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Day of the Dead Festival: Dia de los Muertos Traditions in Mazatlán, Mexico!

Top Places to Travel in 2019 Series

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Visit Mexico during Dia de los Muertos and partake in one of the planet’s most awesome and colorful events. For three days, from October 31 through November 2, Mexican families come together to celebrate family members and friends who are dead during one of the favorites Mexico national holidays. They clean cemeteries, build ofrendas or altars in their businesses and homes, make special food and then gather publicly to honor the lives of loved ones.

Mazatlán, a beach town on the Pacific Ocean is one of the best places to go to take part in the awesomeness. Mazatlán is my go-to spot for observing Dia de los Muertos traditions and soaking
up the culture.

 

Day of the Dead Festival Series:
• Dia de los Muertos Traditions in Mazatlán, Mexico!
• Mixquic, Mexico: Celebrate Day of the Dead Like the Movie, Coco!

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#Travel, Japan

HOKKAIDO: 10 Experiences to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL

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You can now fly directly from Manila to Hokkaido!

Winter in Hokkaido is an exciting season marked by gorgeous snow festivals and winter activities held throughout the country. It transforms into a gloriously white winter wonderland, filled with exciting bucket-list-worthy experiences from sparkling winter wonders, to thrilling snow activities and heartwarming onsen spas.

It may not be the first choice for many travelers going to Japan, but for most who have been to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Hokkaido is exactly the next Japan adventure we are all looking for! Good thing, you can now conveniently fly from Manila to Sapporo in less than 5 hours! No more stopovers in Tokyo, unlike my previous trips.

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Here are my top 10 recommended experiences you should try when visiting Hokkaido…

Hokkaido Series:
-HOKKAIDO: 10 Experiences to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL
-Hokkaido Eats: 10 Dishes to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL
-SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL: Winter Wonderland in Hokkaido! (First Timer’s Guide)
Noboribetsu Hot Spring Village: Warm Your Body and Soul in a Traditional Onsen!
-HAKODATE: 7 Awesome Places You Should Visit in Hakodate, Hokkaido!
HAKODATE Food Trip: What and Where to Eat?! 

-HAKODATE ASAICHI (MORNING MARKET): HOKKAIDO CRAB, TUNA, SQUID, AND SEAFOOD GALORE! 
-LUCKY PIERROT: HAKODATE’S NO.1 BURGER CHAIN!
Hokkaido’s Unkai Terrace: Sea of Clouds & Staycation at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu!
HOKKAIDO AUTUMN: Awesome Itinerary!

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#Travel

Voyager of the Seas Cruise Experience: 4-Nights Port Klang to Phuket @RoyalCaribbeanPH

Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 49-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry “firsts” never before seen at sea. I’ve never been on a cruise before, so this was very exciting for me!

For my first trip with Royal Caribbean, we sailed the Malacca Strait on a 4-Night Port Klang-Phuket Cruise aboard the Voyager of the Seas. The Voyager of the Seas is one of RCI’s biggest ships and has quite the lineup of Asia Cruises for 2018 to 2019.

Here’s my first-time experience on a cruise and some tips I learned on the trip…

ARPAN AIR, INC.
International Representative – Philippines
Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises & Azamara Club Cruises
Telephone: +632 892 2701 to 03
Mobile: +63 955 213 3579
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Royal Caribbean Philippines
Instagram: @royalcaribbeanphilippines
Website: https://www.cruising.com.ph/

Related Post: ROYAL CARIBBEAN: 8 Awesome Experiences onboard Voyager of the Seas! @RoyalCaribbean

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Hokkaido Eats: 10 Dishes to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL

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One of my greatest joy, when traveling to Hokkaido are sampling the delicious cuisines!

Blessed with the surrounding ocean and bountiful nature, Hokkaido offers a paradise of ingredients from fresh vegetables, dairy farming to mouthwatering seafood. It is known for its ramen, king crabs, milky sweets, “Genghis Khan” mutton and fresh sushi!

Here’s a guide to Hokkaido’s must-try food, from home-cooked dishes to seasonal specialties that’ll make your mouth water…

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Hokkaido Series:
-HOKKAIDO: 10 Experiences to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL
-Hokkaido Eats: 10 Dishes to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL
-SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL: Winter Wonderland in Hokkaido! (First Timer’s Guide)
Noboribetsu Hot Spring Village: Warm Your Body and Soul in a Traditional Onsen!
-HAKODATE: 7 Awesome Places You Should Visit in Hakodate, Hokkaido!
HAKODATE Food Trip: What and Where to Eat?! 

-HAKODATE ASAICHI (MORNING MARKET): HOKKAIDO CRAB, TUNA, SQUID, AND SEAFOOD GALORE! 
-LUCKY PIERROT: HAKODATE’S NO.1 BURGER CHAIN!
Hokkaido’s Unkai Terrace: Sea of Clouds & Staycation at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu!
HOKKAIDO AUTUMN: Awesome Itinerary!

 

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#Hotels, #Philippines, #Travel, Bicol, Boracay Island, Dumaguete, Family Escapades, Siargao, Staycation

10 Best Hotel Resorts in the Philippines! (2019)

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The Philippines is arguably one of the best travel destinations in all of SE Asia, home to 36,289 km of beautiful coastline which includes some of the worlds most renowned reefs, beaches, and biodiversity. In fact, just this year, Siargao, Boracay, and Palawan islands have been ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd (respectfully), as the “Top 5 Islands” in all of Aisa.  It’s not surprising then, that these prime locations are alluring to travelers from around the globe, people who want to sample the natural beauty of the Philippines.

2018 has been a great year for tourism in the Philippines and 2019 is projected to do even better.  So if you are planning a trip to the Philippines for 2019 here are our picks for the best Hotel Resorts to visit in the new year.

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#Travel, Hongkong

Hong Kong Eats: 24H Food Trip Guide like a Local! (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. If you want to go for a safe option that will guarantee you a good overview of the delicacies you can find in Hong Kong, and at the same time, the authenticity of what you are tasting a food tour could also be an option. Scanning what is available online, we found Withlocals. It seems an interesting concept, of private tours guided by locals, and next time we will be in HK we will try it. it may be worth it checking!

If you are more adventurous a self-made itinerary might be a better option.

We recently had our Business Mastermind with our BizMindShare group over the weekend in Hongkong, so here’s a simple itinerary on how to organize your own Eat-Like-a-Local Food Trip in Hong Kong.

Related Blog Posts:
• Hong Kong: Family Fun in the City! (Travel Guide)
• Hong Kong: Family Fun in the Outlying Islands of HK! (Travel Guide)Read more

#Philippines, #Travel, Food, Palawan

San Vicente, Palawan: 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

Manila to New York @FlyPAL

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…

Related articles:

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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