January 27, 2016

See A Lion In The Wild, Gaze Up At Pyramids, Visit Africa!

On this post, we’re going to talk about something a little different. While most of my posts are based around my travels around the Philippines , I thought today we could look at somewhere I have always wanted to visit. It’s a place that is definitely on my bucket list, and I’m sure it’s on yours as well. I’m talking about the continent of golden sands and captivating experiences that is Africa. I think this is a place in the world that everyone should visit at least once in their lives. There is nothing quite like this part of the globe as you’re about to discover. Today we’re going to look at some of the experiences you could have, tips on how to plan your holiday there and other interesting facts. Are you ready to take a trip with me on a journey like nothing you have encountered before?

Let’s look at some of the incredible experiences you could share with your family in Africa.

You’ve Never Seen Animals Like This Before

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October 19, 2015

A Taste of Tuscany at Manila Pavilion's Seasons

Seasons, Manila Pavilion Hotel’s lifestyle restaurant welcomes the start of the holiday season with its first themed dinner buffet starting this October 23. A festive selection of Italian dishes exclusively prepared by a naturally born Italian himself, executive chef Giovanni Sias and his award-winning culinary team.

Tuscany is a splendid place located in central Italy. It has a rich heritage and culture which have attracted tourists from all corners of the globe. Tuscan cooking is characterized much like its beautiful landscape that is clean, sober and soothingly simple. To give a taste of Tuscany to Manila Pavilion’s esteemed guests, Seasons presents a smorgasbord of authentic Italian specialties.

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October 3, 2015

California's Best Foodie Destinations

Damian Gadal

One of the best ways to explore the world is through eating. Anyone who likes to try new food enjoys having new experiences when they visit somewhere they've never been to before. Some people put a lot more emphasis on their culinary experiences than others. They might even label themselves as "foodies". Foodies often choose their vacation destinations based on where they can eat well. They want to spend their time munching their way through a new city. There are many wonderful places to go for excellent food, from Japan to South Africa. Even though America has a reputation for unhealthy food, the country has a lot to offer. California, in particular, has lots of great foodie destinations.
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September 21, 2015

Manila Pavilion's Mid-Autumn Mooncake Festival

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon season as Manila Pavilion’s Patisserie lays out a delectable spread of mooncakes from September 14 to October 18, 2015 at the Patisserie.

Occurring on the 15th day of the eight month of the Chinese lunar calendar when the moon is at its brightest, the Mid-Autumn Moon festival has become an occasion for family reunions all over the world, which like the ubiquitous moon cakes that abound during the season, symbolizes family solidity and union. It is considered to be the time of year when children are happiest and traditional candle-lit lanterns shaped in various forms are visibly displayed.
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September 4, 2015

Relocating To Spain? Here's Everything To Think About

There are plenty of reasons why you might be heading to sunny Spain before the end of this year. You might have taken one of the many job opportunities, or you could be looking for a completely fresh start. You may even be thinking of retiring, spending your twilight years in a gorgeous country you have grown to love after many holidays there. So, what do you need to know about moving to this exotic paradise?

Buying A Home

I imagine the first thing you are going to need to consider is buying a house and choosing where to start this next stage in your life. Where you go will depend on the type of life you are looking for. If you are still looking for an active lifestyle, consider moving to the already densely populated, Barcelona.

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August 20, 2015

Invite a friend and earn $110 travel credit

Here’s an opportunity for you to earn up to $110 credit to use in your booking accommodation on your next travel destination. Just invite a friend and you and your friend will earn a credit amount which you can use when you book your accommodation on Roomorama. For every friend you get to sign-up on Roomorama both of you can earn credits, your friend will automatically get $50 and you too can earn up to $110 for each invite.

Before you make an invite, first, you have to sign-up and have an account with Roomorama, and after that you can invite as many as you wish through email and social media accounts.

The more invite you get, the more credit amount you will accumulate which you can use on your dream travel destination anywhere in the world.

You can check out the complete details on the mechanics of this promo at this link -Earn $110 USD* for every friend you invite to Roomorama. *Terms and Conditions apply.

About Roomorama

Roomorama is the largest platform for professionally-managed, short-term accommodation worldwide. They have more than 300,000 properties worldwide, from stylish lofts in New York, to historic villas in Italy, to luxurious retreats in Bali.

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August 18, 2015

August promo at London Pass - Save up to 20%

From Saturday, August 15 get 10% off 3 days, 15% off for 6 days and 20% off for 10 day passes when you buy before 10am on Wednesday August 19.  So be sure not to miss out as you could be visiting so many attractions.  Discover more about the pass and see the attractions by checking this link -  The London Pass , the leisure pass that lets you experience the best that London has to offer

For this month of August, you can avail 6% discount on all passes you buy.

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August 6, 2015

Tips for foreigners who wants to drive in the Philippines

Driving safely in the Philippines

If you are a foreigner and would like to travel the Philippines driving a car, well then, that won’t be a problem because all foreigners are given a ninety day permit to drive from the first day you landed in the Philippines. As long as you have a valid driver’s license written in English language, then you are free to roam around in the convenience of a vehicle.

The next question you would have in mind is if there is available rent a car in the Philippines, the answer is definitely YES! You can find several business listing on website that are accredited rent-a-car owners. Most of them would require your valid driver’s license, passport and identification card.

So now you have a car and ready to hit the road for the first time in the Philippines, but before you go, I’ll give you some tips on what to expect on Philippine roads as driving etiquette may vary slightly or tremendously from your country.

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July 26, 2015

Recommended tours in celebration of Singapore 50 year anniversary

Photo credit pixabay.com

Singapore will celebrate 50 years as a nation on Aug. 9, 2015. They are going to have a lot of tourists heading there for the celebration. The weekend will be packed with non-stop entertainment and activities, including the gigantic Sing50 concert held at the National Stadium; a huge picnic at Marina Bay; and free or discounted admission to top attractions like the Jurong Bird Park and Gardens by the Bay. The grand finale is the National Day Parade on August 9, set to be the biggest in history.

I'm sure tourists who will be going there to celebrate the anniversary will enjoy the activities during the celebration.  Also, don't miss out these one of a kind tours while you are in Singapore.   You can check with  Viator for the complete pricing package. (You can click the links below to head over to see these tour packages.)

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July 11, 2015

Zoomanity Group presents Zootopia Ski Resort Japan

 Soon in the market, Zootopia Ski Resort at Nagano, Japan will be launched under the hotel and theme park management of Zoomanity Group, the leader in producing zoo and hotel facilities in the Philippines. True to the vision of the company to expand from 5 theme parks to 24, Zoomanity Group known for managing Zoobic Safari in Subic, Zambales, Zoocobia in Clark, Pampanga, Residence Inn in Tagaytay, Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite and Zoocolate Thrills in Bohol is preparing to launch 3-4 theme parks before 2018 and headed by Robert Laurel Yupangco, the theme park management guru.
For Zootopia, the company just purchased 11 rooms and plan to buy the whole facility and prepared to treat the Japan visitors and tourists to an experience they will never forget to try the following activities; Ski (Dragon Slider, Snow Strider, Snow Bike, Snow Tubing, Buggy and Snow Rafting), Snow Monkeys encounter, trip to Zenkoji and Kiyomizudera and Tokyo for as low as $999.00 per head for 5 Days and 4 Nights Itinerary at Dia Palace, Iiyama.
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June 18, 2015

Haier is Chillin’ Summer until June 30!

Mild drizzles and overcast skies have frequently been making appearances lately, signalling that summer is winding down; but don’t put away your sunscreen and beach hats just yet because the sun keeps shining over at Haier, with its Chillin’ Summer Promo. Make the rest of your summer count by making Haier a part of it, and let the summer fun continue!
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June 17, 2015

Things to do in Sydney

If you are planning a visit to the city down under particularly to Sydney, Australia and has no idea yet on where to go and what to do, check out this list of recommendations by Viator.com the expert in travel and tours.  

  • Hop-on hop-off tour of Sydney and Bondi
  • Sydney harbour sunset dinner cruise
  • Blue mountains de luxe
  • Shark diving
  • Skywalk at Sydney tower
  • Sydney harbour scenic helicopter flight
  • Hunter valley wine and wilderness tour

Watch this short video about places to go in Australia from real experiences of travellers.

Find and book Sydney tours and activities on Viator.com. Book ahead to save time and money!
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June 15, 2015

Hotel Rembrant: Relieve the art of the master

Located at the heart of Quezon City Philippines situated a unique boutique hotel that combines the essence of 17th Century European grandeur with the luxuries of the modern life. Hotel Rembrant under Artsream Hospitality Management Group Incorporated (AHMGI) is just one of 5 hotels conceptualized to relish the zest of life. 
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June 12, 2015

Philippine Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions event (PhilAAPA) on June 22, 2015 at Laguna

On June 22, 2015 Philippine Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (PhilAAPA) will have a tour operators event at Enchanted Kingdom, Santa Rosa, Laguna with its 40 members that includes Zoomanity Group (Zoobic Safari, Zoocobia, Residence Inn, Paradizoo, Zoocolate Thrills and Zootopia Japan), Manila Ocean Park, Ocean Adventure, Enchanted Kingdom, Star City, Ticketworld, Mind Museum, Puzzle Mansion, Active Fun, Pixie Forest (Festival Mall) and Island Cove among other members.
The organizers invited 500 Travel and Tour Operators with a conference about safety. The 2015 Tour Operators Day aims to unite amusement park owners and accredit/ acknowledge partners in the industry as well as Tour Operators and Bus Operators. Seminars will also be conducted to uplift the standard of the services and promotion of the tourism industry which in return, everyone will be benefited.
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June 8, 2015

foodpanda Philippines turns 1, celebrates with a bang and rewards customers

Selfie with foodpanda on his 1st birthday at URBN Bar and Kitchen

Last Saturday June 6, 2015, foodpanda Philippines (www.foodpanda.ph) the leading mobile and online food delivery marketplace in the Philippines celebrated its first birthday with a bang! To give back to their valued patrons for reaching their a milestone in the Philippines, foodpanda thrown a fun-filled party which was attended also by VIPs, guests and partners in the industry. It was even more exciting as WeChat Philippines launched that night its free rewards program ‘WeReward’. The momentous event happened at URBN, Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City.

This is more of a thanksgiving night, to recognize all the hard work and dedication that everyone has bought into and for the company. foodpanda won’t be able to achieve this milestone without the men and women working day in and day out for the company”, said foodpanda Philippines CEO and Co-Founder Mauro Cocchieri.

Cocchieri added that foodpanda’s success all boils down to excellent customer service. “This is also for all the hungry pandas who never fail to use foodpanda to satisfy their cravings. Without the customers who regularly use our service, we won’t be here. So big thanks to them”, he mentioned.

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June 5, 2015

Top 6 items WECHAT’S WEREWARD can give you for FREE!

With WeChat’s WeReward, all one has to do is make a video/voice call on WeChat and get great deals such as Lazada’s Php100 voucher (with no minimum purchase) and Free entrance plus free drink on your favorite clubbing destinations, Raven and URBN. All these for FREE just by using WeReward.

Mobile social communications app WeChat is taking the term “reward” to a whole new level with its WeReward program by partnering with some of the Philippine’s biggest brands, like the Philippines’ One-Stop Shopping Destination, Lazada.com.ph; the easiest and most fun online ordering and delivery app, Foodpanda; superclubs Urbn & Raven, and the ultimate in wearables and running apps, Runtastic, to enable its loyal users to take full advantage of their promos without having to pay a centavo! 

WeChat users can receive items from any of the mentioned brands by accumulating enough points through daily tasks like making 60-second voice or video calls. Each corresponding action gives WeChat users 30 points which can be used to redeem prizes. A user can acquire a maximum of 30 points per day. 

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May 24, 2015

Zoocobia at Clark, Pampanga Tour Operators Day

On May 26, 2015 at Zoocobia, Clark, Pampanga, Zoomanity Group, the leader in Theme Parks and Zoo Management in the Philippines will welcome 500 Travel & Tour Operators to acknowledge them with their contributions and loyalty in bringing quality destination and education to patrons and clients of Zoomanity Group.

Zoomanity Group handles 5 theme parks; Zoobic Safari at Subic, Zambales, Zoocobia at Clark, Pampanga, Zoocolate Thrills at Loboc, Bohol, Residence Inn & Zoo at Tagaytay and Paradizoo at Mendez, Cavite. The company is managing different hotels and restaurants too in the Philippines and abroad.

CEO Robert Yupangco, COO Del De Jesus and different Operations Managers under Zoomanity Group will welcome the media too who are helping the company in dissemination of information.

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May 21, 2015

Seeing Asia in a glance at Lego Let's go Asia exhibit

Lego Let's go Asia

Most probably most of us got hooked with Lego blocks when we were young or perhaps until now?  I admit that sometimes I do play Lego blocks with my kids.  I still enjoy assembling those pieces of blocks and find joy and satisfaction that I was able to build a complicated piece just by looking at the sample on the Lego box. 

When me and my hubby went out on a date last Sunday for his birthday treat for me, we happen to pass by a Lego display exhibit at The Block, SM City North EDSA.  I would have not have the interest to get close to the display because we have not brought the kids with us, but when I had a glimpse of what was being exhibited in the barricaded area, my enthusiasm ignited and more so my wanderlust striked me.

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May 17, 2015

Lucban Quezon's famous Longaniza and Pancit

Longanisang Lucban
Longsilog at Buddy's Restaurant in Lucban

Lucban Longanisa and Pancit Habhab are the famous local food in Lucban, Quezon, that’s why when we visited Lucban in February we did not pass the chance to taste these foods where they originally has been renowned. 

After we paid a visit to the town’s church, St. Labrador Parish we started our quest for where to eat the best and authentic Lucban Longanisa and Pancit Habhab in town.  We had no idea where it could be and we bet that the best person to ask are the locals, which we did.  The first person we asked was a passerby outside the church, the second was a stall vendor and the third was a lady store owner.  They all gave us a similar answer - Buddy’s Restaurant located along the Lucban Highway.

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May 11, 2015

24-Hour Sports Club and Bar

Mayweather and Pacquiao event

I was lucky to have been invited last Sunday, May 3, at Sparks Club Sports bar, located at the 2nd floor of Guilly’s Island restaurant in Tomas Morato, Quezon City to watch the live Pay Per View of Mayweather and Pacquiao Battle for Greatness fight, and not only that, it comes with a free buffet breakfast. Who wouldn’t refuse such an offer? It’s a rare opportunity so I grabbed the chance immediately when they sent me an invite. Although I had to wake up early last Sunday to make it to the call time, an extra effort for me is a gesture to reciprocate their generosity.

It was my first time to visit the place, but I did not have a hard time locating their establishment near the intersection of Tomas Morato and Eugenio Lopez Drive. I was greeted by Ms. Mikaela at the entrance door and led me to the second floor with some other invitees who were already seated at the high bar chairs reserved exclusively for invited guests.

The room was dimly lighted and cool which makes cozy ambiance, a perfect atmosphere while sipping the cup of coffee offered to me by their crew. The room is equipped with 5 large televisions mounted on the wall strategically located so that a guest can have a view of the show on TV. The sound system is good also. Aside from high bar chairs they also have high back dining sofa, so if you wanted your conversation to be a little bit private you can opt to be seated there. I tried sitting on both and I prefer the high back sofa because I can slouch or lean to relax my back on the padded backrest.

heavy breakfast 

The breakfast buffet was offered when almost all the seats are occupied by invitees and guests. We lined up at the bar area where the sumptuous Filipino breakfast menu was being served. First on the array of food is an option of plain or fried rice, seconded by different egg menu – omelet and sunny side up egg, thirdly meat menu – Tocino, Longaniza, Beef Tapa, and Arozcaldo with hard boiled egg. Also included is the Pandesal.

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