More Than A Festival

Wonderfruit Festival, Thailand’s pioneering globally conscious, cross-cultural live celebration of art, music and life, today revealed what is in store for Wonderers in The Fields this year. Built on six unique pillars, Wonderfruit is more than a festival, but rather a journey that begins the moment you enter The Fields at Siam Country Club. This year, the site will be transformed into an experiential playground packed with 60+ music acts from all over the globe, 20+ stunning art installations and dazzling theatrical performances, 55 exquisite gastronomic delights, 30+ engaging talks & workshops, 35+ wellness & adventures offerings, plus plenty of interactive activities for the whole family – all intertwined to create an immersive experience for Wonderers.

Since its inception, Wonderfruit has always thrived to bring a diverse, genre-bending lineup of live performers that span the musical spectrum, and this year is no exception with numerous musical acts from around the world.

The Living Stage will be home to notable and diverse mainstage acts from head bangers like Rudimental, ​famous for their heavy hitting beats and Young Fathers​, a hip-hop trio from Scotland, to the eclectic likes of Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra ​with their mesmerizing blend of live orchestral and electronic music, Shura​, famous for her new wave synthesized sounds and soothing vocals and Grammy nominated singer, Lianne La Havas.​

Those not ready to call it a night, will most likely end up at The Quarry​, Wonderfruit’s legendary after party destination. Get ready to dance till you drop to genre-defying sounds by Simian Mobile Disco and ​the distinctive tunes of European electronica by Yaya​; or brace yourselves for some heavy hitting techno by Nicole Moudaber ​and a dark, hardware-only live set from Headless Horseman​.

Those who just woke up or haven’t slept yet, can climb up the Solar Stage​, at the highest point of The Fields, built by Gregg Fleishman​, who’s known for his creations at Burning Man, to catch unforgettable sunrise scenes.

The Solar Stage will host the performances from Eric Volta​, Sabo​, YokoO and sunrise yoga with Liv Lo and Rosemary, while sunset performances will be hosted by Wolf + Lamb​, Norman Jay MBE​, KMLN​, Marc Antona​, Akimbo​ and more. Farm Stage​, another must-see this year, will see acts like Buke and Gase, Superglasses Ska Ensemble, Yena, Sahai Hang Sailom, Srirajah Rockers, At Adau, Nang Talung Sakon Dharma and more.​ Listen to the Wonderfruit Playlist and know what you’re in store for.

Wonderers are also in for a treat as Forbidden Fruit hosts Wonderfruit’s first ever gay party on Friday night. “Adam and Steve​” features Thailand’s premier drag queen, the inimitable Pangina Heals, ​who’ll delight revelers with her “waacking” performances, outrageous entertainment and plenty of surprises. The appropriately fabulous venue will also be the setting for irresistible music from Luna City Express​, Noxro​ and Uone​ throughout Wonderfruit.

The Rainforest Pavilion ​is ​where Scratch Talks will take place during the day. Get inspired by the talks from Trash Hero Thailand,​ the man behind Indonesian unicorn app GO-JEK and more. At night, the Pavilion ​will delight Wonderers with some techno beats from Agent H, Alex Joy, Cabbit, Zig Zach, Fadi Alurk, Gary Hutchings, Halim Ardie, small&Tall Soundsystem featuring Swamy and David Brabbins​ and others.

But as Virginia Woolf said in her seminal essay, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Wonderers need not worry as food is another integral element of the Wonderfruit experience and the choices are plentiful. Grab European fare from Marcel​, Thyme and Peppina and sushi from Morimoto – some of Bangkok’s hottest restaurants, or indulge in your favourite street food and keep breakfast going all day long at Rocketfruit​.

Wonder Feasts​, are also back, offering a luxurious communal outdoor dining experience where food and entertainment are in ample supply, and wine flows freely, courtesy of Italasia​. Returning for the second time in two years, maestro of progressive Indian cuisine, Gaggan Anand is throwing a feast with the help of his friend Chef Daniel Chavez of Ola in Singapore. Expect fire-grilled barbecue delights, Peruvian ceviche and other delicacies. Wonderers with a taste for the fare from acclaimed Bangkok restaurants Appia ​and Soul Food Mahanakorn should join chefs Paolo Vitaletti and Jarrett Wrisley as the duo teams up for a reggae brunch. If you are feeling peckish during the day, let Chef Jeriko of Cocotte ​serve you a mouth-watering farm-to-table banquet of dishes from fresh, organic and seasonal products. Those who are looking for something out of the ordinary should check out F.A.C.T. Collective​’s feast, at which chefs Khanaporn “Oom” Janjirdsak and Panupon “Black” Bulsuwan will serve unique dishes that combine the flavours of northern and southern Thai cuisines. (Note: Seat capacity for all Wonder Feasts is limited. More information on pre-booking will be available soon)

Additionally, Wonderers can expect a range of experiences that encourage exploration, creativity and collaboration thanks to SC Asset​, who bring The Sharing Neighbourhood ​back to The Fields, including a new treat for this year – Breakfast for Good Mornings – a truly Thai-style start to the day at Wonderfruit. The Molam Bus Project by Jim Thompson Art Centre is also back by popular demand and will offer Wonderers a chance to experience the authentic culture of Thailand’s north-eastern region Isaan, including music courtesy of All Thidsa and Pimjai Pechpralanchai.​ Don’t forget to check out the Wonder Salon ​by TAT for a Wonderfruit “makeover”, relax in The Ziggurat​, an upcycled-design beer garden by Singha​, or get more intimate and cosy inside Moon Shack by Sangsom.

Apart from talks & workshops, Wonderfruit is also a place where you can strengthen your body and mind through a range of wellness & adventure ​activities. Shed some sweat and try belly dance, body combat and Zumba with the team from GuavaFruit, ​a collaboration of Wonderfruit and GuavaPass​; practice different styles of yoga with international experts, ​and take part in meditation, healing and dance sessions. If you come as a family, stop by Camp Wonder, ​which ​will be jam-packed ​with fun activities to keep the whole family busy.

As well as sustainable, Wonderfruit is also big on technology and safety. The event is completely cashless ​and all Wonderers will receive an RFID wristband, making paying easier and eliminating the need to worry about the safety of your wallet. The wristbands, courtesy of Bangkok Bank​, can be topped up at stations around the festival.

Wonderfruit takes place at The Fields at Siam Country Club, Pattaya from 16 to 19 February 2017. Four-day passes can currently be purchased at 6,600+ when “PHILTCM” code is used for 15% discount. Visit Wonderfruit’s website for more information on securing your tickets, travel, and accommodations.

Photos: Wonderfruit Festival

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My First Makeup Press Trip

Weeks ago, I was able to go back to Cebu just like last year and experience it more through food and makeup – thanks to MAC Cosmetics!

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Tokyo Series 2: 東京ディズニーシー

Believe it or not, albeit my nickname was really inspired (Yes, I asked my mom LOL) by that cartoon character which is the official mascot of Disney, it was my first ever Disneyland experience. My blogger friends told me that if you’re going to have your Disney experience, it should be at Disney Sea and since we’re in Tokyo, especially because of its unique nautical theme. And of course, the sea!!

I am quite familiar with the famous Disney characters and movies, probably Mickey Mouse would the least ironically haha. I remember reading of some of their books esp. Sleeping Beauty (Disney version) which mom would leave at our book shelves. I’m not really a fan of all the Disney stories and movies of the time tbh and it might not be the “happiest place on earth” but it was really one of the cutest, most sanitised and adventurous theme-park I went to!

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When we arrived in Narita airport, we went to Chiba (east of Tokyo) to leave our bags at Tita Ian’s house and then we went straight to Disneyland which was just a quick and easy commute. We got our tickets discounted for around 4000+ Yen (night pass) days before (this way and fast passes recommended for travellers)

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Isn’t the mouse shape so cute in everything? My mom would be so delighted!!

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It was a Wednesday night and lines were already long. We skipped the the other Disney places and most of the rides in Disney sea and decided to stroll and just relax. And it was indeed especially with the views of italian-port inspired Mediterranean Harbor, Mysterious Island, Mermaid Lagoon and New York Harbor. More photos below.

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Disney AquaSphere. I spotted the Philippines in my background image!!

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View of the Mysterious Island

We were to able to catch the Be Magical show which featured Disney characters and an amazing firework display. The language is in Japanese but I think the visuals can relate.

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We didn’t finish the show and decided to stroll to the Venice inspired place. I think that I got attracted to vibe of this area because I haven’t been!

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The lights!!

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The DisneySea electric railway for riders going to and from the American waterfront

Of course, the American Waterfront! Felt like New York!!

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We stopped and ate at this UCC cafe which had expensive set meals at around 3000 Yen. We were so hungry we missed dinner so i couldn’t tell if it was good LOL

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Closer view of the giant volcano

At the mermaid lagoon..

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Whirlpool!

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Full moon and the tower of terror

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Part 3 of Tokyo here

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GZ to SZ

It was one of those amazing trips that proved I just like challenges : spending your time in a city that almost cannot understand you (well, I’m used to that in PH too), going to the next one – 150 km apart – just with Google Translate in the palm of your hands, rushing through efficient trains  just to be able to make time for a lot of different things and places, and a lot more.

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It was just a year after my first GZ trip and while there’s still so much to culturally explore – traditional temples, preserved museums, etc in this old city which I’l prolly visit next year – my friend Michelle got transferred to Shenzen, which is just a 27-year old city in China . It was not my first time in the latter as I remembered being treated there for traditional medicine when I was like 10 years old. There’s just so much development now in that city that’s referred now as a “tech center” in China, and one of the fastest-growing cities.

The first few days were spent in Guangzhou. We didn’t live in Beijing Lu ( a famous shopping destination), but the sight of the Pearl River which I got to really see this time was enough for quite some time.

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The Pearl River

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Haizhu Square

Few snaps of my fav places in Guangzhou that i revisited..

Aside from shopping, most of the time really was spent on commuting and learning the system and I wanna talk about this more in this blog post because I think that’s important when you travel in this city. GZ is big and there’s so much to explore (and buy too!) so if you’re up for those experiences but with a tight budget and time, one must really learn the metro. I personally think that while the GZ metro map can help you, it’s much easier to learn it by experience  (call a friend who is living there and who can speak your language too and let him or her walk you through), especially when you’re coming from a country that doesn’t have 4-5 exits per station or more than 3 lines. It was just my second time to take the train but i still had a difficult time especially because of the language barrier, despite how high-tech already their trains and ticket machines are. Those will be positively charged to experience.

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I was really scared when i decided to leave my mom and commute by myself from GZ to Shenzen at night to meet my friend Michelle. I don’t know how to speak their language and the signs and environment seemed overwhelming but I guess I just had to overcome it (just a feeling! haha) especially when you have a very loving and overprotective mother LOL

I arrived at Shenzhen at night (see picture below), thanks to Michelle and her boyfriend Anton for fetching me (because really, I had a bad experience with cab drivers not understanding any of my languages, signs and even the internet’s). I must say that despite all these being lost in translation, they’re very nice and friendly to travellers!

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Michelle lives at Shenzhen East (near Tianji station) and it’s 14 stations from CRH station but the trip is really fast. The train system in the city is also efficient as GZ’s so exploring this one is recommendable via this way.

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Not a fan of this green burger!

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Tunnels

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They have yummy seafood here!

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Fire trees!!

We went to the Happiness Tree Cafe which had amazing instagrammable interiors, and good food as well.

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It was so nice catching up with Michelle. So much has happened since my trip last year. We were just discussing my plans then for Digify then months after, we got to work with each other and now we’re here! She also got promoted in Baidu and I’m so proud of her!!

We then went to a temple and museum called Chiwan Tianhou Temple, located in Nanshan District (near Sea World!0, which can be accessed via train or bus. Entrance is just 15 RMB and it’s worth the commute because of the history of the palace temple.

It is said that the first temple was completed on this site in 1410 when the famois admiral-eunuch Zheng commissioned by emperor Zhu Di to “sail west.” “Reaching the Pearl River Delta near Chiwan, the fleet encountered a storm and was enabled to carry on. Tian Hou appeared to the emperor, saying it was she that saved the fleet, and that the emperor was to built a temple near the site to show his thanks. Thus the temple was built, and the Wish-Giving Tree in the courtyard (or perhaps its ancestor?) was planted by Zhang He and his staff.
The temple has since been destroyed and rebuilt several times, most recently by the Shenzhen Municipal Government in the 1990’s.” (http://mi-le-fo.thetempleguy.com/temples/SZ0002.html)

I haven’t been to a lot of temples but this is one of the oldest and biggest in the city (and Hong Kong) and I found it beautiful and well taken care of. See all parts of the temple here.

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After our visit here, I travelled back to GZ just for a few hours (already got the hang of it yey!) and I thought I was so ready for more adventures in the next trips! I must say I really felt accomplished and happy doing this!

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Some of my friends will be back to visit a beach in Shenzen, and cross to Hong Kong. That sounds fun and challenging, right? =)

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