The town is painted in red, both literally and figuratively as SM City Consolacion’s 3-Day Sale joins in the whole shebang of love month. On February 15, 16 and 17, this weekend, stacks will be filled with good finds and prices are lowered with bountiful discounts at up to 70% off to shoppers’ delight. February is as exciting as ever because after Valentine’s day, we tap into every person’s love for shopping on the biggest Sale of the North:


SM City Consolacion rewards early shoppers with freebies that will satisfy morning cravings. For the three days of sale, the first 100 shoppers to claim their raffle coupons in the redemption booth will each be given a Jollibee Yum burger and a Dunkin’ Donuts donut. In addition to those freebies, on Friday, they also take home a Goldilocks cake slice. Plus, the first 50 shoppers will also receive World of Fun and Quantum game tokens.

You get more with your shopping as the mall’s establishments will also be giving away freebies and novelty prizes to the first 100 shoppers who can present a single receipt purchase worth Php 500.


If you love price markdowns then all SM’s loyal cardholders will be spoiled with exclusive discounts from affiliate stores: Ace Hardware, Miniso, SM Appliance, Surplus, Watsons and The SM Store.

On Friday, SM Prestige and BDO Rewards cardholders enjoy 10% discounts for the whole day. Saturday calls for SM Advantage, SM Prestige and BDO Rewards cardholders to rush to the mall as early as 9AM for an exclusive 10% off for the first three hours only. However, if you don’t get to be at the mall on Saturday morning, SM City Consolacion is extending the same 10% discount to SM Advantage, SM Prestige and BDO Rewards cardholders from 5PM to 7PM.


We’re bringing back fun games with huge prizes at stake! Of course since it’s love month, couples on a shopping spree will get to be the lucky players. On Friday, Guesstimate comes back with bigger and grander prizes where couples get to take home all the items should they guess the right prices in correct order. On Saturday, the lucky couple becomes a sure winner as they get to choose one out of twenty suitcases that hold prizes up to P5000 worth of SM GCs.


And of course, no Sale would ever be as exciting as this without the grand prize: Three Suzuki Skydrive motorcycles! Three lucky shopper gets to bring these two-wheeled baby home. To join, you simply present your receipts to the redemption booth. For every P1000 worth of purchase, the shopper gets one raffle coupon. If they have the SM Mobile App then they get 2 extra coupons. On Saturday and Sunday, they get double coupons. Raffle draw is on February 17, 10:00PM at the Event Center.

There’s more reasons to love February with huge discounts, prizes and freebies at SM City Consolacion’s 3-Day Sale from February 15 to 17. Mall hours on February 15 and 17, Friday and Sunday, will be from 10AM to 10PM, then on February 16, Saturday, the mall opens early at 9AM and closes at 10PM.  

Block your schedules, write down your shopping list and be ready for non-stop shopping and entertainment. For details and more updates, please call 2600132 or like SM City Consolacion (Official) on Facebook.


♥, JL Arnaiz

Taiwan Travel Journal

Taiwan was never on my bucket list until they lifted the visa for Filipinos. I didn’t hear much about the country as a common place for tourism. As I searched through the internet about it, I realize maybe I should reconsider adding it to my list while it’s still visa- free, and I am more than glad I did.

If you are planning to visit the country soon, you might want to check out these places I have visited for 3 days.

Day 0 – arrival

We arrived at Taoyuan International Airport late night and from there, we took an express train to Taipei where we booked our hotel, Sleepbox Hotel, just 10 minutes walk from Taipei Main Station.

Day 1 – City Tour

We kicked off our first day with a walking tour to some of the common tourist spots within Taipei.

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Park

These huge structures, twin temples facing each other and a grand entrance wall is definitely a must see while in Taipei. This is just 15 minutes walk away from our hotel as well.

Huashan 1914 Creative Park

We had the tastiest brunch while we were in Huashan Park. This place is filled with souvenir shops, restaurants and a movie house.

Fine Arts Museum

At 2pm, the museum was closed, so we strolled outside the place where we found some weird huge nests made of rattan materials. As we go along, we passed through its wide reaching park where we rested our bruised feet =)

Shilin Market

I heard so much about this place so we decided to pay a visit. After almost 3 hours going around the market, we went back to the hotel heavy hearted because their displays are so pretty and nice and vogue but the price tag is thrice as much compared to Mongkok. It was definitely heart breaking (and pocket baring too).

Day 2 – northern taiwan

Since Taiwan has a lot of old streets and amazing natural destinations, we decided to rent a car thru Taiwan EZ Go and headed North.

It was a last minute decision to go for a chartered car service because we were just chance passengers for a flight to Taiwan (the woes of non- revenue passengers) and we never really expected we could get a seat on a fully booked plane. When we got our boarding pass, it was the time we booked for our hotel. When we finally landed in Taiwan, it was then we booked for a chartered car.

So anyway, here is our Northern Coast Tour itinerary:

Bitou Cape Trail

We hiked the long trail to the cliff overseeing the endless coast. For a person like me who is not a fond of hiking and gym, it was definitely not an easy feat, but the view was quite a reward.

Nanya Rock Formation

Yehliu Park is the common tourist spot in Taiwan for those who want to witness unique rock formations. But since it sounds so cliche, we opted for Nanya coast instead. We never regretted our decision because Nanya Rock Formation is just as amazing.

Jiufen Old Street

When you see a mountain so high you could not see the top because it’s wrapped with fog, then it might just be Jiufen. Jiufen is a bustling old city that sits on top of a mountain where you can find a lot of goods, food, souvenir items, and restaurants (which accept credit cards!)

Along the way, we passed by the Golden Waterfalls which is just wonderful as it is.

Shifen Waterfalls

The trail towards the Shifen Waterfalls is nothing fancy but when we get to cross the bridge, we realized the falls might actually be a wonder, and indeed it was as we reached the majestic view of the plunging water.

We dropped the Shifen Old Street from the itinerary because we were too tired already and headed back to the hotel. Our chauffeur, Max, did a great job in making our tour memorable.

Day 3 – husband’s day out

If this trip was all about me, I would have preferred to spend my third and last day at the Yangmingshan Park or Wuling Farm. But I opted to give this day to my husband who I tagged as my patient photographer throughout the trip. So Day 3 was the husband’s day out.

Syntech Mall

So we’ve seen in youtube that this is a biggest tech mall in Asia and without a wink, we paid a visit to this  nine – floor building filled with technology goodness.


iHotel is just two hours away from Taipei and it was like every online gamers’ paradise. It is an esports themed hotel with a gaming cafe in the lobby and a couple of computers in the room complete with DX racer chairs. We stayed there for a night the day before our flight back home to my husband’s delight.


For both me and my husband, we spent less than Php 50,000, that would be Php 25,000.00 each for 5 days and 4 nights. But you can spend less than that, consider these things that we splurge on that were really not necessary :

–  private chartered day tour (you may book a group tour through Klook or Kkday)

– no show charge because we mistakenly booked for the satellite iHotel instead of the flagship hotel (they booked us to the flagship hotel and charged 1 night no show for the satellite hotel)

– taxi fares because we are lazy travelers who do not want to walk to the train station or get lost while switching platforms

But we did saved a lot because our hotel was just so near to the train station and across the hotel is 7/11, our dining room throughout our stay.

 For more photos of this vacay, you may check out my Facebook page in a couple of days, or you can shoot me an email,, if you want to know more about this trip.

♥, JL Arnaiz