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September 2018

#Hotels, Staycation

OKADA Manila: How to Experience the Best Family Staycation Ever @OkadaManila

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We love staycations in Manila, and this is our best staycation experience of 2018 so far!

Dubbed as “Manila’s Grand Icon,” OKADA Manila in Entertainment City is a 44-hectare oceanfront Japanese Integrated Resort with a steel and glass facade.

It’s the flagship Okada Manila resort and the largest integrated resort in Manila, integrating a 993-room Y-shaped hotel, 10 restaurants, 4522 square meters of ballroom and function rooms, Asia’s largest ultra-luxury indoor beach club and the world’s largest multicolor dancing water feature in one massive complex.

We celebrated Yugi’s 4th birthday weekend at Okada and here’s how to organize your own awesome family staycation:

OKADA MANILA
New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City, Parañaque City
Telephone: +632 880 7555
Email: getint[email protected]
FacebookOkada Manila
Instagram@okadamanila
Website: www.okadamanila.com

These are the current prices of the rooms we stayed in during the staycation:
• Okada Deluxe Twin Room (1550) –  ₱ 14,000/night
Executive Suite Room (1565) – ₱ 25,000/night
Premium Double (1565) – ₱ 30,000/night

Pricing changes based on day and availability so best to check out Okada Manila’s low rates and availability here.

OKADA Blog Series:
• OKADA MANILA: How to Experience the Best Staycation Ever?! @OkadaManila
• LA PIAZZA: Your Next Italian Romantic Date with an Awesome View of The Fountain @OkadaManila!
• COVE MANILA: Southeast Asia’s Biggest Beach Club & Nightclub! @OkadaManila

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Food

Culinaria: A Night of European Gastronomy (Photo Essay)

European Culinary Week is a celebration of European Cuisine, featuring award-winning and Michelin-starred chefs. Part of the European Culinary Week’s mission is to spark interest in European cuisine, showcase European products, and work and meet with established European chefs.

Among the events lined up for the said week is Culinaria. Culinaria showcases the creations of the award-winning European chefs in an open kitchen style and provides a high-end European gastronomic experience by way of a walk-through dinner.

Here’s our experience at Culinaria… Read more

#Hotels, #Philippines

SEDA ABREEZA DAVAO: Where to Stay in Metro Davao!

Seda Abreeza Hotel is an urban lifestyle hotel located at the heart of Davao City, that’s conveniently just a pedestrian lane away from the upscale Abreeza Mall!

You’ll get that Filipino lifestyle experience whenever you’re staying at Ayala Land Inc.’s hotel brand, Seda. From indulging in Davao’s best flavors to modern accommodations, and notable amenities right in the middle of the city – that’s perfect for both business and leisure travelers.

Seda Abreeza

Seda Hotels is a homegrown chain, currently holding eight other branches across the country – Bacolod, Iloilo, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Quezon City, Nuvali, Taguig and Davao. With a resort hotel set to soon in Palawan.

Here’s a photo essay of our staycation…

SEDA ABREEZA HOTEL
JP Laurel Ave., Poblacion District, Davao City
Landline: (082) 322 8888
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.sedahotels.com/abreeza
Facebook: sedaabreezahotel

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#Travel, Czech Republic

Best Restaurants in Czech Republic! (and Where to Find Them according to World’s Best Travel Bloggers)

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Related Blog post: Our Awesome Planet’s How to Prague? (Food & Travel Guide)

We asked our travel blogging friends during our recent trip to Czech Republic for the TBEX Ostrava conference on what are their best and most memorable restaurants during their trip. This is a collaboration post to help add to your foodie bucket list on our next trip to Czech Republic.

Here are the Best Restaurants in Czech Republic according to the World’s Best Travel Bloggers:

PRAGUE

Coda Restaurant
Photos and text by Mike Shubic of MikesRoadTrip.com

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Coda Restaurant is an impeccable dining experience situated within (and above) the 5-star Aria Hotel, which is located in the heart of Lesser Town. They offer both traditional Czech cuisine as well as a refined international dishes as well as a tasting menu that can be paired with the perfect wine.

Weather permitting, I recommend trying to get reservations for the rooftop, which provides unprecedented views of Prague. From the creative dishes to the stupendous service and the romantic rooftop terrace, Coda is a symphony of excellence you will not soon forget.

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Pikeperch with Shrimp in a cauliflower purée (760 Kč) with fermented radish, herbs and a Beurré Blanc.

The meal for two with appetizers, entrees and a bottle of wine and bottled water was around 3700 Kč ($165) with tip.

 

Coda Restaurant
Photos and text by Cat Rufino of Finicky-Kitty.com

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The best food I had in Prague would have to be during my stay in Aria Hotel Prague by Library Hotel Collection. I enjoyed every meal in their Coda Restaurant where you can dine on the top of the terrace with a 360-degree view of the entire Prague.

For lunch, I chose the traditional Czech Cuisine called Crispy Oven Roasted Duck (695 Kč) which came with Sauerkraut, Steamed Red Cabbage, South Bohemian Row Potato Dumplings, and fried onion. The duck had so much flavor without being too salty as many ducks often taste and not too oily being baked perfectly. The meat was succulently tender on the inside.

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Last day in Prague I chose from the Lunch Menu called ” Symphony ” with an option for a 2-course experience which cost 490Kč or a 3-course experience for 590 Kč. I went for the 3-course experience.

For the starters, I had the Chickpeas hummus with Sun-dried tomatoes, green Cilantro, and Sumac. Such a nice a refreshing treat for vegetarians.

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For my main course, I ordered the Chicken Supreme which came with Mush Potato, Sauteed Carrots, Leeks. It was probably the best dish I have ever had.

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For Dessert, I tried the Chocolate Pudding which had coconut Tapioca, Raspberries, Cinnamon Biscuit. A dark indulgence that was worth the calories!

 

CODA Restaurant
Tržiště 9, 118 00 Praha 1
Telephone: +420 225 334 761
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: CODA Restaurant
Instagram: @codarestaurant
Websitewww.codarestaurant.cz

Operating Hours:
Monday – Sunday 07.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Terrace from 12.00 nn – 11:00 pm

The restaurant is open all year round. Rooftop Terrace is open from April 1 – October 31. Weather permitted

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#Philippines

Apsaras Tribe: The First International Surfer-Hub Resort in Siargao!

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Welcome to Apsaras Tribe, possibly the newest and most modern looking resort in an island full of Filipino and Balinese inspired resorts and hostels.

This brand new surfer-hub inspired resort is conveniently located just 10 minutes away from Cloud 9 and is located right beside tourism road in General Luna.

Surrounded by nothing but hectares and hectares of coconut trees, Apsaras is a standout resort that definitely deserves all the attention.

APSARAS TRIBE
Tourism Road, General Luna, Surigao del Norte, Philippines
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/ApsarasTribeSiargao/
Contact: +63 917 169 8758 | +63 999 220 4947
Website: http://siargao.apsaras.club/
Email: [email protected]

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#Hotels, Staycation

ASCOTT MAKATI: Best Staycation in the Heart of Ayala Center, Makati

ASCOTT Makati is one of the best staycations I had in Metro Manila. Besides its convenient location amidst the busy Makati Central Business District and the Ayala Malls.

We love its spacious designer serviced apartments perfect for short- and long-term stays for business and family staycations who are after the feeling of home, but with a butler and 24-hour services and facilities.

I love to think of it as my own furnished apartment complete with my own kitchen, bedroom, living room and bathroom. They offer chic and sophisticated 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom apartments as well as studio units perfect for traveling individuals.

Ascott

Ascott Makati is managed by The Ascott Limited of Singapore, the world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator.

Here’s a photo essay of my stay…

ASCOTT Makati
1224 East St, Makati, Metro Manila
email: [email protected]
landline: (02) 729 8888
Facebook: AscottMakati
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Food

San Miguel Super Dry Bar Hopping in Manila!

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1 night, 3 bars, great food, and great beer.

With the rainy season lingering on, and on, and on — for what feels like an eternity now — we were in dire need of a little “beer time”. I mean let’s face it, one rain-soaked workweek after another can take its toll on even the most die-hard Pluviophile.

 

We were excited to hear about San Miguel Super Dry Promo that was rolling out around the metro this month! Buy any 2 Bottles of San Miguel Super Dry and receive a movie gift card worth 100 pesos redeemable at any Ayala Malls cinemas across the metro.

We decided to take advantage of this awesome promo and visit 3 Bars in the metro where we could pair some bar chow with San Miguel Super Dry.
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#Philippines, #Restaurants, Food

Resorts World Manila celebrates PH’s First Truffle Festival

 Truffle, a highly-sought after ingredient in the culinary world, takes the spotlight for Resorts World Manila’s (RWM) annual gastronomic celebration. Since 2015, RWM has chosen a culinary ingredient to highlight every September, to explore and expand the ways it can be enjoyed.

2015 was the year of the chocolate; in 2016, the year of the Matcha, and last year was Coconut. Participating Newport Mall and Resorts World Manila’s restaurants have prepared a line of truffle dishes for both first-timers and seasoned truffle lovers.

Here’s this year’s lineup of truffle dishes:Read more

#Travel, Czech Republic, Prague

How to Prague? (Travel Guide)

Your Last Minute Food & Travel Guide to Prague, Czech Republic

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Prague is a city with stunning preserved historical architecture known for its Prague Castle that’s the largest castle complex in the world and the pedestrian Charles Bridge that crosses the Vltava river, with statues of important people in the history of the city.

We spent about 6 days exploring the city after attending Travel Blogger Exchange in Ostrava. We can’t find a guide that explains the food scene and how to’s of navigating the city and discerning what’s touristy and what’s local. Most of the information is from backpackers and bucket list travellers who just want to check  the city off their list.

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Here are our insights, learnings from mistakes and last minute food and travel guide to the City of Prague, Czech Republic (or Czechia).

HOW TO PRAGUE

I. GOING AROUND PRAGUE
II. CHARLES BRIDGE STRATEGY (BEST PRACTICE)
III. CONQUERING & SURVIVING THE PRAGUE CASTLE
IV. OLD TOWN (Prague 1) ✔ AND WHERE TO EAT?
V. THE HIP KARLIN NEIGHBORHOOD (Prague 8)

Google Map list: https://awesm.pl/howtoprague

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