Attention everyone! This new minimalist hotel in Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong City can be your next staycation destination!
Garv’s Boutique Hotel opened just recently and is already accepting guests and visitors. Look how inviting the entrance facade of the hotel is! The overall theme of the hotel is minimalist. It is full of blacks and whites, as well as touches of green. Beautiful!
Garv’s Boutique Hotel is the sister hotel of the BGC Boutique Hostels.
The Check-in Process
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Caloocan City might not be one’s usual destination, but let me tell you a secret: there is a newly-opened coffee shop here that can make both your brains and tummies happy! How’s that? 🙂
Pages & Lattes is located along EDSA in Caloocan City near Manila Central University. They offer a vast selection of food, dessert, and caffeinated and non-caffeinated drinks. Aside from that, they also have books for you to borrow as well as a study area exclusively for those who want to get academic-related stuff done.
The interior of Pages & Lattes is so bright and relaxing which is perfect for a nice and chill hangout session with your friends and family.
I seriously loved this part of the cafe where you can have your photo taken. 😉
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La Union is a place I’ve been wanting to go to since I started seeing how nice the beach is and how people can enjoy the place by surfing and socializing with other tourists. Finally, last week, I had the chance to go to the Surfing Capital of the North: the town of San Juan.
We arrived at San Juan, La Union around 8PM, and since we left Manila at around 2PM, we are really hungry and looking for some place to eat. The number of restaurants serving different kinds of food can be so overwhelming. We are lucky enough to have the chance to dine at this new restaurant along the MacArthur Highway: Tipple & Brew Resto Bar.
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Since a few years ago, I always wanted to go to La Union. Before coming there, I imagine a world where people are in beach outfits and partying all night and going to the beach and surfing in the morning. I have been to other similar places like Zambales, but I think La Union will give me a different experience.
A lot of accommodations in a form of hotels, hostels, and resorts exist in La Union. However, among them, this resort already exists even before the town of San Juan was discovered by tourists: the Monaliza Surf Resort.
Upon entering the compound of the resort, you will already feel the very quaint vibe it brings to the guests. The place has several nipa huts and airconditioned rooms to choose from.
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Good food, perfect me time, nice ambiance, and complete and cool amenities.
This is how I can describe my experience at City Garden Grand Hotel in a nutshell. Situated at the heart of Poblacion, Makati City, I can guarantee that it can give you the best staycation experience here in Metro Manila. It is close to malls such as the A.Venue Mall, drugstores, and convenience stores. Its 32-floor building is full of awesome stuff that can make the guest have a satisfying stay.
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Staycations in Metro Manila does not need to be in fancy hotels because there are a lot of alternatives available, like hostels and low-range inns. Also, let me introduce to you another alternative: a condotel with fully-furnished rooms being rented like a hotel in the name of ZEN Rooms.
ZEN Rooms operate in the Philippines and Southeast Asia and provides an affordable accommodation to travelers of any kind. Just recently, I was lucky enough to have experienced one of the ZEN Rooms branches here in Manila: the ZEN Rooms West Avenue. It has a good location, it has spacious rooms, cafe and restaurant, and it has a parking area and a gym.
Like the usual hotel check-in process, you will be asked for an identification card once your prior reservation is confirmed. You will be asked for a Php1500 security deposit which is refundable upon check-out. You will be handed the key card to your room.
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There will be times that you will get used to Filipino food (since they are cooked in your house every single day) to the point that you will always long for other types of food, like Japanese, Italian, and American, among others. I have tried several Filipino restaurants and the competition lies on how they put their respective ‘twists’ to common Filipino dishes. This is where eating Filipino food outside home sounds pretty much a nice idea.
My journey to finding the perfect set of Filipino dishes with a twist led me to this quaint restaurant at Tomas Morato, Quezon City: the Limbaaga 77 Cafe Restaurant.
The name Limbaga 77 actually came from the restaurants address: No. 77 Scout Limbaga, Quezon City. From the outside, the restaurant looks like a typical old-style Filipino home, which makes your dining experience authentically Filipino. As mentioned, they serve Filipino dishes and most of them are for sharing — perfect for families.
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