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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

New Blog Layout After that Painful Back Injury - blogger production note



Hey guys! I finally changed the layout and theme of my blog site. Check it out yo!  I've been thinking since last month if I will ever change the layout of my blog OR should I leave my blog and transfer to a new url, which is my domain - www.azraelsmerryland.com But I have other plans for it and Im thinking of making my dot com as my portal site and portfolio as a blogger, photographer and social media monster.

iKlips Duo from Adam Elements - OTG flash drive for Apple devices

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I mentioned in my previous blog post about the new product distributed by Power Mac Center, this small OTG device can now help Apple device users to transfer their media files to a 32 GB or 64 GB iKlips Duo OTG device that is designed by Adam Elements.

Hot air balloon aftermath and tour around SM City Clark

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Right after our coverage of the 21st Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, we went to Quest Hotel Clark for the press con and also announcement of winners for the photography contest. On the blog cover of this post is my entry for the photography contest.

21st Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017 - new venue, balloon flights and awesome attractions

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Finally, I got the time to write about my annual visit at the Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, this year 2017, they are on its 21st year,  grabe sobra tagal na nila, there were a lot of rumors that this year might be the last event, but I did some research and there's a news write up and said that they will transfer to a new venue, in order to give way to the construction of a new hangar from the old venue, there are also news that the event is causing delays of some flights in Clark airport, but the news report says that according to an interview from the organizers that there are no ongoing flights whenever there are scheduled hot air balloon flights in the morning. So its impossible to say that the event is causing delays of any commercial flights.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Earth Hour’s 60+ call for action gets a big boost from over 60 SM Supermalls


The Philippines, once dubbed as Earth Hour Hero Country for having the world's most number of participants from 2009-2012, continues to gain a wider audience – thanks to private businesses like SM. With 60 malls spread across the country and 7 in China, the message of Earth Hour goes beyond the symbolic 60-minute light switch-off, and gets a chance to reach the malls' daily customers and visitors. SM's present record shows foot traffic of over four million customers a day.

Friday, March 24, 2017

OPPO F3 Plus smartphone with dual front camera for wider group selfie (SRP PHP PHP 23,990)



OPPO Philippines announced last night that they are now on the top 2 most selling smartphone brand in the Philippines, and if you remember they were on top 3 last 2016. The Philippine market really like the tech and camera features of their OPPO F1S known as the #SelfieExpert camera phone, because we pinoys love to take selfie photos and having a camera phone with the best specs for the front and rear camera is the best for us.

Have you tried GRAB SHARE? a carpooling service from GRAB!



It was suggest way years ago that carpooling is the best way to help commuters go in and out and around the metro, it will help lessen traffic and also help the commuters reach their destination fast and smooth and also the carpooling scheme can also help the drivers and fellow motorist earn some buck,

Mighty McQuinn's Restaurant in Mega Fashion Hall of SM Megmaall

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One of the food back logs that I found in my old laptop is the food photos from my first visit at Mighty McQuinn's restaurant in SM Megamall. Its an American bbq restaurant that opened late last year and it was such a buzz because it offers true American bbq style.

BKK Express in Up Town Mall BGC - An authentic Thai food in fast food style

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Im surprised that I haven't posted a blog about my food adventure with BKK Express. Im glad that I stumbled to see my food photos album from my old laptop and when I realized about the non blog post yet, I got the energy to write my food tasting experience with BKK Express.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Get extra 10% off Lazada's Birthday Surprise Sale with PayMaya

FLASH SALE: Get 10% off Lazada with this exclusive PayMaya code

Lazada has an exclusive treat for PayMaya users to celebrate their 5th Anniversary! Get 10% off with a minimum purchase of P1,000, maximum discount of P150, when you shop from March 21-24 using the promo code: PAYMAYABDAY.
Promo rules:
  • The promo is open to all PayMaya users.
  • PayMaya account holders will get a 10% discount, with a minimum spend of P1,000 from Lazada. Maximum discount is Php 150.
  • Lazada's Birthday Surprise Sale is only until today, March 23, but the PayMaya promo code will be valid until Friday, March 24.
  • The PAYMAYABDAY code can only be used once per registered customer.
  • The discount is applicable to all products, including new arrivals and sale items, except those marked "Voucher Not Applicable to This Item". It can be used for purchases via www.lazada.com.ph or the Lazada Mobile App. 
  • The PAYMAYABDAY code is subject to Lazada Voucher Terms and Conditions. 
  • For inquiries or promo concerns, drop a message at www.lazada.com.ph/contact.
  • To use the promo code, simply shop at Lazada through their website or app. In the payment page, click "Do you have a voucher? Apply" and enter PAYMAYABDAY.
Happy 5th Anniversary, Lazada! Join the party and get that item you've been eyeing to slash 10% at check out.

DTI-FTEB Permit No. 0938, Series of 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

1 young princess to win at the "I Dare to Dream" concert tomorrow (buy tickets now! use our promo code for 50% off))


When Globe revealed that they will be producing some video content online and maybe soon for the big screen, the first to showcase on what their Globe Studios can do is produce a reality talent show format in collaboration with Disney. 

They've announce the audition months ago inviting kids to be part of the digital reality series "I Dare to Dream", 6 young girls were chosen after the audition and now they are the star of the reality series "I Dare to Dream". There's a story revealed in the life of the "I Dare to Dream princess", you can learn from it by watching the entire digital video series at http://go.globe.com.ph/idaretodream.html

Monday, March 20, 2017

MANG INASAL: What do Chefs Sandy Daza, Boy Logro and Rosebud Benitez have in common?

Wow! my cooking masters are in one pic!

Leave it to chefs to know what's really good and delicious.

When it comes to Filipinos' beloved halo-halo, Chefs Sandy Daza, Boy Logro and Rosebud Benitez can agree on one thing: they love Mang Inasal Pinoy Halo-Halo.

The three celebrated chefs had the special opportunity to taste the popular and well-loved Mang Inasal Pinoy Halo-Halo which is known for its creamy sarap goodness.

The verdict? Expert-approved.

The 'secret' is in the creamy milk made especially for Mang Inasal. It's not too sweet and definitely not bland too. It has the right level of creaminess which deliciously brings together all the ingredients so each spoonful of halo-halo just hits the spot.

Watch this video - https://www.facebook.com/MangInasalPhilippines/videos/1705340526146435/
to find out more about Chefs Sandy, Boy and Rosebud's Mang Inasal Pinoy Halo-Halo experience. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Alaska IronKids 2017 in Subic - aftermath and coverage

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Kids ages 6-14 years old woke up early in the morning at Subic  Bay, that's around 4am just to have a warm up for the early competition at Alaska IronKids 2017. But I learned that these kids are training hard for the junior triathlon, some of them are regulars, annual joiners of the event and some are competing for almost 5 years.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sofitel Manila's First Flavors of the World feature at Spiral - Indonesia!

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Fellow foodies!
Check out the latest offerings of Sofitel Manila's Spiral, this week they are feature the 1st foreign cuisine for their Flavors of the World, a new food series that will be observed at Sofitel Manila, they will bring in the food and flavors from the different parts of the world, for us to try it and appreciate their kind of flavors and unique taste.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Anthology Architecture and Design Festival 2017 explores Context and Intent by bringing top global practitioners to Manila



Anthology Architecture and Design Festival 2017 is a three-day celebration of architecture and design to be held on March 31 to April 2, 2017 at the Puerta del Parian in the historic walled city of Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. Over 80 leading practitioners from the Philippines and abroad shall lead the lectures, workshops, talks, and dialogues with over 3,000 architects, designers, and students from around the country.

Prelude to Alaska IronKids 2017 - day zero coverage

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Im here today in Subic Bay, Olongapo City to cover and attend the annual Alaska IronKids Philippines 2017. Im not aware that there's a kid version for a triathlon race, and I thought that its just mainly offered for adults to compete in the most difficult race, because it involves swimming, running and also biking.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

#EarthHour2017 Set for March 25th

With a new era of climate action underway, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) again urges its supporters to switch-off and shine a light on climate action.

On March 25, from 8:30 to 9:30 PM, Earth's most iconic landmarks will once more switch-off their lights for Earth Hour 2017. Earth Hour Philippines' main switch-off event shall be held at SM by the Bay, Mall of Asia Complex from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM on March 25, Saturday night.

This year, there will be an Earth Hour Camp starting at 4:00PM that will feature interactive climate adaptation and mitigation booths, specifically, native tree planting, renewable energy technologies, and disaster go-bag preparation. 

A large focus of #EarthHourPH2017 will be on galvanizing the youth to be the climate leaders of tomorrow. Members of our National Youth Council will lead the Earth Hour Camp while two new WWF Youth Ambassadors will be introduced along with the official WWF-Philippines song. "While the theme of Earth Hour remains at Shining a Light on Climate Action, we took to heart the role of the youth as the key to further propel the country into a climate-resilient one. We continue to engage and encourage the public to emphasize that together, we thrive," says WWF-Philippines President and CEO Joel Palma.

Last 8 March 2017 in Discovery Suites, Ortigas Center, WWF National Ambassador Marc Nelson and WWF National Youth Council Chairperson Alexa Cancio led the launch of this year's Earth Hour celebration. With a sneak peek of what is to come, everyone was abuzz with the Earth Hour camp to be spearheaded by the youth, and a switch-off powered by human energy to light up an image of the Earth, proving that together, Filipinos can shine a light on climate action.

Using the simple action of turning off lights for 60 minutes to deliver a powerful message about the need for decisive climate change solutions, Earth Hour has grown in the past decade from a symbolic switch-off event in Sydney, Australia to the world's largest open-sourced environmental campaign, catalysing environmental and social projects with tangible outcomes, while mobilizing hundreds of millions of people in over 7,000 cities and 176 countries, 

The Philippines has been championing the switch-off since 2008 and has topped global participation records from 2009 to 2012 – earning it the title of Earth Hour Hero Country. Through the support of the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Leagues of Municipalities, Cities, and Provinces, the Metro Manila Development Authority, and other government partners, Earth Hour in the Philippines has always been a success with each year witnesses a growing multi-sectoral support system, proving that more and more Filipinos believe in the message of Earth Hour.

This year's event was made possible with the support of SM by the Bay, SM Cares, SM Supermalls, Philips Lighting Electronics Inc., Pure Energy Holdings Corporation, Summit Natural Drinking Water, Energy Development Corporation, Bambikes, Pivot Edutainment, Rock PH and Discovery Suites. WWF-Philippines also welcomes other supporters, encouraging them to to join this year's Earth Hour to further amplify its power and reach.

Social media users can promote their commitment to the planet by donating their Facebook feeds to spread climate awareness and action in a few clicks on earthhour.org/climateaction after 10 March. Everyone is highly encouraged to use the official hashtags, #EarthHourPH2017 and #ChangeClimateChange as well as to upload the best photo(s) of their event on to the official Facebook event page bit.ly/earthhourph2017_event.

Since 2007, WWF and Earth Hour teams worldwide have harnessed the power of the movement to raise support and funds for access to renewable energy, protection of wildlife and their habitats, building sustainable livelihoods and driving climate-friendly legislation and policy. "Earth Hour is definitely more than just the symbolic switch-off," stressed Atty. Gia Ibay, Earth Hour Philippines National Director, "as it aims to bring concrete solutions, at a time when the challenges of climate change and environmental issues are all too real, yet showing the power of collective climate action."

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Mobikon's mEngage app for restaurant to listen, engage and offers promo to customers

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These days, everything has a mobile app. We have apps for resto menu, food delivery, table reservation, also pay the bill via smartphone and even book a ride home. Most apps are built for business to consumers, because it helps a business to strengthen its brand marketing and it gives a hassle free to customers to access an establishment while mobile.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Suy Foods offers Halal-certified chicken tocino, longganisa and rolls in PH market

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Halal preparation for the food is practiced by our Muslim brothers, they bless the animal before slaughtering it and process it as a Halal food for them. Back in the days, its hard to acquire Hala-certified food because you can only find these in some Muslim communities in Manila.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Paradise Dynasty restaurant in S Maison, Conrad Manila - taste here the 8 colored xiao long bao

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Paradise Dynasty of Singapore opened its 8th country branch here in the Philippines, and the most popular food here is the 8 colored xiao long bao. They are the first in the world to introduce a different kind of xiao long bao, a kind of steamed bun with meat and soup inside, its a street food from Shanghai but here here Paradise Dynasty the xiao long bao leveled up to be serve in a luxury dining with very affordable price.
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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