Cebu Yellow Submarine: My First Ever Submarine Ride!

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It is real! And yes, it is called the Yellow Submarine! You can ride an actual submarine here in the Philippines and it is in Cebu! Here’s a quick back story… I was vacationing at Bluewater Maribago Resort last July and while we were walking on the beach we were told by some guys from the resort pointing at a distant resort “kita mo yun? Submarine yun!”  And something inside me sparked! I need to ride that submarine!! But unfortunately, we were pressed for time that vacation so I was not able to do it. But I was really really excited! Do you know anyone who have ridden a submarine? A real Submarine?! I know right! Super exciting!!

Luckily I have another Cebu Trip to Attend a Birthday Party in a few weeks so I made sure I include the submarine ride in my itinerary. The ride is very very in demand since there are only several trips per day and the submarine can only accommodate a maximum of 48 people at a time so you better call to reserve and don’t ever come in late… you should be at the Yellow Submarine Reception area at the Imperial Palace Lobby at least 15-30 minutes before your dive.

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Snaps Sports Bar: Because there’s more to Sofitel than just Spiral!

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Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, CCP Complex Roxas Boulevard Pasay City
Contact Number: (02) 551 5555

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We often associate Sofitel Philippine Plaza with its uber famous buffet restaurant Spiral. But hey, I don’t blame you! A lot of people are even more familiar about Spiral than Sofitel. :p But the fact is, there’s more to Sofitel than their infamous buffet, they have other specialized food outlets which caters to the discerning tastes and unique culinary needs of their clients. One of of them is Snaps Sports Bar.

Snaps Sports Bar is located at the lobby level of Sofitel Manila near the Hotel’s Gift Shoppe and Vietura. It is a 24-hour casual dining establishment which caters to sports enthusiast, bar lovers and the men (and women) who just want unwind, watch and play some sports while enjoying some delicious comfort food – which is the house specialty.

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Blogapalooza is Back this 2013!

The much awaited sequel to Biggest Business-to-Blogger networking event is back and it is bigger and better than ever! Blogapalooza 2013 will be held at SMX Aura on November 16 2013.


What is Blogapalooza?

“Blogapalooza is a community. It’s a link between big and small businesses who have something cool to share and the online community of people who love to share. Blogapalooza is a blogger event on crack! Lots of giveaways for the bloggers and online community and a chance for big and small businesses to present their product / brand / thingamajig to hundreds of influential bloggers and online social media influencers”

To know more about how blogapalooza works, visit

More than meeting the businesses in the event, I am more excited in meeting my fellow bloggers who will be attending! Looking forward! :)

Hanggang sa Muli! Paalam!


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Tap Tap and Away with Citibank Visa with payWave!

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I just love cashless and electronic payments, it is so safe, convenient and cool. I have been experiencing this tap and pay technology for a while now particularly in the developed countries and I must say, it was love at first tap. I can still remember the first time I experienced this tap and pay technology, I was in Singapore using their EZ-Link Card. It was super convenient since your can use it practically everywhere. From then on, I was hoping and wishing that someday we get to experience the same technology and convenience in our country. And now, the time has come! It is finally happening in the Philippines - although still not widely available - but I really do think we are off to a promising start.

Citibank Philippines now offers the Visa payWave to its cardholders! A first in the Philippines!

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An Amazing Vacation at Maribago Bluewater Resort!

Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort Cebu
Buyong Maribago, Lapu-lapu City Cebu, Philippines
Contact Number: +63 32 4920100 (Cebu) | +632 8175751 (Manila)
Twitter: @BlueMaribago

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Situated in the famous Mactan Island Cebu, Maribago Bluewater is one of the pioneer luxury resort in the area - A classic I must say. Don’t get me wrong, when I say Classic I mean it in a good way. Yes, Maribago Bluewater is a pioneer but they managed to keep up with the time and the competition. For the young once, they would expect some old-fashioned Cebu resort but in reality Maribago is one very elegant and sophisticated resort which truly highlights the traditional Filipino Hospitality with a few modern twists.

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Bite into the Biggest Burger in Manila!

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Well, I am not sure if there is an actual and official record but by far, this is the biggest burger that I have ever seen and tried in Manila the Philippines – Holiday Inn Manila Galleria’s Big Buns Burger!

  • 12 inches in diameter (its like a regular pizza)
  • 4 inches thick
  • 8 slices
  • Filled with Cheese, Bacon, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Pickles, and Scrambles Egg!

Sink your teeth on this baby!

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Priced at P800++ the Big Buns Burger is an Amazing Novelty Item from Holiday Inn Galleria and Crowne Plaza Hotel. Everything is made from the ground up, in house! Honestly, when food gets bigger the flavor and the taste dwindles but that is not the case for the Big Buns Burger! It was still really good!

The patty was not that Juicy as compared with the smaller patties but it still packs some really good flavor. The bun was not dry at all it was perfect! And you really get to taste all the fillings/toppings on every bite (if you can)! Condiments are served on the side but based from experience I don’t need much of it. You will feel full just by looking at it.

The burger is good for 6-8 people but I’m sure there will always be some left-over. Don’t worry, this burger re-heats in the microwave perfectly! 3 days after ordering… take it out from fridge, pop it in the microwave for a minute or two and it will be 80% as good as the fresh one! Just don’t forget to remove the tomatoes before refrigerating.

According to the Hotel, this Burger is usually ordered in place of a birthday cake. You may request for a candle. :) So Go on! Drop by Holiday Inn Galleria or Crowne Plaza and order one now! Don’t forget to pose with the burger for Social Sharing! :)

Call Holiday Inn Manila Galleria to Pre-order >> (02) 633 7111

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A Beach Front Oktoberfest Celebration in Cebu!

Well this is new!

If Sofitel Manila will Host the Manila Celebrations in a Huge Tent, Cebu will be having their celebrations in a beach front set-up! So If you are in Cebu this October 25 2013 then you better head on to Crimson Resort and Spa to Celebrate the 75th Oktoberfest in the Philippines and enjoy free flowing booze and a wide array of authentic Bavarian food extravaganza.

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“Beer drinking has become a solid part of Filipino’s culture; it’s something hard to miss whenever there are celebrations and gatherings. And when the month of October comes different Oktoberfest celebrations sprout from all corners of Cebu. Yet, nothing will match what Crimson Mactan has in store for beer drinkers and those who appreciate the culture that it celebrates.

On Friday, 25th of October, be part of a German Oktoberfest by the beach with free flowing beer, unlimited German fare and dance to the music of the Bavarian Sound Express from Munich; the same band that will stage a 2 day fare in Manila and will come to Cebu for a one night only event at the beautiful beachfront location. The party starts at 5:30 in the afternoon.

Exciting German games will be played during the event with equally exciting prizes including vouchers for hotel accommodation. Those who will come in traditional German costume will be part of the best dressed competition where the best dress male and female attendee will be given a special prize. Raffle prizes are also up for grab.

Oktoberfest tickets are sold at P2,500nett inclusive of unlimited beer and German buffet. Book early and avail 10% discount from September 18 to October 7, 2013. Get the same discount when you purchase at least 10 tickets.

Tickets are sold at Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan, Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu and Ayala Center – Cebu. For inquiries and tickets call 401 – 9999 or email”

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75th Oktoberfest Celebration at Sofitel Manila

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Similar with the German Club of Manila and Sofitel Manila, the annual Oktoberfest celebration has also, sort of, became a tradition in I have been blogging about the event for several years now and what I can say is, the tradition stays true to the original Oktoberfest but the celebration gets bigger and better every year.

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This year, the 75th Oktoberfest will be celebrated here in the Philippines. That means, Barrels and Barrels of Beers and Pounds and Pounds of Bavarian food will be served again at Sofitel Manila’s newly renovated Harbor Garden Tent on October 18 and 19. A close to home party for our German Friends and a Truly Magnificent Cultural Experience for Filipinos.

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Some Oktoberfest Trivia by the Numbers:

  • 28, 548 Maß beer (traditional one liter mug) consumed in a span of 2 days during Oktoberfest 2012. 
  • 3,500 - Number of people that came to Oktoberfest 2012
  • 950 kgs of German sausages consumed (Ring Bratwurst, Cheese Sausage, Cervelat Sausages, Münchner Weisswurst, Münchner Bratwurst and Hungarian sausages) in a span of 2 days during Oktoberfest 2012. 
  • 260 kgs of Pork knuckles consumed in a span of 2 days during Oktoberfest 2012. 
  • 200 kgs of Sauerkraut consumed in a span of 2 days during Oktoberfest 2012. 
  • 75 – years of existence of Oktoberfest and the German Club in the Philippines (since 1906)
  • 4 – Years that Oktoberfest is held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza
  • Bavarian Sound Express -The name of the Bavarian band specially chosen to play at Oktoberfest 2013

Of course the stars of the Show are the Beers and the Food! The beer will be provided by our very own San Miguel Brewery but the food, an all-imported array of traditional and authentic Bavarian goodness!

You must try the cheesy something sausage! It is so good! Crispy tight skin, juicy meaty goodness with cheese that literally burst in your mouth in every bite!

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To pump up the celebration, The Bloomfields will be rocking the house with their retro 60s music when they perform on the October 19.

Worried about getting drunk away from home? Don’t worry… get a room!

“After reveling all night long, get a restful sleep at Sofitel Philippine Plaza. The hotel is offering special rates for Oktoberfest ticket holders at Php 5,000 nett for a superior room. Wake up to a hearty and lavish Spiral breakfast for an additional Php 1,200 nett per person.

Adding excitement to this year’s grand celebration is the raffle draw with over 4 million worth of prizes. Exciting prizes include a roundtrip business class ticket to Germany with Etihad, Mercedes Benz weekend drives with overnight stay in Baguio, laptops, DSL cameras from Canon, I-pads from Mac, Levis jeans, Puma shirts and many more. Proceeds go to the German Club’s welfare projects.”

For ticket prices and other inquiries, please call the The German Club Manila at 817 3552 or 818 4236 (for entry and raffle tickets) or Sofitel Philippine Plaza at (632) 832.6988 and (632) 551.5555 ext. 6988 (for room reservation), or email or

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