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CENTRAL JAPAN: Nagano’s Matsumoto Castle & Soba Making Workshop! (Day 5)

 

Nagano Prefecture besides having the most accessible snow resort in Japan, it is surrounded by sought after attractions like the famed 400-year old Matsumoto Castle, Zenkoji Temple, and the cute wild snow monkeys!

Fun Fact: Nagano, known as the prefecture of longevity is blessed with fresh air and clean water from the soaring 3000-meter high Japan Alps. It is believed because of this beautiful environment and fresh produce from the mountains to be related to the highest average life expectancy rate in Nagano.

Here’s a sample itinerary for a day trip in Nagano…

Central Japan Blog Series

CENTRAL JAPAN: 5-Day Sample Itinerary! (Day 1-2)
 CENTRAL JAPAN: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route & Toyama Bay Sushi! (Day 3-4)
 CENTRAL JAPAN: Nagano’s Matsumoto Castle & Soba Making Workshop! (Day 5)

 MY WAX TEMPURA: Food Sample Workshop in Gujo City!
 TONAMI TULIP GALLERY: The World’s Only Tulip Garden Where It Blooms All Year Round!
 SHIRAKAWA-GO: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō!

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#Travel, Japan

CENTRAL JAPAN: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route & Toyama Bay Sushi! (Day 3-4)

Day 3 was highlighted by the famed Snow Wall of Kurobe Alpine Route, Daio Wasabi Farm one of the largest wasabi producers in Japan, and the mouthwatering michelin star quality sushi of Toyama Bay.

Here’s a photo essay of our Day 3-4 Central Japan experience…

Central Japan Blog Series

CENTRAL JAPAN: 5-Day Sample Itinerary! (Day 1-2)
 CENTRAL JAPAN: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route & Toyama Bay Sushi! (Day 3-4)
 CENTRAL JAPAN: Nagano’s Matsumoto Castle & Soba Making Workshop! (Day 5)

 MY WAX TEMPURA: Food Sample Workshop in Gujo City!
 TONAMI TULIP GALLERY: The World’s Only Tulip Garden Where It Blooms All Year Round!
 SHIRAKAWA-GO: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō!

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#Travel

OSAKA AMAZING PASS: 7 Awesome Osaka Destinations in 2 Days!

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Osaka is home to over 30 plus attractions, making it a prime destination for tourists visiting Japan. 

From ancient shrines to streets lined with LED billboards, Osaka is a place with one foot in the past and the other in the future. 

One of the best ways to experience everything Osaka has to offer is with the Osaka Amazing Pass. It was our all-access ticket to some of the most wondrous and magnificent places in the whole of Japan.  

 

Osaka Prefecture is one of the main prefectures in the Kansai Region of Japan (the other prefectures being Kyoto and Kobe). Osaka is the second largest metropolitan area in Japan and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world with 19 million people calling it home.   

Osaka has historically been a major component to the development of Japan as a nation. It was the center of the rice trade during the Edo Period earning it its nickname, "The Country's Kitchen". 

Today, Osaka is one of Japan's major tourist destinations and is home to a vibrant night life as well as a being a hub for some of the best restaurants in the country. In fact, many Japanese will attest to the food in Osaka being among the best in all of Japan.  

Travelers to Osaka may appreciate its more laid back atmosphere compared to the faster pace of Tokyo, and with a booming tourist industry and a healthy economy, you'll find plenty of things to do and see. 

Osaka Prefecture
Kansai Region, Japan  

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Cha Cha’s Boracay: The Best Breakfast Buffet in Boracay?!

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Cha Cha’s breakfast buffet will get you all excited! With an extensive spread, you’ll find not your everyday breakfast items like their signature ube champurrado, breakfast pizzas, waffles in ube sauce, a batchoy noodle station, and an egg station serving 65-degree soft boiled eggs along with eggs benedict.

They also have healthy breakfast options perfect to keep your body fit and beach ready with fresh fruits, house-made yogurt, hummus, and overnight oats to name a few. Or since it’s a vacation, why not cheat a little and make those breakfast endings sweeter with yummy donuts, cakes, and pies!

 

Cha Cha's

The best part is that Chef Kalel Chan of Raintree restaurants along with Chef Romy Aumentado and Chef Gilbert Ramos love to evolve and play, around with the menu by changing it six times a week, so there’s always something new to look forward to before starting the day.

CHA CHA’S beach cafe is located inside locally owned Coast Boutique Hotel along station 2 of the vibrant Boracay Island. Besides the awesome beachfront view, the menu and interiors compliment the tropical fun beach vibe.

Here’s what to expect in Cha Cha’s breakfast buffet…

 

CHA CHA’S BORACAY
Coast Hotel, Station 2 Beach Front, Brgy. Balabag,
Malay, Boracay Island, Aklan, Philippines
Contact: +63 36 288.2634
Website: www.coastboracay.com
Facebook: RaintreeChaChas

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#Travel

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN: Guide to an Awesome USJ Experience!

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Brave the halls of Hogwarts and come face with the vile dementors of Azkaban at The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter, get lost in Minion Park and explore the world of Despicable Me through the eyes of the Minions, help Spiderman defeat his Rogue's Gallery as you swing from the New York skyline, or race through the Jurassic skies and take flight with a pterodactyl on the world's longest "flying" roller coaster. Some of the many adventures you can experience at Universal Studios Japan!  The award-winning Theme Park has around 30 attractions, rides, and shows at any given time and is one of Asia's top destinations for tourists.  

If you find yourself in Osaka, Japan and want to relive your childhood or see some of your favorite Hollywood characters come to life, Universal Studios Japan should definitely be on your to do list!  
 

One of four Universal Studios Theme Parks, Universal Studios Japan (USJ) hosts over 10 million guests per year and is ranked 5th amongst the top 25 theme parks in the world.  

USJ is divided into 10 areas each with its own themes and attractions and covers a land mass of 54 hectares (108 acres). 

The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter opened its gates in 2014 and is USJ's strongest attraction, drawing in visitors from all over Asia who want to explore the magical world of wizards and witches.   

The parks newest and latest attraction, Minion Park, is themed after the successful Despicable Me series and has become another major attraction especially popular with locals and younger children.   

*Navigating USJ is easy, and in case you get lost, there are maps and legends scattered about the park.
 

Universal Studios Japan 
2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka,
Osaka Prefecture 554-0031, Japan
Business Hours: 8:30 am – 9 pm daily (Times may vary depending on Holidays and/ weather)  
Telephone+81 570-200-606 / 06-6465-4005 
Tickets & Bookings: http://www.usj.co.jp/ticket/
Facebook: @universalstudiosjapan
Websitehttp://www.usj.co.jp/

 


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

It’s exciting hopping on a cruise for the first time and discovering what’s inside the gigantic vessel that floats across the sea is an adventure itself!

VOYAGER OF THE SEAS by ROYAL CARIBBEAN is a 15 decker cruise line that can fit up to 4,269 passengers that sails from Australia to the South Pacific shore. It features ten pools and whirlpools, ice-skating rinks, rock-climbing walls and a FlowRider surfing simulator, and several dining options that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

If you’re looking to swim in the Great Barrier Reefs of Australia, see the surreal landscapes of New Zealand or discover more of Asia this cruise line might fit you.

Here’s a photo essay of the top 8 highlights onboard Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas…

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: rylcaribbean@arpanair.com.ph
Facebook: Royal Caribbean Philippines
Website: www.royalcaribbean.com

Related Blog Post: CHOPS GRILLE vs GIOVANNI’S TABLE: Specialty Dining onboard Voyager of the Seas!

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CHOPS GRILLE vs GIOVANNI’S TABLE: Specialty Dining onboard Voyager of the Seas! @RoyalCaribbean

 

Voyager of the Seas offers two of their favorite specialty dining restaurants from the Royal Caribbean cruises CHOPS GRILLE the signature steakhouse and GIOVANNI’S TABLE offering family-style Italian dishes.

Guests can enjoy a more intimate dining away from the masses while indulging in higher-quality dishes with their excellent selection of signature dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood and made from scratch Italian favorites like pasta, bread, and dessert!

 

Royal Caribbean: Voyager of the Seas

While Windjammer, Cafe Promenade, and Saphire are part of the cruise package, specialty restaurants include an additional fee of ($35) for Chop’s Grille and ($20) for Giovanni’s Table. Guest on the ship will find it enticing for its “all you can eat” menus and pampered dining experience.

Here’s what to expect at Chops Grille and Giovanni’s Table…

ARPAN AIR, INC.
International Representative – Philippines
Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises & Azamara Club Cruises
Contact: (632) 8922701 to 03
Mobile: +63955 213 3579
Email: rylcaribbean@arpanair.com.ph
Facebook: Royal Caribbean Philippines
Website: www.royalcaribbean.com

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

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#Travel, Taiwan

KAOHSIUNG & TAINAN: A Cultural Journey to Southern Taiwan 🇹🇼 (2017)

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‘Ilha Formosa’ or Spanish for beautiful Island, were the first few words that described Taiwan when the first Portuguese ship passed by the island in the 1500s. Interestingly enough Formosa became its name for the next four centuries until the Dutch established a fortress in a province called Taoyuan, which later evolved into Taiwan.

Today, a lot of things have changed, and Taiwan is now an official part of the Republic of China, but what didn’t change is Taiwan’s rich and beautiful culture.

Join me as we discover the best cultural things to do and experience in Southern Taiwan.

• Read More: TAIPEI GUIDE: 10 Authentic Things to Do for First-Time Visitors in Taipei (2017)

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#Travel, Taiwan

TAIWAN: Awesome Guide to the Heart of Asia! 🇹🇼 (2017)

By Juanico Fernandez

Taiwan for me is easily one of my favorite destinations in Asia. It has that distinct look and feels to it that reminds me of Hong Kong and Japan combined, yet it still manages to stand out among its Asian neighbors.

I remember visiting this tiny island nation that has a little bit of everything, from mountainous landscapes and beautiful beaches to a sprawling nightlife in the metropolis. Not to mention the incredible people you’ll meet along the way that makes Taiwan the perfect travel destination for Filipinos.

If you plan on visiting Taiwan but isn’t sure where to start or where to go, don’t worry–I’ve created a guide that will take you on a journey from capital city Taipei in the north all the way down to Kaohsiung City in the south.

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#Philippines, #Travel

PRANA: #1 Sustainable Healthy Restaurant in Boracay! @Mandala_Boracay

prana10Prana is a South East Asian style restaurant that has become well known in Boracay as the "to go to, Health food spot."   The menu is simple and basic with an emphasis on farm to table.  The produce is fresh as possible and always sourced locally.

Visitors to Prana can expect to get a healthy that is as delicious as it is a work of art. Fantastic platting, delicious healthy food, set in a tranquil Bali type setting makes Prana the perfect destination for those who want to relax in a busy place like Boracay.   

 

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Executive Chef Peter Montemayor honed his skills for over 15 years — specializing in Western and SE Asian cuisine.  He has operated and ran a number of establishments in Boracay, before heading to Thailand and Bali to hone his culinary skills and explore other SE Asian flavors.    

Having lived for six years in Thailand and Bali, Chef Peter learned to appreciate the spices and tastes of the region and he brings that back to the Philippines at Prana.

Chef opted to leave out red meat on his menus and is not shy to label his food vegan-friendly.  The menu at Prana changes regularly depending on the availability of the produce.  


PRANA RESTAURANT
Sitio Mangayad Station 3, Boracay Island
Operating Hours: Open daily from 7 am to 3 pm and from 6 to 9 pm
Telephone: +63 36 288-5858
Mobile: +63 917 634-8430
Facebook: @pranaboracay 
Instagram: @pranaboracay
Twitter: @mandala_boracay
Reservations: 
reservations@mandalaspa.com
Website: Prana Boracay

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