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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Why Osaka and not Tokyo? A travel guide to Japan’s Kitchen City


Do you want to visit Japan but feels like Tokyo is so overrated? Why not come and visit Osaka?

Discover this unique destination where Japan’s conservative culture perfectly meets its modern and urban lifestyle.  If you want to explore a place filled with good food, booming night life, ancient and modern architecture, historical landmarks and friendly people, Osaka is the right place for you! Tokyo may be Japan’s capital, but Osaka remains to be its best place to eat, drink and party.

Osaka is located at the South coast of the Western part of the Japanese island of Honshu. It is Japan’s second largest city and primary economic center. The place is known as a food lover’s paradise and has been dubbed as the “Nation’s Kitchen” since the Tokugawa period up to the present.

However, it’s not just the okonomiyaki and takoyaki which draw millions of tourists to Osaka annually (though those yummy dishes are partly responsible for it); different sites and attractions also lure a lot of people to come and discover Osaka.

Here are the top 10 things to do when you’re in Osaka:

1.   Visit Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle is one of the most popular attractions in Osaka. This replica of the original castle built in the 1580’s will give you a glimpse of Osaka’s historical past. It also has an observation deck at its 8th floor which will give you a scenic view of Osaka. During spring, the cherry blossoms in the castle grounds would give a wonderful ambiance to your afternoon stroll. Admissio to the castle tower costs 600 Yen while 200 Yen when you enter Nishinomaru Garden.

Getting there:            
You can take a train from Temmabashi Station or Tanimachi 4-chome Station on the Tanimachi Subway Line and Chuo Subway Line or a train from JR Morinomiya Station or Osakajo Koen Station on the JR Loop Line. This train ride takes around 10 minutes and costs 160 Yen.

2.   Learn about Osaka’s history at the Osaka Museum of History

Relieve Osaka’s past and be captivated by it. This museum houses a lot of life-size constructions, movies, photographs and art works which depict Osaka’s colorful history. Each period of Osaka’s history is obvious in every floor so don’t be surprised when you feel like you’ve seen the old Japan. The museum opens from 9:30 to 17:00. They’re closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  It will cost you only 600 Yen to get inside.

Getting there:
The museum is located in the outer edge of the castle grounds so you can just walk from the Osaka Castle.



3.  Shop ‘til you drop at Shinsaibashi

Shinsaibashi is Osaka’s most famous shopping district. If you love shopping, never skip this hotspot. Whatever your budget is, you’re sure to find good deals from different department stores who offer both Western and Japanese items to the cheapest and to the most expensive items. Aside from shopping, you can also enjoy the wall plaza, a 12-meter high glass ceiling where water flows continuously. Such a serene view.

Getting there:
Take the 10 minute train from Umeda by Midosuji or Yotsubashi Subway Line which costs around 220 Yen.

4.  Food trip at Dotonbori

I’ve been there for 2 consecutive nights! Your stay in Osaka wouldn’t be complete without exploring this food haven; after all, Osaka is considered as a gastronomic destination. If Shinsaibashi is for shopping, Dotonbori is for eating. After that tiring shopping spree in Shinsaibashi, enjoy Dotonbori’s specialties like sushi, takoyaki, okonomiyaki, udon, fugu, grilled beef and matcha ice cream.

Getting there:
Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori are separated only by a man-made canal. So from Shinsaibashi, you can just stroll on the walk-bridge across to Dotonbori.



5. Have fun in the Universal Studios Japan (USJ)

If you want to have some fun and want to satisfy the kid inside you, visit this amusement park and prepare to be amazed. After all, USJ is considered as one of the world’s top 15 theme parks. With attractions that replicate the biggest Hollywood movie sets, you’ll surely be mesmerized and captivated by the USJ. I suggest booking online in advance for the timed ticket so can go to the Harry Potter attraction with less stress. Thousands of people line up just to have a glimpse of what is it like in the wizarding world. When in Universal Studios Japan, bring with you a lot of patience, and another set of patience. Only Japanese can be rewarded for being so patient waiting for their turns. The Harry Potter attraction alone is more than enough to make your trip and time there worthwhile.  Opens from 9:00 to 21:00. Admission Tickets are sold at 7,200 Yen (with tax) for a one-day pass and 11,213 Yen (with tax) for a two-day pass. Or if you have extra money, then get the Universal Express Pass which enables you to shorten your waiting time is also available for 8,200 Yen for 7 attractions.

Getting there:
Take the 10 minute train from Osaka Station for 2,900 Yen to Universal Station.




 6.  Appreciate the Osaka Skyline atop the Hep Five Ferris Wheel

If you want to have some fun, yet at the same time go on a sightseeing of the Osaka skyline and take-in its view at a reasonable pace, hop onto the Hep Five Ferris Wheel. The 15-minute Ferris wheel ride will surely give you a magnificent view of the whole of Osaka. Each pod is air-conditioned and has a speaker where you can plug your phone to play any music. How cool would that be? Tickets to enter cost 500 Yen.

Getting there:
The place is most suitably located beside the JR Osaka train station so it would only take a minute to walk there. 



7. Visit The Osaka Aquarium

Kaiyukan or The Osaka Aquarium displays the different amazing aquatic life of the Pacific Region. Each region of the Pacific Rim is represented in 15 huge water tanks. Fishes and other marine life unique to each region are being displayed in each tank. The central tank is the biggest and is the aquarium’s main attraction because of its whale shark. This site opens from 10:00 to 20:00 and will cost you 2,000 Yen.

Getting there:
Take the train from JR Fukushima Station by JR Loop Line (subway). Travel time is approximately 15 minutes for 900 Yen.

8. Experience inner peace at the Shitennoji Temple

Shitennoji Temple is one of the oldest officially administered Buddhist temples in Japan. You can come inside the temple and pray, stroll in its Gokuraku-jodo Garden and marvel at the displayed paintings and sculptures in its treasure house. There’s also a flea market in the temple grounds every 21st of the month. You can enter its outer temple grounds for free, but an entrance fee of 300 Yen is required for you to enter the inner precinct. Another 300 Yen is required for the Gokuraku-jodo Garden and 500 Yen for the treasure house.

Getting there:
You can take a 10-minute walk to the temple from the Shitennoji-mae-Yuhigaoka Station on the Tanimachi Subway Line or north of JR Tennoji Station on the JR Loop Line.



 9. Experience a unique kind of entertainment at the National Bunraku Theater

Bunraku is a traditional Japanese puppet show. This art form is unique in the sense that each puppet is 4 feet tall and is controlled by three people headed by the main puppeteer. In Japan, it takes 30 years of training before one can become a main puppeteer. Can’t understand Japanese? Don’t fret because there are also headphones available to provide English translations for the tourists. Bunraku Theater usually holds performances in three week runs in the months of January, April, June, July, August and November. The admission ranges from 1,500 to 6,500 Yen depending on the performance.

Getting there:
The theater is near the Nippombashi Station on the Subway Sennichimae and Tanimachi Lines. Once can just walk for about 5 minutes to the theater.



10. Relax at Spa World

     After touring around Osaka, you can always cap your day (or night) by relaxing at this spa paradise.  If you want to relax and experience taking a bath at a Japanese onsen (hot spring), then this is the place for you! The resort offers 16 different baths with themes from 11 different countries. It also offers a spacious swimming pool and other services like gym, restaurants, saunas and massages. What’s more amazing,  they are open 24 hours! It will cost you 2,400 yen for 3 hours; 2,700 Yen for all day and an extra charge of 1,300 Yen for midnight stay.

Getting there:
Take a 15-minute train ride from JR Fukushima Station by JR Loop Line to Shinimamiya for 900 Yen. You can also take a 5-minute walk to Spa World from Nankai Dentetsu Shinimamiya Station.  



Other things to do in Japan:

Make the most out of your stay in Japan by making a side trip to Kyoto, Nagoya and Nara. Experience their bullet train and in no time you’ll be in another city in Japan.

 ·  Discover Kyoto’s historical value

If you can’t get enough of Japanese history and culture, why not take a side-trip to Kyoto? Kyoto is Japan’s former capital and the seat of the emperor. It has around 2000 temples and shrines renowned for their historical value. It is even designated as a World Heritage Site so prepare to be transported back in time when visiting Kyoto. Some of the must see attractions in Kyoto include Kinkaku-ji Temple which is one of the 17 World Heritage Sites in Kyoto, the Geishas in Gion District, Kyoto Gosho (imperial palace), Kiyomizudera (Pure water temple) and the Fushimi Inari Shrine. You can stay at Bijuu Hotel to make your stay memorable.



· Take a day trip to Nagoya

What makes Nagoya perfect for a side-trip is that it can be easily explored in just a day. Its accessibility to and from other Japanese cities makes it a perfect instant getaway. Though this city is the hub for Japanese industrialization, it still boasts of wonderful attractions. The two most famous tourist spots in Nagoya are Atsuta Shrine and Nagoya Castle. Other attractions also include the Tokugawa Art Museum, Toyota Plant Tour, Railway Museum and Sakae.


  
 ·  Explore the legendary Nara

If you want to experience the Kyoto vibe minus the numerous tourists, then Nara for is for you. With the abundance of legends, zen gardens, ancient monasteries and old temples, Nara is surely a magical and picturesque place. One of its major attractions is Nara Park where the tame Sika deer freely roams. It is even said that if you’ll bow to the deer in the park, the deer would also bow to you! Other attractions in Nara also include the Todai-ji Temple, Heijou Palace, Ishibutai Kofun and Yoshino Angu. You can stay at the beautiful and legendary Nara Hotel. It is known to be the premier guest hotel in the Kansai Region for dignitaries.





Friday, April 24, 2015

What to do in Malaysia? A travel guide to the City of Wonders

Exploring Malaysia: A Shining Asian Jewel

Malaysia has become one of my favorite destinations in the world. In fact, I'm going back there again next month for another hotel event. The beauty of Malaysia is in its variety: you will see towering skyscrapers nestled comfortably among ancient temples, while churches and mosques dot the landscape between them. It is a common sight to see monkeys scampering along busy roads, while trying to avoid hawkers and street vendors trying to sell everything from food to unique accessories. Malaysia is truly an explosion of color and life, and a visit there is one that you should be in your bucket list!

There are many hotels in Malaysia that you can stay in, but if you’re looking for a hotel that’s affordable, comfortable, and near many tourist attractions, book a room at Tune Hotels in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

Tune Hotels Downtown KL is a value hotel that offers 5 star quality beds. At the ground floor of the hotel is an ATM, a convenience store and a restaurant serving American Breakfast. It’s near Malaysia’s most amazing tourist attractions: the Petronas Twin Towers, and the Batu Caves.


Breathtaking View - In 1998, the Petronas Twin Towers were declared to be the tallest buildings in the world. Today, they are considered to be the tallest twin structures in the world. Other than photo opportunities from the outside of the tower, you can also check the Petronas Art Gallery, listen to a night of classical music at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas concert hall or simply enjoying the view of the whole of Kuala Lumpur from its Skybridge.

Relive Malaysia’s History – The ‘Batu Caves’ is a series of cave temples dedicated to Lord Murugan, a Hindi deity in the old Malaysia. The limestone formations are natural, and is said to be around 400 million years old. A gigantic golden statute stands outside the cave to guard its history and mystery. The caves have become dwelling places to Asian monkeys, cave spiders, and fruit bats.

Bring out your Inner Kid – Malaysia has two large theme parks: Legoland Malaysia, and Sunway Lagoon Theme Park. Legoland is locate in Johor Bahru, 3-4 hours away from downtown KL! You can go on rides, meet Lego characters, and even stay in a Lego-themed hotel. Sunway Lagoon on the other hand is a waterpark offering the best water themed rides and slides. A ticket to Legoland will cost around 207 RM, while a ticket to Sunway Lagoon is around 150 RM. If you have extra time, you can visit the City of Lights in Shah Alam Malaysia. It’s a small theme park located outside Kuala Lumpur with over 1 million led lights in a thematic manner. The park comes to life at night when its amazing forest of man-made maple and pine trees are brightly illuminated with colorful LED lightscape themes.


The best of Malaysian food is being served at Jalan Alor. It is a street of restaurants offering different kind of cuisines, seafoods and barbeques. I’ve been there twice and and trust me almost everything they sell and cook there is delicious! Plus it’s affordable!
For a truly unique dining experience, visit one of Malaysia’s most famous restaurants: Pan Heong. It is located near the Batu Caves and try their signature dish, the Sang Har Kwey Teow (a noodle soup with fresh river pawns and an orange sauce made from the head roe of the prawns).



The street after Jalan Alor is Changkat Bukit Bintang. Known to be coolest and hippest place at night in Kuala Lumpur. You can go clubbing, dancing and drinking the night away with different nationalities. Most of the pubs and bars here become crowded and gets wilder as midnight approaches.

Take a Side trip – If you have a little bit of time on your hands, take a side trip to Krabi  or Phuket Thailand or Singapore.  Both trips are available by bus or plane. The fare is around $50 RM for a one way trip to Malaysia or Krabi by bus at 5-6 hours travel time.  Plane would be double that amount and will get you there in less than an hour. Now that depends on you if you want to go the beach and relax for few days or go to Singapore and have some more parties at night. (You can read my article here about Phuket and about Singapore.)
Local transportation in Malaysia is just the same as anywhere in Asia, and you can choose from a wide selection of transportation options, depending on your budget. For the most part, you can easily travel through Malaysia using the taxis if you will just be in the downtown Kuala Lumpur, like the Batu Caves, Petronas Towers, Jalan Alor or to the terminal. If your schedule is going to the theme parks or to the airport, that’s when you take the monorail and the light rapid transit.


The beauty of Malaysia is in its variety: you can explore the history of Malaysia, enjoy authentic Malaysian cuisine, ride down a water slide in a theme park, and even take a quick trip to neighboring countries, all in just few days! Visit Malaysia today, and go on an adventure of a lifetime! Because I’m telling you, Malaysia is Truly Asia.

Just a tip when traveling, subscribe to unlimited data roaming with your mobile network provider. In my case, I registered to #SMARTAllDaySurfAbroad It's only P550 for 24 hours.  This will make your life easier in case you need to research something online or you need to talk someone or send an email. Also bring a credit card with you for emergencies and bring extra scarfs just for photo opportunities. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Where to stay in Bintan Island? Bintan Lagoon Resort


A Luxurious Getaway in the Heart of Bintan Island

It’s no surprise that Indonesia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world; they have the best white sand beaches, long stretch of shorelines and luxurious resorts. If you’re looking for a truly unforgettable and exotic vacation in Indonesia, consider a visit to Bintan Island. Bintan Island is found in the Riau Islands province, and is surrounded by gorgeous azure waters and exotic marine life. There are numerous resorts around Bintan Island, and if you love water sports, scuba diving, surfing or golfing, you should not miss a visit to Bintan Lagoon Resort.  The resort is owned by Singaporean Corporations with some of their Villas sold to foreigners at around S$900,000. You can enjoy staying a night at this beautiful resort for less than S$100 per person.




How to Get to Bintan Island

You can escape the hustle and bustle life of Singapore by going to Bintan Lagoon Resort in Bintan Island, the perfect place for staycation and relaxation.  Bintan Lagoon has its own ferry service (Mosaic Ferry Lines) to pick you up from Tana Merah Singapore right to the doorstep of the resort. This will only cost S$55 for a roundtrip fare. The resort hotel has its own immigration too so you don’t need to worry about taking much time just to be there. Right after passing the immigration and security check, the hotel’s 470 rooms will welcome you. During other months of the year, when the sea condition is not good, they would shut down their ferry service for guests to take the larger and public ferry.  Upon arriving at Bintan Island Terminal, staff of Bintan Lagoon Resort will pick you up using their colorful shuttle. 



Bintan Lagoon Resort

Once you step foot off the ferry, you will be greeted by the sight of beautiful sandy beaches, lush coconut trees slightly swaying in the wind, and a luxurious resort just waiting to be explored. Bintan Lagoon Resort is located at Pasir Panjang Beach and is surrounded by the beautiful waters of the South China Sea. The resort offers a wide range of activities for its guests including golfing, snorkeling, boating, surfing, ATV. There are over 470 deluxe rooms at the resort, and they are all equipped with all the comforts and amenities that you could want, such as king-sized beds, air-conditioning, cable television, and full-sized bathrooms with tubs. There is even a balcony where you can enjoy the sunset while sipping on your favorite cocktails.





The moment I saw Bintan Lagoon Resort, I was floored. The resort was gorgeous, and the pictures on the website really gave justice to how nice it really was! I only had 2 days and 1 night to spend there, so I had to make the most of my time. After getting settled in, I immediately went to the beach, swam, surfed and like a kid fighting and playing with the waves.

The food in Bintan Lagoon Resort was definitely a surprise. I never really like any Indonesian cuisine until I tasted what they had in the buffet table. Everything was so good, from vegetables cooked in coconut milk to the marinated chicken fried the Indonesian way to the sweet and sour fish fresh from the waters of Indonesia cooked with the right balance of sourness and sweetness. Me and my friends definitely had one of the best dinners in our lives. Right after that, we had some beer by the beach and just enjoying the steady night and the cold winds.



The next morning after a morning swim and watching the beautiful sunrise , we toured the rest of the resort. There I realized that was still a lot more that place has to offer. Golf carting, slides in another pool, billiards, gym, karaoke, basketball and tennis court and authentic Indonesian spas were  of the amenities and services that I have not fully explored and experience.  That’s when we started feeling down. How we wish there was more time for us to experience everything else Bintan Lagoon Resort has to offer. I just hope that some of the photos I have here will give justice.



My stay at the Bintan Lagoon Resort was more than enjoyable and relaxing. The deluxe room we got had a great view of the ocean and the pool. The staff was very accommodating, and they were prompt when I called for request and services. The room rate isn’t that expensive at all. Actually, You can’t put a price on a good service and the experience of being pampered by Bintan Lagoon Resort.



There was nothing like walking down the beachfront during sunset, with the waters calm, the sea breeze cool, and the sunset casting a beautiful glow around the whole resort. It was something out of a fairy tale for a busy and professional person who never knew there was one. 

My Recommendation

Bintan Lagoon Resort is just an hour away from Singapore. It is the perfect choice to spend a quiet and a relaxing weekend with your friends and families. So what are you waiting for? Schedule your vacation now and trust me, you’ll come back sooner than you expect.  For bookings or more details about the resort, check their website here: http://www.bintanlagoon.com

Sharing to you guys the rest of the photos I have of the Bintan Lagoon Resort.


 





Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What to do in Hongkong - A travel guide to the City of Nights!


Hong Kong is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia, and for good reason: there’s literally something in Hong Kong for EVERYONE. Hong Kong boasts of a wide range of tourist attractions and destinations, so whether you’re looking to shop, sightsee, visit cultural heritage sites, or experience a new cuisine, Hong Kong is the place to be. Hong Kong is a melting pot where the old and the new squeeze in together comfortably to create a vibrant, exciting city with a lot to offer visitors.

It was my 2nd time in Hong Kong when I went there last December.  On my first night, I stayed at Hotel Pennington. Hotel Pennington is owned and managed by Rhombus International. Their location was close to many restaurants, and near the train stations. My room was big, clean and has a great view of the streets of Hongkong. It has a very nice bathroom and big closet enough for me and my friend to fit in if we wanna play. Haha! The staff there were really sweet for sending me a welcome card and plate of fruits. If you’re looking for a more affordable hotel that’s also close to the action, I would recommend their sister hotel, Hotel Bonaparte. The rooms are a bit smaller but well-kept. It has everything you need; a fridge, a workstation, LED TV, Wifi and a mobile phone that they will lend you for free with unlimited calls to any number in Hongkong. So when you find yourself lost, all you have to do is give their front desk a call. No wonder this is an award winning hotel for many years already. They spoil you. They even allowed pets to stay in their hotel.

In Hong Kong, the easiest and most efficient way to get around is via the MTR. The MTR is Hong Kong’s metro railway transit, and it runs through all of Hong Kong. There is literally no place in Hong Kong that can’t be reached by a few rides on the MTR, then going for a short walk. Sure, you can opt to use the bus or a taxi, but for the authentic Hong Kong experience, ride the MTR.

Here are some things I recommend that you do when in Hong Kong.

1. Find your inner Disney baby at Disneyland Hong Kong - What would a visit to Hong Kong be without a visit to Disney Land? Hong Kong Disney Land is a great place for families and kids, because of the numerous shows and attractions, and kid-friendly rides. And yes, I gave into temptation and had my picture taken with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Tickets cost $499 HK for general admission, $355 HK for children 11 and below, and $100 HK for senior citizens. They now have new attractions so expect seeing more people in the park.

2. Climb up Victoria Peak- I made a trip to Victoria Peak because the view from the top is just gorgeous. I could literally see the Hong Kong skyline, and everywhere I looked, the energy and life of Hong Kong were buzzing. It’s no wonder that even the locals love to climb up Victoria Peak every now and again. Getting up the peak is very simple: just ride the Peak Tram (located in Garden Road), which will bring you to the top of the Peak.  For the best view, I recommend that you ride up around 30 minutes before the sunset, where you can watch the sun disappear beyond the horizon, as well as watch the lights of Hong Kong start to come to life!
       
 3. Go shopping! - If you’re ever in Hong Kong and you’re looking for a good place to shop on a budget, the Temple Street Night Market is definitely the place for you. Everywhere you look, there are vendors selling pretty much anything, from small trinkets, to knock-off gadgets, and even live animals!

4. Appreciate some history – A visit to the Hong Kong heritage museum is like taking a trip back in time. You will be able to see artifacts and art from early Hong Kong culture. The craftsmanship of the statues and paintings were breathtaking. You can also spend time checking out Hong Kong’s many temples, such as the Wong Tai Sin Temple, the Sam Tung Uk Museum, and the Tsz Wan Court.

5. Take a Walk on the Wild Side- There are many zoos and parks in Hong Kong, but none quite like Ocean Park, which allows you to experience being up close with marine animals. I especially loved the shark exhibit, and there was even an amusement park with rides! If you’re an adrenaline junkie like me, you shouldn’t miss a trip to Ocean Park. You can also spend a quiet day just walking around Hong Kong’s zoo and botanical gardens.

6.  See the View from a Ferry – The Hong Kong coastline is a spectacular sight at night because of the many lights from buildings on the shore. It was very cheap (around $.28) and enjoyable! I recommend that you get an upper deck seat so that you can see the spectacular view of Quarry Bay.

7. Tempt your Taste bud – For a quiet night with good food and drink, get a table at the IFC Rooftop. The food and drinks can get a bit pricey, but the view of the city is worth it! However, if you don’t want to spend too much, you can just sit outdoors so that you don’t feel pressured to purchase anything. For a wider range of choices, visit the Kowloon district, where you can find authentic Chinese food, as well as stalls with street food choices.
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8. Take a side trip to Macau  - If you’re looking for just a little bit more adventure, why not go to Macau? Macau is one of China’s busiest and largest cities, and you can travel there from Hong Kong by ferry. It will take around an hour to get there from Hong Kong & it will just cost you a little, less than $50. You can go casino hopping. Every casino has a shuttle that takes you for free from the ferry terminal to the hotel and vice versa. You can also visit the Ruins of St. Paul located at the UNESCO heritage site, Senado Square.

There are so many things to do and places to visit in Hong Kong that it would be best to plan an itinerary before you go. Also, make sure that you secure your belongings such as your passport and credit cards, and that you always have some extra cash with you. Having a fully-charged camera won’t hurt either so that you can capture those special moments!  You want to be able to have the best experience possible in Hong Kong, so make sure that you are always ready for your next adventure!


Also, I would recommend that you register to Smart's all day roaming. It's more convenient traveling when you have a trusted data roaming provider. Smart has partnered with Hutchison telecom so you can maximize your connection there without unnecessary mobile charges. It's only P550 and all you have to do is:

Text ROAM ON & send to 333 at least 30 mins before leaving the country. Then Check your network settings and make sure you are connected to SMART’s Conexus Roaming Partner. To access the USSD Menu, Dial *133# & Press ANSWER then enter 5 to choose DATA ROAMING. Then choose Thailand & True Telecom from the list of countries & roaming partner. Select the All-DAY SURF ABROAD 500. Once successful, you'll receive a confirmation. For more details, check out  #SmartAllDaySurfAbroad 




Sunday, April 12, 2015

Manny Pacquiao knocks down Mayweather


I immediately contacted Congressman Emmanuel Pacquaio's Chief of Staff Krista Mercado when I found out that Floyd Mayweather finally said Yes to fight Philippine's Boxing Champion and Legend, Manny Pacquiao. Unfortunately, I couldn't get an official press invite since approval must come from US Media neither can't I get a complimentary ticket since nothing were allocated for Pacman's side. I'm left with an only option to support him online.

Manny Pacquiao is from the same city where I grew up. We are both Generals (what you call people from General Santos City). I may not have watched all his fights but I know I did my part as a Filipino in praying for his victory and helping him promote Philippines.

Recently on social media, some personalities shared their knock out moves via the campaign #SugodManny to show their support to their boxing idol.

                     MMA Artists and Hale's Lead Vocalist - https://instagram.com/p/1QQ3XTJK3-/

TV Host and Actor Mikael Daez - https://instagram.com/p/0w1K_Flyj6/
Indie Actor and Band Singer - https://instagram.com/p/1XlTUiPoHe/
Volleyball Superstar Gretchen Ho    - https://instagram.com/p/05AqogKqLh/
Basketball Heartthrob & Sakuragi Marc Pingris - https://instagram.com/p/05P1oxPJnc/
Miss Universe Shamcey Supsup - https://instagram.com/p/0uneCNvFUH/
TV Actress and Drag Racer Rhian Ramos - https://instagram.com/p/0u2YzPL31Z/

I tried doing mine too but I just couldn't share the video for I look so big, bigger than I thought!. But I'm sharing to you this photo taken at Wildcard Gym, Manny Pacquiao's gym in Gensan. I enrolled in the gym's boxing class, 5 rounds per afternoon last December 2014 to February 2015. 

Anyway, I hope we all unite on May 3rd for our nation's boxing hero as he fights Mayweather. Me and my friends are watching it in a court together with other basket players of Gensan. Imagine if we all scream together on that day as Pacman knocks down Mayweather, it can create a tidal wave enough to bring the whole of Philippines near Las Vegas!. 

If you are traveling, or have no access to TV on that day, SMART Communications and Suncellular are offering livestream of the fight through the Viewstream app on any Smart Phones. For only P499 (charge it to your bill or prepaid load), you can enjoy the match without commercial breaks and get access to exclusive training footage shot in the United States and some videos of the previous fights. 

For more information on this campaign, visit http://smart.com.ph/sugodmanny or check out Smart's Social Media Accounts: 

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