than me and Gaby and the rest is history.

I think the kid get inspired so much and when the school year ended he got 90+ grades in all subject and also included amongst the top in the class. Wow! I think my challenge is effective, try it to your kids sometimes like a reward system. Perhaps it will motivate them more.

So while I'm planning, my mum overheard it and said she wanted to bring Sarah and Szedrick overseas as well for them to experience it as well. So I did said "OK". But as we plan our number of PAX increase and yes we ended up 13 person in total.

I plan it late last year from airline ticket, hotel accommodation to itineraries.

So here you go I will start detailing our 3 day trip to Malaysia and Singapore.

We left Manila Airport late in the evening and we arrive Changi airport 12 midnight. There are no bus and trains during those periods so better book in advance for van service or couch service. I suggest book at Johor Transport because its very affordable and legitimate van service. If in case you arrive and you haven't seen any representative of them don't worry they will provide you the number of the driver and around the airport there are several payphone and don't hesitate to give them a call to locate them.

The car capacity is 6 up to 7 person specially if you have kids. We rented two of Innova rather than having 13 seater van. WHY? First, because it is more spacious. Second, it works as a same price and most importantly we don't need to alight the car when passing the immigration. These is the most important reason because we don't need to hassle ourselves walking. The immigration in the borders can only process maximum of 8 person including the driver.

From Changi airport to Strand hotel it takes 45 minutes drive. We arrive at the hotel 4 in the morning too early for check-in. Since one of our room is available they allow us for early check-in but with just one room. So we grab the opportunity quickly so we could have a nap and freshen up for our day tour. For more details of our hotel room at SOMERSET PUTERI HOTEL.



Friday, April 7, 2017


Included on our itinerary is a sidetrip to Minalungao National Park.


Minalungao National Park is a protected area of the Philippines located in the municipality of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija in Central Luzon. The park covers an area of 2,018 hectares centered along the scenic Peñaranda River bordered on both sides by up to 16-meter high limestone walls in the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountain range.

We were surprise that there is an entrance fee of 100 pesos per head and it was effective the day before we arrive, how unlucky.

When we arrive its already late afternoon, we have plans on going for a deep but we lost interest when we saw the crowd.

Its weekend when we visited and so as expected there are loads of tourist as well. We didnt explore much of the place because of limited time but we are able to capture few photos.

Two kinds of bridge. The hanging bridge, this is nerve rocking because it shaky specially if loads of people walking. The bamboo bridge its less scary. 
Puro bato ditto bes, ipose na lang natin yan.
Overall I would still love to comeback here in Minalungao but I will make sure its either weekdays or not during summer for me to experience other amenities.


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