Thursday, December 29, 2016

Top 5 Hotel Dinner Buffet New Year's Eve Countdown

Can you believe that we are bidding goodbye to 2016 in just a couple of days? Yes 2017 comes near and we Filipinos celebrate New Year with a bang! 
From the family gatherings comes next are the bountiful of foods in our table. And, sometimes lack of time in preparing food tends us to step back a little with this tradition. To limit us with the trouble and time consuming market and grocery visit we can result to going to hotels for the Media Noche feast which a lot of hotels do offer, specially in the Metro.

I have picked my top five hotels that offers New Year's Eve dinner buffet. And, you might find one that will suit your budget for the whole family can enjoy.
1. DIAMOND HOTEL
 Diamond Hotel - New Year's Toast - 5 star hotels in Manila
NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN PARTY
December 31 
Celebrate the year that was and welcome 2017 with a bang. Here's to new beginnings and there is no better way to start the year than with sumptuous food and cocktails. 

Featuring Red Piccasso and Zyncxation bands starting at 8:30pm 

CORNICHE 
New Year's Eve Dinner 6:30pm - 11:30pm 
Includes Dinner Buffet with a glass of Cava sparkling wine, party favors and a raffle ticket for a chance to win a two-night in Baguio! 
Php 3,380 nett per person 

New Year's Eve Countdown Party 
With a featured band starting 8:30pm 

YURAKUEN
New Year's Eve Dinner Set Menu 
With a glass of Cava sparkling wine 
Featuring an acoustic duo for entertainment 
Php 2,680 nett per person 

LOBBY LOUNGE
New Year's Eve Dinner 6pm - 9pm 
A three-course set menu with a glass of sparkling wine 
Php 1,180 nett per person 

New Year's Midnight Buffet 
10pm - 2am Php 880 nett per person 
With access to the New Year's Eve Countdown Party. Get 20% discount for every order of a bottle of wine. 

SECOND FLOOR FUNCTION VENUE
New Year's Eve Midnight Buffet 10pm - 2am 
A special buffet spread and access to the New Year's Eve Countdown Party 
Php 880 nett per person 

BAR 27 
New Year's Eve Party 6pm - 2am 
Minimum consumable of Php 1,280 nett per person 
With acoustic music and live band entertainment. Get a chance to win an overnight stay for every group of four.

2. SHANGRI-LA MAKATI


3. DUSIT THANI MANILA

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Join us as we bring in 2017 with class and style at Dusit Thani Manila's Black Tie Party at The Club Lounge on December 31, 2016! Revel in a succulent feast of four-course menu with a glass of champagne upon arrival, and with wine pairing for every course at PHP5,880 for 2 persons.  For reservations, call 238 8888 loc 8830, 8838.

4. F1 HOTEL MANILA

LIGHT UP 2017
New Year Countdown Party
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with all the works. Light up your night and party all the way to 2017 as you enjoy a delectable selection of festive fares, unlimited booze and great music from our featured DJ’s. In partnership with the No. 1 tequila in the world, Jose Cuervo, hop on to the most lit New Year Party in the Metro!
December 31, 2016
Php 1,888 nett per person inclusive of unlimited drinks from 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Doors open at 9:30 PM. VIP Tables are also available.
For tickets and inquiries, please call (02) 908-7888.

5. THE LEGEND VILLAS (LOLA MARIA)
Lola Maria Restaurant is bound to fill your hearts and bellies with holiday cheer, with our special NOCHE BUENA and MEDIA NOCHE BUFFET FEASTS. Rate is at Php750 nett per person. To book a table, contact us through the following:
– Phone: (02) 702 2793
– Email: restaurant@legendvillas.com.ph

Terms and Conditions:
– The buffet will be served from 6PM to 10PM of December 24 and 31, 2016.
– Guests get a holiday gift for every single-purchase receipt worth Php 3,000.
– Prior reservation and 50% down payment are required.
– In-house guests get 10% off.
– Promo cannot be used in conjunction with other ongoing promos, privileges (GCs), and discounts.

The season of giving is finally here — book our Happier Holidays promo to get 35% off room rates! Accommodation includes overnight stay in your preferred room, a holiday gift, buffet breakfast (free for adults only), and use of gym and pool. Promo is valid from December 15, 2016 to January 15, 2017.

RATES:
a. Deluxe Room – P3,600 (2 adults, 2 kids 0-12yrs)
b. Villa Suite – P4,400 (2 adults, 2 kids 0-12yrs)
c. Family Room – P4,200 (4 adults, 2 kids 0-12yrs)
d. Team Suite – P6,800 (6 adults, 2 kids 0-12yrs)

There you have it my top five which I can consider a hassle-free Media Noche to welcome 2017. The list is a mix of expensive restaurants to a more budget friendly along with accommodation rates too. 

But, wherever and whomever we celebrate New Year's Eve the most important thing is the togetherness that bonds each and everyone in the family. 

To everyone A Prosperous New Year to all!


from, 
bitsenpieces.com

Monday, December 26, 2016

The Greatest Show in Town Le Grand Cirque!

On the eve of Christmas we traveled all the way from Subic to witness the greatest show in town, Le Grand Cirque!

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We were like kids in full of excitement and anticipation while waiting for the show to start. We arrived hours early before the show and made our time strolling around Araneta Center. We got two tickets for the 1:00 pm show along with the other invited Bloggers, also with the other family and kids. It was the first show preview before the scheduled day.

Below are the photos from the show and I uploaded lots of live on Facebook and videos on my page, for everyone to see. 

To experience something different and fun go and see Le Grand Cirque in Araneta! 
Catch Le Grand Cirque from December 25- January 3, 2017! 













More information for event schedule on:
  • aranetacoliseum.com/legrandcirque
  • facebook.com/LeGrandCiqueAraneta
  • #LeGrandCirqueAraneta
















Sunday, December 25, 2016

Featured Product: Tips on How to Season an Oster Iron Cast Pan

From our trip to Manila yesterday we got a set of new Oster cast iron frying pan from Handyman Store in Robinsons.

I grew up knowing this brand, from cooking ware and dining ware. I know a lot of you who loves to cook knows this brand very much.

I got this set on sale which made me decide right there and then. This three set of Oster cast iron frying pan originally costs Php 1295 and I got it for Php 906.50 that was 30% off!
I am so happy and excited for this frying pan set since cooking is what I love to do!


3-piece Oster cast iron frying pan

Pre-seasoned cast iron- heat and cooks evenly.
Optimal heat retention- for high temperature cooking.
Pour- spouts- allow easy pouring.






Can be use for gas cooking, electric cooking and oven-safe





Each pan are full-metal including the holder and they are so heavy! I tried this biggest size from the set this morning when I cooked egg and sausages for breakfast. The egg did stick from the edges of the pan but it got lessen when it was turn for the sausages because the grease from the sausages helped coated the pan.

When I was done cooking I googled more on tips on how to care for iron cast pan.
Since this is a pre-seasoned cast iron pan, to prevent from rusting every after use I need to use hot water and scrub it with salt. Some also recommend use of liquid soap and scrubbing pad.

How to season a cast iron pan:
  • every after use make sure the pan is dry (towel dry or heat the pan in a stove in high-heat until water residue dry is gone) 
  • use a paper towel damped with corn, canola or any other oil available the entire pan from inside-out. 
  • place pan in an oven upside down and cook the pan in a heat of the oven until the oil evaporates. 
  • store cast iron pan in a non-damp space to store the seasoning process. continue the process of seasoning every after use. 
It make consume much of my time in seasoning the pan but having a cast iron pan is like an investment that can be pass on from generation to generation.
Oster, Legendary Perfomance, Designed to Last.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Time for Joy and Celebration

Depending on what you believe in, Christmas time may have a different meaning for you. But one thing remains the same: Christmas is a time for joy and blessings. Christmas is also a time for us to reach out to our friends and family and wish them a merry Christmas.

One of the most famous ways we greet other people is by saying “Merry Xmas.” Not everybody knows what it means: now you will find out.




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Happy holidays, and we hope you enjoy!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Thinking of Getting Your Home Insured?

Sometimes what we own is not just the physical aspect of owning it. It is how you will take care of that something to last and make sure you are safe. That is my way of thinking when we are planning to get a new home after years of house rental.
I need to get my home insured!

Owning a house is a big task specially for first timer like me. But, one has got to do it or else everything will not fall into places the way you wanted it to be.

There were a lot of considerations that I looked at before I finally decided to pick on, what is the best insurance agency to get. Consider your location, the number of family in the house, pets, and lifestyle. This also led me to check out Kodig. Their home insurance by place along with the cheap insurance qoute. They gave the best list of places and links for home insurance agencies. 




Here are some of my questions on my list that were answered.

What home insurance provider you have? 
-American Family Insurance

How much did it cost? 
-$162 total premium

What you liked/don’t like about your provider? 
-They bill a month in advance.

What kind of coverage did you get?
-Basic coverage: 

Personal property- limits $16,000

Loss of Use- actual loss sustained within 12 months

Fungi or bacteria - limits $5000

Deductible- $1000 

-Section II coverage:
Personal Liability- limits $300,000 each occurrence 

Dangerous dog and exotic animal liability- limits $25,000

Medical expenses- $1,000 each person

What kind of home do you have? 
- Two-story house (4 bedrooms with 2 living rooms, 3 baths and 2 car garage) 

How old, how large etc? 
- 2005 built and 2400 sqft

From the items above I would do some adjustments along with the increase of my premium. But for now I am good with it. A piece of advise,

If you are planning or a new homeowner getting your home insured can get you to places safe and secured. 


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

December 26 & January 02 Non-Working Holiday #WalangPasok


This is it!
The news we are all been waiting for. 
Proclamation no.117 of the Malacanan Palace, stating December 26, 2016 and January 02, 2017 as special non-working holiday. We have now an added day to enjoy the Christmas and New Year break with the family and to some would be the time to travel back from places they will spend the holidays. 
A day to tidy up the house and eat more left over food. 
Adjust your schedule guys and enjoy the holiday break! :)

Monday, December 12, 2016

TRESemmé Expert Selection Haul

What makes you confident everyday?
For me having a clean, soft and nice smelling hair makes me confident and that is what I am teaching my kids. I like switching hair product brands and I always considered it as an investment too. From some affordable to a little pricey ones trying out something new can be so exciting.
In this blog post I'm going to feature TRESemmé Expert Selection, that I purchased from BeautyMNL.com last week.

From the three variants of TRESemmé Expert Selection I picked two. 
*TRESemmé Smooth & Shine Set- Volumized Ponytail
*TRESemmé Platinum Set- Diane Curls



Each set of shampoo and conditioner comes with a bottle of TRESemmé Salon Finish Hari Spray.











Each bottle of shampoo and conditioner has 170ml content + hair spray has 75grams.
I bought it for Php369.00 each set. 
This haul was from my BeautyMNL which includes other hair product brand. I bought it through their site with a minimum purchase to avail the free shipping. I got is after four days from the date I purchased it.

I was supposed to get the hair spray alone but I did some comparison from the prices if your getting it alone compared to the bundled set. I saved a little pesos from it. I love fixing my hair specially when I go to special events most specially this coming week, where Christmas parties are lined up. 
This is gonna be my second time to be using this brand TRESemmé, the first time was from sa sachet samples I got from the mail and from a one time use you cannot see the result. 
TRESemmé has been well-promoted from beauty events and other lifestyle events as ads. 
I am excited to pair all these three together and give me that nice salon finish hair. 
Have you tried this brand before? 
Any suggestions and tips or feedback from using TRESemmé?

Yáll have a fab+lovely looking hair this Christmas! 














Friday, December 9, 2016

My Top 6 Hotels to Celebrate Christmas in the Metro

My favorite season comes near... exactly 16 days to go before Christmas! Are you all excited to spend Christmas with family or friends? Aside from decorating our house with Christmas ornaments and shopping for some new clothes for the family. I know some of you are preparing or at least have an idea on where to celebrate Christmas. 
Whether Christmas is celebrated the simplest or grandiose way the thought of giving and sharing should always be the main the goal, on why we take time to be with our loved ones. 

The traditional way of celebrating Christmas that we all grew up with is we visit our old folks in the province and be with the whole kin. Filipinos are known for having and spending this time of season with our extended family where we all cook our favorite dishes, or each family are assigned to bring their delicious cooked meals for everyone to share.

In a more modern way a family can result to hotel's where everything for Christmas celebration are being offered. This might be a little pricey that the traditional way but this can spare you with all the time of everything. Time can be spend more catching up with the family.
Here is a list of my research of top 6 hotels to celebrate Christmas in the Metro.



***photo: Sofitel Facebook page
1. Sofitel Philippines Plaza Manila 
CHRISTMAS AT SPIRAL

The most interactive dining destination redefines the festive season once again with an unrivalled selection of seasonal culinary offerings spanning its 21 dining ateliers. This Christmas, treat yourself, family and loved ones in a voyage of taste nonpareil as Spiral presents a smorgasbord of offerings featuring traditional turkey with stuffing, Christmas ham, herb crust lamb, beef wellington and a succulent selection of seafood. Marvel at the variety of artisanal cheese at L’Epicerie whilst the renowned Manila String Machine serenades diners through an unforgettable Christmas gathering.

Young VIPs have an eventful holiday in store starting with a visit from Santa who hops off his sleigh on the 24th of December 2016 from 7pm and at 12:30pm on 25th of December – Christmas Day. Activities and animations for the young imagination are treated to a world full of color with fun holiday activities and baking of Christmas cookies care of our young chefs.

• Christmas Eve Dinner is set at Php5,300nett per person; available from 6pm to 11pm.
• Christmas Day Brunch is set at Php4,750nett per person; available from 12pm to 3pm, inclusive of free-flowing champagne.

Please click on the link below to make an online reservation or inquiry: http://bit.ly/ChristmasAtSpiralManila


*** photo: The Peninsula Manila
2. The Peninsula Manila
Festive Dining Feast

Celebrate the Season's festivities with the family over a bountiful feast prepared by The Peninsula Manila's brigade of talented chefs and culinary experts. 
DECEMBER 24
Upper Lobby
Afternoon Tea Buffet

Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Price: PhP 1,650* (adults)
         PhP825* (children under 12)

Escolta
Dinner Buffet 

Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Price: PhP 3,300* (adults)
         PhP 1,650* (children under 12)
Seatings at 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm
DECEMBER 25
Old Manila
Set Lunch and Dinner Menu 

Time: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Price: PhP 4,100* (four-course)
Time: 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Price: PhP 4,900* (five-course)

Escolta
Christmas Day Brunch Buffet

Time: 12:00 nn – 3:00 pm
Price: PhP 3,800* (including unlimited Champagne)
         PhP 3,100* (adults)
         PhP 1,550* (children under 12)

Christmas Day Dinner Buffet
Time: 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Price: P1,976* (adults)
P1,000* (children under 12)

Spices
A la Carte Lunch and Dinner Menu

Time: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
          6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Price: PhP 1,900* minimum consumption for lunch

Upper Lobby
Afternoon tea buffet

Time: 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Price: PhP 1,650* (adults)
 PhP 825*(children under 12) 


***photo: Dusit Thani
3. Dusit Thani Manila
Season’s Special

This Holiday Season, make Dusit a part of your festive plans. Get 20% off* our Season’s Special available from Dec 1, 2016 through Feb 15, 2017 at participating Dusit Hotels & Resorts worldwide.

Stay 2 nights or more to receive our holiday gift of THB1,000 credit** for a rejuvenating spa treatment or sumptuous feast at any one of our in-house restaurants.

For a more rewarding travel experience, sign up for our loyalty guest programme Dusit Gold to enjoy instant rewards and other benefits including dining discounts, late check out and members-only offers.

Privileges:
20% off Dusit Best Available Rates
Stay a minimum of 2 consecutive nights and receive a holiday gift of THB 1000 credit
Dusit Gold members enjoy full Dusit Gold benefits http://www.dusitgold.com/en/memberbenefits with offer.

Terms and Condition:
THB 1000 credit is only applicable for dining or spa charges signed to guest room folio
Unused credit will be forfeited at check out and cannot be exchanged for cash or other services
Offer is subject to availability


***photo: Crowne Plaza
4. Crowne Plaza Manila
No better way to celebrate Christmas than spending time with your loved ones and unwrapping your Christmas presents with them!

Here at Crowne Plaza Manila, Christmas came early as we already have special gifts for our guests:

GIFT 1: Stay overnight at Crowne Plaza Manila inclusive of buffet breakfast for two (2), Christmas Sweet Platter, Kiddie Playpack and two (2) passes to Kidzooona for only:

Php 6,499 nett, overnight stay in a Deluxe Room
Php 7,999 nett, overnight stay in a Club Deluxe Room

GIFT 2: Stay for two (2) nights and enjoy 50% off your rate on the 2nd night*.

GIFT 3: Stay for three (3) nights, enjoy 50% off your rate on the 2nd night* and two (2) FREE Bar 150 cocktails on the 3rd night.

More surprises and great deals await when you call Reservations at 633-7222 or email cpgm.reservations@ihg.com.

Offers are available from December 1 to 31, 2016 (Booking and Stay dates)
*There will be special supplement rates on December 31, 2016


***photo: Century Park Hotel
5. Century Park Hotel Manila


***photo: Pan Pacific Manila
6. Pan Pacific Manila
Retreat from the buzz of the festivities to the welcoming comfort of our well-appointed rooms with our #CHRISTMASTIDES Room Package.

Superior Room starts at Php 6,500 nett
Suite Rooms start at Php 8,850 nett

Inclusions:
- Overnight accommodation with buffet breakfast for two at Pacific Lounge
- Complimentary Noche Buena for two adults (when staying on Dec 24th)
- Pre-dinner cocktails fro two adults
- Complimentary internet access
- Festive turndown treat
- Complimentary access to fitness facilities and swimming pool
- Late check-out up to 3:00 pm on the day of departure (subject to availability)
- Round-the-clock Butler service

Terms and Conditions
- For local residents only.
-General hotel terms and conditions apply.

Promo is valid from 1 to 30 December 2016, 1 to 8 January 2017.


Aside from the list I made there are a lot more hotels that offers Christmas packages, there is still time to scout for more... that will suit your needs specially your budget.

Make memorable moments with your family this Christmas day!