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September 2016


OSAKA Travel Guide: Lessons from our DIY Family Food & Pokemon Trip in Osaka with #KaraksaHotels

Related Post: KYOTO Travel: Lessons from our DIY Familymoon Trip to Kyoto with #KaraksaHotels


I always look forward to traveling with our four boys aged 11, 8, 6, and 2 with no yaya. It was their second time traveling to Japan but the first time traveling to the Kansai regions of Osaka and Kyoto. 

We didn’t join any organized tours on this trip–we had a Do-It-Yourself itinerary of the best places in Osaka and Kyoto that we thought the kids would enjoy. Thanks to Karaksa Hotels for our plane, accommodations, and transfers, and to Bryan Tiu for the awesome foodie tips around Osaka!

Here are our learnings on our best discoveries during the trip, and travel tips when traveling to Japan with your family…

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KYOTO Travel Guide: Lessons from our DIY Familymoon Trip to Kyoto with #KaraksaHotels

Related Post: OSAKA Travel: Lessons from our DIY Family Food & Pokemon Trip in Osaka with #KaraksaHotels 

360 Golden Pavilion Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto

Went on a honeymoon with my wife to Kyoto in 2004 and after 12 years, we were finally able to go back–for a familymoon this time with all our four boys! 

With Karaksa Hotel Kyoto as our home base, we navigated the trains to reach Kyoto and created our own itinerary to explore this cultural city of Japan.

Here are our learnings on our best discoveries during the trip, and travel tips when traveling to Kyoto from Osaka with your family…

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The PIG & PALM: What to Expect in Cebu’s @ThePigandPalm by Chef Jason Atherton?

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The Pig & Palm is a Modern Spanish Tapas restaurant in Cebu by renowned British chef, Jason Atherton, and his Cebuana wife, Irha

Chef Jason earned his first Michelin Star in 2011 and has worked with some of the greats, like Nico Ladenis and Ferran Adria at elBulli, and oversaw the opening of 5 'Maze' Restaurants with Gordon Ramsay

He has since branched out and started his own chain of successful restaurants under The Social Company Group with different restaurants in London, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dubai, Sydney, and now in Cebu. 

The Pig & Palm is the 16th and his first in the Philippines in partnership with Cebu-based property developers Chris and Carla McKowen. He chose Cebu to honor the hometown of his wife Irha

Here's what to expect when you dine at The Pig & Palm in Cebu…

The Pig & Palm
MSY Tower, Pescadores Rd. Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
Telephone: +63 32 255-8249
Restaurant Hours:
• Tuesday – Friday 7:30am-12am
• Saturday – Sunday 8am-12am
Bar Hours:
• Tuesday – Thursday 12pm-12am
• Friday – Saturday 12pm – 2am
Twitter: @ThePigandPalm
Instagram: thepigandpalm
Facebook: The Pig and Palm

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Our Best Mobile Photos of 2016! (as Shot by LG G5 & LG 360)

( Related Blog Post: Mobile Photography 2016: 20 Food & Travel Photos Shot Using LG G5 & LG 360! )

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Txuleton (Girona, Spain)

The quality of mobile photography is amazing and I can’t travel now without my LG G5. I love the high resolution, the sharpness of the images, the wide angle lens, and the wacky 360 selfie.

Here are our favorite food and travel mobile photos in 2016 from our trips to Spain, Chiangmai, Dumaguete, Osaka and Kyoto …

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VEUE CABINS: Weekend Staycation at Secret Bolinao Beach! (Photo Essay)

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Veue Cabins is a modern beach cabin concept located in one of the hidden treasures of the north–Patar Beach, Bolinao.

The name “Veue” was taken from the old French-Latin word meaning “viewpoint”. We loved their clean and relaxing cabins resembling those modern box houses in Europe, plus we had a great front view of the beautiful off-white sandy stretch embracing the deep, blue waters of Patar. Staying here feels like a home away from home, complete with everything you need in a beach house.

Here’s a photo essay series of our 3-day/2-night family beach staycation….

VEUE Beach Cabins
Sitio Abrac, Patar White Beach, Bolinao 2406, Pangasinan, Philippines
Mobile: +63 998 998-5863
Facebook: VEUE Beach Cabins
Email: [email protected]

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HEY, HANDSOME! The Best New Homegrown Restaurant of 2016?

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

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HEY HANDSOME is a Southeast Asian restaurant collaboration of Chef Nicco Santos of Your Local and Charles Paw of Hole in the Wall. Its name is inspired by how Singaporeans call potential customers to their establishments–“Hey, Handsome”–just like “Hi, Pogi” in local terms.

The food portions are huge, yummy, and provide good value for money. Most foodies rave about it because of the consistent quality of the food. 

Is this really the Best New Homegrown Restaurant that opened in 2016? Check out what we think…


G/F Net Park Building, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila
Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday 6 – 10pm
(with two seatings for reservation 6.00pm and 8.30pm)
Telephone: (+632) 946-3815
Instagram: @HandsomeCome
E-mail: [email protected] 


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PABLO CHEESECAKE: Osaka’s Famous Cheese Tart Opens in Manila! @benchtm

Pablo Manila

The world famous Pablo from Osaka is now officially open in the Philippines!

Pablo is well known for their signature freshly-baked cheese tarts–deliciously soft and creamy treats that taste like no other cheese tart you’ve had before.

In addition to its classic cheese tart, the popular shop also carries a rich line of pastries, cheese puddings, cookies, drinks, and soft served ice cream.

Here’s what to expect at the newly opened Pablo Manila…


Level 1, Pedro Gil Wing, Robinsons Place Manila
Facebook: Pablo Cheesetart Philippines
Instagram: @Pablo_cheese_tart_philippines

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Chef Josean @NeruaGBilbao X Chef Chele @GalleryVask: Two Old Friends Cooking (A Photo Essay)

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Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao was the last restaurant Chef Chele worked for before coming to the Philippines, and he considers Chef Josean Alija as one of his mentors. Naturally, having these two old friends cooking together for the first time here in Manila was bound to result into something really special. 

Here’s a photo essay of  the 4 hands dinner by Chef Josean of Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao x Chef Chele of Gallery Vask… 

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