A Weekend At Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan

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I didn’t know that my relationship with the beach or even with pools and/or swimming in general will be rekindled. I grew up in a coastal town of Batangas where my family used to have a private resthouse just right in front of the beach. I somehow got tired of the beach in general and I ended up gravitating towards the the city life more. Who would have thought that one weekend with my baby is all it takes for me to fall in love with swimming once again?

Last November 15-17, I went to Cebu with my in-laws and we had to choose between staying at Shangri-La Mactan or  Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan. Good thing we decided to stay at Crimson because it was such a lovely place that I could not have anything but the nicest words about it. I literally fell in love with Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan that after the trip, all I can think about was that beautiful resort.

We came as a family of four couples with two babies and two nannies. Everyone in our group got the Deluxe Garden Rooms while I, my hubby and baby got to enjoy the Pool Villa. We paid a minimal amount for the nannies which included their own bed and breakfast buffet.

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Accidental “Me” Time

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So I went to the office today, stopped by Starbucks, and was refused entry because of the ongoing evacuation drill in the area. There’s a Starbucks at our office building and I grab my daily cup there before heading to work. I was shocked that I didn’t get any notice of the drill such that I wasn’t able to prepare for nor avoid it.

I demanded that I be allowed to go to our office instead but the guards won’t let me. They escorted me away from our office building and towards Makati Shang.

Okay, before I had Juancho, my rage meter would have skyrocketed already. But I was relatively cool about it this time (deserves a heavy pat on my back).

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Instead of whining, I decided to just have an early and quiet “me” time on a regular workday. As I am writig this post, I am enjoying my breakfast here in Makati Shang.

Got an Americano and French croissants, served hotel-style :) So sosy! :)

Guess I’ll be hanging out here until the drill is done. I hope that this is the start of a great day ahead.

Annyeonghaseyo! :)

Heart and Seoul 2014 – Myeongdong v.2, The Street Food Post

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This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014.

When I think of shopping in Seoul, Myeongdong is one of those places that will always come to mind. Back in 2012, I purposely went to Myeongdong to buy hoard cosmetics. Last April, I visited Myeongdong not so much to buy anything but mostly because I wanted to look at the various street food… again! Aside from cosmetics and clothes, one of the things you’ll enjoy in Myeongdong is the food scene. There are so may restaurants, cafes, fast food, and street food stalls. You definitely would not go hungry!

So come, scroll down, and let’s drool together :) There are so many food photos and I’m so excited! I don’t know where to begin!

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Heart and Seoul 2014 – Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of Korea v.2

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This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014.

This will just be a photo-heavy post because I have written about Gyeongbokgung or Gyeongbok Palace in a previous post. For me, nothing much has changed since I visited in 2012 except that the free hanbok booth is now located near the Gwanghwamun Gate just opposite the ticket counter. Same as in 2012, we witnessed the changing of the guards, we wore hanboks, and explored the palace. We also dropped by the National Folk Museum of Korea which is connected to the palace grounds.

Since the palace was just a walking distance from 126 Mansion and we were not expecting to ride any public transpo afterwards, we brought our baby in his pram and we had no issues about it being just an excess baggage. Otherwise, we would have carried him in his i-Angel Hipseat Carrier (which we absolutely love but can’t use now because my baby doesn’t want to be in a carrier anymore). For those asking, we got his i-Angel carrier  from G-Market, had it shipped to 126 Mansion, and we picked it up when we got there. We’re thankful that Su and Hyunchung graciously offered to receive and safekeep our package.

Anyhow, the pics…

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The Pancake Epidemic Seoul

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The Pancake Epidemic, a creative agency in Los Angeles, California, launched its first flagship café in Apgujeong-dong. The Pancake Epidemic Los Angeles (TPE L.A.) was originally a by-invitation only gathering spot but TPE Seoul is a coffee bar that is open to the public.

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