February 27, 2015

Animal Island in Island Cove

I have to be honest, going to the zoo is not fun for me. I've seen them all and I feel that all zoo are the same. When we went at Animal Island in Island Cove, I had fun seeing my children and niece Meeca enjoy the long stroll and their adventure in naming the animals and more.

About Island Cove:

Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park is an ISO 9001:2008 certified and an “AAA” accredited resort by the Dept. of Tourism. Located in the historic town of Kawit, Cavite, this 36-hectare Mediterranean inspired island is approximately 45 minutes away from Manila.  I

This is a pet-friendly place.

Bringing of food is strictly prohibited.

Contact info: Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite Philippines 4104 | (+632) 810-7878 | (+632) 400-4273 | (+6346) 434-0210.

February 26, 2015

Nikon D750 Review

My husband waited for Nikon D750 to come out in the Philippine market for months. Finally, he got it three weeks ago. We bought the kit at Camera Hauz in Megamall at P120,000+.

The Nikon D750 kit includes D750 and AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR

John's review of Nikon D750:

Nikon D750 is an excellent camera, fast and accurate, especially in low light situations. It offers fantastic AF performance and image quality as it focuses and just shoots in any light. The D750 has built-in Wi-Fi, which is helpful especially when my wife needs to post her photos in Instagram, Facebook and her blog. Its  S-t-e-r-e-O microphone is superb for video. The Nikon D750 also adds a flipping LCD which helps me when shooting at a very difficult angle. At 6.5 FPS, the D750 is also the world's fastest full-frame DSLR. So far, Nikon D750 is Nikon's lightest FX camera.

Depending on your lenses and technique, D750's 24MP is enough for astounding large or mural-sized images without size limits. With a built-in AF motor and an aperture feeler for manual-focus lenses, the Nikon D750 works with all Nikon lenses. 

Nikon D750 is a semi-pro camera with an FX mount (full frame). What more can I say? I love my Nikon D750, lets me shoot perfect pictures easily!

My take: The Nikon D750 is a remarkable camera but too expensive for my taste (matipid ako e!). Seriously speaking, I really like that Nikon D750 makes our family photos look so bright and beautiful! What else can I say? John is happy with his new toy, then I'm happy, too!

February 25, 2015

Krispy Kreme Celebrates 1000th Store

As Krispy Kreme celebrates its 1000th Store in Kansas, they simultaneously gave 1000 free donuts in select Krispy Kreme branches like SM Aura, SM MOA and The Fort.

They also held a simple celebration at the Fort last February 24.

Juancho, Julia, Jubert and I had a blast decorating our own Krispy Kreme donuts!

February 24, 2015

HGTV and Property Brothers in the Philippines

The super cool and super funny twin brother Drew and Jonathan Scott of Property Brothers had a meet and greet at 4pm at Glorietta Activity Center. I had the privilege of seeing them up close afterwards at Makati Shangri-La over dinner.

Property Brothers is a show on HGTV , which debuted in U.S. in 2011. With more than 15 years of experience in making dream homes a reality for homeowners, Drew and Jonathan Scott are television’s twin titans. Their witty banter, charming personalities and uncanny knack for uncovering real estate treasures, have helped make the Property Brothers the faces of home renovation on television since Property Brothers made its U.S debut on HGTV in 2011. Since then, the talented and charismatic duo have gone on to star in other hit programs such as Buying and Selling and Brother her.

HGTV will launch Property Brothers in the Philippines on March 1 on Channel 88(SD) Channel 246 (HD) and soon on Cignal TV.

When asked about his expectations for the tour, Drew Scott, the real estate half of the duo, said, “ I am excited to be back in the Philippines, having been to Manila before, I love its cultural landmarks, beautiful architecture and wonderful people. It is such an honor to be part of the HGTV launch in Asia, and delighted to have met the fans in the Philippines, answer all their questions about home design and get to know more about their lifestyle and culture.”

Echoing his brother’s sentiments, Jonathan Scott, an experienced contractor, commented, “It feels great to have been able to get up close and personal with the home and design enthusiasts in the Philippines. HGTV is the place to be if you are looking for home tips or creative ideas. We really enjoy what we do and we look forward to inspiring audiences with fresh ideas and authentic stories soon. ”

Scripps Networks Interactive, one of the world’s leading producers of engaging lifestyle content, announced the launch of HGTV in the Philippines. With a growing demand for home lifestyle entertainment in Asia, HGTV will premiere with a robust line up of top-rated programs about property, hybrid construction, design and extreme spaces. Hit programs such as Property Brothers, Buying and SellingKitchen Cousinsand The High Low Project, will entertain and inspire viewers with fresh ideas and authentic stories on how to find and love their own dream home. As a continued commitment to cater to local audiences, Scripps Networks will also produce localized original short-form content Extreme Homes and I Like This, on the two leading platforms – SKYcable and Cignal Digital TV. HGTV, a top-rated U.S. home lifestyle channel, will be available on SKYcable starting 1st March on channel 88 (SD) and channel 246 (HD) and is coming soon onCignal Digital TV in high definition. 

This announcement comes on the heels of recent HGTV launches across the region including StarHub in Singapore, Fetch TV in Australia and Univision in Mongolia.  Derek Chang, Managing Director of Scripps Networks Interactive, Asia-Pacific said, “HGTV is the first regional channel dedicated exclusively to the growing home and lifestyle category in Asia and is seeing great traction with our advertisers, affiliates and audiences alike.  I’d like to thank our partners, SKYcable and Cignal for their continued support and commitment to bringing our high quality content to viewers across the Philippines. We look forward to engaging audiences with our aspirational storytelling and charismatic characters as they strive to transform their living spaces into their dream homes.”

Those who are interested to find out more about the channel and the brothers, can also visit the HGTV Asia Facebook page (www.facebook.com/hgtvasia) and share questions they have about the home– Fifteen questions will be chosen and personally answered by the brothers in vignettes that will be featured on the HGTV Asia Facebook page. The five best questions submitted will also win an exclusive HGTV goodie bag.

For more information on HGTV and The Property Brothers, 

visit HGTV at www.hgtv.asia and follow the tour action on Facebook(https://www.facebook.com/hgtvasia), 

February 23, 2015

Hidden Garden in Vigan

Honestly, we didn't know what to expect at Hidden Garden in Vigan. Our GPS suggested Hidden Garden when I typed tourist attraction. When we reached the place John and I were apprehensive to dine because there were too many people. We waited about 20 minutes before we were seated. After eating, we realized why Hidden Garden is a must visit when you go to Vigan. I ate 3 empanadas, really!

Lucky for us, we met the owner, Ms. Glo Rafaela Flores, she told us the story and how the garden started. The garden is actually the project of her husband, who suffered a heart attack. Landscaping proved to be a healing factor and he eventually became a highly sought-after landscaper in Vigan.

Inside the compound you will find a certain kind of peace. The wooden bench welcomes passers, among these benches, the most popular is the one with a sign, "Lovers Corner". Of course di kami nagpahuli, nagpakuha din kami ni hubby. Actuall, pinilit ko sya!

Rafaela "Glo" Flores Owner Manager(
Located At The Heart Of Hidden Garden Vigan)
Brgy. Bulala, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Cel(0906) 332-8309
Tel: 674-02-70