Monday, December 24, 2012

What Can A Backpack Traveler Do In Metro Manila?


Despite the “not-so” positive feedback from people who experienced Manila, some people from other places or provinces like me still want to explore the Capital City of the Philippines. As a person who has been born and raised in the Province, a visit to Manila is something to look forward to. Everything we see on TV and movies always feature the lifestyle of people in Manila.

The provinces in the Philippines have rich natural resources that could easily attract foreigners and visitors. Davao City has Pearl Farm, Bohol has Chocolate Hills, Albay has Mayon Volcano. Manila could not offer the aforementioned attractions, but there is something about Manila that would make you want to come back for more.

For backpack travellers who would like to visit Manila and stay there for 3 days to one week, here are my “itinerary-worth” suggestions that you may want to consider:

1. Mall Tour

Manila, though congested, has a vast number of malls that can accommodate the overcrowded population of the city. SM malls are everywhere, like you can see it in every corner of the City. If you are a shopper-traveller, you would love it here because Malls are omnipresence.

I can’t exactly remember how many malls I visited when I went to Manila. I visited Market Market to meet my Mother’s cousin. 



I also passed along Greenhills Shopping Center. My Aunt said this is where celebrities and rich people shop.



I also visited several SM establishments but the most unforgettable is the visit to SM Mall of Asia.This one is very huge. It’s like having a mall inside a mall.



And my favorite tambayan is the Robinson’s Galleria as it is the only mall accessible to me.
Next time you visit Manila, check out their malls and experience amazing shopping activity.

2. Meet Relatives

As a center of commercialism and media, I’m sure every single person in the province has at least a family member in Manila. If you get a chance to travel to Manila, why not set one day of your stay or even just half day to visit long lost relatives or those family members you haven’t met yet.

In my case, I even stayed at my Aunt’s house during my one week visit in Manila. It’s nice to live under one roof with relatives eventhough you just met them for the first time.

I also went as far as Paranaque and Makati just to see some relatives that I haven’t met before. 
I had an eyeball with my cousins, Aunties and Uncles. 



It’s good meeting them all.

3. Visit Public Park

Don’t you ever dare leave Manila without even visiting even one of their Public park. A visit to Luneta or Bonifacio High Street would not really take too much of your time. 

My Aunt brought me to Luneta Park. As quoted from my Aunt, Luneta is a “Pasyalan ng mga Walang Pera”, because here, you don’t need money to enjoy.

At Luneta, you can enjoy watching dancing fountain, visit our National Hero’s grave and relax, all for FREE. You can just bring extra money to experience Kalesa, mini train and for food trip. The best time to visit Luneta is during night time so you can see the lighting effect on dancing fountain.




I was able to visit also the Makati Park and Garden. It’s just a small but clean and cute park. They have mini zoo inside the park and I think this is a perfect place for jogging, good for those who love running like me.




If you want some classy tour, go to Bonifacio High Street.



You can eat, you can walk around, you can sit and sip some coffee or even shop.

4. Commute

If you have a car or an exclusive vehicle to tour Manila, why not let it rest for just one day and try to experience Manila as an ordinary commuter?

I tried almost every means of transportation in Manila, but the most memorable one is the MRT.
Wow, that was an amazing ride. When you try MRT, prepare to stand, bump, and stumble amidst the crowd. This one is not for individuals who can grip weakly. 

The same is true with the bus. I experienced standing from the point of my departure to my destination. 

Jeepney and tricycle are also must try. You must experience traffic jam, standing position, and stumble with the crowd. Just be careful and be watchful with your belongings. Thieves and pickpocketers are everywhere.



5. Eyeball with Friends

Social Networking nowadays allows you to create a community even with the people you haven’t met yet. I have a lot of good friends and acquaintances in Manila that I just met through Twitter. When I visited Manila, I contacted them and met as many people as possible.

It was an awesome experience meeting people for the first time. But what is good about online community is that, you already know about them before you actually meet them. 



If you have friends or even college or high school classmates that reside in Manila, you can contact them and meet them. I am sure you will enjoy the chit chat.

6. Do Something that you can only do in Manila

The first 5 suggestions I mentioned can also be done in other places. Those were not only applicable for Manila but for other places also. So think of something to do that you can only do in Manila. 

For example, in my case, I visited a radio station. Yes, a radio station. I am an avid listener of RX Monster Radio  FM. This is a Manila based radio station which I can only access through livestreaming in the internet. 



I was able to meet the faces behind the cool voices in the radio. 



I can visit a radio station in other places, but I can only visit RX Monster Radio in Manila.

There is no other place like Manila. Therefore, as a Filipino, we must love Manila including the pollution, the traffic and the long lines everywhere. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Three Truly Amazing Facts About Trolli Candies




@TrolliPH on Twitter asked us:

“If we were to give you truckloads of gummy bears or gummy worms for free, what would you do with them?”

I answered:

"I will make a big castle made of gummy bears where smll kids can enter and play and have fun.After that, we will eat it'

That's it and I won:



So they rewarded me with awesome Trolli Candies, a lot of candies:




While enjoying the Trolli Candies, I discovered three truly amazing facts about this product.

1. Trolli- The One for Fun

If you are thinking of something fun to give to your inaanaks this Christmas or during their birthdays or even just in normal days, give them loads of Trolli Candies. Dull moments will turn into fun moment because their variety of candies comes in different colors, sizes and designs. I bet the maker of this product has only one thing in mind- FUN.

2. Fruit Flavour Jelly Shape

Whether it is in the form of caterpillar, or penguins and sunkist, or an octopus,




you will never go wrong with Trolli candies because each variety is fruit flavoured. The jelly factor of this candy makes it easier for the manufacturer to shape it in different fun forms.

So the formula is: Jelly-ish + Fruit flavoured = Fun Candies

3. Safe to eat

Worried about your kids too much eating pizza? Give them a trolli Gummi Pizza:




Keep them away from sodas, just give them Trolli Cola Bottles to eat:




Not only is it healthy and fun, but also safe to eat. Their candies, although in different forms and shape, do not contain elements like alcohol or pork products. Moms should not worry, Trolli Candies are safe to eat.

Thank you Trolli for coming up with this truly amazing product. Trolli is truly the one for fun for kids and for kids at heart.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

EXILSHAPE- The New Technology by Bioessence

Photo credit to Bioessence FB page
Innovation is the key to stay on top of the game.  Bioessence, with 18 long years in the service of beauty and wellness has committed to be in the bandwagon of new innovations and technologies. To attest to this promise, they presented to us a new technology called EXILSHAPE. It is the latest slimming treatment that helps reshape the body and rejuvenate the face through the fastest and most powerful non-invasive aesthetic device called Exilis.





Exilis is a safe device seeing that it has been approved by the US FDA. Basically, it will help reduce fats, tightens skin and reduce wrinkles in a non surgical way.

Yes, you heard right. This is a non surgical treatment. It uses safe thermal waves to heat your skin and target the fat cells. Despite the heating effect of the device, you will remain relaxed and comfortable. It has real time monitoring and constant feedback as to the skin’s temperature to ensure safe treatment.

Bioessence Gold Davao together with the celebrity endorser Nikki Gil and Dr. Emma Beleno-Guerrero explained to us the perks and benefits that customers can get from this new innovation. 


For those who want to undergo treatment for body contouring, this device is the most effective and the fastest solution. It accurately targets the deeper fat layers. The built in thermometer constantly rechecks the tissue temperature for safety and above all, it’s a risk free treatment with no side effects.

Exilshape can also help you for the reduction of wrinkles and facial remodeling. It uses Collagen refill technology based on natural healing process. If you have sensitive skin, you don’t need to worry because this is convenient for all skin types. You will notice dramatic improvement of skin density.`

Bioessence selected Nikki Gil to endorse this new product because aside from her credibility as an actress and as a host, Nikki Gil is a perfect role model for a disciplined lifestyle. Her diet, exercise and constant “me time” with Bioessence are the reasons why she looks slim and fresh all the time. When asked if she ever endorsed the product to boyfriend Billy Crawford, she will definitely endorse it if the later will ask her to. She accepted the offer to endorse the Bioessence because she has been a loyal customer ever since.

The Exilshape is the company’s way of thanking all the customers for patronizing Bioessence for 18 long years. With this new technology, Bioessence has just marked a milestone in their service.