The Bayleaf Intramuros

An impromptu overnight courtesy of my brother led us to The Bayleaf Intramuros!

This is their Standard Room. It’s a quaint room but it has totally everything you will need.

The bed is spacious enough for 2 persons. I like the nice design in the headboard.

On one side of the bed is the working table complete with a lampshade. There’s also an outlet for your charging needs.

In the opposite wall, the TV and the mini bar with fridge are located.

In that same wall, you can find the mirrored cabinet.

Inside the cabinet, there is ample space to hang your clothes and 2 drawers for more storage. You also have a medium sized safe to keep your valuables.

The bathroom is rectangular shaped but it doesn’t make you feel claustrophobic.

And the most important feature of the room, the VIEW!

Morning View

Night View

happy kids = happy mommy!

I love the modern feel of the room. The lighting is just perfect, it gives you this very relaxing mood. I could just stay inside the room and sleep all day!

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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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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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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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Celebrity Lounge Family KTV and Restobar

Pink? Purple? Pink? Purple?

Love these 2 girly shades?  Have something to celebrate?  Then Celebrity Lounge is the place to be!

As you go up, you will be loving their wall to wall design by the stairs.

Then as you enter the lobby, you will be in awe again!  This is their waiting area!

I love the interior of this place.  Biased because of the colors!  Haha!

They have about 20 rooms.  Depending on the number of your group, you could choose which room suits you.

Their room rates are not that expensive.  They also have packages you can avail.

The littlest of their rooms, room for 6 pax.  

The next room is good for 8 pax.  Slightly bigger than the previous room.

Rooms getting bigger and bigger.

They can also connect 2 rooms to accommodate more people.

The J.Lo room can accommodate up to 40 pax.  A projector will replace your usual monitor.

The biggest room is the Beyonce Room.  It could accommodate up to 60 persons.  It also has a projector.  There’s a bigger space for dancing and there is a disco light to up the mood for performing!

Their food is tasty and not expensive.

Nachos
Chicken Tenders
Beef Salpicao
Tokwa’t Baboy
Pork Liempo

The place is clean.  Even the Rest Rooms are well kept.  I love the designs of the doors.

The best thing about Celebrity Lounge? Their Staff and their Service! 

I want to thank the Kuyas and the Ates for a job well done.  Thank you for accommodating our requests.  Thank you for keeping those smiles all the time. Thank you for your continued look out through the window by the door to check if we need anything.  Thank you for touring me to check the other rooms.  Very much appreciated.

Till next time!

Contact Celebrity Lounge at 6327522 or like them on their Facebook Page, CelebrityLoungePH.

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When in Japan: Nissin Cup Noodles Museum

The person who is not a fan of Nissin Cup Noodles can leave now.  This is about Nissin Cup Noodles and how it was invented and everything else about it.

The museum is located in Yokohama, an hour drive from Tokyo.  We decided to go early as it goes crazy and it might take us longer to finish the whole museum because of the queue.

Upon arrival, I snapped our tickets and went straight to the floor where one can design their own cup noodles, My Cup Noodles Factory!

1) Queue and get your Cup at the Vendo Machine.

2) You will be directed to your table to design your cup.  There will be colorful markers to use and a sample to inspire you.

I am not an artist so don’t judge!

When you are satisfied with your design, you can go to the next step.

3)  Give her your cup.  She will turn it upside down and on top of already fried noodles!  You turn the handle around.  She will catch it.

4) Make your own flavor!  You can choose 4 toppings from 12 ingredients.  You can also choose the flavor of the soup, they have Seafood, Curry, Chili Tomato, and the Original.

I chose the cutest topping of course!  Cutie Chicken!

The flavor doesn’t really matter because I don’t intend to eat my cup noodles.  Here is what my cup looked like inside.

5.) Time to seal.  

Sealing with foil cover.

Pass through the ‘clingy’ machine to seal the plastic.

Voila!

6) Bubble Bubble Bag

Put your cup inside the plastic, fill it with air, and hook with a string to make a bubble bag.

Here I am with my creation and the cutie little chicken!

It was an amazing and fun experience!

Oopsie, that was only 1 attraction of the museum.  There’s more.  

There was a room with a display of over 3000 packages of Instant Ramens from all over the world.  They call it Instant Noodles History Cube. 

The very first Chicken Ramen, circa 1958.

Our very own Lucky Me Pancit Canton is included!

After being in the cube and seeing all these instant ramen, we went straight to the Momofuku Ando Theater where we watched and learned about the person responsible for instant ramen.  He struggled at first but he still persevered.

There was also a makeshift house to show Momofuku’s environment when he was inventing the instant ramen!

There’s also a part of the museum where it’s interactive.

A very nice Cup Noodle Art.  Hanging in there.

If you have time and you could make a sidetrip to Yokohama, make sure to pass by the Nissin Cup Noodles Museum.

The trip was so worth the price of Yen 500.00 or about Php 250.00.  And for an additonal Yen 300.00 or Php 150.00, you could design your own cup noodle at My Cup Noodles Factory.  Such a good deal!

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Free Admission to The National Planetarium

The Planetarium is just a ride away from where I grew up but unfortunately, I haven’t been there.

No fret though, now is the time!  

In celebration of the National Heritage Month, the National Planetarium is extending its Free Admission Promo until May 31, 2017.

Check out the photo to see the schedule of the shows.  You may also call 5277889 for inquiries.

Oh, I hope I could drop by one of these Saturdays.  Will bring my kids! 

I will keep you posted on what is there to see at the National Planetarium!

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Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

I have always wished to go to Las Casas.  One weekend, my wish came true. We went on a road trip!
Taking the NLEX and SCTEX definitely made the drive shorter, around 3 hours.  Yes, it’s a little expensive with the toll fees but if it’s gonna give you more time, why not?  Relax and enjoy the view!

We stopped over at Burger King in NLEX to have some breakfast.  Then at Balanga to have some lunch.  A trip is not a trip without food!  Read about our lunch at Stregato Gelateria here.

After lunch, we proceeded to our destination.  Off the highway and on the main road to Las Casas, the drive’s smooth and easy.

Don’t forget to load Waze as it is super helpful.

Just as we entered, a magnificent sculpture welcomed us.

What a treat!  There’s Casa New Manila where all guests need to register.  Since Las Casas is huge, you’ll be given a map and they will explain where the facilities are.  

When all that is set, you can drop your things at your hotel and go back to the Parking Area to park your car.  They don’t allow guests to use their cars.  They have their own modes of transportation.  

They have the Tram, it’s wooden by the way.  They also have the Jeepney.  Mind you, these 2 are free!  You can also choose to ride a Calesa, for a minimal fee.  You can even rent a bike and roam around.
 

Just before we get too excited to go down the beach, let me tell you about our hotel first.
The facade is so beautiful.  

Since everything’s old school, there’s no elevator.  We got a family room and it’s on the top floor so we need to exercise to go up and down.  Anyway, we were given a massive room!  If not for the wonderful scenery outside, I would have spent our stay inside our room.

The room has 2 Double Beds.  Got a TV and DVD player.  There’s a personal ref with 4 bottles of water.  A table for sipping coffee.  They also gave us 4 pairs of slippers. 

The bathroom is huge also.  It has a bath tub, a separate shower area.  They have complete toiletries.  The most important part – ang lakas ng tubig! (water supply’s strong) 

The only downside of the huge room is that the aircon is only 1 so it can’t make the whole room super cool.

So, bags are put down, we went to check the tour as we don’t have time to join the next day.

These houses were transferred piece by piece, block by block from its original location to Las Casas.  The developer bought these houses so they can be preserved and taken care of.

Some of these houses can be rented as a whole for as low as Php 20,000.00 or as much as Php150,000.00.  Check out this website for the prices.

This is what Escolta looked like before.  They also made it a hotel and it houses some stores like the Fotografia dela Escolta where you could schedule a photoshoot wearing Baro’t Saya.

The kids were getting bored so we went back to the hotel.  They got ready and changed into their swimsuits.  We are just in time for the carabao race and parade, and for the palosebo (racing up a kawayan stick to get a flag).

The sun is setting down and I can’t help but be amazed.  Sometimes, you just have to stop and gaze at your surroundings to realize that the world we live in is really a wonderful place.

Kids enjoyed playing in the fine sand and basking in the cold and clear water.

If not for the lifeguard who told us that swimming is until 6pm only, the kids would have stayed until they couldn’t see the beach anymore.

That whole beach time made our tummy go growling, so we went to dinner.  It was like being transported into a different place.  With all the lights up, the buildings and the houses looked different.

Even the doors and pathways looked great.

With the kids so tired from all their activities during the day, me and hubby had a little us time.  We strolled and took pictures of the night scene at Las Casas.

These pictures don’t really do justice to the breathtaking view of Las Casas.  You really have to be there to appreciate the beauty more.

That night, the weather’s cooperating.  The wind is windy, no more blazing sun, super nice to walk around.

Morning came and the kids were up and about.  We had breakfast, we strolled.  It was a bright and sunny day.

Kids can’t wait any longer they wanted to go to the pool area.  They made it “Batis-Like.”  With various sizes of rocks surrounding the area and separating the adult and kid area.

Like the beach, the water is so cold.  But they didn’t mind.

I didn’t mind lounging by the pool as well.

While we were at the pool area, we saw some characters of Noli Me Tangere.  You could have your picture taken just like that lady in shorts.

There are so many other activities in Las Casas.  You just have to let them know what you are interested in.

Some Sabong maybe? 


Thinking about all the things we could have done, or we could have not done (for the lazy ones), we should have stayed another night.  I would have lounged at the beach longer.  Stayed for Bonfire at night while drinking a can of beer.  Could have rented a bike and roamed the whole place.  Or just sat and chill by the tree beside the lake.

So realizing all these, I would definitely be back.  Maybe sometime on the 2nd half of the year.  

Relax and unwind.  Yeah, definitely.  Take that tram now and be lost in time.

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