Anton Diaz is the founder of Our Awesome Planet, the #1 Food and Travel Blog in the Philippines and co-founder of Mercato Centrale, successful weekend night food market in Manila.
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Bali’s beautiful Alila Seminyak combines luxury with sustainable practice. The resort boasts a sprawling beachside along the Indian Ocean, a 3-bedroom penthouse with a private infinity pool, chic deluxe and superior rooms, lavish comforts to ease the tired traveller.
Alila is committed to the social and environmental enrichment of the community they operate in. Utilizing environmentally sustainable practices as its foundation, the resort acquired one of the highest levels of certification from EarthCheck in the Best Practice Building and Planning and Design Standard development (BPDS).
All the while reducing their carbon footprint, Alila also financially supports two elementary schools (SD Negeri 1 and SD Negeri 2) by helping them build educational and creative facilities in Kerobokan, as well as provide shelter for 80 less fortunate children at Anak-Anak Harapan Children’s Home in Dalung.
Making its grand opening this October, Alila Seminyak invited us for a five-star experience at one of the best resorts in Bali.
Jl. Taman Ganesha No.9, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Telephone:+62 361 3021888
One favorite street food of Pinoys is barbecue--pork or chicken meat or giblets skewered on sticks and cooked over a charcoal grill.
For Cebuanos, the go-to place for barbecue is Matias in Mandaue City. Nestled under the shade of sweet star apple trees, this open-air eatery sells very affordable pork barbecue, chicken barbecue, chorizo, pork belly, balbacua, and other local dishes.
The secret to keep locals coming back is their delicious sweet red sauce and value-for-money dishes.
Here's what we liked at Matias...
A. S. Fortuna Street, Banilad, Mandaue City
Telephone: (32) 3452164, (32) 3469123
Restaurant Hours: Monday - Sunday, 11:30 AM to 10 PM
Tymad Bistro is our go-to place for authentic French pastries and dishes in Cebu!
Owned by a French Chef, Philippe Estienne, who settled in Cebu with his Filipina wife, the bistro is popular for their perfectly buttery, light, and flaky croissants, chocolats, and kouign amann--all baked fresh daily.
Tymad means "good house" or "good restaurant" and comes from a Celtic language in the south of France.
Here's what we liked at Tymad's...
Maria Luisa Road Banilad, Cebu
Telephone: (032) 239 7385
• Monday - Closed
• Tuesday to Thursday - 7:00am-10:00pm
• Friday to Saturday - 10:00am-11:00pm
• Sunday - 10:00am-10:00pm
Manila Art, is the Philippines longest-running Art Fair and has become a major draw for artists and art lovers from around the globe.
Now in its 8th year, and with support from some of the top Filipino Galleries like; Art For Space, Artist Orientis, Bruno Art Group, Gallerie CMG, Gallerie Circa, Legacy Art Gallerie, as well as International Exhibitors . This year ManilArt 2016 brings together some of the most breathtaking and thought-provoking pieces from some of the best artists of today.
This year ManilArt 2016 brings together some of the most breathtaking and thought-provoking pieces from some of the best artists of today.
(Pictured Above – 'Teachers Pet' by Artist Jo Balbarona)
Denny's is America's 24/7 diner famous for their affordable all-day breakfast menu.
Founded by Harold Butler, Denny's opened it's doors in 1953 with its first store in California and has grown into 1600 stores located in Canada, Mexico, Latin America, United Arab Emirates, and now for the first time, the Philippines via The Bistro Group.
Their hearty all-time menu items include the Original Grand Slam, pancakes, skillets, and burgers. The Manila branch, however, will be adding several Pinoy favorites on the menu designed by Chef Josh Boutwood.
Denny's Manila opens its doors on October 7th at 6am and will be always open moving forward.
Here's what to expect...
Ground Floor, Uptown Parade, 9th Avenue Corner 38th Street, Bonifacio Global City
Open 24/7 Monday- Sunday
The majestic BOROBUDUR TEMPLE lies in the heart of CENTRAL JAVA. Its nine tiers overlook rolling hills and lush greenery that are best viewed at sunrise. Borobudur is only an hour’s drive away from Yogyakarta City, the center of education and traditional Javanese arts.
Built in the 9th century during the Sailendra Dynasty, this marvel boasted 2,672 bas-relief panels and 504 Buddha statues in its prime. And get this--no mortar or cement was used in the process. These massive structures were expertly “glued" together with interlocking volcanic stones. It's no surprise this temple is widely considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World!
Here's my unforgettable experience at Borobudur...
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Ask any of the locals for the original liempo in Balamban and they'll direct you to Johnna's Liempo Haus.
Balamban, located in the western part of Cebu, is known for its distinctive method of grilling Liempo using traditional herbs and spices, similar to how you would prepare Lechon Cebu.
Bebot Mapa, the creator of the original recipe of Balamban Liempo, rightfully deserves the "original" label. He is not affiliated with the Balamban Liempo brand you'll find across Cebu. He sells his liempo at a humble take-out store near Balamban's public market.
Johnna’s Liempo Haus
Balamban Public Market