An overnight escapade at Golden Phoenix Manila

It’s very rare that I get the chance to go to Manila for pleasure. Most of the time, it’s work related and i would always wanted to go back home to see my kids. Here’s my review about my stay at Golden Phoenix Manila.

But last May was different, I got a chance to enjoy a few days off from my busy life and meet my long online friends.  Yes, after years of online communication, we finally got the chance to meet each other and that would be a very rare occasion that we can get together since one of them is from the US and the other is from Palawan.

Since, our meeting place would be at SM MOA, it gave me an idea to find a  place near MOA but since it’s a commercial area, I know the hotels nearby would be so expensive. Good thing, i got a discounted gc from a fellow blogger.

I’m such in a hurry when i checked in at the Golden Phoenix Hotel but it was smooth, all you need to do is to present one identification card and make a deposit. (the deposit can be cash or card but it’s refundable upon checking out)

I could not get a decent picture of the lobby because there are so many guests at that time. I have overheard that they have more than 500 guests coming, I guess they came from Iloilo since they are wearing a local government shirt.

The place looks cozy but for some security purpose as they say, you have to ride an elevator and walk for a while to ride another elevator to get to your room. It is perhaps of the fact that the building was built as a condominium style but the bellboys are polite and very accommodating.

                                                                       although the room rates is a little bit high but it does exceed my expectation

Since, i am a hurry that day to meet another friend, I was not able to inspect the room more properly but when I get back at around midnight, it was my chance to take pictures and scrutinize the place more longer.

The room is spacious and good for a couple. (I am supposed to get a deluxe twin room, like the one I saw in some bloggers review) but I guess it was fully occupied, so the staff asked me if I would just want a deluxe king room) which of course I readily agreed since it would be too lonely to sleep on a room with two beds.

The first thing I notice about the room is the simple yet very elegant set up.  The bed is made with chiropractor -approved mattresses and upon researching about this bed, i found out that chiropractic beds  is a sleep system which is created to put your body in correct postural alignment to give you a better and healthier night’s sleep and indeed, I really have a very good sleep, I get the chance to even dream of my kids.

the safe

The buffet set up comes with different breakfast choices but I opted to eat the vegetables salad since I am preparing my stomach for a full meal lunch ahead since just I have mentioned, I am meeting my friends.

diet (hehehe)

The swimming pool is located at 7th floor but I could not get a nice pic of it because it was occupied by many males at that time, it was too awkward to take pictures of the pool with them on their swimming trunks, they may even get the impression that I’m after them.

I’m posting this map for you to know the exact location.  I went there with a taxi and ooh boy, we have to asked twice for direction.

(grabbed from Golden Phoenix Hotel)

I have read that it’s 5 to 10 minutes away from SM Moa.  Because of that, I thought of walking but OMG, my feet got really tired walking on the SM’s very long sky walk. I was laughing inside and at by the time I arrive at Starbucks where I would meet my friend, I am already dying of hunger. Yes it’s around 5 to 10 minutes but that is if your in vehicle.  So, never try to walk in going to SM MOA.  (LOL with evil grin)  

don’t ever venture to walk, unless you want to burn fats. Ha ha ha.

So, I know you are eager to learn about the price, for an overnight stay with buffet breakfast and amenities. (good for 2 persons)

my view at night

Deluxe King & Deluxe Twin is priced at Php. 9,250

Suite – 15,850

but I will suggest that you booked via some online booking since they offer discounts and of course book in advance.

Will I come back?

I guess, it’s a good and decent hotel for a relaxing overnight stay for you and your family.  I would come back for sure since it has a very strategic location and the bed is so relaxing.

Disclosure:  This is not a paid review.  I paid for my own stay 🙂 

There’s something about Liza (Soberano)

If your an avid “Kapamilya” viewer, there is 90% chance that you know Liza Soberano and have watched some of her romcom dramas but if your not , there is a 80% chance that you will still know her, since she’s been trending all over the net for the past few days because of her “Hollywood” carpet look style at the recent Star Magic Ball were she get to win the Best Dressed Award.

She’s the most IT girl now in the television ( beautiful, stylish young woman who possesses sex appeal without flaunting her sexuality). Her beauty is just so refreshing and very mesmerizing too.

liza soberano

Born Hope Elizabeth Soberano or simply Liza, this 18 years old Filipina actress is making waves not just in television and movies but she’s also an endorser of some company, I have read that the most recent one is Maybelline.

Last year, she graced the Star Magic Ball with a pink long gown also from Michael Cinco, although she did not win the best dressed award  at that time, her gown was the talk of the town for days.  I even remember chatting with my friends that If there’s a chance to renew our wedding bells, it would be heaven to wear a breathtaking gown like this.

liza soberano 2015 Star Magic Ball

Now, she nailed it again. She looks really regal and elegant on this silver gown she co-designed with Michael Cinco. It was a very effortless look and the make up and hair compliments the overall look since the gown is already too powerful.

liza soberano at star magic ball 2016

Michael Cinco is well known for elegant and beautiful gowns and I’m following his facebook page since it is like floating on airs while looking at those gorgeous creations of wedding and couture gowns.

This lady will definitely reach great heights on her career.  She has still many years ahead of her and she needs to grab that opportunity of stardom.

(pictures taken from the net)

Plan a Dinner Party Everyone Will Love

It can be a little bit challenging to plan a dinner party that all your guests will love. One of the reasons why this is so difficult is because everyone has different food preferences, and a lot of people are on special diets. Some individuals don’t eat sugar, others don’t eat carbs, some don’t eat gluten, and others are vegetarians. It is important to come up with a meal plan that will please everyone. One of the best things that you can do is plan a little something for everyone.

The very first part of a good dinner party is making sure there are appetizers and drinks that individuals can enjoy as you put the final touches of the meal together. If you have a vegetable tray, individuals who have allergies or certain food preferences will likely be able to find something they like. Besides a vegetable tray, have a couple of small appetizers out that individuals can take on their own. Also, have some beverages available. You may want some healthy alcohol mixers that can be served before or after the meal.

When it comes to the main course, instead of just having one food option, you may want to have a couple of different items that individuals can choose from. For example, if you just have salad and spaghetti and meatballs, you may have some guests who only need the salad. Individuals who are vegetarians, cutting back on carbs, or are in other circumstances will not eat the main dish. It is better to have a couple of different meat choices, vegetable choices, and other dishes that people can choose from. This will keep everyone happy and full.

infused-water

It is likely that you will want to serve a dessert and some beverages after the meal. Here again, you want to have a couple of varieties for individuals who have different food preferences. One option you may consider is an ice cream bar. Buy a couple of different ice cream options and different toppings. Each person can decide what they would like for themselves. You can serve coffee, tea, or an alcoholic beverage with the dessert.

When it comes to planning a modern dinner party, the more variety you give your guests, the more likely you are to offer something that will be pleasing to each guest. This may take a little bit more preparation, but you will be happy with the results and your guests will enjoy the dinner as well.

Rhythm in my Life

There are days that our life feels sour and we don’t want to do anything and sometimes we feel so alive that we just want to dance and sing out loud.  It’s part of the rhythm of our life.  Ovation can comfort us on times of loneliness, with just a strum and some hum , it can enlighten a moody day and turn into bright one.

If things goes wrong, remember that this is just a part of our life, just like some melody of a song. It maybe lonely and sad today but who knows tomorrow, it will be jolly and gay.

There are days that I am full of energy but days that I just want to sleep in bed and become lazy for the day. I know that life is not just about working and pursuing your dream, you can always stop and live your life one day at a time to avoid rushing through something and forgetting to live every moment.

Live a fruitful life and play with the rhythm. Let us enjoy life little surprises and who knows someday, we will be able to fulfill that long time dream, with hard work and perseverance.

Working on your Dream Job

Before we enter our college or university,  there is a certain vision in our mind on what we would wanted to become when we graduated.  It’s always end up on the thought that we would like to work on our dream job after graduation.

My brother loves to be an architect, that’s why after his graduation, i thought it would be a perfect gift to give him a  leather briefcase for men to fill his things but when i have learned that he will be working on a different field aside from what he have wanted ever since he was a child,  i was really  devastated and shocked but i guess, this circumstances doesn’t happen to few people but with many graduates here and abroad.

Architects as well as engineers are one of the best in the fields and often the dream job of most students along side with doctors and lawyers. But then there are jobs who offers great possibilities and benefits like talking to people and clients and helping them experience the beauty of life and satisfy their luxurious desires.  PPA Properties is great for those who wanted to explore their talent on engaging and dealing with people.  Since, you offer properties to rent, you get the chance to talk with people and make them happy.

There was a time that I wanted to work on real estate but then, i guess i’m not that talented or somehow lacking that i decided that it’s not  a career i should be heading.

Working on our dream job doesn’t happen all the time so i guess we have to be flexible so we can able to be happy with what job we currently have now.

How will you spend your bonus?

It’s the time of the year that working moms like me love the most.  It’s because your hard work for quite sometimes would have some consolation by means of the  bonus or what we called mid year bonus.

Others would probably have their wish list as early as now.  If given a chance, i wanted a new phone since my cellular phone was already malfunctioning  or perhaps a new cabinet.

For some, it’s a big amount of money but for us, it could not even bought a new android phone.  So, thinking of how to spend it would really be hard but still I’m so thankful since it would be a help to pay for the house monthly amortization or for the electric , water or telephone dues.

So, what about you?  What would you do with your bonus?

 

When sorry is not enough

Each of us might have received spanking or verbal abuse in our life and we don’t want to reminisce that time in our life but being a battered woman is a different story.

Sometimes, i would ask myself how do abusive person becomes abusive?  I am trying to recover from the past events of my life.  My father becomes alcoholic and there were days and nights that he was a drunken rageaholic and the helpless me could not do anything about it and i will just sink in to a dream.  There was a time, that i could not bear the beating that i have to leave home and live with my grand mother but, i have to rush coming home with a threat that our house would be burned into ashes.

There were times that i just let the evening pass at the Baclaran Church or stay a night or two with my friend’s house.   Sometimes, i would ask myself why i have to stay in an abusive life and realize that i have little choices and i have to bear.

They say people become abusive because of some genetics, emotional or even physical child abuse.  An abuser becomes one because he might have experienced abused in his life or perhaps another reason is that he had received so much attention and becomes spoiled.  Studies shows that men believes that they are superior and they think that it is their right, and entitlement to  abuse or control the woman.

My father’s mother is strict yet she spoiled him and he had a miserable marriage that he will always blame me the reasons of why his life was ruined.  For a little girl, learning that fact is somehow trivial and for blaming me with his life is somehow very unreasonable.

I thought that physical abused like holding a knife to to you, spanking you with a stick broom, a wood, banging your head on a post, slapping your face, humiliate you in front of others, hollering in front of strangers can just be found in a movie or television scene but it does happen in real life and that’s a sad reality.

After some realization, he will say sorry and a promise that it will never happened again but this is just an act that never happened until one day, i find a way to be out on his life for good.  I could not say that i married young because i have been able to fulfill my promise on the death bed of my grand mother that i will finish my study.  After graduation, i decided that i will definitely leave my father for good so i would never receive the emotional and physical abuse that i have suffered for years.

They say that physiological abuse is more damaging than physical abuse and when love becomes a traumatic experiences. When i remember the sad days of my life, i cry and becomes angry with my father but then i felt alone again and wish he was still alive so i can have someone to talk with.

I have been into great depression and emotional turmoil in my life that comes into suicidal attempt and when i thought i was over it, reality comes back and i have to face it all again.

How can you know if someone have changed when he still blames you for an abusive act and when someone convinces that it was really you that was crazy afterall. Now, you would ask yourself that things bound to happen because you let it and you have come into realization that part of your life is not yet over and you have to bear with it all over again.

They say that when you suffered abused in your life, there is a tendency that you will abuse your children in the future.  I do hope that this will not happen because i am just continuing the chain but what can i do if i am not the one whose bringing the pain .  When would i realize that i have the will and power to stop it.

Living in drastic times

Thinking of the past days me realize how tiring it has been.  Juggling with family duties and working in the morning and keeping updates with my blogs on the evening. Sometimes, I wish i have a different life, living in drastic times, something less stressful and easy but for people like me should need to strive hard to achieve the dreams that I have for my own and my family.

Life is not as easy as others look at it.  It needs courage, perseverance and lots of patience but then I always wish that i could even have a psychics mind to at least be ready on whatever the day could give me or somewhat I can have a heart to shield me on heartaches and painful situation but then I’m not born that way and if i could have that power to know the future, things would change in my life too but it’s also a burden that I need to carry because the pressure could be different.

And i don’t even know if i could handle such great responsibility because knowing what will happen , i would always have the heart to help others to prevent such bad circumstances and it would probably change the course of destiny and that i guess would be something big to handle again.

So, i guess i have to stop dreaming and live in reality and make the best out of what i have now.

Sunday Service

I remember the times when I used to join a congregation back then in Manila, it was a nice place, with lots of chapel chairs, lovely and nice people and lots of praising and singing. sunday service is good for everyone to renew your faith.

 My grand mother is a catholic and I’m studying on an all girls catholic school, so just imagine her anger when she learned that I was going on a different sunday service beside the church we used to go to each sunday.

But because she loves me and she sees that I’m doing well and helping those little children to learn the Good word, she open her heart and understand me dearly.

 

Lent 3’R – Renewing the Faith

Lent is the time to reminisce the 3 R’s, reflection, repentance and reconciliation. It was indeed a week of soul searching and thinking over the ways we had made the past months.  Sometimes there are things that you cannot change but if you have faith and hope for a brighter day, things will be different and will work out fine.

Last year we visit the miraculous image of “Amang Hinulid”  Holy Sepulcher at Calabanga, Cam. Sur.  It’s good thing because there is only few visitors and the place is not crowded because many people were only went there.

After that we also went to 4 different churches from different town. Church of Magarao.

It was indeed a busy day, my legs aches because of the long driving but my heart and soul feel refresh and renewed.

This was only done once a year but I do hope the faith in our hearts will always linger each day of the year and we remember that our Good Lord has died for us to save us from our sins.  We cannot be as perfect as much as we wanted to be but I wish that my life will be of service to Him.

 

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