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.

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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:

Rovia Nail lounge and Body spa

Rovia Nail lounge and Body spa

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Photo grabbed: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/362962051201994358/

Most of my weekends I spend like it’s my “Me time”. Sometimes, I have to agree that being alone can sometimes be lonely, however, I am not supposed to tolerate myself to think that way.

One of the things that helps me get by, is a good massage. So one afternoon, I came across this one Spa 15 minutes (30 if there’s traffic) from my place. The name is Rovia.

Photo grabbed from: https://www.facebook.com/RoviaLoungeSpa/

Their page says reservation is necessary in advance. And so one weekend, I was able to get one slot for an hour of Swedish massage.

The place is quiet, it felt quiet too. The soft music being played created a more soothing atmosphere. Not to forget mentioning the timeless beauty and classic feel of their “black & white” interiors. There are different accent pieces in every corner that isn’t straining to the eyes. I felt relaxed instantly.

It isn’t peak yet when I arrived, the smiling attendant: Joanne, asked me to fill up a Membership form, there are several questions there like where I do not want to be touched, medical history, etc. I appreciate it than some spas which will direct you to the room right away without any inquiry of your preferences.

After I finished filling-out said form, Joanne offered me to sit and asked me to soak my feet in this small black tub with warm water with a few suds in it. She carefully dried my feet with a towel and guided me to our assigned room.

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Photo grabbed from: https://www.facebook.com/RoviaLoungeSpa/

Without waiting for her inquiry, I asked her to do it lightly and as she started doing her strokes in my back, she asked if the pressure is okay with me. With that clock on the wall, we finished exactly after an hour and she readied a hot towel and hot tea while I am resting.

For less than P500.00 and even less if its off peak, I have found now a place where to get a good massage. Those I’ve kept for years in Pacita Complex somehow deteriorated and I noticed that there is a fast turn-over of those who’ve been my favorites. I miss “Manang”, she took care of my back pains for years and I have been searching for her upon knowing she resigned because she had to take care of her sick husband.

Rovia has a cafe too though what’s only available are the drinks.

Illy is the brand that they carry for their coffee drinks.

Rovia Nail lounge and Body spa is located at Km. Canlalay ( Half Km. from Pacita-Binan Boundary) Praferosa Bldg (Beside Right Choice Thriftmart & Fabric Clean Laundry Services), 32 Manila S Rd, Biñan, 4024 Laguna

Mobile phone: 0915 818 8772
Email: rovianailloungebodyspa@yahoo.com
Instagram : @rovianailloungebodyspa

I intend to have my nails done by them too. They use my favorite paint brand: Orly and Essie. =)

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… (–,)

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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! =)

 

 

Sonya’s Garden…

SONYA’S GARDEN…

“Just living is not enough… One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” ~Hans Christian Andersen~

It was always great to look back at times when you spend times with your parents. Especially to a bewitching place like Sonya’s Garden. It is one of Tagaytay’s pride if I may say. And I can not contain my excitement when I got there. The place transported me to a foreign place.

first pic
This used to be the focal point of the place..

cabbage
Cabbage rose..

I was like a child taking photos from every corner. Of which the endless floating flowers are my favorites. There are lots of them.

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They say some of the flowers at Sonya’s are edible..

The place is scented, it was a natural sweet scent emanating from everywhere dancing along the soft blow of wind. I guess it’s coming from the flowers themselves and the leaves of every tree and plants surrounding the place.

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I have been seeing these tiles in most places in Tagaytay.

You would not believe, some of the petals are edible too.

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Sounds of rippling waters are so relaxing..

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Blue, indigo, violet.

It was just a day trip, but it’s worth it and I am certain this is not my last time to visit. I especially loved their food, some items from the “panaderia” which we brought home, and the soothing feeling I got from their spa. The sound of rippling water which comes from the glass panel windows during the massage session was definitely relaxing. It was also a surprise to see a bowl of flower when it was my turn to lie on my chest. Truly a breather.

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I actually wanna lie down here, though it has become a favorite spot for picture taking. There is already a queue waiting for their turns.

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Can’t wait for my turn. Swedish please. =)

entrance
Puka shells and some wooden beads created a soft lovely sound as the wind passed by them.

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Under my bed..when the attendant asked me to turn, so she can massage my back, I was surprised by the view under..

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An old banca turned to bench..

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Glorious!

sg capiz
Capiz for me felt so country..

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Before leaving, we bought some breads from the pastry shop..=)

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Have a sit! ❤

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I guess, this is goin’ to be just one of my memorable visits at Sonya’s Garden. Who knows, I might even spend a day or two here. Crossin’ my fingers..<3