For the past years that Bonifacio Global City (BGC) existed and boomed into a beautiful business district in Metro Manila, I am sure you have glanced upon some of the beautiful street art in the area . But because of your busy schedules and also the horrible traffic in the metro you had no time to appreciate it up close.
I have the same sentiments too! Fortunately , Butterfly Twist organized an appreciating BGC Street Art recently with fellow blogger friends to see the magnificent street artwork up close and get to know more details about the artists behind them . We had a tour guide, Dee Jae Pa’este who is also one of the artist behind the artworks we checked out. These street art has been there for 3 years and it was crazy that we only get to see most of them now!
Mandala Park Weekend Market is another weekend market you can add to your list of places to visit with family and friends. It is a weekend market revolving on a particular theme every month and happens only every third weekend (usually a Saturday) of the month. This February 2016 they partnered with the Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement to hep spread the “love for local” and put a spotlight on merchants who inspire us to love our own culinary heritage. It is also a part of promoting the #NewMandaluyongInBloom showcasing the new places and things to do in Mandaluyong City.
I just want to put it out there, some of my #3Things and for this post it’s all about my 3 Favorite and Best Beaches in the Philippines offering the best sea,sand, sun view; 3 of the Best Selfie Phone Camera I ever held and ; 3 of my favorite brand of Sunblock.
#EGinSinulog I’ve been to Cebu for a couple of times #EGinCebu and explored what the place has to offer. I have checked on my personal bucket list of places to see and things to do in Cebu which included the following.
Pigged out at the famous Zubuchon headquarters and enjoyed all the lechon they offer with the Marketman himself.
Toured and adored all the original furnitures Kenneth Cobunpue designed at his first and original headquarters the Kenneth Cobunpue Hive in Cebu.
And of course explored what the place has to offer with a quick Cebu City Tour.
I normally don’t visit a place during the peak season, especially during their festival time because there’s too many people that you cannot really appreciate and experience the place. But since I have done almost everything you can do in Cebu (one last thing on the bucket list is swimming with the whales!), I said yes to the opportunity to finally experience Sinulog upclose #EGinSinulog . Thank you to ASUS Philippines who invited me to #SeeSinulogUpClose using two of their latest smartphone offerings, the ASUS Zenfone Max and ASUS Zenfone Zoom.
Before you answer that let me confuse you more with the Exclusive Travel Deals from The Discovery Leisure Company (TDLCI) at the 23rd PTAA Travel Tour Expo happening on February 5 to 7 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
Discovery Suites Ortigas
At the heart of the Ortigas Business District, choose to stay at Discovery Suites, a favorite choice for vacationers looking for a stress-free respite in the city, replete with a gym, pool and a kids’ playroom. The hotel is within walking distance from SM Megamall, the third largest mall in the world, and is home to the multi-awarded steak restaurant 22 Prime. Special Suite Deal packages are on offer at the expo starting at PHP 4,000++ inclusive of High Speed Internet Access for unlimited devices, buffet breakfast for two at Restaurant 5, and cocktails at the Serendipity Lounge. Insider tip: Serendipity Lounge’s bacon-infused cocktail is a must try and truly Instagram-worthy.
Discovery Primea Makati
Re-explore the Makati Central Business District with a stay at Discovery Primea. Moments away from the hotel are premium shopping malls, museums and the best parks in the city. Soak your stress away at Manila’s only Turkish Bath or lounge in the hotel’s 20-meter heated infinity pool. Special Suite Deals start at PHP 9,000++ inclusive of High Speed Internet Access for multiple devices, Gourmet Breakfast for two at Restaurant Tapenade and cocktails at the Gilarmi Lounge. Insider tip: Find the sweet spot in the poolside where the Makati Skyline is perfectly reflected on the water for a Facebook-worthy photo.
Discovery Country Suites Tagaytay
For a countryside escape, take a drive to Discovery Country Suites in Tagaytay and enjoy a relaxing view of the picturesque Taal Volcano from the outdoor Jacuzzi at the garden. Special Suite Deals start at PHP 5,100++ inclusive of Verbena Country Breakfast for two, exquisite wine and cheese at sundown, and a bedtime treat of warm milk and cookies. Insider tip: Download thousands of international magazines for free through PressReader, also available in Discovery Suites, Discovery Primea and Discovery Shores Boracay.
Discovery Shores Boracay
Enjoy the beach and re-discover the Boracay breakwater in style with a stay at Discovery Shores Boracay, a recent awardee of the 2015 World Luxury Hotel Awards. Special Suite Deals start at PHP 10,500++ inclusive of buffet breakfast for two at Sands restaurant and roundtrip Caticlan airport transfers. Insider tip: Keep the kids busy and happy with daily activities available at the Sandbox Kid’s Room. For adults, utmost relaxation and “me” time awaits at the Terra Wellness Spa.
Club Paradise Palawan
For an ultimate island retreat, bask in Coron’s breathtaking sunsets in Club Paradise’s 19-hectare private island. Share your vacation time with the hatching sea turtles, island birds and sea cows. Special Suite Deals start at PHP 7,613++ inclusive of buffet breakfast for two at Ocean Restaurant. Insider tip: As the only hotel in Dimakya Island, Club Paradise likewise offers all-in packages inclusive of full meals—perfect for a stress-free island escape.
The Discovery Leisure Company, Inc. (TDLCI) is a Filipino hospitality group that owns and manages a collection of hotels and resorts in exquisite locations around the Philippines. Its distinctive destinations inspire authentic experiences for every traveler, from Discovery Suites Ortigas, Discovery Country Suites Tagaytay, Discovery Shores Boracay, Club Paradise in Coron, Palawan, to the newly-opened Discovery Primea Makati.
The Discovery Leisure Company, Inc.’s portfolio of award-winning properties is known worldwide for its signature Filipino hospitality, marked by genuine and personalized “Service That’s All Heart”. Get updates through The Discovery Leisure Company, Inc.’s official website at http://www.discoveryhotels-resorts.com.
ASUS Zenfone Zoom is one of the new smartphone offerings of ASUS for 2016. If you have been following my Social Media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and you’ve seen my previous post I’m sure you already know that I went to Cebu this weekend to see Sinulog up close. Asus Philippines flew me in with some other bloggers from Manila and Davao to be one one of the first to test the new ASUS Zenfone Zoom at one of the colorful, eye-catcching and most-attended festival in the country to welcome 2015, the Sinulog Festival.
Before leaving Manila, ASUS sent us a Zenfone Max as well so we can use it to take pictures or videos for our personal travel diary of our first blogging related trip of 2016 as we can #SeeMoreWithFullCharge with this new smartphone (more details later).
As we landed in Cebu we were escorted by the ASUS Philippines PR team to take us to home for the weekend and the event venue for the ASUS Zenfone Zoom launch at the Marriott Hotel.
Lo and behold, the world’s thinnest 3x optical-zoom smartphone with 3x HOYA lens. The ASUS Zenfone Zoom revolutionizes smartphone photography because of its DSLR-quality photography , so that we can all enjoy and indulge in the experience of taking photos with our smartphone — something we Filipinos love to do (including me!)
Specs: 64-bit quad-core power, 4GB RAM, 250Mbit/s LTE and Full HD display, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 display, 128GB memory, 3000mah non-removable lithium polymer battery, 13MP rear and 5MP front cam. with 3x Optical Zoom, Macro Photography, 0.03 Laser Auto Focus, Low Light Mode, Optical Zoom for Video and Panoramic Selfie features. Comes in Pure leather back cover, in black, and white (not sure if the orange will be available in the Philippines!)
Yep can’t help but admire this monster high-end smartphone camera of ASUS!
So, to give us the full experience, we explored Cebu Cathedral and the historical Magellan’s Cross during the festivities. Competing with the crowd (to take better angles) and with each other (as we were group into teams for a fun photography contest) armed with the Max and the Zoom .
Viva Pit Senyor, was the parade of the Sto. Nino with the fast movement of the carousel and the people waving their hands, it was amazing that I was able to get a stabilized shot like this using the ASUS Zenfone Zoom (0.03 Laser Auto Focus feature check – a fast moving subeckt as the focus of the shot).
It was difficult to take a shot because the gates were closed and there were many people around throwing in different colored candles at the Magellan’s Cross, but the Zoom took a perfect shot with drama using the Low Light Setting , you can also read the text on the cross if you zoom it in.
Using the Optical Zoom function of the Video setting . We were challenged to have a foreigner/tourist say with Pit Senyor sa Tanan , we went to find a random tourist during the Sinulog Festival 2016 Grand Carouselle Parade and here is the finish product:
Here are some of the shots taken from the festvities! I was so glad to be able to #SeeSinulogUpClose like this close! Thank you ASUS Philippines for the opportunity!
Vibrant colors, stabilized shot inspite of most of them being an action shot, super clear details . The three best features of the the ASUS Zenfone Zoom you can bank on. Let these photos speak for itself.
Interested to know how much is it? It was revealed to us at the launch: