Life News: Ocean Park Hong Kong Halloween Fest 2017 Invites Pinoys to Face Their Worst Nightmare

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Manila, Philippines | 6 October 2017 – Come one, come all! Ocean Park Hong Kong Halloween Fest 2017, the largest Halloween event in the region, is set to test the limits of fear with an intense nail-biting experience in unparalleled horror. This year’s celebration aims to take the bloodcurdling screams up several notches with 10 haunted attractions and 11 unique experiences, including the first-ever SAW themed attraction in Asia!

Lau Ming-wai, Deputy Chairman of Ocean Park, said, “Our signature seasonal event Halloween Fest is a key milestone in Ocean Park’s 40 years of history. As the pioneer in bringing the Halloween festivity into a theme park environment, we began with only one haunted attraction in our first year. Today, we have grown Halloween Fest to be the largest of its kind in Asia, and we are thrilled to partner with Lionsgate this year to create Asia’s first SAW-themed attraction, which resonates with our commitment to bringing the best Halloween experiences to the region.”

Immersing Guests in Terrifying Experiences from Lionsgate’s SAW
SAW, this year’s headline attraction, is bound to show guests their deepest fears and provide them with unique excitements as the powerhouse SAW film franchise comes to life at Ocean Park. The reverse bear trap, the twisted razor wire maze, and more fatal snares await to evoke psychological terrors for guests. The Jigsaw Killer has laid out his infamous traps for guests to experience firsthand, including a living preview from the long-awaited eighth installment, JIGSAW, which is scheduled to open in theaters on 26 October 2017. 

Joyful Festival by Day, Deadly Party by Night
Bringing the festive ambiance of Mexico's famous traditional celebration Day of the Dead to Ocean Park, this year's transforming attraction offers guests two unique Halloween experiences in Latin American style. In daytime, guests are invited to a jubilant party hosted at Festival of Souls presented by Yahoo! Hong Kong, where dead spirits dress up in colourful UV costumes and put on skull masks for their celebration. By donning a pair of 3D glasses, guests can check out the attraction’s festive decorations and stunning patterns in detail, including the Mexican village and church, while taking plenty of photos with the singing and dancing spirits. However, guests should be aware that the spirits will turn hellish as soon as the sun goes down at 5:30 p.m. during Night of the Dead.  Enraged spirits will spring out of the haunted cemetery in search of live human flesh. Guests will also be trapped by illusion hallway, a mirror maze and even a sinister banquet.

Spooky but Fun Celebrations for Adults and Kids
Ocean Park Halloween Fest has prepared light-hearted Halloween surprises for family guests. At Whiskers Harbour’s Whiskers & Friends Halloween Party, the Park’s beloved mascots will show up together in their brand-new Halloween costumes. Kids can also join a creative mask-making workshop to boost their Halloween look and take photos with all seven of the cute mascots at this fun-filled party. Elsewhere Spooky Candy Factory, the largest outdoor trick-or-treat trail in Hong Kong is returning again for guests to play mini games and win Chupa Chups, Mentos and Tim Tam chocolate biscuits. These two family-friendly attractions will be available daily from 5 to 31 October to spread the Halloween fun across the generations.

Among the 10 Halloween attractions and 11 unique experiences, horror aficionados will also experience other types of intense fear at Rise of the Ancient Evil and Kowloon Ghost City. For the first time ever, PHOBIA Experience, a cluster of haunting attractions including Phobia 17, Dark Maze and Down to Hell presented by Kraft Heinz, is staged to take guests' senses to the limits. More Halloween Fest favourites including Scaremonies – Hell’s Grand Finale and Scare Zone – Alley of the Dead, are also back with guaranteed scares for guests.

So gather up your squad, book a flight to Hong Kong and headline the fear factor challenge brought by Ocean Park Hong Kong! It’s time to put yourself to the test and see where your courage can take you this Halloween 2017!

For more details on Ocean Park Halloween Fest 2017, please visit
*Individual Halloween attractions have different opening times.

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Everything On Sale at Landers Crazy Sale

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

6AM?! Whelp, it wasn't planned, but the Landers team ended up opening the store at 6AM because the queue was so crazy that cars were already piling up up to Quezon Avenue (and hey! this is Balintawak already!). People were already camping out since 3AM, and there were already so many people. They decided that since their cashier attendants had already reported for work, they might as well begin. Tomorrow, they seem to also plan to open at 6AM to accommodate the very warm reception of the public towards their sale. But well, it still depends. 

I understand why the hype was so extreme, as there were really so many good deals, especially that Halloween and Christmas are coming up. It was not a lukewarm sale, as plenty of items were at 50% off, with whole lot more at 25-30% off. This really matters as there are a lot of significant discounts placed on useful everyday items, like toiletries and food. I find it annoying to get to a sale only for the discounts to be on expensive sheds, playgrounds, and children's pools that I won't necessarily need. 

My Nescafé Gold Experience

During Lazada's Superbrands week this year, I got myself a Nescafé Red Mug machine, as well as Nescafé Gold in Latte Macchiato. Perhaps, to describe how good Nescafé Gold is, it tastes like the output off a Nescafé Red Mug machine. 

I recently learned so much about coffee foam. Apparently, foam in coffee is not just some fancy way to charge people more for coffee. In my simple way of understanding it, froth means bubbles, and bubbly liquid means more surface area touching the taste buds. The result is a more flavorful and aromatic experience. 

I couldn't understand at first why my Nescafé Red Mug machine could make any cheap coffee taste nice, even if it's basically just making use of creamer and coffee powder. Turns out, the jet that spews out a stream of hot water to froth the creamer on the mug is the key. I have tried using the machine to froth my milk tea, hot chocolate, and basically everything with creamer, and suddenly, the mundane becomes the extraordinary. 

That explains why this line is special, and how you can really taste the difference that it really is Nescafé Gold. The powder foams by itself as you add hot water, so it's really frothy and creamy, as if it had been made with the help of a milk frother. Or, as if it had been acquired from a fancy coffee shop. 

There are 3 Flavors right now: White Espresso, Latte Macchiato, and Cappuccino. 

Life News: Showcase your #PhotoGoals at the Canon PhotoMarathon 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Manila, Philippines – The photography community is all abuzz as the much-awaited, largest on-the-spot photography contest opens its doors to Filipinos once again! The Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 is set to happen on October 21 at the SMX Convention Center Hall 4, MOA Grounds, Pasay City, giving Filipinos a platform to showcase their photography prowess and masterpieces. Interested participants can register at until October 17, Tuesday.  

Anybody who owns a Canon camera, whether a DSLR, mirrorless, or compact camera, are welcome to participate. The entries will be judged by esteemed Canon Brand Ambassadors according to the relevance to the theme of the entries (50%), creativity in theme interpretation (30%), and the composition of photography with the use of lighting, exposure, and focus (20%).

The photographer of the winning photo will enjoy an all-expense paid trip and will represent the Philippines at the Canon PhotoMarathon grand finals in Japan in 2018.

“We at Canon can’t contain our excitement as we near the date of the Canon PhotoMarathon here in Manila,” said Benny Yu, Director for Consumer Group of Canon Marketing Philippines, Inc (CMPI). “We expect no less from the Filipinos as they unleash their talent and creativity in capturing powerful photos with the help of their Canon cameras, and create a photography breakthrough as they’ve always shown in the past.”

Aside from the main photography contest, the participants will also get access to photography workshops and get their hands on the latest line-up of Canon’s imaging and printing devices.

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Food News: Appreciate the Difference in the New NESCAFÉ Gold Collection

Monday, October 9, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — People who have earned their success know what they want. They work as hard as they play and have developed a keen sense for things they deserve – and they deserve to enjoy nothing short of excellence.

Offering the signature smooth tastes and enticing aromas skillfully fashioned by NESCAFÉ’s coffee masters, the NESCAFÉ Gold Collection introduces itself as the new icon of premium quality coffee. Indulge in a deluxe blend of the finest, handpicked Arabica and Robusta coffee beans, perfectly roasted, finely ground, combined with exquisite milk, and layered with a rich, velvety café froth. Choose from three delicious flavors and discover which one satisfies your taste: Latte Macchiato, Cappuccino, and White Espresso.

Delightfully mild and milky with a creamy finish, the Latte Macchiato hits with just the right sweetness in one cup. Sip on balanced, creamy yet full-bodied flavor that the Cappuccino brings. For a more intense, richer coffee flavor with a pronounced and lingering roasted aftertaste, try the White Espresso. Immerse yourself in a multi-sensorial experience with every cup and instantly enjoy exceptional flavor profiles on-the-go.

Expertly crafted for those who desire a cup of coffee that fits their finer tastes, NESCAFÉ Gold is witness to moments of luxury. With unparalleled attention to details to ensure the gold standard in coffee, the NESCAFÉ Gold Collection provides an elevated coffee experience like no other.

See the difference. Smell the difference. Taste the difference. Appreciate the difference in the new
NESCAFÉ Gold Collection.
Now available for your drinking pleasure in supermarkets, large groceries, and select convenience stores.

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