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CRU Steakhouse at Marriott Manila – An Instant Favorite

In an extremely competitive foodie scene such as Manila’s, it’s quite rare for non-buffet hotel restaurants to be critically acclaimed. While most luxury hotels place heavy emphasis in creating well-curated menus with high quality items, all too often these restaurant still get overshadowed by the brand name of the hotel. CRU Steakhouse, a restaurant at […]


Visiting Berlin: Guide to the City’s Eclectic Neighborhoods

Those who come to Berlin expecting the quintessential if not stereotypical European experience of cobblestone streets, baroque/gothic/renaissance buildings at every turn and people dressed in medieval costumes will be in for a disappointment. As the capital of Europe’s mightiest economy, Berlin at once reflects the no-nonsense attitude of the Germans as well as the rebuilding […]


Sunday Brunch Buffet at Marriott Manila’s Marriott Cafe

During my short but fantastic staycation at Marriott Manila, I had the opportunity to try their well-known Sunday Brunch. Since I live in the northern part of the metropolis whenever I’m in town, this was my first time to sample the delights of the Marriott Cafe in Manila – though I’d always been curious to […]


Sponsored Video: Launch of TV Series “Chef to Chef” via Nat Geo People

Something new from one of my favorite hotel chains – Intercontinental Hotel & Resorts is collaborating with FOX International Channels to launch a new Nat Geo People multimedia series called “Chef to Chef” hosted by Sharone Hakman – a former contestant of Gordon Ramsay’s TV show MasterChef. Through 5 minute episodes, Hakman gets to meet […]


8 Things to Love About Marriott Manila

Within just a few years since it opened, the Marriott Manila has rapidly set itself as one of Metro Manila’s most highly rated hotels. As the flagship hotel of Resorts World Manila, the property’s recognition and stature among local hotels has been remarkable given that it’s only 5 years old. In 2011, the Manila property […]


What’s New at Edsa Shangrila’s HEAT

Heat at Edsa Shangri-la is fast becoming my go-to place when it comes to hotel buffets in Manila. I ate there 5 times in the past year alone even as I was living in Singapore for the most part of 2014. I had my first meal at Heat in 2015 just last week and realized […]


Fireside by Kettle – Good Old American Food With a Twist

One noteworthy casual dining concept that has opened recently at the 3rd floor of SM Megamall’s spanking new Fashion Hall is Fireside by Kettle, a new take to comfort food opened by the same guys behind Kettle located just next door at Shangri-la Plaza Mall. Compared to Kettle, Fireside offers heavier and meatier comfort food. […]


Why Pangasinan May Just Be One of the Philippines’ Most Underrated Provinces

Within the last decade, many of Luzon’s central provinces have garnered quite a bit of attention among travelers who enjoy the balance between majestic natural attractions and proximity to the Philippine capital. Zambales has its many coves such as Anawangin and Nagsasa while Pampanga had in the early 2000’s successfully repositioned itself from a lahar-filled […]


Hotel Review: El Pescador Resort in Bolinao, Pangasinan

The default area when it becomes to beach resorts in Pangasinan it seems, is Bolinao, a small town at the northwestern tip of the province. During our time in Pangasinan, I stayed in El Pescador Resort which is located right at the main town and a short distance from the iconic Bolinao Church.


Countries Which Will Be a Whole Lot Cheaper to Visit in 2015

Last year, I listed among others, Iran and Japan as must-visit destinations for 2014. The same destinations were later also cited by other publications such as the Financial Times in their 2014 travel recommendations. For 2015, I foresee another exciting year for travel. The predominant theme will be cheaper air tickets brought about by cheaper […]


What I Discovered at Duck & Buvette in Shangri-la Plaza Mall (D&B)

The space where Duck & Buvette now stands is hard to miss. Located at the main atrium of the original building of Shangri-la Plaza Mall, I remember eating there when it used to be Cafe Provencal, an establishment that existed in that space for well over a decade. Taking the restaurant business into context, that’s […]


Best Autumn Viewing Spots in Tokyo, Part 2

In my previous entry about autumn viewing spots in Tokyo, I highlighted the expansive Showa Kinen Park in Tachikawa as the best place to see fall foliage in the Japanese capital. Tachikawa is located in Western Tokyo and is about a 45 minute train ride away from the city center plus a 15 minute or […]

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