Monday, December 8, 2014

Ibis Styles Hotel - Kuala Lumpur
Hannah Villasis11:37 AM 0 sweets for free!

I stayed in Malaysia for about 11 days in total just this November. This is the longest stay I've had in a foreign country. Come to think of it, Malaysia is not so foreign for me anymore, I think I visit, or stop by this country for at least 2x a year - either for business, or lay-over or just visit friends.

Nevertheless, any traveler needs a good place to stay. I have always done my bookings via Agoda.com. It's just the most convenient online booking tool that I use for a lot of reasons.
  • User-friendly interface
  • Best Price Guarantee (If you have reserved a hotel room through Agoda and then show and email Agoda customer service that you could book the same room for the same dates at a lower rate that is viewable and bookable on another website, they will either match that rate or beat it.)
  • Discounts! (insider-deals, early bird savings, mystery deals etc.)
  • Free Cancellation up to a certain date for select hotels
  • Book now, pay later option
  • Plus, you get to earn points, so you can use this to book in the future
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3 Hotels I stayed

Ibis Styles KL 

Ibis Styles is a chain of hotels located worldwide, and Ibis Styles KL is among the biggest in the Asia Pacific. It has about 500 rooms to accommodate business and leisure travelers. This would be good for company trips, in case you are planning one for your company!

Ibis Styles KL Fraser Business Park

Transportation

The biggest advantage to this hotel is that it is easily connected to an LRT line. If you don't like riding trains, they also have a free shuttle service to Suria KLCC (Petronas Twin Towers) and Pavillion Shopping Mall is available at 11:00 AM and 12:00 noon. If you need to go somewhere at anytime, you can book a taxi or a hotel van service through the reception. Price for the taxi or van will range from MYR 25 to MYR 60, depending on the type of shuttle (taxi or van) and the destination area. MYR 25 could take you to Bukit Bintang area. This is good if you are sharing with other people and split the fare. But, if you're riding solo and you want a little bit of walking exercise, you can still opt for the LRT. MYR 3 could already take you to KLCC (Petronas Twin Towers) or KL Sentral (train to airport).

Taking a taxi from the hotel to the airport would cost about MYR 90.

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Attractions nearby

For sightseeing options and local attractions, one need not look far as the hotel enjoys close proximity to Pudu Market, Choon Wan Kong, the World’s Longest Mural and much more. Jalan Alor is just 10-15 minutes away by taxi.

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Jalan Alor - Hawker style, street food, and also a tourist spot. If at midnight you crave for some food, just get a cab, go to this place, and feast your eyes, and belly!

This photo was taken a little after midnight.

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The Pavillion Mall and KLCC are just 10-20 minutes away from the hotel!

Hotel Interior and Facilities

Ibis Styles Kl Fraser Business Hotel is an added testament to the new concept of economy hotel with its new contemporary and vibrantly designed rooms. The hotel d├ęcor is playing with designers colors, emphasizing on unique design and happy mood on every floor. The hotel has a restaurant, sTREATs, with an open concept kitchen, a trendy bar, 4 meeting rooms, kid’s corner, interactive corner, and a gym.

Ibis Styles KL Fraser Business Park

Great food selection for their breakfast buffet, which was already included in our hotel booking!



They also have a Kids Corner, a playground, gym, meeting rooms and interactive center.

*photos courtesy of Agoda.com

Hotel Rooms

We got a twin room, complete with basic toiletries and mini-pantry with complimentary water, coffee, tea and water heater. The room has a wall mounted TV with some basic cable TV channels. Our room had a comfy couch too!

Ibis Styles KL Fraser Business Park

We stayed in a standard twin room.

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<3 this couch. This is where we painted Dud's arms in preparation for the night's Pole Stars Malaysia Competition.

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CD, drawing tribal symbols on Dud's arm (the tribe prince)

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They have a working table, which was very helpful for me because I had to bring work with me while traveling.

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Complimentary water, coffee and tea!

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You can even request an iPod dock :)

Bathroom / Toilet Area

Some travelers are very particular about the bathroom area of their room. Me, I just want it clean - like the one we had in our room!

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Our sink, which also had basic toiletries. If you are missing any, you can just request for one via housekeeping.  The toilet has a little window where you can get natural light during the day.

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Toilet area is separate from the shower area :)

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Did I say good natural light by day? Yes I did, but I'm saying it again - good for selfies... or more importantly, when you do your morning routine (shave, put makeup etc.)

Restaurants Nearby

Apart from sTreats which can be found on the 4th floor of the hotel, there are also other restaurants within the vicinity. The nearest one is Old Town Coffe, then there are other Indian, Malaysian and Chinese restaurants nearby. They also have 7/11 just across the street and KKMart where you can buy groceries. At night, there's also a shabu-shabu/hot pot style food card/street food just right in front of 7/11.

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Old Town Coffee - is a must when you're in KL

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and yes... Kaya toast!


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Thank you Ibis Styles for becoming our home for 3 days! Thank you Agoda for being a part of our journey, for becoming a part of our passion!

We traveled across the seas to extend our passion to the world.



Of course, the main reason why we went to KL, was to celebrate our love for pole by joining Pole Stars Malaysia Competition.

CONGRATULATIONS Polecats!

Miguel Ignacio (Migna)
Professional Mens Open - Pole Art and Ultimate Champion

Kayleen Ortiz and Duds Ignacio
Professional Duo Open - Runner Up


We are also VERY VERY proud of our Pole Kitten and Pole Tiger (our students) who trained so hard and shared this love of pole with us!

Ronnie Singun
Amateur Mens Open - Champion

Georgina Rovira
Amateur Womens Open - Champion

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The reason why I love traveling, is because I learn a lot about the place, the culture sometimes a little bit of myself too. It feels good to travel with a purpose whether it be to experience the place or to celebrate life moments. My life, is not measured by days or years, it is now more meaningful sharing these moments with other people.


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This was me checking out... I will definitely recommend this hotel to everyone and will definitely book here again!

Book Now!

 

Get in Touch

Google Plus: plus.google.com/+ibis
Website: www.ibis.com

More Blog reads!

From a judge's point-of-view
Christina Dy's blog - PoleStars Championships 2014, Malaysia



Thank you to our partners!






Sunday, December 7, 2014

Gotta Love Christmas at Century Mall!
Hannah Villasis11:19 PM 0 sweets for free!

Can I just say, this is my happiest place in Makati? Century Mall just opened this 2014 and ever since, I've been going here from time to time. And now that it's Christmas, they made the mall even happier!

#LoveChristmas Century City Mall


Century City Mall serves up a host of treats to make your Holiday celebration a truly special and memorable one. Head on to the Mall of Modern Makati at the corner of Salamanca St. and Kalayaan Avenue and experience the best shopping and dining destinations in the area that will give you more reasons to #LoveChristmas!

#LoveChristmas Century City Mall

I love how I can go around the mall to shop, and get stuff I need for my work, gadgets, pole outfits. They have grocery, lots of crowd-favorite restaurants, cinema and they even have a new high-end food court type called "Hole in the Wall." It really is! Because I have not heard of these restaurants, even their food concepts and I was like a child walking around Disneyland when I discovered this place!


Christmas treats and traditions

For starters, get the chance to meet Kris Kringle himself as he roams the five-level mall every Sunday of November and December. Santa will be giving away gifts from Century City Mall's generous tenants. Random shoppers will receive Holiday treats as Santa spreads the Christmas cheer from floor to floor. Joining him is a special helper-a "reindeer dog", which will be accepting donations in behalf of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

This mall has a heart!

I heart this mall even more!


The festive spirit continues over to the 4th level al fresco area where a giant Snow Globe awaits. 

Here, kids and adults alike can experience snow and even have their photo taken inside its picturesque Winter Wonderland backdrop. It's a photo that's worth keeping, so they can have it printed for you to take home!

Hole in the Wall - Century Mall

Also at the 4th level is Century City Mall's #LoveChristmas tree all adorned with elegant decor. Enjoy this wonderful sight as well as the mall's daily fountain show at 12 noon, 6 PM, and 8 PM.





Don't miss out on the carols as performed by non-profit organizations Handog ng Pagmamahal and Sheavers Associations at basement 1 every Sunday until the last Sunday of December.

Century City Mall also holds a regular Sunday Mass at 11 AM at its Event Center at the 5th level.

Kiss, Tell and win a prize

Now, the mistletoe hanging at the mall and its tenants' stores have been placed there for a reason: to get creative and win a special gift! Shoppers are encouraged to unleash their creativity in taking a selfie underneath the mistletoes found inside the mall.

  • They should then post their entries on Instagram type #KissandTell and #LoveChristmas and tag Century City Mall (@centurymallph) to enter the contest.
  • Five winners will be chosen every week for six weeks. Each will receive 10 free cinema tickets!
  • All winners will be posted on the "Kiss and Tell" photo wall within the mall and may claim their printed photos for free!
#LoveChristmas Century City Mall



A Treat for Shopaholics

That's not all. Century City Mall's spirit of giving continues through the "Shopaholic Holiday" promo. Two thousand (2,000) shoppers will get the chance to receive P2,000 worth of Century City Mall vouchers for every PhP10,000 worth of accumulated purchase at Century City Mall's stores.

The vouchers come in P1,000 worth that can be used for food and dining and another P1,000 worth that can be used for shopping at Century City Mall.

#LoveChristmas Century City Mall

Century City Mall offers a wealth of dining options to suit different palates; it is home to popular restaurants, family favorites, coffee shops, and creative new dining concepts. Now open at its 4th level is new foodie haven, Hole in the Wall-a food hall that features specialty dining options for food lovers of all ages in a comfy, modern setting.

It also has an exciting retail mix that caters to the health and wellness, home, hobby, sports, gadgets, and beauty and fashion needs of the modern consumer. It has more than 100 stores and more are slated to open in the coming weeks.

The "Shopaholic Holiday" promo will run on the weekend dates of November 29-30 and December 13-14.

Discover more reasons to #LoveChristmas at Century City Mall by keeping up to date with mall-wide and in-store events and Holiday promos through www.centurycitymall.com.ph. You may also visit the Concierge Desk for inquiries and assistance.


Up next... Hole in The Wall at Century Mall

Will be blogging next about Century Mall's newest feat!

#LoveChristmas Century City Mall


#LoveChristmas Century City Mall

#LoveChristmas Century City Mall

#LoveChristmas Century City Mall



Friday, December 5, 2014

How to Prepare your Mobile Phone for a Super Typhoon
Hannah Villasis12:37 PM 0 sweets for free!

20 storms visit the Philippines in 1 year. We should know better now, and we should have already learned from previous experience what to do.

Nothing is more important that everyone's safety. Find shelter, food and means to communicate. We are all connected better now than before, make use of technology to your advantage.



All mobile phone users are encouraged to:

1.  Fully charge cell phone batteries and ensure that you have airtime for at least 3 days.

2.  In the event of power outages, conserve battery power. Make judicious use of voice calls. Text messaging uses less power.

3.  Store emergency numbers in your cell phone
  • Trunklines: (02) 911-5061 to 65
  • Operations Center: (02) 911-1406,  (02) 912-2665,  (02)912-5668
  • local government units (PAGASA-DOST for storm updates, MMDA for traffic and flood updates) 
  • MMDA Hotline: 136 / (02) 882-4154 to 74
  • DOTC Public Assistance Center: 7890
  • DPWH: 165-02, Trunkline: (02) 304-3000
  • Disaster Management Office: 134 (Staff), 132 (Manager), 133 (Radio Room)
  • local police
  • PNP: Dial 117 for life-threatening emergencies
  • Text hotline: 0917-847-5757
  • more local numbers here
  • local chapter of the Philippine National Red Cross, etc. 
    • Red Cross: 143, Trunkline: (02) 527-0000
  • Keep a hard copy as well in case you run out of battery and need to use the numbers.

4.  Keep a battery-operated radio handy as well as spare batteries to make sure you stay informed about important news like evacuation warnings, storm updates, rescue developments, etc. in case electric and communication facilities shut down.

5.  Keep your cell phone dry.  Wrap it in plastic or use cling-wrap for easy use.

*These helpful tips are brought to you by Smart Communications and Sun Cellular.

Smart/Sun Network Readiness

SMART & SUN are preparing for Typhoon 'Hagupit', which is expected to make landfall this weekend.  We continue to monitor the typhoon's movement, and plans are in place to maintain communication services and ensure speedy response and restoration should facilities be adversely affected.

We are prepositioning restoration equipment and personnel in the Visayas, Southern Luzon & Northern Mindanao regions.  The equipment includes generator sets and batteries that will support capacities of telecommunications equipment in the region, as well as equipment for free call and free charging services.  This will enable Smart-Sun to respond quickly to failures and community needs as they occur.

Rest assured that Smart & Sun are exerting all efforts to minimize, if not prevent, interruptions to vital telecommunications services that may be caused by typhoon 'Hagupit'.

How to Get iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 in Manila
Hannah Villasis11:00 AM 0 sweets for free!

Have you seen the latest iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3? Aren't they lovely? 

Since November 22, 2014, interested subscribers for the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 may now register and sign-up their interest at Smart Bro’s Registration Page.

iPad Air 2 – smart.com.ph/ipadair
iPad Mini 3 – smart.com.ph/ipadmini

iPad Air 2

The thinnest iPad ever is also the most capable. It’s loaded with advanced technologies, including the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

Key Features
  • 9.7-inch Retina display (diagonal)
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • A8X chip
  • 8MP iSight camera
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO
  • Faster LTE
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
More Specs
  • At just 6.1mm, the thinnest iPad ever is also the most capable. 
  • Re-engineered 9.7-inch Retina display
  • Revolutionary Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • Powerful A8X chip with 64- bit architecture
  • a new iSight camera
  • an improved FaceTime HD camera
  • faster wireless
  • iOS 8
  • iCloud
  • up to 10 hours of battery life. 
  • It also comes with great apps for productivity and creativity.

More details about the iPad Air 2 here.


iPad Mini 3

The most advanced iPad mini is loaded with innovations like the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and Retina display. And it now comes in a gorgeous gold finish.

Key Features
  • 7.9-inch Retina display (diagonal)
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor 
  • A7 chip
  • 5MP iSight camera 
  • FaceTime HD camera 
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi with MIMO
  • Faster LTE2 
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
More Specs
  • The most advanced iPad mini has the Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • 7.9-inch Retina display
  • Powerful A7 chip with 64-bit architecture
  • iSight camera
  • A FaceTime HD camera
  • Fast wireless
  • iOS 8
  • iCloud
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • It also comes with great apps for productivity and creativity. 
And there are many more apps available in the App Store.

More details about the iPad Mini 3 here.


Online Pre-order and Availability/Launch will be announced soon. Follow and monitor
Smart’s Social Media pages and official accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and information.



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Torque Droidz Atom S - Efficient and Affordable
Hannah Villasis11:17 AM 0 sweets for free!

The fast cyberworld demands a handy smartphone that is capable of doing multiple things at a time and at the same time, continue to connect us with each other. With so many things happening at an instant, your phone needs to be capable of doing this without lagging or taking away your most precious time - and money!

There are so many Smartphones in the market but let us feature something that almost anyone can afford. One phone that can do multiple things, do your favorite things to do during the day, read emails for your work, get updated with news from social media and news sites, and so on.

For only Php 2899.00, you can own an Android JellyBean model, with dual sim and dual-core CPU. Torque offers you Torque Droidz Atom S.

It is my first time reviewing and using a Torque model, but many of my friends say, it is pretty good phone for the many things it can do, for its price.

Here is a quick look at the specs of the phone

Specs:
Dual Sim
3G Network
Android JellyBean 
850/2100MHZ QUADBAND GSM
ROM: 4GB
RAM: 512MB
OS1GHz dual-core CPU
Dual Camera, 5MP BACK + 2MP FRONT
WiFi
Bluetooth
Touch Screen
Price: Php 2899.00
Website details: lovekotorque.com

Unboxing Photos

Torque Droidz Atom 5

It comes with a simple packaging, simple design that does not take away attention from the phone.

Torque Droidz Atom 5

Upn opening, you get the usual basics: The phone itself with battery pack, plug, usb-cord, headset, warranty form and user manual.

Torque Droidz Atom 5

The 4-inch display has a WVGA 480×800 resolution.

Torque Droidz Atom 5

The phone's size is just about right, I can still do one-hand operations.

The Camera: 5mp back camera and 2mp in front
Camera is good under good light conditions. It is a little grainy on low light, but you can use flash as always!

Torque Droidz Atom 5

Front view of the power button and the 3.5mm audio that you can decorate or bling up!

Torque Droidz Atom 5

Sleek design, not too bulky but not too thin either

Torque Droidz Atom 5

Torque Droidz Atom 5

Dual sim port makes it easy for you to connect between people.

Torque Droidz Atom 5

micro SD card that allows you to expand memory up to 32GB

Torque Droidz Atom 5

What it looks like at the back.


Torque Droidz Atom 5

Now I can start using the phone!

If you want an affordable phone that can multitask without lagging, take you online, connect you to people with dual sim and expand memory, then this phone is for you.

To know more about Torque’s products, you can visit them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/torquemobile or follow them on Twitter @torquemobile