Compass Hospitality to manage 8th Hotel in UK: The Victoria Hotel in Oldham, Manchester

Effective 15 February 2016, Asia based Compass Hospitality Group has signed up its 8th hotel in UK with the management of The Victoria Hotel in Chadderton, Oldham located about 11 kilometres northeast of Manchester.  The 1800 Victorian styled hotel has 72 keys, a restaurant, a lounge, function rooms, landscaped gardens for outdoor events, and ample on-site car parking.  The hotel is conveniently connected to Manchester City Centre and Manchester Airport in the south via the nearby M60 motorway, Metrolink light rail network and National Rail’s railway line.
 The hotel was jointly acquired by Singapore based Seacare Hospitality Pte Ltd and Compass Hospitality.  Both parties also partnered in the acquisition of the Big Sleep Hotels’ portfolio in Cardiff, Cheltenham and Eastbourne in August 2015.
Once a manor house, the property was refurbished into a hotel and many of its rooms and suites have nice garden views.  At Mr. Brown’s Restaurant, guests enjoy their meals in cozy surroundings with a large marine fish tank as an added feature.  In addition to the restaurant, drinks, snacks and afternoon teas can be enjoyed at the Lounge which adjoins the hotel reception lobby.
For hosted events and weddings, The Elizabeth accommodates up to 200 guests while The MacNeil can host smaller groups of up to 100.  For even smaller functions and dinners, The George-Eliot is an ideal choice with its coffered ceiling, elegant interiors and its own separate pre-function foyer.
A short drive away to Manchester is Old Trafford Football Ground and Museum, home to Manchester United and its 130 years of football history, as well as the newer City of Manchester Stadium.  Stonerig Raceway offers adrenalin filled fun with its 8 tracks and race simulation in a Formula One car.  At Peak District National Park covering an area of 1,440 square kilometres, nature abounds at Dove Stone Reservoirs and Saddleworth Moor.
Compass Hospitality Group’s first entry into the UK market was in April 2015, having secured the management of The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury and The White Swan Halifax.  Since then, the UK portfolio has expanded to include the Big Sleep Hotels portfolio in Cardiff, Cheltenham and Eastbourne, The Lace Market Hotel in Nottingham and recently on 1 February 2016, Hawkwell House Hotel in Oxford.
Compass Hospitality’s President & CEO, Harmil Singh said, “Within ten months of our entry into the UK market in April 2015, we now have eight hotels under management in the UK.  The Victoria Hotel marks an important milestone and we intend to build on our market presence here.”
For more information on The Victoria Hotel, feel free to view details at
Compass Hospitality, one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing hospitality management companies, manages and operates a wide portfolio of 50 hospitality properties across all market segments.  Brand identities include Compass Hotels & Suites, Citrus Hotels, Citin Hotels and Ananda Resorts and Spas.  Compass’ portfolio includes hotels, resorts, executive serviced apartments and spas located in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Phuket and Koh Samui in Thailand; in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Pulau Langkawi in Malaysia; and in Shrewsbury, Halifax, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Eastbourne, Nottingham, Oxford and Manchester in the United Kingdom.
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United Kingdom
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New Year’s Eve at Azure Paris Beach Resort

Our New Year’s Eve “Welcoming 2016” was spent at Azure Urban Residences or most famously known as the “Paris Hilton Beach Resort” condominium.

Just like last year, we booked through AirBnb because it’s hassle free, cheap and the hosts are very responsive. If you haven’t tried it yet, visit my post here and see how we love booking through this app.

We booked a one bedroom unit for 2 nights (December 30 to January 1) at 2,500 pesos each, not per person, but per night. Many of you wouldn’t believe, I know. But it’s how you find the best host that would cater to your needs.
Our host, who were both based overseas, were very accommodating to our questions and the transaction happened right on snap. A day after the booking confirmation, we found ourselves in this beautiful luxury condo-resort-urban living.

The unit was at the 8th floor of Santorini Tower with a great view of the club and pool. All 9 towers, some still under construction, were named after famous vacation spots.
The rent per night already covers all of us family, 5 adults and 2 kids. Any guest or visitor can get in, yet only 4 persons (for 1 bedroom and 6 for 2 bedroom units) per day can get to swim in to the wave pool and man made beach. 

Access to rooftop viewing deck, game room with 6 consoles, children’s play room, movie room that fits in 8, Ibiza beach bar, beach volleyball ground are all included.

Please pardon my selfie! Hahaha

Exceptions are use of the gym and lap pool (for residents only), spa (with minimum fee and closed at that time) and function rooms. 
Guests who’d swim would only have to pay 20-peso for the strap. All of us were able to get in to the Paris Beach Club though, yet only my mom, sister and 2 kids get to swim on the first day.

I, on the other hand, borrowed my mom’s strap, and had a good dip during the night. Hahaha!
The pool and club closes at 7pm and opens as early as 6am. 
The place was a 5-min walk to SM Bicutan and PNR station. Jeepneys are also available. We never had a problem with transportation as we were also able to rent an Innova for 700 pesos one way from Bicutan to Sta Mesa.
Unbelievably, we took the PNR, at 15 pesos each, on our way the first day since it’s convenient as we all lived few streets away from PNR Sta Mesa station. 
Parking fee is at 200 per night and 50 pesos for the first 3 hours.
If your’e coming North, you can also take a bus going to Alabang, not Skyway express, and drop off at SM Bicutan.

On the NYE itself, the family, including a few relatives who lived nearby (Merville subdivision) went to visit during media noche and shared some moments in viewing the fireworks at the tower’s roof deck.
So, visitors, yes, can come over even you are only checked in as a guest, provided that they will not sleep of course.

Reason why I love booking at condos instead of hotels as they have a not so tight restriction on number of people who can stay at the room.
As a respect to your hosts, though, do not party mess hard, clean as you go and try not to destroy any fixtures. Yes, you can smoke, but at the balcony.
But of course, if you are interested in buying your own unit you may contact Justin Manalo #TeamMic of Century Properties. So, have fun and look forward reading your stories soon! Feel free to comment below and I’ll get back as quickly as I can.

Jungle Circuit Manila: A Halloween Costume Ball

UNLEASH THE ANIMAL WITHIN at Jungle Circuit Party Halloween costume ball!
Featuring Asia’s most sought after circuit DJ from Taipei ( DJ Odin.L ), A brazilian DJ ( ROMÉO Cavalcante DJ ), 3 international Filipino Circuit DJ ( DJ Brian Cua, DJ Jay Santos & DJ Toy Armada) and 1 filipino Trance DJ ( Jay Miraballes ), and live performances by Martin Buen together with Emcee Orion plus Universo Robot and the House Society Dancers!
We’ll dance til dawn in the Jungle’s temple ruins, designed exclusively for the wildest party animals!
Tickets available at House Manila online or you may buy at Any SM ticketing booth Nationwide. For table reservations contact 09152598178

Like Jungle Circuit Party on facebook to know more! See you there!!! 


Zomato: Bringing Restaurants to the Digital Age

The internet has revolutionized our way of life by making access to information easier. Now, every bit of information is literally just a click away. With the internet being an integral part of our everyday life, consumers increasingly go online to research for options before making decisions, like deciding where to eat.
With this fact in mind, food businesses are now taking advantage of what the web can do for them. Today, the food industry is investing time and effort in creating and sustaining their digital visibility to promote their services and goods online. And because these avenues have wider reach, promotion has never been easier, faster, and more effective.

According to Zomato, an online and mobile restaurant search and discovery service, having websites and social media accounts allows restaurants to create more buzz in the online space. “If you are visible online, especially on Zomato, the searcher will eventually find you, out of a great number of restaurants within an area,” says Anton Ojeda, Zomato Philippines country manager. “By the time you’re shortlisted, it will just depend on the food preference of the searcher to choose you.”

Being visible in the digital space is like hitting two birds with one stone for the food industry. Ojeda adds that having digital presence does not only promote a brand, it also opens the communication line between restaurants and their patrons. “Being present in the digital space is not just about letting people know about your brand. It is about reaching out to them,” Ojeda said.
Through comments and feedbacks, restaurants are informed of how consumers find their services and food. Today, because of social media, consumers can freely say what they think about a particular restaurant, both positive and negative. Zomato found out that reviews by food bloggers as well as everyday diners play an important part when picking out a place to eat. “Filipinos have the habit of researching about a restaurant before actually eating there, and they rely on reviews they find in the Internet,” states Ojeda.

On the other hand, consumers can also give negative feedback through social media, which, as Ojeda says, restaurants take seriously. “In Zomato, restaurant owners can reply to bad reviews,” shares Ojeda. “You’d be surprised how seriously they take these reviews and how quickly they would take actions to address them. And even those with a lot of good reviews would reassess their operations after just one negative feedback from a user.”

Generally, having digital visibility plays an important part in the success of the food industry. It can either make or break the business. One just really needs to be wise enough to take advantage of its benefits, and use any negativity as a catalyst to make the venture grow.
Building a restaurant’s online presence and promoting brands in the digital age will be one of the topics in the first local Zomato Restaurant Summit to be held on May 19. The event, which has the theme Conquering the Digital Age, will bring together restaurateurs and foodies to talk about how restaurants can level up their games in the digital stage. Other topics include the evolution of Philippine restaurants and food tourism. For more information about the Summit, visit here.

About Zomato

Zomato is an online and mobile restaurant search and discovery service, providing in-depth information for over one million restaurants across 22 countries. Zomato’s core content features include menus, photos, and geocoded coordinates for restaurants. It currently serves over 80 million monthly visitors globally.

Zomato was founded in 2008 by Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah. The company is present in over 100 cities across India, the UK, Ireland, Canada, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, UAE, South Africa, New Zealand, the Philippines, Portugal, Brazil, Chile, Turkey, Indonesia, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, and Qatar. Zomato recently acquired Urbanspoon, marking its entry into the United States and Australia.

#Laboracay2015: Know Where To Go

Have you booked your ticket yet for this year’s “catastrophic” Labor Day Weekend in Boracay? If yes, then find out the list of activities and events you can attend for April and May.

2GO PARTY BOAT (April 30, 2015)

For frugal thrill seekers, you can also book your ticket online with 2go. Find out how we did it here. Get an all access to parties even when you are still sailing.

Party Boat by 2Go Travel in partnership with Blackhouse Productions and Rave Manila is happening on April 30 from Batangas to Caticlan! Music by: Callum David, Clyde Harris and Edleen Lim. Tickets are at P2,400 which includes tourist class accommodation on board 2GO, access to all party areas on board, meal, exclusive invite to sunset sessions party in Boracay, 2GO souvenir and a Welcome shot.

Boat departs on April 30 at 9PM, Batangas Port and arrives straight to Caticlan at 7AM (May 1), you can also add Php 300 for bus transfer from MNL (Pasay) to Batangas. For bookings, text/viber 0915 816 7033.


The 1st ever successful circuit party in the Philippines is about to hit the shores of Boracay! Dance for diversity in the most fabulous sunset party festival of freedom Happening at the Roof Deck of Tides Hotel, D’Mall, station 2, Boracay on May 1, 2015. Doors open at 3pm! For inquiries and table reservations pls contact 0917 5120696, you can also buy your tickets here #CuervoJungleCircuitParty


Then, after Jungle Circuit Party, enjoy the Sundazed Foam Party, still, at Tides Hotel Roofdeck and Pool, D’ Mall Station 2, Boracay! Event will be hosted by Gabb Rosario and Wesly Sun powered by Smart in cooperation with Universe Club and Front Row.

Beats from Patty Tiu Deuce Manila, Funk Avy, John Odin, X-Factor (Jojit Mangubat) and DJ Seeyah! Cabanas are already sold out!

For reservation and inquiries, contact 0917 837 8475 for the remaining tables. Sunloungers by the pool is at 15k, Big Pots at 10k and Cocktail tables at 8k.

GROOVE MANILA (May 3, 2015)
And if you can’t get enough of last night’s foam party, there is a follow through! *facepalm*
PARTY PLUNGE (May 2 and 3, 2015)

Labor Day Weekend won’t be complete without a party at the EPIC Club, Boracay. So after the sunset party at Tides, take a quick rest and dinner then party all the way from dusk til dawn. Get to know more about international DJ spinning Sander Van Doorn here

DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL (April 23 to 25, 2015) 
The 9th Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival will be bigger and even better than the previous years. Organised by the Boracay Island Paddlers Association (BIPA) the festival is supported by the Philippine Department of Tourism and the Municipality of Malay.

The Festival programme includes a parade, welcome cocktails and opening ceremony for the teams and the traditional dotting of the “eye of the dragon”. Find out more here

SOLAR ONE BORACAY (April 30 to May 3, 2015)
Join Solar Entertainment Corporation from April 30 to May 3 in the biggest, craziest, wildest, and loudest party of the year… Solar One Boracay! Party at the Strip as we dominate The District, Crystal Sands and Red Coconut with our simultaneous events and parties! Find out more details here.
SAVE SEXY (April 29 to May 2, 2015)

Red Whistle is once again making an awareness on how we can reduce the increasing number of HIV cases in the Philippines. #SaveSexy is an initiative project of Red Whistle promoting zero HIV count! Join the race, be a lifeguard and spread the word! Sign up here!


Well, well.. For health buffs and enthusiasts, join the Skyathon Boracay Beach Run 2015 by none other than, of course, Coach Rio, powererd by Sky. For registration, click here or visit,, you can also register at partner stores Chris Sports, Rudy Project and Philippine Red Cross Boracay. 
Registration Fee is at 600php for 5k and 5k with obstacles, 750 for 10k run and 10k with obstacles. Gun start time is at 6am with assembly time of 5am. This is a run you won’t dare miss! 
MY NESTEA BEACH PLUNGE (April 30 to May 3, 2015)
Visit the refresh lounge. Refresh with delicious ice cold NESTEA® drinks and power up at our charging stations! Pamper yourself with relaxing massage stations and chill with friends while paraw sailing.

Join the night parties between April 30 to May 3, 2015 with all-access to events at Boracay Island for 1,300 per ticket! Watch your favorite volleyball stars Amy Ahomiro, Gretchen Ho, Michelle Gumabao, Cha Cruz and many more for the Nestea Beach Fantasy Match! #Acespikers #Beachblockers #Courtcrushers #DaringDefenders

Join the Beach Clean Up and save Mother Earth. Donate or volunteer to clean up the shores of BOracay and get a free shirt as a memento, plus for every Nestea pitcher that you buy, 5php of which go to the Coral Reef Preservation of Boracay. So register here now! 

(April 30 to May 3, 2015)
Who would want to Zumba at Boracay!?! Uhmmm, meeee!!! LOL. Well, book your getaway at the Best Western Boracay Tropics and get a chance to “party yourself into shape” with Regine Tolentino and the country’s top licensed Zumba Fitness Instructors! Tickets are at P200

Call Boracay Tropics Manila Reservations Office to avail of special discounts on your stay if you’re booking to join the Zumba® Party or call 887-4652 and 8870581 for more details.

SAMA-SAMA GAMES 2015 (May 15 to 17, 2015)
The Philippines Biggest Annual Beach Football Event is happening on May 15 to 17 featuring Gawad Kalinga, Dream Big-Grigio, Futkaleros United, Tacloban Surge, GK Myra Ladies and more… To play the beautiful game of football, in Boracay, the ultimate holiday destination. For more details visit their website  here.

PEPE SMITH & WALLY GONZALES (May 1 to 3, 2015)

Well, well.. Are you bringing your mom and dad? Why? LOL. Don’t worry there is an event that caters to our rockstar parents. Bring them here at Charlie’s Kitchen.

Well, for complete list of events you may choose from, visit here.

Tight on budget, find out how to spend $50 a day in 6 days here. Looking for a budget-friendly hostel with international guests? Find out here. What is going to happen? Find out here.


The First LGBT Circuit Party happening in Boracay

In an LGBT world, have you ever been to a party where you feel that you dont belong? Where you feel you are totally out of place? And the crowd is not just for you? Sadly, sometimes this happens. But what do you do? What are you really partying for? Personally, I party for freedom. Because I feel free. I celebrate how free I am. And you can do this too! This coming Labor Day, it’s time to be totally free! 

Find your bliss….


The 1st ever successful circuit party in the Philippines is about to hit the shores of Boracay! This is Jungle Circuit Party #LaBoracay! Dance for diversity in the most fabulous sunset party festival of freedom!

Happening at the Roof Deck of Tides Hotel, D’Mall, station 2, Boracay on May 1, 2015. Doors open at 3pm! we are 90% sold out on tables and few tickets left! (Strictly NO GUEST LIST)

For inquiries and table reservations pls contact 0917 5120 696


Review: Planet Grapes, EDSA Shangri-La



Planet Grapes opened its 4th branch in EDSA Shangri-La, Ortigas last February 2015. This branch in Pasig is the first to offer an array of food that is best paired with wines.

This wine haven caters to anyone who wants to enjoy “wine without the drama”. It is a place where budding wine enthusiasts can discover wine, one grape a t at time, with no anxiety or judgment.

Planet Grapes is casual, comfortable and creative. The store is equipped with state-of-the-art Italian enomatic machines that allow guests to sample sip, half glass of full glass of different wines  from the best wine regions of the world. It is the perfect place to begin your journey into wine.


Street food meets wine with an adventurous menu containing comfort foods that pair perfectly with wine, although not commonly associated with. 
Their chicharon with tinapa dip is one their unique nibblers, wondered also why it turned it to be yellow and found out that it’s all how it was processed. This is best paired with the classic Paul Mas Sauvignon Blanc 2012 because of its good length, citrus fruits aroma and fruity vivid taste on the palate.
Red Hot Bopis for me is not that really hot at all, it’s not that spicy (well I guess I just have high tolerance with spiciness).
Their chicken barbeque is so tender and is good to be paired with Pircas Negras Malbec, a 2013 Malbec from Argentina, because of its smoky finish and black cherry and plum aromas. It is best to pair with their Organic BBQ Pork Spare Ribs as well.
This tender meat is cooked for 2-3 hours to achieve perfection and is so healthy succulent that you would not stop having a bite.

Turon Trilogy, this is my personal favorite. Reason why it’s called trilogy is that it’s filled with three classic dessert delicacies; banana, ube and langka. After having my first bite, I paired it with the Urban Old Vines 2013, Riesling Germany. It balances the sweet feel leaving no after taste of dullness at all.

The Urban Old Vines 2013 is also best with their Buco Pie Buns, which has this natural taste of macapuno and their trio crème Brule served in banana, original and durian salver. 
Important taste note of Urban Old Vine is is the semi-sweet and refreshing finish made out of green apply and mile lemon aromas.
Once again, I had fun with our Zomato foodie meet-up. Truly, wine is not just a beverage but also a social lubricant. 
Download the zomato app now for Android and Itunes for your best option on search for and discovery of  great places to eat. It is beautifully designed, easy-to-use. Find out more of Planet Grapes and my reviews of different restaurants here!