Monday, August 21, 2017

Another Krispy Kreme Store Opens at SM CDO Downtown Premier


Krispy Kreme welcomes another addition to its growing outlets as it unveils its newest store in SM CDO Downtown Premiere. This is the 4th store in Cagayan de Oro, following Centrio Mall, CDO Uptown and the Hot Light store in Limketkai. Krispy Kreme SM CDO Downtown Premier is set to delight their fans beginning on August 21. 

With the opening of its new store, Krispy Kreme brings a monthlong celebration of everyday moments as it offers a lineup of delightful treats. Krispy Kreme combined forces with the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company to create the deliciously satisfying Ultimate Chocolate Chiller. This cool quencher is made with unique premium, Ghirardelli chocolate doused with milk and whipped cream, sprinkled lightly with Ghirardelli chocolate chips and drizzled in rich caramel. It’s definitely a crave-worthy flavor experience that chocolate enthusiasts wouldn’t want to miss. Krispy Kreme also highlights a well-loved doughnut flavor when it released the Kit Kat Green Tea doughnut. Their newest doughnut flavor has already made waves for its doughnut fans, now making it a mainstay offering. 

Apart from these sweet treats, August is a special month for Cagayan de Oro as it celebrates the annual Higalaay Festival. Krispy Kreme joins the CDO community in celebration of the feast day of St. Augustine as it throws another delicious treat alongside opening its new store. Krispy Kreme is offering 3 Original Glazed doughnuts and any 3 Cake doughnuts for only P150 in all stores in Cagayan De Oro from August 25 to 28. Doughnut lovers are sure to get excited for more craveable melt-in-your-mouth moments with Krispy Kreme. 

These are just some of the many things to look forward to as Krispy Kreme opens its newest store in SM CDO Downtown Premier. The brand continues to bring a delightful experience to its customers through its indulgent doughnuts, great-tasting beverages and exciting creations. Discover your own #KrispyKremeMoment and visit their newest store at the Ground Floor, SM CDO Downtown Premier.

Friday, August 18, 2017

One Oasis Blogger Meeting Experience.

Good morning, people. Guess who's back from the dead.

I was given this opportunity to write down about the blogger meeting which took place in none other than One Oasis. To be frank, I was just there for the blogger sign-up, food and pool. And the view...oh, yes. The view, if only it wasn't a gloomy day, but overall, it was a great get-to-know you experience within the blogger community.

Let's get down to business, to write down the many wonders of this particular inland paradise!
 
One Oasis, CDO, is located at Rosario Limketkai Avenue, Brgy. Camaman-an, along the perimeter fence of Limketkai Complex and J.R. Borja Extension. It is a haven for those who enjoy urban resorts in the form of an Asian-Balinese inspired community of high-rise buildings set within a sprawling 2.7 hectare property  at the heart of downtown CDO. In One Oasis, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the convenience of Oasis living, be close to neighboring prime commercial centers in the city, and to enjoy how the comfort and style seamlessly blend to create well-appointed 1-BR and 2-BR units.

As an urban oasis of lush proportions, One Oasis CDO strikes a delightful balance between stylish seven-story residential buildings and rejuvenating lush greenery. This open space is over 50% of the development which includes nature-based landscapes, wide open spaces, resort-themed amenities, and wide road networks.

Enough with the advertising, I'll just give a run-through with the pictures below.










That's pretty much it for the selected pictures, thanks for reading! Chloe Orteza signing out~☺

Sunday, May 21, 2017

SM CDO DOWNTOWN PREMIER EXPERIENCE

As much as I love Centrio, SM City and all the other malls in Cagayan de Oro, I guess it's time make way for the newest urban mall in town, otherwise known as SM CDO Downtown Premier!



Your argument is invalid. 😎

It's easy to imagine what the opening of SM CDO Downtown Premier looks like, if you're used to bustling crowds. Have you seen Tokyo, Times Square and other metropolitan places in reality or even in the movies? Their crowds must have been pretty messed-up, right? Ever saw a bird's-eye view of Metallica's concert audience? Not even close. So, good luck on your first trip! But if you haven't been at SM Premier yet, at least let me help you give a tour around Cagayan de Oro's newest urban development based on my experience or what you see in the pictures.

 Stage one of shopping apocalypse...(photo by Mindanao Daily)


 OH MY GOD...!!!! 

Residents in the City of Golden Friendship have more to smile about when SM CDO Downtown Premier opened its doors last Friday, May 12, 2017. SM CDO Downtown Premier brings an uptown vibe to the downtown area with its eclectic mix of shopping, relaxation and entertainment. It is a vibrant retail intersection where one can find global brands like Forever 21, Uniqlo (to open on June), Miniso, The Body Shop, Watsons, Ace Hardware, Crocs, Giordano and Oakley, as well as well-loved Filipino brands like National Bookstore, Bench (to open soon) and Penshoppe.

Now, skipping the formal advertising, I shall blog about my experience.

To be fair, I didn't expect much of SM CDO Downtown Premier at first. I thought of it as another small-town mall, like its uptown twin. It was at first of tiny significance to me, until, of course, she told me that my Tito Cyril was coming along.

The sight of the glowing yellow lights, the subtle yet vibrant color, the sheer size and its beautiful glass assets felt like an insulting smack to my face, as if the whole building told me, Look who's talking! Nonetheless, I was amazed. It is basically the mall of my dreams...erm, sans the bustling crowd and the fact that I forgot my jacket. The first thing that caught my eye was not a fancy boutique, or a toy store. It wasn't even a resturant in all of its scrumptious glory. It was the cosplayers of the main cast from Guardians of the Galaxy: Mary Poppi--erm, Yondu, Peter Quill, Drax, a still-an-adult Groot and Gamora (don't ask about Baby Groot and Rocket Racoon). 

  ...seems legit...right?

But of course, time doesn't pass by without me being hungry. Terribly hungry. Thankfully, mum was kind enough to let Tito Cyril and I hang around in Starbucks for a bit. Change of plans, though--Starbucks was crowded and we had nowhere else to go except Coffee Bean. For the whole time we basically killed time through a famous ritual called Getting-To-Know-You. I can't talk about it, it's irrelevant to this topic.

Anyways, back to the story! Our next target was Greenwich, and oh, man...I did not expect the lechon to be served.There was also chicken, lasagna, carbonara, caramel bars, it was the perfect paradise for a big eater, like me. There was even a colossal pizza, but sad to say that was not meant for customers. What a waste of perfectly good food.

 You, sir, are a delicious ray of sunshine.
 
Also the both of you.

Let me tell you a fact: I barely able finished my meal in just a few seconds before going to Forever 21, and sad to say, their giveaway snacks were consumed. Never mind that--the products were great and, along with a large discount. All of them were just twenty-one percent off. They had my type of clothes. They were the whole package, and what made it better was that I had an accidental run-in with my closest friend from our old school. I would've bought everything else I liked but well, what we had was enough.

   
  Forever 21 products (21% off only during the soft opening, sorry!)

Here are a few bonus pics of my SM Premier experience:


 Bow to the First Order!


 Spread the  news, fellow bronies!



 Miniso products ^_^
BOW TO THE POWER OF KAWAII!


Killing time before wasting some more :P

Welcome to Downtown SM CDO , the whole package of a a rich and upscale shopping paradise. And if any of you are complaining...well, you don't know what you've missed.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

MY YOLO EXPERIENCE: PARAGLIDING

Chloe again, back to writing after several weeks of absence and a vacation in my way (sorry, not sorry). As I've said, I'm going to narrate an utterly unforgettable experience, which, if you were in it, will have you either regretting it, enjoying it or...like me, craving for some more.

Curious? Very well, I hope you can learn something from this sky-high experience.

It started off as a normal day for me, with the summer art classes and whatnot, going home and expecting a home-alone break time for me. Surprise! Dad informed me that Mom cancelled my tutorial appointment in Ready Minds Learning Center, so I got to go on the free trip with her. Yay! Being in a blogger meeting for the first time, I expected there to be boring talk, then food. But Poseidon's underpants, I was wrong.

Dabmaster is back XD

Instead of personal private transportation, we got to ride in a giant van cramped up with bloggers everywhere, but it was fun. If you define fun as not-knowing-anyone-and-not-talking-to-them-with-earphones-on, yeah. Things got a whole lot interesting as we arrived on an elevated area, only to see nothing but a barren fountain and an attractive glass terrace. Who cares--the skyline view was glorious. The day was hot, yes, but none of that mattered. Being that nature-loving kid over there, I stayed on the top floor longer than others, besides my mom.

What made my day better was the cafe and diner at the lower floor, with its soothing, homey feel and meals, and the scenic view of the horizon. There, the pilots welcomed us, inviting us to a paragliding adventure--but what's an adventure without the rules? Well, first of all, you have to make sure there's a lot of wind blowing in. Second, you've gotta have a licensed pilot with you, even if you're already good at paragliding. Third, (no offense) they will prioritize those who are approximately 50 kilograms or a few more. Me being me, I don't take track of my weight, but, oh well!

Waiting for my turn didn't bore me out--in fact, it it entertained me, watching the reactions of the other bloggers--some screaming, some gleeful, some utterly nervous up to the point they signed out. I wasn't really nervous, or excited--in fact, it felt like a normal day. Mom, being mom, gave me a tight hug once it was my turn, and I asked her to owe me a chocolate frappe once I go back (during that time, I was assuming I'd return. Oops).

Paragliding was not how I expected it to be. I was so stupid to think we'd jump off the roof, go Peter Pan, weeee...! You had to take minutes to prepare, and wait for the wind to come across. I was given instructions to keep running in mid-air, and was told that jumping may be the worst option. Oh, and I forgot to mention, Sir Titoy was my assigned pilot that time. He was a nice guy, actually. I'd thank him for the experience I am now about to tell you.

What is it like above the air, you ask? Some people require extra guts and glory to enjoy it, but me being me, I walked off the roof without any qualms, nor a negative thought on what may happen next. And WHOOSH! A brightly decorated parachute flies off not far from the horizon, caught by the updraft of winds, Was it scary? Not even zero percent. It was, and is, and always will be gloriously amazing (with a slight nausea on the side). I felt weightless, and by following the instructions I felt like I was god ol' Jason Grace, soaring above like a bird. It wasn't scary, even. It was the best feeling ever...despite the fact that the ride will only last three minutes. The landing was soft, even. But just staring straight ahead felt as if time stopped--and I loved it.

I got my frappe after all, anyways. It was delicious...although a little too sweet, but tasty nonetheless. Dinner didn't really help my post-aerial stress, but the spicy chicken wings were enough to satisfy my partially empty stomach.I may have drunken all the water back there,I'm sorry, but how else was I supposed to relieve my headache?


Chillin'...literally.

Woops, I forgot to mention that they have the best sunsets, right? No words could describe it. Heck, it was beyond description, and it was enchanting, timeless and it gave me a nostalgic feeling. I don't know how many photos I took, but if the camera's out of memory, I don't regret it.

Thank me for this fabulous photo, fellow hombres :)

Welcome to Sierra del Oro, folks. The upscale and sky-high soon-to-be paradise of your dreams.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

TOURISM IN THE SKIES

Welcome to the newly-opened adventure at Hugo Sky Lounge, Sierra del Oro at Indahag, Cagayan de Oro City. It's the place of your frappe-filled, sky-high and scenic dreams! Buckle up your seatbelts, mates, because you're about to hear a whole lot of awesome in this blog. And you're going to wish you were there, too.


If you're the type of person who likes a good view of the sunset and a starry night, then I'll hand you some information. If you enjoy easygoing cafe bossa nova jazz and sipping on either a cool iced venti or a cappucino, the place I just told you about might be for you. If you're that person who likes to go on crazy and risky (literally) sky-high adventures and go pet dangerous wild animals, what can I say except, you're welcome!

The CDOBloggers (whoa, I wasn't aware that I am one, already!) and their kids were invited for the soft opening and an exclusive Paragliding experience at Sierra del Oro on April 26 and April 28, 2017. At the site you can find the Hugo Skye Lounge cafe which offers good food and your probably your favorite pastries and shakes (if you have an extremely sweet tooth), a jazz restaurant, and soon-to-be-opened Noah's Ark zoo (watch out for the animatronics), and possibly a pool. 

I've got a lot more to say but it's currently up my bedtime so the Sierra del Oro Paragliding Adventure, the main attraction for the day, will be discussed more in my next blog...so cross your fingers, viewers!

(Sigh...) I really need to get some rest now. Chloe Orteza, signing out for. ☺
 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

PINEAPPLE ON PIZZA: SHAKESPEARE EDITION

Ciao! Sono tornato dalla mia settimana pigra, i miei colleghi!

On behalf of all the pineapple persecutors (which does NOT include my creative self), I hereby address all of thee with this quaint parody of Hamlet's soliloquiy...and I, as disclaimer, credit the great Shakespeare himself. Buckle up, and start reading this copyrighted masterpiece!

PIZZA-GOER'S SOLILOQUIY

To eat, or not to eat--that is the question:
Whether 'tis hungrier in the stomach to crave
The toppings and crumbs of outrageous taste
Or take arms against House Bill 47.27,
And by opposing ravage them. To feast, to savor--
No more--and by savor to say we disregard
The pineapple, and its thousand natural acids
That flesh is consumed by. 'Tis a great Netflix snack
Devoutly to be wished. To feast, to savor--
To savor--perchance to taste: aye, there's the rub
For in that Pizza Hut buffet what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this cheap pizza menu,
Must give us pause. There's the tax payment
That makes this sour calzone filling of so long existence.
Fro who would bear the pickles and olives of recipes,
Th' pizza protesters' pleas, the proud man's contumely
The grumbles of unsatisfied customers, the law's unfairness,
The insolence of kitchen managers, and the spurns
That patient impertinence of th' unworthy pizza chefs,
When he himself might his taste buds make
With a dry crust? What would our countrymen bear,
To complain for no reason except for the wrong order,
But that the dread of something worse than pineapple,
The undiscovered pizza restaurant, from whose bourn
No customer returns, puzzles the employees,
And makes us rather bear spicy tomato sauce,
Than line up to branches that we know not of?
Thus satisfaction does make ingrates of us all,
And thus the contagious hue of temptation,
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprise of great pitch and moment
With this regard their business turn awry
And lose the name of its existence.--Soft you now,
Waiter!--in all thy tipped mercy,
Be all my pineapple-free orders remembered.

I apologize for this, but in all honesty, I was bored out of my mind. Addio, e grazie!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Movie Reviews: GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017)

We all heard of sci-fi stories, and especially the ones with cyborgs in it. Originally, movies like these were perceived as quite cliche when it comes to cyborgs--mindless humans under the control of a machine, and dangerous ones. We also heard of whitewashed films, and with the last Dragon Ball Z mayhem, I wasn't so sure at first with this, seeing as this film was adapted from its respective manga and anime series, and the leading character is a white.

But guess what? This film broke barriers. It defied cliches, followed the true plot and despite its violence, roused the audience. I was no exception. It is a truly amazing movie, even giving us a moral lesson on the virtue of humanity.

If you never heard of the anime series, I don't think you spoiler-haters aren't fit to read this.


Ghost in the Shell is a 2017 American science fiction and action directed by Rupert Sanders and written by Jamie Moss, William Wheeler and Eren Kruger, based on the Japanese manga and anime of the same name by Masamune Shirow. It film stars Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han and Juliette Binoche. Set in a near future when the line between humans and robots is blurring, the plot follows the Major (Johansson), a cyborg supersoldier who yearns to learn her past.

If you're looking for whitewashed versions, here ya go. It's got 10/10 accuracy and...whatever's on the plate. Don't go looking for Avatar or Attack on Titan or Dragon Ball Z (just no), go for the Ghost in the Shell.

Trust me, you're gonna wish you got a cyberkinetic body just to watch this repeatedly, without any health effects.