Monday, February 15, 2016

Mian Restaurant at Marriott

A good dining experience generates word of mouth marketing on behalf of the company. That’s why I wanted to share to you our recent dining experience with my colleagues at Mian Restaurant located at Marriott’s Grand Ballroom. Actually, I heard good reviews about the Mian through my friends too.

Top quality food, wonderful ambiance and excellent staff. These are the key points I’ve always been looking for whenever I go to a restaurant in search for another good dining experience. 

The restaurant is located at the ground floor of the ballroom. They serve Asian cuisine in a modern fusion of traditional and contemporary interior setting.

I believe everything depends on the first contact between the customer and the restaurant. I choose where to eat based on the ambiance, the interior, and the friendly staff. Basically the present mood of the restaurant for it sets the tone of the customers or tells them how to feel. We came into the Mian with what I’ve been looking for. Friendly staff welcomed us as we entered, elegant dining area, and a good lighting perfectly set our mood. The color scheme of the restaurant promotes a positive aura among us and brings excitement to have our order. 

For starters, we ordered pork jiaozi, a Chinese chorizo with soy calamansi lime dip and shrimp lumpiang sariwa. Colleagues really loved the Mian’s version of shrimp lumpiang sariwa. Good choice to start the Mian experience. 

Next thing to arrive was the Noodle Bowl. Chef’s Beef Noodle and Braised Pork Belly really excite me. I’m a noodle lover and I’m sure people like me will get hook with Chef’s Beef Noodle. 

Next is the Rice Bowl, which I believed the must try. We had Beef Caldereta and Pork Adobo, these two were my favorites. We all enjoyed how the preparation of the food was made, the tenderness of the meat was a real score, and the flavorful taste was just so perfect. You can’t go wrong with the Rice Bowl choices. 

So much enjoying the food, we haven’t noticed that it was about to finish when our dessert served on the next table. Halo halo it is! Came to our surprise, our halo-halo was also served in a very large bowl and we was really mouth watering. Shaved ice and evaporated milk to which are added with various boiled sweet beans, jello, ube halaya, ice cream and leche plan. A balance of sweetness and appetizing ingredient made this the all – time Filipino favorite dessert. 

It was really a rewarding time for us all of us, such been a busy and tough week at the office. It was a good choice that we had spent a sumptuous lunch at the Mian Restaurant. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A Day with the Special Kids | Cognizant Outreach Program

Growing up, my late father always reminds us to practice giving things away, not just things that we don’t care about, but also things that we like. It’s about giving and sharing unconditionally, without thought of granting back the favor. Then, I never thought it’s a preparation for a future of life of joy. Life is all about service. Service is joy. Service of making other people happy even to the smallest things you bestow, important is, sincerity and love are present.

Few weeks ago, my company, Cognizant Technology Solutions, held an outreach program to the kids with special needs at La Sagesse Rehabilitation and Development Center in Buting, Pasig. The institution provides educational, social and life skills training and support to approximately 120 children and young adults with physical and intellectual disabilities; aims to provide structures and input that will ensure the students establish self – worth, confidence and self – expression.

Going back, when the outreach program was announced to the team, without a second thought, I said to myself that I would be willing and gladly to join the event; besides I love kids, everyone knows that fact. That moment, I realized my late father’s teaching about giving and making other people happy. Lucky I am to be part of a company that brings a difference to the society, a company that sustains the symphony of innovation and result – oriented strategies, allied with its people’s enthusiasm to share.

The event was happened last November 22, 2015, together with over 40 passionate co – associates; we drove from our office in Taguig to Pasig with lots of educational supplies and toys – an early Christmas gift to the young ones.

Thought it’s gonna be an usual gift giving event by our company, it all turned out as an extraordinary and remarkable 4 - hour program created with love by the center. We were grouped into 5 teams; each team is composed of 10-15 special kids with their corresponding “kuya” and “ate” from the Cognizant. Filled with song and dance numbers and exciting games, everyone caught their selves smiling with pure joy in their faces; the hall was covered with blissful aura in all four corners.

Seeing those kids with specials needs performing those activities despite of challenges made us proud kuya and ate. Sometimes, we must allow ourselves to be adorned by lessons through hardships and challenges to see things in different way. Life is grateful; their condition is not for wimps nor for the weak heart, but for the strong, courageous and brave hearted ones – they are little fighters. Each one of them is different. Each one of them is special. Each one is beautiful. Each one flies the best they can.

To the passionate volunteers of La Sagesse Rehabilitation and Development Center, I must and would like to say that you are one the bravest heroic people I have ever known; you have dedicated your existence in helping those kids.

To the kind - hearted people of the Cognizant Outreach Program, may you continue spreading the love and compassion, keep those hearts open for the thing called sharing.

To each and everyone one of us, let us be involved at least once in our lifetime in educating and expanding the mind of others on the case of our beloved special kids in a clearer spectrum. We have to work in keeping the kids engaged with the world we live in. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Relaxing Staycation at Acacia Hotel by Deal Grocer

Acacia Hotel's Executive Suite

You don’t need to book for an airfare to have a fancy vacation. Nowadays, everything is within reach. Take the stress away from planning a weekend getaway but instead enjoy a staycation with one of the hotels in Metro Manila. Few weeks ago, I was in search for a hotel which is a driving distance and located at Alabang. Tried to search over the net for a deal that offers a value – for – money quality hotel, and found out this Deal Grocer. Guess what? The website is probably the best of its kind, easy to navigate and with various deals time to time from great dining experience, getaways and luxurious hotels. Everything is an exciting treat to everyone.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Ibis Styles KL Fraser Business Park Reward Lucky Winners with Free Holiday in Bali

Ibis Styles KL Fraser Business Park (ISKLFBP) recently held a lucky draw session as a token of appreciation to their restaurant diners. A partnership with Garuda Indonesia sponsored return air fare to Bali while ISKLFBP sponsored room accommodation for the winners.

The grand prize lucky winner was Mr Velaithan A/L Rangavan from F&N Holdings who won himself a return trip for four days three nights stay at Ibis Styles Kuta Circle Bali, while the first prize lucky winner was Mr Abdul Halim Bin Sidik from GD Express who won a four days three nights stay at Ibis Styles KL Fraser Business Park.

1st Prize Lucky Winner Mr Abdul Halim Bin Sidik Won a 3 Days 2 Nights
at Ibis Styles KL Fraser Business Park

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Accorhotels Group involved in beach clean up for World Oceans Day


Beach clean up in action involving about 100 children and 20 hotel staff from Accorhotels group

Jointly organized with the Rotary Club of Metro Kuala Lumpur, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside planned a trip to Port Dickson to clean up the beach just outside the Port Dickson Royal Yacht Club in conjunction with World Oceans Day.

Held every June 8th, World Oceans Day is the United Nations-recognized day of ocean celebration and action. The theme this year is aimed at reducing the use of plastic bags which will in turn reduce the amount of plastic trash in our seas.

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Marriott Grand Ballroom Now Open

Marriott Manila is securing its position to be the premiere meeting destination in the country, as it officially opens the Marriott Grand Ballroom - Philippines’ largest ballroom, a first of its kind facility that will redefine the Philippine MICE Industry (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions). This new architectural marvel offers a total 8,000 square meters of function space with 28 versatile meeting space including 6 VIP sky boxes.  A blank canvas perfect for small or large meetings, all types of celebrations and grand events from product launches to concerts. With the addition of the Marriott Grand Ballroom, the hotel offers a total of 10,000 square meters of function space, by far the biggest in the Philippine hotel industry.
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