Philippine Airlines just welcomed a new plane to its fleet! PAL recently acquired its 7th Boeing 777-300ER allowing them to offer more flights to North America. They’re going to fetch an 8th B777 this December! How exciting! There will be much more fun in the sky!
With more flight offerings and variety of schedules, passengers (including me) would absolutely get delighted with these choices.
By December 2016, PAL will start to operate double daily flights between Manila and Los Angeles from 10 weekly flights. Flights between Manila and Vancouver will also increase from 7 to 10 weekly and flights between Manila and Toronto will increase from 3 to 4 weekly.
I think I just wrote the magic word – “WIFI”
wifi wifi wifi wifi!
Imagine long hours up in the air with no entertainment! Now, you can wifi till sawa (I hope it’s unli). I haven’t tried a PAL long haul flight yet so I don’t know if the wifi is sagana (abundant).
The 2 B777s will be Wifi-enabled and are equipped with in-seat inflight entertainment. Check out my VLOG to take a peek and what’s in store for you!
Specs and other info
I’m not going to dive into super technical terms, but here are things we passengers usually care about, and some nice facts you’d like to know.
42 Business class seats
323 Economy seats
designed by LIFT Strategic Design, a Tokyo-based studio headed by Daniel Baronl
carpet design inspired by “banig” (basket weave) and handwoven floor coverings
walls show a coastline pattern of the sea around an island
Economy class seat fabric features a flip-flop color-change effect, depending on viewing angle.
PAL Group will have a total of eighty planes by the end of the year
I have a new unboxing video on YouTube! I feel the need to write more about the details so here’s the blog post!
I am not a sneaker fan nor do I care much about brands. What I care about is something that’s simple, functional and would look good on me. I saw a friend who posted a photo of the Adidas Stella McCartney Pure Boost X and it was love at first sight.
Adidas Stella McCartney Pure Boost X – FlairCandy
I opened up to my boy about this and he helped me fine one online. He knows where to find great bargains off eBay and other sites but most are either sold out, or costs $350.
Sold out in official Adidas online stores
Bloated prices from eBay resellers :/
Luckily, we found a pair that’s my size, right here in the Philippines! I think 3 branches in Manila sell these Stella McCartney Pure Boost X adidas shoes – Powerplant, Greenbelt 3 and UP Town Center. I got mine with the right size at UP Town Center! LUCKY!!!
The marshmallow bottom soles are composed of thousands of BOOST beads that respond instantly to give you energy.
FLOATING ARCH There are lots of boost models now but what I like about this specific style is its floating arch. It fits and hugs your feed and supports your every step. No matter what form, shape or size your feet are.
The outsole flexes and adapts to every stride you make. It’s really designed for running and I am quite particular about running shoes because I get injured when I wear the wrong ones. So far, so good with this pair!
It is rated 4.7 stars out of 5 in the official adidas website and 92% of users recommend it. I highly recommend this as well! There are other color variants but the nude style is the one I fancy. Nude shoes make me look taller. It always looks like my legs are extended to the ground and not broken by any line. When you are not gifted in height, trust me it helps!
These Pure Boost X adidas by Stella McCartney gives me a great fit and reviews have been saying it fits all foot types! I bought 1 size larger though because I always use socks and 1 size larger feels more comfortable for me. I also love the free-floating arch support under the midfoot that gives my feet support and a smooth feel.
The primeknit material also designed to naturally expand with your foot while you run. It hugs well but is also comfortable and light.
I’m not sure if we even need the strap… It looks cooler with the strap though. I also like the unique strap lacing system, synthetic sidewall panels for stability, sock construction and reflective heel cap! I didn’t notice the reflective heel cap until I was actually wearing them. It also has welded overlays for support and adaptive dynamic fit for optimal flexibility. I love how lightweight the shoes are, contributed to the STRETCHWEB rubber outsole that is light and elastic. This easily adapts to the ground for stability and works well with the unique properties of boost from touchdown to push-off.
Sometimes, the less words you use, the more effective the message. The more you explain, the more you derail your point.
When I can’t sleep, it’s because my brain is on overdrive. It’s exhausting trust me. I’d rather sleep and rest and wake up anew. Did you know that sleeping filters your brain and puts non-useful information to the recycle bin?* This filtering / cleansing process is good. It’s the reason why you don’t remember everything, only those important to you.
I also love how feelings or emotiona get cleansed while you sleep and you wake up fresh.
Now, regarding the title. I am not sure why but there’s a lot of fear in my mind tonight. Uncertainty, perhaps, is getting into my head. Nothing is for certain but change. All I can do is always try to be my best self, no matter what situation. I try to chase happiness, or happiness chase me.
My cure for fear tonight is sleep. I shall not empower it nor let it grow.
It gets harder to maintain my ideal body as I grow older, but I refuse to succumb into this circumstance. There are ways to keep a youthful body and I’m sure you have already read a few tips and tricks here and there. What worked for me is to stay away from junk, eat natural foods and avoid sugar and carbs. There are exceptions though, I’d eat fruits if it is high in fiber and low in GI (Glycemic Index). It just means I eat good carbs moderately, they are digested slowly and thus you don’t get a spike in your blood sugar which is harmful to your body.
Hunt for super foods!
I am always on the hunt for super foods! My conditions are:
1. It has to be healthy
2. Not processed
3. It has lots of nutrients
4. It has to taste good, otherwise, what’s the point 😛
Hello Australian Oranges!
Sharing with you now my latest discovery – Australian Oranges. Citrus fruits like oranges help your body boost its immune system against common illnesses. with its healthy properties, oranges protect you from illnesses. Australia is know for producing great tasting oranges, it set the bar up for my standards!
Health Benefits of Oranges
1. Works hard to support the immune system. Oranges have antioxidants that support our immune system and fight free radicals 2. Keep your ageing process in check. Super antioxidents such as polyphenols and carotenoids assist in helping slow down the ageing process and keeping degenerative diseases at bay. 3. Oranges for a happy heart. Oranges contain the perfect recipe of heart protective nutrients such as folate, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants 4 Eat healthily and maintain a healthy weight. Oranges are an ideal fruit as part of a balanced diet. With low GI and high fiber, they’ll ward off hunger pangs and keep you satisfied for longer.
Samsung Electronics Philippines (SEPCO) officially launched the latest flagship smartphone in the Philippines – the Samsung Galaxy Note7. I have witnessed the birth of this new phone that changed the mobile industry. Now, it is pegged as the smartphone that thinks big and I am lucky to be able to meet the Note7 first hand.
The event was hosted by Bianca Gonzales-Intal, a brand ambassador of Samsung Galaxyy Note7. She was also joined by Solenn Heussaff, Erwan Heussaff and Georgina Wilson.
SEPCO’s IT and Mobile Business Head, Rhinn Piczon, emphasized that the Note series has come a long way. Although critics first doubted the Galaxy Note for its large screen and S Pen, the Samsung Galaxy Note7 is proof that perseverance pays off as the tech giant continues to pave the way for innovation, especially in the phablet category.
“Bigger is indeed better when it comes to those who want to get the most out of a single mobile device on their hands, and that’s what we’ve taken into consideration when the Samsung Galaxy Note7 was created,” said Piczon.
“The Samsung Galaxy Note7 is truly the smartphone that thinks big. The phablet combines best of both work and play rolled into one gadget, which continues to provide the necessary tools that every change-maker needs,” added Chad Sotelo, Marketing Director of Samsung Philippines.
He continued, “With its enhanced functions, the most intelligent smartphone to date makes not just work, but life as whole, much easier and much more convenient. It enables consumers to create a noteworthy idea out of small inspirations and big thinking – and that’s what the Note7 is all about.”
TESTAMENT TO GREATNESS
Touted to be the most intelligent smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7 boasts of four compelling features not otherwise seen in any other device: the most intelligent S-Pen, the most intelligent entertainment, the most intelligent protection, and the most intelligent security.
Effortlessly combining intelligence and style, just like themselves, it’s no wonder that Samsung ambassadors Solenn Heussaff and Georgina Wilson have remained loyal to the brand. Both Solenn and Georgina agreed that life has been much easier since they made the switch to Samsung a few years back – attributing it to the innovative features that the Galaxy line provides with its products.
“Samsung’s Galaxy line has always been about going beyond limits, which is why I love their products. There’s a reason why Samsung has been a leader in mobile technology and we can clearly see that in the Galaxy Note7, with its enhanced S Pen, its iris scanner, its dust and water resistance and even its HDR video capabilities,” explained Solenn.
Georgina chimed in. “Samsung has always designed smartphones that allow me to do much, much more than I can, whether I’m working or relaxing during my “me” time. It lets me achieve a lot more, while also being able to express myself.”
A NOTEWORTHY AFFAIR
Bathed in Samsung colors, the grand ballroom was designed to make a statement, using state-of-the-art technology to take the event to the next level. These pieces of technology were then used in a grand reveal of the Galaxy Note7, highlighting its most impressive features – the enhanced S Pen, the iris scanner for best security, & the IP68 water and dust resistance.
Truly a noteworthy affair, esteemed guests from different industries have come to witness how an exemplary piece of innovation the Galaxy Note7 is. The ballroom was packed with notable guests such as Samsung’s Philippine President Kevin Lee and Samsung ambassadors Solenn Huessaff, Georgina Wilson, Bianca Gonzales, and Erwan Heussaff.
The overall grand display all lends to the fact that Samsung is an innovation pioneer. With the Galaxy Note7 as the smartphone that thinks big, there is no doubt that this will once again set the bar even higher than any smartphone has ever done.
Contact lenses have become the norm in the Philippines. From simply wanting to get rid of wearing glasses, or to just changing your look subtly, contact lenses have been the answer to most of our eye and aesthetic issues.
One of the trusted and more popular brands in eyecars, Alcon, has welcomed new brand ambassadors Kathryn Bernando and Julia Montes for AIR OPTIX Colors and Freshlook.
To summarize, here are the exciting features of FreshLook® and AIR OPTIX® Colors *
• Benefit from comfort, breathability* and beauty in one contact lens
• Breathable* color contact lenses with nine natural-looking shades, from subtle to vibrant
• Available for people with or without the need for vision correction
Kathryn and Julia have been announced as the brands’ new ambassadors last July 10 at Robinsons Manila Activity Center.
AIR OPTIX® Colors and FreshLook®, both designed to create beautiful, natural-looking eyes, while providing healthy vision and consistent comfort throughout one’s wearing period have their own special wearing modalities. AIR OPTIX® Colors is made up of proprietary silicone hydrogel material which allows plenty of oxygen to pass through the contact lenses; therefore they are perfect for LONG-HOUR WEAR. FreshLook® on the otherhand, used the classic hydrogel material and is best for EVERYDAY WEAR.
“Knowing how long you want to use your contact lens in a day matters. Just like our bodies need to breathe, oxygen is also essential for the health of the cornea, the clear, domed-shaped front part of the eye. Insufficient oxygen may cause corneal swelling and lead to irritated and red eyes which may bring about uncomfortable lens wear,” said Dr. Jeanette Romualdez-Oo, Professional Affairs Consultant, Alcon Vision Care.
“AIR OPTIX® COLORS and FreshLook® Color Contact Lenses are designed to enhance dark or light eyes and bring out one’s natural beauty. These lenses can be prescribed with or without vision correction. They are made with a unique, smooth surface and feature a technology that combines 3 colors -in -1 to blend naturally with the color of your eye. Filipino women can now choose to have AIR OPTIX® Colors for Long Hour Wear or FreshLook® for Everyday Wear depending on their lifestyle.
Both AIR OPTIX® COLORS and FreshLook® Color Contact Lenses are FDA approved, monthly replacement lenses and are available in at least nine beautiful colours, ranging from subtle to vibrant.
AIR OPTIX® COLORS Contact Lenses has an extensive color selection; from subtle enhancements (pure hazel, blue, green, grey and brown), or for bold and striking eyes (brilliant blue, gemstone green, honey and sterling grey).
FreshLook® color selection includes amethyst, green, pure hazel, brown, gray and blue for a subtle look, and honey, sterling gray, gemstone green, brilliant blue for those who want to have striking eyes. FreshLook® also comes in daily disposable contact lenses (pure hazel, blue, green and gray) and FreshLook® Illuminate (rich brown and jet black) for those who just want to have brighter, bigger eyes.
Here’s me wearing Air Optix pure hazel <3
*Cropped the photo just so you can take a look closely.
I love that it feels so comfortable to wear! I keep telling people that the reason why I get colored contacts is that I always lose the clear ones. Having color, but ones that really match my natural eyes, reallly helps in looking for that lens when I accidentally drop it on the floor. I also love how it pops out my eyes, without me looking like a cat. I like how it makes me *smize* (smile with eyes) better just like Miss Universe, Pia. Notice that in this photo, I wore no makeup, but people will be like “Hey, you’re blooming.” Best part is, these contact lenses breathe! This means I can wear it longer, like up to 24 hours and that’s what I need because I usually have a packed 6am -10pm day!
Now you can feel free to have fun, be beautiful and have healthy eyes with Air Optix® Colors and FreshLook® Color Contact Lenses. Remember, responsible contact lens wear equals happy, brighter, and healthier eyes.
“Contact lenses are medical devices and should be fitted by a licensed eye care professional, even for people who do not need vision correction. Your eye care professional can determine the contact lens and correction that are best for you,” Dr. Romualdez-Oo said.
Visit your local eye care professional for a fitting of AIR OPTIX® COLORS Long Hour Wear or FreshLook® Everyday Wear or check out the online try-on tool, available at www.myalcon.ph. Like us in our facebook and Instagram accounts AiroptixPH and FreshLookPH. #ColorYourMood, #KathrynxAirOptixColors, #JuliaxFreshlook, #AirOptixLongHourWear, #FreshLookEveryDayWear
It’s Singapore Airlines’ 50 years in the Philippines and they have a lot of perks for Singapore Airlines flyers!
– Great fares to over 50 destinations in Economy Class, Premium Economy Class and Business Class exclusive to MasterCard cardholders and KrisFlyer members
– A pair of round trip Business Class tickets to Dusseldorf, Germany and a pair of roundd trip Premium Economy Class tickets to Cape Town, Africa with Priceless Packages
Singapore Airlines and MasterCard, together with SilkAir – the Airline’s sister carrier, launched the largest nationwide Mid-Year Travel Fair from July 8-31, 2016 encouraging all travelers to begin new adventures. Throughout this period, MasterCard holders as well as KrisFlyer members have the exclusive privilege of availing the special promotional deals and a chance to win a trip to Germany or South Africa.
For travelers who are not KrisFlyer members yet, the Airline and MasterCard encourage all travelers to sign up as a member on krisflyer.com for free to enjoy the exclusive fares and get the chance to win the exciting prizes.
The Airline is offering all-inclulsive round trip promotional fares starting from USD180 for travel out of Manila, Cebu, Davao and Kalibo from 8 July to 31 March 2017.
Economy Class All-In Fares
All-in economy fares to Singapore are available from USD180, while tickets to Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong are available starting from USD230 and to Cambodia and Myanmar from USD250. Japan and South Korea fares start from USD450.
Fly off to either the great city Dubai or the great outback of Australia for as low as USD600 only.
For vacations off the beaten track, travels to India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka are available from USD640. Enjoy the cobblestoned-streets of Europe and take an unforgettable safari in South Africa starting from USD850.
The pictureque hills and meadows of New Zealand (Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington) is only USD950 away, and traveling to see the family all the way to the USA will just cost USD950 per ticket.
Premium Economy Class All-In Faress
Experience the all new Premium Economy Class when you travel to mystical Delhi, Mumbai and Dubai for only USD1,200 per ticket and to thrilling Sydney from USD1,350, diverse Cape Town and Johannesburg from USD1,700, historic Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Manchester, Munich, Paris, and Zurich from USD1,900, and modern Auckland (New Zealand), and fantastic Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York from USD1,900 only.
Business Class All-In Fares
Asia is the pear for travelers around the world, and Singapore Airlines makes this part of the globe more accessible for luxury travelers and businessmen. Enjoy all-in business class treatment on board when you fly to the business centers of Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanman, Thailand, and Vietnam for as low as USD890, and to Dubai and the Maldives from USD1,800.
For vacationers who seek the Zzen in the south, smell the spices of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka start from USD2,000. You can rest easy on board as you make your way to Australia – available at USD2,000, and New Zealand for USD2,800. Finally, travel in style all the way to Europe for as low as USD3,000, or to South Africa starting from USD3,300 and the Americas from USD3,500.
Booking your tickets
Travelers can book via singaporair.com using their MasterCard credit card for Economy Class and one-to-go Business Clalss. Promom code will be announced in the Singapore Airlines Facebook page. For all promotional fares, travelers can visit the Singapore Airlines and SilkAir ticket offices, contact SIA Reservations at 756-8888, SilkAir Cebu at 6332-505-7871, SilkAir Davao at 6382-227-5301, SilkAir Kalibo at 6336-500-7226 or any participating travel agent. Customers may also visit the Singapore Airlines booth at the Travel Madness Expo on 8 – 10 Julyl 2016 at the SMX Convention Center. KrisFlyer members have the option of using MasterCard credit card or cash in Philippine Peso. More information can be found on singaporeair.com
Book and Stand a Chance to Win Priceless Packages
Big surprise from Singapore Airlines and MasterCard! MasterCard cardholder and KrisFlyer members who purchase promotional tickets will automatically earn a chance to enter into a lucky draw. Lucky winners will enjoy these exciting prizes: a pair of Business Class tickets to Dusseldorf, Germany with MasterCard’s Priceless Package, or a pair of Premium Economy Class tickets to Cape Town, South Africa with MasterCard’s Priceless Package.
Every purchase of Economy Class ticket is equivalent to one (1) raffle entry, while for every purchase of Premium Economy Class ticket is equivalent to five (5) raffle entries. Ten (10) raffle entries can be earned for every purchase of Business Class ticket.
The Ultimate A350 Experience
Sometimes it’s not just abou the destination that matters but also how you get to the destination. With Singapore Airlines’ new Airbus A350-900, any flight will be like being on Cloud 9. The new generation aircraft boasts a much more comfortable inflight experience with greater spaciousness. Singapore Airlines has fitted its first A350-900 with a three-class configuration that includes 42 seats in Business, 24 in Premium Economy and 187 Economy. One of the unique perks of the aircraft is the “Companion App” feature, the first of its kind int he world. Available across all cabins, the mobile app gives passengers a chance to customize their entertainment experience. Once they find their seat, they can connect their mobile phone onto the IFE system and it will automatically play their picks during the filght.
Come 23 October 2016, the Airline’s A350 will also commence non-stop flights between Singapore and San Francisco on a daily basis. Alongside this launch, the Airline will also be adding a second daily flight to Los Angeles.
New Destinations, New Adventures
The Airline continuously expands its network with the recent announcements of new services to Dusseldorf, Canberra, Wellington, and two more cities in Laos, Vientiane and Luang Prabang via the Airline’s regional wing, SilkAir. Visit the Deaconess’s Institute of Kaiserwerth where Florence Nightingale worked, relax along the romantic Rhine river and drink and be merry in Altstadt, locally nicknamed as the “longest bar in the workd” when you fly to Dusseldorf as it commences first flight on 21 July 2016.
With the new service to Australia and New Zealand, the Airline will bring international flights to Canberra, and link Canberra with Wellington for the very first time.
Rewarding those who love to travel
KrisFlyer is he frequent flyer programme of Singapore Airlines and is designed to reward everyone who loves to travel. Best of all, you not only earn KrisFlyer miles every time you fly. You can get them whenever you use your credit card. Book a hotel. Hire a car. Even when making a phone call.
Earn when you fly as Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and dmore than 30 world-class partners including Star Alliance airlines participate in this program.
Earn on the ground with over 170 global non-airline partners.
Earn when you shop! Shop at KrisFlyer Spree and earn KrisFlyer miles with more than 2,000 leading brands from around the world. Plus, KrisShop lets you earn 1.5 KrisFlyer miles for every S$1 you spend in the air and online. And with your KrisFlyer of PPS Club memebership card, you can take advantage of Boarding Pass Privileges all year round – even when you’re not flying.
You can sign up for free and start earning miles straight away, just visit krisflyer.com.
Whether you are an athlete, a gym buff or an office person (or all of the above), our body still requires some attention. Our body is the one physical asset we have to go on with our day and improve our quality of life. With that said, it is really important for us to listen to what our body is telling us, take care of it, and push our own limits to achieve greatness,
Maximize your body’s performance, reach and maintain top condition, and feel better than ever. For good.
Most people think that I am always healthy and my body is strong. This is my goal, and while I’d like that to be always true, there are still a few things I would like to improve on my body. Despite the fact that I always work out and eat healthy, doesn’t mean that I can just ignore some signs that my body is telling me.
Sometimes, I am not sure if I am over-training and making my muscles suffer too much fatigue. Or I don’t know if it’s just my posture. But one of the main problems I face is my upper back. It always feels uncomfortable. It does not hurt. But sometimes, I just feel like I need a massage every day! That does not sound good.
Lucky for me, I heard about Polarity Physiotherapy. When I heard that this place exists, I went immediately to have my upper back checked. Enough of the questions, it’s time I have an expert in myofascia take a look at my chronic pain.
Polarity lounge area
Polarity is an advanced manual physiotherapy and myosfacial release center located in #47 Examiner St. Quezon City. It is a premiere Physical Rehabilitation, Functional training and Wellness facility that caters to all clients who need relief from pain, recovery from injury, improvement of physical condition or beginning a new and healthy lifestyle.
Gym and Physical Training area. You can book a Personal Trainer for customized work out sessions, or ask your personal trainer to go here too.
If you are:
• Tired of being in pain from a physical condition or injury
• Tired of long lines at the hospital or waiting in other physical rehabilitation facilities
• Looking for a place to start
• conditioning your body without feeling intimidated in gyms and other exercise facilities
• Looking for specialized training programs that are based on your health goals and physical fitness level
• If you want to experience the new and emerging techniques of manual therapy and new approaches that work to get you better, faster.
Physical Therapy room
The Polarity Physiotherapy team consists of well- trained, skilled and PRC- licensed Physical Therapists from outstanding Physical Therapy Programs in the country. They have specialized training in the facets of physical rehabilitation through exercise, manual therapy, muscle and fascia manipulation, muscle release techniques, functional exercise and training, and specific conditioning.
Studio area for yoga and Pilates. This can be rented at an hourly rate.
They offer the following services:
1. Myofascial Release (MFR) – an effective hands-on therapy which can directly change and improve health of the fascia. The purpose of MFR is to break down scar tissue, relax the muscle and ‘myofascia’ and restore good posture.
– MFR techniques focus on relaxing the deep tissue of the body providing lasting and effective relief to the patient.
– It uses slow and sometimes deep pressure to restore the proper health of the fascia.
2. Physiotherapy – a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and well being, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle. At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participationin their treatment.
Personal toilet for the VIP room
Those weights are really heavy! I tried to pick up some of them and failed. This is for people who want to train hardcore!
A wall full of the owner’s photographs – they’re for sale!
If you have been having chronic pain that won’t just go away, I highly recommend this place. After my first Myofascial release with one of the therapists, I felt my spine and posture improve, the pain gone for about a month and relief from feeling uncomfortable with my upper back all the time.
Even if their location is far from where I live, I would make time to go back here again.