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!

Sumptuous Father's Day feast at Max's

Send your Dad a sumptuous Father's Day feast on his very special day! Send Max’s food to your Papa and your loved ones anytime anywhere within the Philippines* by placing an order online at www.maxschicken.com this coming Father's Day (June 16, 2013 Sunday)!


As an added surprise, Max's will include an exclusively-designed Max's WRIST WATCH for FREE for a minimum order worth P1,700! This promo is available for all orders scheduled for processing (delivery/takeout/dine-in transactions) only on June 14, 15 and 16, 2013 (Philippine local date and time) so better place your advance orders online now! Make sure to set the delivery schedule on the specific dates (June 14, 15 & 16, 2013 only) to avail of the FREE Max’s wrist watch! This is also available in all Max's stores nationwide (within the Philippines) for dine-in, takeout and delivery.

As long as you are online wherever you are in the world then you can order and pay online to send Max's to your family and friends anywhere within the Philippines* by ordering at www.maxschicken.com!

Visit www.maxschicken.com and surprise your loved ones anywhere in the Philippines*! Max’s Restaurant Online www.maxschicken.com accepts the following payment methods online:
  • Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard & JCB)
  • ATM/Debit cards (Megalink & Bancnet)
  • Bank Deposit (BPI, Metrobank, RCBC, UCPB & BDO banks)
  • Mobile Payments (GLOBE GCASH & SMART MONEY)
  • Cash On Delivery
  • Credit Card On Delivery

For customer assistance, you may reach us through the following:

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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.

100Plus Lemon Lime Flavor


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. 

100Plus Orange Blast Flavor


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.

100Plus Original Flavor


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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Thursday, June 06, 2013

A Fruity Twist on a Beloved Dunkin' Classic

Living in the tropics means we have classic go-to fruits for every season. What’s even better is that we can enjoy them year-round, come rain or come shine. Looking for specialty fruits per region is also an exciting adventure, because the Philippines seems to have as many fruits as it does regions.

Year-round fruits are a constant delight, and in this area, the banana leads the pack. Whether you like the Lakatan, Saba, or SeƱorita, it is great as is ripe, or sugared with ice and milk. Legend has it that the first banana tree grew somewhere in Mindanao, and came from the heart of a young maiden who refused to marry someone she did not love.

Speaking of hearts, the reigning queen of these fruits is the strawberry, which grows in abundance up north, primarily in Baguio. Enjoyed as is or as a perfect complement to cream, strawberries are a popular dessert for romantic occasions.

How to enjoy these two fruits coming from either end of the Philippines? By biting into the new Strawberry-Banana variant of Dunkin’ Donuts. Combining the smooth creaminess of yellow bananas and the luscious burst of red strawberries, this flavor is sure to delight the senses, without having to travel north and south for your fix.

Fruity Donut Strawberry Banana

Joining the strawberry up north is the lemon, which, although native to Asia, was transplanted to the Philippines through the Europeans. Available in summer in high altitude areas such as Tagaytay and Benguet, these yellow wonders are becoming fast staples in local dishes. To enjoy its full glory without the accompanying tartness, get a Lemon Dunkin’ Donuts fruity donut instead. It contains all the tangy goodness without the sharp bite.

Fruity Donut Lemon

But for the king of Philippine fruits, there are two that vie for the crown. Most obvious is the durian, considered the king of fruits in Asia. With a distinctive taste to match its smell, it is an acquired taste that many have come to know and love. But perhaps it is the ubiquitous mango, available everywhere, but most sweet in Zambales, Pangasinan, and Guimaras that takes the crown, it being the national fruit. So why not enjoy the two in an amazing combo of a Mango-Durian donut?

Fruity Donut Mango Durian

All varieties of the Dunkin’ Donuts Fruity Donuts, namely, Banana-Strawberry, Lemon, and Mango-Durian, are available for only P20. Now it’s easy for you to enjoy your favorite fruits regardless of the season, and your location, at your favorite Dunkin’ Donut branch.