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22 posts from October 2016






October 31, 2016

Midnight Mystery: Murder in Ayala Museum! @MysteryManila

by Abigail Javellana

Midnight Mystery: Murder at the Museum

The senior curator of Ayala Museum is murdered during Halloween night! With all four floors transformed into a crime scene, guests play the role of detectives to pinpoint whodunit!

Now on its third year, Ayala Museum opens it's doors for another thrilling Halloween experience with the theme "Midnight Museum 3: Murder in the Museum". In partnership with the experts behind the popular escape room, Mystery Manila.

Here's our first-time experience spending Halloween at the Ayala Museum...

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October 30, 2016

THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings and Presidents through History

by Sheila Renei Gómez

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The Royal Ambarrukmo is more than just a hotel—rather, it is a documentation of the the rich history leading up to its modern transformation. Bearing witness to the turn of the Mataram Kingdom right up to the Indonesian Republic we know today, the hotel was initially a venue reserved for royalty and foreign dignitaries.

Notable names the hotel has proudly hosted are Herman Willem Daendels, who served as Governor General of the Dutch East Indies; Pakubowono X, the beloved Surakarta King; the Kings of the Yogyakarta Sultanate; and the first-ever Indonesian president, President Soekarno.

During the reign of Hamengkubuwono II of the Yogyakarta Sultanate, the hotel was just a simple Joglo—a uniquely Javanese house with a tapered roof that signifies economic status, typically reserved for aristocrats. By the 5th Sultan’s reign, the space was eventually renovated and expanded. Development continued with every generation as did its value. It earned the moniker of Kedaton (house of the king) and became the official residence of Hamengkubuwono VII after his abdication in 1921.

Now as a cosmopolitan space with 5-star amenities and world-class services, the Royal Ambarrukmo invited us for a regal stay in one of Yogyakarta’s top hotels.

THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO
Jl. Laksda Adisucipto No.81 Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 55281
Telephone: +62 274 488 488
Email: info@royalambarrukmo.com
Instagram: @RoyalAmbarrukmo
Facebook: @RoyalAmbarrukmoYogyakarta
Website: www.royalambarrukmo.com 

THE TRIP OF WONDERS INDONESIA SERIES 2016

INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!
BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!
• SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century
• KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!
• THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings & Presidents through History
• ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

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October 28, 2016

AUCKLAND Travel Guide: Lessons in Traveling to New Zealand! @FlyPal

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I've been to Auckland twice already and this post is a compilation of our travel notes, tips, and tricks when traveling to New Zealand.

This is also an update on our initial post, First Timer's Guide to Auckland, New Zealand!

Here are the lessons we learned from our last visit to Auckland... 

 

WHAT TO BRING DURING TRAVEL

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For this Auckland trip, I used my stylish business laptop bag (Samsonite GT Supreme) that weighs less than 7kg, and a big enough luggage to carry the 30kg maximum bag allowance.

The laptop bag can accommodate up to a 15.6" laptop, and with a smart sleeve, it easily slipped into my telescopic luggage handle, which I appreciate. I didn't need to worry about my bag falling, making for an effortless travel. This is very useful especially when I travel with my boys, who love to play around and tend to bump into anything near them.

 

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THE HENRY: Cebu's Hippest Boutique Hotel! (Photo Essay)

by Abigail Javellana 

The Henry Hotel

An Instagram-worthy, funky boutique hotel with an artsy vibe!

Staying at The Henry Hotel Cebu feels like living in a painting. The hotel offers a modern take on lodging with an out-of-the-box experience thanks to their quirky decor, unique rooms, and friendly staff.

The Henry, which is conveniently located in the heart of Cebu City--perfect for your food and city tour experience.

Since no two rooms are alike, guests get to experience a different concept each time they stay.

Here's our unique experience at The Henry Cebu...

 

The Henry Hotel Cebu
One Paseo Compound, Ma Luisa Entrance Road, Banilad, Cebu City 5000
Website: www.thehenryhotel.com
Landline: +63 32 520-8877
E-mail: reservations.cebu@thehenryhotel.com
Facebook: The Henry Hotel Cebu

Check out low rates and availability from Agoda: The Henry Hotel Cebu

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October 27, 2016

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

(As featured in 10 Most Awesome New Homegrown Restaurants That Matter in Manila 2016!)

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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...

MADE NICE 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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