Birthday Weekend At The Somerset Alabang

February has always been a dear month to us. Sadly, it had come by too fast. But, no matter how barely we’ve noticed it, we had to make sure it left us a mark. It was our eldest daughter’s birth month, aside from being it our anniversary month, too, when we were still boyfriend and girlfriend.

It fell at the weekend of 2018 CNY. It was very timely for our celebration. We, usually, opted for a staycation in occasion like this. Not only that the kids can enjoy their swimming but also, my husband and I can have a break from the house and from the office.

Alabang is a frequent choice. But where at?

And, so, we ended up at Somerset in Alabang.

The reception looked very cozy. I liked the design, as if I was inside the library, with matching stairs for the hard to reach areas. As if it’s real.

I liked the hotel’s minimalist look. And those lightings, they were quite unique.

The Studio Premier room had King-size bed. What’s good about it was it’s a little bigger and had couch. I preferred this, in case we wouldn’t want to share the bed to one of us. You know who’d be that lucky one. In cases like this, Husband is more considerate. He will not have a choice but to stand the cold at the couch. ‘Cause I don’t usually bring blankets when we stay out :). But, on our 2-night stay, it was good, we’re able to fit on the bed. Husband needed not to worry about sleeping at the couch.

It’s a residential type hotel. Aside from the usual hotel appliances, there were also kitchen stove, bread toaster, microwave oven and automatic washing machine including soap.

We’ve got a tub in the room but no specific shower area. My usual concern if this is the design, is I am 100% sure that the room would be soaking wet anytime the kids will be taking a bath. Oh, please include my husband in that contribution. I got stressed easily if that’s the case. ‘Cause I have to keep the floor dry, making sure that nobody’s going to slide anytime soon.


I always try to use the hotel complimentary toiletries. They usually have a nice scent so I loved to use them.

It was a great 2-day staycation to temporarily set aside any stressful thoughts. It was more of eat, swim and sleep. The kids had fun, too. It was all worth it.

What a beautiful scene to end the day!

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Our Room Away From Home

Finding a hotel in HK was never difficult. It’s only the question of how much were you willing to pay for a place where you will just sleep because most of the day, you will be busy roaming around the city. Of course, location, cleanliness, safety and security should always be the priorities. I have scanned thru a lot of hotel choices. Fortunately, we had landed to a good one. I think, it’s a 5-minute walk from the nearest MTR exit in Tsim Tsa Tsui station. It’s in Park Hotel. That was our place on our 4D3N tour in Hongkong. Unfortunately, I didn’t capture a view of the hotel outside. The only photo I took was the one below.

The Park Hotel entrance (left side) in Cameron Road.

This is a Superior room type with a queen-sized bed. So, imagine, we are 4 in the family, how we were able to fit in there.

The room space was just enough. Some forums I’ve read said that space in HK is a treasure. So, I guess, we really got a good place given that the room has spaces for cabinet and drawers, for a mini refrigerator, for a desk table, for a chair and another round table.

The hotel provided us with a smart phone which we can use for browsing. They have complimentary wi-fi, too. And the connection was good. I just didn’t have the energy to maximize it because I was too tired durinh the night that I preferred to sleep rather than browse the net.

Aside from the service phone, I was amazed with this small control panel on the side table. You can control everything here while you were comfortably resting on the bed. From the switch lights, in every area of the room, to its dim level. The air-con switch to its temperature level and as an alarm clock. I forgot to try the radio/music button. I just realized it now that I’m writing he blog. It was too cool for me. 🙂

What was also important was the bathroom. It has a bath tub. Perfect to ease out all your day’s stress. It needed to be dry as much as possible so that I won’t get more stressed.

I requested for everyday housekeeping so towels were always replaced and there were always new toiletries. I ensured that everytime we got back from our tour, our room will be in good condition. So that I can rest already and didn’t need to worry organizing things.

This was the hallway to our room, 1119 just to take note.

All in all, it was good. I liked it that it was always cleaned. It was safe and very accessible from the MTR station. Thank you, Park Hotel.

Going Places: Montemar Beach Club in Bagac, Bataan 


We usually go out to places within 1 or 2-hours drive away from home. This time, we decided to extend it further. Choosing a destination always means considering it to be a kid-friendly place. It has to be where our kids will be able to have fun. 

Montemar Beach Club in Bataan is not a new place. As my husband had estimated, they’re probably existing for around 20years, that I failed to ask, though. Despite that, attraction wise and service wise, they truly have experted their crafts, I think, thru the times. That’s why we didn’t have any complaints to the staffs. They’re very accommodating and they’re doing well in what they needed to do.

I just wish that they could tend more gardens to create more relaxing ambiance in the ground similar or more than to what its beach could offer. More power, Montemar!

This is one of the garden view rooms at Inn 3. Room 306, to be exact. It was a simple yet clean room. It has a veranda where you can enjoy the garden view.

This is the garden. Yes it’s green but I can’t say if it’s enough to make me feel relaxed. It could have been better if it was tended more properly. Though, I understand the management, the whole Montemar area is so big. Maintaining it and continuously making it beautiful is very challenging.

The Deluxe room from another angle. Wi-fi will be charged at Php50.00 per device for 24 hours but signal inside the room weakens. It will be best to browse outside or at the front office.

There were not so much in the bathroom.

Inclusive in the package is the free buffet breakfast for 2. The foods were traditional Filipino breakfast foods. I must say, they have great cooks. We cannot bring foods inside, so all our foods need to be ordered there. I appreciated that foods tasted good, though, quite pricey. Otherwise, it’s automatically a ruined vacation if what we had on the table wasn’t likeable.

This tree house added the attraction. It wasn’t much but thankfully, it led us to discover the playground at the other side.

“Oh, playground!” Both of them shouted. Kids raced their way to get there. I’d guessed, they were too excited to climb those little heights.

I was supposed to get the best shot of the pool. It turned out, this is the best that I’ve got. Ahaha. But, to at least give you a picture of the pavilion pool, it’s wide. It’s suitable for kids. It started shallow then gets deeper to the end. I loved the water temperature. It’s raining when we had our visit, but thankfully, it didn’t feel cold. I thought, we’re actually swimming in a hot spring.

I loved the shore. It was clean. It was calm. A perfect place to get that much needed relaxation.

I wish I could sleep there by the beachside. But, all had been occupied, I wasn’t able to land a spot.

What a beautiful sight, it’s too calm. Just by standing at the shore, inhaling the breathe of salty fresh air, it was enough to wish, I hope this vacation could be extended.

Tides have turned things differently on the next day. The calmness was no longer there. Despite that, the waves have brought more fun. Kids were able to play with the waves.

Our 2017 Stay in Acacia Hotel Manila


It was the same Acacia Hotel that I remembered 2 or 3 years ago. Nothing much had changed except of course, some of the chairs’ upholstery in the lobby had quite faded. Same quality of service but I felt less satisfied. There were too many guests during our last visit. More guests meant more people need to be sharing with the facilities particularly at the swimming pools, at the gym and at the buffet restaurant. Ahaha. Glutton! But, it was for the kids why we went out in the first place. So, I had no choice but to bear with them and just enjoy just like how our kids did.

These are what will welcome you:

The reception. I got to steal this during their non-busy hours.

Wallings. Are these falling leaves from an acacia tree?

Acaci Coffee Shop view from the top

The lobby. You know you’re in Acacia because of these prints.

My little girl was busy browsing the magazines.

I got the booking thru Trivago.com. With various hotel offers, I was able to select the more affordable choice in Expedia.com. For 2-night stay in a Deluxe room including breakfast for 2, we paid a total of Php9,700.00. That was Php3,880.00 per night and the additional charges of Php1,940.00. Good thing we were upgraded to an Executive Suite in the 15th floor. Most of the time, I saw a housekeeping personnel there. I can always ask to replenish the toiletries and replace the towels. A less stressful way to spend my day, a less soaking wet bathroom floors. Hehe, thanks to the staff manning the floor. 

These were inside our room:

A welcome note. Thank you, as I replied. 🙂 This was matched with apple and orange, just weren’t shown on the picture.

The bed. A comfy, king-sized bed for a family of four. Do you got the same reaction as mine, when I see bed fixed as this, I will be so amazed, really “wow” and would just jump then roll back and forth on it? Ahaha. But, this time, I had to do my photoshoot first.

The TV and your desk. I liked that it just had the right distance from the bed. It’s one of the perks of having a bigger space.

The working area. Another advantage of an Executive Suite, you got an extra space to do your cooking duties.

This lamp, its pair on the other side, another lamp on the desk, plus the TV, were the only lights we had. That was a puzzle to me. I didn’t find any light switch for the main room. I should have asked, though.

I only liked the lotion. The rest, better than nothing. And besides, these were always replenished, how can I complain.

2 set of robes, 2 pairs of slippers, a laundry bag, a flatiron, a vault. They’re all just within the cabinet, at your hands’ reach.

The bathroom, while it wasn’t yet ransacked by the kids.

I needed to take note of these. These were small details but will definitely be a key one day should I need to review my stay here.

 

The other facilities:

A Steakhouse as the Acaci extension at breakfast. As I’ve mentioned, there were too many guests. Lines in the Acaci restaurant for a buffet breakfast had immediately piled up as early as 6:30AM. On our first day, we got to get a seat in the restaurant but on the next day, we had to settle in the satellite extension they’ve prepared here.

The bar.

Acaci restaurant. We were few of the early birds.

The main courses.

Light meals.

Desserts.

These were view of what’s outside the hotel:

From the pool area at the 3rd floor. Look down while waiting for the kids to stop swimming.

This time, look up. 🙂

Oh, it’s lovely. Light flashes at night.

Ending the Year 2016 at Solaire Resort and Casino 

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Facebook has always been a great source for me discovering a good deal. I just saw Solaire’s promo from one of my friend’s posts. Taking advantage of this rare offer, I thought it will be a good gift for the kids.

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Because it was this time of the year when cheers and glees are all around, this tall sparkling Christmas tree parades at the front.

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We booked one of the rooms in Bay Tower. They have this couch for you to sit on while waiting for the elevators which actually didn’t take long before it came. That really was a premium service, if I may add, providing comfort to their guests even not so much of a necessity. Then, you can sense luxury even at your feet because of the soft floor carpets.

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The Deluxe room. A king-sized bed covered with white linens filled with quality pillows. A plus to my husband who preferred a lot of pillows in his bed. I liked otherwise.

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A nice couch at the side to complete your relaxation.

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A TV with variety of channels to watch. It can also be a directory of what the resort has in store for their guests. That door opens up to the mini bar and the refrigerator. A nice way to conceal small stuffs.

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Who wouldn’t fell in love with a room that has a nice view. A glass wall from the floor to the ceiling opening up to the sight of swimming pools and the stretch of Manila Bay.

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A spacious bathroom. The shower is enclosed in a glass wall limiting the water not to splash too much on the floor. Less wet floor means less chores for me, there was no need to wipe the floors all the time.

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Always been one of my favorite subjects to photograph with, the toiletries. There was nothing unique with their offers here except that one usual sized soap. I kept it. I’ll have to try it at home. Ahaha.

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That sparkling ice bucket was cool, of course. Ahaha.

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The robe just fit me. I also like its texture. I also liked their door signs.

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An amazing pool experience awaits you in Solaire. The pool is leveled at 4-ft deep. Our kids didn’t know how to swim yet. The good thing was, the resort can provide a life vest for each of the kids. The lifeguard was also doing his job, making sure everyone was safe.

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A grand staircase. Would you mind climbing up that stairs? It has so much elegance that you might need to stop in every steps, either way, to feel the moment.

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Walking inside Solaire was never a boring experience. Luxury shops, well-decorated walls, great lightings and fixtures, fresh flowers and nicely polished floors, only my husband didn’t appreciate them. Ahaha.