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We have been used to the traditional methods of making a reservation, which is  through phone calls and sometimes e-mail.  But isn’t it frustrating that when we arrive at our favorite digs, restaurants or hangouts, and check with the reservations desk, that our reservation could not be found! Who among you have experienced this? I bet most of you have experienced this kind of situation.

For this reason the management of and, is introducing the latest in reservation system technology.  You can make a booking/reservation with just a click! You can use different avenues such as Facebook, the restaurants website, and your mobile apps.  You can do this anywhere you are, in the office, at home, or on the go! And the best part of this is you get a confirmation code for your booking/reservation, which means that it cannot be lost as it is in the system.  Also you will be notified of Specials and Promotions that the restaurant is offering, all with the touch of a finger.

ResDiary and BookToEat are worldwide brands/services which is present in the U.S.A., U.K., Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, UA.E., Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, etc.  They are both now in the Philippines to service select individuals, who have the flair for delicious food, great ambience, and classy yet comfortable interiors.

There are various restaurants, that are members of the and family, which are serving different cuisines, flavors, and specialties.  You can choose which one you prefer through our reservation system.

Watch out in and for your favorite digs, restaurants, or hangouts nearest you!

We are also accepting applications from restaurants, who wish to become a part of our and family.  It’s so easy to join.  Visit us at or in Facebook and drop us an e-mail inquiry, and we will get back to you, or visit us at

4000 Restaurants Cannot Be Wrong!

Would it not be great, as a restaurateurs, to know how many diners will be coming, what time, and what will they be having? No more surprised and terrified kitchen staff and only satisfied diners.

ResDiary provides a web-based reservation and table-management tool to restaurant operators in over 4,500 restaurants, in 17 countries, allowing them to take online bookings throughout their websites, Facebook pages, and through Twitter as well, as by telephone, and to process walk-in bookings. 

With now available in the Philippines, restauranteurs now have and efficient system that allows them to allocate reservations in a way to make the most effective use of the tables available and capture customers contact details and other data of the customer.

The system offers restaurant executives the ability to manage table reservations using laptop, iPad or even a smartphone or to even e-mail or text to confirm customers’ reservations, remind them 24-hours before and request a review afterwards on a responsive micro-website.

Since its launch in September 2006, ResDiary is widely employed in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and United States.

ResDiary is charged for on a flat monthly fee basis, with no additional charges for bookings taken through the restaurant’s website, Facebook page, Twitter account or through the portal operated for ResDiary customers by ResDiary.

For more information on our restaurant reservation system please give us a call at 0925.5002659 or visit

Carl Guevarra, Lovi Poe, Agot Isidro and Mara Lopez at the pre-production meeting for GMA News TV's TITSER

Carl Guevarra, Lovi Poe, Agot Isidro and Mara Lopez at the pre-production meeting for GMA News TV’s TITSER

Following the critical and ratings success of its original series on good governance – Bayan Ko – GMA News TV International launches a groundbreaking new series entitled TITSER, which discusses issues on Philippine education.


Topbilled by multi-awarded character actress Lovi Poe, casting for GMA News TV International’s female-dominated series TITSER is now complete. Lovi is joined by singer-actress Agot Isidro and by indie film darling Mara Lopez.


Lovi plays Michelle in TITSER: a poverty stricken high school girl who dreams of becoming a teacher, but whose only option after graduation is to work as a housemaid. Mara Lopez plays Rosa — Michelle’s best friend and toughest competitor, who ends up a single mother.  The two girls struggle against fate and financial limitations to reach their goal of finishing school.  Their mentor and inspiration is Teacher Sandra, portrayed by Agot Isidro, who leads her own fight against a corrupt principal.


Actors Gardo Versoza, Irma Adlawan, Carl Guevarra and Rocco Nacino will also be starring in the series – which is now being shot on location in Boso Boso, Antipolo.


TITSER is directed by acclaimed indie filmmaker and head of the Ateneo Filipino Department Alvin Yapan and written by Bayan Ko’s creator and News TV channel head Nessa Valdellon. It is filmed on high definition and goes through the color grading process.


TITSER begins airing on August 24 on GMA News TV International. For more details, visit the GMA International website, Facebook pages,, and,, or Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTVand @GMA_LifeTV. GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International can be seen in the US, Canada and in countries in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia Pacific.

Thousands of Australians were evacuated from their homes, or stranded, as surging floodwaters swamped towns in the area’s worst deluge in 36 years.

Parts of southeastern New South Wales were declared natural disaster areas, as swollen rivers spilled into the streets and water levels continued to rise, forcing the closure of main highways, state Premier Kristina Keneally said yesterday.

“We are anticipating that there may be additional flooding, and the water may still be rising here in Wagga, and as we see over the next few days, those floodwaters move westward,” Keneally said from the town of Wagga Wagga.

A total of 34 New South Wales regions were now natural disaster zones, Keneally said.About 3,000 properties were isolated and 1,500 residents evacuated, according to the State Emergency Service.

Wagga Wagga mayor Wayne Geale said it is the worst flooding he has seen since a downpour in 1974.




December 1, 2010 — Leave a comment

Margie T Logarta

Margie T Logarta, managing editor, Asia, Panacea Publishing Asia and Business Traveller magazine, has observed the travel and hospitality industry long enough to be constantly asked for her opinion on issues affecting service and burning industry concerns.

Here’s her take on the world of business travel. She welcomes your comments, arguments and other musings.

‘Tis the season when our thoughts turn to giving.

But why should it take us just this time of the year to think of others less fortunate? Because of the pile of charity mailers reminding us that we’ve been too consumed by work to reach out? Because the tinsel and trimmings and bright paper packages remind us that there are so many, many people who have little, if anything to celebrate?

But we are luckier to have our jobs that come with the exhilarating perk of travel, our talents, our families, our health (hopefully), our friends and the luxury of being able to buy the latest tech gadgets and go on holidays to somewhere nice. If we don’t have exactly all of these, at least a combination, I hope.

Countless others, who have experienced war, famine, natural disasters, human abuse and prejudice, do not even dare to dream anymore. Such are the depths of misery they have sunk to, and they continue to stare into the gates of hell.

Edmund Burke, the Irish political philosopher, said it best when he declared all that was needed for evil to triumph was for “good men to do nothing”. I agree – what is the use of being good at your job, at being a partner, at being a parent, at being a colleague, but do nothing for the wider community?

There are many ways to do this. The important thing is to start – and never stop.

Margie T Logarta

Managing Editor, Asia

Business Traveller Asia-Pacific

Sydney Playground

The last time we have been to Australia was is 2001.  We wanted to watch the Sydney Olympic Games, but was tied up with work, so we went there after.  We tried to squeeze everything into our weeks vacation.  We went to Sydney, then Melbourne, and landed in Brisbane.  I will begin our adventures, with Sydney.  We booked our holiday package through Qantas Holidays, which again to me is always a good choice.  You get to fly with one of the world’s best airlines, and stay at some of the best hotels in the world.  By the way, before I forget, I want to remind you that Australian customs doesn’t allow you to bring in milk or milk products, and meat or meat products.  We learned this the hard way.  Fortunately they allowed us to bring with us the baby formula for our son, who was 2 years old then.

Darling Harbour Sydney

In Sydney, we were staying at the Four Points by Sheraton, which was conveniently just besides Darling Harbour.  Upon completing the check in procedures, we left our luggage with the concierge.  We immediately looked for a supermarket to stock up on bottled water, foods, biscuits, and the sort, as we had an infant with us.  After shopping for these necessities, I told my wife that we should stroll nearby the hotel.  Australia is a bustling city like Hong Kong, where people are always in a hurry.  While strolling we saw that the Sydney Aquarium is just nearby, so we visited the aquarium, and was impressed by its size.  We also saw some

Sydney Aquarium

marine animals, that we didn’t see in Ocean Park Hong Kong, such as a Great White Shark.  There were a lot of things to see and learn in this marvelous aquarium.  After the aquarium we went to Darling Harbour, where we were fortunate to see and hear, Jennifer Lopez perform in a free concert, at Darling Harbour.  There were a lot of people who wanted to watch J. Lo, and the crowds were getting out of hand, so we decided not to finish the concert and leave, as we were fearing for the safety of our infant son.  Darling Harbour has a varied choice of restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues, that you will be spoiled by choice.  While there we saw the Sydney Olympic ticket booth, which was still on display, so we had our pictures taken for posterity reason.  We also saw a banner for a water taxi tour along Darling Harbour, that we decided that we want to take the tour.  We learnt that the water taxi tour operates at night, which was fine with us.  We went back to the hotel, to rest up for our water taxi tour.  The water taxi tour, toured us around Sydney Harbour, Sydney HarbourBridge, and the Sydney Opera House.  It was a fun way to see another perspective of Sydney.

The Simpsons at Fox Studio Sydney

The following day, we were supposed to go to Taronga Zoo, but the instruction given to us for claiming the ticket was not clear.  When we reach the dockyards to board the boat, that was supposed to ferry us to Taronga Zoo, it had already left, and wouldn’t come back till the afternoon.  Deciding not to ruin our day, and our schedule, we decided to visit Bondi Beach.  Bondi is a wonderful beach.  There are a lot of people, from tourist, to office workers, and locals, wishing to soak in some sun, and some surf.  After Bondi Beach, we went to Fox Studios, a movie studio theme park.  We saw Titanic, the Simpsons, parades, rides, shows, and a lot more.  We decided to call it a day, as on our third day, we were supposed to wake up early to catch our flight to Melbourne.

New York Bakery Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

On the third day, we took our flight from Sydney to Melbourne.  Upon reaching Melbourne, we immediately proceeded to our hotel, which was The Swanston Hotel Melbourne, as we were tired from the plane trip.  We rested ourselves for a while.  Melbourne is a bit laid back, compared to Sydney.  On our first day here, we visited China Town, and other attractions.  We visited Melbourne Zoo, and Melbourne Aquarium.  Then we called it a day.  The next day, we visited Sovereign Hill in Ballarat Victoria.  According to the information we got, this used to be a mining town, which mined for GOLD! We spent the whole day there.  It was like being transported back in time, as the people were in Victorian style clothes.  Even the restaurant we ate in, the waitresses wore clothes that looks like it came from history books.  We also panned for gold, and since we didn’t get any, we did the second best thing, we bought gold dust in a bottle as a keepsake.

As we end our Australian experiences, as we only had 5 days, which includes the plane trips, the transfers, and others.  I will be blogging our New Zealand experience soon.