Monthly Archives: August 2017

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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