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Staycation, a combination of the word “stay” and “vacation” is not a new concept. It is simply when one chooses to stay at their home country or check-in at a hotel, instead of going abroad for vacation. A staycation or holistay, as defined by Wikipedia, is also a period in which an individual participates in leisure activities within driving distance of his or her own home. Lately, the trend has been increasing as more numbers of people now find more peace by spending time at home and have some needed rest and relaxation. More than that, staycations also offer a lot of quiet and humble benefits.
1. Staycations save time
Living in the Philippines means having to battle at least 3 hours of travel going from home to work and vice versa. Just imagine how much worse the traffic can get when it is a drive going to the airport! More than that, long airline terminal queues also eat up a significant part of a traveler’s day. Add all the hassle of traffic, terminal queues, departure procedures, etc. One day could easily be wasted on preparation.
2. Staycations are good for the environment
Checking in at a hotel also means contributing less to your carbon footprint! You would not have to use airplanes which require a massive amount of carbon emissions. Staying in a hotel is less harmful to the environment and really just pampers you to the core.
3. Staycations give time for meditation
Our fast-paced lifestyle limits our time to meditate and value the importance of rest. Taking a break during a staycation allows you to spend your energy on your body and use it as a time for spiritual, emotional, and physical rest and healing.
4. Staycations can inspire
Having some down time also gives you a chance to explore more ideas. Quiet times away from chaos can generate fresh ideas and inspirations that can later be turned to productive projects.
5. Staycations save money
Staycations also save a huge amount of money. You need not worry about spending so much on food, budgeting travel expenses, and expensive air fares. All staycations really ask of you is to stay put and rest at your own terms.
Already convinced to hold your well-deserved, yet affordable R & R? Century Park Hotel (CPH) is here to make it happen! Located at the heart of Manila, CPH boasts facilities and rooms that are perfect for you to simply unwind and enjoy your time with your family. Currently, CPH has Summer Solstice Special Room Rate promo which starts at Php 3,500 (net) per room per night. Now reap the benefits of that staycation the quick, affordable, and easy way at your home away from home, Century Park Hotel!
If you’re a busy person, losing weight can be a tough ask. You don’t have the time to work out daily and you often resort to eating takeout or snacks instead of proper meals because of the huge amount of time the latter demands. If you feel that the described situation applies to you, you might seriously want to consider signing up for a meal delivery service. There are a number of characteristics of such services that point to the fact that they can have a significant role in the weight loss journey. Go through some of those reasons below:
Calorie counting can be a confusing and stressful requirement for weight loss: who really knows the amount of calories in that huge bite of cake you just had? Meal delivery systems however, include a strict calorie count which can make the job much easier for you.
Since the meal plans of services like ActivEats are fully customized, you can let them know what food groups you are trying to lean more into, and whether you have dietary requirements like avoiding dairy, meat, meat-based products, they will be incorporated into your delivered meals, ensuring that the plan is based on your needs as much as possible.
A very important thing to remain cognizant of when launching any kind of weight loss plan is that the tendency to become too extreme has to be avoided. Three calorie and nutrient balanced meals per day are essential to not only sustainable weight loss but long term health. If you have meals delivered to your house every day, there is little chance for you to become drastic in your restrictive eating habits, and you will be able to ensure that despite calorie cutting, your health remains your number 1 goal.
People that eat better diets and timely meals are prone to better sleep patterns. In turn, people that sleep the required 7-8 hours a night are healthier overall, and more in control of their weight, since their body does not go into a defensive mode and start storing energy for use during waking hours.
Most people have difficulty in including a substantial amount of fiber into their diet, even though it is essential for weight loss. Fiber not only helps to regulate the digestive system but also makes you feel full for longer and reduces the impulse to snack mindlessly. A 2018 study found that a diet that includes both fiber and lean proteins often results in weight loss without a need for excessive calorie-counting.
Since you no longer have to plan and prepare the meals, a large amount of stress will be lifted off of your mind, which can have positive effects on your sleep and digestive processes, which can in turn help with weight loss.
Since the meal prep is being done for you, your visits to the grocery store will significantly decrease, in turn decreasing the amount of temptations you face in your day to day routine. This can be especially helpful for people having a hard time staying away from snacks and junk food.
Beyond just the aesthetics of a more balanced weight, there are a number of very significant health affects that accompany a balanced weight. According to ActivEats, Signing up for a healthy food delivery service promises you benefits not just in the immediate time therefore, but also in the future. The benefits increase exponentially as you continue on the healthy eating trend. See some of the benefits below:
Less Chances of Heart Disease
Weight loss can also significantly reduce the risk of heart complications in the future. This is true for a number of reasons: healthier foods have lesser amounts of carbohydrates and thus they reduce the stress the body goes through while attempting digestion. Additionally, these foods have less LDL cholesterol, which is the substance that creates plaque in the arteries. Healthy foods also have limited amounts of salt, which is essential for achieving a stable blood pressure. Holistically, healthier foods help by easing all bodily functions and strengthening all the organs against fatigue and aging, which in the long run reduces the stress on the heart to keep the body functioning.
Less Chances of Cancer
Eating a healthy diet can significantly help reduce the risk of many different types of cancer in the future. One large part of this is because healthy food eliminates obesity, which was proven to be worse for people with cancer in 2014 by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Additionally, ingredients in weight loss foods are proven to be effective at reducing the risk of cancers: fruits reduce the risk of gastrointestinal cancer, vegetables and fiber-rich foods reduce the risk of colorectal cancer and liver cancer. Additionally, phytochemicals in legumes act as antioxidants, protecting against the damage from cancer as a whole.
Coffee lovers have more reasons to indulge in a delicious cup anytime and anywhere as Great Taste White offers its latest variants to delight the craving of avid coffee drinkers.
Whether it’s for starting the day right or for quick pick-me-ups in the middle of the day, the new Great Taste White Caramel and Great Taste White Crema are bound to satisfy the busy and always on-the-go Filipino.
Fans of sweet and aromatic coffee can find themselves enjoying Great Taste White Caramel. It offers the perfect mix of roasted coffee and cream with hints of luscious caramel, blending a sweet linamnam for everyday coffee fix.
For a more flavorful and full-bodied coffee experience, Great Taste White Crema combines the real coffee taste with rich vanilla cream for a creamy linamnam that is reminiscent of everyone’s favorite latte.
These two new variants, and the original Great Taste White coffee mix, come in a fresh and attractive new packaging.
Singer and actress, Janella Salvador, joins Great Taste (White) as its newest ambassador in bringing amazing everyday experiences that start with great coffee. She shares, “I am absolutely ecstatic to be a part of this big family. It feels good to endorse a product you enjoy and personally, I love Great Taste White Caramel because it is sweet and creamy – just like how I prefer having my cup of coffee!”
Great Taste White launches its new White Caramel variant with its new ambassador, actress and singer Janella Salvador
A trailblazer in the instant coffee industry, Great Taste continues to brew new experiences for Filipinos – from being the first to introduce white coffee mix, first twin pack size, and first re-sealable pouch, among others.
Tikman ang sarap ng tamang timpla with Great Taste White Caramel and Great Taste White Crema. These two new exciting variants come in 30g and 50g sachets, for only 6.05 (SRP) and 9.70 (SRP) respectively. Grab these in sari-sari stores, groceries and supermarkets nationwide.
Great Taste White delights coffee fans with its fresh new look and two new flavors, White Caramel and White Crema
Stay updated on Great Taste’s latest offerings by following Great Taste Coffee on Facebook (@GreatTasteCoffeePH) or visiting Universal Robina Corporation’s website at www.urc.com.ph.
21 May 2019 – To promote financial inclusion and the importance of digital financial services, from 20-21 May the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP) held its 66th Annual National Convention in Baguio City. Leaders of Rural Banks, financial regulators, and leading international companies assembled at this year’s Convention to explore new ways to reach unbanked individuals in rural communities through digital strategies.
Rural Banks act as pivotal players in remote areas where large commercial banks have little to no presence, continuously championing financial inclusion in the Philippines. Speakers at this year’s RBAP Convention demonstrated how technological advances and product innovations need to be taken into consideration in order to equip Rural Banks for the future. The overall adoption of digital financial services is democratizing the banking sector.
Earlier in 2019, Cantilan Bank, one of the largest Rural Banks in the Philippines, became the first financial institution regulated by the Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas (BSP) to pioneer cloud-based technology. The BSP had Cantilan Bank in a ‘test-and-learn’ sandbox environment for 18 months, while the Rural Bank’s digital transformation was supported by the Asian Development Bank. Cantilan chose Oradian, a Software-as-a-Service company that serves over 45 financial institutions in the Philippines, as their strategic partner and technology provider.
Numerous financial institutions in the Philippines are moving their core banking operations to cloud-based systems to reach and serve their most remote clients. Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc. (ASHI) serves more than 74,000 clients through 60 branches. When looking for a new core banking platform, ASHI prioritised access to real-time data and the ability to generate accurate reports. In 2017, ASHI migrated their entire operations to Instafin, Oradian’s cloud-based core banking platform. Before the end of 2018, ASHI had not only digitalised all its branches, but opened eight new branches using the platform.
“Our field officers have more time for our clients now. Before, they found it difficult to balance the daily collection, but now, they don’t need to spend time computing using a calculator. When our field staff simply opens Instafin Field Officer App, all the data is already there. ASHI has found that field officers save 70% of time spent on collections and our office staff saves 90% of their typical data input time. This leads to tremendous cost savings and opportunity for growth.,” explained Estrella Andres, Vice President of ASHI.
“In any industry, change is inevitable. Cantilan Bank saw transitioning to a cloud-based platform as the only way forward to ensure maximum business efficiency and growth. Oradian’s platform enabled us to tap into global best practices in digital financial services. We moved our operations to the cloud to save time, enhance the security of our data, and be able to provide more clients with financial services. Technology is speeding up our operations and improving our portfolio. Oradian isn’t an IT vendor or a solutions provider to us, they continue to walk by our side each step of the way.” said Tanya Hotchkiss, CTO of Cantilan Bank.
During the presentation held at the Convention, Charles Hotchkiss, President of Cantilan Bank commented how they pioneered the use of a cloud-based core banking system: “Digital technology is rapidly transforming the financial sector as we know it. The expected impact of digital financial services on financial inclusion is immense. As a Rural Bank operating in the Mindanao region, Cantilan Bank decided to adopt a strategy that would ensure our competitiveness in the areas where we operate. To do so, we needed technology that would be future-facing.”
“Oradian is proud to be the best in class provider of a cloud-based core banking system to a regulated Rural Bank. We will continue to strive to offer more than software by nurturing our community and acting as a partner with Rural Banks to facilitate their digital transformations.” Agustin Santiago, Managing Director of Oradian in the Philippines.
Dr. Armando B. Bonifacio, president of Rural Bankers Association of the Phillippines stated on RBAP’s website: “In achieving our goal to strengthen the rural banking system, let’s be mindful of the need to be in step with technology, client preferences and expectations for product innovations. Charting our course for the future require concrete and high impact measures and strategies to survive the competition. This ensures that we serve our clients better and improve their financial access throughout the country.’’
RBAP has enabled Rural Banks in the Philippines to share global best practices in banking, addressing pressing industry matters and tightening the community in the effort to move forward on the national financial inclusion mission.
Robinsons Appliances, the appliances and consumer electronics arm of Robinsons Retails Holdings, Inc. and Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, team up to bring consumers the biggest summer appliance and electronics sale at the Robinsons Appliances’ Super Brand Day on May 17. Shopee users get exclusive deals and discounts up to 50% off on their favorite brands of appliances and consumer electronics.
Up for grabs during the sale are smart LED TVs for less than ₱10,000 which comes with a free iFlix subscription for the first 100 buyers. Users can also look forward to exclusive deals of up to 50% off on select home and kitchen appliances like fans, air coolers and refrigerators.
Shopee users can also get the chance to win a 50-inch Haier TV plus other appliances for every ₱1,000 minimum spend on any item from the Robinsons Appliance official store May 16 and 17.
With the scorching summer heat now at its peak, hotel bookings are increasing along with the various summer escapades leisure brands are offering. More people are searching for—and grabbing—the best deals, and while out-of-town summer outings are usually preferred by Filipino families, staycations are increasingly becoming a popular option.
Today, online booking sites and apps offer users a more convenient way to find their ideal hotels. Because of the current high demand among local and foreign travelers alike, however, securing the best deals can be a challenge.
Since establishing its footing in the Philippines in 2018, OYO, South Asia’s largest tech-driven hotel chain, has been providing travelers with great experience through affordable yet quality accommodation. Here are a few tips and reminders to score the best hotel deals:
Create a list of options and set a budget
A vacation experience depends to a certain extent on the accommodation and one’s budget. No one wants to reach their bucket-list destination only to find out they have an insanely priced accommodation or have booked a place far from being the most ideal hotel.
Creating a list of hotel options allows vacationers to filter better the hotels that suit their needs and preferences. This means vacationers must do their homework and start looking early enough to get the best possible deals. Check out potential accommodations in the destination. Select hotels based on location, price and amenities. This helps spot the best deals to give you and your companions a smooth-sailing vacation.
A deal may seem great at first glance but it is always best to check. If it’s too good to be true, it might not be true.
Verify information before clicking the book button. Some hotels may offer what seem to be hot deals at first but are really packages with hidden extra charges.
Do not rely solely on data and pictures posted on the hotel’s website. One great way to find out if a hotel is the right one for you is to read the customer reviews. Make sure to visit the review section of a hotel both on its website and social media accounts. What better way to verify hotel amenities and services than from previous guests.
Contact the hotel and check on hidden charges
Avoid unwanted surprises at your destination by getting more information about what to expect. Before hitting the book button, contact the hotel directly and discuss the details posted online. Some hotels include only the base accommodation cost on their online quote and then add additional fees upon check-out. Contacting the hotel directly would be the best way to avoid hidden charges. Doing so also allows direct negotiation with the hotel staff to customize the booking to your requirements.
Get notified through an app
Browsing sites one by one to check what they offer can be time-consuming. The best way to secure a good deal is to get immediate notifications from a site or an app. This saves you from the long and hassling process of looking up hotels by getting the job done faster while notching you bigger discounts.
Earn points by referring a friend
While booking for yourself and your loved ones, you may refer your friends to the same hotel and earn points for discounts. Some hotels have apps that give point credits when users refer a friend to book as well. These points can be converted into discounts or even actual currency.
OYO’s mobile app enables customers to search for the nearest OYO hotel, book with ease and be notified immediately of any ongoing discounts. It sends out push notifications to users.
From guest houses to executive airport hotels, OYO lets guests find the best deals through its mobile app. Photos of the accommodations and their list of facilities are also displayed so that travelers will be sure to book a room that’s exactly to their liking. More importantly, it offers great deals at an affordable price.
Vivo is introducing a limited-edition Blossom Pink color to its V15 smartphone to bring a touch of tender summer feels while evoking affection and sweetness. V15 handsets with the exclusive color variant which celebrates the season of bloom will be available at selected stores nationwide, until supplies last.
Aside from its refreshing Blossom Pink color, the Vivo V15 sports a 6.53-inch Ultra FullView display to provide a 90.95% screen-to-body ratio for an immersive viewing and gaming experience.
The handset has a 32MP Elevating Selfie Camera and an AI-powered triple rear camera setup of 24 Million Photographic Units, 8MP AI Super Wide-Angle camera, and 5MP Depth Camera. The AI Super Wide-Angle camera is perfect for capturing amazing landscape and panoramic shots of summer.
The Vivo V15 is powered by the Helio P70 with 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM. It is available for only P17,999 (SRP) and also comes in standard Topaz Blue and Glamour Red colors.
Join the two-day festival filled with workshops and live performances from inspiring creators Judy Travis, Andi Manzano Reyes, Bianca Gonzalez, Fun Fun Tyang Amy and many more
This year, YouTube pulls out all the stops to bring the most exciting and memorable FanFest to date with the first-ever Moms Edition. To be held on May 17 and 18 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall, YouTube FanFest Moms Edition will be presented by NIDO 3+ and Maggi, together with venue partner SM Supermalls. The two-day festival is set to bring top local and international beauty, lifestyle, and food creators for educational workshops, live performances, and meet-ups with their beloved fans.
The lineup for the Moms Edition includes Judy Travis, Andi Manzano Reyes, Bianca Gonzalez, and Fun Fun Tyang Amy. Joining them are the mother and daughter tandem of Haidee and Hazel, and top beauty and lifestyle creators Crisha Uy, Lyqa Maravilla, and LIVE LOVE PARTY.
For two days, fans will learn things about motherhood in modern times from their favorite creators and take part in interactive exhibitions and workshops focused on different lifestyle interests including wellness, education, life balance, culinary, and fashion.
Subscribers will also get to know more about the life of their internet favorites through special stage interviews, panel discussions, and featured presentations.
YouTube FanFest Moms Edition is open to the public. YouTube creators and sponsors will also be giving away tickets to the meet & greet sessions via their social media channels. For more details, visit www.youtubefanfest.com.
Nestled at the heart of Bonifacio Global City, F1 Hotel Manila’s F All-Day Dining presents its new ala carte menu offerings with classic Filipino cuisines infused with different techniques and traditions from various continents.
The selection was carefully curated by the hotel’s Executive Chef, Angelo “Chubby” Timban, who is known for creating classic inimitable dishes. The focus is to produce quality dishes with ingredients delivered fresh everyday from local suppliers to secure the upper-class quality of taste and texture.
The new Ala Carte menu offers a wide range of gastronomical selections but also retained long-standing favorites, including the all-time favorite Mexinigang; Philippines famous Sinigang infused with a Mexican twist.
From appetizers and main courses to the choices for desserts, the highlights of the menu are the chef’s three recommended dishes. The “Chairman’s” Burger, which is the hotel owner’s personal favorite is made with US grade home-made patty, spread with salsa sauce and topped with swiss cheese and a Sloppy Joe fries on the side for delicious contentment.
Followed by the eccentric Classico Rogu Pasta which is made with a pasta combination of Italian-Filipino Caldereta sauce, garnished with tasty black croutons and potatoes.
And lastly, the 3-Way Lechon for the pork lovers! Carefully steamed and roasted pork for those delicate features and deep-fried the second time for scrumptious crispness on every bite sided to serve with bagoong rice.
Explore and taste F All-Day Dining’s new ala carte menu that will surely satisfy your palate. Visit F1 Hotel Manila at 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig and try our Chef’s recommended dishes. For inquiries and restaurant reservations, please call 908-7888.
We are told that cycling is a good thing to do: it’s good for the environment, and it’s good for our health. Therefore, the more we can get involved in using a bicycle rather than a car, or even public transport, the better. The roads will be less crowded, there will be less pollution, and we will all be healthier people in general.
However, cycling does come with its own problems, and the most pressing of these is safety. If you are cycling, then you need to think of your safety at all times and ensure that you are doing everything right. With more and more bikes on the road competing for space with cars, this is of paramount importance. Here are some things to consider.
Obey The Rules Of The Road
Although it may feel wonderful and freeing to be out on a bicycle, if you are on the road then you will need to obey the same rules as everyone else. If you don’t, you could easily have an accident because other cyclists, drivers, and even pedestrians will assume that you are following the rules that they all understand and if you do something that goes against those rules, they simply won’t be expecting it.
Cycling accidents can be extremely dangerous and may require extensive time away from work. The experts at the-compensation-experts.co.uk will be able to advise you about your next steps, but the more rules you can obey, the less likely it is you will be hurt.
Some examples of these rules are:
Cyclists must travel in the same direction as the traffic.
Cyclists must not travel on the sidewalk unless they are under the age of 12 or there is a designated cycle path there.
Cyclists must stop at red lights and stop signs.
Cyclists must obey road markings (including one-way signs.)
Follow these rules and any others that might be particular to your state or city (in New York, for example, children under 12 months cannot be carried on a bike), and you will stay much safer.
Wear Safety Gear
Even if you are extremely careful, accidents can and still happen – it might be the fault of another road user, or perhaps no one’s fault at all and simply a mishap. Whatever the reason, if you are involved in an accident then wearing the right safety gear will help you to stay safer than if you didn’t wear it at all.
The one piece of equipment that should be non-negotiable when you ride on your cycle must be a helmet. You may not enjoy wearing it, but it can save your life – head injuries are the worst and most frequent types of cycling injuries, and they can be fatal or life-changing.
It is also useful to have a horn or a bell on your bike. This way, you can warn others that you are coming along and they will be able to step out of the way. This can be useful when driving along roads with concealed driveways, as well as when there are many pedestrians around.
Lights are essential when you are riding at night. If others cannot see you, they cannot take appropriate measures to ensure they are careful of you. You should have a white light at the front and a red light at the back. You can also wear lights on your helmet if you feel you want to do this.