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5 Reasons not to miss the 19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta this Weekend!

19th Philippine International Hotair Balloon FiestaJoin the 19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival set on February 12 to 15, 2015 at the Philippine Air Force ADAC Hangar in Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.

There will be four full days of flying activities including hot air ballooning, aerobatic exhibitions, skydiving, powered paragliding, aviation formation, search and rescue flight demonstrations, and balloon bursting, among other aviation spectacles鈥攁wait attendees and participants to the highly anticipated event.

Here are our top 5 favorites for the day one event, in no specific order… 

#1 Hot Air Balloon Flight
IMG_5581-2The Hot Air Balloon Flight is the most anticipated exhibition of the whole fiesta, and you have two chances to see it, one is early in the morning where the balloons fly out, and in the afternoon where they fly back to the airport.

19th Philippine International Hotair Balloon FiestaWe were lucky enough to ride a hot air balloon with Captain Wolf and his chase crew.

19th Philippine International Hotair Balloon FiestaWe even had a closer look on the preparations needed before the flight. 

19th Philippine International Hotair Balloon FiestaThis is where we landed a lahar-covered terrain… 

19th Philippine International Hotair Balloon Fiestaa very scenic landing spot, making you feel like you are in another planet.

19th Philippine International Hotair Balloon FiestaThere we met up with the chase crew with their off-the road vehicle. Driving back to the launch site was a unique experience itself, as we rode through rough terrains.

Check out our hot air balloon ride video with the OAP team and the crew! 

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Thank you Captain Wolf for the awesome experience. This could be a perfect date for Valentines, if you’re interested the hot air balloon ride it costs USD200/head.

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Manila Life

Best Practice in using Globe’s P599 Data Roaming (and avoiding Bill Shock) @EnjoyGlobe

Valencia-1.jpg“#AwesomeSunset view from the Bell Tower of the Valencia Cathedral! Thanks for the #AwesomeValència Experience 馃檪 Adios España, I miss you @mrsawesomeplanet” (A photo posted by OUR AWESOME PLANET (@ourawesomeplanet) on Feb 7, 2015 at 3:51am PST)


It’s very important to stay connected via Viber or Instagram with your family and business contacts when traveling abroad. Data connection is crucial, especially when navigating your way through European cities via the City Mapper App.

This is why I use Globe’s P599 24-hour Flat Rate Data Roaming. I sometime find there’s no better data usage option–neither mobile data router nor local sim–that can beat the ~€12/day of Globe. I used the service during my recent trip to Madrid, and last year’s trips to Greece, Sri Lanka, and Taiwan. 

Here are some power tips on how to set it up properly to avoid bill shock and how to maximize data roaming usage via Globe P599…

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Manila Life

10 Most Romantic NEW Restaurants in Manila for Valentines 2015!

Valentine Weekend is just around the corner, and we have exciting new romantic restaurants that recently opened in Manila.

Our Awesome Planet Most Romantic Restaurant Series:

Here are the Top 10 Most Romantic NEW Restaurants in Manila for Valentines 2015:



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The NOBU Restaurant聽is a Japanese & Peruvian-inspired restaurant by Celebrity Chef Nobu Matsuhisa聽in City of Dreams Manila. It’s the signature restaurant of the聽Nobu Hotel聽and the 2nd Celebrity Chef Restaurant to open in the metro.

We had a special date with our foodie friends, Tina and Chef Guy, to check it out. Here’s our experience and some tips to have an awesome experience at Nobu…

Level 1 Tower 3 Nobu Hotel
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +632 691-2882, 691-2885

Note: Credit Card Accepted. Reservation is a must.

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Madrid Fusion

My Awesome Learning Experience at Madrid Fusion! (A Photo Essay)

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I still can’t believe that Madrid Fusion is coming to the Philippines! I’m very excited to see our favorite Filipino and Spanish Chefs share the same stage in Madrid Fusion Manila, which will run from April 24 to 26, 2015.

To help build more excitement, I’d like to share my awesome learning experience at Madrid Fusion Spain. I can’t wait for my fellow Filipinos to experience it in Manila!

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Madrid Fusion

MADRID FUSION: Behind-the-Scenes of the Proud Filipino Moments @MadridFusi贸n! (Video)

I’m so proud that Filipino Cuisine and Filipino Chefs are getting the spotlight in Madrid Fusion.

In this 10-minute video, you’ll learn:

1). The 10 Proud Filipino Moments at Madrid Fusión 2015!

2). The Design and Concept behind the First Philippine Booth at Madrid Fusion.

3). Behind the scenes with Chef Claude Tayag, Chef Nina Daza Puyat, Chef Myrna Segismundo, Chef Margarita Fores, and Chef Bruce Ricketts.

4). Sights and Sounds of Madrid Fusión 2015.

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The Big Banquet

The Big Banquet 2: And the BEST Caterers and Winning Dishes are… @TheBlueLeaf Filipinas

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THE BIG BANQUET 2: Battle of the Best Caterers in Manila held at The Blue Leaf Filipinas last Oct. 2014. The competition was tougher than the first Big Banquet with most caterers elevating their food, table setup, and presentation.

Finally, we are ready to announce the best caterers and the winning dishes in The Big Banquet 2!

About The Big Banquet

THE BIG BANQUET is an ultimate taste test event to showcase the Best Caterers in Manila, as certified by The Blue Leaf group  to answer the question: “Who is the Best Caterer in Manila?

Watch the video highlights of The Big Banquet 2 above!

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Events, Manila Life

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit BAKERY FAIR 2015 This Weekend!

Bakery Fair 2015

Bakery Fair is Philippine鈥檚 biggest trade show in the baking and food service industry celebrated biennially. It also holds as a platform for pioneers and newbies in the industry to develop their brand by upgrading equipment, investing in new technology and learning more about what鈥檚 new in the baking and food service industry.

Check out our video, on why people go to Bakery Fair!

Don鈥檛 miss the chance to visit the fair this weekend!

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should visit Bakery Fair 2015…

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Performance Arts

Comedy Cartel: Laugh & Stack Open Mic Showdown Grand Final Winners!

IMG_4249The Comedy Cartel are the pioneers of observational point-of-view stand-up comedy in the Philippines. This year they brought the Laugh & Stack Open Mic Showdown, a one of a kind yearlong comedy competition that will discover the best of the best local comedians in the Philippines!

If you're tired of the usual gay comedy or just not a huge fan of being made fun of in a comedy act, then Comedy Cartel might just be right for you! We all know how Filipinos love to laugh and we like Comedy Cartel's mix of intelligent humor, Filipino do's and taboos and the green jokes. 

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Awesome Festivals

ANNOUNCING… BAKERY FAIR 2015: Showcase of the Booming Filipino Baking Industry in the Philippines! @bakeryfairph

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Bakery Fair Philippines
 is the most anticipated event among the people in the baking and food service industry. From the successful bakery entrepreneurs to small home based bakery owners, from international and local baking related professionals to traders, from students/faculties to bread enthusiasts in different regions of the country, all gathered together to experience this exquisite occasion and for the passion of baking. 

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