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Sunday, January 20, 2019



Movie Time!!!


It may be almost the weekend, but that doesn't mean you need to have big plans to go out.
I have listed the most used streaming services in the region that you might wanna try.
Streaming services are very popular these days and I decided to summarize them for you to try ( Thank me later) And by the way, they accept mobile payment just in case your credit/debit card doesn't support online payment.. (Yey!)

Below is the popular streaming service in the region on which I tried all of them.
Of course, they offer a month of trial. If you are satisfied with the service, then you have the option to pay on the succeeding months depends on how many users you opt to subscribe.


Starz Play




Starz Play emerges in the UAE 2 years ago (as far as I remember). Starz Play is an app from  STARZ cable and satellite television network that allows you to stream their library of popular films and original television series. I am familiar with this streaming service ever. As on my previous job in the Philippines (As a call center agent) We are selling this as an add on package for American customers who has a cable subscription package.

Starz Play has there owned original contents. Some of the popular Starz Original Series below:









I tried their service for a month of trial and decided not to continue, Why? As at that moment, they have limited movies to offer yet they merely focus on their original collections and some of the movies that I searched was not readily available. Starz Play offers Arabic movies, classic tv shows, and Bollywood movies dubbed in Arabic.

Starz Play comes with Yuppflix which offers Bollywood movies and tv shows, different genres with 12 languages including Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada.



You can register up to 5 devices and payment of 35 dirhams monthly. For more faq, you can visit this link.
Or if you want to try their one month trial, you can always visit their website by clicking on this link.

Next is

Netflix




Contrary to Starz Play, So far this is my favorite streaming provider, although they just launch last January 2016, a few set back once Starz has emerged. They managed my expectation and I was so happy that most of my favorite movies were available. They have their own exclusivity of Netflix Originals, And as usual, they offer one month of a trial as well. You have the option to choose

So, what is Netflix? It's an American media-services provider headquartered in Los Gatos, California.
So yeah, #Stateside folks.

For the Netflix, unfortunately, you can only subscribe to their service by means of credit and debit card payment, so if you are unsure if your card supports online payment, better check with them.

Recently, Netflix was trending because of their own award-winning original series like Birdbox, Stranger Things and Orange is the New Black.

No doubt that people behind the Netflix create such series that entice more customers to sign up with them. You have the option to subscribe to the following


I tried their premium for a month of trial and I have utilized all their service feature. That includes the Ultra HD availability. I am using an iPhone X and has the Dolby Atmos capability. Only a few selected movies and series are available like Okja, But the audio and video quality is superb.

I love to watch documentaries such as BBC Documentaries by Sir David Attenborough. And Netflix has all the content. Though the price for its premium is a bit pricey compared to its counterpart, the real game changer here is the Dolby Atmos capability. I'm keen to audio and video quality that's why it is hard for me to switch out to other video streaming provider.  I can notice as well that regardless of the speediness of your internet connection, the Netflix itself adjust the quality of the video so that it can still provide a stream playback without any buffers at all. As for the Starz Play, You should have at least a stable internet connection.

If you're on a budget, You have the option to subscribe to their basic package. With a standard quality content. However, if you want to stream into 4K Quality content, You can subscribe to Starz Play as it offers 4K Content ( as per availability of the device and content) for a mediocre price of 35 DHS. 


Anyways, it's up to you guys to decide which is better. 

The third one is 

WAVO by OSN



WAVO is an online streaming platform where you can watch your favorite shows, Hollywood and Arabic blockbuster movies, kids' content, Live sports, WWE and original content. Wavo is powered by OSN-Orbit Showtime Network, A direct-broadcast satellite provider serving the Middle East and North Africa. 

You can watch a live stream content from HBO, Paramount Channel and some of the OSN Sports Channels. Nat Geo Wild, Sky News, and Disney Channel are available as well.

Exclusive TV Episodes such as True Detective, Camping and Insecure are available as well.
There is a trial of 14 days. In order to activate the trial, credit/debit card is a must for you to use the service. 

If you want to experience live streaming, especially to sports network channels and cricket channels. I can highly recommend this streaming service. And it will cost you for $9.99 every month.

Some of the movies that I searched were not available, and some of the HBO Livestream content is unavailable due to restrictions. 


So far, those are the 3 Live Streaming Content that I can recommend. 
Any questions or feedback please comment below or you can always reach me out thru my social media accounts.

Thanks for reading and see you on my next blog.

--ceddy


Monday, January 14, 2019

Food Review - Hot Palayok Restaurant and Grill





Buffet Restaurants- Bang for your wallet! 


Buffet restaurants are everywhere in the city of Abu Dhabi. Offering different promotions to attract customers.


 If you want an Asian Cuisine, One restaurant that I can recommend is 
The Hot Palayok Restaurant and Grill


Unplanned Food Trip


This was an unplanned food blog trip (seriously). A friend of mine invited me to try a newly opened branch at Abu Dhabi World Trade Center. I have experienced dining with them before on their other branch at Madinat Zayed Shopping Center.  I don't have time to write a review for some reason.


Catchy, Detailed and Impressive


But.. One thing that catches my attention on this branch is how they put up everything. Everything is well set up. Impressive Patio with an accent of blooming shaded flowers and accent of hue brown. 

The Patio

XI


Classic

Sugar cubes?
Manila Fame!



The interior design of the restaurant is ambered with hue brown, that defines the color of a palayok- a clay pot used as the traditional food preparation container in the Philippines (that's why they named it after). Comfortable couches too. The sugar cube lighting and the huge wall graffiti is very catchy too. 

It was a peak hour ( around 2:30 PM) when we visit the restaurant and we were advised to eat at the patio as there is no vacant table inside.

During my dining, They are currently serving Filipino Cuisine. Seafood, chicken and beef dishes. 







Traditional Filipino sweets and desserts such as ice cream are available too. 



"palitaw"- sweet rice cake



Sushis, cakes, and fruits are available too!






And ice cream station? ✌



There is a made to order cakes if you want too 😉 Especially made for birthdays or christening. 

made to order cakes 


There's a grilling area wherein you can request the chef to cook a specific dish listed on the menu. Either beef or chicken. I tried the beef. I forgot to ask whats the name of the dish, but trust me, the beef is so tender and juicy. Superb taste!

To see is to believe

I'm allergic to chicken, so beef instead.

This is what I ordered. The beef is so tender!
Menus to choose from

Grilling Station





Due to my curiosity, I asked the waiter when do they offer promotions for Buffett.
Listed below are the schedules for your reference and the pricing as well.

Tuesday - Asian Cuisine
Wednesday- Barbecue Night
Thursday- Seafood
Monday and the rest - Filipino Cuisine

Weekdays: Lunch is 29 DHS. and Dinner is 49 DHS.
Weekends: Dinner and Lunch will cost you 49 DHS.



The waiters and waitresses are very attentive and will assist you anytime. Very friendly and *good looking too 😉 . Here's the team of Hot Palayok World Trade Center Abu Dhabi Branch.




The manager was present and I got the chance to speak with him sad to say, I forgot what was his name.


Overall. The quality of food and the service experience is excellent.
10 out 10 👌

I have some additional pictures below 😊





That's a wrap!

Thanks for reading my food review.
Don't forget to like, share and subscribe for more! 

--Ceddy


Saturday, November 24, 2018

Rise Up! 3 is the lucky number!





Where to go?


I opt to request for 3 days compensatory off, and luckily it got approved.
Now, where to go? Yas Waterworld?  Ferrari World? Okay! Got it.

But wait, What about accommodation for 2 nights?
Hmmm.. Anyways, enough with the intro. I am back again for another hotel review, so without further ado. Here is my Review of Yas Centro Rotana.

Centro Yas Island by Rotana



I got the chance to stay in one of the leading hotel chains in the region. A leading hotel management companies within the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey.

This is Rotana Hotel. I stayed at one of their best 3-star hotel, located on Yas Island.

This is the Centro Yas Island. It is a modern, stylish, affordable business hotel, adjoining Yas Island Rotana and providing guests access to deluxe facilities. The hotel is conveniently located on the spectacular Yas Island, minutes away from the Formula 1 Race Track, The Links Golf Course, Yas Southern Marina, and all-new Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.


Reservations


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Hotel Details


This upscale, contemporary hotel has a mirror accent walls and floor to ceiling windows.
The Hotel has a capacious lobby where guest can rests or while waiting for someone. Or just admire the contemporary design.

Lobby 










Friendly front desk personnel will greet you upon checking in.


I am very particular to the ambiance of each hotel especially to the lobby itself. I checked in to 3 Rotana hotels and so far, they have the same aura, distinct hue, and contrast of the lobbies which is very comfortable to the human eye. Still confused? Think about using your phone and activating the f.lux effect.

Hallway







Painted canvass are carefully hanged in between the door rooms outside the hallway. The hallway is narrow however they decided to use some accented, hue and vivid carpet so that it will look more spacious.

Secure Card



The room access card is intended only for the room itself (of course) and for the floor which you were assigned. So folks, if you want to sneak out to a different floor level, then you got no chance 😉

Room Detail

Centro Room- Queen Bed is the room that I choose (One full Bed) and it can fit up 2 adults plus a child. The room is overlooking the swimming pull and I am located on the 5th floor.









The room is okay, no fancy things can be found here, except for the electric kettle, condiments, fridge, additional pillows, hangers, secure vault and linens. 





For room service, the food menu is available as well which they kept in one small filer and a hotel magazine for a change.



Small round table,  a chair, and a long-standing lamp are available.
A led cable tv is available too. The room is very clean, dust free. I am very sensitive to dust, so luckily, I didn't sneeze at all.




A huge long table facing the front of the queen bed is accessible. Another trick design for each of the rooms so that it will look more capacious, the fact that the room is a bit small yet they managed it to be as it is.


On my second night of stay, I find that the AC System was not working properly. And I am sweating.
It was 3AM and the AC was on fan mode, though I didn't touch the settings. Weird...
Fire exit route chart at the back door is visible as well.


Food Trippin'

Breakfast Buffet



Plenty of food choices, I highly recommend their sausage. It's very delicious. Coffee is a part of my breakfast routine, so a coffee machine is available. I choose cappuccino 😁


Dinner Buffet




A big shout out to Ramella Bedua for providing the best dinner buffet that I had!

I got the chance to eat at C Choice by Rotana courtesy of Ramella. "C.Choice" is located just the opposite side of Centro Rotana which is another hotel managed by Rotana.






Food was superb,  A variety of food to choose, from Arabic to *not so sure cuisine 😝, soups, desserts, juices, salads and more.


Here are a couple of pictures that i took inside the c choice restaurant...






I was not able to take a picture of the food as a lot of guests are choosing some food and it might be uncomfortable for them.


And a few more pictures within the vicinity of Yas Rotana...








Verdict

Pros:


So if you prefer to stay in an accommodation which is accessible to Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World, Warner Brothers Studio and Yas Mall. This is the best hotel that you can stay with. A free shuttle bus will drop you off to some of the popular spots within the Yas Island.

A friendly hotel staff will accommodate you any time of the day. They wear a  smile and greet you anytime whenever you meet them. Awesome!

Free car vallet service is available too!

Cons: 

So far, Just the AC. Acting weird. lol 😂



Thanks for reading my quick review of this hotel and see you again :)

--Ceddy


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