Friday, August 19, 2016

7 Times Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong Has Proven that Statement Jewelries Are In

Statement jewelries have become a trend that never gets old. This has been proven to us by Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong as she has recently traveled the world in style. Let's check out the 7 times she showed us that statement jewelries are in.


1.  This necklace just levelled up her jumpsuit game





2. Who said you can't save the earth in style? 





3.  If you think too much is bad, then think again.





4. Making a statement with this necklace at the concrete jungle where dreams are made of



A photo posted by Angelia Gabrena Ong (@missearth.angelia) on



5.  Warning: Conquering Colombia requires a pretty neckpiece



This is Valle Del Cocora in Salento, Colombia. Those lines you see at the back is Palma de Cera, the world's tallest palm trees, and also Colombia's national tree. This kind of tree only grows in cold places like Salento. I am now on my way home and I can't help but reminisce and be thankful that my reign as Miss Earth brought me to beautiful places like Colombia. @brittanyannpayne , thank you for sharing this experience with me. Spending time with you and getting lost together has made me appreciate the friendship our crowns got us into. You are an amazing person and I'm so glad to have met you. I'll see you soon in a few days in Sri Lanka. @eliastobon , thank you for putting Miss Earth's advocacies not only by thoughts, but also through actions and by heart. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to know your amazing culture and meet your equally amazing people. Keep up the good work and congratulations to your organization and your new @missearthcolombia . Other than her, you have produced 8 more beautiful ladies that's now 8 different souls that will look at the world and our planet differently. You have produced stunning Earth Warriors! Gracias πŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ ! #MissEarthColombia #MissTierra2015 #AngeliaAdventures #MissEarth #MissEarth2015 #Colombia #latepost Shout out to my loving and supportive stylist all the way from the πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­, @jannostyles :) #ootd #styledbyjannostyles #jannostyles Crimson Jacket by @xernanorticio Black dress by @guessphilippines Necklace from @flutterstatementjewelry by @katongers Shoes from @vincecamuto X #jessicasimpson
A photo posted by Angelia Gabrena Ong (@missearth.angelia) on


6.  Apparently, the future is in (or wrapped around) her hands





7. And there's no such thing as an easy decision





And if you wanna make your own statement just like Angelia, you know where to go.

#MakeAFlutterStatement #FlutterTravelsTheWorld

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Search is On for The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) 2016

The annual search for The Oustanding Young Men (TOYM) 2016 in the Philippines is on! Officially launched by JCI Philippines last August 5 at the Bayanihan Center, TOYM 2016 is now open for nominations.

Who do you think has created a concrete positive change and has made an impact to the community, or at his/her own field/industry? Who deserves to join the biggest names who have been awarded in the previous years of TOYM?

Please see mechanics below:



Who will be among the 2016 TOYM Awardees? 

NOMINATE NOW!
The time has come to recognize those who exemplify service to community, outstanding leadership and excellence in their respective fields of discipline.

Please visit  http://toym.jci.org.ph for more information about the search and to download the official TOYM nomination form. 

Submit the accomplished nomination form, together with all the required supporting documents, on or before September 15, 2016 to TOYM Secretariat, 3F JCI Philippines Headquarters 14 Don A. Roces Avenue, 1103 Quezon City


For inquiries, please contact (+632) 3744138 or (+63) 9224524284 and look for Nancy; or email her at nancytoym@yahoo.com


Here are a few photos from the launch last August 5:


The TOYM 2016 Committee, JCI Philippines President Steve Tycangco, and JCIP Batch 101 Presidents 

TOYM Awardees through the years
For more photos, visit www.facebook.com/TheOutstandingYoungMenPH

Here are some of my photos:


A photo posted by Roycie S. (@royciepoisie) on


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Redfox Unveils New Logo and Promises Luxury Within Reach


On the 8th of August, Redfox Technologies has gathered everyone at Vu's Sky Bar in Marco Polo Ortigas for a wonderful surprise. Redfox Technologies CEO, Mr. Andy Te has revealed their new logo, as a rebranding move of their company. There are also a lot of exciting products that are coming up in the next few months, and everyone should watch out for them.

Mr. Andy Te (CEO) with the new Redfox Logo


Mr. Andy Te (CEO) presenting their new products


The event was hosted by two of my good friends, Farah Ramos and Michael Uy. It was indeed a night of good food, great music, and chill vibe. And the best part, I won a Wizpad Scribe in the raffle! Shoutout to Ms. Bernadeth of Redfox for putting up such a successful event.

And we won a Wizpad Scribe!
goofing around with these two crazies haha


I dunno why I was doing that pose LOL!

Read the Press Release here:

The Red Transformation – Luxury within Reach

Manila, Philippines, August 8, 2016 – Redfox Technologies International Ltd., one of the country’s leading sources of innovative IT solutions, has officially changed its image to strengthen the brand locally and globally. With a new brand identity that supports the tagline, “Luxury within Reach,” the company is set to provide premium products that will cater to the higher-end market and millennials.
Moving Forward

From being a PC manufacturing company to becoming a provider of end-to-end solutions and globally-acclaimed products, Redfox has opted to widen its product portfolio, now providing a premium and luxurious selection of products that include its latest line of smartphones, laptops, gaming PCs, and other peripherals. This is in addition to its existing lineup of pioneering products. Redfox will also continue to offer products dealing with education and the government.

The company has a solid industry experience as an end-to-end solution provider. As it continued to develop, it formed new sub-companies to provide high-quality products, delivering all the hardware and software resources, and engaging from conceptualization, to production, and up to the distribution of the finish product.

Said sub-companies are Redfox Laboratory International Ltd., a company that puts effort on the Research and Development (R&D) of Redfox products, with offices in Shenzhen China, Hong Kong  (hardware), and Philippines (software); A.L.e-Component Int’l. Inc., a company based in Cavite, Philippines, focusing on Redfox’s Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS); Asiantech, a company also based in the Philippines that focuses on the distribution, logistic and warehousing of Redfox; and Wiz Store, Redfox’s concept store, catering to retailers and kiosks, with two (2) branches located at SM North and SM Marikina.

Stepping Up the Game

As a company currently positioned in the market as an original equipment and design manufacturer, Redfox is determined to step up its game and position itself as an Original Brand Manufacturer (OBM), catering to the upper and middle class customers, as well as millennials, here and abroad.

The new brand identity, “Luxury within Reach,” will help promote products that strike quality and elegance at a reachable cost. Constantly committed to offer the best customer service and satisfaction, Redfox aims to provide the finest and luxurious commercial products that exude confidence and sophistication. In line with this, Redfox is building a global RMA and nationwide service center that will provide customer support 24/7.


Embracing Change

To support the new brand identity of Redfox, consumers will soon get to see the first UXperience Center in Southeast Asia that will offer interactive E-Sports and learning centers supported by E-Blue. This approach is expected to catapult the brand into the global stage.
Consumers will also get a treat, as Redfox plans to do mall road tours to promote its first ever luxurious smartphone called “Aurea.” The Redfox Aurea is set to position itself as the brand’s latest flagship smartphone.

Redfox is embracing change, continuously developing gaming ideas and cutting-edge technology for its smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, and gaming PC segments. Redfox is also securing more successful partnerships, not only here in the Philippines but also in the global scale, to attain more powerful principles in facilitating business opportunities.
For more info, please visit www.redfox.global.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Our Dining Experience at 7Flavors Buffet by Chef Boy Logro

The infamous chef, Boy Logro co-owns 7 Flavors Buffet located at A. Mabini St., San Juan City. 7 Flavors features as artisan bakery, a gourmet cafe, and a world fusion buffet. They serve really good food for an affordable price.


Last Friday, my friend, Sam Dy and I had a chance to dine with Mr. Kenneth Hung, the CEO, and Mr. Albert Borja II, the COO. It was a great experience also to have met fellow bloggers/writers at the dinner. We dined at the ground floor, where the cozy cafe is. In fact, they're planning to do bossa nights there soon. I loved the place because of its ambience and food. The buffet was at the second floor; and at that time, there was a birthday party there. 

happy diners :)
They have an interesting food selection at the buffet. There's also a teppanyaki corner, which I loved. My friend Sam enjoyed the tacos, and it's one of the best from the buffet. My personal favorite was the Kare-Kare.

we love the roast beef too!
dessert station
I love sushi :)
tacos!
yes I finished all of that haha
Anyway, they also offer event packages and catering services. For inquiries, you may contact them at 543-0325 / 542-1935 / 503-6750 / 0917-6700291 / 0933-4177387.

Here are their operating hours and rates:

Artisan Bakery - 6AM-8PM Daily
Gourmet Cafe - 6AM-12MN Daily
World Fusion Buffet - 1AM-2PM AND 6PM-10PM Daily

Monday-Thursday: Lunch - Php 400 / Dinner - Php 500
Friday-Sunday and Holiday: Lunch - Php 600

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Quick Boracay Summer

So there I was again, without any plans of going to Boracay, I got dragged by a friend who wanted to celebrate her birthday at the island. I was only able to make up my mind on the last minute. And because we took Air Asia, it meant another delayed flight, so we waited for more than 2 hours. 

We flew from Manila to Kalibo International Airport, where we met up with our friend who came from Dumaguete, but flew via Cebu. It was already midnight when we got to the boat from Caticlan to Boracay. The boat rates really inflate at those hours so it's better to take day flights. We got to the island at 1am and we just headed out for a quick meal before going to bed.

So basically we did a lot of eating, photo op, and partying (without even drinking much). But I would say that eating was the highlight of our trip haha! In fact, this was the only Boracay trip wherein I have completed all the daily hotel breakfasts. It's because we've been going to bed early because we're not drunk. Talk about change! haha

It's also great to find out that some other friends were there too, so I got to hangout with them. Anyway, here's how the trip went on:

Boracay Getaway from Roycie S. on Vimeo.

Day 1
Station 2 - Friend got a Henna Tattoo
Two Seasons - Oyster Sisig and Four Cheese Pizza (never fails!)
Station 1- Photo Op and a bit swimming by the beach until sunset
OlΓ© - Late dinner
Summer Place - Friend met up with a guy from Tinder but ended up being with a better person we met by the bar
Epic - I met up with my friends from Manila and hung out 'til the break of dawn

A photo posted by Roycie S. (@royciepoisie) on


Day 2
Puka Beach - Swimming and chilling (super pretty beach but the drinks were overpriced)
Spider House - Dinner with new friends
Epic - Party (and some drinking)

Day 3
Real Coffee - Lunch
Don Churros - Churro and Lava Cake fix
Jonah's Fruit Shake - Of course, we won't miss this
Las Brisas - Swimming and bonding by the pool
Station 2 - Buffet Dinner (another must for every Boracay trip)
Epic - My friend's birthday celebration
Then while we're a bit tipsy 'coz of our drinks, we had to go back to the hotel to get our stuff; then we headed to the port then the Kalibo Airport to catch our red-eye flight. However, our flight was ultimately delayed for like 4 hours, so we wished we just stayed and rebooked our flight (it's free anyway).

A photo posted by Roycie S. (@royciepoisie) on

And that's another quick but awesome summer trip! Where to next? Just wait for it! :)

How an Overnight Cebu Trip Turned 5 Days

Even I can't believe it. I didn't even have plans of joining my friends but I ended up staying there for almost forever. I was dragged by a friend straight from a Saturday night party  to the airport to catch the earliest flight to Cebu. Since the first flight was fully booked, we had to take the next one. We bought our plane ticket there and we didn't even get a ticket back home.

Instead of posting a lot of photos here, I just made a video of the trip. Feel free to comment below if you have any inquiries. 

#CebuHits from Roycie S. on Vimeo.


Here's a rundown of all our activities in that 5-day trip:

Day 1

We left first thing on a Sunday morning, went straight to our friend's hotel, the Big Hotel to check-in and take a nap. Then we had breakfast at the hotel resto. Right after breakfast, we were informed that our JCI friends from JCI Mandaue have prepared a boat party so we joined them. We went on a food trip and we had crazy drinking games while on board. 

We rushed back to the hotel to prepare for JCI Womandaue's induction and turnover ceremonies. After the event, we had drinks at the hotel bar. Then some of our JCI Cebu Inc. brothers invited us for a karaoke party at the KTV located next to the hotel. It was at around 1am when we moved to our friend's acoustic bar/KTV lounge, Open Mic, where we continued our craziness until 3am! That was a really crazy night.

Day 2

We all had lunch at a restaurant in SM Cebu. Then we chilled at Ibiza Beach Club at Movenpick Hotel and Resort in Mactan 'til after sunset. For dinner, we headed to a restaurant owned by our friend, Ampersand, wherein we had the best steak in Cebu, and all other sumptuous dishes and drinks.
A photo posted by Roycie S. (@royciepoisie) on

Day 3

We had our lechon fix at Rico's during lunch then we visited a new acquaintance's auto shop, Euro Technik for coffee. It was a lazy afternoon so while some of our friends headed to the airport to go back home, me and some of our Cebu-based friends indulged on a 1.5-hr foot and back massage at the Park Mall. It's my first time to try a massage conducted by blind people, and it felt so good. For dinner, we've gone to a local restaurant (like a big carinderia -- which I forgot the name of) that's known for their native chicken. After dinner, we had tea and dessert at Tinder Box. But just when we thought our night was over, we craved for wine and cheese so we headed to La Vie en Parisienne to satisfy our cravings.

Day 4

And out of our spontaneity, at 3am, after our wine sesh, we headed to the port to catch the first barge to Bantayan Island. That was a 2.5-hr drive, which can usually take 4-5 hours during the day. Anyway, we we're only able to catch the 2nd barge at 6:30am and it took us an hour and 15 mins to cross the water to Bantayan Island. In Bantayan, we had breakfast by the market, then we shopped for really cheap seafood. How cheap? Like Php 20/kilo of scallops. OMG! We headed to SantaFe Beach Club, where we checked in. We had the seafood we bought at the market cooked in the hotel and that's what we had for lunch. We were extremely full that we fell asleep after. We failed to wake up in time for our trip to the cove so we just headed out for dinner at Chef Panyang's. The food there were really cheap and yummy. If I come back to Bantayan, it would probably because of two things: the beach and the food. We got free dessert c/o the restaurant's manager. We were also able to have a JW Gold Label we just bought from a store nearby. We continued our drinking sesh at our hotel by the beach front while watching a movie on laptop.

Day 5

The next day, we woke up late again. We felt guilty for having the boatmen wait for 1.5 hrs for our island hopping. Our first stop was at Hilantagaan Island where we bought fish, rock lobsters, and crabs for our lunch. Next stop was at Virgin Island and I super loved it there. It's a lot better than Boracay. While we did some snorkelling, our boatman prepared our lunch. After lunch, we just rested for a bit and headed back to our hotel in Bantayan to catch the soonest flight we can get back to Manila as we still have a formal event to attend to in Taguig. At the airport, we bought our plane ticket and while waiting for boarding, we had our last dinner together.
A photo posted by Roycie S. (@royciepoisie) on

That Cebu trip was probably the best and most spontaneous trip I've ever done! It's so exciting to not have exact plans, not even a return flight because it gives you a lot of freedom. Just remember to overpack (while packing light -- to avoid paying for extra baggage) a bit. Be sure that you have extra clothes for any activity -- casual (shorts, tank tops, shirts, skirts), beachwear (maxi dress, short summer dress, cover up, swimsuit), smart casual (polo and pants), footwear (flats/sneakers, flipflops) -- so you won't have a problem.

Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Nagoya in 4 Days!

Well the title actually sounds crazy. How were we able to visit 5 cities in 4 days and spend only less than Php 20,000? Here's how...

From Nagano, I took a night bus to Osaka. My friends were already there in the Airbnb apartment that we booked (I think that cost us around Php 1000/pax/night), so I went straight from the Umeda Bus Station to our apartment somewhere like a few stations away from Umeda. Had I contacted my Osaka-based aunt earlier, we could've stayed at her place and saved from spending on accommodation. Anyway, although a bit sleepless, we headed straight to the Universal Studios Japan. It was my second time there, but first time to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I had so much fun this time with friends 'cause it felt different the last time I was there with family.

Harry Potter!!!
Oh Christmas Tree!
feeling like a kid again with Elmo
the light parade
The next day, we went to Nara via train. We bought a discounted 2-day unlimited Kintetsu (line) pass for our Osaka-Nara-Kyoto-Osaka route. At the first day of its usage, we went to the Nara Deer Park and played with the shikas (shika = deer in Japanese), checked out the Todai-ji (temple) then headed back to Osaka for shopping at Shinshai Bashi.

autumn :)

Todai-ji
of course, food!! 
Shinshai Bashi

sushi dinner
 On the third day, we went to Kyoto and visited the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and the Fushimi Inari Taisha (temple). We tried our best to make it to the Kinkaku-ji (Golden Temple) but we got there at 6pm just after it closed. It's really not possible to explore Kyoto in 1 day. I promise to be back and do the temple hopping and geisha hunting. There are really a lot more tourist spots I want to visit there. We headed back to Osaka and just spent the night packing our stuff because we're about to go home the next day.

in the train 
Kyoto Tower 

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
souvenirs handcrafted by an old man
groufie!!!
tonkotsu ramen for late lunch
Fushimi Inari Taisha


it took me so long to get a shot without a photobomber (haha)
our cute apartment c/o AirBnb
On our last day in Japan, we woke up late. We failed to explore Osaka's tourist spots such as the Osaka Castle and the Rinku Outlet Stores (oh shopping...), but there will always be a next time. Anyway, I rushed my way to the Osaka station to meet up with my Osaka-based aunt and she brought me to Kobe, yeah the home of the famous Kobe beef. But besides, Kobe, what I was more eager to have was the Matsusaka Beef but we didn't have time to get ourselves to Matsusaka. Luckily, I was able to have a taste of this beef in Manila at Smith Butcher and Grill. Sorry, that's quite off-topic haha. Anyway, we've gone to the Kobe Harbour Park. We've gone window shopping, we've viewed the Kobe Tower, and we had sumptuous lunch buffet at The Canary Warf. Everything was sponsored by my generous aunt. 


Kobe Tower
my aunt and her son
we're the first customers
this was only my first round and I had a second one haha

I am a certified matcha addict

shinkansen
off to Nagoya Airport from Osaka for our trip back to Manila
From Kobe, we headed back to Osaka to meet up with my friends and we all took the bullet train (shinkansen) to Nagoya International Airport. Too bad we didn't have time to explore Nagoya for a bit. The entire trip was tiring but truly fun and exciting. I've been to Japan 4 times already but there were still a lot of places for me to explore and activities to try. I would never really get tired of coming back to this country. On my next trip, I plan to explore Nagoya, Osaka, and Kyoto further plus include the historic city of Hiroshima. And on a winter trip, I must visit Sapporo in Hokkaido. I heard beer and food are extra yummy there! Oh, can't wait!

Nagano Quick Shopping and Food Trip

On my trip to Japan last November 2015, I was lucky enough to squeeze in a 4-day trip to Nagano, where my relatives live. It is actually where I usually stay whenever I'm in Japan. But since I was only there for 4 days, I wasn't able to do much. In fact, I opted to stay home and prepare FIlipino dishes for my family because I knew they really missed them. But as a reward, I got treated like a real guest.

From Shinjuku, Tokyo, I had to take a 2.5-hour bus ride to Suwa Interchange in Nagano, where my family picked me up. They immediately brought me to my favorite kaiten sushi place, Sushiro for lunch. Of course, I had the grandest time eating all of the sushi I could.



The next day, we drove to Karuizawa to go outlet shopping at Prince Shopping Plaza, where the biggest brands of apparel are available at really cheap rates. I got to score a Levi's dress that only cost Php 500 (if converted into Php) and a Nike FlyKnit at only Y10,000 or around Php 3,700 (because exchange rate at that time was really low).




Before shopping, we had soba for lunch. It's located 30 mins away from the outlet shops. There, I was able to see how soba noodles were being made and I was able to taste the best soba I've had in my life. For dinner, we had "yakiniku" near our home in Suwa City. In Japan, the things I love to do are: shopping, taking photos, and of course, EATING! They have the best food in the world (at least for me).









The next day, my cousin and I visited one of my favorite and most authentic ramen places in our city. I had miso ramen and I was truly satisfied.



I spent my last day in Nagano at home, cooking Filipino food for the family and packing for my trip to Osaka. I didn't spend anything while at Nagano, thanks to my family! Can't wait to be back! :)


Friday, August 19, 2016

7 Times Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong Has Proven that Statement Jewelries Are In

Statement jewelries have become a trend that never gets old. This has been proven to us by Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong as she has recently traveled the world in style. Let's check out the 7 times she showed us that statement jewelries are in.


1.  This necklace just levelled up her jumpsuit game





2. Who said you can't save the earth in style? 





3.  If you think too much is bad, then think again.





4. Making a statement with this necklace at the concrete jungle where dreams are made of



A photo posted by Angelia Gabrena Ong (@missearth.angelia) on



5.  Warning: Conquering Colombia requires a pretty neckpiece



This is Valle Del Cocora in Salento, Colombia. Those lines you see at the back is Palma de Cera, the world's tallest palm trees, and also Colombia's national tree. This kind of tree only grows in cold places like Salento. I am now on my way home and I can't help but reminisce and be thankful that my reign as Miss Earth brought me to beautiful places like Colombia. @brittanyannpayne , thank you for sharing this experience with me. Spending time with you and getting lost together has made me appreciate the friendship our crowns got us into. You are an amazing person and I'm so glad to have met you. I'll see you soon in a few days in Sri Lanka. @eliastobon , thank you for putting Miss Earth's advocacies not only by thoughts, but also through actions and by heart. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to know your amazing culture and meet your equally amazing people. Keep up the good work and congratulations to your organization and your new @missearthcolombia . Other than her, you have produced 8 more beautiful ladies that's now 8 different souls that will look at the world and our planet differently. You have produced stunning Earth Warriors! Gracias πŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ ! #MissEarthColombia #MissTierra2015 #AngeliaAdventures #MissEarth #MissEarth2015 #Colombia #latepost Shout out to my loving and supportive stylist all the way from the πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­, @jannostyles :) #ootd #styledbyjannostyles #jannostyles Crimson Jacket by @xernanorticio Black dress by @guessphilippines Necklace from @flutterstatementjewelry by @katongers Shoes from @vincecamuto X #jessicasimpson
A photo posted by Angelia Gabrena Ong (@missearth.angelia) on


6.  Apparently, the future is in (or wrapped around) her hands





7. And there's no such thing as an easy decision





And if you wanna make your own statement just like Angelia, you know where to go.

#MakeAFlutterStatement #FlutterTravelsTheWorld

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Search is On for The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) 2016

The annual search for The Oustanding Young Men (TOYM) 2016 in the Philippines is on! Officially launched by JCI Philippines last August 5 at the Bayanihan Center, TOYM 2016 is now open for nominations.

Who do you think has created a concrete positive change and has made an impact to the community, or at his/her own field/industry? Who deserves to join the biggest names who have been awarded in the previous years of TOYM?

Please see mechanics below:



Who will be among the 2016 TOYM Awardees? 

NOMINATE NOW!
The time has come to recognize those who exemplify service to community, outstanding leadership and excellence in their respective fields of discipline.

Please visit  http://toym.jci.org.ph for more information about the search and to download the official TOYM nomination form. 

Submit the accomplished nomination form, together with all the required supporting documents, on or before September 15, 2016 to TOYM Secretariat, 3F JCI Philippines Headquarters 14 Don A. Roces Avenue, 1103 Quezon City


For inquiries, please contact (+632) 3744138 or (+63) 9224524284 and look for Nancy; or email her at nancytoym@yahoo.com


Here are a few photos from the launch last August 5:


The TOYM 2016 Committee, JCI Philippines President Steve Tycangco, and JCIP Batch 101 Presidents 

TOYM Awardees through the years
For more photos, visit www.facebook.com/TheOutstandingYoungMenPH

Here are some of my photos:


A photo posted by Roycie S. (@royciepoisie) on


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Redfox Unveils New Logo and Promises Luxury Within Reach


On the 8th of August, Redfox Technologies has gathered everyone at Vu's Sky Bar in Marco Polo Ortigas for a wonderful surprise. Redfox Technologies CEO, Mr. Andy Te has revealed their new logo, as a rebranding move of their company. There are also a lot of exciting products that are coming up in the next few months, and everyone should watch out for them.

Mr. Andy Te (CEO) with the new Redfox Logo


Mr. Andy Te (CEO) presenting their new products


The event was hosted by two of my good friends, Farah Ramos and Michael Uy. It was indeed a night of good food, great music, and chill vibe. And the best part, I won a Wizpad Scribe in the raffle! Shoutout to Ms. Bernadeth of Redfox for putting up such a successful event.

And we won a Wizpad Scribe!
goofing around with these two crazies haha


I dunno why I was doing that pose LOL!

Read the Press Release here:

The Red Transformation – Luxury within Reach

Manila, Philippines, August 8, 2016 – Redfox Technologies International Ltd., one of the country’s leading sources of innovative IT solutions, has officially changed its image to strengthen the brand locally and globally. With a new brand identity that supports the tagline, “Luxury within Reach,” the company is set to provide premium products that will cater to the higher-end market and millennials.
Moving Forward

From being a PC manufacturing company to becoming a provider of end-to-end solutions and globally-acclaimed products, Redfox has opted to widen its product portfolio, now providing a premium and luxurious selection of products that include its latest line of smartphones, laptops, gaming PCs, and other peripherals. This is in addition to its existing lineup of pioneering products. Redfox will also continue to offer products dealing with education and the government.

The company has a solid industry experience as an end-to-end solution provider. As it continued to develop, it formed new sub-companies to provide high-quality products, delivering all the hardware and software resources, and engaging from conceptualization, to production, and up to the distribution of the finish product.

Said sub-companies are Redfox Laboratory International Ltd., a company that puts effort on the Research and Development (R&D) of Redfox products, with offices in Shenzhen China, Hong Kong  (hardware), and Philippines (software); A.L.e-Component Int’l. Inc., a company based in Cavite, Philippines, focusing on Redfox’s Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS); Asiantech, a company also based in the Philippines that focuses on the distribution, logistic and warehousing of Redfox; and Wiz Store, Redfox’s concept store, catering to retailers and kiosks, with two (2) branches located at SM North and SM Marikina.

Stepping Up the Game

As a company currently positioned in the market as an original equipment and design manufacturer, Redfox is determined to step up its game and position itself as an Original Brand Manufacturer (OBM), catering to the upper and middle class customers, as well as millennials, here and abroad.

The new brand identity, “Luxury within Reach,” will help promote products that strike quality and elegance at a reachable cost. Constantly committed to offer the best customer service and satisfaction, Redfox aims to provide the finest and luxurious commercial products that exude confidence and sophistication. In line with this, Redfox is building a global RMA and nationwide service center that will provide customer support 24/7.


Embracing Change

To support the new brand identity of Redfox, consumers will soon get to see the first UXperience Center in Southeast Asia that will offer interactive E-Sports and learning centers supported by E-Blue. This approach is expected to catapult the brand into the global stage.
Consumers will also get a treat, as Redfox plans to do mall road tours to promote its first ever luxurious smartphone called “Aurea.” The Redfox Aurea is set to position itself as the brand’s latest flagship smartphone.

Redfox is embracing change, continuously developing gaming ideas and cutting-edge technology for its smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, and gaming PC segments. Redfox is also securing more successful partnerships, not only here in the Philippines but also in the global scale, to attain more powerful principles in facilitating business opportunities.
For more info, please visit www.redfox.global.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Our Dining Experience at 7Flavors Buffet by Chef Boy Logro

The infamous chef, Boy Logro co-owns 7 Flavors Buffet located at A. Mabini St., San Juan City. 7 Flavors features as artisan bakery, a gourmet cafe, and a world fusion buffet. They serve really good food for an affordable price.


Last Friday, my friend, Sam Dy and I had a chance to dine with Mr. Kenneth Hung, the CEO, and Mr. Albert Borja II, the COO. It was a great experience also to have met fellow bloggers/writers at the dinner. We dined at the ground floor, where the cozy cafe is. In fact, they're planning to do bossa nights there soon. I loved the place because of its ambience and food. The buffet was at the second floor; and at that time, there was a birthday party there. 

happy diners :)
They have an interesting food selection at the buffet. There's also a teppanyaki corner, which I loved. My friend Sam enjoyed the tacos, and it's one of the best from the buffet. My personal favorite was the Kare-Kare.

we love the roast beef too!
dessert station
I love sushi :)
tacos!
yes I finished all of that haha
Anyway, they also offer event packages and catering services. For inquiries, you may contact them at 543-0325 / 542-1935 / 503-6750 / 0917-6700291 / 0933-4177387.

Here are their operating hours and rates:

Artisan Bakery - 6AM-8PM Daily
Gourmet Cafe - 6AM-12MN Daily
World Fusion Buffet - 1AM-2PM AND 6PM-10PM Daily

Monday-Thursday: Lunch - Php 400 / Dinner - Php 500
Friday-Sunday and Holiday: Lunch - Php 600

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Quick Boracay Summer

So there I was again, without any plans of going to Boracay, I got dragged by a friend who wanted to celebrate her birthday at the island. I was only able to make up my mind on the last minute. And because we took Air Asia, it meant another delayed flight, so we waited for more than 2 hours. 

We flew from Manila to Kalibo International Airport, where we met up with our friend who came from Dumaguete, but flew via Cebu. It was already midnight when we got to the boat from Caticlan to Boracay. The boat rates really inflate at those hours so it's better to take day flights. We got to the island at 1am and we just headed out for a quick meal before going to bed.

So basically we did a lot of eating, photo op, and partying (without even drinking much). But I would say that eating was the highlight of our trip haha! In fact, this was the only Boracay trip wherein I have completed all the daily hotel breakfasts. It's because we've been going to bed early because we're not drunk. Talk about change! haha

It's also great to find out that some other friends were there too, so I got to hangout with them. Anyway, here's how the trip went on:

Boracay Getaway from Roycie S. on Vimeo.

Day 1
Station 2 - Friend got a Henna Tattoo
Two Seasons - Oyster Sisig and Four Cheese Pizza (never fails!)
Station 1- Photo Op and a bit swimming by the beach until sunset
OlΓ© - Late dinner
Summer Place - Friend met up with a guy from Tinder but ended up being with a better person we met by the bar
Epic - I met up with my friends from Manila and hung out 'til the break of dawn

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Day 2
Puka Beach - Swimming and chilling (super pretty beach but the drinks were overpriced)
Spider House - Dinner with new friends
Epic - Party (and some drinking)

Day 3
Real Coffee - Lunch
Don Churros - Churro and Lava Cake fix
Jonah's Fruit Shake - Of course, we won't miss this
Las Brisas - Swimming and bonding by the pool
Station 2 - Buffet Dinner (another must for every Boracay trip)
Epic - My friend's birthday celebration
Then while we're a bit tipsy 'coz of our drinks, we had to go back to the hotel to get our stuff; then we headed to the port then the Kalibo Airport to catch our red-eye flight. However, our flight was ultimately delayed for like 4 hours, so we wished we just stayed and rebooked our flight (it's free anyway).

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And that's another quick but awesome summer trip! Where to next? Just wait for it! :)

How an Overnight Cebu Trip Turned 5 Days

Even I can't believe it. I didn't even have plans of joining my friends but I ended up staying there for almost forever. I was dragged by a friend straight from a Saturday night party  to the airport to catch the earliest flight to Cebu. Since the first flight was fully booked, we had to take the next one. We bought our plane ticket there and we didn't even get a ticket back home.

Instead of posting a lot of photos here, I just made a video of the trip. Feel free to comment below if you have any inquiries. 

#CebuHits from Roycie S. on Vimeo.


Here's a rundown of all our activities in that 5-day trip:

Day 1

We left first thing on a Sunday morning, went straight to our friend's hotel, the Big Hotel to check-in and take a nap. Then we had breakfast at the hotel resto. Right after breakfast, we were informed that our JCI friends from JCI Mandaue have prepared a boat party so we joined them. We went on a food trip and we had crazy drinking games while on board. 

We rushed back to the hotel to prepare for JCI Womandaue's induction and turnover ceremonies. After the event, we had drinks at the hotel bar. Then some of our JCI Cebu Inc. brothers invited us for a karaoke party at the KTV located next to the hotel. It was at around 1am when we moved to our friend's acoustic bar/KTV lounge, Open Mic, where we continued our craziness until 3am! That was a really crazy night.

Day 2

We all had lunch at a restaurant in SM Cebu. Then we chilled at Ibiza Beach Club at Movenpick Hotel and Resort in Mactan 'til after sunset. For dinner, we headed to a restaurant owned by our friend, Ampersand, wherein we had the best steak in Cebu, and all other sumptuous dishes and drinks.
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Day 3

We had our lechon fix at Rico's during lunch then we visited a new acquaintance's auto shop, Euro Technik for coffee. It was a lazy afternoon so while some of our friends headed to the airport to go back home, me and some of our Cebu-based friends indulged on a 1.5-hr foot and back massage at the Park Mall. It's my first time to try a massage conducted by blind people, and it felt so good. For dinner, we've gone to a local restaurant (like a big carinderia -- which I forgot the name of) that's known for their native chicken. After dinner, we had tea and dessert at Tinder Box. But just when we thought our night was over, we craved for wine and cheese so we headed to La Vie en Parisienne to satisfy our cravings.

Day 4

And out of our spontaneity, at 3am, after our wine sesh, we headed to the port to catch the first barge to Bantayan Island. That was a 2.5-hr drive, which can usually take 4-5 hours during the day. Anyway, we we're only able to catch the 2nd barge at 6:30am and it took us an hour and 15 mins to cross the water to Bantayan Island. In Bantayan, we had breakfast by the market, then we shopped for really cheap seafood. How cheap? Like Php 20/kilo of scallops. OMG! We headed to SantaFe Beach Club, where we checked in. We had the seafood we bought at the market cooked in the hotel and that's what we had for lunch. We were extremely full that we fell asleep after. We failed to wake up in time for our trip to the cove so we just headed out for dinner at Chef Panyang's. The food there were really cheap and yummy. If I come back to Bantayan, it would probably because of two things: the beach and the food. We got free dessert c/o the restaurant's manager. We were also able to have a JW Gold Label we just bought from a store nearby. We continued our drinking sesh at our hotel by the beach front while watching a movie on laptop.

Day 5

The next day, we woke up late again. We felt guilty for having the boatmen wait for 1.5 hrs for our island hopping. Our first stop was at Hilantagaan Island where we bought fish, rock lobsters, and crabs for our lunch. Next stop was at Virgin Island and I super loved it there. It's a lot better than Boracay. While we did some snorkelling, our boatman prepared our lunch. After lunch, we just rested for a bit and headed back to our hotel in Bantayan to catch the soonest flight we can get back to Manila as we still have a formal event to attend to in Taguig. At the airport, we bought our plane ticket and while waiting for boarding, we had our last dinner together.
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That Cebu trip was probably the best and most spontaneous trip I've ever done! It's so exciting to not have exact plans, not even a return flight because it gives you a lot of freedom. Just remember to overpack (while packing light -- to avoid paying for extra baggage) a bit. Be sure that you have extra clothes for any activity -- casual (shorts, tank tops, shirts, skirts), beachwear (maxi dress, short summer dress, cover up, swimsuit), smart casual (polo and pants), footwear (flats/sneakers, flipflops) -- so you won't have a problem.

Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Nagoya in 4 Days!

Well the title actually sounds crazy. How were we able to visit 5 cities in 4 days and spend only less than Php 20,000? Here's how...

From Nagano, I took a night bus to Osaka. My friends were already there in the Airbnb apartment that we booked (I think that cost us around Php 1000/pax/night), so I went straight from the Umeda Bus Station to our apartment somewhere like a few stations away from Umeda. Had I contacted my Osaka-based aunt earlier, we could've stayed at her place and saved from spending on accommodation. Anyway, although a bit sleepless, we headed straight to the Universal Studios Japan. It was my second time there, but first time to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I had so much fun this time with friends 'cause it felt different the last time I was there with family.

Harry Potter!!!
Oh Christmas Tree!
feeling like a kid again with Elmo
the light parade
The next day, we went to Nara via train. We bought a discounted 2-day unlimited Kintetsu (line) pass for our Osaka-Nara-Kyoto-Osaka route. At the first day of its usage, we went to the Nara Deer Park and played with the shikas (shika = deer in Japanese), checked out the Todai-ji (temple) then headed back to Osaka for shopping at Shinshai Bashi.

autumn :)

Todai-ji
of course, food!! 
Shinshai Bashi

sushi dinner
 On the third day, we went to Kyoto and visited the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and the Fushimi Inari Taisha (temple). We tried our best to make it to the Kinkaku-ji (Golden Temple) but we got there at 6pm just after it closed. It's really not possible to explore Kyoto in 1 day. I promise to be back and do the temple hopping and geisha hunting. There are really a lot more tourist spots I want to visit there. We headed back to Osaka and just spent the night packing our stuff because we're about to go home the next day.

in the train 
Kyoto Tower 

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
souvenirs handcrafted by an old man
groufie!!!
tonkotsu ramen for late lunch
Fushimi Inari Taisha


it took me so long to get a shot without a photobomber (haha)
our cute apartment c/o AirBnb
On our last day in Japan, we woke up late. We failed to explore Osaka's tourist spots such as the Osaka Castle and the Rinku Outlet Stores (oh shopping...), but there will always be a next time. Anyway, I rushed my way to the Osaka station to meet up with my Osaka-based aunt and she brought me to Kobe, yeah the home of the famous Kobe beef. But besides, Kobe, what I was more eager to have was the Matsusaka Beef but we didn't have time to get ourselves to Matsusaka. Luckily, I was able to have a taste of this beef in Manila at Smith Butcher and Grill. Sorry, that's quite off-topic haha. Anyway, we've gone to the Kobe Harbour Park. We've gone window shopping, we've viewed the Kobe Tower, and we had sumptuous lunch buffet at The Canary Warf. Everything was sponsored by my generous aunt. 


Kobe Tower
my aunt and her son
we're the first customers
this was only my first round and I had a second one haha

I am a certified matcha addict

shinkansen
off to Nagoya Airport from Osaka for our trip back to Manila
From Kobe, we headed back to Osaka to meet up with my friends and we all took the bullet train (shinkansen) to Nagoya International Airport. Too bad we didn't have time to explore Nagoya for a bit. The entire trip was tiring but truly fun and exciting. I've been to Japan 4 times already but there were still a lot of places for me to explore and activities to try. I would never really get tired of coming back to this country. On my next trip, I plan to explore Nagoya, Osaka, and Kyoto further plus include the historic city of Hiroshima. And on a winter trip, I must visit Sapporo in Hokkaido. I heard beer and food are extra yummy there! Oh, can't wait!

Nagano Quick Shopping and Food Trip

On my trip to Japan last November 2015, I was lucky enough to squeeze in a 4-day trip to Nagano, where my relatives live. It is actually where I usually stay whenever I'm in Japan. But since I was only there for 4 days, I wasn't able to do much. In fact, I opted to stay home and prepare FIlipino dishes for my family because I knew they really missed them. But as a reward, I got treated like a real guest.

From Shinjuku, Tokyo, I had to take a 2.5-hour bus ride to Suwa Interchange in Nagano, where my family picked me up. They immediately brought me to my favorite kaiten sushi place, Sushiro for lunch. Of course, I had the grandest time eating all of the sushi I could.



The next day, we drove to Karuizawa to go outlet shopping at Prince Shopping Plaza, where the biggest brands of apparel are available at really cheap rates. I got to score a Levi's dress that only cost Php 500 (if converted into Php) and a Nike FlyKnit at only Y10,000 or around Php 3,700 (because exchange rate at that time was really low).




Before shopping, we had soba for lunch. It's located 30 mins away from the outlet shops. There, I was able to see how soba noodles were being made and I was able to taste the best soba I've had in my life. For dinner, we had "yakiniku" near our home in Suwa City. In Japan, the things I love to do are: shopping, taking photos, and of course, EATING! They have the best food in the world (at least for me).









The next day, my cousin and I visited one of my favorite and most authentic ramen places in our city. I had miso ramen and I was truly satisfied.



I spent my last day in Nagano at home, cooking Filipino food for the family and packing for my trip to Osaka. I didn't spend anything while at Nagano, thanks to my family! Can't wait to be back! :)