Food Tour: January

Nutritionally well-balanced meal by Cafe&Meal Muji

Artisan wantons by Wanton, Seng’s Noodle Bar

TCA Egglet by The Coffee Academics

Lunch Set Meal by Folks Collective

Tiger Blood Daisy by Smoke & Mirrors

A bowl of goodness by An An @ Pasarbella

Korean Army Stew by Wang Dae Bak

Cold Brew by Kilo Kallang

Lamayo Breakfast Meal by Hibiscus Garden Inn

Cocktails by Rambla

Chorizo in White Wine by Rambla

The Most Beautiful Island In The World

Subject: Las Cabanas Sunset
Location: El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Confidently Beautiful in a Dragon Boat

Some of most beautiful women in the universe were spotted in a dragon boat in the paradise island of Boracay in the Philippines. Sixteen lovely beauties visited Boracay and were warmly welcomed by the officials and locals of Malay in Aklan, the province where the world-famous island is situated. Aside from paddling in the beautiful shores of Boracay, the contestants also got to try fishnet-making and handicraft-weaving using palm leaves.

The island visit is just one segment of the different pre-pageant activities that all 86 contestants must go through. Such activities include photo shoots, swimwear competition, and women empowerment activations–all leading to the 65th Miss Universe Coronation Night scheduled on the 30th January at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila.

This dragon boat training activity organised for the Miss Universe candidates is a great exposure for the sport of dragon boat. Don’t we all want to live to see the day where every time we mention ‘dragon boat’, we’ll hear: “Oh cool!”, instead of “Sorry, dragon what?”

Here are some the photos of them Confidently Beautiful paddlers!

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Thanks to Richelle Louise Singson-Michael and the whole Miss Universe marketing team who made this Dragon Boat segment possible in cooperation with the Department of Tourism, Solar Sports and the Province of Aklan. Watch it air LIVE on 29th January on FOX from The Philippines.

Photos: Department of Tourism, CNN Philippines, Rappler, Inquirer Lifestyle, InterAksyon, Sunstar, Netpinas, Manila Bulletin

Dragon Boats turn Hot as Ice

When the Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival opened its registration in November last year, it had a spectacular 10-minute sell out. The organising committee then had to make a decision to open another block to give chance for more teams to enter the competition.

This mirrors the ever growing popularity of the sport of dragon boat; and in this case, it’s on ice. Various dragon boat teams from California, Florida, New York, Ontario and Quebec have entered to join the festivities that’s happening on 17th – 18th February 2017 on the Rideau Canal Skateway at Dow’s Lake in Winterlude, Ottawa, Canada.

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It’s Canada’s 150th Anniversary and this adrenaline-filled dragon boating fiesta will surely bring more excitement and colour to the historic year-long celebration.

Haley Ritchie of Metro spoke with John Brooman, CEO of Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival, to know more about ice dragon boating. Read the full interview HERE.

New You for 2017

Whether last year had been a good or a not-so-good year for us, it’s in the past now. Let us channel our time and energy to enjoy the many takeaways from it. Count the blessings that came our way and likewise savour its beauty and significance to our lives and those around us. This, to us, is the true essence of the holiday season.

As we tackle on this year, may we keep working on our goals, and while at it, ask advice from big-brained friends who are willing to help and share. Try to eat healthy and eat happy. Exercise as much as you can, one muscle group at a time. At least fifteen minutes of quality routines should be enough actually.

Pack your bag and go to that dream city or island you’ve always wanted to visit. Get to know about a different culture and language even. Blurt out that joke or funny story you’ve been meaning to tell. What we’re saying is: be brave. It is entirely up to us on how we’ll write, draw, and colour our 2017 story. Happy new you!