#Travel, Japan

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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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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#Philippines

MALAPASCUA: A Non-Diver’s Guide to the Island of Malapascua!

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When you hear the word Malapascua, the first thing that comes to mind is diving, thresher sharks, and more diving. In fact, a lot of tourists from all over the world frequent the place for its underwater beauty.

But this place is not limited to the divers. This tiny island in the northern part of Cebu is not only known for being one of the top diving spots in the Philippines, it is also considered one of the most captivating islands in the country.

So, from a non-diver’s point of view, let me share with you our complete guide to the beautiful and relaxing island of Malapascua.

EVOLUTION DIVE AND BEACH RESORT
Malapascua Island, Malapascua, Daanbantayan
Telephone: 0917 631 2179
Facebook: 
Evolution Diving Malapascua
Website: www.evolution.com.ph/
Instagram: @evolutiondivingresort
Email: info@evolution.com.ph

Check out low Evolution Dive and Beach Resort rates and availability from Booking and Agoda.

 

Malapascua for Non-Diver’s Series:

MALAPASCUA: A Non-Diver’s Guide to the Island of Malapascua!
 KALANGGAMAN: Leyte’s Island Paradise! (A Day Trip from Malapascua)
• Where to Eat in Malapascua? (A Foodie’s Guide)

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#Philippines

OhGK! (Oregano Honey Ginger Kalamansi): The Best Healthy Tea Drink in Manila! @GawadKalingaHQ

OhGK!, is a promising start-up health drink boutique from Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farms in Bulacan Philippines.

 

OhGK

Their flagship beverage combines oregano, ginger, and calamansi that has been lightly sweetened with honey

Light and refreshing what makes OhGK special is the health benefits it draws from its 100% natural and organic ingredients. 

 

OhGK!
Gawad Kalinga Enchanted FarmsPandi-Angat Rd, Angat, Bulacan Philippines 
Facebook: @OhGKNatural
Websitehttp://gk1world.com/gk-enchanted-farm

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Attractions, Manila Life

Paintings in Motion: Art in Island’s Newest Attraction @ArtinIsland

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Art in Island, the biggest 3D Museum in Asia, is bringing their paintings to a whole new level with their latest installment.

Mostly known for 3D and interactive paintings, Art in Island is now moving into the realm of digital art.

Wouldn't it be cool to see their paintings move?

 

ART IN ISLAND 3D Art Museum
15th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines (At the back of Cubao Expo)
Telephone: +632 421-1356
FacebookArt in Island
Instagram@ArtinIsland
Operating Hours: 9.30am to 9.30pm 
Entrance Fee: P500/head walk-in, P400/head for students

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#Philippines

PUTO NI PAPA: The Best Puto in Town! @GawadKalingaHQ

Puto ni Papa is not your ordinary puto. Those small ones in the local markets are incomparable.

Puto ni Papa is a brand founded and developed at the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm. The founder, Rem Salunoy (or Papa Rem), is a graduate of the SEED (School for Experiential and Entrepreneurial Development) program by GK.

Armed with a recipe passed on to him by his grandmother, Papa Rem has turned this native delicacy into something greater.

 

PUTO NI PAPA
GK Enchanted Farm, Angat, Bulacan
Mobile: +63 915 687-7831 
Facebook:  GK Enchanted Farm
Websitehttp://gk1world.com/gk-enchanted-farm

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#Philippines

KALANGGAMAN: Leyte’s Island Paradise! (A Day Trip from Malapascua)

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Kalanggaman Island is a small island paradise located in Palampon, Leyte. It is famous for its crystal clear waters, lush palm trees, and beautiful sandbars on both ends.

The island is also considered one of the most beautiful island beaches in the Philippines. Its has captivated many Filipino and foreign tourists because of its pristine and untouched beauty.

According to locals, Kalanggaman (the Visayan word for “bird”) got its name because it resembles a bird if viewed from above, not to mention the island used to be a paradise for migratory birds many years ago.

 

Malapascua for Non-Diver’s Series:

MALAPASCUA: A Non-Diver’s Guide to the Island of Malapascua!
 KALANGGAMAN: Leyte’s Island Paradise! (A Day Trip from Malapascua)
• Where to Eat in Malapascua? (A Foodie’s Guide)

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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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#Restaurants

TEPPAN OKOCHI by Mangetsu Osaka: Finest Osaka Teppanyaki by Chef Akihiro Okochi!

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TEPPAN OKOCHI is an authentic Japanese fine dining Teppanyaki restaurant in BGC by Grand Chef Akihiro Okochi of Mangetsu Osaka in Japan.

They specialize in quality seafood and beef from Japan, cooked on Iron Plates (Teppan) and paired with unique Japanese Sake and carefully selected wines from Napa Valley.

It is the first restaurant by the Dize Link Philippines group offering the finest taste of Osaka Cuisine featuring Okonomiyaki, Wagyu Beef, and Eel, with a carefully designed Japanese ambiance in the heart of BGC.

Here’s what to expect and what to order at Teppan Okochi…

TEPPAN OKOCHI by Mangetsu Osaka
Unit 7, Ground Floor, Ore Square Building, 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Facebook: Teppan Okochi by Mangetsu Osaka
Telephone: +63 917 795 0051
Email: teppanokochi@gmail.com
Instagram: @teppanokochi
Operating Hours: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM

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