Minimalistic, Oriental but Modern: Jinjiang Inn Makati

Ever since the Chinese brand Jinjiang Inn has reached the shores of the Philippines, I have always wondered what it has to offer in a highly competitive hospitality industry in the country.

The minimalistic aura and the modest size of its building have given me an initial impression about the kind of brand the hotel wants to show - and that is where my curiosity started.

Malayan Plaza Hotel

Offering a very strategic location, this probably is Malayan Plaza Hotel's best asset. Standing in the middle of a busy city, Malayan Plaza has made comfort connive with convenience. 

Business is the main pulse of Ortigas and this is what Malayan Plaza Hotel is all about. Offering a good place to stay where running errands or going to work would not be too much of a hassle. Malayan Plaza Hotel not only offers this kind of convenience but also provides access to an affordable stay.

A Unique Cantonese Dining Experience at Lung Hin

I have always been fascinated in dining on a high rise building, overlooking a magnificent scenery while devouring on a hearty course, paired with a delightful conversation. This has always been my definition of an ideal dinner and so I would definitely indulge in such an experience every chance I get. 

Marco Polo Ortigas has brought me into an exciting culinary adventure with their very own Lung Hin Restaurant at the 44th Floor. The intimate mood and set up of the restaurant give way to have special moments while enjoying authentic Cantonese cuisine. 

Over dinner, we took a moment to just be amazed with the stunning view that comes along with the flow of dishes that comes on our table. The menu had so much to offer that my fascination for Chinese cuisine grew as I browsed through the pages. 

Marco Polo Ortigas: A Forbes Five Star Rated Hotel

There's something quite exceptional about Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas but I couldn't particularly identify what it is. 

I stepped down the car and was welcomed gracefully in such a festive lobby, warm smiles directed me to the 24th floor where the check-in counter was billeted, the entire hall was spacious and packed with guests but not a single moment did it felt chaotic. 

Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival with My Biyahe Buddy!

A cold morning marks the start of a great adventure heading to Clark, Pampanga, the home of the annual Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fest. But the adventure is not just always only about the destination, it is the journey. 

The Legend Villas

The Filipino hospitality is one that could never be outshined by any other brand of service. While the hospitality industry in the Philippines has been on an increasing competition, with hotel names boosting their individuality and unique niches from each other, there is one that remains faithful to the values and core of our being truly Filipino.

As a pure Filipino brand, The Legend Villas creates an identity without the need to flash a fancy facade inspired by a foreign concept. Rather, it has grown to be a well-bloomed hotel based solely on the attributes of the Filipino hospitality- and that is what makes it a leader in the field.

Humbly sitting in the middle of the busy Metro Manila scene, The Legend Villa is literally at the heart of the city, with an easy access to wherever the action will take you. As a prelude, it is interesting to find a home in the middle of a hectic environment, all the more when this home shares familiarity to what is seen and felt in your very own.

From Manila to La Union: Feeling like a Kahuna (Part 2)

With a happy tummy from the Part 1 of the Manila to La Union experience, we soon headed north. Just because I was surrounded with great friends, I was far from finding my way to sleep. We took the night bus from Cubao at 12 midnight to get rid of the usual traffic during daylight. After a little while I started to yawn and found myself occupying the entire row with an unflattering position, little did I know that the bus slowly got filled up but nobody dared to wake me up to take the extra seat I monopolized, probably because I was at awkward position. Looks like I got myself a trick the next time I go commuting. 

From Manila to La Union: Feeling like a Kahuna (Part 1)

La Union has been a common tale among my friends who wanted to get a dose of beach chill. I didn't fancy it too much being predominantly laid with gray sand. In the past, surfing wasn't my thing too so it didn't give me the allure I would normally get once I hear the word beach. 

Albeit unenthusiastic about it, the thought of exploring La Union didn't entirely slip through my wander list, plus the idea of packing my bags along with a couple more friends in the blogging world was too good to pass on.

Kahuna Resort was the main destination in La Union, but little did I know that they have also dominated the Makati food scene. Standing in the middle of Jupiter Street, Kahuna Makati Bistro had us spoiled just before leaving the city. 

I was getting famished after traversing the busy city from north to south. Facing the rush hour is always a daunting task for me so I couldn't think of a better time to drop by Kahuna Bistro than that moment. However, my intended "drop by" got me sitting there for more than three hours after endless spoiling like a true Kahuna.  

Kahuna is a Hawaiian word for an important person. Chef Ian prepared dish after dish and drink after drink, because of that it was impossible not to let go of my intended diet before hitting the beach at La Union. Everytime I go on a trip, I always have my own version of a prelude, an activity that would start my hype before I jump in on the adventure and the dinner at Kahuna Bistro was a perfect match to my jigsaw. 

TravelBook Affiliate Program at Caramoan

I must say, Caramoan was an unexpected delight. From a 12-hour ride from Manila with an erratic pavement and curves, it was a weary journey down south and all I ever wished for was that Caramoan will be worth the back pain. 

Leaving Manila was an exciting jump start but my energy slowly declined as soon as the sun beamed. I was all famished and tired upon reaching Caramoan but with a hearty breakfast at Al Del Rio Villa, I slowly regained back my energy. A few meters away, we then reached the port where our boat  for the day docked. I didn't realize that was already the start of tables to turn - after all, it is a Survivor destination. 

Traveling with the Family: a good way to connect and travel tips

Seat sale alerts have dominated our watch list, our paydays have become synonymous to the day we can book ourselves a new adventure, everyone crams in the group chat when its holiday and the gang is thrilled to travel together yet again. In a time when travel has evolved to be as cheap as a pair of jeans, we’ve often considered traveling every now and then. As they say, work hard, travel harder. 

But most often than not, our initial thought is to travel with our barkada, the besties who have enough patience to take your photos, officemates who are usually very easy to drag along with or lovers who just cant say no to you. Traveling with them is always so exciting. On the other hand, traveling with our family doesn’t always pop on top of our minds.