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A Heritage Staycation Experience at Manila Hotel

If there was one hotel in Manila that I’ve long wanted to try, it would be the historic Manila Hotel. The property is to Manila as the Raffles is to Singapore, the Metropole is to Hanoi or the Strand is to Yangon. For several years, I’ve admired the hotel for its iconic lobby but circumstances […]


Tapella by Gaudi – The Quintessential Spanish Meal at Greenbelt 5

For a culture that’s already ingrained in local society, Manila has perhaps one of the best selection of Spanish cuisine among all the major cities of Asia. Several chains have made their mark in the Philippine capital, including Gaudi which prides itself with an interpretation that is as close as possible to the delights of […]


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 […]

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