#Hotels, Staycation

Marco Polo Ortigas Staycation: A Class Above the Rest! (Photo Essay)

Ortigas center is probably one of the most underrated mini-cities in Metro Manila when it comes to world-class hotels and bars, especially when compared to BGC and Makati.

But scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find that Ortigas also offers class-leading shopping malls, restaurants, and bars.

But you know what else is underrated? The 5-star luxury hotel, Marco Polo Ortigas, Manila.

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Located at the heart of Metro Manila in Ortigas. Marco Polo hotel prides itself as a highly rated 5-star hotel that indulges guest with the best luxury rooms and amenities.

 

MARCO POLO, ORTIGAS
1600 Meralco Ave., San Antonio, Pasig
Website: https://www.marcopolohotels.com/
Facebook: https://facebook.com/MarcoPoloOrtigasManila
Email: [email protected]
Contact: +632 720-7777

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#Travel, Japan

HOKKAIDO: 10 Experiences to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL

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You can now fly directly from Manila to Hokkaido!

Winter in Hokkaido is an exciting season marked by gorgeous snow festivals and winter activities held throughout the country. It transforms into a gloriously white winter wonderland, filled with exciting bucket-list-worthy experiences from sparkling winter wonders, to thrilling snow activities and heartwarming onsen spas.

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

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Here are my top 10 recommended experiences you should try when visiting Hokkaido…

Hokkaido Series:
-HOKKAIDO: 10 Experiences to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL
-Hokkaido Eats: 10 Dishes to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL
-SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL: Winter Wonderland in Hokkaido! (First Timer’s Guide)
Noboribetsu Hot Spring Village: Warm Your Body and Soul in a Traditional Onsen!
-HAKODATE: 7 Awesome Places You Should Visit in Hakodate, Hokkaido!
HAKODATE Food Trip: What and Where to Eat?! 

-HAKODATE ASAICHI (MORNING MARKET): HOKKAIDO CRAB, TUNA, SQUID, AND SEAFOOD GALORE! 
-LUCKY PIERROT: HAKODATE’S NO.1 BURGER CHAIN!

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#Restaurants

DESAYUNO by Barcino: A Spanish Late Breakfast in Manila!

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DESAYUNO is Barcino’s tribute to the Spanish breakfast tradition in Manila featuring classic Spanish breakfast favorites and introducing Spanish-inspired Filipino breakfast creations. It’s a popular breakfast in the Barcino Santolan branch, recently introduced in Barcino Uptown Parade—a great place to have a morning meeting in the BGC/Uptown Bonifacio Area where you can enjoy cava for breakfast. 🙂

Eating late breakfasts, which is quite the norm in Spain, is becoming popular in Manila as well because of the intermittent fasting trend.

We had a brunch-out with the boys, and here are some tips on how to organize your own awesome Desayuno experience…

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#Hotels, Staycation

B HOTEL QC: The Best Staycation in Timog/Tomas Morato Area!

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Living in the south, we always wanted to have a staycation in the middle of the foodie area of Tomas Morato/Timog Area.

We celebrated Joshua’s birthday with a B Hotel QC Steakcation, and here are some tips on how to have an awesome staycation with the family at this modern hotel in the northern part of the metro.

 

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B Hotel QC is a bit hidden. Located in the mixed residential and commercial neighborhood of Sct. Rallos, it’s literally walking distance to the best places in the area.

B-Hotel Quezon City
4 Sct. Rallos St, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila
Telephone: +632 990-5000
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: B Hotel Quezon City
Instagram: @bhotelqc
Twitter: @bhotelqc
Website: www.bhotelqc.com

 

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#Philippines

Hilton Manila Pool, Buffet and Staycation Experience!

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Hilton is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most well-known names in the hotel industry. During its time, the old Manila Hilton was the first five-star hotel in the country and housed the most prestigious VIP guests. It closed down its doors as the Hilton in the 80s. Years later, the Hilton makes its return, now under the wings of Resorts World Manila.

Hilton Manila officially opened their doors this October 2018. Located in Resorts World Manila, Hilton finds itself in a strategic location, being close to key points for tourists – the airport, Newport Mall, and the Casino.

Here’s the details on my pre-Christmas stay at the Hilton Manila…

Hilton Manila
1 Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay
Contact #:
+632 239 7788
Instagram: @hiltonmanila
Website: www.hiltonmanila.com

Check out low Hilton Manila rates and availability from Booking.com.

Related Post: Shanghainese Cuisine at Hua Ting @HiltonManila

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#Philippines

Have an Awesome New Year 2019! (and 2018 Rewind)

Dear Our Awesome Planet friends,

An Awesome and Prosperous New Year to you and your family!

We are excited for 2019 but before everyone officially goes back to work, here’s a look back at some of the best experiences that made 2018 awesome!

We are excited for more awesome collaborations this year. If you are interested to work with Our Awesome Planet on content campaigns, please don’t hesitate to email [email protected] or contact her directly +63 917 531-8949.

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#Philippines

Hard Rock Cafe Manila Reopens in S Maison!

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I still remember when the first Hard Rock Cafe opened in Glorietta just across our P&G 6750 office. We used to go rockin’ there every time there was a celebration, and we always looked forward to dancing to the music of the live rock band.

Fast forward to the end of 2018, Hard Rock Cafe—now run by Bistro, one of the best restaurant groups in the country—finds a new home at S Maison.

Here’s what happened during the special Bistro sneak preview last night before its official soft opening tonight…

 

HARD ROCK CAFE MANILA
Level 2, S Maison at Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard, Coral Way, Pasay, Philippines
Telephone: +632 836-7141
Email[email protected]
Facebook: Hard Rock Cafe Manila
Websitehttps://www.hardrock.com/cafes/manila/

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#Philippines

NEW YEAR’S EVE MANILA 2019: Where are you Celebrating NYE in Manila?

12/30/2018: Updated with BGC NYE Celebration, Stop CoveManila’s Balloon Drop Petition and NYE at new Hard Rock Cafe Manila.  

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The city of Manila is gearing up to ring in New Year’s Eve 2019, and as one might expect, there is no shortage of New Year’s Eve parties.

Our party-planning guide won’t be complete without a dazzling display of fireworks, fantastic feasts, and music to usher partygoers into the New Year.

Here are the best New Year’s Eve 2019 parties in Manila…

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#Travel

Voyager of the Seas Cruise Experience: 4-Nights Port Klang to Phuket @RoyalCaribbeanPH

Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 49-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry “firsts” never before seen at sea. I’ve never been on a cruise before, so this was very exciting for me!

For my first trip with Royal Caribbean, we sailed the Malacca Strait on a 4-Night Port Klang-Phuket Cruise aboard the Voyager of the Seas. The Voyager of the Seas is one of RCI’s biggest ships and has quite the lineup of Asia Cruises for 2018 to 2019.

Here’s my first-time experience on a cruise and some tips I learned on the trip…

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: [email protected]
Facebook: Royal Caribbean Philippines
Instagram: @royalcaribbeanphilippines
Website: https://www.cruising.com.ph/

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

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Blogging

Digital Marketing and Entrepreneurship Masterclass Manila by Anton Diaz: Level Up your Digital Game to Kickoff 2019!

Dear Our Awesome Planet friends,

An awesome and exciting New Year to you all!

2019 is the year when digital marketing just becomes marketing because by default all marketing activities are digital. It is the year when nobody watches TV but everybody is binge-watching on Netflix, Amazon, and Youtube. This is the time when the social media capital of the world for consuming content becomes the capital of online content production. This will be the era of kid influencers and when our Gen Z kids enter the social media influence scene.

You are not ready for this. While you are still stuck debating with old management to invest in digital marketing or not, the world moves on to disrupt your business.

Our schools and other educational institutions don’t teach “digital marketing” because they teach by sharing case studies that worked 6 months or so ago. I cringe every time I see a digital marketing case study example from 2017 and below showcasing how it worked for them at that time. The supposed digital marketing “guru” who are not actual practitioners but just a spokesperson for the digital marketing company or millennial influencers who starts a digital marketing agency but markets like old-school marketers.

To succeed in the digital marketing landscape of 2019, you have to be on top of trends, predict algorithm changes, and future-proof your marketing. You have to unlearn years of marketing training that does not work in the new digital order. You need to discern where and to whom to learn from.

Digital marketing is not about doing a PR event for the launch of your business and expects people to go because of a one-time event. It is all about winning one digital native one at a time and building loyalty over a sustainable period of time.

I’m blogging since 2005 when my first son Aidan was born, and quit my day job as the CIO of P&G Philippines in 2008 to blog professionally since. Online marketing is a marathon and a commitment to over-deliver on expectations of your audience on a 1-on-1 basis but using a scalable digital infrastructure. I miss teaching during my Maven Secrets days in Asian Institute of Management and wanted to help more people this 2019.

I learn best when I teach and students learn from real live examples from digital practitioners and how they think about it. In partnership with SMX Academix, we are launching the inaugural Digital Marketing Masterclass and Digital Entrepreneurship Masterclass at SMX Aura, Taguig in the city of passionate people.

The masterclasses are designed as 6 weekly sessions of 3-hours each and the class becomes a mastermind group to learn from each other in their digital journey. I’m looking for 25 people to kick off the first ever masterclass and to be the founding mastermind members. Here is how to choose which masterclass to join:

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