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A MANOR at Camp John Hay Baguio Christmas! (A Photo Essay) @TheManor_CJH

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MANOR at Camp John Hay is one of the best places to spend Christmas in the Philippines. You get the cold December weather, log wood cabin accommodations, actual pine Christmas trees, and a romantic restaurant, Le Chef, to complete the festive experience.

Here’s a photo essay of our MANOR at Camp John Hay Baguio Christmas….

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#Hotels, Family Escapades

SOFITEL: Ultimate Foodie Staycation Experience! @SofitelManila

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We love SOFITEL because it’s the only hotel in Manila with a luxurious resort-like feel and an awesome view of the Manila Sunset. It’s also considered a Foodie Haven where one can experience Spiral, the Best Buffet in Manila, and explore authentic French cuisine and wine. It also has  Le Spa, which is one of the best couples spas in Manila today.

We got invited by Sofitel to check out the Ultimate Foodie Staycation experience in Manila …  

SOFITEL Staycation Series 2014

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Family Escapades

LE SPA: Secret Wine Lovers Treatment at Jardin d’Eden @SofitelManila

 Read First: LE SPA “Duo” Couples Romantic Ritual @ Sofitel

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LE SPA is our favorite spa for the most luxurious couples massage in Manila. We enjoyed our LE SPA “Duo” Couples Romantic Ritual in the Harmonie room last time.

For a limited time, Le Spa at Sofitel introduces a unique “Vinotherapy”, using the latest in wine cosmetics from Les Sources de Caudalie with traditional massage treatments. They also use organic beauty products from Thémaé, harnessing the power of tea for beauty rejuvenation.

Check out Le Spa’s Wine Lovers Treatment experience…

SOFITEL Staycation Series 2014

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#Restaurants, Family Escapades, Food

SPIRAL BUFFET: Our Top 10 Favorites in SPIRAL Sunday Brunch, the BEST Buffet in Town! @SpiralManila @SofitelManila

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SPIRAL is the gold standard for the most extensive and interactive gourmet dining buffet in Manila. A year after it was launched, it continues to be hailed by foodies as Manila’s BEST buffet. 

Here are our Top 10 Favorites in SPIRAL – the BEST buffet in town…

SOFITEL Staycation Series 2014

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#Restaurants, Family Escapades

LE BAR: Romantic French Dinner with Wine Pairing @SofitelManila

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LE BAR is the lobby bar of Sofitel Hotel, which is a bistro, music lounge, and Galette – Patisserie and Chocolaterie in one. It’s the best place to eat in Sofitel as an alternative to Spiral, where you can enjoy food and pair it with an extensive list of French and European wines. 

Check out the Romantic French Dinner with Wine Pairing at LE BAR…

SOFITEL Staycation Series 2014

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#Hotels, #Travel, Food

ITAEWON: IP Boutique Hotel & Flying Pan Korean Brunch Experience @KTOManila

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ITAEWON is a shopping district for local and global brands, with cool bars at night. It’s a melting pot of diverse cultures and the hip place to go for food and restaurants offering international cuisines.

We spent our last night in Korea here and how I wish we had more time to explore.

Check out the IP Boutique Hotel we stayed at and Flying Pan, one of the best brunch places in Itaewon…

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Family Escapades

BIG FAMILY TRAVEL: Tips in Planning your Next Awesome Family Adventure!

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Our boys are growing up so fast, so each adventure we have with them is precious. Usually, one adventure fuels creative ideas for the next awesome adventure. It gets very addicting.

When you have kids that are more than 2 years old already, you have to be creative in managing your budget for the trip because:

  • You already have to pay full fare for flights;
  • You usually need to have a bigger room or have options for extra bed/s; and
  • They already have growing appetites.

Big Family Travel (with kids of 3 or more) continues to be a challenge in terms of costs and the logistics of organizing it. There are no travel packages, deals or incentives catering to the needs and wants of this travel segment.

I’m still learning how to do it efficiently, and I’m sure there are OAP readers out there who would have smart tips on how to go on a big family travel creatively.

I’ll start first. Here are my Tips & Tricks for a Big Family Travel Adventure:

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#Hotels, #Philippines, #Travel, Baguio, Food

C BOUTIQUE HOTEL and the Flavors of Baguio Food Tour

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C BOUTIQUE HOTEL is a homey 17-room boutique hotel by Charley Antonio. It is located in a quiet residential neighborhood near Wright Park and is walking distance from the Mines View area.

You can think of it as a nice home away from home when you are in Baguio. One of the things I like in C Boutique is waking up to a yummy breakfast experience. This summer, Our Awesome Planet collaborated with C Boutique to enhance the Baguio experience with the Flavors of Baguio tour.

Here is our C Boutique and Flavors of Baguio Experience:

Flavors of Baguio: Discover Baguio, One Bite at a Time!

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#Hotels, Manila Life, Staycation

DISCOVER BINONDO: Chinese New Year + Ramada Hotel + 168 Shopping

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We celebrated Raphael’s third birthday in Binondo because his birth date, February 10, coincided with the Chinese New Year of the Water Snake this year 2013.

It was a different kind of gimmick because we now have Ramada Hotel, an international standard hotel in the heart of Binondo, where you can stay overnight, enjoy the yummy treats of Binondo, and take advantage of the shopping deals at Divisoria in a more leisurely manner.

The Hotel was also the best place to experience the Chinese New Year countdown, watch the fireworks and feel the authentic vibe of the new year around the oldest Chinatown in the world. 

Here’s a photo essay of our Discover Binondo Birthday Gimmik with the Family: 

Related Blog PostCALDERON: Raphael’s Spanish Birthday Dinner

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    Couple Date Idea: Lovey-Dovey Rendezvous at Dusit Makati

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    I’m always looking for romantic escape ideas with my wife to spice up our relationship.

    We recently tried Dusit Manila’s Just for Two Package, specially targeted at couples seeking that lovey-dovey rendezvous in the heart of Makati City.

    I would like to share with you our learnings and give tips on how to maximize the package. This post is particularly for the guys who might be planning this as a surprise (so girls, please don’t read this anymore 🙂 ).

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