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.
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.)
Prana is a South East Asian style restaurant that has become well known in Boracay as the "to go to, Health food spot." The menu is simple and basic with an emphasis on farm to table. The produce is fresh as possible and always sourced locally.
Visitors to Prana can expect to get a healthy that is as delicious as it is a work of art. Fantastic platting, delicious healthy food, set in a tranquil Bali type setting makes Prana the perfect destination for those who want to relax in a busy place like Boracay.
Executive Chef PeterMontemayor honed his skills for over 15 years — specializing in Western and SE Asian cuisine. He has operated and ran a number of establishments in Boracay, before heading to Thailand and Bali to hone his culinary skills and explore other SE Asian flavors.
Having lived for six years in Thailand and Bali, Chef Peter learned to appreciate the spices and tastes of the region and he brings that back to the Philippines at Prana.
Chef opted to leave out red meat on his menus and is not shy to label his food vegan-friendly. The menu at Prana changes regularly depending on the availability of the produce.
Indigo Restaurant is a fine dining experience at the world-class resort, Discovery Shores Boracay. Situated at Station One, the white sand beach setting makes it a perfect place for a nice private and intimate dining experience in Boracay.
The restaurant boasts an impressive international menu with a focus on coastal dishes. You can order from their set menus or order a la carte. Their Seafood sets and Surf and Turfs are popular amongst guests and visitors
Here's what to expect at Indigo Restaurant at Discovery Shores Boracay…
The World Street Food Congress convened for the second year in the Philippines. Chefs and culinary influencers from around the world came together for a 2-day conference that celebrated this year's theme:"Re-Imagine Possibilities".
Talks ranged from preserving street food culture to protecting the rights of street vendors and reimagining heritage foods for the younger generation.
This year's conference was made special by a visit from the one and only Anthony Bourdain, who shared his insights on this year's topic and the impact of street food culture in America.
Pictured Top: Some of the World Street Food Congress 2017 speakers and presenters — from left to right: Sau del Rosario (co-host), Richard Tan, Greg Drescher (Keynote), Malcolm Lee, Mai Pham, Anthony Bourdain, Wanda Corazon Teo (Secretary of Philippine Tourism), Ulf Tassilo Muench, KF Seetoh (Founder & Host), Claude Tayag, Peter Lloyd, Anton Diaz, Odilia Winneke, Arbind Singh, Prof. Nguyen Nha
The 2-day dialog was a platform where chefs and pioneers could showcase their work and share ideas with each other and the audience. Some of the Chefs gave demonstrations as they tried to reinterpret simple heritage foods and cuisine for the modern age. Guests were able to purchase various international street food from 28 hawker stalls that made up this year's Jamboree. World Street Food Congress 2017: Top 10 Hawker Dishes World Street Food Congress 2017: Dialog Mall Of Asia Concert Grounds Seaside Blvd, Pasay Philippines Metro Manila May 31st – Jun 1st, 2017
One of the newest additions to Boracay’s latest wave of trendy restaurants and eateries, NONIE’S aims to bring delicious and healthy food options to a culinary landscape that is seriously lacking.
The items on their menu have been carefully crafted with health and wellness in mind. Their take on Filipino classics incorporates healthy cooking techniques that make their food new and exciting but also familiar.
Vegan and vegetarian items are available and they also specialize in a variety of freshly made smoothies and cold-pressed juices.
Owned and operated by Shria and Patrick Florencio, the newlyweds have invested everything they have into this venture, having walked away from the corporate world to try their hand at their own business.
Their vision is to not only run a great restaurant with quality food, but to also be a socially responsible organization that gives back to the local community.
The restaurant is named after and is a fitting tribute to Patrick’s mother, Cenona Florencio, or Nonie for short.
Nonie’s: Eat Good, Feel Good Station X, G/F, Hue Hotel, and Resorts, Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Telephone: +63 912 394-8948 Facebook:Nonie’s Open Daily: 10 am–10 pm
Boutique Burger Kitchen or BBK is the brainchild of famed Chef Carlo Miguel and wife Ria, the first restaurant they opened together (without any partners).
This diner-themed restaurant serves a variety of American classics, with a focus on quality and freshness. You can expect to find good old-fashioned burgers that have been given the gourmet treatment, and served at affordable prices.
Almost everything at BBK is made in-house, which is one of its strong points. This ensures that the quality and consistency of the food is maintained, and guarantees the customer gets the freshest burger possible.
The food here may be simple and straight to the point, but we were blown away by it.
If you love a good burger, you'll definitely love BBK!
BBK Boutique Burger Kitchen The Fort Stip, 28th St, Cor 7th Ave, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Telephone: +632 964-2050 Mobile: +63 917 893-4913 Facebook: @BoutiqueBurgerKitchenPh Instagram: @bbkphilippines Operating Hours: Mon-Thur, Sun 11am-12mn, Fri-Sat 11am-2am
For first-time visitors, Itbayat Island may seem like a place suspended in time.
An island paradise barely touched by the unrelenting hand of modernization, Itbayat is one of the last regions of the Philippines where man has hardly left his mark on the environment.
It is a place that sometimes feels foreign and wild, yet at the same time, familiar and tame, a place of majestic rolling hills where wild horses roam freely, racing across open fields. It's also a place forgotten by history, where vast cave systems hold the secrets to some of the Philippines earliest settlers.
Most importantly, it's home to nearly 3,000 Ivatan—the original inhabitants of the island.
If you're up for a real adventure and want to experience untouched nature,Itbayat is the perfect destination.
Angkor Archeological Park is made up of an estimated 1,000 temples, shrines, and urban developments covering over 1000 square kilometers of lush Cambodian jungle and swamps – making Angkor the largest religious complex in the world.
Over 2 million tourist flock to Cambodia each year to see the ancient temples which were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992. According to officials, it would take over 7 daysto fully explore the entire Angkor area.
We only had a days time to visit the Temples, thankfully there are 2 Tourist routes to choose from when visiting Angkor; The Small Tour Circuit or The Grand Tour Circuit.
We opted for the (more popular) Small Circuit Tour, that takes you to 3 of the main temples and a few smaller complexes. • Angkor Wat • Angkor Thom • Bayon • Baphoun • Phimenakas • Preah Ngok Shrine • Terrace Of The Leper King
The Small Tour Circuit can be accomplished in half a days time (6-8 hours) and is recommended for first timers and tourist on limited schedules.