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November 30, 2014

BELLYFEST 2014: The 8th Philippine Bellydance Festival (Video Highlights)

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8th BELLYFEST is the longest running belly dance event in the Philippines founded in 2007 by Jill Ngo-Crisologo of the Goddesses of Bellydance. It is a platform for belly dance performers to showcase the dance as a performance art and not just a hobby.

The awesome performances of oriental dance performer and choreographer, Anusch Alawerdian from the Netherlands and known Egyptian drummer, composer and folk dancer, Karim Nagi were the main highlights of this year's event.

Check out the highlights of Bellyfest 2014...

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November 28, 2014

SENTOSA SINGAPORE: 2014 Guide to an Awesome Sentosa Experience with DAY FUN PASS!

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(download Sentosa FUN Pass Brochure)

The first time I was planning my Sentosa Trip with the boys in 2013, I had a hard time because I was not familiar with the attractions and their proximity to one another. 

Sentosa is huge and it could be daunting just looking at the map, planning your itinerary and budgeting the trip for the family. 

I was planning to buy the Sentosa Day FUN Pass with a promise of getting access to 20 attractions with a caveat that you have to finish all of them in one day. I wonder if it was even feasible to hop from one attraction to another and enjoy it instead of just ticking them off a list.

After several visits to Sentosa, I would like to share with you how to maximize the BEST of Sentosa attractions with an effective 1-day itinerary at the most efficient cost.

Here's the 2014 Planning Guide to have the most awesome experience at Sentosa using the Sentosa Day FUN Pass:

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SENTOSA: The Wings of Time Show + Tastes of Asia Pre-Show Dinner @Sentosa_Island

READ: SENTOSA2014 Planning Guide to Maximizing the Sentosa DAY FUN PASS!

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WINGS OF TIME is a mesmerizing multimedia lights and sounds musical show with an amazing display of water, lazer, and fire effects, with a backdrop of the open sea at night.

Go and eat some Asian food at Tastes of Asia and watch Wings of Time to end your fun adventure at Sentosa with a bang.

WINGS OF TIME
Websitehttp://www.wingsoftime.com.sg/
Tickets: Local S$15 | Standard S$18 | Premium S$23 
Show times: 7.40pm & 8.40pm daily 

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2014 Guide to Thanksgiving Bazaar & Shopping Sale this Weekend (Nov. 28-30) in Manila!

It's crazy this weekend in Manila because of all the Thanksgiving Bazaar & Shopping Sale event happening all at the same time. I would love to just stay at home and avoid the gridlock traffic. But some of the deals are too good to resist.

Did you know that the country’s first and biggest outdoor bazaar, Circuit Makati Bazaar, is happening this weekend at Circuit Makati?

Did you know that you get P2,000 (20%) for every P10,000 accumulated receipts when you shop in Century City Mall this weekend?

Did you know that H&M is now open in Makati this weekend?

Here's your summary guide to the epic sale events happening this Nov. 28 - 30, 2014 weekend in Manila:

1. #BGCPassionfest2014 

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Kick off #BGCPassionfest2014 with our SUPREMO SALE on Nov. 28-30! Enjoy Shopping discounts of up to 70% and delight in exclusive dining promos from selected Bonifacio High Street & The Fort establishments. Perfect way to start your holiday shopping! See you there! #iloveBHS

BGC PASSION FEST SUPREMO SALE
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Opening Hours: 11.00 am
FacebookBonifacio Global City Ph
Twitter@explorebgc
Telephone: +632818 36 01
Websitewww.bgc.com.ph 
 

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November 27, 2014

SENTOSA: Port of Lost Wonder (POLW) Waterpark at Palawan Beach @Sentosa_Island

READ: SENTOSA2014 Planning Guide to Maximizing the Sentosa DAY FUN PASS!

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The PORT OF LOST WONDER is Singapore's First Kids' Club at Palawan Beach, with its Pirate Ship waterpark as the centerpiece. The kids are given a Port Pass where they can collect stamps to get prizes and manage their finances via Curio Coins to use for the activities.

Here's our Port of Lost Wonder experience with the boys...

PORT OF LOST WONDER
Palawan Beach, Sentosa Island
Operating Hours: 10.00am to 6.30pm daily (Water Play Area closes at 6pm)
Restaurant opens:
10am to 9pm (Sun – Thurs) *Last order at 8.30pm
10am to 9.30pm (Fri – Sat) *Last order at 9pm
FacebookPOLW Sentosa
Websitehttp://www.polw.com.sg/

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SENTOSA: MegaZip & MegaBounce Adventure @Sentosa_Island

Read: SENTOSA: 2014 Planning Guide to Maximizing the Sentosa DAY FUN PASS! 

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MEGAZIP ADVENTURE PARK specializes in the latest in zip line and high rope activities, with the Imbiah Hilltops as the backdrop. The park includes five adventure activities--MegaZip, ClimbMax, NorthFace, ParaJump, and MegaBounce.

We tried the MegaZip with Aidan and the MegaBounce for Joshua & Raphael. Here's our experience...

MEGAZIP ADVENTURE PARK
Imbiah Hill Road Sentosa Island Singapore
Email:
 info@megazip.com.sg
Booking:
 bookings@megazip.com.sg
Telephone: 
+65 6884-5602
Websitehttp://www.megazip.com.sg/
FacebookMegaZip Adventure Park

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November 26, 2014

DINNER at TIFFANY'S: 8-Course Lechon Degustacion in Splendour by Pepita's Kitchen

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Dinner at Tiffany's is a refined Lechon degustacion experience, inspired by Dedet's travel to New York and the classic that is "Breakfast at Tiffany's". The dinner is balanced, with each course building up on the previous one, and preparing your appetite for the Lechon finale. 

DINNER AT TIFFANY'S by Pepita's Kitchen
Private Dining somewhere in Makati City
Email: pepitaskitchen@gmail.com
FacebookLechon Degustacion at Pepita's Kitchen
For reservations, please call Lechon Diva +63 917 866-0662

Related Blog Post: PEPITA'S KITCHEN: Hayop na Lechon Degustacion!

Here's a photo essay of our Dinner at Tiffany's experience... 

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November 25, 2014

MANILA'S BEST RESTAURANTS 2014: And the Best Restaurants in Manila are...

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Chef Bruce Ricketts of Sensei Sushi & Mecha Uma won Manila's Best Emerging Talent!

I'm happy that my favorites--Chef Robby Goco, Chef Bruce RickettsChef Antonio EscalanteCafé JuanitaGino's Pizza, and Blackbird--all won in the 2014 Manila's Best Restaurant Awards!

On the down side, some were disappointed at the block voting for an entire restaurant group. Also, since the judges could just vote for the restaurants they have tried, only the old restaurant favorites won the awards. 

Nevertheless, the awards are very meaningful since they are voted by peers in the industry.

Congratulations to all the winners in the Manila's Best 2014 Awards!

And the BEST Restaurants (✓) in Manila in 2014 are... (My votes marked with ✮)

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