Do you know why moms flock every salon in town? More than beauty, salons provide us with temporary respite from the hustle and bustle of motherhood. From hair to nails, these salons are sanctuaries and retreat spaces for us.
A nice manicure and pedicure is a lovely treat and we are lucky that these services are affordable in the Philippines. However, these services are not regulated especially when it comes to hygiene. I had my own experience of enduring an excruciating ingrown in my big toe from a bad service and heard horror stories of clients getting fungal infections from dirty tools.
Thus, you have to choose more than a nail expert but a trusted name in the industry. Find a nail salon with a name they themselves take pride and cherish to stay on top of the industry hereby providing nothing but the best from hygiene to over-all experience.
When it comes to nails, nail.a.holics is the name to trust.
With almost 10 years of experience under their belt, nail.a.holics is no doubt the country’s go-to-urban nail and spa destination. Finally, the nail expert has arrived in Iloilo with their spacious and Hamptons-themed nail salon at the Lower Ground Level of SM City Iloilo.
The trademark interior of nail.a.holics
You will love the space. Even if you are beside someone else, you don’t feel someone is trespassing your personal space. If you are with your bff, mom or spouse, this is your best spot.
With freelance writing, kids, and a spouse who often goes on out-of-town business trips, pampering sessions are things I can’t say no. Because, hey I deserve it!
nail.a.holics offers more than manicure, pedicure, and foot spa. This is the advantage of going to a nail salon rather than the generic beauty salon as they specialize in nails. When you visit your nearest nail.a.holics branch or check out their website, you will be impressed with the different options when it comes to services and packages that will suit your specific needs.
I picked Lush Lagoon, a package of manicure, pedicure, and foot spa with foot massage. A big advantage of going to nail.a.holics is their staff – well-trained and professionals. My nail technicians were Anjil and Rechel.
It has been eons since I had a foot spa, you can just imagine the callus I had. The hand massage was soothing for me who types all day. At this nail salon, they use a Korean brand nail polish and for a small additional fee, you can have OPI nail lacquer.
Always look for the steriliser in every nail salon you go to. I like how nail.a.holics show you that they are sterilizing the exact tools they will use for your service.
I chose OPI for my nail polish. Next time, I will try their gel manicure and write a separate review. And maybe not very soon, I will try nail art – I never tried this nail trend.
My package took an hour and a half and it was soothing. Even if they didn’t turn off the lights, the seats were soft and I truly had a quick nap and relaxed my busy mind. I took this photo while I had my leg waxed at Hey Sugar.
As a one-stop shop for anything about nails, you can purchase and use other products like Zoya, famous for being a formaldehyde-free polish.
Other products you can buy at nail.a.holics are these product line of Argan Oil.
Thank you nail.a.holics for the pampering time and for the beautiful nails. It is hard to find a nail salon you can trust and I’m glad you are here in Iloilo.
The continuing growth of the restaurant industry in the city opened the doors for the locals to enjoy food beyond local cuisine and more ” common” international cuisines like Chinese and Italian. They say food is the best way to get to know a particular culture and one of my latest food discovery is Gourmet Dimsum Cafe where you can dine Singapore-made dim sum at affordable price.
Gourmet Dimsum Cafe is one of the restaurants you can find in Southpoint, SM Iloilo’s dining strip and Iloilo’s new favorite hangout. I think there are only two ( including Gourmet Dimsum) Singaporean restaurants in Iloilo but Gourmet Dimsum Cafe is the affordable choice. Thus, you can enjoy Singaporean dim sum and more without waiting for your pay check.
Singapore cuisine itself reflects their multi-cultural society – Chinese, Malay, and Indian. Majority of the food especially the dim sum are all made in Singapore and flown to Iloilo fresh for locals to enjoy.
I had a great selection of Shao mai from Black Pepper Chicken Shaomai to Chicken and Prawn Shaomai.
Prawn Har how ( more commonly called, Ha kao)
I like the kid-friendly size of their Mini-Chicken Barbecue Bun
Let’s explore Singaporean cuisine further with this fried buns. Made me miss kaya toast though.
A staple Indian food, roti is a significant part of Singaporean cuisine. You will love this Roti Onion Paratha with chocolate, cheese pimiento, and curry sauce.
Roti and fried egg, drizzled with honey! Perfect for breakfast but I think you can have this anytime you like.
Part of Singapore’s Malaysian heritage, try their laksa. I haven’t had laksa since Malacca.
And what is Singaporean cuisine without Chicken Hainanese? The food presentation may need some work. I thought it was a flop but my food buddies said it was good especially the sauce.
For dessert, we had this. Apologies, I forgot its name.
If you are looking for something different to try in Iloilo, or craving for Singaporean dim sum, laksa, or roti, visit Gourtmet Dimsum Cafe now!
To know more about them, visit and follow them on Facebook!
After a sold-out concert at the Mall of Asia Arena in 2016, the international EDM-Pop duo The Chainsmokers will be coming back to Manila on September 13, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena as part of their Memories…Do Not Open world tour.
Globe, the #1 mobile brand in the country and the preferred digital brand of Filipinos, is behind many of the premier concerts featuring top international acts including Madonna and Coldplay. And once again, it elevates the entertainment landscape of the Philippines by bringing back the The Chainsmokers to Manila.
In late June, Globe held an exclusive ticket pre-sale for its customers giving them exclusive first access to reserve and purchase tickets. The excitement doesn’t stop there as Globe is giving all its customers a chance to win tickets to the concert! Tickets will be up for grabs for customers who will avail any GoSURF promo or any Globe At Home plan. Every P5 spent these subscriptions is equivalent to one raffle entry, which earns them a chance to win VIP Standing or Lower Box A concert tickets!
To join, Prepaid customers may register by texting RAFFLE REG <Name/Address/Email/Age/Gender> to 2363, while Postpaid and Platinum customers can simply text RAFFLE REG YES to 2363. Globe At Home customers meanwhile are automatically entered into the promo. Draw date is on August 31, 2017. Fifteen (15) lucky winners will experience their best night ever at The Chainsmokers Memories Asia Tour 2017!
Promo period is from July 21 to August 30. For more information visit the website at www.globe.com.ph/chainsmokers, and follow the official Globe Facebook page, and @enjoyGlobe on Twitter.
Source: Press Release
AirAsia, the world’s best low-cost airline, has announced its latest route to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with four times weekly direct flights from Davao commencing 21 January 2018.
Operated exclusively by AirAsia Berhad (flight code AK), the new route marks as the fourth direct route from the Philippines to Malaysia after Manila, Cebu and Kalibo.
The launch event was attended by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Ambassador Alfredo Yao, one of the Filipino investors of AirAsia Philippines and AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said, “We see Davao City as a major point of growth in the international market, especially with agriculture being the city’s largest industry. Our aim for the city is also to grow it to become a hub for financial, tourism, service and education in Mindanao. The introduction of the direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Davao could not be more timely and is a key step in this direction to empower local players across various economic activities.”
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes, who was one of the speakers at the conference said, “Davao has a special place in my heart. It was one of the first cities we flew to when we started our Philippines operations in 2012. In fact, Clark-Davao, which we pioneered, was one of the two maiden routes when we started AirAsia Philippines five years ago. Since then, we have worked to strengthen our network in Davao. In this year alone, we have launched new flights from Davao to Cebu, Palawan and Boracay, and enabled Fly-Thru via Cebu to international destinations such as Singapore, Taipei and Seoul.
“Today marks the start of the next phase of our commitment to Davao. We believe Davao has the potential to be the international gateway for Asean to the southern Philippines, beginning with this new route to Kuala Lumpur. We strongly support the development of cities outside Metro Manila, and we are confident that by increasing connectivity and accessibility to affordable air travel, AirAsia can help play a role in boosting economic growth in the south. We can’t do it alone and we need airports to share in the responsibility, but together we can make His Excellency President Duterte’s vision of a more prosperous Philippines come true.”
To celebrate the new route, AirAsia is all-in-fares from as low as Php99* one-way are available for booking from 21 July 2017 until 30 July 2017 for the travel period from 21 December 2017 to 28 August 2018. Visit airasia.com or use the AirAsia mobile app on the iPhone or Android devices to enjoy the special promotional fares.
AirAsia Philippines (flight code Z2) currently operates several flights from Davao to Manila, Clark, Cebu, Palawan and Boracay.
Kuala Lumpur or “KL” is the perfect representation of the harmoniously multi-racial Malaysia. From its humble beginnings of a tin mining city, the ‘muddy confluence’ has progressively transformed into one of the most developed capital cities of Southeast Asia. Kuala Lumpur’s world-famous landmark, the Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC), and the surrounding attractions that host cultural elements from the various ethnicities represented in Malaysia are some must-visit sites when visiting the capital city. Places to visit such as the 421m tall KL Tower, Central Market (Pasar Seni), Petaling Street, KLCC, Malaysia Tourism Centre and Bukit Bintang are all accessible from the free GoKL bus. A day trip to visit other nearby attractions such as Port Dickson, Genting Highlands, Cameron Highlands, Bukit Tinggi, Putrajaya, Batu Caves, and Sunway Lagoon are also ideal from the city centre.
Guests who wish to explore more of Malaysia can also take advantage of AirAsia’s domestic network to the idyllic resort island Langkawi; or fly further to the tip of Borneo Island Kota Kinabalu to marvel at Southeast Asia’s highest peak Mount Kinabalu, discover the mysterious Mulu Caves as well as dive into the world famous underwater world at Sipadan Island.
*Promotional all-in fares quoted are for one-way travel only inclusive of taxes. Terms and conditions apply.
Flight Schedule for Davao, Philippines (DVO) – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL)
|AK591||DVO||KUL||1455||1845||Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday|
|AK590||KUL||DVO||1025||1425||Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday|
Source: Press Release
Moms with school kids can relate to this – famish kids who need to be fed right after school asap! With our long list of things to do and chores, we don’t have the luxury to prepare cooked meals before picking them up in school. This has been a challenge for me lately with my kids, especially my eldest who seems to be hungry 24/7 and I don’t want to keep myself in the kitchen cooking and preparing food.
That’s why I’m glad we live in Iloilo where food is relatively affordable. If only eating out is not expensive, all parents will just dine out – no cooking and cleaning up and parents have more energy. More energy means parents are more patient. Last week, I discovered a new dining venue where I can bring my kids for a heavy snack or even dinner post-football practice.
Located at the Lower Ground floor of SM City Iloilo is Iron Grill, one of the latest tenants in the mall, recently opened last month. Iron Grill, as their name suggests offers grilled meals, mostly American as well as local food tagged at affordable prices.
Can you believe this hefty serving of Cheesy Backribs ( with rice) is only Php128?
This is great for those with meat-lover kids or older kids with bigger appetite.
Kids love chicken, Iron Grill offers many grilled chicken with rice like this one. Their fried chicken meal is only Php69.
It looks nothing special and I admit that I judged it. Turns out it was a hit! The crust is made from wheat and grilled.
Your kids will love their chicken and nachos.
Kid1’s favorite at Iron Grill along with their cheesy ribs.
We all love their mojos!
For drinks, have this Dark Chocolate Banana Smoothie (Php130).
Perfect for after-school meals!
With Iron Grill, you don’t have to worry for spending so much on food even with a big group. Here are more food you can enjoy at Iron Grill.
Don’t miss their steaks.
Iron Grill is the place to go if you want to eat steak for less!
Juicy and cooked the way I like it. If you want it medium or raw, feel free to inform the staff.
The offer beef bowls. I like the spicy kick of this dish.
For those who want to skip meat, they offer seafood meals like Baked Talaba with cheese. Also available are Spicy Talaba and Wasabi Talaba.They also have Stuffed Grilled Squid but this is something to look forward – Grilled Salmon with Pesto.
To my fellow mommies, don’t torture yourself with all the cooking. If you are pressed for time, feel free to dine out! With Iron Grill, you don’t have to hurt your family’s treasury while serving delicious and non-fastfood meals to your family.
To know more about Iron Grill, visit their Facebook Page.
AirAsia unveiled its latest in-flight offerings featuring the best of Asean flavours, savoury snacks, healthy food selections, variety of beverages, and special gift items and merchandise. The airline which has been voted the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for nine straight years formally introduced “Santan inflight menu and catalogue” at a press event held in Bohol in partnership with Amorita Resort.
AirAsia Philippines’ Head of Ancillary Karlo Sanchez said, “We are delighted to offer variety and only the best meals from across the Asean region including our very own Filipino Adobo. These hotmeals are available on all AirAsia flights across our extensive network in the whole of Asean, extending as far as India, China, Australia, Japan and United States.”
Among those featured signature dishes are Thai Green Curry with Rice, an aromatic chicken curry infused with authentic Thai spices served with fragrant white rice, Malaysia’s Nasi Lemak, Singapore’s Chicken Rice, and the Philippine’s Chicken Adobo.
AirAsia’s Santan menu is also adding a new dish for pasta lovers with Chicken Lasagne now available onboard and via online pre-booking. Chicken Lasagne is a tantalizing blend of classic creamy cheese and chicken with assorted vegetables adding a refreshing taste.
“Gourmet experience onboard doesn’t have to be expensive and as an added value for our guests, we are keeping our pricing at affordable levels and at the same time maintaining the high quality and flavour of all our meals,” Sanchez added.
Combo meals or hot meals with choice of drinks are priced at P180 only and to enjoy greater savings, AirAsia encourages guests to pre-book their meals or to purchase their meals in advance online. Guests who pre-book will be assured of meal availability and will enjoy priority meal service onboard.
AirAsia won the World’s Leading Inflight Service title at the World Travel Awards Grand Finals in December 2016, and was also honoured with the Catering Innovation of the Year award by Onboard Hospitality earlier last year.
Guests, media, and bloggers took part in a Santan food tasting session and interactive activities during the formal launch in Amorita Resort. AirAsia will also host food tasting sessions in select BPO offices and malls in Metro Manila.
Source: Press Release
Online video content selections are growing so quickly that families can now spend an entire weekend just watching the latest movies, TV shows, and viral clips. To showcase how streaming can be a fun bonding pursuit for families, Globe at Home launched #StreamFest, a weekend of free movies, snacks, and loads of fun activities!
Families enjoyed free screenings of popular Netflix titles like, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Designated Survivor. HOOQ also streamed movies like Amazing Spiderman 1 and 2, and kids spent an afternoon with the new Tangled series through the Disney Channel Apps.
#StreamFest also hosted activities led by top local YouTube creators such as beauty Vlogger Anne Clutz, Cosplayer Chris Cantada, and travel Vlogger Patrice Averilla of AVELOVINIT.
#StreamFest is our way of bringing together the best in entertainment so that more families can experience it first hand. Through the streaming activities, we were able to showcase how much their connected life can be better when they watch their favorite content all together. This is also our way of introducing our new GoBIG plans that is part of our mission to connect two million homes around the country with leading edge network technology,” says Senior Vice President of Globe At Home Martha Sazon.
Globe at Home’s #StreamFest kicked off in Cebu last July 1 and 2, and families in Manila experienced the fun from July 7 to July 9 at Bonifacio High Street Activity Center and at UP Town Center in Quezon City.
Every family can continue their #StreamFest at home by availing of the new Globe at Home GoBIG plans, which come with bigger data allocations at affordable rates, and fast and reliable speeds. For Plan 1299, customers can enjoy 300GB of data allocation per month with speeds of up to 5Mbps. Those who want to stream more can avail of Plan 1599, which has a data allowance of 400GB and speeds of up to 10Mbps, or Plan 1899, which has 500GB of data and speeds of up to 50Mbps.
All plans come with 100 GB of data exclusive for YouTube, so families can enjoy content from music videos to recipes, DIY clips, and more.
Customers also get six months free access to Netflix and Disney Channel apps for award-winning original content and children’s shows, and a two month subscription to HOOQ for a diverse selection of local and foreign titles.
To check the availability of Globe At Home GoBIG plans in your area, visit https://checkavailability.glob
With all new restaurants in Iloilo sprouting like mushrooms in recent years, it can be hard to decide on where to eat in Iloilo. For visiting tourists or those who want to eat local cuisine, Punot Restaurant is the place to go. For locals, this restaurant needs no introduction as it has become a gastronomic institution especially in northern Iloilo. For tourists, this is a new place to enjoy Ilonggo cuisine without going to a neighborhood talabahan and seafood restaurant.
With their tagline, “ Flavors of Modern Iloilo”, Punot offers not just Ilonggo classics like batchoy and KBL but a twist and an upgrade from what Iloilo is known for – seafoods and affordable ingredients. The result is a menu using local ingredients for less the price. Though they specialize in Ilonggo cuisine, diners are not limited to grilled fish or talaba but to some take and version of regional and even international dishes.
Let’s start with the appetizers of Liempo Chips ( get this if you are dining with kids!), Gambas Ilonggo Style, and Crispy Sriracha Adobo Wings.
What most local restaurants lack is salad – the green salad. At Punot, there are great choices, some with a hint of Ilonggo cuisine adding local ingredients like balingon ( dried anchovies) and green mangoes. Everyone loves this Tres Mangoes Salad.
Crispy lechon with cheese? This is an irresistible appetizer.
Where should I start? My favorite – because this is a dish my family loves – Stuffed Crispy Pata Hamonada. It’s hard not to think about Christmas with this dish.
Because Punot is famous for their seafood dishes ( the word “Punot” means “fish cage”), order this to enjoy seafood in Iloilo in just one dish. With Grilled Seafood Fiesta, you have baked imbao ( mangrove clam), crab, dried fish,etc.
A delicacy and expensive in other places – Sizzling Indong (eel)
For chicken lovers, here is Soy Chicken
and Chicken Cordon Bleu
Their version of Paella Negra
Laing for me as a Visayan is a love-hate relationship. I love this one.
Always on the menu with a twist – Krispy Kare-Kare
Share this food spread with your family and friends!
A sweet way to end your dining experience at Punot is with this dessert sampler. I love samplers, small servings of different choices.
For those with visitors from abroad, halo-halo is always a good choice.
Punot also offers Ilonggo must-eats particularly for tourists. This restaurant in Iloilo offers classics like batchoy, KBL, and desserts like Bayi-Bayi Croquettas and Ibos.
Fun twist to Ilonggo kakanin turning them into desserts.
I love this Ibos Skewers with mango and tsokolate dip.
If you are looking not just for the best restaurant in Iloilo city but a dining venue in the city of love where you know everyone will love and enjoy, visit Punot Restaurant.
” Reloaded”. That’s the word Eugene Chua of Kusina Tsina wants to attach to his gastronomic baby after its renovation and menu relaunch. For me, it was an afternoon of rekindling my love for this Chinese restaurant in Iloilo.
You see, we used to be one of their loyal customers and some bumps along the way – mostly due to service – made us shy away from dining at Kusina Tsina. But it is hard to say goodbye to good food and I appreciate how the owners responded with an open mind to my constructive review of my previous dining experiences at their Chinese restaurant in Iloilo.
As Eugene further shared, if he can only call all of their loyal diners with a not-so-pleasing experience at his restaurant, he would love to invite them over to prove that they have made major tweaks from menu to servers. Therefore, I didn’t hesitate to visit Kusina Tsina again because it will be a chance to interrogate the owners. Kidding.
The first thing I noticed when I entered was the new color – red. When they first expanded, the color theme was orange. The food photos printed on its walls helped customers in choosing what to order.
The color is not just suited for a Chinese restaurant (Chinese = red), but the color is highly recommended for food and restaurants because the color red makes you eat. That explains why most food company logos are red.
Compared to the first years of Kusina Tsina, their menu now is more varied and I have seen new names like Golden Pumpkin Soup, Polunchay Sauteed in Garlic, and choices under their Roasting menu. Their dim sum choices are affordable ranging from Php65-Php85 . Their roast duck ( 1/2) is the most ” expensive” on the menu, priced at Php900.
Now, what to order? Of course, dim sum! They are just comfort food for everyone, not to mention how budget-friendly they are.
My kids love their siomai so much that they know what is good and bad siomai. Kusina Tsina’s siomai was such a hit that Kid1 asked for a second serving. Yeah, he had like 8 pieces of siomai so I think we leave it there. Wanton Siomai Rice Topping (Php98).
Hakao, Php85. I love how translucent the wrappers looked. Inside, it was well stuffed with shrimps. To be honest, I eat hakao because they look so pretty but this one is just delicious.
I used to eat this at Kusina Tsina when I was pregnant with Kid2. Lechon Macau, Php220. This time, the serving is way bigger ( so better share it!).
I challenged myself to try something new, so I picked this from their Hotpot menu – Fish Fillet Taosi Beancurd in Pot, Php220.
My goodness, it was love at first taste. I love tofu and with the sauce, I will definitely be getting this for our next visit.
For rice, we had Yang Chow Fried Rice, Php168.
To help me push all these Chinese food into my tummy, I had Fresh Lemonade, Php80.
How do you say, ” Let’s eat!” in Chinese?
If you can’t make it to their restaurant, they also deliver for free within Iloilo City proper and for a minimum order of Php700 within Iloilo City.
I’m glad to have Kusina Tsina back and can’t wait to enjoy Chinese food again in Iloilo. I’m hoping they can permanently maintain the good food and impeccable service this time around, because Chinese food will always be a hit.
For inquiries, visit their Facebook Page.
Quezon St. Iloilo City
Opening hours- 9:30AM-9PM