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January 16, 2017

Chinese New Year Manila 2017: Where to Celebrate CNY with the Family?!

by Abigail Javellana

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Welcome, the Year of the Fire Rooster as Manila Chinatown will be loud, colorful and full of dragons! Chinatown and hotels will be once again be filled with decorations, dancers, and fireworks to usher in the new year!

So if you're looking for a delicious meal or join in the party, here's a list of where to celebrate your Chinese New Year in Manila...

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PHARE The Cambodian Circus: Changing Lives One Show At A Time! @PhareCircus

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Phare: The Cambodian Circus is a mixture of theater, modern dance, and acrobatics, expertly choreographed to tell a captivating story which combines Cambodian folklore and history into a show for all ages.     

Eight different programs  are rotated monthly. We were fortunate enough to catch Influence. A story about survival, domination, manipulation, and ultimately – redemption. 

 

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The history behind Phare and its inception is one of the more, amazing aspects of this incredible social enterprise.  Shortly after the Fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1994, a handful of Cambodian refugees found their way home and founded Phare Ponleu Selpak, an NGO School of the Arts in Battambang Cambodia.

Around twelve hundred students each year, receive free public education from kindergarten to 12th grade. There is also free Professional Level Arts training in dance, music, theater, animation, graphic design, illustration, painting, and circus.

The Circus launched 3 years ago as a means for PPS to help generate income, provide employment for graduates, and share Cambodian/Khmer Culture.  

We were amazed at the creativity and talent of the performers and surprised at how funny and powerful the story was. We encourage anyone visiting Siem Reap to make the time and experience Phare. 

 

PHARE: The Cambodian Circus
Phare Circus Ring Road, south of the intersection  Sok San Road,
Siem Reap, The Kingdom of Cambodia
Email: info@pharecircus.org
Ticketing: ticketing@pharecircus.org
Phone: +855 (0) 15 499 480 & +855 (0) 92 225 320
Facebook: Phare The Cambodian Circus
Instagram: @pharethecambodiancircus 

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January 11, 2017

Baker & Cook and Plank Sourdough Pizza: New World Baking by Dean Brettschneider

by Abigail Javellana

Baker & Cook / Plank Sourdough

"Global Baker" Dean Brettschneider introduces his New World Baking style with a delightful selection of handcrafted artisan breads, pastries, and sourdough pizzas through his two restaurant concepts, Baker & Cook and Plank Sourdough Pizza.

New World Baking is the compilation of Dean's travels and experiences, bringing a little of bit of Germany, Italy, France, America, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, and other places to his store. It is a modern, multi-dimensional style of baking with different breads, pastries, ingredients, and desserts from around the world.

Here's what we liked at the two newly opened restaurants...

Baker & Cook | Plank Sourdough
G/F, S Maison Conrad, Manila
Operating Hours: 11.00 am to 10.00pm
Website: www.bakerandcook.biz
Facebook: BakerandCookPH
Instagram: @bakerandcookph

 

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January 06, 2017

D.I.Y. POKE: A Healthy Bowl of Poke to Kickoff 2017! (Review) @MadisonGaleries

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D.I.Y. POKE (/poʊˈkeɪ/) is a Hawaiian-inspired Poke place by Mariah Pobre and her Enderun partners. It is located at Madison Galeries, the new boutique mall in Alabang. Poke refers to a raw fish salad or sushi bowl with Asian-inspired sauces. The name is a Hawaiian verb that means "to cut crosswise into pieces".

Every new year starts with a resolution to eat more healthy and to become a better version of yourself. So we're kicking off the year with a healthy bowl of Poke and send out healthy vibes to all our OAP friends.

Here's what we think of D.I.Y. Poke...

 

D.I.Y. POKE
2/F Madison Galeries, Don Jesus Boulevard, Alabang Hills, Cupang, Muntinlupa
Mobile: +63 995 473-6224
Instagram: @diypoke
Facebook: D.I.Y. Poke

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January 04, 2017

TAO Philippines: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at What Makes @TAOPhilippines Successful? #TBEX

One of the Philippines most highly regarded toursTao Expedition has drawn thousands of travelers from around the globe to the beautiful islands of Palawan, a Southern Province in the Philippines.

Tao Expedition, while known for its tours, has also been very involved with local communities in and around Palawan.  Tao considers itself a socially responsible enterprise that works with local communities in helping to preserve the environment and bettering the lives for the locals through educational programs and sustainable planning and immersion and awareness.   

 

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Climate Change and Tourism has drastically altered the delicate ecosystems of Palawan and the surrounding waters that the locals depend on for survival.  The hundreds of dedicated people who are a part of the Tao Expedition or Tao Philippines have made it their life's work to preserve Palawan as best they can.

TAO PHILIPPINES
Coron Tao Office: Don Pedro St. Coron town.
El Nido Tao Office: Serena St. El Nido town. 
Email: info@taophilippines.com
FacebookTao Philippines
Instagram@TaoPhilippines
Twitter: @TaoPhilippines
Websitehttp://www.taophilippines.com/



Here is a quick behind the scenes look into what makes Tao — not only one of the best tours in the Philippines but one that is also important.      

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January 03, 2017

2017 Awesome Calendar: "Breakout Year for Filipino Food and Tourism!" @TourismPHL

2017 Festivals & Holidays

2017 is looking bright! As all eyes are on the Philippines as we host the 2017 Miss Universe, a major international event that will surely boost the country's already growing tourism industry.

The world is also excited with the increasing trend of Filipino cuisine - a mix of Spanish, Malay, Chinese and Southeast Asian influences! Bloomberg declared "The Explosion of Filipino Food" in 2017 in the article, "Eleven Fancy Food Trends You'll Face in 2017."

With more than 7000 islands, the Philippines does not fail to impress with the many colorful fiestas, beautiful beaches, rich history and untouched countryside that'll make you feel alive!

So if you’re looking for a new adventure or an explosion of flavors on your palette, here are the countless fiestas and food events that'll surely make your 2017 awesome!

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December 26, 2016

NEW YEAR'S EVE MANILA 2017: Where are you Celebrating NYE in Manila?

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The city of Manila is gearing up to ring in New Year’s Eve 2017, and as one might expect, there is no shortage of New Year’s Eve parties.

Our party-planning guide won't be complete without a dazzling display of fireworks, fantastic feasts, and music to usher partygoers into the New Year.

Here are the best New Year's Eve 2017 parties in Manila...

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December 23, 2016

BEST TRAVEL APPS for Free Independent Travelers! (My 12 Favorite Apps)

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We like to arrange our itinerary on our own when we travel to our next destination because we like to immerse in the local culture, food and most awesome experiences.

Here are our 12 favorite apps for planning your itinerary and making the best out of your trip to the destination.

All the apps are free so make sure to download them at home before your next flight.

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