Palawan: Reasons why it is the best place for retirees

Paradise. Is a word that describes the resorts in Palawan. The country’s last ecological frontier as they may say. It is where we can find beauty of the nature’s wonders that surrounds it. The smell of the ocean breeze and the beautiful scenery are one of the things that you don’t want to miss.

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Knowing that Philippines is rich in natural resources, many Filipinos and Foreigners choose to make Philippines as their second home. Away from the noise of the busy city and a place where pollution is not an option, are the things they usually consider in choosing a place to live.

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Some of the retirees will make sure that the place where they want to stay is a place where they can call it a home. They usually check whether the place is worthy to live for retirement or not. Sometimes, they have this ‘qualifications’ in mind before they decide where to stay.

With qualifications in mind, Palawan has its own beauty where one can say it is a home away from home. It is a place where one can be satisfied in everything he does. Yet some of the retirees still can’t decide where and what place is suitable for their retirement. Giving you some reasons why Palawan is the best and suitable place for retirees might help you out.

  • Breathtaking scenery

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This is one of the reasons why Palawan is suitable place for retirees. The beautiful sunrise and sunset, the vast blue sea, and the fauna and flora can mesmerized you. Seeing these breathtaking sceneries, it can make you feel more relax and at ease. It is the best place especially people who are into nature.

  • Peaceful and clean environment

 

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Not like other provinces, Palawan is not overcrowded. They respect and live their lives peacefully. Not only living a peaceful and simple life, they also maintain clean and green policy where everyone abides in it. The people living in there are discipline when it comes to cleanliness with their surroundings. They are a nature lover which they give value into it.

  • Friendly

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Filipinos are known to be friendly and hospitable. A smile will welcome you whenever you run into them and greets you warmly. They also care for you, and willingly give you a helping hand whenever you need one. They will also let you feel that you are always welcome in the neighborhood. These are the traits of the Filipinos that foreign people loved the most.

  • Cheap

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Buying is not problem when it comes to goods, rentals and house and lot in the Philippines, since they are cheap. Especially buying it in wholesale prices, it can really let you save a lot. Discounts are also common when buying wholesale products. Though it may be cheap, the quality of the product is not compromised. Not just in buying something, services are also cheap. You can tip them with money or snacks, as long as it is heartily given.

These reasons may be simple but it can make an impact in your way of living. It helps you decide whether Palawan is worth the place or not. A place like Palawan, gives you the security of a home, pleasure and the satisfactory where individual dreams to have. It is a simple life to live yet it is full of great opportunities and memories to make.

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We all do know that being away from home is an adjustment to make. Especially deciding for a place to retire, it requires deep thought before you give in. The thought if it is worth the living, the adjustments and the sacrifices before moving may be hard. But when there is a place where you can fall in love with, it is worth it all.

7 Basic Reminders in Traveling

When going to a business trip or on vacation, there are a lot of things that runs to our mind. What to wear? What to pack? How will I get there? Is there a budget hotel in Manila where I can stay? Or am I really be ok to travel? These questions keep bugging us whenever we are about to go on a trip.

Sometimes having these questions in mind, or when we get too excited, we tend to forget important things that need to be done or bring. To not plan ahead means spoiling the fun, and of course, we don’t want that to happen. These are just few basic and simple reminders to help travelers on their trip.

Have a checklist

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Forgetting important things that needs to bring is a no-no on a trip. You don’t want to freak out knowing that you didn’t bring the most important thing. And you totally don’t what to ruin the trip. To avoid, jotting down the things you need to bring is always helpful. This is very useful especially to those people who are usually forgetful.

You can also let someone remind you that you have to bring that certain thing. At least one way or another, you will never forget what you should bring.

Do not overload yourself

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Going to a trip is no fun when you carry a lot of things. Bringing unnecessary things might bother you in enjoying the trip. You just have to bring what is important and useful for you. Don’t bring excess baggage and pack the things that are necessary.

When you pack, arrange your things neatly and orderly. It is one way to save up space on your traveling bag.

Place valuable things in a safe bag/pouch

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Being in a fast paced environment, it is advisable to place your valuables (Cellphones, wallets, passports, IDs) in a handy and safe bag or pouch where you can easily take it out in times when you need it. You don’t have to search your entire bag looking for the things that you need. Just make sure that it is placed safe away from the sight of the thieves. Doing so can make your trip more convenient.

Dress comfortably

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When going to a trip, you have to wear clothes that make you comfortable. You can wear rugged or casual in going for vacation, and a semi-formal will do in going for business trips/meetings. You can wear anything you want for as long as it is easy and comfortable for you to move.

The type and style of your clothes also matters but what really count is how comfortable you are in what you wear. Because wearing comfortable clothes gives you confidence in every move you make.

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Always have your cellphones, laptops and other gadgets on a full battery. In case you get lost or an emergency, you can easily find and get help. These gadgets can help you connect to the people around you and without it; it would take time for you to get to your destination and finding people might not be easy.

Just ask

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The keyword in every trip, especially when going to a place for the first time is ‘ASK’. Ask whether what direction is headed to that particular place? Ask what means of transportation you need to ride in going there? Just ask. There is no wrong in asking questions to the people who lived there. They will be much willing to help and guide you in your way.

There is a caveat though, be careful who you ask. Just make sure that you ask the person who is reliable enough to guide you in your trip.

Eat

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This is a must. It is very important to eat especially when traveling. You cannot do things and think properly when you have an empty stomach. You might collapse in the middle of the trip due to hunger, God forbid. You must have at least a snack on your bag, anytime you can eat it whenever you are hungry.

These are simple and basic reminders yet it is the most important things that we need to do before going to a trip. Planning and organizing things ahead can make the trip more fun and exciting without any hindrances. Try it! It’s definitely useful.

The perks of being a traveler

Traveling is one of the most exciting factors in our lives. The feeling of excitement and anxiety mixing up, especially when going to a place where you totally have no idea where in the world you are. There are a lot of cities in the Philippines that you want to explore; Makati City can be one of those. A city where the word ‘ask’, is a necessity.

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Aside from traveling to a place where nature is abundant, traveling and exploring cities can be fun. Struggling from the jeepney ride, the place, the crowd and especially from the noise makes the travel more exciting, and exhausting you may say. But it’s worth it.

There will always be a good and a fun side in travelling. One way or another, travelling can expand the possibilities on how you perceive life in different aspects. Perceiving it positively, can create good vibes with good and satisfying outcomes.

 Opportunities

This is one of the things you don’t want to miss. Great opportunities right up ahead. Even though you are just traveling, exploring and you don’t intend to stay longer than you planned, there are a lot of simple things where it could be the start of a great opportunity for you. Being in the city means grasping what is ahead. Opportunity may come in different forms, be it materially, physically, spiritually, intellectually and emotionally. You can have those things just by travelling productively.

“Opportunity knocks only once.” Cliché as it may seem, yet it holds value to whoever seeks. It will come, if you let it.

Meeting new friends

Traveling from place to place gives you the chance to meet different people with different personalities. You can have the chance to know what interest them the most, the ins and outs of today and shares some insights that can make us inspire to do more in our lives.

You can also get to meet potential people who are willing to help you in your endeavors. Listening to their experiences might give you an idea what to do next. It is not bad though, having an idea out of their experiences might be one of the opportunities you are looking for. It is a great opportunity hanging out with them and learns something from them.

Understanding their way of living

In every particular place you go, they have a culture that they are used to. Staying some time in that place, you can observe different practices that are new to you. It may be awkward when you encounter these practices since you are not used in doing it. Asking them politely about their culture might help you understand deeper and better.

At the end of the day, you have to accept their practices for you to adapt in their environment. There is no harm though in adapting their culture and the way they live. Trying to do one of those practices might be fun after all. You will get used to it, eventually.

There is always fun in travelling

When you travel, be it for business meetings, outings or travelling alone, there will always be fun in it. You will be amused by the busy city day and night, the people who passes by the streets to and fro, and the way how you made up your day. Recalling the activities that you did at the end of the day, you will have at least one thing that makes you happy. And in every simple thing that can make us happy, it can make a wonderful and unforgettable experience. Who knows, you will write or share your enjoyable experiences to your families and friends, and they might decide to go to that particular place and experience the things you have been experiencing.

Top 5 most annoying acts when shopping

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Everybody loves shopping. Who doesn’t?  Especially when shopping malls in the Philippines have thousands of things in store for you, you’ll definitely want to give in to those temptations. Well, giving into those things is not bad at all when you have the budget.

Shopping is fun when you have a companion. Sometimes, if not most of the times, companions can be useful when it comes to giving an opinion in choosing what’s in or not, what’s nice or not. But there are just times that you can’t avoid being annoyed with them. And I’m sure, you totally can relate to these annoying acts.

#5: Forgets that he/she have a companion

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When you enjoy choosing a thing to buy, you are so engross with it. Which one is nicer? What color will I choose? Is it really worth it? I like this one, but I like that one too. These questions preoccupy your mind forgetting you have someone besides you. And then when you decide to go to another stall or store, you immediately walk leaving your companion behind. And guess; your companion pitifully followed you and chasing you for in case you don’t mind having one.

Tip of advice: include him/her in your dilemmas, ask them. You don’t know, they might be the one who can answer your questions. Plus, you will never forget that you have a companion. It’s worth it.

#4: Constantly following you around (like a tail)

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Sometimes, it is awkward when someone is following you wherever you go. Especially when he/she is not quite helpful to you, being followed by them is quite nuisance. Of course, you would not say “you go wherever you want, just don’t follow me”, that’s totally rude. Well, you have to endure it until you go home.

Tip of advice: while he/she follows you around, try to start a conversation. Like what #5 does, ask them. They can be useful. Also, try to ask whether there is a place where they want to go, tell them it is fine and you’ll just meet in a certain place and time.

#3: Distant walking and prolonged standing time

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“Can we just stick to one store?” Well, think again when you want to ask this question, it is a no-no especially when you are with a girl. Girls would not be contented with only one store. They usually do store hoping to see if there is something better than the previous one. Most girls are meticulous in prices, designs and whatever they are looking for. When they don’t see the things that they are looking, expect to walk and walk from store to store. Enjoy!

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Long lines when paying for the bills or taking some order. Call it a patience test. Expect that to happen especially when you are buying when everybody does. Just don’t wear heals and you will be fine.

Tip of advice: patience is always a virtue. Just try to enjoy while you wait. It will be done eventually.

#2: Silence…

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Awkward, yes it is definitely awkward! Having a companion with little words can make the shopping day a boring day. It is not a total silence though, but the thought of having a companion that doesn’t talk a lot can make you feel bored. It is just the same when you shop alone. Why did you let him/her be your companion again?!

Tip of advice. When you encounter this situation, take the lead. Be the talker. Talk about what interests you both and stick to it. Sometimes, these people are shy. You just have to take a step for them to open up and start to talk.

Note: just don’t talk a lot; he/she might get annoyed with your noisy talks. Be moderate!

#1: SALE! NO BUDGET!!!

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Yes! Shout it out! You are not just annoyed, you are pissed! Ugh! Save it!

 

5 Signs of a food aficionado

We eat. That’s inevitable! Restaurants in the Philippines, caters mouth-watering foods that we Filipinos can’t resist. Especially it is now the season of Christmas; “to eat” is all in our minds. We can call it a “crime” when you reject a food that is served to you; it is a sign of disrespect. So for you not to offend someone, you have to eat what was offered. See? It’s inevitable!

Eating is one of the things Filipinos love to do. People eat not just because they are hungry, they eat because they may be depressed, to change their mood or simply for snacks. That is why we can see a lot of different restaurants because one way or another, eating is a therapy.

Be it at home, office or mall, we eat, every day. We usually tend to go different restaurants/cafes to try their specialties. They cater specific specialties for the people to eat, and for them to be recognized by food aficionados.

Unlike other people, food aficionado can be helpful when it comes to food matters. They can be expert when it comes to the tastes of a particular food or delicacies. You’ll know when you or someone is a food aficionado when you notice these signs.

  • Knows where and what restaurant is good

These people know what food specialties the particular restaurant has. They know what restaurant that is near to you and where it is located. They also know what restaurant is cheaper than the other. Food aficionado knows where to buy that particular food and they will guide and recommend you for a specific restaurant that suits your taste.

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  • Knows 24-hours restaurant/fast food chains/ cafe

Being hungry at the middle of the night is a pain. Knowing where and what food chains are open 24/7 is an advantage. They usually know their contact numbers for deliveries and know what packages they can avail when budget is on tight.

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  • Knows the delicacies of the specific provinces for pasalubong

One of the practices Filipinos always do is to bring pasalubong for their love ones. When ask what delicacies those particular provinces have, they can recommend you something to buy or eat. They can name every delicacy in towns and in provinces.

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  • Keeps coupons to avail discounts

Food aficionados are fun of having coupons. They usually have different coupons from different restaurants. It’s a savior for barkada treats and when you are on a budget saves. Coupons are their best friend.

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  • Likes it when it’s free

We Filipinos are known to be generous. We usually give something to someone. And admit it! We like it when someone will treat us, especially when it comes to eating.

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You don’t need to worry when you have these symptoms, it’s not contagious. You can even make a person happy out of it. Being a food aficionado has always its advantage, it can always satisfy our cravings and our stomach.

Filipinos are also known to be a good cook. We cook our food deliciously for us to appreciate the taste of the food. Food can never been this good when you are hungry. We also appreciate it when someone put their effort to cook especially just for us. And we can’t say ‘no’ to them.

We eat not just simply we want to eat. Sometimes, it’s also one way of making bond with your friends and families. There you can chat and laugh, and make a good memory out of it. It’s not all the time we can have a good time with our love ones, dining with them makes us feel like we belong. So go and have yourself a treat!

Fine Dining Tips For First-Timers

Eating is such a basic activity for humans and yet this activity does not seem so basic at all when you do it at a fine dining restaurant. There are a lot of formalities and unspoken rules when it comes to fine dining and a person who will be trying it for the first time may get confused and overwhelmed.

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If you will be put trying out fine dining in Manila soon, it is best to familiarize yourself with what you need to know and remember. Below are some tips for those who might find themselves inside a posh restaurant in Ayala Center or any other fine dining restaurant soon.

  • Mimic other people. The safest thing to do when in doubt is to mimic other people. Unsure of how to sit? Do not know which utensil to use? Check out other diners in the establishment and try to approximate the average or the safest choice for you.
  • Work from outside in. This applies to knives and forks which can be daunting for a lot of people. Expect to see several pieces of flatware on your table and try not to be overwhelmed. The rule of thumb with flatware is to work from the outside going in. In other words, the outer most cutleries or those farthest from you are what you should use first.
  • Eat small. Fine dining is not for big bites and sloppy eating; it is for eating small portions. Cut the pieces into small sizes and put down your cutlery after every bite. Servers use your cutlery as signals for when you are finished eating which by placing your knife and fork together in the center of the plate vertically. If you are not yet done, cross the tips of your knife and fork on your plate or leave it an angle if you are using only one of them.
  • Dab, not wipe. The napkin should be unfolded and placed on your knees before eating; never put it at the front of your shirt or dress. When you need to clean your mouth, just dab your mouth and never wipe. When you need to go somewhere, place your napkin on your seat to signal the server that you are not yet done.
  • Wait for others. In fine dining etiquette, you should not start eating unless everyone has been served their food. This can be a challenge if you are attending a big event, but during these events, you may go ahead of other guests if your host has given you the signal to start.

Five Things To Consider When Picking A Hotel To Stay In

Whether you are leaving for a business convention or traveling in leisure, you are bound to stay in a hotel during one of your trips. Choosing a wrong one may lead to unpleasant experiences and wasted money. It is only sensible that you pick the right accommodation to ensure that you receive the comfort you deserve. 

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Raffles Makati offers suites and Residences

What To Consider When Picking A Hotel To Stay In

Learn some basic tips on what to consider when picking a hotel to stay in. Here are five tricks to help you through.

  1. Prices and rates. Suppose you are based in Cebu and you’ve been assigned to give an in-house training in one of your branches in Makati City. With over 60 Makati hotels to choose from, how do you know where to go to? This is where research comes in. Identify your budget and note down all the places that fall within the range of what you have in mind.
  1. Location. Another important consideration is location of the place. Is it far from the office? How near is it from the bustling area of the city? While you may be there for business purposes, it would be nice if you can easily go around the metro to do some shopping or maybe sight-seeing, at least anytime you feel like you want to unwind.
  1. Meal options. More often than not, breakfast is usually offered for free. How about lunch or dinner? While you can always order room service or dine in on one of their restaurants, do remember that it may cost you a lot. It would be wiser then to opt for hotels that are within walking distance from local eating establishments or those with an option to prepare your own meals like a room with small kitchen perhaps?
  1. Amenities and customer service. Do you see a need to visit a spa or massage center after long hours of work? How about a dry-cleaning service? Do they have Wi-fi access inside your suite? Identify what type of facilities you want included for the duration of your stay. Assess how quick and responsive their customer service too. You may have found the perfect accommodation but if you are not treated well, what’s the point?
  1. Reviews and ratings. Take time to browse the internet and read customer feedbacks. If no review has been done yet, find something else. It helps to check the star ratings as well.

Daycation or Staycation – You Choose!

A vacation in the city is next to impossible. Well, that was before. What we see today is a throng of urban dwellers who chose to stay in their respective homes instead to enjoy everything that the city has to offer. Makati City is not an exemption, with all the fine-looking façades and landscapes of shops, hotels, skyscrapers, high-rise condominiums, shopping centers, etc.

The city is a haven for both daycationers and staycationers.

A daycationer is a day-tripper wherein he or she visits a particular destination and returns home at the end of the day. Daycation is suitable for families with young children and individuals and families with pets. For daycationers, a night away from home may be cost-prohibitive that’s why they chose to explore the city during the day and spend the rest of the day at home instead of staying in one of the many Makati City hotels.

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Anyhow, there are various tourist destinations in Makati City that daycationers may go to. Some examples are the Ayala Museum, Makati Museum, Philippine Army Museum, Yuchengco Museum, Filipinas Heritage Library, Sanctuario de San Antonio, Greenbelt Chapel, Guadalupe Church, Guadalupe Ruins, Ayala Triangle Gardens, Washington SyCip Park, Legazpi Active Park and Makati Park and Garden. PhilippineBoards.com also considers Makati Malls or Ayala Centers as must-visit tourist spots.

A staycationer, on the other hand, is an individual, family or group of individuals who choose to stay at home or in any of Makati City hotels for a night or two, making the most of their stays. At home, staycationers may set up a swimming pool or other pleasurable activities. On the other hand, there are hundreds of hotels in Makati City, some of which are classified as 5-star, classic luxury and boutique hotels as well as branded and lifestyle hotels. Don’t fret though because they offer reasonably priced rates, making them suitable for a staycation.

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Numerous Makati City hotels such as Fairmont Makati, Raffles Hotel and Holiday Inn & Suites Makati boast not just of their amenities and facilities, but also of the experience that only luxury hotels in Makati can provide. It is the incomparable view of the magnificent Makati skyline at night. Not to mention, these hotels are multi-awarded and 100% family friendly, so staying for the night is a welcome idea.

Either daycationing or staycationing, bottom-line is you will get to enjoy the best of Makati City daytime and nighttime. Sometimes, it is not about the budget, but rather about the enriching experience of exploring the very place that you spend your everyday life. Who knows what you will discover on your next daycation or staycation, right?

Ayala Land unveils P80-billion Arca South development

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April 22, 2014 – Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) has embarked on an P80-billion master-planned project in Arca South, a 74- hectare central business district (CBD) strategically located near the southern ends of major thoroughfares EDSA and C5, and right along the South Luzon Expressway.  ALI’s investment will be phased over the next five years as the former FTI Complex is transformed from a collection of old warehouses into a mixed-use commercial development.  It will comprise of residential communities, retail centers, office buildings, other establishments such as a hotel and a hospital, as well as recreational green spaces.

Arca South is located about six kilometers from Makati CBD and Bonifacio Global City, both premier CBD developments undertaken by ALI, and is expected to complement the business, living and recreational needs of these areas.

The name Arca South is derived from the word “arch,” a structure that typically indicates a welcoming entrance, as the development will serve as the gateway of the South.

“We envision Arca South to become an entrance to Metro Manila for those coming from the south – via SLEX from Alabang, NUVALI, Cavite or for those using the RORO [roll on – roll off] ships, even from as far South as Mindanao,” said Meean Dy, Ayala Land Vice President and Strategic Landbank Management Group Head.

Further improving accessibility is the government’s Southeast Intermodal Transport System (ITS) project, which is expected to accommodate an estimated 4,000 buses and 200,000 commuters a day.  The terminal will be a central station for all provincial buses carrying passengers to and from Laguna, Batangas, Quezon and Bicol.

The Skyway and C5/C6 connector road project will provide access ramps to Arca South as well as separate ramps to the Southeast ITS. Meanwhile, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is only a 10-minute drive from the development.

“As is typical for an Ayala Land development, the heart of the city will be a highly pedestrianized center,” added Ms. Dy.

Arca South will feature three distinct retail areas. It will have its own version of Bonifacio High Street, an open green space flanked by retail developments on both sides.  This lifestyle mall will feature upscale fashion stores, specialty retail and select dining establishments integrated with a lush landscaped park. It will also have a transit-oriented mall linked to the Southeast ITS to serve commuters.  For a complete shopping experience, Arca South will open a regional mall with 150,000 sqm of leasable space offering diverse shopping, dining and entertainment choices.

Read more here: http://www.ayalaland.com.ph/ayala-land-unveils-p80-billion-arca-south-development/