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25
Feb
15

ISTANBUL : SUB KARAKOY HOTEL, MY HOME IN TURKEY

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Sub Karakoy Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey.

Great and accessible location, relaxed and beautiful ambiance, adequate and clean room, fantastic complimentary breakfast, fast and free wifi, efficient service, friendly staff. I was blessed to experience all these positive qualities in Sub Karakoy Hotel in Istanbul. It felt so good that I was never wrong in deciding to reserve my three-day-two-night-stay in this gem of accommodation at the heart of the iconic city, in between two continents! Everything was pleasant and made my first trip in Turkey incredibly memorable!

From the time I started writing them e-mails for my inquiries until I departed for Dubai, Sub Karakoy was so consistent in being excellent in rendering their humble service. They replied to my e-mails promptly, and even noted every bit of information I provided them. Such distinction has been a rarity particularly to large chain of hotels nowadays.

If you must know, my flight from Dubai via Emirates Airlines was delayed for 45 minutes, but I was thankful to the airport pick up from Sub Karakoy that they waited for me despite the inevitable circumstance. Their rates for airport transfers was reasonable, and I was provided with a huge van for pick up and departure that I enjoyed alone. I found it less demanding and more convenient, rather than taking public transportation, at least from and to the airport.

Although the trip from the Ataturk International Airport to Sub Karakoy, both located at the European side of Istanbul, took more than half an hour, the location of Sub was perfect and accessible to all. During my entire short stay in Istanbul, I used to walk for 2 to 5 minutes to the tram station en route to Beyoglu district and Sultanahmet area. Mini-groceries, bus, tram and ferry stations, small eateries and the Galata Tower, art galleries, even the Dolmabahce Palace are just a stone-throw-away from Sub Karakoy. What more could you ask for?

A warm smile amidst the cold winter afternoon greeted me when I arrived in Sub Karakoy from the airport. The receptionist knew my name; check in was done in a breeze, and before I knew it, I found myself sipping their sweet Turkish drink and savoring a Turkish pastry offered by the courteous wait staff who immediately asked me, “How was your flight to Istanbul? Is it your first time to visit Turkey?  It was nothing grand, but everything was done with a warm welcome.
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The minimal noise from the vehicles in the street was tolerable, actually insignificant. The calming music and cozy ambiance inside the creatively built Sub Karakoy’s reception and dining areas were sublime and more relevant. The space wasn’t enormous however, the atmosphere and its entirety are a destination on its own in Istanbul!
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My favorite couch from Sub. I spent delicious mornings here! My solitude was priceless!
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Situated near the ferries, Galata Bridge and the majestic Golden Horn, Sub Karakoy Hotel’s interiors is apparently inspired by the nearby harbor. The steel bed frame reminded me of a ship, while noticeably, the minimalist design and the choice of materials and colors complemented the nautical theme so well. Aesthetics to me always comes secondary to comfort. And Sub Karakoy provided me both.
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The harbor-inspired interiors is spontaneous to the comfort room. Small, however spotless.

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On top of my sincerest Hallelujahs to Sub Karakoy is their simple, yet bountiful and deliciously satisfying complimentary breakfast. A well balanced variety of breads, heart-shaped pancakes, fruits, cold cuts, cereals, yoghurt, jams, spreads, all sorts of cheese, a choice of eggs, overflowing Turkish tea, coffee, orange juice, and a dessert of the day that a wait staff offers from table to table were truly unforgettable!
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Undoubtedly, I spent beautiful mornings in Istanbul as I started them with gorgeous breakfast from Sub Karakoy!
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On one of my days, I opted to have Menemen, or Turkish omelet that was included in the free breakfast and was cooked and brought to my table in a blink.
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Then as mentioned, a dessert of the day was offered by a wait staff from table to table every after breakfast. One of them – a mildly flavored sweet-lemon pastry and a melt-in-your-mouth-chocolate pudding the next morning. Both were tasteful and certainly a class act to do such!
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Every after a day in Istanbul, I indulged in their dining area, savored a sip of either a Turkish tea, Turkish coffee, a rose wine, a bottle of one of the local beers, Bomonti. Things I don’t do routinely. Ahhh, what a vacation it was!
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It was snowy Tuesday from morning till night, but I had to depart from Sub Karakoy to Sabiha Gokcen International Airport at the Asian side this time, of Istanbul to catch my flight with Air Arabia Airlines. The manager of Sub Karakoy was even worried that my flight that midnight was included in the cancelled flights that day due to heavy snowfall. The receptionist was kind enough to volunteer and verify my flight status online. Even better was an offer to stay for extra night. The flight status was positive and I was brought to the airport safely, again alone with the driver in a huge van, with proper time allotted for me to check in and rest a bit in the terminal.

My stay was short but definitely sweet!

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Although this is NOT a sponsored blog post, I was thankful for the 25% discount provided to me as a media-travel-blogger by Sub Karakoy. And of course, even grateful for the warm, safe, and pleasant stay I had with them. Definitely, I highly recommend and would stay again the next time I revisit Istanbul.

For more details, visit their website : http://subkarakoy.com/ | facebook : https://www.facebook.com/subkarakoy

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24
Feb
15

ISTANBUL : MY TRAVEL CHECKLIST AND TURKEY TOURIST VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR FILIPINOS IN DUBAI

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My Tourist Visa to Turkey from Dubai released in two days!

There was a light bulb flashed on my head after my Chinese colleague told me casually, “You’re already halfway your journey the moment you start preparing for your trip.”

True enough! Although spontaneous adventures may surprise travelers and tourists with unexpected fun, there’s nothing better than exploring a new place armed with concrete plans and options from A to D. My personal travel and life philosophy is simple : Better be prepared than sorry.

Once I decide to travel and destination is set, I usually start my preparation like a good old boy scout that I was! Always be prepared! Or at least I try my best all the time.

Below is the random checklist I usually prepare, research, complete and tick before leaping to another journey :

  • limited budget and currency exchange rate,
  • preferred accommodation (I tried the 100 Baht per night-10-people-per-room to the most luxurious 123-square-meter-suite),
  • airfare tickets and flight timings,
  • itineraries (I have to be wise in choosing where to go, what to eat, what to experience, as I don’t have all the time and money in the world. My Turkish friend and a Turkish hotel staff told me they haven’t explored neither the country nor Istanbul entirely yet. According to them, even one month isn’t enough in appreciating Istanbul),
  • weather (Be appropriate with the climate. Important to know the weather forecast on the dates of your trip. Apparently, it dictates what to wear and what to bring! Can you imagine going to Turkey in slippers and shorts during winter?),
  • dates of any holiday or festivals coinciding with my travel date,
  • destination’s customs and traditions,
  • time difference between destination and place of origin,
  • mode of transportation,
  • local food,
  • any endemic disease,
  • any political conflicts or social unrest, current events,
  • my few gadgets and their chargers (I only usually bring my DSLR, mobile phone; sometimes I bring laptop),
  • universal adaptor (very important as some hotels could not lend you adaptor for your gadgets).
  • ballpen and my small travel journal (I support my friend’s handmade travel journal -Surat Journals).
  • ATM Debit card, Credit cards (I read it’s wise to bring at least your debit card and just withdraw cash from ATM machine in local currency).
  • and the most important : VISA REQUIREMENTS (does the country-destination require visa application? or visa on arrival? malarial or yellow-fever vaccine? 2×2 photos or 5×6? etcetera, etcetera!).

In my recent trip to Istanbul, Turkey (stay tuned for the rest of my Istanbul Travel Blog Series!), I thought I came so prepared on the day I went to the Consulate of Republic of Turkey at the 8th floor of  Dubai World Trade Center (white building, left side from World Trade Center Dubai Metro Station). I even had my Turkey Tourist Visa Application form typewritten, however the officer at the reception desk found my requirements incomplete because I brought passport photos with incorrect size! Oh well! See, even the in your most prepared times, you’ll find some instances that put you inevitably into clueless state. I browsed the net, read the requirements from their website, but still something went wrong.

Below is the list of requirements for Turkey Tourist Visa for Filipinos living in Dubai :

  • Completed Application Form (download from : http://www.mfa.gov.tr/data/konsolosluk/visaform.doc),
  • Original Passport (with validity of at least 6 months from the time of application),
  • Copy of Passport, Copy of Residence Visa in UAE,
  • Two passport photos, 5×8 cm (I brought the usual passport size photos thus, I was advised to return once I have the right one. Luckily, there were two other Kabayan who went down with me to the ground floor of the same building, and had our photos scanned, resized and reprinted in a shop as per requirement, but of course, it almost cost me my arm and leg as I paid 30 AED or approx. 8 USD for those two photos!),
  • No Objection Certificate or NOC from sponsor,
  • Salary Certificate,
  • Copy of confirmed flight and hotel reservation,
  • Copy of 3-month-bank-statement,
  • Application Fee of 225 AED (Tip : Be ready to pay in exact amount).

After presenting all my documents to the officer at the reception desk, I was given a token or a number (I was early, so I was number 6 on queue) and waited shortly until the consulate office opened at 8:30AM (they only accept 60 applications per day, only until 11AM). I turned off my mobile and submitted to the reception desk prior entering the office.

Process of presenting documents and paying the Turkey Tourist Visa Application fee of 225 AED (as of February 2015)was done quickly. I was given a stub with date and time of collection. Visa collection starts 1PM to 2PM.

It only took 2 working days to collect my passport after I applied it from Consulate of Turkey in Dubai. I was granted a Turkey Tourist Visa, single entry, valid for 3 months.

And that my friends, gave me access to one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been.

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23
Feb
15

LEONARD COMBIER’S PASSPORT MASTERPIECES

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Don’t you wish you have this masterpiece on your passport? I do! At least on my old one.

I became an instant fanatic of his amazingly unique art work the moment I saw them and read the article from my facebook timeline. What makes Berlin-based French illustrator, Leonard Combier different from other artists? His medium : Valid passports!

Are you daring and brave enough to let him doodle on your most important travel document? I heard he does it for free for as long as your passport isn’t expired yet. Yikes! It’ll certainly draw reactions from immigration officers when you present it to enter or exit a country! Some border-authorities might be happy, some otherwise. Just like perception of any art in any medium, it’s always subjective. And I belong to the group who appreciates Combier’s provocatively beautiful masterpieces!

To be honest, I wrote him a private message on his facebook page, asked him if he can do this travel and food blog’s header. He’s busy as of present because of his work, and has no time to do other things. Nonetheless, he agreed to do my (old) passport for free when he finds time someday.

Imagine my reaction when he offered to send me high resolution copies of his passport files. Ecstatic! He gave his green light for me to share it on this blog. So enjoy his passport drawings and share your comments on the below thread. Are we on the same page loving his work?
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Certainly not mine, however, I wish to have one!

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*For more details, visit his website, http://leonardcombier.com/| Like his page on facebook : Here!

10
Feb
15

ITALIAN DINING AT PAX RISTORANTE & LOUNGE, DUSIT THANI DUBAI

Italy is one of the countries inscribed in my bucket list and I know I’ll set foot in Milan, Rome, Venice, Florence soon. And in Northern Italy, I’ll never stop wanting and aiming until I experience at least a day or two in Manarola! Have you been?

Speaking of Northern Italy, I had the pleasure to be invited by Pax Ristorante & Lounge, the Italian restaurant at the 24th floor (read : skyscrapers’ incredible view with Burj Khalifa in the lead!) of Dusit Thani Dubai. Two things that made me nod in a blink to the generous invitation from Dusit :

One – I became quite thrilled and curious of Pax’s offering for the month of February (oh yes, Valentine’s Day and so!) which happens to be carefully selected gastronomic specialties from Northern Italy no less. It’s the next best thing of tasting Italy for now!

Two – It was another opportunity for me to spend fun time and dine with my Filipino blogger-friends again who are UAE-based. Who would say no to such chance?

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Thai dancers at the lobby of Dusit Thani Dubai.

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Lovely interiors at Pax. Enticing, isn’t it? Too perfect whether you’re dining with family,  friends or your special someone on that V-day and beyond! Surprisingly affordable too; I kid you not!

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The view from 24th floor : Sheikh Zayed Road. That view of Burj Khalifa not on photo.

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 With UAE-based bloggers (from L-R) : Ion, Carla, Sheila, me, and Kenneth. 

The dishes included in the menu and featured for the month of February are from Piemonte or Piedmont, Veneto or Venice, and Toscana or Tuscany where Florence is.

Our palates were first stimulated by a bowl of rich and creamy pumpkin soup with crunchy amaretto flavored crisps. It’s one of the best, if not the best version I’ve tasted! And for only 35 dirhams per order, it’s worth every dirham, I tell you!

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CREMA DI ZUCCA AL CROCCANTE D’AMARETTO.  AED 35.

Another choice of appetizer served its purpose so well, that made me want and crave for more! Pink thick slice of slow-roasted veal with tuna caper sauce appeared to be a humble dish, yet there’s an interesting tug-of-war-of-taste between the two meats infused in one dish!

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VITELLO TONNATO. AED 45.

Italian cuisine as far as I know, isn’t complete without pasta. Correct me if I’m wrong, that if rice is to Asians, it’s pasta to Italians. And for Pax’s February offering, we sampled beef ravioli tossed in natural veal jus, forest mushrooms and spinach. A tasty whole-meal-in-one, for me! Quite satisfying too!

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RAVIOLI DI MANZO AL SUGO D’ARROSTO, FUNGHI E SPINACI NOVELLI. AED 55.

If you’re not into pasta, and still biased with rice dishes, then risotto with green asparagus, radicchio and taleggio cheese is for you! However, there’s a hint of saltiness in this dish that might tickle your taste buds a bit. It’s not an issue if you love cheesy dishes, you know what I mean!

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RISOTTO CON ASPARAGI, RADICCHIO E TALEGGIO. AED 55.

Now, if there’s one thing in the menu from PAX that’s worth every word of my recommendation, a dish that I can vouch my humble name and blogging integrity, it’s the Grilled T-bone steak with pan fried zucchini and capsicum! Tender, juicy and becomes more flavorful when you toy a chunk of meat in your mouth slowly. It’s Hallelujah every forkful! Go and troop to Dusit Thani Dubai if you’re in UAE or if you’re visiting the emirates soon, and find truth to my words!

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COSTATA DI MANZO CON ZUCCHINE E PEPERONI SALTATI IN PADELLA. AED 105.

What’s best with PAX is the fact that there’s always something for everyone! If you’re not into beefy-goodness-steak, then you may opt for finely seasoned and organic-tasting (read : freshness!) grilled corn-fed baby chicken, roast potatoes and grilled vegetables with herb extra virgin olive oil sauce.  Although my vote and my heart were won by the steak hands-down, I’d still say this grilled chicken dish is so good, you have to try it too when you have the chance!

Both the steak and the chicken dish from PAX are a reflection of what one should wolf down during the cooler climate in winter! Satisfyingly good and not that heavy. With protein-rich-goodness paired with fibrous rich veggies, you got a meal fit even for a Pope!

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GALLETTO ALLA GRIGLIA CON PATATE ARROSTO, VERDURE ALLA GRIGLIA IN SALSA ALLE ERBE E OLIO D’OLIVA. AED 85.

For dessert, a familiar tiramisu landed on our table. A delicately made, sublime mixture of mocha and coffee, uniquely served in cups; I think even those who’s not into sweets will convert in a heart beat.

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All in all, the dishes on the PAX menu are simple, unpretentious yet delightful!

Service in PAX, like in Benjarong, was friendly, efficient and quick. A very obvious character of people from Dusit Thani Dubai! Wait staff were attentive and even the main chef himself, met us graciously.

And after that well-prepared and fun Italian dinner, we flashed our ear-to-ear-smiles for posterity. A genuine proof that we truly enjoyed what we savored from PAX Ristorante & Lounge’s February 2015 menu.

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Special thanks to PAX at Dusit Thani Dubai and to Danelle for the invitation!

PAX Ristorante & Lounge | 24th floor, Dusit Thani Dubai , 133, Sheikh Zayed Road P.O. Box 23335 Dubai | Lunch: Daily, 12:00 to 15:00 | Dinner: Daily, 19:00 to 23:30 | website : www.dusit.com/dusitthani/dubai | e-mail : dtdu@dusit.com

12
Jan
15

CRAB CRAZE AT BENJARONG ROYAL THAI CUISINE, DUSIT THANI DUBAI

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Indulge in authentic, fancy yet affordable Thai crab dishes in an elegant Asian ambiance in Dubai.

If you’re craving for crab and authentic Thai dishes while you’re in the United Arab Emirates, bring your appetite and troop with your family and friends to Benjarong Restaurant located at the 24th floor of Dusit Thani Dubai! Benjarong Royal Thai Cuisine is offering Crab Craze for the entire month of January 2015.

Here’s the deal :

  • Food : Crab meat, claws and pinchers cooked in long-simmering Thai style, prepared by a seasoned chef who cooks for Thai and UAE royalties.
  • Ambiance : Majestic interiors of Benjarong Restaurant resembles royal dining halls of King Rama IV.
  • View : Stunning Dubai skyline with iconic, Burj Khalifa seen from the 24th floor of Dusit Thani Dubai.
  • Entertainment : Traditional Thai music and dances add flare to unique dining pleasure.
  • Cost : Surprisingly affordable ala-carte menu, reasonable for the entire gastronomic experience.

Trust me, if not, believe these humble photos from our recent Crab Craze dinner at Benjarong!

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Thai musicians and dancers at the lobby welcome guests with warm smiles!

For someone who have been to Bangkok, Hat Yai and Chiang Mai for 4 times and fell in love with Thailand, its culture, food and heritage, going to Dusit Thani Dubai in the middle of Sheikh Zayed Road where incredibly gorgeous skyscrapers including the hotel itself, and dining in Benjarong Restaurant to savor Crab Craze dishes with fellow Filipino UAE-based bloggers was truly a memorable treat!

So there I was, one Tuesday evening, together with

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Freshest coconut juice and mieng kam, a Thai street food snack wrapped in leaves.

We started with drinks and a familiar Thai appetizer. I initially requested for coconut juice, while my blogger-friends ordered tall cold glasses of lemon grass that’s equally refreshing as I sampled it too after finishing my buco-juice.

I personally preferred coconut juice as Benjarong Restaurant serves it the right way. Sipping coconut water directly from the chilled coconut shell, sourced from Thailand no less (as it tasted sweeter than other coconuts from somewhere else!), and not from a glass or worse, tetra-pack or cans, was a delight that I don’t experience on a daily basis. That simple bliss was paired with munching leaf-wrapped and textured Thai street snack called, Miang Kahm (or Mieng Kam).

The next thing I knew, plateful of crab dishes were brought to our table by friendly and efficient staff.
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PU-JA. Deep fried crab meat and minced chicken in a crab shell with sweet chili sauce. AED 35.

Pu-ja. It was love at first bite! It reminded me of simple home-cooking of my late maternal grandmother who used to cook crab meat omelet sans chicken and crab shell. It’s one of those dishes from Benjarong’s Crab Craze I can definitely recommend!

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SOM TUM PUNIM. Spicy green papaya salad with crispy soft shell crab. AED 45.

Som Tum Punim. We had mixed reactions with this Thai salad based on spice-tolerance. Personally, I liked it as the crispy soft shell crab serves as light buffer that balances the kick provided by the spicy green papaya salad. Spicy perhaps, is an understatement! It’s a must-order-dish for those who prefer something hot yet, infused with calcium-rich soft shell crab!

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GAENG SOM PUMA NORMAI DONG. Hot and sour curry with Blue Crab and sour bamboo shoot. AED 70.

Gaeng Som Puma Normai Dong. Whew! What a name for a dish! Quite a challenge to say its name in Thai, quite a challenge to like it too. I honestly give my nod and two-thumbs-up for all the dishes in the Crab Craze menu, however, this one’s an exception. Probably, because I am not fond of bamboo shoots and its aroma; but for some people who have an acquired taste for such, you may find this dish flavorful! To each his own.

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PU PAD PRIG GAENG. Stir fried Alaska King Crab with red curry paste, string beans and sweet basil. AED 75.

Pu Pad Prig Gaeng. This is love on a plate! Every ingredient on this dish worked well!

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SEN JUN PAD PU. Fried rice noodles with crab meat. AED 55.

Sen Ju Pad Pu. Bet even kids will like this!

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LON PU-KEM. Salted crab in coconut cream dip served with vegetables. AED 65.

Lon Pu Kem. Healthy, nutritious, tasteful. The coconut cream dip with salted crab was perfectly paired with those freshly blanched veggies. Colors, textures and flavors in one plate! Go order it!

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CHICKEN IN GREEN CURRY.

Although, it’s not on the Crab Craze menu but perhaps, on the usual menu of Benjarong, Chicken in Green Curry was also served. This Thai classical dish is always a hit! Extra rice, please! :D

Of course, every meal must end sweetly! When most of us were struggling in satiation, we’re asked to choose desserts from the menu. Fortunately, I get to sample my favorite Thai sweet delight, Sticky Rice with Ripe Mango!
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My favorite! Classic Thai Sticky Rice with ripe mango plus warm pot of Jasmine tea. Heavenly!

Didn’t I mention, traditional Thai music, dances and smiles are also provided at Dusit Thani Dubai?

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Thank you, Chef Naruemol of Benjarong Restaurant! It was an awesome dinner! We felt like royalties too! Hehe!

Visit Benjarong Royal Thai Cuisine at Dusit Thani Dubai this January 2015, to satisfy that Thai and crab craving in you! I hope they extend Crab Craze the whole year ’round!
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Warm and inviting Asian ambiance at the lobby of Dusit Thani Dubai!

*Special thanks to Benjarong Restaurant, Dusit Thani Dubai for the sumptuous Crab Craze dinner! Thank you so much, Danelle for the invite!

*All prices mentioned on this post are inclusive of 10% municipality fees and 10% service charge as per Benjarong’s Crab Craze menu.

Benjarong Royal Thai Cuisine | 24th floor, Dusit Thani Dubai , 133, Sheikh Zayed Road P.O. Box 23335 Dubai | Lunch: Daily, 12:00 to 15:00 | Dinner: Daily, 19:00 to 23:30 | website : www.dusit.com/dusitthani/dubai | e-mail : dtdu@dusit.com

*All photos on this post were taken using Samsung Note 3.

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03
Jan
15

#TRAVELMEMORIES x BEYOND TOXICITY

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Grateful. Ecstatic. Overwhelmed. Excited. Hopeful.

Despite my pineal gland is fighting a good battle with Insomnia, because I need to stay awake for my responsibilities as I work on perpetual night shifts in an Award-winning-International-medical-insurance-company based in Dubai with branches worldwide, I cannot put into a single word the mixed emotions I’m currently experiencing as the new year ushers in.

The last weeks of December 2014 made me look forward to 2015 for so many reasons. Apart from my ambitious travel plans to set foot in more countries inscribed in my bucket list, my very first travel photo book entitled, #travelmemories (yes, with the hashtag!), published in LA, California was officially launched on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk last 27th December 2014. Massive thank you goes to my publisher, Mr. Percival Cruz, a Filipino author-publisher based in the US, who trusted and encouraged me to become an author myself.
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From my unforgettable journeys to date in Malaysia, Nepal, Morocco, New Zealand, USA, Thailand, UAE, Japan, Singapore, The Philippines, Jordan, Hong Kong and Brunei Darussalam, we selected a few to be included in the first volume of the book. A spin off of this travel blog, #travelmemories features my personal stories paired with humble photos, taken from extraordinary places that provided me with remarkable experiences.

I aim to validate that traveling is more than a way of life, as it does not only expand and challenge the mind, but enriches our  hearts and entire being!

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As the book debuted online, a glossy news magazine distributed in United Arab Emirates called, The Filipino Times interviewed yours truly about my blogging and #travelmemories. This blog and my book are featured on page 23 of the January 2-8, 2015 issue of The Filipino Times.
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I honestly didn’t expect an entire page would be devoted for the article. Thank you to Ms. Anne Santos who conducted the interview via e-mail and the rest of the staff of The Filipino Times; the feature was well-written and visually stunning! Maraming salamat po!

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I had a chance to share my humble tips for fellow bloggers and aspiring new ones on the article…

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Regardless of where I am, whether I’m blogging from my home country, The Philippines, or from Malaysia where I lived for 3 years, or be it here in Dubai, UAE, where I found a new life and a promising career, I sincerely take pride in being a Filipino travel and food blogger who continuously enjoys the passion, at the same time, upholds integrity in blogging!

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Mabuhay po ang mga Filipino bloggers sa buong mundo!

Again, you may place your orders and purchase my book, #travelmemories via amazon.com and amazon.co.uk or you can order directly from me.

Thank you so much for those people who expressed interest on buying and supporting the book! Few even wanted a signed copy of #travelmemories! Maraming salamat po!

Happy New Year to everyone!

01
Jan
15

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM BEYOND TOXICITY @ www.docgelo.com

Happy 2015 everyone! Let’s start the first day of the new year with love, hope, gratitude and positivity! I’d like to thank all those who religiously follow and read my blog. I’d also want to express my appreciation to those who follow my posts on Instagram (@iamdocgelo), Facebook (Gelo Santos), and Twitter (@docgelo), Maraming salamat po!

And of course, thank you so much to those blog readers who joined my 2014 Beyond Toxicity Blog Giveaway. This blog received more than 50 entries from Netherlands, Germany, Indonesia, Portugal, India, Malaysia, The Philippines, USA, Canada, UAE, United Kingdom. Thank you! Please expect another blog giveaway in the next few weeks so stay tuned!

So with the raffle draw conducted via randompicker.com, the result is out! Who’s the lucky winner of these travel mementos I got from Jordan, Morocco and UAE?
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drum roll, please!

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Congratulations, Eddieson! You will receive a notification from yours truly via e-mail. Prize will be sent via courier soon! Thank you for joining and Happy New Year, everyone!

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