Mind And Body Challenge With Berghaus Adventure Games 2014

Prepare to conquer your adventure list, start with Berghaus Urban Adventure Games!

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Would you like to join a different kind of athletic challenge besides running? Get ready for a new dimension in adventure racing with the Berghaus Urban Adventure Games! We were given a chance to attend the launch last October 29 and after the event, me and John became super excited as we would like to start 2015 with a bang, by joining running events and other sports activities. And now we are given a chance to join the digitalized adventure racing such as this!

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Featuring the first app-based format, teams of 3 members each will receive their challenges on their mobile phones as they race to accumulate points before the clock runs out. This is not your ordinary kind of sport activity as you will be challenged both physically and mentally to race your team to the finish line! These challenges will push the teams to their limits as you will run through various obstacles, test strength at CrossFit stations, solve riddles, puzzles, and even run around the grounds for a mobile scavenger hunt. During the launch, we get to try out some of these challenges and it was intense! You need to figure out which among them will bring your team the highest scores, so you’ll have to brainstorm, be strategic as you are racing with time too!

Some of the challenges during the dry run: #Selfie taking, Word Find, Fold-A-Tent, Riddles, and more!

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Categories:

  • Fun (Registration Fee: P2,400) – Challenges will be scored but not timed.
  • Competitive (Registration Fee: P2,700) – This category will have a limited time to complete as many challenges and accumulate as many points as possible.
  • Elite (Registration Fee: P3,000) – The toughest of the three, according to our interview with one of the game masters, this category might require the teams to run and transfer somewhere else, like Roxas Blvd., to be able to continue their game.

???????????????????????????????Cyburban, your key to conquering the Urban Adventure Games!

This race is organized by Cyburban, an innovator in app-based adventure racing, adding a new dimension of interactivity to the traditional adventure racing format.

Berghaus Urban Adventure Games will be held on November 15, 2014 at the Globe Circuit Event Grounds in Makati City. You may register at the following outlets:

  • Toby’s Sports Shangri-la Plaza
  • Toby’s Sports Glorietta 2
  • Toby’s Sports The Block
  • RUNNR Bonifacio High Street
  • Toby’s Sports SM Mall of Asia 

For more information, visit www.cyburban.org/berghaus.

Do you want to win free passes to the BIGGEST adventure this year?

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Simply follow the mechanics above and your team might be one of the three lucky teams to be given passes to the #BerghausUrbanAdventure2014! Just make sure that your profiles are public and not protected for us to see your entries.

We’re joining the Competitive category! See you on November 15th!

Travel With #GlobeiPhone6, Coming November 14th

Globe Telecom today announced it will offer iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, beginning on November! Are you excited to be the first of the few to have this amazing new piece of gadget from Apple? I’m sure this would become a great travel buddy, to think that we are already having so much fun taking portraits, jump shots, slow-mos, hyperlapses, and other superb photos and videos using our iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S!

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So how do you avail one? Simple. All you have to do is pre-register #GlobeiPhone6 and iPhone 6 Plus beginning today at www.globe.com.ph/iphone6. So go ahead and register now!

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For more information on Globe Telecom, please visit www.globe.com.ph. For more information on iPhone, please visit: www.apple.com/iphone.

Sky Garden at Ace Hotel & Suites: Dine With A Partner In Style

What a wonderful birthday treat it was for us!

Popular with the 4-star hotel accomodation and its unique water spa, Ace Hotel & Suites brings you another exciting experience! We were given a chance to try their 8-course sit-down dinner at exactly my birthday, October 15!

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But before you check out the palate feast Sky Garden could offer, allow us to give you a quick brief about this newest romantic getaway venue. Sky Garden, located at the 8th floor of Ace Hotel & Suites, home to the unique one-of-a-kind hydrotherapy spa in the country Ace Water Spa, is the original venue of a hearty buffet breakfast in the morning, which becomes non-operational in the evening. But now, it has transformed to become your hearty dinner place in the evening. Other than Sky Garden, Ace also has the following establishments inside: Ace Buffet, Ace Coffee Lounge, Party! Party! Family KTV, and the Sky High Bar.

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Now what’s in it for you at the Sky Garden?

Simple. Get ready to have your discerning palates tickled. Soon as we get to our tables, we get to choose between red or sparkling wine, and the first course is served:

Start with Garlic Bread with Mushroom Antipasto.

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If you think that is the appetizer, wait until you try the unique combination of Shrimp and Curry! It was soooo good I just wanted to figure out how I could make one so we can always have a taste of it at home!

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To warm us through the night, we chose to have different soups for each. I got the all -time favorite Cream of Pumpkin and Carrot Soup, while John chose the lighter, clear Seafood Consomme. My choice of soup is kind of ordinary, but I guess the tasty ride has only started and just setting up our palate for something big.

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Then it was followed with probably one of our favorites in this dining set meal, the Fresh Salad drizzled with Red Wine Vinaigrette! Can someone teach us how to make that dressing please? I love how the Bleu Cheese and the traces of nuts jived in this mouthwatering salad.

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Before the main course, our palate was cleansed for preparation with the Lime Sherbet with Aloe Vera Juice. After which, we were given the following options for the “big one”.

  1. Rib-eye Steak served with Sauteed Arugula and Mashed Potato
  2. Corniche Chicken with Organic Wild Rice Pilaf
  3. Pan-Grilled U.S. Porkloin with Sauteed Diced Potatoes
  4. Prawn with Salted Kerring Pasta
  5. Chilean Seafood Risotto

But I wanted something to match my Cabernet Sauvignon, so I chose the first one. Here ya go. And John chose Porkloin:

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I honestly am not a food critic. Whatever I could eat, I eat. And this rib-eye steak is just too good, it melts in your mouth! It’s moist, tender, and the juicy pink center makes you want some more. But no need to worry, the serving is just right to fill out your gastro-cravings.

But of course, a dinner as special as this would not be complete without a sweet ending. There were three choices in the Sky Garden menu:

  1. Molten Lava Cake ala Mode
  2. Creme Brulee
  3. Tiramisu

I got the Molten Lava, John got the Tiramisu:

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And you can even match this with a cup of coffee, or a fruit / herb-infused tea. All of these for just P1,299 net per person? Not bad!

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But wait! Make sure you drop by these dates: October 18 up to November 30, 2014 and enjoy this amazing fine dining experience a a special discounted rate of only P899.00 net per person. That’s around P1,798.00+ if you’re planning to bring your partner for a special dinner evening! You’ve got to try this out not only because of good food, but also the warm treatment of all the staff and chef will make this experience truly memorable for you and your loved one, just like how it has become for me and John as we celebrate our birthday-in-one. Thank you Ace Hotel & Suites, especially to Ms. Twinkle.

Sky Garden is open Tuesdays thru Sundays 6:00PM – 11:00PM, located at 8th Floor, Ace Hotel & Suites, United St. cor. Brixton St., near Pioneer, Pasig City 1603. For reservations and other inquiries, call (02)628-1888 or visit their official website at www.acehotelsuites.com.

A Survival Guide: Couple Vacation in Puerto Princesa City

 This is our very first long out-of-town vacation since John came from Canada so it really means a lot to us!

There has been a need for catching up as John just came back from Canada last August. He went to Vancouver for 6 months for work and I am just here in Manila working (and partying haha!).  So we have decided last April to have our very first out-of-town vacation in Puerto Princesa. It was supposed to be in El Nido, but we have no idea that it would take us around 6-9 hours on a van/bus trip going there from PPS Airport!


This is how far El Nido is!

So we have decided to stay in Puerto Princesa City instead just so we won’t be wasting our time since we only got 4 days and 3 night to spend. We got a good package from Villa Manuel Resort and it was a great experience with them. Read more about it here: Villa Manuel Resort in Puerto Princesa City.

Puerto Princesa was dubbed as the Greenest City in the Philippines for several years.

derground River. Well, that’s not our case.

We were looking for more of sun and beach since we missed dating on a summer. John missed our Cagbalete, Puerto Galera, and especially, Laboracay vacations. And we finally have the chance to enjoy the sands and clear waters in a place full of serenity and calm waters, Palawan. So here’s how it went for us during our 4D3N stay. You can always make this your own itinerary, or modify it based on what you and your partner wants to do.

Day 1:

We arrived at the airport and boy it looks like we are in for a rainy Palawan type of vacation. The grounds are wet, and it rained hard soon as we arrived at the hotel. Both of us felt a huge frustration as we were looking forward to getting a good tan (and photoshoots too!).

Arrived at around 12 noon, we have decided to find a good place to eat, and Ka Inato was just a trike away. Had a plate of Inasal Chicken each and an order of Crocodile Sisig (it was sooooo good!), but we were too hungry so we had another plate of chicken meal!

During the afternoon, there really isn’t anything we can do because of the rain. So we have decided to have a dip in the pool inside the resort, and took some videos and these photos:

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Before the sunset, we’ve decided to stop by Puerto Princesa Baywalk. It pretty much looks like the old Manila Baywalk in Roxas Boulevard, which used to have a bunch of party nightout establishments, but has already closed due to its transfer behind SM Mall of Asia. It has all the similar promenade, but the view is so much better…

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Then we capped the night with a cozy dinner at KaLui, one of the most popular restaurants in Puerto Princesa City. This is a must for first-time visitors, wherein aside from the affordable set meal, it gives you a unique dining experience as it requires you to walk around in barefoot.

Day 2:

Our package lets us choose between Underground River and Honda Bay Tour, and since we want to island hop more than exploring the bats, we have decided to go to Honda Bay instead. It was a wonderful experience as God has answered our prayers to at least bring some sun for the next 2 days! We’ve visited Starfish Island, Luli (Lulubog-Lilitaw) Island, and Cowrie Island complete with a buffet lunch! It was a perfect day to have a beach photoshoot, and so here we are camwhoring the whole entire day:

You’ll feel exhausted after this long island-hop trip. So in our case, we just took the time to edit and upload photos for the rest of the day, and we just ordered again at Ka Inato. This time it was delivered right at our doorstep!

Day 3:

The final trip goes to where we really want this vacation to happen, Dos Palmas Resort! It was just another episode of camwhoring and endless eating! But what we really like about the place even if it’s just a daytrip, is that in this particular time of the year, there aren’t much people around in this island. We were just around 20-50 people roaming around the island and most of the time, you’ll find yourselves alone in a particular spot. If you want a silent beach vacation, do it here during September. But pray for the sun, because we did!

We ended the day with a sunset dinner at Kinabuch to finally complete the KKK experience, and ordered the Chili Crab! I’m a sucker for seafood especially shrimps and crabs, so I ate it alone myself. Sorry John it’s all mine. We also ordered the wood worm called Tamilok, but we both aren’t fans of exotic food, so we just gave it to Ate Cy and Chi at the hotel.

And finally, we rounded up the whole vacation going back to the pool (it was all ours when we went there), and had some drinks and quality time talking about the whole experience before taking a rest ready to go back to Manila in the morning.

So for the couples out there especially the LGBT ones, we hope you find our experience as something you’d want to try out. Don’t forget to put the KKK on your checklist, because whenever you ask any of the hotel receptionist in PPC on where you can eat good food, they will always respond with a single answer… the KKK. Although there are a lot more in Rizal Avenue (way way lots you won’t have a hard time looking for what you’re craving), these three I think are the “must”.

Read more about them here:

  • KaLui – To be updated soon
  • Ka Inato – To be updated soon
  • Kinabuchs Bar & Grill – To be updated soon

Here are some of the handy tips for you as you go on to a trip like ours:

  1. The location of Puerto Princesa City isn’t that prone to heavy rains and storms, but prepare hats and umbrellas if you can. Because when the sun goes out, it can easily put you into a summer tan as the heat is really scorching. Prepare sunblock.
  2. Don’t worry much about negotiating, because people in Puerto Princesa speaks tagalog.
  3. If your hotel or pension house is near the main road, walk going there and do not wait for a trike right in front of your vacation place. It will cost you a lot compared to riding outside which costs around 10 or 12 pesos each.
  4. If you have more time, there are even more places to visit in PPC. Mitra’s Ranch, Firefly Watching, Dolphin Watching, Port Barton, and Baker’s Hill to name a few.
  5. We got the airfares at a super cheap price! Make sure you follow your favorite airline’s social media networks to get the best ticket deal.
  6. Some deal sites offer package of a hotel accomodation + Underground River + Honda Bay + Fireflies. Look around!
  7. ATMs are a bit of a pain-in-the-arse, unless your hotel is just a few kilometers away from Robinson’s Palawan, make sure you have enough cash in your pocket for the whole duration of stay to prevent hassle.

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J & J Wants You To Know: Most importantly, based on our experience, tricycles are the main transport service in Puerto Princesa City. Be ready for rip-off prices ranging from 100 pesos to “magkano kaya nyo?” asked by drivers. Want to save up? Act local. Hide your photography stuff in your small bags. Dress like you’re not tourists.

You can always go on this trip on a tight budget, but if you want to maximize your trip together at this amazing island, ready your wallet:

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And with that, we would like to conclude this travel experience with our Puerto Princesa Palawan 2014 music video displaying most of the places we’ve been to, inspired by Yeng Constantino’s prenup video, Ikaw.

Locations (in order): Puerto Princesa Airport, Villa Manuel, Villa Manuel Pool, Puerto Princesa City Baywalk, Dos Palmas, Honda Bay: Starfish Island.

Cheers and happy couple traveling! From Jeff and John.

Bayfront Hotel Cebu: Uncluttered Comfort For Your Vacation

We’re back here in Cebu again… this time, to attend John’s brother’s wedding: Maunes – Benabaye Nuptial. Since I won’t be staying with John’s family on the same hotel (Radisson Blu), we’ve decided to book to the nearest hotel facing it, the Bayfront Hotel Cebu.

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Situated along Kaohsiung Street facing SM Cebu, Bayfront Hotel Cebu is a 3-star hotel pretty decent for your vacation needs. a And one of the best reasons to stay, is that it’s just a few minutes drive to the seaport, airport, other malls & business centers!

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See Fuente, Osmena, Ayala, and SM? Told yah!

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We availed the Superior Room, while the rest of the rooms available are Standard, Suite, and Barkada Room thanks to Sir Allain Fonte for letting us browse through each class. Each of these rooms assures you a good night’s sleep with the help of essential amenities and services such as coffee and tea facilities, and hot and cold shower. These rooms are fully equipped with the folllowing:

  • Daily breakfast
  • LED TV with International Cable Channels
  • Wired and Wifi Internet connectivity
  • Private bathroom
  • Hot and cold shower
  • In Room Safe
  • Telephone
  • Executive Writing Desk and Chair
  • Mini Bar with Coffee ad Tea Making Facilities

Superior Room:

Barkada Room (bathroom, refrigerator area, cabinet layout same as Superior):

On the other hand, the Suite Room has all the features of Superior and Barkada Rooms, except that it also has these additional features:

  • Living Room
  • Kitchen
  • Dining area set up
  • Toilet with shower and tub
  • Weighing Scale

Suite Room (bathroom, refrigerator area, cabinet layout same as Superior):

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And speaking of Wi-Fi, this hotel is equipped with a super fast one! Although each room can only accommodate a maximum of 2 sessions, I guess that’s enough for one laptop and one phone. How about the rest of your gadgets? Just switch! Lol. Check out the superb speed of their connection, not your typical “Free Wi-Fi” hotspots that doesn’t even have internet… just router Wi-Fi.

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While the hotel doesn’t have a pool, or a chain of restaurants inside, a good workout place is enough for us especially because we have to fit on our tuxedos for the wedding… and they got this Sweat Gym located on the 6th floor!

Here’s the rest of the facilities (for now, these are huge spaces available for businesses).

  • Cafe Breeze – an all-day dining restaurant that serves Filipino and International dishes
  • 7-Eleven Convenience Store
  • Ballroom and meeting rooms

We’re just on the first day of stay as of this writing, got too excited because of the internet speed haha! And we’re definitely having fun so far!

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Rates as of April 14, 2015:

  • Standard Room – PhP 2,178 net per night good for two with breakfast
  • Superior Room – PhP 2,400 net per night good for two with breakfast
  • Barkada Room – PhP 3,600 net per night good for four with breakfast
  • Suite Room – PhP 4,200 net per night good for two with breakfast

*Rates above are not valid during Sinulog Festival (3rd weekend of January)

Bayfront Hotel Cebu is located at Kaohsiung Street, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City, 6000, Philippines. For reservations, contact (032)230-6777, or visit their website at www.bayfronthotelcebu.com for reservations and other inquiries.

Villa Manuel Resort In Palawan: Relax With The Silence

The very first inn we have stayed in Puerto Princesa, and it never failed us.

It was both our first time to travel to Puerto Princesa (dated September 5-8, 2014) and we were one week away from the actual travel vacation. But we still haven’t booked on any hotels / inn due to busyness. So we decided to search for a good deal instead at various online deal sites, and found this very interesting place to stay.

Villa Manuel Tourist Inn, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Villa Manuel, Tourist Inn is an 8-room inn situated between Robinson’s Palawan and Honda Bay. So if you’re up for the island tour I think this is a great accommodation to book onto. Just a few walk and the road will lead you in front of Ka Inato, one of the three K’s of Palawan restaurants. You are also around 5 minutes away from Robinson’s through a trike.

What we really love about this place besides the peaceful silence, is the pool! It’s nice to have one especially because we thought we’ll have a staycation instead due to the bad weather. But thankfully God gave us good weather in time for Honda Bay Tour and Dos Palmas. The pool was great and always well-maintained.

The pool at night, soloed it!

The inn is situated in a very quiet location. It was just me and John that time, nobody else was booked because it’s off-peak. So all we needed to do, is pray everyday for a good weather, and it will become one of your most quiet, relaxing vacation ever.

The rooms at night.

And finally, I love staying in a hotel or an in with a very friendly, accommodating staff. During the entire vacation, from the moment we arrived until the minute we left, Ate Cy and Ate Che is always there to provide us with whatever we needed. They booked our Dos Palmas daytour (and paid it in advance!), they always serve breakfast on time, and they are always available to talk to if you want to know anything about Puerto Princesa, and where you could go best at a particular time. Around 70% of our daily itinerary came from their suggestions because we think it is always the people who lives there that knows almost everything. Love them both!

Ate Cy, one of the most accomodating person you’ll meet in PPS!

Ate Che too!

Personally, I think the only drawbacks you will encounter are the lack of internet access on the rooms. They have a router at the lobby so all you need to do is stay there whenever it’s time to upload. And the other one would be the payment. Make sure you have enough cash because at the moment, they do not accept credit cards, and foreign currencies.

The relaxation you wanted in an island is here!

 Overall, our final rating for this inn, is 7 out of 10 stars. I wonder how this inn fares during peak season, but one things’s for sure… we’ll definitely come back!

Check out the rest of the hotel photos here courtesy of Villa Manuel Facebook Page:

Villa Manuel is located at Sea Road IV, Barangay San Manuel, Puerto Princesa City, 5300, Palawan. For reservations, contact Che or Cy at (048) 434 1778, or you may check Agoda.com for the best deals for this inn.