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October 27, 2016

MADE NICE Supper Club by Young New York-Trained Filipino Chefs!

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MADE NICE is a New York-inspired restaurant serving Western cuisine with Asian influences. It's by the Greatful Group made up of young New York-trained Chefs--Jack Flores (29) and wife Gabbi Ramos Flores (22), Toby Panlilio (26), Wren Go (27), and Raulito Fores (26). 

Gabbi is the daughter of Neil of Neil's Kitchen fame, while Raulito comes from the Fores clan of Mamou. It's inspiring to see the next generation of restaurateurs going back to Manila and contributing to the flourishing vibrant dining scene in their homeland.

The name of the resto is inspired by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara's "Make It Nice" restaurant group.

My wife and I had a date night with some friends at Made Nice. Here's a first look into this Supper Club...

G/F PPI Building 109 Esteban St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
Operating Hours: 6.00pm to 10.00pm
Telephone: +63 995 017 2482
Email: madeniceph@gmail.com
Facebook: Made Nice Supper Club
Instagram: @MadeNicePH 

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SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century

Sasak Sade Village

The Sasak, a predominantly Balinese ethnic group, makes up 85% of Lombok’s population. Lombok was previously a feudal state divided into small, ruling kingdoms that followed mixed belief systems such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Animism. By the 16th century, the majority of the Sasak converted to Islam, but maintained old religious practices—creating a uniquely Lombok blend of a Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist religion jointly called Wetu Telu.

On our #TripofWonders to the Island of Lombok, we paid an essential visit to one of the quaint cultural villages of the area. At Sade, the ancient weaving practices of the Sasak Tribe endure in the midst of Lombok’s touristic development. 

Rembitan, Pujut, Central Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara 83573, Indonesia

Entrance Fee:
IDR 10,000 

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October 25, 2016

KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!

Padar Island

Celineism stands on one of the peaks of Padar Island overlooking the one of Indonesia’s most breathtaking vistas.

The Komodo National Park makes up 26 of the 17,508 islands of the Republic of Indonesia. Situated in the Lesser Sunda Islands between East and West Nusa Tenggara, the park covers 1,733KM squared of land and water. Established in 1980 then officially declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, the Komodo National Park is home to countless aquatic species, coral, and the fearsome Komodo Dragon endemic to the area.

On our #TripofWonders with Indonesia.Travel, we visited 3 of Komodo’s largest islands and 3 of its most exquisite beaches. Komodo, Padar, Rinca are renowned for their scenic landscapes and trekking tours. Kelor, Kanawa, and Pink Beach, on the other hand, are held in high regard for their crystal waters and incredible snorkeling sites. We ventured into rugged landscapes, came face to face with Komodo dragons, and swam in the most biodiverse waters in the world—all in a span of 3 days!

If you want to experience #WonderfulIndonesia, it’s high time you make the Komodo Islands part of your bucket list! 

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October 21, 2016

TBEX: Lessons from My First Travel Blogging EXchange in Manila! (Photo Essay)

by Abigail Javellana

TBEX Asia 2016 (Philippines)

It was my first time attending a TBEX event and I was lucky enough to have experienced the first ever TBEX Asia 2016 conference in the Philippines!

TBEX--or Travel Blogger Exchange--is the largest gathering of travel bloggers, online travel journalists, media creators, and travel industry professionals in the world.

This year the world's top travel bloggers and 400+ other inspiring travel bloggers from North America, Europe, and Asia came together to learn, network, do business, and party here in Manila.

Here are my top tips and learnings that should help you make the most of your first ever TBEX conference...

TBEX: Travel Blogging Exchange
Website: www.tbexcon.com
Twitter: @tbexevents
Facebook: TravelBloggersExchange
Instagram: @tbexevents

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October 20, 2016

MISTER DONUT: How The New Cake Collection Made Me Like Donuts (sort of)


If I had dollar for every time my friends would give me a weird look when I say "I don't like donuts", I'd probably be a millionaire by now (not really). Excuse the hyperbole, but donuts are probably the last thing I'd be craving. So when I was sent to do a taste test at Mister Donut, I had a gamut of mixed emotions—mostly curious.

Thankfully I like cake, and cake is the lesser of the two evils in Mister Donut's new Donut Cake Collection. I paid the newly refurbished branch at Trinoma a visit to see if I could be converted into a believer.

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October 14, 2016

Project Sursuroy: Ultimate South Cebu Tour! @HappyJuanderer

Happy Juanderer: Project Suroy-Suroy

Discover the Queen City of the South--beyond it's famed Sinulog Festival, century-old churches, majestic forts and mouthwatering lechon--through its unspoiled countryside!

Let's head down to the south for "Project Sursuroy", a one-stop tour of the whole of South Cebu! Get up close with the whale sharks in Oslob, swim with the sardine run at Moalboal, go on a canyoneering adventure in Badian, swim in the turquoise waters of Kawasan Falls, hike up to the highest point of Cebu island in Osmena Peak, or go island hopping around its pristine beaches...there's just so much adventure waiting ahead!

Project Sursuroy was first conceptualized by Happy Juanderer Travel Inc. The word "Sur" means south and "Suroy" in Ilokano means "wanderer". The owners started it as a regular travel agency, selling airline tickets and booking hotels, but later found their passion in being the tour operators themselves, allowing them to have fun and also monitor the quality of experience for their guests. At present, they have tours for Ilocos, Sagada, and the most popular, Cebu!

Here are our top 7 favorite picks to complete your South Cebu experience...

Happy Juanderer Travel Inc.
Website: http://www.happyjuanderer.com/
Mobile: +63917 799 9566
Landline: +6377 604 9721
Email: info@happyjuanderer.com, happyjuanderer@gmail.com
Facebook: happyjuanderer

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TBEX: The Biggest Travel Blogger Conference Finally comes to the Philippines! @TourismPHL

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I still can't believe that TBEX has finally come to the Philippines! TBEX--or Travel Blogger Exchange--is the largest gathering of Travel Bloggers in the world.

Ever since I attended TBEX in Athens in 2014, I've envisioned bringing the conference to the country. And with the help of Rick of TBEX, the Department of Tourism, and the Tourism Promotions Board, the historic TBEX Asia Philippines is happening this weekend, October 15-16, 2016

We have the world's top travel bloggers and 400+ other inspiring travel bloggers from North America, Europe, and Asia coming together to learn, network, and party here in Manila.

The Opening VIP Speakers Party was held at Samba, the first authentic Peruvian restaurant in Manila at Shangri-La, The Fort.

Here's a photo essay of that event...

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October 12, 2016

BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia

Dusun Bambu

BANDUNG, the capital of West Java, makes up one of the largest cities of Indonesia. Highly accessible by train from Jakarta, this weekend destination is heralded for its cultural hubs and factory outlets.

Bandoeng was previously a Dutch Colony. Its cool climate is attributed to its location on a river basin within a group of volcanic mountains. Due to its good weather and fertile soil, the Dutch established small communities and plantations in the area. The communities grew into municipalities and Bandung easily became the Parjis van Java (Paris of Java) with its luxurious hotels, cafes, restaurants, and boutiques.

By 1945, Indonesia earned its independence and the city underwent rapid growth. Scenic landscapes turned into hectic cityscapes, and quaint houses grew into high-rise buildings. Yet, Bandung is one of the most loved cities by locals and creatives.

Here’s how to make the best of your Bandung Weekend….

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