Shabu-Shabu Restaurant Makati

Shabu-Shabu Restaurant Makati |  Manila, Philippines |  My local Filipino friends “FREN” took me tonight to the Greenbelt Shopping Mall in the Makati residential area of Manila, to have a fantastic dinner. Shabu-Shabu is a very well know restaurant chain in Philippines, with international ramifications. The concept is very simple… but messy and very very tasteful. The best way to explain it and describe it is a Japanese tuned Fondue.
The waiter pours the chicken broth into your pot, which is placed in a whole in your table with a heat control, and from there dinner begins. Using the Chicken broth, is how you will be cooking all the different vegetables, proteins, pasta and rice included in the menu.
Break the eggs and separate the whites from the yolk. Dip the whites into the chicken broth and let it cook. The yolk, mix it with the soy sauce. Now using all the products that the waiter will bring to the table: vegetables, bok choi, chicken, shrimp, crab, lobster, tofu, rice pasta and more… just dip them into the chicken broth and let them cook and settle. You are now ready and well inform to enjoy your best Shabu-Shabu experience. Our dinner was USD 20 ( Philippines Peso 800 ) per person. CM

Holiday Inn Galleria Hotel

Holiday Inn Galleria Hotel | Manila, Philippines |  coming to Manila and looking for a comfortable, affordable and well located hotel. Then take a look at the Holiday Inn Galleria. Located in Pasig City, just right next to the Shopping Mall.

The hotel is basic, but well located, clean, offering free access to the Gold’s Gym. Outdoor Pool area, multiple restaurant options, both at the hotel and in the Mall. My favorite was the central location, the views from the rooms (try to book high floors), the gym and the full buffet breakfast. CM

(*) Holiday Inn Galleria is part of the select list of preffered by CM by Carlos Melia Collection. For bookings or inquiries do not hesitate to contact me. carlos@carlosmelia.com | 646.460.6045 | Toll Free US. 800.729.7472 ext 205

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The power of Giving Back in Manila

The power of Giving Back in Manila |  Manila, The Philippines |  As part of the Mr Gay World event that we hold every year around the world, on this 3rd. Edition we have decided to engage with the local communities of the host country, and Give Back to the community. This year, in Manila we came to BARANGAY Slum right in one of the most poor areas of the city, to collaborate and assist with all the delegates from all over the world, to this shelter of GAWAD KALINGAN. Mr Gay World is not a beauty pageant, we go further than that, breaking the stereotypes of being Gay.
Gawad Kalinga is building a nation empowered by people with faith and patriotism, a nation made up of caring and sharing communities, dedicated to eradicate poverty and restore human dignity.
Charl Van den Berg – Mr Gay World 2010 and myself at Gawad Kalinga with one ofthe coordinators of the community.

Leigh Charles – Mr Gay World Australia becomes the most popular with his Australian Tattoos to the local kids. It is amazing how you can make so much with so little right. !!!

Mr Gay World organization and all the delegates brought food, furniture, books and all type of supplies to the local kids of the Barangay Slum. We spent the whole morning with the kids, playing with them and we furnished two of their school rooms with shelfs, fans, carpets, curtains and more.
Things like this warm your heart. The kids were sooooo nice and happy. If anyone knows about things like this happening around the world that I can help during my trips, please let me know.
Mr Gay World delegation visits the Major Barangay Slum, where reining Mr Gay World 2010 and Eric Butter president of MGW addressed the local authorities.
To learn more about Gawad Kalinga please visit their official website. Gawad Kalinga.

Villa Escudero true taste of Philippines

Villa Escudero true taste of Philippines |  Manila, The Philippines |  2 hours away from the main metropolis of Manila, you get to experience true Philippine’s heritage. A resort, a plantation and the allure of country life in Philippines. A resort where you can spend the day or stay overnight. Multiple cultural activities, outdoors pools and activities.
A self-contained working coconut plantation, It was founded in the 1880s by Don Placido Escudero and his wife Dona Claudia Marasigan. Originally planted to sugarcane, the crop was converted to coconut by their son Don Arsenio Escudero in the early 1900s. Villa Escudero, has become a prime tourist destination for locals, overseas Filipinos and a wide array of foreign visitors to the country. It has a worldwide reputation as a showcase for the Philippines’ rich cultural heritage, offering a beguiling glimpse of its history, cuisine, dress, customs and natural beauty a mere two hours away from Manila.
Waterfall Restaurant, Lunch is served on bamboo dining tables set in a few inches of crystalline running water from the falls. The experience of dining on delicious local dishes with the sparkling waterfalls as a backdrop with clear spring water running over your feet is a truly singular and memorable experience only Villa Escudero can offer.
An lunch I have never had before. Not only the local food is amazing, but the feeling of eating literally over the water is fantastic. I strongly suggest the Ginger Chicken Soup and the sweet potatoes.
Bamboo Rafts, are the best option in a sunny day to enjoy the views for the water of the Villa Escudero, the cottages and the surrounding nature.
Rural Villa Tour, village onboard a colorful jeepney or simply learn how coconuts are harvested. Get up close to the Caribou, your main mean of transportation.
AERA Memorial Museum, founded by spouses Arsenio and Rosario Escudero, houses one of the largest collections in the country, unmatched in its eclectic diversity. Housed in a replica of a long-gone church in Intramuros with painted trompe-l’oeil ceilings, the present building opened for viewing in 1987. The core of the collection is its trove of colonial religious art. The superbly executed silver altars, gilded carrozas, ivory santos, embroidered vestments and intricately carved inages and bas-reliefs and tableaux, most dating from the Spanish colonial era are a testimony to the artistry and piety of the Filipino.

Philippine Experience Show, After lunch, guests have the opportunity to watch the Philippine Experience Show where the country’s rich culture comes to life, from its ethnic diversity to its colonial legacy. The dances were painstakingly recreated by the late National Artist for Dance Ramon Obusan of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

A pleasant two hour drive through scenic countryside brings you to a historic colonial plantation and rural life of the 1800’s. You’ll be welcomed with a warm greeting and a cool tropical drink. Be exhilarated by majestic volcanic mountains, rows of regal coconut trees, luxuriant fields and the happy faces and light-hearted voices of the village folk. All combine into a distinct adventure.

Accommodation, Whatever staying for a day or planing for a longer vacation, Villa Escudero will truly make your stay more memorable with a variety of accommodation options guaranteed to fulfill everyones travel needs.
(*) See the FULL Photo & Video Album of Villa Escudero at Carlos Melia’s Flickr.

Cathay Pacific Airways my experience

Cathay Pacific my experience |  Manila, The Philippines |  I have to admit that when they tell you straight up, that you will be spending your next 19 hours seating on a plan, I got very concern on the airlines I was about to pick and trust to get me from New York to Manila and Hong Kong, safe, entertained, well fed and in one piece. The name Cathay Pacific has sounded in my ears for years… so when I connected that with my ever longing dream of visiting Hong Kong, that was a no brainer for me and made my choice. And I have to admit I am VERY HAPPY with it. Cathay Pacific is the main gateway to ASIA and connection.  Continue reading Cathay Pacific Airways my experience

Survived 19 hours flight to Manila and now jet-lagged

Survived 19 hours flight to Manila and now jet-lagged |  Manila, The Philippines |  Fist of all MABUHAY.!!!! everyone I am so happy to have arrive to East Asia, one of my favorite areas of the world. Since I got to out host Hotel, the Holiday Inn Galleria I have had the pleasure and honor to reunite with old Filipino friends, colleagues at the board of Mr Gay World and this year’s contestant. The climate is happy, and never better used this word , gay.
The competition begins tomorrow when the true colors will become vivid and show the real who is who in this 2011 Edition of Mr Gay World…. Of course I will be reporting like for every activity, photo shoots, dressing rooms and girls talk. Now back to the sleeping pills to kiil this Jet-Lag and look fantastic for the big opening. CM