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My First Impressions and Aha's about New Zealand! @PureNewZealand

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It's only my first time in New Zealand and I've already been in love with its beauty the moment we arrived.

Here are my 10 first impressions and aha's about the country...

1. Best time to go to NZ

The best time to go is during New Zealand's Autumn season during the months of March, April, and May, which is Summer time in the Philippines! The second-best time is during the Spring at around September, October, & November, which falls on the semestral break of most schools back home.

Wellington is the political capital of NZ, while Auckland is the business capital. Queenstown is the most beautiful city in the southern isle.

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PAHIYAS: Our Awesome Guide to the Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon! @TourismPHL

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Make sure to download Our Awesome Guide for information, food, and pasalubong tips when in Lucban, Quezon! :) 

Our Awesome Guide: Pahiyas Festival
The Pahiyas Festival is one of the most popular fiestas in the Philippines, held in honor of San Isidro Labrador, Catholic Patron Saint of Farmers. It is celebrated annually every May 15th (regardless of whether it falls on a weekday or a weekend).

The festival is a thanksgiving feast for a beautiful harvest. Kiping (colorful decorations made from dried rice paste) are used to decorate the houses along with various fruit, vegetables, and flowers.


#TeamOAP (Team Our Awesome Planet) visited this year and put together these helpful tips for you to use next time you visit Pahiyas.  

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PIZZERIA MOZZA with Filipina Exec Chef Karla Mendoza (A Review) @MarinaBaySands

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Pizzeria Mozza is an Italian Pizza Restaurant by celebrity chefs Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali with restaurateur and winemaker Joseph Bastianich. It's the second outlet after the main Los Angeles restaurant, and it opened in Singapore last 2010.

Most Filipinos are proud to eat here because the executive chef in the Singapore branch is a Filipina--Chef Karla Mendoza. Its fine dining counterpart--Osteria Mozza--again made it to #45 of the 50 World's Best in Asia in 2015.

Here's what to expect and what to order at Pizzeria Mozza...

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CREATE TRIPS: Planning My Tokyo Trip with @CreateTrips Mobile TravelBook (A Review)

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CREATETRIPS is a mobile travel planning guide app where you can get well-curated TravelBooks and insiders tips from local food and travel experts around the world.

It was very helpful during our recent family trip to Tokyo because it provided awesome advice on the best places to go to Tokyo vs. online sites or review sites like TripAdvisor.

It convinced us to visit the Tokyo Sky Tree with the kids, the tallest tower in the world vs. going to Tokyo Tower. We skipped joining the guided Tokyo tours and choose the places that our family will enjoy.

Here are what I like and don't like about the app:

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BAGUIO CRAFT BREWERY: Lagud Strawberry Beer and iHop Attack! (A Review)

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BAGUIO CRAFT BREWERY is Baguio's first and only craft brewery with freshly-brewed beer with 16 rotating taps. They are known for their signature strawberry craft beer called Lagud. 

You can't go home to Manila without trying out Baguio Craft Brewery.

Baguio Craft Brewery
RKC Building, 120 Marcos Highway,
Km 4, Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines
Websitehttp://www.xavierbier.com/
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