By MONICA ELEAZAR / MANILA MAIL TRAVEL BLOGGER
A few weeks ago, I attended an intimate event hosted by the gorgeous ladies of 100% Whole Mom for Moleskine. Thanks for my personalized notebooks, Moleskine Philippines! I will fill them up with travel inspiration, bucket lists and itineraries! Oooh… I can’t wait! I interviewed 2 out of the 3 mothers of 100% Whole Mom! Marilen Faustino-Montenegro and Rica Peralejo- Bonifacio are TV personalities, models and celebrity bloggers here in Manila. They are also frequent travelers with their families. Rica’s blog, Mrs. Bo has a tagline “Books, Babies and Boarding Passes” which I find too cute! Maybe because like her, I love to read and of course, my love for travel is obvious. I bring my babies with me too wherever I go! Marilen Faustino-Montenegro, an interior designer by profession, just recently moved to Hong Kong with her family. She is another dear inspiration to me because not only is she always dressed to impress despite bring a very hands-on-mom, she also home schools her children! I have been wanting to do the same for my own kids but haven’t gotten myself to do it just yet. Read my interview on both of them to find out more about their family travels Favorite holiday destinations with you family? Rica: Japan because because it’s an almost perfect nation with its efficiency, cleanliness and weather! United States also because half of my family is there and it helps me connect Philip with them at least once a year. Marilen: New York.. Who doesn’t live New York? We spent the last New Year there and being in the city was simply charming. El Nido Resorts Palawan.. My husband proposed to me on a sandbar on this island and it is a favorite place to this day. Just being surrounded by nature and basking in the sun is the most relaxing thing! Our family farm in Tagaytay– we go there to reset and rest. We eat fresh produce, farm the soil and take care of the animals. The kids love it. What are your packing tips? Are you a light or heavy packer? Rica: Pack lightly especially if you are traveling to a destination that has almost everything you might need. But must haves are: allergy meds (read WHY here), usual homeopathic meds for coughs and colds, be aware of weather forecasts so you can right gear like winter clothing to umbrellas etc. Marilen: I printed and laminated my own travel checklist for kids. I bring medicine in my hand carry, a set of clothes, kids activities so they’re not always on the Ipad and healthy snacks. Heavy packer is what my husband would say but I consider it light. Its just heavy because the kids need a lot. Kid-Friendly hotels / resorts and restaurants? Rica: It’s KID friendly everywhere unless it says it’s not — that’s what I think hahahaha! *We agree, Rica! Marilen: Gold Coast Hotel in Hong Kong has themed rooms kids will love. Dream destination and what’s next on your travel bucketlist? Rica: Macchu Picchu and Anapurna circuit as dream destinations! Next on my list is the US and maybe Peru and also South Africa! Marilen: I want to go to Turkey. Bucket list for the next 2 years.. Explore Asia with the kids. Chiang Mai, Da Nang Vietnam, etc. Thanks so much to both Rica and Marilen for the interview and sending in your travel photos! Please do follow their blogs Mrs. Bo and MarilenStyles for travel, design and motherhood stories and inspiration. Also join their 100% Whole Mom community on Facebook.