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FoodSpotting in Boracay

Have you ever wandered off to an unknown place and thought… “how would I know where to go? Where should I eat? WHAT should I eat?”

FoodSpotting Boracay Map

FoodSpotting Boracay Map

Various social media apps and sites would be helpful for tourists or traveling businessmen. Some of these are Fouraquare and Trip Advisor. A lot of social media savvy people get a helpful travel tips from these apps. My favorite among these apps is FoodSpotting. Why? Because my favorite thing to do is eat.

During our recent family vacation to Boracay, some of us already had a few restaurants in mind. And Google was also very helpful in suggesting restaurants. The problem really was in knowing what dishes to order from those restaurants. This is where FoodSpotting is helpful.

Check out the FoodSpotting map of Boracay above. And this one below that screen captured from the FoodSpotting Android App, using my Samsung Galaxy SIII Mini:

FoodSpotting Android App Boracay Map

FoodSpotting Android App Boracay Map

FoodSpotting doesn’t just recommend restaurants, it recommends dishes.

FoodSpotting not only recommends restaurants, it also recommends dishes. It gives users the opportunity to recommend specific dishes in restaurants by uploading a photo the dish, naming it, naming where it can be ordered or bought, and describing what it is. The uploader can even leave a note on whether or not he loved the dish or not. Other users can comment on the photo and mark it as something they also love or something they want.

So if you’re in an area you’ve never been to, you can just open the FoodSpotting app and search for the latest and most recommended food in the area.

Thanks to FoodSpotting, my family and I were able to experience some of the best dishes in Boracay. Some of these food finds are:

FoodSpotting English Bakery and Tea Room's Special Breakfast Set

FoodSpotting English Bakery and Tea Room’s Special Breakfast Set

FoodSpotting Hama Japanese Cuisine's Gyudon Stamina

FoodSpotting Hama Japanese Cuisine’s Gyudon Stamina

FoodSpotting Jonah's Shakes' Mango Melon Shake

FoodSpotting Jonah’s Shakes’ Mango Melon Shake

FoodSpotting Aria Cucina Italiano's Gelato

FoodSpotting Aria Cucina Italiano’s Gelato

More on these on my food blog, soon. For the meantime, check out my very own FoodSpotting tips:

  • If you’re a food spotter, especially if you’re a food blogger, FoodSpotting is also a great way to instantly upload your food photos and notes.
  • It can also be a way to promote your blog or site.
  • FoodSpotting also makes it easy for you to share your food discoveries on Instagram and Foursquare. You can upload the photo via Instagram and even put it on the map with a Foursquare connection.
  • FoodSpotting is also very helpful in knowing the latest food finds in your very own neighborhood.
  • FoodSpotting is available for both iOS and Android users. Just open your app store and search for FoodSpotting.

As a food spotter who loves discovering new food finds and sharing them with my friends, it pays to have a reliable data plan that allows me to surf and share anywhere I may be. As a Globe subscriber, I get to enjoy my smartphone with Globe PowerSurf 499 which gives me 1GB of consumable mobile data valid for 30 days.

Spot the best data plan for you. Check http://surf.globe.com.ph to get started.

Globe Prepaid GoSakto

Create Your Own Prepaid Combo with Globe GoSakto

Don’t you wish there’s a prepaid mobile service plan fit for your needs? Now, there’s one. With GoSakto, you can tailorfit a prepaid package for your needs.

Globe Prepaid GoSakto

Globe Prepaid GoSakto

After Globe Prepaid launched the ground-breaking *143# service, Globe has expanded the service with GoSakto.

In just a few easy to do steps, you can avail the combination of services you need, for the period you need it, for the amount you have budgeted.

To avail of the GoSakto services, just dial *143# and go through the menu. You can choose from Calls Only, SMS Only, Mobile Internet Only, or any combination of the above. Conversely, you can also start with just a budget and pick from other parameters. And you can even name your chosen GoSakto combo and share it with your friends or followers.

For example, whenever I need to do text blasts, I avail of the 100 SMS to all networks for 1 day. This is only worth P12. That’s great value for my money. And the promo is just right for my needs. And when I travel, I choose the appropriate combination of services that will fit my budget and my needs during my travel. I usually get the combination of SMS to all networks plus unlimited calls to Globe/TM numbers.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to avail of Unli calls to Globe/TM + 1000 txts to all net valid for 1 day at only P25:

  1. Dial *143#.
  2. Choose 1 GoSakto.
  3. Choose 1 Create a promo.
  4. Choose 4 Call & Text.
  5. Choose 1 To Globe/TM.
  6. Choose 5 Unlimited.
  7. Choose 2 To all networks.
  8. Choose 4 1000.
  9. Choose 4 1 day.
  10. Prompt will say: “UNLI CALLS TO GLOBE/TM + 1000 ALL NET TXTS FOR 1 DAY: P25 to register.” Choose 1 Go lang nang go! Register. OR name your promo first.
  11. Globe will send you a confirmation message with the details of the promo you just created and registered for.

The *143# menus and prompts are easy to follow. And there’s always a back button in case you change your mind about your promo details.

Check out this GoSakto ad with Xian Lim:

Now it’s possible to Go lang nang Go, text lang nang text, call lang nang call, and browse lang nang browse with the GoSakto combo that’s right for you.

To know more about GoSakto, visit this page.

Team Bonguyan

Proud to Be Part of Team Bonguyan

I am proud to be part of Team Bonguyan.

Team Bonguyan

Team Bonguyan

Published from the Page of Luis “Louie” C. Bonguyan, congressional candidate for the First District of Davao City:

You can create and propagate a lie in one day. You can successfully destroy a person’s credibility. But in the end, you have achieved nothing good.

Team Bonguyan has ran a clean and honest campaign since the first time our candidate ran as Councilor of Davao City way back in 1988. We take immense pride in this and despite the odds, we have never and will never resort to bribery, vote buying, mud slinging, and black propaganda.

15 years of untainted record in public service is no mean feat. The entire city has witnessed that. If there’s one thing we are proud of it’s that our candidate has remained credible and trust worthy through his years as a public servant.

We believe in our candidate and in his platform. And if we win, it will be because our candidate has won over the people, fair and square.

We are and will always be proud to be part of Team Bonguyan.

Yes, very proud to be part of Team Bonguyan.

Globe Tattoo C@TALYST

Be a C@talyst

Do you spend too much time only? Do you have too many friends on Facebook, followers on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram? Does your Youtube channel or podcast have a lot of subscribers?

Why not capitalize on these seemingly frivolous “time wasters” by starting a revolution?

Globe Tattoo C@TALYST

Globe Tattoo C@TALYST

In science, a catalyst is substance that enables reactions to proceed at a faster rate or under different conditions.

Globe Tattoo, the most reliable mobile internet provider in the country, believes that the Filipino youth can be the catalyst for change in our society.

In partnership with the Global Shapers Manila Hub, Tattoo has launched Cat@lyst, a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative that encourages today’s youth to “cause a chain reaction of positive action to make a difference in society using modern technology.” They are challenging young Filipinos to explore and utilize the internet in affecting lasting changes in the community.

In their first partnership, Globe Tattoo and Global Shapers Manila Hub seeks to harness the Filipino youth’s creativity, energy, and social media savvy to create positive change in the Filipino society.

The C@talyst participants will be mentored by Global Shapers Manila Hub. The Global Shapers Manila Hub is composed of young Filipinos leaders. They are part of the World Economic Forum’s global program. Some of the prominent Global Shapers are Tattoo ambassador and media personality Bianca Gonzalez; Save Philippine Seas co-founder Anna Oposa; San Vicente, Palawan Mayor Pie Alvarez; doctor and researcher on neglected tropical diseases, Harvy Liwanag; and Mano Amiga Academy co-founder Lynn Pinugu.

Globe Tattoo and the Global Shapers encourages the youth to make concrete and feasible solutions to problems in their community such as air pollution, traffic enforcement, and crime prevention. And they believe that it can be done through the use of the internet and social media networks.

According to Dong Ronquillo, Head of Tattoo Nomadic Broadband Business, “We are looking for a realistic solution that has an ICT component and has the potential to be replicated in other communities. We need young people who have a genuine desire to help.”

If you have a brilliant idea on how you can be a C@talyst, here’s how you can join…

Filipino citizens, aged 18-30, can submit a proposal via a one-minute video entry from May 2 to 31 which meets the following criteria:

  1. Innovation – demonstrates creativity and originality
  2. Implementation Feasibility – proposal should be executable in the given timeline and proponents should demonstrate capability to mobilize stakeholders involved
  3. Impact – provides a long-lasting solution to an existing social problem

Application forms may be downloaded from the Globe Cat@lyst website www.catalyst.com.ph and from the entries, 15 will be shortlisted. Five winners will then be chosen in June and will be awarded a P200,000 cash grant for program development, mentorship, and ICT support.

This is your chance to be part of the change.

Believe in change. Fuel your Innovation. Join the Cat@lyst Revolution.

Bigbys Trivia Night

Wednesday Nights are Bigby’s Trivia Nights

Are you bored of the usual grind? Why don’t you flex your mental muscles by joining Bigby’s Trivia Nights?

Davao Bloggers at Bigbys Trivia Night Dec 2012

Davao Bloggers at Bigbys Trivia Night Dec 2012

Every Wednesday, Trivia Nights are held in select Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant outlets.

For every Trivia Night, there are 4 sets of questions with each set composing of 2 – 3 categories. And each category has about 5 – 8 questions each. The questions are so random that sometimes it would take a whole lot of luck just to earn some points. And then, there are times when luck is on your side and most categories are easy for your group. The first time I joined, the category was necklace types. We sucked at that category.

Davao Bloggers at Bigbys Trivia Night Jan 2013

Davao Bloggers at Bigbys Trivia Night January 2013

There is no limit to how many members are in a group. My group, representing Davao Bloggers has joined most Trivia Nights. We have won some, and we have lost even more times. It’s great fun trying to score points, cheering, and occasionally jeering and bullying. And there’s quite a rapport going on among teams at the Abreeza Ayala Mall branch.

One advantage we might have is how varied our interests are. We have oldies and young ones, we have movie lovers, book lovers, music lovers, and nerd heads. One category we really suck at, though, is sports. So we are scared of sports and sports-related categories.

Davao Bloggers at Bigbys Trivia Night Feb 13, 2013

Davao Bloggers at Bigbys Trivia Night Feb 13, 2013

It’s fun figuring out the answers to questions and categories you are totally clueless about. Just make sure you’re not searching for answers using your tablet, laptop, or smartphone. That’s cheating.

The prizes? It’s usually a P500 gift certificate for the 1st Place winners and a cake for the runner-up. But it’s really the glory and the bragging rights that we relish, wouldn’t you?

Davao Bloggers at Bigbys Trivia Night Feb 27, 2013

Davao Bloggers at Bigbys Trivia Night Feb 27 2013

And yes, it’s a chance to bond regularly with your friends. In our case, with our blogger friends. Our other friends are welcome to join the team, too.

So if you want something fun, head over to your favorite Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant branch on a Wednesday night, order your favorite dish, and join the Trivia Night.

In Davao City, Trivia Nights start at 6:30 pm at the SM City Davao Branch and 8 pm at the Abreeza Ayala Mall Branch.

For information and updates about Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant, like their page at https://www.facebook.com/Bigbys or follow them on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Bigbys.

01152012-Sinulog08

Top Five Tips to Survive the Sinulog Festival

Cebu is ready. Are you ready for Sinulog 2013?

Chinese Dragon Dancers during the  2012 Sinulog

Chinese Dragon Dancers during the 2012 Sinulog

The Sinulog Festival is an annual Cebuano festival held on the third Sunday of January. It is a Catholic festival celebrating Cebu’s patron saint, the Santo Nino. It is touted as the biggest mardi gras festival in the Philippines.

The Santo Nino at the end of the Procession

The Santo Nino at the end of the Procession

On the Saturday before the grand parade, the Cebuanos hold the “Procession.” Locals and tourists alike join a lengthy walk around the city holding with them their Santo Nino. For some, this is a panata (devotion) which they do every year. It’s very hard to go around the city on this day as most streets are either closed or redirected. Taxis are nowhere to be found and jeepneys are only on selected routes.

On the Sinulog day itself, there’s a Sinulog Festival Grand Parade of colorful floats, schoolchildren, and street dancers go around the city. Spectators fill the streets to the brim. It is one of the grandest and most popular festivals in the Philippines.

The Sinulog Crowd of Santo Nino Devotees

The Sinulog Crowd of Santo Nino Devotees

I hesitantly joined the Sinulog Festival 2012 and I was surprised to have totally enjoyed it. I’m not a fan of the heat, being outdoors, crowds, and dust, you see. Being that the Sinulog Festival is the biggest mardi gras in the Philippines, most of the merry-making are dones outdoors. With, literally, MILLIONS of people joining in on the fun and celebration it made me a bit uneasy. Initially. It’s hard not to have fun when everybody’s smiling and in a party mood.

Enjoying the 2012 Sinulog with friends on board a float

Enjoying the 2012 Sinulog with friends on board a float

Here are my Top 5 Tips to Survive and ENJOY the Sinulog Festival:

  1. Have an itinerary and have a map handy. Yes, yes, yes… being spontaneous can be fun. But it ain’t as fun when there’s are crowds of people EVERYWHERE and its’ hard to contact other people because network signals are weak. Prepare an itinerary complete with specific meet up points and time schedules. Here’s the Sinulog 2013 Schedule of Activities to help you out.

    Last year, the parade was a few blocks from the hotel I was staying in and I ended up somewhere in Carbon market while trying to get back to the hotel. Even the most reliable 3G connection may bug down and will render you helpless if you’re lost. So it’s best to have a map handy. And yes, please study it beforehand. And learn the procession and parade routes, as well so you’ll know which streets are open and which aren’t. Here’s the 2013 Sinulog Map.

    That way, even when you find it hard to contact your buddies or you get lost in the crowd, you’ll know where to go next.

  2. Dress for comfort but prepare for rain. It can get hot, humid, and really, really sweaty out there so dress like it’s summer. And have an extra shirt or towel handy. Wear comfortable slippers, sandals, or sneakers. You will probably do a LOT of walking. But do prepare in case it will rain as it always does during the Sinulog parade. Bring a lightweight rain coat or umbrella. Or be prepared to get wet. ;)
  3. Charge and secure your gadgets. While the networks signal might be weak, it’s still best to have your phone with you. And yes, make sure to have your camera ready to immortalize those epic Sinulog moments. Make sure to keep these in a secure, waterproof bag. I think it’s best to leave those big gadgets in your room. Just bring your mobile phone and a compact camera.
  4. Learn a few Bisaya phrases. Unless you’re traveling with a Bisaya speaker, you will most definitely get lost or confused. My friends had a hard time just trying to buy water. Lelz! It might be too late to learn the dialect all together but knowing a few phrases will come in handy.
    Some phrases that might come in handy:
    > Asa ni? – Where is this?
    > Pila ni? – How much is this?
    Ask a Cebuano friend to teach you more. Or buy a Bisaya phrase book. If in doubt, speak English not Tagalog.
  5. Keep your cool and go with the flow. With that many people and that big a crowd all in one city, some things are definitely bound to go wrong. You might get stuck in traffic. You might get lost. You might get stepped on, crushed, or shoved. You might not be able to eat, drink, sleep, pee, or rest for HOURS. The best way to face that problem is just to accept it and let it be. Just get on with it, go with the flow, and enjoy the crowd and the merriment.
Tourists enjoying the 2012 Sinulog with painted faces

Tourists enjoying the 2012 Sinulog with painted faces

The Sinulog 2013 main events are happening on January 19 and 20, 2013. The Fluvial and Solemn Processions of the Santo Nino are on January 19, while the Sinulog Festival Grand Parade is on January 20.

See you in Cebu! ;)

PS In case you’re missing out on Sinulog 2013, calendar the Sinulog 2014 dates: January 18 – 19, 2014. :)

For more information on the Sinulog Festival, visit the Sinulog Website.

AirPhil Express

AirPhil Express brings You to your Next Adventure

AirPhil Express flies to Cebu from Davao and vice-versa daily. AirPhil Express also flies to Cebu from Iloilo.