Geek Christmas Party at Cubao X

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FlipGeeks, the number one portal for everything geek culture, The Appraisery and Rumpus Room is holding a “Geek Xmas Party” at Cubao Expo on Sunday, December 21, 2014 from 3pm to 12am. There will be various activities including raffles, board games and video games for the geek community, bloggers, and media people to enjoy. Registration to join the activities will start at 3pm and those registered will be entitled to one ticket for the raffle.
Together with FlipGeeks, Owners Victor Prieto (The Appraisery), and Kiko Aquino(Rumpus Room) joined forces to bring us the “Geek Xmas Party” to help develop the local geek community by instilling a deeper sense of community between geeks – helping bridge the gap and enhancing the geek experience. This is made possible by the various members of the geek community, bloggers and media people bringing together various audiences of geek culture from comic book fans, moviegoers, video game fans, etc. Our partners in The Appraisery and Rumpus Room are also hosting activities for everyone. Get ready to be introduced to board games through the The Appraisery and enjoy it with your friends. If the virtual world is more to your liking, let Rumpus Room show you how it’s done.

Registration starts at 2pm, so be sure to be there early!
Where: Cubao Expo
When: Sunday, December 21, 2014
What time: 3pm to 12am

Check out FlipGeeks.com and subscribe on Facebook for more details on the party and updates on the current happenings with geek culture.

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Get to Discover a Melting Pot of Color & Wonder with Tourism Malaysia Roadshow 2014 (Part 2)

Continuation of our previous post on Tourism Malaysia. Right after the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) leg, we headed off to the University Belt and arrived to the last destination of the tour, Centro Escolar University (CEU).

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We were welcomed by these Tourism students in Filipiniana attire, which are used in special functions such as this event for this day. They’re in pink folks because this is the university’s color. 😉

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Now everyone has gathered around the auditorium waiting for the show to start.

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And yes, Malaysia’s dance team wowed again this set of audience.

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We did mention we the program had a portion where brands and services held games for the audience. One of the games was Pinoy Henyo. If you’re from the Philippines, it’s based from a game from a noontime show where the player will be asking for hints from the audience, their answers will only respond with a yes or a no. Once, the player figures it out they can answer.

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In this game, all of the topics were related to Malaysia’s tourist spots and the occasional local food.

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The answer is usually shown behind or over the contestant. 😉

The entire auditorium was on the edge of their seats and so was the probocis monkey mascot.

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Did I ever tell you that was the place I wanted to go to if I ever get to travel Malaysia? Haha.

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We were all privileged that day with a representative from Legoland Malaysia. She drew a raffle for a maximum of 2 people in the crowd for a chance to win a trip to Legoland! Lucky winners.

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At the end of the day, after discovering bits and pieces on what makes Malaysia a melting pot of multicultural races, colorful histories and a wonderful mix  of the old world and modern. We had to bid farewell to this Southeast Asian neighbor of ours. This was also the final leg of the roadshow.

We hope we did satiate your curious mind on the wonders of Malaysia, and if you want to find out the rich, cultural heritage that they have to offer.  Drop by Tourism Malaysia.

Once again, we thank the people behind Wazzup Pilipinas and The Ad Creator Marketing and Communications for inviting alapaap88 to help cover this  event.

Get to Discover a Melting Pot of Color & Wonder with Tourism Malaysia Roadshow 2014 (Part 1)

How awesome is this opportunity for Tourism Malaysia to promote around the Philippines with a roadshow tour?

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The roadshow is here to showcase Malaysia’s melting pot of culture, wildlife, the places to go, the cuisine to eat when in Malaysia. Don’t forget the people too!

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Tourism Malaysia, the tourism department for the Malaysian government whose vision – mission is to promote their local tourism industry to a number of colleges and universities in our country to establish a bond with their neighboring countries. Also to promote their 2015 Year of Festivals , a continuation of the Visit Malaysia Year 2014 and it is aimed at creating awareness among foreign visitors on the various festivals in their country. The goal is to achieve 29.4 million tourist arrivals and RM89 billion in tourist receipts for My Fest 2015.  A random piece of information given by our Malaysian visitors, plane flight from Manila to Kota Kinabalu is around an hour and forty minutes. 🙂

Before returning the PUP’s auditorium for their final leg, we’ve managed to wander around. Aside from airline and travel agencies catering to destinations around Malaysia, we have schools based in Malaysia offering either to earn a degree there or even enroll in their distance learning. How cool is that?

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We’ve managed also to have struck a conversation with one of the delegates, adorned in their native wear at the front, whom brought a local musical instrument, the sompoton. Made out of gourd and bamboo pipes . Every material is natural even the adhesive which is made out of wax called Sopinit. Now that’s 100% organic.

As the program began, the Malaysia’s resident dance troupe opened the show by performing traditional dances. The Sabah and Ngarawak Ngajat, a dance that hails from the Iban tribes.

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Another dance is the bamboo dance, a lot like our singkil and tinikling dances here but a bit different still with how they assemble the bamboo poles when performing.

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Another was an amazing demonstration of two dancing chefs with their favored specialities in hand. One is the roti canai, a kind of flat bread sold in Mamak stalls. “Roti” means bread. The Malay word “canai” on the other hand means “to roll out dough”. Basically means “flying bread” , a term that evokes the process of tossing and spinning by which it is.  The other is teh tarik, or “pulled tea”. The tea is sweetened using condensed milk, then prepared using outstretched hands by pouring the tea from a mug into another, repetitively. It is said, the higher the “tarik” or pull, the thicker the froth. Pulling seems to take an effect in cooling down the tea. Turns out teh tarik is an art form in itself and watching the tea streaming back and forth into the containers can be quite a sight to see.

Honestly, I was kinda left hungry after this. LOL

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During the raffle portion courtesy of our generous folks from the airline and travel industry, a number of lucky Tourism students managed to score round trip tickets by participating in the games.

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Malaysian Airlines conducted a “Bring Me Game”. A riot ensued. 😉

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This is a proboscis monkey mascot, a species known for its rather long nose  was in charge of handing over prizes from loot bags to those coveted tickets.

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To cap off the event, an exchange of tokens from the university and from our delegates from Malaysia. May this experience aspire us to travel and discover our other Southeast Asian neighbors’ culture.

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Hope you guys get to book your trip soon to Malaysia. Just visit their site to get a taste on what’s in store on your trip.

Special thanks to the people behind Wazzup Pilipinas and The Ad Creator Marketing and Communications for inviting alapaap88 to help cover this  event.

36 Days of Christmas Sent by BUQO

Remember that Christmas song 12 Days of Christmas?
The idea of receiving a present each day for the next 12 days sounds grand. Personally, if you gave me a book on design or a graphic novel, you’d make me happy. Hmmm, also a pile of magazines on design, fashion and health would be nice. *wink*

There’s actually an even better scenario than 12 days, that’s because the premiere Filipino digital bookstore, Buqo is giving away a different book everyday for 36 days!

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Yes, that’s 36 days! Because 12 days just isn’t enough!

Buqo the digital bookstore, news stand and reader in one app will be giving away a book or magazine EVERY SINGLE DAY starting from November 26 up to the very last day of 2014. A new new book or magazine will be featured daily and will be completely free to download for 24 hours.  Availability of the item will be 11:00am until 10:00am the next day to get it. When 11:00am comes around again, a new freebie will be released.

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So download it on your iOS or Android device, or both. 🙂

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Add up buqo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you’ll be sure to get the freshest and latest news from them.

Visit us at www.buqo.ph.

So keep your eyes peeled everyday on the free book or magazine so follow me
as well on Twitter for updates.

One of a Kind Cab Experience with Easy Taxi

Announcing the latest team up of Easy Taxi last Oct 30 2014.

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Luigi D’ Avola (left) for Sun Cellular

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Vernice Enciso (left) for SMART

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Phoemela Baranda (left) for Belo and We Chat Girls

Together with brands We Chat, Sun Cellular, SMART & Belo. Easy Taxi has partnered with four of Manila’s biggest brands as it aims to give Filipinos a unique, fast, and safe riding experience with the launch of the Easy Taxi Product Cars.

The world’s biggest taxi booking application to date, EASY TAXI allows passengers to easily request for a taxi and track it in real time- all in just one click.

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Beginning October 31 until December 31, Easy Taxi Product Cars will be roving around the streets of Manila, giving free rides to Easy Taxi users while offering one-of-a-kind in-cab experience. The campaign was launched during the 30th at The Eastwood Open Park, with various celebrity endorsers of the different brands (Belo, SMART, Sun Cellular, and We
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Crystal Belo, Pimpy (the mascot for Belo) and Phoemela Baranda.
BTW, I tried the their Belo Acne Pro line. It works! I was adverse at first since my skin reacts to a number of skincare products. 

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Pimpy in bite size portions courtesy of Belo. 🙂

Among the personalities spotted in the event were celebrities Crystal Belo, Phoemela Baranda, Chino Lui Pio, Luigi D’ Avola, Vernice Enciso and other top executives from the business world. The night unveiled the four product cars, each with a distinctive offering for its passengers from freebies to free Wi-Fi in every vehicle. Sweet huh? Keep your eyes peeled then and better get lucky with that free ride then. 🙂

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 To cap off the evening, ended the event with a sky full of fireworks.

Thank you Easy Taxi for launching this new brand partnership. A lot of commuters would be looking forward for a smooth ride during this limited offer. For more updates you can check out their fb page. 🙂