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Knowing Yogyakarta Indonesia

Most Filipino travelers would go to nearby countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Macau (Visa free country) but very few would go to Indonesia. Most Filipinos would only know Bali and Jakarta but little did we know that Indonesia has so much to offer for all types of travelers.
In July 2016, I got invited by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia together with 50+ other South East Asian bloggers and influencers to travel around Indonesia for 12 days. I extended my trip to Jakarta for 3 days and was not able to do so much because of the traffic jam. Few from our batch went to Yogyakarta and seeing their amazing photos made me want and eager to go back to Indonesia and visit Yogyakarta.
Luckily Last January 2018, I was able to go back in Indonesia, had a 4-day trip to Jakarta with AirAsia and finally extended my trip for another 4 days just to see the wonders of Yogyakarta. I always wanted to visit temples and palaces in this region and finally, I did. Let me share you where we s…

Hotel Review: Icon Hotel Timog

Finding a hard time looking for an affordable yet clean hotel around Quezon City? Hostel and Cheap Hotels are your best choice if you are a traveler on a budget. Hostels are your best choice but if you want hotel facilities like en-suite bathroom and in-house restaurant then I suggest book a room in an affordable hotel like Icon Hotel in Timog.

Simple and Oriental feel at Jinjiang Inn Ortigas

Jinjiang Inn Ortigas is another branch of this hotel in Makati. Opened the year 2014 that gives a simple, comfortable ambiance. Wooden floors, simple white painted room, and lobby will welcome you.

Practical Travelers Choice: Sequoia Hotel

Quezon City is the most populated city in Metro Manila and it one of the most urbanized in National Capital Region. Housing two of the leading Television Company in the Philippines - ABS-CBN and GMA Network. House of Representatives can also be found here.

Skyscraper View in Malayan Plaza Ortigas

Aside from Makati where you can find tall buildings and condominiums, Ortigas Center is home to many skyscraper building where big Philippines companies houses and even International companies. Shopping Malls, office, and condominiums are all found here. It is the second important business district in the Metro Manila, Philippines. San Miguel Corporation, Banco De Oro, Asian Development Bank, Jollibee Corporation are only a few big company offices residing here.

Hotel Review: Jinjiang Inn Makati

Makati is the best place to stay when you have a layover in Manila, so many hotels to choose from, shopping malls are just a few minutes walk, public transportation is easy to access like bus and MRT. Jinjiang Hotel is one of the newest hotels in Arnaiz Makati and just a few minutes walk from Greenbelt and Landmark Shopping Mall. Offering room prices from 3,000 PHP to 6,000 PHP per night with free buffet breakfast for two persons. They have Business King/Twin room and 1 Bedroom to choose from. 

Makati Condo Living: Somerset Olympia Makati

Somerset Serviced Apartment is under the same management of Ascott Hotel. They are both offering luxury, utmost comfortable condo living in the metro. Somerset has 5 branches here in Manila and 1 in Cebu. Not just here in the Philippines they have but all around the world.

Hotel Review: Eurotel Makati

Another brain of the chain hotel Eurotel is here in Makati. Located near Don Bosco and Makati Cinema that offers affordable hotel rooms for travelers ranging from 1,250 to 3,500 PHP per night with free buffet breakfast. I noticed that this branch (aside from North EDSA) has the largest and spacious restaurant/dining area in their lobby.

Hotel Review: Crown Regency Hotel Makati

When I was in Boracay back in 2012 (I think), we were offered to be a member of Crown Regency Hotel, after listening to a one-on-one talk to their sales personnel we were convinced to be a member and we paid a reservation fee of 10,000 PHP/ 200 USD and will pay the remaining 400,000 PHP /  8,000 USD via cheque and payable for 3 years I think or 2, I honestly couldn't remember now.

Celebrating Birthdays in Crimson Hotel Alabang

I live in the south of Metro Manila where we only have a few good hotels to choose from and one of the hotels I've been wanting to try is Crimson Hotel in Alabang. Situated in front of Festival Supermall Alabang, a 3-minute walk from the Muntinlupa Fire Department, Alabang Market, and South Bus Station. Last weekend, my family and I celebrated my mom's and sister's birthday by having a relaxing weekend staycation at this hotel. A bad weather will not ruin our staycation and mood for celebrating their birthdays. My mom turned 63 and my youngest sister turned 27 by the way.

Posh Living in BGC: Ascott Hotel

Bonifacio Global City or The Fort (also known as) is one of the busiest and urban cities in Metro Manila. Housing Big Companies offices, posh restaurants, clubs, and luxury residences and hotels. Before the tall buildings stand here, before those luxury brands built here, Bonifacio Global is the home of Fort Bonifacio, where Philippine army also situated, their base camp and some underground tunnels. I remember coming here back in high school where we attended our CAT (military training) on their huge field and this is where I had the first hand with a real gun and rifle - where I learned to dismantle a rifle. Fast forward, now all the streets of The Fort are filled with buildings and posh establishments. 

3 Reasons Why Gardenia is a Pocket Full of Fun Sandwich

Being a mom is never easy, dealing with my pre-schooler is tough. Getting up at early in the morning,  making her breakfast, bathing her and even making her school 'on'/snacks is what I deal every single day. My kid loves cookies, chocolates and sometimes chips and her favorite school snack is something sweet. Recently, I discovered a new product of Gardenia that my kid will surely enjoy - a packed sandwich that 2 of my kids fave are the flavors. Aside from that, it is made from a trusted bread company in the Philippines.

Herald Suites Solana Makati

Herald Suites Solana is their second branch in Makati. A hotel with 40 well-appointed guest rooms and suites. Located at 2914 Finlandia corner Einstein Street Makati City, Philippines. Room types are Superior for 5,000 PHP, Deluxe for 6,000 PHP, Junior Suite for 7,000 PHP, Executive Suite for 8,000 PHP and Presidential Suite for 10,000 PHP/night with free buffet breakfast in their in-house restaurant.

Affordable Stay Around Rockwell Makati: Palm Rock Residences

Palm Rock Residences is situated in the residential neighborhood of Poblacion Makati City. Right in front of this hotel is St. Paul Makati so if you went outside the hotel you will hear those girls screaming (maybe when the teacher is out of the classroom, lol). The place is really quiet but you might have a hard time finding a place to eat in a decent restaurant. You have to walk to the other street like near A. Venue Mall or Rockwell Powerplant Mall which is about 10-12 minute walk from Palm Rock Residences. There are some Korean and Japanese Restaurant on the other street near Makati Junction Hotel. But if you are looking for a cheap food there's one house selling home cooked meals for a very affordable price.

Am I Inside a Cruise Ship at Green Sun Hotel Makati

Green Sun Hotel is located at Chini Roces Extention Makati City. One of the newest hotel near Pasay and Manila Airport. Another alternative hotel for travelers staying here in Manila who wants to stay around the metro and near the airport. The standard room costs 3,500 PHP / 71 USD for published rate rooms. This is per night and good for 2 persons with buffet continental breakfast. For non-hotel guests, they can avail the buffet breakfast for 299 PHP only. They have bread, fruits and salad section and a few Italian pasta, Filipino food like Cebu sausages and porridge, and fish meals.

Standard Queen has a window view (small window), a seating chair at the mirror and beside the bed. 

Standard twin does not have a window view and even their Executive room. Which I find it claustrophobic at times. But all rooms has enough space (not too spacious, just enough). All rooms have clean and crisp bed linens and ensuite bathroom that looks like you are on an airplane or cruise ship. According t…

Vintage Hotel in the heart of Pasay City: The Henry Hotel Manila

Henry Hotel Manila opened 2014 and this was an old house by the owner (which the staff did not disclose). When the owner decided to have a hotel, they build another structure and now they have 29 Classic or Standard room, 4 Suite rooms, and 1 owners suite. Henry Hotel Manila is just 6 kilometers away from Manila Airport and the owner's friend designed the interior of the hotel. The renowned interior designer - Eric Paras is the man behind the lovely vintage yet hip hotel. The hotel has a mid-century furnishings with the modern hotel facilities and amenities. 

All rooms are non-smoking so you have to get out of your room is you want to light up a cigarette. The hotel has a huge garden area, just beside the pool where you can have your morning coffee or cigarette time. 

The pool is open and free of use for hotel guests. 

Ample parking space for hotel guests who are bringing their card with them. Also, the hotel is open for a wedding reception and you can book the whole hotel for yo…

Stay with Elegance at Hotel Celeste

Hotel Celeste has been in the hotel business for more than 15 years now and the hotel is situated and accessible both in Arnaiz and Makati Avenue.It has 25 Deluxe rooms and 2 Suites will distinct room designs and all has a European interior. 
Hotel Celeste is also near embassy like Australian and New Zealand embassy. Walking distance from EDSA Ayala MRT Station and even to big shopping malls in Makati like SM, Greenbelt and luxury restaurants and boutiques in Makati City.

Citadines Hotel Makati: Condo Living in the Business District in Manila

Citadines Salcedo Makati is one of a premier collection of The Ascott Limited's serviced residences in over 100 cities across the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Gulf region. This is the first Citadines in the Philippines, a service residence with 215 units - studio unit queen, studio twin, studio premier, one bedroom deluxe, one bedroom premier, two bedrooms deluxe, two bedroom premier. The hotel also accepts 1-month stay or longer. For pricing please contact reservations at +632-5503200.

This gives us travelers and staycation lovers that whenever we stay in Citadines or any of the Ascott Hotel will give us luxury and top notch hotel assistance by their hotel staff. 

Studio room cost PHP5,000 / 102 USD per night with buffet breakfast for two, free use of pool and gym. The room is equipped with alarm clock radio, ensuite bathroom with complete toiletries, fully-equipped kitchen with refrigerator, cooker hob and hood, glassware, cutlery, and utensils. Hair dryer, home enter…

Luxury Hotel Living in Ascott Makati

Makati is the central business area in Metro Manila. Tall buildings, numerous luxury hotels, and shopping malls are all in here. For travelers for wants luxury and superb comfortable stay, I strongly suggest finding a posh hotel here in Makati. It's very popular now in the Philippines the condominium/hotel kind of living. Personally, I, even more, like to have a staycation in a condo-hotel because I have the facility of a house like a kitchenette and living room. This is highly recommended for long stay vacation, the hotel will give you discounted/flexible rate for a longer stay at their hotel. 

Ascott Makati is strategically located beside Glorietta. Few steps away from SM Makati and Greenbelt. Restaurants and shopping are just within your reach and this gives travelers and guests comfortable and easy access to their needs. But if you just want to stay at the hotel, you eat at their in-house restaurant that offers great food and they also serve buffet breakfast for hotel guests.…