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Author Archives: Joy

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 … Continue reading »

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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 … Continue reading »

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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 … Continue reading »

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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 … Continue reading »

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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 … Continue reading »

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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 … Continue reading »

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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 … Continue reading »

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8th of March

Out of all the 365 or 366 days in a year, March 8 was declared International Women’s Day [IWD]. I wonder why. From my research I learned that the first IWD was commemorated in only a few European countries on March 19, 1911. In 1913, they changed the global date to March 8 but I … Continue reading »

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Discovery Primea

Last February 15, Discovery Primea marked the first anniversary since it officially opened its doors in 2015. I just realized that I have not posted about our family’s staycation experience in this luxury hotel located at 6749 Ayala Avenue in Makati. I only blogged about Discovery Primea‘s afternoon tea service but never got around to … Continue reading »

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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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