Tuesday, November 13, 2012

2012 Nov: Travel+Leisure - Places Every Traveler Should Know

101 Places Every Traveler Should Know

Life lists naturally stir up debates. 
For every Angkor Wat fan, another prefers Petra. 

How many have you visited? 
~ From November 2012 By Travel + Leisure Staff

I have never been outside Asia, so I'll just post those places I've been in Asia, my score
4 out of 15.

• Angkor, Cambodia: Ditch the crowds at Preah Kahn temple
• Bali, Indonesia: Get a lulur scrub at Amanusa
• Beijing: Explore by foot, bicycle, and rickshaw [next attraction]
• Fatehpur Sikri, India: Admire the former Moghul capital
Hanoi, Vietnam: Stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake
Hong Kong: Soak in views from rooftop hotel bars
Huangzhou, China: Dine at visionary restaurant Dragon Wel
• Koh Samui, Thailand: Get a treatment at Kamalaya wellness retreat
• Kyoto, Japan: Visit Tawaraya, a 300-year-old ryokan [soon]
• Rajasthan, India: Sleep on a sand dune under the stars
Singapore: Eat at Maxwell Road Hawker Center
• Sri Lanka: Sample beaches and colonial architecture
• Sumba Island, Indonesia: Go to surf camp at Nihiwatu
• Tokyo: See the tuna auction at Tsukiji Fish Market
• Yangtze River, China: Cruise from Beijing to Shanghai

Source: http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/101-places-every-traveler-should-know
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Saturday, November 10, 2012

2012 Nov: Philippines: Go Hotels in Mandaluyong

Go Hotels (http://gohotels.ph)
Location: UG/F, Robinsons Cybergate Plaza, EDSA cor. Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong City

An inexpensive and very decent hotel for every Juan and foreign travelers brought to you by the Robinsons Land Corporation (Gokongwei Group).

Found in several locations in the Philippine provinces: Bacolod, Dumaguete, Puerto Princesa and Tacloban.  

Opened two years ago (2010) in Cyber Park Mandaluyong, I was able to grab their promo for a queen room worth 435php only (which is normally at 1088php).  As what I think the first inexpensive boutique hotel not motel (especially in the Philippines) I'm eager to review this.  Of course it took me sometime to visit the area since spending money for a room where I have my own bed and house to sleep in the metro is odd.

Setting expectations!  An excerpt from their Confirmation mail:
Value Hotel Concept with 8 unique selling propositions:
            1. Hotel quality beds
            2. Hot & Cold rain shower
            3. Wi-Fi access
            4. 22-inch LCD TV with cable
            5. Safe and secure environment
            6. Convenient location
            7. Access to transport
            8. Fun and friendly
Each room is fully air-conditioned and equipped with a 22-inch LCD TV with cable, in-room intercom system, option of two (2) single beds or one (1) double bed, full vanity mirror, two (2) pillows, duvet, intercom, in-room safe, bath towel, hot and cold shower, single-use soap and shampoo, and tissue paper.

Rooms are not equipped with the following: room service, radio, wardrobe, bathrobe, hairdryer, mini-bar, tea or coffee making facilities, or drinking glasses. 

Let’s start the stay-cation review!
The receiving area is spacious with entertainment TV and several comfortable seats.  Designed in yellow and while with some flower accents on the side.