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  • FORD RANGER RAPTOR
    Would You Like To Test Drive A FORD RANGER RAPTOR This Weekend?
    Posted in: Events, Featured, Press Release

    The Ford Island Conquest is back in Bacolod on its second year, providing car enthusiasts an all-in-one custom arena where customers can check out a display of Ford’s best-selling vehicles and test drive them in one venue. It’s a cross between a scaled-down showroom and a test drive venue that put consumers in an immersive driving experience.

    The Ford Island Conquest will take place at the N4 North East Perimeter in SM Bacolod on November 16-18, 2018. Customers can check out and test drive the first-ever:

    • Ranger Raptor
    • The NEW Ranger
    • The NEw EcoSport
    • Ford Everest

    Come Test-Drive A Ranger Raptor & Get Discounts and Prizes

    Over P1.2 million worth of cash prizes will be given away to customers who will reserve a vehicle during the 3-day event.

    Aside from test drive activities, the Ford Island Conquest also serves as a platform where owners and interested buyers can learn more about and avail of Ford’s after-sales and service offerings such as Premium Extended Warranty and Scheduled Service Plan (SSP), as well as various vehicle accessories.

    Yesterday’s Event Promoting Driving Safety

    As part of its road safety advocacy, Ford Philippines is also bringing its United Nations-recognized safe driving program Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) to Bacolod City for the first time as part of its commitment to educate drivers on the benefits of smart, safe, and fuel-efficient driving as well as the necessary driving skills to help minimize road accidents, altercations, and traffic congestion.

    The DSFL in Bacolod will be held at the SMX Convention Center on November 15, 2018 and will be attended by over 200 private and PUV drivers, traffic enforcers, road safety advocates, and student drivers.

    Now on its 11th year in the Philippines, the DSFL program is a combination of classroom training that includes modules on vehicle handling, driving in special conditions, anti-distracted driving, and fuel-efficient driving, as well as a hands-on driving simulation that allows participating drivers to apply their learnings from the classroom sessions. The DSFL program is offered to participating drivers for free.

    In an effort to increase DSFL’s relevance to today’s driving environment, the program tightened its focus on training more public utility vehicle drivers (PUV) covering the likes of bus, jeepney, school bus, and taxi drivers to be safer and more responsible drivers.

    Since 2008, DSFL has trained over 22,000 Filipino drivers nationwide in partnership with Tuason Racing School (TRS), the program’s long-time trainer and facilitator. In 2017, Ford reached close to 3,000 private and public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers nationwide as DSFL participants. For the first time since its launch, Ford conducted its DSFL program in key provinces such as Pampanga, Batangas, Cebu, Davao, as well as several educational institutions in Metro Manila. Ford also increased the number of hands-on driving sessions to ensure that participants are able to apply their learnings from the classroom sessions.

  • Blogapalooza 2018 - Mea in Bacolod
    Blogapalooza 2018: What Every Influencer Should Learn
    Posted in: Events, Featured

    Blogapalooza, a partner in influencer marketing, has been making headway in terms of providing a means for influencers to get to the next level of their careers. This year, I, as well as some of the Negrense Bloggers, was fortunate enough to have attended the event held at the Nobu Hotel Manila, City of Dreams. I learned so much so I wanted to share the key takeaways during the Blogapalooza 2018.


    Blogapalooza 2018: What Influencers Have To Understand

    In our line of work, we usually learn everything as we go along. Things like positive SSL, Google Ranking, Instagram hacking, and all of that – we pick up along the way. Fortunately, help is available from fellow influencers, several blog resources, and, of course, events like Blogapalooza. This year, I learned that influencers (bloggers, Instagram-mers, YouTube-ers, and those on Facebook) can reach the next level through the following ways:

    1. Don’t forget about creativity

    Blogapalooza 2018 - Mea in Bacolod

    L-R: Emman Nimedez, Camille Trinidad and Jayzam Manabat (JaMill), and Viy Cortez (YouTubers). Janelle Tee (Host), Ace Gapuz (CEO)

    We can’t just write the same kinds of content over and over again. We also can’t allow ourselves to be stuck in a creative rut when it comes to content. Based on the talks of Emman Nimedez, Camille Trinidad and Jayzam Manabat (JaMill), and Viy Cortez, it’s important to find inspiration even in the mundane. A boring chore, such as washing dishes, can become interesting if our angle for the content is unique, entertaining, and engaging.

    2. Never ignore what your data is telling you

    Miko David of David & Golyat

    As a Bacolod blogger, one of the main things I focus on is writing and SEO. Miko David of David & Golyat emphasizes that it isn’t enough. Aside from writing, influencers also have to think about data because it can tell you a lot of things. Data can give you insights into your audiences’ minds so you know the kind of content you can create and improve aspects of your site or content that need it the most improvement.

    3. Work on your Instagram

    Nix Eniego of Social Media Academy

    Again, I used to just focus on writing. I’ll be happy if I can write what I want all day. I didn’t use to pay that much attention to my Facebook Page or Instagram. However, Nix Eniego emphasized the relevance of Instagram today. Brands take a look at social media profiles, particularly IG, not just blog site statistics.

    4. It’s possible to be positive in the midst of haters

    Blogapalooza 2018 - Mea in Bacolod

    Rui Mariano, Matmat Centino, and Francine Garcia

    The beautiful ladies on this panel face hundreds, if not thousands, of haters on their social media profiles. Each one of them handles it with humor and we should all too. Negativity has no power over you if you don’t recognize that it has power int he first place.

    5. The traditional can transition into the new

    Negrense Bloggers with Christine Bersola Babao

    We usually believe in the saying, “You can’t teach old dogs new tricks,” but Ms. Christine Bersola Babao proves otherwise. She talked about a lot of her experiences with blogging, vlogging, and managing social media. I love that she admits that everything is still a learning process for her, but she is zealous in learning the ropes especially with vlogging.

    To say the least, the Blogapalooza 2018 was a success. I am looking forward to what the team has next year. For now, I am more than equipped to make progress with my blogging thanks to everything I have learned.

  • Nobu Hotel Manila City of Dreams - Service and Hotel Review - Mea in Bacolod
    Review of the Nobu Hotel Manila, City of Dreams
    Posted in: Featured, Hotel Reviews by Mea in Bacolod

    The Nobu Hotel Manila at the City of Dreams is known for its excellent service, Japanese-inspired aesthetic, and it’s attention to detail. It first opened its doors in December 2014 with the aim of becoming a premier leisure and entertainment destination in the Philippines. It’s also where the Nobu, the worlds most recognized Japanese restaurant, is located. Is it worth staying in?


    Hotel Review: Nobu Hotel Manila

    About the Nobu Hotel Manila

    Based on its website, the Nobu Hotel is the first-of-its-kind in Asia. It’s a boutique hotel that was formed in collaboration between Melco Resort Philippines, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Nobu Hospitality partners including Robert DeNiro and film producer Meir Teper.

    • Address: Asean Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard Entertainment City, Paranaque, Luzon 1701 Philippines

    • Phone number: (+632) 800 8080

    • Email for general questions: guestservices@cod-manila.com

    TripAdvisor Stats & Recognition

    As I am writing this in 2018, the Nobu Hotel Manila on TripAdvisor has garnered 900+ reviews with an excellence rating of 4.5. It has received the Certificate of Excellence from the travel site. It’s also the Travelers’ Choice 2018 Winner, the highest recognition which is presented every year to the top 1% of businesses across categories.

    TripAdvisor Rating - Nobu Hotel Manila - Mea in Bacolod

    What’s Makes Nobu Hotel Manila So Special?

    I’ve stayed there thrice already. Let me break down my experiences so you guys can decide if it’s a hotel that you would want to stay in. From checking in, staying in the rooms, having breakfast at the Nobu Restaurant, to checking out, here are my thoughts:

    Upon Arrival

    Nobu Hotel Manila City of Dreams - Hotel Review - Mea in Bacolod

    As soon as you arrive, there will be bellhops waiting to assist you with your bags. You’ll have to pass through security to get to the lobby. I appreciate that each entry of the hotel has security personnel who checks your bags or pieces of luggage. You and your carry-on bags have to go through a scanner before you can enter.

    Checking in

    There are usually a lot of people checking in at any given time. There are more than two counters, but you would have to expect a bit of waiting time before you are fully checked in. You’d have to line up to get to the registration counter. The personnel will then check to see if your room is ready. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of seating for you to relax on as you wait for your room. In my experience, the check-in process is smooth and the staff manning the desks are always smiling and assistive.

    Rooms

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    Nobu Deluxe

    All of my stays have been in the Nobu Deluxe rooms which are 36 sqm. On my first and second time, there were two Queen beds which could comfortably fit 2 people each. The room itself can cater to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children based on the website.

    What I like:

    • The turndown service & cleaning was done daily.

    • The complimentary bottles of water were replenished daily.

    • Inside the cabinet under the TV, you will find complimentary coffee and Ikaati Premium Tea. There’s also complimentary fruit. These aren’t replenished though.

    Bathroom

    Nobu Hotel Manila City of Dreams - Hotel Review - Mea in Bacolod: Nobu Deluxe Bathroom

    Nobu Deluxe Bathroom

    The bathroom has enough towels (both big ones and small ones) for three people. At the back of the door, you will also see two robes, one black, and one white (matching the two black and white slippers you will see inside the closet). Please take note that the Deluxe Rooms do not have a tub, at least in my experience.

    What I like:

    • You’ll have a Natura Bisse vanity kit and a toothbrush with a small tube of toothpaste. These are approximately good for one use. You’ll also find a set of Natura Bisse shampoo, conditioner, body wash, round soap which is good for about two to three days depending on how often you take a shower.

    Wifi Speed

    I am so happy about the room WIFI. You don’t need to pay extra for the WIFI because it comes with the room. You don’t have to log in too becuase the connection doesn’t have a password. You’ll have no problems accessing social media like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram so it is posting galore when you’re in your room, or any area of the hotel, for that matter.

    What I like:

    • I also love movies, especially right before I go to bed. When I go to my streaming sites, I have no problems watching a movie. Pausing and waiting for the movie to load for 5 to 10mins is not necessary.

    The View

    Each of my stays had the most beautiful view of the City of Dreams Promenade, as well as the pool area. During the daytime, the greens of the plants and the blue of the pool complement the gold, orange, and beige colors of the infrastructures.

    The view during the daytime.

    However, the real treat is when the sun sets. On my latest stay, I was treated to a wonderful view of the dome and the strategically-lit promenade. It’s a wonderful site to take in. You might even be tempted to leave your blinds up as you go to bed.

    Nobu Hotel Manila City of Dreams - Service and Hotel Review - Mea in Bacolod

    Night view taken from my Huawei P20.

    Breakfast at the Nobu Restaurant

    It’s important to take note that there are rates that come with breakfast and there are ones that don’t. All of my stays had breakfast so I had the chance to eat at the famed Nobu Restaurant, located at Level 1 of the hotel.

    The Nobu Restaurant in the morning.

    My first two breakfast experiences were wonderful. There were so many choices! And, yes, it is an eat-all-you-can breakfast buffet at the Nobu Restaurant. You have your salads, cereals, yogurt, fruit, bacon and etc. The third time, there weren’t as many choices as the first two. Please understand that the third time still had a good selection of food, but fewer than the first two.

    The outside area of the Nobu Restaurant.

     

    City of Dreams Promenade

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    If have the chance to eat at the Nobu Restaurant, make sure that you visit the City of Dreams Promenade. It’s a great place for photos. The plants look manicured. Find the spot you see on my Instagram post (@meainbacolod) to get a great shot of the gold building that looks like they meet in a point.

    Checking out

    Checking out is smoother than checking in because all you really have to do is pack, then go downstairs. Take your access key with you. You’ll have to surrender this at the front desk. Easy-peasy.

    Overall Experience at the Nobu Hotel Manila

    I love staying at the Nobu Hotel Manila because the rooms are spacious, clean, and very comfortable. You can expect to have a good night’s rest everytime you stay here. But, what really brought it home for me was the service. The staff is very approachable and friendly. They were always offering to help with anything. Plus, guests are always greeted with a smile. For me, an already great experience can be made even more wonderful when the people that work for the hotel are always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. I’d say that it is worth it to stay at the Nobu Hotel Manila, City of Dreams.

    Disclosure: Two of my stays were sponsored by Nobu Hotel Manila. All of the statements are my own and have not been influenced in any way.
  • MEGAWORLD to Build P500-M Luxury Boutique Hotel in Bacolod
    Posted in: Featured, Press Release

    BACOLOD CITY, Philippines, October 2, 2018 – Megaworld, the country’s largest developer of integrated urban townships, is building a luxury boutique hotel inside its 34-hectare The Upper East township in Bacolod City.

    The P500-million boutique hotel along the township’s six-lane Upper East Avenue, will feature 48 spacious suites, an all-day dining restaurant, café, courtyard, swimming pool and pool deck, fitness center, lanai, and its own Zabana Bar, Megaworld’s signature hotel bar concept.

    The hotel ballroom, which will be connected to an expansive tropical garden, will become the city’s biggest hotel ballroom facility that can fit around 1,000 guests in a banquet setting. It can also be divided into three separate ballrooms for smaller event requirements.

    READ: Megaworld Corporation Introduces The Upper East

    The hotel’s main lobby will be a retrofitted heritage house that used to be the old ‘guest house’ inside the Bacolod-Murcia Milling Company compound. Beside it will be another wing that used to house the guest rooms for visitors, which will be converted into a ballroom facility.

    To be designed by renowned heritage architect and conservationist Dominic Galicia, the hotel will have the old structures undergo ‘adaptive reuse’ to form part of its complex.

    Galicia was the architect of the redesigned building of the National Museum of Natural History in Manila, which opened late last year.

    “The entire hotel complex is anchored in the oldest structure, and it expands from this like wings, with the Ballroom Wing to the left, and the Guest Room Wing to the right.  As a landmark of Bacolod, it will express the noble intent of remembering and anchoring in a glorious past as we move towards what we dream to be a glorious future,” explains Architect Dominic Galicia.

    READ: Everything You Need To Know About Megaworld’s UPPER EAST

    ‘This luxury boutique hotel will be another landmark in The Upper East. The hotel will be a perfect venue for conventions, weddings and memorable celebrations as it integrates an outdoor garden setting into its ballroom facility. Megaworld is keen on helping boost the MICE tourism industry of Bacolod,” says Rachelle Peñaflorida, vice president for sales and marketing, Megaworld Bacolod.

    The hotel is expected to be completed in 2022.

    As the township gears up for the construction of its first hotel development, Megaworld also announces that it is upgrading its first residential condominium development, One Regis, by adding more amenities, residential floors and parking facilities.

    One Regis will now feature two penthouse floors – the lower and upper penthouses, a bi-level amenity deck with residential units, executive residential floors, and additional basement parking facility. From a nine-storey residential tower, One Regis will become a 12-storey residential condominium.

    “As we saw an overwhelming reception to our first condominium development in The Upper East, we believe that this project deserves an upgrade with more amenities, more facilities and more unit options that perfectly fit the Bacolod lifestyle,” explains Peñaflorida.

    Aside from the original amenities that include a swimming pool and kiddie pool, pool lounge and seating areas, fitness center, events hall, male and female shower rooms and a walk park, One Regis will also feature its own Wellness Lounge, and its own Game and Entertainment Room, for the exclusive use of its future residents.

    One Regis is scheduled for completion in 2022 with total projected sales of P1.2-billion.

    Megaworld is spending P28-billion to develop The Upper East in the next 10 years. This is part of the P35-billion investment that the company announced in 2015 for both Northill Gateway and The Upper East.

  • A Freelancers Bestfriend PayPal to GCash FREE | Mea in Bacolod
    A Freelancer’s Bestfriend: PayPal to GCash FREE
    Posted in: Featured, Services

    One of the most daunting things about being a freelancer is transferring money from one account to another. Commonly, those who have the same line of work as I do transact via PayPal. Whenever we finish our task, our clients pay through PayPal. Typically, this platform doesn’t have a withdrawal fee when one withdraws larger amounts. However, if you just want to withdraw a tiny piece of your hard earned cash, you’d have to pay a transfer fee. Well, we can say goodbye to those fees because transferring money from Paypal to GCash FREE.




    How To Transfer From Paypal To GCash

    • Link your Paypal account to your GCash.
    • When everything is linked, you can easily transfer your Paypal credits within 24hours.

    Other Than PayPal to GCash FREE Transactions, You Can Also:

    • Send money for FREE from one GCash user to another GCash user.
    • Receive money for FREE from another GCash user.
    • Withdraw money for FREE via ATMs twice per month. Withdrawable amount dependent on ATM’s maximum withdrawable amount per transaction.
    • Withdraw money for FREE via over-the-counter, multiple transactions, but up to P20,000 per transaction only.




    Why I Love Using GCash

    Aside from the obvious advantage of PayPal to GCash free transactions, I can also pay Utilities through GCash. You can pay the following bills:

    • BDO Credit Card
    • Globe at Home and Postpaid
    • Loans (Home Credit, AsiaLink, and so much more)
    • Pag-ibig (Yes, GCash accepts fees for some Government offices)
    • Grab
    • Manulife

    All of these I mentioned, because these bills are what I pay for every month. I can also easily pay for groceries from PureGold and Robinsons Place Bacolod. There are plenty of things that GCash can be useful for.

    GCash Is Just A Download Away

    You absolutely have to try out withdrawing from your Paypal account to your GCash account. Pay your bills without lining up to any counter or simply withdraw your funds straight to your bank account. You don’t even have to worry about fees anymore. If you don’t have GCash in your phones yet, you can click on the links below:

    If you’d like to know more about GCash, you can visit www.gcash.com. For more tips on nifty services, online freelancing, and the Bacolod Lifestyle, read other posts on the blog.

  • Globe 917 Day | Mea in Bacolod
    #GratefulEveryDay: Bigger Perks on Globe 917 Day
    Posted in: Press Release, Trending

    The globe 917 is turning out to be the most favored number of the year as Globe celebrates its iconic 917 prefix with a day overflowing with gratitude for all its customers. Inspired by last year’s massively successful celebration, the country’s leading mobile brand commemorates the wonderful connections it has made by rewarding its customers with upgraded offers, surprise treats, and not-to-miss events leading up to September 17 (9/17).

    Three Years Of Being Grateful

    Now on its third year, Globe 917 Day is all about giving back and letting loyal customers and partners feel the love and gratitude that everyone at Globe has for them. 917 Day is one big thank you from Globe for being part of our family all these years. We are #GratefulEveryday for allowing us to create and share experiences with you.

    The countdown to 917 Day begins with a weekend of sweet deals and giveaways. On September 15, Saturday, dine at KFC or shop at Bench or Marks & Spencer stores nationwide. Use your Globe Rewards points as cash and receive delightful surprises from these partner establishments!

    It’s the VIP treatment for long-time Globe customers. As a little extra thank you for those who have been with us through the years, Globe is giving exclusive perks like free data for longtime TM and Prepaid customers, at least 100 Rewards points for Postpaid and Platinum customers depending on tenure, free volume/speed boost, Rewards points and other goodies for Globe At Home, Globe Business, and Globe myBusiness customers.

     Have fun, get pampered on the best 917 Day yet

    From September 17 to 23, Globe Prepaid will visit select schools nationwide and will bring fun booths, movie screenings and free snacks for students. Want to enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends instead? TM has you covered at its tambayan nooks in public parks for film screenings and free bags of chips to enjoy.

    Globe Postpaid also gets in on the 917 fun. True to its promise of delivering extra value, ThePLAN PLUS customers will get a special coffee surprise on September 17.

    Stock up on cool accessories and exclusive merch from Globe Lifestyle with the various flash sales at the Globe Online Shop! Get exciting discounts on powerbanks, phone cases, speakers, and screen protectors. Own a pair of exclusive 0917 shirts for only P917 for purchases made on September 20. Stay tuned for the complete list of promos by visiting shop.globe.com.ph/happy-917.

    Learn more by following Globe on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Bata Shoes Bacolod: NOW OPEN | Mea in Bacolod
    Bata Shoes Now Open in The City Of Smiles
    Posted in: Featured, Products

    Bata Shoes Bacolod – Can you believe that a hundred-year-old shoe manufacturer opened a store in the City of Smiles? Bata Shoes is a Canadian owned multinational footwear and fashion accessory manufacturer and retailer. The company was founded in 1894, believe it or not.




    Get a Pair Of Bata Shoes At SM City Bacolod

    When I attended the opening for Bata Shoes, I asked myself what’s so special about this shoe store aside from the fact that they are over a hundred years old. I quickly found out what I talked to the representatives. First, Bata Shoes Bacolod focuses on style, comfort, and quality. Also, they don’t just make shoes. They also cater to accessories and bags. The company is also environmentally conscious. I’m not sure if all of their shoes are environmentally friendly, but I know that their boxes are. The container that my choices came in were both recycled.

    Bata Shoes Technology

    Other than being environmentally conscious, some Bata Shoes also have special technologies in them. A good example of this would be their waterproof brogues and oxfords. I’m sure that they have this technology on ladies shoes as well.

    When you go in, you’ll also find different cleaning products for your shoes. I came across this sneaker shampoo. It’s for cleaning the outside of your shoes – remove spots, clear dirt, and etc.

    Bata Shoes Bacolod: Styles To Watch Out For

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    I suggest that you check out the brogues and oxfords. They can be expensive, but they’re made of Italian leather and are waterproof. You can also try out their sandals for ladies that are Birkenstock-like. I actually grabbed a pair of those and I will be giving you my review on my beauty blog: The Practical Beauty, you can watch out for that by following my beauty blog.

    So, if you’re ever in SM City Bacolod and are looking for a quality pair of shoes, try Bata Shoes Bacolod. They are located on the ground floor of the Northwing. If you want to know more about Bacolod – updates, new places to eat, and so on, make sure you follow my blog or LIKE my Facebook Page.




  • Tiffany's Confections Bacolod | Mea in Bacolod
    Tiffany’s Confections Bacolod
    Posted in: Where and What to Eat

    Where to Eat in Bacolod: Tiffany's Confections | Mea in Bacolod

    Overview

    If there’s one thing that Bacolod is known for other than our infamous Chicken Inasal, it is desserts. I don’t know if you already know this, but Negros Occidental, the province that Bacolod is in, is known as the “Sugar Bowl of the Philippines”. So, it’s just right that we give our visitors a taste of the sweet, and not just the savory. One of the best places you can go to for sweets, in my humble opinion, is Tiffany’s Confections.




    Tiffany’s Confections Bacolod

    Location

    Tiffany's Confections Bacolod: The Place | Mea in Bacolod

    Location: Deck #3, Boxes, Marketplace at Villa Angela

    Tiffany’s Confections is located at the Marketplace at Villa Angela (East Area). The best way to get there would be to take a taxi or Grab Car from where you are staying. If you’d like to commute, the best way to go about it would be to ask a local on what jeepney to take going to the Marketplace at Villa Angela. Since the place is a vast area with plenty of establishments, you’ll have no problems finding a good spot for dinner and a drink. Then, you can head over to Tiffany’s Confections for a slice of cake.

    Place

    The place is totally charming and Instagram-worthy.

    Tiffany’s is a small box in the center of the Marketplace at Villa Angela. It has plenty of seating inside and outside. Its area makes its atmosphere more intimate, warm and homey. The interior is also characteristically charming, making the entire place (and the cakes) Instagram-worthy.

    Menu

    This is my favorite: Parmesan-Crusted Pesto Mozarella Sandwich

    Most go to Tiffany’s for dessert, coffee, and snacks. They have plenty of delicious short orders and freshly baked cakes to choose from. Take note that the coffee at Tiffany’s is very straight to the point. There’s none of the cream whip, drizzle, and sprinkles, which I appreciate. The coffee is great, don’t get me wrong. I love the iced coffee, but it doesn’t shift my focus away from the desserts. The place is called Tiffany’s Confections, after all.

    Price

    The price is mid-ranged. Each dish and drink on the menu doesn’t exceed P200. I am not sure about the prices for the slices of cake though. Tiffany’s doesn’t really stick to the same cakes every day so the price will depend on the slices that are available on the day of your visit.



    Why I Love Tiffany’s

    Each dish and slice of cake is made with love and passion.

    1. Ms. Tiffany, the owner, has a passion for cooking.

    I love home-grown establishments which have hands-on owners. Ms. Tiffany, of Tiffany’s Confections, has this characteristic. She loves to cook and is on top of running her shop. This tells me that every dish I order, especially the desserts, is made with love.

    2. It is the perfect Tita place.

    If you’re looking for a place to have coffee with your friends, this is it. Yes, there are plenty of other places in Bacolod where you can grab desserts from, but the vibe at Tiffany’s is perfect, for me, for those times when all you want to do it chika, drink coffee and have a slice of cake.




    Other Info

    If you’d like to know more about Tiffany’s Confections, the best way to do that would be to LIKE their Facebook Page. You can also send messages there if you want to know about the cakes that are available.

    • Opening Hours: 2PM – 10PM Monday to Sunday
    • Contact number: 0922-800-8178
    • They only take cash.




  • Megaworld Corporation Introduces The Upper East
    Posted in: Events, Products

    So what’s new in the City of Smiles? Things are looking up as real estate development plans unfold. Last July 30, 2018, Megaworld Corporation, a company known for building high-end residential condominiums and commercial properties, unveiled The Upper East.

    Megaworld - Upper East Bacolod

    Everything You Need To Know About The Upper East in Bacolod

    “The Upper East” is the first Megaworld township to be built on a 34-hectare property that used to be the Bacolod-Murcia Milling Co. (BMMC). This was designed to be Bacolod’s version of an upscale lifestyle district. There will be residential condominiums, malls and commercial centers, BPO offices, tourism and leisure facilities, as well as recreational parks and open space, mostly inspired by the Big Apple’s affluent Upper East Side district.

    L-R: Rachelle Peñaflorida, Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Harold Geronimo, Head of Strategic Marketing & Communications

    Other Upper East Features To Look Forward To

    The Upper East township is also designed to be flood-proof with an underground cabling system for power and utility lines. Bacolodnons can also expect LED and solar-powered streetlights, fiber-optic technology, and a drip irrigation system for landscaping and water reuse facilities. Those who are into riding bikes will be glad to know that it will have its own biking network facilities. Free public Wi-fi will be made available in most parts of the township, as well.

    The First To Rise: One Regis

    Among the first to be built in the township will be the nine-story residential condominium, to be called One Regis. The mid-rise residential development offers units ranging from studios of the following sizes:

    • 37 sq m
    • 58 sq m
    • 73 sq m

    There will be some units that will have a “lanai,” an exclusive balcony that has a view of the Upper East landscape or the amenity deck’s pool and indoor park. The second floor’s amenity deck will have facilities such a swimming pool and a kiddie pool, pool lounge and seating areas, fitness center, events hall, male and female shower rooms, and a walk park. Definitely, this is a real estate development to look forward to.

  • Sothwall Magazine Features Jonathan Lo of Bacolod City
    Posted in: Entertainment

    It’s not every day that you find a Bacolod business owner on the front page of a prestigious magazine that started as a passion project back in 2005. I’d like to extend my CONGRATULATIONS to Jonathan Lo, the CEO of the much-loved Merzci Pasalubong Center, for making it to the cover of Southwall Magazine.

    Southwall Magazine’s Re-Emergence

    After 12 years, Southwall Magazine came back with a big bang as it showcased a resplendent line-up of important figures and places in Cebu and beyond for its Maiden Issue. Shortly after, by The Cebu-based publication brought its Sophomore issue, equally impressive and glamorous, to the City of Smiles on the night of July 17 at Charlie Co’s Orange Gallery for a big unveiling.




    Southwall in The City Of Smiles

    Gracing the event were Southwall’s publisher and CEO Caroline Tan Porras, Managing Editor Rione Palacios, Business Unit Manager Iris Nikki Oguis, and Gavin Bagares. Among other guests were the crème de la crème of Bacolod, city mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia and city councilor Cindy Rojas to name a few. So, what was the big unveiling all about? One of our own made it to the cover and it is, indeed, something to celebrate about.

    Merzci And It’s Head Honcho

    Merzci started as a small bakery, supplying bread to a single store at the Libertad Market. Eventually, its popularity became undeniable due to a growing satisfied customer pool. With its high-quality bread at affordable prices, combined with aggressive marketing strategies and the ingenuity of youth, it did not take long for the company to establish its own branches around the city and supply products to satellite dealers all over the province. Merzci also evolved into a fast food restaurant serving scrumptious and affordable snacks and short-order meals for people on the go.

    When it comes to CEO, Jonathan Lo, his “domain of commercial endeavors is ever-growing and while he is the picture of an exacting boss with rigorous standards he is known to have a good heart.”

    Go to your nearest newsstand to grab a copy of Southwall Magazine’s sophomore issue to read more about Jonathan Lo and Merzci Pasalubong Center. For more updates and exciting events about Bacolod, read other posts from the blog.




  • How To Live Brighter As A SunLife Advisor - Mea in Bacolod
    How To Live Brighter As A SunLife Advisor
    Posted in: Services

    It’s a bit disappointing to say that not all Filipinos see the value in insurance and investments. Heck, based on a survey by done Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ earlier this year, 86% of us don’t even have a deposit account in the bank. It’s surprising, I know. How would one expect to live brighter without knowing how to save and invest properly?




    SunLife Advisor: Live Brighter And Make Others’ Lives Brighter Too

    The answer to this problem, in my opinion, is education. We need to educate ourselves on how to invest in our future or our children’s future. To do this, we can attend seminars, or read books and blogs about financial literacy. We can also consider learning from financial advisors from the best financial service companies, like SunLife Financial.

    How Can SunLife Advisors Help?

    Last July 21, 2018, I attended the #LiveBrighter Forum by SunLife. It was through this event that I learned more about being a SunLife Advisor. The way I saw it was that advisors don’t just tell you the value of investing to make a sale. They can walk the talk, taking on investments of their own to live a brighter life.
    After the forum, I was able to talk to different team leaders to pick their minds about their experience of being SunLife’s partner (the company refers to their advisors as partners). Aside from the freedom they experienced because they owned their time, advisors highlighted the importance of reaching out to people and developing a professional relationship. It’s not just about closing a sale, but it’s more of guiding clients and potential ones towards the right perspective in terms of where to put their money.

    Do SunLife Advisors Live Brighter?

    One of the youngest advisors, Malou Perez, was able to travel around the world. Another advisor, a wife and a mother, was able to bring her daughter to vacations around the Philippines. Despite the obvious benefits, the advisors I talked to mentioned that they live brighter because they are helping people. They help those who want to be prepared for the future. They give advice to those who want to know more about making financially wise choices. It is in this way that they are making a difference.

    Why Did They Choose SunLife?

    Before we go any further, it’s important to know that SunLife is a company that is well-established. They don’t hang out near banks inside malls and offer life insurances to those who pass by. They do not ask for your credit card number and offer you free trips to a luxurious, tropical destination. No!

    • SunLife is a global company.
    • SunLife’s roots trace back to Canada, where it was founded more than 150 years ago.
    • It has survived and thrived during different economic struggles.
    • It employs humanitarian ideals when reaching out to people.

    I, myself, have an account with SunLife and I can say that it is one of the best companies you can entrust with your hard earned money. It is also a company you can be proud to say that you are a part of. If you want to know more about SunLife, visit their About Page. Click on the link below:

    Who Is SunLife: https://www.sunlife.com.ph/PH/About+us?vgnLocale=en_CA

    How To Become A SunLife Advisor To Live a Brighter Life

    The process of becoming a financial advisor is composed of five steps which ensure that all Sun Life Financial Advisors are well equipped in spreading the message of financial literacy.

    • Join a #LiveBrighter Forum – get to know more about what it takes to shine as a Sun Life Financial Advisor
    • Attend the interviews or take the POP (Personality Orientation Profile) Screen Test – find out if your personality profile matches this field
    • Finish the Sun Life Training Course – learn about the concepts and theories of insurance, ethical standards and product discussions
    • Take the Licensing Exam at the Insurance Commission – Sun Life will assist you in securing necessary licenses from the regulator
    • Complete the contracting and coding process – your relationship with Sun Life is guided by a Contract. Expectations are discussed to ensure a successful business or career

    Here in Visayas, you may contact Vladimir C. Fernando, Sourcing Specialist for Visayasy at 09998823316. Or, if you’d like to know more about the benefits of being a financial advisor for SunLife, you can send in a digital application here.

    Live Brighter Today

    Whether you’d like to be an advisor or just invest your money, it’s time for you to become financially literate. Saving your money in the bank is good, but it would be better if you have your savings, plus a plan that for your retirement or for your children’s education. Be smart about which “basket” you put your “eggs” in.




  • EigasaiPH Bacolod Schedule - 12 Movies To See For Free At SM City Bacolod | Mea in Bacolod
    EigasaiPH Bacolod Schedule: 12 Movies To See For Free At SM Bacolod
    Posted in: Events

    Last year, EigasaiPH graced the City of Smiles with a treat for those who are fans of Japanese films. They brought several FREE MOVIES for the public to watch. This year, they are coming back to do it all over again. EigasaiPH is making its way to Bacolod this August 2018. For the EigasaiPH Bacolod Schedule, read below.




    EigasaiPH Bacolod Schedule And Everything Else You Need To Know

    In case you didn’t know, EigasaiPH is a Japanese Film Festival organized by the Japan Foundation, Manila for enthusiasts of Japanese cinema, arts and culture. The organizers go from one Philippine city to another to show popular films from Japan. The best part about this is that they show the films for FREE at SM City Bacolod.

    August 2018 Movie Schedule

    EigasaiPH Bacolod - 12 Movies To See For Free At SM City Bacolod | Mea in Bacolod

    The best way to remember the EigasaiPH Bacolod Schedule is to bookmark this post or you can LIKE EigasaiPH on Facebook to get alerts and updates about the upcoming festival. I grabbed the photo from their Facebook post (with permission) and it did say that the schedules might change without prior notice.

    How To Watch EigasaiPH Movies For Free

    It’s actually very straight-forward. For you to watch EigasaiPH’s FREE FILMS at SM City Bacolod, just show up at the cinema on the dates and times posted on the EigasaiPH Bacolod Schedule. If you’d like to watch Tori Girl, for example, just show up at the cinema on August 9, Thursday, 12:30PM.




    Frequently Asked Questions Watching EigasaiPh Films

    Do you need a movie ticket?

    Last year, movie-goers would go straight to the theatre, but I’m not 100% sure this year. I will ask, and then update this post so everyone can be informed.

    First Come, First Serve

    Just like last year, you cannot reserve seats. The arrangement is first-come-first-serve. If you are dying to see ReLIFE, you have to arrive early so that you still have seating.

    See You At EigasaiPH Bacolod

    Based on the schedule, a total of 12 films will be shown. The festival only does this once a year so we really have to grab this chance to appreciate Japanese films together with people who have the same interest. See you at SM City Bacolod this August 2018 for EigasaiPH.




  • Seda Hotel Bacolod - Straight Up Bar | Mea in Bacolod
    Seda Hotel Bacolod: Straight Up Posh & UpScale
    Posted in: Trending, Where to Go

    With the addition of Seda Hotel Bacolod, or more formally known as Seda Capitol Central, Bacolod isn’t just getting a 4-star hotel. It’s also welcoming another addition to its array of bars, pubs, and lounges that show off the city’s nightlife. Seda’s Straight Up roof deck bar is officially open.




    Seda Hotel: Straight Up Bar Bacolod

    Although this isn’t the first rooftop bar in the city, the ambiance and the experience it delivers is something unique and fresh. This is the main reason why I think everyone should plan to drop by. Since this posh bar is new, there are a couple of things that each Bacolodnon should know before actually visiting Seda Hotel to go to Straight Up:

     

    1. The Bar & The View Is Instagram-Worthy

     

    The bar overlooks the Capitol Park & Lagoon, a provincial park located in the heart of the City of Smiles. During the day, you’ll see all the beautiful greenery of the park, plus its walk/jogging path. However, from the edges of the Straight Up Bar, you’ll be treated to a view that’s totally Instagram-worthy. Don’t forget to snap photos of the bar too.

    Mr. Rhett Villaruz, Seda Bacolod Hotel Manager, Welcoming Everyone

    2. Complimentary Finger Food

     

    Seda Hotel Bacolod - Straight Up Bar | Mea in Bacolod

    When you order a drink, you’ll be treated to complimentary finger food, based on Seda Capitol Central’s Facebook Page. If you drop by from 6PM – 8PM, you can enjoy different finger foods with your drink.

    During the opening, they served up some finger foods for guests to try. And, let me tell you, everything was just delicious. Of course, you may get a different spread when you visit, but, so far, the food from Seda’s buffet spread has not let me down.

     

    3. The Perfect Place For Those Tita Nights

     

    Seda Hotel Bacolod - Straight Up Bar | Mea in Bacolod

    This is mainly based on my own opinion, but the Seda Hotel Straight Up Bar in Bacolod is one of the best “TITA SPOTS” in the city. What made me say this? Well:

    • The music is curated, so none of the loud music that hinders you from talking to people because the music’s so loud that you barely understand the conversation.
    • They have a great selection of drinks. There are alcoholic beverages plus mock-tails, so you choose your own poison.
    • There aren’t a lot of kids around. No offense to youngsters hanging out at other bars, but we titas sometimes need a space of our own to laugh out loud, share leche flan recipes, talk about our loud neighbor’s lawn, and so on.

    So that’s it! I can’t wait to hang out with my girls here. I’m also going to visitors here next time (when it’s not raining). For you to know more about Bacolod’s newest upscale bar, make sure to:

    If you want to see other posts about the City of Smiles, check out my the rest of the blog.

    Other Details

    • Contact Number: (034) 703 8888
    • Email: capitol@sedahotels.com




  • Petron Best Day: Running Around Negros Occidental With Mea in Bacolod
    Petron Best Day: Experiencing The Negrense Hospitality
    Posted in: Events

    Petron Best Day – When you think of Negros Occidental, that is if you even heard of it, the first word that probably comes to your mind is “probinsiya.” Commonly, those of you who have not visited my hometown yet might have images of Negrenses (people from here) riding water buffalos around town. That does happen from time to time, but we do have cars here and a lot of it. We also have a local art scene, plenty of restaurants offering a variety of flavors, a chiller than chill nightlife, and a rich history that we are very proud of. So, when I was invited to join the Petron TriAction Performance Run Team to visit interesting places on my island, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to step-up and represent.




    Petron Best Day: Going Around Negros

    Petron Best Day: Stop 1 - Lakawon Island, Cadiz Viejo

    Off To The Island

    Eight (8) cars with a total of sixteen (16) drivers were on their way to the island to experience what Negros Occidental has to offer. Our first stop? Lakawon, a small, white-sanded island in Cadiz, Viejo that has become a popular local destination for photo-shoots and mini-trips with friends and family.

    What To Do At Lakawon?

    Petron Best Day: Stop 1 - TawHai Floating Bar, Lakawon Island, Cadiz Viejo

    • Photos – The very first thing that you do when you jump out of the boat and step on Lakawon’s sand is take photos. There’s a reason why the place has become the subject of a lot of Instagram and Facebook posts.
    • TawHai Floating Bar– You should never miss the chance to go on TawHai, the very first and biggest floating bar in Asia. The Petron TriAction Performance Team did not waste any time. After several photos, we immediately headed to the famed floating bar, where Pinoy movie stars were often photographed on.
    • Eat – The experiences you’re going to have at Lakawon won’t be complete unless you grab a bite to eat and open a bottle to sip. We had a good spread on the floating bar, but since the drivers were going to drive some more, we skipped the beers.




    The Taj Mahal Of The Philippines

    Petron Best Day: Stop 2 - The Ruins, Talisay City, Negros Occidental

    The next stop was The Ruins, located in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. I love going to this place because I have a natural affinity for anything vintage. Plus, the story behind The Ruins, also known as the Taj Mahal of the Philippines, is one for romance novels. This is the home of the family of a wealthy sugar baron named Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson who built the house in the early 1900s, in memory of his Portuguese wife, Maria Braga Lacson.

    What To Do At The Ruins?

    • Photos – This place is a photographer’s dream. There are plenty of spots that can be backgrounds of interesting photos. At night, lights are shined on the walls. These lights bring out a secret – the glistening walls are a product of egg whites and cement.
    • Tour – If you go to The Ruins as a big group, you’ll be given your own tour and you’ll learn about why the house was built, who it was built for, the family’s history, why it was burned down, and so on.
    • Shopping – The Ruins has a souvenir shop that you can visit right after the tour.
    • Eat – Aside from the souvenir shop, there’s also a restaurant that serves different fusion dishes. My guess is that the restaurant is open for lunch, snacks, and dinner.

    Aside from the above activities, the Petron Team was treated to a performance by the winning dance group from this year’s Masskara Festival. For dinner, in the true tradition of Bacolod, my city and the capital of Negros Occidental:

    • Chicken inasal
    • Bbq-ed chicken innards
    • Garlic rice
    • Plenty of chicken oil

    …were served. For dessert? Of course, piaya, another delicacy my city is known for.




    Final Stop: Petron Best Day Negros Occidental & Bacolod Tour

    Petron Best Day: Stop 3 - Petron Station, Lacson Street, Bacolod City

    The third and final stop of the day was at the Petron Station along Lacson Street. The eight cars had to fuel up for their next tour in Iloilo City. My time was indeed a Petron Best Day! And, although I just met the group and spent time with them for a few hours, I felt welcomed. I’m hoping to see the same bunch the next time Petron has its next TriAction Performance Run.

    Other Details:




  • Globe - #MakeitSafePH - Mea in Bacolod - 1
    #makeITsafePH: The Dangers Of Online Stalking
    Posted in: Guides

    #makeITsafePH – When you go to Google and search for the meaning of stalking, you’ll get “pursue or approach stealthily.” Way back, before social media platforms were a thing, stalkers would have to wait for you to go out of your office or your house, then stalk you. Today, with the advent of social media, it’s as easy as sliding one’s thumb on a smartphone screen. I talk about this because I recently had the scare of a lifetime. If we’re friends on Facebook, then you definitely know that my Facebook account almost got hacked.

    The Unfortunate Events That Lead To Almost Losing My Facebook Account

    A couple of days ago, I was at my sister’s house. We were doing the inventory of our stocks from our small business. Suddenly, my phone beeped. I read the message and it was one of my younger cousins asking me to lend her my email password because she wanted to use Google Drive for her project. Busy, concentrating on counting our stocks accurately, I gave it to her without hesitating. She replied, “Thanks mea,” and I thought nothing of it.




    A few minutes after, I read the message she sent me more carefully. I thought to myself, “Did she just call me Mea? Oh no she didn’t!!” with matching eyebrow raise. My younger cousins call me “Manang” and, so, I thought it strange for her to call me by my first name. Again, my phone beeped. I got a security warning from Facebook and Gmail saying that there was an unauthorized login to my account.




    My heart skipped a beat. To most of you, your Facebook and email may not that be valuable. But, for me, everything is linked to my email, even my Paypal account. And, as for my Facebook, all my social media pages which I worked hard to grow, were all there. Thank goodness for all the years I spent working as a freelance writer. The typing speed I acquired really got me through locking my accounts and changing my passwords quickly.

    What Does This Have To Do With Stalking?

    The experience I just told you guys is more of hacking, so what does this have to do with stalking? Great question. I want everyone to know that threats are out there. I have my social media platforms set to “public” because I am a blogger, and I do want to put myself out there. But, my cousin is just an ordinary young professional just like you. I know that she got stalked online because the hacker grabbed all of her photos and imitated the way she chatted with her friends. Of course, the hacker wanted to appear as my cousin. So, every move, like, comment, sentence construction, was studied to make it seem that way.




    There might be plenty of reasons for stalking a certain person online. It may be to cause fear, emotional distress, or intimidation. Also, it’s possible for you to be stalked online because a scammer wants to commit identity theft. He or she is going to stealthily study your every move so they can trick your friends, family, and connections. Once the scammer achieves this, the possibilities are limitless. Your accounts could get hacked, and your financial information, as well as other information, could get compromised. This is what happened to my cousin. To end my story, I kept chatting with the hacker after changing all my passwords, so I can get his location through my email. I did find out where his location was and the type of phone he was using.

    #makeITsafePH: Protecting Yourself And Your Teens From Online Stalking

    This is the very reason why we need more online safety campaigns like Globe’s #makeITsafePH. Continuously, we need information on different ways on how we can keep ourselves and our children safe as we surf the internet or enjoy the perks that social media brings. You can start with the following #makeITsafePH tips:

    • Only accept requests from people you’ve met offline.
    • Block those that behave suspiciously.
    • Limit the people who can view your posts (only friends and family).
    • Change your password every 30 or so days.
    • Don’t reveal your specific address or do Facebook Check-ins to places that are not crowded.
    • Don’t click on any links sent via social media messengers.
    • Do not engage in conversation with someone who you just met through Facebook chat.

    For teens, you need to monitor their activity if they have Facebook. Check their messages and always inform them about the possible dangers of being stalked online. Educate them on what to watch out for and what to do when they think that they are being cyberstalked.




    For me, the best way to prevent and protect ourselves and our children is really through information. Usually, we don’t see this kind of stalking as a threat because we don’t really feel its effects yet. I personally did not. But, now that I went through the 2-min ordeal of changing my passwords because of a threat, I’m making online protection a top priority.

    What is the #makeITsafePH Campaign?

    “As a purveyor of the digital lifestyle, Globe Telecom takes it upon itself to ensure that society as a whole remains safe from numerous threats facing anyone using the internet—from viruses, Trojan, and Ransomware that put multi-million-peso businesses at risk, hacking attempts for illicit purposes, and cases of cyberbullying to name a few.”

    The #makeITsafePh campaign is just what we need. Several bloggers, including myself, have jumped on the bandwagon to give you guys the necessary information that will safeguard your and your children’s presence online. If you go to Google and simply search for #makeITsafePh, you will find all the resources you need.

    Have you ever had a scare similar to mine? Let’s get the conversation going in the comments section. Don’t forget to LIKE Mea in Bacolod on Facebook, and visit www.globe.com.ph.




  • Byrons Backribs Bacolod - Mea in Bacolod
    Byrons Backribs Bacolod: A Family Favorite
    Posted in: Budget Eats, Where and What to Eat

    What You Need To Know About Byrons Backribs Bacolod

    Overview

    Here in Bacolod, we have plenty of homegrown favorites that we simply cannot get enough of. I have my own list of favorite dishes that includes Chicken Inasal, a slew of bbq-ed innards, and backribs. It’s easy to get the inasal and bbq-ed innards because there’s practically one “sulugbahan” (where you can buy grilled deliciousness) at every corner of the street. But, when it comes to backribs, my husband would always suggest Byrons Backribs Bacolod.





    Byrons Backribs Bacolod

    Location

    Byrons Bacolod is located at Block 8, Stork Street, Homesite, Barangay Montevista. For locals, it’s easy to get to because it has been at the same location ever since. But, for travelers or visitors of Bacolod, it’s best to take a taxi or a GrabCar to get to the place. It’s not far as it is only within the city, and jeepneys (homesite, I think) actually pass the restaurant.

    Place

    The set-up is casual dining at an open-air restaurant. There’s plenty of seating, and you won’t feel like you’ve been cramped into a small space. The tables and benches are sparsely placed. I’m guessing that Byron’s was meant for big groups; just look at the tables and long benches.





    Menu

    Definitely, their specialty is the Backribs. You can get it in spicy or regular. Personally, I always go for the spicy version because it gives a bit of a kick to every bite. Serving-wise, I think it is enough for two people. I can’t finish one serving by myself.





    Other Dishes

    Although backribs is their specialty, Byrons also serves other grilled, sizzling, or soup dishes. They have pork barbecue, linaga, sizzling sisig, and bangus, to name a few.

    They have a reasonable variety on their menu, so customers can choose other viands just in case they’re not up for backribs. Aside from full meals, they also serve a few snack items. Despite the variety, backribs is still the most popular dish on the menu – people almost always order backribs and rice.





    Price

    The price for all of their dishes is reasonable. I like that they have budget meals that are affordable enough for students. They also have unlimited rice options just in case you want to indulge. We usually order the backribs which cost about P165.00 (seen on the photo). I think we had the unlimited rice option added. We always get extra sauce and you should too.

    By the way, you should take note that there were three of us sharing and eating the two backribs we ordered – me, my husband, and my son.





    Why I Love Byrons Backribs Bacolod

    Disclaimer: I was given free meals for this post but I and my family visit Byrons
    from time to time because their ribs are truly delightful.

    1. The Price

    The price for the meals is actually very reasonable. One order of backribs can be shared by two people. Just order an extra plate of rice plus sauce, and you and your companion will be full and contented.

    2. The Place

    When I reached 30 years old (I am 31 as I am writing this), I began to prefer places that are quieter and not too crowded. Every time I and my family would go, we would always have a peaceful dinner – a plus in any tita’s book.





    Other Information

    Just in case you can’t visit the main branch which is at Homesite, Byrons Backribs (or Byron’s Backribs Grille) also has branches in the following locations:

    • CEBU – 2nd Floor Verandah, Robonsions Galleria Cebu. Facebook Page Here
    • Across Bob’s Cafe at the Homegrown Compound
    • SM City Bacolod, Foodcourt

    For Byrons Backribs Homesite, it’s important to take note that they sometimes run out of backribs so it’s best to contact their number on their Facebook Page. You can refer to the list below for the information you need:

    • Opening Hours: Always Open (based on their Facebook Page)
    • Contact Number: 0910 425 7472
    • Facebook Page Here





  • Sams Slim Gym Bacolod East
    Posted in: Featured, What to Do

    Months ago, if you asked me if I was interested in going to the gym, I would have said no. I didn’t see myself as the kind of person who focused on physical fitness. But, my perspective started to change when I did yoga. After consistently doing the practice for months, I decided to try the gym thing out to see what happens. With the help of Mr. Sam Solon, I was able to have my first gym experience at Sams Slim Gym East.

     

    Sams Slim Gym East | Mea in Bacolod

    Sams Slim Gym Bacolod East

    Sam’s Slim Gym East is at East Block Veranda, Circumferential Road, next to the Quan branch at the East area. The gym is equipped with four treadmills and about eight bikes. There are plenty of dumbbells and more than enough weight lifting equipment to work different muscles of the body. There’s a small extension at the side where you can do your stretches, or you can practice boxing with an instructor.

    Sams Slim Gym East | Mea in Bacolod 





    What I Like About Sam’s Slim Gym

    First of all, Sams Slim Gym East is accessible for me. Location is probably one of the most important factors to look at when you are looking for a gym. If you’re pressed for time like me, you’d want a fitness place that you can reach with just one or two jeepney rides.

    Secondly, you can enroll for just P700 a month provided that you only want to concentrate on equipment. If you’d like to add treadmill usage, you’d have to pay P900 a month. Despite the slight increase, it’s still a reasonable rate for a gym membership.





    Gym Rates And Services

     

    Sam's Slim Gym Rates | Mea in Bacolod

    Next, you’d have to look at the shower rooms of the gym that you’d like to enroll to. Sam’s Slim Gym East’s shower rooms are in tip-top shape. They’re clean; you’ll definitely feel comfortable showering your sweat away after a workout. The lady’s shower room is located next to the bikes.





    Did I Lose Weight After A Month At Sam’s Slim Gym East?

    As soon as you enroll, you’ll have to follow their basic starter routine. The guide for this should be posted on the side of the open containers for bags. Basically, this routine gets you started with weightlifting. Once you’ve mastered the basic or beginner tasks, you move up to the intermediate and then the advance.

    You can actually choose a program that you want when you sign up. For example, if you’re going to focus on toning, the coaches will design a routine for you. Personally, I opted for the beginner routine because it was my first time lifting weights. After about a month, I saw some definition on my shoulders, and I was able to do my Chaturanga (yoga move) properly because my should and arm strength significantly improved.Just a bit of a disclaimer, I did not lose weight because I wasn’t eating right. However, I gained muscle, plus strength and endurance, which significantly helped in my yoga practice.

    Is Sams Slim Gym For You?

    I’d say yes if you’re looking for a gym within the East area that’s reasonably priced. In my opinion, the services for the gym could still be improved with the introduction of classes and cardio routines. But, I’m sure that Mr. Sam Solon (the owner), a person who has dedicated himself to health and fitness, is already cooking up plans to add some classes soon. If you’re aiming for building muscles or toning your body, Sam’s Slim Gym East is definitely a place to check out.

    Sam’s Slim Gym East

    •Facebook Page
    •Contact Number: 0917 700 7595
    •Hours:  6:00AM – 10:00PM, M-Sat; 6:00AM – 12:00NOON Sun


    “Dirty Dancing”

    Actors: Anne Binnette Perez|Roel Liza
    HMUA: Erl Seva Burgos
    Directed by: Citoy Tano|Andre Familiaran

  • Bob's Restaurant Bacolod | Mea in Bacolod
    Bobs Restaurant Bacolod: First Homegrown Favorite To Go Cashless
    Posted in: Services, Where and What to Eat

    Did you know that Bob’s Restaurant Bacolod is one of the pioneers in the City of Smiles restaurant scene? It’s been in operation since 1965. Through the years, it has been the go-to place for family meals and desserts with its affordable American and Filipino menu. Despite its age, Bob’s Restaurant Bacolod continues to innovate with the changing times by being the first homegrown favorite to go cashless with GCash.





    Pay For That Bob’s Resturant Bacolod Burger With Your GCash Credits

    When I was younger, I remember spending several family dinners and birthday celebrations at Bob’s. Whenever we ate there, my mom would point out the waiters that also served her meals when she was still a working girl. I and my sister also loved looking at the old menu printed on the paper placemat. Our minds were blown with the P1.00 prices for sandwiches.

    Bobs Restuarant Bacolod - Now Accepting Gcash | Mea in Bacolod

    Indeed, Bob’s Restaurant Bacolod has come a long way. What’s great about this place is that it doesn’t live in the past. It has upgraded its practices, menu and even infrastructure throughout its existence. Recently, it has made another milestone by embracing the GCash system for cashless transactions.

    What is GCash?

    L-R: Ernest L. Cu, Bobby Magalona

    GCash is a mobile money service which can be used to pay for goods and services without the need for cash. It functions similarly to a debit card, but it’s merely in app form. It can be downloaded on both iTunes and the Google PlayStore.

    A user would have to put credits into it. Once loaded, users can pay for purchases by sending GCash credits as payment.





    How To Use GCash at Bob’s Restaurant Bacolod

     

    When you’ve already set up and loaded your GCash account, all you have to do is scan Bob’s Restaurant’s QR Code and then pay for the meal that you ordered with your credits. You can also get your very own GCash card which you can connect to your digital account. You may swipe the card with establishments that accept MasterCard.

    Bob’s Restaurant Favorites

     

    Going cashless with GCash makes transactions more convenient for both consumers and servers. Going back and forth for the bill, payment, and change is dealt away with. No more loose change in the pocket too! So, when you are already a GCash user, make sure that your app or card is ready when you visit Bob’s Restaurant Bacolod as well as 12,000 partner outlets nationwide.

     

    Bob’s Restaurant Bacolod

    • Address: North DriveBacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines
    • Contact number: 034 434 2409

    GCash





  • Family Weekend Adventures - Mea in Bacolod
    Where To Have A Family Weekend Adventure In Negros Occidental
    Posted in: Where to Go

    How has your week been? Personally, mine has been productive. I’ve been juggling work, yoga, and chores from Monday to Friday. So far, I’ve been handling my schedule well. But, let’s not get into that because it’s the weekend. All I need to focus on right now is where to have a family weekend adventure in. If your schedule and work hecticness is anything like mine, you’ll need this list too.




    11 Family Weekend Adventure Spots In Negros Occidental

    As I write this post this Saturday morning, I wondered why it’s so hard for all of us to decide on where to go when we want to spend a weekend with our family. We all have to remember that there are plenty of spots in Negros Occidental that many of us haven’t explored yet. I, for one, have barely scratched the surface. So, I decided to put this list together. What you’ll read here are family weekend adventure spots that I have been to. They’re not too far from Bacolod so you can definitely make last minute plans with the fam.


    Family Weekend Adventures - Power Up Rock Outdoor Center | Mea in Bacolod

    1. Power Up Rock Outdoor Center

    • 11th St, Bacolod, 6100 Negros Occidental

    • Hours: 1:00pm-10pm

    • Closed Sunday

    • Contact: 0927 552 5025

    Facebook Page Here


    Family Weekend Adventures - MCC Seafood Restuarant | Mea in Bacolod

    2. MCC Seafood Restaurant

    • Catch fish and let the resto cook it for you.

    • Hours: 8:00am-10pm

    • Open all the time

    • Contact: 0908 274 1500

    Facebook Page Here


    Family Weekend Adventures - OISCA Bago | Mea in Bacolod

    3. OISCA-Bago Training Center

    • Silkworms and silk products

    • Bago City

    • Hours: (Please check with Bago Tourism)

    • (Please check with Bago Tourism)

    • (Please check with Bago Tourism)

    NO Facebook Page


    Family Weekend Adventures - The Mansion | Mea in Bacolod

    4. The Mansion Cafe & Bar

    • Silay heritage house turned cafe/bar

    • Calle Ledesma, Silay City

    • Hours: 10:00am – 11:00pm

    • Closed Tuesday

    • Contact: None

    Facebook Page Here


    Family Weekend Adventures - The Science Circus | Mea in Bacolod

    5. The Science Circus

    • Science exhibit/illusions

    • Robinsons Place Bacolod

    • Hours: (Mall Hours)

    • Open everyday

    • Contact: None


    Family Weekend Adventures - Campuestohan Highlands Resort | Mea in Bacolod

    6. Campuestohan Highlands

    • Pools, Rides, Attractions

    • Open everyday

    • Contact: 09988630180, 7020964, 09173005007, 09256008088

    Facebook Page Here


    Family Weekend Adventures - Lfisher Chalet | Mea in Bacolod

    7. L’fisher Chalet

    • Rooftop Pool

    • Lacson Street, Bacolod City

    • Open everyday

    • Contact: 433-3730

    Facebook Page Here


    Family Weekend Adventures - Pope John Paul Tower | Mea in Bacolod

    8. Pope  Tower

    • Pope’s history and a great view of the pier/ocean

    • Beside SM Mall, Bacolod City

    • Open everyday

    • Contact: None

    NO Facebook Page


    Family Weekend Adventures - Balay Negrense | Mea in Bacolod

    9. Balay Negrense

    • Heritage house in Silay

    • Silay City

    • Hours: 9:00am – 5:30pm

    • Contact: (034) 714 7676

    NO Facebook Page


    Family Weekend Adventures - Mamabels Home Garden | Mea in Bacolod

    10. Mamabel’s Home Garden

    • Plants Shopping

    • Purok Inday Oya, Brgy. Vista Alegre
    Bacolod City 6100

    • Hours: (Contact Business)

    • Contact: 0949 991 9230

    Facebook Page HERE


    11. Home

    • Where the family is

    When all else fails, why not just stay at home and have a nice weekend in? Grab some Magic Crackers snacks, get those bikes out, put pillows all over the living room, and prepare some movies. Sometimes, it’s not about the place but about enjoying each other’s company.


    For more tips and updates about Bacolod City, make sure to LIKE my Page on Facebook, as well as the rest of my blog.

     




  • Everything You Need To Know About The Magic Crackers App - John Lloyd Cruz | Mea in Bacolod
    A Moment Of Fun With John Lloyd Cruz On The Magic Crackers App
    Posted in: Products

    When you mention Magic Flakes, Crackers, or Creams, you logically think about snacks since Magic Crackers, and all its varieties were specifically created so Filipinos can have something to nibble on in between meals. However, recently, with the popular cracker brand releasing its first mobile app, we might have to think differently. Magic Crackers is no longer just a snack but a fun, smartphone app that could come in handy when boredom starts knocking.




    Everything You Need To Know About The Magic Crackers App

    Magic Crackers has developed an amusing app that contains three fun games, exclusive content, special announcements, and promotions, as well as other surprises. Basically, it’s a game and entertainment app in one.

    Everything You Need To Know About The Magic Crackers App | Mea in Bacolod

    Features

    Because it is a game and entertainment app, you can expect for its features to focus on these niches. From the main app page, you will see Games, Entertainment, Announcements, and Links. For you to get to know the Magic Crackers app better, let’s break down the features:

     

    Games

     
    Everything You Need To Know About The Magic Crackers App | Games | Mea in Bacolod

    As mentioned earlier, the app contains three games: Magic Match, Magic Beats, and Magic in a Pack. I found the games to be easy to play. If you or your children have already used game apps in the past, you’ll have no problems going through each one without any tutorials. Even those who are not too tech-savvy will understand the games through the simple instructions provided.

    Magic Match is similar to puzzle games that require players to move tiles to specific spots on rows and columns. Three or more matching tiles that have been arranged adjacently will clear out, making way for new tiles to drop.





    This has to be my favorite game in the Magic Crackers app. To tell you the truth, it’s a bit addicting. You may think that moving tiles around is as easy as pie, but the challenge comes when you are only given a certain number of moves to hit the goal score.

    Why I Like Magic Match

    Everything You Need To Know About The Magic Crackers App - John Lloyd Cruz | Mea in Bacolod

    • It has 360 stages. For you to get to the next stage, you’d have to complete each one.
    • The background music is fun to listen to because it sounds
    • When you get three or more matches from one move, John Lloyd pops up to tell you that you did a good job.

    The next game is called Magic Beats. It’s more of an activity rather than a game. You don’t really earn points. What you do is create your own music. You will have three choices for music loops (background or base music). You’ll then have a board that resembles a beat-maker. Each button on the board gives out a specific sound. All you have to do is tap on the loop you want, then press specific buttons on the board to create your own track.
     

    Why My Son Likes Magic Beats

    Yes, this is my son’s favorite. Although the loops and beats are a bit limited, he was able to pass the time, customizing beat patterns that sounded well with a specific music loop.

    The last activity on the app is called Magic in a Pack. This one is fun to do too, especially if you are a fan of John Lloyd Cruz. Tap on the button to start the Magic cam. Take whatever variety of Magic Crackers you have. Place it in front of your camera, making sure that it is inside the indicated box on the screen. When your Magic Pack is centered enough, your idol, John Lloyd, will appear. You have to try this one yourself!





    Entertainment

    It is here that you can access different John Lloyd contents. Mostly, you’ll find videos that you couldn’t see on platforms like YouTube or Vimeo. Currently, there are four videos that you can enjoy and share on your Facebook or Twitter accounts.

     

    Announcements

    This portion of the Magic Crackers app will give you updates on promotions and events. Right now, there’s just a thank you and welcome message, but Magic will definitely add relevant content here when there are updates and important events happening near you.

     

    Links

    The last part of the Magic Crackers app is “Links.” Through this, you’ll be able to visit the Magic Crackers official social media accounts with just one tap. There’s one link for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The last link on the list allows you to send emails to the Magic Crackers team in case you have any concerns or suggestions.




    FAQ

    1. Do I need an account to use the Magic Crackers app?

    No, you don’t need one. You can play the games, as well as use all the other features as a guest. But, if you want to save your progress and be ranked under the leaderboards of the Magic Match game, you’ll need a Magic Crackers app account.

     

    2. Does the app require an internet connection?

    When you have already played the games and activities on the app, you won’t need internet connection anymore. However, you’re going to need data when you want to play videos under Entertainment or visit Magic Crackers’ social media accounts under Links.

     

    3. Is the Magic Crackers app available for both iPhone and Android users?

    Yes, you can download the app on both the Playstore and iTunes. Do double check the app requirements. But, if you regularly install iOS or system updates, you don’t need to worry about this. Just make sure that you have enough space on your phone. It’s not an app that takes too much space, though.

     

    4. How responsive is the app?

    You can expect a tiny bit of delay, but it doesn’t affect the gameplay experience. You’ll be able to play the games without significant lag problems.

     

    5. Who is the Magic Crackers app for?

    Definitely, it is for you and your family. I would suggest downloading the app and playing while on a road trip. There is no age-restricted content on the app so kids who are three years old and above can play the games.

    Try the Magic Crackers app yourself so you can always have #MagicMoments anywhere you are. As mentioned, you can download the Magic Crackers app on Google Play and iTunes. Don’t forget to check out Magic Crackers’ social media accounts:

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