Review: Amuma Spa Suite at Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort in Cebu

During the long APEC holiday last year, my daughters and I jetted off to Mactan, Cebu and stayed for several days in Bluewater Maribago resort. This is a sprawling property of about 5 hectares and is possibly one of the oldest in the island, having existed since 1989. So far, I've stayed in three upscale properties in Mactan but it seems to be in Bluewater Maribago where I enjoyed the most. This is simply because Maribago is so 'homey.' It is easily distinguished by its Filipino design, particularly the thatched roofing and the use of bamboo. This was the ... Continue Reading...

Lung Hin at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

A few jaded Manilans like me need to have a good reason to go all the way to the Ortigas Business District. And last week, my reason was to dine at the award-winning Cantonese restaurant of the Marco Polo hotel, Lung Hin. Located on the hotel's 44th floor, Lung Hin is all about sleek,tasteful interiors. And several window seats even afford one the enviable view of the Metro Manila skyline. Our friend, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Director of Marketing Communications Judith Los Baños ,invited us to an intimate lunch to celebrate two things: Lung Hin's ... Continue Reading...

Sarah G & JaDine join #mtvmusicevo2016

Pop stars Sarah Geronimo, James Reid and Nadine Lustre are just some of the local artists scheduled to share the stage with renowned international band One Republic in the award-winning MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016 to be held at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds on Friday, 24 June 2016. In the words of singer-dancer-actor James Reid: "“MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016 is going to be one of the best nights of your summer. So join me, Nadine and some of the biggest artists in pop music – from both the international and Pinoy scenes as we dance the night ... Continue Reading...

Etihad Airways launches mobile app as part of #FlyingReimagined

Etihad Airways has launched a new mobile app for the iPhone as part of its Digital Guest Innovation Strategy and #FlyingReimagined philosophy. The mobile app enables guests to organise and manage their journey with greater ease and functionality. "This is in line with our commitment to deliver excellence in every single guest interaction, be it face-to-face or on digital channels. Our innovative solutions ensure our guests enjoy a kind of service that is seamless and tailored to fit their needs," Etihad's Chief Commercial Officer Peter Baumgartner said in an ... Continue Reading...

Why you should always pack light, and tips on how to do it

We’ve all seen them at the airport: the crabby passenger who is barking at the airline employee who informed him that he has to pay extra for his overweight suitcase. Or the weary-faced travelers lugging suitcases that are almost as big as they are. And, of course, the families literally running late for their flights while juggling kids and backpacks and satchels and duffels. Sure, you need to bring a certain amount of “stuff” when you travel, but some people go overboard. To make your trip as easy as possible, consider downsizing your ... Continue Reading...