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Author Archives: Joy

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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[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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Hotel Chocolat

The other hotel we stayed at on our last night in London was Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel, which was very nice and decent and had a more spacious room. But since we only stayed there for one night, there’s really not much to say about it. So I’m going to feature instead a different kind of … Continue reading »

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Kensington Close Hotel

In London, my daughter Bea and I stayed in two different hotels. The first one, where we stayed for four nights, is called Kensington Close Hotel [KCH] located on Wrights Lane in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. I booked our standard double room through the online booking site, I got a pretty … Continue reading »

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Lost in Paris

From London-St. Pancras International Station, we took a Eurostar train to Paris Gare du Nord. Eurostar is a quick and most convenient way of shuttling between London and Paris. Travel time is about 2 hours, but we got to avoid the inconveniences of going through airport procedures and, more importantly, we got off in the … Continue reading »

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The Magical Mystery Tour

If you’re dreaming about going on a trip to London on a small budget, well, just dream on. The UK capital has once again been declared as the “most expensive city to live and work in” according to a September 2014 report. As a tourist, I’ve also had a first-hand experience with the high cost … Continue reading »

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How to Apply for a Schengen Visa via the French Embassy

My daughter Bea and I recently obtained our Schengen Visa – Short Stay (Visit/Tourism) from the Ambassade de France aux Philippines. It is located on the 16th Floor of the Pacific Star Building on the corner of Sen. Gil Puyat and Makati Avenues in Makati. I observed the following steps when I applied for our … Continue reading »

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How to Apply for a UK Visa

If you’re a Philippine passport holder like myself, the journey to the United Kingdom begins with the visa application. There are different types of visas such as Work Visa, Student Visa, Family Visa, but I will only be discussing about the General Visitor Visa, which my daughter Bea and I applied for. The first step … Continue reading »

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