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Thursday, August 28, 2014

ESPRESSO Wireless Portable Speaker

Remember Yell? My ever reliable portable Bluetooth speaker. Yell has been nothing but "pleasure". My favorite and my wife's source of happiness as she often brings it to school to help in her music class. Even her co-teachers envy it. I remember my neighbors going green during the devastation of typhoon Glenda a few weeks ago when power supply was cut for almost 48 hours and we were playing music at home because of Yell.

And now comes Yell's little brother. Not exactly the same brand line but another reliable portable Bluetooth speaker from Gear 4 available via Digital Walker---- Espresso P5006


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Espresso P5006 Portbale Bluetooth Speaker

Sunday, August 24, 2014

PUNTA DE FABIAN: 1.5 hours from Metro Manila and you get an away-from-the-city and close-to-nature feel.

If there is one thing that hotels in and around Metro Manila failed to capitalize on, it would be the beauty of Laguna de Bay. There are a few exemptions thought, Vivere and Azumi in Alabang, Thunderbird Resort in Binangonan and Punta de Fabian in Baras Rizal.

The latter was where we stayed a few weeks ago because our daughter and our niece were requesting for a staycation. Yeah, umi-staycation demand narin ang mga chikiting.

And since my wife wanted to make their wish granted and at the same time find a relaxing time for us, Punta de Fabian was the choice.

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back in Punta De Fabian

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Midnight Train from SHANGHAI-NANJING China and yes, the train officer screamed at us!

"The customer is always right" , drop that notion if you are in China. Don't expect customer service here to be the mantra especially in government owned companies like China Railways. Our experience during our midnight trip from Shanghai to Nanjing reinforced this notion when the one in charged of the couch we were at screamed at us because we almost missed our station.

More on that later.^^
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Shanghai Railway Station

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Marveling at the Skyscrapers of #Lujiazui Pudong + dinner at WishDoing Restaurant

The original plan was to be back in downtown Shanghai in time for sunset and climb The Oriental Pearl Tv Tower's observation deck but we failed because 
1.We enjoyed our time in Guyin Garden and 
2. The bus system in Nanxiang was complicated and there's no way you can ask locals for the right station to take to get back to a train station that is actually within the horizon. We went around in loops wasting precious time.

It was actually still bright when we arrived at Lujiazui station which is the closest access to Shanghai Tower but we got engrossed at taking photos once surfacing from the station. The skyscrapers of Lujiazui Pudong are overwhelming. Some of the best I have seen---modern, towering, iconic. The Jin Mao Tower, which until 2007 was the tallest building in the PRC. Then came Shanghai World Financial Center used to be the tallest building in China, and contains the highest observation deck in the world.

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Currently, the title for the tallest building in Shanghai is Shanghai Tower which has already surpassed Shanghai World Financial Center and is expected to open in 2015.

Friday, August 15, 2014

GUYI GARRDEN 古猗园 Nanxiang: One of the 5 Most Important Classical Gardens of Shanghai

Other than the Most Authentic XIAOLONGBAO (小笼包) Experience, there is another reason why you should go to Nanxiang which is a suburb of Shanghai. Naxiang is a town in Jiading District and is around 21 kilometers away from downtown.

Guyi Garden  is a classical Chinese garden designed in the typical style of a Jaingnan classical garden. Guyi Garden is considered as one of the five most important classical gardens of Shanghai. source

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GUYI GARRDEN 古猗园 Nanxiang

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Most Authentic XIAOLONGBAO (小笼包) Originated in #Nanxiang Shanghai

If Beijing has Peking Duck, Shanghai has Xiaolong bao to be proud of. People go crazy over this steamed bun (baozi). Xiaolongbao 小笼包 – soup dumplings) got its name from "xiaolong" which is a small bamboo steaming basket. Because of its popularity, one can easily find this food in Shanghai like the famous store in Yuyuan Market which is always with long queue.

For the The Most Authentic XIAOLONGBAO Experience though, one should heed to Nanxiang where the famous dish originated. Nanxiang is a suburb of Shanghai which is easily accessible via Shanghai Metro.

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The Most Authentic XIAOLONGBAO (小笼包) 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

the AZUMI BOUTIQUE HOTEL difference --The Hip Lobby, Gardens Rooms, Infinity Lap Pool and more! #AlabangStaycation

When we hear "boutique hotels" we normally think of small, non full-serviced hotels that's lacking in amenities. Some of my best stays though are with this kind of accommodation. Boutique hotels with distinct appeal including the Henry Cebu and lately Azumi Boutique Hotel in Alabang.

The two are being managed by Hospitality Innovators which is the pioneer in handling lodging properties with its trademark creativity and expertise. Azumi Boutique Hotel is yet another of these unique accommodations Hii has on its sleeves. If it is managed by Hospitality International, it must be good and distinctive indeed.

While it might be true that these boutique hotels cannot go head-to-head with the big ones, I see them now as warm spaces with something unique to offer and personnel who are very attentive to service and detail. It's like a big city vs small city analogy if you get what I mean.

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the lovely interior of Azumi Boutique Hotel in Alabang

Friday, August 1, 2014

Finding Accommodations at THE BORACAY BEACH is as Easy as 1, 2, 3

Still wishing for that Grand beach vacation in Boracay but budget is holding you back? Boracay is no longer as expensive as you think it is. It's time you pack that sunblock and nice pair of bathing suits and just go! All it takes is the decision to finally push for it. Budget airlines abound and many blogs can show you how.

Also, thanks to the likes of BORACAY BEACH REAL ESTATE & ACCOMMODATION, finding a property in Boracay is now even made more easy! With one click of the mouse,you are sure to find a hotel in Boracay to suit your needs, no matter what your age or budget is. Believe it or not, you can get a 3D/2N stay with plated breakfast for as low as 1,600php/pax. I am not kidding.

Aside from the expenses, one might be concerned about the hassle of all the separate booking you have to make with flight, airport and ferry transfers, accommodations etc. Not anymore.  It's now as easy as 1,2,3.
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enjoy Boracay for as low as 1,600php

Friday, July 25, 2014

BANWA PENSION HOUSE Puerto Princesa: a place where you wouldn't feel like leaving

I wouldn't say I am picky with accommodations but I still prefer a soft bed at the end of the day. Also, always think of the possible scenario of being stuck due to bad weather and other unavoidable circumstances and it is better to get stuck in a place where you wouldn't attempt to kill yourself out of boredom.

It would be great if you chose an accommodation close to the sights you want to see. I recently read an article that I found in Lamudi, and it talked about living close to landmarks. (Here is what I read.) I was quite taken by the idea, and back in Puerto Princesa Palawan, I finally found a place where I could stay and not ever think of going somewhere else.

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BANWA PENSION HOUSE Puerto Princesa

Monday, July 21, 2014

#Qibao OLD TOWN Shanghai: A Good Alternative to Zhujiajiao Water Village

One can easily remember Shanghai for its modern and towering skyscraper indicating its economic rise to power as well as the International Settlement giving it a European city feel but we should not also forget that this is an old Chinese city before all the modern additions were introduced.

For those who would like to be transported back in time and get a sense of how it feels like living during the period of Chinese dynasties, you can try to visit the old towns of Zhujiajiao or Qibao.

Zhujiajiao is the more famous of the two but it is 1.5 hours away from Shanghai so the best alternative is Qibao if you are running on a tight schedule.

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#Qibao OLD TOWN Shanghai
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