My Emotional Encounter with Dinner in the Dark

6:25:00 AM

Last November 12, I got the chance to experience Dinner in the Dark of Zoomanity Group at  Zoobic Safari, Subic Bay Freeport Zambales.


Door that leads you to the dinner banquet in the dark,
           

Dinner in the Dark is one of Zoomanity Group's community service that enables its guests to dine and experience the life of visually impaired people. All proceeds from the event will go to our visually impaired brothers and sisters.


Before  the dinner starts, the guides oriented us of the things that we should expect during the dinner. They also told us that we should not freak out because of the darkness and they assure us that everything will be okay because there are guides to look after us.



After the orientation, the guides blindfolded and lined us. While waiting on the line, the darkness little by little sink in my head and I started to worry. 


Zoomanity Group staff blindfolded the guest.

We started to walk, it was so dark and the only thing that I can rely on are the voice that was leading us to our table. It's not easy to trust someone, especially if you cannot see the person behind the voice that you are hearing, but I am telling you, once you are in that position, you have no choice but to give all your trust to that voice and hope that everything will turn out great.


Guests are lined  before entering the banquet hall.


As soon as we reached our table, I tried to feel everything within my reach. While waiting for everybody to settle, darkness started to scare me again. This time I tried to battle it with happy thoughts but darkness is still everywhere. It usually made me smile whenever I rekindle the faces of my loved ones but this time I can't remember how they look like, all I can see is total darkness, everything is black! I wanted to cry, I felt so helpless and alone.


The guide then told us that we can start to eat. She instructed us the food whereabouts by describing the clock movement. I find the instructions hard because I am a visual person, I cannot learn or follow an instruction easily if I cannot see it.


The food smells great. The first time I put something in my mouth, I didn't get any. So I tried to use my fork to get something and I succeed. The rice is a bit thick  and sticky or "malagkit." The first dish I got is somewhat sweet and delicious and second was a bit salty and tastes like onion. What surprised me while I am eating is that I find the dishes more flavorful than the usual.


I also chat with my seatmates and we laugh as we tell each other how hard it is to eat in the dark. Our chit chat got interrupted when one of guide started to talk. 


We were surprised when he told us that the one guiding us during the entire dining experience is a visually impaired person working in Pampanga. One of them shared their story and I started to feel emotional again. According to the one sharing, he got blind when he was three years old but what I like about him is he is brave enough to go on with his life.

Life of a visually impaired person is hard. Everything is painted black, you don't know what lies ahead of you. You don't have a choice but to trust the voices around you and hope that everything will be okay.

Zoomanity Group made things lighter by starting a guessing game. They let us guess what we ate. Some got the right answer and some didn't. The sticky rice is paella rice, the dishes were "hardinera" and onion rings with bacon and the dessert is silvana. Aside from the guessing game, they also awarded the guests with the cleanest plate.


The remnants of my food.



They ended the event by finally opening the lights and by giving  a token, a plant, and certificate of donation.


Certificate and memorabilia from Zoomanity Group


I am so thankful that Zoomanity Group gave me the chance to experience Dinner in the Dark. Through that experience, I was able to know what it feels like to be visually impaired. For one hour, I felt how hard it is to live in the dark, to trust the people around you even if you don't know if they will help you or not and to be brave even if everything around you is painted black. Aside from this, I was surprised that my sense of smell, taste, and touch are prominent than usual.


To experience this emotional encounter you can go to the last Dinner in the Dark this coming December 3, 2016,  at Zoomanity Group's Zooper Cruise.


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Hassle Free Parking with DIBZ

11:45:00 PM
Traffic in Metro Manila is getting worst. Every single day, I have to deal with the agony of moving slowly, like a snail, sometimes stand still and there are few occasions that it took me an hour or so just to take a u-turn because I missed the road that I should be heading.


Traffic in Metro Manila (photo credit to philstar.com)


Traffic is so stressful for me already, but my daily stress doesn't stop there. After battling the chaotic traffic of Metro Manila, the battle of getting a parking space is what I have to overcome as soon as I reach the mall, office, hotel and theme parks and this battle is worst than the traffic in Manila because of the waiting game that comes along with it.


Parking space in Manila (photo credit to businessmirror.com.ph )



I have three options in getting a parking space, first, is to roam around the parking area to look for a vacant space, which would consume my gas, second, is to wait and try my luck on the aisle for cars that will leave the area, which is time and gas consuming, and third, is to get a valet parking, which is a bit expensive than self-parking.


All these three options pile up  more stress to my daily activities. It is time-consuming, my gas is being wasted and  at times costly. That's why I  checked the internet the other day to find options that can ease my parking problem and came across DIBZ.


Parking made easy with DIBZ (photo credit to DIBZ )


DIBZ is a mobile application and marketplace where car owners can pre-pay, search, reserve and rent a parking space. Those who have the spare or free parking slots can also use this application to let those who are in need of space to rent it.


Navigate a parking space near you with DIBZ  (photo credit to DIBZ )


DIBZ can be download in Google Play and soon on App Store. If you are familiar with WAZE, you can easily maneuver DIBZ because the application is almost the same.


How to use DIBZ  (photo credit to DIBZ )




To know more about DIBZ you can visit the following website and social media account:


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  dibz.co

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Extreme Tree Top Adventure 2016

6:49:00 AM

For Travel Eat Pinas, the weekend means adventure and the best way to satisfy our craving for such is to go to the extreme Zipline Park in the Philippines known to all as Tree Top Adventure.

Tree Top Adventure is a Zipline Park in the Philippines with two branches in Luzon. The first one is in the Northern part, Baguio City, and the second is located in Central Luzon, Subic Bay Free Port Zone, Zambales. Since Zambales is near to Manila and Travel Eat Pinas want to explore the virgin forest of Subic Bay Free Port Zone, we decide to head to Tree Top Adventure, Subic.


Tree Top Adventure

Tree Top Adventure, Subic is located at Jest Area, Upper Mau, Cubi Point, Subic Bay Freeport Zone. To go to Tree Top Adventure Subic, you can either use your car or take a bus. If plan to use your car, it will be a 3-hour drive from Manila to Subic via North Luzon Expressway, NLEX,  and Subic-Clark -Tarlac Express, SCTEX. Toll Fee from Balintawak (Manila) to Tipo-Subic Expressway will cost you PHP 408 or USD 8.21. If you plan to ride a bus, you can ride in either Pasay or Cubao terminal station going to Olongapo. A bus ride from Cubao going to Olongapo via NLEX-SCTEX will cost you PHP 232 or USD 4.84 and Pasay to Olongapo via NLEX-SCTEX will cost you PHP 245 or USD 5.05. From Olongapo City bus terminal take the yellow jeepney going to Subic Bay Freeport Gate. From the gate walk until you reach the Central Terminal and ride a van going to Tree Top Adventure.


A huge arc with Tree Top Adventure signage surrounded by luscious trees welcomed us in Tree Top Adventure. We went straight to Tree Top Adventure's lobby and were warmly greeted by their friendly and accommodating staff.


Arch that will lead you to Tree Top Adventure deck.


Every adventure starts with orientation. One of the tour guides gave us some brief introduction about Tree Top Adventure and the rides that we can choose from. According to him, there two kinds of Zipline rides in Tree Top Adventure- slow and fast paced. Slow-paced rides are intended for those who want to enjoy the scenery of Subic Bay's virgin forest while the fast rides are for those who are looking for some exhilarating experience.


List of fast and slow rides with trekking schedule.


Rules that every guest should follow at Tree Top Adventure.


We started our Tree Top Adventure slow by riding their Canopy Ride. As part of their safety procedures, we wore Tree Top Adventures' safety harness. The Canopy Ride is a motorized cable ride that let us swing through five different trees 100 feet above the ground. Canopy Ride made us appreciate the beauty and peaceful silence in the forest.


Harness that guests wear as part of Tree Top Adventure's safety procedures.


Canopy ride will swing you from one tree to another at a slow pace.



View of the forest while riding the canopy.


View of the forest while riding the canopy.


After the Canopy Ride, we went back to the deck and walked on the hanging bridge that was surrounded by big luscious trees.


One of the hanging bridge that you need to pass by when you go back to the deck.


Upon arriving at the deck, we decided to take the fast rides and for Travel Eat Pinas, the best way to start it is by doing the most extreme ride- TREE DROP.


Tree drop from this 60 feet tree.


The guides geared us with the harness and some safety kits while discussing to us the things that we need to do and should remember during the tree drop. There are four steps that we need to accomplish before the actual dropping starts. First is to hold the pole then sit, let go of your feet in the air and the hardest part, is to let go of the pole. The guide will cheer and talk to you to keep you calm and sane until they surprisingly drop you on the 60 feet tree and all that you can do is SCREAM but I am telling you, once you're done with this ride, you will ask for another one!


Tree Drop Extreme Adventure.


Since we conquered the Tree Drop Ride and felt like a Super Hero we walked up the hill and try Tree Top Adventure's Superman and Silver Surfer ride to complete the Super Hero feeling.


Signage going to Superman and Silver Surfer Ride.


We tried the Superman Ride first. For the Superman Ride, you have the option to ride it by yourself or with a companion. We flown in the air like Superman, the difference is that we did it backward first then forward and every time we go back and forth the tower, the speed of the ride intensifies.


You can ride solo or with a partner in Superman Ride.


Last November 19, Tree Top Adventure launched their modified Silver Surfer ride to the public and media but a week before the launch, Travel Eat Pinas tried this much-awaited ride. Like the Silver Surfer, this ride will let you surf in the air from one tower to another. At first, we thought that this ride will be as simple as that, but we are WRONG.  The Silver Surfer ride will, yes, make you and your partner surf in the air as it swings you when you reach the other tower, but as you go back and forth, the speed  and the swing intensifies and oh, it will not just swing, it will also bounce up and down.



Surf from one tower to another with your partner at Silver Surfer Ride.


As you reach the tower the Silver Surfer ride will sway and make you bounce.

Tree Top Adventure did satisfy Travel Eat Pinas' craving for adventure, thrill, and fun with their Zipline rides that made our heart skip a beat, scream and most of all enjoy the beauty of the forest and its peaceful ambiance. What we also love about Tree Top Adventure is that it can provide its guest the exciting forest journey with the Zipline rides and trekking while conserving the natural state of the trees. Tree Top Adventure uses a tree trunk mechanism that will not harm the trees. Aside from that, we were able to learn about the trees around the park by reading the signages placed in different towers.


Details about different kinds of trees are placed in the tower to educate the guests about the different kinds of trees in the forest.

Tree Top Adventure is open from Monday to Sunday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM and provides different packages that will match the guest's taste for adventure.


Tree Top Adventure Outdoor Packages


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Open your eyes for the Blind with Zoomanity Group's Dinner in the Dark

1:53:00 AM

NEWS RELEASE 2016​


Welcome to Zoomanity Group's Dinner in the Dark

Ever wonder what it would be like to be blind? Get a chance to open your eyes with their “dark” condition at a special dinner event called “Dinner in the Dark” by Zoomanity Group. This great cause will give you a unique experience of dining in total darkness and understand how it is to be blind.



Zoomanity Group, one of the leading companies in the park industry, will host series of “Dinner in the Dark” for the benefit of the Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines. This exceptional event will create awareness amongst us what it is like to lose our sense of sight and appreciate it even more. Guests will have a 30-minute orientation before the dinner which will be held in different Zoomanity parks and restaurant. During the dinner, the participants’ sense of sight will be totally diminished then their other senses will take over and will be heightened. Wonderful scents and sounds, and beautiful music, will be expected as well.


Catch this special dinner offer from 5-8 PM (including pre-dinner orientation) on these following dates:​​

November 5 Residence Inn in Tagaytay

November 12​ Zoobic Safari in Subic

November 15 ​Misono Restaurant in Jupiter Street Makati

November 17​ Jinsei Japanese Restaurant in Vivere Hotel

November 21 ​Midori Japanese Restaurant in Alabang ​

November 24​ Metro Ruins in Metropolitan Makati

November 26 ​Zoocobia Fun Zoo in Clark, Pampanga​




For tickets and more information please contact the Zoomanity Group at (02)8899824-28, (02)8957142, 09158904728 or email zoomanityg@gmail.com.

Alaska Merry Crémas Food Fest 2016

9:57:00 AM

People from all walks of life went to Trinoma Activity Center, Quezon City last November 6, 2016, to participate in the annual Alaska Merry Crémas Festival and Red Launch of Alaska Milk Corporation.


Alaska Merry Crémas Festival




As soon as Trinoma Mall opened around 11:00 AM that day, food lovers lined up to see and taste for free the dishes and pastries made by over 30 food concessionaires. Upon entering the Activity Center, they were given the list of stalls of food concessionaires that they should visit. They should visit at least 10 to get some special freebies from Alaska Milk Corporation.


Food fanatics signing up as soon as Trinoma Mall opened.


Unique and delectable pastries and dishes like cookies, sushi, barbecue dip and cakes made of  Alaska Créma All Purpose Cream welcomed the food lovers who went to the Festival.


Sushi by Rollyo Sushi Burrito 


Brownies by Batter Up




Cookies by Baker Bub 


Dayap Cupcakes by Claudine's Treats



Cookies by Cookie House


Organic Purple Corn drizzled with Alaska Créma  All-Purpose Cream



Cupcakes by the Pastry Parlour 

Oreo and Strawberry Cheesecake by Spoonful



Cakes by Sweet Kiss


Cake by Chef Jonts



Cookies by Downtown


Mini Cupcakes by Jusay Bakery



Barbecue by Southern BBQ


Alaska Merry Crémas Festival invited speakers who gave some lectures regarding food photography and cooking tips that can enhance the skills of the food fanatics who went to the Festival.


Activity area where speakers conducted their lecture.


Aside from the Festival, Alaska launched the newest red packaging of Alaska Créma  All-Purpose Cream. It replaced the white packaging and added the well-known child's face of Alaska Milk Corporation at the front of the packaging. Aside from that the calorie content of Alaska Créma  per servings is indicated at the bottom. To add more life to the usual dishes made in our kitchen, recipes made tastier by Alaska Créma  All-Purpose Cream are posted at the pack of the packaging.

Front of Alaska Alaska Créma All-Purpose Cream packaging 


Side of Alaska Alaska Créma All-Purpose Cream packaging


Side of Alaska Alaska Créma All-Purpose Cream packaging


Back of Alaska Alaska Créma All-Purpose Cream packaging


To know more about the Alaska Créma  All Purpose Cream you can visit the following website and social media accounts:

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