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January 29, 2008

Ultimate Kapampangan Tour 2: Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

We are overwhelmed with the response from the tour and we got 35 reservations to date for the day tour. We are waiting for the payment to confirm their reservation. Also, we are opening up the overnight option so that you can witness the night glow of the balloons. At most, we would only accept 30 people maximum (for both day tour and overnight) because we want to continue to have quality interactions among the people joining the tour.

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Well, not quite Manila but STILL close….

Really, another way to pump up your boring weekend and get your spirits soaring as we conquer the high and mighty in Pampanga! Gawk at the giant hot-air balloons at 12th Annual Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta while poking around Pampanga’s culinary secrets. Lounge away in a rustic, relaxing farm retreat while feasting over a sumptuous Kapampangan spread by one the country’s most artistic restaurateurs. A feast for the body, mind and soul!

Tour Experience:

12th Philippine Balloon Fiesta* VFW Outpost * Abe’s Farm* Nurture’s Spa*

*This tour leaves Makati at 3 a.m. (yes 3:00 AM!) and includes front-ticket seats to the 12th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, an authentic American Soldier’s breakfast at the VFW Outpost, an optional five-hour hike up Mt. Arayat and a soothing massage at Nurture’s Spa.

Date: February 10, 2008, Sunday

Time: 3:00 am - 4:00 pm (yes, 3:00 AM!) Times are approximate.

Tour Cost: P4,800.00/head (includes -transfers, meals, tour, massage and others)

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SPLURGE!

Go the extra mile…start a step ahead, spend an overnight stay and catch the spectacular ‘Night Glow” (think GIANT light bulbs floating in the sky) . Dine at one of the most acclaimed Italian restaurants this side of the Pacific. And to top it off, a one-of-kind walking tour as we bare it all and take down one of the country’s most famous Red-Light districts!

Tour Experience

*Balloon Fiesta ‘Night Glow’* C Italian Dining* Clark Red and Light District* 12th Philippine Balloon Fiesta* VFW Outpost * Abe’s Farm* Nurture’s Spa Pampanga

Date: February 9-10, 2008, Sunday

Time: February 09 at 3:00pm - February 10 at 4:00 pm

Tour Cost: P8,888.00/head (includes -transfers, hotels, meals, tour, massage, the works!)

This ADVENTURE tour is co-organized by:

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Manila Boy

Ivan About Town

Old Manila Walks.



January 28, 2008

Hot Air Balloon Fiesta FAQs

Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

1. Do we really need to leave by 3am in the morning?
Yes you do. At the latest you should leave Manila by 3.30am. The Hot Air Balloons are inflated at around 5.30am and all of them fly out before 7am. If you arrive late, you will already experience the traffic going inside Clark and the parking queue would have build up by that time. I see people arriving in Clark at around 7am and they don't see the balloons anymore. I don't want that to happen to you.

2. Can we ride the Hot Air Balloon?
There are only 5 ways you can ride in the hot air balloon.
-- You can pay $150/ head for the ride
-- You win in the daily photo contest and win a ride in the balloons courtesy of SM
-- You are part of Media and you request to ride the balloon. You have higher chances to do this on Thursday but definitely not on the weekend.
-- You hosted the balloonist in Manila and they give you a free ride as a token of their appreciation.
-- You own a balloon or you have a relative that flies the balloon.

For the last two years I have been attending the festival, it continues to be a dream for me to ride a hot air balloon. I might just pay the $150 one of these days...

3. Can we get close to the Balloon?
The entrance fee to the festival is P100 and this will give you access to the general viewing area where you can see the balloon from a distance. Usually, they issue 100 special shooter's pass per day so that you can have a close encounter with the balloons. This year, the photo contest is sponsored by Epson and One Workshop. They sold the passes for P350 which includes, EPSON signature cap and a FREE entrance to attend the glamour fashion shoot and daily photo / digital retouching workshops. As of now, the passes are sold out and we manage to get the passes for our Ultimate Kapampangan Tour on Sunday Feb. 10.

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January 25, 2008

Our Classic Confections

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Nono’s Chocolate Oblivion (P145/ P895). Two light layers of chocolate filled with whipped chocolate cream and walnut praline bits.
Almond Crunch! Toffee candy ,made with whole roasted almonds and semi-sweet chocolate. Definitely, a crunch and a must try!

Our favorite dessert place in Greenbelt 5 is Classic Confections! We heard of them from the Pink Kitchen event and we are glad that they opened their first retail store in Greenbelt 5. I will let my wife Rache who is the blogger-of-the-week in Sanrio Town this week to share with you our experience:

GB5: Classic Confections by Mrs Awesome Planet

I'm proud that she is starting to be recognized as a blogger in her own right.

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We love it so much that we decided to buy Aidan's Birthday Cake with a design of Lighting McQueen (P1,450) for his 3rd Birthday Celebration. We also bought Classic Confections' signature sugar coated cookies (P45/each) as a souvenir for the kids on Aidan's Birthday. Rache was disappointed with the size of the birthday cake (I did not intend to make it bigger in the photo above).

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Classic Confections

2/F of Greenbelt 5

4/F 87 West Capitol Drive, Barrio Kapitolyo, Pasig City

+632.746.2773; +632.490.7896 (Kat) ; +632.729.9243; +63917.524.5892 (Baba)


The Tirta Spa Difference

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What is the difference between a P250 Massage on the white sands beach of Bora and a P4,000 Massage in Tirta Spa in Boracay?

This debate went on and on in my mind. But the practical side of my brain is already losing the debate to the adventurous part who is yearning for a new spa experience in Boracay. Unfortunately, the debate happened when I was already in the main reception of Tirta Spa. At that time, all of my senses are now excited with the serenity and peacefulness of the place. Meeting the lovely owner, En Calvert, just fueled my desire to experience the unique spa packages that I have not seen even in Mandala Spa. It is the irrational side of me that won finally in the end because I can't resist how awesome this place is.

Let me share with you the Tirta Spa difference in Boracay...

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