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#Travel, China

ZHENGZHOU: Dengfeng Shaolin Temple @TigerAirSG

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When you speak about China, one of the things that comes to mind is Kung Fu! Journey with us to Zhengzhou–the birthplace of Shaolin Kung Fu–as we get to know the cradle of Zen Buddhism and the ancient Chinese martial arts.

Dengfeng Shaolin Temple was once hidden thousands of years ago (459 AD) inside the dense jungle of the Songshan mountain. The reconstructed World Cultural & Natural Heritage site is now a destination where people come to visit the temple and where young students and tourists alike come to train in martial arts.

Here's what to expect inside the Shaolin capital…

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ZHENGZHOU: The City of Kaifeng (Memorial Temple, Qingming River Park, and Drum Tower Night Market) @TigerAirSG

Zhengzhou: Henan Dishes

There is a famous Chinese saying: “Eat in Kaifeng, work in Zhengzhou, and retire in Luoyang”.

Kaifeng, with a history of more than 2,700 years, was formerly known as Dongjing and served as the capital of China for 168 years. Let’s explore the city in Zhengzhou, famous for it’s Henan cuisine, with a variety of local specialties and snacks and sightseeing attractions like the Memorial Temple, Millenial City Park, and Drum Tower Night Market. It takes 90 minutes to drive from Zhengzhou to Kaifeng.

Henan province is known as the city of delicacies where tourists can find local favorites such as…

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ZHENGZHOU Food Trip: 10 Henan Dishes You Should Try in Zhengzhou! @TigerAirSG

Zhengzhou
Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan province, is rich in history being one of the Eight Great Ancient Capitals of China. Tourists are treated to UNESCO heritage sites such as the famed Shaolin Temple, Luoyang's Longmen Grottoes, the picturesque Yuntaishan Mountain, and so much more.

But a visit to Zhengzhou wouldn't be complete without tasting the local cuisine that can be found in their restaurants, food stalls, and night markets. 

Here are 10 Henan Dishes you should try …

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#Travel, Thailand

Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2016: Why should you fly to Bangkok for this?

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The Amazing Thailand Grand Sale is the biggest shopping sale season in Bangkok that happens from June 15 to August 15, 2016. The campaign is the brainchild of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, which started in 1999 in partnership with VISA International. It’s scheduled ahead of the Singapore and Hong Kong sales.

Here’s why you should consider flying to Bangkok for this…

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#Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Baguio, Food

CAFÉ BY THE RUINS DUA: Best Breakfast in Baguio 2016!

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CAFÉ BY THE RUINS DUA on Upper Session Road is the newest extension of the original establishment in front of the Baguio City Hall. While it still keeps many of the old favorites from the first branch, Dua’s menu is more dynamic and seasonal.

The restaurant’s reputation for great breakfasts is unintentional, says Feliz Perez, 2nd generation owner of Café by the Ruins Dua. She insists, however, their early operation hours and hearty servings may have contributed to this.

Let's look at how to “Ruin” your breakfast…

 

CAFÉ BY THE RUINS DUA
Upper Session Road, Baguio City
Operation hours: Daily – 7AM to 9PM
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +63 74 442 4010
Facebook: Cafe by the Ruins
Instagram: @cafebytheruins

 

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CAFÉ BY THE RUINS DUA: Best Breakfast in Baguio 2016!

 

Awesome Baguio 2016 Series:
BAGUIO CRAFT BREWERY: Beer and Food Pairing Experience! @AwesomeBaguio
HILL STATION: Revisiting an Old Favorite of Baguio in 2016!
FOGGY MOUNTAIN COOKHOUSE: Have you Tried the Best Restaurant in Baguio in 2016?
AMARE: Best Brick Oven Pizza in Baguio! #AwesomeBaguio
MELT: Affordable Steak Place in Camp John Hay by Chef Michael Ferrer
CHAYA: Still the Best Japanese Restaurant in Baguio! (Revisited 2016)
GOOD TASTE: Best Budget-friendly Restaurant in Baguio! (A Review)
CHEF'S HOME: The Chef is Back Home in Baguio! (Revisited 2016) 

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#Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Baguio, Food

HILL STATION: Revisiting an Old Favorite of Baguio in 2016!

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Over the years, HILL STATION has established itself as one of the top restaurants in Baguio (via Trip Advisor). Awarded as one of Asia’s Finest Restaurants by the Miele Guide in 2011-2013, Hill Station is celebrated for its eclectic array of Asian and Continental cuisine.

Owner Mitos Benitez-Yñiguez is no stranger to the restaurant business. She got her culinary know-how from her mother, the brains behind the famous Mario’s of Baguio. As a cook, Mitos has always been about good food. It isn't just her extensive library of cookbooks that shaped the Hill Station menu but also the gastronomic techniques and experiences picked up from her trips around the world.

This 2016, Team OAP revisits this beloved local favorite to see how it’s been doing… 

 

HILL STATION
Luneta Hill, Upper Session Rd., 2600 Baguio City, Philippines
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 7AM to 11PM
Telephone: +63 74 424-2734, 423-9100, 423-9558
Email[email protected]
Website: HillStationBaguio.com
Facebook: Hill Station

 

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HILL STATION: Revisiting an Old Favorite of Baguio in 2016!

 

Awesome Baguio 2016 Series:
FOGGY MOUNTAIN COOKHOUSE: Have you Tried the Best Restaurant in Baguio in 2016?
AMARE: Best Brick Oven Pizza in Baguio! #AwesomeBaguio
MELT: Affordable Steak Place in Camp John Hay by Chef Michael Ferrer
CHAYA: Still the Best Japanese Restaurant in Baguio! (Revisited 2016)
GOOD TASTE: Best Budget-friendly Restaurant in Baguio! (A Review)
CHEF'S HOME: The Chef is Back Home in Baguio! (Revisited 2016) 

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#Travel, Bohol

BEST OF BOHOL 2016: 7 New Awesome Experiences You Should not Miss!

The 2013 earthquake may have caused serious damage to Bohol’s popular churches and structures, but that doesn’t stop tourists from coming as there is more to Bohol than its Chocolate Hills, cute tarsiers, and old churches. 

Join us as we rediscover Bohol through Stand Up Paddling (SUP) across the Loboc River, fearlessly Bike Zipping across a picturesque view of the Chocolate Hills, Dolphin watching in Pamilacan, Snorkeling in Balicasag Reef Sanctuary, and enjoying the beautiful beaches of Anda.

Here are some of the new and familiar places we love in Bohol that will make you want to revisit…

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#Philippines, #Travel, Bohol

BOHOL: Dolphin Watching, Balicasag and Isola di Francesco Tour Experience (Must Read!) @BellevueResort

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One of the must-do activities in Bohol is watching the dolphins swim in their natural habitat near Pamilacan Island. 

It’s recommended to get the Bohol Island hopping tour from the resort you’re staying at, but you can also book a boat elsewhere depending on how big your group is. We prefer the island hopping speed boats used by Bellevue Resort, which are ideal for getting close to the dolphin action and are much faster than the bancas. 

Here is a photo essay of our dolphin watching and island hopping experience… 

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#Travel, Ilocos

VIGAN Calle Crisologo: 24-Hour Guide to Best Experience Vigan’s Most Beautiful Street! @HotelLuna_Vigan

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Vigan is the third oldest city in the Philippines following Cebu and Manila. It is famed for the Philippines' most beautiful street Calle Crisologo, that brings back history which rivals Intramuros. The streets are cover with cobblestone lined with old Spanish houses from either side.

Calle Crisologo is the only World Heritage City in the Philippines inscribed by UNESCO. Because it perfectly preserves the livelihood of the Hispanic colonial era.

 

Watch this video: VIGAN: Food and Travel Guide to one of the 7 Wonder Cities of the World!

The best way to tour around Vigan is by foot or tricycle because it is such a small city, the sights are only a few minutes away from each other.

Here's our 24-hour itinerary that you can do on your own…

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#Travel, Bohol

SUP Tours Philippines: World Class Stand-Up Paddle Eco Tours in Loboc, Bohol! @SUPPhilippines

Related Blog Post: The Fox and the Firefly Cottages Experience in Loboc, Bohol (Photo Essay)

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Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is the latest eco-adventure in the Philippines. And if you ever find yourself down south in Bohol, don’t miss the chance to paddle for 8kms across the Loboc River, one of the biggest rivers on the island.

Here, you’ll get to experience local Boholano culture and natural sceneries from a unique vantage point–by gliding on water! You can even watch magical fireflies at night on a SUP board.

 

SUP Tours Philippines is the first ASI SUP School in the Philippines. ASI meaning Academy of Surfing Instructors , an international body that offers the highest level of certification for “supping” instructors.

SUP is for everybody, that’s why it’s currently the fastest growing water sport in the world. It’s quite popular because the learning curve is so easy and people of all ages and skill can quickly master it. It also provides a low impact full body workout and an eco-friendly way to experience the outdoors.

SUP TOURS PHILIPPINES
Baranggay Valladolid, 6316 Loboc, Bohol, Philippines
Mobile: +63 38 5379011, +63 947 8933022 , +63 917 7137577
Facebook: standuppaddlephilippines
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.suptoursphilippines.com
Facebook: SUP Tours Philippines
Instagram: @suptoursphilippines
Twitter: @supphilippines

Here’s a photo essay of our SUP Tour experience in Bohol…

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