Thursday, May 2, 2013

Family fun at Edsa Shangri-la Hotel

Vince and I seem to be starting a tradition of celebrating our wedding anniversaries at hotel pools. Last year, we spent it at Sofitel. This year, we stayed at Edsa Shangri-la. And boy did we have the most wonderful time!

We got the Chi Premier Spa Room package but got upgraded to a Garden Wing Horizon Club Deluxe Room. I seriously don't know what that Horizon Club thing means but, hey, we got an upgrade! Hooray! I'm always going to call reservations instead of booking online—you never know, I just might get upgrades or special stuff!

Our room was nice. A bit old in the decor department but Vince said it's okay. It feels very European. Europe has old hotels while Asia tends to boast of ultra-modern hotels. We loved our room! Vince did say, as he was sinking in the bed, "Our duvet and bedsheets are much nicer." Shang's bed was wonderful but I agree with Vince—our own bed feels so much better.

That's the main reason why we don't like to travel. Vince and I have created such a wonderful home that staying at hotels—no matter how many stars it has—makes us homesick! Yes, I am very proud of that. Our home may not be "designer" but we have invested in lovely things that last. We want our sons to grow up surrounded by beauty. The only things our home doesn't have is a nice big garden and a pool. And that's why we travel!

As soon as Vito and Iñigo were done inspecting every nook and cranny of our room, off to the pool we went!

This was past 6 in the evening. Vito did not want to leave the pool! But we finally went back to our room, all had a bath in the tub, then ordered room service. For dinner, we had fish and chips and grilled lamb chops served with vegetables and mashed potatoes. My picky eater Vito absolutely loved the fish and chips. Best I've had actually. Even better than the ones we ate in London.

We slept really well in the big big bed. I loved that the room was completely sound-proof. You can't hear the hallway noise (unlike in 8 Suites) and you can't hear the heavy construction going on right outside the window (unlike in Sofitel). This really helped us have a wonderful night's sleep!

The next day, off to Heat we went for the breakfast buffet. Yum yum! I had a Pinoy breakfast—fried rice, eggs, sardines, taho. Yep. One of the best breakfast buffets in town and I eat sardinas! After breakfast, we invaded the pool!

Oh, what fun we had! What great great absolutely wonderful fun we all had! We have a hundred photos more of our happy holiday at Edsa Shangri-la. But the best memories—the kids' laughter, the "we all fit in the tub!" moment, the mommy-daddy moments (haha)—are all stored in our happy hearts. We must go and travel again! Families make vacations so much better!

Want to know what we wore? Check out this week's Fashion Friday over at Topaz Horizon!

17 comments:

  1. I love the photo of Vito and Iñigo in the pool, where Vito is pushing Iñigo while riding the floatie. :)

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    1. We LOVE that photo best, too! If only Iñigo's face wasn't hidden! =)

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    2. Vito's face screams, "I'm pushing my brother's floatie like a boss." TOO CUTE! :D

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  2. i love the red and blue maillot on you! it suits you well, mapang akit tingnan! hehehe...and the legs, wow! Why is Inigo so serious? Parang wala siya masyadong picture na naka-all out smiles. Does he hates water ba?

    Araceli

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    1. He's teething. He has no teeth yet (didn't come out gradually) and then this month, all of his teeth are breaking out of his gums. It's really horrible for him! He's been super cranky!

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  3. It's already May and we haven't had a family vacation yet. This is a good idea! I better ask my hubby to take me and our son (same age as Vito)there now! Haha! No travel hassles, just pure relaxation. :)

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    1. We really prefer staying in the city. It's less stressful since we have small kids, diba? Soooo many hotels pa in Manila that are really nice and they're usually adjacent to a mall so you can shop pa or watch a movie =D

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  4. I can't decide which is my favorite baby of yours: I want to play with Vito and Inigo again soon! :)

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    1. They each have their own charms =) Come over again soon!!! With Dang! =)

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  5. Sayang no picture of that black and white bathing suit... and yes I love the picture of your kids... both of them super gwapo. Happy anniversary to you and Vince... more to come... :)

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    1. Thanks so much! It was a very happy anniversary =)

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  6. ang sexy mo pa rin Frances!

    and i couldn't agree more, Families make vacations so much better indeed!

    -Rafela

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  7. Ooh...you should have availed of the Lounge if you got upgraded to Horizon Club. Free snacks, drinks and even cocktails and wine!! Next time!

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  8. Hi Frances, we're getting married next year and unsure of which hotel to book for our wedding preps.
    We don't frequent luxury hotels so I was wondering if you can suggest any hotels with nice bridal suites that is closer to our ceremony church located in Greenhills.

    We prefer some place "photogenic" hehe so that we can maximize it with a lot of photo ops.

    Would you know which suite at edsa shang is the best?
    Hope you can give us some advice.

    Thank you very much

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  9. Hello :) I just want to ask if the pool is heated. Thanks :)

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    1. Nope, it's not! It's outdoors and it can get really hot out!

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