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Discover Treats from Around the Globe with World Bites

Here's some exciting news for you fellow adventurous foodies!

If you're curious about snacks from other countries and want to try some,  head to World Bites, a new online store and subscription box service  offering popular international snacks.
For those who are not familiar with a subscription box service - it's basically paying a service provider a fixed fee per month to curate stuff  and send it to you. It's for people who want to try new things but don't have the time or the patience to research on what's good to try. In the Philippines, I've seen subscription box services on books and cosmetics but food is quite new. 
Related Post : Gift ideas for travelers and outdoor lovers

Two weeks ago, I received a World Bites Classic Box which contained a selection of 10 snacks from various countries in Asia, Europe and North & South America.  I opened the package with my siblings and friends -  open-minded foodies who welcome new flavors.  

We got really excited…

Hiking in Samal Island, Davao del Norte

Samal island in the province of Davao del Norte is known for its beautiful beaches but if 
you’re craving for a refreshing mountain scenery, there's a nice trail going up Puting Bato. At 410 MASL, it is the island's highest peak, offering views of the sea and nearby mountains.  Its name, translated to English is White Rock, drawn from a prominent white limestone wall at its peak. 

From Davao City, I took an Island City Express bus to Samal Island. The bus also stops to pick up passengers at Magsaysay Park but to get good seats, I took a cab to the terminal along F. Bangoy Street. Taking a  bus was quite convenient. I didn't even need to get off when the bus got to the port as crossing time only takes about 15 minutes! Another entry point is at Sta. Ana Wharf where motorboats take passengers straight to Kaputian and Talikud islands.  
At Babak wharf, the bus continued its journey to Penaplata, its last stop. From the terminal, I boarded a motorbike and the driver took me to th…

Blog Giveaway c/o World Bites : Win a Box of Treats from Around the Globe!

Are you the adventurous type who loves traveling and trying out new food? Are you willing to book a flight or ride a boat solely just to eat?  (No judgement, I'm that way too! :P See related post, Samar-Leyte in a Day

Yes?! 
Well hello there kindred soul! Have I got a treat for you! :)

Last week, I received a box of snacks from World Bites, a newly launched  online store and subscription box service  offering popular international snacks  you rarely see in retail stores around the Philippines. 
Seeing treats I haven't tried got me really excited and before I could stop myself (I had just taken my breakfast),  I'd already open four bags. I was with my siblings  at the time and we all enjoyed trying it out. The selection of snacks were a variety of sweet, spicy and salty, over-all, a nice combination of flavors.  Coming from a family of foodies, it also turned out to be a nice bonding activity for us. I'll write a separate review about what we've tried on another post.…

Gift Ideas for Outdoor Lovers & Travelers

Christmas is fast approaching and if you're still hunting for presents,  this post is for you! :) Here are some  recommendations on what to give to your adventurous, wandering loved ones. 

Not celebrating Christmas? You can also make this part of your wish list or as a present for another occassion!:)
Note : I've excluded some items which I've already featured on previous years' lists (For more gift ideas, see past lists here, 2011 | 2013You'll still find most of them in the market! ;) 
1. TAKE THEM  OUT ON AN ADVENTURE!
Mountain Hike
Do something fun and challenging together by visiting a mountain! Here's a good resource on organizing a DIY hike, Top 6 Hiking Spots Near Manila Ideal for Romantic Dates (Update : Pico de Loro which appears #5 on the list is  closed indefinitely for hiking activities.)

Spending a night out of town? Get discounts on unique accommodations here.  

Not much into hiking? Check this post by The Poor Traveler for other travel ideas, 15 Cheap …

Angono Travel Series Part 2 : Where to Go (with Itinerary and travel information!)

If you're in Manila and looking for a nice day trip, consider Angono, the Philippines' art capital. Located in the province of Rizal, it's only 1-2 hours away (depending on traffic) and easy to reach either by public or private transportation. With most galleries and restaurants  close to each other, it's an ideal destination for food and art lovers who have limited time.  
Here are some of the art galleries and other places I visited recently with my fellow bloggers. 
Related post : Check out part 1, Where to Eat in Angono

ART GALLERY AT BALAW BALAW SPECIALTY RESTAURANT


Though Balaw Balaw is popular as a specialty restaurant serving exotic and folk dishes, their gallery is also worth a visit! It features paintings and sculptures from members of the Vocalan family  and other local artists, showcasing  Filipino folklore and traditions. Do  try out their adventurous dishes while you're there! Crickets anyone? 
Another equally interesting art gallery and restaurant which y…

Angono Travel Series Part 1 : Where to Eat (Plus travel information!)

The province of Rizal is close to a section of the Sierra Madre mountain range and I've gone here several times for hiking but with limited to go around, I haven't explored much of its surrounding towns. Last week, I joined my fellow bloggers on a 2-day tour and this time, I was introduced to the thriving food and art scene of  one of its municipalities, Angono! :)

Dubbed as the Art Capital of the Philippines, Angono has numerous galleries, museums, food establishments featuring art works and even an entire street lined with murals! It is also the hometown of two National Artists, Carlos "Botong" Francisco, a noted muralist and Lucio San Pedro, the composer behind the classic, Sa Ugoy ng Duyan (Listen to it here.)

After two days of overeating, I'm sharing with you all the food establishments we visited, where you can indulge in affordable, quality, comfort food. :) 

Related Post : Where to Go in Angono for arts and recreation!


BALAW BALAW RESTAURANT AND ART GALLERY
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