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!
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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

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7Flavors, San Juan

When we think of flavors, the usual things we know are sweet, salty, bitter, sour and spicy. Then when I was in grade school, I learned about umami flavor. However, there is a restaurant in San Juan named 7Flavors. Just what could the 7th be? Aha! Astringent.

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A little strange but upon my research…14075229_10202087417903347_69286865_oOkay, convinced.

Anyway, what’s more convincing with the existence of 7 flavors is because the menu in 7Flavors is crafted by a celebrity chef, Chef Boy Logro.7 Flavors (23)

7Flavors is a go-to place whenever you want to have a buffet, a cafe, and a bakery. Yes, it brings us the convenience because it’s all set in one place. I went straight to the second floor, in the buffet area, where my colleagues were already eating.7 Flavors (11)

The second floor can cover 150 pax. It looked spacious and classy. There are three function rooms available; one can hold 30 pax, while the other two can each hold 15 pax. It’s funny that there’s a surprise birthday party when we dined there. Roses, cake, and boys are overflowing!7 Flavors (12)

Anyway, let’s start the real good stuff – food! To start, there’s a salad area.

 

What’s the common favorite of the crowd is the resto’s tacos. I did not try it because I’m the messy diner for that kind of food. I wish I could take it home. Teehee!7 Flavors (5)

The main courses are all in stainless steel warmer. The food I loved the most is Seafood Creole and Fried Fish Escabeche.7 Flavors (10)

On the carving section, I tried the roast beef and it is tender and flavorful.

There’s also a selection of maki which is displayed in a nice presentation in a wooden boat. 7 Flavors (14)

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There’s also halo-halo. I’m a fan of halo-halo but the weather made me to decide to let it pass. There’s also an ice cream but you have to ask to the chefs first.7 Flavors (7)

The fruit section does not have much selection.7 Flavors (4)

The desserts were not that exceptional except for Mango Panna Cotta. Oh mangoes, I love.7 Flavors (6)

On the first floor, where the cafe and the bakery are located, the ambience is homey and rustic. Just look how beautiful this art is.7 Flavors (17)

The color combination describes one word: chill.7 Flavors (16)

It is definitely a place to hang out with friends or family.

While you do chitchats, have this colorful ensaymada for P50 with seven distinctive flavors – ube, pandan, butter, cheese, coconut, flan and bacon. While the presentation is interesting, wait until you taste its moist and fluffy bread. They also have 7Flavors Cheesecake. Too bad, all were out.7 Flavors (19)

We are fortunate enough that we are able to have an access inside the kitchen where Bea Alonzo had her shoot in How to be Yours movie.7 Flavors (22)

Rate: 4.5/5 The staff were friendly in assisting guest and bus out the plates right away to avoid having many plates on the dining table. At an affordable price, you can have a variety of food choices so why won’t you recommend this one? The only missing 0.5 here is the location. It’s a bit hard to find if you won’t t catch a cab to get there. Also to Waze, big thanks. You don’t have to worry though for parking space if you are bringing a car with you.

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Buffet rates are as follows:

Monday-Thursday: Lunch – P400 Dinner – PhP 500

Friday-Sunday: Lunch and Dinner – P600

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7Flavors, San Juan

196 A. Mabini St, San Juan, 1556 Metro Manila

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Anguib Beach, Cagayan

The sea touching the sand

The sea touching the sky

The picture looked perfect

Freedom and silence is what it gives

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But the sky is unreachable

The sea is unending

A bitter truth that it always meets

but being together will never be

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That’s just how most people are so wrong

Doesn’t mean that it looked perfect means it’s complete

Doesn’t mean it has everything means it doesn’t need anything

Sometimes, it’s the simplest thing is all that makes us fulfilling

The boatmen lead us to an area of Anguib Beach where there is no entrance fee. However, Bhing wanted us to transfer in a much better place. As we transferred, embarked to a new resort and laid our beach mats, there’s a guy who approached us and asked for an entrance fee of P100.

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Anguib Beach is a place to look for if you want white fine sand, a reason that it’s named the Boracay of the North. The water is crystal clear. Danicca was so happy like a kid when she saw a school of fish. On the other hand, the humility  of Anguib is the exact opposite of Boracay’s sociable and crowded environment.Cagayan Anguib Beach (7)

Because this place is not commercialized, the elders already informed us to bring our own food. As we roamed around, there’s a group whom I think shares the same age with us, exploring the beauty of the beach through drone. As I have observed, they are also having a great time in the tranquility of the place.

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so effin’ true.

Aside from the cottages (P500), there are also tents (P800) but I forgot to take a picture. It’s a place to stay overnight because there are no hotels available.

We only had a problem when we finished beaching. The shower is not well-maintained because there’s an insufficient water supply. To be honest, we were grumping at the beginning because we paid an entrance fee but this. Then, we just laughed about when we went out in the shower room with our shampoos and soaps all over our body.

And I had sepanx as I took this picture before leaving the beach. Oh, good times!

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Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines

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