Last January 18, 2019, I was invited by Maxx Hotel to have a staycation for two days and one night together with my fellow vlogger, Fristine “Fris” Chua. I stayed in an Urban Corner room while Fris stayed in an Urban Room. There were no much difference with our room. Mine was just located in a corner but our rooms were just beside each other.
Maxx Hotel is a “Lifestyle Business Hotel” owned and managed by a Filipino offering a guest experience that is intimate and discreet while providing maximum level of services. The property is newly built with 48 total of rooms. It is located at the main passageway of Makati Avenue to guarantee easy accessibility to the city’s dining, shopping, entertainment, medical, business and transportation hubs.
Complete Address: 7817 Makati Avenue Corner Singian Street, Makati City, 1210 Manila, Philippines
How to Get There?
Maxx Hotel is 20 minutes away from LRT Line 1 Gil Puyat Station. You may ride a jeepney (Guadalupe Route) from Buendia going to Makati Avenue. Alight at Buendia corner Makati Avenue or in front of Pacific Star Building. Across the building is Makati Avenue. There ride another jeepney (J.P. Rizal Route) taking Singian Street to reach the Hotel. The property is located near Pacific Cross Health Care Inc., Kanto Freestyle Breakfast, Malaya Lumber and Construction Supply and in front of Cebuana Lhuiller Insurance Solutions.
On-Site/Nearby Restaurants: Cafe Luna Kanto Freestyle Breakfast, Big Guy’s Pizza, Mang Dom’s Eatery, Kuwagos Grill and Perlas ng Silanganan.
Features of Maxx Hotel:
- Room Facilities: Toilet and Bath, Hot & Cold Shower, Bidet, Air Conditioner
- Amenities: Complimentary drink, TV, Towels, Wifi, Toiletries, Bathrobe, Slippers, Safety Deposit Box, Hair dryer
- Hotel Facilities: Wifi in Public Areas, Handicapped-friendly facilities, Smoking Area, jacuzzi, Non-smoking Rooms and Restaurant
Types of Room + Rates
Urban Room – accommodates up to 2 adults + 2 kids
Price: PHP 3,248.00/night
Urban Corner Room – accommodates up to 4 adults
Price: PHP 3,848.00/night
Price: PHP 4,248.00 / night
*Extra Person without breakfast: PHP 750/pax
My Personal Review:
Maxx Hotel simply created a memorable weekend for me and Fris. The staff were very nice. They attended all our needs on time. Cozy rooms. Foods served were sumptuous (not an ordinary meal), big serving (per order is good for two people with an affordable price) and my breakfast in bed was delivered by their chef. He wants to check personally how was the food he prepared.
The only problem I encountered was the view from my room which is on the second floor. View was not that good because of the neighborhood but the roof deck was lit because of the jacuzzi.
I highly recommend this hotel for a weekend staycation if you’re heading to Makati for some shopping or to chill. Your friends and family will surely be pampered.
To book, you can contact them at (02)837-9700 or simply log on to http://www.maxxhotelph.com or via Agoda app. They also accept walk-ins.
My Maxx Hotel Experience Through Vlog:
For more information about Maxx Hotel:
Facebook Page: Maxx Hotel Philippines
Ahhh Valentine’s Day, the time to celebrate love is already around the corner and we all know that flowers are one of the contemporary symbols of Valentine’s Day. Often people send flowers to communicate the love they feel for their special someone but most of us think that flowers such as roses are very common nowadays but luckily I got a chance to discover this online florist which provides a very unique arrangements and also provides a same-day delivery plus the great thing about this site is that they offer promos and discounts. Maybe we can score a unique arrangement at a low cost, right?
Floral Garage Singapore is a local online florist that provides same-day flower delivery services including bridal bouquets and gift baskets. Their standard delivery price is amounting to $9.70 only.
Floral Garage Singapore’s Latest PROMO!!!!
Sample Flower Arrangements of Floral Garage Singapore
THE ENCHANTED ROSE
Preserved red rose in a jar. Romantic petals are littered around its base. This rose is enchanted – the receiver will love you as long as the rose lives.
*The whole item is 20cm high, and 15cm in diameter.
*Rose can last for at least a year, and if kept in its casing, up to 10 years – a small price to pay for a decade of love.
Cinnamon (Lasting Dried Flowers)
A variety of colorful wildflowers and dried flowers to create this wonderful bouquet. Nothing wild about them though, they’d look amazing in your home to give it that rustic feel.
Premium Freestyle Bouquet
A larger version of their best selling Freestyle Bouquet!
Roo – Freestyle Bouquet
This is the best bouquet for you if you do not know what to get! Simply let the florists help you out with that.
Do note, this bouquet is about 20 x 25cm across, 35-40cm high. If you are looking for something larger, please check out our Premium Version of our Freestyle Bouquet, by Clicking Here!
Your bouquet is crafted according to who the recipient is, and the occasion you are giving it for. You may choose the style in the dropdown, ‘Rustic’, Traditional’, ‘Modern’, but customization is strictly not allowed.
For more sample arrangements, just click here!
HOW TO ORDER?
IS IT SAFE TO ORDER FROM THEM ONLINE?
The shop does not store any customer’s credit or debit card information.
For more information, feel free to contact Floral Garage Singapore’s team via email or call them from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Mondays to Fridays) at
Call: +65 6282 2813
What’s App: +65 9387 8871
You can also visit their shop at this address:
756 Upper Serangoon Road, #03-34, Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre, Singapore 534626
In this movie Meet Me in St. Gallen, it tackles the story of Celeste and Jesse (leads in the popular break-up movie, “Celeste and Jesse Forever”) portrayed by Bella Padilla and award winning actor Carlo Aquino.
This movie is all about friendship, love, heart breaks and how they were able to deal with different emotions and attraction.
It was partly shot in Switzerland’s St. Gallen and written and directed by Irene Villamor, the same writer and director of the certified hit movie “Camp Sawi.” Under Spring Films and Viva Films showing in cinemas starting Feb. 7.
Watch the full trailer:
‘Cause everyone is instagramming these days, I’ll now share with you the most requested blog post and that is where do I usually shoot and what are the editing apps I used to maintain my feed.
If you’re from Ilocos Norte, you’ll probably know these spots.
My Photo Editing Apps:
1. Snapseed (free app) – this is an all-purpose photo editor for image enhancements and corrections.
2. VSCO (free app) – this app consists of elegant filter presets and this app is really common to Instagrammers. If you want more filter selections, you have to purchase. It usually ranges from PHP 100-200 if I’m not mistaken.
3. Picsart (free app) – this app is a versatile photo-editor. It provides image editing tools, large variety of attractive filters and collage.
4. Squaready (free app) – If you really want to maintain a square sized photos, this app is for you.
5. Afterlight (free app) – The only thing I use in Afterlight is their instax inspired editing tool.
7. Lightroom – I only use this app when my photos are taken by phone shot. Swear, it can really turn your phone shot into an HD one.
8. Light Write (free app) – this app will light up your photos with neon fonts and light effects.
How Do I Maintain my IG Feed?
>With the help of UNUM App (Free app), it became easier for me to maintain my IG Feed. How? UNUM is a visual planner for Instagram. On this app, you can organize or rearrange your grid before uploading it on Instagram. You’ll get the chance to plot your upcoming posts and check it first the color balance if your upcoming uploads will correspond to you color palette.
Other features of UNUM:
- You can have multiple accounts. If you’re like me with personal and business account, UNUM makes it easy to switch between different accounts.
- You can check your analytics. I know business accounts on Instagram has this feature already but what if your account is just personal? Don’t worry because UNUM will do that for you. It lets you know when you gained followers or you’ve lost them. Aside from that, it also tells you what your top posts are and what times of the day are best to post.
- You can schedule your content. Just click the hour glass in the upper right corner and it will take you to this.
Umbrellas, wet shoes, and traffic; no doubt that the rainy season has officially arrived. and given on this scenario, normal activities such as eating out, watching movies, or hanging out with friends become more difficult and staying in gets even more tempting. Fortunately, we can now do almost everything online, from movie streaming, shopping, and even ordering food! This is made possible by the increasing number of mobile apps today offering digital services like foodpanda.
Foodpanda entered the Philippine market in 2014 and now one of the world’s leading online food delivery platform that enables users to access a variety of restaurants from their mobile phones or desktop computer. With this app, people don’t need to wait in traffic or restaurant queues anymore, their food cravings are always just a few clicks away..
Visit www.foodpanda.ph or download the app to order! The foodpanda app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
How to use the app?
Users can opt to use their current location or set it to place where they want the food to be delivered if they’re planning to send it to a friend or family member; the app will then give a list of restaurants within 3 kilometer radius (this is to ensure that the food will be in mint condition upon arrival).
Foodpanda has over 1,000 partner restaurants in Metro Manila and Cebu. From Japanese, to Chinese, to American, to Mediterranean, whatever cuisine you’re craving for, foodpanda will be there to satisfy your cravings.
The prices of the menu items as well as the minimum order are shown in the app. Users are also notified regarding promos offered by the restaurants.
You can go back and add 1, or 2, or 5 more items to your basket. Note that, for most restaurants, the delivery charge is just P59.00 no matter how much your total food bill is.
You can also input specific delivery instructions.
Click on Place Order and patiently wait for your order to arrive. The app has a timer that automatically starts once you place an order. The default waiting time is 60 minutes after the restaurant has confirmed receipt of your order and if you have other concerns, you can talk to a customer service representative via the Live Chat function both in the app and desktop site.
Now that everything is accessible online, people can order through the app and just wait for their food to be delivered at home. You can eat your favorite food without the hassle of going out, stream and play your favorite movies and shows while waiting, and relax with loved ones all at the comfort of your home. There’s no need to brave the storm and draining traffic this rainy season. Yes, with foodpanda, it’s easier to just #EatPlayLove.
I am not really fond of watching movies in cinemas most especially if it’s action. I rather download or get a copy of romantic movies from a friend and watch it during weekend on my bed with popcorn, some snacks plus blanket but I don’t know why did I immediately say yes to an invitation from a friend (Hazel Vinluan) for an exclusive movie screening in Powerplant Mall Cinema and that movie is War for the Planet of the Apes which I know in myself that it is an action, adventure and drama movie. Good thing I did the right choice to accept the invite because I really love the story though I wasn’t able to watch the first two installments. I can say that this movie is very intense and incredible and it blew me away.
The war of man versus ape continues to rage on as Mossimo, one of the country’s favorite casual wear brands, kicks off the Fall 2017 season with a capsule collection featuring its first collaboration with FOX International through Mossimo X War for the Planet of the Apes.
“Mossimo X War for the Planet of the Apes is a celebration of our partnership with FOX International and the first of many in our planned series of collaborations with popular stylists and big name brands,” shares Alex Bautista, Mossimo’s VP for Product. “With the Planet of the Apes franchise having created a cult following and being a box office success not only in Hollywood but around the world, we felt like the look and feel of the movie would greatly complement our upcoming Fall 2017 collection.”
The capsule collection features a line of comfy tees and pullovers, 100% cotton unisex tops, with eight graphic designs that continue to tell the tale of the ongoing battle between the humans and their primate counterparts. Poignant scenes and iconic, artful slogans from the movie are the highlights and will definitely catch the eyes of faithful Planet of the Apes fans and Mossimo aficionados alike.
Mossimo X War for the Planet of the Apes is also a perfect match to the brand’s Fall 2017 collections, aptly named “Jungle Book” and “Re-volution.” A fun update to safari-inspired clothing, the collections play around with earthy tones, black camou, and fatigue prints that are not only up to trend but also extremely comfortable and wearable. Pieces are still reminiscent of streetwear but offer that high street look and feel that avid Mossimo fans know and love.
“Our Fall 2017 collections, “Jungle Book” and “Re-volution” focus on items that are not traditional Mossimo apparel that have been offered before,” continues Bautista. “This is another experimental move that we feel will not only benefit the brand, but will further establish Mossimo as a flexible and relevant addition to your lifestyle.”
The new Mossimo X War for the Planet of the Apes collection will be available in select Mossimo stores this July 2017. For more information on Mossimo and their latest collections, you may follow Wear Mossimo on Facebook and @WearMossimo on Instagram.
In a research conducted by Watsons Insights on Shoppers Experience (WISE), a research division of the world’s largest international health and beauty retailer A.S. Watson Group, 66 percent of Filipinos believe they have good knowledge on health, however surprisingly, 57 percent do not exercise regularly to stay healthy. This shows majority of Filipinos are interested on health. But, there are so many things that get in their way from staying healthy. Either they get too busy or get too tired from a hectic work schedule, family duties, household chores and long hours of traffic.
That’s why Watsons, the leading health and beauty chain in the country, launches #GetActive campaign to inspire Filipinos to be healthy through small, everyday active changes in their routine to improve their health. To be healthy doesn’t necessarily mean doing major changes and adjustments in our lives like starting to train as a tri-athlete, spend 2 hours in the gym 3 to 5 times a week, own a fancy health equipment at home, spend thousands of pesos on healthy meals or cook difficult or time-consuming healthy recipes.
“Watsons #GetActive campaign is one of our continuous efforts and part of our commitment to improve the lives and health of Filipinos by inspiring them to take small steps to improve their health,” says Watsons Marketing Director Viki Encarnacion. “Small steps such as drinking more water, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, taking deep breaths in between work e-mails, walking from one building to another instead of riding a car or taxi if it’s just in the same area, walking your dog during weekends, and smiling more often can go a long way for our health. The list of small steps which we can do is endless, our days are full of opportunities to do these and Watsons can be their partner to improve their health” adds Encarnacion.
Watsons also recognizes the importance of a holistic approach to health. Aside from healthy diet and exercise, taking vitamins is also important. Vitamins bridges the nutrient gap people don’t get in their regular diet and lifestyle, and can help prevent illnesses.
There are different types of vitamins available and formulated to fulfill different nutritional needs. Some of them are:
- Vitamin A for immunity, vision and healthy skin
- Vitamin B complex for energy production
- Vitamin C for immunity and protection against diseases
- Vitamin E for cell damage repair or prevention and for healthy skin.
At Watsons, there are different brands and products available to fulfill every individual’s nutritional needs depending on age, gender and preferred form – such as Enervon, Conzace, Ceelin, Revicon, Myra E, Centrum, Stresstabs, Berocca, Rogin E, Fern C and Watsons Generics.
To further encourage its shoppers, Watsons is offering up to 20 percent off on select vitamins for select period of time in stores. And for its loyal members, Watsons is offering customers a chance to win trips to Bali, Guam or Sydney, or win an iPhone 7 or iPad for a min P500 single-receipt purchase of select vitamins and health products. Promo runs until June 28, 2017 and is exclusive to SM Advantage, SM Prestige, PRiMO and BDO Rewards Card holders. Promo is in partnership with Hutchgo.com and Philippine Airlines. (DOH-FDA-CDRR Permit No. 127 s. 2017)
So what are you waiting for? Start doing the small changes in your routine – perhaps on your next meal or next day at work or school! Start to #GetActive and be healthy with Watsons!