Dining In can now feel safer with B Hotel’s Park & Dine

B Hotel Alabang and B Hotel Quezon City have recently launched the “Park & Dine” option for guests who are still hesitant to dine inside restaurant establishments due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

With Park & Dine, guests can park, order, and enjoy their favorite dishes within the comfort of their vehicles. It will be served to their cars how it would normally be inside the hotel’s café and restaurants.

A specially made plank will be placed on the guests’ vehicle to serve as a dining table. Various payment options are available, including cashless or digital payments for lesser contact.

“We thought about the guests who miss dining in but are still afraid of going outside their comfort zones, and even guests who love to order from our hotels but are not within the reach of their delivery apps,” said Mr. Ryan Chan, B Hotels Managing Director, as to why they pursued this new concept.

With this new initiative, dining in can now feel safer and with the same quality of food and services as inside the hotel.

As one of the leading locally-owned hotel groups, The Bellevue Hotels & Resorts remain committed to offering its guests a safe and comfortable dining experience.  All of its hotels are consistently implementing stringent health and safety protocols to ensure the well-being of both their guests and employees.

Park & Dine is available at B Hotel Alabang’s Prime Café from 4 PM to 10 PM, Mondays to Sundays; and at B Hotel Quezon City’s Johnny’s Steak and Grill from 11 AM to 8 PM, Wednesdays to Saturdays.

For more information, guests can reach (+632) 8828 8181 for B Hotel Alabang, and (+632) 990 5000 for B Hotel Quezon City.

The Bellevue Hotels and Resorts offers exclusive deals on SOS to ramp up local tourism efforts

One of the leading locally-owned hotel groups, The Bellevue Hotels and Resorts (BH&R) pushes its effort to support and revive tourism in the country by joining Hotel Sales and Marketing Association International’s (HSMA) September Online Sale (SOS) from September 15 to October 15, 2021.

SOS aims to contribute to local tourism recovery and bring back public confidence for safe travels. BH&R’s properties – The Bellevue Manila, B Hotel Quezon City, and The Bellevue Resort – Bohol will continue to participate in this year’s online sale, and bring distinctive, safe, and worry-free experiences to its guests.

In this year’s SOS, BH&R is offering the following best value hotel and resort packages that can be used anytime until December next year:

  • The Bellevue Manila
    • Ensaymada Overload Voucher – The best-selling Ensaymada in town is on an exclusive buy 3, get 1 free sale at Php285! People can choose from various flavors such as Ube, Malolos, Leche Flan, Chocolate, and Plain.
    • Phoenix Court Dimsum & More Voucher – Relish on Phoenix Court’s dishes with only Php1,500, good for two persons. Enjoy this 28% off by yourself or as a gift.
  • B Hotel Quezon City
    • Stay at B Room Promo – Experience staying in a Superior Room at B Hotel QC with only Php 2,799 per night. This promo includes a Php500 food and beverage (F&B) credit, and an additional 10% discount.
    • Steak Experience at Johnny’s Steak & Grill – Enjoy a grilled steak perfection with a four-course steak experience for only Php2,499, good for two persons. This includes a complimentary two glasses of house wine and 25% off from its regular price.
    • Gift Voucher at Johnny’s Steak & Grill – Either use it for yourself or as a gift, this voucher applies a 15% discount from its regular price and is already good for two persons.
    • Intimate Feast – For the price of Php10,999, 10 guests will be able to indulge with three-course plated lunch or dinner, one round of iced tea, one bottle of house wine, and use of the function room for four hours.
    • B Blissful Package – For wedding preparations, this package would best suit the bride and groom as they can choose whether to avail of two nights stay in a Superior Room with breakfast for two or an overnight stay in two Superior Rooms with breakfast for four, for only Php15,888. This includes congratulatory wine and cheese platter, permission to shoot in designated areas, complimentary use of one mannequin, Johnny’s Steak and Grill gift certificate worth Php2,000, and a 10% off discount on additional rooms.
  • The Bellevue Resort – Bohol
    • Seas The Day (Day Use Promo) – For only Php988 per person, guests can enjoy Php800 worth of food and beverages (F&B) credit in their Marea restaurant, beach access, use of the infinity pool, and use of game and non-motorized aqua sports facilities.
    • Pair-fect Moment (Romantic Dinner for Two) – Enjoy a four-course set meal with a personal butler, and a matching romantic set-up by the beach, garden or view deck for only Php 4,999.
    • Te-reef-fic Get-away (Room only and Room with Breakfast) – Guests can have their overnight stay in a Superior or Deluxe Room with or without breakfast for two. There will also be discounts in F&B, spa services, boat rentals, and complimentary use of non-motorized aqua sports facilities. All for only Php3,999 and Php4,999 respectively.
    • Let’s Sea-lebrate! (Themed Party Package) – Celebrate your day at the resort with its themed party package for only Php13,888 which you can choose from kiddie, slumber to pool party. Packages include complimentary use of venues for 4 hours, food, and more.

*Terms and conditions apply for all properties

As part of the BH&R’s commitment to safer tourism, all its hotels are implementing stringent measures to maintain public health standards set by the government to enable people to travel with ease.

This exclusive sale runs for a limited time only. For more information, email The Bellevue Manila at irdps@thebellevue.com or call (632) 8771-8181 local 2300, B Hotel Quezon City at ressupervisor@thebellevue.com or call (632) 8990 5000, and The Bellevue Resort – Bohol at sregalado@thebellevuebohol.com or call (6338) 422 2222.

Building a home of storytellers through PLDT and Smart’s mental health initiative

A 16-year-old incoming senior high school, a mental health survivor, an online ESL teacher and a K-pop fan. They are the four winners of PLDT and Smart’s Better Today Time Capsule Project, a mental health initiative that focuses on art as a form of catharsis. 

The winners received a ‘meaningful connections boost’, which is a connectivity package from Smart worth P25,000. Each winner also had an opportunity to give a ‘community changemaking boost’, which is a matching donation for their favorite mental health charity or advocacy group. 

“In PLDT and Smart, through our Time Capsule Project, we hope to inspire a generation of changemakers and advocates. We want to give every Filipino Youth a chance to tell their story. This is the legacy that we are building: a home of storytellers who find their voice and speak their own truth— in every way possible and in all forms. All these serve as a valid reflection of our time today,” said PLDT and Smart FVP and Group Corporate Communications Head Cathy Yap-Yang. 

Healing takes time 

25-year-old AMarie V is a writer and a big K-pop fan. While she was scrolling through her Facebook news feed, she chanced upon the Time Capsule Project and decided to enter the competition. Her entry called, ‘The Moon Princess’ is a short story about hope where the main character endures hard times and is reminded of her strength. 

“Like the moon princess, everyone radiates their own light – their passion, dreams, hope, faith, and love. But because of the challenges we encounter, sometimes, it’s hard to be okay all the time,” AMarie V said. “Like the moon princess, we will experience this kind of season. But, we will always have those people who will remind us to stand up and live happily again. We just need to embrace this phase and keep on trying and not give up,”

According to AMarie V, the Time Capsule Project enabled her to be honest with her feelings. “Once we acknowledge our weaknesses and that we need help, healing starts. So, through this Time Capsule journey, I was able to free myself. And it feels good,” AMarie V said. 

She chose the Light of Jesus Pastoral Care Center as the recipient of her community changemaking boost. It is a ministry who provides free sessions for emotionally and spiritually wounded.

Appreciating the simple things

16-year-old Gabrielle is an incoming senior high school whose dream is to become a graphic designer. Her visual art, which is a short comic strip, about her furry little friend Splatt won her a place in the Time Capsule Project. 

“My dog keeps my family and I happy every day. When I think about how our lives were before having him, I can easily see that he has brought joy into our family,” Gabrielle said.

According to Gabrielle, the Time Capsule Project encouraged her to hone her skills as she created her art. She ended up expressing her feelings through the comic. For her, making the art felt therapeutic. 

Gabrielle gave a community changemaking boost to the Anxiety and Depression Support Philippines, which is a support group community and a mental health initiative run by volunteers. 

Embracing grief, moving forward

Carlos Ilustrado shares her personal story on hope and resilience. She embraced what she was feeling the past year after losing her father. She wanted to tell her story as a way to reach out to other people who may share the same experience. She wanted to remind them that they’re not alone.

“I’m often lost but I was truly lost when my father died – having him taken away is like losing a limb. I was angry, but I wasn’t alone. I have my family and I still have myself. I want to make my father proud, even if he’s not here anymore,” Carlos Ilustrado said. 

For Carlos Ilustrado, writing is her way of expressing her feelings and emotions. “It’s a choice to move forward. We’re not meant to be in one place. Life goes on and it’s best to hold on to memories so we can move forward,” Carlos Ilustrado said. 

Carlos Ilustrado chose to share the community changemaking boost to the Boxless Society, which is a growing community and support group for artists who are diagnosed with mental health conditions. 

Championing mental health

Zcyra Mae is currently studying dentistry at the University of the East. She is a mental health survivor and advocate. She found out about the Time Capsule Project through the Youth for Mental Health Coalition, Inc. “I decided to join because I wanted people to know that even in the darkest times, storms will pass and the sun will shine again,” Zcyra Mae said. 

Zcyra Mae’s poem called, ‘Dreams to Wake Up for’ is inspired by her dream of becoming an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. According to her, ever since she was a child, she dreamt of serving people and alleviating their pain. 

In 2017, Zcrya Mae’s mental health deteriorated, which she felt was her rock bottom. She had to file for a leave of absence and drop some of her classes. The Time Capsule journey helped Zcyra Mae to bravely share her story. “It created an opportunity for me to write a poem which is a big part of my soul. Writing made me feel at home in my safe haven. It became a form of catharsis ever since I discovered that I could release my repressed emotions through writing, I started using it as one of my healthy coping mechanisms,” Zcyra Mae said. Zcyra Mae donated her community changemaking boost to the Youth for Mental Health Coalition, Inc., which is one of the country’s largest mental health advocacy groups. 

champion mental health advocacy through creative expression

PLDT and its wireless unit, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have just launched Time Capsule Project, a virtual art festival on mental health and wellness under its Better Today program.

Through the virtual festival, the youth is encouraged to express themselves, by submitting entries in the form of drawings, paintings, poems or short stories. The top winners of Better Today’s Time Capsule Project will have the opportunity to receive from PLDT and Smart a matching donation, which they can then give to their chosen mental health organizations and advocacy groups.

The entries for the Time Capsule Project is anchored on four key mental health pillars and narrative namely, Passion and Purpose (which are things that inspire and keep us going); Resilience (things that push us to power through difficulties); Empathy (things that unite us and uplift the spirits of those in most need); and Hope (things that give light amid darkness).

As participants embark on self-reflection and create their own time capsules, they are also encouraged to dedicate matching art and thoughtful pieces for those in need within the larger community. These include the country’s health care workers who brave the frontlines and risk their lives every day in the performance of their duty to the country; vulnerable children who suffer abuse and are deprived of a happy childhood; and fellow Filipinos who struggle through lonely isolation and mental health issues due to the circumstances of the pandemic.

Better Today is PLDT and Smart’s collaborative platform for change making in the digital space. The program emphasizes the companies’ commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), particularly UN SDG #3: Good Health and Well-Being. The downloadable link for the tool kit and mechanics can be found in Better Today’s social media platforms. To know more about the Time Capsule Project and the details on how to join the art festival, please follow Better Today PH at (@bettertodayph) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Random Finds: Paper Soap

Disclaimer: This is not a paid post. I just want to share random finds that you’d might like to try out as well 😉

Even before the pandemic outbreak, I already got the habit of sanitizing my hands every once in a while especially when handling bills and coins.

Now that alcohol and sanitizers are definitely a must in and out of the house, I know how it can be frustrating to run out or forget to bring a bottle of rubbing alcohol when going outside. This is where paper soap can be handy.

It sounds surreal but it’s true. Paper soap exists, and I was able to spot a good steal of paper soaps when I visited a Penshoppe branch in a nearby mall. It was originally priced at P99 each, but I bought it from a Buy 1, Take 1 sale. The size is almost similar to a dental floss so it can easily fit in your pouch or bag pockets.

This how the product looks like. It matched my nail color too!

How to use it?

Alcohol or sanitizers are only a spritz away, but keeping a paper soap in your bag at all times can save you when you accidentally run out of alcohol. Needless to say, paper soap can also give your hands a thorough-cleansing. It’s great when you dine out and needs a good ol’ handwashing to remove the smell of food from your hands.

This item is pretty straightforward—here’s how to use it:

  1. Get a single film or sheet of paper soap.
  2. Put it in the palm of your hand. Add water.
  3. Lather it up and watch as the paper dissolve and turn into a foamy texture.
  4. Wash your hands for 20 seconds!
  5. Rinse then use a dryer or a clean paper towel.
Just a quick video demo on how to use it.
Production quality: In progress.

My Experience

The item itself is interesting; it’s my first time seeing a paper soap in the market. The packaging is simple but sturdy while the sheets itself are a bit damp (not sure what I was expecting but I was fascinated upon seeing it). The sheet dissolves easily and has a filmy texture. It will look like a small chunk of soaked tissue when you lather it up, but no worries as it can be easily dissolved.

For the scent, I’m not actually a fan because it reminds me of a certain brand or variant of men’s deodorant. Though overall, it gives you a clean feeling afterwards.

Verdict

It’s pretty easy to use and carry around. So if you want to be extra careful, I really recommend you keep a paper soap in your bag. If you find this cool, it’s also fun and practical to give as a gift to your friends. There’s a pink variation of this one with a different scent as well. Overall, this product is worth buying because apart from an essential hygiene item, you can also use it for long travels or light packing. If you don’t want to bring a bar of soap or a bottle of liquid soap, this can be a good space-saver option.

Let us know if paper soap is a Yay or Nay for you!

Stay safe, stay clean, and most importantly, stay at home.

Celebrating #IWD2021 with #SheInspiresMe campaign on Twitter

Twitter is the place they come to converse in an authentic way and this #InternationalWomensDay, Twitter is highlighting those voices with a Southeast Asia-wide campaign, #SheInspiresMe.

Twitter’s #SheInspiresMe campaign gathered more than 40 creators across Southeast Asia (Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand) to create a personal #SheInspiresMe video Tweet from March 8-19 and share about the women that inspire them, and why. They will also tag 3 other people to encourage them to join the campaign.

In the Philippines, Twitter is engaging with Alexa Asahina (@alexaasahina), Andrea Torres (@andreaetorres), Antoinette Jadaone (@tonetjadaone), Catriona Gray (@catrionaelisa), Dr. Gia Sison (@giasison), Inka Magnaye (@inkamagnaye), Jayda Avanzado (@jaydaavanzado), Joyce Pring (@joycepring), Kat Galang (@imkatgalang), KC Concepcion (@itskcconcepcion), Kyla Alvarez (@kylaessentials), KZ Tandingan (@KZofficial), Moira Dela Torre (@moirarachelle4), Ria Atayde (@RiaAtayde), Sen. Risa Hontiveros (@risahontiveros), Sofia Pablo (@realsofiapablo), Spark! Philippines (@SPARKphils), Mitzi Jonelle Tan (@mitzijonelle) of YACA Philippines (@YACAPhilippines), and Zephanie Dimaranan (@imzephanie) who will each share a video Tweet about the women that inspire them.

Available throughout the month of March, the emoji is actuated when people Tweet with the following hashtags: #PandaigdigangArawNgKababaihan, #ArawngKababaihan, #BabaeKami, #Henerasyongpantaypantay, #InternationalWomensDay, #WomensDay, #WeAreWomen, #ActForEqual, #IWD2021, #IWD, #GenerationEquality.

Here’s how to join in Twitter’s #SheInspiresMe campaign:

  1. Create a video Tweet of up to 2:20 mins in length to share a positive story about the women who inspire you, and Tweet it out with the hashtag #SheInspiresMe.
  2. Tag 3 others to join in the campaign. Don’t forget to tag @TwitterPH.

Advocating mental wellness and resilience in the workplace

Mental health, just like one’s physical health, is important. Both are personal journeys that require room for growth and understanding – the ability to fully embrace oneself.

During the first-ever virtual Public Relations (PR Congress) by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP), a session featured Jane Fordham, who talked about the importance of mental health in the workplace.

Fordham, who founded her own consulting firm, underscored the importance of building an empathetic culture in the workplace, which starts by being kind to oneself. “We must not suffer alone. We are our own worst critics and it is important to be kind to ourselves. We must have room for acceptance and realism – the knowledge that we are living in unprecedented times,” Fordham said.

People’s lives have turned upside down because of the pandemic. According to Fordham, due that the global pandemic, people felt a certain amount of uncertainty, shock and anxiety because of the prolonged disruption. To Fordham, gaining control is important because it allows one to be able to create boundaries, build routines and find a lsense of normalcy amid the pandemic.

She also emphasized that similar to physical health, approaching one’s mental health requires a proactive mindset. “Just like exercising or training a muscle, our mental health needs to create a routine based on good habits, adopt lifestyle and working practices to optimize our well-being. These will make ourselves more resilient to challenges,” Fordham added.

Creating a safe space in the workplace

Fordham quoted Harvard Business School Professor Amy Edmondson who described psychological safety as “a belief that one will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns, or mistakes.”  This is key in building a workplace that is anchored on kindness, empathy and trust. Employees feel safe in their own place of work and they gain confidence in taking on interpersonal risks. This also helps a company to manage talent and optimize productivity.

This is the kind of culture that PLDT, the country’s largest integrated telco, and its wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, are promoting in the workplace. The companies have created programs to help employees strengthen their mental health and resilience, especially amid the pandemic.

The companies have launched the “Mind Your Health” campaign, a series of online talks that invite clinical experts and mental health advocates to talk about various mental health issues that range from dealing with mental illnesses and mental health advocacy campaigns.

PLDT and Smart also have online courses to help employees manage their mental well-being. Some of the online courses include topics on de-stressing, meditation and movement, stress management; workplace positivity; and resilience amid unexpected change.

To provide employees with access to mental health services, PLDT and Smart also partnered with professional counselors. Employees can book appointments online and seek treatment and counseling.

Top 10 planners you can get below Php 1,000

Had an almost empty planner last year? You’re definitely not alone. While it’s not yet perfectly safe to go out and plan trips and such, you might think it’s not worth to buy a new planner anymore. But isn’t it that planning your day or week allows you to prioritize, execute and analyze your tasks well? It can also actually make you feel extra productive once you cross out a task you just accomplished. We know there’s still a lot on you plate! How about giving it another shot this year?

Well, if you are looking for planners that fits your budget and style, here are some suggestions you might want to consider:

1. MUJI Monthly Weekly Planner

This planner is perfect if you are looking for a minimalist one. It is dated and has grid lines for notes. According to MUJI, it comes in different sizes and colors that you can choose from.

Price: Php 495

photos from MUJI Philippines Facebook

2. Design Your Life 2021 Planner

If you want to be completely productive and stylish, this colorful planner almost have it all! It has pocket and stickers, tabs for all important pages, monthly overview, expense tracker, cash flow, monthly reflection, health check-ins, goals, to-do list, events list, travel planner, and different monthly designs.

Price: Php 695

photos from CNS Designs website

3. Doodle Planner

If you are looking for doodle notebook and planner at the same time, this undated hardbound planner is just for you. You can choose from black or white cover and doodle all the way.

Price: It’s on sale! Get it for only Php 395

photos from filed website

4. Keepsake Planner

You must add this to cart and place order immediately! This planner is ring-binded, undated, with interior pockets and a pen loop, spacious layout, expense tracker, checklists, and progress tracker. Wait there’s more! It comes with alphabet stickers, two-way bookmark, and pocket divider. Its exterior design? Chic!

Price: Php 695 but it’s on sale! Get it now for only Php 355

photos from filed website

5. Back to Basic Planner

Being basic doesn’t have to be boring. This undated planner is said to be based on the design principles of form, fun and function. It has a clean and simple layout that will help you manage things clearly. It has tabs, lifestyle tools, organization tools, finance tools, and even social or relationship tools!

Price: Php 695

photos from CNS Designs website

6. The Paper Stories 2021 Planner

This handmade planner is the “OMG – I want one!” for ladies. This has monthly and weekly spread, sleeves to hold your receipts and notes, blank pages, and in metal binder clip. You also don’t have to worry when it comes to its durability because its cover is made of Faux Leather in Tan Brown.

Price: Php 985

7. Everyday Classic Planner

This simple, classic and straightforward planner is for anyone. Its cover is made of leather, with 235 pages inside that contains goals, note to self, footprint (where you keep track of your achievements), and monthly budget. It has two bookmarks and one band included plus it is undated. Perfect for those who are just about to start filling up their schedules on their planners. And, oh! It’s available in different colors like bare, rouge, mustard, teal, periwinkle, and more.

Price: Php 750

8. Young Adult Planner

Perfect for who? Yes, young adult.  If you are a fan of black and white, this planner will surely catch your attention, plus it won’t hurt your pockets. It is dated, has expense tracker, check-ins, 2021 ipon goals and even daily ipon tracker – again, perfect for who?

Price: Php 300

photos from Young Adult Planner Facebook

9. Limitless Planner

If you are looking for a softbound planner, this vegan leather covered planner is just right for you. It has 2 elastic closures that will keep everything in place. It also comes together with different-colored ribbon bookmarks and expandable pocket. Also, if you are looking for a vertical hourly layout with time slots, this one is what you need.

Price: Php 720

photos from CNS Designs website

10. Letterpress Planner

This planner from printcafe captured our eyes with its clean minimalistic layout. It is undated, so no pressure, guys!  It has weekly view and months spread inside. It’s available in colors Taupe, Black, Sand, and White.

Price: Php 220

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