Friday, September 26, 2014

How BeoPlay S8 Boosts Your Music Streaming Experience

B&O PLAY by BANG & OLUFSEN proudly introduces BeoPlay S8–a highly flexible and compact stereo system that will bring a whole new and invigorating life to your music streaming experiences. Know what's the best thing? You can connect to it any way you want!

Stunning, goose bump inducing sound meets cool elegance with BeoPlay S8 – a new subwoofer and speaker set from B&O PLAY that gives you the Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound to power up, enhance or even transform your music streaming experiences.  

BeoPlay S8 is inspired by the popular Beolab 14 from Bang & Olufsen and it is definitely in a class of its own, when it comes to stereo speakers. The visual design of both the satellite speakers and the sculptural subwoofer is recognizable, cool Scandinavian subtlety topped with that distinctive edge that makes it a perfect choice for design-oriented customers.

 The craftsmanship of BeoPlay S8 is best in class, with premium quality materials like pearl-blasted aluminium, crafted from single pieces of aluminium to bring you acoustic stability and precision, overall solidity and last but not least a sleek uninterrupted finish.  The multitude of placement options offered by the stereo system makes it flexible enough to fit into the mobile lives of the youthful B&O PLAY audience. 
You can place the subwoofer centrally, in a corner or behind a piece of furniture. You can place the satellite speakers on wall brackets or table stands - whatever suits your needs, preferences and lifestyle. And, if you combine the above-mentioned qualities like outstanding sound, exceptional design and a wealth of ways to place S8 with its easy and hassle-free setup, you’ve got an exclusive package that both fits and stands out while being attractive to all ages and genders.

It’s all about the sound! 
The sound profile of BeoPlay S8 is the Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound; designed to bring you sound the way the artist intended it – no tweaks and no over-emphasized elements. Just clean, honest sound that will make you go: Wow! 

The 8-inch subwoofer boasts a convincing bass performance despite its relative physical compactness - handling the frequency range from 20-150 Hz with ease. A dedicated 280 Watt class D amplifier powers the subwoofer. 

The satellite speakers feature 2.5-inch full range speaker drivers, each powered by a dedicated 140 Watt class D amplifier, placed inside the subwoofer – and handling individual equalization for each driver unit making it a truly active stereo speaker system.

Connect it any way you want! 

Connect your BeoPlay S8 to streaming hubs like Apple’s AirPort Express, Sonos Connect or almost any other streaming device out there – or hook it up to your “regular” audio amplifier or receiver for a real blast of B&O PLAY. On top of that, you can even connect BeoPlay S8 to your BeoPlay V1 or any Bang & Olufsen television – and bring even more life to your television experiences. 

When you buy BeoPlay S8 everything is in the box; table stands, wall brackets and all the cables needed – you’ve just got to plug it into the source and you’re good to go.

BeoPlay S8 was designed by Torsten Valeur, an award-winning Danish industrial designer. Valeur is the Head of the legendary David Lewis Designers – and a designer that pursues the original while aspiring to find solutions that are surprising at first glance – and then quickly accepted as obvious and intuitive.

Firmly grounded in decades of design excellence, craftsmanship and product innovation from Bang & Olufsen,  B&O PLAY interprets the same values for a new type of contemporary products aimed at youthful, design-conscious urbanites with an active lifestyle. 

The B&O PLAY portfolio is made up of stand-alone, portable products such as headphones and audio systems. The products are intuitive to use and easy to integrate into your daily life - at home or on the move.

Eugenie Bagalay 
Bang & Olufsen Philippines 
+632 830 2230

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Top 10 Buffet Destinations in SM Mall of Asia (Pasay City)

When planning a trip in the mall, I'm not one of those who are much into window-shopping or shopping itself. I think with my stomach first and think about the mall as a food-centric destination. SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City is one of my most favorite malls when it comes to the number and quality of restaurants it contains. I have rounded up my top 10 buffet destinations in MOA for all types of food-obsessed folks out there.

Where to eat in MOA? Top 10 Buffet Destinations in SM Mall of Asia

1. Buffet 101 International Cuisine

"Experience a smorgasbord of the world's finest dishes with a 5-star luxury lunch or dinner buffet."

"Top-notch service where well-trained staff will assist you and even serve you certain food items that require fresh preparations."

Contact numbers: 556-2888, 556-3888, 556-9888

Click here to read more of my review of Buffet 101 MOA branch and here to view pictures.

2. Vikings Luxury Buffet

"Enjoy endless gastronomic adventures with an Eat-All-You-Can meal at Vikings MOA."

"Cold cuts, cheese, sausages and more appetizers would certainly get you in the mood for an even more exciting menu of main courses."

"Witness live-action-cooking stations and high quality of food such as prime seafood to prime rib, stir-fried choices, gourmet pizzas and local favorites."

Contact numbers: 0917-5653888 / 0947-272-8433 / 846-3888 / 846-4888 / 846-5888

Click here to read more of my review of Vikings MOA branch.

3. Banzai All-Unlimited Japanese Buffet

"Banzai features various hot and cold stations that include Teppanyaki, Sushi, Sashimi & Rolls, Pizza, Takoyaki & Kaniyaki, Gohan, Noodles, & Ramen, Yakitori & Grill, Tempura & Tonkatsu, Salad, Dessert, and Beverages."

"Bite into freshly-made takoyaki, okonomiyaki, ebi tempura, and sip hot ramen."

Contact numbers: 09994713597 / 09163775357 / 552-7368

Click here to read more of my review of Banzai Japanese Buffet MOA branch and here to view pictures.

4. Mongolian Rice Bowls

Each of Mongolian Rice Bowls' dishes is made out of the best ingredients and distinct sauces from sweet, mild and spicy to ensure quality and flavor in every bowl."

"This buffet restaurant opposite the bay aims to delight every diner with an array of choices that will take them on the ultimate foodie adventure."

Click here to read more of my review of Mongolian Rice Bowls MOA branch.

Contact number: 433-4200

5. Chef d' Angelo

"Chef d' Angelo is an American-Italian restaurant which always brings and serves more than just good food."
Buffet here consists of pasta (tomato, pesto and white sauces), potato salad, mushroom soup, three types of pizzas, sensationally crispy chicken, rice, beef brisket, salad with dressings, jelly and potatoes. Price per head is only at PhP 150.

Contact number: 556-0311

Click here to read more of my review of Chef d' Angelo MOA branch.

6. Cabalen

"Cabalen, which literally translates to a fellow Capampangan, is a group of casual - fine dining restaurants known for authentic Capampangan dishes and different Filipino specialties, originating from Pampanga."

Contact number: 556 4874

I don't recall eating at this branch, but I can bet that the food are prepared and made consistent as in other branches.

7. Yakimix Japanese and Asian Buffet

"Make your chopsticks sing as you take your pick among the vast array of delectable choices starting with 6 kinds of appetizers and soups, around 10 salad variations, more than 20 luscious sushi variants, at least 30 choices of delightful grill-ready cuts, authentic Japanese favorites as well as other Asian fusion fares from Korean, Chinese and Filipino cuisines. Splurge on rows of cakes, tarts and other scrumptious sweets."

Contact numbers: 836-1535, 836-1536, 836-1537

Click here to read more of my review of Yakimix MOA branch.
8. Movie Stars Cafe Manila Dino Buffet

"For hunger of epic proportions, scoff down deluxe hamburgers, sandwiches, and hotdogs in true Jurassic style at the Dinner Dino Buffet or Midnight Dino Buffet."

"The Dino Buffet has a huge variety of international cuisines from sausages, hamburgers, to pastas and different recipe styles of chicken, beef and pork."

"Enjoy the presence of your favorite movie icons/waiters as they serve you up in full movie regalia."
Contact numbers: 0905-2779999 / 0908-2009999 / 550-1234 / 550-1474

Click here to read more of my review of Movie Stars Cafe MOA branch and here to view pictures.

9. Sakae Sushi

"Heaven for sushiphiles, Sakae Sushi presents itself as one of the finest forward-thinking Japanese restaurants, as it was one of the first which introduced the concept of conveyor belts to take food on small plates via self-service."

Contact number: 5560150

Click here to read more of my review of Sakae Sushi MOA branch.

10. Alba Restaurante Español (Prism Plaza)

Still in the MOA Complex, Alba Restaurante Español is located at the fourth level of Prism Plaza, Two E-Com Building. "Alba Restaurante Español has been the Philippines’ home of traditional Spanish cooking, satisfying generations of discerning food lovers enamored by the enticing flavors of Castilian cuisine for six decades."

"There are 18 different paella varieties at Alba’s, considered the widest array in town. From the classic Valenciana to new flavors such as Verde for vegetarians and practically everything else in between (Negra, Filipino, de Pato, Pollo Finas Hierbas, de Verduras, de Gambas, Arroz a la Regencia, de Cordero, Marinera, de Bacalao, de Langostinos, de Cangrejo, Tuhod y Batoc, Setas y Pesto, and Fideua). Other favorites are Spanish mainstays such as Callos, Lengua, Cochinillo, and a wide assortment of Spanish entrees and desserts that guests can feast on."

Contact numbers: 808-8210, 808-2326

I haven't dined in at this branch but we've experienced eating at their branch in Tomas Morato, QC. I think this is equally as good.

Wrap Up

Remember - nowadays, shopping can be done even when you're not in the physical store. For instance, dresses for sale online are rampant and Zalora can meet your need for those items. On the other hand, eating buffet meals is a different case. Whether you're a fan of Chinese, Italian, Spanish, American, Japanese or Filipino cuisine, these buffet restaurants in SM Mall of Asia (MOA) are worth your physical trip to the mall.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Sellers’ Night Pre-launch Event 2014

A new online marketplace, will have a Seller’s Night Event on Saturday, May 17 in Greenhills, San Juan City, Philippines.

The pre-launch event, which is set at 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., hopes to attract online sellers and merchants who want to be among the first to be featured in the website. Freebies and prizes will be given away to those who will attend the occasion.

The official website launch is on June 15, 2014. is the perfect and safe online platform with flexible and trusted payment options; secured and risk-free on-site business transactions; and most importantly, a free and user-friendly website for all the online shopping needs of both sellers and buyers.

Nelson A. Liao, Chief Executive Officer and President of EasyShop Online Inc, shared his thoughts about his fledgling company and its promise to provide the users a different online experience. “What we can assure is that the site is scam-free and has a risk-free environment for both the buyers and sellers,” stated Liao, who is a graduate of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in 2009.

“For sellers, we have built-in apps for most smartphones and tablets in the Philippines so the coverage is really extensive. We plan to have a diverse advertising method to help out our sellers not to mention a huge advertising budget every month.”

“On the other hand, for buyers, the Android and iOS apps support assures easy access for them. We have a secure payment method which they can use. For now we have Dragon Pay and PayPal available and will have more modes of payment in the near future.” has a partnership with Nelsoft Technology, Inc. and PoziHongkong Technology Ltd.—two reliable software development entities that handles the website.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Zomato Redefines Restaurant Discovery With Its Latest Product Revamp

Zomato, the restaurant search and discovery service, has rolled out a completely revamped version of its web and mobile product. Building on its already rich and exhaustive restaurant database, and ratings and reviews from its millions of monthly users, Zomato has now added a new, social layer to restaurant discovery - personalized recommendations from people whose opinions you choose to value. 

“Even before the advent of the internet, people relied on social opinions for restaurant discovery. In our endless discussions with our users, we realized this behavior is still widely prevalent, but not catered to effectively by existing local discovery tools or review websites. With our new product, we want to cater to that intrinsic behavior in an amplified, social setting”, said Deepinder Goyal, Founder & CEO of Zomato.

Zomato’s revamped product is built on two simple pillars of thought – that individual preferences vary, and that building a more trusted ecosystem of recommendations will result in quicker and easier decision-making

From personalized search results to quickly adding restaurants to your Wishlist from anywhere on the site or app, Zomato has made restaurant discovery very swift and highly personalized. Among the new features is a FoodFeed that lets users see updates and activities from their network on Zomato, as well as restaurants visited, rated and reviewed - encouraging a more social, real-time discovery of restaurants. With this enhanced social layer, users will be able to filter search results to display recommendations from their network, i.e. the people they choose to trust and follow. To enable this personalized experience, Zomato will now be a login-only service. 

The latest update also comes with a lot of changes to the design and user experience that make the product easier to use than ever before. For example, the search flow has been revamped completely to help users discover restaurants with fewer clicks, thereby offering a superior product experience. 

Restaurant ratings have been normalized to prevent too many restaurants being clustered within a certain range, and the search algorithm has been tweaked to show more relevant results when users are searching for restaurants. Enhanced spam-control measures have been implemented to keep out junk reviews. Users can now also easily find and invite friends to Zomato from other social networks.

“We felt it was time to stop taking small steps forward in terms of our product. This is the biggest leap we’ve taken, and that’s meant effectively rebuilding Zomato from scratch in a lot of respects. A lot of effort has gone into creating the new Zomato, and we’re very excited with the way it looks and works; we hope our users love it as much as we do”, Deepinder added.

Zomato also added another country to its growing list of international locations today, with the launch of its section for Portugal. The citizens of Lisbon can now choose from over 9500 dining options in the city. The website and mobile apps will be available in Portuguese as well as English.

About Zomato

Zomato is an online and mobile restaurant discovery service providing in-depth information for over 221,000 restaurants across 12 countries. Zomato's core content features include menus, photos and geocoded coordinates for restaurants; allowing users to rate and review restaurants, as well as create their own network of foodies.

Zomato currently sees over 16 million monthly visits globally, across its web and mobile platforms, from people searching for places to go out for a meal, get home delivery, catch up at a cafe, or enjoy the local nightlife. The highly targeted platform makes it convenient for restaurateurs to interact with customers who are looking for dining options.

Zomato was started in Delhi in 2008 by Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah. The company has since expanded its services to 41 cities across India, UK, UAE, South Africa, New Zealand, the Philippines, Portugal, Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Qatar.

For more information, please visit: or write to us at


Alok Jain (Chief Marketing Officer, Zomato)

UpasanaNath (Regional Director, Zomato South East Asia)

Katrina Alexis L Clasara (AVP Operations, Zomato Philippines) +639175124647