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Author Archives: Joy

The Venice Grand Canal Mall

Megaworld Lifestyle Malls did it again! With the completion of its Venice Grand Canal┬áMall, elevating our shopping and dining experiences several notches higher, locals can now get a taste and feel of la dolce vita in one of Europe’s most romantic cities: Venice. From the sights to the sounds as well as the cuisine, visiting … Continue reading »

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I’M Onsen Spa at I’M Hotel

Onsen – the Japanese term for hot spring; traditionally used as public thermal bathing places; said to be beneficial to health or have healing properties; highly popular as a tourism feature in Japan, where there are about 3,000 onsen facilities. There’s this new hotel situated on the corner of Makati Avenue and Kalayaan Avenue that … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: Marco Polo Ortigas

* Part 15 of a series * I’m just so happy that the afternoon tea culture is alive and flourishing here in Manila. After all, sharing afternoon tea is really a most wonderful way to catch up with tea-loving friends. It’s only been a few months since Marco Polo Ortigas launched its afternoon tea set … Continue reading »

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My Top Salad Picks

Ever have one of those days when all you want to eat is a salad? Oh, I loooooove ’em vegetable salads! I can eat ’em every single day. And it’s not because I’m a fan of healthy eating — I could never be a vegetarian even if my life depended on it. I just really … Continue reading »

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Chinese Afternoon Tea in Makati Shangri-La

For a limited time only, Makati Shangri-La offers a Chinese Afternoon Tea in addition to its regular, bestselling afternoon tea fare. Two of my high school friends and I had a little get-together the other day, and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try the hotel’s seasonal offering. Although none of us is … Continue reading »

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Matcha Madness

Even way before powedered green tea or matcha became a fad, it had already won me over with its earthy, bittersweet taste. I believe it all started with a sip of Starbucks’ Green Tea Cream Frappuccino some 9 or 10 years ago. Since then I’ve fallen madly in love with matcha and have been constantly … Continue reading »

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Azure Urban Resort Residences

My good friend and high school classmate Abigail owns a unit at Azure Urban Resort Residences just off the Bicutan Exit in Paranaque. It’s a sprawling 6-hectare property right next to SM Bicutan and is owned and managed by Century Properties. Thanks to dear Abigail, my daughter and I had a wonderful opportunity to experience … Continue reading »

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A Taste of Vietnam

Planning a trip to Vietnam for the first time? Be sure to include the following on your “EAT LIST“: 1) Cha gio truyen thong (traditional style spring rolls with pork and shrimp) My introduction to Vietnamese cuisine came 15 years ago by way of my Vietnamese friends who even taught me how to prepare cha … Continue reading »

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My Saigon Sojourn

To be perfectly candid, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam was never on my list of dream travel destinations (and I do have quite a long list). It was certainly never part of my travel plans, but it seems that fate (or Instagram) knew better and now I’m so glad I was able to spend … Continue reading »

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InterContinental Asiana Saigon

Barely two months after I signed up on Instagram, I already won a prize from a photo contest there. It was sponsored by InterContinental Manila before it closed down at the end of last year. The contest was called “Memories at InterCon Manila” and I joined, only hoping to win the secondary prize of an … Continue reading »

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