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Anton Diaz

#Philippines

Nature Escape – Coron: Emerging Trend in Exploring the Philippines! @ Discovery Fleet

Finally, you can now cruise from Manila to Coron on Discovery Fleet’s live aboard boat designed with the lifestyle non-diver market. Cruisin’ with your friends and family is the best way to travel around the Philippine archipelago—exploring islands by day, traveling by sea by night.

Watch the Manila-Coron cruise: Emerging Trend to Travel the Philippines: Nature Escape – Coron!

We experienced the inaugural trip of Nature Escape – Coron onboard My Discovery Palawan with the following route: Batangas – Apo Reef – Calumbuyan Island – Culion – Coron Bay – Siete Pecados – Busuanga.

 

NATURE ESCAPE – CORON

Take the route less traveled and explore the Philippines’ immaculate island destinations.
Discover stunning marine sanctuaries and unspoiled islands. By escaping the crowds, you’ll be able to appreciate the beauty around you even more and experience nature at its best. Our unique and exclusive itinerary takes us around Apo Reef, Calumbuyan Reef and the picturesque Siete Pecados. The gorgeous panoramic views are like no other, and the experience will always be etched in your memory.

Join us on our next voyage! Starts at US$ 1,200 (₱55,000+ per person + 12% VAT).

Inclusions:
5-day/4-night accommodation
Air-conditioned Regular Cabin (twin occupancy) with private toilet and shower
Full board buffet meals (excluding drinks)
Welcome drinks
One (1) Complimentary Massage
Snorkeling and island-hopping activities
*Unless otherwise indicated, lunch and dinner will be served on board.

For more information, visit https://discoveryfleet.com/nature-escape-coron/.

Read about our first experience Discovery Fleet bound for Visayas here:
Nature Escape – Visayas: Exploring Oslob, Apo Island and Cabilao @DiscoveryFleet


Discovery Fleet Philippines

Discovery Fleet is the Live-a-Board Cruise service of the Discovery Hospitality group.

Discovery Fleet
4th Floor JTKC Centre 2159 Chino Roces Ave. (former Pasong Tamo), Makati City, Metro Manila
Office Hours: 7:30am – 4pm (Monday – Friday), 9am – 12nn (Saturday)
Telephone:+63 2 8 5195674 – 76 ext. 328, +63 2 8 4031999
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://discoveryfleet.com/

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PUTIEN: What to Expect at 1-Michelin-Starred Fujian Cuisine now in Manila

One-Michelin-starred Singapore-based restaurant PUTIEN is now finally here in Manila, thanks to the Vikings Group. Its name is a tribute to owner Mr. Fong Chi Chung’s hometown Putian City, a coastal suburb in the province of Fujian in China.

Putien is known for its light, down-to-earth and flavorful food with emphasis on fresh and seasonal ingredients and a healthier take on Chinese cuisine. It’s also known for its seafood with limited pork options but no beef due to religious beliefs.

Their food looks exotic Chinese food compared to the Cantonese comfort food we are used to in Manila, but for Chinese families with roots in Fujian province, this is the food—cooked by Ama—they grew up with.

PUTIEN

PUTIEN, a restaurant serving Singaporean-Fujian cuisine, was established in 2000 at Kitchener Road. It has been awarded a Michelin star since 2016.

Level 5, The Podium, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Telephone: +632 8282-1888/ 8282-6888
Mobile: +63 918 9193888
Facebook: PUTIEN Philippines
Instagram: @putien.ph
Email: [email protected]


First Things First

About PUTIEN
PUTIEN restaurant began as a coffee shop in Singapore’s Kitchener Road in 2000 and has since grown into a popular chain with 65 outlets in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, HongKong, Beijing, Shanghai and Taiwan. PUTIEN serves cuisine from the Fujian Province in China, characteristically light, down-to-earth and flavourful food with emphasis on fresh ingredients.

PUTIEN has received numerous dining and business awards, including the Michelin Guide Singapore 2016 & 2017 & 2018 & 2019 MICHELIN ONE-STAR RESTAURANT Award (Kitchener Road Outlet), Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2016 & 2017 & 2018 & 2019 BIB GOURMAND RESTAURANT Award (Causeway Bay Outlet), Influential Brands Top Brand in Chinese Restaurant Category in 2015, 5S Excellence Award by RAS, Epicurean Star Award 2012, 2010 Overall Champion of The Restaurant Association Singapore’s Tasty Chef Award and Singapore Prestige Brand Award in 2009.

The ambiance was bright and classy but a bit noisy with all the chatter bouncing from wall to wall.

Putien Menu: Michelin One-Star Restaurant | Classic Treasures of Fujian | 10 Signature Dishes of Putien | Uniquely Singapore | Starters | Starters 2 | Starters 3 |Starters Platter | Seafood | Seafood 2 | Seafood 3 | Seafood 4 | Seafood 5 | Meat | Meat 2 | Meat 3 | Beancurd and Vegetables | Vegetables 2 | Vegetables 3 | Vegetables 4 | Soup |Soup 2 | Main Course | Main Course 2 | Main Course 3 | Main Course 4 | Dessert | Dessert 2 | Dessert 3 | Sides

Drink Menu: Tea 1 | Tea 2 | Juice 1 | Juice 2 | Juice 3 | Wines | Alcohol

You can start with the 10 signature dishes or the uniquely Singaporean dishes, but I would dare you to try the following dishes…

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a mano: Best New Italian Restaurant in Manila!

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

Located at Rockwell’s Power Plant Mall in Makati, a mano is a modern Italian restaurant by Amado Fores—son of Asia’s Best Female Chef, Margarita Fores—that promises faithful and fresh Italian food. a mano means “by hand,” pertaining to the handcrafted quality of the ingredients, the food and the service.

2019 witnessed the osteria battle of new Modern Italian concepts in Manila and, for us, a mano is the winner in that battle in terms of high quality of pizza, pasta, steaks and overall vibe. Ang galing!

You have to reserve a table in advance. Best to know what to order before going, too. Here are our favorites at a mano:

 

a mano by amado fores
R1 Level (Stall 144), Lopez Drive, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Mobile: +63 917 552 6266
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: a mano
Instagram: @amano.ph

Osteria Battle in Manila (2019):

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

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LEGOLAND Malaysia: 12 Secrets to Know Before You Go!

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

If you are planning a trip to Legoland Malaysia with your family, here are 12 secrets you need to know before you go.

 

LEGOLAND MALAYSIA RESORT
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
Website: https://www.legoland.com.my/

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
SEA LIFE
Sunday to Thursday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11.00 am to 7.00 pm

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.

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Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Catering sa Bahay!

Did you know that you can enjoy Wolfgang Steakhouse USDA Prime Dry-Aged Steak during your home festivities this holiday season?

We celebrated our friend Spanky’s birthday with an awesome Wolfgang Steakhouse feast catered at the home of our lovely hosts Ray and Love Lynne of En Route.

Here’s what you can expect from your Wolfgang NY Steakhouse celebration in the comforts of your home…


First Things First

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener Catering
Available only within Metro Manila
Telephone: +632 7505 6272
Mobile: +63 917 702-8913
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @wolfgangsteakhouseph
Facebook: Wolfgang’s Steakhouse PH
Website: www.wolfgangssteakhouse.ph

Set Menu A
: ₱3,500/head + service charge (minimum 12 up to 50 guests)
Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Sizzling Canadian Bacon, Caesar Salad, USDA Prime Dry-Aged Porterhouse Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Steak Rice, Creamed Spinach, Sauteed Broccoli, Chocolate Mousse Cake

Set Menu B
: ₱5,500/head + service charge (minimum 12 up to 50 guests)
Seafood Platter, Wolfgang’s Crab Cake,  Sizzling Canadian Bacon, Beverly Hills Chopped Salad, USDA Prime Dry-Aged Porterhouse Steak, Grilled Salmon, Mashed Potatoes, Steak Rice, Creamed Spinach, Sauteed Broccoli, New York-Style Cheesecake

The Wolfgang Steakhouse Catering truck serves as the mobile kitchen for your event, and it only requires 10A electricity to plug into.

The kitchen is outfitted with the same broilers used for sizzling, cooking steaks.

The USDA Prime Steaks are flown in weekly from the US and dry-aged for 28 days for tenderness and flavor concentration.

The steaks are guaranteed good with Executive Chef Chris Oronce and his culinary team running the mobile kitchen.

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YOUR LOCAL: Best Asian Breakfast on this side of Legaspi, Makati

The brunch scene in Manila is getting exciting. The popular Southeast Asian eatery, Your Local, in Legaspi recently changed their opening hours to 8.00 am daily, offering breakfast curated by Chef Natalia Moran of Boracay fame.

YOUR LOCAL
GF Universal LMS Building, 106 Esteban Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +632 823-6206
Mobile: +63 917 654 3355
Instagram: @YourLocalPH
Website: http://yourlocal.ph
Facebook: Your Local
Operating Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 8.00 am to 2.00 pm  and 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday Brunch: 8.00 am to 3.00 pm

Your Local Menu: To Start, Main | Main, Sides, Dessert | Breakfast Menu | Cocktails, Beer, Drinks, Craft Beer | Specials | Red Wines | White Wine, Sparkling

We tried all the breakfast menu items, together with the drinks, and here’s what we recommend.

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

Read Next: LEGOLAND Malaysia: 12 Secrets to Know Before You Go!

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 RESORT


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.

 

LEGOLAND MALAYSIA RESORT
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
Website: https://www.legoland.com.my/

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
SEA LIFE
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: https://www.legoland.com.my/book-visit/int-admission-tickets-and-annual-passes/

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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#Restaurants

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.

 

LAS FLORES BGC
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 www.bit.ly/las-floresph

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


Bellevue Staycation Series
Bellevue Manila: Staycation with the Best Alabang Southern Vibe!
Phoenix Court: The Best Chinese Restaurant in Alabang 🙂 @BellevueManila
HOMARE: The Best Yakiniku Japanese Restaurant in Alabang @BellevueManila
BELLEVUE RESORT: 10 Things We Love About our Family Bohol Escape @BellevueResort!
B HOTEL QC: The Best Staycation in Timog/Tomas Morato Area!


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…

 

HOMARE JAPANESE
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
Website: https://www.thebellevuemanila.com/

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.

 

ELEPHANT GROUNDS 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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