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Tune Hotel Quezon City
Apr 9th, 2015 by niceyfemme

Just a short review.

Double room at Tune Hotel Quezon City

Well can I Just start by saying I got a cheaper rate by booking online.

Booked the same day and called them on the phone regarding parking, said they have a few. What they didn’t mention was that the signage/name of their hotel was missing (learned later on theyre trying to fix it) so it took us a few going back and forth in the area to find it. Ooops I just realized I forgot to take a picture and it’s such a hassle to take one in front of the hotel with a toddler who’s very active.

tv

Parking was ok since it wasn’t a busy day so many slots are vacant.

The room was small but for the price it’s ok. This is the kind of hotel Im looking for, not too expensive but comfortable with the basics. If you want all the extras the book in a 5 star hotel.

tune

The hot water and shower works well. TV with cable is fine. Wifi is good but not fast. Aircon is fine at first but around 12 midnight I noticed the aircon got loud, it was the blower. So loud that it was a hassle to get to sleep. Then around 6am I thought storm Chedeng was finally in Manila when I checked outside the window the sun was bright, the blower was that loud and crazy.

toilet

No slippers, you have to bring your own.there were two towels and a small one. 1 bottle of shampoo, 2 small thin round soap. I was looking for a door mat found none.

shower

Courteous housekeeping staff, always greeting you. Front desk staff are all cold. Not even a smile. Took at least 30 minutes to check out, took that long for them to check the room.

hallway

and their site said minimum age of guests is 5 years old and below that is not allowed. I brought my daughter with me and it was not a problem.

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Still will go back. I don’t think there’s a better hotel at this price. Is it too much to ask for breakfast? Just some wishful thinking… 🙂 It’s just nice to know that if we really need to stay overnight that there’s an affordable hotel we can stay at that won’t break the bank and will leave me feeling guilty.

Joleigh @ Manila Ocean Park 2015
Mar 28th, 2015 by niceyfemme

February 25, 2015

Joleigh

She’s now 2 and a half. How fast time flies! I can easily talk to her now and how blessed I am that she’s simply a smart kid as well as affectionate so I find it hard to say no to her requests like going to see the fishies at Manila Ocean Park. Every time we passed Luneta area whenever we go to Quezon City she would asks me to got there and one time I had no choice but make a promise and boy does she remembers my promises. She won’t stop until I make true to that promise!

Joleigh @ Ocean Park

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Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm in Silang, Cavite
Jun 23rd, 2012 by niceyfemme

Warning: Picture heavy post. 🙂

Months ago when I learned that I am finally pregnant I started to read about what I should do and what I should avoid. One of things I should do is stop my usual beauty and cleansing regimen as they may be harmful to the baby. So no more lotions, no more creams with vitamin A and I became careful even with the soaps that I was using. My skin became so dry it has never been that dry before. My husband Bee bought me an organic lotion but I didn’t like that. I was in Singapore during my first trimester and I saw a documentary about Palestinian soaps aka Nablus Soaps I think. It’s natural and no parabens but I felt it’s drying to my skin and it’s not cheap for something that small.

Good thing we passed by Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm in Silang, Cavite last month when we went to Tagaytay but we didn’t have time to drop by. I finally get to drop by yesterday that’s after stalking their website for like a week.

Did I have a hard time finding the farm? Not really. I realized if you’re coming from Dasmariñas then it’s before the second Petron station from Robinson’s Dasmariñas and right after Monte Luce.

Then the narrow driveway started. Man was I glad I brought a car. I couldn’t imagine walking alone in that long and narrow ‘road’. If someone’s with me maybe I can. Read the rest of this entry »

Kanin Club with Bee
Jun 11th, 2012 by niceyfemme

I’ve always heard good things about Kanin Club’s Crispy Dinuguan so I’ve always wanted to try to know what the buzz is all about. I just don’t want to go alone. And I want to go with either Mommy or Bee. We finally went during my last check up in Alabang..

Crispy Dinuguan Php 261

And their Seafood Kare-Kare…

I wanted to have the original version but since I am trying to watch my weight (bummer!) we opted to have the seafood version… I like the sauce and bagoong very much!

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Johnny Air’s Bad Customer Service
Aug 20th, 2011 by niceyfemme

EDIT: AS of November 04, 2011, STILL NOTHING! Heard nothing from them and to be honest, I’m not expecting anything from them anymore. But never again will I bring business to them. 
Totally bad service is something I cannot take. But living in the Philippines makes you prone to this. I do not get why this is because Filipinos are naturally nice and hospitable people specially to those they do not know personally. What I cannot take even more are people who feel so mighty high that they do not know how to own up to their mistakes and say sorry. Just that, a simple sorry will work and then try to improve and correct such mistakes.
I am writing to whoever upper level management executive who can take some action with this situation I unfortunately had experienced again. If Johnny Valdes gets to read this, the better.
Let me tell you what happened. I ordered a carbon steel wok from Amazon second week of December 2009 and conversed with Analyn Diego. I just had a very simple instruction, that the wok be brought to your Buendia/Dian branch as I prefer to pick the package there. Then after a month I was informed that the package was already there and ready for pick up. When my father and I got there, they had no idea about my package. They looked around them then told me it’s not there. And they had no initiative to find my package. I was the one who told them to look in other branches as I knew then that Johnny Air has a branch in Megamall. That was the time they made a call and that’s when they informed me that it was in Salcedo Village branch. My only instruction, to send it to Buendia / Dian branch was neglected. We decided to just drive to Salcedo Village and when we got there we weren’t given any attention by the female clerk whom I believe is Christine I am not really sure now. So the very first encounter I had with Johnny Air then (January 2010) was terrible but I thought maybe it’s because they are new and SOP’s aren’t well established then. But I must be honest that I almost lost my temper with the horrible service I received with all three of your staff and of the package being lost, lack of initiative is unacceptable too. But i just let it go.
Hotel Pier Cuatro
Jan 30th, 2011 by niceyfemme

Last week we went to Cebu and was searching for a place to stay at. We only have a fairly minimum requirement, that the place be clean, have the basic amenities and a reasonable cost. Just a clean room with clean bathroom. Even TV we can negotiate if the place doesn’t have it. We don’t need extravagant furnitures as we were only going to sleep there. Just a simple place that’s reasonably priced.

I had no idea where we should stay so I searched and searched for nice reviews of budget hotels in the area. Hotel Pier Cuatro was mentioned by an agency, of course they didn’t tell me that the hotel has it’s own website (they gave me their agency’s link) when I asked them for photos as they wouldn’t be able to get commissions if I book there directly. I checked it myself. I didn’t even know they have their own simple website.

Photo: from their website

I tried to do some research online and you know how unreliable those photo galleries are in their website and about how they look so far from reality? Well, I knew it would be a risk we had to take as I didn’t even find a reliable review about this hotel. I only know that it’s close to the ports/piers and to SM as I viewed it on google maps.

So we were pleasantly surprised  that the place is a little bit more than we hoped for. (Well, we, specially I have a very very low expectation based on the price they quoted us per room and per night.) First, they have a decent reception, bigger than I’m expecting to see. Fairly relaxed and simple lobby. They don’t have a software like Hotel Information System or Fidelio but it’s fine as they only have a few rooms.

When we saw the room I can say that we were pleased. We stayed at their Standard Room with twin beds Php 1180/night for 2 pax with one pillow in each bed, with breakfast for 2 pax.

We asked for two more pillows and was charged Php50 for each pillow. Hmmmn…. Smaller room than usual, just the space you need to move around freely. Has two clean single beds with clean white sheets.

Strained our eyes with this small tv haha.

There’s a small television with Sky Cable which is nice (didn’t expect they have based on my low expectations). Aircon works well too.

The bathroom is clean and spacious  enough. And there’s hot and cold shower (that works!) which is a nice plus. There’s two pairs of rubber slippers too.

Since we were hungry from the flight, we decided to eat in SM.  But Mommy wanted to try their Cafe Quattro which is situated just beside the reception.

“Cutie Chandelier”.

I like the hotel’s lighting.

So we took a look at their menu.

Lots of choices.

Mommy and I were so hungry.

Only a Korean family and us were there.

Their silog meals are good, the serving size is enough for one to feel full and it comes with lots of atchara too.  At Php 78 it’s reasonable cheap!

I ordered bangus silog and Mommy had tocilog,

which should be called tokalog as it’s tocino (cured pork), kanin (rice) and itlog (egg). I love the atchara.

We also ordered chopsuey Php120 and coffee. The chopsuey sauce was a little bit too sweet for our taste.

The silog meals are the biggest hit to us. Cheap and good. It comes with either coffee or milo.

After dinner we just stayed in. But by around 10 p.m. (or was it 11p.m.?) I was already hungry. So I called for room service which is the same cafe.

We liked the tokalog so we ordered that again.

Plus some toast with butter and pineapple jam. Hmmmn it took them around 30 minutes to deliver the food but the wait is so worth it, specially since we only paid Php 106 for those nice midnight snack.

Oh did I mention that buffet breakfast is included in the room rate? They served a simple breakfast of scrambled egg, fried danggit, corned beef (which is a little salty hehe) sausages which already ran out by the time we ate, toast and some butter and jam.

This was on the first day. The second day, they served hard boiled eggs, ham and fried danggit again with rice, and the toasts are there again too. There’s coffee and orange juice as well.

If there’s one thing I could complain about is the room’s very thin walls. If one guest turns on their tv loudly at night,you will hear it. We were awaken by loud tv’s twice or thrice but other than that everything’s fine. The room attendants are all nice and helpful. They have WiFi, laundry service and a few CCTV cameras. The other staff in reception and in the cafe are ok. Of course it can’t be compared to 5 star hotel service with a horse carriage complete with horse tack to welcome you but at that price, I’m so, so happy with this hotel. Reasonably priced and clean, plus nice affordable food. So if you’re going to Cebu and looking for affordable and reasonable clean place to stay at, Hotel Pier Cuatro is a good choice.

http://hotelpiercuatro.com/

3rd Avenue, North Reclamation Area • Cebu City, Cebu • Philippines 6000 Phone: (032) 236-1111 • (032) 236-PIER • Mobile: +63 922.892.2805

Review: Which is the better Tuna Paella in Can?
Dec 15th, 2010 by niceyfemme

Their commercials intrigued me. Having an interest with anything that’s labeled healthy, I just had to try them myself. And I like paella. There’s one paella that I still remember though, the one we had in Boracay and I’m hoping one of these two will taste kind of similar to that.

The first tuna paella that came out in the market is the San Marino Tuna Paella which a popular couple celebrity in the commercial. I thought tuna paella is a great idea. So I bought two cans. I tried it and even though there was a lot of tuna in that can, the taste however didn’t suit my taste buds. I didn’t even finish the can as I only ate about a tablespoon.

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Technophobe
Feb 16th, 2010 by niceyfemme

Is a noun; referring to someone who is afraid of using technological devices, such as computers.

Ok, I’m not really scared of computers and technology or anything hi-tech but it’s not my best friend either. It never came naturally for me.

Year 1998. Back then I was a freshman in high school and the internet was just starting to blossom. There were a few internet shops already but the operating systems were from the stone age. I didn’t even know what operating system was popular back then; actually I clearly knew what an operating system means and other computer and internet stuff just last year.

So going back in 1998, I wanted to “surf” the internet to go to Hanson‘s official website. So I rented a computer but I didn’t know what to do. I remember just staring at the monitor, basically have no idea what to do, looking at other computers and figuring out how to get there. I gave up and just ask someone to help me and I was embarrassed. So that day, I knew how to click the Internet Explorer icon.

You’d think that after that I’ll be better at it but no. When my classmates were all copying reports or doing their research from the internet I was still doing mine the old fashioned way which was going to the library. I just didn’t know how. Our Computer Technology class didn’t help at all. What with the MS DOS thingy? It didn’t help that he’s not a good teacher. He’s just nice and funny.

Then in college, our school had a free internet service for students in our library; that’s the time J and I just practiced to click and click and click. That was the time I knew how to set up an email account, how to browse the net and all the basic stuff. I knew how to research in Yahoo and only in Yahoo. (I wasn’t aware of other browsers then)

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Impressed with Just Host
Nov 12th, 2009 by niceyfemme

EDIT:  30 March 2010

So it’s been 6 months now since I signed up with JustHost in Oct 2009. To be honest I only signed up for 6 months so if ever they suck I could transfer to a new web host and I won’t feel like I’m a prisoner there because I have to stay because I paid for it. I signed up with JustHost in October 2003 after doing some research/browsing online. I wanted to read first whatever good and bad things real people has to say about different web hosts. I came to a conclusion that I rarely find anything negative written about JustHost and after checking their prices etcetera, I decided to sign up. Only for 6 months, so if ever they suck, I’ll transfer to another web host.

Now that the 6 months has expired, I renewed my account for another TWO YEARS. I am pleased. I accidentally deleted my blog before and had no back up (I learned my lesson now) and they helped me retrieve it. And fast.

They are also able to respond fast to some preferences of mine, like payment method. Will blog for any update soon. I want to wait if everything will be smooth.

I guess that is the best way to tell just how pleased I am, by staying longer, now for two years.

So far so good. I’m loving Just Host.

I’ve always admitted that I’m not a techie.

I didn’t even know what a domain is until recently.

So I learn by bugging people around with my question and by trying how things work myself.

Just a over an hour ago, I was trying to make a subdomain for a new project of mine.

I didn’t know how it happened but I somehow deleted this blog and made a website.

I got nervous and can’t believe it. I felt my hands and feet turn so cold.

I didn’t know what to do. I contact their Support, (eventhough I was a little hesitant because of my previous Customer Service hell experiences I had from other companies) sent an email, talked to an agent(?) then they got it back!

Being the techie phoebe that I am, I didn’t even know it’s possible. I really thought I’ve lost it.

See I’m not a very patient person. If I want something, if possible, I want it done, FAST.

I only waited a few minutes and they answered my call and get it back.

Thanks to Archie, Peter, Alex, and Brandon!

I’m glad this encounter with Customer Service is nice. Very helpful.

Needless to say, I’m happy with JustHost. 🙂

If you want to take my word for it then here… Click this and have peace of mind knowing your site or blog is secured….

Edit: 24 February 2010 (After almost 5 months with JustHost)

P.S. I’m writing this because I want to. I’m that impressed. I could totally recommend them. I don’t recommend just llike that because I don’t wanna be embarrassed if the stuff or program sucks. If you want to take my word for it here , it’s up to you guys.

Yup, After 8 months with JustHost, I haven’t had any problem again… And I’m even more confident to recommend them to anyone who’s looking for a reliable and affordable web host. Enjoy! 🙂

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