#Hotels, #Philippines, Staycation

The Private Camp in Daraitan – A Quick Escape from Manila

It is a known fact that the Philippines is blessed with beautiful islands, gorgeous beaches and breathtaking landscapes that are perfect if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

But the problems is, many of these locations are either too far from the metro or expensive to travel too from the metro.

Luckily, we were able to uncover this almost perfect and hidden gem that is just a few hours away from the city and is fairly inexpensive to travel too.

THE PRIVATE CAMP: DARAITAN
Brgy. Daraitan, Tanay Rizal
Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/31709562?adults=1&guests=1&s=CU-2GEm6
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theprivatecampdaraitan/
Contact: +63 905 925 3591

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#Restaurants

La Collina: Brgy. Poblacion Makati’s Secret Spanish-Italian Bistro

A Spanish-Italian Bistro by Anita Celdran, La Collina is hidden in Brgy. Poblacion area near Makati City Hall. It’s a slow food restaurant committed to sourcing fresh ingredients from nearby sustainable farms to produce Spanish food from the heritage recipes of the Celdran family and Italian cuisine from Anita’s Italian partner.

“Collina,” which means small hill both in Spanish and Italian, is a reference to the restaurant’s original hill location in Tagaytay before it found its way to a nice house along Molina St. in Brgy. Poblacion.

It’s awesome to discover these food-forward places to reinvigorate the dining scene in the otherwise bar-dominated neighborhood of Brgy. Poblacion. It feels like the first time you discovered Sala in the Malate neighborhood years ago.

Here’s what you can expect at La Collina.

LA COLLINA RESTAURANT & BAR
4558 Molina St., Barangay Poblacion, Makati
Telephone: +63 917 325-2168
Email: [email protected]om
Facebook: Eat.LaCollina
Message Me: m.me/Eat.LaCollina

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#Travel, Galapagos

National Geographic Endeavor II | Aboard the Galapagos Cruise Ship (Boat Tour)

Top Places to Travel in 2019 Series

The Galapagos Islands is well-known for its animals that brought us to the world we live in today. Charles Darwin’s study of its animals led to his theory of natural selection, but did he ever imagine that people would travel from all over the globe just to see the land he walked on to make these discoveries?

Today, there are several ships and boats that take travelers for a glimpse of the Galapagos islands, whether it’s for the tortoises, the sea lions or the blue-footed boobies. For this trip, we took the National Geographic Endeavor II.

National Geographic has partnered with Lindblad Expeditions, and together, they give curious adventurers the chance to explore wonderful locations such as the Galapagos. They not only give travelers these amazing opportunities, but they also create itineraries for different levels of activities while educating their passengers and helping the environment all at the same time.

 

Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic Expeditions
96 Morton St
New York, NY 10014
1-800-762-0003 or 212-765-7740

To book and for more info, visit National Geographic Galapagos Cruise.

National Geographic Galapagos Cruise Series:
• Galapagos Islands National Geographic 10 Days Expedition (Photo Essay)
• National Geographic Endeavor II | Aboard the Galapagos Cruise (Boat Tour)

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#Travel

National Geographic Galapagos Tours Lindblad Expedition (Travel Guide 2019)

Top Places to Travel in 2019 Series

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The Galapagos is a magical place where those wishing to visit must educate themselves in all things Galapagos. We explored the Galapagos with National Geographic aboard one of their cruises on the Endeavor II.

On this cruise, there were many educated people who knew a lot about the Galapagos as well as trained photographers who were available to teach us their ways.

The ship moves quickly throughout the Galapagos, moving passengers from one island to the next with minimal difficulty.

Here is our travel guide to the 10-day National Geographic Galapagos Tours Lindblad Expedition:

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#Philippines

Passport Application Appointment (2019 DFA Philippines Renewal Requirements)

We’ve all been there – the time to renew passports. Over the past year or so, passport renewal in the Philippines has gotten a bad rep particularly for the lack of slots and the prolonged waiting times.

I recently had to have my passport renewed as I was already past the 6-month mark. In most situations, you wouldn’t be let out of the country if you have less than six (6) months remaining on your passport. In cases that they do let you leave, they give you a warning that you might not be able to enter the country you’re planning to visit, under the same 6-month restriction.

I’ll be upfront in saying that I did dread the renewal, as the news of the data breach came out literally a week before my scheduled appointment. But I had to do it since I do want to keep on traveling, and I can’t do that without a proper passport.

So, let me walk you through how to renew your passport:

Note: This article only covers Passport Renewal. For New Applications, visit the DFA’s Official Passport Appointment website.Read more

#Philippines

Victory Liner’s P2P Clark to Subic, Olongapo, Dagupan Guide (Schedule)

I’m a child of the South, so accessing NAIA has never been a problem for me. But I do have a lot of friends who live in Northern Manila, who are no strangers to the inconvenience of traveling to NAIA to catch their flight.

Fortunately, more and more airlines are flying to and from Clark – both for local and international destinations. You may think that Clark is still quite a long way from Manila, but this isn’t the case at all. You can reach Clark from Trinoma in just under two hours, and without the stress of Manila traffic.

So, why fly via Clark?

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#Philippines

Q&A Kitchen Makati Valentine’s: Is it Now Worth Going to? (A Review)

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We celebrated Valentine’s with our creative entrepreneur friends in the new restaurant of Chef Alain Raye of La Regalade Manila fame. There were mixed reviews when it opened towards the end of last year so we dined with optimistic caution.

Q&A stands for Question & Answers for the culinarily curious or Quality & Attention for the ones looking for Michelin-star taste and service in Manila. The 1 Michelin-starred Chef Alain Raye fell in love with a Filipina during his La Regalade days, and now he is permanently based here with the love of his life.

Is it now worth going to Q&A Kitchen in Makati? Here’s what we think…

 

Q&A kitchen & bar
Unit 2D, Second Floor, ACCM Building, 102 San Agustin Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Operating Hours:  Kitchen: Monday to Saturday
Lunch: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Bar: 5:00 pm til late
Closed Sunday
Mobile: +63 917 859-5678
Landline: +632 624-4388
Instagram@QandAKitchen
Websitehttp://qandakitchen.com/

Related Blog Post: Chef Alain Raye’s La Regalade in Manila!

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#Philippines, #Restaurants

NINYO Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge: Quezon City’s Most Romantic Restaurant!

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Ninyo has long been part of my list for the most romantic restaurants in the city. What started as Manila’s Best Kept Secret, the humble ancestral house of Chef Nins Laus, is transformed into this quiet and intimate hidden paradise with its garden-like charm. From the moment you step in, you’re already greeted by the candle lights, beautiful pavilions, hanging vines, koi ponds, and antique accents in the interior.  —which unfailingly keeps taking the breaths of many lovers.

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Aside from the gorgeous ambiance, it’s also a foodie destination for good food, with Chef Nins’ creative take of European-Asian fusion dishes. Note that Ninyo always updates its menu so its degustation is always a good idea. A set menu is a great option, easier than choosing from a wide array of food.

 

NINYO Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge
66 Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Philippines
Landline: (02) 426 0301
Facebook: NinyoFusion

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#Philippines

Makati Garden Club’s Secret French Garden Cafe

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Have you already tried the quaint French Garden Cafe by Chef Robert Lilja at Makati Garden Club?

Founded in 1957, MGC champions urban gardening, plant care, and education to promote cleaner air environment located at the heart of the Makati pollution along the corner of Edsa and Ayala.

The club is now on its 3rd generation younger members; its mission is more relevant than ever, and the food and wine program is getting better over the years.

 

MAKATI GARDEN CLUB
Recoletos Street corners EDSA & Ayala Avenue Makati
Operating Hours: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Monday – Sunday)
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +632 817-2738
Websitehttp://makatigardenclub.com/

Related Blog Post: MARIA LUISA’s Secret Garden Room @ Makati Garden Club!

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#Philippines

Every Brilliant Thing Manila: A Mental Health Awareness Intervention @TheSandboxCo

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Every Brilliant Thing is the Manila adaptation of internationally acclaimed Duncan Macmillan one-character play about mental health awareness.

It’s like an interactive improv play that immerses you into the highs and lows of the mental health mood. Here’s what we love about #EveryBrilliantThingMNL …

(Spoilers Alert:  The play is a must watch and it’s better if you don’t know anything before watching it.)

Every Brilliant Thing Manila
by The Sandbox Collective and 9 Works Theatrical
Zobel de Ayala Recital Hall, Maybank Performing Arts Theater,
26th Street, cor., 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
Email[email protected]
Twitter: @TheSandboxCo
Facebook: The Sandbox Collective
Instagram: @TheSandboxCo

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