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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Balesin Island: The Island of Dreams

(This is just a teaser post)

In one day, what can you do in 20 minutes?

1) Have a nice shower
2) Travel from Makati to Fort Bonifacio Global City (with minimal traffic)
3) A quick lunch break or merienda
4) Apply your beauty products at night
5) Jog
6) Walk your dog in the park
7) There's still more than a dozen reasons I can enumerate here. If I did that though, this list won't end.

What if I were to tell you that you can be in paradise in 20 minutes? I'm sure you would go there, given the right time and opportunity. 

A few years ago, Alphaland decided to build a unique island called Balesin for the most discerning travelers. For some lucky people, paradise has never been closer.

Balesin makes it possible for your tropical dreams to come true. I now call it the Island of Dreams.  I cannot believe an island like this exists in this country. This concept is a first of its kind in the Philippines. Located 21 kilometers southeast of Polillo, Quezon, this 500 hectare tropical paradise is probably the best weekend getaway we have right now. The only setback for most people is that you have to be a member or be the member's guest in order to set foot on this island. If you have extra money to burn for shares, you will definitely not regret it. Balesin is growing bigger and better every year.

Balesin now has 7 themed villages inspired by beach destinations around the world -- Balesin, Bali, Costa del Sol, Mykonos, Phuket and St Tropez. Soon, Balesin will have the Balesin Royal Villa, which will be the grandest of them all. (Click here for the link).

Here are some of the pictures from our trip last weekend. Ill post everything when I find free time. 

The Filipino-inspired Balesin Clubhouse and Village. This has a best views of Lamon Bay.

Bali Village. Inspired by the Salakot or the traditional Asian Farmer's Hat. The Nusa Dua Bar (middle) is also one of the best places here to watch the sunset while you sip your cocktail.

Low Tide.

Costa del Sol. This was our temporary Spanish Casa last weekend.

Phuket Village. 

I am in love with this 25-meter black tiled pool in front of the Salathip.

Toscana Village. The newest village in Balesin. Easily one of my favorites.

Everything was done imppecably.

The Toscana Village has several restaurants that serve the best antipasto and pizza. A must in Balesin,

 St Tropez Village.  A taste of Southern France living.

Mykonos Village

Balesin Spa. 


I will not be surprised if Balesin hits the international market soon. With its utmost privacy, attentive service, excellent food (I need a separate post for this!) and unique theme, Balesin deserves all the praises.

The next thing you have to do now is pretty obvious:

a) Think of a way to save money so you can buy shares (I hear it's more than 3 million now) or
b)  You can find a friend who is already a member and convince him or her to bring you to this island. Goodluck!

See you again, Balesin! You completely blew me away. 

Beautful Sunset Sessions in Balesin

The Perfect Shanghai Weekend

Shanghai (Hu for short) has the recipe for the quintessential "Grandeur Traveler" weekend. Cosmopolitan Shanghai represents what any city dreams of becoming. It is moving to the future in lightning speed but it is still firmly grounded to its past. Thanks to Philippine Airlines, I finally got to visit China's most influential economic metropolis last month. 

We flew to Shanghai a little before lunchtime via Philippine Airlines. As usual, flying Business Class with my favorite flag carrier was a delight. They always manage to make me feel at home. From take-off to landing, everything was smooth.  For more inspiration, I even got to watch one of my all-time favorite movies - Grand Budapest Hotel. 

After three and a half hours, we finally arrived in Shanghai. The second we got out of the plane though, my fear became a reality--the humidity in Shanghai was unbearable! I normally do not like traveling during these months because the weather can be a bit harsh.  I could feel the humidity and heat permeating through my skin. All I wanted was to be in an air-conditioned room. Despite the bad weather, I was certain that Shanghai would deliver. I could not let this dampen our mood and spirit.

We walked to the Maglev (Magnetic Levitation) train station, which was conveniently connected to the airport.  I initially wanted to be picked up by the hotel but I did not want to miss this experience. 

The Maglev is a tourist attraction in itself. With a maximum speed of more than 400 kph, this train can bring you to the city within 8 minutes. We were only moving at 300 kph but we got to the city in 7 minutes as promised.  If we had something like the Maglev in the Philippines, we can easily build a new airport outside Manila.

From the train station, we took a cab going to our hotel in Pudong. Within the comforts of our air-conditioned cab, I wiped the sweat off my face and looked out the window as we headed to the city's central business district. We were ready to be wowed more by Shanghai.


The HOTEL (Grand Hyatt Shanghai)

Shanghai for me was hotel porn. It took me forever to pick the hotel but with a twist of fate, we ended up staying in Grand Hyatt Hotel.

If you want  to be reminded of Shanghai's power, stay in Grand Hyatt for THE View.The  Grand Hyatt Hotel, located in the Jin Mao Tower, has an impressive art deco structure that has changed the skyline of Shanghai completely. This five star property is in the heart of Shanghai's futuristic Pudong district. 

The Golden Atrium of the Grand Hyatt.

They gave us a room upgrade on the 61st floor.  We had a panoramic view of the Pudong Skyline,  including the Shanghai Tower (which will soon be the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world). 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Disney Live! - Three Classic Fairytales

Few more days left before the Fairtytale Magic begins! Catch some of your favorite Disney Characters live in action 

Few more days left before Fairytale Magic begins!  Catch some of you favorite Disney characters live in action from Sept 12-14 at the MOA arena. You're in luck because I'll be giving away two tickets for this show. 

Seat Section: Lower Box
Show date: September 12, Friday at 3PM
Venue: MOA Arena.


You can win by either:

1) Reposting this link and type #disneyliveph #limitless
2) Follow me on Instagram @grandeurtraveler. Like and Repost the Disney Live photo there and hashtag #disneyliveph #limitless. 

Winners will be asked for their name, email address and cellphone information. Limitless Ventures will get in touch with the winners in advance before the show.

Simple, right? Hope to see you there!

For tickets, please call 224-2171 or visitwww.disneylive.com.ph. See you there!

(This is a sponsored post)