Manila: #UberChopper

Manila, it’s time to step up your ride with Uber. We’ve teamed up with Airtrav to bring the UberCHOPPER experience to you this Saturday, November 21.

If you’re lucky enough to score a FREE UberCHOPPER, you and your friends will be whisked away for a once in a lifetime aerial tour of the city.

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Airtrav Incorporated is a local company that owns and operates air charter services in the Philippines. True to its commitment of safety, comfort and convenience, Airtrav’s pilots undergo training in Torrance, California USA, making its flight crew one of the best in the country. (Airtrav contact details: 0917-810-1827 or 02-801-3114)

HOW DOES #UBERCHOPPER WORK?

  1. Fire-up the Uber app from 8am to 10am on Saturday, November 21, 2015 and slide to the ‘UberCHOPPER’ option
  2. Set your pick-up location and press the request button
  3. An UberBLACK will take you and your friends to the helipad.

Demand for UberCHOPPER will be sky-high (no pun intended) and supply will be limited. If at first you don’t see any Ubers available, keep trying!

MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • When you request, make sure you and your friends are at the same pick-up location and ready to go. Your car will only pick up at one location and will wait a maximum of 5 minutes.
  • Strictly limited to 3 passengers per flight (you plus 2 of your friends)
  • UberCHOPPER will fly a fixed 10-minute route– you will not be able to request your own destination
  • Refreshments will be provided and you’ll get a free UberBLACK ride to take you back home once you’re done
  • All fliers must be at least 18 years or older and should be a Filipino citizen
  • You must bring a Philippine government-issued ID indicating your date of birth (Please have your Philippine ID with you or you will not be allowed to board the flight)
  • Uber is not a direct air carrier
  • All air services advertised will be provided free of charge by Airtrav. Uber has no responsibility or liability for any transportation services provided to you by third party providers.
  • If the weather doesn’t permit, UberCHOPPER will be rescheduled to a later date

UBER MANILA TEAM

Credit: Uber.com

Use this Uber promotion code “checadiz” to get a FREE Ride worth P200. Or register here for first time users http://www.uber.com/invite/checadiz

Credit: rappler.com

Enjoy the ride and have a safe Uber trip! 🚁🚗🚥

I tried to seek transpo service at exactly 8 in the morning and it did show the Uber Chopper option! I tried a few times.. but (maybe) they only offer it within the metro.

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Exquisite Staycation at Marco Polo Hotel Manila

It was my birthday and Father’s Day at the same time; 3rd Sunday of June in year 2015. I wanted to spend my special day on a staycation with my family at Marco Polo Manila Ortigas. I told my husband about it and quickly booked a room for us. Excitement was all we had especially our kids who looked forward to the Infinity pool. Then the long wait was over! Here are some of the 300 pictures we captured during our stay.

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The Room

The kids were so excited when they learned that we’re going to have a staycation at the Marco Polo Manila Ortigas. We browsed the website and checked the rooms and amenities/facilities. They got even more excited by the Infinity pool. Swimming time has always been a Go! for them in any month of the year. Going to the room needed us to take 2 elevators. The first one stops at the 24th,  where the reception lobby is located. There are attendants there who will guide you to the next elevator and will ask you the level of your destination. Then we transferred to the other elevator just across the previous one. I felt some kind of security because not any people can just take the elevator and directly try to the rooms. In the room, my husband and I were glad to see an espresso machine with 3  complimentary cups.

The Piccolo Kids Club Room

The kids enjoyed playing at the Piccolo Kids Club Room. It is open only on weekends. Our Baby Fifth even practiced his new skills in crawling on the colorful mats. There were toys from Little Tikes. On the corner, there was a table for complimentary cheesecakes and brownies and juice. Too bad the mommy who just left finished all the cheesecake and brownies served on that table. That was the ONLY not good experience I had there. I asked one of the attendants if the pastries will be replenished, not possible. But the lady (short-haired, fair and beautiful) exerted an effort to ask their pastry chef of anything available. Good thing they still had 4 slices of brownies left. It was served and she asked if I like a glass of water. The brownies were good, just enough sweetness. I had a hard time getting over the cheesecakes  I missed. Haha…

The Infinity Pool and Locker Area

Who’s excited again? The kids! They were ready with their swim attire, goggles and arm floater (not sure what it’s called). My husband and I took turns in looking after our Baby Fifth while I enjoy a lemon water and orange water on the couch just beside the pool. There is a Jacuzzi at the farther corner of the area. Infinity pool = continuous flow of water from a full swimming pool (so that it is). Here are some pics. That was me walking away.

The Gym

While the kids were enjoying in the pool, I had  a peek of the gym. My other half was there. I just took some pictures while baby sitting on baby Fifth. If you forget your rubber shoes, they have a pair to lend you (just have your own socks). The trainer was very accommodating. He offered The Flow Smoothie (a kind of green smoothies).


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The Cucina Restaurant

The much awaited day for breakfast buffet had finally arrived. We went down to the 24th level where it is located same with Connect and The Reception Lobby. We were escorted to our table and asked if we want some coffee, it was a yes. What can we expect on a buffet? Unlimited food and drinks! We had it and we were full. The attendants were very polite. I was lucky to see their Executive Chef Luis/Louis (please correct me) and had a picture taken with him. Satisfied!

Vu’s Lounge

We were given complimentary drinks at Vu’s Lounge. It opens at 5pm. We were very excited to see the top floor; 45th. It says Vu’s Sky Lounge. The drink served on a Monday afternoon was sweet with a touch of alcohol. They have Mondays and Wednesdays specials; something like Ladies night where you drink-all-you-can for P995 only (please correct me if I’m wrong)!

The Cafe Pronto

While waiting for our check out time, I asked my husband to go with me at the Cafe Pronto to try something to eat there. He tried the Reuben Sandwich while I tried the Green Tea Mousse. We had some pictures as well.

Over all, the staycation was worth the price and very memorable. We will definitely go back to celebrate life, love and blessings.

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MARCO POLO ORTIGAS, MANILA

Meralco Avenue and Sapphire Street
Ortigas Centre, Pasig City, 1600
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Window Fishing at Manila Ocean Park

 

Manila Ocean Park is located at the heart of Manila, Philippines. As its official website says, ” An integrated resort facility with marine life attractions, themed hotel with entertainment and lifestyle  facilities, the park can now be considered as an all-season, all-weather holiday destination for locals and tourists. Definitely a venue for all ages to enjoy.”

I was 6 months pregnant then with Baby Fourth. We went there November 20, 2010, Saturday.  It was a weekend so we expected the place will be filled with lots of tourists. As envisioned, there were lots of students from different schools who held their field trip at Manila Ocean Park. It didn’t stop us from coming in. There are variety of scenic spots and activities available for adults and kids. We looked for packages and promos. It was not yet fully developed by that time. We went ahead and paid the package we preferred.

And that’s when the adventure of our daughter started. My husband and I enjoyed too, just like we were kids. We always have a child in us even when we grow older. While we were waiting for the Sea Lion Show we wandered to the Marine Life Habitat. We watched the South American Sea Lions as they swim, walk and interact with each other not to mention showing their little tricks to the children. We met Icis, Ira, Sandra, Isabel, Yeni, and the only male sea lion, Vincent! Do you know that Sea Lions are very interesting animals that can end up being extremely large.

The Sea Lion Show started! Everyone got amazed including us. The audience applauded a lot of times. We’ve seen happy faces with big smiles. Children and their companions were so glad of the Sea Lion Show. The Sea Lions have 2 trainers on stage that lead them on what to do. They stomped their feet, went in circles, danced, dived to the pool, rolled over, lifted their flippers, and slid through the floor. It was really fun watching them!

After the show we went to Jellies Dancing Sea Fairies. It’s like they are inside several tubes that has different colors lighting effects. Jellies are free-swimming marine animals consisting of a gelatinous umbrella-shaped bell and trailing tentacles. The bell can pulsate for locomotion, while stinging tentacles can be used to capture prey. They looked so gracious and elegant as they moved from one point to another on water. It was quiet relaxing to the eyes with the sounds being played inside the exhibit.

There’s also an area with books for kids. Tables and chairs provided in case you want to spend a little time reading. As we had a long time walking, we got tired and wanted some rest. I found a Fish-shaped table on that area with books on top of it. Cheska chose one book (forgot the title) and read it with her. Outside the exhibit area is a big Memorabilia shop known as Sunset Quay Mall area where you can purchase marine creature stuffed toys, shirts and other souvenir items. There are also dining spots where you can enjoy the relaxing bayside view and the Manila Bay sunset! Hotel H2o can also be found here with hotel accommodations, dining and spa. As it’s official site stated: Hotel H2O takes its inspiration from the waters of the Philippines. It’s location, perched atop Manila Bay; its marine-themed rooms and suites that allow you to “sleep with fishes”; and its easy access to Manila Ocean Park all combine to make Hotel H2O a hotel like no other.

Manila Ocean Park as the first marine-themed park in the Philippines has a collection of underwater creatures from around 300 species, all indigenous to the Philippines and the Southeast Asia. The underwater viewing tunnel is 25 meters long and curved at 220 degrees. Witness as they interact and show us the beauty from underwater we may have never seen before.

 

My Birthday Celebration 2012 (Gone Historical)

 

The special day of the year for me is every June 21st. It’s one special day that I feel the world is mine.

Now that I have a family, I want to devote my day to my kids. This year I felt so proud being a Filipino. I even had a Philippine flag nail art polish before the Independence Day.

We started the celebration by having lunch at Shakey’s Centris-Quezon Avenue. Then we went to our National Park – Luneta. We rode on Calesa (Mamang Kuchero brought us to Intramuros), we took pictures, play and ran like kids, walked around and a simple snack.

Rizal Park, also known as Luneta Park or colloquially Luneta, is a historical urban park located at the heart of the city of Manila, Philippines, adjacent to the old walled city of Manila, now Intramuros. Since the Spanish Colonial Era, the park has been a favorite spot for unwinding, socializing, an urban oasis for family picnics on Sundays and holidays. It is one of the major tourist attractions of Manila.

Located along Manila Bay, Luneta has been the site of some of the most significant moments in Philippine history. The execution of pacifist Dr. José Rizal on December 30, 1896, sparked the fire of the Philippine Revolution against the Spanish colonizers, elevating the martyr as the national hero of the country. The park was officially renamed Rizal Park in his honor and his monument serves as the symbolic focal point of the park. The Declaration of Philippine Independence from American rule was held here on July 4, 1946 as well as the political rallies of Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aquino in 1986 that led to the EDSA Revolution that deposed Marcos ending his dictatorial government. (excerpt from Wikipedia)

After few days, as we continued being Historical and Nationalistic, we went to Barasoain Church located at Malolos, Bulacan.

It is also known as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish. It is a Roman Catholic church built in 1630. The church recorded some of the important events occurred in the country. While it has been a temporary residence of General Aguinaldo, three major events in Philippine History happened in this church: the convening of the First Philippine Congress (September 15, 1898), the drafting of the Malolos Constitution (September 29, 1898 to January 21, 1899), and the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic (January 23, 1899). By Presidential Decree No. 260, the church was proclaimed as a National Shrine by President Ferdinand Marcos on August 1, 1973. Unusual for newly elected presidents in the Philippines, the church has been a venue in an inaugural affairs. General Emilio Aguinaldo and former president Joseph Estrada were the only two who have been inaugurated in the place. (excerpt from Wikipedia)

We took pictures inside and outside the church. Of course we prayed together as a family. These are our captured moments.

On our way home I saw afar off, I took a picture of Manila Hotel.

The Manila Hotel is a 570-room, five-star hotel in Manila, Philippines, located in the heart of the Manila Bay area. The Manila Hotel is the oldest premiere hotel in the Philippines, built in 1909 to rival Malacañan Palace, the official residence of the President of the Philippines, and opened in 1912. It was built on an area of 35,000 square metres (380,000 sq ft) along Roxas Boulevard. It was the residence of General Douglas MacArthur from 1935 to 1941.

Way back my college graduation we celebrated over dinner at Manila Hotel. One of the 3 restaurants is Cafe Ilang-Ilang. The new Café Ilang-Ilang is a renaissance of chic casual dining which brings together a vast array of cuisines from across all continents. Designed artfully to satisfy the distinguishing palate, the spacious restaurant features an extensive selection of buffet delights with a fresh spin on its various open kitchens and a delectable desserts space that highlights its tradition of unique and excellent dining. Its eight live cooking stations offer Asian, Mediterranean, European, and Western dishes. Café Ilang-Ilang also has a stunning open Pan-Asian kitchen, Churrasco station, decadent dessert station, and an Italian kitchen with a wood fired pizza oven for a truly unique gastronomic adventure. A la carte dishes are also available. (from Manila Hotel Official Site)