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March 09, 2017

Noboribetsu Hot Spring Village: Warm Your Body and Soul in a Traditional Onsen!

 by Abigail Javellana


Venture to a land where steam and the smell of sulfur emerge from the ground, as we visit Hokkaido's most famous hot springs that will surely warm your body and soul!

Noboribetsu is a place that boasts of its onsen's mineral-rich waters. Here you can take a stroll through the rustic streets in traditional yukata, see the fantastic view of Jigokudani (Hell Valley), enjoy delicious Hokkaido seafood, and relax as you indulge in the area's many outdoor hot spring baths.

Here's a photo essay of our experience...

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March 08, 2017

Announcing... The Big Banquet V: Battle of the Best Caterers in Manila (2017)! @TheBlueLeaf


The Blue Leaf’s annual food festival raises the bar in its fifth year running.

Summer is always an exciting time over at The Blue Leaf Events Pavilion. For four years now, The Blue Leaf’s flagship venue at McKinley Hill has kicked off the season with one of its biggest events.

The Big Banquet celebrates the culinary talents and décor expertise of the venue’s roster of notable partner caterers. As the food experts show off their skills, banquet guests can partake in tasting menus and put in their votes for their foodie faves.

For more info and to buy tickets, visit  http://www.thebigbanquet5.com/



Who will be this year's champion? Find out on March 26, Sunday at The Blue Leaf Events Pavilion and here's what to expect:

Related Blog Post: BIG BANQUET 4: BIZU Reigns as 4-time Champion Caterer in Manila! @THEBLUELEAF

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Wanderland Jungle 2017: Wildest Wanderland Ever & Post Concert Depression @WanderlandFest

Text and Photos by CK Santos


Here comes the post-concert depression after being in the wildest Wanderland last March 4, 2017. Known for being the biggest indie music arts festival, Wanderland stayed true to its theme: the jungle.


Wanderland 2017

For its 5th year, they brought in various international and local artists, such as Yuna, HONNE, LANY, UDD, Gab and John of Urbandub, Lola Amour and many more. The Temper Trap was the main headline, who gave us the feels and a throwback to the very first Wanderland in 2013.


Wanderland Festival 2017
March 4,2017
Filinvest City Event Grounds Alabang
Website: http://wanderlandfestival.com/
Facebook: wanderlandfest
Instagram: @wanderlandfest
Twitter: wanderlandfest

Wanderland x OAP Series:
Wildest Wanderland Ever and Post Concert Depression 2017 (Photo Essay)
• Wanderland 2016: Out of This World Music Festival Experience (Photo Essay)
• Awesome Camping Experience at Wanderland Festival 2015! (Photo Essay)
• WANDERLAND 2014 Hangover! #TakeMeBackToWanderland @wanderlandfest

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March 06, 2017

UNICEF Children's Ball: Asia's Best Female Chefs in Manila! (Photo Essay)

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For the first time ever, all of Asia's Best Female Chefs were on the same stage to support the UNICEF Philippines Children's Ball. The event aims to raise P10,000,000 for building One-Stop-Shop Centers for Children with Disabilities in Manila, Davao, and Cebu! 

It was a surreal affair, getting to taste the flavors of Bo from Bangkok, Gaita from Manila, Lenshu from Taiwan, and Vicky from Hongkong, all in one dinner for a good cause. 

Here's a photo essay of the inaugural UNICEF Children's Ball and how you can continue to support the cause of Children with Disabilities...

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March 05, 2017

William Drew on What it Takes for Manila to be in Asia's 50 Best List?

Inspiration behind Asia's 50 Best Restaurants

William Drew: "The inspiration behind Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, which was five years ago, was to celebrate, discover and showcase more Asian restaurants, through that more diverse Asian cuisines, because we realized that Asia, obviously a huge continent, has so many different styles of food and food cultures going on and for much of the world that wasn't as well known as it might be."

The World's 50 Best Restaurants. Since we had a certain number of Asian restaurants but then we knew there were many, many more that deserved to be celebrated. So we launched, in 2013, Asia's 50 Best Restaurants because there was nothing that was doing the whole of Asia, bring the whole of Asia together promoting that celebration and collaboration. And over the years, we built up a strong presence or a strong media following which is really gratifying and fantastic."

We're trying to do more and more events such as this 50 Best Talks which is not just about the ranking of the restaurants…

Anton Diaz:  Yes.

William Drew: …important though as that is. That's almost though a means of promoting more understanding of different cultures and cuisines, more diversity and more collaboration between chefs and different countries.

So in one sense, we've love taking ideas from all around the continent, and in another sense, there's a lot of people going back to their roots and rediscovering the traditional food of their country. The two can exist together.


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March 04, 2017

I'M HOTEL: 5-Star Hotel Staycation in the Center of Brgy. Poblacion, Makati! @IMHotelPH

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I'M HOTEL is one of the best Luxury Hotels to open in Manila this 2017. It's the only 5-Star Hotel in the heart of Brgy. Poblacion that houses the first Onsen Spa and the largest urban spa property in the metro.  

The name is an invitation to guests to call the hotel their own and to personalize it to their preference. The "I'M" is a good branding anchor that sets it apart from the other business hotels and backpacker hostels in the area. 

I like how they put emphasis on luxury with more focused on the what is truly useful instead of the usual over-the-top material things.

Here's our wedding anniversary staycation experience at I'M Hotel last January... 


7862 Makati Avenue corner Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City
Website: www.imhotel.com
Facebook: @imhotelph
Twitter: @imhotelph
Instagram: @imhotelph 

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March 02, 2017

LAKE FOREST: The Best Taal Lakeside Family Staycation @ClubBalaiIsabel

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A few of our more memorable family staycations were in the middle of a natural forest, with a short walk to a body of water like a beach or a lake, and just less than 90 minutes away from Manila.

LAKE FOREST MANSION is one such place--the luxurious sanctuary of Club Balai Isabel resort in Talisay, Batangas, just beside Lake Taal. It's the perfect spot for a high-end staycation, with butler and maid service, and the option for a romantic poolside dinner.

Here's a photo essay and some tips to have an awesome staycation at Lake Forest Mansion...


Your Luxurious Lakeside Sanctuary
Talisay, Batangas, Philippines 
Telephone: +632 897-0229
Mobile: +63 906 518-5491
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClubBalaiIsabel
Twitter: @clubbalaiisabel
Instagram: @clubbalaiisabel
Website: http://www.balaiisabel.com/

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