BLIMS Fine Furniture in Glorietta: What Made The People Stop and Stare?

The holidays are over and it’s making all of us sad!

As the busiest and most festive time of the year comes to an end, we’re sure people are back to their busy, normal lives. Christmas wish lists and shopping sprees are all ticked out while decors and lights are placed back to the boxes. It’s time to go back to reality! But before we do that, let me tell you something about the previous stint of BLIMS last December that proved they can make the people stop and stare at the unique scene playing right before their eyes.

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Yanna Eloize Santos,Jaryl Sandoval, Maria Alyssa Adajar and Yghann Gutierrez portrayed a scene in the window display of BLIMS Fine Furniture store in Glorietta

The Pasig Catholic College- Center for Culture and the Arts’ teen actors—Yanna Eloize Santos,Jaryl Sandoval, Yghann Gutierrez and Maria Alyssa Adajar gamely portrayed a scene in the window display of BLIMS Fine Furniture store in Glorietta, treating all mall-goers and passersby to an interesting sight. The scene showcased actors relaxing and bonding together in a spacepurposely designed to look like a condo unit.
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The theme of the story, “SMALL SPACES, BIGGATHERINGS” shows how BLIMS’ functional, condo-fit pieces (such as a desk that can be turned into a 2-seater dining, a storage ottoman, sofa bed and a center table with hidden storage) prove to be useful in a small home.
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Some people passed by, some paused to catch a glimpse of what’s happening while some even took a photo or video to capture the scene. Surely, it was not an ordinary day for many. It’s one thing to see a furniture display in the window of a store, but the live model was a first of its kind.
IMG_1785Hoping there’s more of this in store in the future!

Feel free to watch how this unique Live Model Display works!

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Baler Escapade

I started availing those package tour online last February when I attended the Panagbenga Festival and went to Baguio with no family or friends to accompany me (Check : A Trip to Baguio : Panagbenga Festival). Although I cannot consider it as a solo travel since I am with other groups, I still consider it a huge milestone on my end since I was able to conquer my fear to travel outside my hometown. Since then, my feet are always itching for adventure, I am always craving for a new journey and I am always eager to explore anything beyond my expectations. I became a weekend traveler but I only limit myself with Day Tour travels because of my work and because I have no courage yet to engage myself with long term travel but I realized that if I really want to establish myself as a travel blogger, i must learn to embrace those consequences. After all, I will not be able to reach those far provinces within a day. So when I saw a package tour to Baler, I didn’t hesitate at all and grab it! And so that’s when my Baler Escapade begins!
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Our Baler escapade was hosted by Paloy’s Traveler who apparently also from Cavite which is really beneficial to me as I do not have to go to Manila just to meet them up. It was a 2 Days and 1 Night tour. The weather, however, was not really cooperating with us and we had to change our itinerary and most of the destinations were removed but I really appreciate how “Kuya Pao” utilized our time and make the most out of it. It was truly an awesome experience to me and I wouldn’t mind going back to Baler soon. So without any further ado, allow me to share the places that we visited during our escapade in Baler.
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The swimming part was supposed to be on our first day but the weather is not really good when we arrived in Aurora. We failed to explore other beaches like Lukso Lukso Islets, Digisit Beach, Aniao and even the tour to Ditumabo Falls. I cannot blame them since it would be very risky to visit these places in such weather condition. We are grateful enough that they allow us to take a quick peek to Ampere Beach. It is generally a pebbled beach with some unique rock formation to marvel with. When I said pebbles, i am talking about huge ones. Aside from those awesome rock formations, the clear blue beach is truly stunning as well. Too bad, we can do nothing but to marvel its beauty since we cannot really swim that time.
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The Millenium Tree
This might sound so scary but yes one of the interesting destination here in Aurora is the famous Balete tree. This Balete tree is not just famous because of the creepy stories that are often associated with it but because of its enormous size. The balate is 65 meter tall and is considered as the biggest Balete tree in Asia. You can even go inside the tree and pass through the other side.
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The Museum of Baler or Museo De Baler is actually part of our 2nd day itinerary but since we cannot hit the beaches or the falls that day, we decided this historical site in our first day. It is a small yet history-rich museum which gave us a lot of information about this humble town. For those who are not yet aware, Baler is the birthtown of Manuel Quezon, the 2nd president of the Philippines and the first one to head the Commonwealth.
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Not too far from the Museo De Baler is another interesting historical site. The house of Doña Aurora Aragon Quezon. Doña Aurora Aragon is the wife of former President Manuel Quezon and is the second First lady of the Philippines but she is the first one to be called such. The town is also named after her. It is basically a two story building made out entire of wood. It somehow reminds me of the Baldomero Aguinaldo mansion (Check : Baldomero Aguinaldo Mansion) but with few details and items to showcase.
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Also within the plaza is a small church of Baler that despite the simplicity it has an amazing story to tell. The Baler church might be small but it has huge historical significance as it witnessed and survived the siege of Baler. The church is dedicated to Luis Obispo de Tolosa (similar to the patronage given to Lucban Church). The current church was built in 1939 but authentic original details may be seen inside, including the old bell, La Campana de Baler.20161119_173358tSabang Beach
After the quick tour in the plaza, we headed to our transient house which is just few walks away from the Sabang Beach. The rain stopped which gave me the opportunity to take a quick peek of the beach and marvel its beauty.  This should not be confused with the Sabang Beach in Puerto Galera. The moment I arrived in the beach (no entrance fee to Sabang Beach), the first thing I noticed aside from the huge and continuous waves is the mountain range that you can see from afar.  Many surfers already approached me to try their surfing lesson but I was not really in great condition that time and I just want to  satisfy myself by staring at the beach. After almost an hour of walking, I went back to the transient house to have my dinner and to rest.
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The Sunrise in Baler
I woke up around 4 am in the morning and decided to make few walks. I went to Sabang Beach only to be stunned by its pictureesque view of it. We’re lucky enough that it is no longer raining and we had a chance to witness the sunrise. It was truly mesmerizing and it was such a great way to start my morning!
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I was once again approached by the same guy “Kuya Rommel”. I told him yesterday that I will give this “surfing” a try even though I am clueless about it. And so, I gave surfing a shot! After all, they said that a Baler escapade will not be completed without surfing. I am not a beach bump but I don’t know how to swim as well but Kuya Rommel told me that it wasn’t really that tough and the water wasn’t that deep either (we only hit the waist-deep area). I took the surfing lesson and I realized that despite that it looks really easy, it is surprisingly hard to master. Yeah, maybe surfing isn’t for me at all but I wouldn’t mind giving it another try!20161120_131614tBaler Plaza
We left the Transient house before lunch and we explored the plaza afterwards. Well, it turns out, all the notable places we visited on the first day are just few walks away from each other. We also grab the opportunity to buy pasalubong. If you ever hit this place, make sure to try their famous Pakumbo (Aurora’s version of Bukayo) and also their unique Suman which is notable for its dark brown color.
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We are supposed to hit another white beach but we were greeted by a broken bridge which makes the area not passable. So we concluded the Baler Escapade by going to a waterfall, the Caunayan falls. Based on our original itinerary, we are supposed to visit the Ditumabo which is more commonly known as the Mother falls but since it is no longer possible to reach the place and we are really running out of time, we went to Caunayan Falls instead which is seemingly equally beautiful. The only way to access the fall is through the Amatorio Resort. The water is clear and you can see the cascading water from the stream.

It was really a great experience for me and Baler is truly a great place to visit especially if you are looking for a place to unwind. I really wouldn’t mind going back to Baler if ever I got the chance!

Like what I usually do, I am going to have a separate entry for each destination but for the mean time, feel free to watch this video below!

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Taste The Flavors of the World with Bakers Maison by Gardenia

Calling all bread lovers out there! You no longer need to travel from one place to another just to taste the flavors of your favorite pastries! The well known “Bakers Maison” is finally here in the country which will allow you to taste the world! With the premium ingredients of Bakers Maison and with partnership with Gardenia Bakeries Philippines, they are now set to country by delivering delectable breads and pastries that are not just inspired by traditional and authentic French recipes but also with a fusion of flavors from all over the world.
20161213_191656tBakers Maison is not really new in the business. In fact, the company has been serving authentic French-style breads and pastries since 1998 in New South Wales in Australia. They are well known for delivering and serving only the finest products using the finest ingredients and original recipes to create Authentic French taste.
When Two Giant Companies collide! 
In the company’s attempt to expand their brand, Bakers Maison decided to  bring their bakeshop in the Philippines but in order to make it possible, they need the skills, the expertise and high end technologies to serve their products the way they should and they are lucky to find it through Gardenia Bakeries Philippines. With their collaboration with various industry experts, Bakers Maison is now ready to bring the different flavors of the world for the customers own delight.

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The super friendly and accommodating staffs of Bakers Maison!

“Taste The World” With Bakers Maison By Gardenia PH

It is very interesting to note that this is not just your typical retail bakeshop. Bakers Maison came up with a very unique theme and that is the concept of bringing different flavors of the world. Bakers Maison will offer a wide and innovative array of baked goods that come in various tastes and textures inspired from different well known breads from different parts of the world.  They came up with an excciting collection of pastries featuring flavors all over the world!
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Here are more delectable breads that Bakers Maison has to offer
20161213_193346t20161213_193318tOne of the main products of Bakers Maison are the artisan breads. They usually have crusty texture and dense moist center, made according to authentic French recipes. From traditional Banguette and Focaccia to the healthy multigrain sourdough! Bakers Maison can serve them all for you!20161213_193137tAside from the Artisan breads, they also got an overwhelming variety of Viennoiserie including the Croissants and Danish pastries.20161213_194812tBakers Maison also caters different Sandwiches inspired from different popular recipes all over the globe, stuffed with goodness, loaded with healthy vegetables, bursting with flavor and more importantly served with freshly baked breads. They also serve different beverages as well from coffee to juices!

Check out this video below to see more of their products and a brief interview with Mr Marc Quiray of Bakers Maison

Store Expansion
The company is expanding and they are set to officially and formally open their franchise next year. Currently, Bakers Maison has stores located in LIIP Mamplasan Biñan, Laguna, SM North EDSA, Landmark Trinoma, Waltermart Makati, Glorietta 4, and South Park District Alabang.

For more info about their product, you can visit them at their official FB Page (Bakers Maison PH)

PS: Don’t forget to try their yummy and cream-filled Christmas Bun too!
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A Day Trip In Tanay : The Batlag Falls

The beauty of Daranak Falls is something to marvel, the Batlag Falls is more enchanting and seemingly magical. While most of my group were enjoying Daranak, I decided to visit another hidden secret of Tanay, the Batlag Falls which is interesting located on the same site. The Batlag is literally just above the Daranak Falls but you have to pay a separate entrance fee which is higher than what we paid to enter Daranak but its really worth it!
IMG_0818tIMG_0815tMuch like Daranak, the trail going to Batlag is no longer a challenge. You will be greeted with cemented pathway towards the site. From there, you will find a bunch of cottages in case you want to stay there instead in Daranak. For me, Batlag Falls is truly a sight to behold and I have many reasons to prove why. First of all, the place isn’t really crowded unlike Daranak.IMG_0819tThe water here is obviously clearer and the entire atmosphere is very serene. The trees, the rock formation, the clear blue water will make you feel like you are living in such imaginary world that are commonly depicted in your favorite fantasy tales. It is indeed magical and it is not really surprising, why many movies and tv series (especially fantasy genre) were choosing Batlag falls as their shooting location.IMG_0829tThere are two waterfalls in Batlad. Each of them has their own catch basin but they are notably not as deep as the one in Daranak falls.IMG_0836tThe one on the left is quite narrower and has an unusual configuration but the catchbasin is truly something you can marvel. I can’t help but to be amazed by the clear blue water underneath the waterfalls.
IMG_0839tIMG_0839tIMG_0855tYou must be very cautious however because the flooring is not as smooth as the others. It was quite rough and there were huge boulders jutting out.
IMG_0858tIMG_0862tThe larger waterfall, on the other hand, notably has a veil-like formation and the water has a different shade of color compare to the other one. This one has a shade of blue and green. IMG_0865tThe balete tree and those mini islets inside the pool made the place look more serene and somehow enchanting. We were told that GMA’s Encantadia used to pick this location for their production. IMG_0868t
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IMG_0903tIMG_0911tIMG_0927tBatlag Falls is truly a paradise to me and I’m glad I didn’t hesitate to visit this place during our recent trip in Tanay. The town really has so many great wonders to offer! The trip to Batlag Falls concluded our day tour but here are the things you might need to know or consider before reaching this place

►Batlag Falls is located just above the Daranak Falls
►The Trail going to Batlag is very manageable because of the cemented pathway
►You can rent lifebuoys (Salbabida) in Batlag for Php50-100
►The Batlag falls entrance fee is Php100 for Adults and Php50
►Unlike Daranak, people can do overnight stay in Batlag for Php200
►You are allowed to bring foods but please observe cleanliness and be responsible for your trashes (do not litter)
►Take note that you still have to pay for the Php 50 entrance fee for Daranak since it is the only way going to Batlag (that means you need to pay Php150 for a day visit – Php50 for Daranak and 100 for Batlag)
►You can rent cottages for less than Php500 and Php200 for tables
►A sari-sari store can be found near the entrance to Batlag

How to Get to Daranak Falls Via Public Transport
►From Starmall (EDSA Shaw), you can ride an FX van bound to Tanay. This will drop you off to Tanay Public Market. From there, you can ride a tricycle that will bring you to Daranak falls (The only way to access the Batlag falls). The tricyle fee is 200Php which is already good for 4 person.

Where to Stay in Tanay

In case you are planning to stay in Rizal for a day or two, you can check the list of affordable and “budgetarian” Hotels in the link below!

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Here are the links to the rest of my Tanay escapade: Feel free to visit the links below
Pililla Wind Farm
Tanay Church (San Ildefonso de Toledo Parish)
The Parola of Tanay
Regina RICA
The Calinawan Cave
The Daranak Falls
► The Batlag Falls