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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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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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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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Ascott Makati

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Ascott The Residence is offering special promo rates from April 1 to December 31, 2014 for all of its properties around the globe. Ascott was established in Singapore back in 1984 and has now grown into a leading luxury serviced apartment owner/operator. I took advantage of its online Flash … Continue reading »

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Terrific Ten

My daughter Bea turned 10 years old last June 5. We tried to keep the celebration as simple as possible but, as parents, my husband and I take our little girl’s dreams very seriously. You will recall that Bea’s 9th birthday last year was a tribute to her most favorite celebrity of all, Taylor Swift. … 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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St. Giles Makati (St. Giles Classic Hotel)

I won an overnight stay in St. Giles Makati from its photo contest on facebook (there were only 7 entries and 5 winners, go figure) and I used the free accommodation right away. I was with my husband, Caloy and our daughter, Bea and we wondered who Saint Giles was and how come a hotel … 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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The Peninsula Manila

For almost four decades now, the Peninsula Manila has become a favorite hangout of the rich and famous, politicians, professionals, business executives, socialites and even ordinary people like me. I’m always in awe of the hotel’s iconic lobby with its signature sunburst ceiling. The Lobby is also home to the Pen‘s famous halo-halo called Harana. … Continue reading »

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