Wow! We're now at the middle of 2014! I know what you're thinking... Time flew so fast especially when you are having fun. Yes, summer is over but that shouldn't stop us from maximizing our time to have a dose of thrill and adventure so let me take you to Maxima Aqua Fun Resort in Samal Island.
Honestly, I feel that the Php 250 entrance fee is very affordable considering all the inclusions in the package! For a fun lover like me, the unlimited slide is enough to make me go crazy for Maxima.
They also offer discount not only to senior citizens and students but also to teachers too which is a big plus! With their super affordable fee inclusive of unlimited water activities, no wonder Maxima attracts a lot of fun-loving tourists.
Swim. Slide. Dive. Fly!
These are just some of the things you can do when you visit Maxima which will surely cure your rainy day blues.
The giant Water Slide and Water Blob are the two major attractions you shouldn't miss! Why?! Just check these photos!
Face your fears. FUN is a good therapy!
Our fun time in Maxima also serves as my friend's play therapy. Jen is from Tacloban and one of the survivors of supertyphoon yolanda. Somehow, she managed to conquer her fear of water and heights while trying the giant slide and water blob. Watch her conquer her fears by having fun!
I would definitely love to go back to Maxima with my friends. Hopefully you too can visit this facility when are you in Davao. Hop to the ferry going to Island Garden City of Samal to get your dose of adrenaline and adventure!
At 216 lbs, people who haven't seen me personally often get shocked because of my portraits and tons of selfie. They usually tell me that my photos are very deceiving because I look thin. They thought I am slim and didn't have any idea that I am still a full-figured lady.
Growing up, I don't really remember being in my ideal weight. I have been battling with my obesity since high school but that didn't stop me from finding ways on how to me more confident and comfortable with my body. One of my coping mechanisms includes facing the mirror and talking to myself, acknowledging my imperfections and highlighting my best features which then led me to my best angle.
I used to avoid joining group pictures and even our family photo because I feel so awkward with my chubby face. I feel ugly whenever I see the prints and I cannot photoshop every photo just for me to look good. I have to be honest that out of feeling down, I even considered liposuction and other treatments. It came to a point that I was secretly wishing for Dra.Vicky Belo to become my fairygod mother!
Watch this short video clip from my instagram and see for yourself why angle matters.
I hope this video makes your day. Share your selfie tips and let's take more beautiful portraits!
Know your best angle and you'll never look less pretty
or fat in your photographs.
Look at my most recent selfies and you'll realize that you too can look prettier with just a little twist and change in attitude. It maybe superficial but for a woman like me who constantly battles with weight issues, it's a big help when we can see our self-portraits a little better than the past.
Vanity aside, it is important that you are familiar with your best angle. That way, you'll feel good about yourself and somehow you'll feel more confident too.
Regardless of your weight, color, shape and size, remember that
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!
Avenue Plaza Hotel wins fourth consecutive Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence and 2013-2014 National Product Quality Excellence Award as Best Quality Service Hotel
Recognised as a Top Performing Hotel, not just in Bicol but in the whole Philippines, Avenue Plaza Hotel announced today that it has received its TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award for 2014. This is the fourth time the Avenue Plaza won this accolade which honours hospitality excellence under the management of its President and General Manager Mr. Allan S.Cu as reviewed by travellers on the world’s largest travel site.
Certificate of Excellence is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.
Avenue Plaza Hotel was also one of the awardees in the 2013-2014 National Product Quality Excellence Award and
the Best Quality Service Hotel in Bicol.
“We’d like to extend my warmest gratitude to you to all our guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor and at the same time nominate us for various awards. These recent recognitions are a true source of pride and inspiration for the whole Avenue Plaza Hotel team,” said Mr. Allan S. Cu President and GM of Avenue Plaza. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s customers that is why we will never rest on our laurels as we continually and consistently strive for excellence.
Among the festivals in Bicol, PINYASAN FESTIVAL in Daet is one of the longest running festival in the region and it gets sweeter every year! With so many events and activities happening throughout the festival, you'll definitely find something that will suit your travel lifestyle... from sports, food, adventure, arts and culture, music and a lot more. Download the full schedule here.
With all the happenings, you shouldn't miss these 5 things which is everything and anything about PINEAPPLE! Afterall, Daet Pinyasan Festival aims to promote Formosa variety which is abundant in Camarines Norte as the sweetest of them all.
2. MEET & GREET PINE EPOY! Don't forget to give this cute pineapple mascot a big hug. PineEpoy is as sweet as the queen. He will surely welcome you in Daet with a very warm hug.
Daet Pineapple Festival or famously known as PINYASAN FESTIVAL was born in April 14, 1993 when it was unanimously approved by Sangguniang Bayan of Daet.
Originally inspired by Lanzones Festival in Camiguin island, author of the resolution and current town mayor Tito Sarte Sarion institutionalized the celebration of Pinyasan Festival under Executive Order 07-93 to boost tourism in Daet and promote Formosa variety as the sweetest pineapple. In 2009, Daet made the longest pineapple chain during the Pinyasan Festival which in the Guinness Book of Record.
Pinyasan Festival highlights include Float Competion and Pinya Carafest, Ginuman Fest with Banda Ni Kleggy and Calla Lily, National Dart Tournament, Bikol Cities and Municipalities Sharing of Good Governance Conference, Pinyasan Street Dancing Competition and Fireworks Display, Fun Run, Laro ng Lahi and a special Scriptwriting Workshop to be conducted by Mr. Ricky Lee.
Will Devaughn, Roxanne Barcelo, Andy Smith, & Diana Zubiri, Ping Medina and Director Rory Quintos will also grace the Search For Miss Pinyasan 2014, Miss Daet 2014 and Miss Tourism 2014. Check this calendar below for more info.
From a far, it looks like a lighthouse in the middle of the open sea but once you get closer, you'll notice that it is something different... something far more intriguing and was even once controversial.
This is by far the most sexy islet I've ever seen!
Maybe even the smallest among the 7107 islands in the Philippines.
Come a little bit close and you'll realize it is a PHALLIC ISLAND.
Believe it or not, it's actually real and full of life!
See the shrubs on top?! Locals call this "Boto ni Kurakog" and its existence comes with a very interesting story... an undying love of an immortal guy named "Kurakog" to a mortal lady of Bagamanoc named "Kalarab". Wondering how Kurakog's penis came to life?
Know the full story and watch the video soon on Choose Philippine's YouTube channel.
This was one of the major highlights of my trip in Catanduanes. Together with Choose Philippines team, we visited the coastal municipality of Bagamanoc which is approximately 2-3 hours away from the capital town of Virac.
Onboard his personal speedboat, former Vice-Governor Vince Villaluna together with Armie, Glenda and Buboy, staff of Catanduanes Provincial Tourism Office, brought us to this famous landmark facing the vast Pacific Ocean and also a site of folk fertility rites for locals and even tourists.
Sir Vince also shared that despite the numerous typhoon and strong waves, this five foot islet made of soil and loose rocks remains proud and strong. I guess despite the controversies surrounding its name, Boto ni Kurakog is here to stay.
DO YOU ALSO WANT TO SEE THIS LANDMARK? VISIT CATANDUANES!
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