Wagyu 63 Taking Over Cu Chi Bar on April 7




Aldous ate the World is a proud media partner of Back to the 90's #Wagyu x CuChi happening on April 7. Dance to 1990's Hip Hop and R & B hits by DJ Diomampo while enjoying freshly cooked wagyu cubes from Wagyu 63 and excellent cocktails from Cu Chi Bar. Entrance is free! Come over and bring the entire squad!



The Ups and Downs of Northern Hope Tour's El Nido Tour A and C

No El Nido trip is complete without doing the different tours. Recently, I went to El Nido for the first time and decided to book Tours A & C with Northern Hope Tours. For this review, I've decided to bring back the Ups and Downs. For those who are not familiar with it, it's where I give the good bits an up and the bad bits a down. Also, I decided to combine some places we went at Tour A with some places we went to at Tour C. Anyway, I'm sure you're very excited so without further adieu, lets up some downs:


Helicopter Beach and Seven Commando Beach













The first parts of both Tour A and C is without a doubt the best. Both Helicopter Island and Seven Commando Beach are crystal clear white sand beaches I could spend hours at. Therefore, this gets a giant up. There are some refreshments available at the islands too. Fact: Helicopter Island is named that way because it is shaped like a helicopter.


Matinloc Shrine



For a wonderful view, Matinloc Shrine is the place to be. Unfortunately, you'll need to pay 100 pesos to enter. When we got there, it wasn't that crowded because most tourists aren't keen on paying an entrance free. Was the P100 worth it? Not really. Down!


Secret Lagoon, Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon






Tour A will let you explore 3 lagoons. It was actually my first time in a lagoon and what an experience it was. Be reminded there are parts that get a little rocky so it's better to be in water shoes. By the way, the big lagoon is so huge that I wasn't able to explore the entire thing. If you easily get tired like me, it's highly recommended to explore the lagoons using a kayak. What an adventurous time it was! Up!

Hidden Beach and Secret Beach






One of the most known attractions of El Nido are the Hidden and Secret Beaches. Since they're hidden gems, you'll have no choice but to swim to get there. It's all worth it when you get there though. You're going to be glad you're in the surroundings of Mother Nature's work of arts. Up!


Talisay Beach and Simizu Island







Both tours include yummy island style lunch and we had them at small islands Shimizu Island and Talisay Beach. Despite being places where we just had lunch, they were pretty nice. Believe it or not, they were great places to take lots of pictures too. Up!


The Crew



The Northern Hope Tours team did a very good job in taking care of us. Ryan, the tour guide, was also very entertaining with his spot-on jokes and humorous hugot lines. My favorite was when he said, "I got 3 jokes. Joke joke joke!." The rest of the crew took care of those who didn't know how to swim by dragging their life vests to the boat or to the destination whenever they saw one of us floating in the sea. I highly commend their crew on a job well done so I give them a humongous up.


Final Tally

Up - 5                                                             Down - 1

  Tour A is P1200 per person that already includes lunch, mask & snorkel, life vests and guides. It includes stops to Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Simizu Island, Secret Lagoon and 7 Commandos Beach. The tour is from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Tour C is P1500 per person and also includes lunch, life vests, snorkeling gear and guides. It includes stops to Talisay Beach, Helicopter Island, Hidden Beach, Secret Beach,


Book at Norther Tours' Official Website


Multimillion Dollar Casinos Opening in El Nido

"Whatever you can do, I can do better."

That seems to be the quote in the mind of Palawan mayor Nieves Cabumalda-Rosemto after she approved the construction of a series of casinos in El Nido. "Magkakaroon din sa Boracay edi magkaroon na din sa Palawan. She said. "Hindi naman sa gumagaya kami. Feeling ko yan ang uso ngayon."

To nobody's surprise, the palace approved of this project.

"Aba, bakit hinde?" President Duwerte exclaimed. "Kung matutuwa ang mga Pilipino at mga poreyner edi ituloy na yan."

 



Meanwhile, tourists visiting at El Nido can expect a new type of tour. Tour companies are fixing a new tour called "Tour $." In this tour, you won't be riding a boat to go to different islands and lagoons. 

Instead, you'll be casino hopping. Backpackers who are looking to meet other travelers are not advised to join this tour. It's expected to be composed of mostly retired old men with tummies the size of The Big Lagoon.

"It's a tour like you've never experienced." tour guide Joyce Parungao said. "You'll be snorkeling under boodles of cash."




As I'm typing this, activists are already on their way to the streets to stage a rally to try and do something about this project. Their slogans all read one thing and that's........
























HAPPY APRIL FOOL'S DAY!

Dusit Hospitality Management College Opening Soon at Bonifacio Global City



A new larger than life cooking school will soon rise at the Bonifacio Global City beside SM Aura. The Dusit Hospitality Management College promises to be the most technologically advanced culinary school in the metro. It's a good thing I was lucky enough to be invited to the preview of this project. The school's Managing Director, Lars Eltvik was even on hand to give a background on the college which is expected to launch in late August.



It turns out the building is not only composed of a school but a hotel too. The school itself has many amenities including a place where the students can chill and meet other students. There's also an open kitchen coffee shop that serves phenomenal food. Truth be told, I'm very excited for the school to open. It will give great opportunities to people who want to learn to cook. The college even has experts from its partner institutions all over the world coming over to share their expertise.



Afterwards, Dusit Hospitality Management College's Director of Culinary Arts, Chef Cyrille Soenen gave a cooking demo on the making of Foie Gras. Of course, the best part about the demo was sampling the food. =D



Who joined Chef Cyrille? None other than Actor/Director Joel Torre. How ironic is it that he's on the job here? When it comes to whipping up good food, consider Chef Cyrille as a perfectionist. With his long list of accomplishments, he's the best choice to be the director of DHMC.



Joel Torre told us he was planning on becoming a chef as his second career when he retires in the showbiz industry. It's not a bad decision as lots of showbiz personalities end up starting their own restaurants after learning how to cook. Who knows? You may become a successful entrepreneur after learning how to cook at DHMC.


The following is the official press release:


Manila, Philippines, 21 March 2018 –   Students and young professionals looking to pursue a career in hospitality management and the culinary arts can begin their journey this year at what promises to be the most advanced and internationally-integrated hospitality management school in Southeast Asia. 

Introduced in 2016, Dusit Hospitality Management College (DHMC), nearing completion in Bonifacio Global City, brings together three of the most trusted names in international hospitality and culinary education -- Dusit International, Switzerland’s world-renowned École Hôtelière de Lausanne, and Institut Paul Bocuse from Lyon, France - to offer students education and training aligned with the highest international standards.

“It makes perfect sense for Dusit International to situate its first college outside Thailand in Manila.  Filipinos are well known and respected in the global hospitality industry as hard working, creative and dependable.  Culturally, Filipinos are warm, hospitable people with a natural inclination to succeed in the hospitality industry,” explains Lars Eltvik, DHMC and dusitD2 Hotel The Fort Managing Director, a 30-year veteran in international hospitality education and operations. “Dusit Hospitality Education is proud to establish in the Philippines and to bring to the country the very best of international educators in hospitality and culinary arts.  We want to introduce programmes and pedagogy of the highest international standard and in time contribute to more Filipinos and Asians excelling into senior management positions, both in the region and world-wide.”

The DHMC curriculum for the bachelor degree in hospitality management follows the Philippine Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED’s) standards. The programme is also approved and certified by École Hôtelière de Lausanne. Integrated in the programme the students must complete a 6 months internship. This can be completed in the Philippines or internationally.

Beyond the College’s international partnerships, DHMC promises its students ‘more than an education’ where they will gain work experience throughout the different areas of the hotel. Dusit Hospitality Management College is fully integrated with dusit D2 the Fort Manila hotel. This unique integration allows students to study as well as gain relevant work experience at different levels throughout all the departments in the hotel during their studies. The college occupies the first 9 floors of the 27-storey building where both students and hotel guests alike will enjoy and appreciate the ‘behind the scenes theme’ of the college and hotel. 

Upon completion, the college and the dusitD2 The Fort Manila hotel will include world-class hospitality education facilities, including practical kitchens, 5 restaurant outlets, function rooms, recreational facilities including a swimming pool and fitness center, and 125 guest rooms. 

A Track for Everyone with a Passion for the Hospitality Business and Culinary Arts

DHMC offers educational and training opportunities for people at different educational and life stages.  From high school graduates moving into higher education or the young professional looking to make a career shift into hospitality management, there are the degree programs.  For middle managers looking to up their game, there will be a series of professional development courses in a wide range of areas to enhance their careers.  For those with a passion for cooking and culinary arts, for personal development or to go professional, DHMC will offer a range of world class courses in cookery, pastry and bakery, as well as courses for wine appreciation and barista. For those wanting to move abroad, the college will offer a range of courses in English, particularly aimed for professions in the hospitality and tourism industries.   

At the heart of the School’s offerings are the Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality Management and the Professional Advancement Centre.  Whilst the bachelor degree programme in Hospitality Management will be certified by the world renowned École Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), culinary programs and specialty programs for career switchers will be introduced in collaboration with the Institut Paul Bocuse. DHMC will also introduce a series of executive programmes aimed at senior managers in the hospitality and services industries.

For Students and Career Shifters
Open for enrollment now is the Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management which will begin classes in August 2018.  BS in Hospitality Management is a four-year program certified by the the École Hôtelière de Lausanne. Students are trained through a well-rounded educational approach that integrates theoretical knowledge and practical applications in hotel-setting operations.

For Culinary Management and Culinary Professionals Focused on Raising the Bar

DHMC’s Professional Advancement Centre offers certification courses open to both students, keen amateurs and professionals. The wide range of courses are designed so that enrollees can focus on a specific culinary skill or hospitality discipline. Professional courses are available on a full and part-time basis.

In partnership with Institut Paul Bocuse, DHMC offers Culinary Arts, Pastry and Bakery, and Restaurant Management courses. These programs use state-of-the-art kitchen facilities and are taught by highly skilled chef instructors with the objective of teaching students to professionally manage culinary or hotel operations.

The Culinary Arts for Professionals Course is designed to provide both the fundamentals and advanced expertise of authentic French cuisine, including an appreciation for contemporary flavors. Pastry for Professionals, meanwhile, is designed to give chefs with pastry expertise further exposure in various assignments to include confectioners, pastry shops, and hotel culinary operations.

The Restaurant Management course is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs interested to become players in the restaurant industry. The course covers fundamental business skills to include marketing, accounting, IT, human resources, sustainable development, and food and beverage management.

The École Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) Executive Education
DHMC’s Professional Advancement Centre also offers a flexible and modular approach in the curriculum, made for aspiring senior manager hoteliers to become proficient at hospitality operations management. The Executive Education programmes are designed to hone one’s business skills and acumen to work in a wide range of areas within the hospitality industry.
The Driving Hotel Revenues Course is designed for students to develop a solid understanding of the key concepts in strategic revenue management. It will explore the relevance of revenue growth strategies and its respective operational aspects in hotel management, producing young hoteliers who are equipped to become management leaders.
To make the students’ hotel management experience more extensive, they will also be trained in Mastering Hotel Financials. It will develop student’s decision-making and financial planning skills essential to acquire competencies in analyzing hotel financial performances. This programme is key to estimate future performance and monitor variances between actual outcomes and projected ones in hotel finances.
DHMC also offers extra-curricular activities for aspiring hospitality professionals to be exposed to culture and the arts. Different activities such as learning foreign languages, honing one’s English proficiency, going on familiarization tours to hospitality industry partners, and having access to guest lectures by industry leaders will round out the whole learning experience provided at the College.   

The College’s offerings are carefully designed to give students the option for a higher level of learning that can help unlock opportunities for its graduates.  

“We are passionate about giving our students proper direction and opportunities to be successful professionals on the world stage.  We want to develop globally competitive hoteliers and restaurateurs for the next generation,” adds Lars Eltvik.  “There is a growing need for skilled professionals in our industry across the globe and we want to assure parents that they are making the right choice by choosing us to prepare them for an international hospitality management or culinary career.”

DHMC is also delighted to offer generous merit based scholarships at up to 50% of tuition fees for excellent students.

To learn more about Dusit Hospitality Management College, visit www.dusitcollege.ph or www.facebook.com/dhmcmanila.







About Dusit Hospitality Management College
Dusit Hospitality Management College (DHMC) is an international management school dedicated to honing the next generation of world-class hoteliers and restaurateurs. The college is fully integrated with an upmarket hotel, the dusitD2 The Fort, Manila, and is the first of its kind in the Asia Pacific region, giving students the opportunity to develop the skills needed to become extraordinary hoteliers and restaurateurs.

DHMC brings together trusted professors and instructors in the international hospitality and culinary education to offer students education and training according to the highest international standards. The degree program in hospitality management is certified by the world renowned École Hôtelière de Lausanne while the professional advancement and culinary programs will be introduced in collaboration with the Institut Paul Bocuse.

For more information on Dusit Hospitality Management College, visit www.dusitcollege.ph or www.facebook.com/dhmcmanila, or call (02) 238 8888.


For inquiries, please contact:
Lars Eltvik
Managing Director
Dusit Hospitality Management College
dusitD2 the Fort Manila
Telephone: +63 917 808 6606