Every summer in August, Swedes throw a party in honor of a very special crustacean!
Last September 14, 2019, guests feasted on bountiful servings of imported crayfish and Nordic spreads, drank free-flowing beer, dressed in Viking costumes and danced to the festive music as Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, in partnership with NordCham Philippines and PhilippinesNorway Business Council, staged the biggest Crayfish Party in Asia at the Harbor Garden Tent.
There is a good number of great cities in Central Japan such as Toyama, Nagano and Gifu, which are full of history, culture, nature and quiet countryside scenes. Join us as we visit the oldest castle in Japan, stay overnight at a 200-year old gassho-zukuri homestay with a local family and even try one of the best places for affordable high-grade sushi in the land of the rising sun! The area is specially recommended for second-time visitors to Japan who have already been to major cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.
And if, like me, you love discovering hidden gems in Japan, there is a region I would highly recommend to you, the Chubu region which is also called Central Japan.
Check out our awesome 5-day itinerary to make the most of your trip…
Day 1 (Toyama City- Nanto City)
9:40-10:40 Flight Haneda-> Toyama Airport (NH315 ANA)
11:20-11:40 Toyota Rental (Take Free Shuttle From Aiport)
12:30-13:30 Lunch: Ayuryourinomiseayunosato (鮎料理の店 鮎の里)
13:40-15:25 Shogawa Gorge Cruise 庄 川 峡 遊 覧 船)
14:30-15:00 Shogawa Water Memorial Park (Eat Yuzu Soft Cream) 水記念公園 (ゆずソフトクリーム)
15:50-17:30 Kokiriko Traditional Songs and Dances「世界遺産五箇山合掌集落」
17:40 Gokoyama (Nanto City) 五箇山:与茂四郎 泊 Yomashirou Homestay
Day 3 (Toyama City-Omachi City-Azumino City-Matsumoto City)
7:30-8:30 Tateyama Station 立山黒部アルペンルート
8:16-8:40 Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
8:16-8:47 Tateyama-Bijodaira Cable Car
9:00-9:50 Bijodaira-Murodo Bus
11:50-11:57 Daikanbo-Kurobedaira (Tateyama Ropeway)
12:00-13:10 Restaurant Kurobedaira
13:20-13:25 Kurobedaira- Kurobe Dam
15:05-15:21 Kurobe Dam- Ogizawa
17:40- 18:30 Matcha Making Workshop
18:40-20:00 Drum, Ninja & Samurai Workshop
20:00 Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu
Day 4 (Matsumoto City- Gero City)
8:40-9:30 Matsumoto Castle 松本城
9:35-10:20 Kaichi School 旧開智学校
11:30-12:30 Kamikochi Gosenjaku Hotel
12:30- 16:30 Kamikochi National Park 上高地
17:30-18:00 Gero Onsen: Suimeikan 【下呂温泉：水明館 泊】
Day 5 (Gero City-Nagiso Town-Seki City-Toyama City)
8:30-9:30 Gero Onsen Gassho Gassho Mura 下呂温泉合掌村
9:40-11:00 Tsumago-juku 妻籠宿 & Magome-juku 馬籠宿
14:50-15:40 Seki Traditional Swordsmith Museum 関鍛冶伝承館
18:00-18:30 Toyama Airport -> Haneda (NH322)
Culinaire is an annual SMX culinary event held as a thanksgiving to clients and as a signature showcase of SMX Convention Center’s 15 accredited caterers’ food and set up excellence. This year was a battle among the 15 caterers who competed for 7 awards last September 5, 2019.
Congratulations to the Top Caterers in Manila: Juan Carlo, The Creamery and Bizu Catering Studio for winning the prestigious awards at SMX Culinaire 2019!
It’s starting to feel like Melbourne in the south because of the demand for better cafes and better lounge and food experience in the Alabang Area.
This motivated Patrick Leyble, Wendy Esteban and Stevie Ang, who moved back from Melbourne to start a new wave of cool cafes and lounges inspired by the Melbourne scene, to create Southbank. We loved the food, the gin+cocktail program and the warm hospitality of the owners.
We tried this out for breakfast and lunch with the family, and here are our favorites…
Tucked away in a quiet beach just outside the busy town of El Nido is a small family-owned resort that offers the perfect escape to a tranquil getaway in the island—intimate yet accessible with an awesome view to match and, quite possibly, the best and only swimmable beach in this side of town.
Maremegmeg Beach Club is the future of eco-luxury beachfront resorts in El Nido, Palawan!
Prost! To an authentic Bavarian celebration at Okada with an authentic German experience drinkin’ and munchin’ the true flavors and spirit of Octoberfest.
To make things even more exciting, Okada Manila is building a replica of the Bavarian village inside the Crystal Corridor, featuring free-flowing Bavarian Weihenstephan beer served by beer maidens. What is Octoberfest without German food? Get your stomachs ready for some hearty platters of bratwurst, pork knuckles, oven-baked chicken, meatloaf and more! And adding further to the festive mood is a live band playing authentic German music from Monday 23 September to Saturday 28 September at Okada’s Crystal Court.
One of my regrets in 2018 was missing the maiden run of “Himala: Isang Musikal” which eventually won 8 awards in the 11th Philstage Gawad Buhay Awards (the equivalent of the Tony’s in Manila).
I finally watched it last weekend. It is the kind of show that will resonate with you in understanding the Filipino psyche and challenge the way you deal with people and your relationship with God. It’s also an inspiration for creative professionals to deliver excellence in their work and make a positive impact on the lives of people.
Thank you to 9 works theatrical and Sandbox Collective for the 2019 rerun of this awesome musical that every Filipino should watch. It’s highly recommended. Best to watch without reading this review or any post about Himala. Buy your tickets before it is too late.
Ricky Lee and Vincent A. deJesus’ HIMALA: ISANG MUSIKAL Co-presented by: The Sandbox Collective and 9 Works Theatrical Limited Engagement: September 20 until October 20, 2019 Venue: Powermac Center Spotlight in Circuit Makati. Tickets are now available through Ticketworld Online or +632 891-9999,
It was our first time watching a CineConcert where the entire film is shown on a 40-foot screen playing only the original dialogue (with subtitle), with the music performed live by a symphony orchestra in sync with the movie.
It was indeed a magical experience to watch the original Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ with the musical score performed live by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gerard Salonga.
This was literally the best Ultimate Taste Test ever!
Thank you to our Lord for making the event memorable and successful. Thank you to all the purveyors, foodies, blogger friends, industry partners and sponsors for making the UTT 10th Anniversary Edition a historic success.
And the Winners of The Ultimate Taste Test 10th Anniversary Edition are…
Live an Awesome Life, Founder, Our Awesome Planet
A DECADE OF FLAVORS: Ultimate Taste Test XVII 10th Year Anniversary Text by Roxi, Photos by Carmi
Sweet, sour, salty or simply oozing with umami—the Ultimate Taste Test has been serving it for ten years. And in a 10-hour feast held last August 31, Our Awesome Planet did it again!
Dubbed as the longest-running tasting event in the country, OAP’s Ultimate Taste Test XVII may have just bagged the biggest taste event title as well as it filled up the SM Aura SMX Convention Center with 40 food entrepreneurs and ~1,000 food enthusiasts.
With so much more hunger to raise the bar, this year’s banquet included 20+ beverage purveyors from Agos Pilipinas. Agos is a community of beverage enthusiasts providing avenues for the showcase of spirit cocktail, craft beer, artisanal coffee and specialty juices.
For a first-timer attending a tasting event, this notable addition has undeniably elevated my experience! I found myself wandering the hall without a care about time as I indulged in an enthusing cycle of sampling mouth-watering food and trying out delectable drinks.
Probably one of the things I appreciated most about this gathering was that it gave equal power to food lovers—seasoned and newbies alike, to quantify their food encounters. Through an online voting system, we were equipped with voices to express our verdict. We spoke and we were heard.