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#Philippines, Dumaguete

THE GOATARY: Dumaguete’s World Class Sustainable Goat Dairy Farm!

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The Goatary is an artisan cheese manufacturer located in Talay, South Dumaguete Philippines that produces some of the best goats cheeses and goat dairy products in SE Asia.    

Great lengths are taken to ensure that each goat is as healthy and happy as possible. Combined with a meticulous record keeping process and regular health evaluations, The goats at The Goatary produce world-class dairy products that are sought after by buyers from around the region. 

What sets the Goatary apart from other dairy goat farms, is their strict adherence to sustainability and organic practices.  A lot of planning and care go into       

From goats milk to artisan flavored cheeses, The Goatary is a fascinating place and a game changer for dairy production in the Philippines.   

THE GOATARY ARTISAN CHEESES 
Talay, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines
Telephone: +63 917 632 6148
Email[email protected]
Website: www.goatary.com

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#Philippines, Dumaguete

LUMAGO DESIGNS: Literally, From Trash To Beautiful Jewelry!

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Lumago Designs is a sustainable, eco-friendly, social enterprise, that is dedicated to improving the livelihood of women from Candau-ay, a large Barangay located on the outskirts of Dumaguete City and home to a large scavenger community.     

Lumago Designs blossomed out of the Dumaguete City dumpsite shortly after Typhoon Sendong had devastated the community in 2011. Today, Lumago employs mothers from the Candau-ay community and trains them in the design and manufacturing of beautifully handcrafted jewelry that is locally-sourced with repurposed materials from the dumpsite.     
 

 

The pieces are artfully handcrafted by the women, and express the bold and colorful personalities of Negros Island. Combining their island roots with contemporary style, the accessories convey a fashion-forward feel, while simultaneously transporting you to a sun-drenched strand of sandy bliss, wherever you may be in the world!

 

LUMAGO DESIGNS
6251 Valencia, Brgy Candau-ay. Dumaguete City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Phone: 0+63 927 664 5072
Web: www.lumagodesigns.com 
Facebook: @lumagodesigns 

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#Travel, Japan

Tokyo Helicopter Night Cruise (Photo Essay)

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The Tokyo Helicopter cruise is a fun and exciting way to see the beautiful city of Tokyo!

The 15minute ride takes you 600 meters high above the skyline, where you can enjoy the cites beautiful landmarks like Mt Fuji fading away in the background, or the famed Tokyo Sky Tree that darts from the ground like a neo-futuristic beacon made of steel and shimmering lights. 
  

Tokyo Helicopter Cruise: EXCEL AIR SERVICE INC.
14 Chidori, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture 279-0032,  Japan
Operating Hours: Open every day except Thursdays 
Telephone: +81 47-380-5555  
Website: excel-air.com   

Daily Flight Schedules:
Day-Flight 4 pm-4:15 pm
Night-Flight 7:45 pm – 8 pm

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#Travel, Japan

ROBOT RESTAURANT: An Exciting Modern-Day Kabuki Experience in Tokyo!

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Robot Restaurant is a modern-day cabaret show that has become one of Japans top tourist attractions

The live entertainment is a crazy combination of eastern and western pop culture, modern dance, light-shows, Japanese mecha, and live anime! The only way to truly describe Robot Restaurant is that, it is a type of modern-day Kabuki.  

The 90-minute spectacle is divided into four acts that feature an array of friendly and heroic creatures who have to fend off an invasion by the Evil Robot Empire or something — to be quite honest we weren't really sure what was going on, but we loved every minute of it!  

However, visitors shouldn't expect a typical dining experience, as it's more about the show than food. While meals are available for an extra charge, you can also buy refreshments and snacks between each act. 

If you ever find yourself in Tokyo and have a few minutes to spare, with a few bucks to spend, Robot Restaurant should be on your to-do list when visiting Tokyo.  It is something that is purely Japanese and something you can only see in Japan. 

(Tip: Eat before you watch the show, so you can focus on the amazing performances and animatronics.) 


ROBOT RESTAURANT
160-0021  1-7-1 Kabukicho Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Hours:
3:30pm—11:30pm Daily
Phone:
+81 3-3200-5500 
Web: www.shinjuku-robot.com

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#Travel

Kyoto Gionya Kimono Experience! (Photo Essay)

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The Kyoto Gionya Kimono Experience is a unique way for tourists to immerse themselves in Japanese culture and traditions that are still practiced to this day.

What better way to remember Kyoto than visiting one of many historical sites in a Japanese style Kimono? This unique experience is one of a kind and a must for any tourists who love culture and picture taking.   

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CENTRAL JAPAN: Nagano’s Matsumoto Castle & Soba Making Workshop! (Day 5)

Nagano Prefecture besides having the most accessible snow resort in Japan, it is surrounded by sought after attractions like the famed 400-year old Matsumoto Castle, Zenkoji Temple, and the cute wild snow monkeys!

Fun Fact: Nagano, known as the prefecture of longevity is blessed with fresh air and clean water from the soaring 3000-meter high Japan Alps. It is believed because of this beautiful environment and fresh produce from the mountains to be related to the highest average life expectancy rate in Nagano.

Here’s a sample itinerary for a day trip in Nagano…

Central Japan Blog Series

CENTRAL JAPAN: 5-Day Sample Itinerary! (Day 1-2)
 CENTRAL JAPAN: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route & Toyama Bay Sushi! (Day 3-4)
 CENTRAL JAPAN: Nagano’s Matsumoto Castle & Soba Making Workshop! (Day 5)

 MY WAX TEMPURA: Food Sample Workshop in Gujo City!
 TONAMI TULIP GALLERY: The World’s Only Tulip Garden Where It Blooms All Year Round!
 SHIRAKAWA-GO: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō!

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#Travel

OSAKA AMAZING PASS: 7 Awesome Osaka Destinations in 2 Days!

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Osaka is home to over 30 plus attractions, making it a prime destination for tourists visiting Japan. 

From ancient shrines to streets lined with LED billboards, Osaka is a place with one foot in the past and the other in the future. 

One of the best ways to experience everything Osaka has to offer is with the Osaka Amazing Pass. It was our all-access ticket to some of the most wondrous and magnificent places in the whole of Japan.  

 

Osaka Prefecture is one of the main prefectures in the Kansai Region of Japan (the other prefectures being Kyoto and Kobe). Osaka is the second largest metropolitan area in Japan and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world with 19 million people calling it home.   

Osaka has historically been a major component to the development of Japan as a nation. It was the center of the rice trade during the Edo Period earning it its nickname, "The Country's Kitchen". 

Today, Osaka is one of Japan's major tourist destinations and is home to a vibrant night life as well as a being a hub for some of the best restaurants in the country. In fact, many Japanese will attest to the food in Osaka being among the best in all of Japan.  

Travelers to Osaka may appreciate its more laid back atmosphere compared to the faster pace of Tokyo, and with a booming tourist industry and a healthy economy, you'll find plenty of things to do and see. 

Osaka Prefecture
Kansai Region, Japan  

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#Philippines

MASALA MOE’S: Craving for Authentic Indian Food in Boracay?

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Masala Moes is an authentic Indian Restuarant that specializes in Indian heritage foods and Mediterranean cuisines.  

Having recently opened its doors at City Mall Annex in Boracay, the humble establishment has been making waves on the island for good food and great service. 

 

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Owner Moe Chulani brings his love and passion for the food he grew up eating. 

Moe's uses the recipes handed down through his family for generations. And by importing spices from India, and sourcing produce locally, the food at Masala Moe's is fresh and authentic.  

Each dish is bold in spice and flavors, and anyone who has a love for Indian Cuisine will feel right at home here. 
 
Masala Moe's Indian & Mediterranean Heritage Restaurant
GF Annex, City Mall Boracay, Diniwid Crossing
Boracay Philippines
Open Daily 11am – 10pm 
Telephone:+63 995 946 0031 / +63 921 7531963
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: @masalamoesboracay
Instagram: @masalamoes
Masala Moe's Menu

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#Travel

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN: Guide to an Awesome USJ Experience!

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Brave the halls of Hogwarts and come face with the vile dementors of Azkaban at The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter, get lost in Minion Park and explore the world of Despicable Me through the eyes of the Minions, help Spiderman defeat his Rogue's Gallery as you swing from the New York skyline, or race through the Jurassic skies and take flight with a pterodactyl on the world's longest "flying" roller coaster. Some of the many adventures you can experience at Universal Studios Japan!  The award-winning Theme Park has around 30 attractions, rides, and shows at any given time and is one of Asia's top destinations for tourists.  

If you find yourself in Osaka, Japan and want to relive your childhood or see some of your favorite Hollywood characters come to life, Universal Studios Japan should definitely be on your to do list!  
 

One of four Universal Studios Theme Parks, Universal Studios Japan (USJ) hosts over 10 million guests per year and is ranked 5th amongst the top 25 theme parks in the world.  

USJ is divided into 10 areas each with its own themes and attractions and covers a land mass of 54 hectares (108 acres). 

The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter opened its gates in 2014 and is USJ's strongest attraction, drawing in visitors from all over Asia who want to explore the magical world of wizards and witches.   

The parks newest and latest attraction, Minion Park, is themed after the successful Despicable Me series and has become another major attraction especially popular with locals and younger children.   

*Navigating USJ is easy, and in case you get lost, there are maps and legends scattered about the park.
 

Universal Studios Japan 
2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka,
Osaka Prefecture 554-0031, Japan
Business Hours: 8:30 am – 9 pm daily (Times may vary depending on Holidays and/ weather)  
Telephone+81 570-200-606 / 06-6465-4005 
Tickets & Bookings: http://www.usj.co.jp/ticket/
Facebook: @universalstudiosjapan
Websitehttp://www.usj.co.jp/

 


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#Philippines, Boracay Island

DOS MESTIZOS Boracay: Is this Spanish-Filipino Heritage Restaurant Still Good?

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Dos Mestizos is a family run restaurant that opened its doors nearly 13 years ago and was the brain child of Jose Carlos Remedios aka Binggoy. It started out as your typical mom and pop shop and over the years it has evolved into one of Boracay's best and well-known establishments.  

The secret to Dos Mestizos success is in the simplicity of its menu.  Basic, Rustic, and straight to the point, the culinary heritage of Mestizo cuisine is perfectly preserved in every dish.  

From Tapas to Paella, the menu incorporates fresh ingredients that are mostly sourced locally. Locals and foreigners visiting Boracay flock to Dos Mestizos for these very reasons.

(Mestizo is a term in the Philippines used to describe people of Spanish heritage.)   

DOS MESTIZOS
Station 2, Calle Remedios, Sitio Manggayad, Boracay Island,
Open Daily – 11.00 am – 11.00 pm
Telephone: +63 36 288 5786
Email: [email protected]
Reservations: 
Online Reservations
Facebook: Dos Mestizos Boracay
Website: http://dosmestizos.com/

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