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What’s In Store for Shangri-La at the Fort

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I was walking to the new Shangri-La hotel inside Bonifacio Global City for the first time. Since I came from Burgos Circle, I could walk straight towards The Mind Museum, cross 3rd Avenue and traverse to the new walkway beside the Shangri-La hotel. I started asking around the construction people since I couldn’t find a security guard or hotel-uniformed guy, where the hotel entrance was. Eventually, two of them pointed to an area already near 5th Avenue.

As I was walking to the Shangri-La hotel entrance, I noticed posters announcing what restaurant was going to open. I also saw that Brotzeit was already operating on a hot 2 o’clock day. Naturally, I took my trusty ol’ Kata M2L smartphone and took these photos.

Gads! Shangri-La hotel’s entrance led me a long walk coupled with two elevator rides before I ended up at Narra function room. That entrance beside the walkway turned out to be the upcoming mall of the Shangri-La hotel. Only did I learn that the hotel entrance was at an inclined ramp up the second floor fronting 30th Street, where the driveway was a roundabout with an oblong island in the middle.

Now I know!

Well, we all know who Brotzeit is, right? No? Okay. Brotzeit is a chain of restaurants based in Singapore, and now operating throughout the Asia-Pacific Region. I’m not sure how many it has in the Philippines but I frequent its Shangri-La EDSA Plaza mall.

A quick Google and I see Maisen already has its first branch in Greenbelt 3. Our Awesome Planet blog writes that Maisen is one of the finest Tonkatsu restaurants in Tokyo founded by a Japanese housewife, Mrs. Koide, in 1965 and later on bought by Suntory Holdings Limited of Yamazaki and Hibiki whisky fame. The name means “go for it”. Ben Chan’s Group (Suyen Corporation) brought the Maisen franchise to Greenbelt 3.

Pink’s Hot Dogs is a landmark hot dog restaurant in the Hollywood district of the city of Los Angeles. Pink’s was founded by Paul and Betty Pink in 1939 as a pushcart near the corner of La Brea and Melrose. This will be Pink’s first international restaurant which has partnered with the French restaurant and bakery company République, which owns the famed Wildflour Café and Bakery.

And finally, Davide Oldani of Milan-fame, three Michelin-star D’O restaurant expands his empire with a concept restaurant called FOO’D that opens at the Shangri-La hotel at the Fort, Manila. Oldani boasts as many sponsors as a Formula One driver. He’s backed by Samsung, which supplied equipment for the R&D section of his new kitchen, and Mercedes, which every year gives him a new car to drive. The fashion designer Giorgio Armani is so enamored of Oldani’s cuisine, he flew the chef to Paris last year to cook for 480 guests at his One Night Only soiree at the Palais de Tokyo.

Ooooh! Good food and good things coming soon!


Sources: Google | Our Awesome Planet | Wikipedia | The Daily Meal | WSJ

Photo by @raffypekson



Health, Fitness and Wellness at #LoveYourBody Fair 2016

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Isn’t it ironic that we all want to go to travel fairs and food fairs, but when it comes to health and fitness, especially one with a lot of activities involved, we shy away? Why is that? Have we read too much Garfield comic strips that we idolize that cat, funny and lovable yet so much of a wrong icon to personify?

Enter, a go-to resource for doable exercise, healthy recipes, and happy lifestyle tips exclusively run by Tonette Nicolas, blogger extraordinaire and (well, it’s obvious) a health and wellness junkie. I met Tonette like two years ago in a health and wellness seminar the The Fort Strip in Bonifacio Global City. Through the years, she’s slowly held on to her interest and advocacy – teaching us (yeah… you and I) – how to be fit and how to be happy. In less than a week’s time, she and PMCM Events Management will be running a unique sports and fitness camp.

Dubbed #LoveYourBody (with a hashtag, please), it’s a one-day health and wellness activity camp that starts at 6:00AM on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the Central Park of Greenfield District (formerly EDSA Central) along the block of EDSA, United St., Mayflower St., and Shaw Blvd.

  • #LoveYourBody means doable exercises, allowing everyone to participate no matter what figure you are in.
  • #LoveYourBody means healthy recipes, because apart from the activities, there are talks about diets and healthy recipes.
  • #LoveYourBody means happy lifestyle tips, because everyone needs a makeover in lifestyle every now and then.
  • #LoveYourBody means a healthy lifestyle, because being happy isn’t enough; we all have to be healthy for ourselves, our loved ones, our employers or clients, our friends and most everyone else that we are significant to.
  • #LoveYourBody is about fitness activities, because aside from health tip talks and booths, there are also activities like Zumba, yoga, running clinic, and so on.
  • #LoveYourBody is a wellness bazaar, and did I mention booths and the bazaar? You won’t see crispy chicken skin and fatty liempo being sold here. What are they selling? There’s only one way to find out – come visit them this Saturday (and please, wake up early for once!) LOL!
  • #LoveYourBody means you value your health, because a few hours on Saturday won’t really screw your weekend. C’mon, give your brain and body a chance, and forgo going up to Tagaytay or the beach for once.

Though the Wellness Bazaar is open to the public, the Zumba, sports and fitness camp activities are not.

An ALL-ACCESS pass is only worth 450 Pesos allowing you join Zumba, Sports + Fitness Camp (Yoga and Running Clinic), raffle stub, health and fitness talks, and bazaar entrance.

Separately, a ZUMBA ACCESS only pass costs 350 Pesos, while a SPORTS + FITNESS CAMP ACCESS only pass is also 350 Pesos.

The #LoveYourBody Fair 2016: Sports and Fitness Camp + Wellness Bazaar is co-presented by Greenfield District, Gelattto by Gelateria Italiana, and Zalora Philippines. This event is co-organized with PMCM Events Management. One of the media partners is The Philippine Bloggers Network – our association of professional bloggers covering various brands, activities and events.

Please go online to register, at

FREEBIES! The first 200 people to register online gets freebies and goodie bags from our sponsors! Register by going to this link:

Reference: Press release from

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