#Philippines

A Foodie’s Guide to the Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition 2017!

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Welcome to the 15th Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition 2017 happening at Glorietta Activity Center Palm Drive, Ayala Malls this coming Sept. 2-3, Saturday and Sunday!

Here are what to expect and some tips to survive the Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition 2017:

This year’s Ultimate Taste Test is called Pro Edition because: The Ultimate Winner will receive Financial Investment & Business Support from Eric Dee of Foodee Global Concepts worth up to PHP5 Million to launch a guaranteed food stall, kiosk, or restaurant in an Ayala Establishment.

• Quark Henares of Globe Studios is creating an Ultimate Taste Test Startup Food Entrepreneur Online Show hosted by the lovely Patti Grandidge Herrera.

Watch this video of what to expect in Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition.

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Blogging

OAP Survey 2017: The Best Birthday Gift Ever – The Gift of Feedback?!

Here’s a quick link to the OAP 2017 Survey!

Team OAP

Dear Our Awesome Planet Friends,

Awesome Greetings!

First of all, thank you for all the awesome support for 12 years (since 2005)! Thanks for the honest feedback in the survey last year which greatly influenced my directions for OAP and help me evolved over the years.

After growing old another year, I would like to get feedback on how OAP and Team Our Awesome Planet met your expectation.  

Please answer the OAP Annual Birthday Surveyhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OAPSurvey2017 

As we plan for the Global Brand expansion of OAP, I want to make sure to incorporate as much feedback as possible on how to continue what’s working, to correct what’s not, and to understand your expectations for OAP for the years to come.

2017 is a tipping point for the digital publishing landscape in the Philippines when most print magazines closed down and now published exclusively online.Also, this is the breakout year for the Filipino Brand – our food, beautiful islands, and our people in the global landscape.

I’m discerning how to expand OAP into a truly global brand rooted in Filipino excellence. Your feedback and comments would be most helpful!  

I read ALL the survey feedbacks (both positive and negative) and it directly influences my plans and directions for OAP.

AWESOME THANKS for caring enough to answer this survey!

Live an Awesome Life,

Anton

Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com  

P.S. It would mean a lot to me if you answer this annual OAP survey 2017.  It only would take 10 minutes to answer. Awesome Thank you for the Birthday Gift of Feedback!

#Philippines

MASALA MOE’S: Craving for Authentic Indian Food in Boracay?

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Masala Moes is an authentic Indian Restuarant that specializes in Indian heritage foods and Mediterranean cuisines.  

Having recently opened its doors at City Mall Annex in Boracay, the humble establishment has been making waves on the island for good food and great service. 

 

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Owner Moe Chulani brings his love and passion for the food he grew up eating. 

Moe's uses the recipes handed down through his family for generations. And by importing spices from India, and sourcing produce locally, the food at Masala Moe's is fresh and authentic.  

Each dish is bold in spice and flavors, and anyone who has a love for Indian Cuisine will feel right at home here. 
 
Masala Moe's Indian & Mediterranean Heritage Restaurant
GF Annex, City Mall Boracay, Diniwid Crossing
Boracay Philippines
Open Daily 11am – 10pm 
Telephone:+63 995 946 0031 / +63 921 7531963
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: @masalamoesboracay
Instagram: @masalamoes
Masala Moe's Menu

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#Restaurants

HINELEBAN CAFÉ: Farm-to-Cup Third Wave Cafe inside a Bike and Surf Shop!

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Hineleban Café (pronounced as hě-nē-leu-bän) is the only farm-to-cup third wave cafe co-located with a bike and surf shop in Manila. Founded by Claudia Perrine and family with the mission to change the way Filipinos appreciate coffee in the Philippines.

The concept of the cafe highlights the traceability of the coffee beans, the process from the farm to your cup, and how it improves the lives of Filipinos and the environment. Talking with the Barista's is like getting a Coffee 101 appreciation on third wave coffee and the Bukidnon coffee ecosystem.

On your next coffee meet in Makati, make sure it's a Hineleban date. Here's what to expect:

 

HINELEBAN CAFÉ
Ground Floor, 830 Arnaiz Avenue (formerly Pasay Road), Makati City
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +632 816-4772
Facebook: Hineleban Cafe
Instagram: @hinelebancafe
Website: http://hineleban.org/

Operating Hours: Monday to Friday (7 am – 9 pm), Saturday – Sunday (9 am – 7 pm)

Related Blog Post: Philippine Artisan Trade ([email protected]): Secret Batala Bar, Bambike, & Art Gallery in Makati!

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#Philippines

A Journey into Taal Volcano’s Crater! (Photo Essay)

by Monique Tendencia

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Taal Volcano is perhaps one of the most well-known and easily recognizable volcanoes in the Philippines – and rightly so. Taal Volcano's unique structure and location make it a constant backdrop and conversation starter.

Inside the crater is a tiny island called Vulcan Point. Its uniqueness remains solely on the fact that it is a third-order island.

 

What is a third order island?

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Vulcan Point is the tiny dot inside the crater.

A third order island is any landmass within a lake that reaches the third degree. Vulcan Point is inside the Crater Lake (3rd), which is inside Taal Volcano surrounded by Taal Lake (2nd), which is then inside Luzon Island, a part of the Philippine archipelago, and within the Pacific Ocean (1st).

 

So how does one reach Vulcan Point?

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#Philippines, #Travel, Boracay Island

Cha Cha’s Boracay: The Best Breakfast Buffet in Boracay?!

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Cha Cha’s breakfast buffet will get you all excited! With an extensive spread, you’ll find not your everyday breakfast items like their signature ube champurrado, breakfast pizzas, waffles in ube sauce, a batchoy noodle station, and an egg station serving 65-degree soft boiled eggs along with eggs benedict.

They also have healthy breakfast options perfect to keep your body fit and beach ready with fresh fruits, house-made yogurt, hummus, and overnight oats to name a few. Or since it’s a vacation, why not cheat a little and make those breakfast endings sweeter with yummy donuts, cakes, and pies!

 

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The best part is that Chef Kalel Chan of Raintree restaurants along with Chef Romy Aumentado and Chef Gilbert Ramos love to evolve and play, around with the menu by changing it six times a week, so there’s always something new to look forward to before starting the day.

CHA CHA’S beach cafe is located inside locally owned Coast Boutique Hotel along station 2 of the vibrant Boracay Island. Besides the awesome beachfront view, the menu and interiors compliment the tropical fun beach vibe.

Here’s what to expect in Cha Cha’s breakfast buffet…

 

CHA CHA’S BORACAY
Coast Hotel, Station 2 Beach Front, Brgy. Balabag,
Malay, Boracay Island, Aklan, Philippines
Contact: +63 36 288.2634
Website: www.coastboracay.com
Facebook: RaintreeChaChas

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#Travel

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN: Guide to an Awesome USJ Experience!

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Brave the halls of Hogwarts and come face with the vile dementors of Azkaban at The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter, get lost in Minion Park and explore the world of Despicable Me through the eyes of the Minions, help Spiderman defeat his Rogue's Gallery as you swing from the New York skyline, or race through the Jurassic skies and take flight with a pterodactyl on the world's longest "flying" roller coaster. Some of the many adventures you can experience at Universal Studios Japan!  The award-winning Theme Park has around 30 attractions, rides, and shows at any given time and is one of Asia's top destinations for tourists.  

If you find yourself in Osaka, Japan and want to relive your childhood or see some of your favorite Hollywood characters come to life, Universal Studios Japan should definitely be on your to do list!  
 

One of four Universal Studios Theme Parks, Universal Studios Japan (USJ) hosts over 10 million guests per year and is ranked 5th amongst the top 25 theme parks in the world.  

USJ is divided into 10 areas each with its own themes and attractions and covers a land mass of 54 hectares (108 acres). 

The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter opened its gates in 2014 and is USJ's strongest attraction, drawing in visitors from all over Asia who want to explore the magical world of wizards and witches.   

The parks newest and latest attraction, Minion Park, is themed after the successful Despicable Me series and has become another major attraction especially popular with locals and younger children.   

*Navigating USJ is easy, and in case you get lost, there are maps and legends scattered about the park.
 

Universal Studios Japan 
2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka,
Osaka Prefecture 554-0031, Japan
Business Hours: 8:30 am – 9 pm daily (Times may vary depending on Holidays and/ weather)  
Telephone+81 570-200-606 / 06-6465-4005 
Tickets & Bookings: http://www.usj.co.jp/ticket/
Facebook: @universalstudiosjapan
Websitehttp://www.usj.co.jp/

 


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#Restaurants, Bonifacio Global City

DWNTOWN & HALSTED: Art Bar, Designer Cocktails and Comfort Food by Chef Marco Legasto!

Downtown-&-Halstead

DOWNTOWN & HALSTED is an art bar in Forbestown which recreates the revolutionary art and food scene of the famed Halsted street in Chicago known for its public art, galleries, restaurants, and bars that make up this favorite neighborhood hangout.

From Buffalo tenders to crispy pata, its menu offers international comfort food conceptualized by Chef Marco Legasto of Prime 101 and Abuelas. It incorporates made-from-scratch ingredients from freshly made pasta, bread, jams and dishes with no MSG or pre-mixes. While Singaporean based bartender Jason Gray fixed up designer cocktails using fresh pressed juice and premium spirits as their base.

Did I mention they sell the cheapest alcohol by the bottle in the area?

Here’s what to expect in Downtown & Halsted…

Downtown & Halsted
Forbes Park, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City
Mobile: +63977 787 2406
Email[email protected]
Facebook: downtownandhalsted

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Events, Manila Life

GREEN WANDERER: Are you a Sustainable Traveler?

(Official Press Release)

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On August 11 to 13, 2017 at Central Square, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines’ National Youth Council and the SSI Group, Inc. are holding the Green Wanderer Travel Fair, where traveling meets sustainability and awareness.

A project led by the National Youth Council of WWF-Philippines, Green Wanderer will be offering sustainable travel options—from products made by local artisans to ecotourism destinations with uniquely curated itineraries for the curious, green traveler.

 

 

On Sustainable Living

Environmental Pollution

As the Chairperson of WWF-Philippines National Youth Council, Alexa Cancio highlights the importance of sustainable living. 

Young people, having access to various information particularly through social media, are aware of the different social and environmental issues taking place all over the world. We believe that many of these issues can be addressed on the individual level by improving the way we live, which is why our council of eight members felt sustainable living would be the most appropriate message to push not just with young people, but with the Philippine society in general.

She adds, “Right now, there isn’t any common online platform to find all the sustainable travel options in the Philippines, which is why it is timely to organize a travel fair like Green Wanderer that will house various sustainable options for the people.

 

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