Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Let Century Park Hotel be your “Significant Other” in your Chinese New Year and Valentine Celebration

Century Park Hotel keeps the love going as they continue to welcome the New Year with treats to match this month’s significant celebrations.

Experience the merriment at the Atrium Lounge on February 7 at 7pm as they greet the Year of the Red Fire Monkey with a lively dragon dance and eye dotting ceremony for good fortune and prosperity.

Café in the Park joins the Chinese New Year celebration with a showcase of sumptuous Chinese cuisine. Have a feast on their special dinner buffet on February 7 and lunch and dinner buffet on February 8 for only P1,430+ per adult. A special treat awaits children 6 to 10 years old as they take 50% off and a free dining experience for 5 years old and below.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Complimentary Desserts on VALENTINES at Burgoo and Gumbo

Have a romantic and “cheesy” Valentines at Burgoo!

Cheesecake-lovers unite on Heart's day and the whole month of February, as Burgoo gives away free Raspberry Cheesecake every time you order the Shrimp and Ribs Platter. A perfect dish to share with your partner and loved ones.  Also, on Valentines Day itself, all ladies will receive lovely red roses to make the day more romantic.  Other well-loved dishes at Burgoo worth a try are Hamburgoo, delicious pastas and pizzas, country-style fried chicken, grilled pork chops, luscious shakes, smoothies and desserts, among others.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Davao Promises to Make this year to be More Fun with Bigger Deals and Adventures

In the continuous efforts to entice more tourists to not just visit but to fully experience Davao, the Department of Tourism - Davao Regional Office (DOT-XI) on Friday launched 3 key tourism programs for 2016 namely, ‘Visit Davao Fun Sale 2016’, ‘Let’s Meet in Davao: MICE Davao Program’, and the ‘9th Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge’, aiming to position the region as a premier destination in the country.

Bigger deals, adventure and fun packages await tourists, adventure seekers and delegates to Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) who will make Davao as their venue and destination of choice this year.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Create a Travel Plan for a Year in the Most Frugal Way at the 23rd Travel Tour Expo

The most coveted travel deals both local and abroad is being offered like hotcakes at the 23rd Travel Tour Expo (TTE) 2016.  This year's travel affair is bigger and far incredible when it comes to hotel and resort rates and of course airline ticket fares.  I have to say, I had to access a long line of spectators outside SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia and ask a DOT personnel for me to get it and make it to the media conference of VISIT DAVAO FUN SALE 2016.

The event opened up to the public yesterday and will be open until Sunday, that's from February 5 to 7, 2016. Organized by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA), TTE showcases over 300 exhibitors from various sectors such as airlines, resorts, hotels, domestic tour operators, national tourism organizations, travel agencies, and other stakeholders offering various products, flights, travel packages, and more.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

MOA for 2016 Palarong Pambansanow Inked by DepEd and Albay

The Department of Education (DepEd) signs an agreement with the provincial government ofAlbay—the host of the2016 PalarongPambansa in Legazpi City—stipulating the duties and responsibilities of both parties to ensure a well-managed and professionally-run annual national sporting event.

DepEd Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC said this year’s staging of the Palaro will have many “firsts.”  “I want to highlight that this is Albay’s firstever hosting of the Palaro. This is also the first time that 18 regions will take action -- not theusual 17 regions --because of the participation of   the Negros Island Region,” he explained.

Luistro added that this is also the first time that the Palaro will be conducted following very specific provisions of the law.”

Based on the Republic Act No. 10588 also known as the PalarongPambansa Act of 2013, the elementary level would have to compete in 15 games and the secondary with 17 games and four (4) demonstration sports, namely Futsal, Wushu, Billiards and Wrestling. In addition, four special games will also be conducted for our special athletes.

Participated in by elementary and secondary students from public and private schools nationwide, the annual sporting event will be held at the Bicol University, Legazpi City from April 10 to 16, 2016.

“We are institutionalizing this sports program to   ensure that we are developing athletes that are of international caliber,” Luistro pointed out. Together with   the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the provincial government  of Albay, DepEd will see to it that  the standards are at international level and that the coaching staff, the technical officials as well as the playing venues conform to international standards,” the education chief said.

Albay Governor Joey Salceda responded by stating the province’s readiness and eagerness to host the Palaro.

“We want to show that it will be a joyful Palaro. It's something that celebrates the spirit of national unity, especially in Albay. Sigurokungmayroonisangbagay to define Albay, it is our resiliency orability to recover from adversity—nakahit may bagyongayon, paggisingmokinabukasan, ni-isangpirasongkahoywalakangmakikitasadaan. Gusto naming ipakitanaangisangbayan, no matter how modest, no matter how  limited its  capacity, will still have the unity and ability  to host the Palaro,” Salceda shared.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

ASEAN Tourism Forum 2016

The Department of Tourism (DOT) expects the ongoing promotion of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a single tourism destination to push economic growth in the region on many fronts.

DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez Jr. says the growth will soon be felt in the various industry sectors as soon as the region starts to reap huge dividends rm attracting global attention to its rich and diverse resources, which the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2016 promotes as one complete package.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

It's Back! Boon Tong Kee's UNLIMITED Dimsum for P 299!

There were so many restaurants that had me wanting to try them over and over again but wasn't able to feature here in this blog...(sigh!).  One of them is Boon Tong Kee in Mall of Asia.  But I'm ecstatic to share you that there is one great reason to go back on February.

Boon Tong Kee is turning 3 and to celebrate heir 3rd Anniversary, they're bringing back DIM SUM ALL YOU CAN.  This time around, they have partnered with PUSONG PINOY!

For every dim sum you order, P 3 will be donated to Pusong Pinoy's program to as they assist disadvantaged children to learn to read.

Ge t to savor your favorite Singaporean dimsum for just 299 PESOS everyday, unlimited starting at 2 PM until 6 PM.  The promo is available  every Monday to Friday starting February 1, 2016.

Eat all the siomai, fried dumplings, pork buns, chicken feet, crispy bean curd, you want and much more only at Boon Tong Kee!

AVAILABLE AT ALL BTK BRANCHES! Drop by UP Town Center, Rockwell Powerplant, and SM Moa Boon Tong Kee branch for unlimited goodness

Visit Boon Tong Kee's Facebook Page for more updates...

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Educating my Girls About Acne

My third kid is about to be twelve in a few months, that means puberty is bound to happen sooner or later, which means dreaded scenes from first time menstruation, inevitable body changes and pesky pimples.

What lies beneath the pimple issue is the truth about acne, and moms like me aren't spared of this dreaded teen skin problem.  Though I was one of those teen who were lucky enough not to experience acne in my teen stage, sad to say my two girls have them.  Thanks to Proactiv, I was able to control it in my 17 yr-old daughter.

Teens who have acne may have it at some point in their life or it may last for a few months, years even.  My 11 yr-old now has it, scattered on her forehead and it's really bothering me.
So, let's take some time to delve in to what really acne is, oh, my daughter has to listen as well...

A One Way Dining Experience, Comfort Food with Fine Dining Pizzazz

People who knew me might be so tired of me magnifying lyrical about Italian grubs. I’ve said it a million times probably, on my blogs and to people who would ask me about my favorite cuisine. However, I’m not that choosy.  I can go with burgers for days or even pastries for a day however I must admit that as I go binge-ing for pure comfort food, whether it be Italian or Mediterranean in general, I would often go back to slithering saucy pasta and unusual thin crust brick oven pizzas and on rare occasions, sauce-laden rack of lamb.

Sufficing my cravings for the usual comfort brought about eating Italian foods, there would be several ways to lead my tummy.

This time, allow me to lead you to a one-way street which will definitely bring you right at home where comfort food awaits, and where you could also find the best Mediterranean food.
One of the delicious secret pleasures of being led in this one way street is finding One Way Restaurant, which is at the corner of Salcedo and Benavides streets at Legazpi Village, Makati.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

City Savor's New Year Feast

If you think Bhogs and I had enough of New Year's feasting, well it ain't over yet, the last round of City Savor for the year that was, 2015, and they still made it for the post-New Year Feast, which happened last January 9.

Trion Tower's backyard was made into a dining hot spot for a day, as food and beverage purveyors and foodies met up and shared the joy of enjoying food in a whole new light.

After doing some street rounds at Malate, including Robinsons' Department Store, we headed early to BGC to check out new food finds and chit chat with some upcoming artisan food sellers.  Thanks to Samantha of City Savor and Elaine of Zomato for the opportunity to do so.

City Savor was able to pull off an event where foodies and food purveyors gathered harmoniously over good food and music, all thanks to Robinsons Land Corporation in partnership with Ampersand Collective and McCormick Philippines.

Let me share you some photos depicting how my husband and I enjoyed the event.

Cooking Demo and food sampling were given by McCormick Philippines.

Food purveyors include Takao by Resultado Gourmet.

I had a fruity beer sampled by Dudes Cold Craft Beer's booth.

Beer lovers will surely rave for the Kalinga Kolsch, a light beer with berry and flowery after-note.

Local citrus and apples were also available at Farm Fresh Fruits' booth, with lemons for only P 25 each, such a steal!

Native Gourmet products.

Jacob's Praline Peanut Butter anyone?


The innovative and purely practical way of getting your freshly brewed coffee anytime without having to use any gizmos- Steep Coffee.  Ground coffee in bags were up for grabs, you don't need to spend more than a hundred to get your coffee fix.

Choco ATBP's booth stole my heart on that day and I instantly had my hot tsokolate ah.  

On the same booth are these Sugar-free brownies.

Since we were there for lunch we had Takao's Bagnet Kare-kare.

Not to forget Snow Shack's snow ice.

But we fancied ourselves with Buccino's Ice Cream Experiments' Rose Olive Oil ice cream.  This was definitely my kind of ice cream, light, rose scented and he taste that's indulgent without the "umay."

Can't wait for the next one!

For updates on future events, do visit City Savor's Facebook Page.