9 Hour Flight Delay Courtesy of Zest Air Philippines

Just want to share this awful story about Zest Air Philippines which happened recently. On August 16-17, several passengers of Zest Air's Manila-bound flight experienced a 9-hour delay. Worse, they were not even given proper accommodation and food to compensate for the inconvenience. Kahit pa promo fare sila, they shouldn't be treated that way because they are still customers! I haven't tried flying via Zest Air yet but I don't think I would anytime soon. This is so annoying especially if you have a strict travel schedule. Sira lahat ng travel plans dahil sa flight delays. Thank God I haven't experienced anything like this before...siguro magwawala talaga ako if it would happen!

Below is Byahilo.com's story about Zest Air's unsatisfactory customer service. Kayo na mag-judge. :/

Zest Air Flights s-u-c-k bigtime: My 9hr flight delay experience

"I have been flying via Zest Air for several times now. And since they started flying to major airportslike Iloilo Bacolod and Cebu, I never had any complaints about their service, whatsoever. I am so used to 1 or 2-hour flight delays. I just simply pass it off as a normal occurrence. In fact, last August 20 I flew to Davao for the Kadayawan Festival via Zest Air/

So while we were having a good dinner in Cebu City August 16, at around 9PM, Don received a phone call from a Zest Air agent, Don gave the phone to Fitz who talked to the agent.

Singapore Kuala Lumpur Long Weekend

I'm going again to Singapore tomorrow! Lol! We won't be staying at Rucksack Inn anymore. Instead, I got a dorm bed in this new hostel called The Sojourn near Orchard Road. I hope it's good as well. By the way, I will meet with Sheila and Ian on Sunday morning for breakfast and obligatory touristy photo at the Merlion Statue. It would be a short breakfast though, as we need to be at the Golden Mile Complex bus station by 11:30. The bus that would take us to KL would be the Starmart AirAsia Express (Double Deck!!!) It's going to be a 5-hour ride so I'll probably need get some claypot chicken rice and carrot cake to go from hawker heaven Golden Mile Food Centre. I hope the Petronas Twin Towers look good in real life as it they do in photos. Also, I'll be meeting up with Filipino bloggers Hannah Villasis and Ed Arevalo at KL. Omgnezzz fun!!!!

Must pack stuff now!!!!


Rucksack Inn: Singapore's Best Backpacker Hostel

Don't let the dingy looking Chinese-herb smelling staircase fool you. Singapore's Rucksack Inn could probably be the best backpacker hostel EVER.

Ruck Sack Inn is at the 3rd floor

Located at 33-B Hongkong St., this new Singapore hostel has received several positive reviews from travelers all over the world. Room rates are relatively cheap, starting at S$26. You could choose from mixed dorm beds or private rooms. Either way, it would still be a great deal considering the place is near Clarke Quay, one of the bustling centers in Singapore. We got a 4-bed mixed dorm which we booked online several months in advance.


Ruck Sack Freedom Wall

Just a note: there are no ensuite bathrooms, just two cubicles with powerful round overhead showers. Don't worry if you forgot to bring toiletries as there are complimentary shampoo and body gel in each cubicles. And if you don't have your own towel, you could rent one for just S$2.

Common wash bin area

If you want to relax and/or mingle with other guests, you could stay at the lounge to read books, watch cable television/dvds, or play PS2/Wii. Three computer units are available for use, free of charge. They also have free wifi in all rooms!

Real-life Big Brother House hehehe

Guitar Hero, anyone?

24/7 free internet access

In the kitchen, guests could easily make toasts and coffee/tea for free anytime of the day. I love making PB&Js even at 3am! The water dispenser is also a plus because I saved up on buying pricey bottled water.

Dining area

Butter, peanut butter, grape jelly, and Nutella are provided

I love breakfast!

Trying Singapore Hawker Food

Hallooo!!! I'm back from the beautiful "no-spit-else-you-pay-fine" Singapore and I gained weight BCOZ I ATE A LOT NOMNOMNOMNOM.

Arrived on a rainy Friday afternoon and had my first Singapore meal at Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice and Curry Rice (whew!) across Central Mall in Clarke Quay. Red and I ordered the Pork Chop Set A which had fried pork strips with curry, fried egg, and cabbage side dish. Gelo and Rina, on the other hand, got the Steamed Chicken Rice. All dishes come with free soup, extra cup of steamed coconut rice is priced at S$0.60. This restaurant was a great place to kick-off our 4-day [food] trip.

Tiong Bahru across Central Mall

Side dish menu

Drinks Menu

Singapore White Chicken Rice S$3.80

My Pork Curry Set S$3.80

Dessert was Singapore's S$1 ice cream. Got mine at Clarke Quay which was served with soft bread instead of wafer.

Chocolate Ice Cream S$1

Other flavors I'm yet to try

Singaporean Ice Cream Vendor

The weather was better during our 2nd day so we arranged a meet up with our college friend Miko who works in a local PR firm.

Miko and Gelo

As food in Singapore are best experienced outdoors, we asked Miko to recommend a nice hawker centre in Chinatown.

Lunch with Miko

Chinatown Hawker Centre along Smith Street

Hawker Center Menu

White Carrot Cake with Prawns S$8

Seafood Fried Rice (small) S$5

Lunch done. Time to visit an adult shop!!!!1!!111!one!

Stay classy

On Sunday, we followed Anthony Bourdain's steps by visiting Golden Mile Food Centre to try the famous *gulp* Soup Tulang at Haji Kadir.

The Original Soup Tulang S$6 (4 pcs)


I'm in Singapore!

bought basic necessities at the airport duty free..

12 hours later...



Adam Lambert Live In Manila

Bluedream Entertainment Inc. and World Wide Womb present Adam Lambert Live in Manila!

This one-night solo concert will happen on October 10, 2010 (10.10.10) at SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.

Ticket prices are yet to be announced. However, you may already reserve VVIP seats by calling 7500790 to 91. Look for Justine or Vince. I'll update this post once the ticket prices are already released!

Excited for Baybeats 2010!!!

2 days to go before Singapore's Baybeats Music Festival 2010! I'll attend the 3-day event with my friends, yey! Good thing we made an early booking at Rucksack Inn because Kin said it's just minutes away from Esplanade. I guess we'll save a lot on transportation costs, given that the event venue is just near our place. Anyway, I'm really looking forward to Baybeats. It would be my first time to watch it and I heard there will be a lot of local and international performers. Can't wait to see them play!!! Philippine representatives would be Techy Romantics, The Camerawalls, Chicosci, and Carlos Castano. Canada's Handsome Furs is set to be the main act. For the complete band line-up, checkout Baybeats' official website.

Baybeats 2010, August 20 to 22

Tiger Airways to begin Manila route on October

In addition to its DMIA Clark terminal, Tiger Airways will begin its Singapore-Manila route at NAIA Pasay beginning October 31, 2010.

Saw the note on their official Facebook page:

"Tiger Airways has been awarded rights to serve Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) from Singapore. This is in addition to Tiger’s current 9 weekly flights to Clark’s Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA)."

To celebrate this feat, Tiger Airways is having a seat sale today until August 25, 2010. Promo fares start at S$55 plus taxes for travel between October 31, 2010 to July 31, 2010.

Book and buy now at http://www.tigerairways.com/.

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Happy Birthday Papa!

It's my father's birthday today! It's kinda sad that he's not here to celebrate his day with us...not sure where he is but I hope he's enjoying with his friends! :D

Si Papi, el Kapitan! :)

Despite him being miles away, I still prepared a simple dinner for my mama and bunso. I made carbonarra pasta (wala kasing pancit), garlic bread, and buttered corn for side dish. Then I ordered in some KFC chicken and fries just to add to our mini-feast.


Shortly after dinner, I received a text message from my father:

"Ai tenk u po,rcvd ko chika tx mo. Ano fod luto mo? tx ko din mama.ngaUn lng mynet.Cgi kain kyo jan hapi khi wla me.Mwaaah,ingat k. lgi ksi gbi k gimik lasing."



Experience True HD Calls with Skype

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of faceVsion Technology USA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I finally got the chance to maximize Skype during my recent Bangkok trip. As costs of international calls and messaging are still high, free services such as Skype proved to be very helpful in connecting with my loved ones and friends.

Taylor Swift Live in Manila


Mark your calendars: February 19, 2011 will be the final final (yep haha) schedule of Taylor Swift's Manila Concert. Got this info from Taylor's Pinoy fans at www.taylorswift.ph. :)


UPDATE: The Taylor Swift Manila Concert will be on October 22, 2010! Just saw the posters at 7-Eleven outlets! :)


So Taylor Swift will hold a Manila Concert on October 2010. Just read Chris Cahilig's status update that he'll be handling the PR and marketing of the said event.

No official announcement yet for the venue, schedule, and ticket prices. Will post it once they are up!

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DMDP Final Project = Friday the 13th

From http://www.facebook.com/immap.digitaldiploma:

Some of our AM Expert Panel Members for the Marketing 360 Final Presentations: Resty Magno(Admax Network), Norman Agatep (EuroRSCG 4D Manila), Amor Maclang(Geiser Maclang), Lawrence Villegas(Arc Worldwide), Nix Nolledo(IMMAP,Xurpas), Eduardo Mapa(Media Contacts) PM Panel:TJ Parpan(Dentsu Indio),Dobbin Tan(Rising Tide Mobile), Michael Palacios(Havoc Digital), Titoy Colayco (Marketing Diploma Program)

Final presentation of Ateneo's Digital Marketing Diploma Program (Certified Digital Marketer Program) will be on Friday, August 13. OMG WISH ME LUCK!!!

Join the 2nd batch of CDMP. Visit www.iamadigitalmarketer.com


SM Fairview Cyberzone Mob Dance

I noticed that flash mob dances have become quite a popular gimik lately. I'm sure everyone remembers that certain Glee episode where our very own Jollibee had a cameo.

Hmmm...maybe the Cebu Jail Dancers somehow started the trend?

Because of its entertaining and buzz appeal, marketers utilized the potential of mob dances in effectively promoting a brand/product. A recent example would be the SM Fairview Cyberzone Launch. They used mob dance to arouse the curiosity of mall-goers and introduce their newly opened gadget/technology strip. For maximum exposure, they held it at the high foot-traffic Atrium wing.

Several bloggers were invited to witness the Cyberzone launch. Our huge thanks and congratulations to SM Fairview and sponsors Gameline, Storyland, Bacolod Chicken Inasal for the successful launch!

Manila bloggers cover the launch

Power on @ Cyberzone

A stage was setup at the foodcourt / supermarket area

Yummy snack from Bacolod Chicken Inasal

SM Cyberzone is definitely a one-stop place for all your gadget needs. It has a broad variety of concept, branded, and I.T. stores, making it a perfect venue for technology-lifestyle enthusiasts who want to keep up in the latest trends. High quality and legitimate products are to be expected from each tenants, assuring customers of their money's worth. I could attest to this because I bought my phone, desktop pc, and PSP at Cyberzone North Edsa.

Now the 15th branch, SM Fairview Cyberzone has over 30 in-line tenants and kiosk stores such as Geco Skin, I Shield, Mp3 Express, Battery Channel, Pivod, Info Maxx, among others. Free high-speed WIFI is also available in all areas so you could research for a particular brand before purchase. Great, huh?

SM Fairview Cyberzone is located at the 3rd floor of SM City Fairview, Quezon City. You may visit other branches at SM City North Edsa, SM Southmall, SM City Manila, SM City Marikina, SM Megamall, SM City Clark, SM City Cagayan de Oro, SM City Davao, SM City Cebu, SM City Naga, SM Department Store Cubao, SM City Baguio, SM City Tarlac, and SM City Bacolod.


Php100 Finds at Robinsons Galleria All Out Clearance Sale

What can you buy with Php100?

For me, it would either be:

A. 4 bottles of beer (330ml), deposit not included
B. 3 for 100 ukay-ukay items
C. 2 Pirated DVDs =p
D. 1 Cheeseburger Meal, extra large fries/drinks + extra ketchup

Limited choices + meh = my emoticons are hurt because I am poor.

So when I recently visited the Robinsons Galleria All-Out Clearance Sale 2010, I challenged myself to look for cool items priced at Php100 and below.

My first stop was Best Sellers bookstore, located at the 4th level of Galleria. Various hardbound titles on Advertising, Sales, Finance, Medicine, Parenting, etc. are being sold at up to 70% off the tag. Definitely a real bargain for readers and collectors alike.

My Php100 below finds (click on photos to zoom):

Php50 Children's Literature

Php100 Adult Literature *wink wink*

A short walk led me to the huge Toys R Us, also located on the 4th level. I felt Christmas the minute I stepped in the store. TOYS TOYS TOYS!

From Php249.75 to Php100

Saw some cute and cheap items that are perfect for Christmas exchange gifts! Everything priced at Php100 and below :)

SEAT SALE ALERT: Cebu Pacific Lucky Eights for 2011 Flights

Ready your credit card and wish for a fast internet connection because Cebu Pacific will hold a system-wide seat sale tonight!

Domestic flights for Php88 one-way Go Lite
International flights for Php888 one-way Go Lite

Travel Period: June 1 to August 31, 2011
Sale Period: August 6 midnight to August 8, 2010 (or until seats run out)

Book and buy at www.cebupacificair.com. Good luck! :)


My Personal Alak Journal

Because I like to drink, yo.


Newport Cinemas at Resorts World Manila Now Open

Newport Cinemas, Megaworld Corporation's latest feat, unveiled last week with a special screening of Angelina Jolie's "Salt." Housed in the luxurious Newport Mall Resorts World Manila, the new facility will allow viewers to experience luxury and entertainment at the same time.

The latest technology and unique first class service are to be expected from the four theatres:

Newport Cinemas 2 & 4 - conventional 35mm projection theatre
Newport Cinema 3 - 3D Cinema boasting of a Christie Solaria CP2230 Digital Cinema Projector
Newport Ultra Cinema 1 - 80 fully reclining seats with butler services for bottomless drinks and popcorns

Cinema 2 tickets are priced at Php200. Cinema 3D is a Php300 damage. Cinema 4 and Ultra Cinema 1 are yet to be opened.

We watched "Salt" at Cinema 2 and the place reminded me of Eastwood's 3D Cinema. The chairs have ample leg room and are really comfortable. Also, the armrest could be raised so snuggle time is doable. <3 By the way, the cinema's seating arrangement is different. Row A is at the back row, near the entrance/exit. We were seated at Row M, just 2 rows away from the screen. We felt like Angeline Jolie will pop right out of the screen...but not in a good way. Just a tip: make sure to double check your seat reservations if you don't want headaches halfway through the movie.

Anyway, below are some photos from the event. Huge thanks to Megaworld Corporation and Azrael for the invite!

"Salt" Special Screening Tickets

Photo Wall

Red Wine w/ Cha

Newport Cinemas is located at 4/F Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City (across NAIA Terminal 3)

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