April 30, 2017

Nature's Healing Home

I've been wanting to feature the surfing area of La Union for a long time but every time I'd plan our trip something comes up and we'd be in a different province.

Last week I tried to book at popular hotels but to no avail because it's peak season. As I checked booking.com, Nature's Healing Home kept on popping and so I gave in and booked for an overnight there not even knowing what lies ahead.

From Subic Park Hotel it took us four hours to reach San Fernando. We got lost along the way as the GPS failed to locate Nature's Healing Home because it was cloudy that day. Then we just found ourselves in San Juan La Union where we actually wanted to go the next day. We were already tired and just wanted to sleep so we looked for bed and breakfast inns around the area but we weren't comfortable with the noise and just thought of going back to Manila until Precy sent message worriedly asking where we were. 

John and I decided to give Nature's Healing Home a second try and drove all the way back to San Fernando. There's a major road construction and the scarce amount of streets lights are of no help so it took us amost 9pm to reach Nature's Healing Home.

All the hassles my family went through has all been worth the effort because we like the place a lot! The experience of living on the mountain with just the basics - connecting with nature, eating organic food, picking of mangoes and other fruits and vegetables, dhan yoga session, playing and conversing with people. Oh, I almost forgot, playing throw and catch with Neo and the other dogs.

Am I recommending Nature's Healing Home? Definitely yes! Just a few tips. First, drive while there's still daylight. GPS will come in handy just use Bacsil Monument as your point. When you reach the monument, turn left, then left again right after the house on the left. Bringing of food is allowed but if you want to live the NHH way, inform them ahead. We had breakfast at P100 per head, consisting of coffee for John and I, hot chocolate for the kids, organic papaya, cassava pancake and boiled saba (banana).


Bacsil, San Fernando, La Union 2500
www.natureshealinghome.com
https://www.facebook.com/NaturesHealingHomeBacsil/
0917 777 5138

April 29, 2017

Gapuz-Ancheta-Solinao Grapes Farm

It was my friend and kumareng Jingle who told me about grapes picking in La Union many years ago. We wanted to go there together but our schedules woudn't meet until she went to Saipan. Since we can't go to Saipan yet, we've decided to go to La Union and visit and pick grapes at La Union, which is now called Gapuz-Ancheta-Solinao Grapes Farm, and dedicate this vlog to her.

Going to Gapuz-Ancheta-Solinao Grapes Farm is a family bonding activity you shouldn't miss, especially for those with young kids. They will surely remember the fun in picking the best and sweetest grapes.

Note: Gapuz-Ancheta-Solinao Grapes Farm is separate from Gapuz Grapes Farm though both offers picking.


Tips and reminders:

✔ Gapuz-Ancheta-Solinao Grapes Farm is not connected nor associated with any tour guides so just proceed DIRECTLY to their farm to avoid unnecessary payment. 
✔ Review driving and commute directions via Google and Waze
✔ Brgy. Urayong boundary of Bauang and Caba, La Union. When facing Manila route, turn right after boundary arc.
✔Best time to  pick is from March to May
✔Rainy season picking is from June to September
✔Call the farm for December picking

Brgy Urayong, MacArthur Highway, Bauang, 2501 La Union
Phone: (072) 705 2013
Picking Hours: 7AM–6PM
Call 510-770-4120// 0915 778 4594// 0999 714 7616// 0917 896 3161
@GapuzGrapesFarm
joegapvz@gmail.com
http://facebook.com/gapuzgrapesfarm

April 28, 2017

Zoobic Safari

Part of the #Mendiolables Summer Adventure is a "balik tanaw" of places we used to frequent when the kids were younger. Zoobic Safari in Group I Ilanin Forest Subic Bay Freeport Zone is one of our favorite places so we went back to check if Julia, Rafael and Juan will still enjoy the place and to see the new activities they offer.

Verdict: We still enjoyed Zoobic Safari, especially the crododile feeding, and tiger feeding. We're particularly happy with tour guide, Ellaine, who incidentally was celebrating her 18th birthday that day.

Tips: Do your trip in the morning. Be there at 8am to fully enjoy the place minus the uv rays.


About Zoobic Safari and its attractions:

Zoobic Safari is a 25-hectare amusement park presenting a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you and your family. Far from the conventional zoo, Zoobic gives you a chance to meet these wonderful animals up close and personal, promote awareness and concern for their species thru education/information given by our competent Tour Guides, a unique avenue to commune with nature and most of all, experience an adventure like no other here in the country: A close encounter with the biggest members of the cat family. This may very well be the closest  thing to a real animal jungle safari around here in the country.

Important Tour Details

The guided tour takes approximately 2 1/2 hours to visit 11 attractions
Park Hours - 8 am to 4 pm (last admission of guests)
No schedule for the tour. 15 minutes waiting time after purchasing entrance tickets, the assigned Tour Guide will conduct an orientation before start of the tour.
There are two parts of the tour:
WALK-THRU : 30-40 minutes walking inside the Zoobic Park, Rodent World and Serpentarium 
DRIVE-THRU : Group/s will go through the different attractions aboard their own vehicle (no additional charge) OR our Tram (additional P50/person). Groups will then be transferred to our customized Safari Jeep at the Tiger Safari Ride attraction.

Animal Show and Animal Parade on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.
Forbidden Cave
A thrilling forest adventure with live and stuffed animals, guest can have an excitement while walking in a shaking hanging bridge.

Sky Safari

Zip through the air, soar over trees and fly like superman in our SKY SAFARI adventure ride!

380 meters long (back & forth: 200 meters one way, 180 meters back)
Approximately 40 ft high
Price: Php 199/ pax
Discounted Rate: P150/pax if availed with on-site payment entrance ticket

Note:

Maximum capacity is 200 kgs.
Zoobic Cave

See an array of real and stuffed animals in their natural habitat.

Animal Show

Enjoy a show put-on by park rangers as they show you some exotic animals and engage the audience in holding and feeding the tigers, snakes, large iguana lizards and other animals. This show is evolving and will feature new animals as these are brought out of training.

Animal photo opportunity

Get your picture taken while you feed or hold an exotic animal such as a young tiger, giant python snake or large iguana lizard.

Aeta trail & show

You can see a realistic Aeta village featuring their homes and cooking areas. These native Filipino people will also treat you to a very entertaining tribal show including the butterfly and war dance. Marvel at the amazing athletic gymnastic ability of these dancers as they perform the monkey dance and catapult up a tree.

Rodent World

If you are a fan of the rodent kingdom, or just wonder how many different species were found in the world of rodents, then this is the place for you. You will find everything from tiny guinea pigs, porky pines to very large Palawan Rats. There’s even a grooming station where you can watch the rodents get their hair done.

Croco Loco

Here you will find a pit of over 200 crocodiles. Walk over the steel grated walkway with the snapping monster directly below you. Here you can purchase a quarter chicken, dangle it on a fishing pole for the Crocs to snap away from your line. Then walk down to the Crocodile Café where you can view the quick-snappers from a water-level glass observation area while you snack on some goodies.

Serpentarium

Get a close-up view of reptiles small and large. See snakes from around the world from the simple king snake to some huge pythons and boa constrictors. Also included here are lizards, iguanas, monitor lizards, turtles, and other cold-blooded creatures are available for viewing.

Savannah

Drive your car into an animal sanctuary of farm and exotic animals such as wild boars, potbelly pigs and guinea fowls. Many wild ostriches roam free here and many times try to run alongside your vehicle. Some of these guys may attempt to get a closer look at you and your vehicle, even to the point of a peck or two at your vehicle window.

Zoobic Park

A special petting zoo and animal observation area set in a tropical jungle environment. Meander through and interact with, pet and enjoy displays of a diverse array of animals from many regions of the world. Many of these animals have become acclimated and friendly to human beings and are free and roaming amidst the visitors. You are free to reach-out and pet many of these animals. Here you will find deer, ostriches, albino caribou, a bear, monkeys, an eagle, miniature houses, ducks bearcats, guinea pigs, ferrets, and much more.

Tiger Safari

See the amazingly-long and sharp tiger-canine teeth so close to you that you actually feel the fear and excitement of these ferocious hunters. Thrill as a 400 pound tiger easily jumps on top of your safari vehicle while he eats a whole chicken. A once in a lifetime adventure experience riding in a safari jeep were you will enter in a c close fence structure and be fascinated to see the live tigers roaming around as they thrilled you with their vibrating growl.

Zoobic Safari
Group I Ilanin Forest
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Philippines
Telefax: (+6347) 252-2272; (+63) 929-7072222

Makati Office
3/F Yupangco Building
339 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City,
Philippines
Tel: (+632) 895-7142; 898-3695; 899-9824;
899-9595
Mobile: (+63) 917-8351111
Fax: (+632) 899-9829

April 27, 2017

Zoocobia Fun Zoo

Part of the #Mendiolables Summer Adventure is a "balik tanaw" of places we used to frequent when the kids were younger. Zoocobia Fun Zoo in Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga is one of our favorite places so we went back to check if Julia, Rafael and Juan will still enjoy the place and to see their new activities they have there.

Verdict: We still enjoyed Zoocobia, especially the gravity car ride, zipline, camel ride and the animal feeding.

Tips: Do your trip in the morning. Be there at 8am to fully enjoy the place minus the uv rays.


About Zoocobia Fun Zoo and its attractions:

Zoocobia is much more than a place to view animals. It is a complete educational and fun experience. Situated in the beautiful, lush, forested foothills of the extended Clark Freeport Zone, Zoocobia is an ecological experience of impressive proportions.

ZOOC
Now in the Philippines! The Zooc! It is a gravity car that is patterned after the luge in Sentosa Resort in Singapore. It runs on a 400 meter track with three hairpin curves that are guaranteed to make one’s ride a zoo-per thrilling experience!
BIRDS OF PARADISE
Have a very close encounter with colorful birds perched on tree branches. You will delight at their bright colors and melodious chirping.
PHILIPPINE’S PRIDE
This showcases various animals and plants that are endemic to the Philippines – they are indeed the country’s pride.
MAZE
Be amazed with our Garden Maze that features various animals topiaries. The thrill is when you go through the labyrinth and the challenge is to find yourself out of it.
BARN
All roads lead to “The Barn” where many animal-related activities happen. Experience bottle feeding baby farm animal such as goats, sheep and pot bellied pigs.
MENAGERIE
See a unique collection of stuffed real animals that have been preserved by our taxidermist.

Zoocobia Zoo Entrance is  P295.00

April 26, 2017

Forever Francis Libiran

Celebrate your promise of forever with world-renowned designer Francis Libiran’s new wedding and engagement ring collection – Forever Francis Libiran.

Exquisite design and quality check is first and foremost for world-renowned designer, Francis Libiran.
Known worldwide for his stylish, trailblazing designs, Francis Libiran brings a luxurious touch to the most important and intimate events in life. In collaboration with J’s Diamond Jewelry, Forever Francis Libiran boasts of a distinct collection that is precious and unbreakable. Each piece is expertly crafted in timeless, stylish and classy minimalist design.

With a wide variety of designs that blend the glamour of classic with the modern style of minimalist elegance, there is definitely a piece for every future bride and engaged couple in the Forever Francis Libiran collection.

‘The market for weddings is huge,’ exclaims Libiran. ‘As a fashion designer, I have created various wedding gowns for many clients and oftentimes, they would ask my advice on wedding rings.’ He added, ‘I saw this as a perfect opportunity to immerse into the engagement and wedding rings business and J's Diamond is the perfect partner as they have the expertise and experience when it comes to fine jewelry.’




More than a fashion statement, more than a gift, and more than art – rings is a reflection of oneself. It likewise embodies a promise of forever made between two people and the luxurious Forever Francis Libiran collection not only commemorates these treasured moments of unity, but also mirrors the brilliance of life and the beauty of love. 

An exquisite line of timeless jewelry that is well made and affordable, the collection weaves white, yellow and rose gold with the resplendent allure of high quality diamonds. With a wide variety of designs that blend the glamour of classic with the modern style of minimalist elegance, there is definitely a piece in this collection for every future bride and couple. 

The Forever Francis Libiran collection is available at Francis Libiran Bridal in Greenbelt 5, Makati City. Other branches are at Lucky Chinatown, SM Southmall and SM Dasmariñas. For inquiries, call 0915 3939320 or 2549097. Like J’s Diamond on Facebook and follow @jsdiamondjewellery on Instagram.

April 25, 2017

EARTHDAY JAM 2017 at RIZAL PARK

EARTHDAY JAM is now on its 17th year, and for Eartd Day Jam 2017, it will be held at Rizal Park, formerly Luneta.

The longest running the longest running and biggest environmental music tribute in the history of the Philippines and in the world shows no signs of slowing down and is ably supported by an array of the country’s  popular and alternative bands and artists. This years’ lineup includes (in alphabetical order) Abra, Autotelic, Brat pack, Brownman Revival, Chicosci, Gloc 9, Gracenote, Imago, Kitchie Nadal, Lou Bonnevie, Mayonnaise, Moonstar88, Nina, Noel Cabangon, Philia, Rouge, Slapshock and many more surprises. Hosts include actor Alvin Anson, actresses Phoebe Walker and Pam Nieva with Midi Gentica. The music sets will be complemented with messages from various experts on environmental issues and prominent government officials headed by DENR Secretary Gina Lopez and other prominent NGO personalities. 


“Many of our young people today have not been to Rizal Park.  Earthday Jam 2017 will give them this opportunity to discover the 8th most beautiful park in the world !  With all these great OPM talents performing in such a beautiful and historical place—this jam will definitely be memorable for everyone who will come. On April 28, we will again shout to world and indicate our commitment to help in preserving the environment and keeping our country a nice place to live in” enthuses Lou Bonnevie, founder of Earthday Jam and president of Earthday Jam Foundation. “We are introducing and experimenting new things this year. With the help of the National Waste Management Bureau, we have included special interactive waste management segments in the show. We are also on our third year in giving the “Gaia Awards” to several environmental luminaries and artists who has stood by us through the 17 years of Earthday Jam” ,Toto Gentica ,over-all director shared.

There will be whole day exhibits from co-presenter DENR with Peace and Equity Foundation, Bauman Electric Vehicles and Earthday Network Philippines.  DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau has also organized a kite making and kite flying activity with various workshops starting 3 PM. Afternoon Art Sessions in various medium will be supported by A-Plus Paints and moderated by renowned sculptor Agnes Arellano and performance artist Billy Bonnevie. National Parks Development Committee, the events’ leading partners will be giving free historical tour  from 3 to 5pm on that day. Film showing will take place at the main stage starting 4 pm with concert starting at 6pm and expected to wine down at 2 am. Everyone is advised to come early to find their place in the open grass area fronting the Chinese garden (at the back of the Rizal monument).

Earthday Jam is a special project of Earthday Jam Foundation,Inc . Special thanks to PAGCOR, Gerry’s Grill, Dickies apparel, Ministop, Six Eagles Nest Food Inc. and Davids’ Salon. Media partners include ABS CBN , Philippine Star, Business Mirror, 83k Design Studio , Wheninmanila.com, Manila Concert Scene, Philippine Concerts, Rakista and MYX Music Channel.
Admission is free.  For more info, like us on Facebook Earthday Jam Foundation and visit www.earthdayjamfoundation.com

April 24, 2017

Healthy Family Lunch at DS Cafe

Teaching children to eat healthy is every parent's duty. It will not be as effective if you just allow the young ones to eat regularly at fast food chain. It is imperative that mom and dad to be good role models to encourage healthy eating for the whole family.

Take it from us, #Mendiolables, as we had healthy family lunch at DS Cafe.


 DS Cafe
Diana Stalder, 5f Megamall
984 8188

April 23, 2017

Progressive Education at Montessori de San Juan

Although I am a successful product of  traditional education, where students were required to sit long hours and endure learning systems that emphasize strict standardization, I believe that in today's fast-paced, lateral-thinking, and creative-driven world more students are losing interest in the use of just pen and paper.

Whether parents accept it or not, children of today lose their  interest in studying because of rote memorization and repetitive instruction. Young ones are now more interested in learning why and how things are done rather than filling their  minds with a storage-full of information, including complex equations, formulas, important historical dates, and scientific facts. By doing so, their creative thinking can become inhibited affecting their curiosity to learn and spark of ideas to dwindle.

This is a significant point, especially in today’s world. Although traditional methods of education have produced some of history’s most brilliant minds, it appears that the past two decades have seen a radical shift in terms of equipping students with effective skills for real-world success. Whether in a literary or purely biological sense, human beings are born to discover and as we all know, life is rarely ever regimented.

Due to numerous success stories regarding progressively educated children, Progressive Education is now gaining popularity, such is the case of Montessori de San Juan. 



I live quite near in Montessori de San Juan and know a lot of parents who have kids enrolles in this school. Despite being branded as an elite school, school remains grounded in its mission to cultivate students who love learning so much, and learn so well, that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned in the future. From all indications, it is fulfilling this mission remarkably well.



Sandy Arellano of the Montessori de San Juan School is a passionate educator and an advocate of this progressive type of learning. “I believe what is happening now is that schools and parents are too fixated on the effect, which is good academic performance,” she explained. “I can tell you through years of experience, however, that doing well in school is the natural result of a happy, motivated, and well-adjusted student. So why not focus diligently on the cause, rather than the effect?” Arellano further emphasized.

Arellano admits that part of Montessori de San Juan’s core objectives is to address the drawbacks of traditional schooling that often result in lethargic, poor-performing children. This includes over-scheduled students, too much note-taking and not enough attention to the actual lessons, over-cramming information in a short period of time, an unreasonable amount of homework (which often goes unsupervised during the actual process of completion), and a one-size-fits all mentality for learners. “Are our students less busy or less equipped? Quite the opposite. Our children have such a love for learning, and a genuine excitement to go to school and practice what they are taught, that they consistently end up scoring higher than their peers in standardized tests,” she pointed out. 



Moreover, Arellano believes that schools should likewise make a determined effort to to provide students with an environment that makes them feel empowered rather than constrained. “Each student is an individual, and different from all others. Children have their own special way of learning and understanding things. Attempting to fit all of them into a rigid and standardized structure may not maximize their full potential,” she noted.

Accordingly, a small class size is paramount to knowing the needs of each and every student. In Montessori de San Juan, there are around 150 students from grades 1 to 12, with approximately 12-15 students per class. With a class size like that, it is easy to gauge whether a students is a visual, tactile or auditory learner, and from there, this is how teachers assess their approach to the students. “Another issue nowadays is how too much time is spent presenting the material, leaving very little time for practice – thus leading to piles of homework. In our school, everything is worksheets, modules, and hands-on activities related to the subject matter,” Arellano added. Also, in the classroom setting, students are grouped in wider age spans, namely 3-6, 7-9, and 10-12. This helps them form relationships and bonds with kids of different ages. 


  
As the students get older, the teaching method becomes semi-progressive, semi-traditional setup, adding textbooks into the mix. With age comes a bit of homework, which is kept at a minimum since teachers assess their students through their performance in the classroom. “Our classroom activities involve 90 percent application and only 10 percent discussion, so a lot of the kids are able to see the practicality and the use of the subject matter they are learning. We try to show them the direct applications to what they are learning,” Arellano concluded.

Due to numerous success stories regarding progressively educated children, Montessori de San Juan is gaining quite a reputation as an elite school. Despite this, however, the school remains grounded in its mission to cultivate students who love learning so much, and learn so well, that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned in the future. From all indications, it is fulfilling this mission remarkably well.

To learn more about Montessori de San Juan, contact 725-6306 or 239-1102, or visit montessoridesanjuan.com.ph

April 22, 2017

HEALTHY FAMILY “MINI BOTTLE” PURIFIED WATER

Yesterday at Elements at Eton Centris, Quezon City, Manila Water launched “HEALTHY FAMILY MINI BOTTLE” purified water, which aims to address the drinking water needs of households.

Leveraging on the expertise and operational excellence of Ayala-led Manila Water, Manila Water Total Solutions’ latest product offering is  is a 5-gallon bottled water especially formulated and customized to the drinking needs of the whole family.  Unlike your neighborhood water stations, Healthy Family utilizes a fully-automated ‘closed-loop’ production system eliminating human intervention to prevent contamination.  The shelf life of each bottle is up to six months.  Full-time microbiologists analyze samples daily in an in-house laboratory compliant with international standards further ensuring that the water is of superior quality. It is guaranteed by both the Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.

Healthy Family is not just simple bottled water.  It provides peace of mind to its customers.  Beyond the quality product is the quality service it aims to deliver every time.  Distributors have been trained on inventory management, product handling and customer service.



April 21, 2017

Art Karnival at Sky Garden in SM North

I grew up in Quezon City and SM City North EDSA was the closest mall to my place. Now that I live in Manila, I seldom visit the place so it was great to be back via Mich invite to cover  Art Karnival at the Skygarden in SM North, which will run from April 21 to June 12, 2017.

The exhibit, which runs the entire length of the Skygarden, showcases unique installation pieces by each featured young artists, namely, Anjo Bolarda, Bato, Blic, Garapata, Jeffrey Jay Jarin and Tyang Karyel.

Each piece in this exhibit was carefully selected and curated for the space by Vinyl on Vinyl and placed in areas that would bring not only the art piece itself to life but the surrounding area as well. As mall-goers walk the meandering path, installation pop out at them, drawing their eyes to their surroundings, stimulating interest. This whimsical almost fantasy-like world perfectly complements Skygarden's tenants.

This is definitely a different experience for mall-going clients through a voyage of discovery of the visual arts, initiated by  SM City North EDSA through a partnership with Vinyl on Vinyl, one of Manila's hippest contemporary art galleries.



April 20, 2017

ELRO Retail Corporation Summer Specials

Summer is that time of the year to bring out shades, UV clearms, tanning lotion and of course, those fashionable sleeperes that will complete  your summer OOTDs!

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Here are various styles that will definitely maintain your glam chic look even on a hot weather.

For a more sophisticated yet lighter look this summer, Grendha offers the (Left) Grendha Is Raizes priced at  PHP 1,095.00, and the  (Right) Grendha Exclusive Sand AD priced at PHP 1,495.00. Be simply chic, simply beautiful, as you bare this feet this summer with these 2 stunning collections. Another go getter this summer is Grendha’s Is Natural Sand Ad. Priced at Php1695, this all around style will surely bring out the modern elegance vibe, fit for any occasion.  









Now if you’re feeling hip and boho, the Zaxy Glass Sand Ad is a sure win. This nude strappy sandal doesn’t only feel light and look light , but it’s extremely stylish and goes with any color. Priced at Php1295, this value for money sandal will bring out the goddess in you.

Another hippie variation is the Zaxy Vibe I Sand, priced at Php1,595. Experience ultimate comfort like you’re walking on a yoga mat. The softness that it brings will definitely relax your feet. Dress down with comfort as you pair this neutral sandal with your coolest summer get up.

The Ipanema Summer Pastel collection called Class Fem comes in 4 different colors. For a lighter vibe, it offers Pink, Blue and Green, and of course, for those that would always want a neutral look, the same style is available in Black. This style is priced at Php1,295 and is available in selected Ipanema and Bambu Stores nationwide. Likewise, this is available in select SM Department stores (The SM Store) , Shoe Salon, and Landmark Department Stores.



Another style to for this summer is Ipanema’s Classic POP Fem. This style will definitely make an impression as it  exudes a vibe of individualism, freedom and liberation. The perfect fit for you to relax this summer as leave behind all excess baggage and keep your calm. Show off your feet and make a statement! The Ipanema Classic POP Fem is also priced at Php1,295.


If you’re not one of those who’d spend your summer lounging in the beach, there’s still a perfect pair for you. Gola brings you the pastel collection of the WASP. This sneaker will amp your style even if you just want to dress down and be comfortable with what you wear. Priced at Php3295, a true catch for a pair that offers both style and comfort.

Be part of ELRO’s SHOE’S HOLIDAY

From work, to shopping, to island hopping and more, your feet are the most exhausted with all your activities. It carries your body weight while it takes you to every place at your whim. Pampering your sole with a foot massage may be good, but reward it with something better, something that can last and be felt longer, like a comfortable footwear that will still keep your style at bay. And the best part is you can do this when you go to ELRO’s Shoe Holiday.

Shoe Holiday Summer Adventures is ELRO’s biggest Summer promotion where renowned brands like Ipanema, Grendha, Rider, Zaxy, Gola, Sofft and Anacapri will all be available at a special discount. All brands in all stores nationwide (Bambu, Ipanema Store, The SM Store, Shoe Salon, Robinsons Dept. Store, Landmark Dept. Store, Olympic Village , TAF and a lot more) will be carrying 20% discount on new collection and regular items, while other selected items will be priced at 30% off.

What’s more is that there will be exciting games that await in select stores (Bambu Trinoma, Bambu Glorietta, Bambu Nuvali, SM North Edsa Dept. Store, Shoe Salon MOA, Shoe Salon Magnolia, Shoe Salon Glorietta, Shoe Salon Ermita,  Shoe Salon Trinoma, Sports Central MOA) where customers can win exciting prizes like  towels , accessories, umbrella and shirt. To top it off they can get a chance to win a trip to Bohol for their Summer Adventure when they visit the said stores.




So what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite brand at any store to avail of the discount and visit the select stores for the games and raffle. Now that’s a holiday treat for your sole.

Ipanema, Grendha, Rider, Zaxy, Gola, Sofft, and Anacapri are exclusively distributed by ELRO Retail Corporation. Visit www.elroretail.com for more information.

April 19, 2017

Kabayan Beach Resort

The #Mendiolables have probably been to most of the places in Batangas, except Laiya. We went there before Holy Week to check out Laiya Adventure Park. Since LAP and Kabayan Beach Resort is owned by the same family, we had our accommodation at KBR. 

Kabayan can be pretty full during summer so expect plenty of guests. If you book at Kabayan, you will get a discount at Laiya Adventure Park

To enjoy the whole experience, I suggest don't bother bringing in food. It's best that you order from their restaurant. It is a must you try their Maja Blanca, Ube, Sinigang, Nilaga, etcetera, etcetera.

I won't be writing much about the place for I have documented our stay and activities. Let the video tour you around Kabayan Beach Resort


Day Tour
Tikling, Pipit, Maya, Kuling, Pagatpat, Pakiskis
Maximum Capacity: 15 Persons
Price per day: Php1500

Ma. Capra, Tariktik, Martines, Pulangga, Kulasisi, Kilyawan, Lawin, Kalapati, Bato-bato, Loro, Pugo
Maximum Capacity: 30 Persons
Price per day: Php2500

Kabayan Beach Resort Day Tour Managed Buffet @750 per head
Kabayan Beach Resort Day Tour Package @600 & @750 per head
Kabayan Beach Resort Day Tour Packed Meals @600 per head

1) Check-in time: 
• Day Tour: 8:00AM-5:00PM | Overnight 3:00PM-1:00PM
2) Day Tour Entrance:
• Php100/head 12years old and above. 
• Php50/head 11years old and below.
3) Corkage fee for all beverages, wines and liquor may vary
4) Meals are Mandatory for Dormitory & Hotel Type Rooms
5) Meals are Mandatory for Corporate Outings of over 30pax 
(Daytour & Overnight Stay)
Bringing of Videoke, Magic Sing, Sound System and the like are strictly prohibited.
Bringing of Gasul, Stoves, Cooking Utensils such as Pots & Pans are not allowed inside the resort.
*Prices are subject to change without prior notice

Kabayan Beach Resort | Brgy. Laiya Aplaya, San Juan, Batangas, 4226, Philippines
Phone Number: +63 (2) 709-1470 | +63 (2) 709-0115 | +63 (917) 627-9357 | +63 (917) 896-3312 | +63 (908) 820-6492 | +63 (908) 820-6487 
Email : info@kabayanresort.com 

April 18, 2017

Kenneth Cobonpue

Blogging and vlogging takes time and effort. But what I like about this passion is that I get to meet famous personalities.

Last year at HP Spectre Launch, I was privileged to meet Kenneth Cobonpue, multi-awarded furniture designer and manufacturer from Cebu.


About Kenneth Cobonpue:

Kenneth Cobonpue is a , Philippines. His passage to design began in 1987, studying Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute in New York. While completing his studies, he apprenticed for a leather and wood workshop near Florence, Italy. He went on to study Furniture Marketing and Production at the Export-Akademie Baden-Württemberg in Reutlingen, Germany, under a private and state scholarship program, and subsequently worked in Bielefeld and Munich.

Kenneth returned home to Cebu in 1996 to manage Interior Crafts of the Islands, Inc., a furniture design and manufacturing company founded by his mother Betty Cobonpue in 1972. Discovering that modern design could have a new face using natural fibers and materials, Kenneth created pieces of functional art, offering an alternative to the Western definition of modern design. Today, the KENNETHCOBONPUE® brand has become known globally for its unique designs and extensive roster of clientele, including Hollywood celebrities and members of royalty.

With his masterful way of integrating nature, traditional craft and innovative technologies, designer and creative director Kenneth Cobonpue has earned international awards and recognition for his creative, organic, and expressive pieces. Working closely with some of the world’s leading designers, from household names to emerging talents, Kenneth has been pushing the envelope for design in the Philippines and sharing his vision to a global audience. 

Awards to his credit include five (5) Japan Good Design Awards, the grand prize at Singapore International Design Competition, the Design for Asia Award of Hong Kong, the American Society of Interior Design Top Pick selection and the French Coup de Coeur award. Several of his designs were selected for several editions of the International Design Yearbook published in London and New York. Phaidon’s book entitled “& FORK” underscores Kenneth’s position as a leader of a new movement incorporating new technologies with crafts. In 2007, TIME magazine called him “rattan’s first virtuoso”. Kenneth was named the Designer of the Year in the first edition of Maison et Objet Asia held in March 2014 in Singapore.

Kenneth reveals new work each year in design shows from Paris to New York, and he speaks regularly about Southeast Asian design all over the world. He has also appeared in European television and in countless international magazines and newspapers around the world. Various Cobonpue designs have also appeared in full-length feature films and television, such as Oceans 13 and CSI.
(Source: http://www.kennethcobonpue.com/)

April 17, 2017

Healthy Choices Bazaar

Kickstart your road to health and wellness with Healthy Choices Bazaar—a weekend market in Bonifacio High Street offering a wide selection of organic and conventional harvests and services ranging from eco-friendly items to skin care products.

The Healthy Choices Bazaar is happening simultaneously with Bonifacio High Street’s FITSREET 2017 this 22 – 23 April, an event centered on health, fitness and wellness, featuring fun activities and games for the whole family.