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Radisson Blu Cebu: A Break From Vacation

Listlessly I watched my six year-old chase someone across and all around the vast lobby of 5-star international deluxe Radisson Blu Cebu, leaving traces of echoing giggles here and there. About a couple of hours prior, we had just arrived in the Queen City of the South. After a sleepless intercontinental flight the day before…

“Live Like A Local”, They Said. (My Top 10 Fave AirBnb Homes)

The call to prayer echoed through Fez’s donkey dung-smelling alleys and towards the nearby hills. Booming as it was, the noise from the tumultuous crowd of campaigners (election in Morocco was to take place in a few days) three levels below was still very audible. We were on the rooftop of a dar we hired…

Crown Regency Hotel Makati: Layover HQ

The silent, deserted lobby of Crown Regency Plaza Hotel Makati was a refuge. We had just come from a battle with the traffic congestion just outside Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 at an ungodly hour. Like, 2:00 AM ungodly. Our little travel tribe (plus my mum who picked us up from the airport in…

Alila Seminyak, Bali: A Ten-Hour Affair

On a sizzlin’ Saturday, early arvo, the dog-tired motley crew of Trip Of Wonders flooded the lobby of Alila Seminyak whilst I hogged a groovy Kombi parked at the driveway. “Wow look at that view.”, the ladies chorused, heads turned towards the water. “Quick Potpot, picture!,” I almost dragged Travel Trilogy to the vintage VW…

Belmont Hotel Manila: Luxe Transit

Off a delayed flight from Australia and out of the arrivals hall, I stepped into familiar smell and familiar heat. I was surrounded by familiar noise. Manila may be hectic and chaotic, but I terribly missed it. It’s home. I’d visit any chance I get, even if it’s just a 20-hour layover. And this was…

The Bene Hotel, Kuta, Bali: Budget Luxury

They say third time’s a charm. Yet there I was at the end of a queue that’s about fifty people deep, despairing. Famished. Wondering how many days it will take me to reach the immigration counter whilst I stared blankly at one of the airport staff saying “Two hours this line, pay $30, I help…

Adge Boutique Apartment Hotel, Sydney: Bold And Beautiful

2016 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice. World Luxury Hotel Awards 2015 winner. Boutique Hotel Awards 2015 winner. World Luxury Hotel Award 2014 for Luxury Design Hotel. Uhm, whoa. We had set sky-high expectations. It was the middle of winter, and our daughter’s school holiday… Why the heck were we in Sydney? Well, 1. I was playing tour…

57 Hotel, Sydney: Diggin’ The Dancing Queen (Room)

After a two-day road travel from New South Wales’ Northern Rivers to Sydney (a journey of more than seven hundred kilometers), my friend and I giggled our way through 57 Hotel’s automatic sliding doors (really convenient when you’re hauling your gear plus your preggo friend’s entire wardrobe luggage chock-full of two week’s worth of clothes)….

The Macleay Hotel: Vivid Sydney Eve

Checking in at two in the morning was definitely not part of the initial plan. I rocked up at The Macleay with nothing but my purse and a Vivid Sydney hangover. It was a Saturday night (of a long weekend), and I reckon such circumstance wouldn’t have been peculiar for the receptionist who was prompt…

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