Manila Half Day City Tour | Manila, Philippines | During my last trip to the Philippines, on my last day, I took four hours to venture into one of the activities most tourists hate, and on the contrary I find the most beneficial. Usually I choose small boutique tour companies, with strong emphasis on seeing the destination through the eyes of a local. I have done this in Iran, India, Greece, and found it so rewarding, getting to see and experience things totally out of the beaten track. City tours otherwise can be boring, but they provides you with a great foundation to explore new destinations, specially in cities as chaotic and populated like Manila.
Manila Airport User’s Charge | Manila, Philippines | Be aware next time you fly out of Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport, that without any warning either by the airlines or by the local authorities, you will have to pay an Airport User’s Charge of PHP 750 or USD 17,50… and of course in CASH. You know when you are jumping from one country to another, using different currencies, and you hold on to your last coins to save them for the coffee at the airport. Well there it goes… And of course when I flashed my credit card to them they, they laughed and said …” Nagdaramdam Po sir…” Sorry sir no credit cards only cash. What was I thinking right. It is not the amount or the fact of having to pay an User’s Charge, but the inconvenience and last minute surprise, specially if you are running late and considering the LONG lines at immigrations. So keep this in mind or find youself walking around the airport looking for an ATM that works or has money. CM
Balut Philippines delicatessen | Manila, Philippines | A Balut is a fertilized duck (or chicken) egg with a nearly developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell. Popularly believed to be an aphrodisiac and considered a high-protein, hearty snack, balut are mostly sold by street vendors in the regions where they are available. It is commonly sold as streetfood in the Philippines. Have I tried it ? YES. Have I liked it ? NO.
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.
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.
Mr Gay World 2011 is South Africa | Manila, The Philippines | it is 2AM in Manila and the 2011 Mr Gay World has been crowned. Francois Nel from South Africa the new Mr Gay World. A great night for the African continent, Charl Van Den Berg – now former Mr Gay World, also from South Africa has passed his duty to Francois. As if this was not enough, Johannesburg has been chosen to be the 2012 hosting city for the Mr Gay World 2012 competition.
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.
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.
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.
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.