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Sunday, September 21, 2014

WHAT TO EAT IN NANJING: Steamed Vegetable Ball, Fried Chinese Bolt, Deep Fried Candy Style Dumpling

Remember those old Chinese Kung Fu movies where the protagonist dine in a restaurant and all staff are very accommodating and they seem to move hastily just to find a table for the customer then everybody cheers to welcome the guest only to be attacked by the antagonist right after his/her tea is served? Less the gang fight, that was exactly the scene at the restaurant we first went to in Nanjing China which is just across the bridge from our hostel. 

a posh restaurant in Nanjing China

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#NANJING: Fuzimiao International Youth Hostel

Regardless of what time we arrive at our destination, my wife and I have the habit of going straight to our acccommodation sonas to rest and recharge and we ready for the day ahead. We arrived at Nanjing train station at around 3:30am so public buses or subway were out of the options to get to the city.

READ: Midnight Train from SHANGHAI-NANJING China and yes, the train officer screamed at us!

Nanjing Train station felt like completely different from the one in Shanghai. Here, you can see people scattered on the floors at the station lobby with their stuff scattered around them. It gives a provincial feel to the place where people are free to do what they want. We were also surprised that other than official taxi service there arr many agents inside the station who will offer ride to the city at pre-arranged value. A lady immediately approached us and offered RMB 100 to our destination. I thought that's too expensive so I bargained for 90 Yuan. Tumawad pa talaga ako.
Fuzimiao International Youth Hostel Nanjing City China

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Midnight Train from SHANGHAI-NANJING China and yes, the train officer screamed at us!

"The customer is always right" , drop that notion if you are in China. Don't expect customer service here to be the mantra especially in government owned companies like China Railways. Our experience during our midnight trip from Shanghai to Nanjing reinforced this notion when the one in charged of the couch we were at screamed at us because we almost missed our station.

More on that later.^^
Shanghai Railway Station

PH Hotels Ready for Global Market

I am giving way for another press release again, which I don't normally do, because I share the Philippine's tourism goals and efforts. Basta sa ikakaunlad ng turismo sa bansa full support tayo dyan. That is one of the reason after all why I am blogging travel. Cheers to all the efforts of DOT and all people involved. In context, DOT Sec. Jimenez said, "tourism should be everybody's business". Tama!

The Email:

Hi Anton,
Hope this finds you well. My name is Lynda and I’m from OCI Group, a marketing communications company and we are currently working with the Department of Tourism for the Philippines Improving Competitiveness project. As a background, the project was signed in agreement in April 2013 by the Department of Tourism, the Asian Development Bank, and the Government of Canada to increase employment in the tourism sector, which is critical in achieving inclusive growth.

The Philippine government has identified that the shortage of skilled labor and quality of service standards affects the international competitiveness of the tourism sector. In line with the country’s National Tourism Development Plan, which aims to bring in 10 million international visitors and 56 million domestic travellers by 2016, the demand for skilled labor in the tourism sector will continue to rise with new hotel developments requiring skilled labor.

Under the project, four pilot priority tourism destinations were identified — Bohol, Cebu, Davao and Palawan. The project is set to run for 38 months, and is expected to be completed in 2016. Part of the focus of the project is on the Hotel and Resorts Quality Assurance and Accreditation System.

In light of this, we would like to share with you the recent article that gives an update on this particular output. According to the initial findings of a team of International Accommodation Assessors (IAAs) who joined the Department of Tourism (DOT) in conducting a national review of accommodation standards in July, Philippine hotels and resorts in key island destinations are ready to compete in the global marketplace.

Hotel in Bohol Philippines

Sunday, September 14, 2014


It was June, the onset of rainy season in the Philippines which also marks the starts of lean season for both international and domestic tourists. For those who who still seek a quick fix away from the Metro as I did, flying to popular tourists spots like Puerto Princesa is more about convenience rather than the attraction. These places have better tourism infrastructure in place so you don't have to worry so much should the weather really gets rough.

Yes, it was June and while in Puerto Princesa, I heard of this Festival they call BARAGATAN.

So I though, okay, why have a festival during this time of the year when people would prefer staying home than flying here? What the hell is Baragatan Festival?

Baragatan Festival Puerto Princesa City

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tuyo Flakes, Dulce de Leche Cheesecake and Tiramisu Coffee at HEAVENLY DESSERTS By Dorothy

Another good restaurant find in Puerto Princesa City Palawan via Tripadvisor, this time, one famous for deserts ---Heavenly Desserts by Dorothy.

This was a break from my Art Cafe exploits in the city.
>>GYPSY'S LAIR ART CAFE Puerto Princesa: #PinThai (Pinoy Pad Thai) and Green Curry.
>>BANWA ART CAFE: the Best Eggplant Salad, the Creamiest Viggie Omelet and more!

And when I got here I remember we have tried the place before except that I failed to write about it so here goes my short review.
Tuyo Flakes at HEAVENLY DESSERTS By Dorothy

Sunday, September 7, 2014

BANWA ART CAFE: the Best Eggplant Salad, the Creamiest Viggie Omelet and more!

From one art cafe to another. Looked like my latest trip in Puerto Princesa was bound to be a gastronomic discovery and at the same time an appreciation for the arts.

Sure, I have already wrote a detailed blog on BANWA PENSION HOUSE Puerto Princesa and the place is really homey you wouldn't feel like leaving. But another reason why I really like this place is because of the food.

BANWA ART CAFE --at Banwa Pension House definitely deserves a separate post.

Mango pancake at Banwa Art Cafe

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

GYPSY'S LAIR ART CAFE Puerto Princesa: #PinThai (Pinoy Pad Thai) and Green Curry

So the original plan of flying to Puerto Princesa as a set-off point for Port Barton and San Vicente ended with me not going to my main destination and just stay in the city. It was a last-minute decision while on board my AirAsiaPh flight that day because I realized I have only the weekend plus Monday to explore the central wilderness of Palawan and I was worried I might miss my flight back to Manila.
Green Curry at GYPSY'S LAIR Puerto Princesa

BANWA PENSION HOUSE Puerto Princesa: a place where you wouldn't feel like leaving

I wouldn't say I am picky with accommodations but I still prefer a soft bed at the end of the day. Also, always think of the possible scenario of being stuck due to bad weather and other unavoidable circumstances and it is better to get stuck in a place where you wouldn't attempt to kill yourself out of boredom.

It would be great if you chose an accommodation close to the sights you want to see. I recently read an article that I found in Lamudi, and it talked about living close to landmarks. (Here is what I read.) I was quite taken by the idea, and back in Puerto Princesa Palawan, I finally found a place where I could stay and not ever think of going somewhere else.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Be MAD FOR PIZZA! Topings All You Want. #MadforPizzaPh

People love pizza and even associate it as their comfort food. I mean, who doesn't love pizza? I have never met anyone who hates pizza. The perfect combination of your favourite cheese, meats, tomato sauce and the chewy crust was one of the greatest discovery in food history.

I’ve discovered tons of new pizzerias in the metro and was luckily invited to have a taste of what’s Mad for Pizza has to offer. Just hearing the name made me excited!

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