Jeunesse Anion Sanitary Pad Bares New Variant

Jeunesse Anion Sanitary Pad Bares New Variant

For the active woman who’s always on-the-go, a reliable pad that keeps them from leaks and irritations is a must. That’s why for the Jeunesse Anion pads millennial brand ambassador and tennis player Christine Patrimonio, nothing will stop her from achieving their goals whether at play or work during that time of the month. “Choosing the right pad for my daily activities is important in winning the daily grind of life. I love how it helps me feel fresh, worry-free and its five variants are everything I need throughout the whole phase of my period!” shares Christine.

Jeunesse Anion, the country’s first anion sanitary napkin and liner in the retail market, is introducing the all-new singles pad as its newest variant. Affordably priced at P8.50 per pad and comes in 24 pieces per box, it’s sleek and slim package is the ideal variant for light to medium flow. Designed to perfectly fit in the clutch, pouch, tote, and travel bags, the packaging is chic and lightweight so it’s convenient to slip anytime, anywhere!

Soft, cushy, and thin, Jeunesse Anion Pad holds the top spot for its highly-absorbent quality. Made of virgin and sterilized pulp cotton material to ensure its pristine-clean and bacteria-free property, it also boasts tried and tested features for maximum comfort during the red days: top cover made of special non-woven material for maximum comfort and softness, super-absorbent polymer for superior liquid protection, a specially-designed back adhesive to keep the pad securely in place, a side-leak guard that helps prevent strike-through leaks, breathable bottom layer to allow free flow of air, plus the health-enhancing anion strip that helps to reduce odor and bacteria build up.

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Locavore’s Executive Chef Mikel Francis Zaguirre and Raintree Restaurant’s Corporate Chef Kalel Chan

Doña Elena Olive Oil Kicks off the Chef Ambassador Series Campaign

Spanish-Style Balsamic Bangus Belly and Mojo Chicken

Raintree Restaurant Corporate Chef Kalel Chan’s Spanish-Style Balsamic Bangus Belly and Locavore’s Executive Chef Mikel Francis Zaguirre’s Mojo Chicken

Come Home to Home-cooked Meals

You know what makes home-cooked meals delicious? The way they are prepared and the ingredients used on them. You don’t scrimp on home-cooked meals, do you?

To share why a good meal is the heart of the home, the Philippines’ consistent no. 1 olive oil brand Doña Elena collaborated with two of the country’s culinary masters; Locavore’s Executive Chef Mikel Zaguirre and Raintree Restaurant’s Corporate Chef Kalel Chan in its debut of the Chef Ambassador Series campaign. The campaign aims to seek out those who are making waves in the culinary scene and are game changers in the industry.

As the primary user of this precious ingredient, chefs understand that a good quality olive oil is sacred. Highly versatile and suitable for a myriad of dishes, it’s also arguably one of the world’s healthiest oil, complete with full range of benefits. And for seasoned chefs Mikel and Kalel, it’s a small price to pay in perfecting the flavors of their recipes.

Locavore’s Executive Chef Mikel Francis Zaguirre and Raintree Restaurant’s Corporate Chef Kalel Chan

Locavore’s Executive Chef Mikel Francis Zaguirre and Raintree Restaurant’s Corporate Chef Kalel Chan

 

Cooking beyond borders with Chef Kalel.

In the kitchen from the age of seven and raised by a family of home cooks, he ensures his menu consists of ingredients that are sustainable and can be easily sourced out. His latest recipe for Doña Elena Olive Oil, for example, the the Spanish Style Balsamic Bangus Belly is not only something anyone can replicate at home, it’s also meant to encourage healthy home cooking on a regular basis. An infusion of Doña Elena Pure Olive Oil with a heaping serving of balsamic vinegar, the result is nothing short of delectable, punctuated with a slight kick of tang and a touch of sweetness that lingers in every bite.

Spanish-Style Balsamic Bangus Belly

Raintree Restaurant’s Corporate Chef Kalel Chan’s Spanish-Style Balsamic Bangus Belly

“Low fire cooking is the key to allow the ingredients to further concentrate its flavors, tenderize the meat, reduce shrinkage, and retain its form. Simple, satisfying and perfect for days or nights you need to serve something on the table in 30 minutes,” Chef Kalel explains.

Part of being a good cook starts with your ingredients, which Chef Kalel thinks is always the beginning. “The first Doña Elena product that I used was the olive oil because of its trusted quality. I like the fact that the brand took time to immerse itself in the Philippine market and understand the importance of blending it for the Filipino palate. It’s very accessible and the price is reasonable too!” Chef Kalel adds.

Chef Mikel’s recipes for success: Creativity and Excellence.

For instructor, restaurateur, and the main man behind the city’s latest obsession Locavore, Chef Mikel is a firm believer in keeping all elements of the dish intact. By this, he means his creations are gloriously imaginative but doesn’t whittle away the texture, balance of flavors, and presentation—which is very evident in his Mojo Chicken recipe. “I’d like to change the notion that roasting is intimidating, all it takes are few quality ingredients, the right amount of marination and cooking time to produce a chicken dish that’s crammed with flavors,” Chef Mikel attests.

Mojo Chicken

Locavore’s Executive Chef Mikel Francis Zaguirre’s Mojo Chicken

Not to be overlooked in the dish is its Mexican-inspired accompaniment, which evokes simple yet sophisticated flavors. “Chimichurri is a classic pair that’s bouncing with aromatic, garlicky taste with Doña Elena Extra Virgin Olive Oil as the main ingredient that binds. I recommend using mortar and pestle because there’s nothing like making your sauce by hand for a more flavorful result. It’s thick, chunky, and grainy that’s absolutely perfect for all things roasted and baked,” he adds.

Instead of using normal oil, Chef Mikel is partial with a healthier one, which is Doña Elena OIive Oil. “We use Doña Elena Olive oil in our restaurants. And I also encourage the ordinary consumers to use a healthy oil like Doña Elena Olive Oil for all of your cooking at home because it is your family that you are feeding. They deserve the best, all the time,” Mikel recommends.

Truly, the country has produced the finest chefs in the last decade, which could be the world’s greatest legends in no time. Doña Elena’s Chef Ambassador Series will feature techniques and personal recipes of the featured chefs that anyone can do at the comforts of their homes.

Johnles Paladio, Tina Redondo, Patricia Bolosan, Chef Mikel

GMA News TV’s Home Base cameraman Johnles Paladio; RX Plus segment producer Tina Redondo, Philippine Graphic account manager Patricia Bolosan and Locavore’s Executive Chef Mikel Francis Zaguirre

Julie Alegre, Angel Pascual, Chef Kalel, Edwin Pasamba

Philippine Star Writer Julie Alegre, GMA News TV’s Home Base segment producer Angel Pascual; Raintree Restaurant’s Corporate Chef Kalel Chan; GMA 7 Unang Hirit cameraman Edwin Pasamba

“We are much honored to have Chef Kalel and Chef Mikel for Doña Elena. We are proud of their accomplishments that marked the Philippines in the culinary map of the world. We are also confident that this initiative is a great way to connect with our consumers by introducing relatable dishes crafted by our very own local chefs, we hope that they’ll be inspired to create dishes with elevated flavors that the whole family will love,” says Fly Ace Group Category Manager for Oils Zen Prudentino.

Chef Mikel, Abbie Reyes, Ramon Daez

Locavore’s Executive Chef Mikel Francis Zaguirre; Fly Ace Assistant Vice President for Marketing, Abbie Ng-Reyes and General Manager Ramon Daez

Dona Elena Olive Oil offers a distinct set of characteristics and properties that is blended for the Filipino palate, making it the consistent No. 1 brand for more than a decade in the Philippine market. It is specifically grown and harvested in the Andalucía region of Spain to ensure outstanding quality of oil in every bottle.

“We are proud that Doña Elena continues to be the country’s most trusted brand for olive oil not just by our loyal consumers but even by today’s most renowned local chefs,” adds Abbie Ng-Reyes, Fly Ace Asst. Vice President for Marketing. “The overwhelming response from our consumers remain to inspire us to bring the best of the Mediterranean cuisine’s ingredients to the Filipino homes.”

Fly Ace Group with media

Fly Ace Group Category Manager Zen Prudentino; Fly Ace President Lucio Cochangco Jr.; Fly Ace General Manager Ramon Daez; interaksyon.com’s Raffy and Dolly Zulueta

group photo

Fly Ace President Lucio Cochangco Jr. with wife Ellen Cochanco, ourawesomeplanet.com’s Anton and Rachel Diaz; Anton and Rachel Diaz; Fly Ace General Manager Ramon Daez; Raintree Restaurant’s Corporate Chef Kalel Chan; Radio & TV Personality and Event’s Host Sam Oh; Fly Ace Corporation director Larry Cochanco and wife Ellen Cochanco; Fly Ace Assistant Vice President for Marketing Abbie Ng- Reyes; Fly Ace Group Category Manager Zen Prudentino; Locavore’s Executive Chef Mikel Francis Zaguirre

Doña Elena’s Chef Ambassador Series

At the launch of the Doña Elena’s Chef Ambassador Series

 Doña Elena’s Chef Ambassador Series

At the launch of the Doña Elena’s Chef Ambassador Series

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General Manager Bruce Winton and the kids of the Philippine School for the Deaf

Christmas at Marriott Hotel Manila

Marriott Executives and Travellers International President Kingson Sian

Marriott Executives and Travellers International President Kingson Sian(4th from left) with the kids of the Philippine School for the Deaf. Director of Finance Rosanna Lee, Director of Revenue Catherine Ona, General Manager Bruce Winton, Director of Food and Beverage Brendan Mahoney, Director of Marketing Cristina Carreon and Director of Engineering Marc Creencia

Christmas at Marriott has officially begun!

Marriott’s General Manager Bruce Winton, joined by some kids of their partner beneficiary Philippine School of the Deaf, lit up the stunning 20-ft high Christmas tree. It signaled the opening of the most wonderful time of the year in the hotel.

Main cast of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang musical

Main cast of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang musical: Yanah Laurel, Zoey Alvarade, Albert Silos and Gian Magdangal

The hotel’s annual tradition of welcoming the festive season with a Christmas Tree Lighting was a joyous occasion filled with dazzling surprises and treats. Opening the night is a performance from the main cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a must-see family musical at Resorts World Manila.

Colegio de Santa Rosa’s Himig Roseña

Colegio de Santa Rosa’s Himig Roseña

Setting the festive mood even higher are enchanting carols from Colegio de Santa Rosa’s Himig Roseña.

Aside from the decked and glittering exteriors and interiors, Marriott embodies the true spirit of Christmas which is all about giving. They launched their Spirit to Serve charity initiatives of raising funds for their partner foundation, Philippine School for the Deaf. Anyone can take part and be a Santa this season either from purchasing the “Billy’s Hat” for Php 400 each that comes in four different designs or indulging in their 6-course 12 Hands Menu for Php 3,500 at Cru Steakhouse.

Philippine School for the Deaf kids

Philippine School for the Deaf kids got their early gifts from Santa Claus

Celebrity friends and media guests came to join the exciting Tree-Lighting ceremony.

Llyod, Shamcey Supsup and daughter Nyke Lee with Marriott General Manager Bruce Winton

Llyod, Shamcey Supsup and daughter Nyke Lee with Marriott General Manager Bruce Winton

Angelu De Leon-Rivera and son Rafa with the Christmas squad

Angelu De Leon-Rivera and son Rafa with the Christmas squad

Michelle Garcia and Robby Carmona

Michelle Garcia and Robby Carmona

Director of Finance Rosanna Lee, Director of Event Booking Center Ferdie De Leon, Ryan Madamba and Director of Marketing Communications Michelle Garcia

Director of Finance Rosanna Lee, Director of Event Booking Center Ferdie De Leon, Ryan Madamba and Director of Marketing Communications Michelle Garcia

Yuki Tansengco, Michelle Garcia and Jamie Lao

Yuki Tansengco, Michelle Garcia, and Jamie Lao

Sam Oh with the Christmas Squad

Sam Oh with the Christmas Squad

Jeff Ong, Rhea Bue, Yuki Tansengco and Nick Higson

Jeff Ong, Rhea Bue, Yuki Tansengco and Nick Higson

Michelle Garcia, Tanguy Gras, Happy Andrada and Bruce Winton

Michelle Garcia, Tanguy Gras, Happy Andrada, and Bruce Winton

There’s no place like home for the holidays and Marriott Manila’s bunch of treats and wonders will surely make you feel at home. Mark those calendars, prepare the nice list and head over to the hotel for a spectacular holiday experience.

One of the highlights of the evening is the arrival of the life-sized gingerbread train at the lobby that carries delightful goodies and hampers that are now available for purchase.

Life-sized gingerbread train parked at the hotel lobby has all the perfect holiday gifts and goodies

The life-sized gingerbread train parked at the hotel lobby has all the perfect holiday gifts and goodies

For inquiries and reservations, call (632) 988-9999. To keep up on their latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter and, @manilamarirott on Instagram and visit www.manilamarriott.com.

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WOFEX 2017 Food Bazaar in Time for the Holidays

WOFEX 2017

World Food Expo at SMX from December 20 to 23, 2017

Christmas time always means parties with family and friends, and that always means delicious food and more delicious food!

PEPTarsus Corp, the organizer of WOFEX, the biggest F&B event in the country, is finally
doing the show people have always clamoured for!

WOFEX Food Bazaar: it’s a new show but the same dependable brand and is happening just in time for the holidays from December 20 to 23, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center.

The Christmas season will definitely never be this delicious with its showcase of culinary fares
from all over the world, with its line-up of celebrity chefs, and unique food finds that will
undoubtedly please everyone’s inner foodie.

And because Christmas is the season of giving, the WOFEX Food Bazaar will have the following beneficiaries: Kerygma’s Tahanan ng Pagmamahal Orphanages and JCI Manila’s Golden Heart – Kids with Cerebral Palsy.

WOFEX Food Bazaar will also be holding the first Christmas Carol Contest for non-professional groups, and the WOFEX Singing Idol for individuals. Cash prizes and gifts are in stake for these exciting competitions.

Celebrate the holidays and enjoy good food, entertainment, and many raffle prizes at the
WOFEX Food Bazaar and make it a fun food shopping trip for the entire family.

For more information about the WOFEX Food Bazaar, please LIKE our Facebook page
www.facebook.com/WOFEX , email us at info@peptarsus.com or call us at (02)9297993.

Sunnies Café

A Quick Check on Sunnies Café

My college barkada, D, and I set our regular dinner meetup the other day. She suggested Sunnies Café at Bonifacio High Street.

I got excited because I have again a new place to check out. And boy, Sunnies Café didn’t disappoint me! As soon as I enter, I am greeted by a cool yellow mixed with nude colors, quite like sunshine actually, lol!

Of course, the clincher is the food. Well, the ones we ordered were superbly yummy, except for the matcha drink I got which I find lacking the matcha or green tea tangy flavor. I prefer a more umami-rich matcha.

SunniesCafe Matcha Milkshake

Sunnies Café Matcha Milkshake (P190) – green tea ice cream, matcha powder, rice krispies, whipped cream, malted milk

SunniesCafe Poke Quinoa

Salmon Poke Quinoa (P280) – spicy raw salmon, avocado, mixed greens, quinoa, pickled red onions, seaweed, citrus ponzu dressing

SunniesCafe Spicy Seafood Bowl

Rice Bowls – Spicy garlic butter seafood bowl (P270) – spicy garlic shrimp and calamari, cilantro lime rice, homemade pickles

SunniesCafe Crispy Tacos

Sunnies Café Crispy Tacos (P290) – asada steak, fried quail eggs, homemade crispy parmesan taco shells, cilantro cream sauce

My take: Highly recommended!  

OTS Highly Recommended

Sunnies Café
B3 Unit 748 Bonifacio High Street, BGC, Taguig City
(02) 949 2251

List of other branches here.

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May's Watermelon Surprise

Mocktail Recipes with May Sparkling Juice

Say ‘Yes’ to May Sparkling Juice 6-Ingredient Mocktail Recipes to Fuel the Holiday Fun

November is birthday-filled month in our family: three birthdays, in fact, so, celebrations are in order. That will mean food and drinks.

In preparing for party food, I always make it a point that I serve something exciting, which could mean a new recipe or a new cuisine, each time. But come to think of it, I seldom think of a more exciting drink to serve. It’s always the basic soda or fruit juice, or the ready-to-drink wine or beer. I haven’t tried attempting to make a cocktail or mocktail, or even the simple fruit punch.

I want to try out making a drink this time. I have two teenage sons and mocktails would be perfect.

So, I got excited when May Sparkling Juice shared with me mocktail recipes with me. Serving mocktails allow a more inclusive atmosphere that are insanely satisfying but totally liquor-free.

A mocktail is a perfect party refresher that will put all your guests in the holiday fun and festive spirit. It’s ideal to serve for all reason or occasion. And these almost effortless recipes will encourage you to Say Yes to May today.

Pop open a bottle and you know that it’s made of fresh and fruity flavors, with an aroma that’s like an autumn stroll through the vineyards and the alluring smell of winery during harvest. Made of Belgium’s finest and carefully selected red and white grapes, each pour of May Sparkling Juice is a reminder of the good times and will make you more than ready to celebrate whatever life throws at you. So, bring on the joy and try these recipes that will surely send a jolt of excitement in each sip!

Here are two mocktail recipes with May Sparkling Juice that you can try.

May’s Watermelon Surprise
The perfect match for a rich dish, this intensely refreshing concoction will open the palate to the wonders of watermelon. The zing of lime also enhances its bright and juicy flavor that’s perfect for sipping on a warm day.

Ingredients
1 medium sliced watermelon, diced
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
4 cups chilled May Sparkling Juice (red)
Ice cubes
2 tbsps. honey
Garnish: mint sprigs

Instructions
1. In a blender, puree the watermelon until smooth.
2. Squeeze fresh lime juice.
3. Strain watermelon mixture through a fine sieve into a pitcher; discard solids.
4. Add May Sparkling Juice.
5. Serve over ice and add honey to sweeten.

May's Mango Tropical Fizz

May’s Mango Tropical Fizz

May’s Mango Tropical Fizz
When life gives you lemons, serve this invigorating mango drink that’s both sweet and tart. Be sure to add some fresh sprig of mint leaves for that whiff of crisp and cooling flavor!

Ingredients
1 medium sliced watermelon, diced
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
4 cups chilled May Sparkling Juice (red)
Ice cubes
2 tbsps. honey
Garnish: mint sprigs

Instructions
1. In a blender, puree the watermelon until smooth.
2. Squeeze fresh lime juice.
3. Strain watermelon mixture through a fine sieve into a pitcher; discard solids.
4. Add May Sparkling Juice.
5. Serve over ice and add honey to sweeten.

May Sparkling Juice is available in leading supermarkets, and groceries nationwide.  For more updates, visit and like its official Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/MayPhilippines.

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Manila Life Café

Manila Life Opens at NAIA Terminal 3

Marriott Hotel Manila Opens Manila Life Café at NAIA Terminal 3

Manila Life entrance from Runway Manila ramp

Manila Life entrance from Runway Manila ramp. Pardon for acting as receptionist, LOL. I realized, I haven’t snapped a photo of the café facade.

Manila Life reception area

Manila Life reception area

17 October 2017. Manila Life Café of Marriott Hotel Manila opens at the 4/F of NAIA Terminal 3. You may access the café from Marriott Manila through the Runway Manila, the elevated walkway or pedestrian crosswalk that connects Newport City to NAIA Terminal 3. If you are a passenger, you can talk the escalators/elevators to the 4/F Food Hall. If not a passenger, you can still go up entering Gate 6.

Manila Life Café, by its name, showcases the good food and good sights of Manila. I just have to say that the food was more sumptuous than the usual Filipino fare with a twist.

Manila Life Café menu

Manila Life Café menu

I especially love their soft tacos, which you can choose from pork sisig, crisp fish, and chicken inasal. With the spices and seasonings, they have just the right tanginess, saltiness, sweetness that played havoc to my palette.

Manila Life Café tacos

Manila Life Café tacos: pork sisig, crisp fish, chicken inasal

I also enjoyed the Manila Street Food Platter, Grilled Chicken Inasal Salad, Pancit Luglug, and Pork Adobo with its tenderest meat!

Manila Life Café street food platter

Manila Life Café street food platter: homemade fishballs, chicken fritters, fried quail eggs or ‘kwekkwek’ with sweet soy dip, spiced vinegar, sweet and sour sauce

Manila Life Grilled Chicken Inasal Salad

Manila Life Grilled Chicken Inasal Salad with ice berg lettuce, tomato, red onions, salted egg, garlic dressing

Manila Life pancit luglug

Manila Life pancit luglug: rice noodles, homemade shrimp sauce, chicharon bits, boiled egg

Manila Life pork adobo

Manila Life pork adobo: braised pork belly in soy sauce and vinegar, steamed rice, atchara

They also offer burgers, beers and other popular Filipino dishes.

Manila Life burgers and fries

Manila Life burgers and fries.

Manila Life Café burgers

Manila Life burgers and fries. You can choose from Manila Life Bacon & Mushroom burger, Manila Life Cheeseburger, or Crispy Chicken Burger

They also offer an interesting breakfast fare, the TAPDELOG, tapa and egg pandesal sandwich.

Manila Life 'tapdelog'

Manila Life ‘tapdelog’ ~ beef tapa, fried egg, freshly baked pandesal

Another highlight is the It Takes Gutz Bam-i inspired by the recipe of beauty queen and actress Ruffa Gutierrez from her hometown in Cebu. It is a noodle dish packed with chicken strips, sliced pork, shrimp, Chinese chorizo, wood ear mushroom and vegetables. It is a mouthful indeed!

It Takes Gutz Homemade Bam-i

It Takes Gutz Homemade Bam-i: a noodle dish packed with chicken strips, sliced pork, shrimp, Chinese chorizo, wood ear mushroom and vegetables

Their desserts are perfectly unique and to die for—not too sweet yet delish! Take note: the purple yam roll is Good Shephered ube with cream cheese filling and macapuno strings; the mango sago is Guimaras mango cubes with milky mango puree, tapioca pearls and pomelo bits.

Manila Life desserts

Manila Life desserts, choice of Purple Yam Roll or Mango Sago

Manila Life Café also serves local beer and craft beer. Interesting craft beer are those from Crazy Carabao Brewing Co. The men in our company had these three flavors, and they swear to their goodness!

Manila Life local craft beer

Manila Life local craft beer, Crazy Carabao Brewing Co: Exit Wounds IPA, Tarsier Wheat, Tuff Tuko Pale Ale

Manila Life Café fare

Manila Life Café fare

Manila Life Café 'kubyertos

Manila Life Café ‘kubyertos

Manila Life Café table setting

Manila Life Café table setting

The interiors of Manila Life Café is very cozy, perfect for both weary and excited travelers. Take a look.

Manila Life Café reception area

Manila Life Café reception area where guests of Marriott Hotel Manila can already check in or check out.

Manila Life Café has beautiful murals that depict Manila sights and sounds. Just a little trivia, that mural background of the reception desk is by an Iliganon kababayan, Rommel Bundalian. You may check out his portfolio here.

Location map

Location map

Manila Life Café interiors

Entering Manila Life Café

Manila Life Café mural

Manila Life Café mural depicting street food vendors

Manila Life Café inner room

Manila Life Café guest lounge

Manila Life Café guest lounge

Manila Life Café inner room or private guest lounge, if you want some more privacy. Take note of the backdrop, the famous Manila jeepney.

Manila Life Café lighting fixture

Manila Life Café lighting fixture

Manila Life Café bar table

Manila Life Café bar table, you can actually do work here as in the middle of the long table is an electric outlet. ;)

Manila Life Café tables

Manila Life Café tables

Manila Life Café interiors

Manila Life Café

Manila Life Café

Manila Life Café local bread counter

Manila Life Café local bread counter

Manila Life Café counter area

Manila Life Café counter area

Manila Life Café beverage counter

Manila Life Café beverage counter

Manila Life Café bar counter

Manila Life Café bar

Travelers can also shop for souvenirs!

Manila Life souvenir items 1 Manila Life souvenir items 2 Manila Life souvenir items 3 Manila Life souvenir items 4 Manila Life souvenir items 5

Manila Life Café capturing an endemic Filipino feature

Coming from NAIA Terminal 3, this is another entrance to Manila Life Café ~ capturing an endemic Filipino feature

Manila Life Café  al fresco tables

Manila Life Café al fresco tables

Manila Life Café entrance

Manila Life Café entrance

Guest entering Manila Life Café from NAIA T3

Guest entering Manila Life Café from NAIA Terminal 3

Manila Life Café is open from 7:00am to 8:00pm.

I would definitely come by here when I fly somewhere soon!

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at Mong Kok Night Market, HK

On the Streets of Hong Kong

June 30, 2017. MNL-HK via Philippine Airlines | I flew to Hong Kong with my husband and two teenage sons.

We had a lot of fun exploring the streets of Hong Kong for two reasons.

Taking the MTR is very convenient to go around Hong Kong.

It’s very efficient. You only wait two minutes at most once you are at the platform. Then you get to your destination in no less than an hour for shorter trips or about an hour or so for longer trips. Fro example, our travel time from Hong Kong International Airport to Central Station is only about 40 minutes, and the distance is about 39 kilometers. The maximum speed of the Airport Express Line is 135km/hr. One time, my card was not working and I had to tap it several times. All of a sudden, an MTR worker came rushing to my aide. Although the advice was that we get an Octopus card, we didn’t. Instead, we would get a card each time we took the MTR. Getting the Octopus card may be more convenient, but we enjoyed keying in our destination every time. There were no lines to the machines, anyway. LOL.

Taking a cab is easy.

When our feet get too tired from walking to different exits at the MTR, we would hail a cab. The driver, even if he was hard on English, would listen intently to us, and would sped away, taking us to where we were going… no questions asked. One time, we noticed that the taxi meter was going too fast, the driver deducted some amount when we reached our stop. The gesture was very commendable!

Taking the MTR or the cab, either way, it was easy and fast to go from one place to the other. Just be ready with your walking shoes and your conditioned feet for walking. Ha ha!

Here are a few sites on the streets.

Causeway Bay

A street on Causeway Bay.

Causeway Bay is Hong Kong’s energetic retail heart. Luxury malls, department stores and boutiques pack its western end, while bargain hunters roam the Jardine’s Crescent street market. Numerous dining options, from upscale restaurants to street-food stalls, dot the area. Local meeting points include Hong Kong Central Library, with its historic collections, and tranquil Victoria Park, popular for Tai chai sessions. Here are top 10 things to see and do in Causeway Bay. As for us, we went there for one reason: to get Onitsuka shoes.

Hong Kong Central

Hong Kong Central.

Central is Hong Kong’s frenetic business and retail heart, crammed with skyscrapers, swanky malls and luxury hotels. Iconic Victoria Harbor is filled with ferries and traditional boats. The neighborhood is known for nightlife, with raucous pubs and nightclubs in Lan Kwai Fong, and wine bars and trendy restaurants in nearby SoHo. Away from the bustle, are Hong Kong Park and the Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Explore the top 10 attractions at Central.

Still at Hong Kong Central

Still at Hong Kong Central

Central Station, Hong Kong

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Entrance to Kowloon Park

Entrance to Kowloon Park at Tsim Tsa Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Kowloon Park is a large public park in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It has an area of 13.3 hectares and is managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. {Wikipedia}

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Sai Ying Pun is an area in Western District, in the northwestern part of Hong Kong Island, in Hong Kong. It is administratively part of the Central and Western District. Sai Ying Pun is built on the steeply sloping lower slopes of Victoria Peak and also on the western reclamation. The areas of Shek Tong Tsui and Kennedy Town are located to the west, Sheung Wan and Tai Ping Shan are to the east, and the Mid-Levels is higher up the hill to the south. Victoria Harbour is to the north.

Our hotel, the Grand City Hotel, is on Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun. We would walk the road for 5 days, passing by a McDonald’s, restaurants, wet markets, and fruit stands. But little did we know that there are more to explore in this place.

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

On the streets of Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

At Mong Kok, Hong Kong

At Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Mong Kok is a buzzing maze of narrow streets, known for shopping. Stalls with clothes and knick-knacks cram the vast Ladies’ Market, plants and colorful blooms fill the Flower Market, while Fa Yuen Street is full of sneaker and sports stores. Nearby, the Temple Street Night Market is a mix of curios, fortune tellers and food stands. Foodies explore the area’s street food stalls, tea houses and casual eateries. Here are top 10 things to see and do in Mong Kok.

Mong Kok at Night

On the streets of Mong Kok, Hong Kong at night. We were looking for the night markets at this time. We were disappointed at the night markets though. We didn’t find good thing to buy.

Mong Kok at Night

On the streets of Mong Kok, Hong Kong

On the streets of Mong Kok, Hong Kong

On the streets of Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Mong Kok Night Market

Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Nathan Road, Tsim Tsa Tsui, Hong Kong

On Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Tsim Sha Tsui is a shopping and nightlife district in Kowloon. Casual eateries and eclectic local shops are packed along neon-lit Nathan Road, while luxury malls line nearby Canton Road. The Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, on Victoria Harbour, is a popular spot to appreciate Hong Kong’s skyline views, while mainstream concerts and musicals are performed at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Top 10 things to see and do in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Tsim Tsa Tsui MTR Station

Coming out of the MTR at the Tsim Sha Tsui

An ice cream vendor at Harbour View, Hong Kong

An ice cream vendor at Harbour View, Hong Kong

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Commuting to Manila

UBER no longer available

Since Uber is suspended and when I checked Grab, the fee was über high I decided to take the shuttle, those UV Express Service.

I had to go to my son’s dorm in UST area. So, I was told to take the shuttle from Bicutan to Lawton and get off at Park n Ride in Lawton. From there, I would take the jeep to UST-Dapitan. Alright.

My husband took me to the shuttle terminal in Egypt, Doña Soledad but there was a long line, so he took me to the terminal at the back of SM Bicutan. There was no line there! Yey!

We took off right away and OMG! My driver was the king of the road! We took the Skyway and even if it was packed our driver managed to snake his way through by changing lanes and honking his horn. He was driving this way until we reached Buendia turned to Dian-Durango-Bautista-P.Ocampo-Taft until we reached Lawton.

Since, I would be stopping off at his last stop, I seated myself at the back of the van. It was cramped but that is commuting for you. I didn’t mind. Besides the AC of the van was working well. What I didn’t like was the way the driver went about his business. I felt I had to also stretch my foot as if putting on the breaks and would close my eyes several times waiting for the crash to happen. I couldn’t remember the many times we almost crash into a vehicle ahead of us or beside us. He wanted to be ahead of every vehicle! I looked around my co-passengers and they seemed to didn’t mind. Some were staring into space, some were napping. But all of them were hooked on their smartphones listening to music or watching a video.

Would you believe? I was praying that a traffic enforcer would flag us down and arrest the driver. I didn’t care if I would be late for my appointment or something. I just wanted the driver to be apprehended.

I was the last one to get off at Lawton, and I said, “Grabe ka Kuya magdrive parang ambulansya.” (trans: you’re driving was crazy man!) And he just responded with a naughty smile. Grrrr!

I felt really unsafe!

Was it because I was no longer used to taking public transport or was that driver an exception and was really reckless?

So, here’s an appeal to LTFRB or whichever agency is it that handles erring drivers–may it be vans or cabs–to passionately pursue disciplining them like LTFRB is doing with Uber and other ride-sharing services.

Safe transport does not only involve having all the documents, complying with all the licenses or what-have-you. It also involves having conditioned public utility vehicles and responsible drivers.

#MarryMeAtMarriott

Envision Your Wedding Day at Marry Me at Marriott

Marriott Manila Executives with the featured designers

Marriott Manila Executives with the featured designers on the show’s curtain call. From left: Director of Revenue Catherine Ona, Hannah Kong, Avel Bacudio, Director of Marketing Cristina Carreon, Happy Andrada, Director of Marketing Communications Michelle Garcia, Michael Leyva, General Manager Bruce Winton

On its 5th year, Marry Me at Marriott is still the most coveted bridal show. It has gone up a few notches higher with its opulence and grandiose designs and ideas.

Marriott Manila Hotel is indeed the best wedding venue in town. The show presents how it is to marry the girl of your dreams in all its splendor.

chic Mercedes Benz SLC bridal car

A show-stopping opening to the bridal show is a chic Mercedes Benz SLC bridal car

Marry Me At Marriott bridal show opens with a harmonious clanging of wedding bells, which ushers down the aisle the chic Mercedes Benz SLC bridal car. On the stage flashed the words, “Get me to church on time.”

At that point, I felt the goosebumps and thought to myself, this show has a story to tell—that your wedding could start out grand yet romantic that way.

Your Wedding Must-Haves

You can start with a chic Mercedes Benz SLC bridal car driving you down the driveway of Marriott Manila Grand Ballroom or your choice of church, and leave in a sleek Mercedes Benz SLC convertible driven by the dapper Alden Richards. This can happen only in Marriott as these stylish cars have access to the Grand Ballroom through the two car lifts in a seamless choreography.

Silk Aerialists

Two silk aerialists in an electrifying acrobatics while an 8-tier wedding cake descended from the ceiling, for that symbolic slicing of the cake

Not only that you will have a plethora of bridal collections, stellar performances. First of which is an electrifying aerial dance, an acrobatics from a fabric hung on the Grand Ballroom’s 12-meter high ceiling. While the two dancers the work the fabrics, an 8-tier (height) wedding cake descended from the ceiling, leading to a symbolic slicing of the cake scene.

Invite the string ensemble by in-demand wedding instrumentalist, Bernie Pasamba, to be cued in the dreamy fall of rose petals while endearing little girls walk through it. For your first dance, rock the entire runway with a romantic-to-upbeat flash mob performance with Manila’s top dance group, G-force. Then be serenaded by the trio group Groomsmen. Now, those are incredible elements you can include in your Marriott wedding.

A Reception to Impress

Executive Chef Meik Brammer

Executive Chef Meik Brammer whips up another astounding feast that left the guests satisfied and filled.

Imagine having Executive Chef Meik Brammer attend to every detail of your sumptuous reception feast. There will be a long-stretch of appetizers, savories and desserts overflowed for the 1,000 invited guests. Entrees will include a handful variations of California roll on an ice-carving, delicious canapés, bourbon smoked pork leg, and organic vegetables. An extra cheese can be added to the romantic event on a huge table of locally-sourced cheese paired with German bread, a recipe only Chef Meik can pull off.  Your plush dessert table will have cakes, cupcakes, homemade marshmallows, macaroons, fresh fruits, chocolates, and vegan bars. You can have the biggest iron pan filled to the rim with beef stew. All these sumptuous food downed by endless servings of sparkling, red and white wine.

One of the towering wedding cakes by Marriott

One of the towering wedding cakes by Marriott displayed at the Skybridge. It welcomed the guests to the Grand Ballroom. This 7-tier, 40-inch high cake with that signature miniature of a couple for that dramatic touch embodies classic extravagance.

One of the intricately designed wedding cakes

One of the intricately designed wedding cakes by Marriott called “Luck and Love” — 7-tiered fondant cake showcasing a balance between artistry and innovation.

An Eye for Details

The foyer of the Grand Ballroom

Classic and romantic set up at the long stretch foyer of the Grand Ballroom

The fragrance of fresh flowers welcomed the guests at the Marriott Grand Ballroom. Today’s top event stylists, Gideon Hermosa, Michael Ruiz and Teddy Manuel – or best known as the GMT, collaborated for the first time in Marry Me at Marriott. The incredible trio designed the opulent floral installations, chandeliers and drapes that accentuated the venue.

Opulent ceiling drapes and floral installations

Opulent ceiling drapes and floral installations by today’s top event stylists: Gideon Hermosa, Michael Ruiz and Teddy Manuel – their first ever collaboration project

The ballroom’s professional high steel platforms and catwalks made the heavy-duty design and lights of the show. All seats are prime with the 3ft by 8ft rise panels to create 8-row bleachers, to provide all 1,500 guests with an unobstructed view of the show.

Most Talked-About Bridal Parade

Get ready to be awed by these.

Michael Leyva and his muses and escort

Michael Leyva with his stunning bridal collection. His muse brides, Patty Ang and Anne Curtis Smith in a red bridal gown!

Michael Leyva bride and her bridesmaids

Michael Leyva’s muse, Patty Ang, with two bridesmaids, opened the show in a Mercedes Benz bridal car.

Michael Leyva bride - Anne Curtis

Michael Leyva’s main muse, Anne Curtis, in all her resplendent red bridal gown.

Hannah Kong and her muses

Hannah Kong’s Bridal Collection

Hannah Kong bride - Olympian Hidilyn Diaz

Hannah Kong bride, Olympian Hidilyn Diaz

Hannah Kong's muse - Maricar Reyes Poon

Hannah Kong bride, Maricar Reyes Poon

Hannah Kong flower girl collection

Hannah Kong’s flower girl collection:
Mitch Tan accompanied her daughter Kathleena Tan, Racquel Garcia, Aria Gutierrez and Nicole Mangila.

Happy Andrada and her muses

Happy Andrada’s muses: Lorin and Venice Gutierrez, Janeena Chan

Avel Bacudio and his muses and escorts

Avel Bacudio and his stunning bridal collection with grooms Sam Wilson and Alden Richards

Avel Bacudio bride

Avel Bacudio bride: I love the sleekness and elegance of this gown.

Avel Bacudio groom - Alden Richards

Avel Bacudio’s male muse, Alden Richards, closed the show in a sleek Mercedes Benz convertible.

Marriott Manila Executives with the featured designers

Marriott Manila Executives with featured designers and their muses on a final tableau

If you want a grand and elegant wedding like this, do it at Marriott Hotel Manila. That will be one wedding for the books!

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