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Rustic Mother’s Day Celebration at Richmonde Café

It’s that time of the year once again when we get to pamper the most important woman in our lives. Give back and take mom out to a lunch buffet that is just as exceptional as she is! Every mother deserves nothing but the best so for her special day, Richmonde Café whips up an exquisite menu crafted to celebrate and recognize all that she has done for us. From spring bouquets and summer salads, to succulent ribs and scrumptious cakes, nothing shouts “I love you, Mom!” more than a wholesome feast with the entire family.  



On May 10, 2015, bring the entire family to Mom’s Country Garden Luncheon at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas’ Richmonde Café to relish a charming international fare dedicated to all sweet and loving Mothers. The Café spoils Mom further with an exclusive 3 + 1 deal. This means for every three guests paying the regular rate, mom gets to be the boss and eats absolutely FREE!


Delight in a bountiful spread that reminds you of rustic afternoons spent in your childhood backyard – set the mood right with antipasto and soup such as House Cured Salmon Gravlax with Shredded Red Onions and Capers; Tabouleh Salad; Seafood Pasta Salad; Toast with your choice of dips like Baba Ghanoush, Hummus, Crab and Cream Cheese; Shrimp Bisque; and Italian Wedding Soup. Indulge in mouthwatering spoonfuls of classic comfort chows like Lemon Chicken with Artichokes; Vegetable Lasagna with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto; Herbed Roasted Potato; Steamed Kani wrapped in Nori; Roast Prime of Rib with Horseradish Cream & Au Jus; and Beef-wrapped Asparagus with Wild Mushroom Sauce. Do not forget to try various dishes from the show kitchen as well – from pasta treats to fried dishes and grilled items, we’ve got all your cravings covered! Lastly, give in to the sugar rush with samplings of Hot Apple and Nuts Crumble, Baklava Parcels, Opera Slices, assorted Cupcakes and Cake Pops. 


Mom’s Country Garden Luncheon at Richmonde Cafe – Antipasto spread

Mom’s Country Garden Luncheon at Richmonde Cafe –

Lemon Chicken

Mom’s Country Garden Luncheon at Richmonde Cafe –

Dessert station

Mom’s Country Garden Luncheon is available on May 10, 2015 for Php 995 nett. 




For inquiries and reservations, call 638-7777. The Richmonde Café is located at the 2nd floor of Richmonde Hotel Ortigas at 21 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For more information, send an email to rho@richmondehotel.com.ph or log on to www.richmondehotels.com.ph.  For the freshest updates on hotel promotions, connect at www.facebook.com/RichmondeHotelOrtigas, www.twitter.com/Richmonde_RHO, and www.instagram.com.Richmonde_RHO.  

Asia Finance Summit In The Eyes Of A BPO Employee

As a BPO employee, I am concerned with the options that I have in case the  industry goes down. 
Questions like “Where do we invest our hard-earned money?”, “Did we make the right investment(s)?” and “What options do we have when we decide to retire earlier than 60?” are when Miguel and I discuss our financial plans.


Recently, we made an investment and I was glad that it was part of the Philippine Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index, 2014 as presented by Undersecretary and Chief Economist, Gil Beltran.


One of the Speakers, Ms. Riena Pama, President of Sun Life Asset Management discussed how the lack of financial inclusion and literacy may tend to pyramiding. She said that Financial Literacy begins at home and made me realize that maybe, it’s something that was lacking in most Filipino household. 


Most of the speakers if not all, mentioned BPO in their talk which somehow gave me a relief that I am still in the right industry at the right time.
One of my favorite speakers on the summit, Mr. Bansan Choa, Chairman and CEO of I Remit, said that “Industry should come from the Philippines” and discussed about how remittance played a big role in the lives of OFWs saying that in every dollar that they spent, their is a percentage that is given back to them. I also believe in what he said that should be considered as an investment – retirement homes or villages. Philippines landed the top 17 in the for the most desirable retirement destinations across the globe. That being said, this will open more doors for investors and more jobs for our fellow Filipinos. 




Working overseas is not an option for me but yes, it may be the best decision other people made in their lives. But whatever industry we may be in, we must always take into consideration how our chosen industry will later lead us to financial freedom which I guess everyone in the working class is dreaming of.

Rejj Sibayan, Alaine Alejandrino, Rebecca Bustamante, Grace Nicolas, Lance Bucoy 

with the Panel Moderator, Kim Bernardo


The summit was a learning experience for me. I could go on and on on with the many things that I have learned from this event. I am looking forward to attending more summits organized no other that the maid who made it, Ms. Rebecca Bustamante – Chalre and Tag Media.

Asia Finance Summit: Appraising the Future of Southeast Asia was held at Makati Diamond Residences last April 21, 2015.




Alaine

Come Home to Casa Alegria, Tagaytay

If you’re looking for a Bed and Breakfast in Tagaytay, Casa Alegria is the ideal spot. Not only that it has the perfect view of a picturesque volcano, but its very intimate and cozy vibe will just help you forget that you had a long and hectic work week.








The rooms are clean, modern and very comfortable with a nice sitting area and deck with a wonderful view of the Taal Volcano and the city skyline in the distance.




We are also impressed with how animal-friendly this place is. We love cats and seeing one who moves freely in a hotel/resort makes us happy.








Although this may not be the perfect place for commuters because of its location, they can accomodate a number of vehicles. Great venue for intimate weddings, honeymoons and family gatherings.
Unlike some overrated Bed and Breakfast in Tagaytay, Casa Alegria’s rooms are fairly priced. A swimming pool will also be available by July 2015.







Check out their room rates and book your next R&R!



Casa Alegria

Sungay North Tagaytay
Tagaytay City
09052340948

Happy weekend!


Migs and Alaine




Planet Grapes: Wine without the Drama

Planet Grapes opened it’s EDSA Shangri-la branch last February and since gained a number of patrons. Who wouldn’t love Planet Grapes? 

They carry state-of-the-art Italian enomatic machines that allow customers to try different wines by sip, half-glass, and full glass sizes. Yes! It’s a wine vendo. You get to try their wine before you decide to buy a bottle.
Aside from that, they offer an adventurous menu containing foods that perfectly pair with wine. You’ll be surprised because the food that they offer are not commonly associated with wine. I love the ambiance and their interior. Black always has this classy appeal to me.




I was privileged to be invited by Zomato to try out Planet Grapes’ food and wine and to start off, we were served with Chicharon with Tinapa dip.

Yes, you read it right. It’s not mustard but tinapa dip. The tinapa dip gave a yummy twist to our usual chicharon that we are used to dip in vinegar. The dip is also a bit sour. The more dip, the better tasting your chicharon will be. Ever paired chicharon with wine? I did! A glass of Paul Mas Sauvignon Blanc 2012 came with this appetizer and I must say, it’s a match made in heaven. 




I am really a fan of Bopis especially when it’s spicy. But I like it with rice tho. Pircas Negras Malbec 2013 was paired with this dish. Well, meat equals to red wine, I’m not really surprised but I really, really love their Bopis and I promise to come back for this.



The chicken BBQ that was served to us were a bit over cooked and some parts were no longer edible because uhm, they already look and tastes like charcoal.



Organic BBQ Pork Spare ribs. Looks good and tastes even better. I am intrigued on how they made this meat so succulent that it literally melts in your mouth. You can choose between mashed potato or adobo rice for this dish. I suggest that you go for adodo rice! Folie a Deux Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 both worked for chicken BBQ and BBQ spare ribs but I didn’t have the courage to finish a glass because the staff said, their going to serve another wine variant.





Dessert! My favorite part. We were served with a dessert platter and Urban Old Vines 2013 to cap the night off.

Turon trilogy is a local dessert made of thinly sliced bananas and ube then drizzled with Langka Caramel sauce. This definitely is a must-try. 

Creme Brulee. These were steamed not baked and it comes with three different flavors: Banana. Classic, and Durian. Surprisingly, I find the Durian flavor the yummiest because it’s not too sweet.





Here’s a tip from Planet Grapes for wine virgins.
How to drink wine:
SEE. Observe the color of the wine.
SWIRL. expose wine to air; “breathe”
SMELL. identify the different aromas
SIP. taste the flavor of the wine
SPIT/SWALLOW


Sharing with you the names and descriptions of the different wine variants that were served to us:

Sauvignon Blanc
France
Tasting Notes:
Citrus fruits aroma
Fruity and vivid on the palate
Good Lenght
Alc/Vol: 12.5%

Pircas Negras 2013
Malbec
Argentina
Tasting Notes:
Black cherry and plum aromas
Dark fruit flavors
Smoky finish
Alc/Vol: 12.5%

Folie A Deux 2009
Calbernet Sauvignon
California
Tasting Notes:
Red apple and black cherry aromas
Notes of oak and blueberry
Well balanced acidity
Alc/Vol: 14%

Urban Old Vines 2013
Riesling
Germany
Tasting Notes:
Green apple and mild lemon aromas
Ripe apple with notes of apricot and lemon verbena
Semi-sweet and refreshing finish
Alc/Vol: 9.5%


For bookings/inquiries:
Planet Grapes Shangri-La
Unit GD 103 North Wing, 
EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City
(02) 531 8207
Facebook: Planet Grapes
Twitter: PlanetGrapesPH
Instagram: Planet_Grapes


Zomato’s Community Manager, Elaine with fellow blogger/foodie, Carlo
Alaine + Elaine 🙂

Cheers,

Alaine

#SouthParadise Residence Inn & Paradizoo Press Conference on April 18, 2015

For all you busy bees trying to escape the urban stress.


Get out of the Metro and spend your staycation at Residence Inn Tagaytay Hotel and Paradizoo Mobile Home! 


We offer our visitors only the best experience that they deserve.”, COO JB Badon proudly states. With this, allow us tempt you with some of the reasons why you have to choose Residence Inn Tagaytay Hotel and Paradizoo Mobile Home over the same ol’ places that you have been familliar with. Who knows, you might even stay longer than planned.


Residence Inn Tagaytay Hotel
Located at the ever emerging cool city of Tagaytay, Residence Inn is home for a number of different kinds of animals starting from snakes, horses, tigers and many more making it different from all the rest.






More so, try our zipline and cable car which will definitely allow you to appreciate nature more as this overlooks Taal Volcano.


Most of all, Residence Inn Tagaytay Hotel wants you to experience our very own 14 zoo-ish styled, homey and cozy upgraded guestrooms which all overlooks Taal volcano. Compliment your stay as well with our very own Bulalo and many other delicious signature dishes while having long talks with the company you love.



For as low as P3,100, this indeed is a perfect spot for romantic getaway for two, relaxing staycation with your family, or a weekend party with your bestfriends!


Paradizoo Mobile Home


Going for a budget hotel? You might want to try our very own Paradizoo Tagaytay Mobile Home only for P1,500!








Be in your own paradise while watching green picturesque fields together with different kinds of animals at Paradizoo. Feel our ‘Plant Me Home’ experience, interact with different interesting animals like llama, camels, miniature horses, ostriches, greyhounds, labrador retrievers or ride on a cart drawn by an albino Carabao!


Indeed an all-in-one experience for those nature lovers!


Whatever your life celebration will be, choose an all-in-one simple yet relaxing and delightful hotel experience.


Join us this coming April 18, 2015, Saturday for a Press Conference at Residence Inn Tagaytay and know more good news from us! Truly, we want you to experience that one great staycation, all-in-one place!


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Wanna know how to get 50% OFF for your hotel accommodation? Take your adventure and staycation the Zoolit style!


Zoolit card is a set of discount, freebies, buy 1 take 1, souvenir coupons (and many more) made especially for your adventurous side! This card is accepted for all theme parks under Zoomanity Group. One of the many perks in having this is the 50% off to all hotels under Zoomanity Group which are the Zoobic Lodge (Subic), Residence Inn (Tagaytay), and Azotea Suites (Bel-Air, Makati City).


Get all these perks only for P399!


For more information and for those who want to earn more, you may call us at 0916-629-9381 or 09228039980 for orientation.



Sunny Side Up Bazaar

Aside from going to different summer destinations, one of the most exciting activities this time of the year is shopping! 
Last March 30, I was invited to attend a Blogger’s meet-up at Paprika, Bonifacio Global City. The event was organized by Curated Goodness Ph to promote their upcoming Bazaar, Sunny Side Up.

On April 11 and 12,the Rockwell Tent in Makati City will play host to the first
ever Sunny Side Up Bazaar – a weekend dedicated to showcasing the side of Metro Manila that breeds excitement and potential. The two days will feature a powerful collection of merchants offering a wide variety of products and edible treats, a host of interesting workshops, and a screening of the Philippines’ first ever surf film – Archipelago.

Composed of six individuals with expertise in the fields of events, marketing, media, sales, and public relations,Curated Goodness PH was formed with the intention to expose the Metro Manila public to the plethora of unique offerings that local businesses offer.


At the moment, the group is well underway in completing the collection of 80 booths, and the host of workshops that will be present on the weekend of April 11 and 12. So far,merchants range from apparel,footwear, accessories, arts and crafts, and specialty items, to food vendors that provide a wide variety of unique snacks,refreshments,and full meals. On top of the intriguing workshops lined up, a screening of the Philippines’ first ever surf film, Archipelago, will be held in the venue.


Juan Brew, which provides a craft beer brewing kit; Manila Sole, which recycles used tires to create stylish shoes; Current Swell,boasting premium locally-sourced coffee; Fledge Clothing,an expert in stylish men’s clothing and accessories; Lagu, an internationally acclaimed beach-friendly beach-blanket. These are just a few of the intriguing collection of brands that will be present for the Sunny Side Up Bazaar.


These are just two of my favorite items.

locket from Sweet Charms Manila
smores from Apple treat



Check out Curated Goodness’ facebook page for more details.
Facebook.com/curatedgoodnessph




Happy shopping!


Alaine

Woman caught camcording at Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall


Have you guys seen the Fast and the Furious 7?
We watched the Fast and the Furious 7 last night at Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall and someone got furious when my husband, Miguel tried to stop them from using their phones inside the cinema. Note that the female in red was recording the movie (and she admitted it). When we got out of the cinema, they confronted us and started a scene. 




Please stop using your smartphones inside the cinema. People behind you who also paid to see the movie are literally being blinded by your phone’s light and to those who are not aware, camcording is a crime. Read Anti-Camcording Act of 2010 for more details.

Thank you to Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall’s staff for handling the situation.


Migs and Alaine

Rediscover Baguio at Azalea Hotels & Residences

Back in the day summer would not be complete without taking a trip to Baguio for a few days. One can see families and friends enjoy a boat ride at Burnham Park, taking photos at the Botanical Garden, buying souvenirs and brooms at the city market,munching bread or biscuits with the famous ube and strawberry jam, seeing the beautiful view at Mines View Park, horseback riding, sipping hot soup or drinking a cup of hot chocolate in famous restaurants along Session Road, warming themselves up at the fireplace and jogging along the pine trees. Taking a stroll with the cool and sometimes freezing temperature of the city is a great time to bond with loved ones too.

As time passes Baguio has maintained its charm and even became more exciting for holiday goers with the flower festival known as Panabenga every February, adventure and ecological parks, more variety of restaurants,strawberry picking at La Trinidad, Benguet, shopping at a famous mall chain and chatting over coffee at well-known cafes.

So it’s time to rediscover and explore the Summer Capital while staying at AzaleaHotels & Residences Baguio.


Located along Leonard Wood, near Teacher’s camp, Azalea Hotels and Residences Baguio offers cozy and comfortable accommodations with its 99 suites complete with living, dining and kitchen facilities in all suites. Having a party of more than two poses no problem because the hotel is open to multiple occupants in each room without the feeling of being too cramped. 




The hotel goes beyond its rooms with its lobby lounge,playground, business center, WIFI connection, NDD-DDD-IDD, travel concierge,laundry and dry cleaning services, Tradisyon Coffee Shop, bar, spa and massage services, handicap accessibility, and in-room dining.Wanting families and groups to relive and experience Baguio, worry free packages are made available by Azalea Hotels & Residences Baguio. 




The packages include three days and two nights room accommodation, daily buffet breakfast, two lunches or dinners at Tradisyon Coffee Shop, half day countryside tour, three-hour use of a chauffeured air-conditioned van to tour the city, and adventure activities for the whole family or group.

To make the weekends more filling, weekend buffets and special dinners at Tradisyon Coffee Shop, flagship restaurant of the hotel, are offered for locals, tourists and in house guests to delight in. From Friday to Sunday, a buffet brunch is available from 11am to 3 pm. Savor a hot soup and dimsum on Fridays with the Hot Pot Night. Treat family and friends with the Pizza Pasta Buffet every Saturdays. The value for money dinner buffets range from Php 220 per person to Php 395 per person.



Visit Azalea Hotels and Residences Baguio and remember moments and adore Baguio once more.


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For inquiries, please call Hotel Reservations Direct Line at (074) 424 8716 or (074) 424
8166 or Manila Reservations at (02) 450 1151 or (0917) 861 1641 or (0919) 994 4140

*Photos courtesy of Azalea Residences Baguio

Top 5 Reasons Why We Love Subic Bay Travelers Hotel

If you’re planning an R&R at Subic, you may consider booking a room at Subic Bay Travelers Hotel. If you’re wondering why, read on to know our top 5 reasons why we love and recommend this hotel.

photo from Subic Bay Travelers Hotel’s facebook page

1. The staff at Subic Bay Travelers Hotel know what customer service means. We never encountered even a single employee who isn’t carrying a big smile during our stay. We felt like we were VIPs. Their Tip Box tell so much about their service.

2. Subic Bay Traveler’s Hotel is SMOKE-FREE. We hate sheets or curtains that smells funky because of nicotine.

3. They serve good food. We’ve tried almost everything on their breakfast buffet and we left with happy tummies and empty plates. We also love the idea of eating breakfast by the pool side.

4. They are near restaurants and Duty Free shops! You can try out nearby restaurants if you feel like exploring and oh, you can walk from your hotel room towards Royal Duty Free and shop til you drop!
We recommend trying Hot Shots Burgers located right across the hotel.

5. Their rooms are spacious. Who wouldn’t want to stay in a room where you can move freely?

For bookings and inquiries please call (047) 252-1688

Migs and Alaine

Experience the Extreme at Tree Top Adventure

Sick of the same old team buildings which the only result is a protruding belly because of too much alcohol?

Change the way you spend your summer team buildings by trying the first motorized team building facility in the Philippines.

March 21st, Saturday, Tree Top Adventure Subic Bay, held its second press conference with social influencers joined by the local media. The press conference and ribbon cutting was graced by the CEO of Tree Top Adventure, Ms. Camille Montejo.



After the press conference, we were given the privilege to try some of the team building activities. We were surprised to experience how effective the team building facilities are. Results can be measured so it’ll be easier to gauge each team’s performance based on their skill, agility, stamina, patience and of course, team work.

Our group came to Treetop Adventure as 5 complete strangers but came home as good friends. That’s the testimony of how effective this team building facility is.

Here are some of the activities that we tried.

Team Cycling

Team must cycle their way through a computer-generated course, consisting of climbs and drops. A team leader can be assigned to help finish the race, either against time or against another team.


Multi-Line Traverse

Team members must cross the bridges using only the ropes provided the shortest time possible. Strategy is important to ensure everyone gets across.


Team See-Saw

Team members must balance themselves on top of a giant see-saw the shortest time possible. They must figure out the right spacing that would balance the differences in their weights.


Dance Revo 

Team members must complete a certain dance sequence the shortest time possible. Synchronized steps result to a faster time. A team leader can be assigned to ensure the dance moves are done properly.


Tree Top Adventure seeks to promote team work through various activities. Their activities were designed to engage values (ie. patience, coordination, communication, etc.). which can be best exercised in groups comprised of members such as office mates, team mates, orgmates, or even just your barkada.

These activities are presented as packages you can choose from. Both packages are inclusive of facilitators and Team Building kits.

1.) Php 800.00/head     – 8 activities (any combination) 
2.) Php 1,200.00          – 12 activities + meals


List of Activities (12):
Spike Valley, Dance Revo, Team Cycling, Dragonboat, Loop Lift, Team See-saw, Gem Drop, Bar Balancer, Multi-line Traverse, Team lanyard, Centepede Pedal and Team Wall.

Before the day ends, we tried several extreme activities also being offered at Tree Top Adventure.

Superman

If you’re at Tree Top Adventure, you shouldn’t miss trying the first motorized zip line in Asia that can travel back and forth.


Canopy

Take a tour into the woods by riding the canopy.


Silver surfer

Swing with your buddy and take pictures of the forest safely with the Silver surfer


He makes it look really easy


Overcome your fear of heights with this heart stopping Tree drop.

By the end of the year, Tree top adventure will add ten more exciting activities to satisfy your craving for the extreme.

Around the area are also barracks from the old naval base.







There are more than 50 of these around the camp that will be renovated and converted into comfy rooms to accommodate guest.
  



For more details, you may reach us through alainealejandrino@gmail.com.




Enjoy the rest of the week,


Migs and Alaine



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