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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


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.

back in Punta De Fabian

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.
the Skyscrapers of #Lujiazui Pudong 

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

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.

The Most Authentic XIAOLONGBAO (小笼包) 

This was our final attempt to try something different in Shanghai before leaving for Nanjing. We already checked out of our hostel so we were carrying our heavy backpacks. We were not expecting it to be a bit tough (akala namin pagbaba ng tren hello Xiaolongbao Street na di pala. We had to walk around two kilometers or so at noontime pa) but it was worth it nonetheless.
So how do you get to Nanxiang from downtown Shanghai , say in reference to East Nanjing Road.?

1. Take East Nanjing Road Station (line 2)
2. Transfer to line 11 at Jiangsu Rd. Station
3. Head to Nanxiang Station
4. Exit on the left (on the side of the Mall)
5. Facing the mall, go down the stairs on the left.
6. follow the road on the left side of the mall, go straight for a 10-minute walk
crossing an intersection after the mall.

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.

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.

enjoy Boracay for as low as 1,600php
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