Giveaway: Win 2 Lunch Buffet Vouchers at Heat, EDSA Shangri-La

Giveaway: Win Lunch Buffet Vouchers at EDSA Shangri-La Heat

Delicious food, a wide array of selection, quality service, and an amazing ambiance—is it any wonder that Heat at EDSA Shangri-La is one of the most well-loved hotel buffets in Metro Manila?

That’s why I’m so delighted to offer the readers of Girl Chasing Sunshine the chance to have this splendid buffet dining experience for themselves. 

Home to the finest food in the city, Heat is an international buffet restaurant inside the famed EDSA Shangri-La Manila. The restaurant serves Asian and continental dish specialties in a resort-like setting.

Staycation At Makati Diamond Residences: Finding The Best Hotel Deals With Traveloka

Staycation at Makati Diamond Residences Booked Through the Traveloka App

When my parents visited the city for Christmas last year, I wanted to book a two-bedroom suite for our family at the Makati Diamond Residences, a full-serviced residence at the heart of the Makati Central Business District, appointed with 433 spacious and modern guestrooms.

Unfortunately, when I decided to book a suite, there was no availability on Christmas Eve anymore. We can stay after Christmas but the prices were outrageously high, even for a luxurious hotel, since it was holiday season!

I decided to pass up on this hotel then but fast forward to February of this year, not only was I able to book a room but I got a great deal too, saving more than Php3,500! No, I was not sponsored or given a media discount by the property but a fellow blogger introduced me to the Traveloka mobile app!

Speeding Through Saigon With Uber

Using Uber in Saigon

Ho Chi Minh (also known as Saigon) was the last stop of my 10-day Southeast Asian adventure with my college roommate last December 2016. As it was at the tail-end of our Amazing Race-esque trip, I was already feeling the fatigue of traveling. Coupled with my prejudice that the city is chaotic and crazy, I stepped foot into the city ready to be disappointed.

Boy, was I wrong! Yes, chaos is everywhere in Saigon but it perfectly complemented with the rich culture and the delectable cuisine! It’s as if there is a symphony of noises, sights, smells, and tastes that make Ho Chi Minh quite bustling and overwhelming.

Navigating through Ho Chi Minh is not for the faint of heart. The roads, even the narrowest alleys, are filled with motorbikes maniacally speeding from all directions! I was almost certain I would leave the city sprinting with a broken leg or arm.

After Manila, Where to Next?

Bumper-to-bumper traffic, street and karaoke noise all over, the stifling heat—the capital of the Philippines can be daunting at first but once you dig deeper, you will unfold a fast-paced and fascinating metropolis defined by its rich history and legacy. 

Manila Chinatown 

Oh, Manila—love it or hate it, as they say! Whether you are a first-time traveler to the Philippines excited to see what makes this country more fun aside from its capital city, a millennial Manilenya seeking to escape the buzzling city, or a returning tourist wanting to stray away from the metro, here are some ideas on where to go next after exploring the Philippines’ chaotic yet iconic mad metropolis.  

Thankfully, there’s a wide array of choices for you—places to visit, transportation to take and accommodations to book—ranging from luxury to budget—in any city or province you wish to discover after Manila. 

A Guide For Filipinos: Do I Need A Visa To Transit Through Dubai?

When we scored cheap roundtrip tickets from Manila to Dubai last year, we knew that our journey would not end in the United Arab Emirates—we would continue on to Europe to fulfill the biggest trip of our lives, and so we did.

As planned, we flew from Manila to Dubai through Cebu Pacific. From Dubai, our connecting flight to Vienna, Austria was via Ukraine Airlines, with another 2-hour layover in Kiev, Ukraine. Whew! I know what you are thinking. What a complicated flight, right? Anything to make #Europamore happen!

Since we’re having a connecting flight in Dubai in a different airline, we were faced by our first road block: 

Where to Eat in Vienna

Where to eat in vienna, austria

I have a confession to make. When it finally became clear to us that we were really going to Europe, what scared me most—aside from fitting all my belongings in a single hand-carry—was parting ways with rice for 12 days! Filipinos are notorious for devouring rice in every meal. We just cannot survive without rice—if you know me, you know that this is certainly true for me! And so, even if I was fulfilling the greatest trip of my life, European cuisine just didn’t appeal to me. Cheese? Sausage? Come on, give me some rice!

But all my fears about missing rice flew out of the window when we finally set foot in Vienna. 

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