Typhoon Luis is currently battering northern Philippines while Metro Manila is soaking wet. For this kind of afternoon, what better to do but have a hot and steaming bowl of noodles! I braved the rains and went out of my unit, heading to North Park in Glorietta and quite determined to have one thing: their aniseed beef tendon (litid). I just love the gelatinous texture of that tender morsel that just dissolves beautiful on one’s tongue. The thickish sweet soup is comforting, sending my tummy…Continue Reading “A hot steaming bowl of noodles on a stormy afternoon”

It was my first time to be here, having staved off attempts and temptations to visit because its not a solo travelers destination, like high costs of renting a boat to apprehensions that I might not be able to enjoy it as beaches and islands tend to be closed whenever Survivor, that popular reality TV show is in town. But then, a message from Wyne, a friend now with Naga City Tourism, was able to lure me out of my virtual hole. And glad that…Continue Reading “Finally, I have visited the Caramoan Peninsula!”

The day was overcast and rain clouds near the horizon was casting a foreboding atmosphere. It didn’t help that the sea was somewhat rough and waves crashed to the shore. The wind was somewhat strong too with the leaves rustling. Days before, it has been raining in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte. But the weather was depressing that I didn’t see the promised white sand, the clear emerald waters of Dakak Beach Resort graduating into aquamarine. There were less people and visitors too. Only waves….Continue Reading “Feeling the wind, listening to the waves in Dakak and finding bliss”

We visited Le Spa in Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila for some pampering one afternoon. As we have booked an appointment two days before, we were led to the changing room, sauna and jacuzzi before the massage treatment commenced. Le Spa is not solely just a spa. So Fit, the luxury hotel’s fitness area is at the second floor. Dressed in bath robes, we were given a glass of tea and asked to chose from a music menu (we chose nature sounds) while we awaited the…Continue Reading “Getting pampered at a high end spa in Manila”

One of the best experiences during my staycation in Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila? Spending time at the exclusive Club Millesime Lounge at the 10th floor. Well, for most of my stay there, cocooning at the luxury club rooms, the lounge offered a space for breakfast, afternoon snacks and cocktails during the evenings without the need to go down to the main restaurant. I didn’t head down to Spiral for the extensive breakfast selection, gorging and stuffing myself in the process or head to Le Bar for coffee but…Continue Reading “An exclusive lounge at a luxury hotel in Manila”