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June 2014


CHIANG KAI-SHEK 中正紀念堂: Must Read Guide to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taiwan @JeronTravel


CHIANG KAI-SHEK Memorial Hall is a tribute to the founder of Taiwan, Chiang Kai-shek. It opened in 1980, 4 years after his death in 1975.

A visit to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a must for any tourist to understand the culture and colorful history of Taiwan. I’ve visited the hall twice now: the first with the family and our friend Meg Kho, and the second with the Taiwan Fam Trip Group via Jeron Travel. 

Here’s a guide to having an awesome experience when visiting Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall…

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Events, Manila Life

Announcing… BLOGAPALOOZA 2014: Biggest Business to Blogger Networking Sept. 20, Sat.! @SMAuraPremier @WheninManila

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BLOGAPALOOZA is the Biggest Business to Blogger Networking Event in the Social Media Capital of the World 🙂

The event is a Joint Venture project of the two of the biggest blogs in the Philippines —Vince Golangco & Francis Simisim of WhenInManila & Anton Diaz of!

Blogapalooza brings together the Top Bloggers, Facebook power users, Twitter influencers, Instagram icons with a combined reach of more than 4 Million Unique Visitors per month with hundreds of thousands of Facebook Fans and Twitter Followers.

This year 2014, we are doing it earlier on September 20 to ensure that bloggers post about the event and the brands during the BER season. We are excited to have a bigger venue occupying Halls 1 & 2 of SMX Convention Center Taguig!

We are looking for cool products and brands to be part of Blogapalooza 2014, specifically:

  • Latest gadgets, fashion clothing and accessories,
  • Awesome Services from spas, restaurants, hotels and lifestyle businesses,
  • Places to Go like tourist spots, resorts, hotels, and other interesting places, and
  • Other Hip Products or Services that will Bloggers / Media love to Feature!

Download the business sponsorship packages here –>

Here are more information about Blogapalooza…

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#Restaurants, Food

CO/OP MANILA: Hip Gift Shop and Comfort Food Café in San Juan :)


CO/OP MANILA is a house-turned-lifestyle store and café in San Juan selling hip goods and comfort food. The name was inspired by the “cooperation” of the cousins who founded it.

It’s a refreshingly unique homegrown store, something Manila could really use amidst the spreading of international chains.

Here’s what to expect at CO/OP Manila and some improvement suggestions…

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#Restaurants, #Travel, Food

DIN TAI FUNG: Foodie Guide to an Awesome Xiao Long Bao Experience in Taiwan :)

Update 12/16/2015: DIN TAI FUNG Philippines: Chocolate Lava Xiao Long Bao & Golden Lava Salted Egg Yolk Bun! (A Review) 

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DIN TAI FUNG is a popular Xiao Long Bao Restaurant in Taiwan that has been awarded the Michelin Star 5 times.

It’s recognized as one of the best dimsum places in the world, with international branches in Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia, Thailand, USA, and soon, in Manila.

Here’s a foodie guide on where to find, what to order, and how to properly eat Xiao Long Bao in Din Tai Fung Taiwan…

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#Restaurants, Food

EMILIO MORO: Best Tinto Fino (Pure Tempranillo Spanish Grape Variety) Wine in Manila! @RAMBLAPH @jmoroes

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EMILIO MORO Winery was established in 1891 in Northwest Spain. Now run by the 3rd generation of Moros, José & Javier, they produce one of the best Tempranillo (Spanish grape variety) Wines in the world. 

José Moro was in Manila for a visit and created a beautiful 4-course Spanish meal with wine pairing at RAMBLA.

I’ve started to appreciate wine because it adds a different dimension to my meal experience. I also love hearing the story behind the wine because I get to know more about the passion and culture of the family who created it.

Here’s a photo essay of our Rambla x Emilio Moro dining experience…

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#Restaurants, Food

TRIPLE-O’s by WHITE SPOT: Monty Mushroom, Milkshake, & Secret Sauce @TripleOsPH

Featured as MEGA FASHION HALL: 10 BEST New Restaurants @SMMegaMall in 2014!

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TRIPLE-O’s is the burger joint spinoff of the White Spot Family Restaurant in Canada, with international branches in China, Hongkong, Singapore, and now finally in Manila.

It’s named after its trademark “Triple-O” hamburger sauce (made of mayonnaise and hamburger relish). The name of the sauce itself came from the shorthand language used by the original order takers (known as carhops) to indicate the guests’ choice of extra mayo and/or relish. A Triple “O” on the order slip meant “plenty of everything”.

People who have travelled to or live in Canada are familiar with the brand and excited about the opening of the Manila branch.

It was admittedly my first time to try Triple-O’s. Here’s our experience…

3/F SM Mega Atrium, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
Operating Hours
Sunday to Thursday – 10.00am to 9.00pm
Friday to Saturday – 10.00am to 10.00pm
FacebookTriple O’s by White Spot – Philippines

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#Restaurants, Food

SOFRITO CAFE: Authentic Puerto Rican Home Cooking in Makati


SOFRITO CAFE by Millie is the first authentic Puerto Rican restaurant in Manila. Its name is a tribute to Puerto Rican Sofrito, a sauce of cilantro, onion, garlic, and green, red, and aji peppers used as a base flavor when cooking food.   

The Manila restaurant scene is starting to get crowded with the same food concepts. As foodies, we’re always craving for something new, searching for flavors that educate us on other cultures. Sofrito is one such restaurant. 

Check out this introduction to Puerto Rican flavors in Manila…

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#Travel, Taiwan

MODERN TOILET: Would you eat in this Poo-Poo & Pee-Pee Themed Restaurant in Taiwan?

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MODERN TOILET started out as Marton resto in 2004. It was rebranded as Modern Toilet in 2006.

If your kids are all boys, you probably know how fond they are of poo-poo, pee-pee, and fart jokes. So just imagine our boys’ surprise when we brought them to this restroom-themed resto in Taiwan.

Here’s a photo essay of our Modern Toilet experience with the boys…

MODERN TOILET Ximending Store, Taipei
2F., No.7, Lane 50, Sining S. Rd., Wanhua District, Taipei City
Telephone: +886 2-2311-8822
Operating Hours: (Last order by 9:00PM)
Weekdays: 11.30am – 10.00pm 
Holidays: 11.00am – 10.00pm

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#Philippines, #Restaurants, Food

HOT-STAR Philippines: Taiwan’s Large Fried Chicken Chop in Manila (A Review) @HotStarPH

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HOT-STAR is a popular shop in Taiwan’s Shilin Night Market and famous for its large chicken chop.

Unlike those of the other Taiwan Chicken Chop places that have opened in Manila, Hot-Star’s fried chicken is 30 cm long — big enough for 2-3 persons — and priced just right at P110-P125, depending on the flavor.

Check out Hot-Star Philippines…

Blue Bay Walk, Macapagal Avenue cor. EDSA, Pasay City, Philippines
Operating Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
FacebookHot Star Philippines

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