Nov 20, 2013

Painting the Maynila Red

We deserve some R&R after all those hours we’ve been clocking in at work. Painting the town red is one of the ways through which men unwind. When you have sore muscles and tired bones, a soft comfortable bed sounds more appealing than a night out with the boys. We’ve had the pleasure of having our own R&R right in the city when we were invited to the Dancing at the Maynila event. My wife and I got to paint Manila Hotel’s Maynila Ballroom red (this was our color of the night) and then enjoy the luxurious accommodations afterwards.

Manila Hotel’s Superior Deluxe King room is tops in my list. I had to fight the urge to get on the bed and snooze off right after we dropped our bags. But since we had a schedule to keep, we had to hold our thoughts about sleeping for later. As I explored the room, I was actually surprised to see that it did not look old at all. The management of the hotel evidently took pains in keeping the rooms modern without losing their Old World charm. The room was equipped with the latest technologies like wifi connection and the LCD television in the bathroom – it was the first time I saw something like that in a hotel. At P9,000 per night, I’d say this room is right on the money.

We had to make it to the cocktails at the Maynila Ballroom so we can also meet up with the bloggers. Wifey was all dressed up in a red number and I just had to dress ala Iron Man with my red and gold coat and tie.

We had our pictures taken with the other bloggers right before we went inside the ballroom.

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Truth be told, I was looking forward to the cocktails more than to the dancing. I’m not much of a dancer; I’d much rather sing than shake it up on the dance floor. It was a ballroom dancing affair after all and I really had no excuse for sitting this one out.

Photo Credit: Manila Hotel

So, off to the dance floor we went with the hotel’s dancing instructors. Guess what, I can do the Swing! This one is for the books. My wife will probably tell everyone about it in our family gatherings. She was also happy when she was given a bear stuffed toy as a surprise gift plus some chocolate and an organizer. The P1,200 that you have to pay for the event is worth it. This already covers your welcome drink, the Signature Party Platter, and a dance partner.

After the Dancing at the Maynila, we decided to hit the hotel’s bar, the Tap Room, for a nightcap. The drink and the music from the live band was enough to wind down our day. Thoughts of the luxurious comfort of our room was already too hard to resist. We were back in our room before the clock even struck midnight. We had a restful night and the morning seemed to come too soon.

We had the buffet breakfast that came with our accommodation package. The food at the Café Ilang-Ilang was delicious and filling enough for us to start the day with. We would have wanted to go for a swim at the hotel’s swimming pool but we had to make it to the checkout at noon. It was a memorable first time at the Manila Hotel, but it will definitely not be the last.

Oct 29, 2013

Electronic devices while traveling by air

Traveling by air can be both exciting and frustrating. The exciting part is always in the destination. There is something wonderful about being able to be somewhere a thousand miles away in a day. Anyone who has traveled by car for days can certainly appreciate the fact that one hop on an airplane is worth three or four days of traveling in a car. Flying is not as glamorous as it once was when only the wealthiest people flew. The airlines have made it reasonably affordable for many people to get on a plane and go somewhere.

Checking luggage has become expensive, and most people try to just carry on their luggage and put it in the overhead bin. Laptops can be stored under the seat in front of you, so you should shop for a hard case laptop bag before putting your feet on it.

Some business class travelers are plugged into their laptops and other devices for the duration. Even the casual traveler will take an e-reader, iPad or laptop on board with them to entertain themselves. Whether for work or not, most passengers find it easier to pass the time with earbuds in their ears or reading a book.

Restrictions about when you can use your devices vary from airline to airline and device to device. Cellphones are not to be used when the airplane is taking off or landing, but the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) recently lifted the restrictions on tablets, e-readers and other personal devices during takeoff and landing.

Oct 29, 2013

A comparison of gaming on a tablet or smartphone

Lots of people play popular game-types like role playing games and online casino on smartphones these days, which is likely to continue as options like mobile casino continue to make it easier. However, despite the popularity of smartphone gaming, some people still find it deficient due to the small screen and relatively low processor power that they offer in comparison to playing on a PC. Tablets have now also arrived as a kind of middle ground between phones and PCs – but are they better or worse as a gaming option?  Continue reading »

Oct 8, 2013

How the new iPhone 5s stands up against the competition

The release of the new iPhone 5s was debated and talked about for weeks, so now it is finally here we can start to assess how it stands up against the competition. Apple maintains a strong position in the market and millions of people are completely committed to the brand, whatever the product. But there are others, such as Samsung, Nokia, HTC and Galaxy, that are putting up a strong fight in the Android market.

Let’s take a look at how the new iPhone compares to other latest models. Continue reading »

Sep 27, 2013

The role of technology in a successful training event

In the technological age, high quality training facilities must include a wide selection of devices as standard to help support your session.

While you may have tried to avoid AV equipment in the past, if you want to stimulate and engage attendees, you’ll need to provide visual, interactive and audio resources via a technological platform. Continue reading »

Sep 27, 2013

Giveaway ideas for gaming companies

Gaming shows offer companies the perfect opportunity to showcase their latest titles and engage with their target audience. Fans will typically attend these conventions in order to find out information about their favourite franchises and catch a sneak peek of new releases. Continue reading »

Sep 3, 2013

Coin Collection as a hobby

There are hobbies that are just there for us to kill time. Then there are ones that will actually amount to something and can even turn out as investments in the long haul. Like coin collection, for instance. Did you know that coins, appreciate value as they age? Coins from back in the day might just be more valuable than your one hundred dollar bill.

Continue reading »

Aug 27, 2013

Invest on Good Musical Instruments

Now that you have decided that you want to learn to be good at a string instrument. A guitar, for instance. The next step is to pick out what kind of guitar you want to learn. Is it rhythm, bass or acoustic?

When you have decided on the kind of guitar, a good brand is up next in the decision making. Continue reading »

Aug 25, 2013

Tracking Fixed Assets: A High Tech Solution

Every business, big or small, needs to keep meticulous records for accounting purposes – this can include recording sales, purchases and expenses, and details of business accounts. It’s not just a good idea for a business to have a detailed and digestible overview of its profits, losses, expenditure, inventory and other dealings – often it’s a legal requirement for tax purposes and other audits. Continue reading »

Jul 29, 2013

The Digital Radio

I am very particular with music and will not just listen to any song or music, even if it is the most popular one of the moment, I only listen to music that is pleasant to my ears, and contrary to what other people say, there is a fine line between music and just plain noise. I can’t imagine life without the radio, I don’t get to watch tv a lot because life gets pretty busy, but with the radio, you can just have it in the background both during work time and play time. It’s not as distracting as the television but just as informative and entertaining. If you love music, you can listen to your favorite FM station and listen to your favorite songs and if you want to know what’s going on in the world, you can listen to an AM station, where news programs are aired, and if you like drama, well, you can have a listen at the most gripping drama story there too. Continue reading »

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