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Saturday, May 29, 2010

10,000 Free Bangkok Seats

Airasia is giving away 10,000 free seats to Bangkok after the devastating riots that just concluded between the Red and Yellow group. Is it safe to go there already???

Promo period is until June 1, 2010.
Travel period is from June 7 - August 31, 2010.

レッツ食べる日本!(Let's eat japanese!)

Stan says: This is the best Japanese food that I have ever tasted here in the Philippines. Authentic Japanese food at its finest in Little Tokyo! Located at Pasong Tamo street in Makati City. Even on a weekday, the restaurants inside are all full of guests. There are a lot of Japanese restos when you enter the Little Tokyo main gate.

Japanese food in the Philippines never tasted this good, until Little Tokyo appeared. Everything we ordered was no doubt very delicious. The takoyaki they served beats what you can normally get from other Japanese restaurants and fastfoods. The sukiyaki was magnificent. The ambiance inside was very Japanese. I don't know how much we ate because it was a treat by our good friends - Fred, but I'm pretty sure that the price was all worth it. Not to mention that you can also order food from other restaurants inside the Little Tokyo area. Two thumbs up for Little Tokyo.

Pam says:

Alas, I wasn't able to leave the cube this night =(

I was able to score some take-out takoyaki* though and I must admit it trumps the takoyakis sold in food stalls in the mall (You might know which stall I'm talking about.) This takoyaki was huge and actual octopus bits were included, not pieces of meat chopped up into indistinguishable little pieces.
So for some authentic takoyaki, head on over to Little Tokyo!

Takoyaki (たこ焼き or 蛸焼?) (literally fried or baked octopus) is a popular Japanese dumplingbatter, diced or whole baby octopus, tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, and green onion, topped with okonomiyaki sauce, ponzu, mayonnaise, green laver (aonori), and katsuobushi (fish shavings), first popularized in Taisho-era Osaka. (Taken from Wikipedia)

Friday, May 21, 2010

A Taste of Persia

A new Mid-east resto has opened in Jupiter street, Makati. Most of the people that were eating during the time were mostly foreigners. Prices ranged from 120-350 pesos for main courses, depending on what you order.

Stan says: The place was not that big but the ambiance was good. The food we ordered was just okay, but not that good when compared to other Persian restaurants. As for the prices of the food, there were cheap ones that cost around 120-200 pesos per dish, and there were also more higher ones that reached to 350 pesos. Overall, Mana-ish was just good enough for someone that is hungry.

Pam says: I'll be honest and say upfront that I was the one who suggested Mana-ish, after passing by this resto on the way to the office every morning. I was pleasantly surprised with the interiors of the place as I expected something more low-key.

A number of gathered shishas that produces flavored tobacco smoke.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Winning Ticket!

Just won a raffle from PBCom Tower - Patio c/o Raintree Company!

More vacation to come!!!

Inclusive of 2 roundtrip airfare + 3 days, 2 nights accomodation + tour of Puerto Princesa
Valid until March 2011.
Eating lechon macau almost everyday in Henlin has finally paid off.
Thank you Raintree!

Cambodia: Angkor Wat

A very stunning view! Used to be the 2nd wonder of the world.We woke up 4:30 in the morning just to catch the sunrise in Angkor Wat. The sunrise wasn't that good, but it was still worth the wait

Afternoon view of Angkor Wat from the back side, reflecting its image on the moat surrounding it. Astonishing creation by the people from ancient period. Having very defined carvings all over.
The green part on the right side is one of the small part that is under restoration.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Cambodia: Our Highly Recommended Tour Guides

During our trip in Cambodia (Phnom Penh and Siem Reap), we had very wonderful tour guides. They are Soryar (man standing 3rd from right, wearing checked shirt) and Mr.Leak (man kneeling down). The service that they provided us was very very excellent. Their price was very affordable considering the quality of service, accomodations, and transporation they arranged for us.

I highly recommend them to everyone who plans to take a vacation in Cambodia!

In case you would like to contact them, here are their contact details:
Email Address:
Mobile No.: (855) 12 221 883

Thank you very much Soryar and Mr.Leak for the very wonderful trip!

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Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City Accomodation

Phoenix74 hotel is where we stayed in during our first landing to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC),Vietnam. Located in Bui Vien street, which is considered as a backpackers area. Just 10-15 mins.walk going to Ben Thanh Market (flee market).

- very affordable for the price of USD$16 per night, with simple breakfast included
- very close to tour offices
- free wifi

- not advisable if stay will be more than 2 nights

- no elevator from the ground floor. Elevator starts on 2nd floor only- having a heavy luggage will be very hard to carry up the stairs from 1st to 2nd floor
- the place is a bit run-down

On our second trip back to HCMC from Cambodia, we stayed in a better hotel - Beautiful Saigon Hotel.

Location of the Beautiful Saigon Hotel is 1 min. away from Phoenix74.

- affordable for the price of USD$29 per night, with good breakfast included
- very close to tour offices
- free wifi
- quality service

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Itinerary: Vietnam-Cambodia

In our vacation trip last April 2010, we tried to make our own itinerary to have more flexibility with our own time and control on what sites we want to visit.

Day 1
Depart from Philippines going to Vietnam (11:00PM flight)

Day 2
[AM]: Go straight to hotel and rest for the whole morning
[PM]: Ho Chi Minh City tour (Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral, War Crime Museum, City Hall, General Post Office)

Day 3
[AM]: Bus ride from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh-Cambodia
[PM]: Tour Killing Fields, Toul Sleng Museum

Day 4
[AM]: Visit Royal Palace, SIlver Pagoda, National Museum
[PM]: Minivan ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap-Cambodia
Stop-over at Skun (picture taking of spiders and crickets)

Day 5
[AM]: Start early for sunrise view at Angkor Wat
Go to Angkor Thom (South Gate, Bayon Temple, Terraces of Elephant and Leper King, Bapuonm Golden Palace, Phimeanakas)
Visit Ta Prohm (temple in Tomb Raider movie)
[PM]: Explore Angkor Wat temple
Boat ride at Tonle Sap to see Floating Villages

Day 6
[AM]: Bus ride from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
[PM]: Bus ride from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City

Day 7
Free day and shopping at Ho Chi Minh City

Day 8
[AM]: Rest time
[PM]: Go to Saigon Zoo, Botanical Garden, Historical Museum

Day 9
Depart from Vietnam going back to Philippines (1:00AM flight)

Will be posting about the note-worthy places individually soon! Wait for it! =)

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