Out With The Old, In With Unique – The Hottest New Trends For 2015

Good Morning to our blog followers!

2015 may seem like it’s far away, but in the Fashion world, the next ‘Big Thing’ is always right around the corner.
This blog will talk about the newest, hottest trends of next year, and which brands will fizzle out.
If you’re fashion forward, and want to be in the front of the line, get behind these new brands so you can say you were the first!
(And don’t worry, guys…there’s some hot info for you too, so keep reading!)

 

 Trends For Fashion

Anyone who’s anyone has heard of the big names: Coach, Prada, Armani, Marc Jacobs….but I bet you haven’t heard of Soka, Vega Zaishi Wang, Sharon Ehman, Cinzia Araia, Markus Lupfer or Yohji Yamamoto.

It’s high time you did!
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Just look at these two !
They are made in Italy, where all the best shoes come from, and are created with genuine leather and suede.
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Markus Lupfer is a celeb’s best kept secret.dpp_0004_1
Everyone from Rhianna to Blake Lively have been seen sporting his trendy approach to fashion and accessories.
From awesome iphone cases, to feminine yet tough-girl clothing, this designer is a man to watch and collect.

Website found Here
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Miss Vega Zaishi Wang is a completely brilliant designer that has been creating ready-to-wear collections for five years.

She brings back the allure and grace of feminine beauty, and her clothing works for every type of woman; from the Mysterious Vixen, to the Sweet-as-Sugar Schoolgirl.
Impeccably cut and designed for the lingering eye, this woman is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

Her collections can be seen on her Facebook page, Here

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black-shiny-python-clutch-562x843         Very little is known about Soka…founded by Stephanus Lukmanto, he currently works with fashion designer Karina Wijaya to create            100% handmade clutch bags and beautiful dresses and jackets inspired by Ikat and Batik methods.product-preview211-562x843They can be found on Facebook Here,  and on their website, Here.

 

 


 

If you like a little edge and spook to your clothing, you will never go wrong by choosing Toronto Fashion Designer Sharon Ehman.

She is the sole creator, designer, and model for Toxic Vision clothing.
Not for the feint of heart, each piece is 100% hand made, and her collections are desperately sought-after around the globe.
Her pieces can be very expensive, but trust us….they’re worth it.
Good Luck to anyone who wishes to own a piece of her work…each collection is released via her website only, and once they’re gone, there’s no second chance to acquire.
Keep updated on collection releases via Facebook, Here….and buy her pieces Here

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Trends For Beauty and Cosmetics

Our favorite!
But of course, we’re not talking Lancome, M.A.C, or Dior here….and with good reason!
Not only are these giants highly overpriced and underperforming…but there’s also many questions and muddy waters on who exactly still tests on animals.
That’s why it’s better for your wallet, your skin, and your conscience to check out these amazing little-known brands.

 

 

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The King of Cosmetics and fresh bath and beauty products is without a doubt, Lush.
Not only are their products 100% natural, organic, vegetarian, and packed with amazing flowers, oils and herbs…but they’ve been fighting animal testing for thirty years, and have an Ethical Buying Team to find fair trade and sustainable sources for their ingredients.

That means their Vanilla Absolute from Uganda helps Mubuku farmers get the best prices and profits for their products….Their cocoa beans come from Colombia and supports a group quietly resisting political violence in the region……Their argan oil comes from Morocco, has stimulated the local economy and given local women a sustainable job.

Lush is committed to fresh handmade products, sustainable business practices, low-or-no packaging, and giving back to the communities they work with.

Anyway, back to the products!
There is so much to choose from, you have to see it all yourself…body butters, oil-free hand lotions, aluminum-free deodorants, soaps that smell so tasty that its hard not to eat them….spend a day just browsing and reading all the awesome goodies they have!
They also have a range of products exclusively for men, like the ‘Guv’ner’ deoderant, and the best shaving cream you can buy, ‘Razorantium’

For cosmetics, they have a fairly new line of color for lips, eyes, and skin.

Some of our favorites are the ‘Feeling Younger Skin Tint’, that reflects light and makes you look bright and shiny all day, the FIVE GRAM mascara t03533ube, ‘Eyes Right’ that contains wheatgrass for strengthening and smoothing your lashes, and japan wax, for extremely long day-use and no flakes or crumblies.
This stuff doesn’t go anywhere, and best of all it doesn’t hurt your eyes, like other chemical mascaras.

Visit their website Here, but be prepared to browse for days!

 

 

 


 

 

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Similar to Lush, but much more simple is Nude Bath Products.

Still a growing local company, owner Karen Murdock offers a fresh, clean product line that includes lip balms, facial masks, scrubs, soaks and soaps. Visit their Facebook page Here, and tell them we sent you!

 

 

 

 



 

 

Well fans, that’s it for today….stay tuned for Part Two, where we’ll cover the hottest places to find unique and daring jewelry and accessories.

Don’t forget to share this blog post, like our FB page, and tell your friends and family!
(And call us to reserve a visit soon, of course.)

 

-White Chocolate Hills Resort

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To Be Creative Means To Be In Love With Life

Good Morning Blog-Readers!

If you visit the markets and out-of-the-way village areas in the Philippines, you will be lucky enough to witness the impressive creativity of the Philippine people.
Hand-carved lamps, chairs, lizards, masks, and necklaces are only a few of the items available as keepsakes of your visit here.

One group of people in particular, the Ifugao, have been globally hailed as among the best in wood carving.
The art of Ifugao handcarving has been passed down from generation to generation, and the largest living village today can be found on Asin road, on the way to Baguio City.

The 1st Pa-ot Festival in Tadiangan, Benguet took place last May 22-24, and was a spectacular festival showcasing the Ifugao people’s innate ability for producing beautiful, intricate carvings.
There was also a native wine-making & tasting event, cultural dance & song clinic, backstrap weaving contest, broom-making clinics, and rattan weaving demonstrations.

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Traditionally, Bulul sculptures were used for ceremonies centered on healing & rice production…the statues were highly prized and represented ancestors, guardian gods & spirits.
Today, many different items are carved, and not only just out of wood…sometimes stone is used.

Here at White Chocolate Hills Resort, if you look carefully, you can see that we have quite a few hand-carved masks and statues…keeping this lovely art alive is vitally important, and each unique piece has cultural value and significance.
If you have the chance to stop by Malatapay Market, there is a souvenir shop run by three brothers that know the art of hand-carving, and create amazingly detailed pieces for sale at very affordable prices.
Tell them we sent you!

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That’s all for today, don’t forget to like, share and rate us on Facebook, TripAdvisor, and Twitter!

The History of Our Flag

Good Morning to all of our blog readers out there!

Today is National Flag Day in the Philippines, and we decided to share a bit about our flag, what it represents, and a bit of our Country’s history.

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The Pledge of Allegiance To The Flag – 

Ako ay Filipino
Buong katapatang nanunumpa
Sa watawat ng Pilipinas
At sa bansang kanyang sinasagisag
Na may dangal, katarungan at kalayaan
Na pinakikilos ng sambayanang
Maka-Diyos
Maka-tao
Makakalikasan at
Makabansa
 
I am a Filipino
I pledge my allegiance
To the flag of the Philippines
And to the country it represents
With honor, justice and freedom
Put in motion by one nation
For God
for Nature
for the People and
for the Country.

Our flag was first dreamed up by President Emilio Aguinaldo during his exile in Hong Kong, in 1897…and was first displayed in battle, on May 28, 1898.
It was sewn by Marcela Marino de Agoncillo with the help of her daughter Lorenza and Delfina Herbosa de Natividad, who was a niece of Jose Rizal.

Not many are aware, but to fly the flag with the red pointing upwards is a sign that our country is at war, or in battle.
We flew the flag this way in 1899, when the Philippines was at war with America, and again in 1944, when at war with the Allied Powers.

While under American colonial rule from 1907 to 1919, display of the Philippine flag was declared illegal, and again in 1941 under Japanese rule.

On March 26, 1920, the Philippine Legislature legally adopted the Philippine flag as the official flag of the Philippine Islands.
On March 25, 1936, President Manuel L. Quezon issued the final technical description & specifications of the flag, removing the mythical face from the sun, and describing the exact angles of the stars & geometric pattern of the sun.


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The Blue Stripe Symbolizes Justice & Patriotism.
The Red Stripe is for the valor of our warriors, and blood shed in protecting our Nation from invaders.
The White Color stands for Peace & Purity, the triangle represents our Nation gathered together…and also represents the Katipunan – A revolutionary group of patriot Filipinos who fought against Spanish Colonial Rule.
The Three Stars represent Luzon, Mindanao, and The Visayas.
The Sun is for our independence, and the eight rays symbolize & commemorate the eight provinces that led the Philippines in resistance to Spanish Rule.

Our flag is a beautiful and thorough representation of our history and unity as a nation.
Let’s be proud today to fly our great flag, and let the sight of her always instill in us a great feeling of togetherness, strength, and honor for our fallen countrymen & women.

Ang kislap ng watawat mo’y
Tagumpay na nagniningning,
Ang bituin at araw niya,
Kailan pa ma’y di magdidilim

Fan Fridays and Other News

Good Afternoon to all our lovely readers!

We’re shaking things up here on the White Chocolate Hills Resort official blog!
In keeping with the times, we will now have a theme for every day of the week…let’s go over what they are, and how you can get involved!

#MusicMonday
It’s no secret that here at the resort, we love music…wether it’s foreign or local, a love song, or a good rock tune…we’re always on the lookout for awesome new music.
On Mondays, we’re going to talk about the songs we love, up-and-coming concerts in the Philippines, awesome new local artists, playlists for hosting everything from a wicked dance party to a tasteful dinner party….Anything and everything that has to do with music, we will write about it on Mondays.

How To Get Involved: Share your favorite bands & tunes in the comments! If you’re a local band, feel free to post a link to your website.

#NewsdayTuesday
We’ve always got our ear to the ground listening for the latest news in our country and abroad.
On Tuesday, we’ll keep you up to date with everything, so you can be informed and aware of local issues, as well as current global news that effects the Philippines.
Tuesday will also be the day we update you with news coming out of White Chocolate Hills…. deals, special rates, and up-and-coming events will all be showcased.

How To Get Involved: Read our blog, share the posts, and do your own research! If you know of anything local going on, or if you have an event of your own you’d like to showcase, send us a message or leave a comment.

#Humpday Heros
This is our favorite day of all!
Every Wednesday, we will feature a hero that is doing good in and around our communities…whether it is a local business owner, a charity group, or an individual…if they’re helping the Philippines and it’s people, we will honor them!

How To Get Involved: Let us know about the local heroes in your neighborhoods…a lot of people that do community work keep quiet and don’t get the attention they deserve, so speak up and share their story with us!

#ThrowbackThursday
This is a relaxing day of looking back at the fun things that have happened over the years….We’ll be keeping it relevant to our industry, featuring old resorts and hotels, old food and drinks menus, and fashion from back in the day.

How To Get Involved: Send us your old stories of staying in Hotels and resorts! Have old, vintage pictures of your parents and grandparents on the beach or at a hotel? Share them and we will feature them in a future #TBT blog!

#FanFriday
Fridays will also be a big favorite for us! We will feature pictures, stories and reviews from our fans.

How To Get Involved: Become a fan! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog…share your stories, reviews, and pictures, and we will feature them every Friday!

#Caturday
You can’t be a true internet citizen if you don’t adore cute cats! On Caturday, we’ll share resort-worthy kitties for your feline fix!

How To Get Involved: Read, Giggle a lot, Feel better about everything!

#SelfieSunday
Selfie Sunday is all about us! Expect to see new pictures of our resort, pictures of awesome staff outings, and any other new and exciting info we have about the resort!

How To Get Involved: Tell us about what’s going on in your life in the comments below! Share some great tourist spots so we can check them out!

We hope you’re as excited as we are…We have lots to share, so don’t forget to Like, share and comment on our blog, our Facebook, and our twitter….you can find the links on the front page underneath our ‘About’ section on the right.

And since today is technically #FanFriday, here’s a shot of a few of our fans enjoying the pool after a long bike ride!

 


Photo Credit: Mich Iso

 

The Caribbean Vs The Philippines…Close, But No Cigar!

Good Afternoon on this warm, sunny day from your friends at White Chocolate Hills Resort!

We know many of you who read our blog are from other parts of the world, and may be researching a great place to visit on your next vacation. We also know a lot of people like to visit the Caribbean, due to many of the ‘All-Inclusive’ deals you can find on the internet these days.

Here at White Chocolate Hills, we’re a little biased, and of course, think the Philippines is the best vacation destination you can get for your money.

Here is our Top Six List of reasons your next vacation should be in the Philippines instead of the Caribbean.

#6 – The Beaches & Diving

Everyone doing research for a vacation in the Caribbean is always entranced by the pictures of crystal clear water, white sand beaches, impressive dive spots and vibrant marine life.

While it’s mostly true that the Caribbean is beautiful and has nice beachfront…the Philippines has all of that and more!
In fact, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte is home to the longest continuous stretch of white sand beach in the world, and rivals even Hawaii for awesome surfing. Borcay has over 300 white sand beaches, was named ‘Best Island’ in 2012 by international travel magazine Travel + Leisure, and has a vibrant nightlife, for those that like to club-hop & stay up late.

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Like we’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, the Philippines is part of the ‘Coral Triangle’….While the Caribbean houses 8% of the world’s coral reefs, the Philippines owns 30% of the world’s reefs…..and 75% of all coral reef species can be found here. We have over 4,000 types of fish, and 6 of the 7 world’s turtle species can be seen in our waters. For avid divers, the Philippines is a treasure-house, and certainly not to be missed.

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#5 – Places To Stay

The best part about the Philippines is the quiet, laid-back peacefulness you experience everywhere you go….the Caribbean is obviously one of the most famous vacation destinations in the world, so the beaches, resorts, and towns tend to get overcrowded.
You can easily begin to feel like your vacation is being shared with hundreds of other tourists who had the same idea as you.

The price difference between the two destinations are clear-cut….In the Caribbean, car rentals can cost upwards of $40-80 a day, meals at restaurants are pricey, and hotels and resorts can be almost $350 a night for a good-quality stay.

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In the Philippines, you can rent a car with a driver and air conditioning for a whole day for around $20, and if you don’t mind driving a motorbike, you can rent one for about $10 per day.
It seems like every street corner has someone selling Barbecue, Tinola, Lechon, or other tasty eats, and you can buy a full meal for under $5.

And as for hotels and resorts? Our resort is around $90 a night for European-standard accommodations, free Wifi, Plasma Ion Air Conditioning, pool & beach access, and absolutely delicious complimentary breakfast.
A few of the other more well-established resorts around town can be pricey, but if you don’t mind mingling with locals, hotels in downtown Dumaguete can be as cheap as $20 a night if you know where to look!

#4 – Island Hopping

We know this one is a bit of a jab…the Caribbean has 7,000 islands to explore..the Philippines, like any local can tell you, has 7,107.

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#3 – The Weather

The Caribbean is a great destination for the cold, winter months…a place to get away and work on your tan…but the rain is unpredictable, and it’s the kind of land area a storm likes to linger around….trapped on all sides by land, a hurricane or downpour can last for days.

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In the Philippines, the weather stays at an average of 28 Degrees Celcius all year long…That means you can work on your tan every single day of the year…and we’re beside the equator, so the sun is brighter, and closer to the earth.

When it rains, it’s usually on it’s way to Hong Kong & Thailand…stopping in only to say a brief ‘Hello’!
Since our climate is always (Dare we say…) perfect, a spot or two of rain is usually a welcome guest, and it never slows the party down!

#2 – The Night Life

The Caribbean is known for being relaxed and laid-back…it comes close to matching the Philippines in ‘Rasta’ living.
The downside in the Caribbean is that a lot of places close down around ten pm, and it can be hard to find something to do if you’re more of a night owl.

The Philippines also tends to close up shop on most big business around 9-10pm….but it’s only so they can get off work and go party! The Philippines is absolutely world-famous for being the ‘Country That Never Sleeps’, and could even put the Irish to task with the amount of rum they can drink in a night!
Walk down any neighborhood street to find a group of locals drinking and singing Karaoke at a Sari-Sari….or check out the downtown nightlife at Whynot…a well-known foreign hang-out.

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#1 – Tourist Friendly Zone!

There are many different horror stories that you hear about the Caribbean being dangerous to Tourists…it’s a well-known bit of advice that if you stay at an ‘All-Inclusive’ resort or hotel, you shouldn’t leave the grounds without a guard or escort….and walking around can mean you’re constantly hounded by hustlers, beggars, and swindlers.

In the Philippines, your only worry is the problem of meeting too many awesome people in one day….not only is almost every fourth or fifth word ‘Sir’ or ‘Ma’am’, Filipinos are known the world over for being unbelievably hospitable, helpful, and cheerful to foreigners….They are, arguably, even more friendly than Canadians!

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There are many children who do beg for change in the downtown core, but if you tell them you have no money, the other kids will learn through ‘The Grapevine’ to leave you be.

And there you have it!
Our Top Six List of reasons your next vacation should be in the Philippines instead of the Caribbean.

Until Tomorrow, we wish you all a great night!

-White Chocolate Hills Resort

Photo Credits: All photos from Wikimedia.org, except the last one, ‘Sound of Laughter’ by local Photographer Hersley-Ven Casero.

Special Room Rates Until Zamboanguita Fiesta!

Good Afternoon, From White Chocolate Hills Resort…Your beautiful oasis beside the sea.

We normally don’t write a blog on Friday & Saturdays, but today we’re making an exception!

From now until May 15th, we’re having an awesome room sale!

Our Relax Bungalow rental cost has been lowered to only P3400 for a limited time only…And the price includes everything you would get at the regular price of P3,999….That means our complimentary breakfast for two, WiFi at the bar, access to the pool & beach, In-room Safe, Hot & Cold Shower, Free Parking, Mini-Bar, Towels, and everything else!

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Fun Facts About Us:

  • Our resort has a total area of one hectare, and boasts 2000 sq metres of rock-free, beautiful sand beachfront, ideal for snorkeling and swimming.
  • We serve a fully organic menu, with no artificial or packaged products, and the organization that supplies our eggs is ‘Naturally Negros‘, a group dedicated to the employment & education of deaf Filipinos.
  • We also create & smoke our own delicious sausages with a specially designed smokehouse cleverly hidden among the landscape.
  • Our landscaping is unique to all of Asia…we have captured the majesty of the Chocolate Hills in miniature, right here on our own property! Construction of our resort began two years ago, and we opened to the public only three short months ago.
  • We have more than 8 different fruit tree varieties, 11 different varieties of vegetables, and many beautiful flower varieties pleasing to the eye.
  • Our large, beautiful pool is maintained with a natural alternative to chlorine and other harsh chemicals…It is also cleaned every single day. Therefore, our pool is safe for children and those with sensitive skin, and is guaranteed to be a refreshing, crystal-clear swimming experience every time you visit.
  • The Air Conditioning in our rooms is a state-of-the-art Plasma Ionic system…completely silent and scientifically proven to eliminate 99.9% of airborne germs and bacteria….This means your health is completely protected and there’s no chance you’ll get sick!

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White Chocolate Hills Resort is a reservation-only space, created with the comfort, relaxation and privacy of our guests in mind.
Unreserved walk-ins and tours are not allowed, so we can guarantee a welcoming, attentive, private space for you to fully immerse yourself within.

If you wish to stay with us, visit our Facebook page, Email us, or Call us to make a reservation today…You’ll be glad you did.

The Authority Of Hotel Horrors Hasn’t Stayed Here…Oh Boy!

For anyone interested in reading juicy inside information and trade secrets from the Hotel & Resort industry, Jacob Tomsky is the biggest Go-To name for today’s generation. His book ‘Heads in Beds – A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality’ is an extremely well-written piece of work…at once, both eyebrow-raisingly unbelievable &  cringe-worthy in it’s observations….yet enormously entertaining and worth the read.

He tells horror stories of Front-Desk Officers overcharging credit cards, delaying room service, and playing havoc with reservations…Housekeepers cleaning glasses with furniture polish and leaving sheets & TV remotes uncleaned, Hotel Kitchens that don’t adhere to proper food safety standards….the list of terrifying tales are endless.

For those that don’t work within the hospitality industry, reading his work would cause you to cancel your reservations and never travel again.

Unfortunately for him, Mr. Tomsky has never visited White Chocolate Hills Resort!

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What’s more authentic than goats on a beach?

 

We are proud to offer nothing but the absolute best, honest, and most reliable customer service you will ever experience….
While other places tend to talk big to get you and your money through the door, then deliver as little as possible to cut their costs, we strive to be the best in everything we do because it’s in our nature!

  • Our photos on Facebook are honest…what you see is definitely what you get…no enhancements or staging goes into our pictures.

 

  • Our staff are local people…world-famously friendly, willing to help you enjoy yourself, able to solve any issue you have, and we do it all with a genuine smile…because we love our jobs & we love our guests!

 

  • Our Chef is professionally trained, passionate about food, and devoted to serving healthy, organic, eye-catching meals that will also leave you feeling full and satisfied…unlike other restaurants that pile three teaspoons of vegetables onto a piece of exotic fish or obscure meat the size of a dollar bill.
    We also have a window that opens into the kitchen, so you can sneak a peek at the action that goes on behind the scenes!

 

  • Our resort is private, small, and dedicated to exclusivity….which means our housekeeping staff are 100% able to make sure your room is crisp, clean, well-stocked, and comfortable at all times. We also have a policy of not going into guest rooms without the permission of the reserving guest…this guarantees your privacy, and gives you reassurance that no one is tampering with your things.

 

  • Our Front Desk Officer is cheerful, friendly, and dedicated to making sure all of your needs are met and your questions are answered…Anything you can think of, she can help…and if she can’t, she will quickly find someone who can! From where to visit around town, to local customs and history, she is a wealth of information that loves to help our guests feel happy, confident, and pampered.

 

  • Our landscaping is totally unique to the Philippines, and we take pride in the place we call home…we never let things fall out of place here, and you can always be assured of aesthetic appeal, worry-free barefoot strolls, awesome photography opportunities, and a quiet atmosphere of total relaxation.

 

If you want an amazing, world-class respite from the hectic pace of the every day, you need to visit White Chocolate Hills Resort.
We are in no way like anyone else in our industry….we are family, and we want you to be a part of our family too….we’ll treat you with the respect & good time you deserve and expect from a Private Resort experience!

Have a great day, everyone!
Don’t forget to ‘Like’, Share and Follow us on Twitter & Facebook!

-White Chocolate Hills Resort