#Philippines

KONDWI: Secret Art Cocktail Lounge in Poblacion (A Review)

Kondwi is a two-level art space/cocktail lounge in Poblacion by artist Leeroy New and restaurateur Marvin Agustin. As its name—which means “conduit”—suggests, it’s designed to provide a fluid space where creatives, artists and passionate people can connect.

Here are tips for an awesome experience at the latest creative hangout place in Poblacion this 2020…

 

KONDWI PH
6109 Albert St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati
Telephone: +632 7943-7451.
Mobile: +63 917 777-1633
Operating Hours: 1:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Kondwi PH


First Things First

I love how muted the facade is. Set in the middle of the residential side of Pobla, it’s a place only for people in the know.

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GENTING DREAM: Guide to your Awesome Dream Cruise!

Genting Dream is the first ever Asian luxury cruise line created by Genting Hong Kong that debuted in November of 2016. It has a passenger capacity of 3,352, specializing in Southeast Asian destinations.

We celebrated Rache’s birthday onboard a 5-day Genting Dream Cruise from Singapore to Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Here is our guide to make your cruise celebration awesome…

GENTING DREAM CRUISES
Philippines: +632 8836-6080
Email[email protected]
Facebook: Dream Cruises
Instagram: @dreamcruiseline
Website: https://www.dreamcruiseline.com/

First Things First

What to Bring?
Travel Essentials
Passport (and photocopy of your passport’s bio page)
Visa (no need for Southeast Asian destinations)
Return Airfare Ticket
Cruise Ticket and travel details
Big hard luggage for clothes and a carry-on bag for gadgets and backup clothes
 Fly-Cruise Transfer Service Luggage Tag
• Default currency—Singapore Dollars (SGD), the currency where the cruise departed
• Credit Card for easy transaction onboard

Personal Stuff
• Rubber shoes/sporty slippers and smart casual shoes
• Comfortable clothes, smart casual attires following dress codes
and IG outfits for destination shoots
• Stuff for your personal regimen (No need to bring the usual toiletries because these are provided)
• Watch using the boat time which is Singapore time, the time of the originating destination
• Mobile phone/camera to take lots of videos, photos and selfies throughout the trip
• Downloaded Dream Cruise Mobile App for information about the cruise and wifi access 

Note: Budget SGD29/day for premium wifi (good for two devices) x number of cruise days.

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#Philippines

Travel Tour Expo Philippines Hacks! (2020 Edition)

The biggest travel tour expo is finally here!

The 27th Travel Tour Expo 2020, organized by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA), is the largest gathering of tourism agencies and stakeholders in the country held every February. It’s the biggest ever with 400+ exhibitors across different travel categories—operators, travel agencies, cruise liners, hotels, resorts, airline and insurance companies.

But going to the fair can be daunting with the long lines and can be confusing on what travel deals to buy.

So here are some expo hacks to help you navigate your way around and focus on the important destination deals…

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Funky Quarters: The Hippest Boutique Hotel in La Union!

Retro takes on a hip and funky twist in this one-of-a-kind boutique hotel in the incredibly idyllic surf town of La Union.

Very aptly named, this artsy boutique hotel in Elyu is quite possibly the coolest hotel in this otherwise laidback summer destination in the North.

A standout and a looker, the Funky Quarters is not your typical hotel. Unlike most generic hotels you can find in other beach destinations, Funky Quarters offers a bold and proud ambiance that sets it apart from the rest.

If you want the full experience of La Union and embrace its cool and hippie vibe, I highly suggest you check out Funky Quarters. It’s trendy, neat and homey—who would want to miss out on that?!

Plan your next trip to La Union and book a stay at Funky Quarters. Their details below:

 

FUNKY QUARTERS
Mac Arthur Highway, Brgy. Urbiztondo, San Juan La Union
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/funkyquarters/
Website: https://funkyquarters.com/
Email: [email protected]

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The Apartments at El Nido: The Best Airbnb Experience in El Nido Town!

The Apartments at El Nido (AptElNido for short) is an apartment complex located at the center of El Nido town with 10 well appointed apartments, a total capacity of 48 people and 3+ designated speed boats for island hopping.

This is the best experience for the family where you feel like a local living in your own apartment in town. The best part is that you have a private speed boat service to take you around the islands, minus the tourists, and the #AptElNido team creating the best island picnic experience for your family.

Highly recommended! Here’s our The Apartments at El Nido experience…


First Things First

The 10-room apartment is designed with 3 building clusters, eight (8) apartments having two queen size beds for a maximum capacity for 4 people and  two (2) apartments with two rooms for a maximum capacity of 8.

 

APARTMENTS AT EL NIDO
Manila Address:
Perry’s Building, Pastor Drive, Parañaque, Metro Manila
Telephone: +632 826-5400
Mobile: +63 920 963-8921
Email: [email protected]

El Nido Address
:
Osmeña Street, Brgy. Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan
Telephone: +63 48 716-2428
Mobile: +63 920 910-0086
Email[email protected]

Facebook
: The Apartments at El Nido
Instagram: @aptelnido
Website: https://aptelnido.com/the-apartments/

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Cangrejos Locos: Going Crazy over Crabs and Paella in Manila!

CANGREJOS LOCOS is the best NEW Spanish restaurant concept in Alabang by a powerhouse collaboration among Chef Robby Goco x Manny Torrejon x Raymund Magduyo of the Red Crab Group, featuring the best crabs in Manila and the 12-minute cooked Barcelona-style paella.

It’s another winning and fun Spanish concept by Chef Robby Goco, and the perfect place to celebrate our son Aidan’s 15th birthday is the best new Spanish restaurant in Alabang!

Here’s how to get crazy at Cangrejos Locos…

 

CANGREJOS LOCOS
Molito Lifestyle Center, Muntinlupa City
Operating Hours: 11.00 am – 3.00 pm, 5.00pm – 11.00pm
Facebook: Cangrejos Locos
Instagram: @cangrejoslocosmnl

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Autumn in Japan: Toyama, Gifu and Nagano (Central Japan)


Search any travel blog for the best countries to visit, and we’re sure that Japan will rank high on any list.  The country has become a favorite stop for professional travelers and everyday tourists alike.  Top 10 list after Top 10 list highlight just how fun and amazing Japan can be.

We here at Our Awesome Planet make no exception to this informal rule as we frequent Japan whenever the opportunity arises.  We’ve had the pleasure to cover most of the island archipelago in every season.  And while Japan is great to visit all year round, Team Boom and Sean find that the best time to go is definitely during the Autumn months (September, October, November) when the climate is perfect, not being too hot nor too cold.

We suggest taking advantage of the cooler climate to visit some of Japan’s more rural areas and countryside.  Central Japan has so much going on, and we rather enjoyed our trip, which we found was a great alternative to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.

Visiting Central Japan in the spring and summer months is another adventure all its own.  You can read more about our Central Japan Road Trip (itinerary) with Abi and Nico here —> https://www.ourawesomeplanet.com/awesome/2019/09/central-japan.html 

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#Restaurants

FRANCESCO’s Italian Restaurant finally in BGC!

Francesco’s is an Italian Restaurant by Chef Francesco Rizzo (chef of the former Paparazzi in Edsa Shangri-La) that serves traditional regional cuisine—from brick oven pizzas, to home made pastas, to ossobucos, to Italian desserts. 🙂

With the success of their flagship branch on Mabini St., San Juan, they finally opened Francesco’s in BGC to provide authentic Italian food to its professionals and food enthusiasts.

Here’s what we think of Francesco’s BGC…

 

The Best of New Italian Restaurants in Manila (2020):

a mano: Best New Italian Restaurant in Manila!
Wild Flour Italian: Best of Italian Flavors in BGC!
Osteria Daniele BGC: Kicking Off the Osteria Game in Manila
Single Origin Osteria: Your Friendly Neighborhood Italian Resto in Salcedo
FRANCESCO‘s Italian Restaurant finally in BGC!

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