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Monique Tendencia

#Philippines

Passport Application Appointment (2019 DFA Philippines Renewal Requirements)

We’ve all been there – the time to renew passports. Over the past year or so, passport renewal in the Philippines has gotten a bad rep particularly for the lack of slots and the prolonged waiting times.

I recently had to have my passport renewed as I was already past the 6-month mark. In most situations, you wouldn’t be let out of the country if you have less than six (6) months remaining on your passport. In cases that they do let you leave, they give you a warning that you might not be able to enter the country you’re planning to visit, under the same 6-month restriction.

I’ll be upfront in saying that I did dread the renewal, as the news of the data breach came out literally a week before my scheduled appointment. But I had to do it since I do want to keep on traveling, and I can’t do that without a proper passport.

So, let me walk you through how to renew your passport:

Note: This article only covers Passport Renewal. For New Applications, visit the DFA’s Official Passport Appointment website.Read more

#Philippines

Victory Liner’s P2P Clark to Subic, Olongapo, Dagupan Guide (Schedule)

I’m a child of the South, so accessing NAIA has never been a problem for me. But I do have a lot of friends who live in Northern Manila, who are no strangers to the inconvenience of traveling to NAIA to catch their flight.

Fortunately, more and more airlines are flying to and from Clark – both for local and international destinations. You may think that Clark is still quite a long way from Manila, but this isn’t the case at all. You can reach Clark from Trinoma in just under two hours, and without the stress of Manila traffic.

So, why fly via Clark?

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#Restaurants

NIKKEI NAMA BAR BGC: Japanese-Peruvian with an Awesome View at One Bonifacio

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A big benefit of the Japanese diaspora is the merging of their culture, particularly their cuisine with the countries they emigrated too. Nikkei refers to the fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine. First popularized by Nobu Matsuhisa, the cuisine has since trickled down to smaller restaurants and found its way to Manila.

Nikkei has been in the Philippines for over 3 years now, and they recently opened their sister restaurant Nikkei Nama in One Bonifacio in BGC. Nama translates to “fresh” or “light” which reflects in the food served at Nikkei Nama by Head Chef Juan Barcos.

It caters to the younger, well-traveled appetite and value-conscious BGC dining crowd. It also exclusively features the Chifa (Chinese-Peruvian) rice bowls.

Here’s what we liked at Nikkei Nama…

 

Nikkei Nama
2/F One Bonifacio High, 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Operating Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Monday to Thursday, Sunday) 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Friday to Saturday)
Mobile: +63 966 533 7573
Website: www.nikkei.com.ph
Facebook: Nikkei Nama Bar

Related Blog Post: NIKKEI: Japanese-Peruvian Chic Restaurant in Legaspi Village (First Look)

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#Philippines, #Restaurants

SEBASTIAN’S BEST: Grilled Cheese, Taho Milkshake, Bonsai Sundaes, and more!

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First established in 2005, Sebastian’s Ice Cream has continued to keep reinventing the wheel when it comes to local Artisanal Ice Cream. It’s been 14 years since their inception, and they still continue to impress with their genius innovations.

Their closure at Podium in 2017 was met with a lot of sadness, but fret not, as they are back! Recently reopened in the new wing of Podium, Sebastian’s has come out with a new menu that covers both sweet and savoury.

Here’s what we liked from their new menu:

Sebastian’s Ice Cream
5F The Podium, 12 ADB Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong
Mobile: +63 927 453 7426
Facebook: Sebastian’s Ice Cream
Instagram: @sebastiansicecream
Website: https://sebastiansicecream.com/

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#Philippines

Hilton Manila Pool, Buffet and Staycation Experience!

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Hilton is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most well-known names in the hotel industry. During its time, the old Manila Hilton was the first five-star hotel in the country and housed the most prestigious VIP guests. It closed down its doors as the Hilton in the 80s. Years later, the Hilton makes its return, now under the wings of Resorts World Manila.

Hilton Manila officially opened their doors this October 2018. Located in Resorts World Manila, Hilton finds itself in a strategic location, being close to key points for tourists – the airport, Newport Mall, and the Casino.

Here’s the details on my pre-Christmas stay at the Hilton Manila…

Hilton Manila
1 Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay
Contact #:
+632 239 7788
Instagram: @hiltonmanila
Website: www.hiltonmanila.com

Check out low Hilton Manila rates and availability from Booking.com.

Related Post: Shanghainese Cuisine at Hua Ting @HiltonManila

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#Travel

Voyager of the Seas Cruise Experience: 4-Nights Port Klang to Phuket @RoyalCaribbeanPH

Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 49-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry “firsts” never before seen at sea. I’ve never been on a cruise before, so this was very exciting for me!

For my first trip with Royal Caribbean, we sailed the Malacca Strait on a 4-Night Port Klang-Phuket Cruise aboard the Voyager of the Seas. The Voyager of the Seas is one of RCI’s biggest ships and has quite the lineup of Asia Cruises for 2018 to 2019.

Here’s my first-time experience on a cruise and some tips I learned on the trip…

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
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Royal Caribbean Philippines
Instagram: @royalcaribbeanphilippines
Website: https://www.cruising.com.ph/

Related Post: ROYAL CARIBBEAN: 8 Awesome Experiences onboard Voyager of the Seas! @RoyalCaribbean

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#Restaurants

Give the Gift of Bistro! (with Stone Valley Reloadable Gift Cards)

The Bistro Group, the umbrella company of much-loved restaurants such as Italianni’s and TGI Friday’s has partnered with Stone Valley, a gift card management framework to bring forth the newest Bistro Gift Card.

The Bistro Gift Card is totally different from the already-existing Bistro Card, which you may already have. Here’s what The Bistro Gift Card offers:

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#Philippines

Your Guide to the Happiest Beach in Cebu!

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From the founders of Inflatable Island in Subic, and the team that brought the iconic “Pink Bali Lounge” and also the same brains behind The Dessert Museum, comes “The Happy Beach,” a boutique resort located in Mactan, Cebu.

What can you expect at this Instagrammable paradise?

Happy Beach Cebu
Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Operating Hours: 7AM – 5PM (Day Trip)
Contact #: +63 917 174 2878
Facebook: Happy Beach PH
Twitter: @HappyBeachPH
Instagram: @thehappybeachph
Website: https://www.happybeach.ph

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#Restaurants, Taiwan

Sanhoyan: Taiwanese Food with a Twist! @sanhoyantw

Taipei is a definite haven for food lovers. But where else can you go after you’ve exhausted the night markets and other food districts? Located in Breeze Nanjing, one of Taipei’s nicest shopping malls in the Songshan District, is Sanhoyan.

Sanhoyan is not your ordinary Taiwanese restaurant. It serves traditional Taiwanese food with a twist. We went in the midst of a heavy lunch crowd, straight from the airport after a short delay from Taitung. To say we were hungry was an understatement.

Here’s what we had at Sanhoyan:

Sanhoyan Breeze Nanjing
105, Taiwan, Taipei City, Songshan District, Section 3, Nanjing East Road, 337號
Operating Hours:
Sunday – Wednesday: 11am – 930pm
Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Contact #: +886 2 2731 3833
Facebook: 叁和院 台灣風格飲食 參和院
Instagram: @sanhoyantw
Website: http://www.sanhoyan.com.tw/ 

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NOMU: Hidden Bar in a BGC Matcha Cafe?

The founders of Nomi Matcha, a modern Japanese Café dedicated to all things Matcha, has expanded to the booze business. Their most recent expansion is Nomu, a Japanese Speakeasy. It’s no surprise that they expanded towards the liquor circle as drinking is a shared interest between the Filipinos and the Japanese.

What’s surprising, however, is Nomu’s location. It’s located right inside Nomi!

So, where in Nomi can you find this bar?

NOMU
Ground Floor, W City Center, 30th Street Corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Operating Hours: 5 PM – 1AM
Contact Number: +632 821-8769
Facebook: Nomu
Instagram: @nomubgc

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