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AirAsia’s “Red Talks with Daphne” Launches

AirAsia is known for its world-class and affordable services enabling people from all walks of life, to travel. That’s why AirAsia is voted consistently as the world’s best low cost carrier for eight consecutive years by Skytrax. Today AirAsia is releasing its first web series episode of “Red Talks with Daphne”, hosted by the award-winning and TV host Daphne Oseña Paez.

There will be a total of six web series featuring different places exhibiting Asia’s best-kept attractions and rich cultural heritage, as well as interesting stories of people as they explore different Asian destinations, proving that travelling and flying is indeed possible for everyone.

For more inspirational stories, please like AirAsia’s Facebook page, and check out the hashtag #AirAsiaRedTalks on your favorite social media platforms.

Food, Manila, Travel

I Finally Found the One: My Love Affair with Bondi & Bourke

  • Creek Stone Steak

Traveling gives me a chance to kick back, relax and enjoy life. For me, a big part of the travel experience involves food, because I love to eat! The one thing I look for in any place I visit is a good old tender juicy steak. Whenever I’m in Manila (which had become almost a weekly occurrence), I always look forward to a meal at Bondi & Bourke.

Evenly Cooked

Evenly Cooked

Their Creekstone Steak is simply to die for. It weighs at least a kilo, and you’d need a couple of friends to help you finish off the damn thing (and foot the bill, too). The chef comes to our table and asks us how we want our steak done. We say the usual: split into two thinner 500g slices, cooked to medium. The cooking process takes 30 minutes.
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Travel

AirAsia Offers Hot Meals on Flights

Who said eating 36,000 feet above sea level is expensive and dissatisfying? Not with Airasia Hot Meals! Last Monday the airline announced their meals that cater to everyone, and by everyone I mean from kids to kids at heart!

Airasia

Airasia

From PHP168 you can taste their freshly-prepared authentic dishes and earn Big rewards if you prebook it online! Not mentioning, their dishes are also Halal certified so even my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters can now enjoy eating on their flights!
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Davao, Party, Travel

SummerFrolic Music Festival of Colours 2015

Are you ready for the biggest music festival this summer? Showcase your abs, biceps, triceps, and your toned body this summer at SummerFrolic Festival of Color this April 10-11, 2015 in Mati City! People from all over the country are so excited to start their summer with a blast! Werwolvz, Ron Poe, Mars Miranda, Marc Marasigan, Jet Baoda, and all the other best DJ’s in the country to date are coming over to play and party with us wooohooo! This 2-day event will have color powder, paint, foam machines, and all the other equipment to ensure a great summer experience you will never forget!

SummerFrolic

SummerFrolic

You are not just going to enjoy but this is also a great opportunity to help local the people residing in Davao Oriental who are in need of medical attention. HALAD Mission Group Foundation, the official beneficiary of this event, holds free surgical missions for major and minor operations as well as cataract extractions in various locations in Davao Oriental. Great right?
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Food, Travel

Dampa Davao

Dampa Davao is one of the newest restaurants in Davao that offers a different concept. Located at Tionko Street, Dampa Davao* is easy to find. Customers get to point and choose from the fresh seafood display and have it cooked right in front of them. They also have a menu with lots of food to choose from.
*Click the link to see location and other details.

Ironically, I liked the Ginataang Hito. Even though I really don’t appreciate coconut milk, this Ginataang Hito changed all of that. The sauce is creamy and the meat of the catfish was fresh and didn’t have the usual fishy smell or taste.

Ginataang HIto

Ginataang HIto

I also liked the Shrimp in Sizzling plate. It’s like Gambas but with a sweeter sauce this time.

Sizzling Shrimp

Sizzling Shrimp

And a lot more…
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Cebu, Food, Party, Travel

Sinulog 2014

Sinulog is one of the biggest festivals in the Philippines. It has been practiced for over centuries since the Spanish times. Now Sinulog has transformed into a huge rave party that party animals like me should never miss.

photo courtesy of: Spectrum Experience

photo courtesy of: Spectrum Experience

 

TRANSPORTATION DURING SINULOG

I wasn’t able to attend Sinulog in 2013, so a few months before the 2014 event, I booked a flight for January 17-20,2014 even though it cost me an arm and a leg. I was so stoked about it that I counted the months and days until that day — January 17th — arrived. Getting there was a little underwhelming though. Our flight was delayed and we arrived in Cebu with no metered taxicabs at the airport in sight. We later found out that we had to fall in line and wait at least half an hour at the departure area located a floor above where we were. Time is gold so we decided to take an airport cab for which we paid double to that of the regular metered rate.

 

ACCOMODATIONS

At approximately 10:00pm we finally arrived at our hotel, the Tsai Residences. Their Sinulog rate was Php3,750, about double their regular rate of Php1,800. According to our friends, hotels normally jack up their rates that high during Sinulog season. As soon as I saw our room, I got into the shower to freshen up then took a few shots of the Jack Daniel’s (JD) that I brought from Davao. Catching a cab was not a problem this time as there were a lot of them passing by Tsai Residences. So off I went to Life Dance!

 

WHERE TO PARTY ON A FRIDAY DURING SINULOG

Life Dance, for me, is Sinulog’s culminating event. Set at the Cebu Boardwalk, it’s a huge outdoor rave party attended by thousands of people from all over the world.

When I got to the venue, my friends were already inside. They had VVIP tickets (VVIP: PHP3,500.00, VIP: PHP2,500.00, GEN. AD.: PHP1,000.00) and me? I had nothing. I waited for 2 long hours outside the venue, listening to the music and the wild crowd. I bumped into Champ, a good friend of mine who was previously based in Cebu, and asked if he could help me get inside for free. Unfortunately, security was super strict so again I was forced to wait outside. Thereafter, I came to my senses and decided to buy a GA ticket at the gate and got in. The GA area was so vast and thousands upon thousands of people were dancing like crazy. The VIP and VVIP areas were fenced at the elevated part at the back. I kept texting and looking for Jico, a fellow Davaoeño who was also there, but ended not seeing him at all what with the sheer madness that was going on. I moved toward the left most part of the place and saw my friends whom I was supposed to be with in the VIP area, and eyed Champ and his group lingering nearby. They coaxed me to jump over the barricade, but initially I was too chicken. After much prodding I grabbed a chair and got myself over it and became an instant VIP guest hahahaha! Champ and his friends threw some booze at me. Eventually I joined Krizha, another Davaoeña, and met her group of friends from Manila. With all these excellent people around, getting into mood to party was easy and I felt in the zone to do all my dance moves. Music was great as expected. The organizers brought International DJ’s who were among the top 100 in the world. The crowd was epic and everyone just loved to party. We stayed there until 5:00am then decided to continue drinking at the Waterfront Hotel where John and Anton are staying. They bought bottles of Red Horse and an Emperador Light (EmpeLight). At 8:30am I went back to Chai hotel to recharge myself in preparation for Saturday’s activities.

With Krizha and a Friendly Party Girl (stranger)

With Krizha and a Friendly Party Girl (stranger)

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Cebu, Food, Travel

A Quick Trip to Cebu

I’ve been to Cebu for couple of times already, but not to stay and tour the whole island, but to wait for my next flight inside the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. My last trip to Cebu was totally a new thing, I stayed for three days and two nights, yehey! 😀

My friend, Krizha Mivida, has been inviting me to visit her in Cebu. As a student, it’s not that easy to travel every now and then, considering my schedule in school and of course, the money I will be spending the whole trip. So days after I had my 8-hour stop over in Cebu, I was desperate to go back there and really explore Cebu.

Together with my travel buddy, Andrew dela Serna of yeahdrew.com, we went to Cebu last November 1-3, 2013. We took an early flight with Cebu Pacific and gladly, we arrived safe and ahead of our expected time of arrival. When we arrived, we went straight to our hotel, Alba Uno Hotel, where we had our room reservation just a few hours before our flight. The hotel was just a 3-minute walk away from IT Park, where we could easily eat if we’re hungry any time of the day and find other establishments.

We had our lunch at Kul Kitchen, a budget-friendly restaurant at Skyrise 2, IT Park. We had the Chicken Oriental and Mushroomed Beef. Both dishes were served on sizzling plates and simmering in their own sauce. The Mushroomed Beef was creamy and the meat was tender. I liked the Chicken Oriental but the sauce was a bit sour for me. Overall, their food is still good for a budget restaurant.
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