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Here are some great Holideals for the holidays

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It is, yet again, the season of giving. And as fun as it all is, it can be a crazy time searching, shopping, and spending for gifts you’re unsure your loved ones would even like.

To preserve your sanity and to make sure you get your family presents they’ll surely enjoy, we’ve got a proposition: Why not get your family the gift of great internet? Think about it, it’s something they’ll love and definitely use. Plus, this season, PLDT and Smart offer the perfect Holideals with irresistible discounts and deals from their biggest holiday blowout yet! For your every gifting need, for every type of family member:


The newbies

Still don’t have your own home Wi-Fi? Now’s the best time to give your whole family the joy of streaming and surfing with blazing-fast speeds!

With Holideals, you can sign up for PLDT Home Unli Fibr Plan 1899 to enjoy speeds of up to 25Mbps, and save as much as PhP 3,600 with free installation and activation fees and zero cash out. It’s the perfect gift for your family, who’ll probably spend more time with you now that they can connect easily and more conveniently in the comfort of your home.

Already have a PLDT Home Fibr Plan at home? There are more deals, and those who love to get online to stream their favorite shows will love what’s coming…

For the movie lovers

If you’re already enjoying your PLDT Home Fibr Plan, why not surprise your family with a new add-on service like the TVolution Lite powered by Roku, the latest streaming device that lets you turn your TV into a digital entertainment powerhouse for only PhP 99 per month on top of your plan.

This sleek and powerful streaming device gives you easy and convenient access to all your favorite content on Netflix, Cignal, iflix, Fox+, and YouTube, so everyone in your family will surely love it.

It makes your plan even more worth it. This is how you say “I care” in 2018 and beyond.

On to the next deal!

For professionals who are leveling up

Every hardworking professional needs a hardworking smartphone, so why not give your loved one the latest flagship handset with the data-packed GigaX Plans? He or she most definitely deserves a new Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Huawei Mate 20, or Huawei Mate 20 Pro! Aside from getting huge discounts from Smart, you also get a chance to win raffle prizes when you sign up for a new GigaX Plan, so you better grab this opportunity.

But, that’s not all…

For the sibling who needs an LTE upgrade

For all you know, your brother or sister has yet to upgrade to an LTE smartphone! This is the best time to make it happen because you can avail of the latest LTE smartphones at a steal of a price when you apply for a Smart Postpaid Plan on the Smart Online Store. With this gift, you’ll never lose touch with your sibling.

For the friend you want to connect with all the time

Looking for a thoughtful addition to whatever you are giving your dear friends? You can’t go wrong with the Smart Prepaid Gift Card. Available at retailers nationwide, the especially designed Gift Card is not only very practical, but also sends a strong message to the person you want to always connect with — whether through calls, texts, or your favorite mobile apps!

There’s definitely something for everyone on PLDT-Smart Holideals! Go check it here nowHappy Holideals, everyone!

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Taylor Swift and Katy Perry made up and Twitter is not calm

Peace at last

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Pop queen and LGBT ally Taylor Swift just dropped the music video for her new pop anthem You Need to Calm Down and unsurprisingly, the fans cannot calm down. The star-studded video features queer icons like Laverne Cox, Ellen de Generes, Adam Rippon, and Queer Eye’s Fab Five living their fabulous lives despite the anti-gay protests in front of them.

The surprise that shook us and the internet, albeit many eagle-eyed speculated last week, is a Katy Perry cameo.


In case you’ve been living under a rock, the two pop stars had a years-long public feud that eventually ended when Katy extended an olive branch last year, by sending Taylor an actual olive branch.

The music video is their first public reunion, and Katycats and Swifties all over are having a Twitter party:

We’ll tell all our grandchildren one day.

Bless.

Can’t calm down.

Anyone having an awful year so far can relate.

Took the words out of my mouth.

Same.

War is over, if you want it.

*orders McDonald’s*

Give us what we need!

There are many important moments in the whole video but this one featuring drag queens as this era’s pop queens is for everyone who take pleasure in pitting women against each other.

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A Father’s Day drive up north

Story time!

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We recently got the Ranger Raptor for the second time to use at this year’s STV ARCC and represent Ford Philippines. And since we had a free day before the event itself happened, I decided to use it and take out my dad along with my brother for a road trip. Good thing Mom had an errand to do that day!

Dad wanted to visit a certain theme park restaurant north of Metro Manila so I agreed and went for it. We already brought the Raptor to a 4×4 route for some off-road action, so now we go for long, paved roads with hungry stomachs.


That’s Dad, my brother Kiefer, and me on the road

After four hours of driving from the south, past the traffic metro, and all the way up north, we reached our destination. The place is called Isdaan Floating Restaurant and it’s at the municipality of Talavera in Nueva Ecija in the Philippines. “Isdaan,” when translated, means “fishery” so it already paints you a picture of what to expect. The restaurant is hard to miss as it has a wide, inviting facade fronted with sculptures.

The staff greeted us with a warm welcome and led us to our private floating nipa hut with koi fish swimming around and under us. Looking at the menu, there were lots of choices from appetizers, meat, seafood obviously, and even specialties that you don’t usually see in city restaurants.

“Guarding” the floating nipa huts

We got Bicol Express (spicy stew), Sinigang na Liempo (pork belly soup), and Binukadkad na Plapla (butterflied fish) from the menu. One of their signatures is a Boat Special. Basically, they offer select dishes in a long sizzling plate mounted on a wooden counter-top that resembles a boat. This was how Bicol Express was served which greatly added to the presentation value.

Food was really great especially the soup. While the service wasn’t too snappy and could definitely be improved, the food compensated for it. It has that home-cooked taste that hits the spot after a long drive.

After eating, we decided to walk around the area and check out the theme park side of the place. There were giant statues everywhere — from the Charging Bull similar to New York’s, Big Buddha of Phuket, and even prehistoric dinosaurs. It does make for great photo opportunities as you’ll see in the following photos.

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Apart from the gigantic and humorous characters, another attraction to find here is a corner to vent out all your pent-up emotions. For a reasonable price, you can choose objects like those plates or coffee mugs that you can smash onto the wall. If you ask me, I feel it’s a bit out of place in this family-friendly restaurant but it still does make the place unique.

Those are all fun but what usually entices people to visit this place is the fact that you can dip your feet in this shallow pond and have large koi fish swimming in between your legs. It might sound weird and it’s probably not for everyone, but the novelty of being able to do it was actually fun.

These koi quickly gather around you as you go near the water

Caught this little guy trying to nibble on his watch

Can’t leave the place without this obligatory shot!

After all the photos were taken and a few minor mishaps (one of us slipping trying to get in with the fish, not telling who), we were ready to go back home. It was another four hours inside the Raptor and we ended up exchanging stories and laughing our way through the expressways while the truck was mostly on cruise control. It was definitely a trip to remember.

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5 coolest Airbnb places you can rent in Tagaytay

For when you want to escape Manila’s heat

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Tagaytay is one destination you can visit when you’re looking for a weekend getaway. It’s popular for its cold weather, picture-worthy cafes, and an overlooking view of Taal Volcano, the world’s smallest active volcano. In addition, it’s just a two-hour drive away from Manila.

If you’re planning to stay in this city for a couple of days, here are our top five Airbnb rentals:


Dalton’s Lakeview Point

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Dalton’s Lakeview Point is a stylish, modern-themed Airbnb. It’s spacious enough to fit groups up to six people, and its artistic interior design gives you that cozy and calming feeling. Stay here when you want a refreshing view of Taal Lake.

Book it here.

Nordic Jewel

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Couples might enjoy staying at Nordic Jewel, a Scandinavian-inspired Airbnb located in Tagaytay Prime Residences. Despite being small, every corner is Instagrammable. If that doesn’t convince you, let me tell you this: Small spaces make you closer with a person. Now go and have a good time with the love of your life!

Book it here.

Unit 217, Tower 1, Wind Residences

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Even though it looks like a hotel room, Unit 217 in Tower 1, Wind Residences exudes an elegant, contemporary vibe. Its yellow accents give life in this Airbnb’s dominantly black and white design, and its patio invites you to relax and take a peek outside. This is perfect for those who want to feel that hotel vibe with a touch of the usual bed and breakfast.

Book it here.

Chalet de Tagaytay

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If you want to retreat from the hustle-bustle of life, Chalet de Tagaytay is a rustic Airbnb that oozes privacy. Perched on a mountainside, it has the perfect view of Taal Lake for when you want to contemplate about life. Take the time to forget the world and your problems, and just relax during your stay.

Book it here.

Windsor Vacation House

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Windsor Vacation House is the perfect place for get-togethers. It’s spacious enough to let everyone have their own space, and every corner is definitely picture-worthy. Next time you have an occasion to celebrate, bring your families and friends here for a wonderful experience. It can comfortably fit people up to 12 people, and it’s guaranteed you’ll make new memories with a beautiful Airbnb like this!

Book it here.

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