Staycation at Alcoves

Makati, the Philippines

August 24 – 25, 2014

Granted, a hotel is fancy and convenient, but for an extended stay, a big family, or a no-frills staycation, it can be pricey and unnecessary. There are digs that combine the ambiance of both home and hotel: the apartment hotel, which offers the downtown location and luxuries of a hotel and the homey comfort and privacy of an apartment. I have the privilege of enjoying such a staycation at one of the well-appointed units of Alcoves Apartments, located at several high-rise condominiums in Makati.

Alcoves Apartments @ BSA Mansion, Legaspi Village, Makati City

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A Little Bromance

Suzhou, China

October 20, 2013

Over the sea grows the moon bright.

We gaze on it far, far apart.

Zhang Jiuling

There couldn’t be a more opportune time for a night of nostalgia than on a full moon. In Chinese tradition, the moon, unreachable yet inescapable, aroused retrospection, and, especially in mid-autumn, it inspired reunions. How apt then that the moon was a perfect orb on the chilly October night I would rekindle a long-lost friendship separated by distance and a decade.

Moon Over Pan Pacific Hotel Suzhou
Moon Over Suzhou @ Pan Pacific Suzhou
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