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March 2020

#Hotels, #Philippines, Food, Staycation

G1 Lodge: Modernizing Cordilleran Architecture at the Heart of Baguio

Baguio is best known as the summer capital of the Philippines, and it continues to be one of the most favorite destinations of every Filipino traveler because of its cool, chilly weather all year round.

On my fourth trip to Baguio, I stumbled upon a relatively new and inexpensive hotel that still reflects the traditional Cordilleran culture and design that Baguio is known for. 

2 Leonard Wood Road Baguio City
Contact: +63 917 888 1864
Email: [email protected]

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Survival Guide to the Manila Community Quarantine: (Online Grocery, Takeouts, Drugstore, Pet Needs…)

It’s our second day of Community Quarantine here and Manila, and practicing social distancing is one of the most important steps to staying healthy, and to minimalize that risk why not order on your online groceries so you won’t have to rely entirely on food delivery apps and cook at home.

Here’s a list of shops that’ll ease a bit of your mind while we get through the coronavirus outbreak…

Note however, there might be delays on your delivery due to due to a high volume of orders


CHINESE CUISINE: Delivery & Pick-Up
JAPANESE CUISINE: Delivery & Pick-Up
FILIPINO CUISINE: Delivery & Pick-Up
BREAKFAST:(Taho, Ube Pandesal…) Delivery & Pick-Up
FROZEN MEALS: Delivery & Pick-Up
PARTY PACKS: Delivery & Pick-Up
BURGERS: Delivery & Pick-Up
CAKES: Delivery & Pick-Up
BREAD: Delivery & Pick-Up
DESSERTS: Delivery & Pick-Up
RAMEN: Delivery & Pick-Up
SAMGYUPSAL: Delivery & Pick-Up
DATE NIGHT (Restaurants) Delivery & Pick-Up


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Sunae Asian Cantina: Southeast Asian Flavors via Buenos Aires!

Sunae Asian Cantina is Christina Sunae’s much anticipated restaurant opening of 2020, bringing the flavors of her Buenos Aires restaurant of the same name to the Palermo neighborhood (since 2015) and newly opened Apunena to Bonifacio Global City (2019).

Let’s keep this straight—the restaurant serves Southeast Flavors in Buenos Aires which reopened here in Manila in partnership with the Nikkei group. Christina was born to an American father and Korean mother, but she grew up with her Filipino stepmother in Pampanga where she fell in love with Southeast Asian cuisine. She started her culinary career in the US and moved to Buenos Aires to study before falling in love with her Argentinian husband.

Her colorful story reflects in the food and ambiance of her cantina. Here’s what to expect…

First Things First

Sunae Asian Cantina is located on the 2nd level of One Bonifacio High Street Mall beside its sister resto, Nikkei.

Sunae Asian Cantina
2nd level, One Bonifacio High Street Mall, Bonifacio Global City
Operating Hours: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Facebook: Sunae Asian Cantina PH
Mobile: +63 916 607-4903
Email: [email protected]

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El Jardin de Manila: Buenos Aires-Inspired Cafe (A Review)

El Jardin de Manila is Jenny Bernabe’s travel-inspired dining concept tribute to her travel buddy Miguel who owned El Jardin De Patricio in Buenos Aires.

We had our last dinner in BGC here before the Manila lockdown, and here’s what we think about El Jardin de Manila…

First Things First

It’s like a hole-in-the-wall secret cafe in the latest Bonifacio High Street South destination.

El Jardin de Manila
G/F Unit 1 18a High Street South, Corporate Plaza Tower 2,
26th Street Corner 11 Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00am-11:00pm
Email[email protected]
Facebook: El Jardin De Manila
Instagram: @eljardindemanila

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BANGKOTA Explained by Visionary Architect Royal Pineda!

The [email protected] 2020 Dubai: BANG – KÓ – TA

Bangkóta, the Philippines Pavilion at the 2020 Expo in Dubai is more than just an architectural masterpiece showcasing the Philippines. Woven within its undulating and free-flowing form is the 4,000-year journey and history of the Filipino people.


Designed by visionary architect Royal Pineda, the “Bangkóta is a living coral reef, pulsating with people, movement, activities, flora and water features, all functioning as one global ecosystem.” Measuring a total outdoor area of 1,268 square meters and 385 square meters of winding path, with a total landscaped area of 676 meters that includes water features, the Bangkóta is surrounded by a see-through and free-form wire mesh exoskeleton that shelters visitors from morning and afternoon sun.

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Shanghai Saloon: 1920s Modern China Experience @ThePodiumMall

Shanghai Saloon is a modern Chinese restaurant inspired by 1920s Shanghai dining places with European influences and characterized by a mix of oriental attitude and western culture.

It’s a proudly local concept by Korean owners Grace Lee and Han Bright Concepts known for their Kko Kko chain, in collaboration with Executive Chef Tony Ho who comes from a Michelin-starred restaurant in Hong Kong.

It feels like Modern China meets Mott 32 yet with surroundings that remind you of its mall setting. It’s a restaurant first then a bar, definitely one of those places where you’ll love to hang out when you are in The Podium area.

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Shanghai Saloon is in a secret corner in The Podium Mall beside Mamou Prime in the Arabica/Manam Cafe wing.

(Trivia: The Bee logo is a tribute to their investor partner, the late Bong Tan who signed his name with a bee.)

1st Level The Podium Mall, Ortigas Center, Pasig, Metro Manila
Telephone: +632 8426-5587
Facebook: Shanghai Saloon

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PANDAN: Chef Tatung’s Southeast Asian Specialties!

Pandan is an Asian cafe specializing in Southeast Asian comfort food favorites by one of our favorite chefs, Chef Tatung Sarthou of Talisay fame. It promises authentic recipes—no twists—and flavors that will bring memories of your travels to neighboring countries.

With the over saturation of Filipino fusion concepts last year, Southeast Asian food is now trending in Manila. No wonder, Pandan was a hit the moment it opened, filling a void for people craving for Singaporean, Malaysian, Indonesian or Vietnamese flavors in the QC area.


First Things First

Pandan is a total make-over from Asian fusion to legit Southeast Asian flavors of the former Lazat resto by the same owners.

Pandan Asian Café 
76 Scout Limbaga Street, Quezon City
Operating Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. everyday
Mobile: +63 917 774-8999
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Pandan Asian Cafe

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Beep! Beep! Raise your Glasses to the Jeepney Wine Tour Experience! (Photo Essay)

Jeepney Wine Tour by AWC Philippines, Inc. is a bar-hopping experience where wine-loving folks can enjoy their favorite bottle from different parts of the globe, where the mood is light, casual and friendly. Now on its third run, this year’s JWT participants will have the chance to discover wines from the USA, Spain, Argentina and France.

Wine lovers, get ready as there will be free-flowing wine as we hop around four different restos & bars in BGC while riding traditional jeepneys.

Jeepney Wine Tour
Email:  [email protected]
Tel:  (02) 8-8171417
Facebook: AWCPH
Ticket Price: Php 3500 (Reserve slot in advance)

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NEXT TO NORMAL Blue Rep Manila (Review)

Manila’s Theater season of 2020 opens with an awesome college production of the iconic Next to Normal.

My wife was crying throughout the show as I kept my emotions to myself in solemn reflection.

I felt it was unfair for Next to Normal Blue Rep to draw us into the roller coaster of traumatic emotions within Diana and Dan’s family and left it unprocessed. There was no talkback, which could be helpful for a delicate material such as this. Best to watch it with a close friend or special someone so you can talk about it after.


First Things First

Next to Normal Blue Rep opens today March 6 until the 22nd for a 3-week run with theater veterans Cris Villonco headlining as Diana and Jef Flores as Dan in collaboration with Ateneo’s Blue Repertory team under the awesome direction of Missy Maramara.


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GRAM Cafe Manila: The Japanese Premium Pancake Experience!

Gram is instagram-famous for its fluffy, three-stack premium pancakes. It opened its first store in Shinsaibashi, Osaka in 2014 and now finally in Manila with its flagship store in SM Mega Fashion Hall.

We waited for 3 hours just to have a taste of the famed Gram pancake from Japan. Was it worth the wait?

First Things First

Allot 90 minutes queuing time to get to taste the precious 30 premium pancakes hot and freshly baked only for each of the 3 time slots during the day.

Gram Manila
3rd floor of SM Megamall Fashion Hall, Ortigas Center
30 Premium Pancakes only available at 11.00 am, 3.00 pm and 6.00 pm
Instagram: @grampancakesph
Facebook: Gram Pancakes Philippines

Gram Menu: Premium Pancake, Pancakes Menu | Pancakes Menu | Toast & Sandwiches, Toppings Menu

We arrived 11.30 am and we were hungry, so we tried the other pancake and toast options for lunch while waiting.

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