Philippines

Philippines

The Bayleaf Hotel

I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about The Bayleaf Hotel from friends who have stayed there, the highest praise being that it has the best views of Manila. When AsiaRooms.com offered two night’s stay at the hotel, I jumped on the opportunity. It was perfect, since I haven’t been to Bayleaf yet.

The Bayleaf Hotel
Easiest way to get there is to enter Intramuros through the gate along Victoria, which is right across the Manila City Hall

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Philippines

Little Tokyo Sunday Fiesta

Nothing to do this weekend? If you’re not headed north for the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Clark, why not head to Makati for Little Tokyo’s Sunday Fiesta?

Little Tokyo Sunday Fiesta

There will be booths selling all kinds of knick knacks, Little Tokyo Restaurants are preparing special menu items just for the day, and even a singing contest!
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Cavite, Philippines

Long weekend at Taal Vista Hotel

Though I much prefer traveling for more than three days, there is something to be said about going out of town for the weekend to relax after a long week and recharge for another week ahead. When I received the invitation to stay for a weekend at Taal Vista Hotel, I didn’t hesitate to say yes, and even took advantage of using my voucher from Deal Grocer to extend for an extra day.

View from Taal Vista Hotel
View of Taal Lake and volcano from our room’s balcony

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Manila, Philippines

Hanging out at the Midas Hotel

If you’ve been following me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you’d know that I had a grand time at the Midas Hotel last Friday, as evidenced by the copious amounts of alcohol and desserts.

Midas Hotel

Not that alcohol and sweets are essential for a fun evening, but it does help, specially when had with good company and it certainly makes the conversations much more… interesting.
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Manila

A Nutcracker-inspired Christmas at the Manila Hotel

Have you ever been to the Manila Hotel? The first time I stepped inside (that I can remember), was back in December 31, 2010. I knew it was a five-star hotel, but I didn’t really know what to expect. Though not modern as hotels nowadays favor, it was grand and decked out in holiday decorations, it was simply magical.

Manila Hotel
The Manila Hotel all decked out for the holidays

The Manila Hotel brings out the decorations in full force this year with a Nutcracker holiday theme. Towering Nutcrackers stand among the pillars, while festive decors in red, green and gold dot the hotel interiors. A huge Christmas tree is the focal point of the lobby, with twinkling fairy lights, decked with hundreds of ornaments and topped with an angel.
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