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Z Hostel: HQ Of Good vibes

Tired and Bedraggled. We trudged up Z Hostel’s entrance stairs and into its spacious lobby. Not far behind me and my 6 year-old Luna was Dong of Eskapo, lugging our 75L hybrid pack. He waited three hours at the airport for our arrival. No, our flight from Cebu wasn’t that delayed, but delayed enough for…

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…

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…

Fond Farewell To Pre-School Nomadism

33 countries under her teeny crocheted belt. Some people think that, for her age, it ain’t nothing but a number. Sure, she can’t remember all the country names (and never correctly pronounced most of them). She can’t remember the tens of airports she passed through (though the memory lingers briefly for she’s got a photographic…

Simplé Lang, Makati, Philippines: Not Plain Simple

I am currently sulking in my Australian woman cave because my shire’s summer has decided to act like me during that time of the month: Intensely moody. Don’t get me wrong, I love bed weather days. What I don’t like is having the craving for Filipino food, especially when I’m 6,000+ kilometers away from home…

Kabila Filipino Bistro (At M Cafe), Makati, Philippines

It was then time to move our heavy-from-brunch arses from Museum Cafe to the other half of its space, Kabila — a Tagalog word which means “(on the) other side”. And this Filipino bistro, as literal as it can get, is on the other side of M Cafe. Both under the Raintree Restaurants’ umbrella. Kabila…

6th Blogversary Giveaway: World Traveller Delaware

Sixth?! Yes, it’s one of my very few long term relationships. Given my short-term attention span, this sixth blogversary is really something to celebrate. And what better way to celebrate than giving away a bag for your next travel?! World Traveller in SM Makati Department Store. Recently I’ve been given the opportunity to road test…

Museum Cafe (M Cafe), Makati, Philippines

Outside, slate grey clouds hovered above Makati’s skyline. Gusts of wind here and there were unusually nippy, late morn. Inside Museum Cafe, it was warm with giggles from soul/sole mates I had missed during my half-a-year, three-continent backpacking trip. Museum Cafe, or M Cafe, was buzzing on a Saturday. We were seated on a long…

Red Planet Amorsolo, Philippines: REDefining The Value Hotel Experience

“Good evening, ma’m.”, the guard eloquently greeted as he held the door open. Breathless and flushed and famished and nursing a ballet show hangover, fellow travel blogger Darwin of Tracking Treasure and I stumbled (not literally, though it felt like so after striding/pirouetting all the way from Makati’s Little Tokyo) into Red Planet’s ground floor…

Pink Manila Hostel Review: The Hostel Of Awesome

It must have been my fourth bottle of the night. I bummed a smoke off an American and invited myself to a circle of conversation about Caucasus and how blatantly Middle Eastern the other American guy’s nose is. The guy himself revealed his Armenian heritage later on which led us to the touchy discussion of…

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