Thursday, June 19, 2014

Experience New Zealand at Glorietta with Singapore Airlines

Have you ever dreamt of going to Middle Earth? Well, I have. And if you have, too, then this weekend is bound to one of the most promising yet!
The New Zealand Embassy, in partnership with Singapore Airlines and Glorietta, bring together this year’s ‘Experience New Zealand at Glorietta with Singapore Airlines’ - a fair to be held at the Glorietta Activity Center, Palm Drive from June 20 to 22, 2014. The fair will be giving Filipinos a foretaste of the finest New Zealand has to offer, from a variety of delicious food and fresh produce, to the best travel deals to New Zealand’s picturesque cities.

In line with Ayala Malls’ commitment in providing innovative and rewarding experiences to shoppers, Glorietta shoppers will also be given the chance to experience New Zealand for themselves as Singapore Airlines and the New Zealand Embassy are giving away two ‘Experience New Zealand’ packages to Auckland, one for 6 days and 5 nights, and the other for 5 days and 4 nights, inclusive of round-trip economy class tickets via Singapore Airlines, accommodations and tours.

To avail of a raffle coupon, shoppers must present P2,000.00 single and/or accumulated worth of receipts from any Glorietta 1 to 5, 6750 and The Link merchants, plus one purchase of Singapore Airlines/SilkAir Ticket from Manila, Cebu, Davao or Kalibo to Auckland or Christchurch from May 20, 2014 to June 22, 2014. Tickets can be purchased from, SQ Mobile App, Singapore Airlines/SilkAir Ticket and Reservations Offices, and travel agents. AMORE and VIPinoy card holders, as well as Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer members may also increase their chances of winning by presenting their cards along with the proof of purchase to double their raffle coupons. The promo will run from May 20 to June 22, 2014, with the grand draw on June 24, 2014.

For bookings and more details, visit You may also contact the Glorietta concierge at 752-7272 for more details on the promo.

Get a chance to win a trip to New Zealand!

Photo of the contract signing shows (from left, standing): Myrna Fernandez, Ayala Land Assistant Vice President; Hernando Banal, New Zealand Trade Commissioner, New Zealand Embassy; Rita Dy, Manager for Marketing Communications and Services, Singapore Airlines; (seated): Rowena Tomeldan, Ayala Land Vice President and Head of Operations and Support Services, Commercial Business Group; H.E. Ambassador Reuben Levermore, Ambassador of New Zealand to the Philippines, New Zealand Embassy; Ranjan Jha, General Manager, Singapore Airlines.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Playtime at the SandBox in Alviera

Last Saturday, Travel Junkie Manila was invited to the media launch of SandBox, Alviera’s first main attraction.

Just like you, I wondered where is Alviera and what is the Sandbox.  As it turned out, Alviera is Ayala Land’s, in partnership with Leonio Land, latest large-scale, integrated mixed-use development that is situated in Porac, Pampanga.  It is a 1,1285-hectare township designed to seamlessly combine urban living with nature.  

Alviera is set to become the regional growth center of Central Luzon complete with a commercial district, business and industrial park, university zones, retail centers, a country club, recreational areas, and residential neighborhoods.

On the other hand, the SandBox  - Alviera’s first main attraction, is an outdoor playground for people of all ages.  It is a seeming great place for family picnics, team-building sessions, sports and active lifestyle enthusiasts, outdoor hobbyists, and outings with friends.  It has a themed kiddie playground with picnic areas, mini-golf, camping sites, a courtyard and an open field for field and other outdoor activities.There is also the pump track, a 5,000 sq-m bike track for all types of bikes and skill levels. Its name originates from the pumping motion used by the riders’ bodies as they create momentum around the tracks.

Though when we got there, the Sandbox was short of being finished.  The rollercoaster zipline were still missing a few tracks. The mini-ATV track still needed some work, and the grounds still can use a bit of landscaping work. Nonetheless, the foundations were already laid down and they did promise that it would all be completed on April 12, 2014 for their public launch. 

As for now, get a glimpse of the SandBox by looking at some of the photos I took last Saturday. 

The SandBox is Alviera’s first main attraction.
The Aerial Walk Challenge is a high rope adventure course of nets and rope walkways. The Aerial walk is a series of activities that will test each user’s agility, balance, and flexibility. 
The Sandbox’s Giant Swing is the country’s tallest swing.  The swing can accommodate three guests at a time and creates the back and forth movement at ten meters above ground. 
Picnic tables are scattered around the grounds. 
The Adventure Tower is a five-storey structure that features a couple of activities such as rappelling and wall climbing. It also serves as a viewing deck and the jump off platform for free fall and rollercoaster zipline. 
The Avatar One is the Philippines’s first rollercoaster zipline. One doesn’t just zip down the 180-meter (length) course but zigzags along starting from 12 meters high. 
The SandBox also offers ATV rides around the property.   

The SandBox's official launch is this 12 April 2014 , Sunday.
Here's how to get from Manila to Alviera. 

Expect it to be hot and windy at the Sandbox so don't forget to bring the ff: 
1. Umbrellas
2. Caps or hats
3. Sunglasses
4. Sunscreen
5. Change of clothes
6. Towel
7. Hand Sanitizer

*The SandBox is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 9 AM - 5AM.
Booking guidelines and details are available on www. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

One Night in a Whole New World (Hotel)

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away.

And either you’ve been a good soldier and have planned way ahead or you’re still racking your brains for what you and your sweetheart might be doing on V-Day.

I haven’t done any planning of the sort because my heart is on the other side of the world. But because I am full of love and happiness, I would love to get yours all warm and mush on the big day. So here’s a suggestion if yet you still don’t have a plan.


Yes, check-in to a hotel and just stay put. Avoid the agonizing hours of inching your way across the metro, playing chase around the parking lot, or queuing for a table at a much-hyped restaurant. Then again, you are going to be with your sweetheart so those things should not matter. But just in case you're the impatient sort, I believe it’s one of the best ways to spend the day – next only to going on an actual holiday.

I am sure you can think of several wonderful things to do in a hotel room with your honey but this suggestion also applies to the single ladies out there. In fact, two girlfriends and I went on staycation at the New World Hotel in Makati. My friend Chinggay and Issa checked-in right after lunch as I had to attend an all-day event. When I finally managed to get to the hotel and settle down, we footed it across to Greenbelt 2 and had supper. We went to namnam for its Filipino comfort food. After a hearty supper, we went back to our hotel room and did the ff:

1. Commented on whatever was on the telly.
2. Gabbed.
3. Soaked in the tub.
4. Tarot Card reading c/o Chinggay.
5. Gabbed.
6. Slept.

The next morning:

1. Joined the other guests for the hotel's breakfast buffet.
2. Swam in the pool.
3. Had mid-morning snacks at the Residence Club's Living Room.
4. Gabbed.

After which, we checked out.

Save the movie-and-dinner date for another Saturday night.
Do something different on this day of hearts.

"A whole New World with you."

New World Hotel's ground floor lobby is sleek, neutral, and contemporary. 
Didn't know there was such a thing!
We had to check-in at this reception area on the 24th floor.

Our home for the night!
Two beds for three girls. Aaack! But they were really comfortable!
"Friends" was on the telly that night. 

That divider slides open to the bedroom. I had my tarot cards read by Chinggay while I was in the tub.

This seems to be a good peg for shelves. 

We were still figuring out what to have for morning Merienda. 

Sofas and tables share space in the Residence Club living room. 
These biscuits and biscotti were good. 
You can either serve yourself or wait for a pretty lady to help you.
"Coffee, tea, or me?" 

They're using Philippine honey!
Here's the Makati Skyline from the balcony. 
Issa decided on a pot of hot chocolate. 
I had iced tea and a bottle of water.
Hair still wet from our morning swim. 
Right across the hotel is Greenbelt 3. 

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