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Monique Tendencia

#Hotels

HiEx: Traveling Smart with Holiday Inn Express Newport Manila

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Holiday Inn Express, the first of its kind in the Philippines, opened this July 2018. Located in Newport City, the hotel provides convenience for smart and savvy business travelers with its close proximity to the airport. This differs from the Holiday Inn in Makati, as the Express focuses on limited services at a reasonable price.

Holiday Inn Express is a globally recognized brand that focuses on three things – safety, comfort, and service. The old Remington Hotel has been refurbished to match the look and feel of all HiEx branches across the world.

I stayed for a night to experience the convenience they have to offer…

 

Holiday Inn Express Newport Manila
Address: #1 Jasmine Drive, Resorts World Manila, Pasay Airport Area, Pasay, 1309 Metro Manila
Telephone: +63 (02) 908 8600
Email: info.hiexmanila.nc@rwmanila.com
Website: www.hiexpress.com

Check out low Holiday Inn Express Manila rates and availability from Booking.com.

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Musicals

ANG HULING EL BIMBO: Of Sad Homecomings #AngHulingElBimbo2018

Ang Huling El Bimbo is a masterful piece of expert storytelling through the music of the Eraserheads, the most iconic rock band of the 90s. Their songs are expertly put together to build the story of friends who have lost their relationships, and their unexpected reunion years later.

Ang Huling El Bimbo is the latest original Filipino musical produced by Full House Theater Company (FHTC) and Resorts World Manila.

Here are my thoughts on the musical…

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Events

CRAYFISH PARTY: A True Nordic Feast @SofitelManila

Kräftskiva (the Crayfish Party) is a typical Swedish festivity that symbolizes the end of summer for Nordic countries, usually in August. Once reserved for royalty, the crayfish eventually became popular amongst the masses after Parisians took an interest, and the rest of Europe followed suit.

Now in its 6th year, NordCham Philippines in partnership with Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila transports guests to a feast for the senses set in a Viking Village for the themed celebration of the Crayfish Party 2018.  Save the date for the 8th of September 2018 from 6pm onwards and get ready to indulge in a festive party.

See what’s in store for this year’s Crayfish Party at Sofitel:Read more

#Restaurants

HAWKER CHAN: World’s Cheapest Michelin-starred Restaurant Now in Manila!

What was once a humble hawker stall from Singapore, Hawker Chan, is now a fast-growing Michelin-star restaurant across the globe. Originally called Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice Noodle, the name Hawker Chan was adapted for its dine-in restaurants following the global expansion.

Chef-owner Chan Hong Meng first opened in Singapore’s Chinatown in 2009. Eight years later, he earned his first Michelin Star for the signature Soya Chicken Rice. Foodee Global Concepts, the group responsible for bringing Tim Ho Wan, Llaollao and Kam’s Roast to the Philippines, now adds Hawker Chan to their roster of international franchises.

Here’s our experience at Hawker Chan…

Hawker Chan
G/F Entertainment Mall, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday 10AM – 10PM
Facebook: Hawker Chan Philippines
Instagram: @hawkerchanphilippines

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#Hotels, #Philippines, Iloilo

HUNI SICOGON: What to Expect @hunisicogon ? (First Look)

Huni Sicogon is Ayala Land’s latest venture in Western Visayas. Just opened this July 2018, it is a 52-key, 2-storey boutique resort located at Sicogon Tourism Estate.

Sicogon Island is located on the northernmost part of Iloilo, under the municipality of Carles. This island has remained under the radar for the past few years, especially after Yolanda hit and brought casualty to the locals and their livelihood. Ayala is set to turn the island into a tourism estate, much like Lio El Nido.

I had the privilege to be one of the first few to visit the resort in its first week. Here’s what you can expect at Huni:

Huni Sicogon
Brgy. San Fernando, Sicogon Island, Carles, Iloilo, Philippines 5019
Tel: +63 917 827 0445
Facebook: Huni Sicogon Resort
Instagram: @hunisicogon
Email: reservations@sicogonresorts.com
Website: http://www.huniresorts.com/

Check out low Huni Sicogon rates and availability from Booking and Agoda.

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#Restaurants

The Grid: A First Look at Rockwell’s Food Market!

The Grid

The Grid is the latest venture of Charles Paw, founder and CEO of the Tasteless Group, the same brains behind Century City Mall’s Hole in the Wall. Food halls and food parks have burgeoned over the last few years, all with their aggressive branding and marketing. But for the majority, their over-the-top ideas took the front seat; and quality, the back seat.

The Grid focuses less on trendy and experimental food concepts, but more on familiar cuisine done with expertise. That being said, this food hall brings together some of Manila’s culinary industry’s most prominent names.

Here’s a rundown of our first experience at The Grid:

The Grid
R2 Level Expansion, Power Plant Mall, Makati
Operating Hours: Monday-Friday 11:00am – 10:00pm, Saturday-Sunday 11:00am – 11:00pm
Facebook: The Grid Food Market
Instagram: @thegridfoodmarketph

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#Travel, China

36 Hours in Shanghai (Photo Essay)

Shanghai is one of those places that have always been on my radar, but I’ve never made plans purely for the language barrier. I was able to spend a few hours in the city on my last trip to China, and it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be.

Armed with just a translation app, and with only two definite things on the itinerary (The Bund and Yu Garden), I set out to explore Shanghai with Archie (a Fil-Chi who unfortunately, doesn’t speak much Mandarin).Read more

#Restaurants

Run Rabbit Run: Curated Cocktail Wonderland @ Brgy Poblacion

Over the past year, Poblacion has quickly become a hot spot for hole-in-the-wall restaurants and watering holes with new happenings popping up almost every month. Recently opened Run Rabbit Run is the latest addition to Poblacion and they call themselves “your new local neighborhood cocktail bar.”

Run Rabbit Run will lead you down the rabbit hole towards its Wonderland – a place to escape from the day’s worries, stumble upon a friend or two, and delight over their curated cocktails. 

Step into their Poblacion hideout and see what they have in store:

Run Rabbit Run
4991 P. Guanzon st, Makati, 1012 Metro Manila
Operating Hours: Monday to Tuesday 6PM-1AM, Wednesday to Saturday 6PM-3AM, Closed on Sundays
Mobile: +63 908 897 0668
E-mail: drink@runrabbit.run
Facebook: RunRabbitRun.ph
Instagram: @runrabbitrun.ph
Website: www.runrabbit.run

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#Philippines, Catanduanes

Catanduanes: Incredible Vistas of the East

Catanduanes is an island off the eastern coast of mainland Bicol. Considered the 12th largest island in the Philippines, its size is comparable to the province of La Union.

Catanduanes has the unfortunate fate of being labeled as the “Land of the Howling Winds” for its geographical location makes it susceptible to being the first to take the hit when storms ravage. With this, Catanduanes has continued to remain under the radar for most local and foreign tourists. On my recent visit, I came with zero expectations and left with a newfound appreciation for the island.

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Events

Repoblacion ng Pilipinas: A Rainy Toast to our 120th Independence Day!

Repoblacion ng Pilipinas, the first Independence Day Salubong Street Food Fiesta hosted by Agimat x Alamat and Z hostel has come to a successful close!

Despite the torrential downpour that lasted almost the whole night, crowds of people still went and raised a toast to celebrate our country’s independence.

Related Blog Post: Hunyo 12: Repoblacion ng Pilipinas! (Insider Guide)

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