#Philippines, Palawan

Floral Island: Your Dream Vacation on Your Own Private Island Paradise in Palawan?!

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Yup, you read that right. I bet you didn’t know you could rent an entire island in the Philippines through Airbnb without breaking the bank.

And yes we’ve all had that dream of living on a private island away from everyone else. So why rent a fancy room on a 5-star island resort if you and your friends can own an entire island for the same price.

Luckily you can do just that with Floral Island, a Tropical paradise in Palawan surrounded by crystal clear waters and a coral reef unlike any other.

FLORAL ISLAND RESORT
Floral Island Resort, Talacanen Island, Taytay, Philippines
Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5153819
Website: http://floralisland-resort.ph/
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @floralisland.resort
Facebook: @floralisland.resort
Contact: +63 9171625550

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#Travel, Hongkong

Dragon’s Back Hong Kong: The Best Hike In Asia?

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Dragon’s Back Trail is an award-winning hiking trail that has been voted the best urban hike in Asia by Times Magazine. The 4-hour hike is a popular draw for tourists and locals, who flock to the mountain to escape the frenzy of Hong Kong.

Seeing Hong Kong from the peak of Dragon’s Back offers a different perspective that helps you appreciate the beauty and complexity of Hong Kong and the surrounding islands.

(Dragon’s Back gets its name from the winding and twisting paths along the peak of the mountain.)

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#Hotels, #Philippines, Palawan

LIO El Nido: Hotel Covo or Balai Adlao Palawan Staycation?

Hailed as the best Island in the world, Palawan is home to some of the most magnificent beaches in the Philippines. That’s why it’s only fitting that we must do our best to preserve the natural wonders of this amazing Island.

Lio Tourism Estate
Lio Beach, Bacuit Bay, El Nido Palawan
Website: www.lio.ph
Facebook: Lio El Nido
Instagram: @LioElNido

Search for the lowest Hotel Covo, Balai Adlao,  Seda Lio rates at Booking.com in partnership with Our Awesome Planet.

Related Blog Posts:
• LIO, EL NIDO: Family Staycation and Lio Beach Festival Guide!
 LIO El Nido, Palawan: A Hidden Eco-Tourism Paradise! (Casa Kalaw)

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#Hotels, #Philippines, Palawan

Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa Palawan Experience! (Photo Essay)

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The flourishing city of Puerto Princesa is the beloved capital city of Palawan and is said to be the gateway to the last frontier and best island in the world.

Famous for its beautiful Honda Bay and the world-renowned Underground river, Puerto Princesa is one of the best go-to summer destinations in the Philippines.

Equipped with a new airport and a fast-growing city, there is something for everyone in Puerto Princesa City. And if you’re looking for the perfect staycation resort, then Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa has you covered.

PRINCESA GARDEN ISLAND RESORT & SPA
Caniguiran Street, Barangay Bancao-Bancao
Contact: 0977 194 5105 | 0920 822 7443 | 048 723 1356
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.princesagardenisland.com
Facebook: @PrincesaGardenIsland
Instagram: @PrincesaGarden

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#Restaurants

Awesome CRU Steakhouse Anniversary! @ManilaMarriott

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We love good steaks, which are culinary staples in any milestone celebration with your special someone. We’ve been to most of the steakhouses in Manila, and we decided to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary with our all-time favorite.

CRU is the award-winning steakhouse of Marriott Hotel Manila located in Newport City. We were pleasantly surprised by how Cru was able to maintain its steakhouse charm and continue to reinvent the steakhouse experience.

Here are some tips for celebrating your milestones at CRU Steakhouse this 2018… 

 

CRU Steakhouse
Ground Floor, Marriott Hotel Manila, 2 Resorts Drive, Pasay City, Manila
Operational Hours:
Sunday to Thursday, 6:00pm-10:30pm
Friday and Saturday, 6:00pm-11:30pm
Telephone: +632 988-9990 local 8109
Website: Cru Steakhouse

(Dress Code: Strictly Smart Casual. No shorts for men, no flip-flops)

Related Blog Post: Wifey’s Birthday in the Best Steakhouse in Town

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#Philippines, Pampanga

Top 7 Adventure Travel & Things to do in Bataan and Clark (2018)

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Traveling North of the Philippines means that you get to pass by Clark and Bataan, but they’re mostly treated as stopovers rather than destinations. Clark is known for being the old US base, while Bataan marks a tragic part of our history with the Death March.

But there really is so much more to this region than just its colonial past. We took a trip to find out what else you could do at Clark and Bataan.

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#Restaurants

The Toyo Difference! (A Review)

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People often ask me which unique Filipino restaurants in Manila I bet would get a Michelin Star by 2020, and Toyo Eatery would always be at the top of my list.

Toyo by Chef Jordy Navarra is an avant-garde Filipino restaurant concept rooted in the values of sustainability and Filipino pride. I had one of my favorite dinners during the holiday season right here.

Here’s what to expect from the Toyo experience…

 

TOYO EATERY
The Alley at Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City, Philippines
Operating Hours
: Tuesdays to Saturdays dinner only 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM 
Reservations: +63 917 720-8630
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Toyo Eatery
Instagram: @toyoeatery

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Events, Manila Life

NEW YEAR’S EVE MANILA: Countdown to 2018!

12/23/2018 Update: NEW YEAR’S EVE MANILA 2019: Where are you Celebrating NYE in Manila?

The city of Manila is gearing up to ring in New Year’s Eve 2018! If you love to eat good food, spend staycations with the family or are more into the club scene here’s a list of New Year Eve’s parties and packages happening around the Metro…

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.

1. OKADA MANILA

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Start the year right and indulge in a complete experience of comfort and sophistication. Spend a night in one of our deluxe rooms with a complimentary breakfast buffet for two and enjoy a relaxing head, neck, and shoulder massage for only PHP 14,730 nett.

You can also witness the world’s biggest multi-color dancing fountain here, before heading off to party at the Cove Manila.

The Feast of the New Year
Exclusive dining offers from our signature restaurants.
Venue: Medley Buffet, Red Spice, Goryeo, Japanese Kappou Imamura, La Piazza, Enbu.
Date: December 31, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM onwards

New Year’s Eve Countdown: A Spectacle of Light, Music, and Water
Live Entertainment at the Crystal Corridor. Enjoy live music in the evening from DJs and bands and a special projection mapping show along the Crystal Corridor. Witness The Fountain in its full splendor.
Venue: The Fountain and The Crystal Corridor
Date: December 31, 2017 to January 01, 2018
Time: 6 PM to 12:30 AM.

Grand Fireworks Display
Welcome 2018 in style with the best view of the fireworks.
Venue: The Fountain and The Crystal Corridor
Date: December 31, 2017 to January 01, 2018
Time: 12:00 MN

Cove Manila

Grammy Winner for Best Remix in 2013 for his version of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Summertime Sadness’. A monthly Spotify audience of over 5 million listeners. Billboard, UK & ARIA Chart Top Ten Hits. Multi-platinum selling singles. Beatport, Buzz, Hype Machine & Cool Cuts Charts Number 1′s. 2 BBC Radio One Essential Mixes. 3 Essential New Tunes. A weekly Global Radio show. These are just a few things that have been making French born Miami resident Cedric Gervais one of the most sought after House DJs & electronic music producers in the world today. With his imprint ‘Delecta Records’ where he releases regular singles, alongside a major label deal with Universal Worldwide (Island). Dance to his beats as you celebrate the start of 2018 in the newest and biggest premier club in the Metro.

COVE MANILA
Okada Manila, Entertainment City, Parañaque City, 1701, Metro Manila, Philippines
Contact: +63 2 555 5757
E-mail: [email protected]
Facebook: covemanila
Website: www.covemanila.com

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#Restaurants

10 Best New Homegrown Restaurants in Manila 2017

Have you tried the 10 Most Awesome NEW Homegrown Restaurants that opened in Manila 2017?

1. SOUV

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SOUV! is a progressive Greek concept focusing on spit fired meat by Chef Robby Goco and the hip restaurant cousin of Cyma. The name is short for Souvlaki referring to grilled skewered meats in Greek cuisine.

Chef Robby Goco did it again! He creates winning restaurant concepts like Cyma, Ristras, Charlie’s, Green Pastures and now Souv! for over a decade now in Manila.

Read More: SOUV! by Cyma with Chef Robby Goco’s Culinary Magic!

Verdict

Overall, I’m impressed that Chef Robby Goco was able to create concepts for the new generation of diners with a deep understanding of what they look for. I like how he synergizes what he learned from the Cyma and Green Pastures menu. 

I would recommend the following:
Mezze: Greek NachosClams & Spinach Fonduta, Sticky Chicken Wings, and Strapatsada.
Salad: Cranberry Grains Salad
Lunch: Lamb with a side of
 Clam saffron avgolemono soup
Pasta:  Greek Tuna Roe and Seafood Yiouvetsi to share.
Mains: Angus Beef Short RibLavraki and Meat Platter to share.
Drinks: Vineyard Lemonade (Red or Retsina) and Santorini Donkey
DessertEVOO & Sea Salt and the Pistachio Rice Pudding (off menu item)

Budget about P600/head. The pricing is about the same with Cyma but I like the food better.

Best to go with a group so that you can try a little bit of each. Don’t forget to reserve.

Congratulations to Chef Robby Goco and the Cyma team!

 

SOUV! BY CYMA
Net Park, 5th Ave, BGC, Taguig
Facebook: @SOUVbyCyma
Instagram: @souvbycyma
Mobile
: +63 949 481-9621
Operating Hours: 10.00 am to 10.00 pm

 

2. DR. WINE

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DR. WINE, one of the best wine bars in the Metro today, recently opened their private dining area called The 3rd Floor

It was awesome experiencing their inaugural wine dinner, with a vintage Pelissero Barbaresco, and the winemaker himself in attendance.

Read More: DR. WINE Manila: The 3rd Floor Inaugural Wine Dinner!

Verdict

The Third Floor is open for private dining reservations at P25,000 during weekdays and P50,000 consumable during weekends. The communal table with bench sitting can comfortably seat 15 diners, but the whole place can accommodate more with people standing or sitting in the sala area.

You can bring your own music or enjoy the sounds from the vinyl player. You can also bring your own chef or cook your own food from the open kitchen. Just note that it actually is on the third floor with a steep staircase. 

It should be a great place to celebrate your private parties this Christmas season, or your birthdays or other milestones with close friends and family.

Congratulations to Dr. Wine and the launch of The Third Floor concept!

 

DR. WINE THE THIRD FLOOR
3rd Floor, 5921 Algier Street Poblacion
Facebook: @dr.winemanila
Instagram: @dr.winemanila
Telephone: +632 751 8915
Opening Hours: 5:00PM – 12:00AM

For The 3rd Floor reservations, please call +63 917 887 4426

 

3. ZUBUCHON

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ZUBUCHON is the Cebu-based Lechon Restaurant by Joel Binamira of Market Manila specializing in what Anthony Bourdain described as the “Best Pig… Ever!” The name is a coined word from “Zubu“, the 18th century reference to the island of Cebu, and “Chon” from lechon, which means roasted pig.

The restaurant concept is inspired by native dishes dating back to the time when Magellan Landed in Cebu in 1521. Antonio Pigafetta, Magellan’s Chronicler, mentioned the Filipino food during that time, which includes black pig, grilled seafood, millet and rice cakes, coconut in the form of water, milk, vinegar, and liquor.

Read More: ZUBUCHON MAKATI: The Best Lechon Restaurant in Manila!? (A Review)

Verdict

We love Zubuchon! This is the Best Lechon Restaurant to open Manila this 2017!

I like how they are committed to a No MSG philosophy, support Backyard-raised pigs, and serve dishes that are deliciously affordable at less than P300/dish. I also like how Joel created this as a social enterprise to provide employment, where the employees are stockholders, and making a lot of money isn’t a priority. 

Make sure to order the Baked Scallops, Dinuguan, Ensaladang Talong or Kamatis, Spicy Zubuchon, Kamias Shake, and the Dessert Sampler of Biko, Budbud Kabog, and Mango. Budget about P500/head

Best to eat here as a group so that you can taste as many dishes as possible. Vegetarians and Seafood lovers are also guaranteed to enjoy this lechon restaurant.

Congratulations to Joel and the whole Zubuchon team for successfully bringing Zubuchon to Manila!

 

ZUBUCHON
Yakal corner Talisay St. , Makati City
Operating Hours: 10.00am to 10.00pm
Website: http://www.zubuchon.com/
Facebook: Zubuchon
Instagram: @zubuchon

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#Restaurants

26th St. Bistro: The Best Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Manila just got better!

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26th St. Bistro is The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf bistro concept that serves extraordinary comfort food aside from their extensive coffee and tea selections. First opened in 2012, the brand has consistently stayed true to their distinctive dining concept of offering both a cafe experience and delightfully different everyday meals.

It's the go-to places for meetings with friends or afternoon snacks by the millennials in the BGC area because of its location and a wider range of meals options. 

The 26th St. Bistro experience just got better with their new menu items and here's what the Team Our Awesome Planet raves about.

 

26th St. Bistro by The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
26th St. corner 5th avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Philippines
Telephone: +632 720-9558
Facebook: 26th St. Bistro by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Philippines
Instagram: 26thstbistro

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