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Chelsea Kitchen Megamall

From the Holiday Inn Manila Galleria where we were staying, we walked a few blocks to Megamall for dinner. Traversing the early evening sidewalks with yuppies donning headsets and earphones on, we excitedly wended our way to Chelsea Kitchen. While I really have no idea what food they serve, my good dining experience with their other restaurants like Kabila and Simplé Lang, were enough to whet my appetite.

Chelsea Kitchen Megamall Dining Area
CHELSEA KITCHEN AT MEGAMALL

Chelsea Kitchen is located at the ground floor of the relatively new Building D of Megamall. It sits right by the entrance and isn’t bound by any walls but rather by shelves and what-nots acting as a barrier for seats and tables set in a somewhat al fresco style. But since it is within the confines of the mall, it has air-conditioning! Lol.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, July 28, 2016

Holiday Inn Manila Galleria

After two months of roughing it out, backpacking across five countries around Asia, we decided on a grand staycation in Manila before going back to the humdrum of our daily lives. And our chosen hotel for our mini-reunion of sorts with the gang from TeamRH, the Holiday Inn Manila Galleria.

Holiday Inn Manila Galleria Lobby
HOLIDAY INN’S WAITING AREA NEAR THE LOBBY

Holiday Inn Manila Galleria Lounge
SECOND FLOOR LOUNGE

Granted, it may not be as grand as other hotels we’ve stayed at in the metro, but nothing can beat Holiday Inn’s location. It sits right beside Robinsons Galleria and it’s just a few minutes walk away from Megamall. Our favorite watering hole (with videoke) is also just five minutes by foot.



I was actually quite surprised to find the lobby brimming with guests as we checked in, from what I can gather, overseas Filipino workers with their family in tow. While waiting for our reservations to be confirmed, I admired the bahay na bato capiz-window inspired décor of the reception desk. It fitted quite well with the classic-modern look of the lobby.

Holiday Inn Manila Galleria Hallway
WOOD-PANELLED HALLWAYS

After a few minutes, we were led to our suite at the 12th floor of the hotel. The heavily trimmed wood panels of the dimly lit hallways were a clue as to how our room would look. And my assumptions weren’t that far off.

Holiday Inn Manila Galleria Suite
TWO BEDROOM SUITE LIVING AND DINING AREA

We were billeted at Holiday Inn Manila’s Two-Bedroom Suite [CHECK RATES & AVAILABILITY], and it was absolutely huge. The carpeted living area, mini-kitchen and dining hall are set on an open-plan layout, with the two bedrooms located on one side of the suite.

Holiday Inn Manila Galleria Suite
MASTER’S BEDROOM

Each bedroom has a king-sized bed, huge flatscreen cable televisions, sofas, vanity table, closet and the works. Yes, fast Wi-Fi too (free, depending on the type of room you’re staying at). The master’s bedroom has its own monster toilet & bath while the other room shares a bathroom with the living area.

Holiday Inn Manila Galleria Suite
THE SECOND BEDROOM

The interiors were decorated in classic tones, which wasn’t really my cup of tea, but I guess this appeals well to more mature guests. To be fair though, everything was tastefully done, from the trims, the colors and the furniture. It reminds me somehow of the Sheraton Imperial in Kuala Lumpur.



We were seven in the group at the time, but the room was still more than enough for the whole gang. Our initial plan of going out for a drinking binge at Metrowalk was soon thrown out the window. We decided right then to have our party right inside our room.

FOODTRIP ALONG ORTIGAS AREA

After a dinner feast at Chelsea Kitchen in Megamall and desserts at 7 Corners Gelato in Robinsons Galleria, we proceeded to the 7-Eleven in front of our hotel for our booze. I love how everything’s within reach of our hotel!

Holiday Inn Manila Galleria Breakfast
FAB RESTAURANT BREAKFAST BUFFET

The next morning, still groggy from sleep (or lack of it), we trooped down to the Fab Restaurant, Holiday Inn’s in-house restaurant for their buffet breakfast (complimentary, depending on room type). The place, as expected from the crowd we met at the lobby during check in, was packed.

Holiday Inn Manila Galleria Breakfast
MAKE YOUR OWN LUGAW

Holiday Inn Manila Galleria Breakfast
CRISPY BACONS!!!

Still, we were able to secure a place quite quickly and were soon raiding their breakfast offerings. And what an offering they have! From the usual sausages, omelets, noodles and Filipino favorites like adobo to champorado (sweet chocolate rice porridge) and lugaw (rice porridge). And of course, very crispy bacons! Happiness!
~ OUR STAY WAS SPONSORED BY OUR FRIENDS FROM HOLIDAY INN MANILA. VIEWS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.


Holiday Inn Manila Galleria
Address: One Asian Development Bank Avenue,
              Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Metro Manila
Contact Number: (+632) 633-7111
Email: higm.reservations@ihg.com
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Discounted Rates and Booking: Click Here

GPS Coordinates Map: 14.589975, 121.060143

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bacolod Negros Occidental Travel Guide Itinerary Budget

Bacolod, the City of Smiles. It is home to the Masskara Festival and unending lines of restaurants. One might even be tempted to consider it as the Food Trip Capital of the Philippines. To get a clearer overview of a trip to Bacolod City, one has to consider that the tour would not be limited to only the tourist spots in the city itself. The nearby cities of Talisay and Silay should also be included in the travel guide and itinerary and so is the much farther town of Murcia where the seven waterfalls of Mambukal National Park is located. My first trip to the province occurred in 2010 and I have since been back thrice after that.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Pacsafe Metrosafe 150 GII Review

Pacsafe, the world leader in anti-theft bag technology recently launched their first ever flagship store, not only in the Philippines, but throughout the globe at Makati’s Glorietta 5 mall. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the event, and with it, we were given a Pacsafe bag to review too; the Metrosafe 150 GII body sling bag.

Pacsafe Philippines Flagship Store
THE FIRST EVER PACSAFE STORE IN THE WORLD OPENS AT GLORIETTA 5

The first thing I look for, and I guess most people too, in a bag is its style. Does it look cool enough, is it too preppy, does it stand out? With the Metrosafe, it passed with flying colors. I also love the textured 100% nylon fabric and its earthy tones. I’m not too keen on bags that looks too festive.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Sunday, July 24, 2016

Lone Pine Hotel Penang

Dusk was fast settling as we re-entered the sprawling grounds of the Lone Pine Hotel. We washed our sandy feet, a result of watching the sunset along Batu Ferringhi’s golden beach, wanting to have a quick swim at the resort’s glowing saltwater pool. Surrounded by casuarina trees and without any swimmers to contend with, we slowly slid our bodies down the glowing green waters and found it to be surprisingly warm to the skin. It was exactly the way we liked it.

Lone Pine Hotel Penang Lobby
LONE PINE HOTEL’S HIGH-CEILING LOBBY

The Lone Pine Hotel at the resort town of Batu Ferringhi became our second home in Penang after transferring from E&O Hotel at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Georgetown. We purposely divided our Penang trip into two parts; one historical and the other, err, beach-ical? Lol.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pure Energy Signature Spa Penang

One of the things we really looked forward to during our Penang revisit was the beach at Batu Ferringhi. While we were able to check it out during our first time in the city, it was quite brief. This time we planned on fully exploring Penang’s famous shoreline. But before all that, we decided that all that walking around Georgetown deserves another reward of its own. Besides Penang food, a full body massage, perhaps?

Pure Energy Signature Spa Penang
LOUNGE AREA WITH TWILIT GLASS WINDOWS

We stayed for a couple of nights at Lone Pine Hotel in Batu Ferringhi, it sits right by the beach and has a really nice pool, well-appointed rooms, good restaurant and, yes, a spa! Being on the tail-end of the Malaysian leg of our Beach Hop Asia 2016 tour, this couldn’t be more perfect.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Friday, July 22, 2016

Penang Food Trip

The moment we landed at Penang’s International Airport, we knew right away that we’d be in for a culinary treat. Besides the numerous TV shows and write-ups about the city’s food, a brochure along the airport’s corridor confirmed everything, listing each and every dish we needed to sample in Penang and where to get it too! Nifty, eh?!


JOOI HOOI CAFÉ

ADDRESS: 475 JALAN PENANG, GEORGETOWN, PENANG | OPEN HOURS 11:00AM TO 5:30PM | GPS COORDINATES MAP 5.417129, 100.330583

Jooi Hooi Cafe Georgetown Penang
THE CRAMPED DINING HALL OF JOOI HOOI CAFE

Jooi Hooi Café was one of the first food places we tried in Georgetown. At the time, we weren’t really aware that this is the place to get your asam laksa and char kway teow fix in the city. It was pure chance that we passed by this hole-in-the-wall at the corner of Jalan Penang and Lebuh Keng Kwee and saw multitudes of people trooping inside. A throng of people lining up, both locals and tourists, on an eatery is an excellent measure on how good a place is.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, July 21, 2016

Penang Old Protestant Cemetery

Well, how about actually getting out of the hotel for a few hours? I told C, as I was sipping on my nth cup of coffee, sweltering under the intense midday heat at the balcony of E&O Hotel right at Georgetown itself. For starters, how about that cemetery right there, pointing down to a plot of land thick with trees just a few meters from our hotel.

Penang Old Protestant Cemetery
THE OLD PROTESTANT CEMETERY AT PENANG

I really have no idea what that cemetery was about, or even if it has any historical value at all. All I know was that we’ve been cooped up too long in our room, too daunted by the simmering streets of Penang to explore any further than our own balcony and the indoor swimming pool.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Wednesday, July 20, 2016