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Fibrefill: Providing Comfort for a Memorable Hotel Experience

Part of every great vacation is the comfort that you feel during your trip. And when I say comfort, I am referring to the bed where you will take your rest after doing all the activities in your itinerary.

That is why I like hotels that invest in their bedding to provide their guest the comfort that they deserve and making them feel as if they are sleeping in their own bed at home.

Upon entering my room in every vacation, the first thing I check is how soft my bed and pillows are. I don’t care much where hotels get their supplier until I attended the Hotel Supplier Show held at SMX Convention Center in Pasay last Sept 24 that features hotel facilities and amenities. That’s where I learned about one of the notable and leading non-woven and

Marriott Manila is one with LGBT in Celebrating All Kinds of Love

love won valentine

Why go with just plain red when you can celebrate the spectrum of Love? For February, Marriott Manila is taking Valentine’s Day in its most colorful form in support of the freedom to love who you love. Whether you’re raising a glass to all kinds of love or celebrating your independence, the hotel has prepared a colorful fete for you to partake.

If your appetite is as big as your love for your partner, Marriott Café sates your craving and takes

Marriott Hotel Manila Welcomes the Year of the Red Fire Monkey

TiKoi Set 1

In celebration of the core festival on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, Marriott Hotel Manila ushers in the year of the Red Fire Monkey with an auspicious and distinctive take on “tikoy”. Impart tranquility and harmony to your loved ones with their double prosperity Ti-koi fish at 270 grams each, elegantly enclosed in luxurious red oriental boxes, sealed with a gold stamp symbolizing good fortune. Nian gao, locally called “tikoy”, is believed to bring good luck to both the receiver and the giver making it part of the customs during the Chinese New Year. The koi fish is also a symbol of longevity, success and prosperity. Spread good luck tastefully with this gift box at a reasonable price of Php 1,188 available at the hotel’s Marriott Café Bakery and Crema.

[Feature] Love in 50 shades at Marriott Hotel Manila

Sweet 50 Cupcakes at Java Plus

This February, Marriott Hotel Manila offers a Valentine experience like no other. Inspired from the best-selling book series, “Fifty Shades” each of the hotel’s restaurants will feature famous elements from the worldwide phenomenon. Hold nothing back and be seduced by luscious treats you would never, ever want to miss.

Experience a palm-twitching romance at Marriott Café. Excite your senses as you enter the “Red Room” filled with sinful and sensual desserts. Have a bite of steamy culinary selections that are mentioned in the trilogy such as oyster, strawberry, cheese, smoked salmon, vanilla ice cream and more surprises. Get into the romantic mood from February 13-15, 2015, dinner buffet is at P2,650 and Sunday brunch for P 2,600. To recreate one of the sweetest moments from the novel, Marriott Cafe gives diners a chance to own the highly coveted Pandora charm bracelet, just like Mr. Grey’s surprise birthday gift to Ms. Steele.

Chocolate dome melts under a lovely chocolate sauce

Temptation never tasted so good at Cru Steakhouse. For starters, Executive Chef Meik Brammer recreated an iconic dish from one of the couple’s dates – the Charity Ball. Ignite your taste buds with the Salmon Tartare with Crème Fraiche and Cucumber on Toasted Brioche. As for the much awaited ending, submit to your inner sweet cravings with, “The “Dom” a special course that embodies the character of Mr. Grey, tough on the outside but delicate on the inside. This chocolate dome, melts under a lovely chocolate sauce revealing a mouthwatering dessert composing of hazelnut cake, truffle gianduja and chocolate sorbet.

The Dom Dessert at Cru Steakhouse

While at Java+, naughty but sweet creations takes over the hotel’s gourmet coffee shop, an array of delectable “My Sweet 50” cupcakes, interprets Ana Steele’s relationship with Christian Grey. Pair these with a special blend named “Oh My, Vanilla”, made from English Breakfast Tea and Vanilla, a concoction that best describes Ana’s demure personality.

The Dom composes of hazelnut cake, truffle gianduja and chocolate sorbet

Moreover, the Greatroom teases you with a seductive drink list. Order from the shots and spanks menu and sip into handcrafted cocktails named after the famous lines from the novel such as Pinch of Pleasure, Punish Me and Cuff Love. Sway those hips with the sultry music from a live piano performance from the book’s playlist. On a lighter note, ladies are invited to unleash their inner Goddess with “Steal Steele’s Cup” a custom blend of English Breakfast Tea featured in the Greatroom’s afternoon high tea complemented with elegant pastries consisting of sweet, scones and savory for only P550 available from 2-5 pm.

Loose control and prepare for a night of passion and fueling romance as your own Mr. Grey will meet you this love month at Marriott Manila. For inquiries and reservations, call (02)9889999 or visit manilamarriott.com. To join ongoing conversations, like Facebook.com/MarriottHotelManila, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter and @manilamarriott on Instagram.

All-American, All Good at Marriott Hotel Manila

Marriott Hotel Manila Facade

It was indeed a night of interesting food, people and performances.


The 4th of July has just ended. But with the fun and food that it brings, why celebrate it for one day when you can have it the whole month?

Marriott Hotel Manila (Check rates here), the country’s prestigious American hotel, brings the merriment closer to home through “All American, All Good”. It’s the ultimate American food festival where guests can savor ultimate favorites from classic treats to modern twists. And to ensure authentic American flavors, guest chef John Havens of Certified Angus Beef (CAB) will cook it to its finest and share why this premium meat with a globally royal price is famous the world over.

All American Buffet Marriott Cafe

All-American Buffet Dinner at Marriott Café. From July 9-31, dinners from Sundays to Thursdays will always be a delight because Marriott Café will offer an extensive American buffet—the sight alone will surely spark the red, white, and blue fireworks of your gustatory pleasures!

There’s an appetizing array of artisan American cheeses best paired with freshly-baked breads and cold cuts. Part of the Chef’s Salad Creations are the waldorf salad with buttermilk dressing, macaroni chicken, and potato salad. For meat lovers, the Butcher Class is brimming with rib eye steaks, tenderloin, striploin, and pork chops where you can have the liberty to choose your preferred herbs and spices like Marriott Café 13 Spice rub, herbs spice, Cajun spice, rosemary oil, spicy oil, truffle oil, or pomace olive oil. Head to the Rotisserie’s Finest where U.S. Prime Rib of Beef and Crown Pork Ribs are served with hot sides of creole potato wedges, garlic, sweet corn, baked potato stuffed with cheese, and grilled vegetables. The Country Steak Fried Station on the other hand has mushroom gravy and potato mash. For those yearning for Western Specials, there will be homemade meat loaf, homemade mac and cheese, and Jack Daniels Barbecue Pork Belly. Savory treats include pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie, cherry pie, and warm bread pudding with maple crème anglaise and pecan brittle. If you can’t get enough of these American desserts, Marriott Café also has Mississipi mud cake, blueberry cheesecake, maple crème brulee, summer berry trifle, red velvet cake, S’mores cupcake, and classic brownies. Still want more? The gelato station has American-inspired candy bar flavors like Snickers Chocolate Gianduja, M&M’s Dolce Latte, Tiramisu Kit Kat, Hershey’s Cookies and Cream, Butterfinger Dolce Latte, and Black Forest Nestle Crunch.

On top of these, Chef John Havens will serve his signature dishes along with other prime cuts of Certified Angus Beef. All these and more are available for only P1,950 nett.

CRU Steakhouse - Certified Angus Beef USDA Prime

Cru Steakhouse Features Chef John Havens and Beringer Wines . Continue your American feast by learning straight from the experts! July 12 will be an afternoon of tasting, toasting, and discovering because guest Chef John Havens will share his passion for American cooking while a wine sommelier will give suggestions on the best wines to go with each dish. For only P2,000 discover these fun-filled facts from 1230PM-230PM .

If you want to further experience the beauty and the grace of the United States, reserve now for the wine dinner set on July 17 and be one of the select few whom Chef John Havens will serve dinner to. The appetizer is comprised of Cured U.S. Veal Tartare with avocado light mousse and tarragon dressing, and the Shrimp Gumbo soup has homemade sausage and Louisiana crab roll. For the main course, he will cook 220 grams of Grilled USDA Angus Tenderloin with four cheese corn grits and Text-Mex Casserole with Red Wine Jus. These are paired with Beringer wines like Clear Lake Zinfandel 2007, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011, and Chenin Blanc 2012—all straight from St. Helena, California! Cap your one-night of pure indulgence with Key Lime Pie Martini and Grapefruit Mint Sorbet for dessert. From the ambiance to the dining pleasure, Cru Steakhouse is the perfect setting for those who seek American indulgence at its finest. Be part of this perfect marriage of class and the classics at P3,250 nett.

American Greats at the GreatRoom. Bottoms up! Keep the nights merry at the GreatRoom with Budweiser Beer and Jack Daniel’s along with U.S. Angus Beef sliders and other American specials. Harley Davidson’s bikes and RJ guitars will also be on display from July 8-16 to keep the good times rolling. And if you’re there from 6-7PM on July 9-31, Budweiser Beers are up for grabs because it’s Buy 1 Take 1.

A Wine Affair with Robert Mondavi. It’s a delightful mix of music, meat, and Mondavi on July 11! Aptly named “Out of the Box”, this casual social event brings together Robert Mondavi’s brilliantly-crafted crisp wines fresh from Oakville while enjoying Chef John Havens’ live cooking demo of appetizers using U.S. Certified Angus Beef. Bands will play American classic hits to keep the fun flowing from 7:30-10:30PM.

Enjoy authentic American cuisine added with wines, beers, and music that has made America the world-famous and well-loved country that it is! For inquiries or reservations, call (63 2) 988-9999 follow @marriottmanila in twitter and facebook

All American All Good is presented by: Certified Angus Beef, Jack Daniels, Happy Living Wines for Beringer Wines, Harley Davidson, RJ Guitars and media partners: 2nd Avenue, ETC, Fox International, ANC, Lifestyle Network, ANC, Business Mirror, PhilStar.com, Interaksyon.com, Homebased and Hitlist.ph

About John Havens

Chef John Havens has 20+ years (he began his career at KFC at age 16) experience in the food service industry. He has worked for countless high-end restaurants, steakhouses and hotels all across the United States where he honed his culinary skills. Four years ago, Chef John moved to Saudi Arabia to continue to hone his skills and share his contagious culinary passion. In Saudi Arabia he has opened many restaurants including a few Steakhouses. While in Saudi Arabia, John also was the Culinary Advisor for a Saudi distributor that specializes in American Beef- specifically the Certified Angus Beef® brand. In that role, John has traveled the country, and the region, applying his knowledge and experience in supporting the Certified Angus Beef ® brand and teaching owners and Chefs the virtue of using the brand in their restaurants and hotels.

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About Marriott Hotel Manila
Marriott Hotel Manila stands as a centerpiece of the dynamic and exciting mixed-use development of Resorts World Manila. Ideally located in Newport City across NAIA Terminal 3 the hotel is a mere 15-minute drive from Bonifacio Global City and Makati Business District. Blessed with a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest rooms that offers luxurious bedding, high-speed internet, 40″ full high definition LCDs with IPTV and the new remote jack pack plug-and-play system. Hotel facilities include Quan Spa, 6 meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom, 5 superb restaurants, outdoor pool and a health club. Underway now is the expansion project, adding 228 Premier Rooms and a Grand Ballroom offering 8000 sqm of flexible function spaces, promising to be the pre-eminent venue in the Philippines for every event.

Summer Staycation at Subic Homes | Subic, Zambales

Who would have thought that a day would come for me to experience living in a place that is once became the home of American Navy and witnessed to how they greatly influenced our culture and history.

Some of my friends laughed when they found out that this is my first time in Subic. But who cares? If I remember it right, the only moment I remember passing through Subic is when I went to Zambales. There was no chance for me to explore the place or should I say, going there did not even cross through my mind because there is nothing much to see and do there aside from seeing the former American naval base and yacht club. Hearing those places also give me an impression of luxury living. And when I say luxury living, that means a lot. What I am going to do there right?

Little did I know that this impression about Subic would somehow change after we spent one whole weekend there together with some of my friends.

We arrived at Subic past noon and had our lunch taken at Aristocrat. With so much food on our table, the ones that I like most were the chicken inasal and laing. The chicken inasal’s servings are big and perfect with java sauce. After lunch, sets of desserts were also served like sago’t gulaman, halo-halo and leche plan.

Affordable Backpacker’s Inn, Hostels and Guesthouse in Metro Manila Philippines

Here are some of the decent, location and budget-friendly hostels accommodations in Metro Manila (Makati, Manila, Mandaluyong, Taguig, Paranaque etc)

Red Carabao Hostel by Lakad_Pilipinas Photo by Christian Lucas Sangoyo of Lakad Pilipinas

1. Our Melting Pot
4th Floor Mavenue Building., 7844 Makati Avenue, 1209 Makati
Phone (02) 659 5443
Travel Blogger’s Review: SoloflightED

2. MNL Boutique Hostel
Valdez St. cor. Santiago St., Poblacion, 1210 Makati
Phone: (02) 511 7514
Email: stayandplay@mnlboutiquehostel.com
Travel Blogger’s Review: The Poor Traveler

3. Lokal Hostel
5023 P. Burgos Street, Brgy. Poblacion 1210 Makati
Phone: 8971869
Email: lokalhostel@gmail.com
Travel Blogger’s Review:

4. Our Awesome Hostel
ABBA Building, 5756 Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City Metro Manila Philippines
Phone: +63 917 800 2870 | +63 2 804 2013
Email: ourawesomehostel@yahoo.com

5. Red Carabao Manila Hostel
2819 Felix Huertas Street 1003 Manila, Philippines
Phone: (02) 736 6115
Email: redcarabao@gmail.com
Travel Blogger’s Review: Lakad Pilipinas

6. Pink Manila Hostell
2551 Bautista Street, corner Don Pedro Street, Malate
Manila, Philippines
Phone (02) 484 3145
Email contact@pinkmanilahostel.com, pinkhostel@gmail.com
Travel Blogger’s Review: Pinay Travel Junkie

7. Pension Natividad Manila
1690 MH del Pilar St., Malate, Manila, Philippines 1004
Phone (632) 521-0524, 526-0992, 524-0811 | (632) 522-3759
Email pensionnatividad@yahoo.com

8. Crossroads Hostel Manila
76 Mariveles Street 1550 Mandayulong, Rizal, Philippines
Phone (02) 514 0660
Email crossroadshostel@gmail.com

** Hostels near the Airport (Ninoy Aquino International Airport)

9. Townhouse Hostel
Villa Carolina Townhouse 31 Bayview Drive corner Roxas Boulevard Tambo, Paranaque City Metro Manila, 1700
Phone 8543826 / 8541435
Email bill_lorna@yahoo.com or townhousemanila@msn.com or lorna_ec@hotmail.com

10. Manila International Youth Hostel
4227-4229 Tomas Claudio St. corner Roxas Boulevard Baclaran, Paranaque City Metro Manila, 1700
Phone (63 2) 851-6934 | (63 2) 852-2112
Mobile (63) 9219529003; 9178725820
E-mail philippinehostels@gmail.com | manilaintlyouthhostel@gmail.com

11. Airport Backpackers Inn
3985 Aiport Road cor. Lt. Garcia St. Baclaran Paranaque City
Phone (63 2) 854-5608

The Linden Suites, More Than Just Staycation | Ortigas Center Pasig City

Coming from a long week of work, I was ready to party.

And there is no better place to party than in the Linden Suites.

Located in the busy, but prime center of Ortigas, Linden Suites offers a perfect place for those who want to get away from it all – without really being out of the city.

The Linden Suites stands among one of the buildings along San Miguel Avenue, just near the Octagon building and a cartwheel away from SM Megamall. Despite in tight competition with other hotels in the area, the Linden Suites specializes in a different kind of room.

Their spacious suites are perfect for a house party!

The Linden Suites | Ortigas Center

The Linden Suites | Ortigas Center

The Linden Suites | Ortigas Center

We had our second travel bloggers house party at Linden Suites, this time at their refurbished rooms.
The room assigned to me was one of the extension rooms for our main party room. The main party room had a spacious living room, extended into a kitchen and dining room. We chose this for our main party room because its living room was big enough to do cartwheels. It was also a great place to take group photos and do bad karaoke at the same time.

We set our food in the kitchen/dining room and because we did potluck, we didn’t expect to have so much food for the party. Nevertheless, it was better to have lots of food than none at all. Especially when we had 12 bottles of red and white wine from FlyAce Corporation. Thank YOU, by the way.


The main party room also had a huge bedroom with a queen sized bed and a bathroom. The bedroom within the main party room overlooked Ortigas Center and was as illuminating, even when the lights were closed. We liked having one bedroom near where all the partying was happening so when one of us passes out we could play with them. The bathroom was huge, complete with a closet, two bathrobes and slippers and a vault for our important stuff. In the extended room, we had one single bed and another queen sized bed. We had our own bathroom, of course, with toiletries for a good bath, especially after the many, many drinks we had that night.

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We finished partying around 3 – 4AM, with none of us in a hurry at all, as we had our own beds to go to just a few steps away. It was awesome to be in a house party where we knew where we’d sleep after. We didn’t have to worry about how we’d end up home after getting boozed the entire night.

If you’re looking to party the entire night, there’s no better place than The Linden Suites.

The Linden Suites
37 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Centre, Pasig City 1600, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel (63 2) 638 7878
Fax (63 2) 638 7877
(63 2) 633 7012
Email: sales@lindensuites.com

The Henry Hotel Partners with Life Project 4 Youth Foundation


The Henry Hotel partners with Life Project 4 Youth (LP4Y) Foundation in providing all-natural hand made soaps for its guests.

A boutique hotel that is unique, full of personality and charm, The Henry Hotel in Cebu is known for its out-of-the-box interior setting and intimate service to its guests. Adding to its visual appeal is its commitment to promote use of eco-friendly materials and supporting social enterprises. The hotel currently uses all-natural and organic Leyende toiletries which supports women from disadvantaged backgrounds and recycled tissue and trash bins from Rise Above Foundation Cebu. This year, an additional tie-up is with LP4Y Foundation’s Natural H Care Program on providing natural soaps as part of The Henry’s bathroom amenities.

Life Project 4 Youth Foundation’s mission is to help Young Adults to achieve their dreams and be professionals. There, they make a commitment to participate as a team member within the Life Project Center (LPC), where they attend trainings, learn to build their Life Project Plan, and manage an economic activity.

“In our program, Natural H Care, we participate as a team in the production and sale of healthy, herbal and hand made soaps and ointments. The partnership with The Henry will contribute to the sustainability of our activity, enabling LP4Y Foundation to help more Young Adults in the future in the Philippines and abroad”, Jessica Aviles of Natural H Care team on their partnership with The Henry Hotel.

The Henry Hotel is located at One Paseo Compound, Paseo Saturnino, Ma. Luisa Entrance Road, Banilad, Cebu City. To know more about the hotel, visit their website at www.thehenryhotel.com.


The Henry Hotel: Setting New Standards in Hospitality and Service Management | Cebu

If you would like to know more about the Natural H Care program, and discover their other programs in Manila and Cebu, feel free to visit their website www.lp4y.org or email them at beinvolved@lp4y.com.

Islands Leisure Boutique Hotel & Spa | Dumaguete City

If you are looking for a place to stay in Dumaguete, you may check out this lovely accommodation called Islands Leisure Boutique Hotel & Spa. I wish I discovered this when I went to Dumaguete City. I would surely love my stay here.

Contact Details
Manila Sales: +632.994.9291
Cebu Sales: +6332.263.3019
Mobile : +63.915.349.1132

Email Support
Room Sales: rsvn@islandsleisurehotel.com
Corporate Sales: sales@islandsleisuregroup.com


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