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Abigail Javellana

#Travel, Japan

HOKKAIDO: 10 Experiences to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL

Hokkaido
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.

Hokkaido

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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#Philippines

NEW YEAR’S EVE MANILA 2019: Where are you Celebrating NYE in Manila?

12/30/2018: Updated with BGC NYE Celebration, Stop CoveManila’s Balloon Drop Petition and NYE at new Hard Rock Cafe Manila.  

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The city of Manila is gearing up to ring in New Year’s Eve 2019, and as one might expect, there is no shortage of New Year’s Eve parties.

Our party-planning guide won’t be complete without a dazzling display of fireworks, fantastic feasts, and music to usher partygoers into the New Year.

Here are the best New Year’s Eve 2019 parties in Manila…

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Hokkaido Eats: 10 Dishes to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL

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One of my greatest joy, when traveling to Hokkaido are sampling the delicious cuisines!

Blessed with the surrounding ocean and bountiful nature, Hokkaido offers a paradise of ingredients from fresh vegetables, dairy farming to mouthwatering seafood. It is known for its ramen, king crabs, milky sweets, “Genghis Khan” mutton and fresh sushi!

Here’s a guide to Hokkaido’s must-try food, from home-cooked dishes to seasonal specialties that’ll make your mouth water…

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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#Philippines, #Restaurants

HUI LAU SHAN: HK’s Favorite Mango Dessert is Opening in Manila!

Hui Lau Shan

Hui Lau Shan 許留山 is a household brand name very famous in Hong Kong globally known for their 200+ innovative dessert creations and refreshments using Philippine carabao mangoes.

It first started as a traditional herbal tea shop in the early ’60s, selling herbal jelly and a variety of herbal teas, which are believed to provide Chinese medical health benefits. But with the desire for innovation, they made a product breakthrough by adding the mango sago in the ’90s that has catapulted Hui Lau Shan the title of Hong Kong’s Fresh Fruit Dessert Pioneer.

With over 300+ stores internationally – China, Malaysia, South Korea, Macau, Canada, Taiwan, Paris, Vietnam and, Melbourne. It only made sense that the Philippines will soon be part of the growing chain.

Find the first Hui Lau Shan store in the Philippines on its debut in February 2019 at SM Megamall, thanks to Josiah’s Catering through the Fat Daddy’s Group, in taking Pinoy pride back home as it seals the deal to bring Hui Lau Shan to the Philippines!

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#Philippines

CHRISTMAS 2018 MANILA: Staycation and Buffet Ideas!

01.City of Dreams Manila's Christmas goodies at Cafe Society and Chocol8 at The Garage

Gather your loved ones and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with mouthwatering feasts and sweet escape promos around the Metro.

Who says you have to travel far to enjoy staycation choices, various sights, and activities to unwind, bond and relax with the Family as you celebrate the holidays?

Here’s a list of ideas for an awesome 2018 Christmas in Manila!

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#Restaurants

ASIAN CULINARY EXCHANGE 2018: Learning Notes on How to Address Issues in the Food Industry

Asian Culinary Exchange

The ASIAN CULINARY EXCHANGE is the first ever event where top chefs and restaurateurs from all over Asia come together for a two-day event aimed at improving the countries’ food and beverage industry.

The first day includes a forum tackling the issues in the industry like harassment in the workplace, gender issues, sustainability, managing food waste, and how to set up a restaurant in the social media age. The second day was an exciting collaboration dinner with Asia’s top chefs and Manila’s best restaurants that are up for grabs for anyone interested!

The guest chefs include chef Vicky Cheng from VEA Hong Kong, who earned a Michelin star in 2016, chef Thitid Tassanakajohn of Le Du in Bangkok, which currently ranks number 14 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, and MasterChef Asia winner Woo Wai Leong who’s now behind Singapore’s Restaurant Ibid. There will also be local chefs and speakers, such as Bruce Ricketts and Dedet de la Fuente, sharing their knowledge about the industry.

Here’s what we learned from day one’s forum…Read more

#Philippines

NEW YORK: 2-Day DIY Itinerary! (Budget, Free Attractions, and Major Sights)

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On my first time to New York, I wanted to see it all!

 

But with just a few days to spare here’s my list of the top places to visit from the world famous attractions like Empire State Building, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, and Central Park- we’ve got you covered!

 

Philippine Airlines recently launched their 15 hours non-stop flight from Manila to New York, so I’ve decided to make a DIY-itinerary of my trip, since going around New York was pretty simple, with their easy to read roads and public transport (subway)!

 

There are so many things to do and visit, I can barely scratch the surface. Check out the list of my suggestions, to make the most of your 2 days in the big apple…

 

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#Restaurants

RED LOBSTER PH IS NOW IN MANILA!

 

Are you guys ready for Red Lobster PH? Find your favorite Maine lobster tail, Alaskan snow crab legs, shrimp scampi, and cheddar bay biscuits as the biggest seafood restaurant is now open at S Maison, Conrad Hotel.

With over 745 restaurants in 11 countries, the American casual dining chain Red Lobster is the world’s largest seafood restaurant company with a wide selection of fresh quality shellfish combinations and other #lobsterworthy dishes. The local menu is similar to what you can have in their U.S. branches but with a few changes including locally sourced ingredients, aside from the Maine lobster tail and Alaskan snow crab legs.

Here’s what we loved at Red Lobster…

Red Lobster PH

RED LOBSTER PH
S. Maison, Conrad Hotel, Pasay City
Landline: (02) 829 9400
Facebook: RedLobsterPH

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#Philippines, #Travel

Fly from Manila to New York in 15 Hours! @FlyPAL

Manila to New York @FlyPAL

Yup, you got that right—15 hours only! Starting October 29, 2018, PHILIPPINE AIRLINES now flies non-stop to New York onboard their newest and most modern aircraft of its generation, the Airbus A350!

This, they say, is the second to the longest non-stop flight next to Singapore Airlines, and it’s the fastest way from Manila to the Big Apple with no more stopovers via Tokyo or Taipei, unlike my experience before that took 22 hours of travel time.

 

Manila to New York @FlyPAL

Plus, foodies flying out to New York with PAL, who want to enjoy authentic American steak, do not have to wait before landing to indulge their craving as business class passengers on the non-stop flights to New York will experience top global brand Wolfgang’s Steakhouse gourmet quality steak dinners on board.

Among my favorites in PAL’s prime New York route’s mouthwatering menu were Wolfgang’s Fillet Mignon, Striploin Steak, Grilled Chilean Seabass, French onion soup and the glorious New York Cheesecake.

It was definitely an upgrade experience for passengers flying to New York in Business Class! Check out the new extra wide body Airbus A350…

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PHILIPPINE AIRLINES
Landline: (02) 855 8888
Facebook: flyPAL
Website: www.philippineairlines.com

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#Restaurants

KAM’S ROAST PH: Secret Menu – Pei Pa Duck!

Kam’s Roast Ph has a secret menu! It’s Pei Pa Duck marinated with 25-year aged orange peel, then butterflied and bathed in oil. The result? An extremely super crispy skin, with meat juicy and tender with fat, that’s bursting with flavor!

Kam’s Roast is an internationally-acclaimed and Michelin-starred restaurant in Hong Kong popular for their HK roasts. In Hong Kong, Kam’s roast is best known for their goose, but given the constraints of importation of poultry from China, Kam’s Roast Ph serves something close to roast duck, which is just as flavorful and succulent, especially when it comes with my favorite plum sauce.

Foodee Global Concepts, the group behind Tim Ho Wan, Tsuta Japanese Soba Noodle, and Todd English Food Hall is responsible for bringing the famous roasts to Manila.

Here’s why we love Kam’s new secret dish…

Kam’s Roast
3rd Floor, Mega Fashion Hall, Megamall
Operating Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Facebook: @KamsRoastPhilippines
Instagram: @kamsroastphilippines

Related Article: Kam’s Roast in Manila: Is it as Good as Hong Kong??

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