Monday, November 28, 2016

At The New West Wing of Marriott Hotel Manila...

Elegant. Luxurious. Welcome to the new West Wing of Marriott Hotel Manila...


Marriott Hotel Manila recently opened their new West Wing, featuring beautifully-appointed and spacious hotel rooms, an exclusive new Executive Lounge, a sophisticated bar, and a new dining outlet. Things are definitely looking good...at Marriott Hotel Manila's West Wing.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Cloudy Afternoons and a Cosmopolitan at the Fairmont Gold Lounge

Chase the cloudy afternoon blues with a soothing cocktail at an exclusive sanctuary high above the metro...


...at the Fairmont Gold Lounge. Elegance and exclusivity, matched with meticulous service and a wide range of cocktails, it's the perfect spot for a tipple and chase the cloudy afternoon blues far away. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Armani: A Lifetime Journey of Design

The name on a bottle of perfume, the label on a sleek suit, and dramatic structures in the world's capitals. Perhaps no other name is associated with modern design than Armani, a name emblazoned in a wide range of elegant and stylish products from custom-made suits to exquisite gowns, and even luxury furnishings spanning a growing business empire built on timeless design aesthetics. 



Over time, the name would become synonymous with classic design, an aspirational badge desired by many the world over. And soon, his name would once again make its mark in one of the most ambitious design projects set to change the metro's ever-changing skyline...

Monday, October 17, 2016

Reflections In A Hyatt World...

The clear blue skies and calm waters of the iconic bay conspire in creating a vibrant canvas to one of the metro's luxurious destinations...


Hyatt City of Dreams Manila's gleaming structures radiates a captivating glow, like a shining beacon in a coastline transformed by massive development. The clean and elegant lines reflect the shifting clouds, adding its distinct golden hue to signal the start of a perfect weekend getaway...

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Endless Summers at Matabungkay Beach Hotel

For over thirty-five years, Matabungkay Beach Hotel remains the destination for endless summers just a short three to four hour drive south of the metro. 


Situated along the idyllic coastal town of Lian in Batangas, Matabungkay Beach Hotel's gentle ocean breeze and crystal clear waters is the perfect spot for that weekend escape from the metro. A favorite destination among families and corporate guests since the early eighties, Matabungkay Beach Hotel is one of the south's classic establishments, timeless with its rustic charm and endless summers...

Saturday, September 10, 2016

From The Table: Shangri-La's The Table by Golden Circle

Food is a total sensory experience, and the right mood and emotion attached to a dining experience is always an appealing proposition... 


Shangri-La takes your hotel dining experience to the next level with The Table by Golden Circle, the industry-leading food and beverage loyalty programme offering unmatched benefits to members who dine at Shangri-La properties both here and abroad. With more than just the functional benefit of discounts and points, Shangri-La's The Table by Golden Circle offers greater access to culinary experiences worth savouring. And that's what sets it apart from the usual loyalty programs...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Essential Travel Gear: ASUS Brings on the #Zenvolution...

Travelling light with all the tech muscle you need packed in sleek, elegantly designed devices with zen-like simplicity and clean lines...that's smart.


And you can travel smart...with the new ASUS ZenFone 3, ZenBook 3, or the Transformer 3. Indeed, incredible is now.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Essential Travel Gear: Life in the Best Light with Transitions Optical

Prescription glasses. Reading glasses. Sunglasses. So many pairs of glasses to pack on a trip...


...when all you need is one pair to see life in the best light. With Transitions Optical and their signature Transitions Lenses, Transitions Signature, and Transitions XTRActive, you're ready for any travel adventure.

Monday, August 15, 2016

#SeeWhatOthersCantSee: Urban Landscapes

You're stuck in a red light at an intersection, and the familiar structures around you suddenly reveal a new and different side. But you just have minutes before the light turns green, and you camera bag is in the back seat...


...no worries. Simply step aside and pull out your ASUS ZenFone2 Laser from your pocket, tap the screen, and you're back inside the car even before the light turns green. Spontaneity and capturing the moment seems natural, with my ASUS ZenFone2 Laser...

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Meranti Hotel: Home at the Heart of Quezon City

The comforting flavors of Maple's signature dishes, elegant and well-appointed accommodations with indulgent 400 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, courteous and attentive service, all neatly packaged in a modern hotel property at the heart of Quezon City. Who knew one could find all these in the middle of a quiet neighborhood in Quezon City's Scout area, but it's right here, at Meranti Hotel...


Meranti Hotel is one of the newest hotel properties in Quezon City's Scout area, offering world-class amenities for balikbayans, foreign tourists, corporate clients, and Quezon City locals looking for quality and relaxing accommodations close to home for weekend staycations. The Quezon City landscape is changing, with Meranti Hotel at the center of the progressive neighborhood's continuing development. So close to home, yet one feels far away in your own private sanctuary...at Meranti Hotel.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

More Than a Business Hotel: A Weekend at Belmont Hotel Manila

Redefining the business hotel model with modern touches, sumptuous cuisine, and impeccable service...


Belmont Hotel Manila is the newest and fourth hotel property in the expansive Resorts World Manila gaming resort, offering business travelers and tourists comforting accommodations matched with excellent service. Located right across Terminal 3 of the NAIA International Airport, it's perfect for long layovers or travelers in between long interconnecting flights, or a leisurely weekend staycation. With access to world-class shopping and gaming facilities in Resorts World Manila and the airport, you're right in the center of it all...at Belmont Hotel Manila.

Friday, July 29, 2016

#LifeInTheBestLight: The Cavite Food and Heritage Tour with Transitions Optical

A full day tour at the heart of the Philippine revolution that witnessed the birth of a new republic, and a taste of its rich culinary heritage, experienced in a new light...  


The Cavite Food and Heritage Tour with Transitions Optical led by noted food writer, book designer, and magazine editor, Guillermo "Ige" Ramos; and event host, speaker, and entrepreneur, RJ Ledesma, retraces the key milestones and places of the revolution along with a tasty sampling of local cuisine, each one intertwined for a glimpse of the Filipino experience. And seeing history up close with Transitions Lenses made it all real and personal for a new appreciation of local history. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

#TakeMeToBoracay: Now It's Your Turn...

This could be you. Alone on the famed white sand beaches on the other side of Boracay. And Pedro Brewcrafters, Rieseling Boracay Beach Resort, and SkyJet Airlines can take you there. In a snap...  


Pedro Brewcrafters, the brewer behind Endless Summer Wheat Ale, Procrastination Pale Ale, and Elementary English Ale, in collaboration with Rieseling Boracay Beach Resort and SkyJet Airlines, launched its #TakeMeToBoracay promotion with a three-day and two-night Boracay Getaway for two with resort and travel accommodations at stake. And joining the promotion for a chance to win a memorable Boracay getaway is a snap...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Four Days at the Other Side of Boracay...

Four days can never be enough...


...not at the other side of Boracay. But if four days is all you can spare, read on and find out the best place to stay and call home and discover some cool things to do in your short Boracay getaway...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Best of the West: A Food Tour of Malabon's General Luna Street

Traditional and comforting, modern and inventive and everything in between, you can find it all along Malabon's General Luna Street, fast becoming one of the metro's hidden culinary gems.



Located at the metro's West Zone, Malabon boasts of a rich culinary heritage and you can have a taste of the emerging culinary scene concentrated along General Luna Street (for more on the West Zone's exciting food finds, shopping bargains, and cool hang-outs, check out the Best of the West FB Page here at https://www.facebook.com/BestoftheWestPH/ for the latest updates). 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Rockin' at the Mall: Robinsons Magnolia's Soundbites OPM Jam 2016 with Bamboo

Rockin' at the mall...at Robinsons Magnolia. 


Robinsons Magnolia kicked off its series of live concerts, dubbed Soundbites OPM Jam, last April 15 at the Open Parking area with rocker Bamboo, followed by live performances from Kokoi Baldo last April 16, and Up Dharma Down last April 17. Summer gets even hotter with live, open-air concerts...at Robinsons Magnolia.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Essential Travel Gear: Walk the Walk with Topman's Motion Canvas Plimsoll Shoes

Walking the iconic Strip in Vegas, chasing the sunset along Manila Bay, walking back in time at historic Calle Crisologo, or simply going through the numerous security checks at the airport, walking is a breeze...


Now, you can walk the walk in total comfort with flair. And look good too. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

State-of-the-Art. At Sky Range Shooting Club.

Lock and load. Prepare for the ultimate shooting range experience.


Sky Range Shooting Club is the newest destination for gun enthusiasts, and the first in Asia integrated inside a luxurious hotel and resort complex. Comfort, luxury, and safety, Sky Ranch Shooting Range elevates your shooting range experience to a whole new level...

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Reflections: Taal's Our Lady of Caysasay

 Centuries of faith and adoration, enshrined in a church made of coral stone...


Having withstood countless earthquakes and volcanic eruptions from Taal Volcano, the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Caysasay in historic Taal stands as a testament to a town's unwavering devotion and a continuous source of hope.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Fast Car: The Maserati Ghibli

Graceful and elegant, with all the horsepower you need to rule the road in true Italian fashion...


Named after the African desert wind, the Maserati Ghibli looks fast even while parked. The Italian thoroughbred is one classy ride, and I get a chance to experience the Maserati Ghibli up close.

Awesome Staycation Deals at F1 Hotel Manila

You don't have to go far to get away from it all for the weekend, or bust your wallet. Just head on over to F1 Hotel Manila for a cool weekend staycation...


F1 Hotel Manila offers attractive packages for a weekend staycation at special discounts as part of its 4th Anniversary celebration. And you can get away from it all right at the heart of Bonifacio Global City and without breaking the bank for a memorable weekend staycation at F1 Hotel Manila.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Wild Side. At Vitalis Villas...

Infinity pools, sunset cruises, elegant accommodations, comforting cuisine, and a 650 meter zipline. And Vitalis Villas takes you to the wild side with one more surprise up its sleeve... 


At the top of the hill next to the Zipline Tower of the impressive resort property is Vitalis Villas' very own Zoo, an attraction kids will surely enjoy. With plans of expanding its live exhibit of animals in the next few months, you can add this attraction to your list of family activities at Vitalis Villas (for more on Vitalis Villas, see my previous post here).

Saturday, March 26, 2016

A Sunset Cruise at Sabangan Cove

It's the end of another perfect day at Vitalis Villas. But not just yet...


Vitalis Villas had one more activity lined up for us, a sunset cruise around Sabangan Cove. And Vitalis Villas continued to surprise and amaze (for more on Vitalis Villas, the North's newest summer lifestyle destination, see my previous post here)...

Speeding Through the Zipline at Vitalis Villas

One more shot of courage with a smooth single-malt. Make that two more shots. Let's do this...


It's not just any other zipline. At Vitalis Villas, it's 650 meters of pure speed across the expansive Sabangan Cove. And it just doesn't get any better than that...

Friday, March 25, 2016

Vitalis Villas: The North's Newest Summer Lifestyle Destination

Santorini? Mykonos? Think again...and you'd be surprised it's much closer to home.


After a short drive from Vigan (see my previous post on that trip here and the many flavors of Vigan on my other food blog here), we finally reached Ilocos Sur's Sabangan Cove for a glimpse of the newest, and probably the most stunning lifestyle resort development up north...

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Go North: Back at Vitalis Resort & Spa

In stark contrast to my first visit (see my previous post on a cloudy day at Vitalis Resort & Spa here), my second visit to Vitalis Resort & Spa was greeted by the bluest skies yet, and the elegant white structures glowed under the summer sun. It's summer, and there's no better time to hit the beach...at Vitalis Resort & Spa.


Like sails on a yacht, the sparkling white structures of Vitalis Resort & Spa is a perfect northern getaway for sun, sand, and sea and one of the north's best kept secrets. 

One Night in Vigan

No matter how many times I've visited Vigan, each visit is always new and exciting, with always something new to experience, and new flavors to discover...


And even if my recent visit to Vigan was only for one night, it remained just as memorable as my previous trips. Vigan just never ceases to amaze...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Summer Travel Plans...

It's summer, time to pick a destination. And you don't even have to leave the country to find that perfect getaway. Here's a cool video from Philippine Airlines to get you in the travelling mood...

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Celebrating 75 years of service, Philippine Airlines takes you higher and further with its signature hospitality and warm smile, the heart of the Filipino (see my previous post on Philippine Airlines' 75th Anniversary Bloggers' Night and new Campaign Launch). One click, and Philippine Airlines takes you there...

Booking a flight aboard Philippine Airlines is fast and easy, done with just a click on their website at https://bookings.philippineairlines.com. You can also experience the 75th anniversary celebration of Philippine Airlines by following the hashtags #FlyPAL75 and #TheHeartoftheFilipino. 

Solo Expeditions is now on Facebook, check out the FB Page for cool destinations and travel news. Better yet, click "Like" and \"Follow" and enjoy the ride...just look for the FB widget on the right sidebar.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Fly PAL 75: The Heart of the Filipino Comes Shining Through

Resilience. Warmth. Beauty. Pride. And heart. For 75 years, the country's flagship carrier has proudly showcased the heart of the Filipino, unwavering and steadfast, taking it ever higher...


Philippine Airlines celebrates seventy-five years of service, being part of every Filipino's journeys, travel, new beginnings and homecomings. It has become the face, and the heart, of the Philippines for countless travelers, and as it celebrates a historic milestone in its long storied journey, Philippine Airlines marks its 75th anniversary taking with it the unique hospitality and warm smile, the very heart of the Filipino, to a new chapter in its continuing and inspiring story.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Makati Diamond Residences: A Diamond at the Heart of Makati

The country's premier commercial and business district has a new diamond...


Makati Diamond Residences, the newest luxury business hotel, is located at the center of Makati, in the middle of it all. Step inside and take a peek at Makati's newest diamond... 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Novotel Manila: Transforming the Landscape in Quezon City

 The Quezon City landscape is changing...


...and at the heart of this dramatic transformation is the new Novotel Manila Araneta Center

Friday, January 1, 2016

Faces at an Orphanage

Another year has passed, and still I look back at the brief two-hour visit at an orphanage as one of the most memorable and defining experiences of the previous year...    


Deep inside San Juan, behind the imposing walls surrounding the expansive property, is White Cross. And to this day, the many faces of White Cross still  linger, images that still stir up deep emotions of both joy and sadness, and a child-like hope that things can only get better.
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