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January 2019

#Travel

Mixquic, Mexico: Celebrate Day of the Dead Like the Movie, Coco!

Top Places to Travel in 2019 Series

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The movie Coco gained a lot of attention when it first premiered. It’s portrayal of the Mexican holiday, Dia De Los Muertos, had viewers curious as to whether a holiday like that could be so brilliant.

Lucky for those viewers, the holiday is exactly as it’s portrayed in the movie. What is this strange holiday that covers the streets with orange flowers?

Mexico is popularly known for a lot of things: their tacos, their mezcal, and their love for the dead. The Day of the Dead, or Dia de Los Muertos, is a commemoration of those who have passed away, where locals head to the cemeteries, decorate the gravesites, drink in honor of their loved ones, and provide offerings that the dead enjoyed in their life.

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Celebrations start on October 31st and continue on to November 2nd, the Day of the Dead. Every Dia de Los Muertos is full of color, full of emotion, and much bigger than one would expect, just like in the movie, Coco.

Remembering the dead in Mexico will be an unforgettable experience, but if you’re in Mexico City, the exact location that inspired the cemetery scenes of Coco can be found in San Andres Mixquic.

 

Day of the Dead Festival Series:
• Dia de los Muertos Traditions in Mazatlán, Mexico!
• Mixquic, Mexico: Celebrate Day of the Dead Like the Movie, Coco!

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#Philippines, #Restaurants

SEBASTIAN’S BEST: Grilled Cheese, Taho Milkshake, Bonsai Sundaes, and more!

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First established in 2005, Sebastian’s Ice Cream has continued to keep reinventing the wheel when it comes to local Artisanal Ice Cream. It’s been 14 years since their inception, and they still continue to impress with their genius innovations.

Their closure at Podium in 2017 was met with a lot of sadness, but fret not, as they are back! Recently reopened in the new wing of Podium, Sebastian’s has come out with a new menu that covers both sweet and savoury.

Here’s what we liked from their new menu:

Sebastian’s Ice Cream
5F The Podium, 12 ADB Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong
Mobile: +63 927 453 7426
Facebook: Sebastian’s Ice Cream
Instagram: @sebastiansicecream
Website: https://sebastiansicecream.com/

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#Restaurants

Dr. Wine Sunday Brunch: Best French Seafood Brunch in Manila! (2019)

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One of our most memorable brunch experiences in Paris was eating out in a neighborhood French seafood bistro in Le Marais with our friend Jen and her partner. I have always cherished that memory because of the “honest” conversations over Chablis and French oysters and really good seafood simply cooked with butter.

Did you know that, here in Manila, Dr. Wine serves the best French seafood experience? They usually open at night except on Sundays when they open at 12 noon, and that’s when you can have a lazy seafood brunch with the family.

Here’s what to expect and how to organize your own awesome French seafood brunch experience at Dr. Wine.

 

First Things First

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Dr. Wine is the best French wine bistro in the hip neighborhood of Brgy. Poblacion which is like the hip Le Marais neighborhood in Paris.

DR. WINE 
Ground Floor, 5921 Algier Street, Brgy. Poblacion
Facebook: @dr.winemanila
Instagram: @dr.winemanila
Reservations:
+63 917 567-8811 (available from 10 to 3pm)
+63 917 563-8811 (available from 3pm to 12mn)
Opening Hours:
Sunday 12.00 PM – 2.00 AM
Monday to Saturday 5.00 PM – 2.00 AM

Related Blog Post:  DR. WINE Manila: The 3rd Floor Inaugural Wine Dinner!

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#Travel

Day of the Dead Festival: Dia de los Muertos Traditions in Mazatlán, Mexico!

Top Places to Travel in 2019 Series

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Visit Mexico during Dia de los Muertos and partake in one of the planet’s most awesome and colorful events. For three days, from October 31 through November 2, Mexican families come together to celebrate family members and friends who are dead during one of the favorites Mexico national holidays. They clean cemeteries, build ofrendas or altars in their businesses and homes, make special food and then gather publicly to honor the lives of loved ones.

Mazatlán, a beach town on the Pacific Ocean is one of the best places to go to take part in the awesomeness. Mazatlán is my go-to spot for observing Dia de los Muertos traditions and soaking
up the culture.

 

Day of the Dead Festival Series:
• Dia de los Muertos Traditions in Mazatlán, Mexico!
• Mixquic, Mexico: Celebrate Day of the Dead Like the Movie, Coco!

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#Hotels, Staycation

Marco Polo Ortigas Staycation: A Class Above the Rest! (Photo Essay)

Ortigas center is probably one of the most underrated mini-cities in Metro Manila when it comes to world-class hotels and bars, especially when compared to BGC and Makati.

But scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find that Ortigas also offers class-leading shopping malls, restaurants, and bars.

But you know what else is underrated? The 5-star luxury hotel, Marco Polo Ortigas, Manila.

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Located at the heart of Metro Manila in Ortigas. Marco Polo hotel prides itself as a highly rated 5-star hotel that indulges guest with the best luxury rooms and amenities.

 

MARCO POLO, ORTIGAS
1600 Meralco Ave., San Antonio, Pasig
Website: https://www.marcopolohotels.com/
Facebook: https://facebook.com/MarcoPoloOrtigasManila
Email: [email protected]
Contact: +632 720-7777

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#Travel, Japan

HOKKAIDO: 10 Experiences to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL

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You can now fly directly from Manila to Hokkaido!

Winter in Hokkaido is an exciting season marked by gorgeous snow festivals and winter activities held throughout the country. It transforms into a gloriously white winter wonderland, filled with exciting bucket-list-worthy experiences from sparkling winter wonders, to thrilling snow activities and heartwarming onsen spas.

It may not be the first choice for many travelers going to Japan, but for most who have been to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Hokkaido is exactly the next Japan adventure we are all looking for! Good thing, you can now conveniently fly from Manila to Sapporo in less than 5 hours! No more stopovers in Tokyo, unlike my previous trips.

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Here are my top 10 recommended experiences you should try when visiting Hokkaido…

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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#Restaurants

DESAYUNO by Barcino: A Spanish Late Breakfast in Manila!

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DESAYUNO is Barcino’s tribute to the Spanish breakfast tradition in Manila featuring classic Spanish breakfast favorites and introducing Spanish-inspired Filipino breakfast creations. It’s a popular breakfast in the Barcino Santolan branch, recently introduced in Barcino Uptown Parade—a great place to have a morning meeting in the BGC/Uptown Bonifacio Area where you can enjoy cava for breakfast. 🙂

Eating late breakfasts, which is quite the norm in Spain, is becoming popular in Manila as well because of the intermittent fasting trend.

We had a brunch-out with the boys, and here are some tips on how to organize your own awesome Desayuno experience…

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#Hotels, Staycation

B HOTEL QC: The Best Staycation in Timog/Tomas Morato Area!

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Living in the south, we always wanted to have a staycation in the middle of the foodie area of Tomas Morato/Timog Area.

We celebrated Joshua’s birthday with a B Hotel QC Steakcation, and here are some tips on how to have an awesome staycation with the family at this modern hotel in the northern part of the metro.

 

First Things First

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B Hotel QC is a bit hidden. Located in the mixed residential and commercial neighborhood of Sct. Rallos, it’s literally walking distance to the best places in the area.

B-Hotel Quezon City
4 Sct. Rallos St, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila
Telephone: +632 990-5000
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: B Hotel Quezon City
Instagram: @bhotelqc
Twitter: @bhotelqc
Website: www.bhotelqc.com

 

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#Philippines

Hilton Manila Pool, Buffet and Staycation Experience!

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Hilton is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most well-known names in the hotel industry. During its time, the old Manila Hilton was the first five-star hotel in the country and housed the most prestigious VIP guests. It closed down its doors as the Hilton in the 80s. Years later, the Hilton makes its return, now under the wings of Resorts World Manila.

Hilton Manila officially opened their doors this October 2018. Located in Resorts World Manila, Hilton finds itself in a strategic location, being close to key points for tourists – the airport, Newport Mall, and the Casino.

Here’s the details on my pre-Christmas stay at the Hilton Manila…

Hilton Manila
1 Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay
Contact #:
+632 239 7788
Instagram: @hiltonmanila
Website: www.hiltonmanila.com

Check out low Hilton Manila rates and availability from Booking.com.

Related Post: Shanghainese Cuisine at Hua Ting @HiltonManila

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#Philippines

Have an Awesome New Year 2019! (and 2018 Rewind)

Dear Our Awesome Planet friends,

An Awesome and Prosperous New Year to you and your family!

We are excited for 2019 but before everyone officially goes back to work, here’s a look back at some of the best experiences that made 2018 awesome!

We are excited for more awesome collaborations this year. If you are interested to work with Our Awesome Planet on content campaigns, please don’t hesitate to email [email protected] or contact her directly +63 917 531-8949.

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