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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Sustainable Seafood Week in all AccorHotels Philippines (Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure, Joy-Nostalg, Fairmont and Raffles)


Sofitel Philippine Plaza hosted an early dinner by the sunset inline for the annual Sustainable Seafood Week, for the 3rd year here in Manila, it is leaded by Meliomar, a seafood supplier for hotels, restaurant and resorts, their seafood products are sourced from small scale fishing communities.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Cine Turismo awards indie films that shows good portrayal of the Philippines


Film tourism is now trending here in the Philippines, indie and mainstream movies are taking the audience to a train or bus or ferry ride around the beautiful islands of the Philippines. I remember that the movie Batanes, a film directed by Adolf Alix and Dave Hukom  and starring Iza Calzado and F4 member Ken Chu, their movie highlighted the beautiful Batanes, they are the first to take everyone for a ride and showcase the island's beauty in the silver screen. Batanes is not yet that popular during 2007, but after the release of the movie, many got curious and went to Batanes to witness its beauty first hand.

According to Ken Chu, who was awarded as tourism ambassador of Batanes by the local government of Batanes, I was there during its awarding in 2007 and Ken said that the island of Batanes is beautiful and he said that we should not spoil it and  not take out its beauty. We don't have the right to destroy it. We should leave as it is.

Use PayMaya QR mobile payments in all Robinsons Mall branches and earn up to 30% cashback


PayMaya announced months ago that they are expanding the cashless and mobile payments by partnering to some malls and their establishments, the latest is that they partner with Robinsons Malls nationwide, Today cashless payments can be experienced by putting up a PayMaya QR code payment sign in all cashier and partner establishments in all Robinsons malls.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Sikat Pinoy National Food Fair 2018 invites you to try local food from Luzon-Visayas-Mindanao


Its my first time to visit the Sikat Pinoy National Food Fair, I've been missing this event every year and I didn't know that Its a fun event because you get to try all different kinds of food from all over the province of our country.

Partakan Festival 2018 of Sta Ana, Cagayan: Amazing moto tourism event is back for 5th year


The amazing moto tourism event is celebrating its 5th year this 2018, The Partakan Festival 2018 is getting bigger and much better as they will be bring everyone to a new stage -- in Pozo Robo Beach in Sta. Ana, Cagayan. The Amazing Ride, the most highlighted activity of the event will challenge all motorcycle riders and  travelers for an amazing ride race from Clark to Pozo Robo, they will visit 18 pit stop via Clark-Ilocos-Cagayan route to compete to get the highest points by doing the challenges on each pit spot.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Join the Juan For Fun 2018 epic trip contest and win FREE travel for 7 days


Cebu Pacific is right, we can learn more by traveling or we can learn more outside the barriers of our school. I believe on it because I've experience a lot of things when outside the school or my house. Back then Im just a whimpy kid with not experience and I just get bored when I travel, but when I learned to travel and discovered blogging, I've learned a lot of things about my self, unlocking a lot of new skills and got interested to alot of things.

Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant back to PH to promote Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet


Hello Drew Barrymore!!
If ever my camera can talk back in 1 second and with slow motion,  that will be my welcome message to Drew Barrymore. Last night was the red carpet premiere, fan conference with Netflix fans and also a one day chance to see the lead cast of Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet -- Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant. They are here for the season 2 promotion and because of their visit, many will be converted to watch their series--- I've seen some episode last night from the cinema screening and I think I will be glued this March 23 to watch the rest of the episode of Season 2.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival 2018 - get ready to fly and dance this March 23-25, 2018


The flight of the hot air balloons is not yet over. A group of hot air balloon pilots and specialist are back here in the country to join the annual balloon flight above the sky highway of Lubao, Pampanga. This March 23, 24 and 25, 2018, don't miss the Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival 2018, another big event for hot air balloon fans and also stage for their music festival that will be held in Pradera Verde, Prado Siongco.

South Korean food specials featured in Spiral Manila's Flavors of the World


For the month of March, Sofitel Philippine Plaza and Spiral Manila will feature a Seoul-ful gastronomy this March 12-17. The Korean Atelier of Spiral Manila will expand its South Korean dishes for a week and it will be under the culinary touch of Korean Master Chef Hyeon Cheol Joo
from Ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Yongsan – Seoul Dragon City.

Chef Joo will be there to do a modern take of traditional Korean dishes. If you are familiar with the traditional Korean food then check the new flavors here at Spiral, I also suggest that you try the "KFC" Chef Joo's Korean Fried Chicken.


Spiral Lunch rate is at Php 2750 nett
Dinner is Php 3200 nett

There's also a Kpop party on March 16 at Snaps Bar, rate is at Php 699, over flowing drinks and Korean food

Check out the schedules of Flavors of the World:

Seoul When It Sizzles: Cooking Demonstration | 12 March 2018 | Spiral at 11:30am
Experience a culinary adventure and witness Chef Joo as he presents a cooking demonstration while
you enjoy a leisurely lunch. Get an exclusive peek on how to prepare classic Korean recipes: Soymarinated Blue Crab, Braised Pork Belly with Soybean Paste Sauce and Fresh Korean Cabbage
Kimchi. Rate is set at Php3,500 nett.

K-Pop Party | 16 March 2018 | Snaps Sports Bar at 9pm to 12 midnight

Join the Hallyu wave and wear your most colorful outfit for a fun-filled K-pop party featuring a resident DJ to spin the hottest Korean tunes. Enjoy free-flowing soju and local beers set at Php699 nett per person, best paired with sumptuous Korean fare available à la carte.

Flavors of Korea | For the month of March 2018 | Le Bar at 5pm

Taste the signature flavors of Korea as Le Bar features traditional dishes from the Land of the Morning Calm for the month of March 2018. Feast on a selection of authentic Korean culinary favorites including Beef Bulgogi, Spicy Braised Chicken and Seafood Pancake. Rate is set at Php799 nett per dish, available Mondays to Fridays, 11am to 7pm.

For inquiries and reservations, please call F&B Reservations at +63 (02) 832.6988 or email H6308-

Cocktails with Chef Joo | 17 March 2018 | Club Millesime at 5pm
Indulge in Korean canapés prepared by Chef Joo during cocktails at Club Millesime. Discerning
gourmands get a chance to meet Chef Joo and learn more about his featured menu. Cocktails at Club
Millesime are exclusive to guests checked in a Luxury Club Room or higher room categories. Escape to a tropical oasis with your family and loved ones without leaving the city.

Room rates for Luxury  Club Room or higher room categories start at Php12,400+++.
For inquiries and reservations, please call +63 2 551 5555 or email
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About Chef Joo

Chef Hyeon Cheol Joo is the head chef of Korean station of In Style, Seoul Dragon City's international buffet restaurant. He started as a young chef in Gyeonggi-do in South Korea and he earned a silver medal for winning the Korean cuisine category at the International Young Chef Challenge 2013. Chef Joo won the gold medal in the Korean cuisine category at the Seoul International Food and Tableware Festival 2015.

He was the commis chef at Ritz-Carlton Seoul in 2013 and travels around different countries - China, Turkey and also the Philippines to promote Korean cuisines. Then he became the Master Chef of Seoul Dragon City in August 2017, and his known expertise is fermentation and the technical process of ripening fruits. He takes pride in sourcing fresh, local ingredients and cooking dishes based with red pepper paste, soybean paste and soy sauce which are most representative of South Korean cuisine.

In Spiral Manila, Chef Joo specialities will be feature, such as: Bulgogi (Sauteed Sliced Beef
Sirloin with Mushroom), Grilled Deodeok (native Korean root vegetable) with Red Chili Paste and two kinds of kimchi—Diced Turnip and Fruit Kimchi, Fresh Korean Cabbage Kimchi, Seafood-Spring Onion Korean Pancake and Bean Curd-Shrimp Korean Pancake

Opening Day of Flavors of the World: Seoul-ful Gastronomy at Spiral Manila

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Korean traditional costume on display at the lobby of Spiral Manila.


BJD Dolls wearing Korean costumes

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Filipina wearing Korean costume performing a traditional dance, they are a member of a Korean Culture group.

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Sofitel Manila Manager Adam Laker and Chef Joo

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Another set of performance of members of the Korean Culture group


Upon entering the Spiral dining area, we tried this refreshing apple juice drink with mint.

Here are the food at the Korean Atelier, prepared by Chef Joo 


Braised Beef Short Rib Stew with Vegetable


Sauted Sliced Beef Sirloin with Mushroom (Bulgogi)



Galbi, Korean Fried Chicken and Grilled Chicken








Sweet Pumpkin Porridge


Spicy Pork Rib and Kimchi Stew


Grilled silver cod with soybean paste sauce


bulgogi salad with mustard dressing


stir fried glass noddle with assorted mushroom

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Chef Joo showed to us on how to make a Bibimbap, now we learned to make the sauce more sweeter we should use corn syrup and not sugar.

Thanks Chef Joo for that tip.

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 Spiral Manila is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Visit the Korean Atelier to enjoy the Flavors of World specials and food prepared by Chef Joo.


Sofitel Manila, South Korea Embassy with Celeb Sam Oh and Dasuri Choi.



Me and my wife Lace doing the heart finger symbol.


Foodies enjoying the best of South Korean dishes prepared by Chef Joo. I think this will be our farewell lunch session with Kat Nocom, we're sad that she will leave Sofitel this month, but we are happy that she will be transferring to another hotel brand. We'll still see each other, because whenever our friends go, we are always there to support them.

My recommendations:
I suggest you try the KFC, its so crunchy and the spicy fried chicken is much more different from the popular fast food version in malls.

Ok that's my food blog feature of the week!
Feel free to comment if you love the Korean food in Spiral Manila. I will be back there again this Thursday to try another set of food prepared for the month in observance of the seafood sustainability program of various resto, hotels and resort in the Philippines.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Malaysia invites everyone to visit their promotional program in Glorietta this March 11-13


Malaysia Promotion Programme invites everyone to visit their promotional event for Malaysia. The event is held in Glorietta 2 activity center and open for the public from March 11 to March 13. The promotional board invited 25 Malaysia companies to showcase and promote their brand, mostly present at the event are food and beverages, but if you want to know about about the culture and tourism destination in Malaysia, there's a Malaysian Tourism booth present to entertain your inquiries.

I've been to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for 2 times and I can say that the country is close to my heart because of their diverse culture and tradition, the food taste good, the tourism site are great and also the people are friendly to tourist and because of that I've met new people and became me personal friends.

I was about to visit Malaysia last week, but my ticket booking encountered a problem so I went back home with some disappointment, but when I heard about this event, I visited them on its opening day and I felt that Im really in Malaysia because of the products that we love are available for purchase.


Citarasa Malaysia is the name of the event to promote Malaysia, it means "Taste Malaysia". Its an open to the public event and they invite you to come and visit the event and join the program. They will also give away free travel to Malaysia, in Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur.

If you are on the way home and you'll pass by Glorietta, then check them out and see what Malaysia can offer to you.


According to the Ambassador of Malaysia to the Philippines, last 2016 Malaysia received a total of 500,000 Filipino tourist. It means that The Philippines is one of the target as tourist to visit Malaysia.
Its one of the country here in the South East Asia that will not require a Filipino a VISA to travel to Malaysia, that's why their country is listed as one of our top destination for out of the country with the need of no VISA.



The opening of Citarasa Malaysia was attended by officials from the Malaysian Promotion Program, our Department of Tourism and also the Ambassador of Malaysia to the Philippines.



The dancers in costume showed to us the diverse culture of Malaysia. Imagine a country with mix culture, tradition and religion.

If you go to Malaysia, its like you've traveled to 3 different countries.


You feel that you are in India.


Also feel the Malay culture


And also the Chinese


That's the uniqueness of Malaysia. It embraced 3 kinds of culture heritage and it can be a fusion of 2 or 3 culture or be as one. That's the Malaysian culture.

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To know more about the updates of the event and also for future announcement of the Malaysia Promotio Programme, go visit their FB page for automatic updates in your news feed


Here are the booths inside Choose Malaysia







If you want to have a good coffee at home, I super recommend that you try White Coffee.
Its one of the most popular coffee in Malaysia for tourist.







Im searching for any Malaysian resto or fast food here in our country, here at the event, I discovered that this PAPPARAM Malaysian Kitchen serves authentic Malaysian cuisine. They are located in Marikina and it requires reservation.

To know more about them visit this article - PAPPARAM IN CALUMPANG












Mangosteen wine!



There are lots of products that you can choose when you visit Choose Malaysia event here in Glorietta. If you are a fan of any of these products, pls let me know here via the comments.

And if you are curious about the travel to Malaysia. Pls check out the event and have a feel of Malaysian culture and lifestyle for FREE.




Great to see my fellow blogger friends here at the event. All of us are so excited to try the food and products offered here at the event.

Each booth will let you try their product. They have a taste and try at the booth and you can ask for a sample of the product they have.


Here's the Nasi Lemak lunch meal that we have awhile ago. I think the food is from Papparam

Thanks for reading guys!!!
If you will travel to Malaysia anytime this month or next month, pls let me know, Im willing to share some tips and also our travel itinerary

if you have time, check out my travel vlog series about Malaysia.



Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collect Transformers toys.
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