PRIVATO Hotel, our staycation in the city! =)

Nothing is more satisfying than being excited when we first open the door of our well made rooms during staycations.

We were eyeing a few establishments in Pasig City and for me to be coming from San Pedro, Laguna, a whole day won’t be enough for me to be combing said itinerary. You wouldn’t believe, it even includes Divisoria. Ahaha

So, finally, after the holidays, we were able to book a weekend into this nice and looks really clean (with its’ black & white Italian theme) 3 star hotel – Privato.

#ctto

It is less than 10 minutes from Shaw, Edsa blvd. Of course, if without the traffic. Jen and I wanted to do staycations as much as we want to though due to our conflicting schedules. We can only do them every once in a while.

As we intend to visit the following:

  • Shake Shack
  • Happy Lemon
  • Panda Express
  • Pottery Barn
  • Cocina Peruvia
  • Van Gogh is Bipolar
  • Greenhills
  • Cafe Sanso
  • Lia’s Cakes in Season

And I wasn’t kidding, Divisoria is included. Ahaha

As a 3 star hotel, Privato is equipped with meeting our typical expectations, except for the immaculate white robes I saw from their Instagram account. Or maybe Deluxe Double Queens doesn’t include the robes?

Amenities includes complimentary WI-FI, LCD Television with cable programs ( we were boob tube freaks for a day), watching movie marathons from HBO and Fox. =)

Also a safety box, a mini refrigerator with complimentary bottled waters daily, hair dryer, an electric kettle, and coffee and tea with choices of white or brown sugar.

I’m happy that there is a jar of infused water in the lobby, though only available until 9:00 pm.

It has 177 rooms, 3 Ballrooms, 2 Conference Rooms, a spa, (which is just beside our room at 8th floor), Rooftop Pool & Gym, and a Roof Deck Lounge.

roof deck & pool

There are 3 restaurants (Piazza Privato, Verona Roof deck and Privato Cafe. They have ex-deals with several establishments better known as Key to the City. Had we were informed about this, we might probably try one of these and enjoyed exclusive discounts. I heard Tittos with good reviews.

piazza privato

Maybe those wires can be hidden somewhere.

paid breakfast

Salad station.
No bacon????? =(
Good thing I asked if they are fresh, and attendant said they’re powdered. So I opted to have brewed coffee and used that fresh milk meant for the cereals. =)
I just loved my green salad. =)

The nearest go to place from this hotel is Kapitolyo and Estancia mall. Though most of those places we have planned to visit are at Mega mall and Podium.

The nearest go to place from this hotel is Estancia mall and Kapitolyo which is like a Food Mecca in Pasig, its’ residents took it further by establishing a neighborhood of remarkable food spots. Though most of those places we have planned to visit are at Mega mall and Podium.

There are actually 3 locations, the other 2 is in Quezon City, and the recently opened one is in Makati. Jen and I were in sync with what we wanted our weekend be like and were so excited that finally we were able to do it once more.

We thought we gained a few pounds already.
Still Christmas at Privato. =)
By the way, we loved these brownies a lot!

This staycation seemed too fun not to be shared. A very relaxed weekend indeed. Looking forward to our next. =)

location:

 706 Shaw Boulevard, Ortigas, Pasig City, Philippines

contact privato:

I’m Staying With Jen

I’m Staying With Jen (Hotel)

“Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.”~Mark Black

This 4-star hotel has it’s own special way of pulling back their curtains. One weekend, Jen and I were able to witness Hotel Jen’s unique personality.

Hotel Jen has been alluring us since last year especially my travel buddy: Jen, since it bears her nick name. She’s declaring then she’s wanting to visit just to have a photo with that personalized pillow that says: “I’m staying with Jen.” Ahahaha!

Said pillow has been around some parts of the Asia Pacific (under Shangri-la Hotels & Resorts Management) and her excitement is overwhelming me. =) It is located along Roxas Boulevard, just across The Cultural Center of the Philippines,

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and Star City. Our window is overlooking that giant “chubibo!” (Ferris wheel).

Manila bay with its’ beautiful sunset (and sunrise) is just a short walk away from us. However, we were too busy sleeping, we missed them both (sunrise and sunset). Like we went there just to rest, watch some movies, read and enjoy the placidness of our room with 2 comfy beds which allowed us to elude the city’s bustle. I was planning to unplug for that particular weekend but the speed of their internet is too fast so I enjoyed browsing and uploading photos as well. =)

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Come dinner time, after scrutinizing choices of where we could eat at the lobby,

we opted to just go out and proceeded to this Seafood market which popularly known here in our country as “Dampa”. It took us less than 20 minutes to get there. The method of dining at Dampa is you choose first your seafood from the fresh market, everything are still in the water and the vendor will recommend restaurants where it is best to prepare and cook it. The charge will be separate.

You might want to look around and not settle right away on the first stall you bump into, who knows there’s a better price somewhere else. =)

What we had are shrimps, scallops, and lobsters. The last item is for Jen’s heart’s content. You’ll get crazy when she craves.

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I had to go out to buy pineapple juice for her.

We partnered them with broccoli and Yang chow rice. We went back to the hotel after an hour with happy tummies.

Oh, there’s more. We later found out that our breakfast will not be sent to our room the following morning since what comes with our package is a Breakfast buffet. Hmmmn. Happy tummies again. =) I think this is the best part of the stay, we just enjoyed eating together without the need of going to the market, prepare our meal’s ingredients, cook them before we can eat, like everything here is free-flowing and just in front of us. Foodies!

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Hotel Jen is in the following countries:

Hotel Jen Beijing

beijing
Photo courtesy of: https://www.hoteljen.com/

Hotel Jen Shenyang

shenyang
Photo courtesy of: https://www.hoteljen.com/

Hotel Jen Hong Kong

hongkong
Photo courtesy of: https://www.hoteljen.com/

Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour, Johor, Malaysia

malaysia
Photo courtesy of: https://www.hoteljen.com/

Hotel Jen Penang

penang
Photo courtesy of: https://www.hoteljen.com/

Hotel Jen Malé, Maldives

Hotel Jen Male Maldives
Photo courtesy of: https://www.hoteljen.com/

Hotel Jen Manila

Club Lounge

There are 2 Hotel Jen in Singapore and they’re putting up one in Kota Kinabalu by year 2020.

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Photo courtesy of: https://www.hoteljen.com/

Jen wanted to know how did they end-up with the hotel’s name. So I had to research for it. The website says that it is the brainchild of a virtual persona: Jen, that she owns a hotel, and all-time lover of life, travel and discovery.

It’s just great to know that some of our “Where to next” destination(s) were included in their list of locations. Jen is excited again. I was telling her can we try other hotels and she played deaf even on my second query. Hmmmn.

Hotel Jen isn’t too luxurious since it is just a 4- star hotel but as long as the people are friendly, the amenities are clean, everything is working, we are safe, all that we need is there, it is already truly an R&R for the two of us, and she is already checking her calendar for our next staycation.

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Meet Hunter, he is hyper during daytime, and lazy and always lying on the floor, just notice his nostrils, still active, meaning, he is still working. =) #sniffer

We missed doing this a lot. The last one we had I think was a few years ago. =) I know we’re going to do it more often.

It is so gratifying to always have something to look forward to right? =) Because we deserve a break every once in a while and #seizethestay …

PS

Hotel Jen is previously Traders Hotel also under Shangri-la Resorts and Hotels Management.

To book your stay, you can call them at: 02-795-8888

PURPLE TREE: Bed and Breakfast…

Purple Tree: Bed and Breakfast…

“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.” ~John Ruskin~

The positive effect of the Full Moon is still with me. Tons of good news I have received in the days that have passed. And in one way or another, I’d like to believe that on top of committing mistakes unintentionally, I have also made a lot of things through the years that are right.

Feeling grateful, I also thought of givin’ myself a break. To unwind and relax and enjoy “me” time over the weekend.

Well, not literally “Me” time since I was with my ever loyal foodie buddy to accompany me spending my “Me” time. Besides, she is that one of those few friends who will give me all the freedom to literally be myself. And she is one of those reasons why I am thankful. Apart from my son, my job, my mom, my close circle and God. Nothing is inside my heart but gratefulness.

So we thought of a “staycation”. A 2 days and 1 night vacation just to change our environment and be away from our daily routine.

Being fascinated with the color purple. I came across a Bed and breakfast just an hour away from home. As their tag line says:

“Your home away from home.”

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The Purple Tree…(–,)

It is truly a happy place (plus the fact that my favorite color is all over the place), it is within a city, but ironically, it gave us a kind of peace and quiet. The only sound I’ve heard while I was there is the rippling waters from the falls situated at the edge of their 5 feet swimming pool and the water fall from a few fountains.

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Retreat mode..

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5 feet deep..

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The courtyard…

It was nice to know that I still can do a few lapses and Jen’s  swimming skill is improving. She’s on her way to mastering on how to float and do freestyles as well.

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I was so excited to plunge..

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Apparently, all guests were already in their rooms and the pool was all on our own.

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I instantly transformed into a mermaid..

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I’ve always loved the water..

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I almost do not want to stop swimming…

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However, we all know that swimming is exhausting..

Another sound that I appreciated is the jingle of a favorite network which I have been watching when I was living a life in a suitcase some years ago. This network was my company all the while I was alone in a hotel miles away from home.

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I guess Jen enjoyed it just as much..

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Apart from being purple, they are “green” as well.. Those toiletries are so cute… =)

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Our room was with a pocket book too..=)

What made it more befitting is the fact that they featured a mini gallery of a famous Filipina artist – Dulcie Dee.

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We know for a fact that I’ve always admired the work of fellow artists..

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It amazes me all the time!

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And Jen appreciates it too..=)

This experience resulted into us planning that we thought it is best to do this more often, sometimes with our family as well. Definitely a stress-buster.

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Till next time Purple tree! =)

They were days well spent. Nothing to worry about, relaxed mind, sweet thoughts of the future, planning ahead, positivism and laughter out of recalling some encounters in the past.

Yes, I’d like to agree to be doing this more often. =)

Purple Tree’s Amenities include:
– Cable Television
– Wireless Internet
– Swimming Pool
– Garden & Courtyard
– 24- Hour Security

It is located at:

35 President’s Ave. BF Homes, Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Contact details:

– +632 9450420

– thepurpletreebb@gmail.com

http://www.purpletreebb.com/

PS

Dayrit’s is a tenant of Purple Tree… Which happens to excite us all the more… (–,)

dayrits
2 birds in one stone..(–,)

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In case you’re a foodie, you are just a few blocks away from Paranaque’s Food Mecca. =) Enjoy! =)