Soban K-Town Grill

K-pop has truly taken the world by storm as a lot has already been influenced by anything Korean - from music, fashion, skin care, to food. And speaking of food, we had the chance to try this newest Korean restaurant in Robinsons Place Manila in Ermita. Soban K-Town Grill serves unique Korean-Mexican dishes other than the usual you've probably tried in some other Korean restaurants out there. 





During our visit, we had their Premium BBQ Combo Set, which is already good for a group for 3-4 persons. The set comes with 180g USDA Choice Premium Marinated Beef, 180g Pork Belly, 180g Boneless Fried Chicken, 1 Japchae, 1 Pajeon, 1 Egg Casserole, 1 Half Gimbap, 4 unlimited kimchi fried rice, soup, and side dishes.



The Kimchi Fried Rice already has this quite strong but not-so-spicy taste so better pair it with the non-marinated meat because it might just overpower those barbecue-flavored meat. Still depends on your preference though. The caramelized Boneless Fried Chicken is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Kimchi side dish is good and well-seasoned. It's crispy and it's not that spicy. I'm used to putting gravy on my mashed potato but theirs doesn't need it at all. Their mashed potato has corns and raisins that kind of mixed together adding flavor to it. They also have other side dishes like the peanut and anchovies and kangkong but there's really nothing special to it. As for the meat, their beef hanger steak is my fave! It's a bit sweet and really tender - just don't overcook it. For the pork belly, you can choose up to 2 flavors but I suggest you get at least one serving of the regular/plain pork belly. The side dishes will add flavor to your bite anyway when you mix it all together. I tried the flavored one and it tastes like tocino for me. It's their bestseller according to them so might as well give it a try.



Kimchi Fries is basically french fries topped with cheese, roasted pork bits, and kimchi. I love anything with kimchi so I'll be biased. This one's really good and they're quite generous with the toppings. I find it quite pricey though at P199 per serving. 


Japchae

Gimbap 

Coffee Crepe

Hey, they also serve beers!

All these are priced at P2,200. There may be some Korean buffet restaurants that offer the same at a much cheaper price but the ambiance, good service, and the quality of the food is what sets Soban apart from the rest.

Does this post make you crave for Korean food? Go ahead and visit Soban K-Town Grill at Robinsons Place Manila. You can also find them in Eastwood Mall, Greenbelt 3, ATC Corporate Center, and SM City North EDSA.


Soban K-Town Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Photos by: John Nico Mullet

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Megabrands and Lifestyle Sale - June 2018

On June 08-10, 2018, Metro Creative Themes Inc. will  kick starts the back-to-school sale with the MegaBrands and Lifestyle Sale happening at Megatrade Hall 1, 5th Level, Bldg B of SM Megamall.

Catch the trendiest back-to-school fashion steals and take advantage of up to 70% discount offering from brands like Reebok, Umbro, Sebago, Elle, Echolac,  Hush Puppies, Case Logic. Further, markdown items are also up for grabs ranging from accessories, men’s and ladies fashion, housewares, personal care and many more!



The event is free admission to everyone. Doors are open from 11am- 10pm daily.  RCBC Bankard is the official bank partner and Bankard holders can enjoy up to 12mos 0% interest on deferred transactions.  


This post is an official press release from Metro Creative Themes Inc.

On June 08-10, 2018 , Metro Creative Themes Inc. will  kick starts the back-to-school sale with the MegaBrands and Lifestyle Sale happenin...

10 Ways to Jumpstart a Healthier, Happier Digestive System

The world’s leading digestive health products— Essentiale® Forte P and Dulcolax®— join hands in a campaign to make our digestive systems happier and healthier. Together, the two brands take action on World Digestive Health Day on May 29th, reminding people about the importance of keeping their digestive system happy and healthy.


So how do you keep your gut healthy and happy? Let us count the ways:
  1. Junk the junk. Avoid eating processed foods (chips, cold cuts), breads and pastas.

  2. Go for gold. Probiotic foods feed the good bacteria in your digestive tract. So what should you go for? A plant-based diet would be good. If not, make sure you have more nuts and seeds in your diet. Check out pistachios, bananas, garlic, onion, wheat, oats, quinoa, millet and chia.

  3. Avoid unnecessary drinking of antibiotics. Taking antibiotics may have a negative effect on the bacteria and other microbes living in your intestines. Antibiotics may kill healthy bacteria. Before taking antibiotics, ask your doctor questions about then and do some research. Get a second opinion if possible and don’t self-medicate.

  4. Keep your liver in check. Instead of steaks and fried chicken, opt for taking in less fats from your food as these can lead to having too much fat stored in the liver. A fatty liver is a sign of an unhealthy digestive system and will affect your entire health. Keep your liver in check with Essentiale® Forte P. It contains essential phospholipids that repair damaged liver cell membrane, regenerate lost phospholipids and restore normal functions of the liver, keeping your liver healthy for a happy digestive system.


  5. Take a good probiotic. Probiotics are micro-organisms that provide health benefits when consumed. Probiotics help with digestion and stimulate the immune system. They rebuild intestinal flora for better digestive health for kids. It also stops diarrhea symptoms and addresses other intestinal issues. Consult your doctor to learn more about the benefits of Probiotics!

  6. Water is important. Hydration is the key to having a healthy digestive system. Constipation is often the result of dehydration in the colon. Drinking at least 8 16-oz glasses of water a day will ensure that your stool will be soft and easy to pass.

  7. Taking a laxative helps. Frequent constipation is a sign that your digestive system is in poor health. If you haven’t moved your bowels in days, don’t just suffer. Dulcolax® stimulates bowel movement and softens hard dry stool to treat constipation and other bowel irregularities. Dulcolax®, the world’s No. 1 laxative4, ensures you have a happy tummy ensures that you’ll have a happy tummy in the morning.


  8. You’ve got to move it. Regular exercises like brisk walking or running will get things moving, so to speak. Allot at least 10 minutes a day to exercise. Make it 15 mins daily if you can.

  9. Chill, don’t stress. Your work life is stressful enough; find time to chill and relax. Don’t bring work home. Find little pockets of relaxation throughout the day. For instance, when it gets to be too much, do some breathing exercises for a few minutes. Stress can affect the health of your digestive system.

  10. Get enough sleep. If eight hours of sleep is not doable, make sure you get six hours every night. Lack of sleep can cause gas and poor digestion.


If you build and maintain a healthy and happy digestive system, your quality of life will be better, too. If you skip the bad habits and embrace the good ones, you will have less health issues and a healthier, happier life! Make sure you regularly consult your doctor if you feel any symptoms.

The world’s leading digestive health products— Essentiale® Forte P and Dulcolax® — join hands in a campaign to make our digestive systems ...

Rak of Aegis Season 6: What's New in Barangay Venizia?

Rak is back mga ka-baranggay!!!

Oh yes! The very successful all-Filipino musical, Rak of Aegis, is going back onstage for their sixth re-run. If you have not seen at least one show from the past five seasons, you should know that you're missing the fun! They wouldn't reach this far and people wouldn't be asking for more if it's just nothing, right? 



Just like the lead character in the musical, Aileen, there are so many talented Filipinos that are aspiring to pursue their dreams and be successful in the entertainment world. We have so much reality shows on TV and everyday, we discover great talents that are truly world-class. 



As they prepare for yet another much-anticipated re-run this year, the people behind Rak has thought of a brilliant idea. Why not make the story of Aileen a reality? Months ago, PETA has launched an online reality search for new talents who will be joining this year's run of the musical. Dubbed as Hu Got Talent: The Search for the Next Rakstar, hundreds of hopefuls submitted their video entries and the lucky Top 20 underwent intensive workshop where they experienced how it is to be part of "Rak".



The list was further trimmed down and the Lucky 9 who will be joining the cast were finally introduced during the press launch held last May 22 in PETA Theater Center.

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Let's meet and get to know the new cast members of Rak of Aegis:


SHAIRA OPSIMAR, Aileen





Role: Aileen
Theater Experiences: The King and I, Grease, The Sound of Music
Trivia: Shaira joined The Voice and the Philippines Season 2 and she's also a multi-medalist and division winner in the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA)


Princess Vire, Aileen




Role: Aileen
Theater Experiences: Into The Woods, Annie
Trivia: Princess is a multi-medalist and division winner in the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA), and was a contender at It's Showtime's Tawag ng Tanghalan.




Kent Pontivedra, Tolits




Role: Tolits
Theater Experiences: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Coat
Trivia: Kent is considered as a real life Tolits. He's a graduate of Tourism Management from the International School of HRM School System while working as a Stock Clerk in SM and Sales Specialist for WOW Videoke. He has also joined quite a number of local competitions including Eat Bulaga's Just Duet, It's Showtime's Tawag ng Tanghalan, and Century Tuna Superbods Ageless.

Adrian Lindayag, Jewel


Role: Jewel
Theater Experiences: Rent
Trivia: Adrian was part of GMA 7's "Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman" from 2013 to 2016 and guested in GMA's "Pyra: Ang Babaeng Apoy". He also worked as a full time celebrity stylist in 2016.

Remus Villanueva, Kenny

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Role: Kenny
Theater Experiences: Aurelio Sedisyoso, Solomon
Trivia: Remus has been doing theater since 2008. He's also a Theater Arts Moderator in Bloomfield Academy in Las Pinas, and a Theater Arts Program Head in Bulacan State University's College of Arts and Letters.




Marielle Mamaclay, Ensemble




Role: Ensemble
Theater Experiences: The Sound of Music
Trivia: Marielle is the band leader of the all-Filipino Pop Vocal Group, 5th Gen, and is also a mentor for the Euro Talent Festival Team Philippines. She's also bagged the Senior Grand Champion Vocalist and Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World awards at the prestigious World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA).

Gil "Chamyto" Aguedan, Ensemble




Role: Ensemble
Theater Experiences: -
Trivia: Gil worked as a Gondolier at the Venetian Macau Hotel from 2012 to 2016. He's also appeared in GMA shows "Karelasyon" and "Wagas", and in the online series "Finding Clickton".

Matel Patayon, Ensemble




Role: Ensemble
Theater Experiences: Himala: Isang Musikal, Sakuntala: Ang Singsing ng Kapalaran
Trivia: Matel is a Comm Arts graduate from UP Los Banos. She earned an honorable mention for Best Actress citation from Gibbs Cadiz of Inquirer for her role in Sakuntala. She also voiced Suzy in ABS-CBN's "I Am Not A Robot".

Crystal Paras, Ensemble





Role: Ensemble
Theater Experiences: Performed in various theater companies like Repertory Philippines, Atlantis Productions, and Trumpets
Trivia: Crystal previously joined Eat Bulaga's Music Hero - Vocal. Aged 20, she's also the youngest addition to the "Rak of Aegis" cast.




Rak of Aegis Season 6 Sneak Peek


To get you even more excited, the cast has prepared a sneak peek of what to expect in their upcoming shows. Check out these videos from my Youtube Channel:









Rak of Aegis Season 6 Show Details


Rak of Aegis will run from June 20 to September 2, 2018 at the PETA Theater Center with shows on Wednesdays to Fridays (8PM) and Saturdays to Sundays (3PM and 8PM). For tickets, you may contact PETA at 725-6244 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.






CAST

Aileen - Kim Molina, Shaira Opsimar, Princess Vire
Mary Jane - Shiela Valderrama - Martinez, Carla Guevarra - Laforteza, Isay Alvarez - Sena, Sweet Plantado - Tiongson
Kiel - OJ Mariano, Lorenz Martinez, Robert Sena, Renz Verano
Mercy - Kakai Bautista, Joann Co, Neomi Gonzales
Kenny - Poppert Bernadas, Vince Lim, Myke Salomon, Remus Villanueva
Tolits - Joshua Bulot, Pepe Herrera, Jerald Napoles, Kent Pontivedra
Jewel - Ron Alfonso, Jimmy Marquez, Phi Palmos, Adrian Lindayag
Fernan - Juliene Mendoza, Gie Onida, Rody Vera
Ensemble - Gimbey dela Cruz, Marielle Mamaclay, Gab Pangilinan, Crystal Paras, Matel Patayon, Abi Sulit, Teetin Villanueva, Gold Villar-Lim, Gil Aguedan, Roi Calilong, Gio Gahol, Carlon Matobato, John Moran, Paeng Sudayan, Adrian Lindayag

ARTISTIC STAFF

Written by Liza Magtoto
Directed by Maribel Legarda
Musical Direction and Arrangement by Myke Salomon
Choreography by Gio Gahol
Set Design by Mio Infante
Lights Design by JonJon Villareal
Costume Design by Carlo Pagunaling
Shoe Design by Maco Custodio






Rak is back mga ka-baranggay!!! Oh yes! The very successful all-Filipino musical, Rak of Aegis , is going back onstage for their six...

The Great BDO Travel Sale 2018

Planning for your next adventure?



BDO is holding their annual Great BDO Travel Sale where you can find the cheapest travel packages from partner agencies and airlines. If you're a BDO Rewards, Credit, and Debit Cardholders, you may also avail of the 0% interest promo for 3 months installment term and get billed 1 month later.





The Great BDO Travel Sale is happening from June 1-3 at the SMX Convention Center in SM Aura Premier. Travel Period is from June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019.

Check out this list of participating airlines, travel agencies, cruise lines, and insurance

Airlines:
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Japan Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Air China
  • Korean Air
  • Thai Airways
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Aerotel – United Airlines, Finnair, South African Airways, Air New Zealand
  • American Airlines
  • Air Asia
  • Jeju Air
  • SkyJet

Travel Agencies:
  • Rakso Air Travel and Tours
  • Reli Tours
  • House of Travel
  • International Journeys
  • Aboex
  • Pan Pacific – Trafalgar

Cruise Line:
  • Princess Cruises

Travel Insurance:
  • Pacific Cross
For more info, you may visit www.bdo.com.ph.

Planning for your next adventure? BDO is holding their annual Great BDO Travel Sale where you can find the cheapest travel packages...

Up to 70% off on Philippine Airlines' Independence Day Seat Sale



Philippine Airlines is holding an Independence Day Seat Sale where you can get up to 70% off on flight tickets. Book roundtrip International flights from as low as USD 89 or one-way domestic flights from as low as Php599 (exclusive of government taxes, fees, ticketing service charge and surcharges).



The sale will run from May 28 to June 3, 2018 and travel period is from July 1 to December 31, 2018. Book your tickets now at www.philippineairlines.com







Philippine Airlines is holding an Independence Day Seat Sale where you can get up to 70% off on flight tickets. Book roundtrip Intern...

Royal Sports Fest Back to School Sale

Royal Sporting House will storm the new event center of Megatrade Hall 2, 5th level, SM Megamall and hold the Royal Sports Fest Back-to-School Sale on May 25 to 27, 2018 from 11am-9pm.  




Shoppers will enjoy up to 70% discounts from participating brands like Nike, Under Armour, Oakley, Skechers, Keds, Fitflop, Sperry, Kickers, The North Face and many more.  Customers will also enjoy great finds on great selections of shoes, bags, accessories, men’s and ladies fashion, just in time for the summer vacation.

The event is free admission to the public and all major credit cards are accepted.


Royal Sporting House will storm the new event center of Megatrade Hall 2, 5th level, SM Megamall and hold the Royal Sports Fest Back-to-Scho...

Why is Changing Partners considered a hugot musical?

The award-winning musical-turned-movie, Changing Partners, will have a re-staging and it's gonna be bigger and different! 


Changing Partners is actually a personal experience of the writer, Vincent de Jesus. It all started out with a story about a gay couple that eventually evolved, which made up this entire complex-looking storyline. Well to clarify, the storyline isn't really as complicated as you think as the actors put it. It's basically a single story told from different perspectives - straight couple, gay/lesbian couple, same age generation, and a May-December love affair. Now, that alone makes this production even more interesting to see.





During a quick chat with the people behind this successful production, we are to expect some changes on the piece for their fourth run - from the music, set design , to the way the actors take their roles, and applying some learnings they've had after doing the movie last year.

Changing Partners will have a limited run at PETA Theater Center on May 11, 12, 13, 19, and 20. Get your tickets now at Ticketworld!



Let's discuss about LOVE...

Changing Partners is considered to be a "hugot" piece of art that surely everyone can relate to. Love is a one thing that each and everyone experience regardless of the preference and status. So, why a "hugot" musical you ask? Listed here are some of the quotes I picked up during our conversation with the cast and creators as they shared their own experiences and learnings - be it personal or through the course of making this musical: 
  • It is easier for younger people to fall in love because they're not as jaded as the older ones yet
  • Older ones has a timeframe/deadline. Sayang 'yung nasa end ka na ng edad mo, tapos ang haba ng relationship, kapag nag-end, sad ka ulet. Mas masakit yun
  • Throw all caution to the wind. Kung in love ka, in love ka na lang
  • Kahit handa ka masaktan, it doesn't make the pain lesser. You just have to go through it.
  • From the OST: Kung 'di mo sya kilala, madali kang maniniwala sa mga kwento n'yang akala mo'y totoo
  • From the OST: 'Yung pakiramdam na gusto mong yakapin pero nasasakal. Itutulak ka, 'di raw s'ya makahinga.
  • (For those who have failed relationships) Pick up the pieces and move on. Kapit lang!
  • (For the millenials) Panoorin 'nyo para maisip 'nyo na dapat unahin 'nyo muna ang sarili 'nyo
  • Relationship is a serious thing. You need to commit, you need to share, you need to be there all the time.
  • Kung sa tingin mo hindi ka pa ready, don't enter that relationship.
Agree or you think otherwise? Let's have a discussion in the comments section below. 


Learn more about Changing Partners. Watch here:






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Kapuso Hunks are setting the stage on fire in Oh, Boy! and Oh, LOL! concert

A night full of laughter and sexiness - a promise that Oh, BOY! & Oh, LOL! leaves to all who are looking forward to this sexy comedy concert this May.





SEXY

A sexy comedy concert wouldn't be considered as such without the sexy part right? Adding spice to this one-night-only concert are Kapuso hunks Rocco Nacino, Derrick Monasterio, Jak Roberto, and One Up's Dave Bornea, who are all ready to set the Music Museum stage on fire with their hot performances. 

Most of you know that these guys already got great bods, right? But during an interview, these hunks shared that they have even doubled their efforts just to be at their perfect form in time for their concert. Sexiness for these gents, however, doesn't just mean showing skin. In the concert, they'll show sexiness through their wits and talents.  

Being part of the first batch of Oh Boy! hunks, Rocco shared that this time around, the show is going to be different. From the title alone, we can definitely expect a more fun and exciting show. How will they incorporate fun in sexiness though? That's mainly the job of the Kapuso comedians who will be joining them on stage.

FUN &LAUGHTER

Joining these Kapuso hunks are two of GMA's top comedian personalities - Donita Nose and Tekla. Their tandem became an instant hit when they appeared in Willie Revillame's Wowowin and we can't deny that fact even after their short stint in the afternoon variety show. 

In their upcoming concert, Donita Nose and Tekla will complete the viewers' experience as they throw their witty jokes and hilarious punch lines while staying clean and wholesome for all the millenials who are going to see the show. If you've seen their acts during their comedy bar days, you'll know that this show's gonna be a riot! 

As Rocco puts it, Oh, Boy! & Oh, LOL! is going to be a night of full laughter and sexiness that will leave people drooling after seeing the show. Book your tickets now and have fun on May 18, 2018 at the Music Museum in Greenhills.

A night full of laughter and sexiness - a promise that Oh, BOY! & Oh, LOL! leaves to all who are looking forward to this sexy comedy...

Enjoy up to 50% restaurant discounts from Eatigo

When it comes to food, I don't really mind spending just to satisfy my cravings. However, there are some restaurants that are just way over my budget. Not that they are not worth every cent, but I'd rather save it for special occasions.

Good thing I was introduced to this newest food app for mobile phones - EATIGO!



What I love about Eatigo is that it gives you options on where to dine, PLUS it also gives discounts to as much as 50% when you reserve a slot to your chosen restaurant. Enticing right?

So, here's how it works:

  1. Download and Install Eatigo from Google Play Store or App Store
  2. Sign up with your account
  3. Browse through the list of restaurants in the app 
  4. From your chosen restaurant's page, select your preferred date of reservation, number of people dining, and your preferred time. Each time slot has a corresponding discount percentage.
  5. Confirm your reservation 

Eatigo may be new to the market but they already have quite a number of decent restaurants on their list like Heat at Edsa Shangri-La, Alta at Ascott BGC, Ramen Nagi, Vengo, and Gelatofix, just to mention a few.





Eatigo’s mission is to connect empty tables with empty stomachs by offering time-based discounts at every participating restaurant, every day. It works for both diners and restaurants. Users can choose from upscale hotels to popular food chains, and even hole-in-the-wall establishments all at 50% off, making it possible for our users to conveniently dine out as frequently as they want without breaking the bank. The restaurants on the other hand get to fill their empty seats during off-peak hours, now that’s a win-win.
Angela Go, Eatigo Country Marketing Manager 
Other than the regular discounts, Eatigo is also having special campaigns that will surely excite you all foodies out there!

With Eatigo's WOW Wednesday, the app will offer 50% discount ALL DAY at your favorite restaurants on one Wednesday of each month. This promo will kickoff starting May 9 so stay tuned at the WOW Wednesday panel in the Eatigo app for updates.

In their Late Lunch/Early Dinner Specials, on the other hand, Eatigo will be featuring restaurants that will be offering 50% discount on specific times for one whole week of every month. And for this month, mark your calendars because you may avail this promo from May 21-27, between 3pm to 5:30pm.

What are you waiting for? Download the Eatigo app now and don't miss these exciting deals!


When it comes to food, I don't really mind spending just to satisfy my cravings. However, there are some restaurants that are just wa...

The Great Brands Sale at Tiendesitas

Striptop Outlet Store (SOS) will storm the new event center of Tiendesitas and hold the The Great Brands Summer Sale on April 27 to May 06, 2018 from 11am-9pm.


Shoppers will enjoy up to 70% discounts from participating brands like Herschel, Parkland, Hurley, Olukai, Fitflop, The North Face and many more. Customers will also enjoy great finds on great selections of shoes, bags, accessories, men’s and ladies fashion, just in time for the summer vacation.
The event is free admission to the public and all major credit cards are accepted. 





Striptop Outlet Store (SOS) will storm the new event center of Tiendesitas and hold the The Great Brands Summer Sale on April 27 to May 0...

Applying for a Canada Visa from the Philippines

Travelling is life as others would look at it. I love travelling but I've never been to a country that requires a visa. Why? Because processing a visa is such a hassle - from gathering documents to lining up to the embassy and paying for fees without even a guarantee that your application will be granted. Though I know I am already missing a lot, I'd rather visit first places that doesn't require much yet I'll get the same excitement and enjoyment with the people I travel with and the places that await to be discovered and explored.

Canada - Banff National Park
Banff National Park (photo credits: https://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions/canada-cdn.htm)

Just last month, my boss surprised me with a great news - the company's bringing me to Canada! I can't really describe my initial reaction when I found out about it. Yes, it is pretty exciting because, finally, I'll get to visit a country that's on the other side of the globe. But what holds back the excitement is the fact that it is a work-related trip so I'm not sure if I'll have time to explore the place, not to mention the long flight, very cold weather, and my OOTDs (I have no winter clothes!).

Canada CN Tower
Toronto CN Tower (photo credits: https://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions/canada-cdn.htm)

Anyway, before I think about those, I need to worry about processing my visa first right? So I did a little research and, apparently, processing a visa for Canada isn't that much of a hassle. Everything can be done online! The only time you'll have to go to an office and line up is when you get approved and asked to submit your passport for visa stamping. There's also an option to submit paper application through VFS Global but I don't have much time to spare so I opt to submit online application instead.

ONLINE CANADA VISA APPLICATION

Regardless if you're going as a tourist or it's for a business trip, you will have to apply for a temporary residence visa. The instructions in the website are pretty much straightforward. So here are just some tips on how you can prepare for your Canada Visa (Temporary Residence) online application:


  1. Create an account on this website:
    https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/account.html
    *There's quite a lot of questions to answer but it's better rather than going to the office and process everything there. Just imagine the traffic and the long queue.

  2. Fill up and submit the following documents:
APPLICATION FORM (REQUIRED)
  • IMM5257e (Application for Visitor Visa (Temporary Resident Visa) Made Outside of Canada) - this is your application form. Once you have filled-up everything, you have to click on the Validate button in the PDF form. If all required information are filled in, then it should generate bar codes at the last page of the form. If not, then it will point you to those fields that need to be corrected.
    • UCI (Unique Client Identifier) - this is issued once you have applied for a Canada visa. If it's you're first time to apply for a Canada Visa, then you can leave this blank. Future applications will require this though when you have already got one.
    • Since you are applying online, you may leave the signature blank. A digital signature will be asked once you're ready to submit all the documents.
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (REQUIRED)
    • Travel History - I compiled scanned copies of my previous passport (should be within the last 10 years), phone snaps of entry and exit stamps from the countries I've visited before, hotel and flight bookings. You may also include visa/s or study and/or work permits.
    • Passport - Provide a snapshot of the page with your details (name, birthdate, country of origin, etc) and pages with stamps and visas.
    • Invitation Letter - this should come from the person you are visiting in Canada stating your purpose and duration of visit, relationship with the host, and contact information of the host. Since our purpose it to conduct business in Canada, the following are included and printed in our company's letterhead:
      • host's full name, title and business contact information
      • brief summary of the reason for the invitation, including details of the business or trade to be undertaken
      • full names of all employees from your company who are being invited by your host
      • intended duration and a detailed itinerary of the visit
      • statement specifying who will be responsible for all travel-related expenses
    • Digital Photo - Photo studios should be familiar with the size already. Just let them know it's for Canada visa. In case they don't have an idea on the size, a very detailed specifications are indicated in the website where you have to submit your documents.
    • Purpose of Travel - this is a compilation of proofs for your visit. Samples are your flight tickets and travel itinerary. 
    • IMM5645 (Family Information) - this is a form where you'll have to supply information about your family - spouse, parents, children, siblings (including half and step brothers and sisters)
    • IMM5257B (Schedule 1 - Application for a Temporary Resident Visa Made Outside Canada) - difference with IMM5257e is that this one is about your personal history - affiliations with organizations, military or government service



    There are also some optional documents that you can submit along with your application. A application fee of $100 (CAD) is also required and you can pay online using your credit/debit card. There are also other requirements like medical exam, biometrics, and some additional documents but I think it depends on the type of visa you are applying for. 

    Reviewing and processing a visa application will take about 11 days (or longer). Whenever there are updates, we receive emails notifications and we just had to login to the site again to check the status.

    VISA APPROVED!

    It took about 10 days before we got a notice that our application got APPROVED and we need to submit our passport for stamping. Since we're running out of time and our trip is fast approaching, we personally brought our passports to VFS Global's office in Makati. They are accepting passport submissions in their office until 3PM only. You may also send it through a courier but that would take days before it reaches them. Visa stamping will take about 3-5 days and another 2 days if you opt to have it delivered back. I suggest you choose to have it shipped instead if you are not in a hurry since we waited for more than an hour on queue when we picked it up ourselves.

    Hopefully, these information helps you in your visa application. I wanted to put download links for the application forms but it would be better if you just get those directly from the application website to ensure that you are using the latest versions.

    Now that I have my Canada visa, I can now think of my OOTD and list down nearby tourist destinations that we can check out after work hours. Got any suggestions? Please comment down below and I'd be glad to squeeze it in our busy schedule 😁


    Travelling is life as others would look at it. I love travelling but I've never been to a country that requires a visa. Why? Because pro...

    6 Things You Should Know About Lazada's 6th Birthday Festival

    Release the inner Lazaddict in you! Having parcels delivered to your doorstep almost every day is not the only test. Listed below are six things you should know about Lazada as it soon turns 6.


    Shakin n’ Deals 

    Birthday parties aren’t complete without games! Lazada adds more fun to online shopping through its Shakin’ Deals. Just log-on to your Lazada mobile app, stay on the homepage and shake, shake, shake away! You get yourself a chance to win up to Php 1,500 that you can use to shop. Don’t forget to invite your family and friends to have some shakin’ fun!


    No ghosts, only intangible items! 

    Most likely you have bought everything on Lazada – the foundation on your cheeks, the earring dangling from your ear and the watch on your wrist. Do you know Lazada also sells intangible items? Go to the e-store and you can get yourself prepaid load, a tour in Cebu, Enchanted Kingdom online passes or the latest Microsoft software. You also get to buy vouchers from your favorite restaurants, beauty and wellness shops.



    Lazadagram

    There is no such thing but you can now follow the official stores of your favorite brands the same way you follow your favorite influencers on Instagram. Just click the follow button in the brand’s official store and stay updated with special offers and discounts from your favorites.


    Cashless? Get Cashback!  

    No credit card, no problem! Lazada recently launched its e-wallet. Now, you can pay for your Lazada order easily by topping up through BPI, BDO, Metrobank or any 7-11 branch near you. Also, enjoy cashbacks up to 25% for Lazada’s big birthday sale if you load your e-wallet from today until April 23.



    Chat Now   

    An avid user of Viber, WhatsApp or Telegram? Want to know if the makeup you plan to buy matches your skin tone or if the shirt comes in XL? Ask the seller through Lazada’s new instant messaging feature called Chat Now. Talk to the seller directly through live chat so you are more confident about your purchase! Who knows, your next BFF could just be your favorite seller.


    Six Eventful Years 

    Lazada’s biggest online shopping party is coming soon. Join its 6th Birthday Festival Sale happening from April 25 to 27, 2018 and celebrate great finds from your favorite brands, trusted sellers and the Taobao Collection. Discounts will be up to 90% off with daily flash sales, social media games and special partner vouchers. 




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    Canto: A must-try resto in Baguio!

    Before our trip to Baguio, I asked my friend which restaurants are worth a try. She's mentioned quite a few and one of which is Canto. She even texted me day before we leave Baguio to make sure we don't miss it. We almost skipped this resto but we passed by it on our way back to our hotel so we decided to get off and give it a try.

    Canto Bogchi Joint

    Canto Bogchi Joint is located along Kisad Road, just outside Burnham Park. It's not that hard to find as it has a huge signage outside and you'll see a lot of guests dining and waiting on queue. This made me even more curious as to what this restaurant has to offer and why people are willing to wait just to get seated.


    We waited for about 15 minutes before we were given our seats. It would have been shorter though if only the staff have cleared up the tables as soon as their guests leave. Apparently, my friends also had the same observation from their visit months ago and the management should really look into this. But please don't let this discourage you because, I assure you, every dish they serve is definitely worth the wait!





    Canto serves American and Filipino cuisine. Their servings are big enough for sharing and it's really affordable. They didn't have that much on their menu so you won't have a hard time choosing which ones to try.

    Here are some of their must-try dishes...

    LOMO RIBS
    Php 250 (Half Slab) | Php 480 (Whole Slab)

    Lomo Ribs (half slab)
    Lomo Ribs is one of Canto's best-seller item on their menu. It's a grilled BBQ pork ribs covered with their homemade barbecue sauce. It also comes with Cascade salad, and your choice of rice or mashed potatoes with gravy.

    The meat is so tender and the sauce isn't that strong tasting. Their half-slab is supposedly good for 1 serving only, but since we wanted to try as much dishes, we had it for sharing and it's just enough for two I can say.


    Mashed Potato with Gravy

    VEGETABLE PIZZA
    Php 210

    Vegetable Pizza

    Since we already got meat on our list, we decided to get veggies for pizza. Canto's Vegetable Pizza is topped with tomatoes, onions, garlic, mozzarella cheese, alfalfa sprouts, and basil or arugula served on a baked crispy thin dough.

    They also serve Meaty Pizza (Baguio longganisa, pesto, mozzarella, alfalfa sprouts) and Fish Pizza (Tuna chunks in creamy pesto sauce, mozzarella, alfalfa sprouts) all priced at Php210.

    GRILLED CHICKEN ON PITA
    Php 199

    Grilled Chicken on Pita

    We were already full with the first two dishes we tried but, like I said, we wanted to try as much so we added Grilled Chicken on Pita in our order. This dish comes with grilled chicken, lettuce, cucumbers, grilled tomatoes, onions, alfalfa sprouts, drizzled with their savory garlic sauce. Imagine a better version of chicken shawarma.


    Is Canto Bogchi Joint worth a visit then?

    Absolutely! Again, every dish is worth your wait. There are so many restaurants to try in Baguio, but this is by far the best that I've had during our trip. Will definitely go back to try their other dishes.

    Before our trip to Baguio, I asked my friend which restaurants are worth a try. She's mentioned quite a few and one of which is Canto....

    Love Yourself and Be Rewarded

    For most of us Filipinos, family and the people we love always come first. And there's nothing wrong with that really. But let's not forget that our top priority should always be ourselves. It's easier said than done, I know, but now is the best time to start if you haven't yet. Loving yourself doesn't mean you have to forget the rest anyway. It's just a matter of priority at the end of the day.

    Self-love is a major theme for 2018 and it’s no surprise. People are usually very busy living their lives and taking care of their loved ones that they tend to neglect themselves. We forget that our greatest love story should be with ourselves — take care of yourself and you’ll be rewarded; if you look good, you’ll feel great.




    Glad to have companies like Watsons reminding us to give ourselves a little more love with its recently launched online video. Check it out and learn a thing or two about self-love. 






    Self-love is a state of appreciation for yourself that is manifested through different means. Self-love involves taking care of yourself, not losing touch with who you are despite the stresses of everyday life. Taking care of your health, face, hair and skin are some of the basic aspects of self-love because when you look good, you feel great.

    Self-love starts with self-awareness, which means knowing your strengths and weaknesses and likes and dislikes. It can mean anything from doing something that will make you feel great like wearing a new pair of shoes or applying red lipstick on a Monday to make you look good.

    So what steps can you take to love yourself more and, in the process, feel great? Here are some suggestions:

    1. BE AWARE. It all starts with knowing who you are and what you can do.

    2. DON’T PROCRASTINATE. So one of your New Year’s resolutions is to achieve glowing skin. Don’t wait until the year is over to have a realistic skin care routine based on proper cleansing, moisturizing and sun protection.

    3. BE GOAL-ORIENTED. Proper sleep, exercise and good nutrition are only some of the steps you should take to achieve your goals. List down your goals and think carefully how you can achieve them.

    4. DON’T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF. You’re not perfect; nobody is. If you are overweight, you can do something about it. If you look tired, there’s a reason for that. It’s not because you were born that way.

    5. REALIZE THAT YOU’RE NOT ALONE. So many people struggle with lack of time or will to take proper care of yourself. Watsons encourages people to love themselves more to look good and feel great.


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    C2 Cool and Clean Just Got A Fresh New Look


    Universal Robina Corporation (URC) brings a new and exciting look to your favorite C2 Cool and Clean.

    URC is a game-changer in the local beverage industry. In 2004, it stirred the market with the introduction of the first ready-to-drink tea in the Philippines, C2 Cool and Clean. Since then, Filipinos have developed an affinity with tea drinks and have grown to love C2’s refreshing flavors. 

    C2 Cool and Clean is about to excite the market once more, as the number one ready-to-drink tea brand launches a fresh new look. It’s the same C2 because it still keeps to its unique brewing process where it’s brewed and bottled on the same day, ensuring a fresh and authentic drinking experience. 


    And more than just refreshment for the hot days, C2 is packed with all the benefits that green tea, or camellia sinensis has to offer. Made from 100% natural green tea leaves, C2 promises a real and authentic tea experience.

    Everyone can also take their refreshing C2 experience further with varying flavor offers such as Classic Green Tea, Green Tea Apple, Green Tea Lemon, Green Tea Dalandan, Green Tea Melon and Red Tea Raspberry. C2 is available in 230ml, 355ml, 500ml and 1 Liter to cater to whatever occasion. 

    So get ready to #C2Refresh and experience a revitalizing and thirst-quenching moment with the new and refreshing look of C2 Cool and Clean. 

    Follow #C2Refresh on Facebook (www.facebook.com/C2CoolandClean) and Instagram (@C2CoolandClean) for more updates about the brand.

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    Chocolate de Batirol: Worth-it or Overrated?

    I have been to Baguio a lot of times already but it was my first time to try Chocolate de Batirol just recently. We went straight here because my dear friend Robin has been craving for their food even before we left for Baguio and he is so convincing so why not give it a try?

    Chocolate de Batirol is located within Camp John Hay, which is about 10-15-minute drive from Session Road and they are well known, of course, for their traditional hot chocolate. They are so famous that they get already full as early as 8am. 



    I can say that my first experience is not that good. We had to wait for around 5-10 minutes to get seated and about 30 minutes has passed and no one's been getting our orders despite several follow ups. I decided to go inside straight to their counter and was told that a server will go to our table to get our orders. Apparently, there are also other guests who went there and placed their order because no one's been taking theirs as well. It was a long drive and we're really hungry so just imagine my disappointment there. Good thing their al fresco area is so relaxing and it was fun watching families having a really good time together.

    Now, about their food. 

    I ordered Daing na Bangus and Robin had Tocinong Kalabaw. He's a Kapampangan and he said they're used to eating it so he really enjoyed it. I gave the kalabaw another chance but I concluded that I'm not really a fan. Daing na Bangus, on the other hand, is just Daing na Bangus. Nothing special. I just want a traditional Pinoy breakfast.

    Daing na Bangus

    Tocinong Kalabaw

    We also tried their batirol and champorado. They're good, but I expected a bit more chocolatey taste. 


    Champorado

    Nice to meet Jaycel and her lovely family. CC is just sooooooo adorable!!! 😍

    So is it worth-it or just overrated?




    Well, it is worth a try. I love the cozy ambiance. The food is so-so. And the hot chocolate? Well, maybe I expected a little more chocolatey tablea drink. Sorry, but I find it a bit overrated. There are other better restaurants that offer and cost the same. 

    Try Tsokolateria and let me know which one you prefer in the comments section below. 😉

    I have been to Baguio a lot of times already but it was my first time to try Chocolate de Batirol just recently. We went straight here bec...