On the celebration of its seventh year, Wanderland continued to exceed our expectations as they gave us another memorable year in the music and arts scene. This year, they made it bigger and better by making it a 2-day festival. Headlined by Two Door Cinema Club on day 1 and The Kooks on day 2, this year’s festival gave us a mix of old and new favorites from the best of foreign as well as local acts.
It’s Japan’s oldest castle!
Matsumoto Castle is one of the five castles designated as National Treasures of Japan. It’s over 400 years old, making it the oldest castle donjon remaining in the country. Unlike many palaces in Japan, its original structure was, fortunately, not bombed during WWII. That’s why it was able to keep most of its original wooden donjons and walls intact.
It is nicknamed as the “crow castle” for its contrasting color of black and white. It’s currently my favorite castle in Japan because I find it exceedingly rare to find a Japanese castle so well preserved in its original state.
It’s my second time visiting the famed attraction and here are some tips that I wished I knew on my first visit…
• MATSUMOTO CITY GUIDE: TOP 10 ACTIVITIES!
• MATSUMOTO CASTLE: Guide & Tips for Tourists!
• SUWA, NAGANO: Guide to Nagano’s Lakeside City!
• Zenkoji: Guide To Nagano’s 1400-Year-Old Temple!
• NAGANO, JAPAN: Top 10 Things To Do!
Hong Kong’s mango dessert expert Hui Lau Shan opens its Philippine flagship store in SM Megamall on March 23!
Hui Lau Shan 許留山 is a household name in Hong Kong globally known for their 200+ innovative dessert creations and refreshments using Philippine carabao mangoes.
The first store started as a traditional herbal tea shop in the early 60s, selling herbal jelly and a variety of herbal teas, which are believed to provide Chinese medical health benefits. With their passion for innovation, they made a product breakthrough by adding the mango sago in the 90s, catapulting Hui Lau Shan to fame and earning them the title of Hong Kong’s Fresh Fruit Dessert Pioneer.
As a frequent flyer to Hong Kong, I found no difficulty spotting all the Hui Lau Shan shops located around the touristy spots. With over 300+ international stores in China, Malaysia, South Korea, Macau, Canada, Taiwan, Paris, Vietnam and Melbourne, it only makes sense that the Philippines should be part of the growing chain.
Here’s a list of our favorite menu items…
Good France (Goût de France) is a gastronomic festival celebrating the inclusion of the “Gastronomic Meal of the French” in the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010.
First launched by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and renowned chef Alain Ducasse in 2015, the festival is now on its 5th edition.
Twenty-six chefs in the Philippines join 5,000 other chefs from all over the globe to celebrate the Biggest French Dinner in the World happening simultaneously on March 21, 2019 (Thursday).
Here’s our guide to the national Goût de France festival in Manila to help you choose the right restaurant come March 21.
For more info, visit http://restaurateurs.goodfrance.com/
Hashtags: #GoûtdeFrancePH #GoodFrancePH
Top Places to Travel in 2019 Series
We started my hubby’s 40th birthday trip in Peru. It was a long way to get to from the Philippines given that we first flew to Los Angeles (16 hrs) then stayed a few days before flying to Peru (10 hours).
Since this was our first time going to South America, I decided to go through an agency that was more familiar with this continent. I contacted A2A Safaris who are specialists not just in South African safaris but also Latin American tours. My husband said he would set aside his OCD on planning trips and would sit back and just enjoy the pisco sours!
Bench Cafe is the “Love Local” Filipino Cafe of the Bench fashion house in partnership with Foodee Global Concepts. It specializes in Bench-to, a Filipino Bento version, and Halo-Halo plus merienda specialties.
Their flagship store is in Bonifacio High Street, and they recently opened their version 2.0 in Greenbelt 3. Here is the best of Bench Cafe in 2019.
Bench Cafe High Street
The Bench Cafe flagship store is hidden on the 2nd floor inside Bench High Street.
We love the homey feel, the spacious distance between tables and the tables with couches near the walls.
The best table in the house is the private one on the left side where you can have a mastermind meeting or intimate dining with friends.
Bench Cafe Greenbelt 3
The Bench Cafe 2.0 is relatively smaller and is located in the middle of the 2nd floor of Greenbelt 3.
2nd floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati
Mobile: +63 917 634 2825
It has a private function area with white and wood interiors.
They have a new optimized value-for-money menu, now with ala carte options.
Top Places to Travel in 2019 Series
Nikko is one of the more beautiful places we have visited in Japan. Famous for its heritage sites and breathtaking mountains, it is also known for the many onsens built around the hot springs that dot the area.
About a 2-hour train ride from Tokyo, Nikko is the perfect destination for travelers who want to see a more rural side of Japan.
The Masungi Georeserve is a vast conservation area located in the eastern part of Luzon, in the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountain range in Baras, Rizal.
It is a privately-led organization and scenic trail that goes through one of the most pristine landscapes and protected areas in the country.
Which grew in popularity a couple of years back due to its world-famous “Discovery Trail.”
And sitting on top of a hill, overlooking the Metro Manila skyline is one of their latest effort in sharing with you their hard work and lifetime commitment in nature conservation.
The Silayan Dining room, a restaurant like no other serves seasonal menus inspired by its surrounding landscape.
Join me as we taste our way to learn more of what the Masungi has to offer one unique local dish at a time.
KM 47, Marcos Highway, Baras, Rizal, Philippines, 1970
Contact: +63 929 13 23531 | +63 995 186 9911
Email: [email protected]
Operation: 8am to 5pm | Reservations Only
Philippine flag carrier, Philippine Airlines, launches its biggest seat sale for the year in celebration of its 78th year in the airline industry. With offers as low as Php78 for domestic and as low as USD78 for international routes, passengers can now book as much flights as they want in 2019 as travel period runs from March 16 all the way to December 31, 2019. Booking dates are from March 1 to March 10, 2019.
Cebu has always been a desired destination to visit in the Philippines. The tropical island has so much to offer whether you’re there for a relaxing beach getaway, a snorkeling & scuba diving experience in the coral reefs or an island adventure.
One of Cebu’s top hotels,Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu is a five-star Mediterranean-inspired beachfront resort in Mactan set in a beautiful coastline with white sand beach and breathtaking coral reefs. This resort is where the famous Ibiza Beach Club is, where you can enjoy that vital nightlife activity in the comforts of the hotel grounds.
Here’s a short blog of our staycation…
Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
Punta Engano, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines
Phone: +63 32 492 7777, (032) 492 7777
E-mail: [email protected]