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Yanolja invests USD 15M into leading Southeast Asian Economy Hotel Chain ZEN Rooms

PRESS RELEASE

Leading Southeast Asian economy hotel chain and online booking platform ZEN Rooms (www.zenrooms.com) announces a strategic minority investment of USD15M by Yanolja, the leading Seoul-based leisure company with rights to acquire 100% of ZEN Rooms in the future. This is the largest startup investment by a Korean company in Southeast Asia.

 

 

ZEN Rooms, founded in 2015 by ex-Foodpanda co-founder Kiren Tanna and Nathan Boublil, operates a disruptive economy hotel chain and online booking platform in 5 major Southeast Asian countries, including: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Within only 3 years, ZEN Rooms’ business has grown exponentially to over 1,000 economy hotel franchisees and over 7,000 room inventory and established itself as the top-rated affordable franchise in the region, with average Customer Review scores of 7.9 on public OTA and review sites.

 

 

ZEN Rooms was founded to disrupt the value-for-money of the Southeast Asian hotel market, helping hotel franchisees be more efficient, competitive, safe & reliable by strengthening their quality standards, resulting in improved customer satisfaction for budget travelers. ZEN Rooms is vertically integrated, combining room booking, branding, sales and management with a self-developed online/mobile platform – which distinguishes ZEN Rooms from other hotel franchises. ZEN Rooms now plans to use the capital to expand its inventory base in current and new markets and continue to invest in technology to keep improving the sector’s efficiency.

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Discovery Honors Loyal Employees on its 18th Year

Press Release

 

Discovery Suites recognized recently loyal employees from different departments as it marked its 18th anniversary. The employees have worked at Discovery for many years, upholding the gracious brand of service the company is known for.

 

Among those who received their loyalty awards for 10 years of service were Guest Services Associate Melvin Lipangco, Engineering Assistant Manager El Perez, Banquet Sales Manager Kris Arciaga, Reservations Manager Alexandra Noelle Puen, and Executive Assistant to the General Manager Rowena Gulle. Celebrating their 18th year with Discovery Suites, meanwhile, are Engineering Associate Bernard Tamargo, Financial Controller Laureen Udtuhan, Purchasing Manager and Property Custodian Milette Vizcarra, and Housekeeping Associate Marlon Mendoza.

 

L-R: Melvin Lipangco, Kris Arciaga, Milette Vizcarra, Laureen Udtuhan, Bernard Tamargo, Marlon Mendoza, General Manager Leeds Trompeta, El Perez, Rowena Gulle, and Alex Infante-Puen

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5 Travel Fails to Avoid

Traveling is such a wonderful thing! It helps you appreciate different cultures and teaches you so many lessons that aren’t taught in the classroom. But to make each trip truly meaningful, you have to prepare very well for it.

 

But even seasoned travelers may run into unforeseen setbacks. Here is a list of common travel fails and what to do in case you find yourself in one.

 

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Press Release | Summer Time is TechnoMarine Time

Say HELLO to SUMMER!

Every summer has its own story…

Summer means sun, sea, sand, and more! It’s that great escape – to hit the beach, go on a hike, or simply get away from it all. And no other timepiece perfectly speaks of summer fun, frolic, and adventure than TechnoMarine!

Possessing an edgy yet elegant style with precision Swiss movement, a TechnoMarine watch is your perfect partner this sizzling sensational season, an invitation to imbibe the brand’s promise to live deeper with its Cruise and Reef collections.

The TechnoMarine Cruise Collection includes the Cruise Dream Lady which comes in stainless steel rose gold strap and 30mm white dial with 585 quartz movement and 200m water resistance, and the Jellyfish Cruise Lady which comes in white silicone strap and 40mm stainless steel white dial with OS60 quartz movement and 200m water resistance. For the Reef collection, there is Reef Titanium for men which comes in white silicone strap and 48mm titanium charcoal dial with Z60 quartz movement and 100m water resistance.

Be it in stainless steel, with gold tone or with a silicone strap, each distinctive and charismatic design, without a doubt, possesses a personality all its own – just like you!

So, this summer, take off, live deeper, and do it in style with TechnoMarine! Let’s have some fun in the sun!


Founded in 1997, TechnoMarine successfully merges the art of horological innovation with spirited design. For more info, visit TechnoMarine boutiques at SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM City Cebu, SM Lanang Premier, TriNoma, Greenbelt 3, Robinson’s Galleria, Robinson’s Magnolia, Shangri-La Plaza, My Tempo Resorts World, and all MyDiamond concept stores nationwide.
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The Best Farm Adventure and Discoveries at Paradizoo

I would like to reminisce and share with you my “field trip” to Paradizoo. It is located in Mendez, Cavite, Philippines. This place is like a paradise with various farm animals and abundant flower farm. If you’re a nature lover, you’ll surely long to visit this place.

with Ms. Grace of Zoomanity and my co-bloggers
with Ms. Grace of Zoomanity and my co-bloggers

We traveled about an hour and half from Makati to Paradizoo. It was a sunny day when we visited the place but the cool breeze won’t make you sweat or feel hot at all.

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The first thing that caught my attention when we arrived is their love for our environment. They recycled and reused things that most of us considered as trash. They put creativity out from simple raw materials. Take a look at these amazing ideas that you could also do at home…

The tour guide at Paradizoo is very nice and really knowledgeable in giving information on how to take care and feed the farm animals found there. She’s able to answer all the questions from our group.

What do I love about our tour? It’s our close encounter with those farm animals! Take a look…

The tour guide told us that some of the animals are bought from different countries and some are gifts. An example is the race horse that we found there, we were informed that a retired racer owned it and gave it to the owner of Paradizoo as a gift. And now, allow me to photo blog the animals I saw. Btw, you can also feed them (available but you have to pay for some amount) and take photos.

Another most unforgettable experience was milking the goat. It’s my first time! The tour guide had a demo first and then I volunteered to try. Tada!

Awesome! 🙂

Afterwards, we went to the beautiful flower farm…

And hey, they also have vegetable plants! According to the tour guide, they use these veggies at their restaurant, assuring everything’s fresh!

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There’s also a short zip line but I didn’t try it because I have this phobia of heights. 🙂

Then, we head off to the butterflies and bees area…

And, they also have a pet cemetery. If you want your beloved pet who departed to be buried there, it costs from 3,500 pesos (around $72 USD) depending on the size of your pet.

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Ooops, before I forgot, I also passed by some HUGE eggs (ostrich’s eggs).

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It was a tiring, but super fun experience! I’ll go back in the near future with my kiddos. I’m sure they’ll enjoy it, too!

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A Short Trip to S.E.A. Aquarium Sentosa, Singapore

If you love marine animals, you’ll definitely enjoy the tour in this HUGE aquarium. S.E.A. Aquarium is open whole week, Sunday to Saturday, from 10 am to 7 pm.

Here’s another photo blog. It’s my short trip to S.E.A. Aquarium in Sentosa, Singapore. I don’t have much photos because the place is dark to take photos and using flash is not allowed. But I hope you’ll enjoy and get interested somehow. 🙂

At the back of our last photo is a gigantic aquarium wherein there are divers inside feeding the marine animals inside. There are some seats in front of it so you can sit back and relax while watching them feeding the animals.

And here’s a short video of random fishes…

There are a lot of marine animals found at S.E.A. Aquarium like sharks, jelly fish, crabs, octopus, and a lot more! Here’s a map I got from their website which may help you:

http://www.rwsentosa.com/Homepage/Attractions/SEAAquarium
http://www.rwsentosa.com/Homepage/Attractions/SEAAquarium

 

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How to go to Universal Studios from Le Meridien Hotel Sentosa

 

This is a photo blog of the landmarks that you need to remember if you are going to Universal Studios Singapore from Le Meridien Hotel Sentosa.

 

You can ride an express train or take a little time to walk. I suggest you do the second option and enjoy the beautiful scenery. It’s only about 5-10 minutes walk.

 

Let’s go!

 

This is our hotel room. #404
This is our hotel room. #404

 

Since the rooms here are expensive with a security deposit of $100 SGD per night, we had a twin-sharing of hotel room. The front view of our room is facing the big Merlion statue, while the back is a construction site. We decided to let the window blinds down the entire stay because we don’t like some construction men as audience from our room. Haha!

 

The twin-sharing room is not so big enough for two people. It has two beds that are placed very close to each other. The room is not sound-proof. I wouldn’t suggest it as a place for honeymoon (*wink*). However, I would commend the bathroom area, it is very spacious with big bath tub, a separate shower cubicle and toilet. I hope there’s a soft chair/furniture inside if you have to spend sometime doing your make-ups or skin rituals. And ooops, the toiletries are not enough for two people considering it’s a twin-sharing room. So, you still have to call to request for additional body wash, shampoos, etc. 🙂

 

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This is the facade of the hotel. I wasn’t able to take a photo of the next steps above but it’s beautiful. The steps are covered with a bed of bermuda grass replica. A good spot to have photo shoots.

 

From here, cross the street and you’ll get to the Sentosa express station. Straight ahead and you’ll see the SENTOSA letter statue with the huge Merlion at the background. This is the Merlion Plaza.

 

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If you walk a few more steps from here, you’ll see a ticketing office. We stopped here for a while to claim the tickets for our company’s team building to Sentosa island.

 

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Afterwards, go to your right and go down the escalator to the festive walk.

 

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The climate here is hot, just like here in the Philippines. So, I suggest you just wear sleeveless, walking shorts or any light clothing.

 

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And we are half-way there! One more escalator going down and we’re already at Resorts World Sentosa – Lake of Dreams…

 

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Here’s a very, very short video to let you see how beautiful it is. I am so amazed how clean this place is. Although there are so many tourists here, everyone abides the law not to litter.

 

 

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A few more steps and we’re finally at Universal Studios Sentosa, Singapore!

 

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That easy! But if you don’t want to start your day walking, you always have a choice to ride the express train. 🙂

 

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