5 travel fails to avoid

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Make travel insurance a part of your travel checklist. Get protection from Smart Traveller of Charter Ping An, a subsidiary of AXA, a leading global insurer.

Traveling is such a wonderful thing! It helps you appreciate different cultures and teaches you so many lessons that aren’t taught in the classroom. But to make each trip truly meaningful, you have to prepare very well for it.

But even seasoned travelers may run into unforeseen setbacks. Here is a list of common travel fails and what to do in case you find yourself in one.

  1. Missed flight or other modes of transportation

Missing your flight or other transfers can be very stressful and costly as it can change your itinerary. But don’t panic! Find out your options, such as travel alternatives to your destination.

Be flexible, too! Know your schedule to give yourself ample time to prepare. While it’s good to have an itinerary, it’s also helpful to have a flexible schedule so you can immediately adjust to unforeseen circumstances.

  1. Lost luggage

Make your luggage easily identifiable by adding some personal touches, like a luggage cover protector or bag tags with your name and address. If the airline loses your luggage, report it immediately. Have the basic necessities and at least one set of clothes in your carry-on bag to tide you over as you wait for your luggage. If the airline is unable to recover your bag, your travel insurance can help.

Make travel insurance a part of your travel checklist. Get protection from Smart Traveller of Charter Ping An. Not only will it provide protection for your personal belongings, it also comes with a wide range of benefits, including 24-hour medical assistance, personal accident coverage, liability and personal safety coverage, and even refunds for unexpected expenses. Application is easy! Visit the AXA website (www.axa.com.ph/charterpingan/smart-traveller) and choose the ideal coverage for your trip. Eligible applicants must hold Philippine identification documents like birth certificate, long-term visa pass, dependent or student pass, and employment certificate for adults 18 to 70 years old.

  1. Luggage overload

Lugging  heavy suitcases as you chase after a bus or train or try to catch your flight makes travel more difficult, stressful, and even costly because it could mean paying extra for excess baggage. Pack light by choosing clothes that are suitable for any situation and occasion. Bring only the most essential. Have your toiletries in miniature containers and carry your jacket instead of putting it in your bag.

  1. Lost/missing travel documents

Travelers who are rushing may misplace things like passports or other important documents. When that happens, remember to keep calm and immediately ask for assistance from the nearest embassy or consulate. Keep electronic and paper copies of your passport and other necessary documents with you, and constantly check your valuables wherever you go.

  1. Cash shortage

Having cash is the easiest way to pay for things when traveling, but if you’re not careful, you can run low on cash before the end of your trip. To make your cash last long, bring a refillable water container so you don‘t have to buy bottled water, or shop at local stores for affordable and authentic local cuisines. Create a daily budget for your trip and stick to it. Have a credit card for emergencies.

Traveling is a good investment. Enjoy a hassle-free vacation and always be protected by availing of Smart Traveller now. For more information, visit http://www.axa.com.ph.

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Discovery Perlas Pilipinas wins in Japan tourney anew

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Discovery Perlas Pilipinas, former women’s national basketball team, brings pride to the country once again as it emerged victorious in the recently staged Memorial Day Tournament held in the Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.

Former women’s national basketball team Discovery Perlas Pilipinas topped for the second year in a row in the recent Memorial Day Tournament at the Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.

Cheering the team on its way to a back-to-back victory was Cynthia Tiu, team manager and acknowledged mother of Philippine women’s Basketball. A member of the family behind the Discovery group of hotels and resorts, Tiu has made it her personal mission to provide full and unwavering support to Discovery Perlas Pilipinas. She has been an advocate for women’s basketball since 2008. That year, for the first time in Philippine history, the national team won the gold in the SEABA Tournament and two silver medals in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The Discovery Perlas consists of 12 members, each a bemedalled baller from top educational institutions: Ish Tiu, SEA Games silver medalist, from Ateneo de Manila University; Ella Rodriguez, from Los Angeles, California and a player from Enderun Colleges; Joylyn Pangilinan, a member of the Guam National Team who is also from Enderun Colleges; Karla Manuel, Carolina Sanggalang, Sai Larosa and SEA Games silver medalist Joy Galicia, all from the University of Santo Tomas; Ford Grajales, SEA Games silver medalist, from Lyceum of the Philippines University; Lhen Flormata, SEA Games silver Medalist, also from Lyceum; Rica Francisco, from Rizal Technological University; Angeli Gloriani, SEA Games silver medalist, from De La Salle University; and Banjo Soriano, a member of University Athletic Association of the Philippines champion team from Far Eastern University.

Rodriguez, 25 and 5”11, received the Most Valuable Player Award while Pangilinan, 19, a Filipino-American from Guam, was chosen as a member of the “Mythical Five” of NAASCU (National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities).

Haydee Ong, the team’s head coach, says victory did not come easy. “It takes a lot of sacrifice to prepare a team for an international competition. First of all, you have to deal with the different players’ various other commitments. Some of our players are already working and some are playing for different universities,” she says.

Assistant Coach Sen Dysangco credited Tiu and the Discovery group for their patronage that helped Discovery Perlas achieve so much. “Through thick and thin, win or lose, she (Tiu) has always tried to generate grassroots support for women’s basketball,” says Dysangco. Private sector support, he says, is much needed as government funding is not enough to cover the team’s expenses.

Discovery Country Suites Gets Shortlisted for Haute Grandeur’s Global Hotel Awards

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Discovery Country Suites has been shortlisted along with some of the world’s best hotels for Haute Grandeur’s Global Hotel Awards. Haute Grandeur is an independent award-giving body that recognizes the best hospitality experience from across 7 continents, 172 countries, and 90 categories. To be awarded by Haute Grandeur, different factors are taken into consideration, such as rooms, food & beverage, service, overall hotel facilities, location, ambience, design, unique guest experience, online presence, guest reviews, among others.

As a part of The Discovery Leisure Company’s roster of hotels and resorts, Discovery Country Suites provides a calm respite for its guests with their picturesque view of Taal and its trademark outstanding service. As a seven-suite manor home, one of the things that separate Discovery Country Suites from most hotels is its exclusivity. Those who enter the property can immediately feel the distinctive feeling of home. From the personalized service, elegant suites, signature experience of wine and cheese at sundown, to the sumptuous dishes of Restaurant Verbena, a stay at Discovery Country Suites is a unique experience in itself.

Being shortlisted for a prestigious award is already an honor for Discovery Country Suites, but excellence has always been imparted in their roots. Guest ratings are an important part of winning the award, which is why guests are encouraged to share their honest feedback through various travel websites. Winners will be announced on November 1, 2018.

Discovery Country Suites is located along 300 Calamba Road, San Jose, Tagaytay City, 4120 Philippines. For inquiries and reservations, call (02) 5298172, email reservations@dcs.discovery.com.ph or visit http://www.discoverycountrysuites.com.

 

ABOUT DISCOVERY COUNTRY SUITES

With seven elegant and unique suites that radiate the feeling of home with the view of Taal Lake and Volcano right at its window, Discovery Country Suites offers a relaxing stay for guests looking for a Tagaytay getaway. Inside the property is Restaurant Verbena – serving up fresh dishes and staying true to its country contemporary cuisine tied together with the “Service that’s All Heart” Discovery has always been known for.

With so much to explore in Tagaytay, Discovery Country Suites neighbors some of the country’s best golf courses, flower farms, spa resorts, and concept restaurants.

 

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About Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards

The Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards was established as an independent and unbiased initiative to honour the very highest achievements from across the global hotel industry in 2014, recognising exceptional contributions by outstanding hotels with Marinique De Wet as CEO at the helm. This prestigious Awards system is exclusive to the Haute Grandeur brand, and considered without equal because of its method. Unbiased results are guaranteed by placing emphasis on quality feedback from guests, rather than quantity of votes by a panel of judges or general public.

A wealth of experience and thorough understanding of the global hotel and spa Awards industries result from 10 years’ hands-on experience in operations – including her role as Managing Director of two highly successful international luxury hotel & spa Awards brands, and Editor of numerous industry-related publications. As a solutions-driven and insightful individual, she identified the need for an absolute transparent rating system due to industry concerns with existing systems in recent years. “I wanted to improve existing global Awards concepts to offer a more alternative system, where participants are guided on how they can improve on their existing service levels as part of the recognition process”, shares Marinique. “Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards is focused on fairness and transparency that form the basis of any credible Awards system.”

The Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards promise to raise service delivery levels by means of awarding only the very best in the industry. It aims to focus on hotels that do not want to win the “average” award and celebrates the very best in hotel experiences across 7 continents, 172 countries and 90 categories. Participating hotels are generally seen as the benchmark in the industry as they create awareness about the value and importance of constantly raising the bar of excellence.

The value of a Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Award is powerful in terms of its ability to boost marketing and promises to have a direct impact on guests perceptions and revenue. It provides the much needed inspiration that hotels look for by identifying role model properties across all continents in order to further raise their current levels of service delivery to even greater heights.

The annual Awards Gala Ceremony where winners are revealed, is not only the most dazzling event of the year on the luxury hotel industry calendar, it also highlights the values of leadership, hard work, dedication, ambition and success. This event takes place each year in a different exotic location and offers hoteliers in attendance new networking opportunities.

The Haute Grandeur Global Hotel AwardsTM provide travelers with a trusted source of Award winning properties to choose from when booking their holidays or business trips, knowing that our winners have been hand-picked and rewarded for overall excellence on many levels. The Awards aims to be regarded as the largest & most trusted Awards initiative in the world with a rating process that is transparent and fair.

Myths and facts about weight-loss supplements

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Losing weight requires a lot of dedication and hard work and may involve physical and emotional costs. It is hardly surprising that many prefer the easy route by taking weight-loss supplements. While almost all weight-loss supplements are marketed as beneficial for the body, some may actually be harmful to one’s health.

Nutrition experts debunk certain claims about weight-loss supplements and reveal possible health risks.

Myth #1: Weight-loss supplements are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Truth: The US FDA does not have the authority to review dietary supplement products for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed. It only steps in when a “dietary supplement” is found to contain harmful substances.

Myth #2: Weight-loss supplements alone are enough to lose pounds.

Truth: Weight-loss supplements cannot substitute for healthy eating and regular exercise. Many weight-loss supplements’ labels include a disclaimer that they do not guarantee a specific weight-loss benefit, that individual results may vary and, to get the most benefit, they must be combined with proper diet and exercise.

Myth #3: Supplements like Hoodia, green tea and bitter orange aid in weight loss.

Truth: Green tea, bitter orange and the African herb hoodia have not been scientifically proven to burn fat. In fact, hoodia has not been studied in humans. It is also unclear if it curbs appetite. Green tea contains a fair amount of caffeine, which may result in some weight loss initially, but it will not burn fat. Too much caffeine can affect the heart rhythm and disturb sleep. Bitter orange has synephrine, an alkaloid found in plants, that can be dangerous to health as it increases heart rate and blood pressure.

Myth #4: “Natural” is safe.

While some supplements may result in weight loss in the short term, they may have long-term adverse effects on the body, which may not be able to handle the stress of dramatic weight loss or process artificial food and supplements. They may be unsafe for those with existing medical conditions or those who need to lose a lot of weight.

If you feed your body the right kinds of food, avoid unhealthy snacks and adopt other healthy habits, you should be able to rebalance and reboot your metabolism naturally. Nothing beats fresh and good food to improve health and promote healthy weight loss.

 

Liza Soberano has “No Time To Wait”

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At such a young age, Liza Soberanohas already attained so much in her career as an A-list actress, with a string of top-rating television showsand nottop-grossing movie blockbustersto her name, earning herthe title of box-office queen. Yet, with all that she has achieved, Liza also learned to keep her feet firmly on the ground, and never allowed all that success get to her.

In many ways,Liza stands as a role model and inspiration, a reflection of the ideals thatthe youth aspire for: to be independent and goal oriented, accomplishing feats in their own terms through hard work and a boundless creative energy that pushes them forward.Truly, Liza is youthful, driven, and highly talented.

Similarly, Liza is also the perfect embodiment of TechnoMarine’s “No Time To Wait” campaign, a celebration ofthe passionate spirit that drives the now generation as they break stereotypes and take hold of the opportunities that come their way. They are relentless, with a clear vision of where they want to go and how to get there.

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For young achievers like you on the rise, there’s a TechnoMarine watch that’s your perfect partner at work or at play: the NEW MoonSun with Nato Strap, with the precision of theQuartz movement, a gold-tone stainless steel case with a flame fusion crystal, and 50m water resistant.

Exhibiting a sporty elegance that’s perfectly attuned to your lifestyle, this new TechnoMarine watch is the embodiment of youthful success, just like Liza Soberano. Because, really, there’s no time to wait in your journey to the top.

TechoMarine can be found in Greenbelt 3, Robinson’s Galleria, Robinson’s Magnolia, Shangri-La Plaza, SM City Cebu, SM Lanang Premier Davao, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, TriNoma, and Uptown Mall.

Be fashionably sporty with TechnoMarine MoonSunNato

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For chic, adventure-driven women, the TechnoMarine MoonSun watch with Nato Strap may be the perfect accessory. It projects toughness while exuding classic sophistication. The watch has a silver dial encased in a gold-tone 40mm stainless steel and flame fusion crystal. Made with the precision of Quartz movement and water resistant up to 50 meters, it has a durable blue and white Nato band with leather lining, and may be worn for short periods of recreational swimming.  With the new TechnoMarine MoonSunNato watch, there is no time to wait but to enjoy life’s daily adventures without compromising style. To know more, visit TechnoMarine stores in Greenbelt 3, Robinson’s Galleria, Robinson’s Magnolia, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM City Cebu, SM Lanang Premier Davao, TriNoma, and Uptown Mall, or follow TechnoMarinePH on Facebook and Instagram.

Clear vision within arm’s reach with Varilux® X seriesTM

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Near vision blurriness begins at age 40. Presbyopia or near vision blurriness is a natural part of aging where individuals experience difficulty reading printed words up close, checking websites onscreen or seeing objects at a distance.

Presbyopia can be corrected with progressive lenses that provide seamless vision between near, intermediate and far distances. Progressive lenses no longer have the distinct line found across traditional bi-focals, giving the wearer a more modern, youthful look.

Essilor, the inventor of progressive lenses, presents the Varilux® X seriesTM, designed to reinvent near vision by extending it further within arm’s reach.

“With the launch of the Varilux® X seriesTM, 40-year-olds and above no longer have to worry about vision problems. They can enjoy life with clear and healthy eye sight,” said Essilor Philippines general manager Dr. Emelita Roleda.

The most advanced progressive lens, the Varilux® X seriesTM uses a revolutionary technology called Xtend™. The result is near vision sharpness and fluidity within arm’s reach.

With today’s digital-focused life, 40-something individuals can comfortably and seamlessly capture every detail when viewing their smartphones, tablets and laptops.

See life clearly with the Varilux® X seriesTM progressive lenses.

Learn more about Varilux progressive lenses by visiting your eye care professional or leading optical shop by logging on to www.essilor.com.ph

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About Essilor

The world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, Essilor designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its mission is to improve lives by improving sight. To support this mission, Essilor allocates more than €200 million to research and innovation every year, in a commitment to continuously bring new, more effective products to market. Its flagship brands are Varilux®, Crizal®, Crizal Transitions®, Crizal Eyezen™, Xperio®, It also develops and markets equipment, instruments and services for eye care professionals.

Essilor reported consolidated revenue of more than €7.1 billion in 2016 and employs 64,000 people worldwide. It markets its products in more than 100 countries and has 32 plants, 523 prescription laboratories and edging facilities, as well as five research and development centres around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.essilor.com.

The Essilor share trades on the Euronext Paris market and is included in the Euro Stoxx 50 and CAC 40 indices.

 

Brilliant opportunities with My Diamond Privilege Program

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My Diamond, one of the top jewelers in the country, has built a reputation for excellent knowledge and craftsmanship in gems, especially diamonds. After two decades in the jewelry scene, it has garnered a followingfrom clients; therefore, My Diamond launched the My Diamond Privilege Program last 2012.

The privilege program offers members brilliant perks like lifetime discounts on ready-to-wear, repeat design requests, and made-to-order jewelry; free after-sales jewelry care services; professional cleaning; and stone tightening once a year from date of purchase. They can also enjoy various lifestyle perks from affiliate and partner brands like TechnoMarine, Daniel Wellington, Couturissimo, as well as access to private events and member-only sales.

This July, My Diamond Privilege Program members can get up to five percent additional discount, on top of their exclusive MDPP discount, when they buy any My Diamond jewelry.Members can also extend their discount to friends that they invite to shop with them and let them enjoy the same discount exclusive to privileged members.

Grab this brilliant opportunity now and sign up to become a My Diamond Privilege Program member.

Visit MyDiamond concept stores at Ayala Center Cebu, Festival Supermall, Gateway Mall, Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Robinsons Place Manila, SM Lanang Premier Davao, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, and SM Aura Premier.

For more information, like and follow My Diamond on Facebook and Instagram: MyDiamondPH.

Celebrating the power of design

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The Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) celebrated recently the World Industrial Design Day by organizing workshops and talks on the impact of design on the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of a community. Held at the Robins Design Center in Ortigas, the one-day event had the theme “Designing Wellness”. Speakers included mental health advocate and multi-awarded digital marketer Dominique de Leon, building biologist and Holy Carabao Farms founder Melanie Go, and Innovable, Inc. chief design officer Christina Guanzon. The workshops were attended by representatives of the different sectors of the design industry. DCP, which is committed to cultivating a culture that thrives in creativity, value creation and innovation, tirelessly implements projects to provide Filipino designers a platform not only to sharpen their talents but also to strengthen their entrepreneurial skills so they can compete in the global scene. In photo (L-R): Dominique de Leon, Design Center of the Philippines Executive Director Rhea Matute, Pauline Guanzon, Christina Guanzon, Niña Terol, Jenica Dizon, and Melanie Go.

Sweet 7th anniversary deals from Villa Del Conte

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Sweet 7th anniversary deals from Villa Del Conte – Villa Del Conte is celebrating a sweet milestone as it reaches 7 years of creating rich, decadent and authentic Italian chocolates! Savor the masterfully crafted Villa Del Conte chocolates with their tempting anniversary deals available only until the end of July. It features Villa Del Conte signature boxes: Grande Box which contains 500 grams of 40-45 pieces of chocolates; Medio Box which contains 250 grams of 20-25 pieces of chocolates; and Piccolo Box which contains 115 grams of 9-11 pieces of chocolates. These boxes also come with Villa Del Conte gift cards. Celebrate each bite of authentic Italian goodness with Villa Del Conte chocolates available in all Villa Del Conte stores in Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, SM Megamall, and Robinsons Magnolia. For bulk orders and to know more about Villa Del Conte’s indulgent creations, contact 893-2575, visit www.villadelcontecioccolato.com, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram: @VillaDelContePh and on Twitter: @villadelconte.