Rixos The Palm, Dubai

While we enjoyed our time in Atlantis, we needed a vacation from vacation before going back home, and Rixos The Palm fit the bill. It’s probably the most ‘affordable’ of all hotels in Palm Jumeirah, too.

rixos the palm lobby

Arriving at Rixos was like stepping in an airport. But seriously, we’re digging the industrial interiors.

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Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

Atlantis has been the crown jewel of The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai ever since it was opened in 2008. Inevitably, it joins the likes of Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab as Dubai’s landmarks.

Covering 46 hectares including a water park and other marine attractions, there’s no way a day tour could suffice, so we made sure to book a stay even for just a night.

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Guests are welcomed by the massive Chihuly Sculpture which contains over 3,000 individual pieces of hand-blown glass.

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Instagram-Worthy Swimming Pools You Should Check Out

With the rising temperature, I’m sure everyone’s itching for a summer getaway. And if you’re like me who loves lounging by the pool, then here’s my personal list of Instagram-worthy swimming pools you should check out.

Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens & Spa

You’ve probably seen it on TV a lot lately, and I totally get why it’s often featured.

This infinity pool within Loreland Resort boasts of sweeping views of Laguna de Bay and Metro Manila

Bring your girl friends or your partner and avail of their spa services for the ultimate R&R.

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Review: Gaju Suite Hotel, Kathmandu

When looking for accommodations in Thamel, Kathmandu, make sure you do your research well so you don’t end up in a ‘hotel’, which, really, is just a guesthouse, like we did. 

The first ‘hotel’ we stayed at doesn’t have a lift (and we were given a room on the 4th floor), doesn’t have an inverter air conditioner so we had to endure single digit temperature at night, we had to wait for 15 minutes (or more) for the hot shower to heat up, and breakfast takes forever to be served. It was unbearable I cannot wait to leave that place. haha

Anyway, on my remaining days in Kathmandu, I was very relieved when I stayed at Gaju Suites. It is conveniently located a few minutes away from Garden of Dreams, but far enough from the noisy and chaotic side of Thamel. There’s also plenty of restaurants, souvenir shops, ATM & foreign exchange close to the hotel.


The hotel is within a business center, and the lobby is at the ground floor while the rooms/suites are on the 3rd and 4th floors. The restaurant-bar, Reef, is at the 5th floor. The building has a small lift, so guests don’t have to worry about their heavy luggage. A staff also assists guests to the rooms.

I also appreciate that they have security guards at the building entrance, and at the 3rd and 4th floors.

I was given a modest sized Deluxe Room with modern amenities. 

The first thing I noticed was the air conditioning unit. Hello, 25°C! I was still nursing a cold then, so the warm room temperature plus the comforter gave me a good night’s sleep.

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The Linden Suites: An Ideal Place to Bond with Family and Friends

I’ve always loved living in the south, but there are times when I just want to teleport because it’s such a hassle for me to commute to Metro Manila. Sometimes I had to decline invites from friends because honestly, I dread the travel time and being stuck in traffic.

So when I got invited to a wedding in Mandaluyong, I knew I had to make arrangements.

I found out the couple and their respective families were going to be staying at The Linden Suites in Ortigas since it’s just about half an hour (traffic included) away from the church and really close to the reception venue. Together with my two girl friends, we decided to stay here as well for 3 days and 2 nights.

I took a bus from Sta. Rosa, Laguna and got off at Megamall. From there, I just walked for about 15 minutes to San Miguel Avenue.

After settling payment at the front desk, I was given 2 keycards, our breakfast vouchers, and WiFi coupons. If you have other friends/guests arriving, they need to register at the front desk first so they could be given a keycard for the elevator and the room.

2-BEDROOM DELUXE UNIT

We were given a corner room at the 19th floor where, coincidentally, our friends and their families were also staying. I got to chat with them a bit before they got super busy with the wedding preps.

Living area of our 2-bedroom Deluxe Room.
Apparently, this is different from a 2-bedroom suite. Check rates here.