Proud to be Pinoy Now!

God is doing great things in our nation. I believe in the past two years and for years to come, Philippines will no longer be the tail but the head in terms of economic growth and development. With Aquino administration Long-term Development Plan of sustainable and inclusive growth in financial, agriculture and fisheries, infrastructure, sound governance, social development and peace, we are on the right track and we’re slowly benefiting from it.

This video report from Bloomberg says that PH ranks 3rd as fastest growing economy, next to Thailand (2nd) and China (1st). Who would have thought that we are now receiving recognition in terms of success in economic growth, aside from the victory gained by our fellow Filipinos like Manny Pacquiao, Shamcey Supsup, Monique Lhullier, Jessica Sanchez, etc. Let’s take advantage of this opportunity not just being proud to be Pinoy but by contributing to economic growth and benefiting from it. I encourage you to start investing in stock market or UITF. I’m just a newbie investor and still learning.
But before you invest learn from my on-line mentor Randel Tiongson (@randelltiongson) , Chinkee Tan (@chinkeetan) , Fitz Villafuerte (@brodfitz) and Marvin Germo m(@marvingermo). Learn from them too, visit their website and follow them in twitter, for sure you’ll also realize that investing is fun.

http://www.randelltiongson.com
http://www.marvingermo.com
http://www.chinkeetan.com
http://fitzvillafuerte.com

Malapascua Island Travel Diary

DSC00379I’ve just posted several blogs about our Malapascua Island, Cebu experience these past few days. This is one of my travel highlights in 2012. Though it’s my 6th time
in Cebu, It’s my first time in Northern part of Cebu, and besides I travel with my new found friends whose way younger than me. The girls vibrant and carefree energy revived my teenage spirit again, how i miss that!

Anyways, if you’re planning a trip to Malapascua here’s a complete guide, from transportation, budget, accommodation, food and things to do in the island…

How to get there?

1) From Manila you need to book a flight going to Cebu City. There are so many flights going to Cebu PAL, Cebu Pacific, Zest Air and Tiger Airways has flights. In this  trip we’re blessed to avail Tiger Airways P545 (USD14) promo fare.DSC00307

2) From Cebu Airport, hire a cab going to Cebu North bus Terminal this cost around P200-P250 (USD5).

3) In North bus terminal you can either ride a bus (P170) (USD4) or a van (P180-200) (USD5) going to Malay Port. I suggest you choose van as this would take you only 3 hours, while bus will consume more time around 4-5 hours.

4) And finally, from Malay Port you have to take a boat for an hour going to Malapascua Island (P100) (USD3).

Tip: Travel time from Cebu City to Malpascua Island may take 5-6 hours so be sure to bring food and water along with you.

Where to Stay?
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We had a very good experience staying in Malapascua Garden Resort for P2,000/night for 4 (USD50). I definitely recommend this hotel.

If you want to stay in a beachfront you can try Exotic Island Dive and Beach Resort, Evolution Diving Site,

Where to Eat?

Since the girls love food… And really want to try all the recommended restaurants in the island. We have our breakfast in the resort, we also have our lunch and dinner in these restaurants:

  • Craic House (P300-P400) is an Irish Bar owned by Evolution Diving Resort. Located at the beachfront. The dishes are unique, yet scrumptious. Each servings is good for two, so you may want to have someone share a meal with you to save.
  • Ocean Vida Restaurant (P350-500) is located at the beach front. They serve Asian and European dishes. The food is a little pricey, small servings for not so good food.DSC00418
  • Exotic Bar and Restaurant (P300-P500) here we tried their Exotic Giant Burger. This is also a must try! Since the burger is really BIG, you can also share it with your friend.
  • Ging-gings restaurant (P75-P120) is very affordable, they serve great food, the restaurant has simple and laid-back ambiance. Since most of the island guest eat here, you have to be patient to wait for your food to be serve. If you’re in a budget you can have all your meals here 🙂 They serve the best food among all other restaurants we tried.

What to do?

  • If you love diving, or opt to try, this is the best place to dive. Malapascua is known as one of the best diving sites in the world. Anyways, if you don’t want to dive you can go island hopping, snorkeling, bike, run, visit the lighthouse or walk along the beach or just dip into Malapascua’s clear water and relax!

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All Day Breakfast at Antonio’s

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The relaxed casual dining breakfast experience at Antonio’s is a must try in Tagaytay. Though, I’m very disappointed with their service. We arrived 1:30pm, and we’ve waited for 30 minutes for our seat. We ordered from their All Day Breakfast Menu and waited another 35-45 minutes for our food. I don’t know why everything we ordered are all salty except for the cake, of course. Anyways, I love the place and the ambiance, that’s why I like it here.

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Chef’s Recommendation: Sauteed Fresh corned beef and eggs (P400)

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All Day Grazing: Quattro Formaggi Pizza (P460)

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All Day Grazing: Spaghetti Bolognese (P495)

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Flourless Chocolate Cake (P240)

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 Sis Jell, me and nanay almost done with our lunch, not really satisfied 😦

Know more about Antonio’s Restaurant visit http://www.antoniosrestaurant.ph/

Body & Mind Renewed at Zen Sai Spa

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One of the reward I give to myself is a monthly spa treatment, whether its a body massage, body scrub or foot spa, I always go to a spa to renew my body & mind. My mom, sister and me tried Zen Sai Spa in BF Homes, Paranaque City, Metro Manila. I bought this Body Massage & Salt Srcub package from http://www.metrodeal.com.

Zen Sai Spa is a Japanese themed Spa. “Zen” is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese character “chan,” which is in turn the Chinese translation from the Indian Sanskrit term “dhyana,” which means meditation. While “Sai” means weapon. So this means that a “Meditation” can be our weapon.Image

Inside the spa are 6 traditional Japanese houses which can accommodate 2 persons for a massage/scrub treatment. Massage beds are in the floor, equipped with air-conditioned and speakers playing spa music.

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Before the massage starts we have to wear this cute pink Japanese Kimono.

Body massage is soothing and calming. Though my neck got stiffed because the bed is not the ideal massage bed.

Boracay’s Ole Spanish Tapa, Bar and Restaurant

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I always look forward for great choices of food that island of Boracay offers to every traveler. Whether you’re local or foreign you can’t get enough of these food! I strongly recommend these, a super must try! Satisfy your cravings for Spanish, Mexican deli at Ole Spanish Tapas, Bar & Restaurant.

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Nachos (P395) Ground Beef, Refried Beans, Onion,   Tomato, Cheese, Tortilla Chips

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Can’t get enough of Pollo Al Ajillo Garlic Chicken (P379)

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Garlic Shrimp and Fries (but since we’re hungry, where’s the shrimp? it’s all gone) hahahaha 🙂

 Visit http://www.oleinboracay.com for more of their menus.

My Boracay Adventures

It was my fourth in the beautiful island of Boracay and I will always come back. The good thing about Boracay is every time you visit, there’s always something new to try! A new hotel or resort for your accommodation. New restaurants for your gastronomic appetite, and new adventures to try out!Image

My July trip in Boracay is a business + leisure trip. It was a 3-day conference with Monsanto colleagues and another 3 days just bumming around the island with my friends Mae, Nanette and Donell.

We had a chance to try extreme (as if) adventure in Boracay. We had it all free, we’ve got this as prize from our team building. I try both buggy car and ATV ride with my colleagues. It was so hot! First, we have to try it in a rough road for a minute. We have to test proper combination of gas and break. Then we get it on, in the street, along with other vehicles travelling around Boracay.

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Then we try Zip Line at Mt. Luho.

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I thought it was scary, but it was fun and relaxing experience.

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Now it’s time to try harness and hydro zorb. But before that, Manong is a good photographer. He took us photos first and even direct us with our poses!

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Now this is it, finally after 2 years! Harness Zorb! I can say this was the most nerve rocking experience I’ve ever had. This is worst than Disneyland’s “Space Mountain” and Universal Studios “The Mummy.” I think I died for 20 seconds. OMG!

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Of course, Hydro Zorb is always fun! The three of us just roll around and laugh our hearts out!

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Photo Credits: Mae Angeles

” A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short. ” -English Proverb

Happy Tea at Happy Lemon

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Another bubble tea franchise from Taiwan had open in Philippines last year. Finally I had a chance to try Happy Lemon’s milktea. Thank God they open a branch in High Street in Bonifacio Global City and recently in 3rd Level of Festival Mall, Alabang.

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Of course I tried their famous Rock Salt and Cheese.

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And my sister tried their Pearl Milk Tea (She’s always safe and conventional).

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A lot of selections to try! I will definitely try other flavor when I come back.

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 Happy Lemon Branch in Boni High Street.

Visit: www.happylemon.com

It’s Cha Time!

I’m addicted to milk tea since last year! I even made it as my final paper for two of my courses in my MBA. My favorite is Cha Time. Cha Time opened it’s first franchise in the Philippines last year. My first Cha Time encounter is in Landmark. I really get curious on the long line ordering bubble tea, some maybe their first time like me and some are addicted to it already. It’s really a hit! My favorite is Pearl Milk Tea and Cocoa Smoothie.

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I’m so happy that it finally opened it’s first branch in the South. Finally i can get my favorite pearl milk tea anytime i crave for it in Alabang Town Center.

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And lately opened another branch in Molito. Now our new favorite hang-out place when we want to have a break from office stress during lunch break and after work.

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Cha Time has evolved in more than a year of its operations, aside from tea they are now offering coffee and snacks (fries and chicken strips) Get addicted to it too! Pick up your order now!

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Get Hook with Fish & Co

From September 14 to 16, Fish and Co is offering 50% in it’s best seller Fish & Chips. This is one of may favorite resto around the city. Good thing they branched out in Alabang Town Center.

I promised you, they have the best fish and chips in town. So go and try it this weekend! For more information visit http://www.fish-co.com.ph

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The Best Fish and Chips in Town (P435). Philadelphia (P495) and New York Fish (P495) and Chips is also a Must Try!

Your fish and chips satisfaction will not be complete without these special dip.

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For appetizer we love Onion Rings (P140), Prawn Fritters (P395) and Prawn Trellis (P255).

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It’s me, jell and mader’s favorite. One of our fish and co moments in Trinoma.

Morning Walk at Boracay

While Manila and most of Luzon was flooded, I’m in Boracay for a business trip. Thank God that it’s a sun shiny day all over Aklan 🙂 Tourists get to enjoy the beauty of the island. While Net and Mae are still in bed, I decided to walk along the beach from Station 2 to 3. I spend some quiet time alone and pray. As I walk, I took photos na rin. The Island of Boracay is really beautiful.

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this is my favorite shot of the beach with all the shadow effects.

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kay sarap maglaro sa mga dambuhalang alon (giant tidal waves)!

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Perfect na sana, pampasira lang ang tri-pod!

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Ang ganda talaga ng turqoise na beach!

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Perfect for paragliding! kaya wagas na wagas sa pag glide ang mga PRO-paragliders 🙂

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Ayan na. meeting na ng mga Vinta!