Sunday, December 22, 2013

Famous Belgian Waffles is now in CDO

22 December 2013

A walk in LKK has a new breeze. Its the smell of sweet smelling dough and filling.

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That's what I noticed when I passed by East Concourse. A huge crowd gathered to have the taste of Famous Belgian Waffles.

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Yes! mga higala! Its now in CDO. Opened last Dec. 20, 2013 but still the crowd it gathered is like opening day.

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Don't forget to drop by at the Famous Belgian Waffle in East Concourse LKK (thats the Mercury Drug lane). they have sweet, fruity and savory fillings for that yummy waffles.




Photo herein is captured using
Sony Cybershot W-80 in
Limketkai Mall East Concourse
LKK drive, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Philippines
last 22nd of December 2013


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Kataste: Cagayan de Oro's Taste

Intro:

This is my first event thru CDO Bloggers Inc. After many times of wishing and praying that I'll be part of the group and to be in their events at last! finally I attended one. Thank you so much CDO Bloggers Inc. for making me part of the family.

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20 December 2013
Domingos' Eatery
14th-21st Streets, Nazareth, CDO

Reynold Domingo, the creator of Kataste started his humble beginnings as a chef for a white water rafting company, from then on he started creating yummy sauces that propelled "Pizza de Oro" and "Capt. Richie's Back Ribs" into CDO's yummiest.

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Sir Reynold shares the history of Kataste

Kataste (ka-tas-te) coined its name from "KAgayanon's TASTE". Its a ready-to-eat Oyster Sauce (RTE as a ketchup) not only good for cooking but also for dipping. A very first of its kind.

To demonstrate its yummyness, Sir Reynold treats us with a feasty lunch. He served:

Fried Chicken

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Lumpiang Shanghai

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and Pork Bar-b-que

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It really good! Its cheaper than Steak sauce or BBQ Sauce. Since its ready to eat, it can be used as dipping or basting. Fried, broiled, roasted are just a few of its perfect match.

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Kataste comes in two flavors: Original and Hot. Original Variant named as "Oyster Meat Sauce" comes in a 280mL bottle with 65 Peso price tag and Hot Variant named as "Oyster Hot Sauce" comes in a 200mL bottle with 58 Peso price tag.

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To know more about Kataste, visit and like their Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Katast%C3%A8-The-1st-Oyster-Meat-Sauce/617430861655163

For orders, visit their display counter at Domingo's Eatery in 14th-21st streets, Nazareth (near Lourdes College Grade School gate) or txt/call them at 0915-4430-588.




Photo herein is captured using
Samsung GT-S3653W in
Domingo's Eatery
14-21, Brgy. Nazareth, Cagayan de Oro City
Misamis Oriental, Philippines
last 20th of December 2013


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Friday, December 13, 2013

New Stores.New Branches.


For this week, I seen new stores opened its doors, others have new branches:

Robinsons Supermarket opened in Limketkai South Concourse (formerly Plaza Fair) last Nov. 29, 2013,

Cecil's Bakeshop opened in Divisoria (Neri-Pabayo) last Dec 7, 2013,

Ana's Kitchen Softly Opened last Dec 8, 2013.

Robinsons Department Store opened last Dec 12, 2013 in Limketkai South Concourse-Rotunda (formerly Plaza Fair)

Today! Dec 13, 2013 is the opening of Puregold Lapasan (formerly Ororama Mega), Puregold's first in CDO.

who else opened recently? Pictures to come mga higala.






Saturday, December 07, 2013

Mercato de Oro Opens in Centrio

Manila's premier "Mercatro Central" now has a sister here in Cagayan de Oro and Its named Mercato de Oro and its opening today 07th of December 2013.

source = https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=469838203052657&set=a.194472977255849.23268.145475115488969&type=1&theater

CDO was known for having a "Divisoria Night Market". When a new mayor came to Office, it was closed down and NOW the it will have a better alternative. Mercato de Oro opens every Friday 4PM until 3AM the next day and on Saturdays 7AM to 2PM. This will be located in Centrio Mall's Garden Area.

CDO's 2nd Krispy Kreme is in Centrio

Krispy Kreme Philippines 2nd store in Cagayan de Oro Opens today - 07 December 2013 - and the first 100 person in line gets a Iced Coffee.

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Last 15 November 2013, Krispy Kreme's First CDO store opened in Rosario Crescent, Limketkai.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Cebu Pacific Air RP-C3275

Cebu Pacific Air
RP-C3275

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Airline: Cebu Pacific Air
Aircraft: Airbus A320-214(WL)
Registration #: RP-C7255
Serial # / Construction #: MSN 5687
First Flight: 02-07-2013
Test Registration: F-WWDJ
Delivery Date: 22-07-2013

Configuration:
First Class Seats (F) : none
Business Class Seats (C): none
Economy Class Seats (Y): 179

Location:
Laguindingan International Airport (IATA = CGY; ICAO = RPMY)
Moog, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental

Remarks:
Turnaround

Camera:
Sony Cybershot W-80

Photo Date and Time:
30 November 2013 12:42pm (GMT +8)

Information Source:
http://www.planespotters.net/Production_List/Airbus/A320/5687,RP-C3275-CEBU-Pacific-Air.php

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Tenda Launches Three New Routers In The Philippines

TENDA,a new kid on the block in the wireless distribution system in the Philippines, is set to impress the consumers with its easy-to-install units and reliable data connection of up to300 Mbps. The company introduces three new exciting models in the Philippine market-the W3002R, W309R+ and FH303.

According to Charlie Jiang, company sales manager for the Philippines, TENDA is set to win the competition against other wireless solution brands in the market.

"TENDA's edge against the other routers are, it is easy to set up or install and its parts are made by Broadcom chipset company (famous WIFI chipset maker in the world)," Jiang said.

Tenda W3002R

TENDA-W3002R has detachable antennas that use the universal repeater technology which allows wider area coverage, better performance and enhanced compatibility. Security issues have also been resolved with the W3002 as it offers multi-level encryption options to prevent unauthorized access to safeguard important data. “W3002R is the advanced 300Mbps router with new nice design, high power router, its coverage is two times wider than the normal 300Mbps router,” Jiang said.

Tenda FH303

FH303, on the other hand, resolves dead spot troubles at home and in the office that slows down fun and work. As TENDA is committed to customer satisfaction, the FH303 is made to deliver quality internet connectivity with a push of a button. “FH303 is also a high power router with a button on the rear side ,that can adjust the router 's performance mode to be normal signal or high signal mode,: Jiang explained.

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About TENDA
Founded in 1999, Tenda Technology is the recognized leading supplier of networking devices and equipments for consumer, SOHO and small business users. Tenda has committed to delivering easy-to-install and affordable networking solutions for its customers, offering innovative, award-winning products that enhance people's lives and productivity.Our product lines include WiFi devices, ADSL CPEs, Ethernet switches, mobile broadband(3/3.5/3.75G) devices and wired routers.

Based in Shenzhen, China, where our ISO9001:2000 certified facilities, plus ten automated SMT lines and assembly lines, produce 80,000 units of CE- and FCC-marked items per day.

Since 2007, Tenda has started launching its global branding efforts. Until now, through our worldwide distribution channels, Tenda distributes products to more than 100 countries around the world. In 2009, our total revenue was recorded at 151Million USD. In which, revenue from overseas was 41Million USD, accounting for 27%, up from 19Million in 2007 and 28Million in 2008.

About Belexis
Belexis Concepts Inc.began operations in February 2010 as an IT distribution company for Acer products. A sister company of Banbros Commercial, Inc., Belexis quickly established itself as a leading distributor of eMachines and Acer Commercial products nationwide.

 Its network of dealers, corporate resellers and retailers serves as the core distribution channel nationwide. It aims to be the leader in the distribution of IT products and is committed to maintain a dominant position in the market. Beginning 3rd quarter 2010, Belexis began offering Gateway products as it expands its product line to serve the different markets.  Edifier speakers were added to its line in October, 2010.

In November 2010, Belexis became a distributor of Imation and its brands, TDK, Memorex, XtremeMac to forge into the CE market.  It continues to seek an array of IT & CE products to serve its growing market.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

4th and last leg of the PROJECT: DINE, SHARE & DONATE in Sumo Sam Centrio

JCI Las Pinas and JCI Kagayhaan Gold together with Sumo Sam Centrio will be having their PROJECT: DINE, SHARE & DONATE for the benefit of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)  Survivors in the Visayas Regions.

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Mr. Miguel Dela Rosa, Marketing Director of Sumo Sam said "In behalf of our Restaurant SumoSam Cagayan De Oro located in Centrio Mall, JCI Las Pinas and JCI Kagayhaan Gold, I'm inviting everyone to join us for the 4th and last leg of the PROJECT: DINE, SHARE & DONATE on November 21, 2013 (Thursday), 2pm to 5pm, bring your family and friends. Enjoy Japanese dishes and be a blessing to the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda through our JCI Oplan Kaagapay. Thank you in advance and God bless. Please share to your family and friends" 

This is a come one-come all event for every one who want to enjoy best Japanese Food and at the same time helping those in need to recover. So save the date November 21, that's Thursday at 2 to 5pm. Hope to see you there. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Vitamilk Soymilk: Fills Good, Nourishes Even Better

Vitamilk Soymilk: Fills Good, Nourishes Even Better

Today’s fast-paced lifestyle has many of us scrambling to nourish our bodies with filling but healthy food that not only loads up our stomachs, but also our nutritional needs. However, the demands of the digital age has us opting more for fast food and disregarding the health consequences such as weight gain, vitamin deficiencies, and chronic illness.


Aside from the food we eat, our go-to drinks also contribute to our health woes. High sugar content and empty calories add up even more to our already unhealthy meals.

The good news is, there is a drink now out in the market that not only fills good and tastes great, it’s healthy too. Vitamilk soy milk is made from natural soy beans that are not only non-GMO, they are also inherently packed with protein and energy-giving minerals such as potassium, phosphorous, calcium, and even the B-vitamins.


Taken alone or with a meal, Vitamilk is the perfect substitute for drinks that only fill you up but do not provide nourishment for the body. Available in convenience stores and supermarkets nationwide, you can choose from 300ml bottles to be consumed at home or with your meals, or in 250ml Tetra Pak boxes as baon for kids and even busy employees who care about their health.

Enjoy all the benefits of nature’s perfect protein in one convenient gulp, and in three delicious variants. The Regular is perfect for soy milk aficionados, Choco Shake for the chocoholics – your dessert and your drink in one, and Energy for on-the-go men and women who need an extra boost.



So go ahead, indulge in a refreshment that fills so good, tastes great, and nourishes even better than ordinary drinks. Get your Vitamilk fix today.

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About Vitamilk



Vitamilk is the number one soy milk brand in the market, made from all-natural, non-GMO soybeans. It is available in three flavors, Regular, Choco Shake, and Energy, as well as in 300ml bottles and 250ml Tetra Paks. Vitamilk provides all the health benefits of soy, such as reduced heart disease risk, bone strength, and enhanced bodily functions in one convenient drink.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Don’t let scrapes and cuts spoil your child’s adventures!

Let’s face it: children are always quick, excited, and full of energy. They run, jump, and play whenever and wherever they want. Be it in the mall, school, park or the comforts of their own home, children are prone to cuts, scrapes, bruises, and other injuries that will surely make Mom worry.


These little hiccups in a growing child’s life can’t be totally eliminated. But – they can definitely be minimized. Here are some helpful tips to make sure children are safe from harm and accidents wherever they are:

1. Keep dangerous items like knives, cutters, scissors, nails and poisonous stuff locked and far away from young kids’ reach.

2. Make sure you keep tabs of your child when he or she is having fun in the playground. Check out the surface that they’re playing on, as they may have sharp parts or protrusions.

3. Make your child wear sturdy and slip-free shoes. Dressing them in pants or overalls may be a good thing to prevent scrapes when they fall.

4. Make your child wear safety gear like a helmet or knee pads when they’re biking, skating or participating in rugged sports.

5. Put up safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs if you still have toddlers.

6. Keep a first aid kit handy. Make sure they contain povidone, sterile bandages, cotton and dependable tape bandages that your kids will like.

Nexcare™ Bandages has a range of products that make sure your children are safe and protected when they suffer the scrapes and wounds that are part of growing up. Kids will love the cool designs ranging from Disney Princesses, Nemo and Cars. Not only do they protect booboos well, kids will love showing them off to playmates like a badge of honor.

Nexcare™  also has Active Strips Flexible Foam Bandages, Steri-Strip Skin Closure, Gentle Paper First Aid Tape, and Soft n’ Flex Bandages that are both child- and adult-friendly products, good for caring for bruises and cuts.

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Nexcare™ products are available in major Mercury drug stores. For more Nexcare™  information and quality first aid tips, please visit www.3m.com.ph.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Three Grand Openings

Lim Ket Kai Center will host Three Grand Openings just for this week! It a must to look out for as final preparations are into full speed.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will open on November 15, 2013 at 8 am in Rosario Strip.

photo taken from Limketkai's Facebook page

Also on November 15, McDonalds Limketkai will re-open its doors after their renovation. Locals said to me that this was the first McDonalds store here in CDO and this was the first major renovation.

Good thing Krispy Kreme and McDonalds are on the same block and same street so its just hitting 2 stores in one date.

Finally, Shopwise CDO will open this November 16 at 9am at the 2nd floor of East Annex Bldg. of LKK Mall (thats near DFA and Pasalubong Center)

Photo taken from Limketkai's Facebook page

At last! the long wait is over for these stores. Happy shopping and dinning mga higala!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

ITADAKIMASU! A Japanese Culinary Demo with Chef Audrey Ramos

21 September 2013
The Loop Business Hub
Lim Ket Kai Center
Cagayan de Oro City


Today was my first ever event here in Cagayan de Oro. I got this news in Facebook inviting everyone to a culinary demo. After confirming that this is a "open to all" event, I counted myself in.

Meals in Japan traditionally begin with the phrase itadakimasu (いただきます?) (literally, "I humbly receive"). The phrase is similar to "bon appétit", or saying grace to give thanks before a meal.

This event is a Japanese cooking demo Chef Audrey Ramos. Presented by The Loop, the newest condo tower in Cagayan de Oro developed by Vista Residences. Chef Audrey Ramos is a full time instructor of Culinary Institute of Cagayan de Oro (CIC).

Chef Audrey Ramos

She demonstrated some of my favorite Japanese dishes:

Philly Salmon Roll in both Outside out and Inside Out;

Philly Salmon Roll (Outside out / Nori Outside)

Philly Salmon Roll (Inside Out / Nori Inside)

then she cooked Seafood Tempura with Teriyaki Sauce. I liked her presentation, she put it on skewers, pretty clever ey!;

Seafood Tempura

lastly she cooked Yakitori.

Yakitori




Photo herein is captured using
Samsung Edge GT-S3653W in
The Loop Business Hub
Lim Ket Kai Center
Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Philippines
last 21st of September 2013


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Monday, August 19, 2013

Get your juice and smoothie fix with nature’s nut

Health authorities recommend a daily intake of 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables everyday. But the truth is, most of us fall short in fulfilling this requirement because at most, we only consume about 2-3 servings per day.


This is why juicing became an instantaneous health trend, as it allows the body to get the right concentration of fruits and veggies targeted in a day. With the wide variety of fruits and veggies available, there is no reason for one drink to be bland and boring. More so, additional ingredients such as coconut water can actually boost the health properties of your juice. It provides extra hydration due to its excellent natural source of potassium and electrolytes, plus it has anti-oxidant qualities.

For a quick burst of morning energy, or just a light drink for your afternoon snack, here are juice recipes containing the water from the nature’s nut as your liquid ingredient.



To jumpstart your morning stamina, let a healthy beverage set out your day with these simple juice recipes.

Green Breakfast of Champions
1 cup frozen peaches, mangoes, or pineapples
½ cup berries
1 handful of kale or spinach
½ cup coconut water

A light snack, or just merely to ensure you’re getting your daily fruit and veggie fix, try this sweet and delicious juice.

Strawberry, Pear, and Coconut Water Juice
3 cups fresh strawberries without stems
1 pear, cored and seeded
¼ lime
1 inch ginger
½ cup coconut water

To replenish your lost electrolytes after a long day turn to the power ingredient that is coconut water and blend with your veggies. Kale is known for its cancer-fighting nutrients too.

Garden Green Coco Smoothie
½ cup coconut water
1 handful of kale
1 handful spinach
½ banana

For a convenient way to get your coconut water, Tropicana Coco Quench serves as best alternative for it keeps the natural goodness and freshness of coconut water with its Tetra Pak packaging. Tropicana Coco Quench has up to 8-month shelf life and is widely available in all leading convenience stores and supermarkets in 330ml and 1L packs.

Now we know that while juicing has been widely popular with its cleansing and weight loss properties, there is more to it than just trimming down your waistline. However, note that juicing cannot replace your regular meals, as only a balanced diet is the way to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

For more information about Tropicana Coco Quench,follow www.facebook.com/TropicanaCocoQuench and @CocoquenchPH on Twitter

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Murang Lipad offers travel assistance to passengers affected by flight cancellations

Here’s great news for travelers! Murang Lipad, a division of Triplestar Travel & Tours, announced that it is offering flight reservation assistance to passengers affected by flight cancellations. It services ticket reservation of all major carriers in the Philippines, particularly Tiger Air, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Air Asia and Jetstar.


To avail of specialized travel assistance, passengers may call the reservations hotline at 849-0100. They may also call Murang Lipad for free by visiting www.muranglipad.com and clicking the WebTalk Button. Office hours are extended from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily to accommodate travel needs of affected passengers.

Triplestar has 11 ticketing offices nationwide, particularly in Makati, Manila Domestic Airport, Quezon City, SM Clark, Cebu City, Cebu International Airport, Davao City, Davao International Airport, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban and Bacolod. All are strategically located to cater to passengers’ immediate travel requirements.

For more information about Murang Lipad, please like their Facebook page at http://facebook.com/muranglipad and follow their Twitter http://twitter.com/muranglipad for more updates.

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About Murang Lipad

Murang Lipad, a division of Triplestar Travel and Tours Inc., is a one-stop portal offering assistance in product and service comparison of the best travel deals. It aims to offer expert travel advice to consumers about airline tickets, hotel accommodations, and travel and tour packages.

Originally known as Leisure Escape Packages (LEP), a division of South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) that provided ancillary travel services to clients, LEP spun off in January 2009 as a full-service travel agency under the name of Triplestar Travel and Tours, Inc. In 2010, it was appointed as the General Sales Agent of Tiger Airways in the Philippines.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

T.G.I.Friday’s offers brand new items on their menu

Combine scrumptious American food served in generous portions and an interior that is both hip and comfortably inviting and you get T.G.I.Friday’s.

From salads to starters to steaks and everything in between,this Dallas-based restaurant has served Filipino patrons with its all-American dishes ever since the famed Bistro Group brought it to the country in 1994. From then on, T.G.I.Friday’s has become the go-to hangout spot for barkadas, a staple weekend meal destination of families and a favorite venue for just about any celebration.

TGI Friday - Pretzels and Cheese Sauce
Pretzels and Cheese Sauce

And with the goal to make your every visit feel like a Friday, your favorite American casual dining place is now giving you more reasons to stay and hang-out with up to 11 new items on their menu.

If it’s chicken you’re looking for, the famous Buffalo Wings now has new variants, with the sweet and tangy Honey Barbeque Wings and the savoury Garlic Parmesan Wings.You can also enjoy the classic wings a top a bed of pasta in blue cheese sauce with the Buffalo Chicken Pasta,a dish made of golden fried chicken coated with the familiar buffalo sauce on top of—it’s the perfect excuse to carbo-load.

TGI Friday - Fish Taco Red
Fish Taco Red

Bring out the mariachi band as you feast on Mexican favourites served with T.G.I.Friday’s twist. Start with the Chipotle Yucatan Chicken Salad, a bowl of grilled chicken, mixed greens, cheese, tomato, red onions.

TGI Fridays - Chipotle Yucatan Chicken Salad
Chipotle Yucatan Chicken Salad

Mexican staples are a must-try, so go for the Friday’s Tostada Nachos and Tortilla Crusted Fish Tacos. And if you want things hot and cheesy, the new Texmex Mac & Cheese is a heaping serving of comfort.

TGI Friday Tostado Nachos
Tostado Nachos

An American restaurant is nothing without its array of burgers. So to boost an already all-star menu of burger heaven, Friday’s is adding up two new players. Spicy Beer Queso Burger promises nothing but fun and excitement with beer-cheese sauce, jalapeno, chipotle mayo, lettuce, tomato and guacamole. Meanwhile,the Two Bleu Burger is especially made for blue cheese aficionados, with bleu cheese, and more bleu cheese. Oh, and it has bacon too!

And to round off our gastronomic journey, take a bit from three new cakes to cater to your sweet tooth: Caramel Cheesecake, Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake, and Red Velvet.

Head out to the nearest T.G.I.Friday’s branch now and try these new items yourself. For more information, like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/welovefridays and follow @fridaysphil on Twitter and Instagram. You can also sign up at http://www.bistro.com.ph/ and be one of the firsts to receive offers and promos.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Enjoy Philippines launches 2013 Mid-Year Book – its biggest ever!

Enjoy, Philippines – the largest provider of discounts and coupons in the Philippines – scored another coup as it launched its Mid Year Edition 2013 with 30 new premium partners, more gifts, more discounts and VIP privileges at the Rue Bourbon on July 18.


Now over 300 prime establishments from Manila, Boracay, Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro are accessible to card holders. And all can be availed of by using the card or the Enjoy VIP ph app that have made it ever easier for Enjoy Philippines members to enjoy leisure moments, enjoy the best products and services and save money at the same time.

The Mid Year edition takes the discount and privilege card to a whole new level as this edition is loaded with over 15 Buy 1-Get 1 offers, and an additional PhP 50,000 worth of gifts, discounts and VIP privileges that can be activated on smartphones via an app update.


The highly popular loyalty and privilege cardstill comes in a slick kit that contains a card and a colorful coupon book that opens the door to enjoyable shopping, fine and fun dining, bars, health and beauty shops, language schools, photography studios, adventure trips, hotels and resorts, walking tours, and car parts and services – all at prestigious establishments.

Members have the option to use just the card, transact with the coupons or use the Enjoy Philippines app. The Enjoy Philippines app can be downloaded via the iOS appstore or Android appstore.

Besides buying the Enjoy Philippines car and coupon kit directly, there are other ways to become an Enjoy Philippines member now. One can purchase a Globe Tattoo Lifestyle Stick or subscribe to Globe Tattoo Postpaid Plan to receive a special edition Globe Tattoo-Enjoy card with 10 Buy 1-Get 1 coupons to select premiere partner merchants.

One can also purchase a Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2 or Mega from authorized Samsung distributors or Philippine telco partners, download Enjoy VIP PH from Google Play or Samsung apps and register as a new user.



Enjoy Philippines members have found that the total savings they get from purchasing an Enjoy Philippines kit amounts to around PhP 300,000. Members are informed of updates and new partners from time to time.

Enjoy Philippines cards cost only PhP1995 and the privileges last for a year. Members get discounts from the over 300 partners nationwide.time.

For more information, go to enjoythebest.com.ph. Or call (02) 750-9258 and (0917) 82ENJOY.

Friday, June 28, 2013

T.G.I. Friday’s offers Fourth of July Promo

Fourth of July is not just about freedom and independence, it is the mother of all things American. It has seeped through pop culture—inspiring music, literature, films and even food—making July 4 more than just a date, an anniversary, a celebration; it has become a way of life that most Americans live by.

We may be an ocean apart from the US of A, but who says we cannot live the American dream within our own Pinoy fences? Let us not forget that for us, July 4 is also Filipino-American Friendship Day. Why not commemorate it in true-blue American fashion and celebrate it at one of America’s gift to mankind: T.G.I. Friday’s. First established in New York in 1971, and was first brought in the Philippines in 1994 by the acclaimed Bistro Group of restaurants, T.G.I. Friday’s has become an authority in quality American casual dining.



And because Fourth of July is all about celebrating, we will give you another reason to boost your celebratory mood. Everyone’s favorite Chicken Fingers, with its good old juicy glory, will be available at 50% off as a Fourth of July treat. Now who needs fireworks, when you can have a party in your mouth at only PhP148?


TGI Fridays is located in Centrio Mall

Friday, June 21, 2013

Tame the mid-year madness with Nestea RTD

June is a time of transitions in the Philippines. It signals the end of summer and the start of the school year. It’s the month when we declared our independence from colonial rule. It is the halfway point to a year that was hopefully good and is just about to get better.

So how to cope with this high-stress period of mid-year, when everything – from school starting to mid-year office reviews to higher-volume traffic turns your comfortable home ground into a battleground?


Start by taking the year not as halfway done, but halfway there. With this glass half-full perspective, it’s a great time to create new habits and start refreshed – after all, there’s six more months to go before we start anew.

Take time to relax. If you took the first half of the year at breakneck speed, accumulating leaves and not taking any sick days, then you’ve banked enough goodwill to take a break. School just starting? Read ahead and be ready. Don’t stress out just as the year begins. There will be plenty of time to do that between now and exam time.

Get off the beaten path. Bored with the same old day-in-, day-out monotony? Get ready to break out and do small things to spice things up. Change your route going to work or school, find a new hangout to unwind, even learn a new song for the monthly videoke session. 

Find a new routine. After breaking all the old rules, it’s time to find a relaxing routine based on all the new things you have discovered. All of us find comfort in the tried and tested, especially when the bring back old memories. Just like the relaunch of Nestea Ready To Drink, bringing with it the classic goodness of iced tea in a convenient 500ml bottle, but now in exciting flavors of Lemon, Apple and Lemon Ice.



Now you’re ready to take the plunge into the rest of the year, and here’s hoping you have enough exciting memories to bottle up and take with you anytime, anywhere, just like Nestea RTD, plunge anywhere.

Going to CDO by plane - via Laguindingan International Airport

Laguindingan Airport got its name from it it host town -Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental. If my memory servers me right, new airports are made to serve two or more major cities/towns like the Bacolod-Silay; the future Panglao Airport (which will serve both Bohol and Panglao Islands; and this one -Laguindingan Airport which will serve both cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan (Lanao del Norte). Sadly, since this airport is about more or less 50 kilometers from CDO and/or Iligan, going to the said airport is now - as of this writing - a big question. Here's what I gathered so far.

Flights:

As of now, Laguindingan Airport have no facilities to night flights thus all flights to and from here are from 6am to 6pm only. Cagayan de Oro (CDO in laymans term; CGY in airport code) flights are as follows (as of 21 June 2013 and this will change without prior notice, visit your airline website for more accurate details on their flights)

Cebu Pacific Air have : 7 flights from Manila plus 5 flights from Cebu plus 1 each from Bacolod, Davao, Iloilo and Zamboanga, for a total of 32 flights.

Philippine Airlines (operated by PAL Express) have: 5 flights from Manila plus 2 from Cebu plus 1 from Davao, a total of 16 flights.


AirAsia (operated by ZestAir) have a total of 6 to and from Manila.

Shuttles and Taxis:

The airport is situated near the sea and nearly a kilometer from the highway. Many are skeptical to ride a taxi due to its expensive fare due to distance of about 50Km or about an hour ride. Good thing Shuttle Services are now growing in numbers. here's some of the options: (info taken from Laguindingan Airport Facebook page http://preview.tinyurl.com/k829dcx)

  • MAGNUM EXPRESS
Magnum express is a passenger van provided by Magnum Radio.

Terminal:

They are stationed outside Magnum Radio in CM Recto. For passengers bound for Cagayan de Oro, their vans are stationed outside the airport’s arrival area.

Schedule:

Their first trip bound for Laguindingan Airport leaves at 4 am and the last trip at 3 pm. There is a van that leaves every hour in between. For CDO bound, just take their vans parked outside the arrival area.

Fare:

Their regular rate is P249 per head. Right now, they are offering a promo rate of P199.

Baggage Consideration:

They allow passengers to bring one hand carry baggage and one extra luggage with no weight restriction. However, if a passenger has balikbayan boxes, there is an extra charge equivalent to one person.

Contact Number:

For inquiries, Magnum Express telephone number is 852-1999(this is not a MNL number).
  • LAX SHUTTLE
LAX Shuttle is another good option. It sounds like you are in Los Angeles Airport but actually LAX here stands for Laguindingan Airport Express.

Terminal:

Their pick-up and drop-off point is located outside SEDA Hotel, Corrales Avenue near the entrance of Centrio Mall. For CDO bound passengers, they have a booth outside Laguindingan Airport arrival area.

Schedule:

LAX does not have a fixed schedule yet. Passengers should do the arrangement. You may text or call them through the numbers indicated below. The great thing about LAX is that even if there is only one passenger, they take him or her to the airport as scheduled with no extra charge.

Fare:

Their introductory rate is 199. LAX regular fare is 249.

Baggage Consideration:

Passengers are allowed to bring one hand carry and one check-in baggage that does not exceed 40×28 inches in size. There is no weight limit.

Contact Number:

You may look for Angel at 09177000925/09177943131/09228732639.
  • CAGATRANSCO RENT A VAN/CAR
This is good for those who travel in a group since you have to rent the entire car or van. If you travel alone, we suggest that you join a group.

Terminal

Actually, it is not a terminal but a pick-up and drop off point. They are located at Limketkai Center, near DFA and at the Rural Transit Bus Terminal in Agora. Look for their dispatchers in white polo uniform with the logo of CAGATRANSCO. For CDO bound, their booth is located just outside the airport’s arrival area.

Schedule

Since they are for rent, passengers have to contact the number indicated below for arrangements.

Fare

Their van would range from 1,500 pesos to 1,800 pesos while their car is 1,000 to 1,200. Vans can accommodate as much as 18 passengers while their cars can accommodate a maximum of 5.

Baggage Consideration

They have not provided any specifications regarding this matter. Their drivers are trained to assess the baggage if they could accommodate them or not. What is definitely not allowed are those that have strange odors.

Contact Number:

Look for Chit Claro at 09177925282 or 09165509688.
  • SUPER 5 AIRCON BUS AND AIRPORT SHUTTLE
If you still have enough time then go to Bulua Bus Terminal and take Super 5 Aircon Bus. Why Super 5? They offer the convenience of transferring you to their Super 5 airport shuttle.

Terminal

Take the Super 5 Aircon Bus at West Bound Terminal in Bulua. Then they will disembark you Laguindingan Highway. It is actually a junction where the Super 5 Airport Shuttles are parked. From the highway, the shuttles will take passengers to Laguindingan Airport. You could also take Rural Transit Buses. However, Super 5 operated airport shuttles prioritize their own bus passengers.

Fare

Prepare 85 pesos for the aircon bus and additional 50 pesos for the airport shuttle.

Baggage Consideration

There are no baggage restrictions.

Contact Number

You may call or text them at 09177042564 and look for Etta Duhaylungsod.

For sure this will be amended as time goes and I'll just blog about it when it came. As for me, I guess I'll use the LAX Shuttle and / or Super 5. Its close to my destination and as an immigrant, I know Gaisano-Centrio area better than other areas/routes.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Winning the Brewing Escapades of Bo's Coffee Club

Last May 10, 2013, I joined a contest from Bo's Coffee Club's Facebook site.

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The rule is simple: just share your Bo's Coffee Club experience in less than 150 words. So my sharing goes like this:

"26 Aug 2009 was the first time i went to Cagayan de Oro to meet my GF's family. the next day was our first ever formal date, after which, we strolled in LKK. after a few minutes, her father texted her and he want us to meet them in Bo's Coffee in Rosario Strip. It was my first time to go to a coffee shop. From then on, every time i visit CDO (w/c is 2x a year)I always go to that same place to reminisce my life's many first. Thank You Bo's Coffee Club for being my accomplice"

But here's the Complete Sharing/Story.

26 Aug 2009 was my first time to go to Cagayan de Oro. It was my first time to Meet her family and also my first to go to Mindanao. The next day, we post celebrated our first year anniversary as BF/GF, it was our first formal date. After dinner, we strolled at the Lim Ket Kai Mall (LKK) after a few minutes, her father texted her inviting us for coffee at the Bo's Coffee Club's Rosario Strip. I was shy and puzzled upon entering the coffee shop. It was my first time to go to such place. Flashbacks of movie scenes where customer recite their orders in a fast fluid manner. Unlike me, who is clueless of what to say. "I think its better for you to order" I said to GF. "Just order what you want" she answered. So I just read whats on the board: the coffee I always dreamed of having - Cappuccino. The clerk asked a few questions and I got the hot big mug. As for GF, she had a hot choco, as for her parents and her sister those frappes which I can't recall. Her sister took this photo for us.

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After this meet-the-parents' date, we all headed home. The next day, and the next day thereafter after bringing her to work or before getting her after work, I still go to that place to reminisce my life's many first.

May 15 was the deadline and I submitted my entry few minutes before deadline. Judging was on May 20. I thought I'll never win for my entry is abit unorganized and further more, I never got an email or PM from them. But still I'm curious who won and whats their story. So I visited their Facebook page and found this:

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Praise God! I won!!!

June 4, I went to Bo's Coffee Club's SM Megamall Branch to pick-up my prizes.

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Thank you Bo's Coffee Club for choosing my entry. After 4+ years I finally have an Bo's Coffee Club Mug. I dreamed of having it but I dont want to buy it. I wanted it as a gift or like this winning it. Sadly the autograph of Mr. Steve Benitez washed out from the dishwashing :( but stil I have a mug! YES! as for the GC, I promised we'll use it as a double date: me & GF and her parents to thank them for inviting us on that first coffee date. If that coffee date did not happened, i'll never have this sharing and this prizes. Daghan salama pud GF's parents!

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Tips to fuel your body for fast recovery after workout

These days, people have become more conscious with fitness. Gyms are always populated, and some households even have their own exercise machines. Religiously, gym buffs would lift tons of weights and some would allot a specific time frame to fulfill their daily appointment with the stationary bike or treadmill, to build muscles. But despite the routine, most workoutholics are not really fully aware of how muscles grow.

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They say no pain, no gain, and this is true with muscles as well. Our muscles become sore after workouts because they have incurred microscopic tears while they are being used. The more we work out, the more tears our muscles have. This is the first step step in the muscle building process. 

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The next process is the critical part of muscle building. After all those tears, muscles need to recover so that they can regenerate, bulk up, and tone. Aside from losing the health benefits of muscle mass, improper recovery can also lead to injuries. So here are simple tips to ensure that you make the most out of every work out by recovering properly.

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1.     Play it cool. Cooling down muscles after workouts reduces inflammation and increases recovery time. It can also reduce soreness. Use ice packs to relieve post-workout pain in specific areas; or do a general cool down with an ice bath.

2.     Beef up. Protein builds muscle, but only complete proteins such as those found in eggs, meat, fish, and dairy products. Make sure you include carbs as well post work out, as your body will tap into your muscles for energy if you don’t have enough reserves. 

3.     Pay the PRICE if you are truly sore. PRICE means protect, rest, ice, compress, elevate. While stressing your muscles can aid in work outs, not listening to your body can result in injuries. Even the hardiest of workoutaholics need to take a break every once in a while.

4.     Get enough sleep. Recovery = Sleep. So to recover completely, you must sleep adequately, at approximately six to eight hours a day.

5.     Replenish fluids and electrolytes. Dehydration is not only draining, it’s also dangerous. Aside from recovery, hydration also keeps you healthy, especially after a work out. Replacing lost fluids not only freshens you up, but also stabilizes blood volume. While water by itself is good, here’s something better. 100PLUS is a lightly carbonated isotonic drink that replenishes lost liquids and nutrients, including sodium, faster than ordinary water. So, if faster recovery is what you aim for, 100PLUS is the way to go.

Now that you know what the hard work in work outs are about, you can make the most of your activities without hurting yourself. Remember, take the time it takes for you to prepare for a workout, and take the time after to repair yourself.



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