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Jun 24, 2015

Red Ginger in City of Dreams Manila

During my staycation in Crown Towers, T and I have dinner in Red Ginger.  It's just one of the many restaurants in City of Dreams Manila but I like it because it's open 24 hours!

Jun 22, 2015

Staycation at Crown Towers in City of Dreams Manila.

There are three hotels in City of Dreams Manila-- Nobu Hotel, Hyatt, and Crown Towers.  They say Crown Towers is the most luxurious of the three and fortunately, my mom let me tag along with her and her friends during their staycation there.

Jun 18, 2015

My Birthday Dinner at Sundara Restaurant in Four Seasons Resort Bali.

For our last dinner in Bali, my plan is to have seafood ala dampa style and watch the sun set in Jimbaran Bay.  I have no particular restaurant in mind so T and I walk along the shore to look for one.

Finally, I decide on this casual restaurant that has good reviews on the internet but T said that since we won't be spending my birthday together,  he'd rather that we celebrate it at a posh restaurant that evening.   We aren't dressed for it and only have beachwear on but I'm all for spontaneity so we go to Four Seasons Resort, a five-star hotel at the end of Jimbaran Bay.

As soon as we enter, a hostess greets me and T.  It is only 5:30pm and we are told that Sundara Restaurant won't open until 6 so she leads us to the bar lounge first, which offers a great view of another spectacular Bali sunset.   

May 22, 2015

Highlights of My Bali Birthday Trip 2015.

I realized that it takes a while for me to write about my travels for two reasons: First, I snap so many pictures and uploading all of them is such a pain because the Philippines' internet speed is so slow.. Then I still have to go through all of the photos and choose which ones to use for my post.  Second, I'm very particular with information because Joei & Me is my diary. This is where I, as well as T and my friends, relive fun memories so documenting every moment with as much detail as possible is a must.  Just recently, a really good friend of mine (Hi Ara Sam!) messaged me when she was having a bad day and told me that she was going through my blog posts about our Hong Kong Trip last year to brighten up her mood.  

The downside to this, however, is that I don't get to complete my travel posts or don't get to write about them at all!  As a fail safe, I end up microblogging on my Instagram account (@joeiandme) just so I have something to remind me of the trip.  Yesterday, I checked my to-write list and drafts folder and found out that I still have pending posts about Boracay (specifically our stay in Discovery Shores and Shangri-La Boracay and our favorite restaurants and cafes on the island), Bellarocca, Cagayan De Oro, Bukidnon, Batanes, California, Alaska, Pico de Loro, and Sicogon Island.

With just those alone, I don't know where to start.  And now, there's another addition to the list... My birthday trip to Bali!   It's actually an early celebration because T and I won't be together on my birthday.  I chose the destination randomly as I have not seen or read anything related to Bali before T and I decided to travel. The upside is that I found myself enjoying the planning stage for trips again (which I lost somewhere along the way) and researched everything from scratch.  Special thanks to Kat Rances, Patty Laurel, and Alma Tanwangco for sharing information about Bali with me :)

I always have fun when traveling but this one is for the books!!! T and I can't stop talking about Bali with each other or with family or friends who ask us about it.  And it's been a while since we've had a 'hangover' after a trip.  We were in Bali for a quite a while, with each day filled with lots of activities, and yet we still felt like extending our stay.

Going back to what I was saying earlier.. My fear is that with a trip like this, I'd be even more particular with the details and end up not being able to blog about it at all.  So, following the advice of Patty Cuyugan, I'll just post highlights first and then blog about it in detail later.  And even if I don't get to do so, at least I already have an entry about the trip ;)

With that, here are my favorite photos from my Bali Birthday Trip this year!

It's all about pineapples, palm tress, and flamingos (and unicorns) for this trip!

May 20, 2015

Veloci All White Party at The Palace Pool Club Manila.

Italian-inspired watch brand Veloci made a splash as it launched its newest watches with an all-white pool party and fashion show at The Palace Pool Club in Bonifacio Global City. 

May 15, 2015

Breakfast at Antonio's Tagaytay.

It's quite unfortunate that I had the flu during the wedding of our friends Edward dela Rosa and Enggay Vicente but missing it was not an option.   So we booked a room at Chateau Royale, where the reception was, to allow me to rest when I feel like I couldn't keep up with the festivities anymore.

The next day, T and I have brunch in Breakfast at Antonio's before heading back to Manila.

May 13, 2015

McDonald's Summer Dessert Line Up: McFlurry Oreo, McFlurry Sans Rival, Apple Pie Ala Mode, and Apple Kiwi Surprise McFloat.

Since it is so hot nowadays, sweet and refreshing treats are the best way too cool us down.  Have you tried McDonald's mouthwatering desserts for the summer?

Headlining the line up is the classic favorite McFlurry with Oreo.. Now with twice as many Oreo chunks!  Yup, that's right.  TWO TIMES more chunky and chocolatey Oreo cookies in delicious soft serve.

May 12, 2015

The Block Party at the Makiling Park in Ayala Alabang.

Like what the prince's kiss is to Sleeping Beauty, the Brush Lettering Workshop of Anina Rubio (read my blog post about Crafternoons PH) woke up the right side of my brain..  I've been scribbling and drawing non-stop since then.  So when my friend Patty of asked me if I want to tag along to The Block Party, which is just in our village, I immediately said yes!

May 4, 2015

Crafternoons PH's Brush Lettering with Anina Rubio.

I've always been into arts and music but given my educational background (business/corporate) and current profession (law), I don't get to do anything related to it at all.. Which is why I was ecstatic when my friends Patty Cuyugan of and Mish Aventajado of invited me to Crafternoons PH's Brush Lettering Workshop with Anina Rubio at Neil's Kitchen in Westgate Alabang.

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