Privato Hotel

We stayed at Privato Hotel a few months ago for a one night stay. This hotel has a 177 rooms designed in contemporary style. It features authentic and sustainable art work, such as the wall pieces of Mona Lisa and Acrylic Birds designed by Japanese Artist Wataru Sakuma. And there's a life-sized Ostrich welded wire sculpture by Davao-based artist, Ann Pamintuan. Also, the small chic lobby is fully covered in Italian marbles.

Situated on the 6th floor is the Piazza Privato restaurant where we had a simple set meal breakfast - rice, 2 eggs, danggit, and choice of coffee or juice.

However, our stay wasn't as great as we had hoped. We chose the 28sqm Deluxe Double Queen Room (P4,294.50) including breakfast. The beds are relaxing and I like the long headboard. But that's about it for the good points. Our room is otherwise, just ordinary. Bathroom has a distinct smell probably because it's new, and shower area has no door. There was also a problem with the water heater and reported to the front desk, but they couldn't fix it so we had to take a bath with cold water. 

Nevertheless, this hotel is conveniently located in Shaw Blvd., Pasig City, only about 5-10 minute walk from Cafe Juanita, Ace Coffee Lounge at Ace WaterSpa and Three Sister's restaurant.

Till next time... toodles,


I'm not referring to Lucrezia Borgia, the daughter of Pope Alexander VI and Vannozza dei Cattanei. What I'm going to talk about is the Givenchy's Lucrezia Duffel Bag. If you've followed my blog for a while, you'd know that I'm a little bit of a bag lover than into dressing up. I've been lusting some gorgeous bags for quite some time but couldn't tolerate spending a fortune. So my shopping has been taking a back seat. 

When the sale starts, finding the right handbag becomes a challenge. When HB told me there were some Givenchy items on sale at Ssense, I wasn't really hoping to get something. But as luck would have it, I saw this Givenchy Lucrezia Duffel Bag and grabbed it immediately. :)

Lucrezia comes in a variety of colors and materials. Here are some celebrities spotted toting the Givenchy Lucrezia bag.

Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, Miranda Kerr and Kendal Jenner

  It also has the small version. Here's Rihanna and her pink Givenchy Lucrezia.

I really like my Lucrezia brown-orange bag. It's simple and the structured textured leather cylinder tote in bi-color is just awesome. And the orange keeps it distinctive.

This Givenchy bag cost around $2,810 USD, but I got it with a huge discount. This was my last big accessory haul. What a real steal! :)

Till next time... toodles,

Tagaytay Pasalubong Shops, Wet Market and Kanin Club

This Tagaytay getaway has made it exceptionally enjoyable visiting some pasalubong shops. We went to Rowena's known for their mini-size tarts, blueberry and strawberry cheesecake, a variety of sweet and spicy tamarind preserves and an array of delicious home-made food items.

Then we dropped by at Amira's Buko Tart Haus, famous for their bite-size version of the buko pie and assortment of tasty goodies.

Then we had a good time wandering through rows of mouthwatering fruits, vegetables and selection of dried fish at the Tagaytay wet market.

But our trip didn't stop there, we headed over to Greenfield City's Paseo de Sta. Rosa in search for house and lot agent, and we were able to view some model houses. Also, we had lunch at Kanin Club, a Filipino dining restaurant. 

There are lots of choices, and we opted to have Hototai Soup (P210), Binukadkad na Tilapia (P231), Adobong Kangkong (P91), Crispy Pata (P412), Bistek Pinoy (P175) and Turon KC (P84).

It was a comfortable place for an awesome lunch. If ever you're in Sta. Rosa looking for a nice meal, I would definitely recommend Kanin Club.

Till next time... toodles,

Guiness World Record: The Puzzle Mansion

We drove to Puzzle Mansion to see the World's Guinness Record holder extensive collection  of completed puzzles. Nestled in the Tagaytay hills, it's a little off the beaten path and far from the highway. For first timers, it's practically like a maze searching for this place.

It was bigger than I expected and I appreciate seeing all her finished works that earned Gina Gil-Lacuna, the Guinness Record title.

Gina Gil-Lacuna with my nephew at the souvenir shop
Aside from the Puzzle museum, this more than one-hectare property also has an outdoor swimming pool, souvenir shop, and a mini-restaurant offering Coconut Cream Pie, Kapeng Musang and Kapeng Barako.

In addition there's an 11-room bed and breakfast facility, However, we were told they stop accepting guests for security reason.

Puzzle Mansion bed and breakfast

They're also selling most types of plants and flowers, including rooster.

PuzzleMansion is located in Cuadra Street, Brgy. Asisan 4120, Tagaytay City.

Till next time... toodles,

Breakfast at Antonio's in Tagaytay

HB and I dragged the family :) and came here for dinner, even though we were full from afternoon snack at Bag of Beans. The huge Breakfast at Antonio's casual dining restaurant has a rustic and homey feel. It is famous for an all-day breakfast menu, European brunch fares and attentive service. The restaurant is owned by Chef Antonio "Tonyboy" Escalante, who was also featured for being one of PeopleAsia Magazine's 2014 Men Who Matters.

just edited photo source: Breakfast at Antonio's
I kind of liking the waiters wearing a white uniform and the female staff in black with white long apron.

Breakfast at Antonio's Facade
They're selling breads, cookies, fresh vegetables, jams, spreads and beverages.

We chowed down on a shared feast of Pizza-Bilbao (P480), Baby Back Ribs (P490) and Fish and Chips (P650).

 All three dishes were fabulous. We will definitely come back and try other things especially the Chef's Recommendations - The Eggs. Benedict. Breakfast at Antonio's is located in Aguinaldo Highway, Bagong Tubig, Tagaytay City.

Till next time... toodles,