#Travel, Japan

Hokkaido’s Unkai Terrace: Sea of Clouds and Staycation at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu!

No need to hike to experience the breathtaking sea of clouds atop mountains where one can feel like he’s on top of the world, even higher than the clouds!

There is a breathtaking spot in Hoshino Resorts Tomamu where you can see unkai (sea of clouds) just by taking a gondola. Japanese as well as foreign visitors come to visit during the peak season to enjoy this fantastic phenomenon that is unique to Hokkaido!

UNKAI TERRACE: Hoshino Resorts Tomamu
北海道勇払郡占冠村字中トマム
Shimukappu-mura Yufutsu-gun, Hokkaido, Japan
Landline: +81 167-58-1111
Website: https://www.snowtomamu.jp

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HOKKAIDO AUTUMN: Awesome Itinerary!

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#Travel, Japan

AirAsia Now Flies from Manila to Osaka!

At long last, travelers will have more affordable options to fly directly from Manila to Osaka on Air Asia’s new route!

AirAsia, the world’s best low-cost airline for 11 years running, launched its daily flights from Manila to Osaka. The gateway to many of Japan’s largest cities, namely Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe, the Kansai Region is home to many tourist attractions, including the famed Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and Universal Studios Japan!

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#Travel, Japan

HOKKAIDO AUTUMN: Awesome Itinerary!

Hokkaido is surely popular as a winter destination, but you might just change your mind after seeing this autumn itinerary we’ve prepared…

Traveling around Hokkaido is one of the best things you can do in Japan in autumn. Due to its northern location, Hokkaido sees the autumn leaves before anywhere else in Japan. The area is packed with a number of famous fall foliage spots, including many exciting bucket list-worthy attractions such as the Sea of Clouds in Unkai Terrace, Blue Pond, the flower fields of Biei and many more!

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 6 hours! No more stopovers in Tokyo, unlike my previous trips.

And, of course, this guide won’t be complete without the local dishes that are in season. Check out our list from sights, to autumn foliage spots, to incredible landscapes, to food and even shopping!

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#Philippines

TALISAY by Chef Tatung: This Modern Filipino Restaurant in Maginhawa

TALISAY, the signature restaurant of Chef Tatung Sarthou of Netflix Streetfood fame, features modern Filipino cuisine that includes recipes from his hometown in Talisay, Cebu.  This comeback restaurant is the summary of all lessons learned from past private dining experiences, restaurant failures and exposure to both the sosyal and masa crowd.

It’s a going back home to the roots of elevated classic Filipino food with Cebuano highlights and a homecoming to QC where Chef Tatung’s private dining began. Some nights, the place becomes a culinary playground for the chef’s creative Filipino experiences.

Here are some tips for your own awesome Talisay experience…


A comfortable dining oasis that beckons from its tucked-in spot along Maginhawa St. in Quezon City, Talisay offers a delectable feast of memory, flavor and experience. Each bite is an ode to nostalgia and magical moments spent sharing hearty meals with loved ones.

Head on to Talisay.

Talisay Garden Café
Operating Hours: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
44 Maginhawa St., UP Village, Quezon City
Telephone: +632 8293-9077
Mobile: +63 919 877-6321
Facebook: Talisay The Garden Cafe

 

Talisay Menu: Starters | Salad, Soup, Talisay Specials | Talisay Specials | Sides, Drinks, Desserts

The food served were Chef Tatung specials and not your usual comfort Filipino food of kare kare, adobo or sisig.

 

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Events

Haunted Manila Halloween: Official Festival Guide!

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Here’s the official guide for the first-ever Haunted Festival Manila! See you there!


About Haunted Manila

Haunted Manila Festival offers 6 nights of festivities simply because one night is not enough. #HMF2019 celebrates Filipino culture with music, film, and adventure with a jam-packed schedule of events that promise escalating shrieks of terror and tawa-iyak moments epic stories are made of.

From October 26 to 31, at the Filinvest City Events Ground, you can run for your life at the country’s biggest zombie run, Outbreak Manila. Experience terror and test your problem-solving skills with haunted escape rooms and a giant scavenger hunt by Breakout Philippines. Watch Classic Pinoy Horror Movies in our open-air cinema, Pelikulagim.

Hang out with your family, barkada, and officemates in our Gayuma Food Bazaar and Trick or Treat Game Stations. And top off the entire experience and enjoy a SANTELMO Halloween Music Party with your favorite  OPM bands.

 

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#Restaurants

Keng Eng Kee: Zi Char Cuisine in Manila!

Zi Char Singaporean food is home-cooked wok-fried food that is like hawker street flavors in a kopitiam setting. It’s an array of creative dishes influenced by Malay, Indian and Peranakan flavors usually served in hearty family sharing style portions. Zi Char kitchens are known for their signature noodle, vegetable stir-fry and seafood specialties.

Keng Eng Kee is one of the top Zi Char eateries in Singapore known for its dishes made from recipes spanning three generations. We tried KEK food in World Street Food here in Manila, but I haven’t really tried their signature dishes and eatery in Singapore.

We were so excited to try KEK’s Zi Char food in Manila!


About Keng Eng Kee

Keng Eng Kee Seafood (KEK) originated from an immigrant couple who came from Hainan Island, armed with the determination to eke out a life of their own in Singapore. Skilled in the culinary arts, Low Peck Yah and Koh Yok Jong started their life in Singapore by selling Hainanese Chicken Rice before creating KEK, focusing on the ‘zi char’ cuisine in the 1970s. The couple then passed their wok over to their daughter and her Malaysian-born husband, who expanded the menu, adding Southeast Asian Influences.

Over the years, they stayed true to their values of diligence, hard work and commitment. The Liew family are all seasoned professionals who have worked in kitchens since their formative years.

Continuing the family legacy, KEK is now helmed by the three third-generation siblings, under the close supervision of their father:

Wayne Liew, Executive Chef
Paul Liew, Head of Business Operation
Geraldine Liew, Head of Service Operations

Awards and features:

• Awarded Michelin Plate 2016-2019
• Featured on the food documentary series “Street Food” on Netflix, which features staple street food from some of the world’s most colorful cities. KEK was chosen as a representative of Singapore’s mainstay dish, the Chili Crab.
• Featured on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Singapore Episode (2017)
• Ranked #1 in Top 100 Hawkers 2018 by Burpple Singapore
• Ranked 28th on the World Street Food Congress 2017
• Listed in 2018 Ctrip Gourmet List Destination
Visited by more than 70 chefs and industry players for an impromptu supper session in June 2019 when many renowned international chefs were in Singapore for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards
Chosen as venue where Eric Ripert of LE Bernardin, American Express Icon Award Winner Jose Andres and Paul from KEK celebrated Bourdain Day on 25 June 2019

 

KENG ENG KEE SEAFOOD
Blk 124 Bukit Merah Lane 1 (Alexandra Village), #01-136, Singapore 150124
Instagram: @kengengkee

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METRONOME by Chef Miko Calo: The Best French Bistro in Manila? (Review)

METRONOME is a modern French restaurant in Makati by Joël Robuchon-trained Chef Miko Calo, RJ Galang of Bakere/Man Eat Manila fame, Restaurateur Elbert Cuenca and Alain Borgers, formerly from the Shangri-La Group.

This is the much-anticipated restaurant opening of 2019 in Manila because of the rave reviews about Chef Miko’s food in the underground supper clubs, not to mention the place was featured in Chris Dwyer’s CNN article—Great plates: 15 new restaurants to try in 2019.

Is it all just hype? Or is this the best French restaurant Manila has been waiting for?

 

METRONOME by Miko Calo
G/F The Grand Midori Makati, Bolanos St., Legaspi Village, Makati
Operating Hours:
Monday to Saturday 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Reservations taken between 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Mobile: +63 917 147 3776
Telephone: +632 618 4337
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Metronome
Instagram: @restaurant.metronome
Website: www.restaurantmetronome.com

Metronome Menu: Small Plates | Mains | Tasting Menu | Desserts | Coffee, Digestif
Drinks Menu: Champagne, White, Rose | Red | Bar List Spirits | Cocktail, Beverages

 


First Things First

The concept of the restaurant was already brewing in Chef Miko Calo’s mind ever since 2014. When the time came to open the business, she already knew what she wanted for her signature restaurant—French blue, gold and Filipino wood themed interiors, modern French cuisine and the name of the restaurant.

The name of the restaurant was inspired by the metronome, a guiding instrument by a musician to practice with a pre-determined beat/minute. For Chef Miko, French cooking techniques are her metronome to execute the food with precision and deliciousness.

Make sure to reserve Metronome’s banquet tables (good for 5-6) with a backdrop of sleek interiors by Noel Bernardo.

The banquet dining set up reminds me of Bob Bob Ricard, the iconic London Soho restaurant famous for its Beef Wellington.

Make sure to reserve the private dining room (good for 12) for the family gourmand’s special celebrations.

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#Restaurants

Because Coffee by Harlan + Holden (A Review)

This is one of the landmark cafes at the center of BGC on 5th Avenue corner Bonifacio High Street.

Because Coffee by fashion brand Harlan + Holden is known to be a cashless coffee shop where you can order your coffee in advance. The branding is on point, and the place is the simple answer when you are stressed or pondering on your whys in life.

Apart from the intimidating sleek minimalist design, is the coffee any good?

 

Harlan + Holden Coffee
G/F One Bonifacio, Philippine Stock Exchange, 5th Avenue, BGC, Taguig.
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.harlanholden.coffee
Facebook: harlan + holden coffee
Instagram: @harlanholden.coffee

Download Harlan + Holden Coffee’s app from Google Play and the Apple App Store.

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#Restaurants

VBQ: Best of Vietnamese BBQ and Bang! Bang! Bar in Poblacion

Vietnamese cuisine is trending, and if you are craving for a taste of Vietnam, this is the place to go for a satisfying fix in Poblacion, Makati. VBQ is Chef Mikel Zaguirre’s streetside Vietnamese barbecue and hot pot place with a Vietcong-themed Bang! Bang! Bar.

This is a great spot to have dinner to kick-off your Poblacion crawl or eat in between drinking sessions.

 


First Things First

VBQ is located on a block bordered by Guerrero and P. Guanzon Sts., and you can pass through either streets.

VBQ Vietnamese BBQ & Hot Pot
4970 Guerrero St. / P. Guanzon St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati
Telephone: +63 917 624-1282 (for reservation)
Operating Hours:
VBQ BBQ & Hotpot: 11.00am to 3.00am
Bang! Bang! Bar: 6.00pm to 3.00am
Facebook: VBQ Restaurant
Instagram: @vbq.ph

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#Philippines

Sweeney Todd Musical Thriller in Manila: Why You’ll Lovett!

Sweeney Todd Musical Manila celebrates the play’s 40th anniversary on Broadway and Atlantis Productions’ 20th year with a star-studded cast led by Lea Salonga as Mrs. Lovett and Jett Pangan as Sweeney Todd.

The performances are way different from those of Audie Gemora as Sweeney Todd and Menchu Launchengco-Yulo as Mrs. Lovett during Repertory Philippines’ staging at OnStage Greenbelt 1, Makati in 2009. The Atlantis production is grander, performed by an all-star cast, with a live orchestra that lets you feel the eerie 1840’s London vibe.

This is a Lea Salonga musical performance you can’t miss watching in Manila right in time for Halloween!

 

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