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Anton Diaz

#Philippines

KONDWI: Secret Art Cocktail Lounge in Poblacion (A Review)

Kondwi is a two-level art space/cocktail lounge in Poblacion by artist Leeroy New and restaurateur Marvin Agustin. As its name—which means “conduit”—suggests, it’s designed to provide a fluid space where creatives, artists and passionate people can connect.

Here are tips for an awesome experience at the latest creative hangout place in Poblacion this 2020…

 

KONDWI PH
6109 Albert St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati
Telephone: +632 7943-7451.
Mobile: +63 917 777-1633
Operating Hours: 1:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Kondwi PH


First Things First

I love how muted the facade is. Set in the middle of the residential side of Pobla, it’s a place only for people in the know.

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#Philippines

GENTING DREAM: Guide to your Awesome Dream Cruise!

Genting Dream is the first ever Asian luxury cruise line created by Genting Hong Kong that debuted in November of 2016. It has a passenger capacity of 3,352, specializing in Southeast Asian destinations.

We celebrated Rache’s birthday onboard a 5-day Genting Dream Cruise from Singapore to Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Here is our guide to make your cruise celebration awesome…

GENTING DREAM CRUISES
Philippines: +632 8836-6080
Email[email protected]
Facebook: Dream Cruises
Instagram: @dreamcruiseline
Website: https://www.dreamcruiseline.com/

First Things First

What to Bring?
Travel Essentials
Passport (and photocopy of your passport’s bio page)
Visa (no need for Southeast Asian destinations)
Return Airfare Ticket
Cruise Ticket and travel details
Big hard luggage for clothes and a carry-on bag for gadgets and backup clothes
 Fly-Cruise Transfer Service Luggage Tag
• Default currency—Singapore Dollars (SGD), the currency where the cruise departed
• Credit Card for easy transaction onboard

Personal Stuff
• Rubber shoes/sporty slippers and smart casual shoes
• Comfortable clothes, smart casual attires following dress codes
and IG outfits for destination shoots
• Stuff for your personal regimen (No need to bring the usual toiletries because these are provided)
• Watch using the boat time which is Singapore time, the time of the originating destination
• Mobile phone/camera to take lots of videos, photos and selfies throughout the trip
• Downloaded Dream Cruise Mobile App for information about the cruise and wifi access 

Note: Budget SGD29/day for premium wifi (good for two devices) x number of cruise days.

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#Philippines

Travel Tour Expo Philippines Hacks! (2020 Edition)

The biggest travel tour expo is finally here!

The 27th Travel Tour Expo 2020, organized by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA), is the largest gathering of tourism agencies and stakeholders in the country held every February. It’s the biggest ever with 400+ exhibitors across different travel categories—operators, travel agencies, cruise liners, hotels, resorts, airline and insurance companies.

But going to the fair can be daunting with the long lines and can be confusing on what travel deals to buy.

So here are some expo hacks to help you navigate your way around and focus on the important destination deals…

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#Philippines

The Apartments at El Nido: The Best Airbnb Experience in El Nido Town!

The Apartments at El Nido (AptElNido for short) is an apartment complex located at the center of El Nido town with 10 well appointed apartments, a total capacity of 48 people and 3+ designated speed boats for island hopping.

This is the best experience for the family where you feel like a local living in your own apartment in town. The best part is that you have a private speed boat service to take you around the islands, minus the tourists, and the #AptElNido team creating the best island picnic experience for your family.

Highly recommended! Here’s our The Apartments at El Nido experience…


First Things First

The 10-room apartment is designed with 3 building clusters, eight (8) apartments having two queen size beds for a maximum capacity for 4 people and  two (2) apartments with two rooms for a maximum capacity of 8.

 

APARTMENTS AT EL NIDO
Manila Address:
Perry’s Building, Pastor Drive, Parañaque, Metro Manila
Telephone: +632 826-5400
Mobile: +63 920 963-8921
Email: [email protected]

El Nido Address
:
Osmeña Street, Brgy. Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan
Telephone: +63 48 716-2428
Mobile: +63 920 910-0086
Email[email protected]

Facebook
: The Apartments at El Nido
Instagram: @aptelnido
Website: https://aptelnido.com/the-apartments/

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#Philippines

Cangrejos Locos: Going Crazy over Crabs and Paella in Manila!

CANGREJOS LOCOS is the best NEW Spanish restaurant concept in Alabang by a powerhouse collaboration among Chef Robby Goco x Manny Torrejon x Raymund Magduyo of the Red Crab Group, featuring the best crabs in Manila and the 12-minute cooked Barcelona-style paella.

It’s another winning and fun Spanish concept by Chef Robby Goco, and the perfect place to celebrate our son Aidan’s 15th birthday is the best new Spanish restaurant in Alabang!

Here’s how to get crazy at Cangrejos Locos…

 

CANGREJOS LOCOS
Molito Lifestyle Center, Muntinlupa City
Operating Hours: 11.00 am – 3.00 pm, 5.00pm – 11.00pm
Facebook: Cangrejos Locos
Instagram: @cangrejoslocosmnl

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#Restaurants

FRANCESCO’s Italian Restaurant finally in BGC!

Francesco’s is an Italian Restaurant by Chef Francesco Rizzo (chef of the former Paparazzi in Edsa Shangri-La) that serves traditional regional cuisine—from brick oven pizzas, to home made pastas, to ossobucos, to Italian desserts. 🙂

With the success of their flagship branch on Mabini St., San Juan, they finally opened Francesco’s in BGC to provide authentic Italian food to its professionals and food enthusiasts.

Here’s what we think of Francesco’s BGC…

 

The Best of New Italian Restaurants in Manila (2020):

a mano: Best New Italian Restaurant in Manila!
Wild Flour Italian: Best of Italian Flavors in BGC!
Osteria Daniele BGC: Kicking Off the Osteria Game in Manila
Single Origin Osteria: Your Friendly Neighborhood Italian Resto in Salcedo
FRANCESCO‘s Italian Restaurant finally in BGC!

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#Restaurants

YAMAZATO MANILA: Michelin-Starred Japanese Kaiseki Anniversary! @HotelOkura

Yamazato, founded in Hotel Okura Tokyo in 1962, is a Japanese fine dining restaurant specializing in kaiseki and teppanyaki experiences at the Resorts World Manila complex.

Yamazato comes from its two Kanji characters 山 “yama” meaning “mountain” plus 里  “zato” meaning “village,” signifying the highest quality of Japanese food in Manila with focus on fresh produce and prime seafood from Japan.

We celebrated our 17th Wedding Anniversary with the family with an intimate kaiseki meal.

Here are some tips for your next awesome Yamazato experience in Manila…

 

YAMAZATO MANILA
Address
: 2nd Floor, Hotel Okura Manila, 2 Portwood Street, Newport City, Pasay City 1309 Metro Manila, Philippines
Operating Hours:
Lunch: 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM (Tuesdays to Sundays)
Dinner: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Tuesdays to Sundays)
Telephone: +632 5318 2888
Facebook: Hotel Okura Manila
Instagram: @hotelokuramnl
Website: https://www.hotelokuramanila.com/culinary/yamazato

#YamazatoinManila
#HotelOkuraManila

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#Restaurants

Panda Express Manila: Is it Worth Lining Up For? (Review) @pandaexpressph

Panda Express opened in Megamall towards the end of 2019 and, up to now, people still line up for their famous chicken for more than an hour during peak hours.

We have better Chinese restaurants in Manila, so is it really worth it to queue for American Chinese fast food?  Here’s what we think…

PANDA EXPRESS PHILIPPINES
Address: Upper Ground Floor, SM Megamall A, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Operating Hours: Open Daily during Mall Hours 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
Facebook: Panda Express Philippines
Instagram: @pandaexpressph
Twitter: @pandaexpressph
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.pandaexpress.com.ph/

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#Hotels, Staycation

20 Best Staycations in Manila of the Decade (2020)! Part 1

We have experienced almost all the best hotel staycations in Manila in the last decade with our four boys.

Here’s to the family’s top ten memorable stays in the metro during the last ten years—from the grandest rooms, to the fanciest breakfasts and restaurants, to the most exciting pools and kids facilities, down to the most excellent service and spa treatments:

1. OKADA MANILA STAYCATION (Overall, the Best Staycation Experience in Manila!)

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, combining 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.

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

Verdict:

Okada Manila is one of our family’s best staycations ever because they have the best rooms, the best spa, the best restaurants, not to mention an amazing fountain.

We enjoyed relaxing in the room in between the food trips in their restaurants. The Casino areas are off-limits for the kids so make sure to have a conversation with them explaining why.

This is an awesome place to create lasting memories celebrating life’s milestones and special occasions in Manila.

 

OKADA MANILA
Address
: New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City, Parañaque City, 1701, Metro Manila, Philippines
Telephone: +632 8880 7555
Email: [email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
FacebookOkada Manila
Instagram@okadamanila
Website: www.okadamanila.com

Rates:
The cheapest weekend rate for Premium King Suite: ₱ 32,000/night.

Pricing changes based on day and availability so best to check out Okada Manila’s low rates and availability here:
Booking.com | Okada Manila (9.3 Superb ratings)*
Agoda.com | Okada Manila (9.2 Exceptional ratings)*

OKADA Staycation Series:
• OKADA MANILA: How to Experience the Best Staycation Ever?! @OkadaManila (2018)
• LA PIAZZA: Your Next Italian Romantic Date with an Awesome View of The Fountain @OkadaManila! (2017)
• COVE MANILA: Southeast Asia’s Biggest Beach Club & Nightclub! @OkadaManila (2017)
COVE MANILA: Sunday Brunch + Pool Party? @OkadaManila (2018)

 


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