Hyatt supports Hope in a Bottle

You may have seen these bottles in the supermarket or convenience stores.
But Hope in a Bottle isn’t just your regular bottled water. Each 500 ml bottle of purified drinking water is distributed by the Friends of Hope, Inc. And each time you buy, 100% of its profit will go to building public schools around the Philippines.
Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila is a proud supporter of this campaign to increase the quality of education in the Philippines.

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Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila believes in the power of education and its significant role in developing a nation, which is why bottles of “Hope” are now available at the hotel’s Pastry Boutique. With each “Hope” bottle sold, PHP 10 will benefit the students of the Divine Healer Academy, a school run by the Healing Servants Foundation, Inc. in Sorsogon.

Making a difference in our country’s future generation is now as easy as choosing which bottled water to buy. Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila hopes this initiative will help quench the nation’s thirst for proper and quality education.

Hope in a Bottle is also available at Rustan’s supermarket, Krispy Kreme, Pancake House, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and others. To know more, go to https://www.facebook.com/HopeInABottle

Transforming, space-spaving furniture

Last month I blogged about a home office I wanted to set up in a room in our house.
Right next to our bedroom is a small room that has become a stock room of junk, stuff and prizes I have to give away. The idea is to convert it into a room I can work in, instead of my bedroom.
Though the room is tiny, it has a high ceiling that offers possibilities such as this

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That looks like something that needs to be built. So after some intense Googling I found setups where furniture can transform from desk

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to bed

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As luck would have it, I found a shop in Makati that brings in transforming, space-saving furniture from Italy. Zpoint at the New World Shopping Arcade is the exclusive distributor of CLEI Transformable Furniture Systems in the Philippines.

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Imagine a desk that turns from this

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to this.

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Or maybe you want to squeeze two beds into a small space. The Lollisoft looks like nothing when it’s closed

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but it can turn into a day bed

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or a stylish bunk bed.

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You might want to have a spare bed in a small studio. Check out this unobtrusive sideboard

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that turns into a work or dining table

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and an extra bed!

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The possibilities are endless.
All you have to do is know what you need, measure your space and check out the choices here.
To order, visit ZPoint at New World Hotel Shopping Arcade, Esperanza cor Makati Avenue (Tel. 811-6702).
Now watch these videos to see how it works.

How to find your future partner via KLM

When I turned 30, I focused on meeting the right person and getting married so I could have children.
I feel so lucky to have married at the age of 33, and become a mother at 34 and 36. I hurried with my second child as my OB-GYNE said it is safest to have kids until 37.
Then I heard this story about a woman in her mid-30s whose biological clock was ticking.
More than getting married, she wanted to have a child. So what she did on her fertile days was to hang out at the poolside of a five-star hotel, where hooked up with a smart and good-looking afam (foreigner) and conceived.
Nine months later and still single, she gave birth to a future supermodel.

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Aside from lounging by the pool, I’ve also heard of single women who purposely ride business class in the hope of sitting next to a rich and successful businessman. Now it looks like KLM is making it easier for passengers with an agenda.
KLM’s Meet & Seat program allows you to find out who will be on your KLM flight through their Facebook or LinkedIn profiles and find out where they’ll be sitting.

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To me it sounds scary. What are your thoughts on Meet & Seat? Is it yay or nay?
Details HERE.

Islands Insider premieres this Saturday on NatGeo

The first travel documentary series on the Philippines premieres on the National Geographic Channel this June 23, 2012 at 8:30 PM. The six-part series showcases travel destinations in the Philippines, as seen by an unobtrusive host (Ginggay Hontiveros) seeking to understand her heritage better.

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While the visual appeal of the locations is highlighted by cinematic photography, greater emphasis is placed on the who, what, why and how aspects of a place to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of preservation and conservation.
Tourism destinations are not static, evolving or deteriorating in time, and require intervention and attention to be sustained for future generations.
The show seeks to reveal the cultural and historical bases of the sites, elevate the issues hand in hand with the natural beauty, so that the viewer achieves a more comprehensive appreciation of the national treasures in the Philippines.
The show is presented in semi-documentary form, with interviews and sound bytes from different local characters and experts along with vivid images.

The first six episodes:

BATAD – Walk through the world famous Batad Rice Terraces, nestled high in the mountainous region of the Cordilleras, and immerse in the culture, heritage and tradition of the Ifugao Tribe. The host seeks to understand the symbol of the Bulol and how it is tied to the rich rice growing heritage and landscape of the Ifugao.

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TAAL – Just a few hours from Metro Manila is Taal Town, which boasts of heritage bahay na bato houses, an immense basilica, the balisong, burda and distinct food and delicacies such as kapeng barako, suman, maliputo and tawilis. Visiting Taal is like stepping back in time.

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CORON – Kayak the crystal-clear waters of Palawan and climb soaring limestone crags to catch a view of a secret cove, while seeking a deeper understanding of the Tagbanua Tribe and a handful of present day stewards of this magnificent piece of heaven on earth.

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SIQUIJOR – No other place in the Philippines inspires as much dread and fascination as Siquijor—a vast canvas of legends and folklore, healers who utter incantations and perform rituals, remedies taken from roots and herbs, and sorcerers who practice witchcraft.

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MT. PULAG/KABAYAN – Trek to the mountains in Benguet : Mt. Timbac where the ancient Ibaloi tribe would carry their dead, and where present day travellers can catch a glimpse of the Mummies. Summit Mt. Pulag and discover how Luzon’s highest peak is related to the Ibaloi’s quest for eternal life.

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ANILAO – Submerge in the waters of Anilao in Batangas province, and marvel at the sheer bio diversity of marine life that has grown over the decades thru efforts of locals and resort owners to regenerate the coral reefs in these waters.

To know more about Islands Insider, click HERE.

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