My Fitness Club Experience @ Discovery Suites

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Fitness club receptionists

The pretty receptionists

One of my planned activities in my stay in Discovery Suites is to use their fitness center.  It’s a good thing I have managed to squeeze the time for that before we have our photoshoot in Serendipity Lounge.  Because I was focused with our photoshoot and  wedding anniversary, I forgot to bring rubber shoes that’s why I wasn’t able to use their equipments.  The receptionists (Joyce and Hannah) were very friendly and courteous, that they have convinced me to stay and use their jacuzzi and sauna instead.  The rate for walk-ins is P500, but you can use for free if you are staying in the hotel.

 

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Hubby used the equipments (all of them are working).  If you go to other fitness centers, most of their equipments are not working anymore.  Anyway, I went back to our suite to get a swimwear and they assisted me profesionally.

 

 

 

The club is very clean and organized.  I was given my locker wherein I can place my important belongings while I’m relaxing.  I must say that it’s al worth every penny. When you are actually there, you don’t want to leave anymore.  Too bad, I only got to stay there for less than an hour.  I gave Joyce and Hannah instructions that I will use the jacuzzi for only 20 minutes and Hannah came back at the exact time 🙂

 

 

The jacuzzi was my favorite.  I wanted it hot because it was really cold that morning.  When Hannah finally came to remind me that I had to go to the steam room, I was really thankful because I don’t have to remind them anymore.  After 10 minutes in the steam room, Hannah came back and led me to the Sauna room.

If only distance won’t be a problem, I will definitely choose this club but then I had to choose one which is near to our place.

I highly recommend this fitness club to Pasig or Mandaluyong residents.  Believe me, it’s worth every penny 🙂

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Weight Loss Challenge

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I’m lookin’ forward for summer 2018 and YES, I am too desperate to have a drop-dead gorgeous beach-ready body.

I am actually considering to be a member of one of the fitness clubs and as much as I would like to be a member of Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club @ Discovery Suites Manila, the location won’t work for me.  Obviously, I won’t be able to go there on a daily basis since I have mommy duties in the morning and I have to be in school before 1pm.  So it narrows down to only two choices– I have signed up for free trial for Slimmers’ World and Fitness First.  I will do my very best to try at least one and see if it will work with me.

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taken @ the Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club in Discovery Suites Manila

First of all, it has to fit my budget if ever and it has to be near our place and I can get the privacy I want.  I do not want to engage in group exercises and other activities.  In my next post, I will be sharing with you about my experience in visiting the club (At this moment, I am still thinking which fitness club to visit).  Do you have any suggestions?

UPDATE:  I called Slimmers’ World for a free trial workout on Saturday (November 11, 2017) in SM Marikina.  Yesterday afternoon, I received a call from Fitness First and I will have the trial workout on Sunday (November 12, 2017) in Robinsons Metro East at 10am.  I will be posting a separate review about their clubs.

 

My Wedding Anniversary Photoshoot Outfits

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Despite of the stressful week, I have managed to schedule my wedding anniversary photoshoot at Discovery Suites Manila last week.  Since this will be something very special, I had to choose my outfits carefully.  I have used three long dresses for the said photoshoot.

 

 

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Black dress by Karimadon

I bought the two dresses last year at Karimadon in Robinson’s Metroeast.  Each dress costs more or less P3k.  It fitted me well because I personally went to the boutique unlike the last dress that I just bought online, the bust part was too big 😦

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I ordered this dress online via Lazada. I chose INT’L Medium because it fits my hips (37-38) but it doesn’t fit the bust area.  I brought a pocket sewing kit with us and the pin saved my day, but it was not comfortable and I felt like anytime, the dress would go down and I would be stripped, heheh.  Thanks to our photographer, Mr. Aldrin Quisay for the beautiful and creative shots.

Happy Tummy: Breakfast Buffet @ Discovery Suites

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Part of our stay in Discovery Suites include the free buffet breakfast for 4 adults.  Since I brought my daughter with us, I paid half of the buffet price which is P400+.  We were able to go to Restaurant 5 at about past 6am and there were Koreans already for the breakfast.   They are strict with the dress code– smart casual attire only and no casual shorts or sleeveless are alowed since that is a business hotel.

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the pretty receptionists @ Restaurant 5

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I have taken photos of their foods served for breakfast.  There were variety of foods to choose from and I was quite pleased with my experience on that day.

Of course the kids went to the cereals station and chose their favorite chocolate cereals 🙂

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I cannot skip chicken if ever there is any in the buffet.  I only have gotten few pieces because I would like to try the other dishes as well.

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I’ve tried the hash brown potatoes and they were tasty.

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Bacons and sausages

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Tuna Salpicao

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Bread and butter pudding

I was too busy taking photos and assisting the kiddos in getting their meals that I totally forgot to taste this 😦

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Hungarian Cheese Sausage and Breakfast Bangers

 

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Pancake with cherry toppings

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I know I’m in a diet (It just doesn’t look that I am since I am still not in shape, hehehe).  I couldn’t have breakfast also without having fried rice in my plate, but I only had 1 cup to be safe.

 

I love pasta but there’s something with pesto sauce that I didn’t like– too salty.

I also had a slice of vegetable pizza and it was so yummy.

I had a bowl of egg drop soup and it was good.  Usually, if I do not like the soup, I don’t get to finish it, but not this time 🙂

The kids had a glass each of Dalandan Juice.  As much as I would like to have a glass of juice also, I already had a cup of hot chocolate.

 

I had a carrot cake– I forgot to get a piece of cinnamon roll.  I wanted to have a slice of bread and butter spread but I might overeat, hehe!

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Hubby enjoyed the fresh fruits.

We all visited the egg station.  My son Kyle requested for sunny side-up, my daughter and I had scrambled eggs and hubby had the omelette.

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My breakfast

To sum up my tummy’s experience at Restaurant 5. I will give a 4.5 out of 5 stars.  Yes, I did enjoy the buffet breakfast.  I just didn’t eat much 🙂

RESTAURANT 5

AddressDiscovery Suites Hotel,, ADB Ave, San Antonio, Pasig, Metro Manila

 

Pretty in Pink (Shapes & Curves Swimwear)

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This is my favorite brand in swimwear- because of the classy styles and it suits my personailty as well.  I haven’t achieved my beach-ready body yet so I need a swimsuit that would look best in me and I found my perfect match 🙂

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Photo Credits:  Aldrin Quisay

Taken at:  Discovery Suites Manila

 

A Private Dinner: Review of 22 Prime

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Last Monday, we celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary in Discovery Suites Manila.  I have arranged to have our dinner inside our suite instead of having it in 22 Prime where it is crowded as usual.  Also, we need privacy and we won’t feel at ease to have our photoshoot with many people watching.  I am really thankful to the management who extended their assistance to us in this special event; however, I have to share my thoughts about dinner.

I requested for a set-up in our suite because of privacy issues– I was informed that it will be charged P1,000 for this.  I agreed–thinking that it would be something really romantic like seeing the candle-lit table and other decorations.  I was surprised to find out that they just placed a tablecloth and nothing more… Honestly, I felt like we paid too much for the service.  Then, the foods were served.  Mr. Albert Fernandez, the F&B manager, even went to our suite and explained to me everything about our dinner.  He was very polite and professional while we were  there even in our email conversations.

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complimentary bread with spreads

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Wagyu Sirloin Steak

I ordered Wagyu Sirloin Steak for hubby- (P1413.24 net).  While I was taking a shower earlier, a staff from 22Prime called to ask if he wanted it to have medium done or well done. He preferred to have it medium done and according to him, it tasted good:-)  I couldn’t say anything about the steak because I don’t eat meat (except chicken and burger patty).

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Roasted Airline Chicken

For myself, I ordered Roasted Airline Chicken (P1076.24 net).  It was just okay– nothing really special about the taste, but the chicken meat was soft.  I liked the mushrooms and the vegetables though.

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Lobster Truffle Mac & Cheese

I included Lobster Truffle Mac & Cheese (P462.02 net) in our dinner because I love pasta.  For this, I will give them thumbs up.  I super looooove the cheesy pasta and the noodles were cooked al dente. I must say of all the foods that we ordered, only this one deserves its price.

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Garlic Roasted Potatoes

The Garlic Roasted Potatoes (P315.96 net) only looks appetizing.  I was looking for the garlic taste but it was bland  😦

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Chocolate Goddess for Dessert

For dessert, I chose Chocolate Goddess (P380 net).  I loved the taste of the chocolate and berries, but I wasn’t able to eat much because I was already full at that time.  Being a chocolate lover, i must say that it was divine.  It’s just that the serving was too small that makes it overpriced.

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The last in my list is the Strawberry Mango Iced Tea (P489.20 net for 1 pitcher).  I didn’t order wine because I do not want to get dizzy and we still have to shoot for the anniversary video (winks).  That was refreshing and even the kids enjoyed the drink.

Overall, it was okay, but it could have been better if only they made it more romantic.  I will still recommend 22 Prime especially to those who go for fine dining.

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3 stars

22 Prime

 Ortigas 22nd Level Discovery Suites, 25 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, 1600  

 

Denim Madness OOTD

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Denim is COOL! I thought of having denim as one of our outfits in our wedding anniversary photoshoot for our casual look and everbody is telling me that they really like our outfit.  I ordered my denim jumpshorts by Something Borrowed via Zalora- P999.  Hubby bought his denim top by Code Blue- less than P700 in SM Department Store in Masinag.

Photo credits:  Aldrin Quisay

Photo taken on October 30, 2017 @ Discovery Suites Manila

Priceless Stay at Discovery Suites (Day 2)

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If you have read my previous post about Day 1 in Discovery Suites, I wasn’t that really satisfied.  I can say that it was because of our supposedly “romantic dinner”– it didn’t turn out that way:-(   I appreciated the effort of the hotel though that they get to know more about their guests and because it was our 15th wedding anniversary, they have prepared a welcome banner, anniversary cake and the bath tub with rose petals for us.  I just decided to sleep early so I can fuel up for the following day.

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We had coffee when we woke up and started getting ready for the breakfast.  Yup, Restaurant 5 opens at 6am and we were late 😦  I was supposed to go there 10 minutes before the time so I can take photos of their food while there were no guests yet, but then because I have enjoyed my morning stay inside our suite, I didn’t want to leave yet.  By the way, I took a video of myself inside the bathroom.

 

 

One thing I like is the hot and refreshing bath– hehe, that’s pleasure for me 🙂  After taking a bath, we already have prepared ourselves for the breakfast buffet @ Restaurant 5.  They were strict with the dress code– they only allow smart casual attire inside.  There were variety of choices for breakfast and I was very pleased with this experience.  (A separate review will be posted about our breakfast buffet experience @ Restaurant 5).

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After satisfying my tummy, we went back to the room to get ready.  We were supposed to leave my 10 year old daughter at the Kid’s playroom but unfortunately they were still closed at 8am, so we just left her and the other kid inside our suite.  We headed to the Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club at the 4th floor; unfortunately, I wasn’t able to bring my rubber shoes so I wasn’t able to use their equipments.  Luckily, they have the female area where you can use the jacuzzi, steamroom and sauna.  I will be writing  about my experience here in a separate post.  Special thanks to Hannah and Joyce for assisting me 🙂

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Hannah and Joyce of Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club

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at the jacuzzi

Before 10 am we were already in the Serendipity Lounge for the photoshoot.  The ambiance was perfect and romantic.

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It was fun and I would like to thank the management for assisting us.  Too bad, we were not able to taste the food because we were in a hurry to check out.  We were about to check at at 1pm and I was told that if the suite is still available after 1pm, we could extend for another hour.  We had to leave at 12:30 because we had to to go home for our 3 year old kid.

It was such an unforgettable experience and YES, we will come back some other time.

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4-stars

Discovery Suites Manila

 25 ADB Ave, Ortigas Center, Pasig, 1600 Metro Manila

 

 

A Luxurious Stay at Discovery Suites (Day 1)

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Because it was our 15th wedding anniversary and it’s something very special, I opted to have our staycation in one of the best hotels.  Though the facade looks old, Discovery Hotels are known for their five-star class and VIP treatment for their guests– that’s actually the reason why I decided to give it a try.  Discovery Suites is stationed in the heart of the Ortigas Center, along ADB Avenue (opposite The Podium).

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The Check in Process

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As we enter, we were astounded by the elegant, well-maintained and clean lobby.  It was a hassle-free check-in experience.  I was asked to present my valid ID and the front desk officer explained to me everything.  A deposit amounting to P2,000 should be made as well, but it will be refunded upon check-out.  Instantly, we were given two keycards and then we went to our two-bedroom suite on the 10th floor.

 

Wedding Anniversary Banner

The living room area with the Wedding Anniversary Greetings

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their welcome treats

Free Anniversary Cake

the complimentary Wedding Anniversary Cake

Because we were kinda hungry at that time, we feasted on the chocolate cake.  Yummy!  All of us really enjoyed it.  Thank you for that, Discovery Suites 🙂

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the complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea

Upon entering our suite, we were greeted by the wedding anniversary banner and the welcome treats on the table.  I really appreciate it that they get to know more about their guests and try their very best to please them.  Well, I  was impressed with our suite– contrary to what I have in mind, it has modern furnishings and you have almost everything that you can ask for.  The only thing that we were looking for during our stay was the outlets inside the master’s bedroom.  I always use my phone to take photos and to connect in my social media accounts, so I need to charge often.  It could have been more convenient if there were outlets in the room, so I can use my phone while resting.

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beverages in the ref

There are bottled waters and refreshments inside the refrigerator (with a charge of course!), but you can just walk across the Podium @ the marketplace to buy groceries.

 

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the queen-sized bed with rose petals

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the bath tub with rose petals

Our bathroom has a bathtub and shower enclosure with toiletries and hair dryer.  I liked the shampoo and the shower gel, but I didn’t like the conditioner.  I appreciated the flower petals, but they should have asked when is the perfect time for them to clean.  It stains the floor and the towels as well.

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our closet

The iron was a BIG help because we got to press the clothes first before the photoshoot.  We just had to carry the ironing board in the living room because there is no outlet inside our bedroom,

While we were having a tour in our suite, I got a phone call from Mr. Albert Fernandez (the F&B manager in 22 Prime).  He confirmed about the table set-up and delivery time of our dinner.  The phones are available in the living room, the two bedrooms and even in the bathroom– so convenient that if you need anything from the staff, it’s just one phone call away.

We brought the kids to the swimming pool– we didn’t have any plans of swimming, but since we had the area all to ourselves, we decided to have an afternoon swim! Towels are also provided so you don’t have to bring your towel from the room.  The water was cold and I was shivering–good thing, they have the jacuzzi 🙂

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the swimming pool

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in their swimming pool/jacuzzi area

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our dinner

I have arranged to have our dinner in the suite instead because I knew that 22Prime was jampacked with guests at that time and we would like to use the dinner set-up for the photoshoot.  The dinner was served at 7:30 pm (Thank you to Sir Albert!)   Though, I couldn’t say anything negative to the service,  I wasn’t really that happy with the food– I think it was overpriced.   A separate review will be posted about 22Prime and Restaurant 5.   After dinner, we had our photoshoot (winks).

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the photoshoot 🙂

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After the photoshoot, I almost forgot that we had a complimentary pizza.  I called the front desk and after few minutes, it was delivered to us.  I really loved the pizzzzaaah- it was heavenly!

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complimentary pizza

We have enjoyed Day 1 but I thought of having my beauty rest early.  I am really particular with having a quality sleep everytime I go for a staycation and with my night spent at Discovery Suites, I really had a peaceful sleep and I was able to rest well to fuel up my body for the activities lined up the following day.

Note:  Another review will be posted about my experience in Day 2 🙂