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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

At Home Furniture by Olivan Home Depot

After visiting Olivan Home Depot in Magsaysay Avenue, we needed a new tv rack and a sofa for our tv area. I have seen many available home furnitures in the depot and knowing that they have a sister company in Concepcion Grande primarily showcasing HOME and INDUSTRIAL furniture called At Home, we decided to include it as one of our options.

We canvassed around home depots in Naga and found similar items on display and guess what, they have the lowest in price. Discounts vary but again they had the lowest offer given a similar furniture for that matter.
The location (Former RoyalAn Hotel) is not far from our home but honestly this is the first time that I have visited the store. Same reaction with that of the store in Magsaysay, @Home is soooo spacious and there are many available designs to choose from.

What I appreciate is that, the store is indoor and air-conditioned too to keep the fixtures in good condition. The tv rack and sofa convertible to a bed both got good discounts. We had them delivered for a minimum charge and they installed the rack even though I insisted that I can manage. (see photos towards the end). It was good customer service experience indeed! Hoping that management will continue to keep that kind of service.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Olivan Home Depot, Your Home, Your Style

I was looking for a flat bar and decided to go around hardwares here in Naga. Below are photos of Olivan Home Depot which I was so much amazed of! Why? For or a long time this homegrown brand has been serving many Bicolanos for home construction and improvement needs and dai ko akalaon na dakulaon palan ang depot ninda located sa Magsaysay at the back of Sea Oil with enough parking space pa.

After their store beside Sea Oil was razed by FIRE few years ago, sa totoo lang dai ko hunaon na nasa likod na palan sinda and this time even more organized, presentable, not to mention comfortable din because its air-conditioned.

Changing times indeed and being an adult now brings me to these places and I'm glad that the depot's staff were very patient and accommodating hehe.

I really admire our Bicol Brands improving for the better and it is a must for us Bicolanos to patronize them. My post doesn't end here, will share more about my experience in this depot in the next days to come. For the meantime, below are contact details that you might find helpful.

At the back of Sea Oil Magsaysay
Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City
Contact Numbers: (+63) 917.545.8051 or (+63.54) 472.2828
Store Hours: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Facebook Page: Olivan Home Depot

Saturday, May 13, 2017

CWC Aqua Park

CWC has rise up after the Typhoon Nina last December and recovery is just the sweetest coz Lago del Rey's #AquaPark is also back to play under the clouds! Run walk, jump, crawl, slide, scream, shout and just let it all go and enjoy the course! Bring out the child in you and enjoy the floating playground with a series of inflatable slides, ramps, ladders, wiggle bridges, trampoline and so much more. Don't forgot to come in your bathing suit or wet suit! 

Operating Hours: 
8:30 am to 4:40 pm

P150 for 1 Hr
P275 for 2 Hrs
P400 for 4 Hrs
P550 for whole day
P50k for exclusive half day use

For more amenities and bookings visit http://cwcwake.com

Photo by nickastig.me

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Pasta Fiesta this May at Avenue Plaza Hotel

Naga City - May is for fiestas and Avenue Plaza Hotel is making it a festive summer at the Heart of Bicol. The latest offering of Cafe Plazuela for this month of May is the #PastaFiesta for our afternoons. While we have varied choices of restaurants in the city, we are always controlled by the menu in front of us. How do you like your pasta? Technically speaking, restaurants dictate what we can eat, but at the at the Cafe Plazuela of APH, we will have the freedom to choose the ingredients of our own plate of pasta. Perfect, right?
I'm more of a white sauce person and oil-based too. I like mushroom, bacon and seafood too! But hold on! These can't be in one plate of course. The chefs of Cafe Plazuela will be able to help you with that, they can always recommend which of the ingredients will perfectly blend together depending on what you like. And if you are careful with your allergies, have a conversation with the chef once your pasta is being prepared too. 

If frappes gets to be customized in some coffee shops, the #PastaFiesta of Cafe Plazuela is now your source of personalized / customized pasta with the freshest ingredients and live cooking. 

There are 3 easy steps on how you can enjoy the #Pasta Fiesta.

STEP 1: Choose your PASTA
Fetuccini, Penne, Linguini, Spaghetti

STEP 2:Choose your SAUCE
Al Freddo, Marinara, Vongole, Al Pesto, Bogolgnese, Putanesca

STEP 3: Add on your favorite INGREDIENTS
Ham, Bacon, Mushroom, Garlic, Onion, Parmesan Cheese, Olive Oil

And oh, don't forget to choose your BREAD
The breads of Cafe Plazuela is always freshly baked, but just in case you want your bread to be reheated, you may ask them to do so. And a little tip, you can also ask for a vinaigrette. 

It's really a nice experience having your food being prepared right in front of you. 
Available from May 1 to 31, 2017

Available for walk-in or reservations.
Choices of bread.
The #PastaFiesta is 180++ per guest, available from 2pm to 5pm. 
My base sauce was the Al Fredo, with bacon bits and mushroom. 

It's time to celebrate the colors of summer with a #PastaFiesta! Don't forget to share your pasta fiesta experience on your social media accounts and use the hashtag #AvenueStories #PastaFiesta #CelebratetheGoodLife
For reservations you may call at (054) 473 9999

Thursday, April 27, 2017

'Heart of Bicol' is now Fibr-powered

NAGA CITY, Bicol, April 20, 2017 – The ‘Heart of Bicol’ is now one of the region’s first Fibr-powered cities.

PLDT Home’s nationwide rollout of its industry-leading fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) lines is bringing the country’s most powerful broadband to Bicol, and Naga City is at the heart of this groundbreaking development.

In addition to providing families access to internet speeds of up to 1 Gbps, PLDT Home is also opening its first sales and service center (SSC) in the city. The strategically located and spacious 165-square meter store at Centro Square, Penafrancia Avenue, will allow customers to transact with greater ease and speed and experience first-hand PLDT Home’s products and services. PLDT SSC Naga is the second after Nuvali. 

Customers will also enjoy the unique features and innovative services inside the store such as Infotouch, a self-care kiosk where they can view and print their PLDT bills; a digital menuboard where they can shop for PLDT products; giant interactive screens where they can surf and play using a 32” Telpad; and a cozy lounge with 50” video wall where they can watch Cignal TV channels.

Infotouch self-care kiosk
 As the region’s commercial and cultural center, Naga is one of the Philippines’ fastest-growing cities. The partnership with PLDT Home will further the city’s capabilities and its robust local economy, and empower the digital lifestyles of its residents.

“We look forward to this partnership with the local government of Naga City to help bring the power of Fibr to more homes,” PLDT FVP and Head of Home Business Oscar A. Reyes, Jr. said. “With world-class internet from PLDT Home Fibr, we can help families take advantage of opportunities enabled by digital technology.”

PLDT Home Fibr now empowers Nagueños to experience high-speed equal upload and download speeds, and enjoy diverse and compelling entertainment and gaming content from PLDT Home partners and renowned providers like iflix, Netflix, Fox+, and iWant TV, among others, for as low as P1,899 per month.

Families will also enjoy added peace of mind with home security devices such as the home monitoring system Fam Cam, the cyber security platform Fam Zone and the multi-functional kiddie gadget Smart Watch which parents can use to track and contact their kids. 

Fam Cam

Naga City Vice Mayor Nelson Legacion added, “Strong partnerships are key to the growth of any major city, and we are honored to have PLDT, the Philippines’ telco leader on our side. Naga City is proud to be Fibr-powered.”

Naga City is only the first stop in PLDT Home’s continuous and aggressive expansion in the Bicol region. The country’s digital services leader targets to reach up to 4.4 million homes passed by end of the year, as part of its nationwide FTTH network rollout. PLDT has also deployed hybrid fiber technologies over its existing copper lines which can boost data speed of current subscribers up to 700 Mbps. By end-2018, PLDT envisions that all of its subscribers will be in “smart homes.”

PLDT has invested P300 billion or $6 billion over the last 10 years to roll out the country’s most extensive transmission and distribution network infrastructure which now has 150,000 kilometers of fiber optic cables that transport the growing data traffic of its fixed line and mobile networks.

PLDT Home has also recently declared Toledo City in Cebu and General Santos in Mindanao as ‘Fibr Cities’, signaling strengthened partnerships with local governments and communities to expand its footprint and bring world-class internet to more Filipinos.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Max's Restaurant Chicken All-You-Can

Guys, Check this out! Chicken All-You-Can at Max's Restaurant is back!!! This crazy treat happens at 2PM until 10PM. For only P249, you'll get to enjoy a quarter-sized fried chicken for every serving. You'll get your next chicken after you consume your first piece. Since there's only three Max's Restaurant in Bicol one in SM City Naga and the other two Pacific Mall Legazpi and Ayala Mall's Legazpi, the schedule is on April 21 & 28, May 5 & 12, extended to May 19 & 26. So calendar these dates now! I'll  SEE YOU GUYS at the SM City Naga branch!

Full Mechanics:
1. Max’s Quarter Chicken will be served with (1) glass of Pepsi products for only P249.
2. Valid for dine-in transactions ONLY at selected Max's restaurants from 2:00pm to 10:00pm.
3. Chicken will be served after each piece has been consumed.
4. One time serving of drinks only.
5. Strictly no sharing and no leftovers.
6. Not valid in conjunction with any other ongoing promos and discounts.
7. Not available for takeout, delivery, bulk order, and functions.
8. Promo Duration:
North & South Luzon – April 21 & 28, May 5 & 12
9. Per DTI-FTEB SPD Permit No. 4865 Series of 2017

For list of other stores in the Philippines, CLICK HERE

We definitely enjoyed our #MAXSCYAC! Just a piece of advice, if you want to make sure you enjoy the promo, make it a point to lessen your rice intake or else  you'll end up full by the time you have your second quarter piece of chicken. 

The all original Max's recipe in every bite, truly #SarapToTheBones! 

Monday, April 24, 2017

1st Sulong-Sulong Festival FUN BIKE at DAWN

LGU Bombon in cooperation with Bombon Bikers Club invite you to a Fun Biking event in support to the Advocacy- We Want BIKELANES in the PHILIPPINES / (ADVOCACY 101 : WORLDWIDE DEBATE SOLVED Protected Bike Lanes Now VERSUS Share the Road

Date: May 2, 2017 Tuesday 
Assembly Time: 4:00 AM
Assembly Area: Bombon People's Center

Start: 5:00 AM

One Life is too Valuable. One Death is too Many.

Participants may use:
* Mountain Bike 
* Road Bike
* Folding Bike
* BMX Bike
* Fixie Bike
* Lady Bike

With Simple Breakfast
With Bib/Bike Number
With Certificate of Participation


Registration Center: Sangguniang Bayan Office
Look for: Madel -0920-3476483 / 0956-8601073
Gemma - 0921- 5833837
Organizer VM Eddie - 0917-8688326

Sunday, April 23, 2017


I live in a city with a "probinsya feels". My life has been revolving around my day job and my passion as a blogger. I have recently made it a point to do two things that I love at the same time. My online life as a blogger has contributed so much to my day job being in the academe. It took me quite some time to figure it out and living in this part of the world will mean gadgets and accessories that will fit my lifestyle.Work, leisure, travel, blog, teach and do office work, oh wait I forgot, I am still a member of my family. We all have different roles in our lives and we need the right accessories, gadgets, bags and other things that will make our lives easier and comfortable.

Photo taken during my Urban trip to Taguig this April.
 I see to it that when I purchase products, it should be something that can be useful in my line of work and my passion at the same time. Aside from the functions, it should be durable and long lasting that could withstand unwanted elements. There's always the option to get the affordable ones but quality is at stake. Patience and saving up can go a long way so to speak and it does save the environment too, like avoiding yourself to trash immediately low quality products. So I checked out this store, Urbanize which is a haven of "Supplies for the Urban Adventure" and found so many items that would complement my daily needs and lifestyle in general.

First would be something to deliver a primary need which is to stay hydrated using the Hydrapak Stash collapsible bottle. This is really a space saver when not in use, genius! This is perfect for my weekend getaways!

I bet that if you have a friend or a relative who is a teacher, going to and from work will always look like as if you are bringing school work to your home. Preparing lessons, checking papers etc. is always part of being a teacher. This Sherpani Camden Tote/Crossbody/Backpack (Birch) is really one way to still look fab despite all the things that a teacher needs to bring home. I'm almost a decade old in the academe and never a day passed by that I used a small bag lol.

My third must-have would be this Urbanize flattop backpack. There are days that I transform to a blogger after office hours. This means that I have to bring with me my camera and necessary blogging accessories whenever we have blogging duties in the city alongside my existing office things. Carrying my essentials is like function and fashion at the same time with this backpack.

Let's face it, urban jungles also breed bad elements. Being vigilant and wise are two important characteristics these days especially for professionals. The anti-theft features of this Lewis N. Clark Secura collection utilizes straps with embedded stainless steel cables, has flexible Magnaloft™ fabric panels provide slash protection in critical compartments, with superb Locking hardware and zippers and RFID blocking features for identity theft protection. This is definitely a must-have especially for our hard-earned investments. Exploring the world can definitely be this confident with the Secura collection. 

Working people move to places not only for leisure but for growth. Part of my work also brings me to Metro Manila for training, conferences, conventions and the like. I have always been a backpack person for my travels to the metro and this 27L rugged pack designed for comfort of transport and protection of digital essentials called the Thule Paramount will obviously do the job. A 2-3 days conference in Manila is definitely easy-peasy with this bag.

This is from our last work/leisure trip to the Metro a few weeks ago.

I hope the  next time I have this kind of photo, it's an Urbanize product on my back. :)
So there, if you want to check out their line of  brands and Urban Adventure supplies, head on to their Facebook page HERE or website http://www.urbanize.com.ph