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Saturday, November 22, 2014

10 Flights to 10 Southeast Asia Destinations for less than P7000

Inline with its commitment to promote regional tourism, Budget Airline AirAsia unveiled its plan few days ago to offer "ASEAN PASS", a multiple flight package to ASEAN destinations this 2015.

The "AirAsia ASEAN PASS" will give you a 10-flight pass to 10 Southeast Asia destinations at a rate less than P7000 (excluding airport taxes).

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said that the ASEAN PASS targets the people who live in the 10 Asean Countries and to encourage more tourism in the region which will also pave way for international guests to come and enjoy Southeast Asia. 

The AirAsia Asean Pass will go on sale on January 15, 2015. Travelers availing this 10-flight pass can visit 10 destinations where Air Asia flies following the no repeat rule in a 1 month time frame. 

A 20-flight pass is also being finalized and complete details of both packages will be announced in the next few weeks.

So what are you waiting for? Mark your calendar now, file a leave and start saving! I'll make sure you get the most recent update about the ASEAN PASS soon! Imagine traveling to 10 destinations for a month for less than $150, that's like availing the JetBlue's popular All-You-Can-Jet and Azul's all-Brazil Pasaporte.

Friday, November 21, 2014

AIR ASIA Partners with Manny Pacquiao ; Opens Manila-Gensan route


AIR ASIA officially partners with People's Champ, Congressman Manny Pacquiao as they become Team Pacman's official airline. The announcement was made in General Santos City during the unveiling of Air Asia's exclusive aircraft featuring livery design of the boxing sensation's face. 

AIR ASIA group CEO Tony Fernandez and Philippines CEO Joy Cañeba went all the way to Gensan to show Pacman the plane he will use going to Macau as he defends his WBO Welterweight title against American Chris Algieri at the Cotai Arena in Venetian Hotel. 

CEO Tony Fernandes said that it's a great honor for AirAsia to be chosen as the official airline of Manny Pacquiao's team. He added during the presscon that the boxing champ's story is an inspiration to all of those who dared to dream the seemingly impossible. Fernadez also mentioned that AirAsia’s commitment in the Philippines is anchored on the same dream to make flying more affordable, accessible and to provide the best quality service that every Filipino deserves.

Congressman Pacquiao is delighted to be part of AirAsia’s mission in promoting the Philippines, the Filipino talents, sports and tourism wonders to the global arena. 

Manny Pacquiao's game will be this Sunday in Venetian Hotel Macau. Inline with the partnership, AirAsia offers seats from Manila for only P199 base fare. Promo seats are available for booking today at www.airasia.com 

Philippines CEO Joy Cañeba announces also that anytime soon AirAsia will have a Manila – General Santos route and vice versa with an enticing introductory fare offer. 

Keep updated with The World’s Best Low Cost Carrier latest promotions and activities via Twitter (www.twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/AirAsia). #PacmanViaAirAsia


Tickets to 2015 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival on Sale


Tickets to the 2015 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is now available and on Sale today!

The festival will run from February 27 to March 15 and will kick off with the World's Longest Lunch (a 530m-long table) in Fitzroy Gardens by the Bank of Melbourne. It will be followed by an authentic Southern-style barbeque party with Pitmaster from the US Rodney Scott.

Australia is renowned for its unwilted gourmet produce and world class wines. Almost every city has major food and wine festival every year but the most popular is the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. An event that will make you taste the flavour of autumn.

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is a diverse program of one-off events unfold throughout the regions of Victoria and Melbourne.

Here are just some reasons why you should attend the festival:

1. It is renowned for bringing the city to life with lively outdoor activities. The Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch includes a 3-Course lunch comprising of kingfish, sorrel leaves and sweet potatoes designed by Victoria’s top chefs.

2. The 17-Day Melbourne Food and Wine Festival attracts more than 250,000 visitors each year and every network of restaurants, bars, laneways, and rooftops have convivial events!

3. There is a two-day Langham Melbourne MasterClass that showcases the world’s most exciting culinary and winemaking talent. Visitors can learn from the world’s best chefs in an intimate class and can even taste signature dishes. 

4. The hottest restaurants in Melbourne bring together the Global Chefs and local leading chefs to prepare a one-off dining experience for their guests and customers. 

5. You can learn secret recipes and techniques from artisan producers and see the best of Melbourne’s food, art and music in one event.

6. Witness the the regional picking and processing of Melbourne's precious grapes. The Festival takes wine enthusiasists to vineyard tours with special dinners among their ageing barrels.

7. Parents can have their kids join free cooking classes at Little Foodies Corner to learn everything from baking to pizza-making and even sushi-rolling.

8. The Community Gathering during the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is what excites me the most. Imagine experiecing Australia's rich and multicultural heritage through an international social event! You get to meet a lot of people from all over the world over a glass of wine.

Most major airlines fly direct to Melbourne including budget airlines Air Asia, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines. If you are coming from Sydney, it's just a 1.5 hours flight.

For more details check out the official festival website. #WineFestival #FoodAndWineFestival #Australia #Melbourne


Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative starts accepting fellowship program applications

Do you want to join the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative and go the United States for a Five Week Training or Study Program? 

Then check out YSEALI's fellowship programs.

The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program: Where fellows receive a five-week training and mentorship at nongovernmental organizations and government offices across the United States. Submission of applications are due by December 1, 2014. For more details, check here!

The other program is the YSEALI Academic Fellows Program: Where fellows undertake a five weeks of study program at a U.S. college or university, and engage with policymakers, businesses, and policy researchers at a concluding event in Washington D.C. This application process varies by country. Check here for more details.

His excellency Barack Obama spoke in Burma last week and announced the expansion of this prestigious program that offers professional development and networking opportunities to bright young talents in Southeast Asia. 

If You are ready to answer US President Obama's call to apply for Fellowship then visit their website now!


SUN Cellular launches Rewards Program



Good News to all Sun Cellular Subscribers

Sun officially launches their newest loyalty program, The Sun Choice Rewards. Your registration to the Rewards Program will let you earn points that you can use to redeem items like the following:

For Sun Postpaid
You can get rebates, free calls and text messages. You can also have free hours of Internet surfing or get free music credits from Spinnr.

For Sun Prepaid
You'll get music credits from Spinnr, free calls and texts. You can also get awesome treats and exciting items!

For Sun Broadband Postpaid
You'll enjoy music credits from Spinnr and bill rebates!

For Sun Broadband Prepaid
Other than free hours of Internet surfing, you'll also get music credits from Spinnr and other cool perks!

Registration to this incentive program gives you a chance to win a total of 10,000 reward points too.

All you have to do is text REWARDS to 9800 or check http://suncellular.com.ph/rewards for more details. #SunChoiceRewards


Smart announces iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

Registration to get the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 starts today November 22 through Smart Bro at http://www.smart.com.ph/ipad

You can also go directly here iPad Air 2 Registration Link and iPad Mini 3 Registration Link

Pre-order and availability will be announced soon. Just check Smart Communications social media pages Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more updates and information.

The iPad Air 2 is Apple's thinnest iPad yet at 6.1mm. It features advanced technologies including the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. It has an upgraded 9.7-inch Retina Display, an A8X chip with 64-bit architecture, an iSight camera and an improved Facetime HD Camera with faster wireless capabilities. The iPad Air runs on iOS 8 with up to 10 hours of battery life.

The iPad Mini is also loaded with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and a 7.9-inch Retina display. It comes with an iSight camera, a Facetime HD Camera, a fast wireless and an A7 chip with a 64-bit architecture. It also runs on iOS 8 and can last upto 10 hours.

#SmartiPadAir2 #SmartiPadMini3
 

Christian Bautista releases new album SOUNDTRACK


Spent my Saturday morning listening to Christian Bautista's latest album Soundtrack under Universal Records.

The album was launched a week ago at Eastwood in Libis and in Market Market. After a week of its release, it became a top spot in the music charts.

Soundtrack is a collection of unforgettable theme songs from the most romantic movies of all time and also the Romantic Balladeer's first album in two years.

Soundtrack’s first single Up Where We Belong has been chosen by GMA 7 to be the themesong of their newest project “An Officer and a Gentleman".

Some of the songs in the album are “A Thousand Years” from the hit movie series “Twilight” and “Kiss From A Rose” from the movie “Batman Forever”.

In the album also includes some collaboration with Philippine's Best Female Singers, Rachelle Ann Go for the song “The Way We Were”, Nikki Gil on 'Come What May' and "After All" with Karylle.

Here is preview of all the songs in Soundtrack Album!


Christian Bautista's 'Soundtrack' press conference was supported by his endorsers Swatch, Kopiko Café Blanca & Ever Bilena.

Here is the complete list of songs included in the album 'Christian Bautista: SoundTrack'

1.     Come What May (duet with Nikki Gil)
2.     Up Where We Belong
3.     How Deep Is Your Love
4.     When You Say Nothing At All
5.     After All (duet with Karylle)
6.     A Thousand Years
7.     Cruisin’ (duet with Julie Ann San Jose)
8.     Way Back Into Love
9.     Love Is All Around
10.    The Way We Were
11.    Kiss From A Rose
12.    Unchained Melody
13.    Seasons of Love (Bonus Track)

Friday, November 7, 2014

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Plan Details with Smart

Following my tweet earlier, Smart has officially announced the pricing details and plan availability of the much anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. Phones can be claimed starting November 14, 2014 if you made an order through their registration page



The iPhone 6 (16GB) can be availed starting at Smart Postpaid Plan 999, with P800 monthly cash-out or a total of P1,799 per month only. The iPhone 6 Plus (16GB) on the other hand will be available at Plan 999 with P1,050 cash-out every month, or a little over P2000 per month.

Both of these iPhones come with FREE all-net calls, all-net texts and consumable data every month. 

To existing subscribers like me who want to upgrade to these new iPhones can avail of the Smart’s Wipeout promo. The promo will allow existing subscribers to “wipe out” their current contracts as long as they have less than 20 months left on their contracts.

Discounts will also be given on the wipeout fee depending on the number of months left in the contract. Wipeout promo also comes with a FREE 1-year handset insurance on the new iPhones. For accidental damage or loss you'll get a free repair or even a replacement depending on the circumstances. You can check about this program here smart.com.ph/wipeout.

Another exciting feature that comes with this release is the option of choosing your own mobile number. 

Here is the full list of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus plans and cash out option including #SmartInfinity (click photo for larger view)




For more details, you can check  http://www.smart.com.ph/iphone or the Smart Infinity at http://www.smart.com.ph/infinity/iphone6

Pre-order is also available through the Smart Online Store. You can also use your ATM as a payment method. Here is the step-by-step pre-order guide.


#SmartiPhone6 #SmartiPhone6Plus

Suncellular's Newest Plan 1299 Details


Suncellular recently updated their Plan 1299 for Postpaid Subscribers with the following features and inclusions:

- 3 Mobile Phones with 3 lines including unlimited calls to all Sun Subscribers.
- Unlimited text messaging to Sun, Smart and Talk n Text subscribers with 750 text messages to other networks.

The Sun Plan 1299 also comes with 60 hours of data and a free Pixpro TV link. The phone options are the Samsung S Duos 2, 0+8.91, Acer Liquid Z5, Alcatel Scribe and the Huawei Y600.

I used to have this plan few years back. Thinking of getting another one for Mom, my brother and myself. Good Deal right?! So what are you waiting for? Apply now here!


Delle Suites in Gensan

A new small hotel recently opened in General Santos City. Located in Provido Village City Heights, Delle Suites offers luxury rooms in affordable prices. All the 16 rooms are fully air-conditioned with hot and cold shower. It is also equipped with wireless internet, cable tv, telephone system, microwave oven and a 24x7 secured establishment with CCTV security system.

The hotel also has a standby generator and wide parking area.  Hotel's promote rate comes with a free breakfast. 7 of  the 16 accommodations are Suite Rooms and ranges from P1600 to P2200. The remaining Deluxe Rooms are priced from P950 to P1600. These prices are already inclusive  of Taxes and Service Charges. 

Other Hotel Facilities include a cafe, car rental service, laundry, airport transfers and safety deposit boxes. Both the Deluxe and Suite Accommodations are non smoking rooms. 

For more details about Delle Suites, you may check their Fanpage.



Celine's Salon in Gensan

Hair is a crowning glory not just for women but for everyone. Your look would sometimes depend on your hairstyle. Having the right haircut gives you enough confidence to mingle with people. When you know you look good because of your hair, you naturally exude a better aura. 

Recently, I just witnessed an injustice. Someone gave me the wrong haircut and style yet I allowed it to happen. Maybe because I was too tired to transfer to the right Salon. 

Few weeks before that injustice happened, I was already in the right Salon, Celine's Salon in Sun City Complex in Gensan. Should have went back there instead of going to the one which was closer to my house and gave me the wrong haircut.

Celine's Salon has a very good hairstylist. I just couldn't remember his name but he had enough experience and training from Bench Hairfix Salon in Manila and in Cebu. I remember getting so many likes right after I posted my new hairstyle. Some of my friends even asked where I had my hair done. 


Celine's Salon is a newly opened chic establishment owned and managed by Michelline Sun. They use branded and imported hair and nail products. Their wide array of services comes with VIP treatment. They even serve complimentary snacks like cookies, popcorns, iced teas, juice and coffee to their customers. They also have available gadgets for you to use while waiting in their Wifi'ed' Salon.

Check out Celine Salon's Fanpage for more details and promotions.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Christmas Toyland in SM

SM City Gensan is lighting its giant Christmas Tree this coming November 9 to celebrate the merriest season of all. 
This year's theme is all about Toyland. The tree will be covered and decorated with various toys and gifts surrounded by toy soldiers.  Shoppers are invited to witness the tree lighting. Marching band will go around the mall to make the celebration more festive other than a choir serenading customers with Christmas Carols. 
The kids will definitely love this momentous event as there will be indoor fireworks too!
So what are you waiting for? Be there at SM Gensan Events Center this Sunday at 5pm and celebrate Christmas in advance with your family and friends. 



Sunday, November 2, 2014

Starbucks 2015 Planner


The Starbucks 2015 Planner is officially available in all stores today, November 3, 2014. 

My Blogger friends Elysplanet.com and Dalebacar.com already got theirs during the launch last week at Starbucks 6750 in Makati.

The planners are available in four colors; blue, red, green and the special brown edition with a free Starbucks Pen and bookmark. Three new Starbucks Card with a mini edition will also be available in all branches. 



I have been collecting the Starbucks Planner for 8 years now. The entrance to my previous office had a Starbucks Outlet so imagine the smell of Starbucks Premium Coffee greeting you a Hello and Good Morning for that span of time.  You would even end up including the coffee in your budget or assigning one of your credit cards for Starbucks purchases only. But honestly, I haven't really used them. They are just in my bookshelf, standing pretty. Haha!

The Starbucks Planner has always been one of the most in-demand and most loved Christmas gifts not just because of the brand but of the effort exerted to get it. So when someone gives you one, it means you are special to him. He paid 18 Cups of Coffee (9 Christmas Drinks and 9 Regular Beverages) and spent many days having too much caffeine just to give that to you.



The known Holiday Drinks, Peppermint Mocha and Toffee Nut can be best paired with their Christmas pastries like gingerbread cookie, toffee nut loaf, chocolate torte cake, peppermint brownie and the chocolate oreo cookie.

Just a little sharing: Ever since I left the corporate world, Starbucks has become my office. I love working there! The taste of their delicious coffee comes in 3rd why. Second is the atmosphere. It awakens me and I become more productive. And the First Reason, are the BARISTAS working for Starbucks. They will make you feel that they aren't working for the company but for the customers. They would give you the warmest good morning or hello and they would make you feel so comfortable that you wouldn't mind paying for an expensive coffee as long as you get that experience everyday and always. 

Here's to another season of draining our wallets. You have until January 8 of next year to collect the stickers and until March 8 to redeem.  You'll still get 1 free cup for every 12 drinks you buy using your Starbucks Card.