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Friday, June 15, 2012


Mabuhay! Freebies are raining everywhere!
After the successful free train rides last June 12, 2012, here comes another treat. Yehey!
LRT will have a very nice surprise treat on June17, 2012, Father's Day, from 8:00AM-12:00Noon- free hair cut, massage & blood pressure check up at Roosevelt & Cubao Stations.

Happy Father's day po sa inyong lahat!

Win FREE Entrance Tickets to the 2012 MAFBEX at the World Trade Center

It is better late than never, dear readers! I chanced upon the handsome director of WORLDBEX yesterday and he wants you to have Free Tickets to the 2012 MAFBEX at the World Trade Center tomorrow Saturday, June 16, 2012 Sunday, June 17, 2012. Read on.

It's the sixth year of the biggest and most awaited food event of the year, the Manila Foods and Beverages Expo (MAFBEX). This year's theme is "Back to Basics," the grand expo is happening right now at the World Trade Center, extending to the East Wing. It opened its doors last June 13 and will run until Sunday June 17, 2012 from 10am-8pm.
This 2012, MAFBEX has decided to go back to basics as the rise of health-conscious Filipinos has grown tremendously over the years. Putting the spotlight on organic foods, this expo aims to provide tips and tricks to widen the knowledge of people to live a healthier lifestyle.

Some of the highlights of the 6th MAFBEX are the following:
  • Cook-off battles by culinary experts from inter-school and professional divisions
  • Interesting free food- and hospitality-related seminars by the industry's bests (e.g. food styling, corporate image enhancement, cooking for VIPs, advancements in food preservation, catering, etc.)
  • Food samples and talks on cooking techniques, ingredients from renowned local and international chefs
  • Displays and showcases from suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, and retailers of food and beverage products and equipment
  • Competitions showcasing new generation skills (e.g. flairing, table setups, mocktail punch, cake decorating, ice carving, etc.)
  • Imported goods at discounted prices
  • Raffle prizes
The annual Manila Foods and Beverages Expo has an average food traffic of more than 50,000 and a showcase of over 500 booths. MAFBEX 2012 is organized by Worldbex Services International (WSI) in cooperation with the De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), for the benefit of the ABS-CBN Foundation.

Entrance to the event is Php100 but Travel on a shoestring is hooking Twenty (20) people with FREE TICKETS plus 3 shirts. Simply join the giveaway below which will run for today only June 15, 2012. Open to all Manila, Philippines residents only. Please join only if you will be able to attend the event date tomorrow until Sunday, June 17, 2012, that starts at 10 o' clock in the morning, so we won't waste the slot. Salamat!
  • Winners will be announced on June 16, 2012 here. Around 12:15, yes, a little after midnight.
  • Prizes are as follows:
    • 10 winners of 2 tickets for FREE entrance to MAFBEX, total of 20 tickets
    •   3 shirts from MAFBEX
All you have to do is ( you have to wait for the rafflecopter to appear)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

We will give you an option to do this manually. Because some of my readers complained that rafflecopter doesn't appear no matter how long they wait.  But if you can use the rafflecopter then by all means use that. Thank you my friends!
We will check if you have accomplished all of the above. Failure to do so, will result to forfeiture of your prize. Salamat po.

Happy day everyone!

Smile always!

Important Notice:

Good News for all those winners who failed to get their prize today, you could still claim and use it until tomorrow, Sunday, June 17, 2012.  Again, Congratulations!

Wishing for a Grand Vacation at El Nido Resorts Apulit Island in Taytay Palawan

Why the heck  would I want to visit Apulit Island Resort in Taytay Palawan?
Who wouldn't? Apulit Island Resort is said to be El Nido Resorts’ newest property with powdery white sand beaches, blue water, lush, vividly colourful rainforest greenery and a peaceful environment. 
Picture this! Apulit Island Resort is said to be situated in a quiet cove, surrounded by impressive limestone cliffs. Formerly known by its former name as Club Noah Isabelle, it boasts of an unspoiled scenery. 
I couldn't wait to see with my own two eyes the wonderful flora and fauna of Apulit Island Resort and the pristine rolling hills of coral teaming with colorful tropical fish and friendly sea turtles!
Upon arrival, I could imagine the staff greeting us with a warm performance of a welcoming ceremony. Then they would be putting an everlasting or sampaguita around our necks and would give us a welcome drink, bread and various fruits and then escort us to our rooms.
For my upcoming birthday, I am wishing upon my lucky star that I could stay on Apulit Island Resort's cabana that stands on stilts over deep water. The cabana, tiny as they may look, will be well-equipped and tastefully decorated. I bet, there would be a nice balcony for lounging, with a great view over the bay and a grandstand seat for watching the sunset.
Awww, that would be so romantic. Kilig to the bones! This is so perfect for couples and honeymooners. 
There would be an inviting infinity swimming pool where I will be swimming my heart out all night long. Ha ha ha!
The fishes are said to be in all colors of the rainbow and sizes. There would be few eels present, as is the odd reef sharks that are not aggressive and they are only about 2 feet long. I would also probably see Jaw fish and crocodile fish and spot sting ray and turtle too.There would be a big box jelly hunting under the huts with a full eight inch bell and eighteen (18) inches long tenacles and they will be moving towards me so I have to move away, ha ha ha! These various activities will be an awesome experience.
I could see myself grinning from ear to ear watching the baby sharks hunt for anchovies under the terrace. Being a nature lover, Apulit Island Resort Wildlife can engross me to watch all day long its colorful birds and fishes. I am in love with tranquility and seclusion.
Having my own snorkeling gears and life jacket wherever I go, I would never miss to have a snorkeling trip with one of the guides and be amazed once again of the sights underwater, the different beautiful and alive coral reefs in the area, plenty of fishes, sharks, and marine plants.
Since it has El Nido's branding, Apulit Island Resort offers many activities for its guest for sure. I'll definitely ask its personnel on what I can do every day since most of the activities are free. I believe Apulit Island Resort personnel offers precise and comprehensive schedule and information for the next day which they usually distribute to the rooms every night. Hiking may even be one of the activities.
I couldn't wait to try all the activities at Apulit resort's list that may include island-hopping, different marine sports, such as snorkeling, swimming in the hidden lagoon, caving, diving, para sailing, kayaking, helmet diving, boating, hobie-catting, wind-surfing and underwater hockey.
I could picture myself enjoying evening events which include traditional local dance performances, playing of guitars and other local musical instrument performances, handicraft making and bonfires. I would love to try a very good and inexpensive massage at the beach by the cabana. A wonderful massage by the sea would be really really awesome! 
There would be romantic dinner by the beach. Food would be a buffet at every meal. It would not be extraordinary, but there would always be lots of fresh greens and fruits, and you could pick out your own meat, fish or seafood which the chefs prepare for you. Sometimes, you could compose you own fried rice, soup or fried noodle which the chefs prepare. There would be something for every taste.
I bet there would always be a thermo of drinking water in our room. Hot and cold showers would be at our disposal. The service would be excellent.  The staff would be very helpful and would quickly fix everything that we ask for. Apulit Island Resort staff would be very courteous and genuinely kind. I bet there'd a good variety of gifts and handicrafts that guests could buy and take home as gifts for their love ones. There would also be an in-house physician in case of emergencies or minor illnesses. 
Apulit Island Resort could also be recommended for families as there are big huts here. The activities are also well suited for kids.
Apulit Island in Taytay Palawan is very secluded, private, romantic and adventurous. A great place to go! The world and people could be so spectacular especially in Apulit Island! And yes, for those who need to stay connected, wi-fi works great in the dining and reception areas.

*Credits to the owners of the photos especially to underwater videographer sir Robert "Bobbit" Suntay. I captured them from El Nido Resorts Facebook. If I win this contest, I will come up with my own videos and photos.Thank you.



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