4/29/2016

THE PERFECT PINT - Now brewing craft beers at Molito, Alabang!


In search for the impeccable brew, the brains behind The Perfect Pint gastropub known for their local craft beer and food pairings, have taken their passions to the next level by opening their own brewpub at The Perfect Pint's latest branch at the Molito Lifestyle Center in Alabang.


A brewpub is a pub with a small brewery within the premises which enables master brewers the freedom to concoct the most innovative, original and intriguing flavors. 


It's a beer enthusiast's dream: to craft beers in their own backyard. Brothers Alec, Noel and Raymond Tempongko, owners of The Perfect Pint, are living the dream and are sharing the experience with every beer enthusiast out there. With endless flavors to discover, master brewer Alec Tempongko and his brothers are ready for the challenge to make the most amazing flavors around. 


The brewing process itself is an amazing science and art, which the Tempongko brothers have dedicated to perfecting, as the name of their pub suggests. From mashing, to the fermentation and bottling process, every step is carefully measured and perfected. The Perfect Pint's fermentation rooms are even temperature controlled to achieve the optimal fermentation environment possible. 

Alec Tempongko states, "We're very excited about our brewpub. We're releasing newly crafted beers that are a product of a year-long research from our first branch in BGC where customer chose their favorites."


With already six flavors being bottled on site at The Perfect Pint Alabang, names like the Thirsty Dog Wheat Beer, Hoppy Road IPA, Street Smart Pale Ale, Oakey Dokey Bourbon Barrel Porter, Black Mamba Stout and Holy Grail Double IPA are already making its way through every discerning beer drinker's taste buds.In addtion, The Perfect Pint is also bottling a very special "Anniversary Pale Ale" for the Perfect Pint anniversary. 


The Perfect Pint craft beer are exclusively distributed at The Perfect Pint branches. With growing clamor, it's not uncommon that these craft beers are sold before they're even bottled. At the rate things are going for the Tempongko Brothers, it seems that another round is in order.


Experience The Perfect Pint craft beers and good food at the Perfect Pint's Molito, Alabang loacted at Madrigal avenue corner Alabang-Zapote road.

GOURMET SOCIETY PHILIPPINES - Gives foodie lovers 20% Off to over 200 restaurants in Metro Manila!




Gourmet Society Philippines, dining is unforgettable! There are numerous restaurants all over Metro Manila offering different types of dishes but there’s nothing more enjoyable than a discounted meal. 




Enjoy exquisite dining without spending all your money, with Gourmet Society Philippines. Food lovers certainly need to try their services and discounts! Gourmet Society will change dining in Manila, and hopefully in the entire Philippines. They also help you get access to the best dining destinations, with the finest food, world-class service and incomparable dining atmosphere. 




Gourmet Society was first launched in October 2015. Since then, they have became the leading source of fantastic discounts and freebies for its avid customers. They have 280 branches and 200 partner restaurant brands. Members are given 20% discount off from their bill courtesy of their restaurant partners. Aside from that, members can also avail vouchers and 2 for 1 deals.

Click here to see the list of restaurants: Restaurant Partners

How To Avail The Discount?

· Install the GourmetPH mobile app from Google Play or App Store.

· Sign up and you can now have the Gourmet Society Digital Card

· Present the digital card in any participating stores nationwide. 

GourmetPH Mobile App 


If you are looking for a place to eat, then GourmetPH mobile app provides a list of restaurants near you. Simply open your mobile app and input your location then a list of restaurants will open up. You can also easily favorite a restaurant for future use. If you have visited the place already, you can tap the icon “been here”. 

Gone were the days when picking the right restaurant that would suit your appetite takes too much of your time. Now, thanks to the latest technology that we have, you won’t have to go from one restaurant to another. You just need to browse the GourmetPH app, pick your preferred restaurant and enjoy the discounts! 

If you need more information about Gourmet Society Philippines, 
you may check their website: https://gourmetsociety.ph/

5 Tourist Attractions to Explore in BALI, INDONESIA


With thirteen thousand islands, Indonesia is tagged as the largest archipelago in the world. Because of this, Indonesia is very famous for its epic beaches and other tourist attractions that are visited by millions of tourists each year. 

One famous island you can't ignore is the Island of Bali. With its beautiful landscape, world-class beaches, and friendly people it's no wonder that Bali is often called the Land of the Gods. 

If you are planning your trip to Bali soon, here are the 5 tourist attractions you may want to visit and ideal places for you to experience the wonders of Bali! 

1. Sanur Beach
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It is a lovely beach mainly composed of small coral with gold sand. Sanur Beach is situated at Sanur, Bali. Since the waves here are mild, it is perfect for swimming activities. With crystal clear waters, this place is simply heaven on earth. Nonetheless, if you spot small starfish while roaming around the beach, please be kind and take them back to the water. 

2. Bias Tugal Beach
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Bias Tugal is also known as Pantai Kecil or Little Beach. This deserted beach is tucked away in Padang Bai. Somehow, it is hidden and can only be accessed via a rocky path. After the 500m trek, a blue sparkling sea and white sand beach will welcome you. Enjoy this hidden getaway with your friends and loves ones. 

3. Ubud Monkey Forest
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For nature lovers, Ubud Monkey Forest is the best place to be! Situated in Ubud, Bali Indonesia, this forest sanctuary offers nothing but the best, making it a very popular tourist attraction in Indonesia gaining over 10,000 tourists every month. Natives view this forest as something spiritual, and educational. 

4. Seminyak
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With its luxurious accommodation and fashionable restaurants, Seminyak is famous for its sophisticated atmosphere that’s at the same time relaxing and comfortable. Located in South Bali, you can get to the place by taking the Jalan Sunset bypass. Feel free to explore by bicycle or motorcycle.

5. Tanah Lot

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Tanah Lot offers the best escapade for beach goers. Beat the heat and enjoy the fantastic beach with a picturesque landscape to ponder. Tanah Lot also has a temple that sits on the majestic offshore rock. The huge rock has been continuously shaped by the ocean tide for many years. It is commercialized to boost the tourism of Bali. You will have to pay the required amount before you can enter the exact location of Tanah Lot. Visitors can also purchase memorabilia from their souvenir shops.

Where To Stay?

After the whole day of escape to the majestic tourist attractions of Bali, Indonesia, you deserve to be treated with luxury and style. Not to mention the genuine hospitality of the Balinese people. 
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Located in Tanjung, Benoa and over 7kms away from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Conrad Bali can make your holiday in Bali a wonderful experience.


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Conrad Bali is the perfect place to stay in Bali,Indonesia with their state-of-the-art facilities and spacious guest rooms. You can relax in comfort and look forward to another day of fun and adventure. With the facilities and amenities being offered at Conrad Bali you will experience the ultimate holiday experience in Bali. 
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It it is gastronomic delights you are after, you will not be disappointed by the numerous dining options to suit your needs. Their in-room dining is even available for 24 hours. There’s nothing more you could wish for; everything can be found in Conrad Bali.

For rates and availability, you can visit Conrad Bali via Traveloka : CLICK HERE 

Traveloka offers the best and most competitive prices with no hidden charges. In addition, Traveloka also does flight reservations as well as hotel reservations for most of the hotels in South East Asia. 



4/23/2016

Exploring the Trails of Tarak Ridge in Mt. Mariveles, Bataan

When looking for a mountain to explore, the Philippines has many options! Each mountain has different landscape and has it's own character and that is what I came to see when one of my friends invited me to check on Tarak Ridge in Mount Mariveles in Bataan. 

With an elevation of 1130+ MASL, Tarak Ridge is considered a notable hiking destination in Bataan and one of the most visited mountains in the Philippines. 


The trip would take around 4 hours from Manila to Mariveles, Bataan. Buses are also available to Mariveles which makes it very accessible to all wanting to explore this mountain. 


Since we brought a vehicle, this was the place where we parked the car for Php 100.00 . They also have toilets and bathrooms available if you wish to freshen up after the long hike. 


It is also optional to avail a tourist guide because the trail is just straightforward. You will have to pay a small amount as a registration fee before starting your journey. It is also advisable to bring pegs for your tents. The nights in the Tarak Ridge are also very windy so you need to secure extra clothing. 


For the information of everyone, Tarak Ridge belongs to the many peaks of Mount Mariveles. The trail difficulty is actually moderate to hard, so expect a challenging path all the way to its peak. 


Since the trail goes from moderate to hard, it is expected that only the first part is easy to handle. It is also divided by two types of trails before you can actually step foot on the Tarak Ridge. 



As you go on with your journey, you will encounter a steep ascent along the way. The first part of your journey usually takes three hours until you reach the Papaya River. For the next part, you will have to cross the woodlands and steep trails and after 90 minutes, you will be situated on the famous Tarak Ridge. 


One of the famous stop-overs is the Papaya River. Hikers can breathe in the fresh air before going back to Tarak Ridge. This is also the best place to fill up your water bottles as the water you get here is drinkable. 



Anyway, it will only take approximately 2-3 hours to reach the summit of Tarak Ridge from the Papaya River. What I like was the trail was covered with huge trees and this created nice shade during our ascend. 

But as mentioned, the trail going up was so challenging since it was so steep that I really ended up holding on to the roots or branches just to keep my balance. I am not a very experienced climber but I was really having fun! 



We were all expecting a good weather but to our suprise, the weather suddenly changed and became overcast. It even rained at some point. With it's elevation, expect strong winds along the ridge. 


While waiting for the weather to improved we found this camping area where where we had our lunch. 



After a few minutes, we finally decided to go for the summit. I was scared again knowing that I am not used to heights. But I was with experienced mountaineers like my friend who is also a travel blogger, Ysa (www.DiwataNgBicolandia). 



On our way up, the landscape was so different and yet so beautiful. 


You will know that you are at the summit once you reached that dead tree behind me. Some people like to climb up there, but I wouldn't advise anyone to do it. Let us just appreciate everything around the mountain without hurting it. 


I wish I could see it on a clear day as the view from here is believed to be spectacular. But, as General Mac Arthur once said, I SHALL RETURN! 

Tarak Ridge continues to capture the hearts of every mountaineer mainly because of its dramatic landscape where one can see the islands of Corregidor, Bataan, Cavite and Manila Bay. If you are looking for some fun and adventure, Tarak Ridge is definitely one of the best treks to conquer. 


Now, pack your hiking gear and enjoy the breathtaking view of Tarak Ridge!

10 Amazing Festivals in Philippines You Have to See

The Philippines is known for its rich cultural heritage. Festivals and cultural activities are very common in the Philippines despite all of the tragedies and misfortunes. The Filipino people believe that there is a bundle of reasons to celebrate. Most festivals are celebrated in honor of the city’s patron saint. Here are 10 amazing festivals in the Philippines that you should check out. 

1. Sinulog - Cebu

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Sinulog Festival is celebrated annually in Cebu City during the third Sunday of January. This Santo Niño celebration is celebrated all throughout the country but the center of this festivity is in Cebu City. A grandiose street parade is the highlight of the said event.

2. Sandugo - Camiguin

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Sandugo Festival takes place every year in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. This festival is in honor of the peace treaty of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna during the 16th century. Every July, Tagbilaran City commemorates the festival through different activities such as a Beauty Pageant and Street Dancing Competition. 

3. Ati-Atihan - Aklan

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Ati-Atihan also means “to be like Atis”. Itas are known to be the first inhabitants of Cebu City. Ati-Atihan Festival is celebrated on the third Sunday of January every year. The celebration is more on tribal dance, other indigenous activities and participants parade along the streets. 

4. Dinagyang - Ilo-Ilo

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Every January, fourth Sunday, a cultural celebration in Iloilo City is celebrated in honor of the Infant Jesus or Santo Niño. Dinagyang Festival comes after the celebration of Sinulog and Ati-Atihan. This celebration commemorates the arrival of Malay in Panay and the so-called selling of Panay Island by the first inhabitants, the Atis. They have 3 major activities; Ati-Atihan Street Dancing, Search for Miss Dinagyang and Kasadyahan Street Dancing. 

5. Panagbenga - Baguio

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You’ve definitely heard about the Panagbenga Festival held in Baguio every year. This festival became very famous all throughout the country and even foreign nationals are captivated by this beautiful month-long festival. The flowers in Baguio are considered to be one of the many reasons of Panagbenga Festival. Panagbenga, which also means “season of blooming”, includes various activities such as street dancing where the presenters use flower-inspired dresses and costumes. 

6. Pahiyas - Lucban, Quezon

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Every 15 of May, Lucban celebrates the well-known Pahiyas Festival in commemoration of St. Isidore the Labourer. The festival showcases the fruits, vegetables, and other agricultural products of Lucban City. Tourists love to roam around this place because of its beautiful and eye-catching decorations. 

7. Masskara - Bacolod

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Masskara or “Multitude of faces” is celebrated every October in Bacolod City. This festival is focused on the mask with happy and smiling faces. Street dancing, beauty pageant, food and sports events, concerts garden shows are just a few examples of the events celebrated every year during the Masskara Festival.

8. Kadayawan - Davao

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If you’re thinking of visiting Davao, there’s this time of the year that lets you experience the true meaning of festivity. Every 3rd of August, Kadayawan Festival is celebrated inn Davao City. “Dayaw” which means good or beautiful, is a thanksgiving celebration in honor of the bountiful harvest, culture and life in Davao City. 

9. Moriones - Marinduque

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If you’re looking for a getaway during the Holy Week Season, you should go to Marinduque and celebrate the Moriones Festival. Moriones portrays men and women with masks and garbs replicating the biblical Roman soldiers. 

10. Aliwan Festival at Aliw theater - Manila

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Aliwan Festival, tagged as “The Mother of All Fiestas”, aims to portray different cultures and festivals in the Phillippines. This is celebrated during the summer season.

La Sirenetta Restaurant - Expect Great Food and an Amazing Sunset

With so man beautiful destinations on and near the island of Coron, Palawan; this beautiful island boasts numerous restaurants to cater for visitors and one of them is La Serinetta. Since there is no beach around Coron Town, it's been a habit to go for a sun downer here at La Serinetta. 



When going on an island hopping, La Sirenetta can be seen on the town side of the harbour with the mermaids looking out like guardians of the seas.





This restaurants has been open for years and aside from it's delicious food, one of the many things we love about this place was the view of the sunset.



To get to the restaurant, you make your way by foot from the main road along a sign-posted boardwalk -  a unique entrance which creates a little drama as you enter the restaurant. 


The place is very cozy and it get's full easily. Get a 180 degrees view of the coast of Coron while enjoying your food and drinks. 



A pool table is also available for customers. Just make sure you don't push the ball out into the water.


A perfect way to spend your afternoon while waiting for a sunset was a cocktail drink. And as for me, I love their Long Island Tea! Definitely something you should give a try. 



One thing we like about this place is how accommodating the staff are. They always serve with a smile and are very friendly.



On the north eastern part of the restaurant, the most awaited sunset can be seen from the horizon. Make sure you have your camera ready as the sun sets quickly in this part of the world. The sunset here was really stunning! 






And since you are are there, might as well try their delectable dishes for dinner and enjoy the company of your family, friends, or loved ones.

Their menu offers local and international dishes. Not as cheap as compared to other places, but rest assured that their food taste great.


We enjoyed their pizza a lot. 



La Sirenetta at night with my 4th glass of Long Island Tea. 





So if you are looking for good food, hospitable staff, and a great location for sunset on the exotic island of Coron, then La Serinetta is that place! Go check them out!