Saturday, December 3, 2016

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).

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.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

2016 Dec: Philippines: Metro Manila: Christmas Display

Here comes the season for the night lights and Christmas display on the streets, malls and buildings!


SM Malls

Has a theme of white Christmas, where instead of using big green trees, they have decorated the malls  with huge twigs, covered with white "as if snow" and decorative shining balls.  They have also added winter animal like deer.



The figures displayed in SM Aura, Taguig were actually moving.



Bonifacio Global City


Net Park
A Christmas Carol – The Musical
When: December 2 -25, 2016
Where: BGC Globe Iconic Amphitheater, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City

Las Pinas City






Philippines: The Taste of South

Las Pinas
Ikkoryu Ramen
Location: Food Strip, Southmall
Food: chasu ramen, chicken karaage
Personal Preference: 8 out of 10.  Tasty and quick service.  Was able to accommodate us with house tea and roasted sesame seeds for the perfect taste of Japanese cuisine.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

5 Hotel Room Hacks To Make Your Stay An Awesome One

Whether someone is staying in a hotel for just one night whilst attending a work conference or staying for two weeks on holiday, it is important to make the most of it. There are dozens of ways to make the hotel stay more enjoyable, whilst saving both time and money. Use this helpful guide in order to learn some hotel hacks which people use all the time with lots of success.
Email The General Manager In Order To Leave A Complaint
Most people will email a generic hotel address in order to leave a review of their stay, or they will use a third-party site such as Tripadvisor to tell other web users about their time in their accommodation in Broome. However, it is a good idea to email the general manager of the hotel if the stay was less than satisfactory.
General Managers are eager to avoid bad publicity and they want to please any guests who may have some complaints about the hotel. If they receive a complaint in their inbox, they will be motivated to offer perks in the hope that the disgruntled guests will stay at the hotel again sometime in the future. These perks can include free upgrades to better rooms, complimentary vouchers for spa treatments, as well as discounts on room prices.
Get Last Minute Deals Cheaply With Coupon Websites
Some people might think that booking a room at the last minute will cause the Broome hotel room to be much more expensive than booking well in advance. However, last-minute deals at rock-bottom prices can be found by using specialist coupon websites. This can be a great way to save lots of money which can be spent on other activities during the holiday. Make sure to compare several discount websites before making a final decision on the desired deal.
Negotiate Over Long-Stay Prices
Some people will stay in hotels for a long period of time, whether they are working or on a holiday. Long stays can become expensive, so it is a good idea to negotiate a cheaper rate. Either ring ahead in advance of the stay or talk with the general manager on arrival. The most important thing to remember is that a cheaper price will be easier to negotiate if people tell the hotel manager that they will leave a positive review on sites such as TripAdvisor after the stay is finished.
Use Booking Sites With Loyalty Points
Certain booking sites offer loyalty points to people who place repeat bookings. Make sure to compare several booking sites in order to find one which offers these loyalty points. This will ensure that people save lots of money in the long-run.
Ask To See Different Rooms Before Checking In
The quality of rooms can vary in the same hotel. Some rooms may be dirtier than others or may broken fixtures. If the room is unsatisfactory, ask to be moved into another one.
Use this guide for some helpful hotel hacks.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

2016 Nov: Autumn Itinerary to Seoul v2


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

Accommodation:

Swanhouse in 156-2 Donggyo-Dong, Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea, 121-816
Hotel Review | Trip Advisor | Agoda

Itinerary




2016 Nov: Seoul: Dongdaemun: Kyung Hee University

I never heard of this place, until I was looking for where to hunt autumn leaves in Seoul from instagram.  

Then I got interested as the place has Gothic architecture.  Bad that we were not allowed to go further in the campus, but given sometime go ahead and go further the castle like building which is the Hall of Peace.




Just 5 days after we visited the place, there was a kick-off of global hallyu awards ceremony, 2016 Asia Artist Awards, which was attended by Park Bo-gum, Kim Yoo-jung and more.



2016 Nov: Gyeonggi-do: The Garden of Morning Calm

The Garden of Morning Calm
아침고요수목원
Location: 432, Sumogwon-ro, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 가평군 상면 수목원로 432)
Link: http://www.morningcalm.co.kr/_ENG/html/main.php



2016 Nov: South Korea: Dongdaemun: Doota Exhibition Center

As Descendants of the Sun, taken Asia by storm and going to Taebaek will take some time by bus, I'm thankful that I was able to visit the DOTS exhibition in Doota a week before it closes. 



2016 Nov: South Korea: Gyeonggi English Village Paju Camp

Gyeonggi English Village Paju Camp
경기영어마을 파주캠프
Location: South Korea, Gyeonggi-do, Paju-si, Tanhyeon-myeon, Eoreumsil-ro, 40
website


On the way it will take an Express Way, then an exit for Lotte Outlet Mall. The bus will go back to the Express Way, then take another exit for Hyeri Art Village and English Village. 

Make sure to monitor as you go along Gate 1, 4, 6, 9, make sure to press the bell for English Village. Otherwise, in case missed, press thee bell, and you can still walk back for the English Village for less than 5 minutes. 





Monday, November 14, 2016

South Korea: 2016 Seoul Lantern Festival

2016 Seoul Lantern Festival


This has been an annual activity in Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul, where lanterns sit on the water.
Accessibility: Purple Line No. 5 Gwanghwamun Station Exit 5 [Map]
Links: Official Site, Visit Korea, My 2011 Visit



2016 Themes:


  • Han River Theme Lanterns
  • Municipal government's and overseas' lanterns
  • Participating corporation's lanterns
  • Artists' lanterns
  • Children's character lanterns




2016 Nov: South Korea: Flavors of Seoul

Gyeonggi-do

The Farmer's Table
Location: Heyri Artinus 1F, 1652-393 Beopheung-ri, Tanhyeon-myeon region, Paju town, Gyeonggi-do province
Heyri Art Village Gate #4, straight ahead until the first intersection, first quadrant on the right.
Food: pizza (25,000krw) 
Personal Preference: 9 out of 10, definitely a posh restaurant, thus expensive.


2016 Nov: Seoul: Hongdae: Swanhouse

Swanhouse 
156-2 Donggyo-Dong, Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea, 121-816
서울시 마포구 동교동 156-2 마젤란 21 빌딩
Magellan 21 Building, Donggyo- Dong, Mapo-Gu, Seoul-City


Price: Discounts you might get from Agoda is not applicable, as it is fixed rate when you pay it upon arrival at 100,500krw/day.


LocationGot this place from Agoda, however it looks to be part of airbnb.  This is not a guesthouse where you’ll see other guests, computer unit or a tour desk that you’ll meet each time you go out for the day.  This is like a condo unit in a building nearby the university belt. 

From Line 2 Hongik University (Hongdae) subway station Exit 2 (with escalator), it is just 1-2 minutes walk going to Magellan 21 Building (just beside Jewel Shop - DOROCY at ground floor).  

Monday, November 7, 2016

2016 Philippines: Flavors of Kapitolyo

United Coffee 
Location: 16 United St, Pasig, Metro Manila
Food: coffee, tea, sweets, cake
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Unitedcoffeeph/
Personal Preference: 7 out of 10.  There is a narrow passage and stairs before getting there.  


Philippines: Flavors of Taguig

Passion by Gerard Dubois
Location: Shop C2 of the NetPark, 5th Ave, Taguig
Food: pasta, vegetable salad, cake, macaroons
Menu: http://www.passionbygd.ph/menu.php
Personal Preference: 8 out of 10.  Pastries are for sale after 8 or 9pm.  Wide choice of ice cream and macaroons.






Sunday, October 23, 2016

2016 May: Japan: Nagasaki: Huis Ten Bosch


It was just so surprising to see this place that will never failed to let you feel to be in Amsterdam when you are actually in Nagasaki, a bombed site in Japan.

Huis Ten Bosch was also featured in South Korea's Battle Trip variety show.
Transportation: Hakata station→Huis Ten Bosch station 1.40hr(JR Express train)
Departure Time:every hour
Price:JPY3,800

* Only 5 direct trains and others should transfer at Haiki station.
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