McDoPhilippines new DC Girls and Justice League Happy Meal toys (2017)

McDonalds DC Girls Justice League Happy Meal

 

[Press Release]

 

Be a hero with McDonald’s new DC Girls and Justice League Happy Meal toys

Have an action-packed playtime experience with McDonald’s new DC Girls and Justice League Happy Meal toys. The set features iconic characters from the world-famous superhero franchises, including Superman, Batman, Hawkman, Wonder Woman, and Supergirl. Plus, gear up with exciting accessories like the Hawkman Mask, Wonder Woman Tiara, and Supergirl Headband.

Collect all eight DC Girls/Justice League toys, free with every purchase of a McDonald’s Happy Meal! Customers can choose from a Cheesy Eggdesal or 1-pc Chicken McDo during breakfast hours and 1-pc Chicken McDo, 4pc Chicken McNuggets, Burger McDo or McSpaghetti during regular hours. Happy Meals come with a choice of fries or corn and orange juice for a delicious treat!

Bring out the hero in you or your kids with the latest McDonald’s Happy Meal collection. Share your superhero bonding experience on McDonald’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/McDo.ph, or tag @McDo_PH on Twitter and Instagram.

 

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DENCIO

CLEANHOME.PH Review

Clean Home PH (www.cleanhome.ph)
Contact Number(s):

+639175691493
+6328187510
+6326171650

 

CleanHome PH Review

 

Almost three years ago, I decided to move out of my parent’s house and find a place for my own. And in the process, I am sort of proud to say that I was able to manage without much pain. I am very domesticated, I can clean, wash the dishes, do the laundry – if I want to – but the reality is, I don’t have the time to do that. The dishes part was easy, the laundry part was a breeze since laundry shops are everywhere however, the main hurdle was the cleaning. Most of the time, my one-bedroom apartment is empty since I have to go to the office during the day but what I realized is that even though there is not much foot traffic and even if you seal your room properly, dusts and dirt accumulate. They just do! Under the bed, behind the TV, behind the refrigerator, the floor, and the toilet and shower area. Then, there came a time when my regular sweeping and dusting does not work anymore – My home does not feel clean anymore! (goes to the shower, turn on the water, sit on the floor, hugs self while rocking back and fort! whispering Ang Dumi Dumi Ko…)

 

Bothered, I tried looking online for cleaning services but to my disappointment, there were no provider that caters the Las Pinas area. So what I did was ask around for recommendations from my friends. Fortunately, I was able to find one who caters to the areas of Paranaque and Las Pinas. It was was a home business, no online platforms and everything was manual. At first it was all good however after my 4th booking with them they became very unreliable. They cancel on the last minute, they send in-experienced cleaners etc. Good thing last year, I stumbled upon CLEANHOME.PH on Facebook.

 

It was super easy. Go to the website, log-in, book a date, and that’s it!

SBR: Swim Bike Run Tri Series 2017

[PRESS RELEASE]

 

SBR 2017 logo

 

SBR.ph Tri Series 2017 | Aquaman Aquathlon | Duaman Duathlon | Triman Triathlon

 

The SBR.ph Tri Series is back and is bigger than ever! For the 2017 edition, we’re introducing the LITE category for those newbies who needs just a “little bit more” convincing. You requested it, you got it! Registration for the Philippines’ first and only multi sport race series dedicated to beginners and beginners at heart is now open!

Luxury Travel for Less! Discovery Group’s Independence Day Sale 2016

The Discovery Leisure Company, Inc.
25th Floor Discovery Suites, 25 ADB Ave. Ortigas Center Pasig City
Contact Number: 63 2 7198888
Official website: http://www.discoveryhotels-resorts.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/TDLCI

Instagram: @TDLCI , Twitter: @TDLCI

 

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[Press Release]

 

Discover Independence with The Discovery Leisure Company

Continue the quest for new experiences and enjoy a liberating city or island escape with The Discovery Leisure Company’s Discover Independence deals. The homegrown hospitality Group helps you travel just the way you want to. Book online at http://www.discoveryhotels-resorts.com/discover-independence and use the promo code: FREEDOM from 12 to 19 June 2016 and get as much as 50% savings on room rates for stays until October.

 

For cosmopolitan vacations, break free at either Ortigas or Makati, perfect for foodie adventures and retail therapy. After a day of shopping at the nearby Megamall, retreat to any of Discovery Suites’ rooms for half the price, starting at PHP 5,214.75 nett in a Junior Serendipity Suite. Delight in Filipino delicacies as a welcome treat and quench your thirst with a carafe of fresh pandan drink. The offer comes with buffet breakfast for two at Restaurant 5.

Discovery-Suites-Ortigas

 

Discovery Primea in Makati, the Group’s newest hotel, stands across Glorietta and is a short walk from Greenbelt. After shopping, retire to your Primea Suite or take a plunge in the 20-meter heated infinity pool overlooking the city skyline. Simply book two nights and enjoy as much as PHP 5,000 worth of credits, which you can use in any of Discovery Primea’s restaurants including room service, Terazi Spa or even for rooms.

Discovery-Primea-Makati

 

Let loose and be carefree in peaceful Tagaytay. Relax and have a lazy day in any of Discovery Country Suites’ seven uniquely themed rooms. Great deals start at PHP 6,904.69 nett in a Deluxe Suite, inclusive of exquisite wine and cheese platter at sundown, milk and cookies at bedtime, country breakfast at Restaurant Verbena, and a rejuvenating traditional hilot massage for two.

Discovery-Country-Suites-Tagaytay

 

Set yourself free amid Boracay’s world-famous sunsets and velvety white sand. Savor plush accommodations in the island by staying in a Junior Suite for only PHP 12,810 nett. The stay comes with full buffet breakfast in Sands Restaurant and roundtrip Caticlan boat and land transfers for two.

Discovery-Shores-Boracay

 

Hailed as the World’s Best Island by Conde Nast Traveler, Palawan never ceases to amaze with its turquoise waters and powdery white sand. Stay in a Garden Suite at Club Paradise for the amazing price of only PHP 8,296 nett. The offer comes with sumptuous breakfast for two in Ocean Restaurant.

Club-Paradise-Palawan

 

About The Discovery Leisure Company, Inc

The Discovery Leisure Company, Inc. is a Filipino hospitality group that manages a collection of hotels and resorts in exquisite locations around the Philippines. Its distinctive destinations inspire authentic experiences for every traveler, from Discovery Suites Ortigas, Discovery Country Suites Tagaytay, Discovery Shores Boracay, Club Paradise in Coron, Palawan, to the newly-opened Discovery Primea Makati. The Discovery Leisure Company, Inc.’s portfolio of award-winning properties is known worldwide for its signature Filipino hospitality, marked by genuine and personalized “Service That’s All Heart.”

 

Book Here: http://www.discoveryhotels-resorts.com/discover-independence/

 

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- DENCIO

Lunch at Air Summit Gourmet, well almost…

Air Summit Gourmet (Airplane Restaurant)
Located inside Kamayan sa Palaisdaan Restaurant Tayabas Quezon
Lucban-Tayabas Road, Quezon Province (Google Map/Directions)
Contact Number: +6342 793-3654 to 55
Mobile Number: +639178523028; +639189510460; +639175562642
Website: http://www.kamayansapalaisdaan.com.ph
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Air-Summit-Gourmet/870064349781640

 

Rodillas Cheese Bar

 

A few weeks ago, I was craving for Rodillas cheese bars and yema cake so I decided to convince force my brother and father to drive all the way to Lucban/Tayabas Quezon to buy some freshly baked goodies. Along the way, my brother mentioned that there was an “airplane restaurant” that was featured on TV and it was along the way so maybe we can have lunch there. I searched it online and I found Air Summit Gourmet. This Airplane Themed Restaurant is located inside the Palaisdaan restaurant along the National Highway. The place is hard to miss. You will be able to see the plane from a few hundred meters away.

Air Summit Gourmet Airplane Restaurant

Air Summit Gourmet Airplane Restaurant

Staycation at Lotus Garden Hotel Manila

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila
Address: A. Mabini cor Padre Faura Streets, Ermita Manila.
Website: http://lotusgardenhotelmanila.com/
Contact Number: (632) 522-1515
Domestic Toll-Free: 1-800-1-888-1515
Email: lotusreservations@citygardenhotels.com


 

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila

For some reason, I usually find the City of Manila last on my list whenever I am thinking of having a staycation. Most of the time, bigger cities, business districts come to mind such as Makati, BGC, Ortigas, and even Alabang when listing down possible staycation destinations. I probably find the City of Manila too chaotic, noisy, dirty, unpredictable, and just plain outdated. Even the hotels, apart from the few five star hotels in the city, I find that most of the smaller hotels look old from the outside and there’s just too little space – you can literally hail a jeepney from the hotel entrance. Lotus Garden Manila is one of those hotels within downtown Manila – right at the center of Ermita.

Lotus Garden Hotel Manila

My CrashPlan’s (Actual) Upload Speed Limit Sucks!

crashplan
Last April, I made the decision of getting an automated online back-up service. I already have an existing local HDD back-up, however, we all know that those things conk out without notice. I shortlisted several unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth with supposedly “uncapped” upload and download speeds automatic cloud back-up system and I decided to try out CrashPlan.
CrashPlan’s Price to Feature Ratio was the main reason I chose their service (some really good and compelling online reviews helped as well). According to their website, their best feature is the ability to do Triple Back-Up Sets at any given time! Your Local HDD, Online (Cloud), and Even Use your Other or your Friend’s Computer’s HDD space for your back-up destination.
Free local backup
Zero worries about data caps or network speed makes backing up to an external drive the fastest, easiest way to back up – and get back – your files.

Free offsite backup
Offsite backup doesn't get any friendlier than CrashPlan. Back up to multiple offsite locations, such as other computers in your network of friends and family, keeping your files safe from disaster at any one location.

Unlimited online backup
Only CrashPlan gives you all the storage you'll ever need. No storage size limits, bandwidth caps or file-type restrictions. Enterprise-class hardware and military-grade security come standard, too.”
CrashPlan Features
I have around 300GB of files in my computer, mostly photos. I activated my 2-Year CrashPlan Account last April 2014. From the beginning, I am aware that uploading 300GB may will take forever since our home internet connection speed is just 5mbps download with a measly 0.6mbps upload. Another reason is I rarely use my computer nowadays because I am mostly at work or using my phone so I am only able to back-up to the CrashPlan Cloud whenever I am actually using my personal computer. Having realized this, I made it a point to bring my PC whenever I am travelling to places which I think will have great connections – Hotels, Resorts, Other Countries.
Last April I travelled to Seoul, South Korea – one of the few places on earth where an almost symmetrical 20mbps internet speed is considered the minimum. I stayed there for about five days and I kept my PC on and let the cloud back-up run for around the same time. I managed to complete around 50%+ of my Files (around 150GB). During that time I noticed that the upload speeds to CrashPlan Central (Cloud) ranges from 1mbps to 2mbps, which was great since it was 4 times faster than the one I got back home. I checked the actual Internet Speed at the Hotel and it was clocking at 25mbps down and 12mbps up. Again I did not pay much attention, since I was very pleased to have reached 50%.
I went back home and continued the back-up cycle as I use my computer. Last month, I had a trip to Singapore – Another place where awesome internet connection is the norm. This time, my Back-up status was already at 70%+ and I was hopeful that I will finally be able to complete this on-going back-up process. I had a meeting that day and It caught up on me at the airport. The connection at Changi Airport was around 22mbps download and 13mbps upload but I noticed that my CrashPlan’s upload speed was still averaging at 1.7mbps. Curious and a bit disappointed, I contacted CrashPlan support that immediately. And the conversation came as a big surprise.
[START]
LiveChat conversation transcript:
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Name: Dennis
E-mail: xxxx
@gmail.com
Question or Issue: Upload Speed
Ticket number
Product CrashPlan+
Is this a Billing question or issue: No
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Devin T (Fri, 11/7/2014, 08:30:55 am America/Chicago)
Hello Dennis, is there any more information you would like to add while I review your initial question?

Dennis (Fri, 11/7/2014, 08:31:04 am)
Hi

Dennis (Fri, 11/7/2014, 08:31:13 am)
I just want to ask

Dennis (Fri, 11/7/2014, 08:31:43 am)
I noticed that even if I am on places with 10MBPS internet upload speed, I don't see the the crashplan upload go beyond 2MBPS

Dennis (Fri, 11/7/2014, 08:31:48 am)
are you capping this?

Devin T (Fri, 11/7/2014, 08:32:36 am)
No. We do not cap speeds. CrashPlan is a shared bandwidth service, so upload speeds will vary depending on the number of devices connecting to the same server at any given time. Normal upload speeds are usually between 1-4 Mbps, regardless of what speeds your network is capable of.

Dennis (Fri, 11/7/2014, 08:32:53 am)
oh that’s why

Devin T (Fri, 11/7/2014, 08:32:58 am)
Because we are a shared bandwidth service, we are unable to meet each individual user's maximum upload capability as outlined by their network.

Dennis (Fri, 11/7/2014, 08:33:49 am)
that explains a lot. Since I was in Korea and Singapore where internet speeds were through the roof but my application upload speed plays around 1-1.7mbps only

Dennis (Fri, 11/7/2014, 08:34:10 am)
is there any way to increase the speed? from my end and maybe yours as well?

Devin T (Fri, 11/7/2014, 08:37:00 am)
We have some recommended considerations here:
http://support.code42.com/CrashPlan/Latest/Troubleshooting/Speeding_Up_Your_Backup But they mainly detail changing the settings to optimize upload and upload speed. That being said, even after making those changes, you may not experience the boost in speed that you're hoping for.
Dennis (Fri, 11/7/2014, 08:38:34 am)
ok. But I guess, this is part of the fine print that I did not notice. Thanks anyway.

Dennis (Fri, 11/7/2014, 08:38:48 am)
can you email me the transcript of this chat please?

Devin T (Fri, 11/7/2014, 08:38:57 am)
Anytime Dennis. I can send you a transcript of this chat.

Dennis (Fri, 11/7/2014, 08:39:15 am)
thanks will wait for it

Dennis (Fri, 11/7/2014, 08:39:18 am)
bye

Devin T (Fri, 11/7/2014, 08:39:23 am)
Thank you for contacting Code 42 Software. Have a great day.

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So, Apparently, the “uncapped” or “un-throttled” bandwidth/upload speed is jus big crap, shit, marketing propaganda (at least for me). Basically, they (CrashPlan) do not cap the speeds per se but since the servers are shared with other users and they actually have their physical or actual bandwidth limitations (1-4mbps) then me as a subscriber is also bound by those limits. So even if I bring my computer to places with 100mbps download/upload speeds, I still wont be able to back-up on those speeds.
Currently I am back in South Korea and I am almost done backing-up (FINALLY!). I am on a 10mbps connection but still I have not even gone beyond 2mbps. I guess there’s a lot of other users backing up at the same time.
Crashplan Upload Speed
I am not sure if this was written on the fine print but this came as a really big surprise to me. I was really disappointed but I still like CrashPlan’s service in general. At least it still delivers what it does best – Back-Up my Files. This limitation if you may call it may be more of a deal breaker for some especially those who have more than 300GB of data with them. On second thought, I may have not considered CrashPlan initially if I had known this fact. Imagine if you have 1TB of data to back-up, it would take you around 50 days continuous back-up at 2mbps connection. I could probably get a refund or something but in the end, I will do this process with another service provider all over again. I do not have the time and bandwidth to do that. Also, if I am able to finish this initial back-up thing, the succeeding continuous back-up of new files will be a bit less bandwidth intensive than the first online back-up set. I hope CrashPlan (or Code 42) can do something about this. I still have 1.5 years on my account, a lot can still happen right? Who know, I may change to a new computer and will need to do this all over again!
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Sofitel Manila’s GM Explains Their Side of the Story

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila Hotel
Although they already provided a short official statement via Facebook a couple of week ago, Sofitel Manila wants to address and explain their side (once and for all) on several lingering issues about their hotel. I wont bore you with a long read. I will keep this as short as possible.

Another Buffet in Town, The Food Club Macapagal

The Food Club Buffet Manila
Address: Building E, Bluebaywalk Metropolitan Park, Macapagal Avenue Pasay City.
Contact Numbers: 02 7368001 | 09064281669 (globe) | 09983133246 (smart)
Website: www.thefoodclub.com.ph
Email: info@thefoodclub.com.ph
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheFoodClubPH

The Food Club Buffet Blue Bay Walk Macapagal (158)

The Mall of Asia Complex and Macapagal Boulevard is slowly but surely becoming the Buffet Capital of the Metro. To add to the roster, Another buffet restaurant opened in the Manila Bay Area – The Food Club. Apparently, this place still accommodate another buffet place competing against the seasoned buffet restaurants in the area like Vikings, Buffet 101, Yakimix, and even Spiral! The main differentiating factor probably is that the Food Club is categorizing itself as a Lifestyle Buffet Destination which in my interpretation is positioning itself in between the mainstream competitors and of course the high end buffet restaurants. This is just my opinion, which is very possible considering that the location also says a lot about its target market. It is not located inside a mall but instead it is situated in a sort of high end lifestyle area being developed along the bay area similar to Bonifacio High Street, Serendra, and Capitol Commons.

Moving on, I visited the Food Club to give it a try. Upon entry you will be greeted by the familiar reception area. The layout is not much different from the other buffets around the area, but one thing noticeable about the place is it was cleaner than the other buffets around. A big reason is probably since they are fairly new. I hope they maintain the cleanliness since it is a big factor for most people including me.

The interior was very elegant. Crystal chandeliers, the waiters look classy, and the tables ad chairs were similar with what you have in Hotel Buffets.

The Food Club Buffet Blue Bay Walk Macapagal (1)

The Food Club Buffet Blue Bay Walk Macapagal (5)

The Food Club Buffet Blue Bay Walk Macapagal (6)

The Food Club Buffet Blue Bay Walk Macapagal (8)

The Food Club Buffet Blue Bay Walk Macapagal (81)

The Food Club Buffet Blue Bay Walk Macapagal (143)

The Food Club Buffet Blue Bay Walk Macapagal (10)

When I was dining, I saw a familiar face among the crowd, checking the food on the spread. It was Chef Raffy Hubilla, whom I have known before when he was still the executive chef for Acacia Hotel Manila. Apparently, he is not connected with the Food Club. We had a small chat then I headed back in the buffet.

Sofitel Manila and RunRio Half Marathon 2014

Sofitel Manila Half Marathon
I haven't ran in a long time. I love walking for long distances but I don’t seem to enjoy running as much. I used to join fun runs (5Ks to be precise) but I got tired of waking-up so early on a weekend just to run. I have tried trekking for hours but I have not joined a race that is longer than 5K. First of all, I am not trained to run long distances and again, I hated waking up early (well perhaps until recently). Last year, friends from Sofitel Manila Invited me to run on their second Run for a Cause battle of the Sexes 2, a benefit run for the Virlanie Foundation however I was not able to join because If I remember it correctly, I was out of town during the run.
After the success of the 2 legs of Battle of the Sexes in 2013, Sofitel and Runrio have once again partnered to raise funds for the children of Virlanie. Now, on its third and final year, Sofitel Manila and RunRio will host another charity run. But this time, no more battles its just you, the race and the prices you get if you win! Yes there will be prices! Great Prizes I must say!
“The Sofitel Manila Half Marathon aims to be at par with other international marathons such as the Boston Marathon or Singapore Marathon. Aside from this, the greater aim of the event is to contribute to the upliftment of the lives of the street children of Manila through Virlanie Foundation, the beneficiary of the marathon. In the last year, we have raised over PHP 1.5 million through the two runs we have organized – a part of the proceeds had been used to purchase a van that was handed over to the foundation for their activities. This year we are targeting to have over 6,000 runners and for better success in terms of fund raising. ” says Sofitel Philippine Plaza General Manager Adam Laker.
The Sofitel Manila Half Marathon is a collaboration between the Sofitel Philippine Plaza and the premier running event organizer in the country, Runrio, led by Coach Rio de la Cruz. “By organizing the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon, we hope to one day become one of the world's most popular running event attracting both amateur and professional runners from all over the world to compete in Manila. This marathon is dedicated to the children of Virlanie Foundation with the objective of contributing to a better future for the children of Manila.” says Coach Rio de la Cruz.”
Sofitel Manila Half Marathon - poster
Race Prizes:
Sofitel RunRio Half Marathon Prizes
Registration Dates:
ONLINE (via www.runrio.com): June 27 – August 1, 2014
IN-STORE: July 14 – August 10, 2014
 
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