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Friday, June 12, 2020

Romantic ideas on a budget



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Meeting someone new is always an incredible feeling. Learning everything about them, understanding what makes them smile and laugh, and at the end of the day, wanting to show them how much you care about them. While some shower the people they love with flowers, romantic dinners or trips of a lifetime, that’s not always the most realistic route for all of us.

Despite popular belief, romantic gestures don’t have to rip a hole in your pocket and spending a large sum of money is not the only way to show someone you care. There are plenty of ways you can sweep your partner off their feet and truly enjoy your time together.

Candle Lit Dinner

A significant aspect of going out to fancy dinners is to enjoy the amazing food, but it’s also to be encapsulated by the ambience of the restaurant. The great thing about this is that dim lights, candles, flowers and soft music can all be easily brought and executed inside the comfort of your home. Create your romantic dinner date in your living room and jump online to find some great and simple dinner recipes to blow your partners socks off.

Buy an Adult Toy

Adult toys can be a lot cheaper than going on a romantic trip to Paris. However, it will surely take you to destinations you have not been before. When buying a sex toy, look for quality products like the ones they sell on noti. You are investing in personal pleasure for you and your partner that you can indulge in anywhere anytime.

Picnic

Picnics are an amazing way to make your partner feel extra special. Especially when you can both lie on a blanket and cuddle each other while eating delicious food. There isn’t a much better combination than that. Look for chips, dips, cheeses or meats and a beautiful view for you both to look over (if you can find something more beautiful than them). Sangria and chocolate-covered strawberries are a great addition and to top it all off, keep it a surprise!

Make Something

Gifts are a wonderful thing to give to someone to show how much you care for them, but gifts can get quite expensive. We often believe that material things like clothing, jewelry or watches will show your feelings, but making something for them can really show how much effort you are willing to put in to make them smile. You can bake something, make some art, make a puzzle or put a photo album together. Get creative!

At-Home Spa

We all get exhausted and from time to time we just want to relax. If you know your loved one is feeling this way, you can create an at-home spa for them. Draw them a bath, light some candles, give them a massage, prepare them dinner in bed and watch a movie until you both fall asleep. They’ll be so relaxed they won’t know what hit them.

Visit a Museum

Museums are a great way to learn something new and also enjoy some time out of the house together. Most museums have days where you can enter for free, so make sure to look up your local museum and enjoy a free day of education and beauty. You can even have some drinks beforehand to make it interesting.

Go Explore

Sometimes exploring new places is the best way to create amazing memories with each other. You can drive to a new town or city, go for a hiking adventure or even act like tourists in your home town. With this, you can experience new people and places, as well as learn more about each other. A win-win situation.

Karaoke Nights

If a bit of a party is what you are looking for, go out and find yourself a karaoke night. You can either watch amazing singers enjoy the spotlight or get some laughs out of watching someone do their best to hit the high notes of I’ll always love you by Whitney Houston. Either way, it’s an awesome experience and will ensure some great laughs. Make sure to have pre-drinks at home!

A romantic gesture doesn’t have to be an expensive one. Use some of the ideas above to create an amazing experience for you and your loved one!

Ross Del Rosario to Launch Wazzup Dog Food Truck


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Seriously, I've always hesitated to buy hotdogs knowing they are made from leftover meats and extenders. Thus, it has always been my last choice when ordering for food, but most of Filipinos would always cool spaghetti or "sopas" with hotdog as one of the "meat' ingredients.

So, it has always been a dream to make my own ideal hotdog that would give me the peace of mind. I do prefer it should be made with quality meat parts so my cravings will truly be satisfied.

Your Pambansang Blogger is soon to launch Wazzup Dog food truck - roaming around Metro Manila in a white van.

If you can't come to us, we'll come to you - to offer tasty gourmet hotdogs made not from leftover meat but from fresh and quality parts of pork, beef, and chicken!!!



We also have non-meat varieties in the works for our vegetarian friends who wants to remain fit and fab. Tofu, mushroom, banana peel, and more to come!

Never to forget the cheese, ketchup, and mustard, pickles, ..... plus your other choices of unlimited garnishing with many more to be added soon.

It's the ideal hotdog of your personal preference!

Tikman na ninyo ang hotdog ko. Mahaba, juicy at siguradong titrik ang inyong mga mata sa sarap, at sasabihin mong "Isa pa nga! One more time, sige pa, sige pa!"

Ayan na ang puting van! Balik-bayad kapag hindi kayo nasarapan.

Disclaimer: This is just a business concept. Not yet an immediate plan, but decided to put it up here to serve as a remembrance of this idea. Who knows, maybe I will do this in the near future.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Culinary Courier: Sheraton Manila Bay launch gourmet takeaways



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I'm sure many are missing dining out at their favorite restaurants and hotels. But since this Covid-19 pandemic is still posing a danger for everyone, many are settling for take-outs and deliveries. It's great news that many are already incorporating these options in offering their food so that we could still avail of their culinary delights, even if it means just eating them in the comfort of our own homes.



Sheraton Manila Bay is one of the hotels in the metro that now offers signature menus and local cuisine to go. Imagine ordering specialties to be conveniently delivered to our homes just in time for lunch or dinner. We get to taste their lip-smacking dishes while safe at home from the deadly virus.





I've had the opportunity to try some of their dishes, and I must say that we couldn't get enough of them. Though nothing beats eating at the lavish ambiance of the hotel, it is already satisfying to be able to fulfill some of our cravings for a good meal - from salad like their Mango Kani, to main meal like Pepper Roasted Pork Loin, and to dessert, or even a taste of their Ube Cheese Pandesal that is good not only for breakfast but anytime of the day.





Sheraton Manila Bay continues to be the world's gathering place as its seasoned culinary team assemble a delectable array of signature recipes, refreshing healthy options, and the comforting taste of authentic local cuisine to satiate diners and families at home.

Gourmet takeaways is available for pick-up daily from 9am to 6pm and will feature home-cooked goodness good for sharing, rice specialties, salads, pastas, sandwiches, breads, pastries and cakes. The home-cooked goodness selection includes Pot Roast Beef, Lengua Estofado, Pepper Roasted Pork Loin, Whole Spanish Roasted Chicken, and “Buchon” Pork Belly Roulade.










Power up with the tastiest and freshest sandwiches such as Beef Shawarma, Chicken Shawarma and our bestseller Pulled Pork A la Cubano. For healthy options, delight in a selection of four which include Mango Kani Salad, Vegan Aubergine Salad, Caesar Salad, and our new Caesar By The Bay.

Epicurean diners are in for a treat with Sheraton Gourmet Rice Box or Seafood Paella perfect to pair with side order of choice such as garlic mashed potato, ranch fries, rustic herb sautéed potatoes, Asian fried rice, and steamed rice. Foodies on the look-out for lighter variety may indulge in pasta specialties of Spaghetti Shrimp Scampi, Fettucine Carbonara, and Penne Puttanesca with Blackened Chicken.

Perfect for breakfast cravings are freshly baked Dark Chocolate Brownies, Homemade Banana Bread, Farmer’s Bread Loaf, Hand Crafted Doughnuts, Assorted Muffins, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Soft Rolls, Hard Rolls, and our newest creation Ube Cheese Pandesal. Make celebrations at home sweeter with pastries and cakes-to go including the hotel’s Signature Mango Tart, Dalgona Tiramisu, Dark Chocolate Supreme, and Mango Cheesecake.
Advance order is required. Please allow 45-minutes lead time for salad, sandwiches, pastas and rice dishes and 1-day lead time for breads, pastries, cakes, and home cooked goodness. Diners shall arrange pick-up with their courier of choice. Cash and credit card payments are accepted. The hotel will strictly implement a No Mask, No Pick-up Policy and has designated a pick-up point at the hotel main entrance canopy area to ensure social distancing measure are followed and health and safety precautions are met.

For a full listing of gourmet takeaways menu, please visit http://bit.ly/theculinarycouriermenu.
#DiscoverDeliciousDelivery and bring home the familiar Sheraton taste and flavors, from our kitchen to your tables. For orders, please call +632 5318 0788 or email sh.mnlsb.fnb@sheraton.com.

Sheraton Manila Bay is located at M. Adriatico cor. Gen. Malvar Streets, Malate, Manila. Like us on Facebook and Instagram @sheratonmanilabay and Twitter at @sheratonmnlbay.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

All the Anime Coming to Netflix in June 2020

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Every year is a prime year for the anime community. You never see a year where there have been more anime misses than hits. 

The year 2020 is the same for anime, despite the COVID-19 crisis acting as a roadblock for many anime studios, creators are still not letting us get our hopes down and have promised many new releases. 

Netflix has also jumped on the bandwagon and has promised viewers a few Netflix anime originals. 

But that’s not all. Some popular anime like The Seven Deadly Sins and Baki will be joining Netflix this summer 2020, as well. 

However, knowing the names of the anime titles coming to Netflix isn’t enough. Before you add any of these to your watch-list, make sure you are connected to a high-speed internet connection. 

If you reside in the U.S. and the buffering loop is a constant in all your streaming 
experiences, try getting the Cox unlimited internet by visiting here and it will bring a massive difference. 

Now back to the gist of our post, keep reading to find what anime are coming to Netflix and what other anime you can binge watch this summer. 

Anime Coming to Netflix in June 2020

 Baki: The Great Raitai Tournament Saga
 A Whisker Away 
 BNA

TBA Anime for Netflix
 The Seven Deadly Sins: Season 4
 Japan Sinks
 B The Beginning: Season 2
 Great Pretender 
 Aggretsuko: Season 3
 EDEN
 Pacific Rim 
 Spriggan 
 Dragon’s Dogma
 Yasuke
 Super Crooks
 Vampire in the Garden
 Magic the Gathering 

The Best Anime on Netflix Right Now

When it comes to anime, you don’t always have to stick to a certain genre. 

Ranging from Shonen series to eerie horror classics, there’s something for every anime lover out there. 

Rewind back to a few years ago, you find yourself relying on your local cable TV provider to air classics like Pokémon, Naruto and Bleach. 

But with the age of streaming hurling global viewers towards it, you don’t have to wait for the clock to strike 5 P.M. anymore. 

With Netflix, you get to choose from a wide repository of Netflix originals and acquired anime series.

If we start counting each and every anime series and movie that is on Netflix then it will surely be painstaking. 

We understand it can be daunting to add new titles to your summer watch-list. But don’t fret as we have compiled a list of all the noteworthy titles you should give 
a watch this summer 2020!

Dorohedoro 

Anything is possible in anime. Yes, anything. You find magical girls, demi-gods on earth and even devils working as part-timers fast food restaurants. Dorohedoro is the same. 

Caiman, a reptilian-human, doesn’t remember how he transformed into the creature he is now. He heads to a journey to salvage his original form and find the one who put him under this curse. 

The story takes comical and glum turns with hints of violence throughout the series. 

Violet Evergarden 

The most beautiful anime ever created. That is exactly what Violent Evergarden has been deemed as in the anime community. 

The Kyoto Animation anime secured a spot for itself on Netflix quite sooner than most anime. That’s not all. You can even watch the anime’s OVA special and movie – Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll – on Netflix. 

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion is an international favorite. With numerous movie sequels to its name, the original anime series is irreplaceable. 

You don’t have to stream the original show 
anywhere else when you can stream it in HD on Netflix. Neon Genesis Evangelion is a classic but to all the Zoomers who are new to the anime realm, it might have been shrouded under mainstream titles. 

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

If we ever create a list of all the anime we don’t want to see a remake of, we will add Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood to the top. 

The anime’s prequel, Fullmetal Alchemist, gained equal popularity but wasn’t true to the manga. Upon completion of the manga, Brotherhood saw its release and turned more heads than its original counterpart. 

After all, the gripping and intense 
moments in Brotherhood bring you closer to each character which the 2003 anime series couldn’t confer. 

Bleach

Most of you must remember the ‘Big 3’ of the early 2000s and yes, Bleach was one of the Big 3 as we know today. The anime ended in 2012, a lot earlier than Naruto and One Piece. 

What’s weirder is that One Piece is still airing and even hardcore fans of the anime 
would’ve forgotten on which arc One Piece is on. Coming back to bleach, Netflix plans to stream all 16 seasons on the platform. 

So if you were looking for an anime worthy of binge-watching, you know what to 
choose now. 

Devilman Crybaby 

This one is not for the faint hearted. Devilman Crybaby will reminiscence you of 90s anime where explicit and graphic visuals weren’t often censored. Limiting the anime to a certain genre won’t make sense either. 

The anime has its scary moments, violent scenes and action sequences but nothing feels out of place. Devilman Crybaby’s production is executed impeccably and no scene feels out of place. 

One Punch Man

One Punch Man has earned itself a spot in the list of all-time mainstream anime. Saitama wasn’t all the more motivated to become a part-time hero until Genos came along. 

Despite being a C-Class hero, all it takes is one punch for Saitama to defeat the most notorious of villains. Now that One Punch Man Season 2 has reached Netflix, you can watch both the seasons without having to wait for weeks. 

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Magical anime girls but with a dark twist? Well count us right in. Puellla Magi Madoka Magica starts slow and after every scene, it feels as if it will be your typical magical girl anime but as thestory progresses, you are proven wrong. 

Sometimes what you wish for isn’t meant to make you happy. Madoka puts her life at stake to get her wish fulfilled. In turn, she becomes a magical girl but it’s not an easy start for her. It’s only the start of many dark encounters in Madoka’s life. 

All in all

Japanese animated movies and TV shows have gained worldwide fame. With the emergence of streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, you will might as well see more indie and popular titles joining these platforms very soon!

Best Surfing Spots in Asia



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The world’s largest and most diverse continent, Asia boasts thousands of awesome beaches and places to enjoy water sports. White sands, turquoise waters, friendly locals offering a cold coconut as you trudge back onto a palm strewn beach… Asia has so many spots that could be considered paradise. But where do you start?

In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the best places to surf in Asia. Hopefully, it will help you to plan your next trip at a surf spot to suit you.

Siargao, Philippines

First on the list of the best surf spots in Asia has to be Siargao. Located just north west of Mindanao, this teardrop shaped island is the surfing capital of the Philippines. Cloud 9 Beach in General Luna is the island’s top surf spots and while there are several surf camps and schools, it never feels overcrowded or too tourist-oriented. There is great cuisine and plenty to see on the island on days when you may need a break from the waves too. The best time to visit Siargao Island for surfers is from July to November.

San Juan la Union, Philippines

Another of the best surfing spots in the Philippines is San Juan La Union… more specifically, Urbiztondo Beach. Widely regarded as the cheapest place in the world to learn to surf, you can find lessons for as little as P400 per hour. It’s a great place to learn to surf, and while you’re at it, why not try surf paddleboarding too? The waves are soft and welcoming for beginners. The best time to surf in San Juan is between November to March. So you could easily spend a July to November in Siargao before hopping over to San Juan!

Kuta, Indonesia

The island of Bali is popular with pretty much every type of tourist and traveller. And it’s no surprise really! As well as its stunning beaches, many temples, and electric nightlife, Bali offers great surfing. One of the best surfing spots in Bali is Kuta Beach - especially for beginners as there are loads of surf schools. The only downside of Kuta is that it can get very crowded, but there are quieter spots on the beach that just take a little effort to find!

Uluwatu, Indonesia

If you’ve had a bit of experience, you can skip Kuta and its surf schools and head straight on to Uluwatu. Located at the very southwestern tip of Bali, Uluwatu offers barrel waves, beach breaks, and long swells. The best months to surf are from April to August. Aside from surfing, Uluwatu is a great place to enjoy local life in Indonesia away from the majority of holidaymakers. There are lots of picturesque sights to see too, including Uluwatu Temple, which sits over the waves atop a steep cliff.

Weligama, Sri Lanka

Literally translated into English as sandy village, Weligama is a mix of a fishing village and resort on the south coast of Sri Lanka. It’s another cheap place to learn to surf, which is great for beginners. The beach break isn’t a big one, but it’s enough to give a beginner a rush! While surfing is great here all year round, the best time is between November and March. Other awesome surfing spots in Sri Lanka include Galle and Arugam Bay.

Kuda Huraa, North Male Atoll

One of the most exclusive destinations in the world, the Maldives is made up of 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean. While it’s popular with honeymooners, a few surfers make it here too. Kuda Huraa has amazing breaker quality - quite the challenge for an intermediate surfer. Kuda Huraa’s only hotel is the Four Seasons - so you’ll need more cash than for some of the other destinations on this list. However, if you’ve got it, it’s worth every penny - especially if you visit during the surf season of April to October.

Kata Beach, Thailand

Phuket is one of Thailand’s legendary party towns, and it’s pretty great for surfing too. Kata Beach boasts a number of surf schools which can help beginners catch their first waves. However, it’s pretty good for intermediates too, thanks to a mix of rough swells and soft waves.

Bai Dai Beach, Vietnam

Vietnam is a very long country with a very long coastline. So, just imagine how much space you’ll have on the longest stretch of beach in Vietnam! Bai Dai Beach in Nha Trang is one of the top tourist destinations in the country, and where the Vietnamese rich and famous spend their holidays. Nevertheless, surfing lessons with English speakers can be had for as little as $25 with board rental another 10. Best time to visit is between September and April.

Enoshima, Japan

While you might associate Japan with ultra-modern technology, bullet trains, and awesome food, surfing might not be on your radar. However, there are some incredible places to surf within an hour of Tokyo. Yes, really! Start your Japanese surfing in Enoshima, where there are loads of surf schools. If you’re happy to go further from the capital Tokyo, head to the Irino Coast. Not only is it great for surfing, but it’s also one of the most beautiful beaches in Japan!

Final Thoughts on the Best Surfing Spots in Asia

There you have it. Those are ten of the best surf spots across Asia. Since they’re all located in different countries, there’s something to suit different tastes, budgets, and travel styles. For more news, information and travel tips on Asia (and especially the Philippines) check out Wazzup Pilipinas.

DMCI Homes offers healthy condo building designs



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Long before a "new normal" lifestyle came about because of the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), health experts around the world had advocated for a change in living conditions to reduce the risk of contracting diseases.

The World Health Organization (WHO) for one has long underscored the importance of natural ventilation in living spaces to reduce lung-related illnesses by up to 20%.

WHO in its website states that buildings should have adequate ventilation to improve indoor air quality and reduce risks posed by trapped or stale air which include allergies and asthma to name a few.

Good thing for DMCI Homes’ unit owners, half the work has already been done with their condo units that are designed to maximize the benefits of natural air and sunlight.

As early as in the late 2000s, the Quadruple A developer had started implementing a design technology for high-rise buildings that allows sunlight and cross ventilation inside condominium units.

This design innovation called Lumiventt® Design Technology - from the words “lumen” meaning light and “ventus” meaning wind - takes advantage of natural light and air by having three-story high openings dubbed as Sky Patios as entry points to make this possible.

With this design technology, natural light and air enters the sides of the building and pass through landscaped atriums which are built in every five floors of the building.

Winds passing through and around the structures with the help of breezeways and vents in both sides of the building create areas of positive and negative pressure thereby supplying fresh air to the units while pushing stale or hot air outside of the structure.

Coupled with meticulous placement of doors, windows, and balconies for the unobstructed flow of air and sunlight throughout the units, the build-up of moisture, odors and harmful gases are minimized resulting to long-term health benefits for building occupants.

It also helps that most DMCI Homes condominium units have an open-space layout. This free-flowing and functional design means the building requires less walls and dividers, which in turn encourages air and natural light to flow within.

With regular cleaning and disinfection, condo-dwellers get to have all these health benefits while enjoying a comfortable and relaxing vacation lifestyle in all DMCI Homes condominium units.
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