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An amazing dining experience 150 feet above the ground

The Sunday before I flew to the US on Wednesday, MMI Live treated Manila Standard to Dinner in the Sky, a thrilling dining experience designed for the adventurous.

Just imagine you’d be dining high up in the sky 150 feet above the ground on a table suspended in the air for an hour.

We were with other guests, around 20, all strapped to the chairs around a table with the chef (that time it was the good-looking Chef Hylton Le Roux of Solaire’s Waterside) and his two assistants attending to the guests.

The lift off was nothing one should fear of…you hardly feel until the table reaches the peak and if the wind factor is strong, you’d feel it’s swinging, but if the wind is light, you’d think you’re on a ship cruising the ocean.

All in all, the experience is exactly an hour, from the lift off to the descent, and by that time the four-course dinner is over.

HIGH-CLASS DINING. The author strapped down to a chair attached to a platform hoisted 150 meter above the ground.
The Chef prepared for the guests that night a Latin-fused menu starting with Tuna Tiradito aji Amarillo paste, lime pickled red radish and cassava crunch. It was followed by Anticuchos de pollo (a chicken dish), tamarind habanera glaze, mojo verde, baby beetroot, and crispy concha corn. 

Guests had a choice for their main course between Mexican Adobo spice Atlantic salmon, red quinoa, edmame, Hunancaina cream, and chili con salsa. Or Cuban style slow cooked pork belly, Mojo sauce, agave roast baby carrots and spice refried beans.

I had the pork dish, which was really fantastic,

And then for dessert, we had dulce de leche cheesecake dome, praline, and chocolate texture that the guests had to plate, the winner of which was given a cocktail voucher to the Waterside. My plate was in the top three, but I didn’t win the cocktail voucher.

That Sunday night was also the last night of Chef Hylton, and this week Dinner in The Sky has another chef. And for the finale, a Michelin-starred chef will be flown in from Belgium, Chef Yves Matagne of Sea Grill in Brussels.

According to guys from MMI, the response to Dinner in the Sky was very encouraging. The concept has gone around 5,000 times in 45 cities.

The cost per head is P9,990 that comes with a four-course dinner, a view of Manila, but most of all the once-in-a lifetime experience of dining up in the sky.

Will I do it again? Why not? The food is good, the experience is fantastic. And it doesn’t happen very often. Not in the Philippines, at least.

PLDT Home ambassador Kris Aquino is a certified social media icon. Following a hiatus from her mainstream TV career, she re-established herself as the Queen of Digital Infotainment, gaining a massive base of fans who are continuously enamored by her wit, charm and captivating personality.

Kris continues to excite her followers with her “open book” lifestyle.  This lead to authentic content ranging from partnerships with brands she trusts, to true-to-life conversations with people from all walks of life, fashion tips and hacks, and her parenting journey with sons Josh and Bimby. 

December last year, Kris opened up her extraordinary house in an exclusive three-part video, in partnership with PLDT Home, the Philippines’ leader in digital services. While her house is always prominently featured in her videos, PLDT Home was given the premiere opportunity to provide everyone the grand virtual tour of Kris Aquino’s entire home. The videos showcased her family’s digitally powered and connected home powered by PLDT, supporting their love of home entertainment. 

In one of the videos, Kris is seen talking about her love for Korean Pop group BTS, which she watches via the all-in-one entertainment box Roku Powered™ TVolution. She also shares how their PLDT Home Fibr-powered connection is consistently fast and seamless anywhere at home because of the Whole Home Wi-Fi service - a product-and-service package that connects the entire home to a strong all-in-one broadband and smart Wi-Fi network.

The videos have now reached a combined total of 14 million views on her social media pages making them among the most viewed in Kris Aquino’s official page. 

Kris, herself, added, “It was super fun making that video. I hope they learned a few things along the way because building and nurturing this home has been a hugely rewarding experience for me, thanks to partners like PLDT Home. We’re always cooking up new ways to excite our followers and our viewers so I’m excited for our next project.”

Relive Kris Aquino’s home tour again —part 1, part 2, and part 3— and check out Kris’ official Facebook page. To learn more about the PLDT Home products and services featured in the videos, visit pldthome.com. 

Kris Aquino and her sons Joshua and Bimby
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Chicago’s modern-day heroes are back to save more lives in the latest season of the medical drama Chicago Med, which returns on Sony Channel this month.

In the season premiere, things turn complicated for the doctors and nurses of Chicago’s state-of-the-art trauma center as Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt) prepares to testify against his shooter after he was shot outside of the hospital. Dr. Rhodes (Colin Donnell) worries about Robin’s behavior at home after her release from a rehabilitation facility. Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto) and Dr. Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) confront their feelings for each other once and for all.

Meanwhile, Dr. Choi (Brian Tee) and April (Yaya DaCosta) try to conceal their new relationship at work. Dr. Bekker (Norma Kuhling) gets off on the wrong foot with Dr. Rhodes when she poaches one of his patients.

Chicago Med Season 3 premieres on April 30, and airs 8:50 p.m. every Monday.

Sony Channel is available on Cablelink Channel 39, Cignal Channel 120, Destiny Cable Channel 35, G Sat Channel 48, and SKYCable Channel 35.

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ABS-CBN’s online streaming and video-on-demand content platform, iWant TV, is releasing a new and original web series by award-winning director Pam Reyes titled #Adulting, a coming-of-age, light drama-comedy that follows four young Filipina women from different colleges who are about to leave the comforts of their university life for the first time.

Pam, the creative producer of the award-winning movie Birdshot, said “#Adulting explores the lives of millennials and explicitly shows the bitter, harsh, but fun reality of a young woman’s struggle in modern day Metro Manila while tapping on relevant issues.”

When asked about what she expects from the series, she said, “I’ve always wanted to create something that shows the lives of young women in the Philippines. It’s a unique perspective that I hope the audience will like. It’s cool to note that we shot this with a team that’s predominantly women. The four characters I co-wrote with Rae Red have different paths and issues. We both graduated from U.P. Diliman, hence most of the characters and situations are inspired by real life events.” 

The main character, Aira, is a film graduate and aspires to be director but has to go through the ropes as a production assistant. It is through her character that the show throws inside jokes about the film industry.  Lars, the ate of the group, comes from a long-term relationship and is struggling to choose between her dreams and her love life. Sab, the conyo quirky girl, is battling personal and mental issues while maintaining a seemingly positive life. Bulak, the Public Administration Ilongga graduate, is working her way to the work force but also working on her confusions about sexuality.

Adulting is a term used by millennials to show they’ve carried out duties and responsibilities expected of adults.

Rapidly transitioning into an agile digital company, ABS-CBN has the biggest online presence among Filipino media companies. It is the top local Youtube and Facebook publisher, ranking first among the most viewed online content creators in the country and 32nd globally.  

#Adulting premiered three full episodes on Wednesday last week for free exclusively on iWant TV.

Topics: MMI , Live , treated , Manila Standard , Dinner in the Sky , thrilling , dining , experience , designed , adventurous , PLDT , Home , ambassador , Kris Aquino
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