Social Media used to be a very different place. For an instance, back in 2009, people simply used Facebook to communicate with friends, reconnect with estranged grade school buddies, or to keep in touch with a grandma who lives overseas.
But with Facebook’s present landscape of 2.23 Billion active users, social media has truly evolved into something more. It’s no longer just a tool for simple communication, it has become a powerhouse for influencing businesses, reaching audiences, and cool marketing tactics.
Social Media’s continuous growth open lots of opportunities more than we can keep up with. Luckily, a pool of passionate people thought of putting together a conference that can further the discussion on social media, technology, and digital marketing.
It was awesome to experience my first river cruise along the Danube River in Eastern Europe with an awesome group of top travel agents from Manila. It’s like staying in a floating hotel, cruising from one town to another while having a lazy champagne breakfast or just chilling on the sundeck or in the comforts of your stateroom.
It’s a lot better than going on an Ocean Cruise because it can dock directly beside the city and you just literally walk into town. The experience is all-inclusive—walking tours from a local guide and eat-and-drink-all-you-can breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Here are the details of the actual Danube River Cruise that we took. There were changes in our itinerary because of the low river level due to a long drought during the European summer season. We had to go by land from Budapest to Vienna and board a different Avalon ship, missing Nuremberg, Germany.
THE BLUE DANUBE DISCOVERY
Deluxe 7-night cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection Beds.
13 days – Budapest to Prague (Cruise Code WBN)
Avalon Passion (Dept # 1024)
Start Budapest – October 24 – November 5
Land/Cruise – $3,809
Cruise Only – $2,799
Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included.
+ Tip to Cruise Director & Crew (~ $300)
Port Charges $168
All Departures are guaranteed.
Here’s a complete guide to the Avalon Danube River Cruise experience with all the awesome highlights for you to decide: Is it Worth it?
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Kam’s Roast Ph has a secret menu! It’s Pei Pa Duck marinated with 25-year aged orange peel, then butterflied and bathed in oil. The result? An extremely super crispy skin, with meat juicy and tender with fat, that’s bursting with flavor!
Kam’s Roast is an internationally-acclaimed and Michelin-starred restaurant in Hong Kong popular for their HK roasts. In Hong Kong, Kam’s roast is best known for their goose, but given the constraints of importation of poultry from China, Kam’s Roast Ph serves something close to roast duck, which is just as flavorful and succulent, especially when it comes with my favorite plum sauce.
Foodee Global Concepts, the group behind Tim Ho Wan, Tsuta Japanese Soba Noodle, and Todd English Food Hall is responsible for bringing the famous roasts to Manila.
The newly opened Hilton Manila brings in Hua Ting, a Chinese restaurant with a focus on Shanghainese cuisine. Hua Ting – Brasserie Chinoise is one of the few Chinese restaurants in Manila to offer this.. Shanghai cuisine focuses on retaining the taste of the raw ingredients, and also emphasizes the use of condiments.
Hua Ting is inspired by Hua Ting Road in the Old Shanghai famed for its row of Shanghainese restaurants. See what’s in store for you at Hua Ting…
We feel honored to have witnessed the culinary evolution of Bruce Ricketts and we always look forward to tasting his passion on the plate.
Looking back at my archives, I realized we’ve covered almost all of our foodie moments with Bruce’s culinary creations like fanboys. We met him during his Food Truck by Chef Broosy days in 2012 before he retreated to BF after a failed stint at Robot. We have fallen in love with his food ever since.
It was awesome to have a taste of how a passionate culinary master would do a branded collaboration for the first time with Nespresso’s Master Origin coffee series. Aside from the memorable orgasmic creations, I learned a lot on how branded collaborations should be executed as a master would.
This is another story for the blogging history books, a living tribute to a culinary lodi in Manila.
Bicol has always been a popular destination for both local and international travelers, as it is home to one of the most beautiful works of Mother Nature. Although shy to show its tip on most days, the Mayon Volcano’s perfect cone structure has continued to attract all forms of tourists.
This region is also popularly known for their cooking – especially when it comes to coconut or chili-based dishes. So much so that they have started to package the popular Bicol Express, Pinangat, and Inulukan in frozen bags for people to take home. While those alone already make for the perfect pasalubong, why not try other unique items?
Here are some pasalubong ideas I spotted on my last visit…
Foodies flying out to New York with PHILIPPINE AIRLINES who want to enjoy authentic American steak do not have to wait before landing to indulge their craving.
As business class passengers on the nonstop flights to New York will experience top global brand Wolfgang’s Steakhouse gourmet quality steak dinners on the 17-hour flights that will set a new record as the Philippines’ longest-ever commercial air route.
WOLFGANG’S STEAKHOUSE lives up to its fame that its steak is a genuine New Yorker. Using prime USDA Black Angus beef flown in weekly from the United States. The beef comes fresh, not frozen, and is a dry-aged for 28 days in an aging room. This results in a more tender and flavourful steak.
Among my favorites in PAL’s prime New York route mouthwatering menu includes Wolfgang’s Fillet Mignon, Striploin Steak, Grilled Chilean Seabass, French onion soup and the glorious New York Cheesecake.
Here’s a closer look at all the menu offerings…
Philippine Airlines will debut its historic new nonstop services between Manila and New York City starting October 29 on board the 4-Star carrier’s Airbus A350 aircraft.
Siama Hotel is one of the most visually stunning and beautifully designed hotels that we’ve had the pleasure of visiting. Inspired by the charming countryside of Sorsogon PHL, Siama seamlessly blends natural and modern architecture into a space that is calm and relaxed yet, at the same time, bold and welcoming.
Sustainability and nature, which are reflected throughout the entire hotel, were the main inspirations that went into the design.
Locally sourced materials were used in its construction, and great care was taken to ensure that the hotel has as small an impact on the surrounding environment as possible.
But looks alone isn’t what makes Siama one of our favorite hotels. The service and food are top-notch, and Siama is a great starting point if you plan to visit the many tourist attractions in Sorsogon.
Quietly tucked away on the outskirts of Sorsogon City in the Province of Bicol, Philippines, Siama is a destination perfect for those who appreciate nature, great food and great company.