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October 2016

#Philippines, Mystery Rooms

Midnight Mystery: Murder in Ayala Museum! @MysteryManila

Midnight Mystery: Murder at the Museum

The senior curator of Ayala Museum is murdered during Halloween night! With all four floors transformed into a crime scene, guests play the role of detectives to pinpoint whodunit!

Now on its third year, Ayala Museum opens it’s doors for another thrilling Halloween experience with the theme “Midnight Museum 3: Murder in the Museum”. In partnership with the experts behind the popular escape room, Mystery Manila.

Here’s our first-time experience spending Halloween at the Ayala Museum…

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#Travel

THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings and Presidents through History

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The Royal Ambarrukmo is more than just a hotel—rather, it is a documentation of the the rich history leading up to its modern transformation. Bearing witness to the turn of the Mataram Kingdom right up to the Indonesian Republic we know today, the hotel was initially a venue reserved for royalty and foreign dignitaries.

Notable names the hotel has proudly hosted are Herman Willem Daendels, who served as Governor General of the Dutch East Indies; Pakubowono X, the beloved Surakarta King; the Kings of the Yogyakarta Sultanate; and the first-ever Indonesian president, President Soekarno.

During the reign of Hamengkubuwono II of the Yogyakarta Sultanate, the hotel was just a simple Joglo—a uniquely Javanese house with a tapered roof that signifies economic status, typically reserved for aristocrats. By the 5th Sultan’s reign, the space was eventually renovated and expanded. Development continued with every generation as did its value. It earned the moniker of Kedaton (house of the king) and became the official residence of Hamengkubuwono VII after his abdication in 1921.

Now as a cosmopolitan space with 5-star amenities and world-class services, the Royal Ambarrukmo invited us for a regal stay in one of Yogyakarta’s top hotels.

THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO
Jl. Laksda Adisucipto No.81 Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 55281
Telephone: +62 274 488 488
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @RoyalAmbarrukmo
Facebook: @RoyalAmbarrukmoYogyakarta
Website: www.royalambarrukmo.com 

THE TRIP OF WONDERS INDONESIA SERIES 2016

INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!
BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!
• SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century
• KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!
• THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings & Presidents through History
• ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

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#Travel

AUCKLAND Travel Guide: Lessons in Traveling to New Zealand! @FlyPal

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I’ve been to Auckland twice already and this post is a compilation of our travel notes, tips, and tricks when traveling to New Zealand.

This is also an update on our initial post, First Timer’s Guide to Auckland, New Zealand!

Here are the lessons we learned from our last visit to Auckland… 

 

WHAT TO BRING DURING TRAVEL

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For this Auckland trip, I used my stylish business laptop bag (Samsonite GT Supreme) that weighs less than 7kg, and a big enough luggage to carry the 30kg maximum bag allowance.

The laptop bag can accommodate up to a 15.6″ laptop, and with a smart sleeve, it easily slipped into my telescopic luggage handle, which I appreciate. I didn’t need to worry about my bag falling, making for an effortless travel. This is very useful especially when I travel with my boys, who love to play around and tend to bump into anything near them.

 

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#Hotels, #Travel, Cebu

THE HENRY: Cebu’s Hippest Boutique Hotel! (Photo Essay)

The Henry Hotel

An Instagram-worthy, funky boutique hotel with an artsy vibe!

Staying at The Henry Hotel Cebu feels like living in a painting. The hotel offers a modern take on lodging with an out-of-the-box experience thanks to their quirky decor, unique rooms, and friendly staff.

The Henry, which is conveniently located in the heart of Cebu City–perfect for your food and city tour experience.

Since no two rooms are alike, guests get to experience a different concept each time they stay.

Here’s our unique experience at The Henry Cebu…

 

The Henry Hotel Cebu
One Paseo Compound, Ma Luisa Entrance Road, Banilad, Cebu City 5000
Website: www.thehenryhotel.com
Landline: +63 32 520-8877
E-mail: [email protected]
Facebook: The Henry Hotel Cebu

Check out low rates and availability from Agoda: The Henry Hotel Cebu

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#Restaurants

MADE NICE Supper Club by Young New York-Trained Filipino Chefs!

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

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MADE NICE is a New York-inspired restaurant serving Western cuisine with Asian influences. It’s by the Greatful Group made up of young New York-trained Chefs–Jack Flores (29) and wife Gabbi Ramos Flores (22), Toby Panlilio (26), Wren Go (27), and Raulito Fores (26). 

Gabbi is the daughter of Neil of Neil’s Kitchen fame, while Raulito comes from the Fores clan of Mamou. It’s inspiring to see the next generation of restaurateurs going back to Manila and contributing to the flourishing vibrant dining scene in their homeland.

The name of the resto is inspired by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara’s “Make It Nice” restaurant group.

My wife and I had a date night with some friends at Made Nice. Here’s a first look into this Supper Club…

MADE NICE SUPPER CLUB
G/F PPI Building 109 Esteban St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
Operating Hours: 6.00pm to 10.00pm
Telephone: +63 995 017 2482
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Made Nice Supper Club
Instagram: @MadeNicePH 

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#Travel

SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century

Sasak Sade Village

The Sasak, a predominantly Balinese ethnic group, makes up 85% of Lombok’s population. Lombok was previously a feudal state divided into small, ruling kingdoms that followed mixed belief systems such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Animism. By the 16th century, the majority of the Sasak converted to Islam, but maintained old religious practices—creating a uniquely Lombok blend of a Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist religion jointly called Wetu Telu.

On our #TripofWonders to the Island of Lombok, we paid an essential visit to one of the quaint cultural villages of the area. At Sade, the ancient weaving practices of the Sasak Tribe endure in the midst of Lombok’s touristic development. 

SASAK SADE CULTURAL VILLAGE
Rembitan, Pujut, Central Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara 83573, Indonesia

Entrance Fee:
IDR 10,000 

THE TRIP OF WONDERS INDONESIA SERIES 2016

INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!
BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!
• SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century
• KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!
• THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings & Presidents through History
• ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

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#Travel

KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!

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Celineism stands on one of the peaks of Padar Island overlooking the one of Indonesia’s most breathtaking vistas.

The Komodo National Park makes up 26 of the 17,508 islands of the Republic of Indonesia. Situated in the Lesser Sunda Islands between East and West Nusa Tenggara, the park covers 1,733KM squared of land and water. Established in 1980 then officially declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, the Komodo National Park is home to countless aquatic species, coral, and the fearsome Komodo Dragon endemic to the area.

On our #TripofWonders with Indonesia.Travel, we visited 3 of Komodo’s largest islands and 3 of its most exquisite beaches. Komodo, Padar, Rinca are renowned for their scenic landscapes and trekking tours. Kelor, Kanawa, and Pink Beach, on the other hand, are held in high regard for their crystal waters and incredible snorkeling sites. We ventured into rugged landscapes, came face to face with Komodo dragons, and swam in the most biodiverse waters in the world—all in a span of 3 days!

If you want to experience #WonderfulIndonesia, it’s high time you make the Komodo Islands part of your bucket list! 

THE TRIP OF WONDERS INDONESIA SERIES 2016

INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!
BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!
• SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century
• KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!
• THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings & Presidents through History
• ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

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Awesome Festivals

TBEX: Lessons from My First Travel Blogging EXchange in Manila! (Photo Essay)

TBEX Asia 2016 (Philippines)

It was my first time attending a TBEX event and I was lucky enough to have experienced the first ever TBEX Asia 2016 conference in the Philippines!

TBEX–or Travel Blogger Exchange–is the largest gathering of travel bloggers, online travel journalists, media creators, and travel industry professionals in the world.

This year the world’s top travel bloggers and 400+ other inspiring travel bloggers from North America, Europe, and Asia came together to learn, network, do business, and party here in Manila.

Here are my top tips and learnings that should help you make the most of your first ever TBEX conference…

TBEX: Travel Blogging Exchange
Website: www.tbexcon.com
Twitter: @tbexevents
Facebook: TravelBloggersExchange
Instagram: @tbexevents

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#Philippines

MISTER DONUT: How The New Cake Collection Made Me Like Donuts (sort of)

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If I had dollar for every time my friends would give me a weird look when I say "I don't like donuts", I'd probably be a millionaire by now (not really). Excuse the hyperbole, but donuts are probably the last thing I'd be craving. So when I was sent to do a taste test at Mister Donut, I had a gamut of mixed emotions—mostly curious.

Thankfully I like cake, and cake is the lesser of the two evils in Mister Donut's new Donut Cake Collection. I paid the newly refurbished branch at Trinoma a visit to see if I could be converted into a believer.

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#Travel

Project Sursuroy: Ultimate South Cebu Tour! @HappyJuanderer

Happy Juanderer: Project Suroy-Suroy

Discover the Queen City of the South–beyond it's famed Sinulog Festival, century-old churches, majestic forts and mouthwatering lechon–through its unspoiled countryside!

Let's head down to the south for "Project Sursuroy", a one-stop tour of the whole of South Cebu! Get up close with the whale sharks in Oslob, swim with the sardine run at Moalboal, go on a canyoneering adventure in Badian, swim in the turquoise waters of Kawasan Falls, hike up to the highest point of Cebu island in Osmena Peak, or go island hopping around its pristine beaches…there's just so much adventure waiting ahead!

Project Sursuroy was first conceptualized by Happy Juanderer Travel Inc. The word "Sur" means south and "Suroy" in Ilokano means "wanderer". The owners started it as a regular travel agency, selling airline tickets and booking hotels, but later found their passion in being the tour operators themselves, allowing them to have fun and also monitor the quality of experience for their guests. At present, they have tours for Ilocos, Sagada, and the most popular, Cebu!

Here are our top 7 favorite picks to complete your South Cebu experience…

Happy Juanderer Travel Inc.
Website: http://www.happyjuanderer.com/
Mobile: +63917 799 9566
Landline: +6377 604 9721
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Facebook: happyjuanderer

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