The Linden Suites, Pasig

With the heavy traffic that seems to be a normal thing for the Filipinos living in Metro Manila, sometimes, getting a room for a day near the place of an important event that you will be attending is a smart move to get away with the hassle and exhaustion. Well, with the important event that my high school friends and I will be attending that is a wedding, we could not agree to look haggard on that day – especially that we are part of the entourage.

Last December, we had found the comfort of home in The Linden Suites. It is a 4-star hotel located in Ortigas where malls, food establishments, and convenience store are walking distance. The hotel looks very humble by looking at the facade of the building; it has less decorative ornaments and with a not so wide drop-off point, I could not expect more.
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The lobby has a good number of seats for the guests to wait and the staff at the entrance area have done their job well by getting in our stuff to our hotel room.
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As we get into the room, we were very surprised with how SPACIOUS the place is.  We got this “one bedroom suite” for P5,000 no breakfast and for 4 pax. The rate was under a corporate account through our friend so I am not sure with the difference in its regular rate.
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There are cooking pans, plates, utensils, ref, oven, percolator, and a stove so cooking here is really allowed. Just take a look at the photo below where our shopping bags were also captured. LOL.
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The dining area and the living room are closed to one another but not close enough. It was really that spacious.
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There’s also a study table beside the TV where I placed my laptop. (Yes, I have a part-time job).
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This is the bedroom and we also asked for an extra bed. The room is clean but the glass window was not that clear. Perhaps, it’s because of the rain.
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There’s also a TV in the bedroom!
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The comfort room (but there’s no bidet!) is also large.

We bring liquors to enjoy the night! Yes, we booked for 4 pax but we’re 6 in the photo. Why? It’s because the 1 couple wanted to go solo!


Wi-Fi: Linden only allows two devices to connect to their WiFi. The Wi-Fi is okay.

The Linden Suites is a good place to stay especially if with friends and family since the room is not cramped. The airconditioning is also great and the yellowish lights feel upscale to me. The hotel is very accessible to almost anything you might need, however, the traffic here during the day is just really normal. I already feel sorry for the foreigners who have to adapt to the hells of transportation we have in our city. Well, traffic is normal in our daily lives. I was not able to check their pool area since I got there so late and we were needed to have our make up on the next day. morning. So anyway, the hoteliers have delivered good service with us since whatever we asked for were attended right away – the chinawares, the extra comforter, and the extra towel. Thanks for the hospitality, The Linden Suites!

Value: 5

Location: 4

Cleanliness: 5

Service: 5

Room: 5


Mama Lou’s, Ayala the 30th

Homey and warm, this is how I would describe Mama Lou’s Restaurant as soon as I enter the dining area. Its French windows painted in green colors and the walls made of bricks already implies that the restaurant offers Italian cuisine even without looking at the menu yet.Mama Lou’s Restaurant

As the name suggests, Mama Lou’s is a family business who’s behind is a woman sharing her craft in delivering scrumptious food. However, the restaurant did not start out purely as an Italian but French-Italian. It was then they discovered that Filipinos are closer to Italian and so they stick into it that makes Mama Lou’s what they are today.


Bacon Poutine (P230) was served to us, bloggers, to whet our appetite. It’s French fries topped with brown gravy. It’s not the gravy I certainly would not expect to the fast food chain because of its authentic flavor.
Bacon Poutine

Thinly sliced beef is the meat of our Carpaccio di Manzo (P375) flavored with olive oil and balsamic vinegar that tap our healthy options.
Carpaccio di Manzo


Their pizza is thin, surely the crust is cooked in a brick oven. We tried the Quattro Formaggi Large (P425) where the toppings are bursting in colors of orange and yellow made of tomato, mozzarella, cheddar, blue cheese, and brie. I would suggest ordering this if you are a fan of CHEEZZEEE! Meanwhile, the Bianca Large (P395) is less intense as it’s made of cream, mozzarella, mushroom, and bacon.
Quattro Formaggi Large

Pizza Bianca


The drool-worthy Vesuvio (P495), was the first pasta served to us and so I think is the star of the night. The name itself would leave you clueless what it is but it’s a rigatoni positioned vertically arranged in round shape. The dripping ricotta adds to the beauty of this dish. The taste is also beautiful, I would say. It’s perfect – beautiful inside and out.

The Truffle Mac & Cheese (P325) left us all in awe as we spooned to try it. Just lifting the spoon already satisfied our hunger because of the sticky melted mozzarella.
Truffle Mac & Cheese

The Spaghetti con Tuyo Filleto (P295) certainly has oil but surprisingly it is not oily. It is topped with our favorite tuyo, tomatoes, and arugula. Mama Lou’s observed to offer fresh ingredients!
Spaghetti con Tuyo Filleto

All of the three plates of pasta served are recommended. I cannot choose which of the three is the best as they have their own charm.


The Chicken Marsala (P390) sauce is made up of marsala wine but the dish is saltier because of the caper sauce. It also has ham and mozzarella with mashed potatoes on the side.
Chicken Marsala

The Rosemary Lamb Rack (P695) has an intriguing green sauce which would make you think it’s wasabi. By looking at the picture below, you would notice that I focused it less to the meat since I want you to see the green sauce that appealed to me on the dish. It has a hint of mint which makes me devour more of the grilled New Zealand lamb with rosemary.
Rosemary Lamb Rack


The Risotto Tarfuto Funghi (P325) has the wild mushroom and truffle cream. It has the same taste of Vesuvio pasta.


They also let us try their seafood dish which is Prawns Thermidor (P695). The head of the prawns was made as the plating then the flesh was chopped in cubes drowned in creamy sauce. The dish has the taste of coconut milk.
Prawns Thermidor


To end our exploration of Mama Lou’s, they let us try the Italian Tiramisu (P160). The cake is not that much impressive as compared to the second dessert served to us which is the Take the Cannoli. The plating is very much presentable. The homemade cocoa-marsala shell is filled with Italian mascarpone cheese that plays the hard and soft texture in my mouth while savoring it. I definitely recommend this.
Italian Tiramisu

Take the Cannoli

The Mama Lou’s Iced Tea (P75) is very unique. It has a mint after taste that cleanses our palate. I think it also detoxifies me since I kept on peeing. LOL. Or maybe it’s just me.
Mama Lou's Iced Tea

As I have mentioned, the place is well-ventilated and it was full-house when we got there and there are some diners who are patiently waiting at the reception area. The interior has a painting of Mona Lisa, a portrait of Marilou and a display of plates in the pastel color. The price is reasonable to the taste and serving of the food. The waitstaff accommodated us as fast as they can and were friendly. All of the dishes tasted great except for the Chicken Marsala and the Tiramisu. I would definitely want my parents to try this restaurant and so should you. What are you waiting for, try and visit their fourth branch here in Ayala the 30th!

Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 5/5
Serving: 4/5
Service: 5/5
Taste: 4.5/5

Disclaimer: This review was sponsored but not swayed to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Address1605, 30 Meralco Ave, San Antonio, Pasig, Metro Manila


Open today · 11AM–10PM

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Ark Avilon Zoo, Pasig

My college friends and I initially planned to visit Subic. However, we were worried since the weather was too bad on the day we scheduled our visit. So, after long conversation threads on Facebook, we decided to visit an indoor zoo instead. But, as you may very well know how weather can be too moody, the sun shone on the day of our visit to the zoo, the day when we were all bundled up in our cardigans, boots, and long sleeves. Yep, our OOTDs were basically out of place. Thank you, weather.

Anyways, the Ark Avilon Zoo is inspired by Noah’s Ark. Bible-reading people know that Noah has saved a lot of animals by letting them inside the ship he has made. Outside the zoo, there were birds that were not allowed to be  touched, unique creatures in cages, and souvenir shop. We paid P 300.00 (around $ 7.00) each for the entrance fee.

A zoo inspired from Noah's Ark
A zoo inspired from Noah’s Ark


avilon first floor

As we entered the place, we were already allowed to interact with the animals by feeding them. Of course, there’s a certain fee when you feed one and when you take a picture with it side by side. You can see fish, birds, and wild animals mostly on the first floor. This floor is where you will also find  Jenny the orangutan who is really tame.avilon birds

the yawning Jaguar
the solitude jackal – a wolf genus mammal
fierce but harmless eagles
fat coy
bear cat
bear cat you can feed
colorful macaw
colorful macaw
the well behaved orangutan
the well behaved orangutan
the curious white tiger
the curious white tiger

I’ve encountered horn bill before when I visited Davao Crocodile Park. Finally, I got to take a photo of its eyelashes. Let’s put mascara on those lashes, perhaps? Kidding!

the bird that has eyelashes
the bird that has eyelashesavilon hornbill


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The animals on the second floor were mostly harmless like donkeys, goats, rabbit, guinea pigs, etc. Moreover, we also saw aerial animals that cannot take flight by flapping their wings. More importantly, there was a childre’sn section where tables and chairs are available.

children area
children area
the popular timon from Lion King
the popular Timon (meerkat) from Lion King
white pony
white pony
the loud goat
the loud goat
the lonely donkey
the lonely donkey
the timid tortoise
the timid tortoise

I believe that Ark Avilon Zoo is the only indoor zoo in the Philippines. Thank God we can still visit a place without getting too bothered by the weather. However, the place could be a little humid. Also, P300 is quite pricey for me, but from the looksof how they took care of the animals, I can say that the fee is just enough to ensure the comfort of the animals living there.  To end this post, let me share with you these epic photo ops of my friends with Jenny the orangutan and Tyson the phyton. Lol

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Ark Avilon Zoo

Frontera Verde, Ortigas Avenue, corner C5, 1604, Pasig City