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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.


fruitcake
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".

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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! 
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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.

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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.


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AltSchool US - photo credits: https://www.yelp.com
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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.

Friday, November 10, 2017

ZEN Rooms Gramercy Residences Makati: Affordable Rooms, Even in Prime Properties @ZenRoomsPh



Have you ever heard of ZEN Rooms? Since you are reading this post, you just did.  Consider yourself lucky. ZEN Rooms is Southeast Asia’s favorite budget hotel chain. They got thousands of rooms across Asia you can book for as low as $10 a night. Take note, we are talking about private rooms here and not dormitory rooms. In our case, we felt like hitting the jackpot. Imagine a 1,800-peso room at Gramercy Residences, the Philippines' first fully-furnished, fully-serviced, hyper-amenitized and fully-technologized condominium. That's just wow!

Gramercy is one of the prime condominium properties in Metro Manila and to be able to spend a night here and avail of all amenities is just wow wow wow! Not only that you are at the center of all the action in Makati's Poblacion area, you are in one of the most sought after place in the Metro. And if that is not enough, ZEN Rooms have more rooms available at Knightsbridge Residences, which is another luxury residence also located in Century City Makati.


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WHAT IS ZEN ROOMS
https://www.zenrooms.com/

ZEN Rooms offers travelers quality and affordable room stays in Southeast Asia's top destinations. A budget travelers’ favorite hotel chain operating more than 5,000 rooms across 35 cities in 8 countries. ZEN Rooms is undoubtedly the largest and fastest growing budget hotel chain in Southeast Asia. Plus, you are guaranteed all the key essentials (Fast free wi-fi, Cool AC, Hot shower, 24/7 Customer Service, Spotless bed) and more starting from only USD 10!

Think sharing economy at its best. You'll spend as low as US$10/night for a private room good for two people with complete amenities. Is there anything that better spells value-for-money? The rates you see are ALL-INCLUSIVE. No hidden fees!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lub D Bangkok Siam Square: The Most Accessible Modern Hostel in Bangkok



I tried staying in Lub d Bangkok Silom a few years back and I could tell that it got better lobby and ambiance. That is not to say though that Lub d Bangkok Siam is bad, I actually like it more than Silom because of its location. It is literally next to BTS Sky Train National Monument station and regardless if it is your first time or not in Bangkok, this comes very handy. It is so easy to move around any location in BKK as long as you are next to a train station. And the interior is also hip. Spacious, clean, warm. What makes Siam branch more attractive is the al-fresco section in front of the hostel where you can hang out by the tables, drink coffee or what have you while observing the busy Bangkok life.

Read: Fall in Love with LUB d BANGKOK Silom + Pat Pong

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About Lub D Bangkok Siam Square
All 72 rooms at our Siam hostel feature a reading light, shelf, power socket, and a towel rack - some simple but vital features of comfortable travel.
Prime location at Lub d – our hostel is situated right near BTS National Stadium station in Bangkok’s premier shopping district, Siam Square.

Address: 925/9 Rama 1 Road, Wang Mai
Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330

Tel: + 66 (0) 2612 4999
Fax: +66 (0) 2612 4449
Email: contact.siam@lubd.com
Websitehttps://www.lubd.com/siamsquare/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lub-D-Bangkok-Siam-Square (Unofficial)
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lubdhostel/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lub_d

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Yard Bangkok: No Doubt the Runaway #1 Among Bangkok Hostels! @TheYardBangkok

Note: The first part was the review I posted on Tripadvisor where I gave The Yard Bangkok 5-stars!

To find a hostel with a garden setting in a city of skyscrapers that is Bangkok is so refreshing. Possible because The Yard Hostel is located in a quiet residential area off the main street. Plus it is just a few minutes walk from BTS Ari Station and a few minutes by taxi from Chatuchak Market and bus station. The owners did a hood decision to leave most the available lot to open spaces.

I really like the wide lawn in the middle with accommodations confined to the L-shaped orientation of the structures. It is as modern as it could get, good airconditioning, clean rooms and common areas, ample bath and toilets, nice open air lobby, the coolest tiny bar by the garden and an entertainment area at the 2nd floor (fully airconditioned) with all glass windows complimenting the view of the garden setting. Imagine the glass house of the Cullens in the movie Twilight and you get what I mean. All the modern conveniences wrapped in a garden vibe and no question it is deserving of #1 spot in hostel reviews including here on Tripadvisor.

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Photo courtesy of: 
http://theyardhostel.com/blog/2017/08/10/leave-luggage-in-bangkok/

About The Yard Hostel 
The Yard Hostel is located in Ari, Bangkok. Away from the tourist crowds of Khao Sarn Road, this hipster area is filled with boutiques, fantastic eateries and is within easy reach of the all the major sights.

So what does The Yard mean?
In Thai ‘yard’ means relative – and once you’ve stayed with us, that’s exactly what you’ll be. Come and join us in our own backyard, an oasis of calm. Grab a cold beer, swing on the hammocks, meet travellers from every corner of the world and become part of The Yard family.
We hope you enjoy your stay with us – your Thai family and home away from home.

Address: 51,Phahonyothin 5,Phahonyothin Rd.,Bangkok, Thailand
Call +66 89 677 4050 // 089.677.4050 // 089.669.4101

Thursday, October 26, 2017

EASY GUIDE to Ayutthaya from Bangkok and How To Go Around the Ruins



If you have a whole day to spare, a visit to Ayutthaya is so worth it. Don't make the same mistake as we did though, if you are coming from Bangkok, leave the earliest possible time. We underestimated the expanse of the place that we arrived lunchtime. That means we had only half day to go around. If you are a camwhore like us,that would not be enough. Although enough, we were not able to visit all the ruins. It would have been better if we had more time to check all the spots.

Although not as big as Angkor Complex, Ayutthaya is huge. Rent a bike and you will be busy going around the whole day. Again, when I say whole day I mean morning and afternoon. Don't even think of just going around by foot. With Ayutthaya's hot weather, you will be exhausted before you even get to the 3rd temple. Bicycle rent for whole day is only 50 Baht or approx 75 pesos. There are many bike shops along the streets and in hostels too.


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How To Get To Ayutthaya
from Bangkok
Tip: Just take the van dammit and that's it. It's a small difference in fare with buses or trains and you get utmost convenience especially with warm and humid Thailand weather. Once in Ayutthaya, walk around and you can find bicycles you can rent. Easy!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Useful Tips for Those Who Are On Route

For most people, a preparation to a travel is limited to choosing air tickets, booking a hotel, and packing luggage. However, an experienced traveler knows that this activity covers much more actions and may hide substantial pitfalls. Nevertheless, some issues can be avoided or facilitated if properly cared. On this account, we offer some useful lifehacks that can improve your travel experience and save your resources including money, time, and nerves.


Air Travel

- Similar to Custom Essay Writing Bee that offers services for essay writing numerous websites provide services to find discounted airfares. It is not a joke when a business class ticket can cost 10 or 15% higher than the coach class. Push your luck and fly in luxury at a reduced price.

- Avoid coffee before boarding and in the air since your heart will experience serious load.

- Do you need a detailed information about a certain airport? Find a decent app like GateGuru and enjoy your guide to a variety of services in the chosen destination.

- Wrapping luggage is a common solution to protect it. At the same time, you can save money on this service by doing it yourself. Take a food wrap and roll your bag in it. Extra money is always a bonus during a journey.

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Security
- Upload scans of all important documents to Google Drive. In case of loss or steal of original papers, you will have copies at hand.

- It is recommended to take a few bankcards with and keep them in different places. If you lost the main card or it was stolen, you can block it and transfer money to the second card. Your journey can be continued without troubles.

- When renting a vehicle/motorcycle, take pictures of all scratches and flaws in the presence of the owner.

- An external battery is a useful thing to take with on the journey. This device will keep you powered in versatile extreme situations.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Microtel By Wyndham UP Technohub: The Face of "Next Generation" Microtel Hotels

This hotel exudes freshness anywhere you look that it felt as if it was just build last year. Its location greatly helped since it is literally within the confines of U.P. North Science and Technology Park. That means the area is surrounded by old Acacia trees which makes you feel that you are not in the Metro. This area is actually leased to Ayala Land a few years ago which it developed into an Information Technology hub. Ayala did a pretty good job at preserving the acacia trees and keeping the buildings not taller than 8 storeys high so you feel more in nature than in the city.

I focused too much on this aspect because the surrounding area definitely set the tone on the overall feel of any hotel. Its triangular orientation with an open lawn in the middle gives the hotel another fresh dimension. The green grass on the lawn I immediately noticed upon entering the hotel door thanks to a minimalist two-storey lobby with floor-to-ceiling glass walls.

Add a warm smile at the reception, the quick check-in, hallways  dotted with modern paintings, access to room corridors secured by a key-operated door, a nice restaurant, a convention hall, rooms as newly designed as one can get, a rooftop pool, what more can you ask for from a 3-star hotel. A modern hotel that is still true to the Microtel experience. I call it the face of "next generation" Microtel Hotels.


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About Microtel by Wyndham - UP Technohub

Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub has 120 guestrooms housed in a 6-storey block in the UP-Ayala Land Technohub’s commercial development along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, Philippines
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