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A special shout out to Ileane Smith who because of her awesome blog, Basic Blog Tips, Life and Leisure has become exactly what I hoped it would be.

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Best in Travel 2013 - Top 10 countries - Best in Travel - Lonely Planet

Best in Travel 2013 - Top 10 countries - Best in Travel - Lonely Planet | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

The results are in! Here are Lonely Planet's 10 best countries to travel in 2013.

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5 Reasons to Book Your 2013 Holiday Now

5 Reasons to Book Your 2013 Holiday Now | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

I know that some of you will gasp at this, but now is a good time to start your next holiday trip. This is something that I have definitely thought more about recently because of planning a big vacation next summer.

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[Interview] Chef Frank Roland Schmitt on Becoming a Chef

[Interview] Chef Frank Roland Schmitt on Becoming a Chef | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

What does it take to become a chef?


Is merely going to culinary school enough?


Or is there something more to it?


These were just some of the questions I’ve had in my mind ever since culinary arts became the top course in the Philippines.

 

Indeed, many Filipinos are now enrolling in culinary schools with dreams of becoming a chef one day. I don’t blame them. It is one of those few careers where you can get to travel, earn a hefty salary, make a name for yourself, and eventually start your own business in the future.

 

I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to sit down with Chef Frank Roland Schmitt while he was in Manila to do an exclusive cooking demonstration at the Genting Star Academy. Despite his busy schedule during his short visit to Manila, he was kind enough to spend a few minutes for an interview where he shared his personal journey on becoming a chef, and what does it really take to become one.

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Filipino Cuisine: Variations on a Theme

Filipino Cuisine: Variations on a Theme | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

This rather straightforward question has left many tourists and foodies at a lost for words. There seems to be no definite answer to it. Maybe that’s why Filipino cuisine has yet to join the ranks of the other more esteemed and established Asian cuisines.

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Using a Credit Card: A Traveler’s Dream or Worst Nightmare?

Using a Credit Card: A Traveler’s Dream or Worst Nightmare? | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

These days, people tend to favor using a credit card to make purchases. That’s because credit cards are able to extend our spending capacity by allowing us to buy things and then pay them later either in a lump sum or in installments. But what about when you’re traveling? Is using a credit card beneficial for travelers, or do they cause more harm than good?

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CCA Newest Facilities Launch Highlights

I was very fortunate enough to have been invited to the launching of the newest facilities of the Center for Culinary Arts, one of the most prestigious culinary schools in the Philippines. Here's a slideshow to give you a tour around the newest facilities (and my first try using SlideShare)

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How to Save Money While Traveling

How to Save Money While Traveling | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

This way of ‘seeing things’ has often been confused with the idea that you need to spend lots of money while traveling and on things that are not required. Although traveling CAN be expensive, it is not the be all and end all of things. What’s more important are the experiences we share with others.


I would be naïve to tell you that money doesn’t play a large part while traveling. But there is a way around this. Below are my personal tips how to save money before and while traveling so you can make the most out of your experience. Hopefully, it will also allow you to travel for as long as possible.

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A Tribute to Jeepney Art

A Tribute to Jeepney Art | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

Once upon a time, the jeepney was more than just another public transportation in the Philippines. Aside being one of the living legacies left behind by the US Army after World War II, the jeepney was literally an artwork on wheels.

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Top Food Picks at the Ultimate Taste Test 9.0

Top Food Picks at the Ultimate Taste Test 9.0 | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

The 9th Ultimate Taste Test kicked off last Sunday, July 29, 2012. The annual food event was held at the Soderno food market in the Molito Complex in Alabang, and featured over 30 different dishes from family-owned food vendors and local restaurants in Manila. Food lovers from the south of Manila grabbed the opportunity to sample different foods and drinks from local restaurants, bakeshops and vendors from across the city.

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How to Get Cheap Plane Tickets on Short Notice

How to Get Cheap Plane Tickets on Short Notice | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

One way how to get cheap plane tickets is to book them in advance. However, situations like a family emergency or a sudden change of assignment in the office may require us to book airline tickets on short notice. The problem is, the closer you buy plane tickets to your travel date, the more expensive they become.

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Restaurant Review: Le Petit Cheri

Restaurant Review: Le Petit Cheri | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

Tucked in a corner at Molito Complex in Alabang is Le Petit Cheri—a casual dining restaurant that welcomes you to sit back, relax, and enjoy a bit of French cuisine. Opened in June of this year, Le Petit Cheri (meaning “the little darling” in French) is owned by the French Patisserie Corporation. The restaurant is the realization Edna Cureg’s dream to open a restaurant of her own.

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[Interview] Wine Talk with Benson Yuson

[Interview] Wine Talk with Benson Yuson | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

I met wine sommelier Benson Yuson during the 3rd Grand Culinary Challenge where he gave a short wine seminar for the participants. Apart from being extremely passionate and knowledgeable about wine, what set Benson a cut from the rest of the wine sommeliers I’ve met was the fact that he’s 100% pure Filipino.

 

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The Top 10 Spookiest Spots in the Philippines to Visit This Halloween

The Top 10 Spookiest Spots in the Philippines to Visit This Halloween | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

Halloween in the Philippines won’t be complete without a good scare. Some do this by watching a horror flick with the lights out. Others head out to visit some of spots in the Philippines reportedly haunted by ghosts, spirits and other creatures of the night.

 

Here are the 10 spookiest spots in the Philippines to visit this Halloween.

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An Intimate Affair with Spanish Wine at the ASEAN Merchants Launch

An Intimate Affair with Spanish Wine at the ASEAN Merchants Launch | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

I was honored to attend the launch of ASEAN Merchants at the Bellevue Hotel in Alabang. It was an exclusive affair, graced by members of the Philippine Association of Wedding Planners, restaurant representatives and selected members of the press.

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[Infographic] Going on Vacation the Social Media Way

[Infographic] Going on Vacation the Social Media Way | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

No doubt, social media has made a huge impact in our lives. It has changed a lot of the way we do things. That includes going on vacation.


From getting ideas where you’ll be going on vacation to scouting the best airline and hotel deals, and even sharing details about your trip, social media is there with you every step of the way.

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Enjoy a Fun-Filled Day Trip at Tagaytay Picnic Grove

Enjoy a Fun-Filled Day Trip at Tagaytay Picnic Grove | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

Located on the eastern side of Tagaytay City, Tagaytay Picnic Grove is a sprawling 13.5 hectare park where families and friends can come to share good food, great camaraderie, and a spectacular view. It’s one of the top travel destinations in the Philippines frequented by families and friends throughout the year.

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Land, Water or Air – How to Choose the Best Way to Travel

Land, Water or Air – How to Choose the Best Way to Travel | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

Any smart traveler would tell you that there’s more than one way to travel from Point A to Point B. Since your part of your overall travel experience lies in the journey of reaching your destination, choosing which way to travel is very important.

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Center for Culinary Arts Unveils Its New Facilities

Center for Culinary Arts Unveils Its New Facilities | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

Recently, the Center for Culinary Arts, one of the top culinary schools in the Philippines, unveiled four of its newest facilities. I was very fortunate to have been invited to this event along with representatives from the media, members of the culinary arts academe community, and other bloggers.

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Get Over the What-Ifs and Just to Go Traveling

Get Over the What-Ifs and Just to Go Traveling | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

We all have ambitions to go traveling around the world. I have regularly told myself that I will go away. But like many people, I told myself I need more money to do it.


The reality is that it is becoming easier to go traveling on a budget. So what’s holding us back?

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What to Do Before Choosing Your Investment Options

What to Do Before Choosing Your Investment Options | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

Just like a lot of people my age, I’ve come to a point in my life where I’ve decided to start looking at different investment options and prepare for my future. After all, I’m not getting any younger; and with how the economy has been these past few years, I figured that it wouldn’t hurt to start now.

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Balut: Stuff of Nightmares or Another Misunderstood Filipino Street Food?

Balut: Stuff of Nightmares or Another Misunderstood Filipino Street Food? | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

Mention the name balut, and you’re sure to come across a wide spectrum of reactions ranging from sheer horror to intrigue and delight. Since it became one of the challenges in the reality TV show Fear Factor, Filipinos (myself included) get quite a kick at seeing the faces of their foreign friends express the embodiment of sheer fright that this popular street food in the Philippines served to them. In fact, eating balut has become somewhat a rite of passage in the Philippines. Travelers visiting the country cannot really say that they’ve visited the Philippines without eating balut. In the words of Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmerman: “If you haven’t eaten fertilized duck embryos, then you haven’t lived.”

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A Newfound Appreciation for Foie Gras

A Newfound Appreciation for Foie Gras | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

Foie gras has been described by many French chefs as a delicacy whose flavor is one that no other dish can match. An integral part of French cuisine, foie gras is enjoyed by many foodies around the world as a luxury dish just like caviar or truffles. On the other hand, it is a food much despised by many animal rights activists the force feeding method used by foie gras producers on ducks and geese to produce this symbol of French gastronomy and source of pleasure and delight for many.

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The Dark Side of Discounted Airline Tickets

The Dark Side of Discounted Airline Tickets | Life and Leisure | Scoop.it

These days, people are traveling by air more frequently to different destinations in the Philippines and other parts of the world thanks to the discounted airline tickets offered by major carriers. Their rock-bottom prices—which can be as much as half the price of a regular airline ticket—make them so attractive that they would practically sell more quickly than hotcakes.


However, there are a few travelers who choose to still go and buy airline tickets at the regular price instead of taking advantage of these airline ticket deals. Surprisingly enough, those that do so claim that if you really calculate everything, discounted airline tickets are not as cheap as they first appear. In fact, they would sometimes even cost more than buying airline tickets at their regular price.

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