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LITTLE BAO Hong Kong: Our 14th Wedding Anniversary Eve Celebration @LittleBaoHK

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LITTLE BAO is a modern 20-seater Chinese Diner by May Chow. Chef May was recognized as Best Female Chef in the 2017 Asia’s 50 Best Awards.

We love how she was able to elevate the simple Bao into a sought after dish that treads the fine line between fusion and authentic. Her concept is simple: it’s all about sharing–both food and cultures. She takes inspiration from local traditions as well as from the international tastes you’ll find in Hong Kong.

We celebrated the eve of our 14th wedding anniversary here at Little Bao Hong Kong. Take a look at our experience… 

 

LITTLE BAO HONG KONG
66 Staunton Street, SoHo
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Email: info@little-bao.com
Telephone: +852-2194-0202
Facebook: @littlebaohk
Instagram: @littlebaohk
Website: https://www.little-bao.com/

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JOZANKEI YUKITOURO: Snow Lanterns on a Clear Winter Night!

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One cold winter night, a stillness settles over the small hot spring village of Jozankei as they watch in silence the full-scale installation of flickering lights from lamps made of ice and snow, creating this simple yet magical site.

Jozankei Yukitouro starts early February, the same period as the Sapporo Snow Festival.

Here’s a short photo essay of our experience…

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Jozankei Shrine, Higashi 3 Chome, Minami-ku Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
February 2-5, 2017 (18:00-21:00)
Website: www.jozankei.jp/yukitouro/

Related Blog Post: SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL: Winter Wonderland in Hokkaido! (First Timer’s Guide)

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SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL: Winter Wonderland in Hokkaido! (First Timer’s Guide)

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February is the coolest month in Hokkaido, yet millions of people step out of their hotels and home to brave the cold temperatures outside with one destination in mind–the Sapporo Snow Festival, a winter dreamland made from crystal-like ice and white snow.

Held in early February, the festival is one of Japan’s largest winter events, attracting visitors from all over Japan and around the world. About two million people come to Sapporo to see the numerous snow and ice sculptures lining the grounds of Odori Park, Community Dome Tsudome, and Susukino Street.

Here’s a first-timer’s guide to the Sapporo Snow Festival…

68th Sapporo Snow Festival
February 6 -12, 2017
Odori Park, 1-12 Chome, Sapporo Hokkaido, Japan
Website: http://www.snowfes.com/

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MOTT 32 Hongkong: Eating Dimsum Will Never Be the Same Again! (A Review)

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MOTT 32 is one of the most raved about Modern Chinese Restaurants in Hong Kong. It was established by Maximal Concepts and is located at the basement of Standard Chartered Bank Building. Its name is a tribute to NYC’s first Chinese convenience store, which opened in 1851 on 32 Mott Street, New York.

They say eating dimsum will never be the same after you try Mott 32. Here’s our experience…

 

MOTT 32
Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4a Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong
Operating Hours: 12:00PM – 2:30PM, 6:00PM – 11:00PM
Telephone: +852 2885 8688
Email: Reservations@mott32.com
Facebook: Mott 32
Instagram: @Mott32HK
Website: http://www.mott32.com/

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ANGKOR WAT: Temple Run (Day Trip) Guide to Angkor Archeological Park!

by Sean Nolan

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Angkor Archeological Park is made up of an estimated 1,000 temples, shrines, and urban developments covering over 1000 square kilometers of lush Cambodian jungle and swamps – making Angkor the largest religious complex in the world.  

Over 2 million tourist flock to Cambodia each year to see the ancient temples which were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992According to officials, it would take over 7 days to fully explore the entire Angkor area.  

We only had a days time to visit the Temples, thankfully there are 2 Tourist routes to choose from when visiting Angkor; The Small Tour Circuit or The Grand Tour Circuit.  

Angkor Archeological Park
Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia 
Website: Tourism Cambodia

 

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We opted for the (more popular) Small Circuit Tour, that takes you to 3 of the main temples and a few smaller complexes. 
• Angkor Wat
• Angkor Thom
• Bayon 
• Baphoun
• Phimenakas
• Preah Ngok Shrine
• Terrace Of The Leper King 

The Small Tour Circuit can be accomplished in half a days time (6-8 hours) and is recommended for first timers and tourist on limited schedules

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CEBU Like Never Before! (10 Most Awesome Experiences)

Cebu, the country’s oldest city, has so much more to offer than the famed Sinulog Festival, with century-old churches, long white sandy beaches, world-class diving, unspoiled countryside, and a rich culinary history – Cebu City has something for everyone!

Let’s rediscover the “Queen City Of The South” as we give you tips on how to make the most of your Cebu adventure.

From trying the best lechon, getting up close with the whale sharks of Oslob, swimming with sardines at Moalboal, jumping into the turquoise waters of the mighty Kawasan Falls, to climbing the highest point of Cebu on Osmena Peak.

Here are the 10 Most Awesome Experiences in Cebu …

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IRON MAN EXPERIENCE & STAR WARS TAKEOVER: Hong Kong Disneyland is Now for Boys this 2017!

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Last time we went to Hong Kong Disneyland with the boys, my eldest, Aidan, commented that “Disneyland is for Girls.” He thought the place was Princess-centric and they couldn’t even buy anything from the stores. It became an internal joke among my sons but that is about to change.

I’m excited to bring them back this 2017. With the addition of the Iron Man Experience, the World’s first Marvel-themed ride in Disneyland, and the Star Wars takeover of Tomorrowland, Hongkong Disneyland is now for boys! 

Here’s a complete guide on how to plan your own awesome trip…

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DAMNAK LOUNGE: The Best Khmer and French Restaurant in Siem Reap? @damnaklounge

by Sean Nolan

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Damnak Lounge is considered to be the best Fine Dining restaurants in Siem Reap.  The menu celebrates the marriage of bold Khmer spices with the finesse of French cooking techniques.   

In a city that is flooded with millions of tourist a year, mediocrity amongst restaurants can be a big problem. All too often tourist may visit a popular restaurant expecting the best gastronomic feast they ever had, or at least, a taste of authentic local cuisine.  Sadly that isn't always the case.  

 

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Damnak Lounge, however, is one of those restaurants that will meet any food lovers expectations.  We were blown away by the quality of the food they served and the passion that went into every dish.

If you ever find yourself visiting Siem Reap and want good quality Khmer Cusine, we recommend giving Damnak Lounge a try. 

 
DAMNAK LOUNGE
1st Floor
Lotus Blanc Resort,
National Road 6, Kruos Village,
Siem Reap, The Kingdom of Cambodia
Phone: +855 63 965 557
Email: info@damnak.com
Facebook: @damnak

 

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Our Awesome Travel Moments of 2016!

Awesome Moments 2016

2016 was an awesome year for Team Our Awesome Planet! From out of the country destinations to discovering more of what our beautiful Philippines has to offer, it was indeed a year full of many wonderful memories!

Here’s a look-back at what each team member found memorable and why…

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PHARE The Cambodian Circus: Changing Lives One Show At A Time! @PhareCircus

by Sean Nolan

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Phare: The Cambodian Circus is a mixture of theater, modern dance, and acrobatics, expertly choreographed to tell a captivating story which combines Cambodian folklore and history into a show for all ages.     

Eight different programs  are rotated monthly. We were fortunate enough to catch Influence. A story about survival, domination, manipulation, and ultimately – redemption. 

 

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The history behind Phare and its inception is one of the more, amazing aspects of this incredible social enterprise.  Shortly after the Fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1994, a handful of Cambodian refugees found their way home and founded Phare Ponleu Selpak, an NGO School of the Arts in Battambang Cambodia.

Around twelve hundred students each year, receive free public education from kindergarten to 12th grade. There is also free Professional Level Arts training in dance, music, theater, animation, graphic design, illustration, painting, and circus.

The Circus launched 3 years ago as a means for PPS to help generate income, provide employment for graduates, and share Cambodian/Khmer Culture.  

We were amazed at the creativity and talent of the performers and surprised at how funny and powerful the story was. We encourage anyone visiting Siem Reap to make the time and experience Phare. 

 

PHARE: The Cambodian Circus
Phare Circus Ring Road, south of the intersection  Sok San Road,
Siem Reap, The Kingdom of Cambodia
Email: info@pharecircus.org
Ticketing: ticketing@pharecircus.org
Phone: +855 (0) 15 499 480 & +855 (0) 92 225 320
Facebook: Phare The Cambodian Circus
Instagram: @pharethecambodiancircus 

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