Manila Life

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!

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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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The Next Big Food Entrepreneur: A Hotbed of Food Entrepreneur Startups in Manila! @MercatoCentrale

(Text by Paul Wenceslao, Photos and Video by JR Velasquez)

One bright idea, as the old adage goes, leads to another, and in the case of the Filipino food enthusiast, a family favorite recipe or an odd combination of ingredients scrounged up in the cupboard can perhaps lead to the next local food craze. Mercato owners, RJ Ledesma and Anton Diaz, made this a possibility by holding an annual competition for every budding food entrepreneur: The Next Big Food Entrepreneur.  

Mercato Centrale, operating a popular chain of food markets all across Metro Manila, came as the battleground for the recently concluded competition, in which every aspirant was welcome to submit an application – in the hope of winning P100,000 as start-up capital along with a six-month free stay at Mercato.

For the past three years, The Next Big Food Entrepreneur has produced a slew of new food businesses coming from various places in the country, and this year’s batch of semifinalists is no different, if not more diverse. There were students who aspire to be full-fledged food entreps, an Indonesian food enthusiast, several individuals who luckily chanced up on the competition’s ads, and a Pinoy Masterchef winner. 

“This year’s edition of The Next Big Food Entrepreneur offers a lot of diversity. A large number of creative savory meals were featured,” explains Abbie Sinjian, Experience and Event Manager of the Mercato group. 

The food served by the participants ranged from flavorful Indonesian cuisine to the artfully stylized version of the local snack turon, much to the delight of Mercato’s owners as well as those who sampled the food from different booths during the competition’s awarding ceremony last Friday, December 19.

“We had a hard time selecting the winners, since everyone did a wonderful job and served really good food,” Sinjian added. True enough, each of the booths have the potential to make it big in the Philippines’ bustling food industry. 


The 2014 TNBFE Winners

Being selected as a semifinalist in The Next Big Food Entrepreneur, which subjects participants to actual selling at a couple of food markets, is already considered a win for the budding entrepreneur. After all, booths get to showcase their wares to the buying public, observing how their products perform after making adjustments to both the food and the booth display. It’s the proverbial first step to establishing a food business.

A total of 14 participants made it to the contest’s semifinal round, all of which having dainty booths and serving noteworthy cuisines. The competition was expectedly stiff, and four came out as the big winners: Bakmi Nyonya, Bigorots, Turonne de Manila Café and Hunger Buster.

The Next Big Food Entrepreneur Winner 2014 series:

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