The Venice Grand Canal Mall

Megaworld Lifestyle Malls did it again! With the completion of its Venice Grand Canal Mall, elevating our shopping and dining experiences several notches higher, locals can now get a taste and feel of la dolce vita in one of Europe’s most romantic cities: Venice. From the sights to the sounds as well as the cuisine, visiting this mall is like stepping  into an entirely far-off place.

Rialto Bridge

Located in McKinley Hill in Taguig City, the Venice Grand Canal Mall captures the charm and majesty of picturesque Venezia and is now a popular destination among Metro Manila residents and local tourists alike. No doubt the place is so Instagram-worthy so I couldn’t help but have my photo taken.

la dolce vita

Aside from the retail shops and modern cinema, there are so many restaurants to choose from offering a variety of cuisines — of course there’s a few Italian, Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Thai as well as fusion restaurants. When I first visited the mall with my friends, we dined at Toni & Sergio Gastro Italiano and the food is as authentic as it can be with Italian chefs at the restaurant’s helm. These are what we sampled:

Creamy Baked Spinach

Insalate di T&S

Vongole Pasta

You will recognize real, honest-to-goodness Italian pizza by its toppings. It may appear as though there’s very little topping and it’s true but it tastes absolutely delizioso.

Pizza Margherita di Buffala

For dessert we tried another Italian restaurant called Gran Caffe Lavena which sits right on the Rialto bridge. We ordered two cakes: one was Tres Leches and the other was Sansrival. Prices are quite steep. I guess it’s because the restaurant occupies a prime central space with a great view of the canal to boot.


I actually once spent a whole day in Venice, Italy a long time ago 15 years ago to be exact. A handful of my classmates and I took a day trip to Venice from our home base in Munich, Germany. However, since we were just student-scholars living on modest stipends, we never got to ride a gondola in Venice. I remember back then the rate was 60 euros per gondola — too expensive for us — so we just spent our pocket money on pizza and gelato.

godola ride

I finally got to ride a gondola at the mall, albeit briefly, and it’s even more special because I was with my daughter Bea, who longs to travel to Italy in the future. The rates for the ten-minute gondola ride are as follows: P250 per head (Mondays – Thursdays); P350 per head (Fridays – Sundays); minimum  of 4 persons  per gondola. It’s really nice to try it but I bet it’s even better at sunset or at night. The gondoliers are extremely helpful and friendly. Big props for that!

No visit to Venice (or to the Venice Mall) is complete without a scoop or two (or three!) of gelato. Chiara’s gelato adds to the overall delightful and wholesome experience. The stracciatella and pistachio flavors are a must-try!

3 scoops of Chiara’s gelato

The Venice Grand Canal Mall is truly a wonderful place for families and barkadas to hang out in, and especially for couples looking for a romantic date place. It offers us a not-so-ordinary kind of malling experience. Bellissima!


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I’M Onsen Spa at I’M Hotel

Onsen – the Japanese term for hot spring; traditionally used as public thermal bathing places; said to be beneficial to health or have healing properties; highly popular as a tourism feature in Japan, where there are about 3,000 onsen facilities.

separate guest entrance to the spa

There’s this new hotel situated on the corner of Makati Avenue and Kalayaan Avenue that boasts of a first-of-its-kind spa facility named I’M Onsen Spa. It claims to be the largest urban spa in the country today, housed in six floors of the hotel. I very seldom get a massage as I don’t feel too comfortable being touched by strangers, but I was enticed by the introductory rate of P1,500 nett for a one-hour massage plus a lunch or dinner buffet. Isn’t that quite a steal?

the spa lobby on the upper ground floor

Let me take you through my first onsen spa experience step by step: If you wish to avail yourself of any of I’M Onsen Spa‘s services (and it offers many different relaxation packages), the first thing you need to do is call for an appointment (the numbers to dial are 755-7877). Walk-ins are also accepted but you will not be guaranteed a time slot so better call ahead than be sorry. At my appointed time, I proceeded to the spa lobby to register and make my payment. The receptionist gave me a wrist tag and my locker key, and then I was ushered onto the second floor.

my wrist tag and locker key

The second floor houses the wellness suites with the onsen, steam room, sauna, showers and lockers. Male and female facilities are in separate wings. It’s hard not to notice the hotel’s swimming pool located on the second floor. There’s also a very artsy Mermaid Bar by the pool area.


The pool is for the exclusive use of hotel guests but I just had to take a photo. What’s so fascinating about it, despite its small size, is that it has an acrylic bottom. Those in the pool can see the hotel entrance below through its clear, glass-like floor, while those entering or leaving the hotel can see the guests who are swimming above. Now going back to the spa…

locker room

This is just one part of the locker room because it’s really huge. Once I got to my locker, I took my yukata (a Japanese cotton kimono), slippers and towels and left all of my personal stuff inside the locker.

spa essentials

I then proceeded to the sauna and steam room, which are said to provide many therapeutic benefits. After that, I needed to rinse off my sweat in the shower before soaking in the onsen. Taking photos in the onsen is strictly prohibited as there might be people in it and the spa requires that one is completely naked when using the onsen, following the Japanese practice. I actually brought a swimsuit but it’s not allowed to wear anything in the onsen. 🙁  Thankfully, there was no one else using the onsen when it was my turn. I’m still the conservative type (ahem!) but I really wanted to get the full experience. Onsen water is believed to have healing powers due to its mineral composition such as sulfur, iron and metabolic acid. After a good soak in the onsen, do not rinse your body. Just pat yourself dry with a towel, wear the yukata and then proceed to the relaxing lounge/tea lounge on Mezzanine 2. While waiting for my massage therapist, I was served a cup of hot green tea, my favorite beverage. A few minutes later, my masseuse, Nerissa, fetched me and took me to the 3rd floor, where the spa treatment pods were located. I had a 60-minute signature massage and it was a good one. Nerissa was very nice and friendly. After the massage, and while still wearing my yukata, it was then time for my favorite part: LUNCH!


Up on the 4th floor is Bloom, the all-day buffet restaurant of the hotel serving international fare. At its helm is Chef King Fonacier and I must say kudos to him. Everything I tasted from the buffet was really good. This was where I won all of my money back!

Of course I started with a salad and then a bit of this and that. The maki and sushi were amazing!

maki and sushi

my 2nd of 4 plates

my 3rd of 4 plates


I truly enjoyed my “me time” at I’M Onsen Spa. I always say that I like experiencing things instead of just buying stuff and this is one experience that I’m very happy about. I would surely recommend it to my friends. The special promotional rate of P1,500 is until March 31, 2017 only so catch it before it’s too late.

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: Marco Polo Ortigas

* Part 15 of a series *

I’m just so happy that the afternoon tea culture is alive and flourishing here in Manila. After all, sharing afternoon tea is really a most wonderful way to catch up with tea-loving friends. It’s only been a few months since Marco Polo Ortigas launched its afternoon tea set but it has already earned quite a number of fans, myself included.

afternoon tea

For my pre-birthday treat I invited my dear friend to join me for tea in Marco Polo. It’s the first time for both of us to set foot in the newly-rated five-star hotel so we tried to manage our expectations. Afternoon tea is served at the Connect Lounge on the 24th floor with a panoramic view of the concrete jungle that is Ortigas.  The lounge is relatively small but it is very bright and invitingly cozy.


Available from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. daily, this highly satisfying set for two persons costs only P788 nett. You get two pots of tea of your choice from German tea brand Ronnefeldt. The three-tiered tray carries scones accompanied by clotted cream and jam, savory sandwiches (I totally enjoyed them) and assorted sweets. Just when we thought it was already complete, we got more.

chocolate fondant and fruit sherbet

The sherbet was visually arresting and came as a pleasant surprise in a bowl with colored liquid underneath (something like liquid ice or liquid nitrogen???). But I guess our favorite surprise was the pair of chocolate fondant that even came with vanilla cream sauce and chocolate sauce. I don’t know why it’s called fondant but it’s akin to a molten lava cake that’s so decadent it’s….ahhh… unforgettable! The dessert is broiled only upon order of an afternoon tea set so it takes a while to be served but it’s so worth the wait, I tell you.

at Connect Lounge

Marco Polo Ortigas‘ afternoon tea offering is easily one of the most enjoyable, most carefully thought of ensemble of delectable treats. It’s a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds.

“I like tea so much that I’m considering changing my name to Bergamot so that I can exist in a perpetual state of Earl Grey contentment.” — Fennel Hudson

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My Top Salad Picks

Ever have one of those days when all you want to eat is a salad? Oh, I loooooove ’em vegetable salads! I can eat ’em every single day. And it’s not because I’m a fan of healthy eating — I could never be a vegetarian even if my life depended on it. I just really love salads! There are so many possibilities, so many things you can toss in a salad to make it even more delicious. Just the thought of it already excites me and makes my mouth water. Here are some of my unforgettable salad favorites:

Ippudo’s Fried Chicken Skin Salad (P220)

As I’ve said, I’m not a healthy eater so yes, I totally dig this combination of salad greens and sinful, lip-smacking fried chicken skin. It also has cherry tomatoes and shio tamago plus a blend of shoyu dressing and mildly spicy mayo sauce. This salad rocks!

Fried Chicken Skin Salad

UCC Seafood Salad (P350)

For me, this salad is a complete meal in itself. It’s very filling and super yummy! A hearty mix of salad greens, tomatoes, cucumber, corn, ebiko, kani, breaded scallops and prawns served with a creamy Japanese dressing, it’s one salad that seafood lovers will truly enjoy.

UCC Seafood Salad

UMU’s Kani Sarada (P480)

My number one favorite Japanese restaurant, UMU in Dusit Thani Manila, serves kani salad in a unique way: the crabstick is rolled in lettuce and then in very thin rice paper, thus resembling summer rolls. It comes with a side of creamy vinaigrette that really whets the appetite. So good.

Kani Sarada

Le Petit Souffle’s Sesame Crusted Tuna Salad (P345)

When my daughter saw me writing this blog post, she reminded me to include her favorite salad from French-Japanese restaurant, Le Petit Souffle. And I said, “But of course!” We’re both crazy about this Sesame Crusted Tuna Salad because everything about it brings so much happiness. Seared tuna loin, garden greens, shimeji mushrooms, tobiko, and bonito flakes served with sesame-wasabi dressing. We’re hooked!

Sesame Crusted Tuna Salad

Victorino’s Ilocos Ensalada (P250)

Victorino’s in Tomas Morato, Quezon City specializes in Ilocano regional cuisine and this Ilocos Ensalada is the restaurant’s own take on Caesar salad. Anyone who knows me on a very personal level knows that Caesar salad is my default order in many restaurants. This version is topped with crumbled bagnet instead of bacon and the dressing is deliciously creamy.

Ilocos Ensalada

Hungry for a salad yet?

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Chinese Afternoon Tea in Makati Shangri-La

For a limited time only, Makati Shangri-La offers a Chinese Afternoon Tea in addition to its regular, bestselling afternoon tea fare. Two of my high school friends and I had a little get-together the other day, and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try the hotel’s seasonal offering. Although none of us is of Chinese descent, we acknowledge that Chinese cuisine is already very much a part of our Filipino [food] culture.

Chinese Afternoon Tea

We had come from a light lunch at a Thai restaurant in the adjacent mall, then we proceeded to the hotel for afternoon tea. My friends were so delighted to watch and listen to the orchestra playing love songs as we sat and waited at the Lobby Lounge for the tea set to arrive. The soothing violin and piano sounds added so much to the enchanting ambience of the place. Soon enough, afternoon tea was served on our table for three.

Makati Shangri-La

There’s a wooden tray loaded with dim sum, a plate of jelly in the shape of two fish positioned in opposite directions, and a pot of our choice of tea (my balikbayan friend chose the rose lychee tea and it was fabulous!). Dim sum — those bite-sized portions of food — is an important component of Chinese cuisine. They can be sweet or savory and come in a wide variety of dishes. Part of the set were mooncakes, char siu bao (baked pork barbecue buns), mantou (plain steamed buns), egg tarts, lo mai gai (lotus leaf rice), bean-filled pastries and sesame seed balls. Everything was nice except for the mantou (those purple buns in the photo), which should have at least come with condensed milk or something for dipping. I guess our favorite was the lo mai gai or the steamed sticky rice with chicken and mushrooms wrapped in lotus leaf. It’s so delicious that my friend wants to eat one again.

Makati Shangri-La‘s Chinese Afternoon Tea is priced at P920++ and is available until January 28 only. My friends and I agreed that it was a truly wonderful experience and it made our get-together a very memorable one.

“The Chinese say it’s better to be deprived of food for 3 days than tea for one.” — Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns

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Matcha Madness

Even way before powedered green tea or matcha became a fad, it had already won me over with its earthy, bittersweet taste. I believe it all started with a sip of Starbucks’ Green Tea Cream Frappuccino some 9 or 10 years ago. Since then I’ve fallen madly in love with matcha and have been constantly craving its unique flavor. Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite matcha-flavored treats that I’ve discovered in the metro:

1) Matcha Velvet Cake (P235++) from Holiday Inn & Suites Makati combines the distinctive flavor of matcha with the milky sweetness of white chocolate.

Matcha Velvet Cake from Holiday Inns & Suites Makati

Matcha Velvet Cake

2) Matcha Parfait (P195) from Le Petit Souffle is a green tea lover’s dream-come-true: soft-serve matcha ice cream, green tea jelly, green tea mochi, KitKat green tea, azuki and chocolate-covered pretzel sticks. It’s definitely one of the most heavenly concoctions I’ve ever tasted!

Matcha Parfait

Matcha Parfait

3) Matcha Mille Crepe (P225 per slice) from Paper Moon Cafe has that addictive earthy, bittersweet taste of powdered green tea perfectly balanced with deliciously light and delicate cream in between layers of paper-thin crepes.

Matcha Mille Crepe

Matcha Mille Crepe

4) Matcha Bingsu (P270) from Hobing Korean Dessert Cafe is a shaved ice dessert that’s so light and very refreshing. The ice is so fine, it reminds me so much of snow. I totally enjoyed its milky matcha flavor, the mochi toppings plus the cashew and almonds (not so much the azuki or red beans but they really blended well with the matcha).

Matcha Bingsu

Matcha Bingsu

5) Baskin Robbins’ Green Tea Ice Cream is the closest that I could find to Haagen-Dazs‘ version and I’m hooked. Just the right creaminess and bittersweetness, it’s insanely delicious!

green tea ice cream

green tea ice cream

But did you know that something so delicious can also pack a lot of health benefits? Aside from having higher amounts of anti-oxidants more than any other superfood, matcha also helps speed up the metabolism and burn calories. It prevents certain diseases, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Plus it is rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals like zinc, magnesium and selenium thereby strengthening the immune system.

Knowing all the health benefits now, wouldn’t you like to indulge in some matcha goodness today?

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Azure Urban Resort Residences

My good friend and high school classmate Abigail owns a unit at Azure Urban Resort Residences just off the Bicutan Exit in Paranaque. It’s a sprawling 6-hectare property right next to SM Bicutan and is owned and managed by Century Properties. Thanks to dear Abigail, my daughter and I had a wonderful opportunity to experience this resort-themed complex earlier this year but I’m sharing it now with those who are looking for a quick getaway this “sembreak” season.

urban getaway

urban hideaway

Azure offers first-rate amenities for its residents and guests. Right now it has completed 7 residential towers named after famous resort towns/cities all over the world: Maldives, Maui, Rio, Miami, St. Tropez, Santorini and Positano. Two more towers are still being built to complete the posh community. Aside from those condominium buildings, Azure also boasts of the luxurious Paris Beach Club named after its celebrity designer/endorser, Paris Hilton; a beach bar; male and female spa; an indoor restaurant; al fresco dining; gym, movie room; children’s playroom; and function rooms.

the resort facility

the resort facility

Certainly the best thing about this property is the resort facility, which includes a man-made white sand beach, a huge wave pool, a 25-meter lap pool, a beach volleyball court, a beach playground, and a beach bar right smack in the middle of it all. Once you step into the water, it’s almost impossible for you to want to step out. It’s just so much F-U-N!!!

the beach playground

the beach playground

Kids and grown-ups alike will definitely enjoy this oasis in the city. You get the feeling of being out of town without really leaving town. Honestly, our Azure escape was one of our best weekend getaways this year.

AZURE Beach lovers

AZURE Beach lovers

So in case you’re looking for a pocket vacation within the metro, something nice and fun to do with the kids, you might want to consider getting away from it all for a day or two at Azure Urban Resort Residences. My friend’s studio unit with a fantastic beach front view is being rented out for a very reasonable rate of P2,500/night.

studio unit with kitchen and bath

studio unit with kitchen and shower room

For inquiries and bookings, please contact Ms. Jalin Lim at 0916 537 2787.

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A Taste of Vietnam

Planning a trip to Vietnam for the first time? Be sure to include the following on your “EAT LIST“:

1) Cha gio truyen thong (traditional style spring rolls with pork and shrimp)

My introduction to Vietnamese cuisine came 15 years ago by way of my Vietnamese friends who even taught me how to prepare cha gio. That’s why these Vietnamese spring rolls conjure up fond memories for me.  Usually made with ground pork, shrimp, vermicelli (or glass) noodles, carrots and wood-ear mushrooms and wrapped in rice paper, they are then deep-fried for that definitive crunch. The rolls are served as appetizers and come with a nuoc cham dip that heightens the flavors. They’re my favorite!

cha gio truyen thong

cha gio truyen thong

2) Bánh mì

Banh mi is the general term for all types of bread in Vietnam. However, it has also become synonymous with Vietnamese-style sandwiches. These delightfully meaty, heavenly sandwiches are obviously a result of French colonization — a combination of French and Vietnamese ingredients: baguette, pâté, mayonnaise, cold cuts, cilantro, cucumber, carrots… anything, really! Just stuff it all in. I bought banh mi from a sidewalk vendor and it tasted a-m-a-z-i-n-g! The baguette‘s crisp exterior and soft, light interior held the tastiest fillings one could ever imagine. So good, I loved it.

banh mi

banh mi

3) Com ga tay cam

This dish is simply called chicken rice in clay pot, a palatable one-dish meal that’s as comforting as it is satisfying. What I loved about it are the mushrooms and bamboo shoots. I miss it already. This was my very first meal in Saigon and I had it plus those 2 appetizers (pickled veggies and grilled pork in steamed rice paper rolls), iced tea and dessert for only VND 78,000 [equivalent to about 160 pesos]. Great value for money!

com ga tay cam

com ga tay cam

4) Com tam

The literal translation of com tam is “cooked broken rice.” The broken rice refers to the small, imperfect grains of rice that have been left over from the milling process. Since they are hard to sell, the locals just created a dish that makes use of these imperfect rice grains. Com tam is one of the most traditional dishes in Southern Vietnam and it can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Usually paired with tender grilled pork and fried egg, com tam is reminiscent of our very own tapsilog or tosilog. It is available in street eateries as well as in posh restaurants. I had really good com tam in Mojo, one of the dining outlets in the luxurious Sheraton Saigon Hotel.

com tam

com tam

5) Banh lot hat luu nuoc dua

I’m not even sure if I got the name right, but if this refreshing dessert looks familiar to you that’s because it’s very similar to our halo-halo. Only instead of evaporated milk they use coconut milk, and instead of shaved ice they use tube ice or ice cubes. But the effect is pretty much the same.

che (dessert)

che (dessert)

This last bit is not a food item, but when in Vietnam, one must try Vietnamese-style coffee. Vietnamese people are very passionate about and proud of their coffee — and who can blame them? Next to rice, coffee is their second largest export. It is a major industry. There are coffee shops everywhere you go in Vietnam, on every street and every corner. I’m a loyal tea drinker but during my short visit to Saigon, I also drank lots of coffee, both hot and iced. It has an intense flavor tempered only by the addition of condensed milk, but I mean, a trip to Vietnam will never be complete without experiencing its number one beverage.

iced coffee and drip coffee

iced coffee and drip coffee

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My Saigon Sojourn

To be perfectly candid, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam was never on my list of dream travel destinations (and I do have quite a long list). It was certainly never part of my travel plans, but it seems that fate (or Instagram) knew better and now I’m so glad I was able to spend 3 nights there.

Ho Chi Minh City, still more popularly known as Saigon, may not be the capital city but it is definitely the largest and the economic center of Vietnam. The city is, in fact, subdivided into 24 districts: 5 of them rural and 19 urban districts. Where I stayed at was the busiest, and probably the wealthiest, zone called District 1 (Quan 1). It is where InterContinental Asiana Saigon (my home for 2 nights and the reason for this trip) is located. Just across the street from the hotel is the Saigon Book Street on Nguyen Van Bình — a short, tree-lined stretch of pedestrian road that has rows of small book shops and cafes celebrating bibliophiles. It’s only 144 meters long and it’s one of the attractions that I loved the most about the city. I must’ve passed there about ten times during my 3-day stay. I was able to buy a copy of The Little Prince in Vietnamese for my collection, a lantern for my sister and some postcards for my friends. I loved this street!

Saigon Book Street

Saigon Book Street


Nguyen Van Binh

Just past the book street is the imposing Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, an architectural gem with its two bell towers and a neo-Romanesque design. It was built starting in 1863 and was completed 17 years later in 1880. It is the only remaining bastion of Catholicism in the predominantly Buddhist country.

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon

A few meters away from the Basilica is the Saigon Central Post Office, which is also considered a popular tourist attraction because of its French colonial architecture. Aside from the mail center, it houses a couple of souvenir shops and some travel kiosks where tourists can book a variety of city tour packages. I was able to mail a handful of postcards to some of my friends around the globe. A few made it to their destinations while the others did not. *sigh*

Saigon Central Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office

One of the best things I did on my trip was the Saigon River Dinner Cruise, which my Vietnamese friend arranged for me via Saigon Tourist. The whole package cost me almost one million dong (equivalent to a little over P2,000.00) but it was definitely worth the price tag. It was inclusive of a private van, a friendly tour guide, a traditional water puppet show, an hour-and-a-half river cruise onboard Indochina Junk boat, and a very satisfying seven-course dinner. It was amaaaaaaazing!!!

view from the dinner cruise

view from the dinner cruise

I had a pretty awesome time just strolling the streets of Saigon while pausing to take photos and just taking all the scenery in. I found the city relatively clean and safe, despite its population of over 10 million. Dong Khoi Street is at the heart of the commercial district, considered as the affluent area and is home to numerous hotels, malls, designer shops, restaurants and old colonial buildings such as the City Hall and the Opera House.

Dong Khoi Street

Dong Khoi Street

Saigon Opera House and Caravelle Hotel

Saigon Opera House and Caravelle Hotel

Truly, my Saigon sojourn is an experience that I will fondly remember and I am grateful that the universe conspired to make it happen.

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InterContinental Asiana Saigon

Barely two months after I signed up on Instagram, I already won a prize from a photo contest there. It was sponsored by InterContinental Manila before it closed down at the end of last year. The contest was called “Memories at InterCon Manila” and I joined, only hoping to win the secondary prize of an overnight stay in any IHG property in the Philippines. But fate (or Instagram) had a better plan for me and I ended up winning the grand prize of a two-night stay at an InterCon hotel in Vietnam. It was a choice between InterContinental Asiana Saigon and InterContinental Hanoi Westlake. I chose the former because I was of the impression that my Vietnamese friends live in Saigon. (I was wrong. Three of them live in Hanoi.) Well, anyway….

complimentary stay

complimentary stay

After I received my prize voucher, I proceeded to buy a plane ticket to Ho Chi Minh City from the Travel Tour Expo at the SMX Mall of Asia last February. (I have my dearest husband to thank for fully supporting all of my travel plans.) The line at the expo was awfully long, but it was worth it in the end because I got a huge discount. I booked my flight for April, when school is officially out for my daughter Bea. She didn’t want to go to Vietnam with me, though, so it was my younger sister Peachy who tagged along.

InterContinental Asiana Saigon is situated approximately 7 kilometers away from the Tân Son Nhat International Airport. It has reaped various awards such as Asia’s Leading City Hotel and Vietnam’s Leading Conference Hotel. The 21-story hotel is centrally located in District 1 and is very near important landmarks in Saigon just like the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the City Hall and Saigon Book Street.

Compared with other hotels, InterCon Saigon‘s lobby is not that impressive. It’s actually very simple with a very modern Asian flair.



Our Deluxe Room was very spacious and cozy with a nice, huge bathroom. The bed can comfortably fit 3 adults and a pillow menu is available.

Room 811

Room 811

Before going to Saigon, I did a lot of research and found many blog reviews that raved about the buffet breakfast at the hotel’s Market 39 restaurant. Some said that even the locals love to have breakfast there. I agree that the food’s really good but then my expectations were set so high. Sometimes it’s better to just keep the expectations at a reasonably low level.

Market 39

Market 39

my breakfast

my breakfast

My favorite part of the hotel though is its swimming pool on the 3rd level. It’s so WONDERFUL! I loved that I peacefully swam there for 2 mornings, enjoyed the perfectly warm water while I prayed and thanked my Creator for blessing me with this trip. I am so grateful.



Of course, the InterCon global brand of hospitality is at its finest in InterCon Saigon. Everyone was very warm and friendly and they can speak good English, too.

Thank you, InterContinental Asiana Saigon for a most memorable and splendid stay!

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