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Abigail Javellana

#Travel

How to Apply for UK Visa in the Philippines (Step-by-Step Guide!)

London is an amazing city that’s full of history, offering visitors thousands of things to do. Here, you’ll find some of the world’s best architecture, galleries and museums. It’s the land of Harry Potter, the Beatles, James Bond and Sherlock Holmes!

To help you plan for the perfect trip to London, I’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to go about the visa application process.

But before we get started, please note that a UK visa is not a Schengen visa and only covers England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. If you already have a Schengen visa, traveling to the UK will require a separate visa.

Read more: LONDON: Awesome 4-Day DIY Itinerary!

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#Hotels, Staycation

Sofitel Hotel Manila Staycation with Mom! (Itinerary)

❗️As featured in 20 Best Staycations in Manila of the Decade (2020)!

Why not treat your special mom to a sweet escape in our very own city!

It’s not a secret that I’ve been traveling a lot lately, and most of the time, I’d leave my suite and be out sightseeing. The best part about staycations is that you get to take advantage of all the hotel amenities. Since you’re in your city, the focus is all about that much-needed R & R.

When you think about Sofitel Manila, the first thing that probably comes to mind is its famous Spiral Restaurant buffet—one of Manila’s best buffet spreads! But what you’re missing is spending a relaxing staycation in a tropical oasis with the iconic lagoon-shaped swimming pool, majestic Manila Bay sunset, luxurious pampering and a full line-up of gastronomic feasts.

I was thrilled to indulge in some relaxation with the girls! What better way to unwind than a quick vacation minus the hustle of traveling. Here’s a sample itinerary of our weekend at Sofitel Manila…

 

SOFITEL Philippine Plaza Manila
Address: CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City 1300 Metro Manila, Philippines
Telephone: +632 8573-5555
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @sofitelmanila
Facebook: Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Twitter@SofitelManila
YouTubeSofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Official Websitewww.SofitelManila.com

Rates: The cheapest weekend rate for Superior King Room – City View: ₱ 5,560 /night.

Pricing changes based on day and availability so best to check out Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila ‘s low rates and availability here:
Booking.com | Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila (8.3 Very Good ratings)*
Agoda.com | Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila (8.3 Excellent ratings)*

SOFITEL Philippine Plaza Manila Staycation Series
Sofitel Hotel Manila Staycation with Mom! (Itinerary) (2019)
• SOFITEL: Ultimate Foodie Staycation Experience! (2013)
• LE BAR: Romantic French Wine Pairing Dinner (2013)
• LE SPA: Secret Wine Lover’s Treatment at Jardin d Eden (2013)
• SPIRAL BUFFET: 10 Reasons Why We Love SPIRAL! (2013)
• SPIRAL BUFFET: Guide to Asia’s Most Dynamic Interactive Dining @ Sofitel Manila! (2012)
Spending the Night at The Imperial Suite, Sofitel (2010)

 


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#Philippines

Who’s Cooking: Chef x Caterer Collaboration Signature Menu! @The_Blue_Leaf

Calling all foodie brides! Use your wedding day splurge to hire Manila’s Top Chefs to create your own personal menu!

Our Awesome Planet and The Blue Leaf proudly presented Who’s Cooking? A Chef x Caterer Collaboration last July 27 at The Blue Leaf Filipinas. Whether you are getting married, celebrating a milestone occasion or organizing a Christmas party for your company come 2020 and beyond, this was a must-go event, a never-before-attempted collaboration between The Blue Leaf partner caterers and Manila’s most sought-after chefs. The result was a creative marriage of traditional catering techniques and topnotch culinary innovation.  Yup, it is now possible to have your favorite chef cater your big banquet with 500 persons and up!

Caterer and chef were partnered together: they took an idea-filled creative journey then jointly produced a mouth-watering menu to be exclusively offered to The Blue Leaf clients.

If you’ve been to the previous Big Banquet event of OAP X The Blue Leaf, I bet you’ll remember how great the food was. Now imagine those same caterers collaborating with Manila’s Top Chefs. Surely, it was one epic meal you won’t forget! Here’s a look at the whole new level of collaboration menu between 11 chefs x 11 caterers…

Chefs X Caterers Collaboration 5-Course Dinner
The Blue Leaf Filipinas (beside City of Dreams)

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#Hotels, #Philippines, Food

CRAYFISH PARTY 2019: Asia’s Biggest Viking Party! @SofitelManila

Transport back in time and feast like a Viking at the biggest Crayfish Party in Asia!

The Kräftskiva (Crayfish Party) is a traditional Swedish eating and drinking celebration, symbolizing the end of summer for Nordic countries, usually in August. The celebration is made complete with the serving of the sought-after delicacy, the Swedish crayfish. But what is crayfish? Crayfish, also known as freshwater lobster, is found in the Northern Hemisphere and is not native to Philippine waters, which explains why we’re not that familiar with it. Due to a plague that almost wiped out the crayfish population, a law has been made to prohibit the fishing of crayfish year-round except during the crayfish season that starts in August. This is the reason why the crayfish is rare and expensive.

Feast on bountiful servings of imported crayfish and Nordic spreads, drink free-flowing beer, dress in Viking costume and dance to the festive music with NordCham Philippines in partnership with Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila on September 14, 2019 at the Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent. Here’s what to expect from this year’s event…Read more

#Philippines, #Restaurants, Food

FLOSSOM CAFE + KITCHEN: Instagram-worthy Floral Cafe in QC!

Have you been to this absolutely gorgeous Instagram-worthy cafe in Quezon City?

There is something undeniably charming about Flossom Kitchen + Cafe. It started out in San Juan as a neighborhood cafe known for its homey vibe and chic flowery decors complemented by glorious foodporn.
Here’s a look at Flossom Cafe’s new branch at SM North Edsa…

 

Flossom Kitchen + Cafe
2nd Level, North Towers, SM North, Quezon City
Landline: 0977-1070493

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#Travel

LONDON: Awesome 4-Day DIY Itinerary!

London is an amazing city that’s full of history, offering visitors thousands of things to do. Here, you’ll find  some of the world’s best architecture, galleries and museums.

To experience all the British capital has to offer, aim for a visit of at least four days. To help you plan for the perfect trip to London, I’ve put together our four-day breakdown so that you can create your own bespoke travel itinerary covering the city’s most famous attractions (e.g., Buckingham Palace, London Bridge, The Tower of London,  Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, The London Eye, Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and more).

⚡️Book Here (Klook it!):
London Eye Ticket
• Stonehenge, Windsor Castle & Bath Day Trip
• London Pass with 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
• 
[Klook Original] Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter Ticket with Round Trip Train Tickets

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#Philippines, #Travel

LAKBAY MUSEO: Travel the Philippines by way of this Interactive Museum for Millennials!

For tourists, Manila is often just a stopover between flights on the way to another destination.

If you have a short time to spare in the metro, why not visit this IG-worthy museum that allows you to travel and experience 11 Regions of the Philippines without having to leave Manila?

Lakbay Museo offers 14 unique experiences in 11 different destinations and lets you travel to Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and get to know more about Philippine history and culture without having to spend days of traveling and a lot of money.

Take your taste buds on a journey with different Pinoy food and drinks, take a look and even try on various traditional clothing and textiles, open your eyes to the many traditional dances and shows and, of course, go around interactive exhibits which you can experience through different senses.

Here’s a tour inside Lakbay Museo…

LAKBAY MUSEO
Level 1, S Maison, Marina Way, Mall of Asia Complex
Pasay City, Philippines
Opens 10am-10pm (9pm last tour)

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#Philippines, #Restaurants, Food

YOSHIMEATSU: Unlimited Korean-Japanese BBQ for Php 549!

For Php 549, get unli yakiniku, sushi rolls, ebi tempura, yakitori and tasty sidings from kimchi rice, to mashed potatoes, to those seafood cheeseballs with gooey centers! Did I forget it also comes with milk tea soft cream with pearls for dessert? Sulit na sulit, di ba?

YOSHIMEATSU is a local brand created by a group of millennials who wanted to serve Japanese and Korean fusion style unli yakiniku for the Pinoy palate. With a mouthwatering feast of 13 types of meat and 19 choices of side dishes, you’ll surely be satisfied by the overflowing choices!

Here are 5 reasons why you should try Yoshimeatsu. Plus, get a chance to win Php 2500 worth of GCs at their new branch!

YOSHIMEATSU
Unit 3, Sunshine Square, Mandala Park, 312 Shaw Boulevard, Pleasant Hills, Mandaluyong City
Facebook: Yoshimeatsu
Landline: +639164313124
Opening Hours: 11am-12mn

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#Philippines, #Restaurants

S Kitchen Sheraton Sunday Fiesta Buffet! @SheratonManila

Read first: Sheraton Manila Hotel: Secrets of Sheraton Staycation

After my Sunday Fiesta buffet in Sheraton, I knew this would be a perfect place to bring my balikbayan and international guests for a taste of Filipino cuisine but in a modern luxurious setting.

S Kitchen features a wide spread of international selections from East to West, but unlike other hotel buffets in Manila, its focal point is its Filipino station. You’ll love the Lechon de Leche stuffed with Paella, truffle kare-kare, homemade native delicacies and, of course, the “paluto station” that serves fresh seafood—crabs, shrimp, shells and even a whole lapu-lapu (grouper) cooked to your own liking!

Even the interiors of S Kitchen have a Filipino touch, from the traditional fish net inspired chandeliers to the Igorot-printed tiles.

Here’s what you’ll find at S Kitchen’s Sunday Fiesta Buffet priced at Php 2,500 only…

S Kitchen
Address: Sheraton Hotel Manila, 80 Andrews Avenue, Pasay City 1309 Philippines
Telephone:  +632 7902-1800
Facebook: Sheraton-Manila-Hotel
Instagram: @sheratonmanila
Twitter: @sheratonmanila
Youtube: Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
Website: www.marriott.com/sheraton-manila-hotel

Sheraton Hotel Staycation Series:
Sheraton Manila Hotel: Yugi’s 5th Birthday Staycation
S Kitchen Sheraton Sunday Fiesta Buffet! @SheratonManila

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#Travel

CELEBRITY EDGE CRUISE SHIP: What to Expect from Luxury Cruising!

Are you ready to travel aboard Celebrity Cruises’ most advanced cruise ship?

Celebrity Cruises’ CELEBRITY EDGE is a total game changer when it comes to cruising. With a $1 Billion budget, you’ll be impressed by the out-of-the-box experiences provided by the Edge, transforming the cruise industry with technological advancements.

Find the most state-of-the-art spa at sea, open the door to your stateroom using your phone, have dinner with a miniature 3D chef projected on your plate or ride on the Magic Carpet—the world’s first cantilevered venue at sea that travels 13 stories high.

Cruising with Celebrity is perfect for travelers who want to see the world from the comfort of a floating boutique hotel complete with fantastic service and one of the best food, drink and entertainment offerings you’ll find at sea.

Here are the top reasons why you’ll love the modern and luxurious Celebrity Edge…

ARPAN AIR, INC.
International Representative – Philippines
Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises & Azamara Club Cruises
Telephone: +632 892 2701 to 03
Mobile: +63 955 213 3579

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