Winter, I’m Coming

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When you say Japan, people often think about sakuras. Though I personally think first time visitors should travel to Japan in spring, those who are looking for winter destinations in Asia should consider Japan. Japan’s winter is not harsh and it doesn’t snow allover Japan ( I had to clear this up to my boys). It’s great  because you can ski or enjoy the snow for a couple of days and back to cozy winter weather in other cities without the hassle of ice and snow.

Top destinations for ski and snow holidays in Japan are Sapporo and Niseko, but why not visit the village of Hakuba?

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Hakuba is located in Nagano Prefecture ( similar to a province or state) in Japan’s Northern Alps. A top destination especially among locals, Hakuba hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics. A ski destination, let me show you things to do in Hakuba when not skiing with this post.




Hakuba is 3-4 hours from Tokyo. To get there, you need to catch a bullet train from Tokyo to Nagano and take a bus to Hakuba or a direct highway bus if you have plenty of time. From where we stayed in Japan, it took us 4-5 hours of driving.

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You’ll be kept company with the sceneries of daily Japanese life along the way with these snowy peaks constantly piquing our excitement.

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As we got closer to our destination, we started seeing frost and then melted snow – yeah we were shamelessly shouting ignoramus level. Snow! Snow! Snow! My brother in-law stopped along the way for the kids to touch snow for the first time. 😀 😀

When we finally reached our hotel in Hakuba, kids can’t wait to put on their snow boots and pants. Finally, snow fight!

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View from our room. We opened the windows ( it wasn’t that cold or we were just being Elsa that time) and enjoyed the white fluffy scenery that blanketed us that day. Snow within reach!

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It is not feasible for us to sign up for skiing lessons, we just want to play. Yet, it is nice seeing skiers   in the area. When in Hakuba, you can just look for an big space and kids are happy!

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It may not look like it but just walking on a small snowy field made this tropical girl happy.

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After dinner, we took a drive around Hakuba village. Chalets, cabins and cottages. It looks cozy and driving along the woods, your imagination will drift to the story of Hansel and Gretel. Or Gingerbread House.

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The next day, more sightseeing in Hakuba!

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Snow angels! I remember how my friend who lives in Austria describes snow – they are like diamonds. True enough, they were glittering under the sun.

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We passed by the Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium. Can you spot the Olympics symbol?

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Everywhere is an Instagram spot! Just be careful with the slippery icy paths.

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We drove away from Hakuba center and see more winter wonderland sceneries.

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We stopped by  Matsuwara River to enjoy this view. Beautiful, isn’t it?

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The best backdrop for a rare family photo.

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Reminded me of icing.

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We drove to our next hotel with powdery snow close to the parking area. It’s hard to keep the kids from enjoying the snow.

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We stayed for longer than we initially planned to experience something dreamy – snowfall! And we did! Stay tuned for that story!

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New Year Greeting with Emperor Akihito: What to Expect

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One of the reasons why you should visit Japan during winter is to have an ” imperial” experience. Unlike other royal families, Japanese imperial family rarely appear in public. If you are in Tokyo during the New Year, join the crowd for the annual Visit of the General Public to the Palace ( as per Imperial Household Agency) every January 2nd, with the reigning emperor of Japan addressing the public.




The Emperor ( in our case, Emperor Akihito) gave just over a minute of New Year Greeting, but the whole event will give you an immersion on how organized and disciplined the Japanese are. This is also one of the rare moments that the inner gardens of the Imperial Palace are open to the public.

Here is a short video of the whole event. You can hear Emperor Akihito’s address at 0:46 of the video.

 

This year, Emperor Akihito will abdicate and if you are planning to witness 2019 New Year event in Tokyo, it will with current Crown Prince Naruhito. It is not the usual meet and greet, though it is safe and more comfortable compared to other mass events, but here are some things you need to expect and do before you join the crowd to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

Arrive early

There are 5 greetings, divided into different time slots starting at 9:30  with the last one at 2:10. Some would say it will take 45 minutes to get in but due to the number of people, we were waiting for almost 2 hours ( or more). Don’t wait for the 2:10 schedule, come early. It might get crowded and you’ll be grouped to the next time slot. My family planned the 1:30 but it we got the last slot.

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Tight security

I’ve never seen so many policemen and security in Japan. After all, it is the Imperial family appearing together. There were many uniformed and I’m sure on the cover security team, ensuring the safety not just of the Imperial family but that of the public.

The family appears on that bulletproof balcony of the Palace’s East Plaza.We were informed that it used to be open and everyone can have a glimpse of the emperor and his family. We only saw their reflection especially with Empress Michiko’s signature bun.

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Imperial guard ( not sure of the title) at the main gate.

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Allot at least half of your day

Transit from your accommodation to the Imperial Palace ( nearest station is Tokyo Station), add the waiting and the exit, the New Year greeting with the emperor of Japan can eat at least 3 hours of your day. Plan something flexible if you wish to explore Tokyo after the New Year Greeting with Japan’s emperor.

Don’t bring bulky bags and travel luggages

We saw some tourists tagging along their luggages and we witnessed that they were escorted away. So please leave your luggages and trolleys in your hotels or in station lockers. These luggages can hamper the flow of the people coming into Imperial Palace and waiting with big bags can be inconvenient and uncomfortable. Personally, I think it can add more work for the security as big bags and luggages can be suspected of carrying explosives.

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Bring unopened bottled water

I’m not pretty sure about this but I saw one woman who was asked to drink all the contents of her bottle at the security check point. However, while waiting ( when everyone seems to have started answering the call of hunger and thirst), I saw one man opened a bottle of iced tea. So to be save, bring unopened bottle.

Eat a hearty meal

You’ll never know how many people are going to the event so fuel up. A German couple had to excuse themselves because they were too famished. Seeing them walk away made me thanked myself that we enjoyed our breakfast at New Sanno Hotel.

After hours of waiting, we found our spot. The security let our kids stay in front. Elderly and pregnant women are wheel chaired to the front. This was the only time that I had more time to take photos.

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Come with an empty bladder

Don’t expect for a portable toilet within the Imperial Palace. They are too ugly for the Japanese. Toilets are located at the exit, therefore, you can only take the loo after the event.

You can leave the crowd if you want to

Crowds are grouped and between groups is this small area. See the policeman? That lane is specifically for those who wish to “retreat”. We saw a few people who (like the German couple) had to pass. This is an organized and convenient just in case.

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It is hard to take photos

As a blogger, I wanted to take more photos but it is really hard. You can see how shaky my clips are. There is no way you will stop and it is best to just etch those images of the Imperial Palace in your memory. Yeah, refrain from taking selfies – goes without saying that you must leave your selfie stick. And yes, drone is not allowed in Japan unless you have special permission. If you clog the flow of traffic, the imperial security wont hesitate to pull you out.

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Leave properly

After the New Year address, it is not time for some picnic within the walls of the Imperial Palace. People leave slowly giving you more time to see what’s inside the Imperial Palace. It’s nice to observe every detail since there is a small chance you can do it again when you’re in Tokyo.

We passed this government building on our way to the exit. I think Shinzo Abe and the ministers hold office here.

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I was one of the last people to leave the Imperial grounds because I want to take more photos at the gate. They were not friendly but not scary either – just the usual Japanese temperament. They let me take some souvenir photos of the gates, therefore I’m happy!

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I recommend this event for those who will be in Japan ( Tokyo to be exact) on the first week of January. It was on top of my things to do in Japan and I’m happy my family joined me that day. Banzai!



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Tagaytay: Manila’s Favorite Weekend Destination

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Are you taking advantage of the chilly nights lately? As a tropical country, Philippines doesn’t have winter and generally hot and humid throughout the year, but this month until January, let us enjoy “colder” nights even for a short time. The cold breeze reminded me of one place I had a chance to visit courtesy of AirAsia – Tagaytay.

From Iloilo we traveled to Manila as part of the inaugural flight of AirAsia’s Iloilo-Manila route.

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It was my 2nd time to visit Tagaytay. I know, Tagaytay is a popular weekend destination among urban dwellers of Manila. The perfect place to escape the metro without traveling for 8-10 hours. For us in the Visayas, it was a treat to see more of Luzon and a glimpse of the famous Taal. I personally wish to explore more of Luzon.

What to do in Tagaytay?

For me it’s relaxation and eating. We were billeted at One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites and they serve great food. We also dined at Bag of Beans, Taal Vista’s Veranda, and Pamana. Guiltlessly binged on bulalo.

 

Enjoyed lunch at Taal Vista’s Veranda with a major renovation. I like how relaxed the ambiance of the restaurant. Dining there means enjoying Luzon’s regional dishes.

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Sky ranch is a popular attraction in Tagaytay. Since we had lunch at Taal Vista, it was hard not to include Sky ranch in the itinerary ( it is located next to Taal Vista). If you have kids, this is a must- thing to do in Tagaytay. For those who want to skip the rides, the view of the lake and the volcano is itself a treat for the senses.

First timers must also visit the Picnic Grove. It reminded of Tops in Cebu and other mountainside attractions that are often included in best deals for travel packages anywhere in the Philippines. We were lucky that our hotel was walking distance to this popular attraction in Tagaytay. It was perfect for pre-breakfast walk we all need after protein-loading at Amacena Restaurant.

There’s more to Tagaytay than Skyranch and Picnic Grove and I’m looking forward to such places when we visit Tagaytay again, this time with my kids. Tagaytay is family-friendly as well as a romantic place. If I have the capability, I would love to buy those bonsais and hardwood furniture I have spotted along the way.

I’m not from Manila, so I’m not sure if it is an overrated destination given the number of restaurants and hotels in the area. It’s nice to note how developed Tagaytay is but I feel it is a lovely weekend drive destination to escape traffic and pollution in Manila.

What Tagaytay attraction or activity can you recommend? Thanks for reading!

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SM and BDO’s Pamaskong Handog para sa Global Pinoy Happens December 9

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A grand homecoming celebration is set to treat overseas Filipino workers and their families as SM Supermalls and BDO partners for the “6th Pamaskong Handog para sa Global Pinoys,” the biggest OFW Christmas party on December 9, 2017 in ten SM malls across the country.

 

This year, the homecoming festivities will showcase some of the country’s brightest celebrities including KZ Tandingan who will be at SM City Cabanatuan, Sam Milby at SM City Pampanga, and Elisse Joson and McCoy De Leon at SM City San Jose del Monte. While Yeng Constantino will join the event at SM City Manila, Daryl Ong and Kyla will be at SM City Dasmariñas, Joseph Marco at SM City Lucena, and Kim Chiu at SM City Naga. With Daniel Matsunaga at SM City Iloilo and Xian Lim at SM Seaside City Cebu, JC Santos is set to charm guests at SM City General Santos.

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                                                                 Daniel Matsunaga gracing the event

Only on December 9, OFWs and their families can get 10% off on all regular priced items with a minimum of P2,000 single receipt purchase at The SM Store OFW Sale. Global Pinoy families can also get a chance to win prizes from BDO, Grand Videoke, Starmobile, The Body Shop, and Toy Kingdom. Also not to be missed are the giveaways and gift certificates from SM Storyland, SM Sky Ranch, Dickies, Jollibee, and Max’s Restaurant, and special movie passes from SM Cinemas.

To join the Pamaskong Handog celebration, SM Global Pinoy cardholders can already pre-register at participating SM Global Pinoy Centers. Non-SM Global Pinoy members can avail of the membership card by visiting these centers as well. All they have to do is bring the requirements and pay a processing fee of P150 pesos. SM Global Pinoy cardholders or BDO Kabayan Savings account holders can come and join in the party with your family.

Prizes and gifts from BDO and SM Supermalls
Prizes and gifts from BDO and SM Supermalls

The SM Global Pinoy program is an initiative that provides accessible and convenient services specially designed for OFWs and their families. Apart from exclusive services, perks and privileges inside SM Global Pinoy Centers, the sites also offer remittance pick-up and foreign exchange, free internet access, hot and cold beverages, and mobile phone charging in 39 SM malls nationwide.

Don’t forget to be part of a Global Pinoy Christmas at SM Supermalls! Get a chance to meet you favorite celebrities and win exciting prizes and freebies! Registration starts at 1:30 p.m.

To know more about SM’s Pamaskong Handog and Global Pinoy Center, visit www.smglobalpinoy.com or visit the SMGPC Facebook page. For inquiries, you may email info@smglobalpinoy.comfor further assistance.

###For exclusive news about SM Supermalls, visit www.smsupermalls.com or follow SM’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through SM’s Viber Public Chat. Tweet your thoughts, upload and share your photos about your memorable moments at SM, then use its official hashtag #EverythingsHereAtSM.

 

A grand homecoming celebration is set to treat overseas Filipino workers and their families as SM Supermalls and BDO partners for the “6th Pamaskong Handog para sa Global Pinoys,” the biggest OFW Christmas party on December 9, 2017 in ten SM malls across the country.




This year, the homecoming festivities will showcase some of the country’s brightest celebrities including KZ Tandingan who will be at SM City Cabanatuan, Sam Milby at SM City Pampanga, and Elisse Joson and McCoy De Leon at SM City San Jose del Monte. While Yeng Constantino will join the event at SM City Manila, Daryl Ong and Kyla will be at SM City Dasmariñas, Joseph Marco at SM City Lucena, and Kim Chiu at SM City Naga. With Daniel Matsunaga at SM City Iloilo and Xian Lim at SM Seaside City Cebu, JC Santos is set to charm guests at SM City General Santos.

Only on December 9, OFWs and their families can get 10% off on all regular priced items with a minimum of P2,000 single receipt purchase at The SM Store OFW Sale. Global Pinoy families can also get a chance to win prizes from BDO, Grand Videoke, Starmobile, The Body Shop, and Toy Kingdom. Also not to be missed are the giveaways and gift certificates from SM Storyland, SM Sky Ranch, Dickies, Jollibee, and Max’s Restaurant, and special movie passes from SM Cinemas.




To join the Pamaskong Handog celebration, SM Global Pinoy cardholders can already pre-register at participating SM Global Pinoy Centers. Non-SM Global Pinoy members can avail of the membership card by visiting these centers as well. All they have to do is bring the requirements and pay a processing fee of P150 pesos. SM Global Pinoy cardholders or BDO Kabayan Savings account holders can come and join in the party with your family.

The SM Global Pinoy program is an initiative that provides accessible and convenient services specially designed for OFWs and their families. Apart from exclusive services, perks and privileges inside SM Global Pinoy Centers, the sites also offer remittance pick-up and foreign exchange, free internet access, hot and cold beverages, and mobile phone charging in 39 SM malls nationwide.
Don’t forget to be part of a Global Pinoy Christmas at SM Supermalls! Get a chance to meet you favorite celebrities and win exciting prizes and freebies! Registration starts at 1:30 p.m.




To know more about SM’s Pamaskong Handog and Global Pinoy Center, visit www.smglobalpinoy.com or visit the SMGPC Facebook page. For inquiries, you may email info@smglobalpinoy.com for further assistance.

###For exclusive news about SM Supermalls, visit www.smsupermalls.com or follow SM’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through SM’s Viber Public Chat. Tweet your thoughts, upload and share your photos about your memorable moments at SM, then use its official hashtag #EverythingsHereAtSM.

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PRO-FRIENDS Iloilo Holds CSR Caravan in Pavia Barangays

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Christmas came early to Barangays Tigum, Ungka and Balabag in the town of Pavia, Iloilo as Property Company of Friends, Inc. (PRO-FRIENDS) Iloilo together with its sales networks held a 4-day Corporate Social Responsibility Caravan.

The first stop of the PRO-FRIENDS Iloilo’s CSR Caravan was Barangay Tigum on November 7 which benefited a total of 135 kids (60 Day Care pupils and 75 Kindergarten pupils).

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Held at Tigum Elementary School, the kids were entertained by the magic show sponsored by PRO-FRIENDS Iloilo. They also learned basic hygiene such as proper handwashing and toothbrushing. Likewise, they enjoyed the food, received hygiene kits, school supplies and loot bags prepared by PRO-FRIENDS, while their parents, guardians and teachers were given reading glasses and undergone sugar screening for free courtesy of Golden Pillars Group, Tycoons and Go Land Marketing.

On November 8, PRO-FRIENDS Iloilo’s CSR Caravan continued in Barangay Balabag where one of its projects, Monticello Villas is located. A total of 130 Day Care pupils gathered at the barangay covered court to listen to the Hygiene Talk given by PRO-FRIENDS Iloilo and to witness a magic show.

The said beneficiaries were also given hygiene kits and school supplies and enjoyed the Feeding Program. Success Unlimited Marketing, on the other hand, sponsored loot bags for all kids present during the event.

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On the third day of the CSR Caravan on November 10, PRO-FRIENDS Iloilo visited Barangay Ungka which hosts Parc Regency Residences.

A total of 140 kids benefited from the feeding program, enjoyed the magic show and received school supplies from by PRO-FRIENDS Iloilo. The kids also received water bottles that they can use everyday at school courtesy of the Diamond Group.

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On the last day of the CSR Caravan which was held last November 10, PRO-FRIENDS Iloilo went back to Brgy. Balabag. This time, they gave joy to the indigent residents and elders of the said barangay.

The beneficiaries laughed their hearts out to the punch lines and magic tricks of “Tito Bob the Magician” and shared the food prepared by PRO-FRIENDS Iloilo. Apex Group also distributed blankets to each beneficiary.

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The recently conducted CSR Caravan is a way of PRO-FRIENDS Iloilo and its sales network to give back to the community where the company’s projects are located as well as to the neighboring communities.

“Christmas is fast approaching and now is the high time for us to share not only material things, but also joy and love to everyone. This is also in line with our principle of creating communities and transforming lives,” said PRO-FRIENDS General Manager Dina Estocado. (END)

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The Great Argan Sale by Nailaholics Year 2

 

If you’re a beauty junkie like me, for sure you have heard about argan oil. Argan oil produced from argan trees ( of course) only grows in southern region of Morroco. This oil is rich in blend of antioxidants, vitamin A and E, polyunsaturated fat, and essential fatty acid – essential for hair and skincare. It’s no wonder, argan oil are used in many beauty products.

В основе всех продуктов бренда Moroccanoil – аргановое масло. Что же это такое? Его получают из плодов аргании – дерева, произрастающего в полупустынях. Из-за весьма ограниченного ареала распространения аргании, это масло считается одним из самых редких в мире! В косметологии оно успешно используется для восстановления пересушенных, ослабленных волос, активного питания, устранения тусклости и ломкости. Ощутить на себе эффективность удивительного масла аргании можно благодаря косметике Moroccanoil. Для заказа пишите нам в директ/вайбер 📩

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I have heard about it for many years and I used to find it expensive but price was my last issue. It was hard to find in the Philippines, much more if you live in city outside Metro Manila. Luckily, many beauty brands now carry. I’m glad that Nail-a-holics also carries other over the counter beauty products including Argan Oil.

That said, here’s an even better insider tip that is just in time for the holidays: you can get a free 50 ml bottle for every purchase of one 100 ml Argan Oil bottle at any Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa branch.

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Each 100 ml argan oil bottle is priced at Php 1,390. Now you get to take home more with the Great Argan Sale, giving you a savings of Php 790 which is the original price of your free 50 ml argan oil bottle.

You better hurry though because this exclusive promotion runs only from November 28 to Dec 12, 2017.

It’s a small price to pay for a product that can serve as your night time moisturizer, a skin toner, makeup remover, whole body moiturizer, leave-in hair conditioner and can also be a cure for acne, stretchmarks and razor bumps and burns.

“It’s important to note though that you get the real deal. So be sure to get it from somewhere that has a longstanding reputation of reliability and quality. It’s the concentration of argan oil that allows you to receive all its benefits, so make sure you’re getting it from a brand that can be trusted when they say that they are giving you a bottle with no artificial preservatives,” shares Lorraine Baterina, Brand Manager of Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa.

 

 

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AirAsia Celebrates Inaugural Flight from Manila to Ho Chi Minh City

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AirAsia is now flying to Ho Chi Minh City, one of the most vibrant and biggest cities in Vietnam, further strengthening the airline’s commitment as a truly Asean carrier.

AirAsia, voted the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for nine years running, flew its maiden flight from Manila to Ho Chi Minh City today with send-off ceremonies held at NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) Terminal 3 led by AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador with His Excellency Ly Quoc Tuan, Ambassador of Viet Nam to the Philippines, as keynote speaker.




AirAsia flight Z2 294 with pilot in command Captain Dexter Comendador left Manila on time at 10:25PM with 180 passengers on board or a 100% load. AirAsia’s iconic red plane arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport at 1:05AM.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Dexter Comendador said, “AirAsia is a product of Asean and we are so proud to be part of this region we call home. Three days ago, we formally presented an ASEAN plane bearing ‘I love Asean’ logo or livery in one of our planes to mark the golden jubilee of Asean and to celebrate our commitment as the only carrier that services direct flights to all ten Asean countries. We do love Asean so much that today we are starting Manila – Saigon and early next year we are to fly Manila – Bali and Manila – Jakarta next.”

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AirAsia has recently launched AirAsia Loves Asean, a series of initiatives focused on education, talent development and the economy to celebrate 50 years of Asean. The initiatives comprise the AirAsia Asean University Partnership, Asean Entrepreneurs Day, Asean Journalists Camp and Allstars Exchange Programme.




At the said launch, AirAsia also officially presented an “I Love Asean” aircraft livery showcasing designs inspired by textiles, architecture, art and nature from all 10 Asean nations – batik cetak from Malaysia, poom khao bin from Thailand, ulos Batak from Indonesia, tapis from the Philippines, trống đồng from Vietnam, kbach pka Chan from Cambodia, Lao phouthai from Laos, chate from Myanmar, jongsarat Brunei from Brunei, and Vanda Miss Joaquim from Singapore.

AirAsia’s Manila – Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon (IATA CODE: SGN) flights are scheduled every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.

Flight Schedule for Manila, Philippines (MNL) –  Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (SGN)

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Z2294 MNL SGN 10:25PM 1:05AM Tuesday, Friday, Sunday
Z2295 SGN MNL 1:35AM 4:10AM Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

 

Keep updated with AirAsia’s latest promotion and activities via twitter (@AirAsiaFilipino), Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsiaPH) and on Instagram (@AirAsiaFilipino).



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iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus arrive at Globe Telecom

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Globe Telecom announced it will offer the new generation iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Customers will be able to purchase the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus at www.globe.com.ph/iPhone8 and in stores starting November 17. For complete pricing details, please visit www.globe.com.ph/iPhone8.

“Every year, the iPhone launch is always something Apple enthusiasts look forward to. With Globe Postpaid’s ThePLAN, customers can get the best experience out of their iPhone 8 and 8 Plus with more data and access to the best content,” says Globe Senior Vice President for Consumer Mobile Business, Issa Cabreira.




iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are a new generation of iPhone featuring a new glass and aluminum design in three beautiful finishes – space gray, silver and a new gold – made with the most durable glass ever in a smartphone, Retina HD displays, A11 Bionic chip and is designed for the ultimate augmented experience. The world’s most popular camera gets even better and wireless charging brings a powerful new capability to iPhone. iPhone 8 Plus features dual 12-megapixel cameras and introduces Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting, bringing dramatic studio lighting effects to iPhone, allowing customers to capture stunning portraits with a shallow depth of field effect in five different lighting styles.

With Globe Postpaid, customers can get iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus at attractive monthly repayments with ThePLAN 1799 or with the best Globe has to offer, ThePLATINUM Plan 4999.




ThePLAN 1799 comes with 11 GB of data, together with access to top TV, movie, and music apps. Customers get full access to the Netflix and Disney apps for 6 months, plus 3 months of Spotify Premium subscription at no extra cost and an additional 1GB to stream your favorite songs. The plan also comes with unlimited calls to Globe/TM and unlimited texts to all networks.  Get to know more about ThePLAN at globe.com.ph/postpaid/theplan.

With Globe Platinum, experience the best Globe has to offer. Get Priority Network access to keep your mobile data at its most optimal levels. You also enjoy the freedom to surf, watch, and listen to your heart’s content with All-Month Data Surfing. Plus, have access to Thea, your Platinum Virtual Concierge that not only addresses Globe-related concerns, but can book dining reservations, buy movie tickets, or assist you with virtually anything under the sun. To learn more about ThePLATINUM 4999 Plan, visit www.globe.com.ph/platinum.

For more details on pricing and data plans, please visit www.globe.com.ph/iPhone8.

For more details on iPhone please visit www.apple.com/ph/iphone.

 


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One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites

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Looking for a place to stay in Tagaytay? As a top destination particularly among weekend warriors, Tagaytay is home to plenty of hotels and accommodations from private rooms to boutique hotels. If you are right in the middle, that is, looking for a mid-range hotels with the perfect rates for you and ample amenities, One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites is a good choice.




Big thanks to Air Asia Philippines for bringing me together with fellow Iloilo and Bacolod media for the inaugural fight.

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Lobby and Checking in

We arrived late at night in Tagaytay and it was nice to arrive in a homey lobby. Homey and not intimidating that you can just drop your big bottom on their oversized sofa while checking-in. Their lobby also has plenty of Instagrammable spots.

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Fast check-in. Front desk officers and staff are all attentive and cheerful throughout our stay.

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Our room

Can’t help but think that my boys will surely love the towel folding. Rooms have enough space, with fridge and plenty of places for me to scatter my things. haha! They don’t have a hair dryer but just one call to the front desk and they sent it right away. Wi-fi was fast, great for us who continuously updating our social media throughout the trip.

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Courtesy of One Tagaytay Place Hotel & Suites

We had a short tour around the hotel, checking different rooms. For those who love to indulge and some privacy, One Tagaytay has suite rooms that can house 4-6 guests including a penthouse suite.

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One Tagaytay Place’s Amacena

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Dining at Amacena, I can say it is one of the hotel’s top assets. It is cozy with rich wood interior  and elegant tablewares  -it’s like dining in your rich Tita’s house. haha.  Seriously, the food was great. Gong beyond the usual Bulalo, Amacena served this. Oh la la!

Staff were also patient to our group. Plus, they serve us regional dishes for us Visayan guests to enjoy.  When you’re a blogger, it’s hard to miss their food presentation and other details.

I'm loving the presentation of @amacenatagaytay's kinilaw. #kinilaw #rawfood #ceviche #foodie #tagaytay #tagaytayrestaurants #amacena

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Breakfast at Amacena. Writing this makes me miss their homemade corned beef. I love their wooden bowls and wood charger plates.

Location

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Another thing that I like about One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites is their location. I’ve been to Tagaytay twice and so far, I like how it is located a little bit on the other side of where most touristy areas are. I urged by fellow Iloilo bloggers for a morning walk to enjoy Tagaytay’s cool weather and it was a nice experience to observe local life.

 




We passed by schools, churches and the popular Tagaytay Picnic Grove. One of my best moments to see Taal Lake early morning before tourists start coming and to enjoy a morning walk  – thanks to the One Tagaytay’s location.

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As I often travel with my family, I find it nice that this hotel in Tagaytay has a 7-Eleven store in front along with ATM Machines. If you travel a lot with kids, you know these stores are great help for parents.

Other facilities

For a mid-range hotel, One Place Tagaytay Hotel & Suites provide amenities and facilities at par to those of luxury hotels. They have a lot of function rooms from small groups to big banquets. Again, speaking of kids, they have a rooftop pool that includes a kiddie pool.

Not me!One Place Tagaytay Hotel & Suites rooftop pool | Courtesy of One Tagaytay Place Hotel & Suites

 

I was surprised how big and spacious their spa is! Sorry for the dark image. Needless to say, I like how much space they allot for their guests’ relaxing spa experience. After a day of exploring Tagaytay, would it be nice to knead those tired muscles with a good massage?

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Family-friendly with all the right amenities, stay at One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites for your next Tagaytay trip!

For more information, rates, and their latest promos,  contact

One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites

Barrio Sungay, Tagaytay City

Cavite, Philippines

www.onetagaytayplace.com

Telephone number: +(63 2) 584-4111 or 477-7111

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Holidays with SM Home

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We all love to go big on our Christmas decor and I think we don’t care if we go too far. After all, Philippines has the longest Christmas in the world. Our Christmas season may start on September, but I personally prefer to put up my Christmas decoration right after All Souls’ Day.




So here I am, looking at what we have after so many Christmas. We need to update. Major update. I don’t like those cheap-looking decor. I don’t like tacky either. Our space is not big but I want classy ornaments for my simple abode. Here’s what I saw from SM Home.

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I want to take a break from red this season, but because I have kids, I think they’ll love this Glittered Santa Cones. This can be used as a table topper but I want to put this somewhere where it will greet my kids when they go home from school.

I love this Christmas tree.  Elegant yet polished.

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Metallic shades for me give that minimalist yet chic appeal. I think my home is still stuck with the green and red motif. Haha.




I also like this one. Traditionally, we hang them but why not put them inside a jar? But I’m sure how it will look in smaller spaces, still I love the contemporary look.

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I think this is better for our home too. They are not the usual Christmas ornaments but silver and gold – so festive!

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Going back to tree ornaments, this is quite unique. Jester Mask as a decor? Why not?

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Because Christmas is all about parties and food, I might get these sugary table toppers. No, you can’t eat them. 😉

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What a nice way to bring the sugary side of Christmas.

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Is your tree up? Head to your nearest SM Home and revamp your old Christmas decor with something new that will spark up your guests’ curiosity and create that fun, chic, and sweet Christmas feel in your home

 



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