Vibrant Paint & Music Festival in Davao

Vibrant Paint & Music Festival in Davao

Imagine fist-pumping and jumping to hardcore electro dance music (EDM) while being blasted with neon glow paints all night long. This 2016, Vibrant Paint & Music Festival is making its way to the Philippines to bring the wildest neon and black light paint party yet!

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Featuring some of the finest local and international DJs playing the best EDM tunes, Vibrant is set to make every festival goer #gowildwithpaint in a one-of-a-kind experience using paint canons that can blast over 3000 liters of neon glow paints! If that isn’t wild enough, special effects like flame jets, cyro jets/guns, confetti blasters, and fireworks will keep the energy rising all throughout the night!

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With regional stops in Bacolod and Manila, Vibrant Festival, in partnership with Manic Nightnings Production, will make its debut in Davao City on March 12, 2016, Saturday 6PM at the Lanang Business Park Davao for the 79th Araw ng Davao celebration. Davaoeños will get to experience the ultimate neon paint and black light party to the sick beats of international DJs Lera, Mid, and No Class and Davao’s very own DJs Law, Torch, Jin, Wacky, and Jack plus Manila’s DJ X-Factor and MC Victor Pring.

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The event will also feature program highlights such as paint drum beaters, blacklight hour, and the Vibrant Angels. Other festival activities which will surely make everyone #gowildwithpaint include paint ball wars, the wall o reflection, the paint & glow station. Rave merchandise will also be sold during the event. Vibrant is produced by MadHatter Events, a Manila-based team that stages nationwide music & paint festivals. Aside from being a productions company, they are also the only licensed Philippine distributor of cosmeticall certified paint brand in the world.

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To get more information about Vibrant Festival 2016, visit https://www.facebook.com/vibrantfest/ and follow @vibrantfest on Twitter and Instagram.

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Date With The Elderly

Date With The Elderly

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL) Philippines had another activity last February in the 3 key cities of the country – Manila, Cebu and Davao, called Valentines Date with the Elderly. Although the activity was already done in Manila and Cebu earlier in February, Davao’s schedule was last February 27. Kinda late for Valentine’s Day but it was fun, exciting and emotional.

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I got invited because I followed the instructions on how to be invited. Hahahaha. Actually, I follow CBTL’s Facebook and Instagram pages so I am always updated with what’s new. So I read their post, did the instructions and tried my luck (with prayers, too) because only 25 slots were given. Although the venue is unknown to me and I know no one there, still I was eager to join.

Then I was chosen. Came February 27, I explored alone again to the other side of Davao City, somewhere in Calinan, to a Barangay called Biao Guianga, Tugbok. I miscalculated the expected time of departure and arrival so I was 1 hour late. I nearly got lost, and got so confused. Good thing I got with me my data connection, power bank, coins, small bills, umbrella and advise of friends so I was able to ride the right jeepney, got off the right spot and eventually arrived at the venue, The Care for the Elderly Foundation, Inc.

Though late, I was just in time for the major activities like paper flower making, serenade, dancing, speech and group photos. It was fun.

During the activity, when I look at the elderlies, I felt a little emotional but happy for them. Emotional because some of them cannot walk already and in wheelchairs, some cannot move by themselves and rely to other people to transport them from one place to another, some cannot eat by themselves, some are already senile due to cardiac attack or stroke.

At the same time, I am happy for them because they have reached that far, very far that some of them are nearly 100 years old! I am happy for them because even in that situation, there are still people who care for them – the people who run the center and those who keep on donating for the daily expenses.

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After the activity, I am sure that all of them were entertained. If only I could go there more often, I would, because those elderlies need love and attention especially that their days are counted.

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Kudos to CBTL for a very meaningful activity. We ended the activity with a group photo and snacks from CBTL.

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Thank you so much CBTL. Hoping to join more exciting activities soon.

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Into Blogging

Into Blogging

“Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don’t do that by sitting around wondering about yourself”. ~ Katharine Hepburn

I asked myself why I made this blog…Why? Is it because others are doing it and I want to be in it also? Is it because I have the talent and I want to show it off? Well, no. I made this blog so that everything that is inside my head and what happened to my life will be well-documented and will not be wasted. This blog will serve as a depository of everything – from memories, plans, ambitions, gossip, news, nonsense works and dialogues, all!

Just like what my science teacher told me, “Do not rely on your memory, because memory falters. Jot everything down and read over and over again so that you remember”.

And so is the purpose of this blog.

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Chez Nous: Local + International

Chez Nous: Local + International

Chez Nous, from the French word means home, is a new restaurant to go to in Davao City. Chef Chino, also the owner, has a passion in cooking that he went to a culinary school in Canada to hone his skill. Aside from that, he is the son of the owners of Chippens, also known in Davao for their good food, so no wonder that he really makes great and amazing food!

Chez Nous is located at Roxas Avenue corner Padre Gomez Streets, literally in front of Chippens. They serve meals from 9:30 AM to 9:30PM, Mondays to Saturdays.

The food had local ingredients but has an international taste. Chef Chino always see to it that the ingredients are fresh and everything on their menu is available everyday.

The following dishes are their bestsellers.

Cajun Shrimp with Mango Mousse and Salsa. Cajun spiced shrimp sautéed in brown butter, served with mango mousse and salsa for just 135 pesos.

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Arancini. Risotto balls with a melted Mozzarella center served with house-made marinara sauce and shaved Parmesan for just 145 pesos.

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Poutine. Thrice cooked thick cut fries with beef gravy and melted cheese for just 95 pesos.

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Seared Tuna Nicoise Salad. Seared sesame tuna, lettuce, french beans, honey-lemon dressing, deep fried anchovy for just 185 pesos.

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Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad. Iceberg lettuce, bacon, butter croutons, creamy Caesar dressing, chicken breast from just 175 pesos.

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Atlantic Salmon and Cucumber Spaghetti with Mustard Mousse. Pan-baked Atlantic Salmon with cucumber spaghetti, sesame seeds, fennel seeds, citrus vinaigrette and mustard mousse on top for just 185 pesos.

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Honey Barbecue Blazed Back Ribs. Fall-off the bone tender pork ribs, glazed with honey barbecue sauce for just 185 pesos.

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Malaysian Laksa. Spicy Malaysian chicken curry, coconut milk, savory chicken, lime shrimp, honey crab, rice noodles for just 195 pesos.

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Grilled Malasugue with Mango Chutney. Juicy grilled Malasugue served on a potato nest and with Indonesian spiced mango chutney for just 195 pesos.

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Tuna Tornado. Juicy tuna belly poached in olive oil finished on the grill and glazed with lemon-soy sauce for just 185 pesos.

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Marbled Ribeye Steak with Mushroom Gravy. Locally sourced Australian ribeye steak, cooked to your preferred doneness. Served with mushroom pan gravy and three cooked fries for just 350 pesos.

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Beef Bourguignonne. Fork tender beef short ribs with caramelized onions in a rich red wine sauce for just 185.

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Crème Caramel with Blueberry Coulis. Smooth baked vanilla lemon custard served with warm blueberry coulis for just 145 pesos.

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Triple Layer Smooth as Silk Chocolate Mousse with Muscat Strawberries. Three layers of velvety smooth dark, white and milk chocolate mousse with vanilla ice cream and Moscato marinated strawberries.

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The servings are big enough for 2 people to share. They also serve coffee, tea, ice blends and fresh fruit juices.

I have tasted all the dishes featured here and everything tastes good. You can really taste the freshness in each ingredients. The price is not that expensive also. Also, the place is accessible so there is no problem if you go out there late, taxis and jeepneys are always available, plus it is so near the Night Market so there are a lot of people in the vicinity.

It was such an experience dining in Chez Nous, food with international taste but made from local ingredients. Made with passion and love.

Lorelei Beach Resort: A New Gem in IGACOS

Lorelei Beach Resort: A New Gem in IGACOS

I am sure that most of us just head to one of Samal Island’s beaches for a holiday or a long weekend escapade with friends and family. Mostly, we head back to the same beaches again and again, because one, we know it’s nice. Two, because we are comfortable and at peace.

For explorers like me, I like to try something new from time to time. This way, I can compare and have alternative choices during peak seasons, type of special occassion, when friends from other places visit Davao or depending on my mood.

In Barangay Catagman, Peñaplata, Island Garden City of Samal lies a newly-opened beach resort that can cater our escapade needs. They have seven rooms where we can stay overnight. Price ranges from 2,500 to 3,000 pesos depending on its capacity. Each rooms are named after the Little Mermaid’s royal princesses, Ariel and her sisters!

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With their wide space, celebrations can be held here simultaneously because it can be done on different areas – pool area, shoreline, main building and the space fronting the building. There is also a wide parking space for vehicles.

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They also have a souvenir corner where visitors can buy shirts and mugs.

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If you are not that confident to let your kids swim in the sea, then you can let them swim in the kiddie swimming pool. There, they are safe. You can guard them by staying on the benches while drinking or eating.

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It is much better to bring your own vehicle but Lorelei Beach Resort has a van that can transport you from the ferry wharf and back. They can charge 200 pesos per person up to 3 persons one way, for the use of van. If more than 3, then it will be 150 per head.

To get there, you will ride the ferry from Sasa Ferry Wharf. Each person is charged with 10 pesos, or if with vehicle, prices depend on the type of vehicle and the number of persons inside.

When you are in Samal already, it will be a 15-minute ride from the wharf to Lorelei Beach Resort.

For bookings and reservations, just contact the details below.

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So the next time you want something new, head on to Lorelei Beach Resort and experience their new nature-y and relaxing offer.

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Heng Kee Dimsum Experience

Heng Kee Dimsum Experience

There’s a new place where you can satisfy your cravings for Chinese food in a very affordable price. It is in Heng Kee Dimsum!

They offer different kinds of dimsum and dumplings where you can feast on anytime, all for a very affordable prize. They also have frozen delights where you can just steam and serve at home.

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Here are some of their yummy choices, in pork, chicken, beef and seafoods.

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This newly-opened place is located at the Food Court, 4th Floor of Gaisano Mall, Davao.

With the other members of Davao Bloggers Society during the opening, we tasted almost all of their food and all of us agreed that the food were amazing. It tasted so good.

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So the next time you want to eat Chinese food, or in a tight budget, go to Heng Kee Dimsum for a satisfying experience.

 

Dagan Para Sa Gugma

Dagan Para Sa Gugma

I always make sure that we celebrate Valentine’s Day in an unforgettable and unique way. So when we knew about this pre-Valentine fun run of Big 8 Corporate Hotel, we signed up. Actually, we ran out of couples shirt so we got the shirt for singles, but our category was still couples.

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The program proper started late because of the rain, but it did not stop us from reaching our goal – finish the race and have fun! Licensed Zumba instructors initiated the stretching and warm up exercises so that we will be conditioned during the run.

Me and Jules ran for four kilometers together and surprisingly, we were the first couple to reach the finish line. We were so happy with this accomplishment. We won some gift certificates and pool passes during the raffle.

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Together with the other couples, we were tasked to declare our promise of love to one another infront of other participants. It is such a nice feeling to tell the whole world how much you love a person. We were also given a lock to be placed in their Love Lock area.

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The race began and ended with a color blast.

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