The Awesome Things: July 2012

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Zumba Fitness Party Review

Zumba is a name that needs little introduction, it's the latest buzz on the fitness department. We've all heard about it in our local community and fitness centers and sometimes they give free Zumba sessions too.

Just like in Ayala Center Cebu where there's a free Zumba session every Friday from 7:30-10:00 pm.

"Zumba Fitness is the only Latin-inspired dance fitness program that blends red-hot international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers, and contagious steps to form a "fitness party" that is downright addictive. Since its inception in 2001, the Zumba program has grown to become the world's largest - and most successful - dance fitness program with more than 12 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages taking weekly Zumba classes in over 110,000 locations across more than 125 countries"

here's a little excerpt of how Zumba fitness party came to be.

"As a fitness instructor in native Cali, Colombia. Beto's life took an unexpected turn one fateful day in the mid-'90s when he darted off to teach an aerobics class and forgot his traditional aerobics music. He improvised using his own mix of music from tapes he had in his backpack (salsa and merengue music he grew up with). Spontaneously he created a new kind of dance fitness, one that focused on letting the music move you (instead of counting reps over the music). Energy electrified the room; people couldn't stop smiling. His class loved it! And on that day, a revolutionary new fitness was born - the Zumba Fitness Party."

I myself personally loved it, sometimes I would join my aunt with her aerobics exercise at home since she happened to have bought a Zumba Fitness CD. There was also this CD where they would teach the different dances all over the world. It spelled fun all over. I feel so great and so pumped up dancing with the electrifying music of Zumba and it's a great way to sweat out all those toxins and free radicals from your body. Try it and your on your way to a healthier and more glowing you!

Here are some snapshots from my favorite Zumba Fitness CD:

Zumba Toning:

Zumba Sentao:

I just love the genre of their music, there's House music, Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Hiphop and a whole lot more. They try to make sure that they use a wide variety of music genre that's fun and engaging that will help you tone out those muscles.

I've tried a lot of different exercise programs but this seems to be one of the most fun exercise ever, the workout lasts for more than an hour, I absolutely love the part where you shape up those hips and abs. I've always wanted to have abs and hopefully If I would keep this up, it would help build my abs.

This is my favorite part of the Zumba Sentao where there are a lot of swing moves- I've always been a fan of those swing music- it's so lively and I can't stop smiling while dancing to the beat and sound of it. I'm sure you'll love those moves as well.

For more information, check out their site at

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Mactan Newtown soon to rise in Cebu!

photo by: Orville Tadle

 Megaworld is bringing Eastwood City in Cebu! Mactan Newtown, without doubt, a social economic zone will soon rise in Cebu. It is adjacent to Shangri-La Mactan and Portofino along the Hilutungan Channel and near Magellan Bay, making the beach resort lifestyle even more accessible.

The design concepts of what Mactan Newtown may look like within the span of 7 -10 years. 

One World Center – A 5-storey BPO-ready building with a retail component. Recently completed in May 2012, this building is ready for occupancy. Just like in Eastwood in 1999, the first food outlet will be McDonald’s, which is set to
open in September 2012. Other outlets to open
soon will be a coffee shop and a convenience
store. A rendering of the building can be found on the title page. It includes:

- 4 floors for office, 1 for retail
- Bare shell handover with an air
conditioning system
- About 1,500 sqm per floor
- N+2 power capability
- 2 side core elevators and 2 fire exits
service the 4 office floors

Two World Center – Another 5-storey BPO-ready building with a retail component, similarly-configured as One World Center. Construction will start on
July 2012.

8 Newtown Blvd - This development will house 4 residential towers (716 residential units), a 7,250 sqm retail component on the ground floor, and 3 floors of office space with a floor plate of 12,700 sqm each. Construction is under way since January 2012 and should be completed in 30 to 36 months’ time. One World Center Typical Floor Plan
One World Center GF Floor Plan 5
In 5 years, The Mactan Newtown will be able to help in improving the local economy by building enough space to be able to accommodate 25,000 office and BPO seats. This will be equivalent to generating around 40,000 jobs.
The growth in office spaces will be correspondingly coupled by proportional growth both in the number of residential units and in retail and leisure establishments, thus making this development a self-contained, complete and self-sustaining community. Once completed, The Mactan Newtown will soon be the place to live, work and play – the Eastwood City, and certainly the place to be, in the province of Cebu.


A Preview of what the Condo Units may look like. Sleek, Cozy, and Comfortable living at its best married with a bit of Japanese accents in the interior. In Mactan Newtown, you'd definitely want to live here where you can live, work and play!

For Inquiries

Phone:  (6332) 238-3825
Mobile: (63922) 865-5672


Phone: (632) 706-3400
Mobile: (63917) 569-8089

Super Chicken Nachos

Prep time: 10 min.                      Start to Finish: 15 min.                           Yield: 6 Servings

6 oz tortilla chips
1/2 cup chopped ripe avocado
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 large tomato, seeded, chopped (1 cup)
1 cup shredded cooked chicken
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
Salsa and sour cream, if desired

1 Heat oven to 400F. Line cookie sheet with foil. Place tortilla chips on cookie sheet. In small bowl, mix avocado, cumin and tomato; spoon over chips. Top with chicken and cheese.

2 Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with salsa and sour cream.

For more recipes visit Betty Crocker's Website here.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

World Traveler Bag Giveaway!

Hey there friends! I'm giving away a World Traveler Bag  to a lucky viewer*!

Kindly read my Samsung Smart TV blog entry here ( and answer this question in 3 sentences only:

"What is your favorite Samsung product and why?"

1. Click LIKE on The Awesome Thing's FB page
2. Follow me on Twitter for contest updates
3. Post your answers on The Awesome Thing's FB page with your email address before August 30, 2012. The best answer will verge as the WINNER! Winner will be notified through email.


*open to Cebu City based viewers only. Please be guided.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Mactan Isla Resort

Mactan Isla Resort and Spa stands out from the other resort properties because of the unique setting of its property that stresses function, comfort and convenience while giving off a luxurious yet relaxing atmosphere. Its personalized service entails warmth and friendliness rendered by their hospitable and customer service oriented staff, and at the same time meets international quality standards of service.

This sprawling 2.6 - hectare resort has 165 hotel rooms and 14 Villas features first-class accommodations with amenities  and  facilities  carefully  detailed  to  achieve  the  ideal  marriage  of  both comfort and style.

Mactan Isla Resort and Spa also boasts of its impressive and uniquely designed restaurants and leisure facilities, including their distinctive swimming pools. Pool 1 with 550 square meter, and pool 2 with 650 square meters. This  165  first class  hotel  resort  oasis  on  the  island  of  Mactan  is  managed  and operated by Mactan Isla Hospitality, Inc.

The waters look so inviting that I want to just go out there and take a dip, perfect for Cebu's humid weather don't you think?

Whilst staying in their lovely resort, you can also check out their zen spa. Zen is actually a form of meditation of being aware of your oneness with the world and experiencing life fully free from distractions and illusions from the material world. Are you feeling attached to the material wealth of this world? Then I think it's time for some zen time.

Operating hours:   11:00 am to 10:00 pm 

Mactan Isla Resort is truly an ideal haven for honeymooners, while enjoying the tropical feel of the resort.

Restaurants and Dining Options:

Italian Cafri

Savor the best fusion of Italian, Asian and International cuisine, in an elegant setting overlooking the Isla pool. Italian Cafri, like its rare spice of a name, is a smorgasbord for the senses as exotic spices and robust flavors come alive in each unforgettable encounter.

Operating hours:            6:30 am to 11:30 pm (Monday – Sunday)
Breakfast semi-buffet:    6:30 am to 10:00 am
Location                        Next to Vegas Bar
Seating capacity             104

Isla lounge
Take time for a restful pause.  Linger over Light snacks and refreshments as you experience alfresco dinning with the fresh wind of Isla garden.  Sip champagne  with  friends  amid  the  soothing  strains  of  jazz  or  light  instrumental music.  Charmingly subtle yet pleasantly stimulating, Isla captures the perfect ambience for intimate soirees or romantic rendezvous.

A la carte:                   9:00 am to 12:00 midnight (Monday – Sunday)
Location:                     Lobby Level in front of front desk
Seating capacity:           54

Vegas Bar

Cocktails in hand, couples can enjoy a romantic interlude as they watch live on our trio band playing heart beat music that you want to hear. Spend moonlit nights grooving to cool rhythms while enjoying the breeze of our fresh water of Isla pool. Sample the latest bar concoctions paired with Isla appetizers.

Operating hours            7:00 am to 1:00 am (Monday – Sunday)
Location:                     Next to Isla Poolside
Seating capacity:           60

Heaven Resto Bar

The feel of true paradise being surrounded with the beauty of nature, with its unique type Villa the first of its own, plus the paradise lagoon type pool. It’s a lively place to have a few beers and cocktails. The right mix of friends, bar chow and spirits – that’s the real deal to say “WOW”.

Operating hours:   6:30 am to 10:00 pm (Monday – Sunday)
Location:             Garden Level back of Hotel Building
Seating capacity:   56

Room ServiceOpen 24 hours

Meeting & banqueting

For your Meeting & Banqueting requirements, the Isla function room/meeting room is available.

Location:                             Upper Level 2nd floor Building A
Banquet Seating Capacity:        60 

Room Rates:

Agus Road Ibabao Marigondon,
Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu Philippines
Admin # : (032)505-2148     Front Desk #: (032) 505-2151
Fax # : (032) 505-2151          Reservations # : (032) 505-2152

DELUXE ROOM                       (Php 4,000) nett / room / night
DELUXE PLUS ROOM             (Php 5,500) nett / room / night
SUITE ROOM                            (Php 7,000) nett / room / night


  • Inclusive of  breakfast for two per room.
  • Free use of hotel facilities.


  • Standard check in time is 2PM and check out time is 12NN.
  • Any pre-payment is strictly non-refundable.
  • Extra person will be charged  Php 1,000 per day inclusive of breakfast.

Their quaint villas are just the most gorgeous things, when I first saw it, it reminded me of igloos and did you know that it's actually made of Styrofoam. Neat! So even if the weather is searing hot outside, the temperature is a few degrees lower inside the villas. 

Mactan Isla Resort and Spa
Agus road, Mactan Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu 6015
Philippines Tel. No. (63-32-505-2150); Fax No. (63-32-494-0086)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Alliance Francaise de Cebu Movie Program July-December 2012

Bonjour Tout le monde! Good day everyone! Calling all Francophiles!! Have a taste of French culture without having the need of a passport or a visa. You can take a glimpse of the beauty of France right here in Cebu and it's all for FREE. Alliance Francaise de Cebu brings us their Movie Programme every 2nd Friday of the month located at 2nd Floor QC Pavilion, Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City.

Alliance Francaise de Cebu aims to adhere to the codes and statues of French Cultural centers worldwide. Their mission is to promote cultural learning and awareness of Cebu's rich and diverse cultural heritage with that of France's and provide a place that promotes dialogue, exchange and forums for activities and exchange.


All movies are with English Subtitles and FREE Admission. Remember, Movie starts at 7pm! 

2nd floor QC Pavilion
Gorordo Avenue
Cebu City, Philippines

Phone: 00 63(32) 232-1311
Fax: 00 63(32) 232-1311

Monday, July 2, 2012

Eiga Sai: The Japanese Film Festival 2012 Cebu

Konichiwa! That's Hello in Japanese if you might be wondering. Do you have a thing for Japanese movies? I have good news for you because you can enjoy FREE screenings in Cebu of much-awaited contemporary Japanese films this August 7-12 at Ayala Center Cinema 4.

This event is presented by the Japan Foundation, Manila, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, UP Film Institute, Film Development Council of the Philippines, and NET 25 TV.

 For more info, you can visit Japan Foundation, Manila Website.

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