Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Philippines: Manila: Christmas Around the City

Season's Greetings!  Come and enjoy the Christmas festivities, towering trees and glittering lights in the City of Lights in the Philippines!

Parañaque
Hyatt City of Dreams Manila
Belle Avenue, Entertainment City, Paranaque City, 1700 Metro Manila


Philippines: The Taste of South (2017)

Another year of tasting classic, fusion and amazing edibles served in the southern restauarnts of the metro!

Las Pinas

Another Story
Cuisine: American Asian
Food: Paella (395ph), Feta Cheese and dried berries (Feta Cheese and dried beriies with a balsamic viniagrette dressing and tossed assprted lettuce salad drizzled with candied walnuts. 295ph for solo serving can already be shared), Roast Pork Belly (Roast Pork Belly with mushroom gravy and applesauce with potato au gratin or buttered rice or mashed potatoes, 495ph)
Personal Preference: 10 out of 10.  The food is tasty.  The sauce used in pork belly, vegetables and salad are in rich flavor.  The ambiance the best!
Location: 2F inside Evia Mall, Daang Hari Road, Almanza Dos, Las Piñas, 1750

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Philippines: Flavors of Pasay

Philippines has been a fusion of Western and Oriental restaurants.  Enjoy those that listed below as seen in SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Complex.

Botejyu
Cuisine: Japanese
Food: takoyaki, grilled pork
Personal Preference: 7 out of 10.  The taste is good.  However, the location is on the secluded newly open area (might possible be lively as soon as the Galleon Museum becomes open).  Sanitation of the area is a concern.

The Cafe at Hyatt City of Dreams Manila


The Café at the Hyatt City of Dreams Manila has been open to the public for quiet sometime now. But it was only recently when we had a chance to try it’s lunch buffet, thanks to the metrodeal coupon! From P1638 to discounted promo rate of P1105 net is quite a catch!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

2017 Nov: Autumn Itinerary to Seoul, South Korea


Note: If first time traveler to Seoul, please visit the detailed entry and guide on Itinerary for First-time Visitors

2017 Nov: South Korea: Incheon: Cafe Valor



Cafe Valor by it's name is a coffee shop, but is actually a furniture display shop.  It is located in Incheon and was used as a setting in the movie The Beauty Inside.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

2017 Nov: South Korea: Incheon: Inha University


Inha University is an off track destination and is about 90 minute subway train ride away from central Seoul.  But since I'm fascinated with the lake view as seen in Bok-joo, thus I have decided to visit the place on my way back to the airport.  

2017 November: South Korea: Sungkyunkwan University


Hidden from the main road of the school, there is this perfect spot to catch autumn changing colors in Sungkyunkwan University.

2017 Nov: South Korea: Seoul: Choong Ang High School


Choong Ang High School is one of the old filming location site from previous dramas (i.e. Winter Sonata), but gain again its popularity from Goblin (2016-2017).  Unlike the universities that is open to the public where visitors can roam around the campus, here you need to be more discreet since this is a high school.  I read somewhere that they allow visitors during weekends when there are less or no students on the area.

2017 November: South Korea: Seoul: Sights to See in Konkuk University



University Museum
More than what we see in Goblin, the building behind Kim Shin is Konkuk University Museum.

South Korea: 2017 Seoul Lantern Festival


This is my 3rd visit on Seoul Autumn Lantern Festival since 2011, sadly this year is not the best for me.  It seems like some lanterns were unfinished yet (I have excluded them on this post).  Below are some of the better colored lanterns dedicated to Pyeongchang Olympics.

South Korea: View from Seoul Sky Tower



If you crave for more view of Seoul from the top and you have the money to splurge on, you might want to experience it from Seoul Sky Tower. It's another business venture of Lotte Group.

Going up here is a bit expensive at the price of 27,000 KRW (1080 PHP, 2017), yet with limited attractions they can offer at the top. Since it was just open to the public early 2017 expect for long queues before you can reach the observation deck. It is suggested to visit during early morning for shorter queue.  Or you may want to visit by late afternoon to experience both day and night with sunset on the background.

South Korea: Seoullo 7017


Another walking path build by the government for the locals and tourists, opened on May 2017.  A little bit dull during cold nights of autumn.  But maybe more lively when there are street performances.