Migs and Alaine

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Let Intercontinental Manila Pamper You One Last Time

Do you already have plans for the Holidays? If you are still looking for a place to stay or dine this Christmas and New Year’s eve, you might want to consider Intercontinental Manila before they finally close their doors for good.

Why Intercontinental Manila?

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Aside from the fact that they will no longer be operating after the 31st of December, we’ll love to give you some ideas on why InterCon Manila should be your home for the holidays. As most of us know, the designer of the Intercontinental Manila is non other than national artist Leandro Locsin. So, expect that the Hotel’s design is world class.

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Intercontinental Hotel is Makati’s first five star hotel so, rest assured that they will be treating you like a VIP. When we checked in last weekend for our anniversary, the hotel staff are still very warm and accommodating. You wouldn’t even think that the hotel is closing down because everyone seems happy.

It is literally like a  home away from home! Everyone seems to know you and are happy to be of service.

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The Jeepney is known for their good food. They also cater food to vegans and those who prefer Halal. So yes, everyone is welcome!

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You also wouldn’t want to miss being pampered by a Hotel who is already a part of our history. They wouldn’t last for 46 years if they didn’t do a good job.

You think five star hotels are too expensive? Check out their website and connect with their live chat support staff. We only paid Php8,500 (inclusive of tax) for a luxurious weekend. We availed their Christmas package wherein we were able to book our second night for a whopping 50% off and that package includes breakfasts buffet for two.

Intercontinental Hotel is located at 1 Ayala Ave., Makati City.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

MONSTROUS HALLOWEEN TREATS FROM EASTWOOD RICHMONDE HOTEL

The thrills and treats this Halloween are big and plenty at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel this year. With specials ranging from shocking room deals to an enjoyable and spooky kiddie party, children of all ages will surely have a spine-tingling good time.

From October 30 to November 1, 2015, have an exciting staycation at one of the metro’s most vibrant entertainment centers and get wickedly huge discounts with the HALLOWEEN ROOM RATES starting at PhP 4,235nett for Superior Room accommodations (room only). To get the most of your stay, you can upgrade to a room package inclusive of a sumptuous buffet breakfast for two at Eastwood Café for as low as PhP 4,410nett.

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On October 31st, the young and young-at-heart will surely enjoy the frights and enchantment cooked up by Eastwood Richmonde Hotel to welcome All Hallow’s Eve. The MONSTROUS TERRORS KIDDIE HALLOWEEN PARTY, happening from 3:00pm to 5:30pm at the hotel’s lobby and 2nd Floor, doubles the fun factor with a variety of attractions – from a hearty merienda buffet and assorted snack stations; to assorted games and prizes, a magic show, glitter tattoo and photo booths, a loot bag, and access to the scary Monster House. Special prizes and awards will also be given to kids with the best Halloween costumes. Tickets are priced at PhP 650nett each for both children and adults.

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For inquiries and reservations, please call 570-7777. Eastwood Richmonde Hotel is located at 17 Orchard Road, Eastwood City, Bagumbayan Quezon City. Eastwood Richmonde Hotel is also accessible from the 2nd floor of Eastwood Mall. Visit www.richmondehotels.com.ph or Richmonde Hotel’s FB page for more hotel information. You can also follow Eastwood Richmonde Hotel on Twitter and Instagram at @Richmonde_ERH.

 

Come Home to Casa Alegria, Tagaytay

If you’re looking for a Bed and Breakfast in Tagaytay, Casa Alegria is the ideal spot. Not only that it has the perfect view of a picturesque volcano, but its very intimate and cozy vibe will just help you forget that you had a long and hectic work week.








The rooms are clean, modern and very comfortable with a nice sitting area and deck with a wonderful view of the Taal Volcano and the city skyline in the distance.




We are also impressed with how animal-friendly this place is. We love cats and seeing one who moves freely in a hotel/resort makes us happy.








Although this may not be the perfect place for commuters because of its location, they can accomodate a number of vehicles. Great venue for intimate weddings, honeymoons and family gatherings.
Unlike some overrated Bed and Breakfast in Tagaytay, Casa Alegria’s rooms are fairly priced. A swimming pool will also be available by July 2015.







Check out their room rates and book your next R&R!



Casa Alegria

Sungay North Tagaytay
Tagaytay City
09052340948

Happy weekend!


Migs and Alaine




#SouthParadise Residence Inn & Paradizoo Press Conference on April 18, 2015

For all you busy bees trying to escape the urban stress.


Get out of the Metro and spend your staycation at Residence Inn Tagaytay Hotel and Paradizoo Mobile Home! 


We offer our visitors only the best experience that they deserve.”, COO JB Badon proudly states. With this, allow us tempt you with some of the reasons why you have to choose Residence Inn Tagaytay Hotel and Paradizoo Mobile Home over the same ol’ places that you have been familliar with. Who knows, you might even stay longer than planned.


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Located at the ever emerging cool city of Tagaytay, Residence Inn is home for a number of different kinds of animals starting from snakes, horses, tigers and many more making it different from all the rest.






More so, try our zipline and cable car which will definitely allow you to appreciate nature more as this overlooks Taal Volcano.


Most of all, Residence Inn Tagaytay Hotel wants you to experience our very own 14 zoo-ish styled, homey and cozy upgraded guestrooms which all overlooks Taal volcano. Compliment your stay as well with our very own Bulalo and many other delicious signature dishes while having long talks with the company you love.



For as low as P3,100, this indeed is a perfect spot for romantic getaway for two, relaxing staycation with your family, or a weekend party with your bestfriends!


Paradizoo Mobile Home


Going for a budget hotel? You might want to try our very own Paradizoo Tagaytay Mobile Home only for P1,500!








Be in your own paradise while watching green picturesque fields together with different kinds of animals at Paradizoo. Feel our ‘Plant Me Home’ experience, interact with different interesting animals like llama, camels, miniature horses, ostriches, greyhounds, labrador retrievers or ride on a cart drawn by an albino Carabao!


Indeed an all-in-one experience for those nature lovers!


Whatever your life celebration will be, choose an all-in-one simple yet relaxing and delightful hotel experience.


Join us this coming April 18, 2015, Saturday for a Press Conference at Residence Inn Tagaytay and know more good news from us! Truly, we want you to experience that one great staycation, all-in-one place!


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Wanna know how to get 50% OFF for your hotel accommodation? Take your adventure and staycation the Zoolit style!


Zoolit card is a set of discount, freebies, buy 1 take 1, souvenir coupons (and many more) made especially for your adventurous side! This card is accepted for all theme parks under Zoomanity Group. One of the many perks in having this is the 50% off to all hotels under Zoomanity Group which are the Zoobic Lodge (Subic), Residence Inn (Tagaytay), and Azotea Suites (Bel-Air, Makati City).


Get all these perks only for P399!


For more information and for those who want to earn more, you may call us at 0916-629-9381 or 09228039980 for orientation.



Rediscover Baguio at Azalea Hotels & Residences

Back in the day summer would not be complete without taking a trip to Baguio for a few days. One can see families and friends enjoy a boat ride at Burnham Park, taking photos at the Botanical Garden, buying souvenirs and brooms at the city market,munching bread or biscuits with the famous ube and strawberry jam, seeing the beautiful view at Mines View Park, horseback riding, sipping hot soup or drinking a cup of hot chocolate in famous restaurants along Session Road, warming themselves up at the fireplace and jogging along the pine trees. Taking a stroll with the cool and sometimes freezing temperature of the city is a great time to bond with loved ones too.

As time passes Baguio has maintained its charm and even became more exciting for holiday goers with the flower festival known as Panabenga every February, adventure and ecological parks, more variety of restaurants,strawberry picking at La Trinidad, Benguet, shopping at a famous mall chain and chatting over coffee at well-known cafes.

So it’s time to rediscover and explore the Summer Capital while staying at AzaleaHotels & Residences Baguio.


Located along Leonard Wood, near Teacher’s camp, Azalea Hotels and Residences Baguio offers cozy and comfortable accommodations with its 99 suites complete with living, dining and kitchen facilities in all suites. Having a party of more than two poses no problem because the hotel is open to multiple occupants in each room without the feeling of being too cramped. 




The hotel goes beyond its rooms with its lobby lounge,playground, business center, WIFI connection, NDD-DDD-IDD, travel concierge,laundry and dry cleaning services, Tradisyon Coffee Shop, bar, spa and massage services, handicap accessibility, and in-room dining.Wanting families and groups to relive and experience Baguio, worry free packages are made available by Azalea Hotels & Residences Baguio. 




The packages include three days and two nights room accommodation, daily buffet breakfast, two lunches or dinners at Tradisyon Coffee Shop, half day countryside tour, three-hour use of a chauffeured air-conditioned van to tour the city, and adventure activities for the whole family or group.

To make the weekends more filling, weekend buffets and special dinners at Tradisyon Coffee Shop, flagship restaurant of the hotel, are offered for locals, tourists and in house guests to delight in. From Friday to Sunday, a buffet brunch is available from 11am to 3 pm. Savor a hot soup and dimsum on Fridays with the Hot Pot Night. Treat family and friends with the Pizza Pasta Buffet every Saturdays. The value for money dinner buffets range from Php 220 per person to Php 395 per person.



Visit Azalea Hotels and Residences Baguio and remember moments and adore Baguio once more.


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For inquiries, please call Hotel Reservations Direct Line at (074) 424 8716 or (074) 424
8166 or Manila Reservations at (02) 450 1151 or (0917) 861 1641 or (0919) 994 4140

*Photos courtesy of Azalea Residences Baguio

Top 5 Reasons Why We Love Subic Bay Travelers Hotel

If you’re planning an R&R at Subic, you may consider booking a room at Subic Bay Travelers Hotel. If you’re wondering why, read on to know our top 5 reasons why we love and recommend this hotel.

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1. The staff at Subic Bay Travelers Hotel know what customer service means. We never encountered even a single employee who isn’t carrying a big smile during our stay. We felt like we were VIPs. Their Tip Box tell so much about their service.

2. Subic Bay Traveler’s Hotel is SMOKE-FREE. We hate sheets or curtains that smells funky because of nicotine.

3. They serve good food. We’ve tried almost everything on their breakfast buffet and we left with happy tummies and empty plates. We also love the idea of eating breakfast by the pool side.

4. They are near restaurants and Duty Free shops! You can try out nearby restaurants if you feel like exploring and oh, you can walk from your hotel room towards Royal Duty Free and shop til you drop!
We recommend trying Hot Shots Burgers located right across the hotel.

5. Their rooms are spacious. Who wouldn’t want to stay in a room where you can move freely?

For bookings and inquiries please call (047) 252-1688

Migs and Alaine

Experience the Extreme at Tree Top Adventure

Sick of the same old team buildings which the only result is a protruding belly because of too much alcohol?

Change the way you spend your summer team buildings by trying the first motorized team building facility in the Philippines.

March 21st, Saturday, Tree Top Adventure Subic Bay, held its second press conference with social influencers joined by the local media. The press conference and ribbon cutting was graced by the CEO of Tree Top Adventure, Ms. Camille Montejo.



After the press conference, we were given the privilege to try some of the team building activities. We were surprised to experience how effective the team building facilities are. Results can be measured so it’ll be easier to gauge each team’s performance based on their skill, agility, stamina, patience and of course, team work.

Our group came to Treetop Adventure as 5 complete strangers but came home as good friends. That’s the testimony of how effective this team building facility is.

Here are some of the activities that we tried.

Team Cycling

Team must cycle their way through a computer-generated course, consisting of climbs and drops. A team leader can be assigned to help finish the race, either against time or against another team.


Multi-Line Traverse

Team members must cross the bridges using only the ropes provided the shortest time possible. Strategy is important to ensure everyone gets across.


Team See-Saw

Team members must balance themselves on top of a giant see-saw the shortest time possible. They must figure out the right spacing that would balance the differences in their weights.


Dance Revo 

Team members must complete a certain dance sequence the shortest time possible. Synchronized steps result to a faster time. A team leader can be assigned to ensure the dance moves are done properly.


Tree Top Adventure seeks to promote team work through various activities. Their activities were designed to engage values (ie. patience, coordination, communication, etc.). which can be best exercised in groups comprised of members such as office mates, team mates, orgmates, or even just your barkada.

These activities are presented as packages you can choose from. Both packages are inclusive of facilitators and Team Building kits.

1.) Php 800.00/head     – 8 activities (any combination) 
2.) Php 1,200.00          – 12 activities + meals


List of Activities (12):
Spike Valley, Dance Revo, Team Cycling, Dragonboat, Loop Lift, Team See-saw, Gem Drop, Bar Balancer, Multi-line Traverse, Team lanyard, Centepede Pedal and Team Wall.

Before the day ends, we tried several extreme activities also being offered at Tree Top Adventure.

Superman

If you’re at Tree Top Adventure, you shouldn’t miss trying the first motorized zip line in Asia that can travel back and forth.


Canopy

Take a tour into the woods by riding the canopy.


Silver surfer

Swing with your buddy and take pictures of the forest safely with the Silver surfer


He makes it look really easy


Overcome your fear of heights with this heart stopping Tree drop.

By the end of the year, Tree top adventure will add ten more exciting activities to satisfy your craving for the extreme.

Around the area are also barracks from the old naval base.







There are more than 50 of these around the camp that will be renovated and converted into comfy rooms to accommodate guest.
  



For more details, you may reach us through alainealejandrino@gmail.com.




Enjoy the rest of the week,


Migs and Alaine



Armada Hotel Manila

We checked in at Armada Hotel Manila last December 13 as an extended wedding anniversary celebration. We have read good feedback about the hotel and decided that we should try it for ourselves. Armada hotel is a 3 year old hotel located at the heart of Manila. Room rates were just about right and the fact that we got it for a lower price just added excitement.

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We checked in at 2pm and we were welcomed by this receptionist who is a little too stiff for her job. Well, we just let it slide because she was the only person who lacks customer service skills. The rest of their staff are courteous.
Everything seemed okay. The room is spacious, the hotel is near commercial establishments and they have a decent restaurant at the ground floor.
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The bed is soft at the right places and the compliments are at par with higher end hotels
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Their standard room is much being that those of other hotels in the Metro and because the hotel is fairly new, there were no unnecessary smell or dirt. Their lounge area will kind of give you the feeling that maybe the rooms are not as big as how it looks like in the photos. Although our hotel room was not as posh as other hotel rooms, I still like the cozy feel. You still get the R&R feels.
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We were upgraded to a bigger room when we had some minor issues with our bed and it was done really fast even if it was already 2:00 in the morning.
We were able to relax despite the room transfer. I think it was one of their suites because it almost doubled the size of our previous room and there was a mini kitchen too. Pretty cool. I can probably stay there for a week.
At 6:30AM, we went down to eat breakfast which was included on our hotel accommodation. I must say that their breakfast buffet is pretty impressive. They do not have too many choices but I think that is okay for a breakfast buffet plus Armada is not a five star hotel. Their service at the resto needs improvement tho. We were asked for our room number three times by three different people. Maybe, they lack coordination.
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After breakfast, we went to their roof deck to check out the pool. Pool was pretty okay too even if the views are blocked by taller buildings around the area.
I would rate this hotel as 8/10 and I have recommended them to our friends as well. The hotel itself is okay. They just need to improve their customer service. We will definitely come back.

Here’s a 360 virtual tour of Armada Hotel.

The use of this 360° virtual tour of Armada Hotel Manila is authorized by Traveloka.
Alaine

Our Airbnb Travel Bucket List

In a perfect world, we would be travelling every week. Who wouldn’t want to go places to try different cuisines, meet new friends, visit relatives and discover other cultures?

Admit it or not when you travel, the more money that you have on your wallet or the higher your credit limit on your plastics, the better customer service you get.
We’ve always dreamed about travelling without having to worry about our budget or getting a crappy customer service because that will be a nightmare.

We’re glad that we came across this youtube video from Airbnb.

After watching the video, we immediately signed up!

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world – online or from a mobile phone.
With Airbnb, you can find unique accommodations in people’s homes—from houses and apartments, to tree houses and igloos. 


A home away from home is the kind of vibe that we want whenever we travel.
Viewing all the Airbnb listings that interests us, we’ve come up with a travel bucket list and bookmarked the links of some hosts that we might contact in the future. Well,we considered the price and the reviews from their previous guests.

First on our list is Paris, France.
Lovers in Paris? Why not?!

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Our Airbnb top pick:

Second is Tokyo, Japan for two reasons – to explore and to visit Miguel’s sister, who lives and works in Tokyo as a pre-school teacher.

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Our Airbnb top pick:

To complete our list is Mexico…why? Miguel is part-Mexican.

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Our Airbnb top pick:

There are so many beautiful places that we’d love to visit but we’d like to stick with these three first.

What about you guys? Where do want to go next?
Let Airbnb help you decide (We’d love to read your own version of #MyAirbnbBucketList too!).
Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 192 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.
Not yet convinced?
If you sign-up today through this link www.airbnb.com/c/malejandrino, you will instantly get ₱1,088 Airbnb credit. Plus, by inviting more friends, you’ll get ₱1,088 when they travel and ₱3,264 when they host.
Now,isn’t that a great deal?
Got questions,inquiries or do you want to check Airbnb’s listings? Head over to Airbnb’s website.
Migs and Alaine

Merry Christmas!

We almost spent Christmas in Baguio, if it wasn’t because of a Grinch. Haha! But hey, it’s Christmas day so we’d rather focus on positive vibes and the beautiful memories that we’d like to share with you. Last Saturday,we left our car in Manila so we could fully experience how if feels to literally be “back-packers”.
Christmas traffic and the people who went cray-cray over travelling to different places including our destination were lined up at Victory Liner Bus Terminal buying tickets. The earliest trip available for us is at 12:20PM but we got their around 8:00 so we had to check-in at the nearest econotel to catch some sleep and freshen up before our trip. Glad we discovered Grand Prix Econotel! The place was clean and it’s very affordable. 


Due to the heavy traffic in Tarlac and La Union, we reached Baguio City after an 8 hour trip.
We went to Microtel to to check for an available room and avail our 30% off discount from Enjoy Philippines but they’re already fully booked for the night. So, we decided to have dinner first at Te Quiero Tapas Bar which is just right outside Microtel. They offer buffet for only Php350!








Every hotel that we walked-in was fully booked! But thank heavens to Manong guard who lead us to City Light Hotel. Although the staff wasn’t so friendly, we had no choice but to book their available room which was located at their 4th basement. Our room was clean and big but we could hear noises from nearby establishments, vehicles and that (aaarhh) generator of some sort. But we were too tired that we slept for almost 10 hours! Haha! We almost didn’t make it to our free breakfast buffet. 





Day 2, we headed to Session Road. to look for a clean and affordable hotel. But every hotel that offers an overnight stay for less than Php 2000 is just not appealing to us. Instead of going back to City Light Hotel, we followed our cab driver’s advise to check out one of the newest hotels in town, City Center Hotel


Horaaay!

Their room rate is just the same as City Light Hotel’s. The only difference is that their rooms are smaller and their accommodation doesn’t come with a free breakfast. But a safe box,free Wifi, and a cafe that offers cheap yet good pastries are some of the things that we love about City Center Hotel. 





Their staff is nice too! Their location is near Baguio’s tourists spots, so if you do not have a car, you can either walk or take a cab (cabbies in  Baguio give exact change!). This hotel is only a few blocks away from Burnham Park where you shouldn’t miss a strip where they sell cheap and yummy roasted chicken! 


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random people playing chess at the Burnham Park





Right across Burnham Park is old building filled with different shops of pre-loved clothes,shoes and even toys! Dust is just all over the place so, we don’t suggest that you bring your kids with you. Also not a good spot for people with allergies and asthma.






In the afternoon, we went to The Botanical garden. We love nature and we just couldn’t help but take few shots of the beautiful flowers. 














After our visit to the Botanical garden, we headed to Good Shepherd to buy some goodies as present for our loved ones. Good Shepherd is located right beside Mines View Park. Sure there are many Good Shepherd goodies being sold at stalls or even in Baguio Public Market but they are a bit over priced and their stocks are limited. So, if you’re heading to Baguio make sure to take a short trip to Good Shepherd.


Ang ka love team ng alpha male



We went back to our hotel to unload and take a quick shower for our dinner! Wohoo! Finally, we got to experience 50’s Diner! We were overwhelmed with their serving and we feel sorry for not finishing our meal.








After dinner, we asked the cab driver to drop us off at Harrison road where the famous night market is. Our intention was to shop but we were totally surprised with their overly priced selection of used items (P2200 for a pair of used Sneakers?)! They must be out of their minds. 




So,we just decided to grab coffee at Mc Donald’s Session Road and head to our hotel and take some rest. It was indeed a very long day!


We feel sorry for leaving Baguio too soon but the trip is one of the most memorable activities that we had as husband and wife. We’re looking forward for more fun and exciting trips for the coming year. 





Merry Christmas, everyone!


Migs and Alaine

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