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Thursday, August 25, 2016

KALLISTA NAIL PAMPER LOUNGE: Because Everybody Deserves being Pampered like a Royal

Businesses in the Philippines have officially joined the Pokemon Go craze. SM Malls for example has come up with a #PokemonLureParty the other weekend to entice people to go to their malls and catch pokemon. We were one of those who were at Mall of Asia to join the fun but before the long walks to catch em all, we thought of having hand and feet pampering first. Perfect because at the 2nd floor of S’ Maison, Conrad Manila is Kallista Nail Pamper Lounge for that ultimate nail pampering.

Kallista Nail Pamper Lounge is the sister company of Posh Nails. Posh nails has of course become the gild standard when it comes to nail spa services and Kallista is the "high end line" of Posh Nails. The one at Conrad is the 1st Kallista Nail Pamper Lounge in the Philippines.

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S’ Maison, Conrad Manila
I was surprised that there is a mall at the ground and 2nd-level of Conrad Manila with a nice selection of shops. Right after going up the escalator to the 2nd floor, you should find Kallista Nail Pamper Lounge on your left.

Friday, August 19, 2016

LULJETTA'S PLACE Bed and Breakfast: The New Addition to the Already Strong Portfolio of Loreland Farm Resorts #Antipolo #Rizal



Loreland Farm Resort in Antipolo Rizal is a classic example of how resorts can continuously transform and reinvent to keep relevant to the needs of the ever meticulous public. With so many new accommodations in the city of Antipolo, keeping up with the competition requires not just the financial capacity but good foresight and careful planning.

As I mentioned in my last blog, the thing I like about Loreland Farm Resort is their attention to detail. Every single square meter of the resort is taken care of. That said, you can hardly find a dull space in here. This doesn't just apply to amenities but also translates to all services they offer.

Luljetta's Hanging Gardens and Spa
Opening Luljetta's Hanging Gardens and Spa a few years ago therefore didn't just serve as an additional attraction to the resort, it gave Loreland another dimension to it, another twist if you will to an already beautiful resort. It gave Loreland more character.

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Camptipolo AdventureLand
Then came Camptipolo. If Luljettas Hanging Gardens is located by the (you guessed it right) cliff side, Camptipolo is the "Adventureland" below it. This is perfect for those who seek not just the typical company outing-by-the-pool kind of fun. Here, there are tons of team-building activities one can enjoy. An added draw for the resort indeed.

But Loreland Farm Resorts didn't want to stop there.
A new section of the resort has just opened and they call it --- Luljetta's Place.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

VISTA TALA RESORT and Recreational Park: The Envy of Many Resorts in the Philippines for Years to Come! #Orani #Bataan


Infinity pools with the view of the sea, the beach or islands is so common. Not that I don't love them but to find an infinity pool facing a mountain declared as natural park with lush vegetation of original forest cover is something else. That makes Vista Tala Resort and Recreational Park in Orani Bataan exceptional and puts it on a league of its own. I discovered this place via social media and immediately tried it a few weeks ago. Tried another resort on the other side of Bataan that same week and our stay at Vista Tala Resort made for another awesome weekend.

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How to Get to Vista Tala Resort 

1. Bus (Victory Liner or Genisis) bound Balanga or Mariveles Bataan. 
2. Tell driver ro drop you in Orani town before Balanga City or if the bus passes through the highway and not the main town of Orani drop by the intersection to Orani town. Look for the Petron gas station on your left. That's the marker. 
3. From the intersection, ride the tricycle to Brgy. Tala where the resort is located. That is towards the direction of the mountain on your right. It's a good 10 km distance from the highway but the road is concrete all the way to the resort.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

BRISA MARINA BEACHFRONT RESORT: A Small Resort that Punches Above its Weight #Morong #Bataan

I was a bit surprised because I didn't expect it to be smaller than what I conceived online. Then the realization upon check-in that the place is indeed small but intimate and cozy. You will instantly be engulfed by the "feel-good-vibe" of the place. It is because it is small that you feel homey and secure. Small but not a hint of feeling crowded. Instead, there is this feeling of warmth.

Thanks to the main building which is two storeys with our room located at the left after climbing up the stairs. The pool below and the infinite blue sea gives you a sense of overflowing space. This place is breathable. A place where your mind wanders with calm as calm as the sea.

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About Brisa Marina Beachfront Resot
Brisa Marina Beachfront Resort is perfectly situated on the tranquil and picturesque province of Morong, Bataan. Our luxury resort offers elegant amenities and a beautiful beachfront access. With couple’s spa packages, beachfront dining and exciting water activities to enjoy together – it is the ultimate travel destination. The perfect place to wind down, forget about all your stresses and create wonderful memories.

This is a family-owned resort and the people who they employed to manage it, including the caretakers were innately friendly. People were caring and down-to-earth. Adds to the feel-good ambiance of the place. So that's what played in my head the whole time we were here. "This is a feel good place". "This is a feel good place".

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

NOVOTEL MANILA ARANETA CENTER: The City of Stars has a New Star! @NovotelManilaAC


If you noticed, I haven't been reviewing much about hotels lately because I felt at some point that they are all the same. Nothing much excited me. Was it because of the long lull that our stay at Novotel Manila Araneta Center was extra special?

From the outside, it looks like any other new building in the Metro --clean, pleasant, inviting. So, with a lot of new hotels in Metro Manila, what sets Novotel Manila Araneta Center apart from the rest? There are so many things to say. Read on.

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Location:
Araneta Center is the only commercial district in Metro Manila where Mrt-3 and Lrt-2 converge. That gives Araneta Center the edge in terms of location and accessibility, not to mention it is along Edsa. Novotel Manila on the other hand is smacked at the heart of Araneta Center Cubao. It is strategically located next to Smart-Araneta Coliseum and few blocks from Kia Theater and Gateway Mall so it is very convenient and you can expect a good mix of crowd staying here. Accessibility equals convenience.

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Araneta Center is transforming  into a chick destination for events, shopping, dining and lifestyle choices and Novotel Manila Araneta Center is part of the transformation. Novotel Manila has redefined Araneta Center as a premier leisure and lifestyle destination. Talk about a new and exciting place to be.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Best 10 Places to Visit in Guangzhou


Guangzhou (the capital of Guangdong Province) is the prosperous centre of Southern China and one of three the largest cities in the country. It lies on the banks of the Pearl River a short distance away from such metropolises as Hong Kong and Macau. Meet our top 10 must-see attractions of Guangzhou!

1. Huacheng Square

Indeed, this is the heart of modern Guangzhou life. Surrounded with nice plantings, the square includes such important buildings as Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou Opera House, several city towers, Haixinsha Asian Games Park, and the Mall of the World – a large underground shopping mall. From here, you will easily get to the Pearl River.

2. Canton Tower

Also known as Guangzhou Tower, this 600-meter-in-height construction is the highest TV tower in the country and one of the highest in the world. The tower is open to the public: it contains numerous shops, restaurants, and entertainment zones; in addition, visitors may take a look at the city from the top platform.

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photo credits: Ata Adnan

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3. Pearl River

This is the third longest river in China: it stretches for 2 000 km and flows into the South Sea. In the past, people called it the Pearl Sea because of the river’s rocky bottom of white and smooth stones shining in the sunlight. Today, its banks are connected by ten bridges and the riverbed is surrounded by museums, shopping malls, and hotels, and the Scenery Corridor, where you can observe the mesmerizing landscape.

4. Sacred Heart Cathedral

Wanna see the Notre Dame of East Asian? This sight of this Gothic church really enchants. Entirely made of granite, the Cathedral is one of the most remarkable Roman Catholic architectural monuments.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Your Favorite AHAVIA LOUNGE SPA is now also in Katipunan Ave. Quezon City!

Previews Articles:
- Bridal Buff Package at AHAVIA LOUNGE SPA San Juan

I discovered Ahavia Spa Lounge a few years ago. Back then they only had one branch in San Juan. I tried it and it reinforced my love for Spas. A few years on and it still sits in the top 5 Best Spa Experience in the Philippines list.

I was therefore delighted when they opened their first branch in Timog Quezon City. We also tried it of course and was satisfied because they brought the consistency of the Ahavia brand with it--quality massage, classy interiors, professional masseurs,

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ABOUT AHAVIA SPA

Named after a Hebrew word which means "Loved by God," it is in Ahavia Lounge Spa's interest to offer the love, care, and nurturing inspired by the higher being.

Ahavia Lounge Spa's love for the health and wellness industry fuels its passion for fostering optimum health through conventional and contemporary spa wisdom. By treating its clients with complete care and utmost attention to its highest degree, Ahavia guarantees excellent service with great value for money. Thus, clients always leave its premises with a sense of fulfillment and joy in their choice and experience.

Ahavia Lounge Spa-- Katipunan
Ahavia Lounge Spa Katipunan is the 1st franchise of the Ahavia brand which opened on April 2 and more are set to open soon including one in UP Village. The one in Katipunan is a testament of the consistency of the brand not just in terms of the ambiance brought about by interior design but also on aspects of quality of service. All prices are consistent with the Ahavia main branches.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

First Pacsafe Flagship Store Launched in Ph at Glorietta 5 #GoFearless on your Travel with @PacSafePh

Backpackers vs flashpackers? Tourists vs travelers? What is the distinction? We all love to travel and kanya-kanya ng trip. But if there is also one thing that unites us all wanderlusts, it is our desire to travel safe. By safe I mean not having to worry our gadgets and other valuables. Nothing ruins a happy trip more than losing your valuables. The answer lies on having a bag or luggage that is not just sturdy but one that is sure to outwit even pickpockets and snatchers.

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ABOUT PACSAFE
http://www.pacsafe.com

Pacsafe was built on this aspiration of its Australian founders Rob Schlipper (CEO) and Magnus McGlashan (President, Sales & Marketing). The two traveled the world a lot so they know the concerns of travelers when it comes to luggage. That's where the entire concept of an anti-theft gear started.  The brand has since then become synonymous to smart and safe travel.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Getting Ready for Your Very First Hike

While many still view hiking as something of a hard-to-reach dream,it is actually one of the most accessible activities that any individual could get into. However, hiking still requires some preparation as a lot could go wrong during the journey. In this post, we’ll discuss a few important things to do before you book a flight, pack up your bags, and conquer your first summit.


Do Your ResearchBefore you zip off to some uncharted territory, take advantage of free online resources and get a better idea of what you’ll be getting yourself into. Are the mountains you want to try out suitable for beginners, and how long will it take to finish those particular hikes? What will you need to bring on your trip? Some hikes have rocky trails that require you to wear thick gloves in order to avoid hurting yourself, while you might want to bring a shawl or a jacket to particularly chilly summits. Make sure that you know where to find stores and public transport terminals, too. If you think you’ll be way too tired after your hike to even consider driving or commuting, you might want to look up hotels in the Philippines that are conveniently located close to popular hiking spots.

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Bring Only What You Need
When traveling, people have a tendency to bring way more stuff than they really need on their trip. The same goes for hikers excited to go on their first adventure. However, the difference is that you will definitely need to bring some crucial items along if you’re going to make it through the hike.Bring just enough food and water to last you for the duration of the hike. You can bring a change of clothes, a headlight, a whistle, and just enough money to pay for your transportation, food, and other hiking expenses. If you bring too much stuff with you, you’re going to end up weighing yourself down and getting tired more quickly. You’ll then have to push harder in order to make your way up the trail, but don’t forget: you need to get back down as well.

5 Hanoi Food You Should Not Miss-- Bánh Mì, Egg Coffee, Bún Chả, Bún Thang, and Nem Rán

Hanoi is a food wonderland. Although I kinda feel guilty for filling my tummy with  phở practically all day I almost had no more space for trying other dishes. But these are the 5 Hanoi Food that I will always look forward to try in Vietnam.

Related Post:
Cha Ca, Banh Xeo, Rau Mong and Nem Ran at NHA HANG NGON Restaurant Ho Chi Minh City

I got a hold of this walking tour map from my hostel and tried it on my own. Perfect because I eventually ended in Cho Du Xuan Market which is the oldest public market in Hanoi. Along the way, I got to discover Banh Mi 25, a small stall with the best sandwich i ever tasted. I also discovered a small alley leading to the market that sells lots of street food. Yes, I was all about phở during my trip in Hanoi but I still managed to try some of the famous food the city has to offer.


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First, my Encounter with Northern Phở
Vietnamese: Phở Bò
The defacto national dish, and rapidly becoming an international favourite, the simple description of thin beef slices and rice noodles in a richly flavourful broth doesn't come close to doing it justice.

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