Hotel H2O

Every December, The Memet and I go on a staycation on the 24th. Just the two of us.

Last December (yes, this post is very, very late), we stayed in Hotel H2O in Manila. I initially wanted to stay at the Sofitel since we were scheduled for a lunch buffet there anyway, but well, the budget wouldn't allow it. Maybe next time.

So after a very filling lunch at the Spiral in Sofitel, we headed to Hotel H2O and checked in.

Check-in was a bit confusing because the front desk was tucked away on a different floor. The confusion might've also been because of the huge crowd that was there at the time. I mean, after all, it was the 24th of December.

The people were friendly enough though, and we were inside our room before long.

Hotel H2O

Hotel H2O

Hotel H2O

Hotel H2O

The room was spacious enough for two with a beautiful view of the ocean. However, it had a distinct smell to it. It's pretty hard to describe because up to now, I just can't put my finger on it. My guess is that the room is facing the sweltering afternoon sun, and the heat has reacted with either the glass or the furniture inside, thus the smell. I remember smelling it again at a dental clinic in Antipolo when they had their blinds drawn to protect everyone inside from the hot afternoon sun.

Oh, plus the a/c wasn't working properly. It just couldn't cool down the room sufficiently.

I thought I could take the smell and the warmth, so we took a nap. But when we woke up from our nap, my head was throbbing and the smell seemed more intense to me. So I called front desk and requested that they do something about it.

Someone came and tried to fix the a/c and the smell, but didn't really change anything. So early evening that day, we were transferred to a different room on the other wing of the hotel. I was a bit sad about the room transfer because our first room had a big jacuzzi in the bathroom.

Hotel H2O


The new room still had a view of the ocean, but you could also see SM Mall of Asia and Sofitel.


Hotel H2O

Hotel H2O

Hotel H2O

Hotel H2O

Hotel H2O

And the bathroom wasn't so bad. It was a whole lot bigger, plus, it had a bathtub. Hehe! Oh, and the a/c was working and it didn't have a smell.

The morning view was quite stunning too.

Hotel H2O

Before breakfast was over, we headed down to the restaurant and had our free breakfast. It wasn't bad, but I won't say it was the best. It was just the standard breakfast fare.

Hotel H2O

Hotel H2O

Overall, I'd say our stay at Hotel H2O was okay. Sure, there was the incident with the first room that we got, but they were gracious in how they dealt with it. We got the attention and assistance that we needed despite it being December 24th.

Next time though, I'd probably book us somewhere a bit more quiet. I wasn't all that thrilled about the crowd - I mean, hello, Manila Ocean Park. Haha!
I've been away for more than a month now, and I thought I owed it to you guys to explain why.


If you're following me on Instagram or if you've been to my Facebook page, then you already know why. But for those of you who connect with me solely through this blog, the reason is this:

I am now a mother of a beautiful, healthy bouncing baby girl.



Surprised? Yeah, me too.

Her name's Diana Sofia. And I just recently started a blog solely for her: www.deardianasofia.blogspot.com/

The Memet and I have been at it (parenthood) for close to 2 months now. I'm still working, so between work and the baby, I haven't really had much time for anything else - yes, even myself. Apparently, I still have enough time to break down every now and then. The stress for new moms who had no time to prepare can be overwhelming sometimes. I also found myself rather envious of regular employees who have the privilege of going on maternity leave during their babies' first two months.

Adjustment was a huge challenge to say the least. Actually, it still is.

But Sofi can clearly see now, and those times she looks at me and gives me her gummy smile, they remind me that motherhood is beyond special. All those years, we waited to have a baby, and now that she's here, well, I'm often at a loss for words.

Obviously, you'll be seeing more mommy posts moving forward - if I even get a chance to post anything. It might be a while before we start seriously traveling again, but I'm sure we'll find other ways to keep ourselves entertained.

I still have a few travel blog posts that I owe you guys, and I'll get to work on them when I can.

To those of you who visit my blog because of my travel and food posts, I hope you still visit every now and then even when there are baby stuff popping up here and there. Hehe! ♥
Pinto Art Museum

It was an unassuming afternoon when I dragged my parents to Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo late last year.

I've always wanted to visit Pinto Art Museum, but I hardly ever had anyone to accompany me. So when my parents had some time to spare, I jumped at the chance and drove us to Antipolo like a madwoman - well, no, not really. Haha!

Pinto Art Museum is located in an almost hidden subdivision opposite the street from Ynares Sports Center. If you're driving up from Ortigas, just slow down and start asking the tricycle drivers for Grand Heights Subdivision as soon as you're across the street from Ynares Sports Center. The last time I was there, there was a small signage outside the street that led to the subdivision, so if you weren't really looking, you probably won't really notice it.

They don't have a parking lot, but the subdivision allows visitors to park along the street. There aren't many houses near Pinto Art Museum, nor are there many people loitering the streets, but it's still best to ensure you don't leave anything valuable inside your vehicles.

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum is not the usual kind of museum that houses all its art in one building. It's a huge property with different kinds of art located in many different buildings. There are stairs, a lot of outdoor walking involved, and no air conditioning so make sure you wear comfortable clothes and even more comfortable footwear. If you're the kind that's always getting bitten by bugs, be sure to bring a bug repellent.

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum houses a widely eclectic collection of art. I can't really describe them all - there are quite a lot, after all - so I'll let the photos do the talking. I picked out some of my favorite pictures from our visit.

Sculptures


Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum


Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Paintings

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Tired from Walking?

Like I mentioned earlier, a visit to Pinto Art Museum involves a lot of walking. But fret not. There are plenty of corners where you can rest your tired feet. And they're very pretty little nooks - some aren't so little though. Hehe!

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum
I'm not sure if you can sit here. There's no "Please do not sit" sign anywhere though. Hehe!

Pinto Art Museum

I took so many other photos, but I don't want to bombard you with all of them. I would suggest that you go and visit Pinto Art Museum and take lots of pretty photos so you'll have pictures that your friends will envy. Better yet, bring your friends or family with you so you can bond over the art and take lots of fun photos. 

Pinto Art Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00am to 6:00pm. They charge entrance fees per head, but the fee isn't expensive at all.

Regular Ticket - P180
Senior Citizens & PWDs (Pls bring your valid IDs) - P150
Children and Students with School IDs - P100

They allow photoshoots (the sort that involves professional photographers, hehe) and events. Please call them to ask about their rates and/or for reservations.




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Pinto Art Museum
(632) 697 1015
Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights Subd.
Antipolo City
Puzzle Mansion
Sorry, my mom's standing right in front of the P. Haha!
During one of my few Mondays off, my parents and I drove to Tagaytay just for the heck of it. They haven't been up there in a while.

We visited two places: People's Park in the Sky and Puzzle Mansion. Afterwards, we had lunch at Breakfast at Antonio's. But this blog post is only about Puzzle Mansion.

Puzzle Mansion

Puzzle Mansion's not hard to find because there are signages everywhere. What we didn't realize, however, was that we'd have to drive through some rough roads - a few of them narrow.

Puzzle Mansion

Just as it started to drizzle, we found Puzzle Mansion, paid the entrance fee, and started wandering around.

Puzzle Mansion

Puzzle Mansion
We got to pose with a copy of the Guinness World Record certificate.
Puzzle Mansion lies on a one hectare property. But no, the puzzles aren't spread out over one hectare. Don't worry, it won't involve too much walking. All the puzzles are located in one huge gallery.

Puzzle Mansion

Puzzle Mansion

Puzzle Mansion

There was a huge array of puzzles. The ones I liked the most were the 3D ones - especially the ones of famous landmarks around the world.



There were also puzzle versions of famous paintings. Heck, there were puzzles of practically everything.

Puzzle Mansion

Puzzle Mansion
Yes, my parents are really like that. LOL!

Puzzle Mansion

Puzzle Mansion

Puzzle Mansion

At the entrance to the gallery, there's actually a guy who talks about the puzzles. He gives out facts and trivia, but we weren't really able to hear him talk. There were so many people at the time, so we opted to just walk around while they were all gathered around him - There was a group of students on their field trip while we were there. Perfect timing. Haha!

Puzzle Mansion

Puzzle Mansion also has a bed and breakfast. There's even a pool on the property, and it looked mighty enticing. Too bad it was only for the guests staying at their bed and breakfast. Hehe!

For more information on Puzzle Mansion, please check out their Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/PuzzleMansion.