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Manila Coffee Crawl

Manila Coffee Crawl

The Fat Girls Day Out’s Manila Coffee Crawl

HOW TO EXPERIENCE MANILA FOR A DAY (Series 2)

HOW TO EXPERIENCE MANILA FOR A DAY (Series 2)

This experience guide is a mixture of the old and new. As we try to re-introduce Manila to you in a different angle.

U Hotels (Makati): Your Next Multi-Sensory Hotel Experience

U Hotels (Makati): Your Next Multi-Sensory Hotel Experience

[U Hotels, Poblacion Makati] In recent years, there has been a Poblacion revival with many new restaurant and bar concepts opening up in the neighborhood. Due to this vast increase of interest in the area, there has been an uprising of several properties to accommodate the scene whether they are staying here for business or after a night out. Come this new player, U Hotels who made their debut exactly a year ago, and today they are actually toted as the no.1 hotel in Metro Manila on TripAdvisor customer feedbacks

 

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View of Burgos from the 8th floor

 

We wanted to explore the Poblacion neighborhood last weekend and staying at this hotel would be perfect as a kick-off point.

 

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In the corner of P.Burgos and San Mateo street lies the countries very first Art hotel, U Hotels. Upon entering the property the modern, young, and hip interior will definitely catch your attention. Dark wooden panels, leather accent chairs. and lush greenery is heavily used to give that needed counterbalance against the busy and humid Burgos neighborhood.

 

Pleasantly Comfortable and Large Rooms

The moment you enter your room, the first thing you notice is the mural behind your bed. Each of their rooms features a local artist and an artwork that’s designed to showcase their designs.

 

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“What’s on your Wall? “

They also have modern fixtures and an industrial finish that maximizes the space in the room.

 

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They have 62 rooms in total. There are five types of room for you to choose from, but each one includes a 5-star quality mattress with premium linen, LED TV, a mini refrigerator, a work desk and a chair, an electric kettle, towels and toiletries, a spacious bathroom, and ultra-fast internet!

 

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Enough of the usual chatter on WHAT this hotel is all about, let us tell you the WHY factor.

5 Reason Why U Hotel is the place when in Poblacion

 

1. Prime Location

Just walking distance from interesting restaurants, and cafes. It’s also very near two malls A.Venue and Century City mall. And If you are looking to go out at night, U Hotels is also near to various bars and bistros that have various events all thru out the week.

 

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Check out some of our recommended places to eat when in the Poblacion Neighborhood:

 

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St. Peter Church

2. Curated Little Touches 

Unlimited Snacks and Coffee 24/7

When checked in as a guest, you get access to their unlimited coffee and their treats such as their animal crackers and Biscocho from the famous Insular Bakery who has been around since 1926. Just head over to the lobby and help yourself to a cup of their signature Barako blend, pair this with their Biscocho which comes from Insular Bakery.

 

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Stong Complimentary Breakfast

Your overnight stay also comes with complimentary breakfast that has an assortment of Filipino favorites like Tocino, Arroz Caldo, and the crowd favorite, the bacon.

 

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3. Art Everywhere and an advocacy  

The only local run hotel championing the Philippine Art Scene. Each floor features the works of Local Filipino painters and can act as a site for sore eyes and an instant conversation starter.

 

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5. Pocket-Friendly 

Curated amenities such as fine mattresses complimented by 300 thread count linens, good bathroom fixtures, daily traveler essentials, and so much more. You’d be surprised getting those for the price that you’d be paying. Check out their updated rates here.

 

Overall FGDO Take 

We had a superb weekend in Poblacion and U Hotels was a big part of that. We delve and explore other parts of the neighborhood where there’s one to none parking space and we’re pretty happy that every spot is just walking distance and our Hotel was the starting point.

 

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The beds are comfortable, everything was on point, our room was spacious and had all the basic amenities, the bathroom is also good. The hallways are thoughtfully and artistically designed.

More than just another boutique hotel, U Hotels’ advocacy and mission to engage travelers to immerse themselves to the Poblacion neighborhood. They are collaborating with several establishments that share the same passion an goals, so do watch out for that on their social pages.

What are your plans this weekend? get more of our Weekend Wanderer Stories as the Fat Girls Day Out crew will show you Where to EAT, Where to GO, and What to DO during your next #DayOut!

 

U Hotels Makati 

 

 


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Find us at Klook PH should you want to join us during our #DayOut. Adult Field trip, yes?

Black Sheep Coffee (Manila): Good Coffee, Popcorn, and a few Negronis

Black Sheep Coffee (Manila): Good Coffee, Popcorn, and a few Negronis

Black Sheep Coffee at the S’ Maison is one badass coffee nook and this place would top our most frequented coffee shop. Find out why. #FatGirlsDayOut

Writer’s Bar at the Raffles Makati: How About Some Mid-Afternoon Champagne?

Writer’s Bar at the Raffles Makati: How About Some Mid-Afternoon Champagne?

A charming tradition awaits afternoon tea aficionados as Writers Bar offers a Champagne Afternoon Tea with luxury brand Veuve Clicquot from April 23 to June 30, 2019 at Raffles Makati.

Earth Kitchen (White Plains): Conscious Dining

Earth Kitchen (White Plains): Conscious Dining

Earth Kitchen is probably the only farm-to-table restaurant concept in Metro Manila that we always go to for the past 3 years or so. We’ve been in hiatus from eating healthier alternatives last 2018 and Bianca and I finally made ourselves accountable with the food that we consume since we’re not getting any younger (so to speak).  Let us tell you why we kept coming back to this restaurant in Quezon City and why its worth the drive from Alabang.

Sourcing of Produce 

They are getting their produce from the Got Heart Foundation by Melissa Yeung, in partnership with Hizon’s Catering by Chef David Hizon and Chef JR Trani. The restaurant serves healthier and relatively tastier comfort food, with ingredients coming from Got Heart Farms in Tarlac and marginalized communities from Luzon to Mindanao.

The Got Heart Foundation

They work with several farming communities to advocate organic farming. It’s proven to be the better choice for both the producers (fewer inputs, more produce) and consumers can make healthier options.

Got Heart envisions of creating – Sustainable, Holistic, Independent, and Dignified – communities. Got Heart Foundation, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit organization.

Get to know them more here.

 

FGDO Staples

Vegetables are the definite must-tries: here, you get to appreciate vegetables for their freshness and not because their flavors were manipulated to taste like something else. Here are a few of our staple orders;

 

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Shrimp Spring Rolls (Regular – P310)

Shrimp, organic/naturally-produced herbs, greens and peanuts, lime hoisin sauce.

 

FGDO Take: One of their best selling appetizers, but we find it too acidic and the zest needs to be toned down. Nevertheless, it is still a good dish for starters.

 

 

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Shrimp Tostada (2 pcs– P220)

Warm soft tortillas topped with fresh Asian slaw, avocado and poached shrimp drizzled with their signature chimichurri and hot sauce.

FGDO Take: The contrasting textures of the tostada is addicting, the creamy avocado and the acidity and texture of the slaw with the fresh shrimp.

 

Beef Meatball Pasta (P330)

House ground beef, bacon, fresh tomato sauce, cheese, and herbs.

FGDO Take: The meatballs are firm and tasty with each bite, the mix of bacon and beef gives it an umami flavor that is compensated by the tomato sauce

 

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Watermelon and Rocket Salad (P310)

Organic arugula, edible flowers, pili nuts, home-made kesong puti, and balsamic vinaigrette.

FGDO Take: Bianca always orders this salad, because it is refreshing and the layering of different textures are pleasant to the palate. The dressing had this perfect balance of sweetness and sourness, while the pili added a spike of sweetness that created variation to its overall taste.

 

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Pitcher of Fresh Dalandan Juice (P260)

Why Go?

Earth Kitchen serves healthy dishes that are packed with flavors and familiar local elements. Their price range is relatively competitive and does give you value for you are paying for. Moreover, we support establishments that know and execute their purpose to the community well. Earth Kitchen is a restaurant dedicated to supporting local farmers and indigenous communities around the Philippines. Each of their dishes is specifically crafted to showcase the produce of our partner communities from Luzon to Mindanao.

We get it: Keeping New Year’s resolutions can be tough. The torture of choosing so-called “healthier options” over that 2 pcs of Jollibee Chicken Joy and other snackable cheap eats is a downright pain to the soul. We’re glad to have found this lovely restaurant to provide plates that are relatively healthy, sustainable, and flavorful punches with every bite. Let’s chow down on better-for-you meals!

 

Our CX Rating

Earth Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

 

  • Address: Lot 10 B-10 Katipunan Ave. Ext., White Plains, Quezon City, Metro Manila, PH
  • Contact Number: +(63)917 584 3278
  •  e-mail
  • website

 

 


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Find us at Klook PH should you want to join us during our #DayOut. Adult Field trip, yes?

Holy Week 2019: Where to EAT, Where to GO, and What to DO!

Holy Week 2019: Where to EAT, Where to GO, and What to DO!

Let the Fat Girls Day Out show you Where to EAT, Where to GO and What to DO this Holy Week 2019.

Where to To Take Your Dad This Father’s Day

Where to To Take Your Dad This Father’s Day

Most won’t have any clue just yet where to take their precious Dads, so the Fat Girls Day Out crew listed our top curated recommendations to help you out!

Corregidor Island: Beyond its Stories

Corregidor Island: Beyond its Stories

The island of Corregidor tells a lot of stories. Stories of war, loss, hope, and the capacity of human beings to become selfless.  For most, it just another historical site, a big chunk of post-war memorabilia left to us from the past.

The island was used as a support site for the Spanish Conquistadors in the 1850’s, the island became their fort for defense, prison site, tariff collection, and a beacon for incoming naval fleets. If you wanted to get to Manila, you had to stop by Corregidor as a port of entry for anyone who wanted to get to the country.

 

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When the Americans took the island from the Spaniards, they created an extended garrison. They constructed additional military structures which included a movie theatre, a hospital, and the infamous Malinta tunnel, an elaborate network of twenty-five laterals.

 

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Today, these ruins are all that remains and we will never know the extent of perseverance and sacrifice of those who had died within its cavities.

 

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But see, Corregidor is beyond the carnage that had happened during the war. You’d be surprised that this fortress can offer a lot of vibrant and picturesque hilltops, an amazing sunset, and other interesting spots yet to be explored.

Come away with us together with Sun Cruises Inc. as we take you along The Corregidor Island during our Day Out! 

 

The Island 

The island of Corregidor (Corrector), 48km southwest of Manila and often referred to as ‘The Rock’, ‘Fort Mills’, or ‘Gibraltar of the East’ is a popular day trip from the capital.

 

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Strategic in location, this tadpole-shaped island, has been used as the perfect harbor to put up a fortified defense of the capital during the Pacific War.

After Pearl Harbor was hit, the Japanese was quick to act and attack the Philippines after 10 hours.

For a few months,  Corregidor became the seat of government with our very own Pres. Manual Quezon, living in Malinta Tunnel during the ongoing onslaught of the Japanese empire.

Eventually, supplies and water ran low, and the U.S. Army lost its hold of the island. Many fought for 27 straight days. And on May 6th in 1942. Corregidor fell. It is the starting point of the Japanse 3 year occupation (1942-1945) in  The Philippines.

In 1945, Douglas returned to recapture the Philippines through Corregidor’s entrance. His arrival was timely for the Pacific War, the branch of World War II in the Pacific and Asia.

 

Explore and Experience Corregidor  

 

The resident manager of the Corregidor Inn, Eduardo “Ed” Gorrion who grew up in the island, happens to be an affiliated tour guide. He elaborately explains the history that occurred and easily narrates the day by day accounts of the days of the war.

 

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Explore the Four Parts of the Islands 

Corregidor Island is divided into four sections, each with their own areas of interest and landmarks.

 

The Japanese Garden of Peace (Tail End)

Japanese Garden of Peace also symbolizes the peace and friendship of Japan and the Philippines.

 

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From there, you can see an aircraft guns on the hill’s edge looking out to the sea, and not so far from the area is a Buddha monument that stands as a fertility idol for those who want to bear a child.

 

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The Lights and Sounds show happens at the main tunnel of Malinta.

 

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We were able to walk through the main tunnel and witness the Lights and Sounds show that depicts the key events at Corregidor.

History Snippet: The Malinta Tunnel is where the Americans and Filipino shelter hid out and took shelter so they’d be safe when the Japanese started attacking the island via air strikes. Japanese soldiers also used this tunnel when after the fall of  Corregidor happened, the Americans returned with their Allied forces to hunt down the enemies. The surviving Japanese soldiers chose to do Hara-Kiri (stabbed themselves with their sword) inside the tunnel instead of surrendering.

Intricately carved statues per station complemented by audio recordings of that time.

 

The Battery Ways, War Museum, A Spanish Lighthouse, and Barracks.

 

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Pacific War Memorial and Museum

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An American Soldier Carrying a Filipina ( from Photograph Collections)

 

Used to be the location of 2-story officers’ quarters, barracks for the enlisted men, a hospital, quarters for non-commissioned officers, a service club, PX, and two schoolhouses.

Large Barracks

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Mile Long Barracks

 

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The First Hospital Ruins

The Spanish Lighthouse

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History Snippet: The lighthouse was first built during the Spanish colonization in the 1850s, and it was able to guide navigators as they sail across the waters of the country since its construction. WWII severely damaged the structure and in the 1950s it was completely demolished and reconstructed again from the bricks that were remained around the area.

 

Sunset Viewing and Night Lateral Tour

After that beautiful sunset session, we went back to the Malinta tunnel to do the night lateral walking tour. The tour runs for about an hour or so.

History Snippet: These lateral tunnels served as the temporary hospital location after the original hospital was bomb. 
Note: Night mode on camera was switched on

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We were asked to put on a helmet and with a flashlight in one hand, we walked into complete darkness and saw many of the tunnel’s corners.

 

Find Joy with Corregidor’s Scenic View

The island’s sweeping viewpoints are amazing. Our tram stopped at a certain viewpoint spot along the way and we just all stood in awe atop of hills just appreciating how perfectly beautiful each site was.

 

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Early Morning Activities 

If you opt to stay overnight, we highly recommend that you join the early morning engagement activities; The Sunrise Viewing  and the Japanese Tunnel Experience

 

 

We headed back to the cliff behind the Eternal Flame of Freedom monument to witness as the sun emerges from the sea and rises over the island’s tail end. They say that every May 6th, the sun rises and the suns rays hit the memorial, and it lights up the entire dome.

There are plenty of new activities to experience 

  • New roads and trails for the bike enthusiast.
  • Hiking trails to quest for hidden tunnels and gun batteries that aren’t part of the Historical Tour.
  • Beach Activities: A pretty decent swimming beach, bonfire sessions, beach camping,  and kayaking around the island.
  • Boat Tours: Go island hopping towards the nearby islands.
  • A walking tour
  • Team Building Activities (Corporate)

 

Development Pipeline

  • Re-building of the hotel swimming pool
  • Zipline

Accommodation Options

The hotel underwent a pretty big renovation to revamp their facilities. I checked in at this hotel about 10 years ago and the improvements that I’ve seen is pretty impressive.

The mattress is top quality,  brand new inverter aircon, the bathroom fixture is neo-classical complimented by Ilog ni Maria bath products.

 

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View from the hotel balcony

***Hostel Options Available

How to Get to Corregidor

Go to the Esplanade Seaside at the Mall of Asia Complex Grounds. They follow a strict time table so make sure to secure your tickets before boarding.

 

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Corregidor Tour by Sun Cruises
Esplanade Seaside Terminal, Mall of Asia (MOA) Complex, Pasay City
Telephone No.: (632) 834-6857 to 58, (632) 831-8140
Email: corregidortours@suncruises.com.ph
Website: www.corregidorphilippines.com

 

Hassle-Free Travel

Their banking SCI is under the Magsaysay Group of Companies with 70 years strong in the industry your sure that the end to end management of is within high standards and strong compliance with all safety, environmental, and local standards.

For all their guided tours are meticulously planned to include visits to places of interest and scenic drives through areas of natural beauty with historical value. Every detail is planned and executed well to make sure efficiency in time and experience.

Day Tour Packages

Historical Day Tour 3,358php/64USD (weekdays) and 3,629php/69USD (weekend)

    • Child rate (3-11 year old) is at 1,944php/37USD
    •  Inclusions:
        • Island entrance fee
        • Buffet lunch
        • Island tour
        • RT Ferry
        • Day Tour Kit

 

You can BOOK HERE.

Overnight Packages

Corregidor Inn Double Sharing Twin Room-Overnight Rate is at 7,500php/144USD. Add an extra 650php/pax for the Historical Tram Tour.

  •  Inclusions:
      • Complimentary Round-trip Ferry Transfers
      • Overnight Accommodation at Corregidor Inn
      • Shrine and Island entrance fees
      • Full board Meals
      • Day Tour

You can BOOK HERE.

Why Go?

The Corregidor Foundation’s extraordinary efforts in transforming and reviving the island are in full force to draw in new visitors. They are further improving Corregidor’s ecosystem and the level up its biodiversity which will be perfect for bird watching, wellness, and recreation refuge.

Come away and #ExploreCorregidor during your own Day Out! 

We have more travel stories both for local and international destinations so make sure to check out our WHERE to GO section. As we always say, go forth and wander and when you return to become a storyteller.

 


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Find us at Klook PH should you want to join us during our #DayOut. Adult Field trip, yes?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exploring  Batangas One Road Trip at a Time

Exploring Batangas One Road Trip at a Time

This is your next Batangas weekend wanderer guide! Let’s explore the towns of Lobo, Bauan, and Taal.