Review: Marco Polo Ortigas Hotel

Ever since it opened in 2014, I have always wanted to visit the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig City. But due to work, marriage and now comes pregnancy I’ve forgotten all about it…

Thanks to that one faithful browsing night in Instagram, we decided to have an on the spot planning and book their weekend dine, stay and play package for superior room priced at Php 5,800 in total for 2 guests overnight stay. So comes the weekend, we had our staycation!

A complimentary parking is available for guests, and if you have a companion who wants to park in their building they charge a fee of Php 100 for the first three hours.


Checking in was a breeze because of the prompt and courteous receptionist.

Their lobby is located in the 24th floor (ergo their tagline of Philippine’s First Sky Hotel) because the other lower floors were occupied by offices.




Our room’s in the 27th floor adjacent to the MERALCO building providing us a great view of the city and traffic.twin beds of pure comfort


Twin beds of pure comfort

All complementaries are complete: You got your mineral water, soap, shampoo, body gel, toothbrush, cotton buds, slippers and many others. But one thing that is very important and missing: They do not have a bidet 😦

Mustering all my second trimester energy, we decided to take a dip in the pool while my sister tries their gym which I find really inviting with their modern equipments and available gym trainer. If it hadn’t been pregnant I might have a go on their Treadmill.

And so I dip and swam to my heart’s content in their pool instead, which is  just the perfect temperature. They also have a jacuzzi in the corner which I didn’t get into as my condition restrain me. Their pool area in 22nd floor which is open from 6:00am-10:00pm is one of the highlights of my visit. I really enjoyed it. Why? It’s indoor with a great view, good ambience, tempting sofa seats to rest on, unlimited available dry towels and free cucumber water on standby. Not to mention that there were only few guests or almost none when we’re there 🙂 and to cap it all off they have one of the best shower areas I’ve been to! Talk about great amenities and superb service from all the attentive staffs.


Before bed time I did indulge a few hours in the bath tub. Tip though: Bring your own bath salt/foam that’s oozing with foam and scent because the one they have there seems bland.

* I’ll be having a separate post for our buffet breakfast in CUCINA.

Overall, The Marco Polo Ortigas Hotel experience is very luxurious, relaxing and simply nice. The room is spot on with all the great features, their amenities are well maintained, the restroom is clean, modern and sleek. But for me, the highlight will be that of superb attentive service from their staff plus the affordable price it all comes with.


MARCO POLO ORTIGAS, MANILA  |  Meralco Avenue and Sapphire Street, Ortigas Centre, Pasig City,1600,  Manila,  Philippines  |  Email:  |  Tel: (+632) 720 7777


P.S. This is me at 26 weeks 🙂


Nessy and Nessly at Marco Polo Ortigas Hotel – July 2016


Good Job! Marco Polo Ortigas… I will see you soon, again!

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All Roads Lead to Davao

To date, Davao City seems the place to be and its no brainer because of incoming President Duterte.  Due to time constraint, my husband and I decided to have our honeymoon here. We rented an apartment and I planned to stay there for a month but was cut short to two weeks instead. Anyway cut short or not I think we were able to achieve its main purpose… To have a baby 🙂

We visited several places while there and this blog entry will be a brief look of how the trip goes…

1. Maxima Aqua Fun, Samal Island


The place is tiring. It took us a whole day to get, be and leave the place. We rode the barge from davao city proper to samal island which only took 10 minutes then again, rode a motorcycle for 20 minutes from the barge area to the resort itself. I am not sure of the entrance fee but I think its Php 350. There’s a lot of water activities you can do like a giant slide, banana boat etc. The food inside the resort is limited so I suggest you bring your own food and drinks. There are rooms for rent available overnight too. They have their own barge too that can take you to the city proper, but it has a limited schedule only.

I enjoyed the place, but mostly because I was super high from being a new wife. But let me tell you going back and forth to slide and stairs is worth it.

2. Davao Crocodile Park 




It speaks for itself. Crocodiles everywhere! Small, medium, large to gigantic Lolong (statue only as he’s dead). There are other animals too. Tigers, Ostrich, Parrots etc. A zoo exactly. Inside, there’s a restaurant that serves crocodile dishes at Php 950.

3. Kapatagan, Davao del Sur





I cannot remember the exact names of the places we visited. But of all places we’ve been to, these are my favorites:

Camp Sabros is where all the fun of zipline happened. At an affordable rate of Php 850 you’ll experience an almost unlimited zipline activity overlooking Mount Apo.

Kublai Art Garden is art that you can feel. The gigantic statues are very impressive and sitting in a corner is all you need to appreciate the wonders of nature.

Kapatagan is the so-called baguio of davao del sur, but believe when I say that it is far better! The weather is perfect. Cold perfect!

4. Digos City



Three hours away from Davao city the place has a lot to offer. With three different Gaisano centers, Churches steps away from each other, Lots of food places to choose from and friendly locals, it is a great place to stay to.

Being a first timer in Davao I am solved. I remember my post in facebook upon arriving here:

Hello Davao!!! Wala kong ibang alam sayo kundi Durian at si Duterte. Surprise me 😬

Well, it really did surprised me! By blessing us a honeymoon baby… Somehow we’re lured to calling the baby “Digong” hahaha.

Visit Davao and maybe you’ll be surprise too.


Wishing your trip to be memorable like mine…

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SkyjetAir Batanes promo fare 2015

SkyJet is having a 998 peso promo fare!

For a roundtrip of Manila to Basco that’s a total of only Php 7,100. Booking is from August 15 – 17, 2015 and travel date until November 30, 2015.

What are you waiting for?! BOOK NOW!!!





Review: The Exchange Regency Hotel 

While browsing on the Deal Grocer website, I saw a great deal worth Php. 2,700 for an overnight stay in a deluxe room and free breakfast for 2 at The Exchange Regency Hotel. I find the price very cheap, and so I instantly called their reservations hotline to inquire if my preferred date is open, after confirmation I bought the voucher and send it thru the hotel’s reservation email:, within a few minutes I have a room booked!

Right from this transaction I observed their great service, however, upon researching on different blogs with reviews about the hotel my expectations aren’t really high… The main statement is: YOU GET WHAT YOU PAID FOR. The hotel’s location is very convenient. Just across BenPres building, a few walks from the Philippine Stock Exchange Building and about 2 streets away from megamall, It really is the hotel for a traveler who wants to have a place to stay within the business hub. The restaurants to dine in are plenty and the commuting to and from the hotel is never a problem.

About the room: 

  • The key card is needed in the elevator to access the floors and room
  • The deluxe room is small but the furnitures are well placed so as to still present well decorated and not too crowded
  • Toiletries are provided but no toothbrush
  • The bathroom is small, but the door seems off in its place (I suggest that a sliding door will be better)
  • Upon research, they said that the wifi is strong but during our visit it is slow

We were assigned on the 10th floor with a view of Meralco Avenue, the road noise is not much and never a bother. In the morning, we availed the free breakfast. I’ll say its okay. They should improve it more. We visited the amenities on the 3rd floor. The pool which is inviting for a swim, the fitness center which is well equipped, a little playground and golf area.

Hotel Pictures:               

Overall the hotel is nice. Everything seems quite small but of course it’s not a grand hotel. Just the perfect size for a traveler who needs a place to stay in the city. Customer service is very much appreciated. Will go back If we want a place that’s cheap and right in the area.  The statement is right. You get what you paid for.


Exchange Drive corner Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Pasig, City 1605  

(02) 312 9999



Momarco Resort


To be under a shade of tree is considered a blessing these days especially with the scorching heat of the sun almost close to burning us. The ultimate sign that SUMMER is HERE! So, if you want the shade of nature and the refreshing splash of water which is close to the city in an hour’s drive… then you need to visit: MOMARCO RESORT in Tanay Rizal.


The last time I was here was in 2010, and a lot of impressive changes has been created. The Lagoon had its extension. Cabanas, Casitas, Houses, Events place and even tents are now surrounding the area making their huge pool the instant center of attraction.


THE TENT AREA: they have tents for rent 1,500 per tent (good for 4 persons) and If you bring your own tent you need to pay 350.00 per head


This is where the lobby and cafeteria is located.


The cafeteria is open from 6:30AM – 8:00PM

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Here are the rates for the essentials:

Entrance fee of Php 350.00 per head (adult 3 yrs and above).

Corkage Fee of Php 50.00 per head.

Drinks CF of 200.00 per case.

They have several choices for Accomodations. The one when we rented was the casitas, good for 6 persons, with an extension of 2 matresses, and some overloading fee of Php 650.00 for a total of around Php 9,000. Their entrance fee and corkage fees are waived for overnight trips which is from 12NN-10AM.

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The Casitas are quiet far from the pool. It has its own grilling and dining area.


The Casitas are quiet far from the pool. It has its own grilling and dining area.

They have 3 pools. 1 center pool, 1 kiddie pool and 1 lagoon which is my favorite.


kiddie pool with fountain. 3 ft.


this is the man made lagoon.

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They also have place for events, either in the kubo hall or near the lobby upon entrance overlooking the pool.

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The ambience of the resort is very relax and natural. Its a great place to swim,eat and simply tour the place to take your pictures. They also have packages for team building, pre-nup photo shoots and weddings. They have enough space for parking and don’t worry on your bags as they have staff to help you with those which is very convenient and helpful.

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For more information about the resort, visit their website here

Tanay Office

0927-8229865 / 0918-9429873

Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm.

Visit and Explore Tanay Rizal, It has lots to offer 🙂

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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (quite mouthful eh?) A Heritage Resort that truly deserves to be visited. At approximately 4 hours travel time from Manila, this place will be your sanctuary.

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Their tag line says it all:


How to get here from Manila:

– Go to Genesis bus terminal in Cubao

– Ride their Balanga, Bataan trip at 200 fare per person (in Lubao, Pampanga you will transfer into another bus – not sure If this is always the case)

– Alight at Balanga Bus Terminal (Cubao to Balanga,  3 hours)

– Ride Bagac Jeep at 47 fare per person (Balanga to Bagac, 45 minutes)

– The driver will drop you off at a street where there’s a tricycle that will take you to Las Casas at 10 fare per person (7 minutes)

We arrived at Las Casas at 1pm, and had an early check-in. See our room:


I love the four poster effect. The room is very elegant and old fashioned. That door with intricate design is the bathroom.

We joined the Heritage Tour at 3:30 pm with a very nice tour guide (Kim) – The tour lasted an hour, at the end of the tour, you get a cold towel and drinks (Sago’t Gulaman).

If you’re into historical sights and stories then this is the perfect place for you. I have always been fascinated with history and to be able to discover and stay in this haven is a wonderful experience.


Each of these houses has their unique story.


1. in old times, These are the houses of the poor, made of wood. 2. For Alipin Saguigilid, they’re only allowed to walk here so as not to be seen by their Amo, only Alipin Namamahay are allowed to go inside the house and face the visitors. 3 and 4. Before, If your house is made of cement and rocks, and has crownings – you are rich.


It rained during the tour, so they provided us with these disposal rain coats (I remembered Pope Francis ) 🙂



Some of the creative statues in the resort




Right after, we enjoyed the beach which is very private (I think there’s only 5 people in the area at the time) 🙂




At Dinner time, we went to La Bella Teodora, an Italian Restaurant. The food was great, kinda expensive (think Italliani’s) but unfortunately the service – not so much.


The greatest part that night? We get to walk in a historical and romantic park under the stars…


Waking up at 6AM on a vacation seems impossible, but just by taking a look outside our window I knew that we had to experience the cold breeze in this place. And so the first thing we did was to ride a bike at 150 per bike an hour. Circled the whole resort, took pictures and avail our free breakfast at Cafe Marivent.

Breakfast set of Rice, Fruit, Egg (Pair of 2: Daing, Corned Beef, Longganisa) with drinks: Coffee and Orange Juice.

Then to enjoy the last few hours in the resort, we once again toured the whole resort, took some shots, swim at the pool and beach.




They are preparing this building for the APEC event this 2015


One of my favorite houses in the place… Look at that color and materials 🙂

There;s this side of the resort that looks like a village. Very beautiful and the craftsmanship of each house is superb! Look in the details of everything!




These stones… imagine, piece by piece…




Check-out time at: 12NN. For commuters, they can call a tricycle for you and you just need to wait at the gate in the entrance to be fetched.



The reception at Casa Mexico

They also have a day tour package which you can avail at 1,800 per person. But what’s really special here is that most of the houses in the resort are for rent. At different rates, you get to stay in this historical houses. at One house, you get to have your own butler plus Hermes toiletries!

Our overnight stay in the heritage resort brings a blissful moment to relax and just appreciate the past. I am the type of person whose into history and culture, the reason that I enjoyed the place very much. I strongly recommend this place… Take the time off and disappear into a place where time stands still.

To know more about Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar:

Bo. Pagasa, Bagac, Bataan (+63 2) 546.9123

Manila Sales & reservation Office: Mezzanine Flr. Victoria Towers, Timog., QC

(+63 2) 332.5338 |  335.3032  | 332.5286   |

Had a wonderful time in Bataan,

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Year-end Trip 2014: SAGADA

Days after Christmas, I find myself in a van paving its way in Halsema Highway through the mountains of Cordillera. It is not an easy road to travel especially at night, but I guess the dark has protected me against the fear of falling in the what seems to be very deep cliffs. This goes on for five hours…



Manila to Baguio: 8PM – 1AM then Baguio to Sagada: 2AM-6AM

The road towards SAGADA itself is ragged,steep and quite dangerous, but the breathtaking views once daylight approaches combined with the heavy fog and cold breeze can calm and distract you in a good way.


Warning: from here onwards, pictures overload! 

All tourist need to register in the Municipal Hall. Then you will be ask to proceed in SAGGAS to get your tour guide. In every tourist spot you get to, you need to register in SAGGAS and have a tour guide with you. This has been recently implemented by the government to organize and protect everyone. (There’s an incident sometime in August that led them to do this…)



Day 1 has started and so we geared for the most challenging part of this trip. SPELUNKING in Sumaguing Cave!



Note: Wear leggings, dri-fit shirt and sandals. As from what I observe this seems to be the most appropriate outfit. There are 3 levels where after each one the guide will ask you If you want to proceed on the next one. Personally, I find the first level to be the most challenging of all because of the slippery stones and uneven rock formations, Stages 2 and 3 is fun because you get to walk barefoot, submerge in cold waters and slip in tight ways.(Where you enter is where you get out). So step 1,2,3 then 3,2,1… but you won’t feel too tired here because of the cold temperature inside the cave.

Check-in at our hotel: Rock Valley Inn





Every bath you take is literally an ice bucket challenge experience. Tag no one as everyone in Sagada, Mountain Province is doing the same (except if their using hot water)…

Next stop, Traveled via topload – Sagada Bonfire Festival for an entrance fee of Php 350, Sorry, but it isn’t much. I am thankful for the big bonfire that kept me warm and was comforted by the live band.





Ready for the next adventure: Hiking for 4 hours. Our destination: Bomod-Ok falls. Get your cameras ready especially that panorama shot because it is beautiful. Be sure to get a walking stick, It is a need and you’ll be thankful you have it when its the only thing your holding to on your way back up.













By noon, walk your way towards Echo Valley and the not to be missed Hanging Coffins. You’ll pass by St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church. Visit their normal cemetery with a cell site that does wonders to my wifi signal, (it is a super strong and stable connection!!!) Re-enact a local film in Echo Valley or simply scream anything you want the whole place to hear. Then walk more steps below and see the historical hanging coffins above you.






Note: Be sure to cover up (socks, jacket, blanket, scarf) If you plan to see the sunrise in Kilpetan Peak to warm you. This is a hit or miss experience, so you better bring some luck too.


Random thoughts about Sagada:

– Some locals speak better in English than Tagalog

– Try out the breads in Masferre, they are delicious! They also serve breakfast at Php 150.00



– Jeepney fare cost Php 20.00 per person

– Meals are quite pricey (Presyong turista)

– Famous places to eat in: Yoghurt house, salt n pepper, the sagada lemon pie house, pinikpikan house (If your going there at peak season be ready to wait and fall in line, since the places are small, and there’s too many customers to the point that they cannot accommodate anymore, or simply, there’s no food left).

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– Buy your pasalubong in Benguet, the vegetables are really affordable. Pechay baguio at Php 20.00 per bundle of 3. Broccoli at Php 35.00 per kilo. Sayote at Php 20.00. Lettuce at Php 30.00 and Chicharo at Php 40.00… Get those bulalo, pancit and beeg broccoli ready…

– The hot chocolate in Ysagada is heaven!





Well, That’s SAGADA… be sure to pack lots of clothes, energy, love of nature and everything adventure. This will test your body, the extreme activities will tire you off and the cold temperature will take you to dreamland easily.





Note: Safety first! Be sure to register 🙂


FYI: We did avail a package tour for this trip. For a group of 12 at Php 3,500 / pax.


Lovin’ this year-ender trip,

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Hello Singapore!

Most people had been here. Everyone got their own Singapore experience, and so wanting to see what the craze is all about, I find myself here last June 2014.

It was my first time to fly with Philippine Airlines, and I’ll say it was a good and comfortable flight. With my departure at 6:00AM, I find myself one of the first ones in Terminal 2, Breezy check in and just a few questions asked by the Immigration. (Questions about: Work, Position, Countries you’ve been, How long you stayed there etc… I didn’t have to show any ID’s, return ticket, hotel reservation etc.) Anyway, just be ready with your ID’s, tickets, documents and other files that’ll you need to present to the Immigration in case they need more from you.


Changi Airport Terminal 1 arrival area is modern. Getting through their Immigration is worry-free (no questions asked). The Airport is very travel friendly, They have different services to accommodate all your needs for the trip. From hotel reservations, transport services, tickets to parks, money exchange. Almost spoon feeding if my term is right.





























To go to your hotel: Go to Ground Transport Desk and Avail the Shuttle Bus for SGD 9. Provide your printed Hotel reservation and pay, they’ll give you a sticker and from there you just have to wait for the driver to fetch you. 


Arriving in Chinatown marks the start of my Foodfest. To know more, see Foodgasm in Singapore

It was our first time to stay in a hostel, and we’ve chosen Beary Best Hostel in Chinatown. I booked it via, based on their ratings and customer’s feedback… To check out my personal review for the hostel, See A Review: Beary Best Hostel (Singapore)

Feel good Cotton Candy… They give it for free (somewhere in Chinatown. Sweet!)





























Our visit is 5 days and 4 nights, so we’re not in a hurry with our schedule. Taking our time eating, walking and getting lost 🙂


Since July is the month of the Great Singapore Sale we decided to buy my sister’s phone in Funan Digital Life Mall – opens at 10:30-8:30pm  **MRT Chinatown NE4 Purple – Clark Quay NE5 Purple (per research, they sell good quality electronics at good price here, plus we want to avail the GST refund.)

GST Refund (for SGD 100+)

  • Upon shopping: look for ETRS logo and present passport
  • Upon leaving SG: present ETRS Ticket / receipt
  • for hand carry items: proceed to Departure Transit Lounge (after departure immigration) then process the refund on a self-help kiosk
  • for cash refund: proceed to Central Refund Center at Departure Transit Lounge with Approved Notification from Kiosk



 We spent most of the afternoon walking til’ we found ourselves in Marina Bay Sands then to the famous Singapore landmark Merlion. It was a Saturday and the whole place is in party mode, there’s a dance contest somewhere and fireworks everywhere I don’t know where to focus. The place is so hyped! Everyone seems to be here, and I understand why, It’s a great place to just sit, do people watching and feel the cold breeze of the air coming from the waters.


Day 2 is Universal Studios Day! (but we didn’t get to spend the whole day here as you can finished it in a few hours). We bought our ticket at the Hostel for a discounted price 🙂


Best photos ever!


The not-to- missed rides: Mummy and Transformers.
One of my thing when I travel abroad is to get a tumbler or mug. And I got this Bumblebee bottle for SGD 26. (You get a free iced tea refill, just present the receipt).


After visiting USS, we went to experience The Skyride and The Luge (** 1 Skyride and Luge Combo @ SGD 15 /person, Super worth it, especially the LUGE…


Next stop, the Beach. How will I describe it? It is a beach with sand. Not much, but nice. As most beaches these days, there’s club and dancing near it. But I like to just walk barefoot.


For Day 3 see Singapore Zoo

We toured the National Museum of Singapore, It is a place to learn something but somehow I got bored (sorry). Maybe because getting here was really a hassle. We get to walk and walk under the sun combined with the frustration of being lost.


Anyway, after eating and taking a Nap, we went to see Orchard Road again and watch a movie. The 7.1 Dolby surround sound is so appropriate for the wonderful movie – MALEFICENT! (movie rate: 9.5 / 10). After a long day of walking, good movie, and delicious meal, We just need to sleep and rest well for our travel back in Manila.

From Chinatown to Changi Airport Terminal 2 we took a taxi and paid SGD 22. There’ a night differetial add on of SGD 5. The ride is smooth and fast. MRT opens at 5:30 AM.

Random Information about Singapore:

  1. Everyone speaks English, you just have to deal with different accents
  2. The MRT is very efficient in getting you anywhere. Buy the EZ link card and get a top-up for a minimum of SGD 10 to maximize your train ride. The card can also be used in Bus.Bus is a good mode of transport too. There’s plenty of Bus stops though, but it’s really comfortable.
  3. Food price ranges for SGD 5 full meal. Drinks at SGD 2, and anything fancier goes SGD 30+ (good for 2). There’s so many cuisines to choose from.
  4. Pedestrian Lanes are respected, You have to wait for the green light, rules are rules and you don’t want to mess with the law and pay expensive fines.
  5. Bubble Gum is a no-no
  6. Singapore weather seems the same of that in Manila. I’m not sure but I sweat different here 😦
  7. It is quite expensive. Especially the goods (souvenir shirts, mugs). Don’t convert will be my best advice.
  8. Come in July! SALE is the key word here. (Cotton on shirts at SGD 10 each, flats at SGD 15 each)
  9. Be mindful of the priority seating in MRT, it really is reserved.
  10. They have a lot of offerings for tourists.It is very friendly and information is easy to find

Souvenir shirts!

Well, there’s my Singapore experience, It really is something wonderful. Know your itinerary (It is always best to create one complete with info’s on how to get from one place to another, what mode of transpo to take etc. ) Have enough cash. Bring your camera. And of course, Enjoy!

Hello Manila! via Cebu Pacific

Hello Manila! via Cebu Pacific

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Singapore Zoo

I love everything green and living. But what I love most is seeing them in their natural form and habitat, roaming where they belong and should be… Their freedom means peaceful and serenity 🙂

I know that the closest thing I’ve got to such thing is the Singapore Zoo. One of the best zoo ever… Hmm, I need to see it on my own before I agree. And so the long journey begins…


CHINATOWN to SG ZOO directions: From Chinatown MRT to Dhoby Ghaut Station to Choa Chu Kang Station or Ang Mo Kio (same MRT line just different stations), alight  from train then ride a bus going to Singapore Zoo.


(Somewhere in the net I found another route which we followed, its a very long and complicated trip, it got us lost and walking so far and crossing a very wide highway, tsk tsk never again 😦 My sister told me that If I were to blog about it I need to give the easiest way which we learned after getting lost and arriving at the zoo at past lunch time) and so our first stop is Ah meng.

Ah Meng is the restaurant inside the Zoo. The food choices are quite limited but since their of different cuisine, mostly Asian its more than enough to feed your hunger. I got the Indian Food, Sorry I forgot its name, but its very tasty. See more of my food blog in my entry Foodgasm in Singapore.


The Zoo is far from the city. Its so huge that you need comfortable shoes and a map to  see all animals. (Follow the map as it has a route to follow leading you to see everything and not miss some animals). If you don’t feel like walking you can ride the train that roams within the zoo for SGD 5.




Skechers Memory Foam. Very stylish, almost glow in the dark and comfortable like in their ad as if they got bed in their shoes!

Skechers Memory Foam. Very stylish, almost glow in the dark and comfortable like they claim in their ad as if they got bed in their shoes!

Warning: Pictures overload. These are not all the animals, just some that I find most interesting.

The Otters stink! But after reading the sign board I’m like ahhh, that’s why.



Inuka seems lonely, maybe because he doesn’t have a mate/friend. I need to take a photo of his head and bottom separately because I cannot see both at once.


These monkeys has got one of the best areas, they have a tree to climb on and can roam around freely. I find their super long hair intriguing, Close-up their similar to that of a damaged human hair 🙂



An interesting find here, on how TEDDY BEAR came about. Such a soft-hearted President.

I am not that fond of reptiles though…
DSC02146Seeing penguins for the first time, hmm, not that fun they look similar to an otter (for me), I know some find them irresistible, I find them normal. Sorry.


ELEPHANTS OF ASIA is very entertaining, the long walk is worth it. Funny and charming creatures. They really put on a good show. New fact: They can eat a whole bunch of bananas! and they like carrots too.

Kangaroo. I didn’t see them hop, but well I guess that’s too much to ask for.

This Hippo is so endearing, he is a ballerina haha! He just tip toes along with the fishes and go rounds in his space.
DSC02188Zebra, Giraffe, Lion and Rhino made it to my top list. Good thing they are all in the same area. They are so near you can almost touch them except for the lion, he is a snob.


I can almost touch them… almost.



Pumbaa's here! Hakuna Matata

Pumbaa’s here! Hakuna Matata

An interesting story here:

I keep on hearing myself humming “the lion sleeps tonight” and “roar”. Ideal songs for a place like this. Gets you in the mood 🙂 I hope they’ll take my suggestion hahaha!
IMG_2218They’ve got a souvenir shop that has wide selections. From clothes, footwear, toys, cards, and many more. Its pricey though…

I got this shirt for SGD 39

I got this shirt for SGD 39

Singapore Zoo is a great place both to entertain and educate, I recommend this for both adult and children as we need to see them personally to appreciate and value their existence. A great place for Family bonding. Just rest your feet a day prior to visiting so you’ll have lots of energy to explore everything.

The Zoo schedule is 8:30 am-6:00 pm, you may check out their rates and to know more…

check out their website here.

DSC02136Loving all things green and living,

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A Review: Beary Best Hostel (Singapore)

June 2014 is a great month as I get to finally visit Singapore. And since most people quote the country as expensive, we booked in a hostel for the first time. Thinking since Singapore is known for their cleanliness, law-abiding citizens and all that, we decided that staying in a hostel will be fine.

And so the search for the best hostel is on! Looking in on different travel blogs and booking sites I get to stumble on their funny name, which first catches my attention. They have BEARY NICE, BEARY GOOD and BEARY BEST. And so asking my sister where she wants to stay, she said let’s go see BEARY BEST!






























At SGD 32 per bed in an 8 female dorm with ensuite bathroom, Our budget in Accomodation will be lessen, thus we can spend more on other things.

All of their Beary Best facilities that they mentioned in their site are present!

  •  Free Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate all day
  •  Free daily breakfast (range of cereals, toast and spreads)
  •  Free WiFi internet access and use of netbooks (this is quite slow)
  •  Free local phone calls
  •  NO CURFEW – 24 hour Reception Service (Late check-ins at NO Extra Charges)
  •  Free same day storage after checkout
  •  Ample of shared restrooms on each floor (Female and Unisex Restrooms)
  •  Large Hot Showers (With shower gel and hairdryers provided)
  •  Ironing facilities
  •  A totally chill out lounge with books, games, Wii console and a huge collection of movies/TV series
  •  Your own individual reading light and international powerpoints at every bed.
  •  Individual key card security access to room and hostel

mixed dorm in 3rd floor



huge lockers, bring your own lock






























no need for adaptorsThe receptionists, all of them are very nice. On our first day since there’s been a mixed up on our booking, they gave us a mixed dorm on the 3rd floor. We were roommates with mostly males but the good things is they are so nice, clean and quite. Plus, we get to have the big female bathroom with 2 showers just across our room. The only not-so good thing here is that we have to whisper or do hand signals so as not to disturb others.


Reception Area






We stayed for 4 nights and so on our 2nd day onwards we were transferred to our original booking of female dorm. It has its own bathroom. The dorm is nice too, but I prefer the bathroom upstairs… Anyway, their free breakfast is good, you can have toasted bread, cereals, jams, milk coffee, tea and hot chocolate. They also sell noodles, bottled water and juices at low prices.

8 bed female dorm with ensuite bathroom

8 bed female dorm with ensuite bathroom



Random things about the hostel: You need to bring your own lock, No need for adaptors, You can print here at low cost, You need to take off your shoes when you enter the hostel, You can ride the bus exactly in front of the place, MRT Chinatown is just a 3-minute walk, there’s a Korean supermarket nearby, lots of restaurant you can eat in. Universal Studios and Singapore Zoo tickets are sold at discounted price, but you have to order ahead as the tickets are coming from somebody whose not staying in the hostel. The netbooks are sloooowwww, don’t try web check-in here. Just send the file in their website to have it printed.


There’s a security deposit worth SGD 15 per person, that they’ll return after check-out.

Will definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to save yet have a wonderful place to stay in Singapore. Very comfortable, near MRT and other transportation. Oh, Did I mentioned that BEARY BEST is the biggest and newest of the Three (Nice, good and best). Right in Chinatown.

This is my favorite spot… Guests leave tips and notes on this pin board. PH represent!

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All in all, rating is 4 out of 5. Just a day after landing in Manila, I get to review BEARY BEST HOSTEL in and this is what I have to say…

beary best review

Address: 16 Upper Cross Street, Chinatown, Singapore , Singapore Email Address:

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