31 May 2015

Lemery, Batangas for the weekend

"Guess what? We're going to Batangas this weekend", Mickey tells me.  I didn't know whether to be shocked or to get excited, but nonetheless, I grabbed our overnight bag, packed it with our essentials and headed South this weekend to survey a weekend home (of a client of his) for home audio installation.
It is Mickey's first time in Lemery, Batangas and my coming back in many years (my last memory of Lemery are family vacations spent at the beach when I was still in my teens).


21 May 2015

Vintec wine cabinets at Cellar Solutions

As a general rule, many of us know that when it comes to wine, white wine should be served chilled while red wine should be served at room temperature.  But the truth is, if you abide by this simple general rule (as I have), chances are, you are not enjoying your wine at its best.  The fact is, room temperature in the Philippines is different from France, Italy, Australia, Canada, or even Dubai.

Apparently, there is more science involved in appreciating wine and nothing spoils wine more than serving it at the wrong temperature.  Each wine style has an ideal serving temperature.  Served below its ideal temperature, tannins will be harsher and acidity will be stronger.  Served above its ideal temperature, aromas are stripped of their youthfulness and hidden by the sensation of alcohol.

If wine is a staple at home when entertaining, or if you are in the restaurant or hotel business, it may be a good time to invest in a wine cabinet from Vintec.  You’ll find these sleek wine serving and cellaring cabinets at Cellar Solutions.  Vintec wine cabinets range from a small home wine bar of 30 bottles (retails for Php 39,000) to a huge wine cabinet that can hold 155 bottles (retails for Php 156,000).  Vintec wine cabinets are available in single temp, dual temp and multi temp models and comes with a guide on the temperature settings for different types of wine.

From left to right: Laurent Ducourneau, Daniella Sevilla, Tina Villa and Charmaine Wang


08 May 2015

Fight Day "The Battle for Greatness" at Casa Villa: Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao

Whenever Manny Pacquiao has a fight, Mickey and I make sure that we get to watch it.  In previous times, we would just wait for the fight to be aired on TV, keeping our cellphones at bay and not going on the internet so that we shut ourselves off from any news on whether he won or lost the fight.  For us, it is more exciting to watch a fight when you don't know the end result (yet).

Honestly, I never thought the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight would happen - with Floyd Mayweather always finding a reason not to engage Manny into a match, I thought, we'd never get to see these great fighters in a boxing ring together. 

We were actually watching that NBA game on TV when Floyd approached Manny to exchange numbers and expressed his interest in making the match a reality.  Suddenly, it wasn't about the game in Miami.  It was about those two great boxers on that basketball court, actually talking to each other.

So when the contracts were signed, the fighters went on their individual training camps, boxing fans bought the most expensive tickets to ever watch a boxing fight, others subscribed to pay per view (just like we did) or made reservations in hotels and sports bars around the world and anticipated that day, May 2, 2015, the day we thought would never come.

On fight day, "The Battle for Greatness" day, here we are at Casa Villa, rallying Manny Pacquiao.  If you follow me on instagram @tina.villa, you'll know that this photo was up before the actual fight.  I tagged @mannypacquiao and @jinkeepacquiao, hoping that they'll see the support all the way from the Philippines.  It was a great day for boxing fans (like us) around the world.

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