11 Countries, Unforgettable Memories in 2017

Asia, Europe

Whoa, that was fast.

2017 came and went, in a blink of an eye.  It was an uneventful year in my personal and professional life. On the other hand, it was a very memorable period in my life when it comes to my mission of conquering the world.

The travel gods and goddesses blessed me with travels to 11 amazing countries in Asia and in my persona; playground, Europe. This year, I was able to visit Singapore, Italy, Germany (Munich and Berlin), Denmark, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Greece, Spain, Austria (Salzburg and Hallstatt),  and Switzerland.

I was fortunate to be able to come back to some of my favorite cities such as Singapore, Rome, Berlin, Copenhagen, Prague, and Madrid. But what’s even more epic are my adventures to first time countries such as Greece, Hungary and Slovenia. I was also able to fulfill my personal mission of coming back to Zurich in Switzerland.

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The colorful Haji Lane in Singapore.

I saw so much beauty and I laughed, I smiled, I felt my jaw drop at the sheer awesomeness of this world and this year, made me appreciate all the opportunities I get, even more.

Well, I have high hopes for 2018. I hope that I would be able to finally conquer North America and Central America. I also want to explore Africa, The Middle East and the Caribbean. Keeping my fingers crossed. For now, here are some travel memories from the year that was.

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Saying hello from the Parthenon in Athens

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Santorini

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The Trevi Fountain in Rome

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Mirabell Schloss in Salzburg

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Lake Zurich in Switzerland

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In Hallstatt, Austria

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The Beautiful city of Ljubljana in Slovenia

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Munich Town Hall in Germany

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Crossing The Chain Bridge that connects Buda and Pest in Hungary

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Hanging out at the Nyhavn district in Copenhagen, Denmark

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Viewdeck overlooking the city of Prague

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The Neptune Fountain in Berlin

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5 Things To Know Before Visiting Ljubljana

Europe, Slovenia

In the most literal sense, the word ‘wandering’ means to travel or walk around aimlessly, without any particular destination.

When I starting hitting the road frequently, I decided that I would wander as often as I could, and not fall to the usual travel routine/schedule of most backpackers and tour guides. That I would go to places, old and following only my own sense of wanderlust.

That wanderlust brought me recently to the city of Ljubljana, the capital and the largest city of Slovenia. You can be forgiven if you are hearing about this city for the first time. I too had a very limited knowledge about the place.

But after spending a few days in its hidden gem of a city, I can honestly say that it would be a major missed opportunity if you don’t visit Ljubljana at least once in your life.

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Ljubljana is quite an unassuming city, that has everything you need for a fairy tale travel experience. Beautiful canass, awesome bridges, cobblestone roads, architectural highlights, and great food. It even has dragons. Yes, you heard that right.

Compared to other European cities, Ljubljana is a bit on the latter part of everyone’s bucketlist, but maybe not for long. Tourism in the city is steadily increasing and many travelers, wanderers such as myself are spreading the word about the city’s beauty and hopefully, that would translate to more visitors in the future.

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And if you interested to come visit Ljubljana, here are some of the things you need to know about the city.

Where on Earth is Ljubljana? 

Ljubljana is located at the heart of Slovenia. It’s no wonder that this charming city has become the economic, cultural, political and administrative hub of Slovenia. For its part, the beautiful nation of Slovenia is located in Eastern Europe, right beside Croatia. There are only two million people living in Slovenia so its not cramped and chaotic like some big Western European countries.  You can easily fly to Ljubljana or take a bus from surrounding cities such as Budapest, Zagreb and even Trieste in Italy. Currency is not a problem since it uses Euro.

What can you see in Ljubljana? 

For a city as small as Ljubljana, it is quite surprising to know that there are in fact a lot of great things to see here. You can start your wandering at the Old Town are, where a lot of interesting spots can be visited within a few steps or streets away from each other.

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In the Old Town Area, you can go to the Preseren Square where you can see the city’s beautiful pink church. Around it, you will catch a glimpse of the city’s architectural wonders ranging from Art Noveau (see Hauptmann Square and Vurnik house) to Vienna Secession.

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You will also see the famous Three Bridges designed by Slovenia’s most famous architect Joze Plecnik. The three bridges connect the older parts of the square to the newer ones.

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All along the city’s main heartbeat lies the enchanting Ljubljana river, lined by cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops. I particular love the ice cream shop at the very corner of the bridge next tot he square.

High above the city stands the Ljubljana Castle. It is not as big or as impressive as other castles in Europe but it has a killer view of the city. You can walk/climb the winding roads towards the castle or you can take a funicular, which would cost some euros. Entrance to the castle is not free, but some areas can be seen without paying the fee.

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My most favorite part of the city is the Congress/Town Hall Square where you can see the robba fountain or The Fountain of the Three Carniolan Square. The fountain is a lot similar to the Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona in Rome. All around the square, there are restaurants where you can dine al fresco style, which is quite relaxing, really.

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If you are feeling religious, you can spend a few minutes at the beautiful St. Nicholas Church. You just have to see the impressive ceiling and domes of this magnificent Baroque cathedral. The green domes depict hundreds/thousands of angels and it’s quite an experience to see. Before you event enter the church, the carved bronze doors made for Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1996, will captivate you.

Is there really a dragon there? 

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Of yes, ask any local from Ljubljana where the dragon is and they will easily point you to the famous Dragon Bridge. Built in 1901, the dragon bridge was built to commemorate the 40th year rule of Franz Josef of the Hamburg empire. Later on, the dragon has been incorporated to the coat of arms seal of the city, and almost every important signage.

What local delicacy can you try in Ljubljana? 

Just like most cities in Europe, Ljujljana is a foodie’s playground. You will have hundreds of options for coffee, cakes, desserts and breads. The wines are great too.

You shouldn’t leave the city without having a hearty serving of cream cake, which is available in virtually any restaurant in the city. On the extreme side, if you are quite adventurous when it comes to food, you can try Slovenia’s horse burger. I know, I know. I didn’t try it though.

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What I fell in love with is Ljubljana’s famous Klobasa or Carniolan sausage. This heavenly product of ground pork,salt and spices is just too addictive that I must have consumed 5 during my stay.

For a good klobasa, visit the Klobasarna in the Town Hall Square. If you visit at night, you’ll have the chance to enjoy some local musicians/buskers while eating your klobasa. There are a couple of benches where you can just sit down and relax.

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What’s the hippest part of the city? 

Definitely, the hippest part of Ljubljana is the Metelkova Mester, an alternative neighborhood developed from a former army barracks. Now, it is a lively, artistic commune frequented by hipsters, artists and free spirited youth. Even better, this hip hub has several bars and clubs where you can just unwind and party. Who says Slovenia’s can’t have fun?

Indeed, Ljubljana packs quite a punch for a small city. It has everything for everyone and is definitely worth a visit. Yes, I totally wandered into Ljubljana and didn’t know much about the city before I set foot. A few unforgettable days spent in the city however, has turned me into quite a knowledgeable visitor. Because quite frankly, a beauty such as this city, is not easily forgotten.

Brics: Travel Elegance You Can Bring Anywhere

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Be it a luxury cruise across the Mediterranean, a nightlife tour of Tokyo or a mid-winter exploration in Europe, luxury travel is now all the rage. Privileged travelers conquer some of the world’s best and most exclusive destinations with expensive gadgets and luxurious luggage in tow.

Brics, an Italian heritage brand that’s been producing handcrafted travel bags and fine leather for the most discerning clienteles since 1952, is one of the most preferred luxury luggage brands in the world desired by socialites, business executives and influencers from around the world. It creates fashionable and timeless bags and trunks that boast of unparalleled artistry, exemplary craftsmanship and durability.

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This Fall/Winter 2017, Brics is offering everyone the chance to own his/her piece of timeless, fashionable luggage, to show off anywhere with its new Capri collection.

The new Brics collection is composed of modern rigid trolleys with a classic design. These beautiful pieces are also the perfect gifts for traveling friends and loves with a discerning taste.

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All pieces under the Capri collection boasts of Makrolon® polycarbonate shell that makes them ultra -lightweight and temperature and scratch resistant.

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Each Capri trolley, cabin or medium size, has four double swiveling, easy-glide wheels, and TSA lock offering flexible mobility and security, and making each piece ideal for either short or long journeys.

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Above all, what redefines and sets this collection apart is the exquisite real leather detailing in each of the trolleys, which gives each piece that timeless, classic and elegant look. The pieces are trimmed in full grain Tuscan leather. Brics bags and trunks feature quality leather, which further lends credibility to the brand’s image as one of the finest luggage makers

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The Capri trolleys are priced from P16, 000 to P20, 000 and are available in Cabin and Medium sizes only.

All pieces are available in SM Aura, Shangri la Mall and Ayala Malls Cebu. Brics luxury luggage is distributed in the Philippines by Beawmont Distributions Inc.

Travel in Style With Cole Haan’s 2017 Holiday Collection

Travel Accessories

 

The merriest season is upon is and for many, it’s the perfect time to tick-off exciting destinations from their travel bucket list.

Exhilarating Tokyo, Fashionable New York, or Romantic Paris. The possibilities are endless for one to have a grand vacation in style. And one important thing you need to remember is to have a great pair of shoes.

Cole Haan, the iconic American lifestyle brand and retailer of premium men’s and women’s footwear and accessories, is celebrating the season with its 2017 Holiday Collection, perfect for urban explorers taking on extraordinary journeys.

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The shoe brand is unveiling four Extraordinaries, each dedicated to their individual journeys, with the Urban Explores Campaign. Cole Haan turns their celebration of Extraordinaries to those out there exploring the world around them. These Extraordinary Explorers are discovering new dimensions of their city, the best of cities around the world, and the freedom of our great outdoors. The Holiday 2017 Campaign will feature New York City documentary photographer Andre Wagner, Outdoor explorer and photographer Jess Dales, Bespokemeets founder Susan Ho, and designer-author Taylor Bruce, sporting hero Cole Haan 2017 Holiday wears that best reflect their craft.

Extraordinary explores it all.

Taking center stage in the Women’s Holiday 2017 collection is the GrandPrø Tennis Sneaker in Metallic Gunmetal sported by Susan Ho, founder of end-to-end travel concierge Journey, who believes that extraordinaries explore it all.

“Extraordinary people have said, ‘hey, I see a problem in the world. I felt this problem deeply, and I’m going to take it upon myself to fix it.’ And it’s hard to do something that no one’s done before. There’s no playbook for it,” said Susan Ho.

Cole Haan has eliminated the unnecessary weight of traditional  court shoes without ever sacrificing the Grand.ØS principles of flexibility, cushioning and ergonomics.

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Extraordinary guides a new path

Meanwhile, the 2.ZERØGRAND Laser Wingtip Oxford in Grey Pinstrip is a highlight for the 2017 Men’s Holiday collection, as sported by Taylor Bruce, founder of Wildsam Field Guides, which capture the living history of some of America’s favorite cities.

“I like the phrase ‘a long obedience in the same direction’. When I think of extraordinary people, it’s those who have a deep expertise in some subject matter or vocation and have been heading in the same direction for a long time. It becomes hard to separate who they are and what they do,” said Bruce.The ZERØGRAND Laser Wingtip Oxford Grey Pinstrip is perfect for urban professionals in search for a sleek and functional city boot.

Whatever the path and whatever the terrain, Cole Haan has these Extraordinaries covered with their most comprehensive and innovative range of shoes yet.

Additionally, Cole Haan brings all-time favorite styles to the forefront such as the GrandPrø Tennis, ZERØGRAND Waterproof Hikers and the latest addition GrandExpløre Waterproof Hikers, as well as the Cole Haan + Mountain Hardwear GrandExpløre Parka for men and women.

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“The Holiday season is a very important time for the Philippines and we are thrilled for this collection, which will help our customers celebrate one step at a time,” said, Greg Dinges, Executive Vice President and General Manager, International at Cole Haan.

The Cole Haan Holiday 2017 collection will be available in December 2017 in select Cole Haan stores in the Philippines:

  • G/F 144 Glorietta 4 Ayala Center Makati City
  • Level R-1 113 Powerplant Mall, Rockwell Center Amapola Street, Brgy. Poblacion Makati City
  • Unit 366-367 3rd Level, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Edsa Mandaluyong City

To find out more about Cole Haan and its full range of innovative designs and outstanding collections, visit Cole Haan stores in these key locations:

Cole Haan Stores:

 COLE HAAN Metro Manila

  • G/F Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Ave., Pasig City
  • Level 1 Ayala Vertis North, North Avenue, Barangay Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City
  • Mall of Asia Brgy. 076 First Level Conrad Manila Seaside Blvd. Corner Coral Way Pasay City
  • 2nd Floor, Festival Supermalls, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
  • G/F SM San Lazaro, Santa Cruz, Manila

COLE HAAN Cebu

  • Ayala Center Shopping Mall, Level 1 Stall L138 Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Business Park Cebu City

For further updates, Like and Follow Cole Haan Philippines on Facebook and Instagram.

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About Beawmont Distributions

Cole Haan is represented in the Philippines by Beawmont Distributions Inc. (BDI), the exclusive distributor of Cole Haan products in the country.

Cole Haan LLC, with its Global Headquarters in Greenland, New Hampshire and Creative Center in New York City, is an iconic American lifestyle accessories brand and retailer of premium men’s and women’s footwear, handbags, leather accessories, outerwear and eyewear. Cole Haan stands for its commitment to craftsmanship, timeless style and design innovation. For more information, visit ColeHaan.com and follow @ColeHaan.

Szimpla: A First-Hand Experience of Budapest’s Most famous Ruin Bar

Europe, Hungary

When it comes to attractions,  the big cities  of Western Europe are getting more attention than those in the Eastern side of the region. But what most people don’t realize is that Eastern Europe have so much to offer to almost every kind of tourist or traveler.

Budapest, for example, is a gorgeous city that’ is a melting pot of two kingdoms separated by the mighty Danube. They are connected by the glorious chain gate. This city of full of beautiful attractions, historical sites and of course, modern, must-see destinations.

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After roaming around the two kingdoms by day,  one thing you shouldn’t miss while in Budapest are its vibrant nightlife and party scene.

Like any self-respecting traveler, I did my homework and researched about the things I wanna do it Budapest. I could have chosen many other cities in Eastern Europe, but when I read about the city’s famous ruin bars, it was a done deal.

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So on my first night in Budapest, I walked 10 blocks from my hotel to Kazinczy utca, to visit Szimpla, the most famous ruin bar in Hungary and one of the most famous in Europe. Lonely Planet even ranked this as the best ruin bar in the region.

For those unfamiliar with the term, ruin bars are just that, bars that mushroomed from seemingly abandoned, ruined establishments. It’s a stroke of hipster genius really.

Get this: what’s the best way to attract the hipster, cool kids of the city? Simple. Create a haven where they can party, drink and chat without the trappings of the usual bar/club.

Since its opening in 2002, Szimpla has changed and shaped the scene in Budapest, giving the city’s alternative scene more room to grow and get a loyal following.. Since its opening, several other ruin bars have sprouted in the city. And while the ruin bar initially catered to the hipster community, Szimpla is also now attracting the richer, more posh kids of the city.  Millennials and young-at-heart tourists from within and outside Europe are also flocking to this spot.

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You will feel it, as soon as you take your first step. That pulsating beat, and that youthful electric feel. The bombastic music coming from the loud speakers will immediately put you on a party mood, and make you leave your cares at the door.

On any given night, especially past 10pm, Szimpla Kert is just jampacked with thousands of party goers. And during my visit, the place seemed especially full and I literally had to fight and claw my way to the bar to get some Lager.

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As expected, the place is a mess: thousands of graffiti on the walls, bottles and beer cups thrown on the tables, on the bar, and on the floor. The sheer chaos of it all will disorient you in the first few minutes but as you stay on, you will realize that there is actually order in this chaos.

The place is separated into restaurants, mini bars and an open cinema. It’s just difficult to see everything immediately due to the heavy flow of warm bodies streaming in and out of the venue.

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Yes it is a mess and people just love it the way it is. Even the questionable cleanliness of the toilets. I guess that’s part of the hipster deal, hahaha.

Szimpla is just unlike any other party place I’ve visited and that’s saying something, considering that I have visited clubs/bars in about 47 countries or so.

If ever get the chance to visit Budapest, I would definitely come back to Szimpla.

Breathtaking Santorini

Europe, Greece

On her very first visit to Santorini, my friend said she was speechless over the sheer beauty of the island.

Splendid, Absolutely gorgeous, and stunningly beautiful. She was using all the superlatives she could find, to describe the Santorini, and even then, she said, her words weren’t enough.

As a casual listener, I always thought that her words were a bit exaggerated. After all, I have been to some amazing place myself, and I thought to myself that I would no longer be surprised by the beauty of Santorini.

Oh, man.  I was so wrong. Santorini is so much more magical and spectacular in real life than any photo or video you can see.

I had the chance to visit Santorini for the very first time recently and I nearly lost my marbles, because it was indeed one of the prettiest things I’ve seen. Even though I’ve been to some of the most beautiful cities in Europe, I was still caught off guard by the charm of this jewel of the Mediterranean.

Here’s a sneak peek of what I saw in Santorini. Blog to follow in the coming days.

Note: I used an Asus Zenfone 4 phone to shoot these Santorini scenes. That explains the 4K quality of this teaser video. The phone is highly recommended for traveling since you can take hi-res photos and 4k videos.

 

Make Meetings and Celebrations More Convenient and Hassle-Free at Summit Hotels and Resorts

Hotels

Summit Hotels and Resorts is a full service boutique hotel with key amenities for complete relaxation, affordable luxury, bonding time with family, and more. And while it is the top-of-mind location to conveniently spend your staycation in, Summit Hotels is also the prime destination for people to stage memorable gatherings, from large-scale conferences to intimate celebrations.

Each Summit Hotels property provides all the right facilities you would need for a successful occasion.

Summit Ridge Tagaytay

Summit Magnolia

Summit Hotels Magnolia, located along Doña Hemady Street,  Quezon City, is the top choice for residents and businesses for a convenient meeting point in this emerging district of Metro North.

Despite being a boutique hotel, it has premium quality facilities and services which foster a relaxed atmosphere amidst a fast-paced urban environment. It has an elegant event space capable of seating up to 100 guests. This multi-functional event space can be transformed to meet one’s needs, making it a great spot for any event of any kind or size — from small gatherings up to 100 attendees.

For special events away from the densely-populated capital, Cebu stands as one of the country’s key destinations for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE). Look no further than at Summit Galleria Cebu, Summit Hotels and Resorts’ newest hotel which boasts of artistry, luxury and contemporary design.

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It’s the prime spot to hold MICE in this vibrant city. It has a Grand Summit Ballroom that can seat up to 600 guests, as well as smaller function rooms like the Summit Pool Lounge, Sinulog Meeting Room and Mango Meeting Room (can each accommodate 30-35 people) for more intimate meetings.

Each room also has alternative layouts for you to choose from depending on your capacity requirements. Conference attendees would also be given the opportunity to enjoy visiting nearby attractions, such as the iconic Fort San Pedro and Magellan’s Cross, and Cebu’s newest upscale mall, Robinsons Galleria Cebu.

Summit Ridge Tagaytay Meeting Room

Summit Tagaytay Meeting Room

Those who want to plan grand events someplace only a stone’s throw away from Metro Manila can do so at Summit Ridge Tagaytay. Just a two-hour leisurely drive from the city center, it’s the perfect place for large-scale meetings and banquet celebrations while surrounded by the relaxing sights and sounds of Tagaytay. There are 16 function rooms to choose from, including the Raintree Ballroom that can seat up to 500 people, smaller rooms that can seat 30 to 50 people, average-sized halls that can accommodate up to 150 people, and an open-air events lawn that can hold up to 70 people.

If you don’t want people to be cooped up indoors for your event, check out Summit Ridge’s Sky Lounge which is located at the topmost level of the hotel. It’s an ideal outdoor party venue which can seat up to 120 guests who will be treated to a breathtaking and scenic view of the Taal Lake.

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Summit Tagaytay Sky Lounge

The Summit Learning Center is also a distinct facility at Summit Ridge. It is designed as a modern conference venue that mimics the auditoriums in Harvard University. It is also equipped with executive tables and chairs, and state-of-the-art AVP facilities, including a built-in projector screen and technical control room.

At Summit Hotels and Resorts, any kind of meeting or convention is always made easier and hassle-free. Whether planned on short-notice or arranged with flair and grandeur, you’re guaranteed to find the events space fit for your occasion.

For your event needs, best available rate and perks, visit www.summithotels.ph.

 

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RCBC Savings Bank Unveils Debit & Win Promo

Promos

With the holiday season just around the corner, this spells stressful times for us rushing to complete our shopping list for family, friends, officemates, co-workers, inaanaks and love ones.  With RCBC Savings Bank MyDebit Mastercard, you can skip the ATM lines and use it to pay for your groceries, shopping, dining and more.

The new RCBC Savings Bank (RSB) MyDebit Mastercard gives you access to your funds conveniently anytime, anywhere.  You can access your account in almost 1,500 RCBC & RCBC Savings Bank ATMs nationwide and in over 38 Million in-store merchant partners of Mastercard worldwide.  For your added security, all RSB MyDebit Mastercard are equipped with EMV chip technology which provides better card security and improved standards for card validation.

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For a more rewarding experience, you get a chance to win a Samsung S8+ Phone or a Samsung S3 Tablet or a Go Pro Hero 5 Black through RCBC Savings Bank’s Debit & Win Raffle Promo.  Every P1,000 single receipt purchase until December 31, 2017 earns you an electronic raffle entry.  Join now and you might be the lucky winner in the January draw.

Still don’t have one?  RCBC Savings Bank MyDebit Mastercard is available in any of the 154 RSB branches nationwide.  Just bring one valid government ID and the initial deposit requirement so you can start unlocking all that life has to offer.

 

Stunning Hallstatt

Austria, Europe, Video

We all have hopes and dreams. Some are easily attainable and some border on the impossible and wishful thinking. Often, as life happens, we give up on these dreams, accepting the fact that, just because we want them, doesn’t mean that we will have them.

On the other hand, there are dreams and wishes that we keep safe and nurture in our hearts. No matter how much time passes, and no matter the odds, we hold out hope that they will come true.

This is what Hallstatt is for me. It was a dream not I thought at that time, was nearly impossible for me to fulfill.

I was only 24 when I first saw videos and pictures of Hallstatt. From that moment on, I knew in my heart that I wanted to come visit it someday.  I wanted to see the lakeside wooden houses facing the Austrian Alps.

But I knew that it was a pipe dream. I was a starving journalist then and my salary wasn’t enough to afford a trip to Europe. So I put the dream in the back burner,  hoping for some miracle.

It took me 10 years before I could finally fulfill this dream, but  Ofinally, I was able to achieve recently and the long wait, only makes the trip all the more sweeter and memorable.

Here’s a short video of what I saw in Hallstatt. More stories on Hallstatt coming soon.

Photos and Videos Taken Using Asus Zenfone 4

 

Go Hotels Opens New Branches in Metro Manila

Hotels

Go Hotels, the first Filipino home-grown value essential service hotel chain in the country, has opened four more branches to cater to smart travelers in search for affordable yet comfortable accommodations.

The four new branches: Cubao-Quezon City, Ermita-Manila, Manila Airport Road in Paranaque, and North Edsa-Quezon City,  are all strategically-located near prime destinations and with easy access for guests.

“Metro Manila has an energetic spirit; it’s home to some of the country’s business districts and important landmarks,” said Go Hotels general manager Elizabeth D. Gregorio. “We plan to open more branches in the metro with the emergence and increasing number of smart travellers—local and international.”

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Cubao: The Precinct of Manila’s Underground Scene

Cubao is an urbanite’s delight. Who is not familiar with the famed Araneta Center? Its streets are packed with entertainment of different sorts—shopping, nightlife, flea markets, food hubs—all catering to various tastes and demands of urbanites. At the heart of Cubao sits Araneta Coliseum or the Big Dome, the countries and one of Asia’s most historic indoor arenas  where people witness once-in-a-lifetime events from top local and international acts.

Experience the vibrant spirit of Manila’s underground scene in Cubao Expo, where the city’s well-kept secrets like cool bars, unique vinyl stores, quality thrift shops and cheap eats thrive. If you want to buy items for your vintage collection or maybe just browse through the treasures of the past, head to Vinyl Dump Thrift Store where racks upon racks of records await Vinyl enthusiasts.

After a long day of exploring this vibrant place, stay at the newly-opened Go Hotels along Aurora Boulevard.  Whether you’re here for business or leisure, Go Hotels’ Windsor beds are comfortable enough to relax you.  Maximize your staycation while watching your favorite show at their 32-inch LCD TV. Book your stay here.

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The Energetic City of Manila

More than just a bustling city, Manila is the country’s beating heart for a reason. Every street you will pass by has an interesting and important backstory—most of them you can discover beyond reading in history books. At the heart of the city stands Rizal Park, a monumental tribute to our national hero, and it’s just a few walks away from the historic walled city of Intramuros, the centerpiece of Manila’s Spanish heritage.

Manila is also an arts and culture paradise: you’ll find museums that houses precious gems of the past and art galleries with reflective masterpieces that will fill your soul. Get cultured at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, where you can witness Manila’s top performing arts or visit modern art galleries that feature the works of some of the country’s finest artists. Don’t forget to include some of the best art hubs in your itinerary like the National Museum of the Philippines, The Metropolitan Museum of Manila (the MET), and 1335 Mabini.

Perhaps one of the best takeaways in this city is its flourishing nightlife. Catch an awesome roster of live bands and music in the streets of Malate, where neon signs sparkle at night. And if you plan to have an overnight stay, fret not! Have a good rest at the new Go Hotels branch located at 1412 A. Mabini Street, a stones-throw away from Robinson’s Place Manila and a few minutes away from the city’s most important landmarks. For those who like to come and go, Go Hotels Ermita-Manila is safe and secure.  The guest rooms have an in-room safe and luggage storage for your belongings, plus, the entire premises are equipped with 24-hour CCTV security. Click here to book your stay.

The Intersection That Is Manila Airport Road

 Ninoy Aquino International Airport is Manila’s prime gateway to the World. The busiest airport in the country services an average of about 30 million local and international passengers a year.

Keep yourself entertained before, in between Or after your flight.  Go Hotels Manila Airport Road is just near Manila’s growing lifestyle entertainment and gaming hub.

 Entertainment City, also known as E-City (formerly PAGCOR City and Manila Bay Tourism City), is now the prime a gaming and entertainment complex under development by PAGCOR is teeming with casinos that will challenge your luck.  You can spend a few hours at the Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum inside the Villamor Air Base and marvel at the aerospace science exhibits and learn more about the military aviation history. Play a good round of Golf at the Villamor Golf Club.

On-the-go travellers can find their temporary haven in Go Hotels Manila Airport Road. It features quality amenities like the Super Shower to wash off your fatigue and a shuttle service to and from the airports for your additional needs. It’s located at 608 Quirino Ave, Parañaque City. Book here.

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North EDSA: Shopper’s Paradise

If there’s one thing to say about North Avenue in Quezon City, it’s this: you won’t leave empty-handed. Prime malls like SM North EDSA, Trinoma and Ayala Malls Vertis North stand tall inside this commercial area, and they’re gleaming with items that meet people’s different shopping needs. Sale items are everywhere, so be sure to keep your wallet full or try hard to control yourself.

The district is also an institutional destination. Government offices, hospitals and schools are within its vicinity like the Quezon City Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman and Quezon City General Hospital. If you’re in need of a city break, look no further than the Quezon City Memorial Circle, a lush of greenery where you can de-stress in the middle of the hustles. A number of attractions sits inside, including amusement park called Pedal and Paddle is a perfect escape for families and friends—you should try their exciting amenities such as 4D ride, Skybike, Boat Station… there’s even a fish spa!

A day’s worth of activities is definitely tiring, so why not check-in at an affordable hotel at the end of the day? One footbridge away from SM City North Edsa is the newly-opened Go Hotels, ideally situated along EDSA. Go Hotels North EDSA also near LRT Roosevelt station and bus terminals, so it’s easily accessible. The hotel’s vibe is also fun and energetic, you’ll want to extend your stay. You can easily book here.