July 26, 2015

Recommended tours in celebration of Singapore 50 year anniversary

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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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May 8, 2015

One of the best Halo Halo is in Pagsanjan, Laguna

Aling Taleng Halo Halo
Aling Taleng's Halo Halo

There’s no doubt that the majority of Filipinos favorite summer cooler is Halo-Halo.  What makes it looks enticing to eat are its colorful combination of different ingredients, such as sweetened fruits and vegetables like red beans, saba banana, sweet potato, jack fruit,  kaong (sugar palm fruit), yam.  With jellies, jams, thinly shaved ice and condensed milk, that even the world renowned chef Anthony Bourdain calls it “oddly beautiful” when he had a first glimpse of it. 

Halo-Halo is easy to prepare that’s why during summer in the Philippines you would often see on every street corner a Halo-Halo seller.  When I was younger, I don’t recall having it in two options, the regular and the special.  And most often Halo-Halo is only available in the neighborhood store or just anybody in the neighborhood who would just set up their own Halo-Halo store in front of their house,  just a table, a manual ice shaver, stock of glasses and spoons and those ingredients contained in a glass jar and that’s it! But because of Halo-Halo’s popularity most Filipino restaurants have it in their menus.   

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May 1, 2015

Summer Outing at a resort in Morong, Bataan

Last Saturday I was able to bring with me my family on our company outing in a beach resort in Morong, Bataan.  Although it was not our first time to go to Morong, Bataan, we’re still excited because we will be exploring a different resort.  Any place we haven’t explored yet always excites us.

I was the one who was tasked in our company to facilitate the outing wherein the time frame was short to be able to scout different resorts.  Booking a resort for a company outing during March is already difficult as most are already fully booked for the whole summer.  With the limited time that I had, I did not think of other location, but Morong Bataan because of its distance, not so crowded beaches, affordability, and availability of the resort to accommodate a big group.

I searched on the internet, first on Google, then on travel sites like Agoda, and Hotel Travel, and then on Facebook. I called up several beach resorts, which have nice reviews, but some were either too expensive or fully booked on our target date, which was either 18th or 25th of April (Saturday).  The only one I searched on Facebook was the one which seems to fit what we are looking for, and so I booked one room for us and a big pavilion for a one day tour for the whole company at the Juness Beach Resort. 

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April 28, 2015

Press Release: #DEVANTxAvengers: DEVANT and Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron bring Greatness in One

DEVANT, a TV brand that frontiers in providing premium quality entertainment experience with its world-class TV collection, makes a big statement yet again with its partnership with Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron to bring greatness in one through DEVANT’s TV Collection. These two powerhouses team up not only to make a statement but to provide consumers the perfect partnership in viewing experience.

This year, April 23 marked a special date for DEVANT TV and Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron as the world’s favorite super hero team assembled again for another exciting and action-packed movie.

Being one of the most trusted and known TV brands in the country, DEVANT was named as Marvel’s official TV brand partner for the most awaited movie of 2015 – Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

To celebrate this great partnership, DEVANT TV reached out to their market by holding a private block screening of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” attended by top bloggers, media and online influencers along with various DEVANT TV dealers nationwide.

The event showcased the DEVANT TV Collection and its superb features that make it stand out among other TV brands in the market. Each TV represented a character from the Avengers, highlighting special features of DEVANT TVs that will surely boost one’s overall viewing experience.

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March 19, 2015

One day wander in Lucban Quezon

"Kamay ni Hesus"  

After in hiatus for several months on the road I finally had this opportunity again to hit the road last February 21.  It was officially our first road travel this year after I had my C-section operation last December so I have to confine myself at home most of the time to recuperate.  But of course I was not 100% at home because confinement will kill me to death.. ha ha! It would already be a pleasure for me if I go walking the streets around the neighborhood to grasp fresh air, but once in a while I’m still longing for nature, clear skies, and travelling the road.

Green fields view along Rizal hi-way

We planned a day tour out of town which could be easily reached by car where we have not explored yet.  There are many to choose from actually, either North or South.  But we have decided to go to Lucban, Quezon to visit “Kamay ni Hesus Shrine” while the weather is still cold, because in summer it would be too hot and humid as you have to ascend the long stretch of steps to get to the top.  Kamay ni Hesus is a pilgrimage site and mostly visited during Holy Week. 

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January 4, 2015

Spectacular Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle Garden

Festival of Lights at Ayala Triangle Garden

Two days before the Festival of Lights will end it show at the Ayala Makati Triangle my family went there and watched the show.  The Festiva of lights has been showcased in Makati for five years now and which has been shown only during Christmas season until New Year.  For some reasons we were not able to see the last two years shows and since it opened in December we already had plans to bring the kids there, and there was one weekend in December that were on our way there, but due to heavy traffic, which was brought about by splurge of people in malls for Christmas shopping.  And for people who knew Manila during the Christmas season, they definitely knew how bad the traffic situation there is during this holiday. And one more thing the weather seems not coordinating with us, as it was drizzling when we’re at C5 road, the kids might get sick if we still insist of proceeding in Makati since the location is an open area, so we diverted our itinerary for that day.  Until last Friday, January 2 when it was still a holiday, it was traffic free all the way to Makati.

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January 1, 2015

Snapshots of my 2014 getaways, events and reviews

Image courtesy of hin255 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

2014 has ended and I must say that last year for me was lesser adventure and I didn’t focus much on updating my blog, that is because I was pressed to attend to my regular work and family matters, plus I got pregnant again for the fourth time which also limits me to travel far and often as we had to set aside some expenses for my pregnancy.

Although I had less travel in 2014 I wouldn’t say that I had less fun because I explored other areas of blogging world by attending blogger events and exploring new and great restaurants which I have not thought of visiting when I was not pregnant.  
I would like to share with you the highlights of my 2014 wanderings, events and bondings with my family, old friends and new friends.

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November 12, 2014

Taco Bell's newest menu: Meaty Grillers

Taco Bell Gateway Mall Express Outlet

After the two events that I had attended, this time I tried attending a food tasting event, and it was a foodie meet-up organized by Zomato and Taco Bell wherein I am one of the lucky thirty bloggers who got invited to taste and review Taco Bell’s newest addition to their famous burritos – TACO BELL MEATY GRILLERS, it has layers of meat and other flavorful ingredients all wrapped in a tortilla and grilled which is good enough for lunch or dinner as it is heavy in the stomach.

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November 5, 2014

A night to remember - Metro Blogger First Night Out!

It was a night of fun and excitement last October 22nd, 2014 at the Gramercy Skypark, Century City Makati during the first Metro Blogger night out attended by few selected invited Bloggers in the Metro, Metro Blogger organizers and Sponsors from different companies in Southeast Asia.

The event started at 6:00 p.m. with meet and greet and introduction of Metro Blogger organizers headed by Mr. Jess C, Ana Regala and Choi Suarez.  After that, each sponsor had their chance to introduce their company and what could clients expect from them in the business in the next years to come. 

A contract signing of two sponsors was also held that night, and we were all witness to their start of business partnership – Rapid Cloud Singapore and iTWorks Global Solutions.

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