Saturday, 11 October 2014

Tweak Week

Yesterday I attended two blogging events. One is the celebration of the Basti's Brew and the other is the pre-relaunching of the 'New' Bulgogi Brothers -- which I'll be blogging about this coming week. I wore a laid back outfit, nothing fancy just in for pure comfort. This was taken inside the Bulgogi Brother in SM Lanang.
Top: Mags | Shorts: Levis | Bag: XOXO | Watch: G-shock | Sneakers: SM department

I made a fine adjustment since I have been transferred at the Emergency Room particularly in the Trauma department. It wasn't easy and it will never be easy but I'm loving the challenge so far. I finally get the adrenaline rush and the "let's save lives" that I've been looking for years (so deep, I know hahaha).

It could be fun but it could also get super stressing for my body, hence the haggard looking face. I'm not good with applying make-up, so please just bear with it haaaaaay. Anyway I'm planning to straighten my hair hopefully by next week before my family and I head to Saranggani (I'm so excited with the paragliding I just hope the weather won't get in our way *crossing my fingers). And also I've already set an appointment to Precioso Spa for a body scrub with bleach and whole body massage by the end of the month. I'll try to make an update here on how I will handle the stress and what are my ways to de-stress.

If you've been a reader of my blog you'd know that I'm known for wearing heels, and just recently I lost it (my mojo in strutting my thing--heels). It's maybe because my body especially my feet need all the rest I could get and by not wearing heels would probably be the best I could possible give to my myself---well at least for now :)

About the fine adjustment that I've stated earlier, there will be a change with my ways in blogging. I've somehow moved forward and into lifestyle blogging. Say for example the mix of travels, leisure, food and laid back outfit posts, all of it just show the revamping of my life.

Welcome to my life and I hope I could still be apart of your lives even just for a minute or two.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

RBG Supersize Meal (Park Inn Davao)

If you’re dining out on a weekend with family and friends, head off to Park Inn by Radisson Davao as RBG offers generous set meals that will stuff everyone up from appetizer to dessert
Are you guys ready to hear about the RBG Super Size Meal? :)) But before we talk about that, let me give you a little information with regards to the Park Inn Hotel.
The moment I set foot at their premises I felt at home right away, this is maybe because of the fresh vibrant decor and friendly staff.
 Park Inn by Radisson Davao is a contemporary 204-room hotel designed to deliver the modern essentials of a great hotel experience to business and leisure travelers. Friendly, fresh, vibrant and uncomplicated, Park Inn by Radisson Davao offers guests an ideal location from which to explore the city, as well as easy access to business and leisure amenities including the nearby SMX Convention Center and SM Lanang Premier Mall. Guests can expect vibrant décor, complimentary in-room high speed Internet, as well as the signature Adding Color to Life service concept which aims to exceed expectations.
Aside from the casual, spacious and relaxed atmosphere that makes for a great family bonding, RBG’s dining concept also gives focus on group value.  “This is why we came up with the idea of a putting together on the table all-time favorites, particularly on weekends when everyone has more the time to get together and enjoy each other’s company.” explains General Manager Pavan Kakar.
It’s not like the usual set meal with which you’re just made to choose from 2 or 3 packages. With Supersize, you get to create your own set with your choice of appetizer, soup, salad, starch, entrée, desserts and drink, plus a family size pizza --- all for only Php1,699.00net! Bundled together, you’ll get one big meal good enough for a group of 5


RBG Caesar Salad
Apple, Mango, Celery Salad
Baked Chicken Supreme Salad w/ Balsamic Vinaigrette


Roasted Pumpkin Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup
Cream of Corn Soup


8pcs Fried Chicken
Crispy Roasted Porkbelly
Lemon-Cilantro White Fish en Papillote


Plain Rice
Yang Chow Rice
Java Rice
Vegetable Fried Rice

CHOICE OF DESSERTS: (2 items – 1 cake & 1 jelly dessert)

Whole Chocolate Cake
Whole Marble Cake
Whole Rainbow Cake

Buko Pandan Jelly
Mango Jelly with Cream
Black Gulaman with Pearls

Orange Juice
Iced Tea
Royal Tru Orange

Apart from options for appetizer, soup and starch, guests may choose from a selection of main courses which includes 8 pieces of Fried Chicken, a platter of Crispy Roasted Pork Belly and Lemon-Cilantro White Fish en Papillote. Diners will also get 1 whole cake of their choice and individual servings of their preferred jelly dessert. The meal is packaged with a pitcher of softdrink and a family size pizza.

Here are some dishes you can enjoy in RBG Super Size.
Roasted Pumpkin Soup
Apple Mango Celery Salad
Baked Chicken Supreme w/ Balsamic Vinaigrette 
Love this creamy full-flavored and healthy salad. Actually this can stand alone even without the other dishes, trust me!
8 pieces Fried Chicken
Crispy Roasted Porkbelly
Photos don't lie, that's as crisp as you can see. It's also in generous serving.
Lemon-Cilantro White Fish en Papillote
This taste so good. It's rich and flavorful and not to mention healthy. So for the health-conscious people you should really have to try this.
comes with this Family Size Pizza 
Fries that comes with 3 dips
Buko Pandan Jelly
What sets this Buko Pandan Jelly among others is it's not too sweet, just the right one. 
White chocolate cake

If you're going to ask me what my set would be, here it is:
 Baked Chicken Supreme Salad w/ Balsamic Vinaigrette
Roasted Pumpkin Soup
Crispy Roasted Porkbelly (my family is a meat lover)
Java Rice
Whole Marble Cake
Buko Pandan Jelly
Orange Juice
All those just for 1,699!!!!!!!
Davao Bloggers with Ms. Christine and Ms. Meghann of Park Inn davao
 This food promo is available for lunch and dinner every Saturday and Sunday. Diners can also win a complimentary Supersize Meal on their next visit by joining the photo contest on Instagram. Share a “group selfie” shot with your Supersize Meal and tag #rbgsupersize and @parkinndavao in your post. Winners will be notified through direct message and email.

Park Inn by Radisson Davao
Next to SM Lanang Premier Mall
J.P. Laurel Ave., 8000 Davao City

Monday, 29 September 2014

Saging Repablik

Have you heard of Saging Repablik? Well for my Dabawenyo readers I'll bet yes and many of you might have gone there a couple or more, but don't fret 'cause this is more than the #CreateYourOwnBananaCue post. And to those who are outside Davao and are planning to visit the city might as well read this post, you might want to know what's the latest restaurant and dish that the dabawenyos are going crazy and bragging about.
Let me do the honors to introduce to you once again the Saging Repablik and the additions to their menu.
Saging Repablik has been 'the talk of the town' since the day it opened. With its great concept, both on the interior aspect --bringing in the unconventional rustic industrial design (high ceiling and large space, such a cool place to dine) and the distinct variety of food, it's not surprising why we love to dine there. 
Since Saging Repablik opened its door, several new dishes were introduce. They held a bloggers night were we had the first dibs to the new menu.
 Beer Batter Fish and Banana Chips.
So this is first that I tried, and it was downright impressive, in fact this goes to my numero uno. Mind you I'm not fond of eating fish dishes but this is exceptional. From the texture to the flavor it's extremely palatable.
 Chicken Cordon Bleu
 Sisag (Sisig and Saging)
Humbanana Cue (Humba and Banana Cue)
 Orange Walnut Chicken
 Afrinana (Afritada and Banana)
Pochero Con Saba

Those are just some of the new dishes released recently and it was all in all impressive. And knowing the creativity of the people behind SR, I wouldn't be surprised to see new dishes in no time. They're definitely on top of their game.

Of course after a delectable meal is a delightful dessert galore. So don't you dare close the window just yet haha.
 Banana Cue Cream Pie
 Frosted Double Gatchocolatto
 Or if you want to feel like a chef (whatever you call that) even for a while, create your own banana cue. Bring out that artistic side of you.
step 1. Choose your banana. Step 2. Choose dip or spreed. Step 3. Choose 3 toppings. Step 4. See your creations. 
Don't forget to take a photo of it and show it to the world #BananaRepablik #createyourownbananacue ;)
Farrah, Rien, and Moi. After a long long time, finally blogger beshies reunited. Missing the good old days of fashion blogging.
On the left lower corner is the merchandise store. All their stuff were pretty cool and what I loved most is their statement shirts, which I'll be wearing one of these days here on my blog :)
They have a great selection from t-shirts, to sweaters and to tank tops.
More of saging repablik merchandise.
Charm bracelets. I own one :) get yours too.
Whether it's a celebration or sort of catching up with friends, Saging Repablik is the place to be.

Tionko Avenue corner V. Mapa Street. Davao City
Contact No. (082) 285 9648
Instragarm: SagingRepablik

Friday, 26 September 2014

Hijo Banana Beach Resort (Tagum City)

Nowadays it's easy to get caught up with the stress brought by our work and lifestyle. With the toxins in my body piling due to the pollution of the buzzling city and uncontrollable variables, I can feel my body screaming for downtime. So when I got an invitation to explore the Banana Beach Resort, I know this is just what I badly needed, I immediately said yes.

Banana Beach is a casual, tropical-themed resort with native-inspired accommodations and a diverse range of activities including forest, plantation and river tours, water sports, and a night safari.

The resort is located at Tagum City which will take about an hour drive from the City of Davao.
They arranged a van transfer to and from Hijo Damosa Office for us.

Day Package Weekdays Php 1,200/head
Weekend / Holidays Php 1,500/head
For inquiries or private tours: Hijo Estates Zone C, Unit C-1 Damosa Complex, Lanang Davao City
Tel. Nos (+6382) 282-3662 and (+6382) 282-3757
Mobile Nos (+63917) 776-1936 and (+63917) 967-4377
Fax No. (+6382) 282-3833
As we arrived at the place, we were lead to The Spot a tranquil fishing pavilion which boasts a breathtaking view, sustainable architecture, and peaceful tranquility.  Fishers who visit the area can request for their catch to be made into a tasty meal, prepared among the cogon grass, anahaw trunks, and bamboo that makes up this stunning structure.

Mr. Sun was shining so bright but because we were surrounded with greenery the wind was cool and perfect for our tour.
We both had the forest tour and Plantation tour.
The staff were so friendly and accommodating.

For the Forest tour we got to see the wild life (monkeys of different clans, wild boars and big big igwana. On the other hand we failed to see the tarsiers and many more, yes you've read that right there are tarsiers here). We passed by the shoreline where we saw the Samal Island and Mati City -- Definitely we are in the Heart of Davao Gulf.
They also have perfect amenities for team building. You can go on trekking, walk by this hanging bridge or find yourself firing at fire range.  It was the right balance for adventure and leisure with peace and serenity. 
As you can see I'm currently sitting on this gigantic machinery that will be used for the soon to rise Hijo International Port which will be the Mindanao's Premier International Trade Getaway. It will cater 4 big ships (all at the same time) that will open more opportunities in trading industry. Expect a larger exportation and importation movements in 2015. You should really watch out for Tagum City, its development is fast taking shape.

As for the Plantation Tour it was full of learning. I get to learn more about agriculture, business and management. I've learned that Hijo doesn't only engage with developing lands but also they're into trading.
They have wide variety of products for exportation but these three are my favorites. The coco sugar which is perfectly safe alternative sugar for diabetic patient and the coco syrup as well. Fact about me: I don't drink soda, and whenever I'm sick my alternative remedy is Calamansi juice (rich in vitamin C) or even so just for chilling/lazy days drink, so this goes to my numero uno the Calamansi Puree. With this small bottle of Calamansi Puree it can make about 10 servings. Just a small amount of the puree added with water and ice cubes, you can have that perfect drink for you and your barkada.
This is the infinity pool with a bar in it that you can have all you can.

You can also enjoy the other water activities such as Banana Boat, Kayak, Skim Board, Paddle Board, Trampoline.

 Day tour is good but staying overnight is a much better idea. Trust me a day is not enough to enjoy all the amenities Banana Beach Resort has to offer to you. I know because I myself want to go back there as of this very moment haha (it's hard not to be caught up with good times you know).
 This is their air-conditioned casitas. Cabin style -- loved that you can wake up seeing the view through that large glass window.
This is what's inside the air-conditioned casitas. A classy sophisticated yet clean interior. I could live here, seriously!
Weekday rate 5,000Php
Weekend rate 6,000Php

They also have the native-inspired Casitas

Plantation Villas, a prime locale near the sand and sea, allows homeowners to claim their own piece of paradise. They're selling it per hectare.
Lanikai means 'heaven by the sea' is the Tuason family heritage home set within the sprawling Hijo Plantation, engineered for vacationers wanting privacy and luxury - so it's quite the most special place, every room costs 8,000php and if you'll get three rooms you can have the place just for you.
Part of the Lanikai is this infinity pool. It was a truly soulful escapade, the place surrounded by the beauty of nature, breathtaking view and luxurious amenities makes every penny worth it.
I got a time to relax before the cocktail event started.
I'll leave you guys with what the CEO of Hijo Estates Rosanna Tuason-Fores said "We can't predict the future, but we can create the future."

*Thank you Hijo Estate for the invitation, thank you my Davao Bloggers friends for this and to Dennis Li for some of the photos :)
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