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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Alohas Hostel 愛樂活旅舍 Hong Kong is about Warmth, Privacy, Security and Value for Money @AlohasHK


Hong Kong, a city of 5.5 Million people bigger than the area of Metro Manila which has 9 million people feels more crowded than the latter. That at anytime of the day, above ground or underground. It feels festive even during late night but it could get a bit tiring at times because of the fast-pace life in the city. That starts to sink after a few days in the city. We felt exactly that on our 3rd day in Hong Kong so moving from a dormitory accommodation to Alohas Hostel was a welcome change in mood and pace.

It is pretty small with only around 7 rooms but the place is really homey and quiet. As I said, a pleasant change in pace as we stayed in a private room with two separate beds. Seeing the room made me feel like instantly getting some rest.


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About Alohas Hostel Hong Kong
7/f, Kam Ling Building, 231 Nathan Road, Jordan, Hong Kong
Call +852 5117 3470
Email: alohashongkong@gmail.com

As a travel lover, we always want to have a comfortable and pleasant environment with a reasonable price. That's the reason why we start ALOHAS. We hope you could have a happy stay with us and great journey in Hong Kong. We always keep your experience in our heart of design because we wish you have a happy journey with us. With the assistance of local & taiwan designer, our rooms are not only comfortable but also stylish and good looking. --- Source:website

Friday, February 17, 2017

Cucina and Lung Hin, Named Two of the Best Restaurants in Philippine Tatler’s Best Restaurants Guide 2017 @MarcoPoloManila

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is on the roll! Relatively new in the competitive Ortigas District hotel scene, it has been making headlines after headlines. Not a surprise because this hotel has a lot on its sleeves. A five-star hotel in every sense of the word. I got to stay here a few weeks ago and I can personally attest to that. Will blog about the experience soon. First, I would like share the latest feather on the cap of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila as its two restaurant --Cucina and Lung Hin -- were  Named Two of the Best Restaurants in Philippine Tatler’s Best Restaurants Guide 2017.
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Lung Hin at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

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 Lung Hin at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

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PRESS RELEASE
February 2017
(Manila, Philippines)


Marco Polo Ortigas Manila showcased its versatile dining outlets as Philippine Tatler names its two signature outlets, Cucina and Lung Hin, two of the best restaurants in the country for this year’s line up.

In line with Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s positioning in the Manila restaurant landscape, Cucina’s distinctive character-building is different from the usual hotel food and beverage outlets. Cucina showcases a diverse live action stations featuring a symphony of flavors from the world’s different culinary capitals. It has a unique dining design with open kitchens that provides an intimate proximity to expert chefs in action.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

URBAN PACK HOSTEL: Hong Kong on the Cheap, A Backpacker's Haven! @urbanpackhostel

Hong Kong is no doubt expensive. And that is not just me saying. According to CNN, Hong Kong ranks 3rd Most Expensive City in the World to Live in 2016 next only to Singapore and Zurich Switzerland. But that doesn't mean Hong Kong is not good for backpackers as there are rewards for those who know where to get the most value for their money. If you are to stay in a hotel, it will most certainly cost you arm and leg. But good  news, there are many hostels in Hong Kong which you can book for as low as 50USD per night and Urban Pack is one of those.

Hostels in Hong Kong are basically located in residential apartments. So what they do is get a unit and convert it to accommodation. Urban Pack Hostel got 5 locations in the same building -- 5th, 10th, 10th, 14th and 15th. Each has it's own character. The hostel prides itself on its cosy design for the modern backpacker. It caters to all age group and races, anyone who appreciates a chic spaces. I appreciate that despite the high cost of space in Hong Kong, they allocated coommon areas where travelers can converge and socialize.

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About Urban Pack

Unit 1410, 53-55 Haiphong Road, Haiphong Mansion
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Email:reception@urban-pack.com
Website: http://urban-pack.com/
Call :+852 2732 2271
WHATSAPP: (+852) 5963 3361
WECHAT: urban27322261

:: Unlimited Wifi, iPads, iMac Station, Movies,
:: 24 hr Access, Secure Bunked Dorms with Linen, Lamps & Lockers
:: Disabled Access, 24hr Shops, Free Tea/Coffee, Massage Chair
:: Organised outings to Beaches, Dinners, Pub Crawls, Hiking, Cycling
:: Female Dorm Available, Chinese Visa processing

Public Transit
Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station Exit A1

Friday, February 10, 2017

Celebrate Valentines Day 2017 at Novotel Manila Araneta Center with These Treats #ValentinesAtNovotel


Novotel Manila Araneta Center, a midscale hotel brand by Accor Hotels’, shares more sweet reasons to celebrate the season of romance, from intimate dinner under the stars to unlimited gastronomic treats of sweets to pampering hotel accommodation.

On February 14, swoon your one and only, turn on the heat with a romantic 6-course dinner at the charming Novotel Versailles Garden overlooking the city lights with live violin melodies to play your all-time-favorite love tunes. Dubbed as – Versailles Bliss, featuring masterpiece dishes by our Executive Chef Michael Schauss such as Beet Pickled Quail Eggs on Walnut Soil, Blue Crab on Sous Vide Watermelon and Cucumber Caviar, Watercress Soup with Oyster Sphere Soup, Tequila Passion Fruit Sorbet, Chili Ginger Glazed Rainbow Trout on Red Cabbage Puree, Snap Peas with Asparagus and much more. The Versailles Bliss 6-course dinner is priced at only Php 2,500 nett per person – which includes roses, box of chocolates and sparkling wine. Advance reservation is recommended.

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At Food Exchange Manila, Novotel Manila Araneta Center’s all day dining restaurant, celebrate your memories of togetherness and look forward for more while enjoying luscious international dishes highlighting love food of sweets and delectable dishes such as Lobster Salad with Potato and Pickled Onion, Avocado and Fennel Salad, Slow Braised Beef in Red Wine, Roast Beef Truffle and Radish with Black Pepper Butter, Thai Styled Steamed Whole Fish with Ginger Coconut and Cilantro, Grilled Station featuring Pork Belly, Tuna Fillet, White Snapper and Chicken Breast; Spaghetti Pasta with Mussels and White Beans, Arabiatta Pasta in Red Sauce and Parsley, Strawberry Choux, Choco Hazelnut and much more. Available for buffet lunch at Php 1,488 and buffet dinner at Php 1,888 nett, from February 10 to 14.

Monday, February 6, 2017

The 500-peso Habal Habal Tour of Temple of Leah and Sirao Flower Farm #Cebu #Philippines


Cebu was actually not my main destination for this trip but Dumaguete. I was on vacation due to Chuseok 2016 holiday in Korea. I find flight tickets to the latter expensive so I flew to Cebu first to save on cost and at the same time check out two attractions I missed last time due to time constraint --Temple of Leah and Sirao Flower Farm.

The two are actually outside-city destinations but a comfortable distance to say the least. It's so easy to go to because they are on the same route. Facing Cebu from Mactan Bridge, you can see the mountains, that's where you go.


How To Get to Temple of Leah 
and  Sirao Flower Farm. 

1. Taxi from airport to 
2. Habal-habal (motorbike) from JY Square
to Flower Farm and Temple of Leah. 
3. Back to Mall

Easy!

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DISTANCE: via Motorbike 
Sirao Flower Farm - 45 minutes 
Temple of Leah - 30 minutes 

Learn To Haggle 

You will be offered 800 pesos for both attractions but haggle. I was able to lower the offer price to 500 pesos on both attractions. If you can negotiate for a lower price then you are good. For me 500 pesos is fair enough. Tulong narin sa locals.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

How to Avoid Dating and Traveling Scam: 9 Tips

Our life changes daily. As a rule, modern people have unrestricted access to the Internet so no wonder new and new users want to explore online dating. It is fast and easy – but is it safe? Since hundreds of sites and apps appear every year, it’s quite hard to control who comes there. Dating and traveling scam is a huge problem of the contemporary era – gang bands feel free to use services and gain from their clients’ wealth. So we prepared 9 essential rules you’d better follow in order to protect yourself. Find out how to minimize the risk of being scammed with jump 4 love scam.

1. Choose a reliable dating site

With the modern boost of online dating services, this is the very first thing to do. If you decide to find a decent partner on the Internet, do a search prior to registering at any of them. Note that major dating sites designed by verified tech companies watch out who signs up and provide anti-scam support.

2. Don’t share personal information

Your online dating profile should contain only information your prospective match might need to get the basic impression. They don’t really need your personal phone number, home address, or email. Respectable services give the full range of opportunities to communicate without sharing these details.


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3. Protect your social media

If you go to online dating resources, you aren’t probably new to the Internet and have accounts on other websites. Yes, some dating services – including major ones – require you to link your Facebook account. Keep an eye on what information you post on social networking sites and use different profile pictures so scammers won’t steal your image.

4. Don’t be too personal

Online chatters with attractive strangers are fun and alluring but you should always keep your feet on the ground. Scammers create fake profiles and use verbal techniques to fool their victims – that’s what we call communicative mystification. Get to know your friend gradually and stay sober.

5. Check out grammar

Fraudsters are typically citizens of non-native English-speaking countries. Of course, this is not a crime if someone doesn’t speak English fluently but if you notice your match constantly makes grammar and spelling mistakes, this is a factor to consider. Just take it into an account and be careful.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Usher In the Year of the Fire Rooster with these Treats from Novotel Manila Araneta Center #CNYatNovotelManila

From sumptuous Lauriat family set menus, satisfying international buffet and afternoon tea highlighting Chinese delicacies to relaxing  family staycation packages, Novotel Manila Araneta Center usher's in Chinese New Year 2017 so you can have good health, prosperity, luck, happiness and peace in the Year of the Fire Rooster.


Authentic Chinese Lauriat Menus 
at The Food Exchange Manila
From January 27 to 29, Food Exchange's Chef Alen Meng from China features authentic Chinese Lauriat menus good for 10 persons with prices starting at only Php13,999++. Featuring authentically prepared dishes from different parts of China, the 3 Lauriat menus to choose from are Lucky, Fortune and Prosperity. I was at the Food Exchange yesterday to sample their Prosperity Set and I thought "what better way to celebrate than at Novotel Manila"!

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Lucky Set
13 Chinese dishes
13,888 nett**

- Assorted Chinese Cold Cuts of Zhong Shi Zong He Leng Pan,
- Sweet & Sour Squid with Garlic Fungus and Cucumber Salad
from Tang Cu Mo yu sheng cai sha la,
- Jilin Black Chicken Ginseng Soup of Wu gu ren shen Ji Tang,
- Taiwanese Stir Fried Beef with Sha Cha Sauce of Tai shi sha cha chai niu rou,
- Steamed Grouper Fish in Light Soy Sauce with Ginger and Spring Onion,
- Seafood Hofan,
- Yang Zhou Fried Rice,
- Chinese New Year's Tikoy and more;

Jenny Craig Diet Review. Does it Work?

There are many promising words and statements on Jenny Craig website. Let’s see how does this diet program works. In fact, there are dozens of different diets promising the best ways to get a better health and lose the weight. It is obviously not easy to select the best one for yourself.


JENNY CRAIG PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Jenny Craig is a announced diet program that includes information support, consultations, and pre-packed foods. It includes consultations and instructions how to achieve the main purpose of the weight loss remaining the perfect health condition.

Following the program, it is promised as a guarantee to lose 2 pounds of weight in a week. Many diets simply control daily consuming calories. Depending on the age, weight, and gender, the healthy man or woman should consume between from 1,200 to 2,200 calories every day day. After scrutinized study of this subject, the diet experts came to the conclusion, that the program of 18Shake diet is more efficient.

Read reviews about weight loss shakes on site http://healthguidereviews.info.It presumes food ingredients that reduce the appetite and burn fats. The special program is also offered for people with both two types of diabetes. The good combination of these ingredients allows achieving the main purpose of the weight loss without an addition of preservatives and excipients. Here is more information about 18 Shake diet.

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JENNY CRAIG PRE-PACKED FOOD

There are some food ingredients used for the pre-packed food.

Corn Syrup is made of the corn, which is used as a natural sweetener for food. Many sweeteners can be the cause of the obesity when consuming it too much. In addition, it may have a bad effect, resulting in heart and liver diseases, teeth caries, cancer, and so on. Mainly, this ingredient is only used to give a sweet taste for food, and it has no nutritious, neither diet effect. Corn syrup is the very common sweetener because it is cheap and natural.

Carrageenan is a not expensive ingredient, taken from the red edible seaweed. It is ordinarily used for thickening and binding effect in processed foods. Scientists conclude that this ingredient may enhance the risk of inflammation, diabetes, and even cancer.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Mt. BATULAO Old Trail-to-New Trail Traverse



It was as far back as 2011 when I first planned of climbing this mountain. I started that year with a very memorable climb in Mt. Maculot in Cuenca Batangas and immediately set my eyes on Batulao. But news came of somebody rolling down the mountain and died. We cancelled the climb and never pushed through until late last year.

It was more of a coincidence than careful planning. I joined this charity group and they planned to have an outreach in Alfonso Cavite in December so along with another member of the group, Jake, we decided to camp in Batulao the night before the outreach.


We left Manila past 2:00 pm. Quite late so it was already dark when we arrived by the highway in Nasugbu which is the set-off point to Batulao. We happen to meet a group there who were about to join their peeps already in the mountain. So friendly they first approached us to join them in the hike.


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Finally. Naakyat natin kita. This mountain was so illusive.
At akala ko madali challenging din pala
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Good riddance because even Jake who has hiked twice got perplexed by the trail at night. We could have wandered up and down blindly if not for them. The old trail although easier , until campsite, is confusing at night as it goes through grassy areas and at times small forests. We decided to follow the lead of the other team and they wanted to hike from the highway to the base of the mountain and then up.

The first part of the hiked proved very challenging as it has been raining for days prior to our visit. Although the sky was clear and the stars were out that night, the road leading to Batulao's base was so muddy and slippery and sticky. In short, papasok palang kami sobrang challenging. So we were very slow. We started climbing 7:00 pm and arrived at the camp site past 11:00 pm. Starved and exhausted.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

PAPER PLANE HOSTEL Kuala Lumpur: New, Chic, Value for Money and Very Homey

PAPER PLANE HOSTEL
No.15 Jalan Sin Chew Kee 50150
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+603 2110 1676
+6012-703 1676
Email: hello@paperplanehostel.com
http://www.paperplanehostel.com/

I am very glad I found this place online coz I heard they opened only last quarter last year. I find it really posh. Good job for transforming an old two-storey link house (row house) into a modern interiored, artsy, spotless hostel it is now. White walls a perfect choice so as give a more spacious and clean feel. The drawings on walls indeed very artistic.

The wooden floor at the 2nd floor where I stayed I love walking barefoot on. Room locks including that of of the hostel maim entrance door are high tech, airconditioning very efficient and toilets always kept clean. I stayed for three night with first two nights in a private bunk room with only 1 bunk bed and high ceiling and the last night in a twin room with queen size bed. 

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