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I’M Onsen Spa at I’M Hotel

Onsen – the Japanese term for hot spring; traditionally used as public thermal bathing places; said to be beneficial to health or have healing properties; highly popular as a tourism feature in Japan, where there are about 3,000 onsen facilities. There’s this new hotel situated on the corner of Makati Avenue and Kalayaan Avenue that … 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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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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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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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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Raffles Makati

Someone once proclaimed that life begins at 40 (it’s actually the title of a 1932 non-fiction book authored by Walter B. Pitkin). I personally believe my life really began at 25, but I still wanted to make a big deal out of turning 40.  So on my 40th birthday last March 8, I chose to … Continue reading »

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The Bayleaf Intramuros

Ever wondered why such a classy boutique hotel was named The Bayleaf? Food enthusiasts know that the bay leaf is widely used in cooking certain dishes (such as our very own adobo) for its distinctive flavor and aroma. In the Philippines, bay leaf is more popularly known as laurel, and that’s how it came to be … Continue reading »

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Like or Dislike? (Part 4)

In a sea of food blog sites in the Philippines, there’s only one that I read on a regular basis from the time I stumbled upon it in 2006: Dessert Comes First. Surely there are thousands of food blogs out there, but only Lori Baltazar of DCF can masterfully combine excellent food photos with her … Continue reading »

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Hotel H2O in Manila Ocean Park

It’s very seldom that we make plans with the family for a long weekend. We usually just stay home or go to the mall to dine, shop or watch a movie. But during the recent long weekend of August 9 to 11, we decided to celebrate my dearest mother-in-law’s 82nd birthday by spending the entire … Continue reading »

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