THE FRUIT GARDEN 2016: Luxurious Christmas Dreams, Orange Gingerbread Marmalade, and Toile de Jouy Packaging!

The Fruit Garden by Pierre Marmonier is an artisanal jam brand, famed for using natural local and international fruits cooked in traditional French-style recipes.

For this festive season, the company produced Christmas-themed jams in a lovely Toile de Jouy packaging, perfect for gift giving.

Here’s what’s to expect from the Fruit Garden’s 2016 Festive Collection…


295 Haig Street, Mandaluyong City
Telephone: +632 621-4603
Mobile: +63 920 945-3565
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.thefruitgarden.net/

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TOKYO MILK CHEESE FACTORY: Japan’s Popular Milk Cheese Cookies now in Manila!

Tokyo Milk Cheese Fatory

Finally, Japan’s popular confectionery Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory is now open in Manila!

They are known for their luxurious treats made from the finest ingredients–Hokkaido milk and the world’s best cheeses. Light, crispy, and melt-in-your-mouth, these cookies are sure to get you hooked!

In addition to their signature Salt & Camembert, Honey & Gorgonzola, and Porcini & Gouda Cookies, they also brought their French & Hokkaido Milk Cheese Cakes.

Here’s what to expect at their newly opened stores…

Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory
Fashion Hall, SM Megamall; Greenbelt 5 Manila, Philippines
Website: www.tokyomilkcheese.com
Facebook: tokyomilkcheesefactoryph
Instagram: @tokyomilkcheesefactoryph

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#Restaurants, Gawad Kalinga

CALABOO: Awesome Carabao Milk Butter & Premium Carabao Cheese! @GawadKalingaHQ

by Abigail Javellana


CalaBoo Creamery is a Social Enterprise by GK Enchanted Farm in partnership with the Philippine Carabao Center, who aims to fulfill the Filipino dream of ending poverty for smallholder farmers, by producing proudly Filipino farm fresh milk from grass-fed carabao products that are naturally healthy and yummy!

They produce some of the best dairy products the Philippines has to offer, ranging from their fresh and aged cheese, high-quality butter and pro-biotic rich yogurts, which uses healthy sweeteners like coco sugar and pure honey.

Finally, we have world-class carabao milk dairy brand proudly made in the Philippines at Gawad Kalinga’s Enchanted Farm!  These are the perfect foodie gift this Christmas 🙂

Here’s a photo essay of Calaboo’s launch and Carabao dairy products …

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PABLO CHEESECAKE: Osaka’s Famous Cheese Tart Opens in Manila! @benchtm

Pablo Manila

The world famous Pablo from Osaka is now officially open in the Philippines!

Pablo is well known for their signature freshly-baked cheese tarts–deliciously soft and creamy treats that taste like no other cheese tart you’ve had before.

In addition to its classic cheese tart, the popular shop also carries a rich line of pastries, cheese puddings, cookies, drinks, and soft served ice cream.

Here’s what to expect at the newly opened Pablo Manila…


Level 1, Pedro Gil Wing, Robinsons Place Manila
Website: http://pablophilippines.com/
Facebook: Pablo Cheesetart Philippines
Instagram: @Pablo_cheese_tart_philippines

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#Philippines, Attractions, Mystery Rooms

HUSH: Don’t Breathe Inspired Live Action Escape Room! @BreakoutPH

BreakoutPH: HushHUSH by Breakout PH is the new live action escape room game experience inspired by the new suspense thriller “Don’t Breathe“.

Just like the movie you and your friends break into the blind man’s house thinking you’ll get away with the perfect heist. But you are all wrong. So don’t make a sound. Don’t even breathe.

The escape room takes you to a whole new level of experience as the game flow is driven by a violent blind man and live actors. Players must carefully try to move around the rooms without getting caught.

Plus did we mention that this is the only escape room where players can die? Check out one of our favorite escape rooms HUSH….

HUSH by Breakout Philippines
Paragon Plaza Ground floor Reliance St., corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila 1550
Email[email protected]
FacebookBreakout Philippines

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Manila Life, Mystery Rooms

DEBBY’S DOLL: Annabelle-inspired Horror Theme Room @MysteryManila @CenturyMall

Mystery Manila: Debby's Doll
Debby’s Doll is one of my favorite horror theme rooms from Mystery Manila. The story revolves around an old possessed doll your little sister finds in the new house your family has moved into. Strange insidious things have started to happen and it’s up to you to save your sister from the mysterious entity before it’s too late.

Mystery Manila is a simulated escape room experience that can be played by up to 6 players. You and your friends bust your brains to solve a mystery by carefully piecing together complex clues under a fun and challenging time constraint of 60 minutes.

Here’s what to expect from Debby’s Doll…

Mystery Manila – Century City Mall
Unit L305 3rd Floor Century City Mall,
Kalayaan Ave. cor. Salamanca St, Brgy. Poblacion,
1210 Makati City , Philippines.
Telephone: +632 718 92 51
Mobile: +63 917 820 64 69
Operating Hours:
Mondays to Fridays: 1.00pm to 9.30pm
Holidays/Saturdays/Sundays: 9.00am to 930pm

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Manila Life, Mystery Rooms

CRIME OF THE CENTURY: Bomb Squad Mission! @MysteryManila @CenturyMall

Mystery Manila: Crime of the Century

Crime of The Century is one of the rooms in Mystery Manila where your team takes on the role of a bomb squad, tasked to locate and diffuse a ticking time bomb inside Century City Mall.

The bomb squad must be able to locate the time bomb–which could be anywhere–within a 90-minute time limit! This is unique from the rest of Mystery Manila’s other rooms because the whole mall serves as one huge room.

Check out our Crime of The Century experience with the OAP Team (no spoilers in this post)…

Mystery Manila – Century City Mall
Unit L305 3rd Floor Century City Mall,
Kalayaan Ave. cor. Salamanca St, Brgy. Poblacion,
1210 Makati City , Philippines.
Telephone: +632 718 92 51
Mobile: +63 917 820 64 69
Operating Hours:
Mondays to Fridays: 1.00pm to 9.30pm
Holidays/Saturdays/Sundays: 9.00am to 930pm

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Awesome Festivals

Wanderland 2016: Out of This World Music Festival Experience (Photo Essay)

By Abigail Javellana

Wanderland 2016

Wanderland Music Festival now on its fourth installment is back with a new theme fresh from space and it's their biggest and most attended event yet. Experience the same hippie and chill vibe with amazing music (local and international artists), friendly crowd and out of this world art installations and attractions.

Wanderland 2016 is headlined by Death Cab for Cutie and Bon Iver. Joining them are The Naked and Famous, San Cisco, Panama, Blackbird Blackbird, Chad Valley and Commandeur with the best local artists jamming along is CRWN + Jess Connelly, Curtismith, Cheats, Jensen and The Flips, and Oh, Flamingo! 

Here's what happened in this year's Wanderland Music Festival…


Wanderland Festival 2016
March 5, 2016
Globe Circuit Events Ground, Makati
Website: www.wanderlandfestival.com/
Facebook: wanderlandfest
Instagram: @wanderlandfest
Twitter: wanderlandfest

Wanderland Series:
Awesome Camping Experience at Wanderland Festival 2015! (Photo Essay)
Wanderland 2016: Out of This World Music Festival Experience (Photo Essay)
WANDERLAND 2014 Hangover! #TakeMeBackToWanderland @wanderlandfest

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Awesome Festivals

My Miele Votes

My Miele Guide votes
” The Miele Guide will be Asia’s first truly independent regional restaurant guide when launched in October 2008, and also its most authoritative—we do not accept free meals or advertising from restaurants. Written by food lovers who know and love Asia, The Miele Guide will rank and profile restaurants across the region’s major cities, categorised by country, city and cuisine, in a slim, indispensable volume. ” (www.mieleguide.com)

The Miele Guide is now in their second phase where the public can vote their best restaurants this month May 2008. I don’t really believe that Miele Guide is 100% independent because they are sponsored by Visa and Hyatt Hotels. In order for you to vote, you need to key in your Visa card. I’m sure Visa and Hyatt would have a say on the judges, restaurant critics and respected foodies who would vote in the other phases. In any case, I participated in the online voting and I had to make sure that Claude Tayag’s Bale Dutung and Chef Chris Locher’s C Italian Dining are included in the list.

I’m campaigning for the top 3 finest restaurants in the Philippines. (You are only allowed to vote for 3 restaurants per country)

Antonio’s Restaurant in Tagaytay

Bale Dutung - 50
Claude Tayag’s Bale Dutung in Pampanga

C Italian Dining-20
C’s Italian Dining in Angeles, Pampanga.

Please VOTE for them to be included in the MieleGuide.com !


Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.


[West Side Story] After Avenue Q, West Side Story is the Musical Play to Watch in Manila!

I’m super excited to see the Manila production of West Side Story this coming September in Meralco Theater !

The Stages production of West Side Story will be directed by Audie Gamora (who himself starred as Bernardo). Christian Bautista will play Tony, and Joanna Ampil as Maria. I’m excited to see Joanna Ampil in a musical who is very successful in her performances in Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar and as Fantine in Les Miserables in West End, London.

Watch out for this!

West Side Story is a musical written by Arthur Laurents (book), Leonard Bernstein (music), and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics). The story is based loosely on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, which was, in turn, based on a narrative poem by Arthur Brooke entitled The Tragicall History of Romeus and Juliet (1562), which was in turn inspired by the legend of Tristan and Isolde.

Set on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the musical explores the rivalry between two teenage gangs of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The young protagonist, Anton (“Tony”), who belongs to the white gang, falls in love with Maria, the sister of the leader of the rival Puerto Rican gang. The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theater. Bernstein’s score for the musical has become extremely popular; it includes “Something’s Coming”, “Maria”, “America,” “Somewhere,” “Tonight”, “Jet Song”, “I Feel Pretty”, “One Hand, One Heart”, and “Cool”.

(Source: Wikipedia on West Side Story)

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