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Thursday, March 8, 2018

PILILLA WIND FARM: How to Get There + What to Expect #PilillaWindmills #Rizal

UPDATED February 27, 2018

Why go as far as Bangui if there is already a wind farm in Pililla Rizal? Yes, the same company which operates Bangui Windmills in Ilocos Norte is constructing a wind farm in Rizal and it is not yet operational but one can already see the completed towers up close. This post will tell you how.

Pililla Windmills in Rizal are on top of the hills overlooking the beautiful plains of Tanay Rizal on one side and Laguna on the other. Of course you also get a very good view of Laguna de Bay. This is a welcome development in terms of renewable energy and a sure boost for local tourism in Rizal Province.
Pililla Windmills in Pililla Rizal

I actually noticed about this while driving through the highest section of my village in Binangonan Rizal. I immediately googled it and to my surprise, nobody has blogged about it.

Quick Facts:

Operator: Alternergy Wind One Corp
Location: Brgy. Halayhayin, Pililla, Rizal
# of Wind Turbines: 27 towers (on full operation)
Type: Renewable energy
Energy Production: 54-megawatts
Expected Start of Operations: mid 2015.


How To Get To 
Pililla Wind Farm/ Pililla Windmills.

via Private Transportation

1. Get to Tanay Town
2. Go up Brgy. Sampaloc in upper Tanay

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Suites at Pontefino Hotel Batangas: The Old and New Batangas Encapsulated in One Premier Environment @PontefinoHotel

I first learned about The Suites at Pontefino from a friend's Instagram posting which really caught my attention so I immediately asked him about it. I was in search for a hotel where we can celebrate my wife's birthday that is away from the Metro but not too far. Batangas City is the perfect spot since it is a comfortable three-hour commute from Manila.

Actually, I already heard of Pontefino Hotel a few years back and was keen on trying it but never had the chance. Learning that they have a new section that is The Suites renewed my excitement to the place.

I was surprised that Pontefino Hotels itself has been around since 2004. That's 14 years in the hotel business which means lots of experience and quite a history. The property is near SM Batangas but in the quieter side of the city which is perfect for those who want a place to unwind, a place where you know that you are in the city but with a country feels. The property has actually evolved with the residences section in place, thus, Pontefino Hotels and Residences.


About Pontefino Hotel
and Resideences

The 60 room deluxe Pontefino Hotel and Residences will greet visitors with its fully furnished units offering a unique combination of hotel-like facilities and amenities, modern home conveniences and a 24-hour guest services and security—all under one premier environment.

“Batangas City is important to our portfolio because of its expanding role in the province,” says Ricky Gutierrez, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The addition of Pontefino Residences and Pontefino Prime provides a new opportunity for a new class of premiere ownership—one that appreciates Pontefino’s contemporary, innovative expression of luxury living,” adds Ricky.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

6 Ways to Do Singapore On a Budget

Singapore is a country known for many things – the easiest and friendliest place to do business according to World Bank and other authorities, the business hub of Asia, and many more. For living standards, the island-state has, for the fourth year in a row, ranked number one on the list of the most expensive cities in the world. This gives traveling enthusiasts the feeling that it would almost be difficult to travel to Singapore without breaking the bank. For expatriates or entrepreneurs who have set their mind to relocate to the Lion City, even if for several years, must get their travel documents. This can be hectic at times, which is why you should consider engaging the services of One Visa. They are good at helping you obtain documents with great ease and ensure you settle down well in Singapore.

So, how can one visit Singapore, or stay there and not spend so much? The following are some things that one may consider to save cash while in the City State.

Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2018- 2nd Firework
MBS Light Show
Photo by: Leslie Hui, on Flickr

Buy from Supermarkets
You may need to buy a few items from time to time. For instance, though it may be safe to drink tap water, you may have to buy some bottled water. You would do yourself much good if you kept off the large retail malls, the round-the-clock convenience stores, and the costly chain stores such as the NTUC Fairprice Finest and Cold Storage. You could save some dollars if you went shopping at the smaller stores such as Valudollar. The snacks also go for far less in the small marts than in those huge supermarkets.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

TRYP By Wyndham Mall of Asia: The 1st TRYP Hotel in the Philippines. A Game Changer in the Mid-Range Hotel Category @TRYPMNL

I celebrated my 37th birthday in this hotel and I have nothing but very good memories. One can tell because I speak so many good things about this place. I am a Manila resident and a condo dweller at that but I really enjoyed being transported to a different feel staying here.

With the arrival of the 1st TRYP By Wyndham Hotel in the Philippines, I say, something fresh has arrived! I say fresh not because the hotel is new but because it offers something different. I speak of not just one key feature here. The cool lobby, the unique rooms, the amazing rooftop pool. Good buffet breakfast, staff always all smile, and the amazing view of Manila Bay sunset thanks to uninterrupted view. The uniqueness it has to offer is an aggregation of different factors all added up to make it truly special. I am so glad to have tried the place even before its grand opening in March.




The success of Microtel by Wyndham Mall of Asia seem to have motivated the group to put up another hotel in the Mall of Asia area, this time, in the Northern section towards the direction of the city of Manila but well within the confines of the Mall of Asia property. 

Bound South and East by apartment residences and offices of similar building height, North by the CCP area known for its sprawling green spaces and West by Manila Bay, TRYP is strategically located to be at a more laidback location away from the noise the city but still within a comfortable ( walking distance) from key shopping (SM Mall of Asia) and dining destinations (SM By The Bay). It is literally connected to One Esplanade which is a to-go-party-place for Manila's affluent urbanites. It is easily accessible and yet in a quiet location. Not to mention, it is less than 6 miles away from the International Airport (NAIA) so you know what convenience that means for your commute.

Friday, January 12, 2018

SIEM REAP CAMBODIA: Riversoul Residence, The 1961 Coworking & Art Space and Meeting Kuya Loven Ramos

My 2nd time and Siem Reap in a space of 4 years and I realized the city has gone so pricey for backpackers. Going back to Angkor Complex excited me but all that died out when I learned that entrance to this UNESCO World Heritage Site has gone up to $37 from $20 when I last visited. It definitely is worth the price tag but for a 2nd-timer? Nah! Not for me. I refused to go and asked my travel buddy to tour alone instead while I rested at our hostel.

I suddenly had myself wonder "what the hell am I doing in Siem Reap if not for Angkor Complex?". But there is more to it. For one, I wanted my partner to see Angkor Wat. Then there is the visit to Pub Street and small shopping at the Old Market, something I missed doing the first time. Then there's experiences two cool hostels which I am excited to write about next so as to be helpful to my readers who are in search of affordable but good quality accommodations.

Best of all, there's meeting kuya Loven, "the" Loven Ramos, who I have known since 2008 in the onset of my blogging life and who I have been friends and in constant communication with on Facebook and Instagram but I have never met until this trip.


The last time we were here, out schedule was so packed that we didn't have time to met him. And boy he has gone so far. I am just honored that despite him being a big shot now, he still took the time to meet us and spend a few hours knowing more about what is going on in our lives.

This I learned only a few days before going to Cambodia, that other than being an active shaper of Siem Reap's art scene, kuya Loven also manages a hotel in the city -- Riversoul Residence. This was where we met him. I felt so honored meeting kuya Loven finally. Since then I have always admired him for his achievements and now he is BIGGER than ever. He has definitely made a splash in Siem Reap despite being an expat and Filipino at that. I was actually nervous seeing him but I felt instantly comfortable because this person is stripped of any air or complications despite his status. The fact that he took the time to meet us despite his very busy schedule is something I am very thankful for.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Travel Sleep Tips to Stay Well-Rested

It happens to all of us travellers at one time or another – we arrive at our dream destination but find ourselves to exhausted to enjoy it.Instead of soaking in the sights and sounds of a new city all we want to do is soak in a bath.

What a lot of people don’t realise is that travel is hard-work. Living out of a backpack, sleeping in unfamiliar rooms, jet-lag, night trains, unfamiliar food, new languages, the heat – it’s no wonder many travellers, especially inexperienced ones, spend most of their trip-of-a-lifetime’s with bags under their eyes.

But it needn't be this way. Below are some top tips to stay well-rested when you are on the road.

1. Sort out your pre-trip preparation

The worst way to start your trip is to leave home already feeling rundown and exhausted, yet so many of us do.Eliminate any last minute surprises, such as lost passports, by packing your bag a week in advance – not the night before.

If you are heading away on a big trip and need to say goodbye to your friends and family, then make sure to move your leaving party forward a week. Definitely definitely don’t have it the night before you get on the place. That is just asking for trouble.Your travel insurance won’t pay out if you’ve missed your flight due to a hangover – I found this one out the hard way!
photo credits >> here

2. Beat the jet-lag

Jet-lag is the worst.It can make you feel completely and utterly zombified for the first few days at your new destination.While it can be hard to eliminate the phenomenon completely there are a number of steps you can take to mitigate its impact.One tip is to gradually alter your own bedtime by 30 minutes a night in the week before you leave home. This will help you synchronise up with your intended destination.

Tip two is to do with your in-flight behaviour. As soon as you step on the plane change your watch to match the time at your destination. Work out if you should stay awake as much as you can or sleep as much as possible. This might mean skipping some films. Sorry!

Tip three is to stay hydrated. One of the main reasons will feel so zonked out on arrival at our destination is due to the simple fact we don’t drink enough water in transit. Cabin pressure causes a lot of dehydration. So do your body a favour, skip the free in-flight booze and down as much H2O as you can.

For more tips on how to get a first class ticket to sleepytown each flight, check out the experienced tips from the Sleep advisor blog.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Novotel Manila Araneta Center Holiday Offerings 2017 #GatherNCelebrate

A staycation package that includes both breakfast and dinner buffet for two? I don't hear much about such. So, chances are, you get to have a good room rate and nice breakfast that comes with it but end up shelling out more money from your pocket for dinner. At Novotel Manila Araneta Center this Christmas season 2017, you get to stay and not worry about breakfast and dinner. It's a Christmas treat you cannot afford to miss! Not only that, two (2) kids 15 and below will also get free breakfast and dinner buffet! Now that's what I call a "good deal!".

It's the time of the year again to #GatherNCelebrate. From Staycation to dining to events, there's lots in store for everyone this Christmas Season 2017 at Novotel Manila Araneta Center.

cookies, macarons
gingerbread house

Holiday Staycation
I had nothing but tons of fun memories of our staycation at Novotel Manila Araneta Center. You too can have a great time with friends and loved ones! 

Superior Room Php 7,500 nett
De Luxe Room Php 8,125 nett
Executive Room Php 10,625 nett
Executive Suite Php 13,750 nett

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Forget Pan de Surf, Siargao's #BukoPanada is here! @LouiseCakes&Pastries

I think I rattled them when I asked "is your store popular?". I didn't mean to be rude, and actually, I was meaning to ask "are you popular for something?". My goal after all is to hit something unique that I can share to my readers. We were lucky! They are selling something I never seen or heard of before -- an empanada with young buko meat inside. Thus, "bukopanada".

When one searches online for something to eat in Siargao, Pan de Surf comes out on top. This is a bread that is shaped like a surf board. Makes sense because Siargao is the surfing capital of the Philippines known the world over. It is actually a clever idea. It is so popular that the advise I read is that be early because it easily runs out. So we went around 1:00 pm after lunch. It was our last day in Siargao so we had to seize every time available. Our receptionist at the hostel told us " it's just in front of the Catholic Church in General Luna". Immediately off we go with the three of us in one habal-habal.

What I didn't expect is that there is actually no shop. I was anticipating a bakery but what is there is a stall at a narrow sidewalk in front of a house that almost occupied the main road. I was like " that was it?". Worse, it was closed! Our driver managed to call the attention of the people inside and ask what time they will be baking. The lady inside said "around 4:00 pm".

Louise' Buko Panda is perfect. The bread is thin and tender, 
almost crunchy, and the buko inside is really soft and young. 
You will get so addicted to it that couldn't stop eating one after another. 
Kulang pa small box kung sakin lang. 
And while eating it, my mind keeps saying ' this is a brilliant idea". Indeed! 

But we have surfing schedule 5 pm so we could wait nor manage to go back. Never mind then. We decide to move on and find something else interesting. Immediately next to where they make the popular bread is a sari sari store that sells home made ice cream in small cups for only 15 pesos. We saw many interesting flavors like ube and buko pandan. We tried it and it was good. Moving on.

We decided to go for a walk along the main road from the church area since we didn't have any definite schedule before of surfing session. The idea spurred from Mon, our friend. He loves walking around places checking establishments for something unique in them. This turned out to be a very different experience I tried in the many years I've been travelling. Yes,I have talked to local, owners of businesses, but not on this in-depth level and not in this manner where we checked one interesting place after another and talk to their owners.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Bamboo Garden Bar and Lodge: #Pacifico #SanIsidro #Siargao

So I booked a room here, queen size bed, private, for only 1000 php a night so I wasn't expecting much out of that value especially for a beach hut accommodation. Plus, the photos I saw online were not bad but not that great either. Turns out that the place is a darling. It looks and feels waaaaaaay better than online and we were so happy.

We came at around 3 pm just before the sun set low on the horizon and the weather was perfect. By golden hour, the place felt so surreal. You know feeling of being next to sea, the waves serenading you, the sun punctuating through coconut trees, the air so fresh. At that time, I said to myself, "oh Siargao, why is that here the green grass looks greener, the blue sky looks bluer and the fresh air feels fresher". It certainly sets the good mood and tempo for our 5 days stay in the island.


Also, since I booked just a week before our trip, I just went for the cheapest one I could find. I didn't realize until the day of the trip that it is located in Pacifico ( San Isidro) which is an hour drive by motorbike from General Luna which is the main surfing location ( Cloud 9) and where most accommodation, pubs and restaurants are located. But it turned out great because the area is the quieter side of Siargao and we were so delighted we started the first two days of our trip in a relaxed, slow-paced tempo.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

6 Most Innovative Schools in the World

Description: Read the article and learn about the best examples of an innovative approach to teaching and learning that allow every child develop his best abilities.

H1: The Most Innovative Schools in the World

While the majority of us were educated in a traditional way, memorizing facts from old-fashionable paper textbooks, slaving away on handwriting assignments and trying to find answersto some boring questions like ‘What Is a Reaction Paper?’, there are lots of schools around the globe what take a different approach when it comes to teaching and to learning. These are places where educators consider classrooms as more than just places to dive into textbooks. Here are the best examples of schools where students can get unique and inspiring experiences.

H2: Makoko Floating School, Nigeria

The school was founded in 2012 the help of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the United Nations. This floating school for all ages is three stories high and can resist rising water levels in the lagoon. It can serve as a great example for future building projects in the coastal regions in Africa. The school is equipped with solar panels to collect energy. It has a total area of 1,000sq feetthat can house up to 100 students and consists of classrooms, a play area, and compost toilets.

Makoko Floating School, Nigeria
AltSchool US - photo credits: https://www.yelp.com
Egalia Pre-School, Sweden. Photo credits: http://www.cleveland.com

H2: AltSchool, the United States

The first AltSchool was opened in San Francisco in 2013 and it provides personalized learning experience to kids from ages 4 to 14. The school completely differs from the traditional education as it avoids common testing model. Children learn technology skills and develop flexible thinking to adapt to the realities of the constantly changing world. Children transform ordinary things into circuit boards and learn to do 3D models as they build playhouses. The learning process is not an ordinary consumption of figures and facts. Kids learn to problem solve and social-emotional learning is a priority. AltSchool is growing and expending to Palo Alto, California and Brooklyn, New York. In the future, they want to go nationwide.
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