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LEGOLAND Malaysia: 20+ Tips for an ‘Everything is Awesome’ Trip in 2020!

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Legoland Malaysia is designed with families of boys in mind and is a favorite destination among kids who are Lego fans.

You need at least 2 full days to enjoy the entire resort, so I would recommend a 4d3n trip for an awesome experience with the first and last days dedicated to traveling to/from Singapore.

We’ve been to Legoland with the boys three times in recent years. This post summarizes all our power tips on how to enjoy Legoland hotel, Legoland theme park, Legoland water park and SEA LIFE with all the research you’ll need to plan your everything is awesome trip in 2020!


LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort is a combination of Theme Park, Water Park and Hotel in one LEGO® themed location.
More than 70 hands-on rides, slides, shows and attractions
Designed for families with children aged 2-12
First of its kind in Asia and the largest in the world

2-DAY Combo Ticket
2-Day access to Theme Park, Water Park & SEA LIFE.
Adult: RM 381 (~$92 ~₱4,600)
Child/ Senior: RM 324 (~$78 ~₱4,000)

> Check out lowest Legoland in Johor Bahru Admission Ticket via Klook

> Check out low Legoland Hotel rates and availability from Booking.


LL Malaysia Taman Tema Sdn Bhd
7 Jalan LEGOLAND, Bandar Medini Iskandar Malaysia
79250 Iskandar Puteri (Nusajaya), Johor Darul Takzim, Malaysia.
Telephone: +607 597 8888.
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: LEGOLAND Malaysia
Instagram: @legolandmalaysia
Youtube: LegolandMalaysia

Operating Hours:
Theme Park
Sunday to Friday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Saturday: 10.00 am to 7.00 pm
Water Park
Sunday to Monday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Sunday to Thursday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11.00 am to 7.00 pm

Legoland Holiday Promotions

Legoland Malaysia is having Buy 2 Adult Tickets and get 1 Child Ticket FREE. (a.k.a Buy 2 Get 1 Free) promotion.

Ticket Type: Limited to 1 Day Triple Park Combo (Theme Park, Water Park, SEA LIFE) & 1 Day Double Park Combo (Theme Park and SEA LIFE) only

Website link:

Note: Bricktacular Holidays is also happening on December 1 to 31st.

SEA LIFE Malaysia is having the following holiday festivities:
1. Santa Sharkie: 3.30 pm – 3.45 pm daily
2. Where is Santa & Rudolf? : Find Santa and his Reindeer throughout your journey in the aquarium and post your photos in your Instagram with #LEGOLANDMalaysia, #SEALIFEMalaysia, #SEAMerryFishmas2019
3. Wishing Xmas Board
4. See Santa in the Sea : 2:00pm-2:15pm on Tuesday & Friday only

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Introducing… LAS FLORES Degustacion by Spanish Chef Ignacio Alcala!

There’s a new Spanish chef in town, Chef Ignacio Alcala, at the helm of the Las Flores group that foodies are raving about. In the recent Rambla Salcedo 6-Hands: Chef Josh x Chef Alfredo x Chef Ignacio, most people were all praises for the courses made by Chef Ignacio.

Chef Ignacio Alcala was the executive chef of Fonda Alcalá, his grandmother’s 100-year old restaurant located in a small village in his hometown Calaceite (Teruel) in Aragon, Spain. He honed his culinary skills in the competitive Barcelona food scene before he and his girlfriend succumbed to the allure of going to Manila to learn English and to find success in Asia.

Las Flores is now offering a degustacion (7-course tasting menu) by Chef Ignacio Alcala strictly by reservation only.


G/F One Mckinley Place 25th Street corner 4th Avenue BGC, Taguig City
Telephone: +(632) 552 2815
Mobile: +(63) 916 619 3365
Facebook: Las Flores
Instagram: @lasfloresph
Book a table at

Another branch:
G/F The Podium Mall, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Telephone: + (632) 940-5142
Mobile: +(63) 915 654 5231

First Things First

You have to reserve the private chef’s table at Las Flores where you will be personally taken care of by Chef Ignacio.

Menu: Lunch Menu, Especiales | Charcuteria, Tapas Frias | Tapas Calientes, Sopas, VerdurasArroces, Pastas, Pescados, Carnes | Postres | Drinks Menu: Drinks List | Gin & Tonic

Budget about ₱3,500 for the tasting menu plus drinks. They accept a minimum of 2 persons.

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HOMARE: The Best Yakiniku Japanese Restaurant in Alabang @BellevueManila

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HOMARE is a homage to authentic Japanese cuisine in the south and the best Yakiniku Japanese BBQ place in Alabang. It features Japanese A5 Wagyu and fresh seafood off the grill with a delightful BBQ flavor using the Yakiniku Hibachi (table grill).

We honored Popsy’s 82nd Birthday with a Yakiniku BBQ feast at Homare.  Here are some tips on how to plan your own awesome Homare experience…


2nd floor, The Bellevue Manila,
Northgate Cyberzone, North Bridgeway, Alabang, Muntinlupa
Monday – Sunday from 11 AM to 2.00 PM and 6 PM to 10 PM
Telephone: (+632) 8771-8181
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: The Bellevue Manila
Instagram: @bellevuemanila

Check out low The Bellevue Manila rates and availability from Booking

Yakiniku Room

Homare Menu: Yakiniku Dinner Set Menu for 2 persons | Sashimi, Nigiri Sushi, Temaki, Chirashi, Kaisendon | Maki (rolls), Yakimono (grill) | Salads, Tempura, Agemono, Teppanyaki | Ippinryori, Donburimono (rice bowls) | Nabemono (hot pot), Noodles | Teishoku Menu, Gozen, Desserts

Make sure to book these Yakiniku tables with the Japanese art backdrop.

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Elephant Grounds Manila (A Review)

As featured in 10 Best Restaurants/Cafes of One Bonifacio High Street!

Elephant Grounds Manila is the Hongkong third-wave coffee franchise concept by The Standard Group (of Yabu and Ippudo fame) with the dynamic chef duo of Nicco Santos (executive chef) and Quenee Villar (formerly of Hey Handsome).

In Manila, it’s known more as an all-day brunch One Bonifacio restaurant, noted for its food more than its coffee. As the opening hype and queuing lines die down, here’s what we think of Elephant Grounds in Manila.


Independent micro-roaster and café concept from Hong Kong
Lower Ground Floor, One Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Operating Hours:
Monday to Thursday 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday to Saturday 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Mobile: +63 999 887-1417
Facebook: Elephant Grounds Manila
Instagram: @elephantgroundsph

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HAPAG MNL Private Dining: Is it Better Than Toyo? Yes/No (Review)

As featured in 10 Best NEW Homegrown Restaurants in Manila of 2019!

HAPAG MNL is a private dining venture turned into a modern Filipino restaurant by Chef-owners Thirdy Dolatre (CCA), Kevin Villarica (ISCAHM) and Kevin Navoa (Malaysia-trained) in a Quezon City neighborhood.  The name of the restaurant is inspired by the dining table where the family gathers to bond and eat.

Often compared to Toyo and said to be the younger and bolder version, Hapag elevates Filipino cuisine with cleaner execution and exciting presentation without losing its bold flavor taste profile. The comparison can’t be avoided because of their similarities: both are Chef-driven modern Filipino concepts characterized by an open kitchen, tasteful Filipino furniture and location that’s hidden in an alley.

Is it better than Toyo? Is it the next best thing in modern Filipino cuisine in Manila? Or is it all just hype?

I tried it with Rache and Chef Tatung, and here’s what we think…


HAPAG Private Dining
201 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines
Tuesdays to Sundays: 6.00 pm and 8.30 pm seatings
Mobile: +63 947 560 1853
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @hapag.mnl
Facebook: Hapag MNL


Hapag is in a quaint hidden location off Katipunan and open only for dinner service.

Hapag Menu: Eight Course Tasting Menu | A la Carte Menu

The 24-seater restaurant features an open kitchen, a chef’s table counter and two seatings, 6.00 pm and 8.30 pm.

Signature Cocktails

Mapapa-mores Ka (₱280). Mulberry, gin, lemon, basil | Hele ni Nanay (₱280). Cucumber, aloe vera, gin, elderflower | Dalagang Pinay (₱280). Dalandan liquer, tequila, lemon, agave.

Beverage MenuSignature Cocktails, Wine | Coffee, Tea

It has a decent Filipino-themed cocktail selection by Larry Guevara featuring spirits from Destileria Limtuaco.

₱2,500 Vat inclusive + ₱800 for Beverage Pairing

As first-timers, we tried the eight-course tasting menu, but you have the option to order ala-carte subsequently.

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Red Lobster PH: The Best of #Lobsterworthy Celebrations in Manila!

Red Lobster, America’s #1 seafood restaurant, is just the place for all-day lobster celebrations for those #lobsterworthy moments. Sometimes a fresh live lobster feast is the only way to commemorate momentous occasions.

Here are some tips on how to make your Red Lobster moments more awesome with your family and friends…


First Things First

Menu: New Items | Meat and Scallop Lunchmates, Soups & Salads | Starters | Pasta & Pizza | Mains | Seafood Feast Combination | Desserts | Ocean Coolers | Alcoholic Drinks, Wines | Now Pouring

The menu is focused on fresh/frozen lobster and seafood specialties in an American dining context with limited meat options.

Located at high-end malls, Red Lobster in Manila features a red-themed American diner setting conducive to family gatherings.

RED LOBSTER Philippines
#1 Seafood Restaurant in America now in Manila

Level 1 S Maison, MOA Complex, Pasay City
Operating Hours: 10.00am to 10.00pm
Mobile: +63 (917) 432-2626
Email: [email protected]

3F Evia Lifestyle Center, Las Piñas City
Operating Hours: 10.00am to 10.00pm
Mobile: +63 (927) 969 0036
Email: [email protected]

Facebook: Red Lobster Philippines
Instagram: @redlobsterph

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Ricksha Streetside Tandoor: Best of Indian Food in Kapitolyo, Pasig!

USDA Hangar Steak (200gms)

RICKSHA, a streetside tandoor cafe by Cyril and Pierre Addison, is inspired by Cyril’s mom’s recipes and the Indian food he grew up with. The restaurateur couple is known as for their role as partners at Gallery by Chele and for their fine taste in food and drinks as well.

Make sure to visit when you are in the Kapitolyo, Pasig area, and here’s what you can expect at Ricksha.


23 East Capitol Drive, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig
Mobile: +63 917 637-2113
Open Daily 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
FacebookRicksha Streetside Tandoor
Instagram: @rickshastreetsidetandoor

First Things First

Facade.  The colorful signage attracts you to this neighborhood shop next to the OG location of Poco Deli in Kapitolyo.

Ambiance. It’s like eating in an Indian eatery but with a hip teenage Indian vibe.

Tandoor. Cyril showing off his tandoor oven, which gives the unique flavor you’ll come back for.

Menu:  Expect Indian food that you would expect in the streets of India with a modern Indian interpretation.

Chaat, Pani Puri, Streetside Snacks, Dhal & Soup, Maggi Noodles, Dosa | Curry in a Hurry, Grilled Tandoor Plates, Dum Biryani, Breads, Sides | Sweets, Drink, Alcoholic Drinks, Beers, Spirits

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Seascape ₱1 Challenge: Golden China vs. Asian Taste

Seascape Village Market is our go-to place for the best paluto experience in Manila because it is one of the cleanest markets and it has an awesome view of the Manila Bay sunset.

We tried Golden China vs. Asian Taste to provide tips on where and what to eat and to feature the ₱1 promotion of Seascape Village.

Seascape Blog Series:

Seascape Village Market: The Best & Cleanest Paluto Market in Manila?!
Seascape Village: Golden Fortune vs. Lola Ina’s
Seascape ₱1 Challenge: Golden China vs. Asian Taste

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EL GAUCHO Manila: Argentinian Steak House Now in Poblacion!

Originally from Ho Chi Minh, El Gaucho Manila is a Southeast Asian-based Argentinian Steakhouse concept by Israeli-born German restaurateur, Dany Himi and son David Timm, with branches in Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines and Hong Kong, not to mention their European expansion in Slovakia and Hamburg, Germany.

I tried it years ago at their popular flagship store in Bangkok, and it’s great to have another Argentinian steakhouse option for steak lovers in Manila in time for the Christmas celebrations.

Before you go, here are some tips on what to order and how to plan your awesome experience in El Gaucho Manila.


Ground Floor Trump Tower at Century City
Kalayaan Avenue, Salamanca Street, Poblacion, Makati City
Opening hours: 11 AM until late
Mobile: +63 ‭917 323 8019
Email: [email protected]
FacebookEl Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse Philippines
Instagram: @elgauchoasia

El Gaucho Menu: Food | Drink List | Wine List | Wine by the Glass

The ambiance draws you in with its industrial high ceiling interiors with wood and metal finish and an array of hanging bulbs.

El Gaucho Menu: Food | Drink List | Wine List | Wine by the Glass

You feel at home immediately with its cozy tables and awesome location, walking distance from the Poblacion area.

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Van Gogh Alive PH: Is it Worth It? (Sold-Out Tickets?)

Van Gogh Alive, the world’s most-visited multi-sensory exhibition, is now open in Manila, coming from its last exhibit in Hong Kong and before moving to Taiwan.

Thanks to the Bonifacio Art Foundation Inc. (BAFI), in partnership with Grande Exhibitions, for presenting Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic works in an immersive 90-minute multimedia experience on the 4th level of BGC’s newest shopping, dining and lifestyle center, One Bonifacio High Street, from October 26 until December 8, 2019.

This is one of the most inspiring shows you should not miss in Manila for creative inspiration from Van Gogh’s work and specially for the kids’ immersion in the world of art. Most of the weekend online tickets are sold out, so you may go on weekday mornings or take a chance on the on-site tickets.

Here are some tips and tricks on how to maximize your 90 minutes and enjoy the immersive experience…


Van Gogh Alive Philippines
One Bonifacio High Street, Monday to Sunday
Operating Time: 11:00 am to 09:30 pm (7 time slots – 90 mins each slot)
Official website:
Facebook: Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio High Street
Official Hashtag:
#VanGoghAlivePH, #OneBHS, #ArtandScienceBGC

If your preferred date and time is sold out online, limited tickets may still be available in the ticket booths below on a first come, first served basis:

  • Van Gogh Alive Ticket Booth, 4th floor, One Bonifacio High Street, Monday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 09:00 pm
  • The Mind Museum Ticket Booth, Tuesday to Sunday, 09:00AM to 05:00PM

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