EMO PART for Alessa: With over 13 years of friendship under our belts, you can imagine that it would take more than just one blog post to tell you how much my BFF Alessa means to me. She knows the good, the bad, and the ugly about me—and yet she still chooses to love me 🙂 Although we don’t have the luxury of time to just “do nothing together” like we used to when we were careless teens…whenever we do meet these days–it’s still fun but fruitful, mababaw and meaningful all at once. I love you Zexy and I am happy that our dreams of “growing old as BFFs together” are coming true. Again, wishing you a happy birthday! Here’s to making it count. 🙂
To celebrate my buddy Alessa’s 31st birthday we decided to take it up a notch and do a double date-staycation for a change. Naaaaks. A very far cry from our “Eating taho by the Rizal Lib steps”. We’re fancy folks now, uhuh uhuh. The wonderful staff at the Manila Hotel were kind enough to host us a few weeks ago. Since it was our very first time to check in as guests at this prestigious hotel, I was really soooooo excited about this overnighter.
The Manila Hotel is still as grand and elegant as our parents and grandparents recall. Every nook and cranny in this hotel carries a part of history, each piece of furniture has a story, even the paintings on the walls are originals by the Philippine masters. It’s like stepping into a glamorous museum actually. I personally think each true blue Manileno should at least spend one night in this iconic hotel, it’ll make you fall in love with Manila all over again. It’s a such a shame that I only experienced this as a 30 year old, but I’m still so glad Alessa thought of this hotel for our “staycation date”.
The hotel is now 101 years old and although they’ve stayed true to it’s original form, it is still very well maintained and current. The amenities and facilities are top notch and at par with its international counterparts. Security is pretty tight too, especially since a lot of foreign dignitaries, VIPs, and world leaders are regulars at this hotel.
If you don’t have the time to stay overnight, maybe you would like to consider dining here instead. They have a very generous buffet spread for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their desserts are incredible, my husband was giving me the evil eye when he saw my plate overflowing with cakes, pies, and cookies. Here are some photos from our overnight stay. Again, my deepest thanks to the Manila Hotel for taking good care of us 🙂 And thanks of course to PJ and Alessa for inviting us!!!