Nobu Hotel Manila

 

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A brand unmistakeable in the world of luxury, everyone was thrilled when Nobu opened another franchise in Manila- the first in Asia-  in May 2015, attended by members of society’s top tier as well the people behind the brand such as Chef Nobu, Robert De Niro, and Hollywood producer, Meir Teper.

Almost a year and a half after the opulent opening, it’s not that too late to have the chance to spend even for one night in one of Manila’s luxury hotels. Nobu Hotel was the official residence of the media for the Vivo V5 Grand Launch held last November 23.

 

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Nobu is one of the three hotels of City of Dreams, an integrated resort of Entertainment City in Paranaque. City of Dreams is hard to miss with its gold hue and the distinct Fortune Egg.

 

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Lobby and Reception

Location wise, Nobu Hotel and its sister hotels within City of Dreams are good options for those who don’t want to go far from the airport ( read: traffic!).  The facade is not too gaudy or too decorative but security measures at the entrance reveals that Nobu means business and pleasure.

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True to the Japanese theme, the whole hotel carries the color scheme Japanese like – neutral colours blending from dark to light. I need to get adjusted to the dark browns all over the property as I have grown some liking to citrusy but not bright colours in hotels.  Right at the entrance of Nobu is the casino.

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Polished Elegant Rooms

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Not just spacious or complete with amenities, you will appreciate how rooms are personalised, giving guests a feel of owning the room during their stay at Nobu Hotel Manila.  Sheets and linens are comforting, firm bed with plenty of seating spaces. Ergonomic workstations with electrical sockets all over the room for guests who might be bringing a gazillion gadgets.

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Rooms are splashed with touches of Japanese art and style from the brush stroke painting at the wall above the bed’s headboard to the geta-shaped ( traditional Japanese slipper) in-room slipper. Very Japanese but not trying too hard.

While some rooms have garden views, I have the Manila skyline far away.

 

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Personalized greetings on screen will greet the guests. TV includes paid movies but I was contented with cable shows. The phones are programmed to guest’s name. Nobu’s mini bar includes bottles of wine and sake.

I love the work station with their purple pen and notepad with its dainty holder that I was tempted to take it home. I tried contacting guest services via phone and it took only one ring and they answered with ” Good morning Ms. Caulin how may I help you?“. Hmm, impressive.

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Now let’s go to the bathroom. It would be nice to have a tub in my room to enjoy ofuro but I’m cool with what I had. The corners of the shower glass – spots that most housekeeping often miss – were squeaky clean.

 

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The sink is too big that you can wash some laundry here or if you are traveling with a baby is perfect! Sakura are printed on the designs of their toiletries and other fixtures.

My only concern about Nobu Manila Hotel’s room? I hope they can have a socket close to the mirror. It took me twice the time to dry my hair with the power socket located at the far end of the wall. Challenging if you are giving your own hair a blow out.

 

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Nobu Restaurant

There is a reason why Nobu is such an acclaimed name in the culinary world. Food satisfying not just to one’s palate but to your whole senses. It is not just eating but dining experience.

Breakfast was impeccable in terms of flavour, variation, and service.

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Another factor is the interior of the restaurant.

 

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Breakfast is served at Nobu and it is just one of the dining options at City of Dreams. For affordable dining, go to Red Ginger.

 

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As a luxury hotel, Nobu Manila has a long list of facilities and services. To get the complete list, I recommend visiting their site.

 

Beyond Nobu Hotel Manila

Going out of the posh walls of the hotel, the garden is a wonderful place to kill time. Some do this while waiting for check in or in our case, while waiting for our shuttle schedule to the airport.

 

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It is heaven for fashion bloggers and influencers. Families will love the open space for kids to roam and explore.

 

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Speaking of kids, City of Dreams is home to Manila’s top family attraction – Dreamplay! I can’t wait to bring my kids here.

 

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If you don’t have plans to enjoy the casino, City of Dreams has a lot of options when it comes to shopping and dining, or malling.

 

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With a casino and dark color scheme, I asked myself if this is a kid-friendly hotel. I think, yes. I can bring my kids here and I think they will love it. The space, Dreamplay, the pool and awesome breakfast – what more can we ask for, right? Plus, I’ve been few guests with little children.

For Nobu Hotel Manila contact information or Nobu Hotel Manila rates, visit their site.

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Educational App Brings Filipinos a Step Closer to Their Dreams

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For Danica Rose Garay, shifting careers from teaching to being a doctor is not easy. For one, she has to take and pass the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT), and she doesn’t have the luxury of time to enroll in a review center as it tend to be expensive. Self-study is her only viable option.

Zookal was like manna from heaven for Danica Rose. With Zookal’s help, she is now reviewing for free for her upcoming NMAT exam.

“I find reviewing with Zookal is so much easier. Questions are categorized so I can go straight to those relevant for me. The immediate response from the app, whether the answer is right or wrong, and the accompanying explanation are very helpful features,” says Danica Rose.

“Zookal also changed my study habits. Since I carry my phone anywhere and anytime, I can study in between tasks, or when commuting. There’s no need to lug around books, and wads of papers as review materials, I just click on the app, and start reviewing,” she added.

Criselda, who’s preparing for the Licensure Examination for Teachers, says reviewing while working is no longer an impossible task.

“Zookal helped me a lot in such a way that it gave me a chance to review everywhere. I was working while preparing for the LET so it was really convenient for me. I could just open the app and read during my free time at the workplace. I could even do it during my commute time. It’s amazing!” says Criselda.

“I actually recommended Zookal to some of my friends already. I told them they need not to pay for an expensive review center to prepare for a test. All they need is to download this impressive app. Zookal is an amazing tool to help people achieve their dreams, I am just so grateful it was developed,” adds Criselda.

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Embracing technology

HR practitioner and Sunlife Advocate Aaron Hinlo-Roca handles Internship Relations and is a community service partner of universities in regions 7 and 8.

He required incoming interns to pass the Civil Service examination and be eligible to work for government. They reviewed for the exam for two weeks using the app on a dry run, and he saw that it was effective as an online learning resource.

“It was very interactive. While we also used books for the review, the app was very helpful. Zookal revolutionizes studying, you just need data connection and you can learn anytime, anywhere. We must embrace technologies like this. It is timely and relevant not only for students but also for professors, and practitioners like me,” says Aaron.

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Wish list

One thing Aaron wishes for is an offline version of Zookal so students without connectivity can still use it for their learning.

Meanwhile, having administered admission tests as a teacher, Danica Rose would like to see more of practice questions involving abstract reasoning.

“This type of test measures the spatial and the IQ of the test taker in predicting outcome. Also, you can master it through constant practice. It’s quite hard to make but I know it will help a lot of test takers. For the tips I guess, they could put videos and mnemonics styles to cater learners who have diverse learning styles,” Danica Rose suggests.

She also wants to see a “timer” feature in the app so one can easily evaluate how fast one can answer the questions and challenge to do it faster next time. It makes for good practice since almost all exams are timed.

In its latest update, Zookal already has a timer feature that allows just that.

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Zookal for all

If you think Zookal is relevant only for those who are reviewing for exams, you are so wrong.

“I recommended it to my friends and family members to help them boost their intelligence in their field of expertise as well as in other areas of learning,” says Danica Rose.

“It may be an online reviewer but it is never boring using the app. My friends and I use it for fun just like the popular TV show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”. With Zookal, learning is never boring,” adds Aaron.

100,000 Filipinos and counting

Since its launched in September, Zookal has now grown to one hundred thousand (100,000) users in less than 2 months time. “There are now more than 100,000 Filipinos closer to their dreams; that alone assures me and my co-founders that we are doing an excellent job in doing good for the future of Filipino students and professionals through Zookal,” said Jon Tse, Zookal co-founder.

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Novotel Manila Araneta Center

 

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One of the newest hotels in the Metro, Novotel Manila Araneta is the official residence and venue of Blogapalooza .  With this,  I had the chance to spend two lovely nights at this modern business hotel.

Set in the business center of Cubao, Novotel Manila (the first Novotel in the country), has the best location. A few steps from the hotel is Smart Araneta Center and it is surrounded by malls as well as train and bus stations.

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Lobby

From the lobby, a resident security dog welcomes you and staff checks your luggage before you enter the lobby. With this, the first impression will always be that Novotel Manila is not just an upscale hotel but a business hotel.

Still has a business atmosphere, the lobby is straight forward with highly efficient front desk officers. From its chic fixtures, their lobby has an interactive table for kids to enjoy while Mommy and Daddy are checking in.

 

Rooms

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Novotel Manila has 401 guest rooms, all equipped with the latest amenities. I like the color scheme – citrusy and soothing to the senses.

The rooms are also spacious that it can accommodate an extra bed. Their extra bed looks like a regular bed – a far cry from mattresses offered by most hotels. The seating area has a sofa bed for extra person. For families, each room can accommodate up to 2 children.

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I like their bathroom especially their eco-friendly toiletries and the “diva” lights from the mirror.

 

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Here’s what it looks like if you want some privacy inside the bathroom.

 

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Dining

Though the hotel is surrounded with a long list of restaurants, Novotel offers six dining venues. Whether you are enjoying Novotel Cubao buffet at the Food Exchange Manila or a relaxing nightlife at the Pool Bar, this hotel has everything covered.

I love their breakfast. Great selection and food. I appreciate how much homemade offerings they have like their butter and their juice bar. Likewise, they have an Indian and Korean spread – giving more options for international guests.  Staff during the buffer were attentive and offering what I might need. Let us say, I truly enjoyed my me time during breakfasts.

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Premier Lounge

For luxury hotels, I always look forward to their exclusive lounges and Novotel’s premier lounge is worth a visit. Novotel’s decor and interior are impeccable and I adore the Filipino and local inspirations of their interiors at the lounge.

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Located at the 24th floor, guests staying at executive suites can enjoy some privileges like afternoon teas and free use of their meeting room.

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Other Facilities and Amenities

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Novotel is the metro’s “it” venue from weddings to conventions. Its 6th floor is where you will find the pool and the Bridal Gazebo and Garden. Novotel also has a spa, fitness center, and a kid’s club.

 

Family-friendly hotel

Though the hotel seems business-like, I’m impressed with Novotel’s family policy. From spacious rooms, their kid’s club is spacious and big in relation to Novotel’s size. At the premier lounge, they also have an exclusive kid’s area where even bigger kids will enjoy the entertainment offerings.

 

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Now that my kids are getting bigger, it’s a respite to know that hotels like Novotel Manila Araneta Center let parents with bigger kids enjoy without spending too much starting with their breakfast. Kids below 16 years old, eat for free. Therefore, I can’t wait to bring my family back to Novotel.

If you live within Metro Manila, they offer special discounted Novotel Cubao room rates for you to enjoy a much-deserved staycation. For the latest Novotel Cubao rates or Novotel Cubao promo, visit their Facebook Page.

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Proposal Season Comes a-Ringin’

 

“DULL November brings the blast, then the leaves are whirling fast,” says Sara Coleridge in her poem “The Months.”

But, is November really a dull month? Dull, maybe, during the author’s time in 19th century England, but not anymore in this day and age when people look forward to a lot of exciting events slated in the penultimate month of the year.

November is when we observe All Saints’ Day, celebrate Halloween, enjoy the semestral break, and start shopping for the Holidays.

Unknown to many, November is also the start of the Proposal Season – the season for bachelors to get down on their knee and pop the million-dollar “will you marry me?” question.

If you’re among the many wannabe husbands planning to propose to your dearly beloved this Proposal Season, you might first want to consider looking for the most important thing for this historical event – the engagement ring.

 

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If you’re among the many wannabe husbands planning to propose to your dearly beloved this Proposal Season, you might first want to consider looking for the most important thing for this historical event – the engagement ring.

Picking out the best requires much thinking, but a jeweler like Odysseus Suarez can help a guy out in choosing the perfect engagement ring for his bride and make the proposal event a milestone to be treasured forever.

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“The Proposal Season is upon us and we are encouraging those who are planning to propose this year or early next year to start looking for their engagement rings the soonest possible time,” said Mylene Suarez, Odysseus’ better half. “We get a lot of orders during this season, so it is best to order earlier.”

Suarez offers a wide range of engagement rings to choose from. Wannabe grooms can have a diamond ring for as low as Php15,000 and as high as one cares to spend.
Clients can also have their short messages of love engraved inside the ring for free, added Mrs. Suarez.

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But should the process of picking out the right ring proved very difficult for the ones proposing, Odysseus Suarez is also prepared to make it much easier for them with a few suggestions on how to pass the burden to their partners while at the same time dropping a clue.

Interested to avail of Suarez’s assistance may visit his website at suarezweddingrings.com or drop by his nearest showrooms.

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Odysseus Suarez’s unique and highest quality engagement rings are available at Suarez Wedding Rings’ showrooms in Ayala Center Cebu, SM City Cebu, SM Mall of Asia, SM Fairview, Gateway Mall in Cubao, SM Clark and Olongapo, SM Iloilo, SM Lanang in Davao City, and Ayala Centrio in Cagayan de Oro.

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Vivo Reveals Secret to Perfect Selfies with V5 smartphone

 

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Vivo, the top 5 global smartphone manufacturer, today revealed its secret to perfect selfies with the launch of the Vivo V5 smartphone. The Vivo V5 smartphone boasts Perfect Selfie capabilities with its high-quality front-facing camera, fast performance, and upgraded features that ensure great experiences for its users.

“The V5 embodies Vivo’s relentless pursuit of innovation, with technologies and functions that our consumers look for in their device. With the V5 and its industry-leading features, we continue to push the boundaries of a premium mid-range smartphone as we highlight Vivo’s high standards in smartphone design and feature, “ said Vivo Vice President Hazel Bascon.

Premium mid-range elegance

 

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The Vivo V5 sports an all-metal unibody shell black case that comes in champagne gold and rose gold colors. Up front, it features an 5.5-inch 12x80x720HD display clad in 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass for protection, giving the V5 an ideal premium feel in the hand. Performance wise, the Vivo V5 is equipped with a MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor running at 1.5GHz and paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage expandable via micro SD up to 128GB.

The V5 also features a front-facing fast fingerprint scanner capable of unlocking the smartphone in as fast as 0.2 seconds. It also features fast-charging technology to quickly top-up its 3,000mAh built-in battery.

 

Redefining the perfect selfie

 

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The Vivo V5 features an innovation that is set to be the benchmark of future smartphones. It is equipped with a 20-megapiel Moonlight front-facing camera featuring a ½.78” Sony IMX376 camera sensor coupled with a 5P lens system and an aperture of f/2.0. It also comes with a front-facing soft-light flash that helps illuminate its subjects whenever they take selfie, ensuring that its users can capture perfect selfies anytime and anywhere.

Meanwhile, its rear camera boasts a 13-megapexiel sensor that features phase-detect autofocus that will help users snap photos as they happen.

 

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Vivo’s V5 smartphone is also equipped with a 32-bit AK4376 digital to analog converter HI-FI chip, as well as a new iteration of its propriety operating system, Funtouch OS 2.6, now based on Android’s 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system.

Among its new features is an improved version of Vivo’s take on multitasking, Smart Split 2.0 which allows users to view two apps side-by-side. Another feature is the Eye Protection Mode, which filters blue light from the screen to protect its suers’ eyesight.

“ With the launch of the Vivo V5, Vivo again sets the benchmark of a premium midrange smartphone with perfect selfie features that one would normally only see in flagship offers. Filipinos will once again have a capable and compelling smartphone choice, and one that can fulfill a wide range of roles in their everyday lives, “ added Bascon.

A Plus for the family

 

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Vivo also revealed its upcoming device that is set to supplement the Vivo V5. The Vivo V5 Plus will feature a similar factor as the Vivo V5 smartphone, at 5.5 inches, but will feature a 1920×1080 display and 20-megapixel dual front-facing cameras that are set to enhance the perfect selfie experience of its users.

Vivo also announced Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry as part of the Vivo family. The two-time NBA MVP and Golden State Warriors pointing guard will serve as the new face of the Vivo V5, highlighting its perfect selfie capabilities alongside local influencers like Mccoy de Leon and Verniece Enciso.

“I’m really thankful for being part of the Vivo family and I’m looking forward to doing more activities with Vivo and its Filipino plans soon,” said Curry.

 

The Vivo V5 Plus will be coming soon on Philippine shores. Meanwhile, the Vivo 5 will be available in Vivo concept stores and major retailers nationwide for PHP12,990. Consumers can also pre-order the V5 smartphone in major retailers starting November 23 to receive exclusive freebies including Vivo peakers, Vivo selfie stick, and a Vivo-branded phone stent.

 

About Vivo

Vivo is a leading global smartphone brand focused on introducing products with professional-grade audio, extraordinary appearance, and a fast and smooth user experience. The company is committed to developing dynamic and stylish products for energetic and passionate young people. The company had retained its position as a top 5 global smarthphone in the IDC Q2 2016 report.

Visit them on Facebook at Facebook.com/vivophilippinesofficial

 

 

Source: Vivo Philippines Press kit

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A Night at B Lifestyle’s Bed & Bath Serviced Suites

 

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After leaving my kids for three days for Blogapalooza, it was timely to bond with them over an overnight stay at Bed&Bath Serviced Suites of B Lifestyle Complex. Giving more options when it comes to hotels in Iloilo, it’s my pleasure to introduce to you this new accommodation in the city.

Bed & Bath Serviced Suites is one of the lifestyle brands housed at B Lifestyle Complex, located along Diversion Road. It reminds of Airbnb with the services (room service, etc) offered by conventional hotels and resorts. So basically, you enjoy the best of both options and truly a nice place to stay in Iloilo if you want some privacy, peace, and a less-rigid lodging while in Iloilo.

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There are only few rooms and if you like staying in small hotels, B Lifestyle’s serviced suites perfectly fit.

We stayed at Brisbane Room. All rooms are named after destinations starting with the letter B like Bali, Barcelona, Boracay etc. Yes, all lifestyle brands within the compile start with the letter ” B”, giving homage to the owner’s family name which starts with no other than the letter B.

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As soon as we got to our room, my kids hugged the bed, feeling the smooth and soft cover. They loved the sheets for it reminded them of their baby blankies 😉

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Perfect for business travelers, it has a nice work station with the plenty of sockets.

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The rooms at B Lifestyle gave me a lot of inspirations on how to maximize rooms in a smaller space.  I showed it to the husband for our future space. Bed&Bath has all you need- it has a kitchen, dining and living/seating spaces.

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When my kids were babies, I only stay in suites to give me more comfort and I can prepare their meals.  The fridge let me stock on food and for their milk. Same with the microwave. Within the complex is a convenience store in case you need some provisions. Thus, if you are a family with babies, stay at B Lifestyle Bed&Bath serviced suites.

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Bed&Bath guests can enjoy their meals at The Barn. I love The Barn and I can’t wait to dine there again.

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It is homey and the interior resembles a barn ( of course) and the food is great. My blogger friends who had a food tasting at The Barn recommended their homemade corned beef.

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As a whole, Bed&Bath offers a respite for guests who want to avoid busy hotels. With only few rooms, guests can assure that their needs are well taken cared for. With little children, my requests can be tedious but the staff efficiently provided them.

B’s Lifestyle Brands

There are more reasons to visit B Lifestyle as it offers more than dining and lodging. It has a shop for all natural wellness products. Perfect for gift-giving this Christmas!

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A gym, Boost Beyond Fitness, which I’ll be signing up by 2017. #NewYearsResolution

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And a beauty salon, Blush.

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Breezy for your laundry. This is also great for long-term guest of Bed&Bath. If you are traveling and you don’t want to bring home your dirty clothes, have them cleaned. They also used commercial washers – I haven’t seen them in other laundromats in the city.

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Co-working space is a hit nowadays, especially in the Philippines where our coffee shops can be rowdy. A freelance writer myself, I would love to try BONDS coworking space when I need a change of scenery while working.

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B Lifestyle is a place you should check out in Iloilo. It appeals to everyone from freelancers to those who need a place to stay while in Iloilo.

To get to know more B Lifestyle Complex, visit their official Facebook page.

 

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Coldplay Announce Asian Tour for April 2017

 

 

Coldplay have today announced a run of Asian stadium shows for the acclaimed A Head Full Of Dreams Tour, including the band’s first ever concerts in Taiwan, the Philippines, and South Korea (they last played Japan in 2014 and Singapore in 2009).

Sat Apr 01 – National Stadium, Singapore, SINGAPORE
Tue Apr 04 – MOA Concert Grounds, Manila, PHILIPPINES
Wed Apr 12 – Taoyuan HSR, Taipei, TAIWAN
Sat Apr 15 – Olympic Stadium, Seoul, KOREA
Wed Apr 19 – Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, JAPAN

Tickets for the Asian dates go on sale on 17 Nov (Seoul), 18 Nov (Singapore, Tokyo) and 24 Nov (Manila, Taipei).

Since March of this year, the A Head Full Of Dreams Tour has played to 2.5 million people across Latin America, the US and Europe. The show was created by the band alongside celebrated production designers Misty Buckley and Paul Normandale. The tour reaches Australia and New Zealand in December.

A Head Full Of Dreams has sold more than 5 million copies since its December 2015 release, spawning the hit singles Adventure Of A Lifetime, Hymn For The Weekend and Up&Up, with more than a billion YouTube video views between them.

Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams World Tour” in Manila is presented by Globe — the #1 mobile brand in the country today and the preferred digital brand of the Filipinos. Globe customers get first dibs on an exclusive pre-sale on November 20, 2016 at all SM Tickets outlets. To join the pre-sale, fans just have to text GLOBECOLDPLAY <ticket type> to 2363 on November 18 starting at 9:00 AM. Customers will receive a reservation code which they need to present to purchase the tickets at any SM Tickets branch on November 20. For details on the exclusive pre-sale, visit www.globe.com.ph/GlobeColdplay.

Follow Globe’s official Facebook page or @enjoyGlobe on Twitter and Instagram for more updates.

As the official pre-sale credit card for “A Head Full of Dreams World Tour”, Citi® card customers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning November 21-22.

Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams World Tour” is produced by Live Nation and is promoted by MMI Live. Tickets to Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams World Tour” in Manila will go on sale on November 24, Thursday at 10 A.M. through SM tickets outlets, smtickets.com or call 470-2222.

For more info, visit mmilive.com or follow @MMILive (on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter).
For more information, please visit Coldplay.com.

Source: Press Kit

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Southpoint: Your New Favorite Hangout in Iloilo

 

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Just a year ago, SM Iloilo opened their mall extension, giving Ilonggos more reasons to shop at the biggest mall in Western Visayas. Last November 11 ( Friday), SM City Iloilo opened another  area of the ever growing mall with Southpoint –  your new favorite hang out in Iloilo!

 

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Open and Park-Like

 

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We all know that Philippines’ doesn’t care about our wide open spaces and we definitely lack clean and safe parks. The opening was graced by no other than Hans Sy and during our “ambush” interview, he shared that he wanted Southpoint to have an ” open-park” feel and to make use of their vast space.

I just love the idea. We need to appreciate space, the outdoors, and enjoy the therapeutic green hue. Southpoint has well manicured lawn, complete with a fountain area.

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At this digital age, we need more green spaces. Have you noticed how rapid Iloilo’s development has been in recent years?

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Hans Sy also revealed that they will be building a Park Inn hotel in Iloilo that will be connected from Southpoint. Hello, Staycation!

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Iloilo is a foodie paradise and SM wants to celebrate that with Southpoint. Southpoint is a place where you can enjoy great food and company even beyond mall hours. Restaurants at Southpoint closes at 10pm and with SM’s core values, diners can avoid those rowdy drunkards we often meet in restaurants closing late at night.

One of the restaurants to dine at Southpoint in Jaime’s Steak Room. I will be blogging about this new restaurant in Iloilo soon.

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Christmas is coming and if you have friends coming to Iloilo, enjoy Southpoint with family-friendly restaurants or just to enjoy the area. It’s a nice place to walk around even with kids in tow.

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Congratulations to SM City Iloilo for this new addition and for bringing something new to the Ilonggo shoppers. Hang out and enjoy Southpoint!

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My Blogapalooza Experience

 

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I’ve been blogging for almost 8 years now and so far, so good. I will always be grateful that I am live in an era where moms can earn money without ” going to work”.  Blogging has evolved. While I primarily used my blog as a portfolio, I have transition to directly earning from my blog by collaborating with businesses. In fact, blogging is no longer an online journal but a marketing tool harnessed by business and bloggers, who are now influencers.

What is Blogapalooza?

Many bloggers no longer treat blogging as a hobby that pays. It is not just a hobby anymore, it is  business with passion. Passion for sharing and writing about what you love about. Passion towards the interest of your readers.

Blogapalooza is the country’s biggest B2B (Business-to-Blogger) networking and marketing event.  It all started in 2011 when the Blogapalooza team gathered a few bloggers and back then, only few businesses answered the call.

It is an event where businesses can meet bloggers who they can collaborate with through the blogger’s contents and social media. For bloggers, it is a chance to meet potential advertisers  for their blogs. If you are serious with your blogging career, you need to work with brands.

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Ace Gapuz (center) of Blogapalooza officially opening Blogapalooza 2015.

 

For Blogapalooza 2016, the theme is “Charting the Uncharted Horizon” and for the first time, Blogapalooza was attended by bloggers outside Metro Manila. Blogapalooza brought bloggers from all over Luzon like Zambales, Visayas, and Mindanao and flocked to Novotel Araneta Center ( stay tuned for my hotel feature on Novotel) for a one-day event last November 5.

Yours truly represented Iloilo Bloggers along with my fellow Ilonggo blogger, Greg Flores.  I appreciate how Blogapalooza has opened the doors to influencers in other parts of the country, charting more influence.

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The Bridal Gazebo of Novotel Araneta Center’s 6th floor was field with booths from different brands and companies with their own way of attracting bloggers to know more about their business. It was fun hopping from one booth to another, though I felt a little shy approaching them. Glad that all of them have big smiles on their faces and has the enthusiasm to meet us, bloggers.

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If you are planning to attend Blogapalooza in the future, make sure you have enough business cards with you.
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On top of the exhibitions, there were series of talks throughout the event. I personally like the talks, learning a lot even after almost a decade of blogging.

Here is the Panel Discussion with Ace along with bloggers from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao!

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Buzzin

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Blogapalooza 2016 wrapped up with the launching of Buzzin, a new platform that matches bloggers and brands. I am excited about this because, I have joined campaigns from international brands and with Buzzin, I get to work on campaigns for local brands.

To sum it all, Blogapalooza is well spent “me time” as a blogger and as a mother. I got a chance to spend days by myself while nurturing my blogging career. Plus, I got to meet bloggers and gained new friends!

Kudos to Blogapalooza! Madamo guid na salamat!

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Raging Ribs and Wicked Wings from Bourbon Street

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Iloilo has always been synonymous with great food from its local dishes to restaurants offering delectable dishes to diners. In recent years, restaurants both from local restaurateurs to franchises has been sprouting all over the city. Still, some restaurants has kept a loyal following and one of them is Bourbon Street.

 

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Catering to yuppies ( young professionals), Bourbon Street is also a nice place to bring your family, friends or enjoy a dinner date. If you love meat as much as I do, Bourbon Street is the place to dine.

Speaking of meat, Bourbon Street is happy to introduce one of their latest dishes  of wings and ribs. What can go better than that duo?

Introducing Bourbon Street’s Raging Wings..

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From clockwise you have,  Garlic Parmesan, Fiery Buffalo, and Mango Lemon. My personal favourite is Garlic Parmesan. The saltiness in parmesan was a great contrast to the ribs’ natural flavor.

If you want something tangy and sweet, have the Mango Lemon..

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But if you can’t get enough of the classic ribs, Fiery Buffalo is for you.

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The best way to enjoy some drinks with your friends is to nibble these wings – Teriyaki, Garlic Parmesan, and Honey Mango Lemon.

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For the wings, my personal pick is the Honey Mango Lemon. The Garlic Parmesan is the best if you want to eat them with your hands.

 

All in all, Bourbon Street continues to offer dishes that fits the palate of today’s hip and adventurous diners. Bourbon Street is also located in Smallville, Iloilo’s nightlife hub.

 

 

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