A Worthwhile Staycation Widus

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Widus Hotel and Casino located at the Clark Freeport Zone.  This hotel and casino has been there for more than seven years now but this is just the first time I’ve been there.  They invited us to experience a worthwhile staycation Widus (pronounced as wid us like with usand give this overlooked place in Clark a second look.

Widus Hotel Clark Staycation

I am not surprsied why not too many know about such lovely hotel existed at Clark Freeport Zone because this is the facade you will see if you pass by the main street:


Widus Hotel and Casino at Clark Freeport Zone Pampangga

It just looks like an ordinary building. But major renovations are underway.

Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
This is Tower 2 inside the Widus Hotel property after the lobby and casino area. Tower 2 just opened a year ago with more executive rooms with double occupancy for business and leisure travellers. Tower 3 will be constructed next year.
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
My room is on rhe second floor that is the 2nd room to the left.
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
The view from my window a nice garden with tree house. A perfect venue for a romantic dinner or to gaze at the stars!
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation

Rooms


My room looks like this:
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
The bathroom has a glass window overlooking the beds! Bathroom has clean sanitized toilet, spacious dressers, and hot and cold shower area.
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
behind me is the mini bar

Tower 1 had more of the family rooms woth own kitchen and dining area for families and long-stayong guests.


But one of the things I liked best at Widus Hotel is the nice landscape view and architecture, like this pretty walkway from tower 1 to tower 2.
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation

Swimming Pool


I also love the pool area! It’s big and has a lot of areas you can lounge on.
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
Lounging chairs are big and comfy designed by Kenneth Cobunpue perhaps?
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
Lots of lush greens and the bridges you can’t miss it. Perfect to have a senti moment or sun bathe!
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
The pool is just 4 feet deep so anyone can enjoy without any worries.
Widus Hotel Clark pool area

Food and Beverage


What is a staycation without trying the food at their restaurant  Salt and the nightlife scene at Prism.

What is a staycation without trying the food at their restaurant Salt and the nightlife scene at Prism.

DINNER


A special 6 course off-the-menu dinner was prepared for us by the Chef
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
This is my favorite of all, the appetizer! Asian Tuna Tartate
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
The deconstructed beef noodle soup is good! I like the presentation!
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
Then I put it all together in the mini-bowl.
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
Our main course was Salmon I love the mashed potato !
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
And the delicious desserts which was a hit even with the kids!
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation

All of the courses have a drink paired with it. I super love the Lychee Margarita!

BREAKFAST

A buffet breakfast was served at Salt Restaurant as well, the Baked Bacon was the favorite! I love the Yogurt all you want station!

LUNCH

Lunch was also served at Salt and we tried the dishes on their menu!


The Orange Mandarin Salad is one if their best sellers and I understand why!
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
I had the love Potion shake a combinationnof apple, strawberry and milk.
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
There’s mini burgers with fries for the kids
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
The Beef Bulgogi comes witg rice and kimchi
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
The super cruncy and tasty Crispy Pata
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
The Baked Salmon is good!
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
Of course desserts!
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation

Entertainment

You can play at the casino or just relax and cap the night at the bar.


Widus Hotel and Casino has Prism Lounge and Bar for their guest to drink, unwind and cap the night. Live band performance and wide selection of drinks and food!
Prism Lounge and Bar at Widus Clark
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation

FUNCTION ROOMS


Separated from the main hotel and casino area are function rooms for events like weddings, conferences and parties!
Widus Hotel and Casino function rooms
Widus Hotel Clark Staycation

What I think of Widus Hotel and Casino in Clark?

  • I love the pool area so well maintained and the architecture and landscape is so pretty. I love the many lounging chairs scattered around so there’s a lot of choice to sun bathe ans swim.
  • I love the architecture and maintenance  I did not think it was more than 7 years old already!
  • The food is great everything we had was really good even the beverages and the alcoholic drink.  You don’t have to worry about food when you are here just enjoy your staycation.
  • I don’t have pics of the gaming/ casino area as it is not alllwed but it was huge as well and a lot of players.

Do I recommend it?

Yes, facilities and property are well maintained. It is near the Duty Free shopping area at Clark Freeport Zone. There’s something for the kids and adult to enjoy and the food is great! Definitely a worthwhile staycation Widus Hotel and Casino!

For reservations and inquiries you may visit www.widus.com. or cal +63454991000 or +6328401430.

Stay gorgeous everyone!

What’s the Peranakan Cuisine Lunch at ALTA Restaurant in Ascott BGC Manila Like?

Peranakan Cuisine by Chef Malcolm Lee at ALTA Restaurant in Ascott BGC Manila

Last December 2,2014 , Ascott Bonifacio Global City , the first international serviced residence at BGC Taguig opened their doors to the public with a sneak preview of the property for future residents and transients.

But aside from the tour, Ascott BGC also have us try a Peranakan lunch by ALTA Restaurant, the first restaurant owned by the country’s most sought after Chef Margarita Fores.  The Peranakan Cuisine lunch we had that day was prepared by Chef Malcolm Lee, a finalist for World Gourmet Summit Asian Chef of the Year and owner of Candlenut restaurant in Singapore which was listed as Singapore’s Top 50 Favourite Western & Asian Restaurants 2015 Guide.

Top: Chef Margarita Fores Bottom: Chef Malcolm Lee, Mr. Arthur Gindap Ascott Regional Manager for Philippines and Thailand; Mr. Philip Barnes Ascott BGC Manila Resident Manager

Top: Chef Margarita Fores Bottom: Chef Malcolm Lee, Mr. Arthur Gindap Ascott Regional Manager for Philippines and Thailand; Mr. Philip Barnes Ascott BGC Manila Resident Manager

What is a Peranakan Cuisine?

I couldn’t explain it much better than what the YourSingaporeGuide so here’s quotes from them:

Peranakan Cuisine by Chef Malcolm Lee at ALTA Restaurant in Ascott BGC Manila

Peranakan Cuisine by Chef Malcolm Lee at ALTA Restaurant in Ascott BGC Manila

The cuisine comes from the Peranakans, the descendants of the original Chinese immigrants who had settled in Penang, Malacca, Indonesia and Singapore, and inter-married with the local Malays. It’s also referred to as ”Nonya”, an old Malay word which was used as a term of respect and affection for women of prominent social standing.

Peranakans believe that the distinct flavour of their recipes owes itself to the “rempah”, a combination of spices with a very specific texture and density that is pounded into a paste with a pestle and mortar. Small wonder that Peranakan recipes involve a time-consuming and lengthy preparation and are handed down from one generation to the next. Interestingly, a Nonya was supposed to be able to judge the cooking ability of her new daughter-in-law merely by listening as she prepared the rempah with a mortar.

An imaginative and creative cuisine infused with delicate flavours, Peranakan or Nonya food employs chillies, belachan and coconut milk as vital ingredients in its cooking. It blends the ingredients and wok cooking techniques of the Chinese with the spices used by the Malay and Indonesian community to create tangy, aromatic and spicy dishes.

You’ll be interested to learn that this unique cuisine displays subtle regional differences in its style of cooking. For instance, the dishes that originate from the Penang use tamarind and other sour ingredients more liberally, displaying a Thai influence, while those from Singapore and Malacca use more coconut milk, exhibiting a stronger Indonesian influence.

Here is what Chef Malcolm Lee has prepared for us!

Peranakan Cuisine Lunch Menu

Peranakan Cuisine Lunch Menu of the day

Starting off with the appetizers while the Chef prepares for us what’s on the menu.

Peranakan Lunch at ALTA Restaurant Ascott BGC
Shrimp and herb/ Crabmeat on vegi Chicharon
Peranakan Lunch at ALTA Restaurant Ascott BGC Winged Bean Salad
Peranakan Lunch at ALTA Restaurant Ascott BGC Bakwan Kepiting Soup
Peranakan Lunch at ALTA Restaurant Ascott BGC Chap Chye
Peranakan Lunch at ALTA Restaurant Ascott BGC
Babi Pongteh

A sneak preview of the Peranakan lunch I had at Alta restaurant at Ascott BGC

A sneak preview of the Peranakan lunch I had at Alta restaurant at Ascott BGC

That black meat on my plate is the Ayam Buah Keluak
ALTA restaurant Peranakan lunch at Ascott BGC Steamed Lapu-lapu and Tiger Prawn Otah
Peranakan Lunch at ALTA Restaurant Ascott BGC Nasi Ulam
Peranakan Lunch at ALTA Restaurant Ascott BGC Candlenut’s Signature Chendol Cream

What I think of the Peranakan Cuisine lunch we had?

  • The distinct taste of Malaysian cuisine is very evident on each of the dish we tried. There’s the kinda curry spice and sourness flavor that kicks in the main courses especially the Babi Pongteh  which I think is their version of Tagalog Pork Adobo but with that Malaysian flavor.
  • The Steamed Lapu-Lapu and Tiger Prawn was the best-seller among the people I dined with that day.
  • The Winged Bean Salad is fresh vegies with sour flavor that goes very well with all the dishes served as to balance the flavors.
  • The Candlenut’s Signature Chendol Cream is really good. It reminds me of a crem brulee except this one has that more coconut milk flavor and the syrup is not torched plus the jelly on top.


Peranakan Lunch at ALTA Restaurant Ascott BGC
ALTA will be providing the food for Ascott BGC Manila banwuet events held at the grand ballroom.
Peranakan Lunch at ALTA Restaurant Ascott BGC

If you want to try authentic Peranakan Cuisine in the Philippines you might want to visit ALTA Restaurant at the 2nd level of Ascott BGC Manila just near Mini Cooper at the 28th St or visit http://www.the-ascott.com/en/groupindex.html for more info and bookings.

Stay gorgeous everyone!

4 Reasons to Visit Dencio’s Bar and Grill Restaurant at Harbor Square CCP

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Dencio’s is one of those bar and restaurant in the Philippines that every Pinoy love. I for one can attest to the fact that it is one of the few restaurants in the country that serves authentic Pinoy Fiesta dishes that everyone enjoys on a festive occassion. It is also one of those restaurants my way-back friends/barkada come to and hang-out to unwind after exams during my college days or/and long day at work to. It is also where families/friends get together especially when a balikbayan relative comes. But with the rise of so many reataurants and foodie places in the country, particularly in Metro Manila, some have forgotten to take a look at Dencio’s Bar and Restaurant for other alternatives. Well, well, well, I think you are missing out a lot so here is a rundown of reasons to visit Dencio’s Bar and Grill particularly the one at Harbor Square Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP): 1. FOOD: Authentic Pinoy Fiesta Dishes

Dencio's Kabisera CCP Dencio’s is known for their best-tasting all-time favorite Pork Sisig and well if you are looking for the best Sisig in town this is the right place. And just to show you they are the authority on Sisig, they come up with the best-tasting ISAW SISIG! Crunchy, hot, tasty and delectable! This is one of the must try! Dencio's Kabisera CCPAbove:Binagoongang Rice Below: Adobo Rice Dencio's Kabisera CCP Kanin palang ulam na! More rice please! Yes! Pinoys love rice. No meal is complete without rice! But with these two rice variants (Binagoongan and Adobo Rice) is a meal in itself already!
Dencio's Kabisera CCP Sari-Saring Sinugba or in English Pinoy Barbeque Platter a sampler platter of Pinoy grilled delight which includes: Pork Barbeque, Chicken Barbeque, Tuna Barbeque and Pork Chop Barbecue with 3 kinds of Achara (or pickled vegetable) and 3 kinda of sawsawan (sauce). Dencio's Kabisera CCP Kilawing Tulingan Dencio's Kabisera CCP Gambas Dencio's Kabisera CCPChopsuey or mixed vegies
2. AMBIANCE : Staying Truly Filipino

Dencio's Kabisera CCP “We wanted to stay true to the Filipino feel — both with our food and ambiance,” Dencio’s and Max’s Group executivea said. Dencio's Kabisera CCP Dencio’s is now under the management if the Max’s group and the Dencio’s Bar and Grill at Harbor Square CCP is the first branch carrying the new look and feel. Dencio's Kabisera CCP All-time favorites –like sisig — are now complemented by new interiors. The native materials in the designs are retained and more incorporated. Dencio's Kabisera CCP The bar area has walk in chillers, while the function room has been decorated with novelty items and dartboard. Dencio's Kabisera CCP The new store concept — which will be cascaded through all Dencio branch in the Philippines — also caters to a wide variety of diners including families, sports enthusiast, and barkadas as the areas are divided strategically to the diners delight.
3. SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT: Bullseye for a bucket of beer!

Dencio's Kabisera CCP
Dencio’s Dart Night promo gives diners a chance to win a bottle to a bucket of beer! Dencio's Kabisera CCP 1 bulls-eye = 1 beer and another for the next bulls-eye. Hit bulls-eye with all 3 shots and get a bucket of beer! That’s Marky Ramone Go and Enzo Luna trying their luck! Dencio's Kabisera CCP Ruth dela Cruz and I are trying it out as well. How did we fair? We fair very well! Haha!
4.VIEW : Best Manila Sunset

I think Dencio’s Bar and Restaurant at Harbor Point CCP has the best location ever! Overlooking Manila Bay just near the Manila Yatch Club the view is fantastic place to watch the best Manila sunset!

Dencio's Kabisera CCP Who would have thought this is Manila! Dine alone for a senti emo time, just don’t breathe too much lol! Depending on where the wind blows the breeze kinda smell slightly fishy! Haha! Dencio's Kabisera CCP It is also a perfect place for a romantic dinner with your lover! Or a group date!

With Rodel Flordeliz, Adrian Benipayo and Ruth dela Cruz.

With Rodel Flordeliz, Adrian Benipayo and Ruth dela Cruz.

Or with your girlfriends for an ultimate bonding time or colleagues!

Dencio's Kabisera CCP
Drink ’til we roll Frozen Margarita for the ladies! Dencio's Kabisera CCP Oh! There’s 5th reason! Hard workers by day, party harder at night Gets 10% off on their total bill every Thursday, just show your company ID when you bill out!

Now if those aren’t enough reasons for you to visit Dencio’s Bar and Restaurant at Harbor Point CCP, I don’t know how else to convince you!

Stay gorgeous everyone!

A Sneak Preview of Ascott Bonifacio Global City

Group shot with Ascott Limited Executives.  Mr Arthur Gindap, Ascott's Regional Manager for Philippines and Thailand (4th from the right); Mr. Philip Barnes, Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila Residence Manager; Ms. Joanne Golong-Gomez, Ascott's Director for Sales and Marketing Philippines; me and the Preview Style Bible editors.

It is said that all Bonifacio Global City needs to make the city the new financial center of the country is for it to have establishments that can cater to both short and long staying travellers. True enough, Bonifacio Global City (BGC)  in Taguig is a growing financial hub that rivals Ayala CBD in Makati and Ortigas Center in Pasig. From becoming a home to numerous multinational companies, to concept restaurants and bars, luxury’ retail stores, international schools, and an internationally accrediled medical facility—BGC has finally embraced cosmopolitan living.

Group shot with Ascott Limited Executives.  Mr Arthur Gindap, Ascott's Regional Manager for Philippines and Thailand (4th from the right); Mr. Philip Barnes, Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila Residence Manager; Ms. Joanne Golong-Gomez, Ascott's Director for Sales and Marketing Philippines; me and the Preview Style Bible editors.

Group shot with Ascott Limited Executives. Mr Arthur Gindap, Ascott’s Regional Manager for Philippines and Thailand (4th from the right); Mr. Philip Barnes, Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila Residence Manager; Ms. Joanne Golong-Gomez, Ascott’s Director for Sales and Marketing Philippines; me and the Preview Style Bible editors.

Yesterday, I was one of those invited to have a sneak preview of the newly opened Ascott Bonifacio Global City, the first international serviced residence in BGC.

Showcasing to us how Ascott BGC is an expat or travelers Home Away From Home we were shown the studio-type and one-bedroom unit.  Hopefully by April 2015 their two-bedroom and three-bedroom units will be ready for occupancy!

With Ascott The Residence being named the Philippines’ Leading Serviced Apartment Brand for two years in a row by the World Travel Awards, the brand under The Ascot Limited has always been known for the bespoke global comforts it brings, giving travelling business executives a familiar home away from home.

Ascott BGC Studio Type Unit comes with a Kingsize Bed a living, study, dining areas. Functional kitchen, own washer and dryer and a spacious bathroom with bathtub!

Ascott BGC Studio Type Unit comes with a Kingsize Bed a living, study, dining areas. Functional kitchen, own washer and dryer and a spacious bathroom with bathtub!

Ascott BGC studio type unit is about 41sqm so it is definitely spacious!

Ascott BGC studio type unit is about 41sqm so it is definitely spacious!

All units have functional kitchen with complete dinner sets, kitchen wares and cook wares and badass ref!

All units have functional kitchen with complete dinner sets, kitchen wares and cook wares and badass ref!

Each serviced residence is elegantly furnished and equipped with modem conveniences such as a home entertainment system, a fully functional kitchen, and a washer with dryer.

And my ultramost favorite part of an Ascott Bonifacio Global City unit, all bathrooms are spacious and hace bathtubs!  Yay!

And my ultramost favorite part of an Ascott Bonifacio Global Ascott BGC Studio Type Unit comes with a Kingsize Bed a living, study, dining areas. Functional kitchen, own washer and dryer and a spacious bathroom with bathtub! ity unit, all bathrooms are spacious and hace bathtubs! Yay!

A sneak preview of the Peranakan lunch I had at Alta restaurant at Ascott BGC

A sneak preview of the Peranakan lunch I had at Alta restaurant at Ascott BGC

One bedroom unit in Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila has king size bed, a living room, dining room, kitchen and bar, super spacipus barhroom with bathtub!

One bedroom unit in Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila has king size bed, a living room, dining room, kitchen and bar, super spacipus barhroom with bathtub!

Living room of a one-bedroom unit of Ascott BGC Manila

Living room of a one-bedroom unit of Ascott BGC Manila.

To relax and recharge, residents can enjoy a dip in the outdoor 25-meter lap pool and jacuzzi or a robust workout in the well-equipped gymm that overlooks the city.

A 25 meter lap pool at the amenities floor.

A 25 meter lap pool at the amenities floor, there’s children’s wading pool. playroom for kids, sauna and steam room.

In addition, Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila offers office suites, meeting rooms. function rooms, a boardroom and a ballroom that will be fully operational by December 7, 2014!

More than just a place to stay, Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila also makes sure that the residents’ stay in the Philippines is as comfortable as possible through the Ascon Host Program. This helps residents transition into living in the Philippines and quickly settle in the new city. The program includes activities such as neighborhood and city tours, a security orientation, special events for kids, and social gatherings to know the other residents in the property.

Aside from that Ascott partnered with Chef Margarita Forres to open her restaurant in the hotel, Alta Restaurant.  Alta will serve Ascott BGC banquetsheld at the grand ballroom that has a capacity of 200-600 guests.

Alta Restaurant at Ascott BGC Manila 2nd floor.

Alta Restaurant at Ascott BGC Manila 2nd floor.

I was able to try the kind of dishes they will serve Alta like the Peranakan Cuisine lunch by Chef Malcolm Lee they served during the event yesterday.

A sneak preview of the Peranakan lunch I had at Alta restaurant at Ascott BGC

A sneak preview of the Peranakan lunch I had at Alta restaurant at Ascott BGC

I will show you more about the Peranakan lunch we had at Alta on my next post!

Meanwhile visit www.the-ascott.com for bookings and more information about Ascott serviced residence at BGC. Ascot BGC is located at the 28th St. near the Mini Cooper showroom.

Stay gorgeous everyone!

#IPTLManila Day 3: The Great Wrap Up!

Serena Williams at the IPTL Manila

A sweet goodbye and an awesome final day wrap up as the Manila Mavericks ended the 3rd day of the Manila leg of the International Premiere Tennis League (IPTL) with a big win!

#IPTLManila score board:   Murray vs

#IPTLManila score board: Murray vs Kyrgos 6-1, Philippousis vs Farfter 6-2, Huey/Tsonga vs Berdych/Hewitt 6-5, Flipkens/Murray vs Williams/Hewitt 6-1 amd Flipkens vs Williams 3-6.

Highlights for the night include:

  • Andy Murray finally winning his IPTL Manila leg Singles Match!  With an amazing match played with Hewitt! Great play and parlay!
  • The Mens Double was an exciting match to watch as both players from the Singapore Slammers and Manila Mavericks were showing power game and game plan.   I think the Huey and Tsonga is the team to beat in men’s doubles. They have never lost a game since day 1!
  • Serena Williams appearance made the crowd go wild!  The US open Champion of course won the Women’s Single against Kirsten Flipkens.  But Flipkens gave a gokd fight and well it was expected that Williams should win coz shes a champion!
  • IPTL organizers promised they will be back next year!  Woohoo!
Serena Williams at the IPTL Manila

Serena Williams at the IPTL Manila

Williams, Murray, all in one court! Awesome!

Williams, Murray, practicing together in one court! Awesome!

Huey and Murray being intervjewed after the win!

Huey and Murray being intervjewed after the win!

Serena Williams in action

Serena Williams in action.

 

The Tsonga and Huey Men's Double Team up is the Men's Doubles team to beat at the IPTL!

The Tsonga and Huey Men’s Double Team up is the Men’s Doubles team to beat at the IPTL. What a great tandem 0 loss in 3 days match! I am now a fan!

Bht the Berdych and Hewitt of Singapore Slammers tandem gave a good fight as well!

But the Berdych and Hewitt of Singapore Slammers tandem gave a good fight as well

While Maria Sharapova or Ana Ivanovoc was not seen at the 3rd day for the men to feast on (haha) Female audience were happy (including me) with lota of male eye candies on court that night!

Mark Philippoussis

Mark Philippoussis for IPTL Manila

Mark Philippoussis for IPTL Manila

Tomas Berdych

Tomas Berdych for Singapore Slammers team IPTL

Tomas Berdych for Singapore Slammers team IPTL

Lleyton Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt playing for IPTL Singapore Slammers

Lleyton Hewitt playing for IPTL Singapore Slammers

Singapore Slammers Male Players by the bleacher

The Singapore Slammers male players by the bleachers Nick Kyrgios and Patrick Rafter.

The Singapore Slammers male players by the bleachers Nick Kyrgios and Patrick Rafter.

Manila Mavericks Male players by the bleachers

The male players of Manila Mavericks by the bleacher Mark Philippoussis, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Daniel Nestor, Treat Huey.

The male players of Manila Mavericks by the bleacher Mark Philippoussis, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Daniel Nestor, Treat Huey.

That wraps up my IPTL live watching experience! Of course ending it with a selfie with Murray and Williams at the background! ,

That wraps up my IPTL LIVE watching experience! Of course ending it with a selfie with Murray and Williams at the background at the SM MOA Arena!

That wraps up my IPTL LIVE watching experience! Of course ending it with a selfie with Murray and Williams at the background at the SM MOA Arena!

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And if you are still clueless, here’s things you need to know about #IPTL and #IPTLManila! 

#IPTLManila Day 2 Experience: The Legends Have Fallen?

Maria vs Ana at #IPTL Manila leg

I don’t know who is more frustrated the players or the audience.  Playing at their “home court” but losing is such a sweet sorrow I think because you want a sweet revenge after haha!

A sweeping loss for Manila Mavericks!

A sweeping loss for Manila Mavericks!

The Manila Maverick lost a lot of match against the Indian Aces team at the #IPTLManila Day 2 last night.

It started during the first match with Carlos Moya not being able to run and catch up because of an injury his groin/crothch area was painful he said. He wanted to play but the trainor has been called and he was replaced by Nestor ( I didn’t even know you can have substitute players for a tennis match, maybe because its team not individual?)

Carlos Moya has injury and has to be replaced #IPTLManila

Carlos Moya has injury and has to be replaced #IPTLManila

Anyway despite the effort match 1 lost IdAna Indian Aces won.

Tsonga/Huey vs Bopanna/Monfils at #IPTL Manila

Tsonga/Huey vs Bopanna/Monfils at #IPTL Manila

 

But hey, I am not totally disappointed it was a great match, all the games were awesome. You can see the effort coming from the Mavericks and the game was really great and fun!  True sportsmanship from both team, everyone was having fun but also was competing and showing their strength.

Maria vs Ana at #IPTL Manila leg

Maria vs Ana at #IPTL Manila leg

When Ana Ivanovic and Sharapova got innthe court everyone could sense that the game will be serious and it indeed really was.  It was an intense match.

Maria Sharapova vs Ana Ivanovic at #IPTL Manila

Maria Sharapova vs Ana Ivanovic at #IPTL Manila

You can see that Sharapova was a bit atressed, pressured and tired becauae she got that workout at the earlier match for the Mixed Doubles. The Indian Aces mixed double team gave her a hard time as all the balls were being passed towards her.  So maybe that wad one factor why she lost her Singles Match with Ivanovic.

Ana Ivanovic vs Maria Sharapova at #IPTL Manila

Ana Ivanovic vs Maria Sharapova at #IPTL Manila

I hope the Mavericks will pull through today!  The last day of the  IPTL Manila leg!
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And if you are still clueless, here’s things you need to know about #IPTL and #IPTLManila! 

#IPTLManila Day 1 Experince : When Manila Maverics Sharapova Wins Inaugural Womens Match

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Womens Single. Maria Sharapova vs Kristina Mladenovic. Maria was playing for the Manila Mavericks, Kristina for UAE Royals for the IPTL Manila leg at SM MOA Arena.

Maria Sharapova wons inaugural match at IPTL leg in Manila!

Maria Sharapova wons inaugural match at IPTL leg in Manila!

The game was getting intense as it seems Sharapova, the crowd favorite in IPTL in Manila was losing the first two half of the match. It is apparent to see that she has lost her rhythm. Until she finally got her beat back and won the game.

“This is my first time to play in Manila and I don’t want to lose my first (IPTL),” she said.

Maria Sharapova in IPTL Manila

Maria Sharapova in IPTL Manila

For the very obvious reason, Sharapova was the favorite among Filipino fans. She has the charm and the beauty to win the crowd, plus the fact that she is playing for the Manila Mavericks.

 

Maria Sharapova "raise the roof" as Philippine fans cheers!

Maria Sharapova “raise the roof” as Philippine fans cheers!

All international tennis players who was theee at the first day of IPTL in Manila #IPTLManila did not expect this warm welcome.

The Philippine audience was the most experessive audience they have ever encountered. I for one did not care squealing with excitement when my favorite player scores.

My favorite match for the day was the Mix Double where two of my favorite Sharapova and Murray for Manila Maverics teamed up against Nenad Zimonjic and Kristina Mladenovic UAE Royals.

 

Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray teams up in IPTL Manila

Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray teams up in IPTL Manila

 

Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray for Manila Mavericks at IPTL Manila

Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray for Manila Mavericks at IPTL Manila

It was such an experience to see Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray play together in one court LIVE!

The Manila Mavericks team sitting by the bleachers watching the match

The Manila Mavericks team sitting by the bleachers watching the match

The Manila Mavericks team sitting by the bleachers

The Manila Mavericks team sitting by the bleachers

It was surreal to see so many international players in one court!

Me and Joost enjoyed watching the IPTL tennis match live! Joost is a major fan of the mens division, I the womens of course.  We were both happy as Maria won the womens single while he was happy that Marin Cilic won.  Great game all in all.

Me and Joost enjoyed watching the IPTL tennis match live! Joost is a major fan of the mens division, I the womens of course. We were both happy as Maria won the womens single while he was happy that Marin Cilic won. Great game all in all.

Took this pic while the Murray and Cilic maych was on-going just to show you the scores from IPTL Manila Inaugural matches.

Took this pic while the Murray and Cilic match was on-going just to show you the scores from IPTL Manila Inaugural matches at the SM MOA Arena.

Today is the 2nd day and I am excited to watch again!

Rodel and I got tickets to the IPTL Manila lower box for 3 days! Yay!

Rodel and I got tickets to the IPTL Manila lower box for 3 days! Yay!

Here’s the list of the players and teams:
Manila Maverics players: Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kirsten Flipkens, Maria Sharapova, Daniel Nestor, Carlos Moya, Treat Huey.

UAE Royals players: Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Malek Jaziri, Goran Ivanisevic, Nenad Zimonjic, Marin Cilic, Kristina Mladenovic.

Singapore Slammers: SINGAPORE SLAMMERS: Serena Williams, Andre Agassi, Tomas Berdych, Lleyton Hewitt, Daniela Hantuchova, Nick Kyrgios, Bruno Soares, Patrick Rafter.

Indian Aces: Roger Federer, Pete Sampras ,Gael Monfils, Ana Ivanovic, Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna, Fabrice Santoro.

The matches for tonight November 29,2014

IPTL Manila November 29,2014 7:30PM match schedule

IPTL Manila November 29,2014 7:30PM match schedule

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And if you are still clueless, here’s things you need to know about #IPTL and #IPTLManila! 

Time Out of Time Axis Art and Time Exhibit

Axis Time Out of Time Art Pieces

Going beyond the trends, Axis showcased how they are timepieces of self expression and style by partnering with artists to create unique expressions of time.

Axis launched an art exhibit entitled “Time Out of Time” last November 12. 2014 at SM Malt of Asia.

Axis Time Out of Time Art Pieces
The exhibit featured the works of recognized artists Ram Mallari, Buds Convocar and Salvador Ching. The pieces are a collection of mixed media works that incorporate Axis watches.

Aside for being art pieces a greater meaning is given to this partnership of art and time as the art works are intended for charity the works will be sold through a bidding process and the proceeds will be donated to Children’s Hour.

Axis watches

Axis has a wide range of coltection further grouped into dress, street and pairs. It boasts of all stainless steel material and Japan Movement. Axis watches are value for money, with price ranging from Php2,-400 to Php5,700.

10 Reasons to #LoveChristmas at Century City Mall

Century City Mall Shopaholic Holiday promo

I now have a new favorite mall, Century City Mall, and I think this should be your favorite mall too. Why? Let me count the ways:

#LoveChristmas #CenturyCityMall
This 2014 is their first Christmas since their opening just this year tll and they prepared many reasons for you to #LoveChristmas at Century City Mall:

  1. For starters, get the chance to meet Kris Kringle himself as he roams the mall ecery Sunday of November and December.  Surprise gifts will be given to generous tenants while random shoppers will receive Holiday treats from Santa with his special helper “reindeer dog”  who will be accepting donations in behalf of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

    #LoveChristmas at Century Mall with the "reindeer-dog" Clarence and Olaf the white cat from PAWS

    #LoveChristmas at Century Mall with the “reindeer-dog” Clarence and Olaf the white cat from PAWS

  2. A giant Snow Globe awaits kids and adults alike at the al fresco area with a Winter Wonderland backdrop. You can bave your photo inside and take home your photo they will have it printed out for you! Snow Globe at Century City Mall
  3. Also at the 4th level is the #Love Christmas tree with a daily fountain shoe at 12noon, 6pm and 8pm.
  4. Handog ng Pagmamahal and Sheavers Associations performs Christmas carol every Sunday of December at the Basement 1 level.
  5. Sunday Mass is held at 11am at the event center at the 5th level.
  6. #Selfies and #KissandTell are encouraged at this mall as mistletoes aslre scattered around the mall. Find one and take a creatice selfie underneath the mistletoe. Just post your photos on Instagram and tag @centurymallph with the hashtag #Kissandatell and #LoveChristmas on your entry. There will be 5 winners will be chosen every week for the next 6 weeks. Each winners will win 10 free cinema tickets!#KissandTell #LoveChristmas Century City Mall
  7. A treat to to shopaholics through Century City Mall Shopaholic Holiday promo where shoppers will get a chance to receive Php2,000 worth of Century City Mall vouchers for every Php10,000 worth of accumulated purchase inside the mall!  Vouchers come in Php1,000 worth of food and dining voucher and Php1,000 worth can be used for shopping. The promo will run on November 29-30,2014.     Century City Mall Shopaholic Holiday promo
  8. The latest foodie haven, Hole in the Wall features specialty dining options for food lovers of all ages in a modern setting. My Hole in the Wall review is posted here.
  9. More than 100 stores that caters to health and wellness, home, hobby, sports, gadgerd, and beauty and fashion is slated to open in the coming weeks.
  10. I love their premiere cinema Cinema 3. It has 60 seat lazy boy type couches wirh 7.1 dolby and amazing screen quality. Plus over flowing drinks and popcorn just raise your hands and a butler will come to fill your drink or popcorn.Century City Mall Premiere Cinema 3

How about you have you been to Century City Mall yet?  If not, now is the time to pay a visit!   Century City Mall a.k.a. the Mall of Modern Makati is located at Salamanca St. and Kalayaan Avenue.

Discover more reasons to #LoveChristmas at Century City mall at www.centurycitymall.com.ph or ask tge concierge when you get there.

Stay gorgeous everyone!

What’s Hole in the Wall?

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We all are foodie. I don’t believe anyone who will say they don’t like to eat. That is a complete blasphemy. What I believe though is that sometimes or more often than not we all get tired of eating. Eating the same stuff all over again.

A few days ago, I was invited by Century City Mall to celebrate with them their first Christmas as a mall. The invite included a one-of-a-kind foodie experience at their just recently opened to the public Hole in the Wall.

Hole in the Wall Century City Mall
Hole in the Wall is the new upscale food hub located at the 4th level of Century City Mall in Makati. It has nine different food consignees run by 9 different chef offering unique food and dining experience for this latest IT mall in Makati.

Hole in the Wall Century City Mall
One of my favorite food discovery at Hole in the Wall is Scout’s Honor. Scout’s Honor is a make-your-own cookie stop which means every cookie flavor is unique since you decide what to put in your cookie!

Scouts Honor Chef and owner he assembled my cookie for me and baked it for 7 minutes.

Scout’s Honor Chef and owner he assembled my cookie for me and baked it for 7 minutes.

Tiny Duchess makes Sweet and Savory eclairs. If you love eclairs then you’ll love this one!

Tiny Duchess at Hole in the Wall

Delicious eclairs at Tiny Duchess Hole in the Wall

Green Cheese. They make soft and fluffy cheesecake. I super love their cheesecake it is not too heavy and no umay factor. I can eat the whole cake myself.

Green Cheese owner right side with her bakers/staff.  All cakes are made fresh from the oven.

Green Cheese owner right side with her bakers/staff. All cakes are made fresh from the oven.

I was trying to eat light during the visit so I had the Fresh Lumpia and Vegetarian Barbecue from PhoBobo

PhoBoBo serves Korean style noodles. This is their Vegetarian Barbecue. I love the freshness of the vegies and how the eggplant was grilled to perfection. The soup makes all the difference.

PhoBoBo serves Korean style noodles. This is their Vegetarian Barbecue. I love the freshness of the vegies and how the eggplant was grilled to perfection. The soup makes all the difference.

PhoBoBo's Fresh Lumpia. Vegies are fresh the sauce is really good. Kinda spicy, nutty and tangy at the same time really blends well with the vegies.

PhoBoBo’s Fresh Lumpia. Vegies are fresh the sauce is really good. Kinda spicy, nutty and tangy at the same time really blends well with the vegies.

But then again I wanna try them all so I ordered a sandwich at Mister Delicious. Mister Delicious serves clubhouse style sandwiches good for 2 if you are my size haha.

I had the Mister Delicious Classic Corned Beef Reuben made of Wagyu Beef. All sandwiches are served with Camote chips.

I had the Mister Delicious Classic Corned Beef Reuben made of Wagyu Beef. All sandwiches are served with Camote chips.

Mister Delicious classic BLT.

Mister Delicious classic BLT.

Then there’s Kwong’s where Melo had this noodles

Kwongs Noodles at Hole in the Wall Century City Mall Makati

Kwongs Noodles at Hole in the Wall Century City Mall Makati

Bad Bird and their famous Umami Fried Chicken

Kwong's famous chicken wings!

Kwong’s famous chicken wings!

Other food stalls available are Posporo, Spruce, Liberation Shawarma. Check this video for a look and feel and a virtual tour of the entire Hole in The Wall and see for yourself

Virtual Tour of Hole in the Wall Century City Mall Makati


At the moment, Hole in the Wall is open for dinner only from 5pm to 10pm daily , as they are doing a test run at the moment and see if their food concessionaires can cope up. They want to maintain the quality of the food they serve as everything is fresh and made to order.

It was such a great food experience there I will definitely go back. It was fun to have tried it with real foodies like Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet and Melo Villareal of Out of Town Blog. Hannah Villasis of Flair Candy, Rowena Wendy Lei of Animetric and Jackie Go was also there but did not get a chance for a photo with them!

It was such a great food experience there I will definitely go back. It was fun to have tried it with real foodies like Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet and Melo Villareal of Out of Town Blog. Hannah Villasis of Flair Candy, Rowena Wendy Lei of Animetric and Jackie Go was also there but did not get a chance for a photo with them!

Hopefully by next month Hole in the Wall Century City Mall will be open for lunch time then dinner time. It is located at Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City near Gramercy Residences, A Venue and Buddha Bar.

Hole in the Wall Century City Mall Makati

Hole in the Wall Century City Mall Makati

Stay gorgeous everyone!

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