Terrace Hotel Subic Bay

A very relaxing weekend with my bae! This wouldn’t have happened without the help of Panoramictrip! You see, a few months ago, I joined their Summer Craze promo and I won! Wanna know how? Click this link!

I won a hotel stay at Terrace Hotel Subic Bay.

Lobby

Terrace Hotel is a 4 storey boutique hotel located at the waterfront which is Subic Bay. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to witness the sun rising or the sun setting as a typhoon’s just about to leave the country. What we witnessed though was the hard splashing of the waves, which was about a few meters away from the hotel.

The room that we were given was an Executive Terrace room. Its published rate is Php6,300.00nett/night. They now have a rainy day promo rate of Php5,040.00nett/night. It consists of complimentary buffet breakfast for 2, wifi internet access and use of outdoor swimming pool.

Let’s take a look at our room.

Cozy Queen Bed with a nice headboard.

The usual floor to ceiling cabinet which also houses the Personal Fridge and the Safe.

Right in front of the bed is the dresser with the TV.

On another corner of the room is a single seater sofa. Good for reading.

Of course, the bathroom is of equal importance just as the bed.

Regular bathroom sink.

Shower’s good, with hot and cold water. But the bath tub’s not clean. With traces of dirt in the tub. Not for bathing or lounging, should only be used as catch basin when you shower.

The promo was inclusive of cocktail drinks but we were just too full from our dinner at Ben’s Kitchen. It was in their restaurant / bar called Welltz. This was their venue also for ktv nights.

There was a cute iron man decor by the door.

One wall designed with bottles of liquor.

The bar.

The dining area.

This was also where we had our breakfast the following morning. For breakfast, we were served with the usual breakfast staple of bacon, tocino, fish fillet, sausage, fried rice, and some fruits. There was also an egg station where you could ask kuya to cook your egg of choice. You could also choose your drinks, coffee or juice.

What I love about this resto, the view!

Since it was raining so hard that day, the only thing you could see was the wind blowing the trees with all its might!

Overall, the hotel stay was nice. The staff were all responsive to our needs. They were very alert. You will feel their warmth and hospitality. The only downside is the cleanliness of the room. Aside from the bath tub, we also found used water bottles inside the fridge. We told the receptionist during our check out and they were apologetic about it.

Would I recommend staying here in Terrace Hotel? Maybe. But they have to get their act together and ensure that cleanliness is their utmost priority.

Oh! This might change my mind though. I haven’t got the chance to try their outdoor pool in the roofdeck. It would have been nice to chill and relax in the pool.

There’s also a bar where you could order cocktails.

The roofdeck was closed that day due to bad weather. Thankful to Kuya for accommodating my request.

To know more about our Subic adventure, keep posted on my next posts.

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Cops & Robbers

Cops and Robbers is a semi themed resto located in San Juan. The place is big. Tables are for sharing. It is a tambayan (place for hanging out) after school for students and young ones. I called it semi themed because there are just bits and pieces of a cop and robber theme incorporated in the resto. We expected that it will be a full blown themed resto because of the name. Well, here are the bits and pieces. Take a look.

Two walls were decorated with a mugshot background.

The floor has silhoutte of human figures.

There is a mini jail on the side. This area serves as the employees’ locker space.

Anyway, despite the disappointment regarding the theme, the food made up for it! And since this dinner is for the kids, we ordered items from the menu that the kids will surely love.

Mac and Cheese

Four Cheese Pizza

Coming back for this! Melts in your mouth cheese on top of a thin and crispy pizza crust. A bit of pesto makes the litte quirk.

Chicken Fingers Rice Topping

Tender and crunchy chicken fingers served with rice.

Cops and Robbers Chicken Rice Topping

Boneless fried chicken at its best.

Bacon Mushroom Melt Burger

The burger patty tasted so good! With the right amount of dressing and bacon and mushrooms, this one is a must have as well. Served with their very own twister fries.

Cheese Steak Sandwich

I also like this sandwich. Strips of cheese steaks fill the grilled bread. Loving the homemade potato chips even more!

I am pretty sure this place is packed during school days as it is located right in front of a school. So better go when it’s the weekend! No traffic around the area!

They also serve milkshakes, milk teas and some more!

Before we left, we were surprised with the interior of the toilet.

Jail themed toilet complete with a getaway stair through the ceiling!

Cops and Robbers is located at 81 Xavier Street, San Juan.

See you there!

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Burger King’s Four Cheese Whopper!

Been wanting to try this cheesy burger for sometime now.  It didn’t fail me!

This is THE burger for cheese lovers like me!

Aside from the fact that Burger King serves the best flame grilled burgers ever, this 4 Cheese Whopper tops it by having different kinds of cheese!

I only ordered for a Whopper Jr! Do jot fret, it’s already satisfying! Perfect meal if you are rushing!

Best eaten right after it’s served.  

You could taste the Mozarella and the Cheddar as it melts in your mouth. 

If you are wondering about the types of cheese, here they are: American cheese, Mozarella cheese, Swiss cheese, and Cheese sauce.

Really deliciously cheesy!

100% Juicy! 400% Cheesy!

Can’t wait to have one again!

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American Tourister and HSBC

I was surprised when HSBC offered me yet another new card, HSBC Gold Visa.  Just a few months ago, I got an offer to get an HSBC Red Mastercard and I was able to redeem 3 pairs of shoes for free!

I am not one to shoo away offers like this so I proceeded to getting an HSBC Gold Card.  And unlike the Unionbank promo where I had to spend Php30,000.00 to get a World Traveller luggage, HSBC’s promo is to spend only Php5,000.00 and you will get an American Tourister spinner luggage!  Who am I to say no?

One or two trips to the grocery for household necessities will set you back at least Php 5,000.00.

And I am so happy that there were no problems with claiming the luggage as Rustan’s is the one handling it.  You just have to check out the days allowed for redemption.  Also, you have to be early so that they will not run out of stocks.  Better yet, you can call them to reserve.

We went to Rustan’s Gateway one Saturday to check out something and I just remembered that I have a luggage to claim.  I scrolled through my inbox to find the SMS from HSBC Redeem, took out my Gold card and Valid ID from my wallet, then presented it to the one in charge.

A few minutes after, we were on our way out of Rustan’s with the spinner luggage!

So here’s another luggage for my future travels.

not TSA lock

What are you waiting for?  Apply for an HSBC Card now.  They have a new promo.  Get an HSBC Platinum card and get an American Tourister spinner luggage for free.  Here’s how!

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World Traveller and Unionbank

Saw this advertisement and it was just right on time!  Immediately applied for a Unionbank Cebu Pacific GetGo Platinum Card through Unionbank’s website.  It was such a breeze.  Fill out their application form with your pertinent details and upload a copy of your financial document on their website.  Minutes after I pressed the Submit button, someone from Unionbank Cards already called me to verify my application.

I confirmed and about 2 weeks after, my new card was delivered.

It was really right timing since we were about to purchase airline tickets for a family trip.  If not for the airline tickets, I would have not reached the required spending of Php 30,000.00!

Terms & Conditions:

  • Card should have been applied for and subsequently approved on or before February 28, 2017.
  • Applicant is new to bank, meaning you don’t have any existing credit card yet with Unionbank within the last 3 months at the time of application.
  • Minimum spending of Php 30,000.00 within the promo period (May 31, 2017)
  • Registering and signifying your intent to receive the promo luggage at their unionbankph.com/freeluggage
  • Must retain the newly approved card for at least 2 years.

Once you have spent the required amount and registered, you will wait for 15 to 30 days to get a redemption sms.  They have a schedule and redemption sms are per batch.

I finally got my redemption sms and I immediately called the participating Travel Club branch nearest me to schedule my pick up.

Unfortunately, the Travel Club in Gateway told me that there were no deliveries yet and I have to wait for at least a month.  I tried calling the other branches but they said the same to me.  I called up Unionbank to complain.  My point is, we have already waited for the redemption sms for at least 15 days, it means they know how many of us qualified as they have already validated our purchases.  Telling us to wait for some more is not justifiable.

A few days after my complaint, I got a call from Travel Club Gateway that my World Traveller Luggage is already available for pick up.

I claimed the next day before they ran out of stocks again!

So here now is my World Traveler Metallic Grey Small Luggage with Item code WT14T45124-070 size 37x22x56cm with SRP of Php 4,490.00.

It has its own luggage cover!
Hard Shell for Delicate Items

With TSA Lock!

Covered compartment

Sturdy Handles

Redemption is until July 31, 2017.  So hurry and redeem before it’s too late!  Here is a list of the participating Travel Club Branches and its contact numbers:

  1. World Traveler Vista Mall – Tel. No. 941 9123
  2. The Travel Club South Mall – Tel. No. 800 0462
  3. The Travel Club SM Annex – Tel. No. 332 2307
  4. The Travel Club Gateway – Tel. No. 911 1482
  5. The Travel Club Abreeza Davao – Tel. No. 082 321 9377
  6. The Travel Club Robinsons Galleria Cebu – Tel. No. 032 261 5577

Not bad if you really have something to spend on.  Instead of buying a luggage, you get it for free!

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Citylight Hotel Baguio

A spur of the moment trip had us booking 2 rooms in Citylight Hotel in Baguio. It’s Independence Day Weekend and it fell on a Monday hence the long weekend.  Almost all the cityfolks clamored to get out of the city.

Good thing we found Citylight Hotel and also at a discounted price!  It was already around 3am of the same day of the trip that we were able to book our rooms.  We were hesitant at first because of the non airconditioning rooms.  But upon checking the weather, it’s a bit cold so we proceeded as we were also left with no choice!  All the travel sites are at least 90% booked in their Baguio Hotels.

Citylight Hotel is a modern hotel in a good location.  The lobby is spacious and there is a coffee shop where you can chill and sip some hot coffee.

We can feel the cool breeze at the lobby.

Upon checking in though, the girl at the receptionist told me that we were only confirmed with one room.  I told her it couldn’t be as 2 rooms were confirmed and already paid for before we left Manila.  I don’t think she knew what she was saying.  I insisted for her to check our other booking.  I kept on telling her to check my booking reference and print out but she wouldn’t budge.  Later on, she was finally able to check the other room and gave us all we need.  Got scared for a second there!

You have to make a Refundable Cash Deposit of Php500.00 for each room.  You will be given an acknowledgment slip.  Make sure to keep it properly as you will be needing that piece of paper for your refund.

Everything went smoothly after that mini misunderstanding with the other room and we proceeded to our rooms.

Since the hotel was fully booked, our rooms were on 2 different floors.

The room is ok, very spacious.  With 2 double beds, it can fit up to 4 adults.  A little bit hot since there is no A/C.  I opened the ceiling fan and room temp improved a little bit.

There’s a TV and some complimentary coffee and water.  Didn’t use the water thermos, my cousin said theirs had molds inside, didn’t bother looking at ours.

The bathroom is big.  Just not enough heatness on the hot shower.  But that’s okay.

Spacious sink for your what nots.

Rainshower = 2 thumbs up!

The downside, I opened the window to get some air in.  Once windows are opened, there are no more grills that for safety and security.  The view is that of the back of a building with normal house scatter.

Good thing it was a rainy and cold night because the room was cold with just a ceiling fan on.  We wouldn’t want to risk our windows opened all through the night.  I think someone could get in by jumping across.  Bad thoughts go away!

Hopefully, they could make some safety grills on the windows.  And also add some aesthetic cover.

As the saying goes, you get what you pay for!

By the way, our rooms were also inclusive of Buffet Breakfast for 2 persons per room.  For additional people, they charge Php220.00 for adults and Php145.00 for kids.

Breakfast buffet consisted of Breads, Pancakes, Plain Rice, Garlic Rice, Scrambled Eggs, Hotdogs, Pork and Beans, Fried Danggit, and Pininyahang Manok (Pineapple Chicken).  There were also Arroz Caldo, and Egg Drop Soup.  Fruits were also available.  Juice and coffee for your drinks.

Satisfying breakfast indeed.  Makes you filled for a whole day adventure.

So there, my little review on our overnight stay at Citylight Hotel.  Hopefully, they make some improvements.

They have a really good location, walking distance to Session Road and Burnham Park.  So if you are not that particular with my rants, go ahead and book this hotel.

Oh! You may want to check Newtown Plaza Hotel first.  This is where we stayed the first time we had an impromptu trip to Baguio.  Too bad, it was fully booked this time!

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Kiddie Bags from Cathay Pacific!

I am not sure if all Cathay Pacific flights give out these cute little kiddie bags.
We didn’t even know they have these!  Grateful for our seatmate on that particular flight because she was the one who asked for them!

It’s Disney and it’s Mickey and Friends!

This yellow and very light backpack contains a mini coloring book, mini color pencils and an activity sheet.

This will keep the kids entertained while inflight!

I love them! Uhm, the kids love them!

♡♡♡

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Jollibee and Friends in Filipino National Costumes

I love Jollibee and Friends.  My kids love them also.

Thanks to our friend, we got this complete set of Jollibee figurines in Filipino National Costumes!

So cute to see the men in Barong Tagalog and the women in Baro’t Saya.

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