Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hotel Review: Ascott Makati

I've always liked living in the province, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. In fact, I never imagined myself residing in a condominium but staying in a service apartment like Ascott Makati gives me an idea of how its like to live in one. Besides, the thought of having Glorietta Mall right below your apartment and Greenbelt within walking distance is the most exciting thing ever!

Hotel check-in is at the 6th floor of Glorietta 4 with designated slots for hotel guests in the basement parking. Just tell the guard that you're an Ascott guest and he will instruct you where to park your car. If you're not driving, you can request to be dropped off at the entrance of G4.

I booked a 1-bedroom executive room but unlike most hotels, Ascott's executive rooms does not automatically make you a club floor guest. Such perk must be specified in the hotel voucher which unfortunately was not written in ours. My disappointment flew out of the window as soon as we entered our expansive and luxurious room - talk about a first best impression!

Ascott Makati's one-bedroom executive room amenities include:

  • Living room with 2-seater sofa
  • Flat screen television with cable channels and home entertainment system
  • 4-seater dining table
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave oven, toaster, and rice cooker
  • Cooker hob and hood
  • Glassware, cutlery, and utensils
  • Coffee machine
  • Iron and ironing board
  • A king size bed
  • In-room electronic safe
  • iPod docking station with radio and alarm clock
  • Bath tub with shower
  • L'Occitane toiletries

Pros: Superb location, efficient service, well-maintained and spacious room, complimentary parking, fast stable WiFi, tight security, and kid-friendly hotel.

Cons: Long waiting time at breakfast with limited selection.


Ascott Makati
Glorietta Mall, Ayala Center
Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel.: (632) 729-8888

Friday, June 14, 2019

Bali Hits & Misses: Sushi Tei

After a disappointing dinner at Sushimi Japanese Restaurant, we made sure to ask our driver/guide Dewa of his recommendation rather than relying solely on online reviews. His top pick, Sushi Tei, is actually a renowned Japanese restaurant in Indonesia with 35 branches and about 16 years of experience in bringing the cuisine to sushi enthusiasts in the country.

What we ordered

Crunchy Lobster Roll - IDR55,000 (Php200.00)

Toro - IDR38,000 (Php140.00) per piece

Salmon - IDR23,000 (Php85.00)

Shimaaji - IDR23,000 (Php85.00)

Hotate - IDR53,000 (Php190.00)

Maguro - IDR25,000 (Php90.00)

Strawberry Frozz Tea - IDR25,000 (Php90.00)

With only the freshest ingredients offered at affordable prices, no wonder Sushi Tei was packed even at 9PM on a weekday! If only the service was faster, I would rate this restaurant a perfect 10 but then again, its still a highly recommended place if you're craving for sushi on a budget.


Sushi Tei
Jalan Raya Kuta No.4, Kuta
Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Tel.: (62361) 846-4972
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