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#Travel, Hongkong

Hong Kong Food Trip Guide like a Local! (24H Itinerary)

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Hong Kong is a food trip haven and a good venue for hunting down the best spots where locals love to eat. It’s also a place full of tourist traps and expensive hotel breakfasts for travelers who are daunted by the plethora of options and are clueless about where to go.

It’s best to go where locals go because you are sure that you get to eat yummy, affordable food that comes with a unique experience. We recently had our Business Mastermind with our BizMindShare group over the weekend in Hongkong.

Here’s a simple itinerary on how to organize your own Eat-Like-a-Local Food Trip in Hong Kong.

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#Philippines, #Travel, Food, Palawan

San Vicente: A Chance To Get Tourism Right (Philippines)

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San Vicente is an almost untouched part of Palawan that is home to one of the longest beaches in all of Asia.  A rather large municipality, San Vicente itself is divided into a handful of barangays, sleepy towns and villages.

Underdevelopment has seemingly preserved this part of Palawan with tourism in San Vicente being traditionally low compared to the rest of the island.  But that will all be changing soon as the people of San Vicente prepare to open up their quaint and secluded part of Palawan to the rest of the world.

As tourism in the Philippines is expected to recover after a slight decline in 2017, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has implemented a series of aggressive and daring marketing schemes that appear to start revitalizing tourism in and to the country.  With the Duterte administration’s controversial closing and reopening of one of the Philippines’ top tourist attractions, Boracay, the impacts from such an undertaking have yet to be quantified. But one can hope that the government can actually maintain its new regulations for tourism hotspots.

That’s why all eyes should be on San Vicente as it will be the testbed and ground zero for the DOT’s (newest branch) Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) and its bold new tourism initiatives.  San Vicente is actually a chance for the Government of the Philippines to get tourism right.

 

 

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New airports and air travel routes are popping up all over the country with hopes of easing congestion in busier airports and bringing in tourist traffic to newer locations.

With the opening of the new San Vicente Airport, the local government hopes to tap into the expected influx of tourists by developing local attractions and essentially building a new tourist destination from scratch.

It’s a daring plan that will take years of dedication from both the private and government sectors.  So far, everything seems to be on track, and the locals seem more than eager to start this new beginning for San Vicente.

San Vicente
Palawan Philippines 

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#Restaurants, Taiwan

Sanhoyan: Taiwanese Food with a Twist! @sanhoyantw

Taipei is a definite haven for food lovers. But where else can you go after you’ve exhausted the night markets and other food districts? Located in Breeze Nanjing, one of Taipei’s nicest shopping malls in the Songshan District, is Sanhoyan.

Sanhoyan is not your ordinary Taiwanese restaurant. It serves traditional Taiwanese food with a twist. We went in the midst of a heavy lunch crowd, straight from the airport after a short delay from Taitung. To say we were hungry was an understatement.

Here’s what we had at Sanhoyan:

Sanhoyan Breeze Nanjing
105, Taiwan, Taipei City, Songshan District, Section 3, Nanjing East Road, 337號
Operating Hours:
Sunday – Wednesday: 11am – 930pm
Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Contact #: +886 2 2731 3833
Facebook: 叁和院 台灣風格飲食 參和院
Instagram: @sanhoyantw
Website: http://www.sanhoyan.com.tw/ 

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#Philippines, #Travel

Fly from Manila to New York in 15 Hours! @FlyPAL

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Yup, you got that right—15 hours only! Starting October 29, 2018, PHILIPPINE AIRLINES now flies non-stop to New York onboard their newest and most modern aircraft of its generation, the Airbus A350!

This, they say, is the second to the longest non-stop flight next to Singapore Airlines, and it’s the fastest way from Manila to the Big Apple with no more stopovers via Tokyo or Taipei, unlike my experience before that took 22 hours of travel time.

 

Manila to New York @FlyPAL

Plus, foodies flying out to New York with PAL, who want to enjoy authentic American steak, do not have to wait before landing to indulge their craving as business class passengers on the non-stop flights to New York will experience top global brand Wolfgang’s Steakhouse gourmet quality steak dinners on board.

Among my favorites in PAL’s prime New York route’s mouthwatering menu were Wolfgang’s Fillet Mignon, Striploin Steak, Grilled Chilean Seabass, French onion soup and the glorious New York Cheesecake.

It was definitely an upgrade experience for passengers flying to New York in Business Class! Check out the new extra wide body Airbus A350…

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PHILIPPINE AIRLINES
Landline: (02) 855 8888
Facebook: flyPAL
Website: www.philippineairlines.com

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#Hotels, #Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Dumaguete, Food, Staycation

Atmosphere Resorts: 10th Year Anniversary Celebration (Let’s Go to Dumaguete!)

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Our good friends at Atmosphere Resorts & Spa are celebrating 10 years in the Phillippines on November 30th and December 1st. The two-day celebration will be full of activities and events that will highlight some of the best of what Dumaguete has to offer.

It’s guaranteed to be a blast, and if you’ve ever had plans on visiting Dumaguete, NOW is the time to go!

You’ll be able to choose from 10 of these Atmosphere Anniversary Specials until December 19th!    

  1. Spread your belongings over at least 10 more square meters by receiving a Room Upgrade
  2. Cycle at least 10 K on your holiday during your guided Mountain Bike ride through the scenic mountains of Negros
  3. Eat your Daily Dessert in 10 heavenly bites after your dinner**
  4. Feel the power of 10 skilled fingers during your Executive Back Massage
  5. Do 10 sun salutations during your divine Yoga Class*
  6. Dive to at least 10 meters during your Scuba Dive on our amazing house reef***
  7. Try to spot 10 turtles around Apo Island during your Apo island Snorkeling Trip****
  8. Pamper your 10 fingers and 10 toes with a Manicure and Pedicure
  9. Make at least 10 fin kicks during your Scuba Experience in the pool
  10. Taste up to 10 wines during your delicious Wine Tasting

This offer is valid for stays of minimum 3 nights until December 19 through any booking channels – please contact [email protected] before your stay to confirm your chosen 10 Year Anniversary Special at least 48 hours before arrival. One item per adult for fully paying guest – non-transferable. You can book by phone +63(35)4006940, +63(0)9177221042, via [email protected] or via our online booking engine, and to avail of the Special, mention “10 Year Anniversary Special” in your booking.

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

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#Philippines, #Travel

Enchanting Siquijor: A scarily beautiful piece of Paradise!

In the Philippines, when people talk about “Siquijor” they instinctively associate it with witchcraft, magic, folklore and mythical beings.

You see, most Filipinos grew up hearing frightening stories about this supposedly scary island and how it is home to many age-old tales of kulam, aswang and the infamous Balete tree.

Which may all be true many years back (according to our guide), but is now just a common misconception (or is it?) when it comes to describing what this tiny mystical Island has to offer.

Some may say that the stories often linked to the island are part of its curse, but I would like to think that it’s not. I’d say it’s part of this beautiful islands mystique and charm.

Because little does everyone know that this incredibly quaint island is home to some of the best-kept secrets in the Philippines.

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#Travel, Czech Republic

AVALON Danube River Cruise: Is it Worth It? (Budapest to Prague)

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It was awesome to experience my first river cruise along the Danube River in Eastern Europe with an awesome group of top travel agents from Manila. It’s like staying in a floating hotel, cruising from one town to another while having a lazy champagne breakfast or just chilling on the sundeck or in the comforts of your stateroom.

It’s a lot better than going on an Ocean Cruise because it can dock directly beside the city and you just literally walk into town. The experience is all-inclusive—walking tours from a local guide and eat-and-drink-all-you-can breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Here are the details of the actual Danube River Cruise that we took. There were changes in our itinerary because of the low river level due to a long drought during the European summer season. We had to go by land from Budapest to Vienna and board a different Avalon ship, missing Nuremberg, Germany.

THE BLUE DANUBE DISCOVERY
Deluxe 7-night cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection Beds.

Cruise details:
13 days – Budapest to Prague (Cruise Code WBN)
Avalon Passion (Dept # 1024)
Start Budapest – October 24 – November 5

Cruise fee:
Land/Cruise – $3,809
Cruise Only – $2,799
Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included.
+ Tip to Cruise Director & Crew (~ $300)
Port Charges $168

All Departures are guaranteed.

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Here’s a complete guide to the Avalon Danube River Cruise experience with all the awesome highlights for you to decide: Is it Worth it?

BARON TRAVEL CORPORATION
3rd Floor, PCCI Corporate Center 118 L.P. Leviste Street
Salcedo Village, Makati City, Philippines
Telephone: +632 817 4926
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.barontravel.ph

AVALON WATERWAYS
5301 South Federal Circle Littleton, CO 80123
Your Dreams Come True with the Most Epic Views.
A River Cruise product from the Globus Family
Facebook: Avalon Waterways
Instagram: @avalonwaterways
Websitehttps://www.avalonwaterways.com/

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#Philippines, #Travel, Bicol, Food

8 Unique Pasalubongs to Bring Home from Your Next Trip to Bicol

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Bicol has always been a popular destination for both local and international travelers, as it is home to one of the most beautiful works of Mother Nature. Although shy to show its tip on most days, the Mayon Volcano’s perfect cone structure has continued to attract all forms of tourists.

This region is also popularly known for their cooking – especially when it comes to coconut or chili-based dishes. So much so that they have started to package the popular Bicol Express, Pinangat, and Inulukan in frozen bags for people to take home. While those alone already make for the perfect pasalubong, why not try other unique items?

Here are some pasalubong ideas I spotted on my last visit…

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#Hotels, #Philippines, #Travel, Food

Siama Hotel: Beauty In Simplicity

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Siama Hotel is one of the most visually stunning and beautifully designed hotels that we’ve had the pleasure of visiting.  Inspired by the charming countryside of Sorsogon PHL, Siama seamlessly blends natural and modern architecture into a space that is calm and relaxed yet, at the same time, bold and welcoming.

Sustainability and nature, which are reflected throughout the entire hotel, were the main inspirations that went into the design.

Locally sourced materials were used in its construction, and great care was taken to ensure that the hotel has as small an impact on the surrounding environment as possible.

But looks alone isn’t what makes Siama one of our favorite hotels. The service and food are top-notch, and Siama is a great starting point if you plan to visit the many tourist attractions in Sorsogon.

 

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Quietly tucked away on the outskirts of Sorsogon City in the Province of Bicol, Philippines, Siama is a destination perfect for those who appreciate nature, great food and great company.

Siama Hotel
Sitio San Lorenzo, Bibincahan
Sorsogon, Sorsogon
Philippines
Hours: Daily
Phone: 0917 881 6497
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.siamahotel.com
Facebook: @SiamaHotel
Instagram: Siama Hotel

Compare low Siama Hotel rates and availability at Booking.com

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#Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Siargao

Epic Siargao Adventure (Food and Travel Guide)

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Not many places in the Philippines have captured the hearts and minds of travelers quite like Siargao has.  It’s an Island paradise—the mere mention of its name instantly brings up thoughts of white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, coconuts trees and perfect waves.

The island attracts people from all over the world from all walks of life. This is due in part to the world-class surf and the rich biodiversity of the surrounding waters which have drawn in surfers and sports fishers alike.

There is so much to do and see here despite its being a small island in the Pacific, and we suggest putting Siargao in your bucket list and knocking it off as soon as possible.

Siargao Island
Surigao del Norte,
Mindanao Philippines

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