Monday, October 14, 2013

Join the Blogapalooza event to promote your product to 500 bloggers!




Be a part of the biggest "B2B" - Business to Blogger networking event: Blogapalooza! Where we will be inviting over 500 bloggers to one venue to come see new products and cool Xmas gift options from big and small brands alike! It's an event where companies can promote their products and services to over 500 bloggers who may write about it to a combined over 4 million readers! 

It is an event organized by two of the biggest websites in Manila and the Philippines - WhenInManila.com and Anton Diaz's OurAwesomePlanet.com 

Blogapalooza is an event happening on Nov 16, Saturday, at SM Aura BGC. Here, we'll be having around 500 influential bloggers at one venue where businesses can pitch their products or services. After the event, the bloggers can then write about what they saw and introduce their loyal readers and followers to your brand / product.
 
Businesses and Bloggers attending are all screened and hand picked! Applications for both can be found on  http://Blogapalooza.WhenInManila.com!

Hurry up and sign up now as space is very limited! 
Come be one of the businesses and show the online world what you've got! Or, be one of our bloggers who'll enjoy VIP access to top new products as well as a bunch of freebies! 

If you need more information, you can also check out http://Blogapalooza.WhenInManila.com or email Vince Golangco at Vince@WhenInManila.com 


Again, spots are VERY LIMITED so please sign up ASAP to ensure your place in Blogapalooza 


Just tell him that you have found this information on this site from one of the When In Manila Contributors, Anne Milla.


See you there! 


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Friday, August 16, 2013

5 Things College Students Should Do While in Uni




I know this is quite late for those who have graduated and have joined the workforce or perhaps still part of the statistics of the jobless.

My 7 years of being part of the workforce made me realize that there were things that I should have done back in the university. Some may argue that I have written some stuff here about not regretting the things you should, could and would have done, I am going to ask this just once for the sake of those who will and still can do these things, don’t be uptight. Anyway, let’s proceed. I am not claiming to be a guru or something, just based on my experience when I interview potential candidates for a spot in my team.

1. Join different organizations: in the Philippines, there isn’t a vast majority who look at the organizations you have joined back in the university but mind you, the top companies do. There are employers or hiring managers who look at the organizations you are a member of. Why? It says a few things about you already. How sociable you are, the activities that interest you, your leadership capability, your management skills (including time, stress, people and personal life) and certain competencies.

I know time in school gets so hectic; there are financial constraints involved, and probably family that hinder you to do so. I say, you do it anyway. Find a group or organization that will help build your skills and competencies. A group that would suit your interest and not just because your friends are members (but a plus factor), but the main reason is the first one I have pointed out.

This will make you realize what you want to pursue in the future and help you find your main niche in terms of career. I am not saying be a social butterfly, join 2 or 3 best groups that interest you.

Personal experience: I only joined one group throughout my 4 years; I was an athlete back in university. When I got into my Masters Degree, I was part of a student government. Extremes I know but those helped but balance things out.


2. Keep fit: love your youth, take care of your body and build that habit of keeping yourself fit. Why? This helps balance all the stress in school out. It keeps your mind strong and healthy, it helps you going. Run for 30 minutes if your school has a facility. Schedule the way it would fit all your activities. In the long run, you will thank yourself for building that habit because come the so called “real world” that youth, will start to fade and you will be into all these health this health that campaigns.

Eat the right food, sleep the right amount of sleep, and do not drink too much.

Personal Experience: Even if I was an athlete in University, I was not that healthy still, haha. But in all seriousness, work life will get to you and you will long for that habit of keeping yourself fit at least twice a week. It keeps your mind off things which is very helpful.


3. Socialize: Okay socializing does not mean drinking every single day and clubbing every chance you get. It means meet new people, make friends and enjoy your youth. Do not waste all your chances in just hitting the library or the internet shop to do research and become a hermit. Balance it out, your friends in college will make your work life bearable as they will be available for some needed R & R and will be your ears and shoulders even scolding mouths about work and life. Friends made in college (and of course in High school) are forever. Never forget that.

Personal Experience: I had very limited friends (acquaint it to being an introvert) but these friends are my go to people whenever I need some time off and talk about the “back when we were” times. They are the ones who do not demand for your time but when needed are there (on a scheduled basis – gotta make sure you understand each other’s schedules haha)


4. Save: I am not being self righteous here, to tell you honestly, I did not have any savings back in my University years and it was such a drag. Try to keep certain amount of your allowance in the bank and never touch it unless it is an emergency. Not all the times your parents will be able to aid you financially, not even your peers (as they are in the same state as you). It is good to be able to have an emergency fund.

Personal Experience: A pick pocket did me good one summer in University. My ATM was there but no money. It was a Friday. I did not have any dime on that day as it was my allowance day. Even my roommates did not have extra. To survive I had to eat just half rice and boiled vegetables to make ends meet.

 
5. Allow yourself to fall in Love: As cheesy as this may sound. Try to let love find you in during your time in University. This will make your life a whole lot of fun. Just be very careful of giving anything valuable away (works both for men and women).

With these, I hope you college/university kids are enjoying your stay. Balance things out and these will become moments in life, moments that you will reminisce for the rest of your life.


This article has stemmed out of the conversation I had with one job seeker. Well just that one part about finding your niche, the rest were my moments. 




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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Lake Pandin, San Pablo Laguna


Lake Pandin, San Pablo Laguna

Like any other posts, this too is a long overdue one. But nonetheless still worth posting.

There were some discussions as to where we will have our annual summer outing. It was supposed to be in Hong Kong, but of course the cost was high. Then moved to Boracay, then everyone says near Manila so they were trying to have Batangas in the picture. I have been researching some of the places you could visit for a day without incurring a lot of cost as well as being able to help the community that takes care of the place.

Lake Pandin, San Pablo Laguna



I chance upon Lake Pandin a couple of months back when I was trying to research for some place I could go either alone or with friends. Lake Pandin is one of the 7 lakes in San Pablo, Laguna where the water can go as deep as 180 feet.


Lake Pandin, San Pablo Laguna


It takes about 2 to 3 hours drive to this place and would only cost you about Php 380 per person, which includes a 2-3 hour lake tour/trip and lunch. This place was very peaceful. If you want to get out of the city for a short while and be one with nature, this is one of the places you could go.

Lake Pandin, San Pablo Laguna


Thing is, don't expect a lot about the restroom/bathrooms as people here still live the provincial life. No showers either but they say you can soap up on the lake itself. Just change in one of the provided restrooms in the area after.

If you want to take a trip to Lake Pandin, reach Aling Siony at +63 929-978-95-65 prices start at Php 180 if it is just a tour on the lake and swimming but if you want to have lunch there, prices can go from Php 350 to Php 380 depending on how many you are.


Liliw, Laguna

After enjoying the lake for 3 hours, you can drive up to Liliw and get a dose of cheap sandals, shoes and slippers; it takes about 45 minutes to an hour to reach Liliw. Visit the church there too. Quite a masterpiece. 





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What To Do In Kota Kinabalu

Mamutik Island, Kota Kinabalu

I know this has been a long overdue post, excuse me while I get away from concrete jungle and get back to the awesome carefree life. Anyway this has been a long post I know but just to refresh your memories, this is the last post of a 3 part travel post from Brunei – Labuan – Kota Kinabalu.

Tips in Traveling Brunie (and what to do in Brunei): http://wanderinganneskie.blogspot.com/2013/04/tips-in-traveling-brunei.html


So with those links, you know how to get to Kota Kinabalu by ferry. Click those links above if you want to visit Brunei and Labuan of if you are coming from Brunei and heading to Kota Kinabalu.

We got to Kota Kinabalu (KK) in the afternoon of March 29, 2013. We came from our overnight stay in Labuan from a previous travel in Brunei. It took us about 3 hours to reach Kota Kinabalu from Labuan. Here are the breakdown of what to do in Kota Kinabalu.

If you are traveling from Brunei again click here: http://wanderinganneskie.blogspot.com/2013/04/tips-in-traveling-brunei.html

If you are traveling from Brunei to Labuan to Kota Kinabalu click here: http://wanderinganneskie.blogspot.com/2013/04/overnight-stay-in-labuan-malaysia.html


Reaching Jesselton Point, we took a taxi to our hotel (RM 14), De Galleria Hotel located at No 14, Jalan Sentosa, Kampung Air, 88000 Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Tel. Nos. +6088-264166 Fax: +6088-259166 email: contact@degalleriahotel.com. 


Jesselton Point Kota Kinabalu


Albeit the room is quite small and has one queen size bed (for those rooms without windows), the hotel was pretty neat and within our budget. It was RM 88 per night per room which is about Php 1,320 (if my multiplier is Php 15). We stayed there for about 4 nights. This hotel is actually a right choice if ever you want to go around the city. It is not near any malls but then again, it’s a walking distance from the night and food markets.

We roam around on our first night to check where we could eat and decided to try a street diner. Food was quite cheap too, you have to realize that we came from Brunei which was x2 of our actual expenses here. Anyway, our biggest mistake on our first night was not to ask where the night and food market is first, we did it after we ate our dinner. Good thing tho, we were able to see where it was and decided to eat there the next night.


Eat at the Night Market

Night Market, Seafood (Shrimps)

The night market is about 5-10 minute walk from De Galleria Hotel and its right in front of the Le Meridien Hotel. 

Tip in eating at the night market: Make sure you choose the fresh seafood, do not order the pre-cooked fish or squid or shrimps or any other. Make sure you get those that are still fresh. There are a lot of Filipinos there, you can speak to them in Tagalog if you want, they are usually very accommodating. Prices range from RM 10 to RM 30 for food.



Buy Treats and Gifts at the Night Market

Kota Kinabalu, Gift Market

If you are planning on getting people some stuff, you can get it at the shops near the night market, still in front of the Le Meridien Hotel. You can get Sarongs, Keychains, and the likes from there. Prices range from RM 10 to RM 50, depending on which you will get.


Go Island Hopping, or Swimming

Mamutik Island, Kota Kinabalu


On our second day, we were still deciding which island to visit, it was a toss between the famous Manukan Island or Mamutik Island, the locals there told us that Mamutik Island is better than Manukan. Besides, there were less people in Mamutik compared to Manukan Island. We stayed there until 4pm. 

Mamutik Island, Kota Kinabalu


Tip in going to the Islands, there are groups of companies who offer a boat to and fro transfers to either Manukan, Mamutik or provide island hopping, diving and snorkeling services. You can choose from any of them at Jesselton Point.

Manukan Island, Kota Kinabalu


The cost for the boat transfer for 1 island is RM 23 (Php 345) + Terminal fee RM 7.20 (Php 108) and Conservation Fee - paid on the island RM 10 for non-malaysian (Php 150) totaling to: RM 40.20 or Php 603 per person. 


Mamutik Island, Kota Kinabalu


If you are to go for 2 islands, they can give you discount instead of RM 30, they can give it to you for RM 30 plus the other fees such as terminal fee and conservation fee mentioned above.

Beware of the stingers in the island tho, as much as it is great to swim, there are a lot of jellyfish in these islands which made it difficult for us to enjoy what the ocean can offer.


Go for Canopy Walk and Enjoy Poring Hot Spring

Canopy Walk, Poring Hotspring Nature Park Kota Kinabalu

On our third day, we didn’t have any plans yet. We have not decided what to do or where to go on our supposed second full day in the island. We asked the staff of De Galleria Hotel (they were so nice to us and very accommodating that is why I recommend you guys to stay here), if they could give us someone who could provide a cheap package to Kinabalu Park and Poring Hot Spring for the Canopy Walk.

It takes about 2 hours land travel from our hotel to Kinabalu Park and Poring Hot Spring. The hotel staff told us to reach Qandra at Tel. No 014-3597814 (just add the area and country code) for the tour. She gave us a package worth RM 150 or Php 2,250 which includes land transfer, entrance fees and lunch. This was already a great deal as most of the packages ranges from RM 180 to RM 200 if you are in a small group.

You may email Qandra at gayagemilangs@gmail.com and check her website at http://www.intrasabah.com to book a tour.


Canopy Walk, Poring Hotspring Nature Park Kota Kinabalu


It was very refreshing to be with nature once again, the hike to the Canopy Walk is about 500meters then you have to get down from there, the walkway is 157.8 meters long and 41 meters high. If you have heart condition or afraid of heights, I suggest you stick to the Hot Springs. You can rent a room for 4 people for about I think RM 20 per room.

If you have RM 25 to spare per person to see the worlds largest flower (if its blooming), Rafflesia you can do so, just tell your guide that you want to see it so that he can drive you to another area where they have a garden. We did not do this even though Rafflesia was in bloom due to the price.


Watch a Movie in Suriah Sabah

Although this is not a touristy thing to do, we watched a movie and went malling in Kota Kinabalu, one of the biggest malls is Suriah Sabah which had cinemas. We didn’t have anything to do the next day as our flight got moved to the wee hours, so we decided to just chill and relax. Amazingly, the weather was quite gloomy that day. Good for us since we didn’t have to endure it.

Watching a movie here is cheaper than in Manila by about Php 50 haha. Just walk to the mall and don't take a taxi, taxi is quite expensive versus taking a bus or walking.

Anyway, should you be in Kota Kinabalu on your next trip. Be sure to get those in mind. Have a fun and safe travels.




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Monday, April 15, 2013

Lipton's The Traveling Teacup

 
Lipton's The Traveling Teacup

Endless PossibiliTEAS for you.


Do you love traveling? And do you love drinking tea? What if I tell you that you can experience both in a cup? And what if I tell you that you could experience say 5 different places with it?

Lipton’s The Traveling Teacup is a campaign of Lipton Philippines that allows you to enjoy the tastes of Boracay, Paris, China, New York and Spain in a teacup.  Here is how you could do that:


Lipton's The Traveling Teacup: Chili Chocolate Milk Tea


Enjoy the taste of Spain through a cup of Chili Chocolate Milk Tea

Preparation Time: 4 Minutes
No. of Servings: 1

Ingredients:
1 tea bag Lipton Yellow Label Tea
1 cup hot water
1 tbsp fresh milk
2 tsp chocolate powder
½ pc bird’s eye chili, deseeded
1 tbsp sugar

Procedure:
1.  Place the teabag and chili in hot water. Steep the chili for a minute and remove. Dunk and remove the teabag after 3 minutes.

2.   Add the rest of the ingredients. Blend well and serve hot.



Lipton's The Traveling Teacup: Melon Milk Tea


Enjoy the taste of Boracay through a cup of Melon Milk Tea

Preparation Time: 4 Minutes
No. of Servings: 1

Ingredients:
1 tea bag Lipton Yellow Label Tea
¼ cup hot water
¾ cup cold water 
1 tbsp fresh milk
1 tsp melon juice powder
1 tbsp sugar
3 pcs ice cube

Procedure:
1.  Place the teabag and chili in hot water. Let this stand for 3 minutes, dunk then remove and discard afterwards.

2.   Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir well and serve cold.


Lipton's The Traveling Teacup: Salted Chocolate Milk Tea


Enjoy the taste of New York through a cup of Salted Chocolate Milk Tea

Preparation Time: 4 Minutes
No. of Servings: 1

Ingredients:
1 tea bag Lipton Yellow Label Tea
¼ cup hot water
¾ cup cold water 
1 tbsp fresh milk
2 tsp chocolate powder
1 pinch rock salt
3 pcs ice cube

Procedure:
1.  Place the teabag and chili in hot water. Let this stand for 3 minutes, dunk then remove and discard afterwards.

2.   Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir well and serve cold.



Lipton's The Traveling Teacup: Ginger Milk Tea


Enjoy the taste of China through a cup of Ginger Milk Tea

Preparation Time: 4 Minutes
No. of Servings: 1

Ingredients:
1 tea bag Lipton Yellow Label Tea
1 cup hot water
1 tbsp fresh milk
2 tsp chocolate powder
¼ tsp ginger or salabat powder
1 tbsp sugar
 

Procedure:
1.  Place the teabag and chili in hot water. Let this stand for 3 minutes, dunk then remove and discard afterwards.

2.   Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir well and serve cold.


Lipton's The Traveling Teacup: Chocolate Almond Milk Tea


Enjoy the taste of Paris through a cup of Chocolate Almond Milk Tea

Preparation Time: 4 Minutes
No. of Servings: 1

Ingredients:
1 tea bag Lipton Yellow Label Tea
1 cup hot water
1 tbsp fresh milk
2 tsp chocolate powder
1 drop almond essence
1 tbsp sugar
 

Procedure:
1.  Place the teabag and chili in hot water. Let this stand for 3 minutes, dunk then remove and discard afterwards.

2.   Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir well and serve hot.





To join The Traveling Teacup movement here are the simple steps:

Step One: Purchase specially marked Lipton products to get a free Lipton teacup, available at any Robinsons Supermarket nationwide.

Step Two: Take a photo of your teacup featuring Lipton Yellow Label tea and the pretty background of your desTEAnation.

Step Three: Follow @LiptonPH on Instagram, upload your teacup photo, and tag @LiptonPH with the hashtags #ILoveWellness and #DrinkPositive.




 

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