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Beauty Wise to hold concert for a cause

November 13, 2019

Beauty Wise Philippines will be holding it's first ever concert for a cause in Cagayan de Oro this December 13, 2019. Said event will be held at the Pelaez Sports Complex for the benefit of the elderly which is for Beauty Wise' next charity event. Instead of ticket selling, Beauty Wise will be doing a product selling for the following ticket categories: GENERAL ADMISSION - P150, inclusive of 1 Kojic Soap VIP TICKET - P300, inclusive of 2 Kojic Soap ELITE TICKET - P500, inclusive of 3 Kojic Soap This is the strategy made by the team to maximize its market by allowing consumers try their product while having the chance to enjoy a concert almost for FREE. WHERE CAN THEY BUY TICKETS? Beauty Wise outlets, Cagayan de Oro: Limketkai, Gaisano and Ororama. Naa pud product selling sa entrance but we highly encourage them to buy ahead coz we're expecting congestion sa entrance area that day coz medyo sikat ni sa millennials ang Midnasty man gud. WHO OR WHAT IS THE BENEFICIARY OF THE CAUSE? Elderly people. Sa mga home for the aged. Mamili pami ms KC. We're on the process of registration pa man gud sa Beauty Wise foundation. Ang target sa foundation are elderly people.

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Finding Peace in a piece of pastry from Macau

November 11, 2019

Entrance to Golden Dragon Casino Macau as featured in the James Bond movie SKYFALL One of the most insightful things I learned during a recent visit to Macau was shared with us by our tour guide Tata. I was part of a group of journalists from the Visayas and Mindanao who were brought by Cebu Pacific and JG Summit Holdings to visit the Special Administrative Region since the airline now flies direct to it from Manila, Clark and Cebu. We were in the midst of our hectic first day itinerary and had just arrived at Fishermen’s Wharf when Tata thoughtfully though of replenishing our spirits with two of Macau’s iconic foods: the Macau egg tart  and Pork Chop Bun.  I found many tales regarding the origins of the Macau egg tart online but the one I believe closest to the actual events are Matthew Keegan’s account in theculturetrip.com , essentially the same tale detailed in Kate Springer’s 2015 story in BBC Culture “The Baker behind Macau’s famous egg custard tarts . Based on the pasteis de nata from Portugal, the tarts were first introduced to Macau by British pharmacist-turned baker, Andrew Stow. After tasting the tarts in Portugal, Stow returned to Macau and started experimenting with the recipe to create his own ‘Macau’ version. Not long after, he opened Lord Stow’s Bakery in Macau’s Coloane Village and the rest is history. More than 25 years after selling their first tart, the bakery produces more than 13,000 a day and they are more popular than ever.  Chef Raimund Pichlmaier, who worked at the Hyatt Regency a client of Stow’s failed import business, introduced the Englishman to the pastel de nata recipe. Not content with the Hyatt’s traditional tart, Stow tinkered with the recipe, jettisoning corn flour in the spirit of the creamier British custard tarts. He also chose to mould the tart’s shells by hand. The result was a Portuguese-English hybrid – with a custard that’s more like the English version, and a light, flaky shell and caramelized top that stays true to the Portuguese pastel de nata – thought by historians to be invented by the 18th-century monks of the Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon’s Belém parish. I didn’t have time to appreciate the egg tart during our tour of Fishermen’s Wharf since I had to balance it along with the Pork Chop Bun and my camera. It was only when I came back to the Philippines that I truly appreciated the pastry, even when served cold straight from the fridge.   Harmony in an egg tart But it was Tata’s insightful remarks on the symbolism embodied in the egg tart that stuck with me the most. “The egg tart represents the harmonious relationship between China and Macau,” Tata shared. “The Chinese are known to be masters of egg cooking while the Portuguese (who were masters of Macau for the longest time) are masters of baking the tart. Together, they bring the best of both worlds in the egg tart and you can taste the peace and harmony that we enjoy even when Macau was turned over to China in 1999.” Of course there’s more to the story than that but her description struck me as almost the opposite of the situation in China’s other administrative region just across the bay. Despite its status as one of the economic tiger economies of Asia, everything has not been roses in Hong Kong since the turnover in 1997. In a recent Bloomberg.com article,  authors Eric Lam and Enda Curren reported that Hong Kong’s economy has descended into recession,  contracting 3.2% in the 3rd quarter, following a 0.4% contraction in the second, its worst slump since 2009.  Financial Secretary Paul Chan said that a full-year economic contraction is “very likely.” One of the biggest factors in determining if Hong Kong will recover -- and how soon -- is whether mainland Chinese tourists scared away by the protests will return. Mainland visitors still account for almost 80% of total arrivals in Hong Kong. Bloomberg reported how the number of Chinese group tours to the city fell 90% compared to a year ago in the first ten days of September, according to data compiled by the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong. For August, the decline was 63% compared to a year and declined almost 40% in August from a year earlier, said Financial Secretary Paul Chan. That’s the worst drop since the 2003 SARS epidemic.  Chief Executive Carrie Lam said visitor arrivals in the first half of October were down about 50% on-year. Contrast this with the situation in Macau, just across the bay. Hong Kong vs. Macau   Hong Kong and Macau have acted as cultural and economic bridges, connecting China to the international market.  However, each region contributes a different type of integration link for China.  In Macau, it’s tourism and gambling, whereas it’s banking, investment and trade in Hong Kong.  These different economic compositions, coupled with a historic and unprecedented health event, have fortified the status of Hong Kong and Macau as economic bridges to China.  Of the two, the Hong Kong economy has emerged as stronger and more suitable for international trade relationships.  Hong Kong rapidly developed into a middleman to China since the beginning of the economic reforms initiated by China in the late 1970s.  In turn, Macau offers a distinct, yet equally strong, bridge to China:  it is a language and cultural link between China and the Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) countries.  Each of the two SARs thus boasts a unique contribution to the larger integration between China and the rest of the world. Stark Differences   Although functioning under the same governing principle, Hong Kong and Macau have some stark differences. Macau's population of 623,000 is just a fraction of Hong Kong's 7.4 million. Almost half of Macau residents were born in mainland China, in contrast to Hong Kong's 20%. "Most Macau people still recognize themselves as Chinese. People have a strong link with the mainland,” Kin-Sun Chan, an assistant professor in government and public administration at the University of Macau, told DW. However, due to the vast differences between the two regions, Chan said it's difficult to compare Hong Kong and Macau directly. "The two economies are very different. Also Macau is much smaller. As a result, Macau is more dependent on mainland than Hong Kong." Since Macau has little arable land and few natural resources, it depends on mainland China for most of its food, fresh water, and energy imports. Japan and Hong Kong are the main suppliers of raw materials and capital goods.   The steady growth of the Macau SAR benefited from the support of Beijing. Since the establishment of the region, public security has been improved and the central government even designated Macau as the city for expansion of gambling-related tourism. The introduction of the Individual Visit Scheme policy made it easier for Chinese mainland residents to travel back and forth. In 2005 alone, there were more than 10 million tourists from mainland China, which made up 60% of the total number of tourists in Macau. The income from the gambling houses in Macau reached almost US$5.6 billion. On 15 July 2005, the Historic Centre of Macau was listed as a World Cultural Heritage site. The increasing development of tourism became a major factor in the rapid development of the economy of Macau. Hong Kong and Macau are among the most densely populated places on earth, making the influx of Mainland Chinese tourists and migrants particularly challenging. Much of this wealth has been accumulated since the handover in 1999, with most visitors to the casinos being Chinese. Consequently, Macau’s economy in large part depends on rich visitors from China spending time gambling in its casinos. Whereas Hong Kong has a strong economic foundation even without Chinese visitors flocking to the territory, Macau does not. The Hong Kongers can permit themselves to be anti-Beijing and scare off tourists, while for the Macanese, scaring off Chinese gamblers would be too costly    Friendship Statue In an article in BBC Travel, author Andy Jarosz  relates how the Portuguese allowed Macau to decay slowly, reluctant to invest more than necessary in this distant outpost. Yet in the run-up to the handover of Macau to the Chinese in 1999, the Portuguese government took a renewed interest, keen to ensure a lasting legacy once their time in Macau was over. Among these were statues to commemorate Portugal’s role in Macau’s history; the most prominent being the Friendship Statue at the foot of St Paul’s Church, featuring a Chinese girl handing a lotus flower (a symbol of purity) to a young Portuguese man, encompassed by a tiled loop which hold the figures together in the symbolic form of friendship between China and Portugal. While this may be the most oft cited symbolism of the harmony and peace between Macau’s Chinese and Portuguese roots, in my mind the Chinese girl is holding the Macau egg custard tart, as a symbol epitomizing the harmonious integration of two divergent cultures that travelers across the world can bring home to ponder on and share with their family and friends. Olá, bom dia!        

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Hanz Coquilla raises PH Fashion high in Macau

November 7, 2019

Macao Fashion Festival 2019   A Cebuano designer has been raising high the Philippine’s colors in fashion for the past three years in Macau, China. I was fortunate to be part of the Cebu Pacific Fam Tour for VisMin Media to witness Hanz Herzl Pableo better known by his Nom de la mode  Hanz Coquilla showcase his Hanz Coquilla Alta Costura Spring/Summer 2020 at the Florence Hall of the Venetian Macau Hotel and Casino last 19 October 2019. Hanz told us it was his third year to participate in the Macao Fashion Festival but his first time to be featured in a Brand Show. Described as “Classic. Elegant and Exquisite” in the Macao Fashion Festival 2019 magazine, “Hanz Coquilla Alta Costura is Hanz Coquilla’s longest running line and has been favored by personalities to celebrities since its debut 10 years ago. A perfect marriage that combines undertones of minimalism paired with that touch of grandiosity, it is prized for its avant-garde designs inspired by women from her beauty, grace, trials and triumphs.” Hanz Coquilla poses with his models showcasing some of his Bohemian Collection featured in the Brand Collection 2 Show held 19 Oct during Macao Fashion Festival 2019 (RMB)    “Last year we were invited to open the show for the second time,” Hanz said in our exclusive interview at the Media Room of Florence Hall following the Brand Collection Show 2  where he was featured along with leisure and professional wear maker ANIFA, Macao leisure fashion brand MACON Leisure Home series and Leo Wong’s multi-awarded SOUL for women. Macao Fashion Festival 2019 featured some 20 designers with at least two shows daily on its October 17-19 run with at least two shows daily featuring five designers each show. “Most opening designers are foreigners from Portugal, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan, while brand shows usually feature Macanese and Chinese designers,” Hanz notes. “We have found a home here.  It’s amazing how Macau embraces foreign designers, since Macau Fashion Week was mainly created as a showcase for local designers.” However, he admits it is a constant struggle to create a collection especially when he started as an Opening Show Designer in 2017. “Although the Macau government extends special privileges to us, you need to have a portfolio to open the show. We worked hard for it. You need constant communication with the organizers especially considering the limits inherent in the language barrier.” Hanz Coquilla Alta Costura Putting together this year’s 15 piece collection) which he calls his Bohemian Collection proved to be “very tough and challenging.” “You need to cry sometimes to come up with a good collection,” Hanz admits. “Unless I cry over a collection, I don’t quite consider it to be a good one.” Asked which celebrities he would most like to cloth, he named Fan Bingbing, Zhang Ziyi, and Crazy Rich Asians like the ones featured with Michelle Yeoh in the recent hit movie of the same title. Would he be joining Macao Fashion Festival again next year? “Hopefully I’ll be here next year. I would like to make this an annual event as a way of giving back for the hospitality our hosts showed us. Not everyone gets that kind of treatment.”  Besides Macau, Hanz is also in talks to join other Asian shows in Seoul, Japan, Kuala Lumpur, Thailand, and even as far as Boston Fashion Week. “In fact, I received a nomination this summer for World Fashion Week in Paris but had to set it aside for Terno Con. Making it to the final roster is a big achievement already like being passed a key for the future of Philippine fashion,” Hanz quipped/ Terno Con is a terno-making convention and contest that aims to encourage the use of the terno as a popular form of dress, inspire and motivate emerging designers to create designs which are grounded in its history while using a contemporary approach to further its objective of preserving the authenticity of one of the country’s most distinctive ensembles. “No international exposure can equal re-imagining a national treasure like the Terno and the chance of being mentored by our best designers like Inno Sotto as chief mentor, Philip Rodriguez  (Cebu City), Ivarluski Aseron (Metro Manila), and Lesley Mobo (Aklan). “ Taken during the first fittingonline poster shoot in Cebu weeks ago with my favorite Russian doll, Nadia. Not the least, Hanz expressed his profuse thanks to Cebu Pacific which sponsored his flights to Macau for the festival for the second straight year. “It’s never easy to mount a show abroad. Part of the journey makes it fun and lighter with direct to Macau that saves us a lot of money and logistics since we don’t have to pass by Manila.” Cebu Pacific has the most number of flights between the Philippines and Macau, with direct connections from Clark, Manila and Cebu. It's a seamless connection from Cagayan de Oro/Laguindingan to Cebu (or Manila, if one prefers) then on to Macau. You can opt take a day trip or exit via Hong Kong, which is an easy ferry trip or bus trip through the new Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau bridge, the world's longest sea bridge. Or fly direct to Hong Kong from Cebu or Manila, take the ferry or bus to Macau, then fly back from there to the Philippines. Hanz Coquilla Alta Costura creates tailor-made designs for that woman who yearns for their very own Hanz Coquilla, with a personalized touch. Contact. Mr. Stevan S. Serneo/ Mr. Hanz Herzl Pableo aka Hanz Coquilla by email hanzcoquillaatacostura@gmail.com/ or theramenboi@gmail.com or visit his Facebook Page      Hanz Coquilla Alta Costura to see more of his custom-made suits, gowns, and RTW clothing.

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Up, Up and Away with Macau’s Skylators 

November 7, 2019

“Climb high to see how far you’ve come, climb higher to see how far you have yet to go.”-T.M. Isn’t it a travel cliché that one of the things a first-time visitor to a place gets to do is find the highest point in the place to enjoy the panoramic vista? Well, I was fortunate to have been one of the Visayas-Mindanao Media invited to a recent familiarization tour of Macau, China by Cebu Pacific and JG Summit Holdings and indeed, we visited not just one but two of the highest points in the Special Administrative Region, the Macau Eiffel at The Parisian Macau and the even taller Macau Tower. However, we were also fortunate to visit another two of the city’s special attractions where the vista was not just merely a high point but moving ones at that, at Macau's glitzy Cotai Strip (the peninsula's answer to the Vegas Strip). Our Macau guide Tata and Cebu colleague Cass at a SkyCab Gondola (photo by Nick Olayao) The Golden Reel The first of these unique sky sides was the Golden Reel at the Studio City Macau entertainment resort, billed as the world’s highest and first-ever figure-8 Ferris wheel at 130 meters (427 ft). The Hollywood-inspired back story tells how to asteroid crashed through the Gotham City-inspired  main façade leaving a perfectly shaped “8” hole between the resort’s two hotel towers. Suspended from Studio City’s two Art-Deco hotel towers (The Star Tower and the Celebrity Tower), the Golden Reel  features 17 spacious Steampunk-themed  pods, each offering enough space and versatility to host private events. Up to 10 people will fit into each pod and rides last for over 15 minutes, providing passengers with changing views of  Macau and China in the distance.   The Chinese have always considered the number 8 a lucky and auspicious number thus in this gambling mecca whose annual revenues are seven times that of Las Vegas, the astral connection is not lost on the thousands of visitors who flock to its casino hoping to ride their luck on the lucky number. Indeed, as one enjoys the ever changing vistas below as the gondolas go through their 15-minute route, there is plenty of time for the traveler to reflect not only on his impending luck at the tables, but on how his life so far has been an up and down ride with changing fortunes that have not always be lucky, but always leave him with memories he can always to return to for the rest of his life. With its faux Art Deco design, the $3.2 billion casino apes the golden age of Hollywood in all the signature ways — glitzy gambling floors, movie-themed entertainment options, a 1,600 room hotel, with the Golden Reel as the center piece, which has also been described as a gigantic 35 mm film reel in keeping with Studio City’s Macau’s Hollywood  aspirations. You can board one of the wheel's 17 cars (each with space for up to 10 passengers) on the 23rd floor of the hotel. As the ride moves, it snakes around the steel gold circles in a figure-8, similar to the movement of a film's reel. There's no crossover in the middle, however, so it's not a true figure-8. To get a sense of the movement, imagine two number threes facing each other.   Spectacular views of the city and the South China Sea are guaranteed. Bookings can be made through Studio City’s website. Golden Reel 2 (studiocitymacau photo) Wynn Palace SkyCab Another skylator ride we experienced was the SkyCab at the Wynn Palace Macau, also at the Cotai Strip. The a 10 minute cable car ride skirts along the outside of the Performance Lake just in front of the Wynn Palace property and is unique in that it has two stages. The first one gets you to Wynn Palace and the next one gets you out of it. I had only previously rode on a cable car in Hong Kong and what made the SkyCab unique was that it is reputedly the only cable car that can turn a corner without a mid-station which once you experience it, is a tale that would grow with each telling. As one traveler relates online, “The Wynn SkyCab makes a total of 6 turns with 2 stations because it operates in a unidirectional configuration. You have to be inside one of these to experience the turn which feels a bit like you the way you would at Disneyland sitting in one of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups but of course, with turns that are not as sharp and abrupt.” Aside from its unique operating characteristics, the red gondolas are undoubtedly designed with opulence and glitz in mind to match its environment. Two of the system’s towers are built in the form of a golden dragon while the cabins were all equipped with a custom audio system and air conditioning. Despite the advances made in ropeway technology, air conditioned cabins are still uncommon. Cabs have two seating benches for up to six people. The journey is around 4 stories above the ground level, giving you a nice glimpse of the hotel. Golden Reel memento at the souvenir shop (RMB) Rides during the day will be better for photography of the Wynn Palace property. The best times to enjoy the SkyCab would be after noontime just before the fountain show so you can also experience the fountain palabas as you make your way to Wynn Palace. Or you can try taking the ride after 7PM and you can enjoy the fountain show spectacle complete with lights every 20 minutes from 7 am. SkyCab tickets are MOP100 per person and rides are available from 10am to midnight daily. There are two entrance platforms. You can begin the ride directly in front of the Performance Lake at ground level or from the elevated platform at the back of the lake, access from within the hotel complex.   These two unique rides offer more than just a way of getting from one point to another. For the next 10-15 minutes, as the traveler goes up and around, the ever changing scenery reminds him how his world is constantly in flux and how the unique vista overlooking a panoramic look of what lies below tells his story in a way only he can understand and appreciate.   As the late Anthony Bourdain puts it: “It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I still have to go, how much more there is to learn. Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that here is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom…is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.” Macau is a great destination for a weekend getaway--easy to fly there as well for us Mindanaoans via Cebu Pacific. Cebu Pacific has the most number of flights between the Philippines and Macau, with direct connections from Clark, Manila and Cebu. It's a seamless connection from Cagayan de Oro/Laguindingan to Cebu (or Manila, if one prefers) then on to Macau. You can opt take a day trip or exit via Hong Kong, which is an easy ferry trip or bus trip through the new Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau bridge, the world's longest sea bridge. Or you can fly direct to Hong Kong from Cebu or Manila, take the ferry or bus to Macau, then fly back from there to the Philippines. Voltarei a Macau! Selfie with Toots Jimenez aboard the SkyCab

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The Two Towers of Macau

October 28, 2019

“On a clear day you can see forever.” During a recent familiarization tour  of the Special Administrative Region of Macau in China courtesy of Cebu Pacific and JG Summit Holdings for Visayas and Mindanao media, we had the special treat of scaling the heights of two of the highest points in Macau. The Eiffel Tower at the Parisian Macau Grand Illumination Show lights up every 20 minutes in the evening  (assets.sandsresortsmacao.cn)    While most Filipinos tend to ignore or overlook Macau, or just opt for a day trip from Hong Kong, the tiny Special Administrative Region of China will surprise travelers with a myriad of food finds, attractions and entertainment options While Coloane Alto ( Portuguese: Alto de Coloane) in the island of Coloane is the highest natural point at 172.4 meters (560 ft) above sea level, the Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre in Sé, Macau is almost twice as tall at 338 m (1,109 ft) in height from ground level to the highest point. Officially opened in December 19, 2001, the Macau Tower was inspired by the Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand which so impressed Macau casino billionaire Stanley Ho Hung-Sun that he immediately commissioned a similar one for Macau. Designed by architect Les Dykstra for the Kiwi engineering firm Beca Group and Gordon Moller of Moller Architects for Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau, it was started in 1998 and is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers. Its observation deck features views, restaurants, theaters, shopping malls and the Skywalk X, a walking tour around the outer rim. It offers the best view of Macau and in recent years has been used for a variety of adventurous activities. The glass enclosed elevator will zoom you up 223 meters in under 60 seconds as you have an unmatched view of the Macau skyline unfolding beneath you. We enjoyed amazing 360° views from the level 58 Observation Lounge over a “Cafe on 4” coffee, and later savored an international buffet lunch at the Café 360 Revolving Restaurant. Meantime we had a grand time taking photos of the unmatched vistas all around as well as looking at the daredevils who were seriously contemplating their immediate future with at the 61 Adventure Deck and its various sky tracking attractions such as the Skywalk, Bungee Jump , Skyjump and Tower Climb.  At 233 meters, the Macau Tower's tethered Skyjump and Bungee jump by AJ Hackett from the tower's outer rim, is the highest commercial skyjump in the world (233 meters), and the second highest commercial decelerator descent facility in the world (after Vegas' Stratosphere skyjump at 252 meters).  The Tower has routinely been used as a site for staged bungee jumping events, by professional jumpers or as part of entertainment shows. On December 17, 2006, the father of contemporary bungee jumping, A J Hackett, and popular artist Edison Chen broke two Guinness World Records at the Macau Tower. A J Hackett, broke his own Guinness World Record of "The Highest Bungee Jump from a Building" achieved in 1987 from the Eiffel Tower. Edison Chen represented Macau Tower in the inaugural jump to bid for "The World's Highest Bungee Jump Facility". Please call (853) 8988 8656 for bookings or further inquiries. You may also avail of special rates only available  by E-mail: macau.reservations@ajhackett.com or their website. My good friend Toots Jimenez Jr. of The Watchmen Daily in Bacolod had a lot of fun posting photos of him getting ready for the bungee jump but that was actually as far as he got although he continues to get a lot of queries and likes on his FB post asking him about his experience. All in good fun! The entrance fee is $120 -- slightly steep but still reasonable, depending on what you want to do there. The entrance fee gets you to the indoor and outdoor observation decks -- you can get an amazing view of Macau from there. Eiffel Tower at the Parisian Macau The City of Lights, the City of Love. Paris is at the heart of romance, and the Eiffel Tower is at the heart of Paris. The Parisian Macao, and in particular its Eiffel Tower, has emerged to become one of Macau’s iconic landmarks of the city’s skyline. Although there are now over 30 replicas or similar towers around the world (such as a 1:25 scale one at Japanese theme park Tobu World Square and another half-scale replica atop hotel and casino Paris Las Vegas), the Eiffel Tower at the Parisian Macau is special because of its claim as “the tallest and most realistic” half-scale duplicate, and “has been superbly reproduced with every possible detail intact”. More than 4,500 design drawings were made for the tower, to ensure a creation that was as authentic as possible. How closely does the Eiffel Tower Macau resemble the one in Paris? Like Toots, I also teased my FB friends with a photo of me looking really pooped with the tower in the background griping about the 16 hour flight from Macau to Paris, just to see how many of them actually bought that yarn or fact checked the photo. Well, I am still getting likes and comments on that photo relating to the Paris Eiffel Tower to this  day! For the information of interested visitors to Macau, there are only two flights from Europe that actually link Macau International Airport to the Old World. Both are by the seasonal Russian charter airline Royal Flight airlines  based in Abakan, Russia that operates charter services between  Pulkovo Airport an international airport serving St. Petersburg, Russia and Sheremetyevo Alexander S. Pushkin International Airport one of four international airports that serves the city of Moscow, and is the busiest airport in Russia.  Macau’s Eiffel Tower remains a faithful representation of its progenitor in Paris, but utilizes more modern construction advances in its design with a steel structure instead of the original’s wrought iron, and is engineered to withstand the high winds of Macau’s annual typhoon season and the high traffic of Macao’s bustling tourism industry. The tower features many of the ornamental touches of its counterpart in Paris, including ornate detailing such as with over 850,000 decorative rivets (to resemble the functional rivets on the Paris one), cornice scrolls, balustrades, gusset plates, lattices, staircases, and mesh screens around the observation decks. Also like its elder sibling, a light show will spectacularly light up the tower each night. The views from the Observation Decks at Levels 7 and 37 of the half-scale 525-foot Eiffel Tower offers magnificent vistas of famous adjacent hotels like The Venetian® Macao; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands® Cotai Central, and Studio City. You can also get a view of mainland China in the distance. With your ticket, you can climb up to the 7th and 37th floor observation deck and take in the spectacular sights of the city. Stay for the night and catch the light and music show that runs every 20 minutes from 7:30 PM to midnight featuring 6,600 blinking LED lights with bolts of fire shooting from its tip in a staccato rhythm as its backdrop is bathed in an electrifying display of fireworks and pyrotechnics.  For bookings and further inquiries, call +853 8111 2768 / +853 8111 2763 The Eiffel Tower at The Parisian Macau is open from 10am to 10pm. Tickets from level 5 at the Eiffel Tower Souvenir Shop. Call +853 8111 2768 or +853 8111 2763. For more information and prices, visit www.parisianmacao.com or read more at https://www.todayonline.com/lifestyle/travel/paris-macau.   Macau is a great destination for a weekend getaway--easy to fly there as well for us Mindanaoans via Cebu Pacific. Cebu Pacific has the most number of flights between the Philippines and Macau, with direct connections from Clark, Manila and Cebu. It's a seamless connection from Cagayan de Oro/Laguindingan to Cebu (or Manila, if one prefers) then on to Macau. You can opt take a day trip or exit via Hong Kong, which is an easy ferry trip or bus trip through the new Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau bridge, the world's longest sea bridge. Or you can fly direct to Hong Kong from Cebu or Manila, take the ferry or bus to Macau, then fly back from there to the Philippines. Viagem Alegre!         And they though he was in Paris. (photo by Caryl Espada)      

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Satisfy your buko cravings anytime with the new Jollibee Buko Pie!

October 28, 2019

  THE Philippines’ #1 fast-food brand Jollibee officially launched their latest delectable dessert offering, the Jollibee Buko Pie!   Now you can satisfy your coconut cravings anytime, anywhere. Your new favorite dessert pie is complete with chunky buko filling and a delicious sweet custard enveloped in that crispy pie crust you love. It’s real Buko Pie delight in every bite!   “We wanted to introduce a brand new but totally familiar local flavor to Jollibee’s selection of well-loved desserts and snacks,” shares Kay Segismundo, Jollibee Senior Marketing Manager for Complementary Products. “There’s no better treat to offer at Jollibee than the delightfully tasty Buko Pie, and we’re glad to make it easily accessible to anyone who craves it.”   No need to go far and get a taste of the delicious buko pie! Treat yourself to a Jollibee Buko Pie now for only PHP30 (solo) and PHP89 (3 Pies-to-Go) available for dine-in, take-out, drive-thru, and delivery at all Jollibee stores nationwide.   For more updates and info, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Studios on YouTube, and follow @jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.  

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