29 March 2010

Sizzling Ondademar Fashion Show at Bambu

This white Ondademar cover-up is to die for!

Last week, mall goers were surprised to witness Ondademar's sizzling fashion show at Bambu located at Glorietta. The gypsy-inspired summer wear sashayed through the ramp with Ipanema's Gisele Bundchen Colorful Sea collection.

Ondademar offers a new style of swimwear that is both free from fashion restrictions and offers a sense of renewed comfort.

Perfect for dinner by the beach

Unlike any other swimwear shops I have visited so far, Ondademar is complete in the sense that they offer swimwears with matching summer dresses that you can cover yourself with. They also have hats to complete your summer style.

Fun prints by Ondademar

Bambu, the store that carries both Ondademar and Ipanema is just the perfect place to try on different summer looks under one roof.

27 March 2010

The Boutique Bed and Breakfast Tagaytay

I have been wanting to try accommodations at bed and breakfast hotels in Tagaytay. Who wouldn't want to relax and escape in this place that's super close to Manila but offers a different cooler climate.

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The Boutique bed and breakfast is one BnB I often pass by when driving through Aguinaldo Highway. It looks new, simple,and modern - which I thought was perfect for young couples looking for a romantic getaway. After searching and reading through the Internet and blogs, I knew I wanted to stay here for me and my partner's quick honeymoon :)

I booked the I Escape room for about Php 5,595.00 via email (kudos to the efficient staff of The Boutique) and coordinated with them via SMS. Reservations must be paid at Metrobank but I requested if I could just pay them on my booked date as I am running out of time. Luckily, they agreed and it was super hassle-free.

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We arrived at around 1PM but check-in time was 2PM. The staff asked us to personalize our Pamper Me basket which is also included in the room package. We chose from their different types of soaps, shampoos, scented oils, and lotions. These were then placed in a basket with loofa scrubs, other toiletries, and hotel slippers. Sweet <3
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Upon entering the room I was already in love with The Boutique. lots of pillow, luxurious linens, perfect lighting, and a nice sight of a mini garden from the window and the shower room.

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Inside the closet were two comfy bathrobes that my partner and I quickly found ourselves in. We were also surprised to receive refreshing welcome drinks.

As usual, after 5 minutes my partner had setup his laptop and used The Boutique's free WiFi which had reliable speed and reach. I also accessed the internet with my N95 using their free WiFi service.

After resting and having dinner outside The Boutique, we awaited for our free cold facial stone massage. Guests have to book this in advance, just tell the reception the best time for the masseuse to visit your room. The massage is good for a couple and it was just the best way to cap a long day.

A handful of chilled stones are used to massage and rub the face.Then the masseuse gives a relaxing head massage while your eyes are covered and cooled by some stones. It was just enough for us to say 'aahhhh'. What I like best is that the two masseuse did not hand any envelope or ask for tips :) We were peacefully left lying on the soft bed.

Then we decided to grab some DVDs from their in-house DVD library. When we got back to the room, they sent us our free hot chocolate, cookies, and freshly popped popcorn to enjoy with our action movie. I have never stayed in a hotel so thoughtful.

The morning after, we were awaken at around 8AM with a bountiful breakfast in bed that we chose earlier. It included fresh fruits, I had pancakes while my partner had rib eye corned beef.

If only I could, I would stay in this place longer. But I guess the magic is in short and sweet stays for one to have something to look forward to.

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Before leaving, they even handed me a small surprise as a thank you for our stay. Thank you The Boutique for making our quickie honeymoon a memorable one ^^ Visit their website at for more information

Not to forget that The Boutique has a spacious viewing area with fun and comfy native furniture that you can lounge in. Also, the Samsung HD TV is equipped with cable TV and sound systems ;)