I remember there was a typhoon then.
A typhoon at the time of my travel to Bohol and Cebu. It was an all-expense paid trip sponsored by Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines as I was invited to be part of the TBEX tour together with travel bloggers from different parts of the world.
Good thing they arranged a hotel stay at Belmont Hotel Manila the day before our flight for our comfort and convenience.
The next early morning, a bus picked us up at the hotel to the airport. It was a lot more convenient instead of coming from our house. But more than that, a lot of our comfort comes from the hotel we stayed.
Who would have thought that a simple dude who writes can stay at Shangrila Mactan Cebu for free?
Thanks to Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines for inviting me to be part of the Visayan leg of TBEX Post tour. Early morning, we arrived in Cebu from Bohol through ferry and we immediately started to tour the city.
Then, we checked in at Shangrila Mactan Cebu [Hotel Details Here]. For those who are planning to stay at this hotel, you better prepare your credit cards because they’re requiring every guest to have their credit cards photocopied. This is I guess the hotel’s way to charge you if ever you destroyed something in your room. Hahaha! Of all the hotels that I’ve stayed this is my first time to experience this. Is this how
sosyal luxurious hotels work?
That week was epic.
That could be the worst and most stressful time at the office for me so far. Ridiculous workload. Unbelievable.
So obviously I was stressed. Obviously, I needed a break from all of these! Good thing there’s an invite from Selah Garden Hotel in Pasay for a staycation.
It was Saturday, yet I was at the office. Yes, imagine this. It was the most stressful week for you at work, and then you have a Saturday duty. Haha! So right after office, I went straight to the hotel. It was already about 8PM. When I arrived, I went straight to the gazebo where our dinner was served. Perfect timing right? Haha
It was already dark, but I could still feel the different vibe of El Nido.
Some roads at the town are closed at night to make way for tourists to roam around and explore. That’s a two thumbs up for the local government. From the tricycle’s drop off point we walked a little to look for Serena street.
It was our first time in El Nido, a trip that Eloi and I planned for about a year. The first thing that you’d notice in El Nido is there are more foreign tourists than locals, which is a good thing in terms of tourism. The local shops and restos are a mixture of Pinoy and Western themes. We were starting to like El Nido and it was just the town, we haven’t explored its islands yet.
It was about 6 PM, I was alone, naked in a huge, fancy and comfortable room at Amorita Resort in Bohol when someone knocked on the door. I quickly put on my robe (sosyal robe! haha) to check it out. I saw one of the hotel staff with a smile and said “Good evening sir, complimentary from our chef.”
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Pasay City is becoming the center of entertainment in the country with the proliferation of hotels, casinos and not to mention, The SM Mall of Asia.
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