Long Weekend Bonding: A Review of the Linden Suites

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I have modified my Valentine’s Day plan since we have a long weekend for the Chinese New Year on February 16, so I just decided to book for an overnight stay in a hotel.  In blogs and reviews that I have read, Discovery Shores Boracay is often compared to The Lind Boracay so I am quite curious about this property.  If DSB has Discovery Suites in Ortigas Center, the Lind has the Linden Suites.  Last October, we have already spent our wedding anniversary in Discovery Suites, so for the Post Valentine Celebration, I have settled to the Linden Suites.  I booked a one-bedroom suite via Booking.com for about P5,00 inclusive of taxes.

My excitement was replaced with disappointment when we have reached the hotel’s lobby.  It wasn’t what I expected–I was visualizing the same large lobby as what they have in Discovery Suites.  There weren’t enough chairs for the people and while I was on queue for the check-in, my hubby and kids were standing and after about 20 minutes, they were able to find vacant seats.  It took me about 30 minutes or more to check in (which was another disappointment 😦 ) When finally it was my turn, I was pleased with the professionalism of the receptionist.  She asked for my ID and the credit card that I used in booking.  She has explained clearly why we need to give a security deposit of P2,000 which can be refunded upon check out.  She also explained about the rules of the hotel.

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Upon checking in, we got 2 keycards (for the elevator and room) , 1 power card, the WIFI password details good for 2 devices and 2 breakfast coupons.

When we got our keycards, we waited for few minutes AGAIN for the elevator.  Our one bedroom suite was located in Tower 2 and our assigned suite number was 2107.  When we opened the door, I was quite pleased because the room was spacious.

 

I liked the kitchen–it is already complete with almost everything that you need.  You can cook there- no need to bring pans and other utensils.  They have provided liquid soap and soap dish, but there is no sponge.

What I like about Linden Suites is that they permit the guests to hold parties inside the room/suite but the limit of the number of guests is only up to 15 and they need to leave before 11pm.

 

Our living room has a small sofa and working table ideal for small family.

 

In the dining area, we have a welcome fruit plate and a complimentary tumbler courtesy of the hotel.  I was appreciative and thankful, but I couldn’t help but to compare with Discovery Suites.  With the latter, we were able to feel at home and special because they have carefully done their research.  There was a welcome banner, dessert and more freebies.

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A hotel stay is not complete without COFFEE, so I was thankful enough for these basic freebies (but I was not impressed).

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Anyway, we enjoyed our spacious bedroom.  The kids rested for a while while we have scrutinized every detail of the suite.

 

The floor was carpeted so even if our kids were super hyper, they were safe.

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This is our Post Valentine Date, so we just decided not to go out and just enjoy the room and other facilities.

 

There were two closets equipped with ironing board and iron (a plus for me!), but we were not able to use it during our stay.  We just noticed that there were only 1 bathrobe and 1 pair of slippers.  The one-bedroom suite is supposed to be for two people so they should have provided supplies for two.  I just let hubby used the slippers since we brought sandals with us.

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What I liked most about our stay is the spacious bathroom.  Literally, you can sleep inside! It was really convenient because there is enough room for you to change and there is even a vanity inside.  This is my ideal bathroom– so far, one of the best bathrooms alongside with Estacio Uno Boracay Seaside Suite.

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The free toiletries

 

 

 

Seeing the view made me realize that we shouln’t waste our time and we should enoy, enjoy and enjoy!

 

In my trips, most of the time, I bring my kids because BONDING with them is a very important moment that I have to treasure.  My daughter Shane loves to swim so she was looking forward to our swimming time.

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When i told her that we were going to swim, she immediately changed in her swimming outfit!

The indoor pool was located on the 9th floor inside the Health Club.  You need to sign first in the reception area and you will be given towels to use.  To my dismay, the pool was crowded with people 😦

 

 

 

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We went to the jacuzzi first since the pool was crowded with guests, but Shane immediately jumped to the pool.

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t swim in the swimming pool and just stayed in the jacuzzi.

 

 

After few minutes, hubby and Bruce tried the swimming pool.

 

 

 

 

It was bonding time for hubby and our four-year old son Bruce.  It was pretty obvious they have enjoyed the temperature-controlled swimming pool.

 

 

We didn’t notice that it was past 6pm already and we decided to just go back to our suite.  My plan was to head to the gym right after swimming, but since we wasted more or less 30 minutes waiting for the elevator, I just cancelled my plan.  I was planning also to go to their spa, but was disappointed because they do not offer body scrub. (Body scrub is what I was looking for to get ready for my summer-ready skin )

 

Out of desperation, we were about to use the stairs to reach the 21st floor but then the elevator door opened, and when we were able to reach our suite, we were already exhausted of standing and waiting.  We just opted to have room delivery service from the Happy Chef.

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While watching TV and waiting for the food, Shane offered me a mug of coffee. (How sweet!)

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We ordered Margarita pizza for P395 and Chicken a la Pobre for P355.  We loved the pizza but the chicken was too pricey.

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We slept early because we would like to enjoy more of the hotel.  I brought my lappy with me but I wasn’t able to use it– I had my beauty rest instead.

DAY 2

We woke up at 4:30am.  Hubby and I had coffee and planned how we are going to spend the rest of the morning in Linden Suites.

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I thought of going to the gym since I wasn’t able to go there the previous night due to the elevator problem.  Bruce was also sleeping at that time, so we just asked Shane to look after him while we were working out.

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And yes, we were ready to hit the gym!

 

At 6am, we were already in the gym and yay! We had the gym only to ourselves!  That’s what I really like–PRIVACY 🙂

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Well, it wasn’t big as the Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club.  I was looking forward to use the jacuzzi and the sauna in their female wet area right after working out.

 

Working out with sweetie 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After working out, I went to the restroom and asked if I can use the sauna.  UNFORTUNATELY, they haven’t prepared it yet 😦  There was no jacuzzi also in the female’s wet area.  The jacuzzi was in the indoor pool, so another X for me 😦

 

There were locker rooms and the shower area is quite old and worn out– it needs remodelling.  For a spa and beauty blogger like me, it would be a PLUS if the hotel has convenient and modern amenities like the gym and spa, but I wasn’t pleased with the female wet area and the spa services.

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We peeked in the indoor pool area and was tempted to have a dip in the pool while it was not crowded yet.

 

We decided to have our breakfast first becaise we have sensed that the restaurant will be crowded also at that time.  When we reached the suite, Bruce was still sleeping, so we took advantage of the time to enjoy the hot tub bath.

 

After the hot bath, we got ready for the breakfast buffet.

 

 

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The Happy Chef is located in the 2nd floor.  Our room rate includes the breakfast buffet already except for Shane. (We paid P275 for her.)

 

As what we were expecting, we waited for about 20 minutes outside and the reason for this is because they have small space for their restaurant and limited choices of food.  I didn’t bother to feature their food because there’s nothing much to show.

 

 

 

I just had garlic rice, chicken adobo, chicken hotdogs, chocolate cupcake, pancake with choco syrup, choco flake cereals and a slice of chocolate cake for dessert.  I had a cup of hot choco but I didn’t like the taste 😦

 

After the breakfast, we went to the 14th floor, so we used the bridgeway to Tower 2.

 

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It was time to go back to the suite and get ready to check out.   While we were preparing our things, Bruce was having his hot bath in the tub.

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So, there…  my final selfies before we go.

 

I got a call from the reception 30 minutes before the check out time, reminding me about their standard time of check out which is 12nn.  We left the suite before 12nn and as usual, the same scenario… crowded lobby.

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Hehehe, I realized I couldn’t compare it to Discovery Suites because they are NOT comparable– with the personalized service, professionalism, and the modern facilities/amenities.  Well, at least, we wouldn;t know if we haven’t experienced to stay there.

Would I recommend this to a friend who is also very particular with quality service like me? NO.

The Linden Suites

37 SAN MIGUEL AVENUE, ORTIGAS CENTER,
PASIG CITY 1600, METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES
TEL: (632) 638 7878
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Balance Lifestyle Fitness- An Excellent Option

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I thought it was a smart decision to sign up with Fitness First, but after few months of being a member, I really feel that it wasn’t worth it.  I would like to make it crystal clear that it’s not the club’s fault– it was MY FAULT for having that impulse decision.  First of all, though the rate is reasonable enough (@ Php 2,300 per month), I couldn’t manage to have that unlimited session since I am a very busy person, and I’m also struggling to make it at least once per month so it’s just a waste of money!

If only I have gotten the reply from The Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club earlier, I wouldn’t have come up with this decision.  I inquired online before I signed up for Fitness First, but I got no reply so I took the opportunity to visit the club before my press trip that day.  Oh well, the only thing that I can do is to head there if I have the time so I could make use of what I paid for.

Yesterday, I inquired in their website again, and I was surprised to hear from Mr, Arem Ignacio, the club’s Lifestyle Supervisor.  He sent me the rates via email and if I will compare, the rates are the same in Fitness First if you will be a walk-in guest.  For P500 per visit, you can use the gym and their wet area including the sauna room, steam bath room and the jacuzzi.  Aside from that, you can also use their swimming pool.

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The jacuzzi

This is what I’m looking for in a fitness club– a jacuzzi wherein I could enjoy the warm water.  That is not available in other fitness clubs.

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The downside in choosing crowded fitness clubs like Fitness First is that they have too many clients to give you some time (though if you approach the trainers, they will assist you).  In my experience in our staycation in Discovery Suites last October 2017, I was spoiled by the two receptionists.  I wasn’t able to use the workout machines because I forgot to bring my rubber shoes, but they suggested that I should use their wet area.  They assisted me from the time I put my things in the locker and served as my human timer.  After 15-20 minutes, they come to me and inform me that it’s time to go to sauna and steam bath area as they know that I had to be in the photoshoot at the Serendipity Lounge on time.  

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Next time when I get back, I will use their modern workout equipments/machines (as what I have told Mr. Ignacio, I would just drop by as a walk-in guest because I still have an existing contract with Fitness First for 18 months.  After sweating out, I will head to the wet area.

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The lockers are modern as well.  No need for old-style keys, you just use the bracelet with sensor and presto— the locker door will open.

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At Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club, there are also toiletries that the guests and club members can use.  I was impressed!  The shower rooms are also clean.

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There are also pair of slippers that you can borrow while you are in the female’s area.

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What I like from this is that you can take a swim first before heading to the fitness club.  Of course, with the same rate of P500, I would go for Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club.  There, you are not locked in a contract.  You may choose to be a walk-in guest or a club member (monthly, quarterly or semi-annual or annual package).  For busy persons like me, I would suggest to just avail the walk-in rate.

I am still super busy but I know I will be back soon and I am looking forward to that pleasant experience again.

 

 

 

 

My V-Day 2018 Plans

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It’s LOVE month and YES, I am already planning for a perfect way to celebrate Valentine.  It doesn’t have to be on that day as I know that it would be a rush ( I go home before 8pm and I had to wake up early to do some paperworks in school for the following day 😦 )  I actually reserved online for a buffet dinner at Vikings SM Marikina on the 14th but hubby was able to convince me to cancel it.  So, I just thought of buying simple takeout foods and cake for family dinner.

Instead of spending it in Vikings, I thought of just booking a one-bedroom suite in The Linden Suites on February 16, 2018 since it’s a looooooong weekend that day (Chinese New Year).  Spending it with hubby is romantic, but spending the LOVE month with the kiddos will be sweeter.

So, how can you surprise your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day (or even that week)?

  1.  Ordering food is acceptable especially if both of you are so busy, but if you have the time, your partner will appreciate it if you will be the one to personally prepare it for him/her.  If you have the time, though, a romantic dinner in a restaurant would be cool.

2.  A movie date sounds good also 🙂 (I will try to squeeze some time with hubby on                 the 14th, probably a post Valentine movie date will be possible.

3.  A good massage or spa treatment would also be sweet.  Soulscape Spa offers a                     special treat to couples this LOVE month.  For 1.5 hours, you and your other half                 can enjoy their signature Anti-Stress massage plus a bonus 30 minute foot reflex                 for only P1430.00.

4.  Hit the gym/fitness center with your special someone.  Since Feb, 16 is a holiday, I               will see if I can bring hubby to Fitness First in the morning, before we go to The                   Linden Suites in the afternoon.

5.  If you can afford, you may purchase something special for your  special someone.              In my case, my gift for him is QUALITY TIME not only for him but for our kids.

Whatever present or no matter how you celebrate the V day with your special someone, it’s your present that matters and how you were able to make him/her feel that he/she is special.

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Last Weekend Accomplishments (Jan 2018)

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Last week, I wrote about my weekend plans and it’s more on the beauty and destressing sessions.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go the fitness club because of my busy chedule.  I have signed up for an 18-month membership contract with Fitness First, but now I’ve ralized that it’s totally a waste of time and money.  It’s good enough if I will be able to squeeze a once per week visit to the club, but this January, I only visited twice.  It could have been better if I just purchased a treadmill so I can work out at home– but the thing is that I do not have enough money to buy one yet.  My PT suggested that I should downgrade my plan after 6 months so that my expenses will be reduced as well.

As for the destressing session, I was scheduled for the relaxing Volcanic Hot Stone Massage last Friday, so it was a perfect TGIF Spa Day for me 🙂

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After the stressful week, everybody deserves to have a Soulscape Destressing session.  The moment I entered the reception area, I felt at home already. (Special thanks to the accommodating receptionists Ella & Rose).  I think they have an idea already that I missed the sauna session last time so they asked me if I wanted a sauna and hot shower.  Because I know that one of sauna’s benefits is to cleanse the skin, I was too excited to head in the sauna area.  After few minutes, Ms. Shine (the assigned therapist) led us the Couple VIP Room.    I took a selfie first before taking a hot shower.

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Inside the bathroom where toiletries are available for the clients

 

I felt relaxed with the heat inside the sauna for 10 minutes.  After that, I drank the cold water and wiped my face with the cold towel.  When we went back to the room, Ms, Shine prepared and heated the stones for my treatment.  Volcanic Hot Stone Massage is different from the other types of massages because it requires skill in handling the stones.  In most cases, not all therapists are skilled with the Hot Stone Massage because they are scared in holding the hot stones.  Fortunately, Ms. Shine is good and very professional with this kind of massage.

While she was heating the stones, I was informed that she won’t put the stones directly in my skin as there is a tendency for it to be burned and damaged.  She started with a back massage that includes a little stretching and I savored every moment of it.  It was a total relief to feel the hot stones in every part of my body including in between the toes and my fingers as well.

According to my therapist, Ms. Shine, the benefits of hot stone massage is to help with the blood circulation, relieve stress and promote sleep.  At the last part of the treatment, when she was massaging my head with oil, I fell asleep but she woke me up after she has finished with the massage.  She knew probably that I might be able to spend until morning there and they need to close at 2am.  (Revelation:  At home, I got a good night sleep and was able to wake up the following day at past 7am already!) 

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After trying various kinds of massages, I should say that Volcanic Hot Stone Massage is one of my favorites along with the Soulscape Signature Anti-Stress Massage.

After getting dressed up, I was offered a glass of warm water and a piece of cookie.

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I felt relaxed after the treatment

For those who would like to book for a 90 minute Volcanic Hot Stone Massage for only P799 @ Soulscape Marcos Highway, you may call 0906 328 5939.

After my destressing session with Soulscape, my weekend wasn’t complete without my hair treatment and foot spa.  I wasn’t comfortable with my hair because it was totally damaged and very dry.  When I visited David’s Salon, my stylist wasn’t there but they accommodated me and I wasn’t informed that my hair couldn’t be rebonded at this time yet, but we can have a Keratin treatment.  Because I was too desperate, I had the 1 1/2 hour hair treatment.

 

 

While waiting,  I had foot spa with pedicure (P550) and manicure (P180).

 

My daughter Shane also had a haircut for her new look for P250.

 

David’s Salon’s Hair Keratin treatment is P4500 and it comes with a free Keratin Masque that you can use to maintain your hair (twice a week use is advised).

Note:  This February, I will feature some interesting things to do with your other half or sweetheart.  Watch out for my next post about my Valentine Date with hubby.  Ta-ta and Happy Feb-ibig month!

 

 

Mom and Daughter’s Spa Date @ Soulscape Marcos Highway

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Who says that only adults need a break from the busy schedule?  Have you thought that kids deserve a destressing session too?  Yes, like us– they also get exhausted from the activities in school and just like the way we wanted to treat ourselves, they also deserve a pampering session at the spa.   A week prior my “spa day” , my daughter was not feeling well and after the stressful exams she had, I thought it was the perfect time for her to relax and have a Kiddie massage.    In this post, I will share about our mother and daughter bonding last Friday @ Soulscape Spa (Marcos Highway branch).

The moment that we have reached the reception and were greeted by the gorgeous staff (Ella and Rose), I can feel Shane’s excitement.  She used to accompany me in my destressing sessions, but now it was the time for her to destress.  While they were preparing our VIP family room, we were given a glass of lukewarm water and a cup of hot tea.

It’s good to know that it was SHINE, who was assigned to us again.  I felt comfortable with her in my last treatment, and as what I have expected, she made us feel comfortable.  She led us to the footwash area where Shane’s feet were washed.

After the soothing footwash, we were escorted to our VIP Family room.  It has 3 single beds and has its own bathroom.  As usual, I loved the ambiance and the privacy that we had in the room.   Before the treatment, I enjoyed few minutes first by just taking selfies before I wear that black silk Soulscape robe.

Everything that you need is already there in the bathroom imcluding cotton buds, handwash and moutwash so I felt really comfortable and at home 🙂  After prepping up, I had the Minty Peppermint Anti-Dandruff Hair Treatment first followed by the Coffee Body Scrub and Collagen Face Mask.  In my previous post, I have mentioned about the benefits of Collagen Face Mask, that’s why I always include this in my beauty routine.

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Coffee Body Scrub

Because summer is fast approaching, part of my preparation is having a flawless skin, so I have included this in my beauty routine too.  I decided to try the Coffee Body Scrub because aside from the fact that I was curious, I am also a coffee lover.  No wonder that during the treatment I was awake because of its aroma.  It has the same effect as the Kojic Salt Scrub– Aside from being a stimulant and anti-oxidant, it also helps in the blood circulation, exfoliates, smoothen,  and gives a youthful glow to the skin.  After the treatment, I enjoyed the hot shower and when I came out of the bathroom, Shane was already having her Kiddie massage.  (I totally forgot to go to the Sauna room because I didn’t want to miss Shane’s Kiddie massage).  

 

After our treatment, Shane felt better and energized and I felt refreshed and rejuvenated.  It was actually one of the best bonding that we had aside from eating and swimming.  I recommend that you should try this too!

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hot towel and a glass of lukewarm water after the massage

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With Shine, our therapist

For those who would like to treat their kids to a 60-minute Kid’s massage for only P249, you may head to Soulscape Spa (in Marcos Highway or Maria Clara, QC).  Aside from ala carte services, they also have interesting packages in their Facebook Page.  Call them in advance to book as they have many clients especially during weekends.

SOULSCAPE SPA & WELLNESS  LOUNGE

3rd Floor, The Pinnacle Plaza Bldg., # 1 Marcos Highway, San Isidro, Cainta, Rizal

697-1868 or 0906-3285939

717-9783 or 244-4350 (Ma. Clara branch)

 

TBIP’s Microtel Baguio Review 2017

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When we go to the Summer Capital of the Philippines, we always pass by Microtel Inn & Suites in Upper Session Road.   I couldn’t help but to notice the cute blue structure next to Te Quiero Tapas & Bar Restaurant and Victory Liner.  It was just recently that I discovered that there is a shortcut from Te Quiero leading to Victory Liner Bus Terminal.

We traveled last month via Joy Bus because I thought that Victory Liner doesn’t have De Luxe so I didn’t bother to check.  (That was actually my fault!)  From the drop off point, we had to get a cab to bring us to the hotel (which was more of a hassle).  I was contacted by the reservations staff few days before we travel and I told them that our arrival will be around 9am, but because we had the non-stop bus, we have reached Baguio City at 7:30am.  There were no available rooms yet so I just settled the full payment and we just left the luggages in the front desk.  After few hours of strolling in Burnham Park and Botanical Garden, we went back at 1pm and luckily, we got a room. 

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Because we were dead tired when we checked in, I wasn’t able to take photos of our 2 Queen Beds Room.  As the name already describes, the room has two queen beds and a daybed.  I inspected the bathroom– it was ok, there were free toiletries but the shampoo was too small and obviously it wasn’t enough for all of us there.  I couldn’t help but to compare it to the other hotels we’ve checked in before.  If there is a kid or another person, he or she would be included in the toiletries.  On Day 1, we only had two toothbrushes.  We just bought another one in a pharmacy near the hotel the following morning.

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On our Day 2, we left the room unorganized, with towels, clothes and pairs of shoes everywhere, but to our surprise, when we came back, it was clean.  Hehehe, I just noticed that we left the sign on the table (we didn’t do that on a purpose but thanks to the staff!).  Also, they placed a new small bottle of shampoo and two boxes of toothbrush and replaced the towels.  (Too late because we already bought another toothbrush and sachets of shampoo and conditioner because I didn’t like the scent of their shampoo).

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Unlimited Coffee

If there is one thing that I like with Microtel aside from its very convenient location is that they have free flowing cofee in the lobby.  There is also a hot/cold water dispenser so you don’t have to spend much in buying bottled water.  Another thing, even if Baguio has already a cool weather, they still have airconditioning in the rooms.  In the other hotels, they do not have aircons anymore– they only provide fans.

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Mang Domeng, our private driver and tour guide in Day 3

If you will go out, taxi drivers are already waiting outside the hotel to drop you where you will go.  If there is none, the guard will help you look for one.  Unfortunately, it was peak season when we visited so it was seldom that we find a cab outside the hotel.  We were able to book Mang Domeng in our Baguio Day 3 Tour because he gave us his contact number the day when we arrived.

The room rate is quite reasonable already @ P3,300 per night with free breakfast.  (My review about Te Quiero will be in a separate post).

In our last night in Baguio, I found out that my booking with Joy Bus didn’t get through, so in my pajamas, we went to Victory Liner to purchase tickets.  There were many people on queue, but we patiently waited for our turn, and ALAS!  After an hour and few minutes, around 1 pm, it was already our turn and luckily, we were able to book bus tickets to Cubao at 9:50 am.

The check out was a breeze, the staff were efficient and we even got luggage help from the room to the bus station.  How convenient it was!

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If you plan to have a Baguio trip, I recommend Microtel Inn & Suites, however; there are things that they need to improve:

  1.  Give enough toiletries (shampoo and conditioner please!)
  2.  Provide iron and ironing board in the rooms.  My clothes were crumpled in my bags.
  3. One closet isn’t enough for 2 adults (probably that will work for others, but I was the only one to utilize the closet.  Hubby and my kid used their bags in storing their clothes.
  4. Consider having a fitness center and spa in the hotel.

These are just minor things, but if they will consider, it will give them a higher rating.   Other than that, no more complains— we LOVE Microtel Baguio and we will definitely be back!

MICROTEL INN & SUITES BAGUIO

Upper Session Road, Baguio City

(074) 619 3333

https://www.microtel-baguio.com

 

 

TBIP’s Relaunch @ 2018

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Happy New Year, everybody!  Let us welcome 2018 with GOOD VIBES and with that, I would like to share with you some achievements I had in 2017 and updates for TBIP’s relaunch on April 30, 2018.

2017″s HIGHLIGHTS

1.  TBIP’s NAME

Since I started blogging 11 years ago, I’ve been using different websites and different names, but in 2017, I finally decided to stick with WordPress and change MY BARBIE WORLD to THE TRAVEL BLOGGER IN PINK.

2.  ONGOING BEAUTY ROUTINE

With my stressful work as an educator and blogger, I was able to establish my beauty routine.  Thanks to Soulscape Spa & Wellness Lounge Marcos Highway and Nailaholics Spa & Nail Salon Metroeast Branch.

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3.  SUCCESSFUL BAGUIO PRESS TRIP

TBIP continues to share various contents to our followers and readers.  Though, there were changes with my original Baguio itinerary, it was still successful.  Big thanks to the following:

  1.  Belfrei Spa (CJH Branch)
  2.  JIC Baguio English Academy
  3.  Baguio Red Station
  4.  Le Vain Bakery
  5.  Cafe Lusso
  6.  Samgyeop Pocha Korean Restaurant
  7.  Sage Cafe
  8.  Route 55

 

TBIP’s RELAUNCH

On October 30, 2018, TBIP will have its formal relaunch @ Mama’s Fish House (beachfront) in Diniwid Beach, Boracay Island.  We will have live IG and FB coverage and exclusive posts about this event.

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To celebrate this, PRASHANT SPA (A Tirta Spa Brand) offers 40% of their rates to the spectators since that will be open to everyone as this will be held in the beachfront of Diniwid beach (Laboracay week).  We will distribute the brochures on the said event.  You may also send a message to jasmine@thetravelbloggerinpink so I can send you the coupon and brochure.

We hope to see you there on our special event.  For collaborations or if you would like to take part in our event, please shoot me a quick email.

 

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Coffee Craving Satisfied @ Cafe Lusso

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I included Cafe Lussoin my 4-day itinerary in my Baguio press trip last year.  I was quite curious why people have considered it as one of the best coffee shops in the City of Pines, and I had to find out why.

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Cafe Lusso is located at Ecco One Bldg., Gen. Luna Road cor.  Assumption Rd., Baguio City.  The cafe caters mostly to students and professionals who would just like to hang out, work quietly, and have a cup of coffee.  The ambiance sets a homey feeling that would make you feel comfy and at ease when you are in the cafe.

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As a coffee lover, my day won’t be complete without having a cup of coffee.  Though that day, I just had a cup of cappuccino in Le Vain Bakery, there was an urge for me to try their coffee at Cafe Lusso; unfortunately, their hot drinks were not available so I just had cold Cafe Mocha.

Cafe Lusso has become very popular not only because of the homey ambiance but with the coffee and meals that they offer.  Yes- you read it right!  Customers do not just go crazy over their coffee but their meals as well (pasta, bingsu, breads and pastries by Le Vain bakery).

 

 

According to the staff, here are the best sellers that you should try:

Frappe:  Strawberry Mint @ P138

                Cookies & Cream @ P123

Meals:  Honey Bread – P99

               Pasta Alfredo or Pesto + Drink @ P169

 

 

I highly recommend this cafe to everybody.  Eveyrthing is quite perfect especially if they will renovate the place but I loved the classic look (Just minor renovation will do).  

CAFE LUSSO

Ecco One Bldg., Gen. Luna Road cor.  Assumption Rd., Baguio City. 

 

 

JIC Baguio- A World-Class English Academy in the Philippines

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There are different countries that offer online and on-site ESL, IELTS assistance and TESOL certification and I never thought that Philippines would be one them– not until I have learned about JIC English Academy in Baguio City.  I had the chance to have a tour in their academy in my Baguio press trip last month.

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JIC Baguio is situated at 73 Del Nacia Apt., Upper West Camp 7, Baguio City.  Outside, it looks small, but when you enter the property, you will see the buildings with different facilities and dorm as well.  They have two main buildings:  the PS/IELTS Center and the IB Center.

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It’s not just a tutorial center.  JIC Baguio is an English academy with different amenities

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THE IB (Intensive Basic) CENTER

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The PSI Center (Power Speaking -IELTS)

(The two photos above are courtesy of JIC Baguio English Academy)

In my quick tour in their academy, I was really impressed with how the President, Mr. Leo Im and his staff has managed to make JIC Baguio as competitive as the other international schools are concerned. 

Here are the different reasons also why JIC Baguio is now considered as a world-class English Academy:

  1.  They have learning facilities like the study area (free from distractions) where the students can have self-study and the CNN room where they can do their research during their vacant time.
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the study area

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the CNN room

2.  They have different classrooms suited for different number of students (a cubicle type and medium to large classroom) equipped with the learning materials that they have personally developed.

 

3.    They have one-on-one and group classes handled by professional and certified English teachers who teach American and British conversation classes.    The students don’t just learn English, but they also get to meet other foreign students.  (80% of the students are Koreans– the rest are Japanese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Thais and Chinese)

4.  They have amenities like the court where they can play outdoor games and gym where the students can have their daily workout and burn calories.

 

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the gym

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the court

5.  They implement the CHALLENGER PROGRAM which is very effective in enhancing the communication skills of the students.  In JIC Baguio, the students will pay P500 if they speak in vernacular.  I have adapted this technique in my English classes– everytime my students speak a Filipino/Tagalog word, they have to pay P3.00. I can see that the students are improving and they try to speak English. In less than a week, I have noticed that my students became confident of themselves even if most of the time they are not grammatically correct.

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6.  They have different type of rooms in the dormitory where the students can stay (single to 4 pax).  Each room is already furnished with sofa set and television.  It has a  kitchen where the students can cook their own food.  It also has a refrigerator where you can stock cold drinks and preserved foods.  It has single type beds and closet where they can place their clothes.

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7.  They provide customized classes or courses depending on the students’ needs.  After the assessment, the length of the program will be determined.   Interesting programs include the following:

a.  Working Holiday Program

This is for the students who would like to travel in Australia, Canada and New Zealand and develop their communication skills (speaking and writing) in preparation for employment.

b.  Internship Program (Part of the WH Program)

– Barista Program Internship at Cafe Lusso (The students will be equipped with everything they have to learn about coffee and hands-on training).

– Tour Guiding (The students will be trained how to mingle with different nationalities with Tour Guiding essentials and problem-solving skills.

– Volunteer Work (such as medical mission, feeding program, donation events and tree planting)

8.  They have a cafeteria that prepares nutritious meals for the students.  They have schedule of meals prepared in advance but students can also request their preferred meals.

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The mini store where the students can buy snacks and beverages

Here are some photos of our tour in the academy. (Photos are courtesy of JIC Baguio)

Thank you, JIC Baguio for accommodating TBIP.  In my next Baguio press trip (probably next year-2019) , I am planning to have a documentary blog/vlog about two topics:  how it feels to be a student in JIC (I will attend a class and will live in the dorm) and will teach as well.

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For more information about their courses and fees here are their contact details:

JIC Baguio English Academy

73 Del Nacia Apt., Upper West Camp 7, Baguio City

Website:  http://www.baguiojic.com

FB pagehttp://www.facebook.com/baguiojic

Phone Number:  +63 74 442 5970 (Main office)

Vice President:  +63 936 936 1833 

Marketing Consultant:  +63 995 463 0730