Happy Year of the Boar!

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Gong Xi Fa Cai! The Chinese New Year gives everyone the opportunity to start with a clean slate, filled with hope and positivity for the year ahead whether it be in career, health or finances. The Year of the Earth Boar has a good balance of elements in the Paht Chee Chart so there is an abundance of wealth luck in 2019.  

For my annual CNY extravaganza, I asked the creative help of event stylist and designer Jun Jun Ablaza. We transformed our home into a Chinese Imperial Palace with giant colored lanterns. With his creative genius and vast collection of Chinese décor, our living room became an oriental banquet hall with life-size, antique Buddha statues.  

A traditional Lion Dance kicked off the exciting evening, a signal for auspicious energy to enter our house. Guests were able to dot the eyes and touch the mouths and noses of the lions, all harbingers of good luck for 2019.  

For this year’s New Year party, I partnered with honestbee, Asia’s fastest growing food delivery service. Fittingly, honestbee was launching their delivery service for Binondo merchants. Now we can order straight from Chinatown without the hassle of traffic. 

The Binondo restaurants featured by honestbee provided party favorites for all to enjoy. We all feasted on lucky dishes that are supposed to attract prosperity, fortune, longevity, good luck and wealth for the year. 

Legend has it the more dumplings you eat during the New Year celebration, the more money you can make. So we served dumplings from Decs, Wai Ying, Shi Lin and Bai Niang. All are available on the honestbee app. 

In the hopes that this year will start and end in success, restaurants like Lugang Café, Tuan Tuan and Wang Fuserved steamed fisha dish believed to bring in prosperity.Bain Nian Tang Baobrought spring rolls, with their golden cylindrical shapes just like bars of gold. Ling Nam and Ersao opted for noodles, well known to symbolize longevity. All these restaurants and dishes, and more, are all on the honestbee app.

To satisfy sweet cravings, there are certain fruits like kiat kiat and pomelo that attract fullness and wealth,and these may be readily purchased in bulk from S&R, Farmers Market, Isetann and Ultramega Supermarket. 

Consumption of niang nao or glutinous rice cake is also believed to bring higher income or job promotions, available on order from Holland. And no celebration is complete without tangyuan, hopia, tikoy and more Chinese delicacies, all from Eng Bee Tin.

Aside from food, honestbee brings more fortune as they also carry lucky charms and feng shui items from New Victory Trading. Now there’s no need to go out of our way to purchase lucky pig figurines, Chinese lanterns and angpao as honestbee can deliver them all to our doorsteps!

The honestbee app has a Chinese New Year tab up to February 5. Check out all these specials on the app. And there’s no need to worry if your celebration is set after this date, as the Food tab is easy to navigate, and the Grocery tab has endless options.Download the honestbee app for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and sign up for an account now. Visit www.honestbee.ph for more information.

For the party games, my generous friends from Bench, Watsons, Gardenia, Buddy’s Pancit Lucban and Frigga gave me some many prizes and giveaways. For our youthful guests, Distelleria Limtuaco provided special cocktails to match the Chinese theme. For the more mature guests, we gave complimentary vita-boost drips from Dr. Sheree Bondoc of The Core Clinic. 

Between games, feng shui queen Marites Allen shared her forecast for each of the animal signs. For the grand prize of Best Costume won by Tessa Alindogan, Jun Parreño, COO of Discovery Leisure Company, donated a weekend package for Discovery Shores Boracay.  

I was able to solicit a prize from Jun at theSilver Anniversary celebration of Corporate International Travel & Tours. CITTI is the purveyor of luxury travel products that feature unique destinations and carefully-curated properties. They also specialize in corporate incentive trips, handling several of the country’s top corporate clients. CITTI organized our Balkans tour last year and it was truly a magical trip. I had a reunion with my #GoTyaBalkan2018 gang at the grand celebration.

Corporate International Travel’s president Shan David, accompanied by the company’s board of directors, managers, and associates, welcomed their high profile clients for a night of partying and some excellent wine at Discovery Suites’ 22 Prime.

During their event, they raffled off several travel-themed items like a Business class ticket and an Economy class ticket to any European destination courtesy of Turkish Airlines. Turkish Airlines’ General Manager Erhan Balaban was there to award the two tickets. Meanwhile, Jun Parreño was on hand to award the two other major prizes, a three-day package at Discovery Shores Boracay, and another three-day package, this time at Club Paradise Palawan. CITTI also gave out a cabin-size Rimowa suitcase.   

As part of their Silver celebration, passengers who join their 2019 #CITTIexperience leisure programs will get the chance to win for themselves a Rimowa luxury suitcase. Visit CITTI at the upcoming Travel Tour Expo in SMX Mall of Asia this February 8-10. They will be selling heavily discounted airfares, as well as their top-selling tour programs, including promos for Scenic and Emerald Waterways. Scenic Waterways is Europe’s foremost all-inclusive river cruise provider. For more information on CITTI’s products, you may reach them at (02) 631-6541 or mobile (0917) 631-6541.

More pics on Instagram @seaprincess888.

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