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October 21, 2016

TBEX: Lessons from My First Travel Blogging EXchange in Manila! (Photo Essay)

by Abigail Javellana

TBEX Asia 2016 (Philippines)

It was my first time attending a TBEX event and I was lucky enough to have experienced the first ever TBEX Asia 2016 conference in the Philippines!

TBEX--or Travel Blogger Exchange--is the largest gathering of travel bloggers, online travel journalists, media creators, and travel industry professionals in the world.

This year the world's top travel bloggers and 400+ other inspiring travel bloggers from North America, Europe, and Asia came together to learn, network, do business, and party here in Manila.

Here are my top tips and learnings that should help you make the most of your first ever TBEX conference...

TBEX: Travel Blogging Exchange
Website: www.tbexcon.com
Twitter: @tbexevents
Facebook: TravelBloggersExchange
Instagram: @tbexevents

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October 20, 2016

MISTER DONUT: How The New Cake Collection Made Me Like Donuts (sort of)


If I had dollar for every time my friends would give me a weird look when I say "I don't like donuts", I'd probably be a millionaire by now (not really). Excuse the hyperbole, but donuts are probably the last thing I'd be craving. So when I was sent to do a taste test at Mister Donut, I had a gamut of mixed emotions—mostly curious.

Thankfully I like cake, and cake is the lesser of the two evils in Mister Donut's new Donut Cake Collection. I paid the newly refurbished branch at Trinoma a visit to see if I could be converted into a believer.

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October 14, 2016

Project Sursuroy: Ultimate South Cebu Tour! @HappyJuanderer

Happy Juanderer: Project Suroy-Suroy

Discover the Queen City of the South--beyond it's famed Sinulog Festival, century-old churches, majestic forts and mouthwatering lechon--through its unspoiled countryside!

Let's head down to the south for "Project Sursuroy", a one-stop tour of the whole of South Cebu! Get up close with the whale sharks in Oslob, swim with the sardine run at Moalboal, go on a canyoneering adventure in Badian, swim in the turquoise waters of Kawasan Falls, hike up to the highest point of Cebu island in Osmena Peak, or go island hopping around its pristine beaches...there's just so much adventure waiting ahead!

Project Sursuroy was first conceptualized by Happy Juanderer Travel Inc. The word "Sur" means south and "Suroy" in Ilokano means "wanderer". The owners started it as a regular travel agency, selling airline tickets and booking hotels, but later found their passion in being the tour operators themselves, allowing them to have fun and also monitor the quality of experience for their guests. At present, they have tours for Ilocos, Sagada, and the most popular, Cebu!

Here are our top 7 favorite picks to complete your South Cebu experience...

Happy Juanderer Travel Inc.
Website: http://www.happyjuanderer.com/
Mobile: +63917 799 9566
Landline: +6377 604 9721
Email: info@happyjuanderer.com, happyjuanderer@gmail.com
Facebook: happyjuanderer

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TBEX: The Biggest Travel Blogger Conference Finally comes to the Philippines! @TourismPHL

TBEX Opening Speakers Party-22.jpg

I still can't believe that TBEX has finally come to the Philippines! TBEX--or Travel Blogger Exchange--is the largest gathering of Travel Bloggers in the world.

Ever since I attended TBEX in Athens in 2014, I've envisioned bringing the conference to the country. And with the help of Rick of TBEX, the Department of Tourism, and the Tourism Promotions Board, the historic TBEX Asia Philippines is happening this weekend, October 15-16, 2016

We have the world's top travel bloggers and 400+ other inspiring travel bloggers from North America, Europe, and Asia coming together to learn, network, and party here in Manila.

The Opening VIP Speakers Party was held at Samba, the first authentic Peruvian restaurant in Manila at Shangri-La, The Fort.

Here's a photo essay of that event...

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October 12, 2016

BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia

Dusun Bambu

BANDUNG, the capital of West Java, makes up one of the largest cities of Indonesia. Highly accessible by train from Jakarta, this weekend destination is heralded for its cultural hubs and factory outlets.

Bandoeng was previously a Dutch Colony. Its cool climate is attributed to its location on a river basin within a group of volcanic mountains. Due to its good weather and fertile soil, the Dutch established small communities and plantations in the area. The communities grew into municipalities and Bandung easily became the Parjis van Java (Paris of Java) with its luxurious hotels, cafes, restaurants, and boutiques.

By 1945, Indonesia earned its independence and the city underwent rapid growth. Scenic landscapes turned into hectic cityscapes, and quaint houses grew into high-rise buildings. Yet, Bandung is one of the most loved cities by locals and creatives.

Here’s how to make the best of your Bandung Weekend….

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ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

Alila Seminyak

Bali’s beautiful Alila Seminyak combines luxury with sustainable practice. The resort boasts a sprawling beachside along the Indian Ocean, a 3-bedroom penthouse with a private infinity pool, chic deluxe and superior rooms, lavish comforts to ease the tired traveller.

Alila is committed to the social and environmental enrichment of the community they operate in. Utilizing environmentally sustainable practices as its foundation, the resort acquired one of the highest levels of certification from EarthCheck in the Best Practice Building and Planning and Design Standard development (BPDS).

All the while reducing their carbon footprint, Alila also financially supports two elementary schools (SD Negeri 1 and SD Negeri 2) by helping them build educational and creative facilities in Kerobokan, as well as provide shelter for 80 less fortunate children at Anak-Anak Harapan Children’s Home in Dalung.  

Making its grand opening this October, Alila Seminyak invited us for a five-star experience at one of the best resorts in Bali.

Jl. Taman Ganesha No.9, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
+62 361 3021888
Instagram: @AlilaSeminyak
Facebook: @AlilaSeminyak
Website: www.alilahotels.com/seminyak

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October 10, 2016

MATIAS BBQ: Cebu's Favorite Barbecue Spot! (Review)

Matias BBQ

One favorite street food of Pinoys is barbecue--pork or chicken meat or giblets skewered on sticks and cooked over a charcoal grill.

For Cebuanos, the go-to place for barbecue is Matias in Mandaue City. Nestled under the shade of sweet star apple trees, this open-air eatery sells very affordable pork barbecue, chicken barbecue, chorizo, pork belly, balbacua, and other local dishes.

The secret to keep locals coming back is their delicious sweet red sauce and value-for-money dishes.

Here's what we liked at Matias...

Matias BBQ
A. S. Fortuna Street, Banilad, Mandaue City
Telephone: (32) 3452164, (32) 3469123
Restaurant Hours: Monday - Sunday, 11:30 AM to 10 PM

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