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February 2017

#Philippines

MISSIONARIES OF THE POOR: Encounter with Sabrina’s Kitchen and Easy Cures! (and how you can also help)

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Missionaries of the Poor Manila is an international mission that started was in October 2011 by the Religious Institute of Brothers of Pontifical Right. 

It was founded by Fr. Richard Ho Lung, a former Jesuit priest, in the slums of Kingston, Jamaica in 1931. In the Philippines, they have three mission areas–Manila, Naga City (September 1994), and Cebu City (February 2004).

The Manila Mission is composed of the Divine Mercy Monastery where the Brothers live, and the Divine Mercy Apostolate Center in Manila, which is home to homeless elderly men and special-needs children.

They do corporal works of mercy: feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, caring for street children and the sick, including HIV/AIDS and leprosy patients, and visiting prisoners. 

Every Sunday, Sabrina Artadi of Sabrina’s Kitchen hosts a healthy feeding program for the poor in the area with her Super Caldo and fruits. 

Our friend Tina Vitas of Easy Cures invited us to join one Sunday, which was also very timely for our son Raphael’s 7th Birthday celebration.

Here’s our experience visiting the Missionaries of the Poor and how you can also help…

 

MISSIONARIES OF THE POOR
DIVINE MERCY MONASTERY & APOSTOLATE CENTER
1766 Estrada St., San Andres, Bukid, 1017 Manila
P.O. Box 1822, 1000 Manila
Telephone: +632 354-3449, 994-4521
Mobile: +63 921-637-4900, +63 908 626-1356
Email: [email protected]

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KIDZANIA MANILA: Planning a Legendary Birthday Party for your 7-Year Old! @KidZaniaManila

 

After his KidZania Party, we asked our son Raphael–who just turned 7 years old–what he thought about it and he just said, “Legendary!” 

It was indeed an awesome party, and KidZania was the perfect venue for this milestone. Here, kids can assert their independence and build up their confidence for the next phase of their childhood. 

 

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Here are the lessons we learned from organizing a party at KidZania and some tips on how you can organize your own Legendary Zaz Party… 

KidZania Manila
Park Triangle, 3245 North 11th Avenue BGC, Taguig City, 1634
For kids age four to seventeen years old.
Telephone: +632 711-KIDZ (5439)
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/KidZaniaManila
Instagram: @KidZaniaManila
Twitter: @KidZaniaManila
Website: manila.kidzania.com

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#Travel

LA CHINESCA BF: A Taste of Chef Bruce Ricketts’ First Love–Mexican Food! (Review)

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LA CHINESCA is the hole-in-the-wall, solo venture of Chef Bruce Ricketts in BF Homes, dedicated to his first love–Mexican cuisine. The name is inspired by Mexico’s Chinatown. 

The resto is reminiscent of when he first opened Sensei–also along Aguirre–which is more of a passion project to share his enthusiasm for the cuisine. 

We actually had to wait in line to get a seat at Chef Bruce’s new restaurant. But we did get to order all the items on (and off) the menu.

Here’s what we think of La Chinesca…

 

LA CHINESCA
Bruce Ricketts does Mexican 
248 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes
Operating Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 11am to 2pm; 5pm till we’re out
Telephone: +632 738-0724
Email[email protected]
Facebook: La Chinesca
Instagram: @lachinesca
Note: Cash Only

Related Blog Posts:
SENSEI SUSHI by Chef Bruce “Broosy” Ricketts
MECHA UMA: “Absurdly Delicious” Food by Chef Bruce Ricketts!
OOMA-licious! Bold Japanese Comfort Food by Chef Bruce Ricketts @Ooma_PH @SMMegaMall (First Look)

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#Restaurants, #Travel

LUCKY PIERROT: Hakodate’s No.1 Burger Chain!

Lucky Pierott

Bite into Japan’s best local burger!

Food is central to any trip to Hokkaido. Hakodate in Hokkaido may be famed for their fresh seafood and rich salt-ramen, but it’s their unique burger joint serving this juicy and addictive Chinese Chicken Burger that locals and tourists rave about.

Lucky Pierrot currently has 17 branches found all over the city. Each restaurant has a unique theme that sets it apart from all the other fast food stores. Did I mention it’s only found in Hakodate?

Lucky Pierrot
Hakodate-shi Goryokaku-cho 30-14 (Hakodate)
Gakkoukoukyo 30-14 Goryokoro Tower
Telephone: 0138-55-4424
Opening hours: 10am to 12:30am (1:30 am Sat only)
Website: http://luckypierrot.jp/

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#Travel

Hakodate Asaichi (Morning Market): Hokkaido Crab, Tuna, Squid, and Seafood Galore!

Hakodate Moring Market

If there’s one thing you can’t miss when visiting Hokkaido, it’s their seafood!

Fatty salmon and tuna, sweet hairy and king crab, and amazing squid sashimi are among what tourists from Japan and overseas always rave about when in Hokkaido. You’ll surely be impressed by the taste and freshness of their seafood.

The Hakodate Morning Market is conveniently located near the JR Hakodate station and opens daily from 5 am (6 am during winter) until noon. Various types of seafood are on sale here such as crabs, squids (Hakodate’s specialty), tuna, salmon eggs (ikura), sea urchin, as well as fresh produce like Hokkaido’s famed sweet melons. There are also many restaurants in the market offering fresh seafood donburi.

Here’s a quick guide to enjoy the bustling Hakodate Morning Market…

Hakodate Morning Market
Japan, 〒040-0063 Hokkaido Prefecture, Hakodate, 若松町9−19
Phone: +81 138-22-7981
Website: www.hakodate-asaichi.com

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#Travel

LOTUS BLANC: Excellence in Siem Reap (Photo Essay)

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Lotus Blanc is a 4 Star resort in Siem Reap Cambodia that has won numerous awards over the years for excellence.    

Part of The Innotality Group of Hotels – Lotus Blanc is proudly run and managed by an entirely Cambodian staff.  They take great pride in the reputation they have built, and their dedication to customer service is their number one priority. 

Fantastic service, world-class cuisine, and friendly staff are the reasons why we recommend Lotus Blanc Hotel and Resort to anyone visiting Siem Reap.   

 

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Located 15 minutes from Siem Reap Internation Airport20 minutes from Angkor Wat Archeological Park, and 5 minutes (Tuk-tuk) ride to downtown, Lotus Blanc sits at the heart of the busy tourist city of Siem Reap.    

Lotus Blanc Resort    
National Road 6, Kruos Village,
Siem Reap 069, Cambodia
Phone: 00 855 63 969 300
Email: [email protected] 
Website: lotusblancresort.com
Facebook: Lotus Blanc Resort

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#Travel

LITTLE BAO Hong Kong: Our 14th Wedding Anniversary Eve Celebration @LittleBaoHK

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LITTLE BAO is a modern 20-seater Chinese Diner by May Chow. Chef May was recognized as Best Female Chef in the 2017 Asia’s 50 Best Awards.

We love how she was able to elevate the simple Bao into a sought after dish that treads the fine line between fusion and authentic. Her concept is simple: it’s all about sharing–both food and cultures. She takes inspiration from local traditions as well as from the international tastes you’ll find in Hong Kong.

We celebrated the eve of our 14th wedding anniversary here at Little Bao Hong Kong. Take a look at our experience… 

 

LITTLE BAO HONG KONG
66 Staunton Street, SoHo
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Email[email protected]
Telephone: +852-2194-0202
Facebook: @littlebaohk
Instagram: @littlebaohk
Website: https://www.little-bao.com/

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#Travel

JOZANKEI YUKITOURO: Snow Lanterns on a Clear Winter Night!

Sapporo Snow Festival

One cold winter night, a stillness settles over the small hot spring village of Jozankei as they watch in silence the full-scale installation of flickering lights from lamps made of ice and snow, creating this simple yet magical site.

Jozankei Yukitouro starts early February, the same period as the Sapporo Snow Festival.

Here’s a short photo essay of our experience…

Jozankei Yukitouro
Jozankei Shrine, Higashi 3 Chome, Minami-ku Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
February 2-5, 2017 (18:00-21:00)
Website: www.jozankei.jp/yukitouro/

Related Blog Post: SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL: Winter Wonderland in Hokkaido! (First Timer’s Guide)

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#Hotels, #Philippines

Php1,000,000 Valentine’s Date!? @ManilaHotel

Manila Hotel: V-DAY

Ready to pop the question or spice up your relationship by renewing your vows?

Manila Hotel has something exciting for you with their extravagant “SKY’S THE LIMIT” room package, offering a luxurious stay at the newly renovated Presidential Suite, a sunset helicopter ride, a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce, a five-course meal, and a private in-room ceremony with a priest or pastor for the renewal of your vows.

Here are the full details on what to expect from Manila Hotel’s One Million Pesos Valentine’s Package…

THE MANILA HOTEL
One Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines
Telephone: +632 527 0011
Websitehttp://www.manila-hotel.com.ph
Facebook: Manila Hotel
Twitter: @ManilaHotel
Instagram: Manila_Hotel

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#Travel

SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL: Winter Wonderland in Hokkaido! (First Timer’s Guide)

Sapporo Snow Festival

February is the coolest month in Hokkaido, yet millions of people step out of their hotels and home to brave the cold temperatures outside with one destination in mind–the Sapporo Snow Festival, a winter dreamland made from crystal-like ice and white snow.

Held in early February, the festival is one of Japan’s largest winter events, attracting visitors from all over Japan and around the world. About two million people come to Sapporo to see the numerous snow and ice sculptures lining the grounds of Odori Park, Community Dome Tsudome, and Susukino Street.

Here’s a first-timer’s guide to the Sapporo Snow Festival…

68th Sapporo Snow Festival
February 6 -12, 2017
Odori Park, 1-12 Chome, Sapporo Hokkaido, Japan
Website: http://www.snowfes.com/

Hokkaido Series:
-HOKKAIDO: 10 Experiences to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL
-Hokkaido Eats: 10 Dishes to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL
-SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL: Winter Wonderland in Hokkaido! (First Timer’s Guide)
Noboribetsu Hot Spring Village: Warm Your Body and Soul in a Traditional Onsen!
-HAKODATE: 7 Awesome Places You Should Visit in Hakodate, Hokkaido!
HAKODATE Food Trip: What and Where to Eat?! 

-HAKODATE ASAICHI (MORNING MARKET): HOKKAIDO CRAB, TUNA, SQUID, AND SEAFOOD GALORE! 
-LUCKY PIERROT: HAKODATE’S NO.1 BURGER CHAIN!

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