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9 posts from August 2014

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August 27, 2014

10 Life Lessons on Living Awesomely in Your 40's! (Survey Says...)

Thanks to the OAP friends who answered the Survey on  Life Lessons on Living Awesomely in Your 40's! Here are the results...

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Thank you for sharing your wisdom on how to be more effective and live an awesome life in your 40's. I loved all your answers.

I analyzed and categorized my favorite pieces of advice into 10 insights, to serve as inspiration and to kick off the next decade of my life. I hope you learn from them as much as I did...  

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August 26, 2014

Birthday Favor: Can you Answer the OAP Reader Survey & Vote for me for the Tourism Star?

Favor, can you answer the OAP Survey 2014 and vote for me for the Media Tourism Star?

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Dear Our Awesome Planet Friends,

First of all, thank you for all the awesome support for close to 10 years! Thanks for the honest feedback in the survey last year which greatly influenced my directions for OAP amidst the changing internet landscape :)

After a year, I would like to get feedback on how OAP met your expectations

Please answer the survey here -- OAP Survey 2014.

As I plan for the next decade of OAP, I want to make sure to incorporate as much feedback as possible on how to continue what's working, to correct what's not, and to understand your expectations for OAP for the years to come.

Also, I am excited for 2015 and beyond as the Philippines turns a new chapter with the ASEAN Integration, Tipping Point on Tourism and a new President.

I read all the survey feedbacks (both positive and negative) and it directly influences my plans and directions for OAP.

After answering the 2014 Survey, can you give me a vote for Media Tourism Star? Go to http://tourismstar.ph/, select Jose Antonio Diaz, click vote and enter your Name, Email Address and Contact Number then confirm Vote!

THANK YOU so much for caring enough to answer this survey and to vote!

Live an Awesome Life,

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Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com 

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August 21, 2014

HOLY LAND (Day 6 - Old Jerusalem): "Via Dolorosa, Golgotha, and Church of Holy Sepulchre" @BoSanchez

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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the holiest place and the spiritual center for Catholics in Jerusalem. Pilgrims follow Jesus' steps in Old Jerusalem via Dolorosa, reflecting on the passion and death of our Lord.

Here's a photo essay of our Day 6 experience in Old Jerusalem...

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August 20, 2014

BELLY-SIMA Wholesome Food Festival: Is your Belly Ready for Belly-sima?


Announcing an event for that both artisanal and gourmet food lovers and for natural, healthy and organic food advocates will enjoy!
This is a great opportunity for foodies of all ages to discover artisan and gourmet food from professional chefs, culinary students, home bakers or simply anybody who loves to bake and cook; and natural, healthy and organic food products from passionate healthy food advocates and local farm producers.
For food suppliers who want to join the market, there is NO joining fee! But please get in touch with us soonest as slots are limited. Please fill up the Belly-sima form and email it to admin@mercatocentrale.ph. You can also call 09178401152 or 8120102 for more information.

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August 14, 2014

10 Life Lessons on Living Awesomely in Your 30's!

Favor: For those who are 47+ years old and above, hope you can answer this survey on Life Lessons on Living Awesomely in Your 40's

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When I turned 30 in 2004, I had married my hottie college crush, worked for the biggest multinational company in the Philippines, and lived the life I envisioned after graduating from university.

But something was missing. My life was not fulfilling. There was a nagging feeling that I was being called for a higher purpose.

At the same time, I felt a baton was being passed on to our generation. The battle of the generation before us was the fight for Freedom from Dictatorship. In a sense, that generation succeeded in winning independence but failed in making a lasting difference during the transition.

It was our generation's responsibility to make things happen for the Philippines. We felt that we had to jump start the journey to becoming a First World nation. We took the baton, accepted the responsibility, and met the challenge head-on.

After 10 years, I can't help but reflect on the life lessons I've learned along the way. From quitting my day job and deciding to do full-time blogging for Our Awesome Planet, to conceptualizing the Ultimate Taste Test event, to creating the Mercato Centrale Night Markets with my partner RJ, to Coaching and Mentoring Entrepreneurs in the Maven Secrets Program, and to becoming one of the top food & travel blogs not only in the Philippines and Southeast Asia but in the world--it's been quite a journey so far.

Here are my 10 Life Lessons on Living Awesomely in Your 30's... 

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August 11, 2014

Announcing.... Rockwell's 4th ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 2014 on Sept. 27 at @PowerPlantMall! (Now Open for Applications!)

Update (Sept. 29, 2014): Ultimate Taste Test XII: 4th Rockwell UTT @PowerPlantMall (A Photo Essay)

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Finally, we are ready to announce the most exciting tasting event that most food lovers and connoisseurs in Manila are waiting for!

Our Awesome Planet and San Miguel Lifestyle Brews present the 4th Rockwell’s Ultimate Taste Test 2014, the celebrated food tasting event, on September 27, 2014 Saturday at the Rockwell Tent from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This much-anticipated annual food trip enables food lovers to be food-critics-for-a-day by sampling mouth-watering new flavors in Manila from over 50+ home-based food businesses along with Power Plant Mall’s very own establishments.

Now staging the 12th in the UTT series - Ultimate Taste Test 2014, food blog pioneer Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet embarks on this annual partnership with Rockwell for the fourth straight year.

Food Supplier applications are now open! You may  fill up the Rockwell 2014 UTT Application Form and submit  via email to admin@ultimatetastetest.com

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August 10, 2014

BLACKBIRD MAKATI: Aviation-Themed Restaurant by Chef Colin Mackay at Nielson Tower

As featured in MAKATI: 10 Most Awesome NEW Restaurants in Makati 2014! @MakeItMakati


BLACKBIRD is the Aviation-themed, Contemporary European and Asian Restaurant of Chef Colin Mackay of Sala and People's Palace fame. It is located at the Neilson Tower of the old Manila International Airport and is named after the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft. The ambiance is inspired by an Airport Terminal and its Art Deco building in the heart of Makati City.

We tried Blackbird with our partners and we loved it! Check out one of our favorite restaurants of 2014...

BLACKBIRD by Chef Colin Mackay 
Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle, Makati City, across the Peninsula Hotel.
Telephone: +632 828-4888
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11.00am to 12.00mn

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August 05, 2014

MYSTERY MANILA: Justice for Jamila Mystery Solved! @MysteryManila

As featured in 10 Most Awesome Live Escape Game / Mystery Room Experience in Manila in 2014! 

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MYSTERY MANILA is a simulated game experience that challenges you and a maximum of 5 friends to bring out your inner Sherlock Holmes or Jack Bauer and solve a mystery in 60-90 minutes.

They currently have 3 game room experiences in their flagship store in Libis (Justice for Jamila, The Chained Chamber, and The Ticking Time Bomb) and soon, 2 game rooms in Makati (Rebecca's Room and The Sinister's Sensorium).

We tried Justice for Jamila, which is the only one suitable to play with kids. Check out our experience (no game spoilers in this post)...

Mystery Manila Series:

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