#Philippines, Camiguin Island

Thank You, Camiguin! @Traveloka

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The island province of Camiguin, known as the island born of fire, is a popular tourist destination in the south region of the Philippines.  Known for its clear blue waters and diverse wildlife, the island draws in visitors from all over the world who are looking for an alternative to the more fast-paced vacations islands in the Philippines. 

Camiguin is the perfect place to get away and lose yourself, a more chilled and laid back type of island that still has plenty of activities for those who crave a bit of adventure.

Camiguin is the second smallest Philippine province after Batanes (link Batanes) in the north and is home to a population of roughly around 89,000 people. A large expat community also calls the island home.

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Camiguin itself is a volcanic island with 7 dormant volcanos and 15 marine sanctuaries. The fertile soil is ideal for planting and the local Lanzones are renowned and sought after all throughout the Philippines.  (Lanzones are a type of tropical tree which fruit tastes like a combination of grapes and grapefruit.)

Mount Hibok-Hibok has been designated as an ASEAN (Association Of South East Asian Nations) Heritage Park and the surrounding area is home to a number of waterfalls and natural springs.

 

Camiguin
Northern Mindanao
Philippines

Related Blog Post: Must-try Camiguin Food (and Where to Find Them!)

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#Travel, Barcelona

Girona: Game of Thrones Film Location Guide!

Are you a GoT fan coming to Girona, Spain?

I was touring Barcelona at that time, when I had a geek out moment, as I found out one of the filming locations for Game of Thrones was just 30-minutes away from me! Braavos, Oldtown, and Kings Landing! If these places are familiar, then the historic medieval city of Girona might be worth a quick train ride away!

Girona, Spain is located 98 km from Barcelona near the border of France. You’ll see why the well-preserved historical city with its winding alleys, arches, towers and city walls makes it a perfect location for the HBO hit series.

Here’s my DIY travel guide from Barcelona to Girona…

GY TRAVEL & TOURS
Calle Parlanet 33, 3-1 Barcelona Spain
Mobile: +34-603-193503
Email:michael@gytravelandtours.com

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#Restaurants

Samba Sabado de Fiesta: A Lazy Saturday Peruvian Feast!

Oh Samba!  I love how Peruvians indulge in long Saturday lunches with friends and family over a feast of colorful, flavorful dishes and overflowing drinks to celebrate the weekend.

Chef Carlo is bringing this rich Peruvian tradition to Manila with Samba’s Sabado de Fiesta every last Saturday of the month. It features live buffet stations and drink-all-you-can-cocktails to delight in over a hearty 4-hour lunch.

 

First Things First

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Make sure to reserve a table and be there as early as 11 to fully enjoy the Peruvian feast.

Samba Sabado de Fiesta
8th floor, Shangrila at the Fort, Bonifacio Global City
From 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on the last Saturday of every month.
Telephone: +632 820-0888
Email: samba@shangri-la.com
Buffet Price:
₱ 1,800 nett/adult and ₱ 900/child
₱ 800 nett/person free-flowing cocktails, beers and wines
₱ 400 nett for an unlimited serving of non-alcoholic beverages

 

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On cooler months, the al fresco tables are the best place to relish every minute of the fiesta with a view of the Shangrila pool.Read more

#Hotels, #Philippines

The Ivywall: Your Home in Puerto Princesa

Named after the climbing vines symbolizing growth and prosperity,  The Ivywall Hotel is an award-winning Best Western Plus Hotel in Puerto Princesa City.

Finally, we found a place in Puerto Princesa that we can recommend; where good food meets modern Filipino interiors. They recently launched their flagship restaurants – Anibong All-Day Dining and Balayong Grill & Bar restaurant.

 

First Things First

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Fly from Manila to the new Puerto Princesa International airport, which takes about an hour and 20 minutes.

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Then, a 15-minute free hotel transfer will bring you to the lobby of the Ivywall Hotel Best Western Plus.

 

The Ivywall Hotel Best Western Plus
Rizal Avenue Extension, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Manila Number:+632 657 1192
Palawan Number: +63 (48) 716 5100
Mobile Number:+63 917 657 2880
Email: reservations@bwplusivywall.com
Website: http://www.bwplusivywall.com/

Check out low The Ivywall Hotel Best Western Plus Palawan rates and availability from Booking and Agoda.

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#Restaurants

Gallery by Chele & Carlo: Flavor-Forward and Fine Casual Vask

Gallery by Chele is a new restaurant concept by Chef Chele Gonzales and Carlo Villaflor based on the learnings from Vask Gallery and Tapas Bar.

It’s flavor-forward; celebrating local ingredients in the Philippines refined by Spanish culinary techniques.

I like the casual, open ambiance with inviting wood and nature-inspired interiors.

You can order a la carte and even dine in the bar area even without a reservation. Best of all, the tasting menus are priced reasonably.

 

Gallery by Chele
5F Clipp Center, Bonifacio Global City, Manila, Philippines
Operating Hours: 5 pm to 1 am, Tuesday to Saturday
(Dinner seatings begin at 6 pm with last call at 10:30 pm.)
Telephone: +63 2 218-3895
Mobile: +63 917 546-1673
Emailreservations@gallerybychele.com
Facebook@gallerybychele
Instagram@gallerybychele
Websitegallerybychele.com

Related Blog Post: Chefs Digest: Gallery By Chele

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#Restaurants

RUBY JACK’S MANILA: Introduces 30 Days Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Dry Aged Beef!

Tokyo’s popular steakhouse has done it again!

Famous for their dry-aged meat and premium grilled steaks, Ruby Jack’s has once again revamped its menu. Besides improving the classic favorites, it proudly introduces its new highlight steak the Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Dry Aged Beef- a prime cut steak soaked in premium liquor for 30 days.

RUBY JACK’S STEAKHOUSE & BAR MANILA
Upper Ground, City of Dreams Aseana cor. Roxas Boulevard, Parañaque
Operating Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Fri and Sat: 10:00 am – 2:00 am
Sunday: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Telephone: +632 801-8888, +632 886-9646
Email: contact_cod@rubyjacks.ph
Websitehttp://rubyjacks.ph
FacebookRuby Jack’s Steakhouse & Bar Manila

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#Philippines

Are you a Sustainable Diner? 9 Ways to Practice Sustainability When Dining Out

Savour Planet, a wordplay on Save Our Planet is a sustainable dining advocacy led at the forefront by World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines.

The Sustainable Diner is a series of talks among people in the food industry in an effort to promote sustainable dining among restaurants and diners alike.

The use of this word has risen in the restaurant scene, along with “organic” and “farm-to-table”. But what does it mean to be truly sustainable?Read more

#Restaurants, Food

Where to Eat Lobster All-You-Can in Manila! @MarriottManila

Seafood lovers rejoice! Marriott Café is serving Lobster All-You-Can in their buffet!

And what better way to start off your week than with a mouthful of such sweet and tender lobsters at Marriot Café? Every Monday, beginning May until August, lunch and dinner, they’ll be serving Lobster All-You-Can in their buffets.

Their fresh catch of Canadian lobsters can be enjoyed in myriads of ways: starting with their lemon-grilled lobsters which draws that oh-so-sweet and natural flavour; then their French classic, stuffed with creamy cheese and meat, and flavourful garlic-indulged lobsters flambéed in white wine.

MANILA MARRIOTT HOTEL
2 Resorts Drive, Pasay City, 1309 Metro Manila
Telephone: (02) 988 9999
Facebook: Manila Marriott Hotel
Instagram:
@manilamarriott
Website: www.marriott.com

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#Restaurants, Food

Chefs Digest: Gallery By Chele

Chele Gonzales is probably one of the Philippines’ most high-profile chefs, who has made an impact on fine dining and culinary circles in Manila.  He garnered international fame from his then-restaurant, ‘Vask’, which was ranked amongst the best in all of Asia, having landed Best in Philippines and 35th in Asia in 2017 by The Wolds 50 Best.

2018 marks a new beginning for Chele, with the closing of Vask and rebranding his operations to introduce Gallery By Chele.

 

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According to Chele, Gallery is the next evolution of Vask and this time around, he has officially partnered with Chef Carlo Villaflor—who has worked under him for years—to take the next step on their culinary journey.

The duo brings the same skills and experience that made Vask the best in the Philippines and applies those tried and true methods to Gallery By Chele.  With Chele’s global perspective and Carlos’ knowledge of local flavors and ingredients, they have crafted a menu for Gallery that is a step away from the high-end atmosphere of Vask for a more laid-back and casual dining experience.  

Gallery By Chele
5F Clipp Center, Bonifacio Global City, Manila, Philippines
Email: reservations@gallerybychele.com
Facebook: @gallerybychele
Instagram: @gallerybychele
Website: gallerybychele.com
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#Travel, Barcelona

Gaudi Experience in Barcelona, Spain! @Klook

Barcelona is a mesmerizing seaside Spanish town, that I completely fell in love with!

It’s bursting with culture, UNESCO world heritage sites, Gaudí masterpieces, markets, delicious tapas and even fantastic beaches!

Plus it’s home to Barcelona’s number 1 attraction, the spectacular Sagrada Familia.

With so much to see and do, it’s tough to decide especially if you only have two days. Here’s a sample itinerary of my 2-days solo trip to Spain…

Barcelona, Spain

BARCELONA KLOOK
Websitewww.klook.com

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