Thursday, December 22, 2016

Nuvali celebrates Christmas with its first lights and sounds show and many more!

This holiday season, Nuvali transforms into a first-of-its-kind holiday destination with the launch of “Magical Field of Lights,” the first lights and sounds show in Ayala Land’s largest sustainable estate.

Entrance to the Magical Field of Lights.

Ongoing until January 8, 2017, Nuvali’s grass fields light up like an enchanted field of tulips dancing to two 5-minute medleys enjoyable for the whole family. The show will run every 30 minutes from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. daily.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Vegetarian Find: Shakey's Meatless Pizza with Quorn

Vegetarian options in most pizzerias are rare and hard to find but Shakey's Pizza Parlor has collaborated with Quorn to offer 2 vegetarian pizzas on their menu. I have always loved pizza and I have been trying to find ways to indulge my cravings at home since most restaurant pizza's have meat.

Meatless pizzas from Shakey's!  |  Image Source: Trendhunter

So news of a meatless pizza definitely caught my attention and I took the opportunity to take a bite, a slice, ok several slices of these 2 pizzas. The verdict: these pizza's are still a yummy treat!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Let Your Ideas Come to Life in 3D with Shapecloud 3D Printing Services

Have you ever wished that your doodles, drawings and sketches can come to life? Now there is a way with Shapecloud 3D Printing Services. They won't live and breathe but you can create life-like copies of them with 3D printing technology.

Want your own dragon? Shapecloud can help you!

Shapecloud is the first 3D printing service platform in the Philippines. Their platform is accessible to their different customers including students, hobbyists, designers, young professionals and even business owners who want to turn their designs into solid objects.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Musli Biscuits - A Healthy Source of Energy

I attended the Blogapalooza event just recently. It was my first time to do so and I was glad that I attended. There were some brands and products that really interested me and I want to share them with everyone. One of the products that caught my interest is Musli Biscuits.

Musli biscuits with 40% oats in Hazelnut flavor.

People who exercise often find themselves eating expensive protein bars and other pricey health snacks. This can take a toll on your budget so a cheaper but a still healthy option is much needed in the market. Musli biscuits satisfies both these requirements.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Learning How to Bike at Camp N Incubator Trail and Bike Hub

Camp N at Nuvali offers a lot of activities that promote self-discovery and learning. The camp provides bike trails for bike enthusiasts who want to bike in a safe environment where they can also enjoy the landscape. Now, those who want to learn how to bike can learn here too with it's latest offering: the Camp N Incubator Trail and Bike Hub.

On our way to register for the bike camp.

Anyone who wants to learn how to bike or improve their biking skills need at least 3 things aside from the desire to learn: 1) a good coach, 2) a good bike and 3) a safe place to learn and practice your skills. Fortunately, Camp N caters to all levels of bikers and provides all 3 requirements.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Revitalized Tutuban Center Offers Great Shopping Finds!

Tutuban Center has been a popular bargain hunter's paradise. The Tutuban Center Main Station features the Bonifacio Shrine at its entrance. It is a heritage building where the original station was built in the 1800s. It has recently been renovated to further preserve the heritage building's features.

Tutuban Center Facade

Work included repainting based on a heritage color palette and improved lighting. As you shop, you will be able to appreciate the brick-walls and century-old wrought iron pillars which leads the way to the food court where we all assembled before we started our shopping spree.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

G Stuff Healing Crystal Salt: My Personal Tooth Fairy

Taking care of our teeth and our oral health in general is a major part of maintaining our overall health. For most people, their dentist serve as their personal tooth fairy to ensure that they maintain healthy teeth and gums. However, it is at home that we should diligently do all the things we need to do to maintain our health including brushing our teeth regularly.

G Stuff Healing Crystal Salt is my personal tooth fairy at home.

I go to a dentist too but at home I rely on G Stuff Healing Crystal Salt to keep my teeth and gums clean and healthy. I consider this stuff to be my own personal tooth fairy and using it has given me good results.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Alviera Hero Camp for The Brave and The Bold

Grab your gear and bring out the hero inside you in the Alviera Hero Camp, a heroes-to-be camping weekend in the great outdoors of Alviera in Porac, Pampanga on October 15-16, 2016. Campers can look forward to a weekend enjoying SandBox adventure park attractions along with the excitement of a hero training crash course, superhero movies under the night sky, stargazing with astronomers and so much more.

Alviera features some of the most beautiful natural vistas in the province. Participants can avail of two types of packages to best enjoy the fresh air and views of rolling hills.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Anne Curtis Invites You to Support the "Heroes for Children Run" on September 4, 2016

Want to be healthy and support a cause at the same time? Join Anne Curtis and other runners to support UNICEF's campaign for children's health and nutrition.

(L-R) UNICEF Celebrity Advocate Anne Curtis with UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Lotta Sylwander and Coach Rio dela Cruz invite the public to join the Heroes for Children Run.

UNICEF Celebrity Advocate for Children Anne Curtis calls on runners to join the second year of the Heroes for Children Run on September 4, 2016, Sunday, at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Fun, Fur-filled Day at Barkin' Blends, Katipunan

Scientific studies agree with pet owners and pet lovers that owning a pet or being around them can relieve stress and anxiety. However, it can be challenging to keep a pet around when your days are always busy and you can't bring them to work. Luckily, some pet lovers came up with the idea of bringing dogs and humans together to have fun with each other.

Lots of furry friends at Barkin' Blends.

Barkin' Blends is a dog cafe that allows stressed out humans to chill out for a while and have fun with all sorts of furry dog friends, in all sorts of sizes. We visited the place just to be with some furry friends and we couldn't get enough of the dogs. You know what's coming next, right?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Some Fun Rides and Amazing View at Sky Ranch, Tagaytay

Our main mission for going to Tagaytay was to get as many shots of the lake as we can from various vantage points and to enjoy some of the famous spots along the way. One of the best ways to get a good view of Taal Lake was to be somewhere high.

Our ride to more amazing views of Taal Lake.

Fortunately, a ferris wheel ride was just a drive away from where we took our lunch. We decided to enjoy some rides and the view at the Sky Ranch.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Quaint and Cute Garden Plus Good Food in Bag of Beans, Tagaytay

Once we had done indulging our eyes with the various views of Mt. Batulao and exploring Chapel on the Hill in Nasugbu, Batangas, our tummies were eager to experience some delicious and filling food.

Floating umbrellas welcomed us at the entrance gate.

We headed straight away to one of the most popular restaurants in Tagaytay: Bag of Beans located at 115 Aguinaldo Highway. They have several branches but this one is the biggest and also offers many picture-worthy spots. So we forgot our hunger for awhile as we admired the decorations and snapped away.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Admiring Mt. Batulao and Chapel on the Hill, Nasugbu, Batangas

Part of our itinerary on our Tagaytay Day Trip was to check out Mt. Batulao. So we went a little further and ended up in Nasugbu, Batangas where the mountain was located.

View of Mt. Batulao on the way to our quest for information.

We wanted to check out where we could find information about Mt. Batulao as we were interested in scheduling a trek. However, we could not find any establishment or individuals who could gave us the information we needed. We tried going into the direction of the mountain but the place seemed like we were going into the jungles. We also encountered 2 paths that went different ways and we didn't know which one to take.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A Day Trip to Tagaytay - Taal Lake View from Restaurants

This past summer, everyone wanted to get out of the city to escape the heat. Almost everyone wanted to go to Baguio where it was much cooler. We knew the city would be packed so we opted instead to go on a road trip and cool ourselves somewhere near and so we found ourselves in Tagaytay.

A Restaurant with a View

We travelled early so we could cover more places to go and we made our itinerary on the way there. Our first goal was to check out a restaurant or eatery with a good view of the lake.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Filipino-Mexican Treats at Park Eat: Kitchen Chong

Looking for a food hub in Pasig? Park Eat offers a lot of food choices to satisfy your tastebuds and your tummy. One of the treats you can enjoy include Filipino-Mexican concoctions from Kitchen Chong.

Quesadilla (Php155)

Kitchen Chong is on the right corner of Park Eat from the entrance and right beside Tamari Modern Asian Bistro. These two have the most colorful stalls and menus in the food park.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Affordable Bistro Fare at Park Eat: Tamari Modern Asian Bistro

Caught hungry and driving around Pasig? Head on to Park Eat, where you can actually go in, park your car and eat. The foodpark has a large parking area so you don't need to worry about that. All you'll need to think about is what to eat.

Nasi Goreng (Php150)

If you don't know what you want to eat, a good place to start is Tamari Modern Asian Bistro which offers a lot on their menu including shakes and a variety of Asian-fusion dishes.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Get Your Beef On at Park Eat: Beef Station

Part of our taste buds' adventures at Park Eat is an encounter with the juicy and tasty dishes offered by Beef Station. The newest food park in Pasig, Park Eat is located at 11 M. Eusebio Avenue, Barangay San Miguel. Beef Station is the first food stand you'll see when you enter the facility.

Beef Station food stall at Park Eat

Beef station offers your favorite beef dishes ala carte or as a meal with rice or mashed potatoes at very affordable prices. What did our taste buds enjoy that night? Here's a sampling from their menu.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

First Stop at Park Eat: Pig Stop

If you are in Pasig and you're looking for something new to treat your taste buds to, then head on over to Park Eat located at 11 M. Eusebio Avenue, Barangay San Miguel.

Pig Stop at Park Eat

We recently visited this newest eating hub and we were greeted with food stalls offering a variety of dishes inspired from different cuisines. Our first stop for the night was Pig Stop, the food stand right next to the entrance.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Vegetarian Find: Super Duck Modern Tea at SM Cyber West

Milk tea shops are sprouting all around the city and while I'm not very fond of them, I do enjoy them. However, I have always found it inconvenient that milk tea shop menus offer mostly sweets for food.

Super Duck Vegetarian Treats

I am always on the lookout for vegetarian food finds and when I learned that Super Duck Modern Tea offers vegetarian items on their menu, I had to try it out.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Fun Challenges Await the Kids and Kids-at-Heart at Alviera's GoPlay

Summer is not over but if you don't have time to go to the beach, climb a mountain or just commune with nature, you can still have a fun-filled experience at Alviera's newest fun offering GoPlay!

Inflatable Slide at Alviera's GoPlay

Alviera recently launched GoPlay, a large play area for kids and kids-at-heart in Porac, Pampanga. If you love the fun and games in popular TV shows such as Takeshi's Castle, Wipeout and Gladiator then you will love experiencing the various games patterned after these shows.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

A Summer Escapade at Calaguas Island, Camarines Norte

In my childhood days, summer was not complete without a family outing to the beach. As a grown-up, work has been the focus of many of my activities. However, I still crave for the sand, sun and waves come summer time. It is hard to get away from the city to schedule some downtime but me and a friend were able to realise our plan for a summer escapade.

Picture-perfect beach, taken from the shade.

We have always wanted to explore hidden gems in our islands and what better opportunity to visit one of them than this summer? So off we went planning and finally exploring Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte. Heads up! Another photo journal coming up.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Experience Fun and Adventure in the Heart of Nature at Camp N, Nuvali

If you're looking for some outdoor fun not far away from Manila, why not explore the newest outdoor adventure hub in Laguna?

Entrance to the Camp N facility.

Camp N in Nuvali offers fun and adventure experiences that everyone can enjoy. Whether you're going solo or with a bunch of friends or with your family, Camp N is the perfect place to discover yourself and log in a lot of bonding moments.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Viewing the Windmills at Pililla, Rizal

When we visited the artist Leo Meneses for an interview, he promised to take us to the windmills afterwards. So we took off right after lunch, at 2PM to be exact, because we wanted to get back to Manila early and we were excited to see the windmills.

Windmills in the distance got us even more excited.

I have been to the windmills in Bangui, Ilocos Norte before and I had always wanted to go back. I didn't know there was a wind farm much nearer Manila so this was a welcome surprise. Fair warning: photo blog to follow.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Leo Meneses: Lover of Nature, Art and Life

There are many chances of meeting an actor or singer when you live in the city near the biggest media networks. There are lesser chances of meeting a painter or a musician as you go about your daily commute to work. I have always admired people in the fine arts and getting the chance to meet one was a chance I could not pass over.

The artist in his modest work space.

Mr. Leo Meneses was the artist we were going to meet with in his hometown of Pililla, Rizal. I've always wanted to have a conversation with an artist and learn about what inspired them to pursue their creative side, why they do what they do and many other questions that only frustrated artists like me can relate to.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Vegetarian Find: Green Earth Health Food at Lucban, Quezon

One dilemma that I always have when travelling is whether I will find a place that offers vegetarian/vegan food options. It has always been difficult to do so in most of the destinations I have been to but on our trip to Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban, Laguna, there was one such place that allowed me to eat the healthy food I was craving.

Vegetarian/Vegan Food Options in Kamay ni Hesus, Lucban, Quezon

I was feeling rather achy, cold and weak that morning but seeing the words Green Earth on a sign among the food stalls almost made me jump for joy! I was excited to see what foodie treats they offered.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Morning Climb at Kamay ni Hesus Shrine, Lucban, Quezon

We spent Valentine's Day admiring the awesomeness of Hulugan Falls, the Caliraya sunset and the scenic spots along the way. The next day, we carried our aching limbs to Lucban, Quezon to visit the Kamay ni Hesus Shrine.

The name of the place in large letters.

At first, my friend Sarah and I didn't want to climb anymore because we felt too weak and achy to climb after our adventure at the falls. Our friends were eager to go though, so we let them go ahead while we looked around to soak in the cool air and the scenery.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Sunset at Caliraya and Other Wonderful Sights at Cavinti, Laguna

It's officially summer! While this memory I'm sharing is still from the month of hearts, I still want to have this story told (or shown as might be the case) just because it provided me a much-needed respite from the city bustle and gave me the chance to appreciate the beauty of nature once more.

Caliraya Lake

Heads up to those of you who may have started to read this post. There's not much going on in this story since we mostly spent it snapping away at all the beautiful places we were passing by. So if some of these pictures look blurry, I apologize. They were taken in a fast-moving car, with a digital camera but mostly with a camera phone. I still think we managed to get decent pictures, so you may enjoy the rest of this photo album if you still want to see more.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Falling in Love with Hulugan Falls, Luisiana, Laguna

The month of hearts has gone by and while I didn't fall in love with someone, I did fall in love with a place which still makes me smile even now whenever I recall it.

Early morning trek to Hulugan Falls with the foggy mountain peak greeting us.

We were invited by some friends to spend our Valentine weekend away from the city. We readily said yes and opted to sweat for health so we could experience some of nature's wonders which took our breath away in at least a couple of ways.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Vegetarian Find: Falafel Balls in Soft Tacos at Hillside Cafe & Juice Bar

Trying to eat healthy can be quite a struggle when traveling around the city. Thankfully, there are restaurants that offer vegetarian and vegan options. You just need to find them though but in the end, your persistence is definitely worth it.

The pretty and clearly laid out menu is also big for easier reading.

A visit to the picturesque Hillside Cafe & Juice Bar turned out to be worth the long walk in the middle of the day, under the hot sun. We treated ourselves to healthy and refreshing food to keep us energized for the rest of the day's work.