Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Tides Hotel Boracay

Hello! I'm back after a long hiatus. Been to some exciting places and suddenly felt the need to give back. Life is a gift and it offers us the privilege, opportunity and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.

Annually for the past 8 years, I was particularly biased towards my choice of Boracay accommodations. Number one rule? should be situated towards the finest pristine white sand beachfront on Boat Station 1. Not until I've laid eyes on this fresh and equally exceptional hotel. 

Right smacked at the middle of the crowded D' Mall, Boat Station 2 comes a breath of fresh air! This plush and uniquely themed hotel (with witty wall sayings to boot!) surely made me a convert. Call it a change of heart then. 

At the 4th floor is the Solstice Sun lounge, The Tide Hotel's chic sundeck bar and cafe perfect for chilling, lounging at the cabanas or plainly catching the sunset from a different view away from the usual crowd. 

When the sun sets, let the night seduce you and dance away. Drown to the beat care of their in-house ( or on special occasions, guest international) DJs. Grab some cocktails and merry mixes. Party heaven, indeed!

It also houses an outdoor pool, should you feel like staying in after basking all day long at the beach.

Another noteworthy point is Ka-on, the hotel's in-house restaurant located at the roof deck. Savor Chef Fernando Aracama's mouthwatering Filipino inspired dishes. 

D'Mall Station 2, Boracay Island, Philippines

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Blue Post Boiling Crab And Shrimp Davao

Davao restos are always brimming with newest fantastic seafood deals. Think savory dishes at incredible prices! After checking in at the hotel, no precious time was wasted. Hailed a cab and made a beeline towards Blue Post Boiling Crabs and Shrimps.

The seafood rage is on! Get Shrimp Unlimited for only P399 on weekdays from 2-5pm.  

Blue Post introduces the Boiling Bag cooking technique. This involves boiling fresh shrimps ( also crabs, mussel or fish ) in a food grade bag which is mixed with original Cajun Special Sauce (CSS) with your choice of add-ons: corn on the cob, sausage or potato. Choose the best CSS for your bag (regular, mild or hot & spicy)

Bottomless drinks, choice of soda or iced tea to complement your hunger pangs. At the corner is the condiments section should you wish to concoct your special dipping sauce.

Targeted to be a family restaurant, it can hold VIP parties in private rooms for big groups of 30, 20 or 15 guests. 

Tables are lined with wax paper. Diners are provided with plastic gloves and cutesy bibs for ease of Filipino kamay-kainan style eating. Dig in!

CarmisCaprice was here memorabilia. Blue Post Boiling Crabs and Shrimp is located at Lanang Business Park, Km 7. Just a stone's throw away from SM Lanang Premier.

To burn off excess calories, we walked to the nearby Discalced Carmelite Monasteries of Nuns.

Best to see the Carmelite Monastery in an ordinary season. In the tranquility of the day, where only silent prayers are loudly heard. 

We thanked thee for the safe trip and wonderful new experience.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Pink Me Up Beauty Nail and Dry Bar

A surprise bridal sparty for Jayu awaits. Time is ticking and her big day is near. Credit goes to Rizi for suggesting this dainty and perfectly pretty venue tucked in the 2nd floor of Lee Gardens Condominium.

The live happy, beyond ordinary custom made pink and gray interiors were courtesy of Heima Furniture. Design is modern yet feminine. A cozy spot to get prettied and perked up.

Full-on party prep mode- tons of fun!

The Cosmo Blow-out. Gorgeous soft loose curls for the lovely bride-to-be. 

Kinky cake! (tee-hee)

Foot and hand spa lovers

We adore their luxurious spa treatments such as the Espresso-tini and White Russian for whiter, glowing skin. For a refreshing treatment the Fruit Flirtini is perfect, while Purple Haze calms with lavender aromatherapy.

The bridal sparty customized to get the lovely bride down the aisle in style. It's her Cinderella day. Batchmates sending her lots and lots of love and merry wishes.

And oh as of writing, Avail this Chic Sparty with P8,000 worth of Consumable services at a whooping 60% on Dealgrocer. Details Here.

Pink Me Up Beauty Nail and Dry Bar

Unit 2D Lee Gardens Condominium
along Shaw Boulevard cor Lee St. 
Mandaluyong, Philippines

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Venetian Macau, Hotel Holiday and Senado Square

Touchdown Macau. Pretty impressive that most hotels and all big casinos provide complimentary shuttle service to/from the airport, ferry terminal and transit points to tourist places. 

Just a stone's throw away (5 mins travel) from the Macau Intl Airport is The Venetian Hotel & Casino. Marvel at the intricate ceiling replicating the beauty of renaissance Venice with ornate and lavish moldings.

Indulge in the finest all-suite accommodations, over 300 duty-free shopping, world-class entertainment and over 30 dining choices – all under one roof. Even non-guests get to frolic to their hearts content and enjoy free luggage holding service (west wing lobby) 

The cloud dappled soft blue sky mural reminded me of IBN Battuta Mall in Dubai. It entices anyone to shop among the best brands of boutique from New York, Paris, London and Milan and also enjoy heart warming gastronomic delights. 

While at the shops, you may safely change your currencies to MOP (Macau Pataca) at Bank of China. Here are the rates:
1 usd = 7.79 MOP
1 usd = 7.56 HKD

Experience the romance and grandeur of Shoppes at Venetian where guests are entertained by serenading gondoliers, performers with colorful antics of jugglers, living statues and musicians as they wander around.

Opposite The Venetian is City of Dreams. Rode the complimentary shuttle from COD to Grand Lisboa Hotel. Casino Lisboa's entrance lit up like a beacon at night. 

From here, one can reach the Senado Square in 10-15 minutes by walking. Opted to take a cab, but the queue was just impossible! It took us an hour to get one thereby losing our priceless dinner reservation at Alorcha (hailed as Macau's best Portuguese restaurant) 

Still teary-eyed, headed straight to our humble abode instead. We just needed the convenience of having a place to stay walking distance to Largo de Senado or Senado Square and The Ruins of St Paul. 

I suggest you print out the Chinese name of the hotel as most taxi driver does not speak English.

Spotted Wong Chi Kei while walking at Largo Senado. Famous for its noodles and congee, we decided to give it a try.

Braised noodle with wonton (MOP34)
Yang Chow fried rice (MOP58 )
Chicken wings (MOP68)

You can't go to Macau and not try these portuguese egg tarts ( 2 for MOP20) milk tea ( MOP20) and porkchop bun (MOP39)

Was craving a taste of Margaret's egg tarts but finding it was epic fail. Tried asking the locals but they only gave us puzzled looks. Settled for the one at the Senado Square.

A spectacular facade of Ruins of Saint Paul perched atop one of Macau island's seven hills. Picturesque both day and  at night.

We would have loved to visit the other side of Macau, Coloane island. But time is of the essence and HK awaits. Ferry ride is MOP161 and travel time is approx 50mins.