Thursday, August 31, 2017

What Pasalubong to Bring from Davao City?

Whenever we travel for business or leisure, it is natural for us to buy pasalubong for families and friends. Key chains, shirts and small trinkets are very common. However, if you are visiting Davao City then there is only one pasalubong that will complete your Davao experience. 

Apo ni Lola Durian Delicacies has grown strong over the years to become the No. 1 pasalubong must-have. It's main branch is located at 28 San Miguel Village, Matina, Davao City. They are famous for their delicious durian candies available in different flavors. 





Their best seller is actually the candy bar available in different variants too. I super love the Creamy Durian Bar and the Mangosteen Yema Bar. These are highly recommended because they are so yummy that you would love to have a big chunk of it. 







You have to make sure that you get some durian and mangosteen tarts too. They are actually my favorites. The crust are always freshly baked and the filling is just perfect. 



Recently, they have expanded their array of products. Apo ni Lola Durian Delicacies also offers Durian Pie (which I am going to review in a different post), Durian Jam and Durian Hopia. 




On a tight budget? You don't have to worry because their products are very affordable.

For orders, inquiries and deliveries, you may contact them at 09204103333 or 082-2895099. They also have a branch in Abreeza Mall. 

And now, I am running a quick giveaway so, that one of my readers will have the chance to taste these yummy treats from Apo ni Lola Durian Delicacies. Just follow the mechanics found in the rafflecopter widget. Don't forget to tag My Metro Lifestyle and Apo ni Lola Durian Delicacies in your shared posts and follow all the steps in rafflecopter so, that your entries will be valid. 

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I will announce the winner on April 19 and the winner would have to reply within 24 hours. This will be a quick giveaway because I have to send the prize as soon as possible. 

UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS, JIM MACARAEG! Please send me PM on facebook with your shipping details within 24 hours! 

Road Trip: Manila to Bacolod

Last May 12, 2015, Val and I relocated  to Bacolod to say goodbye to the crazy pollution, endless traffic and fast-paced Metro Manila life. It was a big decision to let go of our jobs as well as the great opportunities that we have. Not to mention that we'll be missing our friends and loved ones. But hey, we are so ready to take our married life to the next level and get ready for a new adventure! 

Our whole new adventure starts with our "epic" journey. It is the longest land trip I have ever taken. Normally, it should take you 18-20 hours however, we had a lot of stops thus, ours was a bit longer. 




We left around 12:30am bound for Batangas via SLEX and Star Tollways. We wanted to leave a bit late to avoid the traffic in EDSA since we're from way up North. We arrived at the Batangas port around 4:00am but we were late for the RORO trip and waited for the next one at 5am. While waiting, we just decided to have some breakfast. 

We left Batangas port around 5:30am bound for Calapan, Mindoro. It was actually the best time to travel since we are in the middle of sea during sunrise, Watching the sun rise was a liberating experience as it marked the beginning of our new adventure. 


Even Crumpy enjoyed the trip since you can feel the wind brushing against your skin.




We arrived at Calapan Port around 8:30am and we are up for another 3-hour drive going to Roxas City port. This is our first time in this place and honestly, do not have any idea where to go. Our game plan was just follow the signs (which was sufficient and very helpful) plus our handy google maps. The road condition is good. Kudos for the nautical highway project! 

We passed several small towns and stopped for drinks and gas along the way. 


We reached Roxas City port around 11:30am but unfortunately, the next RORO bound for Caticlan will leave by 3:30pm. I guess that means we have ample time to rest and eat before the next trip. Since we barely know the place, we opted to have lunch at Andok's (a known company in Metro Manila) and we had a simple rice and bbq meal. Andok's is just very near the port. The sun was scorching hot that we felt uneasy. So, Val and I decided to use the port's shower room for Php 20.00/head. 

Our trip from Roxas to Caticlan was quite long (approximately 5 hours) via Montenegro Shipping Lines. We were already tired and sleepy but had no place to really rest. Val and I decided to stay on the upper most part of the ship.



We are were also very lucky to see the beautiful sunset on the later part of the trip.



We arrived in Caticlan around 8:30pm and we decided to stay overnight there. Unfortunately, all hotels and inn are fully booked because of the APEC Summit and we did not have any reservations. We tried to ask a few locals for suggestions and they recommended that we travel all the way to Kalibo proper to get a room.

It took as approximately 2 hours to get to Kalibo. The roads are too dark and no light posts available. There wasn't any signage on the road (unlike the ones in Mindoro.) On the brighter side, there were checkpoints and PNP outposts every 1 km because of the APEC Summit. So, at least we were able to ask directions every now and then.

You would know that you've reach Kalibo once you pass by the famous Kalibo bridge. Unfortunately, I was so tired and it was dark that we weren't able to take pictures. We were lucky enough to find a pet friendly inn immediately during the night. I made a separate review of the inn, here.

Around 10pm the next day, we decided to continue the drive going to Dumangas port. It is best to travel during the day because the roads are quite confusing with all the turns and no signages. You'll be able pass by Capiz before you reach Iloilo. We actually had lunch in Capiz since there's a Mang Inasal and Deco's in Mambusao proper.

We reached Dumangas port around 3PM and did not expect the problem getting into the RORO. Apparently, one of the ships of Montenegro broke down and Tristar would need a reservation a day before. Our only chance is a no-show of passengers with reservation.

We spent the afternoon chatting with other travelers and I can say we had made friends along the way. We learned that some of them have been there for a week but can't get their trucks on board because it's fully booked. Just like us, they are on the wait list. Being on the wait list, not only means "first come first served" but they are also considering the size of your vehicle. We got lucky and got on board around 8:00pm and then finally, arrived in Bacolod around 11:30pm.

About the fees and expenses, here's what we actually paid.

Toll Fee ( SLEX)  - Php 164.00 + 96.00
Toll Fee ( Star Tollways) - Php 67.00

Batangas Roro Terminal Fee - Php 129.00
Additional Passenger (Terminal) - Php 30.00
RORO Fee via Asian Marine (Batangas - Calapan) - Php 1,440.00

Roxas Roro Terminal Fee - Php 129.00
Toll Fee (Roxas City) - Php 50.00
Coast Guard Fee - Php 20.00
Entrance Fee - Php 30.00
RORO Fee via Montenegro (Roxas - Caticlan) - Php 3,840.00
Additional Passenger (RORO) - Php 408.00

Dumangas Port Roro Terminal Fee - Php 129.00
RORO Fee via Tristar - Php 800.00

Bacolod/BREDCO Terminal Fee - Php 375.50

Well, it was costly and tiring but the experience is all worth it. Indeed, it was "our adventure of a lifetime." 

If you would like to get a copy of the screenshots of the map we used, then send us a message

Planning your next road trip or have any questions, just leave a comment below.  

UPDATE: I lost my hard drive and no longer have access to the screenshots of the maps. However, if you have questions, just send me a message. So sorry! 


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Get lucky with the Samsung Curved UHD TV and Soundbar Deals

Have you ever scored big savings on a product you’ve dreamed of having? Do you remember what you felt when you were able to bring home something that you’ve worked so hard for? That feeling provides a high like no other. 

Well, today is your lucky day with the Samsung Lucky Deals! Fulfill your dreams of having state-of-the-art home entertainment devices. From August 10 to September 3, the global tech giant is giving its customers up to 40% off the price tag on their 49 or 65-inch Curved Ultra High Definition (UHD) televisions and Curved Soundbar.


These UHD TVs are a perfect addition to your home. Its curved screen design visually wraps you, surrounding your senses and delivering a wider field of view. You’ll get an immersive viewing experience when watching your favorite TV series or film that it’ll seem like you are in it, not just looking at it.

Equipped with a UHD upscaling engine that ensures optimized production, these units do not leave picture quality to chance. Not only does the TV process UHD sources at crisp 4K resolution, it even converts lower-resolution content to a level of clarity that’s almost like Ultra High Definition.

Lastly, Samsung is also offering a 30% discount on the Samsung HW-MS6501 Curved Soundbar, complementing a pristine visual treat with superb audio. It lets you bring home cinematic depth and richness of sound to complement your ultimate viewing experience.

Get lucky now! Know more about this promo and the Samsung Curved UHD TVs and Curved Soundbar by visiting Samsung Electronics Philippines’ official Facebook page or samsung.com.ph.

Friday, August 25, 2017

MamatheFox's Fancy Frills Giveaway

Welcome to MamatheFox's Fancy Frills Giveaway


This exciting giveaway runs 8/25- 9/8 and is open to US residents.



Enter for your chance to win: (1) C.E.O Moisturizer, (1) C.E.O. Cleaning Oil and (1) C.E.O. Brightening Serum from Sunday Riley, winners choice of (1) pair of stud earrings from Bregje's Design and (1) pure highlighter powder and (1) lip stain from Au Naturale Cosmetics.





MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligation

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Win $100 Gift Card from Ottica.com

Don't miss the chance to win $100 Gift Card from Ottica. This is open to US and Canada only.

Ottica is a premier vendor of online prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses. With so many high end brands to choose from like Burberry, RayBan, Coach, Versace and so many more, you will be giddy with excitement. Their state-of-the-art virtual try-on feature will help you find the perfect frames for your face. It's so easy, and there are reps standing by to help you with any aspect of the process. Check out Ottica.com today

Enter for your chance to win $100 to Ottica.com!

Sponsored by: Ottica.com

Hosted by: MamatheFox.com

 
MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not help responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligation.

Friday, August 18, 2017

MamatheFox's Back to School Giveaway (US Only)

Welcome to the 2nd Annual MamatheFox's Back to School Giveaway

hosted by MamatheFox

Sponsors include: Wean Green, Momobaby, Gina's Soft Cloth, I See Me! 

and Teach My

This years giveaway will have (1) winner, who will take home: (1) pair of MomoBaby Shoes (up to $54 value), (1) Kitchen Set from WeanGreen ($55 value), (2) Teach My Yoga Mat Sets ($50 value), I See Me My U.S.A. Road Trip Gift Set with Map ($50 value) and a set of reusable lunchbox napkins from Gina's Soft Cloth!

This years prize is valued at over $200!





MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Multiforce Daily Supplement Giveaway


Have you wondered about what balancing your pH can do for you and your body? Multiforce helps you achieve optimal well being and all around good health. This daily supplement is easy to drink taste great and helps you on your journey to a better, healthier you. By Helping to neutralize the effects of harmful acidity caused by everyday lifestyles and diet, Multiforce helps you live life balanced.

Read more about Multiforce and to learn why you want to balance your pH

Sponsored by: Multiforce

Hosted by: MamatheFox.com

Enter for your chance to win (3) bottles of Multiforce valued at $90

(1 bottle of mango flavor, 1 bottle of unflavored and 1 bottle or lemon flavor)

Open to US only

Runs 8/16-8/31 - Winner pulled on 9/1

   
MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for the sponsor who fails to fulfill their prize obligation.

Friday, August 11, 2017

How to Hire the Right Contractor?

You might find yourself in need of the services of a skilled contractor at some point in the future. A contractor is a person who is in charge of a crew of workers during a construction project. Needless to say, you need to be sure you hire a really good contractor. Otherwise, there is a chance that your construction work will not be done correctly. Therefore, it is important that you take the hiring of your contractor very seriously for the safety of your family. Here are some of the things that should be your primary concerns when you are going to be hiring a contractor.



1. What sort of track record does the contractor have?

You should always investigate the track record of any person you are thinking about hiring to do work at your home. This is especially the case when it comes to contractors. You need to be sure that this person is legit and has not been sued by any of his previous clients. A great place to find out a lot of good info about contractors in your area is the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website. They will give ratings to contractors based on a variety of factors. You should only consider hiring a contractor if he has received a high BBB rating. It is always important to know exactly who you are dealing with where your contractor is concerned.



2. Does the contractor have a valid license?

Why is it important for the garage remodeling contractor you hire to be licensed? You need to be sure that the contractor who is in charge of your construction project has received all of the necessary training that your state requires. There is no way to determine this unless you see a contractor's valid license to work in your state. Many people try to work as a contractor without a valid license. They are able to do this because many people simply assume that the contractor they hire is licensed. However, that is not always the case. Hiring an unlicensed contractor could mean that you will receive construction work that is substandard and dangerous.

3. Are the contractor and all of his workers covered by a current insurance policy?




It is essential that every person who performs construction work on your property have insurance coverage. This is because damage to your home and property can happen during the course of the construction project. The insurance coverage that the contractor has will compensate you for any damage that is sustained to your property. Do not take the contractor's word for it that he is insured. Make sure you ask to see his valid proof of insurance.

Monday, August 7, 2017

#WHERETONEXT : SADDLEBACK HAVEN

Summer has officially started. It simply means packing our bags, getting out of the house and enjoying a much-deserved vacation. 

With the right research and timing, no one has a concrete excuse of not being able to afford a vacation. We have so many options nowadays including the free seats offered by airlines and no more fuel surcharge. 

I have always dreamed of spending one summer vacation is a mountain haven but I do not have the courage to go mountain climbing. I want to be close to nature yet keeping the luxuries. Something cozy, inspiring and perfect. 

So, do you have any guesses about our #WHERETONEXT destination? 
Well, it's part of the 7,107 islands of the Philippines and it's going to be at the SADDLEBACK HAVEN.

SADDLEBACK HAVEN is a villa 2,800 feet above sea level. It is a 45-minute drive from Davao City. 

Photo Credit: Saddleback Haven/ AIRBNB

It features cool climate, fresh air, and lush greenery. The view at night is also breathtaking. 

Photo Credit: Saddleback Haven/ AIRBNB


The rooms are carefully designed to ensure that you'll have a good night sleep and prepare you for a day full of activities. 

Photo Credit: Saddleback Haven/ AIRBNB


Since part of our plan is to be close to nature, we are very excited to take a short hike nearby. 

Photo Credit: Saddleback Haven/ AIRBNB

If you are brave enough to face the cool weather, you can even take a dip in the nearby river. 

Photo Credit: Saddleback Haven/ AIRBNB


Horseback riding is also available but I am still undecided about it. I am only certain that I will be bringing lots of marshmallows because I am looking forward to spending the night underneath the stars and enjoy the bonfire. 

Photo Credit: Saddleback Haven/ AIRBNB

So, go ahead and have the vacation you have always dreamed of and feel at home with your #WhereToNext destination. It's about time you pack your bags and enjoy the world. 

Donate Your Old Clothes in Any H&M Branch and Get Discount Vouchers

Did you know that you can donate your old clothes to H&M?

H&M Philippines encourages customers to bring their old clothes (whether in good or bad condition) in exchange for store discount vouchers. This is their way of helping lessen the garbage brought about by the fashion industry. After all, fashion is too precious to end up in the landfills.  




How to donate?

There is no minimum number of pieces. You just have to fill a paper bag with old clothing (no matter what brand or condition) and bring to any H&M store nationwide. However, please take note that there is a limit of only 2 vouchers per customer per day regardless of how much clothes you are donating. (Approximately one bag full of clothes is equal to one 15% discount voucher) 




If you are curious what does H&M does with these donated clothes, these old garments are collected by their partner, I:Collect. These are then sorted into three categories: 

  • Rewear – old clothes that are still in good condition and can be resold.
  • Reuse – old clothes and textiles that can be reused and turned into other materials like cleaning cloths.
  • Recycle – everything else is turned into textile fibers, and used for things like insulation.
The proceeds are donated to H&M Foundation and split between social projects and recycling projects. Also, for every kilogram of garment collected, I:Collect donates 0.02 euros UNICEF Philippines. You can read more about it here

So, what are you waiting for? It's about time we all get stylish yet responsible Filipino citizens. 


Friday, August 4, 2017

Empyrean Bedding Giveaway

Welcome to the Empyrean Bedding Giveaway

Hosted by: MamatheFox

Co-Hosted by: Sonya's Happenings, Love, Mrs. Mommy & FROG Reviews and Ramblings

For this exciting giveaway, you have the chance to win (2) sets of Empyrean Bedding Sheet Sets!

   



MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations. Open to US only. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

20th Eigasai Japanese Film Festival is Happening on August 24-27 at SM City Bacolod

EIGASAI is the annual Japanese Film Festival held in the Philippines. It is presented and run by the Japan Foundation, Manila and in celebration of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month. It is one of the largest and popular film festivals attracting over 20,000 audiences every year across the Philippines, showcasing a vast variety of cinematic delights from drama, romance, anime to recently released films in Japan. 


This year, it is happening across the country in 6 major cities including the City of Smiles - Bacolod. During the festival, Bacolod residents and those in nearby areas are invited to enjoy a FREE screening at SM City on August 24-27, 2017. 

Here is the list of the complete movie line-up:

  • Her Love Boils Bathwater

  • The Long Excuse

  • The Magnificent Nine

  • Tsukiji Wonderland

  • What a Wonderful Family!
  • Creepy
  • Chihayafuru Part.1
  • Chihayafuru Part.2
  • Sweet Bean (An)
  • The Anthem of the Heart
  • The Mohican Comes Home
  • Bakuman 
You read more about the movies that are going to be shown via this link. So, don't miss the chance to learn more about contemporary Japanese cinema, arts and culture. For the complete screening schedule, click here. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Also, Japan Foundation, Manila and their sponsor, Canon Philippines are running a contest exclusive to residents of Bacolod where you can win a special prize plus limited edition EIGASAI polo shirt. Campaign will run until August 24, noon. You can check out the full details here.
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