Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Hotel Review: Makati Diamond Residences

For the past several years, my family have been celebrating birthdays and other important occasions out of town or if time is limited, via staycations. One of the hotels that we've been frequenting is Makati Diamond Residences by San Miguel Properties, Inc. which is located just across Greenbelt Malls in Makati City, an unbeatable location indeed.

Rooms are HUGE and equipped with everything you may need to guarantee a perfect stay such as a fully equipped kitchenette with convection stoves, refrigerator with complimentary drink and snacks, washer and dryer, a 55" LED television, and high speed complimentary internet. Even the lowest room category are so spacious and can comfortably accommodate 2 adults and 2 kids.

Aside from the complimentary bottled water, the hotel also provides potable drinking water through double filtration process to encourage guests to reduce the use of single use plastics.

The 25-meter lap indoor pool is located on the 4F and is open from 07:00AM to 09:00PM daily.

Unlike most conventional hotels, registered guests are given dining cards as complimentary breakfast privilege which can be used at Alfred, Baked, or other partner restaurants in the Greenbelt area at any time of the day for as long as you're billeted at the hotel.

Pros: Commendable customer service, spacious and well-appointed rooms, practical breakfast option thru dining cards, convenient location, reasonable rates, and complimentary parking.

Cons: Nothing! We keep coming back to this hotel and it never fails to amaze us everytime.


Makati Diamond Residences
118 Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village
Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel.: (632) 8878-9699

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Reminiscing Good Times at Sushi Ninja

Now that I am temporarily banned from eating raw fish due to medical reasons, I can't help but look back at one of the memorable meals we had at Sushi Ninja. It was just a random day looking at bathroom fixtures in Wilcon when we chanced upon this place because if its a Japanese restaurant, there's no way we are ignoring the prospect of yet another great take on our favorite cuisine.

What we ordered

Mixed Poke - Php395.00

Poke is a native Hawaiian dish of diced raw fish mixed with sesame oil and seeds, usually served as an appetizer or main course. What I liked about Sushi Ninja's version is how light the dressing is, making the umami flavor less overwhelming. Better served with rice for a full meal.

Spicy Tuna Salad - Php360.00

Though Sheraton Manila Bay's (formerly Pan Pacific Hotel) Asunaro Express still tops my list, this one's not to miss either. Generous servings of tuna chunks tossed in spicy mayo dressing and crunchy tempura flakes - its my favorite appetizer in any Japanese restaurant!

Harajuku Maki - Php580.00

These two were highly recommended by the staff so instead of figuring out which one to get, we just ordered both! Sakura maki was heaven in every bite with ample servings of unagi, tamago, kani and topped with sliced salmon and tuna. On one hand is one of Chef Tanjuakio's unique and delicious creation - Odakyu Toshi, which was basically a marriage of salmon and uni.

Odakyu Toshi - Php455.00

It would take a few more months before I am finally allowed to eat raw fish so please indulge me (for now) as I share more of my previous Japanese food adventures in the coming days and salivate as I go through photos of my delicious finds. Arigatou gozaimasu!


Sushi Ninja
Westgate Center, The Serenity Place
Filinvest Avenue, Alabang
Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel.: (63917) 837-8744

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Year to Beat

Before the year/decade officially ends, let me greet everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year! Two thousand nineteen led a series of exciting and life-changing events, and we can't wait what this new year will bring us. All I can say is.. BRING IT ON!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Hotel Review: The Grand Hotel Myeongdong

With its unbeatable location - a short 5-minute walk from the airport bus stop and within the coveted Myeongdong address (close to the shops but on a quieter side of the main shopping belt), The Grand Hotel was our top choice when we traveled to Seoul early this year. It was our first time to book at The Grand and we were happy that we made the right decision and splurged a bit for about Php7,000/night for a standard room with breakfast for two. I say splurge since we usually stay in guesthouses/hostels in Seoul at average nightly rate of Php3000 only.

This time around though, we were hosting some people with us in Seoul so booking a nice accommodation is an unspoken rule. Besides, our luggage cannot fit the small rooms in most hostels we've stayed in the past and we needed space to hang our formal gowns and suit.

Just how "grand" is The Grand Hotel? Kindly take note that this is a boutique hotel so grand doesn't equate to extravagant or magnificent interiors but grand in terms of offering memorable service and ensuring a wonderful stay courtesy of their efficient staff and high-class amenities.

The Grand Concept promises that each room is equipped of the following:

  • Innisfree environment-friendly bath amenities made with green tea
  • Bath robes made of luxurious materials
  • Bean coffee and various well-being teas
  • 100% pure cotton sheets for sound sleep
  • Free Internet (both wired and wireless) 
  • Elevator security system 

Pros: Superb location in Myeongdong area, excellent customer service, reliable and complimentary internet, spacious rooms with complete amenities, and free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate (our personal favorite) at the lobby lounge open 24/7.

Cons: Limited breakfast options and strict check-in/check-out time.


The Grand Hotel Myeongdong
38 Myeongdong 8ga-gil
Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel.: (822) 777-7900

Friday, November 22, 2019

Foodventures: Gatten Sushi Myeongdong, Seoul SK

In times when we wanted to break off from eating samgyupsal and kimchi in Seoul, fresh sushi and sashimi is our no-brainer choice. In fact, Japanese is the only cuisine we would never get tired of eating and one of the many reasons why we love going back to Japan. Anyway, this post is not about Japan but another Pinoy favorite destination - South Korea!

Our favorite area to stay when in Seoul is any hotel in Myeongdong due to its endless offerings of street food, shopping, and restaurants specializing in various cuisine. One name that immediately caught our attention was Gatten Sushi, one of Japan's famous conveyor belt sushi chains.

What we ordered

If you don't fancy anything off the conveyor belt, you can always push the call button and order from the staff. Most staff speak English but if not, you can always show your order from the menu.

Halibut - KRW4,700 (Php200.00)

Grilled Sea Eel - KRW4,700 (Php200.00)

Abalone - KRW4,700 (Php200.00)

Scallop - KRW4,700 (Php200.00)

Did we liked it? Down to the very last piece as everything we ordered were fresh and not to mention, affordable too! Our favorites were the scallop and unagi sushi (we had 2 orders each) which were a steal for its price given its excellent quality and huge cuts.

Salmon - KRW2,300 (Php99.00)

Tip: If you plan to travel to South Korea anytime soon, bear in mind that visa application now takes up to 1 month processing via accredited agencies only. Most first time applicants are given a single-entry visa with 3 months validity but BPI and BDO Gold and Platinum Cardholders are issued 3 to 5 years multiple-entry visa subject the embassy's discretion, of course.


Gatten Sushi
12 Myeongdong 3-gil
Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel.: (822) 3789-1479
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