It’s a common notion that 5-star luxury hotels also come with a 5-star price, that’s why Beep and I only get to stay in such hotels once in a while because of discount deals or when we find hotels with top class amenities with surprisingly affordable rates. During the long holiday break, we found ourselves stuck in Metro Manila while most city dwellers escaped to the beach and islands. The rooms in the 5-star Marco Polo Ortigas Manila Hotel can be booked for as low as PHP4,000-PHP5000+ a night. A steal price for a 5-star hotel!
For years now, there’s been a never-ending comedic offline and online battle between citizens of Manila’s North and South. From stereotypical personalities to which is the better part of Manila to live in. This argument never ends. Here’s one example
As someone who has lived South of Manila my entire life, of course, I’d battle you out just to prove my point that the South is better. Compared to the North, we have a more chill vibe and it’s always nice to come home to the South with its homey ambiance after a tiring day at work. Since there are no infrastructures like the MRT/LRT and major thoroughfares like EDSA, it’s less chaotic, less polluted, and greener thanks to subdivisions and parks that don’t cut down lush trees to build business districts or malls. Not to mention, we’re pretty close to the airports! These are just some of the reasons why more and more people are considering settling down on our side of the Metro.
If you don’t have a home yet in the South or are just in Manila for vacation, you can get a taste of this comfy living by staying in Azumi Boutique Hotel
in the heart of Alabang. Beep and I booked a 2-day staycation in Azumi during a long weekend just this November.
We’re budget travelers. We don’t really like spending over P500 for a room that we’ll just be sleeping in every night during a trip. Why would we want a spacious room with unnecessary inclusions like a huge flatscreen cable TV and the comfort of an A/C unit when we’ll just be spending majority of our days outside of it? If we have a place to pitch a tent or can find a stranger’s couch (or floor) to sleep in, we will still be able to make the most out of our trip (and have more money for our next travels). After all, a trip isn’t about the accommodation.