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Author Archives: Joy

Afternoon Tea in Manila: Dusit Thani

* Part 6 of a series * Hotels are certainly some of the most reliable and ideal places to unwind and savor some of the finer things life has to offer.  Thus, in my quest to try the different afternoon tea offerings in the metro, I turned to one of our family’s favorite hotels: Dusit … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: The Peninsula

* Part 5 of a series * Filipinos certainly love buffets and The Peninsula Manila recognizes that. So aside from offering just an afternoon tea set for two, it also has an afternoon tea buffet available daily at its majestic lobby from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. The buffet spread is really impressive. Well, what else … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: Poetry & Prose Patisserie

* Part 4 of a series * With afternoon tea gaining more popularity in the city, more dining establishments are now offering it as a regular part of their menu. One such restaurant is Poetry & Prose Patisserie located on the Streetscape strip of Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong. It’s a charming little place, reportedly inspired … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: Makati Shangri-La

* Part 3 of a series * Strictly speaking, there are remarkable distinctions between Afternoon Tea and High Tea. First off, the former is a light meal consisting of finger sandwiches, scones and small cakes or pastries. It is usually taken during the mid-afternoon hours between 3 o’ clock and 5 o’ clock. The latter … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: Chateau 1771

* Part 2 of a series * I’ve always been kind of intimidated by Chateau 1771‘s menu as well as its high-class appeal (read: very expensive). It has that air of sophistication that doesn’t quite match my personality. The French bistro that also serves Italian and Swiss specialties has always seemed too glamorous a restaurant … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: Lartizan Boulangerie Francaise

* Part 1 of a series * My biggest regret after my short vacation in the city of my dreams is not that I wasn’t able to see some of its most iconic tourist attractions like the Tower of London or the Tower Bridge or even Westminster Abbey — it’s the fact that I didn’t … Continue reading »

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Azumi Boutique Hotel

I just celebrated my 41st birthday with a relaxing weekend staycation at the relatively new Azumi Boutique Hotel in Alabang, Muntinlupa. Located within the Madrigal Business Park, a short distance from Alabang Town Center and Molito Mall, this modern hotel offers 187 rooms with a simple, minimalist design. Since it was just my daughter Bea … Continue reading »

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Kismet

[noun] from the Turkish and Arabic word, qisma : fate; destiny; a power that is believed to control what happens in the future. Do you believe that destiny plays a hand in how our lives will turn out? That everything happens for a reason and is part of a grand design? Well, I do. Here’s … Continue reading »

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Red Ginger in City of Dreams Manila

The newest luxury casino and leisure complex — City of Dreams Manila [COD] — had its official grand opening last Monday, February 2, just when my friends and I decided to pay a visit. The world-class, billion-dollar project sits on a 6.2-hectare property along Roxas Boulevard. It houses three posh hotels for guests who want … Continue reading »

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January 27 is Chocolate Cake Day

Since the start of 2015 I’ve been trying my hardest to avoid eating cake, mainly for two reasons: (1) I’m trying to lose the extra pounds I gained over the holidays; and (2) I’m saving up for another trip. So every time I am tempted to buy a slice of cake and successfully stop myself … Continue reading »

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