Philippines ~ Sonya’s Secret Garden, Cavite

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I'm in the Philippines for a short seven day press trip which will take in Manila, Boracay and Cebu.  The itinerary is jam packed. Ahead of us are many early morning wake up calls for super early flights. Many Late nights after dinner appointments. Busy days with each day filled…

Philippines | Manila – visiting the President’s Palace

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Getting anywhere in Manila in rush hour traffic is a slow process, cars, lorries, jeepneys, cycles, rickshaws, pedestrians, roadblocks, roadworks etc make for a generally slow but interesting journey.  Imagine then if you had a few police outriders and a police car ahead of you, stopping the traffic and redirecting the traffic around you trying to smooth your way …. just imagine …… well, imagine no more, because this is what happened to a group of journalists, including me, last week!

Our destination, the President’s Palace at Malacañan Palace where we had been invited for a dinner reception as part of (more…)

Philippines | China Town in Manila

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Social Media !! Love it or hate it, but it connects people across the globe.  A few weeks ago, just before leaving to fly to the Philippines I sent out a few tweets, the usual kind ‘off to the Philippines, any recommendations on things to do and / or see’ followed by another asking about any good walking tours to do in Manilla as I’m always on the hunt for authentic street food wherever I travel.  A few recommendations were made, but due to my availability I wasn’t able to fit onto one of the standard walking tour itineraries.  Then, out of the blue, along came my ‘knight in shining armour’ or should I say my local volunteer guide in his brothers car, which had windows which were tinted so dark, I was fairly convinced that there were no Street lights in China Town until I rolled down my window!

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Philippines | Cebu Streetfood

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One of the interesting things about travelling and sharing your travels on social media, primarily twitter and Instagram, means that people interact with you as you are travelling. Whilst my travels are no way as social as those by the Emirati brothers Peyman Parham Al Awadi and Mohammad Parham Al Awadi…

Philippines | Cebu Island Hopping

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Next morning, after a deep, deep sleep, I awoke to this beautiful view from my room. The hotel (Shangri-La Mactan Cebu)  is a resort in itself with over 500 rooms and it has a resort feel to it although it seemed to be mainly full of Korean tourists when I was…

Philippines | Cebu City Tour

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A short 60 minute flight from Manila takes us to the beautiful island of Cebu, famous for it’s beautiful beaches and diving. But there’s so much more to Cebu than first meets the eye, or should I say at first glimpse of the guidebook. The Alegre Guitar Factory allows you…

Philippines | Chicken Binacol

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Day 5 #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines brings us to The Ambassador In Paradise Hotel and a tasty lunch where we all order traditional Filipino dishes from the menu.  Adobo for me, which I have fallen in love with, and the dish which seems to have at least 100 recipes on how to make…

Philippines | #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines

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When this is your social media hashtag you have to be pretty sure that it is actually "more fun in the Philippines" !! It's a pretty bold statement and one that I was about to test as I, another blogger from Dubai and 4 journalists were invited to try the…

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