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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I Wish The World Was Twice As Big and Half Was Unexplored

In today’s day and age, more and more people are becoming restless with their local surroundings.
It is not a lack of patriotism for the person’s country, city or town, but rather a return to our explorer instincts…a deep tapping of a well that has never run dry.

Humans have always explored the world around them.
Whether it be the plants and animals in their area, walking hundreds of miles to new territory, or setting sail for uncharted lands across vast oceans…Human beings seem to have an innate desire to know the unknown.

Back in the golden days of global exploration, potential travelers faced many obstacles, including lack of funding, incomplete maps and broken navigation equipment, the threat of food shortages and malnutrition, and also, the danger of encountering new people that were hostile to the idea of being visited.

Today the idea of travel and exploring takes on the sepia-toned, dusty hue of an early Indiana Jones movie…all adventure and boot-stomping…but back in the early centuries, your first journey could also potentially be your last.

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Thankfully, today’s younger generations have taken up the centuries-old tradition of testing out new waters…2014 Tourism Industry trends point to growing numbers of ‘Millenials’ (18-20 year olds) who will lead the way to more urban locations with plenty of opportunity to mingle with local people instead of fancy resorts and ‘tourist traps’.

Many realize that simply visiting a foreign country and staying within the perfectly-manicured walls of a foreign-centric hotel isn’t an authentic taste of reality…with the advent of such technology-driven resources as couchsurfing.org, and eatwith.com, there are plenty of new ways to visit, live like, and learn from local cultures all over the world.

The younger generation is also more globally focused, and want their vacations to have a social impact…’Voluntourism’ is the hottest travel trend of the day, and involves getting locally involved by planting trees, ‘WWOOF-ing’, building homes, volunteering tutoring skills, and many other opportunities that enrich the lives of locals in the chosen location.

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Getting to and from your chosen location has definitely improved by leaps and bounds as well…rickety wooden ships and month-long horse rides have given way to lightning-fast bullet trains, airplanes packed with amenities, and cruise ships that could be classified as floating cities.

The world’s largest cruise ship, ‘MS Oasis of the Seas’ has the world’s first living park at sea, and features over 12,000 plants and 56 trees! It also boasts a zipline, five swimming pools, and two rock climbing walls…talk about luxury travel!

The world’s fastest train is currently the ‘Shanghai Maglev’ in Shanghai, China, and has an average speed of 431 Km/h, and can travel the full 30Km track distance in 7 minutes, thirty seconds.

Long-gone are the days of tight, boxy airplane seating, food that tastes like plastic, and boring in-flight entertainment…
Samoa Airlines offers ‘couch’ seats for passengers, that boast an extra 14 inches of legroom, and are the size of two regular seats, minus the armrest.

Singapore Airlines takes it even further and offers cabin suites that feature a stand-alone bed, sliding privacy doors, personal LCD TVs, Givenchy tableware, and gourmet meals with over 60 different options….they certainly know how to make long flights a breeze!

Whatever your reason, method, or choice of travel is, the age-old tradition of crossing new lands to explore the world still stands to this day as one of the most interesting things you can do with your limited time here on earth.

If you’re sad about the idea that there is no more new territory on earth left to explore, keep in mind that anywhere you haven’t already been is new territory….go create your own map, visit new cultures, taste new foods, and lose yourself in the richness of new experience…you will never regret that you did!

 

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“There’s Enough Dough In The World To Make Bread To Eat Together”

Good afternoon this Holy Wednesday, from White Chocolate Hills Resort!

Today I would like to write a little bit about travel trends, social issues, and outer space!
How do all of these things connect?
Well, I’m glad you asked!

First of all, I’m proud to announce that the Philippines has granted a 30-Day Visa Waiver for seven new countries.
We’d like to personally welcome to the Philippines:
Belize, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan!

Recent years have shown a new market for International Travel within these countries, and so in the famous spirit of Philippine hospitality, the government has made it easier for people to come visit & see what we’re all about!

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We think this is great, because each of our cultures share very similar threads…

Belize shares our love of food, music and socializing…

Croatia shares our architectural similarities, being home to more than 50 amazingly designed Churches…

Kazakhstan shares our roots with animal husbandry, also raising many types of livestock…

Kyrgyzstan shows similarities in culture and art, being dazzlingly talented with textile weaving, and began their history with two official languages!

Tajikistan is home to some of the highest mountains in the world, also suffer from many mudslides and earthquakes, and share our tradition of large, close families…

Turkmenistan has a rich history of Epics & Poetry, sung or spoken by National poets & storytellers, and is known for its vibrant, beautiful jewelry and accessories…

Finally, Uzbekistan also has a large mix of cultures and ethnic groups…although while the Philippines loves its rice, Uzbekistan loves their noodles!


That brings us to Social Issues & Outer Space!

We often think that other cultures and groups of people are so much different than our own…often we forget that we all come from the same species:
Human!
And we all live on the same big rock floating in…you guessed it…Space!

This Holy week, we try to focus on Jesus and his suffering, but let’s not forget to remember our fellow human’s suffering as well…if you can help a neighbor with heavy bags or groceries…if you can visit an Elder member of the community or someone who is sick & give them company…if you can share your bag of chips or a meal with the homeless & hungry….don’t forget you could be saving a life, or making someone’s day so much more brighter with your simple actions.

It’s not just Holy week that should be focused on the sacred, we should try to focus a little every day on the immeasurable wonder of the human race, and participate in making our little piece of the earth that much more happier, brighter, and sweeter.

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Back to the wide open skies… Next week, we hear there is going to be a marvelous meteor shower!
From April 18 to 25th, after the sun goes to sleep, you can check out a brilliant show…The ‘Lyrid’ meteor shower will feature bright, fast little stars falling at a rate of at least a dozen per hour….what a perfect time to lay a blanket down on the beach, snuggle up with a friend, and cherish a wonderful life on our green little planet, don’t you think?

Anyway, that’s all for this week.
We will be taking time off for Thurs, Fri & Sat, and we will be back with another awesome blog post on Sunday!

Have fun, stay safe, and keep in touch with your favorite spot in Zamboanguita…

-White Chocolate Hills Resort

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Welcome To Our Blog!

Welcome to our new blog!
Thanks for dropping by and connecting with us.

This blog will be updated at least once a week with news, special events, pictures and other fun content relevant to our resort.
Since this is the first entry, let us introduce ourselves!

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We are a reservation-only resort, meaning we try to keep things here quiet, peaceful and relaxing, so that you, our guest, can feel the ultimate in hospitality.

We don’t like our guests to feel crowded, so we won’t let just anyone walk in.
In order to stay with us, you can make a reservation up to three days prior to your visit.

We do, however, invite you to come visit our pool and eat lunch on Saturdays and Sundays for a greatly reasonable fee.

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It only costs 150 pesos for you to visit, and that fee is a consumable fee.
This means that if you visit us, have lunch, and the total bill costs 200 pesos, you will only have to pay 50 pesos if you have paid the entrance fee before ordering.

The pool fee is also 150 pesos, which is a really great deal that not many of the other resorts in town can offer.
The pool fee for children aged two to ten years old is only 100 pesos, and children under one year old can swim for free.

All the kids need to be supervised at all times…since we are a private resort, there is no lifeguard on duty, and you swim at your own risk and responsibility.

Speaking of food… Glad you asked!

We are delighted to offer a fully organic menu, with over twenty unique items to choose from.
We have everything from Australian steaks, to pork adobo, delicious salads with house-made dressings, delectable deserts, and many other mouth-watering dishes.

We have two organic vegetable gardens, two on-site smokers for creating tasty smoked sausages and fish, and we also have a fully functioning aquaponics system….we are crazy about healthy living and do not use pre-packaged or pre-cooked foods.

Here is a great picture of our bartender Ramil with one of our fancy fruit plates!

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Sounds good so far, right?

If you would like to have a longer term stay with us, our rooms and housekeeping team can’t be matched.

We ask a minimum two nights stay, but if you would like to stay for only one night, please add 25% to the prices.
Alternatively, if you stay for four weeks, subtract 35% from our prices!

We have two types of rooms to choose from, and both of the rooms have two separate designs.

Our Relax Bungalow is 40 sq meters, and the price per night for two adults is 3999 Pesos, which is about 66 Euros, or $88

Our Deluxe Bungalow is 60 sq meters, and costs 5999 Pesos, about 100 Euros, or around $134.

Children under four are free of charge if sharing the bed, or you can rent an extra bed for 1000 Pesos a night.

Both rooms include state of the art air conditioning units that are completely silent, a mini-bar, an in-room safe, a fully modern bathroom with beautiful stone mosaic floors, towels, complimentary perfume oil, complimentary breakfast, and free WiFi in the bar area outside.

Our ‘modern style’ design features sleek black wood furniture for a high-end, contemporary mood.
Our ‘native style’ bungalow design features Philippine-made & finished bamboo furniture, and creates a very natural, earthy mood.

Here at the White Chocolate Hills resort, your comfort and relaxation are our top priority, so don’t hesitate to call, email, or comment right here on our blog to find out when you can visit us!

In our next entry, we will show you some pictures of the rooms, and also explain our story: How we got our name, and more about our owners and staff.
Thanks for dropping by, and have a wonderful day!

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