G1 Lodge: Modernizing Cordilleran Architecture at the Heart of Baguio

Baguio is best known as the summer capital of the Philippines, and it continues to be one of the most favorite destinations of every Filipino traveler because of its cool, chilly weather all year round. On my fourth trip to Baguio, I stumbled upon a relatively new and inexpensive hotel that still reflects the traditional … Continue reading G1 Lodge: Modernizing Cordilleran Architecture at the Heart of Baguio

Survival Guide to the Manila Community Quarantine: (Online Grocery, Takeouts, Drugstore, Pet Needs…)

It’s our second day of Community Quarantine here and Manila, and practicing social distancing is one of the most important steps to staying healthy, and to minimalize that risk why not order on your online groceries so you won’t have to rely entirely on food delivery apps and cook at home. Here’s a list of … Continue reading Survival Guide to the Manila Community Quarantine: (Online Grocery, Takeouts, Drugstore, Pet Needs…)

Sunae Asian Cantina: Southeast Asian Flavors via Buenos Aires!

Sunae Asian Cantina is Christina Sunae’s much anticipated restaurant opening of 2020, bringing the flavors of her Buenos Aires restaurant of the same name to the Palermo neighborhood (since 2015) and newly opened Apunena to Bonifacio Global City (2019). Let’s keep this straight—the restaurant serves Southeast Flavors in Buenos Aires which reopened here in Manila … Continue reading Sunae Asian Cantina: Southeast Asian Flavors via Buenos Aires!

El Jardin de Manila: Buenos Aires-Inspired Cafe (A Review)

El Jardin de Manila is Jenny Bernabe’s travel-inspired dining concept tribute to her travel buddy Miguel who owned El Jardin De Patricio in Buenos Aires. We had our last dinner in BGC here before the Manila lockdown, and here’s what we think about El Jardin de Manila… First Things First It’s like a hole-in-the-wall secret cafe … Continue reading El Jardin de Manila: Buenos Aires-Inspired Cafe (A Review)

BANGKOTA Explained by Visionary Architect Royal Pineda!

The Philippines@Expo 2020 Dubai: BANG – KÓ – TA https://youtu.be/Z6934sFi4KA Bangkóta, the Philippines Pavilion at the 2020 Expo in Dubai is more than just an architectural masterpiece showcasing the Philippines. Woven within its undulating and free-flowing form is the 4,000-year journey and history of the Filipino people.   Designed by visionary architect Royal Pineda, the … Continue reading BANGKOTA Explained by Visionary Architect Royal Pineda!

Shanghai Saloon: 1920s Modern China Experience @ThePodiumMall

Shanghai Saloon is a modern Chinese restaurant inspired by 1920s Shanghai dining places with European influences and characterized by a mix of oriental attitude and western culture. It’s a proudly local concept by Korean owners Grace Lee and Han Bright Concepts known for their Kko Kko chain, in collaboration with Executive Chef Tony Ho who … Continue reading Shanghai Saloon: 1920s Modern China Experience @ThePodiumMall

PANDAN: Chef Tatung’s Southeast Asian Specialties!

Pandan is an Asian cafe specializing in Southeast Asian comfort food favorites by one of our favorite chefs, Chef Tatung Sarthou of Talisay fame. It promises authentic recipes—no twists—and flavors that will bring memories of your travels to neighboring countries. With the over saturation of Filipino fusion concepts last year, Southeast Asian food is now … Continue reading PANDAN: Chef Tatung’s Southeast Asian Specialties!

Beep! Beep! Raise your Glasses to the Jeepney Wine Tour Experience! (Photo Essay)

Jeepney Wine Tour by AWC Philippines, Inc. is a bar-hopping experience where wine-loving folks can enjoy their favorite bottle from different parts of the globe, where the mood is light, casual and friendly. Now on its third run, this year’s JWT participants will have the chance to discover wines from the USA, Spain, Argentina and … Continue reading Beep! Beep! Raise your Glasses to the Jeepney Wine Tour Experience! (Photo Essay)

NEXT TO NORMAL Blue Rep Manila (Review)

Manila’s Theater season of 2020 opens with an awesome college production of the iconic Next to Normal. My wife was crying throughout the show as I kept my emotions to myself in solemn reflection. I felt it was unfair for Next to Normal Blue Rep to draw us into the roller coaster of traumatic emotions … Continue reading NEXT TO NORMAL Blue Rep Manila (Review)

GRAM Cafe Manila: The Japanese Premium Pancake Experience!

Gram is instagram-famous for its fluffy, three-stack premium pancakes. It opened its first store in Shinsaibashi, Osaka in 2014 and now finally in Manila with its flagship store in SM Mega Fashion Hall. We waited for 3 hours just to have a taste of the famed Gram pancake from Japan. Was it worth the wait? … Continue reading GRAM Cafe Manila: The Japanese Premium Pancake Experience!