Finestra at Solaire: Aperitivo Epico happens every third Friday of the month and it already started last October 19th from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Reasonably priced at 1,295php ++ (*Price is inclusive of VAT and subject to service charge).
Da Gianni is everything you want in a casual neighborhood Italian restaurant —flattering lighting, plenty of exposed brick, terra-cotta floors, and wood tables with just the right amount of space between one another
Perceptive palates will be in for a solid treat when they visit Alfred at Makati Diamond Residences every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., from July 27 to September 28. Enjoy an amazing an astounding Cheese and Charcuterie Buffet for only P1,800 net per person.
They have recently introduced a grazing buffet menu as part of their banquet offers, and the cheese and charcuterie is part of the variety of what they have to offer. Overseeing the whole kitchen operations is executive chef Merlinda Junio who also captained the hotel’s culinary team to win in the Philippine Culinary Cup at SMX Convention Center last 2017.
Alfred at Makati Diamond Residences
The curated grazing menu selection is made remarkable with its shaved-on-the-spot Jamon Serrano and mouth-watering scrapings of melted Raclette cheese.
Highlights of the buffet include the jamon serrano from Spain, sliced thinly and generously; raclette cheese from Switzerland, partnered with bread, fruits, and nuts; slow-cooked US beef belly; and pinakbet paella with crispy bagnet.
Enjoy starters consisting of well-loved cheeses such as Baked Brie with caramelized walnuts, Dates with cheese, and Caprese Skewers. There starters created a nice sweet-savory-salty bite that was a perfect pairing with the Gin.
Delectable spread of Chicken Sate with a cucumber yogurt sauce, hummus with beets, Emmentaler Tart, Onion and cheese pastry, Pate en Croute and Baba Ghanoush. Finish it off with Rose Macaroons, and dip your fresh fruits, and small bites in their chocolate fondue.
Explore the interesting world of gin and tonic creations (inclusive in the buffet price ) with six different brands— Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray, JJ Whitley Elderflower, Beefeater, and local fine drinks like Sirena and Premium Gin. Gin cocktails are wonderfully garnished with herbs and spices that will put the accent on the flavor profile of the gin.
Fat Girls Day Out Drink of Choice: Whitley Elderberry Gin with Mediterranean tonic water, pink peppercorns, and rosemary. A smooth refreshing drink with just a bit of a peppery bite that completes the whole Cheese and Charcuterie experience.
Experience delights from Alfred at the Diamond Residences Makati grazing menu selection of assorted appetizers, cold cuts, Raclette and heavier fare of US Beef Belly and Paella. For more details, call 0917 636 4875 or email:email@example.com. #Alfred24Hours #BestLocationInManila
Note: Guests will experience a rotating selection of food for a different experience every visit
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El Chupacabra in Poblacion, Makati is a Mexican restaurant which earned its credo to be serving really good street tacos and cheap local beers. I remember stumbling at this joint back in 2012 while my former date and I wanted to still hang out and […]
We spent hours in front of our computers and everything is on repeat, everyone is in a hurry to get things to do, to go from point A to point B, and experience the same mundane things. We’re in the loop for the next 4-5 days. The crowded city life makes us numb and mindless most of the time, but it is our own way of coping up with our current environment. We’re supposed to stop feeling and engaging to get through our chaotic day. We often think of escaping, daydreaming that we’d rather be spending one lazy afternoon disconnected and just staring at the sea. We daydream of tranquility and serenity. Bauan, Batangas is the perfect getaway from all of the busy, chaotic, and bipolar Metro Manila. It is just a 2 1/2- 3 hours drive from the city. Far enough for that much needed quick retreat yet close enough to return back home.
Whenever you here Batangas, our top of mind recall would always be Anilao (diving and snorkeling), San Juan (beach), and Nasugbu. Bauan never really takes the spotlight for us. Bauan is one of the municipalities in the province of Batangas. Most of its barangays are situated near the coastal area. There are a lot of wonderful beaches in the municipality but most are not composed of fine sands and wide shores. The place is also known for dive sites which have ridiculously abundant in marine life.
The Fat Girls Day Out crew were invited to experience what Bauan has to offer which is thru an intro dive course and a whole day snorkeling. Thanks to the lovely folks at Bus Stop Dive Resort. Skip your typical malling or heading up to Tagaytay City. Go on a retreat and partake what nature has to offer.
How to get to Bauan, Batangas
From Manila, you can take the bus from Cubao or LRT Buendia going to Batangas Pier for 165 or 157 respectively. Then take a jeep from Grand terminal to Bauan. Travel time: 2 and ½ to 3 hours depending on the traffic.
From Dasmariñas Cavite, you can take a van from Pala-Pala terminal. A little tip is to take the van route that goes from Lemery to Bauan, saves you from the traffic plus you get to have a peek of Tagaytay.
Where to Stay
Bus Stop Dive Resort
Proper beddings and memory foam pillows to make sure that you get that much-deserved rest after a good dive or swim.
What’s important after a dive sesh is a good solid sleep. Check out their comfortable rooms here BusStop DiveResort rates starts at 2,200php/ 43USD per person including full board meals and boat transfers. Minimum of 3 pax to reserve a room.
What to Do
SCUBA diving is known as a thoroughly enjoyable and sometimes adrenaline boosting sport, however, most do not know that SCUBA diving has many health benefits. Especially for your mental health. Most consider diving as a way of meditation. When underwater all you hear is your own breathing, the sound of your heart and the tranquility of your surroundings.
Initial on-boarding and safety procedures will be cascaded before anything else. Safety is the primary priority.
The sea is clean and has no garbage. It is a great place to snorkel or dive. There was a school of fishes when we went there, and it was really beautiful.
World-class diving and snorkeling experiences are right in our front yard – there’s no need to travel elsewhere in Anilao or in El Nido perhaps. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned diver, or even a casual snorkeler,
Enjoy Bauan’s Beautiful Sunset
The best part of the day was when we watched the sun set slowly. The entire island turns into Sepia color and will make you make sappy and look for your old 90’s rock-ballad music on your playlist. Find a good spot under a nice branched tree and just wait.
Come thru this isolated cove in San Pablo, Batangas. Explore the wonders of the deep blue ocean. All in just a 2 ½ hour drive from chaotic Manila.
As we always say. Go forth and wander and become your own storyteller.
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For perceptive travelers who are willing to go great distances for the rewards of pine air smell and pristine mountains. Sagada is unpredictable regardless of how many times you’ll visit the place.
Art Fair started in 2013, it was visioned then to be the premier platform for exhibiting and selling the best in contemporary Philippine visual art. It supports Filipino art practitioners and its attached community. Set in Metro Manila’s urban venues, making art more accessible to the general public.
Fast forward today. They already achieved that vision.
A larger venue for a bigger audience
It catered to a larger number of audience. They covered all 6 levels of the Link Parking lot.
A fresh section
ARTFAIRPH/PHOTO, which focuses on photography. Additional exposure of the audience to this kind of visual channel. Photography prints need to find a place in our local art scene. The same attention that other mediums are getting
Talks and tours return
ARTFAIRPH/TALKS and ARTFAIRPH/TOURS was incorporated yet again this year. They gave educational talks and feature respected artist and provided guided tour around different museums in the metro.
Art Fair venture
The fair will also see exhibitions of commissioned work from internationally established art practitioners, as part of its yearly ARTFAIRPH/PROJECTS program.
10 Days of Art
Art Fair Philippines began ahead of its exhibition dates this year as it continued its 10 Days of Art tradition, which we saw a series of art events and museum openings which held up to its opening day on March 1.
Of course in every ‘culture’ driven event you’ll see a few interesting characters that can spice up your overall experience.
1) I need be ‘SCENE’ Gen Y’s.
The typical unadulterated son and daughters of the middle class and upper class, making their way in the exhibit. With their torn jeans, cropped top from H&M. Fake hipster eyeglasses on fleek armed with their smartphones. They will relentlessly take 30 selfies in front of art pieces. Load in real-time filters and necessary #HashTags for their Instagram stories. A generation that is a slave to create double anti-thesis life online.
2) Coupling Millenials
The boy uses an art event as a way to impress his girl. They line up to get their tickets without knowing what’s in store or even navigate each floor. As they walked pass by gallery booths, hands clasped so tight as both of them stare at each other’s eyes.
3) The annoyed art enthusiast who gave sharp stares to everyone.
4) Art Buyers
are your typical Lolo and Lolas who would compare and decipher which paintings should they put up on their Tagaytay resthouse walls.
Art in front of you first before anything else.
Before you start taking your Instagram stories, appreciate the art in front of you first. Try to decipher what the artist is trying to convey. If you are moved if for some inexplicable reason you become attached to the painting in front of you.
Remember, the artwork does not subsist for your outfit. Do not be selfish to think so.
Please, stop taking too many selfies.
Try to be considerate of the people around you. We do understand that there are segments of the audience who really just want to appreciate and witness these arts personally. They stare for minutes, emotions are being evoked and there will be some sort of interpretation that they will conclude inside their minds. Having someone take multiple selfies and using the art just as a cool backdrop for someone’s photoshoot is something that can really be annoying.
Last 2017’s of Art Fair Philippines drew about 40,000 visitors, which provided a good indication that the art scene is indeed booming in the country. While it is a positive development, some artists and art enthusiasts were skeptical about why the number of art fair attendees is growing every year — they believe that most people attend the art fair and (and other galleries also) were just being used as a plausible backdrop for their self-loathing “selfies.”
A thousand strong in attendance and despite that, the sense of aesthetics and a real appreciation for art has, sadly, not been developed. Modern art galleries are seen as a status symbol. It is tainted into being treated as a backdrop, a symbol of ‘hip no different from your latest iPhone X or that overpriced limited edition sneakers.
Then again it is all impression and self-branding. We are part of a generation where we used social media as a platform to validate and affirm things that we do and how people perceive our personal brand. But, then again this could lead up to an open-ended debate of premises. If I were to counter all the advise statement on this content piece, I’d probably say that taking selfies and posting them on Instagram or Facebook is pretty similar to wearing your brand new copped clothes or taking a photo of your above tier restaurant meal before eating it as it exudes an illusion of affluence.
Then again, it is all about appreciation, It is not art appreciation if 99% of the time you have your back to it, right?
Give the art some space
Standing too close to the artwork may cause risk in damaging the item or obstruct the view of others. Step back and try not to hog the space.
Remember that the viewing of art is supposed to be enjoyable not just for yourself, but also for the rest of the goers.
Learn about the artist
Remember that art-geeking is highly recommended. These type of events only happens once a year so ask away the artist or curators about inspirations and techniques that are being exhibited.
I guess what we’re trying to say here is equal respect to all. Both for the spectators and artists.
Overall experience was very pleasant. The event was well organized and well thought off. We’re happy that the art scene is gaining its mainstream share with the Filipino’s popular culture most especially to the younger generations. We need channels and groups like them to support the growing art community.
We’re looking forward to next year’s.
Each of us has a different take on it. How we perceive art as a form of ‘something’ inexplicable. Perhaps an impression of life as in a very twisted manner, as it mirrors society and the hypocrites around us. It often times represents our own demons within that we’re so scared to let out. Art should provoke thoughts and emotions. It should make you feel conflicted within and how you ascertain and perceived things.
Well, that is the idealism of it.
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