ILOCOS SUR: Fast Facts

ILOCOS SUR: Fast Facts



Did you know that? 

Vigan City was recently adjudge as one of the New 7 Wonders City and UNESCO World Heritage city? Cool isn’t it? 

Vigan City has a special place in my heart because of its amazingly restored old churches, museums and houses. It reminds me of the old town in the capital city of Penang in Malaysia called Georgetown. 

Famous landmarks of Vigan

Calle Crisologo

You could not deny the fact that Vigan City is world famous. Especially its world renowned street in the heart of VIgan — Calle Crisologo. The whole stretch of Calle Crisologo has antique architecture and historical houses, its road is filled with old cobblestone. From time to time horse-drawn carriage passes by and offer “Kalesa Tours“.  Walked back in time and experience a wonderful time as you do your selfie and snapshots. You could even go live on Facebook and let your family and friends watch you in real time as you do your tour of this famous landmark. Go visit Vigan and be transported to a place where the old world meets the new.

Baluarte

The city is also famous for Baluarte, owned by Chavit Singson, a rich politician up North. His one-of-a-kind zoo is open to the public for free. For me, it is the happiest place up North. Animals that resides there includes a bunch of ponies, ostrich, deer, tigers, python, parrots, alpacas, giraffe, ducks, turkeys, horses. Aside from its butterfly garden, Baluarte also has albino anaconda, Palawan bearcat, raptors and reptiles. All of the animals in Baluarte are exceptionally well taken care of. And you can have your picture taken with the animals up close and personal with zero charge. Yes, they don’t charge anything if you visit and go sightseeing, even if you ride the small kalesa ( carriage ) which is being pulled by the ponies.

Pinsal Falls


The largest falls in Ilocos Sur.

PINSAL FALLS: Ilocos Sur Off The Beaten Path Destination

PINSAL FALLS: Ilocos Sur Off The Beaten Path Destination



The province of Ilocos is not only world famous for its heritage houses and cobblestoned road but also because of its people, food and falls!

Way back in 2008,  I had a chance to visit Ilocos with my classmate.  I had a kalesa tour in Vigan and was brought to different parts of Ilocos Sur by my classmate’s family who happened to be based in Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur.


Fast forward to 2016, I finally met in person travel blogger par excellence Edmar Guquib. He served as our guide on our last day in Vigan.  This time around, he guided us to the off the beaten path destination of Ilocos, the Pinsal Falls!  

Pinsal Falls is so beautiful! We were smitten by its beauty!  It is conveniently located in the town of Santa Maria in the province of Ilocos Sur.  Which is a short bus and tricycle away from our hotel.  With a height of approximately 85 feet, it is known for being the largest waterfalls in Ilocos.

The majestic landscape somewhat gives me a sense of calm.  It is only a few minutes walk from where our hired trikes parked.  I really thought it would be very difficult for a person with disability like me.   I am a ruptured brain aneurysm survivor and my sense of balance is really off.  But it was worth the journey.  When we reached the falls and upon seeing the view up close and personal,  I have to admit that these kind of beauty is what I really missed from my 5-year hiatus.  The view from the nipa hut where we sat was really breathtaking! 

Bring food with you and don’t go there without a local guide.  If ever you need a guide,  I highly recommend Edmar Guquib.  He’s not only knowledgeable about Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte and Abra, he is also very passionate about the place of his birth.

Get discounts on various tours with Edmar by telling him that Cha Sy recommended you.
God bless us all and enjoy your trip.
Love,
Cha
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VIGAN ILOCOS SUR: Metro Vigan Fiesta Garden Hotel

VIGAN ILOCOS SUR: Metro Vigan Fiesta Garden Hotel


A beautiful illumination of Metro Vigan Fiesta Garden Hotel ( MVFG Hotel) facade greeted me when I alighted along Bantay, Ilocos Sur from a (twelve) 12-hour bus ride from Manila.    

As I step inside the modern hotel main door I was welcomed with a smile by the hotel guest relations officer (GRO) in the front receptionist desk even though it was just 5 o’clock in the morning. It was nice to be welcomed with so much warmth. No wonder the Ilocanos are famous for being hospitable all over the world. A good first impression indeed!

Just across the hotel reception desk is a comfortable sofa, an unpainted wood carving, plants and a wall made of small square mirrors, tiled out to look like a window to give the optical illusion of what you wish was there, instead of what really is a mirror. It was indeed a very good way to make the area look wider. It has created a larger more open-feeling space, that also gives depth to the space without weighing things down.  


Did you know that?

Mirrors are useful when space is short, they can also bring a wow factor to a well-proportioned room, lending a sense of drama while maximizing the feeling of size. 
I learned these information from my architect neighbour / friend Joyce.  She further said that a space combined with a soaring ceiling will instantly doubled by adding a wall of framed mirrors and mirrored doors. The end result will be a lovely sense of symmetry, and you can further make it twice as fabulous by adding a showstopper chandelier and everything in that space will be awesome! 

Geez, those throw pillows are so dainty! It features a woman in a Filipiniana attire.

To tell you the truth, I was not expecting much about the hotel when I decided to go and visit Vigan the second time around. I thought almost all hotels in Vigan are old or if they look new they were just remodeled from old houses and were then converted into hotels. But my jaw literally dropped when I first saw this European-style hotel in its glorious glory. It was love at first sight. I can still vividly recall how wide-eyed I was when I stepped out of the bus and saw the hotel’s beautiful illumination against the dark backdrop of the early morning twilight. That awesome feeling was immediately reinforced when I saw the wooden carvings beautifully hand-carved standing tall at the reception area and were present in every door of the hotel.

Just adjacent the main hotel building is the building that houses the Spa and Jacuzzi room of Metro Vigan Fiesta Garden Hotel. Again, the use of mirrors provided a beautiful illumination of its surroundings and bounces the light around and brighten the space. Note: Did you noticed the beautiful cobblestone flooring?  It looks just like the flooring in Calle Crisologo!

This particular photo was taken and owned by Kev Hernandez. Thank you Kev!   

As you traverse the hallway going to the hotel’s restaurant or to the hotel’s vip room located at the second floor,  you’ll pass through this wonderful view.

The MVFG Hotel’s Fountain

As you climb the stairs,  you can’t help but notice the beautiful wood carvings of the hotel’s initials conveniently stashed at the vertical metal stair handrails.

Beautifully carved ceiling of the Fiesta Garden Hotel.

Feel that European vibe when you eat breakfast at the hotel’s patio.  That “European feel” is the primary reason why many guests preferred to eat and hold their meetings there.

The hand-carved door of the hotel’s presidential suite. 

Each room is elegantly designed to give a festive vibe for a most relaxing stay.  I can say that I discover comfort in all of the rooms with uniquely accented “carved fiesta theme” doors. 

I was bowled over by the festive artwork on each of the wooden door of the 53-Rooms Hotel. I bet you’ll also appreciate each of the masterfully carved festive door carvings that they had made all the way from Paete, Laguna. Whoah! What a dedication to Filipino art and culture!

Picture this out on your mind, each room door showcases different Filipino culture and life in general during festivals better known as “fiesta”.
The door art depicts Filipino games, dance that can be played with friends, relatives, neighbours such as “Palo Sebo” Akyat Kawayan” (A Philippine game of speed, wit, strategy, coordination, endurance and physical power using kawayan (bamboo pole),  Luksong-tinik, Tinikling dance, “sabong”( cockfight ), “Tuba drinking spree”,”harana”. 
It also depicts the deep relationship/ bonding between Filipino family members as they live their day to day family life.  It also features Filipinos love affair with horse carriage.  Family bonding, buying “lobo” ( balloons) for their kids. Filipinos genuinely love fiestas, balloons, grilling lechon, farm life, 
This photo was taken at the dining table of the presidential suite.

The Presidential suite bedroom. My bed. Joke. Hi hi hi! I wish #WishKoLang

DeLuxe room.

Our breakfast of rice and scrambled eggs on our first and second day at the Fiesta Garden Hotel.

The scrambled eggs at MVFG Hotel is sweet and tasty.  
Yummy rice.

Dinner for (7) seven people.
Magnificent seven.
Photo taken at the MVFG Hotel’s restaurant.
 The swimming pool of MVFG Hotel.
Metro Vigan Fiesta Garden Hotel’s Swimming Pool.  

My fellow blogger, Vigan’s number one travel blogger Edmar and I had a great time when we went night swimming in this beautiful swimming pool. It was very convenient because you could take a shower anytime of the day or night because hot water is readily available in every room.

MVFG Hotel’s pathway to the restaurant.

The best place to stay


When in Vigan, Fiesta Garden Hotel is my hotel of choice because it is very accessible to everything. In just 5 minutes you’ll be at the bus terminal going to Manila. I rode one of the buses bound for Laoag in Pasay city which passes by the hotel’s entrance. I paid Php680 for an ordinary aircon bus. I alighted at the very door of the hotel! Woooottt! Easy peasy! 
For me, MVFG hotel is a breath of fresh air from the usual old houses transformed into a hotel in Vigan. It is conveniently located along the national highway in Guimod, Bantay, Metro Vigan, Ilocos Sur. It’s around 10 minutes drive away from the various tourist spots in Vigan.
My fellow blogger friends and I had a great time exploring Ilocos with the modern Metro Vigan Fiesta Garden Hotel as our home-based for 4 days and 4 nights! We learned from the hotel staff that Metro Vigan Fiesta Garden Hotel started as a restaurant and transformed itself into a spa hotel. 
Technically, the location of the hotel is already in Bantay, Ilocos Sur, but is part of what is called Metro Vigan. The rooms are huge and allows you to move freely. I love the fact that the air-conditioning unit were individually controlled and not centralized that way we can easily adjust the temperature in our room. It also has a mini refrigerator, Safety deposit box, hot and cold shower, Coffee-making facility, shampoo, conditioner, bath soap,  flat screen TV and cable, plus a wifi internet access among other amenities. There is also a big swimming pool with slides which we tried on our second night at the hotel. The hotel is located just along the highway so it is very accessible. The whole hotel is actually adorned with the colorful wood-carved murals that can be seen on the hotel lobby, restaurant and on each door of the hotel.
Metro Vigan Fiesta Garden Hotel is Rated as a 3-star hotel only because it lacks one executive suite thus if the construction is finished they could be rated as a 4-star hotel real  soon.  It features an impressive bathroom with an option of hot or cold rain shower and flexible shower. It has a high tech toilet bowl, it is like staying in a four star hotel in Metro Manila. I’ll definitely go back in this hotel with my family next time around.

The hotel is charming, it actually captured my heart. Especially during night time when all of its lights are open. 

I also appreciate the fact that they provide newspaper every morning for their hotel guests.

It also provide its guests with coffee, water, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, lotion, slippers and the very important deposit box.
Room Tip: choose rooms near the pool or near the lobby

Located in Vigan, Metro Vigan Fiesta Garden Hotel is a perfect starting point from which to explore Ilocos Sur. The hotel offers guests a range of services and amenities designed to provide comfort and convenience such as:
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms 
  • Cable TV 
  • Mini refrigerator 
  • 24-hour security 
  • daily housekeeping 
  • printer 
  • 24-hour front desk are on the list of things guests can enjoy. Some of the well-appointed guestrooms feature television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, air conditioning, desk. The hotel’s peaceful atmosphere extends to its recreational facilities which include dart board, outdoor pool, spa, massage, garden. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Ilocos Sur, Metro Vigan Fiesta Garden Hotel will make you feel instantly at home.

Be greeted with a smile and warm hospitality of the North as you celebrate your special occasions, events and gatherings in the FG Pavilion. Take pleasure in the festivity of Ilocano dishes at the Garden Fiesta Restaurant where delectable fiesta-inspired dishes are served.
Giving a new-look to Metro Vigan is the The Lounge ( VIP Room) where guests can relax and enjoy good music, assortment of drinks, house-blended cocktails and pica-pica.
The hotel was founded two (2) years ago by a group of friends. They’re actually experts in the field of medicine.  Yes, they’re all doctors by profession and businessmen on the side. 
Relax, stretch your arms and visit the province of Ilocos Sur and experience for yourself the Fiesta Garden Hotel Resort and Spa where each room is tastefully designed, giving it an attractively festive air for a most comforting stay. Find solace in all of their rooms with distinctively accentuated “carved fiesta themed” doors and equipped with air-conditioning, and an en suite bathroom in each.  Taste the delightful Ilocano dishes at the Garden Fiesta Restaurant where sumptuous fiesta-inspired food is served.  Unwind and swim to your heart’s desire in their luxurious pool as you enjoy everything else that the hotel has to offer.

Metro Vigan Fiesta Garden Hotel… a Place Like no Other where relaxation and festivity combine!  

Rating: 4 stars 

Travel pa more! 

Love your own!
Promote the Philippines!  The foreigners I’ve met praises the Philippines with so much passion and love!  They always say that we Filipinos are so lucky because we have a very beautiful country! So, what are you waiting? Travel the Philippines! Support local tourism!

Note: I paid for my own transportation going to and from Vigan but my hotel accommodation together with other bloggers were sponsored by MVFG Hotel.

Love more!

Cha

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HONG KONG:Lucky Number Eight in IKEA Shatin

HONG KONG: Lucky Number Eight in IKEA Shatin


The above “forced perspective” picture was taken by accident.

I was then about to take the picture of my younger sister and while motioning her to move a little to her left to block the view of the yellow wet floor signage at the back, an idea struck me.

I ignored the yellow wet floor sign and took the shot.

Voila!
It is as if the number 8 was on top of her head. 

In Chinese tradition, the number eight (8) is one of the numbers believed to be auspicious (吉利) or lucky. In fact, it is treated as the luckiest of of all lucky numbers This is because bā” (八), the word for “eight” in Mandarin Chinese sounds similar to the Mandarin Chinese word fā” (发), which means “prosper” or “wealth.” In Cantonese, “baat” (eight) sounds similar to “faat” (fortune).

Another reason why the number eight is considered lucky is that the figure “eight” has a perfect symmetrical shape, which is equivalent to perfect balance, one that is considered ideal in Chinese Astrology.

IKEA, the Swedish home furnishings retailer known for its well-designed, inexpensive, and functional furniture for the home, must have these in mind when it placed an ornamental plant shaped into a figure “eight” outside its store in Shatin, Hong Kong.

This particular store of IKEA in Shatin is where we dropped by right after we climbed up to the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery nearby.

IKEA was founded in 1943 by 17 year-old Ingvar Kamprad. As a young entrepreneur in south Sweden, Kamprad soon turned his business into a mail order operation selling a variety of household products, particularly furniture. The first IKEA showroom/store opened in 1953 in Sweden.

The name IKEA comes from the initials of its founder (IK) plus the first letters of Elmtaryd (E), the farm in Southern Sweden where he grew up, and Agunnarvd (A), the nearby village.

The IKEA logo’s colors are blue and yellow which are the same colors of the Swedish flag.

Swedish flag.

Before IKEA was known to be seller of home furnishings, it originally sells pens, wallets, picture frames, table runners, watches, jewellery and nylon stockings, meeting needs with products at reduced prices.

Kamprad’s innovative strategy was to design functional furniture that was easy and inexpensive to build, receive it disassembled at stores, and display it on the show room floor with detailed explanation tickets, making salesperson assistance unnecessary. Employees were available for questions but the customers could choose, order, pick up, transport, and assemble their own selections. Cost savings earned by IKEA were passed through to customers in lower prices (estimated cost savings are 20-50%, compared with the competition). His stores soon became home furnishing centers, also offering restaurant facilities and play areas for children. The strategy continues to drive IKEA operations.

From the start, Kamprad’s desire to integrate social value into business practice has strongly influenced the IKEA vision. In December 1976, Kamprad wrote, “What is good for our customers is also good for us in the long run.” This objective of responsibility drives the company vision to create a better everyday life for the majority of people. The vision is realized by offering a wide range of functional and well-designed home furnishing items, at prices so low that the majority of people can afford to buy them.

Ikea will open its Philippine store soon! Abangan!

TAGAYTAY: Puzzle Mansion Bed And Breakfast Staycation

TAGAYTAY: Puzzle Mansion Bed And Breakfast Staycation


My friends and I spent one (1) night and two (2) days stay at the Puzzle Mansion Bed & Breakfast in Tagaytay City.
Upon the invitation of Tita Gina Lacuna, we troop to Tagaytay for a much needed rest and relaxation sojourn.




My Kababayan from Bicol Noks loves to lie on his back even on this hard cement floor. Ha ha ha! Okay, okay, he wanted to pose ala modelo. So. pagbigyan! Ayan, I hope you achieved that model pose you’ve always wanted. We actually left him behind because he waited for his best friend to come and fetch him.  Ha ha ha!
  

I think Noks has a valid reason for laying on his back on that hard cement floor. According to studies, sleeping on a hard surface can be very beneficial for your back and spine because the floor does not sink like a mattress.

Missing these guys! I hope to have another out of town vacation with all of them real soon! Oh, we missed you Kuya Ted sa pictures natin! Waaa! 

With Blaire Villanueva (leftmost standing actually kicking Noks,lol) , Noks lying down, Anton aka Pusang Kalye and I aka travelonshoestring.

I Love BORACAY

I Love BORACAY 

Boracay island is the most visited tourist destination in the Philippines all year round. It has a pristine white sand which is soft to the touch.

Since this is a small island in the Philippines located approximately 315 km (196 mi) south of Manila and 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in Western Visayas region of the Philippines, you need to take a plane from Manila .  You could either opt to land in Kalibo, Aklan and take a shuttle to Caticlan plus a short boat ride or take a smaller plane which will land in Caticlan plus a short boat ride to the island.

If you hate the crowd you could opt to stay in station one (1) where there’s less tourist because of the hotel prices in the area. Don’t worry,  I know you want everything on a shoestring that’s why I’ll point you to the place in station one where you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg. Ha ha ha!

Just read my blog about that budget inn here

Boracay Island and its beaches have received various awards from different travel publications and agencies.

Enjoy and be safe!


12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub

12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub


If you find yourself in Makati, you can venture at Century mall and try the various offerings of 12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub. Located at the 5th floor of Century City Mall. To reach it, you take an elevator to the 4th floor and then enter a separate elevator to arrive at the 5th floor.
The orange chicken at 12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub is very delicious according to my friend.  You have to take my friend’s word for it because I never tried this dish yet.

I was able to try the burger and fries and it is superb. Kudos to the chef for this particular meal!

This is what I ordered, carbonara. And I shared this with Kuya Rey.  I am a bit disappointed. I think there is more room for improvement to this dish.  The chef at 12 Monkey’s should improve this particular dish. Make it more creamy and put more cheese please.
My seatmate got this for herself, a seafood spaghetti, She said it is delicious. 
At least, you and I now know what to order the next time we find ourselves at 12 Monkeys.
Enjoy!

The waiters shared that the live music performers at 12 Monleys are musical icons in the Philippine music scene like Side A, The Dawn, Razorback, Wolfgang, Parokya ni Edgar etc.

Disclaimer: This is not a paid review or a food review. 

IVANA CHUBBUCK: Acting Coach to the Hollywood Stars Up Close and Personal

IVANA CHUBBUCK: Acting Coach to the Hollywood Stars Up Close and Personal

“There is no ceiling. Human Beings could be anything they like to be!”- Ivana Chubback

Yes, dear aspiring actors and actresses! You probably have heard already about the Chubbuck technique one time or another. And guess what?  Ivana Chubbuck herself is here in Manila in the flesh! The author of book “The Power of an Actor” and the creator of the very popular Chubbuck technique used by many award winning actors & actresses in Hollywood will be holding a 2 (two) day Masterclasses in Manila! All together now- yeeeeheeeyyyy!!

Yes, that dream of yours to become an effective actor or actress is now an arms length away if not an inch closer! Be an observer and attend the two (2) days Ivana Chubbuck 2 (two) days master classes on September 3 to 4 at Dolphy Theater inside Abs-cbn compound.  See her live in action on how she coaches actors and how she transforms them from a mini to a biggie, from a flat 1 to a perfect 10! She’s absolutely a gamechanger according to everyone who attended her classes. 

Maybe this is the answer to your prayers to be a Hollywood actor/actress! Invest to the series of classes using the Ivana Chubbuck technique and improve your craft. Upgrade your acting skills. Raise your chances, up your score, advance your knowledge. After all, no one could ever tell what’s in your future! You might be the next big thing in Tinseltown!

Ivana Chubbuck has revolutionized fear and turned it into something productive through the arts.

Correct me if I am wrong, based from what I understand from Ivana herself during the question and answer portion, Ivana Chubbuck’s technique channels the negative experiences of a person into a positive force.  If that is correct then that is so refreshing! I heard it is an effective way to allow the actor to stop acting and really be in the scene.

Ivana is a rule breaker and at the same time a healer of scarred souls. 

Why a rule breaker? Adherence to the rules? Boundaries? Ahh, Ivana defies all of these by breaking free from the norm and winning big time with her unique principles.

Mind you, this technique is applicable even to those in the singing industry, theater and to life itself. Did you know that Beyonce’s acting coach is Ivana when she made the movie “Dreamgirls”? Beyonce got a lot of acting offers after that movie but Beyonce decided to quit acting and applied what she learned from the Ivana Chubbuck technique to her music videos and had dominated almost all mtv music awards since!

Tom Cruise, yes that Tom Cruise with so many acting awards under his belt, paid his tuition to Ivana Chubbuck by working as a chicken mascot in a restaurant when he was just staring out in Hollywood. He invested in his future and honed his acting skills and look at the fruits of his labor now! Amazing, isn’t it?

The 69 year-old Sylvester Stallone, tired of being a hum actor all throughout his 30 year plus career asked for Ivana’s help and had a one on one sessions with the exemplary coach. The Ivana Chubbuck technique had earned for Sylvester a nomination to a major award giving body.

Halle Berry profusely thanked Ivana for her help when she recently received an acting trophy. All other actors in Hollywood who had trained with Ivana has nothing but praises for her. It’s beyond words. You ought to discover for yourself how it is to be trained by the Ivana Chubbuck!

It is amazing how Ivanna Chubbuck turned something negative into positive.

A breath of fresh air, that’s Ivana! She’s a very down to earth and a very nice person. She smiles a lot and I find her so charming. The Pilar Pilapil deadringer is so gorgeous in person.  

“I studied anthropology in college and not the arts,” Ivana confesses.

Ivana ended up in the field of arts through her technique which she teaches to different people and brings to different parts of the world. Her book Power of an Actor had been translated to more than 12 languages incuding Japanese, Italian and Danish among others.

During the press conference early this afternoon. Ivana shared that when she was younger she was self destructing but a victor that she is, she reinvented herself from an actor to a full time acting coach in Hollywood.  Why? Because she realized that she enjoys teaching more than acting in front of the camera. I was left in awe when she speak with so much passion and said that she turned all her negativity and fear into something very productive and developed the Ivana Chubbuck technique that became so popular in Hollywood. Ivana believes that fear is universal. Along the way she discovered that her client in the US has the same fear with her other students in other countries as well.  She likened all her students to one big family whose fear and basic wants and needs are basically the same no matter where they are in the world. She observed that fear transcends religion, race and color.

I was so overwhelmed when I got to read the names of her Hollywood clientele. It is a wow as in super wow! Bigatin!!! As in! Hays, direk and Ivana that made me more curious what is the Ivana Chubbuck technique and why is it so popular?

Director Ryan Carlos is the only Asian to date which was authorized by Ivana Chubbuck to teach the Ivana Chubbuck technique

You survived. You are presently here in a space in the universe. Turn your fear as your greatest asset. Enroll now at ABS-CBN for the Ivana Chubbuck technique under the guidance of Director Ryan Carlos.

See you in Hollywood!

JADINE: New teleserye ‘Till I Met you Starts Tonight!

JADINE: New teleserye ‘Till I Met you Starts Tonight!

Good news to all kapamilya especially to all JADINE’s fans worldwide! James Reid and Nadine Lustre are now back in primetime bida time slot right after “ang Probinsyano” starting tonight with their newest teleserye offering titled “Til I meet You!(TIMY) only at ABS-CBN Channel 2 produced by Dreamscape Entertainment.

At the grand press conference held at Le Reve yesterday afternoon, the real and reel loveteam are praying and hoping that #TIMY will also be as successful as #OTWOL. If you can recall it was only in February this year that OTWOL had wrapped up and the loveteam were immediately given #timy which they shot for three(3) whole weeks in breathtaking Santorini, Athens Greece and Mykonos.

I love the aerial shots done by Director Antoinette Jadaone and second director Andoy Ranay.  Trailer pa lang panalo na!

Direk Antoinette Jadaone the “hugot” director had injected additional humor which we’ve seen from the trailer of TIMY yesterday. I particularly like the trailer showing the airport scene where Nadine thought that James( Basti) were smiling at her, it turned out that he was after all smiling at “Alejandro or Ali for short” played by theater actor JC Santos, the third wheel “bida” together with Jadine. Oh, you ought to watch the premiere episode tonight and be merry!

Nadine’s character in the teleserye is torn between her childhood bestfriend and ka MU (mutual understanding) Ali and newly met tour guide in Greece-Basti. What matters more friendship or love? Ano nga ba?

Zoren Legaspi was so funny when he insisted that Angel Aquino was their third wheel at their Santorini trip because he and real life wife Carmina Villaroel together with Angel were roommates when they roam around in Santorini. 

Carmina immediately appeased Angel and told her that she and real life husband Zoren were actually very grateful to Angel for taking care of them when Zoren got sick. Carmina thanked Angel for volunteering in buying medicines for Zoren when he got a stomach flu on their second day in Santorini.

Yeah, they should be grateful!  After all the steps to and from the drugstores were steep and tricky in Santorini especially when you’re in high heels. Add to that the language barrier.

Carmina plays the role of Cassandra, a poor woman, the mother of Iris (Nadine) while Pokwang plays the role of a  rich woman, a wife of a general whose son Ali (JC Santos) is Iris bestfriend whom she develop a mutual understanding.

“Mayaman ako dito! Believe it or not”, Pokwang quips.

The teleserye’s theme song ‘Till I Met You was beautifully sang by R&B Princess Kayla.

Don’t miss tonight’s premiere episode of ‘Till I Met You! #TIMY 

#TIMYLoveBegins

#timy #Jadine #Dreamscape #AbsCbn #JadineInSantorini #JadineInGreece #JadineInAthens #JadineinMykonos #JamesReid #NadineLustre #NadineBeautifulStory

Sunlife of Canada Quiz Night

Sunlife of Canada Quiz Night


Everybody had a blast at the Sun Life sponsored event at the Fort, BGC. There were 26 groups composed of 6 to 8 members each who participated in the event. 

The fastest hands who googled the answer with the fastest connection wins the quiz. Congratulations guys!

I took the wrong route going to BGC that unfortunate day. Instead of taking the LRT/MRT route for easier and faster access to BGC. I took the jeepney going to Dapitan from Taft. In Dapitan, I walked towards Mayon Street, rode a jeep to Welcome Rotonda then cross the highway and rode an FX going to Trinoma then walk towards the MRT on the other side of the road then took the MRT, then upon arrival at Ayala MRT Station, went down the stairs then walked towards the BGC Bus terminal and waited in a crazy long line of people for almost thirty minutes to ride the West bound BGC bus before walking at my final destination at the Fort in BGC. Because of my bad decision, I never made it to the event proper. Good thing, the PR allowed me to join the Sun Life sponsored quiz night later that evening at the tent near the BGC Signage at the Fort.


Wrong Route.

The word is not only applicable on how we move from one place to another. This also applies with our financial dealings.

I know of some guys who took the easy route. Networking. The rich quick scheme. “Kape tayo” statement became synonymous to an hour of horror listening to all their talks convincing you to invest on their networking and what have you. Again, maybe they mean well but then again I am not just interested now. Why? It’s because of a former schoolmate who asked me to joined a networking selling all those powdered drinks that they claimed to make you healthy, unfortunately the three heads I bought was all for nothing because she left me to fend on my own. Well, that made me realized that she’s there only for the money not to help me make money. So there’s a big difference there. So be careful on whom to trust.

Horror of horrors, reconnecting with lost friends and schoolmates, classmates etc. to extract money from them is a bit overboard. But that was what was being taught at their trainings. So, I guess, I’ll list that as one of my charitable acts. Very costly, not only with the amount of money I paid but also with the friendship that had gone with my money. Ha ha ha!

Networking in the Philippines is not matured enough unlike those of other countries. It is primarily based on pyramiding that when the cookie crumbles everything else smashes to the ground.

One other way is to bank on your good looks and talent. Enter the entertainment scene as an actor or actress. Or if you have a singing prowess then by all means try to be a singer. Or if you don’t have the talent maybe just maybe you could become the next Anne Curtis and enjoy fame and money that comes with it.

Another way is working your way to the top in the corporate scene. The stressfull rat race. A lot of you thinks that working in a multinational corporation would give you all the comforts in life. Well, maybe it holds true to some but not with everyone.

The route I took is entrepreneurship. Lesser number of people my age took the route I choose. Business after all is not for everyone.  Yes, think again and again before you jump into your own business. Business needs 100% of your time and attention. You have to make sacrifices, and it is definitely for everyone.

According to studies. More than 90% of businesses closed down within two (2) years of operation. Another 50% closed down after five (5) years in operation. Not everyone has the patience and the financial savvy to remain on top of his game. Not everyone are taylored to be an entrepreneur.

The ups and downs, twists and turns in this hilly terrain is really very challenging. The turbulence could come up anytime of the day that when you are caught unprepared you’ll be swept off your feet. Endangering all your hard work. Yes, even in business you could lose everything. So thread lightly.

Another way I know is combining business or work with investments. That means, you still work or do business while segregating a portion of your income for your investments. In short, you make your money work for you and not the other way around. Re-investing your investments.

As you all know, bank deposits nowadays earns less than 1% annually. And if your account falls below the regulated balance it will be automatically be labeled dormant. Poor you will end up with nothing as in NADA, Zero. Sad, but true.

I don’t know who had that crazy idea implemented in the banking industry. It made a lot of people frustrated, angry even. Your hard earned money gone with the wind. I could not blame people who just stock their money at home in their piggy bank. It made them feel more secure and safe than depositing their money in the bank.

Another way is to bet in the lotto. Unfortunately, according to studies, it is more possible for you to be stricken by the thunder twice than to win the lotto. Sigh, it is a very depressing thought. What will the future brings then? No one knows for sure. But you can choose to get ready by making investments as early as today. Make plans. Make a dream board. Take some notes and invest in your own future.

Mutual funds, stocks, UITF, bonds, etc. you name it I tried it. Yes, I’ve tried all of these instruments. And yet, I am not 100% convinced especially when it comes to the stockmarket. Why? Because in the past, I tried dipping my fingers inside the boiling kettle without proper guidance or knowledge on what I was getting into and I ended up with nothing. All my money went puff. Hays!

That is why I appreciate it when Aya Laraya was tapped by Sun Life of Canada to conduct a series of workshops dubbed as “Aral Muna, Bago invest”.

Good thing, Sun Life of Canada is bending backwards in order to give its clients a chance to know its products. I learned recently that Sun Life offers fund management for as low as Php5,000 

You must have a specific purpose for your funds. Whether it is for retirement, education, travel, gadgets, etc. Because a purpose well defined is eaily attainable than a man with no particular purpose. A man who could not make up his mind is like a loose cannon, trying to be everything ending up with nothing. 

Your Sun Life fund manager will be the one to take care of your funds while you enjoy a good quality of life. Of course, you have to pay certain fees when you withdraw your investments before the holding period ends. Holding period is about a year or two depending on the type of investments you made.

I am so excited. I want to try this Sun Life product. #ExcitedMuch

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