Hotel Review: Subic International Hotel

Bed and Bed Bugs Subic International Hotel

It was Moche’s first triathlon and we had to stay in Subic overnight.  We procrastinated booking a hotel room and thus ended up at the Subic International Hotel.  It was one of the mid-range priced hotels in Agoda and it was one of the remaining ones that still had rooms…

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Restaurant Review: Grilla Bar and Grill

Grilla Bar and Restaurant - chasingjayce.com

It was my very first blogger event.  I was having a Me-day in Glorietta one Saturday when Aldous messaged me in Facebook and asked if I was free to join a food event at the Grilla Bar and Restaurant near Rockwell later that day.  Since I had no plans and I have never…

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Hotel Review: Hanoi Hibiscus Hotel

Hanoi Hibiscus Hotel Review

The main reason why, among the options that Jacq gave me, I chose Hanoi Hibiscus Hotel was because it was a fairly new hotel.  Constructed only in September 2011, the 3-star hotel boasts of budget-friendly and clean accommodations right in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter.  Our booking was made…

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Restaurant Review: La Petite Camille

restaurant review la petite camille

Originating in San Francisco, California, La Petite Camille is a Vietnamese restaurant (don’t let the French name fool you) and is one of my recent finds.  I like Vietnamese food (the few that I’ve tried) and I’m always open to try something new.  So, I went to this restaurant in Greenbelt…

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Restaurant Review: Nam Nam

I finally got to try Nam Nam last Friday when I had dinner with some of my friends from college.  This restaurant specializes in Filipino dishes, some are old school while others are offered with a “twist”.  Nam Nam hails it name from the word “malinamman”, meaning delicious. Nam Nam…

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Eats January 2014

Can you believe that January is already over?! It flew by so fast I can’t remember what I did the last 31 days!  Well, let me have a bit of a lookback on the past month through the places where I was able to eat for the first time.  Since…

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Staycation at B Hotel, Alabang

Staycation at B Hotel Alabang

Part of the allure of traveling is getting to stay at a new place and calling it “home” for at least a few days.  A self-imposed (pseudo) travel ban, new-job-related stress and Deal Grocer’s never-ending newsletters prompted me to try another staycation.  This time, I did a staycation at B…

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Hotel Review: Amaris Thamrin City Hotel

Amaris Thamrin City Hotel

The last phase of my research for my Going Solo in Indonesia trip consisted of looking for a hotel in Jakarta.  I decided that I would do 3D/2N in Bali then stay overnight in Jakarta.  And for that, I needed another hotel.  Thus, I thought that it would be a…

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Hotel Review: Pop! Hotel Kuta Beach

Hotel Review: Pop! Hotel Kuta Beach

Traveling solo and on a budget requires a lot of preparation, research and advance booking.  And after spending weeks reviewing the budget hotels in Bali as listed at Agoda.com, I settled for Pop! Hotel Kuta Beach because of the price ($69.64 for two nights), location (in Kuta but very near Legian) and the…

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Big City: Hotdogs, Burgers, Sausages

Big City: Hotdogs, Burgers, Sausages

One of the new food places in the new wing of Glorietta is Big City: Hotdogs, Burgers, Sausages.  Moche and I have eaten there a couple of times and I would like to share some insights on some of their offerings. We first tried the Sausage and Hotdog meals with 12…

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Restaurant Review: Chef Lau’s Pugon Roasters

Chef Lau's Pugon Roasters

Earlier this month, one of Ayala Triangle’s pioneer restaurants, BFAST was “given a major facelift and was rebranded” into Chef Lau’s Pugon Roasters.  Looking back, BFAST didn’t seem like an enticing place to eat.  I remember the place to be empty of customers most of the time and the menu…

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Book Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

…the whole world is just a patchwork quilt of crazy little cults, all with their own secret spaces, their own records, their own rules. – Robin Sloan Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a wonderful, wonderful book! You would find your eyes glossing over tech/nerd/geek speak but the witty side comments are sure…

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Baguio Food Trip 2013

Baguio Food Trip Mines View Park

Approximately 250 north of Manila is that highland haven hailed both by locals and foreigners alike: Baguio City. The primary attraction comes from its cool-to-cold mountain climate which purportedly seldom exceeds 26 ºC. Another reason why we city dwellers are willing to brave the dizzying zigzagged roads to the Summer…

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