New look for Pacific Cebu Resort

Pacific Cebu Resort, one of the largest in Mactan island, recently completed a much-needed renovation under the aegis of its new management company,Hong Kong’s sáv Hospitality Limited. The transformation includes the upgrading of the rooms and other facilities in the 6.5-hectare beachfront property which is popular with tourists and divers alike due to its rich marine life.

sáv Hospitality representatives revealed that the first phase of the renovation was completed in July, while the second phase will be done in 2015 to “provide guests with an even more premium experience.”

The new rooms are bathed in white, some of them with precious ocean view

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Same immaculate theme for the lobby…

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The freshly-refurbished seafront view deck with a bright pop of colors in the lounging chairs

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Azumi Boutique Hotel, Alabang : a review

Truth to tell, I love boutique hotels more than big chain establishments. After all, being compact has its fine points. There’s something personal and intimate about them. And the way they are beautifully and daintily furnished is always a gem.

This is how I stumbled upon Azumi Boutique Hotel in Madrigal Business Park Alabang. Life has become so busy and I was looking forward to treat the family to a staycation within the city.Azumi’s promo of P2,888 for one night’s stay wasn’t bad, so off I booked! Glad that front office manager, Ms. Donna Narvadez, accommodated my request for early check-in. It gave me and the kids time to explore the nearby surroundings since the hotel is just walking distance from the Molito Complex.

One can easily fall in love with the lobby. It’s the opposite of minimalism, but tastefully decorated. Charcoal gray as the dominating color element is so cool on the eye.

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Princess for a day: my youngest Lucy sitting in the high back chair (although I should teach the ‘Princess’ to sit properly, hehe)

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While Midas Hotel shows off Hermes bags in their display cases, Azumi has travel-themed mementoes centered on London & Paris…

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H&M opening at Mega Fashion Hall on October 17!

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Swedish retail giant opens H&M today finally announced that the opening its first store in Manila on October 17, Friday. It’s a sprawling space at the SM Mega Fashion Hall in Mandaluyong City that is all of 3,000 square meters and occupies three floors!

Here are the important details to know:

– Doors will open at 9am on Oct. 17 and the store will operate till midnight on the opening weekend. Regular store operating hours of 10am to 10pm will be will be implemented starting October 20 onwards.

– There will be special opening offers at up to 50% off

– The first 200 customers in line will get gift cards valued as high as P6,000 each!

“We have been waiting for the best opportunity to be in the Philippines and now the wait is finally over. The Philippines is indeed ready for the next level of fashion and we are so proud to debut our amazing flagship store at SM Megamall! It is such an exciting moment for us to bring fashionable and sustainable design, with good quality at the best price to fashion-conscious Filipinos. At H&M we always have something for everyone, and we can’t wait to welcome all shoppers in Manila to this fantastic store!” Magnus Olsson, Country Manager of Greater China and South East Asia for H&M, was quoted as saying.

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@lazadaPH Sept. 25 flash sale + Mi Power Bank giveaway!

The Philippines’ biggest online shopping mall, Lazada (@lazadaPH),has made a name for itself with its Flash Sales. It is an innovative way of selling that has clicked with the general population. In the words of Lazada PH CEO Inanc Balci, this is a unique strategy which is appealing to a growing segment of mobile- and net-enabled people who employ the ‘fastest finger frenzy’ when it comes to making their online shopping choices.

” Online shoppers who are able to proceed quickest to the check-out page enjoys the exhilarating success of having their exclusive purchases right at their doorstep,” Balci added.

Redmi Bundle

This coming September 25 at exactly 11am, Lazada will be having another flash sale of its bestselling stock, the Redmi 1S. What’s good about this is that for an extra amount of only PhP 10, you can bundle up your Redmi with such cool accessories as the Redmi Back Cover, the Redmi Soft Case, and the Redmi Screen protector. You can pick from any of the six bundles, depending on your likes, preferences and personality.

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Physiogel Free in My Skin Movement

Let’s take a break to promote a product am using with passion right now. Somehow I know that when I put on their Cleanser, Lotion and Cream, am confident that am NOT putting any harmful products on my body, most of all my face! Physiogel is gentle, hypoallergenic and highly recommended by dermatologists. The label has launched the Free in My Skin Movement to empower the modern Filipina to achieve more despite skin imperfections.

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The face of the campaign is model, TV host and baker Patti Grandidge. While very alluring, she had her share of insecurity and horror stories from having to suffer dry, sensitive skin.

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“We used to travel a lot when I was younger and getting exposed to different climates took a toll on my skin, making it sensitive, itchy, red and dry. But I also learned that one simple change in my skincare routine can do wonders and renew my confidence. This is when I turned to Physiogel.Unlike ordinary moisturizers I used before, Physiogel® made my skin less dry. My skin became softer, smoother and definitely healthier,” says Patti.

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Live. Work. Play. Learn. Shop…. in one place! #iloveMKH

Am a city girl at heart. I love the bustle, vibe, energy and opportunities of living in a cosmopolitan place. Perhaps when I get much older, I could think of retiring near the mountains or the sea. However, circumstances dictate that Manila is our home right now because this is where work is and where the kids study.

In the ideal world, your workplace, residence and recreation facilities will co-exist in one area so that you won’t have to cope with the stresses of urban living such as traffic and long commutes. It seems this is no longer just a dream with leading developer Megaworld Corp.’s thrust in building masterplanned township communities. It’s a complete lifestyle concept where residents can Live, Work, Play, Learn and Shop in one dynamic, delightful environment!

A fine example is McKinley Hill, Megaworld’s largest township development with a landbank of 50 hectares in the prime spot that’s Fort Bonifacio. Continuously escalating land values and rental rates give investors the highest return for their buck.

Located in this area are: 4 foreign embassies (South Korea, UK, United Arab Emirates and Qatar), 3 international schools, 15 office buildings (including BPOs), and 90 restaurants/ commercial stores. When fully developed, McKinley Hill will be home to 34 residential condominiums, 482 residential lots and 4,716 apartments…aside from all those mentioned above.

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Through the #iloveMKH media tour recently, bloggers like us were given a glimpse of the Mediterranean design and taste of European living that McKinley Hill offers.

“It’s a holistic lifestyle with all the elements of Live, Work, Play, Learn and Shop present right within the community itself,” pointed out Ms. Nicole Adarme, Head of Marketing Communications for Megaworld at the Fort. ” We are advocating a relaxed and convenient way of life, and there’s no better way to do this than through an immersive experience so that bloggers can inspire others and share what it’s like to live here.”

For the LIVE component of the tour, we stopped by The Venice Luxury Residences which consists of seven towers at 22 to 31 storeys each.Only two towers have been built so far but it will dazzle with its Venetian architecture when completed, as there will be gondolas and a Grand Canal with a mall …. just like in Venice!

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Photos of storm Mario submerging Manila in flood

We didn’t see this coming!!!
Most of us in Metro Manila were awakened with thunder and lightning brought about by Storm Mario (international code name: Fung-Wong) ..so loud that I thought it was the Apocalypse! With my Girl Scout mentality, I was planning escape plans in my head should the situation get worse (because the thunder was giving me nightmares in my half-awake state). But thankfully, I live in an area where the streets don’t get flooded (even during the worst of Ondoy). Even more thankful when we woke up to find out that classes were suspended, and so was work in government offices.

In the meantime, it was sad to find these photos on my Facebook timeline. Red rainfall alert has been hoisted over Metro Manila, Rizal and Bulacan because of the torrential rains. Again, so pathetic that the warning only came when some of the areas were already submerged in floods…..!

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Only the roof of cars could be seen in this spot in Marikina City which is notorious for being a low-lying area.(photo via @MarikinaPIO)

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The main thoroughfare of EDSA was a virtual river (via @tontonico on Twitter)

There was massive traffic too, particularly in the north direction.

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In Quezon City, chest-deep flood waters at the intersection of E. Rodriguez and Araneta Avenues….

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A residential area in Mandaluyong City…

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For the residents in the affected areas, this was the situation when the water got inside their houses. For some others, it was worse

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People can be seen carrying their belongings to safety… clothes, appliances, pets or whatever they can bring to higher ground (image courtesy of Photoville International / Mark Hirah Adalia)

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Let’s pray that this storm doesn’t dump any more rains and we’ve seen the worst of it.

Here are the flight diversions and/or cancellations announced by the Ninoy Aquino Airport as of 7am today, September 19. For updates, follow @naia_miaa on Twitter

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Manila International Book Fair 2014

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Bookworms unite! The Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) – the biggest and most awaited book event in the country – will be held from tomorrow, September 17 up to the 21st at the SMX Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. For bibliophiles, this is a good chance to see what local and international publishers have to offer in terms of their latest titles. And if you get lucky, you might meet your favorite authors too!

Senator Bam Aquino, a self-confessed book lover will lead the opening ceremonies on Sept. 17 at SMX. The event’s publicist provided a short bio of the senator where it was stated: “at the age of six, Aquino had already read Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’. Among his favorite books are Paolo Coelho’s Fifth Mountain, John Carlin’s Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation, Malcolm Galdwell’s The Tipping Point, J.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, Stephen King’s The Shining, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series, and Mario Puzo’s The Godfather.

There are a total of 150 exhibitors in MIBF which is celebrating its 35th year. Some of these include the biggest publication houses. They will be displaying books from various genres – from bestsellers to textbooks, graphic novels and general references. Likewise, there are scheduled book launches and signings, dialogues with readers, contests, and literary events.

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Urbanears Plattan giveaway! #annalyn10years

After a resounding response to my Mi earphones giveaway last week courtesy of @lazadaPH (we have a winner here), another reader will be lucky to bring home these gorgeous Urbanears Plattan headphones courtesy of our friends from Digits Trading Philippines!

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(note: item may not be the same color as the one shown in the photo, but retail price stated remains at P2,950).

Urbanears Plattan headphones are a delight if you want to enjoy your music in complete style and fashion. You wouldn’t be ashamed being seen in these – whether you’re in the coffeeshop, school, office or gym – because they’re eye candy. Most important of all, they deliver outstanding quality sound. Construction is solid, and it can be folded to the size of your hand for convenience and portability.

So what more are you waiting for , join this giveaway via Rafflecopter and complete the mechanics for winning:

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Art exhibit at Chef Jessie in Rockwell Club

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This whole month of September ‘Scattered Nebulae,’ an art exhibit by dermatologist cum artist Dr. Monina Macam is on show at Chef Jessie Rockwell Club, Amorsolo Square, Rockwell Center, Makati City.

This is the third exhibit by Macam whose first two series Flowers in Bloom Part 1 and Part 2 depicted flora not in their natural form but with distortions in vivid colors.

This time, in Scattered Nebulae, the form is completely removed with free, energetic strokes and drips running across the canvas drenched in bold dramatic shades.

Macam’s foray into art started in 1997 when she played the role of muse for masters Cesar Legaspi, Onib Olmedo, Solomon Safrid and Efren Samson.

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