The existence of this mall confirms that SM City Bicutan is the worst SM in the south. It also tells me that there’s much to be appreciated in an SM that isn’t the size of a small country. It’s got everything you need but feels like a neighborhood mall – it’s cozy, it’s homey, and … More Hello, SM Southmall
Summer zoomed past us, or at least that’s how it felt like. I deplored the fact that for us, summer 2017 was just a bunch of impromptu escapades – hello, Easter staycation and Laguna day trip – but in the end, who am I to complain? It will always be better than nothing. I decided … More Wait up, summer
I’m all for indoor play areas for children, but if there’s one thing that can make me not want to try a place out is a ridiculously high entrance fee. We have tried a lot of places, they all tend to be the same, so it’s a bit of a hard sell for me to … More Hello, Kidzania!
When going far from Manila or flying out is out of the question, or when there are budget concerns to consider, or it’s just too darn boring to go to the mall I say, say hello to Laguna! I found it funny when a TripAdvisor reviewer found this resort ‘sleazy-looking’ on the outside, but was … More Hello, Laguna! 88 Hotspring Resort
Because the heat took a lot more getting used to, in spite of best efforts, we felt that a hotel check-in was our best option for traffic-everywhere-fully-booked-everywhere Holy Week. I decided to focus our attention to the south, assuming that Makati’s finest hotels are already filled to the brim. We were 3 adults and a … More #embracingthesouth: Bellevue
I pass by it all the time, so I figured it would be nice for Akira to visit a dog café too. With the exception of my friend Macon who can’t seem to pass up any opportunity that involves cute dogs, it was all our first time to visit a dog café. Like Macon, I … More #embracingthesouth: Pups and Cups Dog Cafe
I knew I had Japan to thank for inventing instant noodles, but now I know specifically to thank Momofuku Ando! On a trip to Tokyo last January, I decided to hop on a train (3 to be exact) to Yokohama and visit a one-of-a-kind museum: a museum dedicated to cup noodles! The Cup Noodle Museum … More Hello, Cup Noodle Museum!
Cebu. My only beef with you is you tend to send me home 10 lbs heavier. You’re impossible. First things first #whenincebu #ricos #cebulechon A post shared by Holaina Tan (@holainatan) on Jan 2, 2017 at 9:02pm PST On a trip last month to Cebu, I got to try Rico’s Lechon for the first time. … More Cebu Foodtrip: Conching’s and Rico’s
Our 2-night stay at Solaire ends with a morning swim before check out. We were lucky we were still able to use the pool. It was closed the day before due to a strong typhoon. It looked like a lot of the guests also had swimming in mind, but thank goodness the pool was pretty big 🙂 … More Part III: Swimming, samgyeopsal and more at Solaire
My mom got a wonderful surprise when she received a phone call after Christmas saying she has a free 2-night stay at Solaire’s Sky Tower. My mom is in the transportation and tourism industry. She runs her own car rental business, and also arranges tours, connecting flights and accommodations for local and foreign guests alike. Hence, the occasional hotel … More Swimming, samgyeopsal, and more at Solaire