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)

College Fashion Returns this School Year 2016

Back to school fashion is on. In a few months, college life begins once again and so is college fashion.

What’s great about college fashion is that you get to experiment and express yourselves a lot in the clothes that you were and the shades that you choose for your outfit.

Simplicity at its best

Some college students prefer the casual t-shirt and jeans ensemble. It’s easy to pull off and laundry is also easier especially if you are just starting out to learn the loops of independently living away from your parents.  I’m loving the latest collection of Bench at ZALORA” . Bench latest collection is just perfect for this. You can be stylish, simple and practical with the jeans and shirts currently featured by the brand.

Sleek and stylish

Some college students on the other hand prefer heels and boots over sneakers. Just be sure to check out the current dress code policy in your school to avoid getting into trouble. You can still remain stylish yet comfortable at school. Wear wedges instead of heels if you still want to look tall and lean to avoid hassles when travelling especially with public transportation. Boots on the other hand are great options especially during the rainy season. It can also double up as your adventure and trekking gears, especially for college students who loves mountaineering.

Formal and proper

Others on the other hand would rather go to school wearing formal clothes to school. This can be a blouse and shirt combo for women and polo and slacks for men. This is also a nice period to start wearing this kind of combination confidently especially if the line of work you dream of entering after college requires such.

At the end of the day, it all goes down to what you love wearing, what’s comfortable and what’s make you confident. Be your own person and enjoy college life while looking and dressing great.

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.

Century City Mall: Thank A Mom Movement Contest

This Mother’s Day 2016, Century City Mall launches the Thank A Mom Movement. More than an annual celebration of our mothers, this gives the venue and opportunity for everyone to express their special thanks and dedication to the best woman in their lives. I know that this is the best time we can show our love to the most special woman in our life.

Everyone is invited to participate in the Thank A Mom Movement and get a chance to win awesome prizes, sweet treats for their moms and the whole family. Those interested to participate may visit the Thank A Mom Movement dedication wall mural in Century City Mall or join via Facebook from May 2-8. 2016. That’s ample time to join, so make sure to participate because there are many exciting prizes awaits the winners.

To take part in the celebration via Facebook, participants just need to follow these 4 steps: LIKE the Century City Mall Facebook page, SHARE the Thank A Mom Movement promotion post, SUBMIT the dedication form via the Thank A Mom Movement Facebook tab, and SAVE a copy of the confirmation email.

Instant prizes to be given away includes up to 10,000 worth of gift certificates, movies passes, discount coupons, and more. So, make sure to check it out.

thank a mom movement fb contest

Bagasbas Light House Resort and Catherine’s at Daet

bagasbas light house

Here’s  part II of my Daet Escapade. This time, let me introduce you Catherine’s Restaurant which you can found on the famous Bagasbas Light House.  If you happen to travel to Daet, Bagasbas Beach is one of their famous travel destination especially those who love to surf because the waves here are to die for. Yes, gigantic waves that surfers loves best but don’t try death defying stunts especially if your only a beginner.

bagasbas, daet

Don’t let your eyes deceive you.  It looks calming but there are days that the waves is too big to handle.

bagasbas light house hotel

Bagasbas Light House offers accommodation from backpackers room to deluxe room raging from Php. 550.00 ($15) to Php. 2,750.00 ($27) per night which is reasonable enough.

catherines daet

Getting back to Catherine’s, the restaurant serves different Filipino dishes and the serving is good and reasonable for its price. They also  offer fresh seafood and fishes caught from the sea.

catherines daet

I did not asked for their specialty but you can choose from different dishes on their menu.  We tried this one which I think is a santol dish cooked in coconut milk, a typical Bicol dish you can found in the province but their version is really yummy.

food

I know, we are supposed to try their sea food dishes but i have been having allergy with sea food lately.

foods, lots of foods

Walking around will lead you to the hotel rooms and souvenir shops which offers different local souvenir items and pieces that you can take home to remember your stay on this place.

bagasbas light house

The place is so cozy that you will definitely enjoy a relaxing view of nature and yes, there is a playground too for the little ones and young at heart.

bagasbas

You can check more about Bagasbas Light House and Catherine’s Restaurant here.

Prime Suite Daet – hotel review and how to get there

 

Prime Suite Hotel is just minutes away from the Daet Centro and very near the Central Plaza Mall which i think is the largest mall in the city.

 

Although, I have been more than ten years in Camarines Sur and it’s just almost 3 hours away from Daet, i have never gone to this place before.  So, I was very excited to see what Daet stores for new traveler like me so we immediately browse the net to find hotels that can accommodate us for the night.  We want it affordable yet descent enough and will give us a good night sleep after a long hectic day.

Too bad that only few hotels are featured in the internet and some have no reviews or incomplete data but the good thing is I can make a call without spending long distance call to inquire about hotel price and location.

I chanced upon to learned about Prime Suite on their facebook page although the details are incomplete and no reviews can be found on the net so far. So, I am hoping that this one can give a good insight on their hotel and services.  Although Prime Suite is not that big, they do have several rooms from Deluxe to Executive Suite which range to a very affordable Php. 700.00 (approximately $15) per night to Php. 2,000.00 ($50.00) which I think is affordable compared to big hotels here in Naga City.

The suite looks small in the outside but it’s spacious in the inside since there’s an expansion on the back.  The lobby and dining area boasts a beautiful design and fixtures like tables that made of Narra. Hubby and I decided to get the Superior Room which is good for 2 persons. It has a queen size bed (which you can check on the picture above).  It’s an air condition room with LED TV.

Although, the bathroom is not grand, it has a hot and cold water which is enough to have a soothing bath after a long day of travelling and what’s even nice is a closet that you can hang your clothes so as not to further wrinkle it.

Your stay includes a complimentary breakfast (for one visitor) so you need to order another one. And lastly, which I think is very important for many. YES they have WIFI and it’s free for hotel guests, you just need to ask the front desk of the password.

How to get there:

That’s the usual info that every traveler needed. Prime Suite Daet is located at Vinzons Ave, 4600 Daet, Camarines Norte, minutes away from Central Plaza Mall and some dining places in the city.

From Land: From Manila, you can ride a bus going to Daet.  (approximate travel – 8 hours) (prices differs on every bus)

From Air:  Since Daet airport is no longer functional, you can ride a plane going to Pili Airport (known as Naga Airport) and then ride a van from Naga City Terminal going to Daet.   (approximate travel – 2 to 3 hours)

You will get down on Daet Terminal and ride a tricycle going to the hotel. Fare is Php. 8.00 only for one person.

Visit their Facebook page to learn more and how you can book a stay.

Gift Baskets for Corporate Giving

Your favorite clients deserve a high quality and distinctive gift that will impress them and be remembered. That adds to their willingness to consider your products or services even more than usual, so you will get back your return on investment with hopefully increased and even longer lasting business from them.

Elegantly displayed and delicious “goodies” are the ideal answer when you want to give unique corporate gift baskets. They are the perfect gift for saying “Thank You”, “You are Appreciated”, “Merry Christmas“, “Happy Annive4rsary,” “Happy Grand Opening”, or whatever the occasion may be. Sending and receiving gift baskets are the perfect choice because everyone loves to eat delicious foods! The baskets are designed at the time of ordering to guarantee freshness, and a hand written gift message can be included.

“Go For The Gold” Gift Tower

This impressive tower includes a double stack of six beautiful gold boxes that tower in at 20 inches tall. They are filled with delicious treats including assorted candies, nuts, toffee and pecan gourmet popcorn, gourmet oatmeal pecan and raisins cookies, and gourmet white chocolate macadamia cookies.

Chateau Wine Gift

A fabulous reusable golden tin container holds a wine-themed cheese gift basket with a hardwood cheese cutting board. There is an assortment of wine products together with a variety of mouth-watering wine vineyard cheeses, peppercorn and poppy crackers, snack mix, American Vintage wine biscuits, and two Ghirardelli chocolates.

The Ritz Corporate Gourmet Gift

A reusable canvas container with faux brown leather trim can be later used for a multitude of purposes at the office or in the home of the recipient. The delightful goodies inside include smoked salmon, caviar, brie cheese spread, olives, crackers, chocolate pastry cookies, salt water taffy, chocolate caramel wafer cookies, butter toffee, pretzels, fruit and nut medley, select tea, and two Ghirardelli Squares.

Colorado Mountain Lodge Gift

This beautiful gift has a rustic feel and look to its wood container and is filled with hearty items to warm the heart and soul. Included are a homestead style veggie stew that serves six to eight people, a pizza crust mix that serves 10to 12, a Mozzarella cheese bar, assorted single brew coffee, buttercrunch popcorn, various cookies, and munchie mix.

Make a positive and lasting impression with these outstanding corporate gifts by checking out those offered by Bisket Baskets.

Home Renovation Project

Changing anything in your home can be a difficult process. Not only do you have to decide exactly what you want, you also have to ensure that everything fits into your budget. This means browsing through contractors and selecting different materials. If there is something very specific that you want done, this can be a difficult task. Use this quick guide to help you learn how you can save money on your upcoming project, allowing you to renovate your home as you see fit.

Get Home Renovation Quotes Online
The Internet has made it possible to comparison shop at a much faster rate. While a contractor may still want to speak with you directly before giving you a quote, you can save a lot of time by inquiring about projects online. Some websites will even allow you to submit your query to multiple contractors at the same time, saving you hours of work.

Research Your Materials
Before you make a final decision on any materials used, do research on them. For example, many homeowners dream of having high-quality granite kitchen counter tops, but they don’t realize that they require a lot of ongoing maintenance work. This often leads them to think of more practical materials to use, such as wood or concrete. They may even consider plastic or tile countertops, as these can provide a similar appearance, but require less work. As a bonus, these low-maintenance materials often cost less. Never be afraid to research, ask questions and make substitutions.

Shop with Local Contractors
If you want to save money on a home renovation project, you need to keep things local. Contractors that live within your area often know the best ways to save money on materials or labor. They are also more likely to offer you a deal, rather than a major corporation that only offers a set price.

Get the help you need with your next renovation project by hiring a local contractor. Click for a free quote so you can save time researching project costs. When you follow these simple home renovation tips, you can easily get the work you want done.

Three Things to Consider When Moving to a New State

Moving into a new home is one of the most stressful moments in your life, and that move can be even more stressful when you move to a new state. Even moving to a neighboring state can leave you feeling so frustrated and just plain annoyed that you want to give up and forget all about it. While you may move everything yourself, you can also hire professional movers who move most or all of your belongings for you. That lets you take a step back and focus on what you really need to consider during your move.

Turning On Utilities

After moving, you probably look forward to settling into your new home and enjoying a good night’s sleep. If you forget about your utilities, you can forget about getting any sleep. Many companies now require that new customers set up accounts and pay a deposit before turning on power to your home. Not only do you need to worry about having electricity in your new home, but you’ll also need to think about water, gas and even cable and Internet. Take the time to contact each provider before you move and make arrangements to have all the utilities turned on when you arrive.

Shipping Your Vehicles

Depending on how far away you move, you may need to think about getting your vehicles to your new home. It isn’t as easy as calling your moving company and requesting this service either. Many professional movers lack the trucks needed to move cars and trucks. If you need to move one or more cars to a neighboring state or a state all the way across the country, contact an auto transport service. These companies can make sure that your car gets there before you do and that your car arrives in perfect condition.

Arranging for Food

After a long move, you probably won’t want to run into the kitchen and cook for your family. That is why you should make arrangements for food before you arrive. Head online to look for restaurants in your new city that deliver. You can bookmark the websites for those restaurants and add those numbers to your phone to call once you get to your new home. Moving to a new state is easier when you make arrangements for food, shipping your car and turning on the utilities before you get there.

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