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Author Archives: Joy

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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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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