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Friday, January 29, 2016

Photography friends and enthusiasts, see you at Photoworld Asia...

Photography friends and enthusiasts, see you at Photoworld Asia 2016 at Glorietta and ACCM. See you there!
#photography #photoworldasia2016 #beinspired #fppf #learnphotographythefppfway #RepostIt_app via @tedclaudio

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Korean Wine Dinner at Sofitel Manila ( experience and aftermath)

Korean Wine Dinner at Sofitel Philippine Plaza

Soju is the only Korean wine that I know, its the highly introduced kind of wine that you can buy it in any Korean grocery here in Manila. At the Korean Wine Dinner in Sofitel Manila, we got introduced to different kind of Korean wine and they are not an ordinary kind. Each Korean wine that was served and paired with our meal gives more than just pleasure, it is also a medicinal wine, that gives good benefit to our body.

Fujifilm Philippines launches X-Pro 2, XE2s and X70 cameras


It’s a long wait but its really worth the wait, because we’re so satisfied about Fujifilm’s new cameras that was launched last week, the fun part is that we’re the first to have it here in Asia. There’s so much wow factor when each of the new Fujifilm camera’s feature were introduce. The feeling was like looking at a new brand new iPhone and you really need it..badly..for your lifestyle or hobby.

January 29 is #KnorrNationalTapaDay 7 of the best tapsilog...

January 29 is #KnorrNationalTapaDay
7 of the best tapsilog joints will offer buy one take one to first 100 diners. Check the list of resto at

Also post your fave tapsilog today on IG, use the hashtag #KnorrNationalTapaDay and #azraelsmerryland and tag me @popazrael. Best pic will be awarded by Knorr.

Happy National Tapa Day!!!!
Tara na! Maki-tapa!!!!

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Europak bag teaser at Azrael’s Merryland Blog

Europak bag

Its just a teaser…. I’ve been posting this Europak back pack on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, I just show how I use this Europak bag that are designed for business travelers and business professionals. I tried to turn it as my laptop carrier and also camera bag whenever Im into Blogger mode.

Sofitel Manila features Korean food fest, Lunar New Year and Valentines Day specials this Jan-Feb 2016

Spiral Manila's special - Chinese New Year, Valentines Day and Korean Food Festival

Sofitel Manila is going on a triple treat this January and February 2016 as they will offer 3 specials at Spiral Manila featuring the Korean Food Festival, the Lunar New Year at Spiral and the 21 ways to say I LOVE YOU in line to Valentines Day.

Asian Air Safari airs Season 10 episodes every Sunday at 830pm on ANC

Oludeniz Beach in Fethiye

I got an opportunity to watch a preview of some episodes of Asian Air Safari Season 10, they feature two episodes that are from a two part episode from Turkey and Rwanda. The preview was held at Shang Cineplex last week and I can say that it was an awesome episode for me, it’s the best episode ever, I know its just a teaser but its so good to watch Asian Air Safari on a big screen.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Knorr Tapa Fiesta sets record for serving 100 tapa dishes + National tapa day this January 29th buy one take one promo

Knorr Tapa Fiesta 2016

Im sure that every Filipino in the Philippines already tried eating a “tapa” or a “tapsilog” for lunch, breakfast and dinner. It’s a local food that we grew up with and then as time goes by, many tapa concept were made to add more for our taste, flavor and pleasure.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Magnum Manila re-opens and to offer free Magnum ice cream this January and February 2016 in SM Mall of Asia

Magnum Manila opens new Pleasure Store in SM MOA

The Pleasure store of Magnum Manila just re-opened for another year this 2016 and the new store or café aka Pleasure store is now located at the 2nd level of SM Mall of Asia, its near BreadTalk and Uniqlo, its too easy to find it just look for the big “M” logo.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Zark’s Burgers in SM Bacoor, Cavite–my first try of their grilled burgers

Zark's Burgers in Cavite

I was about to start my food blog project and then in the middle of the afternoon, my wife Lace wants to go out and try that new milk tea house across the street. So when we were ready to go out, our 5 year old son, Ashton got the interest to join with us for the food trip.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hotel H2O in Manila to offer rewards card and Sharecation program this 2016

Hotel H2O launches rewards card and sharecation program this 2016

Hotel H2O in Manila is the first and only marine-themed integrated resort hotel in the Philippines. Hotel H2O is popular to tourist and family staycationers because they offer hotel rooms with a large aquarium as its wall and its filled with live marine animals that connects to the large aquarium of Manila Ocean Park.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Nanay Deling’s eatery in Mahogany Market Tagaytay– - New Year 2016 holiday staycation part 7 (END)

Nanay Deling Eatery in Mahogany Market in Tagaytay (2016)

Our new year holiday staycation just ended and we need to go back home because it’s a back to work and back to school the next day. But before we leave Tagaytay City, we should eat first our lunch and savor the taste of the home style cooking of Nanay Deling.

Weber’s Delicatessen in SM Winds, Tagaytay City - New Year 2016 holiday staycation part 6

Weber's Delicatessen in Tagaytay

After the fog invasion for almost 3 days, we’re happy that the sun shines and the sky is clear again. Me and my family were so happy to go out and enjoy the cold air and sun in Tagaytay after staying indoors for days, we’ve been waiting for this since the end of December and the timing is perfect because we just welcomed the start of year 2016.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hyundai Aero smartphone– the slimmest 5.1MM phone is here in the Philippines (SRP PHP 13995)

Hyundai Aero - slimmest smartphone by Hyundai

We can’t believe that a top car brand has finally jumped into the smartphone scene..yes, that’s a Hyundai smartphone that will be available soon here in the Philippines. I didn’t get the right launch date, but I heard that these Hyundai Aero smartphones will be out this month.

Gionee P5W, M5, ELIFE E8, and S PLUS smartphones launched in the Philippines (SRP 4999- 23999)

Gionee launches new line up of smartphones this 2016

Gionee is back in the local market and the long wait is very worth it. Expect a bigger screen, body and ultra fast processor to run a lot of applications and for your multi tasking. Three new models are equipped with a lovely AMOLED screen display and one got a 24 MP front camera specs.

Check below our list and see which 5-inchers or 6 inchers smartphone the best for you.


The affordable line of new Gionee smartphone with a low specs for the camera, but with an ultra fast Quad core specs.

5.0 HD IPS Display
Dual SIM and standby
1.3 Ghz Quad core processor
Android 5.1
G Sensor, Face Unlock, Mood Crad
WIFI and HSPA ready
5 MP rear camera
2 MP front camera
2000 mAh battery

SRP PHP 4999

Gionee launches new line up of smartphones this 2016

Plastic body and back case

Gionee launches new line up of smartphones this 2016

Its only a 5 MP rear camera

Gionee launches new line up of smartphones this 2016

Lovely on an AMOLED screen display makes the Gionee stand out because of its large and crisp color on the screen, thanks also to its 5.5 inches size for the display.

5.5 HD AMOLED Display
Dual SIM
1.3 Ghz Quad core processor
Android 5.1
G Sensor
WIFI and LTE ready
13 MP rear camera
5 MP front camera

SRP PHP 11999

Gionee launches new line up of smartphones this 2016

Its big and wider
It’s a perfect size for gaming and also mobile surfing

Gionee launches new line up of smartphones this 2016

I can’t recall if this is plastic or metallic.

Gionee launches new line up of smartphones this 2016

Close up look of the 13 MP rear camera

GIONEE ELIFE E8Gionee launches new line up of smartphones this 2016

Gionee ELIFE E8 is the biggest smartphone line for Gionee. The 6.0 inches AMOLED screen is awesome, so lively when you view it and swipe around. The best specs ever in having a 2.0 Ghz Octa Core processor and a higher specs for the rear camera – that’s 24 MP.

also the price range is higher too.

TECH SPECS6.0 inches AMOLED Display
2.0 Ghz Octa core Cortex-A53 processor
Dual SIM and standby
WIFI, NFC and LTE ready
Android 5.1 Lollipop
24 MP rear camera with dual tone flash
8 MP front camera with AF
3500 mAh battery
Finger print sensor

SRP PHP 23999

Gionee launches new line up of smartphones this 2016

It looks metallic…. I cant recall the feature..sorry guys
I’ll take notes next time.

Gionee launches new line up of smartphones this 2016

That’s the 24 MP rear camera and below is the finger print sensor.

Gionee launches new line up of smartphones this 2016

If you trim down some size, processor and camera specs of the ELIFE E8, the result will be a downgraded version of it under the model of ELIFE S PLUS

5.5 inches AMOLED Display
1.3 Ghz Octa core Cortex-A53 processor
Dual SIM and standby
WIFI, NFC and LTE ready
Android 5.1 Lollipop
13 MP rear camera with flash and AF
5 MP front camera
3150 mAh battery

SRP PHP 9999

Gionee launches new line up of smartphones this 2016

I just did a quick touch and try and I can say that Gionee is a good smartphone

Gionee launches new line up of smartphones this 2016

Gionee launches new line up of smartphones this 2016

Welcome back Gionee….

to know more
visit Gionee Philippines

2016 CloudFone Special edition, Excite Prime, Thrill , CloudLite phones and CloudPad Epic tablet are now available (SRP PHP1999-8999)

Cloudfone new line up of smartphones this 2016

Cellprime, the maker and distributor of CloudFone here in the Philippines just unveiled their latest model of smartphones and tablets. And inline with the launch, they also announced that they partnered and collaborated with global leading brands such as NBA, PBA, Microsoft, Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, and Spotify, to bring in more content for our appreciation and mobile lifestyle.

Cellprime collab with global brands and launches new CloudFone, Gionee and Hyundai smartphones this 2016

Cellprime launches new partnership and products for 2016- Cloudfone, Gionee and Hyundai smartphones

"It's all about the content", those are the words that was shared by Eric Yu, President of Cellprime Distribution Corporation, it was delivered during their launch and announcements of new products for 2016.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Kata i3L– a preview and closer look of Kata Philippines new and 2nd LTE smartphone


I got insider reports that the new LTE smartphone of Kata Philippines – the Kata i3L also known as Kata i3 LTE will soon have a pre order launch date this month. Just head over to Kata Philippines Facebook Page for the official details and the pre order can be placed at any Kata Philippines store nationwide.

1st meeting of the year!


Last week is a good start for my year, I attended one event and then also a meeting. I was so excited to go back to Manila after several weeks of having a blog vacation. Yeah, I took a break for awhile but during those break was at time for some me-time, time for my family and also I look back on what happened last 2015 and see what I can do more this 2016.

When BDO atm machine cant dispense cash but still debits you


I was about to have a nice day, yeah, like go to a mall, buy some pizza, eat a yummy food in a good resto, buy toys for my son, and buy new stuff for my blog brand, then when I visited a BDO atm machine, and try to withdraw some cash, I got puzzled when the BDO atm machine just spits paper receipts and not money.

Monday, January 11, 2016

The jimmyCASE–a wallet and case for your smartphone

The creator of the jimmyCase wallet case for smartphones had the same problems that we always experience when keeping our phones inside our pocket that kept together with our wallet, coins, money and keys. Its very bulky to keep them in one side pocket or bag and from there we experienced a hard time getting the phone in and out of our pocket that is shared with keys or coins.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016–my Best photos captured by Nikon D5300 DSLR

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016–Best photos captured by Nikon D5300 DSLR

Here’s a collection of my best photos that I captured during the Feast of the Black Nazarene. I used my Nikon D5300 with 18-55mm kit lens in capturing these moments.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016– finally! lunch at Quick-snack in Carvajal st. (coverage part 5—end)

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 5 by Azrael Coladilla

I was hungry already and I have no extra energy left after covering the procession, and my back was in pain and so I walk as fast as I can because I need to re-energize back and take a rest too.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016– the arrival of the Black Nazarene and its millions of devotees (coverage part 4)

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 4 by Azrael Coladilla

During my long walk to Dasmarinas st., my plan is to visit a Chinese restaurant that my sister recommends, I haven’t tried it before and I have this interest to try their food and I want to drop by a visit. Then I noticed that the crowd in that street starts to go super thick, then I saw that Im walking to the path of the procession of the Black Nazarene. The area is too small and its dangerous to wait for the arrival, because I might get pinned down at an establishment while standing around.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016– in Plaza Miranda and Quiapo Church(coverage part 3)

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 3 by Azrael Coladilla

I think my walk from the LRT up to the church is around 30 min. There are some delays when a police car starts to roll in the middle of the crowd, many street vendors and also devotees blocked the road so the way going in and out of the church is so difficult.

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016–on my way to Quiapo Church (coverage part 2)

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016 - coverage 2 by Azrael Coladilla

My first plan is to wake up early, attend the mass, do a photo walk and do meet up with Ted Claudio of in Sta Cruz church, then we eat lunch in Ongpin and continue our photo walk and capture the scenes and moments at the procession of the Black Nazarene.

Friday, January 08, 2016

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2016–routes, tips and survival guide (coverage part 1)


Tomorrow January 9, 2016 will be the start of the procession or the translacion of the Black Nazarene. Millions of devotees will be there to welcome and join the translacion. And also there’s a fiesta around the street, so it will be a super busy and crowded for the entire day around Quiapo, Manila.

20th Philippine-International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2016 this February 11-14, 2016 at Clark Field Pampanga (schedule, tips, info, and survival guide) #BalloonFestPH

The 20th Philippine-International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will fly again this 2016, and its schedule for flight this February 11-14, 2016 at the Clark Field Pampanga. We will witness again the flight of these colorful hot air balloons that came from different parts of the world, and not only that, everything that can fly is celebrated here to promote air safety, the professionalism of our country’s aviation industry and also appreciating the people and its craft when it comes to flying.

Canon Philippines introduces their new camera line up, printer with ink refillable and Canon Cloud service


Canon Philippines started the year 2016 by introducing their latest products – new cameras, printer and also a cloud service. It’s a good year for my Azrael’s Merryland Blog too, because this is the 1st event of the year that I cover for my blog.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Segway Robot–could be the real droid you are looking for #CES2016

Segway Robot

Segway, the makers of those two wheeler self balancing ride on transport, introduces a new Segway version that can turn into your personal robot companion. With this new tech added on a Segway, this can turn those hoverboards and self balancing two wheelers obsolete.

LEGO WeDo 2.0 robotics starter kit for elementary kids #CES2016

LEGO WeDo 2.0 Robotic Starter Kit for elem kids

My 5 year old son, Ashton, just got an interest in building a LEGO structure and adding it with some electronics, his interest began late last year when was influenced by these Youtube videos of DIY LEGO stuff and then at home, I noticed that he changes his LEGO builds into some transforming and converting structure, from that style, I noticed too that he added some LED lights. Then he asked for a LEGO Mindstrom for Christmas, and I told him that its too complicated to build a LEGO Robotics and it requires hours of education and lectures from LEGO Mindstorm professional builders.
Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collect Transformers toys.
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