Staycation at Luxent Hotel

For hubby’s birthday, I decided to give him a relaxing staycation in a nearby hotel. I searched and searched until I found a hotel in Traveloka.

Luxent Hotel is located in the heart of Quezon City, in the midst of restaurants, bars and cafes.

Christmas came early at the hotel.

Reindeers welcome you!

Garden Cafe

Offers Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Buffet at a reasonable price.

The Luxent Hotel Lobby

Lush Bar and Lounge

Share A Shoe Box

I love this #ShareTheLove drive of Luxent. Too bad we weren’t able to prepare when we went there. But I hope I could still bring some boxes before they give them out.

Our Room

2 Queen Beds

Spacious Bathroom

Shower Area

Saturday Night Traffic!

Pool Area

See Through Side of the Pool

After a long day of playing and night swimming, our princesses are finally knocked out.

I strongly recommend staying at Luxent Hotel. Not only because it is very near food establishments, but also because the service of the hotel staff is very commendable. They are friendly, accommodating and very reachable.

The room is very clean and so spacious. I got the room at Php4,000.00 and it is so worth the price. My kids were able to swim twice, during nightime and daytime. They also enjoyed the see through part of the pool.

We are definitely going back!

We are also eyeing Luxent as a venue for future events.

They have ballrooms and function rooms to cater to these intimate celebrations.

Luxent Hotel’s website is https://www.luxenthotel.com

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Another Baguio Adventure!

3rd time to go to Baguio this year and it still was an amazing adventure. Follow on and enjoy!

Day 1.

Our first stop was lunch at Canto Restaurant. Good thing we had a friend who reserved tables for us.

Food was great as always. I loved the pizza! Mashed potato tasted good as well. Ribs that day was kinda dry so I didn’t like it that much.

Canto is now located at a bigger venue. Right after you enter the city of Baguio. Our sumptuous lunch cost us about Php4,500.00.

After lunch, we checked in our hotel, Newtown Plaza Hotel. We booked this through Traveloka. Such an amazing view from our balcony.

We have also tried this hotel before. Check my review here.

After resting for a while, we finally had the chance to go out and enjoy the breeze.

Since we have a lot of kids with us, we decided to go straight to Burnham Park. Oh my! So many people that day! We rented bikes for the kids and they went around and around.

There were 2 smaller kids so us mommies needed to follow them around. Got hit again and again. Ouch! What mommies do for their children!

Bike Rentals – Php 50.00 / 30 minutes

After biking for what seemed like eternity, the kids got hungry!

Manong Taho was just around the corner. Strawberry Taho for everyone please!

We went back to the hotel to freshen up a bit then drove to Camp John Hay. We had reservations at Le Chef, a buffet restaurant inside The Manor.

Wasn’t able to take pictures of the food. Aside from the salads and the very fresh selection of other veggies, the food was just so so in my opinion. There wasn’t that much variety to choose from.

Anyway, it was about Php1000.00 / head, and I honestly think I paid for an entrance fee with a meal because the place was so beautifully decorated. The massive ground became a play area for our kids to run around freely.

Sorry but my photos actually don’t do justice to the sights.

We stayed until about midnight.

Day 2.

Breakfast was courtesy of the hotel.

It was a sunny day so we proceeded to Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad. 30 minute trip from Baguio City proper to the place. Again, so many tourists flocked the area, only to find out that strawberries are not in season and there were no more strawberries to be picked.

We just enjoyed the view. Had our photos taken. Shopped for some shirts. Bought some fruits.

Oh! We ate Strawberry Ice Cream to beat the scorching heat.

We hit the streets and returned to the City proper.

We found ourselves in The Forest House. It’s a cozy log cabin type of house converted into a fully functional restaurant.

Greeted by this very welcoming seating area with a chimney.

The resto was already clad in Christmas decor, making the place more warm.

What stood out again was the Salad. The bagnet was a kid favorite! Need to try the Lasagna Chips as well.

We went along to what the kids wanted – Horseback Riding! We chose to stay inside Camp John Hay. The volume of people was not as much as outside.

The 30 min ride set us back Php 150.00 per horse. Not that expensive, for the kids’ experiences and happiness were priceless.

Supposed to go to a forest hike but decided against it. We have a lot of kids with us and they might not be able to take the 1 hour hiking.

If you are an adventurous group though, you might want to try Paintball Republic. They also have Zipline. Located near Le Monet Hotel.

We mommies could just take pictures!

Our next stop – Choco – late de Batirol!

Of these 3, we ordered about a total of 10 orders or more! The kids were all hungry!

I loved the Turon so much!

A nice place to hang especially at night.

Already a long day but it didn’t stop there!

Kids continued playing at the playground of the hotel.

Freshened up and off we went to Session Road!

*Best advice ever? – Take the cab! Not only do the drivers know the shortest route, it only costs about Php 50.00!

Of course, what’s the best thing to eat in Session Road? Vizco’s Strawberry Shortcake!

Don’t leave Baguio without tasting this!

Their Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad was also 1 for the books! So yummy we ordered 2!

Beef Stroganoff’s good also!

Hyper kids went on to play back at the hotel and had their own pajama party!

Day 3.

Parents snucked out for a trip to the Baguio Public Market!

Happy Parents!

A foggy day for shopping at the Good Shepherd Convent!

Some of my loot not given away yet.

Almost done with our Baguio Trip V3.0! Late lunch at Sizzling Plate Baguio!

Such a good way to end our trip, with delicious and affordable steaks, add to that a great cup of coffee and yummy Sans Rival!

Hungry? Until our next adventure!

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Travelbook’s PAY-AT-HOTEL Promo!

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Isn’t that great?

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More and more travelers are shifting to Pay-At-Hotel payment option.  Why don’t you try now?

Whether it be Luzon, Visayas, or Mindanao, Travelbook has affiliate hotels that can accommodate you, your family and your friends!

 

More travels! More happiness!  Happy booking!

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Open Kitchen

As food parks keep on sprouting all over the metro, we tumbled upon a newly opened one in Quezon City.

It’s called Open Kitchen and it’s located along P Tuazon.

So many ‘kitchens’ to choose from.

Here is the map of the kitchens in 2 floors.

There could be at least 30 kitchens available now. And there are a few more opening soon.

Tables and chairs scattered all over. There is even a rooftop aside from the General Dining Area on the 1st and 2nd floor.

Our family loves to eat! We ordered different dishes from different kitchens!

Starting with my number 1 bet!

The Bourbon Whiskey Glazed Pork from Charlie’s Point is one of the bests!

Very very tasty ribs. Super tender. Even the rice is flavored.

 

I also love the Classic Pan Fried Dumplings from Momo Dumpling Bar! They have Black Pepper Dumplings also.

 

Inihaw na Bulaklak from Biggy’s

The barbeque marinade is good. But the fact that the bulaklak isn’t chicharon and crunchy, doesn’t sit well with my taste buds.

 

They also ordered another steak at the Meat Pub, tasted good but not as flavorful as the ribs in Charlie’s Point.

 

My aunt wanted to try this. Its called Ispabok – a fusion of spaghetti and palabok. This dish was the last to finish.

 

The lechon has super crunchy balat (skin) and super tender laman (meat)!  They got this at the Carnivore Cookery!

 

Going a little bit Japanese with this Spicy Ramen and Takoyaki at Taka Ramen.  Waited for this Takoyaki for a very long time and the wait definitely is not worth it.  The ramen is okay though!

 

Something fried, get this at Seafood Squad.  We love this because it’s crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.  It’s not chewy so it’s ok for kids and seniors.

 

The following are our family’s other choices!

Prata from Senyor Roti

Chicken Wings

Pork Ribs from Kanto Ribs.

Chicken Pops

Shrimp on Garlic

Laksa

Philly Cheese Steak

 

The Ham and Cheese Raclette from Mr Raclette.  Too expensive for its worth.  Too salty.

Our taste buds differ from yours so go find out what your own hits and misses are.  This food park doesn’t have those commercialized stalls that you see in almost all the other food parks in the Metro.  Maybe we could support this budding culinary geniuses.   We might be able to make some of them break out and for the rest, there’s always room for improvement.

Open Kitchen is located at 22 P. Tuazon Blvd, Quezon City, 1111 Metro Manila.  

Pros:  A big parking lot beside the food park.

Cons:  Parking is not Free (unless you go in late at night)

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Where to eat in Subic?

Shopping posts done now, what else to do in Subic but EAT!

Since this was just an overnight stay and we have free breakfast from our hotel, we only got to eat 2 meals inside Subic.

Would we pass the chance to eat at good ‘ol Meatplus? The answer is NO!

The place was still bustlin’ and I think it’s the only place outside of a mall that really is full house regardless of the time in a day!

Hubby ordered Oven Roast Beef Belly while I ordered for BBQ Pork Ribs. Serving is huge! We were supposed to try the Potato Skin but I mistakenly ordered the French Fries. Still good though. We were both filled that we didn’t have room for dessert anymore (as always!).

 

For our dinner that night, we wanted to try Cocolime but decided against it because it was late already. We were still in the mall and aside from the regular Manila based restos, this was the only local place that has so many people eating.

Ben’s Kitchen is an affiliate of Xtremely Xpresso which is a famous resto also in Subic.

We ordered 3 dishes because everything seems to be good. We tried the Shrimp Linguine, Buffalo Wings and the Beef with Mashed Potato dish that I forgot the name already.

2 cream based dishes needed to be balanced by our little tangy buffalo wings! Had a great dinner. Even at 9pm, people were still going in. That’s how good the place is.

You could also have coffee and desserts here if you already had dinner.

So there! Try these places out when you drop by Subic. You won’t regret it!


Meat Plus is located at Sampson Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales.

Ben’s Kitchen is located at Harbor Point River Walk, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales.

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The Stamp Studio

I am taking a break from my travel posts and talk about my addiction nowadays. Before you react, this is not a bad addiction, in fact, this is a very useful addiction!

My friend introduced me to his sister’s newest venture, The Stamp Studio.

And right now, I already have 4 stamps. 1 for the whole family and 1 each for me and my daughters. I think I will be adding more to these as I want to have something cutesy and with a character as well. I told you, #addicted!

For sure, once you see their designs, you will be clamoring to order too! The best thing is that they can personalize your stamp to your heart’s content!

See the samples and get excited!

The stamps differ in sizes, here’s your guide:

I know, the price is important, but you need not worry, the stamps are affordable and will not break your pockets!

So what are you waiting for? Click that link and start ordering!

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Subic = Shopping

Being in Subic reminds me of so many memories especially during my childhood. It is just so sad that it’s not as it’s used to be now. When we were there last weekend, it looked a little like ghost town in some parts, not much people to be seen in the streets. The shopping centers are so old and very not well maintained anymore. It even looked dirty in some. The other shops literally didn’t have customers and even the personnel were just standing waiting for their closing time.

Since there is a newly built Ayala Mall now by the name of Harbor Point, maybe some businesses will follow. So that Subic will be back to how it’s used to be.

Here are our visits to the duty free shops and outlets inside Subic Bay.

1) Royal Duty Free Subic (old one)

2) Royal Duty Free (new one)

Same stuff being sold only the place is newly built – meaning cleaner surroundings.

3) Freeport Exchange

This place looks terrible now. It boasts of being the 1st duty free store, but it doesn’t make an impact at all.

4) Puregold Duty Free

5) Adidas

6) Nike Factory Store

I think there is still hope for Subic because it is still one of the nearest places to go to outside Metro Manila aside from the very crowded Tagaytay. People are still flocking, just not that many. I like that it isn’t that crowded but I hope the malls are kept nicely.

The prices are still competitive and some items are not found anywhere else.

Let us bring hope to Subic Bay, so our kids can experience what we experienced. Before there were Landers and S&Rs, there were Royal Duty Free, Puregold and Freeport Exchange.

Stay tuned for more of our Subic adventure!

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Stopover at San Fernando Pampanga

On our way home from Subic, we stopped over at San Fernando Pampanga to have lunch. Good thing there was no traffic!

Our first stop was at The Souq! It is a compound where Kapampangan food converge! They have 2 buffet restaurants which open at night only. They are number 1 in Trip Advisor’s San Fernando Pampanga List.

We had one of the best lunch ever!

So many dishes to try but there’s only the 2 of us so we settled for the 3 best dishes.

Seafood Kare Kare

Mango Salad

Crispy Pork Binagoongan

All the dishes we ordered tasted so good that we finished everything.

Next stop was at the famous Susie’s Cuisine to buy some pastries and kakanin delicacies(sticky rice). They have so many variants it was so hard to choose!

Last stop before we left San Fernando was of course at Pampanga’s Best. This is where you buy the best tocino ever!

Actually, there’s so much to see and eat at San Fernando outside both the SM Mall and Robinsons Mall. We just didn’t have enough time.

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