November 29, 2012


We were so busy conquering HKDL, we forgot all about dinner.  The boys were so resourceful and found this corner bakery along HKDL's Main Road.
I was happy with what we have ordered.  Choice is varied and bread truly filling.  Hunger saver! 

The bakeshop's fascade.

November 24, 2012

Island Cove - Keeping Busy!

You will never be out of things to do at Island Cove
Techie family will surely have fun at the Cove's Interactive Room (gamers have a choice of Xbox, PS3, Wii). Your kids will never want to leave!

My family trying out the Xbox.  My hubby, seriously pondering on buying one :D
What about a game of billiards?

Paint ball target shooting - lots of fun for my boys! 



My youngest was amazed, by the size of this garden chess board :D  The pawns were taller and bigger than he is.  I think he is wondering how to take it home (hahaha!)


Tired boys heading towards the Island Cove Fishing Village for some chow time =P


Army Navy at Valero St. Makati

I finally gave in to my husband's prodding and had lunch at the Army Navy along Valero Street, Makati City

I am not a big burger fan, so I ended up ordering their fearless chicken.  My husband, meanwhile had Army Navy's double burger - a two quarter pounder beef patties burger with cheese and egg add ons and extra order of freedom fries.  Just writing about it, makes me feel full already.

Although we came early and there were no one in queue when we got there, it took a long time for them to deliver my order, my husband was half-finished with his BIG BURGER, when my order came.

The fearless chicken,  was just okay.  I was expecting something better.

It maybe unfair to pass judgement on service and food quality, since this is our first time at Army Navy.  But I would have to be honest that I was not at all impressed with the service nor the food I ordered  (maybe if I ordered burger my review would have been better). 

Place was also noisy and the crew calling orders (her voice not at all appealing - ala Matutina voice) via a microphone made the experience worse.  It made me feel like I was eating in a food court.
Would l go back?  I don't think so...

November 3, 2012

Ace Water Spa: A SPA-riffic Staycation

One need not travel far, to have some relaxing bonding time with the family.  

An advertisement on the newspaper led us to the newest staycation fad in the Metro - Ace Water Spa, Pasig

Ace Water Spa is a do-it-yourself, hydro-massage spa that uses "ultrasonic jet system" to massage specific pressure point areas of the body.  Like real massage it soothes and relaxes tired and stiff muscles, but since it is do-it-yourself, it is perfect for ticklish individuals like me :P

Ace Water Spa Suite ran a soft opening promo - A 20% discount on room accommodation with freebies got me to book a room for my family.  The promo included deluxe room accommodation, free spa tickets for 2, buffet breakfast for 2, additional 2 - P200 off coupons at the spa and wine. 

Upon check-in, however,  the nice hotel receptionist said we qualified for an additional night.  Apparently the first 100 bookings also get a night (room only) free.  What we initially thought was a 2D/1N staycation, turned out to be 3D/2N (I was like yeah!!).

The deal was a real steal! 

Ace Water Spa, Pasig fascade

Our room for 3D/2N

Our room was decent, clean and comfortable, however, there was a smell of cement-dust in the hallways, from the on-going constructions on the other floors (only 3 floors are servicing at the moment).  Bad for those with allergies. 

Bathroom was small, but adequate. 
We were however, not so crazy about this glass, see-through window that gives you a command view of the bathroom - not pretty!!!  

I hope they put up a pull down curtain or blinds.

My 4 year old has a fascination with luggage tables (hmm!)

Doors are keyless via a proximity card. 
Waiting for the elevator.

Breakfast is served at the Ace Coffee Shop located at the ground floor.  There were plenty of food options and most are quite healthy.  

The view from the Ace Coffee Shop

Some tips:
(1) They are quite strict on bathing suits/trunks. Normal cotton tops, would not stand the very high water pressure.  So better bring fitted suits to avoid any suit malfunction.
(2) Bring towel.  Rental cost is P150.
(3) You may take your towels/robes with you as you enter the spa, there are shelves near the pool were you can keep them. The walk from the bathroom heading towards the spa could be quite cold. 
(4) To get the most out of the Water Spa experience, come on a weekday, early morning or late night. The spa opens at 6am and closes at 11pm.
(5) Camera and food not allowed inside the spa.
(6) They do allow kids inside, but I would suggest you leave them behind if you want to make the most out of this relaxing experience. My four year old, was not very fond of the massages and my husband and I would have to take time off taking turns looking after my son in the kiddie pool. 

We simply love Ace Water Spa.

United St., cor. Brixton St.
near Pioneer, Pasig City

Trunkline Number: (02) 451.1111