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Author Archives: Joy

Solaire Resort and Casino

Our first staycation for 2016 was totally unplanned and completely unexpected. And the best part was that it was absolutely free! If it was entirely up to my husband Caloy, we will never stay in a hotel with a casino in it — he has always been against gambling of any kind. But then he … Continue reading »

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The Flavors of Singapore

The following are my 5 must-eat local foods when in Singapore: 1) Hainanese Chicken Rice I believe this one needs no further introduction. Hailed as the Lion City’s national dish, chicken rice is something that should not be missed while in Singapore. Although it originated from the Hainan province of China, hence the name, this … Continue reading »

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Hard Rock Hotel Singapore

If you feel like living it up in Singapore’s Sentosa Island, there are so many luxurious hotels that can cater to whatever preference you might have. I wanted to feel like a rock star for a day, so I booked a room at the Hard Rock Hotel Singapore for our fourth and final night in … Continue reading »

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Singapore in Pictures

My daughter Bea and I spent a few days in Singapore during her short break from school this month. It was actually a last-minute decision but I figured it might be nice to revisit the Lion City ten years after our first trip. Back then, Bea was just a little baby and a lot has … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: TWG Tea Salon & Boutique

* Part 14 of a series * Among all of the restaurants featured in this series, TWG Tea Salon & Boutique is the only one I’ve visited the most number of times.  Since it first opened in Manila almost 3 years ago, I’ve already had afternoon tea at TWG tea salons in Greenbelt and in … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: Relish at Ponte

* Part 13 of a series * The list of establishments that offer afternoon tea in Manila keeps growing longer, it’s getting harder for me to keep up. I stumbled upon Relish at Ponte while searching online for must-try afternoon tea offerings in the city. I’ve heard of Relish – Hello, Happiness! located in Quezon … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: Discovery Primea

* Part 12 of a series * There’s a new luxury hotel in Makati and it’s quite hard to miss because of its towering presence along Ayala Avenue. Discovery Primea is the latest addition to The Discovery Leisure Company‘s growing roster of fine hotels and resorts including Discovery Suites in Ortigas, Discovery Country Suites in … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: The Manila Hotel

* Part 11 of a series * For more than a hundred years now, The Manila Hotel has been a landmark of grandeur, luxury and rich tradition right in the very heart of the City of Manila. It has witnessed many historic events and still remains one of the favorite hangouts of the well-heeled members … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: Bistro Pamana

* Part 10 of a series * When it comes to the idea of afternoon tea, can the food-crazed Filipinos be far behind? The concept of having a light snack in between lunch and dinner is commonly known to the average Pinoy as merienda. And what could be a more enjoyable merienda fare than our … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: The Royal Piccadilly Restaurant & Cakery

* Part 9 of a series * I know it’s only been about 7 months since I went there, but I already miss London terribly. Once you fall in love with a city, you’ll constantly ache for it. You’ll always yearn to go back. That’s how I feel about Berlin and London. Only those afflicted … Continue reading »

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