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Our Awesome Planet

Our Awesome Planet


Our Awesome Planet

The Philippines & Asean #1 Food & Travel Blog

July 17, 2017

TAIWAN GUIDE: 8 Authentic Things to Do for First-Time Visitors in Taipei (2017)!

by Juanico Fernandez


Taiwan has always had a special place in my heart. I remember visiting Taipei 10 years ago, back when Taiwan was still under everyone’s radar and Taipei 101 was still the tallest building in the world.

I remember traveling around this tiny island nation that has a little bit of everything, from mountainous landscapes and beautiful beaches to a sprawling nightlife in the metropolis. No to mention the country has four seasons, meaning it gets hot during summer and it can snow on some parts during winter.

All this combined makes Taiwan the perfect travel destination for Filipinos.

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July 15, 2017

Announcing...Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition: "Making Your Food Business Dreams a Reality!" (Applications Now Open)

We are finally ready to announce the most exciting tasting event that most food lovers, connoisseurs, and food startup entrepreneurs in Manila are waiting for this 2017!


Our Awesome Planet and FOODEE Global Concepts, in partnership with San Miguel Lifestyle Brews, present the celebrated food tasting event... 

2017 Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition: "Making Your Food Business Dreams a Reality!"

📅 September 2-3, 2017 Saturday and Sunday
🕙 11.00 a.m. to 9.00 pm
📍Glorietta Activity Center Palm Drive, Ayala Malls

The brainchild of food blog pioneer Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet and now on its 15th staging over a span of 8 years, Ultimate Taste Test 2017 is the second UTT event at Glorietta Activity Center.


I. What's new with the Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition?

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✔️ 1. FOODEE INVESTMENT. The Overall Champion of Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition will receive Financial Investment & Business Support from Foodee Global Concepts worth up to PHP5 Million to launch a guaranteed food stall, kiosk, or restaurant in an Ayala Establishment

About Foodee Global Concepts

Foodee Global Concepts has now grown into a food empire. It has become the number one multi-faceted food operator in the Philippines thanks to a careful selection of restaurant concepts (like Mesa, Todd English Food Hall, Tim Ho Wan, Pound Burgers, Hook, and FOO'D By Davide Oldani) that will stand the test of time and the ever-adapting Filipino palate.

When Rikki and Beng Dee started, they had a simple dream as two 19-year olds: to feed their newborn son as they were both still studying. Rikki sold his car and put up Chin Chin on Pasay Road where they specialized in Chinese food--with Rikki waiting on tables and Beng doing the cashier's work. Chin Chin was their pet name for their son Eric Thomas. Their bestseller, fish head noodle soup, was well-loved by a then unknown Henry Sy, Sr. He would frequently call up their restaurant after a long day at work and ask to keep it open so he could eat.

One day in 1987, Eric recounts, Henry Sy, Sr. tells his father Rikki, "You are a great guy, hardworking. I am opening a mall and I want you to be a tenant." The mall that opened 30 years ago was SM North EDSA. The rest is history.


✔️ 2. TWO-DAY FESTIVAL. This much-anticipated annual food trip will be a two-day food festival composed of...

Ultimate Taste Test (Sept. 2, Saturday 11.00 am to 5.00pm)
Enables 1,000 food lovers to be food-critics-for-a-day by sampling mouth-watering new flavors from over 30+ home-based or startup food businesses and new food discoveries in Manila. The winner is hailed as the UTT Foodies Choice!

UTT Popup Food Hall (Sept. 2, Saturday 5.00pm to Sept. 3, Sunday 5.00pm)
Ignites the passion and creativity of 30+ Food Entrepreneurs to battle in a live Pop-up Food Hall at the center of Glorietta Mall. The top seller is hailed as the UTT Best Selling Food Stall!

A panel of judges from Our Awesome Planet, FOODEE Global Concepts, and Ayala Malls will determine the overall UTT Champion!


✔️ 3. UTT VIDEO SERIES. The Ultimate Taste Test experience will be published in an Our Awesome Planet Originals Video Series featuring the entire journey from auditions, to the taste test event, and until the food stall, kiosk, or restaurant is launched. 


📝 Apply Now! Startup Food Entrepreneur 2017 UTT Online Applications are now open!

🎟️ Buy Your Tickets Now! 2017 UTT Pro Tickets for September 2, Saturday.

📩 For more info, please email to admin@ultimatetastetest.com or call Rache +63 917 531-8949.

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SHIRAKAWA-GO: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō!

by Abigail Javellana


Shirakawa-gō (白川郷) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for the highest number of gasshō-zukuri style houses located in one area. "Gassho", meaning "hands in prayer," refers to the unique steep thatched roofing feature that is made to withstand heavy snowfall.



Located in Gifu Prefecture in the heartland of Japan, it's central location means easy access from anywhere in the nation.

Shirakawa-go Tourist Center
Ogi-machi, Shirakawamura, Ono-gun, Gifu
Contact: +81-5789-6-1013
Website: www.shirakawa-go.org

Central Japan Blog Series

 MY WAX TEMPURA: Food Sample Workshop in Gujo City!
 TONAMI TULIP GALLERY: The World's Only Tulip Garden Where It Blooms All Year Round!
 SHIRAKAWA-GO: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō! 

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July 14, 2017

The Secrets of Newport Mall (this July)!


Our family has enjoyed going to Newport Mall lately because of the super increased security measures and a lot of offers that aim to woo back customers.

Here are 8 things I bet you didn't know about Newport Mall and what they have in store this July... 


Newport Blvd (Opposite NAIA Terminal 3), Pasay City, Philippines
Contact: +632 239-1412
E-mail: megaworld.cares@gmail.com
Instagram: @NewportMall_
Facebook: NewportMall
Website: www.megaworldlifestylemalls.com/mall/newport-mall

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July 13, 2017

TONAMI TULIP GALLERY: The World's Only Tulip Garden Where It Blooms All Year Round!

by Abigail Javellana

Tonami Tulip Gallery

(Copyright of Tonami Tulip Fair)

Blooming tulips signal that spring has arrived! But in Toyama, these beautiful flowers bloom throughout the year!

The Tonami Tulip Gallery is the only facility in the world where you can appreciate tulips in all four seasons. The amazing facility is home to a museum and garden where you can experience the mysteries and secrets of their tulip bulbs.


Tonami Tulip Gallery

It also annually hosts the Tonami Tulip Fair, a simple event that started in 1952 in an experimental agricultural field station and has now grown into Japan's number one most anticipated flower festival. It is held in Toyama from late April to early May every year, featuring 2.5 million tulips blooming in over 600 varieties on the extensive grounds totaling to 16-hectares of land.

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


Tonami Tulip Gallery
100-1 Nakamura, Tonami City, Toyama Prefecture 939-1381
Contact:  0763-33-7716
Website: www.tullipfair.or.jp

Central Japan Blog Series

 MY WAX TEMPURA: Food Sample Workshop in Gujo City!
 TONAMI TULIP GALLERY: The World's Only Tulip Garden Where It Blooms All Year Round!
 SHIRAKAWA-GO: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō! 

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