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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

TRYP By Wyndham Mall of Asia: The 1st TRYP Hotel in the Philippines. A Game Changer in the Mid-Range Hotel Category @TRYPMNL


I celebrated my 37th birthday in this hotel and I have nothing but very good memories. One can tell because I speak so many good things about this place. I am a Manila resident and a condo dweller at that but I really enjoyed being transported to a different feel staying here.

With the arrival of the 1st TRYP By Wyndham Hotel in the Philippines, I say, something fresh has arrived! I say fresh not because the hotel is new but because it offers something different. I speak of not just one key feature here. The cool lobby, the unique rooms, the amazing rooftop pool. Good buffet breakfast, staff always all smile, and the amazing view of Manila Bay sunset thanks to uninterrupted view. The uniqueness it has to offer is an aggregation of different factors all added up to make it truly special. I am so glad to have tried the place even before its grand opening in March.

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Location

The success of Microtel by Wyndham Mall of Asia seem to have motivated the group to put up another hotel in the Mall of Asia area, this time, in the Northern section towards the direction of the city of Manila but well within the confines of the Mall of Asia property. 

Bound South and East by apartment residences and offices of similar building height, North by the CCP area known for its sprawling green spaces and West by Manila Bay, TRYP is strategically located to be at a more laidback location away from the noise the city but still within a comfortable ( walking distance) from key shopping (SM Mall of Asia) and dining destinations (SM By The Bay). It is literally connected to One Esplanade which is a to-go-party-place for Manila's affluent urbanites. It is easily accessible and yet in a quiet location. Not to mention, it is less than 6 miles away from the International Airport (NAIA) so you know what convenience that means for your commute.

Friday, January 12, 2018

SIEM REAP CAMBODIA: Riversoul Residence, The 1961 Coworking & Art Space and Meeting Kuya Loven Ramos

My 2nd time and Siem Reap in a space of 4 years and I realized the city has gone so pricey for backpackers. Going back to Angkor Complex excited me but all that died out when I learned that entrance to this UNESCO World Heritage Site has gone up to $37 from $20 when I last visited. It definitely is worth the price tag but for a 2nd-timer? Nah! Not for me. I refused to go and asked my travel buddy to tour alone instead while I rested at our hostel.

I suddenly had myself wonder "what the hell am I doing in Siem Reap if not for Angkor Complex?". But there is more to it. For one, I wanted my partner to see Angkor Wat. Then there is the visit to Pub Street and small shopping at the Old Market, something I missed doing the first time. Then there's experiences two cool hostels which I am excited to write about next so as to be helpful to my readers who are in search of affordable but good quality accommodations.

Best of all, there's meeting kuya Loven, "the" Loven Ramos, who I have known since 2008 in the onset of my blogging life and who I have been friends and in constant communication with on Facebook and Instagram but I have never met until this trip.

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The last time we were here, out schedule was so packed that we didn't have time to met him. And boy he has gone so far. I am just honored that despite him being a big shot now, he still took the time to meet us and spend a few hours knowing more about what is going on in our lives.

This I learned only a few days before going to Cambodia, that other than being an active shaper of Siem Reap's art scene, kuya Loven also manages a hotel in the city -- Riversoul Residence. This was where we met him. I felt so honored meeting kuya Loven finally. Since then I have always admired him for his achievements and now he is BIGGER than ever. He has definitely made a splash in Siem Reap despite being an expat and Filipino at that. I was actually nervous seeing him but I felt instantly comfortable because this person is stripped of any air or complications despite his status. The fact that he took the time to meet us despite his very busy schedule is something I am very thankful for.
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