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BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia

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BANDUNG, the capital of West Java, makes up one of the largest cities of Indonesia. Highly accessible by train from Jakarta, this weekend destination is heralded for its cultural hubs and factory outlets.

Bandoeng was previously a Dutch Colony. Its cool climate is attributed to its location on a river basin within a group of volcanic mountains. Due to its good weather and fertile soil, the Dutch established small communities and plantations in the area. The communities grew into municipalities and Bandung easily became the Parjis van Java (Paris of Java) with its luxurious hotels, cafes, restaurants, and boutiques.

By 1945, Indonesia earned its independence and the city underwent rapid growth. Scenic landscapes turned into hectic cityscapes, and quaint houses grew into high-rise buildings. Yet, Bandung is one of the most loved cities by locals and creatives.

Here’s how to make the best of your Bandung Weekend….

THE TRIP OF WONDERS INDONESIA SERIES 2016

INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!
BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!
• SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century
• KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!
• THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings & Presidents through History
• ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

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#Travel

ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

Alila Seminyak

Bali’s beautiful Alila Seminyak combines luxury with sustainable practice. The resort boasts a sprawling beachside along the Indian Ocean, a 3-bedroom penthouse with a private infinity pool, chic deluxe and superior rooms, lavish comforts to ease the tired traveller.

Alila is committed to the social and environmental enrichment of the community they operate in. Utilizing environmentally sustainable practices as its foundation, the resort acquired one of the highest levels of certification from EarthCheck in the Best Practice Building and Planning and Design Standard development (BPDS).

All the while reducing their carbon footprint, Alila also financially supports two elementary schools (SD Negeri 1 and SD Negeri 2) by helping them build educational and creative facilities in Kerobokan, as well as provide shelter for 80 less fortunate children at Anak-Anak Harapan Children’s Home in Dalung.  

Making its grand opening this October, Alila Seminyak invited us for a five-star experience at one of the best resorts in Bali.

ALILA SEMINYAK
Jl. Taman Ganesha No.9, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Telephone:
+62 361 3021888
Email: 
[email protected]
Instagram: @AlilaSeminyak
Facebook: @AlilaSeminyak
Website: www.alilahotels.com/seminyak

 

THE TRIP OF WONDERS INDONESIA SERIES 2016

INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!
BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!
• SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century
• KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!
• THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings & Presidents through History
• ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

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#Travel

BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!

Borobudur Sunrise

The majestic BOROBUDUR TEMPLE lies in the heart of CENTRAL JAVA. Its nine tiers overlook rolling hills and lush greenery that are best viewed at sunrise. Borobudur is only an hour’s drive away from Yogyakarta City, the center of education and traditional Javanese arts.

Built in the 9th century during the Sailendra Dynasty, this marvel boasted 2,672 bas-relief panels and 504 Buddha statues in its prime. And get this–no mortar or cement was used in the process. These massive structures were expertly “glued" together with interlocking volcanic stones. It's no surprise this temple is widely considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World! 

Related Blog Post: BOROBUDUR Sunrise Experience (The Largest Buddhist Temple in the World)

Here's my unforgettable experience at Borobudur… 

THE TRIP OF WONDERS INDONESIA SERIES 2016

INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!
BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!
• SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century
• KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!
• THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings & Presidents through History
• ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

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#Philippines

PHILIPPINE HARVEST: Celebrating The Best of Local Agriculture & Spirits! (A Photo Essay)

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PHILIPPINE HARVEST is a partnership between the Department of Agriculture and SSI Group, Inc. that celebrates the richness of Filipino-made products. Over the course of  weekend, more than twenty exhibitors made available hundreds of uniquely made food items, heirloom vegetables, grain varieties, spirits, wines, and all-natural cosmetics that utilize the abundance of the Philippines’ natural resources.

Here are our favorite exhibitors during the last show…

 

CENTRAL SQUARE
5th Avenue cor. 30th St., Bonifacio High Street Central, BGC Taguig
Operation Hours:
11am-10pm, Sunday – Thursday
11am-11pm, Friday – Saturday
Telephone: +63 958 5660
Facebook: CentralSquarePH
Instagram: @centralsquareph

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#Travel

AWESOME DUMAGUETE: A Weekend Getaway Itinerary to the Best of Dumaguete!

Dumaguete, otherwise known as the “Land of the Gentle People”, is one of the prime gateway destinations for adventure seekers around the world. Some of the most beautiful trekking, snorkelling, and diving spots are just within your reach from the capital city of Negros Oriental.

 

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It’s easy enough to say “I want to go to Dumaguete”, but knowing where to stay and where to go is a different story. Our Awesome Planet created a sample itinerary to help you make the best of your weekend getaway in paradise.

Awesome Dumaguete Series:

• AWESOME DUMAGUETE: A Weekend Getaway Itinerary!
 ATMOSPHERE RESORTS: Have you tried the Best Eco-Luxury Resort in Dumaguete?
• BLUE Restaurant: One Yummy Reason to Stay at Atmosphere (A Review)
 DUMAGUETE: Most Awesome Eco-Friendly Adventure in Dumaguete!
 DUMAGUETE OUTDOORS: Manjuyod Sandbar & Dolphin Watching in Bais with the Divaguete! 

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#Travel

DUMAGUETE OUTDOORS: Manjuyod Sandbar & Dolphin Watching in Bais with the Divaguete!

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DUMAGUETE OUTDOORS is a locally run eco-adventure company founded in 2004 by Angelo Villanueva, also known as the Divaguete. Aside from promoting the local culture, Angelo spreads the love for Negros Oriental by getting you “up close and personal” with nature. Not only does the company offer over 13 different adventure packages, they also customize an itinerary based on your needs.

Some of Dumaguete Outdoors’ most popular tours are in the following destinations: Oslob, Apo Island, Twin Lakes, Dumaguete City, Valencia, and Bais. We joined Angelo on the Dolphin Watching and Sandbar Tour.

Here’s our experience at Bais, Negros Oriental…

DUMAGUETE OUTDOORS
Aninon St., Barangay Mag-Abo, Amlan, Negros Oriental 6203
Mobile: +63 919 747 7470 |
Email: [email protected]
Website: dumagueteoutdoors.com
Facebook: Dumaguete Outdoors
Instagram: @thesupermodeldiva

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#Travel

DUMAGUETE: Most Awesome Eco-Friendly Adventure in Dumaguete!

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Dumaguete Ciy is the capital and most populated area of Negros Oriental. Its geographical location makes it one of the most convenient gateways to some of the most beautiful places in the Philippines–Apo Island, Casaroro Falls, Pulang Bato, Bais, and more!

Here are the recommended activities and places within your reach from Dumaguete City…

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#Restaurants, #Travel

BLUE Restaurant: One Yummy Reason to Stay at Atmosphere (A Review)

Related Blog Post: ATMOSPHERE RESORTS: Have you tried the Best Eco-Luxury Resort in Dumaguete?

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If you’re looking for great food around Dumaguete City, BLUE at Atmosphere Resorts is exactly where it’s at. Located at the heart of Dauin, Negros Oriental, Blue’s claim to fame are their hearty breakfast buffets, all day dining and healthy living options, casual fine dining signature dishes, and sweet treats by German-Filipino Chef, Denver Wickenhauser.

With the best eco-luxury resort around as its home, Blue’s approach to food is wholesome, flexible, and sustainable—with some restaurant staples produced not more than 2km away!  

Here's what to expect at Blue Restaurant at Atmosphere Resort … 

 

BLUE at ATMOSPHERE RESORTS
Atmosphere Resorts & Spa Maayong Tubig, Dauin, 6217 Negros Oriental, Philippines
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +63 35 400 6940
Mobile: +63 917 700 2048 | +63 998 960 2289
Website: www.atmosphereresorts.com
Facebook: Atmosphere Resorts
Instagram: @atmosphereresorts
Twitter: 
@atmosphereresorts

 

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#Hotels, #Philippines, Dumaguete

ATMOSPHERE RESORTS: Have you tried the Best Eco-Luxury Resort in Dumaguete?

Related Blog Post: BLUE Restaurant: One Yummy Reason to Stay at Atmosphere Resorts

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ECO-LUXURY has shifted the focus of tourism by providing benefits for both the economy and the environment. By combining premium hospitality services with ecological and social responsibility, ATMOSPHERE RESORTS shows us how the two worlds can co-exist.

Owners Gabrielle & Matthew Holder designed Atmosphere as an immersive experience that forces us to evaluate our relationship with nature and value the communities around us–all while getting some good ol’ R&R.

The underlying goals of the resort are to support the local community and continually reduce the environmental impact of the business. By adopting simple, sustainable, and socially responsible practices all throughout their operations, Atmosphere promotes mindfulness in the midst of indulgence.

Here’s why Atmosphere is the best Eco-Luxury Resort in the Negros Island Region…

Atmosphere Resorts & Spa Philippines
Maayong Tubig, Dauin, 6217 Negros Oriental. Philippines
Telephone: +63 35 400 6940
Mobile: +63 917 700 2048. +63 998 960 2289
Email:  [email protected]
Web: atmosphereresorts.com
Facebook: @atmosphere.resorts
Instagram: atmosphereresorts

Search for the lowest Atmosphere Resorts & Spa rates at Booking.com in partnership with Our Awesome Planet.

Search for the lowest Atmosphere Resorts & Spa rates at Booking.com in partnership with Our Awesome Planet.

Related Blog Posts:

• Atmosphere Resort: Taking Sustainable Cooking to the Next Level
• Atmosphere Resort: Have you tried the Best Eco-Luxury Resort in Dumaguete?
• Bleu restaurant: One Yummy Reason to Stay at Atmosphere
• Lumago Designs: Literally, from Trash to Beautiful Jewelry
• Awesome Dumaguete: A Weekend Getaway Itinerary 
• The Goatery: Dumaguete’s World Class Sustainable Dairy Goats Farm

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#Restaurants, Pampanga

PAMPANGA: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Pampanga! (2016)

(This article is sponsored by AZURE NORTH, an amazing, tropical-inspired residential project featuring a man-made beach in the heart of San Fernando, Pampanga! Developed by Century Properties who clearly know that Pampanga, with its delightful food and hospitable people, is a place really worth living in. Check it out: www.azurenorth.com.ph)

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PAMPANGA is widely revered as The Culinary Capital of the Philippines. Highly acclaimed Kapampangan Chef, Claude Tayag of BALE DUTUNG and 1956 DOWNTOWN CAFÉ, believes the province’s reputation for good food is because of its history with Clark Air Base (a military facility for American and Filipino forces from 1903 to 1991).

 

Due to the base’s proximity from the capital city, Angeles, international goods and other ingredients became easily accessible. Thus, locals assimilated these ingredients to their cuisine and signature Kapampampangan dishes like Sisig were born.

In collaboration with the Angeles City Tourism, Team OAP traveled to Pampanga in search of the best restaurants.

Here are the top ten most awesome restaurants in Pampanga in 2016 … (watch: Pampanga Food Trip – Top 10 | Hot Stop )

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