It was the ride of my life last year 2008. Sufring along San Fernando La Union was definitely the most awesome way to end a very challenging year. This video is shot and edited for artistically by my friend Pawie – a certified Citisurfer! This is just the preview of Pawie’s documentation of our trip last December.
I can’t wait for the continuation Pawie post it up already!
This month I have been doing nothing else than gadget shopping!. That’s why I’m having a Candy Shop corner where you an watch out for the nicest deals that I have encountered!
What: Dell Vostro A840 promo bundle The awesome deal: Get an LG KP105 is a bar phone worth 1,999.00 PHP for free! Promo Period: January 15 – February 15, 2009 nationwide Where to buy: Anywhere there’s Dell Vostro A840 for sale!
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THE LAPTOP JUST RIGHT FOR YOUR GROWING BUSINESS.. And more!
Dell is leading the way in designing solutions to meet your needs at every stage of growth. Their latest Vostro model delivers affordable solutions to address basic computing tasks on any budget.
You can stay productive and focused on your business in the office, on the road, or at home. The Vostro A840 laptop delivers the technology you need to execute everyday business tasks no matter where you are. It’s compact and easy to take anywhere. Integrated Wi-Fi, modem, and Bluetooth options keep you connected and in sync for on-the-go collaboration. It is easy to deploy and manage for out-of-the-box productivity. And it is pre-configured with core office productivity applications and no annoying trialware.
Dell helps you avoid hardware failures with high quality industry-standard components and proven Intel technology. Designed for everyday mobile office computing, the Vostro A840 laptop is ready to take on the rigors of your business day and keep you looking professional. Dell will also provide you with services and support you need to help you remain on your business – not on your technology.
Dell Vostro A840 is just right for your growing businesses. It’s affordable, reliable and worry-free.
Through its Philippine subsidiary DELL Philippines, it is set to be accessible and be able to provide services to all Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs). And at this start of the year, DELL Philippines brings in good news with Dell Vostro A840 Bundling Promo. For every purchase of Dell Vostro A840, customer is entitled to (1) unit LG KP105.
LG KP105 is a bar phone with a colored monitor, FM radio capable, dual band and has a mobile tracker. Its suggested retail price is 1,999.00 pesos, but LG KP105 can be yours free when you buy Dell Vostro A840.
See flyers and posters for details.
You might want to know how to avail..
Promo Mechanics / Claiming Directions:
This promo is open to all buyers of Dell Vostro A840 laptops from January 15 – February 15, 2009 nationwide.
For every purchase of Dell Vostro A840, customer is entitled to one (1) unit of LG KP105 mobile phone.
To claim your free LG KP105 mobile phone, fax or email the following documents to First Tier Branding Solutions Inc.
Sales Invoice and Official Receipt
Cut out of the laptop’s serial number sticker found in the box
Valid ID (SSS, PRC, Driver’s license, Passport, etc.) and Contact Information
First Tier Brands contact information are as follows:
Tel Nos: (02) 856.2375 / (02) 383.1651
Mobile Phone: (0922) 836.5191
Fax No: (02) 856.2375
Email Address: [email protected]
Address: Unit 1610 BSA Suites Carlos Palanca Street
Legaspi Village, Makati City
Note: A customer representative will contact the claimant/s on claiming instructions.
For Metro Manila customers, please claim your mobile phones at First Tier Brands office. For provincial claimants, First Tier Brands will send the item via courier service. Delivery charges will apply and will be shouldered by the claimant.
All claims must be received on or before April15, 2009. Redemption period is until May 15, 2009 only.
Unclaimed mobile phones will be forfeited in favor of Dell Asia Pacific – Philippine Representative Office SMB Group with prior approval from DTI.
In case of disputes, Dell Asia Pacific’s decision in concurrence with DTI shall be final and non-negotiable.
All employees of Dell Asia Pacific, participating dealers and other promo partners/third parties, including their relatives up to second degree of consanguinity or affinity, are automatically disqualified from joining the promo.
So I was an audience to this talk about good blogging and elegant writing… Then I realized then and there that I’m a not-so-good blogger after all.
C’mon! I mean I admit it to my deepest soul that I have grammatically incorrect sentence structures and misspellings… 😛 Even my boss acts as an ad-hoc “editor” for my blog sometimes. I don’t know if he has the luxury of time to view my site again and correct my grammar misfortunes because he has not grabbed my attention about my blog lately.
See when I was blogging alone before (no solid audience), I couldn’t care less about what I write! I just know that I want to write about something passionately, or rant about things just to unload some emotions into artistic form! But now that I have frequent visitors and a “real” audience for this, I started to feel quite conscious about what I write and with this I think that I am not free writing anymore.
Free writing in my own flaircandictionary simply means to write as I think. This usually does not involve second view/reading or editing. I write what comes into my mind as it pops up instantly and there you go… a very messy blog post… 😛 hehe — A very sloppy one that if this was a real job and I’m paid for it and I have a very OC boss-editor, I think I’d fail my Performance Management! So I think I better put a disclaimer at the bottom of my posts. What do you think? Nah… I – lazy to do one 😛 hehe (see what I mean by sloppy? :P)
Actually, I really don’t care for the love of stylus and pen if people would give negative feedbacks or critique about my site! But I would love to hear them (good or bad) and if you have one so drop some mail love because I heart e-mails! I want to do more for this blog and I am serious about it so let me know what you think I can do more to improve it… I would appreciate those thoughts like hugs and kisses! 😀 (I am so animated even as I write pure text :P)
To those who have contacted me all the time and dropped some love thank you so much for those tidbits of flair mails 😀 and for always coming back you are the ones who keep me going with this… You drive my passion and I give back to you all that I have received!
It is my year – the year of the Ox (or shall I say the year of the Oks? – Jeng! Jeng! Jeng! and I’m gonna rock this year with Flair!
Rockstar Travelers (me and Cisqo) explored some parts of Tagaytay we’ve never been to before. Since he’s going to Greece the following weekend, and I’ll be left behind (sob… sob…) he’s been treating me to Greek restaurants and leading me to Mediterranean experiences!
This was actually a surprise for me. I mean I knew we were going to Tagaytay but I didn’t know where. And he said it would really fancy me!
The place looked small outside when we tried to pull over its parking lot. Although, parking is not so good in this place because it only allows for 3 cars to park and it’s beside a main road. But when I entered inside the reception area I’d say “Majestic” at once!
There’s this ambiance of the “Mediterranean“… We were greeted by the smell of delicious food – curry which was served from one of the guest’s table by the restaurant! at an instance, I knew I was hungry!
The interior speaks of “Majesty” as I believe it is either imported from India or Persia or somewhere else or just patterned from them. But the ambiance really set the mood and transported us into India!
Complementary Juice upon arrival! (and look at that festive ceiling!)
As we waited for our room to be prepared, complementary drinks were served. You can pick from any of the juice selections on their menu. I chose Mango 😀
What’s there to look forward to?
1. The themed rooms.
Casablanca Deluxe - Moroccan Inspired
We stayed at Casablanca deluxe room, inspired by Moroccan interiors and a view of Taal Volcano by the window. Casablanca room is the only room (besides the Presidential room) with a view… for now at least because we saw that there are more rooms constructed to accommodate more visitors. Also, a bathroom with a heater is a must in Tagaytay and they have this of course!
Since the rooms were open and it was early, we checked out the other rooms as well! (click on thumbnails to view picture in full resolution)
2. The 24-hour restaurant.
It’s mainly Indian food but it’s also inspired by Persian, Thai and Mediterranean food. When I say 24 hours… I mean really 24 hours. We woke up at around 3am in the morning and found the craving for another round of spicy food 😛 So we called the reception and ordered some food and true enough, the reception was friendly in accommodating our orders and the cook was also there gladly greeting us when we went up to order by the menu. I thought by that time they would be grumpy because it’s 3am and everyone is asleep… but then again… their courteousness is priceless!!!
For dinner we had:
Mutton Masala - Lamb in curry sauce
Buttered Naan - it's like Pita bread but bigger (This was our alternative for rice)
Chiken Tikka - Tendered boneless pieces of chicken breast flavored with spices and grilled to perfection
For our 3am midnight snack we had:
ROGAN JOSH– Chunks of mutton cooked with yoghurt and curry sauce. This dish tasted like the Masala only it has a sour pinch to it due to the yoghurt.
BEEF SAMOSA – This is like empanada. This one didn’t really fancy our taste buds that much.
For our breakfast we had:
Continental breakfast – it’s for free! It includes toasted bread, eggs (scrambled or sunny side up) and drinks (choco, coffee or juice – a whole lot of fruit juices for selection)
Additional bacon – Mister Rockstar misses American dish so we ordered and additional bacon to eat
For lunch we had:
we had Rogan Josh again (or we call it Josh Groban) 😛 hehe
and we tried a new kind of bread called Aloo Bread. It’s pita bread but it has spicy mashed tomatoes inside! This one I like as well because I love potatoes. This could be eaten by itself and it is better if eaten by itself because it is not actually a good pair for Rogan Josh 😛 A good pair for Rogan Josh would be plain/buttered Naan or pita bread.
While traveling on your way to Andanita, you can call reception and order food actually so that by the time you arrive, food will be served at once!
Andtanita Taj Menu (click on the picture to enlarge)
3. The warm service.
I don’t have to dwell on this, it’s evident in the other paragraphs 😛
4. Wi-Fi area
Although, I didn’t bring any techies and chic gadgets (because I wanna do away with all that while I’m on a getaway), wi-fi is readily available and many customers there opened their lappies and connected away. So, for bloggers like me, you could blog away — LIVE! 😛
5. Free Spa
There’s actually a 30-min back massage for free that comes with all rooms. But, you could upgrade it into a full body massage and just add PHP 500 (originally PHP 800). You can opt to have your free back massage at your room or you could enjoy the Spa with a view on their massage parlor. They have a nice ambiance in their massage parlor as well… we had our spa done by around afternoon. If you go there by night, you’d just be delighted by candles and calm music.
6. Free Breakfast
You can opt to have your breakfast in bed if you’re lazy. Or you could get up and enjoy once again the cold breeze of Tagaytay by eating at the balcony accessible only to guests.
7. Taal Volcano view
2,500 feet above sea level (view from balcony)
Our room came with a view of Taal from the window, but for other rooms, fret not because there’s a balcony (exclusive only to overnight guests) that has a nice view of Taal Volcano.
If you want it windy, there’s this outside balcony. And, if it gets to chilly for you, you could hang out in the inner balcony with glass walls. Nice right? 😛
Sunset dinner at the Glass Lobby
8. The Presidential room
Although we weren’t able to see the actual room, we saw it in the pictures and it is quite lovely. I think it costs around 7,000 PHP but it comes with its own balcony and a really gnarly Indian bed. Totally Majestic! It’s like a Kama Sutra bed of some sort 😛
9. The Indian cigarettes
If you’re a smoker and you would want to taste a different kind of flavor, the reception offers cigarettes made from India. They come in bright neon colors of orange, pink and green. Though we didn’t dare to taste it ourselves yet because we worry the flavour might overwhelm us. But, if you wanna give it a shot, then Taj’s the right place to try it. I you prefer local brands by the way, I suggest you bring your own because the only cigarettes available for sale are those from India.
10. Entertainment set
The rooms come with TV (although I think it’s not on cable). It also has dvd players available and some movies by the side. If you don’t like the movies supplied to your room you could check out by the reception and ask for movies for rent.
11. Surrounded by Nature
It really had lots of flowers all around and pine trees whose leaves sway along the dancing wind.
12. Bonus: Paradizoo
Yep, since it’s a peaceful away-from-the-city getaway, we went to Paradizoo for some nature trippin’ and animal lovin… Paradizoo is just a few blocks away from the Hotel!
Our overall experience in Andanita Taj of Tagaytay is “Majestic”. So if you’re planning for a sweet, cool and peaceful getaway, you could try to stay here and experience India in Tagaytay.
I said I’m over with my hiatus didn’t I? But apparently, time is not just with me right now…
I’m not totally saying that my schedule is jam-packed… I mean there are no blog events yet that I have attended beginning this year. But I just have so many things to blog about but find no time to write it… WHY???
1. Consequence Management is live in our office. I can no longer surf the internet as I wish, that includes plurking, chatting with IM and meebo and blogging.
2. Blogging while at office, though I used to do this on my free time, sometimes just tends me to go out of focus.
3. I’m trying to be a good role model to my officemates LOL
4. I really have lots of work to accomplish! Loads of tasks! and I am so DROWNING!!! I have been given MORE responsibilities as I mature in my role… and surfing the net isn’t exactly a buoy. It’s actually a 10-ton box of cement tied on my leg drowning me further into deep abyss.
5. Yes, I can’t blog at work but I should be able to blog at home right? — WRONG! I live 2 hours away from my office… The traffic is really draining all of my energy and by the time I get home… I just would want to sleep… If indeed I would plan to make a post for the night, I would definitely lack sleep because I have to wake up at 6am to arrive at the office by 9am… Lack of sleep = PIMPLES!!! and I got breakouts now and then… I didn’t used to have this problem… sigh… Much of my PRECIOUS Time is allotted to my traveling time in EDSA now.
So there you go… 5 REASONS!!!
I am now thinking of renting a flat once again near makati or the Fort. Because living in QC is just =.=”
This is officially my first post for the year 2009 and my oh my aren’t we all enjoying the super long weekend? Now if you are the kind of person who can’t stay still in their homes, bored or stuff like that and just looking for something to make your day more meaningful then I super suggest you check out these cool events happening on the first week of the year 2009!
TV5’s Live Caravan
Shake Shake Shake your way into the new year with TV5’s “Sumasabog na Pakalog sa Bagong Taon”. Click here for more information.
Red Letter Night: Benefit Concert for the Philippine National Red Cross
Start your year right by doing a good deed while enjoying the night away as you cruise to the music of Thor, Miguel Escueta and Julianne at Fiamma on January 4, 2008. Click here for more information.