Nicole Aguinaldo | 23 year old fashion and lifestyle blogger from the Philippines.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Shell V-Power Nitro+ Fuels My Adventures On The Road

As a fashion blogger, I like donning high heels with elegant, sophisticated outfits, but like every fun-loving and adventurous young individual, I am quick to kick off those heels and don sneakers and flats or go barefoot if need be, the better to conquer the rough terrain or climb the highest peak to a mountain getaway or prance along the sand in some secluded beach.

So when the good people behind Shell Philippines came a-calling early this month to invite fellow bloggers and people from the print and broadcast media to the 
Shell V-Power Nitro+ Conquer Adventure Media Event, I was all agog with excitement. Who wouldn't be? We're going on a road trip! 
But first, a little backgounder.

For as long as I can remember, Shell has been an important partner in fueling road trips for Filipino motorists and adventure seekers! Personally, my family always gases up at Shell - whether for city driving needs or out-of-town trips. It's so convenient because Shell gas stations are not just gas dealers, they do change oils and tune-ups and they actually have trained mechanics who can do repairs. My mom had her brake pads changed there once and they charge not much higher than most repair shops out there and certainly not the ginormous amount casas charge! Plus. all our pit stops whether we're on the Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) or its southern counterpart, SLEX, are always at Shell Stations where you can gas up, buy souvenirs, shop, shop, and shop, and eat! They have all the best fast-food restaurants and super clean restrooms! They're all you'll ever want in a pit stop and more! Best part of all, Shell always has an ongoing promo of some sort to reward their loyal customers!

All through summer until July 31, 2016, you can enjoy prepaid and postpaid perks from your chosen telco simply by gassing up at Shell!  

Shell Quality Fuels 
· Php 1,000 Shell V-Power Nitro+ Gasoline, Racing, or Diesel 
· Php 1,500 of Shell FuelSave Gasoline 
· Php 2,500 of Shell FuelSave Diesel 
· Php 10,000 for PO Customers 

Shell Lubricants 
 1 liter of Helix Ultra, Helix Ultra D, Advance Ultra, or Advance Scooter Ultra 
· 2 liters of Helix HX7, Helix HX7D, or Advance AX7 
· 4 liters of Helix HX5, Helix HX5D, Rimula R4X, Advance AX5 
· 6 liters of Rimula R1

Purchase of any of the above items earns customers one of the following rewards:
Service ProviderPrepaid OfferPostpaid Offer
GlobeUnlicall to Globe and TM and unli Facebook, Viber, Line with free 50 MB data for 3 days.15 Globe Rewards Points
SmartUnlimited texts to all networks, unlimited calls to Smart/TNT/Sun + 70 MB data for mobile surfing for 1 day100MB for mobile surfing + 400MB for Spinnr music streaming for 1 day
SunUnlimited texts to all networks, unlimited calls to Smart/TNT/Sun + Unli Facebook for 1 day
TMUnlimited SMS to TM/Globe. Good for 5 days
TNTUnlimited texts to all networks, unlimited calls to Smart/TNT/Sun + 30MB for Facebook, Viber, Twitter, Clash of Clans, Dubsmash for 1 day

Meet up was scheduled at 7 am all the way at Wild Flour in Makati so I was up as early as 5 am and left the house exactly an hour later. I arrived bright and early despite the rush hour traffic with a few minutes to spare. After treating us to a super yummy breakfast, the Shell team gave as a quick briefing of all the fun activities in store for us that day. We also learned that for the road trip, we will be travelling in style using a fleet of brand new Mazda CX-5s. So our first stop was the Shell Station to fill up the tanks with Shell V Power Nitro Plus, of course, and for a final test before hitting the road. Tire pressure, check! Water, check! Oil, check! Snacks and drinks, check! And we were off to Destination #1: Sand Box in Pampanga! 
Enjoyed this trip with my blogger loves (from left to right), Myke Soon, Earth Rulan, Ana Gonzales, & ChinChin Obcena

After a tiring but super fun-filled morning, we were famished! So, off to Destination #2: Apo Restaurant where we gorged on sumptuous Filipino favorites. 

On the way back to Manila, we made a stopover at Shell of Asia, the most famous Shell station especially for travellers up north, it is a frequent rest stop for motorists to gas up, get a bite, and shop for more souvenirs before hitting the road again. 

We arrived back in Manila around 6pm and we were all in serious need of a quick shower and some pampering so we were off to Destination #3: The Spa along Libis, Quezon City

Finally, it was time for dinner and a night cap, and for that, we headed to Destination #4: Mango Tree!

For more info, visit SHELL'S WEBSITE
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Monday, June 20, 2016

B HOTEL: Your Stylish Boutique Hotel in QC

There's nothing like a little staycation to make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated after a busy workweek so any time I get the opportunity, I grab it without hesitation! Recently, I found a place that's perfect for a quick getaway. Just a few minutes drive from home, it's quite difficult to imagine you can find a quiet little haven but it's there - right in the heart of Quezon City 
and it's called the  B HOTEL.

Notwithstanding, its simple unassuming facade, there's nothing typical about this hotel. The moment you step in, you are greeted with a unique ambiance - industrial interiors, modern red, black, and white furniture and metallic fixtures with one-of-a-kind art pieces like bike wheels hanging on the walls or standing freely on some strategic corner of the place.

I was greeted by the friendly and accommodating staff who quickly ushered me into my spacious Superior Room, which featured the same cool industrial theme with its unpainted concrete walls, exposed pipes, intermixed with modern fixtures and art deco pieces here and there plus all the creature comforts one would need to assure a most relaxing stay - a soft, comfortable king-sized bed fitted with luxurious linen and extra huge plump pillows, a huge flat screen TV with satellite cable channels, a mini bar loaded with snacks and drinks, and best of all, there is super fast in-room wifi connection. I loved the modern floor-to-ceiling glass enclosure of the toilet and bath and the thoughtful blinds, which you can roll down if you wish.

My room was just perfect for twin sharing but there is also the One-bedroom Suite and Two-bedroom Suite for more spacious accommodations.
With my blogger friends who enjoyed this weekend with me- Aisa Ipac, Arnie Villanueva, Ana Gonzales, & Cha Ocampo

Another thing that I truly enjoyed about my stay at B Hotel was the FOOD! Here you'll find three dining options- The Pastry Corner for your caffeine fix and sweet cravings, The Lobby Cafe where the delicious breakfast buffet of Filipino favorites is served and where you can enjoy a la carte dishes for lunch and dinner, and lastly, the Mezzanine Bar which is the perfect place for a night cap.

The Pastry Corner

The Lobby Cafe

The Mezzanine Bar
Oh and there's a mini bar by the poolside that serves food and drinks, which makes it the perfect place to chill and unwind after a refreshing dip.

The best for me though was getting the chance to sample the thick and juicy rib-eye steaks from the soon-to-open Johnny's Steak House! Be sure to watch out for it coming soon at B Hotel around July to August! You'll love it as much as I did!

Finally, I was also happy to find out that B Hotel is more than just a place to relax and unwind. It is also the perfect place to hold meetings and special events. lt has function rooms available that you can modify and adjust to your specific needs and preferences. The weekend we were there, there was an ongoing art exhibit.

Indeed, the new B HOTEL (it opened late last year) is bold, stylish, hip! It's one fashionista hotel if there is such a thing. Oh and you'd love that its close to Tomas Morato Ave. a dining and drinking hub. Best of all, this  boutique hotel has budget-friendly rates so you know you're getting value for money. Do check them out!

For more info, visit B HOTEL'S WEBSITE
Like and follow them on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, & INSTAGRAM
For reservations, call: (632) 771 8181

14 Scout Rallos Street, Barangay Laging Handa,
South Triangle, Quezon City,
1103, Philippines

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