Thursday, October 8, 2015

TGIF! Octoberfest @ Poppins

Experience Octoberfest at Poppins like You’ve Never Had Before!

You know what rhymes with Friday? Par-tay! OK, so I tried too hard, but really, after working for countless of hours for the whole week, I think we should all give ourselves a good break and unwind with our friends and family, don't you think? If you're looking for a place where you want to make your Friday a little more exciting, well, I have a place for you.

Yes, you read that right. Poppins Restaurant and Bar is hosting its first Octoberfest here in Metro Manila! Octoberfest or Oktoberfest, is a folk festival which pioneered in Germany. It is known to be the largest beer festival and travelling funfair in the world. 

Though unlike the original Oktoberfest which attracts almost six million visitors annually, Poppins has a different approach and aims for a more intimate yet equally fun-filled event. The food is tasty (This deserves a whole new different blog entry), beer is affordable, the music playlist lifts you in a good mood and the drinking and card games are really entertaining! Believe me, I was a witness on Octoberfest's first night, and the atmosphere was a whole new level of insane. 

Just to remind you again, Octoberfest happens only every Friday for the whole month of October this year. This event will run only four times, and the first night of Octoberfest has already passed. I highly suggest you invite your barkada, co-workers, family or your ~special someone~ so you won't miss a night of enjoyment that Poppins is offering.

My friends and I having a meeting outside Poppins (The whole place transforms at night!)

San Miguel Light and San Miguel Pale Pillsen are made affordable from the price of Php62 to Php32 (that’s Php30 difference guys!) for people who will be playing the games. For those who will play games with shots, you will only pay Php8 per shot. Prizes and giveaways await the winners, so go crazy!

But wait, there's more!

Red Horse Beer is unlimited for only Php175! So drink at your heart's content! 

Are you curious about the different drinking games that Poppins prepared for you? Here's a sneak peek to tickle your fancy. Come check it out:

(Note: Play safe, alright? Alright!)


Liquor Roulette – 1 shot of Vodka, _ (No. of people in the group.) shots of water. See who’s unlucky within your group.
Wheel of Shots – Test your luck. Get a free 300 points worth card with Zing Rewards or win a free prize from Emperador or a free bottle of Smirnoff Mule. There is section in the wheel where you may have to do an ‘acrylic kiss’, it may be a reward or a penalty. If the player cannot do the challenge the player will be fined.
Monopoly Board Game (with a twist) – Chug a beer when you lose a property, drink 2 shots when you go to jail, or take one shot when you land on chance.
Uno Playing Cards (Adult Style) – Each time a player will a lose the game the player must drink 2 shots, each time a player receives a +2 card or a +4 card the receiver will have to drink 1 shot.


Twisted Beer Pong – This is like the original game with its original rules, except rather than just having cups of beer, a number of cups are filled with mysterious liquid in them which the player must still drink.
Flip Cup – Ordinary rules apply. Each team who will win may receive rewards or prizes shouldered by Emperador.
King’s Cup – Ordinary rules apply. Each team who will win may receive rewards or prizes shouldered by Emperador.
Cup Swap – 2 individuals will be provided with 2 cups each, 1 cup is filled with beer while the other cup is empty. They will be given 30 seconds to transfer the beer (using a teaspoon) inside the cup into a vacant cup they are provided with. The player who transferred the most wins, the loser would have to chug all the beer.

Octoberfest @ Poppins is located at Tomas Morato corner Sct. Madriñan, in front of IL Terrazzo, and begins on October 2, 9, 16, and 23. (6PM - Onwards)

For table reservations and general inquiries, contact:

Kyna +639267854810
Cita 09175160565

SEE YOU THERE OR BE SQUARE! (Get it? 'Cuz you're not a-round. So be around!)

Poppins photo shot by: Scarlett Letters
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What I'm Lovin' List (Part 1)

5. PHHHOTO APP Yep, that is not  a typo! That's three Hs. PHHHOTO, which was just released around July of 2014, is basically like Instagram and Vine combined, the only differences are that it's a gallery of one-second GIFs on loop. This might be the next big thing, you guys!

One of the first profiles I happen to first stumble upon were ROOKS & COCONUT_CHU, and they make the most amazing, uh, what do you call them...phhhotos? Haha. Kidding aside, both of them are just incredibly artistic and clever at making GIFs.

I've already made a couple phhhotos myself!

4. BER SEASON To those of you who are unaware of what the 'Ber Season' is, it's the Philippines' way of saying that the Christmas Season has "officially" begun! I believe that the Philippines holds the longest Christmas celebration by any other country, with it starting right when the calendar hits the 'ber' word, meaning, SeptemBER until DecemBER. The Philippines may not have that 'White Christmas' atmosphere since it doesn't snow here, but it's fun to celebrate the holidays! Christmas jingles, sales, parols, Simbang Gabi, endless amount of food—The Ber Months is one, busy yet fun-filled season!

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3. TARON EGERTON Kingsman, anyone? I've watched this movie three times already and I can just swoon over TARON EGERTON's character Eggsy and Taron himself for the whole day. He may be a fresh newcomer in the big screen, but he's no stranger to acting. He was actually trained in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), one of the most prestigious drama schools in the UK, and has been hailed as a 'Student Performer of the Year' back in 2011. No wonder I was instantly attracted at his playful aura and his overall badass-ery in the movie. He can pull off a bad boy image as well as a spiffy young spy altogether so effortlessly!

OH and, have you heard his Welsh accent? Oh dear. 

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2. AMERICAN CANDY ALBUM AMERICAN CANDY is THE MAINE's newest album, and this was actually released back in March! I've been listening to this album non-stop! I've always been a fan of this American rock band ever since high school, having to be able to watch them live five times already (and I still want more!). I was lucky enough to meet them, and mind you, they are one of the most down-to-earth people ever. They're really nice—too nice actually, that they're currently on the road performing concert shows for FREE.

Some of my favorite songs are Miles Away, Same Suit, Different Tie and 24 Floors from this album. Let me know what yours are!

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1. IMPRACTICAL JOKERS This is my most favorite reality series! Q, Murr, Sal and Joe are four lifelong friends hailing from NYC who compete with each other and take on dares and pranks on a highly embarrassing, insanely funny, outrageously wacky levels. Mind you, some of the punishments at the end of their show are downright harsh and sometimes physically hurtful, but all four of them are good sports and that's what makes them so, so awesome.

Of all the hidden-camera prank television programs, this was the only show that made me bust out in tears, clap like a manic seal and laugh so hard I actually rotfl. It's painfully funny, you guys—figuratively and literally. I usually end up slapping my brother due to my uncontrollable fits of laughter because of them. If you want to brighten up your dull day then go watch IMPRACTICAL JOKERS now.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September 2015 Playlist

I haven't posted a playlist in a long time already! Today, I decided to make another #GirlPower playlist for you guys (and gals). All but two of the songs are in a different language (Up Dharma Down's Luna is in Filipino while Amber Liu's Beautiful is in Korean,) but go and give it a listen! I bet you'll love it! I suggest you look up the English translation, if you're curious as to what they're singing about. I've been listening to female vocalists lately! Who is your favorite? Let me know, I love discovering new music!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

No Chill, Hong Kong: Day 3 - Ocean Park, Night Shopping & Avenue of Stars

Ocean Park Hong Kong
Day 3 is here! We rode a taxi going to Ocean Park because it's quite near to where we're staying (around 20 minutes or so,) and there was no traffic getting there. The traffic that we experienced though, was the people inside Ocean Park. It was packed, like we, the tourists and locals collectively decided to go here on the same day. Good thing we already had our tickets beforehand, so entering the premises was a breeze.

Ocean Park Hong Kong is divided into two parts: The Waterfront (Lowlands) and The Summit (Headlands). You have the option ride the cable car or the Ocean Express funicular railway to The Summit, but for me, the cable car could actually serve as a better transportation to and from both areas, though I may be bias, since I didn't get to ride the Ocean Express. The cable car ride is around fifteen minutes long as opposed to the express which is just four minutes. Nonetheless, riding the cable car will definitely give you a spectacular view of the ocean.

My sister posing at Ocean Park Hong Kong
Carnival games!
One of the scariest rides I've ever ridden
When we arrived to The Summit, what we first saw was a giant scary clown, only to realize that giant scary clown in front of us was a new ride in Hong Kong called the 'Hair Raiser'. It was a fitting name for it—the creepy clown face would automatically make the hair at the back of your neck stand on its ends. Unfortunately, it was closed due to the strong winds. It was quite a bummer since the ride seemed exciting! 

Hair Raiser
Schoolkids having their field trip!
Waiting for dad and bros
An awesome view of Hong Kong Island
Night Shopping
Our last activity in Hong Kong consisted of a night of dining out and shopping. We walked along Hankow, Peking, Ashley and Nathan Road. Going there, you'll see lots of people everywhere, and as for me, it'll be a great area to rent a condo here as when you go down, rows of eateries and shopping centers would welcome you. Though our tour guide once mentioned to us that the cost of living in the city is pricey—a condo would cost you HK$20,000 a month, around Php120,000. Despite that though, shopping is fairly cheap, as it has a number of outlet and discount stores. So to those who are in a budget, yep, Hong Kong is the place for you to buy some pasalubong for your family!

As the night was already getting later, we decided to hail a cab back to our hotel. We had a hard time getting a taxi and not because there weren't any passing our way—there were plentiful, actually. It's just that all of them could only accommodate up to 4 passengers only, and we were 6. Finally, we saw a taxi that could ride up to 5 passengers. My little sister was an exception since she can just fit in knowing that she's small.

NOTE: Not all taxi drivers can understand English! So it'll be convenient if you can write down on a piece of paper where you're headed to in their language, just in case!

For more information and reviews regarding taxis in Hong Kong, click here.

Avenue of Stars
Avenue of Stars was one of the last places that we visited in Hong Kong. It's like Hong Kong's very own Hollywood Walk of Fame! Located in Tsim Sha Tsui at Victoria Harbour Waterfront, it's a walkway stretching around 440 meters long to pay tribute for Hong Kong's local celebrities in their film industry. We spotted a statue of Bruce Lee as well as the stars of Jackie Chan's and Jet Li's—probably just three of Hong Kong's celebrities that I am familiar with. Although it was super hot and sunny, the promenade in the daytime provided us a gorgeous panoramic sight of the harbour!

No Chill, Hong Kong
Going back and seeing this place in a newer perspective made me appreciate their city more. Hong Kong has no chill, alright—same as Macau, but I didn't intend to put that in a bad light. Despite that it literally has no chill because of the hot weather, I meant to say that people here are always on the go. I highly admire the local's firmness of character as well as their sense of punctuality. If you're a tourist here, you might lost track of time, all because both Hong Kong and Macau has lots to offer. You're energy will be drained, but not you're excitement. Oh, and knowing that I just turned 21 years old, I can legally gamble in one of Macau's casinos already! Woo-hoo!

Haha, kidding. Looks like I have no chill as well.

Did you miss Day 1 and Day 2? Check out my past adventures down below!

Want to see my other blogventures? Come check out my travels from Batanes & South Korea

TL;DR? Alrighty then, let my little sister tour you in her YouTube video about her Hong Kong & Macau adventures! #DonutSelfie

Shots fired with: Canon EOS 550D

Monday, August 31, 2015

No Chill, Hong Kong: Day 2 - City Tour & Macau

City Tour
We had to take a boat from Hong Kong to Macau and we left early morning. Okay so allow to me share with you one incident that happened during a boat ride that made my jaw dropped:

We were already in our designated boat seats when one of the crew members from the boat reprimanded a passenger that was seats behind me in a surprisingly loud and intense voice. I didn't know what he was being reprimanded about, because he was speaking in a different language. I was just so shocked because only my family and fellow Filipinos who were with us aboard on the ride caught our attention, and the rest didn't seem to be bothered at all, like it was just a normal occurrence to them. 

To any Hong Kongese readers, is this a norm? It made me really believe that Hong Kong has no chill. Well, this incident, that is. 

Back to the tour, we had an itinerary all allotted for our day and night trip in Macau. The weather was wavering: sometimes it rained, then for a few minutes later the sun will peek. The first stop that we went to was the Macau Tower, which was built in 2001. The tower is famous for its height (338 meters, that's around a thousand feet!) and its activities such as bungee jumping, wall climbing and skywalking!

I didn't get to take a picture of the tower because it was pouring rain at that time! We got to settle by the deck though, and it did give us a great view of the Sai Van bridge, a cable-stayed bridge in Macau: 

(from afar) Sai Van Bridge. The Macau Tower is just right beside us!
Macau street food
Macau souvenirs!
Ruins of St. Paul
Visiting another country's landmarks and famed architectures were my favorites part in our itinerary. Yes, theme parks are just as awesome, but it's nice to gain even just a brief historical knowledge about the country that you're visiting. 

One of the places that I enjoyed during our visit in Macau was to be able to see the Ruins of St. Paul which was constructed in the late 16th century. The church was burnt down thrice and once escaped a horrific typhoon during the 19th century, unfortunately only sparing the church's façade.

Outside the church
Back of the church
A-Ma Temple
After visiting the St. Paul church, our tours bus then headed of to the A-Ma Temple which is situated in the southeastern part of Macau. It was around a fifteen-minute ride, and the sun was already at its peak by the time we went there. We alighted at a communal parking area for buses, and we had to make a five-minute walk to the temple. Only my mom, my two brothers and I went, as my little sister was exhausted from the ride, so she and my dad didn't follow and decided to stay inside.

Inside the temple!

A-Ma Temple is one of the oldest Taoist temple in Macau. I believe it is also one of the popular temples too, since the volume of the people were so high! I didn't really get to enjoy it here though, mainly because it was too crowded inside, and we only had twenty-minute stop here. This is probably one of the disadvantages of joining a guided group tour—we have no hold of the time. It would be nice to explore the place with no time restraint. Nonetheless, to be able to see it is quite enough! 

Outside A-Ma Temple
Just eating ice cream on a bright, sunny day in Macau
The Venetian Macau
Our last stop was the Venetian Macau. This was our last stop, and it's all up to us to catch our boat ride back in Hong Kong, as our tour guide already left us and the rest of our group on our own. (They charge you for tip: around HK$50 per passenger) 

The Venetian is an upscale, Italian-themed casino and resort, filled with lots of luxurious accommodations and entertainment. We spent around FOUR hours in this place, and we ended up buying at McDonald's because it sure ain't cheap here. I mean, the look from the outside was intimidating enough! Oh and no, it's not that picture below. It's just one of Macau's grand buildings in the making. I didn't get a clear shot of the outer part of The Venetian, sadly.

We entered the place and I was in awe. It was quite snazzy and really, really big. There's half a chance you'll get lost in the place if you're a first-time visitor, so to all families who are bringing a child with them—hold them tight!

The first thing that you will see once you go past the the first floor is the casinos. Mind you, there were hundreds people flocking over here and there, mostly headed by tour groups. We all rode the escalator and I was scared it'll give in!

Fortunately we reached up to the second floor in one piece. We headed to Little Italy and once you're there, you will be welcomed with colorful buildings and detailed architectures, linked bridges and ceilings that are painted with bright skies, giving the effect that you're just strolling outside Venice. There was also a replica of a grand canal, and it accommodates gondola rides with matching singing gondoliers as well!

Felt like I was in Venezia!
Hong Kong At Night
This was my last shot after we have just arrived from our hour-long boat trip from Macau back to Hong Kong—a blurry picture of Hong Kong's skyline. The city was pretty much alive but I sure wasn't. It was a tiring but fun adventure, but more of it still awaits on our third and final day in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong at night
On a further note:

I Have A Travel Question!

Which do you prefer—joining a guided group tour or traveling on your own?

Let me hear your thoughts! 

Shots fired with: Canon EOS 550D

See you on Day 3!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

No Chill, Hong Kong: Day 1 - Disneyland & Hollywood

Disney's Hollywood Hotel
It feels glad to be back in Hong Kong! Almost two months have passed since we last visited here, and it has been almost five years since we first visited here. Nothing changed, the heat was still quite unbearable as before!

We landed in Hong Kong in the morning, and thank goodness the time zones didn't differ back in the Philippines. Aren't jet lags the worst?

Day one of our trip and we stayed in Disney's Hollywood Hotel, right about five minutes away from the "Happiest Place on Earth." This is where we also got to stay five years ago, but back then I still wasn't blogging about it. So hey! Let me show you how Hollywood Hotel is overwhelmed with Mickey Mouse and friends!

Even the food is shaped like a Mickey Mouse, or every Disney character ever. The buffet was scrumptious! Pricey, but scrumptious nonetheless! 

Of course, the ultimate Disney dining experience wouldn't be complete if you didn't get a picture with CHEF MICKEY HIMSELF. Behold, a mouse that can cook! 

Chef Mickey!
Disneyland Hong Kong

I quite enjoyed the new attraction that was just opened in Disneyland, which is Toy Story Land, so I  basked in the child-like atmosphere of it. This section of the theme park was bursting with colors (and people as well). It actually made me feel quite nostalgic since Toy Story is a part of probably every 90s kid ever

This entry was quite short but I still have around three (or four?) more Hong Kong-related entries to write about! This post was actually long overdue, as I'm doing a lot of things lately (minus actual work as I'm still enjoying the ~unemployed~ life,) but I just want to let you know this blog is still very much alive and kicking!

Tips and Reminders
1.) If you're planning to visit Hong Kong on the month of May, do not forget to bring an umbrella or sunscreen! The weather variesone day it'll be gloomy and it will rain, and one day it'll burn your skin off because of the intense heat.

2.) Language, language! Hong Kong also has a slight language barriersometimes (well, to the ones I have encountered at least,) they communicate non-verbally. So I suggest you brush up some Chinese words!

3.) Punctuality. When you book a trip to Hong Kong with a scheduled tour for example, expect them to arrive and come back on time! Based from our experience, they only wait around twenty minutes max.


Shots fired with: Canon EOS 550D

See you on Day 2!