Thursday, November 25, 2010

Win-Win Contest: Win Manila Ocean Park tickets for 4 different attractions!

I just received the tickets given to me by Manila Ocean Park for covering the Rave Event. My special thanks to the Marketing Team of Manila Ocean Park especially the nighttime marketing team Ms, Armi, Ms. Donna and Ms. Sue for all their support.

On that day, the invited bloggers were the lucky ones who got first glimpse of Hotel H2O’s Liquid Pool and Lounge. Since then, I have received tremendous blessings after giving this service which started with just an idea of promoting Manila’s tourism especially to help Manila bounce back from the Mendoza incident.

I am not saying we should just forget what happened that day. It will not be fair for the survivors and the victims as well. However, let’s move forward and do better next time. As I watched the Mendoza incident from the moment it was telecast live until it ended and even all throughout the hearings, I felt so sad that there was nothing I can do to help. So when opportunity arose to promote Manila’s tourism, I jumped at the chance right away. There was just this compelling desire to do something for all the tears shed that fateful night.

Coming from UP, I had this program that I have to fight for everything but after PSI I now know better. Now, I can say that it would be a lot easier to stand in front of the crowd and tell them to go with me on a rally compared to thinking of a win-win situation where everyone will benefit from the decision one will make. Some people might argue, oh but you know you can’t please everybody. On the other hand, this is not about pleasing everybody this is about doing what is right. One Filipino culture we are proud of is the idea of bayanihan. But at this time and age there are no bahay kubo’s to carry anymore. The burden is now to help the Philippines rise from the heavy corruption and crab mentality that creeps in a Filipino’s mind. This is the hunger Bo Sanchez was talking about; the attraction John Calub is advocating; the mindset Jomar Hilario repeatedly mentions; the agape Sonnie Santos and his team has been giving; the strategic thinking Cito Beltran is promoting and the service – Alvin Tabanag has been spreading.

I have so many mentors in my life and I have not mentioned everyone yet. But the ones mentioned were my inspiration to think that I am committed to do something bigger than myself. It’s time to look at the beauty of our own country, the talents, the gems who continuously stay here in our country to be of service to none other than the Filipino.

And that is what I love about Manila Ocean Park. It is Philippines one and only oceanarium so far. It advocates for a lot of many things that we take for granted. So today, I am inspired to organize this contest. Yes, this is my first ever contest and my pledge as well to help as many people become successful.

Here are the mechanics

  1. Like my site in facebook

  1. or Follow me in twitter @ia_adam_lim. And if your feeling generous follow me in both

  1. Follow me publicly in my blog

  1. Write a comment under this post answering in 300 words or less what makes Manila Ocean Park one of the best tourist spots in the Philippines. Your answer should be based on a real-experience you’ve had while visiting Manila Ocean Park.

  1. There will be four winners for this contest.

  1. The fourth price will receive 3 tickets to the Jellies: Dancing Sea Fairies

  1. The third price will receive 3 tickets to Marine Life Show (Sea Lions)

  1. The second place will receive 3 tickets to the Maiden of the Sea (Lights and Fountain Show)

  1. The grand prize will receive 3 tickets to Manila Ocean Park oceanarium

  1. Only ONE entry per person will be accepted. A valid government-issued identification card will be asked for verification to identify the winner as a true-blue citizen of the Philippines.

  1. Claiming of prizes is valid upto 30 days after the winners have been announced. Otherwise the organizer of this contest will draw another winner from the pool of submitted entries.

  1. Contest runs from November 26 until December 25, 2010. Winners will be announced on December 26, 2010.

  1. Contest is open to all Filipino citizens around the Philippines. If the winner resides outside Metro Manila, he/she can assign a representative to pick up the tickets from me.

  1. The blogger has one last request. For those who will win the contest to give at least five pictures of their adventures and a short caption of their experience. This request will be in the discretion of the winners. (Just thought that you may want to announce to the world how happy you guys were after visiting Manila Ocean Park)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Discover the Wonders of Singing: A Vocal Seminar Workshop by Rona Culata-De Leon

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Give yourself a wonderful gift this Christmas season. As part of service and agape, Coach Rona (as her students call her), will offer a special vocal coaching class for those who would like to learn how to sing like a professional. This one of a kind voice seminar workshop is aptly entitled "Discover the Wonders of Singing".

Now its not too late for you to learn to sing if that's what you are thinking. It does not even matter what age you are. As one Buddhist proverb says, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear."

So who is Coach Rona?
Coach Rona started singing at a very early age. Coach Rona underwent rigorous voice trainings from reputable voice training centers. Coach Rona was eventually invited as a vocal coach to train incoming talents for the Center for Pop Music Center Philippines when she was only 16 years old. Coach Rona started her professional singing career at that sweet age also where she did several recording stints such as covers, jingles and movie theme songs. Coach Rona then went on to sing solo in posh hotel lounges and bars. Coach Rona eventually became a band lead vocalist. She has been a vocal coach for 14 years now and is currently a vocal coach for an entertainment management company that grooms upcoming recording artists, performers and singers.

Through her continuous study, Coach Rona discovered a technology that would enable one to discover the maximum potential of the singing voice, a technology that would make singing as easy as speaking!

To learn more how Coach Rona can help you become a professional singer, she will be holding a Vocal Seminar Workshop entitled "Discover the Wonders of Singing" this December 2010 for a limited number of students only. To continue with the spirit of service and agape, Coach Rona is also offering this prestigious Discover the Wonders of Singing Vocal Seminar Workshop at a very affordable price.

So are you ready, to sing like a Pro?

You don't have to break cold sweats anymore when they ask you to sing in front of a crowd? You can even volunteer to give a song number during company gatherings and events. Give that performance you have always dreamt of!

Learn the secrets of great singers in a Vocal Seminar-Workshop entitled: “Discover the Wonders of Singing

Discover the Wonders of Singing: Voice Seminar Workshop
Date: December 11, 2010 (tentative)
Time: 4-6pm
Venue: Soliman Building, Chino Roces St, Makati City.

Workshop Fee: Php 500.00 only. Yes its true! Not five thousand or fifty thousand but five hundred pesos only. Amazingly affordable in the name of service for fellow Filipinos.

Discover the Wonders of Singing: VOICE SEMINAR-WORKSHOP OUTLINE

Discover the Wonders of Singing
PART 1: Techniques of Singing
1. What is Singing?
2. Correct Breathing Technique
3. The Vocal Cords
4. Resonators
5. How do we produce tone? What’s the mechanism for singing?
a. Respirators
b. Vibrator
c. Resonator
6. Vocal Registers and vocal cord coordinations
7. Vocal Health
8. 3-way process to learning how to sing
9. Recommended Vocal Warm Ups
10. Top 3 Vocal Exercises that would:
a. facilitate an even, consistent sound
b. extend your range
c. improve your vocal registers
d. make singing as easy as speaking!!
11. How to develop power in your voice
12. How to balance tone production
13. How to develop vibrato

Discover the Wonders of Singing
PART 2: Stage Performance
a. Stance
b. Proper way to hold a microphone
c. Focal point
d. Blocking
e. Attitude
f. Lyrical interpretation

For more inquries about the Discover the Wonders of Singing Vocal Seminar Workshop, you may contact Coach Rona:

cell phone: 0916-6956813

Monday, November 15, 2010

Trip or Treats: Goodie Giveaway #8: Cebu Pasalubong Gift Hat!

I read a blog from Trip or Treats Goodie Giveaway #8: Cebu Pasalubong Gift Hat! which inspired me to write this blog. The blogger who made the post is giving away goodies from her Cebu travel. After reading the post, I remember how great was my Cebu travel last Christmas 2009. So I decided to post here my precious Cebu travel pictures which I will be adding comments regarding consumerism. The blog post I mentioned having a contest right now is from Check out her blog as the contest ends on November 20, 2010.

For family fun, the best activity we did as a group is to take the Skytour at Crown Regency Cebu. Each of us paid P888 to enjoy the skywalk, edge coaster, 4D movie and a buffet dinner. As a family, we thought it was a really great deal. I think the only downside of the tour is that photo opportunities is monopolized by the service provider thus we were surpised to find out that pictures cost thousands of pesos for each sky treat. Take note each sky treat has a different rate for pictures. And so if you want to remember your adventure you have no choice but to pay for the bloated price for the pictures. Unless of course, you know how to haggle with the hotel staff. wink wink. Still, in terms of experience and bonding moments this is really a great thing to do in Cebu. As for the 4D movie and the buffet, I can say that it was mediocre. It was not bad but it was not amazing as well.

To go to city tour in Cebu, we decided to rent a cab for the day! Don't try to fit everything in your itinerary in one day or you'll end up really exhausted. When we went to Cebu, I was surprised that traffic can be compared to Manila traffic at times. Not the heavy kind but it was still traffic. But the best thing is that you can go to several historical sites in half a day or if you really want to finish it in one day I guess you can do that as well. So we went to Fort San Pedro, Casa Gorordo, Guitar factories, Lapu-Lapu-Magellan Sutukil, Magellan's Cross, Basilica de Sto. Nino, and many more. We paid about P2000 for renting the cab for a day or P200 per hour. We were told it was expensive but the experience and convenience was worth it.

I many not be able to give you a chance to get a Cebu travel package but if you want to get a taste of these Cebu delicacies, check out to join the contest from Trips or Treats:

Trip or Treats: Goodie Giveaway #8: Cebu Pasalubong Gift Hat!

2011 Awesome Calendar of the Philippines

This 2011 Awesome Calendar of the Philippines is sent to me through e-mail. This list was taken from the list provided by written by Anton Diaz. What I like about the 2011 Awesome Calendar of the Philippines is that it has the list of Philippine festivals I'd like to go with my family all year round. So if I need ideas where the family and I can go to for our next vacation, I just have to search the 2011 Awesome Calendar of the Philippines in www.iaadamlim's blog or check out ourawesomeplanet's website for the list.

Just an idea bubble in my head, it would be great to discuss consumerism issues while vsiting every single Philippine festivals all year round. Ah what a life that would be! Imagine the wealth of information we can get from doing that. It would be really helpful to promote and improve consumerism and tourism here in the Philippines. Come to think of it, we are not doing so bad since according to a newspaper I read, tourism is still up11% even after we had the Mendoza incident. Still, I think without the Mendoza incident we could have done better. At this time, all we can do is move forward and find solutions to the growing need to improve the quality of consumerism and to let the Filipino values shine in everything that we do.

Again to give credit to the maker of this calendar, I would like to refer to the note below:

Our Definitive Guide to Philippine Holidays, Philippine Festivals, Philippine Fiestas, Liturgical Events, and Awesome Events! Copyright 2011. Our Awesome Planet

Best Time to Climb Mt. Pinatubo!

1 NEW YEAR'S DAY | Saturday | Solemnity of Mary Mother of God | HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

9 FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARENE | Sunday | Quiapo, Manila
An intense, day-long festival highlighted by a mammoth procession through the streets.

15-16 ATI-ATIHAN | Kalibo, Aklan
Commemorates the 13th century land deal between 10 migrating Bornean chieftains and the aboriginal Ati King Marikudo. It also honors the town patron, the infant Sto. Nino.

15-16 SINULOG | Cebu City
Cebu’s biggest and most popular festival in honor of the Holy Image of Senyor Sto. Niño

24-25 DINAGYANG FESTIVAL 2008 | Iloilo City
Street dancing characterized by frenetic stomping of feet and hypnotic drumbeating. It is a colorful whirl of thousands of people dressed in unique costumes dancing & chanting all day and night.

The Love Month!

The Chinese community celebrates the Chinese New Year with pomp & color through a dragon dance.

10-13 HOT AIR BALLOON FIESTA | Clark, Angeles, Pampanga
Watch the awesome hot air balloons fly out as the sun rises in the horizon.

Filipino lover's most romantic event of the year!

25 EDSA REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY | Friday | People Power Revolution
Commemorates the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution that Filipinos came to known for.

Also known as the Baguio Flower Festival, it will be the 10th holding of this annual event which will showcase the City of Baguio as a City of Flowers.

MARCH 2011
Best Time to go watch and shoot the awesome Manila sunset!
Start of the Donsol Season in Bicol!

9 ASH WEDNESDAY | Philippines
The First Day of Lenten Season in the Philippines

Each year, Masbate City hold the colorful Rodeo Masbateno in celebration of its Cowboy Culture.

26 EARTH HOUR | Philippines | 8.30pm-9.30pm
Cities and towns all over the world will switch off their lights for one hour—EARTH HOUR—sending a powerful global message that it is possible to take action on global warming.

APRIL 2011
The Peak Time in Boracay.

April 9-11 | 3 Days Weekend!

Araw ng Kagitingan

18-24 HOLY WEEK! | Philippines
Philippines' most sacred week!

April 21-24 | 4 Days Weekend!

Commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.

Commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus at Calvary.

Re-enact the story of Longinus, a Roman centurion who speared the crucified body of Jesus Christ.

22 EARTH DAY | Philippines
A day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment

22 Cutud Cruxificions | Pampanga
The old tradition of dramatizing the passion and death of Jesus Christ (called Via Crusis) was played out on the streets leading to the crucifixion site before the 1pm Crucifixion.

Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

MAY 2011
National-wide celebration of Flores de Mayo / Santacruzan.

May 1-3 | 3 Days Weekend!

1 LABOR DAY | Sunday
National Labor Day!

1 FEAST OF THE DIVINE MERCY | Sunday | Plenary Indulgence for Divine Mercy Sunday
The soul that will go to confession and receive holy communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment!

7-8 CARAMOAN, FIESTA | Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Feast of St. Michael

An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome mothers!

15 PAHIYAS | Sunday | Lucban, Quezon
An annual celebration held to usher in a bountiful harvest and smashing good times.

17-19 OBANDO FERTILITY RITES | Tuesday-Thursday | Obando, Bulacan
Massive numbers of men and women dance towards the town church praying for a wife, husband or a child.

Start of the designated flag days where all government offices, business establishments, and private homes are also encouraged to display the flag.

JUNE 2011
Time to show your love for the Philippines by putting a flag on your home, car, and shirts.

June 12 - 14 | 3 Days Weekend!

Commemorates the Independence Day of the Philippines from the Spaniards

An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome fathers!

27-28 Pintados/ Kasadyaan Festival | Tacloban, Leyte

JULY 2011
Start of the Rainy Season in the Philippines.

23-24 Bohol Sandugo Festival | Tagbilaran, Bohol
This festival commemorates the treaty of friendship between Datu Sikatuna, a native chieftain and the Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi, representing the king of Spain.

The Best Time to go on a wild river ride.


August 20-22 | 3 Days Weekend!

Commemorating the Death of Ninoy Aquino

20-21 KADAYAWAN SA DABAW | Davao City
This festival gives thanks to the bounty of fruits and flowers as the waling-waling orchid blooms.

August 27-29 | 3 Days Weekend!

Commemorates the "Cry of Pugad Lawin" by Filipino revolutionaries called the Katipunan

The Best Time to go to Divisoria for Christmas shopping and preparations.


An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome grandparents!

Bicol Region's biggest celebration is highlighted by a fluvial parade of Lady of Penafrancia carried through the river aglow with floating candles.

24-25 Cloud 9 International Surfing Competition Finals | Siargao
The biggest international surfing competition in the Philippines held in Cloud 9, Siargao

Surfing Season in the Philippines.

Feast of Saint Therese of the Little Flower.

15-16 MASKARA FESTIVAL | Bacolod
The festival that made Bacolod famous began as an event to inspire the locals to face the hard times with a smiling face, thus masks with smiling faces are worn by revelers who join the parade.

26-30 DIWALI FESTIVAL | The Festival of Lights
Indian New Year Festival

Halloween Parties.

Oct. 29 - November 2 | 6 Days Weekend!

1 ALL SAINT'S DAY | Tuesday

2 ALL SOUL'S DAY | Wednesday

22-23 HIGANTES FESTIVAL | Tuesday-Wednesday | Angono, Rizal
Male devotees carry the image of San Clemente in a procession that features parehadoras, clad in colorful garb and wooden shoes, and carrying boat paddles and higantes (giants) 10 feet tall papier mache puppets.


26-27 KERYGMA CONFERENCE | Manila | Kerygma Conference
The Biggest Catholic Charismatic Event in the Country

26-28 | 3 Days Weekend!

30 BONIFACIO DAY | Wednesday

Christmas Season in the Philippines.


18 GIANT LANTERN FESTIVAL | San Fernando, Pampanga
A Show-Off of Kapampangan Pride culminated with a display of Giant Lanterns measuring 18 feet in diameter.

Start of early morning vigil 9 days before Christmas

December 24-26 | 3 Days Weekend!

24 CHRISTMAS EVE | Saturday | Special (Non-Working) Day

25 CHRISTMAS DAY | Sunday | Holy Day of Obligation
Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ

December 31 - January 2 | 3 Days Weekend!

30 RIZAL DAY | Friday
Commemorating the Death of Jose Rizal

31 LAST DAY OF THE YEAR | Saturday
Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Pacquiao vs Margarito Fight: Live Screening at Manila Ocean Park (Review)

Alright if by accident you opened this blog expecting that there will be no spoilers about the ongoing television cast of the Pacquiao-Margarito Fight then I'm sorry but I cannot promise you anything. On the other hand, what I can guarantee to you is that I will focus on reviewing what it is like to watch a Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of the Pacquiao-Margarito Fight.

When we arrived at the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of Pacquiao-Margarito Fight at 9:00 am, we were greeted already by a long queue of guests.

The caterer which is handled by Makansutra were still preparing the chafing dish and food. The good thing is that there were lots of seats to choose from. What makes the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening different for me is that if you don't feel like watching the pre-fights first, you can just watch the sea animals peacefully swimming around the main tank of Manila Ocean Park. The reason I said this is because the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening Pacquiao-Margarito Fight was held at the area beside the main tank of Manila Ocean Park.

The venue of the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of Pacquiao-Margarito fight is held in two areas. The first one as I mentioned is beside the main tank and the other one is in a conference area facing the Manila bay.

I remember the main area of the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening Pacquiao-Margarito fight is the same area where they hold the Mermaid shows.

Because guests were pouring in, the staff of Makansutra were very busy to serve the hungry viewers. This is to be expected since the advertisements said that buffet breakfast will be served for the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of the Pacquiao-Margarito fight. Naturally if your attending, all you need to do is leave your house and proceed to the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening to eat your first meal of the day and take advantage of the buffet meal.

What I know about some people is that they get grumpy when they are hungry and so it was inevitable to hear complaints about the speed of the food service. It was a good thing that the staff of Makansutra was able to minimize the chaos. Still an early preparation could have made the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of the Pacquiao-Margarito fight run more smoothly.

Since I was there at the very start of the event, the first things we saw were commercials from the paperview provider of the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening Pacquiao-Margarito Fight which is Solar TV. The signal of the livestream was also intermittent causing fluctuations in audio and video feed. Fortunately, once the pre-fights started there were no commercials and interruptions anymore.

Again the purpose of this review is not so much as to report what happened to the fight. My intention for blogging this event is to assess whether watching the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of the Pacquiao-Margarito fight is a good family event and if it adheres to the values of consumerism. If you want to get the blow by blow account of a sports enthusiast who attended the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of the Pacquiao-Margarito fight with me go to for their review.

Again, I will not pretend to be a sports enthusiast most especially a boxing enthusiast but rather my attendance to this event is mostly because I would like to support a fellow countryman who has constantly made our country "Proud to be Pinoy" in the area of boxing. And so in the next Pacquiao bout I would like to get an idea if watching a live screening can be a major family event where we as a family can share the value of patriotism and Filipino pride with other people.

I also assessed the kind of crowd who attended the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of the Pacquiao-Margarito fight. Honestly, for the guests of the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of Pacquiao-Margarito fight I was not disappointed. The Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of Pacquiao-Margarito fight was attended by a great crowd who were there to have clean and wholesome fun. It also helped that there were several groups of families present in the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening. The family is complete with grandparents, parents, their children and even up to extended family. Many families were gathered to support Pacquiao in his fight with Margarito.

On the other hand, I think there were unnecessary stressors that could have been avoided. First, is the speed of service of the food providers. Second is the quantity of food since the advertisement said that the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of the Pacquiao-Margarito fight will include a breakfast buffet, guests were complaining about the insufficient food items readily available when they visit the buffet area. Good thing that Makansutra was able to address the situation by bringing out more food.

Third was the proximity of the comfort room. For me, I think this was something the management cannot really control because the restrooms are already in a fixed location. However, if your watching the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening from the main area you have to leave the vicinity to go to the other area where the restroom is located.

Lastly, the timing of the announcements of prizes was done quite late since the main event of the Pacquiao-Margarito fight was nearing already.

I would have preferred that they distributed the time of giving the raffle prizes before each pre-fight to build up the excitement rather than do it one block of time especially when the Pacquiao-Margarito fight was about to begin. I heard somebody saying if it was possible to turn off the microphone of the announcer because they cannot hear what was being said during the interviews before the fight. Hence, the announcement of prizes and the excitement of the Pacquiao-Margarito fight was competing against each other. Nonetheless, people were still happy to win prizes.

Overall, no matter what the boo-boos are during the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening, it didn't matter that much once the Pacquiao-Margarito fight started. It also has to be noted that this is the first time for Manila Ocean Park to host a live screening of a Pacquiao fight.

I can say that once the Pacquiao-Margarito fight started everyone settled and cheered in unison for every punch Pacquiao gave to Margarito. At the end of the day, I think that's what matters most - to see Pacquiao defend his boxing title.

On the 12th round, people were seated at the edges of their chair waiting for a knockout. Unfortunately it did not happen this time but nonetheless everybody gave a sigh of relief to see Manny Pacquiao without even a single scratch on his face. Congratulations to the People's Hero, Mr. Manny Pacquiao.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sweet Surrender: A Desserts Expo November 13, 2010

I received an invite from my PSI Starshooter Teammate Carl Conde if I wanted to blog an event about a desserts expo, SWEET SURRENDER. He knows I am a chocoholic and a blogger and so Sweet Surrender is a perfect excuse to eat chocolates and rave about it.

P.S. (Carl also works for AdCon Advertising and provides video, signages and construction needs. You can send him a message in FB. Just look for Carl Conde.)

Anyway, I texted the number he gave me 0915.855.6603 to ask for details. I was entertained by Ms. Jeanessa Guia Ocampo who sent me information about Sweet Surrender.

Below is the details of Sweet Surrender for Bloggers, Photographers, Food enthusiasts or even just guests who would like to check out Sweet Surrender.


Join us in this very first Sweet Surrender: dessert expo exclusively for bloggers, photographers, media, dessert enthusiasts and VIP guests as we present you, “SWEET SURRENDER” this coming November 13, 2010 (Saturday) at Sitio Elena Events Place (Ortigas Extension).

EXPLORE the world of desserts,
EXPOSE what you got,
bring out that ENTREPRENEUR in you and
...EARN the attention and appreciation that you deserve.


Certified Sweet Surrender:
1. Featured in Magazines (Appetite, Circuit, Aftercall, Etc.) and other Media Partners
2. Trophy and Recognition

For Application Forms: (first come first served)
1. A. Participation Fee of P5,000 inclusive of:
- Display Spot for Infinity Table
- Selling booth space (you must provide your own table, table cloths, chairs, etc.)
- 2 ID’s
- 2 Complimentary Tickets (entrance only)
- Automatic Entry for a chance to be the “CERTIFIED <Sweet Surrender

For Bloggers and Photographers: get a chance to get a free invitation to Sweet Surrender(with buffet food and drinks) -- just send your sample blog/photos to

Get Discount on Sweet Surrender Ticket -- Buffet Dinner from a special guest chef, free drinks from Bardeli's, Music and Entertainment, Best Desserts in Town, Unlimited Photobooth Pictures and a lot more


Inquire now Sweet Surrender: : 0915.855.66.03


Anyway, I was able to chat with Ms. Jeanessa Guia Ocampo via FB and she was able to send details about the Sweet Surrender right away. So if you want to avail of Sweet Surrender tickets you may also contact her or if you want to cover the event as a blogger or photogprapher, just follow the instruction above.

You know where you can find me this Saturday!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Swisse-Phil Grand SKINvasion SM Fairview Mall Tour

Last October 23, 2010,we were invited to witness Swisse-Phil Grand SKINvasion at SM Fairview Mall.

The first batch of hosts for Swisse-Phil Grand SKINvasion were Diego Bandido of YES FM 101.1 and Kristine Dera of 90.7 Love RAdio. The hosts talked about the brief history of BCP Dermatological Corporation. According to them, BCP Dermatological Corporation is the reason behind the Dermablend Papaya Orange and Dermablend Guava Tea Tree soaps and Diana Stalder products. BCP Dermatological Corporation has already 18 years of experience in the business. In addition, Stalder Laboratories, Inc., or SLI, its manufacturing arm, uses imported raw materials from USA and Europe. Stalder Laboratories, Inc., is in compliance with the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) standards.

This event is already the second leg of Swisse-Phil Grand SKINvastion . The first Swisse-Phil Grand SKINvastion happened at Market Market last June 29, 2010.

Swisse-Phil Grand SKINvasion showcased different celebrity endorsers of Swisse-Phil Holdings Corp. The first celebrity endorser to perform was Bryan Termulo. He is one of the contenders in Pinoy Pop Superstar.

Little kids also danced and briefly modeled different products from Swisse-Phil Holdings Corporation.

On the second half of the show the hosts were replaced by TAMBALANG BALASUBAS at BALAHURA featuring NICOLE HYALA and CHRISTSUPER. They introduced the ambassadors of beauty for Swisse-Phil Grand SKINvastion . SKINvasion questions were asked by the audience and were readily welcomed and answered by the SKINvasion ambassadors.

After the beauty forum for Swisse-Phil Grand SKINvastion , the endorser for Diana Stalder of Dermaline , Ms. Diana Menesez sang two songs for the audience.

There was also a special segment for Diana Stalder Masculine Wash, a product for men highlighted in this Swisse-Phil Grand SKINvastion . Diana Stalder Masculine Wash was presented by several hunky men who tore their t-shirts in front of the audience to show that they are masculine enough to use Diana Stalder Masculine Wash. They also handed out samples of the Diana Stalder Masculine Wash to spectators.

My personal favorite amongst the performers would be Ms. Mariel Corpuz. Ms. Mariel Corpuz won The World Championships of the Performing Arts (WCOPA) held at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, California last July 23, 2010. Her rendition of "Halo" originally sang by Beyonce Knowles really impressed the crowd. It was a great follow-up after Ms. Dina dela Paz-Stadler's speech about being HAPPY. According to the company's president, Swisse-Phil and its staff maintains a HAPPY disposition where H stands for Happiness, A for Accommodating, P for Persistence, P for Positivity and finally Y for a "Yes I Can" attitude.

And of course, the highlight of the event are performances from two of the most eligible bachelors in the country who happens to be the celebrity endorsers of Dermablend soaps namely Gerald Anderson for Dermablend Guava Tea Tree Soap and Sam Milby for Dermablend Papaya-Orange Soap.

The event ended on time and I can say the Swisse-Phil Grand SKINvasion audience left entertained and "happy" after receiving their freebies from Dermablend and related sponsors.

We would like to express our gratitude to Ms. Dina Dela Paz-Stadler for her invitation to attend the Swisse-Phil Grand SKINvasion. We admire her vision to reach the cusp of technology for beauty while helping as many Filipinos. We need more entrepreneurs like Ms. Dina who promotes a "Yes We Can" attitude.

As for Dermablend products, I am actually a user of Dermablend Cleansing Milk. The Dermablend Cleansing Milk can be used for all types of skin. Dermablend Cleansing Milk is also hypoallergenic, gentle to sensitive skin, non-comedogenic and non-irritating. Personally, I like it because its light and it does not cause me to break-out. It's actually taking me a long time to finish it because I only use it as a cold-cream when I need to remove stubborn make-up or if my eyes are too tired and I need to clean my face. So far that is the only experience I have with Dermablend. I wish that next time they will come up with smaller bottles of Dermablend Cleansing Milk because when the last time I asked they told me that they only offer it in 200ml bottles. The best thing I remembered with my purchase was that that Dermablend Cleansing Milk was affordable and it does the job it promises.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

XEND Announcement: LATER 2PM cut-off time! CHEAPER and FASTER Provincial Service

I have been a customer of Xend this year. I do online shopping and selling and one of my buyers said that she intends to buy my item only if I will use Xend as courier service so she can save on shipping rate. And because my goal is to make my on-line shopping experience (whether I am selling or purchasing) a happy one I googled Xend and registered on their site.

It was a new experience for me because there was no live person to assist and give instructions but I said to myself so what this will be just like any on-line course. I first registered so I can have an on-line account at Xend.

To register at Xend, find the tab "Open an Account Now". It's beside "Welcome" of Xend's Homepage

Then after registering at Xend I clicked on the tabs to see which one will help me book a pick-up with Xend. I found the tab "Pick-up" which is in between "Waybill" and "Settings" tab in Xend's page. Click the drop down menu and you will see an option that says "Schedule a Pick-up". Finally I watched a video to help me book a pick-up.Because I scheduled before 8am, my item was picked up on the same day.

So far here are the benefits of using Xend for me:
1. Using Xend gives me convenience of booking a pick-up online and hence it saves time in going to the courier station
2. Xend offers same day pick-up for bookings made before 8am
3. Xend has a minimal fee for sending which is P50 for areas within Metro Manila and P83 to P90 pesos for areas outside Metro Manila
4. So far none of my buyers complained about Xend's speed of delivery which is also important to online sellers and buyers like me.

On the other hand,the only thing I can comment about Xend right now is the quality of the plastic they use for sending. Xend's container used to be white and now its blue. Personally I like the blue better because it looks more durable compared to the plain white one. Other than that I am happy with Xend's service.

The reason I am posting this blog about Xend is because they sent me an e-mail giving its customers more great news. Below please find, the e-mail Xend sent to me. I would like to make a review of Xend's announcement as soon as I try it but for now I would like to share Xend's good news to everyone:

New Cut-off time will be 2pm!
Due to popular demand, effective November 15, you now have until 2PM to schedule a pickup. But, there are some advantages if you schedule before 8AM. Please see guidelines below for details.

1) To qualify for the 2pm cut-off time, pickups must be scheduled online via myXend. Pickups scheduled through phone will be for next day pickup.
2) "Provincial" packages that are scheduled for pickup BEFORE 8AM will have a transit time of 1-2 days. "Provincial" packages scheduled for pickup AFTER 8AM will have a transit time of 2 business days.
3) "Metro Manila" and "Rizal to Manila" packages still have a NEXT DAY transit time regardless of the time scheduled.
4) Pickups that are scheduled online from 8AM to 2PM will be picked up anytime after 12noon.
5) Pickups scheduled after 8AM for office addresses are not recommended as we cannot guarantee that they will be picked up within office hours. If your pickup is at an office address, we recommend that you schedule before 8AM so we can guarantee pickup within office hours.

Cheaper and Faster Provincial Service!
We are very glad to announce that effective November 2, we will have a new CHEAPER and FASTER Provincial Service!
We are now able to offer a faster transit time of only 1-2 business days so your clients can now receive their packages as soon as the next day! We were also able to simplify and lower our rates even further to help you boost your provincial orders!

"Provincial” packages that are scheduled for pickup BEFORE 8AM will have a transit time of 1-2 business days. “Provincial” packages scheduled for pickup AFTER 8AM will have a transit time of 2 business days.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Hotel H20 Liquid Pool and Lounge: Manila's Pool Party

Last October 23, 2010, I was invited to attend the Rave Event at Hotel H2O, Manila Ocean Park where media men were privileged to see the opening of Manila Ocean Park's Liquid Pool and Lounge. In my next blogs, I will be detailing my experience and observations about the event. For now, I would like to share with you the details found in the press kit provided to us about the first Manila's Pool Party venue, LIQUID POOL AND LOUNGE.

Introducing Hotel H2O's first and newest Liquid Pool and Lounge party venue in Manila. It is in an oasis, covering around 600 sqm amidst the bustling metropolis. Her name is LIQUID and she's out to party.

Hotel H2O, located at Manila Ocean Park, once again stands for its exceptional experiences with distinctive style, service and personality through its first and newest club LIQUID. Liquid Pool and Lounge will bring the clubbing experience – Vegas’ style. It is sexy, fun and exquisite like no other.

Liquid Pool and Lounge
<> brings a sizzling yet refreshing clubbing experience that fuses an urban club scene and beach getaway. You can dance on the regular dance floor or dive into our 3-feet pool and dance like you never did before.

Look forward to a fluid and fabulous night as Liquid Pool and Lounge<> begins to flow through your senses through our regular events.


Inside the Manila Ocean Park Complex by the souvernir shop is an underground, a hidden paradise getaway. Immediately after going down the stairs leads you to Liquid Pool and Lounge's doorway, a stylish curved Pool and Lounge by the entrance invites you to take a dip. Go further inside and you cannot miss the DJ playing the nicest beats and rhythms to suit your senses.

LIQUID POOL AND LOUNGE features a unique cave architecture embellished by the relaxing hues of the earth and soothing shades of the sea. LIQUID POOL AND LOUNGE, with its state-of-the-art sound & lighting systems, enticing indoor pool facilities, and free-flowing entertainment . . . is Manila's very own secluded escape from the usual lifestyle.


LIQUID POOL AND LOUNGE is an epitome of class, sensuality, and playfulness. A mirror of today's vibrant youth and fun-loving people. An image of elegance, energy, and merriment. LIQUID POOL AND LOUNGE mingles with the young and the “hip” who, like her, love to meet new people and hang-out in exquisite party spots.

LIQUID POOL AND LOUNGE is Hotel H2O's premier nightlife destination. LIQUID POOL AND LOUNGE is also a fresh venue for the uncommon and totally unique clubbing experience. Push the tempo and celebrate with a splash only at LIQUID POOL AND LOUNGE! Just plunge into a paradise of free-flowing fun, endless energy, and non-stop party!

Indulge in a wide variety of sumptuous dishes that go well with LIQUID POOL AND LOUNGE's alcoholic beverages and signature shots; get your tastebuds tickled with Calamares, Chicken Lollipop, and Kebabs, or try something new like Mexican Caviche, Crispy Grilled Pork Ears, or Crispy Dory Fish Fillet. LIQUID POOL AND LOUNGE also has your usual comfort foods—like French Fries, Mojos, and Pasta/Noodle dishes—so there's no need to look for them elsewhere!

In the mood for something to make you a bit tipsy before you hit the dance floor or go for a dip? LIQUID POOL AND LOUNGE is never short of premium alcoholic drinks like vodka, scotch, cocktails, and signature drinks to loosen you up a bit. Need a drink to cool you down after showing off those hot dance moves? Treat yourself with some non-alcoholic mocktails to quench your thirst.

What sets LIQUID POOL AND LOUNGE apart from the rest of night-out venues in the metro is its “dip and dance” experience. Why limit yourself to the usual clubbing spots when you can take the party somewhere wet and make things more exciting? Why go out of town for a wet nightlife when you can experience an exquisite pool party anytime, right in the heart of Manila's H20 Hotel!

There are two ways to satisfy your senses inside LIQUID POOL AND LOUNGE.

Drink and chill out to the hypnotic beats straight away at the dry area, or
Wade into the wet area and enjoy the music with a LIQUID POOL AND LOUNGE signature drink.



LIQUID POOL AND LOUNGE is also brimming with nightly themed events and celebrations that will keep party people excited and on their toes. The nights are sizzling hot and entertainment is always refreshing in LIQUID POOL AND LOUNGE!

For more details, contact:
Manila Ocean Park Complex
Luneta, Manila
Tel. 02 - 567 - 7777 loc. 151

For inquiries, guestlist, and table reservations,


Mon to Fri: 5:00 PM to 12:00 MN
(Fridays extended up to 2:00 AM)

Sat: 1:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Sun: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM

*Admission Fee is inclusive of FREE 2 drinks, locker, and towel.

*LIQUID POOL AND LOUNGE Admission is strictly for 18 years old and up only.


For swimming attire:
Ladies: Swimsuits. Shirts or shorts on top of swim wear are NOT ALLOWED while in the pool.
Gentlemen: board shorts and trunks only. Cycling shorts, basketball shorts, walking shorts (denim or cotton) are NOT ALLOWED.

For non-swimming attire:
Ladies and gentlemen can wear anything casual but chic and classy. STRICTLY NO LONG JEANS.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Rave Event at Manila Ocean Park Featuring Liquid Pool & Lounge

I was invited to attend Manila Ocean Park's RAVE even today October 23, 2010 featuring the first Liquid Bar which combines a pool and lounge bar. I'm excited to see what the bar looks like as I've seen it only once while it was being constructed.

The invitation below is taken from the website of Manila Ocean Park's current news and events:

Mark your calendars now! Spread the exciting news! Get ready for a lively RAVE Bikini Concert (part of the RUN RIDES RAVE Event) on October 23, 2010, 7:30 PM at Manila Ocean Park's Acquatica.

For only P400 per ticket, you are entitled to 2 drinks at the LIQUID Pool & Lounge, Bikini Concert (FHM Bikini Show & Concert), and the Musical Fountain Show!

The Bikini Concert features Wendy Valdez, Mossimo band, Kitty Girls, the FHM Babes, EB Babes, and Tanya Markova for the main concert!

For ticket inquiries, call 0917-872-4491 or check out the Manila Ocean Park Facebook / Acquatica Facebook accounts.

To get you more excited about Liquid Pool and Lounge here are some of the teasers and posters Manila Ocean Park released for this event: