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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



#AdMe: Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015 on July 26, 2015 at SMX Aura Taguig

Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015 (#AdMe) will be at SMX Aura, Taguig on July 26, 2015 with a theme: Empower, Connect, Inspire & Learn.
Speakers are from international & local scenes who are leaders & influencers. Some of them are as follows;


Dr. Donald Lim is the Chief Digital Officer of ABS CBN. Worked at Inquirer, Yehey.com & the founding officer of Internet Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP). 
Rebecca Bustamante is the President of Chalre Associates. She is considered as the most accomplished woman in Asia because of her struggles to succeed as the Domestic helper who became the CEO of a multinational company. Before becoming a CEO, Rebecca became the Director of Sales from an international cosmetics company in Canada. She’s also the President of Asia CEO Forum & Asia CEO Awards with a series of leadership seminars monthly in the Philippines. 


Mikel Yaw is the Managing Director of Elabram Systems Group (ESG)  with Headquarter in Malaysia & offices in the Philippines, Indonesia & Thailand. ESG main solutions are Network Planning & Optimization, Talent Acquisition & Deployment, Business Process Outsourcing & Knowledge Process Outsourcing. Mikel receives awards from Huawei China for the companies project contributions. Mikel also won different awards in Malaysia & Indonesia as Entrepreneur of the Year. For two years, Mikel participated as one of the speakers at LTE World Summit in Amsterdam & in USA and as a speaker for the upcoming LTE Middle East in Dubai this May 2015. 


Carlos Celdran is the famous tour guide in the Philippines and a brand ambassador of different B2C companies. He is well known for his different advocacy and became more famous when his popular “Damaso” stint at Manila Cathedral was featured in international magazines and newspapers. 


Robert Yupangco is the President of Yupangco Group of Companies; Zoomanity Group (Zoobic Safari, Residence Inn Tagaytay, Paradizoo Cavite, Zoocobia Pampanga, Zoocolate Thrills Bohol), YL Finance, Bel Air Transport, Nanten Restaurant, Misono Japanese Restaurant & Yamaha Music. 


Tanya Llana is currently the Business Strategist and Director of Sales & Marketing of Victoria Court and the General Manager of Hotel La Corona De Lipa. For Victoria Court, Ms. Llana handles targeting new market segments, innovating revenue direction and ensures social media maximisation. Victoria Court’s vision is to be the perfect host and mission is to aim for genuine happiness for everyone, everyday, every stay and in every way. As the General Manager of Hotel La Corona De Lipa, she strives to give her guests crystal clean rooms & amenities, quality food & beverage, and impeccable service. At Hotel La Corona De Lipa, she believes that the customer is King.


Camille Montejo is the CEO of NWSteel Technologies & Tree Top Adventure. Tree Top Adventure provides the only Motorized Team Building Facility in the Philippines & the 1st Motorized Zip Lines in Asia. 


Pocholo De Leon Gonzalez is the CEO of Creative Voices Productions & shared his voice to 1000 projects around the globe with more than 10 radio shows in the Philippines. He is the most popular speaker for 3 consecutive years under Laguna Blogging Summit. Pocholo was the finalist at the recently concluded Asia CEO Awards last year. 


Janette Toral is the CEO of Digital Club Filipino. Her Philippine Blogging Summit which she started 12 years ago with yearly conference is always successful and held at University of the Philippines Malcolm Theater. She is considered as the E Commerce Guru in the Philippines because of her contribution in different Internet & Electronic Bills that were push in the Philippines. 


Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015 (#Adme) is expecting 1000 visitors & up to 30 companies to share their products and services in the expo. #AdMe is presented/organized by TAG Media & Public Relations. 

For more info, please check www.asiadigitalmarketing.ph & for partnership, please contact the organizer at 09166299381 or at grace@asiadigitalmarketing.ph.





See you there!


Migs and Alaine



Creating a Benchmark for Volunteerism and Social Responsibility: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Long before corporate social responsibility and volunteerism became a buzzword for brands and corporations, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has already made it an intrinsic mission and company philosophy. 


It’s a commitment that they took on back in 2008, when they started the Give In To Giving, 12 Cups with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® campaign, an initiative designed to share this mission with its loyal customers. 
“It began by taking something that was relevant to customers at the time—the “planner craze,” if you will— and creating something more meaningful that could be an extension of our commitment as a brand to giving back. What spurred out of this intention was a Commemorative Notebook that became a medium for us, and our patrons, to support advocacies in need and share their blessings. It was and continues to be the only journal that encourages more purposeful action towards ones’ social responsibility,” explained Paolo del Rosario, Vice President for Marketing of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®.


Customers were asked to collect 12 stamps and choose from any of the 12 advocacies and organizations that The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf was supporting. These ranged from women’s groups, to children, animals, the environment, indigenous people or those with disabilities and illnesses. Completing all 12 stamps meant the customer could bring home the commemorative notebook that featured artworks from contemporary Filipino artists and proceeds collected went to each customer’s chosen organization. The original artworks featured in the covers of the Commemorative Notebook were also auctioned and were donated to the charities. 


The entire campaign was such a success that not only was it well received by loyal patrons; it also won numerous awards. 
The following year, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® introduced its follow up with 24 Cups of Goodwill, where proceeds from the campaign were given to its 24 partner organizations. In 2010, for Changing Lives with Every Cup, they shifted their focus on sending scholars to school by partnering with Real Life Foundation and their Adopt-a-Scholar program, where the company was successfully able to send 8 scholars to university. 


In 2012, they continued their efforts with the iBuild campaign, which helped raise sustainable housing solutions for impoverished families. And by 2014, they introduced the Brew Your Best Year campaign, which evolved their efforts into giving back to their loyal patrons by helping them give back to themselves as well. Through this initiative, they hope to help each person in their journey towards becoming the best version of themselves. 
Their efforts through the years prove how a brand can become meaningful in addressing social change. 
“It’s so much more than being well-intentioned; because at the end of the day, taking on social responsibility has to be part of a brand’s DNA,” says del Rosario. 


Is it naïve to expect businesses to take on a responsibility as great as this, the way The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® did? 
Not necessarily. 
Companies today, locally and worldwide, are putting more focus on developing a culture of volunteerism and social responsibility—recognizing how working together can make a real difference in the community, while at the same time opening up opportunities for learning, cooperation and leadership within the organization. 


What makes The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®’s efforts stand out however, is the sincerity that drives their initiatives, where they have managed to uplift the true essence of what it truly means to care. 
Case-in-point, expanding annual efforts to now cover a full year of advocacies. 


Consistently, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® brings people together to participate in various community outreach events. “We place great effort into putting such events together not only for the sole purpose of helping the community, but also to encourage our own Customers and Team Members to spend meaningful time bringing joy to others in an impactful and sincere way,” explains Nella Lomotan, Engagement Marketing for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®.
These pocket initiatives, held monthly, are part of the Caring Cup series. And whether it’s a simple story telling event in a hospital, a physical fitness session with public school students, a tree planting project, an art workshop for children with disabilities, each event is designed to foster the spirit of volunteerism and giving among its participants. 


In fact, last February 14, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® made sure to create an avenue to give love and receive love as they mounted the “Paint the Town Red this Valentines’ event. Volunteers spent the day of love giving love to children with disabilities at AIME home via a t-shirt painting activity with the intent of giving kids something that they will always remember. 




TREE TOP ADVENTURE: THE 1ST MOTORIZED TEAM BUILDING FACILITY IN THE PHILIPPINES

Are you thinking about where to bring your colleagues for your annual team building? Do you want more activities where everyone can take part and enjoy because a team breakfast or team lunch is just too boring?


We dare you to take your team building to the next level at Tree Top Adventure!With a variety of twelve (12) motorized team building activities, one would surely be physically and mentally challenged. 
Tree Top Adventure offers not just the only motorized zip-line in the Philippines but also the 1st motorized team building facility in the Philippines. The team building activities were designed to engage values such as coordination and communication which can be exercised in groups. 
One motorized team building activity is the “Dragon Boat” in which the members must synchronize their strokes to finish the course faster.  One might also try the “Dance Revo” in which the members must complete a certain dance sequence in the shortest time possible. Take note, the group cannot move on to the next step until each member is correct with the sequence. One activity that would surely challenge a group’s teamwork is the “Team Lanyard” in which the members must join hands and cross the rope the shortest time possible. A group will have a hard time crossing if the members do not coordinate well with each other.
Apart from the Dragon Boat, Dance Revo and Team Lanyard, there are nine more motorized team building facilities that Tree Top offers. 





Want  to know more about this? Join us on March 21, 2015 at Tree Top Adventure Subic Branch located at JEST Area Upper Mau, Cubi Point Subic Bay Free Port Zone. 


Contact number: 09166299381
website www.treetopadventureph.com
Facebook reetopadventurecamp
Instagram @tree_top_adventure 
Twitter @TreeTopPH

GLAMP on with the Lifestyle Network!

Last March 3, 2015, I attended the Press Launch of Lifestyle Network’s Glamping.
The event was hosted by Karen Pamintuan with several members of the press and some influential lifestyle bloggers as guests.





Curious about what Glamping is?
Glamping is glamour + camping, the latest phenomenon fit for any city dweller who longs for a country adventure. 





Do you wish to go on camping but too lazy to build your own tent or pack some essentials such as sleeping bag because it’s too bulky? Are you also impatient when it comes to making your own fire?
Well… GLAMPING is perfect for you!





Lifestyle Network partnered with Coleman, a long trusted US brand in outdoor recreational products. I’ve checked out one of their tents and I guarantee you that they offer you nothing but luxurious accommodation that will let you enjoy outdoors in comfort and in style.





ITINERARY
Apr 17, 2015 (Friday)
06:00 AM Meet-up at designated area at Ortigas CBD
06:30 AM Estimated Time of Departure for Zambales
10:30 AM Estimated Time of Arrival, Check-in upon room availability
02:00 PM Standard Check-in Time

SUMMER SIREN FESTIVAL: Rock the waves!

Overnight Zambales

Apr 18, 2015 (Saturday)
Full day of activities at the festival grounds.

SUMMER SIREN FESTIVAL: Heed the call!

Overnight Zambales

Apr 19, 2015 (Sunday)
Half-day of activities at the festival grounds.
12:00 NN Standard Check-out Time
02:00 PM Estimated Time of Departure for Manila
06:00 PM Estimated Time of Arrival at Ortigas CBD

INCLUSIONS
– Roundtrip Transportation (Manila – Zambales – Manila)
– 2 Nights Accommodation in San Narciso (Group Sharing*)
– Summer Siren Festival Pass
– Summer Siren Festival Event Kit (bag, shirt, sticker, other freebies)
– Travel Insurance
– Service of Travel Factor Coordinators

*Accommodations are group sharing by default which means you may share accommodations with other Travel Factor participants. If you wish to request for an exclusive room, please email tours@travelfactor.org after registering. Additional charges, specially for twin sharing requests, may apply.

*For camping packages, only the camping pass is included. Please bring your own tent. 

NOT INCLUDED:
– Meals



Book your reservations and be the first to experience Lifestyle Network’s beach Glamping event at the Summer Siren Festival!


Check out Travel Factor’s website for more details.




See you at the beach!

Alaine


MTRCB launches new infomercial

A new infomercial was launched last 23 February 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in celebration of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board’s 30th Anniversary.
The informercial was Directed by no other than Jose Javier “Joey” Reyes and conceptualized by Mr. Erlito “Lilit” Reyes. 
The infomercial features real-life partners, Ryan and Judy Ann Agoncillo in a typical morning situation at home where their child picks up a line from a show and asks her parents what it means. A great reminder that parents are primarily responsible with regard to the shows that they let their children watch.






The informercial aims to challenge not only parents but adults to be aware of the media content our children are exposed to. It also serves as a reminder that we should be mindful of  MTRCB’s classification ratings. 


Details of the infomercial were carefully discussed by Director Joey Reyes, Ryan and Judy Ann Agoncillo, Lilit Reyes and MTRCB Board Members Bibeth Orteza and Manet Dayrit, the latter being Co-Chairpersons of the Infomercial Committee.  





The launch was culminated by the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the TV Networks and theater operators to ensure showing of the infomercial and to continuously empower the general public towards discerning viewership and thus, among other objectives, inform parents as to the media and entertainment their children may see.  


The infomercial will be aired in all television networks and theaters nationwide starting 25 February 2015.

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