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Staycation at Conrad Manila

Our third staycation for this year might be the best one, yet! My mom has been telling me to book a room at Conrad Manila ever since it opened last year and I knew the perfect time to stay there was during the Pyrolympics. So, on the last night when France and Philippines will be displaying their fireworks show, we had the best seats available!


Everything about this hotel is picturesque! Upon entering the lobby on the 3rd floor, you will be greeted by the view of the Manila Bay in their floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Y and I were both stunned and must have had our jaws dropped at the scene.

Check-in time is at 3PM so you'll definitely be welcomed with this view.
Check-in time is at 3PM so you’ll definitely be welcomed with this view.

Since we were there for the Pyrolympics, we were advised to get a Suite. It was comfortable for our group composed of 5 adults and 2 kids. Both Z and Y were all “Wow’s” about our room, even asking if it was our new house.

The extra bed in the living room fit right in.
We stayed in a one-bedroom suite. The bed was really soft!
The kids couldn’t stop roaming around and inspecting every nook! That sofa can also be a sleeping area.
I wish I bought their robes! It was perfect for my lamigin skin!
You want space?! A massive bathroom awaits.
There’s a LED screen in the mirror if you want to have the TV as a background noise while in the bath.
You know you’re Pinoy if you get these as souvenirs, hehehe.


Before the show, we stuffed ourselves silly at the Executive Lounge located at the 7th floor where they have cocktail hour nightly. Unlimited alcohol, yeah! The food was really good so we expected the buffet breakfast to be at par.

And the breakfast buffet at Brasserie on 3 did not disappoint! For just P950 per person, you’ll be treated to two tables of pastries, a salmon bar, a selection of Filipino and Western breakfast staples, an assortment of Japanese sushi and Chinese dumplings and a juice bar! Yup, we were full until the afternoon!

After breakfast, you can lounge by the pool which is on the same floor. It was a little bit cold so we didn’t stay that long. A small part of the pool is just 2 feet so it’s perfect for little kids! They have lounge chairs and day beds around the pool so we were tempted to get a Corona to complete the experience!

Z and Y's Wawa.
Z and Y’s Wawa.


True to the hotel’s tagline, we left inspired and rejuvenated for another week! Staycations in an amazing place like Conrad Manila is the perfect breather for a yaya-less mom like me. Shout-out to JB Aquino for all the perks and suggestions. Thinking of booking again soon!

Oh by the way, here are some pictures of the fireworks taken using my Huawei P9.

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Staycation at Shangri La Fort

We welcomed 2017 with a much-needed respite at Shangri La Fort. Here’s a quick tour of our Deluxe King room priced at 10,000++.

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Honestly, I expected more given the price tag. I liked the bed and pillows of Discovery Primea more maybe because it felt softer, like I was sinking into the mattress. With Shangri La Fort’s bed, it felt normal, just like our bed at home.

The highlight of the kids’ stay was playing at Adventure Zone! The room included two whole-day passes (priced at P800 each). I appreciate how strict the staff were, even checking the temperatures of everyone going in. There was a separate play area for toddlers with a small slide, blocks and other manipulative objects. The big play area is famous for its 90-degree drop slide, which I was too chicken to try. Bry left Z to play with the other boys as going around the playground was really tiring. There was also a pretend play area but to our dismay, there wasn’t much to play pretend with.

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Buffet breakfast in the hotel’s High Street Cafe was included in the room package. It was an extensive array of food, but nothing out of the usual. I’m just sad I wasn’t able to try the Laksa everyone was raving about.

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The whole complex had everything – salon, shopping stores, lots of restaurants and the very posh Kerry Sports Manila. Bry and I even got a night out of drinking, because its location was accessible to BGC’s bars!

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Will we go back? Maybe for Adventure Zone or if they have really good (cheap!) deals.

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Our 3rd Wedding Anniversary Under the Sea

Because we couldn’t go up in the clouds for our anniversary, we decided to go under the sea! Our quick getaway happened at H2O Hotel in the Ocean Park grounds in Manila. I was really captivated by MyMomFriday’s post about their staycation, and I read it just in time for our anniversary.